Our first two RC cruises were on the Oasis and Allure. We were used to the "big ships", so were a bit hesitant choosing a smaller one, but this was the only ship headed to this itinerary. Once we got on board, worries were set aside once we realized the size of the ship was still quite large.
This ship was renovated in January of 2018, so nothing felt outdated. All cabins have been refreshed with new carpeting and linens, as well as new furniture/couches. Although the cabinets are the same, this is a good thing because they offer a TON of space. Lots of drawers and shelving space everywhere. Also, I LOVE the fact the balcony is "enclosed". No frosted glass divider between you and your neighbor like on the Oasis class. It's pure steel and feels very private.
Staff was great, and we had an excellent stateroom attendant named Wilfred. We did My Time Dining, but were fortunate to have the same wait staff every night. Lynton was a great waiter and worked incredibly hard.
Food quality was also decent. We were mostly impressed with the Main Dining Room offerings (especially the appetizers) which were all very good. We ate at Izumi (new after the refurb), their sushi bar specialty restaurant, which was also very good. The staff there is SO FRIENDLY. I can't say that enough. All smiles.
During the renovation, they also added two water slides, a flow rider, and updated their mini golf area. All were a lot of fun for two 27 year old best friend females. We like getting to act like kids every once in awhile. :]
The only negative side to this cruise was the embarking and disembarking process specifically in the San Juan, PR terminal. There's NO AIR CONDITIONING in this large steel barn-like structure and everyone is herded around like cattle and it's very disorganized with lines in awkward places and people everywhere. I understand RC doesn't own this terminal, but that made the beginning and end of the cruise awful.
All cabins have been refreshed with new carpeting and linens, as well as new furniture/couches. Although the cabinets are the same, this is a good thing because they offer a TON of space. Lots of drawers and shelving space everywhere. Also, I LOVE the fact the balcony is "enclosed". No frosted glass divider between you and your neighbor like on the Oasis class. It's pure steel and feels very private.
Awful terminal. No Air conditioning. Large steel barn-like structure where you're herded and treated like cattle. Lines in awkward/inconvenient spots. People everywhere. It was so disorganized.
Still love St. Maarten, but they still have a ways to go after Hurricane Irma. Beach by the port/Front Street is still gorgeous and worth the stay.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Carombola Beach Club. We rented two chairs and some jet skis which were a lot of fun. Watch out for the little yellow crabs at the beach! We made a new friend!
Loved our catamaran sail with lobster lunch. We cruised around the island and stopped at two different beaches. The first beach was pretty, but by an abandoned property which was an eye sore. The second beach was secluded and absolutely beautiful. The grilled lobster on board was fantastic and so was our staff on Mystic Cruises. I would highly recommend this tour. It was a LOT of fun!View All 123 Catamaran Sail Reviews
Visiting Boatyard Beach was a lot of fun. We got two chairs, umbrella, free drink, and use of their facilities for $20 each. A bit pricey, but your spot is secured and there's free wifi access included too. Water was gorgeous!