Chose this cruise because it was the only one that fitted our itinerary and schedule and liked the fact we were in St Petersburg for two days.
The staff were friendly and the service was excellent especially in the Minstral dining room. The dress code was not adhered to and it was disappointing to see some men going into dinner wearing shorts, tee-shirts and sandals whereas the ladies made the effort to dress nicely.
Many services which are standard on other cruise lines were either not available or carried additional charges for example, there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the cabin therefore incurring room service charges if you wanted an early morning cuppa before leaving the cabin.
We appreciate that all cruise lines will attempt to sell you extras however we found that Royal Caribbean take this to the extreme with their constant hard sell of everything from drinks packages to holidays, many of which we felt were grossly overpriced. This, to a very large extent, took the shine off the holiday for us.
We pre-booked our St Petersburg 2 day Grand Tour with Alla Tours through Trip Advisor and it was fantastic. It was very well organised and very reasonably priced compared with Royal Caribbean’s tours. Our tour guide Alexandra was amazingly knowledgable and friendly and we had a comfortable 16 seater bus which enabled our driver to park nearer to the places we were visiting.
Our balcony cabin was adequate with good storage space.
Overall a nice ship with friendly crew. Value for money? be prepared for your credit card to take a hit for what we considered to be the very high cost of compulsory gratuities and additional charges compared with some other cruise lines.
It would have to be an amazing deal before we would even consider booking another cruise with Royal Caribbean.
Good storage. Hair dryer in dressing table drawer (not in shower room). Compact but adequate. Balcony small but adequate.