This was my third cruise with Royal Caribbean. Each has gotten progressively worse and cost more each time.
Excursions: The port of calls were short (approx 3 - 6 hours in port). If you debark the ship make sure you bring your sea pass and photo ID. Once on the pier it is like herding cats. In our first port, there were three tours assembled at the same time and no one knew where to go. Be prepared, if you do decide to take an excursion everything is extra. For example if you take the safari/beach excursion ($115 per person), and want to use their beach chairs and umbrella, it will cost you $10 for each chair and $10 for the umbrella (by the way you are only there for 45 minutes). If you go on the ship sponsored shopping tour in St Thomas, you pay the $8/person bus fare to go to/from town. For the Blue Lagoon beach excursion ($115 per person) swimming out to the float is additional.
Dining: Breakfast and lunch in the windjammer is first come first serve. When you and your partner go, ensure one saves a table while the other gets their food. The hot food is cold and the pastries and bread are hard. Dinner is great, though. You eat a lot (too much actually) and it tastes great. Make sure you book your diner time immediately when you arrive to ensure you get a seat. We ate at 7:30 but if you have to make a change the staff is very flexible. Just ask.
Embarkation: no problems. Just make sure you have a photo ID and your passport. Everyone is helpful.
Entertainment: The shows were the highlight of the cruise. Make sure you sign up the first day for all your shows. You have to have reservations to get in. Again, arrive early. It is first come first serve seating.
Onboard experience: Crowded. Lots of kids. The elevators are packed. A trick: the pool is located on deck 15 so if you are going down, go up to the next level and then take the elevator down. Less people and you will be one of the first ones on. The wait staff is friendly but will try to get you to buy a beverage card. Everything is additional. Also, men, dont be surprised if young ladies get preferential treatment by the staff.
Overall, I was a disappointed.
Cabin was excellent. Housekeeping kept the room neat with fresh towels. Loretta, housekeeper was excellent and always asked if we needed anything.
The safari through the rain forest was great. Guide takes you through the forest and discusses plants and island history. The beach was terrible, though. After traveling through the rain forest we spent 45 minutes at the beach. Using their beach chair and umbrella cost $10 each. This in addition to the $115 per person.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Short time at the beach. Approximately 3 hours. One hour for lunch (one hamburger or hot dog). $115 per person.View All 284 Blue Lagoon Island Beach Reviews