The pros- Royal App- do your registration via the app, so easy and it got us priority boarding, spent less than 5-10 minutes at the port and we were on the boat.
-Multiple swimming pools and we always seemed to be able to find a chair or two even on sea days. Cruising days best time is late afternoon and early evening to avoid crowds.
- Bar service was generally quick, lots of drinks to choose from
-Dining room food was good and plenty of choices
- Lunch at American Icon on sea days (skip the buffet)-can order off menu or nice salad/stir fry buffet
-The aqua show and ice show were great- lots of shows to choose from.
- Large casino- one side is smoking but it all smells like smoke.
- Spa was nice, look for daily deals
- Overall the ship was clean and seemed updated but the rooms are starting to show some wear.
-Rock climbing, Flow Rider, and zip line, ping pong, mini golf- wait could get a little lengthy at times
-Movies in the Aqua Theater are fun, RC charges extra for popcorn :(
-There are A LOT of people on the boat, expect mass confusion and plenty of traffic jams during embarkation and going to dinner- the lines for photos make it difficult to get to dining rooms
-Windjammer Buffet- just don't do it. It was awful with lines to enter extending out the door while you waited to be seated. Once inside there was plenty of seating, RC really needs to change the way this is handled. We tried going early, late, and off times- after three attempts we gave up. There was no organization to the food stations, there are just cubes plopped in the middle of the floor so it is complete chaos with people coming and going. The staff seems equally annoyed with the chaos at times. The food was just meh. Was disappointed that hand washing/sanitizing didn't seem important upon entering. The Wipe Out is the best kept breakfast secret- limited selection but rarely crowded so great on port days.
-Basketball court- my pre-teens were really excited about this but never actually got to use it. It was full of grown men constantly and I witnessed at least 3 fights/ shoving matches. They need to have a time when kids could actually use it also, other than things scheduled on the court it went largely unsupervised.
-We booked two cabins and were told that both would sleep 4 which was incorrect- one slept two and the other 2 and a pull out. If you have a snafu there isn't anything they can or will do to help. They also can't switch keys so we were stuck sending our kids to sleep in Grandma's room every night. I really think RC should have stepped up to remedy this or do something since it was their fault.
All ports have excursions that you can book yourself for far less than the cruise, most places are relatively easy to get around.
-Costa Maya- you may only enjoy this port if you are a first time cruiser or enjoy doing shots poolside in man made Mexico. There is an awful seaweed problem currently so any beach activities are out. The snorkel bay and dolphin swimming at the port were not open the day we were there. Most of the shopping is extremely overpriced. There was an interesting dance in the middle they every hour or so.
Roatan- Amazing day. Booked a driver for $25 pp (shout out to Vic Bodden) and he took us anywhere we wanted to go- ziplining, snorkeling, held slothes and monkeys, a great seafood lunch, and shopping. Honduras was everyone's favorite day.
Cozumel- always enjoy a day at Mr. Sanchos- all inclusive food and drink, beach pool and some shopping. There are cabs waiting both ways.
Bahamas- beach day at British Colonial- includes food/beverage credit with entry, kayak, SUP, snorkeling, pool and towels. About a five minute walk from port, Drinks and food can be pricey but they have amazing vodka margaritas!
Even though gratuity is included it is an expectation that you tip the dining staff, head and assistant waiter and room attendant. I don't mind tipping extra for good service but it does seem expected.
This cabin is NOT for 4 people as we were told when we booked, it only sleeps two. Unfortunately we didn't realize the couch didn't pull out until the first night we went to sleep. Our children had to go sleep in their Grandmother's room every night. Room was ok for two people but showing some wear. The balcony has a bubble where the flooring is coming up.
We were fortunate that only one boat was leaving that day. The port is secure and they stop and check everyone's id at the gate and sometimes also search luggage etc.
Walked to British Colonial for a beach/pool day. Pass includes water activities such as snorkeling, kayak, and SUP. Beach chairs and towels. Also yard chess and hamocks etc. Cost is about $70 but includes a $40 food and beverage credit. Drinks are good and strong.
Took a taxi to Mr. Sanchos, I'd recommend a reservation as they can get very busy. We called the day before and they still fit us in. All inclusive food, drinks, beach, pools. Has some shopping and even a small Pharmacy and Starbucks. We have done Mr. Sanchos a couple of times and always find it enjoyable. The water park is not included.
Our favorite port so far. Booked a personal tour guide through Vic Boddens for $25 per person. They will take you anywhere you want to go and have great suggestions. We did the zip line, held a sloth, played with monkeys and birds. Also shopped and the driver took us to a lagoon type beach where we snorkeled around a reef, there were only about 4 other people there so it was great. Ate a great seafood platter at Gio's that the driver recommended.
This is a large man made port. Unfortunately there is a large sea weed problem so beach excursions aren't enjoyable and it doesn't smell the best. Even the snorkel bay (small man made bay for kids to snorkel) and dolphin adventure were closed at the port. The pool is large and seems to have a spring break atmosphere. The shopping although abundant is overpriced.