As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced together, when reading individual reviews, is that people like myself, who’ve been on several cruises with the same company, tend to be more critical than people who’ve been on one or two. I think the Reason for this is that people who’ve been on a lot of cruises remember the way things were before all the changes the company has made over the years all for cost cutting reasons. No, this doesn’t apply to all, but for myself, I’ve been on a few cruises (you can see how many in my signature) and most of them have been on Royal Caribbean. I am a diamond member and Prime member. Thus, I did spend a fair amount of time in the casino.
I traveled with my family and I stayed in a Grand Suite. I previously lived in New Hampshire and now live in Florida, so getting to Port Canaveral was a simple 2 hour drive as compared to having to fly and come a day early with hotel stay. I thought the check in process was relatively easy. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know that I travel with my dad, who has the same name as I do but we have different middle names. I still can’t understand why Royal Caribbean can’t add a middle initial on your Sea Pass Card. This would be a simple IT fix. But we all know how Royals IT is so maybe that explains it? Thus, the nice ladies checking us in we’re confused as to why 2 people with the same name could be in the same cabin. This would continue on all week when dealing with guest services, Club Royale, Loyalty Ambassador, you get the idea. The one thing that was different from past cruises here was the order of boarding. Now that Royal has added “the key”, the new order of boarding is back to back cruisers, suites/pinnacle, diamond plus, “the key”, diamond, emerald, platinum, and gold. I was a little upset over diamond members being moved down but I boarded with suites so this didn’t affect me but I’ll keep it in the back of my mind for future reference.
We ate lunch in Chops and everyone agreed this was a good option over other venues. By the time lunch was over, the rooms had opened up and we could get in. You may have noticed that I skipped over the quality of food in Chops. I don’t review food because of how subjective that becomes. Only to say, that the food quality has gone down and I find the menu options to be the same fleet wide. When going to the room, this was the first cruise I’ve been on where the TV in the cabin wasn’t turned on to the safety message. I thought that was odd. Our muster station was in Sabor on the promenade. There were no TVs to watch any safety messages, you couldn’t hear the announcements from the captain, and we were in the back, so you couldn’t see the life preserver demonstration. So it was a waste of time. Essentially, everyone was holding private conversations and no one was paying attention. On a positive note, you could hear the 7 short blasts followed by the long blast.