We chose this cruise because our son wanted a BIG ship and we wanted a nice Caribbean Cruise! We actually booked this later than we normally would, but we decided to take advantage of our son's college break. We know these family vacations will become further apart as he gets older. That aside, my husband & I took our college age son and his best friend on this cruise. First, this was the first cruise that Royal Caribbean enacted the KEY program. I accidentally found it while going over the excursions we had booked a few months before leaving. If you are not familiar with the Key program, it's a program that you pay for to get extra benefits. Like being one of the first on the ship, with a delicious lunch at Champs Grill on day one. So while we got to board early, we had a fantastic time roaming around the almost deserted ship and had this great lunch. We also got special seating at all the entertainment, free upgraded Wi Fi and we passed up the lines while being escorted off the ship. Easy! We were told that out of the 63000 passengers on board, there was only 300 key programs sold. I hope it is a program that they keep around!
There are no words to describe this ship. There is so much to do on board, for all ages, that you almost don't want to get off at ports! The ship is lovely. Central park both day and night is amazing. It really does feel like a walk in the park and you totally forget your out at sea! Feel like cotton candy or ice cream? Stroll on up to the board walk neighborhood. The Merry Go Round is something, and there are games for the littles that are there.
Also on that deck is the Aqua theater. What an AMAZING show. All the entertainment was top of the line! We saw the show Mama Mia! and there really were guest dancing along! It was great! All of the entertainment was wonderful!
We had an ocean view balcony which was quite lovely! We booked the boys into a balcony over looking Central Park. They sat on that balcony and watched the character parade. Even though their balcony was basically an interior one, there was no noise coming into the room when they had the door shut. Both rooms were very clean. The bathrooms seemed a bit smaller then we had expected, but that could be because everything else seemed so over the top! Our room was down the hall from our son's room, so we had different stewards. I m very impressed that the steward for the boys room came and introduced himself. Both cabin stewards were wonderful and attentive.
The ports are fine. We actually have been to most of them before, so we just stayed on board and enjoyed the ship.
The FOOD! Everywhere is food! We did the breakfast buffet in the morning. Lunch we went to the cafe's in Central Park and we had dinner every night in the main dining room. Carlos, our head waiter was fantastic. He went out of his way to suggest something, or get things that weren't listed on the menu. The boys loved the late night availability of pizza. What most 20 year olds would love.
We really enjoyed the attention we received on this cruise. We have been on Royal Caribbean before and it was nice. This was awesome! My husband & I relaxed and enjoyed the pool, bar, spa & casino. The boys loved the ports, food and things like rock climbing, ice skating & zip lining. This cruise is perfect for families. A multi generation family cruise!
The cabin was very nice and clean. There was plenty of storage for the two of us. The bathroom seemed a bit small for the room, and the shower was really small. At least it seemed that way.