We chose this cruise because of the really great itinerary. We stopped at Haiti, Bonaire, Curacoa and Aruba with 4 sailing days. We were in port at Labadee (Haiti) until 5pm, at Aruba until 6pm, at Bonaire until 8pm and stayed in Curacoa until 11pm so we really had a chance to explore and enjoy the Islands. The food on the ship was wonderful and the staff, without exception, was cheerful, helpful and worked non-stop to make life enjoyable for us. The staff even made going in to meals fun by adapting songs in creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands. They had all the kids singing and dancing their way into the Windjammer dinning room by the end of the cruise. There were lots of things to do on the ship and we particularly enjoyed the Ice Show, Laser Tag and the water slides. The Constant presence of piped music got a little wearing after a while since they pipe music almost Everywhere and their music selection was somewhat limited (by the 4th day I had heard most of the songs at least 10 times). We started retreating more and more to the outer portion of Deck 4 which was about the only place they were not piping music. The first day there was almost no one walking around on Deck 4 but by the last 2 cruising days it was getting downright crowded with people who just wanted a little peace and quiet. The only complaint we had, and the reason I'm only giving this cruise 3 stars, is that our room was extremely noisy which I describe in the cabin review section.
At first glance the cabin was very nice. There was a comfortable amount of room for 2 people, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was small but functional and there was a surprising amount of storage for our things. Our only complaint was that we could hear Everything that went on in the Promenade even though we were 2 floors above. The Promenade doubles as a shopping mall and a nightclub so there was music playing constantly and we could hear everything almost as if we were on the Promenade floor. This isn't a huge problem during the day but, according to RC rules, the music has to play until 1AM so sleeping was difficult (on the first and last days the music went full tilt until 2AM). We called the service desk repeatedly over the length of the cruise begging them to at least turn the music down a little which they did do a couple of times but that is difficult to do when live bands are playing. We did wear earplugs but the music was loud enough to go right through the earplugs and earplugs do very little to block the heavy, repetitive bass beat they favored. We couldn't even sleep late since on cruising days there was an extremely loud Zoomba class on the Promenade at 9AM. Apparently not all the Promenade facing rooms are affected since the rooms on either side of us were not anywhere near as bad but when we were leaving the cruise we met some people who were three doors down from us who also complained bitterly about their noisy room and lack of sleep. Our current theory is that the speakers that are mounted at intervals along the Promenade are transmitting the sound to the rooms above. Whatever the reason cruisers who cannot sleep are not happy cruisers and, while we may travel with Royal Caribbean again, we will never, EVER, book another room facing the Promenade.