I choose this ship because the itinerary that was excellent, specially for the 3 day stop at St. Petersburg (Russia).
The embarkation process was very smooth and quick, no more than 5 minutes to complete all process.
The ship is small and quite old but it doesn't seem old just not modern. The Ship has all what you need to expect from a RCI cruise, big atrium, pools, kids zone etc...
In this trip I had 2 staterooms, one oceanview (7008) and one Balcony (8056). The cabins were normal, not big but also not very small, good for 2 or even 3 people.
The bedding was nice and also the storage spaces.
What I really dislike was that the only amenity Royal gives to customers in Oceanview and Balcony was a 1 in 3 Shampoo-Conditioner-Shower gel....even MSC or Celebrity gives 3 different bottles for different products!
The food was ok, not specially good. The Windjammer Buffet Is ok but always the same food for a 10 day cruise is absurd. The main dinning room was also ok, the service was good and food also good.
I purchase the unlimited specialty restaurants and was good because the food at Izumi, Giovannis and Chops is excellent but the ship is so small that paying the unlimited specialty restaurants is not worth it (just for Serenade), in other Royal ships you have more choices and it make sense. If you like Coffee...its horrible, even the speciality coffee.
The worst thing about the entire cruise was the entertainment, the night shows were horrible, definitely Royal needs to upgrade the shows at smaller ships, the company concentrates a lot in larger ships but not in smaller.
Overall, the service was good, the cabins are spacious but they have a lack on amenities. the ports of call were amazing.
Spacious cabin with a decent-size window. Comfy beds and bedding.
Good amount of storage spaces and also a very good-size bathroom. Lack of amenities like shower gel or other things.