This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at other reviews and spoke with the travel agent about what to expect.
We were concerned about a number of reviews that referenced a tired ship and about Royal Caribbean's reported practice of "nickel and diming" guests to extort as much additional money as possible. I absolutely have to address these issues because they are absolutely not our experience.
The ship is overwhelmingly big but it is in beautiful order. Yes there is some upgrade necessary. If you are the type of guest who will obsess about handrails that have been bleached by the sun and are in need of sanding and re-varnishing then look elsewhere because your holiday may be ruined! Otherwise, have no fears - it's spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and attentive and there is much to do. Not once were we approached about upgrades or trips, nor were we pushed for additional tipping or anything else.
Perfectly good - clean, excellent bedding and shower and very quiet.
We just used the shuttle bus to access the city. Grat to see it again, particularly around the Cathedral area - our first visit back to Palma since our honeymoon 32 years ago and well worth the wait - beautiful city
Again we only used the shuttle bus to do our own thing. The old port is an absolute must - this is a seriouisly vibrant city and we would recommend that you spend a day getting to know it
We did our own thing in La Spezia centre before taking the boat trip to Portovenere and the 3 islands trip - Limoncellos in the shade in Portovenere is to be thoroughly recommended!
Again we did our own thing with the bus ride - you must see Posillippo - breathtaking views over the bay of Naples and Vesuvius. The Centro Storico is literally two streets beyond the castle that is the first thing you see as you leave the ship - shopping is fantastic - more Limoncellos and some excellent (and cheap) pizza