I've been loyal to Royal Caribbean through six cruises. But for cruise seven, I will be looking elsewhere.
Perhaps COVID impacted what played out, or perhaps re-crewing post-pandemic, but overall I was not happy.
Main Dining Room food has taken a dive compared to our previous cruises, even though the same basic menu. Food was consistently warm or even cold. Some items that should have been chilled were room temperature. Others experienced the same. My final meal was breakfast in the MDR before debarking... cold Eggs Benedict. Yuck!
While the stateroom attendant was excellent and the room well-kept, this was our first time splurging for an Ocean View. The window was so dirty we couldn't see through it. If we left the drapes open anyway, the sun overheated the room. So we ended up keeping the drapes closed.
I was really disappointed with St. Croix. It's largely a dump. We were bused across the island for a snorkeling trip to Buck Island, which was remarkably unremarkable in terms of fish.
Best port we visited. Went to Kim She Beach, which was very nice. Also downtown boardwalk which was excellent. Superb shopping.
West Coast Catamaran Cruise not recommended. They didn't go to Marigot Bay as advertised and they said they never go there. Never got to the Pitons as advertised; only turned a point a few miles away with a slightly better view. Excursion was an hour shorter than advertised.
Planned to taxi to Carlisle Beach for the day, but pandemic restrictions required an official tour. Of 3.5 hours, 45 minutes was wasted at the terminal while the poorly prepared staff got us on buses.
Best stop as we finally were on our own! We took a taxi to South Friar's Bay and went to the Shipwreck Beach Bar. It's a dive, but it had a vibe and wild monkeys to boot! Food was outstanding!