So I have cruised throughout my childhood and I have been on various cruises in the last 8 years but this was my first time with RC. Having watched the slick adverts for the biggest/newest boat my kids wanted to go on and do the waterslides/ice skating/ laser tag etc.
We booked 5 months before sailing and there was only a handful of cabins left so we had a very limited choice and had a internal overlooking the boulevard. The cabin was fine and our cabin man was really lovely. A month before sailing RC informed us that we would all need antigen tests before getting on the boat. We therefore did not pre book anything as we wanted to make sure we got on the boat before shelling more money out.
RCs prices are ridiculous. Our drinks package was $88 dollars a day (the second person goes half price if booked on your first day), soda packages on board were $14.99 a day (you had to carry large plastic containers around with you everywhere and hunt out a soda machine and serve yourself). Wi-fi was $24.99 pp a day and the specialty dining in most restaurants was $59.99 pp per meal. In any event all the specialty dining was booked out and the only one we could get into was Johnny Rockets which is a burger and chips place at $15 pp. The main dining was the usual average fare, no better or worse than other ships, the same with the buffet. The staff were really lovely and the ship was spotless and my children (10 & 9) really enjoyed the kids club.