This was a family cruise with my daughter, son in law, and 4 year old granddaughter, who stayed in the adjacent room no. 8 204. It was supposed to have taken place this past December, but my granddaughter test positive for Covid and RCI refunded all of the fare with our any hassle. We chose this cruise because it departs from Brooklyn. We live in Long Island and this was a no-fly cruise. The ship, itself, is amazing. . My wife and I have taken over 35 cruises and this is by the largest and most imaginative. There are so many things to do that you could spend weeks on it and still not be able to do everything. there is a piano bar, English Pub, Karaoke bar, a robotic bar, sports bar, and on and on. The main entertainment venues were, for the most part, excellent. Frozen in Time is an ice show and features first rate skaters. The aqua show, featuring high rise diving, featured some thrilling acts. The comedian/ventriloquist act was funny and entertaining. The service was great no matter where you were.
Unfortunately, Royal Caribbean has changed some things from pre covid, and not for the bast. Some are significant while others, while minor, add up to a large negative. When you get into your room, you will have to ask for shampoo, body lotion, and conditioner. Diamond status used to get you a bathrobe waiting for you, now, you need to ask. No more luggage cover the first and last days for placing your luggage. The Windjammer buffet offers food that seems to be of lesser quality than I remember. The eggs for breakfast consisted of tough to take powdered eggs or whatever omelets the chef favors. Also, it's hard to find bar waiters in the Windjammer, The Main Dining Room is beautiful and served by a great staff. Everyone is friendly and seems to be sincerely concerned about pleasing you. The food, however is, with a few exceptions, mediocre . Some the hot soup appetizers were memorable, but that's about it.
We purchased the beverage package for sodas, waters, juices, It also covers premium coffee, which are sold in three venues on the ship. The problem is is that each venue is staffed by only one Barista, who's obviously overworked. It takes about 30 minutes to obtain the brew. In addition, if you are Decaf Coffee drinker, Not one of the three noted venues carries it.
Cabin no.202 on deck 8. The cabin is well laid out and easy to store your belonging and get organized. Our cabin was near many activities and had an extra large balcony. Room attendant, Kenneth, was friendly, professional, and unobtrusive.
Something to do for everyone. Well kept. Felt safe. It includes beaches with plenty of chairs and shade, Lunch is a buffet by the cruise line. Restaurants that charge a fee are also available. I heard no complaints even though we only went for the standard of whatever is standard. Saw many smiling faces