We booked our very first cruise with RCCI onboard the Voyager of the Seas in January 2012, leaving out of New Orleans. We loved every minute onboard the ship and would do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, we are already trying to pick out dates for our next cruise vacation. Having stayed before at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, I can tell you that cruising gives you more bang for your buck and is an all around better experience (and that is saying alot because we still do love our all-inclusive resorts.
Our cruise can be summed up in the following statement. We loved the ship, loved the food, loved the entertainment, loved the ports, and most of all loved the onboard staff, who always seemed to go above and beyond for us. More thoughts include:
Organization: From the moment we booked to the moment we stepped onto the shuttle taking us back to the airport and reality, RCCI did a fantastic job of having everything organized. We chose RCCI because its website was the most organized and easiest to follow. Booking was easy and after creating a login to its website, RCCI kept us constantly apprised of critical deadlines we needed to meet like making our dinner reservations and checking in online. We booked our hotel thought RCCI and that was easy because upon check-in, the desk staff handed us a letter with the times we needed to have our luggage downstairs to the time that our ride to the port would arrive. Check in was organized and went smoothly - far more smoothly than veteran cruisers told me it would. Disembarking from the ship in ports was also smooth including in Grand Cayman where you have to tender into the pier. Hint - If you book a shore excursion in Grand Cayman you do not have to wait in line to get a tender ticket. Finally, the ship handled disembarking from the ship and finding your shuttle to the airport was also very organized and we knew exactly where to go.
Bathrooms: Small but good for one person. The ship provides soap and shampoo in dispensers inside the shower. Water pressure was good.
Closet: The closet was adequate for both me and my wife. There were shelves in it to put a lot of our bathroom items since the bathroom is small.
Cleanliness: Never an issue and our stateroom attendant worked really hard to make it stay this way.
TV: There is a TV (if you need it) but channels are very limited.
Easy to disembark. Not a lot of pushy sales people in the shops we went to, which were mostly in the Forum Shops area. It cost about $7 to take a taxi from the port to the Forum shops area. Anything you want you can get in this area.
Falmouth is RCCI new port that is gated from the rest of the town. You probably never need to pass through the gates to buy crafts and anything else in Jamaica. We left the gates briefly and there is a makeshift market on the other side of the street. The people on the other side of the gates are really pushy but it was safe up at least a block. We did not venture passed that but experienced cruisers said that Falmouth is very safe because since it is new and hopes to develop, no one wants anything to happen to these new tourists.