We take a cruise every year in Dec. that usually ends a week before Christmas. Because my brother in law choose this cruise we left out of New Orleans. New Orleans is a disappointing cruise terminal difficult to get to and difficult to work your way to the actual check in area. Disembarking after the trip was a nightmare. The ports on this trip were not of much importance as we had been to the Carib at least 10 times on various cruises by RC. The diamond member status offers very little anymore, and has ticked off a lot of loyal cruises of RC. Many of them per our conversations have been seeking and tried other cruise lines. We have also discovered the fine service on Princess, Holland, and Celebrity. This I believe will be our last trip on RC. We will be moving to Celebrity and Holland America.
Enough of the problems with RC! To be more precise the ship Voyager of the Sea's was extremely worn, the cabin furniture was dirty/soiled fabrics, beds were sunk in, pillows were of a very low class hotel, and the wood on the furniture was worn. Giving an overall appearance that this ship was in need of redo, and quick. As the prices of all cruises are going up up up, to command the higher prices keeping the cabins up is required for this cruiser.
The food in the main dining room was pretty much the same, lack luster, same menu, no taste, waiter was acceptable but at no time did he smile and was not friendly. The assistant waiter on the other hand was excellent. The food in the Windjammer was also about the same, but better than main dining room. The staff in the Windjammer was excellent and always helpful.
The mixed drink in the sports lounge was awful. I ordered on Sunday night did not order another one from this bar, which doubled as the Diamond lounge every night, unfortunately the same bartender.
In general this ship was worn, dirty, and the food was poor. Every year we write the good and bad on the review sheet for the cruise that RC provides. We have yet been called or asked for more detail. It is obvious that RC is not concerned about individual guests opinion, just how to attract more groups or guests for the first time.
I devoted 12 cruises to RC at a cost of about $25,000.00 or more, it is unfortunate they are running off their loyal customers.
To be brief, there is really no need to leave the ship. Falmouth is poverty and depressing, which I don't want to see on a holiday cruise. The new cruise port obviously paid for by RC is just to park the ship, buy drugs or junk. In general I would say skip Jamaica as I have been to all ports.