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New Orleans to the Western Caribbean Royal Caribbean Cruise Reviews
Cruiser Rating
4.3
Very Good
245 reviews
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Vision Not 20-20
"I have been on this ship many times and have always considered it one of my favorite smaller ships in the line. However things seemed to have changed a bit in the last year or so. This trip consisted of two one..."Read More
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Fast Alongside

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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Vision Not 20-20

Review for Vision of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Fast Alongside

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

I have been on this ship many times and have always considered it one of my favorite smaller ships in the line. However things seemed to have changed a bit in the last year or so. This trip consisted of two one week cruises back to back. Midway through the first cruise the female cruise director was replaced by a fellow named Steve. Fairly soon thereafter the atmosphere on the ship seemed to ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

131 Helpful Votes


Not bad

Review for Vision of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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lpaulow

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Got to New Orleans port at 9:30, they didn’t start letting guests start checking in with cruise staff til 10. I believe we were on the ship by 11:30 (we are not diamond club, just first time on royal). If you want to carry your baggage off yourself at end of cruise in self-assist, we were getting off the ship at around 7:17 a.m., through customs and out of terminal just after 7:30. Back to car ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

1 Helpful Vote


Beautiful Ship, but boring and dining experience mediocre.

Review for Vision of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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EmeraldCoastCruisers

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise as it was the first for Royal leaving from New Orleans after years of being gone. We were excited to be back on a Royal cruise. No cruise is a bad cruise, BUT this ship was quite boring. There wasn't much to do during the day unless you gamble or during the ports go on excursions. The dining options were minimal and if you chose the dining room during sea day, they didn't ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

3 Helpful Votes


Just another RC cruise, the good and bad

Review for Vision of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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vidmanpk

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Susie and I chose this cruise as her birthday celebration. From the beginning and throughout the cruise we dealt with some of the best of cruising and some of the worst. We flew in (Southwest Airlines) day of the cruise without issue. Uber to the port. There is construction going on at the port and poorly marked directions led us to having to walk about a block to enter the terminal. Once ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

Cabin Type: Ocean View

11 Helpful Votes


RCCL Service and Quality going downhill

Review for Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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machaus

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

This was my husband and my 8th cruise and 2nd on RCCL and I must say that the service and quality was not very good as compared to other cruises. It appears that the number of staff people in the dining room and Windjammer buffet was extremely lacking. No one ever asked if wanted anything to drink in the buffet area and dishes sat on the table a very long time before being cleared, if at all. My ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

3 Helpful Votes


Great cabin poor food crowded ship

Review for Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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osieryardmaster

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

My wife and I have cruised on Princess, Norwegian, Holland America, and Celebrity, and decided to give Royal Caribbean a try. We had heard good things about RCL, however our January cruise out of New Orleans on Serenade of the Seas was rather disappointing. The good news is our junior suite was very nice, somewhat larger and better laid out than similar mini-suites and vista suites on Princess ...
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Sail Date: January 2014

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

Cabin Type: Junior Suite


A great disappointment

Review for Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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rpruzinsky

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

My wife and I were extremely excited about this cruise on Royal Caribbean, as it was many years since we were on an RCI Ship. Our two previous cruises in 2013 were on the Carnival Dream and the Carnival Glory. Together my wife and I have cruised 30 times on multiple cruise lines. Embarkation in New Orleans was wonderful. We got on the ship and settled within 30 minutes. We heard great things ...
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Sail Date: December 2013

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

8 Helpful Votes


Not like I remembered

Review for Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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eglidenblu

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

i remembered RCL being so very nice, great food, great service, just great in everything they did. I had pumped up RCL to my wife and family, that they would never again want to step on another Carnival cruise after going on an RCL cruise. Boy was I wrong. Embarkation was smooth as silk, I did learn that if your going to use cash for your onboard, go ahead and put a cc down to avoid the long line ...
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Sail Date: January 2014

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)


My first and possibly last cruise with RCI

Review for Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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the kit

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Don't get me wrong. It wasn't an absolute horror story cruise. But having tried other destinations with other cruiselines, this trip fell short for the dollar. My initial impression of RCI is that it's for the 18-30 crowd. There were MANY highschool/college aged kids running around, as well as kids 6-16. Maybe not a family oriented at Carnival, but definitely not catering to the Celebrity ...
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Sail Date: March 2013

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)


Has RCC lowered their standards? Nothing special

Review for Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Newnan Georgia

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Let me preface this with we may be spoiled..... This was our 8th cruise all with RCC. This was the first one out of NOLA and we also brought along two other couples, one being first time cruisers. We are early 40's and love cruising. We have always chosen RCC because we have had great experiences. I honestly believe we are going to check out other cruise lines just to see what they offer. We ...
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Sail Date: February 2013

Departure Port: Palermo (Sicily)

Cabin Type: Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony


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