14 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Fitness Cruise Reviews

This ship should really listen to what their customers say!!! Alot of people understand that formal night is not for everyone but dressing in singlet tops and shorts for dinner - dressing like this is totally unacceptable. So Royal ... Read More
This ship should really listen to what their customers say!!! Alot of people understand that formal night is not for everyone but dressing in singlet tops and shorts for dinner - dressing like this is totally unacceptable. So Royal Caribbean listen to what we are saying, a dress code is for everyone not some arrogant people. I found the food ok for dinner, we went in Silk and Wonderland, but wait for the deals it’s well worth it. Food in the windjammer is ok, 1 thing I don’t understand is the boy and the little toaster, poor man is stressed out to hell, give him a bigger toaster!! The entertainment is brilliant, went to the shows not sure I understood The Gift. Our room was lovely and big, nice shower. The guys in the jewellery shop are great we had a good deal - Imran thank you ☺️ Loved the drinks robot Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Check in was fairly efficient. Size of room smaller than some other inside staterooms of other cruise lines. Cable TV and movie selection very limited. Shockingly no electric outlets at or near nightstands. Since I require had to power my ... Read More
Check in was fairly efficient. Size of room smaller than some other inside staterooms of other cruise lines. Cable TV and movie selection very limited. Shockingly no electric outlets at or near nightstands. Since I require had to power my CPAP machine Attendant had to string a large and unsightly extension cord all the way across the room. Huge water bottles to sell occupy too much space and our room had no table which we requested from the attendant. Robes in the room and the spa were way too small. Took 2 days to find one that fit. Takes forever to get hot water in the stateroom bathroom. Lots of wasted water. Canyon Ranch spa on this ship inferior to the Cunard line. Therapy pool smaller and open to everyone so water wasn’t clean. The only advertised excursions we wanted were inexplicably cancelled. Food and beverage service was hit and miss. First lunch at sea in the main dining room was a disaster. Guests waited in line over 30 minutes just to be seated and service and food quality was atrocious. Staff were working hard but it was clearly understaffed. Lunch on day 2 much improved and dinner service was fine. I bought the premium beverage package and wine choices too limited and quality not what was promised. While in port the main dining room was closed for lunch and all guests were forced to eat at the very crowded cafeteria for three days. Very disappointing. Also the only internet service offered was continuous which means guests are forced to spend a minimum $29 per hour even if you only need to log on for a few minutes. Worst plan of any cruise I’ve seen so I eschewed internet service completely. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, ... Read More
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, worse since there were two people preparing them and then oiling the pan AND spraying it. The Cafe Promenade which catered to the out of hours dining rooms featured pizza, tea sandwiches and salads. But Ni's winning smile was worth the trip. The schedule should have been given for the entire length of the cruise instead of daily. It would help you plan your itinerary better when there was an overlap, which forced you to sometimes make the wrong decision if you didn't think you'd get a second opportunity, It seemed kind of silly that the photography gallery was inaccessible when the cash registers weren't open. It's obviously for upselling purposes but if I could have the opportunity to review my images on MY time I might have purchased more, I hate being rushed. The drink and wi-fi sales the last two days were last minute marketing gimmicks which was a waste of time. It might help those of us who don't drink enough to justify a drink package, especially if your partner doesn't drink. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We sailed on Celebrity Summit 39 Jan - 7 May 2018 to Bermuda. We booked Concierge class cabin as we wanted a mid ship cabin and all other balcony cabins were booked. The extras given for Concierge class are definitely not worth paying ... Read More
We sailed on Celebrity Summit 39 Jan - 7 May 2018 to Bermuda. We booked Concierge class cabin as we wanted a mid ship cabin and all other balcony cabins were booked. The extras given for Concierge class are definitely not worth paying the additional money for. The only good thing about Concierge Class is that you have a dedicated personal concierge member of staff who deals with your complaints immediately. Our concierge employee was MOLBY D SOUZA - he was brilliant in dealing with all our issues very quickly and effectively. Problem with Concierge Class - Lunch for embarkation day - We were not told we had to be on ship by 1.30 and so missed this. We were looking forward to it and had missed breakfast to enjoy it. Canapes - tiny pieces from buffet - ridiculous to call the canapes - we could just fetched a few bits from the buffet Even though we informed Celebrity I was vegan and made sure it was noted - I was sent meat canapes Air conditioning in cabin was only blowing cold - not good on first day as it was cold in New York. Dressing gowns far too big - (Probably fit xxxxL) and long and heavy Extra hairdryer - not much use to a couple when husband has very short hair - not needed BInoculors - broken and not needed Pillow menu - ridiculous and not needed Water coming out brown one day s0 could not have shower and leave cabin for over 2 hours Intermittant ewerage smell on Deck * near 8071 - 8069 Final day tour cancelled due to lack of participation - new tour offered at an extra 50 dollars each All the above issues were dealt with by Molby (Our dedicated Concierge employee) Thank goodness for him - it saved us running around trying to get things sorted. The Summit was ok - However not enough vegetarian or vegan selection in buffet restaurant - not even soya milk presented or stevia sweetener. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Not sure I'll ever take another cruise...too many gratuities that I was charged for and I didn't use and I don't like the billing system. I have charges that I'm unsure of and as much money that I spent on the cruise I ... Read More
Not sure I'll ever take another cruise...too many gratuities that I was charged for and I didn't use and I don't like the billing system. I have charges that I'm unsure of and as much money that I spent on the cruise I have to pay for all the things to do on the ship. As far as billing...everything just says "Anthem of the Seas"...no details...how do I know that these are really my charges? You should show the store that the charges are incurred at. Also, the water in the room should have had a note that said it wasn't complimentary and should have told the charge per bottle. We would not have drank it had we known it was $12.36 per bottle. Insane!!! I do think we had the best "porter" on the ship. He had a great personality and tended to us like we were the only ones on the ship!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
If this is your cup of tea, then please excuse me, but to me, it felt like a vacation at Bloomingdale's with a pool. Too many people, too much "gotta get there at X time and get it before you". It was not very relaxing. ... Read More
If this is your cup of tea, then please excuse me, but to me, it felt like a vacation at Bloomingdale's with a pool. Too many people, too much "gotta get there at X time and get it before you". It was not very relaxing. "Ooh, gotta pay $200 to swim with the caged dolphins" (hellooo Peta?). Everybody slowly waddles and gets in your way, attempts to eat/waste too much food, get in front of you, and generally qualifies as poster children for health issues. Now, that said, the kids had a great time with their friends wandering around in controlled freedom, as they could not get off the boat. Eating whenever they wanted to, and generally staying out of our hair. There were enough things to keep them occupied (as long as they could spend MORE money in the arcade _ i.e, if you’re clueless going on, they give minors credit), and you signed up and paid MONTHS in advance for whatever activity. This kind of trip is definitely for the "must do, do, do" people. Everything was on the clock. On the boat, off the boat, this time, that time, "oh isn't that so gorgeous", here a raffle, there a substandard piece of merchandise you must have – pages of retarded activities. No peace. For all inclusive, the "up-sell" is on the second you get on board. To get even more granular, all the entertainment is meant to "please all" so the shows are confused and erratic – Le Miz meets BMX bikers – Queen, Queen, Queen, rock means Queen and everybody love that right?. The food was good to a little better which did make it more tolerable (and of course the drink package as long as you drink 4 or more drinks a day), but if you want better, pony up (nothing new in all-inclusive tourism, it's just sad). The crew, were very polite, and at times excessively attentive, which is what it is (I would hide or run when our cabin attendant came by). Even though RCCL is supposedly a few steps above Carnival, they still had all the inane "staff parades" and noisy crap which interrupts what you would hope would be a period of peace and relaxation, i.e dinner. At lunch, they constantly made announcements about how great the restaurant was and to thank the staff (which being mostly not American citizens is another issue altogether). Made it seem like I was eating at a strip joint. And I could go on. So, If this is the environment you consider a "holiday", then they do it very well and the boat is well kept and functional for such. So enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The cruise was pretty boring due to the fact that the entertainment was for lounge lizards. If you wanted to watch your fellow cruise friends play games it was ok but I think entertainment should come from the ship hiring good ... Read More
The cruise was pretty boring due to the fact that the entertainment was for lounge lizards. If you wanted to watch your fellow cruise friends play games it was ok but I think entertainment should come from the ship hiring good entertainment. One of the singers looked like she came from home and jumped on stage. Seemed not to be dressed for entertainment. Production shows were also not that great. I have seen shows on ships that are like off broadway and these were nothing like that. If you wanted to fly, climb or go on a flow rider that would be good for you but I have not interest at my age to do this. Seems to me money was spent on decor of ship and they cut back for people who booked the cruise. Also food was different and smaller portions most of the time arrived cold. It was unorganized getting on the ship never had this experience before. Usually there is sections for different triers, gold, platinum, emerald, etc. This was just a big mess of people filed in like cattle. As a emerald member moving up to Diamond I was shocked to find out on the "bigger" ships diamond members will not have the opportunity to have reserved areas. I was on the Quantum and did not really like it and now the Anthem. The only reason I sailed on this ship was because it goes from Bayonne. They need to move ships around for a variety. Sad cruiser!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Pros: 1. Beautiful ship 2. Fast internet Cons: 1. You may be misinformed throughout the trip as one question can get several conflicting answers, depending on whom you ask. Just returned from the Serenade of the Seas in Nov. ... Read More
Pros: 1. Beautiful ship 2. Fast internet Cons: 1. You may be misinformed throughout the trip as one question can get several conflicting answers, depending on whom you ask. Just returned from the Serenade of the Seas in Nov. 2015. We were told as diamond members we can get 2 free bottles of water per person per day from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, so we did every day for 14 days throughout the ship. Before I wend to collect the water first day on the Anthem, I called the customer service and was confirmed that's the case. Then, when I went to the bar that was next to the Diamond Lounge, the bar attendant told me "You don't deserve it". Later, the concierge told me the Serenade got it wrong. It's one thing you got it wrong one time; it hard to dispute that every bar attendant on the Serenade was wrong for 14 days. 2. Chaos in the Windjammer Usually when you enter the Windjammer, you can see the food from far away. This was not the case in the Anthem; all you saw was people, droves of people. There's no direction, thus there's no beginning or end of the line. People cut in right in front of you or bumped into you w/o even an "excuse me". 3. Food Seemed everyday was the same food in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. For 4 days straight, I had nothing but chips w/ salsa and same vegetables. Moreover, everywhere seemed to be out of supplies throughout the week, such as Windjammer had no maple syrup one morning, and Promenade had no Camomile tea the last night. 4. Technology Technology is great only if it works. For our cabin door, unless you slammed really hard, most of the time, it's ajar. I wish someone could have taught us how to flush for the first time b/c there's no button to touch. You just stood there & tried to figure out every way you can to make the toilette to flush. If there's a toilette seat holder on the wall, you would expect to see the cover sheets, but I saw none throughout the public restroom during the entire stay. The robotic drink mixer looked great on TV, but it didn't work when I ordered my drink, and the bar attendant was so frantic and frustrated that there never a smile on her face. 5. Fitness place You would expect there are plenty of mats in the fitness room for a ship that holds 4900 passengers. In reality, there had less than 15. The 1st morning when I went to work out at 7:15, there was no mat left. I had to request a special one to be reserved for me, and I did feel obligated to get up early every morning to do work out. The worst part was I could never find the fitness staff onsite to learn how to use certain equipment. So, here you go, folks. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Port of Bayonne: Lousy signage caused us to make several U-turns on the way to the Port. Facilities were very crowded and slow going through security and getting on the ship. Arriving on ship: Don't know why they insist on forcing ... Read More
Port of Bayonne: Lousy signage caused us to make several U-turns on the way to the Port. Facilities were very crowded and slow going through security and getting on the ship. Arriving on ship: Don't know why they insist on forcing everyone into the Buffet line! Buffet restaurant is very confusing and too small for that many people. Food was terrible and the service attendance were worse. Not a good way to start off the vacation. Luggage: arrived in a reasonable time Cabin: Small but clean and adequate with plenty of storage and hangers in the closet. Cabin attendant was wonderful (Sarah). She always provided ice and was very responsive with requests. Quickly cleaned the room and surprised us with a few towel animals. Entertainment: The best entertainment of any cruise I have been on ( I have only been on 3) Mr. Carnell was not my favorite (a bit too Broadway for me) The ship should highlight the "cirque" style performers more as they were excellent! Food: I will open that I hate buffet style dining so my opinion in this area is very harsh with the exception of the Burgers and Fries served poolside. Sit down restaurant food was fine but I have had better in "fine dining" restaurants. Some items were not as advertised, example was the seared scallopes that were really broiled. Our server, Ballan, was wonderful and very friendly. Activities: Too many events that are really just ploys to get you to buy stuff. Several events happen at the same time so we missed some of the things we wanted to do. Not enough dance lessons and trivia games etc. Health Club: A bit crowded but I never had to wait long for an available machine. Need cups for getting water. Bermuda: What can you say except that it is a lovely destination that is clean and friendly. Turquoise water, pink sand, rum swizzle's and coral reefs, in short, paradise. Don't love that they dock at the Dockyards as it is on the far end of the Island a bit far Hamilton and St. George, but the ferry service is fine enough. We rented a moped for one day through Oleander which is the only way to get around the Island by yourself. Fun but a bit uncomfortable and not for the faint of heart! We did the Catamaran Snorkel excursion and it was the highlight of our trip. Very reasonably priced and our ships Captain was very hospitable and provided a free round of Rum Swizzle's after we snorkeled. Highly recommend snorkeling in Bermuda as they have some of the healthiest and most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Not to be missed! Atmosphere on ship: Most of the crew was very friendly. This ship leaves from New Jersey so be prepared to spend time around loud and often rude people who are very hard to please. We did meet many very friendly folks from Pennsylvania and Europe. Overall it was a good trip. My husband I determined that we are a bit too young to be regular cruisers. We are active and fit enough to go to many destinations around the world and we enjoy more time exploring than cruising allows . We are novice foodies and were a bit disappointed by the food. Cruising is for people who don't want to walk too much and care more about quantity of food than quality. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Having previously travelled only on one cruise (Disney Magic, 2012) we decided to choose RC as we heard from a variety of other more experienced cruisers that it was equally family friendly. After 9 nights we can honestly say that the ... Read More
Having previously travelled only on one cruise (Disney Magic, 2012) we decided to choose RC as we heard from a variety of other more experienced cruisers that it was equally family friendly. After 9 nights we can honestly say that the staff ARE very friendly, but there are issues. Childrens programs: a bit second rate. The staff are very nice and helpful, but almost everything takes place inside. Teen program is good but anything younger and its more of a low cost daycare than anything Else. Food: Main dining room food is very good and staff are as well. Windjammer food also good, though a bit repetative after a few days. Dismayed to learn there was only one specialty restaurant on ship as it appeared originally that we would have a few to choose from. All in all, people were definitely trying hard to please you but the ship has had its day. Needs an upgrade. It IS family friendly but seems like the family friendliness is recent, that they are used to the typical chubby food oriented Americans and not people with kids, young people who dont drink and smoke and gamble all that much and kids. Smoking was VERY surprising to be found all over the place. Being Canadian we arent used to this. It was good, but not great. We wont be on RC again except maybe one of the newer bigger ships. Pools: Smaller, sloshy in bad weather, small hot tubs closed for maintenance whole trip. Clean. Room: it was a suite so larger than we had previously, though a bit weird in its layout.. Why do we store clothing in "kitchenette" area? Otherwise good enough. Needs upgrade. General ship appearance: Good, needs upgrade. Ship issues: A water bottle filling station would be nice as you cannot use pop machines and taps in bathrooms do not get cold. Sporting gear and gym is showing wear and tear. Not much to do if you dont wish to gamble or drink. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Cruising used to be a special experience, and an escape from everyday life. Every need was anticipated and fulfilled, and you experienced new and wonderful things. Sadly, I rarely felt this way on this cruise. It began with an awful ... Read More
Cruising used to be a special experience, and an escape from everyday life. Every need was anticipated and fulfilled, and you experienced new and wonderful things. Sadly, I rarely felt this way on this cruise. It began with an awful embarkation in a Bayonne warehouse (picture a bus station with 1970's technology). Throughout the cruise we were continuously reminded that "special" was defined by Royal Caribbean as paying extra, or having gold member status (don't go there, that's for the gold members...). Advertising on board was shameless, to the point where you couldn't sit anywhere without having to move a cardboard sign out of your way. Many of the key service staff could only speak from a script, and knowledge about the ship's activities or destination was limited to what he cruise line sold. As a fellow cruiser said to me during the trip, "They're a very secretive company." The food was fair, but I eat better at home. The ship was clean, but the space was as cramped and awkward to move through as I've ever experienced on a cruise. There were many dead-ends, blocked exits, and pinch points as crowds tried to move through the common areas. I'm surprised that this cruise line came to us so highly recommended. It felt like an airline journey, and we had to work hard to find fun and fun people. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
A little background first. Both my wife and I are early fourties and have travelled and cruised extensively before. We decided to go to New England and Canada because we have never cruised there before and liked the convenience of Caape ... Read More
A little background first. Both my wife and I are early fourties and have travelled and cruised extensively before. We decided to go to New England and Canada because we have never cruised there before and liked the convenience of Caape Liberty. Some reviewers have mentioned that there seemed to be a lot of seniors on this cruise. There were, but not more than other cruises we have done. I would say somewhere in the middle. Not as much as a Panama cruise, but more than a three day booze cruise. Longer cruises tend to have more seniors. And the weather? Lot's of comments from other pax. Yes it was windy, maybe a little rain, but you do realize that you are in the northeast in late fall heading north? Enough said, typical fall New England weather. I expected it, and it was one of the reasons we decided to do this cruise. Embarkation: Sorry, I cannot help with airport information, transfers or hotels. We drove thirty minutes to the port. Having lived in the metro area all my life, I can tell you this: Plan for delays when deciding flight times. The area is served by three major airports: Newark, LaGuidia, and JFK. Newark is the easiest to get to, but usually LaGuidia is cheaper to fly into. Take your pick. I prefer Newark. Drop off of the bags was easy, and parking was also easy. Yes it is an industrial area, but I didn't feel unsafe at any time. Check in was easy, but then you had to take a bus to the ship. First time for the bus in any embarkation port. Also, do yourself a favor, and look at the 9/11 memorial on the pier. Very well done. Dining: Windjammer was typical, average food. I never had a problem getting a table, but we are early risers, and usually don't do lunch or dinner there. We usually just grab a burger and go for lunch. We did late seating (always do), and suggest on a ship with many seniors, that late seating is the best, as it tends to be less crowded. We had a table for eight with only six people. After the second night, one couple left, so we were down to four. I don't know why they left. When we tried to engage them in conversation, they would simply answer the question and then go silent. Saw them during the cruise and would say hello, only to have them turn away and not even acknowledge us. Go figure? The other couple we got along with well, and they helped make the cruise memorable. This is why we cruise. One word of advice. Take one day and eat at Portofino's. Service was great,food was better. Exceeded expectations. Cabin: We opted for a Promenade stateroom. I did enjoy watching the parade from my stateroom as opposed to standing and getting stepped on. Room was big enough, and storage was more than enough, even with all of our shopping in the ports. Bed was comfortable, and didn't have a problem with sleeping. Yes the ship moved a little, but we were pretty much in the center of the ship, and we are used to a little rocking. Cabin attendent was very good. We did put things in the window, but I think we were the only ones. Entertainment: Went to the dancing and comedy shows. Variety shows were okay. Not great, not bad. Would much prefer a musical rather than a review, but that is just my opinion. Comedy shows were better. Didn't go to most of the lounges or casino, as the smoke effects me. The Love and Marriage show. Go to it, you will laugh. Almost got picked to participate. Maybe next time. Quest. Definately go and participate if you can. It is what you make of it. I was one of the leaders, and had a blast. Just don't take yourself too seriously, and you will have a great time. The ice show was really good, don't miss it. Went to some of the craft activities. They were usually held at Dizzy's, but there was no dedicated space, so there usually ended up being no room, as people tended to fall asleep in their chairs for the day. Towards the end of the cruise, the outer decks were closed due to high winds. I do not remember the rock wall ever being open, probably due to the winds. Disembarcation: Did not like this at all. They call your number, and you leave the ship to wait for a bus. Long wait. Then you sit on the bus as they line you up to get off. Longer wait. One word of advice. If you can't walk well, and have a lot of bags, please get a porter to help you. Oh, and listen to announcements instead of talking to each other. It makes things go so much easier. I think in the future, I would leave from Baltimore instead of Cape Liberty, as the difference in time from ship to home is only 30 minutes longer from Baltimore. That is because Baltimore handles passenger much better. Overall, I would have to say a good cruise, but not a great one. Cruising to me is about the ports anyway, so that is what I focus on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
First thing I'd like to say is, before booking and sailing on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the seas, I've watch the travel channel many times and was very impressed with all of there ships ammenities and activities. Just the sight ... Read More
First thing I'd like to say is, before booking and sailing on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the seas, I've watch the travel channel many times and was very impressed with all of there ships ammenities and activities. Just the sight of the ships size alone was convincing enough to say "oooh ahhh" I am eager to make my next sail with RCC at any cost. Well, My ship left from Cape Liberty in New Jersey on Aug 1, 2009. Boarding was fast and easy. I was very impressed with the inside of the ships 5th floor promenade "Ooooh Aahhh",,,It is truly the heart of the ship. They get 5 stars***** for that. My Junior Suite was on the 9th floor room 9572, and let me tell you I was not impressed with the size of the room at all((very small)). On Carnival its a normal size room. I saw an online virtual view of the room we had, and it showed the room having a flat screen tv((false)),no flat screen at all, in fact the tv was a 20 inch tv, the same size that's inside my 8 year old daughters room at home,,This is a JUNIOR SUITE?????? Come on!!!! The Balcony was rusted, in need of a paint job.. The food in our Dinning was horrible, but we were able to get the waiter and head waiter to change the menu for us to something we like which was a big plus, and The asst. waiter was a real sweet heart. They went above and beyond to please us and we were very happy with them...We thanked them and made sure they saw it inside the gratuity envelopes at the end of the cruise....5 stars ***** smile My kids were not happy with the 1 A.M. curfew the ship has for kids,,,,On Carnival Funships they can chill out as long as they want. After a certain time part of the WINDJAMMER CAFE was closed on deck 11 which sucked and the food was sometimes dry during those times. On Carnival, Though they dont serve much food on the lido deck after late hours, they do leave the whole Lido deck open so you dont feel force to one side of there cafe like Explorer of the seas did. However, on the 5th floor there is a deli shop that stays open all night, and they were very nice to deal with,,,,,everything fresh all night,,, All the shows we saw on board were out of this world..... 5 stars ***** 5 stars ***** for the rock climbing wall, inline skating, ship shape fitness center and the promendae parades.. In whole, I think Carnival Funship Cruises are 10 times better, all Carnival needs is a basketball court and a rock climbing wall,,,lol Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
Went on the 9 night Bermuda and eastern/southern caribbean cruise on Explorer. Our group included 2 diamond members, and 4 gold members in the C&A. Before departing we discovered via Cruise Critic of the damage to the ship. Also RCL ... Read More
Went on the 9 night Bermuda and eastern/southern caribbean cruise on Explorer. Our group included 2 diamond members, and 4 gold members in the C&A. Before departing we discovered via Cruise Critic of the damage to the ship. Also RCL had notified us of the C&A program changes and communication has been made with appropriate management about the unacceptable changes. Enough with the background off to the cruise.We are from the NY/NJ/PA area so we drove up the day of and had a friend drop us off at the port. Bayonne is Bayonne, being from there it's standard but the Russian monument for 9/11 is great and there are good views of the city on a good day. Unfortunately we left in fog and rain, but alas that was our worst weather.We began our cruise with lunch in the Windjammer. Standard fare. I for one miss the grill feature of the older ships. Just my opinion nothing wrong with the indoor grill, but prefer the poolside grill. The windjammer food was average with a better dessert selection than the dining many nights.  After lunch we all checked out our cabins and unpacked. The group had 2 balcony rooms and an interior stateroom. The cabins were adequate although the balconys needed to be touched up.The food at dinner was ok at best. The menu was limited, one steak, one pasta, a fish and 2 vegetarian entrees an evening. Of course the alternate menu was always available. One night in the dining room, the menu presented filet of beef tenderloin. It turned out to be 2 slices of london broil. We have also noticed the portions are smaller and it is now a 3 course meal instead of 4 courses. Another old touch that is missed is the after dinner cordial or as we call it the shot tray. We just miss the little RCL shot glasses with that nights concoction. The service was spectacular from our waiter and assistant waiter. The head waiter simply made rounds. We found the wine package to be a good investment, especially as our evenings were Concierge Club, Dinner, back to the club. Yong in the CC lounge is fantastic. We had a great group and will miss this if our membership is not grandfathered come September. More on this to come.The lunches in the dining room were fantastic. The salad station offered great variety and there were many appealing choices despite the menu being on a two to three day rotation. Breakfast for us was the Windjammer and repetitive by choice. The selection was good and the food hot so it is what it is.We also had dinner at Portofino's one evening. The food is excellent but 2 and a half hours of eating is just gorging for us. What the dining room lacks in portion and presentation Portofinos more than makes up. Service here again was impeccable.After dinner we did trivia and the shows. We're not gamblers so no idea if the tables were hot.Being well-read learned types we finished near the top in each round of trivia and despite missing a round almost won the Ultimate Trivia.The shows were pretty good. Some of the dancer lacked enthusiasm but many of the staff were approaching the end of their contracts. This was extremely noticeable with the cruise director's staff. We do not mind the staff having fun but for the staff to be openly drinking heavily is inappropriate. There were other shenanigans beside the drinking but we'll write that off to kids being kids and their contracts being up. This cruise was a slightly above average cruise for us. The reason for this being above average was the attentive nature of our waitstaff, Merrick and Henri, our cabin stewards, Winston and Franklin and Yong, the concierge lounge attendant. The reason this cruise was not excellent is the lack of variety for food, lack of food/snacks, in the sports bar and English pub, the disinterest of the cruise director's staff and the little cutbacks. The cutbacks were the chocolates on the pillows, the cordials, the smaller portions, and the drink of the day not being pre-poured. These are minor cutbacks but signify a shift in the cruise lines attitude. Historically the cruise is an almost all-inclusive vacation with constant attention. Now we're seeing this change. THe most noteable change is the treatment of the loyalty programs members. As discussed elsewhere on cruise critic and in e-mails and postings by RCL, the diamond members are being excluded from the concierge club. Our disagreement is not in the paying for our drinks but the loss of camraderie. The CC represents a place to re-connect with old friends and meet new ones. Now it will take our group another 10 years at least to re-gain the treatment we believed we had earned through our past loyalty with RCL. For the first time in a long time our multi-generational group is considering other lines and alternate vacations. RCL you have a fantastic product and a loyal customer base. Treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve. We have graciously forked over tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to sail with you. We earned our benefits and wish to keep them. Keep up the good work your doing and return to your greatness. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009

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