3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I sailed the Celebrity Summit 8/13-8/20 with my girlfriend with no prior cruising experience and not exactly sure what to expect, but was completely blown away but the staff and service on the Summitt. From Captain Alex and Cruise ... Read More
I sailed the Celebrity Summit 8/13-8/20 with my girlfriend with no prior cruising experience and not exactly sure what to expect, but was completely blown away but the staff and service on the Summitt. From Captain Alex and Cruise Director Patrick keeping us up to date during their morning announcements, to the PHENOMENAL staff in the Blu Restaurant (AquaClass exclusive), to the friendly room service staff that always asked you how your day was, I simply loved every second of my trip. Favorite bars include the Rendez-Vous Lounge on the 4th floor for nightly live music and dancing as well as the beautiful Sunset Bar at the back of the ship on the 10th floor (Jaime is one of the best bartenders I've ever been served by!). Bring a camera for some stunning late night shots of the sunset over the Atlantic. If you can, I would avoid the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) simply because they serve, more or less, the same stuff every day and it gets really cluttered and the amount of elderly sailers keeps the lines dragging. If you are a pool goer - get there early! The chairs get claimed before 11 AM and the people who claim them don't leave all day. The nightly shows in the theatre were very good as well. Jesse Hamilton, Jr. is a must see if you can catch him. As a bit of advice - definitely go for the drink package and prepaid tips if you get 2 selections with your room type. If you are a shopper, wait until Saturday morning (last day at sea) for a MASSIVE blowout sale. Getting on and off the ship wasn't too much trouble while in Bermuda, just remember to bring a photo ID and your SeaPass card. Would highly recommend this vacation for new or experienced cruisers looking for a luxury-feel, high-class serviced vacation, at roughly the same cost you would pay for MUCH less with NCL. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
What a wonderful experience we had on the Anthem of the Seas!! Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff!! The ship is very clean and beautiful. Check in was a breeze, and leaving on the final day was sad ( didn't want to leave) ... Read More
What a wonderful experience we had on the Anthem of the Seas!! Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff!! The ship is very clean and beautiful. Check in was a breeze, and leaving on the final day was sad ( didn't want to leave) easy as well. The food was delicious. We ate mainly at the Windjammer, but also the Grand, Silk, and American Icon. Surprised by the oxtail stew at the Winder, excellent, tender and very tasty! Entertainment was exceptional. Please see Spectra in the 270. What an awesome expierence. Spectra himself was fun and full of charm and mystery. The dancers and singers were phenominal. What fantastic vocal ranges they had. The Giift was touching then you could go rock out with We Will Rock You! A taste of Broadway. Since this was my virgin cruise, all other cruises in the future had better step it up!! I can't wait for 2017 and my next cruise. Don't think I'll do land vacations again for awhile. I'm hooked. Great job Anthem of the Seas staff and Royal Carribean. You rock!! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Having read all the January roll calls and reviews of Anthem Of The Seas cruises and the cruise from Hell (January Hurricane cruise), I hoped our cruise would have better. Let me start with Embarkation. I have read many reviews that stated ... Read More
Having read all the January roll calls and reviews of Anthem Of The Seas cruises and the cruise from Hell (January Hurricane cruise), I hoped our cruise would have better. Let me start with Embarkation. I have read many reviews that stated once the passengers entered Bayonne Pier Terminal, they went to the ushers with iPads and in a few minutes were ushered up the escalator to enter the ship. It only took 5 minutes. Not so for us. We entered around 9:30AM and were told to stand behind the people already sitting in blue chairs. There was another full section of people sitting in white chairs. At the back of the huge hall, were about 30 elderly people standing. Not enough seats for all of us. As the streams of the people kept coming in, they gathered in the front. We were not allowed to board the ship. We were told that the computer system was down that tabulated our faces and names as we boarded. With this down, no one could board. After being there an hour and standing, they started to let us board. However the people who just entered the building were in the front and went on the first line. They were calling people by rows from the front. Chaos was starting right away. All the people standing started to move to the right and walk along the wall to where the first row was starting to move from their seats. The people standing, plus the people coming into the building and other people sitting in chairs began to move as well. Suddenly the escalators were not functioning so the line was halted. We later were told that the people leaving the ship from the last cruise experienced problems with the same escalators, so we were asked to leave space between passengers to balance out the weight. Finally we boarded the ship after waiting 2 hours. Many people were still sitting in their chairs waiting to get the word to board. Passengers were unable to go to their cabins so onto the buffet went the 4500. The Marketplace was not as large as I have seen on other ships, so tables were unavailable. With no place to go, people ate and sat. New arrivals were screwed, since space was at a premium. We asked some people sitting on a table for 8 if we could use two of the unused seats, which was great. We could see the utter frustration on the passengers with wheelchairs and walkers searching for a place to sit, many with plates in hand. We decided to go downstairs to our cabin and see if it was ready. The access door to the cabins from the elevator banks was closed. People were sitting on the floor and the steps waiting. I decided to try the door handle and it was not locked, so everyone followed and went to the room. Our room was done and was beautiful. Plenty of closet space, and the balcony was huge. We had no complaints at all. Food has always been a problem for Anthem reading the past reviews. I was really prepared for the worst. I had emailed the Restaurant Department at Royal, since the reservations available were all at 9PM. We cannot eat that late and said so in my emails. They responded an said that we could eat at 5:15 every night and to tell them which restaurant to book. I responded by only selecting Silk once, which was a good thing, since it was really the only restaurant we did not like. We loved the food in The Grande and had the same waitress, Elizabeth, who was a gem. We had early reservations to two shows and she was able to bring us our food, hot and quick and with a smile. Service by the waitstaff was excellent. I do not know where the other reviewers were eating, but I do not think they were on the same ship. Everyone we came in contact with had a smile, and more than happy to satisfy our needs. The Maitre D, David, was so great as was his assistant. I was impressed that they had inside ping pong tables, so the ball would not be subjected to the wind outside. I loved the bumper cars and The Northstar. I did not see any mention of the Puzzle Room, which was disappointing. I had read that the Puzzle Room was affected by the hurricane. My cabin stewart, Jeffrey, was amazing. He was always there to give us extra blankets and pillows and brought us ice everyday. I did end up with a chronic cough two days before we docked in Bayonne. Prior to that, after the captain announced that our trip would be shortened by two days (due to a storm on its way from the West), Anthem staff were busy to wash walls, railings, elevators, tables, chairs, casino and casino chips, bagging books in the Library, taking pamphlets and advertisements that were in the room, etc. It probably was the cause for my chronic cough. I decided not to go the doctor, for fear of contamination with other passengers suffering with Norovirus. The end result was I suffered with the cough and did not sleep for 2 days. On the morning of departure, at around 2:30 AM, I went out of the room so my wife would not hear my coughing, and went to 4th floor where they had coffee available. Might I say that on every ship prior, the buffet was open late and early in the morning to serve their guests. Not on our ship. They closed at 9PM. Anyway, after getting coffee on the 4th, I went upstairs to the 5th floor to Two70s, where they would be serving early breakfast for those just walking with their bags off the ship to their cars. Once I got upstairs, I walked into Two70s and saw a man in a rebreather mask fumigating the chairs and table and carpets with a thick mist. I left right away to avoid breathing any toxic fumes. They closed the sliding doors after me. At 5:30 we were supposed to go that same room for breakfast. How dumb is that. They did open at 5:45 but my cough got worse. I did not stay to eat and went upstairs to our room instead. Leaving the ship was easy. Once we got to the garage, there were people who took down our names and the last four digits of our credit card, in order to give us the credit for the two days parking. Overall we liked the ship and with our 50% discount given by RCI, we book Anthem for next year. All we did was move to room midships, so save some walking. Whatever part of the ship you are on, get ready to do some walking. We know it is healthy, but the elevator banks are in midships and so are the stairs. Be prepared with comfortable shoes. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I feel like the ship is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. We have been on Adventure, Rhapsody, Oasis, and Liberty before Anthem, choosing it as it was the new ship. The ship itself is beautiful. Our stateroom was awesome along ... Read More
I feel like the ship is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. We have been on Adventure, Rhapsody, Oasis, and Liberty before Anthem, choosing it as it was the new ship. The ship itself is beautiful. Our stateroom was awesome along with our steward. Loved the extra closet space and layout of the room. We enjoyed all the public rooms, Northstar, bumper cars, etc. The theater was the first Royal theater we have encountered where the balcony was not great, it was as if there was not enough pitch, seats on Deck 4 were much better for sightlines than the balcony. We enjoyed We will Rock you, Spectra is a bit just showing off the capabilities of 270 more than a cohesive show, and The Gift was just odd. The staff throughout was extremely friendly and we did not have service issues in the restaurants. As always the crux that Anthem seems to have is the food. We enjoyed not having the menus that we have seen at the other main restaurants on the traditional ships. A quick recap of where we ate: American Icon: Good, out of the 4 probably our favorite Chic: Split Personality-one evening was great but the second was meh Grande: Good-no complaints and same quality as formal night in the mains of the traditionals Silk-Panda express is better which is sad Chops:If this was my first chops experience I would never go again-very chewy meat-everything was Garlicky which I don't remember from previous visits. Jamies Italian: Fantastic-loved the boards and the Pasta was perfect Wonderland: AMAZING (better be for the price though) it was great-do not be scared of the menu and just let the waiter take you through their choices. Solarium Bistro:Baklava was great and the Kefta (which you get from the buffett). The mains were not memorable. Windjammer-only breakfast and lunch but loved the variety and breads. Also loved the hand washing stations which I think was a saving grace on us being able to still use utensils/tongs when there was a noro problem on board In the end I really debated between Very Good and Average and decided to compare it with other Royal cruises I have taken and say average due to the food quality, loved the variety, but quality was off. I am not considering the coming back early as that is out of control and we got a credit, and the norovirus problem was handled well and didn't feel limited (where as a case we had on Princess they shut down the buffet/wouldn't allow you to get drinks, etc). Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Hello, we enjoyed our cruise on Anthem of the Seas. It was a nice escape from a relatively dreary winter where I am from. I am from the mid-west. I work as a tech at a auto-body shop. We drove to new York, but didn’t go into the city ... Read More
Hello, we enjoyed our cruise on Anthem of the Seas. It was a nice escape from a relatively dreary winter where I am from. I am from the mid-west. I work as a tech at a auto-body shop. We drove to new York, but didn’t go into the city before our cruise. We chose Anthem because it is so big and beautiful. It also has lots of options for food and shows and stuff. We don’t have a lot of money so we got a cabin with no windows, which was ok because we spend lots of time at the bar and near the pool anyway. The TV screen that looks like a window is pretty cool. When we got to the ship it was a site to see. We have not been on a cruise before, and it was really big. I was jelous of those people that I could see on their balcony. The ship sailed out of new York and seemed to be on the ocean forever. We went to some beautiful places on our cruise, but we mostly stayed on board to go to the buffet and pool when no one else was around. We got off the ship at Laberee, but not in Puerto Rico. We liked the food. There was lots of it. We liked the shows. The cost of drinks at the bars was a surprise. I thought there would be more included. Because the ship spent a lot of time on the ocean we spent time and money in the casino. We didn’t bring our kids so we don’t know how the kids programs are. There weren’t that many kids on our ship, many kids would be in school. Our ship came back to New York early. We got a refund back for some amount, and a discount that I don’t think we’ll ever be able to use. I’m glad we went on this cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We chose the Anthem of the Seas on January 25th for our 36th cruise. My 15th review for Cruise Critic and my first RCCL cruise as a diamond member. I consider writing cruise reviews to be an obligation now and part of what contributes to ... Read More
We chose the Anthem of the Seas on January 25th for our 36th cruise. My 15th review for Cruise Critic and my first RCCL cruise as a diamond member. I consider writing cruise reviews to be an obligation now and part of what contributes to that is the flood of complainers that haunt this site. I think that CC exists to give those that do not cruise as often as we do, an objection point of comparison of cruise ships so that they can make the best decision on how to spend their cruise dollar. This site may not be doing that right now because there are many unfair reviews of the Anthem of the Seas and some that really should this vessel may not be doing so out of fear that they will be disappointed. This ship, this cruise, this vacation aboard the fabulous ship is not to be missed. You can listen to the minor, nearly irrelevant details of this ship and the food and the service, but if you do that, you are missing out on a terrific experience. There will be many complaints about this cruise. For one thing, it left a day late, so out 12 day itinerary was cut to 11 days. Worse still, the *entire* itinerary was changed. We didn’t visit a single port that was on our original itinerary aside from Labadee. I don’t think that RCCL went above and beyond to compensate for the lost day. Their compensation was just ok. I missed out on a motorcycle rental in Cayman and sailing in Cozumel. Both were genuine disappointments for me. But is this a fair way to review this cruise? Should a potential passenger skip this ship and go elsewhere for fear that this will happen to them? I don’t think that would be wise. An itinerary change can happen at any time for any reason. It has happened to us before…late arrivals, skipped ports. I’m sure that this can be disappointing – I spoke with several people that were disheartened with the itinerary change. Aside from my personal excursions disappointment, it did seem silly to go to San Juan and only stay 5 hours. All aboard at 12:30 just seems stupid. I’m glad that it wasn’t a new port for me. But this has nothing to do with what will happen to you aboard the Anthem of the Seas. There were several “negative” experiences and I will get into them. Not a single one of them is significant enough to dissuade me from coming back on this ship – the sooner the better. But I think that its important to mention these “negatives” to validate this review. I see the things that are “wrong”, but they are very much not a big deal. So here we go: A lot of things seem to be broken. When we saw Spectra’s Cabaret, the robotic screens weren’t working. Very disappointing. There was an automatic sliding glass door going into the Solarium that became less and less responsive to approaching passengers. During the span of perhaps 30 minutes, it stopped working completely. The outdoor movie screen would flicker and do these digital hiccups. Very annoying. Twice, we saw workman replacing a virtual balcony screen in a stateroom. It’s an 80” hi-def TV screen mounted on its side. Odd that these would already be broken on such a new ship. But is is very comforting to know that they had (at least) 2 new ones, in stock and waiting. If my virtual balcony broke, I would be very disappointed if it couldn’t be fixed. And that illustrates an important point….any minor issue that we had was – without exception – addressed immediately and professionally. Honestly, they were so well taken care of that I don’t remember what the problems were. As for the hi-tech snafus, I guess its to be expected when there are a lot of things that can break; they eventually will. During the showing of The Gift, there was a 5 minute pause due to technical difficulty. These things did not affect my vacation. If they ruin your week, you don’t need a cruise vacation, you need a psychologist. The entertainment was very good. I understand the bewilderment that some have expressed about Spectra’s Cabaret and The Gift. I don’t “get” them either, but they are incredible. Multi-million dollar productions that are a privilege to attend. We Will Rock You is awesome! And I like that there is the singers, jugglers, comedian, magician on other nights. There were two tribute bands. First, Beatle Maniacs (saw them on the Quantum) at the beginning of the cruise. They played the Music Hall, but not before a full stage Beatles concert in the theater. A+ Later, Draw the Line, an Aerosmith tribute band played the Music Hall, several times. They were excellent. I played the game in the Escape Room. What a unique and totally excellent thing to have on a ship! Did N* and the bumper cars. This ship is so excellent. The food… Breakfast is never anything to write about. Boooooring! But we ate everywhere. Izumi was 10x better than I remember from the Quantum. Plus we did a sushi making class. Great. I’ve never been a fan of Chops, but it was excellent this time. The upcharge for the dry-aged Porterhouse may have contributed to that. They do not have live lobster on this vessel. As a New Englander, I take offense to frozen lobster served (for a $21 upcharge). RCCL needs to get with the program here. The NCL Breakaway has live lobster and fresh seafood aboard. Don’t be afraid of Wonderland, even if you are a ‘meat and potatoes’ person. There’s nothing outrageous on that menu, but the presentations are second to none. We had an outstanding meal at Chic. I don’t understand why anybody complains about Dynamic Dining. I think its perfect. Different venue, different menu, every night. We ended up at Jamie Oliver’s 3 times, Wonderland twice. We didn’t have a bad meal, anywhere. Although the roast beef sandwiches don’t seem to be as good as they used to be. When they bus the tables, the table cleaners stack all of the dishes on carts and when they are full, they wheel the cart out of the dining room. I think that these should be covered with a table cloth or something. When you are experiencing fine dining, you don’t want to see someone else’s garbage. They should start doing this today. The Chef’s Table has a new menu. Amazing meal. The WOW bands are worth $5, I guess. They are particularly comfortable, but they are practical. And, finally, the Royal IQ app is absolutely excellent. It has the Cruise Compass on it, your personal calendar with activities, excursions and dining schedule. If you see something in the Cruise Compass that you want to do, simply click on it to add it to your calendar. It is then listed as a “to-do” list. This app puts NCL’s app to shame. Lastly, the Diamond Club is great. It has been worth the wait to get to this level to now enjoy this terrific perk. There is nothing wrong with this ship. You may listen to others, but this is our 3rd trip on the Quantum Class and we are going to keep going. If you don’t go, you are cheating yourself out of a great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This is my 75th cruise, and my children's 22nd cruise. We are Emerald members on Royal Caribbean and Gold members on Disney. I do not recall the statuses on Norwegian or Carnival. We went on the Anthem of The Seas for a New ... Read More
This is my 75th cruise, and my children's 22nd cruise. We are Emerald members on Royal Caribbean and Gold members on Disney. I do not recall the statuses on Norwegian or Carnival. We went on the Anthem of The Seas for a New Year's cruise. We had been on the Quantum of the Seas last Christmas and booked the Anthem of the seas for this New Years while on board. Check in was fast and efficient. We were met with people with ipads who checked us in without having to wait on a line. Our rooms were ready when promised and a tremendous plus, all of our luggage was at our room, Room was immaculate and in great condition. My husband met the room attendant whom he described as unhappy. I did not meet her until day 4 of the cruiser and she could barely grumble a hello. She did her job well cabin was clean but her mood was best described as cranky. The Anthem of the seas as well as the Quantum are designed to be technologically advanced. This being said, it is my assumption that more time is spent training the staff on the technical aspect of doing their job rather than customer service. All over the ship, in every department, the staff was not friendly. Efficient at their jobs, but not friendly. When we finally encountered staff who were friendly, we immediately asked what ship had they been on previously, and the friendly staff had come from the Freedom, Adventurer, Allure or Oasis. Better staff training is needed on the Anthem. Staff members who were very friendly were Lemuel, Piedro and Rosa. All from the American Icon dining room. Colin from the IFLY department was responsive to passengers needs and friendly. Most cruisers chose this ship becasue of the attractions onboard the ship. However having stated that, on this cruise there were only enough slots for 60% of the guests to go on the Ifly. My children had their time slots so we were happy. The bumper cars had tremendous wait times. My son waited 44 minutes to get on the bumper cars, this is not relaxing for anyone. The trapeze was broken for the first 5 days of the cruise and on the 6th day there were not enough time slots for my daughter to get on the trapeze. On the 7th day, I waited 1 hour and 15 minutes to get a wrist band so that my daughter could then get a turn on the trapeze, which she did and loved. However, me waiting on line for a wrist band is not part of my dream vacation. On the flow rider, there was over a 1 hour wait, each time. For those who have seen the other ships flow riders, it is easy to accommodate 2 people at a time but this was understaffed so only 1 person at a time could be on the flow rider. The time spent waiting for the attractions and the time spent waiting for the wrist bands for the POSSIBILITY of using the attractions was like being at Disney World during Christmas week, not fun and not always productive. As for the show We will Rock You, the singers and actors were fantastic, however the show seemed to have been written by a 4th grader. The plot was silly as were the lines. We are used to better shows on Royal Caribbean. We saw Mamma Mia, on the Quantum last year and it was truly Broadway quality. We have seen Chicago on another ship and that was Broadway quality as well. For the second production show, The Gift, the ship stated that there were technical difficulties and the show could not go on. The actors then did a singing show which was fine. The cruise at the last minute flew in another act to subsiitute for The Gift, which were the 50 Shades of Buble. While this was not terrible, this act was more suited towards the crowds on Celebrity Cruises. The comedian and the ventriloquist, and the Journey Cover band were all acts worthy of Royal Caribbean and enjoyed by everyone. The food in all of the dining rooms was OK, not great, There is a tremendous push to dine in the specialty restaurants. We have eaten in Chops Grille on the Freedom 2 times, did not find it spectacular so we chose to stay in the dining rooms that were included in the price. New Years Eve was a standard New Years Eve on a cruise ship and they did it well. The only thing that was offensive was that they were selling glow in the dark toys. I find that offensive because other cruise lines give that out for free, and when you are paying for a New Years cruise, which is top price, you really do not want to be nickeled and dimed for light up toys. The shore excursion on Coco Cay to swim with the sting rays was fantastic. We had done it on Disney where we pet the sting rays, but this has you swimming with them, and the staff was fantastic. Overall, all I can say is that we did not get what we paid for. We had booked the Anthem for next year (prior to sailing) and cancelled the booking. We are looking forward to being on the Oasis in February and the Freedom in April. The staff needs to be trained in customer service, the activities need to be stream lined so that all passengers can make use of the activities. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
I am a totally inexperienced cruiser, I had never stepped foot on a vessel of this size before Nov 22nd. I learned one thing right away, never sail on a new ship with new technology...needless to say, maybe automation isn't the way ... Read More
I am a totally inexperienced cruiser, I had never stepped foot on a vessel of this size before Nov 22nd. I learned one thing right away, never sail on a new ship with new technology...needless to say, maybe automation isn't the way to go right now. Check-In: the system crashed..need I say more.. WOW bands: should really be called underwow bracelets, lets just say they worked only occasionally at best, I had to go to guest services numerous times to have my band "reset." Royal IQ app: pay 14.95 per device and have it tell you more times that not, unable to deliver text message..I got my money back for the one, since the feature was terrible. This WOW experience is a great concept, but hasn't come together yet. Guest Relations: I was going to start tell wait staff that my room was in guest services, since I spent more time there, then anywhere else on the boat. Due to the fact that I was so displeased with my experience on this boat, I went to guest relations (after being stuck in the elevator) and demanded my prepaid gratuities back, yea not going to happen for 7-10 business days. So for anyone 1st time cruisers reading this...do not pay your gratuities up front (12.95 per person per day) for our 4 people for 8 days totally $414.40. Next time I will tip as I go...give it to services that deserve it. Service: I will be nice here.... Positives: IFLY-H2O (yes his name) was AWESOME!! the highlight of my boat experience. I will say, being forced to be disconnected from the stressers of work and real life I enjoyed tremendously, and I would do it again....This experience is not going to deter me from cruising again. I see the potential of how awesome it can be. I recommend doing the classic dining, dynamic dining isn't fixed yet...they messed up so many reservation, I can't even begin to go into detail with that one. Staterooms: (we had a balcony fl 13) we had 4 people 2 adults 1 14yr old 1 6 yr old, and it was tight I have to be honest, the balcony was awesome, when going out to the balcony and you looked you the "H" from anthem was directly over your head, which I found cool...Our cabin stew..not the best, actually not great at all..my bathroom was always dirtier then when he got there, he never wiped down the counter, and there was filth behind the toilet by the toilet brush...yea I wasn't happy Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
I was part of a select group of people who had an opportunity to take a 2 day cruise to nowhere to preview the ship. I've never taken a cruise before but was very impressed with the experience. Here's my thoughts: 1) The ship: ... Read More
I was part of a select group of people who had an opportunity to take a 2 day cruise to nowhere to preview the ship. I've never taken a cruise before but was very impressed with the experience. Here's my thoughts: 1) The ship: it was beautifully decorated and easy to understand the layout. It's huge, so there's a lot of walking. The water was pretty choppy so we could feel a little movement below us. There was a few times we turned green. 2) Food: there's a lot of specialty restaurants and a huge buffet called the Windjammer. The windjammer was great for breakfast and offered a great variety so everyone could find something the liked. 3) Shows: we saw We Will Rock you and although the plot is cheesy, the singing was fantastic. We're talking better than Broadway. Very talented cast. We also saw Spectra's Cabaret which had great singers too. The show was interesting... Definitely more edgy and an acquired taste. 4) Activities: everything was awesome! I recommend doing the North Star sightseeing bubble while near a port. We did it in the middle of the ocean and so we just looked at clouds. Also, the bumper cars were much rougher than I expected. Plenty for kids to do though, including a room for teenagers to watch TV and lots of X-boxes, ping pong tables, roller skating, etc. 5) Rooms: the room was nice and pretty spacious as far as cruises go, I'm told. The bathroom and shower were pretty tight/claustrophobic. Plenty of storage though and great closets. We had a deck which was great too. We had a king size bed and there was also a couch which you could sleep on if necessary. 6) The Staff: Amazing. They could not have been any nicer! Every time I turned around someone asked if they could help me. They were beyond attentive! 7) Getting There: I took a car service (Carmel) to get to Port Liberty in Bayonne, NJ from Manhattan/NYC. The price was $49 + tolls and tip. Be warned: Tolls were $18! As far as timing, I got there with no traffic in 50 minutes. Once I arrived, the boarding process was very quick. Have your 'Set Sail' ready and it will go even faster. Overall, we had an awesome time and I would recommend this ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
At first, I was weary about embarkation. When we first walked through the door there was a large jumble of people in (somewhat) lines in front of Royal Caribbean representatives holding ipads for check-in. After getting in line, it ... Read More
At first, I was weary about embarkation. When we first walked through the door there was a large jumble of people in (somewhat) lines in front of Royal Caribbean representatives holding ipads for check-in. After getting in line, it exceeded my expectation and went very quickly, we gave the reps our set sail pass, they asked a few simple questions, snapped our pic and sent us on our way to Security. This was also a breeze! The lines were sorted out, some for general boarding and others for suites and high tier Crown and Anchor members. After a short walk through the metal detector we were on our way up the escalator onto the gangway, where we were greeted with a red carpet walk way and beautiful floral arrangements, when we boarded the ship we entered directly into the Royal Esplanade on Deck 5, which is of course where everyone was gathered and was a little hectic at first, but after everyone was settled in you would’ve never known how many people were on the ship. When leaving port in Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ, we had the best view of New York City. The first place we ate was Café two70, which had hot/cold sandwiches, salads, soup and fresh carved meat, all in different stations where you would pick out what you wanted, and get it in seconds. I had the BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado) Salad which was delicious and the 4 cheese melt, again, delicious! Our first dinner we had was at ‘Devinly Decadent’ which is a low calorie, heath conscious complimentary restaurant which was originally a specialty restaurant on board and was later converted to complimentary. The starters and desert was self-serve buffet style, while the menu items were separated out by 500 and 700 calorie options. I had the lemon glazed prawns and filet mignon, which was served with steamed carrots, broccoli, asparagus and a portion of mashed potatoes. Everyone at the table had the filet mignon and all had the same reaction “WOW!” It was incredible! It was cooked to perfection and full of flavor. You would never guess this was only 500 calories! At desert they had small portions of carrot and pumpkin cake, as well as flourless cakes and dark chocolate brownies. I particularly loved the pumpkin cake. We ate at Windjammers café for breakfast which had all kinds of great breakfast options including fresh fruit, fresh baked pastries and bread, hot and cold cereal, pancakes, waffles, meats, egg and omelet stations and so much more all in buffet style. Lunch we had at Johnny Rockets, which was a great little burger place, but it had a long wait time. And finally, our last dinner, we had at Wonderland. One of the specialty restaurants on board which was unbelievable! First off, the décor was incredible; it was based from Alice in Wonderland so it had a very funky and fun element to it. There were mismatched chairs at each table with formal table settings that were oddly shaped or colored to go along with the ‘wonderland’ theme. The menu was Magical! It started out as blank white paper in a large gaudy frame, they provide you with a paint brush and a “magic potion” to dip it in, and you pant away to find your menu appear! As your menu dries, the paper turns blank again. We gave the waiter free range because we just had no idea where to start. After we counted I believe he provided us with a total of 17 dishes! Almost all were placed in the center of the table and we picked away at it family style. My favorite dish was the Short Rib, which was busy cooking 36 hours before we arrived for dinner; it fell right off the bone and melted in your mouth. All the dishes had an imaginative element, such as the eggs were served with a bowl of smoke over them so they seemed to catch fire when you removed it. The appetizers were served in curved spoons or wire whisk. The halibut cooked in a clear bag which had to be cut open to reveal a powerful aroma of rosemary and the veggies served in a rye bread and truffle oil combo that looked like a bed of dirt. All around fun experience! Royal Caribbean is big on activities, so needless to say, on our 2 night cruise we didn’t get to see them all! The ones we did get to experience were great! I was able to watch as some of our party experience the Ripcord by iFly indoor skydiving which looked like a blast. I chose not to partake in the North Star due to long wait in line, we chose to check out the Seaplex instead, but the North Star sure did look cool when we saw it in action! The Seaplex is a convertible venue that could be for bumper cards, roller skating, ping-pong tournaments, sports and a number of other things. On the top level of the Seaplex is an Xbox live gaming room and ping pong tables, on the bottom is the arena and arcade. Perfect place for Tweens and Teens! On the last night we saw “We Will Rock You” a Broadway style show exclusive to Royal Caribbean which was entertaining and funny! Great acting and singing voices showed they did a great job with auditioning the cast. The special effects and well-made props made you feel immersed in the show. Afterwards, we experienced some of the night life the “Music Hall,” a two story night club, bar, and entertainment area. Great venue, live music and DJ were both crowd pleasers! Top deck had an indoor pool and outdoor pool, a few hot tubs and kids area, all of which looked like a blast, the kids pool also had a “lazy river” which was just a small circular pool that the water went around in but looked great for kids. I was able to experience the adults only solarium, which had a relaxing atmosphere, and gorgeous 3 level pool. There were 4 hot tubs in the solarium, I was able to relax in one while looking out the forward of the ship while the sun was setting, absolutely best spot to relax. The ship’s gym was state of the art, on the very top deck with a gorgeous view all around. Any exercise equipment you could imagine was up there, and they also were doing sign up for a variety of different classes. On deck 4 and 5 were a variety of shops and restaurants and also the “Bionic Bar” which was 2 robotic arms that you ordered your drink from an ipad, and then waiting in the queue for your drink to be made. There were large screens on either side of the bar that explained what it was doing and which guest the drink was being made for. When your drink was ready the screens would let you know, and then you can simply scan your bracelet and the drink slid down the bar for pick up. Although this novelty was very interesting it was a very long wait time before your drink was ready. Even with shorter lines. The children’s area was separated out into 5 different rooms for 5 different age groups including a nursery. Bright and colorful décor and low ceilings made it a bright and inviting place for children to be in. On the day of disembarkation we packed up and rolled out! We met up and started to funnel out, we walked through representatives who scanned out bracelets and thanked us by name for sailing, we walked the red carpet again back off the ship and down the escalators to customs, where we waited in line for merely 5-10 minutes for a quick and easy entrance back into the US. We exited the building to find representatives pointing guests to the direction of shuttles, taxis and parking. We were quickly put onto our correct shuttle bus and back to the airport in no time at all. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Antonio took care of everything we asked for. The room was very clean and Antonio made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. The entertainment was great from the ice show to the very funny stand-ups to the El Gaucho show and not ... Read More
Antonio took care of everything we asked for. The room was very clean and Antonio made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. The entertainment was great from the ice show to the very funny stand-ups to the El Gaucho show and not least Saturday Night Fever There is always something to do. There were a few bars and they all had some form of entertainment. The pools were nice and the whirlpools were relaxing, especially when our drinks were brought to us. The buffets were better than the usual buffets, but the best were the evening main dining room meals. The service by Joao and Pong could not be possibly better. After the first night they knew exactly what we liked. Joao helped my wife peal her shrimp. I said I wish the platter was a bit larger and in less than a minute Pong served me another platter. All of the food was great, which actually prevented us from going to one of the specialty restaurants, there was no need. Food was available 24-7 on the busy 7th deck. The pizza was good and there was a large variety of salads and sandwiches. We purchased the drink package and spent time at the Hoof and Claw bar every day. The service by Robert and his crew was awesome. Never an empty glass! There seemed to be a lot of hurry up and wait getting on and off the ship, but with this many people it is understandable. This was a 5 night cruise and I wished it was longer. We spent a day at beautiful Horseshoe Bay, the water was clear and very warm. The entire bay area makes it a tourist friendly visit. Chair rentals on the beach, a changing area and food and drink are right there. Transportation to and from with local buses is easy. The sand is pinkish and soft. We enjoyed walking around King's Wharf, a lot of interesting shops, but again not enough time. We had a great trip and I highly recommend this ship and most importantly the crew. The cruise and Bermuda can't be beat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first cruise adventure of my lifetime. I was so impressed with the ship overall. It was impeccably clean and tidy from the moment we embarked to the time we disembarked. Dining was always first rate and the options were ... Read More
This was my first cruise adventure of my lifetime. I was so impressed with the ship overall. It was impeccably clean and tidy from the moment we embarked to the time we disembarked. Dining was always first rate and the options were limitless. Our cabin and cabin attendant was a highlight of our wonderful experience. The only thing I would change would be our room service experience. We did not receive the coffee we pre-ordered on the door hanger. In an effort not to be without coffee first thing in the morning, I just slipped out to the nearby dining room to get to go cups as needed. Bermuda was spectacular! Everything I had hoped and wished for was a reality on this beautiful little gem of an island. Looking forward to cruising with Royal Caribbean again in the future. I wish I had discovered cruise vacations years ago. I really is the ultimate package of everything you would want and desire during a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first cruise from the very first moments of mass confusion once we boarded the ship set the tone for want was to follow for the next 10 days. There is very little, if any customer service available. The lines at the service ... Read More
This was our first cruise from the very first moments of mass confusion once we boarded the ship set the tone for want was to follow for the next 10 days. There is very little, if any customer service available. The lines at the service desk were very long nearly every single day. The ship is in need of some attention. Some of the seats in the pizza parlor were taped together with duct tape. Most bathrooms throughout the ship, including our room, were dirty and very smelly. I finally cleaned our toilet myself with wet wipes to try to eliminate some of the odor. What was under to rim was disgusting. Staff were all over the ship trying to sell the drink packages, spa packages, photo packages, jewelry, and some of the most awful artwork I have ever seen. Do not expect to be pampered on this cruise, unless you pay, and pay and pay for each and every service. I am surprises we did not have to provide our own bedding and towels. The food in the dining room was mediocre, but little in the way of flavor or seasonings and got so monotonous we had to take a break from the dining room. The staff that we were in contact with such as dinning staff and room stewards were friendly, but stressed over and over again how important it was to give them a positive rating on the end of cruise survey, as their jobs depended on it. There was desperation in their voices. We never received a survey. The staff of the spa were placed all over the common areas selling their services, but the glum look on their faces suggested that this would no be a good experience. Finally, near the end of the cruise we decided to purchase one of the drink packages. The biggest rip off of this cruise line was the charge for the final day of cruise. We had absolutely no hope of using our drink package because we had to leave the ship by 8:45 am, and even if we could have consumed our $57.00 per day charge, there was no one to serve it. I wish there was as way to request a refund for this last day. This was a miserable, expensive experience. The entertainment was just below average - nothing I would ever go to see on land. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I was not pleased with the entertainment when comparing it with other cruises. It appeared because it was a 14 nt. & older group, which was constantly mentioned , that we didn't get the caliber of other cruises I've been ... Read More
I was not pleased with the entertainment when comparing it with other cruises. It appeared because it was a 14 nt. & older group, which was constantly mentioned , that we didn't get the caliber of other cruises I've been on. Also the food was not exceptional. I really felt we should have had lobster two nights on a 14 nt. cruise & especially a New England & Canada one. Some nights the food was excellent but others not so good. Also there were not enough activities . I'm also not in favor of the alchol package as it makes people feel they should over-indulge to get their money's worth. By dinner many guests were drunk. We enjoyed the ports and our rooms were adequate. We'll really shop around for our next cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We had a very disappointing five days on this ship sailing from New Jersey, US to Bermuda. This was our first cruise, and I will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again. While the staff was always helpful and hard working (especially in ... Read More
We had a very disappointing five days on this ship sailing from New Jersey, US to Bermuda. This was our first cruise, and I will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again. While the staff was always helpful and hard working (especially in the main dining room), the ship was overcrowded. We waited on line for two hours to board the ship at the terminal in New Jersey. And, once we were on the ship, we waited on line for everything from towels, to breakfast, to customer service. There were never enough chairs for the passengers to sit comfortably and relax. It was impossible to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the beautiful views. The music from the children's pool area was deafening. The food was average, and the entertainment was mediocre. This was a budget cruise experience with a luxury cruise price tag. The worst part was that there was an ever present smell of sewage in the hallway on our floor. The best part was that the early disembarkation was quick and we could get off the ship soon after we docked. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My wife and I just completed our first cruise and it was great. It was a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. A little info before I start so you know where my comments are coming from. We don't normally eat at fancy restaurants, chills and ... Read More
My wife and I just completed our first cruise and it was great. It was a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. A little info before I start so you know where my comments are coming from. We don't normally eat at fancy restaurants, chills and Applebee's are where we take the kids and sometime a steak or seafood place. We are average blue collar folk in our 40s. We did a stay, park and cruise package with the Newark best western which worked out well aside from the party that was going a few rooms down until 2 am. Didn't hear it at all until they would go out in the hallway and yell to each other from each end. The transport to and from the hotel was easy and the hotel parking was tight but secured and monitored. We were concierge class and from the time we arrived pier side at 11am to the time we were on ship took 15 minutes. We preboarded online a few weeks before and had all our documents ready to go. The drink when first walking onboard was free but we were premium drink packages so didn't care either way. We walked around and explored a bit until just after 1 pm when they said we could go to our room. We were in room 7182 and it was great as was the staff. Our room was always well taken care of and they were very friendly. We had great views of the Statue of Liberty when leaving and had good views of Bermuda when leaving there also. We received our bags by 4:45 pm on boarding day. We ate at the main dining room most days for lunch and the food was always very good and in the main dining room at night most nights which for us was some of the best meals we have eaten. Billy was our main waiter and was very personable. His personality alone made our cruise worth the price. We did try the Quine and Normandy restaurants for dinner and enjoyed both but the MDR was so good and we had great table mates which really made us want to eat there. Breakfast was a mix of MDR, room service and once at the buffet. Nothing wrong with the buffet but we felt the MDR was more relaxing and less hustle and bustle. I was never Wow'd by breakfast onboard but it was always decent. Speaking of hustle and bustle, the pool area was always ridiculously packed and I wish they had more room. Beside the seating all around the pool being used the pools and hot tubs were packed like lobsters in a seafood tank. It's pretty much my only complaint for the cruise. My wife and I would take a quick dip if we could and then head to the top aft deck and lay out. That location is great as she likes the sun and I prefer a little shade after an hour of sun. Everyone on board, staff and guests were very nice and I was able to relax the whole week with little to no stress which was my goal. We did 4 tours with the ship while in Bermuda and all were well executed and easy to find/meet for us newbies. When we go again we will do some of our own touring as it is easy to get around the island via ferry, bus or cab and cheaper. The one we will do again is the elbow beach day excursion because the beach was perfect and we got a chair and umbrella included. There was a restaurant and bathroom facilities just a few steps away also. It looked like horseshoe bay beach had that also but there's was a farther walk than elbow beach ( or so I was told) and its more crowded at horseshoe bay by quite a bit. Boarding the ship the first day in Bermuda was slow because a few tours came back at the same time but the ship staff had flavored ice water for free and iced down washcloths that really cooled you down and refreshed the spirit. Disembarking on the last day was just as quick and easy as the first day. We carried our bags off and met the shuttle just outside. I know I left a bunch out so ask/add if you have specific comments or questions. Overall it was awesome and we are already booked for the same cruise next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
I took the Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda on August 8th, 2015. I travel solo and this was my first cruise so I was really excited when I first saw the ship in port in NJ. It was H-U-G-E and ... Read More
I took the Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda on August 8th, 2015. I travel solo and this was my first cruise so I was really excited when I first saw the ship in port in NJ. It was H-U-G-E and beautiful!!! I am a seasoned teacher not afraid to try new things and meet new people. I took Amtrak into NYC from CT and that was lovely. I am partially disabled, walking with a cane, and Amtrak took good care of me at Penn Station to help get me and my big suitcase up to the main station platform. My daughter and son-in-law met me at the station so we could enjoy the day together in the city. The next morning we rented a zip car and drove to the ship. Directions to the ship were easy to follow. The only surprise was the $14 toll for the tunnel into NJ. We pulled right up to the ship's terminal and unloaded my suitcase with the help of a porter that we tipped. He directed that they drive me up to the entrance door so I could get help with embarkation. I had called RCCL weeks earlier to request assistance with embarkation and debarkation of the ship. They had a wheelchair for me and they took me right up in front of a totally separate line where I only to to wait for a couple of minutes before they checked m That was a major perk in being disabled, no waiting in very long lines like everyone else had to. Cool! The porter rolled me all the long way up into the ship which was so exciting!!! I tipped him well. I had him bring me right to the Windjammer so I could start relaxing and get some lunch. It was busy but not too crowded further in to Windjammer's. The food was nice, many choices. Since it was only 1pm when I finished I walked around the ship a little bit. AMAZING! I felt like I was in a hotel or a shopping mall, not on a ship. They announced that rooms were open so I hustled myself to my stateroom. As I walked in I saw clear thru the balcony window. Awesome!!! I couldn't believe it! There she was, the new World Trade Tower, right there in front of me, towering away up into the sky. What a unique view of NYC. The stateroom was sweet, perfect in size. The drapery and carpet were a little dated in style but clean and neat. I loved the good lighting in the room, especially over the desk/vanity area where I could do my make-up. The TV worked well with limited channels of course, and no news stations, which to me was a good thing to help me relax while on vacation. The bathroom was small but comfortable. I enjoyed the little tubular shower stall. I had no trouble standing in it, without my cane for balance, because it was small. I moved some things over from the little frig so I could put my water bottle and bottle of wine that I brought in (you can bring two per stateroom). There was one double wall outlet on the desk. Just enough for me and my alarm clock and curling iron. I enjoyed the couch while watching TV and had my cabin steward bring me an extra blanket to keep on the couch for when I felt chilled. I had also splurged and ordered a cute floral bouquet for the room. That was in the room when I arrived. The chocolate covered strawberries were not there at arrival, a disappointment. When I first met my cabin steward I gave him a $20 extra tip. I left him a note the first morning about leaving all towels as they are unless I place them on the floor, to leave the balcony furniture set-up as I like it and to keep my ice bucket filled. He was always very gracious to me. I am so glad I splurged on a balcony room and will never get anything else. I loved having the fresh air and light come into the room. Another great feature of my room was that it was right at the port side elevators, PERFECT!!!!!! location all around. Less rocking too. I brought one larger suitcase with enough clothes to change into if I wanted to for dinner, which I did most nights, just because it was fun to do..... I chuckled at the critters towel sculptures that Junior, my cabin steward, left for me, a very sweet touch. It was exciting watching the ship leave port and head out to sea. I thought of how my grandmother Tilly once arrived here into NY over a hundred years ago when she was 16 and alone, and here I was alone heading outwards from NY just to have fun on a ship, pretty inspiring to think on the significance of the legacy she left me. Going under the giant bridge was en event and everyone cheered when we made it. The ship blasted it horns too making it all very dramatic. I had made all of my "My Way Dining" options on-line but called and made a reservation for the last night of the cruise in "Choppes", which turned out to be a good move. I didn't mind sitting alone most times but also enjoyed sitting with new people. I may try regular scheduled dining times for me next cruise so that I always sit with the same people and get to know them better. I never felt lonely cruising solo because there was always something to do. I love the arts and had fun at two different art auctions. They auctioned off really good quality prints of famous and not so famous art works. Do not think that these are the real thing, the real painting or print/etching, they are good copies on good paper, nice framing choices too. I actually bought a large framed print to hang up over my bed at home. They ship it for a really reasonable fee. One of the gallery clerks was extremely knowledgeable about art and artists, impressive. I am an art teacher so I already know a lot about art but I learned even more from her. Oh, I also won a bottle of sparkling wine at one of the art raffles during the auction. I cannot understand how anyone can do karaoke when they cannot sing but it sure was fun watching them, LOL! I tried an evening of bingo but was disappointed that a teenager won the free cruise and then another teenager won hundreds of dollars. I don't understand why they allow underage children to participate like that, or maybe they were 18? It was tough to find an empty chaise to sit out on by the pools and tricky for me to actually sit in on trying to maneuver in between the tight set-up of the chairs, with a cane. I felt awkward here and didn't try it again. Although I wasn't into it they had a fun parade for kids with Universal movie characters one night. Nice touch for families. Plenty of happy music playing in different venues. My favorite spot to sip a drink, people watch, scenery watch was up on the top deck 14 at "Oliver & Twists". Lovely spot, bright and cheery. That's where I perched myself the night we left Bermuda as the ship did a tight 90 degree turn out of port. I didn't discover this spot until the day before but this is my favorite place to sit back and relax on the ship. I visited the spa three times. The first night I had a gel pedicure. The night in Bermuda I took advantage of a discount on a massage by the best masseuse ever, Bronka. I've had lots of massages but she is the best. I also had a facial the last day as a final treat for myself. I felt like I had gone away to a spa retreat for a few days, decadent. I am not a gambler but did try a slot machine for the first time ever. I went in with 4 dollars and left with 5, not bad. It was a penny machine, just enough for my wild ways. I did get seasick twice, on each leg of the sea journey. The seas were rough. I did take motion sickness medicine and wear seabands called "Queazy Beads" but none of that helped. The ginger ale that my assistant waiter brought over to me did help a little the second time around. Food was good, not great, good. I had three dinners in the Main Dining room and several breakfast there too and found the food kind of bland, sorry to say. My waiter was really slow with me, not sure why, but I had to wait longer than other folks. My assistant waiter was a dream, always attentive, sweet, helpful. Windjammers, as a buffet, was okay too. I was often stopped and asked by staff if I wanted help carrying my plate, which I gladly accepted. I would have loved some fresh grapefruit at breakfast and nice fresh eggs. All tasted a bit cafeteria, which is good, not bad. I tried some of the food at Sorrentos a couple of times. It filled me up but was just ok. I really enjoyed "Choppes" my last night as I watched the sun set below the sea. The food was really tasty and fresh and it was expensive, for sure. But I had two appetizers and two salads with the entree and two desserts. luckily the portions weren't ridiculous or I wouldn't have had ordered so much. That was extravagant. The entertainment shows were really good on board. I saw the ice show, which was beautiful and "Saturday Night Fever" which was just like a Broadway show. I didn't do any of the shore excursions, most were too physical for me or expensive or uninteresting, or I had done before in other places. I went off on my own and took the shuttle mini van for $7 (plus $3 tip) to Horseshoe Bay beach. I especially enjoyed the winding ride to the beach past the houses, schools, towns, shorelines. The beach chair was $11 with 5 back on return. They weren't renting out umbrellas because it was too windy, which I didn't agree with, so I placed my chair by the shade in the rocks to get out of the hot sun. Crowded beautiful beach. Did not look pink at all but a creamy color. Next day I took the ferry ($4.50 cash each way) to St. Georges. It was a sweet cobble-stoned, historical town to wander thru. I stopped at the local grocer and got some fresh fruit to munch on as I walked around. If I had had more time I would have rented a cab and taken a ride out of town. I met a local watercolor artist when I stopped in the post office to mail some post cards. She told me how expensive it was to import art supplies onto the island, among other things. I later saw her beautiful, little, watercolor paintings in the shop next door, very, very nice work. I love meeting people from places I visit, best parts of any trip I take. It was anti-climatic heading back into the NJ harbor. I did not leave my suitcase outside my door for them to pack out. I had the porter take it with us when they wheeled me off the ship. All I had to do was wheel it down to deck 4 to wait for the wheelchair to arrive and I was off the ship by 8:30am, just in time to meet my driver from the car service that would bring me to Penn Station for $50 plus toll and tip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Overall, our family of 12 (2 grandparents, 2 moms and 8 kids) had a wonderful, relaxing time on the cruise. This was a first cruise for most of us and a first trip to Bermuda for most of us. As a first time cruiser I was not sure ... Read More
Overall, our family of 12 (2 grandparents, 2 moms and 8 kids) had a wonderful, relaxing time on the cruise. This was a first cruise for most of us and a first trip to Bermuda for most of us. As a first time cruiser I was not sure exactly what to expect. But most everything was great. We departed from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. We drove up on Sunday morning and had no difficulty finding the port. We pulled up to the terminal (like an airport), dropped our bags with the porters and our two drivers went off to park their cars. We arrived around 10:30 am and had a very easy time getting through the check-in process. We were permitted to get onto the ship around 11:00 am. On board the ship we were greeted with glasses of champagne, mimosas and OJ for the kids. That was a nice touch. Then a group photo and off to Deck 10 to relax poolside and have lunch. We could not get into our rooms until around 1:00 pm. We had planned for this and had the kids dressed for the pool and everyone else carrying their bathing suits, etc. in their carry-on bags. We quickly found lounge chairs in the shade and were greeted with cocktail waiters carrying Bahama Mamas which were delicious. We had a great view of the NY skyline and the Statute of Liberty while in port and when the ship first set sail. The adults had the basic alcohol beverage package and the kids had the premium nonalcoholic beverage package. These were well worth the price for all but my mother who does not drink. The drinks were easy to come by and even frozen drinks, like pina coladas, clearly had plenty of alcohol in them (this is not always the case in restaurants). The kids were able to enjoy having sodas and virgin pina coladas without worrying about the cost of every drink. Of course, we tipped our cocktail servers and bartenders with some frequency - to ensure continued good service. Our favorite cocktail server by the pool was Richard. Each morning we had breakfast in the buffet restaurant - I think it was called the Ocean View Café? Fabulous. Eggs made every way; bacon, ham and sausage; fresh fruit; yogurt and granola; cereals; rolls, croissants and bread; waffles, pancakes and French toast; hashbrowns, etc. Each day we had lunch and snacks in the buffet restaurant as well. So much variety and everything was quite good. There was always pasta, pizza, sandwiches, carving stations and salads. Other entrees were changed from day to day with lots of Asian and Indian foods, fried and grilled fish, etc. Sometimes we ate in the restaurant and sometimes we brought our food to the pool. 6 out of 7 dinners we ate in the main dining room - requiring us to dress nicely and, on 2 nights, more formally. We had 6:00 pm reservations each night and that worked well for us. We had Jony as our head waiter and Savio as the assistant waiter and they were both great. Each night we had our choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. For those who are not familiar, the left side of the menu remained the same each night - French onion soup, escargot, fruit plate, Caesar salad; entrees of salmon, grilled chicken and NY sirloin; desserts of cheesecake, apple pie, crème brulee and chocolate cake. The right side of the menu changed every night. I typically ordered off the right side of the menu and really enjoyed nearly every bite. For starters I tried Caesar salad, watermelon gazpacho, prosciutto di parma, scallop Rockefeller, braised short ribs; for entrees I had prime rib, beef tournedos, branzino, lobster tail, steak Dianne; for desserts I had crème brulee, chocolate cake, tres leches cake. Everything was very good. In my opinion the portions were just right - as I had 3 to 4 courses each night and never left feeling overstuffed. Someone else might consider some of the portions too small. While we were at sea, we spent most of our day near the pool - with several lounge chairs in the shade. The one disappointment we had about the cruise was the limited pool space for kids. The ship had three pools and several hot tubs. The two large pools were reserved for adults only. A very small pool and 2 of the hot tubs permitted children - and kids were reprimanded for jumping or splashing. This was disappointing as we had 5 boys ages 9 to 13 who enjoy pool activities. Given the number of kids and families on the cruise, I would recommend that Celebrity reserve only one pool for adults only and allow kids to have access to the other 2 pools. During the day there were many activities throughout the ship - music, dancing, shows, etc. We enjoyed observing some of those that occurred poolside but did not partake of much of the onboard activity during the day. We did attend a "Top Chef" event in the theater on one day at sea that we enjoyed. In the evenings, after dinner, we typically attended the 9:00 pm show in the Celebrity Theater. The shows were on the weak side but we had an ok time. The singers and dancers we watched were excellent individually, but their voices did not go well together and the shows themselves were rather disjointed. While docked in Bermuda, we chose our own path to explore. So we did not purchase any excursions from Celebrity. Bermuda is absolutely gorgeous - so many shades of blue water; soft sand; beautifully colored houses and buildings; friendly people. It really is a magical place. Our first day, we took a cab to Horseshoe Bay where we enjoyed the sun, sand, sea, breeze and snorkeling. There is a little restaurant there where we had amazing grouper sandwiches and fish and chips (although these were pricey for a beach restaurant). We had great weather and a great time. One days two and three we did not have great weather - it rained on and off each day - but we still had fun. On day two we took the ferry to St. George, then went to the Crystal Caves (a great option on a rainy day), then to Hamilton. I would like to have spent more time in Hamilton. On day three, we wanted to go to Church Bay but, due to the weather forecast, we decided to stay closer to the ship and went to Snorkel Beach which is at King's Wharf. We had a great time there too. Disembarkation in Port Bayonne was very, very easy. Overall, we had a great time. Service was excellent - so many people to help at every turn; the food and drinks were great; everything ran smoothly. We would definitely take another Celebrity cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
It was confusing when we needed to park. When we walked to the terminal, it was more confusing with all the lines but once we were directed to stand in line we were ok but it was chaos. Leaving the ship to me was much more organized. We ... Read More
It was confusing when we needed to park. When we walked to the terminal, it was more confusing with all the lines but once we were directed to stand in line we were ok but it was chaos. Leaving the ship to me was much more organized. We decided to carry our suitcases with us since it would be quicker to depart the ship. We left at an earlier time other than the specific time designated by our luggage number. It went very smoothly and fast. You will be given a departure newsletter and it is very self explanatory. It was our first cruise on the Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas. It is true that there is not much to do around King's Wharf. There is a museum and a mall which I was not impressed with. There was six of us in our party so we took a tour of Bermuda for three hours which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our tour guide gave us a lot of history on the trip. The only draw back is that you don't get enough time (30 minutes) to shop in the city of Hamilton. The store where we shopped was not impressive. I did buy a shirt but the shirts are made very long. I wanted something to buy that had the name " Bermuda" on it. The streets were outlined with hibiscus, roses, oleander which was very pretty. They had a lot of activities for the children. Do not rent a scooter because the streets are very narrow. It was advised by our ship not to rent a scooter because of the danger especially driving on the left side of the road. Everyone definitely drives fast! If we go again, I definitely will take a ferry over to St. George's. If you have two days in Bermuda, I definitely would try to see St. George also. I wish someone had told us to also see St. George. It has its own dock. We asked our tour guide about St. George and he said it was smaller than Bermuda; so, we decided not to go. On the whole, we had two beautiful days there. The balcony was excellent. The King size bed was comfortable. The food was excellent. Room Attendant was very accommodating and he opened the two sides of each privacy wall on the balcony so the six of us can sit together on the balcony and chat like we do at home when we get together. We had three rooms adjacent to each other. On the night that we left Bermuda, a storm was surrounding us but we just received the winds from it. The last two nights the water was very choppy but as the Captain announced at least we had two beautiful days in Bermuda. At last, we arrived calmly and safely to Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Pros First off staff was very friendly. Ship was spotless and clean. Comedians and shows were amazing. Dinning room food was great. Buffet food was bad the quality of the food was not good. Drink package was great all you can drink! ... Read More
Pros First off staff was very friendly. Ship was spotless and clean. Comedians and shows were amazing. Dinning room food was great. Buffet food was bad the quality of the food was not good. Drink package was great all you can drink! Great ship! Loved it. Pools were great. Cons- The cruise director didn't do a great job promoting the night life for younger people. There was no one in the club and it was boring. The only time is was fun is when we had the white out party on the main pool deck. The director could of had more people to the younger events if he promoted. Yet, I still had a great time just wish there was a better night life for the younger crowed. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Here is our review of what Celebrity has painted for us on our first cruise ever. Our guestroom attendants Meredeth and Jonathan were wonderful. That was the only thing about this cruise that stood out on a positive note. Let's ... Read More
Here is our review of what Celebrity has painted for us on our first cruise ever. Our guestroom attendants Meredeth and Jonathan were wonderful. That was the only thing about this cruise that stood out on a positive note. Let's talk about a few issues we had on this ship. Our spa experience was awful. We spent almost $500 on massages for my wife and I and both were cut short about 20 minutes and therapists were not very good at massaging. We know this because for the past 8 years we have been getting massages on a weekly basis. Waste of money spent with the Canyon Ranch Spa! We didn't realize that our massages were cut early until we mentioned it to each other later on that night and so we went to guest relations to let them know and they said that they would have the spa manager call us. We are now off the ship and done with vacation and still have not heard from them. The shows that this ship put on were very cheesy and not entertaining at all. It seemed like these shows were intended for a much older crowd... like retired! Our younger kids had a good time at the Fun Factory and were treated well but were limited in things to do. Our teen was extremely bored at the X-Club. Internet Wi-Fi was HORRIBLE at best, we had complained and were issued a refund but not without a guilt trip from the staff. Our dining experience in the buffet/café was limited at best. We had one night where we made reservations at the dining room (Cosmopolitan) and were in awe about the blandness of food. Had no taste whatsoever. I wasn't interested in even ordering an entrée but felt like I was forced to from our waiter. I didn't eat there again, but my wife and youngest went there to eat and she actually had one item she enjoyed which was the risotto. She asked for a second portion of it and even though the waiter gave her another portion he gave her a dirty look about her ordering a second portion and made her feel like she did something wrong. Absolutely an awful experience. So we were pretty much forced to eat in the café the entire trip and was pretty much settled on having the same variety of limited items served while being bumped and shoved by people wanting the same popular items. 20 minutes standing in line waiting for fried rice was ridiculous, especially with three kids in tow. Most of the time we gave up on fresh cooked food to avoid the line wait and just ate the hotdogs and burgers they were serving on the outdoor pool deck. Not a great eating experience at all! If I knew that it would have been this bad and ruined our family vacation for this year I would have never spent over $8,000 of my only savings on this trip with Celebrity. Now don't get me wrong, my wife and I are not picky people at all, but when you spend this much money on a family vacation you would expect a certain standard from the trip. All of these standards were barely met and some were just downright disappointing. Never again, and I would not recommend Celebrity to anyone! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
This review is long overdue but I thought it was worth posting anyway, in case anyone is looking for a "June" point of view. We traveled mid June, and the weather was perfect. This was our very first cruise. We've been ... Read More
This review is long overdue but I thought it was worth posting anyway, in case anyone is looking for a "June" point of view. We traveled mid June, and the weather was perfect. This was our very first cruise. We've been to many nice tropical island resorts but I did not know what to expect being on a ship. I get motion sickness so I was definitely very worried about that. That being said I wonder if being first-time cruisers on a Celebrity ship, perhaps we were not a bit spoiled for trying other cruise lines. The experience definitely exceeded my hopes. I now understand how people can be so loyal to a cruise line, particularly Celebrity. The embarkation process was a breeze. We arrived at the port on the later side, about 1:30 in the afternoon. There was practically no one else in the port waiting to go in so we had no wait at all. We were quickly checked in and before we knew it we were on board. Immediately stopped in the martini bar grab some drinks and proceeded on to explore the ship. Since it was close to the time for the Muster drill we didn't get very far. But after that we proceeded to our rooms which were ready. Our biggest disappointment by far was definitely the cabin size. (2029 & 2033) We got 2 Oceanview State rooms- 1 for my DH, myself and our 2 children and one for my parents and my 2 brothers. My brothers were a last-minute add-on to the trip- had I known they were coming I would've booked them a larger room. This room was shockingly small. It had the two bunks that came out from the ceiling which were okay for my 9 and 11-year-old but not okay for my two adult brothers. It was very small and I felt bad for my parents and my brothers. It was okay for us and the children but I don't know if I would ever book that room again. It is entirely too tight for 4 people. Thankfully we are all a scrappy bunch with very good dispositions. After the initial shock of it, we all laughed and made lots of jokes about it. We quickly got over it and decided to not spend much time in the room anyway. It worked out fine but again I must reiterate that those state rooms with the 2 bunkbeds are entirely too small for four people and all their stuff. Also our bathroom was really shabby. Not only was it's very small but it was very worn down and somewhat Rusty in the shower area especially. The closet and storage area however was very sufficient. The rest of the ship was very well-kept. We constantly saw staff cleaning and vacuuming and picking things up and generally keeping the ship in tiptop shape. We upgraded to premium drinking package which was a good thing for my husband and my brothers. I could have done without, but no matter it worked out perfectly. The crew was very friendly and very accommodating. We did buffet for breakfast and lunch and dined every evening in the MDR. I thought the food there was exceptional. They were extremely accommodating to my children and allowed everyone to order anything they wanted off of any menu I don't understand why everyone wouldn't dine in the main dining room every night It was a very pleasant experience We didn't make reservations ahead of time but still had no problem walking up and waiting never more than 10 minutes We also did the Normandie one night which was very good, but honestly was not that much better than the main dining room in my opinion. The dining selections were just a little more special and they offered French style service which is over-the-top nice. This staff and crew overall was very friendly and nice but no one learned our names and no staff or crew were particularly friendly to the point of being engaging which is fine with me. I don't need that type of bond between myself and the crew. Only saw the cruise director once at a show and maybe the muster. But everyone was very competent and did their jobs very well. The Thalsso therapy area was my favorite. It was so nice to have that covered area since it was rainy one day at sea. The warm bubbly pool was amazing. And the snacks there in the spa area are out of this world, Beautifully crafted and very tasty. Entertainment on the ship was just fine, but nothing spectacular. It seemed you had to get to every show an hour early to get a seat. I just didn't think it was worth giving up that time for that quality of show. Funniest thing was dancing with the stripes- don't miss that. I also thought there would be announcements about shows and activities going on but there were none. If you did not read your activity letter every morning you would have no idea that there was anything going on anywhere. Most activities that they did have were entirely too short. The biggest point of contention during the cruise was the pool area. It was nearly impossible to get a seat. Even when I did go early to reserve two seats a couple of older ladies had no problem just taking them away from us. No idea where my towels or water went. They were completely unapologetic about it. The adult pool was always crowded so sometimes adults would go into the kids pool. A couple of elderly people had the audacity to scold my children because they were playing and splashing - In the kids pool!!!!! Overall The most unpleasant part of the trip was in encountering so many unhappy people which I don't understand. We are on vacation- how can you be so disgruntled all the time? They would complain about everything from having to wait for hamburger to accusing you of trying to cut in line to pay for some crappy cruise sale crap. We mostly did the buffet for breakfast every day but one and for lunch. I found the food to be very high-quality and just had so much to offer. One day we did breakfast in the main dining room but didn't find it worth the time it took while we were waiting for them to prepare our food it was just as good at the buffet Only thing is that Morning time was tricky as all the tables were usually taken and we had to go on a serious hunt to seat eight people even when we broke off into 2 or 3 groups. The spa was nice but very small- however the services were top notch. The extra classes you pay for such as yoga we're not really worth the price. The gym was just OK nothing state-of-the-art. It was good enough to use elliptical or treadmill if you needed to. Our first day in Bermuda we took a ferry to Hamilton and then the bus ride to the Crystal caves. It took longer than expected and then there was a wait at the caves. The caves were very cool. We then took a bus into town for some lunch before headed to horseshoe beach. Of course we got to the beach very late but still enjoyed a couple of hours there. The second day we took a bus straight to horseshoe beach so as to enjoy the entire day. It was amazing- we had a marvelous time and were able to do some very nice snorkeling without an extra cost. That beach is everything everyone says it is definitely worth spending the day there. There is a concession there with minimal selections but doable for one day. Best part is the car service you can pay for that will get you & your stuff from the top of the road right down to the beach at a minimal cost. They stop running it around five so you'll have to leave the beach before then if you want them to take you back to the top. On the third day we stayed in the dockyard we did dolphin quest for the kids which was lackluster at best. We also did wave runners later which was a lot more fun. Embarking and disembarking the ship was always fast and easy. My 9 & 11 year old did not care for the kids club activities. No one from the program ever came around to invite them so they did not feel enticed to check it out. They were happy to hang with us entertain each other. Lastly, my elderly father has limited mobility and this ship size was very manageable for him. We reserved a wheel chair for him but he really never needed it. Overall, we had a wonderful trip. The food and drinks were top notch and we never felt pressured to buy or spend more. I look forward to cruising with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my family's first cruise and we were very iffy about doing it. We heard good things about RC but we were still not sure if cruises were worth it. I must say that I was very impressed. The bathrooms on this ship were always ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise and we were very iffy about doing it. We heard good things about RC but we were still not sure if cruises were worth it. I must say that I was very impressed. The bathrooms on this ship were always spotless clean and easy to access no matter where you were. The workers were so sweet and had a wonderful personality and sense of humor. They really wanted you to enjoy your vacation and greeted you any time you walked by. The dining was probably my least favorite part about this cruise. The fancy dining room served very limited vegetarian options which got pretty annoying considering half of my family is vegetarian. The portions are also very small. Sometimes it took a while to eat dinner, but i guess its because you are getting an appetizer, main course, and dessert. The windjammer was pretty awesome because they had quite a variety of food although I wish there were a few more healthy options and perhaps a sub station. Sometimes you just wanted to grab something quick and eat it in your room or back at the pool deck and that was hard when a lot of the food required forks or knives. The main floor deck 5 could use another place to grab food when the windjammer is closed because the pizza shop and the other little coffee place got old really quick instead of ben and jerry's or that cupcake shop. I was impressed with all that was going on in terms of entertainment on the ship. The excursion we did in bermuda at a beach bonfire was disappointing though because they said there were smores which was actually just marshmallows, and they said there was a bonfire and dj, but put out the fire later at night when the dj started which meant we left after, and they also said unlimited rum swizzles which were not strong at all.. it just felt like we were being ripped off. I would rather save my money and not waste my time on that excursion. Some other random things- Their beds are so soft and comfy, i slept like a baby each night. The kids were far away and never bothered us which was awesome cause i swore the ship would be swarmed with kids. The night club catacombs was really fun for dancing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
After tons of research here on cruise critic we booked celebrity summit because it included the classic drink package and gratuities and $300 onboard credit. We had a C3 concierge class cabin on deck 8, 8165. We left our 2 kids, 5 and 3 at ... Read More
After tons of research here on cruise critic we booked celebrity summit because it included the classic drink package and gratuities and $300 onboard credit. We had a C3 concierge class cabin on deck 8, 8165. We left our 2 kids, 5 and 3 at home so we could celebrate my birthday and our 10th anniversary. Getting to the ship We live in Massachusetts, not far from providence, ri so we took a bus from the airport to Bayonne. We left at 7:45 am and stopped a few times along the way, with traffic before the George Washington bridge it took us about 4.5 hours. A little after 12 we had our luggage of the bus and were in the terminal for check in. There were people looking at your xpress pass to direct you to the proper line through security. One was labelled suites and Aqua class and had no line, the other was for everyone else and was pretty long. When I booked concierge I was pretty sure that we got priority boarding so I asked a lady who was directing people and she told us to get in the long line. My husband went to go in line but something told me we were allowed to go priority so I went and asked the guy in charge of the priority line and he said yes it's absolutely for you guys! So my husband got out of the super long line and we went right through security, waited maybe 2 minutes to get our sea pass cards and were on our way onto the ship! My husband said it was so worth it for concierge just for priority boarding. The ship This being my first cruise I can't compare it to anything but it was very nice, they were doing some maintenance in certain places and there were wet paint signs the first day on some railings. My husband has been on one previous cruise but years ago. He was nervous the ship was smaller and there wouldn't be anything to do but we kept ourselves busy with different things offered, I did trivia while he did the ping pong tournament, I went to Pilates while he played basketball, we did a chipping contest in the pool, checked out the art auction, and just explored the ship in general. There was a lot to do and sometimes we had to miss something. Port and shore excursions In doing my research I realized that celebrity's excursions were overpriced, we were interested in doing some sort of snorkel cruise, they were $65-70 per person and the crystal caves excursion was $100 per person. I decided to get the 3 day transportation pass for $44 per person and do the caves on our own $30 per person for both caves, so day one we were already ahead $26 which bought us a half pitcher of rum swizzle stick at the swizzle inn! Then we had our transportation for the rest of our stay taken care of. Our cabin- 8165 We had a concierge cabin c3 on deck 8- 8165 it was port side aft. We loved it! Having the balcony was so nice and we had breakfast through room service twice. The room had a flat screen tv and plenty of closet/drawer space. The only bad thing I could say about the room was that there was no hairdryer in the bathroom, luckily I found it in a cabinet under the desk but it was not a great hairdryer. I used it once and it took way to long to dry my hair and you had to keep the button pressed down for it to stay on. Next time I'll bring mine from home! Also the shower had some rust but nothing too bad. Dining We had select dining and before we left I made reservations for each night because I had read here on cruise critic that sometimes if you just showed up there could be a 20 min wait. I had 6:30 or 6:45 reservations for sea days and 8:30 reservations for port days and it worked out wonderfully! We sat a different table and had different waiters each day but saw the waiter we had the first night all the time and he would stop and say hi. We are in the MDR every night except the second formal night where we ate at Normandie with a family we had met onboard that we enjoyed talking to, also at our table was Stan the pan man, I'll get to him in entertainment. For breakfast we had room service on our balcony twice, ate in the main dining room 3 times and the buffet once. Breakfast in the main dining room was nice, we shared a table with 2 other couples and actually ate with one couple 2 days in a row just by coincidence! The only time we had trouble was embarkation day in the MDR, it didn't seem any busier than the other days but it took forever to get our meals, an omelette with hash browns and bacon, and an omelette with sausage and French toast, but oops, why does my husbands plate look so empty?? No french toast! We asked the waiter and he said he would bring it but 15 minutes later, we were done eating and it was getting close to 8:00 and we had to get our stuff out of the room to get off the ship. Other than that the service was excellent and the food was delicious. I tried things I would never order for fear of not liking it and learned I like escargot and fried frog legs! The buffet was good but crowded. Excellent pizza and they had a cheese station, I think I surprised the attendant the first day when I asked for all of the cheeses! Also from 5:30-9:30 they have sushi, it was excellent as well and it became our habit to go get a plate of sushi and grab a drink from the sunset bar before dinner. We had the classic drink package and considered upgrading but never did because we did just fine finding drinks on the classic package. We just weren't impressed with the selection of wines by the glass in the MDR for us, other bars had different wines to pick from so we would go grab a glass of something different before we sat down to dinner. We didn't bring our kids so I can't say anything about the kids club, although people said their kids were enjoying it. Entertainment The first sea day I went to trivia in revelations lounge and immediately following he had a seminar with Stan the pan man, a steel drum player. He isn't your typical steel pan player, he's a blond guy from Iowa! It was really nice having him onboard, he did a couple of seminars and played by the pool a few times too. My husband got to try playing, I missed out on a picture though... He isn't on the ship all the time though, he was getting off for 2 weeks when we got back to Bayonne because he does teaching seminars at schools in between his cruise time. As for the shows in the theater we missed most of them but did see 2 different comedians the accapella group ReVoiced and the the iMagic show. All were good. Summary All in all it was a fun relaxing cruise which is what we were looking for as a break from our kids. I am definitely looking forward to cruising again, we didn't book anything on the ship but I'm going to start my research here on cruise critic for a family cruise next! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
First cruise out of bayonne,and first one for DW and I.....LOVED leaving from BAYONNE so easy..Bermuda was extermely windy for 3 days so we stayed on the ship for 2 of the 3,,saw the crystal caves they were ok ( one and done)....We were ... Read More
First cruise out of bayonne,and first one for DW and I.....LOVED leaving from BAYONNE so easy..Bermuda was extermely windy for 3 days so we stayed on the ship for 2 of the 3,,saw the crystal caves they were ok ( one and done)....We were in aqua class,,BLU was great for dinner,,also ate at qsine (very good).. NORMANDY was our best meal of the week...spent alot of time in the casino and actually had some luck...Hit 2 jackpots on the penny machines for 1700 and 1600..they.also called my raffle ticket for a free cruise on the last day of the cruise...talk about a good week!!!!!!..overall loved the food and the 123 go promotion..We booked for next year already....hopefully history repeats itself...except for the wind..LOL Read Less

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