Our 5th cruise with Royal Carribbean. The ship is older and smaller but sailed well. I enjoyed the New England and Canada ports.
We went to the main dinning room for dinner the first night and the line was so long, we went to Chops ... Read More
Our 5th cruise with Royal Carribbean. The ship is older and smaller but sailed well. I enjoyed the New England and Canada ports.
We went to the main dinning room for dinner the first night and the line was so long, we went to Chops because they came and offered a discounted rate to eat for those of us standing in line. The next morning we went to the main dining room for breakfast and the wait staff seemed unorganized. No one smiled and the bloody mary we ordered with breakfast came as a glass of tomato juice, No added veggies or spices. After seeing how under pressure the wait staff seemed to be, we chose to do our dinning at the windjammer where we were always greated with a smiling face, happy people and cheerful service.
Our room was well taken care of and I enjoyed the storm we encountered on the way back to home port. 20 foot swells with 70 mph winds. Many were seasick, but I slept like a baby! Read Less
Love this ship it is not too big and the service is outstanding. Stateroom staff went over and above to make sure all our needs where met. Dining room staff was also outstanding. First night dinner was vey slow but this was because it ... Read More
Love this ship it is not too big and the service is outstanding. Stateroom staff went over and above to make sure all our needs where met. Dining room staff was also outstanding. First night dinner was vey slow but this was because it was our waiter first night, but after that night it was above par. Second last day of cruise we hit high seas as high as 12 foot waves. The entire staff was every where to help and assist guests who needed help. Shows where repeats of the past year only new cast members. Cruise director Paul and his sidekick Ms. Tanga are still on board and they are always full of laughs. Headliners did not enjoy the comedy they are a little too off color for us While on board a water from another area spilled wine (white thank god) on me and the crew made sure that I had my clothes cleaned and well taken care of after that. Read Less
Great way to see some of the New England states. All ports were great to visit we did some excursions through the ship and did some on our own. We had room 4051. It was great for us. Had plenty of room and storage. Showers had good water ... Read More
Great way to see some of the New England states. All ports were great to visit we did some excursions through the ship and did some on our own. We had room 4051. It was great for us. Had plenty of room and storage. Showers had good water pressure. It was quite and near the shows for quick location. We had one night of stormy seas and felt it was a better locations that other places on the ship when it came to the rocking and rolling. Food was better in the sit down dining for both breakfast and dinner. We like the comedy shows better than the singing acts. We didn't know until the end of the cruise we could of been calling our friends in other rooms to communicate with them by phone that was in the cabins. We brought white boards and placed them on the doors to leave notes to eachother to let them know where we went. Worked out really well. Magnets did stick to doors. Read Less
I have taken this trip before, and this time I had the opportunity to spend more time on self directed day trips. I had the opportunity to visit craft beer pubs, all within walking distance of the ports. The weather was excellent and the ... Read More
I have taken this trip before, and this time I had the opportunity to spend more time on self directed day trips. I had the opportunity to visit craft beer pubs, all within walking distance of the ports. The weather was excellent and the foliage still in color (I was told that this was the warmest October in both St. John and Halifax).
Dining was memorable and top notch. In the buffet I noticed many occasions in which they staff monitored the food temperatures to maintain quality.
It is a smaller ship so its entertainment is not as elaborate and high tech as some other larger ships in their fleet. But there is an intimacy (positive) which comes with the lower number of passengers. Both the staff and the fellow passengers I found to be friendly.
There is the advantage to depart and arrive at Baltimore so I am able to avoid increasingly unpleasant air travel. Facilities at the Port of Baltimore are very good (it is located directly off Interstate 95), with good parking by the ship. Embarkment and disembarkment went well, and the custom clearance went well. Royal Caribbean International permits self-service departure and I was in the parking lot for my car before the stated time of 7:30 am. Read Less
We are a couple in our 70s with limited cruise experience. We had been on two Alaska cruises several years ago, and most recently a Holland America cruise (Eurodam) last April. Since we live in the Boston area, we wanted a cruise that ... Read More
We are a couple in our 70s with limited cruise experience. We had been on two Alaska cruises several years ago, and most recently a Holland America cruise (Eurodam) last April. Since we live in the Boston area, we wanted a cruise that was easy to get to (no airlines, no hotels before and after) and of limited duration. The 5-night cruise fit the bill, and the deal was too good to pass up. On the plus side, we thought the food and service in Chops was wonderful. We had purchased a 5-night dining package, so we ended up eating in Chops three night. We were disappointed that one of the specialty restaurants was sushi, which I don't care for. That left Giovanni's for two nights. The food there was good, but not great. I had lamb chops that were tough, and Osso Buco that was also tough. Didn't think that was possible. Breakfasts and lunches were in Windjammer. Breakfast was good, since we found the "fresh egg" station. Not a fan of those vats of scrambled eggs. Lunches were more of a challenge. They were heavy on the Indian foods, which I don't like. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza looked awful. So I are salad each day. Very fresh, good options with roasted vegetables, cheese. I would also add that I am a coffee snob. I usually bring my own Starbucks on these trips. The coffee in the restaurants and at the coffee bar was great. And one final "plus" on the entertainment. We saw a show one night by a rock & roll cover band named Rookie. It was honestly one of the best shows I have ever seen. Now, the minuses. Being old and sedentary, what I like to do on a ship is find a quiet spot and read or listed to my iPhone. No place to go on board to escape the "music" and noise. It was a bit chilly to sit outside, so we tended to retire to the quiet of our room. Second, we were disappointed with the number of specialty restaurants. We would have liked Asian, Chinese, Middle Eastern. Even the Italian restaurant Giovanni's had rich and heavy food. There was a Mexican restaurant (Ritas), but the dining was sort of outside and it was strictly a la cart. Next, we found the room and bathroom kind of tight. Comparing it to our ladt cruise on Holland America on the Eurodam, this one has to go to Holland America. Even the room was a bit dated... no usb ports, very small safe, limited TV stations. Next, the smoke. We are not casino people, but the smoking in the casino spilled out to adjoining areas. Thankfully, we learned routes around it. And finally, the wifi fees. I kind of object on principle to these fees. We did get service for 24-hours for $19.95. I look forward to the day when cruise lines will just include it, like they do for electricity and running water. So, the bottom line: the cruise was good, but I can't say I am locked in to Royal Caribbean for the next one. Read Less
If you're looking for a slightly different cruise experience, this one offers it. Halifax is a great town, Saint John and its tides are fascinating, and Bar Harbor has great charm. The 5-day length of this cruise is a great choice when ... Read More
If you're looking for a slightly different cruise experience, this one offers it. Halifax is a great town, Saint John and its tides are fascinating, and Bar Harbor has great charm. The 5-day length of this cruise is a great choice when you're looking for a more focused cruise.
I thought the entertainment on the cruise was very good, particularly the bar pianist, Danny. The movie selections were also thoughtful and diverse.
Interior cabins were fine, and had a surprising amount of storage space. They were kept clean and neat.
The food was OK--only a few dishes registered as outstanding (the fruit-based cold soups, the crab cake) in the main dining room, Reflections. Service was all right there.
Our cabin attendant was officious, and we really never warmed to him. It took him several days to understand certain requests. For that and the good but not great food, I took off a star.
Consideration should be given to the locale--when it's cold out, rock walls and pools are less appealing, and alternative activities could be developed. Read Less
I was overall happy with cruise for the most part. I would rate the cruise as follows, 60% as fun, entertaining, and enjoyable. 40% not so much, a lot of waiting in lines on numerous occasions. Maybe this is normal, but as a veteran, the ... Read More
I was overall happy with cruise for the most part. I would rate the cruise as follows, 60% as fun, entertaining, and enjoyable. 40% not so much, a lot of waiting in lines on numerous occasions. Maybe this is normal, but as a veteran, the Army might be more efficient in this area and vets know what I mean, a lot of hurry up and wait. Dinning room meals were disappointing, buffet eating was better by far, more choices not as much waiting. But then you had to serve yourself, I know some people like to be waited on. Shows and entertainment venues were very good, lots of laughs. Room was better than expected, we were in room with large port hole window, I would recommend a balcony if on a warm weather cruise. This cruise had many seniors, of which I am one, so some patients is required from younger individuals.
All in all I would go again in the future, I would not go on a ship that holds more than 2,500 people, I can't imagine a ship with up to 6,000 passengers. Read Less
This was only our 2nd cruise. Last one was 20 years ago on Royal Caribbean Song of America to Bermuda. We loved our cruise. Room was wonderful. We had a Jr. suite (1540). It was so nice and big with a nice balcony. The bathroom was ... Read More
This was only our 2nd cruise. Last one was 20 years ago on Royal Caribbean Song of America to Bermuda. We loved our cruise. Room was wonderful. We had a Jr. suite (1540). It was so nice and big with a nice balcony. The bathroom was big and had a tub and shower and lots of storage places for all our stuff. And it was very quiet. We also had coffee and fruit and muffins delivered to our room each morning. The food was fantastic. We ate all of our dinners in the main dining room and thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals. We sat with 4 other people and very much enjoyed getting to know them. We also ate at the Windjammer buffet for snacks and some breakfasts. The food there was also great. Each night about 9-10 pm we went to the Park Café by the pool for coffee and pastry. It was so relaxing. We did not go to any shows so I can not comment on that. We took 1 excursion to Acadia Park which was great but we did not book thru the ship. The staff were all very friendly and very helpful.
Only ONE THING was upsetting. We had prepaid our gratuities ($33 per day). Friends of ours had told us that we could also tip someone extra if we thought they had gone above and beyond. So...the last day we find an envelope on our bed from the cabin steward basically asking for more money. I was not happy. It was very uncomfortable. An extra tip would have been at our discretion. This is not what it felt like. He was ok but not what I would call extra special. We put $20 in it and gave it to him. We told him what we had put inside and my husband ask him what people normally put in there. He said "20..30..50...20 minimum" NONE of our friends who have 500+ sea nights on cruses have EVER had an envelope left in their room! So how common is this? Anyone else had this experience?? This was a blemish on an otherwise perfect vacation. Read Less
We chose this cruise because it was our first, so we wanted to stay close to home and have a shorter trip. This way we could decide if cruising was for us. We read some pretty awful reviews about this ship, so we were a bit timid about ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was our first, so we wanted to stay close to home and have a shorter trip. This way we could decide if cruising was for us. We read some pretty awful reviews about this ship, so we were a bit timid about embarking. I must say, we are so impressed with the general crew, the care they put into making sure things are clean and service is provided with a smile. Food was over abundant and delicious! We have several food restrictions, and there was plenty of variety for us. The ship is older, and needs refurbishing, but we saw a constant effort to keep it clean inside and out. I understand it is going to be completely overhauled next month, so it should show better next cruise. We had a balcony on the back of the ship, and I would not have it any other way. We had pedicures (yes, even my husband had his first pedicure!) and massages, and both were superior! We are definitely going to plan a cruise in the near future, and Royal Caribbean will be at the top of the list! Read Less
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