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We were literally cut off in the Coronavirus Epidemic so this review will be what happens when things go wrong. We are two upper 30s adults and our two kid, twin boy and girl who were seven and just shy of 8 when we sailed. This sailing ... Read More
We were literally cut off in the Coronavirus Epidemic so this review will be what happens when things go wrong. We are two upper 30s adults and our two kid, twin boy and girl who were seven and just shy of 8 when we sailed. This sailing was March 9th , so mid-cruise all cruises ceased operations, so this review will let you know how RCCL handles emergencies. The first two days were in the port of Dubai, as we started on a Monday and didn't leave until Tuesday, the lines were small. They had you fill out a questionnaire, adults did it for the kids, that asked if you were feeling okay and check for virus symptons. You were also screened for a fever and upon arrival and at the cruise desk verbally asked to confirm the paper information again while they visually searched everyone's passport for stamps of effected areas. ( This search was also done at the airports leaving the state's and upon arrival in the UAE.) It went quickly as we were fit to sail and we were having lunch by 2:30 pm, just before they closed at 4pm. Ports Now our first two days were spent in Dubai, click my name for a day by day review, but as far as port go it had more than enough to do, as day three they made an announcement that UAE had closed all ports and we were being forced, after a passenger was checked and cleared of the virus, to dock only in the UAE. Later in the week the second leg of our B2B was cancelled, as well as all cruises due to the pandemic. Thus we had some sea time, but we only ported in Dubai. While some people ventured to Abu Dhabi, it was about a 2ish hour car ride, we remained in town. The good port is about 10ish kilometers ( according to the taxi/uber gps) to the metro or about a 25 minute cab ride (around 35 dirhams ($12ish) more when leaving the terminal) to the Dubai mall, where the Burj Khalafi also is located. Annoying for us as we like to do our owing touring. Depending on which terminal there is a free mall or outlet mall shuttle ( the outlet mall is far away unless you plan on visiting the theme parks). For the required can ride, I would prefer to embark and disembark there, but not use the cruise as a way to see Dubai. Food That is always subjective, but we didn't go hungry. We enjoyed breakfast in both the buffet and dining rooms for different reasons, so we were pleased. Though they don't change the breakfast menu so it got old, but they have a buffet in the dinning room so it was a great place to get a quick and got meal as we could serve the kids and then order something like an omlete for ourselves. We only had lunch in the Windjammer and they had staples that never changed, like pizza for the kids, but slight variation such as different stir fry dishes, that kept it exc iting. The Solarium is the only place to get anything to eat after 9:30pm.They had pizzas,salads and some sandwiches ( and cookies that we devoured most evenings.) Not the best selection, but if you were hungry and didn't want to pay or wait for room service it was good enough. I will say do stop by for the cookies though. We did the Chiefs Table and while the food and service was too notch, I don't think I would do it again. I will say they are very generous with their wine pours... I couldn't finish my last drink. Room 3578,3580 We had 2 connecting ocean view rooms, which normally are too expensive, but there wasn't really a difference for two or four in a room so we got two. If budget isn't a problem this is great as it allowed us to keep the rooms tidy and he ready faster. It was super easy to embark and disembark as we were about ten room away to the exit. The other way about ten rooms to the elevator and stairs, so we could get around super quickly. I really loved this location. kids club The more exotic itineraries don't attract too many kids ( so the kids's club monitors told me,that they don't see too many kids at all on this Jewel). with the Coronavirus scaring many away, my kids were usually the only ones in attendance, four was the most ever there. They didn't do their normal routine, so I can't really fault them for anything. They let my kids play and draw, while pretty much doing whatever game they were interested in, so for that they get high marks. Even though it was only my 2 kids, they always wanted to go so they did a good job. Bars There were a lot of wonderful themed bars on this ship, but we couldn't take advantage of too many because of the kids. If you have a drink package or like to hear music this would be a nice ship to just sit and and enjoy that atmosphere. Shows/Entertainment We never made it to one as we used the ship as a hotel. We caught a movie on the deck and we really enjoyed doing that. I like that ships have these as they are a unique experience. They had activities going on, but we were there to see the middle east not hang out. We passed music and other things like that daily so they were available we just didn't take part. My daughter love the rock climbing all and my son enjoyed that little mini golf on board and the sports area. My only complaint was they were inconsistent with the times they were open and they would say they're open and then no one would be there. They had a small kids pool with a slide that was the slowest thing on the planet and made everyone stuck, but it was there and the kids enjoyed it. It had very limited hours and was only open for 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon so you couldn't take advantage of it often. Guest services We were blown away that on the 3rd day they offered a full refund once they realize they couldn't sale anymore, though it is taking a long time, we did receive the taxes and port fees refund within days of leaving the ship, but not the cruise fair. I thought that was very generous and you could even get the gratuities refunded if you requested it. We stayed for the duration of the week so we left them and place, but immediately offering a refund I thought was very generous and a nice way to handle the whole epidemic fiasco. (Not what I heard other ships on other lines we're doing without a fight.) Now as a back to back passengers, they just left us hanging out to dry. They said we could talk to the port authority to help get accommodations, but they were not willing to help us at all get a place to say until our next week's airfare flight, though they did offer a generous $300 Change fee reimbursement. We are a big boy and girl so we were able to book our own accommodations, but if you needed help and did not book anything through them they were not offering it. You had to do it all yourself. Now I will say have we booked through them they were taking care of all of this for you. But with everything going on we had to cancel them it end up flying out the last day of the cruise because the UAE begin to close off the flights. Disembarkation Because we had an early flight out we didn't get to experience the normal disembarkation procedure, but I will say by 5:45 AM almost all of the luggage was already out. If you left the ship before 6AM you had to clear your room charges the night before, but by the time we got up and we're heading out we had already gotten our statement delivered to the room. We left about 5:40AM. We took our own luggage since it was super easy, but also keep in mind in Dubai, you have to have your luggage scaned on the way out as well as on the way in. This check was also for every time you left the ship, they checked your bags going into the country (and your temperature because of the coronavirus with a thermal camera.) Overall While very stressful I was satisfied with the Jewel of the Seas and Royal Caribbean's response to the epidemic. We are diamond members now and will continue to sail with them because of how they handled the situation and the product they provide . Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was our first cruise and didn't really know what to expect of it. But the second we got on the ship we knew it would be great. We got on the ship around 12p and went directly to the Windjammer on floor 11 due to the state rooms ... Read More
This was our first cruise and didn't really know what to expect of it. But the second we got on the ship we knew it would be great. We got on the ship around 12p and went directly to the Windjammer on floor 11 due to the state rooms not being available until 1p the windjammer staff made sure the buffet was safe, clean and a overall good experience, when you walk in they make sure everyone washes their hands and drys them and has sanitizing stations all around. The food was good for being a free meal and the staff constantly walked around and made sure the place was clean. The staterooms were exceptionally good. The room attendant I had was very good. I would recommend he get a pay raise because he was just amazing. So friendly and kind and made a elephant and monkey out of towels for the kids to enjoy. He always made our beds and cleaned the room up. Everytime we left we came back to a orderly room with fresh towels and made beds. The only complaint about this ship was that the elevators were always crowded and the system was sometimes dumb. The elevators would sometimes skip you but all in all they were quick and speedy even though 40% of people found themselves walking down stairs. The kids had multiple activities and a teen's club. They did a little dodgeball tournament, had parties, had mini golf, rock climbing, slides, arcade and a flow rider. Now for parents when they want to get away from kids they have a daycare for the little ones and multiple bars and a casino. The best place to eat to me is Johnny's Rockets. The service was great and speedy and our waitress was so kind and amazing, the food was yummy and was very good. They have fancier places with exceptional service but the food to me wasnt as good. All in all the Adventure Of The Seas was an amazing ship and I would reccomend to any families. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
In south Florida for a relative's wedding and decided to cruise with brother and his family who has sailed on Royal Caribbean for several years. This was cruise number 18 for me but have only cruised on Carnival and Princess until ... Read More
In south Florida for a relative's wedding and decided to cruise with brother and his family who has sailed on Royal Caribbean for several years. This was cruise number 18 for me but have only cruised on Carnival and Princess until this cruise. Embarkation- was in a junior suite so went to the suite line- very fast and we were on the ship in 30 minutes. The Ship- oh my gosh, it was lovely! The ship decor was classy and not the overt tackiness of some of the other ships I have been on (sometimes I do like tackiness). The ship was a smaller ship but I found it very easy to find my way around. The champagne bar was very small and intimate, we spent a lot of time there. The promenade had many shops, I did get some Gelato which was good. My husband got Starbucks a few times but otherwise it did not utilize the clothing/jewelry shops Beverages- I had the basic soda package and found many places to be able to fill my cup with the freestyle machines. The Price of Alcoholic drinks seemed expensive but I think it is average for the industry. I just do not drink enough alcohol consistently to make the beverage package worth it for me. I will next time get the deluxe soda package with includes Sparkling water, juices and mocktails. LOVE LOVE the solarium, never a problem getting a lounger, the hot tubs were crowded but I really like the fact that they are covered and found the decor gave an atmosphere of relation. It was just a nice area and I happily spent many hours reading in the solarium. Word to the wise-do not go at Spring Break (they had their boombox and were playing music very loudly in the hot tub at various times) Yes my bad for booking at Spring Break, not Royal's fault Food-MDR was some of the best MDR food I have ever had. Our Waiters Marianos and Aris were the best waiters I have ever had! CHEF's TABLE- the food was exquisite, the wine was wonderful. Lovely presentation but the area where the chef's table was located(a landing above the dining room) made it very noisy and difficult to hear what the Chef was saying. I do like the fact that on Carnival the Chef's table is in a private room. Facilities-did not use Gym or Spa Smoking Area-for those that smoke or vape- Large area on the Port side pool deck (plenty of ashtrays) as well as the casino and I think there was an area on a lower deck as well. Entertainment-made a good sized deposit in the casino. The casin it self was not very large but a good assortment of machines. I found the slots to be good for a cruise ship but the points system is a little more rigid than Carnival. I usually accumulate 7000-10000 points on Carnival but on Royal it was only about 3000 points. No free drinks at 1500 points. Activities- we did want to participate in trivia but unless you get your seat early it is usually very crowded as it is a popular activity. Ports- The only port we got off of the ship was Cozumel-went to Palmeras for ceviche. (yummy) Debarkation- Did Self assist, a bit disorganized but was off the ship in about 45 minutes I love this ship and want to go on her again but unfortunetly she will be going to New Jersey and finally Texas. I live in Florida and it is an easy drive to the ports in Florida. Guess I will Just have to fly! Im thoroughly impressed with Royal Caribbean and have already booked another cruise with them. I especially like this ship and would almost go so far as to say Its my most favorite ship I have ever been on! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We truly enjoyed the staff on this ship. Last sailing for a month due to covid19 virus. The ship took extra measures to keep us safe. Yes the pool and bathroom is small but how much time is actually spent there. Cruisers seemed to ... Read More
We truly enjoyed the staff on this ship. Last sailing for a month due to covid19 virus. The ship took extra measures to keep us safe. Yes the pool and bathroom is small but how much time is actually spent there. Cruisers seemed to mingle more maybe because it is smaller. I only wish there was a designated room to iron. You can send out to be done for a fee but needed to be done by second day. Downey wrinkle release to the rescue. Our room steward was awesome. We chose any time dinning but ate the same time every night, so we had the same waite staff. Our young ladies were spot on. Remembered our names and what we liked. Comedy shows were good . Offered a good selection of movies under the stars. Wish they had popcorn. I need ten more words to be able to post....was a great vacation with a great crew all around. Would definitely sale on this ship again Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Our friends recommended HOS. We had an amazing time with our two teen daughters and group of friends which consisted of 4 other families. The weather/wind is beyond the control of the captain. We didn’t get to port at Costa Maya ... Read More
Our friends recommended HOS. We had an amazing time with our two teen daughters and group of friends which consisted of 4 other families. The weather/wind is beyond the control of the captain. We didn’t get to port at Costa Maya because of the high winds that day and there were a few times of rough seas. Will never do a sailing for Roatan again. That port was over crowded and not very clean. Scale of 1-10 and 10 being the most cleanliness, Roatan gets a 5. Do NOT go beyond the taxis at Roatan to do some self exploring of the city. We stepped across the street from the taxis to do this and immediately turned around to go back to the port shops. Our teen daughters as well as their friend, were getting some very uncomfortable stares from the local men in Roatan. Perfect Day was fun and the food was a good variety. The pool Water was freezing! We rented a taxi in Cozumel and visited a free local beach for the day. The restaurant there was decent. We only had the chips and guac and beer. The mariachi band sang happy birthday to our 14 year old that day. The shop employees at the port were not pushy. They did want you to buy their products, but were not rude about it if you didn’t stop in the store. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was our first cruise so there is a lot to unload! I hope that any first timer can take something from this :) We are a family of 4 myself, my husband and our daughters 9 and 10. My husbands biggest fear in the world was flying. ... Read More
This was our first cruise so there is a lot to unload! I hope that any first timer can take something from this :) We are a family of 4 myself, my husband and our daughters 9 and 10. My husbands biggest fear in the world was flying. We have been together for 20 years and I suffered for the last 20 years.lol. So when our daughter made it to the pop warner cheer nationals in Disney he quickly realized he was going to have to conquer that fear to see his baby shine on stage. And he did and as soon as we landed in Orlando, I booked our cruise. As a travel novice I had no idea what I was doing or even what to do. I ended up using CheapCaribbean.com and they were amazing and saved us a lot of money. I chose the Navigator purely based on itinerary. I just knew we wanted to see clear water that doesn't turn legs purple like we were used to being from New England and that was it. After booking I started doing all the research I possibly could to prepare us for our travels. I was a tiny bit concerned about Nassau but after researching I found the best option for us. We flew in a day early and stayed at a hotel on South Beach, I am glad we went but never have to go back there again. The port was fairly close and we ended up getting there about 10am and quickly made it through check in and were on the ship I would say probably within 10 mins. Just walking on the ship gave me chills. Everything was so bold and beautiful!! We quickly made our way to the pool deck so our daughters could hit the slides and the pool before it got to crowded. They were so happy!! Around 1 they announced the rooms were ready. We made out was to deck 3 forward cabin 3262. It was Oceanview and decent size. I was nervous at first my husband is a big guy over 6ft but we were pleasantly surprised and the pullman beds weren't in our way over the bed at all. Our luggage was delivered by 2:30 which was amazing, I expected it to be much later in the day. Plenty of closet space and hangers for all 4 of us. I quickly organized and out stuff away for the next 4 days so we could go have fun! The ship had 3D maps of the ship were were extremely helpful to get around. On the navigator if your cabin is forward you need to go up to deck 5 to cut over which took some getting used to but we dealt with it. I think if we ever sailed on the Nav again I would choose an Aft cabin. I did get the soda/VOOM package which was for one device, but my husband and I could switch off when we needed the wifi. The wifi was kind of spotty in our cabin but worked fine everywhere else on the ship and perfectly at CocoCay. Our first night we tried to really familiarize ourselves with the ship and go to our reservation at the MDR. If you are ever on the Navigator request Jose as your waiter!! We had my time dining but still made reservations for every night based on our schedule and this worked for us. Ok, back to Jose he truly made our experience that much more incredible. He was so personable and fun. He cut my daughters spaghetti. CUT UP SPAGHETTI lol. He always brought us dishes we didn't order so we could try them he just really went out of his way in all aspects. Aside from our waiter we loved the food in the MDR. We were always happily full when we left. Really nothing bad to say. We tried the windjammer a few times for breakfast, lunch and snacks and weren't blown away. It was always kind of chaotic which most buffets are but the food was good. If buffets aren't your thing you can have breakfast, sea days lunch and dinner in the MDR. We loved the poolside taco place everything was so good!! Also the cafe promenade was out late night go to, pizza was amazing! Our first day was at sea and I loved the sea day and it was super relaxing and we got to enjoy all aspect of the ship!! After our sea day our first stop was CocoCay. We got of pretty fast and headed to chill beach and got chairs right at the shore. The water a little chilly but still refreshing. We moved onto the pool and it was great there too. Food was included at most places and was great, especially the Cuban sandwich. The island was beautiful don't get me wrong but if you didn't do an excursion or the water park it was kind of overwhelming with so many things going on and places to see. We would absolutely return but have something planned. Our 2nd stop was Nassau which I know a lot of people don't care for but I wanted to make the best out of it. I did a lot of research and found Love Beach. After we plowed through everyone in the port asking if we wanted a taxi, ATV, scooter or whatever else we made our way to Fredrickson Street and grabbed the #10 Jitney (bus) for $1.50/pp. It took about 25 mins with stops to get there. The bus drops you off right in front of Nirvana Beach Bar which is how you enter the beach. There were some workers who rented out beach chair at $5 per chair and he then brings them to where ever you want to be. That beach was so pristine and stunning we were so happy to be there. There were tide pools at the shore attached to reefs that were deep enough to snorkel. My daughters had the time of your lives and saw so many different tropical fish and great GoPro footage it was beautiful. Besides us there were about 15 other people at the beach mostly cruisers some locals. There was also a hair braider there named Donna she was super nice and was cheaper than the woman at the port (I checked on my way back). The food at the bar and drinks were decently priced and good. We really enjoyed out time in Nassau without an overpriced excursion. If your on the fence about Nassau really check out Love Beach you won't regret it! Every night on either a sea or port day we would try and take advantage of what the ship had to offer and do as much as we could. Every show on that ship was phenomenal. The ice skating show, El Gaucho, Showgirls, The dance show, all fantastic and flashy and worth checking them all out. The arcade was a bit of a rip off like most arcades are but the kids still enjoyed it. I loved the movies by the pool, the first night at seas no one was out there at it was so relaxing and the breeze was perfect. We did sign our girls up for Ocean Adventure the first day but honestly didn't use it once. There was so much to do as a family we really didn't want or need to be without them. Then just like that we were back in Miami and so sad about it. Our cruise went by so fast. We carried off our own luggage and were off the ship by 8am. We stayed at Hollywood Beach overnight liked it much better than Miami. Then home to our fur babies who missed us very much!! I am making a choice by staying 100% loyal to Royal and already booked our 2nd cruise on the Indy next April. Royal's service, atmosphere, and experience made our first cruise unforgettable and don't know if anything could top what we had. It was a truly incredible time and opened our eyes especially my husbands eyes to the beautiful shared family experience's we can have when we travel. Only 400 day to go lol! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were invited as guests of our son and his wife on this cruise. We have sailed RCI in the past (platinum members) and have always had a good experience. This cruise, aboard the Oasis, was the BEST! We are senior citizens and I was a ... Read More
We were invited as guests of our son and his wife on this cruise. We have sailed RCI in the past (platinum members) and have always had a good experience. This cruise, aboard the Oasis, was the BEST! We are senior citizens and I was a little apprehensive about the size of the ship. It turned out to be all for naught as we never felt crowded or rushed. Even the elevators were readily available (except for disembarkation)! We never waited for anything. The dining was outstanding in all of the venues and our waiter and assistant waiter anticipated our every need. Our 3 young grandchildren (8 months, 3 years, 5 years) were with us and they were always made to feel welcome and cared for by all of the staff. I really think this food was among the best cruise food we have ever experienced. The entertainment was phenomenal. We saw the Ice Show twice and enjoyed it even more the second time. The Aqua show was amazing. Even our little 8 month old grandson was clapping! We thoroughly enjoyed "Cats". We also availed ourselves to other entertainment (hypnotist and marriage game) and loved everything. We loved the changes and improvements made at Labadee. We had a phenomenal day there. It is a little spot of heaven. All of the staff was friendly and kind. One of our grandchildren needed to visit the infirmary for a minor problem. The care she received was excellent. The newly refurbished ship is gorgeous and sparkling clean. My only advice would be to install some child sized sinks for children to more easily keep their hands clean. The ship certainly makes families feel welcome and kid sized facilities would be a real asset. I am still on "Cloud 9" after a perfect week with our family. RCI helped to make it all happen for us and I thank them. It was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise to experience sailing on an Oasis class ship and to compare Royal Caribbean to other cruise lines we have sailed. This ship and crew far exceeded our expectations and provided us with a wonderful cruise. We found the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience sailing on an Oasis class ship and to compare Royal Caribbean to other cruise lines we have sailed. This ship and crew far exceeded our expectations and provided us with a wonderful cruise. We found the ships crew from the captain on down were all professional and genuinely happy to be on board, something we haven’t always found. The entertainment was outstanding and the Fine Line aqua show is not to be missed! If asked would we recommend sailing with Royal Caribbean on a Oasis class ship based on this last cruise, our response would be definitely yes! You can find anything from music to a quite cup of coffee in Central Park. The rest of the ship has such a wide choice of entertainment and food selections that you can not take it all in with the time you have and we had seven days! Coco Beach Club was a definite plus on our Perfect Day at Coco Cay. Yes it is an up charge but well worth it for the food and setting. We also booked the key and found it to be good value for the cost for the expedited boarding and reserved seating areas for the shows and the internet. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I wanted to get a cruise since my mom recommended it, we purchased thru our OH travel agent a 8 day cruise thru Western Caribbean. Embarkation was disappointing (we were left outside the terminal without a place to sit, with cold weather. ... Read More
I wanted to get a cruise since my mom recommended it, we purchased thru our OH travel agent a 8 day cruise thru Western Caribbean. Embarkation was disappointing (we were left outside the terminal without a place to sit, with cold weather. Once we entered it was all better. The stateroom was okay, extremely clean and good though, our stateroom attendant was amazing he took great care of our room and of us during the entire cruise. The shore excursions were good, not the extraordinary I was expecting but good. We visited the ports of Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City, Costa Maya and Florida. The ship crew was amazing, our room attendant always keep our room extra clean, sometimes three times a day, people from guest services were always very helpful, our main dining servers, extraordinary, the bartenders amazing and very accommodating to our every need, want or requests...It was the best vacation ever!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I wanted to cruise the ABC islands without flying to San Juan, Seen this 9 night cruise from Port of Miami at a good rate. The only thing cruising from Port of Miami is it is so busy 8 ships in when we left and returned. This was our 11th ... Read More
I wanted to cruise the ABC islands without flying to San Juan, Seen this 9 night cruise from Port of Miami at a good rate. The only thing cruising from Port of Miami is it is so busy 8 ships in when we left and returned. This was our 11th cruise, so not new to cruising. The ship is old and has only one more cruise, as of now, before it goes in dry dock for refurbishing. The crew was excellent, food choice was great and good. In the main dinning room the servers and head waiter seen after my 10 year great grandson was tired of steak, they fixed him chicken fingers and fries!! The crew member in the Windjammer was so helpful in finding use seating for 6, when we first boarded. Bon remembered my name every time he seen me. My grandson and his wife enjoyed their evenings at the various places to party at night.We thoroughly enjoyed the theater productions. Our last cruise was on Carnival and they are still geared toward a young party crowd. Royal is my favorite, balcony cabins are larger, food and service in much better. Breakfast in the Windjammer or Main dinning room was always fresh and their breakfast fruit smoothies were delicious. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Six nights Melbourne and Hobart cruise. 19th of Feb to 25th Feb 2020 From start to finish, what an experience! Arriving at the Sydney Cruise terminal it was very busy and there was lots of Royal Caribbean ground staff helping direct ... Read More
Six nights Melbourne and Hobart cruise. 19th of Feb to 25th Feb 2020 From start to finish, what an experience! Arriving at the Sydney Cruise terminal it was very busy and there was lots of Royal Caribbean ground staff helping direct passengers to the baggage and boarding terminals. The boarding process was very fast, no issues using passport or drivers licence. It took around 2 minutes extra this time due to the corona virus questions and information. I found this to be good practice by royal Caribbean, helping ease the tension and worries of the virus. Once on board we proceeded to the pool deck (11) and began sampling some of the drinks that Voyager had on offer. We were not limited by price as my group had purchased the deluxe drinks package many months before hand for around $70 AU per day, great value! As this includes Tea/coffee/fruit juices/all post mix and canned soft drinks and all top shelf alcohol and cocktails. After a few drinks we made our way to windjammers buffet restaurant, WOW! What a selection! Food ranging from Australian/American/Indian/Chinese/Italian and much more! Heaps to choose from! Salad bars/ hamburger and hot dog station, huge range of desserts. The buffet was busy as it was day 1 lunch, and there was plenty of staff working! Collecting plates, cleaning tables and drink service. There was a medium Que to get in but was fast moving with little to no wait, and very pleasant staff to greet you. Gotta love royal Caribbean motto's washy washy! The staff encouraging guests to clean their hands before eating. After lunch were went to check out what our cabin was like, we had balcony room (9222) it was very clean and well presented. Bathroom and shower were clean with fresh towels. When leaving my room we were greeted by our room attendant whom asked our names and introduced himself. He also wished me happy birthday, showing he makes the effort to learn about his guest before they arrive. Over the next 2 days we explored the ship, sampling their dinning and bar options throughout the ship. Casino bar and schooner bar are great! Good professional service and very quick. We also ate at the main dining room. This was really impressive the amount of people and quality of the food was top notch. Our 2 waiters were well presented and were out to please, and that they did! We visited Tasmania first stop, awesome! Easy disembark and boarding and plenty to see and do. Unfortunately, 2 hours out of the Tasmania port we had to turn the ship around and return to port due to a medical emergency. The captain was very informative, updating passengers on the current situation. Our next stop was Melbourne, it was a very nice city. We visited a local casino and had a few drinks and a quick flutter. Once everyone was on board at 4.30pm the ship left heading back out to sea. And you would never guess, but yes 4 hours after leaving the port of Melbourne the ship had to turn around again due to a medical emergency. We arrived back in port at around 8.30pm and it was beautiful! Melbourne city at night was a site to see! Thank you for a special photo opt RCI. It was a shock to me to see that Royal Caribbean would turn the whole ship around and return to port to help one of the guests! This was awesome! It gave us all an easy feeling, the care that they take to look after us is exceptional. I do however frown upon those few rude guests that made such a big deal of the event, and complaining and carrying on like little children about the situation. Human Life means a hell of a lot more than the little bit of money you could have invested at the casino. Yes, due to returning to port means that the casino opening would be delayed and would have to wait until it was out of Australian waters before opening their services. But over all, it was fantastic to see Melbourne again from a different point of view. We then headed back to Sydney, only to realize that this was the final stretch of our holiday. Talking among our self, wishing we had booked for longer! Overall from start to finish, I rate my cruise on Voyager of the seas a solid 9.7 out of 10. The entertainment was well chosen for the demographics aboard, good variety and loads to do. Guest’s facilities are in the plenty! The ships pools and multiple spas are great to relax in, the large spas on deck 11 are heated, and was a good meeting/ chatting place on a cold 8c Tasmanian afternoon. I highly recommend giving this ship and its crew a go! And hopefully you enjoy it as much as I Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
From England and booked online via Royal Caribbean. First cruise but the destination was the real seller having nothing to compare to. Emirates flight was great to Dubai. Plenty of security at port but no problems with that. Carry all ... Read More
From England and booked online via Royal Caribbean. First cruise but the destination was the real seller having nothing to compare to. Emirates flight was great to Dubai. Plenty of security at port but no problems with that. Carry all paperwork and credit card to hand. Pre paid deluxe drinks package and most shore excursions. Ship - previously said nothing to compare to and a little nervous having read bad reviews from others. Spotless and absolutely no concerns on the ship. Scared of deep water and never wanted to cruise - NO safety concerns onboard and have already booked with Marella for new destinations but I am nervous this will not live up to the jewel! My daughter 11 did not want to go to kids clubs but loved her time onboard including mini golf and rock climbing. Enjoyed the fact we had deluxe drinks packages as tried a few cocktails I wouldn’t normally plus I paid for peace of mind. Probably didn’t get my money worth but again knew what i was paying for. Evening entertainment was great. I was tired after that and didn’t stay out till midnight or see any partying. Food was lovely. Staff always friendly! I am a bit of a nuisance and kept an eye on the cabin tv to make sure no charges - We did get a sneaky charge for cocktails the day at Sir Bani Yas however I rang from my room and they were removed immediately. I left with zero charges on my account as I wanted! I took dirham for onshore and dollars. I came home with money as we only had odd coffee and fridge magnet at each destination plus a scarf for the mosque. Shore excursions were great apart from Dubai. We ended up going back into Dubai via free shuttle afterwards. We literally rushed through the mall to Burj Khalifa and drove round the island for hours without food stop! It was super annoying so went back to mall afterwards. Knowing that there are usually free shuttles on my next cruise unless we want to pre book a activity we will make own way/free shuttle into centre, also saves waiting for people that are late getting on the coach..again the Dubai excursion left us 40 minutes late due to waiting for people. Not too long but from 8:30 till 3pm no food stop I was frustrated. UAE is amazing full stop just respect the culture or don’t go simple. You can dress as you would at home but did see a group of girls from ship going to Abu Dhabi mall with swimwear and see through cover ups on- my husband laughed as did others. I only felt the ship move the day at sea and I was probably overthinking it. I did not enjoy the day at sea as much because I like me space. I did sit round the pool for my daughter but not my thing. Day at sea couldn’t get spot around the pool so we sat on chairs on another deck, it was red hot and I actually preferred the spots away from everyone looking out at the sea ( i thought I’d never enjoy looking at the open sea!) overall I loved waking up at a nee destination and getting excited for the day! Ps the coffee shop was lovely. Main restaurant food lovely. Windjammer lovely. NO COMPLAINTS. Just nervous Marella discovery 2 won’t be as good! Considering this was older and smaller than the RC fleet we will try Harmony or another one as the company was so easy and no hassle at all. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised 7 times. We have been on carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and NCL. We hadn’t been on one of the mega ships. We were a family of 5. Booked an adjoining stateroom forward deck 11. 11446 and 11448. Interior. ... Read More
We have cruised 7 times. We have been on carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and NCL. We hadn’t been on one of the mega ships. We were a family of 5. Booked an adjoining stateroom forward deck 11. 11446 and 11448. Interior. Loved the location. Didn’t feel much movement until the last night. Two floors below kids club. Getting on the ship was the easiest I have ever experienced. I seriously just keep walking, showed my id and got on the ship. Food in MDR and Windjammer was great. We loved our servers at 5:30 in the MDR. Shout out to Arvesh and Wem. We didn’t feel that we had to wait in lines much at all. Not sure if it was because of corona virus fears but the ship didn’t seem full. We were loving that. The only time we felt that the ship was full was on sea days. Pool deck (15 and 16) were extremely full. Everyone was saving chairs with towels from like 7 am on. RCL was not moving towels if people didn’t attend to them within a reasonable amount of time. I had purchased the 3 night dining package. I would not book this again. Went to Chopps twice and was as a whole quite disappointed. Chopps was very loud and had very poor ambiance. Didn’t seem like a special meal but rather routine. Waiter was interested the first time but I didn’t tip extra as it was already included and I paid prepaid gratuities. Second night we had the same waiter and he was very disinterested. None of the other specialty restaurants were visited by us. Labs fee was beautiful. If you have kids just go to Columbus beach. Take the ferry over early. Very quiet. At the far end of the cove along the rocks (towards the ship) there is a nice small area with some coral, lots of fish and vegetation. My kids loved it. In Puerto Rico we went to the military fort. I have a National Park pass so it was free for us. We just walked there. Very close to cruise ships. We didn’t get off at St Thomas, we wanted a break. As a whole we loved the ship, feel like we didn’t even see it all or experience all she had to offer. Kids club was easy to use. Lots of kids there. Our kids did complain that there wasn’t much to do at times and that the staff doesn’t really control the video game areas very well (kids hogging machines). Our kids are hockey players so they did like the ice skating times. The ice skating show was the best show I have ever seen on a cruise ship, just simply amazing. I had to leave the aqua 80’s show early due to a 5 year old, my wife says the last Half hour was incredible. Compared to other cruise lines (we went on the carnival vista recently) I felt that the oasis had better food, but RCL does like to nickel and dime more. Alcohol was prohibitively expensive ($12-14 dollars for house merlot, $9 for a bottle of Budweiser. Just stupidly expensive. Compared to carnival we felt that more specialty offerings were included (bar b que was included on carnival, oasis was extra fee, burger joint on carnival included, Johnny rockets on RCL is extra). We already paid a lot of money for the cruise, so this was off putting. We never went hungry though. Casino was extremely tight. Didn’t win anything at all on the slots, wouldn’t go to The casino again if I went back on the oasis. Overall thought it was a great cruise and RCL delivers, just expect extra included costs for some things. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Chose this cruise as with children we love the variety of things to do and the excursions in the Caribbean are far more child-friendly than European ones making it worth the extra flight time. From start to finish STAR class gave us the ... Read More
Chose this cruise as with children we love the variety of things to do and the excursions in the Caribbean are far more child-friendly than European ones making it worth the extra flight time. From start to finish STAR class gave us the Wow factor. From arrival at the cruise terminal being ushered through our own dedicated security line, meeting our genie and being on the Ship, in our suite with a bottle of welcome champagne and less than 5 minutes later all our luggage arrives. Being our first experience in Star class we just let Jay our genie sort and plan our entire week. All i can say is if you have a cruise on the Allure coming up then ask for Jay as your genie. He was amazing. Appeared out of nowhere all over the ship as if he's tracked us using GPS to surprise us with delights and treats. Ports were fine. St Maarten was pleasant and took the children on a boat excursion to Mahao Bay to watch the planes, swim in the sea etc, a wander round the shops and back onto the boat to find Jay's surprise for the children of a pop-up Pirate tent, balloons galore and mermaid tail blankets waiting in our suite. San Juan we had been to before so just had a wander around with the children as it was a short stop and not many child-friendly excursions available. Unfortunately storms were forecast in the Bahamas for the Saturday so the captain cancelled our trip there. We were slightly disappointed but this was outside of everyone's control and the captain changed course and took us to Labadee instead which was a very pleasant experience on barefoot beach with the children. Specialty dining was incredible. Chops was the stand out for me but 150 central park also had a wow-factor. We tried everything we could in a week and still couldn't get round all of them. One night I was even allowed a night off the children, wife and mother-in-law and went to Chef's table. This was an amazing experience which will stay in my memory for a very long time. amazing food, delicious paired wines and a service and experience beyond anything else I'd ever experienced on a cruise. We couldn't get the eldest child out of adventure ocean and she was asking every day to go back she absolutely loved it. Also used the babysitting chreche a couple of times to have a more peaceful meal which went down very well and the younger two seemed to enjoy this. Entertainment and shows were very good. Mama Mia and Oceanaria being the two standout ones from the week and well worth the watch. We even caught a second showing of Oceanaria from our balcony late one evening! Overall a wonderful cruise and a fantastic experience. Not sure how I'm going to go back from Star class after having Jay as our genie but without the amazing offer we got this time around it's just out of our price range usually. If you manage to find an offer and a deal and wonder if it's worth the splurge - 100% it is, you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
unexpectedly wonderful cruise experience from embarkation to coming back in nyc. we set sail and saw Statue of Liberty & passing under Verrazano bridge, onboard food & drink was just unlimited plus choices, we did 2 specialty resto ... Read More
unexpectedly wonderful cruise experience from embarkation to coming back in nyc. we set sail and saw Statue of Liberty & passing under Verrazano bridge, onboard food & drink was just unlimited plus choices, we did 2 specialty resto Wonderland & chops grille delicious, thumbs up waiters Juan (Wonderland)& Jay (chops). We hung out by sorrento as they make Fresh pizzas & the coke freestyle machine is nearby as well as cafe promenade with the coffee, cookies & cakes. windjammer buffet is a go to for bfast/lunch/dinner they had whole suckling pig the meat was tender and skin crunchy. What an Experience on bumper cars, ifly, flowrider & northstar on port day in Canaveral. phenomenal dinner service in mdr Chic by John & Elias food was amazing! Shows were ok Spectra, & bcoz of waves only experienced a bit of queen’s We will rock you. Cabin was clean & slept soundly ‘cept for waves day 2 & day 6 or around the Carolinas or Louisiana area. Bahamas had conch fritters & rum cake, swim cabbage beach, Cococay was perfect for swimming, lounging, pool bar party, food was awesome with tasty tacos, Soft serve icecream, no need for tender as it has own dock. Purell everywhere. Rccl anthem staff runs things smoothly, rccl also does awesome in providing support&care to families with kids on the spectrum (autism of the seas) Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Coming in from Toronto, Canada this cruise was a whole new experience. Usually we use the southern Florida ports like Ft. Lauderdale or Miami but we wanted to try something different. It was five of us all together, my wife and I and our 3 ... Read More
Coming in from Toronto, Canada this cruise was a whole new experience. Usually we use the southern Florida ports like Ft. Lauderdale or Miami but we wanted to try something different. It was five of us all together, my wife and I and our 3 adult ages 17-23 daughters. One daughter was on a reading week break from university which made our decision for this cruise. We stayed pre-cruise one night at the Hilton Newark Airport. Nice clean hotel, good service and great little bar area for some Valentines day cocktails and food! The next day we took the shuttle from Unipark services I highly recommend them. No way an Uber XL could have taken all five us with luggage to the port. We also arranged for them to take us from the port to the Airport when we disembarked and that went smoothly was well. Arriving at the cruise port around 11:00 am was smooth hardly any traffic because it was a Sunday. After dropping off our luggage at the porters we headed into the terminal. It was a little chaotic. They were doing a little pre-screening for the coronovirus, basically asking us if we had travelled to China or been in contact with anyone from there and if we were felling unwell. No to all and we were on our way. I think we were on the ship in half and hour total. We headed to the Solarium right away and just relaxed. We had lunch in the Solarium Bistro and that was fine and plentiful. No crowds either. After Lunch we headed to our cabins our key cards were there. We were mid-ship 9580 and 9574 Balcony cabins. Excellent vantage point as we could use the Forward or Aft elevator equally or the stairs most of the time for exercise. The cabins are genius in there design for space. There was no problem for all our clothes and luggage. Our bed was right by the balcony which I liked. Our cabin attendant Dwayne introduced himself and he was excellent. Luggage arrived right after the Mustard Drill and we unpacked and got ready for the sail away under the Verrezano Bridge. Back into our winter gear so unreal to do this and on top of Deck 14 for the sail away. But first a real treat, the Captain was able to get special permission to cruise right by the Statue of Liberty twice! He went by it once and then stopped turned the ship around on a dime in the tight harbour and then went by it again. It was a great experience seeing the Statue of Liberty so close and in the sunset. After this we proceeded to the Verrezano bridge and whooped and hollared as we went underneath it. There were a lot of people on this cruise ship with President's week. It took a while to get used to it but there a lot of spaces to go and explore and do so it wasn't that bad. Unfortunately if you wanted a chair at the Solarium you had to be there at 6:00 am from what I saw. I saw some enforcement from the staff on some chair hogs but not enough from my perspective. But no matter I'm not really a pool person I just looked forward to the warm weather and it did come. The second cruise day was sunny and warm and most people were outside. The ship opened up now. I couldn't complain about the weather all our port days were sunny and warm average 84 degrees. We did the Kayak adventure in port canaveral. That was fun. The Blue Lagoon Stingray experience and Beach day. And of course Perfect day at Coco Cay. All beautiful days sunny and warm. And a few sunburns to go with it! There was a bit of disorganization for the Blue Lagoon excursion but staff were helpful in straightening out our wrist bands for the Blue Lagoon. Entertainment on the ship was second to none. As usual Royal exceeds here. We will rock you, the comics and headliners were all excellent. Not a big fan of Aerosmith but the cover band was ok. Royal Swedes were good as well. It was all good. No complaints there. The dining was excellent I think all our meals were fantastic. The staff and service were all good. I really think this made our trip. We didn't end up doing any specialty restaurants because the dining room was excellent. We didn't do the drink package as my wife and I are not huge drinkers but we did enjoy our cocktails at Bolero's and the Schooner bar as well as the Solarium bar for the most part. Those that did the drink package and you know who you are I don't miss those hangovers! We had so much fun on the bumper cars, iFly and Northstar it was truly amazing to do this at sea. Overall my family had a great time. From singing the Canadian National anthem at Matt Yee's first show OY! to line dancing in the Royal promenade it was a very memorable vacation and we were sad to get off the ship. It was a great time by all! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I booked this cruise last year in Feb 2019 while on the Harmony of the Seas. I also got to have 32 Family & Friends join us. I booked this cruise specifically as it was a newer ship and sister of the HOS (which my husband and I enjoyed ... Read More
I booked this cruise last year in Feb 2019 while on the Harmony of the Seas. I also got to have 32 Family & Friends join us. I booked this cruise specifically as it was a newer ship and sister of the HOS (which my husband and I enjoyed tremendously). I booked 13 Boardwalk Balconies primarily for the extra perks that were being offered at the time for this cabin. Embarkation: traffic was a mess getting in however once checked-in we were on the ship by 11am. Disembarkation: went smoothly as well... ate breakfast in the MDR, picked up our bags, went through customs... probably only took 30 minutes... mom forgot her walker in cabin so waited a little longer outside... Ship: most of our group were first time cruisers and I wish I would have recorded the awestruck look on all of their faces. The ship is beautiful. Cabin: we all booked Boardwalk Balconies and they were spacious. We all enjoyed the views and people watching. As long as balcony door was closed shut you couldn’t hear any noise from the outside. Dining: SOS sat us each night in the same 4 tables. The group was suppose to alternate tables within the 4 but everyone loved their waiters so much that they never wanted to switch tables. Lol Entertainment; Hiro was amazing. The whole group was very entertained including the children. Hairspray was great however one of the cast members got ill so they ended it early. 1977 was really cool to watch. Never got to see Flight but will see it on the next cruise that’s planned for Aug 2021. The late night DJ played everything and the whole group of all ages enjoyed the music. The Latin group at Boleros has everyone dancing. The Caribbean Band has all of us singing and dancing as well. The group of 34 consisted of couples, families with teenagers and young adults. One of my biggest concerns was if there was going to be activities to entertain the Young adults and children and let me just say they were the ones who convinced their parents to rebook for next year. Some of us did get a little seasick the last day and even than we ALL had a great time and now 52+ ChiTown Cruisers are booked for next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
What an outstanding ship for a weekend sailing! There was so much to do for all age groups! Tons of water slides, flow rider, large hot tubs, and pools. Friendly people to meet, all ages! Lots of bars, restaurants, n shops. The promenade ... Read More
What an outstanding ship for a weekend sailing! There was so much to do for all age groups! Tons of water slides, flow rider, large hot tubs, and pools. Friendly people to meet, all ages! Lots of bars, restaurants, n shops. The promenade was beautiful! We ran into the piano an playing in the elevator! The shows were fabulous! The ice show, production show, comedy, and an Abba tribute that was awesome! The food n service were both wonderful n the ship was clean n sparkly! We d the Taste of Royal n the embarkment lunch n both were well worth the money. Coco Cay was really huge n fun! The cruise director, Ricky, had lots of fun stuff to do. I would so do this cruise again! Great bang for the buck with this Royal ship! Getting onboard was 10 minutes n the same for leaving the ship. They have facial recognition which was so nice n easy. Port Canaveral is a very easy port with parking right on site. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This Cruise was a great Cruise Lot's of Americians and British onboard, Once you got used to them and their behaviour was a all good. we didn't stop in Bali because of the corona-virus, which was more sad for the crew them ... Read More
This Cruise was a great Cruise Lot's of Americians and British onboard, Once you got used to them and their behaviour was a all good. we didn't stop in Bali because of the corona-virus, which was more sad for the crew them passengers because a lot had family waiting for them. We found this cabin to be a quite cabin with heaps of room and storage. Showers have old style curtains , but will probably be replaced when they do revamp in Oct 20. Deck 3 stewards have always be great we had rough seas out of Sydney and this was still a well located cabin food onboard Radiance has always been really great and this cruise was no different. We had over 400+ diamonds on this cruise, so they had the happy Hour drinks in the "Colony Lounge" which was an awesome location with heaps of seats and adequate drink stewards Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I were part of a family cruise group of 10. This was his first cruise, and my first in 30 years. Our entire group purchased The Key, and we purchased the Unlimited Drinks package. Embarkation was super easy with The Key. ... Read More
My husband and I were part of a family cruise group of 10. This was his first cruise, and my first in 30 years. Our entire group purchased The Key, and we purchased the Unlimited Drinks package. Embarkation was super easy with The Key. Once we were checked in, we all walked straight on the ship and went to the dining room for our Chops welcome lunch. Our carry-on bags were brought to our rooms for us, which was a huge help since most of our group had garment bags for our formal dresses and sport coats. Luggage was delivered late afternoon before dinner. Our cabin steward, Joe, was very helpful and friendly. He loved to put my husband's sunglasses on the towel animals he made for us each day, which we enjoyed. Throughout our trip, the dining staff were all wonderful! We did the MyTime dining, which was helpful if we wanted to dine at a different time than the regular seating, but we usually dined at 6 each night at the same table in the Main Dining Room. Our waiters Oldrin and Sanjeev were wonderful, and they learned our favorite foods and wines quickly. (Sanjeev even went up to the Promenade to get us cappucinos since their machine was broken, and he surprised us with port wine for dessert on the last night!) The head waiter, Alvaro, took special care for an anniversary dinner on Valentine's Day. We had brought 2 bottles of sparkling wine with us for that night, and he personally served them to us with chilled champagne glasses! We only ate a couple of meals in the Windjammer, which we found to be a zoo with too many people. We spent a lot of time in the Schooner Bar playing trivia during the days, and having fun with the piano player at night. (Jamie was really good, but there were several popular songs that he didn't know.) Shanelle was a fantastic bartender, and she kept the signature lavender daquiris full! The entertainment was all very good. The Up In The Air aerial show was entertaining, the juggler/comedian was hilarious, and Saturday Night Live was also very good (although not particularly family-friendly). The headliner comedian (Steve?) was just OK, but he did make us laugh. The ship itself was HUGE, and it really had everything we could want on it. Since we were all adults, no one in our group used the kids' areas. I can say the adult Solarium was nice, and we enjoyed the hot tubs (plenty of drink waiters here!). We didn't get a chance to do the water slides or mini golf. We spent a couple of afternoons in the Card Room playing a family game of dominoes. If you want to play, I highly recommend bringing your own cards or dominoes; they didn't have Uno cards at all, and the playing card decks were almost always in use. We did 3 shore excursions, none of which were through Royal Caribbean. I will say that we enjoyed all three ports (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Famouth Jamaica). Debarkation was fine as well. Captain McDonald sped back to Galveston from Jamaica because he was concerned that we'd hit fog, and he was correct! We pulled in 7 hours early, and awoke to very thick fog, but thanks to his planning, there was no delay. The gangway was not functioning properly, so we got off on Deck 1. Again, The Key was a big help. We had a nice breakfast in the MDR and then we were escorted straight off the ship. Our luggage was waiting for us in a designated area, too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Feb. 15th we were on Coco Cay, and booked an "over the water cabana at the Coco Beach Club" yes, its pricey, let's just put that out there, but worth every penny!! The food and drinks that they bring you to the cabanna- ... Read More
Feb. 15th we were on Coco Cay, and booked an "over the water cabana at the Coco Beach Club" yes, its pricey, let's just put that out there, but worth every penny!! The food and drinks that they bring you to the cabanna- amazing!!!! Snorkel gear is in the cabana ready for you, as well as floating mats, towels, cold bottled water ... The caban itself is amazing! The cabana has music you can select from or you can blur tooth from your device, and they will bring out speakers. The entire part of Coco beach club is BEAUTIFUL, QUIET, CALM, high end resort!! Staff at Coco Beach on top of everything. We had a cloudy day, but still warm and amazing. Yes, you will see sea creatures from your cabana, we saw lots! The frig. Is packed with sodas and beers you my take what every your your drink package allows, or pay the extra listed on the frig. The cabana attendants will bring you any frozen drink you like if it's in your drink package. The First formal night we booked reservations at Wonderland. The service and atmosphere was excellent, but if you are not one for crazy experimental foods you might want to choose one of the other fabulous restaurants. The 4 in our group, not a fan of the food. At Phillipsburg we did a chartered tour of the entire island. The driver and our tour guides excellent! We left the island feeling sad for the people on the island. So much devastation from the hurricane. San Juan, the 2 fortress tour. Was not anticipating as much walking as we did, but the tour and tour guides... Well worth your time! The views from the fortresses, breathtaking! Not a fan of the "key" did not feel we got our money's worth. The signage of key holders non existent when we boarded. We were left wandering and asking. We almost missed our lunch which was included. And when lunch was done, pressured by waiter for a tip. That was shocking. The ship overall was amazing. Takes a day or two just to become familiar with locations. Windjammer buffet was best I have had on any cruise ship. Main dining room, the food was good. Waiters seemed over worked, rushed and not the calm of the Solarium. We very much enjoyed dining in The Solarium. Great atmosphere, quiet, and excellent food. Make reservations! Johnny Rockets for breakfast was very nice to have omelets and coffee out in the fresh warm air on the Boardwalk. Breakfast was very good. Columbus The Musical and the Fine Line are must see's!! Make reservations!! The quiet times for pools and hot tubs is from about 5 to 9 pm, most are empty during that time. As I have said loved our rooms 11329 and 11327. Day time and nighttime shows, had the best seats in the house. Lots of storage options in the rooms. Embarkation was quick and easy because, but noticed others without the key boarding g just as quickly and smoothly as our group. Debarkation was fast and easy. The new facial scanners get you through TSA and customs quick. We choose to utilize the valet luggage service on board. I was a small charge, but we did not have to touch, our be concerned about our luggage till we got to our home airport. It was worth not having to find it after customs, put it on the bus, take it off the bus, lug through the airport to check in. We were hands free of luggage till we got home. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Did that get your attention? Well In a Nut Shell, a Bohemian is a person living an unconventional lifestyle. This however has no significance in the title of this review although i figured it might get some attention, so please read on. ... Read More
Did that get your attention? Well In a Nut Shell, a Bohemian is a person living an unconventional lifestyle. This however has no significance in the title of this review although i figured it might get some attention, so please read on. With a bit of skepticism we made our reservations on board Rhapsody of the Seas. For the record our skepticism was on the Ship Size and really nothing more so i broke this review down in detail. I am covering everything from the Port Boarding to Disembarking so I Hope you enjoy the read Cruise Experience 15 Cruises with Royal Caribbean 115 Cruise Days Details 7 Day Cruise from Tampa - Key West - Gran Cayman - Cozumel - Costa Maya Feb 1st through Feb 8th. State Room 7042 Balcony Starboard Side Port of Tampa and Cruise Terminal (8 out of 10) I think this could have gone better than it did, the Port itself is very uniformed and did not see many if any traffic jams. The Local LEO's did a spectacular job moving traffic along. However, getting your documentation - sea pass card ect. from the Desk Clerks seemed a little disorganized and delayed. We (3 of us) were at the counter for almost 25 Minutes and all we were waiting for was a Sea Pass Card and Picture, seems a little longer than any of the other ports. Rhapsody has only one entrance that is used for Embarking and Disembarking so it bottle necks pretty fast. I am not quite sure why they don't use Deck 5 as an option for this as it would make more sense than trying to fit 2500 passengers into a less than modest size welcome area. Rhapsody of the Seas Ship Overview (10 out of 10) For those of you who are use to a Royal Promenade deck Rhapsody of the seas does not have a Royal Promenade as this is a Vision Class Ship. Royal Promenades are available on Voyager - Freedom - Quantum and Oasis Class Ships only, Any others have a Centrium which is basically a Ship Center where the entertainment is performed. It is a bit congested but Rhapsody proved to be a good ship to enjoy the festivities. The shops and stores are located on Deck 6 interior and are pretty spacious. I suggest rooms above deck 6 Center or Aft to limit the music and activities during the evening hours. The nice thing about this size ship is there are wide areas behind the elevators for movement and access to other areas of the ship so elevator areas don't get crowded. Further, due to the positioning of the elevators - staterooms and the ship size you are always within striking distance of your stateroom, which prove to be very nice as you come and go. Deck 5 has access to the outside walking area on the Port and Starboard sides of the ships which is very relaxing if you like quite and nice breeze. Smoking is allowed on Port Side of Ship only on Decks 5 and 9. Lattitudes Coffee is available on deck 6. Pool is on Deck 9. Disembarking for Island Stops is on Deck 2. Remember only one Entry and Exit on this ship so bottle neck lines will occur when disembarking. Rhapsody of the Seas condition (8 out of 10) Fellow cruisers - Rhapsody is aged a bit and you can see some wear on her, but overall she is a great ship - I have heard rumors that RCCL may be selling these ships soon so they may be just fixing that absolute NEED to's until the sale is completed. But overall we honestly had no complaints about the ship. Customer Service Area (10 out of 10) All i can say is throughout the 7 Day trip we never seen more than 3 people waiting in line, this was a huge surprise to us as we traveled on the other class ships and this area is constantly jammed with Passengers so Rhapsody is doing something right. They should share their success with the other ships. Genre (10 out of 10) The ship was made up of Families and Couples ranging from late 30's and up. There were some younger passengers but for the most part it was 80% over 30 and up. Which made it very relaxing and not having to worry about disorderly young adults discovering alcohol. Service (10 out of 10) Extraordinary - unlike the bigger ships the service was top notch, there was a wait staff within 5 feet of us the whole trip. It was very refreshing knowing the ratio from Employees to passengers was more balanced on this ship then others we have been on . Restaurants (9 out of 10) The Windjammer set up is spectacular - the main food is Laid out in a Circle with tables on the outside which we called the bull pen. The access was fantastic and we never had to wait for a table to dine. The only draw back was the special cooking request caused a slight - slight bottle neck but it really never interfered with the guests - just a bit more wait time. We went to Chops Grill and although it was good Steak is Steak and we realized you can pretty much get that at the Main Dining Room for free if wanted. Giovanni's was fabulous great service and great food. Izumi was also on our list, although the food and service was good - the Menu is limited so if your not at least 85% into Japanese cuisine i wouldn't recommend going. Main dining room was busy but seemed a bit under staffed during the time we were there but still nice overall. Entertainment (8 out of 10) The live entertainment in the Centrium was great, the movie's at the pool on Deck 9 were a bit over played - this was a perfect opportunity to sit back and watch a movie under the stars but the ship showed 3 Movies the whole week and it was the same movie day after day so it got rather boring after a while, and just an observation for RCCL - maybe serve popcorn during the movies. The only shows that were available were a couple headliner shows and couple performances by the Ships employees but no complaints about either - it was pretty great overall. Ports of call (7 out of 10) KEY WEST - Was great and the ship ports close to downtown on Deval Street GRAN CAYMAN - Ships do not dock at this port so you have to tender - which is generally a 15 minute wait coming and going. Reminder, there is only one entry and exit so this does bottle neck. COZUMEL MEXICO - Ship ports outside of Senior Frogs and Margaritaville, near downtown Cozumel. Lots of vendors and stores to walk through as you get out of the interior population vendor zone. COSTA MAYA - CANCELLED We had to abort docking at Costa Maya because of high winds and safety precautions, I get it. However i think RCCL could have done more for their passengers rather than saying "Sorry we have extra events Planned" - In my opinion maybe they should consider dropping Beverage Prices / Casino Table Minimums and Dining to half cost for the duration of the time we would have spent at the port I think it would have made some great PR for RCCL. Casino (8 out of 10) Machines are Really Tight and the Employees seemed a little distant. We are generally greeted with Smiles and some conversations regardless if its a few words or not. Although not all the employees were like this - i would say better than half were and it made for a somber time at the tables or the machines. Disembarking (9 out of 10) As much as i have written about disembarking i am beginning to see that regardless of where your at or what ship your on - this seems to be a huge bottle neck and definitely room for improvement - i am scoring this as i seen it it but it could use improvement. Customs and Border Patrol (8 out of 10) After leaving the ship you will enter the main tunnel to the CBP area, Caution if you have two bags in hand the Person at the escalator will not let you use the escalator unless you have one had free - so the alternative is to stand in line to your right for the one and only available elevator to take you down one level - Once you get past there it moved pretty fast. Overall I would rate the Ship and this Cruise from Start to Finish (9 out of 10) 94% overall satisfaction Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have sailed royal Caribbean before but it has been a long time since we sailed last. It has been more than 10 years. Arriving at the port in the late morning could not have been any easier. We pulled up into the parking garage, went ... Read More
We have sailed royal Caribbean before but it has been a long time since we sailed last. It has been more than 10 years. Arriving at the port in the late morning could not have been any easier. We pulled up into the parking garage, went to the second level where they stopped us and took our luggage. We then proceeded upwards to find a parking space on board the ship within 20 minutes, including a bathroom stop.It was an exceptionally smooth process getting through embarkation going through the terminal. On board the ship, everything was open except for the cabin areas were closed off. We were allowed down to our cabin about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Because we had boarded so early our luggage arrived early calm. Before the Muster drill we had everything unpacked and put away. Smile. The Muster drill was done in sections of the dining room, And in the royal theater. It was nice to be able to sit down for this activity. In the past on other ships I remember long time of standing which I am no longer able to do. We quickly met our room Stewart, Hannibal. He learned our names very quickly greeted us by name every time he saw us. He reminded us to have a great day or a great evening every time we passed him. We found a room to be exceptionally clean. Even after spilling soda pop I threw some towels on it and he did complete the cleanup process for us. I was very pleased. We were able to go through the dining room earlier in the day and find out where our table seating wise. We were in the first group for 530 eating, and from there when we laughed whoever was waiting in line was able to occupy our seats. I am grateful that we had guaranteed time for dinner. Our dining room waiter was Millan. He was absolutely fine Fantastic. He knew that we were on the soda pop package and we got diet Cokes as soon as we walked into the dining room. He kept Our drinks full. He did not complain when I ordered french fries esch night. Malon had the biggest smile I have ever seen and an infectious. He was happy to see us and asked how our day has been every day before we left the dining room gave us a heads up for tomorrow. We were not traveling with children, but noticed that oasis of the seas is exceptionally child friendly has play areas for each group in the pool area. We loved the solarium adults only section. We attended the headliner show with jJeff Tractka, He was a world-class entertainer. Kept us in stitches! We also saw the Aqua 80s show! It was such a high energy show the kids did not seem too tired as a performer! At times they were dancing and other times they were under the water holding their breath. I was amazed at their level of physical fitness. The ship is very large carrying over 6000 passengers and 2500 crew members. There was always somebody cleaning, picking up , & wiping up. The ship is absolutely humongous. But because of the size of the ship it's allowed so much to do. The only downside of the ship is that because there are so many people on board all with the shows and entertainment require reservations for it. Once those with reservations for seated about 10 minutes before showtime they would allow those in line that were standby to enter the show venue. We had an absolutely fantastic time. And are looking forward to our next cruise. Are considering bringing the grandkids next time on oasis Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
my first cruise was just amazing, windjamer was a little crowded but there are so many optionsto eat on bord, the entratainment was just amazing, i've been three times to the aquatheather, the best! this cruise steps on Labadee ... Read More
my first cruise was just amazing, windjamer was a little crowded but there are so many optionsto eat on bord, the entratainment was just amazing, i've been three times to the aquatheather, the best! this cruise steps on Labadee where is a greatplace and you can even not spend a coin if you want, cause there is a restaurant from the cruise there, also beach chairs for free under the trees. next stop was falmouth but was raining a lot so we can´t go down on the port On Cozumel we could go to Playa Mia beach club, was really nice but the pools were really cold in January, so there was nobody inside, bathrooms were good, food was good. We paid 45$ per person with transportation when we shored with royal, but you can get a taxi from 15$ and pay for the day use of 29$ (for some families it may worth) Dining on the ship was really nice, we could get some dinner on the main dinning with the best food of my life. We´ve booked this travel on black friday and only spend on board the excursion, there´s juice and iced tea avaliable so we didn't need to have a drink package, so it was a really worth vaccation for a brazillian familly who pays 5x dollar Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was my family's 1st cruise. I can honestly say it was the first time that I can remember that I have taken a vacation and actually felt like I had one! We had two rooms - a balcony for my husband and I and an interior room ... Read More
This was my family's 1st cruise. I can honestly say it was the first time that I can remember that I have taken a vacation and actually felt like I had one! We had two rooms - a balcony for my husband and I and an interior room across the hall for our sons. Angelica was an amazing attendant. Room was cleaned and towels refreshed twice per day. We ate in the dining room the first night but chose the Windjammer for the rest of the cruise. Food was great - lots of options. It was hard not to find something you liked. We chose the Rhapsody for the ports. We went to Belize, Roatan, Cozumel and Costa Maya. In Belize we did a cave tubing and ATV adventure with Butts Up tubing. It was amazing. Would highly recommend this tour group. In Roatan we split up with one son and husband going to golf and myself and another son went to a sloth and monkey sanctuary and then a beach resort. The sloths and monkey were so much fun. It wasn't crowded and we got to spend alot of time with them. Cozumel brought us dolphins and manatees - another amazing experience. Costa Maya was a bit more relaxing at the water park (it had elevators to get to the slides!) and then a beach resort for lunch and drinks. There were alot of vendors that came up to you but as soon as you said no thank you not interested they left. Our family thoroughly enjoyed each port. We will definitely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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