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We chose this itinerary because of the wonderful ports and 4 days at sea, which we really enjoy. The weather was magnificent! Lots of “older citizens” on this trip! Wow! Many are demanding and quite cheap! Another issue is that the ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because of the wonderful ports and 4 days at sea, which we really enjoy. The weather was magnificent! Lots of “older citizens” on this trip! Wow! Many are demanding and quite cheap! Another issue is that the staff does not enforce the rule of not holding lounge chairs around the pool. If you want a chair, you need to get up before 7:00 am and go put your towels on a chair. We didn’t want to play that game so we rarely had a place to sit. We enjoyed a few of the shows in the Tropics Theatre, but again, the saving of chairs made it difficult to get a place to sit unless you arrived very early to the show. There also is a movie theater that shows good movies which we enjoyed. We are not casino people, so we didn’t use that area. It’s very smokey in there!! Our dining experience was bumpy at the start. We had the 8:00 pm seating. The first night was a disaster-incredibly slow service, cold food, no beverage was brought to our table until we were nearly done with our meal. We were the last table in the dining room to leave. It was BAD! The dining room manager was apologetic and promised us that the next night would be better. Well, it was better, but still really slow. Again, long waits, slow beverage service and cold soggy food. After the third night of the same service, we gave up and went to the 5:30 dinners. The dining room management was fabulous and worked hard to accommodate us. Things improved dramatically! Don’t be afraid to speak up if your service is poor! The ship is showing it age as the furniture is quite worn and banged up in the public areas. The dining room chairs are filthy. Maybe now that the cruise industry is closed down for a few weeks because of the Coronavirus, they will be able to clean these up. The Windjammer Buffet is the typical busy place. Decent food and very clean!! We enjoyed many of the bars, entertainment and service throughout the ship! The Centrum area is small and busy. There is not nearly enough seating, so again, be prepared to stand. The smoking area is positioned so that the much if the ship smells of cigarettes smoke! As non smokers, we didn’t care for that. The crew was very nice and work hard to keep the ship clean. I believe that we were the last cruise before the industry was closed down for the month because of the Coronavirus. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the ports, the excursions we had, and our time away from the routine of daily life! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
I wanted to write a quick little review for any parents travelling with young children. Under 2! I found this hard to find when I was reading reviews prior to cruising. My first piece of advice is to travel with family. We made the ... Read More
I wanted to write a quick little review for any parents travelling with young children. Under 2! I found this hard to find when I was reading reviews prior to cruising. My first piece of advice is to travel with family. We made the mistake of not bringing our parents and we wished every day that we would have. I think our trip would have been waaay more relaxing if we had done this. We mostly ate at the windjammer, park cafe, and solaramum. We tried the main dining room. But with a child under 2. She wasn't going to last 2 hours Sitting down to dinner! Also. The food in the main dining room was sub-par. We found the other restaurants had better taste and selection. We did try the daycare. But it wasn't great. So only went 1 time. They have a play place on deck 14 that we would go to every day to let her run around and play with the kids. Also the baby splash pad is pretty small and gets very busy so you have to pick your times to go there. I found there were lots of things opened late into the evening but not a lot opened before 9-9:30 am. And if you have a little one they often wake up early. So we mostly would just wander the ship for these two hours. Overall this is a beautiful ship .. friendly staff ... very clean .. lots to see and do. But I will wait till my kids are older before travelling again as there is so much more options for kids as they get to be 6 and above. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
The cruise overall was amazing. The best part of the itinerary was Coco Cay. What a long way Coco Cay has come. Service was I really great and for the most part friendly. The ship was clean, modern, comfortable, and efficient. You can ... Read More
The cruise overall was amazing. The best part of the itinerary was Coco Cay. What a long way Coco Cay has come. Service was I really great and for the most part friendly. The ship was clean, modern, comfortable, and efficient. You can definitely get lost in the ship, but the app really helps you figure out where you are. Captain Ban and his crew also successfully navigated the rough seas for our cruise due to a low pressure system off the east coast. It might have been a rough ride back from Nassau, but it was overall an enjoyable one. The only thing I would complain about is the noise in stateroom 13646. It is right below the Coastal Kitchen and can get quite loud at night when you’re trying to sleep. The vistas, room attendant, and spacious balcony were the highlights. Anytime I left the room, the room was magically cleaned and new towels were stashed in the room. I can’t wait to sail on the Anthem again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
My husband and I (64 and 63 years young) traveled to Tampa Friday night, stayed at the Hampton Inn Avion Park. The hotel was nice and offered free breakfast. Request a room on the side opposite the airport and highway. We used Lyft to get ... Read More
My husband and I (64 and 63 years young) traveled to Tampa Friday night, stayed at the Hampton Inn Avion Park. The hotel was nice and offered free breakfast. Request a room on the side opposite the airport and highway. We used Lyft to get to port and requested a stop at Target on Dale Mabry Hwy to buy wine and Pepsi. Note the Target in on the second level above Whole Foods. We arrived at port about 11 AM. We had purchased The Key so we're able to skip ahead of the line but it was not yet very busy. We dropped the carryon with the wine in the Edelweiss Dining Room and set off to explore a bit and then went back for lunch. About 1:15 PM they announced that our cabins were ready. We found our luggage quickly as well. I chose this cruise mainly for Key West and it did not disappoint me. Grand Cayman was fantastic, the beach was beautiful. Costa Mayas port area was Claustrophbic with 4 ships in port so we took the trolley to Majahaul to shop and after a couple of hours headed back to the ship for lunch and Sun at the pool. The only real fail for me was the tendering into Cozumel which was required as we were not given a spot to dock on a pier as there were 7 ships in port. They should have only loaded the tenders for 25 minutes and then departed with those that could make it on in that amount of time instead of loading for an hour and making everyone late for their excursions. There were 2-3 tenders waiting all the time to load and IMO this would have been more efficient. Cozumel itself was a huge disappointment with the traffic and commercialized Mall they forced everyone to walk through and Dolphin Experience at Chaukanab (sp) the only thing that saved the day was petting the manatees. The food was good, but I wouldn't call it amazing and one night there was a hold up in the kitchen where we did not get our entrees in a timely manner and our Maitre D had to come to our table and explain the hold up. The other thing that was strange is the app on my phone quit displaying the menus after the first day but my husband had them the entire cruise. We had fun and enjoyed the shows, games, movies, dance parties and casino. I found it easy to get around the ship and only got on an elevator when taken there by Men at Work during the 70s Disco Dance party and I may or may not have ridden the Indian like a horse. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Staff, service food and entertainment were exceptional. Hit some very windy days and one rainy day that limited poolside activities. This was my second time aboard the Adventurer and I forgot how confining the balcony was. The major ... Read More
Staff, service food and entertainment were exceptional. Hit some very windy days and one rainy day that limited poolside activities. This was my second time aboard the Adventurer and I forgot how confining the balcony was. The major negative of our trip was the condition of the ship and maintenance. Rugs, chairs and sofas were not the cleanest and resembled the coat on a Dalmatian. Windows were dirty and rust has crept into bathrooms and the balcony area. We enjoyed this cruise despite the maintenance issues. This old lady. Should have been sent for a retro fit. A minimum of a year ago. Best entertainment I have experienced in a number of cruises. It appears the kitchen has kicked up the food in the dinning room and we enjoyed every meal selection. The Windjammer didn’t offer the selection on the buffet that our family has been used to. It was good, but it was a repeat performance many days. As I stated service was outstanding. I have no complaints and rate it 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We signed up to join my daughter and her family. Noise factor in our room adversely effected our experience. Food in the dining room was tasty, but we rejected some of the cooked dishes because they were served cold. The server took far ... Read More
We signed up to join my daughter and her family. Noise factor in our room adversely effected our experience. Food in the dining room was tasty, but we rejected some of the cooked dishes because they were served cold. The server took far too long for the courses and was a 1 1/2 hour experience. After we complained they got it down to 1 hour. The trivia sessions were conducted by some individuals who could not pronounce English words and it was nerve racking dealing with them. The song and dance entertainment was average, the band was above average. The drink servers (with the exception of Deborah in the Schooner Lounge seemed to take far too long to get the drinks, but were friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward was exceptional and was always present to help us by opening our door or assisting us with other tasks. I would rate the food and the service in the buffet as above average. The excursion to Pearl Island in Nassau was a waste of time and money. We left the island early. High drink costs and run down equipment. The included lunch of fish, rice and chicken was very tasty. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Ship overall – it is showing it’s age. Rust on the outside, the banisters in the pool area need refinishing as they are chipped and worn. Carpets did not seem to be stained and had normal wear and tear. The ship was very clean. ... Read More
Ship overall – it is showing it’s age. Rust on the outside, the banisters in the pool area need refinishing as they are chipped and worn. Carpets did not seem to be stained and had normal wear and tear. The ship was very clean. Dining – Unless you selected an Indian or Asian dish, the food was lacking in any kind of spice or flavor, so table salt went a long way. On one night, one of the entrée selections was Tiger Prawns – on the advice of our server, he said the shrimp was the same size as the ones in the shrimp cocktail and recommended the rack of lamb. We had second seating dining. When we ordered beef or lamb, we specified a lesser degree of doneness, because the entrée always came out more done (from sitting under heat lamps?). For example, if I wanted something as medium, I ordered medium rare and the doneness was just where I wanted it. Our waitstaff was wonderful – I would give them 5 stars. In the Windjammer, my husband raved about the hamburgers – always a standard selection. The carving station was a welcome addition as well as the gluten free buffet options. Some selections in both the main dining room and buffet were ‘not what you expected,’ but that’s the fun of expanding horizons. The selection at breakfast was not a diverse as it was on sister ship Vision of the Seas which we had been on a year earlier. On Vision, we could get hollandaise sauce for breakfast and so make our own version of eggs benedict….on Enchantment, that was only available in the main dining room. On-board entertainment – We did not see all the shows. The comedian on night 1 was funny; the musical production on night 2 was one we had previously seen on another ship; the ventriloquist as humorous as well. My husband and son did one of the trivia games, and won a much coveted RCCL highlighter. Bobby, the Cruise Director, seemed pretty ‘one note,’ and lacked sincerity in his ‘niceness.’ Ports of Call – when we got to Costa Maya, there was another ship in our assigned berth, so we were unable to stop. Lots of rumors on what had happened, but nothing from the bridge or cruise director as to why we were unable to stop. But, without our requesting it, RCCL credited the port charges and taxes for that stop. Cozumel – we had been there several times before, and it was the usual. Other – despite constant reminders to wash hands and cover coughs, an elderly lady coughed on me while in a line at the ladies’ restroom, and shared her cold with me. Yuck! Although they did confiscate my heating pad at embarkation, I was able to retrieve it once we had sailed. I had notified RCCL prior to sailing about my need, and they allowed the heating pad because it had auto shut off. However, I had to prove it is auto shut off by traveling with the original packaging and provide the email I had from RCCL stating that I could use it on board. RCCL sent out almost daily notices when the coronavirus first struck, all in text message with a note to read the emails sent to us. About January, I stopped receiving any emails from RCCL, and had to have my husband forward them to me. When I called RCCL about it, I was told that my booking agent must have left that box blank on my paperwork. They said I had to go back through my booking agent to get it fixed. So, I’m still not receiving any emails, even the one they need me to complete as a satisfaction survey. Another missed opportunity, RCCL. Of note: We did find out from the staff, that they are employed directly by RCCL, and not an agency. Apparently if an agency was providing their contract, they take a percentage of their earnings. Just an FYI if that is something important to you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were on the 18 night Bottom end Aus/NZ 25/2. We had a great time, pity the weather was not a bit warmer. We were apprehensive about the the bushfires only to be faced with the Corona virus and travel restrictions. A stressful time. Ship ... Read More
We were on the 18 night Bottom end Aus/NZ 25/2. We had a great time, pity the weather was not a bit warmer. We were apprehensive about the the bushfires only to be faced with the Corona virus and travel restrictions. A stressful time. Ship and crew were great and we really enjoyed ourselves. The only thing that we did not like was the Royalup and Royaldown policy which is a waste of time and delayed the allocation of GTY cabins. Any problems on board were quickly and efficiently handled by the crew. The food and the service were good as well. Excursions were well expensive and only did 2 with RCI the other via Viator which was 1/2 the price and the same trip. You now have to pay for activities on board, which was not the case before. As usual there was a great atmosphere on board Now only need 6 more nights to reach Diamond. Let's hope we will all be cruising soon. Stay Safe and Well Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because of the Kids Sail Free promo. We spent the night before at a hotel close to the airport, so no worries about bad weather or delayed flights--important, coming from New England. This was our first cruise and I ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Kids Sail Free promo. We spent the night before at a hotel close to the airport, so no worries about bad weather or delayed flights--important, coming from New England. This was our first cruise and I definitely think the ship spoiled us! Embarkation was pretty easy, and they let us on even though we arrived earlier than our allotted time due to the limited shuttle service from the hotel. Muster was annoying with many weary travelers crammed into a small lounge. They had tech problems with the video, and there was no live person orienting us. Then there was a health emergency--obviously no fault of the cruise line or staff, and I hope the person was ok (we never heard), but it took a while for that info. to reach us. We were there for a while not knowing what was going on while they dealt with that. We were disappointed there wasn't any sort of "Set Sail Party" as I'd read about on other cruises--just a bunch of passengers gathered on the upper deck, and servers selling drinks (nothing for free, as my mother in law had on other cruises). The "amplified" Oasis itself is fantastic for families. We LOVED the neighborhoods--very well kept, lots of nooks to explore, etc, and loved that our stateroom was located on the same deck as Central Park. It was nice and quiet at night, and close to the Central Park Cafe which was included in the price (and was the only place I could find a to-go paper cup of coffee). The library there was disappointing--really no selection for my avid readers (ages 12 and 9). The only book that looked appropriate for my daughter was in a foreign language. The ship more than made up for it with the beautifully renovated pools, water slides, Flow Rider, many hot tubs, rock climbing wall, zip line, Foosball/ping pong...all included! They did such a great job with the layout, it was hardly ever crowded. We were always able to find open lounge chairs in the shade, even on "at sea" days. We were extremely disappointed in the Kids Club, which we had heard so much about. We watched a YouTube video on the newly refurbished ship that used the euphemism "a Montessori-based approach" to the club. Read: no organized activities, no 'camp counselors', no one to watch our kids for an hour here or there, etc. And they split the age groups so that my 12 year old son was lumped in with young kids (one group was ages 6-12, the other was 13+...although I will say he easily snuck in a couple times. But there was nothing to do except veg out with video games, whereas my friends' teens who sailed on another line got to tour the ship behind-the-scenes, do scavenger hunts, have organized sports games, etc). Basically, not a place either of my kids wanted to be, and my husband and I had REALLY been counting on that so we could actually relax. Also disappointing was that I had read online pretty clearly that the Royal Caribbean app could be used without internet to message others who had the app, which we all downloaded in anticipation. Not so on the Oasis. We asked at Guest Services and were told it was available on other ships, but not ours. It may have been available on Oasis before the amplification, but not any more, though that was unclear; most staff are from other countries which is cool, but led to language barrier issues. With our party of 6 (Mom & Dad; 2 kids; 2 Grandmas), we had really been counting on that. We went old school, leaving notes for each other. But with 3 generations, every one was on different schedules and had different ideas about what to do, and trying to find each other on such a large vessel...well, you get the picture. Not a lot of relaxing for mom and dad. (Again though, at least there was plenty for the kids to do!!! And always free soft serve on the pool deck!) The Windjammer buffet was great. We ate in the Main Dining Room a few times, but my pasta-loving daughter and gluten-free, egg-free, garlic-free, peanut-free husband both found the buffet much easier. I loved both. NONE of us appreciated the hard upsell we got at both places, every meal, trying to sell us Specialty Dining packages, tours of the kitchen, etc. It was a bit much. And although I really liked our room steward, I didn't like that an envelope marked "Tip Tip HOORAY" showed up on our last night, knowing that gratuities would be automatically added per person, per day, to the tune of $60/day for our family of 4. We believe in good tipping for good service, and I was already prepared to kick the steward a little extra at the end, and didn't need the envelope in my face. (Same thing on excursions by the way. Even though we booked through RC, it was not RC staff who led the excursion to Dolphin Cove in Jamaica. The DC-hired guide--who was very charming and informative--started hitting us up for tips before we had even arrived at our destination; also the dolphin trainer AND his assistant both hit us up for tips. I get it--we're the rich Americans and they have a lot less than we do--just prepare yourself!). More on our Dolphin Cove excursion: Although we booked through RC, and followed the instructions on our tickets to the letter ("Left at the end of the pier; Gather at Station 1"), we still almost got left behind. There was a false station 1! A sign with a big "1" was located in the shade of a small building--great (we thought)! We were there exactly on time, and it wasn't crowded--great! After a while, it was weird--where was everyone else? Eventually we saw an RC guide walking with a numbered sign above her head (not a "1"), with a large group following her. I ran up to ask if she knew where our group was but she was too busy answering someone else's questions. I followed along until I saw a whole different area with a long line of people, and a 2nd station 1 sign! I asked a different guide who said all groups should be here. Ran and got my family, including our 2 seniors who don't move quickly, and luckily made it just in time. I'm still not sure what I did wrong as no one else seemed to have this problem, so maybe if you're a novice, ask the night before at the Excursion Desk above the Royal Promenade--don't just rely on your ticket, even if you think you know what you're doing! Also ask questions re: length of time. We knew it was an hour ride to DC, but weren't clear on whether travel time was included in their "length of tour" or not. It was, so when they advertise "4 hours," they mean 2 at the venue. And that included a 20 min stop at a souvenir shop that no one in my party wanted to do, and was not on the advertised itinerary. When we arrived at DC, we got left behind again (6 people inc. 2 seniors--herding the cats!) so we never got our free drink, never got the orientation, and pretty much had to fend for ourselves. It was difficult because our 2 seniors had bought the "Encounter," which is different than the "Swim". We thought we'd be entering the water separately but we were all told to get in together, with a group we didn't know (one of whom was blind and required extra assistance from the staff). This made things quite stressful when the trainer was trying to sort us all out, with my mother in law who's hard of hearing, and my kids freaking out that they had accidentally been lumped in with people who weren't going to swim with the dolphin. Eventually it worked out and everyone (who had paid for it) got to swim with the dolphin. After reading about all the other fun things to do at DC--snorkel with rays, walk the nature path, see sharks, iguanas, and birds, take out a clear-bottom kayak, we had only enough time to swim with the dolphin and eat lunch, and that was it! Our guide actually came and got us before we were done eating! No time to do anything else, including viewing the photos they take to sell you. That was very disappointing. And we were back at the ship with hours to spare. Our driver was great--he definitely avoided getting us into an accident with a crazy driver due to his diligence and skills. Despite the stress, my kids LOVED swimming with the dolphin. It was the one thing my daughter picked to talk about at school yesterday. (They also had baby bunnies...) Despite the risk of being left behind if you don't make it back to the dock on time, I would recommend hiring your own taxi and doing it on your own time. Before doing it, I was very much in the camp of--just pay the extra money and don't have the stress. HA! Risky, yes, but it was so stressful anyway, and you'd get more time for a lot less money. My husband and son did it in Cozumel after our planned snorkel excursion was cancelled due to red flag warnings. They toured ruins, saw iguanas, and even got to snorkel a bit on the calmer side of the island (not the Nat'l Marine Park, so it wasn't glorious, but for a kid who'd never done it before it was still fun). They also made it back to the ship with hours to spare, and it was way less rushed. (Note: Cozumel is a lot smaller than Jamaica, with only one main road that goes around the island, so I may be comparing apples to oranges here). More about the cancelled excursion: I get that that happens, through no one's fault. Apparently the authorities didn't tell Oasis before hand, as there was no warning to us. We got up early, got ready, got ourselves out to the pier and through Customs (after asking the night before at the Excursion Desk to double-check exactly where to meet!!), all the way to the meeting point, only to be told by non-RC guides about a red flag warning, and that all water activities were cancelled. After wiping my daughter's tears away, we tried to find an RC staff to see if there was another excursion we could do. For a while there was no one. Eventually, with another couple who was in the same predicament, we found two RC staff at a table in one of the bars. They were very helpful and promised full refunds--until we all figured out they were from a different RC boat than Oasis, and they had no idea where an Oasis staffer was. We had to ask around and eventually got pointed towards the one Oasis staff, hidden among a throng of people, who had to deal with all of us and our cancelled trips. We were promised full refunds, and we all made the best of it. My daughter and I enjoyed a pretty empty cruise ship while my son and husband had their ruin/iguana/snorkel adventure. Later we started seeing partial refunds to our onboard account, but nothing close to the amount we'd paid. My husband and I spent a long time at Guest Services trying to sort it out with a very nice man who was a "senior rep" with a thick accent, who wasn't able to confirm how much we had originally paid, only that we had gotten our refund. The issue was confounded because we had used our $100 on-board credit to purchase the excursion, some of which was listed as "refundable" and some as "non-refundable." It wasn't until we got home that I was able to check my credit card statement and see that they had only refunded half of the excursion. I called RC Customer Service, and finally got a representative I could easily understand, who figured out that they had refunded the 2 adults but not the 2 kids. She immediately issued a refund to our credit card. BOTTOM LINE: RC/Oasis needs to have MORE VISIBLE on-the-ground excursion staff on the piers to help answer questions and deal with problems!! Entertainment: EXCELLENT in terms of quality. Don't miss the Aqua Show! We went the first night. There were some technical glitches, but it was a fantastic, energetic way to start our first cruise. Oasis' policy about reservations is useless and unhelpful though. You can pretty much attend any of the bigger shows, even if it's "full," though you may have to wait in line. We were told online there were only 2 reservations left for "Cats," on the final day, yet there were tons of empty seats when we arrived. I actually felt bad for the performers, who were wonderful. The reservation policy made it so that all 6 of us never got to see a show together, as by the time we figured out that there were often empty seats despite what the app said, half our group had already seen the show (because we could never all get reservations together!) That happened both for "Cats" and for the ice show. And we couldn't message each other once we were in the theaters to let others know about the empty seats. So frustrating. Disembarkation: Smooth as could be. Wish we actually slept in a little later, or took the time to swing by Central Park Cafe to grab a bite on the way out. We had been told how awful it could be and how long it could take (even by the Guest Services people!), but we had left our tagged suitcases out the night before and it was all there waiting for us, easily found. We even got out "late" due to my husband not believing me about the time we had been told to disembark, so we never even made it to the dining room where we were supposed to wait for our number to be called. We just got right off and got our suitcases and left, to a line of waiting taxis where we caught a minivan to the airport. We arrived at our gate more than an hour before our flight. 4 stars! (5 circles?!) Bottom Line: Despite what sounds like an overall critical review, I would absolutely do it again--but maybe not with my family!!! 3 generations was difficult to handle for those in the middle of the "sandwich." This would have been an absolute blast with my husband and friends. (I kid, somewhat--I would just go into it with more realistic expectations. As a mom who works from home, looking for a getaway, this was a lot more work than expected. If I was going to go with my family again, I would look into a ship that includes texting, and has a better Kids' Club. If you want to spend all your vacation time with your kids, or if your kids are old enough and responsible enough to let them run loose for hours at a time, this is a truly awesome boat! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I enjoyed the role of grandparent to a 4 year old on his (and his parents') first cruise - what's not to like about a week-long sleepover. Connected balcony cabins on deck 10, lots of kids on board and a great kid's club. ... Read More
I enjoyed the role of grandparent to a 4 year old on his (and his parents') first cruise - what's not to like about a week-long sleepover. Connected balcony cabins on deck 10, lots of kids on board and a great kid's club. Many things worked really well, but I did find myself comparing RCI with my favorite Celebrity. Ship - huge, so many amenities. But why do you have to charge for so many things? Cabin - just great. Pleasing colors, comfortable, plenty of storage, nice balcony and bathroom. Dining - Celebrity wins by so much. Why do you have to pay for so many venues? Why isn't the food better? For example, why do you have the same boring breakfast buffet day after day, and repeat it in the Solarium bistro where you could sneak in a healthy "adults only" variety of foods? Entertainment and activities - pretty awesome. Thank you to the Ocean Adventure - great staff, lots for the kids. Good shows and music all over the ship. Service - we had a fabulous room attendant, and good service everywhere. Ports and shore excursions - sailing from NJ in winter doesn't get you much in the way of warm weather. But CocoCay was a perfect day, and the Kennedy Space Center was great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Traveling with my 3 brothers/2 spouses for our annual family trip. Flew in the day before. We had rented a suburban for the 6 of us through Budget. This was a disaster. The Budget line was 50 people deep and when we finally got up ... Read More
Traveling with my 3 brothers/2 spouses for our annual family trip. Flew in the day before. We had rented a suburban for the 6 of us through Budget. This was a disaster. The Budget line was 50 people deep and when we finally got up there, my brother forgot his license. Instead of just letting us add a driver they made us get out of line and call budget to do this and they said they didn't have a suburban for us to rent. We ended up getting a minivan through National but this took us 2 hours to solve and budget was NO HELP. We stayed at a 3 bedroom townhouse at Cape Crossing Marina. Very nice place about 5 miles the port. It was clean and ended up being cheaper than getting 3 hotel rooms. Very much recommend. The cruise itself was a reschedule from September 1st cruise that was canceled due to Dorian. Not sure if I'll ever cruise in February again. Maybe it was just one of those weeks, but it was windy and chilly on most of the days and definitely not warm enough to get into the water. Due to the weather, the aqua shows were canceled several times. I understand that safety comes first, but maybe they can have a plan B show to do. Yes I want to see the high dive, but I would have been satisfied with a scaled down show that they could have done. Another issue I had was that there was a private group on board that took over many of the venues. This caused a complete cancelation of I SKATE ice show. Which by all accounts was a better show than 1887 show I was looking forward to seeing. REALLY DISAPPOINTED! One other minor complaint was that our room steward never introduced himself, never asked if we needed anything. I found that odd since every other cruise I've been on that was never an issue. I also never really saw the cruise director much other than coming out after shows. I actually saw the captain more than the cruise director. FOOD. it was definitely hit or miss but it was edible. Our dining wait staff was awesome. Cabin. Oceanview balcony, very nice location deck 8 close to elevators Ports. St. Maarten, we went to orient beach and then on to Maho beach. It was very windy and sprinkled a bit. This is the best shopping port. San Juan. We did a private tour of san Juan and it was nice. Coco Cay. I really like RC's private island. It has all you need just steps from the ship. The weather was ok. VERY WINDY and the water was cold, but enjoyed the views and soaked up too much sun. Shopping was not good. Everything overpriced. $10 for a magnet. Braiding lady wanted $40 when I asked for a French braid. The food that was offered on the island was outstanding! Overall it was a good trip. Loved spending time with my family which is #1 priority. Also to note the embarkation/disembarkation was Awesome. Walked right on and walked right off. Port Canaveral was very easy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
All our other Royal cruises have been on voyager, freedom, and oasis class ships; so we knew going in that this would be a "fun sized" experience. Not caring for any of the Western Caribbean ports, we booked this cruise to spend ... Read More
All our other Royal cruises have been on voyager, freedom, and oasis class ships; so we knew going in that this would be a "fun sized" experience. Not caring for any of the Western Caribbean ports, we booked this cruise to spend time with family and relax, relax, relax. Mission Accomplished! Parking at the open air lot directly across from the ship, we were onboard in a matter of minutes. The walk-in eating areas are both located on deck 9. Plenty of seating and each of them have a coffee/juice/water station conveniently located away from the general seating. Loved spending time in the solarium, it has a retractable glass roof for those cool or rainy moments and is flanked by the park cafe (not like the one on Oasis) and a bar. With both a pool and a hot tub, we were set for the cruise. Had most breakfasts and sea day lunches in the main dining room. Very nice and relaxing, you can choose to be served or do a quick turn thru the buffet line. Other times we went to the windjammer, food was good (especially the build you own naco platter) and there were always seats available. We had 2 dinners in the MDR early seating and 2 much later on my time seating(to be with our late eating family). Food, selection, and service were all good. The remaining 3 nights were spent specialty dining with family. One night at each restaurant, the company was great, the value was not. The food and the ambience were ok, just not worth paying the extra money for. The shops were smaller, but still fun to walk through. The shows in the theater were entertaining and there were always seats available. The schooner bar seemed larger than on the larger ships. Be sure and spend some time in the R bar/Centrum area on deck 4. There always seemed to be something going on there, and it could be viewed from the upper decks. A great use of minimal space. The cruise director was uninspiring. Our room was an ocean view with a large (maybe 3'x3') window. Very small, but nicely laid out. HATED the shower curtain! By some science experiment gone wrong, it would always billow into the already tiny shower(the same size as the bigger ships) and cling to my back. I felt like Zorro with his cape. I never thought that I would miss the bigger ship showers with their non-intrusive doors! This fabric curtain is making me want to cancel our 10 day cruise next January on this same ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Very nice ship. Excellent food in the buffet. Lots of variety. We had an inside room for 3 of us, including a 15-year-old teenager. Room was spacious enough for the 3 of us. Room was always very clean. I found the entertainment to be ... Read More
Very nice ship. Excellent food in the buffet. Lots of variety. We had an inside room for 3 of us, including a 15-year-old teenager. Room was spacious enough for the 3 of us. Room was always very clean. I found the entertainment to be lacking compared to entertainment on Carnival. We are not into art auctions, diamond shopping, or bingo. We don't consider those to be fun activities. There were a number of activities on the promenade deck, which made it almost impossible to get to the cafe to get a snack, coffee, or tea. Also even when arriving at the Star Lounge 20 minutes early, we were not able to get a seat for certain shows. We enjoyed all the ports of call. However, we found that Bonaire did not offer a lot of excursion options. We went swimming and snorkeling on our own. For the most part, the staff were friendly and helpful. We will take another Royal Caribbean cruise but probably on a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife and I chose this cruise to surprise my folks and relatives, and it was an amazing success!!! My wife and I flew into Fort Lauderdale from Chicago the day of the cruise. This makes my wife a nervous wreck, but seeing as how we ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to surprise my folks and relatives, and it was an amazing success!!! My wife and I flew into Fort Lauderdale from Chicago the day of the cruise. This makes my wife a nervous wreck, but seeing as how we booked last minute it saved us almost $1000 dollars on airfare, hotel, and food. Amazingly, from the time we landed to embarkation was less than an hour. We were shocked how smooth the transfer went. Having traveled with my folks before we knew they were creatures of habit, and we knew exactly where they would be first - The Cafe' Promenade. My ma was shocked and started crying. The general appearance of the ship was usual Royal Caribbean very nice, but the Old Girl is worn and showing many of her blemishes. It is very noticeable that the ship is ready for a makeover. We stayed in 11607 Central Park Balcony. We had three rooms all in a line, and we had the room attendant open up partitions so it was like we had one GIGANTIC balcony. It was great for morning breakfast. We love the Central Park Balcony rooms! Our room attendant was less than attentive which is the first time this has ever happened on any of our cruises, but she did her job I guess. Dining we ate at two specialty restaurants, Izumi and Chops. Izumi was great! We had an amazing chef (Gerry from the Phillipines), and our waiter Kirk kept the Saki flowing. The company around the grill was outrageous. Seeing as we were all family how could I say otherwise. We love our Hibachi! Chops on the other hand was OK. While the steaks served in the restaurant may be great for some, they just don't compare to what we get back home in Chicago. We have decided unless we get a free upgrade we probably won't be eating at Chops anymore. The other 5 dinners we utilized MDR on Deck 3, and had MTD. Seating 8 people every night at 7:30 was a challenge, but the staff did a great job accommodating our needs. Our servers Davis and Petrus were outstanding. The entertainment was great! Per usual. I think it was the 10th time we have seen Mama Mia. It did not disappoint. Thank god we saw the the aqua show the first night as I think the rest of the shows were cancelled due to rough seas. The comedians were very funny. We enjoyed the piano bar, Rising Tide (during the Beatles tribute), and Dazzles. We went to country night at Dazzles. The band was OUT OF THIS WORLD! It is something everyone has to experience. Your eyes won't believe what your ears are hearing. I will just leave it at that. lol On a funny note my wife and I participated in one of the trivia contests. It was hard for us to find partners, but the two ladies who asked us to join them would not be let down. My wife Barbara and I cleaned up. We won that night's trivia contest. Activities were great. I did my first day flow rider, but mostly hung out at the pool. For the life of me, I can not comprehend how Royal has not figured out how to heat the pools. It is MADDENING!!!! I am not asking it to be hot tub hot, but it would be nice to enter the pool and not suffer a slight heart attack every day. Does anyone know why this is? The service around the pool was great. We had the ultimate drink package. For the first time in 11 cruises I believe Royal won the Battle of the Booze. I also believe Royal is very close to out pricing themselves with the UDP (72 bucks w/ tip is at the limit as far as I'm concerned). I have heard rumblings that Royal screwed up in 2019 offering $18 UDP's and now they are trying to recoup those losses. Which makes sense seeing as how we paid 55 bucks p/d just 5 months earlier on Anthem. Now on to the bad. The ports. Coco Cay was cancelled due to weather. Disappointing, but understandable. Switching out St. Thomas for San Juan was terrible. I have had it with Royal continually bait and switching itineraries. Sure they always say you can get your money back, but by that time most people have set vacation days and air fare. They know they have you. Always sending the ships to San Juan is just another example of Royal nickel and diming the guests. And the thruster excuse has been used to death. I will definitely go on Allure again once she has been beautified. We are traveling on Symphony 25 July 2020 (fingers crossed) and Odyssey 26 March 2021. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We travelled on the Symphony of the seas Feb.15-22,2020 It is a beautiful ship but not much you get for free except your room and some food. Every fine dining is extra dollars , every drink ( pop and alcohol) is extra and any fitness ... Read More
We travelled on the Symphony of the seas Feb.15-22,2020 It is a beautiful ship but not much you get for free except your room and some food. Every fine dining is extra dollars , every drink ( pop and alcohol) is extra and any fitness class you want to take is also money,money,money. Would be nice if they at least let all the guests have free wifi so you could message family on the ship. We are from Canada so for all of us to pay their internet package would of been over $600. Ship is super clean and service is great and friendly . The windjammer has awesome food and the dining room has great menus . The ice show is a must to see and Aqua Show (Hiro) We did great tours at the ports .. Sloths and monkeys in Honduras is a must and the cenotes in Cozumel are amazing. Over all we had a great week but did get tired of the soliciting at the ports and wish they gave a few more free options on the ship Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we had never been to the gulf area before. We first flew to Delhi to see our family there, then flew to Dubai for 5 days prior to cruising which was an eye opener. We were amazed by the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we had never been to the gulf area before. We first flew to Delhi to see our family there, then flew to Dubai for 5 days prior to cruising which was an eye opener. We were amazed by the architecture. It’s very modern, clean and stunning. The ship was clean, needed a spot of paint here and there but overall was in good condition. We were with friends and had my time dining and easily got a table for 4 at a set time in the MDR. The food was fine really. We had special requests for Indian food not on the daily menu which they accommodated for that night or the next night. The service in the MDR was awesome. We were treated very well. The service overall was amazing. Our cabin attendant kept our room spotless and promptly answered our calls. Henri in future cruises went out of his way to optimize the future cruise we booked while on board. Embarkation was notable for precautions taken due to the Corona virus outbreak which in retrospect especially given how this has since spread was needed. We self disembarked which was a breeze. My only issue was the loudness of the band in the atrium which made speaking to personnel by the service desk adjacent to that area rather difficult. We did only one ship excursion and that was in Sir Bani Yas. Though I usually say ships excursions are overpriced this one for what we received was reasonable. Unfortunately our stop in Bahrain was canceled due to what I think was security concerns which was too bad as our traveling companions had family there. We ended up staying overnight in Abu Dhabi so we got a chance to see more of this emirate. The production shows put on by the RC entertainers were quite good! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Me (aged 11)went on a cruise into the middle of nowhere with my family. This was our second time doing that but not on that cruise line, and I have to say that I still had a terrific time but sadly the food there was terrible. On our ... Read More
Me (aged 11)went on a cruise into the middle of nowhere with my family. This was our second time doing that but not on that cruise line, and I have to say that I still had a terrific time but sadly the food there was terrible. On our day of arrival I had a desert in the Dining Room, that was really nice. The next day I wasn’t feeling too good but I’ll get to that part later. Anyway, my Mum got me some pancakes and a donut. When you think of a pancake chewy wouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind, not only that but it was dry and crumbly. It was the same with the donut. So I had one bite of both of those things and then instantly I decided that I wouldn’t have anymore of it because I didn’t like it so then I instantly went for the fruit. Most of our dinners were fantastic but on our last night, we went to Giovanni’s Table. Our waiter was lovely but it took a long time for our food to come out. It took an hour and a half. Not only that but my pasta wasn’t very cooked and had been sitting out for a very long time. My Mum and Dad’s food not only looked disgusting, it was disgusting! Then we saw the Maître D shout at another table. It was not the kind of behaviour that should be put up with. They then had a lighting issue where the lights would dim down and then lighten back up again which was deeply annoying! When we left my Dad gave him a stern talking to witch he absolutely deserved. Basically, what I was trying to say is that, cruise was amazing, food wasn’t so good and definitely do not go to Giovanni’s Table. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. ... Read More
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. PROS: The "Central Park" neighborhood is breathtaking. It really feels quiet and intimate. You completely forget you are in the middle of a huge ship surrounded by hundreds of rooms looking down on you. It's pretty amazing how this is accomplished. -Very quick bar service. Maybe it's the sheer number of bars, but I barely waited for drinks the entire cruise. This is in stark contrast to previous experience on other ships. -As is the norm with Royal Caribbean, the staff throughout the ship are always friendly and welcoming. -This kids clubs are great. Our kids (5 and 7) loved every minute of them -The bands/musicians are outstanding. One of the bands in particular (I didn't catch their name, unfortunately) were hands down the tightest, most talented cover band I have ever seen. -The performers throughout the ship (divers, gymnasts, skaters etc). are incredible. CONS: -The Windjammer is slipping. There did not appear to be as many menu items as there were in our previous Royal Caribbean experience. There are also some individual items that aren't nearly as good as they used to be (the pancakes, for an example). Overall, the food is still fairly good, but it doesn't "wow" me like it used to. My theory is that they are trying to get people into their pay restaurants. -Windjammer lineups: Some days for breakfast there were lineups out the door just to get into the Windjammer. I have never seen this on an RC ship before. I realize it's a big ship, but I assumed that they would have designed the Windjammer accordingly. -Main Dining Room line ups: Similar to the Windjammer, it doesn't seem that they designed to Main dining room to be able to take on the number of passengers. Some nights were fine, but others, we found ourselves in lineups as long as 25 minutes, even though we had made reservations. I suspect if you had set dining times as opposed to "my time", you would have no problems.. -Odd open and closed times for certain features: One example is the hotdog stand in the Boardwalk neighborhood. This to me it is a big part of the boardwalk vibe they're trying to create...yet it's closed a lot of the time for some reason. There are other restaurants and features on the ship that we would come across and were surprised they were closed. Maybe its a staffing thing? -The music hall is amazing, yet it sits unused and/or empty much of the time (i.e. when the bands are playing elsewhere on the ship). It seems like a waste of a great space. -Debarkation: This is where the reality of the vast number of passengers becomes painfully clear. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have enjoyed Regent , and Celebrity, but wanted to take 3 young grandchildren who would not like those sort of boats. The Symphony on board activities attracted us, and we could get a suite for all 8 of us, the itinerary was incidental ... Read More
We have enjoyed Regent , and Celebrity, but wanted to take 3 young grandchildren who would not like those sort of boats. The Symphony on board activities attracted us, and we could get a suite for all 8 of us, the itinerary was incidental as we wanted to use the rock climbing wall, zipline, hot tubs, pools, table tennis, slides, and see ice show. So my agent persuaded us to go on this ship which he has enjoyed which he had enjoyed with his family. The Embarkation process for suite guests at Miami is excellent, we were sitting down for lunch in Coastal Kitchen at 11.30 . It is very good with great waiting staff but the adults who have enjoyed Luminae on all the Celebrity ships agreed the food on Royal Caribbean is not as good as on Celebrity, that applied to Windjammer buffet as well . which is badly managed, they cannot organise the crowds trying to eat there. Our Grand Suite for 8 was excellent, huge and with large balcony. THe attendant Erwin was really good. Naturally we recognised his service privately before the rude letter and envelope from the Concierges arrived asking for extra tips for themselves, never had that on any other ship. We had $1000 enforced gratuity already added to bil, no complaints but all 5 adults agreed the concierges deserved no tip at all, indeed compared with concierges on Celebrity they are lazy and little use. THe ICE shows are amazingly good. Cococay was much better than expected but it is expensive , we spent a further $1000 for activities on island.They have done a good job . Puerto Rico was also better than had thought it would be. Internet worked well. The Garden deck 8 pleasant. Diamond Club a cave. Suites Lounge good Disembarkation for suite guests excellent, we were driving away from port 9 15. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise as we had been on Ovation previously, and knew it would provide enough entertainment for our kids and grandkids. Although the grandkids (five of them, aged 4 to 15) did not go to the kids club, there was enough on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had been on Ovation previously, and knew it would provide enough entertainment for our kids and grandkids. Although the grandkids (five of them, aged 4 to 15) did not go to the kids club, there was enough on the ship to keep them engaged and happy. Embarkation in Sydney went without a hitch, and by 11.30 we had found a table in the Windjammer and had our first cocktail. We then explored the ship, and the looks on our kids and grandkids faces was a joy to behold. Because we were a party of 11 we stuck with My Time dining in Silk, and the food for the most part was top shelf. Our wait staff (Jerrold and Jan) were fantastic, remembered everyone’s names and could not have done more for us. Nothing was too much trouble and they made our dining experience one to remember. We had four cabins on Deck 10 forward, and they were nice enough. Our cabin attendant Aldrin did a great job, keeping all our cabins immaculate, always with a smile on his face. We attended most of the shows - some hits, some misses. Pixels kept the kids entertained, but we had seen it before and knew what to expect. We had a crack at most of the activities, including ifly, North Star and dodgems. As many other reviewers have mentioned, the queues at times were horrendous, but hey, you’re on a cruise, so just enjoy the people watching! Our ports of call were Noumea, Mystery Island and Brisbane. We found Mystery Island to be the highlight, way more to do there than expected. Beautiful beaches, friendly locals and crystal clear water. Noumea was ok, we’d been there before and knew what to expect. A lot of people didn’t get off in Brisbane, the main reason being that the port was a long way from anything, and Royal had the hide to charge us $25 USD pp for a shuttle into Brisbane - a lot of cabbage when there are 11 of you. Whilst I appreciate that there is a cost involved to organise the coaches, I'm certain it wouldn’t have been $40 AUD pp, just another example of profit being put before all else, I suppose. All in all it was a great trip, and a fantastic first cruise experience for our family. We will certainly cruise again with Royal, and I’m sure our kids will as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarking was so easy. Out of the taxi and on the ship within 20 mins. Same for disembarking although we took our own bags off as had an early flight. We chose this cruise to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Traveling with 2 ... Read More
Embarking was so easy. Out of the taxi and on the ship within 20 mins. Same for disembarking although we took our own bags off as had an early flight. We chose this cruise to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Traveling with 2 children aged 10 & 8. This was our first cruise so a medium sized ship seemed more suited. Our balcony stateroom was ok, a bit tight for 4 people. We had a few issues re smells & stains these were fixed promptly by our room attendant who was amazing throughout. At first I thought the cruise was just full of people getting drunk and eating however after the first day at sea I settled into it. Didn’t find cruising particular relaxing as tried to fit everything in and with 2 active children not much time to rest. Plenty of activities to the point that so much we wanted to do we couldn’t fit it all in. Water slides were fast and fun same as climbing wall and golf course never had to queue. Flow rider always seemed to have queues of over half hour. Sports court we used many times as always some type of games on mainly basketball which my son loved. Shows were great and good variety to suit most. Ice show was amazing definitely worth watching. We ate mainly in the windjammer which had a fantastic selection, clean and no trouble finding a table. Also went to the main dining which we enjoyed. Guest services does get busy but always helpful. Used the cafe late evening for pizza and the guys in Starbucks knew our drinks after the first day. The only thing we were disappointed with was kids club. Mine would only go in the night as they found that the younger children aged 5 were mixed with them. Children aged 5 play very differently to children aged 10. Staff were very young and seemed inexperienced. My son said that the staff shouted a lot. We would go on another cruise with RC but on a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We booked Harmony two years ago because of the hype. Overall, our trip was ok. The ship is too big and spread out. We missed having every amenity conveniently located throughout, we enjoyed Brilliance so much more. (It took me 5 days to ... Read More
We booked Harmony two years ago because of the hype. Overall, our trip was ok. The ship is too big and spread out. We missed having every amenity conveniently located throughout, we enjoyed Brilliance so much more. (It took me 5 days to find the froyo on Harmony!) The crowds were a bit much, especially on formal nights. Our balcony stateroom on 10 was nice, but opening the door at all screwed up the A/C and we woke hot every single night. Mid ship was perfect for the crazy amount of waves (all the crew said they hadn’t seen anything like it in years) we had. The wait staff was phenomenal, especially with my need for gluten-free food. Loved that the casino had smoking and non-smoking! But at the slots we were never asked if we needed a drink, only at tables. Overall, Harmony was a fun one-time experience. But it’ll be smaller ships for us from now on. Side note: Do not book for CocoCay. Everything on island was much too expensive, the food selection where we were was crap (and we didn’t know until after that we had to search for more choices), and it was SO windy and cool. Not enjoyable at all in winter. RC shouldn’t send anyone there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Family cruise, 1st cruise for 5yrs old granddaughter. Connecting central park balcony cabins made cruising together extra easy and fun EXCEPT bad design for pool overflow drainage pipe runs just outside cabin and can be heard during ... Read More
Family cruise, 1st cruise for 5yrs old granddaughter. Connecting central park balcony cabins made cruising together extra easy and fun EXCEPT bad design for pool overflow drainage pipe runs just outside cabin and can be heard during slightly rougher weather when it's not rough enough to drain pool, even several decks down from the pool. Crew is phenomenal except for overworked mdr staff, in what now seems to be a common theme across both Royal and Celebrity ships. More and more items are prepared to reduce any additional service that was such a nice touch and went a long way to making the experience special. For example, souffles served in plastic ramekins with the sauce on the side, same little plastic sauce cups with mint jelly on the plate with rack of lamb. Probably a good thing though since your Walter and assistant waiter aren't available since they're assigned too many tables. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We decided to try RC again after a VERY BAD experience in 2015. I am happy that we did. Most of the staff weref friendly, welcoming, and professional. The only exceptions were the guest relations desk who felt the need to tell me that ... Read More
We decided to try RC again after a VERY BAD experience in 2015. I am happy that we did. Most of the staff weref friendly, welcoming, and professional. The only exceptions were the guest relations desk who felt the need to tell me that the question I had asked they had answered two days before - clearly I didn't remember; one of the cruise director staff members - he was a little snarky, and one bartender at Labadee who told me that the drink hut that I stopped at was only for the other RC ship in port (another bartender apologized and said that all huts were for all RC ships). Cabin had a beautiful large window on deck. One con was that the movie pool side was difficult to view due to pool cabana set up and they had the prime seats blocked for their cigargs and cognac promotion which no guests were attending. Another con was ice cream was stopped at 6pm - I lke ice cream with my movies. Food was teriffic and wait staff was as good as a 5 star. Bathrooms incredibly tiny - toilets set at an angle due to small space. I just wish that on sea days there were more things to do on ships during the day except sitting in the sun or gambling - this one and all cruise ships Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise, even though it was in the school holidays, as a reward for our son going into Year 11. We have been on Voyager of the Seas before and enjoyed the activities- FlowRider and ice skating etc and also chose the ... Read More
We chose this cruise, even though it was in the school holidays, as a reward for our son going into Year 11. We have been on Voyager of the Seas before and enjoyed the activities- FlowRider and ice skating etc and also chose the destinations that were best for snorkeling. As there were 3 of us and we had a lot of snorkeling gear we chose a balcony cabin with an extra bed (8268). The extra bed came out of the ceiling above the top of the king bed, so you did have to watch your head, otherwise the room was as expected. Clean and in working order. We live the FlowRider and the staff on this activity are helpful and friendly. If you are going to give it a try do it early in the cruise as the lines get huge on the last couple of days. We had the Key so had a few advantages such as extra sessions on the FlowRider, Laser Tag and Iceskating rink that we enjoyed. This also made embarkation quick and because I booked 5he first boarding time we stepped in the ship at 11am. I got the Key for seats at the show but it wasn’t that busy at the shows as there is so much to do. Disappointing things were the removal of the sauna and indoor spa as part of the latest changes. The slide was fun though - hint don’t wear a rashy as it slows you down too much. The adult area is ok but you are treated like children - no drinks allowed in the spa even though they are in plastic glasses. We bought the drinks package and looked forward to frozen mango drinks only to find that the ship had run out of mango from the last two cruises. They did have strawberry which was ok but even ran out of this and Pina Colada and other options as the cruise progressed. The drinks package was still worth it to us but just be aware you may not be able to get your favourite drink. Different bars have different cocktails - R bar had a Let’s get Fizzical that you could only get there - so try different bars if you like variety. Our son made a lot of new friends on the cruise and had a wonderful time at the silent disco, pool parties and other activities. He enjoyed the teenage Living Room. There were a few bullies on the cruise and it was disappointing that the ship couldn’t control these kids but my son was old enough to deal with them when they approached him and keeep away. The cruise ship did disembark a couple of young adults that were fighting on the first night so they do deal efficiently with inappropriate adults. The entertainment was good in general and varied. We have seen the hypnotist before and the show was similar to 5 years ago. Also the adult comedian did a general show in which he did make some inappropriate jokes during the general show and repeated half of his adult show for the general show. One of the comedians was not that great. Some good and some not so good. There were heaps of activities ( Trivia, lectures of all types, ballet classes etc) to choose so it really is up to individual taste. In general I would recommend this cruise for the ages from teenager to an adult wanting to try out the activities on offer. A child too small for the slides and FlowRider will miss out on a lot. We chose the 5 night dining package and enjoyed the three specialty restaurants and the main dining room.Service and food in all restaurants was great. Unfortunately we ended up with the 5pm dining,which was a bit of a rush to get to (especially if you are on the a FlowRider), but gave us the rest of the evening to enjoy shows and sit in High Notes for a drink. Think about your dining chose - early, late or My Time at the time you book. We enjoyed all of our ports: Noumea - turtle tour at Signal Island - book online before you go. Excellent. Mare - took the bus to the beach and snorkeled - we did swim past the bouys Lifou - Jinek Bay snorkeling (bought the tickets from the locals for $15 each for the morning session to 12:30pm) is definitely worth it and the water hole in the cave Louganville - a local took us to Chaampagne beach which was beautiful, the Riri blue hole which was fun and cold and Million Dollar Point which is great for snorkelling. This replaced Isle of Pines as their chief had passed away. Villa - we did 2 dives which we organised ourselves - Wreck and bommies. Mystery Island - lovely island but the snorkeling wasn’t great that day as the currents were strong. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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