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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first cruise so we don’t really have anything to compare it to. We travelled in a party of 6, 5 adults and one teenager... Getting on the ship was stress free and so much easier than flying. The ship was very clean but this ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we don’t really have anything to compare it to. We travelled in a party of 6, 5 adults and one teenager... Getting on the ship was stress free and so much easier than flying. The ship was very clean but this could have been due to a norovirus outbreak on the cruise before us it was continuously cleaned all the time we were on the ship. The ship is enormous, I was still getting lost on day 13 !....we had a balcony room which was ideal for 2 people but I wouldn’t want anymore than 2 in there ! The bathrooms are tiny. Our room was cleaned every day, bed made and towels changed. We never used room service didn’t really need to. My son who is 16 said it was the best holiday he’s been on he made loads of friends and for teens it’s great, you can give them freedom knowing that they are safe on the ship. There’s a curfew of 1am and security are very strict, which is good. The main dining room was fantastic..lots of choice and food always hot. We had anytime dining but ended up booking for 8pm each night as we found two waiters that looked after us and were amazing. Formal nights book a table or you will queue for ever ! We ate in windjammer on sea days for lunch, food is great however it’s too much like a canteen for me and we always struggled to get a seat. We tried Izumi one of the nights, it’s entertaining and the food is amazingly tasty. The rest of the bars and cafes on the promenade were very good. We booked our own trips as the RC were far too expensive. The gym is well equipped and you can watch dolphins whilst on the treadmill ! Not everyday you experienced that !....All the ports we stayed in were lovely and most were a walk from the ship. The entertainment was good, the bands were excellent as were the dancers and singers. Grease was a good show. Negatives for us were the amount of people on the ship. Sea days you struggled to get a sunbed and had to wait for ever the get a drink in the pool bars. The champagne bar and balero bar were always full and we always struggled to get a drink before dinner. For me a holiday is all about dining al fresco but there’s no-where to eat outdoors at night and even if there was it would have been too windy. If you get the opportunity do the silent disco it’s great fun. I had a lovely time and glad I’ve experienced a cruise but I don’t think cruising is for me..too busy and noisy and I could get 3 five star holidays for the price we paid. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We traveled with another couple and planned our own private tours. For me, this was perfect as we had a one on one relationship with our driver\guide and those were wonderful! Not knowing what a cruise would be like, I am over the moon ... Read More
We traveled with another couple and planned our own private tours. For me, this was perfect as we had a one on one relationship with our driver\guide and those were wonderful! Not knowing what a cruise would be like, I am over the moon in love with them. Not only did I feel like the entire ship's staff LOVE ME, but they love their jobs. The rooms were great, everything I needed and the attendants go our of their way for you. Having the chance to have a fantastic meal every morning with ANYTHING you can image right there was a HUGE plus. Each afternoon, a program for the next day is left on your bed so you can plan things on the ship and know ahead of time. There is not ONE bad thing to say only praises for this ship and the crew! We scheduled our own daily excursions and we gave the wrong time! NO PROBLEM!!!! The attendant at the desk called the company and assisted us in getting the time changed. Words cannot say how much we appreciate EVERYONE and EVERYTHING they did for us! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of ... Read More
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of all places! Then they canceled grand Bahama island and made it 2 days in Nassau. But boat was fun and we had a great time. All of the food was delicious. We all tried new foods and ate a lot. My teen was in food heaven- room service for pre- breakfast, buffet for breakfast, buffet/dining room for lunch, cafe for afternoon snack, buffet for pre-dinner snack, dining room for dinner. Trivia and other games were fun to play as a family. We won family bingo and got medals! Excursion to blue lagoon was to die for. Go there if you can. Well worth the money! Btw, this was our first cruise and we all get motion sickness easily. I was motion sick the first night. We were still on the Chesapeake bay so I was thinking I would have to get off cruise at first port (because I thought the ocean would be way worse). But then we all put on a scopolamine patch and sea bands. We felt great the rest of the trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Wasn't sure what to expect as a first timer but definitely enjoyed ourselves and kept busy throughout. Entertainment was outstanding and food, well, there was plenty of it. Excursions that we participated in was good for the most ... Read More
Wasn't sure what to expect as a first timer but definitely enjoyed ourselves and kept busy throughout. Entertainment was outstanding and food, well, there was plenty of it. Excursions that we participated in was good for the most part. I wouldn't say that some of the descriptions was very truthful but enjoyed most of it. Windjammer had a variety of foods and service was great. Ate at three of the ships dining facilities and they were all great as well as the service. The room was quaint and our room steward kept the room nice and clean. Wasn't expecting service three times a day. Only negative was the bed was a bit droopy but other than that, i'd like to try a room with a balcony the next time. Cruise Director and Activities Director were great and all over the place as well as information on the ship's TV daily to keep passing the information to the guests. There were many things we didn't participate in and if we were younger, we may have accomplished more but what we did participate in was very enjoyable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our first cruise, so we relied on reviews and friends' experiences to prepare us. The ship was very nice, and our deluxe balcony cabin was clean and comfortable. The staff was for the most part friendly and accommodating. ... Read More
This was our first cruise, so we relied on reviews and friends' experiences to prepare us. The ship was very nice, and our deluxe balcony cabin was clean and comfortable. The staff was for the most part friendly and accommodating. The entertainment was excellent. We were, however, very disappointed with the quality of the food in the dining room--average, at best. Next time we will try the "specialty restaurants." We were also very unpleasantly surprised at the cigarette and cigar smoke on what was supposed to be a nonsmoking ship, with a few designated smoking areas. Obviously, the ship did not enforce any restrictions. The entire sixth floor, where the casino was located, was very smoky. In the evenings, guests smoked at the bar in the centrum, and the smoke drifted up to the upper floors. One entire side of the pool area was smoke-filled. In addition, it was very difficult to find a lounge chair at the pool area. Guests would leave towels on their chairs to save them for extended periods of time--another policy not enforced since cruise material stated that chairs could not be left unattended for 30 minutes or more. The music at the pool was at times much too loud. We went on two cruise-sponsored shore excursions. The 3-1/2 hour beach excursion was a waste of time. We basically paid big bucks for an uncomfortable bus ride to a small crowded beach. The other excursion was a short panoramic tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and funny--a much better experience than the first tour. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
As a first time cruiser, I cannot compare my experience to any other ship or company. That being said, I am not a first-time traveler. Here we go! Initially, we were extremely excited about this trip because upon purchasing we knew we ... Read More
As a first time cruiser, I cannot compare my experience to any other ship or company. That being said, I am not a first-time traveler. Here we go! Initially, we were extremely excited about this trip because upon purchasing we knew we were purchasing exactly which countries we wanted to visit prior to the changes (Bahamas, St-Kitts, St-Thomas). However, soon after our cancellation deadline passed Royal changed one of our ports (as they hold the right to change ports at any moment for absolutely any reason). The reason for the change...it was too far and the boat would not have enough gas. What?! I am pretty sure this could have been determined prior to the package being set in motion and claiming sales. Nevertheless, we rolled with the hit and St-Kitts was changed to San Juan. Hurricane season hit and St-Thomas and San Juan were no longer available (this we could understand as no one can do anything about changes to nature). Royal decided to send us to Bahamas, Cozumel, and Costa Maya. For those that have never been to Mexico these two ports may sound pleasant, but for someone that has been twice before... not pleased. Considering an all-inclusive trip to Mexico is much cheaper than a cruise, we were extremely upset and disappointed and made our displeasure known to our agent and Royal. This is where things go more displeasing. Royal basically threw Policy at us stating that they have to right to change ports and so on. They were very short in their replies and did not seem interested in trying to come to resolve in the matter (NOTE; Royal faced a class action lawsuit soon after Hurricane Harvey due to the policies they keep to). We asked for a credit, they said no, we asked for a refund but were told us no, we asked for some kind of compensation for all this inconvenience which ultimately turned our honeymoon into an overpriced trip back to Mexico. Royal finally provided us with a second dining voucher (60$ value) as well as a Spa voucher (119$ value). They stood by their policies and stated that although the ports changed for our safety we would still have access to the many amenities the ship had to offer. We were not and are still not impressed with the way things were dealt with on a customer service level. I know this may sound as though we are spoiled/privileged and demanded that they give us everything we asked for but this is not the case. It is not being told "NO" that is the issue, it is how you are told "NO" that determines one's experience (for the purpose of this review I have not gone into detail about our communications with Royal Customer Service). Now let's get to the actual cruising experience. FIRST IMPRESSION: The Allure of the Seas is... breathtaking! driving to the port and seeing this monster of a ship is definitely a site to see. We were very impressed with how smoothly embarking and disembarking was (granted there were lines and a waiting period but that would be the case when 6000 people are all going to one place). We immediately reserved our specialty restaurants and activities, or in other words, we mapped out our week upon arrival. This allowed us to wander around and familiarize ourselves with the boat. For those that do not wish to wait in line to reserve your restaurants or activities, no worries, you can do it all from your stateroom TV. We found this extremely convenient. There is also the option of calling restaurants from your stateroom (the phones have a one-touch dial for various departments or press "0" for a directory). Another great thing with the stateroom televisions is that Royal has a number of channels dedicated to your onboard experience (Navigation, Shopping, Recorded seminars/talks that you may not have attended, Competitions, Itinerary, Etc). Needless to say, great idea and very helpful. DISCLAIMER: this is a very, VERY BIG BOAT! there is a lot of walking and elevator rides to be taken. This is not a bad thing to us, and the boat has some beautiful sites that make the walk worth the while. OUR STATEROOM; Walking into our stateroom for the first time was very pleasant. We expected a much smaller cabin with a tiny window but it was quite the opposite. The ocean view window was very large with a perfect amount of exposure to the sea. The bed (2 doubles pushed together to make a King, which we could not feel the split) was very comfortable and clean (no bed bugs or stains). The stateroom attendants did a great job prior to our arrival. Our stateroom was located to the front of the boat which meant that we could feel the rougher moments more than those in the middle of the ship. For those wondering if you feel the boat moving a lot, there are moments that the ship does sway and you do feel yourself swaying left to right at a very slow speed, aside from those moments you do not feel a thing. We recommend either sitting down or making your way to the middle of the boat. DISCLAIMER: If you plan on staying in your room throughout your voyage, take the hit and get a large room with all the amenities you desire. This does not mean that our room was bad, on the contrary, this just means that we have heard people complain about the room size (not on this trip) but never spent a moment in the room. Your room should be for sleeping, showering, and getting changed. It should also be used as a meeting point for families because we cannot stress enough...THIS IS A VERY BIG BOAT. DINING AND FOOD; We all know the deal with all you can eat vacations, so be prepared to eat to your heart's desire. The ship has many dining options, from specialty restaurants, fine dining, complimentary dining, anytime dining, and buffet. It also has a Starbucks if you just gotta have your Bucks. We did not try every restaurant on the ship so we cannot review them all. That being said, here is what we can say about the food and locations we did try. -The WindJammer: The WindJammer Buffet was absolutely perfect, my wife is a vegetarian and had all the options she could ask for. The food is always fresh and quickly changed if the quality or quantity changes. If seating becomes issues they kindly remind guests to make room once they are done (guests can also leave with their foods and eat elsewhere if they so choose). The buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. -American Icon: This complimentary dining experience allows you to either reserve for a private table or show up at will (for breakfast or dinner) and sit at a table with other guests you may or may not know. We reserved the two times we ate there. The dining room itself is very nice and pleasing for those that enjoy a warm ambiance. However, in the spirit of honesty, we did not enjoy the food. The issue is that due to the size of the room (big) and a number of people they can serve at once, the food is very similar to what you would find at a large catered wedding. Good but not great. We both experienced moments with several of our dishes which left us with one word "bland". Another guest mentioned that the food on this ship was not as good as other ships he had been on and after eating at this restaurant we can understand. Luckily we always have the WindJammer. The service was okay. Friendly waiter and staff, however, it can take some time for the food to arrive or to be greeted as they seem overwhelmed. DISCLAIMER: If you have a show or event to make let the waiter know immediately, order everything you wish to eat at the start and the service will be much quicker as they do not want you to miss your reservation. - 150 Central Park: Dining done right. There wasn't a moment that we did not enjoy. From our very knowledgeable waitress to the decor and ambiance, and finally, the delicious food, 150 Central Park is a must. If you are given a voucher for dining upon purchasing your trip, use it here, and if you did not receive one then pay the entrance fee to eat here. 5 Star experience is all we have to say. -Giovanni's: We avoided all pasta or Italian dishes prior to eating here and we were right for doing so. Giovanni's has a beautiful environment, as though you were going back to Italy and dining with the dearest of friends. The staff was very helpful with their recommendations and provided great insight on the menu based on your preferred flavors and dishes. Another great experience was having the Chef come to your table and get feedback on your dining experience. If you enjoy Italian cuisine then you have to stop by Giovanni's. DISCLAIMER: be prepared to eat when you come here. Traditionally, you have multiple courses in one sitting. They encourage you to try multiple dishes as you are welcome to as many as you so chose (it is an entrance fee and not pay per item. All Specialty dining works this way). We cannot stress how many other dining options can be found on the ship, so many that we could not try them all and others simply because of dietary restrictions and choices. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES; Hats off to the people that make all of these fantastic shows and events happen. If enjoying yourself on what some call a "family" boat is a concern it should not be. The variety of entertainment is mind-boggling. A daily itinerary is left on your stateroom door which will give you the hourly play by play of what is happening on the ship and where. The ship also has user-friendly touch monitors on every deck with a "what to do" button and a map of the ship for easy guidance. We highly recommend reserving your shows the moment you step foot on the ship as most specialty shows can sell out quickly, leaving you on standby ("reservation" simply implies that you can enter the hosting room and choose your seats prior to others. you do not have reserved seats). The aqua theater is home to some absolutely phenomenal acrobats, divers, and entertainers. Great for everyone on the ship. The headliner, Travis Ledoyt, is a splitting image of a young Elvis and could not have done a better job captivating an entire theatre. He is extremely humorous and backs it all up with an incredible voice. Mama Mia was done justice by it's energetic and talented cast.The ship also holds the daily team and individual sporting competitions which allows guests to walk away with a potential medal. As marketed, the wave rider, wall climb, and zip line are all complimentary after signing waivers and receiving your access bracelet. TIP: save these events for sea days if possible. DISCLAIMER: The activities and shows change on a daily basis. Much like the restaurants, we did not have the opportunity to try everything. ONBOARD SERVICE: Due to the experience, we had with Royal Customer Service we were very concerned that we would experience the same treatment onboard. This was not the case. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming. We loved the diversity that is experienced on the ship. Our stateroom attendant, Ethel, made every day special in some form of way. She always took a moment to speak with us and not always about our cruise experience, but as though a friendship was being formed. we could not express how important this was to us. She deserves all the praise in the world. Every dining experience began and ended with a smile and some form of appreciation. At guest services, we were always dealt with in such a way that was courteous and helpful. Surprisingly, one guest mentioned this was her second voyage on the Allure, her first time was in 2013. She claimed that the service diminished since then. If this is true then we can only imagine how much further the staff went to appease the guests. DISCLAIMER; We did overhear and witness moments when employees were spoken down to by superiors or supervisors. The employee's demeanor and spirit were instantly altered for the worse.They seemed more deflated and demoralized. We truly hope that Royal reminds their management teams to respect their employees as they work hard and are the front line of our overall experience. PORTS AND EXCURSIONS As we previously mentioned, we had been to 2 of our 3 ports before. I, on the other hand, have been to all 3. Was it what we wanted, absolutely not. Here is a summary of the Ports. -Bahamas: The best water you can ask for. Friendly locals. Highly recommend seeing the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island. Leave early to beat the lines if you venture there alone. -Cozumel: By far the most Excursion options provided by Royal. Not the biggest fan of this port but can still find some good gems here and there. Worth choosing a full day excursion. DISCLAIMER; Always remember, when in Mexico, don't forget to tip. Not to worry though because they will always remind you to... -Costa Maya; much like the Bahamas, choose your excursion based on the amount of time spent at this port. It is a very nice port with a lot of things to see. We did prefer it to Cozumel as it was built for cruises. There are no beaches close to the port so be prepared to take a cab ride out. CONCLUSION; We made the most of our trip and are grateful that we have the privilege to experience such vacations. We thank every staff member that helped make our week memorable and enjoyable. We are looking forward to cruising again in the future, however, our takeaway here is to always read the policy prior to signing anything. Would we voyage with Royal Carribean again? Maybe but not an easy buy. As a company, they did not win us over. Luckily, their employees made up for their policies and lack of rapport. That being said, The Allure of the Seas is a great ship and should be experienced by both avid and new cruisers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Royal Caribbean provides exceptional customer service on such an awesome cruise. We did the Western Caribbean and the port of call were wonderful. The staff "Resha" of the Ports Shops staff was very attentive and helpful helping ... Read More
Royal Caribbean provides exceptional customer service on such an awesome cruise. We did the Western Caribbean and the port of call were wonderful. The staff "Resha" of the Ports Shops staff was very attentive and helpful helping us make the most of the port call. The dining experience is a "10". They have "Premium" dining! with exceptional food and food service. Hot food IS hot and cool food is cool, I marveled at the process and service, WOW! You feel special and pampered! There are Sooooo many activities on the ship, you can go from sun up to early morning. There "IS" something for everyone, everyday!!! I would highly recommend Cruises to anyone AND everyone, especially as an alternative to going to just one location for a trip/vacation. All the shows and events are Las Vegas, New York quality shows. The night club rocks ALL night!! At the port of call there are several excursions, I'd recommend reviewing all the excursions, to best capitalize on your time in ports, then book the excursion on the ship, prior to the next port call. Royal Caribbean's "Liberty of the Sea" ship is pristine as a ship and has so much to do. Do take pictures at all the picture stops at the ship and consider purchasing the picture package, it's well worth the pictures and memories. In the end, you won't want to leave, so like my son's did, they booked 2 weeks, which we will consider the next time!! We've booked another cruise for next year! hope to see you on a cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first ever cruise and I can honestly say, I'm hooked. I can't believe I haven't cruised before. I want to say thank you for all the help from cruise critic forum and reading these reviews. Prior to the cruise, ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise and I can honestly say, I'm hooked. I can't believe I haven't cruised before. I want to say thank you for all the help from cruise critic forum and reading these reviews. Prior to the cruise, our itinerary changed multiple times. This was due to the hurricanes but also to do with the ship having a fault which made it run slower. The itinerary changed three days before we left to Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya. I wasn't happy with this change but by this point I felt I had no choice but to go with it. I arrived at the port around 12:30-1pm. I got out of the taxi and someone offered to take my bags. I had the luggage tags attached and before I even had the chance to tip, I was asked for money. I'm not used to the tipping culture (I'm a Brit) so I did find this rude but let it go. Checking in was so simple. Straight up to the desk, gave my credit card and had my picture taken then I was given my SeaPass and off I went. On-board, I headed straight to sort my wifi out. After having to wait 20 minutes and for three different people, I was told I'd have to come back as they didn't have my details listed. The wifi was included in the price of my cruise and I had evidence of this. I went back several times and it was finally sorted about 7pm. I wasn't happy with the service as the person helping me was very rude. I had cabin 14279. When I first opened the door, I understood the meaning of cabin fever. It seemed tiny! I did have a queen sized bed, table and chairs, tiny wardrobe (although fine for one person), shower and toilet. I was so impressed with the shower water pressure and heat of the water. Also the little bar to put your leg on whilst shaving was perfect. After unpacking and putting my suitcases under the bed, the space was fine for one person. Two people would have been tight. There is so much I could comment on but I'd be here all day. I loved how many activities were on-board. I tried the rock climbing, flow rider, I watched Mama Mia, Blue Planet (literally the best show I've ever seen!), comedy show (saw it twice as it was so good) and the casino was fun. I bought the drinks package onboard, wish I'd bought it before as it was cheaper. I did however make great use out of the package and tried lots of nice cocktails. The food was great on-board. I enjoyed Central Park Café for breakfast and lunch. They had yummy little breakfast burritos and the best caramel latte. Lunch had a great salad selection and fresh fruit cups. I looked at Johnny Rockets for breakfast but I didn't like the menu. Michael who greeted me at American icon was lovely. So friendly and happy. I always asked to be seated with other people. I met some lovely people at dinner. I had an incredible time. I found all the staff wonderful. The only issue I had was with someone form Guest Services who was very rude when I asked to buy a travel adaptor. Overall I highly recommend this ship There's so much to do if you love a big ship. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
First of all it was my first cruise, so I cannot compare it to other cruises. We were on the ship just the two of us - me and my wife and it was our honeymoon. The embarkation went smoothly and despite there were a lot of people, we ... Read More
First of all it was my first cruise, so I cannot compare it to other cruises. We were on the ship just the two of us - me and my wife and it was our honeymoon. The embarkation went smoothly and despite there were a lot of people, we didn't wait for too long. Don't bother to bring an iron, we did and so did other guys but it's forbidden due to fire hazard. So they'll see it on the X-ray and they will ask you to give ti to them, they'll give it back to you at the end of the cruise. If you were on a cruise before you can skip to the next paragraph. After we got on the ship they gave us a SeaPASS and that's the only thing you really need on the ship: no money, credit card or ID is no longer required. The SeePass is a card witch is the key to your room, you use it also to leave and go back to the ship and it's connected to your account and your credit card (if you want that of course). I guess it's a standard thing on all cruises, but it makes your life much easier. Anyway, I think I'm getting too much into details but my point is that everything is well organized and done well so don't have to think about anything else but having a good time. The ship is very nice, there are a lot of entertainments: climbing wall, ice skating, surf simulator, mini golf and so on. Our cabin was good too, for me the design was a little bit old fashion, I would prefer more modern look, but that just me. The bed was very comfortable and the best thing was the balcony - I think it was worthy the extra cost. The staff was very friendly and polite and willing to help you with anything and the overall service was among the best I've seen. The food in the main dining room at dinner was excellent - everything was delicious and there was great variety to choose from and i went for a different meal every night. The breakfast could be more diverse and the launch was good too. The entertainment program at the theater was very nice too - there was different events every night including shows made by the Royal Caribbean themselves as well as "guest stars" (a magician from Spain - some very nice tricks, acrobats from Ukraine - one of the best performances on the ship, and a comedy guy from Britain - he was really funny). The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were very good (especially the singers, very high level of skills i think) although that Broadway kind of shows are not really my think. The ice show in the Studio B (the ice theater) was just awesome, definitely need to see it. They were skating and dancing and making acrobatic tricks at the same time, 5 boys and 5 girls and it was just brilliant. Enough with the ship already, lets let me tell you something about the ports and shore excursions. First of all we took 3 all day long excursions and went on shore at all possible ports so at the end we were exhausted. Our daily schedule was basically: get up at 6 in the morning, go to breakfast, then take an excursion /excursions that last all day start at around 7-7.30 a.m.) then go back to the ship at 6 p.m., take a shower, go to dinner, go to the theater and then at 10 p.m. go to bed. So I i said maybe not the best thing to do because we were exhausted (we walked about 10 to 16 000 steps daily), although we saw a lot of things and we don't regret it. But my advice is to take it more slowly. I think the price for the excursions is higher than it should be, but at least you can be sure that you don't miss the ship. About the ports: Barcelona - a very beautiful city with a lot places to visit, we staid there for 2 days after the cruise, if you have the time to explore it just go for it, it's definitely worthy. We were there on your own, no excursions, the subway system is very well done and you can go pretty much anywhere. Marseilles - we didn't took excursion here, there was a shuttle bus witch leaves you near the Cathedral but you have to pay for it 23 usd per person for a round trip (too much i think). The city itself is ok but nothing too interesting to see here. I mean it's not a bad place but if you compare it to the other ports i think you can spend an hour or two tops or even skip it entirely (remember don't do the same mistake we did, take it slowly). Villefranche - the port located on the Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera a.k.a millionaires, glamour and luxe all around . We took the Monaco(including Monte Carlo)-Eze-Nice all day excursion. First stop Monte Carlo, you go by foot to the famous casino and you have about 45 min free time. Then you go to Eze, a very small authentic mountain french village. The place is nice and charming, narrow streets, stone homes and beautiful landscape views, but nothing too crazy. Then you go to Nice and it looks like very similar to Monaco - everything looks good and expensive and most probably is. La Specia - we took the all day Pisa and Florence excursion (exploration on your own with a smart device). First you go to Pisa (about 1,5h driving time) - you have about 45 min to take pictures with the leaning tower. You've seen it many times on pictures but to see it with your own eyes is really something. There is no time to go to top of the tower, but i don't know if i want to do it anyway. Next you go to Florence (about 1 hour driving time) and maybe you can skip this part - don't get me wrong it's a nice old town with several things to see, much nicer than Marseilles for example, but again if you wan't to have some time on the ship or just to relax it's not a 100% must see (unlike the leaning tower). About the "exploration on your own with a smart device" - they give you a Samsung phone with gps map, internet and short audio guide. Unfortunately the battery of my phone died just as we entered Florence. You still have tourist guide in the bus that explains you a lot of things, but when you stop you are on your own (some folks from the other bus told me that their guide was walking with them and told them many things about the place even if she didn't have to). It took us more then 2 hours to drive back to the ship. Civitavecchia - I've been to Rome before and we decided that we'll go on our own, something that I don't recommend - it turned out to be a little nightmare. First mistake we made was that we didn't go too early because we wanted to get some sleep. We left the ship at about 9.30 - there was a shuttle bus that takes you just outside the port (this time for free). From there we got on another small bus for 2 euro each that took us to the railway station. The left us near to a door with "tickets to Rome" sign on it. Turns out later that it is a separate private ticket office that sell you the ticket to Rome for 6 euro each (the regular price is 5) and is trying to sell you another ticket for the Hop on Hop off buses in the city(we didn't get those, i told the subway will be faster way to go around and probably is. Anyway as they were tying to sell us the HOHO tickets we missed our train to Rome (by just 2 min damn it) and we had to wait for 45 more minutes for the next one. Remember that you have to "validate" your tickets before you get to the train (there is a machine that you put your tickets inside). It took us about 45min to get to Rome - San Pietro station and went straight to Vatican city (it was about 11.30 a.m.). We skipped the whole to get to the Basilica (a know, not a good thing to do but we really didn't have any time). I'm not a religions man but the Basilica (the entrance to St. Peter is free btw) is worth seeing its enormous and beautiful. Then we waited on a separate line to get to the top (the Cupola). We paid 8 euros each for the lift (the other choice is the stairs for 6 euro, but believe me you don't need that - there are plenty of stair left to go to the top after you get off the elevator). Finally, after many stairs and tiny claustrophobic corridors we were there and a was very very upset. I was in Rome 9 years ago and I went to the top of St. Peter and I remember the beautiful panoramic view and the perfect place to take photos, but not anymore - now there are metal bars all over the place, it's like a huge birdcage and you are inside, so the view is ruined and the selfies are not possible any more. Huge disappointment. There is no point to go to the top of the Basilica anymore. Next we went to the Coliseum. Thankfully I got the tickets online in advance, so we got in very quickly. One of the symbols of Rome you definitely need to see this. We didn't go to the Roman Forum next to it because one we didn't have the time and two it is pointless without a guide to tell you all about the thing you see there. (The same goes for the Vatican museum). After that we went to Trevi Fontain and that was our last stop. It was 4 p.m. and we decided to go back (and thank God because otherwise we would have missed the ship), although the Pantheon and Piazza Navona are very close to Di Trevi, but the clock was ticking and we were very tired - we didn't stop even for a second, we were running for the trains and we ate like 1 sandwich for 5 min without even sitting. The same train that took us to Rome in just 45 min, took us back to Civitavecchia in 1h 20 min! From the train station we were running to get a taxi - minivan took us straight to the ship (there were other people from our ship too) for 5 euro each and we were there at 6,25 p.m. (the "all on board" time was 6.30). And make no mistake - if you are late the ship will leave, it will not wait for you (it will if you are on a shore excursion).So it was very very extreme day and a I won't advice you to do the same. Naples - First of all the port should be Capri, but I don't know why we were in Naples. Anyway we took the "Pompei and Amafi coast by land and see". I think it was the best day of the trip - both places are a must see. First we went to Pompei (i think it took us about an hour to get there) and we spend nearly 2 hours walking there with the guide. The place is amazing and because of the volcano it is very well preserved for a 2000 years old city. And it is a whole city, not just one building and not just a bunch of rocks on the ground - most of the walls are 2 meters high, so you can really get the idea how people lived back there, how big were the streets, the shops, the houses. I highly recommend going there and a tour guide is mandatory. Next we went to Amalfi - if you haven't heard it just google it, it's really really beautiful. There is this panoramic sea view narrow road and there is a cliff on the one side and parked cars on the other and these crazy Italian bus drivers just squeeze trough - I don't know how they do it. When there are two buses on the road they mirrors are literally just 2 cm away one from another. It took us about 40 min for 16 km. When we got to Amalfi we got like hour of free time, then took a trip by boat and then back to the bus and the ship. That's about it guys, I'm very pleased with the overall cruise experience, maybe some (or even most) of the things are overpriced, but in the end of the day we had really great time. I hope I helped you with this review, maybe i got too much into details and my English is far from perfect, but i did my best. Ciao! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
went with a group or friends from work. It was my first cruise and an amazing time. I was blown away with the service and all the activities that were offered. Getting on and off the ship went so smooth, there were people everywhere to ... Read More
went with a group or friends from work. It was my first cruise and an amazing time. I was blown away with the service and all the activities that were offered. Getting on and off the ship went so smooth, there were people everywhere to point the way to assist if needed. We did do the off site cruise parking and i would highly recommend that. My cabin was way bigger than i expected. Wow and the amount of food was amazing. who knew you could ever order two entrees if thats what you wanted . There was never an hour that you could not go do something. The shows were amazing. We got off the ship in the Bahamas that was a little overwhelming, because you are inundated with the locals trying to sell you stuff or go for a taxi ride, but if you said no they did not keep on. Would defiantly go again. Great product for my money Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to except what others had told me. Communication aboard ship was lacking for a first time cruiser. If there was an orientation we didn't see it advertised. More info as to where ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to except what others had told me. Communication aboard ship was lacking for a first time cruiser. If there was an orientation we didn't see it advertised. More info as to where things were and "you are here" signs would help. Explaining how the travel mugs provided with the drink package worked would also have been helpful. The ship was nice, clean and comfortable despite its age. The cabin was clean and functional. We had issues with excursions we booked being canceled and rebooked with little to no notice.The excursion guy was rude and uncaring when we tried to address the issue with him. Lots of time wasted getting off the ship in Nassau to go to Atlantis. Why should we have to wait for people that get up late or for another cruise ship's passengers. We could have taken a cab had we been told. We had the MyTime dining option and didn't know we needed to book the time before we left port or would have to wait for a table. The food was so-so; we felt rushed in the dining room two nights. The food was often cold, especially breakfast (cold eggs Benedict - yuck). Espresso was terrible - just plain coffee in a tiny cup, tepid at best. I wanted a Scotch and water but kept getting a Scotch and ginger ale, even after explaining what I wanted. The Windjammer Buffet was decent as well as the Chefs Table (at $85 a person). Staff was very nice (except the guy mentioned above) and helpful when asked. Entertainment was decent; no one major. The comedian was good but very short show, like 10 minutes. It was nice not to have people hawking you all the time to buy things, but the ship is oriented around selling things - art, watches, jewelry, etc. The casino was nice but the smoking was terrible. I would have enjoyed a day at sea at the start to get oriented with onboard stuff like the day-at-sea at the end. I'll have to look for that next time. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
this was our first royal cruise our waitress were great we were on Table 444 in the Grand room they could not do enough for us food was good the only thing I did not like was we we to the Italy restaurant part of the package we were ... Read More
this was our first royal cruise our waitress were great we were on Table 444 in the Grand room they could not do enough for us food was good the only thing I did not like was we we to the Italy restaurant part of the package we were given a different menu than the one outside the place just because it was not dinner there part of package was lunch only but the menu should have been like the one out side.Getting on and off the ship was great no problem they have it all under control..I would have like more food to be open at night. the place had little to chose from. The shows were great if was like being on NYC the ice skating was also good. I think the parade was cute. we watch it too. You could have more games around the pool. there was no problem finding a chair near the pool. We had room service 3 times I like the idea they called to make sure you are awake .the staff in the buffet were good we forgot something they got it for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
All the crew members did a real good job. The wait staff provided us an excellent service during dinner, they are so attentive. They refill water as soon as they can. The foods are very tasty and fabulous so thank you for the chefs on ... Read More
All the crew members did a real good job. The wait staff provided us an excellent service during dinner, they are so attentive. They refill water as soon as they can. The foods are very tasty and fabulous so thank you for the chefs on board. We even ordered more than 1 burp. The Dining hall manager made our dinning experience spectacular. My mom who missed the food from my home country made a special request for my brother's birthday and he made it possible. The ship is really good, lots of fun activities and its very clean. My overall experience is five star, very nice experience. There was an auction painting with lots of raffles drawing. There was a comedy show and dancing show. I hope they provided a real Broadway show. I'm pretty sure it will be jam packed by the cruisers. The unlimited food was good. I really Love it as my first time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to get married on the cruise and it worked out great. We did not have to want for anything while we were there. The entertainment was great. Tanya and Susan were fantastic and such high energy. The dining room with our servers at ... Read More
We wanted to get married on the cruise and it worked out great. We did not have to want for anything while we were there. The entertainment was great. Tanya and Susan were fantastic and such high energy. The dining room with our servers at table 424 could not have been better. They are so friendly and by the second night they new what we wanted without asking. We loved Kings Wharf and Cococay but were not as impressed with Nassas. I felt very unsafe there. It was dirty and had we known about the Atlantis tour we would have taken it. We will go on this ship for sure again and I hope to have another great time. The people who work for you could not have been more friendly and also so kind. We enjoyed it more than we could express. Im glad that we took Royal Caribbean as our first cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Many friends who are frequent cruisers recommended Royal Caribbean for our active family. My husband and I traveled with our four boys, ages 21 to 15 to Puerto Rico to board the ship. We spent the first 2 nights in San Juan enjoying the ... Read More
Many friends who are frequent cruisers recommended Royal Caribbean for our active family. My husband and I traveled with our four boys, ages 21 to 15 to Puerto Rico to board the ship. We spent the first 2 nights in San Juan enjoying the beach, restaurants, and Old San Juan beforehand. Discovered the delicious Puerto Rican food, Mofango, which goes great with Mojitos! La Concha by Renaissance is a terrific hotel which offers a good AAA discount. We boarded the ship and liked our 3 cabins of 8370 (balcony), 8371 and 8373 (inside cabins for the boys). Gloria was our lovely housekeeper who we enjoyed visiting with daily. She took great care of us, and made towel animals for us every night. Having a balcony is wonderful and we all enjoyed it. You can order free continental breakfast every morning, or even just coffee to enjoy, before heading up to Windjammer for breakfast. The kids were fine with their inside cabins (saved us some money). We requested extra keys from Guest Services so we could get into each other's cabins, which came in handy. It was also good to have the lanyards to wear, to keep the keys handy around our necks. Ask Guest Services to punch a hole in the key to easily hang on the lanyard, for easy access. The 6 of us enjoyed a variety of activities, sometimes together, and sometimes exploring on our own. Then we'd regroup at lunch or dinner and share. We chose not to buy the wifi package, because it's expensive. I'm really glad we left our phones in the cabins, as it was nice to interact with our kids, without someone always looking at their phone! Just like old times, right? We'd leave an itinerary on the outside of the door for each other, with 4 or 5 places and times, so we could find each other if interested. Our 15 and 17 year olds went to Optics the first night (teen club) and met some really cool kids. They linked up with these kids almost every night and had a blast. Sometimes they'd get together at Optics and participate in the organized activities, but they preferred just meeting up and having fun with their new friends outside of the teen group area. They're both really glad they were brave and went the first night. Our busy family chose My Time Dining, which worked out well. We had Table 217 three of the nights, with the same two waiters who were excellent. We'd call each day to reserve that table. Yet we also ate at Windjammer one night when the boys didn't want to dress up, and we went to Giovanni's one night, which I highly recommend. The food was outstanding at all 3 restaurants. We brought in 6 bottles of wine when we embarked on the ship, which is allowed (2 bot allowed per cabin). Then we brought one bottle to dinner each night and paid the $15 corkage fee. Great way to enjoy excellent wine each night without paying a fortune. Our favorite activities included Quest and the Love/Marriage Game. I haven't laughed so hard in years! If you haven't been, GO! They're each only offered one time on the cruise, at night, so look for each ahead of time. We didn't buy the drinks package since none of us are big drinkers, and we were with our boys. Look for specials, like Mimosas in the casino for $1 each at certain times. For 3 of our 4 ports, we rented trucks, 4 x 4's, and scooters. We loved this, and with 6 in our family, it worked out to be very reasonable compared with expensive excursions. We then had our own wheels to explore on our own schedule. It's an island, and easy to get around. Just do a little homework ahead of time for sights you want to see. We love to snorkel, and brought our own gear. So we knew of 3 or 4 places we wanted to see on each island. Bonaire has the best snorkeling, especially on the west side of the island. 1000 Steps was our favorite, along with the Salt Pier. So much to see underwater, and extremely accessible from the beach. We rented trucks for $100/day from Bonaire RentaCar, and highly recommend the husband and wife team. They locked up our passports and valuables, at our request, so we didn't have to worry about them while snorkeling. On Curacao, we didn't rent our own transportation and instead caught a taxi to Caracas Beach to snorkel at the Sunken Tugboat. The cab driver didn't know exactly where the Tugboat was, but when we got close, we stopped and asked a scuba group, and they knew right where to go. The snorkeling was excellent! Lots of fish, and the boys thought it was cool to dive around a sunken boat. Then we caught the taxi to Mombo Beach, and we snorkeled out of the popular swimming area to the other side of the breakwater. Spotted a giant sting ray, and lots of fish. Be sure to snorkel under the pier to the right side of the swimming area; lots of fish there too. We then caught the taxi back to the ship, but before boarding, we walked across the Queen Emma Bridge. Very cool, and didn't take long at all. It's about a 10 minute walk from the ship. Aruba was an awesome island where we rented two 4x4's, and one side-by-side that holds 5 people. We rented from Luis, the owner of RoadRunner ATV, who we highly recommend. We give Luis a 10!!! He keeps his equipment in great shape, and we drove the whole island. He gave us a map with lots of recommended stops. Be sure to bring a phone with wifi to downloap the app for directions. We used it a few times. The best snorkeling was early on in our day, just north of the ship on a gorgeous beach. The best 4-wheeling was on the east side of the island. The boys especially had a blast driving! Be sure to ask about the new natural pool, which isn't as crowded and touristy as the Natural Pool. The Baby Bridge is worth seeing, but the Natural Bridge is a tourist trap. In addition, the Natural Bridge caved in a long time ago!! Driving to the Natural Pool was a rugged adventure! Loved it. But it does cost about $10/person to enter the National Park. Baby Beach at the south end was beautiful, but probably not worth the long drive. It's very calm, almost like babies could just wade in the water, which is probably where the name originates. Our last port was St. Martin, which we all loved. Here our family rented 3 scooters and two 4x4's from Solid ATV. The owner keeps his machines clean and in great shape. He's located about a 10 minute walk from the ship. He gave us a map and great directions. We loved Orient Beach on the french side. Half the beach is a nude beach, clothes optional. Our boys ventured over there on their own, and when they returned, my husband and I took a stroll. They weren't crazy about it, but my husband and I enjoyed it, especially going for a swim in the teal/turquouise water, sans swimsuits! We visited the famous Maho Beach, or Airport Beach, famous for the close proximity of planes overhead. We didn't know that the day before, a woman had actually been killed due to jet blast! This is highly unusual, but be careful if you visit. I went for a swim and watched the planes land overhead. We hated to leave these beautiful islands. I think this was my favorite vacation ever!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Just back from our first cruise. What a delightful trip. The crew were all smiles and good mornings... Our stateroom attendant was a joy to see , he always called us by our first names, how the heck he remembered I shall never know. The ... Read More
Just back from our first cruise. What a delightful trip. The crew were all smiles and good mornings... Our stateroom attendant was a joy to see , he always called us by our first names, how the heck he remembered I shall never know. The weather was a dream as was the whole cruise time. Shore excursions could be a little to long (10 hours) which was far too long for me. The skills at getting everyone disembarked onto the tender boats all within a short time slot was amazing. No one appeared to moan or complain about anything which was refreshing to say the least...Food.. well what can I say. All presented perfectly and so many choices.. We paid for the drinks package and had as much as we wanted . The stateroom with balcony was fab. To lie in bed with curtains open and watch the spray from the waves in the moonlight was mesmerizing. Plenty of room and storage with a fridge to keep the Prosecco chilled .. What a dream holiday and am planning the next. We woke everyday in a different port and views to die for.... am still on cloud 9... Loved every minute Thankyou Freedom of the Seas you certainly spoilt us ....... Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We went on our first cruises this year. It was for a 60th birthday for a close family friend with a group of 20 people. It was a blast. Other than challenges with the luggage, the over all experience was absolutely superb. We ... Read More
We went on our first cruises this year. It was for a 60th birthday for a close family friend with a group of 20 people. It was a blast. Other than challenges with the luggage, the over all experience was absolutely superb. We weren't prepared for the cruise as we had over packed clothes and shoes. We were up set that we weren't allowed irons on board, but to be fair the laundry was provided as a complimentary service - at lease we know for next time. We enjoyed the islands - although Labadee was a bit too hot for us. The last thing I'd like to say is that every thing on board is quite expensive so be prepared to pay $3.50 for a regular bottle of water (and an 18% service charge will be added to your bill for every service). So ensure you register your credit card - as it makes life much easier. All it all we enjoyed our experience, It has made us catch the cruise bug and we will definitely go again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Let me begin by stating this is my first cruise you may have experienced a better time on this cruise and that is fine. Starting with food the first time I ate in the main dining room my food was bland, cold and not of a quality one would ... Read More
Let me begin by stating this is my first cruise you may have experienced a better time on this cruise and that is fine. Starting with food the first time I ate in the main dining room my food was bland, cold and not of a quality one would expect for a ship with more than a few chefs. I spoke to one of the managers and he a special meal prepared for the next day which was awesome and cooked perfectly. I go back to the Tides dining room the next day and everything was once again lukewarm after that I took all my meal in the casual buffet area upstairs called the Windjammer they had themed nights and the food was much better cooked and the you didn't have to wait forever like you would in the main dining room. On to the cabin it was as I expected and I have no complaints. My room attendant was ok but not extraordinary . Entertainment on ship was lackluster and repetitive unless you were willing to spend hundreds of dollars in the casino or drink yourself into a stupor at the bar there was nothing really to do on sea days. The crew seemed tired and were not as enthusiastic and entertaining as you would expect one to be working on a cruise ship. The ports were fun but do not be fooled into thinking that you have to do a shore excursion for every port many of these places you can just walk and see everything that you need to see mykonos and santorini are two of these places. If walking is not an option the local taxis are pretty informed about the types of places that would appeal to visitors. Everything on the ship in way overpriced and you are nickel and dimed from the first time your feet hit the boat make sure you have everything you need or wait until you get in port and get what you need there. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was my first cruise ever. I had pretty low expectations after reading other peoples reviews but I was very happy overall with the entire experience. Here are a few notes: Ship - ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was my first cruise ever. I had pretty low expectations after reading other peoples reviews but I was very happy overall with the entire experience. Here are a few notes: Ship - Overall clean but a little dated in style. Pool was kind of small for the amount of people. Cabin - Clean, good size balcony, shower was tiny but I expected that. One day our shower and sink didn't work and when we called all they said was "we are working on it." Luckily it started working within the hour. Dining - Main dining food was average, nothing great. Service was very good, we had Eder who was amazing. We also had Burton and Amal. Amal was nice but Burton was not very friendly. Sometimes we had to wait 15 minutes before being seated even though we had reservations. Windjammer was ok, I only had breakfast there and there were a lot of options. Solarium snacks were pretty good! Chops was nice and so was Izumi. Drink Package - We got 1 drink package for my husband online when the price was $44 a day, although it did drop to $39 a day. He was able to get me drinks as well, as long as he ordered 1 drink per order. Bar service was a little slow, we tipped our servers and got better service from them, James was great! WIFI- don't bother, I personally didn't pay for it but my Aunt did and it was very, very slow! Ports / excursions - we booked all of our excursions through outside companies. They were all amazing and I found them on Trip advisor. The RC excursions are completely over priced and we saved a lot of money that way. I wish they gave us more time in Santorini because we almost didn't make it back to our ship. There was a 2-3 hour line for cable cars and the only other option was walking down 600 steps or taking a Donkey. Be careful if you walk! The Donkey's will run you right over!!!! Entertainment - overall ok, nothing too exciting. The night before our last cruise day we had planned to go to Vortex night club. The day schedule said it was open till 2 am but instead the crew threw a party for crew members only and we were not allowed in. We were pretty annoyed since there was nothing else to do that night and it was the only day we could sleep in. Spa - Overpriced and they tried to up sell me on my facial before even looking at my skin. She didn't do any extractions which is what I originally went in for. After it was done she didn't consult with me or recommend any products. Although it was relaxing, it was a waste of money. Service was good overall, although I was annoyed because everyday they were trying to up sell us on food, drinks, photos and anything else they could come up with. The servers even tried making us book with specialty restaurants when we were in the main dining area eating. I was happy with my first cruise experience and I would do it again but maybe not in the Mediterranean because there is so much to see and so little time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled ... Read More
I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled it all. From jazz club, to dance club to Piano bar, the level of musicianship was outstanding. There are plenty of elevators to get you around, and the wait was never long. all the staff went out of their way to help, and were always attentive. The ports were good, and offered a variety of activities. I have recommended Royal Carribean to every body that has asked me how my vacation was. It was my first cruise, but definitely will not be my last. I have no desire to explore other lines. When I cruise again, it will assuredly be with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
My friend and I thought this would be a good cruise to enjoy for our first time. They were rude, didn't resolve ANY issues while on board. Our plugs in did not work, we had no AC. Made arrangements before setting sail to have dinner ... Read More
My friend and I thought this would be a good cruise to enjoy for our first time. They were rude, didn't resolve ANY issues while on board. Our plugs in did not work, we had no AC. Made arrangements before setting sail to have dinner time at the same time each night and they let someone else have our seat. They then made us wait till they sat others and finally pulled up a TWO person table for my friend and I by the dirty dishes and server station. Their staff was friendly in different areas but for the majority they were rude and we did not like them. Our room attendant didn't help us with anything but to come clean in which she walked in two different times while we were still in getting ready. The one time we finally called and asked for ice they brought it to us about a hour later. Will not be cruising Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Could not have asked for a better vacation! Royal Carribean and The Majesty of The Seas was a perfect fit for my husband and myself. The ship was beyond our expectations. I can't remember being so pampered. The activities team ... Read More
Could not have asked for a better vacation! Royal Carribean and The Majesty of The Seas was a perfect fit for my husband and myself. The ship was beyond our expectations. I can't remember being so pampered. The activities team truly enjoy their jobs so that helped us enjoy our trip. I especially loved all the shows. There was something for all ages. Cruise director Bobby, Activities director Moe and Brandon interacted so well with the audience. (They were a Hoot!!!) Each evening when we returned to our cabin the towel animals brought a smile to our faces. Thanks to our room attendant. The food in the Windjammer was remarkable. Great variety and beautifully presented. We were assigned table 123 in the main dining and I'm so glad we were. Efren and Octa made a lasting impression on us. Their smiling faces and attention to details just blew us away. Thanks Royal Carribean. We will see you on our next cruise!!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
I have never cruised before and I was a little worried about being on a ship with over 5000 people. I was completely won over - there was so much to do and we never had to wait in line (except for one excursion where we had to wait for ... Read More
I have never cruised before and I was a little worried about being on a ship with over 5000 people. I was completely won over - there was so much to do and we never had to wait in line (except for one excursion where we had to wait for the bus, but never when we were on the ship). There is something for everyone. I did not go with my kids but the entire time I kept thinking, "my kids would love this!" and I even think my husband would go and that is saying a lot because he typically does not like crowds. The shows were fantastic. I knew I would like Grease, but that wasn't even my favorite show! Thin Line was so good I went twice. And Columbus was very funny and I would've seen it again if there was enough time. Getting on and off the ship was so easy, in fact I drove and parked in the lot by the boat and it was only about 20 yards from the ship. I would go on this ship over and over again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
The cabins were as expected for a cruise ship. If you take advantage of the activities you won't spend much time there anyway. Getting on and off ship was excellent and quick. Food was amazing! You could use the buffet or dinner ... Read More
The cabins were as expected for a cruise ship. If you take advantage of the activities you won't spend much time there anyway. Getting on and off ship was excellent and quick. Food was amazing! You could use the buffet or dinner venue. There were many things to do on the ship if you wanted or just to relax. There were activities for kids to senior citizens. The outdoor pool was kind of small but there was a second indoor pool for just adults. Everyone was very polite and friendly. Caution though...if you plan on buying things on your vacation plan ahead for carrying those things off the ship. LOL Every time the room was cleaned we had a different animal made out of towels to welcome us every day. Met a very nice guy named Mark from Florida but didn't get his information to stay in touch. Anyone knows him let me know. ) : Overall the cruise was fun and relaxing. RC might want to think about a web site to stay in touch with other people who take cruises. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We needed to leave and be back In time for our first grandchild to be born. Nassau was a little disappointing. Very touristy. We loved Cococay. The beach was beautiful, the mini straw ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We needed to leave and be back In time for our first grandchild to be born. Nassau was a little disappointing. Very touristy. We loved Cococay. The beach was beautiful, the mini straw market was not near as pushy as Nassau. The service overall was excellent with the exception of most of the bartenders in the Boleros room. They would ignore you for 30 minutes easily. We would choose a larger ship next time. Majesty had only one pool that was too crowded to get in most of the time. The food in the dining room was excellent and Galen was an outstanding waiter. The windjammer was ok, Sorrentos pizza was barely average. The activities director is pretty funny and the activities were very entertaining. They could really scale back on the pushy sales once you're on board, that got pretty annoying and you need to learn to dodge them. Read Less
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