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Went for a seven day Caribbean cruise. Casino was right in the middle of ship, column went up five floors. Stench from smoke in casino filled at least 70% of ship. Couldn't walk anywhere without getting nausea. First day of ... Read More
Went for a seven day Caribbean cruise. Casino was right in the middle of ship, column went up five floors. Stench from smoke in casino filled at least 70% of ship. Couldn't walk anywhere without getting nausea. First day of trip led you to Punta Cana which was locked down for the Sunday. ONly one store open. So what do you do ? Go to the mall which is half empty and only sells products residents want. There were a couple of decent restaurants there. Nothing else to do for the day. Why start you trip in a dead town ? Royal Caribbean stock is up from excess profits they make. Everything has an 18% gratuity attached, even if no service rendered. And they expected you to tip as well, all the time. Find services less than sister Celebrity line. Any excursions you got outside the ship, you were on your own. A minute late and they would sail without you. Cabin service was fine, but you received no afternoon treats. Try to reach your attendant and no one there. Entertainment was fine, but auditorium is larger in Celebrity. Staff was friendly, but this was a family ship and you could hear all the young children. Much prefer Celebrity line, will not travel again on RC. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The ship common areas are too small for amount of passengers lineups for every thing even if you have reservations ,bars small and noisy can not here performers because of back ground noise seats in theater very low hard on back also Royal ... Read More
The ship common areas are too small for amount of passengers lineups for every thing even if you have reservations ,bars small and noisy can not here performers because of back ground noise seats in theater very low hard on back also Royal Caribbean caters to some of their clients with holding seats for shows and closing off venues for their use only, leaving the mass of great unwashed to fend for them selves . Food is good but all the really excellent meals are the restaurants that you have to pay extra for and who started this policy of paying extra to eat on cruise ship . Service was very spotty some was great other not so much,pools are a joke size is too small for amount of people on ship. Tours booked through ship where a disaster always waiting for someone and never on time to start if people can not get there so sad you missed it . Would not go on this ship again Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Booked this cruise as love royals attitude to cruising, but was a little disappointed with my experience on this ship, my travel agent found this cruise for us, didn't realise at the time that my favourite nights were no more, i loved ... Read More
Booked this cruise as love royals attitude to cruising, but was a little disappointed with my experience on this ship, my travel agent found this cruise for us, didn't realise at the time that my favourite nights were no more, i loved formal nights, a time to dress your best along with most other passengers, the dress your best night was not the same as as a lot of passengers seem as bothered ,the ship itself seemed more rocky and vibrated a lot which we never experienced on other ships maybe due overhaul,it was very clean and well cared for which is evidence all round the ship, our cabin was a fare size plenty of room for 2 and lots of storage space, shower room was spacious enough for what we used it for, the virtual balcony gave the illusion of daylight in room so thought it was a great addition, dining rooms are all decorated differently and we loved American icon best for décor, felt more relaxing, all the entertainment round ship is well performed from spectre to we will rock you, but above all our favourite was The Royal Swedes the best group we have listened to in a long time, lead singer could practically sing anything, and thought nothing of letting any passenger that wanted to sing have a go, will certainly be looking out for them in future, service was spot on never waited long for anything and bar staff even knew what we wanted after first order amazing, we never had excursions as we like to do our own thing, especially with itinerary we were on got of more or less near beaches and shops, disembarking was fast and easy only problem we had was our pick up wasn't till 11 o'clock asked night before if somewhere to wait in terminal till our lift arrived as we had to be off ship by 8 o'clock was told there was, but there wasn't we had to sit outside in the cold till a fellow passenger told us there was a warming bus we can sit in to keep warm, I was so cold by this time, so was grateful to them apart from that cruise was good Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We enjoyed our cruise very much the ship was beautiful and spotless. The ship had thousands of passengers but we never felt overcrowding even at the pool. We had no complaints about the dining--the food was not restricted--one could eat at ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise very much the ship was beautiful and spotless. The ship had thousands of passengers but we never felt overcrowding even at the pool. We had no complaints about the dining--the food was not restricted--one could eat at different locations and times--all day and all evening. No dressing up unless desired. We had an inside cabin that was well appointed more spacious an expected. We thought the virtual balcony was a waste of resources and kept the drapes closed. We had no complaints about the service and really were not interested in the activities. Our only complaints were about the entertainment and TV. The lounge and pool entertainment was very good. We thought the three productions on stage were awful and boring. We and many other walked out early. The TV as too limited with pay movies old, mostly unknown and overpriced. Technically the TV lacked closed caption and had no place to access a headphone or audio. The people in charge forgot all someone who has limited hearing or a situation where only one person wants to watch TV. The shore excursions are redundant and depending on personal opinion--staying on the ship might be a better choice. Embarkation and departure were OK and we would go on this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I know the Explorer is going in for dry dock, and some areas really need it. This did not affect out cruises. EXCEPT for the elevator situation. 4 out of the 6 forward elevators were out of service. Having a forward cabin and a ... Read More
I know the Explorer is going in for dry dock, and some areas really need it. This did not affect out cruises. EXCEPT for the elevator situation. 4 out of the 6 forward elevators were out of service. Having a forward cabin and a mobility scooter this caused us major difficulties. Especially when trying to get to the conference center. People were getting on whether they were going up or down, just to get on. Walking to the central elevators were a long haul, particularly with small children, when you had to walk back forward after reaching your floor. To me this was unacceptable. Guest services could not or would not give us any information. This made Disembarkation a major nightmare. They needed traffic control and shut down the elevators completely because of crowds Another major disappointment was the Photo center. Computers to order pictures were down most of the week. I bought the photo package and we had 5:30 seating. They didn't even start until 5:15 for photos. We wanted photos before dinner because a 3 and 5 y.o. are messy eaters. They rushed us and eyes are closed and were off center. They wanted weird poses. like knees up to look like we were walking up the fake Titanic back drop. Waving to the camera. I never got my pictures printed even though the manager promised they would be as they were in my cart. You couldn't check out The kids club was great, the food decent, Johnny Rockets was overpriced and meh. The ports were great and excursions fun. We made our own fun and had a great time. despite these issue Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We cruised on the Serenade of the Seas January 20-31, 2020 sailing from Ft. Lauderdale. The Port Everglades Cruise Terminals are only 10 minutes from the FLL airport and very convenient. We stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th St the ... Read More
We cruised on the Serenade of the Seas January 20-31, 2020 sailing from Ft. Lauderdale. The Port Everglades Cruise Terminals are only 10 minutes from the FLL airport and very convenient. We stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th St the night before departure. Instead of taking the hotel shuttle to the ship, we took Uber which is less expensive and more convenient. We chose this cruise because of the ports of call: Costa Rico, Panama, Colombia, Aruba and Curacao. Unfortunately, we had to miss Costa Rico because of a medical evacuation for one of the passengers. The captain tried to evacuate him in Falmouth, Jamaica and allow us a 4-5 hour visit, but the weather didn't cooperate. Instead, we had an extra sea day which we enjoyed. As to the ports visited, our favorite was Cartagena, Colombia. It is a large, modern and clean city. We took the hop on, hop off bus and had a great time. For those wanting beach time in port, Aruba and Curacao are great, but we spent most of our time wandering the downtowns - both clean and safe. Colon, Panama is another story. There is nothing there and it is dirty and dilapidated. Some of our tablemates took tours of the canal, but still commented on the conditions of the country. As to on-board activities, we enjoyed the movie theater, headliner shows, daytime activities and the live music. The production shows can be missed. The food is good, but nothing extraordinary (except for the rack of lamb the last night of the cruise). All of the crew are very friendly and willing to do what ever they can to assist. We were on this ship last February and one recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I had a great time on this cruise. What drew me in was the low cruise price, the fact that Royal Caribbean could handle a group of almost 200 Canadians and the amazing ports of call including Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia and Punta Cana, ... Read More
I had a great time on this cruise. What drew me in was the low cruise price, the fact that Royal Caribbean could handle a group of almost 200 Canadians and the amazing ports of call including Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. There isn't a ton to see and do in Tortola. It was going to be a beach day but because the sea was rough, all beach excursions were cancelled. Service: The service on the ship was fantastic. Every employee smiles and says hello to all the guests constantly throughout the cruise. I don't just mean your room attendant and your dining room server but every room attendant, server... Cabins & Cabin Service: The downside of a lower class of ship is that the cabins are lacking some amenities we normally expect. There is no mini-fridge in the cabins. So if you bring wine onboard, you can't put it in a refrigerator in your room after it is opened. There are no bathrobes offered. We got around this by requesting them from our cabin attendant. I'm not sure if all the cabin attendants are as quick to please or if we just got really lucky with Allan Sousa from Costa Rica. There was no moisturizer offered but once again, we asked and he left THREE for us almost immediately. Some friends complained they didn't get a box of tissues in their cabin wheras we had two boxes tucked away in a drawer when we boarded. Food: The first several days, breakfast in the buffet was lacking my favourite, smoked salmon. Later in the cruise, it was available each morning. The portion sizes in the dining room aren't consistent between guests ordering identical meals. My lobster tail was the smallest at our table. When I pointed this out, the server was quick to bring me a second lobster tail. I was impressed with all the dining room meals including every dinner and the lunch offered on the sea day. Breakfast in the dining room wasn't my favourite. I'm not a scrambled egg or eggs benedict lover. For some reason, they couldn't just bring me a poached egg. It had to be covered in the hollandaise sauce. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We left San Juan on Jan 18th for a seven day Eastern Caribbean tour. It included Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominican Republic. We did excursions in Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia. We had a beach break excursion booked for ... Read More
We left San Juan on Jan 18th for a seven day Eastern Caribbean tour. It included Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominican Republic. We did excursions in Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia. We had a beach break excursion booked for Tortola but it was cancelled on account of the high waves. Antigua was also a beach break, it went ahead but again, the waves were much too high to make it worthwhile. Our excursion in Barbados was the best of the bunch, easily. It was a snorkel trip that included lunch and an open bar not he beach. Fantastic value and fortunately the ocean and the weather behaved. It was 27 Celsius and the ocean was just wavy enough to make it fun but more than safe for our two year old to play in alongside us. We arrived early to embark, right at 1000 even though our embarkation time was later in the afternoon. This worked just fine, and it was nice to be on the ship so early. The process to get on took only about 30 minutes or so. Disembarking was also quick and relatively easy. They gave you tags for your luggage the day before, you put them outside your room and they picked them up and took them downstairs throughout the night. In the morning your disembarkation time corresponded with the # on your luggage tag. This was convenient since you could be sure your luggage would be out there waiting for you. My only feedback for RC here, is to do with their airport transfer shuttle. We paid for this from the ship but after collecting our luggage outside the ship it was not clear at all where we needed to go to catch this. It was only after asking a few different people that we understood where to stand in line. It would be helpful to have a big sign hanging from the shelter so that people knew where to go. I don’t know how much a taxi / Uber would have cost, but the transfer was 53.95 USD on a large bus with many other people. Generally that was fine apart from what I mentioned above. The ship itself was a bit underwhelming as far as activities and amenities go. There was no waterslides, skating rink, zip lines etc. It did have two pools and a few small spa tubs adjacent to the pools. We were quite disappointed though as our toddler wasn’t yet potty trained so he wasn’t allowed in any of the pools. There was no toddler splash pad or similar facility available. For entertainment there was a very nice theatre that spanned two decks. We saw a comedian / magician there who was a bit amateurish compared to a professional Vegas show but it was entertaining none the less. There was also a very entertaining program in the main centrum area of the ship each evening, live music and the like. There was a few bars around the ship all with separate entertainment. Our favourite was the schooner bar which had a grand piano with a fellow playing and singing nice chill music for us while we sipped our drinks and stared out the window as we chugged along. We stayed in a panoramic ocean view cabin, it was adequate, if a bit small for the two of us and our toddler. My wife enjoys travelling heavy so it was a constant chore to try and keep everything stored properly. The shower had very good pressure though and was quite hot, both important to me. The sound proofing was amazing. Our room was right next to the centrum area, where there was a party happening when we went to bed every evening and presumably lasted late into the night. Even though in the hallway it was so loud you couldn’t speak to a person right next to you without yelling, with our door shut it was a barely audible murmur. When they closed the extra set of doors at quiet time ( I think that was 2100?) that separated the hallway from the centrum, you couldn’t hear it at all.... really amazing, lots of big budget fancy hotels could learn something there. So, the reason I’m giving this a 5 star review is simply because of the folks that run the ship. They seem to be, by my estimation, some of the most professional, kind and happy people in the service industry. From the moment we boarded every member of the crew was extremely helpful and friendly. Our waiters Al and Lorianno, ensured that our toddler had a bowl of fruit sliced to my wife’s exact specifications as well as a glass of lactose free milk (intolerance) as soon as we sat down. They were really very interactive and conversational with us, by the end of the cruise they really didn’t feel like strangers. Also, speaking of my son, so many members of the crew stopped to coo over our son and interact with him throughout the voyage, a great many of them remembered his name along the way. Part way through the trip we had the pleasure of getting toured around the ship’s galley by the head waiter Hans, what a cool guy. He was very knowledgeable and witty. This cost is 69 USD each and included a special lunch and supper and one of the specialty restaurants, Giovanni’s table; well worth it. Also excellent was the tot/baby area of the Adventure Ocean child care service. We used them twice, once for an hour and once for four hours. Both times our son seemed to love it. The ladies that took care of him seemed very happy and according to their posted bios were also very well educated. We will definitely use this service again in the future. The food was a high point as well. The options include the Windjammer all day buffet and the main dining room. We ate at the Windjammer most mornings and at the main dining room each evening at 6. The main dining room was more of a time investment (at least 90 minutes) but was always well worth the wait. My favourites included the French Onion Soup, Roast Chicken, and lamb. On the last night I sprung for the fillet minion which was 25% off it’s usual 16.95 up charge. The Windjammer food was quite good, lots of variety and well prepared. The dining room food though was excellent, as good as I’ve ever had anywhere. I think that my bottom line is that this was a very good experience. My only real concern was that the boat wasn’t exactly equipped with a toddler in mind. I probably wouldn’t have chosen it for that reason, but it was booked by my wife’s grandparents who were with us. With that said, our toddler will soon be potty trained so we would definitely go back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Warning: Do not cruise from Bayonne in January during school break (to be safe, avoid the entire month of January) unless you want around 40% of your fellow passengers to be unsupervised teenagers, children, and their parents. Here is ... Read More
Warning: Do not cruise from Bayonne in January during school break (to be safe, avoid the entire month of January) unless you want around 40% of your fellow passengers to be unsupervised teenagers, children, and their parents. Here is some of what we saw: - teens playing soccer in the hallways - kids running over people trying to exit the elevator - kids throwing tantrums in main dining room and crawling around the restaurant floor in pajamas - kids crying and kicking the walls in their stateroom at 10pm - teenage make out sessions in the Solarium after dark - kids attending '18 and over' events (adult comedian, silent dance party, the Quest). RC staff refused to enforce any of the '18 and over' rules - kids and teens making so much noise that you could not hear or enjoy the entertainers - parents refusing to remove disruptive children from entertainment or dining venues - toddlers on the dance floor in the Music Hall at 10pm (adults had to avoid tripping over them while dancing) - kids sitting at the bars Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Let me begin by saying we had a very good time on our cruise and there were may outstanding and memorable experiences on this cruise. The "problems" I will note in this review are most definitely "First World Problems" ... Read More
Let me begin by saying we had a very good time on our cruise and there were may outstanding and memorable experiences on this cruise. The "problems" I will note in this review are most definitely "First World Problems" and even the world "problem" may be too extreme. And yet, for the price paid ($12,769.30 for two people), I feel there was a justifiable expectation of excellence. Our previous cruise in Star Class on Anthem's sister ship Ovation was outstanding and so we ponied up the additional ~$8,000 to move up from a Grand Suite to a Grand Loft and Star Class. Star Class is where you get a Royal Genie and, since there are fewer than 10 Star Class suites on board, get outstanding, exclusive service. (See my review of that cruise, "Cruising with a Genie! - The Star Suite Experience") Turns out that the Star Class experience on Anthem was world's away from the experience we enjoyed on Ovation. It is possible that we simply had a mundane Royal Genie or it is possible that Royal Caribbean has not established a consistent product or communicated the Star Class program effectively across the fleet. Regardless, the experience was very uneven and definitely less than what we expected based on our previous experience. Our Genie did everything we asked for but was really not proactive and we often felt we were bothering him with our requests. After a couple of days we stopped asked for many things. The general ship staff was excellent but many areas of the ship were unaware of and unprepared to provide that next level service one might expect of Star Class. As a small example; on Ovation when we wanted to partake in the bumper cars there was a clearly posted sign at the front of the line for Star Class. All we had to do was walk over and the staff operating the event immediately put as in first. We didn't even have to show our cards as virtually all of the staff knew who the Star Class passengers were (There can typically only be 20 - 30 Star Class on this class ship). On Anthem there was no such sign. When walked over the people who were waiting in line were giving us dirty looks - which I completely understand - because there was no signage to help explain the situation. Furthermore, the staff operating the event gave us a hard time on one occasion - even after we showed them our card. Turns out they were evidently unaware of Star Class. To be fair, there was some truly excellent service on board Anthem. Coastal Kitchen has been a fantastic upgrade for all of Royal Caribbean's suite guests. The staff there, led by the amazing Assistant Maitre D' Jacob Abraham, were beyond first class. They were great for all guests but provided an even greater level of customized meals and service for the Star Class passengers. I also want to shout out to Hemant Kumar, Jr. Sous Chef, who went so far above and beyond to provide amazing customized meals - always showing the greatest attention and customer service. In general, as has been our experience on virtually all of our cruises on Royal Caribbean ships, the staff was very good, very customer focused and very friendly. If we had only been in a regular Grand Suite we would have been VERY happy with the service across the board. Embarkation was great! This was probably the most Star Class like part of the entire cruise. Zero waiting in line. Someone immediately came to us, got our luggage and escorted us to get refreshments while our luggage was scanned and our papers processed. Debarkation was ok. We did get walked past the long lines but the luggage area was a bit chaotic and there was less assistance - but we got through reasonably enough. The entertainment on board was very very good. The Royal Caribbean house performers were great. (The drummer was simply amazing). The shows and headliners were first rate. Our Grand Loft Suite 10724 was a beautiful and very functional room - but it showed a lot of wear and all suites at the back of Anthem have a gremlin.... BEWARE: Anthem of the Seas has a strange vibration issue at the back of the ship and the ship seems to be more sensitive to rough seas than others we have been on! We cruise Anthem's sister ship, Ovation, across the Tasman Sea and back with far less movement than Anthem had going down the Eastern Seaboard. It's possible that we just had really rough seas. What I struggle to understand is the VERY heavy vibration that occurred at the back of the ship during rough weather. This was so bad that it tossed us around in bed. We were told that this had to so with cavitation of the propellers when the waves hit the ship just right. Perhaps, but I have never experienced anything like this before. I wonder if Anthem sustained some damage when it was thrown around so violently during a Nor'easter a few years back? There was also a thunderstorm like growl that often accompanied the vibrations. I will try to upload a video clip of this (it may be too large to attach). We have heard that Anthem is going in for some work and refreshing soon. It needs it. There was torn upholstery, seat cushion, worn carpet and worn away paint all over the place. Royal Caribbean does do a good job of keeping their ships clean and maintained (as opposed to refreshed) and Anthem was no exception. Very clean, very well maintained. Our ports and shore excursions were generally good - with the exception of San Juan. I have no idea why Royal Caribbean insists on going there so often. It is really not a good port, the people are not particularly inviting, it feels unsafe and the excursions are lack luster. Create Your Own Perfume on St. Maarten was surprisingly good! Just a really fun activity and managed really well. Antigua Beach Extravaganza was far to overcrowded and waves were dangerously harsh. Several people were injured while we were there - including a broken ankle. Let's Make Chocolate in St. Lucia was also fun and well done. Sadly our chocolate didn't come our very good - but that's hardly the fault of the excursion. Basseterre by Segway was one of the better Segway tours. They let us run the Segways and not just follow the leader at a slow pace. We will continue to cruise on Royal Caribbean and their sister cruise line, Celebrity, but I doubt we will go the extra mile to book Star Class. Just too much money to risk a repeat of this experience. I would like to end with a general shout out the the Royal Caribbean crew members. I know that every week they have a new set of passengers. No sooner have they finished off a cruise and the experience of closing out a group of passengers when another group comes on board. Yet, they make it feel all brand new every time - like this is just the newest and most exciting day! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We took this cruise because we wanted to leave out of the New York area and having sailed on the Anthem several years earlier we would do it again. What a difference in the dining experience. We had the anytime dining and since we ... Read More
We took this cruise because we wanted to leave out of the New York area and having sailed on the Anthem several years earlier we would do it again. What a difference in the dining experience. We had the anytime dining and since we reserved the times getting a table went fairly smoothly. The wait staff on the most part was friendly. The food was far below what it had been on prior cruise with RCL. It was tasteless and cold. Portions were small, same amount of shrimp on an entree dish as in the shrimp cocktail. Seasoning was forgotten on most dishes. I am not a foodie on any level and yet found it difficult to find something to choose. The choices were repetitive and quality was not there. The meal felt rushed, I suppose by ordering appetizers the entree and desert all at once is a timesaver but when the desert comes before your coffee not a good sign. The other item that seemed out of the ordinary was available items not on menu but had to be asked for. The menu listed chocolate vanilla and strawberry for the ice cream. Two days into the cruise i noticed someone having sherbet and asked the waiter about it and said you have to ask for alternate choices. What was funny was told there was no pistachio after the waiter said it was available, all of a sudden on the last evening the pistachio ice cream appeared obviously air lifted in. The Windjammer was not any better repetitive options as well as hidden items. You had to ask for certain cereals which was kept under the counter, a fellow passenger pointed that out to me. On the positive side the crew was friendly and tried to make our cruise a wonderful experience. The ship is well maintained but some of the chairs and couches could use some freshening up as they appeared to be showing their age. Entertainment staff seemed less then enthusiastic and made it seem that the trivia contests, which were always well attended, was something to be rushed through and gotten over with. Two of the shows were the same as four years ago and need to be updated. Did not go on any excursions having been to these islands on past cruises. Overall value for the money spent but you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Two years in a row in January on the Grandeur is a lot better way to get to warm waters and plenty of sun traveling on a nice ship through choppy waters than the grueling voyage on I-95 in crowded traffic surrounded by crazy drivers. ... Read More
Two years in a row in January on the Grandeur is a lot better way to get to warm waters and plenty of sun traveling on a nice ship through choppy waters than the grueling voyage on I-95 in crowded traffic surrounded by crazy drivers. The boat driver on the Grandeur had some work to accomplish to navigate the heavy weather on this voyage, but they call it an ocean, not a lake - thus one should expect rock and roll - not just in the theater. The staff of this ship is terrific, friendly, responsive and personable. Glen the maitre'd in the My Time set the standard for good service. Victoriano served our group in the Chef Table for the second year in a row and the filet was the best anywhere. The steaks served in the main dining room could have been used to repair the parking lot in Baltimore. All other meals ranged from good to great on all twelve days. The Rockport Band vocalist who plays the piano has one of the best voices in any arena today - anywhere. The women playing the violin and guitar in various locations on the ship were accomplished musicians and the Grandeur orchestra was one of the best we have ever had on any ship at any time over the years. The cruise director and her assistant were difficult to understand but they sure tried hard. The ship is still well maintained and in good shape, no difference from our first voyage on the Grandeur in 2008 however Royal is going to send her to a subsidiary in one year and replace it with a bit bigger ship. Some of the reviews that criticize the age group of passengers due to their mobility and advanced age are simply written by folks that should book a booze cruise on another line and hope they never get old. The geezer crowd enjoyed themselves and were not rowdy beyond some occasional cheating at board games near the Park Cafe. Some of the shore excursions could be better organized at the pier but once they got underway, they were top-notch. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this ship because of the itinerary which included Barbados Grenada Dominica St Maarten and St. Thomas. All of these islands are beautiful and a must see..Our disappointment is in the ship how poorly run down it is dirty eg bed ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the itinerary which included Barbados Grenada Dominica St Maarten and St. Thomas. All of these islands are beautiful and a must see..Our disappointment is in the ship how poorly run down it is dirty eg bed bugs on the 4 floor and the overall service . Our first two nights we ate in the dining room. We found that the menu selection was very limited. If you do not like seafood or have an allergy the dining room is not the place for you. We had to send our food back two because it was not cooked or it was cold. The rest of the nights we ate in the Windjammer which is the Buffet . The food was OK again very limited compared to the other ships that we’ve been on. On to the cleanliness of the ship The windows in the dining room were so filthy that you could barely see out of them.People who had room service overnight their plates With food still on it were left out in the hall for hours into the morning which started to smell. We stayed on the second floor as far as our room and our room Attendant was fairly good however our shower leaked onto the floor. One morning my feet swelled and I had called room service for ice they told me to call my room attendant the room tenant said I needed to call room service so I never ended up getting the ice. Also people were complaining that on the fourth floor that rooms had bedbugs . The entertainment by the pool side was OK sometimes after coming back from our excursions we would head back to the pool around 4 o’clock there would be absolutely no entertainment no band playing at this time .The band did start at 5:30 and was playing love songs. I didn’t think it was appropriate for being on vacation by the pool side and by 530 most people were headed back to the rooms to get ready for dinner. I would not recommend this ship to people who have kids still in diapers ,There is no pool especially for them and they would not allow them in the main pool.I felt bad for them as they were screaming most of the time because they wanted to go into the pool,Overall I would not recommend this ship to anybody it needs to be refurbished .Because the ship is a smaller ship and it does not have all the bells and whistle’s I think that they have to be excellent in something for example the entertainment food etc. this shipped and give any of that. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is my 30th RCCL cruise, of the fifty over 35 years and I am at the Diamond + level. I selected this cruise via a "discounted" Casino Royale cruise certificate. My main focus will be on the casino. Explorer of the Seas has ... Read More
This is my 30th RCCL cruise, of the fifty over 35 years and I am at the Diamond + level. I selected this cruise via a "discounted" Casino Royale cruise certificate. My main focus will be on the casino. Explorer of the Seas has one baccarat table, two three card poker tables, two Ultimate Texas Hold'em tables, several blackjack tables, two roulette tables and on ten seat poker table. Minimum bets start at $10. The slot machines are a mixture of MANY old style slot machines, and "Asian" themed slots and a few video poker machines. The Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to be renovated in the early 2020, before it sails to European ports. THE CASINO NEEDS A TOTAL OVERHAUL. The casino staff were cordial, bar and waiters were prompt in providing beverages to the passengers playing in the Casino Royale. Now on to the rest of the review: Embarkment was at Terminal F, in Miami, FL, and if you ever sailed through RCCL's new Terminal A in Miami, FL, you thought you were back in the dark ages. It takes less than 15 minutes to go through check in and security in Terminal A and get onto the ship. Terminal F had lines for Security to check you passport and cruise documents, then it was up to the second floor to get into another line for you to check in, have them take you picture and get you sign and sail card. Then to another line to finally get on the ship, it took approximate 45 minutes. First day Windjammer Buffet: Crowded, but that was to be expected, standard buffet food, good but not great. Stateroom: Interior room, 7305 which had a window to view the promenade which was the open area in the center of the ship that had the guest services, shops and bars. Nice room, my stateroom steward, Anant was very friendly and attentive, he fulfilled my several requests promptly. Main Dining Room: It appears the RCCL fleet has standardized its memus, as the Sunday menu, was exactly that same as on the Oasis OTS in December and Allure OTS in November 2019. Food was good, and service was prompt and courteous. As this was a casino cruise, I did not do any shore excursions or see any shows. The ship overall, was in good shape, but you could see that it needed to be refurbished, In the Diamond Club, the chairs were somewhat worn, as well as other seating throughout the ship. Pools: There is a Solarium pool and whirlpools for adults only which was nice, The main pools, split on the port and starboard side had plenty of lounges for sun bathing. The smoke area was adequate for the dwindling number of smokers. Drinks are very expensive, so if you tend to over indulge on the adult beverages, the pre cruise discounted beverage package if you buy it only is about $55 + the 18% tips, so if you drink 5 alcoholic drinks per day, its a push, more than 5 per day it might be worth the purchase. I did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants, however, for what I heard at the Diamond Club passengers, the quality has done down hill. Overall it was a good cruise, not a great cruise, compared to the quality of the food and services on the mega ships. The problem is that every time you experience an exceptional cruise, that sets the standard for the next cruise, to be either met or exceeded. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We joined our close friends (group of 13) on this Birthday celebration cruise. 3 in our party were celebrating birthdays. We flew in to San Juan a few days early and stayed at the Sheraton in Old San Juan. It was an amazing hotel. A little ... Read More
We joined our close friends (group of 13) on this Birthday celebration cruise. 3 in our party were celebrating birthdays. We flew in to San Juan a few days early and stayed at the Sheraton in Old San Juan. It was an amazing hotel. A little pricey, but the location was well worth it. The bar in the hotel has great food and drinks. You will likely have to wait to check in as rooms are not available until after 4pm, but they will take your bags so you can spend some time in the bar. they have great wraps in the bar. On Sunday, The staff at the hotel got us a taxi right away to go to the Pan American Pier to get on the Freedom of the Seas. we shared a van taxi with others going to the same pier, so it was pretty inexpensive. We arrived at the port at 1130 and there was absolutely NO LINE! You have to drop your bags off with porters on one side and walk over to the check in area. Not a big deal because there was hardly anyone there. We were checked in and on the ship within 15 minutes! crazy fast! Once on board, they were trying to direct everyone to the Windjammer buffet for lunch, we instead when to Deck 5 (Promenade) and got pizza at Sorrento's and our first drinks at the Bull and Bear Bar. Huge shoutout to Simona in the bar.. she really gave us excellent service. During the first day, dining room staff are making rounds convincing people to sign up for specialty restaurant dining. We signed up for Chops and Giovannis. I liked Giovannis better as we are not big Steak eaters. Both were good, but it was $134 to do both, plus gratuity. Beware if you order the whole lobster... it comes in the shell but the lobster meat was removed, chopped up and mixed with some kind of sauce. not what I was expecting for another $21 on top of everything. We got the beverage package and it was worth every penny. The bar staff and dining room staff are very attentive and bring you drinks constantly. We tipped cash often ($5, $10 here and there) and it payed off in excellent service. The ship has the self serve soda machines and you get a cup as part of your package that has some kind of sensor in it. when you put it up to the machine, it allows you to choose from soooo many drinks, plus water, sparking water, etc. I can only drink clear diet soda so it worked great. Another tip, ask for water with your drinks, you will never run short of bottled water. There are always team members offering water when you exit the ship for excursions as well. Our dining room staff was amazing, especially Inengha ( I am sure I messed up the spelling), but he was so very attentive and did an outstanding job! The food in the dining room was good, I would say definitely better than Carnival or Princess. The food was hot and there were so many choices. The food in the Windjammer was good as well, not the typical buffet fair. They actually had fried eggs available without having to order them special. I typically do not like buffets but there was always something to eat. We ate breakfast in the main dining room two times and it was fabulous each time. They even had a bartender in the dining room and at the Windjammer making drinks (excellent mimosas!) Between the buffet, the dining room, and the pizza, if you go hungry, it is your own fault. Our room steward Froi was OUTSTANDING!!! He fulfilled our every request... I have found if you tip throughout the week, you get really good service. He is very skilled at towel animals too. I liked the room being serviced 2x a day. on Carnival, you have to pick either morning or evening service. We did the Bottomless Mimosas Galley tour and brunch on our sea day. it was awesome... the food was great... the tour was a lot of walking and standing, and you will get hot in the 3 kitchens you tour. but we were rewarded with a great brunch, and more mimosas than I could count! You have to make time to go to Vintages wine bar. Royal has done a great job of staffing the wine bar with true sommeliers... these three gentleman really know their stuff. We did two wine tastings and they were very informative and the wine was excellent! We did excursions in St Maarteen, Barbados, and St. Kitts. every port we were docked so it was great to get on and off. The Barbados pier is very large and the walk is far but they have transportation to get people to and from. We didn't go to most shows, but I heard they were excellent. we did do the "Crazy Quest"... an adult scavenger hunt... it was pretty raunchy and hilarious. definitely adults only. There were a lot of activities on the Promenade, but beware if you have a room that has a widow out to the promenade...you will hear the loud music and parties. 3 in our party had these rooms, the rooms were very nice, and large, but you will hear the noise from the promenade... and don't forget to close your curtains. I have read many reviews that complain about the locals from Puerto Rico on this cruise, but I have to say, I found everyone to be extremely friendly and pleasant. Every announcement was in English and again in Spanish. There were not many children on this cruise that I saw. Overall it was a fantastic time! At the end we chose to do self debarkation with all of our luggage due to an early flight. it was so very easy and fast. We were off the ship by 0730 and on our way to the airport. a taxi ride from the pier to the airport is about $30 plus a tip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
They will tell you your insect bites are from the area where you dock, give you cream and pills for any allergic reaction but KNOW THE SIGNS OF BEDBUGS BITES (whelps, small bites in a row). Cruise lines are known for bedbugs in fact. If ... Read More
They will tell you your insect bites are from the area where you dock, give you cream and pills for any allergic reaction but KNOW THE SIGNS OF BEDBUGS BITES (whelps, small bites in a row). Cruise lines are known for bedbugs in fact. If you value your health don’t travel on this ship. When we got off, another group on the same day. Hardly enough time to rid the ship of an infestation. The theaters, couch in the room and outside furniture also have bedbugs. I had a suite so I paid a LOT of money to be a meal to their insects for 11 days. They even go so far as inspecting the room to tell you there’s nothing there. This will work for a day or 2 but the bugs are in the room full force again after that and you will have the bug bites to prove it. Do your own bedbug detection and insist they correct the problem because once you’re on the ship you won’t be able to get off for a day or 2 and there’s no sense going to another bedbug-room on the ship. The food was impeccable as usual with any cruise with many varieties of food for everyone. No matter what type of diet, there was food to fit your appetite. Getting of the ship went very quickly, minutes in fact and I wound up waiting for my ride for an hour. This was my 3rd time on this ship and the excursions weren’t attractive since I’d been to most of the ports. I didn’t get off at 2 of the ports as a result and the ship didn’t got to Antigua, St. John as scheduled. I attended stretch and abs classes. The fitness instructor arrived late, ended the classes early and didn’t demonstrate or do the exercises with the class. What a waste of time this was! My onboard experience was poor overall after suffering bedbug bites during my time on board as I was scratching and experiencing pain from the adverse reaction to the insect feasting on my body. Public restrooms were clean as seen by the eye. I didn’t make a habit of using them considering my unfortunate experience with bedbugs, I didn’t want to catch anything else. I went to my room instead for the majority of my time on the ship. I suspect the theater is also riddled with bedbugs too. I felt something crawling on my ankle but couldn’t tell what it was because it was dark. The staff was very courteous and friendly.my stateroom attendant, waiters, greeters and shop personnel were amazing and set the atmosphere of excitement for the times we were at sea. Given the amount of money I paid for this (I had a suite), there weren’t a lot of perks. I was told I’d have a bathrobe to use but the only way I got it was to call housekeeping and expected a tip for bringing it. No matter what the cost, a person’s health is at stake due to the unsanitary presence of bedbugs. With the money they’re charging they can surely afford to provide the guests the peace of mind of being insect free on their luxury liner. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We sail early January each year for our wedding anniversary. Best gift is time together and throw in warm weather--my idea of Heaven. Embarkation was quick and easy. We were on ship by 11am. Adventure was what we expected..very ... Read More
We sail early January each year for our wedding anniversary. Best gift is time together and throw in warm weather--my idea of Heaven. Embarkation was quick and easy. We were on ship by 11am. Adventure was what we expected..very clean and sparkling. Signage was good. We quickly made our way to the Windjammer buffet. Food was ok. Crew were extremely personable and helpful. Our inside cabin (deck 7) was decent size. The space between bed and vanity on one side and bed and sofa on the other was a tight squeeze but we made it work. Our cabin steward Roberto was wonderful and our room was always immaculately cleaned. Bathroom was decent size for cruise ship and liked shower doors rather than curtain. One thing we hated was the combo shampoo-body wash in the shower. Found this to be cheap (who washes their body with shampoo & who washes their hair with body wash-ugh). So pack your own toiletries. The food on the ship was good, the service in dining room excellent. We went to Giovanni's 1 evening and it was excellent. The entertainment was very good. Royal Caribbean singers and dancers very good this cruise. Did not like one comedian as we found his late night show more about foul language than humor. Very good live music around the ship. My husband and I miss enrichment experiences: ie lectures about ports, etc. Only lectures were about selling stuff. Beautiful ports! Favorite ports in the Caribbean. Disembarkation was as easy. It was a great cruise and we look forward to sailing on Adventure again perhaps when she gets to New Jersey. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Booked this New Year 11 night southern caribbean cruise for our anniversary, how dissppointing to find the ship overpacked from the 2900 capacity to over 3300 souls, it was bedlam with large groups of overseas visitors rude loud noisy, and ... Read More
Booked this New Year 11 night southern caribbean cruise for our anniversary, how dissppointing to find the ship overpacked from the 2900 capacity to over 3300 souls, it was bedlam with large groups of overseas visitors rude loud noisy, and gangs of feral teenage kids roaming the bars and lounges each evening. Worse still was the workmen who set up on embarkation day to remove and refit the huge tv on pool deck - without customers being given any notification of this work, so all week they welded banged worked closed off the pool area, even welding and working into the night, causing distress for people in cabins below this deck. totally unacceptable. Then the food, ok in the main dining but more like a rushed cattle market than fine dining, and the Windjammer was horrible, dirty tables, (if you could ever get one for the large groups hogging them morning and lunch), poor food choice, cold food, coming back from shore to find theyd closed the windjammer food and little or nothing to eat between 3-4.30 Been on other lines and never ever had this before! The only positive thing was the cabin was good, clean and well maintained by our steward. we chose RCL this time because our first ever cruise was with Majesty in the 90s and we enjoyed it, but wow have they changed, dumbed down to mass market family appeal and constant upselling. Will not choose them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We went with a group of 12 for New Years and a 40th wedding anniversary which was never acknowledged. Dining room staff were great and our room steward too. Definitely overpaid for this cruise. I would now rate Royal with Costa and ... Read More
We went with a group of 12 for New Years and a 40th wedding anniversary which was never acknowledged. Dining room staff were great and our room steward too. Definitely overpaid for this cruise. I would now rate Royal with Costa and Carnival and I have been on 30+ cruises.. Reasons: One dispenser in the shower for soap and shampoo. Even the cheapest motels offer separate bottles. Construction of a new TV screen on the main 11th deck, so a large portion of the deck was closed off for this for the majority of the cruise. Why not wait to get into port to do this? Elevators as spread far apart and by the time you figure out which one has arrived and you dash over to it, it has left. No pen and paper in the stateroom. The gym bicycles are motion powered and not electric or hybrid. For someone who just had knee replacement surgery I could not go as fast as required and so they cut out after a minute or less. Was then told that i had to wear close toed shoes to be in the gym. This is a Caribbean cruise for sandals - why was this not made very clear before hand? I checked the ticket contract and can't find anything about that. The casino sent a "thank you" to our cabin which consisted of 4 stale cookies which I could have gotten myself from the buffet. Other cruise lines send chocolate dipped strawberries etc. The customer service desk is right where the live music is and so you can't hear most of what is being said and you have to be repeating everything several times and wasting time. Had a question that the person at Customer Service could not answer. She took my name and room number and said someone would be in touch. I am still waiting to hear back. No waiters come around on 11 or 12 to take drink orders when you are lying down.You don't need to be bothered non-stop but it would have been nice not to get up Ponce is a sad joke - you pay a taxi to take you from the ship and it the place is small and run down with nothing to see or do. Guess Royal must be getting some really cheap docking fees to go here and not San Juan. Bar service is slow with long line ups. Were told they had no Baileys at one bar and it would take half an hour to get some. We were 1 point short of the next Crown and Anchor Tier status. On other cruise lines, they have bumped you up automatically knowing that you will have 11 nights credited shortly. Leak outside our room in the corridor. We called and it took them 2+ hours to even investigate and then 2 days with yellow tape and wires and fans that we had to dodge around to access our cabin and no word of apology. Barbados had a free tram running from the ship to the pier. Why not at some of the others which were just as long? It would be nice to have a lounger on the balcony … Meat in the regular dining room was mediocre at best but once you paid extra and went to Chops or paid for the speciality steaks, they were great. So what exactly does your base cruise fare include??!!!.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The cruise that we took had many stops. Every country we visited had lots of activities to choose from. They ship had several restaurants that you could choose from. We upgraded and bought the dining package which allowed us to eat at the ... Read More
The cruise that we took had many stops. Every country we visited had lots of activities to choose from. They ship had several restaurants that you could choose from. We upgraded and bought the dining package which allowed us to eat at the Japanese restaurant and the Italian restaurant and the steak restaurant. We found that the staff were all very friendly and accommodating. The ship was updated and spectacular. The only bad experience that we had was that they allow smoking in the casino. Unfortunately that smoke pours out of the casino into the open areas that most people spend time at.We were surprised that so few smokers can be allowed on the ship and affect 95% of the people there. We found the smoking so offensive that it kept us from spending time in areas that we would’ve enjoyed being in. We would strongly suggest that this cruise line reconsider their smoking policy and be more considerate to the vast majority of people that cruise. Other than that this cruise ship was truly amazing.In the future we will be reviewing the smoking policy of any cruise ship that we look at. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Everything was great, all the staff and crew are very thoughtful and helpful, very positive. We have never had such a great experience in our lives and we were impressed. Our dad had to be hospitalized on the island of Antigua due to a ... Read More
Everything was great, all the staff and crew are very thoughtful and helpful, very positive. We have never had such a great experience in our lives and we were impressed. Our dad had to be hospitalized on the island of Antigua due to a health condition and Royal Caribbean were super nice to provide a crew member to get off the ship with my dad and help translate and serve as Person who can protect. We are very thankful and will always be loyal guests of Royal Caribbean from now and on. Embarkation and disembarkation processes always went smoothly. Ship was clean and has a lot of amenities to offer but the entertainment program could have been better when we were at sea. Our cabin was With balcony for 4 people and it was really nice but not a lot of spare space when there are 4 people. Balcony was big enough to just sit and relax anytime . Dining options are great and food is available during the day in different venues when you get hungry. Service was great, our room attendant was always making our room when we are gone and she knew when we usually go out. Ports were great and shore excursions were interesting and well organized. I would suggest using excursions by RC because if you are running late for the ship, they would wait for the group in comparison to being a solo. We traveled with kid and she loved it. For sure will go again next year. Was the best experience we ever had Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose the cruise for a family vacation. The cruise staff was good, attentive. The headliners were good; great stand up comedy. But, the ship is extremely dated, dirty and in visible need of repairs. We were told that the ship will be ... Read More
We chose the cruise for a family vacation. The cruise staff was good, attentive. The headliners were good; great stand up comedy. But, the ship is extremely dated, dirty and in visible need of repairs. We were told that the ship will be remodeled. So RC is probably very aware of the deplorable condition of the ship and just doesn’t care. Lately and in my experience with RC is that it’s all about the company’s winnings and not about the traveler’s experience. The whole experience felt like a tourist trap. The food was mediocre and cold. It seemed that the only way to get warm food was by paying extra at the specialty restaurants. So much for an all inclusive. The shore excursions, we found them lacking and over priced. At one island we did the $169 per person tour, sponsored by RC, for $95 per couple. I truly would not travel with RC again. It is extremely saddening to plan a family vacation for a whole year and be left wondering why you spent so much money; wasted money. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We choose Freedom because of the sail ports and dates. A group of 18 people got together to take the cruise and celebrate New Years Eve! The New Years eve parties were awesome. Food was very good and you never went hungry. We were in ... Read More
We choose Freedom because of the sail ports and dates. A group of 18 people got together to take the cruise and celebrate New Years Eve! The New Years eve parties were awesome. Food was very good and you never went hungry. We were in a balcony cabin which was very nice and had plenty of room to move around and store our clothes. The entertainment was awesome - the cruise staff went above and beyond to make all the entertainment fun and exciting. The pool area was awesome and had 4 bars very near so you never went thirsty! The waiters were constantly circling the pool area and offering bar service - even brought the drinks right to the pool edge if you didn't want to get out! I highly recommend the beverage package - it is truly unlimited so it is worth the extra money. We didn't book excursions because I didn't want to be scheduled to do anything - this was a true vacation. The phone was turned off when I got on the ship and not turned back on until the end of the cruise. There is plenty to do on the ship on port days plus if you enjoy the pool it is empty on port days! I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean Freedom of the seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
First of all let's start by saying that I booked a deluxe balcony suit and spend over $18,000 on a 9 day cruise for my family. To start off, the cruise didn't even include transportation from the Miami airport to the dock. That ... Read More
First of all let's start by saying that I booked a deluxe balcony suit and spend over $18,000 on a 9 day cruise for my family. To start off, the cruise didn't even include transportation from the Miami airport to the dock. That was an additional charge. Once we boarded we couldn't even go on to our private balcony because it was covered in exhaust soot from the boats exhaust. The bed was hard as a rock and the couch had no cushions. once the balcony was washed and we were able to go out on it the next day, but it was nothing but a spectacle of peeling paint and rust. On a daily basis the deck would be covered in falling paint chips. Not to mention the private balcony, was overlooked by the cruise ship dining room. Not very private. Everything on the cruise ship seemed to nickel-and-dime you to death. You can't even get a Coke without buying it. The ice cream machine on the pool deck was constantly broken. They charge for pool towels as they have to be signed in and signed out and if your kids forget to sign them back in you get charged $25. at the excursions desk, nobody there seemed to have gone any the excursions or able to give any details as to what they're actually like. If that's your department you should at least know what you're selling. The casino was stained and smelled of old cigarette and cigar smell. On a plus note, Our dining room staff attendant we're amazing. And our room attendant was also equally is amazing. For the most part, I would give the staff a 5-star rating, and the boat a one-star. I later found out the boat was due to go into dry dock in the next few weeks and get a huge revamp however this was withheld at the time of booking otherwise I would not have booked a trip for my family or paid such a fee for a boat that was in complete disarray and in need of a major overhaul. A huge disappointment was there Private Island in Haiti, they allow local vendors. At this point they were so abrasive and aggressive, my small children were completely terrified. Also there's very few activities on their private island you can do without an additional cost and ridiculously high fees. Even on the jet ski excursion, they take you to an area where the vendors come up in bombard you with trying to sell local trinkets. I am beyond disappointed with Royal Caribbean's policies. I was not expecting an all-inclusive, but for the amount of money spent I would have expected basic amenities to be included. As for my kids, the kids clubs were of inappropriate age groupings, And lack supervision ... as I witnessed two different fights break out (at one point I had to intervene in order to end the conflict) and no security there to help in the teenage club which included my 12 and 13 year olds alongside 17 year olds. The entertainment for my nine-year-old consisted of one room with a few games in it. the basketball court was a complete chaotic mess as kids were trying to play soccer along other kids trying to play basketball. The ice rink was complete embarrassment and not even worth time. The pools started getting closed up by 9 pm. One evening they even kicked the parents out of the hot tubs by 10. all being said, I highly doubt I will ever return to a Royal Caribbean Cruise line ever again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my 5th cruise with Royal Caribbean, two of which were also Voyager Class ships including the Adventure and Mariner of the Seas. We enjoyed both of those ships as well. THE GOOD: The good definitely outweighed the bad when ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise with Royal Caribbean, two of which were also Voyager Class ships including the Adventure and Mariner of the Seas. We enjoyed both of those ships as well. THE GOOD: The good definitely outweighed the bad when it comes to the Explorer. The itinerary of this cruise was great - we made stops at the ABC islands and Labadee, Haiti. The excursions that we chose were informative and thorough.For example, in Bonaire we did a glass bottom boat tour which I certainly recommend for those fascinated by marine life! Additionally, we found that we enjoyed the food on this ship more than we had on its sister ship, Adventure. The buffet and the dining room were equal when it came to dinner, with the Windjammer buffet serving some food offerings that were in the dining room, as well as adding extra options such as burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, and a salad bar. At dinner for desert it would alternate between a chocolate fountain and a crepe station in addition to the cakes that changed every night. The service that we experienced in both the main dining room and the buffet I think was up there in my list for ships with the best service (and I've been on over twenty something cruises). The staff couldn't be any more pleasant. At the buffet, you didn't need to get up for drinks- the waiters would immediately come to the table and ask you what you wanted. (Complimentary drinks) Dining room service was also very quick as we would usually be in and out within one to two hours. Our inside cabin was how we expected it: small. However, there was ample storage space. THE NEGATIVE: Entertainment was poor. The nightly production shows were boring. There was also a performance by a group of singers that the ship had brought in that I found so incredibly boring that I left in the middle of it. The only good shows were from a magician that was brought in and the one ice skating show. Speaking of the ice skating show, the ship would assign you times based on your muster station that you would be able to see the show. For us it was a nuisance because we were assigned a time of 7 pm which would be for us in the middle of dinner. During the day there was also a lack of activities to do. There were no slides or other cool attractions found on Royal Caribbean ships. The only things to do were really the FlowRider (which always has too many people), the rock climbing wall, mini golf, and shuffle board. Almost everyone I saw on the pool deck had a book in their hands, (including me!) something that I rarely see on big cruise ships. I definitely would recommend bringing a book as well. As much as I love the Solarium on RC, there were not enough seats for everybody, as it was incredibly difficult to get a seat. The only time we managed to get a seat was at 9:30 in the morning when everyone was either asleep or eating breakfast. As for the ship as a whole it definitely is due for renovation and amplification. This will actually be done by May of this year! However, I still highly recommend this ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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