1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Royal Caribbean International
  4. Royal Caribbean International Cruise Reviews
Cruise Ratings
See Reviews For
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2010
The ship is huge. Food is not great. Good size portions of food for normal size diners. Staff not as friendly as on other ships. Ships signage is very good. There are 16 elevators, eight on each end for 14 floors and 4,100 passengers. You ... Read More
The ship is huge. Food is not great. Good size portions of food for normal size diners. Staff not as friendly as on other ships. Ships signage is very good. There are 16 elevators, eight on each end for 14 floors and 4,100 passengers. You may wait as long as seven minutes for an elevator.

Dining service was very good. a major problem is the lack of enforcement of stated policies, such as: theater seats CAN NOT be saved, deck lounges CAN NOT be reserved. Let me assure you that these two policies were not enforced. Even with the ships stabilizers deployed the ship rolled 10 to 14 degrees in 7 to 9 foot seas which we experienced.

Music consisted of a lot of Latin type music, party music, piano music, classical music and almost no traditional(slow and swing)dance music. Smoking is permitted supposedly on the starboard (right) side of the ship. Smoke in the Casino was unbearable.

Food in the unscaled Chops Restaurant was no better than the dining rooms. However, the service at an extra charge of $25.00 plus was very attentive. The stage shows were good. Remember the ship is in business to make MONEY and very few thing are complimentary. If you are not very careful you will spend money you did not think you would have to spend.

Due to weather didn't get to visit St. Martin. No big loss. St. Thomas was busy with three of the worlds largest ships. Over 15.000 passengers on the three ships in St. Thomas at one time. Ride to the town was $5.00 per person each way, plus an expected tip. Speaking of tipping, the ship suggest tipping certain crew members a total of $64.75 per passenger for the seven day cruise. They will gladly add the suggested tip to your departure bill.

Read Less
Sail Date: August 2004
Cruises have to be the best vacations on earth. All the things to do, eat and see! All the surroundings you can never get bored on the giant "Voyager Class Ships." The crew makes you feel like you're right at home!

Day 1 -- Port ... Read More

Cruises have to be the best vacations on earth. All the things to do, eat and see! All the surroundings you can never get bored on the giant "Voyager Class Ships." The crew makes you feel like you're right at home!

Day 1 -- Port Canaveral, Florida (A.K.A Hurricane Land!) Embarkation Day -- When we arrived at the port after our crazy bus ride with Jay Lowe, we were taken into a building with two floors. Onboard the bus ride, you are asked if you filled out all the forms necessary. If you don't have them all they have a lifetime supply inside. When we entered the building we had to go through security. Then we were taken upstairs. We then had to wait on a line for only five minutes to get our key cards and hand in the papers we filled out. We were finally allowed onboard the ship. Since this was my family's second cruise we knew what to expect out of our rooms. The bathrooms were the size of a cabinet and the sleeping area small but suitable. We then had to do the muster drill on deck four at 5:15. We were standing next to the lifeboats for about 15 minutes. Then the captain made a little speech and then dismissed us. Then we had a few hours in between since we had the late seating at dinner. The show that night was the welcome aboard show. We were greeted by the cruise director, Kirk Detweiler, singing "Come Sail Away With Me." They also had a comedian, Carl Strong, who was very funny, next Duo Claudio who were acrobatic performers. Then at 11:30 we went to the Island A Gogo parade which was fun. Then we walked around a bit and headed back to the room for sleep.

Day 2 -- Nassau, Bahamas -- Early wake up today. It was off to Rainbow Reef snorkeling for us! The fish were very pretty and I recommend it to any age group! We arrived back at the dock at 3:30 and met my husband. We then headed to the Atlantis hotel which was beautiful. We were only allowed in the lobby but it still looked very nice. We left Nassau at 5:30. Tonight's show was the Platters. They only had one original Platter but they performed very well.

Day 3 -- At Sea -- Today was a day onboard. We spent a few hours down by the pool and played some mini golf. Then we headed to the Lotus Lounge to see the jewelry rendition thing. Tonight's show was a Broadway Review. They had various songs from "Moving' Out" and a few other shows I can't remember. I live in New Jersey and love Broadway so this show was great! Then they had the first of the two midnight buffets. This one was by the pool. They had a few ice sculptures, fruit carvings and animals. They had a lot of food to go around!

Day 4 -- St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. -- Today was beautiful St. Thomas. This was my favorite island of the three. We took an island tour and saw Mountain Top, which had a great view of the island, Meagan's Bay beach and then a couple other places. Then the drive took us back to the shopping district. We got back to the ship at 6:00. Tonight's show was the ice skating show called "Ice Under The Big Top." It was great and I give a perfect 10! That was over in time for the second seating show. It was called "Pure Energy" which had various songs from the '80s. Then after that we had a special treat. We had a little party thing for being on a Royal Caribbean ship more than once. The Captain made a speech and there were drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Then at 12:00 there was an adult comedy show with Carl Strong. He was very funny. He's having a comedy special on Showtime sometime this fall. Then it was off to sleep! Zzzzzz...

Day 5 -- At Sea -- Today was pool games with Kirk! They had the Olympics on the pool and sports decks. My family had a lot of fun. They had basketball, volleyball and horse races! Then we relaxed by the pool for the rest of the day. Tonight's show was great! It was a imitation of the Beatles performed by a band who acts, talks, looks and performs just like the Beatles! Tonight was the Grand Gala buffet in the dining room. They had beautiful carvings made out of ice and wax. The also had watermelon carvings and fruit animals. They were so cute!

Day 6 -- At Sea -- Today we went ice skating witch was ok. There were a lot of first timers and it was a pretty small ice rink. That was over in a half hour. More relaxing by the pool! 5:30 rolls around and we get ready for dinner. This was my favorite dinner of them all. Tonight's show was the farewell show. It had a different comedian who was very funny (he was good for families unlike the other comedian), then Kirk, the cruise director sang a song. He has a wonderful voice! Then he sang another song with the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers. Then Duo Claudio performed again. This time even better! Then Kirk showed his "A Day In A Life Of A Cruise Director." It was funny. Then the cruise in review video. Finally, the crew came out, including the Captain. That concluded the last show. Then after that there was the farewell show called "Enchanted Knights." After that we walked around the ship for the last time and then hit the sack!

Food -- The food was excellent and give it a perfect 10. Only the breakfast and lunch never changed but even at that those meals were good. The dinners were outstanding! They had mahi-mahi, fillet mignon and so much more that I can't remember! The desserts were the ultimate best! They had chocolate cake, baked Alaska, a delicious soufflE and scrumptious crème brule! The Windjammer which was buffet style had fewer selections but was better if you were in a hurry. To go where I don't know. All the food was the best of the best!

Entertainment -- The entertainment was excellent. I also give that a big 10! The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers were the best! The variety of shows was perfect! It was great for all ages and was very well put together!

The entire cruise was so good there's no words to describe it! The waiters were so nice they made you feel like they were your very own personal butlers! A special word to the cruise director, Kirk Detweiler. He was funny, energetic, had a great voice and was young and very upbeat. He had a great voice and has a CD called "Random White Boy." I have the CD and it is outstanding! He is supposed to come out with another in February 2005 called "Shades of Wrong." Oh, and he's cute too!

I would definitely go on another Royal Caribbean cruise again. I wish I could do this all over again. Enjoy!

Read Less
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise