I wanted a nice long cruise to relax and visit cities I hadn't been to before. If you are not a dedicated RC cruiser be prepared to feel like a second class citizen. It began with check-in when we were put into lines segregated by ... Read More
I wanted a nice long cruise to relax and visit cities I hadn't been to before. If you are not a dedicated RC cruiser be prepared to feel like a second class citizen. It began with check-in when we were put into lines segregated by rewards level. It you're not Diamond plus, be prepared to wait. The entitlements of the upper level reward system continued throughout the cruise. Also be prepared for the makeup of your fellow cruisers: 90% over 60, mostly from Florida and not active. There were a lot of canes, walkers and wheelchairs. The daily enrichment classes were geared toward the makeup of the patrons: napkin folding, doodling, coloring, etc. I looked forward to the enrichment lectures on the cities were would be visiting: Cohb, Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen. Unfortunately, while the lecturer was very knowledgeable, his speciality was Ancient History. Each lecture began with the early Romans and Vikings and he only touched on topics after the 18th century in the last 10 minutes. We learned to arrive after 30 minutes into the lecture to hear about modern times and present day highlights and what to expect in each city.
We had booked all our excursions before boarding but soon canceled almost all of them when we discovered that there was usually local transportation to each city at 1/3 the price. So instead of paying RC $60 for a bus to Bruges, we took a bus right at the port to the city for $20. The excursion desk will not give you any information unless it's about their excursion.
The first few days we had warm, sunny days and spent a lot of time either at the outdoor pool or indoor pool. Contrary to the signs posted, people would put the towels on chairs at the indoor pool at 8:00 AM to save them. If you were patient, though, you could usually wait it out and get a chair.
We had a balcony room and enjoyed the patio but after the first couple of days, couldn't sit out due to the high winds. We still enjoyed looking out at the wide expansion of the ocean though.
We had nice meals at the main dining room and Windjammer. We were seated at a table of 10 and everyone was just great. We were from all over the country and enjoyed wonderful conversations. There were three formal nights but most people dressed in business casual. We had definitely packed too many dresses.
Because of a pier strike in LeHarve, we went to Dover instead. Although we were disappointed, Dover was a fabulous substitute. We took a train to Canterbury ($18 instead of $60 that RC was charging) and then went to Dover Castle.
Although my review has lots of negatives, I would like to do another transatlantic cruise now that I know what to expect. Read Less