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4 Royal Caribbean USA Cruise Reviews

Port Canaveral is the greatest port to get in and out of! They are friendly and fast and don't hassle you about your luggage! When you get on the ship right away, they great you and right on the promenade deck you can make your ... Read More
Port Canaveral is the greatest port to get in and out of! They are friendly and fast and don't hassle you about your luggage! When you get on the ship right away, they great you and right on the promenade deck you can make your restaurant reservations. We are Diamond plus but they have always treated us excellent right from the beginning. We always get an ocean view balcony. They are little smaller than the smaller ships but they are very nice and our stateroom attendant is always excellent. They make every effort to help you with any issues. Our room is always quiet. The food is excellent, especially in the windjammer. The Diamond club is great. The entertainment is excellent. The service is great. We go at least 3 times a year on this ship. The staff always remembers us.Disembarkation is very easy and quick! Can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Had a wonderful experience during our repositioning cruise on Brilliance of the Seas from Boston to Tampa. The crew was one of the friendliest we've encountered during cruising, Captain Stig was amazing all week long, Cruise Director ... Read More
Had a wonderful experience during our repositioning cruise on Brilliance of the Seas from Boston to Tampa. The crew was one of the friendliest we've encountered during cruising, Captain Stig was amazing all week long, Cruise Director Steve and Activities Manager Texas Tom kept things moving and energized. First time with My Time dining, and on a 13 day cruise, we were nervous, but the staff was great in accommodating our needs. Only concerns were that wait staff attention during dinner seemed much thinner than on prior cruises, having to wait for drink refills, rolls, etc...they seemed to be stretched too thin compared to the regular dining seating's. A number of our fellow cruisers were not happy with the 5:30 early seating times, and many tried to get onto My Time so they could eat a little later, a few had success, but not all. This repositioning cruise is very heavy with top tier cruisers, so all the lounges were taken up before dinner with "Top Tier Receptions", leaving only the Pub, Schooner, and R bar for a before dinner drink. This cruise was amazing, and we are looking hard at doing this again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I am writing this review not so much to advice of cruise but to advise of the helpfulness for the cruise line in an unfortunate condition. We booked this Cruise on the Brilliance in Sept.2011 to sail Oct 2012. It was booked as a family ... Read More
I am writing this review not so much to advice of cruise but to advise of the helpfulness for the cruise line in an unfortunate condition. We booked this Cruise on the Brilliance in Sept.2011 to sail Oct 2012. It was booked as a family cruise with my mother in-law, her 3 children and their spouses. WE TOOK OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE through the cruise line. We booked it as a final cruise as mom was getting up in age and felt this would be her last trip. At the time we didn't know how real that statement was. We had to get off the ship on day 6 to place mom in the hospital in Halifax Nova Scotia, where she died 6days later. The first issue I will address in the travel insurance coverage. When we purchased the insurance at the time of booking we did not receive any written breakdown of what is actually covered. It was only verbally that the typical stuff was confirmed. ie trip interruption, baggage loss, delayed flights. Point # 1 This is only secondary coverage and any claim as far as medical has to be submitted to your primary insurance first and the travel insurance only covers what the primary carrier denies. Point 2. If you buy Travel insurance for the cruise portion of the trip your independent airfare in automatically covered. I did not know this and insured the flights also which means that if you do have a claim you have to submit claim to airline first and if they don't cover it then you submit a claim to the travel insurance. So it not only did we incur an unnecessary expense it caused another step in the process which delayed reimbursement and payment. Point 3 The travel insurance is based on 150% of the initial airfare. Which means that the maximum payment cannot exceed 1 and a half times your total original airfares.My mother in-law became ill and we took her to the infirmary at 1 am. She couldn't get comfortable and had difficulty breathing. they treated her and put her on oxygen. took x rays and found that her lungs were filling with fluid. They advise that she would have to be removed from the ship as soon as we docked in the morning. They arranged for a ambulance to meet us on the dock for transport to hospital. The cruise staff was very efficient in helping us to cancel all of our shore excursions and shuttles and crediting all of our accounts. We spent the rest of the night packing up all three rooms and settling accounts. Upon docking my wife was allowed to accompany her mother to the hospital in the ambulance and the ship was trying to make arrangements for the rest of use to be transported to the hospital but it was not happening fast enough. They did suggest that due to hurricane Sandy there was a possibility that the ship would stay in port to wait out the storm so we could leave all our luggage in the room until they determined what was going to happen after 2 pm. We would also know more about our mothers status at that point also. We checked back at 2 and found that the plan for the ship was sailing on and they assisted us in removing all our luggage. Needless to say that our expenses for hotel, rental car, food, for a week and the return airfare tickets was far above the cost of 1 and a half of our initial airfare, however it did cover a lot more than the extra $100 it cost to purchase it. We were contacted by a shore liaison for the cruise line at the hospital and giving contact numbers for assistance. Due to Hurricane Sandy the Miami and New York offices were shutdown so our contact was based out of London. The cruise line and travel insurance did everything they could to help us through this situation. Upon the death of my mother in-law the insurance supplied the mortuary of our choice a credit card # to cover all costs in preparing the body for shipping including the casket. The mortuary handled all the transfers and handling of shipping mom home. What did surprise us was when we canceled moms credit card we found that 5,000 was charged to it by the ship for the infirmary visit which we assumed that because we had RCCL travel insurance it was handled. We were reimbursed through her primary insurance but it was a surprise. All in all the cruise line made all efforts to insure that we were in good hands and everything went as smooth as possible. Although all expense were not covered it was still well worth the extra bucks to take the insurance. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Hey - I'm from Vancouver, Canada -â€" thanks for reading my review: Having had a previously positive experience on NCL - repositioning from New York to New Orleans - my wife and I decided to book ourselves onto the Jewel ... Read More
Hey - I'm from Vancouver, Canada -â€" thanks for reading my review: Having had a previously positive experience on NCL - repositioning from New York to New Orleans - my wife and I decided to book ourselves onto the Jewel of the Seas to reposition from Boston to Tampa on this 14-day journey. Note -â€" this is an extremely popular cruise -â€" and has all sorts of alumni who book this cruise every year. In fact, I believe that next year's cruise is already fully sold out. We reserved our balcony stateroom, #1014, in early December last year -â€" and it was one of the last balcony's left at that time. We had never been to Boston before and were looking forward to exploring this historic city for the first time. Even though the Boston Bruins thumped the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup this past spring -â€" I managed to keep an open mind -â€" and refrained from cancelling our cruise and putting our deposit elsewhere. I'm glad I did -â€" because Boston is truly a beautiful city. Being a citizen of another beautiful city -â€" I'm qualified to judge! We stayed at the Sheraton Prudential Center -â€" very convenient when it's raining -â€" because it's attached to two malls -â€" including a Cheesecake factory, California Pizza Kitchen and a famed fish restaurant (Legal Seafood). It's also walking distance to Fenway, REI store, Filene's basement and downtown Boston. Highly recommended. Loved the 0% sales tax! TIP: For those staying at the Sheraton -â€" don't pay for wireless in your room. Simply plug your laptop into the Ethernet jack located on the desk and your Internet is free! (Must be a glitch) Sorry iPad users -â€" you're out of luck. Internet is also free in the lobby. Check-in: Smoothest check-in I've ever experienced and I've cruised 24 times. I was basically jogging and couldn't keep up with the line. We were moving so fast -â€" the welcome aboard photo was completely blurred! Naughty Room: Be forewarned, Royal Caribbean x-rays every piece of check-in luggage for prohibited items. Shortly before supper on the first day -â€" we started to be concerned when only 2 of our 4 suitcases had been delivered to our stateroom. This is when I noticed the flashing voicemail light on our bedside phone. The message summoned me to the deck 2 hold where about 100 pieces of luggage and a line-up of nervous looking people were being processed. I watched as bag after bag of luggage was opened to reveal a bottle of wine or liquor -â€" or in one instance a case of coke zero (this was allowed). To say the naughty people were irate about losing their bottle(s) would be an understatement! In my case (no booze) -â€" I was told there were illegal scissors in my wife's bag -â€" which we never found. In my bag, the security person, who spoke very poor English, told me he was looking for an electric 'wire'. I thought he was referring to my various camera battery chargers and laptop cables -â€" essential equipment for me -â€" and therefore denied I had an electric 'wire'. Because they could find neither of these items -â€" I was apologized to profusely by staff -â€" and allowed to go on my way. I subsequently discovered my wife DID have a large pair of scissors and I DID have a brand new extension cable -â€" both of which are apparently a no-no on RCI. For those of you who are contemplating smuggling stuff in your suitcase onto an RCI ship, you can forget about: scissors, extension cords, knives, toasters, kettles, irons, and any kind of booze or blow-up dolls. (Just kidding about the last item -â€" but it could prove to be an embarrassment if your bag is searched in front of your fellow passengers). Warning: The naughty room is a very public display of the contents of your suitcase! The guy in front of me had one suitcase stuffed with the entire inventory of aisle 3 at Walgreens! Gathering Storm: During the muster drill -â€" a very serious sounding captain announced we would be heading into hurricane force winds -â€" with 30-40 foot waves! When I finally realized he wasn't kidding I proceeded to swallow 5 Gravol (motion-sickness) pills over the next 5 hours. The good news was I didn't get seasick during the storm. The bad news was that after the storm had ended, I slept for 36 of the next 48 hours from the residual effects of the pills. And what a storm it was: the captain revealed in a later Q&A session with the passengers that it was the worst storm he had EVER sailed in -â€" after 40+ years! He said the biggest waves coming over the bow were topping 85-90 feet! He also mentioned we were skirting a hurricane by just 8 miles. Had we been any closer -â€" we would have had to divert our course. Another ship, the Caribbean Princess, was scheduled to leave New Jersey the same day and elected to stay in port over night. Our balcony was on deck ten near the bow. The spray was coming up over the top of our balcony to the deck above! Water was leaking in through our sliding door. RCI promises 'adventure' in their ads -â€" and boy do they deliver! Halloween Party: This cruise takes place over Halloween and many many folks get into the spirit and bring a costume on board -â€" lots of ghosts, vampires, witches, pumpkins and cross-dressers. Fun! My first impression was that way too may folks dressed up as 'fat people' -â€" but eventually realized -â€" these weren't actually costumes. In any case, given another chance in the future -â€" I would definitely bring a costume. A great party was had by all. Ports and Excursions and Activities: Not recommended: any purely boat or bus to the beach type trip. (Just take a cab). Also in St. Lucia -â€" don't take the 4-hour boat cruise to the Pitons -â€" the cruise ship does this route when it leaves! (And it's beautiful). Any Royal Caribbean dancers shows -â€" (except for Tango Buenos Aires). Comedians are either brilliant or totally lame -â€"but I can't remember their names so it's about a 50-50 chance. Recommended: St. Kitts train ride, St. Lucia Jeep safari, snorkeling from a catamaran in St. Thomas (not a beach), any beach on the gold coast of Barbados, Barbados Rum tour, Curacao snorkeling by boat over the sunken tugboat. Mystery Murder Dinner, Tango Buenos Aires, Elton John Tribute, Johnny Thunder (of the Drifters). Revolution Beatles Tribute, Make a Wish Foundation Walk-a-thon (even if you don't walk -â€" it's a nice 10$ tee-shirt and a great cause). RCI Cruise Staff: Incredible in every way. I don't know how they do it. Royal Caribbean Customer Service: Vastly improved and it shows. Extremely attentive to our one complaint about one of our shore excursions as well as problems we were having with the Internet. RCI is clearly making every effort to achieve complete customer satisfaction. Kudos! Final Notes: This is a great cruise -â€" happening only once every year on the Jewel -â€" my favorite (radiance) class of RCI ships. The total sea miles traveled is very similar to driving from Miami to Los Angeles and back -â€" except on the ship there is almost no access to McDonald's, Denny's or Whataburger. BONUS SECTION: Fun things to say to your dinner table mates: 1. I always bring an empty suitcase and Styrofoam balls on board - because I'm collecting RCI dinner plates and stemware. 2. Zagat rates Carnival dining as far superior to this ship because of the 24-hr pizza counter. 3. I hope the bedbugs from our apartment didn't sneak into our luggage again. 4. We're hoping that this is the first cruise our dinner mates don't ask us to move to a different table. 5. I've decided to not do any shore excursions -â€" because I heard the ports were filled with foreigners. Fun things to say to cruise staff: 1. I think the waiters were 'lip-syncing' during their song last night. Should I knock 10% off their tips? 2. Should I take a hotdog to the mustard drill? 3. If my wife fell off our 10th floor balcony, would she survive? 4. At the embarkation check-in -â€" point to the port terminal roof and say: "this is the cheapest-looking cruise ship I've ever seen." 5. Do cruise ship passengers have immunity from crimes they commit during shore excursions? Seriously though: If you have any questions about this cruise or the Jewel of the seas -â€" feel free to email me at peter_agnew at yahoo dot com. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
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