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Royal Caribbean Cruise Reviews

This is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive. It’s also ideal for sporty travelers: The line’s adrenaline rush-driven activities — the best at sea — include rock-climbing, surf simulations, ice skating, ziplining, inline skating, and boxing (in a real ring). Entertainment choices feature high-dive shows on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, as well as parades with stilt walkers and “Madagascar,” “Shrek,” and “Kung Fu Panda” characters, the result of a partnership with DreamWorks Animation.

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  • Couple
    3.9
  • Family w/young children
    3.8
  • Family w/older children
    3.9
  • Singles/Friends
    3.9
  • Group
    3.8

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Best cruise ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 07, 2014


First time on a ship this big (have been on approx 10 other cruises) - The entertainment was first class - all public spaces were great - loved that there were separate pools for different ages.  Staff were very accommodating and made you feel they freally cared if you were having a good time.  I would definately take this cruise again.

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ANOTHER WONDERFUL CRUISE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Brilliance of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 07, 2014


THE ENTIRE STAFF WAS FRIENDLY AND ACCESSABLE AT ALL TIMES.  THEY MADE SPECIAL

EFFORTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR GUESTS.  THE CAPTAIN AND HIS STAFF MINGLED

WITH THE GUESTS AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS AS WELL AS OFFERED INFORMATION.

THE CAPTAIN EVEN SPOKE GOOD ENGLISH AND WAS VREY HUMOROUS AT HIS RECEPTION.

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Best ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Enchantment of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 07, 2014


Was first time cruising with Royal Carribean! Been on two others and this was the best of all! I would recommend this cruise line highly! Cleaniness was great, waitstaff the best, food was just awesome! Drinks were the very best! Only complaint I had was the island music they played on the boat! I thought that they need more rock n roll and country!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Brilliance of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 07, 2014


This was my first cruise and I must say Royal Caribbean has made a cruiser out of me!  I was amazed at the food, the service, the cleanliness, and the activities on this boat.  I am looking into booking my next cruise with them through Priceline.com now!

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A nice cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Brilliance of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 07, 2014


First time on a Royal Caribbean ship. I liked it but wasn't blown away. Still, it was a small ship in their fleet. I'm more of a loyal NCL cruiser though (5 and counting so far). But the contrast between the 2 cruise lines is interesting. in the end, it's you the cruiser with personal tastes that will like one line over another. I HATED the pomp and fluf at the dining room with Royal so my wife and I never went there. who eats at 830 pm every night? it's dinner or a show--- choose, 'cause you can't do both. so we went to buffet each night. not as much food as NCL buffet but for me and the wife, who are simple people and not the average spoiled Americans, the choices were more than fine. heck, you can only eat so much no matter how big your eyes are.

One big plus this ship has over other cruise lines is the Solarium on the Brilliance of Seas---and indoor pool with a dome overhead . See, the boat isn't set up well so the wind on outer pool deck is terrible. some higher glass barriers on the sun deck would fix that though. On the NCL Dawn, winds will be over a 100 mph but the pool deck would be fine.

On this cruise we were going to Grand Cayman and it got cancelled 'cause of wind (i know, it was like..seriously?), the tender and stuff didn't want to deal with it i guess. I wasn't that upset 'cause frankly, i wont be picking Royal again unless I'm boxed into a corner with no other options. No compensation was offered by ship either for missing the 1 out of 2 ports of call, such as a 20 buck credit or something. NCL would have done something to apologize and has in the past if getting on later to a port cause of weather. I probably could have complained too and got a credit or something for a future cruise(maybe) but like I said, I won't go out of my way to use Royal again. but i would also recommend them to others if that particular boat is going where you want.

The crew was wonderful, food was fine, ship was clean and nice. the stateroom was great, as was the housekeeper. it was a nice cruise, but not the best. If this had been my first cruise i might not have liked it as much but with a few under my belt I know you gotta roll with whatever happens.

 If you get home with a full belly, healthy and safe, it was a good cruise considering some of the alternatives that can happened. (did anyone say Carnival?).

For anyone it's good to try different cruise lines to see which one fits you the best.

Royal wasn't my favorite but I can see why people like them and why they are successful.  

 

 

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price was exceptional for this cruise.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 07, 2014


   Ship was very nice,  food and service was good,   But, far from being "Wowed"

Having cruised with RCCL many times in past 20 years, there is a big reduction in amenities you get on board.

However,  cruising is still the best bang for your buck..

 

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Two first-time cruisers fall in love with Liberty of the Seas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2014


My wife and I had never cruised before, mostly due to her fear that she would be seasick. She found the motion of the boat somewhat upsetting, but by using gravol she wasn't affected by it. I found the motion very minimal, and the effects onme were almost nil. We enjoyed the dining facilities, the large common areas and the many restauraunts, especially the wonderful service at the Hoof and Claw. The boat was so clean, and we were very impressd by the efforts of the staff to keep it that way. Our waitress at dinnertime in the Boticelli, Sally, was unfailingly gracious and did a great job of explaining the many menu options to us. Her assistant waiter and the bar man were also very nice to us. The deals on wine every night were great. As a cider drinker, I was impressed that Strongbow cider was available on the boat.

The only small issue was with the prices at the General Store, I found $2.30 for a roll of Tums a little much. However, I also got a great deal on a Citizen watch, so that more than made up for it.

This was our first cruise, but it will definitely not be our last!

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our trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Independence of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2014


NEVER COULD GET A CHAIR AT THE POOL  TOO MANY PEOPLE!  I was having bathroom issues for 3 days and am still dealing with  stomach pain and bathroom issues....................Iwill never go on a cruise again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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nothing special

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Independence of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2014


great ship, great staff, food not up to par, they even charge for in room movies .the entertainment on this ship was'nt that great. we have been on nine other cruises. other than the ship itself this was not even close to what we were used to in terms of food and things to do.they had movies on the deck that were free if,all of them were animated.

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Beautiful ship, great food attentive staff

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Independence of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2014


The ship is elligent and looks brand new.  The fooed was excellent and plentiful. The wait staff was friendly. The ice skating show was great!! Be sure to explore the ship. There are a lot of things to do that you will only see if you are looking for them.

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Ships for Royal Caribbean

Name Age Rating Reviews
Majesty of the Seas 21 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

1284
Enchantment of the Seas 16 years, 9 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

1014
Freedom of the Seas 7 years, 10 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.2 out of 5

724
Jewel of the Seas 9 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

689
Mariner of the Seas 10 years, 5 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

676
Navigator of the Seas 11 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

667
Explorer of the Seas 13 years, 5 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.9 out of 5

652
Liberty of the Seas 6 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.1 out of 5

561
Grandeur of the Seas 17 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

555
Oasis of the Seas 4 years, 4 months old
5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 half star

4.3 out of 5

526
Voyager of the Seas 14 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

455
Adventure of the Seas 12 years, 5 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

445
Serenade of the Seas 10 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.9 out of 5

374
Allure of the Seas 3 years, 4 months old
5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 half star

4.3 out of 5

356
Radiance of the Seas 13 years, 1 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

350
Rhapsody of the Seas 16 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.9 out of 5

318
Vision of the Seas 15 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

245
Brilliance of the Seas 11 years, 9 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

219
Splendour of the Seas 18 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

167
Independence of the Seas 5 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.1 out of 5

164
Legend of the Seas 18 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

122
Quantum of the Seas

0.0 out of 5

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Anthem of the Seas

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Ports in Royal Caribbean

Cozumel, Mexico (8122 Reviews)

Sitting just off the gorgeous Yucatan coast, Cozumel revels in its mythic white-sand beaches and world-class coral reefs. Yet Cozumel is also the last stronghold of the Mayas, who settled the island in 300 A.D. Residents still speak Maya, and sometimes wear traditional Mayan clothing. Nearby stand the great pyramids and temples of their ancestors.

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Nassau, Bahamas (7103 Reviews)

Nassau/Paradise Island is the capital of the Bahamas. Explore Parliament Square, the government center that dates back to the early 1800s or check out the port's vibrant night life, including more casinos, theatres, and fabulous cuisine than you could possibly fit into a short stay. During the day, there's plenty of golfing, tennis, and swimming.

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George Town, Grand Cayman (5077 Reviews)

George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands, and is situated directly on Grand Cayman. Once a center of turtle fishing, the area is now a popular tourist destination. Snorkeling and diving are especially popular, and the opportunity to swim with and feed the giant, graceful stingrays should not be missed. Don't worry--it is said that no one has ever been stung.

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (4498 Reviews)

Charlotte Amalie, is the capital of the United States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Named for a Danish Queen, the city features pastel houses that are heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills. Colorful sloops dock along the waterfront, and a few steps back, down alleyways lined with old Danish warehouse buildings, is a world-famous shopping center.

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten (3310 Reviews)

An island under two flags, St. Martin/St. Maarten is French and Dutch. Philipsburg is on the Dutch side and famous for its duty-free emporia and casinos. A short drive will bring you to Marigot, a charming French Colonial outpost featuring shops filled with French fashions and imported Gallic goodies, as well as beautiful beaches.

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Key West, Florida (2835 Reviews)

Key West has the best diving, snorkeling, fishing and boating in the continental U.S. Just a three-by-five mile Island, Key West offers a treat for the masses that flock here. Locals and tourists alike stroll down Duval Street each night to witness the Sunset Celebration, where they find hand-made souvenirs, munchies, cold drinks and a show so spectacular, only nature could have created it.

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Belize City, Belize (2571 Reviews)

Belize City is the country's chief seaport, so snorkeling and diving is big here...bring a suit! Travel to a city previously inhabited by the Mayan people at Altun Ha, ancient temple of the Sun God. Or visit the Belize Zoo or Baboon Sanctuary. Gales Point is a great place to view manatees!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico (2256 Reviews)

The fortress of El Morro guards the harbor against long-gone Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. The colorful streets of Old San Juan retain the Latin flavor of its seafaring past, when this was the heart of the Spanish Main. Sample the fiery rum made here, or indulge in an icy treat made from fresh tropical fruit and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere.

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Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) (2064 Reviews)

Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunning on Cococay, a private island that Royal Caribbean has reserved just for you! Do a little shopping at the Straw Market or just relax in the sun on the white sandy beaches and in the azure waters that you only find in the Bahamas. Go snorkeling, scuba diving, cruising by banana boat, or try parasailing! This island was built for you.

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica (1821 Reviews)

With its swaying palms, glistening white beaches, and sophisticated resorts, Ocho Rios is a favorite vacation spot. For a splendid view, visit Shaw Park Gardens, overflowing with fragrant flora and refreshing waterfalls, or enjoy a refreshing trek through Dunn's River Falls one of the most celebrated attractions of the Caribbean.

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