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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.

Review Summary

  • 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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Couple

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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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Lots of Fun and a Great Adventure

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2014


Our first cruise to Bermuda exceeded our expectations.  Wonderful staff, always concerned and caring, plus terrific meals served by attentive waiters, Carlos and Raul, who were more than happy to provide us with as many desserts as we wanted!  The folks at our table were most congenial and friendly sharing their experiences and kept us laughing at their stories. The Promenade Deck always had something happening that was unexpected.  The shows, including a movie now and then, kept us entertained.  We enjoyed good weather on our outbound voyage and lots of sunny skies in Bermuda.  Although we had some rough seas on our return, it made the trip more exciting!!  What more could you want?  Great food, entertainment, new friends and the sun, sky and sea!  How I miss the boat gently rocking me to sleep each night.  Guess I need another cruise!

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Family w/young children

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Interior

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4-6 cruises

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Nice cruise for the price

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2014


The ship was nice, the crew friendly, the two days in Bermuda were enjoyable.  If you go, you gotta go to Horseshoe Beach... absolutely beautiful.   Everyone I talked to or met with in Bermuda were extremely friendly!  Rock climbing, roller skating, putt putt, and volleyball were all fun... and at no extra charge!

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Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

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7+ cruises

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Had a great cruise!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Enchantment of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2014


The cruise was a great experience...a little short...but that's not a complaint we just wanted to be onboard longer!!  :)  The only complaint was the water in our cabin!!  I don't know if it was a problem with the whole water system or if it was on our floor (deck 7) or just our cabin (7640) but it smelled like rotten eggs!!  We would use bottled water to brush our teeth and almost hated taking a shower in it!!  The bathroom always smelled especially when the door was closed for a long period of time.  Something really needs to be checked to see what the problem was.  I am going on the exact same cruise on the same ship in October...I sure hope the problem is rectified by then!!

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The Worst Trip We've Ever Taken

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Enchantment of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2014


It was a horrible waste of time. Music too loud, ship too crowded, food horrendous!!

 

The movie Frozen was blasting on the screen at one end of the deck and hip hop music blaring at the other end of same deck. Singer and musicians in lounge were second rate.

 

The food was indescribable. The buffet was terrible, the dining room was just as disapointing. Rolls were old, caesar salad tasted like water. Each meal was worse than the other.

 

We've cruised before and since being home from this trip, we booked a cruise to Portugal and Spain.

WE WILL NEVER BOOK WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN EVER AGAIN!!

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Room Type:
Oceanview

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2-3 cruises

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This cruise was amazing

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Enchantment of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2014


This was an amazing cruise. The service was unbelievable.  The people wait on you hand and foot and pick up after you constantly.  Coco cay was beautiful and very clean. Service was great there as well.  We're already planning our next trip!

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The good, the bad, no ugly

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Brilliance of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 03, 2014


The ship was beauitful.  Our stateroom was the Superior Balcony and was overall pretty nice.  The bad was the shower was tiny and water got all over the floor every time you showered.  The photo showed a coffee pot but ours didn't have one.  Our food and service in the dining room was overall excellent but the breakfast buffet and lunch buffets were mediocre but we liked their set up the several stations easy to get to.  We were also pleased with the entertainment on the ship.  We would take this cruise again.  I gave it a 7 out of 10.  We live in Florida and the Tampa port is convenient and very easy in and out.

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It was alright, but probably would not go again.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 03, 2014


First off, the ship was great.  We really enjoyed walking around.  We really enjoyed our room and balcony.  It was truly very nice.  

 

There was, however, a fair bit of mediocrity.  The food was not great.  We even went to the premium steakhouse on board one night, and the steak was lower quality that you could probably get at an Outback Steakhouse or any other mid range restaurant.

 

My real issue was the trip  was the service.  In the main dining room I was only asked if I wanted a drink in the first night.  Water refills were scarce and it seemed like our assistant waiter was busting his butt, while everyone else took it easy.  but by far the worst of the service was the bar staff out on deck.   The bars were wayyyyyyyy understaffed.  It took up to 20 mins waiting at the bar to get a refill.   This was causing people to get really hostile which wasn't helping the situation.  Some of the bartenders were exceptionally rude, and drinks were made with very inconsistent quality.  

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Very average in most regards

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 03, 2014


Shows were nothing special.  Buffet food was not hot.  Main dining room food was very average.  Dining room service was very average.  Customer service rep was arrogant. Casino was very good, even though we did not win.  Elevators were overloaded.  State room was very good. Balcony was very nice.

Everybody cruises now, and the level of client and the overall level of the cruise experience is compromised.  My next cruise will be a smaller ship and I will pay more to be around a more upscale group of passengers.  The muster drill the first day was a joke. You could not understand 50% of what came over the loud speaker system.

 

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Wallet stolen, the worse Customer Service...EVER!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 03, 2014


After returning to my home in Orlando, I realized I had left my wallet in my safe in our cabin, upon calling Royal Carribean I experienced the Absolute Worst Customer Service ever!  It was devastating to have this happen and they were not empathetic or very helpful with information as to what to do.  After hours on end with credit cards, insurance, etc cancelling my cards, I received a call stating they had found my wallet but it was out to sea  and that they would contact me once the boat returned...you guessed it, no call.  I had to call again, go through the entire story again to be told that it was in a lock box that they only had the combination for at the home office and that they didn't have any idea when the box would make it to their Miramar location.  It has been over a week now and I am still waiting to hear from someone.  I will NEVER cruise with them again(I am Platinum) and will make sure I tell everyone I know about this experience.  HORRIBLE!!!!

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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

651
Liberty of the Seas 6 years, 10 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.1 out of 5

559
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

554
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

524
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, 10 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, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

216
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

160
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

1
Anthem of the Seas

0.0 out of 5

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Nassau, Bahamas (7094 Reviews)

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George Town, Grand Cayman (5069 Reviews)

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (4492 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 (3304 Reviews)

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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 (2570 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 (2255 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) (2062 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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