Royal Caribbean 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). Royal Caribbean's 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.
Royal Caribbean sails 25 ships.
Royal Caribbean is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive; it’s also good for sporty couples and singles who want a never-a-dull-moment experience.
These cruise ships aren't for anyone who doesn’t love people, or action.
Sports activities on Royal Caribbean are the best at sea, including rock-climbing, surfing simulations, ice skating, zip lining, inline skating, boxing (in a real ring!), and billiards — and most of them are complimentary.
Impressive, high-octane entertainment choices include high-dive and synchronized swimming shows on Oasisand Allure, and parades with stilt walkers and costumed characters.
Classic Broadway productions (“Chicago,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Hairspray”) … need we say more?
Royal Caribbean's partnership with DreamWorks Animation brings characters from “Madagascar,” “Shrek,” and “Kung Fu Panda” aboard for character breakfasts and photo ops.
Kids are catered to with water parks that have cannons and sprayers (on Freedom and Oasis classes).
The 1950s-style Johnny Rockets diners (with singing and dancing waiters) are a great alternative to the sprawling buffet restaurant.
The innovative Oasis-class design features themed neighborhoods, including a “boardwalk” district that has a carousel with hand-carved wooden horses.
The two-story, glass-walled Loft Suites have a living room below and a loft bedroom above.
We could live without
Royal Caribbean's small standard cabins have truly compact showers.
Huge passenger capacities mean competition getting on and off the ship, as well as for deck chairs.
The push to sell … just about anything, from DVDs of the cruise to the ubiquitous photographers snapping pictures they sell later, can get quite annoying.
We were so excited to go on our first cruise. We travel the Caribbean every year by flying to a Sandals resort and staying on the island. We thought we would try a cruise to see if we liked it or not. Needless to say, we are not cruise people. We arrived at Port Canaveral and got checked in and got on the ship. (Let me say - the Port is wonderful - looks brand new and the staff is very helpful!) We were impressed with the ship and the amenities. We thought what wonderful trip ahead of us we had! The room was a typical stateroom on a ship. We did not upgrade for a larger room - as you are not typically in the room that much. We were disappointed in the food on the ship. Everything had a bland taste to it - to us. We were given a 7:45 pm dinner time every night - which is very late for us to eat. There was no way to change our meal time. The staff was wonderful and very polite and professional. The entertainment staff was top notch - from Topi the Cruise Director, to Moe the Activities Director to all the musicians and dancers! The weather played a big part in our not having a wonderful trip. The winds were blowing around 40-48 knots the entire trip. We were stuck in Nassau for 2 full days due to the winds. We couldn't go to Coco Cay - (private island) for a day of Sun and Fun. We will not be cruising again - and that's ok. From the amount of people and families that were on this trip, many, many more people enjoying cruising than we do.
For the most part the ship appeared to be out dated, but upon entering it was nice, clean and well maintained all except inside my cabin. The room attendant was very courteous and informative to my family and I but the room wreaked of a boys locker room and the bathroom smelled even worse, like a portal potty. I myself brought Lysol spray and Lysol wipes to wipe surface areas because I have a toddler and it still didn't get rid of that stink. The food was edible, but again not what I expected for how much we paid for our "Royal Caribbean" cruise experience. There was no omelet bar, the syrup was watery, the package syrup was sugar free, they served powder eggs and the grits were lumpy. In Windjammers there were 2 constantly moving buffet lines but even the eating area was outdated. Upon exiting that restaurant on the right side if you look to your left near the frozen ice cream section that area was never tidy. However, My Fair Lady was very much so up to par. Their variety of food was amazing and our server & server assistant was great. They were very clean and well organized. The Orpheum had a foul odor. The adult pool on the 9th floor annex had old smelly lounge chairs and kids were always in the hot tub. The winds were so bad at sea that the captain cancelled Cococay and we spent 2 days in Nassau with the heckling people all over the place. We could not even enjoy the beach without someone asking if we wanted to buy something. On day 3 I went to deck 10 to lay out and soak up some sun and all the lounge chairs had been tied down because the winds were so high. The water in the pool was rocking back and forth so much that it wet the deck. For one minute I thought the ship was coming apart. On our last night the motion in the ocean was so bad that the cabinet doors and drawers kept opening and closing. It was the worst night out of the four because I could not sleep. I am sure someone could have told us that we picked a bad week to set sail before we experienced this mayhem!!! I would have gleefully rescheduled. Don't get me wrong, this trip was an experience but it was totally not what I expected. There were over 100 activities that they had planned for us, even though they were NOT all all FREE. It was fun to get out with other family members on board and partake in some of the events they had planned. Someone said I picked a bad month to cruise, I am not sure if I will ever go back again.
Guess we are spoiled. This cruise did not live up to our past experiences.
Over all the other passengers were either foreign or rude Americans. I have never felt so out numbered by the other guest as on this cruise. At lunch, around the pool and at dinner there was very little English spoken. We felt out of place the entire cruise.
As frequent Royal Caribbean customers we were disappointed in our 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Our cabin was missing a mini frig even though it was promised. Ship was old looking. Our cabin was missing the normal light over the bathroom sink( light fixture there, but didn't work, one side of the bathroom wall mounted medicine cabinet did not open, Cabinet where refrigerator usually goes lacked outlet so when they finally brought us a refrigerator it had to go where desk chair goes.
Food was the worst we've had on any cruise line. At breakfast I ordered scrambled eggs and bacon. They kept bringing me undercooked Egg Beaters. They never did cook my bacon as requested. I also asked for hot chocolate made with milk, they kept bringing me hot chocolate made with water. The first night I asked for bacon bits and cheddar cheese with my baked potatoes only to be told it couldn't be done. The next night they brought me bacon bits and cheese but never brought me my potato. Desserts were limited and all seemed to be jello based. Room Service menu was only one page, as opposed to the usual 3 or 4.
Bad weather trapped us on board with over 400 children whose parents seemed to think they were on vacation from disciplining their unruly children. My elderly mother was run into, or hit with waving napkins by some of these hellions. We paid $ 30 each to eat at Chops thinking we would have a quiet relaxing decent meal only to have our dinner ruined by several whiny four year olds. Unless you enjoy a ship over run with screaming children avoid a cruise of less than 7 days during Thanksgiving or Christmas.
We went on a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise that stopped at Belize and Cozumel on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the sea. Everything on this cruise was great from the workers, entertainment, ship layout, food, pools, etc. I would recommend this cruise to anyone with kids as well as we were cruising with our 10 year old boy, girl twins. Thanks again to Ralph at The Dog and Badger Bar who was great to talk with during our stop(s) for a refreshment. Oh ya the Casino was fun as well just not friendly $$$ as that's the way it goes. We will be booking another cruise again for sure in the near future with Royal Caribbean.
This was my first time cruising, and it was definitely an AMAZING experience! The ship (Independence of the Seas) was beautiful, the service was exceptional, the food was great, and the entertainment was PHENOMENAL! It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and I will definitely will be cruising again! My favourite part of the cruise was the entertainment. The cruise director was GREAT! He hosted all of the events, and he was extremely entertaining/funny/charismatic. Every show I went to I thoroughly enjoyed. The comedy shows, dance performances, game show, violinist, ice skating show were all outstanding!
We booked this cruise at the last minute to move us to diamond status. Everything was great. The staff was very friendly. Plenty of things to do on the ship and off. We ate at Giovanna'S twice because of the service and taste of the food.
This cruise was a very enjoyable one. The ship was clean, the staff was very helpful and accommodating. The food was good and the shows were first rate.
The entertainment director Clo and her assistant Alimo were great and knew how to take charge and make everyone feel comfortable and laugh. Thomas the shopping expert did a great job. Our room steward and waiters were great. There was a lot to do to keep you busy.
We would seriously consider taking another cruise on Royal Caribbean again.
We would look to cruise on a larger ship with more than one outdoor pools.
We were looking for a relaxing cruise to take over the Thanksgiving holiday. This was definitely the right cruise for us. The room attendant was perfect and our server and assistant server in the King Lear dining room attended to our every need! We liked this cruise so much we just booked another cruise for our spring break!
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