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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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It doesn't get any better!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Brilliance of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2014


The ship was magnificent, clean and well appointed. The crew was incredible and the attention to detail was impecable.  If you want to experience a vacation which will bring you fond memories for years to come then sail Royal Carribean Cruise Lines.

Our cabin attendant was truly wonderful, our waiters and waitresses were courteous beyond belief. The food and beverages were second to none it was overall a wonderful experience.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Liberty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2014


A few things could have been done to make this a more enjoyable cruise, the first of which was the balcony suits air conditioning was far from capable of cooling the room adequately since I complained 3 separate times and it never improved I am to assume that was the best it could do This by far is my biggest complaint. Next I had been told by many many people how food was never an issue on a cruise but on this one they set down times that seemed very narrow in accommodating so many people with so many obviously different times zones that they would all want to eat dinner at the same time seemed narrow minded. Room services selection was very small and did not change from day to day they also prepared the food the way they wanted not the way the customer requested I say medium rare I get ? totally cooked all the way through. So why they bother to call and ask how I want my steak (sandwich) cooked I still have no idea. There were several more details not nearly as annoying but my conclusion was it seems the cruise line was trying to cut costs at the customers expense it just seemed every time I turned around I was hitting a rule that was in place to make what I paid for less of what I thought I paid for I most certainly did not feel I got my value out of my vacation time spent on this boat. 

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Interior

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4-6 cruises

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Quick Get Away

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2014


This cruise fit the bill as a cost effective quick get away.  The service and food were excellent!  We were able to enjoy each other's company, get plenty of sunshine and relax for a weekend.  I would highly recommend it.

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Oh My God, we needed this trip badly!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Enchantment of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2014


My husand and I had a wonderful time.  We did not realize how exhausted and overwhelmed with winter blues were were.  We ate, slept, laughed, ate,  slept, laughed, and did it over and over until that last morning. I even exercised daily.  I am planning to do the same thing next year, same time, same location, same fun.

Thanks SO MUCH!

 

HK

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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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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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Good experience

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


The crew were excellent, but the amenities could have been better. It's amazing that there aren't rest rooms on all floors and that the rest rooms are hard to find.

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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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First time on Royal Carribean

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


The ship was a very nice ship.  We just had bad weather and couldn't stop at one of the ports.  Couldn't see one of the shows due to a malfunction had a variety show take it's place which was what we had seen on the ship the whole time.  Food in My Time Dining was very good.  Rock climbing wall was a no go because of the wind most of the time.  First time I have ever been on R. C. had always heard it was supposed to be top notch.  I think the weather had alot to do with it.  Would try again most definately.   

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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 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

1287
Enchantment of the Seas 16 years, 9 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

1015
Freedom of the Seas 7 years, 10 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.2 out of 5

727
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

674
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

566
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

558
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

529
Voyager of the Seas 14 years, 5 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

447
Serenade of the Seas 10 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

376
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

360
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

224
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

166
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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Ports in Royal Caribbean

Cozumel, Mexico (8157 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 (7132 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 (5087 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 (4514 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 (3325 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 (2841 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 (2587 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 (2263 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) (2076 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 (1827 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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