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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
  • Large Group
    3.8

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RUDE INTERNATIONAL CRUISERS

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 14, 2014


There was a LARGE group of teenage girls from Argentina on the boat that made my trip a living hell.  They did not respect the fact that people actually sleep, running up and down the hall, screaming and talking loud at all hours of the night.  They couldn't understand that when an elevator door opens, one should allow people inside the elevator to get off before they all try to crowd in--I literally reached a point where I had to push my way out of the elevator on several occasions.  I am not sure what adults were with them, but whoever they were, they made themselves scarce for the whole trip.  On top of all this, their lack of English-speaking skills made trying to communicate their rudeness to them completely pointless.  

 

With all of that said, the food was great.  The staff was great in taking care of our stateroom.  Even handling the onboard charges at the end of the trip was easy.  I would recommend that if one is looking to have a nicer cruise environment than the one we experienced, do your homework and ask about the composition of the ship's clientele.  I will next time I sail...

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Making Memories of the Majesty

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 14, 2014


Our cruise on the Majesty of the Seas was one of the most fun cruises ever.  Dancing to the music of the Black Sea Band, Line Dancing Classes with Jimena, All our interactions with Juan Luka, Roberto, and all the Cruise Director's Staff was fun, exciting, and made each and every day and every activity memorial! Mr. Scott remembered us from our cruise in May and made us feel welcome from boarding the ship on. Meeting the Captian is always and pleasure and I truly enjoyed the Captain's words of wisdom at the end of every announcement.  The partys were fab, the food delicious, and our Head Waiter, Chansophie, and her assistant, Iwayan, Table 41, were as good as any we've had. Iwayan B. our Room Steward was always smiling, happy, and provided everything we needed.  Great Crew, Great Staff, Great Ship, Great Vacation!

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Ok cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 14, 2014


Went to this cruise on July 14th with my husband. The check in process was awesome. No waiting outside in the heat and no long lines. We had packed our bathing suits in our carryon bags so we could go to the pool. This cruise has two small pools. There were about 2500 people on the cruise and they had 2 pools that had a limit of 38 people each. Thank God not everyone wanted to get in there at the same time. (I do wish the women would have more respect on the type of bathing suits they wear since there are married men and families there, but can't control what people wear unless the ship decides to include this rule)  The food was good in the Windjammer (breakfast and lunch buffet dining room). Dining experience was great in the moonlight dining room  ( 3 course meal). Wish there were fun things to do on the boat during the day. During night ,shows were good and entertaining. Spanish music in Boleros was ok . Same music was played every night. We had an interior stateroom, which was perfect. The room had no windows but that was good for us because we slept better with no signs of sunlight. 

This ship stops in Nassau ,Bahamas and Key West, Florida both place were extremely hot so make sure you pack a lot of sunblock. Private Island  Coco Cay was nice.Overall the cruise was good. 

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Ok trip, nothing exceptional

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Enchantment of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 14, 2014


There was a noticable difference in service on this cruise versus previous trips. I attribute it to the automatic gratuities. The insentive was not there. Dinner service was very slow. Other aspects were fine. Our interior suite was excellent, nicely sized room for 2.

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Things have changed

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


main dinning the food was awlful but the service was great. it wasn't fair to the servers. Was better in the Windjammer buffet, that where the extra tips went for me. The steak looked frozen and fake. it was better prepared in the Windjammer.... The slot machine where very tight, and the give ways where cheap. we won the same game on the cruiseline several years ago and got an excursion and a good bottle of champaign... this time 5 dollar cheap watches come on things aren't that bad. Not many selection for food for the night-line party crew... how about some hot wings and better pizza.

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Beautiful ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


I've been on many cruises but this was the cleanest ship ever. 

The shows were excellant

The staff was very attentative

Constant entertainment.

Room were a nice size

Ports of call were okey.Food left a lot to be desired. I was very unhappy with the menus

I called Priceline and told them I saw this same cruise cheaper. They called me back and told me Royal Carribean would give me a $50 room credit. When I asked for this in writing I was told by Priceline I wouldn't have a problem. When I got on the ship and asked for my credit I was told they knew nothing about it. Needless to say I had no proof. I feel Priceline did not do right by me.

Also There was  a formal night. I was not informed about this so my grandson did not have the proper attire so we were not allowed in the dining room that night.. I do not like buffets and was upset . I didn't pay that kind of money for as buffet.. Priceline would have to over and above for me to book with them again.

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RCCL Vision of the Seas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


A very nice ship with excellent crew, service and amenities.Food was good but not excellent. Ship was very clean and the ports (Key West and Georgetown) are always fun.

The gratuities and drink prices were excessively high. It makes you have to consider the worth of cruising.

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Smaller/older ship but very good

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


Food: MDR we thought was very good and My Time is way to go but be sure to clarify reservation times. If you want to sit as a family you can but be sure to arrange that. Windjammer is college dorm cafeteria- don't expect the finest but rather a basic buffet that serves its purpose. Food in Solarium is light and good but limited hours. 

Deck: Main pool is small and crowded. Indoor pool was crowded too. Top deck (10) is best place for sea days. Nice breeze and view.

Bar Service: Can't fault the effort of the crew, they work hard and will take care of you but understaffed. Hours of operation vary but if you like quiet the Viking Crown is a great escape. 

Ports: Key West is nice and it is easy on and off the ship and a variety of things to do. Grand Cayman is an awesome beach! If that is what you like cabs are right there and $4/person takes you there. We decided a late breakfast and missed the crowds and lines and got right on a tender. 

Rooms: Excellent, great service

Overall: This ship is adult oriented and we liked that. Entertainment was good. 

Suggestions: Cab from cruise port to airport is a rip off. 

 

 

 

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


Smaller cruise ship made loading and unloading very easy.  Food was excellent.  Less activities available compared to a larger ship but if your goal is to relax then this is a good cruise for you. 

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Staff rude food bland!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


If you can find another ship that meets your budget and time frame I would highly recommend you try it. The staff wasnt very friendly at all and the food in the dining main hall was aweful. We had to eat at the buffet everyday and same old food. Nothing for kids to do if you plan on bringing any. If you go to the casino good luck on getting a drink. Room was OK and the ports were OK. If you go to Cueaco be prepared to be hounded and hounded by people. Especially a guy with a monkey who just walks up to you and puts a monkey in a diaper on your head and demands $5 for each picture you take. Puerto Rico was the dirtiest port we have ever been too. Good Luck hope this helps.

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Ships for Royal Caribbean

Name Age Rating Reviews
Majesty of the Seas 22 years, 3 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

1335
Enchantment of the Seas 17 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

1064
Freedom of the Seas 8 years, 1 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.2 out of 5

770
Navigator of the Seas 11 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

722
Jewel of the Seas 10 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

711
Explorer of the Seas 13 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.9 out of 5

685
Mariner of the Seas 10 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

679
Grandeur of the Seas 17 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

598
Liberty of the Seas 7 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.1 out of 5

591
Oasis of the Seas 4 years, 7 months old
5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 half star

4.3 out of 5

578
Voyager of the Seas 14 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

455
Adventure of the Seas 12 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.9 out of 5

451
Allure of the Seas 3 years, 7 months old
5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 half star

4.3 out of 5

411
Serenade of the Seas 10 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

389
Radiance of the Seas 13 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.0 out of 5

369
Rhapsody of the Seas 17 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.9 out of 5

337
Vision of the Seas 16 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

291
Brilliance of the Seas 12 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

249
Independence of the Seas 6 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.1 out of 5

173
Splendour of the Seas 18 years, 3 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

170
Legend of the Seas 19 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

127
Quantum of the Seas

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Anthem of the Seas

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Ports in Royal Caribbean

Cozumel, Mexico (8617 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 (7642 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 (5293 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 (4766 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 (3548 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 (2953 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 (2733 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 (2424 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) (2230 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 (1858 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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