The food choices were limited and the quality was extremely poor. The ship was over crowded and had to wait in lines for everything. Excursions were much more expensive than other cruiselines. Recommend to choose another cruise line over Royal Caribbean.
Overall the cruise was okay. This was my first cruise. My problem was all the hype everyone was giving regarding the abundance of food. i was led tobelieve their would be endless fiood from the momnent i stepped aboard tge ship. When I boarded, the only thing that was open was a small 'cafe' that had cold sandwiches and a pamini press that wasn'the working. I woold not recommend a cold rueban. Twice,I missed the dining room for breakfadt. one of the times there was nothing else open. Lunch on Coco Cay left much to be desired. Most of the entertainment was fair at best. The adult comedy show was the best thing. Unless you want a balcony, I would not waste your money on a room with a window. The inner cabins/staterooms are just the same. Get the drink package because they nickel and dime you. At the end, it is worth it and you avoid signing a receipt for every order.
We like the food and the beach. Would have like to get to primary destination when it's good weather and not raining. Feel like crew knew weather was going to be bad and should have rerouted somewhere else with better weather. The weather also stopped some on board activities as well. Other then that, I thought cruise was nice. I would recommend to a friend.
When you leave Miami as Hurricane Matthew is hitting the Florida coast, your 2800 passenger ship leaves with 1600 passengers. It was nice to be on a less-crowded ship.
- We were told by email that we couldn't check in until 5 pm. Reality was that we checked in fine at 3:30 pm.
- We didn't know that we were skipping Coco Cay until we go on board. That seems unfair.
- I got targeted by the comedian during the opening show -- made fun of my laugh, my clothes, even my name. ("Mark? Did he just bark at me?"). What's the point of having a comedian attack people on vacation? He was stupid and not funny, but it still ruined my night on vacation. Why hire that kind of comedian for a cruise ship?
- The staff were clearly unhappy with the smaller crowds. The dining room staff were bored. I had a bar staff tell me that my wife and I that we were "losers" for doing so poorly on trivia.
Favorite part of the cruise was my fair lady dining. The waiters Alberto and Daniel was excellent. A part from the pool deck noise that echoed in our room, also, the Buffett food was horrible. Yes I would recommend it to others because the fair was good.
We were affected by Hurricane Mathew and directed too Cozumel for only a few hours. Not enough time to see the island. Missed Nassau and Key West.
Never received our on board credits. After being on board for the entire cruise we had to wait 2 hours in lounge waiting to clear customs due too 3 boats docking at the same time. We had rooms on deck 7 and they did not go by decks it was a mess. Bad experiance for first time. Too many lines.
This cruise was scheduled to go to the Bahamas and two other ports. With Hurricane Mathew we diverted to Cozumel Mexico to avoid the weather. Most would say that going to Cozumel is a better deal for the cruise, but I have been to Cozumel a few times. This was the first time cruising with Royal Caribbean and was looking forward to the up talk of the cruise line. We have always cruised with Carnival Cruise line and I will say we will stay with Carnival. The crew was okay, but not helpful. The dinning crew (Mr. Mario and Mr. Bing) were excellent and very attentive. Thank you for that experience. The room was okay, but a little small compared to the Suite that Carnival provides. All said I would go for a discounted price without my children, but never again with my children. Ages 9, 19, & 13.
The Solarium is the place to be! Not even sure I want to share this tip! There are no children allowed, which made it a wonderful place to relax by the indoor pool and spas while the weather outside was awful! In the Windjammer, FIND YOUR TABLE FIRST! It gets crowded, get your table before food!
CoCo Cay: If you want to relax, rent a cabana-ette. Good for 2 people, comes with 2 beach loungers, 2 floating beach mats, 2 bottles of Evian & fruit. There is a bar. You have to take a ride to it, so it's like a private beach. There is decent snorkeling in the waters (saw a lot of fish).
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