My husband and I have been on about 25 cruises and this was definitely our worse experience.... And our most expensive at that!
We were tied into the itinerary so we didn't have another choice but to go on an old RCCL ship...
food mediocre, service mediocre no pool chairs (people with towels on the floor everywhere) 1 soft serve iceream station which by the way closes when windjammer closes.... I went to get iceream after returning from a port and it was closed... Wow!!!!!
after coming back from a port at 9:30 pm the windjammer closed at 10 & there was nothing to eat.... The little snack station in the adult pool is horrendous!
Also got kicked out of the adult jacuzzi at 10pm after getting back at 9:30 from port....
seemed like everyone we spoke to was unhappy with their cruise experience.
Very very sad... Royal used to be my favorite, but it seems like only if you cruise the large new ships will you get that awesome experience.... I'm tired of the Caribbean which is where the new ships sail....
Monks and Santorini were exceptional ports. The food in Tides was outstanding, as was the service. Food and service in the Windjammer was acceptable. The Jewel statehood were clean, well appointed, and comfortable. The ship overall was better than expected.
The staff is very pleasant and fun to be around. The activities on board are very limited. After 1am the ship shuts down even the casino is a ghost town. The food was average. Out of the four cruises I've taken the food choices weren't impressive.
Loved the cruise ship, it was comfortable and the layout made it very easy to navigate around the ship. All crew members were always so helpful. The ports were so much fun. We chose not to take any of the many formal tours. We planned our own excursions.
Ephesus was the highlight of the cruise. Recommend booking independent tour. Santorini was a disappointment due to the tendering process and the limited time available to tour the island. would book the tour with the cruise ship to maximize your time on santorini. They tendered out first. Rest of the cruise was great.
If you like to drink a lot, a beverage package may be something to consider. The cost of a beer is around $6.00, a mixed drink $7.00, and a glass of wine $7.00. FYI: gratuity's are added on for any purchases you make at the bar.
The Solarium pool area was less crowded than the main pool on most days. The Sea View Cafe was a little hidden gym up on the 12th deck that served made to order diner food - great for a quick snack, especially when the Windjammer was closed between meals!
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