We had a 'nice' cruise during July. Our room was a Grand Suite and that was the best part of the vacation. We had plenty of space and enjoyed the roomy balcony. Out room person was always available and quite pleasant.
The wait staff was pleasant and always helpful. We had trouble finding food at the times we chose to eat. Neither of us gained an ounce of weight which is unusual with all of that food. Room service was speedy, but the chooses were quite limited. We had too much salad and too many sandwiches.
When we did get to the dining room on time, the service was great and the food was good. We did enjoy a breakfast and lunch in the dining room, which was quite pleasant.
The worst part of our cruise was the children running in the hallways. The second to the last night, children ran up and down on the deck above us. It sounded like horses pounding on the ceiling. This went on until 3:30 AM. No one stopped them. The last night this occurred again, but fortunately stopped at 12:30 AM.
The priority boarding went alright, but no one ensured our credit card information was secured. This meant we had no account set up so the cards were useless when we boarded. This is not a good time to take care of this and it caused several trips to the service desk. This should have been taken care of when we boarded.
Priority disembarkation is not much of a priority. We were put in a club on an upper deck and then heard back to the deck we originated on. There was no structure and people poured out of their rooms and actually separated my husband and me. It was very erratic, but we were off the ship and on our way within an hour and a half. The New Orleans customs agents were pleasant and efficient. Parking was convenient and covered.
We will sail out of New Orleans again in the future. We typically sail out of Galveston. We sailed with Carnival, because of the date and the price of the Grand Suite. We would do this again, but we like to try Royal Caribbean first. They have better food options and seem to keep the children busy and from causing problems (such as running through the halls).
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