We have been on 5 other cruises with Carnival and this was our first experience with RCI. We had heard that they were a step higher than Carnival and expected excellence and sophistication. What we found was mediocre food in the main dining room and the same items every single night with the exception of 1 or 2 items of the day. We were given the choice of ordering lobster or a filet each night for an additional price. You have to pay extra to have a hamburger at Johnny Rockets, on Carnival Guy Fieri's gourmet burgers joint was included. Everything costs extra on RCI and the photos and souvenirs are extremely over priced. There were only 4 exceptional staff members that stood out, the rest simply did their job every day and didn't seem happy to be doing it. The Broadway shows were just okay, had two comedians one the first night and one the last night (Carnival has a comedy club with entertainment twice a day every day), however I did enjoy the cruise director and his staff, they were very entertaining by the pool and on the promenade deck. We loved the excursions and the group we went with, they made the entire experience enjoyable. Not sure I would recommend or go on Royal Caribbean again.
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