This is the best all negative review ever. "The whole ship and the services are starting to remind me of stories of old slave ships of the past!!
Review by PhotogCruiser
In response to review, Lookingforward says ...
To totally mark a whole cruise line, as you would put it, as "crap" is unfair to the cruise line! With all the sailings you have been on with the various lines, haven't you realized that it is not necessarily the line as much as it is the ship? We sailed on the Jewel of the Seas and had a not so stellar time then 3 months later, sailed the Brilliance of the Seas and had an excellent time! Not sure how many times you sailed with RCI but to label a whole cruise line as "crap" because of one sailing you didn't like is unfair to the cruise line.
In reply to CrusinTim, you do have a point, but, I put myself in the position of someone going on their first trip, and thinking of what they are dreaming of, and trying to make a choice that might be their one and only cruise. For cruise lines to be successful, they have to be consistent through out the whole line, not on a ship by ship basis. Think of McDonalds, they are not good, but they are consistent, so people know what they are getting, no matter which location they go to for a burger!! As for the amount of sailing I have done, I am guessing I have now been on close to 50 weeks of crusing. And, if my records are correct for RCCL, this last trip gave me a total of 88 days on RCCL ships. I am of course not an expert on this subject, but I do know I was very disappointed with how far the Adventure of the Sea has fallen from grace. I have been on it several times, and it was once a really neat experience, but not anymore! Those days seem to be a thing of the pass!!! It is now more like and ole ferry ship than a cruise ship. I expect that before long, the dining hall will be replaced with McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, and other fast food joints. It will look like the food court at the mall...
Fair enough PhotogCruiser! I'm just trying to make the point that not all of RCI's ships are as bad as what you experienced. Like any cruise line, it's a hit or miss experience and tend to be inconsistent. We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas last May and had an absolute BLAST with great amenities, food and service. So much so, that we booked her again for this upcoming May. This is the first time in 13 cruises we have booked the same ship twice. I, much like you and an avid "yester-year" cruiser enjoyed the days when I first started cruising in 1990. Things have most definitely changed over the years and now find myself more geared towards the smaller, more elegant vessels (with the Oasis being an exception). Just stay open minded my friend and don't give up on RCI for this one experience. Just do a bit more research and maybe look at another RCI ship. You have been loyal to RCI for a reason. Best of luck on your next cruise :)
Sorry to read about how disappointed you were with your cruise. Good luck on the more upscale ones that you intend to use in the future. We look forward to reading about your experiences on them.