August 2016 - 4 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Empress of the Seas
This is a great cruise for first time cruisers.The shortness of it, and having nothing else to compare it too I am sure would result in the feelings being even more positive than ours.
In our case we used it as a test for my wife's ability to be on the open sea. She has recently had brain surgery and has some balance issues so the short term of this cruise works well for us.
However, having been on several cruises before, on other ship lines, we were a little disappointed. Not disappointed enough not to book another cruise next year however. The crew on this ship could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The food was good and certainly plentiful.The few things we were most unhappy with were the rundown feeling around the ship and in our stateroom. Really tight space and very few outlets to work with. I use a c - pap machine and need an outlet near the bed which didn't exist. The nearest outlet was across the room and using an extension cord was a tripping hazard.
so we are hoping that our cruise on the Independence of the seas in April will provide the newness and the space we need.
in addition we found the island of Coco Cay ( the private island of Royal Carribean) to be very disappointing , especially the water at the beach. It felt like quicksand sucking you in. Not pleasant at all. We paid for a private area with special chaise lounges and service which was wonderful but we decided we would be better off staying on board the ship.
I know this sounds like a lot of complaints but my overall evaluation still remains high. Let's hope the next one picks up where the first cruise fell short.