Sail Date: January 01, 2007 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 10 years ago
This was our fourth cruise, third on RCI. We were somewhat wary of the ship size and number of passengers, but it was no problem at all - there were plenty of available seats and spaces for all of the activities we chose. Overall a wonderful way to spend a week.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Food was generally OK, but not as special as we had hoped. Windjammer buffet (breakfasts, lunch) handled the crowds well and provided a wide variety, but unfortunately the hot foods weren't as hot they should be and the taste was generally no better than fair to good. Main dining room food was little better, nothing very wrong but nothing memorable either. Guess that's to be expected when 3,200 people are eating. Portofino's (20 bucks to get in) is a smaller specialty restaurant on board, touted as 5 star; it wasn't - it was probably closer to 4 stars, which is still good but certainly not excellent. We didn't try Johnny Rocket's becuase we objected to the $3.95 cover charge. Seems to me that a cover charge for lobster or Kobe steak or similar gourmet delicacies is OK but not for hamburgers and french fries. There are also several other smaller food service facilities. Booze is available at too many places to count. Ambiance in all food service facilities is excellent.
5 out of 5
Plenty to do, easy to get to, very well maintained and run. Shows in the Lyric Theater - different every night - were much fun. Ice show (yep, the ship has an ice rink on the 3rd deck, you just have to go see it) was incredible. Health club/spa was equal to any on land we've used. There are two sets of pools and whirlpools, one for families with children, one adults only. Very nice idea! Shopping was extensive, you can find most anything you need (and even more stuff you don't need!). Miniature golf and golf simulator on Deck 12 should not be missed if you are into this type of activity. Ship also has basketball court, rock climbing wall, jogging track...just a very wide selection of things to do.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
We chose to rate this category as "Good". In reality it was a bit better than good but not quite excellent. Our waiter seemed a bit disinterested, but the coktail waitress in the Lyric Theater was absolutely great - she helped make our trip wonderful. We didn't encounter any rudeness at all - all of the staff was friendly, some more than others. It seems to me that they are trained to try and get us to spend on-board - I did have a problem with that, but I suppose I wouldn't if was a stockholder!
5 out of 5
Layout, ease of getting around, cleanliness, maintenance and decor were all exceptional. Staff did an excellent job of keeping public areas clean. Decor and design was exemplary! Generally easy to get around, although the graphics could be better - we could not find the Card Room without asking. Elevators could also use some improvement - wait times were too long, and we often encountered full cabs. This is a design and control issue that can be fixed.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had a balcony junior suite. Stateroom size is as expected on a ship, rather small but certainly livable for a week or so. Decor was quite nice. Bed, linens, pillows were also very good. Our room was very well cleaned and prepared for us. We definitely recommend the balcony - we spent some quality time looking out at the sea, at the ports and at the stars. The balconies are very private - do whatever you want to on them.
Pros: Ship design, shows, general ambiance, pool/whirlpool areas, abundance of activities
Cons: RCI's constant tugging for money, rather ordinary food, elevators
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