Embarkation was quick and easy. That's about all that was good! The food, well let's put it this way, this is the first cruise we have taken where we lost weight. Food in the dining room was ok if you wanted to take that route. However, traveling with a child, we wanted to dine in a less formal atmosphere. The food outside of the main dining area, was awful. Plain noodles, soggy bread on the sandwiches, stale tortilla chips! A green salad was nowhere in sight for days. On the day salad appeared, it was iceberg only (not really green) and toppings were limited. Sliced carrots would have been nice! This was our sixth cruise. We cruise every year for our anniversary. This cruise was a birthday gift for our 10-year-old daughter. We have always cruised with Carnival and thought it would be nice to make a change. What a disappointment!The first morning we ordered breakfast in our cabin by placing the card on our door the night before. Our breakfast was never delivered. When we left the cabin that morning, we found the card still hanging on the outside of the door. Remaining dining experiences in our cabin, included dirty dishes, no silverware and (only) fat-free cream cheese for our bagels. Other kids who sat at our table in the dining room bragged about the animal towels they received on their beds from their cabin steward. Our daughter received one animal the last night of the cruise! We never saw our cabin steward! Oh which by the way, reminds me. When we ported in the Bahamas, we were in hog heaven when we saw Subway Sandwiches and Hagen Daz Ice Cream. Our daughter asked is she could take an extra sandwich back to the cabin refrigerator for later! We were planning on cruising this fall for out 8th anniversary aboard "Explorer of the Seas," the world's largest cruise ship. We are not willing to gamble on "Bigger is always Better." We will stick to Carnival even if they don't have a rock climbing wall.Based on this experience and absolute embarassment of providing this vacation as a gift, we will not recommend Royal Caribbean to anyone.
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