Took 3 day cruise July 17, 2003. Check-in was easy because we had all our paper work done ahead of time. Cabin ready, deck 10. We are used to having a balcony on other cruises, but had 3 big slanted windows which were fine. The room was wider than expected with bed and two love seats, one of which folded out to a bed. Nice bathroom, out-dated but worked fine. Great water pressure in the sink and shower. Plenty of areas to store belongings and a nice big in room safe in closet. Room attendant was great and always had ice ready and room very clean. We had all 3 dinners in the Gigi dining room. Nice service and no complaints about the food. Nice variety of food choices with diet menu suggestions and vegetarian choices.The Windjammer buffet for lunch and breakfast was fast and easy. There were so many bars aboard. We counted at least 7 that closed between 12am and 3am. A nice variety of entertainment in the different bar areas.Bingo was fun but we've seen bigger jackpots elsewhere. The casino seemed quite busy. There was a non-smoking area in the casino. We hate smoke but had to smell it walking down the hallway to our room all the time, although our room didn't smell, our room attendant recommended that we put a wet towel under the door at night.Most of the bars have a non-smoking area and there is no smoking in the dining rooms. Unfortunately, you can smoke in the cabins. We did the thriller boat ride in Nassau. It was a fun hour, but at $42 a person, we thought a bit over priced. CocoCay is wonderful. We hardly had to wait for the tender to take us there and arrived at 10:30. Most people were still on the ship so we had no problem finding a shady spot. The water was beautiful and we heard wonderful things about the snorkeling. The lunch served on the island was a nice barbeque. All the staff we came in contact with were very nice and helpful. we didn't take our teen on this trip but checked out the teen only disco which looked really nice. We hardly saw any kids aboard although we heard there were 500 of them. The staff is always pushing the alcoholic beverages, but in the big non-smoking theater where the main evening entertainment was, if you didn't want anything to drink, they would put a cocktail napkin on your table so the other waiters wouldn't bother you again. Nice touch we thought. The main evening entertainment was fine. There wsa a big song and dance routine the first night, a great singer who had had a few hits in the 50's the second night, and the last night were 2 comics that were fabulous. The second night there was a big food extraveganza on the pool deck with music until 3am. Incredible amounts and variety of food. You can never go hungry on this cruise! The shops on the ship weren't very high grade and we thought the art in the art auctions wasn't very interesting but each to his own...if you can stay on deck 10, they are first off the ship, as the luggage area isn't very big and they send the passengers off in groups. We found our luggage and went on our way quickly. all in all we had a fun time. We have booked Royal Caribbean again but will be going on a 7 day aboard a new ship that is due out in Nov.'03
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