Sail Date: November 01, 2008
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Inside
Our last two Royal Caribbean cruises, an Alaska cruise this spring on Radiance of the Seas, and this trans-Atlantic cruise on Voyager of the Seas, indicate to us how cost conscious the cruise industry has become, and how cruise companies are cutting corners to stay profitable. While the changes may appear to be trivial, they affect the overall experience and enjoyment of the cruise.
To charge a $3.95 cover charge for the privilege of eating a hamburger at the Johnny Rockets restaurant is an example of the nickel and dime philosophy which is ruining the cruise experience and which, I feel, is a bad idea.
As another example, in 2003, ice cream was served each afternoon and lemonade and iced tea were always available on the pool deck. On our most recent cruise, lemonade was available during the check in process, and for the first day at sea, but, after that, we were informed that they had run out of lemonade and it would not available again until almost 2 weeks into the cruise. While soft serve machines were available in the Windjammer Cafe and on the pool deck, real Ice cream was only available for desert in the dining room or at an extra charge at the Ben and Jerry's concession.
The ship's library was a disappointment, with barely enough books to serve such a large passenger capacity. After the first few hours aboard, the shelves were bare for the remainder of the cruise.
Pros: Dining room waiters and cabin steward were excellent
Cons: Extra charge to eat at Johnny Rockets restaurant