The overall cruise experience was fabulous for both us and my parents. Dining table was 410 and our wait staff was beyond belief. The food was, in my opinion, delicious. If the quality of food is decreasing (as is the claim by so many people), then I can’t imagine how good the food was “back then.” Everything was just delicious.
Given the fact that the ship was filled to capacity (3500 people, 800 of them children), I would have to say that the crowd control was handled beautifully and the kids were incredibly well-behaved. There were issues getting elevators, but if the wait was too long, I just took the stairs (that probably explains why I only gained 3 pounds instead of 7 or 8).
The weather was fabulous – I think we only had one cloudy day. The ports were beautiful.
The shows were good – Love and Marriage was hilarious, Quest was awesome. The Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers were talented and kept us well entertained. The Cruise Director, Ken Rush, and his staff did a good job handling the activities.
The kids program was amazing. My daughter hardly spent any time with us as the activities kept her busy, entertained, and out of trouble. She was always where she said she would be and I can say that I didn’t see any kids acting up.
Embarkation was a breeze. Departure was another story. Trying to get 3500 people off a ship and through immigration has to be a logistical nightmare. Someone has to be the last person off the ship and since we were driving, we were in the last group. My only complaint is that if you’re in the last group, they should let you stay in your stateroom until 9:00 or 9:30, instead of making you leave at 8:00. Not a show-stopper at all, just a suggestion.
Although the ship was filled to capacity, I would take this cruise again tomorrow! I never saw a crew member that wasn’t smiling and didn’t go out of their way to help.
I will happily sail with Royal Caribbean again.
Please let me know if you have any questions.