Arrival on the ship went very smooth and was well organized. We arrived @1:00 and went directly on the ship with no wait. Our cabin wasn't ready so we explored a little. We went up to the main pool and were handed a pinacalada and as soon as we took it, we were handed a bill. As first time cruisers it was kind of funny because we thought "how nice of them" but quickly found out RC does not give away anything for free!! We had lunch at the Windjammer. Lunch was very good. There was a great selection of foods and they were well prepared.
Dinners at Tides had a good selection and after hearing some negative comments about the food, I was pleasantly surprised. I did hear RC was trying to upgrade their food so I think that was it. We had fillet mingon one night which was excellant. They had some interesting appetizers such as scallops with rissoto, peach soup, mushroom puffed pastry ect.
Portifinos was excellant. I would definately recommend the food and the experience. Well worth the xtra money. One suggestion is to go on the sea day. Coming back from an excursion day you are very tired.
Many RC cruisers with experience were saying that the crew was not as friendly as on past ships. They were all nice but not overly friendly.
My cabin was 8088 right near the elevators and stairs. Very convienent but we used the stairs more because the elevators were very slow. The balcony in this room was very long so we had two lounges, two chairs to sit on and a table. I gave my room attendant $20 as soon as we met. Honestly I don't think it made any differance in the room service. I did not see him at all the entire cruise, except for tip night! I had little post it notes and would fill one out and leave it if there was something I wanted. It was always left for us in the cabin so I can't complain.
Thank you to all who took the time to write posts on this board about where to go at the differant ports. It worked out great. We went to the Tappas Bar in Costa Maya. We had a great day, great food and I honestly think the service was better than on the ship! Our waiter entertained my kids with jokes and he even made a paper rose for my daughter out of a napkin. They were able to snorkel while I relaxed with some great food and cold beer. Our bill was $28 for the day!! $2.00 Coronas!!
In Grand Caymen we charted a 35 ft. boat through Native Way. There were 27 of us (adults and children) they took us snorkeling in two places, StingRay Ally, and a wonderful lunch on Rum Point Beach. Well worth the money. We were with Native way from 11:45 to 5:00! I highly recommend them for excursions. They had a videotogropher come with us and she vidiotaped the entire trip from start to end. She had scuba gear so she got in the water with us and filmed all the fish under the water as we snorkeled. The kids were so excited.
The only problem we had in Grand Caymen was getting off the ship. There were 6 ships in port that day and it took a very long time to get off the ship.
My husband made an appt. on the ship to do the virtual golf. There was no one there to help you and when the hour was up a crew member showed up in the middle of the hole and told my husband he couldn't finish and turned the machine off! Not a very proffesional way to do things.
Also a friend of mine had a $180.00 massage and after the massage the massage therapist told her to try a cream on her legs and handed her the box with a bill for $70 without even asking if she wanted to purchase it.
She complained the next day and they took it off her bill but the spa girls were snickering in the background as if they do this to see what they can get away with!
The Adventure Ocean kids club was wonderful for my 11 year old. They had activities all day and on certain nights she could have dinner with them at 6 and stay till 10. After ten she could stay till 1 AM for $5 an hour. Well worth the money. She had a great time and Mom and Dad had some adult time.
We found out the last day Martinis (cosmopolitans) were $9.75 in all the bars but in the Vortex at sundown they were 1/2 price!
No Johnny Rockets on board and Ben and Jerrys was just a little cart. The Seaview cafe had excellant burgers and sandwhiches. The Solarium pool had great wraps and pizza. Also at the Solarium thet made creapes any way you want. The strawberry with chocolate and pistachio was delish!
All in all we had a wonderful cruise and we are sad it over but we have wonderful memories to last a lifetime!