As for the boat being rocky thing, dont let anyone tell you otherwise, it is. Now contrary to everything I have read on this board, when I say rocky, I just mean there was always some movement felt on the ship, not necessarily rough, but there was not a time when any of us could not feel the boat moving, even when you were in bed. That is not too say it would stop me from going again because I am already looking at another sailing date for this ship.
While I do feel that Carnivals food is better, it is everything else royal does that matters to me. The boat was wonderful, the cruise director lots of fun, as well as the staff, room service was very slow, but the dining room staff were great.
We got there around 11:30 and were in our cabins and halfway unpacked by 12:00, but we had friends who had a later flight coming in at 11:45 and they did not get finished and on board until 3:00, so I guess it depends on what time you get there for how quick it is to embark.
As for the guy on the previous week who said the spring breakers were horrible, we had on incidents at all, in fact they were kind of funny, especially that the karoke, but for the most part we did not notice any kind of problems, we asked the staff if they knew anything and they told us about the incidents last week with those families being put off and how bad the kids were, but this week was fine.
We only went to a couple of shows, which we thought were good, our boat ended up in San Juan from 800 am to 1000 pm, but there was not too much to do there so we stayed on the boat.
We went to Johnny rockets once and used my coupon, apparently the charge doesnt mean anything because the line to get in was LONG!! We happen to get there right before the line got big and only waited for about 10 minutes, after that there was a 20 -25 minute wait.
If anyone has any questions let me know, but for myself and the other 6 people with me, we loved it and are planning on going back to this ship.
Mariner of the Seas 3/04
Enchantment of the Seas 9/03
Explorer of the Seas 7/03
Carnival Triumph 2/03
Until Mariner of the Seas