We just returned and I wanted to weigh in on a couple of things that I scoured these boards for before I went.
* It was NOT too crowded. There were a lot of people but this ship is huge and laid out really well. Never had trouble getting a chair at the pool - maybe not exactly poolside, though that was possible into the 10am hour - but tons of chairs on the deck above overlooking the pool. We were able to easily get into every show we wanted to see by showing up 15 minutes before. Once the show started, latecomers were sometimes without a seat. Even the Quest - which people waited in line for over 30 minutes to get into the venue for - had seats left in it when the game started.
* No problems getting drinks even though we had the drink package. Bars had enough bartenders and I never waited long for a server in the venues. The most time consuming thing is how many buttons the bartender has to push to make a "sale" on their register. I counted 9 different taps on the screen that had to be made for each drink I ordered. The good thing is that since my last trip a few years ago there were no receipts printed out to sign. This made things go faster though it also made it more difficult to add an extra gratuity if you wanted.
* Playmakers Sports Bar is really cool. Fun "cheap" tip - there are a few arcade games that you can pay to play but also a lonely foosball machine that was free to play. My young adult kids got a kick out of playing it.
* The VOOM internet worked really well. There were 6 of us. I got a three device plan and we just took turns logging off and on. Tip: you have to actually log out by entering something like "logout.com" in your browser. Then someone else can use the code they give you to log on with their device. If I had to do it over, I would just get it for everyone because our texting worked with it. I don't understand these things but we were all on airplane mode but when logged in could text each other or even people at home. I didn't think that would be possible - I had planned on using Facebook messenger but didn't need to.
* I don't like the new way they do the Quest. It was more fun with smaller teams vs. dividing up the venue by section. But I guess they had to rein it in somehow.
* The ice skating rink was great both to skate on and to watch the ice show. This show did fill up
* Skylab was cool to try but not worth the pain that dang harness causes!
* Service and food was very good to excellent. Lobster was available for a charge every night but it was a free entree item on the 4th night.
* Sorrentos pizza is great!
* I wish RCCL would consider a dedicated comedy club like Carnival. The shows are good enough but we really enjoyed the comedian on the last night (couldn't stay up for the one on the first night) and would have gone every night if is was offered.
* We flew in the day of (which I have never done) because of my kids finals schedules. It worked out fine though I did take out $6000 worth of travel insurance for $200 because I was so anxious about possible bad weather in December. I wouldn't do it that way again if I didn't have to but it did work fine....just a tiring day.
* Both Labadee and Falmouth were good. Labadee is beautiful though disconcerting because you know there is a different world beyond the RCCL gates. We did a walking tour and had an amazing and knowledge guide that gave us the history of Haiti. We also walked up to Dragon Lookout which I had never read about on here. It was a very beautiful view totally worth the short climb. We did a walking tour in Jamaica too (my son is a history major) and that guide was also knowledgeable. It was more authentic as you got to walk around the actual city and view both the good and the bad of it.
Overall, had a blast with my husband and our young adult kids. Didn't feel nickeled and dimed as much this time with the flo rider, rock wall, skylab, skating, watching sports in the sports bar, and of course that rogue foosball table all being free. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!