We went with 27 of our friends the kids were 14-21 years old
Cabin 8268 Balcony
We stayed at the Holiday Inn at the Port of Miami. Spent pre cruise night at Bayside. Excellent location and nice hotel for pre and post cruise.
Embarkation left the hotel at 10:30 were able to check in after about 10 mins. Went to the deck 8 check in desk and then zipped through the next line. They had lemonade and water and cookies out for you to eat while waiting. In the final line you had a choice of getting the picture or not. we got it. We then headed on board looked around alittle and then headed for the Windjammer/Island Grill for lunch. Got into our room at 1:00. Changed and headed for the pool.
Sailaway: We were forward on deck 12 so we could see both sides of the channel. We had bubbles which was fun.
Cabin: 8268 on the starboard side forward. Our cabin steward was Florence and she came in to introduce herself. Very she was great during the week and was always helpful. The cabin was smaller than Carnival but plenty of space there were pull down shelves in the closet. Lots of room under the bed. This cabin had a twin bed over the pillows of the queen bed... for the 3rd passenger. Worked out very well out of the way.
Public space: amazing ship the Promanade waas beautiful and the palce we would always meet folks from our group. The internet cafe was n our floor. The dinningroom is 3 floors and beautiful. The theater was very nice.
Ice Show/Rink it is amazing to think you are on a ship and can go to an ice show and skate which I did. Not to be missed.
Shows: We had the Osmonds as headliners good show... The RCCl dancers and singers were also good. The comedy shows were great. We didn't miss any of the shows.
Portofinos We went here on Weds night ith another couple. very good food and service was impecable... def. worth the extra charge.
Dinning room: The food was very good and lots of choices I don't ee where anyone would be disappointed. We were at 3 tables on level 5 Columbus 501/502/503. We had Wilfredo and Aida for waiter and they are the best I wanted to take them home.... very good at entertaining us.... made for a wonderful experience. The bar guy was Nigel he was so good and so much fun
Windjammer/Island Grill: ate breakfast and lunch here. very good variety and always something we liked. 4 buffet lines keep things moving. Excellent service here refills on drinks removing of dirty plates and just plain personable when asked about ship or themselves.
Johnny Rockets: The kids went here often my family had coupons from C/A but the food was just likle the local rest. the waiters danced and sang.
Sports court mini golf we used this but nothing else.
Lounges: Spent time in the jazz club Dizzy's what an amazing view not to be missed. We also went to the english pub on the promanade. And the Marahjas lounge. All had excellent service.
Casino: What can one say...
Suggestions: It would have been nice to have a station out by the pool for lemonade and ice tea. Right next to the ever preent soft serve...
Promenade Cafe: What a jewel this is... pizza/coffee/sodas/desserts/great little sandwiches Ben and Gerry's ice cream available all the time Oh and the best cookies choco chip and coconut.
Shore Excursions: Let me say there were no disappointments here. We booked Belize Rays for a snorkel private island tour www.belizerays.com
you will not be disappointed.
In Costa Maya we went to the fishing village and spent the day at Tapas
In Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach another great day..... My husband went to play golf.
In Grand Cayman we walked to Eden Rock and went snorkeling. Amazing fish just like a aquarium.
I have posted separate reviews on the ports of call page.
Final thoughts: I think we will stick with RCCL. We had fun on Carnival but this time we noticed a big difference in staff on RCCL. On Carnival we never met our cabin person on either trip. The staff seems to be just going thru the functions of doing their jobs. On RCCL the staff is friendly helpful and really like their jobs. Everyone I met from the in the hall/Windjammer/pool or the dive shop or he photo shop was very friendly and greeted you by name. Even the guy on the gangway when he looked at you card called you by name. wwhen we went to the past guest party there was someone who had done 39 cruises on RCCl and there were 879 past cruisers on the cruise. That has to say something. We are looking at going back in April 2007. If you have any questions please ask.
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