The choice and quality of excursions was again excellent,although we discovered that it is best not to book a "Panoramic" excursion if you are able bodied, as there were many wheelchair users and infirm elderly folk who, through no fault of their own, restricted the amount of sightseeing off the bus.
In most ports of call there are excursions specifically designed to cater for less able bodied passengers.
Our only real gripes are the size of the cabins and in particular the bathrooms, and the behaviour of some passengers. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9, but found the accommodation cramped. We are not large people but there were very many passengers who were very large indeed ( and that's being polite!)and we couldn't help wondering if some of them actually managed to fit in the tiny shower cubicle.
As for the behaviour of passengers we were horrified to observe the lengths some people will go to to avoid using the antiseptic hand gel which is for the protection of all. Unbelievable!
But all in all, a great holiday.
Travel operator: Reader Offers
The entertainment on board was varied, and the visiting acts were excellent. The shows put on by the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were extremely well staged and the dancers were very good, but the singers were not quite up to scratch in our opinion.
We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 which we found cramped in comparison with other ships we have sailed on, particularly the bathroom. The shower cubicle was tiny. We are quite small people and couldn't help wondering how the many VERY large people on the ship managed!
I have to say we were horrified to observe how often some people tried to avoid using the antiseptic hand gel. When sitting in the Windjammer restaurant on one occasion the staff member manning the gel dispensers was called away by a colleague for about five minutes and in that time not one person entering the restaurant used the gel. We also saw people entering on the edge of a group to avoid it. WHY???
We had a great holiday and would sail on this ship again, but would probably go for a suite next time.
Travel operator: Royal Caribbean
Travel operator: kent
I would definately go on one of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships again!!
Travel operator: Virgin Atlantic
Trips are a bit on the pricey side, but no more than other ships (this is our 3rd cruise). We did our own thing other than in St Petersburg.
Would certainly sail on this ship again.
Travel operator: thomas cook
Travel operator: Cumbris Cruises
The trips we did were well organised, although mostly we went around on our own, using the various "hop on, hop off" buses that are normally available.
Evening entertainment was not always of our liking but with 2000 people to cater for there has to be something for all tastes, but they were very professional, and Clo the Cruise Director had a fantastic quick wit and sense of humour. Food again was always wonderful, I think there was only one evening that there was only one dish on the main course menu that I found I liked most ingredients without having the steak or roast chicken that was always available. Overall we have no major complaints and will choose Royal Caribbean again.
Travel operator: Readers offers
We thought the food was not as good as on Princess ships but still enjoyable.
This was a Baltic cruise visiting Denmark, Sweden, Finland, St Petersburg and Tallin. Somewhere around the Sweden visit people started going down with sickness and diarrhoea. Despite new controls in the Windjammer buffet it quickly went round the passengers and I felt the Captain put the blame on the passengers saying it was all down to hand washing! As if we were all a dirty unhygienic crowd. If you became ill and reported it, you had to stay confined in your cabin for 48 hours and live off meagre rations served in your cabin. Room service couldn't cope with the number of passengers being confined.So I don't know how to rate cleanliness, it all seemed clean but obviously something was wrong. I wouldn't say "don't travel on this ship" but we wouldn't as we don't do a repeat of our holidays.
The disembarkation was very well organised.
Travel operator: Jetline Cruises
Travel operator: royal carribean
WE WERE GOING TO REFUSE TO GET OFF AT THE END, BUT SOMEONE MIGHT NOTICE , SO WITHIN ONE DAY OF RETURNING HOME WE HAVE DONE AWAY WITH CONVENTIONAL HOLIDAYS , AND HAVE BOOKED TWO MORE CRUISES , ONE IN 2010 , DUBAI ARABIAN ADVENTURE AND ONE IN 2011 YES 2011 EXOTIC CARIBBEAN WHO WITH , THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN WHO ELSE ?
Travel operator: ROYAL CARIBBEAN
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