There are many things I love about Royal Caribbean and many things that are slightly disappointing. I summed up my top 3 things I love about Royal Caribbean and the 3 things I don’t like about the cruise line.
- Entertainment – Royal Caribbean offer some of the best entertainment at sea. Allure, Oasis and Liberty of the Seas offer Broadway shows. Even with the Royal Caribbean Productions, you know the show will be fantastic. Talented singers and dancers, perform wonderful numbers and routines. I have never been to a show I have not liked.
- Amenities – Royal Caribbean offer some of the best amenities afloat. Royal Caribbean brings out innovation, after innovation on their ships. Such as the Rock Climbing Wall on all ships and even the Zip Line on the Oasis class. Is this pushing the boundaries too much though?
- Service – The level of service you receive onboard is amazing. Even though the crew are serving over 4,000 others, you still feel like they know you. The dining room staff are delightful. You build up a strong bond between them and they get to know what you like and dislike and your interests, which makes you feel special. I have never had a waiter or assistant waiter I have not liked. Although, I’m never that fond of the Head Waiters for some reason. They seem to welcome you on the first night and introduce themselves and then see you on tip night! For some reason, although we always pre pay our tips, I begrudge giving it to them.
- Food – The food on Royal Caribbean is not the best out of the cruise lines, for sure. At the end of the day, I prefer familiar, comfort food, rather than white gloved, formal measly portion sizes. If I was served Royal Caribbean’s food in a typical restaurant on land, I certainly would not complain, but when you compare the food quality to other cruise lines. I understand why people do.
- Staterooms – When I went on Oasis of the Seas, I found the layout was awful. You had very little space to get into the wardrobe and the air conditioning blew down onto your neck when you sat on the bed. Which by morning, you would have a stiff neck! The bed was very close to the wall, so it was hard to move a case past the bed. Also, I felt like Royal Caribbean had tried to squeeze as many staterooms in as they possibly could. Even on Independence of the Seas, though the ship is not that old, the décor looks out dated and worn.
- Casino – I hate how the Casino acts as a through fare. I always feel like the staff are watching you and in my eyes, the whole place gives off a negative impression. The layout also annoys me. You seem to have to weave in and out of the machines and there is never a clear distinguished path.