This was my fifth cruise, but my first (and possibly my last) with Royal Caribbean. Here is a brief summary as to my thoughts from my recent cruise:
Rooms: We booked a junior suite on the 8th floor. The actual room was not bad, but there were several areas that could be improved upon. First of all, there are two 120v outlets for the entire room, located next to the desk. That is it! Secondly, the beds are basically cots with a mattress. Thirdly, we had a mini-fridge in the room which did not work. The one outstanding thing about our room was our balcony. It was huge!
Food: The food was always available, but all in all, I was not overly impressed with any of our meals. We stuck with the buffet for lunch since the menu in the dining room did not vary too much from day to day.
Ports of Call: Very disappointing. When we arrived for embarkation, we were informed that we would not be going to Grand Cayman due to the hurricanes that ran through that area last fall. Had I know we were eliminating that port of call and stopping instead in Costa Maya, I would probably have taken advantage of my option to cancel. The amount of money spent for basically two ports of call and one shopping excursion was not worth it. This was obviously known by RCCL for at least a short period of time since the daily itineraries were printed and ready to go with our Costa Maya stop when we departed.
As for the service on the ship, that was excellent. We had Evelyn, our head waiter, Rocco, our assistant waiter, and Dean, our housekeeper, along with the many others that kept everything running smoothly. They always had a smile on their face and were quick to assist with anything asked of them.