We thought the cruise was great. I read all the reviews on two different sites, took notes, and here is my story. When we arrived at Port Canaveral, the lines where long, but they had refreshments available free of charge, (cookies, cakes, coffee, and juices). They did have alot of desks open to make boarding the ship as easy as possible. Once on, we checked out our state rooms, toured the ship, and made our way to the Windjammer Cafe for a buffet lunch. The food was'nt that bad, in 90% of the reviews the guests really did not care for the Windjammer at all. In the reviews, guests complaianed of a sewage smell, I did notice it once while we where at port and figured it was because a cruise had just disembarked.
We had late seating for dinner, and went every night, and thought the service and the food was very good in the dining room. We read a review of a bartender at Schooner's lounge, named Piety who was excellent, and decided to pay him a visit and tell him about the review,(he was amazed). One thing that I can say is that out of all the reviews I read, the guests said that coffee was terrible, WE AGREE. On the other hand, we had fresh fruit and danishes every morning delivered to our state room on time. First stop, Cocoa Cay, I thought that island was the best. The Royal Caribbean staff did the best job I have seen. The island was beautiful, they had the best barbeque, and this is where you want to do all your water sports. Next, Nassua, It was O.K. to us. To see Atlantis was nice. We originally reserved an excursion to swim with the dolphins, they called us right before we left and canceled, stating they were all sick. So we decided to do the stingray and snorkling adventure at Blackbeards. What a big disappointment, they boat us over, to a small island with some buildings and beaches to find that you go into a small fenced in pool to swim with stingrays raised in captivity. With the "island manager" rushing us off the boat, and to the bar, and to buy food coupons, i was in shock. Another couple with thier kids tried to leave and where turned away. So, here we are for 2 hours, getting rushed by the "I.M." to get to the pool for stingray feeding, where I was asked to leave ankle deep water trying to take pictures of my kids and not wearing a life vest. (yes a life vest) So up to thier bar for elevated and constantly changing drink prices for the next 2 hours, and watching "I.M." run from the pool to the dj booth playing songs that I and the couple we where with did not think suitable for the kids like "why dont we get drunk and screw" and "my ding a ling", as well as gift shop items that I am glad I did not have to explain definitions of. (obvious this was our bad part of the trip). We complianed and the ship did made good to us. The next day was out at sea all day. it was wonderful. Plenty of the "drink of the day's", lots of contests, and lots for the kids to do. The last day, we where able to get a quick disembarking pass and did not need to put our luggage out. we where off the ship in 35 mins.. Overall we had a blast. As I read in most of the reviews, this is not the cruise to take for your first time, it seems that it caters to families with kids, and we seen alot of them due to spring break. I would definitely do this agian.