Not a style of cruising that appeals
Jonathan Bleasdale | May 11, 2018 | Royal Caribbean International | Navigator of the Seas
Most of my previous cruises have been with P&O so decided to try RC for a change. First the positives. Windjammers buffet was a very pleasant surprise. Great range of food and excellent quality. The way it is designed with plentiful seating prevented the bun fights I had been used to and very easy to get seated. Great idea to have free ice cream dispensers and was surprisingly good. Another plus is having coffee and tea making facilities around the ship.
Overall though disappointed with the style of cruising RC offers. Entertainment emphasis on casino, quizzes, karaoke, spa presentations and not nearly enough live entertainment in the evening. Only 4 shows on separate nights out of a 7 night cruise. Plus one, rather poor magician put on at the last minute when the theatre group had been postponed due to technical problems. Inferior dining room experience with questionable quality of food and not a great ambience. We selected to dine in the more superior buffet instead. Other than the casino, theatre and show lounge, other public areas on decks 4 and 5 were small, lacked seating, and very congested especially in the evenings or on sea days. Beds were exceptionally hard in the cabin. I suffer from back problems and even with a mattress topper and a doubled over quilt added did not resolve the issue.
And finally the prices! Everything on board whether that be drinks, shops, spa, excursions etc are roughly double what you would pay on P&O. We had a drinks package which saved the day and decided against purchasing anything else.
I am pleased we tried RC especially as it gave us a new appreciation of P&O.
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