Small, but clean and good value for a quick get-away
GENERAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE SHIP:
This is one of the small ship in the RCL fleet. However, don't let the size fool you, it packs a lot of good ammenities as far a short cruises are concern. It has a wrapped around outside promanade. With 3 elevator banks, it is very easy to get around. The ship has a well equipped fitness center and the SPA. There is a small steamroom, which can accommodate 3 to 4 people, right behind the SPA's receptionist's desk. There are 4 free eating venues: Wingjammer buffet, Compass Deli (my favorite), Main Dinning Room, room service and a Pizzaria. There is also a Johnie Rocket. The Skooner Bar on this ship is by far has the best layout compared to all the other RCL ships including the Oasis. On the 14th Deck, there is the Viking Crowne Lounge for a more quiet venue for drinks and conversation. If you want to earn RCL cruise points cheap, this is by far you best bet; but parking can be $$ in Port of Miami.
WOULD YOU CRUISE THIS SHIP AGAIN:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR STATEROOM:
For a large person, the stateroom might not be as comfortable especially the shower. Keep in mind this is an older ship although it has gone through renovation a few years back. Every room has a safe and adaquate closet space. I recommend the aft part of the ship because almost all of the facilities are located in the aft section with the exception of the SPA & fitness ctr.
HOW WERE THE PUBLIC SPACES:
The public areas are usually very clean. The elevators show sign of wear but that is expected due to the age of the ship. The Wingjammer cafe is very clean and it is actually larger than some of the other RCL ships. The Compass Deli and the Pizzaria are both very clean. As mentioned before, there is a steam room and it is kept clean all the time with lots of towels and a few lockers. There main shopping around is located on deck 5. It can get crowded but it is not unbearable.
TELL US ABOUT THE SERVICES:
Qualities of food is generally good. However, RCL does not vary the main dinning room's menu from ship to ship. Therefore, if you cruised on RCL before, expect to get the same food on day1, day2, day3...etc. in the main dinning room. My favorite is the Compass Deli where you can order Make-to-order crepes, peninis, salad...etc. The entertainment on this ship is adaquate although not top knoch; but for a $149pp 3 nites cruise (during off season), how much can one expect. The people at Guest Relation are generally very friendly.
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