I'm back from my first RCI cruise on the Independence of the Seas. This was our 9th cruise, we have sailed on Carnival, Princess and NCL also.
The ship was absolutely beautiful! This was the largest ship we have sailed on to date and with the calm seas we had it hardly seemed like we were moving at all. As with any cruise line there are things we liked and things about RCI we didn't like.
Liked......The ice show and production shows were excellent and unique.
disliked.....There was no regular show time. The times varied and one had to keep abreast of the Compass or miss the shows.
Liked.....The buffet actually served most of the same menu items as the main dining room did, best food on a buffet at sea I have had.
Disliked.....The Buffet had strange hours. Open from 7am to 3pm and then from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. This was the first buffet on a ship I have been on that didn't have at least part of the buffet open 24/7
These are just a few example and most of the dislikes were minor. We would sail RCI again but we much prefer NCL and their Freestyle cruising better.