Yes...I would sail this company again.. and have, multiple times. For ratings and reviews ... I would look under the ship reviews... as this will give you better idea of ships. PLEASE take them with a grain of salt... as many many people have great cruises and will not post, but if they have something bad.... you can bet they will post a bad review.
What are you looking for on your cruise? What ports were you wanting to visit?
Thanks for replying wiscguy2. Hubby and I are 45 and 47. He loves to fish, maybe he'll do an excursion to do that. We don't have kids. We love shows, comedy, site seeing. I'm into cooking and reading and the gym. It might be cool to snorkel or scuba. Chilling at the pool would be fun for a short time. We're not looking for a lot of kids around. We enjoy well prepared food. All kinds of music (except rap and heavy metal) works. We both like piano bars, not into dancing.
This will be our 1st cruise. We live in the northeast. We're thinking about a week or so in Dec or Jan to someplace warm - maybe the Caribbean. We'll probably got for a balcony room.
So what are your suggestions? I'm hearing most lines have the meetings.
Thanks for all of your help.
WOW.... so many options are available to you. Since it is your first cruise... and you like to site see.... I would recommend a ship that will have more ports than sea days. Southern Caribbean cruises are beautiful with outstanding weather and many great ports. Because many of the islands are so close together, every day is a new port, and they can be longer stays of 10-12 hours... versus 6-8 hours in many ports.
RCI has Adventure and Serenade are both beautiful ships and have stops in many of the great ports including Aruba, Curacao, St Thomas, St Maarten, Barbados, Antigua..... just to name a few.
Serenade is a Radiance class ship, which is smaller than the Voyager class ships like Adventure. Adventure is a great ship... big and has lots of activities to do on board for those who are very active (ice skating rink, rock wall, mini golf, sports court, rollerblading) and lots of unique amenities that you won't find on the smaller ships... mostly the Royal Promenade, Johnny Rockets, Ice skating shows. Serenade, and its sister ships, are some of the best designed ships, in my opinion. Lots of glass and great views of the seas and islands passing by.
All of the ships in Royal Caribbean will feature spa and workout facilities for you. Voyager and Radiance class ships feature the Solarium ...which is an adults only pool... so you can get away from the children on board if you want. There are many lounges/bars on board...but you would probably find the Schooner Bar your favorite if you like a piano bar. There are also alot of really good performers in each of the nite spots. Entertainment on board is also very good... usually several shows by the RC singers/dancers... and several other guest performances on board usually including a comedian. Last cruise I was on had an incredible Beatles revival and hilarious comedian. On the Voyager class ships... there is also an ice show... which should not be missed as it is incredible show.
Food...well... its always available somewhere on the ships... and many have options other than just the main dining rooms. Chops and Portofino restaurants are on many of the ships. These are premium dining experiences which cost $20 extra...but speaking from experience... Chops is well worth it!! Chops serves steaks and other meats.... Portofino is Italian style restaurant.
The Enchantment is a great ship too - we've sailed it twice. If you are not into hanging out at the pool all day, definately get a balcony cabin. We are not pool people, and enjoy reading on our balcony in peace whenever we want. Also, if you don't want a lot of kids, book at the off time. Spring break, or during normal school holidays like Thanksgiving week, you will get hundreds of kids on board. Off peek you will get only a handful, and usually smaller kids that spend a lot of time in Adventure Ocean.