We have cruised many times on Royal Caribbean and this time was no exception. It was however, the biggest ship in the fleet! We were so excited to see what extras it had to offer.
I was a little nervous wondering if the ship was so big that it would be over crowded at the elevators or the walking distance would be overwhelming. Neither of those things happened. We never felt over crowded and the elevators were quicker than they were on the smaller ships.
Aside from all the usual amazing features on Royal Caribbean ships, such as the pools, the shows, the outstanding restaurants, I wanted to highlight some of the most impressive features on this ship:
Central Park was amazing. The whole deck made you feel like you were truly walking around the Park. Lined with upscale restaurants, a bar and a Cafe. Several park benches sprinkled all around. It is open air, so you can stargaze at night. They also had a small stage where there was entertainment throughout the day and evening.
The outdoor Aqua Theater was spectacular. The high diving and aerial acrobatics are extraordinary acts. Everyone in the audience was holding their breath with every dive.
The floating Rising Tide Bar was very unique. A full bar with bar seating, as well as, table seating. It slowly floats between 3 decks, from Central Park to the Promenade.
Speaking of bars…the Robotic Bar was wild. I had never seen anything like that. You place your order on a kiosk and the robots would make your drink. Not sure I want to see humans taken out of the picture, but it was fun to watch.
The Virtual Balcony was something I had been wanting to try. We always stay in a real balcony room on our cruises, but I wanted to see how the virtual balcony would be. The room was the same price as an inside cabin, but you had something to look at instead of a blank wall. There is a camera mounted on deck that feeds the video to your virtual balcony. Everything is in real time. If a bird flies by the camera, we see it. As the waves swell, we see that. As we pull into ports, we can see the islands as if your looking out your sliding doors. I would love to do it again. It was very cool!
Since I am a “Fun” Empty Nester now, I enjoy trying new things, such as…
Zip Lining, nine decks above the boardwalk.
Going down the Abyss slide, 10 stories high. This a dry slide, so you don’t get wet! You land out on the boardwalk!
I even took a chance with my food at Wonderland! We almost didn’t go there, but decided to try it on our last night. I really think this ended up being the highlight of the trip. The food was delicious and the presentation was stunning!
I was incredibly surprised with this ship, and would love to cruise on it again!!