Having cruised 3 different cruise lines, I can honestly say I don’t have a favorite. There are pros and cons to each. Remember, Cruising is going to be a different experience based on location and your fellow cruisers.
Royal Caribbean Ship – The ship was HUGE! This was the first cruise ship I had ever been on, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It wasn’t until I took a few other cruises before I realized how big it really was. I have heard people complain of ships being too big but never found it to be a problem. What was very nice (and only possible because the ship was so large) was the central promenade which was a double/triple/very-tall-space in the middle of the ship. Nonetheless, it made for a very pleasant space to pass through on our way from one end of the ship to the other. The second feature was the main dinner rooms. There were actually three of them. The largest on a lower level and then a grand staircase leading up to two more levels of mezzanine dining rooms. Of course, this will be different for every ship.
Dining – The food was great. So good in fact we never even bothered try any of their specially restaurants. We also, opted for lunch in the main dining room over the buffet and were very impressed. Along with a small daily menu they had an amazing salad bar; and I don’t eat salads, so it must have been good.
Entertainment – I tried to really enjoy the shows, it was my first cruise and I didn’t want to be negative going into it. Not that I have anything to compare them too, but I realized my first impression that they would be closer to Community Theater than Broadway was accurate. That being said they did a version of the Newlywed Game that we went to on a lark and had one of the best times.
General Merriment – High! The ship was great and increased the level of enjoyment. Even if the shows were disappointing we found a quiet, never crowded lounge on a top deck that overlooked the pools and enjoyed a drink or two there instead. The food was great, and there were plenty of options to go around.