The embarkation process was relatively smooth. The whole process was about 40-45 minutes, but it was split into three different stations. You first had to register (even with your Fun Pass in hand), get your Sail & Sign card and then you had to go on the ship to register your Sail & Sign card with a credit card. After that, you were able to get to your room.
We went to check out our room and found it was a good size – it appeared larger than our rooms on the Jubilee or on the HA MS Amsterdam. We were on the main deck, where most of the cabins are located, and we had an ocean view. Our luggage arrived soon after we got into our room, but we were upset to find out that someone broke our Delsey luggage between when we put our locks on it at the port and when it arrived in our room. The damage was so bad that we think it must have been hit with the forklift. We recommend lugging your luggage in with you so as to avoid this unfortunate problem.
Highlights of the trip include listening and singing along to music in The Big Easy Piano Bar and watching the magic and comedy shows on board.
The magic show was incredible and the dancers and choreography were the highlight of that show. We saw the late night comedy show, so it was a bit dirty.
We met some really great people on board and on our shore excursions. We wish we would have met more people, but our dinner partners only showed up to dinner in the dining room on the second to last night. We had requested a large table, but we ended up at a table for four by ourselves! My advice is if you want to meet more people, go to breakfast and lunch in the dining room whenever possible.
About dining onboard: we found the late service in the Paris Dining Room, Upper Level, to be extremely slow. Our servers were Fernando from Peru and Manuel from Venezuela (I hope I got those right). We would be seated at 8 p.m. and order by 8:10, but we would not have our appetizer until 8:50 every night. The dinners lasted until at least 10:15 every night…and we almost missed the shows as a result! We’re not slow eaters at all, and we could never find our waiters when we needed water or if something came out wrong from the kitchen. The food was decent enough, but even my husband didn’t gain any weight with reason.
Overall, the cruise was good. From conversations we had with other passengers, we will likely try Royal Caribbean next time.