Hi RichC, thank you for a great review. I, too, noticed a difference in the ice cream. Not in the sorbets or gelato, but the ice cream was definitely not what it used to be. Maybe they changed vendors, it's definitely not Ben & Jerry's or Mayfield
I'm with you on the larger ships, they're beautiful, but it doesn't seem like they have the crew/passenger ratio worked out properly. I'll post a review and link to pictures shortly of the Royal, she's a great little ship. She'll be heading out on a world cruise soon, sure wish I was on her.