I have been on the RCL Explorer in 2002 and have recently been on the Carnival Glory and Destiny. I want to go back to RCL but am not sure what ship to take. I would like a newer ship 2005 or later. I am looking at Western Caribbian. All three ships I have been on have been pretty big. looking for something similar. I am open to trying a smaller ship but they all seem to be older ones. any suggestions would be appreciated.
Also, older doesn't mean the ship is worn out. Recently we have been going on RCI's smaller (and yes, older) ships. Frankly our cruise on the Grandeur in June ranks among the best cruises we've ever done. If someone didn't know the ship was 13 years old they would have thought it was much newer. Sometimes "wow" factor isn't missed because the crew, passenger demographics, and the ports all come together in perfect harmony.
When do you plan on doing this cruise? I would suggest one of the "Freedom Class" ships if you want the latest and greatest. The soon coming Oasis Of The Seas is another class of it's own, and will the most prodigious ship in the world.
I am going on a Western Caribbean cruise on the Enchantment in about 3 1/2 weeks, and will try to post a review for you and everyone else when I get back. This is my second cruise, and my first cruise was also on a smaller, older ship (Majesty of the Seas back in October 2007).
2007 - Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2010 - Freedom of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2013 - Golden Princess (Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle)
I've cruised on both the RCCL Grandeur and the RCCL Enchantment afer her "stretch" in 2005. They are sister ships and equally "great" in terms of facilities, crew,feel and flavor! The Enchantment can give you a slightly bigger ship taste with a smaller ship flavor! In either ship the ambiance is fantastic and the pricing is great!! I would not hesitate to cruise again on either of them!!
Frankly our cruise on the Grandeur in June ranks among the best cruises we've ever done.
I was on the Grandeur in October and had a great time. Granted it was my first cruise, but I thought things were in good shape. Of course, if you go looking, I'm sure you could find things here and there. The stone heads in the solarium looked like they should be spouting water, but weren't. I always saw staff cleaning or polishing so I think they take good care of things.