Royal Caribbean Rocks!

Just got back from a 7-day cruise of the Western Caribbean.

First of all, if you’re the sort of person who remembers friendly, professional service, then  you simply must experience Royal Caribbean. Their diverse, international staff simply treats everyone like they are guests. They smile, say hello in passing, laugh and joke with you, and treat everyone like kings and queens, even if you’re wearing cutoff jeans and staying in a cheap interior stateroom.

The ship isn’t bad either. The Mariner of the Seas is amazing. You can’t run out of things to do on-board. The food is very good, and served professionally. It’s clean, neat, and easy to get around in.  It was a party all week long!

The ports of call were Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island; and Cozumel, Mexico. In each port, we were able to take tours and speak to local people about their lives and living conditions. It seems that Labadee has been leased by RCI for their cruise ships for the next 80 years, and their presence there has meant the world to the area around the Labadee port – notably, the fact that proper housing has been built, schools erected and staffed, and medical care made available.  Ocho Rios is also a poor area, but it pulses with the reggae beat, and the people carry themselves with good humor and great dignity, sharing their culture, food, and music with the visitors. Grand Cayman is a tourist trap, but a pleasant one, and probably worth it if not just to purchase a couple bottles of Big Black Dick Rum (it’s stiff, yet tasty Cozumel, also, is a turista trap, but has many ways to divert your day, and many good beaches and diving spots.

Most important thing I got was rest.  Read 3 books at poolside during the week. Aaahhh!

I recommend this cruise line 110%. At least unless they hire SQL.


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One Comment on “Royal Caribbean Rocks!”

  1. Cruise Boy Says:

    I will have to agree with you that Royal Caribbean really puts a lot on emphasis on customer service. It really makes your vacation so much the better

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