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I have my list of RCCL ships I can't wait to sail on, but I feel like I need to make a list of the tones i should avoid (at least until they get a face lift).  Which ships would you suggest someone avoid?  Or are there itineraries compelling enough that you don't care if the ship is outdated?  Thoughts?

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I have no issue with any Royal ship.  Even those that recently left the fleet were good enough for me.  However it really depends what you are seeking.

I don't need zip lines and bumper cars to have a great cruise.  I can have a great cruise with just the basic or core essentials - pool, buffet, hot tub, casino, theater, salt air, wind on my nearly hairless head.   Some people are looking for the latest whiz bang and there is nothing wrong with that, that's what they seek.  

Just this week I booked the now oldest ships in the fleet because there are some stellar itineraries that the newer ships just don't do.   If you seek more diverse itineraries then those older ships are perfect.  

Put me on a ship, any ship, and I'll have a great cruise.

So it all depends on what you are seeking and what your expectations are.

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I don't think there are any ships RCG has that I won't sail on. Preference for me is Freedom class, just enough bells and whistles. I said I never wanted to do a big ship because of too many people, but I sail on Allure my first post-covid cruise. I think at least for the next 2 years, any ship will do as long as I can cruise.

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40 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

We're not a fan of oasis class, too big.

Try one again, maybe it will GROW on you.

I've acquired a taste for sailing in suites and the big ships although more expensive provide many additional amenities.  I to pre-suite favored the Freedom Class.

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We're going to try all the classes Royal has to offer, going on Adventure, Radiance and Liberty in the next twelve months which represent the three oldest classes in use and then work our way up. Looks like the pre-1995 built ships that were primarily ocean view windows and porthole exterior rooms, limited balconies and suites with the rooms concentrated on the lowest floors have all been removed from the fleet so it appears to be a "can't lose" situation when picking on RCL right now. We've been on those older style ships on other lines and I'd prefer to avoid those, but I don't regret having gone on them and they were all fun in their own way.

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I prefer the bigger ships like Oasis class, Freedom class, Voyager class and I'm sure Quantum class (yet to try) but would also be ok with any of the smaller ships.  However, we would only take our kids on one of the ones I just mentioned as I don't think there would be enough for them to do on the others.

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We have been on Voyager, Vision, Oasis, Radiance, and  Quantum classes as well as Majesty of the Seas (miss that ship).  We are booked for a Freedom class in October.  Of all of the ones we have sailed on I didn't like the Quantum class and probably will avoid it if I can find that particular itinerary on another class.  If not then I would gladly sail that class.

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So far, I know I won't be going on Vision class again. it wasn't a bad experience but the ship (Enchantment) felt too small and dated and there wasn't much to do on my own.

 

If RCI gives them a more impressive amplification, I'd probably try them again, but I think they are too old for RCI to really care about  or even be able to refitting them to be like the larger ships . Plus, they do offer cruisers of a different variety an calmer ship since the Freedom and newer classes gear more toward high-energy fun.

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