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How Would You Rate The Condition Of Royal's Ships


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23 hours ago, steverk said:

I just got off Radiance and thought she looked good. However,  one elevator was out of commission.

Good to hear! We were on her first cruise back and she was in terrible condition. Balcony door handle came off in my hand when I tried to open it. Our Cabin steward put down a towel as a bath mat each day due to several missing tiles in our bathroom. Curtains were frayed. There were several (at least 7) broken window panes in this ship that has a lot of glass viewing areas. None of the hot tubs had working jets. The ceiling in the main dining room had several water spots and peeling paint. She was in rough shape but the crew was working hard to get her spruced up.

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On the Ovation right now. Ship is in tip top shape and clean. I will do a full report when I can.

if I nitpick, yeah I can find tons of things to fix, maintain, or clean. I was a executive chef for years and I have an eye for this stuff. But even so, if the scale is 1 through 5, ship is 5. On a scale of 1 through 100, I can give it 95.

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Every ship is going to have issues, metal rusts so there is constant upkeep with the structure. Carpets/Railings & floors in general take a beating from constant use. That being said, I have never experienced a royal ship where it was extremely run down/bad shape. The crew do an amazing job with daily cleaning and routine upkeep. 

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We were on Symphony in October. She still looked great (really only had about 1 1/2 years in service before Covid). Next was Wonder in March. Obviously had new ship smell 😂. Was supposed to sail Radiance 2 weeks ago but got cold feet about possibly testing positive in Vancouver and being stuck in Canada. We moved that cruise to Harmony. I thought Harmony looked great. 

Next up is Odyssey in October. I expect her to still be looking good. (We will get our first block on that sailing! That is if Odyssey blocks are available yet) 

We have Wonder again next March. 

Then setting our sights on Icon. 

The only “oldie” on our radar is probably Jewel in 2024 Norwegian Fjords 

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11 hours ago, CruisingNewb said:

On the Ovation right now. Ship is in tip top shape and clean. I will do a full report when I can.

if I nitpick, yeah I can find tons of things to fix, maintain, or clean. I was a executive chef for years and I have an eye for this stuff. But even so, if the scale is 1 through 5, ship is 5. On a scale of 1 through 100, I can give it 95.

When I was on the ovation, the week of May 13th, I couldn't get over how often the stewards would wash-down the walls and handrails in the hallways.  I'm sure it is an anti-viral thing.  It was very reassuring that they were doing a lot to keep everybody as germ free as possible.  The only draw back, whatever the type of soap/chemical they were using on the hallway handrails seemed to build up on the bottom side and create a slimy goo that got on your hands and couldn't get off until you got to the next restroom to wash it off.  Not a complaint, I appreciate all they do, just a fact.

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