We took this cruise around the Western Med from 26 May through to 2 June. The ports of call - Valencia, Rome, Florence and Corsica were lovely.
We have sailed with a number of different cruise lines and we are so glad we have now decided to stick with Royal Caribbean International (RCI). Their ships, the service and whole experience is really good.
Adventure of the Seas is an older ship and although tired in some areas, overall is in really good condition, spotlessly clean and very grand and dramatic in terms of its fantastic design to take a cruise vacation on. The voyager class ships and upwards are my favourite. We like larger ships, not smaller ones.
I love Adventure of the Seas for its great atrium and tall piece of artwork in the middle. The promenade on deck 5 gives the ship a great continental feel with the bars and cafes. I much prefer this layout to smaller ships with bars all over the ship - willy nilly. Because of the impressive atrium and royal promenade, riding the glass elevators is quite breathtaking. Other facilities such as spa, sauna/steam rooms, pool areas, adult only solarium area and theatre etc are really really good.
The food was good on our trip. We usually eat in the restaurant every night but didn't this time because of a creepy, annoying, insincere, lazy Assistant Waiter called Jose Calaco. The buffet food in the Windjammer Restaurant was plentiful, hot and good quality. We also used the free room service most days for drinks and snacks - this service always impresses us.
On sea days treat yourself to lunch in the main restaurant - Brasserie 30. There is a fantastic salad bar and really nice lunchtime menu.
Entertainment was ok this trip but not as good as usual. Most of this was down to personal taste really as there was a Beatles tribute band on and I don't like their music, a welcome show magician/juggler who was just 'ok' and an absolutely appalling duo on the last night !!!
One thing i must say is that the 2 production shows with the RCI sungers and dancers were excellent. The ice show was amazing. We both think that the subgers, dancers and skaters were the best in any RCI cruise we have been on.
Some of the activities entertainment was enjoyable, especially the quizzes hosted by Clare and Rebecca. Clare is a real star and has you in tucks of laughter. She has just started work with RCI and is a real catch for them. She is mad, loud and funny !!!!!!
We just had an inside stateroom this trip and the room was more than adequate. All I would say if you're a first time cruiser thinking whether to blow some extra cash on a balcony stateroom is - do it !! It will give you fresh air as you will find the air conditioning can dry your mouth and throat out so much at night that you get a dry bad throat that can hurt.
I am English and we don't have a culture of tipping. Unless you've pre paid your gratuities can I urge you to please tip the recommended amounts (as long as you have been looked after) as the guys on board rely on these to make their living.
In terms of the ports we didn't get off at Valencia for 2 reasons - the first being we were tired and we really enjoyed just mooching around the virtually empty ship and the second being I couldn't be bothered paying the $15 per person for the shuttle bus.
At Civitavecchia (Rome) we got the free shuttle bus to the town then walked 5 minutes to the train station and paid only 8â‚¬ return for a 45 minute train ride into Rome that dropped us straight at St Peters Square. There are then CityTour buses for 20â‚¬ if you want an excursion. There's no need to pay $90 for a RCI trip.
At Livorno (Florence) we stayed on the ship because of the distance and cost to get to Pisa or Florence.
The last port, Ajaccio at Corsica was lovely. The ship docks right in town. It is a pretty city but expensive.