This was one of the best cruises we've ever taken. The most striking thing about this cruise was the people - passengers, staff and crew. Since we originated in Malaga, Spain, the majority of the passengers were from the UK with many from various parts of Europe, Australia and, of course, the US. The ambiance of the ship was very pleasant. We had a very large group of hearing impaired passengers so the ship was very quiet.
We had a very nice Meet & Mingle event with nice raffle prizes. The loyalty members parties were quite nice as well as were the wonderful breakfasts - wonderful dishes such as eggs benedict, specialty coffees, etc. The evening cocktail hour offerings were wines, mimosas and bellinies. The complimentary pizzas, sandwiches and desserts at the promenade cafes were delightful.
The ship is beautiful. We enjoyed walking around the Promenade with various bars and stores and nightly events.
Royal Caribbean goes out of its way to ensure that the guests are treated well and that all problems are quickly resolved. The Guest Relations Department was one of the best I've ever encountered.
Embarkation went very smoothly. Disembarkation was a different story. But then when is disembarkation not a challenge?
The ice show was very enjoyable. My only complaint is that I waited in line for over an hour to get tickets and later that afternoon they were at the Guest Relations desk in large quantities.
I found the variety of activities to be lacking, especially since we had 6 sea days in a row. The televisions are quite old and the sound quality is very poor. There were very few movies shown in the theatre and on TV. Instead we enjoyed spending time with very interesting people we met from all over the world.
The Restaurant Operations Manager and Executive Chef invited Cruise Critic members to a wonderful lunch. The food was exceptional as were the wines. There were many in attendance and the service was outstanding and we were not rushed out of the dining room at the end of the luncheon.
Unlike some other cruises we've been on, the pools were open even when we were in port. We didn't get off the ship in some ports and it was wonderful to enjoy a lovely day at the pool.
There was a nice variety of excursions in the various ports - at fair prices. We took 3 excursions and enjoyed them all. Royal Caribbean did a very good job in managing a very large amount of people going on various excursions.
Unfortunately internet service was very poor. However, Guest Relations was very helpful when we complained about internet problems and gave us credit when we had problems. I have found internet service on all cruise lines to be very frustrating, very expensive, and very inadequate. In this day and age cruise lines should provide better service at better rates than they do. I can dream, can't I?
The food in the dining room is, at best, fair. Most of the fish dishes were bland and I had to use a lot of tartar sauce. The variety and quality of the food was lacking. I know it's quite challenging too feed thousands of people but it's not that difficult to make dishes that taste good. However, the service was outstanding.
I'm sure the Adventure of the Seas is geared for short cruises which was apparent in the size of the cabins and small amount of storage space.
All in all, this was a wonderful cruise and we have memories to last a lifetime.