My wife and I, both in our late 40's, decided to try another cruise line after only sailing with Carnival in the past. We saw the itinerary listed for the Adventure of the Seas and love to sail out of San Juan, so this cruise was a no-brainer. We cruised with so many great friends, new and old, that we met from our roll call. It had to be fate that so many like minded people all chose that cruise. It just made this cruise that much more special and we are already missing our friends.
We had read on some threads that embarking was starting much later on the AOS. Luckily, we listened to our friends ( namely Gary and Michael ) and headed to the port at approximately 11am. It was a breeze to go through security and the other processes and we were onboard by noon.
The cruiseship was amazing. Nothing else can describe how much we liked everything we saw. The promenade was our favourite part of the ship and nothing like we had witnessed before. The ship was in great shape and we really didn't notice any wear and tear that some others speak of.
We found ourselves comparing this ship to those of Carnival that we had sailed on. We couldn't shake it as the lines are distinctly different. There were some things we liked better on RC, namely the food both in the MDR and in the Windjammer. Somethings we liked better on Carnival like the rooms and ship set up. Nothing we experienced was a deal breaker. This just goes to show that whichever cruise line you choose, becomes what you are used to. People should try other lines before condemning them based on what they hear. We would sail on this cruiseline again in a heartbeat but still like Carnival. As a matter of fact, we would try any line as long as we liked the itinerary and got to sail with our friends again.
As always, we enjoyed the entire staff. From every area of service whether it be our steward or our waiters, we were treated so well. Don't you wish that some of the people you meet on the ship could work at your favourite restaurant or hotel? How much better would that make things.
One thing that we did not like, ( sorry but this had to be addressed ) was Royal Caribbean's version of My Time Dining. It just didn't work. As they describe it, it is like visiting your favourite local restaurant. Just show up and you will be seated as soon as possible. Well, we showed up the first night at around 6:30pm. We were told it would be 8:45pm before we could be seated. We were then told it would be that way all week so if we wanted to, we could book 6:45pm every night and have the same table. Not really what MTD is all about. It didn't ruin our cruise but it didn't leave us with a good view of how they do things. If they get this issue solved, they could be so much better.
Disembarking went very smooth as did each day we were in port. There was no major line ups at any time. The customs line up was a little long but it went very quickly.
One final thing,,,if you get a chance to see the ice show, please do it. It was so good and we both said it was our favourite show of the whole week. They do an amazing job considering they are on sketchy ice out in the middle of the ocean with the sea swaying the ship. We were very impressed.