After an absence of some ten years from Royal Caribbean Cruises, we expected some kind of refinement of services ect on our choice of ship, Adventure of the Seas. Nothing what so ever has changed, they are still the same old Royal Caribbean as we sampled 10? years ago on Voyager of the Seas. Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer were the same old "Bun Fight" although this time without trays. Tables were at a premium with passengers using the table they eventually found to have conversations lasting long into the afternoon, some people actually used it as a Library for reading purposes but with Free Coffee!
The food in the dining room was anything but Great!. On one of the formal evenings we were treated to Chicken Cordon-Blue. The only difference her was that the "Chicken" part of the meal was made from "Reconstituted Chicken", or as I prefer to say Chicken swept up from a Butchers table and fashioned into the shape of a Chicken Breast. When questioning the Head Waiter, he seemed not to want to get involved and offered to bring out the Chef. The Chef insisted that the meat on my plate was chicken, and he was absolutely correct, it was Chicken but chicken pieces from some four hundred plus chickens fashioned in to a Chicken Breast. The Chef seemed more interested in playing games with me with a "Play on words" that settling a reasonable claim that on a Cruise ship, on a "Formal Night" serving reconstituted Chicken as the main course was nothing short of an insult to passengers who paid good money and surely should be able to expect "Chicken Breasts" rather than chicken from all the other parts of the bird which had "White Meat". Nothing short of disgusting I thought, as were the inane promptings of the British Chef who knows what chicken is, that is Royal Caribbean chicken, at any rate!
Cabins were rather tacky and that's being generous to RCCI, the seating area in our Cabin had a two seat settee, which I think came down into another bed. Before sitting down on this settee, you were treated to all the colours of the rainbow from the Vibrant Green which was the original colour to tacky Greenish Brown patches on the seat area to that filthy dark brown of dirt on the arms of the settee.
Enrichment lecture, well that's a joke in the first place!. I do not consider one lecturer talking to a dozen people "A Lecture". That's the joke part.
Anyone who has done any cruising at all knows that the entertainers are not at the peak of their profession when they are employed on Cruise Ships. Anyone saying different is a fool at best, or a liar at worst. One exception on this cruise being Bobby Davro, who was very good, as for the rest "Ordinary" describes them accurately.
"Ports of call were as good as any! all Ports in the Western Med are acceptable, some are just better than others.