We have cruised with Cunard ( Queen Mary 2 ) and Cruise and Maritime previously both of which were good experiences . Adventure of the Seas however was simply outstanding and one of the most wonderful holidays/cruises we have ever booked
Check in and Cabin
It was Adventure of the Seas maiden voyage to Norway from Southampton .We had cruised to NOrway last year with Ocean Princess and preferred the ports offered on that cruise ( Olden , Skolden , Bergen and Andalsnes ) all of which were unbelievably beautiful and chose to go back this year . The ports visited by Adventure of the Seas were not as beautiful with the exception of Flam and Skolden
From arrival at the port in Southampton we were onboard within half and hour sat in the Windjammer Cafe after a very straightforward and smooth check in process having a very relaxed lunch by 11 am in the Windjammer Cafe . We were given access to our room on the 6 th floor at 2 pm and the inside cabin although the cheapest type of cabin on the cruise , was of an adequate size and fitted the three of us well. It was spotless and the beds extremely comfortable with great soundproofing between rooms .Our cabin steward ( James ) took excellent care of us throughout the 7 nights
We had booked My time Dining and were assigned one of the nicest tables in the Straus Restaurant right by a huge bay window .We were seated with another family who had a child same age as ours and was served by our head waiter Robert and an assistant waiter Barjolette , both of whom did an outstanding job taking care of our every need and made us feel extremely welcome every time we arrived .
The menu was varied and the food tasty and of good portions . We had met some Jamaican chefs at one of the ports and they cooked off menu for us on two occasions which made our cruise just perfect ( jerk chicken and oxtail ). No request was deemed too much trouble and the service was impeccable at all times on board this ship with staff bending over backwards to assist and to help.
There was another waiter by the pool and in the theatre who was also exceptional in terms of his friendliness and that was Harry
Lunch time dining was predominately at The Windjammer Cafe which could get a bit busy at certain times but it did not detract from our cruise on any way , just made us move a bit quicker to grab a table . Again serving staff there were excellent with a wide range of foods on offer every day to suit every single diet and preference
The drinks package was $ 7.50 per day per adult and $ 5.50 per day for children
There was unlimited lemonade available in Windjammer every lunch time which suited us perfectly so we did not purchase a package
There was also lovely ice-cream available by the pool ( chocolate and vanilla )which seamed to be a big hit with guests as there was always a little line of people queuing to have one
Was absolutely incredible . There was so much to choose from every day and a wide range of activities on offer for my teenage daughter who made friends easily thanks to the meet and greet on the first night on the 12th Floor .She loved Jonny Rockets and Optix and Jester Disco but was disappointed she didn't register in time to do ice-skating
Evening entertainment was wonderful esp The American Dream which was our favourite and almost the highlight of our cruise .Others included an ice show , acrobatics , comedy , a Vegas show etc all of a high standard and thoroughly enjoyable
We enjoyed the Food Festival on the Promenade and the vibe there was just so lovely again with activities arranged on most evenings there( Brit night which was great fun )
The ship itself is huge and despite having in excess of 3000 passengers and over 1000 staff at no time at all did you ever feel claustrophobic thanks to the brilliant design of the ship .
Shops on board were expensive but they had a $ 10 sale where you could buy jewelry and watches and scarfs etc .My only advice is to remember to take a charger as all the sockets on the shps are American and we had to pay $ 35 to buy one on the ship when we could have got one at poundland for a pound .
At no time at all did we feel seasick as we did last year on the Ocean Princess which did not have stabilizers ( due to her age )
We were given a time of 7 am and by 7:30 we were in our car heading back to the Midlands .Absolutely perfect in every single way and worth every penny .A ten out of ten in services , facilities , entertainment .
We were on a budget so didn't go on the train ride .However Flam itself is the most picturesque village and there are lots of gorgeous walks which we did and had a wonderful time