We have been cruising for over 20 years and this was our 21st or 22nd cruise. Although we have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, this was our first transatlantic cruise on Royal Caribbean, and our first time on Royal Caribbean in several years. This was also our first time on the Adventure of the Seas.
The cruise left from Malaga, Spain which is a great city to visit. We appreciated the large, pedestrian only, tourist area which has lots of shops and restaurants. This area had lots of local flavor! We had made our own hotel arrangements within about a five minute walk of the boardwalk park and the pedestrian only tourist area.
Embarkation was efficient and fairly fast. The priority embarkation lines were shorter than the regular lines, but both ended up in the same place. The total time from arriving at the terminal to actually walking onto the ship, using the priority embarkation line, was about 45 minutes.
Although we usually book a balcony stateroom, this time we opted for a more budget friendly oceanview stateroom. It was good sized, clean, quiet, and convenient to the elevators. Our stateroom attendant was very gracious and helpful.We found the service on this cruise to be very good with all of the staff being very attentive and friendly. Our dining experience in the Mozart Dining Room was wonderful and the quality of the food was very good.
It surprised us, since we had a total of seven sea days, that the entertainment on this cruise was top notch! The entertainers were all excellent, the comedians were hilarious, and all of the acts were clean without the use of foul language.
The ship itself is starting to show its age and, although it is clean and well maintained, it's ready for a re-decorating.
The only disappointing part of this cruise was the disembarkation. The lines were very long and everything was extremely disorganized. We realize that getting over 3000 people off of the ship and through customs in a hurry can be a real challenge. But this particular disembarkation experience was one of the most frustrating that we've ever had.
Overall, we would recommend the transatlantic repositioning cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. It was a great and relaxing experience!