We are in our early sixties. This was our third cruise with Royal Caribbean.
We flew to San Juan the day before the ship sailed and we stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. We stayed there last year and came back because of the service and cleanliness. The only issue we had was in securing an elevator when we were ready to leave. The floors above us got the down elevators first so by the time the doors opened for our floor there was no room for us. Everyone was leaving for the ship at the same time. Leave plenty of time.
Travel to the Port of Embarkation:
Three ships were in port so traffic on the way to the ship was awful. Our cab driver took the back roads which helped.
Check in was very slow and confusing. Hard to know which line to go to. One was for checking bags and the other was for check in. Many locals budged into line ahead of us. It took us 2 hours to check in. Many people we met on the ship said it took them 4 hours. This is unacceptable.
We stayed in a junior suite with a balcony on the 10th deck. Room was very nice. Chairs on the balcony were dirty and I had to wipe them down. Major problem was the bed--we could feel the springs in the mattress. Our cabin attendant was very attentive and wrapped the mattress with two comforters so that we would be able to sleep. The other problem was that our room vibrated for most of the cruise. It stopped at the end of the cruise after work had been done by a diving company under the boat when we were in port.
Adventure of the Seas is showing it's age and could use sprucing up. Balcony showed rust, and mattresses need replacing. Elevators were very crowded, especially after shows.
This is one area that needs improving. Dinner choices left a lot to be desired. Some nights it was very difficult to find something for dinner. One night we went up to the buffet. Even this left a lot to be desired. Choices on both sides of the buffet were the same and often leftovers from the day before. If I didn't like it the day before don't serve it to me again. Fruit was overripe and hot dishes were not hot enough. Meat was overcooked, dry and tasteless.
Not much for people in their sixties even though there were many people in this age category. Music from the 60's would have been nice. Activities on the Promenade were much too crowded and there was no seating available.
Staff and Service:
Cabin attendants and food service workers were excellent. I have health issues and everything was done to meet these needs.
The ice show was excellent. We got tickets for Wed afternoon. Had we know that there would be no other entertainment Thursday except for the ice show we would have waited until then to see the show. Two of the acts were the same that we saw on the Serenade last May.
Two of our excursions were changed at the last minute leaving us no other options since all others were already full. Ruined St. Thomas for us.
This was not planned well. We were dismissed by deck instead of by the time of our flights. Many locals budged into line whenever they wanted which slowed things down. They should have been the last off the boat since they did not have a flight to catch. We finally caught on and got into line before our number was called. Had we not done that we would have missed our flight.
I don't think we would sail this ship again because of the disorganization and all of the locals that took over the ship. We were on the Serenade last May and loved it. Adventure needs to look at that ship and see what works and adapt it.