19 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Canary Islands Cruise Reviews

Just back from 14 nights Adventure of the Seas to the Canaries.After cutting quite a few goodies we are beginning to wonder what RCCI will think of next .Half way through our evening meal my daughter was approached by a waiter who was ... Read More
Just back from 14 nights Adventure of the Seas to the Canaries.After cutting quite a few goodies we are beginning to wonder what RCCI will think of next .Half way through our evening meal my daughter was approached by a waiter who was trying to sell her a Royal Caribbean cook book How would the Big Cheese of RCCI react to something like that? Whilst we were having a quiet drink in the Schooner bar we were approached by a woman member of staff plugging Giovannis restaurant Loading the Diamond plus card with 3 free drinks per person is a good idea and will be better when all the barstaff are conversant with it ie being being presented with a check with your first drink .One thing worth remembering ----------If you order a gin and slim line tonic on Deck 14 it constitutes 2 drinks[the tonic coming in a small bottle The only thing you can rely on lately with RCCI is the presence of The Noro virus Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My husband and I sailed on the Adventure from 9/28/2014 until 10-12-2014. I love the longer cruises because you can really relax. The weather was perfect for the whole trip. The cruise director, Bobbi was fun, professional and visible. ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Adventure from 9/28/2014 until 10-12-2014. I love the longer cruises because you can really relax. The weather was perfect for the whole trip. The cruise director, Bobbi was fun, professional and visible. Between announcements from the captain and the cruise director we were continually updated on happenings around the ship and about the ports. Our room steward, Bruce was great and was a great conversationalist. He took care of our needs and was fun to visit with but not overbearing. The Diamond Club filled up early but if you got there at a reasonable time, you could get a seat, even if it was on the outside deck. We had assigned seating for dinner and sat with great people from the UK. We looked forward to going to dinner each night just to visit with them and if we saw them out and about on the ship we would stop to chat or sit and enjoy lunch or breakfast with them. The size of the ship is just right. You actually see some of the people more than once unlike larger ships. For the first week, we did not have our luggage because the airline we started our trip on did not transfer it to the second airline. Wesley in Customer Relations took care of tracking the cases down and getting them to us. All of the purser's staff was understanding and caring about our situation. Alonzo was awesome, making us comfortable for the week. It was easy to get into the shows, find a seat and get a drink. Food was plentiful all over the ship. The entire staff on this ship was the best and friendliest I have seen. Kudos to Christelle, the Purell lady in the Windjammer, Bruce our room steward, Gemma, Jorge and Veronica in the dining room, Wesley and Alonzo and the entire staff at Customer Relations, there was a waiter in the Diamond Lounge from the Philippines who was fabulous. I can't remember his name but he had dark hair with light streaks and there were so many fantastic wairters in the Windjammer. I wish I could take this trip all over again. All in all, Royal Caribbean did not disappoint on this trip, unlike our second cruise on the Oasis, a week later. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Comparing this cruise on Adventure of the seas to other cruises taken Positives Great quality food; Friendly, happy, helpful staff; Very clean; Best shows we have seen; Cabin was comfortable. Not so positive Windjammer cafe too crowded ... Read More
Comparing this cruise on Adventure of the seas to other cruises taken Positives Great quality food; Friendly, happy, helpful staff; Very clean; Best shows we have seen; Cabin was comfortable. Not so positive Windjammer cafe too crowded and no Al la Carte dining lunch times on port days; ship a bit tired; Balcony not as nice as other ships; Charge for shuttle transfers; Only noisy small cafe for complimentary tea/coffee and snacks after 9.00pm. Norovirus outbreak. Ports Gijon you have to book a trip or pay 15 dollars for shuttle as dock In commercial port, visited the train museum; Vigo pleasant walk from ship and good to explore; Madeira was nicest port, very pretty, easy access to local gardens by cable car; Gran Canaria good place to walk from ship to shops, and local market and we visited Science and Technology museum opposite the port. Overall very enjoyable cruise would use RCI again.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My wife and I have only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean over the years and have diamond status, so I guess we can be classed as loyal customers. We have been on the AOS before and had a great time but this one was different. First of ... Read More
My wife and I have only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean over the years and have diamond status, so I guess we can be classed as loyal customers. We have been on the AOS before and had a great time but this one was different. First of all boarding was delayed due to the norovirus being on board. Automatically most people would be concerned and we were no different. However, we understand that these things happen on cruise ships and we were determined that it wouldn't spoil our cruise, although we would have to be very careful throughout. I suppose having this hovering about for the full 14 days does have an impact on you mentally. As always most staff were pleasant but I found most of the deck attendants to be ignorant and unhelpful. Now onto the food. In the MDR the staff serving us were great so no complaints whatsoever there. However the food served was generally lukewarm, which I mentioned but was never resolved. With the virus on board you would think that serving lukewarm food should have been a key issue to sort out. It wasn't. The head waiter was never seen nor did he speak to us until the last night. Wonder if that could be something to do with tips?? In respect of the MDR menu I found it to be very poor with not a great choice. They had two Indian dishes every night but no Chinese or other international cuisines, apart from Italian which you'll see below is an issue on this ship. We went to the Giovanni's restaurant, which has replaced Portofino's. My wife has a garlic intolerance and (as we have done on other ships) asked for the garlic not to be used in her food. We were told this could not happen because the food was pre-prepared off the ship (same answer given in the MDR). So much for producing food freshly made! Not impressed. We never went back. This sounds like we were miserable throughout but the opposite is the case. When we go on holiday we enjoy ourselves and try not to let anything get us down. We had a great time and met some fantastic people and had a superb laugh. The issues I've raised I thought I'd share with you but a holiday is only as good as you want it to be.... and we had a ball!! We are booked on AOS next March sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico on a Caribbean back to back. Needless to say we will be cancelling this cruise and will be looking elsewhere!! In regard to the ports, we have been to most of them and went off ship and generally did our own thing. However, on most days the weather was fantastic so we would go off for an hour and then head back and soak up the sun. Our highlight was Lisbon which we found to be a lovely city. We are going to spend a long weekend there next year as there wasn't enough time (or stamina in the legs) to see everything we wanted to see.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
First time cruise, my wife and I decided to do it this year so booked Adventure Of The Seas for the 14 nights going to Spain, Madeira, Canary islands and Portugal, first impressions of the ship were good, staff were polite and the food was ... Read More
First time cruise, my wife and I decided to do it this year so booked Adventure Of The Seas for the 14 nights going to Spain, Madeira, Canary islands and Portugal, first impressions of the ship were good, staff were polite and the food was tasty and plenty off it, pool deck was nice, hot tubs were hot, gym was great, even the drink prices were reasonable no more than you would expect to pay in a nice hotel, the ports of call were good with plenty of time to look around the only two criticisms I have is the compulsory $12 per day, per person charge that they disguise as a tip I say disguise because the definition of a tip is that it is at you discretion there is no such thing as a compulsory tip if it is compulsory it then has to be called a fee or a charge, I believe I should decide what tip I leave and how much it should be, but for my wife and I the worst thing about this cruise was the cabin, we paid extra for what they call a Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom but it really was below par, rust all over the balcony, balcony table and chairs were rusted, discoloured and pealing, (you couldn't sit on them) the cabin stewardess didn't clean the room that well at all, Mirrors, TV, Surfaces were not cleaned, coffee cup marks still on tables after she had been into clean, bits on the carpet after she had supposedly vacuumed, very disappointing, if I was aloud to be in charge of my own tipping and they sorted the cabin situation out I would definitely go again but until then ill pass. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This review is my umpteenth cruise on Royal Caribbean and for all its faults I keep coming back. The review covers a 14 day cruise down to the Canary Islands round trip from Southampton. Embarkation was very simple from City Terminal and ... Read More
This review is my umpteenth cruise on Royal Caribbean and for all its faults I keep coming back. The review covers a 14 day cruise down to the Canary Islands round trip from Southampton. Embarkation was very simple from City Terminal and arriving after I.00pm I was able to board within about ten minutes. New for this year is that you are allowed to take on board two bottles of wine per stateroom. I travel solo and enjoyed a mini suite on deck nine. As far as the cabin was concerned there was very little difference from last year’s cruise except the cabin was slightly smaller (than Independence of the Seas) and to keep up the penny pinching standard RCL have installed restrictors on the wash basin taps. This I find infuriating it takes about three minutes to fill a cup! Plenty of coffee was available in suite along with a percolator. I mention this because I understand that coffee making facilities have been removed from lower grade cabins. This was all I could moan about as far as the cabin was concerned. The room attendant was great at his job and deserved every penny of his cut from the pre-paid tips. Plenty of shops on board for you to spend your money. These included jewelry, gifts, watches and hairdressers shops. Although these were only open whilst the ship was at sea. Lifeboat drill seems to have improved to the extent that drills (as far as I was concerned) were carried out on deck and not in the depths of the theatre although still without life jackets. As the school kids had returned to school the ship was populated mainly by people in their late 50’s to mid 70’s. There were a considerable number of wheel chair users on board plus several kids in wheel chairs who may well have been recipients of the Make A Wish foundation (sponsored by RCCL) which helps very poorly children. There were also some people in their 20’s who were probably there because they were getting married on board. There is only one specialty restaurant on board, Portofino’s which is Italian. The cover charge for this restaurant is $20.00 per person. I guess you could say that there is one other speciality restaurant. That is Johnny Rockets which specialises in burgers and fries. The cover charge for this is $4.95 per person. This restaurant is well past its sell by date by now and should be replaced with something a bit more upmarket. The ships staff as ever are first class and one wonders at the amount of training that must go on behind the scenes to make sure that everything is up to standard. This also goes for cleanliness. The antibiotic gel dispensers seem to have multiplied over the past year and now appear at every possible turn. On a tour of the kitchens you couldn’t see any dirt, grime or grease anywhere. I received no comments on Norovirus whilst I was on board. Entertainment: Well this has certainly degraded over the past 12 months and I was very disappointed. I won’t mention any names (probably because you will never have heard of them) but the shows varied from a singer to a hypnotist to a guy who showed his skills at BMX riding. This plus a couple of various average tribute acts Beatles etc. RCL have really cut back on high cost productions. However the ice shows are well worth a visit if you can get a ticket. I had paid up front for My Time Dining. Deck five is reserved for my time dining with decks three and four for diners that do not take advantage of this service. You do get to meet up with different people, some good some bad. But all in all this is the way I like to cruise. It worked well on Adventure but the front of house staff were under a lot of pressure and on one or two occasions failed to reduce the waiting hoards. On sea days buffet lunch is served on deck three otherwise it was the Windjammer self service that was the only option. There was a lot of choice and good quality food. The food in the MDR was very palatable but cost cutting was in evidence with no lobster on the 14 days cruise except at an additional cost of about $35.00. In fact lobster was on offer in Portofino’s but it wasn’t enough to fill a sandwich. The only other comment I would make about the food was that I hope you like mashed potato. RCL don’t do any other variety although it is served rather well. As far as the dress code was concerned there were three formal nights and the rest were casual. They seem to have done away with Smart Casual. i.e. a jacket and tie. Had I known I could have saved myself some luggage space by not packing a couple of jackets and ties. I do wish they would be more specific before I left home. To keep the headline price lower RCL are now charging for some items that were once included. For example shuttle busses. In some ports the local authority provides free bus transport into and from town and in some instances it is walkable. However, on those journeys that RCL do provide they do charge and the cost is about $12 - $16 per return ticket. As I wrote earlier there were very few kids onboard. I was assured that they had their own program and they were oblivious to the adults onboard. I was certainly oblivious to them. There is no flow rider on this ship but there is an ice skating rink, a nine hole putting green and a golf simulator. As far as activities to keep you occupied are concerned there was plenty of organized action in the main pool plus many quizzes per day and free instructional courses including towel folding and origami. There were also dancing classes. Several street shows were put on with sing alongs on the promenade deck. Everything from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s. This was very well put together. I think I must have been spoilt on previous cruises with Cruise Directors. The director that was in charge on this ship (Drew) was still learning his trade and needed to be taken in hand occasionally. Why can’t they find a U.K. based director to head this important function up? Many bars littered the ship and service was just about acceptable. This cruise did seem to suffer a dearth of waiters. But you wouldn’t die from thirst. I do wish they would mention the opening hours of the various bars on the daily bulletin. You could for example travel from deck five the Connoisseurs Club which was the only place I could smoke my cigars, to deck fourteen for a quiet drink and find there was no service. By the way the "Nineteenth Hole” bar is well worth a visit if you want some peace and quiet. Whilst on the subject of bars and drinks I have noted below the cost of various drinks. You will have to carry out your own conversion. "Indy” is Independence of the Seas and prices charged last year. These prices do not show any gratuity on the bill and you tip as you want. The "Adv” shows pricing for Adventure of the Seas. On Adventure the receipts now show that a 15% service charge is included with the bill but not shown separately. You should bear in mind that spirits are served (free pour) as approximately U.K. doubles. "Adv” 2013 "Indy” 2012 Bombay Gin and Tonic: $7.20 $7.00 Coke: $2.50 $2.25 Lager: $6.95 $6.95 So my G&T (on Adv) has increased by 20 cents (or 3%) and now includes a 15% tip. Lager has remained the same price and now includes a 15% tip. Not bad value. Off loading at Southampton was very smooth this journey and I was off the ship and on my way home by 8.00am. I’m sure the RCL have got this down to a fine art. Their system certainly seems to work. Anyway, I’m back on Adventure in May of next year. I shall write another review then.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Many things to write for this cruise. SHIP: Adventure of the Seas - Voyager class, but getting old now. It is due for refurb in April 2014. Staff and help were excellent for us during this cruise. Captain walked around the ship a lot, ... Read More
Many things to write for this cruise. SHIP: Adventure of the Seas - Voyager class, but getting old now. It is due for refurb in April 2014. Staff and help were excellent for us during this cruise. Captain walked around the ship a lot, talking to passengers. STATEROOM: We upgraded from a balcony to a Junior Suite at the last minute, which was nice, but it was only slightly larger. Definitely had more space and storage, so that was nice. Our stateroom attendant did a great job for us, making up both beds in the morning, checking in the afternoon, then doing turn-down service at night., Of course that's the only way they make money (tips), so we have never really had an issue with our service. RESTAURANT: Again, excellent food, and a pretty good (wide range) selection each evening. Wait staff was attentive and friendly, but this is normal for RCI. and soon learned exactly what we wanted for each meal (2 rolls, lemon wedges, diced tomatoes on Caesar salad). The only disappointment was that they did not serve lobster any night (it was, of course, available for purchase any evening). BARS: They have the standard assortment of bars on Adventure: Schooner (piano) bar. Imperial (dance floor) bar, Champagne (fancy drinks) bar, and of course pool bars to sell more drinks. The Viking Crown Lounge is the highest on the ship (14th floor), and offers a great panoramic view from up high. The nightly reception (Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle member in the Crown and Anchor Society) were served here on 14, in 2 different rooms. Unfortunately, the Diamond area did not serve any food, and the only free drinks were wine and champagne (you got it, Diamond members could not get even a free draft beer with their status). CRUISE STOPS: The Canary Islands were beautiful, and still warm at this time of year. (I could not have found them on a map until my daughter talked me into this cruise). They remind me of Hawaii a little, as they are all volcanic, with the last eruption being in 1976. They grow grapes (wine), sugar cane, and a few other crops. As usual, the four stops (islands of La Palma, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Lanzarote) were nice, with a decent selection of tours/excursions from which to choose. My personal favorite stop was Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese), where we took a city tour and had an excellent guide. The two stops in Spain (Gijon and Vigo) were nice, where we sampled some nice wines. The island of Madiera (the only Portuguese island) was also nice. Port wine was good and there was really too much to see in one day. Coming back to Southampton was a little rough, and too cold for getting any sun. We were coming north and into a due north wind for the last 3-4 days, except for Lisbon. Of course, when we hit Southampton (and London) it was rainy and cool. Transers to and from Heathrow (LHR) were no problem. SUMMARY: It was nice to see these islands (not named after the bird), and also the 4 other stops. So for a 13-day (RCI calls it a 14-night) cruise, 8 stops and 5 cruising days is a good mix. Once the Adventure has had it's overhaul, I think it will be much nicer. This was our second cruise on Adventure, as it cruises the Caribbean out of San Juan, PR during the winter months.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
From the moment we entered our cabin we noticed the carpet was filthy and ill fitting(we had it cleaned after complaining which did seem to remove the vile odours that were evident before). The door to the cabin had a gap of at least one ... Read More
From the moment we entered our cabin we noticed the carpet was filthy and ill fitting(we had it cleaned after complaining which did seem to remove the vile odours that were evident before). The door to the cabin had a gap of at least one inch wide from floor to around the height of the handle, thus light was streaming in all night and noise was more noticeable, also we had to make sure we lent on the door to make sure it closed.Towels were stained and poor quality. The cabin has an adjoining door to another cabin (locked as we booked alone). Noise levels were high from adjoining cabins. Although there is a good amount of storage there is no flat screen television and picture quality is very poor. DECK 4 the carpet in bar by Jesters was permanently being dried out with a peculiar odour similar to vomit noticeable when seated at Schooner Bar. Through out the ship it was noticeable that carpets were worn or raised due to age. The whole ship had a very tired look about it. This has always been one of our favourite ships for food, friendliness of staff and a comfortable relaxing experience. However on this occasion it was the complete opposite. On various occasions having asked for certain drinks we were flatly told they did not have them in that particular bar (no offer to obtain one for us from another bar) It was as if it was too much trouble, this happened in the pool bar, Dog and duck pub and casino bar. Apart from the last night when the barmaid made the effort to find the requested drink(which was a can of john smiths). MAIN RESTAURANT our first table was with 6 Spanish people. We live in Spain however my partner does not speak Spanish so I would have spent the entire time translating had we not moved tables. Moved from Strauss to Vivaldi. We were seated with a family of four and two couples all English and very nice company which went a long way to make up for the food. Numerous times the food arrived and was cold or tasteless and much smaller portions. The choices had been reduced from previous voyages and so had the quality. Our Head waiter informed us the chef was being replaced in two weeks and a new menu would be on offer. No good for us but hopefully better quality, flavour and imagination. Due to poor weather only one day of sunbathing, this was the usual walking around for 20 minutes to find a sun lounger as despite signs advising passengers not to reserve beds nothing was done to enforce this. We were invited to a Platinum and above afternoon where we ended up leaving as we could not get a drink in spite of asking 3 separate members of staff, again very poor service. WINDJAMMER cafe had dirty cups on numerous occasions and people were handling unwrapped cutlery several times prior to choosing the desired article(Not exactly the best way to avoid stomach aches by other peoples germs.)Having selected your food it was a complete nightmare trying to find a table to sit at, there was no help from staff in locating empty seats. Only once were we offered a drink whilst seated eating in the windjammer. CASINO offered poker tournaments yet held them at 10pm whilst second seating was still dining. Cash games of poker were instigated by the customers as the casino made no effort to promote them. Apart from a couple of croupiers who could do with a lot more training the rest of the staff were very good. The casino bar is the friendliest bar on the ship with very efficient and friendly staff. DISEMBARKATION. Well it was a case of weve had your money and now we dont want to know. I could rattle on for longer about all the other things that were wrong but i think you get the Gist. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This was our second cruise (the first was on 2010). We started to look for a cruise when we were told of our kids November vacation's schedule. Their week off coincided with their birthday and with the cruising low season in Europe. ... Read More
This was our second cruise (the first was on 2010). We started to look for a cruise when we were told of our kids November vacation's schedule. Their week off coincided with their birthday and with the cruising low season in Europe. The fact that RCI had a cruise leaving from Malaga on a interesting itinerary to Canary Islands at a really good price, convinced us to go. The ship was the Adventure of the Seas, the same ship we had already cruised before but that was not a problem, as we had really liked the first time. We learned from previous mistakes and travelled to Malaga the day before, which allowed us to visit the city. We slept at the very convenient and confortable Barcelo Malaga, right on the train station/shopping center, as we went from Madrid to Malaga by AVE, the Spanish high speed train. In Malaga, we visited Picasso's museum and the Cathedral. Next day, we went to port at 11:00 AM, just after a late breakfast. Arriving early, check-in was a breeze and in 15 minutes we had dispatched our luggage, had our sea pass cards, shopped at the duty free shops, got our kids the security bracelets and boarded the ship, in time to sit at a still almost empty Windjammer for lunch. During the cruise, we always ate at the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. It was still a crowded place, but getting tables was less difficult than on our first cruise. I guess, the main reason was the passenger mix. This time, only 500 Spanish people were on board, being the third nationality after 1500 British and 600 Irish. So, our Spanish eating habit and times (late breakfast and lunch) seemed a better option. Food in the Windjammer is perfectly ok buffet food. We enjoyed eating there. For dinner, we had a second turn slot allocated at our request, and we ate everyday at the Main Dining Room for exquisite food and exceptional service. It must be luck, but we only had the best astonishing good service with RCI so far. Very nice waiter and assistant, very attentive to our needs and requests. For my kids birthday, a cake + candles + happy birthday was provided by them, together with balloons. Compared to our previous cruise, we felt that this time the activities organization was lacking a little bit, maybe due to a weaker cruise director. There were no parades, the 70s party and the pool buffet were really much weaker than last time. We only watched the first spectacle on the theater, a show called "El Gaucho". The next spectacles were compromised by what I consider a bad policy mistake on RCI's part. The problem is that my kids were appointed to the Adventure Ocean, which only opens at 7:00 PM (and not only once, opened a few minutes late), while the shows for second turn dinner also start at 7:00PM, making it impossible for parents to leave their kids and go get a seat in time for the theater. We did watch the Ice Hockey show at 7:00 PM on day 3 of our cruise because our kids also wanted to see it. But from day 4 onwards, we were always busy leaving them at their mini-club at spectacle time. We booked the a type H deck 2 outside cabin, same type we had last time. Looking at the AOS deck plans, we chose cabin 2338 because it was supposed to be the only one with a sofa-bed and we thought that this would be better than having 2 overhead beds for the kids. Alas, it is incorrect information as this room does not have a sofa bed. It does have a couple of overhead beds, so not big deal, just a small disapointment. Also, this room communicates with 2336 and as consequence, the 2 place sofa is replace by a single place chair. That was more annoying as we did not need the communicating room and the larger sofa was surely missed. Otherwise, the cruise was highly enjoyable, relaxing and worth it. We spent a lot of time on our own activities, from ice skating to mini golfing to jacuzzing to partying and even playing on the casino. We especially liked the lively ambiance on bars with music in the evenings. Two special events marked our trip. Halloween was celebrated on Oct 31st, and the ambiance was great. From the kid's halloween party to the royal promenade disguised parade, the ship was pure excitement. Also, my kid's birthday, which was celebrated throughout the day, on the Adventure Ocean, on the MDR and also by some crew members who just helped to know it and made a point of saluting my kids. I had read lots of complaints in this forum regarding this ship, ranging from "bad behaviour of passengers" to "smoking on public areas" to "bad food and service" and also "screaming kids". Well, for us, none of these problems existed, we did not see it nor felt anything like that. The ship is well maintained, clean and gorgeous. Service was excelent, to the point of having people remember our names and my kids birthday, and not only on the MDR. Passenger's were very polite, including during the usual though situations one encounters, like lack of tables or elevator queues. So, bottom line, I give it a 100%. Loved it and will go back again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We joined this Canary Island cruise because of the interesting ports. We booked through a local travel agency and also booked a pre-cruise hotel night in Malaga. PRE CRUISE HOTEL RCCL got us a room at the Hotel AC Malaga Palacio. We ... Read More
We joined this Canary Island cruise because of the interesting ports. We booked through a local travel agency and also booked a pre-cruise hotel night in Malaga. PRE CRUISE HOTEL RCCL got us a room at the Hotel AC Malaga Palacio. We took a taxi from the Malaga airport to the hotel for 20 euros. We were greeted at the reception by a helpful young man who spoke good English and we were informed that we have been upgraded to a junior suite. That was a pleasant surprise. The Junior suite was indeed spacious with separate living area. The bathroom was well appointed. The hotel package included buffet breakfast and transfer to the ship. It was a modern hotel with wi-fi in the public areas and in the 15th floor restaurant. EMBARKATION Embarkation was efficient because we did the online check-in earlier. We were surprised that there was no one to greet us once we got through security and were on the boat. Luckily I studied the deck plan beforehand and knew where to go to get some food. All the cabins were not available until 1:30 p.m., so new passengers had to take all their carry-on luggage with them and wandered around. As the ship was very large (142,000 tons), there was a lot of room to roam. The rooms were ready slightly ahead of schedule. CABIN Our cabin was what was expected of an outside deluxe balcony cabin except there was a CRT television (not flat panel). The bed was quite firm. I had read some previous reviews noting the lack of usual toiletries. The fact was RCCL provided only bar soap for the shower and shampoo/bath gel in a dispenser in the shower stall. There was no conditioner or body lotion. I visited a friend's junior suite cabin and found that they had flat panel television and bottles of shampoo etc. Our cabin steward was very good and kept the room very tidy. WINEJAMMER CAFE We went to the Windjammer Cafe at the rear of the ship for lunch and noticed that six out of twenty or so back double-glazed windows showed signs of condensation inside. There was very little service in the Windjammer Cafe throughout the cruise. There were a lot of assistant waiters around but they did not actively greet the guests or served lemonade or coffee. There was one at sea day when we noticed that there was no one around to clean the tables at 4:30 p.m. (afternoon tea time) for the whole rear section. There were also numerous occasions during breakfast that I noticed wet floors that was not cleaned up right the way, posing a hazard to the guests. ROYAL PROMENADE The Royal Promenade was a four storey high inside social area. There were shops and restaurants and was particularly busy at night. The inside rooms facing the Royal Promenade would probably have a lot of noise at night. There was a 70's music party one night starting at 11 p.m. and the atmosphere was very lively. The shops featured the usual souvenirs. ENTERTAINMENT The production shows were done in the Lyric Theatre and they were so-so. The highlight performance was a group of four Spanish men called "Forever" and they sang like Il Divo. That show was very entertaining. We also attended an Ice Show in Studio 3 which was eye-opening. The cruise director, a Swiss fellow, spoke fluent English and Spanish alternatively and he was entertaining himself. FOOD The food was mediocre but got better as the cruise went on. We went to the specialty restaurant, Portofino, on the second night of the cruise for $20 each person. It was supposed to serve Italian food but we found it tasted like a North American restaurant food. The service was excellent. The wine selection was not that "Italian" either, just the general wine list on the ship. There was an Italian night in the main dining room (we chose the early sitting fixed time) but again the food tasted North American. Our waiter and assistant waiter were very good at serving our table of eight. We noticed that there was no baked Alaska any time during the cruise but requested it anyway. To our surprise, they brought us individual dishes of baked Alaska the next night. Wine selection was good but soft drinks were expensive ($45 plus tips for one week). PHOTOGRAPHY The photography service was mediocre as well. There were photographers trying to take pictures throughout the ship but they were not enthusiastic enough. The photo gallery was poorly organized and it was difficult to find one's own photos. SMOKING Our biggest displeasure was the amount of smoking on board. Smoking was allowed in the British Pub in the Royal Promenade as well as the swimming pool area. We found that we ran into the smell of cigarettes in more places than other competitor cruise lines. WEAR AND TEAR The ship was built in 2001 and I understood that it is due for an upgrade in 2014. But there were signs of wear and tear throughout. Besides the condensation problem on the rear Windjammer Cafe windows, there were also signs of lack of repair. For example, three out of the four elevator call buttons in the starboard side front elevators on the eight floor were cracked on the second day of the cruise but were never replaced. There was cracked paint at the base of our bathroom shower door and around the waste container. We did not find our balcony inviting as the floor was worn and our friends made the same observation in their superior balcony cabin. DISEMBARKATION Disembarkation was very efficient. Crown and Anchor Society gold members had special disembarkation lounge in the Mozart Restaurant. Suite and other higher level guests also had their separate lounges. We utilized the RCCL's port to airport transfer. After picking up our luggage, we stepped out of the terminal building but were nearly lost. There was no RCCL representatives to point us in the direction of the appropriate buses. The transfer was handled by some Inter-cruise port staff who spoke little English. Luckily we had adequate time and eventually found our bus. Once at the Malaga airport, there were RCCL representatives to help guests find their check-in counters. SUMMARY All in all it was an enjoyable cruise with great ports. The ship needed some maintenance and upgrade. The overall service level was definitely not as good as similarly priced competitors. The problem probably lies with the management as the individual staff members worked very hard to make it enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Six of us had this cruise booked for a long time and were very excited as it grew nearer. My mum has parkinsons, so a wheel chair was need, which we took with us. The flight to Malaga was great and very easy instructions to find out ... Read More
Six of us had this cruise booked for a long time and were very excited as it grew nearer. My mum has parkinsons, so a wheel chair was need, which we took with us. The flight to Malaga was great and very easy instructions to find out coach to take us to the port. On arrival the ship was massive, check in was fast and we boarded very quickly. We had two balcony suites and up-graded my mum and dad to a junior suite, the cabins, especially my mums was bigger than i thought they would be, the only problem was that the junior suite had a bath with a shower which my mum and dad couldn't use due to the fact that the bath sides were quite high so they couldn't get in, however this was resolved as our suite had a walk in shower so they used our room. When we first boarded we had a coffee and took in all the surroundings, theres so much to take in and the ship was lovely and very clean. When we went to our cabins our cases were there outside, very quick service. We deaprted Malaga at 5pm so were up on the 12th deck taking everything in. Once we were ready for our evening meal, we went to the main restaurant and we had my time and had a table booked everynight for us. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help you and were always smiling, the service was excellent. However during our first night the sea was extremely rough and we were rocking everyway possible, the following morning all six of us just couldn't get out of bed you felt like you were on a roller coaster ride, we weren't actually sick, but the movement from the ship was nothing i have ever experienced we were on deck 9 but the waves were splashing onto our balcony. We spent the first 36 hrs on hour cruise in our cabins, although I have to say room service was excellent, they were rushed off their feet, the whole corridor when you looked out was full of room service trays, so we weren't the only ones Once docked in Teneriffe we felt fine and were able to go on the 11th deck and sit and chill although weather wasn't very good, we left there at 5pm and set sail again the Lanzarote again we decided just to chill, weather again not very good. We weren't looking to sailing back to Malaga but wasn't as bad. Your could not fault the ship in any way, the cabin sizes were good, the buffet for breakfast and lunch catered for everyone's needs and staff were always helpful were ever you were on board. The ship had everything on it that you could possibly need and was outstanding, my friend had a very good win the the casino. The shows were ok we couldn't get tickets to see the ice show as they were sold out, and the last show tickets were given as priority to the people who were too ill to see the first one due to the crossing. We booked this cruise as a trial because our friends want to do a Caribbean cruise next year and i'm so glad that we did, because we were so ill it has unfortunately really put us off and don't think we will ever do another cruise. People I spoke to who have done many cruises did say that if that had been their first one they would have been put off, its a shame but after two days of being home I still haven't got my land legs back. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I have come to the conclusion that RCI are the most inward looking company I have ever dealt wit, their quest for profit comes above all else. Let me explain: Things went wrong before we even got to the cruise. They more or less insist ... Read More
I have come to the conclusion that RCI are the most inward looking company I have ever dealt wit, their quest for profit comes above all else. Let me explain: Things went wrong before we even got to the cruise. They more or less insist that you log in on line and print off your cruise booklet and order baggage tags. To do this you need a special log in that RCI are supposed to send you 14 days before the cruise. We had to call our travel agent to get the log in as none had come via email, as had been promised. We ordered baggage tags but none came. I phoned a week before the cruise but was told it was too late to reorder. No baggage tags then. We flew to Malaga from Gatwick, upon arrival we went to the coach, which was waiting for us. The RCI rep took our cruise brochure from us, tore out a page and handed the remains back to us. We got on the coach and were swiftly taken to the docks to embark. The queue was huge but there were lots of agents so we got to one pretty quickly. We gave her our cruise booklet but she said she could not check us in because the page torn out by her colleague was missing. When I tried to explain what had happened she was quite rude and abrupt and thrust a form at me to fill in. It had all the information that I had spent some time filling in on line. She then needed my credit card, even though I had already registered that on line. It was now about 13:30, we had been traveling since 3 am, we were hungry and tired, I was not impressed!!! We headed straight for the Windjammer where we had a pretty decent lunch and then made our way to our cabin. The cabin was well laid out with lots of storage but boy was it looking tired. The ship is 10 years old and it really looks it in places. Things like a well rusted waste bin and a filthy toilet seat spoiled the overall effect. Right from the word go everything seemed to be about extracting the maximum amount of money from their guests. We had paid gratuities up front but soon discovered that 15 % got added to everything anyway. Everything on board was at sky high prices, the cost of drinks seemed to put most people off drinking altogether. It really was a rip of culture - 2 examples: Price of massage advertised at from $139 - 2 people went as a couple and ended up with a $510 bill plus a $5 gratuity!!! On the day we went to Lanzarote they were selling 500ml bottles of water for $4.95 then telling people that on land they would be over$6. Utter rubbish - any supermarket will sell you one for under a euro. It's one thing to rip people off but quite another when you start lying to them as well. One thing that really got to me is on the last evening we tried to find somewhere for a reasonably quite drink, all the public areas were full to bursting. We went to the sports bar and asked for a Bacardi and diet Coke only to be told they had no Bacardi. OK says I, just a diet Coke then. They didn't have any of that either. Unbelievable, they go to all that effort to empty your wallet then run out of the basics. Be wary if they offer you freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast, they will charge you for it, same as they will charge for a "speciality coffee" after dinner. Look, RCI if you are going to charge me - tell me up front, otherwise I will feel like I have been conned. Be very careful of what they sell in the shops too. If you go for a quite drink you will have the peace shattered by somebody shouting sales messages over a pa system, it's like being in a market. They were trying to sell cheap Chinese watch sets at 20 bucks, the same stuff our local market sells at a quarter of that. The other thing you need to be aware of that RCI have not cottoned on to yet is that when you fly these days any toiletries of over 100ml will be confiscated at the airport if they are in you hand baggage. Given that many people may want to freshen up as soon as they are on board I am guessing that many people may carry some bits and pieces on with them. RCI do not put any toiletries in the cabins except for a small bar of soap. I find this astonishing. I have travelled all over the world and stayed in the best and the worst of hotels, B&B's guest houses and cruise ships and this is the first time I have ever gone to my room to find no toiletries. To make matters worse not one shop had any shampoo for sale, we had to buy some in Tenerife. Come on RCI, at least stock the essentials or give "pamper packs" like all the other cruise lines do. The ship has some great areas, the food was pretty good although teh steak on the first nigh was inedible, the mash was always so salty that most people left it and in general it was nowhere near the standards we are used to on P&O or Cunard. We won't be going RCI again, we will be going back to P&O where we will get much better value for money and be with a company that cares as much about teh customer experience as they care about profit. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My sister and I travelled together for the first time and these are our memories: Day 1. Malaga. Flew into Malaga from Yorkshire that morning; flights booked independently through Jet 2. No problem, good flight which arrived early. ... Read More
My sister and I travelled together for the first time and these are our memories: Day 1. Malaga. Flew into Malaga from Yorkshire that morning; flights booked independently through Jet 2. No problem, good flight which arrived early. Had booked airport to port transfers through Royal Caribbean. Staff from RC waiting at airport and was easily able to transfer onto coach and a hasty transfer to the port. Very efficient. Check in for the ship was easy as we had completed the set sail passes on line so it literally took about 5 minutes to get our on board spend credit cards which also open your room. The queueing for the check in was organised and the queue moved very quickly as there were many desk clerks on duty so the experience was very good. After embarking we headed for the Windjammer cafe for lunch. As it was about 1pm the ship was relatively quiet still and the food in the cafe was very good for a self service facility. We then headed for our room. The ship is lovely but more importantly the staff on board took trouble to speak to us in corridors etc and were on hand to help if needed. Our room did not disappoint. It was the cheapest interior stateroom but spotlessly clean and well tended. The bed was hastily made up into 2 single beds as opposed to a double and it was a spacious home for the week. Next day was spent on the ship. Lovely facilities A La Carte breakfast or buffet in a different restaurant were available and the standard was very high. Again, staff were so pleasant and seemed genuinely happy to serve and oblige. Madeira. Our first day on land was a visit to Madeira. We decided to go alone as had visited Madeira before. A shuttle bus was available along the prom for 6 euros per person each way but we decided to walk (about 25 minutes from one end to the other) We went on the cable car to Monte then on the baskets down the mountain but be aware, those baskets go quite quickly - my sister loved it! We had a nice lunch at the port end of Madeira at The Beer House sandwich and a pot of tea, high standard and very reasonable; it is then 10 minutes walk from here to the ship. Day 2 was Tenerife - There was a free shuttle bus into Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is nice, there is an old town apparently which we missed but we walked around the streets and bought a few things then had a sandwich lunch near the port at Olympia then back on the ship. A nice place to visit for a day. Grand Canaria We had booked a trip (through RC) on Grand Canaria called Ageata Valley tour - I can really recommend this trip we went to a family farm and the farmer produces many fruits and lovely wine - the hospitality there was great and we then had some photo stops and a stop for 45 minutes by the sea which was also lovely. A thoroughly enjoyable day and the farm will stay in our memory for a long time. Lanzarote another trip through RC which I can definitely recommend entitled "Yesterday and Today in Lanzarote" the tour guide was fantastic. We visited a lovely site where there was a museum based on previous life in Lanzarote. We then visited a most spectacular cactus garden which was stunning the colours were beautiful. Lastly we visited the home of the famous Lanzarote designer from the 60s who had an unusual home carved out from volcanic eruptions. The home was part of a visitor centre and was interesting and reflected life in 60s and 70s. I can recommend this trip. The next day was spent at sea and we really relaxed before returning home. I can definitely recommend this cruise it was wonderful and I cannot be more complimentary of the staff on board the Adventure of the Seas or of the organisation and quality of the ship. Easily four star. Disembarkation was good up to the point of getting our cases. It was a bit of a crush for the RC buses to get us onto the airport transport but frankly this is our only gripe; the rest of the trip was wonderful. Happy memories to take us through the winter. I have been with RC twice now and found them first class. Thank you Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
On arrival at Malaga, we were handed a typed piece of paper, which due to handling luggage and 2 children, didn't get to read properly until we were on the transfer bus........when too late, we found out that the ship was being ... Read More
On arrival at Malaga, we were handed a typed piece of paper, which due to handling luggage and 2 children, didn't get to read properly until we were on the transfer bus........when too late, we found out that the ship was being "sanitised" due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting. This lead to an hour and a half transfer, "sightseeing" from a coach, instead of a 25 minute transfer. We appreciate this sometimes happens, but improved communication could have reduced the amount of stress. Had someone clearly told us there was problem, prior to getting on the coach, who knows whether or not we would have taken the option of re-arranging the cruise for a different time. Then we stood outside in the rain at the port, literally with hundreds of other people. No one took charge, there were no clear instructions, and it took over an hour to embark. The cabins were absolutely fine, and as expected. Clean, with a pleasant house keeper. The Windjammer was extremely crowded on the first day, but afterwards was very pleasant. Dining at 18.45 in the Strauss was OK, service was good, but only 3 courses (some other cruise companies offer up to 6 small courses). Despite the fact that we had pre-ordered the Platinum Wine Package, some of the bottles we had chosen were not available, due to it "being the end of the European season", and we accepted substitutes. The Soda packages for the children were a really good deal, and the teenager club was popular. However, repeatedly having to fill in disclaimer forms for the children's activities was time consuming and annoying. Perhaps this is something that could be improved upon, maybe, by an electronic disclaimer prior to sailing. We experienced a little rough weather - but nothing like as bad as I have experienced previously on cruises; but unfortunately it was enough to close the outdoor in line skating track, the ice rink, and the swimming pools. That didn't leave an awful lot to do during the at sea days. The theatre productions, were, on the whole excellent. We couldn't fault the local band - Take 4 - who were 4 brilliant guys who sang and played their hearts out, excellently, and could turn their hand to anything that was requested. The Adventure orchestra were superb as well - especially the drummer. The on board entertainment was faultless. One final moan - was the gratuity reminders. I have always felt - that gratuities and tips should be paid at the discretion of the customer, for the amount felt to be appropriate, to reflect the service given. There is no doubt - that our 2 waiters we brilliant, as was the housekeeper - and we didn't begrudge them their tips at all. What spoilt the last couple of days for me, was being reminded not only about paying the gratuities, but being told how much to pay (that - and being charged $18 for 4 fresh orange juices taken at breakfast in the Strauss restaurant - beware!!). Breakfast in the Vivaldi buffet was extremely good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We booked the Cruise fairly late, through a local trusted travel agent. Our flights, via Easy Jet were independent of the Cruise and were fine for what they were - no complaints.Upon arrival at Malaga, having collected our luggage we were ... Read More
We booked the Cruise fairly late, through a local trusted travel agent. Our flights, via Easy Jet were independent of the Cruise and were fine for what they were - no complaints.Upon arrival at Malaga, having collected our luggage we were met by two RCCL reps who directed us to the area to collect our inclusive transfer. As per usual, we did not see our luggage again until it was delivered to our State Room.We were lucky, in that the coach left the airport within 5 minutes of our boarding; however, one passenger was moaning that they had been waiting for ages. I guess that is the luck of the draw.The coach journey from the airport to the Cruise Port was approx. 20 minutes and was comfortable and uneventful.Upon arrival at the port two long lines had formed, one for those with luggage (independent travelers), the other, for those without luggage, such as us.Although appearing long, the lines moved very quickly, and within a few minutes we were within the terminal and were directed to an even shorter line, which moved even quicker to the check in staff.Be careful....the Spanish don't know the meaning of the word line, and if you give an inch, they will take a mile and push in where they can, this was experienced throughout the trip. We cant however, blame RCCL for this!As we had completed our Cruise questionnaire online and have printed the 'Sea Pass', if we were at the check in desk for longer than three minutes it was a long time. We were there just long enough for RCCL to take an imprint of my pre registered credit card, to be issued with our charge/key cards and to complete a health questionnaire.We then followed the signs and headed onto the ship via a welcome aboard photo. Being a Coke Drinker, as usual I signed up for the Soda package, which provided I had at least three soft drinks a day (which I did), worked out to be very good value.Being the 'foodie' that I am, upon embarkation we headed straight to the Windjammer Cafe on Deck 11. As expected, it was busy, but again, lines moved quickly and we quickly found a table to sit at.I cant stress enough, that now having done a number of Cruises, I must say that the food served in the Windjammer was fantastic, probably, the freshest, hottest, well presented and variety that I have come across.Having fed my rotund stomach, we headed to our Room, 8226, which was port side virtually at the front with a balcony.The room was exactly as expected, being well proportioned, very clean, ample closet space, nice balcony ......in fact, no different than any other Cruise Line in size (although layout slightly different) and more than adequate. My only complaint, although again, not RCCLs fault, as we booked so late the position of this cabin was the only one available, therefore we had a long walk to get anywhere.Over the years, we have seen all Cruise lines cut back a little each year. On this Cruise we noted that no toiletries were provided except for soak and shampoo. Long gone are the days of robes and luxury toiletries being provided it would seem. The one disappointing item (which my Mrs. Wont be impressed with, with me mentioning) was that we did not receive a little chocolate on our pillow at night. When I casually enquired about this I was told that RCCL ceased this practice three years earlier.......which I'm not sure is actually the case.We had a walk around the ship. Full compliments to RCCL for what really is a beautiful vessel in excellent decorative order. The weather had a lot to be desired and therefore we were unable to make use of the Swimming Pools or Sun Decks, but they certainly matched every other ship we have been on.Although not for us, the external rock climbing wall was impressive as was the Ice Skating ring, which despite my wife's best intentions, she never actually got round to using.On a Cruise ship I normally spend half my time waiting for lifts. Strangely, on this ship the lifts were fast and we noticeably didn't have to wait long.Having Cruised with RCCL some 17 years previously, we failed to mention this when we booked. Whilst in the UK, through our travel agents RCCL acknowledged our previous cruise and therefore we were entered into the Crown and Anchor society. When on board, we identified that this had not been carried across to our room key (indication) and that no other benefits were provided. Upon visit the guest relations lady, who was more than helpful, she noted our previous cruise, applied labels to our room keys and issued us with the discount booklet and ensured we were invited to the welcome back party.The discount book was well worth having as it included discounts on the Internet packages, free drinks and discounts to onboard purchases.Having packed my laptop so that we could communicate with our Children via Skype and so that I could log into my office and check emails etc.....we purchased a 500 minute Internet Package, which, in the end was excessive which cost us $145.00 with discount from the discount book. I was disappointed that the data socket in our room did not work and we did not have Wi-Fi in our cabin. This left us using a few Wi-Fi Hotspots around the ship. RCCL - if anything, please enable the Data sockets in the cabins or provide Wi-Fi throughout!Internet Access throughout our trip, whilst not as fast as land based was more than adequate.Dinner time - we opted for first sitting at 6.45 and requested a table of 8. We got exactly what we asked for and were seated with 6 other people from the UK, all of whom were very pleasant. The choice of food would suit anyone's palette. Our Waiter was very attentive and polite, always offering his recommendation of the day having gone into great detail about each course. Equally, the assistant waiter was very efficient. On the first evening I requested a regular coke. From that moment on, every evening upon sitting down a regular coke would appear, and when that was finished, it was replaced as was my wife's water. Likewise, another member of our table had a taste for ketchup with everything, low and behold, a bottle of ketchup was by her seat each evening. The meal was three courses (most other Cruises have been 4 courses) and no petite pours afterwards (first cruise never to be offered these), but plenty of tea and coffee. Although not on the menu, I asked for Cheese and Biscuits in place of (or on occasion as well as) dessert which was forthcoming with a good selection of cheese.The Head Waiter came to our table each evening and spoke to each of us in turn ensuring that we were delivering what was expected....and it was.On three of the evenings the waiters did a song and dance routine, which was appreciated by all and were great photo opportunities.My wife and I took the opportunity of having breakfast in each of the locations offered on different days, this being the Windjammer, one of three restaurants which offered a buffet and another of the three restaurants which offered À la carte. The choice and quality of food in each was fantastic. The advantage of the A la carte menu was that I could have Kippers, a personal favorite of mine. In the end, the Windjammer was a personal favorite for variety with everything you would expect for a Full English Breakfast, to Continental Breakfast and everything in between. All served freshly, hot and tasty. As expected, an Omelet Station was also provided and there were no long lines for toast (of which there were several options available).Whilst lunch was available in one of the Dining Rooms we chose to lunch each day, except the final day in the Windjammer. For those that wanted them, they had hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza as well as full lunches with a different carvery each day with a variety of potatoes, vegetables and salads.On our last day on board we sampled Jonny Rockets which had a small surcharge for as much as you could eat. The restaurant is an American themed restaurant serving burgers, hotdogs, shakes, floats etc.....with the waiters performing a show and dancing every half an hour. Withy prior knowledge of what was on offer, due to our own dietary constraints we could not eat any of the meat products, however, everyone else was commenting on how great it all tasted.RCCL - Please note. We were very disappointed to note that unlike any other Cruise we have ever been on, the Windjammer Cafe closed each evening with no Midnight Buffet (acknowledged as being a thing of the past). Whilst a Cafe on the Promenade deck (deck 5) is open 24 hours, the only items available were slices of pizza, cakes and biscuits. I have come accustomed to visiting the 24 hour buffet, if only to look and not eat (well, I normally have something!) before bed, after all, with the first dining sitting being at 6.45 pm I can get hungry!Unusually for us, we only ordered room service once; this was for early morning coffee and tea to our room. It arrived earlier than expected, but in fairness, they telephoned us ahead to say it was on route. The Room service menu was comprehensive, although RCCL charged for room service between midnight and 05.00 - only approx $4, but still something we are not used to.The Cruise Director and his staff were excellent. There were three parades along the main 'Royal Promenade' during the Cruise which can be compared to a Disney Main Street Parade. Whilst we only attended the last one, we were told they were very enjoyable.The ship provided entertainment each evening with two shows included. Unfortunately, whilst they were to a high standard they were not to our personal liking. The shows did not have a story line as such with a few of us, despite the noise, dropping off to sleep. It is clear that when a Cruise has many non English guests, such as this Cruise had, the feasibility of having comics is unlikely and a decent proportion of the guests would not be able to understand the humor or the language. It was very interesting and important to note that during the behind the scenes tour we were told that a show lasts on a ship for up to 5 years, therefore, depending on when you travel, if you were to travel on this vessel again in the near future you would more than likely see the same entertainment, excepting guest entertainers of course.The Ice show was particularly good, repeated twice a day on each of the two sea days. However, the Ice Skaters did fall over a few times during each show! Until the end of the show it was difficult to guess what the theme of the show was...it turned out to be fashion.As expected, the onboard Orchestra was excellent as was the Pianist in the Schooner Bar and other music provided at various bars around the ship.The Bingo was well attended and presented well, unfortunately, we didn't win anything but the cash prizes were decent amounts.Being old and tired we didn't venture into the Disco.Like so many other ships, this cruise included an art auction, which is something my wife and I particularly enjoy. As usual, despite my wife holding my arm down so I couldn't bid, I won and we ended up purchasing two items of art at fantastic value. The auctioneer was excellent in his delivery and knowledge of the works of art and his team was very professional. It has to be acknowledged that the Spanish generally don't purchase art at sea and the contingent of the guests was not the type that would ordinarily purchase art. I therefore doubt that despite his best efforts if the auctioneer met his target! The free champagne was flowing at each auction.RCCL Please note - we were very disappointed with the goods sold within your on board shops. RCCL missed lots of opportunity to sell branded goods such as photo albums and RCCL branded chocolate etc... which would have made ideal gifts; unfortunately we had to purchase gifts on land. Our Cruise included two ports of call, Tenerife and Madeira, whilst a Varity of Ship Excursions were available none of them appealed to us, so we got off the ship and made our own arrangements.Disembarkation was simple and unhurried, unlike previous cruises we did not feel that we were being pushed off the ship.Value for money - In my opinion excellent value for money. Whilst know one ever pays brochure price I can tell you that the price we paid in total, which included the flights (and one suitcase each), plus transfer to and from the ship was exceptional. There was talk around the ship that some passengers paid £150.00! Each (for an inside cabin)...if true, £150.00 for a 5 night inclusive cruise is unbelievable. Whilst I am not crying for RCCL, even with the quantity of scales involved (over 3000 passengers and 1,200 crew) it is difficult to see how RCCL made any money, maybe this is why the little things that I have picked up on that we expected and weren't in place, were indeed, not included. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
we embarked the adventure of the seas at approx 10.30 am on 13th november. i found the process very efficient and fast as we had already printed our sea pass.within 10 mins we aboard and exploring this beautiful ship.it is very beautiful ... Read More
we embarked the adventure of the seas at approx 10.30 am on 13th november. i found the process very efficient and fast as we had already printed our sea pass.within 10 mins we aboard and exploring this beautiful ship.it is very beautiful and well looked after.the cabin was a standard inside but was more than adequate with a large bed,very comfortable, and small sitting area. the storage was more than adequate and well thought out.it was well cared for by our efficient and helpful attendant meryleena,thank you. i queued for approx 15 mins to have our dining time and restaurant altered, we travelled with another 2 couples. this was done with great efficiency by a very helpful australian girl. the main dining room was lovely and our waiters daniel and ephraim were helpful and entertaining during the trip.the food was good and well presented. we had room service for breakfast the two days in port as the island restaurant could be jam packed at times with difficulty in getting a table. romm service breakfast was lovely. the food in the island restaurant was lovely with lots o choice ,especially the desserts as my expanded waistline will testify. we enjoyed the schooner bar in the evening but get there early as seats are limited,the ice show was great and i enjoyed the casino. the only critisism was the price of drinks with the house wine at six dollars a glass plus tax and gratuities but with what i paid for the cruise i was very happy. this was my first cruise with rci but i hope not the last Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Hi folks,I had high expectations of going on this cruise ship and i wasn't dissapointed!I had booked it over a year previously and i plenty of time for research and to avoid the pitfalls that all first-time cruiser's dread!like a ... Read More
Hi folks,I had high expectations of going on this cruise ship and i wasn't dissapointed!I had booked it over a year previously and i plenty of time for research and to avoid the pitfalls that all first-time cruiser's dread!like a huge on board spend bill and getting ripped off !haha but no such event occured so breath in and relax!It's all good in the world of R.C.C.I!We flew Air Lingus from Gatwick,U.K(a change from B.A,heathrow we felt was warranted by the strikes,etc)a nice flight,met a nice chap at the airport bus depot who had cruised before and whom we met on board afterwards,one face we felt familiar with after 2o mins.on the plane some lovely welch girls who were cruise addicts and all going on Adventure so we were getting excited.the sun shone and we had arrived at Malaga,Spain.A quick ten minute or so coach trip later and we were in Malaga's Cruise terminal where Adventure greeted us towering above us,a white bemoth of windows and Lifeboat's.It really needs to be seen to be believed.In the reception area were a few curiously dressed 'party girls'(Blokes!)who turned out to be entertainer's and set the theme for the many Spanish guests who were obviously of a differnt persuasion,shall we say,from my wife and I.No problem,we just joined the throng,had our pictures taken for the i.d cards and on we went,aboard at last.we went straight up to our cabin,a small but perfectly formed mini-masterpiece of design,bed,t.v couch and shower etc,no window but i had taken the truoble of a few on-line spice-up's in the form of the 'bon voyage!' banner,balloon,door poster and a champagne-on ice chocolate strawbs,well worth the money and a nice touch to jazz it up a little.the room service was fantastic,very prompt,nice food,presented perfectly and all free!(before midnight-05.00).We had just got our bearing's when it was time for the 'Muster station's call' which meant a shuffle for all to the lifeboat station assigned to our room,sorry cabin!this excercise was mainly treated by a joke by the guests so we went along ,the only two wearing our life jackets!D'oh!thank the good Lord that we didn't have to use them!We had opted to pay our on-board spends in cash(dollars)rather than by card a facility our travel-agents were suprized we were able to do.we felt this was better than running up a tab we might not be able to pay for!In the end i have to say the prices were a little inflated but we spent #530 dollars all told.We were not big drinker's and that included 2 coach trips we booked from our room on the T.V!Cruising doesn't have to break the bank if your carefull.We had booked my-time dining and being naive i had booked a variety of times for our 'slot'.it was obvious that these were all in the wrong time either too early or late to get a show,or film etc.We found the nice young ladies at the Dinner booking booth very helpfull to change our times with no fuss.The first few days were Smart Casual then the feared 'formal night'was on us.In the end it was a great experience to be in our best and the whole crew and guest's gleaming from Bow to Stern.Our table was a 2-person all week as my wife felt a little uncomfortable sharing a table with peopleshe didn't know!this is meant to to be the point but i wasn't going to make a thing of it,after getting her this far from home!The food and choice on adventure was fantastic!the waiter's and waitresses do a fantastic job,bearing in mind the numbers involved.ten/ten here for the service.you will be impressed with the freindly staff who no doubt are seeking that tip but who treated us with dignity and respect at all time's.We met a young chap from Brazil in the dog and duck pub onboard,charming.The cocktail waiter from Jamaica,Dean equally charming.These guys are having a blast,working the ships and travelling they will make your trip special by making you feel special,thanks R.C.C.I for introducing us to some nice people from all around the world,that what makes a cruise so personal!The business side of things on the promenade was omni-present,the sales promotion's etc but on the whole the atmosphere is nice and relaxed.We caught the ice-show one evening,apart froma couple of slips(this was on a ship!)the show was amazingThe juggler and hoop show we had seen in the Lyric theatre earlier was first class!I enjoyed the Spanish lessons that repeated all the announcement's and we met all nationalities on-board,those gay Spanish chap's seem to congregate in the whirl-pools and i even braved that for a posed Motorcycle news reader meets Spanish men at sea stunt,much to wife's amusement.the guys were nice really,just looked a little different!Weather on this trip wasn't great,mostly overcast and few sunny skies but we hardly noticed as we zoomed up and down in the greast glass lifts,rushing here ,going there just loving the ship and the fantastic experiences on offer.the wind jammer cafe was a nice big motorway service station of free food!whilst cakes and snack's could all be found on deck 5,whre tea and coffee mixed with soft drink's were free to enjoy at will.one day we were still in our room when my wife strangely began to slide down the bed!this turned out to be a technical problem with one of the ship's stabalizer's!the ship had leaned right over with no warning!a quick look out of the cabin allayed my initial fear that we were going to become some horrible 'Titanic' like nightmare,disconcerting you must agree.No future problems here so that's a relief.Tenerife and maderia came and went in a blur of trips and experience's i will add later and before we knew it it was the last night on board-party night where all the crew sang,danced and waved us off to our home shore's making us all a little sad that it was over but giving us hope for new beginning's now that our Cruise virgin's tag has gone,REGARDS TO ALL HAPPY Cruising,Roger T Bikerboy32 Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
My husband was the lucky winner of this cruise after winning a poker tournamanet earlier this year when on the Independance of the Seas!! We had to pay for our flights to Malaga, and for taxes and gratuities....and of course we upgraded so ... Read More
My husband was the lucky winner of this cruise after winning a poker tournamanet earlier this year when on the Independance of the Seas!! We had to pay for our flights to Malaga, and for taxes and gratuities....and of course we upgraded so it started to be not as "free" as we first imagined!!! Anyway we embarked on 3/11/10......without any problems,,,,the staff as friendly as always. To be honest we were very impressed with the Adventure of The Sea and how like the Independance she was....just a little tired and worn! As ever the food was superb both in the main dining and the Windjammer. We were on a table for eight and were seated with others who had "won" places in the poker final! We were blessed with really good company and this was a great bonus to the holiday. The atmosphere onboard this ship was outstanding. This was visible in the Schooner Bar with the superb pianist who had everyone singing!!!! We joined in a few quizzes, and went to a couple of shows...always a great time. There were 28 finalists in the poker tournamanet and Pete managed 7th place aqnd a very respectable $500!!!! the casino was very kind to us- especially the roulette! Overall this was a perfect break HOWEVER...... I do feel that we should mention smoking onboard......!!! This ship stinks of smoke. There are far too many areas where people are allowed to smoke without restrictions. We are not anti-smoking and very much agree with designated smoking areas. But for us everywhere we went people were smoking ...and this should not be allowed!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
When we arrived at Malaga airport, we had disabled assistance from the plane to the couch for our transfer to the port. When we got to the coach it was two thirds full and we thought we had held it up as all of the passengers seemed a bit ... Read More
When we arrived at Malaga airport, we had disabled assistance from the plane to the couch for our transfer to the port. When we got to the coach it was two thirds full and we thought we had held it up as all of the passengers seemed a bit cranky... an hour later, still on the coach and waiting to fill 4 seats we realised why they were cranky as they had been on the coach for 2 hours now and the staff just kept saying "we need to wait for more passengers and fill the bus before we go to the port"... this was our first complaint as the company appeared very inefficient! So on we went to the ship, embarkation was good... no problems, fairly straight forward. Once onboard we made our way straight to our cabin to see if it was ready, which it was. First impression was great, good size, double balcony... large enough room, nice bathroom and clean beds... On closer inspection of our room we found that the balcony was never cleaned, the furniture was marked by dirty shoes and pen marks, and the toilet seat had been scrubbed so hard the white lacquer had come off!! We had left Glasgow at 4.30am and it was now 1pm, so neadless to say we were starving... only eatery open was the windjammer buffet, which was packed with a queue of about 200 people squeezing into the entrance... so we decided to retreat to our room and order room service. unfortunately room service was not available until after 5.30pm when we would be leaving port, so that was another dead end. we had a look in our fridge/cooler to have some nibbles as we were absolutely starving!!... and found that everything edible in our fridge was out of date by months! shocked, we told our suite attendant who said it wasnt her job to fix it, but she would tell her superior. okay we thought... but by day 3 our fridge was still stocked with expired food stuffs... so we phoned reception who had our fridge emptied but never re-stocked... such a simple task but we fought a losing battle to have it done. staff all appeared to be bored and unhappy and wouldnt say hello to you if you walked past them on the ship. the BEST part of our cruise was going for dinner in the evening... our waiters Daniel and Ephriam were exceptional! also bar man Neville was a pleasure... they remembered everything you said to them, what we ordered form the bar, if we took pepper and if we drank coffee... little things like this made it a better holiday. however, i dont think i would go on another royal caribbean cruise as they just lacked a certain spark... a spark that i find to be present on NCL cruise's 100% of the time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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