676 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Family Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise and didn't really know what to expect of it. But the second we got on the ship we knew it would be great. We got on the ship around 12p and went directly to the Windjammer on floor 11 due to the state rooms ... Read More
This was our first cruise and didn't really know what to expect of it. But the second we got on the ship we knew it would be great. We got on the ship around 12p and went directly to the Windjammer on floor 11 due to the state rooms not being available until 1p the windjammer staff made sure the buffet was safe, clean and a overall good experience, when you walk in they make sure everyone washes their hands and drys them and has sanitizing stations all around. The food was good for being a free meal and the staff constantly walked around and made sure the place was clean. The staterooms were exceptionally good. The room attendant I had was very good. I would recommend he get a pay raise because he was just amazing. So friendly and kind and made a elephant and monkey out of towels for the kids to enjoy. He always made our beds and cleaned the room up. Everytime we left we came back to a orderly room with fresh towels and made beds. The only complaint about this ship was that the elevators were always crowded and the system was sometimes dumb. The elevators would sometimes skip you but all in all they were quick and speedy even though 40% of people found themselves walking down stairs. The kids had multiple activities and a teen's club. They did a little dodgeball tournament, had parties, had mini golf, rock climbing, slides, arcade and a flow rider. Now for parents when they want to get away from kids they have a daycare for the little ones and multiple bars and a casino. The best place to eat to me is Johnny's Rockets. The service was great and speedy and our waitress was so kind and amazing, the food was yummy and was very good. They have fancier places with exceptional service but the food to me wasnt as good. All in all the Adventure Of The Seas was an amazing ship and I would reccomend to any families. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Staff, service food and entertainment were exceptional. Hit some very windy days and one rainy day that limited poolside activities. This was my second time aboard the Adventurer and I forgot how confining the balcony was. The major ... Read More
Staff, service food and entertainment were exceptional. Hit some very windy days and one rainy day that limited poolside activities. This was my second time aboard the Adventurer and I forgot how confining the balcony was. The major negative of our trip was the condition of the ship and maintenance. Rugs, chairs and sofas were not the cleanest and resembled the coat on a Dalmatian. Windows were dirty and rust has crept into bathrooms and the balcony area. We enjoyed this cruise despite the maintenance issues. This old lady. Should have been sent for a retro fit. A minimum of a year ago. Best entertainment I have experienced in a number of cruises. It appears the kitchen has kicked up the food in the dinning room and we enjoyed every meal selection. The Windjammer didn’t offer the selection on the buffet that our family has been used to. It was good, but it was a repeat performance many days. As I stated service was outstanding. I have no complaints and rate it 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My Dad (84) and I (43) had a great father/son cruise onboard the Adventure! My Dad stayed for almost a week at the Fountainbleau in Miami, and I joined him for the last couple of days. This was a very nice hotel, but I'd be happier ... Read More
My Dad (84) and I (43) had a great father/son cruise onboard the Adventure! My Dad stayed for almost a week at the Fountainbleau in Miami, and I joined him for the last couple of days. This was a very nice hotel, but I'd be happier spending half as much and staying more toward South Beach in a boutique hotel that includes breakfast (such as the Shepley, where we stayed last year). On embarkation morning, we left Miami and took a Lyft to Port Everglades. The ride ran about $37 including tip, which was quite reasonable. If you have a cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, but are considering staying in Miami, don't let the distance bother you. We arrived at the terminal at around 10:30, and I think we were on the ship before 11. We had a brief wait while the ship was still being cleared, but once they started calling groups, it was pretty easy to get everyone onboard, as there were only a few hundred early birds. We most recently cruised on the Carnival Magic in October, which was a cruise we also enjoyed. The most noticeable difference between the appearance of the ships was the large amount of rust and lack of cleaning in some areas on the Magic, while the Adventure was kept much better. We didn't let this affect the enjoyment of our Magic cruise, but I just wanted to point out the difference in maintenance. I won't drone on about the ship itself, as it is easy enough to find information about the ship's facilities. I will say that even though this ship is a bit older than any of the Oasis class ships, there is still plenty to do. This was one of the most active cruises in memory. I play all around the ship not unlike a teenager, and I seldom had "free" time, as I was constantly racing from one area to another. I love ship activities, and would argue that I burned more calories than anyone else on this cruise (I was probably near the top on calories consumed as well) ;) Even so, I never set foot in the gym, as there was so much else to do, and I ran several times on the ship and in port. I also didn't have time to hit the casino, which is something I usually reserve for when I'm bored. I loved the FlowRider and water slides. Kudos to the sports staff, who really did an excellent job in all events. I especially love dodgeball, and Taylor made it a lot of fun. The service was fantastic throughout the ship. We had a couple small issues in our cabin the first day which were resolved quickly. Our cabin steward was not overly personable, but he did his job. Our My Time Dining waitstaff was fantastic, especially Ying from China, who always had a smile on her face. Our food generally came out quickly and hot. Speaking of food, it was quite good throughout the ship. We didn't partake in any specialty restaurants, so we were limited to just the main dining room, Windjammer, and Café Promenade. I split breakfasts between the MDR and Windjammer, mostly ate lunch in the MDR when it was open, and ate all dinners in the MDR. Café Promenade was great for snacks. I will give Carnival an edge on dining, however. They have both more free restaurants and the menus offer more options as well. For example, Carnival will have about eight appetizers on each MDR menu, most of which differ every night. RCL would only have about six, three of which were always the same. I wouldn't say I'm a finicky eater, but there are things I don't like. Sometimes I'd struggle a bit to find enough variety on the menu. I would usually get two appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but sometimes would get an extra entrée and no appetizers when the menu didn't allow for my 2/2/2 plan ;) I never left any meal hungry. I'd also say that the lunch salad has to be one of my favorite salads anywhere. There are so many options to choose from, and the chefs chop it for you and blend in the dressing. They had good buffet options in the MDR at both breakfast and lunch. If you like French Toast, hit the MDR and either get it from the buffet or order it off the menu. Either way, it is a thick piece as opposed to the Windjammer standard slice. While not as extensive as an Oasis class ship, we had pretty good entertainment. The RCL singers/dancers did two shows, there were comedians on two nights, Mo5aic (a fantastic acapella group), a Whitney Houston tribute show, a hypnotist, and I believe one night did not have a formal show because we were in San Juan late. All shows were entertaining in different ways. We also saw one ice skating show, which was equally great. Speaking of ice skating, we had a large Elvis group on our cruise, and they had most of their events in Studio B (the ice skating rink). As a result, we had less opportunity to skate. I was able to make it out after dinner on the last night. We did not do any formal excursions, but enjoyed walking around in each port (Labadee, San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten). I ran the Wandelroute to Guana Bay while in St. Maarten. If you have a sense of adventure and are physically fit, this was a great and hilly run of about 6.4 miles. Search for the thread on the cruisecritic boards that talks about how to find it. Disembarkation was sad (as always), but efficient. I had booked an earlier flight than I normally have (10:15ish), but we still had plenty of time to eat breakfast and carried our own luggage off towards the end of the self-assist period (I think around 7:30). We walked right off the ship and to the curb in just a few minutes. All in all another great cruise - thank you RCL! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation was very easy. On the ship within 5 minutes of arrival. Cabin was clean as expected. Main dining room food was good, except some meals were sent back because they were served cold. Windjammer buffet was good. Shows were ... Read More
Embarkation was very easy. On the ship within 5 minutes of arrival. Cabin was clean as expected. Main dining room food was good, except some meals were sent back because they were served cold. Windjammer buffet was good. Shows were just average and there were no production shows. They did not have a Love and Marriage Game show which we have always found to be enjoyable. Service was excellent. We also like the fact that there were tables and chairs around the pool area, rather than all chaise lounges. Cruise Director was invisible on the entire cruise. I WILL NOW ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS: On the first night, we could not get hot water in shower and sink. The following morning we called maintenance and they said they would fix this problem. We left the cabin for the day and when we returned, there was a note advising us that the hot water problem was resolved. I tried the shower for a few seconds and it was hot. I then decided to take a shower. After about 1 minute in the shower, the water began sputtering and black slime came out and was all over me, from head to toe. I jumped out of the shower and tried to wash the slime off me at the sink only to find that it's water was also black slime. I toweled off the best I could and called maintenance to report the issue. They told me that it was normal to get black slime after the hot water was worked on. They said that I should let it run for 20 minutes and it would clear up. I asked why the plumber didn't do it or at least leave me a note. Their answer was that he couldn't spare the time. They didn't even apologize for my problem. I filed a complaint with customer service. The next day, my TV remote did not work. I called the room steward who came with another remote and that also didn't work. He called for an IT repairman. We left the cabin for the day and when we returned, the TV seemed to work. That evening, we put on the Tv and the remote stopped working. It wouldn't change channels, adjust volume and wouldn't shut off. We called maintenance and spoke to a machine who told me to leave a message, which I did. We couldn't go to sleep with the TV blasting so I tried to pull the plug, but the plug was behind a metal screen and required a screwdriver to open it up. We wound up trying to sleep with the TV blasting. The next morning the repairman came and said that the problem was with the TV set and he replaced it. These experiences put a real damper on our vacation. Other than these problems, I rate this cruise as Average. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarking was so easy. Out of the taxi and on the ship within 20 mins. Same for disembarking although we took our own bags off as had an early flight. We chose this cruise to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Traveling with 2 ... Read More
Embarking was so easy. Out of the taxi and on the ship within 20 mins. Same for disembarking although we took our own bags off as had an early flight. We chose this cruise to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Traveling with 2 children aged 10 & 8. This was our first cruise so a medium sized ship seemed more suited. Our balcony stateroom was ok, a bit tight for 4 people. We had a few issues re smells & stains these were fixed promptly by our room attendant who was amazing throughout. At first I thought the cruise was just full of people getting drunk and eating however after the first day at sea I settled into it. Didn’t find cruising particular relaxing as tried to fit everything in and with 2 active children not much time to rest. Plenty of activities to the point that so much we wanted to do we couldn’t fit it all in. Water slides were fast and fun same as climbing wall and golf course never had to queue. Flow rider always seemed to have queues of over half hour. Sports court we used many times as always some type of games on mainly basketball which my son loved. Shows were great and good variety to suit most. Ice show was amazing definitely worth watching. We ate mainly in the windjammer which had a fantastic selection, clean and no trouble finding a table. Also went to the main dining which we enjoyed. Guest services does get busy but always helpful. Used the cafe late evening for pizza and the guys in Starbucks knew our drinks after the first day. The only thing we were disappointed with was kids club. Mine would only go in the night as they found that the younger children aged 5 were mixed with them. Children aged 5 play very differently to children aged 10. Staff were very young and seemed inexperienced. My son said that the staff shouted a lot. We would go on another cruise with RC but on a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband, our two sons (ages 8 and 10 years old), his aunt, two friends of mine and I all went on the Adventure of the Seas from December 7-15, 2019. We had been on several Royal ships before and our favourite one was the Allure. We ... Read More
My husband, our two sons (ages 8 and 10 years old), his aunt, two friends of mine and I all went on the Adventure of the Seas from December 7-15, 2019. We had been on several Royal ships before and our favourite one was the Allure. We chose to ‘downsize’ to the Adventure to allow us to visit the ABC islands. First off, we cannot say enough great things about the islands – they are by far our favourite that we have sailed to on a cruise! Regarding the ship, there were a few downsides besides not having the Abyss, Central Park or the Boardwalk. First off, the artwork that adorned the ship walls was a bit bizarre considering it is a family-type vessel. There are a lot of nudes (and not just upper body) hanging in places. Second, the ship in spots did show its age more than others we have sailed. The shows were also somewhat disappointing. Not so much the talent who were quite good, but the overall plots. We have been spoiled by the Broadway-at-Sea and diving shows on the bigger ships. And Vroom and Surf was spotty at best. We took two interior interconnecting cabins which seemed much smaller than other ships. The beds were quite hard and so we asked our stateroom attendant to add extra blankets to provide a bit more comfort. RCL really needs to change mattresses the next time the ship goes into dry dock. Having said that, we had an amazing trip! I cannot say enough about the crew! They are by far the best we have ever encountered in our eight cruises. They were genuinely friendly and seemed happy to be working onboard. They were knowledgeable and helpful! One thing we discovered that we had never paid attention to before was the country scavenger hunt. You have to find a crew from each of the countries listed on the sheet. (It would have been nice had the ship updated the sheet to be current to sail date but that is a different story lol.) My sons and I had a blast hunting down as many countries as we could and met wonderful people along the way! We literally stalked a few crew but we ultimately won the hunt! We are planning on going for our second win on the Anthem in March. Shout outs to: Johanna, Maria, Leticia, Marisol, and Mobin all from Guest Services, Faye the Ship Comptroller, Hector and Judy deck 6 starboard aft stateroom attendants, Conrad aka Shorty at the Promenade Café, Chicken Nugget in the Kid’s Camp, and especially Vanita in Next Cruise! You are wonderful and made our cruise extra special!!!! Our kids loved the Adventure Ocean kids’ camp. On previous cruises the kids would go slightly begrudgingly and only spend an hour at a time there. This cruise they begged us to go! We gave our son signing privileges for his brother and himself but they often stayed until we forced them to leave. The food was quite good – the braised beef ribs and prime rib were highlights in the main dining room. We were scared that there was no Sorrentos onboard but the pizza at Café Promenade was delicious!!!! We ate far too many slices lol. I had done some research and had been told by people on cruise forums that the ship time stayed with Florida time. I therefore was late for signing up for the ice-skating times the first day it was offered because in fact the ship changed time to local time. I was worried that our kids wouldn’t get a chance to skate but went at the correct time the next sea day skating was offered and all of us got to skate for 30 minutes which was quite fun. We bought the complete digital photo package during a Black Friday special and took advantage every opportunity we could to get shots. We haven’t received ours since returning and are in the process of contacting the photo company to sort things out. The photographers onboard though were great and very patient with our not so patient boys! We really liked listening to Peter James Esau at the Schooners Bar. Switched on Band was amazing! The Almost Elton John show was entertaining. My 10-year-old son laughed hysterically at the mentalist show. And I laughed a lot at Ralph Harris’ show. I was a member of the CruiseCritic group for this cruise and met a lot of great people through these forums. We participated in the slot pull and the duck hunts. Embarkation was a breeze and took no time at all. There was a 30 minute or so delay when we returned back to Fort Lauderdale but that had to do with US Customs and Immigration and was not caused by RCL. However be sure to factor in extra time when thinking about booking your flights home. All in all my family and I had an absolute blast on the Adventure! We would highly recommend sailing on her to anyone!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a family cruise set in motion by my 86 year old dad, who wanted to cross visiting Aruba off of his bucket list. There were 8 of us altogether; my wife and I, my dad, my brother, my cousin and his wife and a second cousin and his ... Read More
This was a family cruise set in motion by my 86 year old dad, who wanted to cross visiting Aruba off of his bucket list. There were 8 of us altogether; my wife and I, my dad, my brother, my cousin and his wife and a second cousin and his girlfriend. We boarded the Adventure of the Seas at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. Embarkation was smooth, and we were on board the ship in less than an hour. Once on board, we explored the ship and took our time making our way to the Windjammer for lunch. Having read all the advice about avoiding this venue on embarkation day, we still went along with our group, and was surprised to see that while it was crowded, we were able to find a table without too much trouble. The food was typical buffet fare - good and filling but not fantastic. My wife and I booked an interior cabin on deck 10, port side aft. Having booked interior cabins before, we knew what to expect. The room was compact, but clean and comfortable. Since we find that we spend very little time in our cabin on a cruise, an interior space is perfect for our needs and is certainly more affordable. Our cabin steward, Clifton, kept our cabin spotless and regularly inquired if we needed anything. Although we didn't receive them every evening, we were greeted by three or four "towel animals" during our cruise, which are always fun. Adventure of the Seas has enough dining options to satisfy just about everyone. We decided against specialty restaurants on our cruise, and were very happy with the complimentary options that were available. We ate in the main dining room 5 nights, and enjoyed it very much. The meals were tasty and filling. On our second formal night we had prime rib and lobster tail, and were even offered and accepted seconds on the lobster! Our waiter Agnelo and our assistant waiter Eddie, were great! They were friendly, attentive, and entertaining! Eddie brought each meal to a close by sharing magic tricks with us. We still are wondering how he did them! Breakfast was usually in the Windjammer. We enjoy the variety of breakfast foods available. Everyone could find something they liked. I would say too, that the coffee on this ship was much better than what we experienced last year on the Allure of the Seas. Has RCI changed the coffee company it deals with? If so, we applaud the move! We made good use of the Cafe Promenade too. A great place to people watch, enjoy a cup of coffee, or a late night slice (or two or three!) of pizza! We also enjoyed the entertainment options available on the Adventure. Evening shows were varied, and while we didn't think the Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers were the best we've seen, the orchestra was great! The hypnotist, the Elton John impersonator and the comedian were probably the best of the evening performances. Let me give some praise to Royal Caribbean for a current program running on most, if not all of their ships. One afternoon on a sea day, they had a special Veteran's Reception for all passengers who are vets. The orchestra played military branch tributes, there was a large cake, and special recognition was given to a couple of WW2 veterans in the group. My dad, an Army vet, attended and we were all very touched at this salute to all who have served our nation. Service on Adventure of the Seas was exemplary! The entire crew, from captain to maintenance worker, seemed to always greet us with smiles and we were asked numerous times thru the cruise if there was anything we needed or wanted to make our experience on board any better. The crew exuded a genuinely friendly vibe, and it was very much appreciated. We visited the "ABC" Islands - Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. All three were beautiful, and it was our first time visiting. Palm Beach on Aruba was beautiful, and we enjoyed walking the beach and swimming in the sea. Of the three islands though, Curacao was our personal favorite. The architecture of the town and the friendliness of the locals was great! The standout feature for us tho, was the pontoon bridge that actually swings open like a door when a boat needs to come thru! Very unique! We did no excursions on any of the islands, so I can't speak to that, although my cousins rented an ATV in Aruba to see the island and a golf cart in Curacao. They enjoyed tooling around the islands that way and got to see much of the natural wonders of each. Our group consisted of adults, no kids, though we ranged in age from late 20's to the 50's to 80's! And once again, even with such a wide spread of ages, we were all able to find fun and enjoyable things to do which made it a fantastic cruise for everybody! I would highly recommend Adventure of the Seas and would not hesitate to sail her again; in fact, I hope someday we can! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We were a group of 7. Myself (53), wife (59), our married daughter and son in-law (both 36) and their 3 children aged 16, 14, 10. My wife and I are experienced cruisers however the kids are not. We chose this cruise because we were ... Read More
We were a group of 7. Myself (53), wife (59), our married daughter and son in-law (both 36) and their 3 children aged 16, 14, 10. My wife and I are experienced cruisers however the kids are not. We chose this cruise because we were paying for everyone and it was affordably priced compared to other ships and itineraries during this period. We had three cabins. Two balconies (one corner aft) and one interior. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was easy and smooth. We arrived at the ship at apx. 11 am and boarding had already begun. We were walking through the promenade by 11:15. The ship is in excellent condition. While there are tiny signs of her age in the room nothing that was off putting. The common areas were all meticulously maintained. The Windjammer is busy during peak times but there is an easy flow to the traffic and there was very little waiting to serve yourself. We were always able to find a table and the servers for the most part were quite attentive. I thought the quality of the food was quite good for buffet style eating. Breakfast especially stood out. We did eat most lunches here but were particularly hungry because of the big breakfasts we ate. The MDR was, as expected, very good. Our waiter and asst. waiter were a treat. They tripped over themselves to make sure we enjoyed our food. Sometime brining out extra things we hadn't order just so we could sample them. Entertainment was good. We especially enjoyed the figure skating show. We went back for a second round we enjoyed it so much. We also had fun at the family public skate. I found one of the bands on Boleros (playing 80's top 40) so good I stalked their performance almost everyday. The younger kids loved the waterslides.. Our cabin attendant was amazing... She must work 20 hours a day to do all that she does. The bar service was exceptional. I never waited more than a minute, in any bar, to have my order taken. Even during busy times. Grand Cayman... we just wondered the port area and did a little shopping. Costa Maya... Boys were zip lining and girls were swimming with dolphins. 5 stars for both. I also got a great massage in the port shopping area for a very affordable price. Cozumel was a dune buggy and snorkel excursion booked through the cruise line. 4 stars. We enjoyed it but the walk from the meeting point to the actual dune buggies was a little excessive first thing in the morning when you are barely even awake. LOL. The 10 year old was part of the Kids club and loved it! Debarkation was a bit chaotic. Getting off the ship was fine. However border control point was very poorly organized and took twice as long as it should have and the traffic to get into the port caused our Uber to take twice as long as predicted. Thats on the port and not Royal Caribbean though. We will be back on Royal again soon and would definitely sail on Adventure anytime again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Stayed in an Airbnb about 1 mile from the pier. We were listed to arrive at 1 pm but we arrived at 11 am. We filled out all of the info online before arriving(cc info, pictures etc....). This was by far and away the easiest and fastest ... Read More
Stayed in an Airbnb about 1 mile from the pier. We were listed to arrive at 1 pm but we arrived at 11 am. We filled out all of the info online before arriving(cc info, pictures etc....). This was by far and away the easiest and fastest embarkation of any of my past 20 cruises. A five minute wait in the security line and then an agent looked at my passport, scanned my boarding pass and took a picture of me with her tablet. I was now allowed to board the ship. Literally no wait. First time I never had to wait. Second time on this ship. First time was 10 years ago out of San Juan. Inside cabin with a view of the Promenade. Typical cabin but very little drawer space. Usually a windjammer buffet in the Caribbean will have outdoor seating. This was disappointing in that it was completely closed in. No outdoor dining at all. 1st night I ordered a Cosmo. A basic drink that was not strong at all. Cost.. $14.16 Just a few years ago I would have paid $7 or $8 Everything about cruising now is about nickel n diming you. Cruising just isn’t the same to me anymore with all of the money grabbing techniques they use now. Sometimes you just want to relax in your cabin and watch tv or a movie. The tv lineup is awful. You can watch ESPN, CNN, MSNBC or watch a Rcl channel trying to sell you something. If you want to rent a movie for 24 hours, get out $12. If you want room service, it is now $8 10 years ago they had a late night disco where people would gather to dance and drink. That has been replaced with a pay restaurant. Nothing happening at night unless you want to gamble in the casino. The shows in the theatre consisted of two late night comedians, one of which we lasted all of 7 minutes in his routine. The other shows were a tribute to the Eagles and a juggling act. The juggler was actually really good and funny. Just a boring ship if you stay up past 8 pm. You will be asked 100 times if you want to tour the galley. They never mention a price but I finally found out that it is $34 per person to tour the galley at 10:30am with mimosas served afterwards. Dining was fine. Not sure why I’m the past couple years that it is nearly impossible to get anything to drink other than water. If you ask for tea, be prepared to wait. Just bizarre. Johnny Rockets was great. I think that was $12 a person. Beautiful ship with great potential but I don’t see myself returning to RCL again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Overall, great experience! Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Restaurant staff in Main Dining (waiters Raj & Richard) were the most accommodating, friendliest and welcoming guys ever! There were some aspects of the ship which ... Read More
Overall, great experience! Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Restaurant staff in Main Dining (waiters Raj & Richard) were the most accommodating, friendliest and welcoming guys ever! There were some aspects of the ship which are due for renovations (coming Spring ‘21): spots in carpet, stains in some booth seat backs, and some wear marks on chairs in main dining room. Otherwise, the ship was immaculate. It did not have an “old” or “outdated” feel at all. The dining room and theaters were all very modern. The shows were decent—musical show was probably more geared toward 50+ crowd, but still nicely done. Ice skating was good—not as nice as Oasis class ships, but still put together well. Room was A+. No complaints at all with mattresses (I read they just replaced them this month). Storage space in room was larger than in Oasis-class ships. Bathroom was as expected. Only 2 electrical outlets in entire room though, so be prepared. Overall, this was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our 14th cruise with Royal Caribbean. First the good. The food was excellent. The staff delightful and helpful except for guest services. Adventure Ocean and their staff was delightful and our grandkids loved it. The public ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise with Royal Caribbean. First the good. The food was excellent. The staff delightful and helpful except for guest services. Adventure Ocean and their staff was delightful and our grandkids loved it. The public areas of the ship were clean and appealing. The bad: I have been your customer since 2004. The relationship was great through 2014. We have never cancelled or changed a cruise booking. In my opinion, we have been model customers. Apparently we have a difference of opinions on that. We sang RC praises for years. When friends wanted to go on a cruise I demanded we go RC or we wouldn’t go. When we booked this cruise it was to be a family cruise. Not too long after booking, one of our son and his wife found out she was pregnant. Your policy will not allow her to cruise so close to her due date. I decided to cancel the cruise because I didn’t want to be on a cruise when the baby was born. Because I trusted RC and I THOUGHT we had a good relationship I was absolutely shocked when I found out there was a $100 charge per person for changing or cancelling the cruise. Sure enough, there it was. Hidden in the fine print. And to add insult to injury I had to PROVE with a Dr.s note that she was indeed pregnant. In other words I was a liar and had to prove she was expecting. And please don’t hide behind the malarkey that it’s your policy. I would have thought that you could look at our past relationship and take my word for it. But no. I guess you thought I was just trying to get out of a cruise. Something I’ve never done before or would ever do without a very good reason and this was a good reason. You showed before we even got close to the cruise that you didn’t trust me. Being a Diamond members I felt you treated us just like a first time customer. The baby was due the middle of November. Our granddaughter was born on Oct 10 while we were on the cruise. Thanks Royal Caribbean. This gratuity thing is completely out of control. The number one thing that absolute angered me and ruined the cruise for me was on day three I noticed they were charging us $14.50 per person per day for gratuity. We had 2 cabins and there was three in one room and two in the other. I specifically asked when I booked the cruise that I did not want automatic gratuities. I remember seeing on one of my documents that stated that I opted out of automatic gratuities. But you still put them on my account. Why? Were you hoping I wouldn’t notice? In my opinion you have this backwards. Automatic gratuities should be something the customer opts into and not have to opt out of. You charge 18% gratuity on everything we purchase. I would be curious how much of that 18% on all purchases makes it to your workers? Remember that trust goes two ways. We took our other son, his wife and two little boys (4 and 5 years old) because of all the water activities they could play on. When we got up to the pool deck and went to go on the children’s water slide we were informed that they aren’t tall enough to go down the slide. So we went over to the smaller area were there’s a slide and were informed that that area was for diapered toddlers only and were run out of there. We went to the back of the ship were the big slide was thinking I could go down with them. Nope. There was no water activities other than a small pool they could play in. Who in the world in your company thought this was a good idea to completely exclude certain size children from all water slides and fun water items? We recently became foster parents to three teenage girls. They had never been on a cruise and we decided to take them on the cruise with us. I needed to find out what paperwork I needed to take these girls out of the country. I emailed RC multiple times and was finally told that RC does not approve documents. I was given a phone number to the Port of Galveston and when I called I spoke to a women I was curtly told me that they didn’t do that and she had no idea why the cruise lines give out their phone number. I was right back to where I started from. FINALLY, after persistent but polite emails,I received an email from RC with an email address to someone at the Port of Galveston who could review the documents. I sent them and promptly received a thumbs up. The last thing I wanted to do was show up at the port, on a Sunday morning, and be told that the documents weren’t adequate. I would think a request like this would be an easy task for a cruise line? Sorentoe’s: I could never figure out when they would be open. One morning I went down to get coffee and they were open. I had the best breakfast burrito I’ve ever eaten. Looked so forward to that the rest of the cruise. Never saw Sorento’s open for breakfast again. Their pizza was delicious by the way. The daily cruise sheet we would receive in our stateroom the night before about the next days activities would have the times of the shops and restaurants hours. Unless I read the sheet incorrectly Sorento’s would be open earlier or later. I could never count on the hours published. Our dinning room table: I explained to our girls how beautiful the formal dining room was and how it was nice to have a nice meal while having a view of the ocean. Nope. We were stuck at table (501) which is in a corner with a window and a wonderful view of a lifeboat. Your company makes such a big deal about gratuities that on day five I wanted to get cash to give to my waiter, asst. waiter and stateroom attendant their gratuities. They all did a fantastic job. I went to the ATMs to get cash and none of them worked. I was informed by one of your staff at guest services that it was a satellite issue. I found out later that all the ATM’s were out of cash. I spent hours trying to get cash out of ATMs. Had I been told he truth, I wouldn’t have waste my time. I went down to the casino to get cash ($120) on my seapass. First all you charge 5% fee to get cash to gamble with and they informed me they’re not allowed to give us cash. I went to guest services and told them my problem and she told me I couldn’t give a gratuity on my seapass account since I opted out of prepaid gratuities. It took my quite a while to get her to understand I only wanted to give my assistant waiter his tip. I had enough cash for the stateroom attendant and waiter. She finally gave me a form to fill out. I got the assistant waiters full name and filled out the form. I showed it to the assistant waiter and told him to watch for his tip. When I took the form down to guest service to turn in I handed it to one of your employees behind the desk and it was obvious he had no idea what that document was. How do I know? Because he ask me what it was for. I had to explain to him what it was as the woman who helped me was not there. I did get charged for it on my seapass account so I hope the employee received it. I talked to other guest on this cruise and read reviews that your automatic gratuity is not well received. The windjammer is too small for they way you manage it. People come in, get their food and sit and eat it. Then they decide to sit there and take up a table while they sit and talk and drink coffee for hours. After all the view is wonderful. I think it would be a great idea to make an announcement every so often that reminds people that if they are through eating to go elsewhere to sit and talk as curtesy to other guest. There’s other places on the ship where the view is just as spectacular. I went to breakfast the first morning then never went back because it was almost impossible to find a table. Pictures: We wanted to buy a couple of pictures for our son and his family. We told your employee that we wanted to pay for the pictures using our account. He stated that we could absolutely do that. Our sons account was charged instead. In summary, the odds of me ever sailing on Royal Caribbean are virtually non existent at best. Your company chose to open this Pandora’s box of mistrust of me right from the beginning of booking this cruise. Maybe I have an unrealistic view of myself and the way I think you should view me. If so, then I accept full responsibility for your attitude towards me. I have never raised my voice or belittled any of your employees either in person or on the phone. I firmly believe in the phrase “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” Maybe you want me to go elsewhere? I did notice your little facial expressions emoji when my account was pulled up. Maybe I’ve done something that makes you no longer value me as a customer? IF, and I mean a big IF, I ever cruise again it will not be on RC. I no longer see it as a good value for my money. I no longer see our relationship going any further. And if you are considered the best cruise line for the last 16 years then I WILL NOT cruise ever again on any cruise line if RC is considered the benchmark. In retrospect I greatly regret not eating the $600 charge and cancelling the cruise. How many of your guests are willing to take the time to write a review with such detail as I have? I am not looking for any thing free and I can’t think of anything you can do to salvage our relationship. I’m afraid it’s damaged beyond repair. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Even a mediocre cruise is great when compared to being at work, that said we have had better times the last two summers on NCL. Overall we had a good time, but I dont think anything stood out as much better than NCL. Unfortunately a few ... Read More
Even a mediocre cruise is great when compared to being at work, that said we have had better times the last two summers on NCL. Overall we had a good time, but I dont think anything stood out as much better than NCL. Unfortunately a few areas did seem noticeably worse. Room steward did his job, but there was almost no engagement. He didnt even say hello until the second day. On NCL we were constantly greeted, and from the very first moment asked our preferences or requests. Much preferred the buffet on NCL to RCCL, but I would give a slight nod to RCCL on the main dining room food..especially of course lobster night. Johnny Rockets was a total waste of time and money... I actually requested a refund. Food was OK, but waiter was rude. We took my son there to experience the singing and dancing and the waiter laughed at us when I asked about it...then ignored us. There was also a "Frozen Yogurt" machine.... Ingreidients: water,corn syrup, hydrogenated palm oil, non fat milk solids... Not yogurt, not even close. Activities on board were good for kids. We missed the ropes courses from NCL, but they had the Flow Rider, and the ice skating rink. Ice skating was a really nice feature althought the sign up process is unnecessarily painful. Shows were just plain horrid. I commented to my wife how weird it was that the graphics were so bad on the screens during the show. A guy standing by us said that he was on the ship 15 years earlier and it was because it was the SAME EXACT SHOW... nothing was updated. Finally, the worst part of the experience for me was the kids club. It was nowhere near as nice as NCL. It functioned more like a baby sitting area, than a club that kids would want to go to. At least during the evening hours, staff-kid ratio was really bad. I felt bad for the girl working, and for the kids. All said and done, if I ever sail RCCL again it would likely be for the opportunity to go back to CoCo Cay. Coco Cay was exceptional and really lived up to the hype. Next time I just wouldnt pay the price for the water park. I literally spent less to get a season pass at the local six flags when we got back home. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was my 10 year old's first cruise, and it was amazing for her! I have been on multiple cruise lines, but have always enjoyed RCL most of all. The ship, though approaching 20 years old, is still in amazing shape. Our cabin, ... Read More
This was my 10 year old's first cruise, and it was amazing for her! I have been on multiple cruise lines, but have always enjoyed RCL most of all. The ship, though approaching 20 years old, is still in amazing shape. Our cabin, 8522, was great, and the only problem we had was that the couch was dirty, rock hard and broken, and really unusable. Everything else on the cruise was amazing. One point of info for anyone choosing this ship: In each room is what they call a refrigerator, but the label on the front states that it is only a cooler, and it does not keep anything cold. We just had our amazing cabin steward provide ice each day, and problem solved! The main dining room food was very good, and the staff granted every request within their power (Amal and Valary were amazing). Our only complaint was that despite booking a table for 2 in advance, and visiting the maitre d' the first day, they would not give us the requested table. We were seated by mistake with a traveling gambling group, and moved to another large table the next day, stating that they made a mistake. I really wish they would create more space for parties of 2 who wish for privacy. Overall, the rest of the cruise was amazing! Plenty to keep my daughter busy, and it was fun just exploring. Coco Cay was absolutely amazing, and renting a beach bed was totally worth every penny! We were the last ship to leave the island before they evacuated for Hurricane Dorian, but the staff did not pass along any of the anxiety or concern they must have felt to their passengers. Nassau leaves a lot to be desired, but our excursion to Blue Lagoon to swim with the dolphins was a dream come true! I would highly recommend this ship/cruise line to anyone looking for a fun, relaxing, exciting cruise. Port Liberty is a breeze for embarkation, and opens a whole new world of cruising to anyone hesitant to fly. Additionally, I think the humanitarian efforts RCL put into aiding the Bahamas post-Dorian is outstanding, and just makes me more of an RCL loyal fan! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My family and I embarked on this ship on August 17th, 2019 for a 6 night Canada/New England cruise. This was our 5th cruise overall, but our 2nd with Royal. Our first cruise with Royal was back in 2005 on the Voyager of the Seas for our ... Read More
My family and I embarked on this ship on August 17th, 2019 for a 6 night Canada/New England cruise. This was our 5th cruise overall, but our 2nd with Royal. Our first cruise with Royal was back in 2005 on the Voyager of the Seas for our honeymoon. Since then, we have tried a couple of other cruise lines, and we must say it was fantastic to return to Royal this time around and find out for ourselves that we still enjoyed the Royal experience as much as the other lines we have tried in the past few years. The service was impeccable, beginning with our room steward, as well as with the main dining room staff. We are a family of 4, my husband and I and our 2 children sailed with us, ages 9 and 11. Our stateroom was #1690, which was an aft balcony. We spent much of our time here, in between busy mornings either out on an excursion on a port day, or participating in onboard activities. The balcony was spacious, and the previous reviews I had read about soot from smokestacks leaving residue on the aft balcony did not bother us one bit. Mid way through the cruise on a port day the crew actually notified us they would be cleaning the balcony, of which they did. The sail away views from each port were breathtaking on our balcony and made the experience in having booked this stateroom worth it. Based on reviews we had read about complaints that the main dining room quality of food had gone down, my husband and I disagree. We have sailed 2 other lines in the past 5-7 years and we feel that all the lines are moving towards the same changes, but we do not feel quality of food has gone down in the main dining rooms. In fact, we were quite satisfied with both quality of food, amount of food choices, and quality of service in the complimentary dining venues onboard this ship. Ports of call included Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We did 2 shore excursions through the cruise line on this sailing and neither disappointed. We did the Acadia National Park and Lobster Bake in Bar Harbor. This was a fantastic taste of the area being it was our first time here. A beautiful port. We did the hop on/hop off pink bus tour in St. John, as our time in port was a bit shorter than what we had hoped for. We left port by 3pm and so had to be onboard for 2:30 that day. Regardless, the hop on and hop off bus gave us a nice taste of the major highlights of the area. We did end up visiting the reversing rapids and paid extra to experience the SkyWalk which was neat.Overall, we were satisfied with this entire cruise, the ports, and the service. Again, despite certain signs of the ship showing its age, and despite the fact this ship is a bit smaller than the megaships we have sailed in the last 5 years, we felt we enjoyed this cruise very much. Even our kids agreed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We just came back from our first cruise ever and Adventure of the Seas met our expectations. We had the spacious balcony Stateroom deck 8. It is very convenient if we wanted to walk up 3 levels to deck 11 for the buffet- Windjammer or walk ... Read More
We just came back from our first cruise ever and Adventure of the Seas met our expectations. We had the spacious balcony Stateroom deck 8. It is very convenient if we wanted to walk up 3 levels to deck 11 for the buffet- Windjammer or walk down 3 levels- deck 5 for the Royal Promenade. The ship is beautifully and well maintained. We ate at the Main Dining Room early every night and went up to the buffet later for deserts. We decided to have early dinner 5:30 pm so we could do any shows, activities at night. It worked out perfectly. The food at the Main dining room and the buffet is good. I am a picky eater but I always find something that I enjoyed. We didn’t buy the drink package because we don’t drink enough to justify the price. My husband had a beer and my son had a mock tail every dinner. With the onboard credit $100, I ended up paying $5 for the drink on this trip. The entertainment is good. We like the comedy shows and the ice show. We did one trivia at the Imperial Lounge one night about Superhero & Villains. It was fun. My son likes the rock climbing wall, Flowrider. We saw so many amazing sunset on this trip. The staffs were friendly and dedicated. We tipped them a little extra for our room attendant and the two waiters in the Main Dining room. We bought the Key program and it did enhanced our experience. We will absolutely pay extra for the Key program on our next cruise. We like our first cruise experience and plan to do another in 2021. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We traveled with a group of 12 people ranging from 24-84 years old. Frequent cruisers, prefer Royal Caribbean but have been on Disney, Norwegian, Carnival, Princess, and Celebrity. We choose this trip based on departure port as well as the ... Read More
We traveled with a group of 12 people ranging from 24-84 years old. Frequent cruisers, prefer Royal Caribbean but have been on Disney, Norwegian, Carnival, Princess, and Celebrity. We choose this trip based on departure port as well as the new private island. Embarkation was a very smooth process, took a maximum of 15 minutes. We purchased the Ultimate Drink Package before boarding and immediately went to the bars once we boarded the ship. The Windjammer, Cafe Promenade, and small buffet tables of hamburgers/hotdogs were setup to distribute crowds. The ship was clean, hand sanitizer and “washy washy” stations are placed throughout. Although the Adventure does show a bit of wear and tear from the years at sea, it is a fantastic ship! We loved the Duck & Dog Pub on the promenade, live music a majority of the nights. The singer Jess was awesome! You must also visit Andre at the Champagne bar, his Coconut Chocolate Martini was the best. We were able to organize My Time Dining for the same time/table each night, keeping the same waiters (Narciso and Ajay). You are only able to reserve space for 10 people online with Royal Caribbean cruise planner, we spoke with the dining room staff when boarded and they accommodated our party with no problems. They had a variety of foods each night and were able to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters at our table. We didn’t have the best weather - 3 of 8 days were rainy. 2 Sea Days and Bermuda. Activities were added during the rainy sea days, Royal tried to keep everyone happy despite the weather. We have traveled to Bermuda before, but still disappointed not to be able to get to Horseshoe Bay. We have traveled to Nassau NUMEROUS times, we remained on the ship this day in order to enjoy the nice weather and pool deck! If you can, stay on the ship during a port day to do the water slides, we had no wait and were able to ride 5+ times. PERFECT DAY AT COCO CAY was just as the name says! IT WAS AMAZING! The ship was able to add an additional hour to our port time and we enjoyed every minute of it. Did the Zipline (additional charge), Thrill Waterpark (additional charge), and Oasis Lagoon (included). Take advantage of all the island has to offer, it really is a perfect day!!! Debarkation was just as smooth, we had a great trip and cannot wait for our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Family and I love cruising and do so often. I've been cruising since I was a teen and have continued that tradition with my family. (My kids are now teens themselves - how is that possible?!) We've cruised Royal Caribbean many ... Read More
Family and I love cruising and do so often. I've been cruising since I was a teen and have continued that tradition with my family. (My kids are now teens themselves - how is that possible?!) We've cruised Royal Caribbean many times, last time on the Anthem. It was nice to go back to the smaller ship. We love the layout of the Adventure and ships similar to her. Overall, the ship is in great shape! We stayed in an inside Promenade room, which was roomy albeit compact. Beds were fine, although a bit on the firm/hard side. Plenty of room for storage and sitting. Entertainment options left much to be desired. We caught a movie out on deck and the ice show. The sound mixing in the ice show was horrible, which made it less than enjoyable. Skaters were good, although they made a few mistakes. But, hey, I can't even stand in skates forget about doing tricks on a moving ship! ;) The rest of the shows were not of much interest. We did trivia once, which was a lot of fun. If you decide to participate, get there EARLY or you won't have anywhere to sit. Staff service was a mixed bag. Some bartenders were great - happy, friendly, and served good drinks. Others seemed to be in a bad mood and were inconsistent with their drinks. There was a bartender just outside of the 5th floor dining room who remembered our names by the third evening. Asked hubby for me by name when he went to get an after dinner drink without me! Our waiter in the main dining room was outstanding! Attentive and went out of his way to help with special requests. Truly made it memorable! First time ever I have negative feelings about our stateroom attendant. She never introduced herself, we got towel animals one night only, and she often forgot stuff (like making one of the beds without a top sheet over the duvet!). She was usually fine with towels, emptying garbage, and making beds, so I guess it was sufficient. I just missed the chatting and kindness of previous attendants. (Even when we passed her in the hallway and said hello, she barely cracked a smile.) The food was a bit of a disappointment this time around. Promenade pizza was actually pretty good and perhaps one of the highlights. It had a crispy crust with decent sauce and cheese. The sandwiches were repeated fairly regularly and weren't very good. For instance, the salami sandwich had one slice of salami folded, a few shreds of iceberg lettuce, and a glob of mayo. I took to asking for extra salami and prosciutto and scraping off the mayo. Windjammer breakfast was lame. They had a buzzer system to get your omelette when it was ready, which was nice. But the omelette was meh. For ham, they used this minced ham meat which had horrible texture. The biscuits looked worse than something you'd find out of a can in the fridge section of your mega mart. The potato patties were ok, sometimes greasy/soggy, but definitely something pre-done and frozen. You could grab eggs over easy, which was nice. And the toast station women were great. Lunch and dinner at Windjammer were pretty repetitive. At lunch it was hamburgers, hot dogs, and pastas, with a salad bar and then a few other items. The carving station meats were usually painfully dry. Dinner each night had a theme, but nothing really stood out. It was seemed like institutional food. Missing from previous cruises were the interesting Asian hot sauces. In fact, sometimes along the buffet line there were empty bowls labeled for a sauce that was nowhere to be found. We did lunch once in the dining room, because I HAVE to have my Tutti Frutti salad. That didn't disappoint! The burger from the menu was unimpressive. It was supposed to have sauteed mushrooms, and there were two small slices. They also had a steak and egg station and small buffet in addition to the items on the menu. It was a nice change to be (mostly) served and sit and relax as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the Windjammer at lunch. Dinner in the dining room was hit and miss. Some items were ahhhhmazing (lamb chops, garlic shrimp, and cilantro crusted cod come to mind) and others were meh to forgettable. There were a lot more "standard" choices on the menus than our previous cruises. In fact, dessert menu was fairly standard with one regular item and one sugar free item changing daily. Having said that, the apple pie and cheesecake were OUT OF THIS WORLD. Ports of call included Bermuda, Nassau, and Coco Cay. We've been to Bermuda a bunch of times, and due to yucky weather and a broken foot, decided to forgo the beach day, shop a bit in town, and enjoy the quiet pace of life on an empty ship. In Nassau we took the Tru Bahamian Food Tour (not through RC). We've done food tours before, and love how it really gives you a "taste" of the islands/ports. This one was disappointing, though. Our tour guide was sweet, but didn't share as much as we expected. And some of the tastes and stops were unimpressive. (For instance, one stop was a rum cake shop where we heard a few minutes about rum and got the same samples people off the street can get.) Coco Cay was fun! We were impressed with the island overall. Definitely hit the snack shack for their crispy chicken sandwich. We didn't eat at the buffet, but it was soooo much nicer than what they put out in Labadee (the other private beach stop). DH and DD did jet skis and had a blast. It must have been low tide, as we saw much greenery coming out of the water, so we spent our time at the lagoon. The front area is super crowded and loud, but the back area was nice. Bartenders at a few of the bars had trouble keeping up with the orders, so there were long waits. Towel exchange guy was less than friendly, and didn't want to give up his towels. Shopping was overpriced touristy stuff, and I missed the interesting crafts and artwork found in Labadee shopping. Embarking and disembarking were easy enough. Don't bother going straight to Windjammer on embarkation day - the line was out the door and down the halls! They must have realized this is a problem, as they had a burger station by the Promenade Cafe. Our favorite thing to do was to find a quiet area and play cards, chat, read, and relax. Viking Crown Lounge was great for that! And you can also find nooks and crannies in other places on the ship. Just before our trip we read about Cruising Ducks (see FB Original Cruising Ducks). We hid about a dozen, but saw two scooped away by staff. We bumped into someone one day holding our duck, and we were sooo excited! Hope others found some, too. And we even found one! This was super fun and exciting! Final word of caution is to check your statements. We were charged for two un-returned pool towels. We used towels twice -- once by the pool on ship in Bermuda and once for Coco Cay. Each time they swiped our cards in and out, but the pool towel people never looked fully alert or interested in their jobs. It took two visits and a call to Guest Services to get the charge removed. Not the most fun thing to do on your last day of vacation! All in all, it was a fabulous family cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We recently returned from the 6 day Canada & New England Cruise (7/20/19- 7/26/19). We are in our late 40's with a teenage daughter. This was our 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas (we had been on the ship in 2003), ... Read More
We recently returned from the 6 day Canada & New England Cruise (7/20/19- 7/26/19). We are in our late 40's with a teenage daughter. This was our 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas (we had been on the ship in 2003), we've also sailed the Liberty of the Seas (2010) and Anthem of the Seas (2018), and this was our first Canadian/NE cruise. For perspective, we've also cruised on HAL, Celebrity and NCL. We spent a few days in NYC prior to the cruise, and we hired a car to take us to Bayonne. Traffic on a Saturday morning was relatively light (and our driver stopped in Jersey City where we bought two bottles of wine). The entire drive from Chinatown to the port (including the 10 minute stop at the liquor store) was 45-55 minutes. It took us maybe 20 minutes from the time we arrived at the port (11 am) to board (and getting off the ship yesterday was almost as fast). On embarkation day it seems the Windjammer is always crazy busy and this time was no different, we just skipped lunch rather than fight the crowds. We left Bayonne at the height of a heatwave (temps on 6/20 in NYC were in the upper 90's), I had been reading the CC messages boards trying to figure out how cold it would be on this cruise - turns out there was only one day where I needed a sweatshirt or sweater (temps in the mid 60's), all the other days on this cruise were in the low to mid 70's (which for me is t-shirt weather). We had (very light) rain for part of two days so a raincoat was a good thing to have. There was one formal night (second night of the cruise). Most of the other passengers were relatively casually dressed (we saw very few tuxedos), most ladies in sun dresses, and men in button down shirts (a few, but not many, in sport coats). We booked a corner Aft balcony (1388) on Deck 10 (the corner balcony rooms with extra room in both the cabin and balcony and the pole in the middle of the cabin). We were right under the Windjammer, and although I was nervous about noise from the Windjammer, it was minimal (I heard it once, my husband reported hearing some foot traffic a few times). The room was HUGE (compared to the size of a standard balcony room). Our teenage daughter slept on the pull out couch, and even with her bed made up there was lots of room for all 3 of us. The (very small) downside was that while on the balcony I could always hear the music from the Flow Rider (Deck 12?), and sometimes we could feel the engines. Even with those small issues we'd gladly book this room again. Our room steward (Omega) was fantastic. We were traveling with extended family (9 of us total), and we had chosen the My Time Dining Option. We found out that seating for 9 on the My Time Dining was available at 5:30 or 8PM (only) which was a letdown as we had been hoping to eat around 6:30. My husband and I purchased the Classic Soda Package - there are two of the Freestyle Coke machines in the Windjammer and two more on Deck 5 (on the Promenade). One of the two machines (port side) in the Windjammer was broken all week - on the port days, only the aft side of the Windjammer was open (and the Windjammer bar was closed) so no soda was available in the Windjammer those days. Normally that wasn't a big deal for me, but I had broken my ankle 2 weeks before the cruise and thus walking was a bit of an issue. Food in the MDR was hit or miss - the prime rib was great whereas the fish of the day was a letdown as was the pasta carbonara (no biggie, just ask the waiter for something else and they gladly bring it to you). I requested an extra side of vegetables each night (and by the end of the cruise all my table mates did the same as the vegetables were all cooked perfectly). We ate dinner at Giovanni's one evening and we thought it would be similar to Jamie's Table (on the Anthem). Although our waiter in Giovanni's was great, the food wasn't anywhere near as good as the food we had at Jamie's (on the Anthem) in 2018. The Windjammer closed at 9am each night, so if you're looking for anything to eat after that time you need to either go to the 5th floor (Cafe Promenade - free) or order room service ($7.95). There is also a Ben & Jerry's ice cream station on Deck 5 (for an extra fee). The other cruisers seemed to be mostly extended families, along with a fair number of senior citizens. It was a full ship (Windjammer packed at breakfast & lunch on sea days) and oftentimes it was challenging to find somewhere to sit. We ordered room service twice, there is a flat $7.95 fee for room service (apart from breakfast, where there is no charge for muffins, pastries etc), it took about 45 minutes each time (food was great on both occasions). With my broken ankle I didn't go into any ports. Several members of our party went rock climbing in Bar Harbor and had an amazing time (not a RCL excursion, we found the company on Trip Advisor), my in laws took a tour in Bar Harbor and had a nice time. Of the three ports (Bar Harbor, St. John & Halifax) my husband liked Bar Harbor the best (he described it as a nice quaint town, he and my daughter enjoyed walking around it after their rock climbing tour). Many members of our group rode on the FlowRider on several days, the FlowRider staff were great and were happy to help the beginners as well as those in our group who had done it before. It was open several times a day (every day), there was also an option to rent it for $345 per hour (and with an instructor was around $500 per hour). We had lunch in Johnny Rockets on the last day ($7.95 per person, milkshakes/malts were extra). We didn't go to any shows, the spa or the gym. We went to the trivia games on several days - they are POPULAR - if you are into trivia, I'd suggest you get there 15-20 minutes early to get a seat. Overall this was a very nice cruise. The ship is a little older but it was very clean, and each and every staff member I encountered was friendly and helpful. For the cost of the cruise I felt it provided a good value (but the crowds got to me so I think next time I'll pay more for an upscale cruise line for a less crowded experience). Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this ship because of the destinations and the activities on board for young adults and children. The ship did not disappoint with regards to on board activities and ease of access to destinations. We were also pleasantly ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the destinations and the activities on board for young adults and children. The ship did not disappoint with regards to on board activities and ease of access to destinations. We were also pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and service in the main dining room, as well as the décor of the ship. We were pleased, having been on Norweigan and Carnival ships of similar size that there seemed to be more pool space available to everyone, and also no fighting over chairs around the pool. The entertainment at night was good, but the comedians and the illusionist, as well as the juggler were all good. I especially liked the adults only comedy shows. I also found entertainment in the Imperial Lounge to be fun and family oriented. The only thing that I wish was better was the size of the cabins. We had 2 balcony cabins for family, and it seemed cramped, with not enough drawer or closet space compared to other balcony cabins on other ships. The shower was very small, and water temperature was an issue. The fitness center had plenty of equipment. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were celebrating my son's high school graduation, my birthday, and my cousin's birthday. There were twelve of us. Three of us had balconies and my sister and her family had a junior suite. I really have no allegiance to any ... Read More
We were celebrating my son's high school graduation, my birthday, and my cousin's birthday. There were twelve of us. Three of us had balconies and my sister and her family had a junior suite. I really have no allegiance to any particular cruise line. This was my eighth cruise and I have not been on the same ship more than once. I tend to cruise every other year. I am a school teacher so my time to cruise is normally in the summer. I was originally going had plans of flying into Islip Thursday, spend the night at my mother's and then take a car service to the port. We were scheduled to take the 6:40 PM on Frontier from RDU into Islip. We got to the airport almost three hours ahead only to find out that there were storms and our flight was cancelled. Make a long story short, we ended up driving and spending the night in Baltimore. We stayed at the Radisson Inner Harbor Hotel, we arrive at almost 1:00am. It was a great hotel and we were perfectly happy. We ended up driving to the port Friday morning. No traffic until we got almost to the port. We paid the $22/day. I would consider doing this again, even if it was not my first choice. If we do fly, we would definitely fly two days ahead of time. I am so glad that we were not still living in Phoenix or we would have might had a problem. We always have travel insurance though. We did Horseshoe Bay while in Bermuda. We have been there several times before. Several of us purchased the two loungers and umbrellas for $50. It is crowded and on other occasions we walked to the far left of the umbrella stands and it is less crowded. However, my mom has mobility issues so we didn't do much walking. Leaving Bermuda, we did have a medical evacuation and ended up returning to the dock. We weren't even that far away from the dock, so we did not lose that much time. My son and I purchased the Atlantis beach day through Atlantis. The dig was nice but I don't know if I would go back. The beach was just okay. My sister and cousin and their respective families went to Cable Beach and rented jet skis and had a great time. My parents stayed on the ship. I had never been to Atlantis so I wanted to at least go but it is more of been there done that. Cocoa Cay was all of what Royal Caribbean said it was be. I had booked the hot air balloon excursion prior to the cruise. Unfortunately, due to weather restrictions, it did not happen. It did not hinder my enjoyment while we were there. My sister and her family as well as my cousin and hers, did ziplining. My son, sister, and cousin also did the half day pass for the water park. They stated that it was good except lines on the big slide were crazy and four of the seven people had received burns due to the lack of water on the slide! We did let the cruise director know when we returned to the ship. It felt that they did not have enough water running down the slide. If you have mobility issues, they had many trams and personnel to assist those who needed it. I really wish they would increase the amount of time that we were there. We did have an extra hour there, but it would have been nice to have more. The WindJammer's set up is not the best. There are other cruise lines that have a better set up. Some ships have a barbecue section, pizza section, etc... However, the flow on this ship did not really flow well. One big line to get food. The quality of the food was not terrible at the WindJammer but not the best either. Most days, we ate breakfast and dinner in the main dining room. We had early seating, which sometimes was sometimes a bit too early but most of us thought the later time was a bit too late. Since we had twelve people, we decided a fixed time would be easier. Prior to the cruise I had reached out to Royal Cruise dining department and requested a table for twelve. They sent me an email with the dining table confirming a table of twelve. As you can guess, we got on the ship, none of us were sitting together. We went to the head waiter on the 4th floor and showed him the email with the copy of the table assignments. He wrote cabin numbers and tables and said he would change and contact our cabins. At the time of our seating, we decided to go to 5th floor dining room since the majority of us were on the fifth floor. The head waiter on that floor was very nice and accommodating. She joined a table of eight and four and put them together. Which actually worked well, we put the adults in one table and the kids at another. Food was much better in the main dining room than the Wind Jammer. Our waiter Manuel and assistant waiter Shadrul were excellent. They were probably one of the best waiters we have had on a cruise. They were both very attentive and went out of their ways every night to make sure we are happy. Five of us did Chops one night. Food and service were very good. Our waiter James was interesting to say the least. Not sure if it was an act or Tourette’s but he did a very good job. He certainly was very amusing. The shows were okay. We enjoyed the acapella group, the juggler and the last comedian. The final show was pretty good. We did not go to the ice show. I heard that the first comedian was not that great but we did not attend. Due to the craziness of the first day and the late night before, we did not go the welcome show. I do know that the most of the group did go to the piano bar the first night and said he was pretty good. Battle of the Sexes and Quest were fun to do. We did have children ranging from age 10 - 18. However, they did not use the kids program. The pool area was very crowded and chair hogs were in abundance. Even at 7:00am it was hard to find a chair. However, I did notice that they were taking items from chairs that were not being used and placing them at the foot of the chair. The solarium area was much more quieter. My son who had turned 18 in April, was happy about being able to use it. Overall, we all thought the ship was very nice. She may be an older ship but she is in great shape. They were consistently disinfecting and cleaning the ship. There were many places that were not crowded. They did make many announcements of not depositing anything other than toilet paper in the toilet. I heard later that there several issues with toilets. I did smell septic by the elevators on deck 7. I think there are pluses and minuses to all ships. As stated before, I have not been on any ship more than once. I have enjoyed all of them. I think Carnival's Lido area definitely has a better layout. I would sail them again, only if I could get the rest of my family to do it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our 7th cruise on Royal Caribbean but our first on the Adventure of the Seas. We have been on the Sovereign, Majesty, Enchantment, Quantum, Freedom, and Oasis of the Seas. We chose this cruise because it is a short ride to the ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise on Royal Caribbean but our first on the Adventure of the Seas. We have been on the Sovereign, Majesty, Enchantment, Quantum, Freedom, and Oasis of the Seas. We chose this cruise because it is a short ride to the port from Pennsylvania, and we wanted to visit Bermuda again. Embarking was quick and smooth. We arrived in port at 10 A.M. and we were on the ship by 11:15. We had two joining interior staterooms, and they were both ready at 1:00. The rooms were a little smaller than the bigger ships we went on in the past, but that was fine with us. My wife, 20 year old son, and two 18 year old daughters do not go on cruises to sit in the cabin. Our cabin steward, Raffy, was fine. Nothing special but he got the job done. We ate breakfast and lunch every day at the windjammer. It drives me nuts when people complain about the variety. They do a great job providing food to thousands of people every day. They offer omelettes, eggs, pancakes, french toast, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, fruit, etc. every morning. What else is there for breakfast? We ate in the main dining room all 8 nights. I thought the food was better on this cruise than the Oasis and Freedom. I think the food on the smaller ships is usually better. Our servers Edmund and Yue worked hard and did a good job. I thought the entertainment was average...does not compare to the mega ships. The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers had two shows. They are talented, but the shows were not our thing. There were two comedians. One was just ok while the other one was really good. The illusionist was the highlight show...unbelievable! We were sitting in the front row and could not believe what we were seeing. The juggler was entertaining, and the a cappella group was good too. Now my gripe. My family loves cruising. We know the crew works extremely hard. What gets me are the passengers! I can’t believe how disrespectful they can be. I think the crew does a great job keeping their composure. How about saying a simple thank you to a crew member? Or maybe clean up a little after yourself. How about this...watch your kid! There were over a thousands kids on this cruise. Some parents were great, others let their kids do whatever the heck they wanted. The Solarium should be 21+ and not 16+. I did see security throw out a few young teens, but it was impossible for them to keep up. Also, some of the 16 year olds act like 8 year olds. So my gripe is not with the staff but the rude passengers. Bermuda was fantastic as usual. Nassau is not worth going to. Wow...Coco Cay was amazing. There were things to do for everyone. The lunch was fabulous. Ten times better than the old Coco Cay lunch. Coco Cay used to be an after thought, but it may have been one of our favorite stops. We will be Emerald members after our next cruise. While this cruise did not blow us away, it was fun and relaxing. The ship is clean, the staff works hard, and there is plenty to do. Just don’t let the other passengers ruin your time. We are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We went as a family of 10 on a cruise to Canada/New England and this was our first times cruising. The ship was pretty but not as equipped for children but that was ok. We expected that. I am also a travel agent so I knew this was a ... Read More
We went as a family of 10 on a cruise to Canada/New England and this was our first times cruising. The ship was pretty but not as equipped for children but that was ok. We expected that. I am also a travel agent so I knew this was a smaller ship. We had so many issues with our children's Set Sail passes being deactivated and my husband's picture being changed on his pass. We visited Guest Services who seemed to resolve matters but when it happened repeatedly, we were told we were sorry we felt the way we did when we got frustrated. We had Wifi issues which we paid for and were not told properly how to connect, so we were hit with a huge roaming charge that could possibly have been avoided if they would have helped or informed of us ahead of time. My Time dining was not easy to get a reservation which we didn't think we needed. All we ever heard from Guest Services and from Corporate after the fact was that they were sorry we felt that way and no compensation or amenities could be done because they are not at fault. Highly disappointed and going to find it hard to sell this cruise line when they do not seem to care about their guests or agents. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise because we loved the ports and wanted to drive to Cape Liberty to avoid flying. Embarking and disembarking was fast and easy. Our inside cabin was tiny, only 150 square feet, but we were only in it to sleep, so we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we loved the ports and wanted to drive to Cape Liberty to avoid flying. Embarking and disembarking was fast and easy. Our inside cabin was tiny, only 150 square feet, but we were only in it to sleep, so we made do. Our son is 15, and he made friends the first night onboard, but the teens had to find stuff to do on their own, since activities were lacking. They gave the kids a dance party, but scheduled it for 2pm one day? No one showed up of course, LOL! Do NOT waste your money on the VOOM internet package. We had bought the most expensive surf and stream option and it was HORRIBLE! Royal should be ashamed to market it as being fast! We would send one text or email and it would take eight hours to go through, if at all. The line to complain at the VOOM table was consistently long the entire week. every single person that I met on the cruise was furious about the internet not working. If you are considering the soda package, please know that the Coke Freestyle machines are only in the royal Promenade and in the Windjammer, so if the Windjammer is closed, you have no access to the machine. Also, the machines were down or out of certain drinks quite frequently. You may bring one case of soda per stateroom on board, so take advantage of that instead! The food was just fine. We are not picky eaters. The staff tries hard to please and the Windjammer had something for everyone. The lines at the buffet were long all week, and not many people went to the Main Dining Room, except for Lobster night, when the dining room staff was completely overwhelmed by the packed house! Coco Cay is the Perfect Day, I could not find fault with how amazing the island is. Get there early to get a free locker for your stuff, they are all taken after the first hour. In Bermuda we booked a snorkeling trip to the coral reef through Hat Trick Charters. They only take 6-12 people to the reef and you will find that they have a perfect rating on TripAdvisor for good reason!!!!! In Nassau, we booked a room at Comfort Suites Paradise island to get free passes to the Atlantis resort for the day in port. ( it is across the street from Atlantis, a few steps away literally.). We saved so much money, compared to the people that booked through Royal Caribbean. We saved hundreds and got twice the amount of time in Atlantis as well. LOL! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I was on Anthem of the Seas last spring and had an amazing cruise with a group of six people, which was my very first cruise. A week after being on Anthem we booked another cruise on Adventures of the Seas, this time we added two more ... Read More
I was on Anthem of the Seas last spring and had an amazing cruise with a group of six people, which was my very first cruise. A week after being on Anthem we booked another cruise on Adventures of the Seas, this time we added two more people to our group making it a total of eight people. ( 5 women and 3 men ) The women in our group all had issues with cleanliness of the rooms and not completely satisfied with their dinner meals. Overall I was pretty pleased with my cruise however the music being played throughout ship was horrible to say the least. Half of the music selection was in Spanish and the acoustics were also terrible and even worse if someone was trying to make an announcement over the speakers. I found that the selection of music that I could actually understand ( English ) wasn't upbeat at all and the few songs played that were actually good songs were actually depressing songs. One would think being on a cruise the cruise director would want everyone to be upbeat and cheerful. Perhaps my next cruise I'll have to make sure to bring my own music and entertain myself. The staff on Adventures of the Seas, were all very nice and professional from my experiences with them however the crew didn't appear to be happy. Which was the complete opposite from Anthem of the Seas, their staff was very enthusiastic, fun and entertaining. Before disembarking Adventures of the Seas we stopped by the Next Cruise desk and to our surprise the next cruise offer was twice the price for one less day than the current cruise. Needless to say not one of the eight people in out group was up for paying double, so we will look for other options for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was my first megaship, although I've been on 18 other cruises. We started in Bayonne, New Jersey and then went to Miami, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and "Perfect Day At Cocoa Cay". I have been to New Jersey before ... Read More
This was my first megaship, although I've been on 18 other cruises. We started in Bayonne, New Jersey and then went to Miami, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and "Perfect Day At Cocoa Cay". I have been to New Jersey before (sailed out of there last year). I arrived a day early for the trip and I'm glad I did! I didn't have to deal with the hassle of flying! And we were on the ship within 10 minuets! The cruise itself was fabulous! My favorite stop was Cocoa Cay! I visited the island years ago before they decided to build on it, so I thought it would be fun to see it again now that it's being remodeled! What a difference! The beaches are absolutely gorgeous! There is an extra charge for use of the waterpark, which I wish there wasn't in some cases. The snorkeling is fabulous! I can't wait to go again! And the ice show on board was fantastic! My friend has been on the ship about 6 times and told me this was a must. He was not wrong! It was my first ice skating show so I really have nothing to compare it to, but I'm glad I went! Dining was fabulous, once we got our table changed. We do not like My Time Dining, and we were able to make a reservation in the dining room for the rest of the trip, but our table was right near the door and very noisy. After a quick talk with the Maitre'd, we were able to get a table that suited us better. Disembarkation was a vast improvement over the last time we cruised out of Bayonne. We were off the ship in less than 20 minuets, verses waiting over an hour in line the year before. As far as the cabin, we were right over the bridge and had to close the curtains at night if we were in the cabin in order to not blind the captain. Fair point, and by far this cabin has had the best view I've ever seen in my life! We saw everything the Captain sees and the sunrise is fabulous over NYC when you pull in! I would go on this ship again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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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