1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
9 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
9 Helpful Votes
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I picked this cruise based on itinerary and date; 3rd time on the Adventure but on Caribbean itineraries. We were a group of 7 adults (all have cruised before several times except for my 80 yrs old friend) We had embarkation time for ... Read More
I picked this cruise based on itinerary and date; 3rd time on the Adventure but on Caribbean itineraries. We were a group of 7 adults (all have cruised before several times except for my 80 yrs old friend) We had embarkation time for 10:30am. (Highly recommend this time)Took a taxi on EWR and it took us like 20 minutes to Cape Liberty (no traffic because it was early). It was like $13 per person with tips each way. Embarkation was really smooth (be sure to have Sail Pass and Passport on hand) and before 11am we were aboard! You can bring up to 12 cans of soda or water bottles with you. The ship is still beautiful but cabins look outdated (old decor, pillows were not that comfortable). Guest Service was outstanding! My 80 years young fracture her hand the day before the trip and was on cast. We asked the stateroom attendant to put a rollaway bed in the room since none of the 3 (my mom, my aunt and her) were able to climb to ladder for the 3rd bed. He did that immediately but since there was no space to walk in the room I went to Guest Services to see if they could do something. Ten minutes later they gave us another stateroom adjacent to my sister’s so my senior friend could be comfortable! Yes! That’s right! No charge! I was amazed by their empathy and great service. All employees were super nice and helpful. Food in Windjammer was great all days. On MDR food was good but not much variety (Exactly same menu we had on Freedom Of the Seas last May). Would have preferred the Windjammer for dinner. Except for the Ice show and a singer/comedian show the rest was low quality and boring. Very disappointed with singers and shows; expected more from RC. Port of calls were amazing. Loved Bar Harbor and Halifax!! Toured on our own. Highly recommend Acadia’s National Park with Oli’s Trolley on Bar Harbor. In Halifax we rented a minivan with Dollar (inside the Lobby of the Hotel across the street) and drove to Peggy’s Cove. Beautiful place! Late May was very cold both at sea and in ports (low 40’s on Ports!) but had a great time. Debarkation was very easy and smooth. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was a deal I could not pass up. A once in a lifetime opportunity that gave me a chance to cruise like I have not in all my 40+ cruises. The Owner's Suite has more storage than 15 Oasis of the Seas ocean view balcony cabins ... Read More
This was a deal I could not pass up. A once in a lifetime opportunity that gave me a chance to cruise like I have not in all my 40+ cruises. The Owner's Suite has more storage than 15 Oasis of the Seas ocean view balcony cabins combined. I was on the Oasis of the Seas in an ocean view balcony cabin in March 2019 and was very disappointed with storage. Left much to be desired, especially in the bath room. I had an issue with the balcony. It is not very long and extremely narrow. Could barely hold 2 chairs, 1 round glass topped table and one chaise lounge. The bathroom was amazing with a full shower, toilet, bidet, two sinks and a jacuzzi tub. The lighting in the cabin takes some getting used to. A metal plate with tiny round black buttons; mounted next to the main door and with two smaller plates in the bedroom, are used for all lighting in the cabin. The buttons were each labeled but the printing is tiny and faded. For such a large cabin the "dining table" only had 2 chairs. Plus the table has an annoying knob type thing mounted in the middle of the table. Would be nice if the table top was perfectly flat. The suite lounge was a fabulous experience and I got a chance to meet some very nice people. I chatted with more people on this one cruise than in my last 10 cruises. Food and service was good. Service in the main dining room was fabulous. Specialty dining was okay, the food and service was not any better than in the main dining venue. A person expects better service and better quality food when paying extra. All things considered the Adventure of the Seas was an excellent cruise. My last Voyager class ship cruise was on the Explorer of the Seas in October 2001. I am looking forward to cruises on the Anthem and Oasis of the Seas ships in 2020. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We picked this cruise since it was 8 nights, a great price, and went to one of our favorite ports (St. Maarten). It had been 3 years since we last sailed on Royal Caribbean due to them having limited sailings (seasonal only) on the West ... Read More
We picked this cruise since it was 8 nights, a great price, and went to one of our favorite ports (St. Maarten). It had been 3 years since we last sailed on Royal Caribbean due to them having limited sailings (seasonal only) on the West Coast. In that time, we have sailed on Holland America, Princess, and several Carnival West Coast cruises. Overall, Royal Caribbean is still our favorite cruise line. Flying from the West Coast, we arrived the night before the cruise. We picked our hotel based upon free airport, and cruise port, shuttle transfers. The Quality Inn Cruise Port South met both these requirements. The airport shuttle runs until 12:30 AM which matches the flights arriving at Ft. Lauderdale Airport. However, due to a Southwest flight delay passing through Denver, our adult daughter arrived at 12:40 so a taxi ($25) was needed for her. The hotel is located next to McDonalds and Taco Bell. Within walking distance are several other restaurants and a K-Mart. Guests can make last minute purchases (wine?) or grab a bite to eat after a long flight. The hotel itself is old, but is fine for one night. The morning breakfast was better than expected and the shuttle to the cruise port was the most organized we have ever seen in our many Florida cruises. With the free shuttles, it was worth the price. We had a scheduled boarding time of 1:00-1:30 PM. Due to the 11:00 hotel check out time, and shuttle schedule, we arrived at port at 11:30. To our surprise, we were allowed to go straight on the ship. Royal Caribbean allows guest to pre-load their security photo from home which really speeds-up embarkation. By 11:45 we were in the Windjammer eating lunch. The Windjammer, instead of having the usual alcohol based hand sanitizer dispensers, has built-in sinks. The 8 wash basins each have a faucet which not only dispenses warm water, and soap, but also contains a hand blower. It was actually fun to “washy washy” before each meal. The selection of food in the Windjammer was good. However, seating was an issue. The staff cleaned tables as fast as they came available, but you had to watch for people leaving and then make a dash for the table. We always found a table, but it took a little work. The ship is in great shape. The Flow Rider, rock climbing wall, water slides, splash area, ice skating rink, pools, shuffleboard, and Ping-Pong, kept us busy during the 4 at days at sea. The mini-golf course is situated on two decks with one of the holes taking the ball to the lower deck. Unlike other brands we have been on where the mini-golf course was just AstroTurf with a hole in it, the Adventure of the Seas has structures (a boat, lighthouse, giant clam shell, etc) like a real mini-golf course. Also, our last Carnival ship had hollow plastic balls which do not act like real balls. Royal Caribbean still uses real golf balls. For ice skating, you have to sign-up in the morning before the first session for ANY session during that day. We did not know this and arrived at the 2nd session to find it full (35 skaters per session). On the next sea day, we arrived before the first session and got our desired session stickers. The sessions last 30 minutes and skaters are required to wear long pants (make-sure to pack one pair of long pants for this and not only shorts) and socks. At 1:30 the rooms opened. Your room key is located at your room. Our luggage was also at the room waiting for us. The room was good size with a fold down bed (located above the head area of the main bed). The fold down bed remained down then entire cruise, but was out of the way. The shower had a glass door and the balcony had two chairs, which folded down flat, and a table. Unlike other ships which have glass walls separating the balconies, the Adventure of the Seas balconies have one glass wall, and one full metal wall. This limits possible disturbances to only one neighbor instead of two. It resulted in a more private feeling. The AC worked great and kept the room cool. There was an empty refrigerator in the room which came in great for storing cold water. You use a magnet on the door to indicate to the stateroom attendant when you are out of the room. Unlike Carnival, which has gone to one time per day service, Royal Caribbean still does twice daily room maintenance. Our cabin attendance was great and the room was always serviced while we were either away at breakfast or at dinner. Since it was a Caribbean cruise, we bought the non-alcoholic drink package (pre-cruise sale price $23.50 per day which included 18% tips). This allowed you to get ANY drink at the Coffee Café (which served Starbucks and great iced mocha frappes), fresh juice, bottled water, and mock cocktails at the bars. You also got a micro-chipped plastic cup which allowed you to use the self-service machines throughout the ship for soda. Unlike Carnival, which gives you a receipt (that has a space for an additional tip (above the 18% already paid) making you feel bad if you do not tip again) to sign, Royal Caribbean just swipes your card and you are on your way. No pressure for additional tips. With the hot weather, the package (which does not have to be bought for all guests staying in the same room) was a good deal. Highly recommend the non-alcoholic Mango Daiquiri. The package even works on Labadee. For dinner we had early seating. You order your entire meal (appetizer(s), main course, and dessert) at once. This allowed the waiters to seamlessly deliver your meal without long waits. Each night we would order two appetizers which would be delivered at the same time. Once you finished a course, the next course would magically appear. On the second Formal Night, lobster was on the menu. Although some cruise lines charge extra for lobster, on the 7 night, or longer, Royal Caribbean cruises it is still complimentary and you can order as many as you like. The lobster was the best we have had in our many cruises and shamelessly we each had 3 (while on vacation…..). For the other 7 nights, the menu kept our taste buds entertained and the food was delivered hot. One area where Royal Caribbean fell short was celebrating Special Occasions. During prior cruises, we received a free photo coupon on Carnival during a birthday, a balloon and card on Princess during a special event, and other such items. On this cruise, we were celebrating our 25th anniversary (as noted in the reservation). The DAY AFTER the anniversary, we received a 10% off jewelry coupon. No other recognition (a card would have been nice) from Royal Caribbean. It was kind of a letdown after seeing what other bands did and made us wonder why they even ask when booking. The first port of call was Royal Caribbean’s private beach Labadee. Although there is a zip line, roller coaster, and other fun activities (extra cost) on the beach, we decided to just lie on the beach and enjoy the sun since during prior visits we had done the activities. Chairs are provided for free and there are shade trees. The drink package works at Labadee and we kept hydrated with sodas and non-alcoholic Labaduzies (tropical fruit daiquiris). They also serve a free BBQ lunch. The lunch was great and we made several snack runs to the serving area for additional cookies and desserts. One great thing about the beach, there are no venders. The venders are limited to certain areas near the restrooms (where you will get the usual aggressive selling). So you can just lay back, sip Labaduzies, and enjoy the beach. The second port of call was Porto Rico. We had a van tour excursion booked through Royal Caribbean, but upon receiving our tickets on the ship, we noticed the tour time had changed. The new time interfered with our dinner time. We cancelled the tour (full refund) and instead walked to the two forts. Both are near the ship and are run by the U.S. Park Service. One admission price is good for both forts. The forts were interesting and the walk was easy. The third port of call was St. Maarten. St. Maarten (Dutch side, St. Martin French side). Here we went to Maho Beach. This is the famous beach by Princess Julianna Airport where planes fly over right above your head. Excursions to the beach ran about $40 per person. A taxi is about $30. We took the public transportation (vans which run on a scheduled route every 10 minutes) for $2 per person each way. It was a short walk to the main street where we caught a van with a “Maho Beach” sign in the window (the other route is Marigot). If you see lots on vans with Marigot, and none with Maho Beach, you are on the wrong direction street since the locations are in opposite directions. The trip to Maho Beach took 25 minutes and cost only $6. A majority of the large planes (Airbus 320s and 737s) land between 11:45-2:00 so this is the best time for viewing. Unfortunately, about half way during our visit, it started to rain. We went to the near-by Sun Set Bar and Grill ($9 daiquiris, $4 beers) for a drink and shelter. If you have to use the restroom, use it before ordering. They charge $1 to use the restroom, but give you a $1 drink coupon. After watching the planes, it was another $6 van ride back to Philipsburg (cruise dock) which took about 40 minutes. We happen to be in Philipsburg on Labor Day and were treated to an interesting Labor Day parade. It was like a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade with free t-shirts, and beer, being handed from the floats to the spectators. Once word of warning, the parade participants were very scantly clothed and also seemed to have enjoyed the free beverages. We would probably not take any young children to watch the parade. The last port of call was St. Kitts. Here we took a Royal Caribbean booked van tour of the island for $24 a person. After several days in the sun, and never having been to St. Kitts before, we picked the relaxing Panoramic Drive in the air conditioned van. The tour was nice with the only complaint being it was shorter than the advertised 2 hours. The tour made two stops as it wound around the tiny island. The driver used a PA system and the van was in good shape. For this cruise, we bought the unlimited photo package ($199 pre-sale). It was fun taking numerous photos (354) which will keep the memories alive for many years to come. The photos are downloadable to your phone, or any device, while on board the ship. You can also load the photos from a link emailed to your after the cruise. Instead of agonizing over which photos to buy, and ending-up with a $100 photo bill for a few favorites, this package gave us all photos for every person in your stateroom with you buying only 1 package per room. If somebody from your room is in the photo, you get it. Debarkation went fast. After leaving our stateroom at 8:00, we got breakfast in the Windjammer (stops serving at 8:30). By the time we finished breakfast, numbers 1-24 had been called. Being group 10, we walked right off the ship. Customs took about 15 minutes. Having a 4:50 flight, we reserved a car with Hertz for the day. The Hertz shuttle makes loops between the several ships and their office. Due to port rules, you cannot take a car rental shuttle to an airport rental location. Thus, all the car rental shuttles go to off airport locations. Although we had pre-paid for the rental car, and somehow managed to arrive exactly at the rental time (great guessing), Hertz had no car for us. An employee had to go the airport and bring a car over which took about 30 minutes. The car only had 3/8 a tank of gas and we were told to return it at the same level. When we returned the car later at the airport, we were told we owed for the missing gas. Luckily between a photo of the odometer/gas gauge upon pick-up, a gas receipt for the estimates used gas, and only driving 58 miles, we were able to convince the attendant there was no way we could use 5/8 a tank of gas. The gas charge was removed, but it did cost us about 15 minutes of our time. If you do rent from Hertz, be warned. While waiting for our flight, we drove about 25 minutes (no tolls along the way) to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an air boat ride. Using a coupon online, we were able to pre-buy the tickets for a great price. The ride was about 30 minutes and we saw 3 adult alligators. Sawgrass Mills was picked based upon location, price, type of boat used, and recommendations online. After the ride, we visited their animal area and got to hold a baby alligator. They also have several animals to view. It made for a nice 2 hour visit. It was then off to a late lunch and the airport for our flight home. Overall, the cruise was fantastic. It greatly exceeded our expectations (except for the Special Occasion). Adventure of the Seas is a wonderful ship with an outstanding crew. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Chose this cruise based on dates (need specific dates when traveling with teachers and kids), ship, and cost. We also looked at Allure and Rhapsody. Rhapsody was too small and not enough for the kids and Allure was more expensive. We ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on dates (need specific dates when traveling with teachers and kids), ship, and cost. We also looked at Allure and Rhapsody. Rhapsody was too small and not enough for the kids and Allure was more expensive. We traveled with three families total (6 adults and 6 kids, ages 7,8,9,9,10,12). We all had interior rooms on deck 8 (8445, mine, 8457, and 8469). Rooms we as to be expected, small yet manageable. I was actually pleasantly surprised how easily 4 fit in one small room. Before we got on the ship we stayed in an Airbnb in Weston, FL. It was nice to be away from the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami crowd. We went to Everglades Holiday Park and enjoyed seeing gators in their natural habitat and the kids each got to hold a baby gator. Embarkation was as expected. Lot of traffic getting to the Port. Once in, the lines weren't too bad. Dining in the Main Dinning Room was great. We signed up for My Time Dinning and made reservations for the whole week. This ensured that we had the same wait staff, but weren't restricted to eating at 5:30 or 8:00. Our nightly reservation was at 6:00, except on one night, which was 8:00 since the ship didn't leave port until 7. We had two in our party with allergies (gluten and dairy). Our wait staff did an excellent job of making sure we were able to order what we wanted and have it prepared to suite our dietary needs, even if the menu did not indicate it to be gluten or dairy free. The wait staff also did a great job with the kids. They gave them different logic puzzle to figure out each night. It kept the kids entertained quiet. Dinning in the Windjammer was a little less than I expected. Our last cruise, in 2017, had a whole section of gluten free options (sandwiches, cookies, desserts, pastas, etc) but Adventure only had 1-2 breads and 1-2 desserts. I was told I could ask anyone wearing a white shirt to get special orders of GF, but because my allergy is not severe I just picked things I knew to be GF and didn't bother with asking. Kids club was hit and miss. The two youngest loved kids club and asked to go back repeatedly. The middle three did not care for it, saying the activates were too "baby" and they didn't have the option to sit out. They only went twice. The oldest was in a group by herself, but was able to go to the middle age club, when they went. For the most part the activities and entertainment were excellent. There was not a Broadway show, as there is on other RC ships, but the shows were good nonetheless. The Fire and Ice show was great! I am always amazed all they are able to do on such small sheet of ice. My biggest complaint of the cruise was the "Sexiest Man Competition" held at the main pool in the middle of the day. This was completely inappropriate to have in front of children. The men were conducting lap dances to receive the title of sexiest man. Even when I had my kids stop watching and go back to swimming the competition was broadcast on the big movie screen for all to see. RC really should have put a stop to the crude behavior, but instead they were encouraging it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Room attendant was subpar. Didn't clean room til mid afternoon and then would show up 930 or 10 in evening after we had gone to bed to clean second time. Cleaning also was not good. Everything else about cruise was excellent. We ... Read More
Room attendant was subpar. Didn't clean room til mid afternoon and then would show up 930 or 10 in evening after we had gone to bed to clean second time. Cleaning also was not good. Everything else about cruise was excellent. We were disappointed they did not have the parade on promenade deck. Our dining servers were great, always aiming to please. Offering second helpings, entertaining my grandson, inquiring if everything was ok and offering to get a meal to go if one of us did not show up for supper. Even ran up to windjammer to get strawberry kiwi water for us. We took 3 people who were on their first cruise and they are definitely ready to go again. Disembarking was handled better than previous cruises and we were off ship quicker than we had anticipated. We are looking for our 2020 family/friend cruise. It won't come soon enough Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the great price and the great ports of call.We had a great time.It was our grand-sons first cruise and now tells people he will be pinnacle one day.lol.Many great choices in MDR including ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the great price and the great ports of call.We had a great time.It was our grand-sons first cruise and now tells people he will be pinnacle one day.lol.Many great choices in MDR including chicken,pork,beef,vegetarian,fish,shrimp,Italian dishes,shrimp,and lobster.Most of our faves on appetizers and desserts.Also had great choices for the kiddos.Adventure Ocean was a great option for grand-son.He had fun.The ship has many things to do onboard.Our wait staff were some of the BEST!!Joyal and Jean at table 132.Table was great.A bartender recognized on my sea pass it was by birthday and wished me a happy birthday.Embarkation happened in like 5 minutes fast and easy!!Really the only negative was our bed.It was one of of the worst compared to the other shipsAll 4 ports were awesome.We would definitely go again if the price is right.Phenomenal value.Grand-son loved the ice-show.Hubby liked the dancing and I had a few date nights with hubby and grand-son.Over-all great memories made.Because there were great photographers onboard ;we got some great photos as well to remember it by. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We just returned from a Caribbean Cruise on Saturday, March 30. The staff was wonderful - attentive, kind, welcoming...all you could hope for. As usual when this many people are being served, the food is fair. They do the best they can ... Read More
We just returned from a Caribbean Cruise on Saturday, March 30. The staff was wonderful - attentive, kind, welcoming...all you could hope for. As usual when this many people are being served, the food is fair. They do the best they can given the limitations and the massive number of people they are serving. It seems healthier options are gradually moving in. Our balcony room was lovely and had enough room for our needs. We had a junior suite and were surprised to find a walk in closet! Prior to booking this trip we had done as much checking as possible - online cruise forums, speaking with folks at RCI, etc - to be sure that the children's program on board accommodates children with special needs. We narrowed our decision down to a Royal Caribbean Cruise vs a Disney Cruise. In the end, it seemed the quality was comparable but the Royal Caribbean won since it was less expensive and we had cruised on their ships twice before (without kids) and were happy overall. We now regret the decision. We had been assured by Royal Caribbean agents that the childcare staff is all trained for dealing with children with special needs and there is even a program for autistic kids, though it was vague. As the cruise date came closer I tried harder to get specific information about what accommodations are made for children with special needs, including what the ratio is and could not get a clear answer but kept getting assured that the kids would be well cared for. Both of our kids have special needs, but our 6 year old son in particular is impulsive and hyperactive. He has to be well supervised. Our group was counting on having at least one hour per day of a break from him. Here is what happened: 1) my travel agent was told by someone at RCI the day before departure that upon arrival we needed to check in with guest services to get us set up as a special needs family. 2) upon arrival, we went straight to the guest services desk, waiting in line for about 20 minutes with a very hyperactive, impulsive and agitated child (!!) only to be told that guest services doesn't handle that at all. I insisted, but then an assistant manager who said he'd been managing that desk for about 15 years told me that absolutely the guest services folks have nothing at all to do with special needs accommodations. Then he said that someone would come to our room to do a private drill so that the crowds wouldn't be too upsetting for our son. That was nice, but not super helpful since we then had to sit in a lounge with NOTHING TO DO while the rest of the passengers were undergoing the drill and our son was spinning out of control from boredom. It was a very stressful way to begin our trip. 3) we headed straight up to Adventure Ocean where we met very nice people, shared our specific issues/concerns about our son. They said there would be no problem handling him but would give us a phone to contact us in case there was a problem. They then informed us that their ratio was a surprising 1:25! My adult kids who didn't have any sensory or behavioral issues would have come undone in that chaotic of an environment. I said that our son in particular needs a lot of supervision and we had been told that they can handle special needs and...what about autistic kids? Surely they can't have autistic kids in that kind of environment. They assured us that they have planned activities and all would be well. 4) the next day (2nd day of our cruise) we took the kids into Adventure Ocean but had to WALK THROUGH A VERY LOUD AND OVERSTIMULATING ARCADE to get in there. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE thing to do to any family, but most of all special needs kids - the sensory overload was not a good way to enter the children’s program. We arrived to a scene that was so chaotic and disorderly that it looked frightening frankly. While standing there trying to assure my kids that they would in fact have fun, two children bumped into each other and neither adult in charge witnessed it because there were nearly 50 kids in the tiny space with only 2 adults - one of them frantically trying to check people in and out and the other ONE PERSON (!!) was trying to manage all of the children in the two sections of the space. It was really a crazy scene. I pushed through, thinking I'm overly sensitive and all of these other parents have left their kids so it must be okay. The child whose head got bumped was crying so hard he was hyperventilating but no one could take the time to comfort him. He looked about 8 or 9 years old. The child who bumped into him was clearly ashamed, feeling like he'd done something wrong and was in a corner in a sort of fetal position looking so disturbed and vulnerable. But again, no one could possibly take the time to comfort him and handle the situation. I stood there for a while and in the end both boys were just encouraged to get back in the ball game but neither looked at all comfortable or happy about playing anything. The boy who was crying was asking to see his parents. I don't know if the caregivers even heard him. 5) I stupidly left both of my kids in there for about 45 minutes and when we picked them up the place was still so chaotic we never went back. 6) we NEEDED this cruise to play but also to relax a bit. We didn't relax at all except for the one hour we had massages booked and our older daughters took care of the kids. We were counting on getting some relief from the kids and them having some fun organized activities, but that did not happen. 7) I complained to the Adventure Ocean manager by phone on the 3rd day, hoping that there was possibly some other program for kids who are sensitive, but nope. The only thing she said was that we could be let in the back door so the overstimulating arcade could be avoided. And she said that on port days the children's program has fewer kids. We took our kids out to enjoy islands on port days! So that's not helpful. We ended up having a very stressful experience on board. I am writing to let others know that at least on this ship, they don't have any sort of accommodations for special needs kids. And secondly, to have an adult to child ratio of 1:25 doesn’t even adequately meet the needs of typical children, in my opinion and from what I observed with my own eyes that day. My kids refused to go back there to try another day and they are kids who usually are game for any kind of adventure and fun. If I had even been told that the ratio was 1:25 we would have gone ahead and paid the extra to go on a Disney Cruise for fewer days. It is dangerous even to have ratios that high. After writing a letter to RCI, I received a phone call from someone who said they read my letter, thanked me for my feedback and suggestions, and have a nice day. Disappointing response for sure. At the very least, they need to have it posted where parents are able to see on their website when shopping for a cruise, that their ratio is 1:25. That information should not be impossible to learn until boarding the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise due to date "spring break" and location. It was my son, 13yo and me traveling alone. We wanted something close to home and a chose a cruise since we wanted to stick to a pre-set budget so we pre-paid all ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to date "spring break" and location. It was my son, 13yo and me traveling alone. We wanted something close to home and a chose a cruise since we wanted to stick to a pre-set budget so we pre-paid all our gratuities, excursions etc. We had a few ship sailing options from Miami and Ft Lauderdale in the end we chose this ship because the itinerary was more interesting for my son and it was right on budget. We had no issues with arrival/departure or baggage delivery as we were local and had carry-on bags. We checked-in later in the day somewhere around 3pm so our cabin was also ready upon arrival. DINING- After unpacking and ensuring everything was ok in the cabin we headed out to the PROMENADE CAFE where we had an afternoon snack daily. They had a nice variety of food choices daily. The wait times here varied based on time of day, but was fast moving and fortunately we never had an issue finding seats (time of day we went, I guess). The only critical feedback is that the bussing was slow and there was no area for one to self bus thus giving an unkempt look and presenting issues with seating. COFEE BAR - Adjacent to Promenade Cafe - wait times can vary, busier during morning hours. Service was good and coffee was good. I recommend buying the Coffee Pass which allows you up to 15 premium selections throughout the sailings (note; Fraps count as 1). MAIN DINING ROOM - This is my pet peeve. We booked this cruise in advance, as I stated just my son and I traveling, we confirmed MAIN Dining 8pm and Table of 6 - we wanted to meet and socialize with other cruisers. First evening on our way to dining room we come to find out that we now have MY TIME DINING When did this change? Why weren't we told? Everything, all of my documents, which I had with me, even at time of online check-in when I verified dining again we showed dining noted as Main Dining 8pm Table of 6. So here we are 1st night, having to make a tedious long line for dinner, we are finally seated near 9pm and in a Table for 2 - this is all they can give us they said. The waiter Brian, not great, mediocre. The assistant waiter, Charmaine, was graciously charming and all smiles, happy to serve, she made up for what Brian lacked. After our first nights dinner we spoke to the Maitre'D to discuss our dining mishap, he was not able or willing to honor my confirmed dining preferences, all he could do was book us reservations for 8:15pm the remaining of the week for the same TABLE OF 2. Next day, I went to guest services to see about getting this changed, and again they said there was nothing they could do. So please be ware, and when you check-in at the Pier immediately review your SEA PASS for dining accuracy, unfortunately, I failed to do that, lesson learned! To make matters worse, Charmaine, unfortunately, was sick most of the week so we were left with back-up assistant waiters and the boring Brian who it seemed was always rushing about, we were fortunate to get her back on our last night. We made the best of dining, and friended our neighboring tables of 2, together we had an informal table of 6, ha! It is however funny and sad, that each evenings conversation included a discussion of the "service" mood for the evening. The first parties would warn the others of what to expect. All of us also felt rushed at dining. As the evenings went on, I connected the dots and associated this "rushed" sensation to the MY TIME DINING, of course it makes sense, you have tables coming in (of all sizes) at all times, the wait staff is going crazy and unfortunately not able to give their full attention equally to all, or is it that the quiet, bashful table of 2's get lost amongst the bigger and louder parties? That said, I don't recommend My Time Dining to anyone, instead, on the nights you need flexibility visit the WINDJAMMER CAFE, here we found the service and the food options EXCEPTIONAL, even at peak morning hours. Oh before I forget, food quality in the Main Dining room was as expected it was good with great variety from night-to-night. SHIP - Overall it was fine. Few things I would like to mention. The running deck is on the main pool deck, if you are a runner you need to come out here early when not crowded or go and use deck 4. Seriously why do cruise lines always do that? Place the running deck on the most crowded deck and often times windier deck too. The gym was very good. I used it daily. The equipment was in good condition and gym goers wiped after themselves and re-racked weights. I didn't partake in classes, but I did use the treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, free weights and some machines. I didn't visit the casino or bars or shops, so cannot speak to them. Pool/Towels - In my opinion they should have more than 1 towel station, it is located on the main pool deck in a very crowded area. If you are lounging in the upper decks you need to go down 2-decks to get/return towel. Another station, even if only part of day, would I think benefit cruisers. ACTIVITIES- FREE Recreation on board was fun, there was putt-putt, ping-pong, sports deck, rock climbing & slides. With regards to the sports deck and ping-pong, there are lots of hoarders that will take the ball and keep it for a very long time, we only got to use the basketball 10-minutes before the teenagers ran us off the court to play a double court game. For ping pong we often had to wait 30+ minutes to get a table as the unsupervised kids would just keep playing and other kids would keep joining. I think that RCCL can do much better, maybe require guests to check-out the SPORTS equipment and provide a sign-up sheet this way EVERYONE has a chance. I can tell you when my family had the ping-pong table we would play one-game and then share with any other family waiting. We would play one game, they would play one game, then winners would play each other. I didn't see enough of that, very disappointing. The slides were fun, I would go later in the day when the wait time had dropped off. We did not partake in rock climbing, when I remembered it was there, it was too late they were closing up and it was last day of sailing. We did not partake in surfing as that involved an additional fee and well we live in Florida and travel to Southern California yearly. TEEN PROGRAM - I was looking forward to this, but was disappointed. My son is shy, he is an only child, quick to make friends with Adults but with other kids he needs a little more time, so the couple of times I did get him to the Optix lounge there was no one there. It seems that most of the teen activities are un-supervised, there was a calendar of events but not too much explanation of what the events were, so when we went around to inquire no one could help us. The other teens seemed to be traveling with large families and groups so they had the advantage, I really recommend that cruise lines maybe offer SINGLE FAMILIES or FAMILIES in general a couple of social meet/greet nights, they do this for target markets which included the older teens 18-21, Adult Single Cruises, LGBTG and others. TRIVIAS and misc activities were fun but some hosts were better than others. Seriously if you have a Harry Potter Trivia make sure the person running the show has seen the movies and knows how to pronounce the questions. CABIN- We booked the lowest inside cabin available at the time and I was very happy with our cabin and our service. We were assigned a cabin on deck 6 overlooking the promenade. Our cabin attendant was friendly and brought us ice daily. We unfortunately only received a cabin towel animal on the last night :-( EXCURSIONS- We pre-booked our excursions, they were as to be expected. The tour providers were all great and kept to schedule. The only feedback here was the towel service. You have to get your towel before leaving and it wasn't clearly communicated how/where. Additionally it was different every day, wouldn't it be simplest to have teams dispatching towels in the same place every day? The last stop was the best organized where they handed out the towels right on the pier after getting off the ship. ON BOARD COMMUNICATION AND APP- I downloaded the app, have used similar on other cruise lines, I thought this would enable me to communicate with my son during the cruise, it does not!!! There was no way for him to download it too unless he had an e-mail account and additionally there wasn't a feature to communicate with your cabin mates and/or other friends on board. People, you don't have WIFI on board, how else can you communicate with your family and children? Yes you can purchase wifi- but why, we wanted to, and needed to disconnect. I saw other families using walkie-talkie type of devices, wish I would have known, now you know. Also the app didn't show any of the TEEN or KID CLUB options, so again, very hard to know what was going on in those areas. The app also defaulted to "recommended" every time I had to go and select to "see all" you can also filter by type of activity (e.g. Dining, Entertainment). ENTERTAINMENT - mediocre. Not impressed, the only hi-light was a comedian on board and a comedian/musician. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We recently returned from a cruise to the Western Caribbean with Royal Caribbean on Adventures of the Seas. We traveled with my daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren ages 15, 12,10 and 8. The whole experience was fantastic. We first ... Read More
We recently returned from a cruise to the Western Caribbean with Royal Caribbean on Adventures of the Seas. We traveled with my daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren ages 15, 12,10 and 8. The whole experience was fantastic. We first spent two days in Fort Lauderdale at the beach and took an airboat ride through the Everglades. We stayed at the Ocean Mile Motel which was an older place but very nice and within walking distance to the beach. The owner of the Motel was an awesome young man that made sure our ever need was met. We had rented a car at the airport and turned it in near Port Everglades which provided a shuttle to the cruise port. Once there we were able to board and I was surprised at how smoothly boarding the ship went. Shortly after being on the ship we were able to go to our stateroom which was very nice sized as we had two of our grandchildren in our room. The food on the ship was superb. Our waiter in the main dining was Roberto and he did above and beyond to serve us and meet our needs. Our first port was Falmouth, Jamaica where we did the Dunn's River excursion. I highly recommend this as it was beautiful and so much fun. The next day was Grand Cayman where we did a Dolphin swim and a trip to Stingray City both were so memorable for all of us and l will never forget the look on my grandkids faces as they petted stingrays. Costa Maya was next and we took a van to a beach area and had drinks at the Krazy Lobster 2.00 beer and 5.00 margarita's nice beach area with lounge chairs, and shopping near by last port was Cozumel and we used the Cozumel Activities just outside the port area who took us to a resort beach area where we could snorkel and swim for 25.00 a person which included the snorkel gear. Our driver was awesome and made sure we got back to the ship in plenty of time. The entertainment on our ship was fantastic; two different comedians, a Spainish gaucho who had a very funny, entertaining act, an ice show in the ice rink, great music and dancing by the cruise ship entertainers. My grandkids never lacked for things to do and they didn't even spend anytime in the kids programs which were plentiful. All in all would highly recommend it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
One of the bigger ships but it never felt too big. Great staff and food! We were in a 1-bedroom grand suite which was amazing. Large room with plenty of space. Huge balcony. Well worth the money. Also gives you access to private deck ... Read More
One of the bigger ships but it never felt too big. Great staff and food! We were in a 1-bedroom grand suite which was amazing. Large room with plenty of space. Huge balcony. Well worth the money. Also gives you access to private deck chairs and a suite lounge with drinks and snacks. Overall a fantastic week - zero we could complain about. Embarkation was quick and easy...and the rooms were ready at the exact time they were promised. Always a nice touch. We ate in the main dining room every night - kids aren't foodies. The menu was diverse and the food was quite good. Never felt we were looking at the same choices each night. The buffet gets crowded but for a quick bite it was fine. Food choices were endless and well done. Excursions were a blast. We did a resort day in Jamaica that was incredibly relaxing. Jewel Runaway Bay - Highly recommend it although I wouldn't buy from the ship because the pricing was bonkers. We also did the stingray and reef experience in Grand Cayman - Don't miss it. The stingrays are everywhere and they're not shy. In Cozumel we went on the starfish sanctuary snorkel. This one required some swimming. It was a great excursion but you will put some work into it. Last but not least in Costa Maya we went to the water park. Kids loved it. Great park and perfect way to end the trip - we had done ruins and hikes on our last cruise so relaxation was the word of the day everyday on this trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife, son and I cruise every year typically on Spring break. We prefer something closer to a weeklong cruise, not a 3 or 4 night Bahamas cruise. This was 6 nights on Adventure with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We ... Read More
My wife, son and I cruise every year typically on Spring break. We prefer something closer to a weeklong cruise, not a 3 or 4 night Bahamas cruise. This was 6 nights on Adventure with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We love the Voyager & Freedom class of ships so it was a no brainer when we decided to book it. Initially I had us in a panoramic oceanview room on deck 12. I like the thought of floor to ceiling windows plus that would have given my son a sofa-bed instead of a Pullman bed to sleep in. After booking it I continued to look at other rooms, especially balconies. After some searching I found a video of cabin 7388 on Explorer of the Seas, sister ship to Adventure. When the guy in the video got to the balcony I knew I had to try to get that room. I called Royal and fortunately it was available. Apart from the room we loved the cruise, as we always do. We enjoyed the dining, destinations, water slides, mini golf, etc. A few notes about the ship, they added hand washing stations at the entrance to the Windjammer. It’s nice to have that option along with the ‘washy washy’ person. If you don’t know what ‘washy washy’ is, you will once you’ve sailed with Royal. Boarding the ship is also easier now that your sea pass cards are waiting for you at your room. Lastly, Royal did a good job with the recent upgrades. You never feel like you’re walking from an older section of the ship to a part that was recently refurbished, everything flows together. Some may ask, would you do it again? The answer is yes! We’re booked on the same ship and same room for next year. The only downside was being told we had to take down the hammock we brought with us. I saw a couple pictures online of a hammock on this balcony. Our cabin attendant told us we couldn’t have one on a moving vessel. Hmmm, I thought one of the earliest uses of hammocks was on moving vessels. Oh well :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ... Read More
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ship as much after taking two trips on the Harmony but I was pleasantly surprised and reminded of why people sometimes choose smaller ships- ease of getting around! The pools were never too busy and the kids area wasn’t ever too crowded for my kids. They loved the flow rider and the water slides. I’m glad RCL has added those slides to even these smaller ships. This is the second time we have done this itinerary, four stops in a row with 8 days total. It’s my favorite... now we are ready to go longer than 8 days!! The food everywhere was great, in my opinion. The pastry chefs knew what they were doing! Chops Grille needs more kid friendly options for appetizers though. All the servers in the main dining room and specialty restaurants were so kind to my girls, it was very sweet. All in all I would 100% recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We went with a large charter group on the Adventure of the Seas in February. I decided to try one of the new panoramic staterooms that was added during drydock in February 2018. We switched from a balcony room to this room type and we were ... Read More
We went with a large charter group on the Adventure of the Seas in February. I decided to try one of the new panoramic staterooms that was added during drydock in February 2018. We switched from a balcony room to this room type and we were not disappointed. The view was perfect and I could enjoy it right from the bed or chair. I was concerned about getting sick from the motion on the front of the ship but it never bothered me. We enjoyed all of the western Caribbean ports and the cruise. The points I see that Royal Caribbean could improve on are the outrageous price of a soda beverage package. ($300 for my family of 3) Who can drink $300 worth of soda in 6 days?!? We noticed the fee for Johnny Rockets was higher this time than a couple of years ago. This is a nice option when you are tired of the same spongey burgers from the buffet. One last thing that would be so great is if they could do in-app messaging without the VOOM prices. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise and room type. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We vacationed on Adventure of the Seas as part of a Make A Wish experience and what an experience we had. The crew and the ship were nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I had been fortunate enough to go on 4 previous cruises and ... Read More
We vacationed on Adventure of the Seas as part of a Make A Wish experience and what an experience we had. The crew and the ship were nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I had been fortunate enough to go on 4 previous cruises and never had brought our 3 children. We are so happy that we were able to and that our kids were able to experience the Caribbean. Our handicapped son was also able to get around quite easily in his wheelchair and that was a relief. My wife had a handicapped accessible room (1814) and it met any requirement that was needed. Our 2 other children aged 10 and 12 had an absolute blast. They wore out the mini golf course on sea days and got to experience the huge waterslide and Flowrider as well. We were a bit worried they would be bored and they were far from that. There were always activities for them to do and they were very comfortable moving around the ship and going where they wanted to go. DINING - My wife typically took our two youngest to the Sapphire Restaurant for sit down dining and they raved about the experience. The food was quite good and the portions were perfect sized. I usually went to the Windjammer buffet area with our oldest, handicapped son (15) and it was very easy to navigate with him in his wheelchair. The food was great. I have absolutely zero complaints about it. Selection was great. If you are a Curry fan then you will be happy. Dessert selection looked great. Breakfast was awesome as well and make sure to get a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver from Howie as you enter the restaurant. He gets there around 7:30 am ENTERTAINMENT - We enjoyed a show at the ice rink and it was quite good as well. The skating was good and my oldest enjoys a lot of visual lights and there was plenty of that. The magician and other theater shows were well done as well and the children enjoyed them a lot and talked about them repeatedly. Highly recommend the ice show. SERVICE - Traveling with a handicapped son, SERVICE is very important to us. The Adventure of the Seas had tremendous service and the entire staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating with him. Again, there is nothing to complain about with the service. The Sky Bar staff is awesome as are the staff in all of the dining areas. PORTS.... GRAND CAYMAN - This was our first port and we were very excited to visit it. My wife and I had not been to Western Caribbean on previous cruises so this was on our bucket list. We did the Stingray Excursion and it was worth it. The only drawback was that the water was a little choppy and the crew of the excursion indicated it was not normal to have seas that choppy. That is being a little nit picky to complain about that. The excursion itself is pretty awesome. My family enjoyed it and it is quite an experience to be holding stingrays. The waves did make it difficult to get on the excursion boat though. By the end of it there were close to 50-100 swimming around and it was worth it. The port itself/town of Georgetown is really clean and nice. If shopping is your thing this is the place to go. It is a very busy place and people need to remember that. We ate a place called PARADISE and it was awesome. It sat on the water and the staff were awesome with our kids. Order the Conch salad or chowder. Super delicious. Another tidbit is you can snorkel right off the pier/main road of town. It is free and there were large fish swimming right there. Unfortunately we were too tired after lunch and did not, but there were 15-20 people and it is a big area. I wish we would have done that. COSTA MAYA- This port is designed for cruisers. It has a lot of shops. We ate lunch at a Taco Stand and it was good. Everything there is a little overpriced though. Keep that in mind. Apparently if you get out of the port there are some good excursions, but none of them were real great for a handicapped child. If it was just us as a couple, we definitely would have done an excursion. We spent a couple hours at the lazy river pool and ordered a couple "La Yardas" while the kids were in the lazy river and relaxed. Weather was great. We had no problem finding chairs or place to sit. The dolphin pool was fun to watch and sneak a couple of pictures if you can. Also, watch the "Birdmen" show. Definitely worth the time to do it. COZUMEL - This was our favorite port by far. We were there on a day that there were only 3 cruise ships total and the locals were saying it was common to get 6-9 ships on a given day. The terminal area is fun with shops, restaurants, etc.... One could literally spend the entire day just at that area, but I would not recommend that. We went to the main shopping area to grab souvenirs and ate at PANCHO's. Souvenirs at the main shopping area were a third of the price as in Costa Maya and seemed way, way more authentic. At PANCHO's we had a waiter named Mario that was extremely friendly. We sampled just about everything on the menu it seemed like and it was great. They had a couple playing music and they let my daughter join them. Definitely get Guacamole and a Margarita here. Top notch stuff. Our waiter told us to go to Playa Azul to snorkel. It is a quick cab ride up the road. He mentioned that they would just want us to order a drink or an appetizer and all would be good. It is a very small beach and it is attached to a couple condo buildings and it was perfect. We had no problem finding beach chairs and there is plenty of shade and covered area. There is also a long dock/pier with a ladder to get in the water. You are also able to use the pool area if need be. Very quiet place and cannot thank Mario enough for recommending. It was perfect for our family and our handicapped son sat in the shallow water and loved every second of it. HIGHLY recommend going to PLAYA AZUL. A taxi driver indicated to us that some of the main beaches/parks charge $20 per person to get be able to utilize the beach. We were not going to spend $100 and were so lucky we found PLAYA AZUL. This was our favorite day of the trip and the kids loved it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We took this cruise with a large church group. We have been on 7 cruises, all with Royal Caribbean, but this was our first trip on this ship. We really enjoyed this ship since it is similar to Independence of the seas that we were on last ... Read More
We took this cruise with a large church group. We have been on 7 cruises, all with Royal Caribbean, but this was our first trip on this ship. We really enjoyed this ship since it is similar to Independence of the seas that we were on last year. We were amazed with how large our room and balcony (jr suite 1100) were. We were concerned with the location of the room since it is right next to the fitness center treadmills, but we had no problems with the sound. The only time we could hear the treadmills was if we were in the closet. We couldn't hear it in the room with the door closed. We were also concerned about the room location since it is high and close to the front, but we had smooth seas, so no problem with seasickness. The only ship entertainment we went to was the ice show and we thoroughly enjoyed that. We had great service at the dining room. The food was delicious at the dining room and the windjammer. This ship has Freestyle Coke machines, which I wish I had known before we went. I would have paid for the drink package just for those wonderful drinks. The only slight negative was the lack of cleanliness in the floors of the hallways, stairways and elevators. We never saw anyone vacuuming, and those areas really showed it. We really enjoyed the peek a boo bridge that is on deck 11 of this ship. We have not seen that on any other sailing we've been on. It was closed a couple of times we wanted to go on it, but only at super windy times. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Ship: Perfectly sized, not too crowded, not too big, not too small, wonderful water slides on the top deck which are great for kids, the slides have clear walls that pass over the ocean outside of the ship's bounds, very exciting. ... Read More
Ship: Perfectly sized, not too crowded, not too big, not too small, wonderful water slides on the top deck which are great for kids, the slides have clear walls that pass over the ocean outside of the ship's bounds, very exciting. Pools seemed big enough for kids. During the trip there was some wonderful live African or Caribbean music on the top deck and on the Promenade, however there was also some of terrible noisy excruciating pop music as well. The elevators system is extremely efficient for this ship size, the ship has 14 elevators total with wonderful view from the elevator cabin. As a result embarking and disembarking is very quick. Service: There is a good mobile app for guests to use on the ship without having to purchase any WiFi plan. The app provides a lot of useful ship info, such as schedule of events and restaurants, charges on the account, etc. However, need to know to select on the device "use WiFi as is", i.e. without connecting to the internet, this step is very non-intuitive, and you would not know about it unless you stop by at the help desk. Some personnel at the help desk is not fluent with English, even though English is vital for working at the help desk. For most stops the ship does not provide proper maps for the locations to which the ship arrives, have to get maps somewhere after disembarking. Cabin: The balcony cabin on 7th level was great, fits 4 people, well sized and comfortable. The cabin has great sound isolation. One issue is that no body wash is provided in the cabin, like you would expect in an hotel, the cabin only provides shampoo and conditioner. There is also an oversight with the light on the balcony, where the cabins are separated by matte walls, which do provide good privacy, but pass the light from the adjacent balcony. So, unless your neighbors turn off the balcony light in the night, you will not be able to enjoy the starry sky, since you cannot observe stars with lights on. Gratuity: They charge substantial "gratuity" fee per person per day, which is a marketing trick to make the cost look lower, and then charge more during the cruise. For 4 people in the room the $58 gratuity per day is inadequate, this is really a hidden cost and not a gratuity. In addition, even before we boarded the ship, the workers were asking for out-of-pocket gratuity to handle the luggage, which is also inappropriate. The service in the restaurant was so exceptional that we were leaving additional $10 per day there anyway. Restaurant: This review is for the Sapphire restaurant that is included in the cost of the cruise. There was also a terribly crowded cafe with good enough food, but we preferred to eat in the Sapphire restaurant. The service was exceptional on many levels. We had a person with dairy intolerance, and the minute we mentioned that the chief waiter ran in, introduced himself, and arranged a special dairy-free menu to be specially cooked every day, both appetizer and main course, as well as the dessert. A special table with a nice view was assigned for us to make sure same waiters aware of the dietary restriction would serve us. Every day the chief waiter stopped by to plan new dairy-free dishes for the next day. There were also a very nice and very accommodating waiter, and very nice waiter's assistant, who would show quite fancy magic tricks to our little boys during the dinner every day, one trick per day. While this experience was amazing, I am not certain that it is typical - we might just have been very lucky with our waiters crew. Also, the restaurant has a dress code, but it is not enforced, and while many people come formally dressed in the evening, some of more arrogant and ignorant guests would come dressed in shorts and t-shirts, they were not turned around. Shows: The ice show is superb beyond expectations, very professionally made, other shows not so much. Photography is not allowed during the ice show, but the rule is not enforced, and some of more arrogant and ignorant guests would make pictures causing distraction. Promenade: Promenade is the common area with shops, bars, and the cafe that offers free late-night food and free 24-hour drinks, like tea, coffee, and water. It took some substantial effort to find out which place has free 24 hours tea, coffee, and water, this is not made clear enough in the ship's flier. We also saw unruly and yelling drunk people walking on the promenade and stopping by in cafe, creating unpleasant uncivilized environment, yet these people are not confronted by personnel or by security. Kids: The kids club on the ship is very lame. The activities were not particularly fancy or exciting. There is a set of play stations, like Xbox, to use during the so-called "free time", when no kids activities are scheduled. This "free time" has lack of supervision. Our boy came crying when some other kid pushed him out of the game station when it was our boy's turn to play, and did not let him play for an hour. Basically, the boy was bullied, and there was no one to make sure turns are fairly taken at the play stations. Skating is available daily, which is great, but for kid sizes there are only hockey skates, whereas kids of this age would normally need figure skates. There is also mini golf that is good for kids. Excursions: 4 islands over 8 days was a great deal. Labadee, San Juan, and St. Kitts all 3 were awesome, but St. Maarten was a complete waste of time, both the excursion and the stop overall. The St. Maarten beach is crowded and not great, rather overrated, and there isn't much to see on the island either, not mentioning the tourism infrastructure is very rudimentary even at the port. The whole St. Maarten stop is arranged for people to leave their money on this island for no good reason and no benefit. On St. Kitts need to understand that there are no beaches at the walking distance, and using excursion as a way to be transported to the beach is rather overpriced, the transportation alone should not cost as much as the excursion does. The travel time for excursions is not disclosed, only the total time is. For instance, St. Kitts excursion we took was declared as 4 hours long, but took only 3.5 hours, of which 1 hour was the travel time, leaving only 2.5 hours to spend on the beach. They also canceled our excursion on Labadee because they decided to merge our excursion into an earlier one to make it more cost-efficient, but they failed to notify us, and we lost valuable beach time as a result. To make things worse, when they cancel an excursion, instead of refunding it, they turn its cost into a non-refundable onboard credit - so, you will have to find ways to spend that money on the ship. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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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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