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
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. ... Read More
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. Many activities for teens. Entertainment was either very good or disappointing but the parties and outdoor movies were great. Food was delicious in both dining rooms. Valentines was celebrated with a fantastic chocolate buffet. I truly appreciated how the staff encourages people to wash hands. Issues: the app isn’t reliable , announcements can’t be heard in the cabin, smoking areas are not located in great areas..... casino stinks of smoke and the smoking area on deck 11 is too close to the doors and towel station... several of the staff at the customers service desk were not fluent in English which led to mistakes and misunderstandings. Our stateroom assistant was outstanding.... he couldn’t do more for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We live in Canada and knew we would need to reacquaint ourselves with the sun by end Jan - hence this cruise. For this first time, we decided to splurge on a Jr Suite, which was affordable due to the short length of the cruise. What ... Read More
We live in Canada and knew we would need to reacquaint ourselves with the sun by end Jan - hence this cruise. For this first time, we decided to splurge on a Jr Suite, which was affordable due to the short length of the cruise. What great accommodations! Could not believe how much storage space we had available - many of the storage cupboards went empty! Wow - a couch and two lounge chairs - yes, purchased at the "uncomfortable furniture store from which Royal purchases all their seating accommodations" but having a choice was wonderful! Balcony was lovely. Lots of space to kick back and enjoy the view. Huge soaker tub in the bathroom. We are not bath people, but if we were, it would be great! Shower was OK at best. Temperature setting was not necessarily related to the temperature of the water! Many issues on this trip ... Kept doing the USD to CAD conversion and charging my card in CAD even though I asked them to charge my card in USD (because my card gives a much better conversion rate). On Day 2, when I got notice from my card that a purchase had been made, I noted it was in CAD. Called down to guest services, who advised I could not resolve the issue over the phone but needed to go to the service desk. Headed on down, waited in line, got to the desk ... and the staff member said yes they could fix it, but that I needed my credit card in addition to my sea pass card ... like the woman could not have advised this when telling me I had to come down to the desk? OMG! Back up to the stateroom, back down, more time in line to contemplate my wasted time and ... voila ... after only 30 min more, signing the waiver requesting my fees be charged in USD, re-swiping the card, re-issuing the sea pass card, all was fixed. Right until the next day, when I got to do it all again!! There were many in the line-up on day 3 that were having issues that had apparently "been fixed" the previous day. In my case, the day 3 fix did work. Hope everyone else experienced success too. I have a food allergy. First time on a Royal cruise that we did not see our section head waiter or preview the next day's menu so the cooking staff could ensure my food would be prepared away from the food to which I am allergic. Mind you, we rarely saw our waiter either ... once to place our order and ... that's it. We often order from the non-published Indian food menu on Royal - usually a great variety of curry options. Asked our waiter what the Indian food option was and his answer, without checking mind you, was chicken curry and vegetable curry. If that is the limited choice offered on the boat, it is what it is ... but it is not a move in the right direction! Assistant-waiter was great! Evening of day four, the toilet made a bizarre noise - like a regurgitation. Hesitantly took a look - volumes of black, gooey slime/sludge was quickly working its way to toward the top of the toilet bowl. Called maintenance who said they would be there in 20 minutes. We had our suite evaluation plans, including putting our suitcases on the bed, and waited for maintenance. Husband called again 60 minutes later; gotta say, tone was a lot less pleasant than mine. About 10 minutes later, an engineer came to take a look. His comment ... OMG! Guess I did not sound panicked enough. He went out into the hallway and accessed the plumbing panel, did his thing, and the goop disappeared. Good news ... did not exceed the volume of the toilet bowl! He sent someone to come and clean the toilet ... took some scrubbing! The smell of the tobacco smoke from the casino permeated everything on deck four and the promenade on deck five. Consideration should be given to obtaining better smoke eaters, installing two-stage doors into the smoke polluted areas, and creating a negative pressure to keep the smoke in the Casino area, so the rest of the passengers are not subjected to the odour. The greats! Though incredibly overworked, our cabin attendant went the distance to make sure we had everything we needed! Kudos to his hard work and attention to detail. Mariia was the guest services contact who permanently fixed our card issue. Not only did she fix it, she called the next day to make sure it was not re-occurring. Her attention to detail fixed the problem correctly, her professionalism in checking back to make sure everything was fixed was very much appreciated and her concern and empathy made us feel appreciated and valued. Diamond Lounge - real plus Great coffee in the machine!! Staff were outstanding - attentive, friendly and efficient. Concierge Lounge ... not on this boat! It has been replaced with a Suite Lounge. Decreased services for Loyal to Royal members. Rather than being disappointed there are more C&A members sailing with Royal and cutting back on level perks, how about maintaining perks and privileges. Top Tier Event - Absolutely outstanding Great ice show performance. Even better were the staff awards. So great to see hard-working team members be recognized for their contributions. Everyone we spoke to felt the same way. Kudos Royal - great step in the right direction! Production Shows Good effort and very entertaining. One of the shows was centred on a dancing team and, while this seems to be the trend after last year's Tango team, liked the older shows that told a story a bit better. Headliner shows - great! So ... some really great stuff; lots of room for improvement. Each time we ran into issues that seemed to be dismissed by staff, we kept reminding ourselves we were down enjoying a cruise to Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel and were enjoying warm, sunny days where we could have been home in the record, cold temperatures. We counted ourselves lucky. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the ... Read More
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the help of the excellent crew and staff of the Adventure of the Seas everything went smoothly. My husband and I had previously sailed on the ship so I knew there were appealing features for everyone in our group. We had four cabins from balcony to promenade to inside so that was good for all to see the differences and learn the benefits of varying locations on ship. The variety of activities and venues on the ship provided enjoyment for everyone in our group. The younger ones were the late-nighters who enjoyed the Schooner Bar and the casino. The early risers loved coffee from room service and the coffee bar. We all enjoyed the pool deck and the pool bars, dinners in the main dining room, and the excellent beach itinerary. To sum up the highlight of this cruise for our family we all agreed that sitting as a group around Keith's piano in the Schooner Bar and singing our lungs out one night was hilarious and the smiles never left our faces the whole time. I'm smiling right now as I write this--it was that good. Keith is truly an entertainer. Highly recommend. Our family has travelled quite a bit in Mexico over the past 20 years but Costa Maya was a new port to us and what a lovely surprise. Not so commercialized yet and we found it refreshing. First thing to do is get out of the immediate port area and take a taxi to the malecon where there are little beach clubs and more locals. We spent our time ashore walking on the boardwalk, sat under umbrellas with some ice cold buckets of beer and fresh pico de gallo (Big Mama's), and ate street tacos from a local cart vendor. Enjoyed by one and all. We also took an independent excursion with Cozumel Beach Bar Hop which goes to the east end of the island which has no electricity for the most part. Off the beaten path and more authentic small beach bars with loads of fun and frivolity. These are rustic beach places with sand and surf not chain restaurants with fancy bathrooms. The millennials thought they were hip and the rest of us remember when Mexico used to have places like this everywhere. Looking forward to the next one--bon voyage! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate New Years with friends. Having cruised since 1995 this is our first RCL cruise. Never have I heard one negative thing about RCL from friends who only sail RCL. I was well aware this 6 day cruise was on ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate New Years with friends. Having cruised since 1995 this is our first RCL cruise. Never have I heard one negative thing about RCL from friends who only sail RCL. I was well aware this 6 day cruise was on an older ship, but never did I expect the ship to show her age the way this one did. Because of the jacked up price for the New Years cruise, we took an inside cabin, something we haven't done in years. Carpets were worn, in the main areas, and stateroom. The couch was badly stained, the bathroom showed signs of rust and I have never had a bathroom as small as this one. The shower? Small is too large a word to describe it. The bed was about 2 inches from the couch on one side and table on the other. Getting out of bed in the dark was interesting to say the least. We went to put our wine in the refrigerator and found pooled water with mold growing in it. So much for the room. I do want to say boarding was a pleasure. Disembarkation was a nightmare cattle call, with everyone being ushered off the ship at one time, despite a so called schedule. Food ... room service was nicely done. The Windjammer buffet was mediocre, with the same selection daily of so so food. If you like your coffee strong , and I mean strong, this is for you. Breakfast in the dining room was slow unless you chose the buffet they offered there as well. I ordered my eggs over easy and they came out with runny whites. The staff are all eager to please at every turn. Dinner in the dining room some nights seemed rushed. We were told by our travel agent because we were a party of 7, to see the reservation staff upon boarding and request our dinner time, so we wouldn't have to wait for an available table with any time dining. We were given a time prior to 6 pm, which was too early. Otherwise we had to wait until 8:30. We felt as the dinner wound down and desert came, we were being rushed out . Put down your fork and the dish disappeared. Of course, as expected on a holiday sailing, at sea days it was impossible to find a lounge at the pool. The entertainment was so so. The Latin band was excellent, as was the band in the theater. We loved the ice skating show!! The Lyric Theater shows were not so good. Some of the staff we spoke to agreed the ship needed to be updated. Some even apologetic. All in all, when I pay top dollar I expect something. I expected something special because it is RCL. Having been to most ports before many times over, I have to say we loved the trip to Mayan ruins we took in Costa Maya. I would have enjoyed the opportunity to walk outside the port area, but we were not in port all day. We had a fun private tour guide in Cozumel and we loved how he just let us do our thing. We went to a beach north of town, which was lovely and we hit the Ticquila factory of course! We wandered the town and took some fun, surprising turns to end our day of fun. All in all, the success of the trip was all due to great off ship trips, great friends and abiliity to laugh at it all. I would not go back on this ship but I may want to try a newer RCL. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good ... Read More
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good food. All the staff went out of their way to make everyone's cruise a good one. This was our fourth time on the Adventure and that was the main reason we booked her. Our normal port to sail out of is San Juan due to fewer sea days and more ports that we love. We will be on the Freedom for a B2B in six weeks and will see what Diamond tier has. As with any ship in saltwater, there are small spots of rust here and there. At every port we heard tap, tap, tap as they were working to chip away rust and paint (a neverending chore.) The ship was well maintained although there were stains in places on the carpeting. Winter came too early in Michigan this year so it was good to have a week of warmth. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) and 3 of my daughter's friends (first time cruisers). We all had cabins on the 7th floor on the forward starboard side. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth with no issues. The agents were able to deal with a couple of issues for the young first-time cruisers and got us through without incident. It took us longer to park the vehicles than it did to get on the ship. Our last cruise was on an Oasis Class ship. We enjoyed this ship much better. It still had the mall, but most of the ship still had access to the ocean which I enjoy. My wife felt as if this ship was her favorite class. It offered many activities, but still didn't feel crowded. Our cabin was all the way forward on the ship and was an Oceanview stateroom. We loved the view from our window, but if you are do not like motion I would not recommend as the last night we had rough seas and my darling wife almost didn't make it. We ate every night in the Main Dining room. We find the meals there to be good. We find no pleasure in pay that much more for the extra dining options. We ate lunch everyday in the Windjammer and breakfast was split between MDR and Windjammer. We found all the choice as good as on land. Dining is still one of the highlights of our cruise. There have been some changes. Instead of being served bread by the assistant waiter, the bread is there waiting on you at the table. This didn't make that big of a difference for me. I went to the casino and gave a fair donation. I was also able to see a young lady win $13,000 so at least someone really liked the casino. Drink service was spotty around the ship at times. I sat at on venue listening to the musician. I was thinking I would purchase a drink before dinner, but was never approached for the 45 minutes I was there. We went to the ice show and we saw the hypnotist and really enjoyed both. We also enjoyed trivia and some of the late night parties and karaoke. We had as much fun on this cruise as any other we had been on. I still find it to be a great value for vacationing and getting away. Royal Caribbean gives you so many options for whatever kind of fun you are looking for that I find it hard to believe that you couldn't enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This ship was very nice. Very friendly staff and with my son in a wheelchair was very accommodating! Our waiters, Sameer and Ikoman were superb! Would cruise again anytime on this ship! The cabin was spacious and my son was able to get ... Read More
This ship was very nice. Very friendly staff and with my son in a wheelchair was very accommodating! Our waiters, Sameer and Ikoman were superb! Would cruise again anytime on this ship! The cabin was spacious and my son was able to get around fine in his wheelchair. The cabin was right off from the elevator which made it easy for us to get where we wanted to go on the ship. There were no lifts into the pool or hot tubs which was a downfall but my son is a paraplegic and was able to transfer to the ledge of the hot tub and with some assistance get himself in. He never went in the pool but I believe he could have done the same as the hot tub. The ship was very in tune to germs - sinks to wash hands before dining in the main room and hand sanitizer everywhere. The excursions were great. Captain Marvins in Grand Cayman is excellent - lifted my son right into their boat in his wheelchair! We had an excellent cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade ... Read More
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. The food was really good and there were so many choices along with a variety of good drinks. Our cruise director and activities manager were exceptional and made our cruise the life of the water. This ship is a great choice for 1st timers and those who are cruise experienced. The dining room experience opened my eyes to different cultural outlooks and they were always polite. You have to go aboard to get your own experience versus going by someone else's opinion. I had a wonderful time during this cruise. I will definitely be planning another cruise with RCCL. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth in spite of security delays by incompetent port and customs personnel, that anyone feels more secure by this grandstanding is amazing. The ship was well maintained, but the decor and furnishings ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth in spite of security delays by incompetent port and customs personnel, that anyone feels more secure by this grandstanding is amazing. The ship was well maintained, but the decor and furnishings looked dated. Activities ran the standard, but things like the rock wall, ice skating, surf rider and water slides were severely time restricted. Bar service is very slow especially in the pool areas in spite of paying $403 for a unlimited bar package. The drinks are generally short poured as well which adds to the insult considering the duty and tax free prices the ship must acquire the alcohol for. Bar tenders always use shot jiggers because they're too incompetent to shot pour so you get the added bonus of whatever is on their hands in your drink when they pour. Maybe someone should make a fecal contamination study to determine why there are so many ship borne illnesses. Dining and cabin service were very good. 10 plus cruiser so did not use the excursions desk. If you are new to cruising, just go into port and strike a deal. You'll always save at least 10 percent and up to 50 percent if you really do your homework on Tripadvisor. Standing in line for other customer service issues I always meet people who are there fixing a problem with the excursions desk. The cabins are dated looking and our toilet malfunctioned overflowing and spilling into the cabin a small bit. Access to the toilet water shut off was in a locked closet outside our stateroom to which the cabin service person did not have a key and had to bail poop water into the shower until the maintenance people finally arrived after multiple frantic calls by my wife and the cabin steward. The bed was comfortable. The air conditioning was insufficient on some days. The main dining room was very good with a good variety each day and excellent service. When ordering you should always get two each of appetizer, entree and desert to try different things, but please tip the wait staff for this extra effort. Also no corking fee if you bring your own uncorked wine to dinner to which you are allowed two bottles per cabin. The Windjammer buffet was great for breakfast and lunch, but the variety has become very limited. I don't think they realize that when I see a buffet pepperoni pizza slice with one pepperoni slice, I'm just going to get four pieces, combine the pepperoni slices onto one piece and throw the other three pizza slices in the trash. That's not a cost reduction. On a previous Royal Caribbean ship the variety was much better. The entertainment this trip was a 5 out of 10 for some reason, previously I gave it a 9 out of 10 for my last cruise with Royal Caribbean. The Ice Skating show was great, but the main evening shows were not great and poorly attended as well. Finally, the customer service desk personnel are the most incompetent double speakers on the planet. Nothing is their fault, nothing can be done supposedly because of something you did when you registered, etc. I spent 1.5 hours trying to get my kids $40 each to play in the video arcade, and the kids finally gave up after figuring out how to use all six of our cabin account cards in a frustrating approval/denial cycle of doom. In summary, this cruise line has declined drastically from the last time I used them, things are getting dated, cost reduction seems to be the main goal which you can offset with some work, but I don't go on cruises to work. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We always arrive the night before so that no worries about cruising. Several hotels offer parking with $20 per person for a shuttle to and from the cruise port. The boarding process in Ft Lauderdale was well organized with friendly ... Read More
We always arrive the night before so that no worries about cruising. Several hotels offer parking with $20 per person for a shuttle to and from the cruise port. The boarding process in Ft Lauderdale was well organized with friendly receptionists. A new twist is your room card is not handed out at check in, it is in an envelope outside your room. The cabin stewards were extremely nice and helpful. The dining staff was very friendly and accommodating. We have always found main dining of good quality, so never pay about $100 to $135 for specialty. Seems nuts to do that. Lobster and good stakes always available during the week no charge. Flow Rider is dangerous! Lady broke her leg falling off. Everyone except the professionals had severe falls. The entertainment was some good some bad. The singers were the poorest of any on our 20+ cruises. They were so poor that it detracted from superior dancers. We laughed at the comedy shows. Ice show is very good, just bring a jacket because the room is cold. The casino supervisors were the worst I have ever seen. They acted afraid to confront unruly passengers. Getting off at ports was not an issue with 30 minute wait time the longest and 5 minutes the shortest. Casino dropped off letter last day with $500 discount on future cruise. It surprised me because I only played total of 6 hours entire trip. When setting at table first night always get $700 from dealer. Just put the money in your pocket and play normal. They think you are a gambler and will get a discount coupon later in the week! We did self assist at 6:30am. Back at hotel and on the road home by 7:30!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was my family and I first Royal Caribbean cruise recommended to me by my co-workers. My children age range from late teen to young adult, they all out-grew my beloved favorite Disney Cruise vacations :( We had such a great time on ... Read More
This was my family and I first Royal Caribbean cruise recommended to me by my co-workers. My children age range from late teen to young adult, they all out-grew my beloved favorite Disney Cruise vacations :( We had such a great time on our cruise over the Thanksgiving holiday. There were so many activities, entertainment for all ages to enjoy. The crew members were all so professional, consistently greeting us with a smile, and going out of their way to make sure we were all enjoying our vacation. Although the Adventures of the Seas is an older ship, Royal Caribbean did a wonderful job updating the ship while in dry dock prior to our cruise. My DH and I booked our next Royal Caribbean cruise for next year 2017! It will just be the 2 of us. This will be our first cruise together without our children! it took a lot of convincing me, as I am an extreme family oriented person. We booked the Anthem of the seas, we are staying in the Grand Loft Suite 10724. Anyone with experience, tips for us for our future cruise will be appreciated. My DH and I are also thinking about renewing our wedding vowels for our 25th wedding anniversary 2018 on Royal Caribbean with family. Anyone with experience and helpful tips/recommendations is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Startreckmom Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
This was a family cruise and it was chosen based on itinerary. Embarkation lines were confusing. There were lines for frequent travelers, travelers with luggage, travelers with no luggage, and those that needed assistance. All lines ... Read More
This was a family cruise and it was chosen based on itinerary. Embarkation lines were confusing. There were lines for frequent travelers, travelers with luggage, travelers with no luggage, and those that needed assistance. All lines eventually became one line inside the door. The ship needs to be updated. Saw rusted areas. Broken equipment in the gym. Automatic doors that do not automatically open. Cabin was clean, except trash had not been emptied, upon entry. The Cabin Stewart provided us with extra towels and wash cloths since there were three of us in the cabin. Need extra padding on roll out couch. We received the extra items everyday til the washer and dryer broke down and we did get the extra until later that evening. Dining in the main dining room was very good. I did not care for the Windjammer Café, I just do not care for buffet dining on a regular basis. The food was warm, not hot. Not much of variety for being a buffet. Entertainment was very good. Loved the comedians, real funny. The activities were very good and the game shows were excellent. I loved all the ports except St. Kitts I can say that "I have seen it and now I never have to go back". Disembarkation was delayed by an hour, but once off the ship received assistance finding luggage and transportation, and going through customs was very smooth. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
This is my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and my third New Years cruise. It is also the second time on this ship (previously in 2009). I am very picky and was a little worried about the condition of the ship, based on some of the most ... Read More
This is my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and my third New Years cruise. It is also the second time on this ship (previously in 2009). I am very picky and was a little worried about the condition of the ship, based on some of the most recent reviews. That said, from the moment I walked on the ship, I was pleased at the cleanliness and condition of the ship as a whole, including staterooms. I was with a group and we had 4 deluxe balconies and 2 inside promenade rooms on Deck 8, mid-ship. All six rooms were clean and well kept. They were not worn and in my opinion the ship does not show its age as suggested by others. However, other reviews about the lackluster cruise director was very accurate. I guess I must have been spoiled on previous cruises with such great and active cruise directors. I had a late dinner seating so I was unable to attend some of the larger shows, so I cannot comment on those. However, I did attend the Love and Marriage show and as always was entertained. It was however disappointing that they chose a different venue for the Quest game show (typically my favorite show). As a result it was standing room only and we ended up leaving. I was happy to see deck security out monitoring chairs during the day at sea. Historically, the day at sea is always stressful with folks holding chairs that they might use for a brief period. The security folks walked around and made sure this did not happen. From a food perspective it was what I typically expect, very good quality and consistency. I like the dining room experience so I cannot comment on the specialty restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was my 12th cruise and 4th with Royal Caribbean, and a cruise is all of what you make it. That being said, we had a great time on this ship but this ship needs some refurbishing quickly. My husband and I left on September 5th, we ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise and 4th with Royal Caribbean, and a cruise is all of what you make it. That being said, we had a great time on this ship but this ship needs some refurbishing quickly. My husband and I left on September 5th, we arrived the day before in PR and stayed at the ESJ hotel, then on Saturday we arrived on this ship, this was our second time on this ship and we booked it for the itinerary. Our itinerary consisted of St. Croix, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Maartan. This ship is almost 15 years old and their is only 3 dining areas including the windjammer dinning room so there needs to be more restaurants. The service on the ship was awesome, the employees were great, I enjoyed the meals and the entertainment was great. Although I loved the itinerary, I was a little tired going back to back but I loved it..I will say that the cruise lines going to the island, help out the economy for the islands but some of the locals are very aggressive so it was kind of hard to relax on the beach. Overall this was a great cruise and I really enjoyed myself, just a few complaints but nothing major. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready ... Read More
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Used the Premium Drink Package. Seems like the bartenders don't really like to work after they know you have the package or a package. Dinner seating was ok. Again no bar server to be found for drinks or wine. Then we started to find the drink we ordered the night before on the table the next night. I guess they were trying to save time. and works if you drink the same thing every night. If you like to try different wines or cocktails you have a problem. Actually had a hard time finding a wine menu. Dinner selections was ok, WindJammer food is ok I can always find something. Breakfast buffet was good. Show were ok. Love the pool bands and 70's nite. I really don't like the Promenade for the 70's show. It is very small and you can not really see. It was horrible to navigate thru the crowd with a wheelchair from show at one end of the ship to the other end for dinner .. Really missed the Crown and Anchor Return Cocktail party.. Apparently we were the first sailing that took away the welcome back party. The Battle of Sexes was funny. The shows were ok. Ice Skate show was ok too. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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