26 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

This cruise was excellent in all the venues, food, service, shows and music. The stand up comedy show was ok, not great. The presentation of Stephani Parker was amazing, singing songs of Witney Houston. Delicious food and the ... Read More
This cruise was excellent in all the venues, food, service, shows and music. The stand up comedy show was ok, not great. The presentation of Stephani Parker was amazing, singing songs of Witney Houston. Delicious food and the singer's on board are excellent too. Good quality music and entertainment. I think they should have more beverages packages options, for example one package for beers and wine only. I think RC had it a few years ago. And it is not fair that all people in the stateroom has to buy the same package when not everybody drinks the same things. Another detail is that the whole week I was waiting to go to Aruba and for weather rearons we couldn't go. The company didn't substitute the island for another or gave some credit for future use. I was really sad because that was my star island to visit. I think they should compensate in some way. Besides that, the experience was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Initially recommended by to me by a friend, they made us aware of Royal Caribbean and the great selection of cruises available. The overall cruise experience superseded my expectations. The destinations were a great selection of ... Read More
Initially recommended by to me by a friend, they made us aware of Royal Caribbean and the great selection of cruises available. The overall cruise experience superseded my expectations. The destinations were a great selection of Caribbean islands to visit. The onboard entertainment and organised events like the ice skating shows and musicals were fantastically organised and choreographed, the food (both buffet and a la carte) were excellent standard and the service was truly second to none. We found the ship to be incredibly clean. Our cabin was tidied and cleaned twice daily. The facilities were clean. The staff across the ship went over and above expected levels to make our cruise experience a special experience. The staff also made a big effort with our children and made their experience a special one also. It was a truly wonderful week made better by the service levels given to all guests on board. Thank you so much Royal Caribbean, Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The horror began with cancellation of the originally scheduled trip, February 2018. On 26 April we were advised the ship would be taken out of service, at the peak of vacation season to install a Japanese Specialty restaurant. As our group ... Read More
The horror began with cancellation of the originally scheduled trip, February 2018. On 26 April we were advised the ship would be taken out of service, at the peak of vacation season to install a Japanese Specialty restaurant. As our group consisted of 12 people, rebooking at a good time was impossible. So, we were forced to book a trip for 10-17 MARCH. This was during spring break for a lot of schools which resulted in an extreme amount of children on the ship. They were no provided with their own separate section so they were at the main pool area during the entire cruise. In addition, RCCL built a "kiddie pool" with a water slide immediately adjacent to the main pool. Another side result was that one of the two main pools were shout down for 3 straight days due to "accidents", requiring draining, cleaning and sanitizing of those pools. Cuts were obviously made to staff as our dinner, easily took 2 hours plus, to complete every night. It was obvious that there was insufficient staff. We purchased the unlimited drink package also. It was really a marginal decision as my wife and I are not heavy drinkers but the package included fresh squeezed orange juice, so that made the decision easier. Unfortunately, the orange juice was not available 3 of the days pf the cruise. Upon arrival, we asked for Pina Coladas but they were not available. One of our group members cabins had a water leek the last 2 days of the cruise. Fortunately it was not sewage water but still an inconvenience. To top of the experience, my wife and I incurred $1000 in fees and increased fare costs from the change of airlines and were advised we would only be reimbursed $400, leaving us $600 in the hole. We are Diamond Class members with over 20 trips under our belt. We returned to RCCL due to their quality cruise package in earlier years. As I told RCCL rep, it is ironic that the lack of quality in recent years will be the reason we WILL NOT ever return to their line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we ... Read More
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we thought is was lacking in maintenance on little things. Like cabin door hinges that were loose, the safe numbers were almost worn off, the shower door leaked onto the bathroom floor and maybe a couple of other areas. Still, overall it was a very good cruise. Dining was lacking a good selection of dinner choices. Only had a few things on the menu that appealed to us. The steaks in the dining room could have been much better. They come either overcooked or undercooked most of the time. I personally like the chilled fruit soups and they only had that one night out of the 7 nights. All the shows were great and we enjoyed the Ice show the best. If I had to pick one thing that displeased us it would have been the Casino, The smoke was so bad that we had to leave the Casino almost as soon as we arrived. I was having a great deal of trouble even trying to get my breath while in there. We did almost no gambling on this cruise. They did not have a restricted area for smoking and people were walking all around with their cigarettes making it impossible to breath. It even could be smelled very strong near the entrances. We took two RCCL excursions, one in St Kitts, St Kitts Panoramic Drive. They had us packed in so tight that one person had to ride sitting on the cowling over the motor. The streets were horrible and very rough. The second was on St Lucia, Costal Cruise to the Pitons. This excursion did not tell you that you would have to swim, about 150 feet, to shore from the catamaran . There was no dock at the beach. We had picked these excursions because of some mobility issues. Other than that, we still have an acceptable time. We were displeased with the Park West Art Auctions. Have never been to any other auctions that went that fast. It was so fast you could not keep up with the type of artwork you were bidding on. That made it difficult to bid on things we were interested in. We do like the Eastern Caribbean Itineraries best. Still overall it was a great cruise. That was the reason for our 4 star rating and not a 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, and half the price of the cruise ship. We all did the drink package and by Wednesday there was no Crown Royal or Budlight on the ship, pretty disappointing especially when the drink package was why we bought it, and the Miller light was out dated beer. I don't know what is happening with Royal Caribbean, but makes me wonder what is going on. We did a private catamaran in St. Maartan, and it was the best catamaran we have ever done in all our cruises. Sophie and her crew were EXCELLENT and the food was delicious. The snorkeling was not good but that is not there fault, and they made it up by parting and swimming. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
++ Great Itinerary and ports of call Great cuisine on dinners a la carte, many options in windjammer restaurant Great service and staff Nice attractions on ship like ice rink and flow rider, there was time for everything ... Read More
++ Great Itinerary and ports of call Great cuisine on dinners a la carte, many options in windjammer restaurant Great service and staff Nice attractions on ship like ice rink and flow rider, there was time for everything Excursions were very good organized Ship is in a very good condition, very comfortable Traveled with 1 year old baby, everything was great and suitable, staff was very attentive - - All shows with dancers and singers are similar Cabin need to be refurbished in bathroom area Balcony and crystals were dirty all time Disembarkation was a mess, everyone had to go down by stairs (they didn't allow us to use elevator even when we had baby stroller), lines on customs (just 3-4 officers for 3000 people) Great trip and great experience overall, would be back on this ship if happened. And definitely would be back on some of the islands again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because of the cruise line and the itinerary. We have cruised before with Royal Caribbean and found that you get bang for your buck with them. There is a lot to do on board and they offer many excursions when ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the cruise line and the itinerary. We have cruised before with Royal Caribbean and found that you get bang for your buck with them. There is a lot to do on board and they offer many excursions when disembarking the ship at each port of call. The staff was very friendly and the entertainment staff VERY entertaining! The choices and selection of food is vast and there were many places for us to enjoy a drink, party time, dancing or just to chill and relax if that is your cup of tea. They a selection of stores on board on deck 5 in the Promenade but I thought the variety could have offered a bit more. We enjoyed Ice Skating, Trivia Shows and others. To top it off the entertainment staff held a parade on the first day to welcome the people and last day as a farewell send off. Very colorful, musical and entertaining! Fun ship! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Royal Caribbean did not provide adequate accommodations for those with Mobility issues. They were offered online but when it was time to register for them on the ship they were not for those with mobility issues. This cruise line also ... Read More
Royal Caribbean did not provide adequate accommodations for those with Mobility issues. They were offered online but when it was time to register for them on the ship they were not for those with mobility issues. This cruise line also wanted 21 days notice to go on a excursion which is absolutely ridiculous! When you enter the buffet dining room there are no special seats for the handicapped and not one person offered me assistance as I attempted to fix my meal. The signs telling you were the meals were could not be seen by someone in a wheelchair or scooter. This ship's excursions were visiting to ports that had sentimental reasons for me and I was so hurt that I was not afforded the opportunity to visit them. If you are a person with mobility issues I would NOT recommend this cruise at all. Thee rooms and bathrooms have accommodations but be prepared to not see any tours. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Older ship. Nice, but a SICK ship. Multiple times smell of sewage. Many of our group got respiratory issues. I lost my voice the second day. We have pictures of mold on the ship. DO NOT sail this ship! Food was not up to Royal Caribbean ... Read More
Older ship. Nice, but a SICK ship. Multiple times smell of sewage. Many of our group got respiratory issues. I lost my voice the second day. We have pictures of mold on the ship. DO NOT sail this ship! Food was not up to Royal Caribbean quality. The slots in the Casino are poor. The whole time I never heard anyone hit any kind of larger money. The ship was clean. The crew were nice and helpful. The balcony's are small. I am a Platinum member of Royal Caribbean and I love the cruise line. This was so not the norm for them. I really hope they step up and fix this ship. They have tarnished the name with quite a few people with this ship. There excursions are good. The best way to see the islands is book something on the other side of the island so you get to see more for less. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
group (Mis Quince en alta Mar) good service and experience Our experiences in each port of call were very enjoyable. The sights, music, local cuisine and beer were extremely enjoyable! We loved interacting with all of the Islanders we ... Read More
group (Mis Quince en alta Mar) good service and experience Our experiences in each port of call were very enjoyable. The sights, music, local cuisine and beer were extremely enjoyable! We loved interacting with all of the Islanders we met, Pure fun! In regards to cruising again, we definitely will with Royal Caribbean! The dining experience was great. The buffet had a great selection of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant had a very well crafted menu that would change every day, even the desserts. The cruise offered a lot of activities and entertainment. They were interactive, and were fun for all ages. A section of the pool deck was reserved for those older than 16; for those who want a little quiet relaxation. It also offered a fitness area to burn off the buffet. The service was first-rate. The staff were attentive to your needs and preferences. The shore excursions were well organized and varied with a wide range of prices for any budget. I would definetly go again with more of my family Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Cruising with Royal Caribbean Line is an awesome experience. The array of food to choose from in the Windjammer restaurant was a delicious sight for weary travelers coming aboard. My eyes roamed from one selection to the next slowly ... Read More
Cruising with Royal Caribbean Line is an awesome experience. The array of food to choose from in the Windjammer restaurant was a delicious sight for weary travelers coming aboard. My eyes roamed from one selection to the next slowly absorbing the assortment of aromas from the delectable items to engage my watering appetite. I was home in nirvana. My cabin offered peace, serenity, and escape. Reclining on my King size bed made me feel like a happy go lucky seven-year old.The view of the seas and ports outside on my balcony were breathtaking. I sat on my balcony and took in the soft sounds of waves bouncing against the ship. The excursions off the ship are a must see experience. Underwater walking in St.Thomas, and swimming on the beaches in Curacao and St. Kitts are must do experiences.Taking in the sights of San Juan and Aruba will fill your thoughts. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I choose this cruise because we were part of a Private event. Salsa Sol y Arena. Itinerary was great, port of call great, great food, great staff and crew. Entertainment should be more diverse with different shows and cast. The ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we were part of a Private event. Salsa Sol y Arena. Itinerary was great, port of call great, great food, great staff and crew. Entertainment should be more diverse with different shows and cast. The activities inside the cruise ship were great. The Casino should be non-smoking or at least just 10% smoking. A lot of passengers complaint about how smoky was the whole casino and a lot of seniors can't enjoy to play until late because the smoke. The service was great. The cabin attendant was helpful and friendly. The ship it's absolutely beautiful after the remodeling. I love the Paris street inside of the ship. Decoration was excellent and the shops were very clean and with good deals. The shore excursions were expensive but the ports were excellent. We did our own tours in every port. The Dutch cheese in all the Dutch ports of call were an excellent price and the table cloths prices in St. Maarten were the best. I love Royal Caribbean but until they change the smoking policy on the casino, I would not going again in this ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My daughter choose this cruise because she want's to celebrate her "Quinceañero" (15 birthday celebration). The special ship crew and the activities she enjoyed made a memory of a lifetime for her. She enjoyed everything ... Read More
My daughter choose this cruise because she want's to celebrate her "Quinceañero" (15 birthday celebration). The special ship crew and the activities she enjoyed made a memory of a lifetime for her. She enjoyed everything but specially the friends she made. We also enjoy all the activities and specially the waiters amiability at dinner and at the Windjammer. The place at the fourth floor have extraordinary music. I really enjoy it! The embarkation and disembarkation was an easy process. All the ports we visited are beautiful. The visit to the four island we went were very interesting and we found almost everything. Just I feel that the time in Saint Maarten was short. This is an Island were shopping is a must and I feel that I need more time but the overall of the cruise was amazing! We definitely would go again! We never going to forget this experience! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I went with a group of friends and I have a wonderful time. I will do it again with my family. My experience on this cruise being my first time was wonderful. I have nothing to complain in terms of the staff, food and total experience. I ... Read More
I went with a group of friends and I have a wonderful time. I will do it again with my family. My experience on this cruise being my first time was wonderful. I have nothing to complain in terms of the staff, food and total experience. I will suggest that the picture rate of $19.99 is high. If reduced many people will pick up their pictures. I will suggest $5.00 each. Thanks. The ship is big and welcoming. My cabin was cleaned twice a day and I like that. My dinning experience is fabulous . I probably gained 15 pounds. I enjoy the entertainment on deck 11 daily. I was at the ice skating ring also. My excursion in Curacao will remain with me for long time. I toured the West African Slave Trade Museum and it was interesting and educational. I had many pictures taking which are very emotional and taught provoking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We had heard the ship was old but honestly, it's clean and well taken care of. I have sailed with Royal Caribbean before but much has changed. Gone are the last night pool deck parties ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We had heard the ship was old but honestly, it's clean and well taken care of. I have sailed with Royal Caribbean before but much has changed. Gone are the last night pool deck parties with the buffets overflowing with yummy food, gone are the midnight buffets, gone are your meals 100% taken care of as lobster and certain cuts of meat are now extra (in the main dining room), plus during the day there weren't very many options for activities offered (wine and cheese pairings, wine tastings, etc). I felt like they were in my pocket for everything, a sentiment echoed by many passengers. I also had a misunderstanding with an on board credit (OBC) where an RC customer service person gave me incorrect information on how to cash it in, which meant I would not get my OBC and NO ONE at RCI would resolve it despite the information coming from their customer service rep. That was beyond frustrating. We spent some time in San Juan exploring a little before the cruise started. That was fun. We enjoyed embarking in a fun city. Embarkation went very smooth. We also did an after cruise excursion with a transfer to the airport and that was smooth as well. Ship: The ship was great, it's old but you would never know it. It was clean, well taken care of, and we had no plumbing issues. The cabin down from us had a pipe burst and it smelled in the hallway but it was contained. We had to deal with the blower fan noise for a few days while it dried so that was kinda a pain and stinky. Cabin: Cabins need an update for sure. They are old but comfortable, Also clean. Nothing outstanding here. Dining: I had someone ask me when Lobster night was...well there is no lobster night anymore. Unless you want to pay 25-35.00 for it. That was s disappointment. Cruising has changed a lot as stated above. The food was good in the main dining room but the Windjammer was unimaginative and boring for breakfast and lunch. Same things everyday for 10 days. Ugh....that gets old fast. Dinners were creative but we only ate a few nights at the buffet. Based on lunch and breakfast, we decided to eat in the main dining room. The service was good as always. Can't complain at all. Excursions were good except for St. Marteen and Antiqua. In St. Marteen We had a beach day planned and they were burning sugar cane somewhere on the island so ash was falling from the sky alllll day and it was so smokey my husband ended up having to stay inside the pavilion puffing on another passengers inhaler and didn't really get to enjoy the beach. Plus there were 2 local guys having an argument at the bar cursing and yelling at one another for over an hour. We were also told we could only choose from water, a soda or rum punch for our "free drink". Well I don't like rum punch and it wasn't specified like that on the excursion offering. Plus the bartender was so rude. and the 2 guys were still arguing. It was such a waste of money. We wanted to leave but We also couldn't go back to the ship unless we wanted to pay for a taxi which was quoted to us as $35.00. So, our beach day sucked. In Antiqua, we were literally accosted by taxi drivers when we got there. One right after the other, I get this is there business, but I told one taxi driver we didn't need a taxi and he yelled at me and said "you come to my island and not use our taxi - FU!" and my husband had to step into separate him from me, kinda scary. However, once we passed by all that, the snorkeling was really good. St. Lucia we went to the water falls. I can't recommend this enough. We had a tour guide names Xandar who was passionate about St. Lucia. He had the driver stop at many fruist trees so we could taste the different varieties they have on the island, he was so informative, and really made the trip fun. This was just fantastic. The waterfalls were beautiful. He offered to take pictures of all the guests. Truly fantastic. In Bonaire we snorkeled and Kayaked with the Glass Bottom Boat tour. Wow. Again amazing. This is a must and again very informative. The tour guides were also passionate about their island and this came through. They stopped whenever we asked to take pictures and went out of their way to make sure we saw interesting things. The snorkel tour in Aruba was also amazing as was the UTV excursion. These are also 100% must do's. The UTV excursion shows you parts of the island you wouldn't normally see. Rocky was amazing as a tour guide. Loved it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was an experience, 10 day cruise and 7 ports of call and loads to do on and off ship could not fault anything. The dinning experience was excellent. Bar service excellent. Room service excellent. Activities to many to choose. All the ... Read More
This was an experience, 10 day cruise and 7 ports of call and loads to do on and off ship could not fault anything. The dinning experience was excellent. Bar service excellent. Room service excellent. Activities to many to choose. All the staff were very helpful and friendly..Entertainment team Brilliant. Spa had an excellent range of treatments but I thought expensive. Pool area outstanding lots of places to sit and a full cinema screen were you can watch movies, video clips and trivia quiz. The main pool deck had 4 jacuzzis in total and the solarium had one very big one. Only disapointment for me shops on board not very well stocked, Starbucks ran out of caramel after 3 days and they stopped putting the days of the week in the lift floor every morning, apparently someone complained that they were on holiday and did not want to know what day of the week it was. Would definetly do again if the had 10 day cruise available only tend to do 7 days not long enough Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was my first cruise, so I didn't really know what to expect, but I was underwhelmed by the experience. Some things were great...the service was exceptional, the entertainment was good, the different amenities on-board were ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I didn't really know what to expect, but I was underwhelmed by the experience. Some things were great...the service was exceptional, the entertainment was good, the different amenities on-board were great, and the captain/crew were great. Everyone on the ship was friendly and helpful. The ice show and trivia nights were great fun. Much better quality than I expected. This is an older ship and it's starting to show. It could really do with a small renovation, but my biggest complaints were with the dining, shore excursions, and cabins. The buffet reminded me of my college cafeteria...but with not as many choices. I would have liked to see kid favorites (chicken nuggets) on the lunch buffett and more hours open. The main dining room selections were alright, but the quality did not impress me. I was disappointed at the lack of vegetables on my plate and the quality of the food. The dinner buffet had theme nights, which was nice, but I feel like the overall selection was just underwhelming. The seating in the formal dining rooms was too packed as well, making it hard for servers to squeeze through and for guests to not bump chairs frequently. The shore excursions would have been fine IF they had been properly named and/or had better detailed descriptions. I found that their idea of "strenuous" or "moderate" greatly varied as well. What they need is more information and better naming. A "Rainforest Adventure" description should say something like "3 hour tour includes 1 hour at the botanical garden, 1 hour manor house tour, and 1 hour hike through rainforest area. Hike is 1.0 mile through mostly moderate terrain with frequent stops to view the rainforest." I found far more enjoyable excursions through private companies rather than the cruise offerings. The cabins were spacious. The beds weren't very comfortable and the air was very dry and temperature seemed to go up and down a lot also. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I took this cruise with another couple as a winter get-away from the weather in the Pacific Northwest! The 3,600 passenger ship was in pristine condition and the crew were excellent. This type of trip at holiday time was ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise with another couple as a winter get-away from the weather in the Pacific Northwest! The 3,600 passenger ship was in pristine condition and the crew were excellent. This type of trip at holiday time was obviously one for family groups; we saw numerous extended families who found the amenities on board lots of fun in a confined arena of a cruise ship. Our shore excursions were well staffed and interesting. I recommend the zip line tour to anyone who is still moderately fit and wants to try something a bit adventuresome! At age 66/68 my husband and I enjoyed it immensely. We took at special tour of the ship's dining preparation center (kitchen) and it was fascinating; afterwards, 100 of us were treated to a champagne lunch prepared by the head Chef and introduced to his staff. The staff and passengers spoke English and Spanish as well as a few other languages. There were good packages for wifi and drinks, etc. If you are a shopper in jewelry or paintings, this is the cruise for you. Jewelry on the ship, in the port towns, everywhere! The RC staff at port of embarkation and debarkation were excellent and the process was well run. RC also provided all necessary paperwork via email ahead of time and were very helpful on phone and via email. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I chose this cruise because of a special dance promotion, departing from Puerto Rico, hosted by a local radio station. The stateroom we had 2580 had issue with the toilet from day one. The toilet did not flush on the first day of the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of a special dance promotion, departing from Puerto Rico, hosted by a local radio station. The stateroom we had 2580 had issue with the toilet from day one. The toilet did not flush on the first day of the cruise. I was told it was a Vacuum problem. The rest of the week we encountered the same problems with our toilet, I had to use public toilet on other floors because our toilet did not flush. I was in the Windjammer for a late lunch and was told I had to leave area because they had to set-up for dinner. How ridiculous. I exited the windjammer and the doors were closed. How unprofessional. Forget about getting a late coffee, the pots are emptied. It was a disaster. The public restroom smelled dirty, not very clean. I will not choose this cruise line again for future travel. I have been on over 12 cruises and this one is the worst. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We wanted to duplicate our honeymoon cruise some 21 years ago. We flew down to san Juan 2 days in advance to take in the sites in Old San Juan and to sample the local restaurants. (Pannes restaurant in the Coronado District was so good ... Read More
We wanted to duplicate our honeymoon cruise some 21 years ago. We flew down to san Juan 2 days in advance to take in the sites in Old San Juan and to sample the local restaurants. (Pannes restaurant in the Coronado District was so good we ate there twice) The Adventure of the Seas (Voyager Class) has been recently refurbished and has many of the amenities you'll find on newer RCCL ships. It is due for another upgrade in Nov. 2016 which will add even more restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activity venues. The ship is clean, well maintained and the crew was very pleasant and helpful. There is more than plenty to do aboard ship to keep you busy. There is also many places to go to for quiet time. Entertainment was very good and a nice variety. The food was good but nothing special. Our cruise visited 5 ports along the Lesser Antilles. One of the things that makes this cruise unique is that at every stop we were the only ship in port. Something you would rarely see in places like Nassau or Cozumel. The ports, with the exception of Antigua, were clean and friendly. The shop keepers, tour guides and taxi drivers on Antigua are aggressive and don't take no easily. Just be prepared! I would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We wanted to go to the Caribbean with our daughter, her Husband and in-Laws. We had a great dining experience in the main dining room, table #323 at 6PM with Arnold and Kurana as our servers. They did an excellent job in serving us for the ... Read More
We wanted to go to the Caribbean with our daughter, her Husband and in-Laws. We had a great dining experience in the main dining room, table #323 at 6PM with Arnold and Kurana as our servers. They did an excellent job in serving us for the whole trip. The food was excellent and the entertainment was very good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Our cabin # was 2344, Christopher did an excellent job in keeping our cabin clean and helped in any way he could to make our cruise enjoyable. We would definately go on another cruise with Royal Caribbean. The ship was kept very clean and Purell was always offered. Our excursions were very nice and the guides gave a very informative tour for each Island. We learned a lot about all of the islands and were very impressed with the tour drivers and they willingness to share information about each island. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my wife and my first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We arrived in San Juan 3 days prior to our cruise as there are only two direct flights from the UK which are on a Wednesday and Saturday flying with Norwegian Airlines. After a ... Read More
This was my wife and my first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We arrived in San Juan 3 days prior to our cruise as there are only two direct flights from the UK which are on a Wednesday and Saturday flying with Norwegian Airlines. After a short flight delay, we checked in to the Wind Chimes Boutique hotel in San Juan which was cheap in comparison to all the major hotel chains but it is a small hotel so no problem staying for 2-3 days although would prefer somewhere a little bigger if staying longer. Our cruise documentation suggested arriving at the cruise terminal after 12.30 but we arrived around 11am and after 45 minutes queuing, we were on board for midday. We headed straight for the Windjammer as mentioned on numerous cruise reviews (thank you Cruise Critic). The food selection was good but the restaurant filled up fast after we were seated with our food. We had purchased a premium drinks package for the first week of our cruise (we were sailing for two weeks - we had the same drinks package included in cruise fare for the second week) prior to our cruise at a cost of £550. Whilst sat eating lunch, we were able to utilise our drinks package straight away and enjoyed a glass of white wine and a bottle of Heineken with our meals. As our room was not ready until 2pm, we sat in the solarium (an adults only pool) where we enjoyed a cocktail or two before heading to our cabin, 9692, which was located at the back of the ship or aft to give it the proper term. We entered the cabin and although our luggage hadn't yet arrived, we had brought a spare set of clothes in our hand luggage and because we had stayed in San Juan prior to the start of our cruise, we boarded wearing summer wear anyhow. Cabin 9692 was a standard sized balcony cabin but had a larger sized balcony which even had two loungers to accompany the two chairs and table (no complaints there). Before leaving our cabin our luggage arrived outside so gave us the opportunity to unpack before beginning our exploration of the ship. We checked out our dining room and found our table we had been assigned with the 8.30pm dining option. We had been placed on a table of 8 in the Strauss restaurant which incidently looked magnificent. We explored the promenade and the main pool (and pool bar off course) before heading back to our cabin to get showered and changed prior to the compulsory muster point drill at 5.30pm. The Muster drill was a little disorganised and not enjoyable stood out in the sun whilst waiting for what seemed an eternity. A couple more drinks (we're not alcoholics really) then we made our way to the dining room. We were joined by two American couples both from the New York/New Jersey area who were a delight to share conversation with over dinner (Rob and Carol say hiya if you are reading this and I hope you have recovered from my dry sense of humour). Special mention at this point needs to be given to our server Wilson who was brilliant the whole week with his impeccable service and challenges at the end of our meals. After a couple more drinks after our meal at the champagne bar we called it a night as we had an early start in the morning as we had booked an excursion with Royal Caribbean in St Thomas in the morning. After an early breakfast in the Windjammer in the morning, we disembarked and after a short wait on the dock side we were heading for an Island tour which ended at Magen's bay beach which was magnificent. The tour good was good and we had no complaints with the tour. We were back on ship by mid afternoon and after a couple of poolside drinks we prepared for our first formal night. On the subject of drinks, you can pick up a beer for 6 dollars, wine 9-12 dollars per glass or a frozen cocktail for 10 dollars each. The best drinks were definitely served in the champagne bar on deck 5 opposite guest services which were not short of a good measure of alcohol. My Wife and I observed the dress code and got dressed up with myself wearing a jacket although it was very warm in the dining room. We were joined by a third American couple from Chicago and the banter was good between us all and we had a full table for the rest of the cruise. The food in the main dining room was excellent with a good choice for each course and although the portions were what seemed small, was actually just right for us although you could order multiple items of each course if you liked and there did seem to be a lot of that going on from our American friends but what the heck, everyone is on holiday. We all compared tips and found where the best places to find the bars with entertainment from each other's experiences. The Schooner bar was good for enjoying the piano playing/comedy from the piano man whose music repertoire was second to none and quite funny the way he played to passing guests. The Lyric theatre was the place where the bigger acts performed and we saw the Platters one evening which was very good although the show lasted less than an hour. We also saw an adult comedian whose jokes were mainly aimed at the American audience (99% of the guests on board appeared to be American). There was also evening pool side parties with live music and a BBQ/Food evening one night each week. Ours second port of call was St Croix and we stayed on board this time as this is the only place of call where we visit twice in the two weeks we are on board the Adventure of the Seas. Day three was Antigua and again we had pre-booked an excursion with Royal Caribbean. We were taken on a 40 minute journey to Ffryes beach which was lovely and included a tradition Antiguan meal which was excellent. Anyone booked on this excursion, a little advice - Head to the top restaurant which was empty compared to the standing room only at the restaurant near the beach. Day four was St Lucia. If disembarking, prepare to be heckled by the locals to go on one of their tours. After an hour exploring the town, we succumbed on the way back to the ship and haggled a 90 minute tour for $20 each (about a third of what Royal Caribbean charge). In the end, it proved a good decision and we visited a spice farm and the waterfall before being returned back to the port. Day 5 was Grenada where again we explored the town before rejoining the ship for lunch and relaxing by the pool with a couple of cocktails each. This was the day of our second formal night which included being served lobster which I hadn't had before so had to give it a go. I asked Wilson if I could have the lobster with a steak creating my own surf and turf which proved to be no problem and most enjoyable. Day six was a sea day and you needed to be up early to get a decent spot in the solarium - by 8am most loungers had towels on them. That night we had our final meal with our America friends before wishing them a safe journey home. Our second week was in a different cabin (8558) which was in the midship area. We packed our case and left it in our stateroom. We could leave our clothes on the hangers in the wardrobe and Arthur, our fabulous stateroom attendant said he would transfer the clothes on our hangers together with our luggage directly to our new stateroom. We tipped Arthur an extra $30 dollars for his attentiveness and for looking after us the entire week. For those who book consecutive cruises, be prepared for the farce of disembarking the ship, flashing your passport to the port authorities, then re-boarding (we felt sorry for the older guests who had a long walk to undertake this procedure). Back on board, we were the first guests on board so had the ship to ourselves for a short while before being joined by the other guests. We had a free premium drinks package for the second week but our stateroom card was showing a soda package only. Fortunately I had emailed Royal Caribbean prior to leaving the UK and had confirmation from them what drinks package I was entitled to. If I hadn't of done that, we would have been paying for all our alcohol the second week as guests services were adament that we were only entitled to a soda package each. Again we did not have access to our stateroom until 2pm. After a couple of drinks by the pool, we headed to our stateroom to again unpack. The balcony in room 8558 was a lot smaller with just a table and two chairs on the balcony but the inside was just the same. We had my time dining which meant we could choose a time we would like to eat each night. The earlier you book your tables for the forthcoming week, the better. We booked a table for two every night for 6.15 on day one and you were able to change the time prior to each night subject to availability off course. Day one was a revisit to St Croix and we took a shuttle bus to Rainbow beach which was a good little beach and you could see the Adventure of the Seas in the background. I think the return trip was only a few dollars each. Day two was St Kitts was a good port to explore and if you go in the local coffee shop adjoining the Yacht club, you get a decent Wifi speed. Day three was St Maarten and a rather long journey to Maho beach where the airport is due to the amount of traffic on the road. We made it with about twenty minutes to spare before the arrival of the KLM 747. Be prepared that the beach is packed on the Tuesday this arrives but we couldn't visit the island without experiencing being on the beach and seeing planes flying overhead nearly within touching distance. Getting a taxi where the ship docks is mayhem but my advice would be to leave getting a taxi until just before eleven when the queues begin to subside. A return trip in a shared van was $16 each. Day four was Dominica which is a lush island, We had a look around the small town before rejoining the ship for lunch and some relaxation. Day five was Barbados which was our favourite port of call. There was a $2 transfer each to Bridgetown where there are plenty of shops to see. We then hired a taxi guide to show us some island sights and for $20 each, he took us to turtle beach, and other island highlights before returning us to the port. Day six was another day at sea before our return to San Juan where we prepared to disembark. Our flight back to the UK on the Saturday was not until 6.30pm so we took advantage of booking an excursion to the El Yunque rainforest before being returned directly to the airport. Exiting the cruise terminal is a little chaotic and given hindsight, I would have utilised the services of one of the many porters for a few dollars tip to fast track you through customs. Don't make the mistake of claiming you have some tobacco or you will be quizzed by the customs officials who were deciding whether to confiscate it. Fortunately we only had a small amount. If undertaking the rainforest tour, be prepared to get wet. Whilst we were there it absolutely bucketed down the whole time we were there. The tour drops you back at the airport for about 1pm so we still had a few hours wait but there were people from the ship who arrived at the airport at 9.30am who were on the same flight. Overall it was enjoyable cruise with an amazing itinary. We paid £550 for the first weeks drinks package and probably broke even but we did drink less the second week so bear this in mind unless you like to drink lots. The ship is in a good condition and we had no maintenance issues throughout our two weeks on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Traveled with 5 other couples who were celebrating a 25th anniversary or turning 50. A mix of experienced cruisers, and newbies (me 2nd cruise). Ship: the layout, organization, amenities, and choices on the Adventure of the Seas was ... Read More
Traveled with 5 other couples who were celebrating a 25th anniversary or turning 50. A mix of experienced cruisers, and newbies (me 2nd cruise). Ship: the layout, organization, amenities, and choices on the Adventure of the Seas was awesome. I would sail this class of ship again for sure. Activities: normally, I'll bet the choices of mid to large venue offerings would have been better i.e. movie choice inside vs Royal production or headliner. However, our cruise had 400-500 drag queens that normally took one of the large or mid-size (ice rink/screening room seating 400-500) every evening. This also included some of the lounges as well. While the impact was minimal early in the week, by Tuesday it became obvious and the impact grew. The trip was far from ruined, but because of the type and size of the group if they wanted to overwhelm a venue they did. Entertainment: the headliners were from Vegas and actually quite good. I cannot comment on the Royal large venue entertainers as I mentioned above there were fewer shows and I chose headliners vs Royal. Service: this was the biggest disappointment for sure. The 'common area' service was non-existent and I must say, atrocious. The pool deck, large venue, or lounge if you wanted a drink, towel, etc you were getting up to get it. While I'm not pretentious, my first cruise on Princess I was asked consistently if I needed anything. In general, this ship seemed to be having a crew issue (possibly an illness outbreak the previous week? based on the late start of boarding - including consecutive cruisers who were asked to leave the ship and RCI loyalty cruisers who had to wait according to several conversations during the cruise). The bar tenders were extremely deliberate - or just plain slow! Even cash tipping up front didn't seem to make much of a difference. Cabin: as expected and satisfied. I will say it was loud - it is one of the few adjoining room options on the ship. We could hear every word and other things 'wink wink' from our neighbors at all hours. Fitness: the walking/running course is in a very populated pool deck. Better get up ral early (5 am), or you will be slaloming children, old couples, and fat people like me. It will be impossible to keep a scheduled pace otherwise. Summary: While I really liked the class of ship, the service experience will most likely prevent my wife and I from sailing this ship again. I understand it is going for a major renovation in May 2016. Maybe a completely new staff will make a difference in the future? Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We just returned from our 7 nights on the Adventure of the Seas. The ship was clean, the Solarium was beautiful. The staff and entertainment, good. The food was good, smaller portions which worked out well (I tend to eat whatever is ... Read More
We just returned from our 7 nights on the Adventure of the Seas. The ship was clean, the Solarium was beautiful. The staff and entertainment, good. The food was good, smaller portions which worked out well (I tend to eat whatever is in front of me). In St. Thomas we went to Sapphire Beach, beautiful. In St. Kitts we had a fabulous time at Cockleshell Beach (Debbie's place). She's very friendly and accommodating. The beach & drive to beach were spectacular! In Aruba we went to Palm beach, it was nice. Curacao is so beautiful we just walked around the town and took in the beauty. Getting on and off the were easy, very organized. One of my favorite things about a cruise is when I come to my room at night there is an animal made out of towels. I was really disappointed this time, I only had an animal 3 nights. I know it's a small thing, but sometimes is the small things that make a difference. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This is our first time cruising the Southern Caribbean and this itinerary was very nice - San Juan, Sea day, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Croix, San Juan. THE SHIP STUFF Ship embarkation/disembarkation was a breeze ... Read More
This is our first time cruising the Southern Caribbean and this itinerary was very nice - San Juan, Sea day, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Croix, San Juan. THE SHIP STUFF Ship embarkation/disembarkation was a breeze with no line-ups at either departure port or ports-of-call. The Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship still in great condition. Our interior cabin was clean, cozy and comfortable. Nice bed linens and no evidence of bed bugs. The food - we ate all our breakfasts/dinners in the MDR . The wait staff was excellent. Our dinner waiter Murat was very entertaining. The food quality in MDR was very good - all seafood were good, lamb was good and the prime rib was excellent - I had this both nights they offered it. Other mentionables - strawberries/cantaloupe at breakfast, spinach dip, soufflEs, mango mousse. Snacks at the Cafe Promenade was delicious, especially the desserts! And my husband did enjoy the Windjammer Sushi Bar most evenings before our second seating dinner as he was always a little hungry since back home we eat at 6pm. The drinks - we are not big drinkers, we each had a bottle of wine that was put away each night which was great value. As well, our travel agent sent a bottle of wine to our room which was appreciated. Surprisingly found the drinks at the bars to be very reasonably priced. Lunches generally were on the islands so we could taste the local food - fried flying fish in Barbados. The entertainment - we enjoyed. Found the production shows by RC singer/dancers to be quite good. The Beatles tribute not to be missed and the Ice Show was excellent! You have to get tickets on the first day and try to get there early so that you can sit at the bottom of the U shaped theatre for best effect. The Love and Marriage show was hilarious! Cruise Director Anna Bass did a great job! But the best fun for me was the 70's disco party on the Promenade and then the Jesters nightclub afterwards. All the fun may have also have been due to fact that we had our Bachelorette party on this night. There was lots of boogey-ing anyhow! The Piano Bar was weak but the Lobby Bar band always got people dancing. THE PORTS-OF-CALL STUFF Old San Juan - we arrived one day before the cruise and stayed at HOJO in OSJ - not recommended if you are light sleeper as sound echoes in hallways. Found OSJ very quaint but in need of care - could smell urine and garbage. We found the streets closest to the water to be the nicest. Ate at El Jibarito for dinner - garlic shrimp was tasty, found mofongo with garlic way too garlicky. Had breakfast at Cafe Mallorca which was nothing to write home about - I was really anticipating the mallorca but it was rather disappointing. Lunch was the best at Cafe El Punto tucked away in a little "mall". The fish special was amazing - very nice fresh juices. Barbados - We hired a cab to go to Sunbury Plantation house and Accra/Rockley Beach. The Sunbury admission was $10USD/pp and was worth it. Lots of antiques and nice grounds. The one room optics museum was interesting with lots of models of cameras going back many many years. When we got to Rockley beach the sky opened up so we skipped the beach and driver took us to local hang out for fried flying fish and rice/beans - very yummy. The weather was not co-operating so we called it a day after lunch and went back to the ship. Bridgetown did not seem too exciting as we drove thru it. Our taxi driver named APPLE gave us 3hrs for $60USD. Just walk outside the port gates and there'll be plenty of independent taxi drivers willing to negotiate. St. Lucia - We had been to island before at Rendezvous resort so already knew the island to be beautiful but with bad windy roads. So, we opted to stick close to port and go to Marigot Bay beach. I had read some bad posts on forums so we used the port taxi company conveniently named "Courtesy Taxi Service". This "courtesy" taxi service to Marigot Bay and back costed us $60USD/2pp (30mins each way). Once you get to Marigot Bay there is a free water taxi shuttle that takes you to the Marigot Beach Club resort across the bay. And if you eat at their waterside Doolittle restaurant, the use of beach chairs and palapas are free. It was a picturesque spot to enjoy some sunshine. Antigua - We just walked the town at this port as this was the port our friends were getting married at so not much time for sight-seeing. Nothing to see in town - the local market across the bus terminal on Market street was somewhat interesting. We ran into the local library (est 1854) where we used the internet for free. Our friends' wedding was beautiful - in the skylight chapel on deck15. The ceremony was done by an Antiguan and she left out all the religious stuff and stressed the love which got a few wet eyes and some laughs. The reception that followed in the Imperial lounge on deck5 was really nice - there was so much food at the buffet. The ship's wedding planner that our friends used did a very nice job co-ordinating everything. St Maarten - As a wedding gift, we treated our newly wedded couple to a full day snorkel tour on Pinel Island on the French side run by tour company called WAKAWA ECOKLUB. Definitely would recommend them as they are very eco conscious - we got special suntan lotion that does not hurt the reef. Isabel met us at Cul-de-Sac where we got our own water taxi to Pinel Island. After some instruction, we followed Fabian on the snorkel trail. The water was a little rough but Fabian pointed out lots of fish and coral. After the snorkel, we had a really nice lobster lunch at the restaurant called "Up on the Key". They let you pick your own fresh live lobster from the trap they keep in the ocean. And, 2 beach chairs, 1 umbrella and 2 alcoholic drinks were $15. The best part was this is only restaurant of the 3 that take USD at par with the Euro. What a deal! The beautiful fine white sandy beach and warm water was so nice it was sad to have to leave. St Croix - I had wanted to go to Sandy Point Beach but when we found out no restrooms/facilities, we opted to walk the opposite way to Rainbow Beach. We were able to walk along the water's edge starting at Frederiksted Fort (red bldg) all the way to some large rocks at which point a very nice resident let us walk up to the road thru her property. It was then a short walk on the road to Rainbow beach. This is a very nice white sand beach with bar/restaurant and live entertainment. We took a taxi back to the port at $4/2pp one way and walked around town - not much beyond the first street along the boardwalk. All in all we had yet another nice cruise with RC - so much so that we booked a Next Cruise while onboard. And I'm already starting to research our next Caribbean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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