We chose this cruise for several reasons. Firstly, we needed a vacation, due to a colder and longer than normal Vancouver (Canada) winter. Second, we wanted to try a cruise line we had never booked before and had heard good things about ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons. Firstly, we needed a vacation, due to a colder and longer than normal Vancouver (Canada) winter. Second, we wanted to try a cruise line we had never booked before and had heard good things about RCI from a seasoned cruising friend of ours. Third, this was a longer than normal cruise, due to the ship having been privately chartered by a large insurance company for a staff cruise, but only for a few days so RCI filled in the remaining days with our 10 day cruise - great !
We also did a lot of online research into the Adventure of the Seas and found that she had recently undergone a multi million dollar re-fit, so we felt that this cruise and this ship would suit our needs well.
As former Travel agents ourselves, from many years ago, we are always expecting good things, and this trip was fantastic. The ship was magnificent, the crew and staff onboard were well informed, courteous, and always able to make us feel right at home.
The buffets onboard were able to keep food hot at all times and the quality and range of foods at all meals was exceptional. The Adventure is a majestic vessel with a stunning atrium, and you can watch the glass capsule type elevators going all the way up 14 floors high, from the bottom floors - you won't believe you are on a ship ! The board walk inside the ship is amazing - lined with shops, pubs, and a great "street" inside the ship where entertainers perform nightly to delight you.
During the first 3 days we were onboard we found that the leaders of the shore excursions were difficult to find after you had walked onto the pier, and this was a little disconcerting but there seemed to be a general change onboard after the third day and there seemed to be a lot more attention being paid to detail after this. We were frequently approached at the main dining room during our meals, by the head waiter to make sure all was good with our meals. Perhaps there had been some complaining, who knows, but I would say overall that this cruise was an excellent choice overall and we would have no hesitation in doing it again or recommending it to others.
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Researching, before going on a vacation is the key to smoothing out the bumps as much as possible before going. With most vacations you get what you pay for and we were very well satisfied with our cruise. Don't hesitate - Book It !
Gordon and Barbara Foster, Vancouver, Canada. Read Less