Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise hits the best islands. Having ample time at each stop is a real positive. Always found GREAT taxi tours at very reasonable prices just outside the pier. Try the golf cart rental on Bonaire. $45.pp for ALL day. Maps ... Read More
This cruise hits the best islands. Having ample time at each stop is a real positive. Always found GREAT taxi tours at very reasonable prices just outside the pier. Try the golf cart rental on Bonaire. $45.pp for ALL day. Maps provided. Only negative - We did have to find four kite surfers to push us out of the sand. So nice to have the chance to see/do what you want on your schedule. Also, if you've never been there, we enjoyed the Tuk Tuk tour on Curacao. Updated ship is superb and spotless though I felt the hand washing tray at the entrance to the Windjammer made me feel like a cow lined up for milking. Staff ALWAYS attentive. Annabelle in the main dining room arranged for my favorite savory rolls every night...even though they were no longer on the menu. Also provided private napkin folding demo following dinner. She seemed to be everywhere fulfilling everyone's wishes. Try the lobster pasta during lunch...Annabelle was doing the cooking. Perfect cruise. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was my first cruise with husband and parents. I have never really fancied a cruise before but am definitely a convert now. The ship was luxurious with glass lifts and staircases, the dining room was beautiful and dinner felt special ... Read More
This was my first cruise with husband and parents. I have never really fancied a cruise before but am definitely a convert now. The ship was luxurious with glass lifts and staircases, the dining room was beautiful and dinner felt special each night and the overall feel and service on the ship was better than a lot of 5 star hotels I have stayed in. The cabins weren't very modern or plush but so little time was spent in there. The entertainment was fantastic without being too cheesy or lairy. Everyone was having a really good time from salsa dancing, to listening to live music in the pub to theatre shows, discos etc. The only problem was not being able to do everything that was available which means we'll have to go on another one. The staff were so friendly, helpful and courteous and it's been a long time since I experiences such good service. I can't fault this ship and it was one of the best holidays I've ever had. 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Love that most, @ least 80% were an older crowd, 65 or older!!! Didn't have to deal with drama queens or drunks!!! I hope I able to find anther cruise like it!!! The food, staff, and shows were fantastic!!! The itinerary wa perfect, ... Read More
Love that most, @ least 80% were an older crowd, 65 or older!!! Didn't have to deal with drama queens or drunks!!! I hope I able to find anther cruise like it!!! The food, staff, and shows were fantastic!!! The itinerary wa perfect, even if the weather was not!! Would love to see more fall colors on the trees, but maybe the next time!!! I've cruise on Royal, Princess and Carnival and always get the best service from the cabin attendants and restiturants!! If the food was not up to par, they would find a way to remedie it!!! Could not ask for better service!! Would like to know how to find the seniors cruises due to this one was the best, and the most friendliest of cruises!! The food in the restaurant and windjammer are both great, with a few exceptions but still very satisfy over all! I'm looking to see cruises from Galveston to go to other places other than western caribbean, been to all and it's less expensive for me as a retire person to afford!! Thank you Royal caribbean for making my cruises to memorial!!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was our 4th RCL cruise. We booked and enjoyed JS 1244 on the 10th deck. The embarkation went extremely smooth. We had a pre & post stay at the Doubletree Hilton in San Juan. From the time we reached the pier to the pool area ... Read More
This was our 4th RCL cruise. We booked and enjoyed JS 1244 on the 10th deck. The embarkation went extremely smooth. We had a pre & post stay at the Doubletree Hilton in San Juan. From the time we reached the pier to the pool area was less than 20 minutes. One thing I really liked was the ability to say NO to pictures throughout the cruise. And no offers for a drink before we even got on board. Kudos to RCL. We had Anytime dining in the Mozart Room. Kudo to staff. Food was superb every night. I got lobster on night and am still dreaming about it. We ate other time in Winjammer. Others thought food was not so good from past postings. I enjoyed it, food was tasty. And like we planned we could always eat elsewhere if we wanted to. A few times we ate in Conseguire Room. One comment on ALL dining - need more comfortable and a bit larger chairs. Saw lots of oversized cruisers unable to sit in dining chairs. This cruise we decided to be laid back, only saw one show. Pretty good. Again chairs need to be redesigned. Also hated stadium seating. I liked the old way of sitting around small tables in clusters. Service was outstanding, as always. Wish that the Adult Pool area was just that NO young teens, there were a few that upset me. Ports were great. We did not book excursions through ship, used trip advisor. Also we went to Marriotts in St. Thomas and Curacao for their one day beach passes. I really enjoyed our double balcony from our cabin. It had a table and chairs and a lounge chair. I suffered heat stroke a couple of port days so I had to rest in the room with ice. I also had to visit the Medical Center, kudos to staff there, they all knew what they were doing and were very professional. Shopping on ship was great, bought a very nice necklace with an emerald and diamond charm. Staff was very helpful at all time. I visited Johnny Rockets once. Very nice. The pizza in the Pizza Shop not so great, very dried out. While we were in San Juan we went to the El Younge Rainforest before our cruise. Very nice. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We choose this cruise because we wanted to have a family get together. There were 3 generations, 10 people in all, with ages from 9 to 74, in a total of 6 cabins. We, the reviewers, being the older ones (grandparents) Each group did ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to have a family get together. There were 3 generations, 10 people in all, with ages from 9 to 74, in a total of 6 cabins. We, the reviewers, being the older ones (grandparents) Each group did their own thing, excursions, beach, pool, etc. Family dinner at night, no cooking, no cleaning up. Loved the warm weather, so we choose to use Puerto Rico as our departing and returning port even though travel from Vancouver Canada was a bit of a pain. We love coming back to Old San Juan, so we arrived a day early and explored the town before as well as staying one extra day following the cruise. Previous we went on Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston, which was also very good but involved 2 sea days to get to and 2 sea days to return from the Caribbean. Service was excellent. Embarkation was a breeze, luggage arrived at the cabins fairly quickly. Because of our loyalty status and cabin category, we used the concierge lounges a lot which was a joy. All concierges and assistants were excellent and very helpful. We received a welcome email before we left home offering any assistance that he (Ryno) could provide. For example we liked to have a dining table for 10 at the late sitting and this was arranged through the concierge before we even were in Puerto Rico. Our waiter (Nitesh) and his assistant DeJan were so helpful. His interaction with the younger ones was very appreciated. We did not use the ship's excursions, casino, activities. All, including the children (in their 40s) and the grandchildren (in their teens) had a wonderful time and had found their own activities and made friends. Unlike at the Navigator, there was always food in the Windjammer café Disembarkation was smooth and well organized. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2016
A reunion cruise to meet up with 2 couples from Michigan who we met on the same ship 3 years previously. We all had an amazing time and think this is probably our favourite RC ship. Very friendly and always feels like "coming ... Read More
A reunion cruise to meet up with 2 couples from Michigan who we met on the same ship 3 years previously. We all had an amazing time and think this is probably our favourite RC ship. Very friendly and always feels like "coming home". We also particularly like the ports of call in the Eastern Caribbean, a different beautiful island every day apart from one sea day. The skating show is always spectacular and we found the food in the MDR was very good. This was a B2B so we were on board for 14 nights. Our room steward was brilliant, friendly and efficient. The only downside was that Adventure was looking a little tired as she was due for a refit. The Crown and Anchor future booking room was already completed and looked very smart. If that was an indication of the refit then I can't wait to see her afterwards. In October we are trying Harmony for 7 nights Med cruise. Will be interesting to experience a really big ship. To date, our biggest is Freedom. It will take a lot to knock Adventure off my no. 1 spot though. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We decided on this B2B because each week's itinerary was different. We are seniors who celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary the 1st week on board and my husband's birthday the 2nd week. We booked a promenade room because ... Read More
We decided on this B2B because each week's itinerary was different. We are seniors who celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary the 1st week on board and my husband's birthday the 2nd week. We booked a promenade room because we had had one on Navigator and really liked it. We were on the 6th deck opposite guest services. Last time our cabin was opposite the Ben and Jerry's and I liked that better. If you want to see the parades and what's going on on the promenade then don't book so close to mid ship. On the other hand, we were much closer to the mid-ship elevators and less walking to just about everything. We flew into San Juan a day early and stayed at Hotel Miramar. We found it excellent with an amazing view from the rooftop terrace. Close to restaurants, bars, even a grocery store 1/2 block away. Dinner at Casita Marimar was excellent and it is around the corner from the hotel. Loved mofango. Embarkation was one of the easiest of all our cruises. I think because people arrived throughout the day due to the late sailaway. Line up to hand in your luggage and then line up with your carry on to go through security and then inside to get your sea pass. Easy. Doors opened at noon and we were on the ship for lunch. Cabins ready promptly at 2 pm just as promised. We had a great two weeks but would not choose to do this route again in July. It is just too hot. It was never below 86F/30C. Dining: We ate mostly in the dining room and enjoyed our meals but did try Giovanni's the first night. We were disappointed but did go again for our anniversary and enjoyed it more. We also went one sea day for lunch. They now have a Mexican lunch. There have been comments regarding beef being tough. The first time I ordered beef I had to return it before even touching it...it was cut on the wrong grain. If you can see the grain of the meat running across it, then it has been cut wrong. It will be tough! Send it back and make them give you a beef they have cut on the right grain and it will be like night & day. There was an apology from the kitchen for this beef and an acknowledgement that it had been cut incorrectly. We noticed this repeatedly at the buffet at lunch. More training needs to be done for those cutting meat. They hacked at the roasts from all angles so some slices would be okay and others would be tough. Okay, that's my negative rant! Our room attendant was excellent and always available. Our waiters were great. The head waiter was excellent. We felt the ship was clean, the crew friendly and helpful and the evening entertainment was very good. St. Thomas: Been before so this time we just walked to the Paradise Point Tramway and saw the marvellous view from the top. Note: no elevator, quite a few stairs just to get to the bottom of the tram ride. St. Kitt's: We booked a private tour with another couple from cruise critic and went to see the new AGE (Amazing Grace Experience) about John Newton who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace. $5 admission was well worth it. Beach was Cockleshell. I do not recommend it. Crowded, the umbrella won't tilt other ways and no room to move the lounge chairs so we couldn't take the sun. Try another beach. Mystery Dinner: was on the evening we were in St. Kitt's. This was excellent. It is in Giovanni's, special menu with a couple of choices and all excellent. The tiramisu is the best ever! The actors were fun to watch. They played their parts well. Be sure to check the time on your invite because ours was a different time on the invite from the time in the Compass and from the time online when I booked it. Aruba: Awesome day! I booked Trikes-Aruba online and we had just the most wonderful day driving those trikes along the roads of Aruba. We covered about 70% of the island driving caravan-style behind the leaders who were in a jeep and snapping pictures of us which they post online for you to see when you get home. Look it up online. Seems expensive but it was the greatest tour we had in the 2 weeks. Curacao: plans just to walk into town but got talked into a tour for $15pp. Price was right and we got to visit the Curacao Liquer Factory which was the one thing I did want to buy. Dropped 1/2 the open-air taxi off at a beach. I believe it was Mamba Beach. We just looked around as we weren't prepared to swim and from what I saw it was far superior to the beach in St. Kitt's. This tour bus was even going back to pick up the swimmers in a few hours...all for $15, wow! Turn around: Meeting for consecutive cruisers on Friday and all was explained re the old sea pass, the new sea pass, the in transit card, going off ship on Saturday or staying on. It was well thought out and no problems at all. We did the free trolley tour of San Juan and went back on the ship around noon when the doors open for the next bunch of cruisers. St. Croix: There's a beach right next to the pier and we went for a swim. The water was the clearest we had seen. You could look down at your legs and see small fish swimming around your feet and legs. Great spot for kids to try snorkelling. One area has lounge chairs and umbrellas to rent, there is a clean washroom/change room, snacks. St. Maarten: Took the water taxi ($7 all day) into town. There is a beach there if you want to swim. Think we'll do that next time as I heard from others that it was very nice. We visited The Yoda Guy on Front St. and then went to Back St. where we flagged a local bus down that had a sign saying Marigot. $2 for a ride to the French capital. Saw the market area and had a yummy pastry at a bakery. Antigua: We only went off ship and looked around the pier area so we didn't get a feel for this island unfortunately. St. Lucia: Spent a week here last Nov. and saw first hand the need for school supplies so we used our cruise critic roll call for both weeks to ask people to help us and bring any school supplies they could. Both weeks we gathered them up at the Meet & Mingles. We had one LOAD of supplies and i can't thank everyone enough. 3 people from our roll call asked if they could go with us to deliver so we spent the day at a villa where we delivered all the school supplies and met about 30 of the school kids who were gathered for a vacation school. A local lady made us lunch of salad with her homemade dressing, marlin, sweet potatoes, rice and beans. Saw the kids go for a swim. Listened to a presentation they did for us on St. Lucia customs and just in general had a wonderful day! Bridgetown: Found name and email of a taxi driver recommended on Trip Advisor and booked him for the day. He took us to Harrison's Caves, Holetown, past Rihanna's house and to see St. James Anglican Church built in 1626. Their church bell is older than Big Ben and the Liberty Bell and made in the same place. Hope you have enjoyed my 'tour'. We had a wonderful 2 weeks. First B2B ever and it is definitely the ship to do this. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Just got back August 22nd from our cruise. Did many cruises with royal Caribbean and celebrity. Was a little weary reading the not so good reviews before we left but we had a great time on a great ship. Food was fabulous and our waiter ... Read More
Just got back August 22nd from our cruise. Did many cruises with royal Caribbean and celebrity. Was a little weary reading the not so good reviews before we left but we had a great time on a great ship. Food was fabulous and our waiter John from st Lucia was the best. Our room was well taken care of. The shows were clean and great. Laughed a lot. Did three tours with royal Caribbean and one on our own with James Tours in st Lucia. James was fabulous. Saw so much in st Lucia. Highly recommend James. Would go on this ship again and do the same islands. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
May 11th, 2016. Hello everyone. My sister and I cruised to Alaska last June. It was my first cruise and I loved it. We were on Jewel of the Seas and traveled to Juneau and Skagway. We rode the train through the mountains and learned about ... Read More
May 11th, 2016. Hello everyone. My sister and I cruised to Alaska last June. It was my first cruise and I loved it. We were on Jewel of the Seas and traveled to Juneau and Skagway. We rode the train through the mountains and learned about the gold rush days. We stopped off at Victoria, British Columbia and had a spot of tea. Everything was so elegant and grand. The staff on the Jewel of the Sea were so attentive and friendly. I have never been so pampered and cared for. I am usually the one taking care of everyone, so the role reversal was truly special. I enjoyed the stage performers, and the comedians. The musical talent was Vegas style and so bright and colorful. The singers were professional and enthusiastic. I especially appreciated how the scenery passed before me as I leisurely sat and savored the view. I am not up to climbing museum steps, and chasing after tour guides, so this was just my pace. I am currently planning to sail on Enchantment of the Seas in September. I am looking forward to the experience. I haven't been to Florida for 40 years, so I am excited to see all the changes. I have never been to the Bahamas but my daughter went there with her college friends and I admit I was jealous. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to go on this cruise. I look forward to being out on the ocean with the wind in my hair, and the salt water lapping at the side of the ship. I hope the food and service is just as wonderful as it was on the Jewel of the Sea Alaskan Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We usually book inside cabins on the 18 cruises we have been on and we had cabin 7131 on this ship that we havent been on before.It had twin beds pushed together for a queen and my wife had to climb on the bed as it was too near the ... Read More
We usually book inside cabins on the 18 cruises we have been on and we had cabin 7131 on this ship that we havent been on before.It had twin beds pushed together for a queen and my wife had to climb on the bed as it was too near the wall.Mornings around 5am the noise from above started. We phoned reception and 2 security guards who investigated said it was kitchen preparation and it wouldnt happen again. It did. Reception staff were pleasant and anxious to please and found us a cabin with a window and larger. We than had to shift all our luggage and a steward helped with the changeover. The weather was amazing sunshine all the way unusual for the Med in October. The restaurant food was excellent and Jenny Shimrah and Xiaoquan (her assistant) we amazing (He sang Happy Birthday in Chinese for me) We have had good service before but this was exceptional. Entertainment was the usual reasonable standard except the hypnotist who was amazing. Went to the show twice. Most unusual. The ship had done a deep clean as it had the norovirus and all the staff were continually cleaning and wiping surfaces even reception staff and dancers and the orchestra. Library was closed because of this which was a shame. All three pools were very chilly. In spite of the room problems for the first week, we would go Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful ship that is showing signs of wear and tear, but still a great ship. It is large with over 3000 passengers. Food on the ship was excellent, and the crew was phenomenal. After we left on Monday the 4th ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful ship that is showing signs of wear and tear, but still a great ship. It is large with over 3000 passengers. Food on the ship was excellent, and the crew was phenomenal. After we left on Monday the 4th through the 5th we hit a storm and were bounced around like walking on a trampoline. After that, the rest of the sailing was calm and wonderful. The six days at sea between Madeira and St. Kitts were wonderful. Lots to do on the ship and really relaxing. Entertainment was mixed, with a terrific show with an electronic violinist and a comedy magic/juggling act. The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers were wonderful also along with a group of motown/60's singers - 4 older guys - who were great!. The ice show was the best show on the cruise. The remaining shows were lackluster and below par - a "Diva" (and I use the term loosely) who was pretentious and BAD, a lackluster comedian/singer and other forgetables. The food was really good no matter where you ate on the ship. and the Specialty Restaurant, Portofino, was fabulous, when we ate there for ther Mystery dinner show which was worth the extra cost. We had an inside cabin but with a window overlooking the 5th deck promenade - a first time roomstyle for us. At 160 sq ft it was roomy and what I really liked about it is that the window had a couch rather than the bed which was off to the side. This made the room look larger and very comfortable. Storage space was a little lacking, though. We were not bothered by sounds from the promenade and had no trouble sleeping. I would recommend this room without a doubt. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Many things to write for this cruise. SHIP: Adventure of the Seas - Voyager class, but getting old now. It is due for refurb in April 2014. Staff and help were excellent for us during this cruise. Captain walked around the ship a lot, ... Read More
Many things to write for this cruise. SHIP: Adventure of the Seas - Voyager class, but getting old now. It is due for refurb in April 2014. Staff and help were excellent for us during this cruise. Captain walked around the ship a lot, talking to passengers. STATEROOM: We upgraded from a balcony to a Junior Suite at the last minute, which was nice, but it was only slightly larger. Definitely had more space and storage, so that was nice. Our stateroom attendant did a great job for us, making up both beds in the morning, checking in the afternoon, then doing turn-down service at night., Of course that's the only way they make money (tips), so we have never really had an issue with our service. RESTAURANT: Again, excellent food, and a pretty good (wide range) selection each evening. Wait staff was attentive and friendly, but this is normal for RCI. and soon learned exactly what we wanted for each meal (2 rolls, lemon wedges, diced tomatoes on Caesar salad). The only disappointment was that they did not serve lobster any night (it was, of course, available for purchase any evening). BARS: They have the standard assortment of bars on Adventure: Schooner (piano) bar. Imperial (dance floor) bar, Champagne (fancy drinks) bar, and of course pool bars to sell more drinks. The Viking Crown Lounge is the highest on the ship (14th floor), and offers a great panoramic view from up high. The nightly reception (Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle member in the Crown and Anchor Society) were served here on 14, in 2 different rooms. Unfortunately, the Diamond area did not serve any food, and the only free drinks were wine and champagne (you got it, Diamond members could not get even a free draft beer with their status). CRUISE STOPS: The Canary Islands were beautiful, and still warm at this time of year. (I could not have found them on a map until my daughter talked me into this cruise). They remind me of Hawaii a little, as they are all volcanic, with the last eruption being in 1976. They grow grapes (wine), sugar cane, and a few other crops. As usual, the four stops (islands of La Palma, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Lanzarote) were nice, with a decent selection of tours/excursions from which to choose. My personal favorite stop was Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese), where we took a city tour and had an excellent guide. The two stops in Spain (Gijon and Vigo) were nice, where we sampled some nice wines. The island of Madiera (the only Portuguese island) was also nice. Port wine was good and there was really too much to see in one day. Coming back to Southampton was a little rough, and too cold for getting any sun. We were coming north and into a due north wind for the last 3-4 days, except for Lisbon. Of course, when we hit Southampton (and London) it was rainy and cool. Transers to and from Heathrow (LHR) were no problem. SUMMARY: It was nice to see these islands (not named after the bird), and also the 4 other stops. So for a 13-day (RCI calls it a 14-night) cruise, 8 stops and 5 cruising days is a good mix. Once the Adventure has had it's overhaul, I think it will be much nicer. This was our second cruise on Adventure, as it cruises the Caribbean out of San Juan, PR during the winter months.   Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2013
This review is my umpteenth cruise on Royal Caribbean and for all its faults I keep coming back. The review covers a 14 day cruise down to the Canary Islands round trip from Southampton. Embarkation was very simple from City Terminal and ... Read More
This review is my umpteenth cruise on Royal Caribbean and for all its faults I keep coming back. The review covers a 14 day cruise down to the Canary Islands round trip from Southampton. Embarkation was very simple from City Terminal and arriving after I.00pm I was able to board within about ten minutes. New for this year is that you are allowed to take on board two bottles of wine per stateroom. I travel solo and enjoyed a mini suite on deck nine. As far as the cabin was concerned there was very little difference from last year’s cruise except the cabin was slightly smaller (than Independence of the Seas) and to keep up the penny pinching standard RCL have installed restrictors on the wash basin taps. This I find infuriating it takes about three minutes to fill a cup! Plenty of coffee was available in suite along with a percolator. I mention this because I understand that coffee making facilities have been removed from lower grade cabins. This was all I could moan about as far as the cabin was concerned. The room attendant was great at his job and deserved every penny of his cut from the pre-paid tips. Plenty of shops on board for you to spend your money. These included jewelry, gifts, watches and hairdressers shops. Although these were only open whilst the ship was at sea. Lifeboat drill seems to have improved to the extent that drills (as far as I was concerned) were carried out on deck and not in the depths of the theatre although still without life jackets. As the school kids had returned to school the ship was populated mainly by people in their late 50’s to mid 70’s. There were a considerable number of wheel chair users on board plus several kids in wheel chairs who may well have been recipients of the Make A Wish foundation (sponsored by RCCL) which helps very poorly children. There were also some people in their 20’s who were probably there because they were getting married on board. There is only one specialty restaurant on board, Portofino’s which is Italian. The cover charge for this restaurant is $20.00 per person. I guess you could say that there is one other speciality restaurant. That is Johnny Rockets which specialises in burgers and fries. The cover charge for this is $4.95 per person. This restaurant is well past its sell by date by now and should be replaced with something a bit more upmarket. The ships staff as ever are first class and one wonders at the amount of training that must go on behind the scenes to make sure that everything is up to standard. This also goes for cleanliness. The antibiotic gel dispensers seem to have multiplied over the past year and now appear at every possible turn. On a tour of the kitchens you couldn’t see any dirt, grime or grease anywhere. I received no comments on Norovirus whilst I was on board. Entertainment: Well this has certainly degraded over the past 12 months and I was very disappointed. I won’t mention any names (probably because you will never have heard of them) but the shows varied from a singer to a hypnotist to a guy who showed his skills at BMX riding. This plus a couple of various average tribute acts Beatles etc. RCL have really cut back on high cost productions. However the ice shows are well worth a visit if you can get a ticket. I had paid up front for My Time Dining. Deck five is reserved for my time dining with decks three and four for diners that do not take advantage of this service. You do get to meet up with different people, some good some bad. But all in all this is the way I like to cruise. It worked well on Adventure but the front of house staff were under a lot of pressure and on one or two occasions failed to reduce the waiting hoards. On sea days buffet lunch is served on deck three otherwise it was the Windjammer self service that was the only option. There was a lot of choice and good quality food. The food in the MDR was very palatable but cost cutting was in evidence with no lobster on the 14 days cruise except at an additional cost of about $35.00. In fact lobster was on offer in Portofino’s but it wasn’t enough to fill a sandwich. The only other comment I would make about the food was that I hope you like mashed potato. RCL don’t do any other variety although it is served rather well. As far as the dress code was concerned there were three formal nights and the rest were casual. They seem to have done away with Smart Casual. i.e. a jacket and tie. Had I known I could have saved myself some luggage space by not packing a couple of jackets and ties. I do wish they would be more specific before I left home. To keep the headline price lower RCL are now charging for some items that were once included. For example shuttle busses. In some ports the local authority provides free bus transport into and from town and in some instances it is walkable. However, on those journeys that RCL do provide they do charge and the cost is about $12 - $16 per return ticket. As I wrote earlier there were very few kids onboard. I was assured that they had their own program and they were oblivious to the adults onboard. I was certainly oblivious to them. There is no flow rider on this ship but there is an ice skating rink, a nine hole putting green and a golf simulator. As far as activities to keep you occupied are concerned there was plenty of organized action in the main pool plus many quizzes per day and free instructional courses including towel folding and origami. There were also dancing classes. Several street shows were put on with sing alongs on the promenade deck. Everything from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s. This was very well put together. I think I must have been spoilt on previous cruises with Cruise Directors. The director that was in charge on this ship (Drew) was still learning his trade and needed to be taken in hand occasionally. Why can’t they find a U.K. based director to head this important function up? Many bars littered the ship and service was just about acceptable. This cruise did seem to suffer a dearth of waiters. But you wouldn’t die from thirst. I do wish they would mention the opening hours of the various bars on the daily bulletin. You could for example travel from deck five the Connoisseurs Club which was the only place I could smoke my cigars, to deck fourteen for a quiet drink and find there was no service. By the way the "Nineteenth Hole” bar is well worth a visit if you want some peace and quiet. Whilst on the subject of bars and drinks I have noted below the cost of various drinks. You will have to carry out your own conversion. "Indy” is Independence of the Seas and prices charged last year. These prices do not show any gratuity on the bill and you tip as you want. The "Adv” shows pricing for Adventure of the Seas. On Adventure the receipts now show that a 15% service charge is included with the bill but not shown separately. You should bear in mind that spirits are served (free pour) as approximately U.K. doubles. "Adv” 2013 "Indy” 2012 Bombay Gin and Tonic: $7.20 $7.00 Coke: $2.50 $2.25 Lager: $6.95 $6.95 So my G&T (on Adv) has increased by 20 cents (or 3%) and now includes a 15% tip. Lager has remained the same price and now includes a 15% tip. Not bad value. Off loading at Southampton was very smooth this journey and I was off the ship and on my way home by 8.00am. I’m sure the RCL have got this down to a fine art. Their system certainly seems to work. Anyway, I’m back on Adventure in May of next year. I shall write another review then.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
My DH and I flew on American Airlines from Miami to London Heathrow on May 28. Upon arrival, we took a National Express bus to Southampton where we spent two nights at the Ibis Southampton Centre Hotel. We were able to walk from the bus ... Read More
My DH and I flew on American Airlines from Miami to London Heathrow on May 28. Upon arrival, we took a National Express bus to Southampton where we spent two nights at the Ibis Southampton Centre Hotel. We were able to walk from the bus station to the hotel and also from the hotel to the port. It was very convenient.We did some resting and sightseeing in Southampton, then boarded the ship around 10:30 A.M. on May 31. It was the smoothest and quickest embarkation we have ever experienced. After checking out the location of our dining table, we headed to the Windjammer for lunch. We found the food in the Windjammer, the Main Dining Room, the Cafe Promenade, and Johnny Rocket's to be very good. We appreciated the large selection of teas, and tried them all.The cabins were soon ready, so we went to our beautiful Junior Suite and started to unpack. Although the ship is older, we found the furnishings to be in good shape and the bed extremely comfortable.Next, we went to the unofficial Sailaway Party of our Roll Call where we met lots of our fellow cruisers. It was a beautiful day as we sailed out of Southampton to begin our Adventure.During the first sea day, we went to the Meet & Mingle, and enjoyed some trivia contests. Another thing that we really liked was the ability to see so many good movies in the small screening room. Since the weather was mostly cold outside, we went to five movies and enjoyed them all. We did not go to any shows.We had a specific agenda in Reykjavik. My DH is a tournament chess player, and our plan was to rent a car and drive to Selfoss, about 60 km. outside of Reykjavik, to visit the grave of Bobby Fischer, and pay our respects. We had booked a car online with Thrifty Rental Car, and we got our car and started driving. We immediately ran into heavy fog on the Ring Road, but we were determined to get to Selfoss, which we did. After visiting Bobby's grave, we had lunch in Selfoss at Kaffi Krus, which had been recommended on Tripadvisor. After lunch, we drove back to Reykjavik and went to the Laugardalsholl where Bobby Fischer had played in the chess "Match of the Century". Happy that we had achieved our goal, we returned to the ship for the night.The next morning, we got up early in order to see some sights of downtown Reykjavik. We first visited the Sun Voyager sculpture at the harbor, and then went to see Hallgrimms Kirkja, the famous church. After that we drove back to the rental car office and handed in the car and took their shuttle back to the ship.The following day, we awoke to beautiful snow-covered mountains in the fjord leading into Akureyri, Iceland. We had booked a ship excursion which took us to the Laufas Folk Museum, Godafoss waterfall, and the Botanical Garden. It was all very scenic and we enjoyed the day.We relaxed on our next sea day and got ready for five ports in Norway.In Trondheim, we walked around and visited the Nidaros Cathedral.In Alesund, we took a ship excursion to the Sunnmore Museum, the fantastic overlook where we took lots of pictures, and a drive through town. We returned to the ship for lunch, and then went out again on our own walking around this fantastic town.Molde looked interesting, but the cold and rain were so bad that we just got off the ship, walked around the pier and the town a little, and got back onboard.Olden was our favorite place. It was a wonderland of natural beauty and a beautiful sunny day. We walked around the little town and enjoyed our day immensely.Our last port was Stavanger where we had a ship tour to the Iron Age Farm and then walked around the town.We enjoyed everything about this cruise and were so grateful that we were able to do it!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Adventure of the Seas, Malaga 16-23 July The largest vessels we have previously been on had some 30 passengers, so it would be an experience as to what sailing with some 3,598 others would be like on Royal Caribbean's Adventure ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas, Malaga 16-23 July The largest vessels we have previously been on had some 30 passengers, so it would be an experience as to what sailing with some 3,598 others would be like on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. We live in Malaga and it seemed a convenient way of visiting Rome, Florence and Ajaccio in Corsica. No flights to organise, no hanging about in airports and less than an hour's drive to the port. On the Saturday boarding was very quick and efficient and our owner's suite on the 10th deck was more than ample for our needs. There were eight elevators forward and eight aft giving access to all of the decks and a Royal Promenade on deck 5, lined with shops and cafes, creating all of the hustle and bustle of a city street. We were in time for lunch and the only restaurant that was open was the Windjammer. The jostling and difficulty in finding a table in what is a very, very large self service restaurant was an experience not to be forgotten. Spaniards are considered to be the second noisiest people in the world and our shipmates were no exception. Lesson one learnt. An invitation to the Concierge Club lounge to enjoy the complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres from 6.30pm onwards saved the day after the awful lunch experience and this became an evening event for the duration of the cruise. We enjoyed the special attention from our Concierge, Reshma, who explained that there were five dining rooms which were available for dinner. Our travel agent had not advised us about My Time Dining and having read a review we had chosen the second sitting at the Mozart at 9.30pm as an alternative to the rather early 6.30pm. Our lunchtime experience was almost equalled in the evening by the line of jostling Spaniards who practically stampeded when the Mozart dining room was opened. As our choice of cabin entitled us to gold sea-pass cards, we were immediately escorted to a rather nice table for two in an otherwise very packed restaurant. The three main dinner restaurants are on different decks and the Mozart looked down on the other two. Dinner was fine and the service was very good, but even though it was now nearly eleven in the evening there were a lot of children. Spaniards like to dine late and we left them to it. We had departed Malaga on Saturday evening and arrived at Valencia at noon the next day. The dock is 15 minutes from the town and a fleet of coaches had been laid on. As with everything else on this cruise, apart from your meals, this is an extra expense. I had wondered why the ship stopped at Valencia as, although it is a very nice city almost everything is closed on Sunday and it lacks the character, interesting architecture and culture of Barcelona or Palma de Mallorca. The answer was simple; some passengers disembarked and some joined the cruise in Valencia but it was a waste of a port of call for the passengers who boarded in Malaga. That evening we spoke to our concierge in the peace and tranquillity of the Concierge lounge whilst sipping more champagne and attended to by our excellent Portuguese and Indian waiters. Reshma explained that My Time Dining could have been booked at the time of our reservation and, although she would try, in all probability it would now be fully booked. I am not sure if the description of MTD is correct. For example booking a table at 8.30 might be possible, but it needs further research. To cut a long story short she suggested that we arrive at the dining room at 9.10 pm, to avoid the crowd, show our gold card and the waiter would escort us to our reserved table early. Frankly we were not up to a repeat of the previous evening and decided to opt for the Italian restaurant, Portofino, which is a small quiet restaurant completely separated from the main dining rooms with its own kitchen and staff and it is well worth the extra charge of twenty dollars. Once seated, we saw the Captain and the first Officer having dinner and we knew that we had come to the right place. The meal was excellent and way beyond our expectations, as was the service. Now we had found somewhere to dine and relax and enjoy dinner for the rest of the cruise, Om Monday we were at sea en route for Civitavecchia in Italy. We headed for the Windjammer for breakfast but it seemed as though every single passenger onboard had descended on this restaurant at the same time so we beat a hasty retreat deciding that we would rather fast until lunchtime than try to compete with starving Spaniards all foraging for food and a table. It was a madhouse. We later found out that for Royal Suite, Owners Suite, Grand Suite and the Royal family Suite we were treated as VIPs and that we could breakfast a la carte in the tranquillity of La Notte, an annexe of the Vivaldi restaurant, on deck three. For the rest of the cruise we breakfasted there and it was a very pleasant experience. Our baptism by fire now over we were getting to grips with maintaining a degree of civilised dining amongst the better part of three and a half thousand people. For lunch we made sure that we were at the Vivaldi restaurant no later than 1.30 and it was also an enjoyable a la carte or buffet meal, although twice we had to insist on a table for two otherwise we would have been seated at a large table with eight or ten people. As the restaurant was empty at the time, I can only presume that grouping like that was to save the waiters changing more tablecloths! At sea, the pool deck was a mass of humanity. It amazed us that, even on a ship of over 1,000 feet, public areas could become so crowded. There is a small pool towards the bows reserved for adults and that is a little more civilised in relation the amount of human flesh you can compress into a given area. There is a reserved play and adventure area at the stern of the ship for children between the ages of 12 to 17. We were now becoming accustomed to the complimentary champagne and the pampering of the quiet Concierge lounge before dining. All but two nights were informal wear but choosing not to wear a dinner suit/fancy dress I donned a jacket and tie for the formal evenings. By Tuesday we had breakfast figured. Our gold cards allowed us into the quiet La Notte restaurant on deck three where we could choose from a la Carte or buffet for breakfast. Alternatively we could have chosen a Continental breakfast in the Concierge lounge. From the trips offered we chose th  bus tour of Rome which allowed us to see the most important historical sites with no walking. We had an hour of free time in the Vatican City to admire the magnificent St.Peter's square and Basilica. It was a most enjoyable day in the Eternal City. On Wednesday we chose the Taste of Florence tour. We walked through the streets with a guide leading the way. Florence is like an open-air museum with Palaces, Piazzas and churches at every turn. Our guide described the works of Michelangelo, Michelozzo and Bunelleschi and others as we strolled through the narrow streets. We arrived in Ajaccio early on Thursday morning and took a trip into the mountainous interior of the island. As the coach climbed high into the mountains on a road that, at times, was little wider than the bus, the views were stunning. The fragrance of the dense forest, wild flowers, herbs and lavender gives the air of Corsica a unique magical perfume of its own. When we reached Cricheto pass at 875m high, we continued our journey by a small wheeled train, with the driver's dog running in front leading the way. The train took us even higher to a breathtaking view of the gorges and lake. The drive back to Ajaccio, by coach, was not for the faint-hearted as we wound our way down the amazing Prunelli Gorges where deep granite cliffs plunged down to the river far below. Thursday was a night at sea with a murder mystery dinner show. Friday at sea. We docked in Malaga at 6 am Saturday morning and we had time for breakfast before leaving the ship at 9 am. Our bags were waiting on the docks. Only a ship the size of Adventure of the Seas can offer passengers such a vast variety of facilities and entertainment. The downside is that this requires a very large amount of passengers to offset the cost of running such a vessel. RCI tries to accommodate everyone on board, and I think that the compromise works reasonably well and, with a little fine tuning, we enjoyed ourselves. It was obvious that Royal Caribbean treat their staff well as everyone I spoke to, from a deckhand to the Captain, came across as being very genuinely happy in their job. No lip service here. Tip. Take your jacket, etc, aboard with you in a hanging wardrobe as it takes several hours for your bags to be delivered to your cabin and there are no ironing facilities. Same for disembarking as your bags are collected at 7pm the evening before and you will require something in your hand to carry your clothes from the previous evening and toiletries. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
After six years of suggesting to my husband that cruising may be a good choice of holiday for him as he has had heart surgery and a stroke. We eventually booked a Western Meditarrean cruise embarking at Malaga in May on the Adventure of ... Read More
After six years of suggesting to my husband that cruising may be a good choice of holiday for him as he has had heart surgery and a stroke. We eventually booked a Western Meditarrean cruise embarking at Malaga in May on the Adventure of the Seas and found that the organisation from the flights to the stay on board ran like clockwork.We are the original scrooges and so saving money has become a way of life and we were selective in the excursions-Valencia was a little bit of a waste as it was Sunday and therefore nothing was open but the short visits to Rome and Florence were well worth the money.We thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows .The food was excellent in both the formal dining and the Windjammer restaurant.Why was my husband so reluctant to participate in cruise? His fixed ideas were that he would have to don a suit every night for dinner, that he would find the boat too rocky and he would put on weight. I am aware that it is some peoples idea of heaven to eat and drink for England but it is not necessary. There were plenty of healthy options and the portions at the formal dining were just right although one strapping young chap on our table mentioned to the waiter that he could eat another meal was presented with a second plate which he demolished with relish. We didn't attend the formal nights as I avoided pushing him to pack d.j. but he is now looking to take one on his next cruise.Although I am going to be seventy in January my idea of a holiday is flying down a side of a mountain on skis and so I was concerned about the 'fitness'and 'weight' aspect-I was able to rise early and have the swimming pool to myself and then participate in the early morning strech or body toning classes (all free)I was very surprised at how few people took advantage of this-we then both spent some time in the gym every day and tried to use the stairs for rather than the lifts.We ate as much as we wanted and had some treats also-the free icecream was a bit of a draw!We are not big drinkers of alcohol which kept the bar bill down-I have done all that in my youth and prefer to feel good the next day.We both put on 1 pound in the week which I was very happy with and we both felt fit and healthy on our return.This may not be everyones idea of heaven but I love rising early anyway and although it is all a bit nurdy wanted to put another aspect of cruising. We thought of it as a boat spa for which you would pay mega bucks for on dry land.Hope this gives an alternative view to cruising. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2011
We took our first cruise in 2003 and this was our second cruise on RCI. We sailed the Adventurer of the Seas on March 27 out of Puerto Rico. Let me preclude this review with an old clichE, a vacation is what you make it; if you complain ... Read More
We took our first cruise in 2003 and this was our second cruise on RCI. We sailed the Adventurer of the Seas on March 27 out of Puerto Rico. Let me preclude this review with an old clichE, a vacation is what you make it; if you complain about every little thing, you will not enjoy your vacation. If you overlook certain things, you will have a great time. Was this cruise perfect, of course not, what cruise is? Did we have a great time, you betcha! I'll outline the Pros and Cons for easy reading.PROS:? Boarding the Ship. Wow! We had priority boarding, and this was the quickest and smoothest boarding on any of our cruises. It took us 20 - 25 minutes from when we got out of the cab until we were on the ship. Great job RCI.? Reserved Seating. There is a section that's reserved for Gold Card members by the pool. No need to be concerned that if you go for lunch that your lounge chair will be gone.? Table for Two. We were able to reserve a table for two in the main dinning room with no problem.? Service. Outstanding service from all RCI staff.a. Great job by Jeffery our cabin steward. When we asked him if the air conditioning could be lowered, he had maintenance come up and change the thermostat. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting each and every time we saw him. Everyone makes towel animals, but Jeff was the most creative that we have ever seen.b. Ying and Mihailo our waitress and assistant waiter in the main dinning room made our dinners a very pleasant venture every night. c. In the Windjammer, there were servers walking around asking if guests needed any beverages, coffee, ice tea or water. And they were quick to clear off tables for the next people.d. Also, in the Windjammer, there was never a problem with seating; plenty of available seating and, the food selections were great. CONS:? Concierge: Did not get to meet the concierge; she never introduced herself; we had to go "seek her out". No personal service, she would leave a voice message on the phone, with a "Dear Guest". How impersonal!? Breakfast at Specialty Restaurant. We wanted breakfast at the specialty restaurant, Portofino's. There was no menu offered and a very limited selection. We decided that the Windjammer was a better choice for breakfast.? Disembarkation: This was a bit of a nightmare. We were suppose to have priority disembarkation. When we got off the ship and went to get our luggage, there were thousands of people already on line. And they didn't have priority tags on their luggage. As for the layout of the luggage, the big overhead banners that were to match your tagged luggage, did not agree. Our luggage tag said section 2, we found our luggage in section 13. No big deal as we were going to stay in Puerto Rico for the week. Overall, this was a very enjoyable cruise. The Adventurer is a grand old ship, in great shape with an outstanding crew. We'll cruise with RCI again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
This was our second cruise with RCI, The first being last year on the "INDEPENDENCE" The port authority at Malaga provided no signage or traffic stewards to direct motorist to ship-side, so the journey within the dock area ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCI, The first being last year on the "INDEPENDENCE" The port authority at Malaga provided no signage or traffic stewards to direct motorist to ship-side, so the journey within the dock area was a little chaotic, so RCI. signs would have been helpful. We first joined a long queue outside the terminal building, not realising that this line was for passengers who had not checked in online, after 15 minutes we overheard someone mentioning that there was a special bay for online checked in cruisers, but although this shortened our trudge, we still had a long wait getting through security. Signs or stewards would have been helpful! Once through security everything went smoothly and we were in our cabin-whoops sorry!- stateroom withing minutes. Our room was spotlessly clean with Comfortable beds, a small but adequate shower and toilet, tv and background music facility. Our cabin attendant Irod, was excellent. The ships facilities were excellent with theatre, cinema ice rink show and all the usual funtime at sea entertainment. This ship provides well for families with children and the kids and teenagers club no doubt provide a welcome haven for worn out parents leaving the children in a safe supervised environment, the little ones are checked in and out. We dined on the "my time" scheme which was excellent this allowed us to book a specific time in the evening to suit us. The restaurant staff were excellent and our every need was attended to, promptly and efficiently.The menu was super with several choices of main course and included a varied vegetarian alternative Breakfast could be taken buffet style, or by waiter service dependant upon which of the restaurants you chose for morning and lunchtime 24 hour Tea and coffee, cakes and pizza and sandwiches were available- free of charge- on the Promenade Deck. A great choice of evening musical entertainment to suit all tastes, from classics to pop and a great late night "singsong" was enjoyed by all in the "Schooner Bar" but get in before 10pm to get a seat. My only "beef" about the whole ten day cruise is the price of drinks a glass of wine between 6-10 US DOLLARS.There is a 15%service charge on all drinks plus 8% Spanish tax, whilst in Spanish waters, so be sure to choose carefully when and where to buy your duty free when it is available. Fellow passengers included plenty of friendly British and Irish folk, some very rude Spanish folk and a miscellany of about 350 of colourful Gay men dressed in all sorts of "gear" including dresses and mini skirts "little Britain" would have had a ball. But as we are broad and tolerant society we must accept this or stay away I would certainly cruise again with RCI. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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