Sail Date: December 2013
I took my daughter and 3 grand kids on this cruise the week prior to Christmas. San Juan airport was very busy but pleasantly efficient . The terminal looked daunting yet moved quickly. We arrived about 2:30 pm and were immediately given ... Read More
I took my daughter and 3 grand kids on this cruise the week prior to Christmas. San Juan airport was very busy but pleasantly efficient . The terminal looked daunting yet moved quickly. We arrived about 2:30 pm and were immediately given our room keys. Within minutes our room attendant was explaining the room,and asking if we would like anything. I believe his name was Simone and he was incredible throughout our trip! The room itself was very clean,could use updating,but was roomy&comfortable. The food was very good. We had a set dining hour and the same waiter which we usually prefer. This is odd to me because our waiter was efficient,helpful,yet we found a huge lack of personality. The head waiter saved the dining experience. My only complaint concerning the food was no food stations like fresh omelet stations,pasta . Also the lunch choices were minimal at the windjammer. We were at sea only one day and loved the ports and the excursions offered. However because it was a port intensive trip the entertainment during the day and afternoon was extremely limited. A huge point of concern to us was the kids wanted to ice skate. There were only 2 open skate days . We missed the first one and when we showed up for the second we were chastised for trying to sneak into an ice show they suddenly scheduled solely for the Puerto Rican population. We understood that was the major ship population,yet feel we paid top dollar for our tickets yet got shortchanged. My grand daughters were celebrating their 16 th birthday and at the last minute the spa staff fit an appointment in to do the girls hair in an updo. I really appreciated them fitting the girls in yet one of the girls asked for no hair to be left out of the updo. She was heartbroken when 2 small strands were left loose. Unfortunately she didn't say anything to stylist and came to the room crying instead. We reassured grand daughter it was an easy fix and went directly back to spa. Unfortunately it was a huge deal to spa stylist who refused to fix the two small strands until 730pm. That would have meant she couldn't get her pictures at dinner at 6 pm and the ships pictures we had planned for at 7pm. The last thing I wanted was tears from my grand daughter on her special day. Thank goodness her mom calmed her and was able to fix it in time for photos. The ship took it among themselves to sing Happy Birthday to the girls and it was lovely and special. My favorite part of the cruise was the sincere friendliness from the majority of crew. Every one of the service personnel on this cruise found a way to say a quick hello with a genuine smile. The friendliness on board was contagious. The ship seemed quite spacious. We always found chairs by the pool. Chairs in the Windjammer,and elevators were easy to come by other than shore time,or just prior to dinner. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Just returned from our cruise with friends. From the Promenade deck which was fantastic with its array of shops and bars to Chinese parade and musical entertainment. The Casino was enormous, a pity that fees for poker tables were so high ... Read More
Just returned from our cruise with friends. From the Promenade deck which was fantastic with its array of shops and bars to Chinese parade and musical entertainment. The Casino was enormous, a pity that fees for poker tables were so high that nobody would play. Slots too were left unplayed. Smoking was allowed in here too which was sickening for non smokers. Maybe this also had an inpact of very low attendances. Theatre shows were very good but could be brought up to date. The rest of the facilities were great and we enjoyed them very much, a lot to do for all ages. The dining restaurant was great with superb food beautifully presented. The waiting staff were great and very efficient and happy. Food in the Windjammer could have been great too if it weren't for the fact that all hot food was cold and even after complaining to head waiter this was not addressed. Very disappointing. Our Superior balcony cabin on deck 10 was OK. Could do with a refit but always kept very clean. First time with a balcony and was disappointed that the balcony floor was wet with stagnant water in gutter. Fridge didn't work but was replaced immediately. Overall a very nice holiday and would have been better if it hadn't been for the extremely large number of Spaniards on board who went around in large groups, were ignorant and very noisy. Won't sail out of Malaga again. Reckon with the amount of children they had with them they must have got their holiday for free. But I guess one has to take the rough with the smooth but with approx 90% of Spanish n board we had to take more rough than smooth. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the ... Read More
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the season, and American and Canadian spring breaks. Delta charges $23 bag online-$26 at the airport. Baggage Service is now very good- we pay dearly for it. Tip: Get a porter when you pick up your luggage in San Juan- great help getting through lines and into cab. Porter is also suggested on return to airport. He has to get you through the agriculture check.Pre-Stay. We were at the Candado Radisson. Make sure you get breakfast, we were placed in Concierge level- separate check in on 9th floor and Hors d'oeuvres and a "we trust you" bar in the evening. Nice pool on roof; no real beach in Candado. Our very favorite Restaurant, Ropa Vieja, Cuban, Island cuisine on Ashford- get there! short cab ride.Arriving at Cruise Dock: Alert: It is the Pan American Pier- not the pier in middle of Old San Juan. (about 12:15pm) it seems everyone is asked to wait on line to check in with luggage. We were traveling with a handicapped person in large party with plenty of luggage. We alerted RCI of requirement through their great Special Needs department well in advance. We asked porter to place our pre-tagged bags on the luggage dolly (So we did not have to wait in line with all the luggage) which he did. The line on left (no checked luggage) seemed to go much faster. You can buy water at dockside store once inside. Much cheaper than $3.99/liter on Board. Boarding process without other incident. We were told - no entry into staterooms until 1:30. Windjammer Buffet very roomy and good food. If it seems crowded, walk past into the next section. Stateroom. 8652 with Balcony: We were very satisfied with the overall size of room and balcony. Balcony seemed much bigger than last cruise with NCL. Luggage arrived outside of cabin at 2:45PM! Steward produced bar soap on request.RCI "Green" Savings: Our water supply in shower and sink was really on the grey (color) side. I don't know if it was potable but it seems RCI saves plenty of energy by not purifying the water further. Besides the water, the "fresh" towels came clean but with yellow brown stains.In Room Dining. We selected room service for breakfast before an early day and it was wonderful, warm and tasty.Land Excursions: "Automated" In Room TV Tour selection process: Fuhgetaboutit. It was so confusing we wound up with 4 tickets for first day tour instead of two. It took a few days for the live tour desk to catch up. The tour desk could not handle the crowds wanting to sign up. I will say, most of tours are moderately priced in the mid $30 range. The TV was a good place to keep track of all your cabin charges. Island Reviews (Comments): St Thomas. The shopping at the Ship birth a few steps from the Havensight Mall provides much variety and fair pricing. It certainly beats taking a Taxi Ride Downtown to the suggested shops. Curacao: I forgot to bring my camera battery charger and natch - battery failed on first day of cruise. Nice man at large camera shop across pontoon bridge charged it up for me. We did not take any tours in Dominica- not much in Roseau port area. We took tour bus to beach in Curacao and Aruba.Dining Room: We had early (main) Seating at 6PM. Our party of 6 thought that this was just right after our early tours were complete we had plenty of time to make use of ship and to see the shows after dinner. Food was very good, waiters and staff very efficient. Special thanks to our waiter, Lorenzo.On Board Bingo: Very expensive, $22 Minimum for 3 tickets for 4 games. They award about $700 over 3 games plus 4th game for free cruise for 1 (one). With room filled with 300 people, they make about $6,000 a session.On Board Shows: Ice show the best, a must see. They have about 4 ice show performances so everyone has a chance to get to see it. We were not impressed with 2 nights of "dance and sing" entertainment and they only lasted for 35-45 minutes. The Headliner show, with brother Merrill Osmond was terrific. Casino: Nice variety of Table games (with craps), nightly Texas Hold 'em tournament. Slots outdated; Even dollar machines paid off in quarters. Drinks in Bars: Fair prices, $5.50 for rum & coke (Barcardi), $6.50 for Pina Colada - Must call "House" drink if want bar liquor, 75c cheaper.Muster Drill: Life jackets not required. If you get there early, must stand very long time. Let them know in advance if handicapped.Internet Cafe: Sixty Five cent per minute. Very slow response time. Purser did give 50% refund off charges.On Board Photographer. Each picture $19.95Meet and Greet: Very nice job by RCI. They had raffles and a special gift for us with soft drinks and snacks. Special thanks to all who set up unofficial meet and greet. We learned so much from all your comments. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
This was our 5th cruise, two previously with Royal Caribbean (RCI) two with Princess. Transfer from Barcelona Airport to the ship via pre aranged transport with RCI was smooth and efficient. We had a 30 minute wait at the ship in a long ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise, two previously with Royal Caribbean (RCI) two with Princess. Transfer from Barcelona Airport to the ship via pre aranged transport with RCI was smooth and efficient. We had a 30 minute wait at the ship in a long queue for embarkation, possibly as so many passengers had arived at the same time, shortly after 12 noon. It seems the queue is much shorter nearer 2pm which is worth bearing in mind. The actual formalities on reaching the end of the queue are quich, especially if you register on-line as we did. Our stateroom was ready when we arived. We had chosen a Promenade View as at the time of booking no outside staterooms were available. These staterooms have a window to the centre of the ship but the amount of light is limited so you need a light on at all times.In addition, there is entertainment on the Promenade Deck some nights going on up to midnight. If you want an early night as we did for an early start next day for a tour, forget it! Also as you have the light on there is no privacy from the staterooms oposite. Frankly, save some money and book an inside cabin. The ship decor was to a generally high standard although we personally are not fans of 'modern art' which was much in evedence on this particular ship. The layout of the ship is similar to others in the RCI fleet with the addition of a climbing wall and ice skating area. The Promenade Deck area had some interesting themes such as bar areas, a 'cafe' open most of the day and shops. We found staff generally to be polite and friendly. Out Stateroom Attendant, Anthony, was delightful and shared several amuzing moments with us. He kept our stateroom imaculate. The dining arangements were as we had experienced previously with a choice of set dining or 'my time dining' where you dine at a time that suits you best. We choose the latter. Be aware, however, that RCI insist on all gratuities to be pain at the time of booking the cruise if you chhose 'my time dining'! Their argument is that in theory you could have a different waiter each night. The food in the Dining Room was to a high standard and well presented with a choice each evening. The self service Windjammer Cafe provides food to cover all tastes including an impressive variety of salads and of course sweets, fruit and cakes. Tea, coffee, cold 'tea' and lemonade (still tasty bitter lemon) are available. We ate here for breakfast and lunchtime if on board. Finding a seat was sometimes difficult at busy times. I found cold plates anoying; obviously this cools hot food! Entertainment in the full-sized theatre was varied with combinations of specialty acts and singers and dancers. Mercedes, the Cruise Director from Argentina,introduced all acts in both English and Spanish. We attended an excellent Ice Show. There was always a full programme of events throughout the day to keep passengers active. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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