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
Sail Date: November 2010
Sailed from Malaga, Spain Thankfully we only had 5 days. Check in/out was good and fast. Entertainment very poor, went to see Comedian in Theatre, only spoke Spanish. Cabin very good and comfortable. Food diabolical in main ... Read More
Sailed from Malaga, Spain Thankfully we only had 5 days. Check in/out was good and fast. Entertainment very poor, went to see Comedian in Theatre, only spoke Spanish. Cabin very good and comfortable. Food diabolical in main restaurant choice limited, poor service, ordered a Medium/rare Steak on last evening, so tough I could have repaired my shoes with it , complained to waiter who replied "That's how they come!" and implied I should not have ordered Steak. 50% of passengers, Spanish pensioners, who all refused to use Disinfectant gel in restaurants, they smoked in non smoking areas, when an officer was asked, I was told that they turn a blind eye to it, as they are buying drinks. None turned up for dinner on last evening, so they did not give tips. Drink prices are exorbitant. A 750ml can of Fosters worked out at £6.20 which included 15% service charge and 20% Spanish VAT. Spent only £40 on board as I refused to be ripped off, 5 days tee total. Best food was cabin service which was good quality, well served and hot. Two ports visited Toulon and Majorca should have been Corsica, some excuse "Too windy" Bus transfer to Toulon £12 each return,didn't bother Majorca transfers to city £6 each, enjoyed a reasonable priced litre of beer. 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
Sail Date: November 2010
This was our third transatlantic cruise, the first two having been with Celebrity on their Millennium and Century. Using that experience as a standard, this cruise did not quite measure up. It could be that RC is doing some product ... Read More
This was our third transatlantic cruise, the first two having been with Celebrity on their Millennium and Century. Using that experience as a standard, this cruise did not quite measure up. It could be that RC is doing some product differentiation, allowing its Royal Caribbean brand to slide, while promoting its Celebrity brand as their 'premium' cruise line. Or, it could be that the very large newer ships in the RC line are posing new service/management issues. Then again, maybe it's both. This cruise left from Barcelona. For us, this was deja vu because we've sailed from Barcelona on two previous occasions. Embarkation in Barcelona has always been a model of efficiency and superior service. This embarkation was no exception. Incidentally, if you have an opportunity to spend time in Barcelona, do so. It's a wonderful city; one of Europe's very best, in our experience. From Barcelona, the Adventure of the Seas visited several Mediterranean ports (Toulon, Ajaccio, Mallorca, Cartagena) and two Canary Island ports, before setting out across the Atlantic to San Juan... 14 days in all. The selection of ports was very good, but the timing of some of the visits left room for improvement. For example, we visited Toulon on a Monday. Does RC not know that the French normally work Saturdays and take Mondays off? Disappointingly, this interesting port city was closed! This experience was replayed in Cartagena. Our favorite port was Ajaccio in Corsica, and we plan to return there for a land holiday. Onboard, the Adventure of the Seas is a marvel -- lots of room, lots of glitz, and an excellent smooth performer in rough seas. The maintenance on this ship is superb. Our stateroom was on deck 6, roughly amid-ship, with a balcony. It was excellent; and the service from the stateroom attendant was flawless. Some guests were complaining that their rooms were being serviced annoyingly late in the day. Later, we were to learn that RC had a lot of 'new recruits' among the crew on this voyage, and they were running daytime training sessions for the rookies... who were expected to catch up after class, I guess. Anyway, the problem was affecting some staterooms, and quite a few of the bars. Until the evening hours, fully half the bars were not open, and quite a few of the bar-tenders had difficulty mixing some of the drinks that were listed in the bar menus. The dining room was mediocre in many respects. On the first day aboard, we arrived at our reserved table for 6 to learn that it had been assigned to 8 guests. Anyway, the problem was addressed for the second evening, and all affected parties seemed satisfied. But, how can this kind of rookie mistake happen? Let's move on to the food. The quality of the entrees was inconsistent -- some evenings it was superb; some evenings it was difficult to choose an acceptable entree from the day's menu. Inconsistency! But the deserts were consistently bad. Indeed, we noted that the desert offerings at the buffet were much better than those being offered in the dining room. Incidentally, our table service was excellent; probably the best we've ever experienced. But we did note that some of the guests at nearby tables were not so fortunate. We used the buffet for breakfasts and lunches. The quality and choice of food was very good cruise fare. The only negative was the service, in terms of speed of clearing tables, etc. We did not frequent any of the extra-charge restaurants. And, speaking of costs, the cost of alcoholic beverages has been creeping up at RC. The cheapest bottle of wine that I could find was $27 + an automatic 15% gratuity. This is for a bottle of wine that I could have purchased for the equivalent of $6 in Barcelona. The activities aboard were typical of any very large cruise ship. We can't imagine anyone being bored. Still, this area of service was not without its problems. The gymnasium is probably too small for 3100 passengers, with much of the more popular exercise machines (treadmills, for example) being impossibly over-demanded. Also, the quality of the entertainment aboard was a huge disappointment. Except for an excellent Ice Show and one entertainer (an Elton John impersonator) the entertainment was dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. Generally, we enjoyed the cruise very much, and I have chosen to focus on the areas needing improvement. Would I repeat this cruise? Probably not; but that may be attributable to the very bad disembarkation that we experienced on arrival in San Juan (home port for the Adventure of the Seas). The ship was scheduled to clear port at about 7:30 AM and we booked a San Juan tour, since our flight only left at 4:00 PM. However, the ship did not clear until after 9:00 AM, and then the problems began in earnest. Passengers were off-loaded into a large metal building where, in 80 F heat, and without water or bathroom facilities, we stood in-line for three hours to clear US customs. During this experience, NO Royal Caribbean crew were in evidence. I can't believe that this is normal procedure in the ship's American home port! Welcome to the USA. 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: 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: 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
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: 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: November 2012
We are diamond cruisers with Royal Caribbean and until now have enjoyed our cruising experience with them. After our recent transatlantic crossing we will never cruise with them again. The ship was scruffy, the cafe promenade was ... Read More
We are diamond cruisers with Royal Caribbean and until now have enjoyed our cruising experience with them. After our recent transatlantic crossing we will never cruise with them again. The ship was scruffy, the cafe promenade was shut, but none of these things initially put us off. However 4 days into the cruise my husband came down with the norovirus. That was bad enough but the way they handled this was a disgrace in my opinion. Our bathroom and probably our bedroom was highly contaminated due to this illness. However despite the fact that I reported this to management on four occasions, our bathroom was not cleaned until 5 and a half hours after it was first reported to them and only after I personally visited guest services and told them that they were going to be the cause of my getting the noro virus. Even then they just cleaned the bathroom, not the bedroom. As predicted I did get the virus. I did not recover as quickly as my husband because I have a hiatus hernia, and had to revisit the doctor. On this occasion they charged me $124 despite it being their fault that I became unwell. It appears that because I happened to have a hiatus hernia it was my fault that I did not get better quickly enough. We didn't have any such problems on previous sailings but I guess that you only know how you will be treated when something like this happens and Royal Caribbean, in my opinion have been found severely lacking. We had no idea that the virus was on the ship until my husband got it and then we were told (not by management}that several people had the virus. To this day we do not know how many, That information was kept well under wraps. After my husband had got the virus, the captain announced once that a 'few' people on the ship had the virus. Both my husband and myself are very meticulous about washing hands and using sanitisers. It did not prevent my husband from getting it, and of course I know how I got it. There was also a chest infection going around the ship and I guess because my immune system was low due to the virus, I also got this infection. This time I had my own antibiotics. I feel that what I have experienced is down to the money grabbing policy of this cruise line and I will not be making the mistake of risking another cruise with them. In addition to all this, the entertainment was below par except for the ice show. I thought the food was of a very poor quality both in the windjammer and the dining room. I had put this down to my illness and lack of appetite However several guests that I spoke to said they did not think the food was of a good standard either. I wrote 2 letters t management whilst on board ship complaining about the fact that our cabin was not cleaned promptly and also that I was charged for my second visit to the doctor. Both were ignored. When I got home I wrote to Royal Caribbean about the matter. That also has been ignored. I have now decided to make a formal claim against them and I would be interested to know if anyone else suffered the noro virus whilst on board and who may like to also seek recompense for the ordeal. As far as I was concerned the whole experience was an ordeal not to be repeated. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
The four port fairly short cruise hits interesting spots in northern Spain and western France . . . especially interesting is the Normandy visit. My wife and I have cruised over 70 times, mostly in Europe. Not a fan of Royal Caribbeans ... Read More
The four port fairly short cruise hits interesting spots in northern Spain and western France . . . especially interesting is the Normandy visit. My wife and I have cruised over 70 times, mostly in Europe. Not a fan of Royal Caribbeans promenade design as it brings everyone to a central place and results in crowding. It is almost impossible to get a cup of coffee after a show in rhe one and only open location and there is no late night food available anywhere without paying an extra fee. We also normally check the ratio of inside cabins as a high number tends to overload public ares . . . the Adventurer has far too many! he ship is mobbed. The food was good, but a bit repetitive. Its nice to have prime rib on the menu, but four out of seven nights?? Out biggest problem with RC is their guest services staff which seems to completely ignore their role to help guests. They also collect and hold passports forcing you to go ashore with only a photocopy. They claim "government regulations" but no other cruise line has the same practice and they even tell you in on board publications and presentations to make sure you have your passport with you ashore!   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: 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: 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: 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2014
While there were some positive thisngs about this cruise, the negative were so overpowering that I will probably never use Royal Caribbean again. The service in the diniing room was impeccable, although when we initially were seated (at ... Read More
While there were some positive thisngs about this cruise, the negative were so overpowering that I will probably never use Royal Caribbean again. The service in the diniing room was impeccable, although when we initially were seated (at the 6pm seating) we were given a cramped table next to both the sairway and the kitchen. This was changed after I threatened to withhold all dining room gratuities. Anothewr complaint about the main dining room was formal nights. Some people came in dressed in jeans and T-shirts. They enforced dress rules about short and bare feet, why can't they also enforce a dress code on formal nights. Those passengers that don't want to dress still have other dining options. I guess that tips are more important than dress codes. Getting on and off the ship at the pports of call was a total disaster. Only 4 of 16 elevators were available and these same elevators were kept in general service. It took a full 20 minutes to get from the first deck to deck 5 when re-boarding the ship. It would have been a very simple matter to designate them for emarkation and debarkation only. Leaving the ship at the end of the cruise was so dos-organized that I cannot descibe it inlanguage that is fit for family reading. Despite the normal group number attempt, and scheduling times, delays began as early as group3. We ended up finally getting off 90 minutes after our scheduled time. The entertainment, as such, was strictly teen age music and shows. There was no easy listening or standards be played anywhere on the ship. Prior to this cruise we cruised with Celebrity, and the difference was like night and day. I am amazed that two sister companies can be so different, Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2014
This is possibly the worst cruise I have ever sailed on. As a Royal Caribbean Diamond member I have been on quite a few cruises and reviewed every one of them. This one was the pits. Just as a reference, I travel alone and booked a medium ... Read More
This is possibly the worst cruise I have ever sailed on. As a Royal Caribbean Diamond member I have been on quite a few cruises and reviewed every one of them. This one was the pits. Just as a reference, I travel alone and booked a medium suite (GS grade). The boarding went smoothly enough and there were no queues (I arrived at 1.00pm.) Issued with my charge card I made my way up to the 10th.floor and attempted to get in my stateroom. No such luck. I had to make my way down to guest relations and queue for 20 minutes to get the key re-programmed. And then make my way back up to 10. It transpired that the staff had had trouble since early boarding with faulty electronics on deck 10. There is no joined up thinking. Staff will not take responsibility for any problem. Anyway, I at last managed to get inside my cabin. I have never taken photos of problem areas as there really haven’t been any. Anyway, on this review I am going to make an exception. Several photos showing the state of the cabins have been published at: elvendon.phanfare.com Bear in mind that this ship was docked for refurbishment in the Bahamas only a couple of weeks ago. Added at that time were an outdoor cinema screen, a re-branding of the one specialty restaurant and new signage. What RCCL didn’t do was clean the cabins. No profit in that! Anyway, went to get a bath the following morning and as soon as I turned the taps on was met by a stream of brown water. This cleared after a minute or so. This was reported to the floor manager who said he would look into it. Not really interested. Didn’t want to look at the problem – would not take ownership. I would also suggest that RCL look at adding a non-slip bathmat which might save them thousands of dollars in compensation when people slip in the bath. You will see a picture of the grime around the sink in the stateroom. Need I say more. The cabin attendants are so busy that they haven’t got time to complete the tasks that they are supposed to perform. And the floor manager couldn’t care less. Well, I hear you say, why didn’t you complain. I’ll tell you why. It would have fallen on deaf ears. I was spending over £300 per day for this vacation. If you need to complain – you are not spending your money wisely. I have no intention of writing through the pros and cons of a four night trip taster cruise. I never went ashore. Other notes that might interest you: 1: No general shop open for the whole voyage. Note on doors said that due to Customs problems they were unable to open the shop. It sells tobacco and alcohol. It also precluded passengers purchasing mouth wash or toothpaste or plasters etc. The only reasons that the shop was shut was because either (a): RCL couldn’t earn enough or (b): there was insufficient staff. 2: Very poor shows. No named acts other than a Beatles tribute band on the third night. RCL do not seem to provide a decent budget for stage shows. It’s all very well providing good entertainment on the Oasis – with the likes of the Lion King or Chicago etc. What about your average punter who has paid good money to be entertained by a group of dancers who are paid near the minimum wage. People were walking out after the first 20 minutes (the show lasted 40 minutes). Getting back to staff shortages – On at least one day I wanted an alcoholic drink at 12.45pm. There was only one bar open!! People were queuing 5 deep to get a drink. This is very short sighted – more staff more revenue. As a final point I would mention that my cabin was not made up until at least 13.00 on every day (except the last). The steward was grossly overworked. All in all a very disappointing cruise. Times were shown where suite customers could jump ahead of the general clientele. This did not happen. On more than one occasion I was informed that separate seating arrangements “were not available on this cruise” and that I would have to queue up with the rest of them. This is fine if you are not paying £300 per day for the privilege. Then, I think, I’m entitled to be first. The following point is also worth mentioning: On the third day we were meant to be “cruising”. This according to RCCL is a euphemism for remaining 40 miles north of Le Havre and 45 miles south of Southampton without moving. We remained all day just stuck in the middle of the English Channel only moving with the tide. Strangely enough the signal for mobile phones went down early AM whilst we were stuck in the channel and only came back on again when we approached Southampton – early AM the following day. I would point out though that the satellite stateroom phones were working 100%. Even though they were connected to the same satellite service as mobiles. Maybe a case of extra revenue for the ship to shore phones? Just one last point that I thought that I should mention: The 10 piece band. Absolutely first class. Couldn’t get enough of them.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Having just returned from this cruise I thought that I would share my opinions with others.  This was the first time I had used this company so did not know what to expect, Arrived at Southampton and was soon on the ship process was ... Read More
Having just returned from this cruise I thought that I would share my opinions with others.  This was the first time I had used this company so did not know what to expect, Arrived at Southampton and was soon on the ship process was smooth and staff very polite, was told cabin would be ready at 1pm we had a balcony on deck 7 so had a coffee at the Windjammer and room was ready as stated. Room clean and was up to standard the price we paid for the trip was very good especially as it was visiting St Petersberg a place we had long wanted to visit. On the positive side staff were very helpful and embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Good choice of food in the Windjammer a bit indifferent in MDH. We were on My Time Dining which turned out to be their time dining most people reserved tables for different times we eat usually at 6-30pm and were told nothing available until 8pm hardly choosing what suited you. We may have well chose fixed dining and avoided up front payment of gratuities. After much discussion aided by other guests we were fitted in for 6-15pm. Sea day 1 we thought we would lunch in windjammer got there at 12-45pm sorry fully may be able to help in 30minutes please go to deck 5 same story referred to windjammer. If you enjoy waiting in line this is just the job for you the challenge was now to choose when it was possible to eat without waiting in line not easy. Prommenade Café which is said to be open 24hour totally inadequate for some 3000 passengers at times it was impossible to reach it through deck 5 as they had bargain sales selling low end goods but would bring out tables further blocking the thorough fare it was a nightmare. Why windjammer was not 24hour buffet I don't know they have much more room to fit in lots of guests. I must say that I found staff excellent but dining became stressful it seems they have plenty of tables but not enough staff to serve them, so they make you wait while they communicate with there radios. The ports of call were great as I said we had a very good price and the ship was clean and did not look its age. It cruised at 22 knots a lot of the time which bearing in mind the region we were in kept most people away from sun decks hence the crush in the body of the ship. Entertainment apart from 2 acts and the Ice Show poor. Think if the cruise had been western med things could be different as lots would be on the sun deck. My was I glad to get home still did not pay too much a good consolation. 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: March 2015
Let me tell you about the positive things before I go into full curmudgeon mode. I took this cruise to be part of a group of people who were also taking this cruise. I don't think I would have chosen it otherwise. Where we stayed: We ... Read More
Let me tell you about the positive things before I go into full curmudgeon mode. I took this cruise to be part of a group of people who were also taking this cruise. I don't think I would have chosen it otherwise. Where we stayed: We stayed at Embassy Suites in San Juan before and after the cruise. Somehow our travel agent had gotten the information that we could walk to the pier, but it was a good $21 taxi ride to Old San Juan and/or the dock. Embarkation: Getting on the ship was easy. We arrived not too long after the start of the official boarding time , and pretty much walked our way onto the ship with only a few waits. Later we found our travel agent had recommended we board a few hours later, so perhaps we just got lucky. The Ship: The Adventure of the Seas is impressive. It features an indoor Promenade which gives you the illusion of being in a small village, and the ship has top-of-the-line amenities - huge gymn, outdoor sports areas, indoor ice rink, theater, casino, miniature golf….etc…There were plenty of elevators and they were very fast and smooth. Ship decor and art was interesting and we had fun discovering new art work in different rooms, stairwells, and corridors. Onboard activities: We didn't participate in most of the onboard scheduled activities. I went to meetings with my group, while my husband attended a seminar on beer, and a short Spanish class. We both enjoyed the "Beatle Maniacs" show one evening. We missed most of the last-night parade because we were busy packing. I didn't go to the "Meet and Mingle" but my husband did, and he enjoyed it very much. Service: Service was excellent. Iggy and Iwayan were two crew members who went above-and-beyond for us. One glitch was that my room key didn't work four times in a row - the first few times I was told that perhaps something in my purse was degmagnetizing it, but after I put it in a plastic bag and carried it separately it still wouldn't work and then they decided that perhaps my husband and my keys were incompatible, and they re-did both of them and there were no further problems. Shore Excursions: We took two shore excursions: On Barbados we took tour #BB14 "Harrison's Cave and Island Tour" where the highlight was an electric tram ride through Harrison's Cave. I enjoyed this tour very much. There is some disagreement about the way the cave was damaged when the tram tunnel was built, but you will have to decide for yourself. On St. Lucia we took tour #SL46 "The Island's Delights" which covered a lot of ground but was frustrating to my husband because many of the photo stops were only five minutes. We visited a small fishing village, had lunch in a hillside restaurant, visited the 'drive-in' volcano, and toured the botanical gardens. If I were to visit St. Lucia again I would just choose one activity. In Antigua we walked around the town on our own, and on St. Maarten and St. Croix we hired taxis to drive us around. The taxi driver in St. Maarten was very reasonable and gave us more than we paid for, but the taxi service in St. Croix (in the area just off the pier) shortchanged us. I learned the valuable lesson "get it in writing." Also, I realize I should have gone back and made a fuss at the time, because I am getting no response to my emails. (I never said I was smart.) Cabin: Cabin was standard size with lots of storage and was always kept up nicely. One odd thing was that some passengers before us must have had a party, because there were decorations hanging from the ceiling. The in-room refrigerator was full of over-priced food and beverage, and our steward said she couldn't remove it, so we had to stack everything on a counter so that we had somewhere to store our two bottles of wine. Dining: We ate dinner in the main dining room three times and I wasn't too impressed. We seldom go to high-end restaurants, we save our money for travel, but my feeling was there didn't seem to be enough staff for the work expected of them. Most meals seemed to drag on for hours, and food was not always hot when it arrived. I much preferred the Windjammer Buffet, which had a wide selection. I usually do a 'walk around' of the buffet line and then come back and choose what I want. To me the advantage of the buffet is that you can take a small portion of something to find out if you like it and you can try more things. They also had a pretty good salad bar, carving stations, and at times there was specialty food like sushi. There was a small soft serve yogurt bar outside the Windjammer main area, and an excellent 24-hour deli in the Promenade with several food options so you would never go hungry. We didn't go to any of the 'extra cost' restaurants - I didn't see the point. ( I still haven't lost the weight I gained on the cruise.) Childrens' Activities: We didn't bring any children, but the childrens' club area looked bright and colorful, and most of the children seemed to be having a great time. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was pretty standard. My only dislike here was that the man who put our two bags into the taxi (we didn't ask him to do that) wouldn't let us leave until we had given him a tip. Be sure to carry a lot of small bills for the last day. Summary: What this cruise line does, it does very well. If you are looking to enjoy yourself, sit in the sun, have a few drinks, take in some light entertainment, maybe go snorkeling when you are in port, I can't think of a better ship. Where my fur got rubbed the wrong way, though (and why I will probably never take this cruise line again) was the constant emphasis on "buy buy buy" - if it wasn't a 24-hour sales spiel on the television, it was a four-page insert in the daily "Cruise Compass" with a port shopping map showing you all the Diamonds International shops and their ilk , and not much else. There were "two hours only" special sales and raffles from the onboard shops, and, of course, The Art Auction. I didn't go on the cruise to buy jewelry or art. I was hoping to learn a little more about the islands we visited, but I found that if you didn't bring a guide book or have good internet access you were out of luck - the "Cruise Compass" offered only scanty information- a short paragraph on the history of the island and a list of 'top things to do'. The television stations were also limited and kept repeating the same news programs, situation comedies, and movies. I realize that I am probably in the minority here, because I expect most people probably take a cruise to get away from it all, and probably enjoy not knowing what is going on in the rest of the world. (Yes, we had maps on our smart phones, but I'm the old school type who likes to have a paper map. Would it have bankrupted the cruise company to have replaced just one of their pages of advertising with maps of the destination islands and cities?*) My last quibble was about the "nickle and dining" everywhere. I can see where they wouldn't want to be offering free wine with lunch and dinner (as we had on our last two European River Cruises) but when we were leaving the ship one day I had noticed they had large bins full of bottled water, and I thought "well, that's nice", but then I asked for a bottle the nice young man said you had to pay for it. Where I live even the cheapest guided tour offers you a bottle of cold water, but I guess Royal Caribbean doesn't worry that passengers are going around the islands getting dehydrated. Summary: I guess my main dislike of this style of cruising is that I want to feel special and sophisticated when I travel, not treated like someone who is not interested in the world, or history. Even if I did once ponder the possibility of filling my suitcases with cookies from the dessert table, I would like to be treated like a polished traveler who would not abuse the privilege of having a small glass of wine with their meals. One other consideration on travelling on such a large ship - when five such ships land in one port, each with possibly 3,000 passengers, most of who you are going to meet on shore, at least near the port, are other passengers. That sort of dilutes the experience. *The 'tourist information' booths near the port were sometimes very good, and sometimes empty.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Sunday We arrive to San Juan Airport about 11:30 AM. Immediately took taxi to Pan-American pier for Adventure of Seas at $21 . Handed off our bags to tenant. Than took the same cab into old San Juan for $8. Had cabbie drop us off at ... Read More
Sunday We arrive to San Juan Airport about 11:30 AM. Immediately took taxi to Pan-American pier for Adventure of Seas at $21 . Handed off our bags to tenant. Than took the same cab into old San Juan for $8. Had cabbie drop us off at Barrachina restaurant. Famous for being the first to introduce the pina-colada. We ate lunch and walk in the city admiring the beauty of the Old San Juan. Highlights of that excursion was the Pigeon Park, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Cemetery Santa Maria next to old fort Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The fort area was nice place with all the locals out with kites flying. Look over the cemetery nearby, old church. Headed back to cabin area. Note it's best: to walk back over to the taxi drop off point if you’re looking to get back to Pan-American pier. We just did not see many taxis around. Adventure of Seas boarding a bit slow. We had gotten email and phone call from RC prior to arriving into San Juan. Asking deck 9 to come aboard at 2:00, deck 8 at 3pm and so on. We arrived finding one line people carrying all luggage to porters than another line formed to sign into RC and security check passport and sail documents. Than lineup to front desk to have ship passes made and fill out rather form rather we been expose to sickness. Than it was on to walk to ship but before you could get on with it they were taking pictures which held everyone held up. We managed pass it only to find two separated lines with security checking once again. Yes security again and they took there time. Than it was on to ship security to use your sail passes to walk on the ship. Yes finally got on. Ship is very clean. Tried to book online excursions with the TV but it would not work. Walk to deck 5 reservations desk said system was down. Wow. Was able to finally get it done online around 5pm. The ship was beautiful inside, no problems with finding your way around. Good technology at use with electronic boards to tell you about the ship and location and what events going on throughout. Love the promenade and how it was laid out. Love the adult pool area on lido deck. Especially both whirlpools. Bars easy to order drinks, never felt crowded to me on this ship. I very much like the replished drink package $19 a day, non-alcohol drinks; I use this lot on board for the ice drinks. Not much in entertainment for wife and me. We are both 56 just can't get into the singers and stage dancing. Did like the Wilson guy who was the comedian very funny. I never had much problem with the food we ate in the main dining hall each night and met with some very nice people. The windows stay dirty in the main dining hall could not enjoy the pretty sunset outside. Never saw them cleaning them at any point. Wife like the salmon she had it twice in the week for dinner. Ordered a filet mignon steak in main dining and surcharge was about $16 was over cooked very dry. We ate at windjammer for breakfast, omelets were good they ran out of choc milk last full day of cruise, it was indicated by the cruise director that over 800 kids were on board. Great customer service experience one evening. Went to windjammer but no bananas, cooked asked me if needed help he looked for some and came back saying none in kitchen, his supervisor came to me and had some brought to my room later. Monday -cruise all day. Relax Ports of call Tuesday Bridgetown,Barbados - 5 stars. Did the RC sponsor excursions on the Pirate Boat, Barbadian Buccaneers. Lots of rum punch served after the swimming and snorkeling. We had a blast. Snorkeling was good too. Wednesday Castries, St Lucia - Use Spencer's Land, Sea & Beach Adventure 5 stars! Booked on web. Would do again. Exceptional fun on this tour! Great snorkeling at Jalousie Beach, St. Lucia area. Thursday St John’s Antigua -Adventure Antigua Eco Tour 4 stars ! booked on web! great view and not so good snorkeling. Water choppy. Would not do again but it had some very nice camera moments. Friday St Marrten - took taxi to Orient Beach for half of day than went shopping in town of Philipsburg. Fun day. Nude beach beside us at Orient, also our beach was topless. Chair and umbrella $10 for 2 people total. Great deal get there early get front chairs. Saturday St. Croix , US Virgin Islands - went to beach near pier of ship, two chairs cost us $15 total with umbrella. Near shad trees, but I would not get them their again the house behind us spelled pretty bad near the fence. Watch out for sea urchins in water. Frederiksted is not much to do give this place 2 stars, go to Buck Island for snorkeling or to Christiansted for shopping take a taxi early this is what we plan to do next time. We chose this cruise for the ports not the ship experience, we got what we wanted from the cruise, it would have been extra points for us if they had better entertainment on board and it was a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on ... Read More
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. After 2 and a half fine days in San Juan, we were ready to lie back for a little while. Staterooms were all ready and the luggage even arrived before our 6:30 dinner reservation at Giovanni's. (Not sure why RCI on this ship still adheres to the line up outside form of muster, especially when all the instruction are in two languages, but there you are.) Sailed on Adventure in 2012, so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Promenade Cafe was great at a place to get some coffee and a snack at any hour, but the attendants for the coffee let us down a couple of morning at 6 am. No Coffee. At that hour, even a short wait of a few minutes can be a bummer, and is unnecessary. Compared to the 24/7 facilities on some other ships, the Promenade Cafe is a bit dark and not terribly inviting, except for its usefulness. Compared to even some of RCI's smaller ships, Adventure lacks variety in dining options, but Giovanni's is such an excellent experience it is hard to complain. Except for the Ice Show, which is consistently excellent, entertainment is mediocre. One evening was billed as a display by two champion ballroom dancers, but was primarily just another show by the ship's resident company with two numbers performed by the star team. Most evenings we were exhausted from the excursion of the day and chose to skip the shows, not a positive commentary on the quality. Alert: should you be assigned Table 282 in Vivaldi, run don't walk to the Maiter 'd and get it changed. This table supposedly for four covers effectively blocks the access to the closer waiters' station and endures constant bumping and jostling by passing waiters with loaded food carts. Yes, food carts. Other than the table location, which the Head Waiters quickly sorted out with a change in table, service in the dining room was excellent. If you happen to get Nilsita and Irma, you are fortunate. Stateroom service was also attentive and pleasant. The fitness center on Adventure is well equipped and the therapy pool in the fitness area is the best one on the ship, big, hot and well-jetted. Sauna and steam rooms, at least on the men's side, worked well throughout the cruise. The captain is energetic and makes the daily announcements worth listening to, but on a somewhat intangible way, Adventure seems a bit tired, a comment which applies not only to the ship but more of the crew than we are used to on Royal Caribbean. All this is not to say that a cruise on Adventure is not worthwhile, especially the very port intensive Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We had a great time, on the ship and on shore. Read Less
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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
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Sail Date: August 2015
It has been 9 years since we used RCCL and the changes have been significant. No more: ice in room (unless you ask), no more towel animals (only 3x per cruise) only one steward per room (no assistant), lower quality and choices of food, ... Read More
It has been 9 years since we used RCCL and the changes have been significant. No more: ice in room (unless you ask), no more towel animals (only 3x per cruise) only one steward per room (no assistant), lower quality and choices of food, charges for nearly everything, rooms smelly and unclean and dinner dress code non-existent. Adventure of the Seas is for young drinkers and was poorly designed. Dining room in the middle of the ship. Elevators only forward and center making it a hike if your stateroom was towards the aft. RCCL compares to Carnival and certainly NOT to Holland America. We received NO help on getting boarding passes for return home and we would HAVE to purchase a minimum of one days internet ($9.95) to do that The future cruise director refused to help me and I am 70% blind. Only saving point was the Irish Pub on board but they only had one draft beer because they couldn't get their other beer taps fixed. The dinner servers were great as were the bartenders at the "Duck & Dog". Otherwise it was poor example of what RCCL used to be. We will not use again. They overdid their cost cutting. WE would rather pay a bit more and get more of what a cruise line should be. Shore excursions are way overpriced and there was a very limited choice. Much better deals at the end of the docking pier. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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