Sail Date: March 2009
I went on this cruise as a college spring break with two girl friends. The three of us had an amazing time, even though (I'm pretty sure) we were the only college students on the boat. We really liked the RCI passenger makeup - ... Read More
I went on this cruise as a college spring break with two girl friends. The three of us had an amazing time, even though (I'm pretty sure) we were the only college students on the boat. We really liked the RCI passenger makeup - everyone seemed fun and easygoing. As 21-year olds we had no problems making friends with older passengers - many of whom where there in large groups. The ship was great. The ship was easy to move around; I think I prefer it to the Carnival or NCL ships I've been on in the past. However, it rocked more than other cruises I've been on - and I'm not one to easily become seasick. The food wasn't as good as I remembered on past cruises, but the service was superb - both in the dining room and at the bars across the ship. By far the best bar service I've had (judging from Carnival, RCI, and NCL). We didn't go to a lot of the shows, but the comedians and cruise-ship entertainment ("The Game") was pretty typical. The reason that we selected this cruise was a great price and the wonderful ports that we hadn't visited before. One warning - if you haven't been as far south as Aruba before - it is HOT. The sun is a lot stronger there than even in the Yucatan or Belize, which makes for a perfect winter escape (but bring sunscreen). 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
My very first solo holiday taken because of low 'singles' price. Interesting comparing prices people had paid and 'extras' they had received. Boarding was very quick and my inside cabin was large and spotlessly clean. ... Read More
My very first solo holiday taken because of low 'singles' price. Interesting comparing prices people had paid and 'extras' they had received. Boarding was very quick and my inside cabin was large and spotlessly clean. Cabin steward, Edwin, unfailingly helpful and friendly. First lunch in Windward was chaotic and unfortunately it didn't improve, similarly at breakfast. Plenty of staff serving drinks, would have been better employed finding seats. I usually finished up taking my food on deck and trays would have helped instead of queing for each course. There was plenty of choice but overall only average quality. Dinner was fair but not as good quality as on other company cruises. The dining rooms are lovely. The service varied. I had the soda package but in public area as a solo elderly female was often ignored. Think having to pay extra for fresh orange juice, Johnny Rockets, Ben & Jerries and Portofino wa extras a rip off. Italian food is very cheap to produce yet is $20. Tea bags in cabin but no coffee. I booked tours on line only to find there was much more choice once on board, although they are very good about 'swopping' Always plenty of sunbeds and deck chairs but don't lose your towel or you will be charged $25. Gets crowded round pools but aft and side decks plenty of room. Always plenty of room in the theatre, shows varied from awful to superb. The service charge that is automatically added to your account can be removed so you can tip where it's deserved. I did this and gave substantial tips to cabin steward, waiter and assistant waiter. For the price I paid it was value for money. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were ... Read More
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were visiting. We also agreed to meet at the sky bar for sail away, where I met other solo cruisers who were to remain friends throughout the cruise (RCI also organised solo events throughout the cruise) The first few days were sailing through the Bay of Biscay. This was a bit rough and caused you to stagger side to side at some times but other than that not a problem. The ship was fantastic with a great atmosphere of music and fun. I was assigned a seat in Vivaldi dining room - the only Englishman at a table of 9 Americans, and what a great group they were (if any of you read this, my heartfelt thanks for making me feel so welcome). The food selection was first class as was the service by the staff (thanks Robert and team) I also ate in the windjammer for breakfast and lunch and again the selection was first class. Entertainment in the main theatre was mostly great although there were a couple of shows not so good and the pubs and bars were great with excellent service by attentive and friendly staff with good music in the evenings, particularly at the schooner bar. (I had taken out a drinks package so no big surprises at the end of the cruise) I had an inside cabin which was quite adequate for me and the cabin staff were great. There were plenty of sunbeds on deck 12 with bars within easy reach to quench your thirst and a marked out walkway to assist in removing all the extra weight you put on eating and drinking (5 laps to the mile). So, a great cruise, fantastic service from friendly and helpful staff and great food (I don’t know how anyone could complain). Special thanks to “ icantthinkofone” for the company and friendship. Thank you RCI, I will definitely cruise with you again. And if you are also a solo cruiser – take the plunge- you may enjoy it. Alan   Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2016
This is the first time I have been on the Royal Caribbean. Nice ship. Our balcony was good and the room was clean. We met alot of interesting people from the eastern side, New York, Mass, VA, MD, FL, Canada of course. We had a lot of ... Read More
This is the first time I have been on the Royal Caribbean. Nice ship. Our balcony was good and the room was clean. We met alot of interesting people from the eastern side, New York, Mass, VA, MD, FL, Canada of course. We had a lot of fun. The weather was good. We sailed to St. Thomas, St. Kitt Nevis, Curacao and Aruba. 7 days, 5 ports. Willemstad, Curacao was the hightlight. A beautiful Dutch island which is so clean and the people are so nice. I could easily live there year around. It's nice to see ports cruising. You can then mark the place you can go back for further entertainment or who knows even buying a place. The food was very good. They had an ice rink on the ship; had activities like the Amazing Race at the pool which was hilarious. Also a Belly Flop contest was held. We pre brooked on line. The embarkation took us 1 1/2 hrs to get on the ship. And the disembarkation was running an 1 1/2 late almost too late to catch the plane back to the states from San Juan, PR. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2016
As an avid solo cruise adventurer, this was my 9th cruise, leaving San Juan on 25 June 2016 on AoS. The ports of call were: St Maarten, Day at Sea, Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Day at Sea and then back to San Juan. I had only booked this ... Read More
As an avid solo cruise adventurer, this was my 9th cruise, leaving San Juan on 25 June 2016 on AoS. The ports of call were: St Maarten, Day at Sea, Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Day at Sea and then back to San Juan. I had only booked this cruise 2.5 weeks before going on the cruise. I did a number of things ahead of time, of which was coming to www.cruisecritic.com and checking out excursions for each island and making my own handy-dandy spreadsheet to keep track of everything. I booked my excursions ahead of time through Royal Caribbean's website. There were a couple ports where the timing was off and didn't want to miss the ship! On St Maarten, I paid $7 for a round trip boat taxi to the beach at the end of the pier. The boat taxi has very reasonable drinks and cold bottled water for $2. An umbrella and 2 chair rental was $10. It didn't matter who you went to, it just was. The beach is beautiful and the water was crystal blue. Easy to sunbathe and wade in the water. Just one caution, there are a lot of walking sales folks - offering you aloe foot massages and bracelets... Just put on your sunglasses and don't care, and they didn't bother you, as they thought you were sleeping. I walked around the town, and found a pharmacy where large bottled water (1.5L) was $2. I bought a few and brought it back on the ship with me. The day at sea, I booked a combo special for $119 for 6 mini-treatments lasting 120 minutes. I totally recommend going to the spa the first day, and attending the pamper party. You get lots of little freebies, and an extra like hot stones or bamboo or an ankle massage if you are lucky! On Bonaire, I bought an excursion of snorkeling/beach relaxation (BO58 - 18th Palm Snorkel featuring National Geographic Snorkeler Gear, $74, for 3 hours). Checkout a towel from the ship before you go. The bus takes you about 5 minutes to a beach, where you can pick a chair and set your stuff down. Next you get your National Geographic Snorkel + Fins. I brought a trial size of dish soap to clean the mask and snorkel part further, before putting that on. You walk on a plastic pier to the edge to put on your fins and jump in the water. The beach entrance was quite a bit rocky, and really didn't provide a good entrance. Be aware of coral burn. There were plenty of fish and coral to see! The water was mildly choppy. You could wait for the bus to return you to the pier, or walk 10 minutes along the same path to get back to the ship. On Aruba, I also bought another excursion for two snorkel sites, lunch on the beach and catamaran to and fro. (ARB8 - Sailaway Beach and Snorkel Cruise featuring National Geographic Snorkeler Gear - $89, for 5 hours). The catamaran that could fit about 40 folks would offer water and soda on the way to the first snorkel site. The waves were a bit more choppy than Bonaire here, but you could see fish, coral in the blue water. The second site was strenuous with the waves, and I lasted about 30 minutes out there before heading back. This was a shipwreck where the fish are much bigger, and it was literally breathtaking! Afterwards,the crew would play calypso and give rum punch as we made our way to Palm Beach for lunch. It's quite filling, and they do make provisions for vegetarians! The veggie portion was delish, with a pina colada! There was about 40 minutes remaining to get a chair and sit out at the beach before returning back to the ship. There are a lot of stores on the way back which are filled with souvenirs and jewelry and food! On Curacao, the waves were crazy as they crashed into the shore! Even docking was delayed by 30 minutes because the ship couldn't dock due to the wind. Once docked, we headed out into town to shop :) I met quite a few folks and had the chance to explore the port with them as we all looked for things that we wanted, or didn't know we wanted. Once you cross the floating bridge, on the left hand side there is a fruit & vegetable market. If you are interested to eat fruit close by, the fruit is very inexpensive and very delish! There is pineapple, caribbean papaya, oranges, sapodilla, genip, bananas, apple bananas, and more. I bought 2 bags of genip ($1) and it was awesome! I'd say out of all the islands visited on this trip, Curacao was the best for what you could be looking for. There is a lot of competition, so you can get a lot of good quality t-shirts (some even change color in the sun) for a decent price! On the last day at sea, I used my spa voucher and booked a deep tissue massage and it was wonderful (75 minutes). Dining, I went to the windjammer for breakfast and lunch all of the days, and traditional dining (deck 3) including two formal nights. Even as a single person, I was placed with a family and we connected throughout the week. Most cruises, they do try their best to seat you with either singles or couples or families or a mix of everything! As a vegetarian, the options were awesome and I had no issues. In San Juan, I opted to go on one last excursion to El Yunque Rain Forest Hike with Airport Drop-off ($49, 5 hours). Royal Caribbean holds onto your luggage for you at the airport, and I had time before my flight at 4:30p. We arrived at the airport at 1:30pm. The bus driver took us through the expensive district, a beach with a natural pool, to take pictures, and then El Yunque. First a conservatory, Coco waterfalls, then a tower that if you had a fit-bit on, it would tell you 10 when you reached the top. Then to a diner where you buy your own food - I had tostones and pina colada, and then a drive back to the airport. It rained in the rain forest, and it was awesome! I know that this ship is due for refurbishment in October 2016, and if you were looking closely, you could see paint chips etc. Honestly to my liking, everything was great. You couldn't really tell the ship was old because you were busy with everything else! I used the stairs heading up to the windjammers, spa, and fitness center daily and down to all the levels of the ship. Overall it was a lot of fun and can't wait for my next solo adventure in October 2016! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2016
We wanted to duplicate our honeymoon cruise some 21 years ago. We flew down to san Juan 2 days in advance to take in the sites in Old San Juan and to sample the local restaurants. (Pannes restaurant in the Coronado District was so good ... Read More
We wanted to duplicate our honeymoon cruise some 21 years ago. We flew down to san Juan 2 days in advance to take in the sites in Old San Juan and to sample the local restaurants. (Pannes restaurant in the Coronado District was so good we ate there twice) The Adventure of the Seas (Voyager Class) has been recently refurbished and has many of the amenities you'll find on newer RCCL ships. It is due for another upgrade in Nov. 2016 which will add even more restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activity venues. The ship is clean, well maintained and the crew was very pleasant and helpful. There is more than plenty to do aboard ship to keep you busy. There is also many places to go to for quiet time. Entertainment was very good and a nice variety. The food was good but nothing special. Our cruise visited 5 ports along the Lesser Antilles. One of the things that makes this cruise unique is that at every stop we were the only ship in port. Something you would rarely see in places like Nassau or Cozumel. The ports, with the exception of Antigua, were clean and friendly. The shop keepers, tour guides and taxi drivers on Antigua are aggressive and don't take no easily. Just be prepared! I would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
This was my third time cruising on Royal Caribbean, and they never seem to dissatisfy me. RC is the go-to place for cruising. Overall, the service was Great! But be weary of the Casino, the machines are old and the table dealers don't ... Read More
This was my third time cruising on Royal Caribbean, and they never seem to dissatisfy me. RC is the go-to place for cruising. Overall, the service was Great! But be weary of the Casino, the machines are old and the table dealers don't compromise when they make a mistake. Honestly, the ship needs a new casino. The Oasis of the seas is 2 times better. Bar servers are good, but some are too distracted to know who's next in line. the Night life is ok. I recommend getting a new DJ, he suxs. he plays the same music every night and tries to appeal to the mass, the only thing that kept me going was having a few drinks at the bar. Dining, Room Service, Stateroom Attd., and specialty shops - Great! I recommend adventure of the Seas if its your first time cruising. I will be booking the Oasis on my next cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
Affordable alternative to travel where You have almost everything at a arms length.. The ship is large with many theme restaurants, shops, pools,outdoor theater, sun decks, entertainment theaters, a casino and a lot of quiet places to ... Read More
Affordable alternative to travel where You have almost everything at a arms length.. The ship is large with many theme restaurants, shops, pools,outdoor theater, sun decks, entertainment theaters, a casino and a lot of quiet places to relax, lie down,read,game room,library just to mention a few. The cabin was excellent, the dining alternatives, at he formal dining room and the windjammer lounge offered a variety of food for all to chose. The daily entertainment and evening activities and service is very outstanding. There was a variety of port excursions.I chose to do local tourist on foot in the proximity of the ports visited. The maps provided by the cruise line were very good. Being a local of San Juan I found the embarkation facilities in San Juan very run down, neglected and dirty, I cannot say that of the islands visited. Overall our cabin attendant Ms Milagro Thyne room 9642 and head waiter at our table 422 Mr Michael Jackson and his attendant Muhammad were efficient and professional. The disembarkation facilities are rather small in San Juan compared to the amount of passengers it has to handle, the parking is inadequate and more coordination is needed by the tourism authorities to make this pleasant. Puerto Rico has to learn from islands such as Barbados, Martinica,St Lucia that with smaller ports handled things very smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Cruising out of San Juan Puerto Rico is always sweet because Old San Juan is such a treat to visit. The Culture the history scenery all lend itself to putting the traveler in the cruise mindset. Added to this is the opportunity to visit ... Read More
Cruising out of San Juan Puerto Rico is always sweet because Old San Juan is such a treat to visit. The Culture the history scenery all lend itself to putting the traveler in the cruise mindset. Added to this is the opportunity to visit the mall of America or CVS to purchase additional odds and ends for the trip or making the slow mindset back to reality after the cruise is over. Added to this quality is the fact that cruising out of San Juan offers less time at sea so the cruiser can visit more islands. If one is on the jewel of the seas, we can visit Martinique, Guadalupe, Grenada, Dominica or if one chooses the Adventure or the Freedom of the Seas, one can visit the ABC islands of the dutch Caribbean or the US virgin lslands, St. Kitts, and the rest of the island chains down to Barbados. As a single cruiser, the price is right as cruising out of Fort Lauderdale or Miami is generally more expensive. Cruising back to back is when one really gets value for money as one can visit 10 islands in 14days. Added to this experience is the quality of the food, the helpfulness of the staff, and the quality of the excursions. the only addition I can add is that Royal Caribbean consider a western cruise from San Juan. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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