5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We booked our cruise exactly a year before we sailed, getting us $200 onboard credit as advertised (or so we thought). We got connecting balcony cabins (we traveled with two kids and two adults) on the eighth floor and requested the 8:30 ... Read More
We booked our cruise exactly a year before we sailed, getting us $200 onboard credit as advertised (or so we thought). We got connecting balcony cabins (we traveled with two kids and two adults) on the eighth floor and requested the 8:30 dining and a table for 4 at the time of booking. We also bought beverage package for ourselves. Online check-in gave us a hard time because we had two separate reservations (you cannot book two cabins at the same time and you have to call to link the reservations). Overall, anything besides the homepage on RCCL's website looks outdated. I got a text from RCCL four days before sailing: Important Notice Regarding Your Upcoming Royal Caribbean International Sailing Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International with important information regarding your upcoming cruise. The CDC has issued a travel alert regarding the Zika virus for certain countries, which may be included in your cruise itinerary. To learn more about the Zika virus, please visit the CDC's website. For travel-related concerns, please visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contentPage.do?pagename=royal_caribbean_security_guide or contact us or your travel agent. It was not at all helpful that they sent this to us four days before sailing, even though we already had enough information on this topic. RCI uses Pan-American Pier in San Juan. This port is only used for embarkation and has no amenities. As soon as we arrived at the pier, we were rushed out of our taxi and onto the sidewalk. Embarkation was very disorganized. First, you have to wait in one line to drop your checked bags off. You give them your bags and they literally throw them in the back of a truck. After you drop off your bags, you have to go all the way back to the start and wait on line to get inside the embarkation building. We were traveling with an elderly person who had a hard time walking, so we requested a wheelchair. THEY HAD NONE LEFT! However, we were allowed to use the expedited line. Once we got inside the building, things moved faster and we were able to get on the ship easily. We did NOT have a good first impression of this cabin. Both of our sinks would not drain. The desk and other areas were banged up and the safe looked like something exploded on the outside of it because half of the numbers were burnt off and didn't work. The safe did not function properly and the front desk disregarded us. The air conditioner didn't work properly either. On a side note, the balconies are metal, not glass. Overall, the cabin looked very worn out. They fixed our sink after us waiting hours because the plumbers were working on a 200+ toilet jam. The air conditioner was also fixed easily. Our cabin stewardess was nice, but unprofessional. We walked off the ship without even knowing her name because she never wore a name tag. She came in our room while our air conditioner and left towels for us. She never serviced our room that night. We visited our dining room (Strauss, Deck 4) to check the table we had been given (decks 3 and 4 are set dining, deck five is MyTime dining). It was a table for eight, and that is what they said we requested. I was furious because this was a very special cruise and we requested a table for four a year ago. Thankfully, we recieved a letter later that night informing us that they switched us to a table for four. Our table was in between two bussing stations and my chair got hit every night by a food cart. The food portions were very small and the food quality was subpar. The menu lacked options and the chefs gave us a hard time about anything (our waiter was very nice, though). A few real examples: "Can I get a bigger soup?" "Uh, that would be hard for the chefs. I can order you two if you want." "Can I get this as an appetizer, possibly in a smaller portion?" "No, you would have to order that as a dinner." Their desserts weren't good either. Their idea of Baked Alaska was ice cream in a dish covered with baked egg whites. I got Ben and Jerry's almost every night I felt like having dessert. Windjammer was AWFUL (Island Grill included). Everything tasted so terrible that my breakfast and lunch every day ended up being bread. I even tried the omelette station, but the eggs were so runny that I thought it was American cheese. Nope. I tried breakfast in the main dining room, but it matched the quality of the Windjammer food, yet it had better service. My only good regular lunch was in the main dining room. Sadly, they only had it on sea days and there was only one sea day. Johnny Rockets and Giovanni's Table were spectacular compared to the other venues. No suprise they both carry a cover charge. The bartenders were rude and ignored anyone they didn't feel like serving, which included me and my whole party. Our beverage package advertised Evian water and Perrier sparkling water, but we instead got brands we never heard of. Guest Services agreed with the bartenders. Speaking of Guest Services, they decided to give us $100 less than the onboard credit we were offered and basically told us it was our fault. I was furious. We only went to one show, a comedy hypnosis show. It was great, and the only reason I am giving this category less than it deserves is because they showed movies in the theater a few nights instead of a show, even though there is a dedicated screening room and a movie screen at the pool. The only enrichment activities were trivias, and I wasn't that impressed with them because you could barely understand the host. Rock climbing and ice skating were great, and so was mini-golf and other sports activites. The rock wall was hot, though. We did not do shore excursions. Port times were good. St. Thomas- Good shopping and great beaches. St. Croix- Beaches and shopping were the worst out of all the islands. Unpopular island. Antigua- Nice beaches and average shopping, but taxi drivers harass you. St. Lucia- Best beaches and best shopping. Grenada- Subpar shopping and average beaches (overpriced), although much better than St. Croix. Disembarkation was the worst. We had to wait an "unknown amount of time" in line to get off the ship because customs were full. It ended up being about a half hour. Customs moved like lightning and so did obtaining our bags, so I don't know what the hold up was for. Overall, this was overpriced (we had better experiences for less on Carnival). If you are looking at a Freedom Class ship of RCCL, go with Norwegian (Jewel class+) if you want basically the same activities (no ice skating, but they have bowling) and a great overall cruise experience. The downside is that their cabins are tiny, so if you want bigger cabins and great food, go with Celebrity. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We have sailed on RC before, but not with two kids and not on this itinerary. It turned out to be the perfect week-long getaway, we added a couple days each end in San Juan as well. The ports were awesome--each beach was more beautiful ... Read More
We have sailed on RC before, but not with two kids and not on this itinerary. It turned out to be the perfect week-long getaway, we added a couple days each end in San Juan as well. The ports were awesome--each beach was more beautiful than the next. As for the ship, I too was pleasantly surprised after reading some negative reviews, and when I mentioned these to fellow passengers they were shocked that people complained. But, if you are a foodie/used to a luxury/looking for top-of-the line amenities and service, Adventure may not be for you. The rooms are showing their age--ours could definitely use some renovations but the overall ship looked to be in good shape. But why would we stay in the room... Given the port-heavy itinerary we did not spend too much time on the ship except the first and last days. My kids loved the Adventure Ocean program as well as the kids' area and mini golf course. There were a lot of families/kids on this ship, probably more because it was Spring Break season. We had a great oceanview cabin location right around the corner from the main dining room and each morning we just wandered down the hall for a good hearty breakfast. We took every dinner at the MDR which overall was very good, with a few notable misses (lobster tail, prime rib), and our waiter/assistant were very attentive, especially to the kiddos. We took advantage of RC's policy allowing two bottles of wine--which we learned too late that you we could have just bought duty free right at the San Juan port upon embarkation--and brought those to dinner. If we were in a hurry we grabbed sandwiches from the 24-hour Promenade Cafe. We didn't try Giovanni's Table or Johnny Rockets (didn't see many people there, ever). We tried the Windjammer twice for lunch and the food was simply AWFUL, service there ranged from enthusiastic to outright bored. Promenade area was nice, lots of bars to choose from. Hubby went to casino and got ripped off on a Royal Poker tournament (prize is possibly a free cruise, maybe, if you advance to the next level, but that wasn't clear until after buy-in). Ice skating show was AWESOME and by all means get there as early as possible to get a seat. We also saw a dance show and the balancing act show with Luis Dalton--that was truly amazing, as he managed to stand on his head on a champagne bottle on one of the rockiest nights at sea. Everyone raved about that show, unfortunately we also missed a Las Vegas show that I heard was really good. Hope to make more shows on the next cruise. We had one seasickness incident, my daughter threw up in Adventure Ocean one night. By the time we got back to the room, I had two messages from the ship's nurse and she had to file a report, so I think they do keep a close eye out for norovirus and other illness. The clinic closes at 7 p.m. but have motion sickness pills available in the waiting room. I did have some concerns about Adventure Ocean, while I thought the staff was fine, they did not give me any feedback at than sign in/out and they did not give pagers should there be an emergency (we happened to be at dinner the night my daughter got sick and the steward knew where we were, but otherwise I don't know how they would have found us) There seemed to be 20-25 kids and two staff at night for the 3-5 and 6-8 groups, if I had a younger child (below age 4) who could not communicate their needs, I might not have been as comfortable with this option. Shopping was the usual t-shirts and jewelry, of course they pushed Diamonds International and all the shore shopping as well. No fabulous deals but fun to look. We bought some duty-free liquor. We did not take any RC excursions, there was nothing that piqued my interest on this trip and we got much better prices by arranging our own. Did almost all our drinking off the boat. We stopped by a "welcome back" party--essentially a sales pitch--for repeat cruisers that offered free champagne, and people were grabbing as many glasses as they could carry. Nice. Oh, and the cruise director was Mercedes, have to agree she was rather annoying. Overall, I was again pleased with Royal Caribbean, and we even booked our next cruise on ship (I felt like a sucker, but it wasn't a bad deal at all--we had researched another cruise and knew what we wanted, they give immediate credits for your current trip, and they allowed us to transfer the reservation to Costco Travel, so we will still get the credits there.) Ports: St Thomas: Magen's Bay beach, absolutely beautiful but try to get there early. Food bar was expensive and not good. We rented a kayak to look for sea turtles. St. Croix: Loved Rainbow Beach, again, get there early. Food at Rhythms bar was delicious, also loved their frozen lime in coconut drink. Tried to do Cruzan tour but didn't have time, got some drinks and picked up a couple bottles instead. Antigua: Valley Church Beach, another beauty. Easily accessible via cab for $8 a person, each way. St. Lucia: Full day tour with COSOL tours, this was the highlight of the whole trip. Grenada: Half-day Spicy Scenes tour with A and E tours, highly recommend. We then took the water taxi over to Grand Anse beach. San Juan: Stayed at Old San Juan Sheraton, GREAT location to get to everything in the area. Happy to see the other boats leave so the area was less crowded :) Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our family of four traveled on Royal Caribbean this past week for Spring Break. Our son wou is 17 and daughter who is 12 also were part of the vacation. We booked 2 rooms on the interior of the ship. We saved money on the interior ... Read More
Our family of four traveled on Royal Caribbean this past week for Spring Break. Our son wou is 17 and daughter who is 12 also were part of the vacation. We booked 2 rooms on the interior of the ship. We saved money on the interior so we could have more space with 2 rooms. This was a great idea. The interior rooms overlooked the Royal Promenade which gave you some view. Activities aboard the ship were definately enough to keep everyone busy Ice skating and the rock wall were popular with our 12-year old daughter. The pool and outside activities kept our 17 year old son entertained. We booked 4-excursions thru Royal Caribbean and one privately. So - we had an excursion planned for every day. St. Croix - US Virgin Islands - We booked the Catamaran boat excursion and it was fabulous. The owner and her crew were fabulous. It was a relaxed outing for the first day and plenty of sun and rum punch. The afternoon we hit some lunch and shopping at the local market. A- St. Kitts We booked Zip Line Adventure for our family. The young men running the zip line were fun and made it enjoyable for everyone. Kids loved this. It included 5 zip lines with practice. The 1st zip line was the best. A- St. Maarten - We reserved jet skis thru Jet Extreme SXM. This was a 4-hour outing and we rode doubles. I drove one jet ski with our 12-year old daughter and my 17-year old son drove the other jet ski with my wife. The guide told us the ocean was calm - but this was rough ride. Luckily after the first 1 1/2 hours we ate lunch and about 45 minute break - my wife bailed out on the rest of the ride because lunch restaurant was very near our starting point. After lunch we enjoyed another 1 1/2 hours of riding. A+ Martinique - We reserved the Rainforest Hike. Twenty minute ride up the foothills into the rain forest. Our guide sets us off on about a 2-mile hike - mostly uphill. This is a difficult hike and terrain. I would not recommend unless you like some adventure and exertion. We crossed an ankle high stream. Saw a tarantula. Enjoyed the rain forest and sites. A- Barbados - probably our favorite island on the cruise. We booked the Snorkel tour and Sea Turtles. About 50 people on this tour - so it was crowded. The young men running this tour did an excellent job. First stop we saw about 4 sea turtles and swam with them. Second stop was above a small wrecked boat on the reef. Someone had fish bait with them and it attracted hundreds of small fish. So - it was pretty cool. We stopped at very nice beach and swam ashore for about 45 minutes. A- Overall - we had a fanstastic trip and very good weather. I would sail on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
The Adventure is an odd boat within the Royal family. Never mind the fact that balconies are merely a partial window cutout of the steel side but the pace of things on the ship (including staff) moves way slower than other ships in the ... Read More
The Adventure is an odd boat within the Royal family. Never mind the fact that balconies are merely a partial window cutout of the steel side but the pace of things on the ship (including staff) moves way slower than other ships in the company portfolio. Arrival – What a nightmare. The station in San Juan is a free-for-all trying to get on the ship. No employees are directing people. There’s a line if you want to give bags to the porters but you can’t hand them one directly upon getting out of your vehicle. There’s a different line if you don’t have bags. Once you clear that hurdle you proceed to the various lines for getting your seapass card. Again, no one directing nor helping people inside the terminal. When you get to the front of the line there’s again no rhyme or reason why someone is shown an agent to begin check-in. My agent didn’t explain anything about the early schedule of events on the ship nor when rooms would be ready. I was left on my own to find the ship and figure things out. F-. Room 7340 – beware, this cabin vibrates nonstop. If you’re sensitive to that type of movement avoid this room like the plague. I’ll post a video on youtube (https://youtu.be/ryq3lcMRKJw) so you can see yourself how badly this room vibrates. In general the rooms are freshly painted. They have a tropical feel now in their color scheme. New flatscreen tv’s are nice. Bathrooms are typical for Royal. Beds in the cabin were quite firm, bordering on rock hard. After 6 days I woke with some stiffness in my back. I didn't understand why in the world they went backwards with the balconies (picture windows cut out of the side of the ship vs. full glass walls). Also, balconies are lined in this cork-like product that'd flake off when you moved a chair. Just bizarre. C. Food was pretty darn good on the ship. Windjammer had some of the most delicious food I’ve had in some time. The kitchen staff seemed to keep items changing each day. Some nights you could get cooked to order pasta or mini sliders. The final night the kitchen staff even came around offering passengers fresh chocolate covered strawberries as they wished us a safe trip home. In the main dining room the menus have recently changed. I don’t know if it’s because of the distance from the continental US but things like scallops have been removed and replaced with escargot nightly. The new items seemed to have a little bit of spice which is a welcome treat compared to some of the bland dishes of the past. Overall food on this boat was outstanding. A+ Staff – perhaps it’s just inherent from the San Juan location but employees just move way slower here, like they’re stuck on Island Time (they’ll get to it eventually). Everyone is friendly enough and work to make your experience a good one just don’t expect the same pace of staff on other ships. A- Ports - on my sailing we did St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, Curacao. High praise to whoever decided to allow for a 10pm departure from Aruba. Given how close the islands are overall I wish they done the same for the other islands (after all the boat only took a top speed of 14 knots during the trip). If you can, take a sailing to Aruba or Curacao. Amazing beaches and quite friendly locals. Never once did I feel in danger like I have in Jamaica. In Aruba and Curacao I rented a car and had no problems getting around the islands as they obey US driving rules - just don't make a right turn on red or you'll get a ticket. A+ Entertainment - skip it. The dancers did a good job for their part but the shows are just tired and very 80's. As an idea one of the better shows at night was a "Best of Vegas" tribute. I'd expect this kind of show on a Princess ship where people are all in their 70s but that was just not the demographics of this ship. Comedians were bad. They had this duet / audience participation act that was just awkward. Overall someone at Royal just needs to revisit nighttime entertainment in the big theater. Djs were good and the nighttime deck parties were quite the happening place. C- Final thoughts – I still love the center promenade that Royal introduced in this class and it does get used quite a lot to the overall quality of the trip. If you can pick a good room and understand that things may move at a different pace than you’re use to I’d recommend taking this ship as the ports were the reason I picked the boat. Know it won't be the same experience as Independence or Allure as you can make the ship the vacation. The food makes up for some of the distractions. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
My vacation on the Adventure of the Seas was amazing & I'm so sad I'm back to reality! Background – This is my 8th cruise, I usually go on all the new ships but wanted to try something different. I loved the itinerary. ... Read More
My vacation on the Adventure of the Seas was amazing & I'm so sad I'm back to reality! Background – This is my 8th cruise, I usually go on all the new ships but wanted to try something different. I loved the itinerary. I only sailed on Royal Caribbean, NCL & Carnival: love them all! I wish we didn’t have to go during spring break (airfare from NYC to SJU was insane!) but due to the teachers in my family we did it. I went with family/friends, 19 people total, ages ranging from 18 months to 70 years old. Everyone enjoyed their time. Embarkation – Quick! My friends & I spent the day In Puerto Rico & boarded around 5pm.. it was very empty… As soon as we got on the board we headed to the muster drill, ate at Johnny Rockets and enjoyed the Welcome Aboard Show. Shows/Activities – I saw a few of the shows, all good. My fave was the comedian on the last day, laughed A LOT! Sometimes it was hard to go see a show with 8:30pm dinner. Most shows were at 7 or 9pm. I went to most of the game shows (Quest, Battle of the Sexes, Finish the Lyrics, Belly Flop, Sexiest Man Comp)– what a blast!!! They were all very funny & crazy! Food – I definitely enjoyed the food. Buffet was good, main dining room was great. From being on the bigger boats, I did miss my food variety but it didn’t ruin my trip at all. I’m not sure if I would feel different if the itinerary wasn’t so port heavy. Stateroom – Good as new ! I had a promenade interior stateroom. Very roomy & clean. It was fun people watching & watching the parades. Ship – Very pretty. Did not seem old at all. Good shows, bars, public areas. The adventure wasn’t my favorite boat, as I love the big boats but no complaints. I loved the pool area. Itinerary – 5 islands in 7 days ! Great experience, but I did miss my time on the boat. Every day we woke up early, got back on the boat with minutes to spare. Barbados : Boatyard. Beautiful white sand beach, fun atmosphere ( the bar was kind of like a Senor Frogs/Margaritaville) St Lucia: Cosol Tour. Loved every minute, AMAZING. St Lucia is such a different, beautiful island. Antigua: Swam with the stingrays through Royal then went to a beach near the port. It was a fun! St Maarten: Bernard’s Tour (Beach Tour) My Favorite!!! St. Maarten is BEAUTIFUL. Loved seeing the Dutch / French side. I definitely want to go back and spend a week there. St Croix: Cruzan Rum tasting & Sandcastle beach. We had a BLAST at rum tasting… 2 drinks & basically unlimited shots for $7 dollars. Beach was very nice, people working there weren’t the nicest though. I was there with a big group (12 of us) … we got a bunch of chairs and umbrellas. My aunt & uncle left to the boat earlier than us & left their chair with us…. A worker on the beach tried to resell my aunt’s chair even though we bought them as a group & my 10 yr old niece was sitting on the chair at the time… Not cool. Overall – I had the time of my life this trip. I’m grateful I got to explore a bunch of new places & enjoy a beautiful ship. Vacation is what you make it. If you love beautiful islands, good weather, & a fun boat the Adventure is for you! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. ... Read More
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. (That's another review) The embarkation process was so easy. There were only just a couple people checking in at this time. The process was quick and easy. The cruise was fantastic. We loved all the ports. We had most of our excursions planned before the cruise and all of them were fantastic. My husband and I bought the basic drink package (beer/wine). That worked out great for us. We could always find something to eat for breakfast or a quick lunch/snack in the Windjammer. Somethings were tasty some not, but there are lots of choices. It's just a matter of tasting and figuring it out. We had chose the any time dining and were seated promptly every evening. I had booked the times online before the cruise. We sat at the same table each night with the same waiters. The wait staff was awesome. They knew what to bring us to drink without us asking. The service was very good. We enjoyed all of the options on the menu. We enjoyed most everything we ordered. After dinner we attended as many activities as we could fit in. We went to all the shows in the lyric theater, saw all the comedians, went to all the game shows and enjoyed a lot of activities in the promenade (70's dance party). We read through the compass and made a plan each night so we would not miss a thing. We loved all the activities. The entertainment was great. Our kids ages 17-21 enjoyed the shows too. The disembarkation was quick and easy. After a nice breakfast in the dining room we reported to our designated area where we were called just 10 min. later. Finding our luggage was easy and the customs check literally took 5 minutes. There were plenty of cabs available and we were back at the Embassy Suites in no time at all. We love the AOS this was our 3rd time. My only small complaint is this boat is getting a little tired. It could use some updating. The cabins need sprucing up and the halls and some areas really could use new carpeting and decor. This in no way determines what kind of trip I'm going to have, but I would give this ship an excellent rating if these changes were made. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS) on the March 15, 2015 sailing. Ports visited were San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We traveled the day ahead on March 14, 2014. Our friends who traveled on the 15th had a ... Read More
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS) on the March 15, 2015 sailing. Ports visited were San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We traveled the day ahead on March 14, 2014. Our friends who traveled on the 15th had a mechanical delay of their airplane and missed their connection to SJU and had to catch the ship in St Thomas. This is why we always travel at least the day ahead. At SJU we hired a porter to help us with our luggage and he got us to the head of the Taxi line. This was the best $15 dollars we spent the entire trip, it saved us an estimated hour wait for a taxi. We stayed the night before at the Hilton Condado 999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, PR 00907. I reserved the hotel with award points. We had a corner room with a view of the pool. It was a nice hotel. We did not arrive until 3 pm. We checked in and then walked around the hotel. It has a small beach on the Lagoon. We walked down the street and enjoyed dinner at Waikiki Seafood and Oyster Bar. They had an excellent Puerto Rico special. After dinner we returned to the hotel and crashed. Sunday morning we met our friends and took a cab to Old San Juan to have breakfast at Café De Cortez Chocolate Bar. We love this place and always make a point to eat there. The San Juan triathlon was going on so traffic was a mess. After breakfast we returned to the hotel and checked out and go to the ship around 12:30 pm. It took us about 15 minutes to get on the ship after we dropped our luggage with the porters. We had Jr. Suite 9298. It was spacious and had a great balcony. We were near the aft Elevator and on two flights of stairs below the Wind Jammer and pool deck. The room and ship was very clean. Our room steward was excellent, keeping the ice bucket full and lots of towel animals for our 10 year old daughter. My wife decided on the premium beverage package and really enjoyed it. She found a wine she liked and covered the cost almost every day with wine, diet coke, and bottled water. We had late traditional seating. Xavier was our waiter and did an excellent job. We ate all but one meal in the MDR. We had dinner Monday evening at Giovanni’s Table. The MDR food was excellent and Giovanni’s table was worth the up charge. Beware the lemon cello. We enjoyed the shows in the Lyric Theatre. Our favorite was Beatle Mania. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach. Cab fare was $8 pp each way. There are several beach bar/restaurants at the beach and snorkel equipment rentals. It was a great day just sitting on the beach, playing in the surf and enjoying adult beverages. In St Kitts we chartered a private sail boat from Miles at Nevis Private Charters. It was a wonderful day. Miles leaves from the Reggae Beach Bar which is a $20 pp cab ride from the port. He took us snorkeling off of ship wreck beach then to a beach restaurant on Nevis. The weather was perfect and Miles is an outstanding captain. In Aruba we hired a local taxi to take us to Palm Beach. We hung out there for 4 or 5 hours then had lunch at Red Fish restaurant recommended by our cab driver. Lobster was only $18 US and was outstanding. We picked up the last bottle of rum crème in Aruba. In Curacao we took and island tour and then spent a few hours at Mambo Beach. After the last day at sea we off boarded headed to our post cruise hotel. There were only 2 customs agents working when we got off the ship and the line was very slow moving even with the porter. We stayed post cruise at the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort. It was a nice clean hotel with a great beach and pool. It is located next to a local park and there was a concert Sunday evening until 10 pm which we could hear from our room. After breakfast Monday morning at the CrepeMaker de Puerto Rico we checked out of our room and headed for the airport. Flight from SJU to BWI was great but we found out that our flight from BWI to MCI was canceled. We quickly got on a flight to MDW and luckily after spending the night at Gate B21 we got on the first flight out from MDW to MCI on standby. Flights were being canceled the rest of the day so we would have spent a full day in Chicago if we did not make the first flight. Not enough to run a vacation. This is why when traveling you always have to be ready for complications. I don’t mind missing the flight home but I don’t ever want to miss the ship sailing. We enjoyed the trip so much we booked the Navigator out of Fort Lauderdale next spring break. We turned diamond on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
My wife and I have sailed with a number of cruise lines , but to be honest Royal Caribbean has never been one we have through personal choice fancied travelling with. However, in light of the extensive media there is in the UK as to how ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed with a number of cruise lines , but to be honest Royal Caribbean has never been one we have through personal choice fancied travelling with. However, in light of the extensive media there is in the UK as to how 'wonderful' their cruises are my wife and I decided to give them a 'fair and open' chance to prove us wrong by taking a two day sampler cruise to nowhere. We specifically chose this cruise as there was not a planned port of call as we know that when in port, venues etc are closed onboard and therefore with them being open it would gives us a good opportunity to in effect make a personal review, to decide whether we would book a longer cruise at a later date. About 4 days prior to sailing, we received an email to say the ship would now make a port of call stop to Cherbourg (France) which defeated the reason why we chose the cruise in the first place. Day one - Embarkation at Southampton, this was swift and fairly painless and was much inline with our normal experiences of the port. At check there were people giving out information sheets advising of the revised cruise to include Cherbourg due to Custom & Excise regulations which would have prevented them opening the spa and casino etc......... As they needed to be seen to dock in international waters. Once checked in we went onto the ship and having not eaten anything we made our way up to the buffet restaurant. This was about 11:30 in the morning, and already the hot food was not only 'Luke warm' but totally tasteless. I had two different types of chicken, which were in addition to being Luke warm, were so over cooked I could have leathered the soles of my shoes with them. As a couple who previously owned the rights to use a 3 bedroom time share villa in Orlando, we are fully appreciative of our experiences of American service, but as we sat and ate our meal, the body language and indeed verbal language of some of the staff, really surprised us. Later in the day, after un-packing our luggage in our cabin, we made our way to the 'freedom' style restaurant to make a reservation for a table for two for our preferred eating time, to be advised that they only make reservations for tables for two at 17:30 or 17:45. When we sat down for our meal (which typically on previous cruises we would expect to take around 90 minutes over) we were in and out in less than 40 minutes...was like being on a conveyor belt, indeed the waiters were clearing plates of the first person, before the second had finished. Day Two - the buffet restaurant started cooked breakfast from 7am, because of medical tablets I have to take, this was absolutely perfect, however on reaching the buffet at 07:02 yet again the so called 'hot food' was at best described as Luke warm.......... My hash browns were actually cold. We chose not to get off at Cherbourg having been there número use times independently. Our evening meal experience mirrored that of the previous night....... Conveyor belly, but unlike the previous night where the food was quite tasty, the main course was at best described as tasteless. We ended up in the drinks/ entertainment lounge on deck 5 that has an eastern name (had a mental block as to it's name as I write this). We were two of about 18 people in there and after waiting 10 minutes for a drinks waiter to come to us, we walked out. During this time, the waiter spent the whole time chatting to the person behind the bar, and took drinks to one table only........ Totally appalling! Day one and two......... During the cruise the open air 'inline skating' rink was shut because the track was wet!!!!! ............... The general store (duty free) was shut displaying a sign, that as the ship was not leaving territorial waters for international waters they could not open; but that is exactly why they added the port call to Cherbourg for to ensure they were in international waters. My wife wanted to go rock climbing but on each occasion we went to the wall it was shut, and I was advised by a teenager that he had been told it was shut for the duration of the cruise. The most ludicrous issue was that on a Cashless cruise to play the casino including slots, we had to go to the casino cashier to physically 'BUY' dollars as the slots could not be used by entering your cruise card as the facility was not available on the cruise. So we were charged 3% to buy dollars, whereas had we known, we could have brought some along with us, as we keep a supply of dollars at home. To be honest we feel totally let down by Royal Caribbean, indeed the UK Head Office has not even responded to a let of complaint sent, which does lead us to a total negative experience. We fully appreciate others will say RCI is the best thing since sliced bread, but it would be interesting to see what your genuine thoughts would be if you experienced what we did! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
Weather was great all except for the last day at sea. I know no one can control the weather. Ports were cool. Each has it's personality making them unique in their own way. Staff was extremely friendly and eager to help and assist ... Read More
Weather was great all except for the last day at sea. I know no one can control the weather. Ports were cool. Each has it's personality making them unique in their own way. Staff was extremely friendly and eager to help and assist in way they can to ensure you have a delightful vacation. Sure, there are cranky and pushy guest here and there, never satisfied, always complaining but you will have that everywhere you go. The food was wonderful in all restaurants. Not every meal was exceptional but overall very good. The servers were fantastic and made a point to anticipate every need. For example, you ask for hot tea after dinner for two nights in a row, you will have it brought to you from then on without requesting it. The cabin steward made sure to watch our routine to know when was a good time to come in to clean and prepare the room. The room was always clean and spotless. About the only criticism was that there were a few food crumbs and old dry-cleaning bags under the bed when we arrived. I made a point to look there after reading some of the threads here. I cannot really comment on the shows because we only saw the welcome show. The ice show lived up to our expectations and was amazing. Not to be missed! I am a little disappointed that we missed the adult Quest activity. I hear that was um, memorable ;-) The captain was always timely with updates on every port (time, weather etc). Very professional and we always felt secure and safe. Loved the Q & A lecture with the captain and hotel manager. We have a few criticisms regarding shore excursions. I will not go into detail here on each but let's just say, a more detailed description of each excursions should be available for those of us that are excessive planners. I would extend some disappointment to the dining staff for failure to enforce the dress code. I realize many guests are lazy and just do not care but at home in a comparable restaurant, they WOULD BE TURNED AWAY and not permitted in. This is no different. If you are asked to wear a suit and tie, do it. If it is casual, it does not EVER mean shorts or tee shirts. Men are the worst offenders. Embarkation was flawless. The only thing that needs improvement would be the logistics of the boarding photographs. It seemed people were continuously crossing the photographers to move on to actually board the ship. Was not quite seem-less but not bad. Debarkation was perfect! Having to process thousands of pieces of luggage in only a few hours to have it all neatly organized in the terminal is amazing! Well done! I would certainly sail on RCL again. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
We just returned from our spring break cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas (AOS). We were on the 7-night Southern Caribbean itinerary that included the following ports: St. Croix, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. We sailed ... Read More
We just returned from our spring break cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas (AOS). We were on the 7-night Southern Caribbean itinerary that included the following ports: St. Croix, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. We sailed out of San Juan Puerto Rico. This was our first time in San Juan and our first time at any of these ports of call. First let me say that we loved the AOS! For us (mom, dad, 15 yr old daughter and 13 yr old son), the size of the ship was great. Not too big, not too small. We are used to smaller ships (Disney ships and Royal's Majesty & Legend of the Seas), so this was a step up size-wise for us. I have read a lot of negative reviews about Pan American pier in San Juan and their check in process. We had a very pleasant experience. We arrived late (around 3pm) on purpose as we were hiking in El Yunque earlier in the day. I think we waited 30 minutes to check our bags, 15 minutes to get through security and had NO WAIT at all to check in! Crown & Anchor members had a separate line to wait in and we sailed right on through (pardon the pun). Granted, it's not a pretty port (not like Port Canaveral), but it served its purpose. I wasn't there to sight see at the port.... We stayed in cabin 7650, a Superior Oceanview with Balcony. It was a port side cabin located mid/aft (more aft). We loved the balcony and am very glad we had it. It would have been tight quarters without it! The room had a great view, was quiet, and the location was perfect where we barely felt any ship movement. As far as the ports are concerned - they were great!!!! We only did one excursion with the ship. Otherwise we either did stuff on our own or with private tour companies. Highly recommend Cosol's island tour in St. Lucia and Eli's Eco Tour in Antigua!!!! My kids did not participate in the teen programs. Not for any reason other than they would just prefer to hang out with us. So, unfortunately, I cannot review those programs. From what I saw on their daily compass, the activities seemed fun. There weren't any teen-specific excursions, which I think would definitely be an added value to the itinerary. Overall, we had am absolutely wonderful experience with the Adventure of the Seas. We would love to sail with her again on the 2nd portion of her itinerary to Aruba!!! 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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