59 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Spring Break Cruise Reviews

For our annual Spring Break cruise, our family of 3 decided on the warm climate of the Southern Caribbean. Our family (Dad, Mom & Daughter, 14) have been on cruises for the last 3 years on Carnival Spirit class ships; two to the ... Read More
For our annual Spring Break cruise, our family of 3 decided on the warm climate of the Southern Caribbean. Our family (Dad, Mom & Daughter, 14) have been on cruises for the last 3 years on Carnival Spirit class ships; two to the Mexican Riviera and one to the Western Caribbean. Mom & Dad had been to the Southern Caribbean many years ago and thought it would be a great time to re-visit. For 2008 we were bit by cruise fever and booked this year's cruise two weeks after our 2007 cruise. After a fair amount of research we decided on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. None of our family had been on RCI before and we had heard so many great things about the line, we wanted to try it (our previous cruises being on Carnival, Norwegian, and Holland America). In booking this cruise, we booked direct with RCI and arranged all of our travel (including transfers) through them in order to guarantee not being responsible for missed/late flights. Coming from the Pacific Northwest (Seattle), with a fairly narrow window of vacation time, we didn't have time to get in a day early or out a day late. Our cruise documents came in on time and included, of course, the dreaded red eye flight to the San Juan, Puerto Rico embarkation point from Seattle via Washington, DC (Dulles/United Airlines). The flight, including connections, went well; and we arrived in plenty of time at the San Juan airport. We were, however, concerned that all of the 5 checked bags would make it all the way; in fact they did. There was a RCI agent near baggage claim who guided us to a meeting point, put us into single file, and marched us to our transfer vans. When we got there we were told to hand our baggage to their baggage handlers where they were tossed into the back of a small box van. Often you are told about tipping porters; here there was not really the opportunity and it was the last time we saw our bags until they showed up outside our room. For expediency's sake, I would recommend having your cruise tags on and all your items for the day with you before you leave baggage claim. The trip from the airport was relatively quick except for another party on the bus had become separated from another in their party and slowed us down by having to verify where all their passes were. The embarkation was the smoothest I think we have ever been through. We got to the ship around 11:30AM and were able to go through a shorter line as we didn't have any luggage to check. The check in was simple as Mom always completes the sea pass first and has everything organized perfectly. The trip through security and screening was no big deal and we were on board really quickly. Being the first trip on a ship as big as Adventure of the Seas, we were a little concerned about there being 'too many people' on the ship and it being too big. Carrying over 3000 passengers, Adventure carries about 1000 more passengers than Carnival's Spirit class vessels. In spite of that, it sure didn't feel that way. Waiting was really only a problem where it comes to elevators. The ship itself, to us, was beautiful; very nicely decorated though not gaudy. Materials seemed well chosen and of good quality. Our room, an outside cabin with balcony was clean and comfortable. It was probably smaller than the Carnival ships we have been on, with a little less storage. The room had a bunk (over the main bed) for our daughter; this was comfortable enough (except for dad regularly slamming his head into it) though the Carnival ships had a convertible sofa for this purpose. The sofa in our RC cabin was not very comfortable and largely useless. One of the best benefits of this cabin was that the door to the balcony was a sliding door that required no bungees to keep open! The deck chairs were comfortable. The bathroom was typical of most every other cruise ship we have been on; tight but efficient. This ship had a hard plastic shower enclosure so there was no wrestling with any shower curtain. Water was warm, to hot. The shower was relatively easy to control the temperature, but it was hard to get cold water at the sink sometimes. The toilet was sometimes reluctant to flush; but eventually it decided to after a few minutes. The layout of the ship was generally OK though getting around was more difficult than it seemed it should be. Elevator travel was pretty bad; especially after a shore excursion. Further, you couldn't skip up a floor and migrate to the other end of the ship to catch the other elevator bank as a lot of the lower floors do not 'go through'. As could be expected, these always seemed to be overly busy at meal time or when coming back from a shore excursion. Dining areas, including the Windjammer informal dining area, are on the aft end of the ship. The ship also had an ice rink, putting course, in line skating course and a basketball court. These seemed to get a fair amount of use; though with dad's recently torn ACL we didn't use a lot of them. The main pool deck is carpeted with 'Astroturf' which was cool to the feet; though you could still get some hot feet on the hard woods near the pool. There were the typical sea day scourges of lounge savers. We did not see RCI enforce this though we didn't have too much of a problem finding space in some nook or cranny. There is a small kid's pool/slide on the aft end that seemed popular. This was also near the kids clubs; our daughter didn't participate in any of these, nor the teen programs, so we can't really comment on them. The other common areas of the ship that we saw include the main promenade, libraries, lounges and internet 'cafes'. The promenade seemed, for some reason, smaller than the pictures we had seen of it. Nonetheless, it was nicely decorated, a good location for people watching or getting a drink. We didn't see a lot of food available as you would think in a typical pub/bar scene but you could probably find food somewhere else. There were also a number of shops down there that were selling the typical cruise fare of merchandise; nothing too special except for the cruise doggie T-shirts. The lowest aft floor had the photo display area and art display near the entrance to the ice rink. This trip we didn't feel the impact of ships photographers like we have in the past. We also didn't purchase any of the photos they took. The lines for many of the sessions seemed long as well. One of the main things people seem to comment on is the food. While our experience is largely a comparison from our Carnival Spirit class ships; suffice it to say we were disappointed in the food. This may be partly from high expectations and shouldn't be construed as saying the food was bad; however, the food was the most disappointing, to us. Simply put, we thought the menu was un-imaginative, bland and not up to the standards we have expected from our previous cruises. We are not really into haute cuisine, but thought it would be better than it was. We were told that this cruise had a new menu that was being worked through. There is room for improvement. None of the dinner dishes seemed to have any flair or spice to them. The steaks were marginal, seafood plain and chicken very average. One night there was a menu entitled "Brilliance of the Seas" so I doubt they were firing on all cylinders. No sign of fillet mignon; anywhere. For breakfast, we ate mainly in the Windjammer; this was pretty plain too. The sausage and potato offerings were bland and not too exciting; scrambled eggs varied by additives daily and there was also an omelet bar. There was no midnight chocolate extravaganza. While there were plenty of bars to get a drink or a soda, there was no quick-access lemonade/juice/ice water available right near the pool. Lunch was OK though limited in scope. The meals seemed largely the same day to day. Carnival had a rotating, made to order, menu that was both fun and tasty. RCI, while largely filling and OK to taste, was less than we expected. The entertainment on AOS was about what we had expected. The stage shows were what you would expect on the open seas; there is a reason these acts are on the sea and not on Broadway. That isn't a complaint, just a fact of life in our eyes. The ice show was really pretty good and should not be missed if you are looking for entertainment. Shore excursions!! Aruba was the first; mom & dad had been there before and had high hopes for this island. We had booked on the Jolly Pirates, private booking, but were cancelled due to 'mechanical problems' the week before the cruise. Conveniently, RCI closed its shore excursion bookings at the same time so we couldn't book through them, or anything else. Needless to say our back up was less than inspiring. Our advice, hit a beach straight away or do a jeep trip. Skip the sights of Aruba. Curacao, our second site, was great. We booked a tour through Curacao -ACTIEF, privately. They arranged a 'customized' tour that hit a lot of the island and some of the beaches. It was a lot of fun. Kudos to Howard, our guide, who made it most fun; probably the best guided tour we have been on. St. Maarten mom & daughter went to a beach (Oyster Bay - don't miss the infinity pool) and shopping. This was probably the best shopping opportunity for our family; especially if you are into 'purses'. Look for Sona or Kenny's on Front Street. Dad had booked an excursion on the Americas Cup sailing regatta, through the ship. If you are into sailing, and maybe if you are not, this was the BEST shore excursion that dad has ever been on. We raced a five leg race with a pair of original Americas Cup 12 meter yachts. Everyone wants to be on Stars & Stripes; we were on Canada 2, racing against Stars & Stripes and won. What fun! It can be a lot of work (grinders) but you can also enjoy the ride. A GREAT day. On St Thomas, we ditched shopping and booked a catamaran trip to St Johns for snorkeling, sun enjoyment, and drinks on the way back. This was great for us as it allowed us some relaxing downtime towards the end of the cruise. Other random comments: Drinks seemed more expensive than they should be; caveat emptor, and be aware of ways to minimize the hit. We had read about the 'make up' of the passenger clientele being skewed to a particular direction; this cruise was no different than any we had been on before and probably better behaved than some. The service was generally great; we would not discount RCI based on this. Our trip back from San Juan took TWO DAYS!! Booked through RCI on United we missed connections and spent a lost day in Washington DC. We were taken care of and put up in a nice place, but when you call RCI and ask about 'getting us home' they tell you that 'you have to talk to United; we have a contract with them.' What about our contract with RCI?!! In all, we had a great time. While we were disappointed in a number of factors, none of them ruined our trip. We probably would do this trip and other RCI trips, again but with different expectations. Read Less
Sail Date April 2008
We chose to book our own airfare and pre-cruise hotel in San Juan. The city is cruiser-friendly and it is very easy to get a cab to the pier or back to the airport at the end of the trip. Our time on Adventure of the Seas was just ... Read More
We chose to book our own airfare and pre-cruise hotel in San Juan. The city is cruiser-friendly and it is very easy to get a cab to the pier or back to the airport at the end of the trip. Our time on Adventure of the Seas was just perfect. The Promenade is wonderful, with great snacks, pizza, coffee, shops, etc. The buffet dining area has really great food, a clean environment, and very attentive employees to provide drinks and clear tables. Our dining room service was super. Our waiter, Gede, and assistant waiter, Andrei, were the best we've ever had. It seemed like the second we finished a drink or dinner roll, another appeared. Our food was served hot and fresh and was very good. One evening, our wait staff had to rush to serve a large table of diners who had arrived nearly an hour late, but the Head Waiter immediately came to our table to ensure that the level of service at our table was not interrupted. Our stateroom was a large family oceanview room at the front of the ship. Our family of five was very comfortable there. The stateroom was always neat and clean. We visited Aruba and went to DePalm Island. The snorkeling was terrific, the food was included, and the water park was great for kids. Our next stop was Curacao, which was beautiful. We did a short tour and then enjoyed quiet time on the ship. In St. Maarten, we went to Maho Beach on our own. Again, a beautiful place and easy to get to and from by taxi. The last stop was St. Thomas where our family split up and did some scuba diving and took a ride in a semi-sub. All of our excursions were well organized and fun. We do participate in Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Society, the frequent cruiser program. The benefits of the program are great. We received priority embarkation and debarkation, baseball caps, tote bags, and a coupon book that allowed us free trips to Johnny Rockets, free drinks, etc. This trip was so great that we came home and booked another vacation on Adventure. It will be our third time, but the ship has so much to offer that boredom couldn't be and issue! Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
Adventure of the Seas - March 08-15 2009 This was a second cruise on the Adventure of the Seas for my wife and I and the first for the couple that sailed with us. The four of us are all around 30, have no children, and cruised ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas - March 08-15 2009 This was a second cruise on the Adventure of the Seas for my wife and I and the first for the couple that sailed with us. The four of us are all around 30, have no children, and cruised together for the first time last year. We'd booked directly through Royal Caribbean and opted to book our air travel from Milwaukee to San Juan through them as well. I'm not sure if this was our wisest decision; going out, our first flight left at 6 AM the day of the cruise. We probably would have been happier flying out the day before or two days before and staying overnight in San Juan. It would be nice to see more options of this kind offered by the cruise line. Still, with only one short layover, we got to San Juan without any problems. The cruise line representatives at the airport seemed a little confused as to what was going on, but before long they had us on our transfer bus to the port. The bus driver told us a little bit about Puerto Rico and the things we passed on the way. Here's one thing to be aware of: there's a duty-free liquor store in the port of San Juan, and it has a giant sign proclaiming that, yes, you can buy alcohol and take it on your ship. They neglect to point out that Royal Caribbean's policy is to take it and return it to you at the end of the cruise. Despite knowing this had been the case, our friends were suckered by the sign and bought a bottle of rum to take aboard. I'm sure this makes sales for the port shop, but I have to think the deception of it has to generate bad feelings. I also have to think that Royal could manage to do something about this even though it's something the duty free shop is doing, I'm sure it makes some of their customers angry at the cruise line. The Adventure of the Seas was every bit as big and beautiful as I remembered. More than any other cruise line I've experienced or docked beside, Royal is extremely vigorous about cleaning, painting, and maintaining their ships. No matter what hour of the day, if you're paying attention, you'll notice maintenance staff hard at work. They do a fantastic job, and it really shows. Both couples booked promenade staterooms next to each other. These are interior rooms with a sort of bay window that overlooks the promenade that runs through the interior of the ship. The rooms were small, as most cruise staterooms are, but clean and well-maintained. We knew from past experience that we'd spend very little time in our cabins, so the size wasn't a concern to us. Our stateroom attendant, George, was very friendly. He took care of anything we needed or asked for very quickly, and did a great job maintaining the room. I've taken eight or so cruises over the years, and George is the best at this job I've seen so far. He did a lot to make us comfortable on board. My Time Dining was offered as an option on this cruise, but we decided to do traditional dining anyway we like to meet new people and hear about their adventures on board and in each port. There's always so much more to do than we have time for, and it's fun to hear a little bit about some of the other choices we could have made. The four of us were paired for dinner with another two couples from Seattle that were traveling together. They were nice people and we had fun eating dinner with them. I've heard much ado about cutbacks and was a little afraid to find out what dinner would be like. I needn't have worried the food was great, and there were always multiple enticing choices. Our waiters were nice and clearly trying very hard, but unfortunately paled a bit by comparison to our waiter from last year's cruise, who had probably been the best waiter I'd had yet. That's really not entirely fair to this year's waiters, though the couple traveling with us joked that they would contact RC customer service, find out where that waiter was, and book whichever cruise would let them request him. Our service was a bit slow at times we were rarely in any rush and certainly never asked to be served faster, but dinner usually took over two hours. The only problem with this is that the scheduling of evening shows and other activities seems to assume you'll be done earlier, such as the 7:45 one-seating-only show on Day 7. You're not going to make it to a show where the best seats are gone by 7:30 when dinner finishes at 8:15. Despite any of these minor complaints, service overall was good. We had dinner on Day 2 in Portofino for the Murder Mystery Dinner. The cast for the dinner is pulled from the production show dancers, and their performances for the dinner were fantastic they had a lot of energy and seemed to really have their characters down, as is necessary for the partially improvisational nature of the show. I was a little disappointed that we didn't have more opportunity to interrogate the various characters you get enough background on each of them to build a plausible case for them as the murderer, and are instructed that they'll each lie. A couple questions or less for each isn't enough to really reason truth out of that. This was the first time we've done the MMD, but we know people who have done them on Royal in the past and were expecting a different setup. Overall, the cast was great but I didn't love the format. I also wondered how I'd book this in the future; that is, how would one know if a previous mystery is re-running? As far as I can tell this information isn't available before boarding the ship, and the MMD in this case sold out over a month before the sail date. The Portofino dinner itself was good. I'm not sure if I can say I've really had the Portofino experience yet, as the menu for the MMD was different and presented fewer choices than the standard Portofino menu. The food was good, though, and the service was uniquely synchronized/choreographed. It was something to see. We also ate at Johnny Rockets one night. The food and service were both solid; no complaints here. Our breakfasts and lunches were sometimes in port, sometimes in the dining room, sometimes at the Promenade Cafe, and sometimes in the Windjammer. The food and service on the ship was good all around, and I felt like we had a lot of good choices in terms of cuisine and venue. I hadn't tried the Promenade Cafe before this cruise, and I'd definitely been missing out it's open longer than any of the other options, had good pizza and sandwiches, and had desert options that changed each day and were different from the main dining room and Windjammer. The PC staff was very friendly and helpful. We probably stopped at most of the bars on the ship at one point or another, sometimes for a drink but more often to get our unlimited soda package tumblers refilled. Service for all of this was great across the board. I went to see most of the headline shows on board and generally enjoyed them. Day 1 had a comedian who was decent; he returned at midnight on Day 2 for a more "adult" show. Day 2 had a singer; I wish the Cruise Compass had given me a little more information about his act or material. He was a great entertainer, but sang material from before my time that I didn't have much interest in. I'm sure the cruisers a generation older than me loved it, but it just wasn't for me. On the other hand, most of the Nelson brothers' material was also from before my time, but they put on such an engaging show that they easily kept my attention through the whole thing. I would pay to see that show again. The RC singers and dancers were as great on their nights as I've come to expect, and I was also thrilled that there was a second night of late night comedy with an even funnier comedian. The ice show was also worth seeing, although I would say not quite as strong as the ice show we saw last year on the Voyager of the Seas. Overall, the worst thing I could say about a full week of shows is that one of the shows was clearly very good but just wasn't for me content-wise. I feel like the quality of the entertainment is one area where Royal Caribbean really pulls ahead of the pack. The pool and sundeck areas were largely as I've come to expect; everything was clean and well-maintained. A small section of chairs (in the 'stairs' between the main pool and the sky bar) was reserved for suite guests. Overall this made little to no impact on overall chair availability relative to the usual cruise ship chair hogs. As always, there was a great variety of other activities and entertainment going on around the clock. I wish I'd brought a highlighter to better mark the things that seemed fun in my daily Cruise Compass a couple times I saw something I'd wanted to do, then forgot about it until it was too late. I have to give special mention to the night the Solarium pool area was transformed into a South-Beach-style nightclub that was a very cool production and a very creative use of cruise ship real estate. Photos on board were much as I've come to expect, with one key difference: photos were now sorted in the photo area on deck three according to a number on my Seapass, rather than according to the event. In other words, all of our pictures were in the same place. This is one of those ideas that, having seen it in action, I can't understand how it was ever done any other way. We've cruised enough now that we've largely lost our appetite for going to the photo area each night and diligently searching out any new photos of our group. We definitely picked up some photos this time around that I'm sure we would have never seen at all if they had been organized the old way. Disembarkation from the ship and port perspective was fine; one disappointment was that, unlike the last time we had cruised out of San Juan two years prior, we weren't able to do our airline check-in at the port. Other people still seemed able to, and the people there we asked for answers didn't seem able to coherently explain what had changed or why we couldn't now. The San Juan airport for the trip home was a travel nightmare unlike anything I'd ever seen. A new USDA agricultural inspection added the need to wait in extra lines, and the airport staff somehow didn't seem to have made the adjustment to handle it in the months since its introduction. The US Airways counter that we and seemingly thousands (the line was twice as long as the entire terminal was wide) of other departing cruisers needed to check in at was grossly understaffed, and most of the staff that was present were lazy, surly, or both. We'd gotten to the airport three full hours before our flight, and it wasn't nearly enough I do give some credit to the US Airways employee who walked the check-in line and jumped us ahead in time to make our flight, but she loses it plus interest for telling the curmudgeonly gentleman who was upset about our being jumped ahead that he should swear at me instead of her because it was my fault that I hadn't gotten there earlier. If you need to fly out of San Juan, my advice is to check the number of cruise ships also docking the same day. If there are others, I'd strongly advise staying in town an extra day and flying when it's less crazy. We'd flown out of San Juan before and had no problems, although that had been before the extra USDA inspection. This time around, with a total of 3 ships in port, it was beyond belief. The security lines were the longest I've seen in a decade of business travel, and even the lines at the airport restaurants were huge. I can't even imagine what this airport will look like when there are 4 or more ships in port, and there are such days. There was no time to buy lunch in the airport before boarding, and all food on the plane sold out long before making it to our part of the plane. It was a very hungry day. Again, it would be nice if the cruise line could offer some flight options here that would involve flying a day later. I wouldn't really want to take another day of vacation, but it would be worth it to be going home focused on the great parts of my vacation rather than the many airport frustrations. Overall we all had a really great time. I wish the cruise lines would offer some more flexible travel options for folks who need to fly to their departure port, but still they provided a fun vacation with great food, great service, and more fun things to do than we had time to do them for a reasonable price. I'd sail on the Adventure again. Read Less
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
Sail Date March 2009
I have not a single bad thing to say about this ship, Royal Caribbean or any part of our cruise. We arrived on Sunday around 12. We waited about 5 minutes in a short line. We went to the counter, received our sea pass were in the ship in ... Read More
I have not a single bad thing to say about this ship, Royal Caribbean or any part of our cruise. We arrived on Sunday around 12. We waited about 5 minutes in a short line. We went to the counter, received our sea pass were in the ship in less than 15 minutes time from when we arrived. We came to the counter where they were selling the cups you can buy for unlimited soda for the week. We bought three and did not get our moneys worth. It is a very nice cup that we brought home and will use. I would recommend just purchasing one and sharing! We ate at the Windjammer. They had an excellent selection of food and everything was very fresh and did not taste like typical buffet style food. They always have several lines open so we never waited at any point. The lines always flowed smoothly. We were able to get in our room at 2pm which our luggage was already there. Very impressive!! We changed and went to the pool, no problems finding a chair. This cruise was sold out and we never had an issue finding chairs. They might not be in the exact spot you want but you can find them. The elevators at time get a little busy but never had to wait too long. Our waiter, Ozcan, was incredible. He had the most wonderful disposition. He was never without a smile on his face. We had a 4 year old and 8 year old. He was incredible and patient with them. They adored him. Our waiters would jump through hoops to get us what we wanted. The food in the dining room was excellent. There was a good selection of food. If there was something that wasn't on the menu, they would do their best to get it for. If they couldn't then, they would have it the next night!! All of the employees that we encountered always had a smile on their face and were so accommodating. Our cabin steward was also very sweet. She was such a hard worker, no matter what time of day or night we left our room, she could always be found. She remembered the kids name with only asking once, she would remember our activities for the day and always ask how it was. She came in our room several times a day and always made sure we had fresh towels. Our room was very clean. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets and blankets were very soft and nice. The bathroom was good size for a ship and so was the shower. There was plenty of storage. We were able to empty our 5 suitcases into the closet and drawers without a problem! It was very refreshing to see employees everyday sanitizing the handrails inside and out. Sickness was a huge fear of mine and that put me at ease. My kids went to the kids club the last night. If only I would have done it sooner. They immediately put the kids at ease and they had a great time. They were extremely cautious about the check in and check out process. They had excellent things planned for them. We did play bingo once but did not make it to any shows. I do regret this. We did however spend time with the kids on the rock climbing, putt putt, etc. The disembarkation process was very smooth. We were off the ship in about 15 minutes. We were very sad to leave and could have easily spent another week! We visited St. Thomas, ST. Martin, Curacao and Aruba. We stayed prior to our cruise at the Holiday Inn Express in the Candida area. This was priced reasonable, close to the beach and clean. We did the Jolly Pirates excursion in Aruba. This was a blast even if you never got off to snorkel. I would probably recommend booking on your own and not through the ship. If you book on your own, you get three stops and lunch is included. We did the dolphin encounter in Curacao. This was a great experience and we loved it. We didn't care for much in Curacao and don't care to go back there. In St. Martin we rode at Lucky Stables. We had to book this on our own because my daughter is only 8. This place was awesome. The horses were well taken care of. The ride in the ocean was excellent and our guide was great with our daughter and accommodating to what we wanted to do. We also did the Beach Break excursion to Orient Beach through the ship. This was nice, we had 2 full hours at the beach, unlimited rum punch and chairs with cushions. The beach was beautiful but the waves were huge, maybe not ideal for little ones. In St. Thomas we took a cab to Megans Bay. We have been here before and love it. It is a beautiful, no waves, laid back beach.. San Juan airport is my only complaint. What a nightmare!! You had to wait in several lines wrapped around the place. One for agriculture, your airline, then security. Make sure you leave atleast 4 hours before your flight leaves or stay an extra day! I would give RC a 100% rating! Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Just got back from our spring break cruise, brought our 2 (17 yr old) boys with us. Had 2 rooms, balcony for us and inside cabin for the boys. We were able to put the boys together although "officially" we were to split them up ... Read More
Just got back from our spring break cruise, brought our 2 (17 yr old) boys with us. Had 2 rooms, balcony for us and inside cabin for the boys. We were able to put the boys together although "officially" we were to split them up and have an adult in the room with them. Very crowded ship but it didn't seem crowded except the elevators at popular times. We came in a day early and stayed in Old San Juan, travel was easy and smooth. Got to the ship at 11 am and only waited about 15 minutes before we got on board, again, very smooth and easy. Rooms were clean and we had plenty of room to put things. We had a starboard side room and unfortunately the port side saw the island coming in, except St Thomas, which you could see from both sides. However, we were able to see the sunset on 3 of the sail aways, hence a good trade off. Lots of activities for everyone, all were good. The basketball court probably needs to have a higher net around the court when the soccer tournaments are done because they lost quite a few balls overboard, hence the tourney stopped! Food was good to great. Windjammer is basic buffet food but was good. Go to the back of the room which has another line - quicker. Sometimes different sides of the lines had different foods, so be sure to look. Tables were hard to come by during the peak times. We did the My time dining and were a little disappointed in our table location half the time, which was in a busy area. We switched 2 of the nights which gave us different waiters each time. I also thought you cold order off the menu, but we were not allowed, you had to order from what was on the menu. We did Portofino's one night and it was excellent Weather was marginal and that was disappointing. Easy to get off and on the ship at the different ports. Be sure to bring a photo ID in St Thomas, as its needed when you get back on the ship. This was not mentioned in the daily newsletter. Also have your cruise card when you depart the ship, as I heard some folks threw theirs away when leaving their cabin on the last day. We stayed an extra day in San Juan and were glad to have a day to relax before we flew out on Monday. Would definitely go on this cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
We opted to stay in San Juan for a night on both ends of our cruise and we LOVED it. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris (to get points, and it's close to the port.) We will try another place next time. Pricey with cranky ... Read More
We opted to stay in San Juan for a night on both ends of our cruise and we LOVED it. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris (to get points, and it's close to the port.) We will try another place next time. Pricey with cranky staff. We got to the port about 1pm- huge lines. I stayed in line to get into the building, while my husband and daughter stood in line to get rid of the luggage. It only took about 45" total to get through and onto the ship, but I was shocked at how many people were already there....Our room- 8654- was a balcony room and was ready when we arrived. We walked in and.... smelled urine. Like "Uh-oh, I'm in a nursing home" odor. We opened the balcony door and the cabin door to air it out. These rooms are past the time to fix up. Carpet faded, colors dated, wood finish peeled off the vanity, rust on the metal surfaces in the bathroom, mold on the grout in the shower, etc. And the smell..... Our room steward said he would "alert maintainance", and thought it was because the water was turned off, but it continued to smell the entire week. At times there was a smell of poo in the hallway (and i heard other guests complaining about the odors), so something is not quite right with the pipes..... I'm just glad we had the balcony door to open up! (Just an aside about the balconies- you ARE allowed to smoke on the balconies, and the cigar smoker that smoked near us ruined it for us. We couldn't have the door open or sit out there without being in the stench.) We went right to the windjammer to eat- and loved it immediately. We ate lunch and breakfast there almost every day. I found the omelet making station in the back (the Island cafe?) and headed there each morning. Lots of variety and the food was good. I was so hoping for some papaya and mango, but they have the melon selection and pineapple for "exotics." That was the only thing I missed. We had first seating dinner and sat at a table of 8. We love to meet new people and had great tablemates. Our waiter Daniel, was probably the best waiter we've had in all our cruises, and his asst. Mark was awesome as well. I thought the food was just ok. Lobster night was yummy. I had a few misses (the beef stroganoff, a pasta/mushroom dish, a steak). Desserts were good- just not great. The entire staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. The only commlaint was the guest relation staff aren't as helpful as they use to be with info about the ports, cab fares, etc. When the excursion desk is closed, you really are on your own. Our first day was a day at sea. The solarium pool was quieter and way less crowded and our go-to place to cool off. We toured the ship and for as big as it is, wasn't hard to navigate. The promenade was very cool- there is a cafe there to get coffee and pastries in the early am before the windjammer opens if you are early risers.... We played mini golf one night. We wanted to rock climb and in line skate, but there didn't seem to be enough time to do it all. We did visit the casino (happened to be on a smoke free night, so it was pretty empty) and played the slot machines. Not big gamblers, but it was fun.One of our favorite things to do after dinner was go to the front of the ship on deck 5 (where the helicopter landing is) as it is really dark there and a fabulous place to star gaze....The only show we went to was the Beatles show- it was good. I wish we had gone to the ice show- we heard it was great. Our teenage daughter really wasn't into the shows...Ports: Our first stop was Curacau. We took a taxi to Cas Abou Beach. It was a 45" drive and we shared a taxi with another couple. He charged us $15 per person each way- came back and picked us up also. It was beautiful. We were there from 9:45am to 2pm. We had lunch at the "hut"- menu was in Dutch, so I ordered the only thing I recognized- "cheeseburger". I'm not sure it was beef. Not too tasty. Next time I would just order a big fruit smoothie...We walked back through the town when we got back- did a little shopping.Aruba- We went horseback riding in the national park. This is not for the occasional rider. This is a rocky,hilly, desert like environment- very hot- thank goodness we went in the morning. I only ride occasionally- and my horse (and others-) were "spirited". I got scared and asked for a helmet! My daughter is an experienced rider and loved it. It was very difficult to keep the horses to a walk. They wanted to run. One guy lost his saddle, and the guide was way ahead- that made me a little nervous. We stopped at an absolutely beautiful part of the ocean and rested. I think my horse was tired, because he was a little better behaved on the way back. We did get to canter through the sand and ocean for a bit on the return trip. We ate lunch on the ship and then took a cab to Palm Beach. Super crowded. Water was warm but really cloudy. $10 apiece for a chair for a couple of hours! I'll find a better beach next time. We've been to Eagle beach before and it was much less crowded, but not much in the way of amenities. We got some shopping in as well after the beach.Dominica- one of our favorite islands. You have to go on a tour to see this island! Even if you just drive around- do it. It's beautiful- a rain forest, so very different than Aruba. We did the river to ocean kayak tour. We loved it, but it was pretty scary. The first rapids did some folks in- I got to ride with a guide since my daughter rode with my husband. The second rapids had less "casualties". We kayaked into the ocean, as in: paddle hard into the waves, crash down, paddle into the next wave, crash, repeat.... It was a blast. We kayaked around the ocean, stopped at an area where there was a fresh water pool to swim in, then kayaked back up the river to a spot to get back into the vans. They had free drinks, fruit, and "local food"- some fish/ rice dish and cooked banana that wasn't too tasty. Super friendly guides. They were called the "Wacky Rollers"- had tubing adventures also. St. Thomas- We've been there lots, and wanted to see a different beach. We picked Secret Harbour. Getting to the taxis was CONFUSING- there are 2 ports in St. Thomas, and we were at the one without the mall area right off the ship. This one had a mall area that you walked to, with signs for taxi stands, but we had to ask 2 different people where the heck they were. We got one of those trolley type taxis- We got dropped off about 9:45am till 3pm- he came back for us. Only $10/person each way. I loved this place. Small, so not really a beach to take long walks on, but what a great way to relax at the end of our week. We ate at the restaurant- service slow, but the food was awesome. Absolutely heaven.....Disembarkation- Since we were going to stay in San Juan, we figured we would be the last ones off the ship. Because we were platinum members, we were assigned a dining room to wait in that had a continental breakfast. So of course we ate at the windjammer; took our time. Got to the dining room about 8:30am only to find that they were herding us off the ship! Trying to find our "color" of luggage stash was an adventure (do not go by the colored banners hanging from the ceiling)... But we finally got all our stuff and off we went. Back to the Marriott to hit the beach!All in all- we had a great trip. We tend to pick cruises by itinerary. But I think I would not recommend this ship. Maybe a newer RC. I'm glad to see Celebrity back in the Caribbean- maybe them next time???? Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.Worked well ... Read More
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.Worked well making our own economical on shore arrangements to tour the islands - felt like mini adventures each time! The one pre-booked exception was the Scenic Railway on St Kitts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. It was great - fantastic calypso atmosphere by all on board, free drinks and charming acapella singing. 3 hour fun, comfortable ride and very informative trip around the island. Bridgtown surprisingly drab and St Croix not much better. Cloudy weather didn't help. Antigua and St Maarten best beaches, easily accessible.Travelling with friends however along with a great ship made up for any itinerary disappointments or over expectation on our part. Steel band on some of the piers created brilliant atmosphere.It was very evident that the Adventure of the Seas was doing running repairs before relocating at the end of the trip to Malaga. One main deck jacussi under repair and closed off with polythene for most of the trip was an eyesore. Came back one afternoon to find all the balcony hand rails had been spray oiled - no warning or apology for this. Too sticky for the rest of the trip to lean on - not what you expect when paying a balcony premium.Stateroom otherwise fine and as ever attended to by very hard working and lovely staff. Kept very clean and tidy. The sofa however badly stained as was our friend's next door. No amount of routine cleaning would freshen that furniture - needs replacing or deep cleansing treatment. Shame didn't pay as much attention to this as they do to painting and spraying the gleaming white hull.Last gripe from as I say an otherwise great trip was the pre cruise overnight in San Juan Hilton. Arrangement a room only basis - seems mean of RCI not to run to a breakfast. It's not the measly $15 it's the principle. Arriving at 11:30 pm you don't want to be quibbling over a croissant! Learned to love the big ship experience after a great cruise previously on the smaller, more intimate Splendour of the Seas. The variety of on board entertainment and facilities has to take the edge. A full 24/7 vacation.Top marks and sincere thanks to the RCI crew and staff for a fabulous time though we will read these reviews to consider an alternative line for next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Flew into San Juan on sat. Stayed at courtyard Marriott miramar. Fine hotel looks just like other courtyards. Had the best shirt steak we have ever had at restaurant down the street to the right across from arts center, name started with a ... Read More
Flew into San Juan on sat. Stayed at courtyard Marriott miramar. Fine hotel looks just like other courtyards. Had the best shirt steak we have ever had at restaurant down the street to the right across from arts center, name started with a "P" front desk told us about it! Sunday stored bags at barrachina in OSJ had lunch and their famous pina colada! We got to cruise terminal at 2:00, I thought to myself it was the worst time we could be arriving because of reviews saying to arrive early, but we had spent time shopping in OSJ. Embarkation turned out to be a piece of cake!! No lines at all! left taxi handed off bags, immediately got sea pass and boarded by 2:25. I'm glad we didn't waste our time waiting in a line before the doors are even open! I thought the ship looked great! The main dining room was beautiful, largest chandelier I have ever seen! Beautiful wood staircase. We ate here every night and enjoyed the food very much. Not 5 star, but we were not expecting 5 star. Windjammer food was also very good! Our two cabins were inside, one standard one with window looking out on promenade. It has been years since staying in inside cabin, we usually have balcony but this was last minute cruise and Florida resident special was on inside cabins only! Cabins were clean and not worn at all! My teens really enjoyed looking out window onto parade and disco party on promenade. However if you are a light sleeper and go to bed before midnight this is not the cabin for you! But if you are booking an inside the ones looking onto promenade do not seem like inside cabins at all! We loved the ice show, get tickets at 3:30 studio b embarkation day. There was a line when we got there at 3:15 but at 3:30 got tickets for our 1st choice of nights. Dancers were good, comedian was funny. One night we almost did not go to show because it was a woman singer, we thought it would be boring for kids. We decided to try it anyway--she was fabulous, very funny! Magician on last night was hilarious! We went to trivia everyday in the schooner bar-really enjoyable! Schooner bar is magnificent-all wood-I don't think they are building newer cruise ships with as much detail as this ship! Ports: St croix -did a tour for$25 each at stand on pier. It was ok enjoyed going to hazels fruit market but didn't care for the rest of the island. St Maarten -did taxi tour. Loved seeing planes take off and land at maho beach. We were one of seven ships in port this day so traffic on roads was terrible. Wasted alot of time in traffic, if lots of ships in port on yr day I suggest just going to one location not whole island! Maho beach was a treat!! Antigua-took taxi to jolly beach, driver was Peter who told us about the island on the way, he was great! Jolly beach was beautiful. We rented a jetski and kayak, are at restaurant food and drunks fabulous and cheap!! St Lucia-treetop triple adventure zip line! Loved it! Well organized and friendly!!! We are still talking about it!!! Barbados -catamaran snorkel with sea turtles on Bolados! Great trip lots of turtles and luch was included-BBQ chix and fried fish, salad, cole slaw, Mac and cheese, run punch beer soft drinks!!! Crew was very friendly! If you are taking children though I would bring kid mask and snorkel, they only have one size . Day at sea-this is the only day we felt like we were on a ship with many people and then only at the pool. We went to Johnny rockets like everyone else and had a wait- food was a big disappointment , buffet looked great should have gone there instead. We loved the blue note club at top back of ship, great view live jazz or salsa music. There is a room with board games right next door, we played games in blue note while listening to music!! Never crowded I think people don't know about it-best music on ship! Disembarkation was simple. We had an early flight, signed up for self disembark, doors opened at 7:30 we were in taxi 7:35. Great cruise! I hate reading the negative reviews, people you are on a fabulous vacation where many people are at work or can't afford to go on a cruise! Just enjoy the experience and don't look for things to complain about! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
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
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
Sail Date March 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
Sail Date May 2013
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
Sail Date March 2016
We left mid-April on our southern Caribbean cruise. There were 6 of us in 3 cabins (4 in inside cabins, 1 in an ocean view and 1 in a balcony stateroom). Inbound flights (5 different departure cities) were uneventful and on-time. It ... Read More
We left mid-April on our southern Caribbean cruise. There were 6 of us in 3 cabins (4 in inside cabins, 1 in an ocean view and 1 in a balcony stateroom). Inbound flights (5 different departure cities) were uneventful and on-time. It seems that the terminals have changed within the last year. I believe Southwest, Delta, and American all came in to and departed from terminal B. The baggage carousel was a bit of a problem. No one was sure which carousel would get the luggage from what flight(s). Try to find an airport representative to provide the most up-to-date information. I forgot to ask my travel agent to purchase airport transfers ahead of time. The RCCL representative made a call to check on this detail. The exit to the taxi stand was backed up (clogged) with all sorts of travelers needing transportation to one place or another. A gentleman approached me and said I was selected to get to a ‘short line’ for a taxi. I was actually O.K. with this. It seems that the one line to get a taxi is so backed up that some of the drivers get out of their vehicles way back in their line and walk up to the airport exit to get customers outside of the line or cue. This allows taxi drivers the chance to get more business, whether or not the rules are strictly followed. For 3 of us, with our luggage, the cost one way to the ship was $28.00 Check in, with my set-sail pass, was quick. I decided to walk my luggage on board so that I could unpack immediately. I was unpacked before the life boat drill at 5:45 pm. My room was adequate, but a little dated. The curtains should be replaced, however. They are somewhat frayed. The room safe is just above the flat screen TV, and not in the closet which is where I usually find it. This safe is also somewhat worn and has buttons which are gummy to push. The labels on the buttons are pretty much worn off. The shower has the sliding tube and not the dreaded shower curtain. As for my balcony (E3), I had an end room on the fantail (room 9690). The end rooms have a very nice balcony which is pretty much not obstructed and larger than the usual port or starboard balconies. Any of the other aft balcony rooms are obstructed because of the super structure off the back of the ship. Other than aesthetics from a distance, I don’t understand why the back end was designed this way. But all Voyager class ships have this limitation. So, give this consideration when booking a fan tail cabin. On my first sailing on the same ship (several years ago), I booked an atrium view cabin. This is also a design problem. Although you can oversee the atrium when the curtains are opened, people on the opposite side of the atrium can look into your room as you can see into theirs. Also, when they have entertainment at night, the sound comes right through the glass wall. I would recommend staying away from these rooms all together. Nice idea, but not practical. As for my room steward, I never saw him until day 3. That was the one and only time I saw him during the entire week. Sometimes, I think it would be nice just to check in with this person. But, luckily he was not needed for anything out of the ordinary. I found service in the MDR to be a little slow. We actually saw the assistant maître d’ on multiple evenings. One night I ordered chicken cordon blue. I have had better frozen versions at home. It was clearly frozen and hard cheese and one slice of ham in the very center. I told our waiter that this is one dish that should be removed from the menu all together. Also, the crème Brule was made with bananas. This is another dish that should be revised or removed from the menu. Generally speaking, the food was good, but not great. PS, people went into the MDR on both formal nights in smart casual clothing. Suits no longer seem required wear for men. On the other hand, I went to Giovanni’s Table on both formal nights. This is an optional dinner choice for a $30.00 fee. I went twice – on both formal nights. The meals were excellent. The Wind Jammer café (buffet meals) was pretty well organized with good breakfasts and lunches. However, another dish I would not recommend is the pizza. Other cruise lines do pizza much better than on this ship. The pool area was nice on port days. However, on the one day – last day - at sea, claim your space early. The forward adult’s only pool was crowded to the point of being an unpleasant space. The main pool featured ‘games’ after noon. Unless, you enjoy crowded spaces with games like the largest belly flop contest, avoid this outdoor space all together. The atrium after dinner features all of the shops putting items for sale in the center of the ship. That, along with bands playing and people dancing in the atrium, makes this the perfect place for people with ADHD. I opted for going out on deck, or back to my room to avoid this congestion. Also, one day was devoted to disco. 70’s videos were played by the main pool during the day and there was dancing during the evening in the atrium. This event created a wall to wall group of people. (Bring your 70’s clothing for this event). Another night was devoted to wearing ‘white’. Speaking a little more about the atrium, there are suspended art pieces of the solar system hung 12 stories in the air. From the elevators, you are able to see the dust caked on to these large globes. I avoided seeing any of the shows and had not heard whether I had missed anything worthwhile. I went to the gym each morning for my treadmill workout. This was the first time I ever spent time on a treadmill. No staff member was available to help guests new to the ‘equipment’. I had a friend show me what I needed to do. Over the week, I discovered that two treadmills were inoperative. I was not able to report this to any available nearby staff. Also, then there is the Internet Café. There was no staff member available to ask for instructions to ‘get started’. Disembarkation went relatively smooth. Bag tags and disembarkation times were not provided until the evening prior to departure. My bag tag was at the last available departure time. But, I knew that would not work because of the time of my flight. So, if you are feeling that this departure time assigned is a little late, just go to the reception desk to ask for a new, earlier disembarkation time. They would be glad to assist you. Don’t assume that the time you are given will necessarily fit with your flight time. I easily got off the ship to discover that the warehouse where the luggage is housed was mobbed. Getting a porter helps get you through the ‘line’ in half the time. I highly recommend this, whether you need one or not. Day trips: Barbados - I took the taxi to Accra beach. Nice beach which has a Tiki Bar for lunch and drinks. Cost is $15.00 USD total. You get a lounge chair and umbrella and $15.00 USD to be spent at the Tiki Bar. I highly recommend. Nice white sand beach. Dominica - I did the ship's river tubing experience. Although it was a nice day, and my 3rd time doing this excursion, things have changed since hurricane Erika. The roads to the mountain tops have been washed away. The start and end points have been changed where private roads are being used to access the river so that this excursion can be offered. Water levels were a little low and the experience was a little slower than last year and before. Lots of fun, nevertheless. St. Croix - This is a great trip to snorkeling off Buck Island. Excellent snorkeling. We even got to stop at Buck Island to swim ashore. This is the first time I have been able to get onto Buck Island's beautiful sand. St. Kitts - We did a 1/2 day taxi ride to Brimstone Fortress. It is way up on a steep hill with gorgeous views. You can see as far away as Montserrat. St. Martin - We did the Golden Eagle catamaran trip. Once again things have changed where this boat can no longer visit Isle Tintamarre. The French government have taken over this island and has made it a preserve with limited access. No more crashing waves traveling north from Phillipsburg. Instead snorkeling was in Great Bay and the sail headed west to Mullet Bay. This was a smooth ride over and back by motor. No sails were used. Mullet Bay was pretty enough. On the return, we went by Maho Bay (by the airport) while a KLM 747 was landing. That was fun. All in all this was a good trip, but thought you should know a bit about the details noted above. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my second cruise in Australia, this cruise was the worst one I've been on. A few positives, 1. Some of the guest shows were very good.2. Restaurant staff were good. That is where it begins and ends. Room service was ... Read More
This was my second cruise in Australia, this cruise was the worst one I've been on. A few positives, 1. Some of the guest shows were very good.2. Restaurant staff were good. That is where it begins and ends. Room service was appalling, food on the ship was good for the first two days and downhill from there with the exception of the specialty restaurants. Our room with balcony while in a good position was very average. Many of the guests I spoke with were of the same opinion. Most of the staff appeared very unhappy and the managers were argumentative, access cards to rooms failed often , the hard sell was constant and at times we were completely ripped off, a packet of chips cost almost $15.00au!!! I could go on and on. My advice is too avoid the this ship, this trip has put me off ever doing an Australian cruise again . Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My wife and I were trying to decide where to go for a Caribbean vacation; I voted for an all-inclusive resort, my wife wanted to go on a cruise. So, off we went on a cruise (I lost the vote 1-1; perhaps interference from Russia in the ... Read More
My wife and I were trying to decide where to go for a Caribbean vacation; I voted for an all-inclusive resort, my wife wanted to go on a cruise. So, off we went on a cruise (I lost the vote 1-1; perhaps interference from Russia in the voting process). We (my wife), chose Adventure of the Seas. I read the reviews; mostly bad--bad food, bad service, and the condition of the ship was shabby (since the refurbishment was not complete). Needless to say, I went in with a bad attitude. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The ship was clean and in good shape. The food was pretty good, and the service was also quite good. The ship was in fine shape; not shabby, run down, or dirty at all. Our state room was very spartan. Granted, we kinda' slummed it in a lower end stateroom (2290), and got what we paid for. The room was of adequate size, although I found the bed a bit firm for my tastes. The fixtures were very institutional (plastic sink and toilet. It was a very small spray shower). There was adequate storage space. I would have liked an electrical outlet near the bed to charge my phone overnight where it would also be nearby. My wife was impressed by the vanity and mirror; she remarked that it was very good lighting to apply her makeup. In short, I wasn't exactly disappointed in the room considering we went on the cheap. We got what we paid for. We ate basically two meals a day; breakfast in the buffet, and dinner in the MDR. The breakfast selection was the same every day; eggs (scrambled, and an omelet station; usually with a long line), meats (bacon, ham and sausage), biscuits and gravy and other breads, pancakes, waffles (pre-made), fruits, and pastries. I usually stuck to scrambled eggs, ham, and corned beef hash (I'm a protein freak). These were just OK; nothing bad, nothing great. The pastries were usually dry. The MDR was pretty good. The first night we were served 'filet mignon'. I use the quotes because I'm not sure it was actually filet mignon. It was dry and flavorless, and square shaped (?). I've never seen square filet. It was bad. I thought this was quality of meal is what I was in store for the rest of the week. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was generally good; I had osso bucco, pasta, and chicken (I stayed away from the steak. I'm a steak snob, and know they couldn't possibly meet my meat expectations). The desserts were pretty good too; loooooved the sticky bread pudding. We're not drinkers, so I couldn't comment on the wines. Sorry. And to work off the meals, I went to the gym regularly. The gym was fine. It seemed of adequate size, and with a decent amount of equipment that's in good shape. If there was any complaint it was the number of kids playing around with the equipment (it's supposed to be a 16 and older policy. It's loosely enforced). The gym is located at the front of the ship, with a nice view. They could position the TV sets better, however. The itinerary; eh....it's the Caribbean. You're basically going from one beach to the next. The one complaint I would have is the short time in port; we left at 4:00-4:30 each day. It felt like we were always rushed in port. We did do a few cool things. In Barbados we did a submarine excursion. That was cool. We went down 150 feet to explore a shipwreck and reef. This was packaged with a 2.5 hour land tour. BOOOOORING!!!! If you choose to do this, see if you can bug out of the land tour. The other cool thing we did was in St. Maarten. We went to Maho beach, which is beautiful. And, it is right next to the airport. The planes upon landing fly just overhead. It's a really cool experience watching those planes come in so close. Embarkation took an hour. Too long. It was somewhat my fault for not completing some of the paperwork ahead of time (but this took only an extra 10-15 minutes). Our luggage ended up in our room by about 4PM. Disembarkation was a breeze. I was prepared for up to two hours to get off the ship and through customs. It actually took about 20 minutes (maybe a bit too lax at the customs check. The agent let us through practically with a wink and a nod). The entertainment was fine. I'm not much for the entertainment thing. The ship's company did fine; I was neither overwhelmed, nor underwhelmed by them. The ice show is interesting, but it's not really my thing. The juggler was very good; good stage presence and rapport with the audience. On one night was a comic act; "Two Funny Guys". They were brothers from Argentina. They weren't bad, except for the last 10 minutes of their act. The do some kind of martial arts thing with these ropes. I didn't get it. In all, I did have a good time on the cruise after all (please don't tell my wife. I protested and pouted the whole time so as to save face). I felt the cruise overall met, or exceeded expectations (largely due to the poor reviews I had read previous). Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship was unbelievable! My cabin was great. We had 4 twin sized beds. Two bunk beds and two floor beds! The dining was just great. We all had a great amount of time to spend with each other. Oh wow, the activities are S P E C T A C U L ... Read More
The ship was unbelievable! My cabin was great. We had 4 twin sized beds. Two bunk beds and two floor beds! The dining was just great. We all had a great amount of time to spend with each other. Oh wow, the activities are S P E C T A C U L A R. I would say the pool is a great place to have fun! The service, I need to tell you that they are so sweet and nice, no attitudes or rude behaviors. And that is said at the least. Now to the ports and excursions.I went to Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica! They were all so fun. What i like is that you have The first day, enjoy and explore the cruise, Day 2, first port. Day 3 shipping, Day 4 second port, Day five shipping, Day 6 port three, day seven, enjoying your last day! I love it Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Just returned from our second cruise with Royal Caribbean this time on the Adventure of the Seas and have to say the experience was outstanding overall. Highlights for us were the Sapphire Dining Room where the customer service from Wilson ... Read More
Just returned from our second cruise with Royal Caribbean this time on the Adventure of the Seas and have to say the experience was outstanding overall. Highlights for us were the Sapphire Dining Room where the customer service from Wilson (Willy), Topan and Rupresh in particular was first class and they made each evening`s dining a great experience with their warmth and friendliness. The same can be said for Zoltan (Dane), Melissa and Nicolai in the Schooner Bar who were so welcoming every time we were in there that we simply had to keep going back night after night even though there were plenty of other excellent entertainment choices. We read some of the reviews prior to travelling with comments complaining about the "dated" decor of the ship and also the "poor" quality of the food but our experience could not have been more different as the ship looked like it had been refurbished and was like being in a luxurious 4/5 star hotel at sea. The food was absolutely fantastic with great choice at all the restaurants but the Sapphire on Deck 3 was a must because of the customer service from Willy, Topman and Rupresh. One downside was disembarking time from ship was brought forward by an hour literally on the morning we left which meant we had a 7 hour wait at airport prior to flight but tip is to go into Airport Hotel at terminal for a drink and some food which was fine and eased the waiting time. Last downside was last day at sea the pool areas were jammed with everyone on board at same time and no available sunbeds as half the passengers had put towels and other items down to reserve but were not being used for ages with nothing being done to prevent this despite signs up everywhere saying this was not permitted. These were only minor issues though and overall we would thoroughly recommend this ship and this itinerary, particularly if you like a bit of of quality, variety,great value for money and outstanding customer service!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I did not choose this cruise, I was asked to join a friend. I had been to all the ports before but was quite happy to visit them again. As we had both been to San Juan before we went from the airport straight to the ship. Embarkation ... Read More
I did not choose this cruise, I was asked to join a friend. I had been to all the ports before but was quite happy to visit them again. As we had both been to San Juan before we went from the airport straight to the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation were practically flawless. Very quick and smooth. The ship was great and is my personal favourite class of ship, not too big, not too small. The cabin was excellent, mid ship with a balcony. The food was excellent both in the Windjammer and the dining room. There were plenty of activities and I participated in some (trivia and word search) and there were a wide variety of shore excursions of which I did two. In St. Kitts, I did the Caribbean Cooks which was very interesting as I like to cook and learning new recipes and trying new foods is always interesting to me. In Curacao I did the nightime tour and folklore show which included a city tour and a fun audience participation dance show. In St. Thomas, Aruba and Curacao I also wandered around the local shops and they were quite enjoyable and easily accessible from the ship. Mostly however, I just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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