13 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Spring Break Cruise Reviews

Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ... Read More
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ship as much after taking two trips on the Harmony but I was pleasantly surprised and reminded of why people sometimes choose smaller ships- ease of getting around! The pools were never too busy and the kids area wasn’t ever too crowded for my kids. They loved the flow rider and the water slides. I’m glad RCL has added those slides to even these smaller ships. This is the second time we have done this itinerary, four stops in a row with 8 days total. It’s my favorite... now we are ready to go longer than 8 days!! The food everywhere was great, in my opinion. The pastry chefs knew what they were doing! Chops Grille needs more kid friendly options for appetizers though. All the servers in the main dining room and specialty restaurants were so kind to my girls, it was very sweet. All in all I would 100% recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. ... Read More
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. Many activities for teens. Entertainment was either very good or disappointing but the parties and outdoor movies were great. Food was delicious in both dining rooms. Valentines was celebrated with a fantastic chocolate buffet. I truly appreciated how the staff encourages people to wash hands. Issues: the app isn’t reliable , announcements can’t be heard in the cabin, smoking areas are not located in great areas..... casino stinks of smoke and the smoking area on deck 11 is too close to the doors and towel station... several of the staff at the customers service desk were not fluent in English which led to mistakes and misunderstandings. Our stateroom assistant was outstanding.... he couldn’t do more for us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The activities on the ship were well run, and a lot of fun. They did have a great balance of events in types in both English and Spanish. The ports we went to were great in the south-east Caribbean, and we were docked at each of them. The ... Read More
The activities on the ship were well run, and a lot of fun. They did have a great balance of events in types in both English and Spanish. The ports we went to were great in the south-east Caribbean, and we were docked at each of them. The excursions we did through the ship were great values and a ton of fun. We did two of them and both were well run as well. The dinner service was excellent, and they went out of their way to meet our needs. I was pleasantly surprised with the buffet (Windjammer cafe) whose food was excellent for all meals during the day! The few issues we had were the main dining room's (sapphire) breakfast food and service. I love eggs benedict at that was the only place to get it on the cruise, but each time I ordered it the eggs were overcooked. In addition to that, the service at breakfast was subpar, with servers not offering us coffee, or pastries as they walked around and skipped us. The cabin was what you expect on a cruise, totally manageable space wise with a nice couch to sit on if you want. Having a window overlooking the promenade was very nice to make it feel more open. The only issue I had with the cabin is that when they had loud late night parties on the promenade we could hear the bass and a little of the music. It only happened two nights of the cruise and the rest of the time the room was very quiet. My wife and I were very happy with it as our honeymoon cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
In overall opinion the cruise is good but the food menu is poor. The meats selection is not good for my opinion. I was confuse because I did not known if the salads and pasta were the principal plate and the meats the complements. Too much ... Read More
In overall opinion the cruise is good but the food menu is poor. The meats selection is not good for my opinion. I was confuse because I did not known if the salads and pasta were the principal plate and the meats the complements. Too much foods with differents ingredients and strong tastes. I think that the foots must be provide by contries and choosing the must allusive of every region or country. For example Mexico the burritos and nachos, US the hamburger and chicken wings, PR the rice and beans, and so on. When I purchased the tickets for the cruise nobody tell us how was the package for shore excurtions, the packages of drinks. I believe that this packages should be explains with more details. Because in my case, if I had the general opinion of how these packages are. I would have bought before. Because the islands that we visit, does not have much to see by yourself. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, the ship never seemed crowded. There was always a chair available near the pools. I found the crew in all areas to be friendly, helpful, and professional. Meals in Windjammer and MDR were of good quality. Awesome pizza, snacks, and desserts in the promenade. St. Lucia was the only port I found to be not "tourist friendly." There was a lot of traffic on the island. I felt like the taxi drivers took advantage of us. My shore excursion for this port was cancelled due to mechanical failure. Other cruisers had similar experiences in this port. Overall one of the best cruises I've been on with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my third time cruising on Royal Caribbean, and they never seem to dissatisfy me. RC is the go-to place for cruising. Overall, the service was Great! But be weary of the Casino, the machines are old and the table dealers don't ... Read More
This was my third time cruising on Royal Caribbean, and they never seem to dissatisfy me. RC is the go-to place for cruising. Overall, the service was Great! But be weary of the Casino, the machines are old and the table dealers don't compromise when they make a mistake. Honestly, the ship needs a new casino. The Oasis of the seas is 2 times better. Bar servers are good, but some are too distracted to know who's next in line. the Night life is ok. I recommend getting a new DJ, he suxs. he plays the same music every night and tries to appeal to the mass, the only thing that kept me going was having a few drinks at the bar. Dining, Room Service, Stateroom Attd., and specialty shops - Great! I recommend adventure of the Seas if its your first time cruising. I will be booking the Oasis on my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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