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We joined our close friends (group of 13) on this Birthday celebration cruise. 3 in our party were celebrating birthdays. We flew in to San Juan a few days early and stayed at the Sheraton in Old San Juan. It was an amazing hotel. A little ... Read More
We joined our close friends (group of 13) on this Birthday celebration cruise. 3 in our party were celebrating birthdays. We flew in to San Juan a few days early and stayed at the Sheraton in Old San Juan. It was an amazing hotel. A little pricey, but the location was well worth it. The bar in the hotel has great food and drinks. You will likely have to wait to check in as rooms are not available until after 4pm, but they will take your bags so you can spend some time in the bar. they have great wraps in the bar. On Sunday, The staff at the hotel got us a taxi right away to go to the Pan American Pier to get on the Freedom of the Seas. we shared a van taxi with others going to the same pier, so it was pretty inexpensive. We arrived at the port at 1130 and there was absolutely NO LINE! You have to drop your bags off with porters on one side and walk over to the check in area. Not a big deal because there was hardly anyone there. We were checked in and on the ship within 15 minutes! crazy fast! Once on board, they were trying to direct everyone to the Windjammer buffet for lunch, we instead when to Deck 5 (Promenade) and got pizza at Sorrento's and our first drinks at the Bull and Bear Bar. Huge shoutout to Simona in the bar.. she really gave us excellent service. During the first day, dining room staff are making rounds convincing people to sign up for specialty restaurant dining. We signed up for Chops and Giovannis. I liked Giovannis better as we are not big Steak eaters. Both were good, but it was $134 to do both, plus gratuity. Beware if you order the whole lobster... it comes in the shell but the lobster meat was removed, chopped up and mixed with some kind of sauce. not what I was expecting for another $21 on top of everything. We got the beverage package and it was worth every penny. The bar staff and dining room staff are very attentive and bring you drinks constantly. We tipped cash often ($5, $10 here and there) and it payed off in excellent service. The ship has the self serve soda machines and you get a cup as part of your package that has some kind of sensor in it. when you put it up to the machine, it allows you to choose from soooo many drinks, plus water, sparking water, etc. I can only drink clear diet soda so it worked great. Another tip, ask for water with your drinks, you will never run short of bottled water. There are always team members offering water when you exit the ship for excursions as well. Our dining room staff was amazing, especially Inengha ( I am sure I messed up the spelling), but he was so very attentive and did an outstanding job! The food in the dining room was good, I would say definitely better than Carnival or Princess. The food was hot and there were so many choices. The food in the Windjammer was good as well, not the typical buffet fair. They actually had fried eggs available without having to order them special. I typically do not like buffets but there was always something to eat. We ate breakfast in the main dining room two times and it was fabulous each time. They even had a bartender in the dining room and at the Windjammer making drinks (excellent mimosas!) Between the buffet, the dining room, and the pizza, if you go hungry, it is your own fault. Our room steward Froi was OUTSTANDING!!! He fulfilled our every request... I have found if you tip throughout the week, you get really good service. He is very skilled at towel animals too. I liked the room being serviced 2x a day. on Carnival, you have to pick either morning or evening service. We did the Bottomless Mimosas Galley tour and brunch on our sea day. it was awesome... the food was great... the tour was a lot of walking and standing, and you will get hot in the 3 kitchens you tour. but we were rewarded with a great brunch, and more mimosas than I could count! You have to make time to go to Vintages wine bar. Royal has done a great job of staffing the wine bar with true sommeliers... these three gentleman really know their stuff. We did two wine tastings and they were very informative and the wine was excellent! We did excursions in St Maarteen, Barbados, and St. Kitts. every port we were docked so it was great to get on and off. The Barbados pier is very large and the walk is far but they have transportation to get people to and from. We didn't go to most shows, but I heard they were excellent. we did do the "Crazy Quest"... an adult scavenger hunt... it was pretty raunchy and hilarious. definitely adults only. There were a lot of activities on the Promenade, but beware if you have a room that has a widow out to the promenade...you will hear the loud music and parties. 3 in our party had these rooms, the rooms were very nice, and large, but you will hear the noise from the promenade... and don't forget to close your curtains. I have read many reviews that complain about the locals from Puerto Rico on this cruise, but I have to say, I found everyone to be extremely friendly and pleasant. Every announcement was in English and again in Spanish. There were not many children on this cruise that I saw. Overall it was a fantastic time! At the end we chose to do self debarkation with all of our luggage due to an early flight. it was so very easy and fast. We were off the ship by 0730 and on our way to the airport. a taxi ride from the pier to the airport is about $30 plus a tip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We went with a group of 12 for New Years and a 40th wedding anniversary which was never acknowledged. Dining room staff were great and our room steward too. Definitely overpaid for this cruise. I would now rate Royal with Costa and ... Read More
We went with a group of 12 for New Years and a 40th wedding anniversary which was never acknowledged. Dining room staff were great and our room steward too. Definitely overpaid for this cruise. I would now rate Royal with Costa and Carnival and I have been on 30+ cruises.. Reasons: One dispenser in the shower for soap and shampoo. Even the cheapest motels offer separate bottles. Construction of a new TV screen on the main 11th deck, so a large portion of the deck was closed off for this for the majority of the cruise. Why not wait to get into port to do this? Elevators as spread far apart and by the time you figure out which one has arrived and you dash over to it, it has left. No pen and paper in the stateroom. The gym bicycles are motion powered and not electric or hybrid. For someone who just had knee replacement surgery I could not go as fast as required and so they cut out after a minute or less. Was then told that i had to wear close toed shoes to be in the gym. This is a Caribbean cruise for sandals - why was this not made very clear before hand? I checked the ticket contract and can't find anything about that. The casino sent a "thank you" to our cabin which consisted of 4 stale cookies which I could have gotten myself from the buffet. Other cruise lines send chocolate dipped strawberries etc. The customer service desk is right where the live music is and so you can't hear most of what is being said and you have to be repeating everything several times and wasting time. Had a question that the person at Customer Service could not answer. She took my name and room number and said someone would be in touch. I am still waiting to hear back. No waiters come around on 11 or 12 to take drink orders when you are lying down.You don't need to be bothered non-stop but it would have been nice not to get up Ponce is a sad joke - you pay a taxi to take you from the ship and it the place is small and run down with nothing to see or do. Guess Royal must be getting some really cheap docking fees to go here and not San Juan. Bar service is slow with long line ups. Were told they had no Baileys at one bar and it would take half an hour to get some. We were 1 point short of the next Crown and Anchor Tier status. On other cruise lines, they have bumped you up automatically knowing that you will have 11 nights credited shortly. Leak outside our room in the corridor. We called and it took them 2+ hours to even investigate and then 2 days with yellow tape and wires and fans that we had to dodge around to access our cabin and no word of apology. Barbados had a free tram running from the ship to the pier. Why not at some of the others which were just as long? It would be nice to have a lounger on the balcony … Meat in the regular dining room was mediocre at best but once you paid extra and went to Chops or paid for the speciality steaks, they were great. So what exactly does your base cruise fare include??!!!.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Everything was great, all the staff and crew are very thoughtful and helpful, very positive. We have never had such a great experience in our lives and we were impressed. Our dad had to be hospitalized on the island of Antigua due to a ... Read More
Everything was great, all the staff and crew are very thoughtful and helpful, very positive. We have never had such a great experience in our lives and we were impressed. Our dad had to be hospitalized on the island of Antigua due to a health condition and Royal Caribbean were super nice to provide a crew member to get off the ship with my dad and help translate and serve as Person who can protect. We are very thankful and will always be loyal guests of Royal Caribbean from now and on. Embarkation and disembarkation processes always went smoothly. Ship was clean and has a lot of amenities to offer but the entertainment program could have been better when we were at sea. Our cabin was With balcony for 4 people and it was really nice but not a lot of spare space when there are 4 people. Balcony was big enough to just sit and relax anytime . Dining options are great and food is available during the day in different venues when you get hungry. Service was great, our room attendant was always making our room when we are gone and she knew when we usually go out. Ports were great and shore excursions were interesting and well organized. I would suggest using excursions by RC because if you are running late for the ship, they would wait for the group in comparison to being a solo. We traveled with kid and she loved it. For sure will go again next year. Was the best experience we ever had Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our cabin had mold around the frame. Food was terrible (comparing to other Carnival ships). Overall the ship was dirty. Water and coffee had an algae/earthy taste as filters are not changed in the dispensing machines. French fries were ... Read More
Our cabin had mold around the frame. Food was terrible (comparing to other Carnival ships). Overall the ship was dirty. Water and coffee had an algae/earthy taste as filters are not changed in the dispensing machines. French fries were always black due to old burnt oil. Be ware of the scams in the fun shop. I purchased a watch for $180.00 because of their great on board sale (which was a scam). The price tag was supposedly $995.00 (as per salesperson). At San Juan airport the same watch was $200.00 with a second one completely free. They inflate the prices purposely and then they pretend to give you a discount. Stay away from their art sales of overpriced posters. The buffet had very limited food. For the first time I actually lost weight on a cruise. the ship itself is rundown and rusty. I wrote to them to complain ad they just sent me a survey to fill up. The VIFP program is a joke; If you travel with them many times you get a free bottle of water in the cabin (BIG WOW). We didn't even go to their entertainment (always the same thing) I WILL NEVER cruise with carnival again Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose the cruise for a family vacation. The cruise staff was good, attentive. The headliners were good; great stand up comedy. But, the ship is extremely dated, dirty and in visible need of repairs. We were told that the ship will be ... Read More
We chose the cruise for a family vacation. The cruise staff was good, attentive. The headliners were good; great stand up comedy. But, the ship is extremely dated, dirty and in visible need of repairs. We were told that the ship will be remodeled. So RC is probably very aware of the deplorable condition of the ship and just doesn’t care. Lately and in my experience with RC is that it’s all about the company’s winnings and not about the traveler’s experience. The whole experience felt like a tourist trap. The food was mediocre and cold. It seemed that the only way to get warm food was by paying extra at the specialty restaurants. So much for an all inclusive. The shore excursions, we found them lacking and over priced. At one island we did the $169 per person tour, sponsored by RC, for $95 per couple. I truly would not travel with RC again. It is extremely saddening to plan a family vacation for a whole year and be left wondering why you spent so much money; wasted money. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
It was our first cruise on Celebrity but our 12th cruise overall. The main reason why we chose Celebrity was because we wanted to experience a cruise line marketing itself as “one notch above” but still being affordable. Also, we ... Read More
It was our first cruise on Celebrity but our 12th cruise overall. The main reason why we chose Celebrity was because we wanted to experience a cruise line marketing itself as “one notch above” but still being affordable. Also, we have cruised twice in the past on the holidays and it has been very fun. With these considerations, the experience was very good but not enough to warrant five stars based on expectations. The ship itself is great. O complains there. Cabins are within the norm. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary on the positive or negative side. Food was perhaps a couple of steps above what we have experienced in other cruises. Kudos for the specialty restaurants. Qusine is a must (although expensive) and Sushi on 5 was the best food by far. The activities are quite on line with other cruise lines and could not really find any major pros or cons to mention. The excursions were also in line with the industry. There are three specific points that support the 4 star ranking I am giving: First, the service personnel (with a few exceptions) doesn’t give you that warm feeling that you see in other cruise lines. People in the buffet serving the food, bartenders, etc., are “just there”. They are doing their jobs but it is far from the genuine interest in you that I have seen in other cruise lines. That does nos translate into bad service (although in a couple of situations it did) but it is not what Celebrity markets. The second was the highly annoying up selling of the beverage packages (especially in the first two days) reaching the level of harassment. After the first two or three times I was approached in common areas of the vessel in the first hour or so on board, I started counting. At the end of the second day, an astonishing 27 people (!) had approached me to sell me the beverage package. I am not sure in what universe that is even remotely acceptable. That was my first impression. Lastly, we had an issue with one of the excursions (pre-cruise) and the phone support was so useless we decided to just cancel. We were willing to work it out but it was completely impossible to get someone rational on the phone. Overall, we will definitely cruise with Celebrity again, but based on our expectations, it wasn’t a 5-star experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We're Platinum cruisers on carnival and like to take a New Years cruise every year. We've been on the Breeze and Vista before so we chose the Horizon because it was the newest in that class of ship. I would have to say I ... Read More
We're Platinum cruisers on carnival and like to take a New Years cruise every year. We've been on the Breeze and Vista before so we chose the Horizon because it was the newest in that class of ship. I would have to say I wasn't impressed with this latest ship. I think the goal is to cram more people and rooms while sacrificing open areas, pools, jacuzzi's, and most of all food. The Buffet areas in this ship are tiny....and the food is extremely limited in options. I would have to say it was a lower quality than I've ever experienced before in all my sailing....and worse than Golden Corral. Even the pay restaurants were not up to par. If your a big dessert fan....don't choose this one....the only option in the buffet for dessert was cake. There were no cookies, pudding, mousse, jello, or pies.....just cake. The only food option on that entire ship that never disappoints is Guy's burgers, and the Pig and Anchor. Lido deck seems to be getting smaller, with more people to cram in those areas. Pool seemed alot smaller, no jacuzzi's, and half the amount of lounge chairs for sunning. I spent my entire cruise in the back of the ship where that had two jacuzzi's and the pool. Our cabin was good, except for the locaton, we had a cove balcony , 2374 and the noise from upstairs was awful. It would start around 11pm, go to about 3am...then start up again around 6am. Otherwise...the location of the room to everything was great. The new elevator system was not explained in detail, signage upon arrival was minimal and still left cruisers confused. Apparently you choose your floor on the outside lobby....when you get into the elevator...there are no buttons for after thought floor changes. By day 3 everyone understood the process and things ran smoother with elevators. Overall, great trip, but not impressed with the bigger class ships....the lack in decor...food... and ample common area spaces. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great time. Excellent service. Food of high quality with good taste; however, sometimes the selections didn't meet my taste (too much seafood and duck). The ship was in good repair and very clean. We did miss the big production ... Read More
Great time. Excellent service. Food of high quality with good taste; however, sometimes the selections didn't meet my taste (too much seafood and duck). The ship was in good repair and very clean. We did miss the big production shows on the mainstage. The BBC animal video with music was excellent and so fun. The ship's layout is slightly different than other ships, but once you got used to it was okay. Didn't notice much smoking at all. I would recommend this ship. Loved Half Moon Cay as always. Beautiful clear waters. Take the time to explore outside the port in Grand Turk. Very nice island. The donkeys are so cute. We did the Mountains and City Sights tour in Dominican Republic and would highly recommend it. We did not care for Nassau. We would not recommend the Top 10 Nassau Sights as it is just a restaurant meal and shopping. We did Club Orange and were pleased with the experience. Made any time dining a breeze and some other nice perks like a behind the scenes tour. Loved the Pervuian Chicken and Short Rib Club Orange entrees on the menu. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Overall we had a wonderful time BUT only because we were together as a family. The cruise itself lacked a lot that we found with other cruises. Our dining waiter actually scolded our 20 year old daughter because she ordered a lemonade and ... Read More
Overall we had a wonderful time BUT only because we were together as a family. The cruise itself lacked a lot that we found with other cruises. Our dining waiter actually scolded our 20 year old daughter because she ordered a lemonade and he said he was too busy to get it. He did later apologize but vibe was definitely ruined. Also I had asked for birthday cakes for my family and they totally forgot to deliver them. They do not care at all. We have been on well over 30 cruises and this one truly was understaffed. There was not a lot to do on board. Nothing was ever planned. The entertainment on New Year's eve was terrible on the Lido Deck. Party was suppose to start at 1030pm. There was a lull when they did not even play music. Everyone was complaining and sweating. It was so hot. The singers that night were horrible. The islands were wonderful. But the cruise.....not so great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
First of all let's start by saying that I booked a deluxe balcony suit and spend over $18,000 on a 9 day cruise for my family. To start off, the cruise didn't even include transportation from the Miami airport to the dock. That ... Read More
First of all let's start by saying that I booked a deluxe balcony suit and spend over $18,000 on a 9 day cruise for my family. To start off, the cruise didn't even include transportation from the Miami airport to the dock. That was an additional charge. Once we boarded we couldn't even go on to our private balcony because it was covered in exhaust soot from the boats exhaust. The bed was hard as a rock and the couch had no cushions. once the balcony was washed and we were able to go out on it the next day, but it was nothing but a spectacle of peeling paint and rust. On a daily basis the deck would be covered in falling paint chips. Not to mention the private balcony, was overlooked by the cruise ship dining room. Not very private. Everything on the cruise ship seemed to nickel-and-dime you to death. You can't even get a Coke without buying it. The ice cream machine on the pool deck was constantly broken. They charge for pool towels as they have to be signed in and signed out and if your kids forget to sign them back in you get charged $25. at the excursions desk, nobody there seemed to have gone any the excursions or able to give any details as to what they're actually like. If that's your department you should at least know what you're selling. The casino was stained and smelled of old cigarette and cigar smell. On a plus note, Our dining room staff attendant we're amazing. And our room attendant was also equally is amazing. For the most part, I would give the staff a 5-star rating, and the boat a one-star. I later found out the boat was due to go into dry dock in the next few weeks and get a huge revamp however this was withheld at the time of booking otherwise I would not have booked a trip for my family or paid such a fee for a boat that was in complete disarray and in need of a major overhaul. A huge disappointment was there Private Island in Haiti, they allow local vendors. At this point they were so abrasive and aggressive, my small children were completely terrified. Also there's very few activities on their private island you can do without an additional cost and ridiculously high fees. Even on the jet ski excursion, they take you to an area where the vendors come up in bombard you with trying to sell local trinkets. I am beyond disappointed with Royal Caribbean's policies. I was not expecting an all-inclusive, but for the amount of money spent I would have expected basic amenities to be included. As for my kids, the kids clubs were of inappropriate age groupings, And lack supervision ... as I witnessed two different fights break out (at one point I had to intervene in order to end the conflict) and no security there to help in the teenage club which included my 12 and 13 year olds alongside 17 year olds. The entertainment for my nine-year-old consisted of one room with a few games in it. the basketball court was a complete chaotic mess as kids were trying to play soccer along other kids trying to play basketball. The ice rink was complete embarrassment and not even worth time. The pools started getting closed up by 9 pm. One evening they even kicked the parents out of the hot tubs by 10. all being said, I highly doubt I will ever return to a Royal Caribbean Cruise line ever again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have been cruising for many years, and this was our 8th HAL cruise with our sons. We started cruising ten years ago with our children as 3rd and 4th passengers in a Neptune suite. They are now teenagers and are in their own inside ... Read More
We have been cruising for many years, and this was our 8th HAL cruise with our sons. We started cruising ten years ago with our children as 3rd and 4th passengers in a Neptune suite. They are now teenagers and are in their own inside cabin. Beware, when you make this switch, your children will lose their Neptune Suite benefits, even if you continue to book a Neptune Suite. This was our first holiday cruise, and we already booked a holiday cruise for next year. It was that great!!! The ship was new, spotless and beautiful. The Christmas decorations were beautiful, and the staff was amazing. In addition, the atmosphere on the ship was very festive. People aren't always happy on vacation, but there was something special about a Christmas Cruise. Everyone seemed to be in great spirits, and lots of families were traveling together. We saw lots of groups of kids (likely cousins) traveling around the ship and having a great time. HAL provides a Catholic priest on board for mass, which we really appreciated. Club Hal: Over the last 10 years, our children have experienced all three age levels of Club HAL, and it has been an absolute highlight for them. This was our first year where our 19-year-old son, has aged out and we were worried about him finding things to do, as he is too old for kid stuff and too young for the bar scene. We should not have worried. He met lots of other older teens and spent time playing cards and games in the Explorations Café, visiting the music venues, and shows. Dinning: We appreciated the new dining venues on the ship as well. We at breakfast as the Dutch Café once and enjoyed it. We also ate lunch once at the New York Pizza Deli. My husband is from New York and was not impressed by the pizza. I enjoyed being able to grab a quick salad, but the sandwiches were not very good. They were all bread and little meat. We ate in The Pinnacle Grill once for dinner Christmas Eve and 3 times for lunch on sea days. It was excellent (but not quick) as usual. We also tried out Tamirand; it was good, but not great, and our waitress was not very friendly. We ate dinner once in Canaletto. On this ship, it truly seems like a seperate restaurant, not part of Lido. The food was excellent, and the service was great, but beware where you sit. We were seated directly across from the door to the Lido kitchen, and when Lido closed, the banging and crashing, etc. of all the evening’s dishes being washed was really loud – like can’t hold a conversation loud. Entertainment: We enjoyed the new Rock and Roll venue, and the dueling pianos were much better than in past years. They had an interesting system going where one show would end, and you could walk directly across to the other venue and they would start playing within about 10 minutes. We enjoyed the magician on the main stage, but the comedian was so bad, that my husband and I both fell asleep. That has never happened to us at a comedy show before. Even people in the first row were getting up and leaving. Fitness Center: My son used the treadmills in the fitness center. The fitness center is new and beautiful. I took a Pilates class. The class was fine, but we were at sea in high winds, so the instructor probably should have modified his routine to take out at least some of the balance moves, as they were pretty impossible with the ship rocking so much. Ports/Shore Excursions: We booked jet skiing and a shade cover and chairs on Half Moon Kay, but that port was cancelled due to high winds, so we can’t review those. Our next stop was Aruba. Because we didn’t get to jet ski in the Bahamas, we called Delphi Watersports Aruba (https://www.delphiwatersports.com/), as soon as we arrived in Aruba (4 hours earlier than originally scheduled). It was Christmas day, but they were open. We booked 4 jet skies for 30 minutes at a very reasonable price and had a great time. We then took a HAL shore excursion in the afternoon sailing and snorkeling. We had a great time. We didn’t like any of the ship’s offerings in Curacao, so we booked a private horseback riding excursion with Criadero Babetti (https://www.criaderobabetti.com/). It was absolutely amazing. They picked us up at the Starbucks outside the terminal and we visited an aloe farm and ostrich farm on horseback (tied the horses up in the parking lots), and then rode to the bay to take the horses in swimming. It was a highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The cruise was paid for by my father in law, so we had no choice, but we were pleased with the entire experience. We arrived around 11:30 am and very little waiting was required at Port Everglades, although the check in staff inside ... Read More
The cruise was paid for by my father in law, so we had no choice, but we were pleased with the entire experience. We arrived around 11:30 am and very little waiting was required at Port Everglades, although the check in staff inside the terminal subcontracted out were a bit rude/brusque. The ship was spacious and clean. I was a bit concerned that one of the adipose rear propellers wasn't working, but the captain was reassuring that the chances of us getting stranded at sea were very remote, and that there were emergency plans in place if that unlikely event were to occur. Unfortunately, I didn't get the information from the captain until much later in the cruise. The captain's message would be better to get on the second or third day, I think. Our cabin was able to sleep comfortably my husband, I and my teen. It had a remarkable sleeper sofa that turned into a bed without taking up floor area. The dining options were superb. We had a couple of nights where we splurged on the restaurants that charge extra. In the future, I would be very satisfied with just the standard dining room seating without paying the extra money. The entertainment was professional and very classy. Something for any sophisticated taste: classical, blues band, piano bar, modern dance. I didn't participate in many activities. I took the cocktail mixing classes, which were a lot of fun. The couples massage was a rip-off: $355! I thought it was $170 for 2! All of our sense of relaxation was erased when they tried to upsell us on skin products and booking for additional appointments. because I was part of a family reunion and had enough things to do between my books, puzzles, family and excursions. The service never disappointed us, except I would have appreciated a little salsa or hot sauce with the room service omelette which was a little bland. I went on the Damajagua Falls excursion in the Dominican Republic, which was fantastic! The water wasn't too cold and the scenery was beautiful. Both my husband and teen daughter did all the high jumps and slides, whereas I, suffering from a fear of heights took the sturdy ladders down (the "chicken" routes). Part of the issue was I was feeling fragile since I sprained my ankle on the last step of the new concrete bridge that you walk across before the beginning of the hike. Our snorkel excursion on Grands Turks/Caicos was cancelled due to heavy seas. We were refunded our money promptly. The tender to Half Moon Cay really freaked me out, because the rough waves splashed onto the lower deck, and the ferry was so full of people. Fortunately, the trip was short. Our family of 14 shared a villa at Half Moon Cay, which was a very nice experience. Although, I used the included snorkel equipment, I didn't see any fish in the swimming area in front of the villa (the fish were probably scared of the humans). The villa had a small refrigerator filled with shrimp cocktails (but no spicy red sauce), fresh fruit, drinks and chips, a kitchen sink, large table set with tablecloths, napkins, etc, plenty of seating, plenty of foam floating lounge/rafts, a Jacuzzi that could comfortably contain 6 people. Getting off the tender back onto the boat freaked me out more, because the boat was moving up and down so much. Trying to get back on the large boat from the tender was like being in a video game--you had to time it, crouch down and run fast so you wouldn't knock your head. We traveled with our teen, who went up to the teen room a couple of times, but nobody was there/it was not open. She didn't complain about the cruise despite its lack of activities specifically for teens, because we bought her the internet package which kept her happy, except for the last sea day before disembarkation when the internet wasn't working properly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise to be asea for Christmas. It was most definitely disappointing in that aspect. My wife mentioned and I had to concentrate to try to find actual Christmas music. It was as if RCL went well beyond making this an ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be asea for Christmas. It was most definitely disappointing in that aspect. My wife mentioned and I had to concentrate to try to find actual Christmas music. It was as if RCL went well beyond making this an apolitical, secular Non Christmas cruise. Every song played in the centrum was ordinary Christmas pop music. But not one religious Christmas song was played. Even while strolling around the ship the absence of actual Christmas music was missing. Sad that RCL is jumping on the PC bus even while marketing this as a Caribbean Holiday. Attended the Centrum 'Christmas Music' Guessathon. I'm not particularly religious, but it would seem that Christmas is not allowed to be celebrated (unless its in a separate venue, and not out in public).Sad. There was a Menora on display, so it is not as if NO religious artifacts were allowed, just a prejudice towards Christianity. That said, onto the ship. Boarding in San Juan was an absolute breeze. The 'pre check in' system on the app was the best check in we've ever experienced. Unlike other companies, there was NO line at embarkation unless someone had not used the pre check app. The Vision is old, smaller than the new Glitz ships. There is no water slide or mini golf. We were all reminded that other cruise lines have different 'feel'. However the combination of being on an older smaller ship brought back our first cruise memories of 20 years ago. We ate in MDR for all breakfasts and Dinners all days. Food is excellent. If you doubt the food quality take the Champaign dining tour. Takes an hour and a half but is an excellent way to gain appreciation of all that goes on in prepping 2500 meals 3 times a day! (and the Champaign is great too!) The Windjammer Buffet up on deck 9 was good for afternoon snacks after returning from the beach. They do officially close at 3:00 but would often be open a little longer to get a snack for lunch after a beach day. The Solarium snack bar pizza and deli sandwiches was a seemingly excellent (but underused) venue. We saw three shows, two comedy shows, a good juggling show in the main theater. In spite of the age of the ship, The crew works their behinds off to make the cruise excellent. Disenbarkation was easier and faster than advertised. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Have sailed Summit several times before (as well as other ships in Celebrity fleet, and also in RC and Disney ones). Celebrity continues to draw us to her because of the emphasis on quality people, places and experiences. It is ... Read More
Have sailed Summit several times before (as well as other ships in Celebrity fleet, and also in RC and Disney ones). Celebrity continues to draw us to her because of the emphasis on quality people, places and experiences. It is interesting to watch the progression of cruising, and this particular line, over time... what remains the same is the emphasis on strong service, cleanliness, and overall classic elegance. Ship: post-Revolution it has a particular design aesthetic now... perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but certainly not bold enough to be objectionable or in any way distasteful. We miss the wood paneling of Michael's Pub (now the more glossy-white Retreat Lounge), and miss the piano in our room (now there is a modern Aarnio-style "ball" chair), but, overall, the design changes are more subtle, promoting light and a general refresh in places like the Casino. Our cabin, Penthouse 6148, was divine. For those who don't know, it is this class of ship on Celebrity - the M-class - that has the penthouse of all penthouses, with a glorious wrap-around deck (we had seating for ~28 persons on the deck), amazing square footage and storage throughout the cabin, and a very useful butler's pantry with full-size fridge. Closets were everywhere and the suite is tastefully and comfortably appointed. The Retreat Sundeck is a bit of a miss to us, frankly. First, with the Penthouse Suite veranda being what it is, not sure there's much luring us to climb the stairs to the Retreat. Second, I heard that the drinks there are not complimentary to suite passengers... you need to have the premium package to partake. Now that seems silly to us... drinks down in the Retreat Lounge are complimentary to all who have access there, but outside you need the package?? That seems to be a disconnect. The food offerings are limited in range and hours offered. The whole space seemed just "off"to a small degree. As PH suite guests, we had unlimited specialty dining and went to our preferred venue, Tuscan Grill, every other night. Service and food were simply superb... best ever. Our preferences were remembered and anticipated each subsequent visit. The steaks and other dishes were exceptionally well done (and we know from the best steakhouses). We appreciated having access to the wine list of every specialty dining restaurant and would recommend Celebrity compile a master list for customers who may want an easy reference to all the bottles available on board, as going from one menu to another is a bit cumbersome. Overall, Tuscan was exceptional and remarkable in the level of consistency it held throughout the sailing. We find the offerings in Luminae to be ambitious... perhaps too ambitious, as they do not consistently hit the mark. Therefore, we appreciate being able to order off the Main Dining Room menu if the Luminae menu isn't "speaking" to us on the given night. The fact one cannot do that on the Edge-class ships is something we think about as we consider future sailings. We found Luminae to be limited for our tastes. Where we were actually disappointed was in Qsine, which is now offering Le Petit Chef. This is memorable, perhaps, but certainly not a repeatable, experience. Projections onto your plate may be entertaining, but if not backed up by emplary food, not sure how entertaining those films on the table wind up being... and the food was simply mediocre to poor. The steak frites beef was shoe leather, even when ordered medium rare. The frites were dark brown, very over done. Just not good. There were just 18 people in a dining room that could hold far more than twice that... so we wonder how sustainable the event will wind up being. Sushi on 5, when we went, had a wait and we wonder if moving spaces or otherwise re-imagining the concept in the Qsine space may be in order. Ultimately, the food needs to be better, as it did not come close in quality to other venues. Sushi on 5 excelled with tastes, flavors and offerings... but here was the only place on board where service was lacking. Orders were filled disjointedly, it was hard to "hail" a server for assistance, and drinks and food came slow. We ordered room service twice, once a Christmas Morning brunch on that back deck delivered by our butler, Anu, which was lovely, and a second time a late lunch after returning from a shore excursion. Food was good both times. Had gelato from Bistro on 5... found it rather bland and not rich and flavorful as one would expect gelato to be. We enjoyed roulette at the Casino several evenings. Completely a game of chance, of course, and no different from a slot machine that way, but afforded us the opportunity to laugh and socialize with passengers and casino staff. All were friendly and professional. Drink service was not particularly forthcoming, however, but that was not a problem. Martini Bar was also a regular stop. Bartenders were very focused on making drinks (they were exceptionally good there), less so putting on a show... so that's a slight difference from other sailings. By last couple of days of cruise it was surprising to hear they were running short on glasses... I was getting my cosmopolitan served to me in a wine glass... peculiar and not particularly great in that vessel. Oceanview offered many options for breakfast and lunch. Things were neat and well maintained there, providing a conducive space for a casual bite to eat. We traveled with our 17 year old son. What an interesting thing it is to have seen him progress through the children's programming on Celebrity from his first cruise over 10 years ago! He thoroughly enjoyed his time with the older teens and, indeed, they have been socializing since the cruise ended via social media and their ever-present phones. He is reticent to sail again on Celebrity, as he cannot fathom how we will meet up with fellow college-aged passengers going forward without the teen club at least structuring that first meet and greet for them. Get on that, Celebrity... a College Student introduction on the first night or so sounds like it may be in order, lol! My son wanted to maintain his fitness while on the sailing (he's a varsity athlete in his high school and his conditioning matters to him). He asked for 3 50-minute personal training sessions in the Fitness Center. He enjoyed working with Adrian and keeping the push going, even while at sea. While Captains Club Elite Plus members, we did not avail ourselves of anything by way of their perks or events, save the heliport sailaway from Curacao. That was windy, but great fun. The captain even waved from the bridge to all of us gathered there. My husband had to briefly use the medical facility because of a difficulty with his ear. He remarked at how professional and thorough things were there. The teen son and his group of newly found friends actually took in 3 of the shows. My husband and I think they were being ironic, but, lo and behold, they actually enjoyed themselves and gave the shows strong reviews. We were sorry there was no comedian on this sailing. In general, we found the cruise director and social director a bit too frenzied and silly for our tastes. We are young 50 year olds, but even though Latin themselves, regularly making fun of their ethnicity with stereotypical, self-depreciating ethnic jokes (such as "Mexican Word of the Day") is not what we consider appropriate humor for a major employee on a mass market cruise line.. and it was repeatedly done by the Cruise Director and Social Activities Director. But we well may be counter cultural in that regard. As this was a "Christmas" sailing, there were interesting activities during the week: Senior Officers caroling in the main foyer, a Christmas-themed show, gingerbread decorations going up the main staircase and the random tree around the ship, Mass and, too, a non-denominational Christmas service, a decorated and lit 6-ft tree in our suite, and, as Hanukkah also began during the week, there was the lighting of a giant menorah in the main atrium each night, led by a rabbi. Alexandra, the bartender in the Retreat Lounge, was exceptional at connecting in a personable, fun way with all different kinds of people. She helped make the week memorable. Bahrin, our waiter in Tuscan, was remarkable in his respectful, professional service. We felt luck to have him take care of us there each visit. And our stateroom attendant Haji quietly but exceedingly effectively kept the stateroom spotless and comfortable according to our wishes - he was the best we ever had. We appreciated the requested snacks butler Anu placed in the fridge in the butler's pantry, and he joined us in admiring the monogrammed Frette Retreat robes that were ours to take home. These people made our one week with them very special, and we were thankful to them for that. This itinerary featured Bonaire, an island new to us. We arranged for a private golf cart rental on that island to see it all and we were glad we did... it was fantastic fun! And what an amazing island... so intriguing and so much nature to see and appreciate. We walked around Aruba and Curacao, preferring to be on our own on those two islands, as we had been there before. In St. Kitts, we took a catamaran ride... fun, but nothing special. Embarkation - relatively easy. We arrived right before 1pm by cab from the airport and were on the ship by 1:10. Penthouse suite guests are personally escorted right on board directly to the Retreat Lounge. Rooms were open at 1:30pm. Disembarkation - a bit confusing. We were limited in terms of what we could eat or drink - even in the Retreat. This had not been the case on other sailings, as we were able to access food and drink a bit later. Made for a rather tedious wait for disembarking, as, with a 1:40 flight, we were not in a hurry to leave the ship and wait at the airport. So we were in the final group to leave the ship from Retreat, right around 10:15. Once beyond the Celebrity world, cabs are the typical mishmash there at the port, with everyone so much as looking at you putting their hand out for a tip (makes you long to get back on the ship!). San Juan airport continues to have its struggles... the Priority Pass lounge is overcrowded, dirty, skimpy offerings... but that's true of the whole airport, really. We were surveyed about it 5-6 years ago... not a thing has changed. Bathrooms were very dirty... waiting areas crammed... it is a brutal way to end one's vacation. But end it we must. We had never done a holiday sailing before, and our family agreed it was a lovely experience and one we would consider again. Celebrity does it well. There were two holiday chic nights - one on Christmas Eve and the other on Christmas Day - in addition to the other Chic night on the first sea day. Lots of fun and festive attire all around the ship making things merry and bright. Great to see the passengers embrace the holly and the jolly. The M-class Penthouse Suite is a spoiler. Yes, it is worth it. We appreciate the size and layout of this class of ship, and that wrap-around stateroom, and the exceptional services and "perks" that come with it, are outstanding. Unlimited laundry, premium bev packages for all, unlimited internet, unlimited specialty dining, and much more. It makes the vacation a true vacation. More outstanding, still, is that after all these years - from our first Celebrity Century sailing back in 1998 - to now, the hallmarks of high, personable, professional service, impressive cleanliness, and tasteful classiness are still there. They keep us returning... Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I had the following complaints about Royal Caribbean: 1. not much to do on the ship - too small. No boardwalk either! 2. Spa folks messed up my billing many times - there were multiple cancellations and recharges for three items! ... Read More
I had the following complaints about Royal Caribbean: 1. not much to do on the ship - too small. No boardwalk either! 2. Spa folks messed up my billing many times - there were multiple cancellations and recharges for three items! It was confusing to me as to why they did this - I asked and did not get an explanation. 3. Giovanni's: Food quality was bad - no taste. A simple Caprese salad was not done right! 4. Security took me to customs and immigration upon disembarkation, and had them "randomly" search my luggage after disembarkation! they said that there were items missing after my spa services in the room I was treated in. They also asked me if I purchased any jewelry on abord or anything else! of course, they didn't find anything. 5. Also I do not care for those automatic gratuities so I've asked for a refund after the cruise ended today. Royal Caribbean cruise line will rot in hell for all this. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Highly recommend spending the holidays on a cruise. The ship was smaller than others I've taken, but we were able to meet people we would continue to see. Food at Windjammer and main dining room was great, including Lobster ... Read More
Highly recommend spending the holidays on a cruise. The ship was smaller than others I've taken, but we were able to meet people we would continue to see. Food at Windjammer and main dining room was great, including Lobster night and Indian night. Entertainment was generally good, Deena from the Royal Caribbean entertainers, has an amazing voice. Also enjoyed Motown live, and the male comedian. Perry Grant at the piano bar I thought was hilarious, but especially funny after the kids left. The only criticism is the casino allows smoking which seeps into other rooms. It could possibly be improved by better ventilation or simply not allowing smoking in the casino. Most ports can be explored by taking a island cruise by van/taxi, which averaged about $25-30 per person. All dropped us off at the beach. Other note is they had Chanukah services, led by the cantor from the St. Thomas island synagogue. It was nice that made an effort to be inclusive to other religions and also had some amazing beef brisket. They also had latkas and matzoh ball soup. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This being my first cruise, I wasn't sure what to expect however I checked out some videos on YouTube and did some research to make sure that I had the best experience with my family. The cruise ended yesterday and I can say that it ... Read More
This being my first cruise, I wasn't sure what to expect however I checked out some videos on YouTube and did some research to make sure that I had the best experience with my family. The cruise ended yesterday and I can say that it was amazing! The staff and crew of Carnival Fascination did an excellent job in making this experience great. There was always someone nearby to pick up after you or refill or replace. They are just amazing. The food choices were good and if you don't like what's on the menu there are many other options. With that comes a lot of food wastage however but that is no fault of the Cruise line. The itinerary for the next day is given the day before so you can decide which shows you want to see and plan your day beforehand. The rooms are cleaned regularly and guest services do their best to cater to your needs. All in all it was an amazing experience. We enjoyed the Comedy club hosted by Pedro. Happy Cole, Lance and Esposito were really funny. Thanks to Rachell from the Philippines and Britney with her usual announcements. The staff and crew truly make it a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
As always, the ship, crew and food were great! The biggest issue was that more modern venues for entertainment have been shut down on the smaller boats. In the Ocean bar, the trio band (think older standards for ballroom dancing) played ... Read More
As always, the ship, crew and food were great! The biggest issue was that more modern venues for entertainment have been shut down on the smaller boats. In the Ocean bar, the trio band (think older standards for ballroom dancing) played every night till 10pm and then at 11pm the cruise entertainment person took on the additional duty of DJ for the only dance floor left on the boat. Since it was so late that some modern music was being played, there were few guests staying up to go dancing. And it is not like we do not enjoy older music -- my wife and I often go to WWII dances that play the music of the 40's and 50's. But 16 days of the trio was a bit too much. The dance floor at the Crow's nest has been covered over with carpet and we were told all the other boats on Holland were like this also. The Crow's Nest is totally dead at night and the only reason to go there is happy hour at 10pm to get you 2 drinks to take with you to other venues. The dueling piano players lacked something on this trip and ruined many a song. Generally, the under 70 crowd walked around after the evening show looking for something to do or watch sports at the Billboard venue. My wife and I have been on many Holland trips and prefer this cruise line over others, but we both agreed that we may have to look at other lines. We had a great time on last year's Holland trip over New Year's. We enjoy smaller boats, but we may have to give this up and go on larger capacity boats on Holland or other lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I want to open this negative review with a disclaimer that I am of a minority that this cruise line caters to. We went on this cruise with 2 adults and 3 children (4, 8, 10). This is not the "target audience," so our experience ... Read More
I want to open this negative review with a disclaimer that I am of a minority that this cruise line caters to. We went on this cruise with 2 adults and 3 children (4, 8, 10). This is not the "target audience," so our experience will inevitably vary wildly from, say, a 50+ couple or a solo traveler. I am writing this for the people like us whose intention is a family vacation. With the above said, if you: - Are 50+ - Enjoy fancy specialty dining and wine-drinking - Like live music but don't care for other types of entertainment - Don't spend a lot of time in your room ...then this is the cruise for you. HAL focuses tremendously on high-end up-charge activities such as one the half dozen specialty restaurants and wine-tasting seminars Rather than going into explicit detail about what I didn't like (which will go on and on), I will err on the side of brevity with bullet points: - The room is too small for 5 people. With 5 of us the room was literally just beds with a 1.5' walking space. - There's nothing to do on the boat if you don't want to see live music. - Activities on the daily itinerary have no description and are misleading. For example, one event called "A Night at the Ballet" was not a ballet at all but a violin player. How were we supposed to know that? - HAL Kids Club is essentially a room for kids, with riveting "activities" such as "draw a picture" planned. Essentially they want to be able to say they have a kids club, but don't actually put any effort into it. - Food was mediocre across the board. - Wildly varying and inconsistent food times. - Constantly told they were "out" of a certain food item like chocolate milk but then it would suddenly appear the next day. - Incessant sighing an eye-rolling on Lido deck. - Charged $6.33 for a mini-bar bottle of water that we DID NOT TOUCH. Had to talk to 4 different people before it was removed and even then I was told it was a "one time exception." - Cancelled Key West port of call. - Lido buffet 'stations' is an awful way of setting things up. They say it's so that you don't have to wait in a long line but the tradeoff is you now have to wait in MULTIPLE medium-sized lines to get the things you want. - There are no drink stations on Lido. You sit at a table and a server is supposed to come to you. Good luck with that. We had a server come maybe 10% of the time and the little button on the table to purportedly summon them was practically a placebo and did nothing. - The Coke Freestyle machine was clearly and evidently broken but they refused to put up a sign. I had to fight to get a refund on my purchase. - Dinner in main dining room took 2+ hours each time. Food was incredibly slow. - No soft serve ice scream dispensers open 24/7. You had to go to the Sweet Spot on Lido and wait in a line to get scoops of ice cream, and he was only open for a few hours each day. Overall just an awful experience. We couldn't wait to get off. We are NOT the party crowd that goes to Carnival, but we are also not the pinky-raising tea-sippers that this cruise clearly caters to. The only thing positive I have to say is the cabin steward was excellent and the ship didn't have the obnoxious party atmosphere nor the screaming-at-you Cruise Directors Carnival has. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My grown daughter and I went on this cruise to spend some time together and have fun. Our veranda room was nice and our porter provided excellent service. We dined in the Main Dining Room a couple of times but the timing in between courses ... Read More
My grown daughter and I went on this cruise to spend some time together and have fun. Our veranda room was nice and our porter provided excellent service. We dined in the Main Dining Room a couple of times but the timing in between courses was excessive and the meal time seemed to go on forever. We opted to dine at the Lido buffet as a result. The food at the Lido was ok. Overall, the cruise was boring and pretty low energy. There really wasn’t much going on most of the time. We were on a Caribbean cruise and there was no playing or performing of reggae music or music influenced by the region we were visiting. The pools were nice as were the loungers but there wasn’t much activity on the deck in the day. I didn’t go to the wine tasting or the classical music performance. At times there were performances on the music walk but it was difficult to get a seat and the songs were repeated. There a few shows in the World Theater. They were ok. Most of the time I felt as though the cruise was catering to its predominately senior citizen passengers. I noticed it around the ship, in the music played, and in the activities offered. Thankfully, there was a pretty good selection of movies available on the tv in my stateroom. On this cruise I did something I very seldom do. I watched tv daily. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Group of 30 friends we were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary ship was very hard to use motor scooter way too many people. Was very hard to go to windjammer had to eat all meals in dinning room. Enjoyed cruise dinning staff was beyond ... Read More
Group of 30 friends we were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary ship was very hard to use motor scooter way too many people. Was very hard to go to windjammer had to eat all meals in dinning room. Enjoyed cruise dinning staff was beyond excellent. Cabin person was excellent. Was quite surprised that our 50th anniversary was recognized by ship. When we traveled last yr on carnival we were given free spa wine and candy. Much mote offers on carnival. The ship was beautiful had a-lot to see as well as do. Took us all of the 12 days to see it all. Enjoyed the solarium was beautiful and serene. Had many pools as well as hot tubs. Shopping was great a-lot of sales. Was decorated beautifully for Christmas. Really enjoyed singing Christmas carols one night as well as recognizing all our first responders and veterans. I was just dissolved in getting around with scooter and the fact that the ship didn’t offer us anything for are special occasion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
First off I mean absolutely no disrespect to the service staff, our room steward and wait staff were fantastic. However, I’m thoroughly disappointed!!! The ship was in an overall state of rundown disrepair. Generators failed mid ship ... Read More
First off I mean absolutely no disrespect to the service staff, our room steward and wait staff were fantastic. However, I’m thoroughly disappointed!!! The ship was in an overall state of rundown disrepair. Generators failed mid ship causing power outages and mild hysteria. 2 days in to our trip we noticed my fiancé was covered in bites after sleeping in our balcony room. The steward immediately changed all the linens. By the end of the week I was completely covered in bites as well. The staff midweek had a “insect audit” done which apparently wasn’t very thorough. On a separate note more then one occasion our food was sent back undercooked or overcooked, in some cases the wait staff noticed it and didn’t even bring the food out we ordered because they knew it was wrong. As for the “premium” WiFi services and “HUB” app, worthless do t waste $25 a day on this. I couldn’t even pay a credit Card bill from my phone, the app was continuously down, during power outages on the ship the paid WiFi service didn’t work at all, I’ve been on numerous carnival cruises and after this one I’m left feeling extremely dissatisfied with the cost and outcome. And by all means if u opt to purchase sea food the earlier in the trip the better. 6 days in we attempted to order lobster and crab legs and upon confronting the staff about the smell and appearance of the seafood we were told it was a week old and dead but it’s ok it was in ice all week Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a family cruise set in motion by my 86 year old dad, who wanted to cross visiting Aruba off of his bucket list. There were 8 of us altogether; my wife and I, my dad, my brother, my cousin and his wife and a second cousin and his ... Read More
This was a family cruise set in motion by my 86 year old dad, who wanted to cross visiting Aruba off of his bucket list. There were 8 of us altogether; my wife and I, my dad, my brother, my cousin and his wife and a second cousin and his girlfriend. We boarded the Adventure of the Seas at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. Embarkation was smooth, and we were on board the ship in less than an hour. Once on board, we explored the ship and took our time making our way to the Windjammer for lunch. Having read all the advice about avoiding this venue on embarkation day, we still went along with our group, and was surprised to see that while it was crowded, we were able to find a table without too much trouble. The food was typical buffet fare - good and filling but not fantastic. My wife and I booked an interior cabin on deck 10, port side aft. Having booked interior cabins before, we knew what to expect. The room was compact, but clean and comfortable. Since we find that we spend very little time in our cabin on a cruise, an interior space is perfect for our needs and is certainly more affordable. Our cabin steward, Clifton, kept our cabin spotless and regularly inquired if we needed anything. Although we didn't receive them every evening, we were greeted by three or four "towel animals" during our cruise, which are always fun. Adventure of the Seas has enough dining options to satisfy just about everyone. We decided against specialty restaurants on our cruise, and were very happy with the complimentary options that were available. We ate in the main dining room 5 nights, and enjoyed it very much. The meals were tasty and filling. On our second formal night we had prime rib and lobster tail, and were even offered and accepted seconds on the lobster! Our waiter Agnelo and our assistant waiter Eddie, were great! They were friendly, attentive, and entertaining! Eddie brought each meal to a close by sharing magic tricks with us. We still are wondering how he did them! Breakfast was usually in the Windjammer. We enjoy the variety of breakfast foods available. Everyone could find something they liked. I would say too, that the coffee on this ship was much better than what we experienced last year on the Allure of the Seas. Has RCI changed the coffee company it deals with? If so, we applaud the move! We made good use of the Cafe Promenade too. A great place to people watch, enjoy a cup of coffee, or a late night slice (or two or three!) of pizza! We also enjoyed the entertainment options available on the Adventure. Evening shows were varied, and while we didn't think the Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers were the best we've seen, the orchestra was great! The hypnotist, the Elton John impersonator and the comedian were probably the best of the evening performances. Let me give some praise to Royal Caribbean for a current program running on most, if not all of their ships. One afternoon on a sea day, they had a special Veteran's Reception for all passengers who are vets. The orchestra played military branch tributes, there was a large cake, and special recognition was given to a couple of WW2 veterans in the group. My dad, an Army vet, attended and we were all very touched at this salute to all who have served our nation. Service on Adventure of the Seas was exemplary! The entire crew, from captain to maintenance worker, seemed to always greet us with smiles and we were asked numerous times thru the cruise if there was anything we needed or wanted to make our experience on board any better. The crew exuded a genuinely friendly vibe, and it was very much appreciated. We visited the "ABC" Islands - Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. All three were beautiful, and it was our first time visiting. Palm Beach on Aruba was beautiful, and we enjoyed walking the beach and swimming in the sea. Of the three islands though, Curacao was our personal favorite. The architecture of the town and the friendliness of the locals was great! The standout feature for us tho, was the pontoon bridge that actually swings open like a door when a boat needs to come thru! Very unique! We did no excursions on any of the islands, so I can't speak to that, although my cousins rented an ATV in Aruba to see the island and a golf cart in Curacao. They enjoyed tooling around the islands that way and got to see much of the natural wonders of each. Our group consisted of adults, no kids, though we ranged in age from late 20's to the 50's to 80's! And once again, even with such a wide spread of ages, we were all able to find fun and enjoyable things to do which made it a fantastic cruise for everybody! I would highly recommend Adventure of the Seas and would not hesitate to sail her again; in fact, I hope someday we can! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband, our two sons (ages 8 and 10 years old), his aunt, two friends of mine and I all went on the Adventure of the Seas from December 7-15, 2019. We had been on several Royal ships before and our favourite one was the Allure. We ... Read More
My husband, our two sons (ages 8 and 10 years old), his aunt, two friends of mine and I all went on the Adventure of the Seas from December 7-15, 2019. We had been on several Royal ships before and our favourite one was the Allure. We chose to ‘downsize’ to the Adventure to allow us to visit the ABC islands. First off, we cannot say enough great things about the islands – they are by far our favourite that we have sailed to on a cruise! Regarding the ship, there were a few downsides besides not having the Abyss, Central Park or the Boardwalk. First off, the artwork that adorned the ship walls was a bit bizarre considering it is a family-type vessel. There are a lot of nudes (and not just upper body) hanging in places. Second, the ship in spots did show its age more than others we have sailed. The shows were also somewhat disappointing. Not so much the talent who were quite good, but the overall plots. We have been spoiled by the Broadway-at-Sea and diving shows on the bigger ships. And Vroom and Surf was spotty at best. We took two interior interconnecting cabins which seemed much smaller than other ships. The beds were quite hard and so we asked our stateroom attendant to add extra blankets to provide a bit more comfort. RCL really needs to change mattresses the next time the ship goes into dry dock. Having said that, we had an amazing trip! I cannot say enough about the crew! They are by far the best we have ever encountered in our eight cruises. They were genuinely friendly and seemed happy to be working onboard. They were knowledgeable and helpful! One thing we discovered that we had never paid attention to before was the country scavenger hunt. You have to find a crew from each of the countries listed on the sheet. (It would have been nice had the ship updated the sheet to be current to sail date but that is a different story lol.) My sons and I had a blast hunting down as many countries as we could and met wonderful people along the way! We literally stalked a few crew but we ultimately won the hunt! We are planning on going for our second win on the Anthem in March. Shout outs to: Johanna, Maria, Leticia, Marisol, and Mobin all from Guest Services, Faye the Ship Comptroller, Hector and Judy deck 6 starboard aft stateroom attendants, Conrad aka Shorty at the Promenade Café, Chicken Nugget in the Kid’s Camp, and especially Vanita in Next Cruise! You are wonderful and made our cruise extra special!!!! Our kids loved the Adventure Ocean kids’ camp. On previous cruises the kids would go slightly begrudgingly and only spend an hour at a time there. This cruise they begged us to go! We gave our son signing privileges for his brother and himself but they often stayed until we forced them to leave. The food was quite good – the braised beef ribs and prime rib were highlights in the main dining room. We were scared that there was no Sorrentos onboard but the pizza at Café Promenade was delicious!!!! We ate far too many slices lol. I had done some research and had been told by people on cruise forums that the ship time stayed with Florida time. I therefore was late for signing up for the ice-skating times the first day it was offered because in fact the ship changed time to local time. I was worried that our kids wouldn’t get a chance to skate but went at the correct time the next sea day skating was offered and all of us got to skate for 30 minutes which was quite fun. We bought the complete digital photo package during a Black Friday special and took advantage every opportunity we could to get shots. We haven’t received ours since returning and are in the process of contacting the photo company to sort things out. The photographers onboard though were great and very patient with our not so patient boys! We really liked listening to Peter James Esau at the Schooners Bar. Switched on Band was amazing! The Almost Elton John show was entertaining. My 10-year-old son laughed hysterically at the mentalist show. And I laughed a lot at Ralph Harris’ show. I was a member of the CruiseCritic group for this cruise and met a lot of great people through these forums. We participated in the slot pull and the duck hunts. Embarkation was a breeze and took no time at all. There was a 30 minute or so delay when we returned back to Fort Lauderdale but that had to do with US Customs and Immigration and was not caused by RCL. However be sure to factor in extra time when thinking about booking your flights home. All in all my family and I had an absolute blast on the Adventure! We would highly recommend sailing on her to anyone!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I have no complaints regarding this cruise. I loved everything about it. The only dislike comment I have is with anytime dining there was no way that I know of to have the same servers. I asked. I like having the same servers. I ... Read More
I have no complaints regarding this cruise. I loved everything about it. The only dislike comment I have is with anytime dining there was no way that I know of to have the same servers. I asked. I like having the same servers. I couldn't get an assigned table in early or late dining, hence, anytime dining. I don't know if because this was an 11 day cruise people as a whole seemed much happier and nicer. There were more wheelchairs and canes on this trip. But don't think the crowd was over the top older. The staff as always was the best. Our room Stewart Aris was exceptional. Loved the 5 ports. Mikey the CD was a hoot. This was my 1st journey cruise, I will do another. And 1st out of Charleston. Embarkation was the easiest out of the seven cruises we've taken. Best cruise ever I've been on so far. More about rhe dining room....love it when the wait staff in the dining room sing and table cloths on formal night. Food was good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019

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