146 Southampton Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Our 2nd cruise, 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas, 1st time doing the transatlantic. We loved it! The embarkation process, predictably and understandably, was somewhat chaotic and involved lots of line-standing. It all worked out, ... Read More
Our 2nd cruise, 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas, 1st time doing the transatlantic. We loved it! The embarkation process, predictably and understandably, was somewhat chaotic and involved lots of line-standing. It all worked out, almost everyone made it on board before the ship left. A couple of days at sea (with a bit of mild choppy weather, enough to let you know that you were on a ship on the ocean), two days of island visits, 6 more (balmy) days at sea, 3 more days of island visits, ending up in San Juan where we stayed another 3 days... Just a perfect mix of activity and total relaxation. The crew on the ship were universally friendly and helpful. A big shout-out to Christopher in the dining room, Lynn who tended our cabin, the guys and gals at the Sky Bar and Pool Bar, you were all great and we deeply appreciated your fine service. A few minor niggles. I think they over-age the steak and other meat - it was always too tender for my taste, too little texture. The deserts tended a bit too much toward chocolates and caramels, for which I am actually grateful since it made it easy to just go with the cheese plate most of the time. And there usually were too many good choices of appetizer and entree, really hard to choose. But one other thing - it seems that Royal Caribbean is moving away from fixed dining to a do-your-own-thing reservation system. If this is true, I will not be back on this line. The last thing I want to do on a cruise is to spend time and energy worrying about where and when and with whom I am going to eat, and then have to spend time on the phone trying to negotiate a table reservation. Assign me a time and a table, give me a menu, and pass the salt and pepper. We never went to any of the shows but those who we talked to said they were well pleased with the shows. We did go to a couple of the how-to-shop pitches; if you are determined to spend money on jewelry, even if you are not, it is an entertaining hour. We went to the history-of-the-islands lecture series and quite enjoyed those presentations. Oh, and I had seen on this site much moaning about the cost and quality of on-board laundry. We had several slacks, shirts, etc. done on two occasions. Prompt, well cleaned and pressed, and for less than the professional cleaners charge at home. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We've just been on Adventure of the Seas transatlantic and had one of the best RCI cruises ever. Ship - The ship was well looked after, well maintained and very clean. To me it didn't look 'tired' like many people have ... Read More
We've just been on Adventure of the Seas transatlantic and had one of the best RCI cruises ever. Ship - The ship was well looked after, well maintained and very clean. To me it didn't look 'tired' like many people have said. For several weeks before we sailed there were reports of Norovirus and deep cleans. There was a lot of ongoing cleaning but not many reports of illness on this cruise. Crew - the crew seemed a generally very happy and helpful bunch of staff. They were friendly, polite and seemed to help more than you would expect if you needed something. They had a friendly sincere approach to great customer service. Out of everyone we encountered on board I just wanted to give an extra massive thanks to 4 staff in particular: Samuel Rudder - Bartender in the Diamond Lounge Xenia Nottny - Retail Assistant Negrut Cristian- Waiter Idewa Satya - Assistant WaiterCheers !!!!!!!!!!!Happy Cruising Everyone !!!!!!!!!! Food - the food very very good in the main dining room (MDR) , OK in the Windjammer (only warm and not too well presented) and we heard a lot of negative reports about Giovanni's. I really like the Brasserie 30 in the MDR on sea days. The create your own salad bar is amazing !!!! Entertainment - I really enjoyed the selection. The production shows with the ship's singers and dancers were very good, the ice show was superb and the headliners were very very good, especially the mentalist and comedy magician. The daytime activities were good and plentiful. Overall - Excellent cruise. I really like transatlantic's for the many sea days so that you can just relax and enjoy a nice laid back vacation. What also makes me do them regularly is the price - I can generally do two x 2 week transatlantic cruises for the same price as 1 around Europe. We paid $586 per person for an inside cabin by booking with a US travel agent and watching out for lower price matches and only £186 per person for the flight back to the UK with Thomas Cook Airlines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Well where do I begin !! Embarkation at Southampton was rather longer than anticipated , despite having preference over others , I along with other diamon and diamond plus members queued for far longer than we wanted to , however once ... Read More
Well where do I begin !! Embarkation at Southampton was rather longer than anticipated , despite having preference over others , I along with other diamon and diamond plus members queued for far longer than we wanted to , however once onboard its soon forgotten . My superior oceanview balcony cabin on deck ten was just wonderful , beautifully clean and I was blessed with a wonderful Phillipino male room attendant for whom nothing was too much trouble . I had decided not to eat too much on this cruise , so had room service evry morning so that I would not be tempted by the food in the Windjammer , I had a wonderful rapport with Karen from St Vincent who took the same order every morning Two toast and a boiled egg , and she even came to see me as we laughed so much every time we spoke . The windjammer , what can I say , just wonderful , they cater so well for everybody and are always so cheerful . Could I pass that huge tray of cherry crumble , bread and butter pudding , and those tiny cheesecakes well no I couldnt , so I thoroughly enjoyed them every afternoon , and then just skipped dinner AND AM PLEASED TO SAY I DIDNT GAIN A POUND The journey .................well lets say I never experienced rocking in the night like I did on that ship and I was alone !!! I would wake to find the curtains swinging away from the balcony door , then watch them go back again, I took styrgeron from the minute I boarded continuesly for four days so I wasnt sick , but I gather a lot of people were . Bobby the cruise director was fantastic ,he does a great job and is always smiling and happy to chat to everyone ,the programme he records with Renato is hilarious even if its not meant to be , Whats in the box , its not a box its a bag, you are doing this on purpose says Renato will stay with me forever , they are a great double act , and I told them so several times they are doing a fantastic job . The shows were very good except for one , humour re being beaten as a child was not acceptable to many some even left the theatre , so that was unfortunate . All of the ports were good and we enjoyed great weather too apart from the odd soaking in St Thomas , Disembarking was a bit drawn out too , I waitied till later as my flight was not till the afternoon, but the whole process was quite slow . The ships cleaniless, the staffs attitudes ,and the hilarious Captain who told a joke most days were all a pleasure ,but then I am loyal to Royal so I cant compare , but it was a thoroughly enjoyable cruise   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on 35 cruises. This was our 9 Transatlantic cruise, and our 18 cruise with RCI. Pre-cruise: For the second year in a row, we had pre-booked a car with chauffeur from Online ... Read More
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on 35 cruises. This was our 9 Transatlantic cruise, and our 18 cruise with RCI. Pre-cruise: For the second year in a row, we had pre-booked a car with chauffeur from Online Airport Cars in London, to our hotel in Southampton. It worked again very well for us, and we thought the price was fair. We stayed at the Hotel Novotel Southampton, one day before the cruise. The hotel is an OK 4* hotel, but the prepaid dinner was unfortunately very disappointing. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. The voyage: Unfortunately, we found as last year that the best Transatlantic itinerary in the fall for us, was a cruise from Southampton. Like last November, this meant rather bad weather for two days, until we came to Madeira. We really dislike to sail from Southampton on cruises in late fall, we prefer absolutely to sail from a port in the Mediterranean. And next fall we luckily will just do that, but it's another story … The Ship: The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship, but some things could be maintained better. For example, some elevator buttons did not work, and the large punctured window aft. in the Island Grill, which we also noticed in November last year, was still not changed. Cabin info: We had booked an aft. balcony cabin on deck 9. It was a nice cabin, but with two exceptions, the two very ugly plastic chairs on the balcony, should have been thrown long ago (luckily we had in addition to the chairs two sunbeds, which were fine). In the bathroom we again had a toilet seat that was not so pretty. RCI is the only cruise line we sail with, where we sometimes experience getting less nice toilet seats. We think of course that ugly seats should be replaced at once, but the reason for not doing this is perhaps to save costs? Dining: We had My Time Dining (MTD) in the Mozart Dining Room on deck five. This was really an excellent dining experience! On 11 of our 14 dinners, we were served by the waiter Gennadiy from Ukraine, and his assistant Polo from Peru. We think Gennadiy really is one of the best waiters on the seven seas! Also Polo did an excellent job! But not only these two, but the other waiters we spoke with in "our part" of the Mozart Dining Room, was very nice! - with the only exception of a male assistant waiter. But we will of course not forget the excellent service from the two hostesses Salemnon Vashi and Yurkhan Vashi (cousins), and we were also pleased with the third hostess and our friendly Maitre D'. The food for breakfast and lunch in the Buffet Restaurant Windjammer, was as usual standard buffet food. Unfortunately we experienced that it was empty for prunes when we came to the Caribbean, just like the Transatlantic cruise last year! We have a hard time believing that the logistics would be so complicated, that it should not have been sort it up to this year's cruise. The reason is perhaps that the remaining stock of prunes were put away until the next cruise in the Caribbean - very disappointing! As expected, it was difficult to find an unoccupied table for breakfast and lunch during “peak hours” in the Windjammer. Although a few of the employees in Windjammer was a bit too relaxed, the majority did a very good job of clearing tables etc. We had an excellent dinner at Giovanni’s table. It was nice to experience that on most seadays, food was also prepared and served on pool deck at lunchtime. The crew: Our stateroom attendant from Indonesia was excellent. In addition to him, we also found the other stateroom attendants “in our” starboard corridor (from our aft. stateroom and forward to the lifts), to be very nice. Especially, we had several small pleasant conversations with the male attendant from Guatemala. The majority of rest of the crew we met, were very friendly, with unfortunately a special exception, the unfriendly male officer who was responsible for the deck and pool staff, and who also was responsible for the distribution of bath towels. The Bars: As usually we were pleased with the Viking Crown Lounge at the top of the ship. Entertainment: Of course, a lot of entertainment. The two different ice shows we watched, was as expected excellent. But we no longer go to see the production shows. We are quite tired to experience that part of the music/songs presented, is not "original music". The reason for this is probably copyright issues/costs for RCI. Moreover, we think that most of the live music was good. The Crown & Anchor Society: As Diamond Plus member we were again pleased with the nightly Diamond Event in the Imperial Lounge, with the serving of free beverages and canapés. All the waiters were very friendly. We also appreciate the new offer, that Diamond members and above, now get three free drink coupons to use each day in the bars around the ship, during the hours for the nightly event. We never visited the Concierge Lounge in the evening, it was too crowded. Itinerary – The 5 ports of call were all good. Disembarkation in San Juan - smooth. Easy to find baggage. Overall – A very pleasant cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was our 6th cruise and our fourth with royal Caribbean, it was also our first transatlantic and our first visit to the Caribbean.we had travelled on the adventure last year on a canaries cruise so it felt comfortable straight away, we ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and our fourth with royal Caribbean, it was also our first transatlantic and our first visit to the Caribbean.we had travelled on the adventure last year on a canaries cruise so it felt comfortable straight away, we found the ship as last year clean in good repair and welcoming.this was also the first balcony cabin we had booked on a royal Caribbean ship having previously had promenade cabins on our 3 other cruises, the cabin(6622) was on the hump and offered great views both forward and aft and was great for the two of us and provided a nice oasis on days at sea when we needed a little us time. Facilities on the ship offer a lot or a little depending on your requirements, the cabin was spacious and storage plentiful and the addition of a flat screen TV made moving around the bed to access the balcony easy, the bars and entertainment venues around the ship were varied and could cater for what u wanted ie, quiet reads, games of cards in the blue moon, a pre or post show drink in the champagne bar,a late night drink with music in the nightclub(jesters) and other variations in other locations, the pub the schooner bar the sports bar all offered various types of music during the evening and all day the bars on deck offered a great service. On deck there was also a choice about what u wanted your experience to be eg quiet and relaxed(solarium) or more interactive and musical( main pool deck), the deck was well used during the cruise,deck parties, belly flop contests water aerobics and films on the outdoor screen.entertainment at night was very varied the main theatre shows both crew production and guest artists were very good and you could always go elsewhere if u didn't fancy the show that night( we went 12 nights out of 14),the pyramid lounge offered live bands,quizzes and other activities and other venues offered bands solo artists and instrumentalists so you could always find something you liked. The dining onboard was as always great the main dining room food was always varied well prepared and service good even at busy times, if you decided not to go there the windjammer was a great alternative with varied well prepared options,for a bit of fun u should go to Johnny rockets they have great burgers and a fun atmosphere,if u want a small restaurant feel meal then giovannis is the place to go I took my wife for her birthday and she loved it the food and atmosphere were amazing, and of course if all that wasn't enough there is the 24hr cafe promenade.also worth a mention is the room service we had this twice for breakfast once on my wife's birthday and it was a nice change of pace and good quality, the main dinning room and windjammers were open at various times for breakfast,dinner,evening meal.the adventure is a great ship for all and we hope the explorer of the seas which replaces the adventure next year is as relaxing and fun, A little info about the crossing if you have never done it the weather was great leaving Southampton in November we never expected to go to muster in t shirts( bonus) the 2 days down to Madeira were a bit changeable but still t shirt weather on Madeira we walked around and went on the cable car up to monte we had light trousers and shirts on, Tenerife was the norm for the time of the year,the 6 days at sea were very relaxing and very warm with 2 smal rain showers all crossing the seas was very calm and in all this was a very very pleasant crossing that exceeded our expectations, the Caribbean islands were absolutely amazing and we are already planning our return we visited St Martin, St Kitts and St Thomas all were hot beautiful and laid back with the nicest people you could ask for. We went on 2 excursions catamaran and Nevis beach barbecue on which the beer and rum punch were free flowing and a sight seeing and Megan's bay beach swim on St Thomas they were both absolutely amazing and Megan's bay beach was stunning This was our best holiday ever and royal Caribbean continue to be a great experience and a fun and relaxing holiday,looking forward to our next cruise with excitement and anticipation.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We were on the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. This was our first time cruising with RCI, the first time on a ship with over 3000 passengers and our first transatlantic crossing. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about the ... Read More
We were on the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. This was our first time cruising with RCI, the first time on a ship with over 3000 passengers and our first transatlantic crossing. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about the cruise. Before we left home I stopped reading other peoples’ reviews; they were so negative and disappointing I did not want my holiday ruined before we’d even started. At least we found a lot of AOS fans on the Cruise Critic roll call. Please do not believe all the negative reviews but by the same token you should travel on AOS with reasonable expectations. I think you should research your ships and cruise lines more thoroughly. If most of the complaints are about food, service & entertainment then you should pay more money and go on 6 star cruise lines. Don’t go on a ship that is offering an excellent value for money product, pay a low price then complain about everything. There is a saying “Champagne taste, Beer budget”. The food on the ship was good whether in the MDR or Windjammer (anybody that gives me apple crumble and custard gets my vote!!). There were plenty of Indian dishes in both MDR and the buffet. English sausages and bacon for breakfast (bear in mind that we’d sailed from England), a fresh stir-fry station in the Windjammer, the list goes on. Another highlight of our trip was our table of 10. If any of our dining companions are reading this review; thank you so much for making meal times interesting and fun. Gary & Karen wish you all the best and good luck for the future. There was plenty of choice of activities to do every day. You can take part or just relax in a quiet corner (which was possible on a ship of AOS size and 3000 passengers). Even the 6 consecutive days at sea went quickly and some days we could not do all of the activities we wanted to do because they overlapped. I enjoyed some of the port lectures. Nearly all the shows were excellent. Congratulations to the 2 singers from the AOS entertainment crew that stepped in at the last moment due to rough seas. They were very good and deserve their own show singing contemporary / current songs. I thought the shows were varied and appealed to most people. We had no problems with the staff, who were all polite and courteous. They were regularly seen cleaning common areas and doing some outside painting. Our only complaint was my wife’s Gym experience. She has never been to one before and thought that the 6 days at sea would be an ideal opportunity to give it a try and see how she got on. She went to the Gym on 2 occasions and both times she did not get any help on how to use any of the machines. At her initial visit she was greeted by a member from the Spa who said nobody was available to show her how to use the machines; she was told to just follow the on-screen instructions. These may be obvious to someone who knows what they are doing but to a complete novice they didn’t make any sense so she used the running machine without anyone giving advise or it being set up to monitor her progress. There were no members of staff available the following day either and after that she gave up in disgust! I really think RCI have got the balance right on the AOS. The correct mix of activities, service levels (I prefer not having a waiter ask if I want a drink every 5 minutes), different food venues and shows. The entertainment staff worked very hard to keep everyone happy. I also enjoyed the TV shows with the Captain and other officers explaining how everything works behind the scenes. The Captain’s lecture on Navigation was very informative. If you want perfect cabins, furniture & decor then travel on new ships. Have you ever considered what it’s like having 3600 guests stay on a floating hotel every week. If you stay in 4 star hotels around the world are the rooms always perfect after months of heavy use? Has anyone ever starved on a cruise? There is so much to eat in so many places at so many times. If you want hotter, fresher food then try other restaurants (possibly you should be eating in the places that charge extra?) or search for what you want. Ask the chefs in the windjammer to cook you a fresh steak or watch what they are cooking fresh. Every day we were asked at dinner by 2 staff members if the food and everything else was alright. If you have a problem, talk to them. Have you ever thought how hard it is to serve so many different dishes at once. Think about the logistics of getting that food to your table or a buffet that starts at 1100 and finishes at 1500 hrs. So please don’t believe all the negative reviews. Travel on the AOS expecting a reasonable cruise for the money you are paying. If you want 5 or 6 star luxury then travel on another ship. Have fun and be happy!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were ... Read More
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were visiting. We also agreed to meet at the sky bar for sail away, where I met other solo cruisers who were to remain friends throughout the cruise (RCI also organised solo events throughout the cruise) The first few days were sailing through the Bay of Biscay. This was a bit rough and caused you to stagger side to side at some times but other than that not a problem. The ship was fantastic with a great atmosphere of music and fun. I was assigned a seat in Vivaldi dining room - the only Englishman at a table of 9 Americans, and what a great group they were (if any of you read this, my heartfelt thanks for making me feel so welcome). The food selection was first class as was the service by the staff (thanks Robert and team) I also ate in the windjammer for breakfast and lunch and again the selection was first class. Entertainment in the main theatre was mostly great although there were a couple of shows not so good and the pubs and bars were great with excellent service by attentive and friendly staff with good music in the evenings, particularly at the schooner bar. (I had taken out a drinks package so no big surprises at the end of the cruise) I had an inside cabin which was quite adequate for me and the cabin staff were great. There were plenty of sunbeds on deck 12 with bars within easy reach to quench your thirst and a marked out walkway to assist in removing all the extra weight you put on eating and drinking (5 laps to the mile). So, a great cruise, fantastic service from friendly and helpful staff and great food (I don’t know how anyone could complain). Special thanks to “ icantthinkofone” for the company and friendship. Thank you RCI, I will definitely cruise with you again. And if you are also a solo cruiser – take the plunge- you may enjoy it. Alan   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Well , let's start at embarkation , which was changed from 11am to 2pm due to a deep cleanse requires as norovirus was on the previous sailing. All went quite well ,considering. Although the muster was a bit of a shambles , as guests ... Read More
Well , let's start at embarkation , which was changed from 11am to 2pm due to a deep cleanse requires as norovirus was on the previous sailing. All went quite well ,considering. Although the muster was a bit of a shambles , as guests still walking on at that time. Our first cruise , we absolutely loved it. Met some nice people , food was good , and most importantly , the service was great. Staff really couldn't have done more for you . I really loved the entertainment , every evening we went to a Different show , loved the ice show and G4 s Jonathan , enough to do , and the ports of call were interesting although the Barcelona tour guide was not so good and barely spoke English . Loved the whole cruising thing , although not so much as some customers who seemed to have done upwards of ten cruises on the same itinerary ("not getting off at Vigo dear, we've been there 8times before "!) that would bore me , but I can see the draw of the floating hotel thing for the elderly . Being fifty something, I would be drawn only by new itineraries , and exciting places to visit. However, it was really fab to have a good night out a few drinks , a sing song around the piano, and didn't have to get a taxi home. Special stars were the dining room staff , Linnell and Sachin and Eddie, were really great and a credit to RC. Personally we preferred the dining room to the self serve windjammer, which was often like Victoria station on a Monday morning. Although ok for a quick bite. Cruise director bobby was good , and kept us all informed . One gripe was that we were not informed that the meet and mingle was changed to another venue and time , so missed that sadly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Boarding was delayed because of Noro Virus on the previous cruise and long queues were causing some consternation for passengers. Fortunately we were able to bypass these as we are diamond members. There was continuous cleaning taking ... Read More
Boarding was delayed because of Noro Virus on the previous cruise and long queues were causing some consternation for passengers. Fortunately we were able to bypass these as we are diamond members. There was continuous cleaning taking place throughout the cruise to try and eliminate further infections and all crew must be praised for the extra work, often unpaid, to eliminate the virus. I have never seen so many sanitising gel stations being used, literally at every food venue, shop and entertainment venue both going in and coming out. Food in the main restaurant was usually good . We were on a table of 6 and half of us were quite happy with the food while the others were less happy. Service from our two waiters, both from Mauritius was excellent. Beef and steak were good. No lobster now on European cruises, only in the Caribbean? The Windjammer was very disappointing for us. We only ate there at breakfast and lunch time, There was no self service because of possible contamination, but plenty extra staff were recruited from all areas of the ship to serve passengers so it worked well. We were served by the band members and dancers on many occasions, always with a smiling face. In fact I wondered how long they would be able to keep this up as it went on for the whole cruise. Quality of food in the Windjammer has definitely deteriorated since our last cruise on RCI. Fish and chips were very disappointing, mainly batter on poor quality fish. The chips were very good. There was a vegetable curry every day but rarely a good meat curry. In fact, when it was available it looked dried up and unappetising. Oh dear, what has happened to the cakes. There was very limited selection with the same things every day. The pastries were generally poor too. In fact the only pasty I could recommend was in Johnny Rockets where the apple pie was excellent. I was told that their apple pie was made by a different chef. Compared with a recent cruise on Princess, RCI were miles behind on the food supplied which is surprising when you consider their recent advertising of their new ships food venues. Entertainment was generally good. The resident singers and dancers were excellent as was the Ice Show. I am not a great lover of the Promenade on these ships. There is always a shortage of seating at the coffee shop or pub with the same people appearing to hog their seats most of the time. When the sun shines it is much better because many were on the sun decks soaking up the heat and we had lots of sunshine during this cruise. In fact it was too hot for me much of the time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots ... Read More
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots of nice people working onboard, itinerary was interesting (although I missed not stepping out of EU zone which made all shopping 20% more expensive due to UK VAT). Food was okay - choises were ample, but it featured mostly food appealing to UK and US customers. To our taste food was a bit too heavy. Different tastes in different parts of world, I agree. And food is subjective! My only complaint was actually about the serving temperature. Food should have been hotter when it arrived to my table. We had the pleasure to meet Captain Tony Calne who invited us for a dinner on Halloween night - and that of course made our cruise! It was a night to remember! He is a nice fellow from Turku Finland, has great sence of humour and is a good person to represent the ship. We saw him numerous times onboard, and he always stopped to chat for a minute or two. Embarkation was a nightmare. It was postponed to start at 1.30pm since two or three previous cruises had noro virus problems, and they were doing thorough sanitation. This meant that the port was crouded at 2 pm when we arrived but luckily for us, Platinum and up guests were escorted out of the herd standing outside the building quickly in and on to the ship. Once inside the building, the check in went quickly. Debarkation on the otherhand was a wet one, since it was pouring and you had to walk on the pier without cover. We got soaked! we did not see any signs of Noro on board. They constantly played the Wash Your Hands song on TV and before shows and sanitation liquid was offered every time you stepped in or out of any restaurant. We did all other port excursions on our own, only in Bilbao we purchased RCI transport to the city and back, but did not participate to any of their excursions otherwise. The best bar on board was definitely Champagne Bar, where drink mixologist Philip was able to creat magical drinks in a way we had never experienced. Ship was full, most of 3700 being British, 300 from US, 100 Irish and the rest around the world. They warned us that due to British school break there would be loads of children onboard, but we faced no hassle with children. I think the ship was in good shape, people were generally helpful and friendly. Our cabin attendant was not WOWing us in any way, but produced standard service and not giving any reasons for any exact complaints, but he did just what is required, nothing extra or special, except for 3 towel animals. My only real complaint about him is that he never managed to clean our room in the morning while we were having our breakfast. During our past cruises cleaning has happened right after we had vacated the room. Maybe he was busy somewhere else at the same time. Our cabin 6680 was the very last side balcony cabin on deck 6 so it had metal balcony railing. Ample of room for the 2 of us. No complaint whatsoever, and we did not mind the walk at all. So in conclusion this was a fun week for us, with the highlight of having been invited to join Captain's Table on Halloween night. This cruise I will remember! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Just returned from 14 night Western Med on AOS,getting onboard was total nightmare but for our own safe and well being as so many passengers were taking ill on cruise before. Onboard and everything was brillant,crew ... Read More
Just returned from 14 night Western Med on AOS,getting onboard was total nightmare but for our own safe and well being as so many passengers were taking ill on cruise before. Onboard and everything was brillant,crew entertainment,food,amazing locations my fav was Barcelona. Cabin was very very clean at all times our lady was called Sandra she was amazing,clean towels most days,it was also very roomy didnt use the balcony that much as wanted to be up on the decks all the time. MDR we had my time dining which suited us as we liked to have early dinner,had same time and table every night our waiters were Wilfredo and Benjamin they were out standing one night we were served and had eaten in 41 mins good one All in had a great time,lots of hand washing cos of the illness before but who doesnt wash their hands . Royal Caribbean well done to you Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
First cruise. Really impressed. There was a gastro outbreak on the previous trip which led to delays on boarding due to the captain ordering a deep clean of the ship. While the delay was frustrating I prefer waiting than being ill so as a ... Read More
First cruise. Really impressed. There was a gastro outbreak on the previous trip which led to delays on boarding due to the captain ordering a deep clean of the ship. While the delay was frustrating I prefer waiting than being ill so as a one off I can’t really fault this. The restaurants were great. The main dining room was beautiful, the staff brilliant and the food amazing. The Windjammer restaurant was very nice with great views from all windows and lovely food. I don’t normally like buffets but this was great. Always plenty of choice and I could always get more if I wished due to it being self-service. Only struggled to get a table at breakfast but always managed after a couple of minutes looking. Cleanliness was to a high standard. Our room attendant was a very nice chap who looked after us and left us towel animals to amuse my 8 year old. He deserved his tip. I really am finding it hard to fault this cruise. Even the security staff were friendly and polite. We were treated like royalty from start to finish.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our 4th cruise, 3rd with RCI and worst. It started of with the utter chaos at Southampton waiting to board the ship, due to the deep clean and the Norovirus outbreak from the previous cruise that was being carried out on board the ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise, 3rd with RCI and worst. It started of with the utter chaos at Southampton waiting to board the ship, due to the deep clean and the Norovirus outbreak from the previous cruise that was being carried out on board the ship. We had received the e-mail to tell us about the deep clean so paid extra to our hotel to keep our room longer. But at 2pm we had to head for the ship. There was only one person from RCI outside the terminal to inform us of what was happening with no real success. At about 4.30pm we get into the terminal and then onto the ship. Once on board it was straight to the muster drill, this was started before everyone was board, I got told afterwards that not all people got the muster drill until the next day. After the drill we were told that our cabins were ready....this was not true, the stewards were still doing the deep clean, and people were not very happy trying to get into their cabins. This was resolved at around 6.30pm lucky we opted for the 8.30pm dinner, the bags arrived in good time. Due to the threat of the virus the Windjammer was not self service until breakfast on the Sunday as we left to go home. After a few days of being served like this I felt I was in the school dining room, the crew that served you food never took off the gloves after serving someone their food and handling their plate, and the crew that wiped the tables used the same cloth over and over again. The main dining rooms were fine with great service from the waiters although the Maitre d caused a couple at our dinner table some grief because of their opinions on the mid cruise survey. After this run in they never came back to eat dinner. The meals was fine if you liked seafood which was on the menu far too often, as I don't like seafood my starter most night was Caeser salad. The steward that cleaned the cabin was excellent and very helpful, the carpet was well worn, the sofa was too, the balcony patchwork was different shade of white and rust. Bar staff were great and very attentive, and the entertainment was good also. We never used RCI for any excursions, way over priced. Getting off and back on the ship at the ports was terrible with long queues. Disembarkation is swift and easy and no queuing for once. This was maybe due to another deep clean. After all the Norovirus issues could have been dealt better, the figures from the previous cruise the number of people affected with the virus varied so much that we didn't believe the figures, that we was told about. . Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
In 2013 we sailed out of Rome on the Navigator of the seas. It was our first cruise and it was almost perfect. The ship was spotless the crew were friendly and polite. We learned a lot from this cruise. And one of the things we did learn ... Read More
In 2013 we sailed out of Rome on the Navigator of the seas. It was our first cruise and it was almost perfect. The ship was spotless the crew were friendly and polite. We learned a lot from this cruise. And one of the things we did learn was to travel from Canada to Europe a few days earlier than the sailing date, and get over the jet lag. The Navigator of the Seas was due to depart from Southampton on October 12th so we spent a couple of days in the U/K getting into the time zone. Two days before we were due to depart I received a phone call telling me that the ship was on its way back to Southampton and that some passengers had been taken sick with the Norovirus. Our boarding would be delayed by 3 hours while they sanitized the ship. They gave us a new boarding time for our deck. I received two more calls over the next two days and also one e-mail telling me about the delay. We arrived at the departure terminal at the time they told us to. Our bags were taken away from us as soon as the taxi stopped. Then we had to join a long line of passengers waiting to check in. The longer we waited the darker the clouds got, and just before we hit the part of the queue where there was a roof it started to rain. Nowhere to go just stand there and take it. Lucky for us it was not raining to hard and after a while they called our deck number and we went into the terminal. Also lucky for us we had sailed with Royal Caribbean before so a lady stuck a gold sticker on my shirt and we joined a shorter line up. I felt sorry for all those that we in the other line up it snaked back and forth for a long way. Our check-in was not too bad the agent scanned our passports and we were on our way within a few minutes. It took her about the same time to check us in as it did the agent at the airport in Toronto. Once on board the ship we went to Deck Six we got there around 5.15pm. But we could not go to the cabin because they were still cleaning. So we all went downstairs to listen to the emergency drill instructions. After this was completed we went back upstairs but we could not go to our cabin as they were still cleaning. So we all went for dinner at the Windjammer. At 7pm we returned to Deck 6 and found that we could now go to our cabin the luggage was outside the door. As far as the cruise was concerned at was a lovely cruise we went to some nice places and saw lots of interesting things. We did one ship tour at Gibraltar but other than that we made our own arrangements. In most cases we went on the red hop on and hop off busses. Unfortunately the Norovirus cast a big shadow over the cruise. In the buffet (Windjammer) you could not serve yourself they had staff standing out in front serving you. It was obvious that they had to use staff from all parts of the ship to do this job. One day there was a man with wellington boots and coveralls serving. He had gloves on but it was obvious that he did not know how to serve people and he spent some time chasing the vegetables around the dish before he caught some and put it onto my plate. Now you cannot blame these members of the staff for not doing a great job. First of all they do not want to be there, second they are not trained as waiters and in the case of my guy with the wellington boots I am sure he does a great job somewhere down in the depths of the ship doing what he is trained to do. As the cruise went on it was obvious that they were being overworked and were not enjoying life at all. But they were doing their best and I thank them for that. My really big beef about Royal Caribbean is the disgusting price that they charge for use of Wi-Fi. Their prices are outrageous. We spent some money on Wi-Fi but then when we went onshore we just went to MacDonald’s or Burger King or to a restaurant and sent out e-mails free. In this day and age where most people went to keep in touch with family at home WI-FI should be free. After we arrived back in Southampton we choose to walk off with our suitcases and we had no problems doing this and no delay. We find it easier to do it this way. In general the choice of ports was good and the ship arrived and departed each one on time. But this ship is nowhere near as well run as the Navigator of the Seas was and it was starting to show its age even after having an alleged refit this year. For 2015 we had picked out two cruises both the same length and this cruise helped us make up our mind which one to take. In 2015 we will not be on Royal Caribbean we are going to try another cruise line.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We usually book inside cabins on the 18 cruises we have been on and we had cabin 7131 on this ship that we havent been on before.It had twin beds pushed together for a queen and my wife had to climb on the bed as it was too near the ... Read More
We usually book inside cabins on the 18 cruises we have been on and we had cabin 7131 on this ship that we havent been on before.It had twin beds pushed together for a queen and my wife had to climb on the bed as it was too near the wall.Mornings around 5am the noise from above started. We phoned reception and 2 security guards who investigated said it was kitchen preparation and it wouldnt happen again. It did. Reception staff were pleasant and anxious to please and found us a cabin with a window and larger. We than had to shift all our luggage and a steward helped with the changeover. The weather was amazing sunshine all the way unusual for the Med in October. The restaurant food was excellent and Jenny Shimrah and Xiaoquan (her assistant) we amazing (He sang Happy Birthday in Chinese for me) We have had good service before but this was exceptional. Entertainment was the usual reasonable standard except the hypnotist who was amazing. Went to the show twice. Most unusual. The ship had done a deep clean as it had the norovirus and all the staff were continually cleaning and wiping surfaces even reception staff and dancers and the orchestra. Library was closed because of this which was a shame. All three pools were very chilly. In spite of the room problems for the first week, we would go Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas, cruise October 12-26 2014 All monies paid to Royal Caribbean, we were given notice of when to check in for boarding at Southampton, as we were on deck 7, our time was for 13:30. We ... Read More
Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas, cruise October 12-26 2014 All monies paid to Royal Caribbean, we were given notice of when to check in for boarding at Southampton, as we were on deck 7, our time was for 13:30. We were asked not to turn up before this time so as not to overcrowd the departures lounge. 9th October I received an email requesting me not to turn up until 15:15, “As a number of guests on board experienced Gastrointestinal Illness. In an abundance of caution, we are conducting enhanced sanitizing on-board the ship and within the cruise terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise”. This was a fair enough comment, I had arranged with my son to take us to Southampton, but the time of our arrival could not be changed due to his personal reasons. Check in We arrived at the departure lounge for 13:45 and settled down to a longer wait than originally planned for. The departure lounge was closed, so we all had to stand around outside of the building. 15:15 came and went, still nobody was allowed into the building No catering for refreshments was available, the small outside shop was closed by 11:00. It seems that the lady who was working in the shop was contracted to stay until 11:00, as the numbers turning up for the cruise was unexpected??? Unbelievable! My wife who had recently had a knee operation was left to stand, in the cold, with no refreshment available. I asked if water could be found for her as she was feeling the strain. An attendant was quick enough to go looking for water, and came back some minutes later saying there was none to be had, but we could use the rest room taps, we waited a father hour before succumbing to the taps as suggested. I would like to congratulate the Port Authority on their complete disregard to passengers needs. Our deck number was eventually called for the check-in process, along with all other deck numbers before us. It had started to rain just as we managed to get under the canopy. We passed a water dispenser some way into the building, I queue jumped a few lines to get the water my wife needed, not a popular move, but our needs were greater. The check-in counter was not the most efficient I have ever come across, despite checking in on-line. Having got the checking in out of the way, we then had passport control and security checks to contend with. The ship was due to depart at 16:30, we still had to go through the passport control and security checks, the queues behind us must have been in the 100's. We eventually did get aboard somewhere around 17:15 I can't be certain with any accuracy, by this time I had lost the will to live. Our next job was to find our muster station for lifeboat drill, we eventually found it, no thanks to the attendants standing around, trying to look important. Deck 4, D23 Aft' was our destination a long walk through the ships bar (one of many), through the Casino, then outside to find D23...in the rain where we stood for the next 15 minutes or so waiting for other passengers to turn up (admittedly, partial shelter). After a further 10 minutes or so, the lifeboat drill was officially ended by the Captain’s announcement. Now we were able to do what we wished...Straight to the Promenade Café on deck 5 for a very much needed drink before going to our state room to offload our hand luggage. We had taken 4 luggage bags with us, there were 3 bags waiting outside our room. As luggage was still being delivered, I was not too concerned, as it could not get lost, after all we were not in an airport, and we saw our luggage being taken to the drop off point. We went for our dinner in the Windjammer Restaurant, where we met an army of servers who’s job it was to put our food onto the plates, we were not allowed to touch anything other than our plates and napkin wrapped cutlery, we were not even allowed to pick up our condiments, but had to watch as they were put onto the food. I have to add that this was done with no skill whatsoever, but dumped, shaken or just scattered, you had to trust to luck you got what you wanted. (This was due to the GI scare and the sanitation was being carried forward). It was the same, every meal, every day throughout the 14 days, with the exception of the last meal, Breakfast on the morning of departure, the only attendants were behind the serving counter, either cooking or restocking as required. Where had the servers gone? Who knows, who cares? The only meal we had where we got exactly what we wanted with no hanging around. But I digress... After our dinner, we went to deck 5 for a coffee before retuning to our room, still no 4th luggage case (mine). Back to deck 5 reception to enquire the reason. I was asked if I had been to deck 1 to see if it was there. I replied “No, it is off limits to passengers to the best of my knowledge.” I was then told that it is permissible to go and look for my case. This I did...NO CASE. Back to deck 5 to report. I mentioned that this case was very important to me, as I had medical supplies, they would be needed on the voyage, and that if my case had been lost, there would be problems for me later in the voyage, and very big (legal and supply) problems for the company. I was then told to go back to my room and wait for a phone call, this I did. We unpacked what baggage we had and sorted ourselves out, At 22:25 I looked out of the door to find my case had turned up, identity label not where it was fixed originally but threaded into the luggage strap. I went to report the case found, and that all was well. I was told that they were not aware of this and that a form had been made ready for me to fill. On my return to the room, my wife told me that a call had been put through asking if I had my case. The ship ($ = extra payment) I have to say that the ship has amenities for almost every type of passenger, too many to list here, I would advise looking at their website for more details. The staterooms of which there are 100's on several decks (we had over 3,000 guests on board) vary in size and cost, the bigger the room the greater the gratuities paid by all occupants, including children from what I can make out. We had an inner stateroom just big enough for two occupants, but will take up to 4 (be prepared to keep clothing in suitcases and store them under the beds, we had to do this 3 years ago when we took my Father-in-law with us). All beds are single, but can be converted to twin or double, just ask. The top beds are stored in the ceiling and have ladders to climb. The shower room is compact, but has all that is needed. Look at it this way, the inner stateroom is just a large caravan with a safe and fridge, also on-board interactive TV to order excursions and also to keep tabs of your credit. Daily morning 'shows' from the cruise director to keep you informed. Other amenities include Multi faith chapel, mini golf, in-line skating track [which was not open on this trip] rock climbing, golf simulator I think ($), health spa ($), sports arena, basket ball & football, games room (cards etc.) Library, access to books this trip was not available due to the GI outbreak, although the room could be used, Internet access ($) very expensive Professional photographers are everywhere ready to take your pictures at the drop of a hat ($), there is also a cinema on deck 2 I think, as well as a big screen on deck 11. Beauty parlour ($), gymnasium ($), shopping is a regular feature for some guests. These are a selection, and other activities can be found on a daily basis, not forgetting free poolside towels, 2 per guest, as many times as needed. There are bars for your drinks at $8+ a go. No wines, beers or spirits are allowed to be taken aboard, any purchase have to be handed in before boarding, and will be returned to you on the last night of your cruise On the whole, the holiday was enjoyable, the weather after the first 2 days was perfect, the evening shows at the Lyric (decks 3 & 4 forward) were OK, but not up to the usual standard, (we have been on 2 cruises previously with Caribbean) the exception being the Ice show (Deck 3 Aft'), this was perfect. We only did the one excursion, a panoramic tour of Valencia, and thought it a rip off, but that is another story. All other ports visited, we walked off and explored under our own steam in temperatures of mid 20's to low-mid 30's C. My wife who loves crafting would often disappear to make cards or jewellery ($) as part of the ship's programs. For myself I was on a learning curve with my camera, the holiday presented opportunities I would not get back at home. I did not achieve all I wanted, but I was happy with what I had done. I gave the jacuzzi (1 of 4 or was it 6?) plenty of use, also the swimming pool a go, there were 3 of these. To lay in the sun on a mattressed sun bed in October to dry out in mid 20's to low 30's is something I can certainly recommend. Several types of tea and coffee or even drinking chocolate were always on tap for the asking. Also frozen yoghurt is available during the daytime. Cakes, Pizza slices, fruit, sandwiches, cookies etc. were available from the Windjammer from 15:00 on deck 11, or the Promenade Café deck 5 almost 24/7. Now, here is the rub. Having sailed with Royal Caribbean International on two other occasions, this was our second cruise on 'Adventure', we thought that standards had gone down in a big way, I have already mentioned the evening shows at the Lyric, some of the furniture needed repairing in Windjammer, a couple of armchairs in the library were past their best. I took my laptop to the games room on deck 14 to edit some photographs, and felt the table was going to collapse, any time soon. In the semi enclosed area of deck 11, some tiles were broken and could cause some nasty wounds to the feet. I think this was caused by the rearranging of the sunbeds, dragging and dropping after use. A lot of guests thought that many staff were close to being ignorant (It’s just a job attitude). Fortunately these were in the minority. To be fair, the holiday was enjoyable. You can certainly expect crowds during meal times at various restaurants, certainly after a show has ended at the Lyric also the Promenade gets very busy every evening. Departure for home On the last night you will be given new case labels, ask for the numbers required. Having packed to depart, fix labels to your baggage and leave outside your room before 23:00. These will be collected and taken to the collection point for when you leave the ship. This was very straight forward for us off and out in less than 10 minutes, and no customs or passport control. [Regarding no customs, last cruise we did 2011, there were packets of cigarettes stacked on several tables, plus drinks of all varieties, confiscated by customs. So, be warned] Our departure was not the best, we sat in the arrivals lounge, waiting for our son to collect us. We were 2 of 4 people with all our luggage, one of the Port staff came in and asked us when we would be departing, I mentioned that we were waiting for our lift, hopefully aground midday. We were then told in no uncertain circumstances that the lounge would have to be closed, and that we would have to leave, now. I asked the reason why, and was told that in order to minimize cross contamination, the arrival lounge will have to be closed. This seemed a very weak argument, as the departure guests would be going into another building, or milling around outside, as we did two weeks previously. We were also told the toilets would be locked, along with the arrivals lounge. It is a good job the toilets were not locked two weeks ago, we both used them twice, and to drink from the taps. Our argument fell on deaf ears. We were however supplied with a coach to take us to the Holiday Inn just outside the gate. So we could contaminate the other people there??? In all we had a good time, we enjoyed our food and amenities, we visited places we had not seen before, all in good weather. It does no do to dwell on the 'bad side' of the event. Hopefully, this is just a one off incident. A last word to Royal Caribbean International, BIGGEST IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
It is 9 years since we were last on a RC cruise and fair to say there was a very noticeable difference in the overall quality of the offering - and unfortunately not all was for the better. The ship itself is very impressive but a number ... Read More
It is 9 years since we were last on a RC cruise and fair to say there was a very noticeable difference in the overall quality of the offering - and unfortunately not all was for the better. The ship itself is very impressive but a number of areas were simply too small to cope with the demands of the 3,700 passengers - most notably the Schooner bar and the coffee shop on the Royal Promenade where waiting times were unacceptable. My other main complaint is the smoking policy adopted by RCI. They allow smoking inside the casino. Whilst in theory this is supposed to be limited to a specific section of the casino there was no evidence of this being policed and, in any event, the smoke drifts - not only to all parts of the casino but to the adjoining areas of the deck and, due to the layout of this ship, to the deck above via the stairs that link the casino to the Royal Promenade. Our cabin was very good - just a standard balcony grade but well laid out and plenty of room for clothes. The staff were very hardworking and obsessive about the cleanliness no doubt in part due to the fact that the cruise prior to ours, and according to the internet, the previous one, had seen some issues with Norovirus. We experienced no such problems and from reports we heard the problem has now been contained. We opted for “ My Time” dining and, having pre-booked a table for each evening, had no problem in being seated at our preferred time. The waiting staff, apart from one excellent assistant, all appeared to be under significant time pressure and had little time to spend with the diners. This may be due to the fact that “My Time” diners have to pre pay gratuities and the staff know that they are unlikely to get any added tips as they do not serve the same diners every night, as with fixed dining. The quality of the food was no more than average, both in terms of quality or choice, either in the main dining restaurant or the Windjammer buffet. Giovanni's speciality restaurant was, however, excellent and well worth the $20 cover. Dress code is a bit of a waste of time. Whilst many, like us, did follow the code with plenty of dinner jackets in evidence on the 2 formal nights, some had no regard whatsoever and were allowed to turn up in the main dining room in jeans (and in one case cargo shorts), and tee shirt. The theatre entertainment and the ice show were some of the best we have seen on the dozen or so cruises that we have done with a variety of cruise lines, but the rest of the activities were nothing to get excited about. The ports themselves were what they were. We took a RC excursion to Santiago. The town itself is well worth a visit as is the cathedral although our particular guide had a very strong accent making her difficult to understand unless you listened very intently. One American lady told the guide that “I cannot understand a word you are saying” which I felt was a little harsh but could understand her frustration. In the other ports we did our own thing – Gijon and Bilbao both had attractive “old town “offerings and this was helped by the fantastic weather. We hired a car in Le Havre and went to Bayeux to see the tapestry and toured the landing beaches, the Normandy towns along the coast and Pegasus Bridge memorial all for a fraction of the RC excursion price. Shuttle busses were essential to get us from the docks to the towns in both Gijon and Bilbao and I take great exception to having to pay ($15) for these shuttles when the towns are totally inaccessible without. Notwithstanding the negatives we did have an enjoyable week but we will think carefully before we travel with RC again.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Returned today from the france and spain cruise , the organisation on this cruise was very poor as was the entertainment , i really dont want to attend a session on how to fold a napkin correctly ! there were ques just about everywhere on ... Read More
Returned today from the france and spain cruise , the organisation on this cruise was very poor as was the entertainment , i really dont want to attend a session on how to fold a napkin correctly ! there were ques just about everywhere on the ship couldn't get a seat alot of the time in the cafe's or promenade which was basically 2 shops ! The duty free shop was closed for our whole trip , though i have to say the food was excellent i really dont have any complaints of food or cleanliness as it was brilliant ! and the staff were fantastically hard working and mostly happy and helpful at all times especially in the strauss dining room food was superb and sameer ross and ervak who were our waiters were fantastic all week very professional at all times and couldn't do enough for us infact they made our cruise bearable ! if you like ques and poor entertainment then i recommend lol the ports were boring we stopped at le harve which was our last stop and it was yet another shopping centre like the last 3 stops but this time all shops were closed well most of them due to it being a bank holiday which they failed to tell us before we booked transport ! excursions were overpriced as was everything else :( Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
After many cruises with RC,we have always come home excited to tell everyone about the unusual and special things that only happen on a cruise. We have cruised with many cruise lines and of course they also have that one and only type of ... Read More
After many cruises with RC,we have always come home excited to tell everyone about the unusual and special things that only happen on a cruise. We have cruised with many cruise lines and of course they also have that one and only type of holiday that you get when cruising. Last year we went with three different cruise lines NCL, in March, RC,Adventure Of The Seas in July and in October P & O. Each had a small spin on the same unique holiday called cruising. On 29 Oct 2014, We have just come back form the cruise dated 12 October 2014 Called Med Cities,on The Adventure Of The Seas, in a Junior Suite Room number 7692. What a Big difference a year makes as this is the second time in a row we have used this ship we were in the Italian part of the med last year!! First of all I would like to say we feel we were duped by getting a Junior Suite all that money for a few extra square feet!!!! disgusting Although we were told that we had restricted viewing We were not told that on the days we could actually go on the balcony we would have to put up with staff on the deck just below ours having their breaks sitting there smoking and messing around. Of course it's not their fault But had we been informed of this we would not have taken the room even if it was for free!!!( We will never ever get another Junior Suite!! With the restricted views we hardly had any sunshine our Balcony It was always wet or damp couldn't really use it!!!! When we looked out our views were completely spoilt by the staff smoking and chatting!! ( Again it's not there fault they have to sit there!!) We went to reception to comment the lady wasn't interest and said all we could do was write to you at head office, Royal Caribbean on our return!!! We traveled bus which was new, comfortable and for us it meant the start of our holiday. We were late getting on the ship due to a strict hygiene deep clean after a small S & D breakout on the previous cruise. The Safety Drill went ahead even though passengers were still trying to broad THIS IS SURELY AGAINST MARITIME LAW as all passengers must take part!!!!!! Albeit that your staff in the past have been Fabulous on this trip they weren't!!!!! We would stress that it's not there fault, it's all the cutbacks, less staff working to hard, making mistakes and making our time very impersonal To which we were saddened to see!!!!!! What's happened to all the nice things like folded towels etc. Ice Sculptures, dinner staff going around singing or just to music with us guests waving our serviettes,The Flower Trolley, champagne and chocolates,this is the type of thing we liked on our cruises. Making this type of holiday unique, that's why we chose cruising and introduced our friends and family to it there were twelve of us last year and it was wonderful what's Happened!!!!!!!!!!! Last year a few of our group smoked they went outside didn't mind at all but this year you have allowed it in the casino we use the casino quite a bit and all we could smell was smoke it was awful and In fact that is all you could smell all over!!! I'm sure in fact I know it's not allowed to be in public places because secondary smoking causes CANCER it's also against the law!!!!!! But as you are on the ocean you think you can do as you please If that carries on that's something else we will not be doing going in the casino!!!!!!!!! It's so sad to see a company of your calibre and 40 plus years in the business to loose track on what cruising is all about we know that it's always about making money but surely please don't loose sight of that personal touch that quite a lot of cruisers like. The staff have always been very polite and professional but to many cutbacks has changed all that, My Time dinning has also changed the way the staff interact, they just don't have the time to be friendly!!!!! Even your entertainment has become like what you would expect on a caravan camp holiday!! Although their was a couple of star turns to which you flew in!!!!! The ship it's self was in need of a complete update because everywhere looked dated. We read that the ship had some work done on some areas but we did not see this!!!!!! Our only savour to this holiday was the trips we took around the cities, getting off the ship for home was good! We have a cruise booked next year and sadly if it's like the one we have just been on we won't be returning to Royal Caribbean. Thankyou for listening and we hope you can take these few points on board. Shaun Wood   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
As the ship had an outbreak of the novo virus the previous week when it reached Southampton it had to have a deep clean which no one minded but the chaos to board was dreadful. The ship had a refit earlier this year but except for some of ... Read More
As the ship had an outbreak of the novo virus the previous week when it reached Southampton it had to have a deep clean which no one minded but the chaos to board was dreadful. The ship had a refit earlier this year but except for some of the new carpets, a new 'concrete mattress' and a flat screen television the in stateroom nothing much looked different. The furniture in the staterooms were dated and mostly scratched. The daytime activities on sea days were very poor. The evening shows had excellent guest performers . The parade on the royal promenade was poor compared to the other ships we've been on.There was only one ice show over the two weeks as compared to two again on other ships. Johnny Rockets menu was somewhat depleted as apposed to other ships. The food in the main dining room was excellent no complaints there as was Giovannis the Italian restaurant., except some passengers complained that when they ordered a bottle of water it was $8 and they weren't told, then tried to see them a bottle of wine at $50 - $100 dollars. The queues to get shuttle bus tickets were horrendous as you had to queue outside of the ship. The ports of call were lovely except Majorca on a Sunday but with the marathon all the roads were closes so they bused us to the middle of nowhere where everyone promptly came back.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Just back from 14 nights Adventure of the Seas to the Canaries.After cutting quite a few goodies we are beginning to wonder what RCCI will think of next .Half way through our evening meal my daughter was approached by a waiter who was ... Read More
Just back from 14 nights Adventure of the Seas to the Canaries.After cutting quite a few goodies we are beginning to wonder what RCCI will think of next .Half way through our evening meal my daughter was approached by a waiter who was trying to sell her a Royal Caribbean cook book How would the Big Cheese of RCCI react to something like that? Whilst we were having a quiet drink in the Schooner bar we were approached by a woman member of staff plugging Giovannis restaurant Loading the Diamond plus card with 3 free drinks per person is a good idea and will be better when all the barstaff are conversant with it ie being being presented with a check with your first drink .One thing worth remembering ----------If you order a gin and slim line tonic on Deck 14 it constitutes 2 drinks[the tonic coming in a small bottle The only thing you can rely on lately with RCCI is the presence of The Noro virus Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
It was 5 years since we went on RCI. We felt there had been a lot of cost cutting particularily in the food. The cabin, ship and public areas were spotless and the staff were always helpful. The design of the ship means there is no outside ... Read More
It was 5 years since we went on RCI. We felt there had been a lot of cost cutting particularily in the food. The cabin, ship and public areas were spotless and the staff were always helpful. The design of the ship means there is no outside area to eat which meant that most passengers would go into The WIndgammer. It was hard to find a seat, very stuffy and had a very poor selection of food. The MDR only offered 'surf & turf' if you paid for it. The dinning room was very cold and we asked for the air con to be turned down but after many 'explanations' we were told it was not possible. This meant some of our food was sent back because it was luke warm. Good points were the varied ports of call, Cadiz walking tour and reasonable sports amenities. We are always disappointed the lack of classes avaible in the gym. 7am or 7.30am is TOO early!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Totally enjoyed myself being a solo traveler. Met lots of really nice people. Ship offered numerous activities each day, including art seminars at auctions through Park West Gallery. Excursions were good, but Gijon was a waste of time and ... Read More
Totally enjoyed myself being a solo traveler. Met lots of really nice people. Ship offered numerous activities each day, including art seminars at auctions through Park West Gallery. Excursions were good, but Gijon was a waste of time and money. I hope they take that new port off of the itinerary, as it was a waste of time. Most of the passengers complained. Entertainment was fantastic!!! Went to most of the shows. The ice skating show as gorgeous! Food in the dining room was very good, and Windjammer was good. All in all, I had a great time. I don't have any wild desire to go back to any of the countries, but then I don't think the cities we went to were really representative of the Spanish Mediterranean.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
As my title says it was so much better than I had been expecting from someof the reviews I had read. Getting on board at Southampton was a piece of cake, our balcony cabin on deck 6 was spotless and Bobby our steward couldnt have done more ... Read More
As my title says it was so much better than I had been expecting from someof the reviews I had read. Getting on board at Southampton was a piece of cake, our balcony cabin on deck 6 was spotless and Bobby our steward couldnt have done more to help us(even reminding us that we had walked past our cabin :) ).The food in the windjammer was always hot and there was always plenty to chose from.I didnt see anyone get into the buffet without using the hand sanitiser.Even at busy times you could usually find a table to eat at. The main dining room on deck 5 (ATD) was great we ate there every evening and the waiters were always happy to change a dish if you did not like it.We were never rushed to leave the table. We tried many of the bars, our favorite was the Champagne bar were the staff were great (Dennis makes great Cocktails) I am not saying that everything was perfect, but overall a great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My husband and I sailed on the Adventure from 9/28/2014 until 10-12-2014. I love the longer cruises because you can really relax. The weather was perfect for the whole trip. The cruise director, Bobbi was fun, professional and visible. ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Adventure from 9/28/2014 until 10-12-2014. I love the longer cruises because you can really relax. The weather was perfect for the whole trip. The cruise director, Bobbi was fun, professional and visible. Between announcements from the captain and the cruise director we were continually updated on happenings around the ship and about the ports. Our room steward, Bruce was great and was a great conversationalist. He took care of our needs and was fun to visit with but not overbearing. The Diamond Club filled up early but if you got there at a reasonable time, you could get a seat, even if it was on the outside deck. We had assigned seating for dinner and sat with great people from the UK. We looked forward to going to dinner each night just to visit with them and if we saw them out and about on the ship we would stop to chat or sit and enjoy lunch or breakfast with them. The size of the ship is just right. You actually see some of the people more than once unlike larger ships. For the first week, we did not have our luggage because the airline we started our trip on did not transfer it to the second airline. Wesley in Customer Relations took care of tracking the cases down and getting them to us. All of the purser's staff was understanding and caring about our situation. Alonzo was awesome, making us comfortable for the week. It was easy to get into the shows, find a seat and get a drink. Food was plentiful all over the ship. The entire staff on this ship was the best and friendliest I have seen. Kudos to Christelle, the Purell lady in the Windjammer, Bruce our room steward, Gemma, Jorge and Veronica in the dining room, Wesley and Alonzo and the entire staff at Customer Relations, there was a waiter in the Diamond Lounge from the Philippines who was fabulous. I can't remember his name but he had dark hair with light streaks and there were so many fantastic wairters in the Windjammer. I wish I could take this trip all over again. All in all, Royal Caribbean did not disappoint on this trip, unlike our second cruise on the Oasis, a week later. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
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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