Sail Date: September 2015
Went on a group cruise with 50 couples. We had a great time. Everything except for the karioke director. He was so rude. I would recommend the cruise for anyone looking for a quick getaway. The unlimited drink package was great, the staff ... Read More
Went on a group cruise with 50 couples. We had a great time. Everything except for the karioke director. He was so rude. I would recommend the cruise for anyone looking for a quick getaway. The unlimited drink package was great, the staff was very friendly, and the food was good. The entertainment on the ship was good, especially the comedy shows. The port of calls in the bahamas were as to be expected, island hospitality at it best. The first port was owned by the cruise ship and we had a lot of fun. On the second stop, the rain was brutal which made it hard to even enjoy the port. No worries for the group that we were with, we made our way to Senior Frogs and had a great time. I was even able to catch the dolphins game there. Overall, I would recommend this cruise for anyone looking for a long weekend away. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Came back on Sat.9/26/15 from the Adventure of the Seas. Overall- we had an awesome time! We loved our room. We had a superior deluxe balcony and it was spacious and always clean! Boat was was very nice and not old looking at all! This ... Read More
Came back on Sat.9/26/15 from the Adventure of the Seas. Overall- we had an awesome time! We loved our room. We had a superior deluxe balcony and it was spacious and always clean! Boat was was very nice and not old looking at all! This was our 5th cruise..our 2nd with RC. Dining room- we had the 6:00 seating and was very impressed with the service provided by Raj, Kristina and Roger. Raj always wanted to bring us more food and we never left hungry. Best dinner was the lobster tails and Chocolate sensation for dessert! Port of calls were : St.Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. We chose this cruise bc we had never been to the last 3 ports. ONly beach we did not go to was St.Kitts. Other beaches were great and water was so warm ..you just walk right in. Curacao had rocky beach so it would've been a little better with water shoes. Overall- we were very pleased with this cruise and would recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
My husband and I went on a delayed honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves by the pool, at the game shows, watching poolside movies and at the ports of call. The Good-A fun atmosphere, and great cabin service attendants. The Bad- The ... Read More
My husband and I went on a delayed honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves by the pool, at the game shows, watching poolside movies and at the ports of call. The Good-A fun atmosphere, and great cabin service attendants. The Bad- The attention to detail. In the fitness center the drapes were falling off. Although our server in the dining room was friendly, he was very slow. The Indifferent-The food was hit and miss. Some dishes like the duck were fantastic. The prime rib was excellent one night and mediocre the next. At the Windjammer, the food was plentiful but not life-changing. The entertainment was also the same,the Ukrainian ice skaters were phenomenal, yet other acts were not very good. Overall it was a good value. Looking to try a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Sailed on AOS, southern itinerary leaving from San Juan. As always, we arrived day before scheduled sailing to avoid possible perils associated with arriving day of sailing such as missed air connections. Stayed at Condado Hilton in one ... Read More
Sailed on AOS, southern itinerary leaving from San Juan. As always, we arrived day before scheduled sailing to avoid possible perils associated with arriving day of sailing such as missed air connections. Stayed at Condado Hilton in one of there supposed better rooms. We've stayed in the Condado area a number of times in the past...never seems to get much better...always a "tick" off the mark. Hotels in this area are definitely not what you'd expect if you were staying in an upscale hotel in continental U.S. Seems no matter which property you stay at the rooms are in need of some rework. As we are Diamnd level members of RCCL Crown & Anchor Society we took advantage of perks extended for quick(er) checkin/boarding. Always seems like way to many cars, shuttles, people, etc. given location of PanAmerican Pier. You'd think by now, RCCL would have made improvements to this area. We'd give RCCL high marks on maintenance of Adventure of the Seas. Everything aboard ship was very clean and in good working order. Our outside balcony cabin was located midship Deck 9. Our cabin attendant "Amy" was extremely polite and efficient...she handled all our requests with a smile. We had 2nd seating in Vivaldi dining room. Waitstaff was most accommodating although wE felt overall quality level of both service and food was not what it has been on our previous cruises with RCCL. There was constant reminder at dinner (in the form of a "table card" that you could upgrade your entree for additional charge...we found this to be tacky/ rather tasteless. We dined one night at Giovanni's specialty restaurant. An "OK" evening but nothing out of the ordinary. Our waiter was overly pushy...came across way too strong and opinionated. We were traveling with two other couples...all had same opinion. Waiter insisted on bringing way too much food in form of appetizers, really taking away from enjoyment of our entrees even though we turned a ton of appetizers untouched back to the kitchen. As we were all celebrating birthdays, and wedding anniversaries we really expected more from this experience...really more disappointing than not. We have experienced Portifino's and Chops speciality on other RCCL ships. The family style dining format provided in Giovanni's leaves much to be desired. The other area of cruise that we would fault would be main stage entertainment. Broadway style shows (we sat through one attempt) lack in both production values and talent. We'd rate singers and dancers no more than (5) on a scale of 1-10. To be honest, we have seen/heard as good at our local high school. The balance of main stage entertainment for the week consisted of standup comedy acts and one has been supposed headliner singer. While moderately funny you can only sit through so many comedy shows. Wish I could remember headliner singer but then again he just wasn't that good. We'd rate this cruise as pleasurable with a port intensive itinerary. Going forward, we would skip any city tours and also recommend skipping submarine tour excursion offered on Aruba...for the price you pay you will be left wanting. We do recommend any of the catamaran cruise excursions as a good value and experience for the money you pay. If you haven't been n an RCCL cruise in a few years the takeaway you may have is one of being fairly satisfied with the experience but yet feeling as if the quality has been "shaved" off a bit. One may also feel as if you are being nickel and dimes to death for onboard drinks/drink packages, photos, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
2 couples took back to back cruises on Adventure of the Seas Sept 19 and Sept 26th out of San Juan. We have been on this class of Royal Caribbean ship before but not Adventure. Over the 2 weeks we visited St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, ... Read More
2 couples took back to back cruises on Adventure of the Seas Sept 19 and Sept 26th out of San Juan. We have been on this class of Royal Caribbean ship before but not Adventure. Over the 2 weeks we visited St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix, St. marten, St. John, St. Lucia, and Barbados. We had the same stateroom on each leg as did out traveling partners. I had been watching reviews and was somewhat concerned about folks saying the ship need updated, however I found it in excellent condition both from a maintenance and cleanliness standpoint. We were told however that it will be dry-docked within the next year for upgrade (Champagne bar to R Bar, add staterooms on 3 and suites on 12 etc.) Embarkation was a breeze however when we approached in the taxi and saw long lines of passengers standing in the heat we were worried. We got into the Diamond line and were onboard within 10 minutes. Got onboard about 1:00 and in the rooms by 2:00, bags by 4:00 and ship departs at 8:00 all on time. We were on deck 7 stateroom 7522, supposedly an upgrade but the room was normal (dated a little style wise but still clean and functional) The Deck was not very large and the way they are built on this class ship even seems smaller with steel vs glass, never used the balcony for anything but a standup look out... a waste! Our friends were in an Owners Suite on Deck 10 (suite 1300) its a standard suite for that class ship but again the deck is really small for a suite (barely larger than the standard size). We didn't take any organized tours, since these are all beach locations we did a lot of that. Shopping and general walking around. Royal Caribbean really gets to you on their shore excursions, We would go to the same beaches for a $15 Cab ride (for 4 people) and pay $20 for a couple of chairs , the cruise line wanted $59.00 each while it cost us less than $15!!! and usually our transportation was in a nice van or car and they were on busses! We were fortunate to have hot and sunny weather every day for 2 weeks, never had rough seas, smooth sailing all the way. We ate every night in the dining room My Time 5th floor. We had excellent service from the friendly hostess to competent waiter and buss staff. The Food was very good (again I have read bad reviews) I think food on Oceania is better but you get what you pay for, no one should complain. I did opt one evening for the Filet ($15 add on ) but it was very good and tender, no complaints here. We only did the shows a couple of nights, pretty standard stuff, headliner comedy was good, nice showroom. Our traveling partners went to the Ice show and said it was great (they usually are).. The Back to back feature was well handled by Royal Caribbean, we had one meeting and everything was explained, seamless process, we stayed aboard in San Juan between sailings. Windjammer pretty usual stuff I've done 3 sailings in the past 12 months and their selections are all the same. After 2 weeks it gets a little old but nothing to complain about. We kept saying we were going to Jonny Rockets but the hamburgers and fries in the Windjammer were good enough. Extra good service from "Duke" and servers at the Champagne Bar, they have made the conversion to the martini or "R" Bar but the name hasn't been changed. Great Cocktails, fresh fruit and juices a fun place to spend an hour before dinner and right outside our 5th floor dining room. Overall great time on a great sized ship with friendly staff!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
First, I have to say that we choose this ship based on the ports of call, and the fact that we had not sailed on Royal Caribbean before (have done Carnival, Princess, Celebrity and Norwegian.) This ship is huge, and has lots of unusual ... Read More
First, I have to say that we choose this ship based on the ports of call, and the fact that we had not sailed on Royal Caribbean before (have done Carnival, Princess, Celebrity and Norwegian.) This ship is huge, and has lots of unusual amenities like a miniature golf course and rock climbing wall, but it was usually too hot to even consider using them. Our balcony cabin was nice and roomy, and our cabin attendant Kevin was excellent. The ports of call were awesome, these were commented on on Trip Advisor. Entry to the ship was hectic, they tell you not to come until 1:30 pm, we got there at 1 pm and the lines were very long. The Windjammer buffet was open for lunch and on Saturday there were a number of healthy and gluten-free options available. Unfortunately, this was the last time these could be found. After Saturday, the Windjammer was awful, partly because they generally only had one side open, causing huge lines, and also because they served the same limited number of options day after day. There seemed to be a big emphasis on hot dogs and hamburgers, we didn't come all that way to have food I can make at home. Dining in the Vivaldi for lunch and dinner was far nicer, although we found the main menu to be more limited than on other cruise lines. Apparently they changed the menu for this cruise and it wasn't that popular. Our waiters Jerzon and Jorge were outstanding, they made us feel very welcome and did a fabulous job. There were some kitchen glitches like the onion soup with a hard lump of "cheese" in it, and we heard they ran out of lobster tails one night at the second seating. Overall, the food in the dining room was pretty good, not as good as other cruise lines. The other major complaint we had was there are too many smoking areas; it seemed like on the open decks, the entire starboard side is for smoking. It made walking or sitting difficult on those decks. On the pool deck, the starboard side was half empty and the port side there were no chairs available after 10:30 am. Drinks were ridiculously priced, $12 for a normal drink, $10 for the drink of the day. We don't drink a lot, but these prices were crazy once you add in 18 percent gratuity. We waited until we got to the beaches, where drinks were more reasonable, $6 to $8 for the same drinks. We heard many hard core RC cruisers complaining about this particular cruise, and we will probably not use them again. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2015
A group of 4 of us chose this cruise for my husband's 40th birthday. We were worried about this cruise because of the reviews, but we all had a great time!! Embarkation was pretty easy and fairly fast. Lines were a little long, ... Read More
A group of 4 of us chose this cruise for my husband's 40th birthday. We were worried about this cruise because of the reviews, but we all had a great time!! Embarkation was pretty easy and fairly fast. Lines were a little long, but they moved fast. We all purchased the Ultimate Drink Package, and for us we thought we got our moneys worth. Most drink were between $8-10. Our favorite bars was the Duck & Dog Pub (get the LETO!), and the Champagne bar. Best and unique martinis around! Basically everything was included except high end scotches/liquors. Bottled water is included and we made sure to keep our fridge stocked for excursions/getting off the boat. We did tip some with cash, and I think that made our service even better! We also purchased the internet. You only need the one device package because you can sign out one device to connect the other. The connection was slow at times, but not a deal breaker. Dining: We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer, which is buffet. It had plenty of variety of foods, and quality was decent. Some things were better than others. We had My Time Dining and chose the 6:00 for most nights. We had the best service!! Remy and Regan were FANTASTIC! They took great care of us! Silvino was our dinner bartender, and got us anything we wanted! Even made us special shots! Dinners were themed by ingredient and lobster and shiitake mushroom night was the best!! Ask for table 600! It has the best view, especially if you eat at 6. You can see the sunset! There was plenty of activities planned. No reason to be bored. We went to the The Funny Guys comedy show which was great! Very funny! We also went to the Love and Marriage Show and that was entertaining too! St Maarten: We got a cab outside the port for $3 pp to Philipsburg for shopping/beach. This is the best/cheapest place to buy souvenirs out of all the ports. They can get pushy, you just have to walk away. We walked to the Great Bay beach and rented 4 padded chairs and 2 umbrellas for $20. You could rent jet skis for $35 for 30 mins. Beach was very pretty! St. Kitts: We used Wally's Taxi and Tours for a 3 hour tour around the island, hitting the island highlights. He charged $25 pp, and we found him when getting off the boat. I highly recommend him!!! His gave us informative tour and was very professional! He took us to Shipwreck Beach Bar which we asked to see. Cheap drinks and very cool beach! Antigua: It rained most of the day we were here. We went to Dickenson Beach by cab $3pp each way. Nice beach, crappy weather. St. Lucia: We booked the Hotwire Pitons Zipline Adventure through RC and LOVED it!! We took a scenic boat ride to the plantation. Berthia and Ron were awesome tour guides! The views were amazing! Try the coconut candy! Rum punch on the boat ride back to the ship. Our favorite island by far! Barbados: We took a $7.50pp cab ride each way to Payne Bay Beach. The water was amazing! You could see fish swimming around you. We got 2 beach chairs and an umbrella for $20. We took a cab ride to Carlisle Bay Beach next. Much more crowded and not as pretty. Skip the downtown shopping...no deals! Disembarking was easy. We booked the Old/New San Juan airport tour. You ride in a bus to all the key points in San Juan (forts/shopping) Try an empanada! Delicious! Wear cool clothes because it's very hot here. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Hello! Came back Saturday from a great cruise aboard Adventure of the Seas. I read every single review for Adventure since I booked last June, so thought I'd add mine. My husband (32) and I (33) booked this cruise as our 10 year ... Read More
Hello! Came back Saturday from a great cruise aboard Adventure of the Seas. I read every single review for Adventure since I booked last June, so thought I'd add mine. My husband (32) and I (33) booked this cruise as our 10 year anniversary trip. We had an aft balcony cabin, 9692, and both had the premium beverage package. This was his third cruise, all on Royal and my seventh, 6 on Royal one on Disney. Our Honeymoon 10 years ago was on a Voyager class ship, so knew what to expect. Left the kids at home with Grandma and Grandpa and prepared to have a great time. We flew in to San Juan from Indiana on Friday 9/11/15. We landed late, 10:30 pm, and grabbed a cab right outside baggage claim to take us to Hotel Plaza de Armas in Old San Juan. Cab was $25 for two passengers, two bags, late night to Old San Juan. The hotel was small and we paid for a "suite" with a courtyard view. The elevator was super slow and the room was okay. The courtyard outside was very noisy, but we were just there to sleep. Got up in the morning and were going to wait until 11 to cab it to the pier, but decided to head out at 10:15. Went outside and grabbed a taxi right out front. Cost of the cab from hotel to pier was $16. Got to the pier and in line to go inside at 10:30, they opened the door at 11. There were about 20 people in front of us, including the suite and diamond line. Embarkation was super fast and easy as I had already checked in online. We then went to sit in the seats and wait for the door to open to let us on to the ship! We expected the doors to open at 11:30, but it was closer to noon before they let us on. Once they opened the door, we were on our way! We made our way to the Windjammer before it could get busy and had a little lunch. We then spent the next 2 hours exploring the ship. Our room was ready right at 2 and our suitcases came literally as we were walking down the hallway to go to our room. Fastest we've ever gotten them! Our stateroom attendant was Franklyn, but we didn't meet him until dinner time. He was great! We ate at Giovanni's the first night. The filet was so delicious! We ate dinner in the dining room the rest of the cruise. Our waiter was Venkata and his assistant was Wilma. Venkata was very nice and always willing to bring two appetizers, multiple entrees, etc. If we were unsure between two dishes, he brought both. My husband loves lobster, so he brought him 4! We thought, for the most part, the food was very good in the dining room. We ate at Windjammer for breakfast twice and lunch once. It was okay, about what you would expect for buffet food. We had room service for breakfast once and lunch once, and it was good. We had a few things from café promenade, again it was good. Nothing to write home about. We liked going to Nicholae in the Duck and Dog as our bartender. He was a little slow, but very sweet and willing to talk about his life on the ship. His wife worked in the casino too. We had no trouble getting service at any of the bars or the pool. We were in the Duck and Dog one evening and the people behind us were complaining that it was taking a long time, but still stood there instead of going to the empty sports bar across the promenade. Oh well, to each their own. We did see one gentleman in the Duck and Dog who was very upset they were not serving him and serving others around him. He eventually left and the bartender mentioned they would have gotten in trouble if they served him because he was too impaired. Nice to see they watch for that. We went to the Can't Stop the Rock show and the show about dance (can't remember the name!) The stop the rock show was very good, I thought the singers and dancers were very good on this cruise compared to others I've seen. Didn't really care for the dance show, but it didn't last very long. We went to one of the headliner shows, Marcus Terrell and the Serenades, and left after about 20 minutes. Apparently he was on some reality shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent. He said the show would be a musical journey through his reality tv time? He sang some songs from the 60's, which were pretty good, but it was kind of boring, so we left. We were going to go see the comedians, but fell asleep. We went to the ice show and thought it was kind of weird :-) We went to the piano bar 3 different nights and really enjoyed him. His name was Dan Davies. We also listened to the guitar player in the Duck and Dog one evening, I think his name was Brian Raith. He was very good. The ports of call were great, we went to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. It rained all day in Antigua, so we didn't see much. We had one day at sea at the end of the cruise. Disembarkation was easy, took about 30 minutes from the time we were off the ship until we made it to our transfer. One thing of interest, there were hardly any children on the cruise. It was the least amount of kids I've ever seen on a cruise. Was really nice! About the room: Loved, loved, loved the balcony. It was larger than the standard balcony. We had two loungers, two chairs, and a nice sized table on the balcony. Plenty of storage. About the ship: The ship was in great shape. I know other people have mentioned in reviews the ship looked tired, rust, etc. There was some of that to be sure, it definitely wasn't brand spanking new. However, everything was clean, they were always cleaning, and everything worked. The ship was great! About the entertainment: Singers and dancers were good. Headliners, I could give or take. The cruise director, Dan Dan, was okay. Went to the casino a few times and played bingo once. About the pools: Spent all of our pool time in the Solarium. It was warm, not too crowded on port days and bar service was great. On the sea day, deck patrol was out making sure chairs were not being reserved for over 30 minutes. About the food: Mostly good! About the beverage package: Loved not having to worry about the cost of drinks and how many we were getting. My husband definitely came out ahead and I probably broke even. We were both definitely done with drinking by the last day. :-) It was really great to have this part of the vacation already paid for. Our bill at the end of the cruise was only $45! About the ports: Loved visiting the different ports. Barbados was our favorite. In St. Maarten we booked a tour with Bernard's tours and it was great seeing both sides of the island and all the different stops and all the information they provided! In St. Kitts we book a RC tour to SNUBA. First time to SNUBA and we fell in love. It was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just wish we would have went to a better reef. Didn't do anything in Antigua and St. Lucia. We did do some shopping in the port of St. Lucia. In Barbados, we booked a RC tour to sail on a Tiami catamaran and snorkel with Sea Turtles. It was really cool to see the turtles and we spent a little time at a beach that wasn't too crowded. Barbados had the best looking water. It was so clear and so blue. Overall, we had a great time and would definitely book that room and this cruise again! If you are on the fence about going on the Adventure, go! It was great! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We went to celebrate a birthday and 40th anniversary. The cruise was okay. On St. Maarten we booked a excursion to a "beach" (Buckaneer Bay) for $65.00/person which included a lunch ticket and a free drink. You had to order ... Read More
We went to celebrate a birthday and 40th anniversary. The cruise was okay. On St. Maarten we booked a excursion to a "beach" (Buckaneer Bay) for $65.00/person which included a lunch ticket and a free drink. You had to order something that was $13.00 or less and couldn't pay more money to upgrade to something better. The ketchup, mustard and MAYO was left sitting out on the picnic tables in the heat! Yummy. The guys ordered a hamburger and fries and we ordered chicken nuggets and fries but none of us used the condiments. We learned our lesson after that ripoff and never booked another excursion thru the ship after that. Found a local cabbie and did our own thing. We loved Antigua and Barbados. They were our 2 favorite stops. The room was okay but dated. But the worst part of the whole cruise was the food. Totally Golden Corral quality unless you paid $25.00 extra and went to Giovanni's. It was wonderful at that restaurant. We had wonderful filets there and lobster. The main dining room had steaks that were gray rectangle's and you couldn't cut it let alone chew it. Another night they had duck which one of the guys ordered and he couldn't chew that either. And this guy eats everything and NEVER complains. The staff were all wonderful!! They made up for the poor quality meals. The last cruise I was on was about 25 years ago and the food was fabulous. I was expecting the same but I guess food quality has gone down since then. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We just returned from a week on Adventure of the Seas. I was a little concerned with a few of the reviews I had read about the ship. Things like its a rust bucket, dirty, old carpeting smelly bathrooms etc... I saw no such things. Our ... Read More
We just returned from a week on Adventure of the Seas. I was a little concerned with a few of the reviews I had read about the ship. Things like its a rust bucket, dirty, old carpeting smelly bathrooms etc... I saw no such things. Our room was great, clean and smelled good. Our steward was Janice and she was wonderful. The ship was lovely. Yes its a bit older. We sailed last year of the Allure of the Seas and it was fabulous as it was huge and a new ship. But the Adventure was smaller, easier to get around. We had a group of 6. The food was good, not as good as on the Allure but still nice with the exception of the lobster bisque, avoid it. We ate in the Italian restaurant 1 night and it was really good, worth the $25.00. So don't let a few people that are evidently very picky keep you from choosing this ship. We walked to the beach in St. Croix which was right by the dock. It was great. Paid $20.00 for 2 chairs and an umbrella which seemed to be the standard rate on all the islands. It is a great beach, has some rocks but not too bad. Good snorkling right there over near the pier in the area with some coral. We went on a few other beach days, in St. John, Antigua and Barbados. Both by cab, its really the way to go. Our drivers in in both places were great, gave us a tour as we went, took us to a great beaches, and back to pick us up at our designated time we requested. Did not like the market area in St.John Antigua, all the vendors were very pushing, some even fighting over my Aunt at one point. I could not get out of there fast enough. Barbados was my favorite island. Which I was surprised by, I thought it would be my least favorite. We took a cab to a beach north of the pier, no tours there, loved it, had a wonderful bar/restaurant. Tried some Bread Fruit. It was great. The shows were really good. Not Broadway musicals as on the larger ships but we saw them all and they were wonderful. Last night the comedian was so funny. Great way to end our trip. One of the most relaxing trips we have taken. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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