Sail Date: August 2015
I have been on five total cruises, the last two with Royal Caribbean and the rest with NCL or Princess. I was super impressed with our last cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, so I was shocked when I got on the Adventure ... Read More
I have been on five total cruises, the last two with Royal Caribbean and the rest with NCL or Princess. I was super impressed with our last cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, so I was shocked when I got on the Adventure and saw that it was in utter disrepair. My husband and I went with a group of 8 friends; four of them we had convinced to come with us on their first cruise as we promised it would be the best bang for their vacation buck. Now, I will say that overall we still had a great time as we aren't a group of people who are going to look for reasons to be upset and mopey...but the ship was pretty dated and beat up. From small things like the elevator buttons being broken or missing altogether up to our room smelling musty and having mildew in the shower. I don't want to drone on about all the things that were "wrong", but suffice it to say that just about every single thing on this ship evoked the feeling of, "Well, I guess they just phoned it in on that one". Many of the activities were planned at such times that it was not an easy feat to get to them plus dinner if you had either the 6 or 8:30 reserved dining time which was also annoying. Having five ports of call was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed that, so that's a plus! But, spending the same amount of money on this ship when other ships that are WAY nicer are the same price is also quite frustrating. The embarkation and disembarkation processes went well and the staff at the reserved dining times were kind. However, overall it seemed like all the crew on this ship were people who might not quite cut it on other ships doing the job they were doing. I found it odd how the customer service was just a touch off. Nothing super glaring or rude, but simple gestures like saying hello or letting a passenger pass first in a hallway rather than charging ahead and making the passenger wait. I realize that might sound like I'm saying that everyone should bow to the passengers every whim...but in reality if I were walking through a supermarket and was crossing paths with a staff member, they would stop and let me go ahead first... it's just customer service 101. It didn't ruin my trip or make me angry, it just illustrates the point that the customer service was a hair off and a little disorienting. So, overall I would definitely not recommend this ship to anyone and I will not be traveling on it again myself. I won't go as far as to claim that Royal Caribbean is going downhill, but I have contacted them regarding this experience and hope they reply in some helpful way to keep me coming back since myself and my friends have had nice experiences with them in the past. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Nice ship and very well maintained. Dress code was not enforced. On formal night passengers wore whatever they wanted as well as other nights. Woman in swimsuits in the Windjammer, sometimes even wet ones. NO kids were allowed in the ... Read More
Nice ship and very well maintained. Dress code was not enforced. On formal night passengers wore whatever they wanted as well as other nights. Woman in swimsuits in the Windjammer, sometimes even wet ones. NO kids were allowed in the Diamond Club in the evening which was great however they were allowed in the concierge club in the evening so being Diamond Plus and only three cruises away form Pinnacle, we chose to go the the Diamond Club every evening. Crew is fantastic. All called us by our first names every where we went on the ship. Some people might no like that but we do. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
This was my first time cruising as an adult, so I don't have anything to compare to but we had a great time. We went to an island every day except the last day was cruising. The islands were gorgeous. The shows on the cruise we liked ... Read More
This was my first time cruising as an adult, so I don't have anything to compare to but we had a great time. We went to an island every day except the last day was cruising. The islands were gorgeous. The shows on the cruise we liked was the comedian the last night, the ice skating, love and marriage, and quest. The dancing and singing shows were not good! The one dancing/singing show we saw was a vegas type show and we were laughing throughout it b/c it was so bad. We had a great time at the other shows above though. There were not a lot of kids on this ship, which we liked because we wanted a break and relax. There were 2 formal nights. Some people were dressed in suits and some wearing jeans. The music on the ship was wonderful. There was a lot of places you could go to listen to music-schooner bar was piano and karaoke, the lobby had a great band, up on the pool deck was a great Jamaican band, and the pub had a guy on the guitar we liked to listen to. The embarkation was quick and easy; we got right on. We got to the ship early though. We went to San Juan a day early and got to see the sights at night. We ate at a restaurant on top of a hotel called punto de vista-great food and loved the atmosphere. We had breakfast at a quaint and yummy place called Caficultura. Then we toured the forts. St. Croix-We did Big Beard Snorkeling full day and rode a catamaran out to beautiful Buck island. The snorkeling part, I personally didn't enjoy but my friends did. The waves were way too rough and my goggles would fog up a lot. We stopped at a private beach to eat lunch; unique and fun experience. The boat ride back to St. Criox was a lot of fun. We were singing along with a ukulele and just relaxing. The crew was so friendly and seemed to love their jobs. St. Maarten-We did not have a excursion planned for this island. We took a taxi to Maho Beach to watch the planes fly over our heads at the beach. That was cool. Don't eat at places near the cruise ship. We ate lunch near cruise ship and waited over an hour, bad service, and people were hounding us about renting jet skis a lot. Antigua-We did the Antigua Buggy. This was our favorite excursion. We followed Wayne, the owner, around on buggies. We got to see places in Antigua we wouldn't have if not for this tour. We stopped at a few beaches and ate lunch at a cool restaurant called Sweet T's. This is a must see tour. He said when it has rained you get very muddy, but we went during a drought so just got a little dusty. Bring a towel and extra clothes. St. Lucia-My favorite island. I could stay on this island for days. We did the Cosol Tours. They were great. We got to see so much of the island. The roads up the mountains are windy and we were in the van a long time. I was feeling sick on the way back to cruise. So if you get car sick easily, I wouldn't recommended this tour maybe try a boat tour. We got to see banana plantations, ate a yummy local breakfast, waterfall, mud bath, hot springs, went to beautiful sugar beach in between the Pitons, and had lots of stops to take breathtaking pics. Overall, an experience of a lifetime! Barbados-We didn't have a excursion planned. We took a short cab ride over to the Boatyard. We paid $15 and got a free drink, 2 umbrella chairs (which were great b/c it rained a little there), and played on the rope swing, platform to dive off of, trampoline and climbing inflatable. This was not my favorite island, but we didn't see much of it. Our friends walked over to another resort to paddle board. We had fun. Overall, We had a great time. The 5 islands were amazing and the ship was fun. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
We sailed aboard the Adventure of the Seas on July 25th. Enjoy this itinerary very much!! Our cruise began with our stay at the beautiful Hampton Inn Resort in Puerto Rico. Beds were very comfy!! The breakfast buffet was average, ... Read More
We sailed aboard the Adventure of the Seas on July 25th. Enjoy this itinerary very much!! Our cruise began with our stay at the beautiful Hampton Inn Resort in Puerto Rico. Beds were very comfy!! The breakfast buffet was average, but good! This was our first experience onboard the AOS. We actually sailed the sister ship about 3-4 years ago, so we were familiar with the layout. We had a Junior Suite for the first time. It was very nice size, walkin closets--loved that, balcony was larger that what we ever had. Loved our suite. Don't think I could go back to a balcony room again. The decor was nice and up to date and the ship was clean overall The check in and registration was smooth no delays at all. I definitely liked that. The food was great for both the Windjammer and formal dining. I always like the choices of food and fresh. The service was great especially at formal nights We had two great servers--Nana and her co-worker. Also Hamilton was wonderful. Beautiful time at dinner. When I thought they forgot about our anniversary celebration cake, we were pleasantly surprise with cake, candle and an anniversary song from our servers! Johnny Rockets were very tasty as always! The cafe promenade was is a lifesaver especially for those late nighters after dancing and want something to eat before going to the stateroom that was the place to go for those delicious turkey sandwiches! Entertainment was great! Love the Quest and Love and Marriage Shows Visiting ports were fabulous, my highlights were the ATV tours in the mountain at St. Croix-very nice experience. Rainbow beach was fun some in our group did the jet skiing. St. Maarten we jet ski. What a fun time there with the welcome drink and lunch package St. John's Antiqua-we did not do much. Some in our group got off the ship and shop for souvenirs and see the sites of the islands. St. Lucia-we had a private tour of the island with zip line excursion and another hightlight was the volcano and volcano mud bath. Enjoyed that excursion very much. We toured the beautifical Island of Barbabos with brief beach stop with fabulous lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Let me start by saying American Airlines delayed our travel and we missed our connection in San Juan. We had to connect at the first port, St Croix. AND no luggage..... for the entire week. Royal Caribbean gave us free vouchers for ... Read More
Let me start by saying American Airlines delayed our travel and we missed our connection in San Juan. We had to connect at the first port, St Croix. AND no luggage..... for the entire week. Royal Caribbean gave us free vouchers for laundry and some t-shirts. They have a person that tries to keep up with the airlines to track your luggage and get it to the next port. I didn't know that about the behind the scenes efforts on the guests behalf. Unfortunately, AA failed on all counts here. We had to spend our "island time" finding clothes to wear.....underwear, swimsuits, etc. We had a few items in the carry on....just not enough for a week. This is my fourth cruise, all with Royal Caribbean. I have come to expect a lot from their staff. I was disappointed with our server (however his assistant was great). No personality at our table at all....while at other tables he was very friendly. It became a challenge for our table of 6 to try to get a smile from him. I was surprised when they announced that Adventure of the Seas received the best rating for the dining room of all of the ships for 2015. I opted for pasta on two nights and it was undercooked both times. Another guest chose pasta on a different night and had the same experience. Usually the menu and food is excellent. If this was the "best" things have gone downhill. The cabin was always clean and well cared for and guest services were always helpful. I suppose the "average" rating is that I have come to expect so much from RC and therefore this was just the "norm". However, I still find that previous cruises had better dining experiences. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
My husband and I just returned from a 7 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. We are loyal Royal Caribbean travelers and Diamond Crown and Anchor members. We traveled with our two children ages 16 and 13. We stayed in two adjoining ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a 7 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. We are loyal Royal Caribbean travelers and Diamond Crown and Anchor members. We traveled with our two children ages 16 and 13. We stayed in two adjoining rooms overlooking the Promenade floor. It gave us extra room and we did the same on Freedom of the Seas and worked out well for us. I read the reviews weeks before we left and was left feeling unsettled about this ship. There were many reviews stating how bad it was. That is NOT the case. Here is my opinion as a frequent traveler on Royal Caribbean and a world traveler that stays at Ritz, Four Season and other higher end establishments. Checkin- Was smooth we got priority boarding so it took all of 10 minutes max. They were friendly and helpful. Cabins- The cabin rooms were very clean, a tiny bit more dated than the Freedom of the Seas but, not a big deal at all. It's a cruise ship cabin not meant to stay there for a long time other than to sleep, shower and rest for short periods of time. Our cabin steward was very helpful and responsive. I asked for extra towels and every night he remembered. My son stained his blazer so I asked for Laundry service and he took care of it immediately and it was returned the very next day perfectly pressed. The Food- People that cruise like to eat, but honestly there is only so much a person can and should consume. We ate breakfast in the main dining room all mornings except one and I ordered an egg white omelet with mushrooms and spinach and feta cheese (not on the menu, but they were able to accommodate me). The food is good your typical breakfast foods. Service was very good they work so hard to please everyone. The Windjammer breakfast is ok...more like a cafeteria experience. The pancakes don't stay hot under the lights. I ate mostly cereal and yogurt and scrambled eggs and fruit so it didn't bother me, but some of the other food sits there so probably not as hot. The dining staff in the Windjammer were not as attentive as the Freedom you had to ask for coffee, they seem to walk around a lot busing tables. We did not eat at Johnny Rockets or their specialty restaurant. We ate in the main dining room. The first night I ordered Prime Rib honestly it was poorly prepared. Overcooked and the meat wasn't very tender, I started to wonder if the comments others posted would become reality but, after that all other dishes were well prepared. Now are they five star quality NO. But, are they good quality meals? Yes Was the food better on the Freedom overall I would say yes it was a little. The Promenade- They serve pizza and sandwiches for snacks which was helpful as we didn't eat lunch on the islands and when we returned around 3pm we just got a sandwich or a slice or two. They run our of pizza fast but, they keep replenishing. They could offer more variety of pizzas and sandwiches, but it was fine. The stores in the ship were just ok, they need to make them more appealing for customers, the merchandise was cheap and kind of boring so expect to shop much on the ship. Pool Deck- This is where we spent a lot of time relaxing. It was well maintained and clean. Didn't have an issue getting a chair. Pools can get crowded and I think the days we were at sea they felt compelled to do "activities" by the pool. I think there is a fine line between entertainment and annoying everyone. First it was aqua aerobics which was so dumb you don't break a sweat everyone was bumping into each other. Then they did the belly flop contest it was WAY TO LONG. Way to much commentary by the cruise director lasted forever and the pool was not usable during this event. Then it was volleyball that didn't last long but when you think of all three events, it cut into our pool time the other pool was 16 and older and was very crowded. I think they try to hard with the activities 1 or 2 max is enough, people prefer listening to the steel band more. It was also noisy because of all the events then there was dancing lesson if you want peace and quiet you need to move to the upper deck. The Itinerary was appealing St.Croix, Antigua, St.Martin, Barbados and St.Lucia. The shore excursions were the biggest disappointment. Next time I cruise I will not do any shore excursions through them I will do my own things. St. Croix we paid over $200 and we were brought to a bay that had no waves and was just ok. Waste of money. Antigua even worse. We booked a beach break and they bused us to a beach, chairs were broken at least 30% were, umbrellas you had to pay extra after paying $208, then 20 minutes into it my son got stung by a jellfish and they were everywhere tons of marine life and no warning signs we left after 20 minutes to get him back to ship as he was uncomfortable. Royal Caribbean did reimburse us for that. In Barbados we took a cab to a beach club it was great with water sports kids were snorkeling and kayaking. They served food and drinks. In St.Lucia we booked our own excursion to the Pitons it was a land and sea excursion for $200 it was great. Overall I was satisfied. My only complaint is the sales staff in the business area of the ship. So many people book again while on board. I made an appointment and felt that they were not very knowledgeable and we wanted to book a Mediterranean cruise for next year. They don't go out of their way to be helpful. Disembarking from the ship was smooth and fast no issues. 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Sail Date: July 2015
My husband and I just returned from our Southern Caribbean cruise. My overall impression of this trip was just average. The ship looked tired and needs a little bit of maintenance to restore it to what one would expect of a Royal ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our Southern Caribbean cruise. My overall impression of this trip was just average. The ship looked tired and needs a little bit of maintenance to restore it to what one would expect of a Royal Caribbean ship. Let me start with embarkation in San Juan. This was a complete and utter failure. We got to the pier sometime around 3:00 p.m. and joined a line outside of the cruise terminal. We waited there for over an hour before the line even moved. It was hot, we were tired and people were not happy at all. We finally were let inside the terminal where we joined another line and waited there for over an hour there with no air conditioning and finally we get to the desk to be checked in. We got our seapass card and were headed to the ship. We had about 5 minutes to sit down before it was time for muster drill. By that time most people looked like they were ready to pass out from the heat and being crammed together shoulder to shoulder. So far not many people were Wow'd! We loved the activities on the ship. We went skating, which proved to be a very popular activity. Unfortunately, we were only allowed to skate for 20 minute session to let others skate. We enjoyed the pools especially the Solarium (adult only) pool. Ports: We didn't care for St. Kitts as the tour operators and taxi drivers were really bothersome as were the guys with the monkeys. We just walked around in port and then went back to the ship. St. Thomas we also just walked around the port as we had previously been there many times before. Aruba was our favourite port. We did a ship tour of the city and one hour at the beach. The tour guide did a good job showing us many interesting places but the highlight of my day was going to the beach. Eagle Beach was great!!! The water was warm and clean. We would have liked to stay there longer. In Curacao I was our tour guide as I had been there before as well. It's a beautiful city to just take a stroll through and see the shops. Our last day in San Juan we did a ship excursion to see old and new San Juan and then they took us to the airport. This tour was very good. It was better than sitting and waiting for a late flight at the airport. The dining on the ship was just ok. I'm vegetarian and it was a stretch to find something to eat. Thankfully I will eat some fish. They really need to make a better effort in this area. The shows were great! My husband and I went to all of them except on the first day as we were just to tired. Disembarkation was not great. Since we were not American, we were not allowed to do self-checkout. We were forced to leave our bags out in the hall and had them stored in the depot. We really did not feel comfortable about this at all. In summary it was just an OK cruise. It's not the best and not the worst. We did have some issues with the services on board. We noticed that the air conditioning did not work well and at some times did not work at all. Our water in the shower was scalding hot and couldn't be made colder. When you turned on the cold water tap in the sink you got lukewarm water even after letting it run for a bit. One night we came back to the cabin to find black water in the toilet. There was also black water in the sinks in the common area. I think this ship is in need of a refresh. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
This is our 8th cruise on RC; our 2nd without our adult children. We had an interior, so we could add airfare and leave from San Juan. We used RC airfare offer because at the time it plus transfers were cheaper than Southwest. Usually ... Read More
This is our 8th cruise on RC; our 2nd without our adult children. We had an interior, so we could add airfare and leave from San Juan. We used RC airfare offer because at the time it plus transfers were cheaper than Southwest. Usually don't do this, but were glad we did when the plane from Philadelphia left an hour late. We knew RC was responsible for getting us on the ship. We didn't get onboard until 4, so embarkation was nearly empty. Can't comment on that. Ice show was best entertainment. Champagne Bar the best bar for us before dinner. Viking Crown Lounge is usually our after dinner place, but they never varied the salsa band and we wanted some variety. The music around the ship and in the pub was wonderful, especially the solo guitarist. Schooner Bar pianist was just too loud. Fun group, but just couldn't tolerate his volume. The atmosphere was less fun piano bar vibe and more teen-aged garage band! The MDR was a disaster. We should have asked to change our table-that's on us. It was next to a servers' station and, so, was loud and frantic. However, despite asking each night for food to be hotter and served more slowly, we continued to get lukewarm food served at a rapid pace, so our waiter could care for the demanding tables of 12 and 8 that were her only other two tables. One night two other waiters started to fight in the area behind me to the point that the head waiter had to break up the shouting match! It was just a series of little things that undermined the experience-asking to have the soiled tablecloth changed two nights in a row; warm food, rushed service, no interaction with our harried waiter and ass't waiter. An unoccupied table that had extra cutlery, glassware, etc stacked on it for the entire cruise, random extra chairs in the area between tables. It just all combined to be unpleasant. HOWEVER...Windjammer was great: attentive wait staff, supervisors pitching in to help clear, serve, etc., hot, varied food, offers for soda refills in our package cups, etc. This was a great experience. I noticed that the had a waiter at the frozen yoghurt station on deck. I liked this. There was less waste and the area stayed cleaner. Also, Giovanni's was beyond good! My normally frugal husband decide that he would rather pay the $50. each night to have the mood, service and quality. He did acknowledge that the meal was for fewer people and more restaurant than dining hall like the MDR. Several couples around us said that they had first meal in MDR and booked Giovanni's for rest of the time. I really like restaurants, so the disappointment in MDR hit me hard! Solarium was nice; no different than the other ships. Atmosphere, cleanliness, condition of the ship was just as great as Enchantment or Granduer. Fewer issues with kids for some reason. No running through solarium or around the ship. Fewer drunk, out of control adults, too. I like being on the ship before the majority of the folks are still onshore. The ships had a clear change between day and evening which was really lovely. Music, lighting on the promenade shopping way, people's dress, uniformed crew, etc all combined to create a fun, party vibe. Overall, I would take this cruise again, but I would book Giovanni's for dinner each night. For our departure. we booked an excursion through Rc for a rain forest hike. Bad move. It was awful. Don't book this if you are looking for anything besides an elementary-school-style field trip to the woods. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
This trip was really for my parents who are in their late 50s; my father has been in a wheel chair with very limited mobility due to an accident for many years, and also suffers from a number of other conditions including Parkinson's ... Read More
This trip was really for my parents who are in their late 50s; my father has been in a wheel chair with very limited mobility due to an accident for many years, and also suffers from a number of other conditions including Parkinson's this trip was on the bucket list that they are working through before it gets impossible for my father to travel any more. We decided on this itinerary as my parents were visiting me in NY for a month and it was a good way to break up their month long visit; my Mum has always wanted to go on a cruise and it seemed like a fairly easy way to travel and see a lot with someone who is mobility impaired. My husband and I have cruised once before on Royal and twice on NCL, we actually prefer NCL but Royal has the perfect itinerary with no tender ports and only one sea day and a good reputation for accesbility which made it easier for my parents. This review is written from an accessibility perspective and is quite long; when I started planning this trip I found it very difficult to find up to date comprehensive information on any of our ports of call. Royals offerings for accessible shore excursions were dismal and limited to only 2 of the islands we visited; and a lot of information I found on line was limited or dated so I spent a lot of time with my friend Google and emailed a lot of tour vendors. I also utilized a travel agent to help me make the booking. Who arranged an accessible stateroom for my parents, ordered special equipment and arrnged pier and air port assistance. Travel and Hotel: We flew from New York to San Juan the day before so that my Dad could rest and stayed at the La Concha Hotel in Condado; we chose this hotel as we got a great rate and being in the newer area of town and by the beach it is really easy to get around in a wheel chair as opposed to the old city which has very narrow streets and cobblestones. We arrived after a very easy Delta Flight where we were able to easily gate check my Dad's wheel chair and found it very easy to get a taxi that could accommodate my Dad's collapsable wheelchair, 4 people and our luggage; we were in the hotel and checked in within 40 mins of landing. The La Concha is a beautiful and completely accessible hotel they have ramps everywhere and the 2 pools by the beach have very wide and easy steps. The only area not accessible was the beach as there were steps down to the beach level. The rooms were clean and bright with balconies overlooking the ocean. Embarkation: We had arranged late check out so left the hotel at 2pm; we took a short 20 min taxi ride to the port where we found a porter who took our luggage and directed us to the front of the very long security line to get into the port building. We were then directed a short line for disabled passengers and were checked in and directed to the elevators very quickly. In general the port seemed very chaotic and badly laid out; I feel like if we were not fast tracked through for my Dad it would have taken a long tine to get through. Mobility Scooter Rental: As it was past 2pm our rooms were ready so we went to drop off bags and make sure that the mobility scooter we had ordered from Care Vacations has been delivered. My Dad uses a mobility scooter at home to get around town and we rented one for his stay in NY so thought renting a scooter on the ship would give him more independence while on the ship. The scooter was there so we took it for a spin; at first it seemed fine but we had problems all week with the scooter retaining a battery charge and going at a decent pace. We called Care Vacations a number of times during the cruise; after the second time the technician indicated that it needed taking out of service and probably a new battery but there was nothing he could do. We were very disappointed with the care vacations equipment; there were a number of other rental scooters on board from another company and they seemed to be newer and in better condition; so I probably would not use care vacations again. Ship: The Adventure is an older ship and this can be seen in some areas; the crew do an excellent job of keeping it cleaned but you can see the age especially in the cabins and the My Time Dinning Room. The ship was very easy to navigate and get around for my Dad; the only frustration was the long waits for an elevator and other rude passengers who jumped in front of him to get into an elevator before he could get moving. All of the staff were friendly and helpful and were especially great with my Dad. When my Dad wanted to go into the pool all we had to do was ask the pool attendant and they set up a portable hoist for him to go into the pool or hot tub; they did this promptly and even arranged a specific time to meet my parents and set up the hoist so they did not have to wait. Dining: We only ate in the main dinning room twice; we did My Time dinning and just did not like the experience. They seem to put guests in wheelchairs in a really awkward location along the edge of the dinning room by the pantry so it was loud, drafty and had no ambiance. We also found the wait staff to be over bearing and annoying. The food was ok nothing terrible but nothing amazing either. We ate at the Windjammer Buffet on days we had long excursions as it was easier on my Dad who was tired and did not want to sit in a dinning room for an hour or more. The buffet food was not great I found the selections to be limited and carb heavy but we always found something to eat at dinner. We also ate in the Windjammer for breakfast. We never had any problems finding a table but did try to avoid busy times as it was difficult for my Dad to navigate around and tell us what he wanted while in his scooter when there were a lot of people. We ate at Giovanis the speciality restaurant 3 times mostly because of the lovely waitress my parents made friends with and the way they really took care of them. The food was the best on the ship and the Giovannis staff went out of their way to make my parents happy. Entertainment: We saw 2 shows and the ice show all were very good; we were not able to sit with my parents so we usually set them up with a wheelchair spot and a seat next to it, then we visited the bar and brought them drinks before finding our own seats. We would then collect them at the end of the show. This was a packed itinerary and my parents are not night owls so we pretty much called it a night by 10:30 everyday. Except for one night when me and husband sat by the pool with expresso martinis and watched Avengers on the big screen, this was one of the coolest moments on the ship with a nice breeze blowing, a nice drink and a fun movie under the stars. Disembarking: Getting on and off the ship at each port was very easy; except for the long elevator wait time. We turned up at the gangway and immediately a member of staff was there to wheel my Dad off and back on again when we were ready to get back on the ship. On Disembarkation day we opted to put our bags out for collection as we could not manage the luggage and the wheelchair; when we were ready to leave just before they called our tag number we went down to deck 4 where they had a disabled waiting area and were escorted off; we found our luggage and got a porter to help. The porter was a great idea as he carried the bags and fast tracked us through the customs/immigration line and found us an appropriate taxi very quickly. Ports: We booked all of our shore excursions independently after extensive research. St Martin: St Martin was the easiest port to organize an accessible tour; I found a company Accessible Caribbean Vacations that specialize in accessible shore excursions, unfortunately St. Martin was the only island we were visiting that they operated in. I booked an all day tour with beach visit through them and they made all of the arrangements with Accessible Ventures a local company. We were met right off the gangway by our guide who escorted us to an accessible van with a wheelchair lift. So my Dad didn't even have to get out of his chair. The guide was informative and the tour a lot of fun. We drove to a number of overlooks, saw Iguanas, held sea urchins and live conch and were dropped off in Marigot for lunch and in Phillipsburgh to visit the beach. The only disappointment was the beach we were hoping for an accessible beach but the beach in Phillipsburgh while nice and with a boardwalk was not really practical for my Dad. The beach was made up of shells rather then sand which my Dad could not walk on and there was quite a drop into the ocean. St Kitts: I had a lot of difficulty finding something accessable in St. Kitts I emailed a lot of companies but no one seemed able to offer anything my Dad could do. A number of companies I contacted recommended Perera tours; who indicated that they could do a tour and my Dad would be able to get into their van and they could take his wheelchair. However we were disappointed in St. Kitts when my Dad could not physically get into the van. So my parents stayed in port and hung out on the ship while me and my husband went on the tour. The tour was ok but not what we were expecting and I would not recommend this company. The tour bus was an old taxi bus with very small uncomfortable seats and the driver had to turn the AC off to make it up hills. The tour itself was a bit too long but interesting we visited Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill and the Black Rocks with the option to be dropped at a beach and picked up later. After seeing the beach everyone who had asked to go to the beach decided not to bother; it was very small and crowded. Antigua: We intentionally did not plan anything for my parents in Antigua as we had big plans for St Lucia and wanted to make sure my Dad was rested up. My parents stayed in port and on the ship again and me and my husband went on a tour with Antigua Buggys. This tour is offered through Royal but by booking independently we got a longer tour with lunch included for less money then the tour offered by the ship. Getting a taxi to the meeting location was very easy. Antigua has taxi dispatchers that help you at the port. We arranged for our driver to pick us up at the end of the tour. For the tour you have either a 2 or 4 seater off road budget which you drive in convoy. The tour was great we drove over a dry lake bed, up and down hills with spectacular views and stopped at a deserted beach only accessible by off road vehicle for a swim. This was a fantastic tour but we both felt that you need to be an experienced driver to handle it. This is not a safe or easy drive. St. Lucia: One of the items on my Dad's bucket list was deep sea fishing; to make it happen I booked a private charter with Exodus Boat Charters in St. Lucia. We made our way to the Ferry dock across from the cruise ship and our boat and crew were waiting for us. The crew really made the trip; they lifted my Dad in his wheelchair off of the dock into the boat and then stored his chair in the cabin. They did this 3 times during the course of the day when we stopped for lunch and when we returned to the port; they were absolutely wonderful. We started the day with some fishing even though we had 5 lines out the fish were just not biting so we sailed into a quiet cove for some snorkeling. My Dad stayed on the boat taking pictures while the rest of us snorkeled. Then we stopped for lunch in a small town and sailed between the Pitons before heading back. This was by far the best excursion we did and the crew could not do enough to make sure everyone was happy. Barbados: After a busy day in St. Lucia we decided to have a slow day in Barbados we had booked day passes at the Sandals Barbados. We easily found an appropriate taxi and were at the resort by 10am; we arranged with our driver to be picked up later. Sandals is a lovely resort and almost completely accessible. The beach has hard packed sand quite a way out so we could wheel my Dad quite far onto the sand he could then walk with our help into the water. Unfortunately the winds were high so it was too rough to do more then paddle so we moved to the pool which he was able to walk into with some assistance. We hung out, had lunch and relaxed. The only negative we found was that there were no accessible rest rooms by the pool or anywhere in the resort which made it a little difficult. Overall this was a really good trip the ship fit our needs and the itinerary suited us perfectly. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
The staff and service on Royal Caribbean was excellent. Our room was also extremely clean. Food was average. The my time dining food was definitely better than the buffet and our waiters very attentive. My family agreed that the ... Read More
The staff and service on Royal Caribbean was excellent. Our room was also extremely clean. Food was average. The my time dining food was definitely better than the buffet and our waiters very attentive. My family agreed that the Windjammer was not good, like a Golden Coral. Lots of food, but other than the lettuce and salad, poor quality, poor tasting, and lots of passengers grabbing. We did two excursions, a dolphin push & pull in St. Kitt's and a kayak/snorkel in Antigua. We loved them both, although they were both very pricey. Our only complaint was that we spent a lot of time posing with the dolphins for pictures, that were not included and very pricey. My daughter even said that she would have rather another ride with the dolphin than smile at the camera so many times. The kayak/snorkel in Antigua was wonderful with breathtaking views and excellent guides, definitely not for someone out of shape, it was a workout. We also took cabs to beaches at St. Martaen, St. Lucia, and Barbados. Went to Renuit beach in St. Lucia and Vigie Beach in Barbados. We walked to a beach from the port in St. Martaen, very pushy people selling everything from foot massages to jewelry. All of the ports had people desparately trying to sell, but St. Martaen seemed the worst. Breathtaking views on the beaches in St. Lucia and Barbados, lots of fun water sports. Our cabin on the ship was clean but could use some updating, the couch has seen better days. Both my 9 yr old and 13 yr. old loved the kids and teen club. I also got 2 "complimentary" massages, since there was a promotion for each room, we had 2 for our family. After the first massage, the therapist really pushed me to buy products, I broke down and wasted $110 on 2 products. One of the massages was good, and the other nothing special. Then surprise, 20% gratuity, in life nothing is really free. Overall we had a wonderful time, but would not have felt safe in ports without my husband, with the exception of Barbados, these are very poor islands. 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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