589 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready ... Read More
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Used the Premium Drink Package. Seems like the bartenders don't really like to work after they know you have the package or a package. Dinner seating was ok. Again no bar server to be found for drinks or wine. Then we started to find the drink we ordered the night before on the table the next night. I guess they were trying to save time. and works if you drink the same thing every night. If you like to try different wines or cocktails you have a problem. Actually had a hard time finding a wine menu. Dinner selections was ok, WindJammer food is ok I can always find something. Breakfast buffet was good. Show were ok. Love the pool bands and 70's nite. I really don't like the Promenade for the 70's show. It is very small and you can not really see. It was horrible to navigate thru the crowd with a wheelchair from show at one end of the ship to the other end for dinner .. Really missed the Crown and Anchor Return Cocktail party.. Apparently we were the first sailing that took away the welcome back party. The Battle of Sexes was funny. The shows were ok. Ice Skate show was ok too. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was an awesome cruise. Our itinerary was perfect -- St. Thomas, St. Kitts, day at sea, Aruba, Curacao, day at sea. Lots of ports (with good hours in port) and a day of downtime in between. Adventure is in good shape and we were ... Read More
This was an awesome cruise. Our itinerary was perfect -- St. Thomas, St. Kitts, day at sea, Aruba, Curacao, day at sea. Lots of ports (with good hours in port) and a day of downtime in between. Adventure is in good shape and we were pleased with its condition despite whatever people are nitpicking at. The shows and the cruise staff were very energetic and fun. We attended most of the main theater shows and liked all of them. The ice show was a little different and I think I liked a previous theme better, but it was still very well done. Main Dining Room with MTD was very good as well. We made reservations four nights near the same time and ended up with the same wait staff, who were always pleased to see us. Portions were smaller, but that meant we could actually finish them and still try dessert. We did Giovanni's one night and it was well worth it. My husband said it was the best filet mignon he ever had. Getting off the ship was easy in every port with no tendering on this route. I think the only thing I didn't like was the constant buy-buy-buy, from multiple flyers per day in our stateroom and more handed to us as we got back on the ship in every port. All announcements will be in both English and Spanish. Overall a great cruise and one I would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This is our 9th cruise (have previously cruised with Carnival, Princess and Celebrity). The ship itself is in excellent condition. While it does show a bit of wear in a few spots, overall it is very well maintained, super clean. ... Read More
This is our 9th cruise (have previously cruised with Carnival, Princess and Celebrity). The ship itself is in excellent condition. While it does show a bit of wear in a few spots, overall it is very well maintained, super clean. Embarkation was a breeze. We used the cruise line transfers to and from the ship and were very happy. Fast , efficient, comfortable. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8. The cabin had plenty of space. Well designed storage. The balcony was a bit smaller than the ones we have had on Princess, but it was fine for the 2 of us. I love having morning coffee and danish on the balcony- a great way to start the day. Really liked the design of the ship. Easy to navigate. excellent interactive electronic signage. Never got lost ob board. The staff were wonderful. Our cabin steward did a great job taking care of us and the cabin. The waiters in the Strauss dining room- second seating- were some of the best we ever had. The pace of dinner was just right. We had breakfast one day in the dining room, it was very good. The windjammer cafe was good. Nice variety. Never overcrowded. Our only criticism is the salad choices could be expanded. Romaine salad was good, but needed more variety. Lunches were a bit repetitive. Breakfast was good Compared to the other cruises that we have taken, RC did the best job with entertainment. Lots of things to do. Good production shows. Debarkation was organized and smooth. When you get off to claim your luggage, get a porter. Makes the process faster and easier. We had stops in St Thomas ( Sailing with captain max- very nice) , St Kitts (Day pass Mariott), Aruba -(day pass occidental grand)and Curacao ( tour with Sand and Stillettos- great tour guide). Posted reviews on Trip advisor. Overall, an excellent cruise, would recommend it !!!!! 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
Sail Date August 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
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
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
Sail Date July 2015
With any cruise there is good and bad. The Adventures of the sea is a nice ship and was kept very clean. Staff was perfectly friendly and helpful. Food in the main dining room was average at best. None of the steaks were good so I stayed ... Read More
With any cruise there is good and bad. The Adventures of the sea is a nice ship and was kept very clean. Staff was perfectly friendly and helpful. Food in the main dining room was average at best. None of the steaks were good so I stayed away from them after the first try. Plenty of variety in the Windjammer café and the pizzeria food was pretty good. Good: Clean ship Well organized Nice staff Clean rooms Lots of activities Plenty of food Not so good: Onboard process was horrible, They need to revamp it $14 for 1 pina Colada / $24 for 1 photo They have everyone pay the automatic gratuity now ahead of time which I thought would make things nice and easy, but of course on the last day they throw envelopes in the room and ask for more which I found annoying. Either charge me a one time fee or don't charge me at all. I don't like feeling guilty for not leaving even more tips even though I pre-paid over $300 in tip money Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
DH and I just off the June 27 Southern Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas. We only get to cruise every few years and this one was a Christmas surprise to me, very special time for us to spend together. We are in the approaching ... Read More
DH and I just off the June 27 Southern Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas. We only get to cruise every few years and this one was a Christmas surprise to me, very special time for us to spend together. We are in the approaching retirement phase in life and work keeps us very busy and away from each other at times. He had added to the treat by booking JS 9628 - nice private balcony (though some do not like having solid walls on both sides I liked the privacy). Also, the walk in closet was something to behold - all our belongings stored on the shelves so we did not even need any of the generous amount of storage in the cabin. The location was very handy as the stairs were just around the corner for easy access up or down. Sebastian was our cabin attendant and was gracious and helpful. Due to work commitments we had to travel in Saturday which had me anxious but worked out fine. I had been given an upgrade to first class on the flight out of Atlanta so I was rested and ready to vacation when our wheels hit the ground in San Juan. We landed at 3:00 pm and were in our stateroom by 4. We had packed in carry on only so it was simple to catch our cab to the ship. It was a very efficient system of filling out the cab info and then being taken right to a taxi. Cost was $23 to the ship. With no luggage to drop we walked into the Diamond line and were quickly through the documentation process, a quick walk onto the ship and we were in our lovely stateroom. It was our first cruise as a Diamond member so we felt very lucky to have access to the Diamond Lounge on Deck 14 behind the Blue Moon lounge. Suicel is the conceierge and was lovely to talk with. We did not request any special arrangements so I cannot comment on that. There was a great coffee machine there and I made use of it frequently. We used My Time Dining this cruise, eating at 6:30 each evening. Our table for two was by the window on the port side so we enjoyed lovely evening as well as good conversation with our neighbors. Our wait staff of Julio and Albino took great care of us and we enjoyed the relative quiet of Mozart dining room. Food is such a subjective topic that I will just say that the food ranged from fine to very nice and we very much enjoyed the experience. We did eat at Giovanni's the first night and while we enjoyed it the food was only okay so we did not repeat it this cruise. As the purpose of this cruise was relax we did not participate in all the activities available on the ship and there certainly is plenty to do. We did participate in Trivia frequently (Felix the bartender in the Schooner Bar is so much fun) and played cards and board games in the beautiful game room - enjoy the sea view from deck 14 and play games. The dancers and singers were the best that we had seen on any ship, in fact would have liked one more production evening. The Ice Show is not to be missed - nicely choreographed with sound and lights, amazing on a moving ship. As always, karaoke is always a real people watching moment. We have been to St Thomas on previous cruises so we only walked around the Havensite area and returned to the ship to enjoy the beautiful day at the Solarium pool. In St. Kitts we had scheduled an island tour with Thenford Grey Tours, this one led by Sackville Grey. We had a very informative trip around the island, the highlight for us was the fort. We spent a bit of time at Shipwreck beach as Carambola was closed due to a private event. Sitting in the shade, enjoying the breeze, warm water and cold beer was perfect (be aware that there are rocks in some areas of that beach). For Aruba I had arranged via internet for a tour with VIP Aruba tour but they never did show up at the meeting point so we hired a very nice driver to take us where we wanted to go. We are not really beach people so we visited Palm Beach and Eagle beach for a quick dip but did not stay long. Curaçao was the big treat - July 2 is their Flag Day so we were greeted with a parade of young people, dance and song performances and great street food. The town is charming and we spent the day walking and enjoying the port area. This was our first cruise on this class ship and I had read some negative comments about her - we had a terrific time, staff was friendly and attentive and the ship is mostly in excellent condition. Though is was a full sailing we did not feel crowded and enjoyed doing what we wanted with ease. After such a fun experience I am waiting with anticipation for our cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Loved the Adventure of the Seas cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Interior cabin 7521 The embarkation was painless as we booked the pre- and post-airport transfers. When we got to the dock, the line of passengers who still had their ... Read More
Loved the Adventure of the Seas cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Interior cabin 7521 The embarkation was painless as we booked the pre- and post-airport transfers. When we got to the dock, the line of passengers who still had their luggage was extremely long, and our shuttle driver escorted us in quickly (bypassing that line) and into queue to check in. We were in line maybe 5 minutes at the most. Our cabin steward, Leroy, was wonderful -- making the towels animals and greeting us each day by name and then invisibly making sure our cabin was made up or turned down each night. Was wondering how I'd do in an interior cabin and it couldn't have been more pleasant. Comfortable bed and pillow, and I slept so soundly because, of course, no sunlight to peek in the windows! Dining room waiter, Savio, and assistant waiter, Anton, were attentive and remembered all our little requests so we never had to ask a second time. The food was incredible and we ate there every night, never even considered the specialty restaurants. Front desk was helpful on a couple of occasions regarding some charges we didn't make and took care of it immediately in a very pleasant manner. The only reason this is not 5-stars is the cost of the excursions (we found that you can do your own thing at each port by just walking into the multitude of folks hawking their excursions. We did not go alone, but went on two separate occasions on 10-passenger vans for around $20/person for a 2 to 2-1/2 hour tours of the islands). Also, our one and only attempt to go to the Windjammer Cafe for breakfast (and this was by no means RC's issue) is the hoards of people who are pushing and shoving and kids running and screaming with not a parent to be seen. It's not like they're going to run out of food - they had four mammoth stations with attentive staff and omelet chefs. I wanted to try it, but was not able to tolerate the "it's all about me" attitude of the passengers. The dining room was a much calmer and peaceful atmosphere. Enjoyed all the entertainment throughout each day and evening. You can't get bored as something is always going on. I enjoyed this trip so much, that I booked another trip next summer for the Mediterranean! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I was a little skeptical after reading some of the negative reviews, but our family really enjoyed our week aboard the Adventure. Positives: Check in: Boarding was a breeze. We had to be out of our hotel at 11 and went straight ... Read More
I was a little skeptical after reading some of the negative reviews, but our family really enjoyed our week aboard the Adventure. Positives: Check in: Boarding was a breeze. We had to be out of our hotel at 11 and went straight over. We were lunching in the Windjammer by 11:30. Bags were in our room by 2. Goivanni's: Well worth the money. Just delicious. Dining room service: our waiters were great. Available pool space: never had a problem getting a lounge, even on sea days! Coffee at Cafe Promenade: never a line here. Not sure why, because the "free" coffee is wretched. Food: generally good. We last sailed Celebrity and we're giving the nod to Royal on savory dishes, but Celebrity had much better desserts. The "creme brûlée" was just a shame. Ports: lots of beautiful stops. On the one rainy day, extra activities were added aboard ship, which I thought was nice. Room Attendant: unobtrusive and efficient! He was VERY helpful when my parents, who were traveling in the next cabin. Frank brought and extension cord and distilled water for my dad's sleep machine, which was a big help. Our room was always tidy. Negatives: Movie screen at pool: I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Solarium pool because I didn't have little ones. Maybe it's just a personal thing, but I found the constant replay of a Billy Joel documentary obnoxious while I'm relaxing by the pool. Disrepair in Lyric Theater: we went to one show and were driven out by water dripping on us from the ceiling and the overwhelming smell of mildew. Bar issues: this was a big problem. Royal promotes certain cocktails and the bartenders don't know how to make them. Tons of inconsistency. Also, some in our party got drink packages based on the wine available on the bar menu but by day 3 of the cruise were unable to find those wines anywhere on the ship. After following up with a bar manager, we were told that they were changing bar menus so they were using up their old wine and not replacing it in anticipation of getting new bar menus. Not acceptable. Let's just say that after a conversation with my brother in law, Royal picked up a few cases of the right wine in the next port. However, we then had to call the bar manager every time we went to a bar so the right wine could be delivered. Just annoying. Trivia: I can't fault Royal for this per se...but I've just got to get it off my chest. People looking up answers on their smartphone has ruined what was once a fun time for our family. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
So you can gauge my opinion better, I have cruised on the Allure and Freedom as well as on Disney Fantasy prior to trying the Voyager class. Adventure is a very good experience, with Freedom and Allure being Excellent and Almost excellent ... Read More
So you can gauge my opinion better, I have cruised on the Allure and Freedom as well as on Disney Fantasy prior to trying the Voyager class. Adventure is a very good experience, with Freedom and Allure being Excellent and Almost excellent respectively. The Adventure is older and smaller, but it is without question still a beautiful and large ship. I was not disappointed with the decor and artwork. Only minor carpet wear was noted. The ship was clean. Staff was exceptionally friendly and ready to provide service each day. Actually the staff attitude and service was probably the best of the three RCI cruises I have tried and all were wonderful. The only area lacking in adequate service was the photo counter which was woefully understaffed and unable to finish the photo CD's for about half the ship. And that is the only negative i have to report. Dining: main dining room service and food was good to very good. I am in the minority but I think RCI main dining food is better than Disney. Breakfasts in the MDR and Giovanni's (we had suite privileges) were particularly good. Windjammer had the usual casual fast food but also had some steak and rib and seafood here and there. It is not excellent but certainly good for quick casual food. Pool deck was good size for the number of people and the big screen was certainly popular. The soft serve ice cream is actually not available 10 am to 6 as advertised and is more like noon to 6 but certainly was a great treat to grab throughout sea days. I would not hesitate to book again to see the remainder of the southern Caribbean ports that I have yet to see. I would be hesitant to book if there were more than 2 sea days as there are a limited number of activities compared to the larger ships and my husband starts getting restless. My tween kids had an awesome time and LOVED the boat. Freedom is their favorite of the three, however. Shows were: acapella group (excellent), RCI singers/dancers (good) ice show (very good) Concierge service was very good. Stateroom attendant was excellent and had a wonderfully sweet personality to boot. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just got off of the Adventure from a 7-night cruise out of San Juan to St.Thomas, St.Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. We are a family of 5 including an 18, 14 and 5 year old. We have taken numerous other cruises with Royal Caribbean and also ... Read More
Just got off of the Adventure from a 7-night cruise out of San Juan to St.Thomas, St.Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. We are a family of 5 including an 18, 14 and 5 year old. We have taken numerous other cruises with Royal Caribbean and also all of the Disney ships. We have sailed Radiance, Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class with our last cruise being a back to back cruise on Oasis in the Western and Eastern Caribbean. As such, I think we have a solid view of most of RCLs fleet and some comparison to at least one other line. Adventure of the Seas was a beautiful ship. Unlike others who either reviewed this ship after getting off a brand new boat or those who perhaps are neat freaks, we found the Adventure to be in a great state of maintenance and appearance. Paint, wood, metal and all other surfaces seemed very well-maintained, even carpets showed little wear. I was actually struck, after reading several not so forgiving reviews prior to my cruise, with how much better this ship seemed than I had expected given its size and relative age (which is still pretty young). And just to throw a TMI laugh out there for fellow cruisers, I actually remember using the bathroom at one point and noticing the cabin door (for the first time) had tiny areas where the paint had flaked off near the bottom edges and thinking to myself - geez, i bet that draws a complaint from some neat freak in the future. I mean our stateroom wasn't perfect but to find flaws, I really had to be looking for them! Speaking of staterooms, we were in suite 9694 which suffice it to say is spectacularly laid out with tons of room and i would say worth every penny, especially if there are 5 or more of you in your family. The balcony alone is breathtaking and about the size of 3 regular balconies put together. We did end up having the interior bedroom have its thermostat go out such that it stayed on constantly cooling. Once we brought this to our stateroom attendant's attention, the thermostat on that unit was replaced within a few hours and we were great the rest of the trip. Also a note that the water temperature for the showers seems to fluctuate quite a bit when a lot of people onboard are all showering. Pick a time to shower when others are obviously not using as much water and the temperature stays pretty steady - just a note of advice. To summarize the remainder of our cruise I will say the following: the biggest two complaints that seemed to have some merit were that the food is lackluster and that the shows are of lower quality than on the bigger vessels. I would say that because I read all of these negative comments, I went in expecting the food to be terrible and the shows mediocre. Both of those perspectives are also not entirely warranted. The food variety is very good with something for most palates every evening. The quality of the meals is good though not fantastic. It was probably slightly better on Oasis but not by a huge amount. And they do still have lobster night, also the same evening there is a very good prime rib. I will however continue to state that RCL dining, as a whole, is somewhat inferior to Disney in the dining department. Windjammer, yeah, its a big buffet with nothing amazing. I love their breakfasts, can't really stand their lunches. But its chow line for thousands. Now as far as the shows are concerned, I saw several, and they were all quite good. I heard the ones i missed were also good. The ice show had a packed house and was stellar. All in all, I would say they were very good. Great, no. Broadway level, no. But thoroughly enjoyable. Again, even though I'm a dedicated Crown and Anchor member, this is the other category of comparison where RCL will always come in 2nd anyway. Disney production shows are simply amazing. You can take your cruise ship Hairspray and have it. But until youve seen Alladin performed on the Fantasy, you aint seen what cruise ship performances can be. All in all, Adventure kept all of us entertained, from a great kids staff for the 5 year old (who found plenty of english speaking friends on a heavily spanish-speaking cruise), to the thrills and fun for the two older kids. Everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. Oh and if you are a gambler, best casino staff I've ever seen. They are great, especially Rolando. If you see him, tell him I made him famous! The casino is a little small but it was never hard to get a seat at a table and they dealers were helpful, friendly and fun. If your'e considering Adventure and are on the fence because of the other reviews, I would say if you want a solid 8 out of 10 cruise for a 9 out of 10 price then book it. If you have a family and want a fun ship with a great itinerary, book it. If you loved Oasis and can't imagine cruising without a Flowrider, broadway shows, or tons of shops and pay to eat restaurants, then skip it. It is a ship that is half the vacation and the destinations are the other half. In Oasis' case, the ship IS the destination, and Adventure is not that kind of ship. If you book it though based on what i've told you, I think you'll have a good idea of what to expect. Hope it helps! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
As a number of others have stated, my family of four just finished our cruise on Adventure from San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba & Curacao (6/6-13/15). Really enjoyed the whole cruise and find it incredible how many "nit ... Read More
As a number of others have stated, my family of four just finished our cruise on Adventure from San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba & Curacao (6/6-13/15). Really enjoyed the whole cruise and find it incredible how many "nit pickers" there are, not only here on Cruise Critic but on other sites! RELAX people, enjoy the ship and all it gives you...stop trying to find fault and you might have a better cruise? FYI....look at what "dwest2314" has said....frankly he/she has hit the nail on the head and I echo just about everything in that review....but I also have a few comments. Overall, GREAT cruise...could not be happier! To my mind and that of my family, cannot find much to comment on negatively, food was terrific no matter where it was, shows were great, speed and efficiency of getting on/off the ship was very good, ALL the staff we dealt with were knowledgeable and very helpful. Only possible things, maybe you can lower the price on SOME booze, preferably beer? Six bucks for one beer, PLUS an 18 percent auto-gratuity is a bit much! If you don't have it or did away with it, BRING BACK the "bucket of beer" deal !! Also....want to give many kudos to our cabin steward's...they really did a fantastic job keeping our cabin (6516) clean and well maintained and also our two daughters cabin (6255).....and when I tell you that, most days my daughter's cabin looked like a bomb hit it but after the steward got through with it, it looked GREAT !! Also like to commend our table (488) waiter and assistant waiter....they were ALWAYS prompt, did everything we asked them to do or get and kept the evening meals full of fun and laughter...they were terrific! As always...RCCL is a great cruise line and we WILL be back...in fact, we booked our next cruise in two years, on board! Bravo, Adventure !! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Our family of 10, all are Diamond Plus with RCI except my wife and I. Flew from Atlanta the day of the cruise and went straight to the port via taxi. RCI sent us an email saying not to come till 2:30 as they were staggering the ... Read More
Our family of 10, all are Diamond Plus with RCI except my wife and I. Flew from Atlanta the day of the cruise and went straight to the port via taxi. RCI sent us an email saying not to come till 2:30 as they were staggering the guests, but at 2:30 it was a madhouse. The port is simply not big enough and it was a pain compared to Tampa, Miami, Cape K, etc. Also, the agent at the desk told us they opened at 12:30 but no one showed up till 2:00 - so - if going again I would ignore the RCI email and get there early. We were worried about the food, given several reviews but we were very pleasantly surprised that the Wind Jammer was as good as mass produced food can be. Also, the Cafe pizza and sandwiches were also good. The dining room (we had Swapneel and Zoebeir) had GREAT service and excellent food. We would ask them about a particular entry and they would be straight with us i.e. "How is the XXX?" They would say: "It is pre-prepared, try XXX, it is better." The only time we have had a bad dinner service with RCI was on another cruise when we tried "My Time" dining - could that be why we read so many bad reviews of the food? Anyway, we had a late seating. As a result, the only average meal anyone in our party had was when my father ordered the steak off the "Classics" menu - way overcooked and tough. So as another poster has suggested, stay with the daily choices! (Except my wife loved the Creme Brûlée). The food at Giovanni's was SPECTACULAR. Had my parents 53rd wedding anniversary and it was AMAZING. Well worth the $25 - except we actually missed our dining room staff - again, they were awesome. Also our bar staff at the dining room- Ryan - freaking great! Our teens got the premium drink package and he brought them a different - super cool looking and tasting drink every night before they sat down. Ports: St. Martin. We usually go to Dawn Beach (Mr. Busbys) but the cabby warned us the seaweed was bad so we went to Orient Beach. Nice day but pricy. PROBLEMS: We then had a Discover Scuba booked through the ship. It was supposed to start at 2:15, we left the beach took showers and got off the boat for the meeting at the Pier. At 2:30 still no one showed and then finally the excursions manager "Christian" showed up to say trip cancelled due to weather. We were unhappy with the late notice and he said he left us a voicemail in the room, so shame on us for not checking. Once on board I checked the VM and is was left at 1:53 (for a 2:15 at the pier meeting). I was pissed and left a long note detailing that we could have had better notice and that a sign or something could have been so we would not de-board only to have to re-board, wait in line etc. To my amazement, guest services gave my note to... Christian who called me a couple hours later to tell me AGAIN how I was wrong for complaining (I was not upset they cancelled, lets be clear I respect safety decisions) about the lack of notice, no offer to reschedule another day etc. From that point, we booked only private tours - why pay to be berated by RCI staff? St. Kitts: Gorgeous island, we did our Discover Scuba through Pro Divers who fit us in with one of my sisters who was scheduled to dive with them. Terry and Austin were wonder with my 15 year old son (not certified but my sister and I are). Got two dives, a wreck and a reef, and loved it. Antigua: Booked privately with Jolly Dive, son got another two dives - Paul and Company great also! There is a beach right next door to Jolly dive and everyone not diving stayed there. St. Lucia: Booked privately with Joe Knows - we did a speed boat, volcano mud bath, waterfall rinse, lunch and snorkeling and booze on the way SUPER FUN! Lunch was right in front of the Pitons - incredible views. Barbados: Booked privately with Calabaza a 47 foot cat with great food and awesome sea turtle snorkeling. Great crew - a highlight for all of "the Ten." Shows: Ice skating show was fun, only saw the Vegas show it was ok. We stayed an extra night in San Juan at the Concha - very nice. Super cruise - however, DONT BOOK EXCURSIONS THROUGH RCI! Let tripadvisor and cruisecritic be your guides and go for it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Myself, my husband and four year older daughter with autism sailed on the Adventure on May 30th on a 7 night cruise, departing from San Juan. We arrived in San Juan at 11 pm. The airport was empty and it took a while to get our luggage. ... Read More
Myself, my husband and four year older daughter with autism sailed on the Adventure on May 30th on a 7 night cruise, departing from San Juan. We arrived in San Juan at 11 pm. The airport was empty and it took a while to get our luggage. Then we took a taxi on our own to the Sheraton Convention Center hotel. It is close to the cruise terminal. Paying for a taxi on our own cost much less than using the cruise transfer services. We arrived at the hotel and they were so kind. Royal left me a voice message asking us to board the ship at 4 PM for our deck (7). The hotel allowed us to have a free late check out of 1:30 PM. This allowed us to sleep in and take our time in the morning. We slept very late and got up and ready around noon. The hotel took our luggage and arranged to have it transferred to the cruise terminal. This was immensely helpful and made the process of getting onto the ship extremely simple. We then took a taxi to old town San Juan. We ate lunch at Cafe Puerto Rico (recommended by our taxi driver). The food was moderately pricey, but absolutely amazing! I had limeade and pollo con arroz and it was one of the best meals I ate all week. The staff was great with my daughter and kind. We shopped around old town until 3:30 then headed on down to the cruise terminal. My daughter has autism that affects her ability to communicate. She does fairly well traveling, but is has a great deal of anxiety when it comes to huge crowds and lines. I spoke with a cruise representative at the cruise terminal and they immediately took us ahead of the lines to the counter, helped us check in and got us on the ship within in 15 minutes. It was absolutely amazing. They were so compassionate of my daughter's special needs, especially when she got frightened during the security process. They were amazing! Once on the ship, we were able to go straight to our cabin, which was wonderful. I had been initially disappointed that we were not allowed on the ship earlier but it was wonderful to just go up and find our room. We were in cabin 7658, balcony stateroom. I was expecting a little more updating to the rooms but the only thing that was updated was the flat screen tv. We had cruised on the Adventure two years prior before it went to dry dock. We could tell that the ship had been painted but there was still a great deal of wear. We went and had dinner at the dining room at 5:30 for My Time Dining. We received our table right away. We ate tiger shrimp and my daughter had a steak. Last time, our waiter had de-shelled our shrimp for us, but our waiter did not offer and it was an extremely messy process. But it was tasty. We headed back to our room and our luggage was there. We unpacked and hung out at the pool for sail off. Unfortunately, it began to rain but it was still nice. We got my daughter registered for Adventure Ocean and went to back to turn in for the night. The next morning we arrived in St. Martin. We were supposed to go on a beach excursion, but I read the ticket wrong and we missed our transportation. We were easily able to get a taxi to Oriental Beach for only $20. Our taxi driver hooked us up with a bar owner who had two beach chairs and umbrella, plus two drinks for $15. The chairs were just feet away from the water and it was absolutely gorgeous. We had a wonderful day on the beach. There are lots of peddlers who come by, which can either be good or bad depending on your preference. We bought a hat for my husband for $10 and my daughter got a few braids with beads put into her hair. I ended up having my entire head braided for only $2 per braid. The lady did an excellent job and I got lots of compliments the entire cruise. It takes forever to take out once you get home, so definitely carefully consider getting braids. Also, make sure they don't try to change the price on you at the end. The lady who did my hair was good, but not all the peddlers are as scrupulous. My husband also got an aloe vera foot massage for $20 and he was very relaxed. We got horribly sun burned but it was wonderful. We headed back to the ship, got cleaned up, and took my daughter for her first afternoon at Adventure Ocean. After we dropped her off, we went back onto the island to the small shopping area at the pier. Then we got back on the ship, collected my daughter who had the time of her life at Adventure Ocean. They had done face painting, which she really loves. She even said, "Can I go again?" which made us very happy. We decided not to do any formal nights because I already had enough luggage with a 4 year old and did not want to travel with formal clothes. We went and ate dinner at Johnny Rockets which was very good. Then my daughter went back to Adventure Ocean and my husband and I roamed the ship. We had drinks at the sports bar and had a wonderful evening. The next day, we arrived at St. Kitts. I made sure to read our tickets closely and we met our excursion group on the pier. We walked to the other end of the pier and boarded a catamaran for Nevis. We sailed on the catamaran for an hour. Then we arrived at Nevis and had a Caribbean lunch barbecue that was really tasty and played on the beach. We were alone with our group on the beach. There were tons of shells and it was gorgeous. There were no beach chairs as this was just a deserted beach, but it was fun. Then we got back on the catamaran and went back to St. Kitts. It was a 5 and a 1/2 hour excursion and the crew was especially kind to my daughter. I would certainly do this again. Again, we got back on the ship, got cleaned up and then went shopping on the duty free shopping area right off of the pier. The shop keepers were very pushy here and items tended to be more expensive than they were on San Juan. We got back on the ship and ate dinner in the dining room. I was not very thrilled with the service in the dining room or the quality of the food. It seemed to have gone down a bit since the last time we cruised. The next day we arrive to Antigua, my least favorite stop on this cruise. It is a bit run down, lots of people asking for hand outs. Its not too safe to wander away from the shop area on your own. We left our daughter in Adventure Ocean as we walked around the shopping area. I was glad we left her because we were constantly bombarded for handouts by aggressive islanders. We got back on the ship right away and made it a pool day. We also booked appointments in the spa. The prices for the spa have skyrocketed in my years of cruising. I got a good deal and took the deal of the day - facial plus massage for $139. A simple Swedish massage cost almost $200 for 60 minutes. So I felt I got a good deal. Most of the ship decided to stay on the boat as well, so it was pretty busy. I would probably skip this stop if we had a cruise with this island on the itinerary. We ate lunch in the Windjammer and it was excellent. My previous experiences with the Windjammer had been poor, but they have added more variety and better quality of foods. The desserts were also much improved. Our dinner in the dining room was fair, definitely not as good as it had been in the past. I found the items offered underwhelming. The next day we arrived in St. Lucia. We had decided to purchase another excursion for this island while on the ship. We did the 4x4 island tour which went to a rain forest pond and waterfall. The island is beautiful and one of my favorite destinations. Our tour guide "Sunshine" was a nice guy and we had a nice drive around the island. We stopped at two different spots where we had the opportunity to try bananas and fruits grown on the island. We then went to a stop in the rain forest. We took a trail down to a small creek and a tiny waterfall. The rainy season had not started yet, so the waterfall was small but beautiful. Since we had a 4 year old with us, we waded in the water while others climbed the falls and jumped into the deeper waters. Then we hiked back up to a resting area and had beverages provided by the tour. The owner of the rest area had a puppy and it followed my daughter around much to her delight. It was a lot of fun and we would definitely do it again. Then we shopped around the pier near the ship, which was very nice. I bought a really nice quartz ring at Effy for a very low price. I'd definitely recommend Effy for their great sales for the cruise goers. Then we ate dinner in the dining room. I had the rage riggatoni which I had loved last cruise, but this time it tasted old. It was not very good. We ended up running over to the Windjammer and enjoyed a better dinner there. They had a crew member sautéing pasta to order with a wide selection of vegetables which was excellent. At Adventure Ocean, it was one of the crew member's birthday, so they had a birthday party, made cakes out of play doh and gave the kids presents. It was really sweet and my daughter, who loves to dance, got a ballet tutu and tiara to take home. The next day we woke up docked at Barbados. We made it a beach day and took a taxi to a Accra beach. It was not busy and there were very few people around. We met a nice cat named Susan who belonged to a small shop owner. The owner let me daughter feed the cat and we bought a cute shell bracelet for my little one for $5. The beach was not as nice as the beach on St. Martin because of all the seaweed, but this is an issue all the islands are having. We saw several ghost crabs on the beach which was fun. It began to rain, so we packed up and took a taxi to the downtown high street. The shopping here is a lot of duty free high end items. We ate lunch at a local place called Ryanne's. We had the chicken curry. I had rice and my husband had the local macaroni pie which was excellent. My daughter had a cheese burger that looked good. This was one of our favorite meals. Also, Barbados coca cola is like Mexican coca cola, made with cane sugar which was really good. We took a cab back to the nice shopping area at the pier. We shopped some more and took the free shuttle back to the ship. I recommend taking the free shuttle because it is a long walk back to the ship. The shuttle takes you straight to the ship gangway. It was another formal night, so we skipped it and ate Johnny rockets again. My daughter enjoyed superhero night at the Adventure Ocean and we had fun and drinks at the Harry Potter trivia in the pub. The next day was finally an at sea day. We were so tired from the super busy itinerary. It was a good itinerary, apart from Antigua, but I prefer more sea days to rest between islands. We had fun at the pool, ate lunch in the dining room which was nice but had poor service. I never received my soda I ordered and the food was only so-so. I had ordered a zucchini pasta and the waitress gave me a salad, and tried insisting it was the pasta. Then she relented and admitted it was incorrect, but it took a short bit of arguing, which was ridiculous. I got my pasta right away but it was only so-so. We paid $30 for their version of build a bear and it was great. My daughter loves her new pink stuffed dog complete with ballet tutu and shoes. We ate dinner in the dining room which was bad. I had a pasta that tasted just like Lipton noodles. Not very good for a cruise dinner. We were jammed into a 2 seater table and asked to be moved but the staff was unresponsive. We ended up back at the Windjammer where we had a better experience. My daughter enjoyed her last night at Adventure Ocean. They had a huge pajama party for the kids and she got to decorate and take home a pillow case. The next morning we got off the ship. The crew again was amazing helping us get off the ship and making the process extremely easy! Even though the dining room food was not very good, the cruise was amazing. I am hoping Royal will fix this issue, as they did improve the food and service at the Windjammer. We stayed at the Doubletree overnight because the flight back home was a $1000 less if we traveled on Sunday instead of Saturday. I liked the Doubletree much better than the Sheraton and it was less money. We took a cab to the the Plaza las Americas, a beautiful shopping mall. We had a nice night and headed back to the hotel. We then went to Starbucks and sat outside, enjoying the sounds of the Coqui frogs that sing at night in Puerto Rico. It was an excellent trip, even if the food could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I've been a long-time cruiser of Royal Caribbean (Platinum status) and I've always felt that Royal Caribbean and their staff do a wonderful job of providing a great vacation. This time, however, I definitely felt like RCL was ... Read More
I've been a long-time cruiser of Royal Caribbean (Platinum status) and I've always felt that Royal Caribbean and their staff do a wonderful job of providing a great vacation. This time, however, I definitely felt like RCL was cutting back on its services. Our trip started in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My husband and I, in our early 30s, stayed at Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan for 4 nights before getting aboard the Adventure of the Seas. It was an easy cab ride to the pier and thanks to priority check-in and doing all the paperwork online beforehand, we were onboard within 30 minutes. CABIN: Our interior cabin on Deck 8 aft was fine, probably one of the quietest rooms I've ever had on a cruise. My husband complained about a urine smell in our room for the whole week, but I didn't notice it. The sheets on our bed were never changed throughout the duration of the cruise. Perhaps this was a water conservation measure? On certain nights, our room steward would collect one of our towels, but not provide a replacement until the next morning. DINING: For our meals, we'd eat breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and had a late seating dinner in the Strauss Dining Room. The Windjammer was where we could really feel the most cutbacks. On previous cruises, the Windjammer was ALWAYS open from about 6am to midnight. On this cruise, the Windjammer was closed at the worst times: 11:00am - 12:30pm and from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Since we try to make the most of every port, we'd wait to have "lunch" until we got back onboard, usually around 5pm. Unfortunately, the Windjammer was always closed at that time and the Cafe Promenade was the only place to get food (which my husband could not eat). When the Windjammer was open, the food selection was really lacking. There were wide gaps between each of the dishes as if another dish should have been there, but wasn't. The dining room dinner service was excellent, as usual! My husband has some serious dietary restrictions (allergies to gluten, potato, tomato, and on top of it, he's vegetarian). The head waiter came to our table every night to determine what they could modify on the next night's menu for him or a special dish they could prepare. That head waiter (Costel) was AMAZING and he really made dining enjoyable for both me and my husband! ENTERTAINMENT: My husband and I attended a headline comedy show, late-night adult comedy, the ice show (Cool Art, Hot Ice), a ventriloquist act, and our favorite, The Love and Marriage Game. All of it was incredibly enjoyable and the ice show was spectacular! We also played mini-golf onboard and participated in a trivia game with some other nice passengers. We even went into the kid's arcade and played a few games of air hockey. We were never really bored on the ship - there was always something to do or see. PORTS: The Southern Caribbean itinerary was packed: St. Croix, St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. St. Croix is really great for beach lovers. There's a really excellent beach right off the pier and you can get an awesome picture of the cruise ship! In St. Maarten, we found a cab and took a tour of the island before shopping for souvenirs in town. In Antigua, we got a cab to take us up to Stingray City so we could swim with the stingrays. RC also provides an excursion to do this, but we did it on our own because I wasn't sure if the excursion would be rushed. Stingray City, however, only allows you to swim with them for about 45 minutes - 1hr, so it probably would have been fine via RC. In St. Lucia, we found our own tour guide to take us on Soufriere by Land and Sea, which was cheaper and included more than what the RC excursion provided. I highly recommend a Spencer Ambrose tour in St. Lucia, should you ever find yourself on this amazing island! Finally, Barbados was another beach day and we enjoyed this relaxing port. All in all, we had a great cruise at all the ports and onboard the Adventure of the Seas. This is one of the few cruises that RC provides with a packed itinerary and I really loved every port! I hope RC will provide more cruises with great itineraries like this one! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have ... Read More
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have been some positive changes and some not so positive. First, the positives. The ship has had carpet replaced in public areas and has added a jumbotron TV to the main pool deck where they show movies (a.m. for kids, p.m. for adults) in the early morning and later in the evening if there is not an event on the pool deck. This is a nice feature but it seems to be underutilized. For example, when there is a pool deck party, the jumbotron could be used to show the crowd as they are dancing or to showcase the band. Neither was done. The ship is immaculate (public areas and staterooms) and cleaning was going on constantly. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere except on the pool deck where it would have been a nice feature (but I am a germaphobe!) and use of hand sanitizers (especially upon entry to the Windjammer) is (very politely and with good humor) enforced for good reason. It was very clear also that food preparation was handled with extreme attention paid to sanitary procedures. I watched the chef and line workers during the outdoor bbq and gloves were replaced often to ensure that no cross contamination took place. Service personnel on this ship were really spectacular - whether it was the security person scanning us in from a port, the wait staff in the Windjammer and dining room, the personnel at the concierge desk, the cabin steward, or the people working in the shops on board, everyone was helpful and polite. This helped make the trip memorable. We had one 'at sea' day at the end of the trip and expected there to be a complete lack of deck chairs (especially around the pool deck). This fear proved to be unfounded. There were plenty of seats all day (we spent the day outside on the level just above the pool deck). Food at the Windjammer was always good and had plenty of options. If you have food issues, you should still find something suitable to eat at the Windjammer. Items that are gluten free are clearly marked. There are generally sugar free options for desserts as well. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both handled well. We arrived at the port at approximately 2:30 p.m. and were on board within a half hour. They have really streamlined this process. We were off the ship and had our luggage within a half hour also. Now for areas that could use some improvement: The disembarkation process is a bit confusing in terms of announcements . We were supposed to have "priority" in the Diamond lounge, but there were absolutely no seats available in the lounge, so we would likely have been better off going to the theater to wait where we would have had a seat. We overheard out time being called, but there were not always clear PA announcements to indicate when our number was being called. The food on the ship was "ok" - what this means is that there was nothing spectacular about our meals (breakfast and lunch inthe Windjammer, dinner in the main dining room) although I actually felt that the food in the Windjammer was better than the food served in the dining room - including the desserts. That said, the meals were not "horrible" and there were enough selections for anyone - even those who are dieting had plenty of options. The desserts at the cafe on the promenade deck were, however, ATROCIOUSLY BAD. Aside from the chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies (both of which they were often out of), the only other edible item was a small chocolate brownie/cake. They had something called "willy wonka pie" that, from what I could guess, was pie crust topped by cookie dough?! Not good. The absolute WORST thing they had was something called the LedZeppoles. The name should have given this one away, but I went for it anyway. It looked like it was a donut hole. IT WAS NOT -- I am not entirely sure what the point of this dessert was, but taste was not it. It was tasteless, rubbery and heavy. The other "cute " item was cheesecake in the shape of a lollipop . Not sure what they point of that was, but it was just OK . Avoid the lemon cookies! They tasted like medicine!! The entertainment in the theater was better than we had seen in the past with the exception of the Royal Caribbean dancers and singers. It is not that they were not talented - they were - but they were given a horrible act to perform ("Singing in the Rain"? - I just can't imagine why anyone would have found this entertaining) . The comedian was not funny, but we saw a group that had been runner up on Americas Got Talent and they were PHENOMENAL! I would go to see them perform locally again! They were outstanding! The cruise director was just OK (he was sort of invisible most of the time and seemed to be going through the motions much of the time, but he had a great staff and they did a wonderful job! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and if it was our first cruise ever, we would be very impressed and happy. However since we had something to compare to, some things turned out to be better and some not so much. What was better ... Read More
This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and if it was our first cruise ever, we would be very impressed and happy. However since we had something to compare to, some things turned out to be better and some not so much. What was better than we experienced elsewhere was the embarkation and disembarkation - very efficient, quick, no waits, or lineups. What was disappointing is that there was no room service breakfast on the last morning, which we have used in the past. Also a step down from our previous experience was the food. Specifically, the dessert and bakery selections. Breakfast pastries appeared shriveled and dried up, and only a handful of selections available. Lots of mousse and jello types of desserts throughout the day. Selection was better at the sit down dinners. Another disappointment was that the buffet closed at 9pm so there was no quick snack available after 9pm other than in the Promenade cafe, but once again, the selection there was slim to none. We enjoyed the endless and anytime coffees and hot chocolates or teas at the Promenade cafe however. Other than that, the ship was nice, our cabin upbeat and comfortable (balcony), service immaculate. We would definitely sail with RCC again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise after 3 cruises with Carnival and 2 with Norwegian prior to that. After cruising with all the big 3 companies, I still don't have a clear favorite. Price will continue to dictate my ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise after 3 cruises with Carnival and 2 with Norwegian prior to that. After cruising with all the big 3 companies, I still don't have a clear favorite. Price will continue to dictate my selection. We found a great deal on Royal so we decided to try something new. Overall I would say that the entertainment was classier than Carnival and Norwegian, the food was not as good, the public areas of the ship were better, the cabin was smaller, and the service was similar. Embarkation - Flew into San Juan on the same day as the cruise on Southwest arriving on time at 12:30 pm. We read that the public bus doesn't allow luggage but might allow luggage from the airport to the transfer station in Isla Verde. We knew there was a Walgreens and Pueblo within walking distance so the plan was to get a few things and then take a taxi from there. We just missed the bus and after waiting for 30 minutes in the hot sun for the next one, we asked a taxi driver who was dropping someone off how much it would cost to get to Pan American Pier with a stop at Walgreens. She said she wouldn't charge for a quick stop and gave the going rate of $23 (plus $2 a bag). She wasn't supposed to pick us up there (both her and us were to get in line at the taxi station on the level below), but she agreed to at my urging. We were quick at Walgreens but still had to wait on a slow line at the cashier and I got the impression the taxi driver wasn't real happy about it. I gave her a tip and she was fine. When the taxi dropped us off at the pier at about 2:00 I noticed one of the baggage handlers was allowing the people dropped off ahead of us to bypass the line. I followed their lead and dropped off our 1 checked bag and skipped a long line waiting to check bags. The line for security was pretty short and when we got inside, the Royal attendant told us to go to the Gold line because the regular queue was full. I would say we waited in line a total of about 15 minutes prior to check in. We boarded with one carry on and headed to the Windjammer buffet. It was rather warm in the Windjammer (especially the window seats) and the food was a step down from Carnival. This trend continued during the week, although the food did get a little better. Our checked bag showed up about 6 pm, making us a little late for dinner. Dining - We used My Time Dining and typically ate around 6:00 pm (5:45 on port days and 6:30 on the day at sea). Royal managed to get us the same table (for 2) and servers every night despite our changing schedule. The table for 2 is kind of a joke as there is literally 6 inches between the tables. It was okay as we were able to have some light conversation with nearby couples while still having some time to ourselves. The faces changed with our schedule, but that kept things interesting without feeling like we had to be entertaining new friends that we may have had nothing in common with. I still prefer our last couple Carnival cruises where we managed to have a booth to ourselves. As another passenger who was doing back to back put it "the food gets better as the week goes on"! Good thing because after the first couple nights I felt like the only way we would get a good meal was to pay extra for one of the specialty options. I hate that Royal puts a second menu in front of you that says for just $17 a person you can get a really great meal! I know this is a trend in cruising but I still hate it. I always liked the all-inclusive nature of the food on cruise ships and now it seems like you get the leftovers if you are cheap like me. On formal night, I added a tie to my dress shirt but I never take a suit coat. My wife wore a more formal dress. As with previous cruises, I found myself somewhere in the middle of attire. We actually forgot it was formal night the second time and my business casual attire was still not out of line as the guy next to me had shorts on. I know some of you get worked up about this. Personally I don't see why anyone wants to pack a suit and formal shoes. While I'm thinking of it, Royal has nothing to compare with Guy's Burgers. We REALLY missed Guy's free, delicious, made to order burgers and fries! I have no interest in paying $7 per person for Johnny Rockets. Fortunately we were in port almost every day during lunch. The pizza was no comparison to Carnival's made to order option. Also, the deserts on Royal couldn't touch the deserts on Carnival! We were disappointed with desert virtually every night. Warm Chocolate Melting Cake and Bread Pudding on Carnival will remain our favorites by far! Speaking of deserts, the Cafe Promenade was a JOKE! The first night I noticed the woman in front of me gave up waiting for anyone to serve her one of the free snacks. They were much too busy handling paying customers buying premier drinks and ice cream. I thought I was more patient than her but after another 5 minutes with no help, I finally gave up too. The next night we managed to track someone down and sampled the inedible zeppole and a chocolate chip cookie that would break your teeth. Later in the week we found better cookies but nothing you would crave. I'm convinced that cruise lines have figured out that they can't afford to create really good snacks because the demand would be too great. I did enjoy the ice cream but unlike Carnival, it was not help yourself and therefore only available from like 2 to 6 pm. Proving my prior statement about keeping up with demand, they also managed to run out of chocolate or vanilla almost every night. Entertainment - We loved the Ice Show. Pretty amazing to see a cast of 8 professional skaters on a relatively small rink. We went to the 4 pm show on the first full day and the late show on Day 5. We knew they would be the same but we enjoyed it enough to see it twice. We also loved "Two Funny Guys" and "MO5AIC". The Royal singers and dancers were not that great but we appreciated that they had more clothes on than on Carnival or Norwegian. In fact, we were pleased that all the entertainment was family friendly except the late night comedy on the last night. Carl Banks was not only crude, he wasn't funny. You know you are in trouble when the comedian has no material and starts his show trying to find something funny sitting in the first row! The Love and Marriage show was also adult only, but it was funny! My wife DOUBLED the ship record in the keychain catch in the Minute to Win It competition but we didn't find much to write about in the Imperial Lounge entertainment. It paled in comparison to the Comedy Club feature on Carnival. Ship - With some minor exceptions, I didn't think the ship looked tired like others have said. We really liked the ice rink and skated twice. My wife also enjoyed the challenging rock wall. We found windy, but very private sunbathing at the top front of the ship. We both attempted the mini golf competition (I won) and the free throw competition and rollerblading (I twisted my ankle pretty good, so I don't recommend you do anything that might injure you on the ship). I tried the solarium pool (not too crowded) and climbed in a hot tub only to realize I had more sunburn that I thought! The promenade was a big improvement (at least aesthetically) over the general areas on Carnival and Norwegian. We were not constantly hounded to buy something (like a photo or a drink) like it seemed on Carnival. The movie theater sounded like something we'd enjoy and many times we liked the movie that was on, but it always seemed to conflict with another show and we figured we could rent a movie anytime at home. We loved the view from the front of the ship on the helipad and the peek a boo bridge! Carnival had nothing like this. Cabin - The cabins are small on this ship. We had an interior interior room (yes I meant to say it twice). Look at the floor plan for 8451 and you'll see what I mean! With the beds pushed together neither of us could easily walk around to the side of the bed and we typically crawled in and out from the foot of the bed. Not a problem until you twist your ankle! The shower was even smaller than other cruise ships (I never thought that was possible! The sliding door was an improvement over a shower curtain, but I had to open the door and shut off the shower to clean my legs. The TV's have been upgraded to about a 32 inch HDTV but most of the programming was not HD and only a few channels in English. I was surprised that the sports bar only had the same 2 sports channels available in your room. I couldn't watch the NBA playoffs anywhere when they were on TNT. We had to ask for ice in the room and I should have asked for a bigger glass. Storage space also was less than Carnival, but the closet was better organized for storage. The room was very quiet as the hall was not a pass through to anywhere. Also, you can control the volume of the announcements. On some Carnival ships we were awakened every morning by a very loud cruise director. I'm not sure if they made many announcements as we had ours turned down completely. In fact, we slept to 9:30 the first morning. Ports - We did our own excursions, which basically consisted of me researching the cheapest way to get to the best beach! Barbados - We walked to the "The Boatyard" and laying the towel in the sand right next to folks who paid the entry fee to get a chair and umbrella. We walked with another couple we found along the way. I didn't feel it was unsafe but it did take about 30 minutes and probably not for everyone. We later walked down the beach to where the public facilities were and swam out to where the turtles and excursion boats were. We had snorkels and but no fins or life vest. We are not great swimmers and we both panicked a little when we had to try and clean our mask or snorkel while treading water, but we always calmed ourselves by rolling on to our backs and floating. I don't recommend this, but we did eventually find turtles and that made it worthwhile. We left an inflatable raft on shore and that would have helped as would have fins or a life vest. When we got back to the port, we waited about 5 to 10 minutes for our phones to get a WiFi connection. Our Republic Wireless phones can use WiFi to call, so we were able to call home. St. Lucia - We intended to walk to the city bus station and take the bus to Rodney Bay Mall and walk to Reduit Beach. We walked past very aggressive taxi drivers (a common theme in every port except St. Maarten). I told them we were headed to town which is so close it was hard for them to argue with us. One taxi driver actually told the others we were lying and we were headed to the beach (seeing our suits and towels). We weren't sure where the bus station was so we asked a police officer. She pointed us to a bus stop and after the first bus showed up full I recalled that someone on Cruise Critic mentioned that the buses leave from town only when they are full. Realizing we had walked a couple blocks away from downtown and closer to Viggie Beach we decided to just walk to Viggie which was in view from our location. A taxi stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride and when I told him we were headed to Viggie he said "too far to walk". Viggie was always our backup and I knew we had to walk around the airport but I must admit it was further than I thought. There was no real sidewalk between the airport fence and the very busy highway so we walked in the grass. There was a sidewalk on the other side, but that involved crossing busy traffic, so we stayed in the grass. After about 30 minutes we reached Viggie. There's a public access road and parking right next to Rendezvous Beach and directly across from the end of the airport runway. Immediately a local came up and promptly made a grasshopper out of a coconut leaf. Pretty cool and very friendly until we didn't want to buy one of his birdhouses. He walked away pretty quickly. We laid our towels near Rendezvous. There were some locals who made us a little nervous, but we were never far from the security at Rendezvous. The water had mostly a sand bottom but occasionally there were some big hard rocks to avoid. Waves were fairly mild but the water was not coral blue. Nice, but the other ports had nicer beaches. We knew that, but we didn't want to spend $100 each for a stinky volcano tour (we have been to the volcano in Hawaii). Wifi was $6 a day. Antigua - We walked into town to the bus station. The sidewalks were crazy. There were no tourists in site! We tredged forward in spite of that and asked for the bus to Valley Church Beach. The locals were not particularly helpful, but also not rude. Eventually someone pointed us to the right bus and we waited until it was full. The ride was an adventure. The roads were very narrow and poor and there was no courtesy among drivers. The houses were mostly shacks. The cows looked very hungry (end of the dry season) and were on leashes. We second guessed our decision, especially when a postal worker got on the bus and told someone they should take the taxi to the beach not the bus. Seemed like it was directed at us. We were dropped off at the entrance to the drive to the beach and paid $1.50 each for the 25 minute ride. A short walk revealed a beautiful beach that made it all worth it! The water was postcard blue with sailboats, jet skis, and powder white sand. We could have stayed there for a week. Another couple from the UK actually told us they had been there a week and were checking out the various beaches and liked nearby Darkwood Beach even better. Hard to imagine there was anything better than this! We ended up renting a Jet Ski for $40 for 30 minutes. We didn't check the time and it was probably less than 30 minutes, but we had a blast! We walked out to the end of the drive and immediately a bus arrived and picked us up. This time the bus was nearly empty so I didn't feel like we were taking up a locals seat. A sales associate at the Tanzanite International store gave us their WiFi password. Antigua was our favorite port! St. Maarten - We took the water taxi from the ship $7 all-day (roundtrip) per person. We planned to walk but with my sprained ankle this was no longer a good option. We did walk to the bus (just a couple short blocks North of the shops on Front Street). We were headed to Maho to see the planes coming and going at the airport. The bus was clearly marked Maho. We were dropped off at the bus stop just past the airport and right across from the beach. Our timing was great (about 11:30) as within about 15 minutes the Dutch Airways 747 (just like the one on YouTube) was ready to take off. We stood off to the side hoping to catch video of the crazy people hanging on the fence. We quickly realized we were on the wrong side (West) as the jet engines roared to power and we got pelted with pebbles, sand, and various debris. We never saw the plane leave as we had to turn away to protect our faces, eyes, and camera! We stayed another hour and saw 3 jumbo jets land in that time. Worth saying we did it, but we quickly headed back to the bus to get to the quieter, less crowded, and nearly wave free Great Bay beach in Phillipsburg. With a sand bottom and coral blue water, we loved the beach and saw no problem with pollution like I read online (I think this is only true right after a big storm due to runoff). We were offered 2 chairs and an umbrella for $10 which was a deal (perhaps because we were the only ship in town and it was about 2 pm), but my wife prefers the sand and sun and I like the water. We stopped by McDonalds and bought a Coke to get the WiFi password. Disembarkation - We kept our bags with us and carried them off after breakfast. We have always done this and it usually works well. We did get off later than we normally do (about 9:30). We weren't sure why the line to get off was not moving. We stood for about 15 minutes before it started to move and when we got to customs it was clear where the bottleneck was. They had just 4 or 5 customs agents handling the hundreds (actually thousands) of guests. We waited probably 30-45 minutes to get through. When we got outside I tried to call Charlie's Rental Car to pick us up but our phones would not make a local call in San Juan (considered international). The guy at the taxi information booth let me use his phone and translated for me. Charlie's arrived in about 10 minutes and took us to their location. No problems and they explained the toll roads and gave me directions to the El Yungue Rainforest. We had a 4 pm flight home so we quickly made our way to the rainforest. The traffic was heavy on Saturday on Rt. 3 (lots of retail shopping, similar to the US, leading to lots of stoplights). We only had about 45 minutes to drive around the rainforest so we saw what we could and headed back to the airport about 12:30 realizing we had a lot of traffic to get through. We dropped the car off at Charlie's Isla Verde location and after grabbing some fast food and walking out to see the beach we took the shuttle to the airport. No line for FDA inspection and short line for TSA (though they weren't very efficient). Overall we had a great vacation, really good cruise, and great ports! Because we took advantage of many of the shows and activities it was almost too busy and we could have used a day at sea on the way back! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Had a great time. It was our 18th RCI cruise but first time being part of CruiseCritic. Nice touch having the get together but an odd time and location on ship but FREE is FREE. Ship was nice, clean, and most meals were FAB. ... Read More
Had a great time. It was our 18th RCI cruise but first time being part of CruiseCritic. Nice touch having the get together but an odd time and location on ship but FREE is FREE. Ship was nice, clean, and most meals were FAB. Service and entertainment not as outstanding as other RCI ships. Great ports (St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curraco), great weather, great people watching. Did learn that the Sheraton Old San Juan IS not in walking distance to the Royal Caribbean pier. Check-in and Disembarkation one of the fastest and easiest we've had. Noticed increase in pricing in drinks and formal pictures from New Years cruise 2014 to April 2015 cruise. Still Loyal to Royal - will our status, it is hard to try anything other line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my second time on adventure so now I've done both southern itineraries. The ports are great and offer a nice variety. I enjoy the promenade this class offers. We found the crew friendly and happy which creates a nice ... Read More
This was my second time on adventure so now I've done both southern itineraries. The ports are great and offer a nice variety. I enjoy the promenade this class offers. We found the crew friendly and happy which creates a nice culture. Most of the shows were excellent. There was just one I didn't care for. As for the music -you could find a nice variety throughout the ship. Again just one I didn't care for personally. We found the service in the windjammer hard to locate. You certainly couldn't count on getting a drink at your table. They seemed to be rotating the servers as we couldn't locate the same server twice in an area. This may be part of the problem. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I should have done this while things were fresher in my mind but have been trying to catch up at work and home. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Miramar Hotel. I had called prior to let them know we wouldn't be in ... Read More
I should have done this while things were fresher in my mind but have been trying to catch up at work and home. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Miramar Hotel. I had called prior to let them know we wouldn't be in until after midnight and they had no problem with that. The staff was very nice, the rooms were very clean and there was a 24/7 café almost across the street with decent food. There was a store close by to pick up the last minute items/wine before getting a taxi to the port. We got to the port about 11:45. The line started moving at 12:00 and we were in the windjammer by 12:30. Food is so subjective therefore hard to talk about. So If you like hot food that looks like it has been under heat lamps for a few hours and is a bit hard/chewy that this stuff is for you! The salads, sandwiches, cold cuts and cheese were nice and fresh. It was the same exact choices everyday in the same spots. I swore I would not get a drink package but that changed after just 3 glasses of wine. Prepackage - I ordered a glass of wine and got a nice chardonnay for $11.80 a glass. OUCH. Got the beer/wine package and the next glass of wine I get is a horrible chardonnay. I actually had to specify a brand and most times did not get what I asked for even though it was in my package. I gave up bringing it back up to get the kind I requested. It was probably easier for them to give me what was open rather then open a new bottle which is what happened when I went up to bring back the nasty kind the server brought. The bartender in the ice rink actually told me no but the gentleman with him behind the bar nodded and he opened a new bottle of wine for me. I was just tired of drinking a gross wine after the amount of money I paid for the package. Main dining room - Again food is very subjective so this is just MHO. We loved out waiter Memi, and assistant waiter Juan Carlos. I choose the pork chop the first night. It was over cooked and dry but the chipotle drizzled in the plate helped with the dryness. The one and only bad choice I made. I loved the chicken Marsala. Lots of flavor which is why my mother would have thought just the opposite. After the first night Memi knew just what kind of food I liked and choose my meals after that. Yummy. There were 2 "formal nights" I use the term very loosely. Not that it matters to me. I love to dress up nicely but never pay attention to what others are wearing. The only reason I looked around is because of how much attention it gets on here. I found it more disturbing to see kids at the table every night with headphones and iPads as babysitters rather then conversing with the adults or each other. But to each his own. There was a wear white night, 70's night and a Caribbean night. I really need to update my line dancing repertoire. I thought I was doing good until the Wobble came on. Our room was a balcony room on the hump. We will never do that again. The elevators were right there and many happy, loud people got off of them very late every night. First full day was a day at sea. The pool patrol was out in force! They timed the reserved seats and removed articles once the chair was vacant to long. We didn't see many shows but we did see the comedian and thought he was great. As usual The Love & Marriage show did not disappoint. The battle of the sexes was funny also. I remember a time when we had to rush to the theater to get a seat but now it is only about 50% occupied. I kept my daily papers (totally forgot what they are called) and have the updated drink price list so if anyone would like to ask me about something I will do my best to answer. Oh not sure if anyone answered this question earlier but the drink of the day is $7.75 plus the 18% $9.14 each but no special glass. You only get them if you do not have a drink package and yes the drinks were measured. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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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