589 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on ... Read More
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. After 2 and a half fine days in San Juan, we were ready to lie back for a little while. Staterooms were all ready and the luggage even arrived before our 6:30 dinner reservation at Giovanni's. (Not sure why RCI on this ship still adheres to the line up outside form of muster, especially when all the instruction are in two languages, but there you are.) Sailed on Adventure in 2012, so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Promenade Cafe was great at a place to get some coffee and a snack at any hour, but the attendants for the coffee let us down a couple of morning at 6 am. No Coffee. At that hour, even a short wait of a few minutes can be a bummer, and is unnecessary. Compared to the 24/7 facilities on some other ships, the Promenade Cafe is a bit dark and not terribly inviting, except for its usefulness. Compared to even some of RCI's smaller ships, Adventure lacks variety in dining options, but Giovanni's is such an excellent experience it is hard to complain. Except for the Ice Show, which is consistently excellent, entertainment is mediocre. One evening was billed as a display by two champion ballroom dancers, but was primarily just another show by the ship's resident company with two numbers performed by the star team. Most evenings we were exhausted from the excursion of the day and chose to skip the shows, not a positive commentary on the quality. Alert: should you be assigned Table 282 in Vivaldi, run don't walk to the Maiter 'd and get it changed. This table supposedly for four covers effectively blocks the access to the closer waiters' station and endures constant bumping and jostling by passing waiters with loaded food carts. Yes, food carts. Other than the table location, which the Head Waiters quickly sorted out with a change in table, service in the dining room was excellent. If you happen to get Nilsita and Irma, you are fortunate. Stateroom service was also attentive and pleasant. The fitness center on Adventure is well equipped and the therapy pool in the fitness area is the best one on the ship, big, hot and well-jetted. Sauna and steam rooms, at least on the men's side, worked well throughout the cruise. The captain is energetic and makes the daily announcements worth listening to, but on a somewhat intangible way, Adventure seems a bit tired, a comment which applies not only to the ship but more of the crew than we are used to on Royal Caribbean. All this is not to say that a cruise on Adventure is not worthwhile, especially the very port intensive Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We had a great time, on the ship and on shore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I are age 63 and have been on 5 different cruise lines over the years. Royal Caribbean is our favorite. We sailed out of San Juan on April 12th. We arrived a day early and stayed at the San Juan Airport hotel. We selected ... Read More
My wife and I are age 63 and have been on 5 different cruise lines over the years. Royal Caribbean is our favorite. We sailed out of San Juan on April 12th. We arrived a day early and stayed at the San Juan Airport hotel. We selected this because we thought we would originally arrive at 2:00 am and this would be easy. This hotel is extremely convient but if you want to go to town or anywhere in San Juan, you must take a taxi and your cost will add up quickly. $42 round trip. The hotel is small but nice. I would stay there again but only if I were going directly to the port. We arrived at the port at 11:20 am and were on the ship in 25 minutes. We then went up to the Windjammer and just hung out. We were able to get in our rooms at 2:00 pm and our all of our luggage arrived by 5:00 pm. Our ship did not leave port until 8:30 that evening. We were hoping that once we checked in we would be able to leave and walk around downtown San Juan. This ship did not dock where the smaller ships dock and walking to town would be quite a distance if you could walk at all. You would need to take a taxi and I had already paid enough for transportation ($83 total for four cab rides). There was however; plenty to do on the ship so it was not something that disappointed us that much. We selected my time dining and ate at the earlier seating. This is something weve have enjoyed in the past. What is different however; is that you can also have a reservation for a specific time and table if you like. This was very helpful on the first night because dining begins after your muster drill and the lines on the first night are long. Those who had reservations were allowed to get in a shorter and quicker line. We also asked to be seated at a large table so that we could meet and visit with new people. The first three nights we were seated with both English and Spanish speaking people. All were very nice but our desire to interact was met with limitations. We finally reserved a table with people we met and waiters we liked. That worked out well the rest of the week. Formal dining food and selections were very good as always. We did the mystery dinner on Tuesday and I will say that the Food at Giovanni's was excellent. We were very tired and probably did not enjoy it as much as we could have. (See St Kitts shore excursion below). I thought the Windjammer food was good but 7 days may be the limit of my generocity. I selected the soft drink package but was disappointed that they did not have the self-serving drink machines that the Freedom of the Seas had. I was able to go to any bar and have my cup filled, but appreciated the machines for convience. St Thomas We chose a snorkle trip throught the ship. We went to Turtle Bay to snorkle. The catamaran was called Star and Stipes. The crew, two men and one woman, were excellent. We enjoyed seeing the turtles Also saw a "sunken ship". This was actually a few pieces of metal on the bottom that was underwhelming. But overall we enjoyed this excursion. We used to take advantage of the jewelry and shopping sales in this port. It used to be that one could take advantage of great bargains here. But with the internet access, bargains are in your own living room. St Kitts We booked our own excursion online with Grey's Island Tours. We hiked up to Mount Liamuiga the dormant volcano. Adventure of the Seas charge $100 and Grey's charged $69 payable at end of your hike. I was very concerned that we would be able to complete this hike within the time frame and get back to the ship. There were 13 of us and the other 11 also booked on there own. They were from RCCL Spirit of the Seas. We left the dock at 8:40 and arrived at the starting point at 9:30. All but one person completed this hike (CLIMB) and we were back at the ship by 4:10. Now again, we are 63. I run 4 miles, three to four times a week. My wife can walk a 13 minute mile. This was very challenging. The walk up is a 3 mile, 2800 ft hike up. You have to navigate over rocks and tree roots that sometimes are a two feet plus step up. I'm 6ft tall so it was not as difficult for me. My wife is 5' 3". It was more difficult for her. She made it but barely. We crossed that off our buck list and were thrilled to complete it. It was a very exhausting hike but well worth it. Be aware that booking this on your own does pose a risk. If you don't get back to the ship, they leave without you. The risk paid off for us but may not for someone else. Aruba We took an air conditioned bus around the island that was good to do once. Very informative. Stopped at the Aloe Vera plant, lighthouse and passed by the tourist beach area. Curacao We did our own thing on this island. Rented a scooter from a local guy just right of the Old Fort. $50 for the day. Went to a beach and toured the Island. We did notice that there were vans that would charge only $5 to take you to a beach. We would have done that, had the scooter not been available. We loved this ship. We are looking forward to sailing again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are just off the 4-12 thru 4-19 sailing...Aruba route We had a great time- 2 teens and 2 53 yr olds. We travel based on the ports and a ship has to have a promenade. On adventure, you can tell that the decor is older but everything ... Read More
We are just off the 4-12 thru 4-19 sailing...Aruba route We had a great time- 2 teens and 2 53 yr olds. We travel based on the ports and a ship has to have a promenade. On adventure, you can tell that the decor is older but everything was clean. We were on Freedom 2 yrs ago- liked the cabin decor much better on Freedom. ACTIVITIES___Tino, the activities director was super energetic and lively. Erik was also in activities and led amazing dancing lessons by the pool and also ran some interactive games in the lounges. Bobby was the CD-calmer , but seemed to be doing a good job. The shows were 50/50 . We had 8:30 dinners in hope of seeing shows before dinner like on our last cruise, but the shows were mostly at 10:30p and we were exhausted by then. Ice skating was FABULOUS-a must see! The final night's entertainer- a mime/comedian was really good too. Love and marriage and Quest were funny as usual. The staff shows were mediocre and an entertainer mid-week was good for those over 60- imitations of Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis. I thought other reviewers were exaggerating, but , there sure were alot of spanish-speaking people on board and everything was translated. They even had a seperate love and marriage show in spanish. They seemed to be in large groups and therefore did not interact with others. I like to meet new people and this severely hindered that. Thank goodness for the Reggae band at the pool- when they weren't playing - the dj was playing loud, pounding latin/hip-hop music which was not relaxing for me, and I enjoy that music-at the appropriate time. Nothing you can do about this except choose departures from another port. We loved our ports, our dining staff, room stewards, and all the ship's staff seemed friendly, hard working and polite except for a few here and there. Lounge chairs were still reserved, but if you go on deck 12- where it's more peaceful and breezy, you have a better selection. FOOD____The MDR food was good the first 2 days and much better the remaining days. We could always get extra servings and the waiters encouraged us to try new things. Windjammer food was fine, except that my husband missed having lox as on previous sailings. The desserts weren't exciting here, but in the MDR they were delicious. With the soft serve ice cream by the pool and dinner time desserts, we need to eliminate some extra calories! CABIN---we had an E1 balcony and a Promenade Stateroom. Both met our needs. There were only 2 of us per cabin- three would be claustraphobic for me. The colors of the fabrics- peach and aqua were tired, but everything was clean. Towels were sparkling white. Seems towel animals are provided on Formal nights, unless your steward is into making extras. 2 bathroom complaints- the tap water turned extremely hot- in both cabins after running for about a minute and could not be cooled. The light switch for the bathroom is past the open door, so you have to keep opening and closing the door to see in there. PORTS----We took a private excursion in ST.THOMAS- Simplicity from Red Hook and sailed with a total of 6 people to Hawksbill and Honeymoon beach- good snorkling at Hawksbill,it poured on us but we were in the water and it was fun! At Honeymoon we only saw one sea turtle, not many fish. We got to spend some time on the beach as well. Josh has a marine biology degree and was very helpful in pointing out interesting sea life and spent alot of time with us as we snorkeled- which none of our other snorkel trips included. Capt. Charlie cooked us a delicious chicken and rice lunch which we ate on board-with place mats, fresh fruit juices and rum punch, beer and real silverware! We got back in time and they had a taxi waiting for us. In ST.KITTS, we took the ship excursion to zip-line---EXCELLENT!!! Every single person, from van driver to all the staff at the zip-line were professional and helpful- I never zip-lined in my life and was told that this system is so secure and the safest -which it was. You don't need to hold on with your hands, you brake by leaning back. The views were wonderful. The ride up the mountain is very bumpy and you have a short walk down a uneven pathway between runs...so you need to be in decent shape to handle this. We had time to eat lunch on the ship(got back at 11:10am as we were the first van to the excursion), change clothes and get a taxi to Caramobola- Oh MY GOODNESS- the most amazing views in the world! Laying back and looking at Nevis vanishing into the clouds...great time there (but the free wi-fi does not work). Glad we ate on the ship because as we read here- service is slower than slow....and why waste the $$$ ? In Aruba- we went to DePalm pier by cab and turned right- We walked a bit to explore, but the places further away had alot of boat congestion at the beaches, so we went back to the first beach in front of the Radisson, and got a huge umbrella and 4 chairs.. i think 35 for umbrella and 10 per chair. We brought blow-up swim tubes from walmart at home and relaxed. The restaurant on the pier- next to Dunkin' Donuts!, was wonderful! Sitting on a deck , under a thatched roof eating delicious food - perfect! Great prices and everyone got huge glasses of ice water too. This is getting long- but I'm going to continue... In CURACAO, we pre-arranged with a van to take us to Porto Playa Mari---Oh MY! Another beautiful spot in the world! Glad we didn't think of driving there ourselves...it is a long ride through hot, desert areas to get there. We arrived by 10am, got 2 sets of chairs and umbrellas for $23 total- the rates are posted- so you dont have to shop around. There is one woman who walks around after an hour or so and collects the fee. You can walk farther away from the restaurant if you want more privacy. The snorkeling was fantastic with calm water. Many, many fish along the 2 stone piers and around the balls they have placed in the water to encourage coral growth. There is also a scuba shack here. Food was delicious, again , under a thatched roof with pitchers of icy cold water. There is an outdoor shower and bathrooms as well. SO-all in all an excellent trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a wonderful time. That being said, there were a few minor dislikes. None ruined anything, but would be nice if they were different. Ice cream on deck 11 only open limited hours. Kids seemed to find it closed when trying to ... Read More
We had a wonderful time. That being said, there were a few minor dislikes. None ruined anything, but would be nice if they were different. Ice cream on deck 11 only open limited hours. Kids seemed to find it closed when trying to get some quite often. Only open about 11am-6pm. Buffet didn't have a huge selection, and was closed from 5pm until 6:30pm and didn't open until 7am in the morning. The afternoon time was a pain when trying to feed the kids before going to Adventure Ocean. All stations seemed to have the same 10 or so items. On the goid side, we never had a problem finding a seat. Other cruise lines seemed to have buffet open more, but close lines one at a time to switch over between meals. Didn't seem to be a lot of entertainment options. Royal Prominade was too small for events planned. Shops seem to set up shopping events in the center area at the same time there was entertainment there. Made it impossible to navigate through all the people. All minor issues that didn't ruin our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Sunday We arrive to San Juan Airport about 11:30 AM. Immediately took taxi to Pan-American pier for Adventure of Seas at $21 . Handed off our bags to tenant. Than took the same cab into old San Juan for $8. Had cabbie drop us off at ... Read More
Sunday We arrive to San Juan Airport about 11:30 AM. Immediately took taxi to Pan-American pier for Adventure of Seas at $21 . Handed off our bags to tenant. Than took the same cab into old San Juan for $8. Had cabbie drop us off at Barrachina restaurant. Famous for being the first to introduce the pina-colada. We ate lunch and walk in the city admiring the beauty of the Old San Juan. Highlights of that excursion was the Pigeon Park, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Cemetery Santa Maria next to old fort Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The fort area was nice place with all the locals out with kites flying. Look over the cemetery nearby, old church. Headed back to cabin area. Note it's best: to walk back over to the taxi drop off point if you’re looking to get back to Pan-American pier. We just did not see many taxis around. Adventure of Seas boarding a bit slow. We had gotten email and phone call from RC prior to arriving into San Juan. Asking deck 9 to come aboard at 2:00, deck 8 at 3pm and so on. We arrived finding one line people carrying all luggage to porters than another line formed to sign into RC and security check passport and sail documents. Than lineup to front desk to have ship passes made and fill out rather form rather we been expose to sickness. Than it was on to walk to ship but before you could get on with it they were taking pictures which held everyone held up. We managed pass it only to find two separated lines with security checking once again. Yes security again and they took there time. Than it was on to ship security to use your sail passes to walk on the ship. Yes finally got on. Ship is very clean. Tried to book online excursions with the TV but it would not work. Walk to deck 5 reservations desk said system was down. Wow. Was able to finally get it done online around 5pm. The ship was beautiful inside, no problems with finding your way around. Good technology at use with electronic boards to tell you about the ship and location and what events going on throughout. Love the promenade and how it was laid out. Love the adult pool area on lido deck. Especially both whirlpools. Bars easy to order drinks, never felt crowded to me on this ship. I very much like the replished drink package $19 a day, non-alcohol drinks; I use this lot on board for the ice drinks. Not much in entertainment for wife and me. We are both 56 just can't get into the singers and stage dancing. Did like the Wilson guy who was the comedian very funny. I never had much problem with the food we ate in the main dining hall each night and met with some very nice people. The windows stay dirty in the main dining hall could not enjoy the pretty sunset outside. Never saw them cleaning them at any point. Wife like the salmon she had it twice in the week for dinner. Ordered a filet mignon steak in main dining and surcharge was about $16 was over cooked very dry. We ate at windjammer for breakfast, omelets were good they ran out of choc milk last full day of cruise, it was indicated by the cruise director that over 800 kids were on board. Great customer service experience one evening. Went to windjammer but no bananas, cooked asked me if needed help he looked for some and came back saying none in kitchen, his supervisor came to me and had some brought to my room later. Monday -cruise all day. Relax Ports of call Tuesday Bridgetown,Barbados - 5 stars. Did the RC sponsor excursions on the Pirate Boat, Barbadian Buccaneers. Lots of rum punch served after the swimming and snorkeling. We had a blast. Snorkeling was good too. Wednesday Castries, St Lucia - Use Spencer's Land, Sea & Beach Adventure 5 stars! Booked on web. Would do again. Exceptional fun on this tour! Great snorkeling at Jalousie Beach, St. Lucia area. Thursday St John’s Antigua -Adventure Antigua Eco Tour 4 stars ! booked on web! great view and not so good snorkeling. Water choppy. Would not do again but it had some very nice camera moments. Friday St Marrten - took taxi to Orient Beach for half of day than went shopping in town of Philipsburg. Fun day. Nude beach beside us at Orient, also our beach was topless. Chair and umbrella $10 for 2 people total. Great deal get there early get front chairs. Saturday St. Croix , US Virgin Islands - went to beach near pier of ship, two chairs cost us $15 total with umbrella. Near shad trees, but I would not get them their again the house behind us spelled pretty bad near the fence. Watch out for sea urchins in water. Frederiksted is not much to do give this place 2 stars, go to Buck Island for snorkeling or to Christiansted for shopping take a taxi early this is what we plan to do next time. We chose this cruise for the ports not the ship experience, we got what we wanted from the cruise, it would have been extra points for us if they had better entertainment on board and it was a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We picked Adventure again because of the ports. Getting on the ship was a breeze. We left our hotel around noon, dropped off our luggage and we were on the ship by 1:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and then walked around the ... Read More
We picked Adventure again because of the ports. Getting on the ship was a breeze. We left our hotel around noon, dropped off our luggage and we were on the ship by 1:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and then walked around the ship a bit. We went to see where our dining table was and took pictures of different areas without crowds. Right at 2:00 our room opened and shortly we had one small bag delivered. We didn't get the other two bags until around 5:00. We had a superior balcony stateroom and always book this type of room. I noticed new deck chairs and table were one of the improvements. The other was the bed mattress which after the first night I had to order a memory foam topper, this still wasn't enough so I found another mattress topper packaged under the bed and put that one on too. This made for a much more comfortable bed. The flat screen tv was new also and I liked seeing my account everyday. We ate three nights in the dining room, three nights in the windjammer and one night at Giovanni's. The dining room food was just so so nothing really spectacular. I enjoyed the appetizers and desserts more than the main meal. I usually like a Cosmo with dinner but for the price of $12 and the small size of the drink, I opted for a glass of wine $8. Glasses of specific wine were limited unless you wanted the whole bottle. The windjammer had a nice variety of food but walk around the whole area before deciding what you want to eat. We found different items on one side that weren't on the other. Breakfast time was always crowded and we had a hard time finding a seat, dinner time wasn't as bad. Loved getting an afternoon snack around 4 to take back to the room with a drink and just relaxing before getting ready for dinner. One night we ate at Giovanni's. Here again I had a problem with my wine. All I wanted was a glass of moscato but had to buy the bottle. Dinner was explained in detail and there were a lot of choices. We enjoyed this restaurant but thought Portifinos was better. We went to two shows the singing comedian and the Las Vegas tenors. Both were very good and lasted just long enough. We did well at the casino the first two nights but after that it was win a little, lose a little. We enjoyed all of the ports, st Thomas...Megan's bay was one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get there early and claim your space. st Kitts we took a tour of the island, very poor and unkept. This was our least favorite island. Aruba we've always loved and got a day pass at The Occidental resort. Fun day with beautiful beach and warm water. Curaçao we took a tour, lots of money and very pretty island. I'd come back here for a week. We usually get a midship room but booked later than usual and got a forward room on the 8 th floor. This made for a LOT of walking to get to most places. This ended up being ok because we only gained a couple of pounds on this vacation. But if you're not a good walker it could be a problem. We were told on this cruise it was overbooked and there were 870 kids. It was school vacation in many states including PR. The kids didn't seem to be a problem but there were quite a few rude adults cutting in lines and rushing into elevators before others got out. I guess this is an ongoing problem with some cruises. All in all it was a great cruise for our third time on this ship. Next cruise I want to try a bigger different class that has a bit more to offer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our (my wife and I) third cruise on RCI in 5 years and love their ships, including the Adventure of the Seas. Regardless of the ship, there's something for everyone. As we've grown older, we don't participate in all ... Read More
This was our (my wife and I) third cruise on RCI in 5 years and love their ships, including the Adventure of the Seas. Regardless of the ship, there's something for everyone. As we've grown older, we don't participate in all activities as before, but enjoy the fact that we have choices. One thing I have to mention is that the Pan American pier from which the Adventure embarks (and disembarks) in San Juan is the worst of any we've experienced. It's not the nice modern port on the other side of the bay next to Old San Juan. Lines were long, delays everywhere, seemingly not well organized, and old-looking. Not the fast, organized, modern facilities we've experienced at other ports. There is NOTHING at this port -- no hotels, no restaurants, no shopping -- nothing but an old airport. Based on some earlier reviews, we were afraid the Adventure would appear worn, dated, and unclean, even after the recent refurb. But we found it not to be the case. It appeared just as fresh and clean as the brand new Oasis that we were on about 2.5 years ago. In fact, most of the new features are exactly the same as on the larger ship. As expected, food in the Windjammer and dining room was acceptable but not gourmet -- sometimes very good, sometimes not. Service in the dining room was outstanding, but I wish we had chosen the 6:30 seating instead of 8:30. It gets you out too late. Breakfast in the dinning room was outstanding. Lunch okay but not great -- extremely small portions. The slots in the casino were generous. Although there's a limited smoking area, it's difficult to avoid the smoke entirely. Since our last trip, they've begun automatic gratuities to staff, which we like. Another addition were the alcoholic drink packages. It didn't take but a few drinks for us to realize it was worth the cost. Although we were warned beforehand, it seemed the passengers on this cruise were 99% Spanish-speaking, which made for difficult conversation and friend-making if English is your only language. I know I exaggerate, but it was probably no less than 90%. Ports begin to look alike after a few cruises, even the ones you've never visited before -- endless rows of jewelry, watch, and souvenir stores. St. Thomas is the worst in that respect, although interesting in other respects, especially if you get off the main shopping street. Loved the S.O.S. Antiques store on the waterfront -- sunken ship artifacts, coins, weapons, etc. Even if you don't buy anything, it's like a visit to a museum. Also loved the Palm Passage alley off the main shopping street. We like Ballerina for jewelry and stuff. James is the best. St. Kitts was a bit of a disappointment. Since the sugar industry there collapsed in 2005, the only real industry is tourism, and it's obvious. The 3 hour train/bus ride around the island was interesting (the free flowing rum punch made it seem even more interesting), as was a quick visit to the National Museum (two small rooms upstairs in the old government building). Carib beer was cold and cheap. We loved Aruba -- beautiful, clean, modern, upscale -- and might go back on a separate trip to spend more time there since we saw very little of it in one day. Curacao was beautiful but we arrived there on Good Friday and everything was closed (Hint: before booking a cruise, check national and local holidays in your ports). If you take this cruise, we highly recommend spending extra days in San Juan on the front end and/or the backend. We loved it, especially Old San Juan and Condado. We might go back on a separate trip. The Best Western Plus, Condado Palms is highly recommended. Great location with lots of restaurants nearby and an easy one-block walk to the beach. Love the local beer, Medalla. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. ... Read More
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. (That's another review) The embarkation process was so easy. There were only just a couple people checking in at this time. The process was quick and easy. The cruise was fantastic. We loved all the ports. We had most of our excursions planned before the cruise and all of them were fantastic. My husband and I bought the basic drink package (beer/wine). That worked out great for us. We could always find something to eat for breakfast or a quick lunch/snack in the Windjammer. Somethings were tasty some not, but there are lots of choices. It's just a matter of tasting and figuring it out. We had chose the any time dining and were seated promptly every evening. I had booked the times online before the cruise. We sat at the same table each night with the same waiters. The wait staff was awesome. They knew what to bring us to drink without us asking. The service was very good. We enjoyed all of the options on the menu. We enjoyed most everything we ordered. After dinner we attended as many activities as we could fit in. We went to all the shows in the lyric theater, saw all the comedians, went to all the game shows and enjoyed a lot of activities in the promenade (70's dance party). We read through the compass and made a plan each night so we would not miss a thing. We loved all the activities. The entertainment was great. Our kids ages 17-21 enjoyed the shows too. The disembarkation was quick and easy. After a nice breakfast in the dining room we reported to our designated area where we were called just 10 min. later. Finding our luggage was easy and the customs check literally took 5 minutes. There were plenty of cabs available and we were back at the Embassy Suites in no time at all. We love the AOS this was our 3rd time. My only small complaint is this boat is getting a little tired. It could use some updating. The cabins need sprucing up and the halls and some areas really could use new carpeting and decor. This in no way determines what kind of trip I'm going to have, but I would give this ship an excellent rating if these changes were made. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
These were our first Royal Caribbean cruises (we did back-to-back Mar. 15 and 22) after three on Norwegian. My sister-in-law loves RCCI and recommended this itinerary and we did love it! It was just the right amount of busy with sea day ... Read More
These were our first Royal Caribbean cruises (we did back-to-back Mar. 15 and 22) after three on Norwegian. My sister-in-law loves RCCI and recommended this itinerary and we did love it! It was just the right amount of busy with sea day downtime. We felt the Adventure of the Seas was a lovely ship - the promenade was what we really liked as Norwegian does not have that feature. The common areas were all clean and well kept, etc. The only thing I found was the ladies washroom next to the Windjammer really smelled bad - like they were having a sewage/plumbing issue. Didn't love the nights they had sales going on down the middle as it made navigation around that area difficult. We really loved some of the crew and chatted with them frequently. We did My Time Dining and thought it was great as that's the way we eat on Norwegian as well ("Freestyle Dining"). We could go whenever we wanted and didn't have to wait longer than 5 minutes, and with the exception of three nights out of fourteen nights we were seated with Desmond and Cany who we thought were the most excellent waiters. The meals were good and tasty, right temperature, didn't have to wait too long for food. Desmond and Cany would bring us their recommendations even if we ordered something different just so we could try them! They never steered us wrong. There were a couple of exceptional meals which we enjoyed. The Windjammer was good most of the time, but a few more selections for people who like to eat healthy for breakfast would have been nice. Didn't pay extra for any of the other venues - seems silly when we have a perfectly delicious Italian restaurant in our home town that we enjoy and another great burger place (NOT Johnny Rockets!). We've always felt a cruise should include ALL dining venues and not be nickel and diming guests the way they do. And while I'm on a rant, charging extra for Ben and Jerry's - really? We didn't pay for that either, I can just order it in the dining room at dinner. Having said all this regarding the dining, Norwegian was just as good or better - especially the buffet venue. The entertainment was good most of the time - we really enjoyed the Beatle Maniacs and the Love and Marriage game show. We participated in most of the group games and had a blast. The crew was excellent with one exception and I think she was just frazzled (one of the guest services girls) - I think she had just had enough of rude people, as we witnessed while standing in line. One of the shore excursions fellows was getting blasted over the phone by a guest but he remained very professional and apologized to us for the wait. Why do people have to be so rude and obnoxious to these crew members? Some people need a lesson in manners, ruin for everyone around them - they're on holidays, enjoy yourself! Anyway, just sayin'. Our room steward Tris, was excellent and very accommodating and always had our cabin made up nicely. I liked the towel animals and I don't know why people complain about how many towel animals they had while on their cruise - really? Get over it, those rooms stewards work hard. Speaking of the cabin, it was on Deck 8 and really quite nice but showing a bit of wear - draperies were coming off the tracks and the wood on the furniture and cupboards was worn. The mattress was nice and comfy - slept like a baby. Very quiet, standard sized veranda, cabin, bathroom and storage compared to other cabins we've had. No complaints about the size at all - we had plenty of room for what we brought. The shore excursions we took through the ship were very good, but the ones we took privately in ports were better. My husband used the gym and thought the facilities were great. I used the walking/jogging track and enjoyed it. The pool areas were nice but we actually only spent one afternoon out there. Still noticed the problem with people saving loungers - so inconsiderate. In summary, had a great time, lovely ship, would sail on Adventure again, but the cabins do need a bit of refurbishing. Last word - unfortunately, being Canadian we won't be booking another cruise any time soon since we now have to automatically add on 30-33% to any rate we are quoted due to the dollar. I guess Mexico or Europe it is! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean, and our fifth cruise, the other four being with Carnival. The ship was very nice, definitely more posh than the Carnival ships we have been on. Our balcony was small and very sheltered ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean, and our fifth cruise, the other four being with Carnival. The ship was very nice, definitely more posh than the Carnival ships we have been on. Our balcony was small and very sheltered with little sun shining on it due to its design, a small opening cut into the steal hull of the ship, nowhere near as nice as the Carnival ship which has a ceiling to floor view. The one problem we did encounter was that they painted our deck one day while in port. We were given notice that the painting was scheduled. Upon returning to our room after our excursion, they had all the deck furniture in the room, as they were still painting. The smell of marine enamel was over powering and we had to be moved for the evening to the only available suite witch was the cheapest on the boat with no window at all. I do understand that mantiance must be done but it should not be at the expense of the guest that paid extra for an upgraded suite that they were not able to use at all for that day. The guest services manager did a good job at attempting to rectify our concern. We were still disappointed that we encountered this issue. The staff, food and over all experience was very much on par with Carnival. The stage shows were about the same quality but the music they picked lacked in getting the audience revved up. I'm guessing because very few of the songs were main stream tunes. The Beatles musical was exceptionally good. The only other major difference was the over pricing of the drinks, and the 18% gratuity compared to Carnivals 15%. $48 for two beer ($7 Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean “B” Cruise March 1 2015 to March 8 2015 I have been asked to contribute a review of the captioned cruise, and thought I would start at the very beginning. We completed our last cruise at the ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean “B” Cruise March 1 2015 to March 8 2015 I have been asked to contribute a review of the captioned cruise, and thought I would start at the very beginning. We completed our last cruise at the end of October last year, enjoying an Eastern Caribbean cruise on Freedom two weeks after Hurricane Gonzalo roared through the Caribbean and just before Freedom developed her bearing problem. As I am currently teaching in a College in Toronto, I am restricted to cruising during our Reading Weeks, and cannot book future cruises until the schedule for the following semester is set. As a result, we booked our cruise on Adventure after we returned from a wonderful voyage on Freedom. In the past I have run into issues relating to flight changes that our TA was not informed of, so for the last two cruises I have booked directly with Royal Caribbean using the 1-800 free number. The process was so easy that I began to wonder whether I was dreaming. Our agent was exceptional. She answered every question and made sure that our expectations were exceeded. I had done a good amount of research beforehand, and knew which airline I wanted to use and the cabin category I wanted to cruise in. The entire process took under 30 minutes to book the cruise, our flights through Cruise Air, transfers and travel insurance. Oh, and that included MTD reservations as well. I recognize that conventional wisdom suggests that one should not fly out of a snow zone (Toronto in our case), but both Canadian airlines offer a direct flight to San Juan from Toronto on Sundays, arriving in Puerto Rico just after 3:00pm. Given a boarding window of 4:00pm, the arrival time worked perfectly and gave us 3 hour’s latitude in case of flight delays in Toronto. Even with temperatures well below freezing, we experienced no issues. When we arrived at Louis Munoz International Airport we were whisked to the baggage carousels. I require assistance at the airports due to a bad hip, and we were met at the plane and escorted until we met the Royal Caribbean personnel at the airport. Our checked bags were loaded on a van. We were loaded on a bus, and after a 25 minute drive to the PanAm pier, breezed through the embarkation process. In fact, the only delay we encountered was caused by the ship’s photographers. Our bags arrived at our cabin before 5:00pm. On this, our 5th cruise with Royal, I was impressed with the efficiency of the staff. Our first stop was the Promenade Cafe for rum punches and sandwiches, then we rode up to our accessible cabin on Deck 6. Again, we had a pleasant surprise when we arrived to find that the cabin was extremely spacious. We had discussed whether I should order a scooter and decided against it, but the cabin provided more than ample room had we decided differently. And the Head was HUGE!, with a roll-in shower and all the assists one could hope for. We met our Steward Dion Williams within 2 minutes of reaching the cabin and were immediately impressed. Suffice it to say that Dion went above and beyond for us and earned a significant WOW tip at the end of the cruise. Our Waiter Wilson and Assistant Waiter Prakash could not have been more attentive throughout the cruise, bringing a high level of service to Vivaldi. If there were any issues with the dining room, they were relatively minor; we were unable to reserve our table for 7:30, which is our preferred timing, but were forced to accept an 8:00 seating every night. My understanding is that MTD offers the guest the flexibility to book a different time every evening, but we were not accommodated in that regard. The couples we sat beside on the first evening were moved elsewhere and we had new neighbors most nights, so it was difficult to develop any friendships. My only other issue was that it appeared that we were being hurried through our meals on occasion, and on the last night the food was not as hot as I would like. That came as a surprise due to the speed with which we were served, particularly as it seemed that we had effectively been relegated to a late seating. One particularly positive thing was the fact that our drinks steward, Sherwin, not only brought our drinks automatically after day 1, but took the time to record our folio numbers so we did not need to give him our SeaSail cards every meal. Windjammer was Windjammer. Simply put, it is what it is. The food was plentiful and of an appropriate temperature, and it was clear that the staff were paying appropriate attention to the maintenance of the serving dishes. The omelet maker was exceptional, and even stopped to say hello to us when he passed us in the Promenade. Table availability was an issue at times due to several large family groups who took over multiple tables, but we did not have to wait for more than a couple of minutes to find somewhere to eat. Again the issues were minor. For the first couple of days, we had to get our own coffee and orange juice from the refreshment stations, but by Day 3 we were asked what we would like to drink each time we ate there. The Quest and Love and Marriage games were fun, as Bobby, our CD, did an excellent job. From an entertainment perspective, the only disappointment came when we were hit by a significant rainstorm just as the 70s party in the Solarium started, and we lost most of the people when we were forced to move to Jesters. We were not particularly impressed with the piano player in Schooner Bar. It was his first gig on a Royal Caribbean ship, and while he attempted to respond to requests, his voice was strained early on in the cruise, and he really struggled with the lyrics and melodies of many songs, despite using a “cheat book” on his I-Pad. It really caused some awkward moments, and the stress he clearly felt was obviously exacerbated by a group of young people who talked loudly while he was playing and repeatedly demanded he play and sing Taylor Swift songs. And that is where his inexperience showed through, as he attempted to sing above his range. Hence his strained voice. We did not attend any other shows. Adventure is well maintained and does not show her age. Even the “day plates” in the elevators fit properly, and the maintenance crew were visible, albeit they did not intrude on activities. There were obnoxious guests – to me that is a given when on a cruise – but the staff were friendly and responsive throughout. I guess the quality of the experience was demonstrated best by the fact that we booked 2 more cruises for October and November, after I retire for the 5th (and, hopefully, final) time. :D   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
It has been 5 or so years since our last cruise, also on RCCL. Things have changed a lot, and not for the better. Food was not as good as we remembered. Impossible to see the ice show because the crowds were so large. Too many ... Read More
It has been 5 or so years since our last cruise, also on RCCL. Things have changed a lot, and not for the better. Food was not as good as we remembered. Impossible to see the ice show because the crowds were so large. Too many activities during the day while many folks were taking shore excursions. Too many overlaps in entertainment schedules. Impossible to see future cruise planners because their hours were so short. Johnny Rockets now charges for drinks, in addition to the cover charge. Why they bother to stop at St Croix is beyond me. There is nothing there. HOWEVER, we enjoyed the cruise. Cabins were clean, food was good (just not great), staff was friendly and helpful. Wait staff in the Windjammer seemed more attentive than before. Production shows were good, and some of the professional entertainment was good (but not all). Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Wait staff spread too thin. They worked extremely hard but not enough of them to cover all their duties adequately, leaving them very little time to interact with guests. The variety of the food was good, but it was not always prepared as ... Read More
Wait staff spread too thin. They worked extremely hard but not enough of them to cover all their duties adequately, leaving them very little time to interact with guests. The variety of the food was good, but it was not always prepared as requested ie: overdone steak and over or under cooked food. The ship, including our suite, was immaculate. Upon debarkation, all four luggage tags were torn from our suitcases, requiring a mad scramble at the dock to find them. Most inconvenient.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was our 11th cruise, 1st as Platinum members in Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society. We were last on Legend of the Seas, and have previously gone on Explorer of the Seas (2x) and Majesty of the Seas in addition to 3 ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise, 1st as Platinum members in Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society. We were last on Legend of the Seas, and have previously gone on Explorer of the Seas (2x) and Majesty of the Seas in addition to 3 Norwegian cruises (Dawn twice and Gem), 2 Holland America cruises (both on MS Noordam), 1 cruise on the Carnival Pride, and 1 on the MSC Orchestra. We were originally booked to go on Independence of the Seas this year, but we ended up switching for the more exotic itinerary on Adventure. As of now, we are booked to go on Oasis of the Seas the same week (President's Week in New York) next year, our first trip to the Western Caribbean. Embarkation / First Day As I've said constantly over my past reviews, check-in at the terminal is always very spotty. Some embarkation ports have very smooth check-in, such as Royal Caribbean's Cape Liberty pier, which now docks the brand new Quantum of the Seas, or also Royal's Terminal 18, which docks the Oasis, Allure, and Legend. There have been some average check-ins, such as in Boston or Baltimore. Then there were the bad ones, such as in Manhattan, or whatever terminal we docked at on the MSC Orchestra. Check-in on Adventure at the Pan American pier was sort of reminiscent of the check-in process in Boston. You drop off your luggage outdoors and then wait in a long line outdoors before entering the small terminal for security and check-in. Only difference is that it was a hot and humid Caribbean climate that we had to wait outside in, on a line of approximately 300 people, with another line right next to us (we were on the priority line for being Platinum members, yet it was longer than the general line.) After about 40 minutes of waiting outside, we finally made it inside to the terminal, where about 25 minutes was all we needed to get through security and check-in. After that, we made what was quite a long walk to the gangway (after getting off the escalator in the terminal, which leads you outdoors, you have to walk on a system of outdoor ramps that lead to the other side of the ship, where you take your embarkation photo, before walking a bit more and then over the gangway). Overall, check-in wasn't awful, just not the easiest either. Once we got on the ship, we went straight up to the Windjammer, where it was still very empty (we were amongst the first on the ship.) Of course, as the MDR is only open for lunch on sea days, we didn't really have much of a choice for lunch, just Windjammer or snacks in the Café Promenade. This was our first time sailing out of San Juan as an embarkation port, so it was rather different having such a late muster drill (5:45) and just departing at dinnertime (8:30). Speaking of the muster drill, we were about ready to jump overboard when they translated everything into Spanish too. Yes, this cruise left from Puerto Rico. But almost all Puerto Ricans speak English as well. And on cruises out of, let's say France, they don't translate anything into English. And from what I've heard from other people/read from other reviews, they don't do that on the other ships that sail from Puerto Rico (including Royal's own Jewel of the Seas and sister company Celebrity's Summit). So take that into consideration. Basically all PA announcements (which there weren't many as cruise directors are no longer allowed to make announcements concerning activities) were translated into Spanish, which made things annoying. The first night was overall fine, beginning with the traditional parade down the Royal Promenade. Not much else to say about the first night other than that there was no sailaway party on the pool deck like there traditionally is, likely because of the late sailaway time. Cabin We were in D2 cabin 7628, which was a nice balcony room. Our stateroom was in a very convenient location, just 4 cabins away from the mid-ship elevators. It was also one of those one-off cabins that are made with that extra few sq feet of space on the balcony, as it is on the "bend" of the ship. It is also in it's own corner, with a corridor entrance right next to it. Overall, the cabin was just a standard balcony cabin. Nothing too special. Our cabin steward, Freddie, was very kind and, while he may not have been the greatest cabin steward we've had, he was very friendly and was at least able to fulfill all the special requests that we needed (which were pretty standard - extra towels, ice at night, and to have the beds separated.) We had three beds (two twins and a pulldown), but they were arranged in a rather unusual way (instead of vertically facing the door, the short side was horizontal to the door), which was rather odd when one bed ended up against the balcony door, literally. Again, it was a nice location and nice to have a little quirk like the oddly-shaped balcony, but there was nothing too special about our stateroom. Service Our cabin steward Freddie was very nice (and of course we gave him an additional $10 at the beginning of the cruise to get that extra good service. This year, our cabin steward came through, and was very attentive at almost all times. He gave us everything we asked for (extra towels/pillows, ice, etc.) and was always friendly. Our waiter Rajesh, on the other hand, was not as friendly or good. He was probably the worst waiter we've had on a ship. We had two teenagers with us, who we always ask for them to be served first, so that they don't miss all the activities in the teen club, etc. Rajesh sounded as if he did not know what to do when we first asked him for that, and eventually the maître'd had to handle their orders. Other people in the dining room were easily served on that matter, including other families we met over the course of the cruise. Not much else to say about the staff; not the worst staff, but certainly not the best staff overall that we've had on a ship. Activities Overall, not much to say about activities. On such a port-heavy itinerary such as this one (4 ports, 2 sea days), there aren't that many on-board activities for the better part of the cruise. Yes we did have two sea days, but there were still not as many activities as you would expect on a ship that has so much to do. Let's reference the Explorer of the Seas, which we have been on twice, for example. The Explorer is obviously a sister ship to the Adventure, as it is from the same Voyager class of ships and is just over one year older than Adventure. The Explorer had more sea days (4 on one cruise, 5 on the other), and there were many more activities. But still, ice skating was only open to the public twice. Once, on the 2nd formal night from 7 pm-7:50 and the other on the final sea day at noon. So one of the public skates was in between the two dinnertimes on FORMAL night, so the other was obviously packed. Also, inline skating was hardly ever an option. Of those activities that all require waivers, only rock climbing was open a lot. And I can't climb one of those things for my life. Poolside activities, like the always fun-to-watch-but-not-compete-in Bellyflop Competition was hilariously fun to watch, especially since it was raining at the time too (the winner was a 350-lb guy from Norway). There weren't that many other activities worth mentioning either. I missed the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle; they're always too early in the morning on sea days, nonetheless. Entertainment Entertainment was probably the low-light of the trip. It was, for the most part, mediocre at best. The headline shows started off with a bang, with comedian Carl Banks (no, not former NY Giant and now radio broadcaster Carl Banks). He was very funny, and he has appeared on shows such as Seinfeld. He also had a midnight snow on night 2, and that was pretty funny as well. On the second night, the headline show was Invitation to Dance, which is that same as it is on every ship. We didn't bother to stay for the whole show. The third night featured the self-proclaimed Two Funny Guys, who are these two Mexican guys named Mario and Daniel. They were on Legend of the Seas last year and were awful. This year, they were just as awful. It was the exact same show. Aren't stand up comedians normally different from show to show? The fourth night featured some show that we didn't even bother to see. But we did see the ice show that day that was pretty fun. It was called Cool Art, Hot Ice and was on par with other Royal Caribbean ice shows I've seen. The 5th night's show was the ice show again as the headliner show, followed by the Love and Marriage Game Show in the theatre. Those get boring after awhile, but our cruise director Tino made it funny in his own way. But it's still the same as it is on every ship; same questions, etc. The 6th night featured the second and final stage production show, entitled Can't Stop The Rock. The show started off rather slowly, but got much better throughout. It was a good show, from about 10 minutes in till the end. And lastly, the final night featured the Farewell Variety show, beginning with the cruise director's 10 most frequently asked questions. These are also the exact same as they always are, but the only difference is that they were all translated into Spanish as well (sigh.) Following that was a very good contortion-esque act. They were a duo from Russia and they were frightfully good. I wouldn't exactly call it contortion, but more a combination of that and dance and weight-lifting, etc. Following that was the always saddening goodbye from the singers, dancers, and crew. That final performance is always upsetting, as the reality of being home begins to creep in. Overall, entertainment was mediocre at best, as I said earlier. Normally, I would at least remember the names of all the acts and shows, which just shows how disappointing the entertainment really was. I just don't think there can be a better guest act than the Elton John impersonator we had on Explorer three years ago.. Dining The ship, despite its large size, lacks the number of specialty restaurants that even some smaller ships such as Jewel of the Seas and that Jewel class of ships has. The Adventure of the Seas only has one specialty restaurant, Giovanni's Table, Royal Caribbean's trek into upscale-Italian dining. No, we did not eat there over the course of the week, but they did have a very nice Embarkation Day special where kids eat free and all adults were half-off (or something like that). The food was probably the most disappointing that its been ever on a ship, in my opinion. Royal Caribbean as really cut down on food quality over the past few years, and us loyal cruisers who have sailed with the line for many years have come to notice that. That being said, Windjammer (the Lido buffet) was very disappointing for breakfast and lunch. Dinner, on the other hand, is better in the Windjammer than in the MDR, so we noticed. There is a greater variety in the Windjammer nightly than there is downstairs in the MDR, which shows that Royal knows that less people eat there, so they'll put better quality food up there. We still ended up eating in the MDR every night, despite some nights having really lackluster menus on some nights (2, 4, 6, 7). There were some very good menus too (nights 1, 3, 5). In my opinion, there was no average menu; it was either a great menu or a pretty bad one. Two more notes: They ran out of food in the Windjammer on the last morning, up to the point that by 8:15 or so (with the Windjammer closing at 9:30), there were only a few fruits, cold raspberry pancakes, and assorted breads left. Also, the soft-serve ice cream closed at 6 pm, after which you would have to BUY Ben & Jerry's for ice cream. This was not the case on Explorer, where the frozen yogurt stand was open 24 hours, or even on Legend where it was open until 9 pm. Overall, we were very disappointed with the food overall on the ship.. But that and entertainment were the two biggest downsides. Adventure Ocean / OPTIX Teen Program We traveled with two 15-year olds and a 10-year old. The 10-year old didn't even bother stepping foot into Adventure Ocean, as all of the age groups were combined for this sailing. This does happen to be unfair, as a 10-year old does not need to be forced to stay with the 3-year olds, etc. The teens, however, enjoyed OPTIX, just as they had on Explorer, but not on Legend. If you read my review on Legend, you will see that they heavily disliked OPTIX last year. This was definitely not the case this year, as they both found friends and went their own ways. There were also plenty of people from New York, which was rather surprising on a sailing from San Juan. They still keep in touch with some of these people and keep trying to make plans. Oh, you never know who they will meet on these cruises. Ports San Juan: It was the first time that we had more than a half-day in San Juan, and we really didn't do all that much. We went through Old San Juan, but there were no ships in port at the time, so the lack of tourists made it rather creepy. We also realized how much poverty there is in the area, giving Old San Juan a New York City Subway-esque feel. It also rained for nearly all of the 3 days we were in San Juan. Overall, San Juan gets a bit boring after awhile, but it is still a very nice island with a lot to see. St. Thomas: In St. Thomas, it also rained for the better part of the day. We ended up skipping our normal plan of going to the beach, and we ended up going to the Coral World Marine Park, which was just your run-of-the-mill aquarium for the most part. After we left there, we walked next door to what I think is Dawn Beach (I could be wrong), where it started to pour about 20 minutes after we arrived. We ended up just taking a taxi back towards the ship where we would then shop for awhile before returning to the ship. Just like San Juan, St. Thomas gets boring after that many visits as well, whereas islands like St. Maarten never cease to amaze me, and we have also been there 6 times. St. Kitts: In St. Kitts, we went to Frigate Bay Beach, which was just your normal beach. Nothing too special except for a display of caged monkeys and birds near the restaurant. We were docked in St. Kitts on a public holiday on the island, so there were not many shops open except for the shops immediately in the vicinity of the ship. St. Kitts is a very nice island, however. This was just or second time there, with the first being last year on the Legend. Overall, St. Kitts is one of the more boring islands in the Eastern Caribbean however, as the only things to really do on the island are go to the beach or go to the botanical gardens (which you only need to see once.) Aruba: This was our first time in Aruba, and all we can say is WOW. This is already up there on our list of favorite islands (with St. Maarten and Bermuda being the other two islands). We got on a cab and went to the Radisson Ocean resort. We sat at the pool and we were sunburnt within an hour (it was 89 degrees and hot that day.) The beach at a this resort was amongst the nicest beaches we had ever seen. It was beautiful; no other words to describe it. After that, we walked about a mile to Starbucks to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi. We stayed there for about an hour before we called our taxi driver to take us back. (Side note: Our taxi driver, named Mel, was by far one of the nicest people we have ever met on the islands. He was a class act..) After that, we shopped for awhile through downtown Oranjestad, where we went through all of the upscale shops in the "mall", as well as the standard Island shops, such as Del-Sol and Cariloha. Curaçao: Curaçao was a very nice island, in its own way. But after visiting Aruba the day before, it just could not meet the set of standards that Aruba sets. Once again, for the fourth tim eon our 10-day vacation, the day started off with a downpour. It rained until about 1 pm, after which the sun came out and we enjoyed our day. We went to the island's famous Hato caves, which were rather unique. The one bad thing about the cave was the high number of low-flying bats. Those were not fun to walk under.. After the caves, we had our taxi driver bring us to Willemstad, where we were dropped off in front of the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, which was very interesting to us. We toured the facility and adjoining museum, and afterwards we went shopping for on last time. We also walked across the famous "moving-bridge", and through the fort (including the mall inside), and took advantage of our last duty-free shopping opportunity. I must say, upon leaving Curaçao, I said something that I never thought I would hear myself say: "I don't want to go back to San Juan.." Cruise Director Tino Carillo-Lopez was the cruise director for this sailing. He was a fill-in for Mercedes LaFuente, who was off with most of the other cruise directors at some conference. But you wouldn't be able to tell that he was just a fill-in. He was great, especially compared to some other recent cruise directors we've had, such as Paul Rutter last year, who was not very friendly. Tino is a young, energetic guy who was a rather good dancer when it came time for the parties and whatnot. He was a very good cruise director, up there on the best we've had. Disembarkation Disembarkation was very smooth, from when we walked off the ship. While we were on the ship, it was almost as if the crew no longer cared about us, like as I mentioned before. They ran out of food, and it was an overall choppy process getting off the ship. As Royal Caribbean now prohibits announcements over the PA system, we HAD to be in our assigned waiting lounge in order to know when to depart the ship. That being said, our waiting lounge (the priority 4th floor dining room) was overcrowded for the amount of space provided (about 1/4 of the room). We ended up having to stand for the better part of a half hour because there were no seats left and the workers would not let us pass a certain point. Once we were finally called (and nobody knew until a worker came and told everybody personally), getting off the ship was very easy. We got straight downstairs into the terminal, where we found our luggage very quickly (they don't have the luggage valet in San Juan, like they did in Ft. Lauderdale, which kinda sucked). We found a porter immediately, and waited in a 25-minute line to get to customs. There were two customs officers to serve all the passengers disembarking, which caused a very big line to form very quickly. Once we were through customs, we found a cab easily and we were on to the airport. In the airport, we got through USDA and TSA security quite quickly (I still am not quite sure why there are two different security screenings), and we were by our gate by 10:30-10:45. Our flight, an American Airlines flight supposed to depart at 2:30, was delayed until 7:30 because of bad weather in NYC. So we sat in the airport for around 9 hours. There were other planes on other lines that got out well before ours, and there were still a few flights that were delayed, but none as long as ours. Only difference was, the other flights from the other lines that were delayed (Delta, JetBlue, etc.) treated their passengers to snacks and drinks, etc. American, being the cheapest airline, gave us absolutely NOTHING. Not even on the plane would they give us a bag of pretzels or anything. Which now gives us a good reason to boycott American Airlines indefinitely. But that’s another story for another website... Overall / Summary / Final Thoughts Overall, it was a fun cruise. Better than last year for sure, but still not the best cruise we've been on. Still, we all had a great time until the airport. A few more takeaways: The ship does need a bit of a touch-up. It looks rather old in places, which isn't something you want to see from a ship that was renovated less than two years ago. Also, the Café Promenade had the same limited food selection every day. The pizza in the Café Promenade was rather awful, which was very disappointing. Also, the movie selection on the ship was awful. The same 3 movies played over and over and over and over and over again. Those three movies were Big Hero 6, Jersey Boys, and The Edge of Tomorrow. Lastly, I want to recognize an incident that happened on the final day. One of the 5 of us on the trip (she is 84 years old) slipped and fell on a very wet pool deck on her way to get lunch. She broke her shoulder and also cut her head open right above her eyebrow, requiring several stitches. The nerve of the pool staff, who went out of their way to make up excuses. For example, one person had the nerve to say that there was a wine cooler that somebody knocked over and she tripped on that, and other stupid things like that. Everyone that witnessed the incident saw what happened, and they all knew she slipped on a very wet floor that did not have proper signage saying "wet floor" or anything at all. Thumbs down for that! But, to end on a positive note, it was still a very fun cruise for all and we all enjoyed the trip, for the most part. But everything that you have read in these reviews on this particular ship are true. Some have had very good experiences, while there are also quite a few neutral and negative reviews as well. Take that into consideration when booking your trip on Adventure of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
The ship was lovely and clean, if a little worn around the edges, but nothing to deter one’s enjoyment of the facilities. The ship’s guests were a mix of ages, from families to seniors . My husband and I are at the young end of ... Read More
The ship was lovely and clean, if a little worn around the edges, but nothing to deter one’s enjoyment of the facilities. The ship’s guests were a mix of ages, from families to seniors . My husband and I are at the young end of seniors. We did not use all the activities. We do not go to the beach or do water activities. I really liked our balcony cabin. It was spacious (for a ship), with lots of storage for our clothes and toiletries, a small couch, fridge, safe, desk, flatscreen T.V. and small, private balcony. It would have been helpful to have a television guide since it was hit and miss without it. I also think movies should be included in the price of the cruise. Our steward, Jeremie, was very friendly and kept our room clean. My husband and I enjoyed my-time dining. We never had to wait long because we were happy to sit with others and meet new people. This type of dining gives you flexibility regarding both dining time and dining companions. If you like who you’re sitting with you can arrange to meet them again and if not....not. I do not like the food on this ship. We were on it Christmas 2014 and I felt the same way. The food in the dining room is mediocre. (My husband thought the food was fine but he didn’t eat the beef.) Although I ate most suppers in the dining room to meet people, I preferred the food in the Windjammer even though the desserts were terrible. I HATED the fact that the Windjammer closed at 9pm. Activities on this ship go into the wee hours of the morning so this makes absolutely no sense to me. The dinky eatery in the promenade cannot possible accommodate 3,000 guests properly. It had a horrible selection and was cramped and unpleasant. You had to pay for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream You also had to pay for burgers at Johnny Rockets. In the dining room you had to pay for up-graded steak and lobster. (This was new.) I found this ridiculous on a supposedly all-inclusive cruise. I understand having some specialty restaurants but ice cream and burgers? Come on. And if steak and lobster are at a premium, they should offer them once a week like they did last Christmas 2014 or serve them in the specialty restaurant. Having priced items on the menu in the supposedly inclusive dining room is not acceptable. (They had frozen yoghurt on the pool deck, but only between 12pm and 6pm.) The promenade is crowded in the evenings and empty in the day. Evening kiosks in the middle of the promenade make navigating that area difficult. I’m not a big fan of this design. My husband used the track every morning and was very pleased with it. I used the very comfortable library in the evenings and enjoyed the exchange shelf for guests. The ship’s shows were adequate and some of the special guest shows were outstanding. Unfortunately they never changed the ship shows or games. They were the same as in 2014! And if you are on a two week cruise you are seeing the same ship shows, attending the same games with the same questions and watching the same movies in the screening room and big outside screen. Royal Caribbean really needs to rethink this, especially if they want repeat customers. Sea days had few activities if you weren’t a sports enthusiast. The sad thing is the ship probably had a wealth of knowledge among the guests but chose not to use them as assets. I think RC should designate a room for guest speakers and have a sign up sheet for those willing to give lectures. RC can state that these lecturers have not been screened by their company but are available for guests who would like to learn from other guests. (On our Christmas cruise, staff approached one of the guests to give a lecture and he was a big hit.) Wifi is very expensive and slow on the ship. You can avoid these costs by using the islands’ wifi cafes or their libraries. P.S. I am Canadian. Favourite, colourful and jewellery are not spelled incorrectly. I will claim any other spelling errors are merely typos.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
About us, we are seasoned cruisers, (Platinum on Carnival) and choose our Cruises based on cost and itinerary. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and honestly our friends chose! We stayed at the El San Juan Suites in downtown ... Read More
About us, we are seasoned cruisers, (Platinum on Carnival) and choose our Cruises based on cost and itinerary. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and honestly our friends chose! We stayed at the El San Juan Suites in downtown Old San Juan. It was okay for overnight, but will not stay there again. The good was that it was convenient to downtown for the restaurants and culture, the bad is we prefer a little more luxury. This was like staying at a Motel 6 without a window. We arrived at the ship between 12:30 and 1 p.m., lines were very short and we were on in less than 30 minutes. The ship is in need of updating and refurbishing, the carpet in particular is worn in many areas. It is a smaller ship, but I like a smaller ship. We had a balcony cabin that was looking it’s age for wear and tear. There were no robes, so it may be that you have to ask or they just do not furnish them. We also had to ask for an ice bucket with ice. Once we did that our cabin Steward had it full every day. He also made sure we had 4 towels everyday like we asked. The blow dryer kept shutting off when it got hot, and the bed was not as comfortable as Carnival. Other than that, it was a cabin like most other lines and no big deal. Dennis was very friendly and provided great service. In the dining room, we had stellar service. The food was good, but to me most cruise line food is good. The interesting thing is that the buffet was closed between breakfast and lunch and there was no iced tea available until lunch unless you asked. There were also only 2 choices of juice for breakfast whether or not you were in the dining room or the buffet. I did miss the grapefruit or tomato juice options that are available on other cruise lines. We did eat at the specialty Italian restaurant for dinner one night. Food was awesome and well worth the $20 per person extra. Entertainment was hit or miss. Having not been with RCCL in 15 years or so, we were unfamiliar with the ice shows and missed those completely. The other shows were just okay. We did see the late night comedian one night, but I did not think he was that funny. Debarkation was a breeze, we had an early flight so they gave us #1 tickets. We were off the ship and to the airport before 8:30 a.m. I would sail with RCCL again but because of familiarity and perks will likely stick with Carnival as a first choice. In reality, any day on a cruise is better than a day at work!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I read often about cruises on this site. Some are down right scary. I'm not sure where all the negativity comes from on some cruises. Particularly the one written by someone on this same cruise who said we stopped a lot for mechanical ... Read More
I read often about cruises on this site. Some are down right scary. I'm not sure where all the negativity comes from on some cruises. Particularly the one written by someone on this same cruise who said we stopped a lot for mechanical problems. We only stopped at our ports. I never heard anything about problems. I think the main thing to remember is that you aren't on your turf anymore--you can't always have it your way as we Americans often think we can. Obviously we all have different experiences even on the same cruise, and my group had a great time. It wasn't perfect, but very enjoyable. This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. Yes, there were powdered eggs and the movies were the same three. That could be better. But the food was certainly fine and filling. I do wish the Windjammer opened in the evening earlier than 6:30 pm. But the ship was in great shape. A few scratches here and there and a worn rug or two, but it was immaculate and beautiful. The staff cleaned and maintained while we were on board and at stops. I did ask for ice for the room. The balcony room was a good size with more storage than I've seen on a ship before. The balcony was small. There was a slight sewage smell in the bathroom for the duration. The dining room service was good as was the food. Embarkation was very smooth. We took our bags first about 10:30, dropped them off then went on to Old San Juan. So when we came back, we could get in the "no luggage" line and move right on in. We were on board in less than 20 minutes or so. Debarkation was very smooth also. I think a lot of people took the chance to walk off early. The demographics were very varied which I was glad about. Johnny Rocket's was free for my birthday with a drink purchase. Good burger. Why can't we get chips with sandwiches in the buffet area? No candy bars on the ship unless you buy a $13 package of small Snickers or Twix. I did have to call about dishes that remained in the hall for two days. We were by a service area so I'm not sure what took so long to get the dirty dishes moved. I liked the interactive maps on board. It made it easier to find where you wanted to go. Good signage too. Barbados is a beautiful island. We took the Essence of Barbados tour to the rum factory/tasting, Sunbury House and the mahogany factory. There was a gentleman who showed us how he makes small things from the roots. The tour guide and driver were very nice and waited on everyone. In St. Lucia there is nice shopping right at the ship. Of course if you go to the shopping talk, it's all about Diamonds International and shopping at jewelry stores. I would have really liked to hear about other things worth looking at. There is another market just a few blocks away. St. Lucia's tour had very small buses. Some older people had mobility issues on it and took over the front seats after our first stop. Usually as a courtesy most people retain the seats they started in. The batik tour was really just a stop to get us to buy something. The demonstration lasted about three minutes. There were many steps down to the store. There was a stop at the rain forest for a snack of banana bread and juice. In Antigua the shipped docked with three others right at Heritage Quay. Many taxis and tour operators soliciting your business were there. To the right after you pass through Heritage Quay is Radcliffe Quay. It's a little quieter and a little nicer. Heritage Quay has an area with many booths all crowded into a block. It's sort of actually an interior market. I will have to say once you said "No" to the proprietors or tour operators they backed off. No one pushed us to buy other than to say they could lower the price. Tip--shop in the afternoon after passengers from all ships have moved on to other things. The afternoon was much quieter in the shopping areas. Better deals to be had for sure. At St. Martin it is about a 5 minute walk from the ship to the water taxi or auto taxis. There is an information booth also. People try to draw you in to shop, etc, but again, a "No" seems to suffice to get them to stop. Island tours are also available in this area. There are set taxi fares to places on the island. But be sure to determine the price before you get in the cab. For $40 a member of our party got an all day cab to the rum factory, Maho beach and Marigot. To me Marigot was quiet and disappointing. I would not try to drive on the island as some have suggested. There is simply too much traffic and construction. I would give yourself at least an hour from any place on the island back to the port even with a taxi or tour. Some people barely made it back to the ship in time. Our taxi driver said the same--an hour at minimum. The water taxis only make trips from the port to Phillipsburg and back. At St. Croix there is a nice beach within 4-5 blocks of the ship. From the ship to the end of the pier is about 2-3 blocks; turn left and the beach is accessible even by wheelchair in another 1 block. There were local vendors there at the port. The beach is shallow enough to just put your feet in or look for shells or to go further out and snorkel. There is a free shuttle and a few taxis if you have mobility issues and can't walk the distance to the end of the pier or to town. A taxi from Frederiksted to Christiansted is $16 round trip and they wait to get a full load in the van before they leave. The trip is at least 30 minutes across the island. There are a few shops in Christiansted and a beautiful harbor. I want to return to the islands. There was a lot we didn't get to do. The islands are beautiful and the life there is different than ours. I think as travelers we should remember that and enjoy the differences.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We sailed on The Adventure of the Seas on the Southern Caribbean route as we had we wanted some guaranteed sunshine before and after the cruise Puerto Rico before and because the route avoided islands we had visited before. We booked a ... Read More
We sailed on The Adventure of the Seas on the Southern Caribbean route as we had we wanted some guaranteed sunshine before and after the cruise Puerto Rico before and because the route avoided islands we had visited before. We booked a guaranteed oceanview room and were lucky to be allocated a family room 9200. This was very large sleeping up to 6 and thus very comfortable for 2. It also had 2 very large windows facing forward giving some fantastic views from bed in the morning as we approached ports. Boarding was very straightforward. We arrived close to our designated time which was quite early due to being on a higher deck. People though from all decks were turning up at times that suited themselves and appeared to have no problems. On entering the ship we went straight into the Schooner bar for a drink but very shortly after it was announced staterooms were ready. This was around 2pm. The room was spotless and unlike many reviews have stated everything was generally in very good repair including the soft furnishings and carpets. Our stateroom attendant Keishah was excellent. Good fun and very efficient. I read many reviews of the AOS before we sailed and one criticism was of the Windjammer. Many have complained of lack of variety and difficulty in finding seats. I can happily report that we had none of those problems. Even on boarding day we had no problem finding a table and there was lots and lots of choice. We were attended to immediately and again unlike others have reported we had no problem getting drinks. We ate in the Windjammer every lunchtime bar one and had several breakfasts there. The food did change at lunchtime and in the main was good food aimim==ng to please an international audience. Plenty of basic American fare mixed with plenty of choices from Asia, Mexico etc . Tables were always available and fairly easy to get at the stern of the ship were you also got the best views. Every evening we ate in the MDR at the second sitting. The first is far too early for us. We were at a table for 8 but only 4 of us turned up. Our tablemates were a father and son from Chile and great fun. We conversed in a mixture of English and Spanish and had a great time. One night we were joined by a larger than life friend from Puerto Rico and the Anglo Latin mix added greatly to the fun. The food was generally very good. Some portions were on the small side but our waiter was certainly not averse to bring extra when asked. Formal nights were good with most people dressing appropriately. I was disappointing though to see a man in shorts being allowed in. As to the rest of the ship again it was in better shape than some reports would have people believe. The general pool area was very busy most of the time but sun loungers could always be found particularly on the two decks above. Bar service in that area was reasonable. Busy at times but the servers were generally good humoured and efficient. The only sour note was the one or two people ( generally 50-60 year old American men who felt they had a right to stand at the back of the bar and shout orders at the servers despite there being several people ahead of them. The same people also never said please or thank you. Entertainment was reasonable. There were a couple of good shows combined with some very average. I am afraid to report I slept through the dance show which was frankly dull. The cruise director Mercedes though was consistently lively and great fun, The star on the entertainment front though was Anselmo Boles in the Schooner bar. He packed it out most nights and was terrific. Our other favourite bar was the Champagne Bar. The Martinis there were great. We hasd the Ultimate package which was expensive. However with teas,coffees water etc as well as wine,beers and cocktails it was not difficult to get full value from it. We also enjoyed the pub and the tables outside there were well placed for watching some of the activities on the Promenade. We found the staff to be generally helpful and considerate. At one time we did have a problem with the Seapasses. We were given the wrong ones back in a bar and thus had to change them . This seemed easy but my wife’s came back with a defect that meant the following day we had to go to customer services twice when trying to leave the ship as the security scanner kept showing the picture of a male guest from deck 7.The security supervisor though was excellent and helped us get it sorted when she had quite stern words with staff at the service desk. As far as excursions were concerned we did not take any from RCI. In St Thomas and Curacao we just explored on foot. In St Kitts and Aruba we took excellent local excursions which had content exactly the same as some official ones but for half the price. Disembarkation was pretty straight forward. We waited only a short time in the theatre before being allowed off. We did however have a problem with a missing suitcase. It did turn up but had been placed in line 24 when it was clearly marked for line 4. This apparently is not uncommon. All in all the cruise was terrific and I would recommend it as it met most of our expectations.I do not recognise the ship we were on from some of the other reviews. Next time though we are going with Celebrity to see if the alleged step up is worth it   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My husband and I are avid cruisers and have been cruising yearly for the last 11 years on a variety of cruise lines. Our favorite line is Royal Caribbean because of the "promenade" on many of their ships. This year we decided on ... Read More
My husband and I are avid cruisers and have been cruising yearly for the last 11 years on a variety of cruise lines. Our favorite line is Royal Caribbean because of the "promenade" on many of their ships. This year we decided on 2 back to back, 7 day cruises. We have sailed the "Adventure of the Seas" 2 times before, and enjoyed ourselves immensely, however, this year we noticed a decline in the quality of food and service. Although the dining room should be your best eating experience, the dinner choices and quality were lacking this year. There was no "show case" meal every dinner, as there has been in the past, unless you like eating lamb 2 nights a week. Very poor beef choices.....sliders, and "thin like paper" steak are their standing beef options. Tenderloin "slices" were served one evening....quite lack luster. On other cruise lines, every evening there was a wonderful beef option of Filet Mignon, Beef Wellington, etc. We found, on previous sailings, the Windjammer offered everything the dining room offered, and then some, in a more relaxed environment. This year, there were some dining room options, however, their variety was seriously diminished. Their breakfast options never changed each morning, and their lunches were boring....not what we're used to. The rooms were clean, however, they have put new beds in the suites and they are extremely hard and uncomfortable to sleep on. Many complaints were levied by various people and extra mattress pads were provided.....but, for the increasing prices being paid, you shouldn't have to complain. Room services were not that great on the first cruise (room wasnt cleaned until 2 pm on sailing days), but was better on the second cruise. All in all, we had a wonderful time..........but we're noticing the decline and have begun to look elsewhere for our future options. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We cruised as a group if six adults. Two of us had cruised on the same ship five years ago and chose it based on the positive experience previously and its recent upgrade. We found the onboarding was done effieciently and effectively. We ... Read More
We cruised as a group if six adults. Two of us had cruised on the same ship five years ago and chose it based on the positive experience previously and its recent upgrade. We found the onboarding was done effieciently and effectively. We found the staff all over the boat to be uniformly service oriented and congenial. Our waiters at the My Time Dining were fabulous - the best we have experienced. We dont use cruise ship port tours so I cant comment on those. The specialty restaurant, Giovanni's, was great. We capped off our cruise with dinner there the last night. With an Italian in our group we had an experience critic. Everyone was impressed with the quality and quantity of food. The entertainment was variable and in general disappointing. The usual marriage game was funny - thats pretty easy to do and we had breakfast with one of the couples later. The ice show was enjoyed by those who attended it. The other two shows were sub par and quite frankly disappointing. The fitness centre is great. Its on the front of the boat so as you use the machines you see the entire sea and direction that you are going. Lots of machines and space. Also, the rooms and some areas of the boat need updating. The aqua coloured rooms and wood cabinetry are tired. The cabinets had loose doors and when they upgraded the TVs they left holes in the cabinets. One room smelled musty and we saw large fans in the halls and lobbies. We asked a crew member and they said that there had been sime plumbing "issues". We thought it might have been a storm and weather related dampness, but a plumbing issue makes me wonder. We had a joined room which. That meant that the door removed the couch and we had one chair. We disnt use the door so next time we wouldn't book that opportunity. Also unlike the Celebrity Solstice, the deck/balcony dividers between rooms cannot be opened up. Thats a great feature if you are travelling with another couple as you can get a large shared Anyway, the food, service, weather and company were great so we had a successful vacation. I'd not book on this ship again unless upgraded and I admit we have been spolied by going on Allure of the Seas ans Solstice Class Celebrity ships. We'd book on those next time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was our 13th cruise during Xmas/New Years. This year we did Xmas week. We arrived in San Juan on Saturday a day before our departure. I received an email prior saying we needed to arrive no earlier than 1pm. We left the hotel about ... Read More
This was our 13th cruise during Xmas/New Years. This year we did Xmas week. We arrived in San Juan on Saturday a day before our departure. I received an email prior saying we needed to arrive no earlier than 1pm. We left the hotel about 12:15 and arrived at the port. There is a line for Diamond Members to drop their bags. We stood in a long line due to only have 1 machine to put your carry on bags thru. That was a little crazy and they were letting people on. Why send the emails/texts then? We were able to get into line for the Diamond Members and quickly checked in. I liked the fact that they took your picture right when you were checking in than later. We made our way on board and went to the Windjammer for lunch. After lunch we were able to throw our bags into the room and went back to the kiddie pools on 12. The water in the kiddie pools was freezing cold. A few observations that I noted that need to change. If you have a kid not potty trained then they can't use the pools even with swim diapers. You tell me what 3 yr old is not peeing in the adult pools? I think a swim diaper catches everything vs a little kid. The only thing my 20 month old great niece could go in was the shower on deck 12. Seems odd. There is a lot of shade on deck 12 in the back by the kiddie pools. Why not get more in the sun? We got a balcony this time around and it was nice. My sisters complaint is they don't get the room set based on who is staying there. i.e. a double bed was made when twin beds were needed. She had to ask for her bathrobe also. Our bags came quickly. Mine first along with my nephews/wife/babies bags. I quickly unpacked about 3 in the afternoon. The other 6 in our party came a little later about 4. The food was fantastic on the first night. We always joke about the onion tart being on the menu and we were all surprised it was not. The food the first few nights were great. Then by Wednesday it was taking longer to get food out. We know it wasn't our server so it had to be the kitchen. We started to ask for her meal immediately so she didn't fuss. Domingos was our waiter and he gets a double thumbs up. We loved the ports and went to new beaches this trip in Aruba and Curacao. We wish that there were more ships leaving out of San Juan. The weather is better leaving further south than out of Florida. We wish in all public bathrooms there are toilet seat covers available. That would be nice. We booked again for next year but a little unhappy about some of the ports they are picking. i.e. Martinique, Grenada to name a few. We are booked on the Celebrity for next year. I hate the fact they changed the itinerary for 2 days back to back at sea. Hopefully this will change. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Prior to embarkation day we received an email concerning stateroom location and an assigned embarkation time. We arrived on time and although the process was a little confusing at the beginning we got thru relatively hassle free. P.S. ... Read More
Prior to embarkation day we received an email concerning stateroom location and an assigned embarkation time. We arrived on time and although the process was a little confusing at the beginning we got thru relatively hassle free. P.S. there were many stateroom tags ahead of us that did not match the email times but I would always expect this no matter what the cruise line tries to do to enhance operations. We have sailed on sister ships with almost identical stateroom location and on this cruise the room and attendents were fine. The only food comment I would note is the lack of variation in the buffet on a daily basis. The worse aspect of ship condition was the min-golf course is in terrible condition especially knowing that the ship had recently been drydocked. Lack of priority probably played a part in this oversight but it sets a tone of uncertainty with regard to other areas. Port arrival an disembarkation for excursions was very smooth at each location. Overall entertainment venues would be rated 3.5 of out 5. This cruise involved 2 sea days and although we are not sun bathers the ship offers plenty of outside deck space so we did not notice issues in that departurement. Disembarkation was resaonable but I did not care for the self assist early departure requirement. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This is my 7th cruise and 4th with RCI. This is my first time on the Adventure of the Seas, but my second on a Voyager class. The other RCI I've been on was the Allure. We arrived in San Juan the Friday before embarkation because ... Read More
This is my 7th cruise and 4th with RCI. This is my first time on the Adventure of the Seas, but my second on a Voyager class. The other RCI I've been on was the Allure. We arrived in San Juan the Friday before embarkation because this was our first time in Puerto Rico. We stayed in a condo in Condado, just outside of Old San Juan. On Saturday, we toured Old San Juan's two fort, San Cristobal and El Morro and had dinner close by. In San Juan, RCI's ship dock by the city's smaller airport, SIG, and no in Ols San Juan port. There is really nothing around the port. The best way to get to the port is by taxi and most driver will know where RCI docks. Since we booked a JS, we were allowed to embark any time between 11AM - 7PM. We arrived at the terminal around 1PM and were a lot of people already in line. As we had only three pieces of luggage, we decided to carry on our own bags. The whole embarkation process took about 20-25 minutes, and our JS was ready when we got onboard. Our cabin, 9628 JS, was on the port side close to the rear elevator bank. We were very happy with our cabin and everything worked fine. Please see our separate cabin review. Our cabin steward, Keithly, took care of us very well and we never had a problem with his service or the cleanliness of our cabin. We selected early seating in the MDR for this cruise and we found ourselves seated on table 318, in the Vivaldi dining room on deck 3. This table, a table for 10, was located in the middle of the dining room under the main chandelier by the Captain's table. I thought we would see the Captain once or twice during the cruise, but he did not dine in the dining room during the whole cruise. Our main waiter in the dining room, Syvester, was really good and he got to know us by the third night; no wonder, he has been with RCI for seven years. We dined at the MDR all week for dinner and we were very happy with the quality and quantity of the food. We had one or two dishes we didn't cared for the whole week, but everything else was cooked perfectly to our order and taste. The ship was decked out for the holidays with a huge Christmas tree forward on the Promenade. There was definitely a Christmas feel throughout the ship and even the crew was into the spirit. Since my last two cruises were on the Allure, the level of entertainment was just not the same, and I didn't expect it either. But our cruise director, Mercedes, and her staff did their best. The song and dance shows were more than acceptable, the comedians were funny, Alan Chamo, the Mental Magician, was entertaining. The ice shows were up to par. But most of all, we really had fun with Matt Yee at the Schooner Bar every night from 9:45PM till late with his adult sing along show. There was even a Christmas carol sing along on the Promenade deck on Christmas Eve. Even though the ship was full, we never felt crowded and we found good seats at every show. This cruise was so enjoyable, we decided to rebook for Christmas 2015! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Was onboard the Adventure of the Seas on the Dec.21.2014 sailing and here is my review. Please note I have also been on the Allure and the Oasis of the Seas, other RCL ships and Emerald Princess in the past as well San Juan Airport to ... Read More
Was onboard the Adventure of the Seas on the Dec.21.2014 sailing and here is my review. Please note I have also been on the Allure and the Oasis of the Seas, other RCL ships and Emerald Princess in the past as well San Juan Airport to Seaport: Took a taxi which cost $25 and was there in 20 minutes. Check-in was fast with very friendly assistants. Cabin Location and Condition: Cabin# 6244 was a balcony cabin right across from the elevators but we did not hear any noise from the promenade. It was in very good condition and was larger than the ones on the Allure of the seas. Food & Entertainment: Food was mediocre and repetitive with very few choices. It was better on the other RCL ships. Entertainment was mediocre as well and the movies being shown were repetitive (Spiderman-2 all seven days?...phew!!) . Better entertainment on other RCL ships. Ports: Excellent ports and RCL did a good job on the port excursions. Enough time spent at the ports Departure: Took a tour of San Juan on the last day before being dropped off at the airport. The tour was short and not enough time was given to us to explore the various shops and streets. Perhaps this can be improved. Overall: I would definitely recommend this cruise and would do it again if RCL made some changes to the entertainment and food.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was my first RCL cruise. I consider myself a “Princess” (Cruise Line) girl. I don’t think this will be my last. I was rather impressed. The itinerary for this ship was awesome! Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St. ... Read More
This was my first RCL cruise. I consider myself a “Princess” (Cruise Line) girl. I don’t think this will be my last. I was rather impressed. The itinerary for this ship was awesome! Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St. Croix. I had been to all but St. Croix. Embarkation/Disembarkation • The embarkation was surprisingly smooth (better than six years ago when I must have waited between two to three hours before finally getting on my Celebrity Summit ship) • I waited until the very last second before heading to the area I needed to be for disembarking. I watched the giant screen at the pool deck as the times were being posted to disembark. I left at 11:00 am which was fine by me. I wasn’t ready to go home. The ship • There are over 3100 passengers so patience is a virtue with line ups at the buffet, getting (free) ice cream. • I read somewhere that they made a lot of announcements over the PA system. I didn’t seem to think so. They do announce in two languages (English and Spanish) which is no biggie. There are a lot of Puerto Ricans (who are lucky to get good deals). • So if you didn’t have your Cruise Compass, a listing of the activities for the day, every floor has a computer screen to which you could find out what’s going on as well as directions of where you want to get to. Food I’m not a fussy eater. I enjoyed the food in Windjammer Café (buffet). In the main dining room I had some delicious meals including jumbo shrimp with rice & veggies, chicken cordon blue (oh that was delic!), French onion soup, a couple of times I had escargot (yum). I thought there was always a nice variety. Service • I had an awesome cabin steward who I hardly saw. When I did he was always friendly. • The waiter and assistance waiter at my table were very good. • The crew who I came in contact were always friendly, helpful. Entertainment • I’m not much for the “main shows” as I find them the same thing most of the time (not to take away the talents of those who put on the show) so I don’t go every night. • I saw the comedian Etta May. She was pretty funny. • Daniel Bouchet, an Argentina singer, was awesome! But a lady told me she saw him on this same ship in April and he had more to his program than what he had that night. • I love watching movies on the big screen at the poolside. One thing, wish they would tone down the volume but wasn’t as loud as on Princess’ ships. And maybe have free popcorn like they do on Princess. But hey, it was nice to sit outside in the warm air knowing the next week I’d be back to blah winter cold. • I saw Matt Yee for a couple of nights. He was hilarious. But the third time felt a little repetitious and I was a bit bored so I headed up to the pool deck and enjoyed the warm evening while watching a movie. Cabin I loved my outside cabin on deck 2. No complaints! Miscellaneous • I’m a solo traveller. They did have a meet up the first night but at 11:30 pm. I was too pooped to attend since travelling most of the day to get here. So the next day they had one at noon. Unlike on a Holland America ship I was on, at least there was a staff person to help solos meet. We were to meet at the Lobby Bar then go to lunch but no one showed up (bartender mentioned a few people were here but left 20 minutes ago). I asked if anyone showed the night before but activities person wasn’t there to know. I was annoyed. There was one scheduled for 5 pm that evening no one for solo meet showed up. Again I was annoyed. They had more scheduled meets but I didn’t bother to attend. I wonder if those who attended the first night thought that was all the solos. I guess if you snooze, you lose? It was depressing on Day 4 in the Cruise Compass they already mentioned about departing on Sunday. I did not book excursions from the ship. I do my homework and find other excursions you'll see listed for some of the islands I stopped at. The ship excursions tend to be pricier and not always worth the money. You have to do your homework. Of course if you do independently and you're late for your sail time you're on your own to get to the next port (big negative) but I feel lot of these smaller companies want business (helps with websites in Internet such as Tripadvisor) so they want their name out there. I've been lucky so far. The cruise was very good. I can’t complain. At least I escaped the winter if only for a week.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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