2,277 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

My wife, son and I cruise every year typically on Spring break. We prefer something closer to a weeklong cruise, not a 3 or 4 night Bahamas cruise. This was 6 nights on Adventure with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We ... Read More
My wife, son and I cruise every year typically on Spring break. We prefer something closer to a weeklong cruise, not a 3 or 4 night Bahamas cruise. This was 6 nights on Adventure with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We love the Voyager & Freedom class of ships so it was a no brainer when we decided to book it. Initially I had us in a panoramic oceanview room on deck 12. I like the thought of floor to ceiling windows plus that would have given my son a sofa-bed instead of a Pullman bed to sleep in. After booking it I continued to look at other rooms, especially balconies. After some searching I found a video of cabin 7388 on Explorer of the Seas, sister ship to Adventure. When the guy in the video got to the balcony I knew I had to try to get that room. I called Royal and fortunately it was available. Apart from the room we loved the cruise, as we always do. We enjoyed the dining, destinations, water slides, mini golf, etc. A few notes about the ship, they added hand washing stations at the entrance to the Windjammer. It’s nice to have that option along with the ‘washy washy’ person. If you don’t know what ‘washy washy’ is, you will once you’ve sailed with Royal. Boarding the ship is also easier now that your sea pass cards are waiting for you at your room. Lastly, Royal did a good job with the recent upgrades. You never feel like you’re walking from an older section of the ship to a part that was recently refurbished, everything flows together. Some may ask, would you do it again? The answer is yes! We’re booked on the same ship and same room for next year. The only downside was being told we had to take down the hammock we brought with us. I saw a couple pictures online of a hammock on this balcony. Our cabin attendant told us we couldn’t have one on a moving vessel. Hmmm, I thought one of the earliest uses of hammocks was on moving vessels. Oh well :) Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We've been on 6 previous cruises and this was our first with Royal. First of all every cruise member was friendly and welcoming. Our dinner waiters Jorge and Garamar were the best we've ever had!!! I can't say enough good ... Read More
We've been on 6 previous cruises and this was our first with Royal. First of all every cruise member was friendly and welcoming. Our dinner waiters Jorge and Garamar were the best we've ever had!!! I can't say enough good things about them! There were 6 of us in our group and we all agreed we've never been treated so well. The food was great! There was only one night when I just didn't care for the fish but it was replaced right away! Breakfast was very good and it is much easier in the dining room than the Wind Jammer. Too crowded in the morning there esp on port days. Lunch was also good in the dining room. The Windjammer food is good too, just too many folks all wanting the same thing. Loved the Washy Washy Ladies! They would stand there every day and see that folks used sanitizer or washing their hands. We had a balcony cabin #7632 and it was very comfortable and quiet. It was not very far to the elevators and library. We enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. Was surprised there wasn't more shopping options onboard as other ships we've been on (Princess and Carnival). We enjoyed the ports of St. Martin, St. Kitts, Labadee, and San Juan. Weather was perfect. Our only complaint was the long, long wait to get off the ship. We were told there were only 3 Customs agents working (also people would not wait until their numbers were called) and that also slowed things up. Wasn't in a hurry to get off the ship but sitting on deck rather than the chilly ice skating rink for a couple of hours would have been better. Overall loved this cruise and wish I was on another right now! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We took this cruise as part of a specific group, so neither the ship nor the itinerary was our choice. That said, we had a good time overall and give Royal Caribbean an A- for the experience. The Ship: The ship is older than most we ... Read More
We took this cruise as part of a specific group, so neither the ship nor the itinerary was our choice. That said, we had a good time overall and give Royal Caribbean an A- for the experience. The Ship: The ship is older than most we sail, and it’s age shows. Colors/decoration are dated. The ship has been updated, but with heavy use it is in need of some tweaks. Carpets are worn, furniture is sometimes stained, and sheets/towels are showing wear. The ship is clean, however metal deterioration is visible under paint, paint is scuffed, etc. Nothing major, but if you expect a new, glitzy ship, Adventure isn’t for you. The big plus for us, after having last sailed RC on the Allure, is it’s smaller size. The layout is somewhat similar, just on a more human scale. There were times it felt crowded, but overall no more so than Allure. Elevators were inconsistent, but generally adequate. The Dining: The food was better than we expected. The main dining room was very good, considering they serve ~2,000 meals at each setting. The specialty restaurants were very good - we had the 3-meal package - and both Izumi and Chops served very good food with excellent service. We enjoyed the Chef’s Table food/wine pairing very much, however the venue on this ship is not ideal - it is a small half-level in the main dining room, so it is too loud to hear the chef’s descriptions clearly and enjoy visiting with others at the 12-person table. The buffet was fine for breakfast/lunch - both changed little during the week, but the food was freshly-made and plentiful, and the service was the best we have experienced in a mass-market ship buffet. Service throughout the ship was top notch. Special shout-outs to Iputu at the Promenade coffee bar (can’t imagine how he remembered my name, but after day 2 he called me by my name and remembered my husband’s name BEFORE I ordered. Are you listening RC? - this man deserves a promotion!), and our room steward, Nahroni, was very gracious and efficient - he always greeted us with a smile and a minute to catch up, no matter the time of day. The room stewards are very busy on RC ships, but we never waited for our room to be made up or lacked for anything in our cabin. That brings me to the survey RC sends out online. There is no place to thank special people, only places to note failures. Come on, RC, you’re missing an opportunity to find your best people. A very ‘corporate’ approach to a very human experience. Embarkation: It was among the best we have experienced. Quick and efficient (we had filled out the online registry, with photo, so they had little to do at check in. A tip: take a taxi/Uber from your hotel to the port rather than shuttles from nearby hotels for a faster boarding at nearly the same cost - the shuttles stop at all the ships and Adventure is farthest from the hotels. Debarkation: It was a nightmare. Took over 3 hours after our scheduled debarkation time to actually complete the process. Only 4 customs agents for nearly 3,000 passengers, but that is a port problem the cruise line cannot impact. Fort Lauderdale is very busy and experiencing growing pains. Be sure you have an extra dose of patience on debarkation day. The good news - the airport is upgrading, and our departure on Southwest was in a brand new and spacious facility. We have cruised over 10 times, with several lines, including upscale providers. That is enough to make the best decision for us, and we would sail RC and Adventure again if the group/itinerary were right. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ... Read More
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ship as much after taking two trips on the Harmony but I was pleasantly surprised and reminded of why people sometimes choose smaller ships- ease of getting around! The pools were never too busy and the kids area wasn’t ever too crowded for my kids. They loved the flow rider and the water slides. I’m glad RCL has added those slides to even these smaller ships. This is the second time we have done this itinerary, four stops in a row with 8 days total. It’s my favorite... now we are ready to go longer than 8 days!! The food everywhere was great, in my opinion. The pastry chefs knew what they were doing! Chops Grille needs more kid friendly options for appetizers though. All the servers in the main dining room and specialty restaurants were so kind to my girls, it was very sweet. All in all I would 100% recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We vacationed on Adventure of the Seas as part of a Make A Wish experience and what an experience we had. The crew and the ship were nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I had been fortunate enough to go on 4 previous cruises and ... Read More
We vacationed on Adventure of the Seas as part of a Make A Wish experience and what an experience we had. The crew and the ship were nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I had been fortunate enough to go on 4 previous cruises and never had brought our 3 children. We are so happy that we were able to and that our kids were able to experience the Caribbean. Our handicapped son was also able to get around quite easily in his wheelchair and that was a relief. My wife had a handicapped accessible room (1814) and it met any requirement that was needed. Our 2 other children aged 10 and 12 had an absolute blast. They wore out the mini golf course on sea days and got to experience the huge waterslide and Flowrider as well. We were a bit worried they would be bored and they were far from that. There were always activities for them to do and they were very comfortable moving around the ship and going where they wanted to go. DINING - My wife typically took our two youngest to the Sapphire Restaurant for sit down dining and they raved about the experience. The food was quite good and the portions were perfect sized. I usually went to the Windjammer buffet area with our oldest, handicapped son (15) and it was very easy to navigate with him in his wheelchair. The food was great. I have absolutely zero complaints about it. Selection was great. If you are a Curry fan then you will be happy. Dessert selection looked great. Breakfast was awesome as well and make sure to get a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver from Howie as you enter the restaurant. He gets there around 7:30 am ENTERTAINMENT - We enjoyed a show at the ice rink and it was quite good as well. The skating was good and my oldest enjoys a lot of visual lights and there was plenty of that. The magician and other theater shows were well done as well and the children enjoyed them a lot and talked about them repeatedly. Highly recommend the ice show. SERVICE - Traveling with a handicapped son, SERVICE is very important to us. The Adventure of the Seas had tremendous service and the entire staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating with him. Again, there is nothing to complain about with the service. The Sky Bar staff is awesome as are the staff in all of the dining areas. PORTS.... GRAND CAYMAN - This was our first port and we were very excited to visit it. My wife and I had not been to Western Caribbean on previous cruises so this was on our bucket list. We did the Stingray Excursion and it was worth it. The only drawback was that the water was a little choppy and the crew of the excursion indicated it was not normal to have seas that choppy. That is being a little nit picky to complain about that. The excursion itself is pretty awesome. My family enjoyed it and it is quite an experience to be holding stingrays. The waves did make it difficult to get on the excursion boat though. By the end of it there were close to 50-100 swimming around and it was worth it. The port itself/town of Georgetown is really clean and nice. If shopping is your thing this is the place to go. It is a very busy place and people need to remember that. We ate a place called PARADISE and it was awesome. It sat on the water and the staff were awesome with our kids. Order the Conch salad or chowder. Super delicious. Another tidbit is you can snorkel right off the pier/main road of town. It is free and there were large fish swimming right there. Unfortunately we were too tired after lunch and did not, but there were 15-20 people and it is a big area. I wish we would have done that. COSTA MAYA- This port is designed for cruisers. It has a lot of shops. We ate lunch at a Taco Stand and it was good. Everything there is a little overpriced though. Keep that in mind. Apparently if you get out of the port there are some good excursions, but none of them were real great for a handicapped child. If it was just us as a couple, we definitely would have done an excursion. We spent a couple hours at the lazy river pool and ordered a couple "La Yardas" while the kids were in the lazy river and relaxed. Weather was great. We had no problem finding chairs or place to sit. The dolphin pool was fun to watch and sneak a couple of pictures if you can. Also, watch the "Birdmen" show. Definitely worth the time to do it. COZUMEL - This was our favorite port by far. We were there on a day that there were only 3 cruise ships total and the locals were saying it was common to get 6-9 ships on a given day. The terminal area is fun with shops, restaurants, etc.... One could literally spend the entire day just at that area, but I would not recommend that. We went to the main shopping area to grab souvenirs and ate at PANCHO's. Souvenirs at the main shopping area were a third of the price as in Costa Maya and seemed way, way more authentic. At PANCHO's we had a waiter named Mario that was extremely friendly. We sampled just about everything on the menu it seemed like and it was great. They had a couple playing music and they let my daughter join them. Definitely get Guacamole and a Margarita here. Top notch stuff. Our waiter told us to go to Playa Azul to snorkel. It is a quick cab ride up the road. He mentioned that they would just want us to order a drink or an appetizer and all would be good. It is a very small beach and it is attached to a couple condo buildings and it was perfect. We had no problem finding beach chairs and there is plenty of shade and covered area. There is also a long dock/pier with a ladder to get in the water. You are also able to use the pool area if need be. Very quiet place and cannot thank Mario enough for recommending. It was perfect for our family and our handicapped son sat in the shallow water and loved every second of it. HIGHLY recommend going to PLAYA AZUL. A taxi driver indicated to us that some of the main beaches/parks charge $20 per person to get be able to utilize the beach. We were not going to spend $100 and were so lucky we found PLAYA AZUL. This was our favorite day of the trip and the kids loved it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We went with a large charter group on the Adventure of the Seas in February. I decided to try one of the new panoramic staterooms that was added during drydock in February 2018. We switched from a balcony room to this room type and we were ... Read More
We went with a large charter group on the Adventure of the Seas in February. I decided to try one of the new panoramic staterooms that was added during drydock in February 2018. We switched from a balcony room to this room type and we were not disappointed. The view was perfect and I could enjoy it right from the bed or chair. I was concerned about getting sick from the motion on the front of the ship but it never bothered me. We enjoyed all of the western Caribbean ports and the cruise. The points I see that Royal Caribbean could improve on are the outrageous price of a soda beverage package. ($300 for my family of 3) Who can drink $300 worth of soda in 6 days?!? We noticed the fee for Johnny Rockets was higher this time than a couple of years ago. This is a nice option when you are tired of the same spongey burgers from the buffet. One last thing that would be so great is if they could do in-app messaging without the VOOM prices. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise and room type. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We took this cruise with a large church group. We have been on 7 cruises, all with Royal Caribbean, but this was our first trip on this ship. We really enjoyed this ship since it is similar to Independence of the seas that we were on last ... Read More
We took this cruise with a large church group. We have been on 7 cruises, all with Royal Caribbean, but this was our first trip on this ship. We really enjoyed this ship since it is similar to Independence of the seas that we were on last year. We were amazed with how large our room and balcony (jr suite 1100) were. We were concerned with the location of the room since it is right next to the fitness center treadmills, but we had no problems with the sound. The only time we could hear the treadmills was if we were in the closet. We couldn't hear it in the room with the door closed. We were also concerned about the room location since it is high and close to the front, but we had smooth seas, so no problem with seasickness. The only ship entertainment we went to was the ice show and we thoroughly enjoyed that. We had great service at the dining room. The food was delicious at the dining room and the windjammer. This ship has Freestyle Coke machines, which I wish I had known before we went. I would have paid for the drink package just for those wonderful drinks. The only slight negative was the lack of cleanliness in the floors of the hallways, stairways and elevators. We never saw anyone vacuuming, and those areas really showed it. We really enjoyed the peek a boo bridge that is on deck 11 of this ship. We have not seen that on any other sailing we've been on. It was closed a couple of times we wanted to go on it, but only at super windy times. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise as a vacation/birthday celebration with my husband's family, 6 of us in all. Cruising as a vacation with family is great as you have the option to spend time together or venture off separately, and all gather ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a vacation/birthday celebration with my husband's family, 6 of us in all. Cruising as a vacation with family is great as you have the option to spend time together or venture off separately, and all gather together for a lovely dinner in the evening where no one is responsible for the meal planning or kitchen clean-up! This was our first time on the Adventure, but we have cruised many times on several lines. I absolutely loved this ship! It is a perfect size, allowing for the upscale activities of the Flowrider and ice skating shows without long waits or lines for anything. Embarkation was an absolute breeze - we entered the terminal at 12:30 and were on the ship in 15 minutes - Wow! The Windjammer Marketplace cafe can get a bit crowded at peak times, especially on embarkation day when everyone grabs lunch while waiting for their rooms to open. But, there is always plenty of food and the staff does a great job of clearing tables and bringing drink refills around to help. I liked the drink stations on this cruise as they had someone there filling trays of drink glasses with water, tea, lemonade so you could grab and go. Really reduced congestion in this area compared to other ships. Remember that both sides of the buffet have the same offerings, and then in the back they flow into a grill area with hamburgers/hotdogs/pizza/mexican and a dessert section. No lack of food choices, for sure! On sea days, be sure to try the main dining room for lunch if you are tired of the buffet. They offer a delicious hot buffet and a made-to-order salad station as well as the option to order from the menu. The cold seafood bar one day included mussels, jumbo peel-n-eat shrimp, and calamari! It was fantastic - better than dinner! Some entertainment that really stood out : One night they had a band called "Rookie". Outstanding. Received a standing O, and did an encore. The Ice Show was really impressive, especially with the limited ice space, props, and 9 skaters! Keith, the piano bar guy, was a huge hit with tons of people at the Schooner Bar every night singing along. We added on the Mystery Dinner Theater show at Giovanni's , and that was very fun. Food was excellent! Included a glass of champagne and unlimited wine during dinner as well. Worth it! This cruise visited Labadee, San Juan, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. Would have appreciated knowing in advance that there is a locals' craft market at Labadee. We didn't take any money with us since the lunch was provided and drinks were on our ship card. First time to St. Kitts. Lovely island, but the people there weren't as friendly or welcoming as we would have hoped. Day trip to Nevis would be a good option there. At 3 of our stops, we had excursions booked using Trip Advisor instead of the ship offerings. First time doing this, but it worked out great! Do your homework though, especially to coordinate timing of things with the ship schedule. Overall, an amazing and relaxing cruise. Only things keeping me from 5 stars were: the lack of information on Labadee (felt badly that I couldn't help them by buying something), the casino being extremely smoke filled so never participated there, and the caliber of the main dinner entrees in the dining room. Never a bad meal, but did feel like they were holding back to encourage you to use the upscale restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
50 year reunion of the Dupont High school Belle WV Embarkation and disembarking was very smooth although a long walk for each. Ship was very clean but hallways were quite narrow. problematic when stewart carts were in hall and room ... Read More
50 year reunion of the Dupont High school Belle WV Embarkation and disembarking was very smooth although a long walk for each. Ship was very clean but hallways were quite narrow. problematic when stewart carts were in hall and room service trays left in hall. the were kicked several time by our party of four while walking the halls to public areas. Dining was much improved over the oasis of the seas i was on in november. Entertainment was very good. service was excellent and the people working on the ship seemed to enjoy their jobs and it does make a difference to see happy people. i did not bar drinking since their prices are twice the price you can get the onshore. i made no purchases other than 2 10 dollar tee's. i remember seeing a can of pringles for sale at the general store for 5.99. you can get these on shore for 1 dollar to 1.50. i love cruising but have been able to show restraint while onboard due to the nickel and dollaring done by the lines. i just wish they would be reasonable to the captive audience the have instead of trying to milk every one dry. i would bet if the charges half of what they do now they would increase sales to equal the profit they now receive Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Ship: Perfectly sized, not too crowded, not too big, not too small, wonderful water slides on the top deck which are great for kids, the slides have clear walls that pass over the ocean outside of the ship's bounds, very exciting. ... Read More
Ship: Perfectly sized, not too crowded, not too big, not too small, wonderful water slides on the top deck which are great for kids, the slides have clear walls that pass over the ocean outside of the ship's bounds, very exciting. Pools seemed big enough for kids. During the trip there was some wonderful live African or Caribbean music on the top deck and on the Promenade, however there was also some of terrible noisy excruciating pop music as well. The elevators system is extremely efficient for this ship size, the ship has 14 elevators total with wonderful view from the elevator cabin. As a result embarking and disembarking is very quick. Service: There is a good mobile app for guests to use on the ship without having to purchase any WiFi plan. The app provides a lot of useful ship info, such as schedule of events and restaurants, charges on the account, etc. However, need to know to select on the device "use WiFi as is", i.e. without connecting to the internet, this step is very non-intuitive, and you would not know about it unless you stop by at the help desk. Some personnel at the help desk is not fluent with English, even though English is vital for working at the help desk. For most stops the ship does not provide proper maps for the locations to which the ship arrives, have to get maps somewhere after disembarking. Cabin: The balcony cabin on 7th level was great, fits 4 people, well sized and comfortable. The cabin has great sound isolation. One issue is that no body wash is provided in the cabin, like you would expect in an hotel, the cabin only provides shampoo and conditioner. There is also an oversight with the light on the balcony, where the cabins are separated by matte walls, which do provide good privacy, but pass the light from the adjacent balcony. So, unless your neighbors turn off the balcony light in the night, you will not be able to enjoy the starry sky, since you cannot observe stars with lights on. Gratuity: They charge substantial "gratuity" fee per person per day, which is a marketing trick to make the cost look lower, and then charge more during the cruise. For 4 people in the room the $58 gratuity per day is inadequate, this is really a hidden cost and not a gratuity. In addition, even before we boarded the ship, the workers were asking for out-of-pocket gratuity to handle the luggage, which is also inappropriate. The service in the restaurant was so exceptional that we were leaving additional $10 per day there anyway. Restaurant: This review is for the Sapphire restaurant that is included in the cost of the cruise. There was also a terribly crowded cafe with good enough food, but we preferred to eat in the Sapphire restaurant. The service was exceptional on many levels. We had a person with dairy intolerance, and the minute we mentioned that the chief waiter ran in, introduced himself, and arranged a special dairy-free menu to be specially cooked every day, both appetizer and main course, as well as the dessert. A special table with a nice view was assigned for us to make sure same waiters aware of the dietary restriction would serve us. Every day the chief waiter stopped by to plan new dairy-free dishes for the next day. There were also a very nice and very accommodating waiter, and very nice waiter's assistant, who would show quite fancy magic tricks to our little boys during the dinner every day, one trick per day. While this experience was amazing, I am not certain that it is typical - we might just have been very lucky with our waiters crew. Also, the restaurant has a dress code, but it is not enforced, and while many people come formally dressed in the evening, some of more arrogant and ignorant guests would come dressed in shorts and t-shirts, they were not turned around. Shows: The ice show is superb beyond expectations, very professionally made, other shows not so much. Photography is not allowed during the ice show, but the rule is not enforced, and some of more arrogant and ignorant guests would make pictures causing distraction. Promenade: Promenade is the common area with shops, bars, and the cafe that offers free late-night food and free 24-hour drinks, like tea, coffee, and water. It took some substantial effort to find out which place has free 24 hours tea, coffee, and water, this is not made clear enough in the ship's flier. We also saw unruly and yelling drunk people walking on the promenade and stopping by in cafe, creating unpleasant uncivilized environment, yet these people are not confronted by personnel or by security. Kids: The kids club on the ship is very lame. The activities were not particularly fancy or exciting. There is a set of play stations, like Xbox, to use during the so-called "free time", when no kids activities are scheduled. This "free time" has lack of supervision. Our boy came crying when some other kid pushed him out of the game station when it was our boy's turn to play, and did not let him play for an hour. Basically, the boy was bullied, and there was no one to make sure turns are fairly taken at the play stations. Skating is available daily, which is great, but for kid sizes there are only hockey skates, whereas kids of this age would normally need figure skates. There is also mini golf that is good for kids. Excursions: 4 islands over 8 days was a great deal. Labadee, San Juan, and St. Kitts all 3 were awesome, but St. Maarten was a complete waste of time, both the excursion and the stop overall. The St. Maarten beach is crowded and not great, rather overrated, and there isn't much to see on the island either, not mentioning the tourism infrastructure is very rudimentary even at the port. The whole St. Maarten stop is arranged for people to leave their money on this island for no good reason and no benefit. On St. Kitts need to understand that there are no beaches at the walking distance, and using excursion as a way to be transported to the beach is rather overpriced, the transportation alone should not cost as much as the excursion does. The travel time for excursions is not disclosed, only the total time is. For instance, St. Kitts excursion we took was declared as 4 hours long, but took only 3.5 hours, of which 1 hour was the travel time, leaving only 2.5 hours to spend on the beach. They also canceled our excursion on Labadee because they decided to merge our excursion into an earlier one to make it more cost-efficient, but they failed to notify us, and we lost valuable beach time as a result. To make things worse, when they cancel an excursion, instead of refunding it, they turn its cost into a non-refundable onboard credit - so, you will have to find ways to spend that money on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this trip as first part of a back to back on Adventure. Pleased with the size of the ship, the layout and our balcony cabin on the hump, deck 8. Perfect place between decks five and eleven where all the action takes place. Not ... Read More
We chose this trip as first part of a back to back on Adventure. Pleased with the size of the ship, the layout and our balcony cabin on the hump, deck 8. Perfect place between decks five and eleven where all the action takes place. Not crazy about the production shows apart from the ice show which was great. Nor the headliners shows apart from David Naster who is always very entertaining. Also not crazy about the menu in MDR. It really needs to change menus more regularly and Royal need to change out more than two or three dishes each night. Choice becomes very limited and boring. However entertainment in the Schooner Bar was brilliant with Keith being probably the best piano guy we’ve seen over a dozen or more cruises, and who can complain about winter sun in the Caribbean? We didn’t leave the ship at every port but enjoyed the empty ship life. Really relaxing. Both B2Bs were great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. ... Read More
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. Many activities for teens. Entertainment was either very good or disappointing but the parties and outdoor movies were great. Food was delicious in both dining rooms. Valentines was celebrated with a fantastic chocolate buffet. I truly appreciated how the staff encourages people to wash hands. Issues: the app isn’t reliable , announcements can’t be heard in the cabin, smoking areas are not located in great areas..... casino stinks of smoke and the smoking area on deck 11 is too close to the doors and towel station... several of the staff at the customers service desk were not fluent in English which led to mistakes and misunderstandings. Our stateroom assistant was outstanding.... he couldn’t do more for us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We really enjoyed our 7 day cruise. It was very pleasant and relaxing. Embarkation was quick and easy but should not come before 12 noon cause previous week's cruisers are getting off as we get on. Ship is lovely, especially ... Read More
We really enjoyed our 7 day cruise. It was very pleasant and relaxing. Embarkation was quick and easy but should not come before 12 noon cause previous week's cruisers are getting off as we get on. Ship is lovely, especially Royal Promenade and Blue Moon Lodge. Food was absolutely delicious in both Main dining room and Windjammer Cafe Buffet. And Royal Promenade has snacks and tea, coffee, water, lemonade, and ice tea. So loved stopping by there for a quick break. Entertainment was mixed bag but had some shining moments and the 70s Night was a blast! And the Ice Show was nothing short of amazing. We saw it twice. Did no shore excursions so can't comment on that. Just walked outside with each port. It was fine except Cozumel which had very aggressive sales people. Inside cabin room was nice size but bed was huge and took up much of room. No real complaints. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We booked this cruise as a 'last minute' decision because 1) we needed a getaway and 2) price (we must have hit upon it on one of their price drop days). We have only sailed one other cruise, on Princess, so I am trying to give ... Read More
We booked this cruise as a 'last minute' decision because 1) we needed a getaway and 2) price (we must have hit upon it on one of their price drop days). We have only sailed one other cruise, on Princess, so I am trying to give this an honest stand-alone review without totally comparing the two. Check in was flawless. Being able to pre-check in was one of the easiest and having it 'done' was great. We arrived a little earlier than our 'appointment time', but still was on the ship within 10 minutes of arrival. The ship was immaculate, very pretty and very easy to navigate. They have an interactive ship guide on every floor at the elevators and on promenade deck. It also displayed the time, which I found very helpful on several occasions as I don't wear a watch. I am a true believer in you make your cruise experience as great or not as great as you are willing. We are easy to please, go with the flow kind of people, especially on vacation. For the most part, we were happy and content with the cruise, however ,there were a few things I wish RCCL had taken into account. 1) We are not smokers, and having to walk through the smoker's gauntlet to get a pool towel or walk completely around the other side of the ship through the solariam to escape the bulk of the smoke was a poor layout (in our opinion). Even coming through the solarium, the stations were downwind from the smoking area. I could usually hold my breath long enough to make it through, but one day was particularly so bad that it actually set my throat on fire to the point I was getting throat lozenges from the infirmary the next day to help alleviate the irritation. 2). Aside from the outdoor decks, there seemed to be no areas to relax and 'people watch' or sit casually in the Promenade area, other than in a bar area. Music was alvailable nightly in all the bars, but seating was non-exsistent within ear shot to simply enjoy the music without being in the bar. These were our 'disappointment's' with the ship itself. We adjusted and just stayed either on ouside deck 4 (upwind from smokers) or just skipped the evening crowds. We ate in the Windjammer for all meals. For the most part, we thought the food was good, sometimes really good, sometimes mediocre. For the most part, we always found something we liked, or tried something new. There were some times I would have liked to of gone to the dining room, but my husband didn't care for a structured dinner, so the Windjammer it was. If you get to sit in Section 6 in the evening and have a waiter named Mayvon, you are in for some of the best service on the ship. Always smiling, always. And never missed a beat with drink refills or anything else he could do for us. Delightful young man. Our room assistant was Jose Pierre. Another remarkable young man and an asset to RCCL. We asked for ice when we first arrived and he had a fresh bucket for us morning and evening every day for the rest of the ship. We never had to ask for it. He was in and out and did an excellent job each day. If we had a question or request he was on top of it. PORTS: Labadee - We didn't go ashore because my husband had a pinched nerve in his neck we were trying to get the pain reduced by massage and acupuncture - which semi-helped that day only. :( San Juan - LOVED San Juan. We did not take an excursion because the ship docks right in Old Jan Juan town. We walked up and toured the fort and then walked around town. Stopped and got a drink and free wi-fi before going back to the ship. St. Maarten - What a beautiful piece of land. We took the Double-Decker Tour and our driver, Victor, was a hoot. Had a great time. We had the morning tour, and the temperature was about 80, so wasn't unpleasant on the upper deck. We did not go to the French side because of the hurricane damage, and felt like the the cost of the tour should have been reduced accordingly. That did however free us up to spend a little longer at the stops. There are no traffic lights or storp signs so traffic is a 'honk' I'm coming through or get out of my way and a narrow two lane road accomodates all traffic. Side roads are even more narrow, but they make it work. I personally wouldn't drive because I'd have a nervous breakdown before I got anywhere. My one regret is the photo opportunity we did not get of the overlook of the two bays, which is an iconic picture of St Maarten. We stopped and heard the story of the peak, but that was all. The Rhum tasting was fun and delicious and a bottle of the Banana Rhum found its way back home with us. :) Once the tour was completed, we had time to walk back through Phillipsburg, but the hubby's neck and shoulder were hurting him, so it was a casual afternoon on the ship. Disembarkation - We chose to self-assist and were able to leave the ship with minimal waiting. Through customs and on to our car in a matter of minutes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the ... Read More
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the help of the excellent crew and staff of the Adventure of the Seas everything went smoothly. My husband and I had previously sailed on the ship so I knew there were appealing features for everyone in our group. We had four cabins from balcony to promenade to inside so that was good for all to see the differences and learn the benefits of varying locations on ship. The variety of activities and venues on the ship provided enjoyment for everyone in our group. The younger ones were the late-nighters who enjoyed the Schooner Bar and the casino. The early risers loved coffee from room service and the coffee bar. We all enjoyed the pool deck and the pool bars, dinners in the main dining room, and the excellent beach itinerary. To sum up the highlight of this cruise for our family we all agreed that sitting as a group around Keith's piano in the Schooner Bar and singing our lungs out one night was hilarious and the smiles never left our faces the whole time. I'm smiling right now as I write this--it was that good. Keith is truly an entertainer. Highly recommend. Our family has travelled quite a bit in Mexico over the past 20 years but Costa Maya was a new port to us and what a lovely surprise. Not so commercialized yet and we found it refreshing. First thing to do is get out of the immediate port area and take a taxi to the malecon where there are little beach clubs and more locals. We spent our time ashore walking on the boardwalk, sat under umbrellas with some ice cold buckets of beer and fresh pico de gallo (Big Mama's), and ate street tacos from a local cart vendor. Enjoyed by one and all. We also took an independent excursion with Cozumel Beach Bar Hop which goes to the east end of the island which has no electricity for the most part. Off the beaten path and more authentic small beach bars with loads of fun and frivolity. These are rustic beach places with sand and surf not chain restaurants with fancy bathrooms. The millennials thought they were hip and the rest of us remember when Mexico used to have places like this everywhere. Looking forward to the next one--bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it so much we want to book another trip! We felt very pampered on this trip. The staff on this ship was amazing! The activity organizers were so much fun and there was so ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it so much we want to book another trip! We felt very pampered on this trip. The staff on this ship was amazing! The activity organizers were so much fun and there was so much to do on the ship that we were never bored. We played a lot of trivia each day and went to all the game shows. There was always someone there if you needed something on the ship and all the staff was very friendly. You did not even need to get off your but if you wanted a drink. There was always waiters walking around taking orders and bringing drinks. The ship was kept very clean. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day when we were at breakfast and dinner. There was always staff making sure that people washed their hands before entering the buffet. You never saw garbage around because they were always cleaning up and you often saw them scrubbing hand rails, menus, etc. Our room had lots of storage for all of our stuff. We had a balcony room that was very secluded from other balconies. The bed was so comfortable! We slept so good every single night. Our room was right next to the elevators which was great and the rooms were so quiet that you could not hear others in the rooms around you. The food was great. There was a large variety. Every meal in the dining room and specialty restaurants were three course meals. We thought they were very filling. We never went hungry on the ship because there was always something to eat. One of our favorite things was the breakfast food in the windjammer. The ports we went to seemed really safe and getting on and off the ship was simple and quick. We did one shore excursion through the ship and it was great! We would highly recommend the drink package if you are planning to drink. Beers on the ship cost $7 and almost all other drinks cost $12. The deluxe drink package includes as much bottled water you want and as much soda as you want. They have the CocaCola soda machines on the ship that have a variety of different options to choose from. They give you a souvenir cup to use on the machines. Without the drink package the only thing you can get for free on the ship is glasses of water, juice, tea, and coffee from the buffet. Almost all the drinks are $12 or less so they are covered under the drink package. This is for the specialty restaurants too. The only things not covered are Starbucks and some of the more expensive wines. Since we were on our honeymoon the crew gave us a card and left chocolate covered strawberries in our room. We both got $50 gift cards to the Spa as well. We loved that there was an adult only pool area as we were on our honeymoon and did not want to be bothered by children. We would definitely go on this cruise ship again. We chose to take our luggage off the ship on the last day ourselves and we were glad we did because that meant we could get off the ship first. The only thing that was hard for us was finding our airport transfer that we set up before the trip. There was not very good signage for this. There were people standing around that we could ask. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We live in Canada and knew we would need to reacquaint ourselves with the sun by end Jan - hence this cruise. For this first time, we decided to splurge on a Jr Suite, which was affordable due to the short length of the cruise. What ... Read More
We live in Canada and knew we would need to reacquaint ourselves with the sun by end Jan - hence this cruise. For this first time, we decided to splurge on a Jr Suite, which was affordable due to the short length of the cruise. What great accommodations! Could not believe how much storage space we had available - many of the storage cupboards went empty! Wow - a couch and two lounge chairs - yes, purchased at the "uncomfortable furniture store from which Royal purchases all their seating accommodations" but having a choice was wonderful! Balcony was lovely. Lots of space to kick back and enjoy the view. Huge soaker tub in the bathroom. We are not bath people, but if we were, it would be great! Shower was OK at best. Temperature setting was not necessarily related to the temperature of the water! Many issues on this trip ... Kept doing the USD to CAD conversion and charging my card in CAD even though I asked them to charge my card in USD (because my card gives a much better conversion rate). On Day 2, when I got notice from my card that a purchase had been made, I noted it was in CAD. Called down to guest services, who advised I could not resolve the issue over the phone but needed to go to the service desk. Headed on down, waited in line, got to the desk ... and the staff member said yes they could fix it, but that I needed my credit card in addition to my sea pass card ... like the woman could not have advised this when telling me I had to come down to the desk? OMG! Back up to the stateroom, back down, more time in line to contemplate my wasted time and ... voila ... after only 30 min more, signing the waiver requesting my fees be charged in USD, re-swiping the card, re-issuing the sea pass card, all was fixed. Right until the next day, when I got to do it all again!! There were many in the line-up on day 3 that were having issues that had apparently "been fixed" the previous day. In my case, the day 3 fix did work. Hope everyone else experienced success too. I have a food allergy. First time on a Royal cruise that we did not see our section head waiter or preview the next day's menu so the cooking staff could ensure my food would be prepared away from the food to which I am allergic. Mind you, we rarely saw our waiter either ... once to place our order and ... that's it. We often order from the non-published Indian food menu on Royal - usually a great variety of curry options. Asked our waiter what the Indian food option was and his answer, without checking mind you, was chicken curry and vegetable curry. If that is the limited choice offered on the boat, it is what it is ... but it is not a move in the right direction! Assistant-waiter was great! Evening of day four, the toilet made a bizarre noise - like a regurgitation. Hesitantly took a look - volumes of black, gooey slime/sludge was quickly working its way to toward the top of the toilet bowl. Called maintenance who said they would be there in 20 minutes. We had our suite evaluation plans, including putting our suitcases on the bed, and waited for maintenance. Husband called again 60 minutes later; gotta say, tone was a lot less pleasant than mine. About 10 minutes later, an engineer came to take a look. His comment ... OMG! Guess I did not sound panicked enough. He went out into the hallway and accessed the plumbing panel, did his thing, and the goop disappeared. Good news ... did not exceed the volume of the toilet bowl! He sent someone to come and clean the toilet ... took some scrubbing! The smell of the tobacco smoke from the casino permeated everything on deck four and the promenade on deck five. Consideration should be given to obtaining better smoke eaters, installing two-stage doors into the smoke polluted areas, and creating a negative pressure to keep the smoke in the Casino area, so the rest of the passengers are not subjected to the odour. The greats! Though incredibly overworked, our cabin attendant went the distance to make sure we had everything we needed! Kudos to his hard work and attention to detail. Mariia was the guest services contact who permanently fixed our card issue. Not only did she fix it, she called the next day to make sure it was not re-occurring. Her attention to detail fixed the problem correctly, her professionalism in checking back to make sure everything was fixed was very much appreciated and her concern and empathy made us feel appreciated and valued. Diamond Lounge - real plus Great coffee in the machine!! Staff were outstanding - attentive, friendly and efficient. Concierge Lounge ... not on this boat! It has been replaced with a Suite Lounge. Decreased services for Loyal to Royal members. Rather than being disappointed there are more C&A members sailing with Royal and cutting back on level perks, how about maintaining perks and privileges. Top Tier Event - Absolutely outstanding Great ice show performance. Even better were the staff awards. So great to see hard-working team members be recognized for their contributions. Everyone we spoke to felt the same way. Kudos Royal - great step in the right direction! Production Shows Good effort and very entertaining. One of the shows was centred on a dancing team and, while this seems to be the trend after last year's Tango team, liked the older shows that told a story a bit better. Headliner shows - great! So ... some really great stuff; lots of room for improvement. Each time we ran into issues that seemed to be dismissed by staff, we kept reminding ourselves we were down enjoying a cruise to Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel and were enjoying warm, sunny days where we could have been home in the record, cold temperatures. We counted ourselves lucky. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This ship was a little older than some of the other ships but it was overall a nice looking ship. The embarkation went really smoothly and disembarkation went as well as could have been expected for a suite customer. This is an older ... Read More
This ship was a little older than some of the other ships but it was overall a nice looking ship. The embarkation went really smoothly and disembarkation went as well as could have been expected for a suite customer. This is an older ship so if you want all the bells and whistles you may not get them on this ship. I loved the shows they provided on the ship they had a little bit something for everyone. My stateroom attendant as well as the dining room staff in the Saphire dining hall were excellent. I ate breakfast in Giovanis restaurant and that was excellent also. I did not really care for the food in the Windjammer. I enjoy the ports and shore excursions most notably Toppers Rhum in St. Maarten. That place was awesome. Depending on where the ship traveled too would be my decision if I traveled on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise was a let down for me. It was an 8 day cruise and the cons overweighed the pros by a lot. First of all, everything closed SO early. The buffet closed at 9 pm but started sectioning people off at 8:30-845. I’ve never been on a ... Read More
This cruise was a let down for me. It was an 8 day cruise and the cons overweighed the pros by a lot. First of all, everything closed SO early. The buffet closed at 9 pm but started sectioning people off at 8:30-845. I’ve never been on a ship that the buffet closed so early. If we wanted food after 9, it was basically just pizza. A lot of things in general were closed. The flowrider was only open a couple hours a day, the climbing wall was only open a couple hours, the skating rink didn’t even open until the end of the cruise. They advertised these activities but then didn’t act on them. The skating rink wasn’t even open to passengers until the end of the cruise and it was only 30 min segments. So many of the bars were closed for many times in our cruise. One day, we had to go around to 3-4 different bars until we found one open and this was at noon. The MDR didn’t have lunch available on port days. The buffet was extremely boring and lacked flavor. The breakfast and lunch buffet had no variation of meals whatsoever. The lunch particularly was very poor. The MDR food was alright. The waiters were great. There was practically NO entertainment. This thought was commonly heard amongst a lot of passengers on the ship. A lot of people just sat around bored because of the lack of entertainment. Everyday felt so long because of the lack of entertainment. The entertainment they did have was mediocre at best. Our room steward didn’t talk to us once. He didn’t introduce himself, didn’t say hi, nothing. He did leave a tip envelope for additional tips (we did prepay tips) but he did such a poor job we did not tip him extra. Some days we would leave in the morning and come back 2-3 and our room still wasn’t attended too. The room other than that was fine. All in all, I would not recommend this cruise and would not sail on this ship again. Out of my 20+ cruises, this sadly was my least favorite one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise (only our second) based on 1) Price, 2) Sailing Date and 3) Ports of Call. Suffice to say that we were very pleased with our choice. Adventure of the Seas is a big ship, but not TOO big. Myself and my companion have ... Read More
We chose this cruise (only our second) based on 1) Price, 2) Sailing Date and 3) Ports of Call. Suffice to say that we were very pleased with our choice. Adventure of the Seas is a big ship, but not TOO big. Myself and my companion have different tastes in what we enjoy on a cruise. Me: sleeping in late, sauntering down to the pool at the crack of noon, having a frosty beverage or four, hot-tubbing, maybe (or maybe not) getting off at the ports, then finally waking up fully for the night-life, shows and the casino. Him: up at the crack of dawn, early breakfast, wandering the ship before it gets crowded, off at every port for shopping and sight-seeing, enjoying a huge dinner, then to bed after the early show + maybe a quick stop at the casino. This ship offered a great variety for both of us! I especially get a kick out of the poolside activities (line dancing, belly-flop competition, etc.) while he really enjoyed the ports....Labadee was his favorite. He is a savvy shopper and snagged some good pieces of art, clothing and a couple of watches in St. Martin and St. Kitts. Even in the dead of winter, these ports are a safe bet for good weather....in fact our only cloudy and somewhat unpleasant day was the last when we were closing in on Florida. Not sure if a Bahama or Bermuda trip would have satisfied our need for sun coming from cold upstate NY January deep freeze. Service was excellent all around and we were impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the overall cleanliness of the ship. Maybe they're faking it (as some suggest) but all of the crew we came in contact with seemed pleased to be working there and made it fun and enjoyable. It's not new, but it seemed well-preserved. There is plenty to do for every age group and plenty of places to enjoy some quiet if you wish. One quibble: we both wished that RC would have at least one sun deck with no piped-in music. It's a little too pervasive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I'm a loyal RCCL cruiser (Diamond member) and frankly, I much prefer the Voyager class ships versus the huge Oasis class ships, primarily because I love the ability to walk outside and listen to the waves from Deck 4. However, this ... Read More
I'm a loyal RCCL cruiser (Diamond member) and frankly, I much prefer the Voyager class ships versus the huge Oasis class ships, primarily because I love the ability to walk outside and listen to the waves from Deck 4. However, this cruise was just barely average. Entertanment was virtually non-existent (for an 8 day cruise) and what they did have wasn't really worth watching. Food was okay (primarily MDR), but service was rushed (for no reason) and non-attentitve. Cabin Steward was great. Cabin itself was as expected, ship was clean, but the overall service and food was just adequate. I will continue to sail with RCCL, I prefer them over NCL, and will continue to look for Voyager class ships, but will lower my hopes and expectations. Pros: Cabin Steward (from China) really did a great job and wasn't pushy and begging for tips. Ship was clean and in well working order despite her age. Food was okay, nothing special. Cons: Service in the MDR was rushed beyond belief and non-attentive. Entertainment was virtually non-existent and a real let down. Am sailing on this same ship in February for their 6 day cruise, let's see if that is any different. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We did a b2b on Adventure to escape the cold and to spend time with friends. Our cabin steward was Sherwin and he was the absolute best we’ve ever experienced! Kind, always smiling and incredibly efficient. Superb does not come close to ... Read More
We did a b2b on Adventure to escape the cold and to spend time with friends. Our cabin steward was Sherwin and he was the absolute best we’ve ever experienced! Kind, always smiling and incredibly efficient. Superb does not come close to describing Sherwin. I have deadly allergies to seafood, mushrooms and tarragon. I emailed the ship prior to the cruises with the information and requested a table for two to avoid accidentally being served someone else’s food along with trying to avoid inconveniencing other cruisers with needing to preorder my food each night. Royal has become more and more slack on some ships the last couple of years. The head waiter is supposed to manage allergies. On some ships I had to have the head waiter handle my food at lunch time as well. Not by my request, it was policy on certain ships. Our first week I asked the waiter to please find our head waiter and explained why. After speaking with the head waiter she tried to pass me back to the waiter telling me she would be fine. I insisted on the headwaiter doing my orders. I have been on ships where serious mistakes have been made with my food by waiters who did not take the allergies seriously. Fortunately I survived! The head waiter was pretty good until the night prior to the 2nd formal night when she told me lobster would be served. She suggested we dine in the cabin. I said no I would like to be in the dining room and if it was too much for me we would leave. I asked her to just make sure our dinners came out quickly like she had done the other nights and hopefully I would be fine. We barely saw her formal night. The waiter came by and I asked if she could make sure we had more vegetables with dinner. It was almost an hour after our appetizers that we received our entree and no vegetables, no head waiter. We did not return to the dining room that week. Our second leg we had the same table, new waiter. Again I requested a visit from the head waiter due to deadly allergies. The head waiter took my order and served us. All seemed to be going well till the waiter came by, obviously unamused by my request to see the head waiter. He started laughing about me having so many allergies. HE LAUGHED at me! I was upset, my husband was LIVID! We spoke with the head waiter and naturally he apologized. He called over the dining room manager. Naturally he apologized as well. Really??? We have been on about 35 cruises and had never experienced anything so uncalled for and rude. We reported it to guest services. The Assistant Maître D and Restaurant Operations Manager took us to another dining room and apologized profusely. In our estimation this could be solved with a chat with the waiter, requesting that HE apologize and provide him with some much needed training. Their solution was to call me the next day at 5:30 pm to say we were being moved to a private table in the dining room on deck 3. We would be escorted to our table, the head waiter would take my order and they would introduce me to the chef. I know they were trying to solve the problem but what they did punished us. We lost our excellent table, had to wade through a huge crowd to get into the dining room and the so called private table was the one we typically sat at for breakfast by a window. Nice during the daylight but very dark at night. This dining room was loud and not at all pleasant like deck 5 where we had been. The head waiter was very nice and so was the chef. The dining room was the issue. We did not return to the dining room. We ate in port, the WJ or one night in Johnny Rockets. This episode with dining room issues due to my allergies was not an isolated incident. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back! Disembarkation was horrible on our turnaround day as well. It was handled badly at the port, complete chaos with many many annoyed people trying to get off the ship to get home ALL at the same time! We got off as quickly as we could the day we went home because we needed to get on an earlier flight due to weather at our home airport. We grabbed our luggage where they weren’t finished lining up bags much to the shagrin of staff at the port. A porter was understanding and helped. We travel a lot. We have cruised less and less with Royal the past few years since in our estimation Royal Caribbean service and food has deteriorated dramatically and there is no consistency between most ships. We travel for fun and enjoyment. I don’t need to be fighting for my ability to eat safely. We are D+. Friends suggested that we try Celebrity. Their food handlers are certified in something called DineAware. We’re booked on a b2b in the new year. Hopefully they are as good on-board as their Vacation Planners were on the phone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Elvis Tribute Artist cruise; having sailed on many RCCL ships, I found Adventure to have positives (smaller size easier to get around) and negatives (RCCL has tried to squeeze all of the amenities of Oasis class ships into this smaller one ... Read More
Elvis Tribute Artist cruise; having sailed on many RCCL ships, I found Adventure to have positives (smaller size easier to get around) and negatives (RCCL has tried to squeeze all of the amenities of Oasis class ships into this smaller one making for some tight spaces). Food was OK but choices very limited. Complimentary was either the main dining room with service that was way over the top ingratiating or the Windjammer buffet. There is also a Cafe in the Promenade that is small and crowded with pick-up items. That main dining room service---our waitstaff hovered over us constantly asking if the food - and "most especially" the service were excellent. About halfway through our meal, we just wanted to tell them to go away but held back knowing the mean well and in their culture they are being gracious. Only ate in there one time. Windjammer food was fine and if not, option to go back for something better. Ate in Giovanni's - one of the fee restaurants and did not think it worth the $35 each price tag: ate in a la carte Izumi and would never do that again - again not worth the money --- extraordinarily limited menu and food just OK. Good daytime place to relax and read is the Blue Moon lounge on Deck 14. Gripe---paying for a junior suite did not give us privileges to the "Suite Lounge" - always has on Oasis class ships but not this one. Cabin: nice and spacious and comfortable. Our cabin attendant was fine although having pre-paid tips and having asked nothing of him over and above his ordinary duties, found the TIP, TIP HOORAY envelope left in our room on the last night annoying. Yes, we caved and gave him an extra tip. That's all one does on these ships - everything wants and "additional" tip which should only be added for extraordinary service. Hard to comment on entertainment as we were enveloped in the shows included in our private group; we did think, though, that there seemed to be limited entertainment and thought we would have been looking for something do at night if not for our group events. Best port of call was Grand Cayman but given that it was a tender situation with a very short day, we elected not to get off the ship. Costa Maya and Cozumel are two places no one really needs to ever go. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I talked a very hesitant friend and her husband into trying a cruise and decided my wife and I should go along. Glad we did. I should first describe my idea of a great cruise...really relaxed. Stayed at the Fortuna hotel pre ... Read More
I talked a very hesitant friend and her husband into trying a cruise and decided my wife and I should go along. Glad we did. I should first describe my idea of a great cruise...really relaxed. Stayed at the Fortuna hotel pre cruise. Really neat little boutique hotel near the beach. Boarding was effortless. There was no line for Diamond and a short line for general boarding. On board in 10 minutes and a drink in hand. Love the drink package. Had a balcony cabin 7534 with plenty of room and quite comfortable for me. Explored the ship. Had not been on Adventure (although have also been on Navigator and Explorer). Love the ship and the peekaboo bridge. Pool bar was my favorite and Schooner was a close second. All on board meals in the Windjammer (don't like wearing long sleeve pants). No complaints about the food. There was a minor issue when the crew served dessert and plugged the entrance. Cabin service was attentive and no complaints. Requested a daily ice bucket and it was delivered. Labadee was Labadee. The buffet was fine and typical. Already paid drinks are great. Avoided the locals. San Juan is one of my favorite places. The forts weren't open for my friends and wife to see but we had a great hike along the old wall and 2 great meals in town. We were there from 1300-2100. Sint Maarten was up next. We went out to the airport by private cab. It was much more crowded than the last time we were there (likely would find other things to do next time) but it was fun for the first time friends. We stopped for a bit in town after the airport and had a good time strolling the boardwalk. Last port was St. Kitts. My wife and friends did a dolphin excursion while I wandered around the port and town. When they got back we hiked about 10 miles around town. Great fun. Finished with 2 great sea days. The production shows were ho hum. Game shows were fun. We're not late nights so didn't catch much after 2200 except Love and Marriage. Jogging track is a bit short. I went by time and no idea how many laps. The info says 8 laps to a mile (I showed closer to 9). All in all another great cruise on Royal and will definitely return. Stayed at Red Carpet Inn post cruise. Comfortable, ok accommodations. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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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