Sail Date: June 2018
Had a lot of fun but got tired of all the hidden fees. I would preferred to have them increase the price instead of all the extra hidden costs. They charged us 45 per day in stateroom fees for an extra 350. Then All the drinks which were ... Read More
Had a lot of fun but got tired of all the hidden fees. I would preferred to have them increase the price instead of all the extra hidden costs. They charged us 45 per day in stateroom fees for an extra 350. Then All the drinks which were already $12 each had 18% gratuity added. Bingo ended up costing us 80 for two games. It just felt like too much when we pay so much to cruise. The staff was great. There were two elevators broken the entire time so it was always an issue. Leaving the ship was chaos - could have had staff directing people during the self checkout process. One line went around half the ship while the other line was empty. We had so much fun at all the ports. Lots of stuff to do but could have spent more time at the ports. One port was only there till 230 which is weird. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a ... Read More
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a disaster. Coming into the dock at Cape Liberty must have taken 45 minutes - an hour. All cars waiting in two lines, just to merge into one lane to drop off. You had to get all luggage out of the car, then park in the parking garage. It was so chaotic and stressful, and wish there was a better way. Other than that, the security/ check-in process was a breeze and we were on the ship in literally 15 minutes. Food: I am a vegetarian, but found a lot to eat. I do recommend if you are a vegetarian, ask for a veggie burger by the burger station in the windjammer, and they pulled one out from the back! I was very surprised they had them, and it was very good. Cheese fries were always my favorite, but a lot of the food was mediocre, just like I had read on here prior. At breakfast, we all LOVED the "potato pancakes" I'll call them. It was our favorite thing. The waffles/ pancakes were usually hard as rock. But the fresh fruit was so good. Pizza on the promenade was a disappointment, compared to Carnival's hand tossed pizzas after hours. This was definitely just frozen pizza, but we never had to wait long to get it, and you could have as much as you wanted. Main Dining Room: We all met up for dinner every single night, 5:30 on the bottom deck of the restaurant. My grandpa had it arranged so we always had 2 tables of 10 and 1 table of 4 in line with each other. We never had to wait, and could just walk right in. I know that serving 24 people at once can't be easy, but we would spend almost 2 hours from start to finish in that dining room. It just dragged on forever sometimes it felt like. We had one toddler, and two young children in our group, and the server did a great job at making sure they got their food first and would cut their food up. Our waiter's assistant (I am so bad with names, clearly) was always singing, and constantly filling up our water which was nice. There was always a main vegetarian course for me, but the appetizers sometimes lacked in meat-less options (besides a fresh fruit platter) which was disappointing. The crème-brulee was my favorite dessert, and the tomato & mozzarella appetizer was so delicious I finished it before he remembered to bring the balsamic reduction for it. No entrees really stood out to me. It was fun to move around the tables and sit by different family every night. Common Areas : There was plenty of pool space, hot tubs, and lounge chairs. Then again, we were cruising to Canada, so the weather wasn't always swimming weather, although that did not stop some people. We had two very hot days, and I had no problem finding room in the pool, or a lounge chair. On days at sea, or at night, things seemed to get so crowded. It would be hard to find a table at lunch in the windjammer, or find somewhere to stand to play trivia. Our absolute favorite place to meet up was The Duck & Dog Pub on the main promenade. We would end up pulling a bunch of tables together every time we saw a family member walk by. We would just talk and drink until midnight, or until the live music stopped and the cleaning started, and they were basically hinting for us to leave. Boleros had decent music most of the time. My great uncle loved getting down with whoever would get down with him. We were not a fan of the piano man in the Schooner Bar, but maybe that's just preference. One night the Adventure of the Seas orchestra was playing in the Imperial Lounge, and our whole family went and listened, while my grandparents danced. That was so lovely, and the orchestra was very good. It took us until about day 5 to find the card room hidden by the imperial lounge, which was a nice little spot. The gym was very, very large for a cruise ship (I thought). I only cut a star off from the rating because some machines were out of order, and there was no place to stretch/ do ab exercises, but maybe these are minor things. The casino was definitely out dated, just like I read on here. A lot of older machines. Everyone else in my family was winning while I lost all my money! It took us all week to find the Blue Moon Bar, which is deck 14, because there's only specific elevators that take you there. That was a bust. We thought there would be live music, but there seemed to be not much going on, and not many people there. The craziest thing was on the 4th of July. They claimed there would be a "party". What it really was half the ship crowding shoulder to shoulder on the promenade and up and down each floor by the elevators. My sister's and I really wanted to find a spot, but you just couldn't breath... couldn't walk. It was so awful, and definitely breaking a lot of security hazards/ rules. I ended up sitting at Boleros with some family while my sisters managed to get a video of the balloon drop. Not worth it, and disappointed there isn't a better way to let everyone enjoy it. One night there was a "party" on the promenade with the live band that played by the pool. This was the most fun we had all cruise for sure. Our whole family spent the night dancing and doing line dances. The entertainment team did a great job directing it and teaching us dances. The band was really good too. We were all sweating by the end of the night. Wish they did something like this every night! Shows: I will start with the ice-skating show. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, since this is something special to Royal Carribean, and I've never seen it before. The show was very confusing, and didn't have much a story line it seemed like. I was an ice skater, and understand mistakes can happen, but almost every performance had a stumble/ fall. Some of them were good though. The main shows seemed like such a disaster to me. I never thought Carnival's shows were anything special (you aren't watching a Broadway show after all), but after this I think Carnival shows were amazing. The costumes were extremely tacky, the dancers didn't seem synched at all, and the singers weren't all that good. I was bored during most of them. Big disappointment. I only saw previews of the comedians during the "Welcome" and "Farewell" shows. I did not go to any of their actual shows, but my cousins said they were funny. I peeked into the Quest game show, but was very confused. My sisters saw it from the beginning so they understood what was going on, and they said it was the funniest thing. Disembarkation : It was pretty smooth, but of course as soon as we get in line to disembark the ship, they halted the line because they were over capacity in the port with everyone trying to find their luggage and go through customs. Once it started moving, we were at our car in 15 minutes. Overall: I am really not one to complain, and like to see the best in the situation, but it's hard when I have mostly cruised on Carnival, and kept comparing everything to Carnival. Carnival is better in certain instances, Royal Caribbean is better in some instances. A lot of the workers just looked miserable, the ships layout is set up strangely, the food was just okay, the shows weren't good, and the common spaces filled up very quickly. But they did have so many fun things to do if you're into that. I didn't have time to do the rock climbing wall, go ice skating, the wave rider, or mini golf, but the kids in our group had such a fun time on these activities , that make Royal Caribbean special. Some parts of the ship are really beautiful. The 3-level dining room is immaculate, and the marble staircase leading up to deck 4 is great for pictures. I wish the ship had a theme, because it didn't seem like it had one. Everything was just random. I am not going to say you shouldn't go on this cruise, but I personally would pick Carnival for a future cruise! Personal preference! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple ... Read More
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple exceptions. The biggest is the food, specifically the Main Dining Room. The service was good as expected, but the quality of the food was very poor. We gave it three tries before giving up and just going to the Windjammer for every meal. The Windjammer was a typical buffet fare. They have a themed section each evening for dinner along with a standard selection that never changed. The only negative to the buffet is when you go for 3 meals a day for 7 days in a row it does get very repetitive. It seems very obvious that Royal has decided to cut back majorly on the main dining room in an effort to push people into the specialty dining restaurants that have a rather large cover charge to them. When you're paying over $100 per person per day you'd expect some decent food to be included, but instead Royal wants you to pay another $40+ per person per day on top of that. You will not go hungry on the cruise, but edible does not mean good! The second negative for us was entertainment. We only were able to see a few shows because almost everything is done at night and traveling with kids that just didn't work out. The only daytime show they do is the ice skating show on one of the sea days. The two shows we did manage to make that started early evening were okay. The performers themselves were good, but the material was kind of meh. Our daughter was 9 which put her into the oldest group for Adventure Ocean with is the 9-11 year old range. She really enjoyed it and wanted to go to it more than doing the other activities on the ship like the rock climbing wall and water slides. A third issue was ship maintenance and the elevators. Several things were broken throughout the cruise. For example one of the water slides, some of the elevators, and the Freestyle Coke machines were hit or miss. Speaking of the Freestyle Coke machines, they charge you an 18% gratuity to fill your own cups in the machine, the least they could do is keep the things stocked. A day didn't go by that a machine we used had things missing. The staff throughout the ship were all good. Didn't have any issues with anyone at all. Ports of call on this itinerary are a mixed bag. The highlight is Bar Harbor because of the easy access to Acadia National Park plus the scenery is beautiful. Saint John New Brunswick offers some interesting sites if you're willing to pay for a tour or rent a car. Portland Maine and Halifax were the weak points particularly if you're looking to do a self-guided tour. Halifax does have a couple interesting museums though. Embarkation/Debarkation were pretty quick and painless. The only negative here is the location. Everywhere around Cape Liberty is pretty depressed/run down. Definitely not an area you want to walk around in at all. NYC offers a lot to see and do if you've never been there before, just be aware that it takes a very long time to get anywhere and prices are sky high for everything. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise as a fun family vacation. We did not explore New Jersey before we got onto the ship simply because of Jersey's reputation. Getting onto the ship went smoothly and getting off went even faster because we chose the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a fun family vacation. We did not explore New Jersey before we got onto the ship simply because of Jersey's reputation. Getting onto the ship went smoothly and getting off went even faster because we chose the option of carrying our own luggage off. What you should know about Royal Caribbean's adventure of the seas is, if you book a room all the way forward or all the way aft expect your room to pitch, the hangers in the closet to clang and the rumbling of engines and movement of the bed to prevent a good nights sleep. The cabins are on the small side. My daughter had one with a balcony and I had one without. We spent as little time as possible in the cabins due to the pitching and heaving of the boat making us terribly sea sick. The dining in the main dining room was a bit rushed for our taste. The windjammer became our eating establishment of choice due to a greater variety of food selection and the comfortable relaxed family atmosphere. There was entertainment a plenty and we did enjoy 2 shore excursions as well as a couple shows and games in the lounge. We did not use room service so cannot comment on that. The cleaning attendants were wonderful. We enjoyed Three ports and two excursions though we wish the stops in Port Canaveral, Coco cay and Nassau could have been for longer because we enjoyed being on land more than being on ship. Traveling with my grand daughter was an experience because seeing things through a child's eyes is enlightening. Her main interests were the splash pad, food and making friends which she made plenty of. We enjoyed Zumba classes and line dancing as a family and took in a couple shows for fun and a distraction from the nausea. Due to the fact that we were so sea sick in spite of dramamine and ginger gum we made up our minds by the 5th day that we would not be cruising again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We are Diamond Plus so we tend to stick with RCI or Celebrity. We do not appreciate the inconvenience associated with flying so we sail from Port liberty or NYC. We have recently sailed three times on the Anthem. We chose the Adventure of ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus so we tend to stick with RCI or Celebrity. We do not appreciate the inconvenience associated with flying so we sail from Port liberty or NYC. We have recently sailed three times on the Anthem. We chose the Adventure of the Seas, a ship that we sailed on in the past and had an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, it did not match our past sailings The ship was overcrowded,too many children.. This was our fault , we anticipated that the schools would still be in session. It is not that we do not enjoy children, but the sheer number taxed the pools and surroundings. There were some great parts of the cruise - the Ice Show was really good, the production shows were top notch - especially Rock Baby Rock, and, the service at dinner and other eating venues gets an A+ The food has slipped a bit but still OK. Our cabin attendant did his job, but barely. Our robes were not put in our room. Yet, our travel companions on the same floor but on the other side of the ship had their's delivered. When I asked where our robes were he said "You have to ask.". His overall manner was less than expected. The hogging of chairs made it impossible to find a pool side chair "unreserved" at 8 AM. On sea days even the upper deck was filled. I witnessed chairs being "reserved" at 7 AM and not being used until 11 AM. RCI has a policy about reserving chairs but it has to be enforced. Rooms being occupied by two adults and two children use four chairs. There was just TOO MANY PEOPLE AND TOO FEW CHAIRS. We like many cruiser enjoy meeting other people at breakfast and lunch. The concept of "sharing" is not understood by the staff. Simply having two lines - one for sharing and the other for not sharing would solve the problem. Too worst example of poor service rest with the Meet and Greet. Simply put it was the worst we have experienced in our 45 cruises on 5 different lines. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The main dining room was very nice. Great food and the service was perfect. The Windjammer Café(Buffet) was the same food for the entire cruise. If you like hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries put out every day, then you will like the ... Read More
The main dining room was very nice. Great food and the service was perfect. The Windjammer Café(Buffet) was the same food for the entire cruise. If you like hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries put out every day, then you will like the buffet. The other food was a copy day after day...no variation at all. Not enough seats because the room just can not handle the crowds. You will hear messages to hurry you so others can eat too. The buffet closes its doors at 9pm...way to early...If you want to eat later, you are sent to the 5th floor in the Café Promenade where there are no selections unless you want to eat "pizza" every day...I say "Pizza" if you want to call it that. Very small room also. The pool was way to crowded and that is again because the ship can not handle the crowds. Entertainment was very good, nice shows and the Lyric theatre is nice. Too many areas to eat where you had to pay. I guess that is the way cruise ships are going now...Pay extra for almost everything..I must admit that I would not select that ship again on our next cruise..It was a nice ship to bring children, because they had lots of thing to do for the children. Again...this is my opinion and you must make your own decision here.. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
It was a avg cruise at best. Entertainment was ok. Food in main dining room was horrible and late night food was even worse and not much to choose from also internet service was very slow so without going all in here I'll leave it at ... Read More
It was a avg cruise at best. Entertainment was ok. Food in main dining room was horrible and late night food was even worse and not much to choose from also internet service was very slow so without going all in here I'll leave it at that...those were my 2 complaints if not for that I would rate this better. They say no holding of lounge chairs around the pool but yet they dont pick up towels and more than half of the chairs on the pool deck are unused because people save them when they go to explore or eat around the ship. Takes twice as long to get a drink any bar unless it has 2 or less people waiting. Only good deals on board are liquor sales. All other shops were avg at best for price even when they say tax and duty free I shouldn't be able to look up a watch they are selling at 75% off and still find it cheaper online, yes that happened. Overall I did enjoy my vacation. And if I had to change 1 thing is they need better quality of food in main dining room. The selfserve food in the windjamer was better. As far as the special dining options I say if you have the extra cash it's worth it. Maybe that's why the food is so bad in the main dining room and if you want a late night snack after 930pm its finger sandwiches and frozen pizza. That's another disappointment I had Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because we like the Adventure class of ships and it left out of Port Liberty, which is only a short drive from our home in Pennsylvania. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their four daughters. We were on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like the Adventure class of ships and it left out of Port Liberty, which is only a short drive from our home in Pennsylvania. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their four daughters. We were on the Explorer a few years ago and really enjoyed it. While we all enjoyed the trip, there were several disappointments. The long lines to get through the security checkpoint were unnecessary. There were several unopened stations, causing us a 45-minute wait to get checked through. Once through that, we were on the ship in 15 minutes. We had a balcony on deck 9, which was lovely. So much storage space that we actually had an empty drawer! Our room attendant, Eddie, was very attentive and kept the room immaculate. The Windjammer is named appropriately as it was always jammed. Hard to find empty tables, so we resorted to going to the main dining room or the Cafe Promenade as often as we could. Food was good and we never felt the need to go to any of the pay restaurants. None of us cared for the cruise director, Chris or his assistant, Marvin. They just did not seem to click with the crowd or try very hard. Outside pool activities were inhibited by the rainy weather so a lot of activities were cancelled. Only saw one of the production numbers and it was enjoyable. We had 8:00 My Time Dining but our waiter was so slow that it usually took 2 hours to finish. By that time, it was too late to see some of the other shows. We were always among the very last diners to leave in the dining room. Needless to say, we were not happy with our head waiter; but his assistant was wonderful and tried to speed things along. His hands obviously were tied by the head waiter. My other concern was that dress the code was not enforced in the MDR. Why have a dress code if it isn't enforced? They allowed shorts in there every night and I didn't mind that; but on several nights, quite a few men showed up in shorts and tank tops looking so unkempt it was upsetting. I actually lost my appetite having to see all that body hair, tattoos and piercings sitting at the next table. I did complain to the Maitre 'D about it but was told nothing could be done about it. Said it came from the "top" - Corporate. Ports of Call were disappointing but we knew that going in. We took a shuttle from the dock for $16 pp round trip to Cocoa Beach and had an enjoyable day. CocoCay was a disappointment because of the rain. I can't really judge it because of that. We were tendered in, which is never enjoyable. I'm sure it will be different once the pier is finished. Having been to Nassau many times we chose to just walk around town and then returned to enjoy a much less crowded ship. We chose to walk off with our luggage at disembarkation but that took awhile because there was only one exit off the ship, which caused a bottle neck between the stairs and elevators. It was resolved when they opened another exit further down the ship. Don't understand why they didn't do that to begin with. All in all, it was better than waiting for your luggage number to be called and dealing with that. We have cruised with Royal many times but now I am wondering if it is time for a change. Overall, we had a great time being with family, but so many things could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We decided to cruise from NJ this time, perhaps a newer or larger ship would have been better. We had terrible weather, was extremely disappointed in Cocoa Day, I'm sure when it's completed will be a great port of call. The ... Read More
We decided to cruise from NJ this time, perhaps a newer or larger ship would have been better. We had terrible weather, was extremely disappointed in Cocoa Day, I'm sure when it's completed will be a great port of call. The public areas could use some freshening up. Not enough lounge chairs by the pools. Dining experience was excellent, servers were extremely pleasant and professional. The magic show was great, enjoyed very much. The ice show was the best entertainment on board the ship. The parade was nice, didn't last long enough. The casino was extremely smokey, needs better ventilation. Could have more merchandise in the Logo shop, there were tee shirts on sale from ports of call that we did not go to. Would have liked to see shows in the theatre with more production scenery, it seemed there were just singers and dancers, no real production, shows also seemed extremely short and time schedule interred with the dinner times. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I had never been to the bahamas before, just the private islands and thought id give it a go, well chose june turned out to be not a good idea, alot of families with graduation parties onboard long lines for everything, and the weather ... Read More
I had never been to the bahamas before, just the private islands and thought id give it a go, well chose june turned out to be not a good idea, alot of families with graduation parties onboard long lines for everything, and the weather was rainy on and off, this was the first sailing on the new itinery for this ship , so service was slower, and the food choices were not like in the past, in fact my waiter from india refused to let me order new york strip steak, never had that happen before, all in all it was a nice cruise, not gonna stop us from sailing again , just might do more research and choose better time of the year, the cruise director was excellent and his staff , trivia was awesome , michael jackson trivia on the last night was so much fun!!!! and the pools were awesome , easy to get in and out of the adult pool with nice steps with railings i was so happy to see , so we was able to swim every day!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Since we enjoyed the Explorer of the Seas some time back, we felt sure we would enjoy it's sister ship, the Adventure, and we did. However since we have sailed almost every cruise line in the non deluxe category, we feel that Royal ... Read More
Since we enjoyed the Explorer of the Seas some time back, we felt sure we would enjoy it's sister ship, the Adventure, and we did. However since we have sailed almost every cruise line in the non deluxe category, we feel that Royal reserves the better "upscale" treatment for it's Celebrity customers. On sea days, the Schooner Bar was jam packed for trivia games. The hall ways were often crowded and noisy. Food was average to good as it is on all cruise ships. Maybe I am expecting too much since I have done many cruises on Celebrity, Princess, HAL and others. The ice show is a good extra, and worth seeing. By all means if you are thinking about it, go for it. Especially if you have young ones. They have rock climbing and of course pools with slides. There are times when customers can get skates and spend time on the ice. Children will enjoy all the amenities and not think about rating the food etc. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We choose this cruise because it was early June and we didn't want so many kids aboard. We enjoyed our cruise overall but there were issues. The food at the Windjammer was terrible, same things every day at lunch and breakfast! I ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was early June and we didn't want so many kids aboard. We enjoyed our cruise overall but there were issues. The food at the Windjammer was terrible, same things every day at lunch and breakfast! I mean, same fish, same dishes, day after day. The MDR had good dinners and we had Alicia as out waiter, she is wonderful! The assistant waiter was Romnick and he was sweet but I guess still in training. Our room attendant was Frangella, kept our room clean neat during our stay. The toilet paper was so rough!!!! Come on Royal Caribbean, wouldn't you at least get softer toilet tissue? The venues looked fun but we couldn't get into anything as they were held on extremely small venues and there were no place to sit. The weather didn't cooperate but this is not Royal Caribbean's fault. We had a good cruise overall and would try another ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. The specialty restaurants were the highlight. Main dinning room food was terrible, cold, raw, poor quality, everyone was complaining. (Shocked to read positive dinning comments). Disappointed in our cabin ... Read More
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. The specialty restaurants were the highlight. Main dinning room food was terrible, cold, raw, poor quality, everyone was complaining. (Shocked to read positive dinning comments). Disappointed in our cabin selection, lovely large cabin but we are below the fog horn and it sounded every 2 minutes for 24 hours, it was horrible. Our room steward left dirty glasses in our room and trash, finally put it outside the cabin and left there for days. Room service trays left in the hallway for days, such a mess. Our favorite was Givovanie's Italian, a must and excellent service, Izumi great service and wonderful choices, Chops was good but not great this time. Blue Moon Lounge and Disco best DJ ever and Best Bar staff always, they were truly exceptional. Ports were cold and rainy but our favorite was Bar Harbor and Portland. RCL did a poor job describing ports and excursions, they had no videos or meetings offering port info... So if you've never been to New England & Canada, yes go but do your homework on your own of where to visit when in ports. Go in late July thru September for better weather odds. Do not choose the cabin below the fog horn - deck 12 - 1886 - I can't recall the name of the cabin. It was large and offered floor to ceiling windows but the horn if in fog will destroy you for days. Shows were just average, comedian was great, hypnosis was great, staff entertainment average. Windjammer staff average. With limited outside activities RCL should have had more activities and music and dance inside to entertain all, not just evening dance and music. I've been on over 20 cruises and I have found RCL is declining in service and quality, this I find extremely disappointing. I chose not to book with the Next Cruise staff due to my disappointment and I have now booked with HAL for August of this year. They have missed an opportunity to sell to me! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
this was my 4th time on royal...I been on expolria of the seas and then athem of seas and this last trip was not the best of them all... the getting on and off the boat was good... let me start of by saying the food in the buffet was the ... Read More
this was my 4th time on royal...I been on expolria of the seas and then athem of seas and this last trip was not the best of them all... the getting on and off the boat was good... let me start of by saying the food in the buffet was the same thing ever day .. who can possible eat the same thing everyday... the last day was Indian food... ok that was not good for me since I don't eat that food... they could have done another special with that... second thing the bathrooms ... spelled like pure pee all the time... I thought maybe was bathroom by pool only since very active ...but no bathrooms in other sections spelled the same.. and when I was leaving the boat in morning I ran into two other family which thought the same... know I no this boat is very old and I can not compare it the athem but keep in mind this boat was just remodeled I thought...I will never go on this boat again.. but I will not give up on royal... I will definite go back on... Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because we got a great rate for our family of 4 and we thought we would try driving Cape Liberty rather than flying to Florida. Adventure of the Seas was as advertised with plenty to keep us busy all week with great ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we got a great rate for our family of 4 and we thought we would try driving Cape Liberty rather than flying to Florida. Adventure of the Seas was as advertised with plenty to keep us busy all week with great shows, water slides, kids pool, Flowrider, ice skating, etc. It was a good thing that the ship had lots to do considering our itinerary had Coco Cay cancelled and had Port Canaveral as a "port" on our journey. Overall, RC could do a better job with several customer service and staffing issues but the fun is there. Below are the pros and cons of an enjoyable week with some very key disappointments. Pros - Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely smooth and well organized. Hats off to Royal Caribbean on this. - Food was great. Both MDR and Buffet were excellent with the exception of BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY AT BREAKFAST. That was terrible and wasn't even close to the real stuff. If they can have ethnic food for everyone else in the world (fried rice, baked beans,etc.) then please try a little harder for the Appalachian folk. Otherwise, the meat and seafood was outstanding. Very well cooked and seasoned. Desserts were amazing, particularly Cheesecake. - Shows were awesome. The comedy shows were hilarious - we saw Jim David, ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, and Don Gavin. The Almost Elton John was great. We enjoyed the ice show and the dancers as well. Good variety and Chris Brown does a great job as Cruise Director. We thought he reminded us of Conan O'Brien a tad. - Flowrider, Water Slides, Rock Wall, Mini Golf, Ice Skating, Kids Pool, 2 Swimming Pools...you can't really get bored if you like to be active. Great for kids and teens. Cons - Itinerary. We knew when we booked that it was a little lacking. Port Canaveral is not really set up to be a "port" because of where AOS docked at CT 10. There's nothing within walking distance so you have to take a cab, uber, shuttle, or rent a car. The rental car places all close early and you have to take a taxi back to the ship. Nassau is ok but we had been there before. Seems like every cruise goes there. And, they cancelled ... - Coco Cay. We never saw it because it was cancelled because of weather. Instead, they sailed on to Nassau and got there at 5:30pm and everything was pretty much closed up for the day besides bars, which we were not interested in. There needs to be a better plan here in cases of bad weather. I know they're building a dock, but how about an OBC or something if they miss the island? This was very disappointing. - Disembark at ports. RC would advertise a time in port such as noon and then we wouldn't be allowed off the ship until 1pm or 1:30. This is misleading and should be corrected. It causes problems with arrangements made in port and planning. - Day 1 Staffing. We had to take our own luggage from the middle of the hallway to our rooms. No one was on duty until 1pm on Day 1 at any of the activities such as the water slides, rock wall, pools. We wanted to sign waivers and enjoy the activities but couldn't until after 1pm. MDR wasn't open for lunch on Day 1. - Guest Services. The front desk manager from Turkey (a heavy set bearded guy) is terrible and can't understand English very well. He is not professional and unintelligent. The Front Desk lady from Brazil, Marisol, isn't worth talking to. Has no interest in helping guests and is rude. RC needs to hire AMERICANS for this positions. - Prices on photos. $20 per photo. No discount ever offered aside from a $200+ package. This was a little expensive. - Cafe Promenade and hours of Buffet. The food there is terrible and left over from buffet or left there for days. We saw the same sandwiches and salads for multiple days. Pizza was the worst I have ever eaten - honest. Unfortunately, they shut down the buffet at 9:30 and you're stuck with this. RC should keep a burger, hot dog, etc. portion of the buffet open past 9:30. - Stateroom furniture. We had 2 doors and 1 drawer broken in our stateroom. The furniture was very beat up. When we arrived the toilet didn't flush. Maintenance needs to do a better job. Neutral - Kids program. Adventure Ocean for my 7 year old was good. She had a good time. Although, she was upset at times that they did not do the activities that they promised. They told us they do the activities that the kids vote on. Well, since there were lots of rowdy boys in her group, they played lots of gagaball and didn't do much science experiments. The teen program was almost non-existent due to attendance. The group that was there for most of the time resembled a bunch of juvenile delinquents. I felt bad for the staff - cussing, arguing, drama, excessive cell phone use. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, ... Read More
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, worse since there were two people preparing them and then oiling the pan AND spraying it. The Cafe Promenade which catered to the out of hours dining rooms featured pizza, tea sandwiches and salads. But Ni's winning smile was worth the trip. The schedule should have been given for the entire length of the cruise instead of daily. It would help you plan your itinerary better when there was an overlap, which forced you to sometimes make the wrong decision if you didn't think you'd get a second opportunity, It seemed kind of silly that the photography gallery was inaccessible when the cash registers weren't open. It's obviously for upselling purposes but if I could have the opportunity to review my images on MY time I might have purchased more, I hate being rushed. The drink and wi-fi sales the last two days were last minute marketing gimmicks which was a waste of time. It might help those of us who don't drink enough to justify a drink package, especially if your partner doesn't drink. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I love cruising out of NJ on Royal Caribbean Anthem. Thought I’d give Adventure of the Sea a try. Very disappointed. Ship was overcrowded, entertainment was mediocre, food was mediocre, coffee was awful (like drinking burnt mud). Service ... Read More
I love cruising out of NJ on Royal Caribbean Anthem. Thought I’d give Adventure of the Sea a try. Very disappointed. Ship was overcrowded, entertainment was mediocre, food was mediocre, coffee was awful (like drinking burnt mud). Service was good. Ship is old and shows it. Couldn’t even go into casino due to cigarette smoke. Prominade was always overcrowded. Had to stand in line for cafe. Had a cabana in cococay which we loved. The mystery theater dinner was terrible not worth the money. Cabin was clean. Room steward was very good. Waiter and asst waiter made our dining experience pleasurable even though I didn’t enjoy the food. Entertainment was nothing special. In spite of all this a cruise is what you make it. I was with family so we still had a great time. Would not sail on this ship again. I think I’ll stick to the Anthem. I hear the Celebrity Summit is also a good cruise out of N J. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I’ve been on a few different Carnival cruises and chose RC as a post-law school graduation cruise because I’d heard they were a step above. Unfortunately, that was not my experience. Let’s start with the online check in. Overall ... Read More
I’ve been on a few different Carnival cruises and chose RC as a post-law school graduation cruise because I’d heard they were a step above. Unfortunately, that was not my experience. Let’s start with the online check in. Overall it was okay, but then RC assigned our group a “Check-In” time of 1:30. Being the rule followers that we are, my friend and I didn’t arrive until one thirty and languished away in cold NJ for a few hours after our flight. We were less than thrilled when we discovered that no one cared AT ALL about this check-in time. It was not asked about once and we had to wait in the same line as everyone else despite the fact we had checked in online. So, off to a great start. Next, we went to our room. Somehow we were blessed with a corner balcony room—it was a highlight of the trip. After the muster drill, we went to the spa for our pre-booked massages only to be told that my massage had not been paid for, but “don’t worry, we will give you the same price.” This set the wrong mood for a relaxing experience because my friend was positive that she had paid and had the bank statements and confirmation to verify that but the Spa staff wouldn’t look at—they told her she would need to go to guest services after the massage. So the massage itself was great, but it was marred by the stress of worrying about going to guest services after. As per usual on the first day of cruising, the guest services line was HUGE, we waited more than 30 minutes. Our issue was quickly resolved once we spoke with someone at the counter because all they had to do was call the Spa and confirm that we had paid. Why the Spa could not take the time to do this for us is beyond me. It completely boggles my mind. The next major issue was being ID’d on the second day of the cruise and being denied a mimosa because I only had my Seapass Card and not my actual ID. I understand that I look young, but what is the point of purchasing a deluxe beverage package (which you have to affirm you and all other guests getting it are over 21) and giving the cruise line a ton of information about myself, and having a picture that pops up when my card is swiped, if at the end of th day it doesn’t matter and I have to carry my purse with me anyways? This is just another example of the customer experience not being the focus. When I asked the bartender to explain this to mme, he said “Oh, well it could be your mother’s card and we have to ID anyone who looks younger than 30.” I would love to see that rule. 1) How can it be my mother’s card if it has MY picture associated with it? 2) it would be Impracticable for the ship to be required to check IDs for everyone who looks under 30 and I can guarantee that wasn’t happening. This was just another example of the ship not being focused on customer service. That isn’t to say our entire vacation was horrible—it was actually really great unless we had to actually engage with the staff in any way. One more tip: the main dining room food was bleh, but the Windjammer is amazing. We went there 4/7 of the nights (first two night we tried the dining room and then on the fifth night we went to Giovanni’s Table, which was absolutely delicious). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We choose this cruise because it sails out of Bayonne which is an easy 8 hour drive from us. The itinerary isn't really exciting but it was a nice getaway. Embarkation was a breeze - very quick and well organized. The only minor ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it sails out of Bayonne which is an easy 8 hour drive from us. The itinerary isn't really exciting but it was a nice getaway. Embarkation was a breeze - very quick and well organized. The only minor hiccup is that security asked my elderly father to remove his suspenders instead of using the wand to check him. How they expected a 70 year old man to hold up his pants and walk through the security scanners without his suspenders and then put them back on in the terminal is beyond me. He managed though because they would not relent. Wheelchair assistance was backed up from the get go - my mother has her own wheelchair and it was an easy push for me to get her from the terminal to the ship - only 1 longish ramp but not too steep. Our cabin was an interior accessible cabin. This is well set up for wheelchair users. Large bathroom with a roll in shower with grab bars on the wall on the left side and a fold down bar on the right. The sink is easy to roll under to wash your hands. The only non accessible portion of the bathroom is the storage behind the mirrors - I can't see how that would be reached by anyone in a wheelchair. The desk is easy to roll under and the closet has both a high bar and a low bar along with numerous shelves. There are also 8 small drawers for storage in the desk area. The downside to Royal is that the beds are hard and the pulldown couch is like sleeping on a wooden plank. There were lots of pillows this time and we asked for blankets instead of the heavy duvets so that made sleeping more comfortable. The cabins have been redone so there is new carpeting throughout and the new white/blue colour scheme in the cabin. Daytime activities on Royal are a little lacking if you're not into sports or spa (or shopping). Lots of for fee activities with a few trivia games during the day. Evening activities have more variety but generally focus on 1 big thing each evening. The movie screen on the pool deck isn't great for sound/quality to watch anything at night. Service was generally good; not too much outstanding where I felt the need to fill out a wow card but also nothing too bad where it left a bad taste. Dining was okay - MDR menu is now very small and the food kind of bland. Salads come pre-dressed with just a drizzle and food seems unseasoned. Even curry sauce had no heat or flavour. Windjammer is the usual cafeteria mass produced food with limited hours. Choices are repetitive - as you travel around, you'll see the same dishes in several places. Café Promenade has some decent sandwiches and some excellent salads. Pizza is terrible. Room Service is well worth the $8 (plus gratuity) fee for all you wish to order - the cheesesteak and burger as well as the Cobb and Greek salads were excellent. Overall the week was nice but bland. Not the best cruise we've taken (and we've taken a bunch - over several different cruise lines) but nothing really bad. Weather was rough the first few days which meant rough seas. For many people, this certainly impacted their impression of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We did not want to fly to a port so we sailed from NJ port Cruise to Bahamas with RC the first stop was Port Canaveral gaving me a chance to visit NASA and see the historical space flight exhibits and rockets. For that we did the ships ... Read More
We did not want to fly to a port so we sailed from NJ port Cruise to Bahamas with RC the first stop was Port Canaveral gaving me a chance to visit NASA and see the historical space flight exhibits and rockets. For that we did the ships shore excursion. Others who went to beach did not enjoy their day. Next was CoCoCay, a relaxing day on the beach with a great feast and Caribbean music. Taking a tender to and from the island was fun and a photo opt on this beautiful day. Nassau was a crowded port with 6 cruise ships docked. Free bus shuttle service was provide from ship to entrance building though not announced. We found it when returning. Took a private tour. Sorry we did not use the ships. It took us to a tee shirt factory and a tea shop passing many of the historical sites up. Yeah, the cabin was small but with the balcony we had great views.Two people could manage the closet and bathroom space. Suite cases could be stored under the bed and I used as extra dresser. Variety of cruise activites listed daily in the Compass were good with something for each person to choose. We planned "My Time Dinner" at restaurant where the food and service was excellent. Found out you can have more than one dinner/desert. We had an opportunity to learn who our staff was and talked to them about their lives and jobs. We saw shows including a great ice skating show. When the ship was at sea I had balance issues holding on to rails and standing next to something wa necessary. I felt it on day one. By the third day others began to feel it as the ocean became rough. I would go again but maybe a 4 day cruise out of Miami with less time at sea. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I was invited to assist Seminar at Sea of Royal Caribbean beacuse Im a Travel Agent. In overall the activities onboard are good. The cordinance between Front Desk and Housekeeping its bad. I order a gift Online for delivering the first day ... Read More
I was invited to assist Seminar at Sea of Royal Caribbean beacuse Im a Travel Agent. In overall the activities onboard are good. The cordinance between Front Desk and Housekeeping its bad. I order a gift Online for delivering the first day and I received the last day. The food at night in the main dining are not good and the buffet in luch is not good at all. The only place that I enjoyed the food was on the Chef Table and I paid $85 per person. My room was very clean and the housekeeping was very friendly. The waiters in Dining Room are very pleasant. The surfrider and the waterslide are awesome, very fun. I reserved a Excusion but when we arrive at St. Marteen was canceled for the weather and the offer us another excursions. I think that Shore Excursions table are need to open early. Its a great cruise and you can have fun with your family. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We booked this trip as a quick recharge vacation. The price for a balcony was perfect and being a re-positioning cruise, there were days at sea where it felt okay to do nothing but catch up on sleep, eat well, and read. We had an overall ... Read More
We booked this trip as a quick recharge vacation. The price for a balcony was perfect and being a re-positioning cruise, there were days at sea where it felt okay to do nothing but catch up on sleep, eat well, and read. We had an overall mixed experience. What was good: -Dining staff and services was fantastic. We ate in Chops and Giovanni and the main dining room and all our waiters were fantastic. The food was great, we left full and happy every night. -Our excursion in St. Marten was wonderful, we did the half day catamaran/snorkeling excursion. The staff was informative, the boat was clean, the company was good and it included lunch and beverages. I would do this again. What we disliked: -The art auction was awful purely because they masked an opportunity for a free piece of art by handing out credit card forms and not explaining what they were doing. It was very shady. I am suspicious of the art sales on board anyway, but this was the first time I had seen this happen and I was horrified at how they were taking advantage of people like that. Awful. -Our room was dated, which was fine, it was clean, however, our bed, which was two twin beds pushed together, would separate at night, we joked that there was a 'pit of despair' in the middle keeping us a part. Annoying more than anything. -Activities and entertainment was okay, but felt light, especially for a trip where most time was spent on the boat. We didn't do much because our dinner time was at a time when most evening activities took place. I think overall, it felt short staffed, but not sure if that is typical for a re-positioning cruise. It was okay. WE slept a lot, worked out, ate and drank which is what we wanted. We were happy to get off after five days though. Longer would have been too long. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We booked a two weeks cruise. The first week was OK, but the second week was a hugh disappointment as the exactly same menus had been offered as during the previous week, as well as the shows in the Lyric theatre, also many activities such ... Read More
We booked a two weeks cruise. The first week was OK, but the second week was a hugh disappointment as the exactly same menus had been offered as during the previous week, as well as the shows in the Lyric theatre, also many activities such as 'sexiest man alive' etc. The food in the main restaurant was just OK as long as you did stick to 'American way cooking'. Whenever you choose a French or Italian dish, you had been completely disappointed. -- Our two waiters Nitesh and Saheb had been extraordinarily kind, efficient and nice. Stateroom was comfortable with a pleasantly large shower (larger than many other ships), however there were no amenities at all (such as q-tips, ouatte, slippers, body lotion, shower cap etc). We also missed a kettle and the minibar was empty. You could only order 'packages' for the minibar. The balcony was quite spacious with two really comfortable chairs and a coffee table. The Adventure of the Seas shows its age but is well maintained and all outlets, WC etc are clean and nicely designed. Activities are typically 'American way' : terribly loud, with lots of shouting of the cruise directors and the guests had to shout back. For an European a real no go but obviousely the many Hispanic guests on the ship did like it. During the 'sea days' we tried the water slides, mini golf, table tennis, hot tubs what had been fun. Excursions through the Ship were completely overpriced - booking through viator.com was much cheaper and much more pleasant as there had been small groups only (minibuses) and not waiting on the pier for 30 minutes in the hot sun until departure of the tours. Shops on the ship did not invite an European for shopping: cheap stuff, but highly priced, nothing interesting, of fashion etc. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Review is from a Diamond Plus Member, staying in a Junior Suite and did not eat in the main Dining Room – used Windjammer, Promenade Café and Room Service. Tip: If you are going to book a Junior Suite – must consider 1102 or 1104 ... Read More
Review is from a Diamond Plus Member, staying in a Junior Suite and did not eat in the main Dining Room – used Windjammer, Promenade Café and Room Service. Tip: If you are going to book a Junior Suite – must consider 1102 or 1104 – as are all new cabins after January dry dock placed on the 11th floor (right next to fitness center) and only 6 cabins in area so completely quiet and larger than normal junior suite accommodations. Room 1106 is not quiet when sitting out on balcony as right next to it is a public area where lots of folks sit and talk in the evenings. Above these rooms are the new (12th Floor cabins w/floor to ceiling windows) and nothing is below these cabins – so very, very quiet. We will always look for these rooms on future cruises. Cruise & Ports – The right balance of cruise days and ports (this was last cruise of the season before repositioning for summer season) with only one other ship in the ports with us. We did not do any excursions as we had been to these ports many times before. Diamond Plus Benefits – no longer can you use the Suite Lounge; only Suite Guests and Pinnacles so makes it much more crowded in the Diamond Lounge; the lounge was OK and the service was at best average as one had to get up and go over to the table to get a drink as waiting on tables seemed to disappear as the cruise went on. We finally began going out to the lounge bar for better drinks and service. This was the most challenged service I’ve encountered on a Diamond Lounge. Drinks in the bars were excellent and the service was top-notch and fun. Food – believe the focus of the cruise line has turned into a “short-order” cook mentality, vice an executive chef and staff – and again was the poorest (being kind here) quality of food I’ve experienced on RCCL. When a staff can mess up Oatmeal you know something is wrong with the food equation…..I will say that we did order room service and the quality of the meal was very good. Our friends who ate in the dining room every night echoed our concerns that RCCL is cutting corners in the quality of the food served across the entire ship. The only Oasis of Quality was the days at sea where we could have lunch (make your own salad) and kraken back to the days of service and overall quality. If only for a brief second…. Cabin – again a fantastic room thanks to RCCL removing space (gym is smaller) to create more revenue generating space by adding cabins. Our cabin steward was new so service was somewhat lacking in delivery (example: put a gift for us in the wrong cabin – and the people staying there sought us out to return it to us) and follow-thru. Wifi – fast and times it had trouble connection, but overall not bad. Hot Tubs in the morning were empty on port days so best time to enjoy and then depart ships after masses have left for events. Overall we enjoyed the cabin and cruise – frequented the casino which was packed every night – but saw 1st hand the declining service model RCCL has adopted for all cruisers and is now affecting the Diamond & Diamond Plus cruisers. Sad really as RCCL is so much better than this if it chooses to do so – but driving up revenue while cutting costs is their motto I’m afraid. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Good: Crew very friendly Cabin attendant was very nice and freshened our cabin each time after we left Tried Giovanni's one night. It was good but not great. We had an excellent server Freddy. I don't think I would go ... Read More
Good: Crew very friendly Cabin attendant was very nice and freshened our cabin each time after we left Tried Giovanni's one night. It was good but not great. We had an excellent server Freddy. I don't think I would go again. I don't see the value Ship was always clean Balcony cabin was large enough, but balcony was weird due to having metal on both sides. I felt closed in. Mdr for breakfast was nice. They did have a buffet in there too Sushi restaurant looked nice, but we rarely saw people eating there Dinner in mdr was just ok. Food was reheated and tough. I know that it's difficult to serve 2000+ people all at once but RCL and other cruise lines have done it in the past. We had a small table in one of the main walk ways. Bad luck for us. Not many selections for dinner in mdr Mdr was closed at lunch, except on the last sea day. Why? Breakfast in mdr was extremely slow, not enough wait staff. One morning we had to wait at least 15 min to be seated. There were empty tables, but not enough staff. Wait staff kept apologizing for the food quality. Bad: Crew always pushing to sell premium restaurants. Water slide, wave runner and Rock wall were only open a few hours. Why have them if they're not open. No show first night Muster drill took to long. All the instructions had to be repeated in multiple languages Food in windjammer repeated after 2 days. Windjammer Closed at 9:30pm .I remember the days when you could have tea and a dessert up until midnight. It seemed that they have cut back on activities during the day on board ship. Water slide, Rock wall and flowrider were only open 3 hours when in Port. No ice carving, just a few dance classes, no nightly trivia contests. Pool was very noisy with movie playing. Went to the adult pool instead. Customs was a mess. People were cutting in line and the staff said there is nothing to be done. Also the baggage Porter line moved 3x faster than the regular check out. Again not fair to the rest of us that didn’t pay extortion. We took a jeeep tour, but had a “person of size” sitting next to me, making it uncomfortable. Staff couldn’t do anything. Overall: It was a good cruise. I probably won’t come back to Rccl,, and choose princess or something nicer. Read Less
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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