Sail Date: November 2018
For a first time we found great interest on this ship due to all it offered which met our expectations and more. The cabin we had gave a panoramic view where we were able to see the water up front and personal, great view at night. ... Read More
For a first time we found great interest on this ship due to all it offered which met our expectations and more. The cabin we had gave a panoramic view where we were able to see the water up front and personal, great view at night. The ship was spectacular and able to walk to the helipad area was a great experience. I even walked there at night and was able to stargaze. (If it was to windy, wouldn't of gotten this opportunity, and did). Unforgettable staff and crew members who gave exceptional service beyond imaginable. Dinner was a whole new level of dining, made you feel like you are a king or queen. Throughout the ship all staff were courteous and respectful as well friendly. Activities available Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We decided to take this ship because it was recently refurbished. I think they did a great job & the ship was beautiful! A few things that were different: you do not have to sign for every drink with the drink package. This is good ... Read More
We decided to take this ship because it was recently refurbished. I think they did a great job & the ship was beautiful! A few things that were different: you do not have to sign for every drink with the drink package. This is good & bad. You dont have to sign, but you can't add additional tips either. They don't have luggage valet to take your luggage to the airport on this ship. We really like that option, especially with a later afternoon flight. We signed up for the shuttle transportation to FLL ($33.50 for 2). We waited in line for 30 minutes & there was no room on the bus for us. We decided to get a Lyft. The Lyft driver arrived before another bus & we were out of the port for $15 including a tip. Don't waste your time or money on the RC Shuttles! The food was good in all locations, Main Dining Room, Windjammer Cafe, Promenade Cafe & specialty restaurants. We bought the 3 meal dining package & ate in Chops Grille twice & Giovanni's another night. Both restaurants were good, but I didnt feel like they were worth the extra money. We didnt get to see every place on the ship, but what we did see was great. We rode the water slides & hung out in the Solarium. This was the first ship that had salt water in the Solarium. There were also lifeguards at all the pools. We've never seen lifeguards before. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. Let's start with the Schooner Bar staff. The Schooner Bar is my absolute favorite spot on any Royal Caribbean ship, and this trip proved to be no different. Alex, Oleks, ... Read More
This was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. Let's start with the Schooner Bar staff. The Schooner Bar is my absolute favorite spot on any Royal Caribbean ship, and this trip proved to be no different. Alex, Oleks, Jeirich, and Jomit were OUTSTANDING. Absolutely the highlight of our trip was spending every evening with them in the Schooner Bar. They were fast, helpful, friendly, and they knew our names by night one of the trip. I will absolutely never forget how incredible they made our trip. Custom drinks, jokes and riddles at the bar, and just an all-around amazing experience. I looked forward to spending my evening with them each night before and after dinner. What an incredible staff that venue has - I hope that our review can be shared with them, as there are no possible words to even BEGIN to thank them for everything they did for us that week. My boyfriend (now fiance) and I got engaged on the first night of the trip, and Alex surprised me at the end of the week with a rose he made from a napkin, and it was BEAUTIFUL. Seriously. We were beyond lucky to meet these individuals, and I hope everyone who cruises on that ship in the future has the opportunity to meet that bar team. We managed to find Oleks also working the Pool Bar and the Quest Game Show, and he made sure to also take extra care of us while in other venues. I cannot say enough kind things about these individuals because they're just that fantastic. They kept us loaded up with trail mix snacks, and created many shots for us that they made up or were practicing. Many of my best memories from this trip were with the Schooner Bar staff - Specifically Alex, Jeirich, Oleks and Jomit. Now let's talk about Giovanni, the Schooner Bar performer for the week. HE WAS AWFUL. Again, I spend the majority of my time in the Schooner Bar, and we had to listen to him every. single. night. HE DIDN'T KNOW THE WORDS TO ANYTHING. I wish I was kidding. He made up the words to almost every song if he didn't know it, and then sang those songs every single night with DIFFERENT WORDS. I was done with him from night one. There was one night where he pretended that the original performer of the song he was about to sing just got on the ship and had full conversations with himself pretending to talk to them and then sing in their voices... it was just awful. I would be extremely unhappy to have to sit through more performances of his on any other trip. No one in our party enjoyed it. We ate dinner in the main dining room every night, and had the pleasure of having Maurice and Ajay (Sapphire Dining, Deck 3, Table 128 every night). Our wait staff was a BLAST! We had a great time getting to know them both. Ajay has SUCH a personality and was a joy to talk to at dinner each night. He always kept us full and laughing. We didn't see Maurice as much, but had some great conversations with him when we did. Kareem from the Cruise Director's staff was also awesome! He did a great job with trivia, and befriended us a bit later in the trip. We had a blast participating in activities with Kareem, Isaac, Tami, Sarah and Kelly! They were all fantastic. We did the Rum Tour in Puerto Rico, and honestly hated everything about it. It was an absolutely waste of money. They took us across the street from the port to a restaurant, gave us a 20 minute run-down of Bacardi, made us a tiny drink (choice of rum & coke, Pina Colada or Mojito) in a small plastic cup, gave us a shot of VERY harsh rum, and then called it a day. The tour guide was nice, but the tour wasn't a tour and NOT worth $38. We also did the jet ski tour in Labadee, and I would MORE than recommend this tour to anyone interested. We had the most amazing time! I have never been on a jet ski before, and I could have zipped around those blue waters all day. It was an incredible experience! The ONLY issue I had this week was with Guest Relations onboard. I book every trip through my travel agent, and did so again with this trip. When we didn't receive the bottle when we arrives (but our friend who traveled with us did - she booked through my agent, as well), I went to Guest Relations and spoke with a representative, and she couldn't have been more rude through the entire conversation. When I asked if we were getting the champagne, her response was "Well "insert my travel agent group here" makes a lot of empty promises and I don't see anything in your account about it." I responded with "I'm asking because the friend we are traveling with got her bottle when she first got to her stateroom and she booked through my agent, as well, so that's a bit strange. This is my seventh cruise and I have received it every time, so I just wanted to check." She then checked my friend's account and said "Well I don't know how your friend got it because there isn't anything in her account either." She then looked at me and said "I'll give you a bottle from my department, but you need to understand that you're in no way entitled to it." That statement made me BEYOND angry. I in no way thought that I was entitled to it - I was just asking what had happened, and her response was uncalled for an beyond rude. I then said thank you and walked away, and the bottle arrived in our room that evening. For someone who works for Guest Relations, she could have been much nicer about the situation. By adding her line about being entitled, she made both myself and my fiance extremely angry and upset. It was just very mean and disrespectful. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We loved this itinerary - 13 relaxing days along the eastern shores of Canada/New England to take in the fall foliage; however, Mother Nature had other plans! Needless to say, we were disappointed to learn that the ship would not be ... Read More
We loved this itinerary - 13 relaxing days along the eastern shores of Canada/New England to take in the fall foliage; however, Mother Nature had other plans! Needless to say, we were disappointed to learn that the ship would not be docking in Sydney, NS as planned and therefore, our Taste of the Cabot Trail excursion was cancelled. We had a few other disappointments - Royal rescheduled our booked and paid-for Bottomless champagne brunch and galley tour to a date that conflicted with another shore excursion so we had to cancel. Luckily we were reimbursed. I'd love to write about our experience at Chops Grill, but Royal again moved our reservation without informing us - so we missed it. Luckily I had printed our cruise planner itinerary because Royal staff insisted at first that the mistake was ours and therefore non-refundable. They apologized once they realized the mistake was indeed theirs! Despite these mishaps, we had a wonderful vacation! Our cabin was spacious and well laid out - never had an issue with space. The furnishings are showing some age, but that's to be expected. Our cabin steward, Mary, was terrific and so friendly! Our room was conveniently one floor below the Windjammer - and you'd never know it - we never heard any kitchen noise. I can't comment too much on the Windjammer - we hardly ate there. Our cruise was made up largely of older folks - no problem with that - but we learned they wake early which meant breakfast there was always busy and finding a table difficult. Do yourself a favour and head to the Dining Room on the 3rd floor - much more civilized! And speaking of the Dining Room, we chose to eat there every night and we were never disappointed. That's probably because our Wait-staff (Jose, Helga and Josue) were amazing - we looked forward to our dining experience. And we thoroughly enjoyed the meals - a lot of variety which meant we were never disappointed with our selections. Our belts are a little tighter then when we first arrived on board! Loved the Promenade - from the bar to the cafe and most especially Izumi! We signed up for a sushi-making class with Renni, Virgilio and chef Jefery and loved every minute of it - we had so much fun! That might have been, in part, due to the unlimited supply of sake! Shows and entertain were fun - we went skating, then watched the ice show (how the skaters put on an A+ performance on such limited ice space is beyond us)! Late night entertainment was great - especially Jimmy Hopper (a must-see show!). We loved our cruise, and there were so many people we didn't mention - including fellow travellers we met along the way, they all helped to make our cruise an enjoyable one! In fact, we loved cruising with Royal so much, we pre-booked a New Year's cruise for 2019-20! Can't wait to come back! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I'd chosen this cruise for our 41st wedding anniversary and planned it 10 months in advance. Everything was paid for, but I was still worried about hubby's mobility issues. Fortunately, RC gave me information on the vendor they ... Read More
I'd chosen this cruise for our 41st wedding anniversary and planned it 10 months in advance. Everything was paid for, but I was still worried about hubby's mobility issues. Fortunately, RC gave me information on the vendor they use to rent electric scooter or wheelchairs. Hubby, however, refused. RC put us in a spacious, handicapped-accessible inside cabin near the elevator. Everyone from the boarding person and room housekeeper were very helpful and efficient. Dinner that first night on-board was great, as were the four other people we dined with. The food, and I'm a very picky eater, was very good - especially the creme broullie for dessert. But the first morning of the actual cruise, hubby's hand swelled up like a claw. The ship's clinic took basic blood tests and xray, put him on an antiobiotic drip, gave him pain meds, and then released him. The RC nurse phoned us to make sure he was feeling better. The pain killers weren't working. When we docked in Bar Harbor, Maine, RC's ship clinic doctor made arrangements for us to disembark and get driven to the Mt. Desert Island Hospital -- quite a scary name, right? But it turned out to be a real life saver. After doing an ultrasound, though, the hospital's orthopedic doc told us we could not return to the ship because we still lacked a diagnosis. The client care staff on board RC packed our suitcases and had their wonderful liason, Captain Ron, get me settled in the hotel across the street from the hospital. He was truly such a Godsend. The hotel had no available rooms left, so they gave me a suite at the same price. After a couple of days in the hospital and a diagnosis that hubby had experienced an adverse reaction to the Eloquist blood-thinner he was taking, we were back on our feet. Did I mention I also wound up in ER for stress-related causes? THANK GOODNESS WE HAD TRAVEL INSURANCE THROUGH TRAVEL GUARD FOR BOTH THE CRUISE, FLIGHTS, AND LODGING! That's another story. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a unique opportunity for us to experience a cruise ship outside of the Caribbean. The itinerary sounded intriguing, so we booked it in late December 2017. Good thing, as we were told the cruise had sold out. We took the Amtrak ... Read More
This was a unique opportunity for us to experience a cruise ship outside of the Caribbean. The itinerary sounded intriguing, so we booked it in late December 2017. Good thing, as we were told the cruise had sold out. We took the Amtrak train from our home town (Washington, DC) to the Liberty International Airport station, then grabbed a free hotel shuttle from there. It was raining when we arrived, so we opted to have dinner in instead of exploring the city. Getting to the cruise port at Cape Liberty, NJ the next day was just a quick Uber ride from our airport hotel. Tip: be sure to have your luggage tagged with the cruise line tags before you leave for the port - once you get to the curb at the terminal, the valets are there ready to take your bags immediately. We found the entire check-in process to be orderly, well-organized and efficient. The terminal had a nice (large) waiting area set up with coffee and water while we waited for the gangway to open. We were on board the ship by 11am and immediately began enjoying this beautiful ship. The stateroom (ocean view balcony) was lovely - plenty of room for two, and we loved being on the 8th deck ("3 decks away from everything" was our motto). There were two elevators being renovated during our cruise, and the ship was full - so we ended up using the stairs quite a bit (which was good to help us burn off some of the delicious food!). We mostly ate in the Windjammer (buffet on Deck 11). This ship has a bar in the windjammer, and we had the beverage package so it was easy to grab a shot of Bailey's in our coffee whenever we wanted. This was great, except when we were in port in Canada - the authorities only allowed one bar per deck to be open - so we had to run over to the pool bar. The Royal Caribbean orchestra, singers and dancers were spectacular! So much quality entertainment - everywhere you go, there's a great live band playing - but not so loud that you can't enjoy a conversation with your travel mates or new friends. Only negative on this cruise was the port support at Quebec. We were told this was the first time this ship had docked in Quebec, and the port seemed to be completely unprepared for the ship. They had stacked metal storage containers up on the dock, and jury-rigged a gangway from Deck 4 over to a stack of 2 storage containers, then down to a single storage container, and finally to the dock. This was far too steep for most of the seniors and folks with mobility issues, and lacked an overall feeling of professionalism we encountered at every other port of call. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. ... Read More
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. The staff were all gracious and helpful. Our stops were Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, & Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Bar Horbor took a bus tour around Acadia National Forest. The guide was fantastic.... We got to stop a couple of times to check out the views.... a nice excursion for people that don’t want to go on a hike. We ate in the formal dining room every night. Our waiters were attentive and very nice. The meals were good. Portions have gotten a bit smaller but we never left hungry. I would stay away from the steak that is on the menu every night. The specialty steaks, Steak Diane, filets, & the prime rib were all fantastic. The Windjammer is always good for breakfast and lunch. The bistro on the promenade is handy to grab a slice of pizza or a sandwich. Our room steward, Noroni, did a great job keeping the room clean and the ice bucket filled. My husband and I had a balcony room and my Mother and daughter an interior room across the hall. Their room had a big window overlooking the Promenade. A warning though is that in the evening it was pretty loud with music and entertainment. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This is our 10th+ cruise with RC (we have cruised NCL and Carnival several times as well). RC is our favorite cruise line due to service, food, overall experience and drink options. Embarking and disembarking are a breeze in NJ. That ... Read More
This is our 10th+ cruise with RC (we have cruised NCL and Carnival several times as well). RC is our favorite cruise line due to service, food, overall experience and drink options. Embarking and disembarking are a breeze in NJ. That particular port is within driving distance for us in PA, which makes it nice. We always opt to park at the port parking lot as it is so safe/convenient (the exception to this is NY because the price is crazy). This is our first time on this specific ship but we have sailed on Explorer of the Seas several times and enjoy the size/class of this ship. Here is a breakdown of our thoughts on Adventure of the Seas. Drinks: The drink package with RC is the absolute best! We are big drinkers on vacation and have checked out drink packages on NCL and Carnival. There is no daily limit (# of drinks you can have before you are cut off), almost all drinks are covered in the package (menu is not geared to get a few bucks out of you each drink) and the bartenders cater to you regardless! Starbucks coffee and Johnny Rockets shakes are included in the package - it is truly inclusive and that makes this girl happy! We loved all of the bartenders - prompt and friendly service. The Champagne Bar was our favorite based on the staff there and the drink selections. They had specialty martinis and the best premium booze options too. Overall, we felt the drink menus lacked creativity but we managed! Food: We purchased the 4 specialty dining package. We love specialty dining on all of the ships/cruise lines. We enjoy the service and food quality. You are receiving a $100+ meal for a fraction of the cost. We ate at the main dining room once, the sushi place (additional $) once and the buffet once for dinner. All were great! The tutti salad bar on at sea days are also a favorite. The hot buffet with the salad bar was great! I love Indian food and they always had chicken curry! Desserts need to be improved on RC but that has been the case for YEARS so just know that going in and you'll be fine. You don't have to save room for dessert...simple! Entertainment: Spotty. The comedy shows were just too late for us. The Jackpot show was off. The singers couldn't actually sing, the wigs were TERRIBLE. Dancing was great but some of the outfits were just bad. Spending 15 minutes at any of the shows was plenty for us. Love & Marriage show is ALWAYS fun but RC, please change up your questions! They have been the same since we started cruising. This cruise had a ton of great trivia. We normally skip these events but they had a bunch related to music that ended up being pretty fun. More daytime activities would be great. Casino: Fun! Great group of staff members and cruise mates! Cruise mates: People on this ship were great fun! I enjoyed dancing at the nightclub a few evenings. There was a large Autism at Sea group that was well organized and attended. Ports: This was not an exciting itinerary but we obviously knew that in advance. Coco Cay is always fun. We saw lots of sea life (sand sharks / stingray) and a few iguanas, which is always cool. Room/etc.: I will say, our room attendant has ALWAYS been amazing on every cruise line and especially RC. The one we had on this cruise was not that great. He left items from the cruise prior to ours in the vanity (medicine - hi Larry....sorry you left your inhaler etc. behind....I threw it, your bag of pills etc. away and we kept the pepto bismol...lol), a sock was stuck behind a drawer and the phone and knob to flush the toilet was all dusty / icky. The walls and ceiling had gunk on it too so that was a bit gross. Some of the hand sani stations were empty (more than one throughout the cruise) as well. General thoughts: Do your research. You can spend as much or as little while on a cruise. There are things that cost extra money but it is your choice to utilize them. Have fun! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Just returned from our cruise on AOS to Florida and Bahamas. We are a family of 4 - me, husband, and 2 teenage sons 16, and 14. This was our 5th cruise with RC after previously sailing on Liberty in 2008 for our 10th anniversary, then ... Read More
Just returned from our cruise on AOS to Florida and Bahamas. We are a family of 4 - me, husband, and 2 teenage sons 16, and 14. This was our 5th cruise with RC after previously sailing on Liberty in 2008 for our 10th anniversary, then Freedom, Oasis and Allure over the years. We have been very happy with all our previous RC experiences and this one met and even exceeded our previous cruises in some ways. We initially thought of sailing on Harmony out of FL, but then chose this ship because it left from Bayonne, NJ and was recently refurbished adding the water slides. Being from the Philadelphia area meant we could get to the ship in 90 minutes and save tons of money on airfare so we went for it. I was concerned we would miss some of the amazing features the larger ships have (Central park, Water theater, 2 flowriders, Dazzles, etc) but while those are awesome, we didn't really miss them as much as I thought! The biggest thing on this ship that was such a positive experience for us was the people. As to be expected, many of our fellow passengers were from New York (many from Long Island), New Jersey, New England and some from Philly. The ones we encountered and connected with were just so positive, cool and FUN! Some of our most fun happened in the Duck and Dog Pub with Carlo playing songs and the whole crowd singing along at the top of our lungs ("Alice Next door", and "American Pie" were song favorites!) and dancing in the Viking Lounge late night with other guests. The Quest adult game on this show was the best we've ever experienced on any ship mainly because of the guests - Everyone got so into the silliness of it to an extreme we never saw before! My husband loves the adult sport competitions like volleyball and dodgeball and these were hugely popular with passengers of all adult ages and very well attended on this ship...and highly competitive! Maybe its a carry over from the competitiveness of the professional sports teams in our area of the country but one of the crew members mentioned these games were some of the best they've ever seen. A huge bonus this cruise was that my sons made friends with kids their ages the first night at the teen dodgeball event, and they roamed with them the entire week at different RC teen events or making their own fun. In fact, I rarely sat with our kids except at our mandatory family dinner in the MDR. They and their friends were everywhere together and because many kids didn't use their phones on the ship (we don't do the internet - chance to unplug!!) they actually TALKED and formed friendships fast as the week went along. Now that we're home they are still all engaging with each other, and planning a "reunion". That's priceless. Basically, we've learned that beyond the ships appearance or the food in the MDR, the best experiences and memories come from the people (both crew and passengers) and atmosphere we surround ourselves with throughout the week, and this ship left us with some of the best memories out of all our RC cruises. After a day or so on a cruise, we find we see some of the same people over and over again (no matter what size ship we're on) because we tend to run on the same wavelength - from attitude to experiences we enjoy - and that happened again this cruise. Birds of a feather... Pre cruise: Bayonne is easy, organized and has convinced us we'll be sailing from here as much as possible. Got there at 9:30 am, dumped our luggage, and parked. If your organized and have all your documentation ready ahead of time, the check in process is at most 10 minutes. Posed for the standard precruise photo with the ship picture and stats which we always buy, and sat and waited til the ship was ready to board. They announced boarding would begin at 11:30, but at 10:30 they announced since the ship was ready and we were good to go! We ate at Cafe Promenade and toured the ship. My kids always pack their swimsuits in a backpack, so they were on the Flowrider as soon as it opened. Cabins ready around 1pm. Ship appearance/features: Clean, and beautiful. Freshly painted in many areas, public bathrooms clean, smelled great everywhere, absolutely no issues. Crew is constantly cleaning. CONSTANTLY. To us, it felt like a slightly compact version of Liberty or Freedom and we liked it! The kids thought they'd miss Sorrentos Pizza- which is separate restaurant on the bigger ships - but it wasn't a big deal as the cruise went along. I did miss the Solarium Bistro/Park Cafe that we had on Oasis/Allure, but it wasn't a make or break thing for me. The Cafe Promenade has pizza and boys grabbed it there along with all the other sandwiches, desserts, etc. The Lyric theater looked basically like the other theaters, as did the Royal Promenade, Windjammer, Pool/Sports deck and MDR. Again, everything was just a little smaller than Liberty or Freedom but not noticeable enough that you feel the losses. All ships feel "crowded" the first day or so because so many people don't know where to go. Since we've been on several, I know the lower outer decks are often undiscovered at the start of the week and I had coffee and my book on deck 4 gazing at the ocean without one other human being there for several days. By the end of the week others joined me out there with many saying they wish they knew about it at the start of the week. As the week goes along, no matter what ship we've been on, people find their spots and favorite locations and then there's whole areas that are uncrowded. Deck chairs seem to be an ongoing complaint on all ships, but there were plenty, and you could find one, just maybe not in your chosen spot. There is a sun deck above the top pool bar area that had at least 200 chaise lounges that were often empty all day! If you don't mind the full blast of the sun, then there were plenty of places to lay out. To put it simply, if you want a chaise lounger in a premier chosen spot (in shade or near the kids area, or the Solarium) then get there early because 87 people also want that exact chaise lounger in that chosen spot. And they'll fight you to get there first. Survival of the fittest. Cabins: We had 2 interior cabins (deck 9) side by side - 1 or us and 1 for the boys. Worked out perfectly. Interior was nice, with recently updated rug. I actually felt like we had more storage in this cabin than on other bigger ships because they kept the cabinets during the refurbishment and there seemed to be more storage in them. Bed was great, bathroom standard RC bathroom. No complaints. We had a balcony on Liberty which was beautiful, but since then we just get an interior to save money since we never are in our rooms except to shower and sleep. Literally. We loved our cabin attendant, who was out every morning and every evening, who worked extremely hard and did a great job. We had 4 bottles of wine we could bring on board because we had 2 cabins, and just grabbed wine glasses from Schooner bar or room service. Meals: We did not do any premium dining at the restaurants, and this worked out fine for us. We ate at Chops and some of the other places on previous cruises, and they were great, but this time we kept it simple and stayed in the MDR. We ate all dinners in the MDR and other meals at Windjammer and snacks at Cafe Promenade. MDR: We did the My Time Dining as we had our sons' activities we wanted to work around. I booked reservations ahead of time online and they ranged from 5:30 to 7:45 on various days. We always see how the servers are the first night, and if we like them we request them every night for our reservation time. Rakesh and Roana were awesome, for me a nice combination of friendliness and professionalism, and we had them every night but one because we changed our time last minute and their section was full. We got Wilfredo and Adrian that night and they were awesome. The head waiter seemed concerned we moved servers and stopped by to ask if we were ok. Twice. Explained it was just a timing thing, and not personnel and he was visibly relieved. We think the food is pretty good. Some entrees we liked better than others depending on what we each picked, but food is subjective. The Ahi tuna was amazing and a pleasant surprise. My husband turned lobster night in surf and turf by ordering lobster tails and the NY strip. Then asked for additional tails. It was all the proper temperature, and portion sizes are perfect. Not too big or small. My husband and kids often ordered several entrees because they couldn't decide. I think most nights my sons had 3 apps, and 2 entrees and 2 desserts. No one left hungry or disappointed the whole cruise. We were in the MDR for both formal nights, a nice experience - I would not miss this. Some are in black tie, some are in suits, some in the same attire as every other night. We dress up because it's not something we get to do too much at home and we like getting pictures as they are our favorite souvenirs. We celebrated our 20th anniversary the second formal night and the staff sang to us and brought out a special dessert. Very sweet and kind. Windjammer: We ate here for everything else except dinner. Breakfast is amazing. Constantly see reviewers complain and say the options never change for breakfast day to day, but that leaves out a key detail that there are at least 150 options to eat for breakfast available every day! It's not like its only 5 things over and over. Every type of breakfasty meat option - pork sausage, chicken sausage, ham, then salmon, etc, eggs made to order as omelets or any other style you can imagine, ethnic breakfast options that rotated (Indian egg creations, Mexican too), potatoes in various forms, European breakfast options (muesli, and yogurts, etc), Carb creations galore (a variety of pancake options, french toast, etc), cereals, tons of fruit, muffins/Danishes/scones. That's only half of it. We thought it was fantastic. My husband and I often missed the lunch hours and instead did "tea" from 3-4 which was a smaller crowd but tons of great food choices and healthy salads, etc. This worked out great on days we had a later dinner and we always had a window seat to enjoy the view. Nighttime Entertainment: Every cruise for us has been different in where we choose to spend our time after dinner. Since our kids were MIA most nights til their 1am ship curfew, we spent a lot of time at the Duck and Dog Pub singing with Carlo, cocktails and dancing at the Viking Lounge and the different special events like Quest, 80's party, Silent Dance (Everyone wears headphones and dances to their own music choice. Wasn't sure what to expect but we loved it!)) Adult karaoke was popular in the Imperial lounge as well as various game shows. We saw the first headliner comedian who was awesome, but this time didn't do the other Lyric shows. Ice show in Studio B continues to amaze from ship to ship. Outstanding. Service: Like the comedian said one night the crew deserves reverence and awe to which the audience cheered loudly. He reminded us that most of the crew does not get a single day off for 7-9 months straight. Not one day off, and they continue to do their job with a smile, patience and warm conversation to all who pass by them. If you take 10 minutes to ask them about their day or their lives (which we do) you will learn many leave their spouses, or their children with family back home, in order to financially provide for them at a level they simply can't do in their home country. Many have tattoos of their children's names to remind them of why they are working so hard. They work tirelessly and continue to be polite and kind even when passengers were less so to them. Passengers can be messy and do things with dishes and glasses and trash on a ship that they would never do at home simply because they're on vacation. And then imagine what drunk ones are like. Again the staff tirelessly picked up after people behaving poorly. Ports: We didn't get off at Port Canaveral but opted to stay on the ship. Tons went to NASA but we decided to relax and hang out. Coco Cay was beautiful as always. They started a new system for tendering starting at 8:30am. You went to Deck 11 to get a tendering number (First come first serve) and then you left for the tenders when your number was called. Very easy and organized. No lines. We plopped ourselves on chaise lounges at the beach and everyone ran around doing what they want - mainly snorkeling in the pristine water. Stingrays, and all sorts of fish were spotted. Lunch on the island was awesome from build your own burgers to 5 spice chicken, roasted pig on a spit, seafood, gyros, and about ten salads of all kinds. Cookies laying around too and other desserts. We were one of the first tenders over and did the last tender back to stretch out our day there. Paradise. Nassau - We did the Blue Lagoon Beach day excursion which we did before on another ship. Loved it. Beautiful beach and water. Explored the whole little island with hidden beaches and scenic spots, and dolphin habitat. Lunch was great there too. Excursions are always chaotic getting off the ship and to the right spot. Especially with 4 other big ships there from other lines. The first cruise we took I was freaking out worried about the crowds and dismayed at the organization system for excursions once off the boat, but by now we just go with the flow. It always works out and they get you where to need to go...maybe not at the pace I'm used to back at home, but it gets done so "When in Rome...". Getting off the ship was easy and uneventful and we were in the car and driving home within 30 minutes. We are loyal to Royal. Have been given no reason to try other cruise lines. They meet our price point, and provide experiences, itineraries, and memories we all enjoy cherish. Already looking into our next one. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
We set sail on August 3rd 2018 out of Cape Liberty. Getting on board literally took only a half hour, it was pretty seamless. The service in the dining room, windjammer, rooms, and everywhere else was excellent! I would so go on this ... Read More
We set sail on August 3rd 2018 out of Cape Liberty. Getting on board literally took only a half hour, it was pretty seamless. The service in the dining room, windjammer, rooms, and everywhere else was excellent! I would so go on this cruise again! Getting off was very quick and easy too, especially since they were ahead of schedule on most days! On our final day one of our family members stepped on a piece of glass, and the doctors handled the incident nicely, not giving any charge. Pros: - great service - lots of things for people of all ages to do - promanade - food was pretty good - even though the ship was old, it did not feel old - the ship was a great size, not too big, not too small. - entertainment was good Cons: - finding a chair proved to be difficult, especially since one side smells like cigarette smoke (going onto the running track deck, there are more chairs up there) - Windjammer closed a little too early, it closed at 9, and I found myself wanting something to eat later in the night! Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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