588 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - ... Read More
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - especially the Lighthouse stop in Halifax, the Halifax Garedens, the Harbor walk in St John that we did on our own and Trolley Car tour we did in Portland. Traveled with 6 couples and enjoyed eating togething in the dining room for dinner. The food could have been a little better. The staff was very friendly - lots of smiles and help. Pool area was well maintained and I had no problem finding a chair. But there was smoking on one side which I avoided. The Caribbean music was really good and definitely put me in the vacation mood. We really had a great time and a wonderful week at sea. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a smile or nod of the head or say have a nice day sir. There were times we would end up having a nice conversation with a crew member. Our room attendant was great and kept our bath room squeaky clean. Our 2 dinning room attendants were excellent,they both deserve a 10. Bottom line we had a good experience with the crew members. I also must mention that our experience with the service desk was good and they did their best to address an issue. Even though the ship is 17 years old, what was visible RC seems to make an effort to maintain the ship. We sailed on the ship in 2002, now with the Flow Rider and water slides it perks up the ship with more things to do, not just the pools and hot tubs. The only issue we had was the dirty windows below the top railing on our balcony. I should have asked our cabin attendant about getting them cleaned, but I didn't. The issue is; if you are sitting in chair looking out, your eye sight is almost even with the top railing blocking your view so you have tendency to look down thru the dirty glass. This may seem minor, but we paid for a balcony and the glass should be kept clean. We were a party of 4 and were seated at a table for 4 directly across from a serving station next to entrance to the dinning room, high traffic area. Bottom line that table should not have been there in first place. We asked to have our seating moved to another table and were told there were no other tables available but they would see what they could do. To make a long story short I went to the service desk and asked for their help, another empty table was found for 5. The service was good and overall appearance of the dining room was good. So far as the food, it was ok in the main dinning room. Nightly entertainment was ok, but I must say the ice show was great. Our experience at Coco Cay was good, we checked out the entire area, quite large but they have tram's to take you around. We just hung out at beach area. But I think it will be great once the new pier is finished and new attractions are finished, hopefully by spring of 2019. We booked a catamaran cruise thru RC "Seahorse", don't waste your money if you want to sail, did no sailing was under power the whole cruise. Atlantis Hotel water park is great but pricey and expect to take about 20 minute tour of the grounds when you arrive before getting to water park area. Bottom line, we had a good time, but sailed on the Anthem several years ago and sorry we did not sail on Anthem this time. Once you sail on newer ships, there is no turning back. For this cruise we could drive to the ship and did not have the extra costs to fly & hotel as in the past to sail on Allure and Harmony, but its worth it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My husband and I enjoy cruising multiple times a year. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity and second favorite is Royal. We live in NY, and every August like to do a no fly cruise. We decided to try the Adventure of the seas for a ... Read More
My husband and I enjoy cruising multiple times a year. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity and second favorite is Royal. We live in NY, and every August like to do a no fly cruise. We decided to try the Adventure of the seas for a change as we like the itinerary. We usually go to Bermuda, which is very hot-but a pretty island. Boarding the ship was a breeze, we boarded before 11:00 AM. Disembarkation was also easy. The ship was in recent dry dock and some of the public areas were upgraded. Compared to the Oasis class ships, small and missing some of the "bells and whistles". The ship has three specialty restaurants. Izumi, Chops and Giovanni's table. Also a Johnny Rockets. We enjoyed Chops, Giovanni's and Johnny Rockets. Since we had an unlimited dining plan, we ate nightly either in Chops or Giovanni's. We were in a suite, but this ship didn't have a suite dining room. You could have a cooked to order breakfast daily in Giovanni's if you were in a suite. We were in an owners suite. It was very nice and comfortable. Our cabin attendant Johnnychan was excellent. The cabin had relatively new carpet and the couch was redone- but things like the bathroom mirror needed re-silvering- so not everything in the cabin was updated. However we had plenty of storage and the bed was comfortable. We were under the pool and one night we were awakened by loud noise- sounded like they were using a power saw from about 2:00 AM for about one hour. That was horrible, we reported it and it never happened again. Another issue was that three of the public elevators were not working during most of the cruise. I had read before that this apparently is an ongoing problem and not permanently fixed. Hopefully it will be soon. We saw a few of the shows and they were entertaining, especially a very funny comedian on I believe the third night. We skipped the ice show on this cruise- but heard it was very good. We enjoyed the specialty dining- and didn't try the MDR. Service overall was excellent. The bar server in the adult lounge Migel remebered our names and what we liked to drink. The suite concierge, Sucel, was also excellent as she contacted us prior to the cruise and helped with any special requests. Had a wash and blow style at the salon and the hairdresser did a very good job. We stayed on the ship in Orlando as we have been to Disney and the other sights many times and just wanted to enjoy the amenities of the ship. We really enjoyed CocoCay and had a nice Cabana. They served a very good barbecue lunch also. We also enjoyed Nassau. We orginally had a beach day scheduled- but cancelled. 5 Ships were in that day and the port was mobbed. We decided to walk around the town then back on board to enjoy the ship. The ship had the usual activities including Trivia and the Love and Marriage Game. Also the Belly flop competition and other similar events. We loved Boleros for dancing and easy music listening. They ship also had some evening parties. Also the Schooner bar a funny piano player he was great. The cruise director Hello Clo was great- she is talented and funny. The ship had many kids on it and they seemed to really enjoy the camp. Shops had the usual assortment of jewelry and souvenirs. We didn't use the casino as it was extremely smoky. That is a great reason to sail on Celebrity as they do not allow smoking in the Casino. They also sold and had the "art" auctions- not our thing. The photographers were very good and the staff friendly. Wifi service was fair- but sometimes slow. We felt that the service was first rate on this ship- Might consider sailing on her again- but perhaps when the ship is less crowded and school is in. If we aren't sailing with kids- Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society level along with handicap boarding assistance. Directions to the Cape Liberty Cruise Port is available on their website along with details on parking and parking fees. As we drove up to the port we followed the line of vehicles and were directed to a numbered spot to drop-off checked baggage. Once our bags were checked, my passengers entered the cruise port building and I was able to park in the parking garage next to the cruise port building. Note if you don’t get there early the parking garage may be full and you’ll be directed to open, overflow parking lots unless you have a handicap hang-tag. The cruise port opens at 10:30 am for passengers to begin boarding. You can arrive earlier than your check-in time if it’s later than 10:30 am. As of August 2018, parking for a 7-night cruise cost $140.00. I packed a 6 pack of water. The water bottles were about 16.9 ounces each and I kept them wrapped in the wrap I bought them in. I had no issues bringing them onboard in unlocked, checked luggage. (Six bottles of Evian water were available onboard for $15.00 at the bar, but didn’t include delivery to your room. Beforehand the cruise line wanted $40 to have 6 bottles of water delivered to your stateroom.) The only issue we had was that we had to have our pictures taken again even though we submitted pictures during the online check-in process. The pictures uploaded side-ways, so we had to have them re-taken. Accommodations: I stayed in an aft-facing, oceanview balcony on the 9th deck. The rooms seem smaller than on the Oasis class ships, but they’ve been recently refurbished and look pretty good. There was plenty of storage in the cabin and the closet was almost a walk-in closet with upper and available lower hanging rods and shelves along one of the sides. The bathroom space was okay, but the shower was a little small. However, the shower had sliding oval doors, no curtain. There were shelves behind one of the mirror portions surrounding the sink and a shelf below the sink. Gentle bar soap was provided. Combination shampoo/conditioner was provided in the shower. There was an outlet for shavers in the ceiling of the sink surround. The room itself had a long desk/vanity area with lots of storage shelves and drawers, a tv and refrigerator. The refrigerator was empty already when we got onboard, so there was no need to request that it be emptied. Most of the electrical outlets were along the wall between the vanity mirror and desk. I purchased a night-light/USB charger at 5 and Below which worked well in one of the vanity outlets. I don’t believe there were any outlets near the bed. There was a full-length mirror across from the vanity between the bathroom and sofa. The room contained two twin beds, a couch that I don’t believe converted into a bed and a chair. The balcony was larger than a standard balcony on the ship. It was triangular and had one lounger, two chairs and a table. Overall, the room was the perfect size for a couple. Dining: We mainly ate breakfast in the Main Dining Room. All the breakfast food I tried there was really good. They even had a buffet set-up there, even on departure day. We ate in the Windjammer twice for breakfast. It was a little crowded, but there were no lines to get in. The food was good there as well. I just wish they had an Asian food section. We mainly ate lunch in the Windjammer or on the Promenade. We ate lunch in the Main Dining Room once. All the food was good. I liked being able to get a hamburger and fries in the Windjammer and order a can of Coke to go with it, with no hassle about buying a drink package. They even provided a glass of ice with my Coke. The pizza on the Promenade was excellent. It wasn’t greasy at all. I also got a medium, chocolate chip cookie dough waffle cone at Ben & Jerry’s on the Promenade. The Ben & Jerry’s location is perfect and the waffle cone was so good. We ate dinner in the main dining room. The food in the dining room ranged from okay to excellent and the waiters went out of their way to make the dining experience memorable. When we first arrived onboard the food was okay, but improved greatly. We were able to order salmon, baked potato and mixed vegetables a day ahead of time for dinner. So, don’t be afraid to let your wait staff know what food you like. They will probably be able to accommodate your request. Onboard Activities: There was a rock-climbing wall, two water slides and a wave rider along with other activities. I didn’t do any of these activities though. I chilled during sea days and had excursions planned for every port. I’m going to lump the photos in with onboard activities because, again, it definitely sucked up a lot of our time. I purchased a 15 prints package online beforehand and put it on my mother’s room. My mother also purchased a photo-book. First, the refurbishment added touch-screen kiosks throughout the photo area which worked well. We did need assistance finding photos we knew were missing from our accounts, but there is a photo-finder menu option on the kiosks. Now there was an issue with printing the 15 photos from both my account and my mother’s account because we were in separate rooms. But, the photo manager finally agreed to add 7 photos from my cabin to my mother’s cabin. This should have been a no brainer since we had purchased 2 photo products. But, the photo manager wanted to rigidly stick to the policy that pictures from another cabin of adults not in the cabin that the photo package is on can’t be added to the photo package even though I paid for the package. Finally, in the end, they were added. Excursions: The ports of call were Port Canaveral, Florida; Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island and Nassau, Bahamas. We went to Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. It’s a kid friendly museum with exhibits and air conditioning. There are about 6 floors and an elevator for those with mobility issues. There’s a gift shop and café on the first floor. (I got an ice cream bar at the café.) I rented a beach bungalow ahead of time for the day in Coco Cay. The bungalow was nice and provided shade. The bungalow area was pretty quiet. It came with two mat floats and a cooler of 4 Evian bottled waters. Towels were available from the concierge desk. I went snorkeling off of the beach, swimming and used a blow-up float that I brought. You can order lunch ahead of time to be delivered to your bungalow. Lunch was good and you could order more food at the concierge desk. Overall, the beach bungalow was great. We went to Atlantis at Nassau and did the Atlantis Aquaventure. Atlantis is beautiful, clean and the lazy river (that’s not so lazy) and water slides were amazing. I normally don’t like public pools and water slides, but I love Atlantis. Just know that the property is huge, so there’s a lot of walking to get to the water slides and lazy river. I got over 18,000 steps the day I went. I went to the spa on one of the sea days and used the complimentary steam room. The steam room and sauna are complimentary on Adventure of the Seas, which is not normally the case on Royal Caribbean’s ships. The steam room and sauna are located in the locker rooms on the 11th deck as you’re going into the gym. Don’t let locker room fool you. The area is very nice with lockers, a bathroom and showers. Locker keys are available on the 12th deck just above. There’s a staircase in the spa/gym area that you can use to go between the 2 floors. My only complaint is that the steam room smelled liked onions. It really needed some eucalyptus scent. Note that the doors to the showers are clear. Debarkation: Getting off the ship was pretty orderly. Breakfast was available in the Windjammer and the Main Dining Room at specified times. The full breakfast menu and a buffet were available in the Main Dining Room even though it was debarkation day. Our debarkation number was called on-time, so the process went fast. (Again, I have priority debarkation due to my loyalty level.) I had to stand in line for a porter. I think I waited about 15 minutes. But, once we got a porter, the process sped up again. The porter told us how the process worked and where to pull-up the vehicle in the parking garage to load up. The porter was very helpful. As usual, Royal Caribbean provides a very good cruise experience. The shows do need to be updated on this ship. They were still the singing and dancing numbers that I haven’t seen in years. There was a comedian and hypnotist. However, I’m used to juggling, acrobatics, Cirque de Soleil type shows and plays. But, the stage on the ship is small. The Ice Show was very good. Get there early in order to get a seat. Boleros bar was really good. Normally the bars on ships can be too loud and boisterous for me, except for the Champagne Bar. But, the Champagne Bar normally can’t serve frozen drinks. But, Boleros normally had a live performance every afternoon/evening, wasn’t too packed and I never had to wait long to order and get a drink. The bartenders were excellent. Everything I ordered tasted good. The people there were normally dancing and having a good time. There would even be children there early in the evening (of course dancing with their family members, not drinking). Note karaoke night is packed. The Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship to travel to the Bahamas on and has more activities than you will probably be able to do. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise for A.O.T.S. being at this particular port and the ports of call it would be visiting. We had in interior cabin which may have been a mistake with the beautiful scenic view the exterior cabins had. The best part of our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for A.O.T.S. being at this particular port and the ports of call it would be visiting. We had in interior cabin which may have been a mistake with the beautiful scenic view the exterior cabins had. The best part of our cruise was the dining room staff we had. Merak, Leonel and Zhenhua were phenomenal ! My son has many food allergies and was limited in regards to the menu items. They found out the first night and that's when they took action. They came by after every dinner and helped prepare his dinner for the following night. They even made suggestions when we had our Mystery Dinner at another dining room. The entertainment was as expected and wish they would have had more activities that didn't cost money. Service throughout the entire ship was top-notch and the ports along with their shore excursions were very well prepared. My son took the time to write a letter so that some type of recognition could be given to the dining staff that assisted him while he was onboard. I would like to cruise with Royal Caribbean again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We left on a Friday from Bayonne, It took almost an HOUR to get from the main entrance to the unloading section. People were actually walking to the pier, really bad start to a trip! Cruised with them once before which is why we chose ... Read More
We left on a Friday from Bayonne, It took almost an HOUR to get from the main entrance to the unloading section. People were actually walking to the pier, really bad start to a trip! Cruised with them once before which is why we chose them again. Food on board excellent except for Dinner in the Windjammer on day 7 it was was not as tasty as we preferred and a little dried out. Found a hair in my wife's food while at Chops grill, they made it right but was really a turn off, Giovanni's restaurant food was much better. Did the "murder mystery" at Giovanni's. Typical entertainment but the venue is set up with 8 long tables. Chairs are so close together that its almost impossible to get up! Main Dining room food and staff was okay but when you walk in to the Windjammer, you'll see the same food as in the main dining room ! Coco Cay excursion was nice. Umbrella rentals are $30 and floating rafts are $28 . Beware, you will need an umbrella and be prepared to tip the guy that brings it to the lounge chairs, the sand is so hard they need to drill into the sand believe it or not! Pearl Island excursion was worth every cent! Short boat trip and it was an enjoyable one. Food was absolutely delicious on Pearl Island. No complaints at all! If you are looking for a nice , quiet relaxing few hours , this is the place. Nassau Bahamas is full of Tee shirt joints. You are better off buying them on the boat. There are things like coffee mugs etc in the tee shirt shops in Nassau but the shirts on the boat are better and cheaper! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My spouse and I (mid-thirties, two youngish kids) took this cruise to celebrate our tenth anniversary; it was our fourth cruise together. We sailed to Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau, and had an inside cabin on Deck 9. We were very ... Read More
My spouse and I (mid-thirties, two youngish kids) took this cruise to celebrate our tenth anniversary; it was our fourth cruise together. We sailed to Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau, and had an inside cabin on Deck 9. We were very happy when scheduling this trip to find that Royal now had two ships sailing from Bayonne, and chose this cruise over trying the Anthem partially for the price (cheaper than Anthem), and partially to try the new 7-day itinerary (Anthem is currently sailing the long time 5-9 day cruise rotation). The Good: Adventure was updated earlier this year and is in very nice shape. We took time to try out the new waterslides - fairly tame for thrill seeking adults but popular with the kids, enjoyed the updated mini golf and somewhat more modern music choices, and found more opportunities to indulge our trivia appetites than in the past. I'm an active person and visited the gym most mornings - it was always busy but in good shape and clean. Our cabin though small was in good shape and sufficient for two active adults, and our staff were all friendly. Our cabin steward Lisbeth was wonderful and particularly deserves a shout out, she was always ready to say hello and chat, and even kindly offered to lend us some supplies to repair a lost button. One other particular highlight was Izumi on the final sea day - it was our first time trying this restaurant. We took a 'learn to roll your own sushi' class under the restaurant's head chef, which was great fun and ended in a huge (and very tasty) lunch that we had made ourselves. Highly recommend to try it if you too like sushi (and don't be afraid if you don't like the raw stuff...4/5 of the things we made were cooked). I'll include on the positives list the self-disembarking process - it was so incredibly easy. We showed up at the allocated time and walked right off the ship with no waiting. 10/10 would do that again. The Bad: Both my spouse and I couldn't help but notice the change that has been happening in the food quality. I tried to be open-minded here having read a number of other reviews noting the changes, and decided that the food is not as terrible as some people claim, but also not what it was in the past. What really seems to have changed is that the food in the included venues have become more cafeteria feeling. In the Windjammer this is probably to be expected - it's a buffet that feeds quite a lot of people all day long. It's a little more disappointing in the main dining room, where based on the decor and multiple-course format you might have expected a little more. We were in agreement that perhaps the formal-format dinner is no longer very practical. We would rather have had a single good quality entree than the current appetizer/entree/dessert of moderate quality. I would have also like to see some more modern flavors and culinary trends represented on the dinner menu. (Side note: We did visit both Izumi and Johnny Rockets, and the quality difference was immediately noticeable that these items were prepared to order). One other lesser point we noticed related to dining was how the wait staff in the main dining room feels stretched more thinly than in the past. Both our head and assistant waiter were very pleasant and helpful persons, but neither seemed to have the time to banter like we have enjoyed in the past - the wait staff as a whole was all business. Honestly it looks like a hard job these days and I don't envy them. The ports: Port Canaveral - we did the self-guided Kennedy Space Center shuttle and I must recommend it! The bus ride over was reasonable, and the Center itself is amazing! The included bus tour takes you all around the launchpads and shuttle assembly facility, and we got to see where they are converting one of the launch sites for future SpaceX launches. There were excellent exhibits and videos chronicling the Apollo missions and shuttle program, and lots of interactive spots for the kids. And as a side note - it poured for a long time that afternoon. While all the folks who traveled to Disney, Universal etc were doubtless getting soaked, we were happily indoors. CocoCay - This was our first time visiting Royal's private island and the weather was beautiful. We had no excursion planned and had decided to take our time and head over after the tender line died down. This turned out to be a good idea, as the first time we checked around 10:30 the line snaked up to Deck 4, about an hour later it was gone and we walked right on to the tender. CocoCay itself was pleasant, right now it's primarily a long beach, some cabanas, food stations/bars, and the straw marked. (Royal is in the process of updating the island, and the center is all blocked off behind shields. You can also see the beginnings of the pier snaking our). We found an empty chair halfway down the beach to leave our things on, and enjoyed some time playing in the water. It was beautifully warm and clear. The close in section is calm and mostly waveless, but there is a roped off area where you can swim farther out and bob in the water, and some floating waypoints to climb up on and rest, and lifeguards hanging out around the edges. We swam out to sit on several of them and enjoy the peace, and saw lot of fish swimming around. All in all a very pleasant and low-key day. Nassau - We had an excursion planned to go snuba diving (this is basically scuba-lite, you breathe through a simple regulator but the air tank floats on the surface, limiting you to only going about ten feet down). An early morning deluge got things off to a rough start, but fortunately had cleared by the time our bus arrived at the dive shop. This excursion was run through a legit dive shop and everyone was very professional. They took us out to a reef about a 10-15 minutes boat ride away, and the site itself was sheltered and calm. Because it was a bigger group we had to take turns with the snuba part, which I think actually made the excursion as a whole longer and better. We spent the first half just snorkeling around the boat - the reef they said was 15-20 feet down at different points, but you could easily make out plenty of coral formations and fish swimming around. Some of the larger fish also swam up under the boat and around us. It was really neat! Then it was our turn to snuba, and this is an experience worth trying once. Our guide explained that you do need to descend/ascend gradually to avoid issues with your ears and lungs, and I did notice the pressure increase and had to clear my ears. But it was fascinating to get down close to the fish. Our guide had some bait to bring the larger ones closer, so they swam all around us, and we even saw a barracuda come close. (No sharks haha! We were told they are actually rare on the reef because their typical prey does not like the warmer water in the shallows). Overall, we had a great vacation and look forward to our next cruise. We plan to change it up a little next time - our kids are getting old enough to appreciate the variety of activities and will be coming along for the first time, and I think I may lean towards experiencing more of the 'extra' dining. This would mean a little bit of adjusting the budget upwards, but I think would make the overall vacation better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our 3rd RC cruise and, as always, it didn't disappoint. Despite this ship not being in the class of the Anthem that we sailed on last year, this ship was well maintained despite being an older ship. Check-in at Cape Liberty ... Read More
This was our 3rd RC cruise and, as always, it didn't disappoint. Despite this ship not being in the class of the Anthem that we sailed on last year, this ship was well maintained despite being an older ship. Check-in at Cape Liberty was extremely fast and we got in quickly via the Suite line. I was annoyed with the attendant giving me grief for going under the rope due to being directed to the wrong line. Our cabin was great though the shower curtain was missing a ring (broken). My one gripe on all RC cruises are the firm mattresses that bother my wife but they've always taken care of our request for a pad. I recommend requesting this beforehand as we will on our next cruise. Our attendant Michael was great and took care of our special requests (distilled water, extension and mattress pad). Food on RC is always excellent (restaurant, buffet & cafe) and is one of the reasons we will always sail on RC. The dining room experience was great and makes you feel that you're on vacation and don't have to worry about cooking. Wait staff was excellent and it helps when they remember your drink preferences. Buffet in the Windjammer is a great option if you want to eat quickly and get back to other events. The variety is excellent and I heard the Jamaican cuisine was great and I enjoyed the Indian cuisine they made. Head chef was of Indian descent which may have helped. There's a lot activities for those that want to hang by the pool, casino, flow-ride (not me) participate in trivia or events like origami. Nightly entertainment was good with singing/dancing, ice skating and comedians though some times conflicted with dinner times (7 & 9 pm events work best). We also indulged in the spa that was well laid out, maintained and our treatment was great - recommend early in the cruise. Some of the night club events were good but too short. Silent and all-white themed parties are great but 1 hour isn't worthwhile. They also need to cater better to the older crowd at the bars/clubs. I'm sure some of the younger crowd feels the same. Shore excursions were fine but some stops were too short. 2+ hours of travel to Orlando doesn't seem worthwhile given cost and the amount of time spent in the parks (min. 8 hours in the parks; esp. Disney or Universal). We went to Sea World and experienced more though it rained and wasn't as crowded. Coco Cay requires the shuttle boats from the ship which is time consuming but I'll give them a pass since it's new and they're building a dock. It will probably be great once all is said and done. Food was excellent on the island but you couldn't get some drinks (pina coladas) at certain bars. We enjoyed the jet-skis there. Nassau has a lot more options but save up those funds because anything Atlantis based is pricey (limited discounts even with pre-paying). I blame Atlantis more than RC. Wanted to go to the Atlantis Water Park but passed on principle on the pricing. We went to Pearl Island which was fine with beach access and snorkeling. Food was very good though I don't like nickeling and diming on rum punch - sorry should be included. Water was reasonably priced and you received a comp photo. This trip could have been a bit longer also but I'd still recommend. RC has set a high standard for us every time we cruise with them and they continue to deliver. I highly recommend to others but save up because you have to pay to play - it's worth it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The cruise staff was very nice . Ship is clean . The dining room food needs improvement. Over all the trip was very nice. This is the first time I lost weight on a cruise . Happy about that , still wish the food was like it use to be. The ... Read More
The cruise staff was very nice . Ship is clean . The dining room food needs improvement. Over all the trip was very nice. This is the first time I lost weight on a cruise . Happy about that , still wish the food was like it use to be. The buffet use to be open at midnight . It is no longer open , They use to have an ice sculptures and food on pool side night . They didnt have a show in the dining room. A lot has changed . A little disappointed. My family members were a little disappointed as well . What I told them about wasn’t what they experienced. They still had a good time . It definitely could have been a better experience for everyone . The kids wanted to take the tour of the ship . $89 for a ship tour . Everything is so pricey . I wasn’t happy with telling the kids they could’nt take the tour. It was very expensive if you have 3 kids and 2 adults. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were a family group of 12 adults from NY & Boston. We chose this cruise based on the departure port and ports of call. It was affordable and the departure port was easy to get to. We all did our online check in so once at the ... Read More
We were a family group of 12 adults from NY & Boston. We chose this cruise based on the departure port and ports of call. It was affordable and the departure port was easy to get to. We all did our online check in so once at the pier we were on the ship in a few minutes. We arrived by 11am and on the ship by 11:30am. Staff was great from the start. WJ was packed so we headed to the Cafe Promenade for lunch. Cabins were ready by 1pm and were clean and comfy. We had an aft balcony cabin 7674. Views were great throughout the sailing. Very quiet location as well. We had late seating in the MDR at 8pm. We missed some trivia games because of this. Dinner was served promptly and we were done by 9:15 most nights. The food was good but I do agree with some others that the quality has changed. Some dishes lacked flavor but we never went hungry. Our head waitress was great but her assistant was very inexperienced. She was better on day 3 though after being spoken to. Hand sanitizer could be found throughout the ship. WJ breakfast was the same everyday and the food was tasty. MDR breakfast was good. Lunch in the WJ was the same everyday and I did not care for the choices. I was looking for cold cuts (deli meat) but that was only served at breakfast. Cafe promenade was good. Ports of call were good BUT we didn't get off the ship at Port Canaveral so we could take advantage of the slides being less crowded. To our surprise they were closed while we were in port. No pool activities or music either. We were surprised because more than half the passengers stayed on board. Shops were closed too. Coco Cay was nice and we went to the beach where the floating bar was. It was less crowded and we had no problem finding shade. We saw a huge stingray by the waters edge as soon as we arrived. We also saw a juvenile lemon shark (about 3 ft long) swim by a few feet in front of us. I ran out of the water but my cousin stayed. He ended up circling the floating bar and my husband almost jumped on him when he was exiting the bar. The bartender chases the shark away and he never caused a problem. Nassau was great and we had been there several times before. We knew to go to Cabbage beach. We were brought to a touristy area and were harrassed by locals selling umbrellas, lounges and drinks as well as water sports. We stayed on a resort there before and had not seen it this bad. We simply said no thank you and they eventually left us alone. My son's friend has recognized one of the bartenders from the beach bar from a previous trip. He hooked us up with coconut drinks. We rented an umbrella farther away from the crowd and enjoyed the crystal clear water for the day. Taxis were accessible by the port and readily available by the beach. All activities on board were great and CD was good. Bingo was held in the Imperial Lounge which was too small to accommodate all who attended and we ended up sitting on the floor. There is plenty to do on this ship. The white party was lame. My adult children thought it was awful. No CD or anything just music playing on the sports deck. I couldn't figure out why we needed to wear white either? No black lights or anything. The lines for the slides weren't too bad and moved quickly. Last night of the cruise bars closed earlier as I think they were trying to get passengers to bed for disembarkation the following morning. We saw crew members clean all surfaces and smelled bleach so they do a great job disinfecting. Disembarkation was a breeze. Our number was called and a crew member grabbed us off a long line and brought us to the front of the ship. Our sea pass cards were swiped and as easy as it was getting on the ship, it was just as easy getting off. We had 2 medevacs this sailing and the captain kept us well informed. The first medevac was on day 2. We had to sail closer to the SC shore so the coast guard could pick up the patient. We arrived in Port Canaveral about an hour late. The captain kept us well informed but sped up as to not make us any later. It caused the ship to rock a bit more. The 2nd medevac happened in Nassau. We were pulling out of the port and only 5 min into the trip we were backing up into the port again. An ambulance arrived to take the patient to the hospital and away we went. We arrived on schedule in Bayonne. All in all it was a great family vacation but we did see a few changes that were made since our last Royal cruise. Staff was great but quality of food has changed. With that said we would still chose Royal again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Booked this sailing with my family back in February. Myself, my wife, son (14) and daughter (12), my parents, one with somewhat limited mobility sailed from Bayonne on 7/13/18. We all live 30 minutes from the port, so transportation was ... Read More
Booked this sailing with my family back in February. Myself, my wife, son (14) and daughter (12), my parents, one with somewhat limited mobility sailed from Bayonne on 7/13/18. We all live 30 minutes from the port, so transportation was easy. My family took our car, dropped off at the baggage drop, left family, parked, met inside, simple as can be. My parents took an Uber for $28, simple as can be. Get through security, brought 6 bottles of wine since we had 3 staterooms, got through no problem. There was a little bit of confusion checking in, as we were going to be switching up room assignments, my mom with my daughter, dad with my son, wife and I by ourselves. They had the adjoining staterooms. We booked Promenade View, deck 7. They told me that we would be able to re-do our rooms at Guest Services when we get on board. We all go up the escalator, get on the gangway, take a selfie, walk onto deck 4, kids were astounded as to the enormity of the ship! I've done massive research, but nothing compares to actually walking on board! We left our house at 10:30, got on the ship at 11:30ish, so we had time to kill before the rooms opened up at 1. We walked around the ship, got our bearings (still took 2 days) and went to Guest Services. They said that nothing can be done until AFTER muster drill. That made absolutely NO sense, being that our muster stations were different after we changed rooms. No big deal, went to the Windjammer, hard to find a table, made a table for 5 work for 6ppl. Enjoyed the lovely views of Cape Liberty...LOL! 1pm, doors to hallways open up, waited a little while to get our luggage, then had muster at 2:30. By then, the drink package was paying for itself, which made me ease my tensions a little bit. Went to muster, then right to Guest Services, waited 10 minutes online but was seamless once we got to the right person to straighten it out. All Seapassses in hand, with the correct rooms, credit cards on file, etc. We booked MTD, because we didn't want to eat at 5:30, and thought the later seating would interfere with shows. Went downstairs to Sapphire Dining Room on Deck 3, made reservation for 7:45, earliest they had. We show up a little bit early, waited on line, and then were seated AT 7:45. We sat at table 158, our waiter was Arnold, and his assistant watier was Noor. These guys impressed us so much with their attentiveness that we then made sure we had a standard booking at 7:15 at their table every night, they were SPECTACULAR! Kids went to Optix teen club after dinner for their social, and both made friends. My son, who is like the mayor, was traveling in 3 different groups! We were thrilled that we didn't have to worry about them as much as we thought we would. Saturday morning was great, everyone did their own thing. My son and I went to the Dog and Duck, where I had a couple Bloody Mary's (morning tradition) and watched the 3rd place World Cup Game. Go Belgium! It was a great experience! Afterwards, trying to find everyone in my party was an arduous task to say the least! Wife tells me she'll be at the pool, she's gone, she's looking for me, yada yada yada. Besides the fact that there were NOWHERE NEAR enough deck chairs, the 6 of us had to share ONE lounger! Finally found everyone. Did the Flow Rider and the water slides. TIP: DO NOT DRINK AND GO ON THE BLUE WATER SLIDE!!!!!!! Saturday night dinner service, Captain had to stop the ship for an unfortunate medevac, which put us an hour behind schedule. Luckily the patient is doing well! Sunday morning, Bloody Mary's in the hot tub, port side, watching the World Cup Finals! Too bad France won, was rooting for Croatia, along with most of the people on the pool deck! We ended up being able to watch most of the game that started at 11am, with the delay, we docked at 1pm, so the timing was perfect. Disembarking at Cape Canaveral was simple. Cape Canaveral, however, was a wasted port, IMHO. If you're not spending $160PP to go for the day to Disney or Universal, you're stuck with going to NASA for almost $100PP, or do as we did, take an Uber to Coco Beach and Ron Jon. The only good thing that came from that is that I walked across the street to Walgreens to get a couple magnetic dry erase boards, which saved our sanity! These worked GREAT! Kids left notes to check in, we left notes as to our wearabouts etc. Got back on the ship about 3pm, went to the pool, hot tubs, chilled out and relaxed. Monday at Coco Cay was great! Besides the fact that my son decided to leave his SeaPass card in his room, we told him to meet us back down on deck 3 at Lyric Theatre. He made it back there 45 minutes later, because he didn't listen....Kids.....We got on a tender right away, got to the island at 9:45. Checked kids into the Teen Adventure, wife and I went Jet Skiing. We had the time of our lives! Got everyone back to the beach, had a great bbq lunch and the skies OPENED UP! It was a MAJOR rainstorm! Wife, daughter and I were on our way back to the tender when this happened, I think I'm still drying out! Tuesday in Nassau was nice. We booked a tour on our own. There were 5 ships docked including 2 from Carnival, Disney Dream and Majesty of the Seas. We were the LAST and FURTHEST slip. Not good for Dad, as he has problems walking long distances. Finally made it to the front of the pier, our tour met at the green gates on the left, with all the other boat tours. We booked the Land and Sea Tour from Seahorse Tours, and it was fabulous! Would definitely recommend them. This is the same tour the Disney line books on their ship. Was able to get him a bus back to the ship, which was great! Last two days at sea were tremendous. The shows were great, really enjoyed the Headliner Show, we had a great ventriliquist one night, and Michelle Balan was the comedian the last night. Of ALL the shows and game shows, our favorite was The Quest! DEFINITELY Adult Only!!!!! The Love and Marriage was great, as was the Ice Show! Now, if you've stuck with me so far, I'm going to backtrack a bit. Night 1, at 2am (so technically Day 2), our lovely female teenager next door neighbors (yes, we had an adjoining room, had NO idea until we got on board) decided to Facetime their boyfriends, yes at 2am! Loud as anything! Wife knocked on the door asked them to quiet down. Took a few, but they finally did. We literally could hear them breathe, that's how loud it is. Next afternoon of Day 2, at 6:45, we're getting ready for dinner, and LOUD RAP music is BLARING, thinking it was coming from MY room! This was OFFENSIVE music! I knocked on the door, and politely asked them to lower it. They gave me major attitude and refused to turn it down. It got verbally abusive (yes, on both sides, guilty as charged), and security knocked on their door. Heard every word of that conversation, then they come to my room to take our side of the story. They told us to call them if it happens again, not to confront them. OK.... Day 2, into Day 3 at 4AM, these two come flying in their room, loud as anything. Instead of calling security, we knocked and politely asked them to be quiet. They obliged. Next night, 5AM, SAME THING! So this is 3 nights so far with interrupted sleep.....Wife went to Guest Services and filed a complaint. They said that they would take care of it. Later that night, we got back to the room at about 11:15, was watching the All Star Game, and I hear them with boys in the room, as if they're having a party. AT midnight, they stopped or left, thinking that they were spoken to, GREAT! Well, 2am, 4am and 5:30am, they come back into their room making all sorts of noise. I went to Guest Services and explained to them the situation and that nothing was done. They immediately moved my room to a forward balcony room, and offered me 15% discount on my next cruise. So who's the winner? Well, I think I made out better. It was a shame that it had to wait til Day 5 to get it taken care of. Bottom line, food was good, not GREAT. We had cabins 7301 and 7303 adjoining, which were interior promenade view, spacious enough, and then 7291, which was the same. We then got moved to 7228, Starboard side forward, EXTREMELY spacious, and didn't want to leave! Entertainment staff was terrific! Clo was our CD, and Magic Marvin and Prince were her "sidekicks". All shows were professional and truly enjoyable! Glad the ship is skipping Cape Canaveral next year, wouldn't get off the ship if we went back there again. Favorite food was the Beef Carpaccio appetizer, think was day 3 or 4? Also LOVED the Lamb Shank on day 7. Lobster night was terrific, had a few of those, plus an END CUT of Prime Rib! Drink package was well worth it for wife and I. I know its "against the rules", but we gave our refillable drink cups to our kids who didn't have a package. No harm, no foul. They enjoyed it! Was even able to get my mother a drink or two! We did bring some expensive wine on board for dinners. Was able to get a bottle decanted when needed, and chilled when needed too. Was VERY impressed with the amount of top shelf liquor on the drink package, as a bourbon drinker, was drinking Four Roses Single Barrel all day, every day, about $50/btl retail, so therefore a tremendous value! Wine choices a bit limited, but made it work. Hope you all enjoyed my review! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Overall good cruise. A little overpriced. The ports of call were just average. Bar Harbor and Halifax were the best. We had to travel quite far to get to any excursions at all the ports and there was nothing to do at the port in New ... Read More
Overall good cruise. A little overpriced. The ports of call were just average. Bar Harbor and Halifax were the best. We had to travel quite far to get to any excursions at all the ports and there was nothing to do at the port in New Brunswick so I highly suggest doing an excursion that day. Cabin and crew were absolutely awesome! Especially our dinner staff Ronaldo and Merlon. Cruise director Chris and activities director Magic Marvin were readily available and visible throughout entire cruise. No fireworks for the 4th??! :/ I'm sorry but the royal Caribbean singers and dancers were.....not very good. I found myself wondering what the hell was going on half the time. The one little...skit?....play?....show i guess....called Jackpot made the most sense, but I still left pissed I wasted my time. Comedians were GREAT! I loved the action comedy show. I would see him and amy of those comedians again. Do not miss those shows, especially action comedy! Could've been a super hokie show, but that guy was very entertaining! Food was just okay. Dinner was the best obviously. never felt unsatisfied, but the buffet is a little redundant and breakfast too. Its typical royal Caribbean cruise food. Nothing special. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Service in the main dining room was exceptional. Dondon and Pravin were A+ for service! Helen cleaned our cabin twice daily and was super friendly! Food was plentiful and good, but not, “oh my god....I have to eat that again!” ... Read More
Service in the main dining room was exceptional. Dondon and Pravin were A+ for service! Helen cleaned our cabin twice daily and was super friendly! Food was plentiful and good, but not, “oh my god....I have to eat that again!” Guest services lacked when I needed assistance when I was locked out of my cabin. I asked two people and I was ignored. There were many activities for adults, but lacked activities for families to participate in. My boys are 9 and 11. Too big for the adventure program, but not considered adults so they were not allowed to participate. Would have liked more activities for families to enjoy. Flow rider, rock wall, slides, etc. were not available all day. Should have been available continuously so to avoid long lines and feeedom to use when we liked. We did not have the drink package and that was ok with us, but it was slightly odd that the same drink was differently priced and sized from bar to bar? Leaving out of Bayonne, New Jersey was easy and efficient! Only downside is that your limited to how far you can go south. It makes for a long time cruising instead of enjoying ports. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Overall, this cruise, even being my first, was a great experience. The embarkation and the disembarkation processes are so seamless, fluid, with very little snags, like a well oiled machine. I must say the service from the dining room ... Read More
Overall, this cruise, even being my first, was a great experience. The embarkation and the disembarkation processes are so seamless, fluid, with very little snags, like a well oiled machine. I must say the service from the dining room staff, the stateroom attendants and such, are the most professional and gregarious and social and nice and enthousiastic. Honestly, I want what they are having!!! The stateroom was fine so was the balcony, although it was a bit difficult to handle the doors at times, and the temperature inside was a bit too frisky for my taste. The food quality at the dining room varied depending on the dish. Some were great, like the NY Strip Loin, and the carb cakes, while others fell flat, like the Seafood Pasta (linguine tips stuck together as if not completely cooked and a lack of sauce on the pasta), and the Royal Chocolate Cake (the frosting did not match cake at all) or the crème brûlée (too sweet and a bit too liquid). Yet, the quality was a bit better at Winjammers Buffet and I think it should be open until midnight, since it has better quality food than the Café Promenade which has tasteless salads unfortunately. One little thing. I wish it would be possible to fill up on water anywhere. However, the stop in Florida was useless, on a passenger stand point. In my view, I had been already in Florida before and offering only transport to sites was not something that was to my advantage really. Especially if one was to visit Disney World and have to pay for tickets and come back on time before the ship sailed again. Honestly, everyone knows that it is impossible to visit Disney World in less than 6 hours. Also, financially this does not seem worthwhile at all. We could have went straight to the Bahamas and stayed there longer, for instance, 2 days in Nassau instead of one. Now, Cococay was not a perfect beach. It looked like it was still under construction. The water was full of rocks and palm tree leaves, not clear at all. I don't want to say murky, but contrarily to the beautiful clear waters at Atlantis and Blue Lagoon, I would say dark and full of things, such as other people's gogles, cheerios and a ripped piece of grey fabric which would seem to be dusty if it were not underwater. Though, I must say that the food quality was in keeping with Winjammer level (excellent on average). Also, Royal Carribean needs to make sure that all their third party excursions are handled by a trusted third party with a proven track recorded. I'm mentioning this because I've received word that the tour of Nassau was a disaster, in the sense that they started over an hour late which almost compromised return time before setting sail for NJ. However, for my part, the excursion to VIP Blue Lagoon, was perfect. The water, the service, the whole setup was great, the only inconvenient I can point out was that it should be longer a good 6 hours. One more point should be made about the entertainment. The parties should be longer and there should be at least one more DJ on board. A 45 minutes party immediately followed by another event is not the best way to go, especially if the party vibe just started to pick up. Talking about the 80's Party. After that, the music at the next party (The White Party) started to suck. One DJ is not enough. In conclusion, it was an excellent experience to have and I would recommend taking a cruise with Royal Carribean, if those notes could be corrected. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The main dining room experience has gone WAY downhill since 2014. This used to be a major RC strength over the other cruise lines. Boring menu, overworked waitstaff, and the desserts are still awful. On the bright side, the Windjammer ... Read More
The main dining room experience has gone WAY downhill since 2014. This used to be a major RC strength over the other cruise lines. Boring menu, overworked waitstaff, and the desserts are still awful. On the bright side, the Windjammer cafe on this ship does a fantastic job. At Canaveral, we did the airboat ride and Jungle Adventure. The airboat right was great. Water levels were high so we only saw one gator from the boat. They had baby ones you could hold and pose for pictures with. The jungle adventure place had lots of gators and a couple of over-enthusiastic young ladies who showed a variety of critters and fed some gators. The place is a bit worn and housed some animals in sad enclosures - but they also indicated that many of these animals were rescued pets that people would otherwise have abandoned or destroyed. At Coco Cay, we rented a cabana - which is very nice if you have enough people to spread the cost over. We were spared the crowding and had shelter from the sun. They also had a private lunch buffet set up. No good vegetarian entrees for me, but the carnivores in our party loved it. At Nassau, we went to Pearl Island. Everyone loved it and wished we had another hour there. We were annoyed at the amount of time they wasted by telling us to meet outside at x time and then not being ready to leave for another 45 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The cruise served as a milestone anniversary trip, so OVERALL, it was a great cruise! Very relaxing, lots of the home stresses were forgotten for a week. The positives of the cruise and ship were the food (we only ate at main DR and ... Read More
The cruise served as a milestone anniversary trip, so OVERALL, it was a great cruise! Very relaxing, lots of the home stresses were forgotten for a week. The positives of the cruise and ship were the food (we only ate at main DR and Windjammer) was very good (not GREAT, but very adequate for me not cooking or cleaning!). The bars and bar services were great (with the Deluxe Drink package) although I warn to keep an eye on your account as there were MANY drink charges on our account that shouldn't have been there due to the drink package. THE SHIP - still looks to be in good shape although my wife thought it needed updating. Lots of rust on the balconies when you look up...but that's got to be pretty standard for a ship that sails the salty seas, so that didn't bother me too much. I did not like the smoking on the port side, both at the pool and the smell while I was on my port side balcony, so that was a learning lesson for us. The promenade is definitely the highlight of the ship and is very elegant. The selection in the shops was a little lacking IMO. THE CABIN - we had a balcony on the 7th deck, port side. Really, nothing to write about either positive or negative. It was clean, the cabin steward kept it very clean, and it was big enough for the two of us. DINING - We went to early seating dining each night. We didn't get a wait staff that really attempted to connect with us as we've had in the past, but the service was still very good. There were three or four excellent meals and the rest were average, but again, I wasn't cooking or cleaning so I don't get too picky. The best food was the prime rib and lobster. The windjammer is just awesome, always a huge selection of foods, and except for lunch when you first board the ship, there were always tables to eat. Breakfast in the Main DR was good, but we only went once as it was a LONG experience and we didn't want to waste the hour every morning there. ENTERTAINMENT - The ballroom dancers and male comedians were top notch. The female comedian was a little rough. The RCCL Singers and Dancers were average, but they entertained us and that's what we wanted. So overall it was good entertainment. Also, don't miss the ice show, it was fantastic. SERVICE - Excellent. We were well taken care of! SHORE EXCURSIONS - We only did one excursion through RCCL - the Ron Jon Beach Shuttle at Cocoa Beach. The problem we had was that they made us wait in the theater for over an hour until they left us off the ship. then we waited in a long line to exit the cruise terminal. Also, since we were going the shortest distance, we were the first to go into the theater and the last to leave since the Disney/Orlando tours had further to go. My time is just as precious as anyone else's and I felt like I would have been much better off getting my own ride to the beach. CAPE LIBERTY CRUISE TERMINAL - first time driving to a cruise and it was awesome. We drove 3.5 hours to get there, arrived, they took our bags, we parked in the parking garage, and 15 minutes later we were on the ship! Definitely leaving from Cape Liberty again!! Lastly, the only other item RCCL has to figure out is the whole pool chair reserving issue. They have signs up stating that the reserving of chairs is not allowed, yet when you get to the pool at 9 am, there is NO Chair available as there are towels laying on them, but NO PEOPLE....for hours!! Very frustrating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This cruise was a good fit for us because it left out of Bayonne New Jersey. Overall the service was good on the ship, the food was very good and the only downside was that the pools and some ferry to cocco Cat were crowded. The dining ... Read More
This cruise was a good fit for us because it left out of Bayonne New Jersey. Overall the service was good on the ship, the food was very good and the only downside was that the pools and some ferry to cocco Cat were crowded. The dining room staff was excellent although we didn’t get coffee on two separate nights That was the only complaint that I could log. The food was excellent and we did not eat in any specialty dining restaurants and we skip the wind jammer whenever possible. The wind jammer was hot most days and extremely crowded. The food in the wind jammer however was still very good the only area lacking that I can remember is the quality and quantity of desserts. We had a panoramic ocean view suite, which used to be known as the panoramic family Oceanview suite category VP. It was an excellent room with lots of seating extra space and an extra bathroom. There was a bunk room for the kids! It was more expensive than the regular panoramic oceanview rooms but well worth the money. There is no gold card with this room even though it’s called a suite. it is basically on the level of a Junior suite having two points per night and no gold card services. We enjoyed this cruise immensely because we were with two other families also with children and the ship was full of families with kids as it was a June cruise. the four days at sea was a little much for us, but we knew that going into the cruise. All the staff was helpful and the ship was clean with the exception of the pools at the end of the day which were overrun with people. My kids had fun on the perfect storm slides the flow rider the sports court and shuffleboard. I would recommend this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Good location of the ship. Great destination. But absolutely not enough time on shore. Very disappointed with that. ABSOLUTELY THE GREATEST PEOPLE WORK THERE. Great shows but the time starts doesn’t work with our dinner reservation. The ... Read More
Good location of the ship. Great destination. But absolutely not enough time on shore. Very disappointed with that. ABSOLUTELY THE GREATEST PEOPLE WORK THERE. Great shows but the time starts doesn’t work with our dinner reservation. The internet is extremely slow and expensive. Absolutely not enough lounges for all passengers on all decks. And the people reserve their lounges by putting the towel and not showing up. Coffee on board is really bad and not enough seating areas at the Windjammer buffet. Long lines and not enough food stations and the buffet staff start to close buffet early. The opening hours of operation are very short. The elevators take forever. The selection on TV is the worst. Not even one free movie channel. The alcohol drinks are good but expensive. Overall great experience and we have already booked our next cruise with Royal Carribean for next June. Cannot hardly wait. !!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and I was celebrating my birthday. Embarkation at Port Liberty was very smooth and well organized. We chose a 10:30 am check in time and were able to board the ship immediately. We were not allowed ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and I was celebrating my birthday. Embarkation at Port Liberty was very smooth and well organized. We chose a 10:30 am check in time and were able to board the ship immediately. We were not allowed to access our cabin (oceanview 7504) till 1pm. It gave us plenty of time to explore the ship and order cocktails. The Wind Jammer was open for lunch and provided a lot of food choices, Food was tasty,We endured the muster drill and we left the port on time. First day at sea there were plenty of available lounge chairs on the pool decks and serenity area. Service was excellent and attentive. Port Canaveral FL- Embarkation was smooth we chose the Cocoa Beach Shuttle. The shuttle was readily available when we got off the ship. We stopped at Ron Jon's Souvenir shop and picked up a couple of things. Nice store very large and inexpensive. The bus dropped off one block away from the souvenir shop and six blocks from the beach. It was a very hot day so we shopped and got back on the bus which ran every 30 minutes. Missed the beach. I heard it was nice. Cocoa Cay- Not so nice. It took us an hour to get on a tender to shore. Embarkation didn't seem organized. They didn't have several tender boats ready for us so it took some time. We had booked a sun lounger for two. Needless to say the sun loungers were very far away from the souvenir shops, buffet and bars. We were traveling with friends so when we arrived to claim our sun lounger the lady checking us in was a little nasty. At first she wouldn't allow for our friends to enjoy this (private area). Only after bickering with her for ten minutes did she allow for our friends to pull up lounge chairs next to our sun shade. The buffet lunch offered was only till 1:30 pm. We docked at noon spent an hour getting off the ship therefore only had 1 half hour to eat. Very disappointing. We had to be shuttled over to the buffet area. The food was adequate. Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn and tasteless bbq ribs and peppered chicken. We weren't impressed with the beach either. It low tide so you had to walk a mile to get out to the ocean. Walking on sand flats were no fun. So we went back to the ship and enjoyed ourselves there. Nassau- We took the Essential Nassau tour very nice and informative. Visited a rum cake bakery, rum distillery, queens steps and Atlantis Hotel. This was a great tour. We missed a lot of the shows. Our dinners took about two hours. Don't miss the ICE show. That was great! Overall we had a nice time on the cruise. Eat at Johnny Rockets Great burgers! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Royal Carribean cruises are the best in my books... the food, entertainment and crew are great, I especially enjoyed our dining on this cruise. There were fifteen in our group and we had so much fun on and off the ship... there was so much ... Read More
Royal Carribean cruises are the best in my books... the food, entertainment and crew are great, I especially enjoyed our dining on this cruise. There were fifteen in our group and we had so much fun on and off the ship... there was so much to do while cruising and when we docked we had a great time on the islands, except for the rain on Coco Cay, but we still managed to relax when the rain stopped and the sun came out.... had a nice buffet also. On Nassau we swam with dolphins and relaxed on their beautiful beach, very clean. The water was nice clear and warm. The boat that took us to and from the beach was a wonderful experience in itself... entertainment on the ship was great.. I really enjoyed the Village People, parades, ice skating,bingo," although I didn't win". We had an inside cabin which is okay because we only showered and slept there. Others in our party had a balcony and a suite.... which I hope to do on my next cruise " they are beautiful." I have to say the Adventure of the Seas was a wonderful ship with great service, entertainment, and overall a great vacation Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Getting on and off the ship was fairly quick. The lines moved along well. The ship was very similar was in good shape. Our room was small but adequate. I didn't have a hair dryer in my room and it took 24 hours for one to show up. ... Read More
Getting on and off the ship was fairly quick. The lines moved along well. The ship was very similar was in good shape. Our room was small but adequate. I didn't have a hair dryer in my room and it took 24 hours for one to show up. Luckily I have short hair so it wasn't a major thing for me. The dining staff was great. The menu didn't seem as exciting as my previous cruises but the food was good. The illusionist and his wife were one of the best shows I've seen on a cruise. Enjoyed the Kennedy Space Center tour and CoCo Cay. Not impressed with Nassau. We took the Essential Nassau tour and it was mostly a big sales pitch for different places on the island. We also did the All Access Tour which was interesting. Our tour guide was great. The post cruise tour of Manhattan was OK. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our group of fifteen agreed this was the best time to cruise. The service in restaurants and cabin attendance was excellent. Our two waiters were really impressive handling our group of fifteen. 7 nights of 15 people ordering approx. seven ... Read More
Our group of fifteen agreed this was the best time to cruise. The service in restaurants and cabin attendance was excellent. Our two waiters were really impressive handling our group of fifteen. 7 nights of 15 people ordering approx. seven dishes each (apps, entrees, desserts) and not one mistake. No trays were used either. These guys worked hard and they were friendly and polite. Our waiter Ida played guitar and sang very well. All food & entertainment was very good. Great to see live musicians all over the ship and playing during shows. I've been on cruises with all pre-recorded music and I did not enjoy it. Comedians were great but shows were limited. Other cruise lines in the past had comedy every night. The day spent at CocoCay was a washout. This should have been the highlight instead it was the lowlight of the cruise. With low tide ALL day, the water was 1-2 feet deep for a very, very long way. BBQ food was great. I understand the weather cannot be controlled BUT around mid-day it rained HARD and there was no escape. Where's the shelter? Everyone including their belongings was soaked. People in wheelchairs, elderly people, etc..all were getting slammed with heavy rain and no where to turn - very surprising. If you had no $30 umbrella, you were out of luck. We made our way to the tender carrying soaked towels & bags and were back on the ship by 1:30pm. For the whole duration of the cruise, there was ONE ice cream machine open from mid-morning until evening. Sometimes it took 20 minutes or more to get an ice cream cone. The second machine worked on the 2nd or 3rd day briefly and then went out of service for the rest of the cruise. I've been on other cruise lines where there were two machines going 24x7. I happen to love ice cream but dreaded to wait on the long line almost every time. Beanbag tournaments were very limited. Only two beanbag appearances in seven days? Sports court was great. Basketball & dodgeball were fun. Gym, sauna & steam room were great. One night during a show in the Lyric Theater, we sat near a blown speaker in the theater and the high volume rattling was driving me crazy. I told the cruise director the next day. Ice Spectacular was great. Skaters & music incl. Beatles were very good. Overall, we had a fun time but there were some minor disappointments along the way.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of New Jersey and wanted to spend a few nights in New York City before we embarked. Cruise ship was very clean and updated. Staff was fabulous and everyone was extremely friendly. My 8 year old son ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of New Jersey and wanted to spend a few nights in New York City before we embarked. Cruise ship was very clean and updated. Staff was fabulous and everyone was extremely friendly. My 8 year old son loved the kids program. The food wasn’t as good as I remembered Royal Caribbean’s in the past cruises. I think a lot of that is geared towards people purchasing the specialty dining. They do charge for room service now and that is a little disappointing. The windjammer had the same stuff almost every night and there didn’t seem to be a huge variety. The entertainment was pretty good, the ice show is a most!!! The singing and dancing shows were mediocre. Overall we had a great time, I would recommend this cruise for families. The staff seemed to be overly helpful and would go out of their way to make you feel welcomed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our third cruise, first with RCCL. Cabin was good, staff wonderful. Food and entertainment were generally great. The perfect day at Coco Cay was not so perfect with a large brawl erupting. As a VIP at several gambling resorts, I was ... Read More
Our third cruise, first with RCCL. Cabin was good, staff wonderful. Food and entertainment were generally great. The perfect day at Coco Cay was not so perfect with a large brawl erupting. As a VIP at several gambling resorts, I was appaulled at the treatment at Casino Royal. You needed a gas mask to get through the stench of cigarette smoke. Bartenders ignored you generally when trying to get a drink. Crap table crew was the worst. I generally wager $400 - $500 a night on craps. After night 2, I never went back. Rude and even nasty table crews. If anyone you know has a gambling problem send them to Casino Royale for a cure. Your time will be better spent at the Imperial Lounge or the Duck and Dog, Jomit is a really great server and all the bar staff rock.I think the "formal night" concept is so yesterday. On formal nights the dining room is half empty. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Party of 5 (Mom(44) Dad (42), DD (17) DS#1 (16) DS#2 (10) Avid Cruisers Rooms 8465 and 8467 (Adjoining/connecting Cabins) My Time Dining The good- Embarkation and debarkation Smooth and well organized. Arrived at the ... Read More
Party of 5 (Mom(44) Dad (42), DD (17) DS#1 (16) DS#2 (10) Avid Cruisers Rooms 8465 and 8467 (Adjoining/connecting Cabins) My Time Dining The good- Embarkation and debarkation Smooth and well organized. Arrived at the port around 12:00, Was at the ship by 12:35p. No major lines and security very organized and professional. Headed directly to the WJ to grab some lunch until cabins were ready (they moved the time to 1:30P) Debarking was the same, very organized, no major lines anywhere and bags were available when they said they were going to be available. The best debarkation process we have experienced (and we travel a lot!) Food at the MDR Decent, well prepared and good selection. Lobster offered on Day 6. Escargot available the first 3 days. NY Strip Available every day (we ordered twice and came at perfect temperature) Desserts are nothing fancy, and some are not that good. The Onion and Goat Cheese Tart is AMAZING. Service in the cabins Cabins are serviced twice a day, and kept immaculate. Great service from the Cabin Steward. He really seemed genuine in wanting to know us. Super guy. Diamond Club Never crowded. Nice offerings of drinks and snacks from 4:30-8p. We were able to use our drinks in the MDR without problems. Very Accommodating ambassador Cafe Promenade I heard so many bad things about this cafe and their pizza, that I wanted to go and check it out myself. Perhaps I imagined it to be sooo bad that in reality was ok! LOL... Of course is not the BEST pizza ever, but when your kids are hungry, coming from port and just want a quick bite to tie you up until dinner (since you havent eat in the last 6min!) this hit the spot. I was under the impression that only pizza was offered in this cafe, but they have finger sandwiches (varied selection every day) salads, fruits, dessert and cookies. They also offer breakfast sandwiches and fruit cups and yogurt and granola each morning. This was perfect for us, because we dont like buffets (WJ) and we wanted to sleep in, so didnt go to the MDR for breakfast. It fitted us and what we wanted. The music bands in Boleros There was a Latin Music band (3 Mexican guys) that played everything from Salsa to Merengue to Bachata and they were awesome! and there was another band with more contemporary music, great selection of soft rock, 80's and 90's that was fantastic. Port-of-calls Great places, rich in culture and sights, explored the cities with gusto and curiosity. Portland- Took a trolley tour through the city (booked ourselves) BarHarbor- Went to Acadia Park with Oli's Trolley, fantastic! Saint Johns- Visited several times before so we did our own thing, walking and visiting on our own. Halifax -LOVED it!!! did our own thing, Citadel, and Promenade. The bad- Service. It has definitely gone downhill in RCCL. So sad about this because I didnt want to believe what I read about this. There were a few here and there that really went above and beyond (our Cabin Steward, Waiter and Assistant Waiter on table 266, the Diamond Club Manager, 2 Guest Services Agents and 1 Casino Cashier) All the others we encountered, it was like they didnt want to be there... and perhaps they dont want to be there. No eye contact, short, rude and plain awful. It didnt spoil our vacay, but definitely not what it used to be. WJ Let me start saying that we are not buffet ppl. I cant stand the mess and the rude patrons eating with their hands and then reaching out to the thongs to serve themselves some more. So I am the first one to say that my view *might* be skewed LOL... Buffet was messy, no themed what so ever. Its like they put random dishes out there... Mind you this is just my impression of the ONE day I ate there. Might not be a totally fair review. JUST MY OPINION Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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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