2,277 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we wanted to party over New Year's and we did. Easy getting on the ship with an early shuttle and as promised room was open right at 1 o'clock. The Adventure is an older ship and showing her age ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to party over New Year's and we did. Easy getting on the ship with an early shuttle and as promised room was open right at 1 o'clock. The Adventure is an older ship and showing her age even though many on board said she had been recently renovated. Casino was small, paint and hardware needed attention and many areas were just not serviced in a timely manner especially public restrooms. Room attendants were top notch for us and for everyone we chatted with but they battled with hardware falling off and bath areas that just were not cleanable. Shows were average with the exception of the second production show and a fabulous hypnotist who had everyone laughing out loud. Can not comment on ports or excursion since we had done the Caymans many times including spending a week at Christmas one year and had also visited the Mexican ports at a safer time. There was just the two of us and we enjoyed pool days and party nights. Bartenders are good at their jobs and pool attendants were very attentive. Food was only average or below average if you cruise on any of the upscale lines. Would I go again? Probably would if I needed a party and a short cruise but not willing to travel from Kentucky for a short cruise on this ship. This time fit perfectly because we were able to follow it with two weeks in a condo at Pompano. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our second NYE cruise and third time on the Adventure. We appreciated the upgrades that were added in the last dry dock. Embarking and debarking were easy, probably the best we have ever experienced at Port Everglades. We ... Read More
This was our second NYE cruise and third time on the Adventure. We appreciated the upgrades that were added in the last dry dock. Embarking and debarking were easy, probably the best we have ever experienced at Port Everglades. We had a walkoff with the Suite Concierge and it took 12 minutes total. Our grand suite (1578) on deck 10 was lovely and very convenient to the elevators. Very large with plenty of storage, a mini fridge, wetbar, a nice bathroom and balcony. The balcony had a padded lounger, a table and two chairs. It is completely covered, and was quite pleasant most of the time. We were a little concerned the cabin might be noisy as we were located under the pool deck, but that was only an issue on NYE when we tried to turn in around 12:30. Once the deck party ended, all was quiet again. We had the Ultimate Dining Package and enjoyed one dinner at Chops, one at Izumi and four at Giovanni’s Table. Chops and Izumi are both on the Royal Promenade and were a little too noisy for us. Giovanni’s Table is located next to the Windjammer with a beautiful ocean view. We got great service from Amar and Arvind at GT. Christopher was the Suite Concierge and did a great job. He made our dinner reservations pre-cruise, though we changed several onboard. He also hosted a suite party at Giovanni’s Table for lunch one sea day. The party was well attended with many officers, including the Captain and Hotel Director. Nearly every day we received goodies in our suite, including gifts from the Captain, the Hotel Director, Christopher and the casino. We had requested a beach towel as our Diamond Plus gift, but housekeeping called and said they were out. So they substituted a tote, which came in handy as we were packing. Service was good throughout the cruise. Our cabin steward, Renato, was very good and kept the cabin in great shape. Mercedes was the cruise director, and did a fine job. Entertainment was good. We really enjoyed the production shows, the comedian and the staff talent show, Adventure’s Got Talent. The outdoor movies were fun, including Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again and Oceans Eight. We had colds all week so we stayed on the ship in Grand Cayman. In Costa Maya, we took a taxi to the town and enjoyed a great walk. At Cozumel, we shopped at the port and returned to the ship early. Even though we were not feeling the best, we had a great time and will gladly sail on the Adventure again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate New Years with friends. Having cruised since 1995 this is our first RCL cruise. Never have I heard one negative thing about RCL from friends who only sail RCL. I was well aware this 6 day cruise was on ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate New Years with friends. Having cruised since 1995 this is our first RCL cruise. Never have I heard one negative thing about RCL from friends who only sail RCL. I was well aware this 6 day cruise was on an older ship, but never did I expect the ship to show her age the way this one did. Because of the jacked up price for the New Years cruise, we took an inside cabin, something we haven't done in years. Carpets were worn, in the main areas, and stateroom. The couch was badly stained, the bathroom showed signs of rust and I have never had a bathroom as small as this one. The shower? Small is too large a word to describe it. The bed was about 2 inches from the couch on one side and table on the other. Getting out of bed in the dark was interesting to say the least. We went to put our wine in the refrigerator and found pooled water with mold growing in it. So much for the room. I do want to say boarding was a pleasure. Disembarkation was a nightmare cattle call, with everyone being ushered off the ship at one time, despite a so called schedule. Food ... room service was nicely done. The Windjammer buffet was mediocre, with the same selection daily of so so food. If you like your coffee strong , and I mean strong, this is for you. Breakfast in the dining room was slow unless you chose the buffet they offered there as well. I ordered my eggs over easy and they came out with runny whites. The staff are all eager to please at every turn. Dinner in the dining room some nights seemed rushed. We were told by our travel agent because we were a party of 7, to see the reservation staff upon boarding and request our dinner time, so we wouldn't have to wait for an available table with any time dining. We were given a time prior to 6 pm, which was too early. Otherwise we had to wait until 8:30. We felt as the dinner wound down and desert came, we were being rushed out . Put down your fork and the dish disappeared. Of course, as expected on a holiday sailing, at sea days it was impossible to find a lounge at the pool. The entertainment was so so. The Latin band was excellent, as was the band in the theater. We loved the ice skating show!! The Lyric Theater shows were not so good. Some of the staff we spoke to agreed the ship needed to be updated. Some even apologetic. All in all, when I pay top dollar I expect something. I expected something special because it is RCL. Having been to most ports before many times over, I have to say we loved the trip to Mayan ruins we took in Costa Maya. I would have enjoyed the opportunity to walk outside the port area, but we were not in port all day. We had a fun private tour guide in Cozumel and we loved how he just let us do our thing. We went to a beach north of town, which was lovely and we hit the Ticquila factory of course! We wandered the town and took some fun, surprising turns to end our day of fun. All in all, the success of the trip was all due to great off ship trips, great friends and abiliity to laugh at it all. I would not go back on this ship but I may want to try a newer RCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We were on this ship for the 8-night 2018 Christmas Cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. This was the second Christmas cruise for us on this ship, the last one 4 years ago out of San ... Read More
We were on this ship for the 8-night 2018 Christmas Cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. This was the second Christmas cruise for us on this ship, the last one 4 years ago out of San Juan, PR. Overall, this was our 5th cruise on RCL and our 8th cruise overall. We are an active couple in our early 50’s and were traveling with our 2 daughters and son in-law, all in their early 20’s. We checked in early (11am) and were allowed to board the ship immediately. This was very nice compared to our previous cruise on Norwegian where we had to wait in a waiting area for more than 1 hour. Luggage drop and check-in was painless, but I had also completed all the cruise documents including pictures online ahead of time. We had lunch at the Windjammer Café and then relaxed in the Blue Moon (Deck 14) until the rooms opened at 1pm. We had 2 Balcony Staterooms (8246 and 8250). One was a bit larger than the other and had a sofa bed vs. the Pullman (overhead bed) in the other. Overall the cabin was clean, the beds comfortable and plenty of space to store all our stuff, including scuba gear. The balconies on this ship are a lot more “closed in” than on newer ships, but we knew this from our previous cruise. We opted for My Time dining since the 5:30 seating was too early and the 8:30 too late for our liking. I did make 6:30 reservations for us ahead of time and we asked for a quiet table near a window at our first seating which we were given. We were very happy with this location and with our wait staff, so we then asked to have this table request in our profile for all of the following nights. The check-in person (Rene) did his best to accommodate this request and we were able to get that table all nights except one where he went out of his way to find us another quiet table by a window. The food in the dining room was good for most evenings, some were great and a few were just OK. Overall, I would rate the food a 7/10, the wait staff a 10/10. Bar service in the dining room could be a bit slow. We liked the elegance and lighting of the dining room better than those on Norwegian Escape. Our daughter and Son-in-Law had specialty dinners at Izumi and the Italian restaurant and felt that they were very special and slower paced. We did opt for the drink package which, for us, makes the shipboard experience much more relaxing (no stress about drink prices). We felt the wine/beer selection was good, but the mixed drinks were quite weak. We learned quickly that specifying the alcohol (i.e. gold Tequila, dark Rum, etc.) would improve the drink and the bar tenders were happy to comply. We also learned which bar tenders were reasonable with their pours (at Solarium bar we would sometimes see them not even fill a single shot glass of alcohol for the drink) and we would frequent those locations. It was also nice that specialty coffees were included in the package (not true for Norwegian). We attended most performances and game shows and especially enjoyed the comedians and game shows (Battel of the Sexes, The Quest). I don’t know if it was just coincidence, but the main comedian was the same as 4 years ago, but he was still great and only some of this jokes were repeats. Getting seats in the main theater was never an issue, but for the game shows in the Imperial Lounge an early arrival was critical. The guy in the piano bar (all songs by request) was great and the place was always packed. I would rate the entertainment 8/10. We are not the type to lay by the pool, but deck chairs seemed available anytime we walked through the pool area, even more so in the Solarium. We like to walk while on board and really enjoyed that one can circle the complete ship (as long as the weather is not too nasty and they close access to the bow) on deck 4. Most other ships we have been on do not have access to the bow. Some in our group got a massage and enjoyed this except the sales pitch for overpriced stuff at the end. We did not spend any time in the casino or gym. We disembarked early taking our own luggage to assure we would make our return flight. Disembarkation and customs/immigration was much quicker than expected. Overall we rarely felt that this was a Holiday cruise with the ship at capacity (of course the decorations and music were reminders). Ship size was a good compromise in having lots of activities (rock climbing, ice skating, Flowrider, etc.) and open spaces (the promenade) but not the big distances of other larger ships. We did miss the more elaborate shows available on Oasis class ships. All crew members we interacted with were friendly and professional and some really stood out in trying to make our stay as good as possible. There were no incidents that we needed to complain about. Overall I would rate this cruise a solid 8/10. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have been cruising with Royal since 2002 - have done 9 cruises and 7 were with RCCL.and second time on Adventure We have never been so disappointed on how much royal has gone down since our last time on the Adventure. We did Alaska ... Read More
We have been cruising with Royal since 2002 - have done 9 cruises and 7 were with RCCL.and second time on Adventure We have never been so disappointed on how much royal has gone down since our last time on the Adventure. We did Alaska in 2013 on Radiance (love Alaska and the Radiance). Done get me wrong some parts of the cruise were fabulous (staff especially), but overall it seems RCCL is more into making money than worrying about their overall performance. Stayed two days before at Pier 66 and was beautiful. The ship though a real disappointment. Royal used to pride themselves with the cleanliness of their ships and the overall look. I remember when every port they would be washing the windows and cleaning everywhere. Not anymore. The insides windows in the windjammer looked like they hadnt been cleaned in a long time. Also on the pool deck. One port the staff hosed down the outside windows with water, then soap, then rinsed them, but never squigeed them so the water just ran the windows and made them look worse. Our balcony glass on the outside looked like they had never been cleaned either and the railing was pealing and if you looked at the underside all you saw was rust. We had a notice half way thru the cruise to make sure the balcony doors were closed as they were going to clean them. Hubby was in the room at the time and all they did was hose them. When we went out on the balcony there was white paint chips all over the glass, our chairs and the floor. I found that even though this was a Xmas cruise there wasnt a lot of activies offered for the passengers that did not have a price tag attached. Sea days included in this. I felt sorry for the staff on the pool deck as not as much staff and they were constantly running to keep up with drink orders. Our attendant was great and even though he took up to twenty orders and once and your sometimes had to wait up to 45 minutes to get your drink (due to lack of staff) he never got your order wrong. RCCL put a notice in the daily that passengers would be able to check in on line the day before their flights. I thought great, however, when I called to ask where to go to do this they told me I would have to pay $10 for an hour of internet to do this. We unplug when we are on holidays so do not have electronics with us, but to pay for an hour of service when it would take not even five minutes to check in was ridiculous. Luckily we met a lot of people who volunteered to let us use their devices to check in. Also RCCL forgot to mention that when checking in to remember to do so on Florida time. We were in the middle of the caribbean who remembers what time zone you are in. When we went to check in of course we couldnt and went to guest services for help. Even the staff couldnt explain why we couldnt until one gentleman asked his supervisor and they finally figured out the time change part. RCCL has really gone down hill on customer service and their pride in their ships. We dont know if we will return. We have already booked a 20 days cruise in Nov but on princess. The first night I couldnt sleep as the bed was like sleeping on a sheep of plywood. Ask the room attendant for the egg crate foam (which they dont have anymore) but he put 4 foam pads on the bed to make it more comfortable. When I asked him about it he told me that the beds were changed when they did the refurbishment and he had had nothing but complaints ever since about the quality of the bed. Our room attendant was fabulous, keep us supplied with ice as I had hurt my back the first day and needed ice for it. Also hubby got sunstroke half way thru and of course ended up sick. Ray (our attendant) constantly asked about him and as hubby was freezing (side effect of sunstroke) got him extra blankets. We usually do the buffet as we never know when we are hungry, but the buffet food never changed. Every day they supposedly had a different them but the food was always the same. Chicken, beef, pork, noodles and veg. We ended up a lot of times eating at the Cafe in the Promenade as the food was much better. Never thought to go to the dining room as we also dont like to wait an hour or more to eat. In all the years we have been cruising with RCCL we have never been so disappointed. It seems as if all RCCL cares about is how much money they can make (in order to pay for those new big ships) and they dont care about their guests. Also the excursion we took in St Maarten was horrible. Was not as described. On a bus with about 30 others (as expected). There was suppose to be many photo stops (had two) the rest of the time we had to take pictures as we went around the round about. Took us to a warehouse district (scary) stopped at a beat up place to sample and buy rum. No explanation on how the rum was made just stand in line sample and buy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) and 3 of my daughter's friends (first time cruisers). We all had cabins on the 7th floor on the forward starboard side. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth with no issues. The agents were able to deal with a couple of issues for the young first-time cruisers and got us through without incident. It took us longer to park the vehicles than it did to get on the ship. Our last cruise was on an Oasis Class ship. We enjoyed this ship much better. It still had the mall, but most of the ship still had access to the ocean which I enjoy. My wife felt as if this ship was her favorite class. It offered many activities, but still didn't feel crowded. Our cabin was all the way forward on the ship and was an Oceanview stateroom. We loved the view from our window, but if you are do not like motion I would not recommend as the last night we had rough seas and my darling wife almost didn't make it. We ate every night in the Main Dining room. We find the meals there to be good. We find no pleasure in pay that much more for the extra dining options. We ate lunch everyday in the Windjammer and breakfast was split between MDR and Windjammer. We found all the choice as good as on land. Dining is still one of the highlights of our cruise. There have been some changes. Instead of being served bread by the assistant waiter, the bread is there waiting on you at the table. This didn't make that big of a difference for me. I went to the casino and gave a fair donation. I was also able to see a young lady win $13,000 so at least someone really liked the casino. Drink service was spotty around the ship at times. I sat at on venue listening to the musician. I was thinking I would purchase a drink before dinner, but was never approached for the 45 minutes I was there. We went to the ice show and we saw the hypnotist and really enjoyed both. We also enjoyed trivia and some of the late night parties and karaoke. We had as much fun on this cruise as any other we had been on. I still find it to be a great value for vacationing and getting away. Royal Caribbean gives you so many options for whatever kind of fun you are looking for that I find it hard to believe that you couldn't enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
WE chose this cruise because my husband had the week off, the port was close to home, and we had enjoyed all of our other Royal Caribbean Cruises. This cruise was the exception. Just as a side note. This was our 14th cruise, the 4th on ... Read More
WE chose this cruise because my husband had the week off, the port was close to home, and we had enjoyed all of our other Royal Caribbean Cruises. This cruise was the exception. Just as a side note. This was our 14th cruise, the 4th on Royal Caribbean. We have also cruised on Holland America, Princess, Norweigan and Celebrity. First, the stateroom. We were in cabin #9370, a balcony cabin. The bed was terrible. It was like sleeping on a table. We could not sleep more than 3 or 4 hours at a time without waking up in pain and having to move around. We asked our room steward for an egg crate to put over the mattress, but apparently the ship does not stock them anymore. The room steward was able to only get an extra quilt to put on top of the mattress,which helped not at all. The room itself was adequate, the steward did a nice job keeping it clean, no complaints there. The Windjammer Cafe. Disgusting. I have never been on a cruise before where the staff sees food on the floor and simply walks past it without cleaning it up. Whole pieces of bacon, lettuce leaves, pieces of fruit. Just laying there in front of or near the buffet line. The staff in the Cafe were indifferent. You were lucky to catch them to get you water, or lemonade. Mostly, you ended up getting it yourself. I never saw such a lackadaisical attitude on any ship or cruise line we have been on. We had to ask to have the tables cleared off and wiped off, and even if you could get a crew member to do that, you would still be left with pieces of food on the chairs and on the floor around you. It was really gross and unappetizing. The food itself. Horrible. Old food. Rotten fruit. Pieces of watermelon that would bend in half from being so either frozen or waterlogged. Blackened and burnt potatoes. Overcooked hamburgers and hot dogs. Breakfast sausages and bacon so overcooked as to be almost inedible. There was not a lot of variety. Much of the time, half of the Windjammer would be closed for cleaning, even on sea days when there was no where else to eat. The main dining room. The food was good. The wait staff was excellent. The one thing that was very disappointing was the fact that, although we had two formal nights, and most people made an effort to look nice, there were still many people that chose to come to the dining room, in one case, a man wearing a "beater" t shirt, people wearing shorts, baseball caps on backwards, and just a general attitude of disrespect for that tradition. It made us feel foolish to bother getting dressed up. The shows were pretty good. The hypnotist was great, as was the comedian. One observation was that the Adults Only rule was not followed. Kids were everywhere. In the 80's dance party, which was after 9:00 pm, the dance floor was filled with young children. In fact, they almost took over the venue. There was one little girl, maybe around 6 years old, that was so overtired she lay down in the middle of the dance floor and pulled her dress up to her waist. Her mother just stood by, talking, ignoring her . . . .Kids pushed their way into the adult games,. woman vs. men, and the Irish activities director just ignored it. The only "adult" in the room was during The Quest, when Mercedes, the cruise director, actually insisted that the parents remove their young children from the room. As far as the ports. We have been to Grand Cayman before, so we just walked around, did some shopping, and had a turtle burger. Costa Maya was the newest port, and it was very, very overpriced and overcrowded. Imagine Times Square on New Year's Eve. The port is still under construction, so there is pretty much only one path to walk on, a very small pool to sit in, and very overpriced shops. For example, there was a cute flamingo shirt I wanted to get for my husband. Asking the price, the man said $60.00. I started laughing. At that starting price, there is no negotiating. I could probably buy the same shirt at Bealls for $29. There was a very sad and small pool for the dolphin encounter. There was barely enough room for the dolphins to swim around. I felt so sorry for the animals and hoped they got to go to a larger space at the end of their "work day". The port could barely sustain one ship, yet there were 3 ships docked that day. It was almost impossible to even walk around, and we pretty quickly decided to go back to the ship. Cozumel was our favorite stop. We have been here several times. We did the beach break. In the past, that price included an all you can eat lunch buffet. No more. The ocean was so choppy it was unsafe to swim. The red flags were out. The water toys were all removed from the water. The pool was overcrowded with kids. We took a chance on the excursion, because the excursion sales person did mention that there was a lot of seaweed on the beach and the tides were high. We gambled and lost. It was too windy to stay at the beach, so after about an hour we ended up taking a taxi back to the cruise port, and spent some time shopping around. It seems that in the past, there used to be a lot more activities on the ship. Now, most of them seem geared to a "seminar" to get you to buy jewelry, beauty treatments, cigars, liquor . . .it feels like it has become a big, captive audience sales event. We laughed when we went on Holland America for the first time, because it skewed with such an older cruising crowd, but we had a two day cooking class that we really enjoyed, and to this day make a few of the recipes. Royal Caribbean used to be our favorite cruise line. I really feel that Royal Caribbean has become the Walmart of cruise lines, which makes Carnival, in my opinion, be downgraded to the Dollar Store of Cruise Lines. The room steward told us that we should have brought our own blow up mattress to put on top of the terrible bed. Yeh, like that is going to happen. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good ... Read More
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good food. All the staff went out of their way to make everyone's cruise a good one. This was our fourth time on the Adventure and that was the main reason we booked her. Our normal port to sail out of is San Juan due to fewer sea days and more ports that we love. We will be on the Freedom for a B2B in six weeks and will see what Diamond tier has. As with any ship in saltwater, there are small spots of rust here and there. At every port we heard tap, tap, tap as they were working to chip away rust and paint (a neverending chore.) The ship was well maintained although there were stains in places on the carpeting. Winter came too early in Michigan this year so it was good to have a week of warmth. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This ship was very nice. Very friendly staff and with my son in a wheelchair was very accommodating! Our waiters, Sameer and Ikoman were superb! Would cruise again anytime on this ship! The cabin was spacious and my son was able to get ... Read More
This ship was very nice. Very friendly staff and with my son in a wheelchair was very accommodating! Our waiters, Sameer and Ikoman were superb! Would cruise again anytime on this ship! The cabin was spacious and my son was able to get around fine in his wheelchair. The cabin was right off from the elevator which made it easy for us to get where we wanted to go on the ship. There were no lifts into the pool or hot tubs which was a downfall but my son is a paraplegic and was able to transfer to the ledge of the hot tub and with some assistance get himself in. He never went in the pool but I believe he could have done the same as the hot tub. The ship was very in tune to germs - sinks to wash hands before dining in the main room and hand sanitizer everywhere. The excursions were great. Captain Marvins in Grand Cayman is excellent - lifted my son right into their boat in his wheelchair! We had an excellent cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean and have been on 16 RCL cruises. First time on Adventure. It is a nice ship, well maintained. Our cabin (9654) was clean and had more storage than we needed. I like that the mini bar is empty and ... Read More
We are pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean and have been on 16 RCL cruises. First time on Adventure. It is a nice ship, well maintained. Our cabin (9654) was clean and had more storage than we needed. I like that the mini bar is empty and you order what you want put in there. Our balcony was a nice size and the chairs reclined. Cabin steward was nice, but reserved. I made a couple of requests (extra pillows and towels) and he was very accommodating at keeping the extra towels in the room. We purchased a 3 night Specialty Dining package in advance and won't do that again. We were told to book our 3 dinners as soon as we got on the ship or we might not get into the restaurants at a decent time, so we did. Turns out that EVERY reservation we made conflicted with a show we wanted to see, which we didn't find about out until the night before from our Cruise Compass. When we tried to change the reservation, there were no decent times left (only 6PM or 9PM). for alternative nights. The MDR, and our waiter/assistant waiter were so fantastic, that we wished we'd just dined there every night. Now for the "not so much"...the entertainment. If I see one more comedian joking about his colonoscopy I'm gonna scream. The featured singer obviously didn't feel like performing that night and the "variety shows" were shrill, disconnected and NOT about the title of the show. The Ice Show was good. We ALWAY enjoy the adult show "The Quest" and the cruise director made it a lot of fun. We have seen the 70's disco show a dozen times so skipped that. Some trivia games were fun, but some of the cruise director staff seemed tired and cranky at a few of them. The casino was way too smoky for us but I did run in long enough to lose $20 INSTANTLY on a Wheel of Fortune machine. LOL We still had fun and managed to relax, which is what we needed. We told our cabin steward when we met him that we are late sleepers and if we slept so late that he couldn't get to our room, that was fine with us. It happened often and everything worked out fine. I would definitely go back on Adventure of the Seas, for the cleanliness, itinerary, and food, but NOT for the entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We, because of price and spouse are "Loyal to Royal". But I'm serious thinking not such a great idea. If they are going to continue using older ships they really need to stop a day and CLEAN them thoroughly!! ... Read More
We, because of price and spouse are "Loyal to Royal". But I'm serious thinking not such a great idea. If they are going to continue using older ships they really need to stop a day and CLEAN them thoroughly!! Entertainment was Excellent!! This class ship (as we sailed back-to-back with the Navigator of the Seas) won't be our choice anytime soon. **The plus is the food was good and entertainment also very good. The service in the dining room was lacking and definitely not what I would expect from Royal Caribbean. We had a wonderful excursion at St. Kitts, we've visited the island but never took one before. I highly recommend. It was for the Fort and Plantation house. Great Price and 5 star if you like history & views. Royal Caribbean needs new activities for folks that don't wish to sunbath & drink entire trip. Heck, I'd enjoy history lectures of islands visiting, etc. Just something new please. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We liked the 8 night cruise instead of 7. The embarkation was probably the best we have experienced in many, many cruises. There were 300 Diamond Members and 200 Diamond Plus Members - all stuffed into the lounge and spilling out into ... Read More
We liked the 8 night cruise instead of 7. The embarkation was probably the best we have experienced in many, many cruises. There were 300 Diamond Members and 200 Diamond Plus Members - all stuffed into the lounge and spilling out into the Viking Crown Lounge. Luggage was delivered in ample time to unpack before muster. We are Diamond Plus with over 300 nights on Royal. However, We did not have robes - did not have shampoo - did not have lotion - did not have our free bottle of wine - when we entered the cabin. As it was a busy day, we were ok with it being delivered the next day. Surprise - not delivered on day 2 either!. When I asked the cabin steward about it - he said that we had to REQUEST those things or we wouldn't get them. I said OK - I request them. Everything but the wine was delivered that night. I called the Loyalty rep and had to leave a message. Day 3 was my birthday. Since it was formal night and the meal was steak - we planned to drink the red wine from Crown and Anchor.... You guessed it - NO WINE. No wine on Day 4. Finally after repeated trips to the loyalty desk - wine was delivered - only it was PINK WINE - not red. Another trip to the loyalty desk and a trade was made. The loyalty rep apologized profusely and said that we would be his guest to dinner at the Chops Grill to make up for the glitch. We were happy. Reservations were at 6:00. We checked in at 5:55 and were seated. We waited - waited - waited. It was 6:20 and we were still sitting... No message from the loyalty rep. We asked the waiter to please try to contact him to see if he was coming. We were informed that he would TRY to be there by 6:40 and we should go ahead and order. About 6:45 he showed up and scarfed up food while on his cellphone. He accepted 6 calls from various people during dinner. Needless to say - we couldn't wait to get out of there. We even skipped dessert. The ports were places we had been before, so we just did an overview tour. On San Juan, we did want to see the city but did not want to shop, so we signed up for the "Old and New San Juan" tour. We did it online and chose that tour because it did not include shopping. The driver went straight to the downtown area and kicked everybody off the bus for one hour to "shop". We objected and others objected as well, but he said he had to move the bus and we needed to leave. We wasted a whole hour of a 2 1/2 hour tour just sitting. When we complained - we were referred to "Freddie", Asst Mgr of the Tours and he told us that RCI Tours were not in charge of the tours and there was nothing he could do. Is there noone following up on these tours???? That's scary. The rest of the cruise was fun. The dining staff were excellent. Food was tasty and varied. We really liked the Diamond Breakfast areafor a quiet fresh breakfast. It is a nice perk. Disembarkation went about as smoothly as we have seen. All in all - We do enjoy cruising and we normally are treated very well on Royal. I think this was just a fluke. I sure hope so - because we are going again with Royal in February. If this repeats - we may have to re-think things...... Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I had never traveled on a Royal ship in the past so this was my first. The ship was nice with many bells and whistles I had not experienced in the past. I did not like that the Windjammer had restricted hours of service as I have pretty ... Read More
I had never traveled on a Royal ship in the past so this was my first. The ship was nice with many bells and whistles I had not experienced in the past. I did not like that the Windjammer had restricted hours of service as I have pretty much been used to on other cruises. I was not crazy about the shows on the Adventure, but Mercedes and Isaac were fantastic. I was really hoping for a WOW factor for this cruise, but I was disappointed overall. Service was great for my cabin and the few dinners we had in the dining room. Lastly, I'm not one to complain a lot, but this was an 11th anniversary cruise and I ordered yellow roses to my room and when we arrived they had red roses which are not my wife's favorites. Maybe that got me off on a bad footing for the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The cruise was average. We had great service in the dining room in the evening. The entertainment was ok. There was a comedian that was good (with puppets). and the ice show was excellent. When I had lunch in the dining room I ordered ... Read More
The cruise was average. We had great service in the dining room in the evening. The entertainment was ok. There was a comedian that was good (with puppets). and the ice show was excellent. When I had lunch in the dining room I ordered hot tea. Each time, the tea never came. Thankfully my dinner waiter stopped over to ask how the service was and if he could get me anything. Otherwise, I'd still be waiting on the tea. Also dessert never came at lunch dining room dining. There were too many sea days with nothing much to do. Too crowded in the solarium to find a chair. On the pool deck it was loud when playing a movie. Did do a wine tasting (that was and extra charge) and it was very informative and fun. The smoke from the casino was traveling into the lounges on the front and the back side of it. They really need to do a better job of containing the smoke in the casino. I am a crown and Anchor member and I was not welcomed back or given a listing of what was loaded as perks on my sea pass. When I inquired at the help desk, they told me they are loaded on my sea pass and that was it. I asked for a listing and they told me there isn't one. (the friends I was traveling with each got one from the desk). The manager at the time, told me this. I tried several times at the crown and anchor desk on deck 7. Everytime I went to see if someone was on duty, no one was there. Even if it was time that said they would be there. After 4x, I just gave up. It was consuming too much time. I had not been to Labdee for years. It has been built up and had many more things to do. I liked that they had locals working there but didn't like that they expected tips to take the lounge chairs down and were angry if you would help yourself to chairs. I didn't take any cash onto the island, just wanted to relax. They should probably just pay these folks a bit of a salary and spare guests getting asked every several feet if they want a chair and hang about until you reach for your wallet. St Martin is always a great stop and Puerto Rico there is a lot to do. boarding and unloading went smoothly. without too much waiting. Customs was not much waiting either. Didn't do any excursions because of the cost and nothing really jump out. Spa service was very good. Actually all the employees were very good. Didn't like the promenade area. The shops are much smaller and had very little in them. They put out tables along the promenade with products on them and caused a log jam of people. The pub was very popular and had people spilling out of it into the promenade. The sushi place was much larger and hardly had any people in it. Maybe they should swap out the spaces? The ship was sparsely decorated for Christmas. That was pretty surprising. Had a nice time but it is hard to not look back and remember what cruising was like years ago and what it has now become. A nickle and dime-ing extravaganza. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise for the timing, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although we are veteran cruisers we had never sailed RCCL. The overall cruise was good (what's not to like on a cruise?). We found the staff generally friendly ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the timing, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although we are veteran cruisers we had never sailed RCCL. The overall cruise was good (what's not to like on a cruise?). We found the staff generally friendly and accommodating. The main dining room provided surprisingly good food with superior service from our waiter, Joel, his assistant, Igety(sp?) and Amit, our section leader. Passengers, on the other hand, were exceptionally rude and ill mannered. Why, when you have a fixed table assignment, do you need to push others out of the way to get into the MDR? We also encountered some rude behavior by staff in the spa - remember the Julia Roberts character in "Pretty Woman"? These incidents were, however, isolated and did not significantly mar our overall experience. But we did come home with a few hundred dollars that had been earmarked for the spa, but went unspent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this Cruise because it Departed from a port near us, was reasonable and we frequently sail with Royal Caribbean. We really liked the Voyager Class ships due and larger due to the smooth sailing and amenities. We always enjoy the ... Read More
We chose this Cruise because it Departed from a port near us, was reasonable and we frequently sail with Royal Caribbean. We really liked the Voyager Class ships due and larger due to the smooth sailing and amenities. We always enjoy the Promenade with its shops and cafe'. The staff was very friendly and eager to please, which always makes for a happy cruise. The only comment on the Ship itself is that it could use a litte upgrading in the appointments, ie; furniture, carpets (Room & Public areas). The food was excellent in all areas, entertainment great and varied. The Ports were a bit repetitive but with our many Caribbean cruises that is hard to avoid and some of them tend to look alike and sell the SAME touristy merchandise. But it's still the best way to vacation in our opinion. Unpack once and others "Drive", make your bed, feed you and entertain you. We, however, have a similar complaint with several cruise lines, Royal Caribbean included. They have a tough time adhering to their own rules. They constantly allow passengers to come to the Main Dining room, for Dinner, in Shorts, Wife Beater T-Shirts, flip flops and hats. We have even seen some in Bathing suit cover-ups. We are not saying that they should be dressed formally but come on, it's dinner ! If you prefer to dress sloppy go to the Buffet which is very casual. When we mention this to Dining Room senior staff they tell us Management instructs them to advise guests of the dress policy but to allow them to be seated anyway. We object to this as it changes the atmosphere of the dining room dramatically. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade ... Read More
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. The food was really good and there were so many choices along with a variety of good drinks. Our cruise director and activities manager were exceptional and made our cruise the life of the water. This ship is a great choice for 1st timers and those who are cruise experienced. The dining room experience opened my eyes to different cultural outlooks and they were always polite. You have to go aboard to get your own experience versus going by someone else's opinion. I had a wonderful time during this cruise. I will definitely be planning another cruise with RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my least favorite RCL cruise.It was full of 500 children.Loud and noisy passengers also.The Serenity area was not quiet or serene.The hot tub was a cespool of drinkers and party types.I thought a cruise right after Thanksgiving ... Read More
This was my least favorite RCL cruise.It was full of 500 children.Loud and noisy passengers also.The Serenity area was not quiet or serene.The hot tub was a cespool of drinkers and party types.I thought a cruise right after Thanksgiving would be quiet.How wrong I was.The front desk said it would be like that all December.My Diamond status was all screwed up.Card had issues getting my 3 drinks loaded.Roy the guest services manager comped me Chops for one night.Praises for him.Lots of pushing and shoving going on.I was on the Serenade the week prior.Had a great time.Cabin was ok on Adventure.Entertainment was good.Only got off in Cozumel.Did a chocolate and Tequila tour.It was worth the price. The Windjammer was very large and laid out well.The Promenade was a hubbub of people and activities.I had a 350 onboard credit from my RCL Visa card.Lost 200 of it in the casino.Saw people winning but not me. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We did this cruise with friends on their first cruise. Quite the experience. First the good: we were in 6640, balcony cabin. Embarkation was quick easy and painless! It was very nice, good location and the bed was great. We didn't ... Read More
We did this cruise with friends on their first cruise. Quite the experience. First the good: we were in 6640, balcony cabin. Embarkation was quick easy and painless! It was very nice, good location and the bed was great. We didn't mind the lower half of balcony obstructed. The promenade deck was just below us with all the fun stuff and coffee shop! The staff were polite and friendly for the most part. The comedy shows were excellent and so was the ice show. This was our 9th cruise and with husband's retirement in a year we are looking forward to more! So to the negatives: The staff in the main dining room where we ate every night was pretty out of sync. The waits were long, food was either cold (in the beginning, they did do better later) wine was very slow as well. I got the feeling they were short-staffed. It was just chaos the first two-three nights. There was no Somalier so the wait staff brought wine - also very slow in the beginning. Getting info on just what was allowed on the drink package in the bars was also a big problem on the first day. The coffee in buffet and dining room was awful. Thank goodness for the drink package where we could get Starbucks every day. We also were on special diets because of health issues. Low carb, which means no bread, rice, potatoes, crackers, cereals. The cruise ship caters to regular eaters - I understand, but the lack of variety got boring. Carrots and broccoli every single night. The next big problem we had was the fact that on the last day was we were in a hurry to disembark to catch a flight - we had to deal with the ship charging us for drinks they claimed we were "sharing"!! No one asked us if we did this (we did not!), they just stuck it on our bill. This is such poor customer service! The buffet was also a problem in that apparently the workers in there are strictly for bussing tables. They do not bring coffee, water or flatware. So then you have to go back up to where there are tons of people with food plates and get all up in that mess again. Seems like this is a poor way to do it. The buffets are crowded enough without all the flatware being up there too. We had a few other problems too but the lack of service and the trying to sneak a charge on our bill really made me angry. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because I got an email from Royal Caribbean with a "great" deal and it was the time we had planned to go on vacation. The cruise was not up to the RC standards of my previous two cruises with RC. The staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I got an email from Royal Caribbean with a "great" deal and it was the time we had planned to go on vacation. The cruise was not up to the RC standards of my previous two cruises with RC. The staff were unhelpful and rude at times and just ignored us the rest of the time. They changed our dining room table number, which was fine, but neglected to tell us that it was for the entire cruise. When we went to go to our table we were rudely told that our table was changed for the rest of the cruise. When the manager realized that he had been rude to us, he tried really hard to make it up to us but still couldn't get it right. He offered to send our dinner to our cabin one night and didn't send the appetizers. He offered wine, but we don't drink wine, and sent a box of stock desserts to our cabin. In our cabin was an advertisement for $12.99/day internet. When I took it to the guest services desk we were laughed at for wanting the internet for this amount when it was normally $15.99/day. Our stateroom attendant, Tu, was awesome. My need for lactose free milk was always attended to happily except for the coffee bar on the 5th level. The ship was clean and tidy. Our cabin was dripping from the vent and it was taken care of immediately. I will think again before I take a Royal Caribbean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Live in the area and wanted to visit the itinerary listed. Boarding went smoothly, room was ready. Entered and looked over Promenade and saw the folks across the way, waved to folks in elevator as a joke, but they waved back. Also noticed ... Read More
Live in the area and wanted to visit the itinerary listed. Boarding went smoothly, room was ready. Entered and looked over Promenade and saw the folks across the way, waved to folks in elevator as a joke, but they waved back. Also noticed security camera outside my window, so curtains stayed closed for 8 days. Only opened for nightly wine time. Food in MDR was okay, often not hot since it seemed we were far from the kitchen. Staff were attentive, Axel did a great job! Need more variety for dinners too. Didn't book excursion, too pricey on ship and long lines of complaints. Walked around ports and had fun. Need to have towel checkout moved to opposite side of ship so you don't have to walk through the smokers. Agree with others stating, perpetual upsales as you walked ship were irritating. Also, Bingo pricing way higher from 6 mths ago. Productions shows were good, skating best show on board. Comedy shows dated, Sammy singer was unintelligible, bad mike?!? Main Band was very good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Wanted to go to eastern Caribbean for daughters birthday we had the perfect cabin 1814 panoramic view on the 12 th deck our attendant was ok but not the wow attendants we have had in the past think he hated his job the casino was horrible ... Read More
Wanted to go to eastern Caribbean for daughters birthday we had the perfect cabin 1814 panoramic view on the 12 th deck our attendant was ok but not the wow attendants we have had in the past think he hated his job the casino was horrible constantly changing dealers got worse attitudes every time the most dismal part of the cruise was the MDR while the wait staff was great the food was inedible horrible over or undercooked just plain awful I have been on many Royal ships and cruises but this was terrible the pizza in promenade cafe was very good but the girl with the glasses attendant was beyond rude the port at San Juan was wonderful the fort was breathtaking and I can’t wait to get back to see all of it st Martin was just ok st kitts was terrific such nice people and good food which was a relief after the slop served on the ship even Giovanni’s was horrid I’m not kidding while I remain loyal to Royal I am diamond on my next cruise if I run into the variety and quality of food like this again I will be forced to look elsewhere for my 3 or 4 cruises a year so sad because in my opinion royal needs to stop penny pinching and give the cruisers what they pay for Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Royal Caribbean delivers with this ship / itinerary and crew! First: Myths from other reviews I have read: 1) Elevators - All were in service for this trip, yes there was some waiting at peak traffic times. Our Trip Embarkation ... Read More
Royal Caribbean delivers with this ship / itinerary and crew! First: Myths from other reviews I have read: 1) Elevators - All were in service for this trip, yes there was some waiting at peak traffic times. Our Trip Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was seamless. From curbside to Windjammer in roughly 20 minutes. We did as much online registration as we could before arrival (including photo's for the Seapass), and at Platimum travelers, we were on board in no time at all. Labadee Haiti - We hung out on the beach and a few of us did the jet ski excursion. This is good vbalue for your money as we were a solid hour on the water and it you are an experienced rider you get to the front of the pack. I've rented in FL and other Caribbean ports before, and this operation is good value for your money - also, if you have never jet skied before, this is an excellent opportunity to learn. San Juan - We did the "old / new' San Juan tour. This was a nice local ride around the city with the driver stopping at a number of points of interest for photo / bathroom breaks. On this day, he was trying to avoid stopping while it was raining, but overall this one had good value for your $$. St. Martin - We did the 'double decker' tour that included a stop at Maho Beach. This was a good trip - folks on the upper deck were roasted in the sun, however none of this tour was rushed and it was well paced. They did not go to the French side of the island because of hurricaine damade. St. Kitts - We did the 4 x 4 Rain Forest tour that was run by "Greg's Safari"... Greg is a 5th generation resident of St. Kitts, and of all our shore excursions this one was the best! Entertainment: 1) The cruise director, Mercedes, does an excellent job throughout the trip. 2) The Duk & Dog pub had Cat Wells singings & playing the guitar - we saw her about 2 years ago on Freedom and she puts on a great show for the "pub" environment. 3) Schooner Bar had a pianoman by the name of Giovanni. So Giovanni is from Italy and has a obvious accent when speaking, however he puts on an American accent while singing - it took a little getting use to, but he kept the crown engaged. 4) We ate ALL our meals in the Main Dining Room, all were excellent, the right temperature and once again is a sign you don't need to spend extra in a specialty restaurant to enjoy your meal. Head Waiter IDA and Assistant Joanna were a great combination. One night Ida brought his guitar to the MDR and at about the 7:15 mark we had a sing along - others in our group played Ida's guitar and sang - it was a great night. 5) Public areas = well kept. 6) Windjammer, what can I say? Provided you don't want to eat between 12:00 - 12:45, there were usually short wait times and plenty of tables available. 7) Disembarkation... This was a little odd, but not a show stopper. They had a forward and aft meeting areas. Then as you approached the gangway to get off there were 2 security checkpoints facing in each direction. After the checkpoint the opposing lines of passengers had to merge into 1 line to step onto the gangway. At this point it was obvious that some couples and families got seperated for a short time. You spend most of the week walking around the vessel, so why not merge everyone before clearing the security check point? Anyhow, in closing, this vacation, again, exceeded my expectations... Don't sweat the small stuff - enjoy your trip! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My wife and I are diamond members of RCI, with over 128 nights of cruising on RCI. I purchased this cruise a year ago, the price was good, and we had not cruised on this ship before so we bit. We were Royal fans but the fun is wearing ... Read More
My wife and I are diamond members of RCI, with over 128 nights of cruising on RCI. I purchased this cruise a year ago, the price was good, and we had not cruised on this ship before so we bit. We were Royal fans but the fun is wearing off and cruising with Royal is becoming just average. The things that attract us to cruising is 1. Price, 2. dance venues, 3 the service and food and of course the ship itself. The ports of call are ok if you do your homework before getting on board, so have a plan so you don't blow your days out there. The ship seems to be in a clean and in serviceable condition. The interior cabin was small but the steward did a good job keeping us happy. The main dinning on deck three was ridiculously slow and the food was just so-so. Most of the week we just visited the buffet which was good. Unfortunately the Boleros dance club is right next to the casino, were the smoke pores out and ruins a good evening with excellent live bands. I could smell the smoke on deck six, what a shame. I don't like smelling of smoke and leaving there with a headache, so after three nights I had had enough. I thought the show in the Theater were better than average and the ice show was great. The diamond club was ok if that's your thing to sit and drink for hours on end. Disembarkation on the last day was haphazard, in RCI tradition of ship of that size, with one person directing foot traffic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because it occurred after hurricane season and it was presented to us as a ship that had recently been renovated. The ship was clean and the staff very friendly although not very knowledgeable of the ship's ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it occurred after hurricane season and it was presented to us as a ship that had recently been renovated. The ship was clean and the staff very friendly although not very knowledgeable of the ship's functions. When we would ask informational questions the answers that were given were incorrect. Their offer was that you did not need to purchase the internet to use texting on the ship but that was not true. We never did get their app to work correctly until after we purchased the internet package for a day. Also RC only allows smoking in the casino. The entire time of walking through the main deck from our room to the Windjammer it was so smoke filled that we could hardly take a breath without smelling smoke. this was the third cruise we took with RC but feel that what was presented to us on the website and what we actually experienced were two different things. The beds in the cabin were very old and hard......so not very comfortable. However, the food in he Windjammer was great.....it was very appetizing and they take every precaution to make sure that their presentation of it was well done. Overall I would not recommend this ship just because of the second hand smoke. I am a person who has asthma and my lungs were congested throughout the ship. We were a four person cruise but all agreed we would never book a cruise on Adventure of the Seas and think this ship should be retired from service. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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