Sail Date: October 2017
I have never cruised before. I choose this cruise, as my wife gifted me with this for my birthday and then proceeded to have me plan it. She wanted to do the southern Caribbean. I read other reviews and found that Royal Caribbean would ... Read More
I have never cruised before. I choose this cruise, as my wife gifted me with this for my birthday and then proceeded to have me plan it. She wanted to do the southern Caribbean. I read other reviews and found that Royal Caribbean would probably be a good fit for us, we are in our 40's. Our original cruise date was 9/30, but that was cancelled, so we rebooked for 10/21. All of that went really smooth with RCCL, American Airlines, and the excursion people, so thanks for making that easy. We were going to stay in Puerto Rico 2 days early, but again due to the hurricane we skipped that and came in the day the ship was leaving. We had the free transportation to the ship through RCCL and other than a 15 minute wait, it went just fine, yeah the bus was a little hot and crowded, but hey, it was free and all handled for us. It turned out to be a short trip anyway. Getting on board didn't take too long, I would guess 15-20 minutes from getting dropped off to getting to our stateroom, we didn't get in until 2:30pm. so maybe that made it easy. The cabin was nice enough, we had a balcony and there was plenty of storage for all of our (my wife's) stuff. One of our suitcases wouldn't fit under the bed, so that one went in the closet. We didn't do any of the specialty dining, we did all Main Dining (My Time Dining) except breakfast twice, which was in the Windjammer. We didn't do the drink packages, as my wife and I don't drink lots of alcohol and we don't do soda. I heard other people say the water on the ship is fine, I use an RO at home and the water tasted like crap on the ship, we had to get lemons everyday to cut the chlorine taste out of the water, then it was ok. Main dinning was ok, the selection was good enough, but went I got the food, it just didn't have much in the way of flavor. I was expecting more. I did return 2 of the dishes and tried something else on the menu. I was looking for flavor, but even the dishes that they labeled as "spicy" didn't have much heat. The mushroom soup was good. The pasta was not, it tasted off and it was clumped together, to be truthful I thought of Chef Boyardee when I was eating it, it was one of the ones that I returned. We loved our first set of Waiter and Assistant (Sixto and DWI), but for some reason got moved and just never clicked with the second set, we asked to get moved back, but it didn't work out. Ex. We sat at the table for 10-15 minutes with dirty dished twice in the same evening, after main and desert. For desert, my wife really likes Crème Brule, but they seem to make it more like Flan, it wasn't what we wanted and my wife asked for it to be changed and tried on 3 different nights, but it never came out right. I do have to say however that my wife has a food allergy and Anthony the Head Waiter for Sapphire Deck 3 went really over and above to make sure that she had items that she could eat everyday. He even made sure that she had extra buns for making PBJ's for our time on the islands. He talked with us about our day and came by after each course to make sure she liked what she got. Windjammer was for breakfast only and was a typical buffet, so nothing wow and no complaints. I did try the pizza at the Café Promenade, it was like cardboard, the crust was limp, and there wasn't much flavor. We did the behind the scenes galley tour and that explained, I think, why the food tasted the way it did. It mostly premade, in their kitchen, but way before dinner and then they stack it and the waiters just come around and pull it out of the stack to serve. I get that they have something like 600 people at a service per kitchen to serve, but they have to do something to make the food better. We came home and stopped by Chipotle after our flight came home and the food was better than most of what I go on the boat. If Chipotle can do fresh food like that, I don't see my the RCCL couldn't. Entertainment and activities - we did a couple of the shows and they were good enough. We didn't do many activities, we just didn't seem to have time. We ended up going to bed by 10:30 or 11 most days due to the excursions we were doing. Spa - my wife's mani/pedi was outrageously expensive, that taught us, to do it at home the next time. Wife and I each had massages which were nice, 1 was free and the other was $50 off due to a raffle, otherwise way overpriced, if that wasn't the case. Ports - We did the ABCs and St Kitts. Bonaire we walked the town a little bit in the morning to do some shopping and Woodwinds in the afternoon. Woodwinds was awesome, if you go, you should do it, shout out to D and her crew. They did 2 drift snorkels off of Klein Bonaire, they provided all of the equipment including Rashguards or suits if you wanted them, floaties, and even prescription goggles. They provided drinks before and after each dive, after the first we got a snack and after the second they gave use lunch which was noodles, chicken. and veg, including plantains, it was great. They sell you photos afterwards if you want, we took them and like what we got, which was sea life and shots of each of us on the trip (I think around 30 people), around 180 photos, they put it all on a thumb drive that you took home right away. I did do my own GoPro filming, as they didn't do any video, but it was nice to get the shots of the sea life and the shots in the water, my wife and I were in 2 different groups (they broke us up by experience, I am a diver, my wife had never snorkeled before this). She loved snorkeling after this. Curacao - we did the Curacao Actief tour with Kurt. Again would recommend. It was an all day open air pickup with a soft top on the back. 6 people, We went all over the northern part of the island. Saw some of the towns, did a lot of off roading, 2 blow holes, a bat cave, Green Turtle area (from above), then to Westpoint beach to snorkel with the turtles, they do provide equipment, but you should make sure they have your size, before you leave, there was a mix up with one of the other guests and they had to try a few sets to find one that fit, also they don't do any photos, so bring your own underwater camera. On the way home he drove us over the big bridge and even dropped my wife off at the shopping area after we go back and dropped everyone else off. Aruba - Our excursion through RCCL was cancelled the night before. We ended up walking off of the ship and taking one of the old school buses with no windowpanes for $20 per person for a 4 hour trip around the island. Did the rock formation, the Aloe Vera plant, the lighthouse. Nothing special, but not horrible either, got us to see the island. Dropped my wife off so that she could visit the History museum in town and I did the Seabob Aruba, that was awesome. It turned out that I was the only one on the trip, though my understanding is the max is 6 anyway. Seabob is a 1 person underwater sled that goes ~13 MPH. Mine was set to 30 feet as I am a diver, but I was having problems equalizing my left ear so I only went down 15-20 feet. The water off of Boca Catalina was not as clear as Curacao or Bonaire (Bonaire was the clearest by far), however we did go out to the Antilla shipwreck and got to go around that with the Seabob. That thing is really fun to use. They provide all of the equipment, even the wetsuit. Fins and snorkel aren't needed. It is a strenuous activity, so if you go, work on being able to hold your breath to get the most out of it, I am a fit guy and was rather tired after doing this for just an hour and a half. They do take photo/video and sell it to you, again, I purchased it, it was 283 photos and videos, again worth it. We ate at the Hard Rock for dinner, they were accommodating for my wife's food allergy, but for the price you pay for dinner for 2 ($68) + $25 for taxi and bus there, the food wasn't worth it. Cruise day - Did the wine tasting and Galley tour and Bruch. Wife isn't a wine person, but wanted her to experience different wines, she didn't like it, but that's because she only likes sweet wines, not the tour fault. St. Kitts - Did the Greyford tour. AC bus, does a tour of the north of the island, including the main town, the botanical gardens, the fort, and a stop at the beach. This one was just 8 people, the van windows are smaller than a bus, so limits the view a little bit. Was a good overall tour of the island. The beach was disappointing as the tour says to bring snorkel equipment, and when comparing to the other snorkeling, there wasn't anything at the beach we were on to see. They did have a restaurant at the beach to eat, however the prices were pretty high so we skipped it. Would I go again? Sure, overall the cruise was very relaxing, the excursions I took (none of which were through RCCL on the islands) are what made the vacation a great one. The snorkeling was awesome and my wife now loves it and wants to do it again. The ship and room were fine for what I paid for it. I would love it if they changed up the food, I would think about just doing the specialty restaurants in the future, but I am loath to pay more for food on an all inclusive trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I am a Royal Caribbean Cruiser and have been for 5+ years . The ship's appearance and up-keep are well maintained and the staff are friendly. I love the entertainment and activities provided. The cabin service was good and both the ... Read More
I am a Royal Caribbean Cruiser and have been for 5+ years . The ship's appearance and up-keep are well maintained and the staff are friendly. I love the entertainment and activities provided. The cabin service was good and both the embarkation and disembakation went cleanly and very smoothly. With all of that said, my husband and I were excited and looking forward to our vacation aboard but we found ourselves horrified and disappointed by the mass amount of unrefined guests who talked by yelling, cursed incessantly and let their feral children run loose and unattended inside Windjammer Cafe. We never expected such crass behavior and it ruined our entire trip. The main dining room appearance and service were very good and we enjoyed the island tours and shopping, however this time the other guests were nothing to be desired. I know that this isn't the fault of Royal Caribbean and that they don't have a choice over who books and plans their vacation with them but the ghastliness of the fellow passengers this time left us reconsidering if we'll ever book another cruise again if I'm honest. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my 16th cruise I have done. I have been on Princess, NCL, Carnival and Royal to name a few. A couple of years ago, my wife and I did a Canada/New England cruise with Royal on the Brilliance of the Seas. This was and still is ... Read More
This was my 16th cruise I have done. I have been on Princess, NCL, Carnival and Royal to name a few. A couple of years ago, my wife and I did a Canada/New England cruise with Royal on the Brilliance of the Seas. This was and still is one of, if not my favorite ship I have been on. Because of this, I was really expecting good things on this trip. Leaving out of San Juan caused some issues because of the hurricane. I won't bore you with all of them but the big one was our hotel in San Juan cancelled our room for the night before the cruise. This left us with the possibility of having to change our flights out to arrive in time on the day of the cruise. This is where I give a big shout out to Royal. They notified us that the ship would be in port the day prior to the cruise (the cruise the week before ours was cancelled) and we would be allowed to board a day early at no charge. Thanks again. Boarding the ship was easy. I'm sure there were issues on there end because of all the issues going on down there but they made it seemless. The also offered complimentary transportation to/from the ship. Another nice touch. We were on the ship by 10:30AM. This gave us the whole day prior to look around and get used to the ship. The ship is big but easy to find your way around. They make it easy to locate where you are going (digital touch screen boards all around the ship). The promenade on deck 5 at first looks nice but go though it a few times and you've been there/done that. My biggest complaint about the ship was the food. For such a big ship, you are very limited on where you can eat (unless you want to pay extra - that's a whole other topic that I won't get gong on). There is the Windjammer cafe which is there buffet. Food is very average at best. It seemed like each day, only about 20% of the menu changed. I saw the same thing day in and day out. I have never been on a cruise where the menu was as limited as it was this time. I don't know if the hurricane caused any issues with supplies or if this is the new standard. I hope it isn't. I was talking to another couple who was at he Diamond Plus level and they said they heard there were only 2200 people on the ship (holds 3800 or so). If that's true, I don't know if they toned down because of that. The other problem I had is that my wife and I like to eat early. The Windjammer didn't open until 6:30PM each night. I thought this was too late. I think 5:30 is a much better time and it seems like all the cruises I have been on before, 5:30 or 6:00 at t he latest, was the norm. But don't fear, if you really need to eat early, you can go to the main dining room each night (with My Time Dining) and get in a 5:30 or and this will probably surprise you (not) , but the specialty restaurants open at 5:30. Come on Royal, open them all up at 5:30PM. The only other place you can eat on the ship with no surcharge is the Promenade cafe. Two different types of Pizza and about 5 different sandwiches. Not many free choices anymore. I talked to a lot of people that were commenting (especially those with young kids) that it made it tough to eat early. On a Caribbean cruise, when you get back from port, you don't always fell like getting all cleaned up to grab something to eat. Sometimes its nice to come back on the ship, drop your stuff and go to the buffet to grab something to eat. Not possible on this ship unless you want to wait until 6:30. Main dining room food was OK. Nothing above par. We only ate in there three times. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants so I can't comment on those. I heard nothing but good about them. I have only one complaint about Disembarking. You take your luggage off the ship to the buses then drop it off again. You get on the bus to go to the airport and your luggage goes into a separate truck. You get to the airport and they drop you in front of a terminal. You wait and wait (in our case, approx. 1/2 hour) until the trucks show up. Then the fun starts. Everybody crowds the trucks to wait for their luggage. This was a mad house. There has to be a better way. My suggestion is that you take a taxi from the ship to the airport. I think its around $20-25 (guess) but it would be well worth it. My last thing for those of you that have stayed with my boring story is a small tip. When you get to the airport to return home and you've gotten your luggage, remember there is more than one agricultural luggage check in the airport. We were dropped in front of Terminal B. One check was right inside the door. There had to be a hundred plus people in line. I asked if there was another one nearby and was directed down near the American Airline counter (which was good because that's who were were flying on). It was a very short walk and when we got there, there was three people in the line ahead of me to have their luggage scanned. I guess my Dad was right, it never hurts to ask. Bottom line, would I give Royal another chance? Yes, but because of the Brilliance of the Seas, not the Adventure. If you are the type of person who doesn't care what time they eat or typically enjoys the specialty restaurants, you'll have no problem on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We were traveling with our 3 nieces and recommended to them to try RCI , and the itinerary suit us all to perfection. Our main issue ( me & my husband ) was when the pipe burst) our carpet was flooded actually 3 cabin were ... Read More
We were traveling with our 3 nieces and recommended to them to try RCI , and the itinerary suit us all to perfection. Our main issue ( me & my husband ) was when the pipe burst) our carpet was flooded actually 3 cabin were affected, it happened two days before our departure.. WE have to put up with the smelly carpet for two nights ( smells like a dead fish) .we have to spray perfume & air freshener but to no avail..It was so dusty, since 3 huge blower were left running inside our cabin - all day to dry the carpets, so dust were flying all over the place ( are carpets vacuumed daily??) . The only consolation was we were out on a tour, and came back after lunch, hoping we can rest but our cabin was not ready by then. We were offered a complimentary dinner and a bottle of wine to be delivered to our room but nothing was delivered whatsoever.. Our nieces were with us since we were together and dined together.,,The inconvenience was so overwhelming. To top it up, during the entire cruise, we were provided with stained towels, I have questioned with our cabin steward but she said towels are clean despite of the poor appearance. Poor quality control.. Perhaps next time to use Bleach/ Clorox to be more appealing for your guests..The thought of using a stained towels - makes us all wonder if washed at all. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This is my second time on the adventure in the past 4 years. The trip overall was just okay. I can see the cost saving measures that rccl has implemented and was a bit disappointed with this trip. Flew into San Juan the morning if the ... Read More
This is my second time on the adventure in the past 4 years. The trip overall was just okay. I can see the cost saving measures that rccl has implemented and was a bit disappointed with this trip. Flew into San Juan the morning if the cruise and used a independent shuttle service to get to pier. After the quick ride, we arrived at the pier at 1:30pm and the line was out the door for first time cruisers. The line for repeat cruisers was short thankfully and we were all checked in and on the ship in about 20 minutes. Hit the windjammer as soon as we arrived. Was crowded as usual, and the selection was lacking. I nibbled on a lot of different things, but didn't find anything to be outstanding. This was the first and last time I had lunch in the windjammer on this cruise. Rooms were ready shortly after lunch and we went back there to take quick nap prior to sailing away. The room was clean, but it had a kinda moldy smell the entire trip. The toilet also had to be flushed more than once for things to go down.The service was lacking overall. My room attendant wasn't very friendly and didn't pay attention to detail. had to ask for towels more than once and only had a towel animal in the room on one night of the entire trip. I had a deluxe drink and internet package. I found the drink service to be lacking overall. Service was slow and they didn't seem inclined to come back often to see if you wanted a refill. Not sure if it was because the tip was already prepaid or what, but I have had better service in the past. I couldn't get a drink the windjammer during breakfast to save my life. The internet was terrible. It only worked every once in a while even though I was logged in. I found the free wifi on the beach at some places to be faster than the one on the ship. Not worth the cost. The entertainment was also very lacking, even though I feel like most of the crew was trying. There seemed to be fewer activities in the past and the hosts sometimes seemed like they would prefer to be anywhere than where they were. The adult comedy show was fun and classics like the quest were funny as usual. The production show "jackpot" was truly terrible. I felt bad for the performers that have to do it every week. The dining room was slow and the staff was not nearly as attentive as in the past. Usually, they would know what I wanted to drink and things like that by the third night, but these group never got the hang of it. I felt like they were just going through the motions and couldn't wait for us to leave. Also, the food quality has gone down hill. I ended up going to Johnny Rockets for lunch and dinner more than once on this trip. On the bright side, the ports of call were beautiful and I felt like everything went smoothly with them. The elevators got a bit backed up upon returning, but nothing too extreme. The sun was shining most of the time we were in port and the tours we took were fun. Overall, I would recommend this cruise to others, but would just tell past cruiser to lower their expectations a bit. This is not the rccl of the past. Everything will cost you more and you will be longing for some of the personal touches that you had in the past. For the base price, I think it's a good trip and would go again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary and Royal Caribbean has always been a nice cruise line. Our opinion has dropped a lot based on the loss of: Windjammer buffet now closes at 9:30PM Ice Cream bar is gone from the Windjammer ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary and Royal Caribbean has always been a nice cruise line. Our opinion has dropped a lot based on the loss of: Windjammer buffet now closes at 9:30PM Ice Cream bar is gone from the Windjammer Buffet Pool side grill is gone Chops - food as not worth the extra $42/pp. Ambience was very poor - a group of drunks was singing (screaming) outside near the entrance and the staff left the entry door open. Half our meal we could not talk over the noise from outside. Soda machines are a great idea, but 1 was always broken, sometimes both, meaning to use our group had to one time go in the Windjammer when it was closed to use theirs Our room was not made up daily Rock climbing wall was only open 1 hour/day (I never got to use it) Water slide was open so few hours/day I never got to use it. Our group's shore excursions at: **St Maarten - SMC2, Ultimate Beach & Snorkel - Awesome! **St Kitts - KT63, Mount Liamuiga Volcano Hike - Double Awesome! Very hard hike to the top and I loved it. **St Kitts - KTD5, Horseback Riding in the Rainforest - AWFUL, DON'T GO. My spouse went. The helmut had broken plastic in the back that cut his head. The stirrups were so short his legs were bent up too high. The guides said they could not be adjusted longer. The result was his knees hurting so badly he still has trouble walking today after the trip. **Antigua - AND1, Horseback Beach Experience - Awesome! We loved it **Antigua - AN64, Helicopter to Montserrat Volcano - Double Awesome! My spouse because he could barely walk from yesterday's tour switched to the helicopter ride. Absolutely amazing trip!! **St Lucia - SLC2, Hotwire Pitons Zipline by the Sea - Awesome! **Barbados - BBC3, Swim with Turtles, Shipwrecks, Snorkel and Beach - Awesome! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
-Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. -Dining at the "Windjammer" in the morning was like a stampede, plus the noise of clashing dishes and silverware from the wait staff and mass amounts of people were very ... Read More
-Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. -Dining at the "Windjammer" in the morning was like a stampede, plus the noise of clashing dishes and silverware from the wait staff and mass amounts of people were very disappointing. -Dinner at the main dining hall was great. The food could have been a little better, but the wait staff were outstanding. -Shore excursions are always fun. However it seemed like all locations were selling the same products. Antigua and Barbados has the best beaches...georgeous. -We stayed in a Balcony room with 3 people, comfortable size. -Royal Caribbean charges for every single little item, water, lemonade, tips for everything, even though you are already charged a daily tip amount for every night of your stay. -Nightly shows, included comedians, "vegas night", illusionist and the fun "disco night". Definitely entertaining, enjoyable and not overcrowded. -Shopping on-board was very limited. We couldn't find sunscreen or lotion at the general store and off-shore they charged us $20 USD for a standard sized bottle. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. I really wanted to try RC, as I have only previously cruised on Carnival. The service was great. Most of staff was very friendly once on the ship. (Not so much during arrival and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. I really wanted to try RC, as I have only previously cruised on Carnival. The service was great. Most of staff was very friendly once on the ship. (Not so much during arrival and departure. I belive the staff at the ports are subcontractors.) Even upon arrival, we asked the photographer how she was doing today, and she replied, "Eh. Im hot and tired." ooookay.. a nice first impression but our room attendant and restaurant staff really made up for it. The layout of the ship is very congested, specifically the Promenade floor where they have boooths for shopping, lines for photographers in high traffic areas, a random car in the middle of the hallway. I just felt that it was hard to just walk around and relax during the evenings because it was jammed packed. Even the stairs are blocked with the photographers taking pictures and you need to wait in between to hop down. The casino was my least favorite place. Stunk like smoke and make my throat hurt after only a few mins. Im not a huge gambler but enjoy some slots from time to time. They also try to cover the stench of the casino with air freshener which makes it worse. I would come in looking all nice and walk out smelling like an ash tray. Im not a smoker, and these, days, smokers are in the minority. I wish they would find a way to have a smoke free space so we don't have to inhale other peoples smoke. In addition, we witnessed some super unprofessionalism in the casino. At the blackjack table, the dealer made a minor mistake ($1 difference) and his boss came up and yelled at him to the point where he looked like he was going to cry. The staff seems very somber. With very little downtime, they are like modern slaves. Can you imagine working 6 months without any days off? They were so sweet and helpful, but deep down , I wonder if they are truly happy. Its just the sense I get. Also staff has to pay for their own internet, so most stay out of contact with their families for a long time. It must be really hard. The food was good but Carnival had better food and way more options throughout the day. If you want coffee before 630am, you need to order room service or pay for Starbucks. Also, there is only 1 place in the ship to get food after the restaurants have closed. That area, happens to be supper crammed and always filled with people.. and of course, only 1 person working. Advice, I would say is to book your room towards the back of the ship. This way, you are on the side of the ship near the restaurants. I know when Im hungry i don't want to hike to get something to eat. We were on the 8th floor and it worked out perfectly. If the elevators were busy, we just took the stairs. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
The ports were wonderful. We have taken over 20 cruises but had never been to Bonaire, Curacao or Aruba. Loved them all. St. Martin - have been there numerous times and could have skipped it. We did island tours and my husband had ... Read More
The ports were wonderful. We have taken over 20 cruises but had never been to Bonaire, Curacao or Aruba. Loved them all. St. Martin - have been there numerous times and could have skipped it. We did island tours and my husband had dives at two ports. All were great. Ship rooms are very worn and in need of updating. Our room had a slight musty smell all week. Our balcony could not have the wall between the neighboring balcony opened which we were disappointed about. Common areas were very nice and have been refurbished recently. Food was good but the items on the menu that are the same each day have increased and less things that change each day. Love the chilled fruit soups. Prepurchased the internet package. Internet was a bit slow but better on my own device than in the computer room. Don't purchase the refill drink cup. Machines are down a lot! When you take the cup to the bar you have minimal selections. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We were going to go on the Harmony but this ship had more ports,, so we changed to the Adventure of the sea. This boat is out dated,when I checked it said newly remodeled maybe the shopping area nothing else that I saw.It needs some ... Read More
We were going to go on the Harmony but this ship had more ports,, so we changed to the Adventure of the sea. This boat is out dated,when I checked it said newly remodeled maybe the shopping area nothing else that I saw.It needs some serious updates.The ship smelled bad.My floor smelled like mildew and some places smelled like urine.It was awful! I paid more then the Harmony too. I have been on Carnival and Norwegian and I would say the boats that I experienced was better then this.I thought I was moving up in quality. Rusty balcony's,carpet coming up in places.But staff was nice and hot tubs were good.Food no taste. The bar help were fast and drinks were strong. Casino people ignore you on slot side.Excursions where the bomb. Loved my jeep excursion.Happy with all excursions. Main dinning staff was great. Not thrilled with overall boat for the money. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
I have been on other cruise lines... to be specific, carnival. Overall, this was a decent cruise line that was satisfactory in many ways. However, I would not recommend this cruise line to others knowing that I've had better ... Read More
I have been on other cruise lines... to be specific, carnival. Overall, this was a decent cruise line that was satisfactory in many ways. However, I would not recommend this cruise line to others knowing that I've had better experiences on Carnival. One of the biggest reasons I would not recommend Royal Caribbean to a friend or family member is because of food choices and hours the food is available. Remember, I'm comparing everything to carnival cruise lines. The windjammer (royal Caribbean buffet) pretty much had the same lunch choice selection every day with the food being very mediocre and bland. Carnival had several choices at lunch aside from the buffet which was a huge step up from the level of royal caribbeans buffet...carnival has the "guys burger joint"....the blue iguana Mexican bar...Indian station...Mongolian BBQ....sandwich bar...all of these options free of charge. The only choice with royal Caribbean (that was free of charge) was the windjammer Buffett (and of course the dining room). Johnny rockets was another option but with a surcharge. Carnivals pizza bar was way better pizza (thick brick oven pizza vs thin stale pizza on royal Caribbean) .Royal Caribbeans self serve ice cream closed at 9pm and carnival had it open 24 hours/day. The first evening on this ship I went to the windjammer(royal Caribbean buffet) to get a later evening meal (after 9pm) and it was CLOSED! carnival has midnight buffets around the clock, at least until midnight. The dining room experience in the evenings was more comparable to carnivals level of taste but id still give the advantage in taste and quality in the dining room to carnival. Room service has a charge on royal Caribbean, carnivals was free. Carnival had self serve laundry facilities on their ship...royal Caribbean you had to pay for each item a la carte with the dry cleaning service. We've gone on 5 carnival cruises and this was our first royal Caribbean. All we heard before this trip was how much "classier" and "better" this was than carnival. We had the opposite experience and were just shocked when we experienced differently. So to summarize, carnival has more food options throughout day with no required upcharge, better quality food in the buffet, the availability of food 24 hrs a day, and there isn't as many upcharges that royal Caribbean had (no laundry, pay for room service, etc). The public bathrooms throughout ship were very poorly maintained and reeked of urine. We've always heard that carnival was a party ship vs royal Caribbean...that the people were classier...our experience was that both ships had people partying and the same level of class. So those are my reasons. I wish I felt differently but the differences were clear as day. I'm glad i know for myself now. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
I picked this cruise because I wanted to go to the ABC islands. I wasn't disappointed at all by the islands. The people were great, the islands beautiful, and the excursions were fun for the whole family. This was my 2nd cruise in ... Read More
I picked this cruise because I wanted to go to the ABC islands. I wasn't disappointed at all by the islands. The people were great, the islands beautiful, and the excursions were fun for the whole family. This was my 2nd cruise in just under a year on Royal Caribbean. It's hard to say anything bad about the ship itself as Adventure of the Seas was clean, big and easy to get around. The rooms were about average, but a bit dated. The service provided by the crew was excellent. They really seemed to want to offer the best they could. Overall, we had a great time as a family on our vacation. As for areas that weren't up to par: 1.) Dining overall was just barely okay. The food in Windjammer was repetitive, overcooked, and often so busy that it was a pain to just get something to eat. The food in the main dining room was, compared to other cruises, poor. The soups were lukewarm, the temp of the beef was inconsistent and often wrong. The pasta was bland and overcooked. I could go on and on.... The food was not as good as my last RC cruise last July nor the Carnival cruise I took 2 years ago. 2.) The RC entertainment was just flat out bad. The singers were awful and the dancers made frequent mistakes. Not once did I leave thinking, "That was a great show!" RC might better just stick with hiring outside acts like the comedian and El Gaucho, who performed great shows. As we were flying home after this cruise, we all agreed we'd had a great vacation. But my wife and I couldn't help but compare this cruise to the last 2 we've been on. We just don't see any difference in the quality of the food and service between RC and Carnival. (Our best experience was on Celebrity) Given RC's premium pricing, that will be a large hurdle to overcome in order to book another RC cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports and we also wanted to experience a larger ship than we have previously cruised on with R.C. This was our eighth cruise and our fifth cruise with R.C., and I have to say that while all the others ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports and we also wanted to experience a larger ship than we have previously cruised on with R.C. This was our eighth cruise and our fifth cruise with R.C., and I have to say that while all the others were outstanding, this one was somewhat of a disappointment. We had 12 people in our group, which included 2 children, a few senior adults, and a few younger folks too. Some of us have cruised many times and others were fairly new to cruising. On a positive note, the ship was beautiful, clean, and exceptionally easy to navigate around. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on the ship within minutes of arriving at the San Juan port. The food was very good in the main dining room and we were attentively taken care of by Willford each evening. The food in the Windjammer was plentiful, prepared nicely, and always tasty. Our cabin was kept immaculate and well stocked by Bruce and we really appreciated his helpfulness throughout the cruise. On the first day, I asked Bruce to have ice in my room every evening and he actually brought it twice per day without fail. The ports were nice and we especially enjoyed Aruba and Curacao. The entertainment on the ship was excellent and we really enjoyed the evening shows and the ice skating show. Unfortunately, many little things added up to my overall disappointment with this cruise. Airport arrival transfer was disorganized and sloppy. Not a good impression on some of the members of our traveling group new to R.C. A huge disappointment was in the shore excursions (we have always enjoyed the shore excursions in the past and spend a lot of time in advance choosing which ones to go on). Our St. Thomas excursion was cancelled before we left home (no reason provided by R.C.) but we were able to book another excursion to St. John that we did on our own. But the second cancelled excursion occurred at St. Kitts when our group was literally getting ready to walk out the door to go on the excursion. We received a call in our room saying that there was a mechanical problem with the catamaran we had booked. So we went up to the desk to find out what options might be available because we all wanted to see St. Kitts. The person at the desk had nothing to offer us and didn’t seem to care too much that this had occurred. We ended up going out on the pier where we discovered a representative for our cancelled excursion. The representative said for $3 each we could be transported by van to a “beautiful beach” where we could rent chairs and umbrellas and enjoy the beach. She said there were restaurants on the beach, and also water crafts that we could enjoy. So 10 of us opted to do this and there were 10 miserable people for the duration of this excursion. The “beautiful beach” was rocky and unappealing and the black sand was not only extremely hot, it was also like cement once it got on a person’s feet. The restaurants were not very appealing but hunger drove us to place an order. After waiting 40 minutes for our food and asking nicely about it, we were insulted by the extremely rude fellow who was trying to serve everyone all by himself. He was so rude that we walked out without waiting any longer. Oh, and the beach chairs and umbrellas were broken down and very uncomfortable. The water crafts were expensive and not in the area where we were taken anyway. We were all so happy when the van driver came back for us! So while we were all looking forward to seeing St. Kitts, we ended up having a very miserable day there. Other disappointments include: The water temperature in our stateroom shower was ice-cold three different mornings. After reporting it, the problem was initially fixed but then it happened again and again (heard this same complaint from our friends occupying several cabins all next to each other). One evening, we ate at Chops and while the food was excellent and the service was impeccable, someone brought a young child with them who totally disrupted our quiet and romantic dinner (ship should impose an age limit on children, perhaps over the age of 12 to eat at Chops). I also found there to be little to do on the sea days. On other cruises we have enjoyed with R.C., there were wine-tastings, various classes, movies in the theatre, etc. None of this was offered on this cruise and made for two very boring at-sea days. But my most significant complaints have to do with disembarkation: we were initially provided a time to disembark of 10:45 but I knew this wasn’t correct because we had a 12:50 flight. We ended up changing the disembarkation time ourselves but DO NOT understand why the time of 10:45 was given. We would have missed our flight had we not known to change the disembarkation time! When we went to the customer service desk to change the time, there was absolutely no apology and no interest in the fact that this had occurred. On the morning of the disembarkation, we made our way to the area that we were instructed to go to (which wasn't easy with a large group, carry-on luggage to deal with, children, and people in our group who cannot easily do stairs) we were immediately turned around and sent to yet another place up the stairs, then told we could walk-off! Once off the ship, there was not enough ground transportation and we waited in the heat for an excessive amount of time to be transported to the airport. Although, overall, the cruise was somewhat enjoyable, there were a number of negative things that made for a less-than-wonderful vacation and we came away with disappointment in R.C. I hope these aspects were all coincidental and not the way R.C. is going to be from here on out. Because if it is, my business will be with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was a family vacation with 13 people. The cabin was clean but needed to be updated with a new rug and chairs. The bed was VERY comfortable as well as the sofa bed my grandson slept on. All the sheets and blankets were very clean and ... Read More
This was a family vacation with 13 people. The cabin was clean but needed to be updated with a new rug and chairs. The bed was VERY comfortable as well as the sofa bed my grandson slept on. All the sheets and blankets were very clean and felt crisp.The bathroom was in excellent shape except for a small rust spot at the bottom of the door.No robes were in the room at time of check in and I had to contact guest services to get them brought to the room.There was more then enough room to store everything we brought and then some. The walk in closet was amazing.Overall it was a good cabin and great location just needs to be updated. dining room service was so so but not bad. The rest of the ship for it's age looked good. The adult slides were really fun and the pools always seemed clean and fresh with the water never to warm or cold.My grandson loved the kids pool and the kids club, the staff there was EXCELLENT !!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This cruise was chosen because of the destinations and the ship. My family had never sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship. We were disappointed with the activities on the ship. The teenagers had very little to choose from and was not ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because of the destinations and the ship. My family had never sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship. We were disappointed with the activities on the ship. The teenagers had very little to choose from and was not allowed in adult activities. There was nothing open 24hrs and room service had a fee associated with it. The staff was not very interactive. They responded if a conversation was initiated but did not offer other activities. The amenities were lacking such as an iron in the room and a laundry room for guest usage. The evening dining was outstanding. When we finished eating Michael Jackson would suggest different activities that was happening that evening and what to expect the next day; whether it was a port we were going to or something on the ship if we were at sea. If more staff was like him I think I would have been more inclined to recommend Royal Caribbean to others. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this one, because the itinerary offered Curazao and Aruba, which I had not visited yet. St. Thomas and Aruba were amazing stops. Curazao and St. Kitts, not so much. The latino band at the Boleros cafe was Amazing, I guess the name ... Read More
We chose this one, because the itinerary offered Curazao and Aruba, which I had not visited yet. St. Thomas and Aruba were amazing stops. Curazao and St. Kitts, not so much. The latino band at the Boleros cafe was Amazing, I guess the name was Son Montuno. The shows were great, specially the hypnosis and magic shows. Food was as good as other times, but the service provided by Mariana at the Main Dinning room was exceptional. Regarding the C&A, I am in the border between Gold and Platinum, so I expected some encouragement to go for the Platinum benefits, and that did not happen, like it used to be in the past. The Main DInning service was outstanding, the Windjammer selection was limited and we miss the after hours buffet. I have traveled so far 6 times with Royal and 3 with Carnival, so I feel more inclined to Royal. The overall experience was good, but next time I might try somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise for the value and the information given that it would be refurbished prior to our sail date---NOT!!! Wouldn't take this one again nor will we recommend The Adventure to anyone at this time. We plan to sail with ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the value and the information given that it would be refurbished prior to our sail date---NOT!!! Wouldn't take this one again nor will we recommend The Adventure to anyone at this time. We plan to sail with Royal again, but will really be mindful of the ship and the itinerary we choose. We look forward to our time aboard our cruise vacations and don't like feeling like our money is wasted. We did appreciate our room attendant and also our dinner staff, they were genuinely kind and helpful. We did enjoy our evening at Chops Grille. The food is delicious and the staff is professional! Our spa visit was also not the best. The spa staff made us feel as though we were imposing on their time. Again, we were disappointed for the money we spent. Again, we will sail Royal in the future and trust that our experience will be as memorable as our Allure experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We took the Adventure of the Seas for a Caribbean cruise in July 2017. The port in San Juan was a bit of a mess, but once we found someone who knew what to do with our luggage, and we got through security, check-in itself was fairly ... Read More
We took the Adventure of the Seas for a Caribbean cruise in July 2017. The port in San Juan was a bit of a mess, but once we found someone who knew what to do with our luggage, and we got through security, check-in itself was fairly smooth and quick, as we had a Junior Suite, which entitled us to fast check-in. The ship was fairly recently refurbished. When we reached our cabin, however, the sink was clogged and the refrigerator was not working. It took awhile for these issues to be resolved, and admittedly, it was a disappointing way to begin our vacation. The cabin itself, a wheelchair accessible balcony junior suite on deck 10, was comfortable enough for three people, with a large walk-in closet. The mattress was quite hard. Royal Caribbean needs to do better. There are no upgraded amenities in the bathroom, and no niceties such as hand and body lotion. The balcony was quite comfortable, and I found myself falling asleep on the lounge chair on more than one afternoon, as the warm sun and cooling breezes lulled me. The cabin was wheelchair accessible throughout. Chops Grille provided excellent food, while Giovanni's Table was quite good. Both were well worth the upcharge. Food in the MDR varied. On some nights, it was good. Other nights, it was simply all right. Pastas in the MDR were consistently good. Food at the Windjammer was consistently . . . well, let's just say there was no chance of weight gain there. Johnny Rockets was always a safe bet for lunch. Service on the ship was generally good, especially among the dining staff. Ports were a bit repetitive -- many offered the same shops over and over again. St. Maarten was lovely; Antigua's shops quite good. Because I am in a wheelchair, many shore excursions were not available to me. I had researched as much as I could ahead of time, and reserved the Dolphin and Whale Watching Excursion on St. Lucia (which was amazing -- highly recommend). The Excursions Desk on board was rarely open, and Guest Relations (where we were sent when the Excursions Desk was closed) was not much help. This was somewhat frustrating. Really enjoyed the Vitality Spa, where I had a massage and got a keratin treatment for my hair. Great staff, great service, and wonderful atmosphere. Will travel with RCCL again, but not on Adventure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We have had great experiences with Royal before but this time it felt like the ship needed updating and the food was really bad. I have a 4 year old who is on the tiny side but is a great swimmer and he was too small for the water slide ... Read More
We have had great experiences with Royal before but this time it felt like the ship needed updating and the food was really bad. I have a 4 year old who is on the tiny side but is a great swimmer and he was too small for the water slide for his age group. I didn't make sense that he couldn't go on it especially with all of the lifeguards and both myself and my husband were watching him. We were really disappointed with the water slide experience. He was also "too big" for the baby area so he couldn't do any water slide activities when all of his siblings could. Also, although they had a water slide, it wasn't fast or fun. The people were nice and the service were great but was looking for it to be more child friendly especially for the young kids. We also took our 13 month old with us and was hoping there was an area that was always open to play with him there wasn't such an area. We really could have used a special baby area as well. If you have a baby I would leave the baby home. Also the spa was awful. The showering area was outdated didn't have shampoo or conditioner. I was very disappointed with their spa facilities. Also bring your own shampoo and conditioner because they only give you free shampoo and it is terrible. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This is my third RC cruise after the Freedom and Oasis. I knew this ship was an older ship but had a multimillion dollar upgrade in just the last 8 months. The interior public areas of the ship looked updated and had newer finishes. ... Read More
This is my third RC cruise after the Freedom and Oasis. I knew this ship was an older ship but had a multimillion dollar upgrade in just the last 8 months. The interior public areas of the ship looked updated and had newer finishes. Service was great in the bars, but spotty outside of that. Food was average/expecting of RC. We boarded the ship in record time. We were on deck 10 room 1666, and were able to board at 1230 and walked right through security and zero line onto the ship. Our room was ready at 2pm after a snack in the windjammer. Upon walking to the room, down the hallway, we immediately noticed a foul rotten cabbage smell in the hallway, it was really bad. It was not smelly at all in our cabin, but a faint linger of the smell was in our bathroom and never left all week. Keeping the bathroom door shut was a fix, but you were quickly reminded when you had to enter the bathroom. The room was clean but extremely outdated after the last two RC cruises. Faded out curtains and window curtains hanging with 90's outdated patterns and coral colors that clashed. The bed was hard as a rock as well, nothing like I remember from the last two cruises. On the first night, I was in the shower half soaped up and the water stopped. I got out and the sink nor toilet had water. My room steward (who has still yet to show up to say hey or check in on us) could not be reached, and a call to maintenance put us on a call back waiting list. About an hour later, maintenance called back seeming put off that they had to call us back and explained there was a main being fixed. Im still sitting there with dried up soap on me. I was upset they didnt alert the deck 10 people there was an issue before starting to repair it, or the fact our steward couldnt have just made a quick call. The water came back about 2 hours later, just in time for 830 dinner. The steward never showed up and said hello, we passed him the first night as he was cleaning rooms, and asked for an additional laundry bag which he left promptly at turn down service during dinner. on Day 3, we asked for ice (never brought any, first RC cruise ice wasnt provided by default). We also asked for more Evian water, and he nodded at us, it never came, we passed him day 4 and he seemed irritated and said we have to order it on the form and hang it on the door. Great, but why not tell us that yesterday instead of nodding. Dining service was also a miss on the first two nights. There was a new assistant waiter and she had never heard of vodka, greygoose, martini, cranberry, but with a puzzled face, scribbled something down.. and of course, course 1 comes, course 2 comes, and we havent received any drinks. On night two we got so frustrated we wrote our own drink orders down on her pad as she came around. She was SUPER friendly, and very very warm/sweet, she was just not trained well enough to order drinks. She was excellent replenishing bread and water. Our main server was amazing and top notch. We did notice the second night the table next to us complained about the drinks and they never showed back up all week. The 3rd night the head waiter Riche never left our tables sight and had our drinks waiting before we sat down (based on prev nights order). He had drinks every night we were there, and ensured we had an excellent dinner service. This was great and we very much appreciated the fact they realized there was a problem with the drink service the first two nights. Dinner was delicious as usual, with multiple courses and great desserts. The windjammer was overcrowded most days, hard to find a seat on sea days, and the menu never really changed. We did notice soggy fried chicken, mushy fried fish as two different things to the usual daily hotdogs, burgers, mashed potatoes, and mexican nachos area. Chops grille was amazing as usual.. food and service were wonderful. Very much worth the price. We got off at all of the ports. St Thomas we did the "St John on your own" excursion for $29/pp. This provided a ship chartered ferry to St John where we could then do whatever. We chose to take a taxi bus to Trunk Bay and it was probably the most beautiful beach I had ever seen in all my 6 cruises. Not more than prob 12 people along the entire stretch, we had an entire beach to ourselves. Excellent snorkeling right off of the beach. The ferry ride was close to an hour, so with that, taxi, and back we had only a couple of hours on the beach. Curacao was hot and crowded downtown, we just toured the shops. We did notice downtown, there were a lot of strange people that would follow us and try to sell us something, we assume weed or some sort of drugs as we did see a cruiser follow them down and alley and swap money for something. Aruba was also gorgeous, but we chose the wrong beach. Port people said for full amenities, go to Palm Beach in the high rise area. Since we needed shade, we opted for that. After riding back, Eagle beach had free huts at the top of the beach and was not crowded. Palm beach was super crowded, umbrellas touching, the beach was roped off/water too and it was almost shoulder to shoulder. It was $50 to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella. Eagle beach would have been free to lay under a hut with no crowd (and no chairs, but free!). The crowd was really too much, we left after 1.5 hours and got a taxi back. St Kitts was also beautiful.. we took a taxi tour for $60 (entire taxi) around the island for 2 hours. He took us to the beaches and top of the mountain vistas and let us get out and take photos. It was super hot so the AC in the taxi was great. Overall I think i could have overlooked the first two nights in the dining room and our steward if the ship would have been nicer. I picked this cruise for the ports, not the ship so I wasnt sure what to expect.. although this was a copy of the freedom ship down to the placement of the bars but the freedom had much nicer rooms and no funky smell. All in all, a great time, great cruise.. I guess I am a little spoiled after sailing on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
I chose this cruise line because I was loyal to it. The itinerary was awesome but that is the only thing I can say was awesome. Don't get me wrong it was a great vacation but rci has declined in quality over the years. In the past I ... Read More
I chose this cruise line because I was loyal to it. The itinerary was awesome but that is the only thing I can say was awesome. Don't get me wrong it was a great vacation but rci has declined in quality over the years. In the past I walked away wanting more. More food more islands more pampering. This time, I walked away. No feeling of sadness because it ended. The ship is dated. We had an aft cabin...the view was awesome. I enjoyed the entertainment better than in the past. The food was OK. In the past the food seemed freshly prepared this time seemed like the food was processed especially the desserts. None of the desserts left me wanting more. I am rethinking my loyalty to rci. I have been on one other cruise line and I think I may give them my business for my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Went on this cruise with the family and friends. We found this ship to not be as accommodating as other Royal Caribbean ships and would not sail on it again. The people at the photo studio were downright rude and guest services have no ... Read More
Went on this cruise with the family and friends. We found this ship to not be as accommodating as other Royal Caribbean ships and would not sail on it again. The people at the photo studio were downright rude and guest services have no control over them or do they say. Our staff that attended to us were great in dining and the stateroom attendant, but aside from that the friendliness factor was missing. In the baby pool area, the rules changed daily. One day only one parent could be in the area and the next day they were parents and grandparents in the same limited area. I would never take a toddler on the ship again as there was nothing for them to do. I felt the entire trip was spent telling people no to specialty dining. They were very pushy and wouldn't accept no as an answer. Truly wish I sorpent my 8000 dollars another way- maybe back to Carnival.... Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise as a gift for our grandson's high school graduation. Nineteen of us booked the cruise. The itinerary was just what we wanted. This ship nickel and dimed us for everything. The costs of drink packages, bingo ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a gift for our grandson's high school graduation. Nineteen of us booked the cruise. The itinerary was just what we wanted. This ship nickel and dimed us for everything. The costs of drink packages, bingo card packages, etc., were outrageous, therefore, we chose not to buy or play. Drink prices, ridiculous, shop prices were not cheaper at all. Sales were not sales at all. We found prices outrageous in all onboard shops. Not at all like other cruise lines. Food was good at buffet. Overcooked in main dining room, especially sea food. Waiters were amazing and did outstanding job. Friendly, professional and attentive. We had reservations for 19 every night and enjoyed it each night. Room was a Jr. Suite and was amazing. Our room attendant, friendly, efficient and thorough. Room was located perfectly for us from elevators and buffet/pool. Deck ten. Laundry night was extremely disappointing compared to other cruise lines. Expensive and very limited as to what they would launder. Rarely did we have "hot" water in the morning. Warm was reached after running shower for ten minutes or more. Elevators seemed to be on an odd rotation. Long intervals before one would stop, thus creating long lines especially on deck one. Entertainment times were either too early or too late for us so missed most of the shows. Ship was nice. For seniors with walking difficulties, and women in high heels; the up and down of the walkways caused safety concerns. Especially the slick surfaces; the highly varnished wooden "bridge" on deck five, the strange part metal, part glass floor in Casino entrance. The bus excursion on St. Maarten was the worst tour we've ever been on. The stops were terrible. The people unfriendly and rude. Prices ridiculous. Restaurant that was recommended by tour leader wouldn't even serve us or other table from our tour. I tried to get the attention of tour leader but she never check on how we were doing. Restaurant was very nasty. Scooter's. Bernice took us to poor areas only. Horrible beach, horrible restaurant, horrible bathrooms, horrible shopping. We cancelled our upcoming bus tours because of such a bad time. Shore excursion desk could have cared less when we reported it. None of the excursions offered shuttles for persons with walking difficulties like other cruise lines do. Most tour guides left us standing in the sun for 30 minutes before leaving the dock. Little seating available while waiting for group to assemble. Debarking a zoo. Too many people off ship at a time. Finding luggage ok. No seating for older folks to sit awhile. Hot, long lines, little assistance. Very disappointing ending to our vacation. That is what I'll remember about our cruise on Royal Caribbean. Once you're off their ship, they could care less about their coming back. Won't take Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We did not have enough time to explore our departure city because of flight restraints,While on ship had good time except bar service at pool deck # 11 . Not enough bar servers around pool.There should be plenty of servers on this deck at ... Read More
We did not have enough time to explore our departure city because of flight restraints,While on ship had good time except bar service at pool deck # 11 . Not enough bar servers around pool.There should be plenty of servers on this deck at all times.even in the mornings serving coffee. I had to go to bar all most all the time to get a drink ,when I asked about this problem I was told that there would be more servers later this should never happen !!!!! Dinning experience was great at Saphires dinning room , good food and great service.Cabin service was great our room was always clean and our porter was always nice.The shows were fun and the ships band was very good.Ports of call where great,i just wish we could stay in port longer at nights like we did in Aruba. Getting off and on the ship was fairly easy at the ports.Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our 5th cruise with RCCL. However, we were disappointed with the cleanliness of our stateroom. I think they need to update the staterooms. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. Food in the main dining room was delicious ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with RCCL. However, we were disappointed with the cleanliness of our stateroom. I think they need to update the staterooms. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. Food in the main dining room was delicious and the service was wonderful. The shows were great except for one comedian. The casino had lots of slot machines, however, we didn't like that they allowed smoking. Because of my allergies I could not spend to much time in there. I wish it was smoke free so everyone can enjoy it. Don't book the excursion in Bonaire that takes you on an island tour and then ends up at the beach and includes lunch. There is nothing to see in Bonaire except salt lakes and flamingos. You couldn't walk into the ocean because of all the rocks. You had to walk out on a pier and climb down into the ocean. The lunch was ok, but by the time I reached the chicken there was one piece left and they were always out of french fries. For $94 each, this was not worth even $5. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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