369 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

The boarding and disembarkation is well executed unfortunatley we did not have time to see Puerto Rico. Our cabin was quite nice loved the balcony and the staff overall is fabulous they go all out, there is lots to do onboard andI liked ... Read More
The boarding and disembarkation is well executed unfortunatley we did not have time to see Puerto Rico. Our cabin was quite nice loved the balcony and the staff overall is fabulous they go all out, there is lots to do onboard andI liked the itinerary we loved the ports of call especially St Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados but found the locals in Martinique to not always be too friendly. The quality of food in general is ok but severly lacking flavour. The basic price for the cruise is good but they get you back every time you want something to eat or drink and heavily push the beverage packages, They have a lot of shore excursions available at reasonable prices but not always to the quality level of other lines but at more affordable pricing. I would not choose RC again having sailed with other cruiselines but would be ok for firstimers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Chose this cruise over a year ago because of the itinerary - which was slightly changed due to the hurricanes. This was fine - and not a factor in my review. We were early to embark, had the 12:30 slot. It was raining and the process ... Read More
Chose this cruise over a year ago because of the itinerary - which was slightly changed due to the hurricanes. This was fine - and not a factor in my review. We were early to embark, had the 12:30 slot. It was raining and the process was not organized. Wet luggage delivered at 9pm - including the contents. I assumed that the luggage was kept under cover, but apparently not. This was frustrating and disappointing as a start, but our room attendant brought tons of hangars and I had clothes hanging everywhere trying to dry. Our room was fine. We've been on the bigger, newer ships, and the age of this one did show a little. The balcony was teeny, barely fit the table/chair, so we hardly used it. Would not recommend spending the money for balcony on this ship if you are unsure. It ended up being just a window for us. But the room space was perfect and there were lots of areas for storage. Water pressure at the sink was nill. But shower was great. Ship has been kept in great condition. It was clean and neat, and every staff person very friendly and accommodating. But overall, it was uninspiring. Biggest pluses: Weather was good (hot, but sunny) and seas calm. Spa was great - services exceptional - and appointments easy to get even last minute. Fitness and wellness staff knowledgeable and dedicated to their jobs and the people they worked with. (shout out to Marko who was always a pleasure to see everyday) Coffee at the (pizza place? I think) was best I've had on a cruise. Consistently good. Dining room staff was great and the food was better than any other (free) options on the ship. (though we paid to eat in the restaurants or on the islands as much as possible) Getting on/off ship at ports - well organized and never backlogged. Biggest disappointments: Windjammer. Probably worst food ever on a cruise. Healthy food / salad bar pretty much non-existent. (salad bar was like 6 things and 3 lettuces - never changed) For everyone else in my party, soup was same most days and just repeat stews etc. And of course, crowded - All. The. Time. Nothing makes me feel more like I'm NOT on vacation than fighting crowds for a table or a plate. We stopped even thinking of eating there any day we were at sea or any time that was "normal" eating time. Late night (after 9:30) eating: There is only 1 option. And that's to stand in line for 30 minutes for a slice of rubber pizza or a stale left over tomato/mozzarella sandwich. We were shocked by this. They keep serving drinks of course, till wee hours - so make sure you stow food in your room if you need to eat when you're drinking a lot! Entertainment: not abundant. I was happy to be on a ship that didn't require you to reserve your seats for everything in advance. I guess the downside to that is limited activity. The theater is extremely comfortable though and we could always get a seat. Excursions - ours got cancelled on this sailing. Was a theme with many people we met. That's never happened before- especially so many of them. We ended up winging it at each port and that was OK. Every stop had a decent local tour available. While the ship did offer activities during the day - the fun stuff was poolside - and impossible to get near unless you camped out 2+ hours ahead of time. It was a crowded ship. And I hear they are refurbishing in January and adding MORE cabins. Can't imagine. Ports: Curacao: We did Resort for a Day at Santa Barbara. Had a great time - highly recommended. Beach was wonderful. Beautiful resort. Our sunset cruise (booked on ship) was canceled. Bonnaire: If you didn't book a water activity, there's not much to see here at the port. Little shopping, no restaurants. So,we ended up taking advantage of the thinner crowd and stayed mostly on ship. Aruba: beautiful island and were were docked there all day (7am to 11pm). Did a walking tour with an outside company which was interesting and fun and provided a chance to eat local food. Then grabbed a taxi to Eagle Beach for the afternoon ($20 for a chair!) but really enjoyed the beach and the drinks. Wanted to shop, but most things closed at 6pm, so we just did some bar/food hopping and hit the casino. St. Kitts: Made this our shopping port since excursion was canceled and we have been here before. Locals super friendly and lots of shops/straw market. Friends grabbed an island tour by local taxi and said it was incredible. So the itinerary was great. The ship was just good. This is our 5th RCI cruise and we just booked a newer ship (Harmony) for next year. We've done Oasis and Anthem (in the years they were new) so maybe this smaller ship just wasn't for us. Our party is on the fence as to whether we need to consider another line. So we'll give it one more shot !! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Concierge service was nice, especially the free alcohol at at happy hour. The attendants were nice and friendly. The food in the main dining room and the Windjammer was bland and tasteless. It was very disappointing. The staff ... Read More
Concierge service was nice, especially the free alcohol at at happy hour. The attendants were nice and friendly. The food in the main dining room and the Windjammer was bland and tasteless. It was very disappointing. The staff throughout were nice, not great, but maybe I expect too much having been on many cruises now. The ports of call were good and the weather was great. The cabin was very nice, we used the balcony a lot and our cabin steward was very nice and very attentive. This is only the second cruise I've been on on Royal Caribbean but it really isn't comparable to Norwegian. I do think the Grand Suite is the best value with the Concierge level services they provide. On embarkation we were on the ship in no time and the cabin was ready before 2pm. On disembarkation we were off the ship by 8:30 and at the airport by 9am. Plenty of time to get through security and to our gates before our 11:55am flights (could have caught a 10AM flight no problem) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Adventure is a beautiful ship. In order to fill the ship, it seems Adventure offered great deals to the residents of Puerto Rico. However those of us who are loyal to Royal and booked some time ago, were the ones to suffer the overcrowded ... Read More
Adventure is a beautiful ship. In order to fill the ship, it seems Adventure offered great deals to the residents of Puerto Rico. However those of us who are loyal to Royal and booked some time ago, were the ones to suffer the overcrowded ship. The staff was super and did their best, but were overwhelmed by numbers. We were disappointed in the shows, nothing unusual or unique. The two female singers were outstanding, the best part of the big nightly shows. We enjoy having unusual or unexpected experiences. Maybe because only one sea days, none of these happened. (Dancing in the promenade, drum bands, other spontaneous happenings). Enjoyed the big band concert in a lounge, not well advertised. Just lucky we noticed it so we could attend. Others told us they would have gone if they had known about it. We always love our cruising, just some more memorable than others. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Overall the cruise was mostly enjoyable. However where we were most let down was by the pre-booked flights arranged for us by Royal Caribbean. One week before departure a connecting flight was changed causing the entire booking needing ... Read More
Overall the cruise was mostly enjoyable. However where we were most let down was by the pre-booked flights arranged for us by Royal Caribbean. One week before departure a connecting flight was changed causing the entire booking needing alteration, had I not contacted them myself I don't think anything would have been done. Despite calling almost every day we arrived at the airport, 6.30am to find our booking was never finalised and Royal Caribbean was washing their hands of the whole matter, we were only allowed to travel by the goodwill of American Airlines. The ship was larger than our previous cruise so we found it a little busy for our taste. The cabin was no better or worse than expected but was adequate for purpose and very clean. Main Dining room dinner was well presented but poorly cooked in some instances. Chops Grill was, however, excellent. Windjammer was good buffet food. Entertainment onboard was good and varied. Service was very good all round. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The cruise price was fair. Amenities good. A bit too noisy at times. Would have preferred an area(s) for relaxation and tranquility instead of the stateroom. However, the ship was beautifully designed; food was well prepared and ... Read More
The cruise price was fair. Amenities good. A bit too noisy at times. Would have preferred an area(s) for relaxation and tranquility instead of the stateroom. However, the ship was beautifully designed; food was well prepared and presented to guests. The waiters were cordial and remembered by name those who were being served. Pleasant and courteous staff and willing to direct and help when needed. The cabin was spacious and kept clean. If sailing again in the near future, would choose a smaller ship. One point which needs repeating: I was totally dissatisfied with the treatment received while awaiting transfer from San Juan Airport to the ship. There was a lot of confusion regarding where to stand on line and what was expected of Royal Caribbean travelers. It almost spoiled my vacation had I allowed such to do so. Reorganization is a must! In conversing with family members, they too had a very bad experience with the personnel who were in charge of the transfer. However, transfer from the ship back to the airport was much more organized and the ride a pleasant one. Read Less
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
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
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 October 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
Sail Date September 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
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
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
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
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
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 August 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
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
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
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
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
Sail Date July 2017
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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