1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Overall this trip may have been my favorite cruise on Royal Caribbean. One thing I really liked is that we went down to San Juan a day before our ship left to get a full day 1 of our cruise. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and had good ... Read More
Overall this trip may have been my favorite cruise on Royal Caribbean. One thing I really liked is that we went down to San Juan a day before our ship left to get a full day 1 of our cruise. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and had good service. The next morning at 11:00 we left our hotel and got an Uber. You can not get on the ship before 12:00. Because we are Emerald members we got to skip the big embarkation line. The ship had been recently updated with a FloRider and waterslides. The fun waterslides had a clear plastic part so you could see over the ocean. Everything was very clean and updated to a modern level. We had better entertainment on Oasis and Allure, but the comedians were very good. As always, the food was spectacular and came in great portions. On my 4 cruises with Royal Caribbean, I have never seen a unhappy crew member. They are all so nice! I would never go to a different cruise line. But I would gladly go again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Initially recommended by to me by a friend, they made us aware of Royal Caribbean and the great selection of cruises available. The overall cruise experience superseded my expectations. The destinations were a great selection of ... Read More
Initially recommended by to me by a friend, they made us aware of Royal Caribbean and the great selection of cruises available. The overall cruise experience superseded my expectations. The destinations were a great selection of Caribbean islands to visit. The onboard entertainment and organised events like the ice skating shows and musicals were fantastically organised and choreographed, the food (both buffet and a la carte) were excellent standard and the service was truly second to none. We found the ship to be incredibly clean. Our cabin was tidied and cleaned twice daily. The facilities were clean. The staff across the ship went over and above expected levels to make our cruise experience a special experience. The staff also made a big effort with our children and made their experience a special one also. It was a truly wonderful week made better by the service levels given to all guests on board. Thank you so much Royal Caribbean, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise through relatives who have travelled on several Royal Caribbean cruises. After many questions being asked and answered, we experienced a wonderful time. The entertainment was great and the food was much better than ... Read More
We chose this cruise through relatives who have travelled on several Royal Caribbean cruises. After many questions being asked and answered, we experienced a wonderful time. The entertainment was great and the food was much better than expected. Our stateroom attendant kept the room clean and was very attentive. The dining room staff was very courteous and service was prompt. One of the bars (Champagne Bar) was very light on the drinks and for $12 per mixed drink, there was a lot to be desired, however, the other bars were on point. The ports that we visited were really very close to being back to normal, St Maarten was the most heavily damaged and many places were not open and several homes and businesses will take years to recover, if ever. The airport and activities, beaches, bars surrounding the airport were open and thriving. Puerto Rico was coming along well, however, there are still several homes with blue tarps covering the roofs and sadly, the rain forest was 70% destroyed. The other islands visited, St Kitts, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbados were untouched by the hurricane damage. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our first cruise. We didn't know what to expect. We are HOOKED! The ability to see six different islands and only unpack once is great. With about 3,000 people on the ship, we thought it would be crowded. It never felt ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We didn't know what to expect. We are HOOKED! The ability to see six different islands and only unpack once is great. With about 3,000 people on the ship, we thought it would be crowded. It never felt that way! The efficiency of the ship design, from the staterooms to dining to events, is top shelf. Pro Tips: get a balcony. It makes all the difference! Being able to see the ocean, watch as the ship enters/exits ports, and if someone in your room is up early/late, the balcony is a nice haven. You don't need the full beverage package unless you drink a lot = more than three alcohol drinks per day. The cafe on the Promenade deck is a key eat/coffee spot for early/late snacks. Use it! One Con: we didn't take time to do 1/2 of the events available! A few extra days at sea may have helped us. A two week cruise next time? Hmmm.... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Sailed on the Adventure of the Seas, out of San Juan. Checking in at San Juan was easy, even though there were a lot of people there and in line, we (my wife & I) were through it all and on the ship in 15-20 minutes. We had a ... Read More
Sailed on the Adventure of the Seas, out of San Juan. Checking in at San Juan was easy, even though there were a lot of people there and in line, we (my wife & I) were through it all and on the ship in 15-20 minutes. We had a balcony room. Room was clean, on 7th deck. Bathroom wasn't real big, but enough room and everything was clean and worked fine. We had our bed set up as a king bed, also had a sofa in our room. Closet, desk, with TV and fridge, plenty of room for the 2 of us. We were mid-ship, 7th floor was quiet, not too far from anything. The dining room for us was on 4th floor, the Windjammer buffet dining room was on deck 11, and Royal Prominaide was on deck 5. We walked the Prominaide every day/evening, and often stopped at the cafe/starbucks to get drinks or a snack, was included with our beverage package. Even ate a light breakfast there one morning, but they didn't have much out for breakfast. They almost always had small sandwiches and pizza by the slice. Was my first cruise, 2nd for my wife (went with her Mom a few years earlier). We had a great time, food was excellent, we never paid extra for any of the meals, the main dining every night was great. We had our own table, often ordered several appetizers and desserts. Service was excellent. We had a non alcoholic drink package, called the refreshment package. We ordered non alcoholic pina coladas, mudslides, and other drinks. Bar tenders were good about helping us pick drinks. At times the bars on the ship were busy, not too bad, and you could sit out by the pools and get wait service when you wanted too. We did an excursion at every port. I would recommend doing your excursion early in the day, then return to the ship, clean up, eat, change etc, then do something else in the afternoon like shop or go to beach in the afternoon. St Thomas & St Kitts are kind of similar Islands, mountainous. We did a sightseeing tour on St Thomas. Went way up to the highest point. Was a nice view, and made a couple stops where we could get souvenirs or drinks. Great views, since we did a morning trip, left us time to shop downtown in the afternoon. For us, we ended the tour at the downtown area, then did some shopping. We got a taxi ride back to the port area for $4 per person, was easy to find a ride. At St Kitts we did the kayak and snorkeling tour. Was well run, traveled to the far side of the island, and kayaked with the current, down the beach. Wasn't too windy or rough, so it was nice. They served us a few pieces of fruit and some water after we finished, before the bus took us back to the port. Shopping was walking distance from the port, the vendors have all mostly the same stuff, and are a little over eager to get you to look at their stuff. Day 3 We had a fun day at sea, the belly flop competition is a must see, pretty funny. I have to mention that our cruise director, Mercedes, was awesome and always entertaining. Day 4 - Curacao is a very nice island and port, free wifi was available. The beautiful town is walking distance to the port. They have a good economy, so the merchants weren't always after you like other islands. We did an aqua boat tour and snorkeling there. It was ok, but it is always very windy in Curacao. The mini boats worked ok, the tour could have been a little more organized, and the seas were pretty rough. I was glad we weren't in a kayak like some of the others, but wished we were on Jet skis. The snorkeling was crowded, but was in a good area with plenty to see. Aruba is a small, dry island with great beaches. We did the best of Aruba tour, so we saw most of the famous spots on the island. We had a nice air conditioned tour bus, with Juan Jacobs as our driver. He was very good. We did the aloe factory tour as part of it, not a lot to see but informative. Chance to buy aloe products at their store after the tour. Once we got back to the port, we changed on the ship, and then walked to the bus stop to take a bus to the beaches. Took a little asking to get on the correct bus, but was only $5.20 for both of us to take the bus. We got off at Eagle beach. If I would do it again, I would have stayed on and gone farther away from the port, more toward the California lighthouse. The beaches are similar, but better snorkeling farther down the beach. We could have taken a bus back to the port (9:30pm on board time), but we opted to walk back along the beach. Some of it had a boardwalk, and the sun was setting, so it was really pretty. It's a couple miles, so packing light was important. We like to walk, could easily take the bus at any point, there are a lot of places it stops. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports on the itinerary. Not disappointed in any of them. There were more than enough excursion options available at each port and the ones we participated in exceeded our expectations. Very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports on the itinerary. Not disappointed in any of them. There were more than enough excursion options available at each port and the ones we participated in exceeded our expectations. Very happy with our experience at each port. Our suite was clean and comfortable (stateroom attendant was exceptional!). Dining room service was friendly and professional making each dining experience superb. Windjammer was extremely busy during the hours it was open..........so MANY food options. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in the quantity of food and the variety. If you left the Windjammer hungry, it was your fault! Staff throughout the ship was friendly and very accommodating. We also cruised last year on the Adventure of the Sea, and will cruise this ship again if ports continue to entice us. We have also cruised on Freedom of the Seas and have rave reviews about that ship and the service provided. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Cruise was chosen because of the tour program in the southern caribbean sea. Service ist simply excellent and much better than at european cruise lines. Same for for food and beverages, just outstanding for serving such a mass of ... Read More
Cruise was chosen because of the tour program in the southern caribbean sea. Service ist simply excellent and much better than at european cruise lines. Same for for food and beverages, just outstanding for serving such a mass of people. Organization skills of the staff are very good. Shows and evening program is very focused on american audience and their expectations (for example: a US comedian is not understandable for a non-english native speaker). Some Trivias or games are quite irritating for europeans and meet just the american taste. In general cruising with an american cruise line ris very customer focuced with a highly friendly staff. At least one contact person should be able to speak other languages as english or spanish. Heard from a few german guests, they felt a little bit "lost", as they are not fluently in english. As passionate dancers we were a little disappointed about the program, the dance floor as well as the bands. To high focus on latin music. The shopping focus, to make more and more money beside the booked cruise, permanent offers etc. are somewhat annoying. We wnat to enjoy our holidays and not shop during day and night. But.all in all a great cruise experience (we did more than 20 cruises with other cruising companies). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We actually did B2B cruises Feb 24 and Mar 3. We chose these cruises for the many port days. There was 6 kids in our family group and they had a blast. Didn't go to any of the kid's clubs, there was plenty for them to do on the ... Read More
We actually did B2B cruises Feb 24 and Mar 3. We chose these cruises for the many port days. There was 6 kids in our family group and they had a blast. Didn't go to any of the kid's clubs, there was plenty for them to do on the ship without the clubs. Some of the family need gluten free food and they found enough in the Windjammer. They could also order GF pizza and pancakes there. Tried the dining room a few times and even with ordering their GF meal the night before it still took 2 hrs to get .Kids don't want to wait that long. Food at the WJ was ok, we had no problems with it. The kids loved all the activities including the flow rider, Rock wall, water slides, mini golf, pools etc. If you have a kid that is less than 42" make sure you bring swim diapers for him/her for the small water slide, even if they're potty trained. No one is allowed in that little yellow slide area of Splashaway Bay without swim diapers. We only went to the evening entertainment a few nights but did enjoy the ice skating show and magician. Watched a few movies on the pool deck at night. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the islands. The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship. The entertainment was enjoyable and the ice show is one you should not miss . We had the privilege to visit St Marrten, St ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the islands. The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship. The entertainment was enjoyable and the ice show is one you should not miss . We had the privilege to visit St Marrten, St Kitts, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbados. All of these islands were beautiful and they were happy that we came to visit. The food in the dining room was good and so was the Windjammer. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurant. There was always something to do. The embarkation was less than 10 minutes to get on the ship also the disembarkation was just as quick. If you don’t want to stand in the lineup to go through security I would suggest getting a porter to go straight through and avoid the line ups. It took us less than 15 minutes. Overall we had a great vacation with Royal Caribbean International. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
After an amazing experience in late September 2015 on the Adventure of the Seas, decided it was time to go again, this time with my husband, adult daughter and her husband to celebrate hubby's 60th birthday, their belated honeymoon, ... Read More
After an amazing experience in late September 2015 on the Adventure of the Seas, decided it was time to go again, this time with my husband, adult daughter and her husband to celebrate hubby's 60th birthday, their belated honeymoon, and her graduation from a Master's Program. We were completely thrilled with almost every aspect of everyday. My Time dining with Artan and Dinah as attendants was exceptional every night. They catered to us so beautifully and were always on top of every thing and thoroughly delightful. Frank, our room attendant in 9504 (a wonderful cabin with incredible view, btw), was so warm and friendly. He treated us to very well crafted towel art and was amazing in cleaning up after us as we adventured out and providing any and every thing we desired. Dani, the assistant cruise director, was really wonderful. Loved his Zumba classes and his personality was so enthusiastic and charming. At first, not so thrilled with Mercedes, the cruise director, and she was okay, but certainly not as charming as Dani. The game shows, production shows, and comedy were really well done. Music all over was fantastic and even though we lost in the casino, had fun there too. Bar staff was over-worked, so hard to criticize, but considering sheer number of people, did a good job keeping beverages flowing. All venues were comfortable and organized, ship amenities are so numerous and well cared for. A wonderful adventure happened again and I believe my family is now as bitten by the cruise bug as I am. Speaking of...NO mosquitoes the whole week! It was a memorable and fantastic experience overall Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We had a wonderful vacation on Adventure OTS 3/3/18 sailing. We arrived at the terminal at 2:30pm and were on the ship 10 minutes later. The ship was recently in dry dock and had all new carpeting, furniture and bedding. This was my ... Read More
We had a wonderful vacation on Adventure OTS 3/3/18 sailing. We arrived at the terminal at 2:30pm and were on the ship 10 minutes later. The ship was recently in dry dock and had all new carpeting, furniture and bedding. This was my third time sailing on this ship and they had replaced both of the Solarium hot tubs with bigger round hot tubs that hold twice as many people and also two of these at the mail pool. The food in all venues was great and presentation was excellent. The staff throughout the ship were all very helpful and friendly. The entertainment was good. The headliner shows included two comedians and a magician during the week. This was the Dutch Antilles Southern Caribbean itinerary and all of the ports were beautiful. We did not go on any ship excursions but planned our own. We went to a resort for the day in Curacao, sailing/snorkeling in Bonaire, on an all-day Jeep excursion in Aruba and shopping in St. Maarten. This is my favorite Royal Caribbean ship and I definitely recommend a cruise on her. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Had a wonderful time on The Adventures of the Seas...Great weather , Great tours, had a few hiccups, but they were taken care of in a timely matter, I will be on this ship again in July and can't wait !! we only use RCI and plan ... Read More
Had a wonderful time on The Adventures of the Seas...Great weather , Great tours, had a few hiccups, but they were taken care of in a timely matter, I will be on this ship again in July and can't wait !! we only use RCI and plan every cruise with them I think this time the food for dinner was better in the windjammer then in the dinning room, So on the net cruise we will eat at the wind jammer every night, The girl that runs the kids camp wasn't the friendlies person on the ship, My grandkids didn't want to go there, they need to put someone else in charge of kids activities , Can't wait to cruise again in July to Canada on the Adventures of the seas , the tours we took were excellent, got to see a lot of beautiful places on this cruise ...Thanks again RCI!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
we chose this cruise because it was family oriented. The price was good. The staff on board were exceptional! The food was very good and there was always lots of it. W e also liked the islands that we were going to visit. I would ... Read More
we chose this cruise because it was family oriented. The price was good. The staff on board were exceptional! The food was very good and there was always lots of it. W e also liked the islands that we were going to visit. I would certainly do this over again. Really liked Puerto Rico mostly the old San Juan. If I were not travelling with children I would have done some Island tours through the cruise line. Loading and disembarkment were a breeze. I did the all access tour. The staff were very knowledgeable. Would have liked a handout so I could remember all of it. So much information! Over all we had a fabulous time I will recommend this cruise line in a heart beat. We are planning to go to Alaska and we will travel Royal Caribbean for sure. The children we travelled with love ed all the activities. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Have been on a number of Caribbean cruises, and they rarely disappoint. Started at St Thomas which is always nice and covered a few new venues - St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. We probably had more clouds and showers on this one cruise than ... Read More
Have been on a number of Caribbean cruises, and they rarely disappoint. Started at St Thomas which is always nice and covered a few new venues - St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. We probably had more clouds and showers on this one cruise than in 6-8 previous cruises in the Caribbean. But they are relatively short, and often pass followed by rainbows and the sun returning. We did some walking, bus touring and beach going and in all cases experienced some showers, but it didn't dampen the upside of the visits. We did no excursions offered by the cruise line, but found the prices, people and service more than acceptable at every port. Seemed like the boarding and disembarkation was a little more confused than previous trips, which was probably the biggest downside of the trip. If only we had Star Trek's transporters to get us to the ship and back home again, we would probably go 2-3 times a year. After being on Oasis and Allure, was concerned about being back on a smaller ship and there was a little more instability in rougher seas, but nothing overly uncomfortable. For a smaller class ship, the Adventure was a pleasant experience. We did not partake of any ship activities or entertainment on this trip, but they seemed to offer plenty of things to do. Dining experience seemed a little lesser in quality/variety, but the service was above and beyond. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
My husband and I are both 50-something and experienced cruisers. We love the southern Caribbean because we prefer the port-intensive itineraries and variety of culture and topography represented. We tend to prefer the Radiance Class ships, ... Read More
My husband and I are both 50-something and experienced cruisers. We love the southern Caribbean because we prefer the port-intensive itineraries and variety of culture and topography represented. We tend to prefer the Radiance Class ships, so this was a bit of a departure for us. Our sailing was the first 7-day cruise following the January dry dock. The maiden voyage post-dry dock was a five day repositioning cruise. Our itinerary included St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Sea Day, Curacao, Aruba, Sea Day. We booked the cruise nearly two years in advance and watched the hurricane recovery efforts closely in order to determine whether or not we needed to change our vacation, but ultimately decided to proceed as planned. This was my second cruise on Adventure of the Seas, the first being in 2008. Although we prefer the Radiance Class ships for the outdoor dining at the Windjammer, the abundance of glass and the more intimate event venues, we really enjoyed the Royal Promenade, particularly the Duck and Dog. We took advantage of the water slides and enjoyed being spectators at the FlowRider. (Neither of those features existed on the Adventure in 2008.) Service on the ship was excellent. We had trouble with our A/C upon boarding, but it was fixed immediately. The new carpets were nice and we liked the new furniture in the MDR. The washing stations at the Windjammer were a GREAT idea. Oh...and the Vidalia Onion Tart is back on the menu in the MDR! Casey Pelter was a great cruise director, who was also the CD on a Voyager cruise I took five or six years ago. Casey left the ship after our cruise to pursue another opportunity. The captain of the ship, Captain Thomas from Puerto Rico, was unusually young for a captain. He was high energy and really connected with the passengers. We arrived in San Juan around 5PM the day before embarkation. The bed and breakfast we'd booked, Tres Palmas Inn, was operational shortly after the storms. It was a great location near Condado, located in a residential area just across the street from the sea wall. A wide, usable beach was about a quarter mile up the street, across from a lovely park. The facility is older, with rambling buildings offering a wide variety of accommodations. The best part is the outdoor space, with numerous courtyards offering places to enjoy the outdoors on couches, hammocks, etc. Accommodations are pretty basic and the breakfast was a little disappointing, but it was a good value for the area and we’d absolutely stay there again. We boarded the ship on Saturday at around noon. We checked our luggage and carry-on roller bag so we’d have only our backpacks to carry while waiting for the cabins to open. Unfortunately, I neglected to move a bathing suit from my carry-on bag to my backpack. I highly recommend insuring access to a suit on embarkation day. The FlowRider and the Perfect Storm were open and had NO LINES on that day. My husband, who had a bathing suit in his backpack, took several trips down the water slides. Folks using the FlowRider that day got lots of personal instruction. We did MyTime Dining with reservations. Our waiter the first night recommended that we ask to be seated at the same table each night. Since we liked the location near a window, we did just that. It was nice not to have to stop at the host station each night. We just walked right to OUR table. Our first port of call was St. Thomas. We'd been excited to read reviews of Royal Caribbean's "St. John on Your Own" excursion, which provided transportation between St. John and St. Thomas, allowing guests to spend four hours exploring St. John on their own. It eliminated some of the stress and uncertainty of doing the same thing using the Red Hook ferry. Alas, I learned from the immensely helpful folks on these boards that RCL had altered the excursion so it allowed guests only TWO hours on the island of St. John. That's not enough time to do anything!! We cancelled the excursion. We found another couple (Hi there, Diana and Bob!) via the message boards who felt the same about the shortened excursion and we took a cab together to the ferry. It all went as planned, no issues, and we had four hours on St. John to explore. Damage was clearly evident on St. John. We bypassed Trunk Bay and took a taxi to see the Annaberg ruins. Much of the ruins had been roped off as unsafe following the storm damage, which was a little disappointing. But the views from the former sugar mill were as amazing as ever. After Annaberg, we walked just down the road to the entrance to the Leinster Bay Trail. The sign was missing due to the storms, but we located it and made our way down the trail. It was an easy hike, with a few side-steps to avoid beached ships along the way. We did some snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay. Not the best snorkeling of the trip, but worth the easy hike. On St. John, you can find yourself on a beach with few other people, which we really like. No crowds. No noise. Just nature. Our second day was in St. Kitts. We toured with Javin's My Island Tours. I HIGHLY recommend this tour! He does a somewhat traditional island tour (no visit to the fort or the batik factory), but with a twist. He brings along a pet monkey for the tour, which is an adorable added feature. Peaches took the day off on our tour day and we toured with the younger (just three months old) Cream! The tour includes a visit to Spooner's Cotton Ginnery, a historic site currently under renovation, which was the stomping grounds of our tour guide in his youth. We hiked the rain forest, also an area frequented by Javin since childhood. He referred to the area as his "back yard." It was gorgeous! An easy hike regardless of your age/physical condition. We then visited the Black Rocks, where Javin tossed down a knotted rope for us to climb down to the sea level. Not mandatory and some folks didn't partake, but remarkably simple, even at our age. You really should try it. Amazing! We enjoyed a great lunch (Javin refers to this as a "snack" on his website, but it's LUNCH!) Then, we were on to our snorkeling location, including a sunken ship. The snorkeling was better than expected on an island not really known for its diving sites. Again, some guests chose to sit out, but it's worthwhile to participate. We drove over Timothy Hill (OMG...the view!!) to Cockleshell Beach. My husband and I agreed that, while we LOVED aspects of all the islands we visited, St. Kitts was our favorite port. Our next day was at sea. We attended one of the two ice show performances scheduled for that day. It's amazing how the skaters can perform such complex moves on such a small rink. We also enjoyed the Belly Flop contest at the pool. Zumba was offered by the pool on both sea days. That was to recorded popular music, however there was typically live music by the pool, which was awesome! We played mini-golf and tried our hand at ping pong on a windy day. Quite the challenge! A few random notes about life on Adventure: - The staff on board was not diligent about enforcing the rules prohibiting the saving of chairs. It was extremely difficult to find loungers, particularly in the solarium pool area. - This is the first time I’ve cruised on a ship with a big screen on the pool deck. t was less intrusive than I imagined. During the day, they showed something akin to funny home videos, broadcast without any sound. It was distracting only because it was THERE, but not as invasive as I'd thought it might be. - If you like dark chocolate, you HAVE to try the Royal Chocolate Cake. I'm not a huge cake eater, but WOW...it's amazing! - If you like curry, enjoy the Indian Scrambled Eggs in the Windjammer. Delicious! - Contrary to reports on this site, Johnny Rockets was still $6.95 per person before gratuity. - There were two formal nights on our cruise, the first full day (not counting embarkation) and the fourth day. Lobster was offered at the second formal dinner. Our next port of call was Curacao. We had booked the West End Tour with Irie Tours, in order to explore the more remote and natural side of the island. About a week prior, I received an email indicating that we were the only ones registered for that tour and it was therefore being cancelled. Disappointing, but at least they let us know far enough in advance to make other plans. We opted for what had originally been our second choice, the Tugboat and Reef Snorkel tour with Curacao Actief. The excursion included two snorkel stops, one at Tugboat Beach and one at another beach nearby. Both sites were an easy swim from shore and offered amazing coral and an abundance of aquatic creatures. My research had indicated that Curacao was likely the best snorkeling port on our itinerary, but we were still amazed at just how good it was. Our guide, Berenice, indicated Tugboat Beach was the most crowded she'd EVER seen it. Fins in the face can be a little frustrating, but it was still a GREAT experience. The second stop was perhaps even more incredible than the tugboat! After the second snorkeling stop, we were supposed to go to Fort Beekenberg, which is located between the two beaches. We had some people with mobility issues on our tour, and the fort involves a lot of steps. The itinerary was changed on the fly and we visited the liquor factory where we could participate in a free tasting and/or tour. We did stop at another fort, but it had been converted to a mall or restaurant or some such, so we didn't go inside. Not sure that stop was really worthwhile. The following day, we were in Aruba. We had booked with ABC tours and were supposed to meet our tour right at 8:00AM. We didn't as the ship was delayed in being cleared. However, they were well aware that our ship was late and, of course, they waited. Lucky for us because, of the six people on our tour, ALL the others were visitors staying on the island, making US the reason for the slight delay. We chose this tour because it visited the most natural and remote parts of the island. Our guide, Ludwig, was terrific. I didn't have a high opinion of Aruba after my last visit, thinking it was just like any other island featuring beach resorts. Having seen the natural side of the island, I have an entirely new appreciation. We had more rain on Aruba than on any other island and we were touring in an open air vehicle. Yes, we got wet! But luckily, the rain mostly came while driving and stopped when we reached our various destinations. It was a great day and I would recommend this excursion to anyone who wants to see the sort of natural beauty you can only visit in a jeep or ATV. The seas were too rough for us to swim in the Natural Pool, so we had to admire it from afar. The scenery and terrain on Aruba is incredible. And for those who feel like no day on a Caribbean island is complete without a visit to a fabulous beach resort, we ended our day on Baby Beach. We drank pina coladas at "Big Mama's Bar," a Flintstone theme beach bar where the decor mimicked the iconic Flintstone cartoon and the staff dressed in animal print to further the theme. We were in Aruba until 11PM. The MDR was nearly empty that night. For our final sea day, we ice skated and enjoyed the water slides. It was very windy, so we found space (it wasn’t easy!) in the solarium pool, which was more guarded from the wind. We also, regretfully, packed our suitcases. Our flight didn’t depart San Juan until 3:15, so we were in no hurry to disembark. Passengers were required to vacate their cabins by 8AM. Breakfast waw served in the Windjammer until 9AM. Our waiting area was in the MDR, where there was coffee, pastries and fruit available. Customs was extremely quick. We grabbed a taxi for Old San Juan, leaving our luggage in the secure room at the Barrachina Restaurant. (They hold your luggage for a tip of your choosing.) We enjoyed our day in Old San Juan, had lunch at Barrachina (very good, a bit pricey) and headed to the airport around 1:30. A final bit of advice – be at the airport two hours ahead of your flight. You will need that much time. SJU is disorganized and slow! Avoid the stress and give yourself MORE time than you think you will need. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Cruising out of San Juan Puerto Rico is always sweet because Old San Juan is such a treat to visit. The Culture the history scenery all lend itself to putting the traveler in the cruise mindset. Added to this is the opportunity to visit ... Read More
Cruising out of San Juan Puerto Rico is always sweet because Old San Juan is such a treat to visit. The Culture the history scenery all lend itself to putting the traveler in the cruise mindset. Added to this is the opportunity to visit the mall of America or CVS to purchase additional odds and ends for the trip or making the slow mindset back to reality after the cruise is over. Added to this quality is the fact that cruising out of San Juan offers less time at sea so the cruiser can visit more islands. If one is on the jewel of the seas, we can visit Martinique, Guadalupe, Grenada, Dominica or if one chooses the Adventure or the Freedom of the Seas, one can visit the ABC islands of the dutch Caribbean or the US virgin lslands, St. Kitts, and the rest of the island chains down to Barbados. As a single cruiser, the price is right as cruising out of Fort Lauderdale or Miami is generally more expensive. Cruising back to back is when one really gets value for money as one can visit 10 islands in 14days. Added to this experience is the quality of the food, the helpfulness of the staff, and the quality of the excursions. the only addition I can add is that Royal Caribbean consider a western cruise from San Juan. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I chose this cruise because it has everything to enjoy a good time with familily and friends. The services are excellent, the people are so kind and the installations of the ship are great. The cabin was always clean, the dinning was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it has everything to enjoy a good time with familily and friends. The services are excellent, the people are so kind and the installations of the ship are great. The cabin was always clean, the dinning was excellent with the waiter. The entertainment was good, but i would have liked that the DJ of the music at the disco was kinder and listen to all the people about the music that we like, especially to the latin people because he only put american songs and even not vary. The 5 days he put the same songs and he was angry to change. These was so sad to us because I felt that it was a ship for only american people, without counting that the ship had almost the half of the boat international people not american going to Puerto Rico a Latin American country. And today even americans like our music. For the rest of the review I have an excellent opinion of the ship and I would like to come back soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I finally had a chance to experience my first cruise. I have to say, sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas was nothing short of amazing. We sailed from Miami, spent 2 days at sea, stopped in St. Thomas, then St. Maarten, ... Read More
I finally had a chance to experience my first cruise. I have to say, sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas was nothing short of amazing. We sailed from Miami, spent 2 days at sea, stopped in St. Thomas, then St. Maarten, and ended up in San Juan, PR. Preparing for the cruise, I was really looking forward to the island stops. However, I think I had more fun on the ship enjoying the entertainment. We attended the comedy show with Troy Thirdgill, the Invitation to Dance production, the Hot Art Cool Ice Ice Show, the Love & Marriage Show, karaoke, Finish That Lyric, and more. Most of the stuff we did on the islands were done on our own without using the ship’s excursion services. However, for anyone visiting St. Maarten, I’d highly recommend the Party Bus excursion (http://www.thestmaartenpartybus.com/). We purchased it on Priceline. Our cabin with a balcony was cool and always clean, thanks to Dewa our attendant. It was really nice to be able to open the sliding door and enjoy the wind and sound of the seas after a long night. Waking up in the morning and opening the balcony door was nice too. Breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer was satisfying. At times, it was tough to find an open (or clean table). Evening dining in the Sapphire Dining Room was always great. Our waiter (Alejandro) was quick and helpful. Chilling in the Solarium, away from the kids, was cool too. All in all, there was plenty to do aboard the Adventure of the Seas. I’m looking forward to planning our next cruise. I’m hooked!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was my and my wife's third cruise, all on different lines. That's now given us a good basis for comparison but it's also spoiled us a little bit, because every cruise has been amazing in its own way. Each line and ship ... Read More
This was my and my wife's third cruise, all on different lines. That's now given us a good basis for comparison but it's also spoiled us a little bit, because every cruise has been amazing in its own way. Each line and ship has its own strengths, and occasional weaknesses. We had a Grand Suite on this cruise, which is something I really recommend. For the most part we were able to show up and just walk onto the ship, with a quick stop at the check-in desk (but in the VIP line, which had no wait). The benefits of having a suite are more than we expected. Of course the room, bathroom and balcony are bigger, but the Suite Lounge turned out to be one of our favorite places on the ship, especially because they give unlimited free alcohol during happy hour. There's also a party for suite guests midway through the cruise that also has free booze. And we made pretty good use of the VIP seats in some of the venues too (though some aren't very good seats - in the Lyric Theater, they're in the balcony!). Disembarkation was the same - with the suite, we were able to just walk off the ship as soon as de-boarding started. (We did check our luggage but didn't have an airport transfer, so being in group 1, we were able to leave right away.) There was already a massive line for Customs when we got to the terminal, but we got the VIP line so sailed right past it. I mean, I'm not a big capitalist at heart, but you do get what you pay for with a Grand Suite on this ship! This was a positioning cruise so it was much cheaper - normally we wouldn't have been able to afford it. (Top tip: look for a positioning cruise!) The ship itself is big and nice to look at, with fairly traditional designs for most things that feel like they belong on a ship. The Sapphire Dining Room, for example, looks like something you might have seen on a golden era ocean liner. The one massive exception, which must have been a big innovation when the ship was built, is the "Royal Promenade" running down the middle of the ship. This looks really impressive when you first see it, until you realize it's basically just an indoor mall. That's it. There's not really any reason to go there unless you feel the need to buy a watch on a ship, or fill up your soda cup at one of the two soda machines. The other ships I've been on have had central atriums that serve the same purpose, but somehow they feel a little more "ship-like", and the bars and whatnot feel like real destinations in themselves. The Royal Promenade's bars and restaurants feel like eating or drinking at the mall, and we never ate or drank there after the first day. Another unique thing that stayed impressive for us is the ice rink, which I know now is a Royal Caribbean trademark. We went to the ice show twice - it was amazing to think you can see such a thing on a ship. It was beautiful, although as you can imagine there were a few moving-ship-related falls. I don't even know how they do some of those jumps or one-foot spinning moves while the ship is pitching and rolling. Speaking of food, we thought the dining room food was *really* good for the most part, and we ate there every night but one. They do repeat a lot of appetizers and desserts, but the main courses were mostly different every night, and I don't think I ate anything that I didn't force myself to finish, no matter how full I was. It was just too good to leave anything behind. I especially enjoyed the prime rib and New York strip steak. The Windjammer buffet is... well, it's a ship's buffet. It's exactly like the other buffets on the other ships we've been on. Some stuff is good, other stuff is "eh". The pizza was just bad. But at least you will never go hungry. Breakfast is a particular weak point, as it always seems to be in ship buffets. They did have one day for lunch when they set up about 10 different meat carving stations with different freshly carved meats, and that was neat. Always go for the freshly carved meat if you can - it's usually very good, and there's always at least one station set up. We were on a Valentine's Day cruise so they really pushed us at every opportunity to make reservations at a specialty restaurant. Giovanni's Table finally wore me down and I made one there when they actually called me in our room. But I didn't regret it - even though the dining room was good, Giovanni's Table was a noticeable step up, and I had seriously one of the best filet mignons I've ever had there. The service was also on another level, and of course the decor is like a real restaurant. This ship has two main pools - the regular pool and the Solarium, which is the better of the two (if you're an adult, as you have to be there). The regular pool area was constantly overcrowded, and even the VIP loungers were always fully taken. The Solarium was never quite as crowded, although it feels a little more quiet and enclosed. (But it's just on the other side of one door from the regular pool, so you can easily go back and forth.) I really missed the aft pool like the other ships we've taken have - the aft section of the pool deck on this ship is taken up by the Flowrider surf simulator and the waterslide. I know who they're trying to appeal to with these things, but I didn't see many people using them, and given how overcrowded the main pool is, I really think they should just install another pool and bar back there instead. The Lyric Theater hosted a couple of comedy shows, a couple of dance shows and a comedy/musical tribute show on our cruise, and we went to all of them once. The entertainers were all really good/funny, and the singing/dancing shows I thought were very professional. (My wife wasn't that impressed by the Latin dance show, but I was.) In terms of shore excursions, we booked the Magen's Bay Beach day at St. Thomas, and did our own thing in St. Maarten. I got the impression when booking that a lot of stuff still isn't really running in the Caribbean since the hurricanes (no zip-lining option, for example!), and St. Maarten, especially, is still just in a really bad state. This was our fourth visit so we wanted to see how some of our favorite places had held up, and a lot of them are basically destroyed. The whole of Grand Case and most of its restaurants is just a shell - though we had a great lunch at one of the LOLO's there, which are open. The Sonesta Maho Beach is totally gutted. Orient Bay Beach is basically gone - I mean there is nothing there, and even all the trees and beach bars are missing! It's very sad. RCI did have beach excursions set up that I heard were fine, but much of the island isn't. Still, they want tourists and need the money, so go! As for Magen's Bay and St. Thomas, it was in much better shape, though there was obvious hurricane damage throughout the island as well. Hopefully in a couple years, the region will have fully recovered. So check the date if you're reading this in the future. One thing - in addition to being a Valentine's Day cruise, this was also an anniversary cruise for my wife and me. I had ordered one of the room decor packages for our anniversary, and RCI somehow lost my order. Big problem! At 9PM that day, I went to the front desk, and they found my order but it had somehow not ever made it to room service. They straightened it out and we finally got the room decorated (plus our cake), and they were very apologetic about it. In the end, my wife was very surprised and happy. But this is actually the second time I've had this experience on different cruise lines - so if you've got a surprise planned, always check in advance to make sure it's going to happen. All in all, not much to really complain about other than that and the overcrowding at the main pool, and maybe a few minor things about the way RCI designs its ships. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chosen this cruise because I liked the route, beginning in one port and finish in other. this opportunity is great, because we take a airplane until Orlando, Florida on Feb 9 and went to Magic Kingdom, then my husband drive a car until ... Read More
We chosen this cruise because I liked the route, beginning in one port and finish in other. this opportunity is great, because we take a airplane until Orlando, Florida on Feb 9 and went to Magic Kingdom, then my husband drive a car until Miami, Florida y the last was take the cruise on February 9. Overall we had wonderful time. Cruised from Miami to St Thomas, St Maarteen and finally San Juan, PR. Good port destinations Lots of attractions on board -flow rider, boogie board, mini golf, basket ball court, rock climbing, slides , so much to do for all ages. Service was awesome. Our daughter has 2 years almost 3 yrs and she enjoy the Adventure Ocean Club, the kids pools, playroom area, mini golf. Sapphire Dining (Main Dining Room) is gorgeous and must have been redone recently - entire staff works really hard. In the future we taken Royal Caribbean cruise line. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose to go on Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas because we had been on this ship before and liked the size of this ship. This is the first time we booked a jr suite, but from now on that is what will be booked.The extra room is ... Read More
We chose to go on Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas because we had been on this ship before and liked the size of this ship. This is the first time we booked a jr suite, but from now on that is what will be booked.The extra room is worth the money.We especially liked the walkin closet and the bathtub. The Suite was well taken care of. Dining is always Great and the entertainment and activities are Great! We could not have asked for better Service. Ports and Shore excursions are always available and easy. We have another cruise booked for next year!! Our room attendant, Alexis was the best and our waiter Diosdadojr and assistant waiter Dhiraj were the best. Can't wait to go on another Cruise. Hope the experience is as good as this one. I have not been on a bad cruise yet!! The only way to vacation as far as I am concerned!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Our itinerary departed from San Juan and sailed to Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba,and St Maarten. We had a balcony room which had ample room for myself and 3 adult children. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We took a smaller ... Read More
Our itinerary departed from San Juan and sailed to Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba,and St Maarten. We had a balcony room which had ample room for myself and 3 adult children. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We took a smaller ship this time and it was fantastic because we became much more familiar with the staff and ship. We are beach people...and these were the most beautiful beaches and water we have ever seen! Bonaire is incredible!! Beyond words how beautiful and simplified this island is and we have been to many Caribbean islands. I traveled with my 2 adult children and regardless of age, there was very much to do at every port. The food, as usual was fantastic. whether in the Windjammer or the main dining room. The staff regardless of where you were on the ship was exceptional as usual on Royal Caribbean! I cannot wait for our next cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The organization for the boarding, easy check-in, cleaning of the cabin, the wonderful restaurants, the delicious food from the starter plate, the main dish to the irresistible desserts, the commercial area, good products very well advised ... Read More
The organization for the boarding, easy check-in, cleaning of the cabin, the wonderful restaurants, the delicious food from the starter plate, the main dish to the irresistible desserts, the commercial area, good products very well advised by well trained and competitive sellers very know each one of the product theme that they handle either in the general store the excellent advice of Jose David to advise and give tasting of the different liquors and make a good purchase, in the same jewelry the good advice of Diana manages to buy a good watch in the same lotions the girl very knowledgeable of the products gives good advice to choose the best perfume, the people in charge of entertainment as Simona and Daniel make you vibrate with their energy in all the shows they present that you do not want to end your vacation. The kindness of the good treatment, the good knowledge of the whole crew about what you want to know make the experience of having an unforgettable vacation Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
If the room attendant does a great job of making towel animals I was tip extra. the wife can't cruise without seeing her towel animals on the bed, sofa, etc. The head waiter we saw only once, the waiters were excellent. The boarding ... Read More
If the room attendant does a great job of making towel animals I was tip extra. the wife can't cruise without seeing her towel animals on the bed, sofa, etc. The head waiter we saw only once, the waiters were excellent. The boarding was excellent. We had a suite and it was very nice and the floor was quiet. The cruise director was only average, but she could speak several languages. The ship was clean, and we've sailed on The Adventure several times. The Islands have recovered nicely, but are not 100% back. The food was good, not great, again the service was very good. Mu wife enjoys the spa's and had several spa treatments. I had fun, didn't get rich in the casino, the staff was friendly. The they handles an over served woman at our three card table well. We love RCCL and hope to sail again in several months. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Really enjoyed our recent holiday cruise on Adventure of the Seas. Cruised from San Juan to Southern Caribbean w/stops in St. Thomas, St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. Family of 5 and several other family members joined in for a total of 15. ... Read More
Really enjoyed our recent holiday cruise on Adventure of the Seas. Cruised from San Juan to Southern Caribbean w/stops in St. Thomas, St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. Family of 5 and several other family members joined in for a total of 15. There was something to do for everyone. Cabin - excellent, Junior Suite deck #9 for us and inside cabin deck #9 for kids(young adult/late teens) Really liked the size of the junior suite, big closet and bathroom w/tub, nice size balcony - center hump and close to elevators. Kids interior cabin was standard and fine for them. Food - something for everyone. We did Chops Grill one night for holiday special dining experience which was extra $ but excellent on Christmas Eve. Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Also tried Chef's Table (without kids) and it was fantastic also extra $ - nice food wine pairings, great conversation, table and superb service. Sapphire Dining (Main Dining Room) is gorgeous and must have been redone recently - entire staff works really hard. Shout out to Dony & Ewayen - the best Head waiter/Assistant waiter. Food quite good - tiger shrimp, beef, salmon and on last night the lobster tails were perfectly prepared. Windjammer - always full of selections so something for everyone - staff works incredibly hard! Pork loin was particularly good the one night we dined there. Line for omelette station but worth the wait. Entertainment - the staff went above and beyond - Simona (Cruise Director) and Sheli created fun venues from karaoke, bingo, games, shows, zumba etc. Comedy show good, missed the dance and ice shows, 50's/60's show great. Venues - Andrew at the piano in the Schooner Bar is AMAZING! So enjoyable to hang out there with the family and listen to him play/sing. He never took a break and everyone there loved it. Shout out to Beverly and the other servers - the Schooner Bar rocks! Solarium area very enjoyable even on sea days. The bar staff was awesome and there seemed to always be room in the hot tubs - chairs on sea days go quickly but always one to be had if you are not too picky. Casino - Checked it out but of course not a winner :( It was busy but hard w/the smoke I think (personal preference). Guest services very accommodating. Excursions: St. Thomas - Magen's Bay: We cabbed over $10pp - totally worth going as it is gorgeous, St. Kitt's - ships Plantation, lunch, beach excursion to Nevis for the day - Nice way to see Nevis, Curacao - we ventured to Mambo Beach and did not know what to expect - we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our day there, and Aruba - Half day Jeep tour excursion through EL Tours - AWESOME - great sites and tour guide Ronald - we did not miss a thing and had fun off roading driving the jeep! We then had time for Iguana Joes' - nachos, margaritas and lunch and a few hours at Eagle Beach before heading back to the ship. Loved the Southern Caribbean itinerary. We began the trip one day early in San Juan - La Concha Renaissance - great hotel w/superb staff and restaurant/bar & accommodations. Spent time before boarding ship in Old San Juan which is up and running well - shops open and sites are a must see - El Morro and the forts. Also hit "Waffler Avenue" tiny restaurant for breakfast - exit La Concha and go right - great waffles. Ask me any questions! We had a great trip and I would recommend RCCL Adventure of the Seas! 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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