Sail Date: August 2018
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - ... Read More
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - especially the Lighthouse stop in Halifax, the Halifax Garedens, the Harbor walk in St John that we did on our own and Trolley Car tour we did in Portland. Traveled with 6 couples and enjoyed eating togething in the dining room for dinner. The food could have been a little better. The staff was very friendly - lots of smiles and help. Pool area was well maintained and I had no problem finding a chair. But there was smoking on one side which I avoided. The Caribbean music was really good and definitely put me in the vacation mood. We really had a great time and a wonderful week at sea. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a smile or nod of the head or say have a nice day sir. There were times we would end up having a nice conversation with a crew member. Our room attendant was great and kept our bath room squeaky clean. Our 2 dinning room attendants were excellent,they both deserve a 10. Bottom line we had a good experience with the crew members. I also must mention that our experience with the service desk was good and they did their best to address an issue. Even though the ship is 17 years old, what was visible RC seems to make an effort to maintain the ship. We sailed on the ship in 2002, now with the Flow Rider and water slides it perks up the ship with more things to do, not just the pools and hot tubs. The only issue we had was the dirty windows below the top railing on our balcony. I should have asked our cabin attendant about getting them cleaned, but I didn't. The issue is; if you are sitting in chair looking out, your eye sight is almost even with the top railing blocking your view so you have tendency to look down thru the dirty glass. This may seem minor, but we paid for a balcony and the glass should be kept clean. We were a party of 4 and were seated at a table for 4 directly across from a serving station next to entrance to the dinning room, high traffic area. Bottom line that table should not have been there in first place. We asked to have our seating moved to another table and were told there were no other tables available but they would see what they could do. To make a long story short I went to the service desk and asked for their help, another empty table was found for 5. The service was good and overall appearance of the dining room was good. So far as the food, it was ok in the main dinning room. Nightly entertainment was ok, but I must say the ice show was great. Our experience at Coco Cay was good, we checked out the entire area, quite large but they have tram's to take you around. We just hung out at beach area. But I think it will be great once the new pier is finished and new attractions are finished, hopefully by spring of 2019. We booked a catamaran cruise thru RC "Seahorse", don't waste your money if you want to sail, did no sailing was under power the whole cruise. Atlantis Hotel water park is great but pricey and expect to take about 20 minute tour of the grounds when you arrive before getting to water park area. Bottom line, we had a good time, but sailed on the Anthem several years ago and sorry we did not sail on Anthem this time. Once you sail on newer ships, there is no turning back. For this cruise we could drive to the ship and did not have the extra costs to fly & hotel as in the past to sail on Allure and Harmony, but its worth it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My husband and I enjoy cruising multiple times a year. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity and second favorite is Royal. We live in NY, and every August like to do a no fly cruise. We decided to try the Adventure of the seas for a ... Read More
My husband and I enjoy cruising multiple times a year. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity and second favorite is Royal. We live in NY, and every August like to do a no fly cruise. We decided to try the Adventure of the seas for a change as we like the itinerary. We usually go to Bermuda, which is very hot-but a pretty island. Boarding the ship was a breeze, we boarded before 11:00 AM. Disembarkation was also easy. The ship was in recent dry dock and some of the public areas were upgraded. Compared to the Oasis class ships, small and missing some of the "bells and whistles". The ship has three specialty restaurants. Izumi, Chops and Giovanni's table. Also a Johnny Rockets. We enjoyed Chops, Giovanni's and Johnny Rockets. Since we had an unlimited dining plan, we ate nightly either in Chops or Giovanni's. We were in a suite, but this ship didn't have a suite dining room. You could have a cooked to order breakfast daily in Giovanni's if you were in a suite. We were in an owners suite. It was very nice and comfortable. Our cabin attendant Johnnychan was excellent. The cabin had relatively new carpet and the couch was redone- but things like the bathroom mirror needed re-silvering- so not everything in the cabin was updated. However we had plenty of storage and the bed was comfortable. We were under the pool and one night we were awakened by loud noise- sounded like they were using a power saw from about 2:00 AM for about one hour. That was horrible, we reported it and it never happened again. Another issue was that three of the public elevators were not working during most of the cruise. I had read before that this apparently is an ongoing problem and not permanently fixed. Hopefully it will be soon. We saw a few of the shows and they were entertaining, especially a very funny comedian on I believe the third night. We skipped the ice show on this cruise- but heard it was very good. We enjoyed the specialty dining- and didn't try the MDR. Service overall was excellent. The bar server in the adult lounge Migel remebered our names and what we liked to drink. The suite concierge, Sucel, was also excellent as she contacted us prior to the cruise and helped with any special requests. Had a wash and blow style at the salon and the hairdresser did a very good job. We stayed on the ship in Orlando as we have been to Disney and the other sights many times and just wanted to enjoy the amenities of the ship. We really enjoyed CocoCay and had a nice Cabana. They served a very good barbecue lunch also. We also enjoyed Nassau. We orginally had a beach day scheduled- but cancelled. 5 Ships were in that day and the port was mobbed. We decided to walk around the town then back on board to enjoy the ship. The ship had the usual activities including Trivia and the Love and Marriage Game. Also the Belly flop competition and other similar events. We loved Boleros for dancing and easy music listening. They ship also had some evening parties. Also the Schooner bar a funny piano player he was great. The cruise director Hello Clo was great- she is talented and funny. The ship had many kids on it and they seemed to really enjoy the camp. Shops had the usual assortment of jewelry and souvenirs. We didn't use the casino as it was extremely smoky. That is a great reason to sail on Celebrity as they do not allow smoking in the Casino. They also sold and had the "art" auctions- not our thing. The photographers were very good and the staff friendly. Wifi service was fair- but sometimes slow. We felt that the service was first rate on this ship- Might consider sailing on her again- but perhaps when the ship is less crowded and school is in. If we aren't sailing with kids- Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society level along with handicap boarding assistance. Directions to the Cape Liberty Cruise Port is available on their website along with details on parking and parking fees. As we drove up to the port we followed the line of vehicles and were directed to a numbered spot to drop-off checked baggage. Once our bags were checked, my passengers entered the cruise port building and I was able to park in the parking garage next to the cruise port building. Note if you don’t get there early the parking garage may be full and you’ll be directed to open, overflow parking lots unless you have a handicap hang-tag. The cruise port opens at 10:30 am for passengers to begin boarding. You can arrive earlier than your check-in time if it’s later than 10:30 am. As of August 2018, parking for a 7-night cruise cost $140.00. I packed a 6 pack of water. The water bottles were about 16.9 ounces each and I kept them wrapped in the wrap I bought them in. I had no issues bringing them onboard in unlocked, checked luggage. (Six bottles of Evian water were available onboard for $15.00 at the bar, but didn’t include delivery to your room. Beforehand the cruise line wanted $40 to have 6 bottles of water delivered to your stateroom.) The only issue we had was that we had to have our pictures taken again even though we submitted pictures during the online check-in process. The pictures uploaded side-ways, so we had to have them re-taken. Accommodations: I stayed in an aft-facing, oceanview balcony on the 9th deck. The rooms seem smaller than on the Oasis class ships, but they’ve been recently refurbished and look pretty good. There was plenty of storage in the cabin and the closet was almost a walk-in closet with upper and available lower hanging rods and shelves along one of the sides. The bathroom space was okay, but the shower was a little small. However, the shower had sliding oval doors, no curtain. There were shelves behind one of the mirror portions surrounding the sink and a shelf below the sink. Gentle bar soap was provided. Combination shampoo/conditioner was provided in the shower. There was an outlet for shavers in the ceiling of the sink surround. The room itself had a long desk/vanity area with lots of storage shelves and drawers, a tv and refrigerator. The refrigerator was empty already when we got onboard, so there was no need to request that it be emptied. Most of the electrical outlets were along the wall between the vanity mirror and desk. I purchased a night-light/USB charger at 5 and Below which worked well in one of the vanity outlets. I don’t believe there were any outlets near the bed. There was a full-length mirror across from the vanity between the bathroom and sofa. The room contained two twin beds, a couch that I don’t believe converted into a bed and a chair. The balcony was larger than a standard balcony on the ship. It was triangular and had one lounger, two chairs and a table. Overall, the room was the perfect size for a couple. Dining: We mainly ate breakfast in the Main Dining Room. All the breakfast food I tried there was really good. They even had a buffet set-up there, even on departure day. We ate in the Windjammer twice for breakfast. It was a little crowded, but there were no lines to get in. The food was good there as well. I just wish they had an Asian food section. We mainly ate lunch in the Windjammer or on the Promenade. We ate lunch in the Main Dining Room once. All the food was good. I liked being able to get a hamburger and fries in the Windjammer and order a can of Coke to go with it, with no hassle about buying a drink package. They even provided a glass of ice with my Coke. The pizza on the Promenade was excellent. It wasn’t greasy at all. I also got a medium, chocolate chip cookie dough waffle cone at Ben & Jerry’s on the Promenade. The Ben & Jerry’s location is perfect and the waffle cone was so good. We ate dinner in the main dining room. The food in the dining room ranged from okay to excellent and the waiters went out of their way to make the dining experience memorable. When we first arrived onboard the food was okay, but improved greatly. We were able to order salmon, baked potato and mixed vegetables a day ahead of time for dinner. So, don’t be afraid to let your wait staff know what food you like. They will probably be able to accommodate your request. Onboard Activities: There was a rock-climbing wall, two water slides and a wave rider along with other activities. I didn’t do any of these activities though. I chilled during sea days and had excursions planned for every port. I’m going to lump the photos in with onboard activities because, again, it definitely sucked up a lot of our time. I purchased a 15 prints package online beforehand and put it on my mother’s room. My mother also purchased a photo-book. First, the refurbishment added touch-screen kiosks throughout the photo area which worked well. We did need assistance finding photos we knew were missing from our accounts, but there is a photo-finder menu option on the kiosks. Now there was an issue with printing the 15 photos from both my account and my mother’s account because we were in separate rooms. But, the photo manager finally agreed to add 7 photos from my cabin to my mother’s cabin. This should have been a no brainer since we had purchased 2 photo products. But, the photo manager wanted to rigidly stick to the policy that pictures from another cabin of adults not in the cabin that the photo package is on can’t be added to the photo package even though I paid for the package. Finally, in the end, they were added. Excursions: The ports of call were Port Canaveral, Florida; Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island and Nassau, Bahamas. We went to Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. It’s a kid friendly museum with exhibits and air conditioning. There are about 6 floors and an elevator for those with mobility issues. There’s a gift shop and café on the first floor. (I got an ice cream bar at the café.) I rented a beach bungalow ahead of time for the day in Coco Cay. The bungalow was nice and provided shade. The bungalow area was pretty quiet. It came with two mat floats and a cooler of 4 Evian bottled waters. Towels were available from the concierge desk. I went snorkeling off of the beach, swimming and used a blow-up float that I brought. You can order lunch ahead of time to be delivered to your bungalow. Lunch was good and you could order more food at the concierge desk. Overall, the beach bungalow was great. We went to Atlantis at Nassau and did the Atlantis Aquaventure. Atlantis is beautiful, clean and the lazy river (that’s not so lazy) and water slides were amazing. I normally don’t like public pools and water slides, but I love Atlantis. Just know that the property is huge, so there’s a lot of walking to get to the water slides and lazy river. I got over 18,000 steps the day I went. I went to the spa on one of the sea days and used the complimentary steam room. The steam room and sauna are complimentary on Adventure of the Seas, which is not normally the case on Royal Caribbean’s ships. The steam room and sauna are located in the locker rooms on the 11th deck as you’re going into the gym. Don’t let locker room fool you. The area is very nice with lockers, a bathroom and showers. Locker keys are available on the 12th deck just above. There’s a staircase in the spa/gym area that you can use to go between the 2 floors. My only complaint is that the steam room smelled liked onions. It really needed some eucalyptus scent. Note that the doors to the showers are clear. Debarkation: Getting off the ship was pretty orderly. Breakfast was available in the Windjammer and the Main Dining Room at specified times. The full breakfast menu and a buffet were available in the Main Dining Room even though it was debarkation day. Our debarkation number was called on-time, so the process went fast. (Again, I have priority debarkation due to my loyalty level.) I had to stand in line for a porter. I think I waited about 15 minutes. But, once we got a porter, the process sped up again. The porter told us how the process worked and where to pull-up the vehicle in the parking garage to load up. The porter was very helpful. As usual, Royal Caribbean provides a very good cruise experience. The shows do need to be updated on this ship. They were still the singing and dancing numbers that I haven’t seen in years. There was a comedian and hypnotist. However, I’m used to juggling, acrobatics, Cirque de Soleil type shows and plays. But, the stage on the ship is small. The Ice Show was very good. Get there early in order to get a seat. Boleros bar was really good. Normally the bars on ships can be too loud and boisterous for me, except for the Champagne Bar. But, the Champagne Bar normally can’t serve frozen drinks. But, Boleros normally had a live performance every afternoon/evening, wasn’t too packed and I never had to wait long to order and get a drink. The bartenders were excellent. Everything I ordered tasted good. The people there were normally dancing and having a good time. There would even be children there early in the evening (of course dancing with their family members, not drinking). Note karaoke night is packed. The Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship to travel to the Bahamas on and has more activities than you will probably be able to do. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise for A.O.T.S. being at this particular port and the ports of call it would be visiting. We had in interior cabin which may have been a mistake with the beautiful scenic view the exterior cabins had. The best part of our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for A.O.T.S. being at this particular port and the ports of call it would be visiting. We had in interior cabin which may have been a mistake with the beautiful scenic view the exterior cabins had. The best part of our cruise was the dining room staff we had. Merak, Leonel and Zhenhua were phenomenal ! My son has many food allergies and was limited in regards to the menu items. They found out the first night and that's when they took action. They came by after every dinner and helped prepare his dinner for the following night. They even made suggestions when we had our Mystery Dinner at another dining room. The entertainment was as expected and wish they would have had more activities that didn't cost money. Service throughout the entire ship was top-notch and the ports along with their shore excursions were very well prepared. My son took the time to write a letter so that some type of recognition could be given to the dining staff that assisted him while he was onboard. I would like to cruise with Royal Caribbean again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We left on a Friday from Bayonne, It took almost an HOUR to get from the main entrance to the unloading section. People were actually walking to the pier, really bad start to a trip! Cruised with them once before which is why we chose ... Read More
We left on a Friday from Bayonne, It took almost an HOUR to get from the main entrance to the unloading section. People were actually walking to the pier, really bad start to a trip! Cruised with them once before which is why we chose them again. Food on board excellent except for Dinner in the Windjammer on day 7 it was was not as tasty as we preferred and a little dried out. Found a hair in my wife's food while at Chops grill, they made it right but was really a turn off, Giovanni's restaurant food was much better. Did the "murder mystery" at Giovanni's. Typical entertainment but the venue is set up with 8 long tables. Chairs are so close together that its almost impossible to get up! Main Dining room food and staff was okay but when you walk in to the Windjammer, you'll see the same food as in the main dining room ! Coco Cay excursion was nice. Umbrella rentals are $30 and floating rafts are $28 . Beware, you will need an umbrella and be prepared to tip the guy that brings it to the lounge chairs, the sand is so hard they need to drill into the sand believe it or not! Pearl Island excursion was worth every cent! Short boat trip and it was an enjoyable one. Food was absolutely delicious on Pearl Island. No complaints at all! If you are looking for a nice , quiet relaxing few hours , this is the place. Nassau Bahamas is full of Tee shirt joints. You are better off buying them on the boat. There are things like coffee mugs etc in the tee shirt shops in Nassau but the shirts on the boat are better and cheaper! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My spouse and I (mid-thirties, two youngish kids) took this cruise to celebrate our tenth anniversary; it was our fourth cruise together. We sailed to Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau, and had an inside cabin on Deck 9. We were very ... Read More
My spouse and I (mid-thirties, two youngish kids) took this cruise to celebrate our tenth anniversary; it was our fourth cruise together. We sailed to Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau, and had an inside cabin on Deck 9. We were very happy when scheduling this trip to find that Royal now had two ships sailing from Bayonne, and chose this cruise over trying the Anthem partially for the price (cheaper than Anthem), and partially to try the new 7-day itinerary (Anthem is currently sailing the long time 5-9 day cruise rotation). The Good: Adventure was updated earlier this year and is in very nice shape. We took time to try out the new waterslides - fairly tame for thrill seeking adults but popular with the kids, enjoyed the updated mini golf and somewhat more modern music choices, and found more opportunities to indulge our trivia appetites than in the past. I'm an active person and visited the gym most mornings - it was always busy but in good shape and clean. Our cabin though small was in good shape and sufficient for two active adults, and our staff were all friendly. Our cabin steward Lisbeth was wonderful and particularly deserves a shout out, she was always ready to say hello and chat, and even kindly offered to lend us some supplies to repair a lost button. One other particular highlight was Izumi on the final sea day - it was our first time trying this restaurant. We took a 'learn to roll your own sushi' class under the restaurant's head chef, which was great fun and ended in a huge (and very tasty) lunch that we had made ourselves. Highly recommend to try it if you too like sushi (and don't be afraid if you don't like the raw stuff...4/5 of the things we made were cooked). I'll include on the positives list the self-disembarking process - it was so incredibly easy. We showed up at the allocated time and walked right off the ship with no waiting. 10/10 would do that again. The Bad: Both my spouse and I couldn't help but notice the change that has been happening in the food quality. I tried to be open-minded here having read a number of other reviews noting the changes, and decided that the food is not as terrible as some people claim, but also not what it was in the past. What really seems to have changed is that the food in the included venues have become more cafeteria feeling. In the Windjammer this is probably to be expected - it's a buffet that feeds quite a lot of people all day long. It's a little more disappointing in the main dining room, where based on the decor and multiple-course format you might have expected a little more. We were in agreement that perhaps the formal-format dinner is no longer very practical. We would rather have had a single good quality entree than the current appetizer/entree/dessert of moderate quality. I would have also like to see some more modern flavors and culinary trends represented on the dinner menu. (Side note: We did visit both Izumi and Johnny Rockets, and the quality difference was immediately noticeable that these items were prepared to order). One other lesser point we noticed related to dining was how the wait staff in the main dining room feels stretched more thinly than in the past. Both our head and assistant waiter were very pleasant and helpful persons, but neither seemed to have the time to banter like we have enjoyed in the past - the wait staff as a whole was all business. Honestly it looks like a hard job these days and I don't envy them. The ports: Port Canaveral - we did the self-guided Kennedy Space Center shuttle and I must recommend it! The bus ride over was reasonable, and the Center itself is amazing! The included bus tour takes you all around the launchpads and shuttle assembly facility, and we got to see where they are converting one of the launch sites for future SpaceX launches. There were excellent exhibits and videos chronicling the Apollo missions and shuttle program, and lots of interactive spots for the kids. And as a side note - it poured for a long time that afternoon. While all the folks who traveled to Disney, Universal etc were doubtless getting soaked, we were happily indoors. CocoCay - This was our first time visiting Royal's private island and the weather was beautiful. We had no excursion planned and had decided to take our time and head over after the tender line died down. This turned out to be a good idea, as the first time we checked around 10:30 the line snaked up to Deck 4, about an hour later it was gone and we walked right on to the tender. CocoCay itself was pleasant, right now it's primarily a long beach, some cabanas, food stations/bars, and the straw marked. (Royal is in the process of updating the island, and the center is all blocked off behind shields. You can also see the beginnings of the pier snaking our). We found an empty chair halfway down the beach to leave our things on, and enjoyed some time playing in the water. It was beautifully warm and clear. The close in section is calm and mostly waveless, but there is a roped off area where you can swim farther out and bob in the water, and some floating waypoints to climb up on and rest, and lifeguards hanging out around the edges. We swam out to sit on several of them and enjoy the peace, and saw lot of fish swimming around. All in all a very pleasant and low-key day. Nassau - We had an excursion planned to go snuba diving (this is basically scuba-lite, you breathe through a simple regulator but the air tank floats on the surface, limiting you to only going about ten feet down). An early morning deluge got things off to a rough start, but fortunately had cleared by the time our bus arrived at the dive shop. This excursion was run through a legit dive shop and everyone was very professional. They took us out to a reef about a 10-15 minutes boat ride away, and the site itself was sheltered and calm. Because it was a bigger group we had to take turns with the snuba part, which I think actually made the excursion as a whole longer and better. We spent the first half just snorkeling around the boat - the reef they said was 15-20 feet down at different points, but you could easily make out plenty of coral formations and fish swimming around. Some of the larger fish also swam up under the boat and around us. It was really neat! Then it was our turn to snuba, and this is an experience worth trying once. Our guide explained that you do need to descend/ascend gradually to avoid issues with your ears and lungs, and I did notice the pressure increase and had to clear my ears. But it was fascinating to get down close to the fish. Our guide had some bait to bring the larger ones closer, so they swam all around us, and we even saw a barracuda come close. (No sharks haha! We were told they are actually rare on the reef because their typical prey does not like the warmer water in the shallows). Overall, we had a great vacation and look forward to our next cruise. We plan to change it up a little next time - our kids are getting old enough to appreciate the variety of activities and will be coming along for the first time, and I think I may lean towards experiencing more of the 'extra' dining. This would mean a little bit of adjusting the budget upwards, but I think would make the overall vacation better. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our 3rd RC cruise and, as always, it didn't disappoint. Despite this ship not being in the class of the Anthem that we sailed on last year, this ship was well maintained despite being an older ship. Check-in at Cape Liberty ... Read More
This was our 3rd RC cruise and, as always, it didn't disappoint. Despite this ship not being in the class of the Anthem that we sailed on last year, this ship was well maintained despite being an older ship. Check-in at Cape Liberty was extremely fast and we got in quickly via the Suite line. I was annoyed with the attendant giving me grief for going under the rope due to being directed to the wrong line. Our cabin was great though the shower curtain was missing a ring (broken). My one gripe on all RC cruises are the firm mattresses that bother my wife but they've always taken care of our request for a pad. I recommend requesting this beforehand as we will on our next cruise. Our attendant Michael was great and took care of our special requests (distilled water, extension and mattress pad). Food on RC is always excellent (restaurant, buffet & cafe) and is one of the reasons we will always sail on RC. The dining room experience was great and makes you feel that you're on vacation and don't have to worry about cooking. Wait staff was excellent and it helps when they remember your drink preferences. Buffet in the Windjammer is a great option if you want to eat quickly and get back to other events. The variety is excellent and I heard the Jamaican cuisine was great and I enjoyed the Indian cuisine they made. Head chef was of Indian descent which may have helped. There's a lot activities for those that want to hang by the pool, casino, flow-ride (not me) participate in trivia or events like origami. Nightly entertainment was good with singing/dancing, ice skating and comedians though some times conflicted with dinner times (7 & 9 pm events work best). We also indulged in the spa that was well laid out, maintained and our treatment was great - recommend early in the cruise. Some of the night club events were good but too short. Silent and all-white themed parties are great but 1 hour isn't worthwhile. They also need to cater better to the older crowd at the bars/clubs. I'm sure some of the younger crowd feels the same. Shore excursions were fine but some stops were too short. 2+ hours of travel to Orlando doesn't seem worthwhile given cost and the amount of time spent in the parks (min. 8 hours in the parks; esp. Disney or Universal). We went to Sea World and experienced more though it rained and wasn't as crowded. Coco Cay requires the shuttle boats from the ship which is time consuming but I'll give them a pass since it's new and they're building a dock. It will probably be great once all is said and done. Food was excellent on the island but you couldn't get some drinks (pina coladas) at certain bars. We enjoyed the jet-skis there. Nassau has a lot more options but save up those funds because anything Atlantis based is pricey (limited discounts even with pre-paying). I blame Atlantis more than RC. Wanted to go to the Atlantis Water Park but passed on principle on the pricing. We went to Pearl Island which was fine with beach access and snorkeling. Food was very good though I don't like nickeling and diming on rum punch - sorry should be included. Water was reasonably priced and you received a comp photo. This trip could have been a bit longer also but I'd still recommend. RC has set a high standard for us every time we cruise with them and they continue to deliver. I highly recommend to others but save up because you have to pay to play - it's worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
The cruise staff was very nice . Ship is clean . The dining room food needs improvement. Over all the trip was very nice. This is the first time I lost weight on a cruise . Happy about that , still wish the food was like it use to be. The ... Read More
The cruise staff was very nice . Ship is clean . The dining room food needs improvement. Over all the trip was very nice. This is the first time I lost weight on a cruise . Happy about that , still wish the food was like it use to be. The buffet use to be open at midnight . It is no longer open , They use to have an ice sculptures and food on pool side night . They didnt have a show in the dining room. A lot has changed . A little disappointed. My family members were a little disappointed as well . What I told them about wasn’t what they experienced. They still had a good time . It definitely could have been a better experience for everyone . The kids wanted to take the tour of the ship . $89 for a ship tour . Everything is so pricey . I wasn’t happy with telling the kids they could’nt take the tour. It was very expensive if you have 3 kids and 2 adults. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We were a family group of 12 adults from NY & Boston. We chose this cruise based on the departure port and ports of call. It was affordable and the departure port was easy to get to. We all did our online check in so once at the ... Read More
We were a family group of 12 adults from NY & Boston. We chose this cruise based on the departure port and ports of call. It was affordable and the departure port was easy to get to. We all did our online check in so once at the pier we were on the ship in a few minutes. We arrived by 11am and on the ship by 11:30am. Staff was great from the start. WJ was packed so we headed to the Cafe Promenade for lunch. Cabins were ready by 1pm and were clean and comfy. We had an aft balcony cabin 7674. Views were great throughout the sailing. Very quiet location as well. We had late seating in the MDR at 8pm. We missed some trivia games because of this. Dinner was served promptly and we were done by 9:15 most nights. The food was good but I do agree with some others that the quality has changed. Some dishes lacked flavor but we never went hungry. Our head waitress was great but her assistant was very inexperienced. She was better on day 3 though after being spoken to. Hand sanitizer could be found throughout the ship. WJ breakfast was the same everyday and the food was tasty. MDR breakfast was good. Lunch in the WJ was the same everyday and I did not care for the choices. I was looking for cold cuts (deli meat) but that was only served at breakfast. Cafe promenade was good. Ports of call were good BUT we didn't get off the ship at Port Canaveral so we could take advantage of the slides being less crowded. To our surprise they were closed while we were in port. No pool activities or music either. We were surprised because more than half the passengers stayed on board. Shops were closed too. Coco Cay was nice and we went to the beach where the floating bar was. It was less crowded and we had no problem finding shade. We saw a huge stingray by the waters edge as soon as we arrived. We also saw a juvenile lemon shark (about 3 ft long) swim by a few feet in front of us. I ran out of the water but my cousin stayed. He ended up circling the floating bar and my husband almost jumped on him when he was exiting the bar. The bartender chases the shark away and he never caused a problem. Nassau was great and we had been there several times before. We knew to go to Cabbage beach. We were brought to a touristy area and were harrassed by locals selling umbrellas, lounges and drinks as well as water sports. We stayed on a resort there before and had not seen it this bad. We simply said no thank you and they eventually left us alone. My son's friend has recognized one of the bartenders from the beach bar from a previous trip. He hooked us up with coconut drinks. We rented an umbrella farther away from the crowd and enjoyed the crystal clear water for the day. Taxis were accessible by the port and readily available by the beach. All activities on board were great and CD was good. Bingo was held in the Imperial Lounge which was too small to accommodate all who attended and we ended up sitting on the floor. There is plenty to do on this ship. The white party was lame. My adult children thought it was awful. No CD or anything just music playing on the sports deck. I couldn't figure out why we needed to wear white either? No black lights or anything. The lines for the slides weren't too bad and moved quickly. Last night of the cruise bars closed earlier as I think they were trying to get passengers to bed for disembarkation the following morning. We saw crew members clean all surfaces and smelled bleach so they do a great job disinfecting. Disembarkation was a breeze. Our number was called and a crew member grabbed us off a long line and brought us to the front of the ship. Our sea pass cards were swiped and as easy as it was getting on the ship, it was just as easy getting off. We had 2 medevacs this sailing and the captain kept us well informed. The first medevac was on day 2. We had to sail closer to the SC shore so the coast guard could pick up the patient. We arrived in Port Canaveral about an hour late. The captain kept us well informed but sped up as to not make us any later. It caused the ship to rock a bit more. The 2nd medevac happened in Nassau. We were pulling out of the port and only 5 min into the trip we were backing up into the port again. An ambulance arrived to take the patient to the hospital and away we went. We arrived on schedule in Bayonne. All in all it was a great family vacation but we did see a few changes that were made since our last Royal cruise. Staff was great but quality of food has changed. With that said we would still chose Royal again. Read Less
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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