Sail Date: October 2017
We had a great time on our Adventure cruise. The food was wonderful and the service in the dinning room was excellent. Of course there were more things to do than time to do them, but we made the most of our time. Our room was good, ... Read More
We had a great time on our Adventure cruise. The food was wonderful and the service in the dinning room was excellent. Of course there were more things to do than time to do them, but we made the most of our time. Our room was good, but the bathroom had a urine odor at time. One the last day (our only at sea day) we had a pipe break and our room flooded. I think they did the best they could to fix the pipe and dry out our room, but it was a serious inconvenience. They offer to move us to a different room, but I didn't want to pack and move on my last day. We took three shore excursions and loved all of them. This was the first time we booked excursions through the ship and it was so easy. I loved that! This was my 7th RCCL cruise and I will certainly cruise again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The ship and staff was mostly good. Not outstanding. Our dining waitress was great, and the head waiter was very attentive. Did not like that the solarium and pool bars opened late, no morning Bloody Mary. The staff failed to ... Read More
The ship and staff was mostly good. Not outstanding. Our dining waitress was great, and the head waiter was very attentive. Did not like that the solarium and pool bars opened late, no morning Bloody Mary. The staff failed to invite me to the Cruise Critic gathering, and to the Crown and Anchor party. The staff messed up my Visa card registration and charged it all to my travel companign. The Starbucks on 5th floor only had enough mix for chai tea for for one cup. And never got more. I paid for drink pkg and expected to drink some. Not impressed with Martinque, people not friendly. Couldn't get a taxi as no one cared to speak with us. The people of St Lucia and Barbados were very friendly and were helpful when we got twisted and needed a little help to go bsck to ship. The Jolly Roger snorkle trip was fun as usual. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Loyal RCCL cruiser (Diamond). Sad that St. Martins is still recovering but St. Kitts seamlessly added to itinerary with best shore excursion of the cruise (did the kayaking and snorkeling which was great). Staff very passionate about the ... Read More
Loyal RCCL cruiser (Diamond). Sad that St. Martins is still recovering but St. Kitts seamlessly added to itinerary with best shore excursion of the cruise (did the kayaking and snorkeling which was great). Staff very passionate about the recovery work they helped perform. Overall, a good cruise with excellent service aboard the ship. Officers some of the most approachable I have ever met, including the captain. Fitness center very well equipped and not overly crowded. General shows were ok, but really loved the Beetles show. That being said, this cruise probably the worst airport transfer experience I have ever experienced, especially with departure. Got to airport, then had to wait outside for well over an hour for luggage to arrive as it was sent over separately (where I was getting bitten by mosquitoes - who would have thought I would have needed insect repellent for airport!). Transfer on arrival also plagued by long lines and poor communication. RCCL needs to have better staff on the ground at these two points as it really can ruin the overall experience, despite doing great work on the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Unbelievable how well Royal Caribbean handled this cruise after the hurricane. The staff had been through so much prior to our boarding but they were the best of any staff I can ever recall. Remarkable how well embarkation and ... Read More
Unbelievable how well Royal Caribbean handled this cruise after the hurricane. The staff had been through so much prior to our boarding but they were the best of any staff I can ever recall. Remarkable how well embarkation and disembarkation went considering the circumstances in San Juan. Only complaint would be muster. Standing outside in the extreme heat waiting for inconsiderate passengers is not a great way to start your vacation. We lucked out and were given the option of upgrading to an Owner's Suite. So our experience was very different than our other cruises. We had access to the Suite Lounge for drinks and appetizers before dinner. Excellent staff there and probably the last time I will experience the lounge unfortunately. We ate our meals in the specialty restaurants which were very good, really no complaints other than maybe more options. The staff in both restaurants were friendly and knowledgeable. Bartenders excellent in the Schooner! Overall this was an exceptionally good cruise especially considering the circumstances in San Juan. Glad I went and didn't cancel. The people in San Juan need to see tourists again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
First I want to say that my regret is that I did not get the contact info of some wonderful people we met. This was the first cruise out of San Juan after Hurricane Maria. We met a wonderful couple from Puerto Rico and now I keep wondering ... Read More
First I want to say that my regret is that I did not get the contact info of some wonderful people we met. This was the first cruise out of San Juan after Hurricane Maria. We met a wonderful couple from Puerto Rico and now I keep wondering how they are doing after returning home. Luis and Miguel if you read this post please look for my comment on the Cruise Critic Facebook page and contact me. As this was the first cruise after Hurricane Maria we were of course unsure if it would really happen. When we saw that our flight had been making it to San Juan successfully for several days we confirmed that we would be on the ship. The very next day we found out that our airline canceled our return flight. We were not allowed to cancel or postpone the cruise at that point because we were told that another carrier could get us home 2 days later. When we looked into that carrier it would have cost us $1000 to book that return flight. In addition we still would have had to sleep in the airport for 2 days. Our carrier could get us home 4 days after the cruise. I was not prepare to sleep in the airport for 4 days either. Yes we did take out insurance but we were not 100% confident that they would come through since we did not experience a personal illness. So making lemons into lemonade we ended up booking a second week on the ship doing a back-to-back. Below I will start each paragraph with a plus+ or minus- depending on whether it is a positive or negative comment. ++So first I have to give Royal Caribbean bonus points for letting guests board the ship a day early at no charge (since the hotels were now closed). They fed us well and even had entertainment. +The Cruise Director and staff were fabulous. This was my 8th, and 9th cruise. Shelli, Elvis, Jay, Dan and Lorenzo are probably the best cruise staff I have ever had on any line. The staff does change every couple of months so unless you take this cruise shortly you probably won't be as fortunate as we were to have this crew. +The first week in the Sapphire restaurant we had Dave and Yan as servers. This was Yan's first week and she was just a sweetheart who did a fabulous job of taking care of us. Dave was also very attentive. The second week we chose to sit at a table with other couples and therefore had different wait staff. They were not as attentive. The staffs were extremely concerned that we were satisfied with our meals. In fact they will jump through hoops to make sure you are happy. With that said, food is a matter of preference. I found that I really liked the food at the buffet. For breakfast we found ourselves easily overeating. After overeating the first week, we decided to go to the coffee shop so that we would have a muffin and coffee. Ironically the coffee shop staff didn't seem to know the difference between a bran muffin, a banana nut muffin and a blueberry muffin. - Coffee is very important to us. Last time I was on Royal Caribbean the coffee was Seattle's Best. Unfortunately it is now a no-name brand and tolerable, but not nearly as good. There is a Starbucks next to the coffee shop if you want to pay for their specialty coffees. We hate Starbucks so that is a real negative. Regarding the entertainment: - - we always loved going to karaoke. It seems that Royal has discontinued the karaoke machine that they used to use which probably had a selection of several thousand songs, and has downgraded to equipment that had hardly anything. Many people looked in the books but could not find anything to sing. There was a lot of awkward silence. The cruise staff did their best to sing and make background music that that can't substitute for the lack of singers. On man actually sang "Proud to Be an American" a Capella. Ok seriously Royal, you don't have Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" in your book? That is really sad. We had a professional singer in the audience the first week. She did her best to fill in the gaps and many of the songs she sang she said was her first time singing them. So Royal Caribbean you had a good system. BRING IT BACK. + As for other shows, we saw 3 different comedians and a magician. They were all very funny and entertaining. + I love that you have really musicians. There is no substitute for them. Anyone can play an ipod. The music director was very good and the musicians were obviously experts on their instruments. - As for the other shows, the dancers are talented but the singing and dancing productions just weren't that entertaining. I really miss having a production show like we had on the Oasis (we saw Hair Spray). In addition, I don't know if Royal was trying to make a statement but it was embarrassing to see one of the singers trying to impersonate Shakira. I understand we all come in different shapes and sizes, but we are what we are. + Regarding the other entertainment, the games were hysterical. They are definitely adult entertainment and not for the shy or bashful. If you are easily offended you probably should bring a good book to read. If you go to "The Quest" be prepared to participate and make sure the people sitting near you look like they are going to participate too. For the "Love and Marriage" show and "The Perfect Couple" you can just be a spectator and have a great time. Shelli did such a fabulous job as did Dan, Elvis and Jay. +Besides the shows we also went to several "Trivia" contests. We have been to lots of trivia's, but I will say that this staff was the most organized. And they made it so not cut-throat by making it clear that the prizes are crap. But it was still fun to win and a great way to meet other people too. * Now for the Islands; due to the hurricane there was an itinerary change. I appreciate that they didn't just make it another day at sea. So for our back to back cruise we ended up visiting 9 ports, 2 of which we saw twice. Keep in mind that storms and weather effect water. So here goes... Antigua - this island is paradise. We were lucky enough to be here twice. Just take a taxi to one of their 365 beaches. You will need at least 4 people for the taxi and it will cost you $8 per person each way, but so worth it. There is a taxi stand as soon as you walk off the port and they can put you with other people. The first time we went to Long Beach. The other people chose this beach because it was the furthest away and since the cost is the same for any distance they figured it would give us a tour of the island also. It was just beautiful white sand with clear water. There was a restaurant with cheap local beer. The next time we went to Valley Church. This beach is recommended by the taxi drivers and is a bit more crowded, but also has a few more amenities. It is a shorter ride – which is probably why the taxi drivers prefer it. It was just a beautiful as Long Beach. St Kitts. The first time we took an excursion, Gary’s Island Safari and Beach. We were supposed to explore the rain forests lush interior. We drove a road through the rain forest but it certainly wasn’t a tour. They took us to a hill top to see the views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean and we were served fruit juices with plenty of rum if we wanted it. Then to a small beach which was typical for St Kitts which has volcanic brown sand but nice shells. Gary was very nice and kept asking if we were having a good time. Who was going to tell him the truth? It was not a tour. It was boring. They next time we took a cheap taxi to a better beach. If the weather was better we probably would have stayed longer but it rained a bit. The water was also very churned due to the storms. Martinique – We took a ferry to a beach that was recommended by the locals for snorkeling. It was a small patch of sand with some rocky areas. We had to put our stuff on the sea wall because that is how little sand there was. The good news is that the ferry was only $7 round trip. If you go there, ask for a nice what sand beach, not a snorkeling beach. Barbados – took a snorkeling excursion on a catamaran. The boat ride was nice which a large area to lay out in the sun. Rum was included. Then visited a beach. St Lucia – took an excursion to the volcanic mud baths based on other reviews. It was a long trip but I do feel it is a “must do” for that island. The mud baths were crowded but wow did it make my skin feel nice. The scenery of the Pitons is also quite impressive and lunch was delicious. I bought 5 homemade soaps for $10. You will need to bargain or pay too much. Aruba – Took a snorkeling excursion to 3 spots. The snorkeling areas were ok. They give you bottles with bread to create a feeding frenzy. The last stop is a sunken ship but it really was too deep to see well snorkeling. Lunch was provided on the boat and it was very good. Of course plenty of rum too. We then went to a beach but it was a really windy day. I have been to Aruba for a week just this past year. It is a nice island which is usually very safe. Curacao – I had been to this island before for a week also. It is really a nice island. Took a kayak/snorkeling excursion. Really didn’t need to kayak to get to the snorkeling area. Could have driven there. Parked in the water was an off shore drilling rig and the drilling boat. They did not make for pretty scenery. However the snorkeling was some of the best ever. It did include a sunken boat which was shallow enough to see. The water was amazingly blue and clear. Since they kayaking didn’t provide any scenery we allowed the leader to tow us and a few other kayaks. So that is my review. Would I recommend this cruise? Yes. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I am a loyal Royal Caribbean cruiser. The prices are reasonable. The ships’appearance and upkeep are well maintained. The staff for the most part is friendly (one exception, I found the Guest Service Staff to be rude at times and not ... Read More
I am a loyal Royal Caribbean cruiser. The prices are reasonable. The ships’appearance and upkeep are well maintained. The staff for the most part is friendly (one exception, I found the Guest Service Staff to be rude at times and not friendly — they are in need of customer service training). As usual the room attendants and wait staff (dining room, restaurants, bars, and Windjammer) were great. While on the ship overall my experience was fantastic. I have 2 complaints. First the excursion booked through Royal Caribbean, St Lucian beach break excursion was awful. The tour driver was fantastic and the beach club restaurant had good food. The beach was trash, The locals trying to sell you things on the beach was so annoying you could not enjoy your time at the beach. In addition before leaving the bus, the tour driver told us to be careful and watch you personal items because they will be stolen. So besides the locals bombarding you and the fear of your elongings getting stolen how could you enjoy yourself. Worst beach excursion I ever experienced. My second complaint is the disembarkation. Royal Caribbean had given my group time for disembarkation,. We were in the last group, the 10-10:45 group. Disembarkation was rushed and by 8:45 all times had been called to leave the ship. Considering Puerto Rico’s recent devastation, the port staff and Airport staff was overwelhmed We were provided transportation to the airport, buses for the guest and trucks for our luggage. Well, a piece of our luggage did not make it to airport. We picked our luggage up at the port warehouse, had it taken outside to the trucks but somehow a piece did not make it onto the truck. After 2 hours of having several trucks unloaded, a Royal Caribbean staff member told us that the luggage was still at the port because we did not pick it up from the warehouse. That was not true. In addition we were told that Royal Caribbean would not bring the luggage to the airport. We had to take a taxi to the port and pick it up ourselves. Very disappointed at Royal Caribbean. Imagine the anxiety of thinking we were not going to be able to make our flight. Fortunate, we had and excellent taxi driver who went above and beyond to get us back to the port and back to the airport. Royal Caribbean dumped a massive amount of people at an airport that they knew was still in recovery. Royal Caribbean could have handled the disembarkation way better. No thanks to Royal Caribbean. The overall experience of the cruise vacation was great but unfortunate, the mishap with the luggage and Royal Caribbean not being helpful at the end will be the most memorable event. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Overall this cruise was very relaxing. There were 5 ports of call so there were plenty of opportunities to get off the ship and explore the islands. If you want to see St. Kits I recommend booking an excursion. There is not much at the ... Read More
Overall this cruise was very relaxing. There were 5 ports of call so there were plenty of opportunities to get off the ship and explore the islands. If you want to see St. Kits I recommend booking an excursion. There is not much at the port except shopping. The rest of the ports were great. We did two walking tours on our own and two excursions. As for the food on board we found the dining room to be the best choice. The variety each evening was excellent. We decided to pay the extra $6.95 to eat at Johnny Rockets one day for lunch. After we sat down we were told that it is $6.95 just for the food. If you want a shake or a malt they are an additional $5.00 each. We decided to stay and ordered some food. The fries and onion rings were brought out to us right away. The burgers however took over an HOUR to be served. This does not include the time it took for the server to take our order. I highly recommend that you skip Johnny Rockets if you take this cruise. It isn't worth your time or money. If you want to relax poolside I recommend the 16+ pool. Everyday at the main pool they play a movie over the pool on the big screen and have the volume so loud that it is difficult to talk to the person sitting next to you. Movies were always PG and some were not appropriate for young children. (They played Kong two days in a row) Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Had a cruise from Puerta Rico down through Leeward islands. St,Maarten was destroyed week before so we went to St. Croix. While there we were told we had to run from another hurricane to Aruba. St. Croix was destroyed after we left. So we ... Read More
Had a cruise from Puerta Rico down through Leeward islands. St,Maarten was destroyed week before so we went to St. Croix. While there we were told we had to run from another hurricane to Aruba. St. Croix was destroyed after we left. So we actually ended up seeing none of the ports we planned and getting an extra day as we had to finish in Fort Lauderdale. What could have been a disaster was handled i thought brilliantly by Royal Carribean and the Captain. We were kept well informed, given free internet, extra days on drinks list and the people from Puerta Rico were well looked after by taking them back a few days later and allowing them to stay on ship until then. We are from Australia and had previously cruised Silversea and Seabourne so actually had little expectation of Royal Carribean as we choose cruise based on where it was going. I have to say i was very impressed. The food quality in the dining room with open time dining was excellent ( better than scenic river cruise we went on by miles). Also the whole ship, entertainment and facilities, staff were very very good.We bought drinks package and had to go very hard to get our moneys worth even though we ended up having 5 sea days instead of one. We had cheapest outside cabin on deck 2. Well looked after room. As we only went to 3 ports short notice we just got off boat and wandered or got local buses. Negative was being directed into a queue to board where guys with fists full of dollars were taking you bags which appeared at your room some hours later when you could have carried them on yourself and changed imediately.This is not a good look before you even get on the boat, notice other reviews have said same. Surely Royal Carribean can fix this. Also they add 18% to everything then handout tip envelopes asking for more. Aussies hate this thats why most companies selling in Australia are all inclusive. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We visit the Old San Juan and El Morro, before taking the cruise. Embarkation was good, disembarkation in Ft. Laudardale was not fun. Homeland Security there is not fun people. The ship looks pretty new, has a lot to offer, crew members, ... Read More
We visit the Old San Juan and El Morro, before taking the cruise. Embarkation was good, disembarkation in Ft. Laudardale was not fun. Homeland Security there is not fun people. The ship looks pretty new, has a lot to offer, crew members, made the experience fun and unique. People are not slaves, threat people good and they will treat you, outstanding. (Thats a pretty good deal). Cabin were always clean, food was excelent, service was marvelous, activities was fun, daycare and teens was superb. my kids love to be on this activities. They change our ports to St. Croix, Aruba and Bonaire. We have fun on them. Captain Tomas, was always keeping the safety of the passengers first. We change destinations several times, instead of returning to Puerto Rico, we return to Ft. Laudardale. We change our flights and return home. Always sailing in calm waters and sunny skies. Always had a different towel animal in our room each nights. Our stuff animals were place in different areas when they clean our room (like they were having a good time) ha ha ha. Food was really good, compliments to the Chefs. We took a Martini class, we had a lot of fun there. Ice skating show is incredible. Staff was making everybody happy, no matter they were uncertain what was going to happen with them after the damage of them Home Port (Puerto Rico). That is commitment..! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I just returned today from a 7 night (turned into 8 night) cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. If not for the occasion of my 10-year wedding anniversary, we would not have chosen to sail during hurricane season, but we did! We sailed from ... Read More
I just returned today from a 7 night (turned into 8 night) cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. If not for the occasion of my 10-year wedding anniversary, we would not have chosen to sail during hurricane season, but we did! We sailed from San Juan, which was a beautiful city. We flew in 1 day ahead and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris, and it was very nice (great swim-up bar!). Our itinerary had been slightly altered due to Hurricane Irma happening the week prior, so we sailed for St. Croix instead of St. Maarten, which was a BLAST. Since we didn't know what our itinerary change would be until very close to departure, we didn't plan anything big for that island day and chose to just walk to the left of the cruise port to the cute little beach within sight of the ship, and boy are we glad we did! First, walk past the ridiculous sign charging $50 for chairs and an umbrella. Keep walking for another 30 feet and you'll find an adorable beach bar with chairs and umbrellas that cost $20 total. We did some GREAT snorkeling, bought a lot of beers and a couple coconuts filled with rum! The bartender would cut the end off the coconut and stick a straw in it, then have us drink the coconut water as fast as we could while he filled it with rum! It was really fun. This was the absolute highlight of our entire trip. From St. Croix, we had the rest of our itinerary changed due to Hurricane Maria, which was rapidly approaching. We skipped St. Kitts (stopped just to re-supply), and sailed for Aruba, where we spent 2 days. Aruba was ok. We liked Eagle beach better than Palm beach. We did a snorkeling excursion via Royal Caribbean that was ok - it was the only excursion left by the time we were able to sit through the massive line at the excursion desk after the captain announced our itinerary changes. From Aruba we went to Bonaire, which was not my favorite island. We did a quick snorkeling excursion and then went back to the boat. After that we sailed 2 days to get to Ft. Lauderdale instead of returning to San Juan on Saturday as planned. Our hearts go out to the island of Puerto Rico and all who were hit by Irma and Maria. I will give Royal Caribbean top marks for the way they kept us updated about the hurricane and itinerary changes. They were extremely communicative and it made it very easy to adjust plans (and expectations) in a timely manner. The ship itself was very nice. We stayed in an inside cabin, which was a first for me and I really liked how quiet and dark it was in our room. The common areas were clean and open. We spent most of our time in the Solarium, where the chairs were super comfortable and there was plenty of space in the shade. It would have been nice to have some music on that deck occasionally. The main pool area was much more active. We tried once to find a spot out there during movie time, but it was very crowded and the big screen is blocked by the hot tub coverings and kid play area, so there are actually VERY few areas on that large deck where you could see the whole screen. But there is plenty of good space to see the bands and dance parties that happen towards the bar-end of the deck. Keep in mind that one side contains the smoking section - once you accidentally walk through there once, you won't do it again! Entertainment on the ship definitely skewed towards the main demographic, which was a solid 50+. There was a night club on floor 13 that was meant to be open late hours, but every time we went (11 p.m. or later) it was empty. We never really found anything good to do late-night. I did get my afternoon Solarium nap interrupted every day by the 4:00 BINGO BINGO BINGO announcement, so that seemed to be about the speed :) The food... So, we only ate at the Main Dining Room once. It was AWFUL. Like, barely edible and we went to the Windjammer after to eat something decent. I got the "pork shoulder" which was actually a thick slab of tough-as-nails pork loin covered in gross gravy. My husband got a lovely grey steak (ew.). We also had some garlic shrimp, which could have been ok if they had chosen to either serve them stuffed with the garlic breading OR left all the shells and legs on, but NOT BOTH. It was a disaster. There was no way to de-shell the shrimp without making a mess of all the stuffing. The desserts were ok. The food at the Windjammer was actually really good, consistently. The themed nights were fun - the Caribbean night was my favorite. It was fun to get nachos or fries in the afternoon to eat by the pool. Breakfast was great, and exactly the same as the one morning we had it in the MDR, except "make your own" instead of ordering from a waiter. Our favorite was Giovannis, which was absolutely delicious from start to finish. My husband was disappointed that both days we went there was the same "soup / pasta of the day" but I wasn't because the pasta of the day was absolutely delicious mushroom ravioli! I got the braised veal both times and it was phenomenal. We ate at Chops on our anniversary and were not impressed. The steaks were definitely good, as was the crispy goat cheese salad, but everything else we tried was off. The creamed spinach was super sweet (weird), but then so was the mac and cheese (WEIRD) and the wine sauce for the steak (maybe slightly less weird, but still gross). Service was great on the ship, with the pinnacle being Elvis, the cruise director. What an absolutely DELIGHTFUL person! He is very fun. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This is my third cruise, first two were on Carnival. Overall, RC has Carnival beat on ships, dining, and service. Unfortunately, my cruise experience with RC was overshadowed by hurricane Maria. The captain and the crew were amazing ... Read More
This is my third cruise, first two were on Carnival. Overall, RC has Carnival beat on ships, dining, and service. Unfortunately, my cruise experience with RC was overshadowed by hurricane Maria. The captain and the crew were amazing and always kept safety the number one priority and put forth every effort to make the best of a bad situation. We were always informed of the changes happening. It was very disappointing to have all of our ports cancelled along with our shore excursions. We did divert to Aruba for two days and sailed to Bonaire, both were very beautiful. We did end up with more days at sea because of all the re-routing. Ultimately, we could not sail back to San Juan and had to spend an extra day at sea sailing to Fort Lauderdale, FL because it was not possible to sail back to San Juan after Maria hit. On board entertainment is top notch! I really enjoyed all of the different venues, many of witch had live bands or other entertainment. I also did the galley tour and brunch, which was very interesting. The main dining room service was amazing and the food is top notch. I would definitely recommend using the main dining room or ordering room service over the buffet any time. The buffet food is just that -- buffet food. The service in Windjammer was excellent though, something I wouldn't have expected given it's not a full dining room. The one thing I will say that was unacceptable was the plumbing issue on deck 6! We stayed in 6680, aft on the port side. There must have been some sort of flood prior to us coming on board because sever of the rooms were open and the carpets torn out. The hall smelled of wet mildew throughout most of the trip. They did replace some of the hall carpeting by our room, but that just made it smell like burned glue. Luckily, the smell did not come into our room. RC did their best to make the best of the situation that was out of anyone's control, but sadly to say this last cruise experience has left me thinking that a cruise vacation isn't for me. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this for the ports of call. Daughter is an avid scuba diver and the ABC islands offer some of the best dive sights! Olga kept our cabin clean and made sure we had ice refilled several times a day as the fridge in our room did not ... Read More
Chose this for the ports of call. Daughter is an avid scuba diver and the ABC islands offer some of the best dive sights! Olga kept our cabin clean and made sure we had ice refilled several times a day as the fridge in our room did not want to cool anything at all. the food leaves A LOT to be desired. We ate in the MDR for most of our meals and a few things we had to send back. A lot of overcooked food came our way. Our servers seemed new as they were not attentive to our table at all. We were only offered bread when we sat down - she never came around again unless we flagged her down. Our waiter always asked us when we ordered our entrees if we wanted it "well done" - to EVERYTHING - from steak to duck to fish. We had to tell him no - we wanted medium rare - his comment was always - I will do my best. It never worked out for us. The coffee is the WORST coffee I have ever had. it is too strong to drink. I think for the week I got maybe 2 cups of drinkable coffee. When you ask for a not strong cup of coffee, they give you half a cup of coffee mixed with half hot water. We upgraded our cabin a few days before sailing and it was a nightmare for the entire week. They kept the name of the original occupant on the cabin for the entire cruise. Even after we told them that of their mistake it was never corrected We listed our credit cards during the online check in. At checkin we were asked if we were using the credit cards we gave online and we said yes. Imagine my surprise when I found out neither one of us were set for credit card payment and our accounts were shown as being paid in cash. Of course we didn't realize it until the last night, so having to stand in line for almost an hour to fix their mistake was not pleasant. fitness equipment is outdated and half of the equipment was broken. Even though there is a running/walking trail - you could never use it because there were always passengers on the deck who would never get out of your way. The sale on liquor is a great deal - buy it on the first night as some selections do sell out. They offered Bacardi 4/$40 - which was the cheapest we say even at the Bacardi factory in San Juan. We ended up booking our own shore excursions with Viator because they had more choices than the cruise line and were less expensive. In Bonaire - we hired a taxi to take us on a tour as the prices are a flat rate per person. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose Adventure of the Seas for the ports of call and time of year. Overall we had nice time. We enjoyed the Adele show very much and Travis too. The music (DJ & band) poolside and the staff conducting the dance ... Read More
We chose Adventure of the Seas for the ports of call and time of year. Overall we had nice time. We enjoyed the Adele show very much and Travis too. The music (DJ & band) poolside and the staff conducting the dance lessons, etc was way too loud. I understand they want to get many people involved but the microphone volume was excessively loud. It was annoying. We tried using the Adult pool but it was super crowded all day. Very disappointing. It was a real challenge to get a chair near either pool. I did enjoy the sales on the promenade & stores but I wanted to purchase a bracelet from the "pay by the inch" table but I couldn't. The table was very small with only one staff member working. The crowd of people looking/buying was so much you couldn't get near to pick a selection. I attempted again on the last day at sea but the staff member took a very long lunch break. I got tired of waiting for him to return and I gave up!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I booked this cruise last year when we were on the Adventure for the eastern islands and we were looking forward to "doing" the west islands (A,B, and C). I take my three grown children and their spouses on a family trip each ... Read More
I booked this cruise last year when we were on the Adventure for the eastern islands and we were looking forward to "doing" the west islands (A,B, and C). I take my three grown children and their spouses on a family trip each year but we've never repeated a ship or tour immediately. We were treated excellently in the Dining Room at dinner. One of my daughters eats a "plant based diet" and they were able to provide her with magnificent meals. Our DR servers were THE BEST, also. Our Cabin was always neat and clean...........he did a super job. Going to the Concierage (sp?)Room is always restful. We enjoyed the workers there and I often went in when it was empty for a quiet place to sit and read. There was a certain group........MANY of them........who seemed to think they were the only people on the ship..............loud, rude, pushing into and out of elevators, not letting people into elevators, their kids running and screaming in the hallway late at night and knocking on doors. They really made people wonder why the ship personnel can't do something about such people. We all pay for this vacation and shouldn't have to endure such behavior. We've not had this occur on any other cruise lines. Their behavior was the same in the Windjammer. The Ice Show was fantastic. The other shows were lackluster. The BEST part of this cruise was the Humanitarian Stop when the ship offloaded water, food, etc. at St. Maarten and took on over 300 humans and many DOGS. Seeing the destruction on land was heartbreaking and I continue to watch the Weather Channel now at home. I'm glad we had no problems and flew home on Sept. 16. I'm wondering what's happening to the current cruise/cruisers. We have another RCI cruise coming up in December and are hoping for more courteous cruisers and better entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise because it offered a great itinerary, including St. Kitts & have never been there. Had been to the ABC's in March this year. I enjoy this size/class of ship. Lots to do but easy to navigate. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it offered a great itinerary, including St. Kitts & have never been there. Had been to the ABC's in March this year. I enjoy this size/class of ship. Lots to do but easy to navigate. Itinerary was St. Thomas, Curacao, Aruba & St. Kitts. Unfortunately this was peak Hurricane season and...... Missed seeing St. Kitts, thanks to Irma, but went to Bonaire instead & had an incredible time. The Capt. was most gracious & professional during this time & made regular announcements about avoiding the hurricane & kept everyone at ease. This was my 33rd. cruise & most have been with Royal Caribbean. Adventure is a lovely ship & very well maintained. The crew could not have been nicer. Everyone says hello & is most helpful. Had dinner the last night in Chops Grille & as always it was amazing. Exemplary service & outstanding menu. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I booked this cruise as it had the itinerary i wanted at the best price. I'm not particularly loyal to any cruise line and have sailed carnival, norwegian and princess in addition to royal caribbean previously. There were a few ... Read More
I booked this cruise as it had the itinerary i wanted at the best price. I'm not particularly loyal to any cruise line and have sailed carnival, norwegian and princess in addition to royal caribbean previously. There were a few things that royal seemed to do a bit better than the others. First off, they have enough staff, paticularly in the dining areas. It showed in their relaxed manner when compared to other lines. We sailed during hurricane Irma so hats off to the captain for keeping everyone well informed and providing reassurance that we were in good hands. The staff in the dining room was exceptional and the food almost always delicious. Buffet was very good as well, though sitting at the back was a bit uncomfortably warm at times. Room steward was efficient and room was always made up quickly. Ship is in great shape. Hard to believe it has been in service 16 years. It was so smooth it was hard to know if the ship was even moving at times. I absolutely hated the rock hard bed and never managed to get a decent sleep, even after the steward padded it with a few mattress pads. I was quickly bored. There never seemed to be very much to do compared to my last experience on norwegian. Dance classes were held in bars far too small to adequately move. Lots of karaoke if you're into that. Drink prices were ridiculous and it was hard to keep from feeling gouged. They're constantly pushing their for-fee restaurants but with drink prices so high I wasnt inclined to pay extra for dinner as well. There is only one 'free' dining venue besides the buffet & the dining room which serves sandwiches, pizza & desserts. That was a nice option when the others were closed. Overall a decent cruise though not sure why some people are so fervently 'loyal to royal'. Its pretty much the same product the other mass market cruise lines offer. Nothing really stood out as unique or special. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Having cruised five times on Carnival since 2013, this Royal Caribbean cruise was an opportunity to see why Carnival is considered less favorably. This seven-day, Caribbean itinerary out of San Juan to us to St. Thomas, Curacao, Aruba, ... Read More
Having cruised five times on Carnival since 2013, this Royal Caribbean cruise was an opportunity to see why Carnival is considered less favorably. This seven-day, Caribbean itinerary out of San Juan to us to St. Thomas, Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire (was supposed to be St. Kitts, but Hurricane Irma persisted). Wonderful itinerary! One of my favs. I took a pretty critical eye in comparing Royal Caribbean to Carnival. RC faired pretty darn well. But wasn't always the winner. Pre-sale/booking - Carnival - hands down. Carnival gets a reputation of being low-grade, low-class, common, etc. Yet their phone support, website and other pre-sail activity is league above Royal Caribbean (and MSC Divina - which I'm currently planning). RC, MSC and others could learn more than a few things from the Carnival website. Embarkation - Equal, slight nod to Carnival - I've had generally very good experiences with Carnival in five cruises. I will say, the RC embarkation was super easy. Facility seemed a bit sketchy (San Juan), but to my surprise - it was very quick (we were super early). Service: Equal. Both seem to have wonderfully prepared and engaged staff. Have had little to no issues on either line. Food: Carnival wins, hands down. No comparison here, for me. Not a single meal or dish on RC had a "wow" moment. Extremely average. Carnival still provides fresher more interesting menu options. Their shift to the "American Table" and "American Feast" has been less than optimal, in my view, but they still win the battle of the chefs, IMO. Bars: Equal - both have unique settings to imbibe. Drinks: Royal Caribbean gets the edge here. Some fascinating drinks and mixology. Despite Carnival's "Alchemy" bar (which seems to be open to infrequently), Royal Caribbean gets the nod because of their unique offerings at each unique bar. Anyone who can get me to drink a martini with Lavender is doing something right! Ship Decor/Appearance - Royal Caribbean wins this. The staterooms are still clearly dated and in need of upgrades. But the common space on Royal Caribbean were beautiful, comfortable. The use of the 5th deck promenade was splendid. It added a community dimension that Carnival is missing. Carnival's decorator/designer is really over the top with his approach. RC can be as well, but it's done a bit more tastefully. Quiet space - Carnival - hands down! Carnival's Serenity is a brilliant use of upper deck public space - for adults. Royal Caribbean's lack of attention to this concept is odd. They seem so attentive elsewhere. Entertainment - Carnival - Eeek. Some major stink-bombs on this RC trip. Really awkward how few people attend shows. The exception being the ice rink show - which wasn't at capacity, but was more full than the other shows. Carnival's production value is far superior (and that's on a smaller class!) Bottom line. Royal Caribbean seriously needs to work on their food options. Pushing Chops and Giovanni's doesn't resolve the absolute mediocrity of your menu. Entertainment also needs major attention. Elsewhere, they compete or exceed Carnival. Carnival - unless you are a complete snob - should be on your list. Food options alone require it. lol. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I cruise with RCCL as my first choice. I love the southern itinerary! I like the Adventure, but thrilled Freedom is moving to SJU! First, we always do Chops at least 2 times during our cruise, have always been a huge fan...that has ... Read More
I cruise with RCCL as my first choice. I love the southern itinerary! I like the Adventure, but thrilled Freedom is moving to SJU! First, we always do Chops at least 2 times during our cruise, have always been a huge fan...that has changed, meal was less than impressing! Change in menus, food salty, corn in crab cake, desserts poor selections. Changed our last night at Chops back to Giovanni's. I don't mind the increase in price, but when dining room has better food, not worth it. But, saved me from making a reservation for Chops on Oasis next week! Service in my time, on formal nights, HORRIBLE. No salt pepper on tables, waited for water thru dinner, wait staff totally overwhelmed. Getting wine service, impossible. On a good note, I believe that the food has improved in the dining room. I don't know if they changed the benefits of being Diamond, but we only received appetizers/snacks in our room 2 nights. Not that it's a big deal,but, was not able to go to the Diamond lounge, person traveling with me was not Diamond. Also, a little disappointed in Next Cruise staff, I usually take advantage of the promotion 's, but no cruise brochures, just sheets of paper , which makes it hard unless you know exactly what you want. But, sailing on Oasis in 7 days with my husband and I will be able to be more specific about possible future cruises. But, I do wish Celebrity would bring some summer options in their schedule! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
i everyone, Thought I would write a quick review since I just got back home yesterday.... Background info: Itravelled with my parents and sister and all of us we have gone cruising on Princess,Carnival, NCL a few times. We visited ... Read More
i everyone, Thought I would write a quick review since I just got back home yesterday.... Background info: Itravelled with my parents and sister and all of us we have gone cruising on Princess,Carnival, NCL a few times. We visited St Thomas, Curacao Aruba (we went to Palm Beach) and St Kitts (wentto Cockleshell beach – TIP: walk past the Reggae Beach Bar and go to “Loxeen Beach Hut” chairs to rent are only $4 but free if you buy drinks). The only new port for us was Curacao. We took a cab and went to Mambo Beach over there. ($3.50 entranceand $3.50 for chair rental) Really nice beach. We flew into San Juan the day before. We stayed at the Best Western Condado Palm Inn and Suites. Great hotel for a pre-cruise stay. It was a 10 minute drive to the Pan American Cruise port and 20 minutesfrom the airport. We got onboard the ship at 2:30pm. It took almost an hour after standing in line which I was surprised about. I thought it would be a shorter line at that time. The only thing was that since it docked at the Pan Am Pier you couldn't walk to Old San Juan easily so before we boarded the ship we left the hotel and did some exploring (which even though I have been there before I love walking in Old San Juan!) So a few things about theship - I knew after reading here on CC that the rooms may not be the best. Westayed in an interior room. It was fine. The couch looked worn out but the roomitself was very clean and we really only went there to sleep and shower. Ienjoy having balcony cabins but since we had 4 port days I was ok with havingan interior cabin. Honestly, my favourite part of an interior cabin is havingthe best sleep when there is no light coming through any windows/balcony butthats just me! The public areas pf the ship werebeautiful and clean. We enjoyed lounging in the Solarium in the late eveningsbut during the sea days we found a quiet spot on Deck 4 with a nice view of theocean. Food: Really enjoyed the dinner in the MDR. But I wish there were more Asian (Chinese, Thai and Indian) choiceson the menu. The food was good on the dinner menu and the waiters were always telling us to tell them if we didn’t like something because they would bring ussomething else! We did mention to the chefsthat we like Indian food so every day they would send us a plate of different types of curry. I also love Jamaican goat curry so the chef sent a huge plate for myfamily one night. DO NOT MISS LUNCH in the MDR. They had this amazing salad bar and pasta station. When we were there theywere making seafood pasta. So good!! Also I strongly recommend the palm sugar chicken you have to try it! We also had Breakfastalmost every day in the MDR. So much calmer and relaxing!! They also have a “buffet area” which is nice too. As for the Windjammer – a lot of selection. Again – I wish there were more Asian choices. On the last day for lunch there were stir fried noodles which was good. We missed lunch most days because we were in port so we would grab pizza from the promenade deck which was great ...oh and the Chicken Roti Wrap was amazing in the Promenade Cafe as well.... definitely try it! Entertainment: This could definitely be improved on. I enjoyed comedian Rich Evanovioch the first 2 nights but after that it went downhill. The other performances was an impressionist, then a stunt show and then a finale show. The Royal Singers and Dancers shows werenot great. I’m not saying the performers were bad just the shows itself. They should have more variety – maybe an acrobatics show or Caribbean Themed shows like they have at all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Definitely more latenight comedy shows needed as well. Ports: They were all great –my favourite was the first day when we went to St Thomas we took a ship excursion to St. John’s ($29 USD per person). Note: Only the ferry ride was included once you get there you are on your own. We went to Trunk Bay which was excellent. If you have been to St Thomas many times like I have definitely do this tour. (St John on your Own). Cabs were easy to get a teach port. We spent between $5-$7 pp getting to the beaches. Overall – we had a great vacation. Customer service throughout the ship was excellent. Every crew member we encountered there always willing to help. I would definitely sail on this ship again! P.S The only major complaint mysister had was that getting access to her VPN through the ships WIFI was extremely slow... even though she purchased the most expensive package!! They did end up crediting her account 10% off so that was something good. But just keep this in mind if you need internet for work. Hopefully this review helps, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
The ports were great, Curacao, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba! Service wonderful! It was excellent except for the dining/buffet for people with allergies (and others who don't want to be lied to) I was flabbergasted when crab cakes ... Read More
The ports were great, Curacao, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba! Service wonderful! It was excellent except for the dining/buffet for people with allergies (and others who don't want to be lied to) I was flabbergasted when crab cakes were offered in the dining room and i asked if they were real crab (I am allergic to fish imitation pollock) They said, not real crab....wow! Don't find that often! Then we had crab cocktail night. I asked yes, again, pollock. I had to check every night. They even threw pollock in the shrimp scallop seviche. I tried to explain that it was false advertisement, but i don't think they understood. I said if you fed pork to a Jewish person instead of chicken because it is cheaper they would not be happy, nor was I. If they want to put pollock in, call it an imitation crab cake or cocktail. It saves them a lawsuit too.. My throat closes with fish The last night they tried i guess. They made a crab cake special for me. I took a bite of it and the head waitress said, they put some salmon in it (OMG!!!) I spit it into a napkin and took a benadryl, had an epipen handy too. I think the staff should get training in food allergies. I even noticed in the buffet area. There would be a random sign on top...contains peanuts or seafood but never noted the dish that it contained. Better labelling is important. The overall cruise was wonderful service divine and everyone bent over backward to serve you, Activities were fun at pool side, they had lots of courses that you could take if you wished. Entertainment was diverse. Fitness centre was well equipped i used it quite a bit! Classes were an added expense so i did not do them. We did mostly the pool and shore excursions. We had lots of stops and enjoyed all of the islands, especially Curacao where i snorkelled the most. I did snorkel everywhere. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
If you are travelling with children, or even without, there is plenty to do on this ship. Ice skating rink, mini golf, flowrider, water slides, kids pool area, etc. You won't be bored on sea days. The embarkation was outdoors, ... Read More
If you are travelling with children, or even without, there is plenty to do on this ship. Ice skating rink, mini golf, flowrider, water slides, kids pool area, etc. You won't be bored on sea days. The embarkation was outdoors, hot, and long. Bring an extra change of clothes for the first day, you will need to change! The porters even asked for tips (the porters who just took your bag and put it aside). I've always heard you shouldn't ask. That was rude. Some areas of the ship seemed dated but overall it was very clean. We had a balcony stateroom. The balcony was more private than other ships we've been on. The stateroom had many storage areas. We didn't even use them all. The steward was nice but a little more knocking before entering would have been good. If all parties are in the room, you may want to use the extra lock. I don't think vacuuming occurred in our stateroom but I did see a vacuum cleaner in the hall. Areas where improvement is needed: Stop trying to sell more stuff. From the moment we got on to the very last night, there was soliciting to buy extra. Although my husband had bought the drink package, they tried to sell me one. This was after I told them I drank mostly water. He said I could get bottled water with the package. Really?? Every cruise compass came stuffed with flyers for extra stuff. On the last night, as we walked to the Windjammer, the staff from the specialty restaurant came up to us, offering buy one, get one free dinner. We were dressed in shorts and t-shirts and clearly looking for a casual setting. The onscreen mailbox had 12-15 sale messages each day.We stopped looking at it. If you have thoughts of room service, be aware that items from the main dining room aren't available. The selection is limited and there will be a $7.95 service charge. We had planned to have formal night on our balcony. It wasn't going to happen. The refrigerator is just a cooler. We needed ice to keep medicine cold. What was great: First, there are multiple elevators, sometimes 7 in a section. You won't wait long. I loved the interactive boards throughout the ship. No need to carry your cruise compass around. You can push a button to find out what is going on in any language. The promenade area was cool. I've never been on a ship with one before. I liked it! There are so many activities. You won't get bored. It would be very easy for multi-generational family to be entertained and we saw several family reunion groups. The service was very friendly. Only one rude encounter and I'm going to let it go. The food: We ate in the main dining room twice. It was very good and the service was impeccable. We ate in the Windjammer the rest of the time. The food was average. However, at many peak times, parts of the Windjammer were closed. I don't understand why. It led to long lines at peak times. We tried to time our meals off peak. Overall, it was a good cruise. I've never been on a bad cruise. It just seems like a lot has changed since our last time and some of the changes are not for the better, I think. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
RCC is a great cruise line. It's the first time in a number of years that we used RCC. My wife and I cruise every year and we try and it's not always possible to look for a cruise where we don't have to fly. This year we did ... Read More
RCC is a great cruise line. It's the first time in a number of years that we used RCC. My wife and I cruise every year and we try and it's not always possible to look for a cruise where we don't have to fly. This year we did have to fly to San Juan to get a cruise to the Southern carribean. We have been to the caribbean many times but never before but never the Southern caribbean thus this was a must trip. Fortunately all our flt connections with Southwest Airlines was excellent. The food was very good a must for anyone who likes to cruise. Our next cruise next year we are taking a couple of our grandchildren and unfortunately one of them is a poor eater. They only like chicken nuggets and chicken strips. Unfortunately they don't serve these items. Hopefully by this time next year they will add a "picky" kids menu like grilled cheese, nuggets or strips. One item that I dislicked was having to pay an additional amount for Johnny Rockets. If my memory serves me correctly the first time we used RCC Johnny Rockets did not have a charge for a burger ets. I do remember years ago it was free but you paid extra fora item like s shake. Overall the experience on RCC was very good. You can always find something to eat even if you are a picky eater uncless your a kid. We booked again for next year so you know it was a very nice experience. The shows were great professional entertainment. Ship and rooms were highly maintained, service was good the food very good and the chice of shore excursions was great. There was something for everybody young and old. I am looking forward to next year with the grandkids as there is so much for them to do aND THIS WILL BE THEIR FIRST CRUISE. Getting on and off the ship was handled in a very timely manner and the connections to and from the airport was great. I just wish they had someone around to help me get my boarding passes off the computer. I am not a computer person and there was no one to help out. This should be a service they provide at no cost. My Best and thank you Royal caribbean Cruise Line., Bernie M. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise for the southern Caribbean itinerary. We were on the August 5-12, 2017 cruise that went to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. All incredible islands! The only thing we did not like ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise for the southern Caribbean itinerary. We were on the August 5-12, 2017 cruise that went to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. All incredible islands! The only thing we did not like about this itinerary was that it only had one sea day, and every day we were getting up early in order to enjoy a full day of the islands. We did two tours only, in St. Kitts and St. Lucia. Both were very informative tours and we enjoyed them very much. The other islands we just went to the beach by either walking into town (St. Maarten and Barbados) and taking the local bus to the beach in Antigua. We arrived at the port for embarkation at about 1:15 pm and it was total CHAOS!! So many people on line just to drop off the luggage. Once you drop off the luggage, you then get on another line to get into the building to check-in. Then you get on the check-in line. There were so many people, but somehow we got on the ship by 2:00 just in time for the staterooms to be available to drop off your carry-on bags. On to lunch in the Windjammer! Let the cruise begin!! We did the BOGO dinners for the first two nights and make reservations at Giovanni's Table restaurant for both nights, but after the fact we wish we had gone to Chops Grille for one of the nights. This BOGO is definitely worth doing, great value! After that we had the rest of our meals in the Main Dinning Room. We had My Time Dining at 6:30 and it worked out well. They will hold the reservations for up to 15 minutes if you are running late. The hostess that you check in with when you arrive in the MDR tries to put you at the same table with the same waitstaff each night. If you ask for a different table it almost becomes problematic, but if you insist they will do it. The food for most part was good, not WOW, but good. I was disappointed with the escargot that I ordered the first night in the MDR, and I love eating escargot. It did not have that buttery garlicky taste that it should, something was lacking, so I never ordered it again. Other than that the meals were fine. The Windjammer food was fine also. You need to look on both sides of the buffet since they don't have exactly the same things on both sides. At breakfast there are several omelet stations, so look for the shortest line, don't just get on the first one you see. The Promenade Cafe was always busy and the line was usually long. We only went there to get a cup of coffee or tea and sit a little. The Entertainment was good. We enjoyed the comedy shows and game shows the best. The production shows were not to our liking and ho-hum. The piano player was very good in the Schooner lounge. The only sea day we had I went up to the pool deck around 8:30 am to get lounge chairs thinking we wouldn't be able to find any, but this was not the case. There were plenty and I got to choose my spot. It filled up though by 9:30-10:00. We spent the day around the pool and just relaxed after a very busy week. We did 'Independent Disembarkation' and were given a time to disembark later than we had wanted, so my husband went down to the Reception desk and asked for an earlier time and got it without a problem. You are told to go to a certain lounge or space at a specific time to wait for your number to be called. But soon realized that you don't need to really wait for your number to be called to get off, instead you can just walk off with all your bags any time you want without waiting for your number. So this is what we did and wish we had known this earlier. Once through customs (long line) you go outside to get a taxi. Make sure you approach a taxi dispatcher and get a voucher because without this you won't get a taxi quickly. To go to the airport we paid $23 coming to the pier and $22 going to the airport. It takes less than a half hour to get between the two points. Overall we had a great time and would definitely do it again, given the opportunity. The island were beautiful. The only thing I would do differently is possibly sleep in a little later each day and not feel pressured to get going early. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because of the unique itinerary and embarkation port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. My parents, brother, and I wanted to visit Puerto Rico, so this cruise worked well. This was the first time I have been on Royal Caribbean, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the unique itinerary and embarkation port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. My parents, brother, and I wanted to visit Puerto Rico, so this cruise worked well. This was the first time I have been on Royal Caribbean, but my parents have been on three other RCI cruises. I've been on Carnival and NCL ships in the past. Embarkation went smoothly as we did RCI's online check-in prior to boarding. The entire ship was very clean and nice looking. I especially liked the Royal Promenade and the Viking Crown lounge/Blue Moon nightclub. The ship's design seemed far more interesting than the other ships I've sailed on. There were plenty of public bathrooms around the ship. The mid elevators seemed very slow to get to your floor compared to other ships. We had a balcony room on Deck 6, portside (see cabin review below). We had My Time Dining and ate in the MDR every night around 5:30 pm. The food was excellent and the waiters were all very friendly. Our favorite waiter, Wilmar, called us by name, asked us how our day went, told jokes, and made napkin art. Dinner lasted an hour and a half on average, which was longer than what we've experienced on other ships. We had Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer, which is the buffet on RCI ships. That place was always crowded, and we sometimes had difficulty finding an open table. The breakfast food was almost always the same and okay at best, but I really enjoyed the many lunch options available. A major disappointment was finding out that there is a $7.95 fee for room service, so we didn't try that. I thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment onboard! There were two production (singers/dancers) shows, two comedy shows with different comedians, an awesome illusionist show, and an ice show. There were also two DJs, an orchestra, and other musicians at venues around the ship. The normal activities, like bingo, trivia, poolside movies, and karaoke, were also available. Some other fun activities were the International Belly Flop competition, The 70s party, The Love & Marriage show, The Quest, and other gameshows. The recreational activities included the Flowrider, rock climbing, water slides, pools/whirlpools, ice skating, mini golf, ping pong/shuffleboard, and basketball. There were many shore excursions offered through the cruise line, but they were overpriced as usual. We did the Champagne Fun snorkeling excursion in Bonaire through the cruise line which was a lot of fun (and champagne). We went on sightseeing trips on the other islands which costed half of what the cruise line was charging for almost the same excursion. My favorite island was Aruba because of the nice beaches and layout. We also did the Bottomless Galley Brunch tour of the galley, but that was less interesting than I was expecting. I'll post a picture of the fact sheet they give you on this tour. Some minor complaints were the room service charge, the lack of soft serve ice cream available (only one old machine on the pool deck), the lack of a self-serve laundry facility, and the bad buffet hours (it closes at 9 pm each night, which is too early in my opinion). Other than those issues, we had a great cruise and I would definitely recommend this ship! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our 4th Royal Caribbean Cruise and we had a great time as usual. The ship was great, similar to the Freedom of the Seas, which was our prior cruise ship. I chose this cruise for the itinerary and number of ports and days at sea. ... Read More
This was our 4th Royal Caribbean Cruise and we had a great time as usual. The ship was great, similar to the Freedom of the Seas, which was our prior cruise ship. I chose this cruise for the itinerary and number of ports and days at sea. Loved all of the islands -St Thomas, Curaco, Aruba, St Kitts. We arrived in San Juan the day before the start of the cruise. We enjoyed a great evening in Old San Juan and were relaxed and well rested the day of the cruise. We booked 2 excursions through the cruise line (St Thomas trip to Magens bay beach, and curaco beach trip) and both were very good. I booked others on my own, using ratings from this site and trip advisor. In Aruba we went on the Jolly Pirate snorkel trip which was a blast! The kids loved it, as did we. It was well worth the money! We took a cab to Palm beach in the morning, spent a couple of hours on the beach, then had lunch on the beach and walked up to the meeting place. We had dinner at Pinchos, which was amazing! Great meal and gorgeous scenery. Restaurant on a pier over the water with the ship in the background. Short cab ride or 25 min safe walk from the ship. On St Kitts I booked a half day tour with Javin through My Island Tours. We had a fantastic time! He brought his 9 weeks old monkey and let the girls feed her bottles and hold her. We explored the rain forest and the volcanic rock by the ocean. Wish we had done full day with him, was worried about timing with the ship departure but once I met him, realized it he was reliable. Only our family and 1 other couple so very personable and enjoyable. My only criticism of the cruise was that the food in the dining room was fair. Our waitress was much less engaging then others in the past- pleasant but seemed mechanical and forced. Food was brought out in mass giving it a cafeteria feel. Portions much smaller than in the past. My prime rib came with 3 green beans. Quality was fair at best. We would sit for an hour before main course was served- painfully long and we skipped dessert twice just to get out of the dining room. Dessert was similar to that served in the windjammer at lunch. Would recommend My Time Dining. Went to Chops one night and that was very good. Shows were entertaining but seemed like the same shows as our cruise 4 years ago. Entertainment staff/ cruise director very good. Overall a great vacation. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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