369 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the value and the information given that it would be refurbished prior to our sail date---NOT!!! Wouldn't take this one again nor will we recommend The Adventure to anyone at this time. We plan to sail with ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the value and the information given that it would be refurbished prior to our sail date---NOT!!! Wouldn't take this one again nor will we recommend The Adventure to anyone at this time. We plan to sail with Royal again, but will really be mindful of the ship and the itinerary we choose. We look forward to our time aboard our cruise vacations and don't like feeling like our money is wasted. We did appreciate our room attendant and also our dinner staff, they were genuinely kind and helpful. We did enjoy our evening at Chops Grille. The food is delicious and the staff is professional! Our spa visit was also not the best. The spa staff made us feel as though we were imposing on their time. Again, we were disappointed for the money we spent. Again, we will sail Royal in the future and trust that our experience will be as memorable as our Allure experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I have been on other cruise lines... to be specific, carnival. Overall, this was a decent cruise line that was satisfactory in many ways. However, I would not recommend this cruise line to others knowing that I've had better ... Read More
I have been on other cruise lines... to be specific, carnival. Overall, this was a decent cruise line that was satisfactory in many ways. However, I would not recommend this cruise line to others knowing that I've had better experiences on Carnival. One of the biggest reasons I would not recommend Royal Caribbean to a friend or family member is because of food choices and hours the food is available. Remember, I'm comparing everything to carnival cruise lines. The windjammer (royal Caribbean buffet) pretty much had the same lunch choice selection every day with the food being very mediocre and bland. Carnival had several choices at lunch aside from the buffet which was a huge step up from the level of royal caribbeans buffet...carnival has the "guys burger joint"....the blue iguana Mexican bar...Indian station...Mongolian BBQ....sandwich bar...all of these options free of charge. The only choice with royal Caribbean (that was free of charge) was the windjammer Buffett (and of course the dining room). Johnny rockets was another option but with a surcharge. Carnivals pizza bar was way better pizza (thick brick oven pizza vs thin stale pizza on royal Caribbean) .Royal Caribbeans self serve ice cream closed at 9pm and carnival had it open 24 hours/day. The first evening on this ship I went to the windjammer(royal Caribbean buffet) to get a later evening meal (after 9pm) and it was CLOSED! carnival has midnight buffets around the clock, at least until midnight. The dining room experience in the evenings was more comparable to carnivals level of taste but id still give the advantage in taste and quality in the dining room to carnival. Room service has a charge on royal Caribbean, carnivals was free. Carnival had self serve laundry facilities on their ship...royal Caribbean you had to pay for each item a la carte with the dry cleaning service. We've gone on 5 carnival cruises and this was our first royal Caribbean. All we heard before this trip was how much "classier" and "better" this was than carnival. We had the opposite experience and were just shocked when we experienced differently. So to summarize, carnival has more food options throughout day with no required upcharge, better quality food in the buffet, the availability of food 24 hrs a day, and there isn't as many upcharges that royal Caribbean had (no laundry, pay for room service, etc). The public bathrooms throughout ship were very poorly maintained and reeked of urine. We've always heard that carnival was a party ship vs royal Caribbean...that the people were classier...our experience was that both ships had people partying and the same level of class. So those are my reasons. I wish I felt differently but the differences were clear as day. I'm glad i know for myself now. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I picked this cruise because I wanted to go to the ABC islands. I wasn't disappointed at all by the islands. The people were great, the islands beautiful, and the excursions were fun for the whole family. This was my 2nd cruise in ... Read More
I picked this cruise because I wanted to go to the ABC islands. I wasn't disappointed at all by the islands. The people were great, the islands beautiful, and the excursions were fun for the whole family. This was my 2nd cruise in just under a year on Royal Caribbean. It's hard to say anything bad about the ship itself as Adventure of the Seas was clean, big and easy to get around. The rooms were about average, but a bit dated. The service provided by the crew was excellent. They really seemed to want to offer the best they could. Overall, we had a great time as a family on our vacation. As for areas that weren't up to par: 1.) Dining overall was just barely okay. The food in Windjammer was repetitive, overcooked, and often so busy that it was a pain to just get something to eat. The food in the main dining room was, compared to other cruises, poor. The soups were lukewarm, the temp of the beef was inconsistent and often wrong. The pasta was bland and overcooked. I could go on and on.... The food was not as good as my last RC cruise last July nor the Carnival cruise I took 2 years ago. 2.) The RC entertainment was just flat out bad. The singers were awful and the dancers made frequent mistakes. Not once did I leave thinking, "That was a great show!" RC might better just stick with hiring outside acts like the comedian and El Gaucho, who performed great shows. As we were flying home after this cruise, we all agreed we'd had a great vacation. But my wife and I couldn't help but compare this cruise to the last 2 we've been on. We just don't see any difference in the quality of the food and service between RC and Carnival. (Our best experience was on Celebrity) Given RC's premium pricing, that will be a large hurdle to overcome in order to book another RC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were going to go on the Harmony but this ship had more ports,, so we changed to the Adventure of the sea. This boat is out dated,when I checked it said newly remodeled maybe the shopping area nothing else that I saw.It needs some ... Read More
We were going to go on the Harmony but this ship had more ports,, so we changed to the Adventure of the sea. This boat is out dated,when I checked it said newly remodeled maybe the shopping area nothing else that I saw.It needs some serious updates.The ship smelled bad.My floor smelled like mildew and some places smelled like urine.It was awful! I paid more then the Harmony too. I have been on Carnival and Norwegian and I would say the boats that I experienced was better then this.I thought I was moving up in quality. Rusty balcony's,carpet coming up in places.But staff was nice and hot tubs were good.Food no taste. The bar help were fast and drinks were strong. Casino people ignore you on slot side.Excursions where the bomb. Loved my jeep excursion.Happy with all excursions. Main dinning staff was great. Not thrilled with overall boat for the money. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. I really wanted to try RC, as I have only previously cruised on Carnival. The service was great. Most of staff was very friendly once on the ship. (Not so much during arrival and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. I really wanted to try RC, as I have only previously cruised on Carnival. The service was great. Most of staff was very friendly once on the ship. (Not so much during arrival and departure. I belive the staff at the ports are subcontractors.) Even upon arrival, we asked the photographer how she was doing today, and she replied, "Eh. Im hot and tired." ooookay.. a nice first impression but our room attendant and restaurant staff really made up for it. The layout of the ship is very congested, specifically the Promenade floor where they have boooths for shopping, lines for photographers in high traffic areas, a random car in the middle of the hallway. I just felt that it was hard to just walk around and relax during the evenings because it was jammed packed. Even the stairs are blocked with the photographers taking pictures and you need to wait in between to hop down. The casino was my least favorite place. Stunk like smoke and make my throat hurt after only a few mins. Im not a huge gambler but enjoy some slots from time to time. They also try to cover the stench of the casino with air freshener which makes it worse. I would come in looking all nice and walk out smelling like an ash tray. Im not a smoker, and these, days, smokers are in the minority. I wish they would find a way to have a smoke free space so we don't have to inhale other peoples smoke. In addition, we witnessed some super unprofessionalism in the casino. At the blackjack table, the dealer made a minor mistake ($1 difference) and his boss came up and yelled at him to the point where he looked like he was going to cry. The staff seems very somber. With very little downtime, they are like modern slaves. Can you imagine working 6 months without any days off? They were so sweet and helpful, but deep down , I wonder if they are truly happy. Its just the sense I get. Also staff has to pay for their own internet, so most stay out of contact with their families for a long time. It must be really hard. The food was good but Carnival had better food and way more options throughout the day. If you want coffee before 630am, you need to order room service or pay for Starbucks. Also, there is only 1 place in the ship to get food after the restaurants have closed. That area, happens to be supper crammed and always filled with people.. and of course, only 1 person working. Advice, I would say is to book your room towards the back of the ship. This way, you are on the side of the ship near the restaurants. I know when Im hungry i don't want to hike to get something to eat. We were on the 8th floor and it worked out perfectly. If the elevators were busy, we just took the stairs. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The ports were wonderful. We have taken over 20 cruises but had never been to Bonaire, Curacao or Aruba. Loved them all. St. Martin - have been there numerous times and could have skipped it. We did island tours and my husband had ... Read More
The ports were wonderful. We have taken over 20 cruises but had never been to Bonaire, Curacao or Aruba. Loved them all. St. Martin - have been there numerous times and could have skipped it. We did island tours and my husband had dives at two ports. All were great. Ship rooms are very worn and in need of updating. Our room had a slight musty smell all week. Our balcony could not have the wall between the neighboring balcony opened which we were disappointed about. Common areas were very nice and have been refurbished recently. Food was good but the items on the menu that are the same each day have increased and less things that change each day. Love the chilled fruit soups. Prepurchased the internet package. Internet was a bit slow but better on my own device than in the computer room. Don't purchase the refill drink cup. Machines are down a lot! When you take the cup to the bar you have minimal selections. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This is my second time on the adventure in the past 4 years. The trip overall was just okay. I can see the cost saving measures that rccl has implemented and was a bit disappointed with this trip. Flew into San Juan the morning if the ... Read More
This is my second time on the adventure in the past 4 years. The trip overall was just okay. I can see the cost saving measures that rccl has implemented and was a bit disappointed with this trip. Flew into San Juan the morning if the cruise and used a independent shuttle service to get to pier. After the quick ride, we arrived at the pier at 1:30pm and the line was out the door for first time cruisers. The line for repeat cruisers was short thankfully and we were all checked in and on the ship in about 20 minutes. Hit the windjammer as soon as we arrived. Was crowded as usual, and the selection was lacking. I nibbled on a lot of different things, but didn't find anything to be outstanding. This was the first and last time I had lunch in the windjammer on this cruise. Rooms were ready shortly after lunch and we went back there to take quick nap prior to sailing away. The room was clean, but it had a kinda moldy smell the entire trip. The toilet also had to be flushed more than once for things to go down.The service was lacking overall. My room attendant wasn't very friendly and didn't pay attention to detail. had to ask for towels more than once and only had a towel animal in the room on one night of the entire trip. I had a deluxe drink and internet package. I found the drink service to be lacking overall. Service was slow and they didn't seem inclined to come back often to see if you wanted a refill. Not sure if it was because the tip was already prepaid or what, but I have had better service in the past. I couldn't get a drink the windjammer during breakfast to save my life. The internet was terrible. It only worked every once in a while even though I was logged in. I found the free wifi on the beach at some places to be faster than the one on the ship. Not worth the cost. The entertainment was also very lacking, even though I feel like most of the crew was trying. There seemed to be fewer activities in the past and the hosts sometimes seemed like they would prefer to be anywhere than where they were. The adult comedy show was fun and classics like the quest were funny as usual. The production show "jackpot" was truly terrible. I felt bad for the performers that have to do it every week. The dining room was slow and the staff was not nearly as attentive as in the past. Usually, they would know what I wanted to drink and things like that by the third night, but these group never got the hang of it. I felt like they were just going through the motions and couldn't wait for us to leave. Also, the food quality has gone down hill. I ended up going to Johnny Rockets for lunch and dinner more than once on this trip. On the bright side, the ports of call were beautiful and I felt like everything went smoothly with them. The elevators got a bit backed up upon returning, but nothing too extreme. The sun was shining most of the time we were in port and the tours we took were fun. Overall, I would recommend this cruise to others, but would just tell past cruiser to lower their expectations a bit. This is not the rccl of the past. Everything will cost you more and you will be longing for some of the personal touches that you had in the past. For the base price, I think it's a good trip and would go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary and Royal Caribbean has always been a nice cruise line. Our opinion has dropped a lot based on the loss of: Windjammer buffet now closes at 9:30PM Ice Cream bar is gone from the Windjammer ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary and Royal Caribbean has always been a nice cruise line. Our opinion has dropped a lot based on the loss of: Windjammer buffet now closes at 9:30PM Ice Cream bar is gone from the Windjammer Buffet Pool side grill is gone Chops - food as not worth the extra $42/pp. Ambience was very poor - a group of drunks was singing (screaming) outside near the entrance and the staff left the entry door open. Half our meal we could not talk over the noise from outside. Soda machines are a great idea, but 1 was always broken, sometimes both, meaning to use our group had to one time go in the Windjammer when it was closed to use theirs Our room was not made up daily Rock climbing wall was only open 1 hour/day (I never got to use it) Water slide was open so few hours/day I never got to use it. Our group's shore excursions at: **St Maarten - SMC2, Ultimate Beach & Snorkel - Awesome! **St Kitts - KT63, Mount Liamuiga Volcano Hike - Double Awesome! Very hard hike to the top and I loved it. **St Kitts - KTD5, Horseback Riding in the Rainforest - AWFUL, DON'T GO. My spouse went. The helmut had broken plastic in the back that cut his head. The stirrups were so short his legs were bent up too high. The guides said they could not be adjusted longer. The result was his knees hurting so badly he still has trouble walking today after the trip. **Antigua - AND1, Horseback Beach Experience - Awesome! We loved it **Antigua - AN64, Helicopter to Montserrat Volcano - Double Awesome! My spouse because he could barely walk from yesterday's tour switched to the helicopter ride. Absolutely amazing trip!! **St Lucia - SLC2, Hotwire Pitons Zipline by the Sea - Awesome! **Barbados - BBC3, Swim with Turtles, Shipwrecks, Snorkel and Beach - Awesome! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
-Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. -Dining at the "Windjammer" in the morning was like a stampede, plus the noise of clashing dishes and silverware from the wait staff and mass amounts of people were very ... Read More
-Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. -Dining at the "Windjammer" in the morning was like a stampede, plus the noise of clashing dishes and silverware from the wait staff and mass amounts of people were very disappointing. -Dinner at the main dining hall was great. The food could have been a little better, but the wait staff were outstanding. -Shore excursions are always fun. However it seemed like all locations were selling the same products. Antigua and Barbados has the best beaches...georgeous. -We stayed in a Balcony room with 3 people, comfortable size. -Royal Caribbean charges for every single little item, water, lemonade, tips for everything, even though you are already charged a daily tip amount for every night of your stay. -Nightly shows, included comedians, "vegas night", illusionist and the fun "disco night". Definitely entertaining, enjoyable and not overcrowded. -Shopping on-board was very limited. We couldn't find sunscreen or lotion at the general store and off-shore they charged us $20 USD for a standard sized bottle. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We were traveling with our 3 nieces and recommended to them to try RCI , and the itinerary suit us all to perfection. Our main issue ( me & my husband ) was when the pipe burst) our carpet was flooded actually 3 cabin were ... Read More
We were traveling with our 3 nieces and recommended to them to try RCI , and the itinerary suit us all to perfection. Our main issue ( me & my husband ) was when the pipe burst) our carpet was flooded actually 3 cabin were affected, it happened two days before our departure.. WE have to put up with the smelly carpet for two nights ( smells like a dead fish) .we have to spray perfume & air freshener but to no avail..It was so dusty, since 3 huge blower were left running inside our cabin - all day to dry the carpets, so dust were flying all over the place ( are carpets vacuumed daily??) . The only consolation was we were out on a tour, and came back after lunch, hoping we can rest but our cabin was not ready by then. We were offered a complimentary dinner and a bottle of wine to be delivered to our room but nothing was delivered whatsoever.. Our nieces were with us since we were together and dined together.,,The inconvenience was so overwhelming. To top it up, during the entire cruise, we were provided with stained towels, I have questioned with our cabin steward but she said towels are clean despite of the poor appearance. Poor quality control.. Perhaps next time to use Bleach/ Clorox to be more appealing for your guests..The thought of using a stained towels - makes us all wonder if washed at all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was my 16th cruise I have done. I have been on Princess, NCL, Carnival and Royal to name a few. A couple of years ago, my wife and I did a Canada/New England cruise with Royal on the Brilliance of the Seas. This was and still is ... Read More
This was my 16th cruise I have done. I have been on Princess, NCL, Carnival and Royal to name a few. A couple of years ago, my wife and I did a Canada/New England cruise with Royal on the Brilliance of the Seas. This was and still is one of, if not my favorite ship I have been on. Because of this, I was really expecting good things on this trip. Leaving out of San Juan caused some issues because of the hurricane. I won't bore you with all of them but the big one was our hotel in San Juan cancelled our room for the night before the cruise. This left us with the possibility of having to change our flights out to arrive in time on the day of the cruise. This is where I give a big shout out to Royal. They notified us that the ship would be in port the day prior to the cruise (the cruise the week before ours was cancelled) and we would be allowed to board a day early at no charge. Thanks again. Boarding the ship was easy. I'm sure there were issues on there end because of all the issues going on down there but they made it seemless. The also offered complimentary transportation to/from the ship. Another nice touch. We were on the ship by 10:30AM. This gave us the whole day prior to look around and get used to the ship. The ship is big but easy to find your way around. They make it easy to locate where you are going (digital touch screen boards all around the ship). The promenade on deck 5 at first looks nice but go though it a few times and you've been there/done that. My biggest complaint about the ship was the food. For such a big ship, you are very limited on where you can eat (unless you want to pay extra - that's a whole other topic that I won't get gong on). There is the Windjammer cafe which is there buffet. Food is very average at best. It seemed like each day, only about 20% of the menu changed. I saw the same thing day in and day out. I have never been on a cruise where the menu was as limited as it was this time. I don't know if the hurricane caused any issues with supplies or if this is the new standard. I hope it isn't. I was talking to another couple who was at he Diamond Plus level and they said they heard there were only 2200 people on the ship (holds 3800 or so). If that's true, I don't know if they toned down because of that. The other problem I had is that my wife and I like to eat early. The Windjammer didn't open until 6:30PM each night. I thought this was too late. I think 5:30 is a much better time and it seems like all the cruises I have been on before, 5:30 or 6:00 at t he latest, was the norm. But don't fear, if you really need to eat early, you can go to the main dining room each night (with My Time Dining) and get in a 5:30 or and this will probably surprise you (not) , but the specialty restaurants open at 5:30. Come on Royal, open them all up at 5:30PM. The only other place you can eat on the ship with no surcharge is the Promenade cafe. Two different types of Pizza and about 5 different sandwiches. Not many free choices anymore. I talked to a lot of people that were commenting (especially those with young kids) that it made it tough to eat early. On a Caribbean cruise, when you get back from port, you don't always fell like getting all cleaned up to grab something to eat. Sometimes its nice to come back on the ship, drop your stuff and go to the buffet to grab something to eat. Not possible on this ship unless you want to wait until 6:30. Main dining room food was OK. Nothing above par. We only ate in there three times. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants so I can't comment on those. I heard nothing but good about them. I have only one complaint about Disembarking. You take your luggage off the ship to the buses then drop it off again. You get on the bus to go to the airport and your luggage goes into a separate truck. You get to the airport and they drop you in front of a terminal. You wait and wait (in our case, approx. 1/2 hour) until the trucks show up. Then the fun starts. Everybody crowds the trucks to wait for their luggage. This was a mad house. There has to be a better way. My suggestion is that you take a taxi from the ship to the airport. I think its around $20-25 (guess) but it would be well worth it. My last thing for those of you that have stayed with my boring story is a small tip. When you get to the airport to return home and you've gotten your luggage, remember there is more than one agricultural luggage check in the airport. We were dropped in front of Terminal B. One check was right inside the door. There had to be a hundred plus people in line. I asked if there was another one nearby and was directed down near the American Airline counter (which was good because that's who were were flying on). It was a very short walk and when we got there, there was three people in the line ahead of me to have their luggage scanned. I guess my Dad was right, it never hurts to ask. Bottom line, would I give Royal another chance? Yes, but because of the Brilliance of the Seas, not the Adventure. If you are the type of person who doesn't care what time they eat or typically enjoys the specialty restaurants, you'll have no problem on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I am a Royal Caribbean Cruiser and have been for 5+ years . The ship's appearance and up-keep are well maintained and the staff are friendly. I love the entertainment and activities provided. The cabin service was good and both the ... Read More
I am a Royal Caribbean Cruiser and have been for 5+ years . The ship's appearance and up-keep are well maintained and the staff are friendly. I love the entertainment and activities provided. The cabin service was good and both the embarkation and disembakation went cleanly and very smoothly. With all of that said, my husband and I were excited and looking forward to our vacation aboard but we found ourselves horrified and disappointed by the mass amount of unrefined guests who talked by yelling, cursed incessantly and let their feral children run loose and unattended inside Windjammer Cafe. We never expected such crass behavior and it ruined our entire trip. The main dining room appearance and service were very good and we enjoyed the island tours and shopping, however this time the other guests were nothing to be desired. I know that this isn't the fault of Royal Caribbean and that they don't have a choice over who books and plans their vacation with them but the ghastliness of the fellow passengers this time left us reconsidering if we'll ever book another cruise again if I'm honest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The cruise price was fair. Amenities good. A bit too noisy at times. Would have preferred an area(s) for relaxation and tranquility instead of the stateroom. However, the ship was beautifully designed; food was well prepared and ... Read More
The cruise price was fair. Amenities good. A bit too noisy at times. Would have preferred an area(s) for relaxation and tranquility instead of the stateroom. However, the ship was beautifully designed; food was well prepared and presented to guests. The waiters were cordial and remembered by name those who were being served. Pleasant and courteous staff and willing to direct and help when needed. The cabin was spacious and kept clean. If sailing again in the near future, would choose a smaller ship. One point which needs repeating: I was totally dissatisfied with the treatment received while awaiting transfer from San Juan Airport to the ship. There was a lot of confusion regarding where to stand on line and what was expected of Royal Caribbean travelers. It almost spoiled my vacation had I allowed such to do so. Reorganization is a must! In conversing with family members, they too had a very bad experience with the personnel who were in charge of the transfer. However, transfer from the ship back to the airport was much more organized and the ride a pleasant one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I have never cruised before. I choose this cruise, as my wife gifted me with this for my birthday and then proceeded to have me plan it. She wanted to do the southern Caribbean. I read other reviews and found that Royal Caribbean would ... Read More
I have never cruised before. I choose this cruise, as my wife gifted me with this for my birthday and then proceeded to have me plan it. She wanted to do the southern Caribbean. I read other reviews and found that Royal Caribbean would probably be a good fit for us, we are in our 40's. Our original cruise date was 9/30, but that was cancelled, so we rebooked for 10/21. All of that went really smooth with RCCL, American Airlines, and the excursion people, so thanks for making that easy. We were going to stay in Puerto Rico 2 days early, but again due to the hurricane we skipped that and came in the day the ship was leaving. We had the free transportation to the ship through RCCL and other than a 15 minute wait, it went just fine, yeah the bus was a little hot and crowded, but hey, it was free and all handled for us. It turned out to be a short trip anyway. Getting on board didn't take too long, I would guess 15-20 minutes from getting dropped off to getting to our stateroom, we didn't get in until 2:30pm. so maybe that made it easy. The cabin was nice enough, we had a balcony and there was plenty of storage for all of our (my wife's) stuff. One of our suitcases wouldn't fit under the bed, so that one went in the closet. We didn't do any of the specialty dining, we did all Main Dining (My Time Dining) except breakfast twice, which was in the Windjammer. We didn't do the drink packages, as my wife and I don't drink lots of alcohol and we don't do soda. I heard other people say the water on the ship is fine, I use an RO at home and the water tasted like crap on the ship, we had to get lemons everyday to cut the chlorine taste out of the water, then it was ok. Main dinning was ok, the selection was good enough, but went I got the food, it just didn't have much in the way of flavor. I was expecting more. I did return 2 of the dishes and tried something else on the menu. I was looking for flavor, but even the dishes that they labeled as "spicy" didn't have much heat. The mushroom soup was good. The pasta was not, it tasted off and it was clumped together, to be truthful I thought of Chef Boyardee when I was eating it, it was one of the ones that I returned. We loved our first set of Waiter and Assistant (Sixto and DWI), but for some reason got moved and just never clicked with the second set, we asked to get moved back, but it didn't work out. Ex. We sat at the table for 10-15 minutes with dirty dished twice in the same evening, after main and desert. For desert, my wife really likes Crème Brule, but they seem to make it more like Flan, it wasn't what we wanted and my wife asked for it to be changed and tried on 3 different nights, but it never came out right. I do have to say however that my wife has a food allergy and Anthony the Head Waiter for Sapphire Deck 3 went really over and above to make sure that she had items that she could eat everyday. He even made sure that she had extra buns for making PBJ's for our time on the islands. He talked with us about our day and came by after each course to make sure she liked what she got. Windjammer was for breakfast only and was a typical buffet, so nothing wow and no complaints. I did try the pizza at the Café Promenade, it was like cardboard, the crust was limp, and there wasn't much flavor. We did the behind the scenes galley tour and that explained, I think, why the food tasted the way it did. It mostly premade, in their kitchen, but way before dinner and then they stack it and the waiters just come around and pull it out of the stack to serve. I get that they have something like 600 people at a service per kitchen to serve, but they have to do something to make the food better. We came home and stopped by Chipotle after our flight came home and the food was better than most of what I go on the boat. If Chipotle can do fresh food like that, I don't see my the RCCL couldn't. Entertainment and activities - we did a couple of the shows and they were good enough. We didn't do many activities, we just didn't seem to have time. We ended up going to bed by 10:30 or 11 most days due to the excursions we were doing. Spa - my wife's mani/pedi was outrageously expensive, that taught us, to do it at home the next time. Wife and I each had massages which were nice, 1 was free and the other was $50 off due to a raffle, otherwise way overpriced, if that wasn't the case. Ports - We did the ABCs and St Kitts. Bonaire we walked the town a little bit in the morning to do some shopping and Woodwinds in the afternoon. Woodwinds was awesome, if you go, you should do it, shout out to D and her crew. They did 2 drift snorkels off of Klein Bonaire, they provided all of the equipment including Rashguards or suits if you wanted them, floaties, and even prescription goggles. They provided drinks before and after each dive, after the first we got a snack and after the second they gave use lunch which was noodles, chicken. and veg, including plantains, it was great. They sell you photos afterwards if you want, we took them and like what we got, which was sea life and shots of each of us on the trip (I think around 30 people), around 180 photos, they put it all on a thumb drive that you took home right away. I did do my own GoPro filming, as they didn't do any video, but it was nice to get the shots of the sea life and the shots in the water, my wife and I were in 2 different groups (they broke us up by experience, I am a diver, my wife had never snorkeled before this). She loved snorkeling after this. Curacao - we did the Curacao Actief tour with Kurt. Again would recommend. It was an all day open air pickup with a soft top on the back. 6 people, We went all over the northern part of the island. Saw some of the towns, did a lot of off roading, 2 blow holes, a bat cave, Green Turtle area (from above), then to Westpoint beach to snorkel with the turtles, they do provide equipment, but you should make sure they have your size, before you leave, there was a mix up with one of the other guests and they had to try a few sets to find one that fit, also they don't do any photos, so bring your own underwater camera. On the way home he drove us over the big bridge and even dropped my wife off at the shopping area after we go back and dropped everyone else off. Aruba - Our excursion through RCCL was cancelled the night before. We ended up walking off of the ship and taking one of the old school buses with no windowpanes for $20 per person for a 4 hour trip around the island. Did the rock formation, the Aloe Vera plant, the lighthouse. Nothing special, but not horrible either, got us to see the island. Dropped my wife off so that she could visit the History museum in town and I did the Seabob Aruba, that was awesome. It turned out that I was the only one on the trip, though my understanding is the max is 6 anyway. Seabob is a 1 person underwater sled that goes ~13 MPH. Mine was set to 30 feet as I am a diver, but I was having problems equalizing my left ear so I only went down 15-20 feet. The water off of Boca Catalina was not as clear as Curacao or Bonaire (Bonaire was the clearest by far), however we did go out to the Antilla shipwreck and got to go around that with the Seabob. That thing is really fun to use. They provide all of the equipment, even the wetsuit. Fins and snorkel aren't needed. It is a strenuous activity, so if you go, work on being able to hold your breath to get the most out of it, I am a fit guy and was rather tired after doing this for just an hour and a half. They do take photo/video and sell it to you, again, I purchased it, it was 283 photos and videos, again worth it. We ate at the Hard Rock for dinner, they were accommodating for my wife's food allergy, but for the price you pay for dinner for 2 ($68) + $25 for taxi and bus there, the food wasn't worth it. Cruise day - Did the wine tasting and Galley tour and Bruch. Wife isn't a wine person, but wanted her to experience different wines, she didn't like it, but that's because she only likes sweet wines, not the tour fault. St. Kitts - Did the Greyford tour. AC bus, does a tour of the north of the island, including the main town, the botanical gardens, the fort, and a stop at the beach. This one was just 8 people, the van windows are smaller than a bus, so limits the view a little bit. Was a good overall tour of the island. The beach was disappointing as the tour says to bring snorkel equipment, and when comparing to the other snorkeling, there wasn't anything at the beach we were on to see. They did have a restaurant at the beach to eat, however the prices were pretty high so we skipped it. Would I go again? Sure, overall the cruise was very relaxing, the excursions I took (none of which were through RCCL on the islands) are what made the vacation a great one. The snorkeling was awesome and my wife now loves it and wants to do it again. The ship and room were fine for what I paid for it. I would love it if they changed up the food, I would think about just doing the specialty restaurants in the future, but I am loath to pay more for food on an all inclusive trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Overall the cruise was mostly enjoyable. However where we were most let down was by the pre-booked flights arranged for us by Royal Caribbean. One week before departure a connecting flight was changed causing the entire booking needing ... Read More
Overall the cruise was mostly enjoyable. However where we were most let down was by the pre-booked flights arranged for us by Royal Caribbean. One week before departure a connecting flight was changed causing the entire booking needing alteration, had I not contacted them myself I don't think anything would have been done. Despite calling almost every day we arrived at the airport, 6.30am to find our booking was never finalised and Royal Caribbean was washing their hands of the whole matter, we were only allowed to travel by the goodwill of American Airlines. The ship was larger than our previous cruise so we found it a little busy for our taste. The cabin was no better or worse than expected but was adequate for purpose and very clean. Main Dining room dinner was well presented but poorly cooked in some instances. Chops Grill was, however, excellent. Windjammer was good buffet food. Entertainment onboard was good and varied. Service was very good all round. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Adventure is a beautiful ship. In order to fill the ship, it seems Adventure offered great deals to the residents of Puerto Rico. However those of us who are loyal to Royal and booked some time ago, were the ones to suffer the overcrowded ... Read More
Adventure is a beautiful ship. In order to fill the ship, it seems Adventure offered great deals to the residents of Puerto Rico. However those of us who are loyal to Royal and booked some time ago, were the ones to suffer the overcrowded ship. The staff was super and did their best, but were overwhelmed by numbers. We were disappointed in the shows, nothing unusual or unique. The two female singers were outstanding, the best part of the big nightly shows. We enjoy having unusual or unexpected experiences. Maybe because only one sea days, none of these happened. (Dancing in the promenade, drum bands, other spontaneous happenings). Enjoyed the big band concert in a lounge, not well advertised. Just lucky we noticed it so we could attend. Others told us they would have gone if they had known about it. We always love our cruising, just some more memorable than others. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Chose this cruise over a year ago because of the itinerary - which was slightly changed due to the hurricanes. This was fine - and not a factor in my review. We were early to embark, had the 12:30 slot. It was raining and the process ... Read More
Chose this cruise over a year ago because of the itinerary - which was slightly changed due to the hurricanes. This was fine - and not a factor in my review. We were early to embark, had the 12:30 slot. It was raining and the process was not organized. Wet luggage delivered at 9pm - including the contents. I assumed that the luggage was kept under cover, but apparently not. This was frustrating and disappointing as a start, but our room attendant brought tons of hangars and I had clothes hanging everywhere trying to dry. Our room was fine. We've been on the bigger, newer ships, and the age of this one did show a little. The balcony was teeny, barely fit the table/chair, so we hardly used it. Would not recommend spending the money for balcony on this ship if you are unsure. It ended up being just a window for us. But the room space was perfect and there were lots of areas for storage. Water pressure at the sink was nill. But shower was great. Ship has been kept in great condition. It was clean and neat, and every staff person very friendly and accommodating. But overall, it was uninspiring. Biggest pluses: Weather was good (hot, but sunny) and seas calm. Spa was great - services exceptional - and appointments easy to get even last minute. Fitness and wellness staff knowledgeable and dedicated to their jobs and the people they worked with. (shout out to Marko who was always a pleasure to see everyday) Coffee at the (pizza place? I think) was best I've had on a cruise. Consistently good. Dining room staff was great and the food was better than any other (free) options on the ship. (though we paid to eat in the restaurants or on the islands as much as possible) Getting on/off ship at ports - well organized and never backlogged. Biggest disappointments: Windjammer. Probably worst food ever on a cruise. Healthy food / salad bar pretty much non-existent. (salad bar was like 6 things and 3 lettuces - never changed) For everyone else in my party, soup was same most days and just repeat stews etc. And of course, crowded - All. The. Time. Nothing makes me feel more like I'm NOT on vacation than fighting crowds for a table or a plate. We stopped even thinking of eating there any day we were at sea or any time that was "normal" eating time. Late night (after 9:30) eating: There is only 1 option. And that's to stand in line for 30 minutes for a slice of rubber pizza or a stale left over tomato/mozzarella sandwich. We were shocked by this. They keep serving drinks of course, till wee hours - so make sure you stow food in your room if you need to eat when you're drinking a lot! Entertainment: not abundant. I was happy to be on a ship that didn't require you to reserve your seats for everything in advance. I guess the downside to that is limited activity. The theater is extremely comfortable though and we could always get a seat. Excursions - ours got cancelled on this sailing. Was a theme with many people we met. That's never happened before- especially so many of them. We ended up winging it at each port and that was OK. Every stop had a decent local tour available. While the ship did offer activities during the day - the fun stuff was poolside - and impossible to get near unless you camped out 2+ hours ahead of time. It was a crowded ship. And I hear they are refurbishing in January and adding MORE cabins. Can't imagine. Ports: Curacao: We did Resort for a Day at Santa Barbara. Had a great time - highly recommended. Beach was wonderful. Beautiful resort. Our sunset cruise (booked on ship) was canceled. Bonnaire: If you didn't book a water activity, there's not much to see here at the port. Little shopping, no restaurants. So,we ended up taking advantage of the thinner crowd and stayed mostly on ship. Aruba: beautiful island and were were docked there all day (7am to 11pm). Did a walking tour with an outside company which was interesting and fun and provided a chance to eat local food. Then grabbed a taxi to Eagle Beach for the afternoon ($20 for a chair!) but really enjoyed the beach and the drinks. Wanted to shop, but most things closed at 6pm, so we just did some bar/food hopping and hit the casino. St. Kitts: Made this our shopping port since excursion was canceled and we have been here before. Locals super friendly and lots of shops/straw market. Friends grabbed an island tour by local taxi and said it was incredible. So the itinerary was great. The ship was just good. This is our 5th RCI cruise and we just booked a newer ship (Harmony) for next year. We've done Oasis and Anthem (in the years they were new) so maybe this smaller ship just wasn't for us. Our party is on the fence as to whether we need to consider another line. So we'll give it one more shot !! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Concierge service was nice, especially the free alcohol at at happy hour. The attendants were nice and friendly. The food in the main dining room and the Windjammer was bland and tasteless. It was very disappointing. The staff ... Read More
Concierge service was nice, especially the free alcohol at at happy hour. The attendants were nice and friendly. The food in the main dining room and the Windjammer was bland and tasteless. It was very disappointing. The staff throughout were nice, not great, but maybe I expect too much having been on many cruises now. The ports of call were good and the weather was great. The cabin was very nice, we used the balcony a lot and our cabin steward was very nice and very attentive. This is only the second cruise I've been on on Royal Caribbean but it really isn't comparable to Norwegian. I do think the Grand Suite is the best value with the Concierge level services they provide. On embarkation we were on the ship in no time and the cabin was ready before 2pm. On disembarkation we were off the ship by 8:30 and at the airport by 9am. Plenty of time to get through security and to our gates before our 11:55am flights (could have caught a 10AM flight no problem) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
After sailing Adventure of the Seas last year, we were expecting much of the same. Instead, the RC representative I spoke with prior to sailing was extremely rude and was talking over me and wanted to argue. Completely unprofessional and ... Read More
After sailing Adventure of the Seas last year, we were expecting much of the same. Instead, the RC representative I spoke with prior to sailing was extremely rude and was talking over me and wanted to argue. Completely unprofessional and disrespectful to say the least. On board, we experienced obnoxious children in abundance running freely throughout the ship unsupervised, knocking on cabin doors, many passengers were pushy and rude, a lit cigarette landed on our balcony as we were having coffee in the morning, not once was our picture taken in the dining room, the picture representative at the photo desk was extremely rude; although our room attendant was very nice, he was rarely seen and the last night of our sail we noticed several stains on the side of our bedding that were NOT by us. We were only escorted to our table twice then told "you know where your table is". The last night at sea people were very loud the entire night and a large group of people at 3:30 AM ran down the stairwells chanting and singing "Puerto Rico" over and over. I am so disappointed as I love this ship and the itineraries. Perhaps we will try another ship or another Line altogether. It can't hurt. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The boarding and disembarkation is well executed unfortunatley we did not have time to see Puerto Rico. Our cabin was quite nice loved the balcony and the staff overall is fabulous they go all out, there is lots to do onboard andI liked ... Read More
The boarding and disembarkation is well executed unfortunatley we did not have time to see Puerto Rico. Our cabin was quite nice loved the balcony and the staff overall is fabulous they go all out, there is lots to do onboard andI liked the itinerary we loved the ports of call especially St Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados but found the locals in Martinique to not always be too friendly. The quality of food in general is ok but severly lacking flavour. The basic price for the cruise is good but they get you back every time you want something to eat or drink and heavily push the beverage packages, They have a lot of shore excursions available at reasonable prices but not always to the quality level of other lines but at more affordable pricing. I would not choose RC again having sailed with other cruiselines but would be ok for firstimers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Love the ship decorated for the holidays and the crew are always wonderful. Shows weren’t up to RCCL standard they were too loud and just plain boring There were hardly any guests in the theater so that explains how loud it was ... Read More
Love the ship decorated for the holidays and the crew are always wonderful. Shows weren’t up to RCCL standard they were too loud and just plain boring There were hardly any guests in the theater so that explains how loud it was there wasn’t anything to buffer the noise. The Platters were ok for a copy cat band. The original Platters would have been in wheel chair or walkers. the food was blah with no imagination at all. Had to go to the market and buy some spices Same old trivia the belly flop the sexy man the love and marriage and the quest. No new movies they are playing Smurf or the tv are on reruns from days gone past We did a beach day in Aruba and Bonaire. I would skip Curacao downtown as the boat people from Venezuela have really taken a tole on the city. Curacao was dirty and most store closed as it was Sunday. That is to be expected Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Just came back from AOS cruise. We picked this because of the ports of call. They did not disappoint as we have been to all before. I was disappointed in the staff, ship & food. This of course is just a personal opinion based on my ... Read More
Just came back from AOS cruise. We picked this because of the ports of call. They did not disappoint as we have been to all before. I was disappointed in the staff, ship & food. This of course is just a personal opinion based on my past experiences with other cruise lines. RCL was too noisy for us, "no matter" where we sat on deck and in the different venues. Food choices were typical - nothing outstanding; and staff I felt were not cheerful or helpful to all guests. This is not from a personal experience on board but as an observation as to how many other guests were spoken to. We gave RCL a second try almost 15 years later and have decided to stick with our other favourite lines instead. RCL is not for us personally. I believe if you have a young family with young children, this could be the right cruise for you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our 3rd sailing on the Adventure of the Seas and it was the least impressive, from the standpoint of the condition of our cabin and of more than a few of the public spaces on board the ship. Oddly enough, it was also one of the ... Read More
This was our 3rd sailing on the Adventure of the Seas and it was the least impressive, from the standpoint of the condition of our cabin and of more than a few of the public spaces on board the ship. Oddly enough, it was also one of the best in terms of cordiality, friendliness and great service provided by various crew members. It was stated by some crew members that this particular sailing was a sell out, so that meant roughly 3,800+ passengers on board and at various times, it felt that all of them were in the same place that we were. This is likely our last sailing on board the Adventure as we were told that beginning next year, the ship will be moving its home port away from San Juan and will be splitting its time between Cape Liberty and Miami. The Freedom of the Seas will take the Adventure's place in San Juan. From what we observed firsthand, the ship is well overdue for general maintenance and refurbishment of many items scattered in various places all over the ship. So many of the furnishings in bars and restaurants were wobbly, rickety, dilapidated and just worn out. Many elevators with missing floor call buttons or with the lights for the floor call buttons being burned out. Many public men's restrooms had urinals and stalls which were out of service for the entire sailing time. Some handicapped automatic doors were not functional. A number of casino slots games were out of service for the entire sailing. Burned out or flickering lights inside of the Sapphire dining room, the Windjammer buffet and down stateroom hallways. Many of the staff members in the Windjammer, Sapphire dining room, Promenade Cafe, Schooner Bar, Duck & Dog Bar and Bolero's were delightful to interact with and provided excellent repeat service with enthusiasm and friendliness. We made sure to sit in the same sections and patronize those same venues, repeatedly, and tipped above and beyond the standard guidelines for those particular crew members. The best part of the sailing were the excursions that we were booked on for each day, with the only exception being for Martinique, which was substituted in place of St. Maarten. Money for our booked excursion in St. Maarten was refunded to our credit card. Our post cruise excursion to the Bacardi Rum facility, for Saturday 12/23, was cancelled and no one was aware of this. Someone at Royal Caribbean or at Bacardi dropped the ball in communicating this bit of news, so that our tour group only found this out after our bus pulled up to the front entrance and an employee told us that the facility had been rented out for that weekend for a private holiday function. Royal Caribbean has promised full refunds for the price of that tour. The quality of the food in the Windjammer was roughly the same as it has been on other RC ships.....unexciting and somewhat devoid of flavor or spiciness, but reliably edible, filling and certainly plentiful. The quality of the food in the Sapphire dining room has suffered a bit with blandness seeming to be the rule of the day. The food is colorful, attractively presented, but lacks taste for some items. We did not do much with events and gatherings that were scheduled from 9:00 PM and onward as we turned in to get a good night of sleep before getting up at 6:00 AM, having our first cup of coffee, going for breakfast and getting ourselves ready for a day of excursions, shopping and walking around. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because we had sailed before on this ship and were somewhat familiar with its amenities and geography, and on that cruise 3 years ago, wanted and received the "Royal" impeccable cruise experience. Not this ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had sailed before on this ship and were somewhat familiar with its amenities and geography, and on that cruise 3 years ago, wanted and received the "Royal" impeccable cruise experience. Not this time though......Main Dining room was a real disappointment in the service leg of the cruise. We ordered breakfast and the staff did not come back to the table for 40 minutes, the food arrived cold and requested items were not there. Condiments, such as ketchup and hot sauce were hard to get. The bar staff members get kudos for providing an over the top experience. We did not take any of the recommended excursions, but trusted the rated Trip advisors recommendations for each island, and they turned out to be great recommendations. I think the new staff members on this ship need more training. In order for the next guests to get the best experience that Royal Caribbean provides. We are repeat cruisers, and loyalists to the line. We would like to see this improved. We felt as if we were being driven to the fine dining restaurants, because that's where the best service was on the ship. Giovanni's is the best dining experience on this ship given our experience. I also think that the staff needs to know it is never appropriate to be rude to your guests, It is the reason we came to the ship...Pleasant, Impeccable Service, with a smile. No excuses Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
10 family members cruised (many for the first time) for a family holiday. The destinations were all awesome, even St. Thomas (even though it was clearly sad to see the devastation is still rampant). The stops were very appealing and we ... Read More
10 family members cruised (many for the first time) for a family holiday. The destinations were all awesome, even St. Thomas (even though it was clearly sad to see the devastation is still rampant). The stops were very appealing and we chose this cruise because of its ports of call. They did not disappoint. Pros: This is a large ship with a lot to do. It is clean and the staff goes out of their way to make sure you are having fun, your drinks are full, and you are entertained. Of particular note was Gloria, our room attendant, who treated us like family. We felt sad that she had to miss Christmas with her son. She was amazingly pleasant and warm to us the entire time. The islands were awesome - every stop exceeded our expectations. Chops was delicious, but insane that you have to pay more money for satisfactory food. The entertainment was fun, especially the game shows and karaoke, which is always fun to watch. Guest Services staff (all but one who clearly does not belong in service) were excellent and some even went above and beyond the call of duty to help answer our questions. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze, and extremely organized. The Captain and Cruise Director were very visible and informative, as well as entertaining. We felt safe and appreciated. There was a huge range of ages in our group, and the range of activities and amenities was perfect. We felt that the teens and young adults were all adequately entertained and generally safe throughout the ship. They certainly had a great time! Cons: There should never be just one person at the excursion desk. The cruise made several last minute changes to things we booked a long time ago, and there was no choice but wait in a ridiculously long line. There were 5 people at Guest Services twiddling their thumbs, and one poor guy helping passengers with excursions. This is unacceptable. People cruise to visit islands. RC needs to make sure they don't waste precious vacation minutes and hours requiring unreasonable lines to set up excursions or solve problems they did not cause. Royal Carribbean is average at best in terms of vacation planning. In fact the mistake they made with us is inexcusable. 4 people in our trip learned (ON THEIR OWN) 3 days before we had to leave - in the busiest time of year - that their flight had been cancelled back in October! NOBODY at Air2Sea ever contacted any of us and they did not even start to find another flight until we called them. It was an absolute nightmare. In fact, 3 of us spent one entire day on different phone calls to get this fixed, and the flights that were left were horrible. That said, we asked RC to provide some kind of compensation, and after telling this story to 4 different people, each person in our group received $100 on board credit. The only problem was that it WAS NOT ALL THERE when we arrived, and the account was all messed up. Ultimately, they shorted us $250 of the promised on board credit and we had to file yet another complaint about this to get it back. The problem was that we could not use it onboard by the time they solved it, so it is supposedly being refunded to a credit card. That was not the intent of the credit and several people never got to use it for anything. In all, I found representatives at RC to be extremely inconsistent with they way they regarded us, and that was very disappointing. It was so disappointing that we may not use the RC again. We just felt like cattle and numbers, not valued passengers. The food at Windjammer was barely edible, and I am not picky. The eggs were runny and slimy. The selection never varied for breakfast or lunch and it just felt like a mess hall. It was gross. The food in the dining room was inconsistent, but mostly bad. On Christmas Day, 4 of our dinners were nearly ice cold, and 1 dinner never even came. On later evenings, we decided to order multiple starters because they tended to be better than the meals. I would say the fish selection was pretty good, and the desserts were mostly good as well. The café had serviceable pizza. It was fine. We did not try Johnny rockets or Giovanni's. With as much as this cruise charged for everything, it was just plain wrong to look for more money for simply decent food. We did try Chops, and it was great. But, that level of food should be the standard on a luxury cruise. I understand this one experience for many of us may be an anomaly. Others in our group claimed that there was a significant and noticeable degradation in quality from previous RC voyages, where the food and problem solving were superior. Ultimately, before I cruise again, I am certain I will do a lot more research about lines and ships before spending my money on a reputation that may no longer be associated with a luxury experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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