Sail Date: April 2015
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on ... Read More
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. After 2 and a half fine days in San Juan, we were ready to lie back for a little while. Staterooms were all ready and the luggage even arrived before our 6:30 dinner reservation at Giovanni's. (Not sure why RCI on this ship still adheres to the line up outside form of muster, especially when all the instruction are in two languages, but there you are.) Sailed on Adventure in 2012, so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Promenade Cafe was great at a place to get some coffee and a snack at any hour, but the attendants for the coffee let us down a couple of morning at 6 am. No Coffee. At that hour, even a short wait of a few minutes can be a bummer, and is unnecessary. Compared to the 24/7 facilities on some other ships, the Promenade Cafe is a bit dark and not terribly inviting, except for its usefulness. Compared to even some of RCI's smaller ships, Adventure lacks variety in dining options, but Giovanni's is such an excellent experience it is hard to complain. Except for the Ice Show, which is consistently excellent, entertainment is mediocre. One evening was billed as a display by two champion ballroom dancers, but was primarily just another show by the ship's resident company with two numbers performed by the star team. Most evenings we were exhausted from the excursion of the day and chose to skip the shows, not a positive commentary on the quality. Alert: should you be assigned Table 282 in Vivaldi, run don't walk to the Maiter 'd and get it changed. This table supposedly for four covers effectively blocks the access to the closer waiters' station and endures constant bumping and jostling by passing waiters with loaded food carts. Yes, food carts. Other than the table location, which the Head Waiters quickly sorted out with a change in table, service in the dining room was excellent. If you happen to get Nilsita and Irma, you are fortunate. Stateroom service was also attentive and pleasant. The fitness center on Adventure is well equipped and the therapy pool in the fitness area is the best one on the ship, big, hot and well-jetted. Sauna and steam rooms, at least on the men's side, worked well throughout the cruise. The captain is energetic and makes the daily announcements worth listening to, but on a somewhat intangible way, Adventure seems a bit tired, a comment which applies not only to the ship but more of the crew than we are used to on Royal Caribbean. All this is not to say that a cruise on Adventure is not worthwhile, especially the very port intensive Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We had a great time, on the ship and on shore. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Our 10th cruise on RCL (ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS-this trip) and had a blast. The ship staff was attentive. Our wait staff (Maribel & Warren) were so nice we took a group photo of my wife and I serving them. David our Bar man had our ... Read More
Our 10th cruise on RCL (ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS-this trip) and had a blast. The ship staff was attentive. Our wait staff (Maribel & Warren) were so nice we took a group photo of my wife and I serving them. David our Bar man had our "usual " waiting for us as we were seated "Our Time" for dinner. The Entertainment, once again was superb. Our Snorkel excursion (Antigua) was the most memorable at Paradise Reef, then on to a private beach for fun in the Sun. St. Maarten excursion to Orient Bay (Waikiki Beach) with the buffet lunch was our favorite beach. As for Barbados, St. Lucia, St.Croix and St. Kitts stops, we either grabbed a cab and explored on our own, or just left the ship and did a walk about. Curacao was terrific, have coffee at Fort Riff. In Barbados, take a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. Look for Smokin' Joe (cab driver St. Kitts) who took us over the mountain to South Frigate Bay for a fantastic afternoon on the beach. Smokin Joe dropped us off and returned at the appointed hour before charging a cent..there and back $ 14.00 (I tipped well of course). Our only disappointment (and not a big one) was the Koochookachew bus ride. The bus driver made it fun, but we were taken to a hilltop with a rusted out lighthouse, a hilltop Chapel surrounded by cactus and then finally Palm Beach for swimming. The first two stops could have been avoided to allow for more Palm Beach swim time. Had the bus only turned left leaving the ship and not right, we were minutes away from all the Aruba resort beaches. Everyone..and I mean everyone thought Aruba a poverty stricken, desolated (cactus infested) island..until we were taken to the Resort haven with grass lawns and sidewalks, all the big boys were there..MARRIOTT, RIU and much more. All in all a 5 star cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Pre-Cruise - flew to San Juan on April 16th and spent 3 glorious days in Mayaguez with our friend. Absolutely loved it there. On the 19th, we boarded Adventure. This was our 75th cruise and our 68th on Royal Caribbean. We have been ... Read More
Pre-Cruise - flew to San Juan on April 16th and spent 3 glorious days in Mayaguez with our friend. Absolutely loved it there. On the 19th, we boarded Adventure. This was our 75th cruise and our 68th on Royal Caribbean. We have been on Voyager and Explorer but this was our first time on Adventure. We have cruised many times our of San Juan. By far our favorite place to cruise from. We love the Southern Caribbean. Very port intensive which is what we love. Spent all our time on our favorite beaches. Just a brief review of all the things: Ship - gorgeous. So pretty. Very clean and well maintained. Loved the new Diamond Lounge. We never went to the CL. the DL is so much nicer with the great views. The Concierge in the DL (Ryno Strapp) was one of the best we have ever had. Instead of sitting at his desk all week and not talking to us until the last night when they want tips, he talked to every table at least 5-10 minutes each and every night. What a great guy. Enjoyed talking to him. Staff were so friendly - always a good morning or hi. Service was fantastic. We were very pleased to see great service at the pool. On Enchantment in Feb you could not find a pool server to save you life. On Adventure, they were all over the place. Never had to hunt one down so Adventure gets major kudos for that. We had a Deck 8 hump balcony and loved it. Have the same cabin on Adventure again next year. Food - a subjective topic for me as I am not a foodie at all. But my husband thought the food was excellent. We ate 3 nights in the MTD, 1 night in Johnny Rockets, and 2 nights in the buffet. all were excellent. Buffet the final night in the Island Oasis was amazing - stir fry, seafood, chicken. So many choices!! Only complaint from hubby is that he did not think the lobster was that great. Everything else was wonderful Shows - probably some of the best we have seen on Royal (other than Oasis/Allure). Went both times to the Ice Show it was so good. First night comedian was so funny (and I don't like comedians). Vegas style show was awesome, so colorful and the singers/dancers were very good. They had a group of 5 guys one night that made their own music. Called REVOICED. OMG they were fantastic!!! Loved them, so talented. Then they had another production show with some latin American dance champions that were so good. Only night we did not like was the last night when they had a mime Ports of Call - we are beach people so don't do excursions. We have our favorite beaches on each island and that is where we spent our days. Loved everything about the ship, shows, staff, service, etc. Cannot wait to go on Adventure again next year. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We flew in a day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites. Our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm but they give you an access card for the beautiful pool, there is a nice changing room, and they store your luggage for you. We had ... Read More
We flew in a day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites. Our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm but they give you an access card for the beautiful pool, there is a nice changing room, and they store your luggage for you. We had lunch at the hotel restaurant (El Patio), free drinks at the evening reception, dinner at the attached Outback Restaurant, and free breakfast in the morning. We checked out of the hotel at 11:00, took a cab to the pier and were onboard by noon. Lunch at the Windjammer, toured the ship, luggage was waiting at our room when the cabins were ready at 2:00. The ship was well maintained and easy to get around. The adult-only Solarium pool was a wonderful, quiet retreat. There were 2 large hot tubs in addition to the pool. The pool patrol removed towels from unoccupied seats after 30 minutes so we could always find someplace to relax. The drink waiters were easy to find and not too intrusive, and at the Solarium Bar it was easy to get waited on. We ate most of our breakfasts and all of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. The food was fine. Lunch was Main Dining Room when available, Windjammer, Promenade Café, or onshore. I gained 5 pounds, too much dessert! The shows were fine with good headliner acts (Singers and Comedians) and funny audience participation shows. We skipped The Quest because we've seen it before and we don't care for how its handled in larger venues. But the very best entertainment was an absolutely fabulous guitar soloist named Jeffrey Malazo. We pretty much stalked him and showed up wherever he was playing. One thing we noticed was that the guests on this cruise just seemed to be extra friendly! Even in the elevators people were smiling and making pleasant comments to each other. We struck up conversations everywhere we went. St. Thomas - Booked a tour through Godfrey Tours ($35 each). Its an ok tour if you want to drive around and see the island, but not great if you want to spend time at the beach. Beach time was only about an hour. St. Kitts - Tourist industry not very developed yet, but I got a wonderful massage at the shops in the pier area. Look for a big oval orange sign that says "Chop Shop". Its a nice spa where you can get a great massage for way less than ship prices. $55 for 45 minutes, $90 for a full hour. They also do manicures and pedicures. Parked my husband at the open air bar across the street. Aruba - Went on an open-air bus tour with a guy selling tours right when you leave the ship. $20 each, hit most of the tourist sites and then spent several hours at beautiful Palm Beach (high rise district). Then he came back and either you could go back to the ship or get dropped off in the pier area for shopping. We thought it was a good value. Curacao - Booked the Trolley Tour through the ship. Went on a nice relaxed tour through the town, and then went shopping in the very charming shopping area. The shops there sell actual clothing, luggage, even shoes, along with the usual jewelry shops and souvenir stuff. We had lunch in a nice little outdoor café. My suggestion would be to save your shopping for Curacao, rather than St. Thomas, because its so much nicer. Disembarkation was fast and painless. Caught a taxi, went to the airport, headed home. We've been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and this was our favorite itinerary, and I'm sure we will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Had a great time. It was our 18th RCI cruise but first time being part of CruiseCritic. Nice touch having the get together but an odd time and location on ship but FREE is FREE. Ship was nice, clean, and most meals were FAB. ... Read More
Had a great time. It was our 18th RCI cruise but first time being part of CruiseCritic. Nice touch having the get together but an odd time and location on ship but FREE is FREE. Ship was nice, clean, and most meals were FAB. Service and entertainment not as outstanding as other RCI ships. Great ports (St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curraco), great weather, great people watching. Did learn that the Sheraton Old San Juan IS not in walking distance to the Royal Caribbean pier. Check-in and Disembarkation one of the fastest and easiest we've had. Noticed increase in pricing in drinks and formal pictures from New Years cruise 2014 to April 2015 cruise. Still Loyal to Royal - will our status, it is hard to try anything other line. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was my second time on adventure so now I've done both southern itineraries. The ports are great and offer a nice variety. I enjoy the promenade this class offers. We found the crew friendly and happy which creates a nice ... Read More
This was my second time on adventure so now I've done both southern itineraries. The ports are great and offer a nice variety. I enjoy the promenade this class offers. We found the crew friendly and happy which creates a nice culture. Most of the shows were excellent. There was just one I didn't care for. As for the music -you could find a nice variety throughout the ship. Again just one I didn't care for personally. We found the service in the windjammer hard to locate. You certainly couldn't count on getting a drink at your table. They seemed to be rotating the servers as we couldn't locate the same server twice in an area. This may be part of the problem. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
The ship: Immaculate. Anyone who thinks it's aged, dirty, or showing any signs of wear must work for a competitor because this thing was as clean as the day of its maiden voyage. The ONLY 'damage' I saw anywhere on the ... Read More
The ship: Immaculate. Anyone who thinks it's aged, dirty, or showing any signs of wear must work for a competitor because this thing was as clean as the day of its maiden voyage. The ONLY 'damage' I saw anywhere on the ship was my cabin's bathroom mirror had a small scratch on it. Big deal - it was tiny and in a corner. The cabins are wonderful, if not in need of a colour change for the linens. If that bothers you, you probably shouldn't be cruising at all - how could the colour scheme really ruin or even remotely affect your vacation? You're on vacation! THE SHIP IS BEAUTIFUL, that is all you need to know. Amazing ship. What people really need to know about the Voyager Class is that it's quite possibly the best class that has ever been or will ever be. Case-in-Point? Carnival ships (for example) at 110,000 tons carry 3,800ish passengers. Adventure of the Seas at 138,000 tons carries 3,100ish passengers. I was on the April 26, 2015 sailing, where every cabin was sold out, and I never waited in a line at a buffet, never waited for embarkation or debarkation, never had trouble finding a deck chair (or 20 - it was seriously easy to find one), never had trouble with elevators, etc. It felt so empty. The Royal Promenade is great, and had the parade, disco night, and then there's the Cafe Promenade (yum! - open 24 hrs!), the Duck and Dog pub (mmm, beer and beer cocktails!), the Champagne Bar, the Sports Bar, and the shops. There's something for everyone. We did get the drink package, which honestly, while expensive, helped us really explore other areas of the ship we normally would not have (including the champagne bar and the pub most notably). Yes, there are a lot of Spanish-speaking guests onboard with the San Juan departure. To expect otherwise is ludicrous. What's more ludicrous is that anyone would complain about it. Those folks from Puerto Rico were the most fun, spirited, and congenial fellow cruise guests I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. For reference, I don't speak a word of Spanish and am from Canada. Most locals leaving out of Miami are rude, selfish, and take a toll on my enjoyment of the cruise. Simply not the case here! The only 'odd' thing about the demographic was that a lot of the games poolside, etc. were pegged as "USA vs Puerto Ricans". Umm, last I checked, Puerto Ricans are American. Entertainment onboard was actually excellent - the shows were 'ok', some better than others, but the other entertainment was so thorough and varied that we never had time to do trivia (scheduled frequently throughout the day), nor did we have time to enjoy the rock climbing walls, free-skate, inline skating, sports court, etc. The dining room is a 3-level affair with both traditional (6pm and 8:30pm) and 'my time' seating. We did the 6pm set-time and loved it. The food was excellent, portions a-plenty, and there is still free lobster on the second formal night (though you can, in the Main Dining Room order whole Maine Lobster for $29.95 any night - why anyone would is beyond me). The windjammer (buffet) is spacious and we had no issues finding a table. Go to the back and there's no lines, ever. It was NOT particularly vegetarian friendly, but for all those vegephiles out there, here's a trick: If you find a supervisor (white shirt), you can ask them to go to Johnny Rockets and get you a veggie burger even though it's not available in the buffet. It's free and they bring it to you freshly made. It's not advertised as such, but we were told to do this by Guest Relations. I won't get into the ports other than to say that St. Thomas is what it is - built up for shopping with Magens Bay as a great beach destination; St. Kitts is a poor island, but the people are really nice; Aruba is incredible - stay for sunset; and Curacao was fine. There's so much to talk about, but the important points are these: 1) Great ship. Why it's only rated at 75% is beyond me. Two complaints: 1) The shore excursions offered were all 3-4 hours, even though you're in port for much longer than that. It was more pronounced in Aruba where we arrived at 8am and departed at 10pm - why on earth would there only be max 4 hour excursions?!?!?! And what's worse, other than one sunset 'cruise', they were all in the morning. It was weird and silly. 2) Normally, I wouldn't post something negative without first hearing back from RCCL, but since it's been 3 days since I lodged my complaint without receiving a response (other than the auto-response of "we received your comment"), I'm going to be fully honest about everything. ...and this is where I don't recommend this cruise for families... For whatever reason, Royal Caribbean (or perhaps just the cruise director staff on this ship) were particularly lax about age restrictions. Yes, Jesters (the nightclub) was ONLY for 21+ at night, but The Quest (adult scavenger hunt - a racy affair where persons tend to remove articles of clothing) was held as 'all ages'. There was a glow party afterwards, which turned into a teeny bopper dance party - substantially all of the adults left Studio B (the ice skating rink, where both events were held) suggesting that neither was "what they were expecting". The problem is, if you allow teens and kids into these events, you cannot enjoy them the same way - OR, if you do enjoy them the same way, you get partial nudity in front of children. Perhaps international laws have not been written about this, but I would be embarrassed, ashamed, and upset if I had children onboard who witnessed this. What's the absolute worst, however, is that one of the sports activity staff is an ex-male stripper and would 'demonstrate' his abilities both in the Quest and during the Disco Party (in the Promenade). It was honestly disgusting. There's a difference between tasteful comedy and suggestion and full-out stripping off your clothing and humping the floor. It was really, really not ok. ...and I'm not a disgruntled elderly individual making such complaints - I'm sub-30. ...and none of the above has any bearing on the Adventure of the Seas or 99% of her crew. It was an incredible vacation (my 10th cruise - I'm Platinum on RCCL), one of the best cruises I've taken, and I hope the ship continues in the fleet forever as it is honestly the best design of any ever made. Sure, it could use some of the newest toys on the Quantum/Anthem, but it's intimate and relaxing. I simply love it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and if it was our first cruise ever, we would be very impressed and happy. However since we had something to compare to, some things turned out to be better and some not so much. What was better ... Read More
This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and if it was our first cruise ever, we would be very impressed and happy. However since we had something to compare to, some things turned out to be better and some not so much. What was better than we experienced elsewhere was the embarkation and disembarkation - very efficient, quick, no waits, or lineups. What was disappointing is that there was no room service breakfast on the last morning, which we have used in the past. Also a step down from our previous experience was the food. Specifically, the dessert and bakery selections. Breakfast pastries appeared shriveled and dried up, and only a handful of selections available. Lots of mousse and jello types of desserts throughout the day. Selection was better at the sit down dinners. Another disappointment was that the buffet closed at 9pm so there was no quick snack available after 9pm other than in the Promenade cafe, but once again, the selection there was slim to none. We enjoyed the endless and anytime coffees and hot chocolates or teas at the Promenade cafe however. Other than that, the ship was nice, our cabin upbeat and comfortable (balcony), service immaculate. We would definitely sail with RCC again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise after 3 cruises with Carnival and 2 with Norwegian prior to that. After cruising with all the big 3 companies, I still don't have a clear favorite. Price will continue to dictate my ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise after 3 cruises with Carnival and 2 with Norwegian prior to that. After cruising with all the big 3 companies, I still don't have a clear favorite. Price will continue to dictate my selection. We found a great deal on Royal so we decided to try something new. Overall I would say that the entertainment was classier than Carnival and Norwegian, the food was not as good, the public areas of the ship were better, the cabin was smaller, and the service was similar. Embarkation - Flew into San Juan on the same day as the cruise on Southwest arriving on time at 12:30 pm. We read that the public bus doesn't allow luggage but might allow luggage from the airport to the transfer station in Isla Verde. We knew there was a Walgreens and Pueblo within walking distance so the plan was to get a few things and then take a taxi from there. We just missed the bus and after waiting for 30 minutes in the hot sun for the next one, we asked a taxi driver who was dropping someone off how much it would cost to get to Pan American Pier with a stop at Walgreens. She said she wouldn't charge for a quick stop and gave the going rate of $23 (plus $2 a bag). She wasn't supposed to pick us up there (both her and us were to get in line at the taxi station on the level below), but she agreed to at my urging. We were quick at Walgreens but still had to wait on a slow line at the cashier and I got the impression the taxi driver wasn't real happy about it. I gave her a tip and she was fine. When the taxi dropped us off at the pier at about 2:00 I noticed one of the baggage handlers was allowing the people dropped off ahead of us to bypass the line. I followed their lead and dropped off our 1 checked bag and skipped a long line waiting to check bags. The line for security was pretty short and when we got inside, the Royal attendant told us to go to the Gold line because the regular queue was full. I would say we waited in line a total of about 15 minutes prior to check in. We boarded with one carry on and headed to the Windjammer buffet. It was rather warm in the Windjammer (especially the window seats) and the food was a step down from Carnival. This trend continued during the week, although the food did get a little better. Our checked bag showed up about 6 pm, making us a little late for dinner. Dining - We used My Time Dining and typically ate around 6:00 pm (5:45 on port days and 6:30 on the day at sea). Royal managed to get us the same table (for 2) and servers every night despite our changing schedule. The table for 2 is kind of a joke as there is literally 6 inches between the tables. It was okay as we were able to have some light conversation with nearby couples while still having some time to ourselves. The faces changed with our schedule, but that kept things interesting without feeling like we had to be entertaining new friends that we may have had nothing in common with. I still prefer our last couple Carnival cruises where we managed to have a booth to ourselves. As another passenger who was doing back to back put it "the food gets better as the week goes on"! Good thing because after the first couple nights I felt like the only way we would get a good meal was to pay extra for one of the specialty options. I hate that Royal puts a second menu in front of you that says for just $17 a person you can get a really great meal! I know this is a trend in cruising but I still hate it. I always liked the all-inclusive nature of the food on cruise ships and now it seems like you get the leftovers if you are cheap like me. On formal night, I added a tie to my dress shirt but I never take a suit coat. My wife wore a more formal dress. As with previous cruises, I found myself somewhere in the middle of attire. We actually forgot it was formal night the second time and my business casual attire was still not out of line as the guy next to me had shorts on. I know some of you get worked up about this. Personally I don't see why anyone wants to pack a suit and formal shoes. While I'm thinking of it, Royal has nothing to compare with Guy's Burgers. We REALLY missed Guy's free, delicious, made to order burgers and fries! I have no interest in paying $7 per person for Johnny Rockets. Fortunately we were in port almost every day during lunch. The pizza was no comparison to Carnival's made to order option. Also, the deserts on Royal couldn't touch the deserts on Carnival! We were disappointed with desert virtually every night. Warm Chocolate Melting Cake and Bread Pudding on Carnival will remain our favorites by far! Speaking of deserts, the Cafe Promenade was a JOKE! The first night I noticed the woman in front of me gave up waiting for anyone to serve her one of the free snacks. They were much too busy handling paying customers buying premier drinks and ice cream. I thought I was more patient than her but after another 5 minutes with no help, I finally gave up too. The next night we managed to track someone down and sampled the inedible zeppole and a chocolate chip cookie that would break your teeth. Later in the week we found better cookies but nothing you would crave. I'm convinced that cruise lines have figured out that they can't afford to create really good snacks because the demand would be too great. I did enjoy the ice cream but unlike Carnival, it was not help yourself and therefore only available from like 2 to 6 pm. Proving my prior statement about keeping up with demand, they also managed to run out of chocolate or vanilla almost every night. Entertainment - We loved the Ice Show. Pretty amazing to see a cast of 8 professional skaters on a relatively small rink. We went to the 4 pm show on the first full day and the late show on Day 5. We knew they would be the same but we enjoyed it enough to see it twice. We also loved "Two Funny Guys" and "MO5AIC". The Royal singers and dancers were not that great but we appreciated that they had more clothes on than on Carnival or Norwegian. In fact, we were pleased that all the entertainment was family friendly except the late night comedy on the last night. Carl Banks was not only crude, he wasn't funny. You know you are in trouble when the comedian has no material and starts his show trying to find something funny sitting in the first row! The Love and Marriage show was also adult only, but it was funny! My wife DOUBLED the ship record in the keychain catch in the Minute to Win It competition but we didn't find much to write about in the Imperial Lounge entertainment. It paled in comparison to the Comedy Club feature on Carnival. Ship - With some minor exceptions, I didn't think the ship looked tired like others have said. We really liked the ice rink and skated twice. My wife also enjoyed the challenging rock wall. We found windy, but very private sunbathing at the top front of the ship. We both attempted the mini golf competition (I won) and the free throw competition and rollerblading (I twisted my ankle pretty good, so I don't recommend you do anything that might injure you on the ship). I tried the solarium pool (not too crowded) and climbed in a hot tub only to realize I had more sunburn that I thought! The promenade was a big improvement (at least aesthetically) over the general areas on Carnival and Norwegian. We were not constantly hounded to buy something (like a photo or a drink) like it seemed on Carnival. The movie theater sounded like something we'd enjoy and many times we liked the movie that was on, but it always seemed to conflict with another show and we figured we could rent a movie anytime at home. We loved the view from the front of the ship on the helipad and the peek a boo bridge! Carnival had nothing like this. Cabin - The cabins are small on this ship. We had an interior interior room (yes I meant to say it twice). Look at the floor plan for 8451 and you'll see what I mean! With the beds pushed together neither of us could easily walk around to the side of the bed and we typically crawled in and out from the foot of the bed. Not a problem until you twist your ankle! The shower was even smaller than other cruise ships (I never thought that was possible! The sliding door was an improvement over a shower curtain, but I had to open the door and shut off the shower to clean my legs. The TV's have been upgraded to about a 32 inch HDTV but most of the programming was not HD and only a few channels in English. I was surprised that the sports bar only had the same 2 sports channels available in your room. I couldn't watch the NBA playoffs anywhere when they were on TNT. We had to ask for ice in the room and I should have asked for a bigger glass. Storage space also was less than Carnival, but the closet was better organized for storage. The room was very quiet as the hall was not a pass through to anywhere. Also, you can control the volume of the announcements. On some Carnival ships we were awakened every morning by a very loud cruise director. I'm not sure if they made many announcements as we had ours turned down completely. In fact, we slept to 9:30 the first morning. Ports - We did our own excursions, which basically consisted of me researching the cheapest way to get to the best beach! Barbados - We walked to the "The Boatyard" and laying the towel in the sand right next to folks who paid the entry fee to get a chair and umbrella. We walked with another couple we found along the way. I didn't feel it was unsafe but it did take about 30 minutes and probably not for everyone. We later walked down the beach to where the public facilities were and swam out to where the turtles and excursion boats were. We had snorkels and but no fins or life vest. We are not great swimmers and we both panicked a little when we had to try and clean our mask or snorkel while treading water, but we always calmed ourselves by rolling on to our backs and floating. I don't recommend this, but we did eventually find turtles and that made it worthwhile. We left an inflatable raft on shore and that would have helped as would have fins or a life vest. When we got back to the port, we waited about 5 to 10 minutes for our phones to get a WiFi connection. Our Republic Wireless phones can use WiFi to call, so we were able to call home. St. Lucia - We intended to walk to the city bus station and take the bus to Rodney Bay Mall and walk to Reduit Beach. We walked past very aggressive taxi drivers (a common theme in every port except St. Maarten). I told them we were headed to town which is so close it was hard for them to argue with us. One taxi driver actually told the others we were lying and we were headed to the beach (seeing our suits and towels). We weren't sure where the bus station was so we asked a police officer. She pointed us to a bus stop and after the first bus showed up full I recalled that someone on Cruise Critic mentioned that the buses leave from town only when they are full. Realizing we had walked a couple blocks away from downtown and closer to Viggie Beach we decided to just walk to Viggie which was in view from our location. A taxi stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride and when I told him we were headed to Viggie he said "too far to walk". Viggie was always our backup and I knew we had to walk around the airport but I must admit it was further than I thought. There was no real sidewalk between the airport fence and the very busy highway so we walked in the grass. There was a sidewalk on the other side, but that involved crossing busy traffic, so we stayed in the grass. After about 30 minutes we reached Viggie. There's a public access road and parking right next to Rendezvous Beach and directly across from the end of the airport runway. Immediately a local came up and promptly made a grasshopper out of a coconut leaf. Pretty cool and very friendly until we didn't want to buy one of his birdhouses. He walked away pretty quickly. We laid our towels near Rendezvous. There were some locals who made us a little nervous, but we were never far from the security at Rendezvous. The water had mostly a sand bottom but occasionally there were some big hard rocks to avoid. Waves were fairly mild but the water was not coral blue. Nice, but the other ports had nicer beaches. We knew that, but we didn't want to spend $100 each for a stinky volcano tour (we have been to the volcano in Hawaii). Wifi was $6 a day. Antigua - We walked into town to the bus station. The sidewalks were crazy. There were no tourists in site! We tredged forward in spite of that and asked for the bus to Valley Church Beach. The locals were not particularly helpful, but also not rude. Eventually someone pointed us to the right bus and we waited until it was full. The ride was an adventure. The roads were very narrow and poor and there was no courtesy among drivers. The houses were mostly shacks. The cows looked very hungry (end of the dry season) and were on leashes. We second guessed our decision, especially when a postal worker got on the bus and told someone they should take the taxi to the beach not the bus. Seemed like it was directed at us. We were dropped off at the entrance to the drive to the beach and paid $1.50 each for the 25 minute ride. A short walk revealed a beautiful beach that made it all worth it! The water was postcard blue with sailboats, jet skis, and powder white sand. We could have stayed there for a week. Another couple from the UK actually told us they had been there a week and were checking out the various beaches and liked nearby Darkwood Beach even better. Hard to imagine there was anything better than this! We ended up renting a Jet Ski for $40 for 30 minutes. We didn't check the time and it was probably less than 30 minutes, but we had a blast! We walked out to the end of the drive and immediately a bus arrived and picked us up. This time the bus was nearly empty so I didn't feel like we were taking up a locals seat. A sales associate at the Tanzanite International store gave us their WiFi password. Antigua was our favorite port! St. Maarten - We took the water taxi from the ship $7 all-day (roundtrip) per person. We planned to walk but with my sprained ankle this was no longer a good option. We did walk to the bus (just a couple short blocks North of the shops on Front Street). We were headed to Maho to see the planes coming and going at the airport. The bus was clearly marked Maho. We were dropped off at the bus stop just past the airport and right across from the beach. Our timing was great (about 11:30) as within about 15 minutes the Dutch Airways 747 (just like the one on YouTube) was ready to take off. We stood off to the side hoping to catch video of the crazy people hanging on the fence. We quickly realized we were on the wrong side (West) as the jet engines roared to power and we got pelted with pebbles, sand, and various debris. We never saw the plane leave as we had to turn away to protect our faces, eyes, and camera! We stayed another hour and saw 3 jumbo jets land in that time. Worth saying we did it, but we quickly headed back to the bus to get to the quieter, less crowded, and nearly wave free Great Bay beach in Phillipsburg. With a sand bottom and coral blue water, we loved the beach and saw no problem with pollution like I read online (I think this is only true right after a big storm due to runoff). We were offered 2 chairs and an umbrella for $10 which was a deal (perhaps because we were the only ship in town and it was about 2 pm), but my wife prefers the sand and sun and I like the water. We stopped by McDonalds and bought a Coke to get the WiFi password. Disembarkation - We kept our bags with us and carried them off after breakfast. We have always done this and it usually works well. We did get off later than we normally do (about 9:30). We weren't sure why the line to get off was not moving. We stood for about 15 minutes before it started to move and when we got to customs it was clear where the bottleneck was. They had just 4 or 5 customs agents handling the hundreds (actually thousands) of guests. We waited probably 30-45 minutes to get through. When we got outside I tried to call Charlie's Rental Car to pick us up but our phones would not make a local call in San Juan (considered international). The guy at the taxi information booth let me use his phone and translated for me. Charlie's arrived in about 10 minutes and took us to their location. No problems and they explained the toll roads and gave me directions to the El Yungue Rainforest. We had a 4 pm flight home so we quickly made our way to the rainforest. The traffic was heavy on Saturday on Rt. 3 (lots of retail shopping, similar to the US, leading to lots of stoplights). We only had about 45 minutes to drive around the rainforest so we saw what we could and headed back to the airport about 12:30 realizing we had a lot of traffic to get through. We dropped the car off at Charlie's Isla Verde location and after grabbing some fast food and walking out to see the beach we took the shuttle to the airport. No line for FDA inspection and short line for TSA (though they weren't very efficient). Overall we had a great vacation, really good cruise, and great ports! Because we took advantage of many of the shows and activities it was almost too busy and we could have used a day at sea on the way back! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have ... Read More
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have been some positive changes and some not so positive. First, the positives. The ship has had carpet replaced in public areas and has added a jumbotron TV to the main pool deck where they show movies (a.m. for kids, p.m. for adults) in the early morning and later in the evening if there is not an event on the pool deck. This is a nice feature but it seems to be underutilized. For example, when there is a pool deck party, the jumbotron could be used to show the crowd as they are dancing or to showcase the band. Neither was done. The ship is immaculate (public areas and staterooms) and cleaning was going on constantly. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere except on the pool deck where it would have been a nice feature (but I am a germaphobe!) and use of hand sanitizers (especially upon entry to the Windjammer) is (very politely and with good humor) enforced for good reason. It was very clear also that food preparation was handled with extreme attention paid to sanitary procedures. I watched the chef and line workers during the outdoor bbq and gloves were replaced often to ensure that no cross contamination took place. Service personnel on this ship were really spectacular - whether it was the security person scanning us in from a port, the wait staff in the Windjammer and dining room, the personnel at the concierge desk, the cabin steward, or the people working in the shops on board, everyone was helpful and polite. This helped make the trip memorable. We had one 'at sea' day at the end of the trip and expected there to be a complete lack of deck chairs (especially around the pool deck). This fear proved to be unfounded. There were plenty of seats all day (we spent the day outside on the level just above the pool deck). Food at the Windjammer was always good and had plenty of options. If you have food issues, you should still find something suitable to eat at the Windjammer. Items that are gluten free are clearly marked. There are generally sugar free options for desserts as well. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both handled well. We arrived at the port at approximately 2:30 p.m. and were on board within a half hour. They have really streamlined this process. We were off the ship and had our luggage within a half hour also. Now for areas that could use some improvement: The disembarkation process is a bit confusing in terms of announcements . We were supposed to have "priority" in the Diamond lounge, but there were absolutely no seats available in the lounge, so we would likely have been better off going to the theater to wait where we would have had a seat. We overheard out time being called, but there were not always clear PA announcements to indicate when our number was being called. The food on the ship was "ok" - what this means is that there was nothing spectacular about our meals (breakfast and lunch inthe Windjammer, dinner in the main dining room) although I actually felt that the food in the Windjammer was better than the food served in the dining room - including the desserts. That said, the meals were not "horrible" and there were enough selections for anyone - even those who are dieting had plenty of options. The desserts at the cafe on the promenade deck were, however, ATROCIOUSLY BAD. Aside from the chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies (both of which they were often out of), the only other edible item was a small chocolate brownie/cake. They had something called "willy wonka pie" that, from what I could guess, was pie crust topped by cookie dough?! Not good. The absolute WORST thing they had was something called the LedZeppoles. The name should have given this one away, but I went for it anyway. It looked like it was a donut hole. IT WAS NOT -- I am not entirely sure what the point of this dessert was, but taste was not it. It was tasteless, rubbery and heavy. The other "cute " item was cheesecake in the shape of a lollipop . Not sure what they point of that was, but it was just OK . Avoid the lemon cookies! They tasted like medicine!! The entertainment in the theater was better than we had seen in the past with the exception of the Royal Caribbean dancers and singers. It is not that they were not talented - they were - but they were given a horrible act to perform ("Singing in the Rain"? - I just can't imagine why anyone would have found this entertaining) . The comedian was not funny, but we saw a group that had been runner up on Americas Got Talent and they were PHENOMENAL! I would go to see them perform locally again! They were outstanding! The cruise director was just OK (he was sort of invisible most of the time and seemed to be going through the motions much of the time, but he had a great staff and they did a wonderful job! Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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