369 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

The Adventure Of the Seas is a good ship considering you're 16 years old. It has varied itineraries. I am a person that I really like cruises and I can't say that the Adventure has been the best cruise I have ever made in my ... Read More
The Adventure Of the Seas is a good ship considering you're 16 years old. It has varied itineraries. I am a person that I really like cruises and I can't say that the Adventure has been the best cruise I have ever made in my life. The quality of the food in the main dining room is average and the Communication with The Empleomania Filipino or India is not easy. The rooms are OK, As for fun you should consider traveling with a group. Don't do it alone unless you are one of the people who likes to talk even with the shade. Fun for Kids it’s not bad but for example the Adventure Ocean It is not very frequented by children for at least 8 years. The alcoholic beverages package have good prices just like the one in the photos. The Empleomania, in general might be a little More Generous or sympathetic Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise to enjoy New Year’s in the Caribbean. The staff, level of service, value for money were high points. Quality, taste of food in Main Dining room needs improvement. Too many bland dishes, Little creativity in food ... Read More
We chose this cruise to enjoy New Year’s in the Caribbean. The staff, level of service, value for money were high points. Quality, taste of food in Main Dining room needs improvement. Too many bland dishes, Little creativity in food variety. The main stage entertainment nights that featured the ships singers and dancers as a group were more like Vegas Lounge shows. The two female lead singers had great voices and did not need dancers. The two male lead singers should be replaced with younger singers and the shows themselves need updating. The Eastern Caribbean islands we stopped at especially Antigua and Barabados will bring us back to stay on each island for a few days. There was no information prior to the cruise about any theme nights, we only found out once on the ship, too late to bring any special clothes. I think we will try one of the newer RCL ships which may offer more of what is weak on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose Royal Caribbean because it was supposed to be the best, in every category. I've cruised before on 2 different Carnival cruises and they were awesome, so I wanted to go a "level up" to RC. I went with my boyfriend, ... Read More
I chose Royal Caribbean because it was supposed to be the best, in every category. I've cruised before on 2 different Carnival cruises and they were awesome, so I wanted to go a "level up" to RC. I went with my boyfriend, who had never cruised before. I can't eat dairy, so dining was difficult. Nothing is labeled, so you don't know if things contain milk, or are cooked with butter vs oil etc. The only person who knows how dishes are cooked is the chef on staff, which is not an easy/quick way to find out. The food overall tasted good but there were not many healthy options or dairy-free ones. No desserts were dairy free, unless requested a day ahead of time in the dining room. I didn't like that the themed restaurants were an extra fee. Cruises should be all-inclusive I.M.O. especially if you pay extra for alcohol etc. The entertainment onboard was not so great... the Carnival shows I remember were very good and packed at every show. We left after 5-10 min with every show we went to see. The one thing we were excited for was an outdoor movie on the deck that was cancelled without any notice or reason. The pools were also closed for a full "cruising" day for some reason. The staff was SO friendly and happy and willing to help with whatever you needed. Especially in the dining room. There was a couple bartenders who were NOT which was a bummer.. One thing I wish I knew, was that the end "port" wasn't a port, and you had to leave the boat by 10am. Not sure how people did excursions since you couldn't get back on the boat after to shower etc. before going to the airport. The busses take you straight to the airport and you don't go anywhere else. So really you only have the 2 ports to do stuff at. We stopped at St. Thomas & St. Maarten. In St. Thomas we took a ride to Magen's Bay which cost $20 each and $5 each to get in the beach. So $50 to be at the beach for 2 hours where you could do that on the boat and also eat/drink for free. We expected the beach to be a free thing.. maybe more info on the ports online would be good to add. St Maarten we took a water taxi to the beach ($7 each) and there just walked around and swam for a little and had a beer at a bar on the strip. Lots of beach vendors literally RUNNING after us to get us to rent chairs on the beach. Which is uncomfortable when you're in an unfamiliar place.. There was just a lot that wasn't explained ahead of time or available on the website, and the quality was a lot less than expected with such a highly rated line. It felt stressful to me. Like if you ate at a different place they would charge you, if you lost a towel or someone took it they charge $25, or if you got a coffee you might pay for it but wouldn't know until after.. and the excursions didn't seem worth the extra money either. I will probably just go to an all inclusive resort next time for peace of mind and easier traveling. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have been loyal to RCL with this being our 8th with them and have sailed on the Adventure before. Overall, this experience was very sub-par for RCL compared to our past experience on the Adventure and with RCL. Bar service was ... Read More
We have been loyal to RCL with this being our 8th with them and have sailed on the Adventure before. Overall, this experience was very sub-par for RCL compared to our past experience on the Adventure and with RCL. Bar service was overwhelmed and poor, particularly the in the pool area and casino. We just wonder if all the "great" employees are being placed on the new ships and the older ships are understaffed. Drinks (bloody mary) were rarely the same, i.e., olives and/or Tabasco added. We also wondered if the bars, staffing and systems have not kept pace with the popularity of the drink packages. Our dining experience was awesome and a couple bar tenders in different venues were very friendly and helpful. The casino had technical issues so the players card was not working the first day/night and a number of the slots were not working the whole cruise. On a positive note, they continue to emphasize sanitation with the addition of hand washing sinks at the entrance to Windjammer in addition to hand sanitizer. Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent, they have a great system. We arrived at the port at 10:15am, were checked in immediately and on the ship by 11:00am. FYI- Paradise point in St. Thomas was still not open, but it appeared that most other destinations were operating. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We wanted the Southern Caribbean route and were extremely pleased with our ports of call. We did not book our excursions through RC and we were very pleased with all of them. The Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful well maintained ship, ... Read More
We wanted the Southern Caribbean route and were extremely pleased with our ports of call. We did not book our excursions through RC and we were very pleased with all of them. The Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful well maintained ship, staff was attentive, activities were good. For the most part our experience was excellent. Our only complaint is that the food was extremely disappointing, bland tasting, lacking in presentation. The scrambled eggs in the Windjammer at breakfast looked slimey and only semi-cooked. Everything else was good at breakfast. I had eggs benedict in the dining room for breakfast once and they were almost inedible. Lunch and snacks in the Windjammer were good. Dinners in the dining room were disappointing. Not a lot of choice, very bland tasting. Appetizers were overall quite good, main course and dessert not so good. We have cruised with RC in the past and love it so you can imagine that we were very surprised how disappointing the food was. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise primarily for the destinations. Due to recommendations from colleges, we chose Royal Caribbean over Carnival who offered a similar itinerary. Boarding the ship: I felt the process was very smooth and much ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for the destinations. Due to recommendations from colleges, we chose Royal Caribbean over Carnival who offered a similar itinerary. Boarding the ship: I felt the process was very smooth and much quicker than I expected. The staff were helpful and nice. We checked 3 bags and carried on 2 backpacks. Two of the 3 bags were delivered to our room within 2-3 hours. The 3rd bag arrived 5-6 hours after our first two, which left us stressed and constantly making trips back to our room to see if it arrived. Perhaps this is just first time cruiser stress, but it somewhat impacted the experience of our first day aboard. Room: We chose a standard interior room. As a first-timer, it was actually bigger than I expected. It was very clean. The room attendant was very nice and very good at what she did. We were impressed. One night and morning, we did not have hot water, which made for an uncomfortable shower. Only other complaint was lack of outlets (specifically disappointed there were none in bathroom), but that might just be an all cruise-line thing. Destinations: Like I said, it was the destinations that lead us to this ship and they did not disappoint. It was easy getting off and on the boat and they made it clear what time we could do each. We booked one excursion through the cruise ship and 2 others separate. Each of our excursions were worth it. Food: We ate all of our dinners in Main Dining Room. We thought the food was excellent and we had a great server. We chose the "my time dining" but ended up making reservations for the rest of the week, at the same time with the same server. Only complaint was our wait-time and having to sit with another couple the first evening aboard. It wasn't the end of the world. We had our breakfasts and lunches at the buffet. We enjoyed the food there and felt it was all quality. Our main complaint with the buffet was how crowded it was, which left us sometimes spending 5 minutes hunting for a table. We had snack from the Cafe Promenade and they were okay. We wished there were more included restaurants to chose from. Shows: I had high-expectations for the shows and only a few of them hit them. There were two comedians, the first was excellent, and the second one honestly would have gotten booed off the stage if they were performing anywhere else. The Ice Show was excellent. Both Ice shows filled the rink to the point where they turned away people both times and we ended up standing to watch it. There was a Cowboy performer which was very good. I was most disappointed with the shows with the RC singers and dancers. I felt the RC performers were extremely talented, but their shows were scattered and random with no plot line. The main theater itself is starting to show it's age. The seats looked old, the curtain looked ancient, and I was most shocked by the 1990s main projector they used. If Royal Caribbean reads this, trust me it is worth the money to buy a new one. Some of the graphics and sound bits they used sounded very 1990s as well. Activity Deck: The pools were nice to look at, but we never got in. There were plenty of chairs except for the day at sea. Most of the area seemed modern and clean. The Flow Rider surfing machine was fun to watch and the water slides were fun. The basketball court looked nice as well. The Putt Putt golf course was fun, but very strangely designed (it was easy to lose your ball down the path). Add Ons: I created this section so I could grumble about being constantly asked to buy a drink package or to make reservations at one of the paid restaurants on board. I actually felt embarrassed for Royal Caribbean as they sent employees through the Main Dining room during dinner asking if people wanted to make reservations at their $70 per meal restaurant. It didn't ruin my experience, but it was annoying. On Ship Photos: We enjoyed getting professional photos taken of us at various points throughout the cruise and even bought one for $20. It was very easy to select the photo you wanted and we were not pressured to purchase any. Having photos taken in the middle of the halls constantly caused crowds and confusion in the ship though. Other: I really really wish Royal Caribbean would provide the daily activity guide Cruise Compass further in advance. It is delivered daily the night before, which creates little opportunity to plan what events you'd like to attend or activities you'd like to take part in ahead of time. As a first time cruise, I was desperate to even get an idea as to what the shows and schedules would be like so I could pack accordingly and plan my excursions accordingly. Maybe this is just a cruise thing, but it was annoying to me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Mainly selected this cruise for the SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN itinerary (although St Thomas and St Kitts really are not southern) . It really should have had one more of the southern locations instead. The ship and cabin were well maintained. The ... Read More
Mainly selected this cruise for the SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN itinerary (although St Thomas and St Kitts really are not southern) . It really should have had one more of the southern locations instead. The ship and cabin were well maintained. The embarkation was easy and satisfactory. The disembarkation was long lines. The choice of offerings and the quality of preparation of food in both the main dining and the Windjammer were adequate and satisfactory, for shipboard dining. However our experience has found land based resorts/restaurants more pleasing and satisfactory. The service, overall was above average. It is obvious that staff fully appreciates the training and intent of management. It is very likely they recognize the ease with which they can be replaced. Although our experiences at the bars was very satisfactory as to friendly performance and service of the staff, the pricing is exorbitant. The two shows we attended were entertaining and well performed for shipboard or resort talent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This cruise fit in with Spring Break. Embarkation and disembarkation went well, no issues. The ship is older, but in good shape and a lot to do. Our cabin was just like all the other Royal Balcony cabins I have stayed. Nice, Clean, ... Read More
This cruise fit in with Spring Break. Embarkation and disembarkation went well, no issues. The ship is older, but in good shape and a lot to do. Our cabin was just like all the other Royal Balcony cabins I have stayed. Nice, Clean, comfortable. Never did get the safe to work. The Royal Singers and Dancers need more practice. The Comedian was great and El Gaucho was amazing. The cruise director Mercedes was fantastic. Rocky the shopper was very helpful. Dining in the main dining room and windjammer were all very good. Had great service and assistance from all Royal employees - Adventure has an overall great crew. The Galley Tour/Brunch got mixed reviews. . . loved the Brunch, but felt the tour was not super interesting, you just walked thru an empty kitchen. I learned a few interesting things, but would have liked to know/see more. Will not do Southern Caribbean again. Took 4 Royal excursions and was only slightly happy with one. There is just not much to see. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our first and only previous cruise was on the Oasis two years ago to N. Caribbean. Loved the Oasis but not the overall experience and therefore had not planned on taking another cruise, however a friend talked us into this trip based on ... Read More
Our first and only previous cruise was on the Oasis two years ago to N. Caribbean. Loved the Oasis but not the overall experience and therefore had not planned on taking another cruise, however a friend talked us into this trip based on the ports of call. What my wife really liked was a different stop each day and only one day at sea, thus she was sold on the Adventure of the Seas cruise to the S. Caribbean. Ports of call on this trip: St Maarten - we did the beach excursion booked through RC ($51US/pp). It wasn't too far from the ship and gave the chance to see some of the Island. Tour operator stated they typically went to the French side, but due to the hurricane damage staying on British side. Didn't really like all the beach vendors (peddling massages and hair braiding) but the food at The Green House was good (included in cost)! Recommend the shrimp sandwich. The beach was nice but you only stay for a couple of hours. Overall didn't see any natural wonders, or anything else there, I wanted to go back for and there is still a great deal of devastation from the 2017 hurricane season. If you have the RC drink package, don't forget to get your bottled water before you leave the ship. St Kitts/Nevis - We did the train ride around St Kitts booked through RC ($87US/pp). We liked the experience and people were friendly. It was educational and picturesque. The start was not far from the ship. The train takes you out and around (2/3 of the island) and they bus you back (sightseeing the remaining 1/3 of the island). The tour was only a few hours so we were less than thrilled that we didn’t have the option to stop at Fort Brimstone – it was disheartening that we drove right by it with no option to view unless we went all the way back to Port and took a cab all the way back to the Fort. Due to traffic and distance we didn't feel like had time to go back. RC makes it clear that if you are not back in time you will be left behind … unless you booked excursion though RC. That being said, we were late departing each day waiting for a couple stragglers. Never more then 30 minutes. Antigua - Originally didn't have anything booked for this port but decided to go for an adventure and did the 4x4 experience booked through RC (approx. $149US/pp). The most fun we had on the whole trip! The tour was walking distance from the ship and we drove out from there. Spent 1/3 driving on “off-roads”, 2/3 driving on normal roads and hit an amazing beach on way back ... awesome! Wish they gave us more time at the beach but I get it, time on machine is money. The off-road portion really isn't "off road" as it is an old somewhat abandoned road, but it was bumpy, dusty, and rainforest, so regardless it was fun and would recommend. It was approximately 4 hours. An island we would go back to. St Lucia - Segway experience booked through RC ($102US/pp). The worst experience of the trip! We’d previously gone to St Lucia for an all-inclusive week and loved it (recommend the catamaran tours to the Pitons and also horse riding on the beach). Traffic on St Lucia can be horrible though which ruined this experience-too many cars in a small space with narrow roads. I go on vacation to escape our traffic and the last thing I want to do is sit in island traffic!? It was supposed to be a 5 1/2-hour experience with sightseeing and beach time. We spent the first 40 minutes standing and waiting to leave the port. The next 90 minutes was spent in traffic and "sightseeing" around St Lucia in neighborhoods. Sightseeing really was just a guise for wasting time until the first group got done on the Segway machines. Seriously, you know it's bad when they drive you by the waste treatment plant and point it out as a sightseeing “feature”? Actual Segway time was only 45 minutes. Important to note the Segway ride was not on flat streets but was instead on uneven mountain backroads, which were at times very steep. Some pretty views though. Basically, the group size sold by RC for the tour was just too big (40 people split into two groups of 20 each) to provide a fun experience. When we finally got on the Segway all we saw of St Lucia was an old US naval base road that ended at the beach. Not that exciting. The beach was crowed and just ok, we opted to not even go in the water as we would have needed to pay for a chair and umbrella. I have no desire to go back St Lucia again. Barbados - Wanted to see Harrison cave but waited too long to book through RC as it was sold out two days before we got there. So mental note, book early if want to book through RC. Instead we took a chance and dis-embarked early and got a cab to take us to Harrison Caves for $25 round trip/pp (which also meant he would wait for us there and take us back for this amount!). We got there before tour busses and got right in! Tickets to cave were about $30/ea. Basically saved about 50% by going out on our own as it would have cost double that through RC. The cave is cool and worth the trip, but very Disney like (trams, lighting). It took about an hour for the drive to the caves. Neil, our cab driver, was great. We negotiated a deal with him that instead of $25/pp just for the caves (there were 4 of us so = $100), we’d do a deal for $250/group (included our trip to Harrison Cave) to be our personal guide for the day, returning us to the ship 1 hour before our call time. He then also took us to bar at the highest point on the island with an incredible view, took us to a lovely old church, and then took us to the beach. He left us there for a couple hours and then came back to pick us up and take back to ship. It was an awesome, fun day. The sands of Barbados are particularly feet friendly – flat (no sudden drop offs) and the water was warm. Boarding the ship in San Juan at the start of the cruise was relatively painless. We arrived a day early to avoid the nerves of delayed flights and missing the cruise. Four of us took a cab from our hotel for about $25 (hotel was next to airport) which seems like a lot, however we were comfortable paying it considering gas costs are so high (still a lot of devastation and logistical issues for PR due to the 2017 Hurricane season). The line to get luggage dropped off and then check in to the ship was long but moved fast. We packed two bags, a large bag for the majority of our clothes and a smaller carry on with our essentials. The large bag is checked in with RC (don’t forget to put your room tags on prior to leaving your house/hotel) at the port and dropped off outside your room sometime after departure. The delivery of the luggage can be late in the evening, so advise to always have the carry on with you (or a small bag) with swimsuits, lotions, dinner clothes, medication, etc. Ship Accommodations - We had a balcony stateroom. It was nice and all as expected as recently refurbished so carpet and bedding are new. You get a small fridge and a hair dryer. There are only two US style outlets to plug stuff in. There is one European style outlet if smart enough to remember to bring along an adaptor. There is an outlet in the ceiling of the bathroom mirror for electric razors only. The bed is tall enough to hide your bags underneath should you choose. If you have lots of hanging clothes, then be sure to bring your own hangers as RC only provides about a dozen. My wife and I found the storage adequate for all our clothes. The shower is very small, so be warned. A friend who is 6’ tall and about 250 lbs found it very difficult to shower comfortably, and he banged the shower walls A LOT! Bathroom is very small…If you are talented you can rest your head on the sink counter while doing your business (careful, don’t fall asleep!). There is a general smell to all the toilets (I believe it’s in the overall plumbing system itself) of urine…rather like a litter box. Prior to our week on the seas there were a great many reviews by passengers saying the toilets backed up all over the ship – for our trip we noticed the captain and crew made mention many, many times that ONLY toilet paper can go down the tubes, so I assume that in the last month there were several attempts to flush non-biodegradables by passengers which caused RC a lot of money and headaches. The bed seemed somewhat European … meaning a bit hard for my tastes. I woke up everyday with some back pain. There is a TV and small desk. Don’t expect to get a great selection of TV shows. The Air conditioning worked well. Food – We ate with our friends at the Main dining room every night for dinner. Yes, we are one of those cheap people who feel if I’ve already paid for it, why eat somewhere else? The service is great, and the wait staff really does learn your habits quickly. Our friends are big diet coke people and the waiter had a big glass waiting for them by the 3rd night. My wife and I are wine drinkers (yes, we purchased the alcohol package at buy one get one half off) and they had our wine ready as well. They keep it coming, none of us went thirsty. I personally found the menu got boring though by night 4. There were 3-4 items that were always the same and 3-4 different items a night. Always some kind of steak and fish. Lobster tail was extra ($) except for one night when it was included (ps. You can ask for more of whatever, even on lobster night). They are very good about making changes and accommodating your special requests. If you want something, just ask for it (extra fruit, plate of steamed broccoli… you can even get dessert first Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I hope that this experience is not an indication of the standard service that the Royal Caribbean brand will now be providing. Check in was a nightmare. New policies about who can and can't check in are in effect and not ... Read More
I hope that this experience is not an indication of the standard service that the Royal Caribbean brand will now be providing. Check in was a nightmare. New policies about who can and can't check in are in effect and not communicated. If traveling with a minor in a separate cabin if they do not ajoin and the adult in the room with the minor has not checked in, you have to wait until they do check in before the minor can check in despite traveling. Of course the flight of the adult was delayed but luckily we were able to switch the minor to a different room to at least get her aboard the ship then switched her back after the adult arrived. If we knew having adjoining rooms would have satisfied this then we would have booked those room types or traveled all together. This was the slowest and worst check in I have ever experienced. Waiting for the elevator just to get to the room was totally ridiculous. Cabins...we had cabins were on decks 7 and 8 midship. Outside balconies and interior rooms with a view of the decks below. The rooms were nice and our stateroom attendant Damain was great! And very attentive. Rooms availability upon boarding was a big plus. Not having to wait around in the Windjammer with carry on luggage and backpacks was really nice. Dinner...dispite linking all of our reservations for 8:30 dinner the dining room was totally clueless that our group of 19 wanted to be seated together or even next to each other. And we couldn't be seated until 9pm and didn't get food until almost 10pm. Dinner seating got better in the main dining room as the cruise progressed but by then we found alternatives. Two dinner dining highlights were the Murder Mystery Dinner at Giovanni's Table courtesy of our waiter Mohammed and dinner on day 5 at Chops Grill made amazing by our waiter Igor! But on the last night of the cruise 6 other members of our parry went to Chops and sat for 40 minutes with no service at all. After they walked the host and maitre'd apologized and offered to comp the meal if they came back in but the experience was already ruined and they went to the main dining room at our regular dining time. Windjammer...Breakfast...as to be expected getting a table on sea days was an exercise in patience and restraint but the Adventure of the Seas offered room service which we opted to get on the second sea day to avoid the issues we had on the first all day at sea. The food arrived within the time window but the order form says indicate the amount of food you wish to order. This is where things get lost in translation...we wanted 4 pancakes but what we got was 4 orders of pancakes. We wanted 3 scrambled eggs but what we got was three orders of 2 scrambled eggs. The bacon had the number 3 beside it so we ordered 2 orders expecting 6 bacon strips we got a pile of bacon on each of the three orders of eggs. The order form is definitely needs to be clarified. Excursions...we had 4 originally then one was canceled days before we set sail. No issue because we were refunded the money. BUT when our excursion tickets were delivered we were missing some and others had different times so we had to change all the time to make sure the group stayed together. The excursions we picked overall were fun but the Helmut Dive in Aruba was great but if we had known that this was an activity island after paying for the most expensive activity we would have liked to stay longer to enjoy the entire facility. As it was we left late because we were waiting for 1 person who didn't show up, the ferry wasn't there by the time we arrived or departed so we lost an hour of our onsite excursion time easily which was disappointing. The Amazing Race excursion in St. Maarten was a little hectic. They suggested that we have 10 to 12 people on each team which did not work well. Our team consisted of people who did the excursion before with teams of four people and they preferred that experience over this one. However after that we relaxed on the beach and went jet skiing which was great. Kids Club/Teen Club We had an 11 year old (her fourth cruise) and 12 year old (first time cruiser) with us and usually Kids Club is the highlight of the cruise. But not this year. Everytime they went to the Teen Club for an activity that was on the schedule there was no one in the area. The girls were so disappointed that they gave up going to the club. Guest Services...I was on a line either at Guest Services or Shore Excursions 4 times the first day. After that, I was at Guest Services at least twice a day every day for the entire cruise. Pools...small and jammed packed. If you didn't get a spot by 9am then your weren't going to get a spot until 5pm when the 6pm diners left to get ready for dinner. Bars....service at all the bars was meh! Most of us had the ultimate beverage package but the drink of the day was NOT included ...um so the all included package was not really ALL inclusive. We were also disappointed that there was no "happy hour" like we experienced on the Anthem. Entertainment..if there was something interesting and actually occurring for the teens durning the time the "adult only" activities was going on then maybe the adult activities wouldn't have had so many kids in the audience or as participants. The Blue Moon Bar/night club was fun but the 80's party was more like a 80's, 90's and 2000's party. And the music was defininately repeated on other nights despite the theme so it was kind of one note. The silent party was interesting and fun but that was one hour at night twice during the sailing. Where were the shows or comedians for the late dining crowd? It felt like there were limited options once the 8:30pm dinner session was over. 10pm no shows or entertainment only a deejay or live band in the middle of a set. On the last night durnign the farewell show they was a comedian who did an adult show later on that evening but one show on the last night of the cruise was too little too late. The cupcake decoration class was cute but not well advertised. We stumbled across it. In general the onboard activities seem to be scarce. There were two formal nights, an 80's party and white party which if we would have known about prior to getting on board we would have packed clothes to attend the events. Overall this year's family trip with 20 of us was fun and we enjoyed ourselves but this experience with Royal Caribbean was far below our expectations for the brand. We will stick to all inclusive resorts that are used to larger parties when we travel with more than 6 people. Or maybe we will try the larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted to do the southern Caribbean especially the island of Bonaire. Boarding was fast however the photos uploaded did not load to their system. Also we were unable to sign the waivers online like previously. Very annoying. The room ... Read More
We wanted to do the southern Caribbean especially the island of Bonaire. Boarding was fast however the photos uploaded did not load to their system. Also we were unable to sign the waivers online like previously. Very annoying. The room was normal and nothing special. The dining room menu had many items repeating night to night. Shrimp cocktail and no sugar added apple pie and several other items recurred nightly. The food temperature was also slightly above warm. The Windjammer had a huge selection and the same items appeared everymorning. Always a strawberry smoothie no other flavors, same granola with apple and yogurt. No variation. Did not offer Tomato juice had to ask for it. Then at the pool bar is limited for alcoholic drinks. They no longer use island Oasis drink mix but rather use cream and ice and flavoring from another company. They have a limited menu and would appreciate a large list of frozen drinks / island drinks. The drink of the day is also on the weak side. Entertainment was ok. Casino was smokey. It was decent but nothing at all exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My wife and I went on The Adventure of the Seas to get some warm weather and relaxation during my wife's spring break. We accomplished the relaxation and the Caribbean provide the warmth for a successful trip. It had been several ... Read More
My wife and I went on The Adventure of the Seas to get some warm weather and relaxation during my wife's spring break. We accomplished the relaxation and the Caribbean provide the warmth for a successful trip. It had been several years since our last RCCL cruise. We were disappointed as the amenities and feel the services have deteriorated since our last RCCL cruise. We were on the 6th deck at the back of the ship. The balcony was as if we were in a carport. The sun never did shine and we could only see the sea in the horizon. Our room steward was efficient. We had to ask for robes and they were soon provided. He made towel puppets that my wife thought were very cute. We ate at My time dining and it was confusing at the beginning. However by day three we adjusted and made the best of the communication problem with the table assigner. Our service was superior and the food as you would expect on a cruise. Went upstairs several times to the buffet for dinner and lunch. It was ok. The one negative that stands out was ketchup packets. I kept thinking I paid a total of over $5,000.00 for this week and I'm opening packets with my teeth. We went to a few shows and listened to various performers throughout the ship all were average. Went shopping with my wife at each port. I'm not a fan of shopping. I mainly people watched Enjoyed The Best Mojito in the World bar in Curacao. Snorkeled in Aruba, disappointing, cloudy day. St. Maarten is recovering. Still many open roofs on the main street. I was going to rent a car to explore but suggestions by the cruise staff not to venture out into the island because of road problems made me uneasy. We had a late disembarkation in San Juan. Highly suggest you get a porter made our life much easier. We have cruised most recently with Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. I feel Princess is a much better value and our remaining cruises will be with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We enjoyed Puerto Rico both before and after the cruise. The embarkation and disembarkation went well. However, if you have family members who need Wheel chair assistance, be prepared for long waits; one at a time, on and off the ship. The ... Read More
We enjoyed Puerto Rico both before and after the cruise. The embarkation and disembarkation went well. However, if you have family members who need Wheel chair assistance, be prepared for long waits; one at a time, on and off the ship. The ports were beautiful, especially Aruba. The tours were not really worth it if you primarily wanted to go to the beaches. You can either take a cab or water taxi at reasonable prices and often you saw some of the same sights offered on the tour. The locals were very friendly, helpful, and appreciative. You could also leave and return when you wanted to. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and I was not overly impressed. The best was the outstanding service from the staff and the fitness room. The worst was the quality of the food both in the Dining Room and Windjammer. The overall entertainment was good but it was disappointing that there was not more room designated for dancing. Some bands played in the very busy promenade with no room to dance. I would definitely return but probably try a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This particular cruise had port of call that I want it to visit and spend some great time with my 19 years daughter. My friends booked it already and suggested to travel with them, since one of them had B-day. So we did it! -TERMINAL ... Read More
This particular cruise had port of call that I want it to visit and spend some great time with my 19 years daughter. My friends booked it already and suggested to travel with them, since one of them had B-day. So we did it! -TERMINAL CHECK POINT I asked to give cash or credit card at the “registration” point and the lady said : no, you have to do it on board, at front desk. Very unprofessional for not even offering me to do it, like I was every single time on any previous cruise. - DELUXE BEVERAGE PACKAGE At first look it seems to be pricy but it is worth every cent, but for paying 750$ for 2 person, it is not nice at all what you get as “service”. Drinks are great, some staff make mistake, bar staf very, very slow but even that not so big deal as much as reaction, body langvige and attitude, once bar staf figures out that you have a package- for me, that was very disrespectfull. I even got “lesson” in the caffe shop how to order my caffe next time. Shocked... -POOL AREA i couldn’t figure it out, who is actually in charge, but port side deck 11 by smoking area, we have been used same table several times a day, every single day, and nobody was cleaning plates, but us. Unbelievable ... CASINO ( sanitizer ) Out of 7 days cruise, 6 days hand sanitizers at the front and back of the casino were empty. Last day, sea day - they were filed up. I guess I was having to high expectations of this cruise line, and if it was not for some eseptional and attractive ports of call, I would take a second thought to go back. Maybe is just this particular ship or current mngmnt, I don’t know, but definitely needs improvement. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Check-in disorganized with limited staff and line for 20 min. (not long but with pouring down rain and no one directing things got messy). RC didn't mention the port construction - inside is being renovated and should be completed at ... Read More
Check-in disorganized with limited staff and line for 20 min. (not long but with pouring down rain and no one directing things got messy). RC didn't mention the port construction - inside is being renovated and should be completed at the end of April. Received Seapasses in under 10 minutes. . Our room was not ready until 1:30 - ate lunch in Windjammer. When the room was ready – the toilet was dirty and guest services fixed the problem quickly. Entertainment & Activities - Average - needs variety and improvement. The entertainment crew – below average and need training on basic hospitality (re. treating all guests the same). Food & Drinks - Average. Never used the specialty restaurants – ate every day at the Windjammer or used room service (menu and food presentation needs improvement) Facilities – a number of changes were made - main pool smaller, club on the 3rd floor removed to add Chops Grill and Jacuzzis, water slide and Flowrider, and more cabins added. Less seating around the pools and gets crowded a lot earlier. Overall - not my favorite cruise – Royal Caribbean needs to work on the Wow experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Chose this cruise primarily for it's itinerary and for it's cost. This was my first time on Royal Caribbean, having cruised previously on Princess and Norwegian. Decided this would be fun and younger crowd, good since I was ... Read More
Chose this cruise primarily for it's itinerary and for it's cost. This was my first time on Royal Caribbean, having cruised previously on Princess and Norwegian. Decided this would be fun and younger crowd, good since I was traveling with a friend on a girls trip and we're in our late 20's. The boat was very disappointing to me. It's an older boat by cruise ship standards and was definitely showing its age. The boat was clean however and it did offer great amenities. Embarkation in San Juan was a nightmare and the longest boarding process I've had by far, despite our "priority boarding" passes. Baggage was handled by a third party and they were very disorganized. Given the option I would have carried my own bags on board for fear of them not making it. Service on the board overall was good. Our room steward was excellent and most dining servers were very attentive. Beverage servers around the boat were not very personable and either came by every minute or every hour. The food all around was very disappointing and the specialty dining restaurants were not anything special, just a welcome relief from the main dining room. We were usually too tired for many evening activities, but there were a couple good comedians on board and the shows were on par with other cruise ship shows I've seen... Certainly not taking advantage of the talent of their performers. The spa was a little disappointing and certainly not the luxurious experience you would expect, especially for how much you pay. We went for massages and the therapists were fine, but the tables were tiny (I'm 5' and 110 lbs and felt like I was going to fall off!), so it was difficult to relax. We originally planned on getting multiple treatments, but after the first we decided to save our money and not go back. The excursions were okay. It seemed like they're were many options, but they were pretty much all the same thing, depending on the port. We enjoyed St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and Curacao, but unfortunately our stop in Aruba was cancelled due to high winds. It seems that this is not a rare occurrence and it is frustrating they don't have a plan B for this situation. Our room attendant was the only one who seemed to genuinely feel bad for us missing out and we were extremely disappointed because we were looking forward to that being the highlight of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have many complaints! 1. In this day in age, there should not be smoking in the Casino. It’s not the people playing, but people just smoking instead of going to the smoking area. In general smoking should not be allowed. 2. I ... Read More
I have many complaints! 1. In this day in age, there should not be smoking in the Casino. It’s not the people playing, but people just smoking instead of going to the smoking area. In general smoking should not be allowed. 2. I had the premium beverage package and it states that Evian water was included, every time I asked, I was told it wasn’t included. I reported this to the head dining person who told me it was a mistake and he told the bar staff to give it when requested. However, that did not happen. I was made to feel like I was getting away with something when I did get a water. 3. I was very disappointed with our room steward. I was in my husbands room 9318 and we tipped him &100.00 on the first day and expecting better than normal exceptional service. It just wasn’t there. We had bottles of champagne on ice and the buckets were leaking badly and water was everywhere but I had to ask him to keep a dry towel under the buckets. They weren’t kept iced enough. I just felt his heart wasn’t in his job. 4. There needs to be more bar staff...the Solirum Pool Bar and the Pool Bar are extremely way to busy for one or two bar staff. 5. I for one will never do the Mystery Dinner. Why you feel like you need to cram so many guest into the small place is beyond me. The only people that can here are the ones in the center. It was extremely HOT, and we couldn’t hear or see. Thake our 1/2 of the seats and offer it more nights. My husband was so upset that he left, causing me to not have dinner with him. My sister also has a dairy allergy and somehow she got dairy or something was crossed contaminated because she got sick. The chairs were so crammed the our fingers got smashed. During the event the cast were going around to all the tables but no one came to us. We felt like the evel step children. 6. We were at the solarium pool and why have an adult pool if you allow kids in the pool? The lifeguard just watched them get into the pool. Also, the hot tubs shouldn’t be full of kids with their goggles on. Hot Tubs are for relaxing, not swimming. 7. The coke machines need some work, the flavor is not good. Several were always empty and out of ice. You need more of them. 8. I do have a suggestion, have a Bloody Mary Bar. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Good: Crew very friendly Cabin attendant was very nice and freshened our cabin each time after we left Tried Giovanni's one night. It was good but not great. We had an excellent server Freddy. I don't think I would go ... Read More
Good: Crew very friendly Cabin attendant was very nice and freshened our cabin each time after we left Tried Giovanni's one night. It was good but not great. We had an excellent server Freddy. I don't think I would go again. I don't see the value Ship was always clean Balcony cabin was large enough, but balcony was weird due to having metal on both sides. I felt closed in. Mdr for breakfast was nice. They did have a buffet in there too Sushi restaurant looked nice, but we rarely saw people eating there Dinner in mdr was just ok. Food was reheated and tough. I know that it's difficult to serve 2000+ people all at once but RCL and other cruise lines have done it in the past. We had a small table in one of the main walk ways. Bad luck for us. Not many selections for dinner in mdr Mdr was closed at lunch, except on the last sea day. Why? Breakfast in mdr was extremely slow, not enough wait staff. One morning we had to wait at least 15 min to be seated. There were empty tables, but not enough staff. Wait staff kept apologizing for the food quality. Bad: Crew always pushing to sell premium restaurants. Water slide, wave runner and Rock wall were only open a few hours. Why have them if they're not open. No show first night Muster drill took to long. All the instructions had to be repeated in multiple languages Food in windjammer repeated after 2 days. Windjammer Closed at 9:30pm .I remember the days when you could have tea and a dessert up until midnight. It seemed that they have cut back on activities during the day on board ship. Water slide, Rock wall and flowrider were only open 3 hours when in Port. No ice carving, just a few dance classes, no nightly trivia contests. Pool was very noisy with movie playing. Went to the adult pool instead. Customs was a mess. People were cutting in line and the staff said there is nothing to be done. Also the baggage Porter line moved 3x faster than the regular check out. Again not fair to the rest of us that didn’t pay extortion. We took a jeeep tour, but had a “person of size” sitting next to me, making it uncomfortable. Staff couldn’t do anything. Overall: It was a good cruise. I probably won’t come back to Rccl,, and choose princess or something nicer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We booked a two weeks cruise. The first week was OK, but the second week was a hugh disappointment as the exactly same menus had been offered as during the previous week, as well as the shows in the Lyric theatre, also many activities such ... Read More
We booked a two weeks cruise. The first week was OK, but the second week was a hugh disappointment as the exactly same menus had been offered as during the previous week, as well as the shows in the Lyric theatre, also many activities such as 'sexiest man alive' etc. The food in the main restaurant was just OK as long as you did stick to 'American way cooking'. Whenever you choose a French or Italian dish, you had been completely disappointed. -- Our two waiters Nitesh and Saheb had been extraordinarily kind, efficient and nice. Stateroom was comfortable with a pleasantly large shower (larger than many other ships), however there were no amenities at all (such as q-tips, ouatte, slippers, body lotion, shower cap etc). We also missed a kettle and the minibar was empty. You could only order 'packages' for the minibar. The balcony was quite spacious with two really comfortable chairs and a coffee table. The Adventure of the Seas shows its age but is well maintained and all outlets, WC etc are clean and nicely designed. Activities are typically 'American way' : terribly loud, with lots of shouting of the cruise directors and the guests had to shout back. For an European a real no go but obviousely the many Hispanic guests on the ship did like it. During the 'sea days' we tried the water slides, mini golf, table tennis, hot tubs what had been fun. Excursions through the Ship were completely overpriced - booking through viator.com was much cheaper and much more pleasant as there had been small groups only (minibuses) and not waiting on the pier for 30 minutes in the hot sun until departure of the tours. Shops on the ship did not invite an European for shopping: cheap stuff, but highly priced, nothing interesting, of fashion etc. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Review is from a Diamond Plus Member, staying in a Junior Suite and did not eat in the main Dining Room – used Windjammer, Promenade Café and Room Service. Tip: If you are going to book a Junior Suite – must consider 1102 or 1104 ... Read More
Review is from a Diamond Plus Member, staying in a Junior Suite and did not eat in the main Dining Room – used Windjammer, Promenade Café and Room Service. Tip: If you are going to book a Junior Suite – must consider 1102 or 1104 – as are all new cabins after January dry dock placed on the 11th floor (right next to fitness center) and only 6 cabins in area so completely quiet and larger than normal junior suite accommodations. Room 1106 is not quiet when sitting out on balcony as right next to it is a public area where lots of folks sit and talk in the evenings. Above these rooms are the new (12th Floor cabins w/floor to ceiling windows) and nothing is below these cabins – so very, very quiet. We will always look for these rooms on future cruises. Cruise & Ports – The right balance of cruise days and ports (this was last cruise of the season before repositioning for summer season) with only one other ship in the ports with us. We did not do any excursions as we had been to these ports many times before. Diamond Plus Benefits – no longer can you use the Suite Lounge; only Suite Guests and Pinnacles so makes it much more crowded in the Diamond Lounge; the lounge was OK and the service was at best average as one had to get up and go over to the table to get a drink as waiting on tables seemed to disappear as the cruise went on. We finally began going out to the lounge bar for better drinks and service. This was the most challenged service I’ve encountered on a Diamond Lounge. Drinks in the bars were excellent and the service was top-notch and fun. Food – believe the focus of the cruise line has turned into a “short-order” cook mentality, vice an executive chef and staff – and again was the poorest (being kind here) quality of food I’ve experienced on RCCL. When a staff can mess up Oatmeal you know something is wrong with the food equation…..I will say that we did order room service and the quality of the meal was very good. Our friends who ate in the dining room every night echoed our concerns that RCCL is cutting corners in the quality of the food served across the entire ship. The only Oasis of Quality was the days at sea where we could have lunch (make your own salad) and kraken back to the days of service and overall quality. If only for a brief second…. Cabin – again a fantastic room thanks to RCCL removing space (gym is smaller) to create more revenue generating space by adding cabins. Our cabin steward was new so service was somewhat lacking in delivery (example: put a gift for us in the wrong cabin – and the people staying there sought us out to return it to us) and follow-thru. Wifi – fast and times it had trouble connection, but overall not bad. Hot Tubs in the morning were empty on port days so best time to enjoy and then depart ships after masses have left for events. Overall we enjoyed the cabin and cruise – frequented the casino which was packed every night – but saw 1st hand the declining service model RCCL has adopted for all cruisers and is now affecting the Diamond & Diamond Plus cruisers. Sad really as RCCL is so much better than this if it chooses to do so – but driving up revenue while cutting costs is their motto I’m afraid. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I was invited to assist Seminar at Sea of Royal Caribbean beacuse Im a Travel Agent. In overall the activities onboard are good. The cordinance between Front Desk and Housekeeping its bad. I order a gift Online for delivering the first day ... Read More
I was invited to assist Seminar at Sea of Royal Caribbean beacuse Im a Travel Agent. In overall the activities onboard are good. The cordinance between Front Desk and Housekeeping its bad. I order a gift Online for delivering the first day and I received the last day. The food at night in the main dining are not good and the buffet in luch is not good at all. The only place that I enjoyed the food was on the Chef Table and I paid $85 per person. My room was very clean and the housekeeping was very friendly. The waiters in Dining Room are very pleasant. The surfrider and the waterslide are awesome, very fun. I reserved a Excusion but when we arrive at St. Marteen was canceled for the weather and the offer us another excursions. I think that Shore Excursions table are need to open early. Its a great cruise and you can have fun with your family. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We booked this trip as a quick recharge vacation. The price for a balcony was perfect and being a re-positioning cruise, there were days at sea where it felt okay to do nothing but catch up on sleep, eat well, and read. We had an overall ... Read More
We booked this trip as a quick recharge vacation. The price for a balcony was perfect and being a re-positioning cruise, there were days at sea where it felt okay to do nothing but catch up on sleep, eat well, and read. We had an overall mixed experience. What was good: -Dining staff and services was fantastic. We ate in Chops and Giovanni and the main dining room and all our waiters were fantastic. The food was great, we left full and happy every night. -Our excursion in St. Marten was wonderful, we did the half day catamaran/snorkeling excursion. The staff was informative, the boat was clean, the company was good and it included lunch and beverages. I would do this again. What we disliked: -The art auction was awful purely because they masked an opportunity for a free piece of art by handing out credit card forms and not explaining what they were doing. It was very shady. I am suspicious of the art sales on board anyway, but this was the first time I had seen this happen and I was horrified at how they were taking advantage of people like that. Awful. -Our room was dated, which was fine, it was clean, however, our bed, which was two twin beds pushed together, would separate at night, we joked that there was a 'pit of despair' in the middle keeping us a part. Annoying more than anything. -Activities and entertainment was okay, but felt light, especially for a trip where most time was spent on the boat. We didn't do much because our dinner time was at a time when most evening activities took place. I think overall, it felt short staffed, but not sure if that is typical for a re-positioning cruise. It was okay. WE slept a lot, worked out, ate and drank which is what we wanted. We were happy to get off after five days though. Longer would have been too long. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I love cruising out of NJ on Royal Caribbean Anthem. Thought I’d give Adventure of the Sea a try. Very disappointed. Ship was overcrowded, entertainment was mediocre, food was mediocre, coffee was awful (like drinking burnt mud). Service ... Read More
I love cruising out of NJ on Royal Caribbean Anthem. Thought I’d give Adventure of the Sea a try. Very disappointed. Ship was overcrowded, entertainment was mediocre, food was mediocre, coffee was awful (like drinking burnt mud). Service was good. Ship is old and shows it. Couldn’t even go into casino due to cigarette smoke. Prominade was always overcrowded. Had to stand in line for cafe. Had a cabana in cococay which we loved. The mystery theater dinner was terrible not worth the money. Cabin was clean. Room steward was very good. Waiter and asst waiter made our dining experience pleasurable even though I didn’t enjoy the food. Entertainment was nothing special. In spite of all this a cruise is what you make it. I was with family so we still had a great time. Would not sail on this ship again. I think I’ll stick to the Anthem. I hear the Celebrity Summit is also a good cruise out of N J. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I’ve been on a few different Carnival cruises and chose RC as a post-law school graduation cruise because I’d heard they were a step above. Unfortunately, that was not my experience. Let’s start with the online check in. Overall ... Read More
I’ve been on a few different Carnival cruises and chose RC as a post-law school graduation cruise because I’d heard they were a step above. Unfortunately, that was not my experience. Let’s start with the online check in. Overall it was okay, but then RC assigned our group a “Check-In” time of 1:30. Being the rule followers that we are, my friend and I didn’t arrive until one thirty and languished away in cold NJ for a few hours after our flight. We were less than thrilled when we discovered that no one cared AT ALL about this check-in time. It was not asked about once and we had to wait in the same line as everyone else despite the fact we had checked in online. So, off to a great start. Next, we went to our room. Somehow we were blessed with a corner balcony room—it was a highlight of the trip. After the muster drill, we went to the spa for our pre-booked massages only to be told that my massage had not been paid for, but “don’t worry, we will give you the same price.” This set the wrong mood for a relaxing experience because my friend was positive that she had paid and had the bank statements and confirmation to verify that but the Spa staff wouldn’t look at—they told her she would need to go to guest services after the massage. So the massage itself was great, but it was marred by the stress of worrying about going to guest services after. As per usual on the first day of cruising, the guest services line was HUGE, we waited more than 30 minutes. Our issue was quickly resolved once we spoke with someone at the counter because all they had to do was call the Spa and confirm that we had paid. Why the Spa could not take the time to do this for us is beyond me. It completely boggles my mind. The next major issue was being ID’d on the second day of the cruise and being denied a mimosa because I only had my Seapass Card and not my actual ID. I understand that I look young, but what is the point of purchasing a deluxe beverage package (which you have to affirm you and all other guests getting it are over 21) and giving the cruise line a ton of information about myself, and having a picture that pops up when my card is swiped, if at the end of th day it doesn’t matter and I have to carry my purse with me anyways? This is just another example of the customer experience not being the focus. When I asked the bartender to explain this to mme, he said “Oh, well it could be your mother’s card and we have to ID anyone who looks younger than 30.” I would love to see that rule. 1) How can it be my mother’s card if it has MY picture associated with it? 2) it would be Impracticable for the ship to be required to check IDs for everyone who looks under 30 and I can guarantee that wasn’t happening. This was just another example of the ship not being focused on customer service. That isn’t to say our entire vacation was horrible—it was actually really great unless we had to actually engage with the staff in any way. One more tip: the main dining room food was bleh, but the Windjammer is amazing. We went there 4/7 of the nights (first two night we tried the dining room and then on the fifth night we went to Giovanni’s Table, which was absolutely delicious). Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We choose this cruise because it sails out of Bayonne which is an easy 8 hour drive from us. The itinerary isn't really exciting but it was a nice getaway. Embarkation was a breeze - very quick and well organized. The only minor ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it sails out of Bayonne which is an easy 8 hour drive from us. The itinerary isn't really exciting but it was a nice getaway. Embarkation was a breeze - very quick and well organized. The only minor hiccup is that security asked my elderly father to remove his suspenders instead of using the wand to check him. How they expected a 70 year old man to hold up his pants and walk through the security scanners without his suspenders and then put them back on in the terminal is beyond me. He managed though because they would not relent. Wheelchair assistance was backed up from the get go - my mother has her own wheelchair and it was an easy push for me to get her from the terminal to the ship - only 1 longish ramp but not too steep. Our cabin was an interior accessible cabin. This is well set up for wheelchair users. Large bathroom with a roll in shower with grab bars on the wall on the left side and a fold down bar on the right. The sink is easy to roll under to wash your hands. The only non accessible portion of the bathroom is the storage behind the mirrors - I can't see how that would be reached by anyone in a wheelchair. The desk is easy to roll under and the closet has both a high bar and a low bar along with numerous shelves. There are also 8 small drawers for storage in the desk area. The downside to Royal is that the beds are hard and the pulldown couch is like sleeping on a wooden plank. There were lots of pillows this time and we asked for blankets instead of the heavy duvets so that made sleeping more comfortable. The cabins have been redone so there is new carpeting throughout and the new white/blue colour scheme in the cabin. Daytime activities on Royal are a little lacking if you're not into sports or spa (or shopping). Lots of for fee activities with a few trivia games during the day. Evening activities have more variety but generally focus on 1 big thing each evening. The movie screen on the pool deck isn't great for sound/quality to watch anything at night. Service was generally good; not too much outstanding where I felt the need to fill out a wow card but also nothing too bad where it left a bad taste. Dining was okay - MDR menu is now very small and the food kind of bland. Salads come pre-dressed with just a drizzle and food seems unseasoned. Even curry sauce had no heat or flavour. Windjammer is the usual cafeteria mass produced food with limited hours. Choices are repetitive - as you travel around, you'll see the same dishes in several places. Café Promenade has some decent sandwiches and some excellent salads. Pizza is terrible. Room Service is well worth the $8 (plus gratuity) fee for all you wish to order - the cheesesteak and burger as well as the Cobb and Greek salads were excellent. Overall the week was nice but bland. Not the best cruise we've taken (and we've taken a bunch - over several different cruise lines) but nothing really bad. Weather was rough the first few days which meant rough seas. For many people, this certainly impacted their impression of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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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