369 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We did not want to fly to a port so we sailed from NJ port Cruise to Bahamas with RC the first stop was Port Canaveral gaving me a chance to visit NASA and see the historical space flight exhibits and rockets. For that we did the ships ... Read More
We did not want to fly to a port so we sailed from NJ port Cruise to Bahamas with RC the first stop was Port Canaveral gaving me a chance to visit NASA and see the historical space flight exhibits and rockets. For that we did the ships shore excursion. Others who went to beach did not enjoy their day. Next was CoCoCay, a relaxing day on the beach with a great feast and Caribbean music. Taking a tender to and from the island was fun and a photo opt on this beautiful day. Nassau was a crowded port with 6 cruise ships docked. Free bus shuttle service was provide from ship to entrance building though not announced. We found it when returning. Took a private tour. Sorry we did not use the ships. It took us to a tee shirt factory and a tea shop passing many of the historical sites up. Yeah, the cabin was small but with the balcony we had great views.Two people could manage the closet and bathroom space. Suite cases could be stored under the bed and I used as extra dresser. Variety of cruise activites listed daily in the Compass were good with something for each person to choose. We planned "My Time Dinner" at restaurant where the food and service was excellent. Found out you can have more than one dinner/desert. We had an opportunity to learn who our staff was and talked to them about their lives and jobs. We saw shows including a great ice skating show. When the ship was at sea I had balance issues holding on to rails and standing next to something wa necessary. I felt it on day one. By the third day others began to feel it as the ocean became rough. I would go again but maybe a 4 day cruise out of Miami with less time at sea. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
this was my 4th time on royal...I been on expolria of the seas and then athem of seas and this last trip was not the best of them all... the getting on and off the boat was good... let me start of by saying the food in the buffet was the ... Read More
this was my 4th time on royal...I been on expolria of the seas and then athem of seas and this last trip was not the best of them all... the getting on and off the boat was good... let me start of by saying the food in the buffet was the same thing ever day .. who can possible eat the same thing everyday... the last day was Indian food... ok that was not good for me since I don't eat that food... they could have done another special with that... second thing the bathrooms ... spelled like pure pee all the time... I thought maybe was bathroom by pool only since very active ...but no bathrooms in other sections spelled the same.. and when I was leaving the boat in morning I ran into two other family which thought the same... know I no this boat is very old and I can not compare it the athem but keep in mind this boat was just remodeled I thought...I will never go on this boat again.. but I will not give up on royal... I will definite go back on... Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because we got a great rate for our family of 4 and we thought we would try driving Cape Liberty rather than flying to Florida. Adventure of the Seas was as advertised with plenty to keep us busy all week with great ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we got a great rate for our family of 4 and we thought we would try driving Cape Liberty rather than flying to Florida. Adventure of the Seas was as advertised with plenty to keep us busy all week with great shows, water slides, kids pool, Flowrider, ice skating, etc. It was a good thing that the ship had lots to do considering our itinerary had Coco Cay cancelled and had Port Canaveral as a "port" on our journey. Overall, RC could do a better job with several customer service and staffing issues but the fun is there. Below are the pros and cons of an enjoyable week with some very key disappointments. Pros - Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely smooth and well organized. Hats off to Royal Caribbean on this. - Food was great. Both MDR and Buffet were excellent with the exception of BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY AT BREAKFAST. That was terrible and wasn't even close to the real stuff. If they can have ethnic food for everyone else in the world (fried rice, baked beans,etc.) then please try a little harder for the Appalachian folk. Otherwise, the meat and seafood was outstanding. Very well cooked and seasoned. Desserts were amazing, particularly Cheesecake. - Shows were awesome. The comedy shows were hilarious - we saw Jim David, ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, and Don Gavin. The Almost Elton John was great. We enjoyed the ice show and the dancers as well. Good variety and Chris Brown does a great job as Cruise Director. We thought he reminded us of Conan O'Brien a tad. - Flowrider, Water Slides, Rock Wall, Mini Golf, Ice Skating, Kids Pool, 2 Swimming Pools...you can't really get bored if you like to be active. Great for kids and teens. Cons - Itinerary. We knew when we booked that it was a little lacking. Port Canaveral is not really set up to be a "port" because of where AOS docked at CT 10. There's nothing within walking distance so you have to take a cab, uber, shuttle, or rent a car. The rental car places all close early and you have to take a taxi back to the ship. Nassau is ok but we had been there before. Seems like every cruise goes there. And, they cancelled ... - Coco Cay. We never saw it because it was cancelled because of weather. Instead, they sailed on to Nassau and got there at 5:30pm and everything was pretty much closed up for the day besides bars, which we were not interested in. There needs to be a better plan here in cases of bad weather. I know they're building a dock, but how about an OBC or something if they miss the island? This was very disappointing. - Disembark at ports. RC would advertise a time in port such as noon and then we wouldn't be allowed off the ship until 1pm or 1:30. This is misleading and should be corrected. It causes problems with arrangements made in port and planning. - Day 1 Staffing. We had to take our own luggage from the middle of the hallway to our rooms. No one was on duty until 1pm on Day 1 at any of the activities such as the water slides, rock wall, pools. We wanted to sign waivers and enjoy the activities but couldn't until after 1pm. MDR wasn't open for lunch on Day 1. - Guest Services. The front desk manager from Turkey (a heavy set bearded guy) is terrible and can't understand English very well. He is not professional and unintelligent. The Front Desk lady from Brazil, Marisol, isn't worth talking to. Has no interest in helping guests and is rude. RC needs to hire AMERICANS for this positions. - Prices on photos. $20 per photo. No discount ever offered aside from a $200+ package. This was a little expensive. - Cafe Promenade and hours of Buffet. The food there is terrible and left over from buffet or left there for days. We saw the same sandwiches and salads for multiple days. Pizza was the worst I have ever eaten - honest. Unfortunately, they shut down the buffet at 9:30 and you're stuck with this. RC should keep a burger, hot dog, etc. portion of the buffet open past 9:30. - Stateroom furniture. We had 2 doors and 1 drawer broken in our stateroom. The furniture was very beat up. When we arrived the toilet didn't flush. Maintenance needs to do a better job. Neutral - Kids program. Adventure Ocean for my 7 year old was good. She had a good time. Although, she was upset at times that they did not do the activities that they promised. They told us they do the activities that the kids vote on. Well, since there were lots of rowdy boys in her group, they played lots of gagaball and didn't do much science experiments. The teen program was almost non-existent due to attendance. The group that was there for most of the time resembled a bunch of juvenile delinquents. I felt bad for the staff - cussing, arguing, drama, excessive cell phone use. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, ... Read More
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, worse since there were two people preparing them and then oiling the pan AND spraying it. The Cafe Promenade which catered to the out of hours dining rooms featured pizza, tea sandwiches and salads. But Ni's winning smile was worth the trip. The schedule should have been given for the entire length of the cruise instead of daily. It would help you plan your itinerary better when there was an overlap, which forced you to sometimes make the wrong decision if you didn't think you'd get a second opportunity, It seemed kind of silly that the photography gallery was inaccessible when the cash registers weren't open. It's obviously for upselling purposes but if I could have the opportunity to review my images on MY time I might have purchased more, I hate being rushed. The drink and wi-fi sales the last two days were last minute marketing gimmicks which was a waste of time. It might help those of us who don't drink enough to justify a drink package, especially if your partner doesn't drink. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Since we enjoyed the Explorer of the Seas some time back, we felt sure we would enjoy it's sister ship, the Adventure, and we did. However since we have sailed almost every cruise line in the non deluxe category, we feel that Royal ... Read More
Since we enjoyed the Explorer of the Seas some time back, we felt sure we would enjoy it's sister ship, the Adventure, and we did. However since we have sailed almost every cruise line in the non deluxe category, we feel that Royal reserves the better "upscale" treatment for it's Celebrity customers. On sea days, the Schooner Bar was jam packed for trivia games. The hall ways were often crowded and noisy. Food was average to good as it is on all cruise ships. Maybe I am expecting too much since I have done many cruises on Celebrity, Princess, HAL and others. The ice show is a good extra, and worth seeing. By all means if you are thinking about it, go for it. Especially if you have young ones. They have rock climbing and of course pools with slides. There are times when customers can get skates and spend time on the ice. Children will enjoy all the amenities and not think about rating the food etc. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We choose this cruise because it was early June and we didn't want so many kids aboard. We enjoyed our cruise overall but there were issues. The food at the Windjammer was terrible, same things every day at lunch and breakfast! I ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was early June and we didn't want so many kids aboard. We enjoyed our cruise overall but there were issues. The food at the Windjammer was terrible, same things every day at lunch and breakfast! I mean, same fish, same dishes, day after day. The MDR had good dinners and we had Alicia as out waiter, she is wonderful! The assistant waiter was Romnick and he was sweet but I guess still in training. Our room attendant was Frangella, kept our room clean neat during our stay. The toilet paper was so rough!!!! Come on Royal Caribbean, wouldn't you at least get softer toilet tissue? The venues looked fun but we couldn't get into anything as they were held on extremely small venues and there were no place to sit. The weather didn't cooperate but this is not Royal Caribbean's fault. We had a good cruise overall and would try another ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. The specialty restaurants were the highlight. Main dinning room food was terrible, cold, raw, poor quality, everyone was complaining. (Shocked to read positive dinning comments). Disappointed in our cabin ... Read More
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. The specialty restaurants were the highlight. Main dinning room food was terrible, cold, raw, poor quality, everyone was complaining. (Shocked to read positive dinning comments). Disappointed in our cabin selection, lovely large cabin but we are below the fog horn and it sounded every 2 minutes for 24 hours, it was horrible. Our room steward left dirty glasses in our room and trash, finally put it outside the cabin and left there for days. Room service trays left in the hallway for days, such a mess. Our favorite was Givovanie's Italian, a must and excellent service, Izumi great service and wonderful choices, Chops was good but not great this time. Blue Moon Lounge and Disco best DJ ever and Best Bar staff always, they were truly exceptional. Ports were cold and rainy but our favorite was Bar Harbor and Portland. RCL did a poor job describing ports and excursions, they had no videos or meetings offering port info... So if you've never been to New England & Canada, yes go but do your homework on your own of where to visit when in ports. Go in late July thru September for better weather odds. Do not choose the cabin below the fog horn - deck 12 - 1886 - I can't recall the name of the cabin. It was large and offered floor to ceiling windows but the horn if in fog will destroy you for days. Shows were just average, comedian was great, hypnosis was great, staff entertainment average. Windjammer staff average. With limited outside activities RCL should have had more activities and music and dance inside to entertain all, not just evening dance and music. I've been on over 20 cruises and I have found RCL is declining in service and quality, this I find extremely disappointing. I chose not to book with the Next Cruise staff due to my disappointment and I have now booked with HAL for August of this year. They have missed an opportunity to sell to me! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
It was a avg cruise at best. Entertainment was ok. Food in main dining room was horrible and late night food was even worse and not much to choose from also internet service was very slow so without going all in here I'll leave it at ... Read More
It was a avg cruise at best. Entertainment was ok. Food in main dining room was horrible and late night food was even worse and not much to choose from also internet service was very slow so without going all in here I'll leave it at that...those were my 2 complaints if not for that I would rate this better. They say no holding of lounge chairs around the pool but yet they dont pick up towels and more than half of the chairs on the pool deck are unused because people save them when they go to explore or eat around the ship. Takes twice as long to get a drink any bar unless it has 2 or less people waiting. Only good deals on board are liquor sales. All other shops were avg at best for price even when they say tax and duty free I shouldn't be able to look up a watch they are selling at 75% off and still find it cheaper online, yes that happened. Overall I did enjoy my vacation. And if I had to change 1 thing is they need better quality of food in main dining room. The selfserve food in the windjamer was better. As far as the special dining options I say if you have the extra cash it's worth it. Maybe that's why the food is so bad in the main dining room and if you want a late night snack after 930pm its finger sandwiches and frozen pizza. That's another disappointment I had Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we like the Adventure class of ships and it left out of Port Liberty, which is only a short drive from our home in Pennsylvania. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their four daughters. We were on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like the Adventure class of ships and it left out of Port Liberty, which is only a short drive from our home in Pennsylvania. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their four daughters. We were on the Explorer a few years ago and really enjoyed it. While we all enjoyed the trip, there were several disappointments. The long lines to get through the security checkpoint were unnecessary. There were several unopened stations, causing us a 45-minute wait to get checked through. Once through that, we were on the ship in 15 minutes. We had a balcony on deck 9, which was lovely. So much storage space that we actually had an empty drawer! Our room attendant, Eddie, was very attentive and kept the room immaculate. The Windjammer is named appropriately as it was always jammed. Hard to find empty tables, so we resorted to going to the main dining room or the Cafe Promenade as often as we could. Food was good and we never felt the need to go to any of the pay restaurants. None of us cared for the cruise director, Chris or his assistant, Marvin. They just did not seem to click with the crowd or try very hard. Outside pool activities were inhibited by the rainy weather so a lot of activities were cancelled. Only saw one of the production numbers and it was enjoyable. We had 8:00 My Time Dining but our waiter was so slow that it usually took 2 hours to finish. By that time, it was too late to see some of the other shows. We were always among the very last diners to leave in the dining room. Needless to say, we were not happy with our head waiter; but his assistant was wonderful and tried to speed things along. His hands obviously were tied by the head waiter. My other concern was that dress the code was not enforced in the MDR. Why have a dress code if it isn't enforced? They allowed shorts in there every night and I didn't mind that; but on several nights, quite a few men showed up in shorts and tank tops looking so unkempt it was upsetting. I actually lost my appetite having to see all that body hair, tattoos and piercings sitting at the next table. I did complain to the Maitre 'D about it but was told nothing could be done about it. Said it came from the "top" - Corporate. Ports of Call were disappointing but we knew that going in. We took a shuttle from the dock for $16 pp round trip to Cocoa Beach and had an enjoyable day. CocoCay was a disappointment because of the rain. I can't really judge it because of that. We were tendered in, which is never enjoyable. I'm sure it will be different once the pier is finished. Having been to Nassau many times we chose to just walk around town and then returned to enjoy a much less crowded ship. We chose to walk off with our luggage at disembarkation but that took awhile because there was only one exit off the ship, which caused a bottle neck between the stairs and elevators. It was resolved when they opened another exit further down the ship. Don't understand why they didn't do that to begin with. All in all, it was better than waiting for your luggage number to be called and dealing with that. We have cruised with Royal many times but now I am wondering if it is time for a change. Overall, we had a great time being with family, but so many things could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We decided to cruise from NJ this time, perhaps a newer or larger ship would have been better. We had terrible weather, was extremely disappointed in Cocoa Day, I'm sure when it's completed will be a great port of call. The ... Read More
We decided to cruise from NJ this time, perhaps a newer or larger ship would have been better. We had terrible weather, was extremely disappointed in Cocoa Day, I'm sure when it's completed will be a great port of call. The public areas could use some freshening up. Not enough lounge chairs by the pools. Dining experience was excellent, servers were extremely pleasant and professional. The magic show was great, enjoyed very much. The ice show was the best entertainment on board the ship. The parade was nice, didn't last long enough. The casino was extremely smokey, needs better ventilation. Could have more merchandise in the Logo shop, there were tee shirts on sale from ports of call that we did not go to. Would have liked to see shows in the theatre with more production scenery, it seemed there were just singers and dancers, no real production, shows also seemed extremely short and time schedule interred with the dinner times. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I had never been to the bahamas before, just the private islands and thought id give it a go, well chose june turned out to be not a good idea, alot of families with graduation parties onboard long lines for everything, and the weather ... Read More
I had never been to the bahamas before, just the private islands and thought id give it a go, well chose june turned out to be not a good idea, alot of families with graduation parties onboard long lines for everything, and the weather was rainy on and off, this was the first sailing on the new itinery for this ship , so service was slower, and the food choices were not like in the past, in fact my waiter from india refused to let me order new york strip steak, never had that happen before, all in all it was a nice cruise, not gonna stop us from sailing again , just might do more research and choose better time of the year, the cruise director was excellent and his staff , trivia was awesome , michael jackson trivia on the last night was so much fun!!!! and the pools were awesome , easy to get in and out of the adult pool with nice steps with railings i was so happy to see , so we was able to swim every day!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We are Diamond Plus so we tend to stick with RCI or Celebrity. We do not appreciate the inconvenience associated with flying so we sail from Port liberty or NYC. We have recently sailed three times on the Anthem. We chose the Adventure of ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus so we tend to stick with RCI or Celebrity. We do not appreciate the inconvenience associated with flying so we sail from Port liberty or NYC. We have recently sailed three times on the Anthem. We chose the Adventure of the Seas, a ship that we sailed on in the past and had an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, it did not match our past sailings The ship was overcrowded,too many children.. This was our fault , we anticipated that the schools would still be in session. It is not that we do not enjoy children, but the sheer number taxed the pools and surroundings. There were some great parts of the cruise - the Ice Show was really good, the production shows were top notch - especially Rock Baby Rock, and, the service at dinner and other eating venues gets an A+ The food has slipped a bit but still OK. Our cabin attendant did his job, but barely. Our robes were not put in our room. Yet, our travel companions on the same floor but on the other side of the ship had their's delivered. When I asked where our robes were he said "You have to ask.". His overall manner was less than expected. The hogging of chairs made it impossible to find a pool side chair "unreserved" at 8 AM. On sea days even the upper deck was filled. I witnessed chairs being "reserved" at 7 AM and not being used until 11 AM. RCI has a policy about reserving chairs but it has to be enforced. Rooms being occupied by two adults and two children use four chairs. There was just TOO MANY PEOPLE AND TOO FEW CHAIRS. We like many cruiser enjoy meeting other people at breakfast and lunch. The concept of "sharing" is not understood by the staff. Simply having two lines - one for sharing and the other for not sharing would solve the problem. Too worst example of poor service rest with the Meet and Greet. Simply put it was the worst we have experienced in our 45 cruises on 5 different lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The main dining room was very nice. Great food and the service was perfect. The Windjammer Café(Buffet) was the same food for the entire cruise. If you like hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries put out every day, then you will like the ... Read More
The main dining room was very nice. Great food and the service was perfect. The Windjammer Café(Buffet) was the same food for the entire cruise. If you like hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries put out every day, then you will like the buffet. The other food was a copy day after day...no variation at all. Not enough seats because the room just can not handle the crowds. You will hear messages to hurry you so others can eat too. The buffet closes its doors at 9pm...way to early...If you want to eat later, you are sent to the 5th floor in the Café Promenade where there are no selections unless you want to eat "pizza" every day...I say "Pizza" if you want to call it that. Very small room also. The pool was way to crowded and that is again because the ship can not handle the crowds. Entertainment was very good, nice shows and the Lyric theatre is nice. Too many areas to eat where you had to pay. I guess that is the way cruise ships are going now...Pay extra for almost everything..I must admit that I would not select that ship again on our next cruise..It was a nice ship to bring children, because they had lots of thing to do for the children. Again...this is my opinion and you must make your own decision here.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise as a fun family vacation. We did not explore New Jersey before we got onto the ship simply because of Jersey's reputation. Getting onto the ship went smoothly and getting off went even faster because we chose the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a fun family vacation. We did not explore New Jersey before we got onto the ship simply because of Jersey's reputation. Getting onto the ship went smoothly and getting off went even faster because we chose the option of carrying our own luggage off. What you should know about Royal Caribbean's adventure of the seas is, if you book a room all the way forward or all the way aft expect your room to pitch, the hangers in the closet to clang and the rumbling of engines and movement of the bed to prevent a good nights sleep. The cabins are on the small side. My daughter had one with a balcony and I had one without. We spent as little time as possible in the cabins due to the pitching and heaving of the boat making us terribly sea sick. The dining in the main dining room was a bit rushed for our taste. The windjammer became our eating establishment of choice due to a greater variety of food selection and the comfortable relaxed family atmosphere. There was entertainment a plenty and we did enjoy 2 shore excursions as well as a couple shows and games in the lounge. We did not use room service so cannot comment on that. The cleaning attendants were wonderful. We enjoyed Three ports and two excursions though we wish the stops in Port Canaveral, Coco cay and Nassau could have been for longer because we enjoyed being on land more than being on ship. Traveling with my grand daughter was an experience because seeing things through a child's eyes is enlightening. Her main interests were the splash pad, food and making friends which she made plenty of. We enjoyed Zumba classes and line dancing as a family and took in a couple shows for fun and a distraction from the nausea. Due to the fact that we were so sea sick in spite of dramamine and ginger gum we made up our minds by the 5th day that we would not be cruising again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Cruised with family (total of 14 people). Three separate families. Total of 7 adults (including one senior), 4 teens and 3 kids under 10. Embark and disembark - smooth. Windjammer (breakfast/lunch)- the breakfast and lunch food ... Read More
Cruised with family (total of 14 people). Three separate families. Total of 7 adults (including one senior), 4 teens and 3 kids under 10. Embark and disembark - smooth. Windjammer (breakfast/lunch)- the breakfast and lunch food are the same each day. Change it up!. They need to introduce some specialty items. Windjammer (dinner) - there is a theme dinner each night. The Caribbean theme night (braised oxtail and jerk chicken) is not to be missed. Dining (breakfast/lunch) - there is limited items to order from the menu. There is no variety available. Dinner (dinner) - each night, the menu changes. The portion size is small, but, great food. Entertainment - nightly entertainment. The comedians were nice. Nothing special as it is not our first cruise. The ice dancers were really good given that the ice surface is really small. Stateroom - choose an interior room (cheapest). It has enough storage for our luggage. Excursions - did not book with Royal Caribbean. At each port, we did our own excursion once we got off the pier. At Portland, we did a 1.5 hour bus tour for $29. A similar one organized by the ship would cost $85. On board experiences - gym was good. The men's shower area, change room, and sauna smells like a gym that needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Water slides, pool were enjoyed by adults, teens and kids. Sports deck was great. The open court sports had too many kids and adults participating. Need to have one for kids only and one for adults only... It does not mesh well if kids and adults are playing soccer all at the same time. The washrooms in the public area smells. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
There were 10 of us (92 year old, six adults, 3 and 6 year-olds, and a 6-month old). It was great for a family. The 6-year old loved the camp. This is the 5th RC cruise I've taken. I'm very disappointed in the problem ... Read More
There were 10 of us (92 year old, six adults, 3 and 6 year-olds, and a 6-month old). It was great for a family. The 6-year old loved the camp. This is the 5th RC cruise I've taken. I'm very disappointed in the problem resolution. We had two substantial problems with our cabins (we had 5 cabins) Rooms that were to be adjoining (3 and 6 year olds in one and parents in the other) were not adjoining. And they cleaned the carpet in a cabin and closed the door, so the carpet was wet and started to mildew by the time we were allowed into our cabins. They finally replaced the carpet on the fourth day! We reported the problems before we left the first dock and they weren't resolved until the fourth day (out of a 7-day cruise). The staff never contacted us, we had to go to the service desk several times a day to keep them working on a resolution. My cabin was nice, clean and spacious. The ship nickle and dimes on costs, although I chose not to buy sodas, wine, spa treatments, ship tours, etc. 1. The sushi-making class was worth the cost, fun and tasted great. 2. Halifax - Don't take the Wine, Sea and Orchard (or whatever it was called) excursion. It was five hours on a bus out of 7-hour tour. We stayed on the bus to see the orchard and sea from the road! It is not good for kids. The tour guide actually told us not to ask her questions. Halifax - Do take the Hop-on Hop-off bus but get your tickets directly from the bus at the port. It'll save you a lot of money. 3. Bar Harbor - The Acadia 2.5 tour was beautiful and well guided. Whale watching was cancelled because of fog. 4. Saint John - Nothing much there except hiking to the falls. The food was average to very good. The beef offerings were very good, as were most of the menu items at dinner. The entertainment was also good. I doubt if I will travel on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Had a lot of fun but got tired of all the hidden fees. I would preferred to have them increase the price instead of all the extra hidden costs. They charged us 45 per day in stateroom fees for an extra 350. Then All the drinks which were ... Read More
Had a lot of fun but got tired of all the hidden fees. I would preferred to have them increase the price instead of all the extra hidden costs. They charged us 45 per day in stateroom fees for an extra 350. Then All the drinks which were already $12 each had 18% gratuity added. Bingo ended up costing us 80 for two games. It just felt like too much when we pay so much to cruise. The staff was great. There were two elevators broken the entire time so it was always an issue. Leaving the ship was chaos - could have had staff directing people during the self checkout process. One line went around half the ship while the other line was empty. We had so much fun at all the ports. Lots of stuff to do but could have spent more time at the ports. One port was only there till 230 which is weird. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a ... Read More
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a disaster. Coming into the dock at Cape Liberty must have taken 45 minutes - an hour. All cars waiting in two lines, just to merge into one lane to drop off. You had to get all luggage out of the car, then park in the parking garage. It was so chaotic and stressful, and wish there was a better way. Other than that, the security/ check-in process was a breeze and we were on the ship in literally 15 minutes. Food: I am a vegetarian, but found a lot to eat. I do recommend if you are a vegetarian, ask for a veggie burger by the burger station in the windjammer, and they pulled one out from the back! I was very surprised they had them, and it was very good. Cheese fries were always my favorite, but a lot of the food was mediocre, just like I had read on here prior. At breakfast, we all LOVED the "potato pancakes" I'll call them. It was our favorite thing. The waffles/ pancakes were usually hard as rock. But the fresh fruit was so good. Pizza on the promenade was a disappointment, compared to Carnival's hand tossed pizzas after hours. This was definitely just frozen pizza, but we never had to wait long to get it, and you could have as much as you wanted. Main Dining Room: We all met up for dinner every single night, 5:30 on the bottom deck of the restaurant. My grandpa had it arranged so we always had 2 tables of 10 and 1 table of 4 in line with each other. We never had to wait, and could just walk right in. I know that serving 24 people at once can't be easy, but we would spend almost 2 hours from start to finish in that dining room. It just dragged on forever sometimes it felt like. We had one toddler, and two young children in our group, and the server did a great job at making sure they got their food first and would cut their food up. Our waiter's assistant (I am so bad with names, clearly) was always singing, and constantly filling up our water which was nice. There was always a main vegetarian course for me, but the appetizers sometimes lacked in meat-less options (besides a fresh fruit platter) which was disappointing. The crème-brulee was my favorite dessert, and the tomato & mozzarella appetizer was so delicious I finished it before he remembered to bring the balsamic reduction for it. No entrees really stood out to me. It was fun to move around the tables and sit by different family every night. Common Areas : There was plenty of pool space, hot tubs, and lounge chairs. Then again, we were cruising to Canada, so the weather wasn't always swimming weather, although that did not stop some people. We had two very hot days, and I had no problem finding room in the pool, or a lounge chair. On days at sea, or at night, things seemed to get so crowded. It would be hard to find a table at lunch in the windjammer, or find somewhere to stand to play trivia. Our absolute favorite place to meet up was The Duck & Dog Pub on the main promenade. We would end up pulling a bunch of tables together every time we saw a family member walk by. We would just talk and drink until midnight, or until the live music stopped and the cleaning started, and they were basically hinting for us to leave. Boleros had decent music most of the time. My great uncle loved getting down with whoever would get down with him. We were not a fan of the piano man in the Schooner Bar, but maybe that's just preference. One night the Adventure of the Seas orchestra was playing in the Imperial Lounge, and our whole family went and listened, while my grandparents danced. That was so lovely, and the orchestra was very good. It took us until about day 5 to find the card room hidden by the imperial lounge, which was a nice little spot. The gym was very, very large for a cruise ship (I thought). I only cut a star off from the rating because some machines were out of order, and there was no place to stretch/ do ab exercises, but maybe these are minor things. The casino was definitely out dated, just like I read on here. A lot of older machines. Everyone else in my family was winning while I lost all my money! It took us all week to find the Blue Moon Bar, which is deck 14, because there's only specific elevators that take you there. That was a bust. We thought there would be live music, but there seemed to be not much going on, and not many people there. The craziest thing was on the 4th of July. They claimed there would be a "party". What it really was half the ship crowding shoulder to shoulder on the promenade and up and down each floor by the elevators. My sister's and I really wanted to find a spot, but you just couldn't breath... couldn't walk. It was so awful, and definitely breaking a lot of security hazards/ rules. I ended up sitting at Boleros with some family while my sisters managed to get a video of the balloon drop. Not worth it, and disappointed there isn't a better way to let everyone enjoy it. One night there was a "party" on the promenade with the live band that played by the pool. This was the most fun we had all cruise for sure. Our whole family spent the night dancing and doing line dances. The entertainment team did a great job directing it and teaching us dances. The band was really good too. We were all sweating by the end of the night. Wish they did something like this every night! Shows: I will start with the ice-skating show. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, since this is something special to Royal Carribean, and I've never seen it before. The show was very confusing, and didn't have much a story line it seemed like. I was an ice skater, and understand mistakes can happen, but almost every performance had a stumble/ fall. Some of them were good though. The main shows seemed like such a disaster to me. I never thought Carnival's shows were anything special (you aren't watching a Broadway show after all), but after this I think Carnival shows were amazing. The costumes were extremely tacky, the dancers didn't seem synched at all, and the singers weren't all that good. I was bored during most of them. Big disappointment. I only saw previews of the comedians during the "Welcome" and "Farewell" shows. I did not go to any of their actual shows, but my cousins said they were funny. I peeked into the Quest game show, but was very confused. My sisters saw it from the beginning so they understood what was going on, and they said it was the funniest thing. Disembarkation : It was pretty smooth, but of course as soon as we get in line to disembark the ship, they halted the line because they were over capacity in the port with everyone trying to find their luggage and go through customs. Once it started moving, we were at our car in 15 minutes. Overall: I am really not one to complain, and like to see the best in the situation, but it's hard when I have mostly cruised on Carnival, and kept comparing everything to Carnival. Carnival is better in certain instances, Royal Caribbean is better in some instances. A lot of the workers just looked miserable, the ships layout is set up strangely, the food was just okay, the shows weren't good, and the common spaces filled up very quickly. But they did have so many fun things to do if you're into that. I didn't have time to do the rock climbing wall, go ice skating, the wave rider, or mini golf, but the kids in our group had such a fun time on these activities , that make Royal Caribbean special. Some parts of the ship are really beautiful. The 3-level dining room is immaculate, and the marble staircase leading up to deck 4 is great for pictures. I wish the ship had a theme, because it didn't seem like it had one. Everything was just random. I am not going to say you shouldn't go on this cruise, but I personally would pick Carnival for a future cruise! Personal preference! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple ... Read More
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple exceptions. The biggest is the food, specifically the Main Dining Room. The service was good as expected, but the quality of the food was very poor. We gave it three tries before giving up and just going to the Windjammer for every meal. The Windjammer was a typical buffet fare. They have a themed section each evening for dinner along with a standard selection that never changed. The only negative to the buffet is when you go for 3 meals a day for 7 days in a row it does get very repetitive. It seems very obvious that Royal has decided to cut back majorly on the main dining room in an effort to push people into the specialty dining restaurants that have a rather large cover charge to them. When you're paying over $100 per person per day you'd expect some decent food to be included, but instead Royal wants you to pay another $40+ per person per day on top of that. You will not go hungry on the cruise, but edible does not mean good! The second negative for us was entertainment. We only were able to see a few shows because almost everything is done at night and traveling with kids that just didn't work out. The only daytime show they do is the ice skating show on one of the sea days. The two shows we did manage to make that started early evening were okay. The performers themselves were good, but the material was kind of meh. Our daughter was 9 which put her into the oldest group for Adventure Ocean with is the 9-11 year old range. She really enjoyed it and wanted to go to it more than doing the other activities on the ship like the rock climbing wall and water slides. A third issue was ship maintenance and the elevators. Several things were broken throughout the cruise. For example one of the water slides, some of the elevators, and the Freestyle Coke machines were hit or miss. Speaking of the Freestyle Coke machines, they charge you an 18% gratuity to fill your own cups in the machine, the least they could do is keep the things stocked. A day didn't go by that a machine we used had things missing. The staff throughout the ship were all good. Didn't have any issues with anyone at all. Ports of call on this itinerary are a mixed bag. The highlight is Bar Harbor because of the easy access to Acadia National Park plus the scenery is beautiful. Saint John New Brunswick offers some interesting sites if you're willing to pay for a tour or rent a car. Portland Maine and Halifax were the weak points particularly if you're looking to do a self-guided tour. Halifax does have a couple interesting museums though. Embarkation/Debarkation were pretty quick and painless. The only negative here is the location. Everywhere around Cape Liberty is pretty depressed/run down. Definitely not an area you want to walk around in at all. NYC offers a lot to see and do if you've never been there before, just be aware that it takes a very long time to get anywhere and prices are sky high for everything. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Transfer from airport: •The lady who met me at luggage was super nice... Once I found her. She was sitting slouched up against the pole with her Royal Caribbean sign tilted towards the ground. I almost missed her. •The man who ... Read More
Transfer from airport: •The lady who met me at luggage was super nice... Once I found her. She was sitting slouched up against the pole with her Royal Caribbean sign tilted towards the ground. I almost missed her. •The man who drove the van was just rude. No hello. When a fellow passenger tried to make a joke to lighten the mood he said "what's that supposed to mean?" in a very rough voice. He also cut across several lanes of traffic at a time. His low fuel light was on, his check engline light was on, his low tire pressure light was on. I'm honestly surprised we made it to the ship in one piece. Wish he had given his name because I would've listed it here. Embarkation: • They made me take a new photo because my hair color "changed." My hair color has been the exact same for two years. •They crammed us into these rows of hard plastic chairs to wait. The rows were very awkwardly facing each other. The chairs were also so close together that, were you any bigger than a toothpick, you were uncomfortably encroaching on the space of others. •Many of the workers here were very rude. They yelled at people who were saving seats for family members or friends because they didn't want to get separated from those people. The employees were adamant they couldn't have any open chairs, even if the person had already been sitting there and just went to the bathroom. •When it was time to get on the ship, the lady came to our two rows facing each other, made the motion to stand, and then proceeded to yell at one of the rows to sit back down because it was only one row at a time. On the ship: •The staff was day and night different from that in the port. The staff on board was amazing. Nearly everyone we encountered was willing to go above and beyond to make sure passengers were happy. The sail away party was awesome. •The main dining room had delicious food and wonderful staff. We had Antonio as our waiter and Ivon as our assistant and they were great. If something was wrong with the food they fixed it in a jiffy. If you simply didn't like what you were having they were adamant it was no trouble to get you something else. They were truly awesome. •The first latenight comedian was hilarious. Would highly recommend him. The second, not so much. His jokes were very dry. •Invitation to dance was a beautiful show. I'd honestly watch it multiple times. •The pools were good. They were usually pretty packed but that was okay. What I didn't understand was that the adults only pool closed at 8pm and the main pool was open til 11pm. If anything it should've been the other way around. •YOU MUST GO TO JOHNNY ROCKETS. Their food is delicious and well worth the extra $12 bucks. •Our stateroom attendant was excellent. He went by Benny. We had a balcony on deck 8. What I didn't like is the balconies on this floor seemed claustrophobic. They had giant metal walls and a rather tiny opening. I wish the walls hadn't been floor to ceiling and that there had been a way to open our balcony to our family's other room beside us. •The beds/couch were hard as a rock and very uncomfortable to sleep on. You'd think for such an expensive ship the sleeping quarters wouldn't be as hard as the floor. • I wish I would have skipped Justino Zoppe's magic show. He tried to be part magician, part motivational speaker, part comedian. Comedian he definitely is not. Everything he tried to do joke wise was just corny and a flop. The whole room had this awkward energy vibe. If he had just done magic or just done motivational speaking it would've been a great show. But, he needs to pick one instead of trying to be a jack of all trades. Port Canaveral, Florida: •Go to the Kennedy Space Center. It's beautiful and awe inspiring • Do everything you can NOT to get Sylvie as your tour guide if you go. First of all she told us to call her Mommy. That's just too weird. And then she said "Mommy walks fast" and boy did she. She didn't give us any time to actually enjoy the things we were seeing. It was "here's this, and we're moving on, and this and we're moving on." She tried to show us literally everything and that's just not possible in the limited time we had. I much rather would have seen fewer things and really had the time to appreciate it than rushed through from thing to thing without the ability to take it all in. She went way, way too fast. And she didn't even take into consideration the needs of the group. We had older people in our group with mobility issues who were struggling very hard to keep up. She also told us we would have 20 minutes for lunch and then only gave us 10. We had just sat down with our food and she was telling us we needed to go. Royal Caribbean needs to request that she's not given as a tour guide for their excursion groups. Coco Cay: • We rented a Bungalow for the day on what is supposed to be a luxurious and relaxing private island. The bungalows are placed in a *known* tidal area where the water gets extremely hot while the tide is out because there aren't any waves during that time. It was honestly less hot to walk on the sand that wasn't in the water. Extremely uncomfortable. Should've saved our money and stayed on the boat. Highly disappointed with that. Nassau: •Beautiful island. The water was much more like what I was expecting in Coco Cay. Relaxing and refreshing. I recommend scheduling an excursion to a private beach, though. The areas you can get to on foot are all very tourist trappy and you have all kinds of locals yelling at you to buy their things. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went on a cruise with about 9 of us to celebrate our in-laws anniversary. I went in with no expectations. Let me go through each thing line by line. This again is my opinion. I've never cruised before, please take that into ... Read More
We went on a cruise with about 9 of us to celebrate our in-laws anniversary. I went in with no expectations. Let me go through each thing line by line. This again is my opinion. I've never cruised before, please take that into account. Crew: Just amazing. I can't speak well enough about them. If we had been on a garbage barge, these people would have made it great. And not just a few people. EVERYONE went out of their way to make us feel not only at home but part of a family. It never once felt forced or fake. Cabin: Our cabin was big enough and the view was fantastic, but cabinet doors were broken on our mini-fridge, there were stains on the couch and we could hear everything in the cabin next door. Our steward Olivia did an excellent job of turn down service and we wanted for nothing but the room felt like it had been around the block a few times. Also there are literally two single outlets in the entire room. Dining: I know. This is supposed to be the height of the cruise experience but I almost felt like the sheer amount and choice of food came at the expense of quality. Steaks were just okay, Things seemed overcooked to be safe or salted up. Burgers were mealy. I'd rather have less food and just have it be really good. I know I'm in the minority here. Drinks were good but they add up and drink packages do to. And a $15 corkage fee on wine we bring in with us? Really? Top Deck/Pool: It's a zoo on a hot day. No other way to say it. Chairs are just packed in and the smoking sections definitely go past the borders. Picture a mall food court at dinner time and you have the idea. There are other decks that are less crowded, but when we were there, some passengers brought out a boombox and started playing whatever they liked out loud like it was the Jersey Shore. Evening activities: Again, the staff really excels. Some really fun stuff, especially the trivia and game shows. I'm not really into theater but I heard good things from family. Excursions: These were okay. I wish we had known we would only have about 4 hours at Universal or I don't think we would have done it. Dolphin swimming was nice. Cococay was great, but we had a cabana. Otherwise it would have also been a zoo. Staff there was first rate yet again. Value: This is the part that kind of just feels icky. The upsell on everything just gets old. Want a better dinner? upsell. Want drinks? upsell. Want SODA? yep, that's an upsell too. Tour of the kitchen? 35 bucks. And to top it off, there are always these kind of tacky QVC type sales for stuff; perfume, watches, colored stone jewelry, really bad art. It just feels shady and tacky. Overall, I don't think I'm the type of person who is a cruiser. Not enough time in port, meals that are big but feel hollow and a kind of shopping mall type consumer experience. That being said, the evening activities and the staff made this more enjoyable than I ever thought It was going to be. Please don't think I'm being arrogant or disparaging to RC. I think they do a very admirable job, but I don't think I'll be going back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Went on Royal Caribbean before. Overall, it was a good vacation with lots to eat and drink. We got what you might expect from a cruise. We had a great time at the NASA space center and The Atlantis resort. The Atlantis tickets we did buy ... Read More
Went on Royal Caribbean before. Overall, it was a good vacation with lots to eat and drink. We got what you might expect from a cruise. We had a great time at the NASA space center and The Atlantis resort. The Atlantis tickets we did buy ourselves and took a taxi over. It was much cheaper and was able to spend more time in the park. The whole crew was very friendly and will work hard to please. We booked an owners suite which was very big and nice for three people. I would recommend booking one of the 'suites' as you get many extras. Select pool areas on the boat and at Coco Cay, special seating at shows, early departure and best of all the suite lounge. Many items I believe are overpriced such as the excursions, the internet package, high-end restaurants and many items sold in the shops on board. Overall, I felt better excursions could have been offered and I have gotten much better deals with more of an 'experience' on vacations in Mexico and Punta Cana. The drinks are very strong which seems good early on but the quality in taste was lacking. I found myself telling bartenders how to mix drinks(amounts). The dining times, and main dining was very confusing and had long lines at times. We signed up for 'My time' but we were put in different areas on some nights and they let people just walk in and sit where they wanted. I know it's a cruise and they want to please but when you have long lines you have to say 'no' to someone that just plops themselves anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Family vacation and close to home without flying to a port. Traffic was an hour to enter port which was terrible. When we finally got on the ship it was almost time time to leave so I would not choose Bayonne to ever leave out of again. ... Read More
Family vacation and close to home without flying to a port. Traffic was an hour to enter port which was terrible. When we finally got on the ship it was almost time time to leave so I would not choose Bayonne to ever leave out of again. Felt a bit confused of where to go or do when we finally got on the ship.Food was average and way too many restaurants they had extra charges. Entertainment was lacking mostly in the day. We have been on many cruises about 14 mostly on Carnival then the last few on Norwegian had tried Royal many years again and didn’t love it but thought we would try again. Probably our last time with Royal. Have to say our waiters at night were the highlight of our teenagers day. Our first night food was terrible seemed much better after that. Lack of tast and quality. But we would have liked to have options and there was so many restaurants that weren’t included even Ben and Jerry’s were extra and Johnny Rockets. We had 10 people with us and to have to pay extra for a little better food would be way to expensive. Entertainment during the day was totally non existent near the pool area. Even at night you had to search for something to do. Also excursions are just not affordable for 10 people. I usually don’t take the time to write reviews but they definitely need to up there game Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I went on this cruise with friends which i usually do so i always go with the flow. The ports such as Bar Harbor were exceptional as was portland maine. The 2 ports in Halifax and New Brunswick in Canada were sub par. New Brunswick was a ... Read More
I went on this cruise with friends which i usually do so i always go with the flow. The ports such as Bar Harbor were exceptional as was portland maine. The 2 ports in Halifax and New Brunswick in Canada were sub par. New Brunswick was a run down town and had absolutely nothing within walking distance. the town was simply boring. Halifax had a decent museum. The dining experience outside of 1-2 nights our service was so so in the main dining room & the my time dining setup was a disaster from the very 1st day. Noone told us until we got to the dining room that you had to make a reservation for my time dining. It got fixed by the 3rd night but by then the damage was already done. the late night food selection was terrible. it was pizza or some cheap excuse for a sandwich. other ships had more food to choose from. the selection was just average. Our cabin attendant was just horrible and kept forgetting to give us towels at least 4 times. We had to ask for them over and over as well as having a poor excuse for a refrigerator. David Curtis who played piano and was hilarious all week with his random singing of the best songs. He kept us busy and often stayed well past his allotted time. Simply put he was the best cruise entertainment i ever saw in the 5 cruises I have been on. He made the cruise for me. Otherwise this ship is dated and not all that exciting. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. I do not like to island hop so we though New England and Canada would be a good experience and for the most part it was. The ship is clean and nice our cabin was a good size and always kept ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. I do not like to island hop so we though New England and Canada would be a good experience and for the most part it was. The ship is clean and nice our cabin was a good size and always kept neat and tidy by out cabin attendant. Entertainment on board was excellent especially the Royal Caribbean Orchestra. Service was good. Dining is where it started to go wrong. We had 7:15 reservations for My Time Dining and always had to wait in line for 15-30 minutes, while those without reservations seemed to get seated quicker. More than once we went on line for those without reservations because of this. It was very chaotic and unorganized being seated in the main dining room. Also, the quality and portion sizes weren't up to par. The lobster was terrible on the last formal night. Very small and dry. Also, its supposed to be a formal night, why were people in the dining room dressed like they were going to the beach. Its just not right. The last night we ate in the Windjammer and were sorry that we hadn't eaten in there every night. There was so much to choose from and it was far less chaotic. The ports of call were good except for St. John's New Brunswick. That was terrible, there was nothing to do while we waited for our shore excursion to the Bay of Fundy and reversing rapids, which was quite a disappointment with a factory staring at us from the other side of the river, spewing smoke. But, as our tour guide kept pointing out, it didn't smell. I have no idea why they even stop there. Boston would have been a much better port of call. Read Less
Sail Date July 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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