3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I wanted to go back to Bermuda after 30 years. The port & itinerary worked well with our schedule. The weather cooperated all week. The ship is showing its age, but it was very well kept. The staff was very attentive. The food was ... Read More
I wanted to go back to Bermuda after 30 years. The port & itinerary worked well with our schedule. The weather cooperated all week. The ship is showing its age, but it was very well kept. The staff was very attentive. The food was delicious & plentiful. The only problem at this time of year was that 500 kids/teenagers were on the ship. The lounge chairs at the 1 pool were difficult to ascertain on sea days unless you went out there at 6am to reserve. The Specialty Restaurants were wonderful & a welcomed change from the Windjammer Buffet. We also took part in the Chef's Table dinner with the Executive Chef. It was top notch. I recommend it to anyone who is a Foodie & likes wine. The staff was very involved with all the guests, since it was a smaller ship. I have been on the Oasis and the Quantum, but I enjoyed the smaller size ship. Unfortunately, the bed was very low in the cabin & was a little difficult for my husband to get up from. Everything in the cabin was clean. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our first cruise so I have nothing to compare it to, but our family of 5, including 3 teenagers, was very satisfied. I was a little apprehensive about Adventure of the Seas based on some reviews saying it was "tired." We ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I have nothing to compare it to, but our family of 5, including 3 teenagers, was very satisfied. I was a little apprehensive about Adventure of the Seas based on some reviews saying it was "tired." We did not find that to be the case at all. We were very impressed with the attention to detail, from the cleanliness of the public areas to the availability of lounge chairs on the decks. Most impressive to me was that when you come back to the ship after a day in port, the air conditioning hits you immediately, and there sits the complimentary water and lemonade right beside you. Impressive. Although a little crowded on sea days, the pools were enjoyed by all. The public spaces, including Royal Promenade, were energetic gathering places. We had great food and service in the main dining room, and we also used the Windjammer buffet frequently. Room service was on time each of the 5 times I used it for breakfast. The Lyric Theater was absolutely gorgeous, much nicer than the Broadway theater in NYC I had been to a few days prior. Entertainment was very good, especially the ice show. The kids took in a couple of movies in the screening room, and we all watched the Olympics opening ceremonies on the outdoor screen. What could have been better? Well, the rooms could use some updating, especially the drapes, carpet and sofa. The Internet was only adequate, and only late in the cruise did we find out that there was a special procedure to log out so another member of your family could log on. Also, our port excursion in St. Kitts did not have working AC in the bus, but RCI gave us 20% off when we brought it to their attention. Next time I will be confident enough to book my own excursions when it makes sense, but 2 out of the 3 ship excursions we booked--St. Lucia and Barbados--were excellent values for the money. Both were provided by Foster Ince. Keep that name in mind. All in all we had a good time and would not hesitate to use RCI in the future. "Well oiled machine" comes to mind when I think of the ship and the crew. The kids are already asking me if we can take another cruise during spring break! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
It had taken me 4 years to do this trip because of mixed reviews that I've read here in cruise critic but my dream of going to Southern Caribbean won. If you're like me, I do recommend to go ahead, read the reviews here but it ... Read More
It had taken me 4 years to do this trip because of mixed reviews that I've read here in cruise critic but my dream of going to Southern Caribbean won. If you're like me, I do recommend to go ahead, read the reviews here but it eventually comes back to you and making your vacation to what you want it to be. Here's my cruise review. This was my 3rd cruise, 2nd in Royal Caribbean, First was Freedom of the Seas and I would say not much of difference except of the flow rider and more specialty restaurant in Freedom of the Seas. Per recommendation, We did arrived in San Juan Thursday and I choose Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel in order for us to do the downtown areas for easy access prior to the cruise then just do the beaches after the cruise so I booked the International Hotel in Isla Verde for after cruise. I did all the online checked in and baggage tags prior to cruise so it was very quick and painless with check in. My travel agency included a VIP access with our cruise for check in so from arrival (12:30pm) in Pan America to boarding, it was 30 mins. We're not a wine drinkers but we put in a couple of bottles of water and few soda bottles in our hand carry back packs and no one stopped us. Our stateroom wasn't open then so were off to Windjammer for our first lunch on ship. I'll say more later about the food. In any case, after eating we went to explore the ship to kill time. After 2pm, the stateroom finally opened but no luggage yet. We had an ocean view and it was small but doable with 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Our suitcases didn't arrived till after we ate dinner in MDR but that didnt stop us from what we wanted to do. We did put away our clothes and shoes in the closet and used the small cabinets for our undergarments, socks, medications and snacks that we brought in with us, just to keep us organize and easy to get ready. Then we put our 4 big suitcases under the bed and one other suitcase in the closet. Cabin: The cabin has a small refrigerator which we put our drink in and we found a bottle of red wine courtesy of Royal Caribbean for our Anniversary. I thought that was nice Since our kids, ages 15/17 years old, didn't really want to swim, we went to explore more and we met our stateroom steward, Angelica. She asked us what our preferred bed arrangement since were 4 in the cabin and asked her if she can put an ice bucket in our room for our drink. This she did for the duration of our trip. The bathroom was extremely small but we managed and there were an on and off sewer smell but I brought in a travel size Lysol spray which we used to take care of the smell. In any case, we were hardly in the room and bathroom so it really didn't matter. My husband and son uses the bathroom/shower in the gym to get ready for dinner which gives them and us, girls, more space. Dining: We ate all our breakfast in windjammer and we were fine with it. I don't know why people complained about there's no variety, I've seen grits, oatmeal, different eggs style (boiled eggs, egg benedict, scrambled, fry hard and omelets station) bacon, sausages, French toast, waffle, pancakes, variety of fruits and yogurts, different types of cereals, hasbrowns, potatoes, corned beef hash and even salsa that i put on my omelet. different type of milk, juices, coffee, water..and there is a bar there if you want to start drinking early. I don't know what else is there for breakfast that people look for. I didn't really eat lunch and dinner in windjammer because we came back late from tours and the pizza ( different types like Hawaiian pizza) in promenade (deck 5) was easier for us to nibble on before the actual dinner and we like the dessert there. In any case, there's a choice of sushi that you can order there as well for a fee. We were planning to order sushi but didnt really had time, just too many things to do. We did all our dinner in MDR (Vivaldi) and one lunch. Like in any restaurant, it's a matter of taste. All I can say is that the food was very good and tasty not excellent, but plentiful. If we were still hungry, our waiter (Johnie and asst waiter) gave us more, even with dessert. We were always full every time we leave. The lobster night( 2nd formal night/curacao night) is a must and our waiter kept offering more till we finally says no more. I actually had a steak and three lobsters that night. That was a happy time for me. I wished I ate more lunch there in MDR, the food was actually good and not crowded at all and they had different themes. There's Ben & Jerry for a fee but we did the free ice cream instead located close to the pool area, a coffee shop for a fee where you can get your specialty starbucks coffee. The coffee in Windjammer and MDR was strong but it was enough for me. We didn't try Johnie Rockets (fee) or room service but its available for a fee in certain hours. There is only one specialty restaurant, Giovanni (fee), which we did try since it came included as a free bonus with our cruise. I'm not a italian food lover but the food there was very good and plentiful for two of us worth the price. We had the scallops, eggplant parmgiana for appetizers, grilled tenderloin and shrimps...so good.. Entertainment: My family did most of it except the ice skating, we were just too tired. The comedienne were very funny, dancers were good and singers. We did the Jester disco couple of times, casino and movie by the pool and we thought it was all good and enjoyable. The cruise director, BAM BAM, I think that's his name was very funny and entertaining. Service: I do think overall, they provided a very good service. From the customer service, to our room steward, waiters and waitresses, There were very few (mostly in Promenade deck 5, coffee shop) that has don't care attitude but I chuck it to having a bad day. Kudos to the windjammer waitress, bus boys/girls, awesome service. Keeps your table clean and ready to serve you. Activities: The captain's welcome party on promenade was so much fun and free champagne, I think its on the first formal night. My kids did the ice skating, roller blading, mini golfing, basketball and rock climbing. Just need for you to sign a waiver and consent. These activities can get very busy early on but we did ours before 11am and at night time and enjoyed it very much. On cruising day, the pool, whirlpool area were full and busy. Games from volleyball and belly flop, etc. were very entertaining but cuts the space for swimming and quiet time for others that just want to relax. Bars: I'm not a drinker but did try few things. The theater bar seemed to get busy really fast on show nights but the coctails were good and depends on the bartender, alcohol can be plenty or water down. Ports: St Thomas--We've been in St Thomas before, so we took our time, ate breakfast and left at 9am, took a cab to Magen's beach. The taxi prices are set ($10 pp on way) and there's a fee for Magen's beach ($5 pp). Magen's beach is very beautiful, but salty, and the shower is salt water. We arrived there before lunch so less people but it did picked up people pretty fast. The changing room/bathroom is okay. I would suggest bringing wipes just to get the salty and sticky feeling from the shower. We brought in our snacks (chips, candies, chocolates) and water container which we filled with ice from the ship to keep us few hours without getting hungry or thirsty. But I think theres places there in Magen's beach that you can get snacks and drinks, we just didnt go around to look for it. The ship will let you fill your container with ice but there is a sign that you can't fill your container with water, but i've seen people do it. There's a beach towel that you can rent from the ship when you get off to take with you and return it when you get back otherwise they charge you $20 per towel. St Kitts--we arranged a tour recommended from tripadvisor, Annie's tours, on same day and met the rep outside the gate. $20 pp included Brimstone Fortress and Frigate Bay beach. The Brimstone Fortress is just like the forts in San Juan, Puerto Rico with awesome view of water and trees. The driver drop us off on the beach, showed us around and we wanted a couple of hours on the beach so the driver left and came back for us with our arranged time. The beach area were nicer than Magen's beach including the shower/changing room and has easy access to a very nice restaurant like bar where people can relax, eat, drink and be comfortable while looking at the beautiful view of the beach. The beach chairs are free but if you want an umbrella or tent like to put your beach chairs in, you have that option for a fee. We were mostly in the water so we just need a chair to put our things in. Aruba-we did a natural tour with ABC tours recommended from Tripadvisor. It was so much fun but not for people who has neck, back problem, or allergy to a dust, dirt. Curacao- We arranged tour with IRIE from tripadvisor but not really recommending it. There really not much to see to this island. Probably better off just hanging around the ship ports for shopping or just beach time. Embarkation: Very organized and easy for us. We ate breakfast, reported to the room where we should be and few mins later, we were walking off the ship. Overall, I do recommend this cruise for the ports and the ship. We didn't want to leave, 7 days was too short for us. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our 18 cruises and our 12th with RCCL/Celebrity. Our last 8 or so cruises have been on Celebrity so we were anxious to see the difference with RCCL.. We choose the Adventure for the interlay, we love the southern caribbean. My ... Read More
This was our 18 cruises and our 12th with RCCL/Celebrity. Our last 8 or so cruises have been on Celebrity so we were anxious to see the difference with RCCL.. We choose the Adventure for the interlay, we love the southern caribbean. My wife and I are both professionals and cruise to be alone and relax. We typically don't go to too many shows and do our own excursions when we are in port. The Ship: The ship is in excellent shape for the years of service. Any report of rust and or shabbiness are great exaggerated. All the public areas are beautiful and they are alway cleaning and fixing things. No issues here. Spa/Gym: Awesome- one of the best gyms at sea I have seen including DB up to 75lbs!! that is huge for a ship. All the cardio and weight equipment worked well. My wife had several things done at the spa and was pleased. Food: The food and service in the main dinning room was always very good and at times- excellent. We had my time dinning but made reservations prior to departing- we never waited for a table. We ate at table 520 and Mario and Addison took great care of us. The food here was at times better then Celebrity and there was always something choose. We also ate in Giovani's one night and it was excellent. We also had breakfast and lunch in the main dinning room- excellent each time. Windjammer- (poor at best) Here is where there needs to be some improvement. The Windjammer should be avoided at all cost!! The food is fine if you like a Buffett style but the layout and the craziness was too much for us. I hate to say this but here Carnival has it all down better. Way better choices and stations with better organization so you aren't running into people as you choose your food. The waiters here are way better then Carnival and will help you with drinks and whatever you need. The layout and organization as well as the food variety (that doesn't really change much all week) needs to be improved. room service breakfast- Poor- we love to eat breakfast in our rooms but the eggs and other selections are very poor and I would say uneatable . The eggs were horrible but if you like coffee and fruit you will be fine. Room- here is my main issue- the room 7380 was supposed to be a superior balcony. The balcony was terrible and the hull closed in on it from al sides. It was at best a over sized window but not a true superior balcony. We really love to use our balcony and get a way from the crowds- we were not able to do so this cruise and it was very displeasing for us. The room over all is larger and has a full sizes couch but is desperate need of updating. the carpet and cabinets are all dated and has a slight oder. Service- we both thought the staff and the bartenders went our of their way to take care of the guest. We really thought they were top notch and we are comparing it to Celebrity. Entertainment- We don't typically go to Cruise shows any longer but prefer the local musical guest. Jess Durrah is great and has a great voice and sound. Please don't miss her if you are on the Adventure anytime before dry dock. Ports: Love St. Martin but the French side is closed up tight on Sundays - so we hung at Great bay - awesome ABC's Great islands all- we snorkeled at each and Bonaire was the best for sea life but Aruba was the best for overall beach experience. We arranged it all on our own and even did a private trip for (2) at Aruba. It was really great to not be a huge boat full of people in a crowded snorkel spot. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and ship. The Adventure is heading to dry dock and should correct some of the issues I tried to present. If you are on the cruise before that you will be fine. Please don't let the naysayers put a dark cloud on your trip. I would avoid room 7380 unless deeply discounted and I would not go to the Windjammer unless I had to. However, those are our experiences and might not be such an issue on another sail date. Life is short- great the people you love and have a great time!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Had an enjoyable cruise. I feel like Adventure doesn't know if it's a charming smaller ship or one of the mega ships...it's stuck in between. It has a promenade, but no name brand stores (like Michael Kors on Indy). It has a ... Read More
Had an enjoyable cruise. I feel like Adventure doesn't know if it's a charming smaller ship or one of the mega ships...it's stuck in between. It has a promenade, but no name brand stores (like Michael Kors on Indy). It has a Giovanni's Table, but no Chops. It has a cafe, but the pizza place is jammed inside it. I stead of a Karaoke bar, the singing bounced around 3 different locations at multiple start times...weird. Quest was on night 5!? Our C&A event was on day 6!? One too early and one too late it seemed. Overall, the service in the dining room and the bars was excellent and the production acts were OK...not the quality of the larger ships (although the comedians were great). I chose this ship more for the itinerary, and usually prefer Freedom or Oasis class, but I'd do it again because the positives outweighed the speed bumps. I'd never been to Bonaire, Aruba or Curaçao and found something fun to do in each. Privately booked off ship excursions each time because I hate the 30 person ship excursions. St. Maarten is like an old friend...always easy to pass the day, although it was weird that the ship would dock on a Sunday when the shops and restaurants are mostly closed. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and starting point of San Juan. We wanted lots of port days in interesting locations and we planned to extend our trip in PR for few days. Both ideas worked out very well. We were able to visit ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and starting point of San Juan. We wanted lots of port days in interesting locations and we planned to extend our trip in PR for few days. Both ideas worked out very well. We were able to visit several of the tourist sites in NE PR, including Culebra Island and El Yunque rain forest. We had an advantage with Spanish speaking friends, including a San Juan native along. The cruise was even better than we anticipated. Not just the ports, the service was very good, friendly & fun. The Spanish speaking entertainment staff and the dining room staff stand out for excellent service and for just being fun people. The ship is very pretty even though she shows her age a bit. I understand Adventure will get a refurb in October of 2016. The Netherlands Antilles ABC islands are so cool. If you love natural wonders like reefs and caves, cactus and turquoise beaches, you can't beat Bonaire & Curacao. Aruba is cool also, but crowded and a bit spoiled by all the 4x4 riders and other off road craziness. Aruba does have a really cool port area though with excellent shopping & restaurants. There are casinos also, but we didn't partake so I can't review them. One hangup on board was the time spent to disembark. We were called an hour later than was scheduled, then stood on a customs line for 45 minutes. There were a total of 3 customs agents, which likely caused the delay. Not really something that is under RCL's control, but not fun. We used Shoreexcursioneer.com to book excursions on all 4 islands and were not disappointed. The drivers were all great, humorous & well informed. Vehicles were all air conditioned buses or vans in good shape, except on Bonaire when the van started to make a little worrisome noise, although it still chugged along. There are always some folks who love to complain about every little thing on a cruise, but I think for a ship where a balcony room is half the price of of the bigger, badder RCL ships, you can't go wrong. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I read alot of reviews that complained about the food and the service as well as statements that the ship is old and in need of work. OK here is my totally honest opinion from someone who has cruised alot with RCCL and has been on old, new ... Read More
I read alot of reviews that complained about the food and the service as well as statements that the ship is old and in need of work. OK here is my totally honest opinion from someone who has cruised alot with RCCL and has been on old, new and refurbished ships. Firstly let me say that I put the cabin review under that section so please check it out. Overall the ship looks great. It is going in for drydock next month so there will be alot of changes..including relocating the suites lounge to the Royal Crown Lounge adjacent to the Diamond Lounge. Additional interior cabins will be located in the current Lounge area. There will also be new specialty restaurants and the cigar lounge will be replaced (likely with Boleros Latin lounge). There will also be new water slides and a flowrider. Cabins are supposedly getting upgraded as well. This ship however went through a big renovation in 2014 so the ship looks alot better than say the Explorer we went on a few years ago. That ship had rust spots all over the balconies and rust stains on the hull. This ship looks great cosmetically and is well maintained. It also has a fairly new movie screen on deck an the Voom Wifi. The wifi however is spotty. We had terrible service in our cabin in the rear of the ship. It worked better in the middle. Having been on Anthem with it's great wifi, this wasn't great, but at least we were able to text each other and I could check emails. Also the wifi kept asking us to put in our access code constantly which was a pain. At the end of the day I hope they improve this but wifi isn't why I cruise, so I'll forgive it. Alos don't expect to use the RoyalIQ app. This app only works on certain newer ships and does nothing on this ship. Maybe this will change after refurb. Food/Dining Firstly service by waiters and staff in every establishment from Giovannis Table to the main dining room and even the Windjammer and Johnny Rockets were nothing but friendly and helpful. We were on My Time dining so the Main Dining Room waiters were different all the time and were not expecting extra tips from us, but always treated us like they were our regular staff. One exception that drove my wife bonkers was that there is a rule of no flip flops allowed in dining room. Now We get it, they don't want beachwear. However these days women wear these dressy flip flops. She was asked to go change and denied entry by one particular manager. We went and changed, but we watched as dozens...and I mean dozens of women walk in and out of that dining room wearing flip flops, and not the dressy ones my wife has either. If you are going to have a rule and enforce it then do it for everyone. If that is not possible then it is unfair to embarrass one passenger while letting a hundred others get away with it. I read about the Windjammer food being unedible. This was far from the truth. While there are always some hit and miss items in a large buffet setting overall the food was very good. A particular standout was the incredibly good jerk chicken which was well seasoned and spicy. The taco bar was a hit with the kids (although for some strange reason they had it set up backwards with the toppings first then the meat, so people were having to go backwards against the flow of people to prep the food). In the main dining room it was a bit more hit and miss with the food. On Lobster Night I had great lobster tail and rare Prime Rib (ask for sauce on the side or they drown the beautiful meat with their brown gravy) and Grand Marnier Souffle for dessert. All were very good. For Escargot lovers they do a very good Escargot, and it was on the menu every night, despite the menu stating that there is a shortage so they may not be available. I also had great Steak Diane and my daughter loved the fish (forgot which kind). Italian night however was terrible. I had dry Pork Tenderloin and my wife ordered the Eggplant Parm which was like strips of soggy eggplant and tasteless sauce with congealed cheese. She also tried the Shrimp, which came out woefully undercooked. Giovanni's Table is the specialty restaurant next to the windjammer. If you are a suite guest you can have breakfast there every morning and it is very nice. At night the dinner is ..well..wonderful. I'm not kidding though when I say skip lunch if you are eating dinner there at night. There is so much food and they want to bring everything to your table. This was also the only place where I experienced fine wine service. I am in the industry and was impressed with not only the service, but the fine selection of really good wines. Prices BTW are very decent compared to restaurant prices. Entertainment RCCL is also hit or miss sometimes. Overall it was good. They had a terrific comedian and the ice show was great. The bands and the singer/guitar player in the pub nightly were always fun and talented. We skipped the regular nightly shows "featuring the Royal Carribean Singer sand Dancers." They may have been spectacular, but we wanted to do other things those nights. This ship does not have the new programming that some other ships have like the musical Grease. The cruise director Dan Dan grew on me. He wasn't my favorite at first but after seeing him emcee some events (like the belly flop contest) I found he could be quite funny and entertaining. Ports of Call These reviews really have t do with the ports and not reflective on RCCL. St, Maarten -- Great for shopping. We decided to go to Maho Beach by the airport so my daughter's friend could see the planes land. Turns out the beach was destroyed a year ago by a storm and most of the beach is covered by boulders with little sand. This plus the popularity of this destination to watch the airplanes means what little beach is there is is packed. The Sunset bar on the end is rebuilt into a larger place with a huge deck. St. Kitts -- Beautiful island and we went on the Catamaran and BBQ to Nevis through RC. One of the best ship sponsored excursions we've ever done. A great sail past this beautiful island. The crew is fun and plays reggae music while giving you unlimited drinks (Rum Punch, beer, soft drinks). on Nevis they pull up to the beach an you have a BBQ lunch. the food is good but reg fare..hot dogs and BBQ chicken along with some salads. you then swim on this practically deserted beach area before heading back. Antigua -- Probably my least favorite stop. A poor island with few ships visiting per month so you really get assaulted by cab drivers fighting with each other for you business and all sorts of people selling stuff. We took a taxi to Jolly Harbor Beach. The beach itself is white sand and beautiful water, but immediately a homeless guy came up begging for money and people selling all sorts of stuff are a constant. Not a place to sit quietly and we didn't feel it safe to leave our stuff alone. We did rent jetskis at the beach and had a blast with those. We'll just say that normal jetski rules, age restrictions, safety videos/waivers don't apply. The rules were " this button starts the machine and this button stop it and watch out for other jetskis." and off you go...LOL These were also not the slower RCCL Labadee/Coccay jetskis. These suckers did 70 mph+ with two people on them! St. Lucia -- We stayed on the boat here. The island looks beautiful but the concierge told us "if you thought you got accosted at the dock in Antigua wait for St. Lucia." Also there isn't that much to do on the island we wanted to do that you can't do on the other islands. I'm sure others will disagree but that was out opinion. Barbados -- The ship docks at the freight pier which is interesting to see but not pretty like most islands. A lot of industry and investments in the island mean you don't get harassed much and the people are nice. We did the Jungle tour to see the monkeys. This tour is a misnomer. They pick you up in 4x4 open air Land Cruisers so you think you are going on safari, but in reality they drive you across the island to a wildlife sanctuary at feeding time. This place has small deer, turtles (who all seem to be in mating season lol) and other animals. They dump a ton of food in a pile and all the animals come running (the turtles arrive 15 minutes later at top speed, some smoking cigarettes...lol). The monkeys don't actually live there but know when feeding time is. They are great fun to watch. This is a fun tour and great for kids. The animals run free around you. Just don't expect a jungle safari. Overall this was a great trip and we had a lot of fun. Much of the negative reviews seem unfounded but I guess it is those individual's experiences, just as this review is mine. I did find that having stops everyday was a bit tiring. I like days at sea and this cruise only had one. In fact most of the islands were so close together the ship traveled at 6-8 knots and often in long lazy circles around islands because they only had to travel 50 miles and had 14 hours to do it. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I have been on over 30 Royal Caribbean cruises! Diamond Plus! I have been on many other cruise lines. Overall ,I feel that Royal Caribbean gives you the best experience ,and value for your money. I do prefer the Oasis and ... Read More
I have been on over 30 Royal Caribbean cruises! Diamond Plus! I have been on many other cruise lines. Overall ,I feel that Royal Caribbean gives you the best experience ,and value for your money. I do prefer the Oasis and Quantom class ships. I have been on the adventure on two previous sailings. We picked the Adventure of the seas for its great itinerary ! We have sailed the east and west routes many,many,many times! So, we decided to do back to back sailings ,and experience all the great southern ports of the Caribbean. 14 days! The Good! The crew makes this ship! Take this fantastic crew off the ship and I would give it 2 stars! Starting with the Captain, who is a man that we have met onboard the Enchantment of the seas . He remembered my wife and I ,and acknowledged our engagement ! Very personable ,and professional . I would also like to acknowledge Martin, our waiter in the dining room who made it a pleasure to eat there ,even though I didn't care for the food ! Manny ,the bartender in the casino served you with a smile, made great drinks ,and made you feel like you were sitting at a local bar ,and not an essembly line. Very good room attendant ,who took care of us for two weeks. The ship itself is showing its years, but makes up for it with great ports and staff! The Bad! Embarkation was slow, unorganized , and needs improvement ! My biggest complaint were the BEDS! Hard ,and very uncomfortable ! We spent the most part of our second day trying to fix this problem! Crew tried a topper ,which didn't help , and finally swapped the bed out with a mattress usually found in suites ,on this class ship. Again, I have to commend the crew who worked the problem to a successful solution. Many people that I talked to , all had the same complaints about the beds. Royal need to replace these beds! They are terrible! Been on many other ships and never had this problem. The other room problem is the plumbing! No cold water! Food in the dining room was usually not hot, or tasty . Needs improvement! If it wasn't for the exceptional service by Martin our waiter, I would of ate in the Windjammer! Entertainment was fair to good! I'm spoiled by the exceptional shows found on the Oasis class Ships! El Goucho , needs to retire! Great comedians! Enjoyed the singers and dancers! Especially the ballroom couple. Ports One better then the next ,and my favorite Barbados! If you want clear blue water, and powder soft white sand go to the boatyard! Overall, We had a great time time! I would recommend this ship to anyone wanting to visit some of the best ports in the Caribbean ! It's hard for a 18 year old ship to compete with some of the newer ships out there, but where she lacks in Hi Tech amenities ,and entertainment ,she makes up for it with a great staff, and the best itineraries in the Caribbean . Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
I have cruised Carnival and I hear RC is a step above and not so much the "party ship" that Carnival can be. This was geared more to an evened-out age group all around. It was enjoyable, the staff was attentive, food was pretty ... Read More
I have cruised Carnival and I hear RC is a step above and not so much the "party ship" that Carnival can be. This was geared more to an evened-out age group all around. It was enjoyable, the staff was attentive, food was pretty good. The ship was in need of some updating. Rooms were dated (we had a balcony room) and some of the hall ways wreaked of dampness as there were, apparently, plumbing leaks in some rooms. We especially loved our dinner crew and the shows were pretty decent. We have booked another cruise for this coming Fall 2017 with some friends. The ship had some updating so we will see what changes they have made. I do recommend that you seek private excursions as they are a bit less and you can often get more for your money. We love cruising and plan one at least once every year. Bon Voyage! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
We choose this cruise because my daughter and her boyfriend were going and we decided to join them. The cruise itself was very good. We had not been to a couple of the islands so it was really nice. The port was not in old san juan which ... Read More
We choose this cruise because my daughter and her boyfriend were going and we decided to join them. The cruise itself was very good. We had not been to a couple of the islands so it was really nice. The port was not in old san juan which was dissapointing cause there is absolutely nothing to do at this port except get on the ship which I guess was ok seeing we have been to old San Juan several times. This ship is in great need of a face lift which it is suppose to get after this cruise. It is a very very large ship and just kind of clutter up with crap. The middle of the ship has a promenade where entertainment and independent restaurants are. It was a mess there were so many people you could not even walk 20 feet we were like sardines in a can. We finally gave up and turned around and went back to our cabin. We never did make it to the end of the ship until the last day. They are doing an overhaul on this ship and adding more specialty restaraunts and water slides and more kids stuff ..great just what I like NOT!!! I think at this point I am over RC don't think we will be sailing with them real soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I went on a cruise with my best friend and I in one room and my dad and his girlfriend in another. We sailed out of San Juan and were droven directly to the port from the airport. Embarkation was smooth and only took about 30 minutes from ... Read More
I went on a cruise with my best friend and I in one room and my dad and his girlfriend in another. We sailed out of San Juan and were droven directly to the port from the airport. Embarkation was smooth and only took about 30 minutes from the moment we dropped off our luggage until the moment we entered the ship(we arrived around 2pm). We were running away from the huricane the whole cruise so we stopped at at 6 ports(they added St-Croix and St-Maarten a second time). The captain did an amazing job because we never saw the bad weather, we had sunshine and no rain at every island. The ship was well decorated, I have been on Carnival, Princess and Costa before but chose Royal this time because my dad and his girlfriend were Emerald class so we recieved a discount rate. The pool areas were well located(we never once had to look for a chair, we always found some that were free). You could either lounge at the main pool where the action is or at the adults only pool at the back which had cushions on the long chairs and less noise. Thats where we spent most of our time so that we could read. We both had inside cabins and they were exactly what I was expecting. A nice add on was that there was a pull out curtain seperating the beds and the living area, that way when I was getting ready for dinner, my friend could nap without having the bright light in his face. Dining was good, lots of variety for breakfast, lunch was average(but we ate on island most days), and dinner had a good variety that we enjoyed. The only difficulty we had was when ordering meat, they had trouble with medium well/medium ect. The shows were good and there were walk on and off comedians throughout the cruise. We really enjoyed the ice skating show which was a first for me(never seen this on other companies). We really enjoyed the café that was open 24/7 in the Royal Promenade. They always had fresh cookies, sweets, sandwhiches and pizza and this is where we got our mid day and late night snacks. We also used the room service options and Royal was the company who had the most in room dining options compared to past cruises Ive done. The staff was friendly and always willing to help. Our room steward was amazing and re-made our beds while we were at dinner(after our afternoon naps) Our two favorite islands were St-Maarten and St-Thomas. We went to St-Maarten twice because of the hurricane and we had a family member who lived there who brought us to the best beaches. We didnt stop in St-Lucia due to the storm so they brought us to St-Kitts and it was dissapointing. Apparently the island hadnt had any cruises stop in in over 4 months due to high crime rates so they were not ready for us. The beach near the cruise port was not very nice, after paying 10$ for a chair the bar tender advised us to be careful for sea urchins as there were alot of them.. We ended up staying 20 minutes and going back on the ship. I would definetely cruise with Royal again although there prices tend to be higher then other companies. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Great itinerary for this 8 day cruise. ABC's, Antigua, and St. Maarten. The ports were good and it was our first time making it that far south. Very nice. We had a great time. The cabins served the purpose for us. Nothing special but ... Read More
Great itinerary for this 8 day cruise. ABC's, Antigua, and St. Maarten. The ports were good and it was our first time making it that far south. Very nice. We had a great time. The cabins served the purpose for us. Nothing special but worked fine. Food and service were good. Service was less than average with our initial waiter in the main dining room and he was not very friendly, so we asked for a change. From the second day on, our waiter was excellent! It seemed that the portions may have been smaller and not as many selections in the main dining room, but it was still good. The buffets for lunch and dinner were good, quite a few selections. As for entertainment, I would like to see a few more of the game type shows. They tend to be a lot of fun. Royal Caribbean does seem to be trying to cut costs in certain ways, but it still seemed to be a good deal for the money. I am sure all the cruise lines are doing this. On a side note, the ship was going in for renovation after this cruise. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our sixth cruise but our first with Royal Caribbean. Also, the ship was by far the biggest on which we have sailed. We were aware that the ship is an older one, and that right after our cruise she would be going into dry dock ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise but our first with Royal Caribbean. Also, the ship was by far the biggest on which we have sailed. We were aware that the ship is an older one, and that right after our cruise she would be going into dry dock for repairs and refurbishing, so we were prepared to have some things be sub-par. Well, we were very fortunate because overall, our experience was fantastic. We had a balcony room on Deck 6, which was very comfortable, had none of the plumbing issues about which we had been warned, and met our needs completely. Lots of storage space, great beds, excellent care from Reggie. We chose the early dinner seating and there, too, everything was excellent. The food was very good, the waiters took good care of us, and we lucked out with our six table companions. We ate in the Windjammer Cafe for breakfast and lunch most days, and four the selection and quality there to be very good as well. One day, we had lunch at Johnny Rockets (extra cost but not much) and loved it. Sure, it's just burgers, but they were really good, the service was great, it was all-you-can eat, the music was fun, and the atmosphere a hoot. We loved that there is a pool for ages 16 and up - not because we dislike being around children and teens, but because that particular pool did not have music playing, so it was restful and quiet. We enjoyed skating on the ice rink and watching the ice show one evening. We also went to two of the dance/music shows, and they were pretty good. I thought the ice show was better. In spite of the ship being so huge, getting around was fairly easy because of the interactive touch screens on every deck near the elevators/stairs. Perhaps this is the norm on ships nowadays (it has been 9 years since our last cruise) but it was our first experience with them and it helped me a lot (I have no sense of direction). This was our first trip with a balcony and I have to admit we loved it. If you're not into constant activity and music and noise, but like a quiet environment in which to talk and read, having your own balcony is marvelous. We spent a fair bit of the second at sea day there, and at least a bit of time on most days. That said, there are so many lounges on this ship that with some effort, you can probably find a quiet spot. The library, for example. It doesn't have a huge selection of books but there are some, and it has lots of seating. I took off one star for two reasons. I was disappointed with the extra fees for some activities on the ship. I thought the drink packages were ludicrously expensive. And we did the galley tour/lunch at Giovanni's combination, and I hope the food in that restaurant is better at dinner because I was not that impressed. If it hadn't been for the galley tour I would have been pretty miffed to spend $35.00 on that meal. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We have always sailed on the larger and newer ships and did not know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised by the upkeep of this ship. The entire staff was the most attentive and friendly of any ship we have sailed on. We would ... Read More
We have always sailed on the larger and newer ships and did not know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised by the upkeep of this ship. The entire staff was the most attentive and friendly of any ship we have sailed on. We would definitely sail on this ship again. We were supposed to be one of the first sailings after dry dock but they were still working on installing the flow rider and had not opened the new Chops restaurant. All of the food was very good especially when we dined in the main dining room for breakfast and lunch . The windjammer was very busy in the mornings so after the first day we decided to eat breakfast in the MDR . They had a good selection of food in a more relaxed and slower pace. Lunch in the MDR also featured their great salad bar as well as menu offerings. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The service was excellent. No matter who you talked to or what they were doing, the staff on board were happy and eager to help. The food was plentiful and good; service in the Dining Room was exceptional Loved the frozen yogurt ... Read More
The service was excellent. No matter who you talked to or what they were doing, the staff on board were happy and eager to help. The food was plentiful and good; service in the Dining Room was exceptional Loved the frozen yogurt cones available for free on the pool deck. Embarkation was quick -- we've been on one (Royal) cruise before, and had "gold" status, so we got to got through a much quicker line. Not sure why more people don't have this status, as tonnes of people seem to have cruised more often than we have! Cabin (basic oceanview with balcony) was in good condition, though needs refurbishment -- likely one of the cabins that got neglected due to the hurricane. We booked our own shore excursions, and had no trouble with that. Enjoyed the variety of ports -- 2 in the Virgin Islands, 2 in the Dutch Antilles. Enjoyed the art auctions, else didn't participate too much in the on-board activities. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We chose this cruise because of the ports. I was really looking forward to the above average food that i had heard about. Our food was just OK. The flavor was always the same. Nothing exciting.. and not easily accessible . I guess we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports. I was really looking forward to the above average food that i had heard about. Our food was just OK. The flavor was always the same. Nothing exciting.. and not easily accessible . I guess we were used to burgers/pizza on the Lido deck on Carnival The ship was going through a refurbishment. We were really excited about the waterslide but, it didn't open until after our cruise. We were able to watch the flow rider, but didn't participate, we didnt realize it was even open till end of our cruise. Our table servers were awesome!!! Chin, and Gumilar, made our trip! We shopped in St Thomas & went to the free resort @Emerald Bay.. Both were awesome. St Kitts we walked to Ferry and rode to Nevis. We hired a van and toured island. $60.00 for 3 of us. We went to the Hot Springs.. Nevis is beautiful. Had a great day at sea by the pool and also a Couples Hot Stone Massage. Curacao we did the jet ski/snorkle trip. We saw a sunken tugboat. I highly recommend this. Then when we got back to ship we hired another driver $60.00 for a shorter tour. he took us to to Curacao Liqueur Distillery, this was a neat place, then to a fire department. ( my husband is a fireman) and also to an Fort Nassau, where we had an awesome view. Also a good tour for our money. In Aruba we rented a jeep by the ship and toured the island. We went to the old Natural Bridge. We toured the island, did some off roading, on the beach. We drove to the Southern part of the island and found a beach. On the way back to the ship we did some shopping! This island is beautiful! This was a great day. If the food would have been better and more accessible this would have been a perfect trip. We had a deluxe cabin. Our room and cabin guy was great! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
My husband and I took this cruise with another couple as a winter get-away from the weather in the Pacific Northwest! The 3,600 passenger ship was in pristine condition and the crew were excellent. This type of trip at holiday time was ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise with another couple as a winter get-away from the weather in the Pacific Northwest! The 3,600 passenger ship was in pristine condition and the crew were excellent. This type of trip at holiday time was obviously one for family groups; we saw numerous extended families who found the amenities on board lots of fun in a confined arena of a cruise ship. Our shore excursions were well staffed and interesting. I recommend the zip line tour to anyone who is still moderately fit and wants to try something a bit adventuresome! At age 66/68 my husband and I enjoyed it immensely. We took at special tour of the ship's dining preparation center (kitchen) and it was fascinating; afterwards, 100 of us were treated to a champagne lunch prepared by the head Chef and introduced to his staff. The staff and passengers spoke English and Spanish as well as a few other languages. There were good packages for wifi and drinks, etc. If you are a shopper in jewelry or paintings, this is the cruise for you. Jewelry on the ship, in the port towns, everywhere! The RC staff at port of embarkation and debarkation were excellent and the process was well run. RC also provided all necessary paperwork via email ahead of time and were very helpful on phone and via email. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Chose this cruise because of a group going. There were 35 of us and we made the most of it. We were the Sailing Hippies and on Monday night at the 70's Dancing in the Street Party we all dressed as Hippies and had a ball!! Will ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of a group going. There were 35 of us and we made the most of it. We were the Sailing Hippies and on Monday night at the 70's Dancing in the Street Party we all dressed as Hippies and had a ball!! Will be nice when the ship finishes it refurbishing......a few signs of wear still. Wish Chops had of been open, favorite place to eat. The attendants did what they could with what they have. Dining was typical of Royal Caribbean lately. Sorry to say it has gone down in Quality in the last few years. Nothing special in MDR. Great burgers in Johnny Rockets, as well as the burgers at lunch in Windjammer. Loved the ports. Felt safe to adventure out. Took several tours of islands and enjoyed learning about the locals. But it is what you make of it. We still had a great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My husband and I went with 7 other people. We both enjoyed the cruise,but have a few complaints. The first night in the dining room our whole group had the same meal. We all ordered steak. The steak was like shoe leather and we all ... Read More
My husband and I went with 7 other people. We both enjoyed the cruise,but have a few complaints. The first night in the dining room our whole group had the same meal. We all ordered steak. The steak was like shoe leather and we all complained about it. The food in the Windjammer was just okay nothing to write home about. Our room was 8601 and sounded like we were in a washing a machine half the time due to water pipes on the other side of the wall. I complained about it several times, and asked why it was so loud. Never got a answer. I found out about the pipes when a closet door was left open in the hall way. The service was great. We had Christopher Taylor as our attendant for the room. Sonny Herrera and Natalia Kuznetsova for our servers in the dining room . Both of them were great and really enjoyed all of them. We really couldn't find a quiet place to sit outside due to the VERY loud music everywhere. Was disappointed in not being able to sit out on the deck do to the music. Ports of calls were okay, each port had the same thing and shops, only difference each port got more expensive. We did do a couple of tours but found it was cheaper to wait till you got to port than trying to book them on the ship. Also going a few blocks into the town tours and taxis were cheaper. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was week two of our back 2 back cruises. We love the southern itinerary, the islands are so beautiful and each is so different. As many times that we have been to them we always find some area that we have not seen before, As for the ... Read More
This was week two of our back 2 back cruises. We love the southern itinerary, the islands are so beautiful and each is so different. As many times that we have been to them we always find some area that we have not seen before, As for the Adventure itself, it was in drydock but all upgrades were not done to weather and some areas still need attention with repairs still in progress. Our inside cabin was updated with new carpet and room was clean. All staff were great and friendly. As for dining -main dinning room !st seating- great service food was good sometimes only warm selection good, Windjammer again food at times only warm at breakfast never had a piece of bacon that had the fresh cooked taste usually old and greasy. Long lines at omlet stations. With all the problems we would book this ship and itinerary again Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Ten friends, my wife, and I did a back-to-back cruise on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, January 28 - February 4, 2017. Two weeks. If you can afford it, do it. After awhile the cruise becomes more than a vacation - it's ... Read More
Ten friends, my wife, and I did a back-to-back cruise on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, January 28 - February 4, 2017. Two weeks. If you can afford it, do it. After awhile the cruise becomes more than a vacation - it's a way of life. We chose a stateroom with a balcony on Deck 8. Wonderful. So relaxing for reading, or just looking at and listening to the ocean. Dining on Royal Caribbean does leave something to be desired. Food in the cafeteria (the "Windjammer") isn't bad, and the specialty restaurants are quite good, too. But dinner in the main dining room is a gastronomic ordeal. The appetizers aren't too bad, although seafood soups are salty and very fishy tasting. The main entrées, however, just aren't good. Pork and beef dishes are usually tough. Pasta dishes are pasty. Almost nothing tastes the way you'd expect it to. The food is always presented well, but they need to work on preparation, unless Royal Caribbean is making a concerted effort to steer you to the specialty restaurants, which is a distinct possibility. One last comment on the food - you're not going to go hungry. Entertainment on the Adventure varies. I rarely enjoy the "production" shows with the ship's singers and dancers. "Headliner" entertainment, i.e., outside entertainers, are always fun and usually good, particularly the comedians. Live music on the ship is outstanding. One night the ship's orchestra did a 45-minute Big Band show. Absolutely wonderful. There's plenty of trivia, which we enjoy, and other games. The Adventure recently added two water slides. Loved 'em. The ship features a wide promenade on Deck 5 with food, shops, and activities. The more time I spent there, the more I liked it. Service on Royal Caribbean is second to none, and this was particularly true on our recent cruise. More than professional, courteous, etc., staff and crew are sincerely friendly. They get to know you, joke with you, stop and talk. Overall I would rate our cruise in the high 80's. I've said enough about dinner in the dining room. In addition, there's a continuing effort to squeeze every nickel and dine from you. Drinks on-board are very expensive, in an effort to push you towards buying a drink package. On-board movies are generally for children; an adult's alternative is renting a high-priced film in the stateroom. From everything I've seen, however, this is a trend among all cruise lines. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean International and my 6th cruise, period. Overall, I was very impressed, especially with the staff. They were by far the highlight of the trip. From the friendly faces at the Café Promenade who ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean International and my 6th cruise, period. Overall, I was very impressed, especially with the staff. They were by far the highlight of the trip. From the friendly faces at the Café Promenade who helped me wake up every morning with my cappuccino, to the excellent spa masseuses who did our couples massage, to the bartenders and the first-rate dinner staff, and last, but not least, our cabin steward, the employees of this ship were what made this cruise so special. The ship itself is very nice, if showing its age a bit. The door to our balcony creaked a lot and it really bothered my wife, less so me. I actually liked how the cabin was laid out, there was plenty of room for our things, and we took others' advice and brought magnetic hooks which were a boon in terms of letting us hang things up. The TV offerings were fairly routine, but I don't tend to watch much TV on a cruise, anyway. Some highlights were the many bars, Johnny Rockets (superb!), the spa (thanks to Sophia Le Roux), the water slides, the jogging track, the Café Promenade (as previously mentioned), and the great ports of call. We opted for the UP (unlimited beverage package) and took full advantage of it. It was on sale for 30% off when I pulled the trigger and was well worth it. I tried lots of new, different drinks as well as trusty favorites. The bartenders were great, especially Randeer at the Solarium Bar as well as Luz at the pool bar. We met some fantastic fellow travelers, including some Canadians (French- and English speaking), Norwegians, British and of course other Americans. Embarkation was excellent, although because of our arrival time, we had to hit the muster drill before we even got inside the ship. We had a terrible time getting down to San Juan but that isn't RCI's fault. There are so many things to do on a cruise ship, we didn't have time for it all. We ate at Windjammer only twice (for breakfast), had breakfast in the MDR another time and room service twice. The room service food was good (not great), but the regular coffee was disgusting. It was weak as could be and tasted nasty. I had cappuccino every morning after that, which was fantastic. They had nice selections next to the Café Promenade where you could get donuts and other pastries in the morning, and then delicious pizza and sandwiches the rest of the day. I was too tired for the shows at night because we spent every port day doing excursions or walking around, and we had the 8:30 pm dinner seating. I loved the ship, we were forward on the port side and I liked the location because it was close to the Promenade. As is usual, the cruise ship staff was constantly wiping, cleaning, buffing, even adding touch-up paint where necessary. Another highlight was the behind-the-scenes galley tour (brilliant job by Amit Chopra), followed by an amazing champagne brunch. Highly recommended. I would go back to this ship without hesitation. RCI really hires great staff, to be honest I actually miss them now that I think about it. They just radiate positivity. Our cabin steward was just awesome, he's from the DR and my wife and I both speak fluent Spanish so we got lots of practice. The bartenders knew my name after a short while (not sure if that's good or bad, haha) and, again, we looked forward to seeing Rogelio and Yanyan, who served us dinner, as well as the head waiter, Brent. I'm definitely sold on RCI now. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
My wife and I are back from this 7 day cruise. It is our 2nd RCCL cruise as we usually sail Celebrity. We had a great time with our friends. We visited Bonaire, Aruba, St. Kitts, and St, Maarten. We were in a aft balcony room 8392 and our ... Read More
My wife and I are back from this 7 day cruise. It is our 2nd RCCL cruise as we usually sail Celebrity. We had a great time with our friends. We visited Bonaire, Aruba, St. Kitts, and St, Maarten. We were in a aft balcony room 8392 and our friends were next door in 8390. The partition between the rooms could not be opened so we spent balcony time mostly on their side as theirs was bigger than ours. My wife and I are not overly particular about the ships we are on. As long as they have bar service, a pool deck and relatively comfortable amenities, we are good so the condition of the ship never really entered into the determination of a good cruise or not. This ship seemed to be in pretty good shape for her age. Our corner stateroom had a misshapen balcony but was still bigger than most along the side. The room was adequate for our needs given the little amount of time we spent in it. Dining service was good but not stellar. This probably is the luck of the draw on the staff that serve you so wouldn't take my word for it. Your results may vary. The lines in the buffet seemed to move well and the food will keep you full if you want. If you go hungry, it is your own fault. We had a bar tender at the pool bar who was fantastic. He made me a margarita that was perfect. No salt, shot of Grand Marnier and Patron silver. I believe he may of even put some mixer in it but I wouldn's swear to it. I was able to ask the pool staff to only ask for him when they were taking my drink order and I was able to get them delivered to the chair by the 2nd day. Didn't even have to get my lazy a$$ out of the deck chair. That is service at its best. The towel checkout was different for us but did not cause us any grief. You can check them out at the pool deck or at the gangway on shore excursions. We did snorkeling with Woodwind tours in Bonaire and it was really a fantastic time. The food on the tour was good and the snorkeling was excellent. We walked around the downtown area a bit after the tour and I kick myself for not trying some of the jerk chicken and pork in the open air market. It smelled so good and there were a ton of people sitting around eating it. In Aruba, we went to Eagle beach and spent the day sitting on the beach. We managed to save up 10 beers from our drink package that we took in a soft sided cooler with us to the beach. Our stateroom attendant brought us a big bag of ice to keep it cold in. We walked across the road to a resort and bought some Club sandwiches and fries for lunch. We were lucky to get one of the hard sided shelters to sit in the shade with for the day. the wooden ones are public and first come first served. The beach chairs are all different prices. We had one guy offer $35.00 for a pair of chairs and we found another for $20.00 for 4 so we took that offer. It was a relaxing day. We had a sea day after Aruba and had a chance to try out the water slides. They are quite cool. I briefly contemplated trying the flow rider but after watching a couple of people land really hard, I realized that I am getting a little too old for things that involve the words "hold my beer and watch this". The rest of the day was spent talking with my friend General Patron and reading on the pool deck. St.Kitts involved a different shore excursion than typical. We climbed Mount Liamuiga Volcano with Damian and Nevin as our guides from Captain Sunshine. This is a difficult hike. It is 3 miles up and 3 miles back down with very little flat sections. We had a great time and the view was awesome. Stopped at a little local bar for a Carib beer on the way back to the ship. The tour involved just the 4 of us and the 2 guides so it was a great time. Both guides are very motivating and keep you moving when you want to quit. No doubt about it. this is a hard climb. St. Maarten involved a day tour with Captain Bob of Soualiga Tours. This is great way to see the island from the water. We had several stops to snorkel with sea turtles, a short beach break and a lunch on the French side on the beach. It also included a swim stop and a stop at Maho beach to watch the planes come in. All in all a great tour. The boat is a 38' Scarab with triple 300HP outboards on it. It was a wonderful day and the excursion is only a 15 minute walk from the ship. We spent 2 days after the cruise in an AirBnB in Condado San Juan. We took a Bio Luminescence Kayak tour on the Saturday night in Fajardo and hiked in the El Yunque rainforest on Sunday. Our apartment was within walking distance of the hotel strip with great nightlife. We had dinner at Tijuana's Mexican restaurant and had a fantastic time. All too soon, we had to climb back on a plane and head back to Toronto. Sad to leave the Caribbean and our friends but we will meet again soon enough. Feel free to ask any questions about the above or the ship. Happy to provide my .02 cents worth. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was my husband's and my first cruise outside of Alaska. We had a fun week and I was glad I did not feel seasick at anytime. This was my concern, but I wore the patch and had not problems. Embarkation was very smooth. When we ... Read More
This was my husband's and my first cruise outside of Alaska. We had a fun week and I was glad I did not feel seasick at anytime. This was my concern, but I wore the patch and had not problems. Embarkation was very smooth. When we left the ship, we were confused where to find the prepaid transfers. The ship is elegant, clean and the staff took great care of us. We ate in the main dining room each night and our servers, Lucia and Yucok recommended dinner choices and they were always right on. We enjoyed breakfast in the main dinner room too. We tried the Buffett for breakfast and lunch, but was disappointed in the crowds and had struggled to find a seat and drinks. We were in stateroom 9292 and had plenty of room. Our attendant, Dwane, was always around and our room was clean and we enjoyed his hanging towel animals: a bat and monkey!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We are Repeat cruisers on this ship and chose it for the great itinerary. Thew ship has recently been refurbished and the public areas look good. There are clearly numerous plumbing problems involving toilets not flushing and the lower ... Read More
We are Repeat cruisers on this ship and chose it for the great itinerary. Thew ship has recently been refurbished and the public areas look good. There are clearly numerous plumbing problems involving toilets not flushing and the lower decks smelling like sewerage. The food in the main dining room is not nearly as good in the past years but the staff tried very hard to please us. The entertainment was also not as good as in the past as the bigger and newer ships get the upgraded entertainment. At times we did have difficulty comprehending the cruise director with his accent. The specialty restaurant was very good (we went 3 times) and the food in the Windjammer Cafe was always fresh, plentiful and had numerous options. Getting on and off the ship was quick and easy and we had no issues with any of the staff. We went with another couple and would consider this itinerary again. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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