Sail Date: December 2017
My wife and I chose this ship on a recommendation from friends and decided to take a cruise after our wedding. The ship was well taken care-of and the staff seemed exceptionally friendly for first time cruisers. Although the boat amenities ... Read More
My wife and I chose this ship on a recommendation from friends and decided to take a cruise after our wedding. The ship was well taken care-of and the staff seemed exceptionally friendly for first time cruisers. Although the boat amenities were great, the island stops remain the highlight of our cruise! St. Maarten and a few others were great and the food was exceptional everywhere, but admittedly St. Kitts was our favorite! My parents have vacationed in St. Kitts before and they recommended a local tour guide that had just set up a tour company, called Pan Dulce Tours St. Kitts. Javed, the owner/operator, was our guide and the afternoon with him was perfect. He took us to a few of the historic sites like Brimstone Hill and Caribelle Batik but included a stop at a local restaurant upon request too! Our only regret was that we had to leave at the end of the day. Javed was informative and friendly and made the memorable experience the one that it was! I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting the island, though now that his business in open and advertising you may need to reserve in advance! Overall, our cruise experience was memorable and we did enjoy cruising with Royal Caribbean. We were new to cruising and would be open to the right itinerary in the future again! It was fun waking up in different locations and the experience was new and exciting! Some of the excursions and experiences feel unique and private but my wife and I will avoid the massive ships and port calls as they feel a bit touristy and they start to look alike after a few days/stops. We are very interested in small boat cruising and will likely try that next! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
ONLINE CHECKIN: We used Royal Caribbean's online check-in and this is a must because it saves a great deal of time at the pier. Upon arrival at the pier all they need from you is your signed "Set Sail" agreement, where ... Read More
ONLINE CHECKIN: We used Royal Caribbean's online check-in and this is a must because it saves a great deal of time at the pier. Upon arrival at the pier all they need from you is your signed "Set Sail" agreement, where you agree to pay your ship account, take your photo, and a swipe of your credit card. Then you wait to board if its prior to 12:00 PM. EMBARKATION: The port at San Juan is about the worst embarkation we've ever encountered, and we've been through that port around 8 times, so we know the drill. There is NO ONE there to guide you in any way, you are on your own and the people handling bags are NOT Royal Caribbean employees so they just see people outside the building and don't care. It is your job to act in your own benefit and READING THE SIGNS IS A MUST. There is a line to drop off bags, another for those without bags, and one for high caliber cruisers who take lots of cruises and get perks. When in doubt, ask. No one will volunteer anything. THE SHIP: Adventure of the Seas is still a beautiful ship. It's been very tastefully decorated, far more so than Carnival ships, which tend to be gaudy & overbearing. The Royal Promenade is a great place to hang out having shops, bars, and a cafe with pizza & deserts (included in your cruise price). The pizza has degraded unfortunately. The ship however is looking tired and needs a trip to drydock for refurbishing. CHEAP ROOMS: In case you are not aware of this, cruise lines offer rooms VERY cheap at the last minute to keep cabins full. Be aware that cruise ships have relatively fixed costs (crew wage, food, beverages, etc) which don't change from week to week. Because of this the cruise industry maintains a business plan to fill rooms at almost literally any price, and after that they can then make their profit on excursions, booze, and gambling. HOWEVER - keep in mind this is usually only possible for locals who sometimes are ill mannered. You ALWAYS want to carefully consider the departure port for this reason AND cruise length. Generally the more expensive cruise have less problems with unruly passengers, and there certainly IS a cultural difference between people in the states and locals. DINING: Food is very good and most people typically eat lunch and breakfast at Windjammers on deck 11. Some choose the dining room instead. Breakfast at Windjammers tends to have some of the same items every day, but with many choices it shouldn't matter because you can't eat everything. Lunch tends to be similar also but they do vary some of the meats, fish, and sides. The deserts change daily and are good. The main dining room, which is 3 floors high with each having their own name, is excellent. For us service was very good and the food was great. Waiters work for tips so they highly motivated to please you. DINING ROOM DRESS: This is one major flaw in cruises and not due to the Royal Caribbean but rather very lax social standards. Many people don't understand the etiquette of dressing for dinner on cruises. There are 2 formal nights in which the majority of people actually dress in accordance. If you are the kind of person who refuses to dress up then I suggest having dinner at Windjammers Cafe on deck 11. Also, if you cannot get to dinner on time you should have dinner at Windjammers. It's informal and buffet style. When people refuse to dress properly in the dining room they disrespect their fellow passengers. When they refuse to arrive on time they disrespect the dining room staff and make life very difficult for them. If you need a reason why its because waiters typically have 3-4 tables they serve and it works much better if all tables are on the same schedule, which is to say serving starters at all tables, serving main courses at all tables, and not breaking up the rhythm due to diners coming in late, forcing wait staff off their schedule. This affects service at tables where guests did arrive on time. BEDS: Often reviewers talk about how bad the beds are, though our prior experiences were good. This time was the exception and the bed was poor. The mattress was hard as if something was place underneath to prevent sagging, a strategy we've seen used before. EXCURSIONS: We had planned on renting a car in St. Maatern as we've done in the past, and then drive to the French side and visit the town, market area, fort, and of course the airport. However, the cruise line advised against visiting the French side as it had not yet recovered adequately from the hurricane. Phillipsburg exhibited substantial damage, though many shops were open and vendors working hard to get customers to visit their shops. I'd estimate 30% of the shops were still closed. We used Shore Excursions Group on Bonaire and Curacao, purchased through Costco with a 10% discount. No matter what the source is, cruise line or excursions company, they all use local vendors. We have never had a bad experience through Shore Excursions Group. Most importantly you MUST return to the ship ON TIME and that is SHIP TIME. Cruise line excursions guarantee that. Most any vendor will be sensitive to that but remember you not America, you're on an island, and they live and exist on "island time" (code for very laid back, "don't worry, be happy"). ENTERTAINMENT: This is pretty subjective and depends upon your personal taste so that must be up front. There typically is a musical shows that is 'Broadway' and/or Las Vegas quality. Around the ship there are various other musicians and usually pretty good. As a former professional musician I can attest to the quality of singers, musicians, and dancers. Fortunately, the ice show was performed because the seas were not rough. ART AUCTIONS: Auctions are held on most cruises lines and most ships. I've sailed Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Carnival, and Park West Galleries was the auctioneer on all of them. Park West has a checkered history of and is a lightning rod for complaints. Browse the Internet for details. We DO NOT purchase from Park West Galleries. DISEMBARKATION: People leave the ship in groups and you are provided with a group number, which they call for disembarkation. Cruise ships want you off the ship as quickly as possible so expect a knock at your door early to get you moving. This cruise required us to go through customs which took more time than without a customs inspection. LOCALS PASSENGERS AND CULTURE: When sailing out of San Juan you should be aware that a SUBSTANTIAL portion of the ship (perhaps most) are locals who booked passage for last minute cheap rooms. Reading these words may make you uncomfortable as if this is a racial matter, but its really a CULTURAL matter, and this cruise we did touch on this subject with several people from the states, more than we have on any past cruise. Often you will notice local groups (families) moving in squad and platoon sized groups which can make people feel very uncomfortable, overwhelming people nearby, and they were often inconsiderate of others and rather rude like they didn't know how to act in public. Here are some of the problems encountered: * Teenagers were at times unsupervised by parents and unruly. * Children running the hallways and yelling. * Some sat on and stood around stairwells blocking them. * Walked into elevators without letting people off first and you were shoved in by a large group who insisted they all get on the elevator. * People shoving into lines, being inconsiderate of those in line. * Very loud in hallways at night, sometimes yelling. I'm sure citizens of Puerto Rico will view these as "whats the big deal?" but to Americans from states and Europeans this was a violation of civility. At this point we likely will NEVER sail out of San Juan again, not just the cultural issue but embarkation as well. BTW forget about people who take just one cruise and then tell you not to complain. Rookies lack perspective. OVERALL CONCLUSION: Royal Caribbean is still a good cruise line but it is highly unlikely we will ever sail out of Puerto Rico again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
A group of 5 cruised in 2 cabins. In the cabin that held 3, 2 of them chose the beverage package. One of the cruisers has a medical condition that only allows her to drink water and almond milk...RCCL made her purchase a drink package ... Read More
A group of 5 cruised in 2 cabins. In the cabin that held 3, 2 of them chose the beverage package. One of the cruisers has a medical condition that only allows her to drink water and almond milk...RCCL made her purchase a drink package even when they were told about her condition. I think that they blew my respect for them...I'm a diamond plus person and have 3 upcoming cruises booked with them but under the circumstances, I think I'll start booking other cruise lines. The staff in the dining room was great, but the service was slower than usual. We did "hook" our reservation numbers together when booking (our 2 cabins) to request the same table, and verified it with the cruise line 1 week before sailing BUT we were not at the same table and had to wait in line with about 50 others with the same problem to get our table straightened out. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was my 12th RC Cruise.. I am very loyal to Royal and I am currently suffering from cruise depression. For the most part, I had a great time. Food and Entertainment were off the charts AMAZING for me. We loved the game shows, contests, ... Read More
This was my 12th RC Cruise.. I am very loyal to Royal and I am currently suffering from cruise depression. For the most part, I had a great time. Food and Entertainment were off the charts AMAZING for me. We loved the game shows, contests, etc, and all of the cruise staff was very friendly. They were super personable and got to know us on a first name basis (especially if you participate, they will be buddies with you). I also was highly impressed with the food this time. In the past, the food was just average for me, but this time, I think they really stepped up their game in both the Windjammer and Main Dining Room. They had a really good variety each day. I did have some issues getting on board the ship. Apparently, they either had some faulty cards that would not scan OR their printer was not working correctly (I never really got a clear answer) and I had to stand to the side right after we boarded the ship so they could print me a new card. I was there for around 15 minutes, while others scanned in and got on the ship, I just stood there waiting. My boyfriend's card, who was literally right in front of me, worked just fine. They never came, so the lady told me to go to guest services to get a new one. At guest services, they were concerned that I must have gotten onto the ship somehow without going through security (?) and didn't believe my story.. Finally, the girl that was supposed to come bring me a new card came back and said it should be fine.. but low and behold, it didn't work at the Windjammer bar. I had to go back down AGAIN and get a new one printed. That was kind of a bummer on the first day, but no more issues after that. Other thoughts.. The bar service was horrible. This cruise had maybe 4 dozen kids, so the bar staff probably was not prepared for that many adults at all times at every venue. There were some times we had to wait 20 minutes for a drink (Imperial Lounge, Blue Moon, and Boleros were the worst.) Main dining room bar service was horrible also. We would be finished with appetizers before our drinks ever came. Cabin cleanliness.. Well, our cabin was refurbished with fresh carpet and a new chair, but it wasn't very clean. The bathroom had dark hairs in the shower, and there was a wine cork under the toilet area that was there when we arrived and sat there for 3 days before we threw it away.. I also NEVER met my stateroom attendant. lol. They just never introduced themselves and I never saw him cleaning - although my boyfriend did meet him, I thought it was strange he never introduced himself to me. PLEASE GO TO ALL OF THE GAMESHOWS. They are hilarious and definitely worth attending each night. We did not do any excursions this time. In St. Thomas, we went to the Mountain Top which was absolutely incredible. I would love to go again. Also, I noticed moreso on this cruise that the crew was going out of their way to sell on the first few days. Drink packages, specialty dining, etc, and they would come up to you while you were just sitting down enjoying a drink or walking past like mall kiosks do. That was pretty annoying, but it definitely calmed down after the first day. All in all, we LOVED this ship and plan to go back in 6 months for the New England/ Canada itinerary!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
This was the first sailing since the ships drydock and the work done on the ship was obvious. You would never know the ship is almost eighteen years old. Most of the public areas were sparkling the cabins clearly had new carpet and ... Read More
This was the first sailing since the ships drydock and the work done on the ship was obvious. You would never know the ship is almost eighteen years old. Most of the public areas were sparkling the cabins clearly had new carpet and furnishings, and chairs and chaises across the ship and its decks were in excellent condition, if not clearly new. We also found the ship staff’s attention to detail excellent with regard to keeping it clean, never seeing garbage, spare plates or glasses lying around whether in the Windjammer where tables were cleared immediately or drink classes cleaned up right away on deck. This is in stark contrast to our previous trip on the Anthem which we found to be dirty overall and staff indifferent. Embarkation was a breeze, pulling up to the ship at 11am and getting right on and getting off at the end of the trip wasn’t much more difficult. From a crowd perspective, you never felt crowded, even at peak times in the Windjammer, or in the Royal Promendade, making this in excellent size ship. Dining room service and food was pretty good, certainly not gourmet but serviceable. Specialties Giovanni’s Table and Chops were enjoyable, just keep in mind desserts in Giovanni’s are brought out on a dessert cart and are not particularly fresh. Windjammer while spacious and clean, should have a whole lot more variety at breakfast and lunch aand the food was rarely hot. We’ve seen much better on other RCCL ships than this, especially given the limited options at those times around the ship. Other major complaint was the VOOM internet which was almost unusable on the ship despite the high price. Again, the slowest i’ve seen on their ships. That being said, we enjoyed ourselves, who wouldn’t when getting five days in the sun. Entertainment was better than we expected but with the Ice Show and the Headliners, both the comedian Mike Marino and Joel Mason. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
we took a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas last year with some friends and were, frankly, a bit embarrassed by the cruise since we selected the ship. there, the dining room was cramped, not enough waiters, cold food, and a very hurried ... Read More
we took a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas last year with some friends and were, frankly, a bit embarrassed by the cruise since we selected the ship. there, the dining room was cramped, not enough waiters, cold food, and a very hurried atmosphere. this year we were about to undertake an extended family cruise with us (the grandparents), children (late thirties to early forties and spouses) and grandchildren (2 boys ages 8 and 11) and were a little concerned given last year's experience. while there were only 8 of us it covered a wide span of ages and tastes. additionally, we have 4 milk allergic (not just lactose intolerant) and 2 vegetarian/pescatarian. we told this to the head waiter who then worked with the waiter and assistant waiter to be sure all of our needs would be met. each night our food issue members were shown the menu for the following night and made their choices. these menu items were then modified to meet their dietary restraints. it was a little awkward at first but soon it molded into a smooth routine. the dining room was beautiful, the pace relaxed, the food served hot and always choices for all.a huge difference from our experience on the jewel of the seas. on board the grandkids and grandpa enjoyed the basketball court and the slides and free skating was enjoyed by all. the shows ran the gamut of very good (juggler/comedian) to very soso broadway reviews. the casino staff were very professional while not being too stuffy. the embarkation and disembarkation both were very smooth and quick.we have now gone from thinking we would never take another rccl cruise to recommending them to others. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This review is for the Adventure of the Seas sailing to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Curacao and Aruba that departed from San Juan. This is an objective review coming from a lifetime cruiser that has sailed on Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and ... Read More
This review is for the Adventure of the Seas sailing to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Curacao and Aruba that departed from San Juan. This is an objective review coming from a lifetime cruiser that has sailed on Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Caribbean. Will do my best. Embarkation: We departed from the Pan American pier in San Juan and it was very organized. From curb to ship took about 25 minutes at the most. Tip: You might shave off a few minutes if you check-in online and have all of your documents with you. You will also shave off a few minutes if you obtain your luggage tags in advance. Make sure you have your passport/ID with you at all times! First Impression: The ship is very nice, not too large and easy to navigate. The main promenade runs along deck 5 and is pretty impressive. The ship is a little worn in places and I was surprised to see this considering it just came from a month-long dry dock. One example would be some of the table cloths in the dining room were very worn and frayed, some rust around, and dirty windows as well. The ship is clean, just the attention to detail is missing. Service: Overall, the service level on the ship is fairly high. Most of the people are very friendly. The bar tenders and drink waiters were all excellent. I never encountered one in a bad mood. Our room steward did a great job as was always on-point. One thing I noticed at times is that you would have to make the initial contact to say good morning etc... as opposed to the crew saying it to you first. Not a big deal to a guy like me, but it may put other people off. Dining: We had "my-time" dining with a party of 6 and we never had to wait for a table. Our server Godfrey was excellent and never made any mistakes. We had the same server for all nights except for one where we were unable to get him. Dondon was our server that night and he was excellent as well. Drink service was very timely and the food was good. The appetizers were fantastic and almost all of our main courses were good. Food temp and quality were satisfactory. The food in the buffet was very uneven. Some of the items were barely edible, while others were quite good. By the second day we pretty much ditched the buffet and had breakfast in the dining room. Tip: Go to the dining room for breakfast. It is a more civilized experience and the food is way better. You can get eggs any way you want them as opposed to the slushy eggs in the buffet. The french toast is double the size as the one they serve in the buffet. Everything in the dining room was hot and fresh. Trust me on this one! We only ate in one speciality restaurant "Chops". We paid an up-charge of $39.00 per person and the food was pretty good. Tip: you can purchase some of the Chops items in the main dining room if you like. They are listed on the menu. Fellow Cruisers: We travelled on a holiday week, so there were lots of families. Large groups, couples and singles can all be found on this ship. I saw some comments in other reviews about cruisers from Puerto Rico. The ship leaves out of San Juan, so you will always have a large number of people that live local to the port of embarkation. I had absolutely no issues at all with cruisers from PR. People need to stop with the elitist nonsense. Yes, you will hear more Latin music than usual, but if you don't like it, go leave on a cruise from Anchorage. Ports: St. Thomas: Took a snorkeling excursion. The water was crystal clear, lots of fish, and a shipwreck. The crew was very professional and helpful. St Kitts: Snorkeling excursion to Nevis.....excellent. Stopped at a cove to snorkel for a while. The water was crystal clear....lots of fish. The crew was fun and the drinks were flowing once snorkeling was over. They give you about an hour on the beach in Nevis before sailing home. Curacao: Took a taxi to Mambo beach club. The beach was great. Bars restaurants are all there. Even comfort items like Starbucks,WIFI and Subway lol. Chairs, umbrellas and other shelters are all available to rent. Aruba: Took a taxi to Moomba beach club. Lots in the area to do, lots of comfort places around as well(Starbucks etc....). Chair rental was $5.00 Umbrella was $20 Water sports also available there to book. Tip: Bring towels!! Sometimes they are not available on the pier or on Deck 1, so go up to the pool to get them before you leave! Make sure they all come back because RC will charge you. Keep them in your bag, because towels had a tendency to go "missing" when people left them out. Some feedback for RC: The ship is VERY noisy. Music is always being blasted into your face. Live bands, dj, zumba guy, ice show. Everything was very loud and people were commenting on it. I'm fairly young and I hit the clubs quite a bit in my life, but this was too loud for me. Please dial it down a little bit so people don't lose their voices having to yell over it all day! If you have an 11-12 year old kid, they fall into void when it comes to the kids club. They wanted to put my 11...soon to be 12 year old daughter in a group that went up to 17. Not a good idea. I think you have enough kids on the ship where you can create a middle group for pre-teens. Get rid of the dopey videos on the TV screen. Nobody wants to watch people jumping off roofs and other nonsense all day. Maybe have a map up there with location info when it's not being used. You may also want to play music videos. Lastly, you need to show newer movies, not ones from 2 years ago! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I do not like days at sea and this cruise is port heavy. Had not been on RC before, so was interested to see how they stack up. I was pleased with the food service and food quality and the friendliness of everyone except the pool area ... Read More
I do not like days at sea and this cruise is port heavy. Had not been on RC before, so was interested to see how they stack up. I was pleased with the food service and food quality and the friendliness of everyone except the pool area stand workers who were ambivalent. Our cabin steward was great and our wait staff in the main dining room were excellent. The ports were good and we rented a car in each so we could explore wherever we wanted go to. I had prearranged cars. There could have been more interesting things to do on the sea day, but we made our own fun. The water slides and Flow rider were great! I liked the ice skating show, and the singers and dancers were fantastic - we would have like to see more sows with the fine dancing! The comedians could have been offered as extra shows with more dancing shows in the main time slots. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our 35th cruise and it has been since the eighties since we have been on RC. We like a lot of stops so this five stop out of San Juan fit the bill. We are part of Anchors and our many trips on Celebrity (our favorite line) ... Read More
This was our 35th cruise and it has been since the eighties since we have been on RC. We like a lot of stops so this five stop out of San Juan fit the bill. We are part of Anchors and our many trips on Celebrity (our favorite line) transferred over and counted towards our award/benefits which included Diamond status, free drinks daily, two free internet days, etc. Cant say we have ever gotten off of any ship and said, "will never go on that ship again" And as is the case here! Ship was very clean and that is why we like to cruise because of the cleanliness and not having to make reservations for dinner, etc. Because of our cruise status, we were seamlessly ushered on board and had lunch and then went to our room which is what we typically do. Room was very clean as usual and steward was very charming and did a great job all week. People were very nice and we had a great week. We had asked for a table of eight which is what we like so we can meet people and have some conversation. We were ushered to a table for two and, there were two people already sitting there. Oh well! first time for everything! We were then taken to a table for eight where there were a two couples that seem disinterested in having any kind of conversation and had plans on using the specialty restaurants for most of the nights which was fine so we asked to be seated at another table. We were put with a fantastic table for ten and had a great week with super people! We don't go on a cruise for the food; we just like to be able to eat when and what we want. If I had one criticism of RC, the dinner menu leaves a lot to be desired. Celebrity and Princess are tops in my book. Don't get me wrong, it is very adequate; but, there is a difference. The Windjammer I thought was very good and a super variety. I had an opportunity to view the presentation there a few nights before we went to the main dining room and I really think, the food there was better! Shows were typical and I had downloaded some movies on my Tablet and took my HDMI wireless device and used it in the room tv and watched episodes with my wife after dinner which made us happy. Very disingenuous to pay gratuities and then have the cabin steward basically "beg" for room tips leaving several tip envelopes in the room. We don't need to be asked for this as we always tip beyond the recommended for the steward. He never even said thank you. Oh well! We got this balcony room at a price that was pretty unbelievable so we got a tremendous week with great weather and had lots of fun. Depending on itinerary, we may find ourselves back on a RC ship in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The itinerary drew me to book a group on this sailing, Feb. 24- Mar 3, out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Barbados. The ship had spent a month in dry dock being updated three weeks earlier so ... Read More
The itinerary drew me to book a group on this sailing, Feb. 24- Mar 3, out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Barbados. The ship had spent a month in dry dock being updated three weeks earlier so was looking pretty good. Our least favorite area was the Casino which had very few modern slot machines. The smoke in the casino needs to be better vented. It was difficult for non-smokers to even pass through the area. We had a lovely wait team in the Main Dining Room making us feel very special throughout the 7 days. The water park, swimming pools and hot tubs, outdoor movie screen, ice skating arena, rock climbing wall, tennis/volleyball/basketball area, miniature golf course, table tennis area, workout and spa areas were all very appealing. Two of the shows in the Lyric Theater (Stephanie Parker, a Whitney Houston tribute artist, was amazing. The ventriloquist/comedian was also very entertaining) were memorable. Two production shows were scheduled; one of them was canceled due to heavy rocking and the possible danger to the dancers. The orchestra, singers, and dancers were also very good. The Love and Marriage Show was a hoot. The Quest, a scavenger type adult competition, was outrageous (men taking off their pants; women, their bras, etc.) but caused a lot of laughter.We didn't go to any of the premium restaurants as the food in the Main Dining Room and Windjammer for lunch was certainly good enough. Our promenade room was great; we love promenade ships as these rooms are very nice and yet way less expensive than balcony rooms. We prefer them to ocean view rooms which are also more expensive. Seems to me that the activities list is getting sparser with each passing year. There used to be more to do. Maybe with 5 ports of call, that could be the reason. We loved our cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and 3/3. Our flight to Philadelphia was cancelled and there were no available flights to get us to Puerto Rico before it left on Saturday. American Airlines did allow us to change our flight to Curacao on Sunday so we could meet the ship in the first port, no extra charge. We did end up spending a lot of money on taxis because when we got to the ship we were told we had to go to customs (via another taxi ride) and get an Exit Visa since we officially entered the country. Every time you step into a taxi it is $20 regardless of how far. We finally boarded the ship and had a lovely balcony room (never again in an interior) which happened to be on the side overlooking each port which was handy to survey the island. The service was always excellent, our attendant was friendly. The host was very good. The entertainment was mixed. We were very impressed with the magician/comedy show, the trivia games and karaoke were run well, the ice skating show was very good. The last comedian was cringe worthy. We chose not to dine in the dining room since our last experience was it made us too sluggish to do after dinner activities. We thought the food was fantastic at first but then it didn't have enough variety (lighter fare) and started to look unappealing. Salad bar and fruit selections are same limited choices every day. We chose not to do excursions through the cruise in order to save money (and pay for the balcony room!). I did a lot of research and booked Curacao Dolphin Academy's Dolphin Swim directly (saving $100 each person but having to provide your own transportation). We loved the dolphin swim, the staff was wonderful and we felt we had enough time in the water and the groups were small (6 people). In Bonaire we booked an afternoon snorkeling excursion directly with Woodwind. It was top notch. In Aruba we decided to just hit a couple of beaches. First we took a taxi to Eagle Beach which was a beautiful wide beach without a lot of people (although you can rent beach chairs, we just spread out under a tree). It was a windy day and the waves were big enough to pummel you if you weren't careful. We then walked to Palm Beach (it was farther than I anticipated) and got some beach chairs near the Palm Pier. The water was more protected here but there were also a lot more people and businesses. We took a taxi back to the ship and then walked around downtown. The last stop was St. Martin which had been hit by the hurricanes last year. We took a taxi to the famous Orient Beach which was especially hard hit. All of the buildings were gone or badly damaged but the debris on the beach had been cleared away and a few vendors were renting beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is on a large bay so the water is calm and beautiful. The taxi drop off was in the nude beach section (next to the devastated Club Orient beach cabins that were being razed) but we walked down to the other side of the beach. My only real complaint is that on cruising days, although there are signs that the staff will remove towels from unoccupied chairs, that didn't happen and there was no way to find a good chair since 3000 people were competing for 500 or so chairs. We were so happy to have our balcony so we could enjoy the fresh air. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We have been cruising every year for almost 20 years and have platinum status on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We almost always cruise out of Puerto Rico and spend a week in Puerto Rico before the cruise. We used to be able to choose ... Read More
We have been cruising every year for almost 20 years and have platinum status on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We almost always cruise out of Puerto Rico and spend a week in Puerto Rico before the cruise. We used to be able to choose between 7 ships, but now our options are limited to 4. One of the options is Carnival (which i have cuised with twice, but will likely not ever cruise on again - not because our experiances were bad, but because they weren’t great. It is a cheaper cruise, but you get what you pay for?). Fortunately, Royal Caribbean is one of our 3 top picks for cruise lines (princess and celebrity being the other two). Adventure is a nice ship and we were fortunate enough to get a room on a brand new refurbished deck (deck 12 at the front) so the room and area around our room were great. There really wasn’t anything about the ship that i didn’t like. The prominade is very nice, especially if you have any rain on a sea day or in the evenings. At 3200 passengers, it was a little bigger than i prefer, but that is only my preference. The plus of the bigger ship is more facilities. I found there to be more than enough deck space on sea days. If anything, the only thing i can say that i didn’t like was the evening dining menu. The food was very good overall, but it did lack in variety, from the appetizers, to the entrees to the deserts. Very disappointing was the lack of chilled soups (only one the whole cruise - at least it was good). Of course, i am comparing it to the old days of cruising where they served 5 course meals. The itinerary was great (Curacau, Bonaire, Aruba and St Maarten) we loved the options available at all of the ports. It looks to me like the onboard ship excursions were cheaper this year than i remember them being. We quite often arrange our own excursions now as we know most of the islands and what is available at them. As for the onboard entertainment, it was ok (we went every night). 2 of the headliners were great (comedian and magician), 1 was ok (impressionist) and one was not my cup of tea. He basically had to restrain himself the whole bit and told everyone to make sure to come back for the late nite adult show where he could really “let loose” The band was great (as usual) I have a hard time rating the production shows because this is our second time on the Adventure in recent years, so we’ve seen all 3 of the production shows before. That being said, we got there early and got good seats and watched all 3 shows. I’m not fussy about the Cruise director, Mercedes, not because she was bad, i just didn’t find her as funny as she thought she was. Lastly, being out of Puerto Rico, there was a lot of Spanish on the ship (all announcements were in English and Spanish. I’m not sure if they do that for all cruises?) All in all, we had a great time and enjoyed the week. We will more than likely cruise again next year, just not sure if we are going to stick with Royal on the Freedom next year or try out either Norwegian or Windstar. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
General comments: We are fond of RC, we have been on four of their cruises so far. It's a good value and we can actually afford a grand suite. Fellow cruisers are varied in terms of age groups etc. and we like that, too. The Adventure ... Read More
General comments: We are fond of RC, we have been on four of their cruises so far. It's a good value and we can actually afford a grand suite. Fellow cruisers are varied in terms of age groups etc. and we like that, too. The Adventure has been refurbished and it shows. Staff are great. The food is not tippy-top-notch gourmet, but we are always pleased. The Worst of the worst: I will never take one of their shore excursions again. We have in the past, but this time was beyond awful. Total cattle-call, and the trip to the hot springs on St. Lucia was the exact opposite of relaxing (although the Spanish Galleon reproduction ride and crew were a ton of fun). All of the boats and buses that left the cruise ship arrived together, so you had a few hundred people coming to a small hot mud spring that would accommodate maybe a dozen at a time. We were literally shoulder-to-shoulder with a crowd slowly shuffling into and out of the hot spring. We also did a tour with RC to "Sting Ray CIty" on Antigua, again it was crowded as heck, although I don't blame RC, it was just the model of the provider to get a lot of people out there. Slightly less awful: RC has a "don't save a pool chair" policy that they simply don't enforce. This means that you have a choice of joining the throngs of selfish/unethical folks who nab a spot at 6 am on a sea day and leave their belongings for 8 hours for a 1-2 hour use of the chair, or find other things to do until users tire of their spot at 4/5 pm. Overall: yes, go, it's a good value, just plan accordingly and bring a bit of patience for tours or ship venues that might be crowded! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, and half the price of the cruise ship. We all did the drink package and by Wednesday there was no Crown Royal or Budlight on the ship, pretty disappointing especially when the drink package was why we bought it, and the Miller light was out dated beer. I don't know what is happening with Royal Caribbean, but makes me wonder what is going on. We did a private catamaran in St. Maartan, and it was the best catamaran we have ever done in all our cruises. Sophie and her crew were EXCELLENT and the food was delicious. The snorkeling was not good but that is not there fault, and they made it up by parting and swimming. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The itinerary is port heavy but that is expected with a Southern Caribbean cruise. The islands are beautiful and well worth a visit or two, maybe three! The ship itself is an ideal size for my family, two adults, two teens. With the ... Read More
The itinerary is port heavy but that is expected with a Southern Caribbean cruise. The islands are beautiful and well worth a visit or two, maybe three! The ship itself is an ideal size for my family, two adults, two teens. With the slides, flow rider, sports centre, shows, ice rink and a few other things, there is plenty to keep the teens busy. I would have liked to see some more organization from the teen club staff. I know teens are not always on board with participating but if the staff showed more interest, the teens might too. My two have always spent a large majority of the cruise while on ship in the kids/teens club or participating with the groups wherever they are. This cruise they barely went. A couple times they did, the event was not what was listed on the cruise compass. As for the adults, our two moans were the variety of food on the MDR menu. Please change up the appetizers every evening. The other was the trivia. We usually go to the trivia games as we participate and they are good for a laugh. Every trivia on the cruise was in the Schooner Bar and it was beyond packed. Not nearly enough seating and some of the seats are along a wall out of view from the rest of the crowd. Why not hold it in a larger venue? The headliner, Jeff Tracta was hilarious and El Gaucho was also enjoyed by all of us. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we ... Read More
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we thought is was lacking in maintenance on little things. Like cabin door hinges that were loose, the safe numbers were almost worn off, the shower door leaked onto the bathroom floor and maybe a couple of other areas. Still, overall it was a very good cruise. Dining was lacking a good selection of dinner choices. Only had a few things on the menu that appealed to us. The steaks in the dining room could have been much better. They come either overcooked or undercooked most of the time. I personally like the chilled fruit soups and they only had that one night out of the 7 nights. All the shows were great and we enjoyed the Ice show the best. If I had to pick one thing that displeased us it would have been the Casino, The smoke was so bad that we had to leave the Casino almost as soon as we arrived. I was having a great deal of trouble even trying to get my breath while in there. We did almost no gambling on this cruise. They did not have a restricted area for smoking and people were walking all around with their cigarettes making it impossible to breath. It even could be smelled very strong near the entrances. We took two RCCL excursions, one in St Kitts, St Kitts Panoramic Drive. They had us packed in so tight that one person had to ride sitting on the cowling over the motor. The streets were horrible and very rough. The second was on St Lucia, Costal Cruise to the Pitons. This excursion did not tell you that you would have to swim, about 150 feet, to shore from the catamaran . There was no dock at the beach. We had picked these excursions because of some mobility issues. Other than that, we still have an acceptable time. We were displeased with the Park West Art Auctions. Have never been to any other auctions that went that fast. It was so fast you could not keep up with the type of artwork you were bidding on. That made it difficult to bid on things we were interested in. We do like the Eastern Caribbean Itineraries best. Still overall it was a great cruise. That was the reason for our 4 star rating and not a 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We could tell that the carpets and love seat were new, however I had back and neck aches the whole time -- they needed to replace the mattress and pillows during the updating. This is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We could tell that the carpets and love seat were new, however I had back and neck aches the whole time -- they needed to replace the mattress and pillows during the updating. This is our 2nd cruise on RC. Our first was to Alaska and we had a wonderful experience, so we wanted to try RC again on a new adventure. We have never been to the Caribbean before, so all of this was new to us. Not through the fault of Royal Caribbean, but when we arrived the night before the cruise, when we were actually standing in front of it -- we found out our hotel had been closed since the hurricane. No one bothered to tell us that (in San Juan, Puerto Rico). The cabbies told us that 80% of the hotels are not in business anymore. After too much time and into the night; we were able to get a hotel room. ANYONE traveling into Puerto Rico, Please triple check that you have a place to stay. We even received a confirmation e-mail to check in, the day before! We did not have any time to explore San Juan. The line to get on the ship was well organized and when it started moving, did not take too long. We thought the food on the ship was pretty good, even in the buffet. The only complaint I had regarding food was that they overcooked the eggs for all versions of eggs Benedict that they served. So, not bad for all the meals we ate! :) We bought the beverage package and were Very disappointed in both the quality and selections we had for wine that was included with this package. There is a nice wine list, but most of the selections were above the $12.00 allotment for the beverage package. We think that we should have a full selection of wines with the price we pay for the beverage package. Also, unless you ask, the bartenders give you the low end of the price range for brands of alcohol in your drinks. The servers in the main dining room were overworked and barely had time to say hello. They worked Hard and we appreciated it. I don't know if Royal Caribbean cut the amount of people they hire -- and if they did then it was a mistake. All the people working there seemed over worked, which made us feel badly for them. Also, the bread basket on the table ---- too much waste. We had a table for 2 and we did not eat 6 pieces of bread/rolls between the two of us. The bread and pastries were nice and fresh though -- not at all dry! We arranged one excursion through Royal Caribbean -- Railroad around St. Kitts. It was a fun and interesting tour, however the cost through the cruise ship was costly. The only other tour we booked was through Cosol in St. Lucia. It was a lot of fun and worth the expense. The other days we just walked through the towns and went to local beaches. We did get a cab to the beach in St. Maarten where the planes land. It was a fun experience, but the beach is has rough waves - so be careful not to get rolled! Overall, it was a really nice winter break. When San Juan has their economy going well again, electricity, hotels......I hope to be able to visit again. They need the tourists money, but more importantly, they need their government to use that money to Fix things there (and not their own pockets). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our first cruise and we must say it was fantastic. We found the staff to go over and beyond to make people happy. The deluxe stateroom with balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy the breeze late evening. The main dining ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we must say it was fantastic. We found the staff to go over and beyond to make people happy. The deluxe stateroom with balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy the breeze late evening. The main dining room staff were right on top of things and the service was good and quick. The Champagne bar staff were so pleasant and knew our names immediately and remembered them. When they saw us arriving they would already have our drink served for us. The pools were small and cold but that is not unusual and once you were in and wet it didn't feel cold but instead very refreshing from the hot sun. All in all I would recommend this ship to anyone as the only thing we found not worth the money was the galley tour and only because they took too many through at once and you could not hear what was being said. Will definitely consider this ship when booking our next cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
The rum punch on board sucks! Drink rum punch while on excursion, especially Cockspur on Barbados. The Windjammer (self service restaurant) is fine. The quality of the food is lower in the Sapphire (main restaurant). Also, in the main ... Read More
The rum punch on board sucks! Drink rum punch while on excursion, especially Cockspur on Barbados. The Windjammer (self service restaurant) is fine. The quality of the food is lower in the Sapphire (main restaurant). Also, in the main restaurant, the clothing advice was not enforced. Some people appeared in shorts and t-shirts at a formal night while others wore suits and ties or tuxedos. The wines are OK. The main entertainment was not as good as I was used to but it's OK. It was a pity that the ship departed from many islands already at 5 pm. That means "all aboard" at 4:30 pm. Quality of cloths sold on the ship should be higher. If you buy rum on the ship in the ship's store, you don't get it during the cruise, only afterwards. So, don't buy it unless you want to take the liquor home. On the last day (day at sea), half of the hot tubs were closed for cleaning. They should do this over night. They start too early with disembarkation (at latest 10:45 am) even if you have a very late flight (e.g., scheduled at 7 pm). The airport in San Juan is not inviting at all before the security checkpoint. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The activities on the ship were well run, and a lot of fun. They did have a great balance of events in types in both English and Spanish. The ports we went to were great in the south-east Caribbean, and we were docked at each of them. The ... Read More
The activities on the ship were well run, and a lot of fun. They did have a great balance of events in types in both English and Spanish. The ports we went to were great in the south-east Caribbean, and we were docked at each of them. The excursions we did through the ship were great values and a ton of fun. We did two of them and both were well run as well. The dinner service was excellent, and they went out of their way to meet our needs. I was pleasantly surprised with the buffet (Windjammer cafe) whose food was excellent for all meals during the day! The few issues we had were the main dining room's (sapphire) breakfast food and service. I love eggs benedict at that was the only place to get it on the cruise, but each time I ordered it the eggs were overcooked. In addition to that, the service at breakfast was subpar, with servers not offering us coffee, or pastries as they walked around and skipped us. The cabin was what you expect on a cruise, totally manageable space wise with a nice couch to sit on if you want. Having a window overlooking the promenade was very nice to make it feel more open. The only issue I had with the cabin is that when they had loud late night parties on the promenade we could hear the bass and a little of the music. It only happened two nights of the cruise and the rest of the time the room was very quiet. My wife and I were very happy with it as our honeymoon cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
In overall opinion the cruise is good but the food menu is poor. The meats selection is not good for my opinion. I was confuse because I did not known if the salads and pasta were the principal plate and the meats the complements. Too much ... Read More
In overall opinion the cruise is good but the food menu is poor. The meats selection is not good for my opinion. I was confuse because I did not known if the salads and pasta were the principal plate and the meats the complements. Too much foods with differents ingredients and strong tastes. I think that the foots must be provide by contries and choosing the must allusive of every region or country. For example Mexico the burritos and nachos, US the hamburger and chicken wings, PR the rice and beans, and so on. When I purchased the tickets for the cruise nobody tell us how was the package for shore excurtions, the packages of drinks. I believe that this packages should be explains with more details. Because in my case, if I had the general opinion of how these packages are. I would have bought before. Because the islands that we visit, does not have much to see by yourself. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, the ship never seemed crowded. There was always a chair available near the pools. I found the crew in all areas to be friendly, helpful, and professional. Meals in Windjammer and MDR were of good quality. Awesome pizza, snacks, and desserts in the promenade. St. Lucia was the only port I found to be not "tourist friendly." There was a lot of traffic on the island. I felt like the taxi drivers took advantage of us. My shore excursion for this port was cancelled due to mechanical failure. Other cruisers had similar experiences in this port. Overall one of the best cruises I've been on with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was the first cruise I went on with my daughter. Now all she speaks about is this cruise and asking when can we go again. When we checked in at the port it was quick and easy. The service provided by the crew was excellent. The cabin ... Read More
This was the first cruise I went on with my daughter. Now all she speaks about is this cruise and asking when can we go again. When we checked in at the port it was quick and easy. The service provided by the crew was excellent. The cabin was smelling fresh and attendant cleaned it multiple times a day. It was just a beautiful and fun-filled activity cruise. My daughter enjoyed all the kids' activity that was provided on the ship. The main dining room staff were excellent and the service was great. All our serving attendants from stateroom attendant to dining room and bar staff were so pleasant and knew our names immediately and remembered them. When they saw us arriving they would be willing and ready to serve us. My daughter loved the pool, she stayed in it almost all of the day when we were at sea. I will definitely be cruising again soon with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We looked at various cruises but liked this one because of the itinerary. We had a great cruise and perfect weather. We enjoyed the food in the dining room, our waiter, Luis took care of us and was very attentive. We felt the nightly ... Read More
We looked at various cruises but liked this one because of the itinerary. We had a great cruise and perfect weather. We enjoyed the food in the dining room, our waiter, Luis took care of us and was very attentive. We felt the nightly entertainment was lacking. We went to the shows but more times then not, they did not hold our interest. We were looking for more music options in the evenings after dinner. My son was also disappointed with the teen club, he did eventually meet up with some kids but did not participate as he normally does on cruises. We were also not thrilled with the new location of the cruise port for Royal Caribbean out of Puerto Rico. My husband wanted to walk around Old El San Juan prior to departure but we would have needed to take a taxi to the area and it was more work than it should have been. We found ideas for the shore excursions through the roll call that we followed prior to our departure. Went to the Cruise Critic meet and greet and met another couple from Long Island who gave us some touring ideas on the various islands and with whom we shared a taxi back to the ship from one of the beaches we visited. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
My 3 sisters and I took a “sister’s cruise” because we all work hard and deserved it! It was the first time we have all taken a trip together since family vacations as kids. What a blast! I wished we had more time on some of the ... Read More
My 3 sisters and I took a “sister’s cruise” because we all work hard and deserved it! It was the first time we have all taken a trip together since family vacations as kids. What a blast! I wished we had more time on some of the islands, but that seems to be a common gripe of many cruisers who just have a hard time dragging themselves off a tropical island. We felt rushed at times. Regarding excursions: we did a few. The Race excursion on St. Maarten was a waste of time and money. Don’t do it! It was rather disorganized and some of the clues weren’t current. You’d be better off spending your brief time on St. Maarten enjoying the beaches, shopping and exploring the town and other parts of the island, as time allows. On the other hand, the UTV excursion on Aruba was worth every penny. We laughed our heads off and it met our need for speed! Our guide, Mark, was great and we took in lots of beautiful scenery and got lots of pics that day. Snorkeling on Bonaire (Coco beach) was AMAZING. The cave tour was just “okay”. Nothing spectacular. On the cruise ship, my only complaints (and none of them are really that big of a deal) would be 1. My cabin complaint which is detailed below. 2. The pop machines are SCARCE and were often out of ice or being repaired, and the pop from the bars didn’t taste right. 3. The entertainment got a bit raunchy for me at times. Guess I was a little naive. Will know better next time, though some of the entertainment was quite good. 4. We never actually met our cabin steward. Guess I just thought we’d have at least some interaction. Overall, I was quite pleased with the cruise and would do it again. The staff was very friendly and helpful and it’s refreshing to see a group of people who at least appear to genuinely enjoy their jobs. Our servers in the Sapphire dining room, Raj and Kaixin, were fabulous and made sure we were satisfied with our meals. The food there was delicious. The other cruisers were pleasant and it was great to see such a variety of people (college age, families, senior citizens, etc) all finding enjoyment on the ship and islands and just having a great time. I’d take another cruise thru RCI. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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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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