Sail Date: July 2014
I went on the Med Cruise on the Adventure of the Seas from July 20th until the 3rd August 2014. I was in a party of six, my wife, her brother, sister in law and two teenage children. This was my 12th Cruise (3rd one with Royal Caribbean). ... Read More
I went on the Med Cruise on the Adventure of the Seas from July 20th until the 3rd August 2014. I was in a party of six, my wife, her brother, sister in law and two teenage children. This was my 12th Cruise (3rd one with Royal Caribbean). We booked through our usual agent and everything went smoothly from tickets to check-in and arrival of luggage which I loved being taken off us from the car and delivered to our rooms. Positives What made the cruise for me was the hilarious Captain that we had, he made us smile and laugh every day with his humorous announcements over the ships tanoy system. Food brilliant (and I ‘am fussy about eating only top quality food) both in the Windjammer and formal dining restaurant. Our waiters in the dining room were excellent being both attentive, funny and nothing too much trouble, my wine was waiting for me on the table every evening. Room fantastic - Best room we have ever had, although it was a Junior Suite with a huge balcony (a first for us) I did go and see my Brother in Law’s inside Stateroom and they were lovely and clean as well. We were in Cabin 1364 on deck 10, port side, aft five doors down from the Royal Suite. The rooms were well placed near to all important amenities and very quiet at night with good sound proofing. The port destinations were excellent although excursions via the ship were expensive especially if you have children to consider as well. We only opted to do two organised trips one to Rome and the other to Pisa, both excellent trips. We did our own thing for the other ports using the Red City Tour Buses (very good value) and the noddy train. One word of warning DO NOT USE THE NODDY TRAIN AT MALAGA FROM THE SHIP TO THE CITY CENTRE it charges a fortune and only takes you 500yards. Negatives – Smoking areas seemed to be everywhere and were really annoying. The 3600 guests onboard instead of the normal 3100 made it a quite competitive environment at times such as breakfast in the Windjammer trying to secure a table. Plastic camping type plates (horrible) sometimes dirty cutlery and plates straight from the dishwasher you had to check that you had picked up a clean one. Sun beds another issue with an altercation one morning with one woman trying to reserve nine in the solarium area while her family had a lie in. Queues at the pool bars due to the amount of guests and lack of bar staff seemed to be waiting ages to get served. Think twice about drinks packages because you can only drink what you can get served one drink at a time (Not much chance of drinking the ship dry). Public toilet areas were filthy paddling in urine by the afternoon and smelt dreadfully of urine, not much sign of toilet attendants. Entertainment was poor to average with strange show times. The guest acts were fantastic a comedian/pianist and a string quartet were talented and hilarious, could not get tickets for the ice show and the farewell party was rubbish! The cruise director and activities manager were far too busy making videos and appearing on ship’s Television which I certainly did not go on a cruise to watch. My major complaint with this ship is that I always take a telescopic fishing rod on holiday so when we arrive at a port with suitable places to fish from my wife goes shopping and I fish for a few hours. Not so, they confiscated my rod and refused to hand back until we arrived back in England, I was so upset, never before in 11 previous cruises as this ever been a problem. Shame on you Royal Caribbean for spoiling my vacation. I checked the companies terms and conditions and it is not a prohibited item. Naked or exposed flames are, but every smoker on board was clutching a cigarette lighter in their hand wandering around the ship - where is the logic in that please?? I enquired at the customer service desk several times and was treated in a very rude and short manner. Although the majority of staff were lovely and helpful a few had awful personalities. This Captain has been brought in from the Brilliance to sort this ship out and I hope he succeeds. P&O or Celebrity for us from now on, thanks Royal Caribbean you were good once on the Independence of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas but not anymore!   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
I was a bit worried after reading many bad reviews, I now don't know what some people are complaining about, the ship was very clean and well looked after. I found the staff very welcoming and in particular Audrian our Stateroom ... Read More
I was a bit worried after reading many bad reviews, I now don't know what some people are complaining about, the ship was very clean and well looked after. I found the staff very welcoming and in particular Audrian our Stateroom attendant, our waiters Ivan and Omar. Nothing was too much hassle, we had a couple of small issues with soda packages and on board credit, these however were sorted very quickly with a follow up phone call to verify that we were happy. The children loved the cruise, so much that they want us to go on another one next year, I also found the selection of food was good, although I did talk to some people who were not that happy with it..... Really don't understand why ! I seriously could not think of anything else that should have been in the breakfast buffet ! All in all, a brilliant cruise and I will certainly be back on board at some point, met some great people and the kids have made some new friends. (Special thanks to guest services, they went above and beyond to find out the email address of one of my youngest sons new friends and have since exchanged emails) I agree with the previous review about the ports, I think they need to revise the transport available at each port, but all in all, really enjoyed thje stops. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Our first time on the Adventure but not with RCI, (we are Diamond members in the crown and anchor) so have experienced the boarding a few times now, but this one was great. We only live down the coast so got to the car park nice and early ... Read More
Our first time on the Adventure but not with RCI, (we are Diamond members in the crown and anchor) so have experienced the boarding a few times now, but this one was great. We only live down the coast so got to the car park nice and early (around 1100) parked up as directed and before I put the handbrake on, the boot was open and the cases were being taken away to the van. We did make sure all our cases were taken before moving off, taking the first photograph and making our way to the terminal. We were met by lots of staff and given our little red sticker for the 'fast lane' and joined the que for security (the only slow bit, but happy to wait). Onwards to get our boarding cards after the check to see if my credit card was working ok... then straight on board, no waiting in the lounge. We did stop for our first photograph (we don't normally, but gave it a go) then on board. A great start to our cruise. We have been on the Navigator before, same class, so knew the size and layout etc, but it is always fun finding the little differences and odd things around any ship, so off to the windjammer for lunch. Rob and Jammie, the managers in the entertainment team, made a very good duo, and we enjoyed the morning shows on channel 14 along with the question of the day for a goodie bag at the end of the cruise (no I didn’t win, but it was fun). Between them, they hosted many activities on board and along with our table mates, we attended the progressive quiz, which took place each sea day, and even managed to come third out of the 30 ish teams, a very well attended activity. On board entertainment – the main theatre The shows that the ship’s team put on were good, the singers I think worked very well as a team and the dancers were great, not all the shows were what we thought they were going to be but still good shows. The shows by the more famous artistes were a mixed bag, some we really enjoyed ‘the bohemians’, the hypnotist and surprisingly for us, the magician for example, but others we didn’t, but they must cater for all tastes. The ships entertainers. As like all other ships that we have been on, the bands are flexible in what they can play, this time around I don’t think there was a band from the uk (not like the Indy) but good for a bit of toe tapping (however there was one band that we renamed to ‘Gerry and the atrics’). The solo players in the various bars are all very good in what they do and it is a matter of what type of music you like, and there is a very good daily list of all the things going on and where you can find them. The Ice show – We do like attending them, always good and well worth a visit, no change this time. The Parades – We chose a cabin overlooking the promenade to avoid the crush, as these events are normally very well attended, but on two occasions went down anyway. A chance to get on the ‘cruise in review’ cd if you wanted. The game shows. If you have seen them once then you know what to expect. Designed for the young at heart and game for a laugh. As we have been to most of the ports before we only did two excursions. One in Palma as it was a Sunday and you know that most shops are shut in Spain on a Sunday, and the other from Cannes to the perfume factory and small village in the mountains. Cannes was the first, by tender, but not a lot of time to wander around before the meet at the pier for the coach trip. A bit of confusion by the staff (not sure if it was the French side or RCI) but we stood for a while in the heat waiting to get on the bus (which was already there). Anyway, we got on and went up the winding roads up to Grasse and the perfume factory. Which was actually quite interesting, and I even purchased some after shave stuff… My wife also managed to spend some money on some perfume. Then of to St Paul-de-Vence, a picturesque 16 th century village, very narrow streets etc. We were due to catch the last tender at 1700, and our guide stated that we will meet at 1600 to travel the 45 mins back… I did ask if this was sensible but was informed that it would be fine…. Yep you guessed it, the very last tender (1720) was the one we eventually managed to get on, but a good day. Palma and the wine tasting. We only chose this one to do something, and it was brilliant. Off in the hills to a this wine producing farm who feed us (olives, bread, salt etc) along with the rather large portion of wine to taste… and I must say it was rather nice, so much in fact we purchased a couple of bottles. Excellent day out. Dining We like to have a table of 6 or 8 at the same sitting each night, as this give a good chance to really know and ‘gel’ with you table mates and I don’t know how they decide who goes where but they did it again, a great table. The food was always of a high standard, only once did my wife have to return a steak that wasn’t not quite enough (I like mine rare ish) but apart from that no complaints what so ever. The size of the meal is perfect, however if you did want more, it is no problem, just order two starters or as I did once, two puddings… The staff will bend over backwards to help, and we were very well looked after from the head waiter down to our attentive assistant waiter. We only went to the main dining room once for breakfast, and its great if you have a bit of time to waste (the omelettes are great) but if you need to get somewhere fast, then the self-service option is probably better. We did visit Johnny Rockets just the once this trip as most of the time it opened at 1400, which is a bit late for our first sitting in the main dining room, but it did open at 1200 on one day so we got there and enjoyed the feast and fun that is Johnny Rockets. Most breakfasts were had in the Diamond lounge, which is a lot quieter than the hustle in the windjammer, saying that, when we did use the windjammer we found that if you went to the back, you could find a seat with no problems. Then there is the food outlets in the promenade, which we did only a couple of times, enjoying a Ben & Jerry’s (extra cost) and a single slice of pizza (trying not to put too much weight on). All good but we did find towards the end of the 14 nights, the ‘young adults’ were starting to get a bit loud and the parents nowhere to be seen. Disembarkation As relative locals (only down the coast a few miles) and Diamond members, we were given the ‘green 27’ slot which related to 0815 departure. This gave us a bit of time to get up (not too early) and enjoy a cooked breakfast cooked by somebody else for the final time before meeting in our allotted location waiting for the last call. As normal if you wanted your cases to be taken down for you, they had to be outside your cabin by 2300 the evening before with the appropriate tags on. Or you could take your own off, we decided on the former, so only had a backpack and my suit carrier with me. Almost smack on time, we were given to information that all was ready for us, so off we went…. Using our sea pass for the final time to confirm that we had indeed left and not hiding somewhere (we did think about it). Down to the cases which we found almost straight away, and off through customs (phone them up if you wanted them) and to the car. This one I think the best cruise we have done so far, no because of the ports of call, even they were great, but mostly the crew and other passengers that we got to know over the two weeks. (the sun helped)   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2014
Cannot understand any negative reviews. Apart from a few small issues there is nothing really to complain about ! The ship (including our cabin) was very clean. Food - we ate at the 8.30 seating and couldn't fault it all. Our waiters ... Read More
Cannot understand any negative reviews. Apart from a few small issues there is nothing really to complain about ! The ship (including our cabin) was very clean. Food - we ate at the 8.30 seating and couldn't fault it all. Our waiters were outstanding - nothing was too much trouble. We also ate in both dining rooms for breakfast and sometimes Windjammer, again brilliant selection. We all loved the coffee shop in the promenade for sandwhiches, pizzas cakes etc (have to mention the coffee was lovely ! ), my daughter ate in Johnny Rockets, for a small cover charge, and said this was very good. We tried all the bars, they were all lovely, depending on whether you fancied a classy champagne bar or an English pub ! Cocktails were nice and reasonably priced, wine was extortionately priced though ! Our group also used room service quite a lot which was excellent ! Shows - went to quite a few of the shows, the Bee Gees was outstanding as was the hypnotist. The singing and dancing shows were good too. The final show was, however, disappointing. My Daughter went to the ice show which she said was really good. I think we took advantage of most of the facilities onboard - golf, rock climbing, ice skating, pool, table tennis, gym, kids clubs ... There really is something for everyone ! Was great for us as we travelled in a group of 9 ages ranging from 12 to mid 70s. The shops/shopping events on board were good, reasonably good prices. Ports of call - shuttle services very poor unless you booked the trips through the cruise (which were very expensive). However, very well organised getting on /off the ship. Kids clubs - excellent, always plenty to do, hardly saw the children ! Staff on board in general very friendly. The only issue we had was with our free drinks package which was for less than we had been told. Guest services were not helpful with this but I have emailed RCI on our return. All in all, a really great holiday - from the ease of checking in (not having to fly !), great overall service and attention to detail, fab food and activities, lovely ports of call and meeting lovely new friends. Would definitely recommend. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
I have sailed on this ship before and still was amazed at how well kept she was. Cleaned all the time, balconies washed, painted and varnished - a continuous effort to keep the ship looking good. I sometimes wonder what other reviewers ... Read More
I have sailed on this ship before and still was amazed at how well kept she was. Cleaned all the time, balconies washed, painted and varnished - a continuous effort to keep the ship looking good. I sometimes wonder what other reviewers expectations are and if they live in a 5 star environment that no matter what effort the staff make they still aren't happy! I have no complaints to make on the overall appearance, and cleanliness of staterooms and public areas. Staff as always excellent, full of smiles and genuinely happy to ensure you have a great holiday. MDR - food good standard, our waiter gave us an extra main dish each night to try - mainly the indian curries, which were always tasty. My son was a bit off colour one evening and waiter offered to send food to our cabin for him and stateroom attendant looked in on him and spent some time with him to allow us to have dinner. Needless to say she received our WOW card. Wind jammer busy on port days, always good choice and able to get tables ok. Ports - still get a bit annoyed at ports that are advertised and then you find the only way into town is by taxi or royal shuttle service - wish they would just include this in overall cruise cost or at least tell you there are local shuttles available (Valencia) Southampton cruise terminal - very efficient, no queues, well organised. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
We traveled in a group of 7 on Adventure of the Seas in Aug. '14  Although we had a great holiday as a group, we were very disappointed with some aspects of the cruise. It was our 3rd time with Royal Caribbean. Generally the food in ... Read More
We traveled in a group of 7 on Adventure of the Seas in Aug. '14  Although we had a great holiday as a group, we were very disappointed with some aspects of the cruise. It was our 3rd time with Royal Caribbean. Generally the food in the main dining room was poor. It often arrived cold and often over cooked (especially the fish). I had the worst scallops I have ever tasted. There is no way RCI can boast 'World Class Fine Dining'. It most certainly wasn't. I could have cooked it better myself at home. The food in Windjammer very good considering it is self service. Salads always fresh and delicious. There were gangs of teenagers sending lifts up and down aimlessly and leaving soaking wet pool towels in the lifts, on the stairs and in odd corners of the ship. Regularly saw abandoned plates of food on stairs. One night there was a fight in the night club. The poor victim spent the night in the ships medical centre and the 2 perpetrators put in the slammer. I don't know what happened to them but I hope they were thrown off at the next port.After that more security staff patrolled at night. We were very surprised at the lack of table manners of so many people and their children very badly behaved at meal times. One day by the pool it was 2hours before we saw a waiter taking drinks orders. We have booked P&O for next year. We may give RCI another chance in the future but if we have the same problems again we will sever our love affair with RCI. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
After reading these reviews i was worried about my cruise, however after just returning i have no idea what people are complaining about! The food was fantastic, i've tried a variety of new things swell as having a few classic dishes ... Read More
After reading these reviews i was worried about my cruise, however after just returning i have no idea what people are complaining about! The food was fantastic, i've tried a variety of new things swell as having a few classic dishes such as burger, pizza, chips, curries,fish dishes etc… The service was excellent, initially there were a few member of staff complaining out loud to each other but this stopped after the first hour or so. As for the entertainment the shows in the theatre were fantastic. The onboard orchestra were without doubt the highlight of all evenings though, often receiving a louder cheer than the main headline act! All acts were extremely talented and entertaining (what more could you ask for?!) The cruise director staff were all welcoming, friendly and (most of all) entertaining - one person who particularly stood out was Cuddy who I felt was the highlight of the staff for his fun, crazy, unorthodox moments with were extremely funny! Overall brilliant! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Just got back from a 12 night cruise around the med. This was our first cruise and having read the reviews (which some were negative) didn't really know what to expect. Check in was quick and simple. Once on board we were straight to ... Read More
Just got back from a 12 night cruise around the med. This was our first cruise and having read the reviews (which some were negative) didn't really know what to expect. Check in was quick and simple. Once on board we were straight to our room which was very clean and comfortable. We chose a balcony, deck 7, room 7530. The room assistant was very good, she kept making us animals out of the towels too. The food was brilliant from both the windjammer and the main dining room. The ship its self was also clean with the cleaners visible everywhere. The service from the staff was second to none, always polite and helpful. I agree with a review further down about the children, however if you choose to travel during school holidays there are going to be children on board, however they should be more supervised by their parents. Entertainment was good, the magician on the last night was amazing. Ports of call were lovely, with things to do near by if you didn't want to venture to far from the ship. The cruise compass left in your room each night told you everything you needed to know about the next day eg time of arrival and departure from ports (this was also repeat by the captain in the morning) also what was happening on the ship the next day. Drinks were not too expensive aboard the ship. If i decided to cruise again i would have no worries about booking RCI. One negative point (this is nothing to do with the staff, this is the passengers on board) if you have a drink or some food away from cafes and bars, take your plate, cup or glass back to where you got it from. If the cleaners had just cleaned the area you left these in they may be there a short while before a cleaner returns to this area They are there to look after you, they are not your slaves. Well done to all the staff on board our cruise, and keep up the good work. Disembarking the ship was half an hour ahead of our selected time. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Totally enjoyed myself being a solo traveler. Met lots of really nice people. Ship offered numerous activities each day, including art seminars at auctions through Park West Gallery. Excursions were good, but Gijon was a waste of time and ... Read More
Totally enjoyed myself being a solo traveler. Met lots of really nice people. Ship offered numerous activities each day, including art seminars at auctions through Park West Gallery. Excursions were good, but Gijon was a waste of time and money. I hope they take that new port off of the itinerary, as it was a waste of time. Most of the passengers complained. Entertainment was fantastic!!! Went to most of the shows. The ice skating show as gorgeous! Food in the dining room was very good, and Windjammer was good. All in all, I had a great time. I don't have any wild desire to go back to any of the countries, but then I don't think the cities we went to were really representative of the Spanish Mediterranean.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
As my title says it was so much better than I had been expecting from someof the reviews I had read. Getting on board at Southampton was a piece of cake, our balcony cabin on deck 6 was spotless and Bobby our steward couldnt have done more ... Read More
As my title says it was so much better than I had been expecting from someof the reviews I had read. Getting on board at Southampton was a piece of cake, our balcony cabin on deck 6 was spotless and Bobby our steward couldnt have done more to help us(even reminding us that we had walked past our cabin :) ).The food in the windjammer was always hot and there was always plenty to chose from.I didnt see anyone get into the buffet without using the hand sanitiser.Even at busy times you could usually find a table to eat at. The main dining room on deck 5 (ATD) was great we ate there every evening and the waiters were always happy to change a dish if you did not like it.We were never rushed to leave the table. We tried many of the bars, our favorite was the Champagne bar were the staff were great (Dennis makes great Cocktails) I am not saying that everything was perfect, but overall a great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
My husband and I sailed on the Adventure from 9/28/2014 until 10-12-2014. I love the longer cruises because you can really relax. The weather was perfect for the whole trip. The cruise director, Bobbi was fun, professional and visible. ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Adventure from 9/28/2014 until 10-12-2014. I love the longer cruises because you can really relax. The weather was perfect for the whole trip. The cruise director, Bobbi was fun, professional and visible. Between announcements from the captain and the cruise director we were continually updated on happenings around the ship and about the ports. Our room steward, Bruce was great and was a great conversationalist. He took care of our needs and was fun to visit with but not overbearing. The Diamond Club filled up early but if you got there at a reasonable time, you could get a seat, even if it was on the outside deck. We had assigned seating for dinner and sat with great people from the UK. We looked forward to going to dinner each night just to visit with them and if we saw them out and about on the ship we would stop to chat or sit and enjoy lunch or breakfast with them. The size of the ship is just right. You actually see some of the people more than once unlike larger ships. For the first week, we did not have our luggage because the airline we started our trip on did not transfer it to the second airline. Wesley in Customer Relations took care of tracking the cases down and getting them to us. All of the purser's staff was understanding and caring about our situation. Alonzo was awesome, making us comfortable for the week. It was easy to get into the shows, find a seat and get a drink. Food was plentiful all over the ship. The entire staff on this ship was the best and friendliest I have seen. Kudos to Christelle, the Purell lady in the Windjammer, Bruce our room steward, Gemma, Jorge and Veronica in the dining room, Wesley and Alonzo and the entire staff at Customer Relations, there was a waiter in the Diamond Lounge from the Philippines who was fabulous. I can't remember his name but he had dark hair with light streaks and there were so many fantastic wairters in the Windjammer. I wish I could take this trip all over again. All in all, Royal Caribbean did not disappoint on this trip, unlike our second cruise on the Oasis, a week later. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Having read many reviews, some positive others scathing, we were informed the day before sailing, there was an outbreak of gastric intestinal illness and the ship was going to have a deep clean, we boarded on the 28th September at ... Read More
Having read many reviews, some positive others scathing, we were informed the day before sailing, there was an outbreak of gastric intestinal illness and the ship was going to have a deep clean, we boarded on the 28th September at Southampton approximately 2 hours latter then our allotted time. On our first visit to the Windjammer restaurant the food wax luke warm, this was pointed out to an officer, but unfortunately for the 14 days of the cruise food was far from hot, manly luke warm or cold. Food in the windjammer, seemed to lack verity and same food day day after day no variation. While on the subject of the windjammer, it was noted that some of the seats were worn and torn, and needed replacing, this you would not have on Celebrity of Princess lines. The cleanness of the ship was outstanding, all areas being cleaned on a daily basic, we did find that four days into the cruise there were passengers falling ill of gastric intestinal problems, this is why the cleaning had intensified. Every day we were subject to a barrage of information and a song informing all passengers to wash your hands, and to use your knuckles to operate the lift, but it was all for our well being. This said the question has to be asked if food is being served below the required temperature, this could be one contributing factor that so many passengers were falling ill. The evening entertainment in the lyric theatre was outstanding, all shows top class, the ice show also was fantastic a must be see. The imperial lounge band, Blue Moons music was limited and mainly Beatles, and songs from the sixties, the waiter service in this lounge was laughable, after sitting for over 10 minutes I walked to the main bar area, two waiters were talking to each other, neither bothered to asked if I wanted anything. Eventually I asked for a couple of drinks to be sent to our table, it took a further 15 minutes for the drinks to arrive, the poor waiter service was repeated in Jesters and the pool, areas. taking to other passengers it was agreed, that since the drinks packages had been introduced the waiters did not care, they were not getting a tip. Jesters night club was great the DJ very accommodating, if he did not have the music you wanted and it was on your i player he simply plunged it in. There was a duo also playing in various bars throughout the cruise, how they got this job i don't know, even an officer stated that they could not sing. Both my wife and myself felt that the day time activities seemed to be lacking and were not as good as other cruise lines we have sailed with. We had an inside cabin that was great loads of space to store this, cabin steward Selwyn was fantastic always smiling and so helpful.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Being this our 3rd cruise and our friends 1st, we had the most wonderful time, my husband and friends husband are both wheelchair users and were catered for very good, the staff were very helpful and friendly and we managed to disembark ... Read More
Being this our 3rd cruise and our friends 1st, we had the most wonderful time, my husband and friends husband are both wheelchair users and were catered for very good, the staff were very helpful and friendly and we managed to disembark every port we visited and used the special shuttle buses laid on for us which was a bonus, our staterooms were spacious and spotlessly clean with an ocean view on deck 3 with lifts, and resturant on same floor which was handy, considering these rooms were not disable rooms there was plenty of room with a lovely bathroom and shower, our nice cabin steward Duncan was lovely and very helpful, we used the 8.30 sitting for dinner which was less of a rush for getting ready for the evening which worked well when you have been visiting places and didnt have to rush back , we had some lovely shows and good party nights in the prom which was great, the food was good and quite alot to chose from, in all a great cruise and certainly got our friends hooked, cant wait till our next one Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
The whole experience was fantastic. From getting on board the ship to disembarking at the end was made so easy for us. No hassle at the port. No hassle getting on the ship. No hassle with heavy luggage. No hassle finding the stateroom. ... Read More
The whole experience was fantastic. From getting on board the ship to disembarking at the end was made so easy for us. No hassle at the port. No hassle getting on the ship. No hassle with heavy luggage. No hassle finding the stateroom. (cabin) No hassle finding wonderful food. No hassle with excursions. You just meet up at a specified time and follow your guide to the coach waiting just off the ship. The ships staff are brilliant at their jobs, and are so helpful. It is so easy from the moment you get on the ship, to the moment you leave. The entertainment was superb, ranging from X Factor finalists to pub rock bands to jugglers and comedians. There was live premiership football on giant poolside screens. Bands playing up on deck. Numerous Quizzes, covering all subjects. Casino's. A putting green. Gaming machines areas, Cinema, Jacuzzi. The list is endless. We were so impressed with royal caribbean, we have booked another one with them this june. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Well , let's start at embarkation , which was changed from 11am to 2pm due to a deep cleanse requires as norovirus was on the previous sailing. All went quite well ,considering. Although the muster was a bit of a shambles , as guests ... Read More
Well , let's start at embarkation , which was changed from 11am to 2pm due to a deep cleanse requires as norovirus was on the previous sailing. All went quite well ,considering. Although the muster was a bit of a shambles , as guests still walking on at that time. Our first cruise , we absolutely loved it. Met some nice people , food was good , and most importantly , the service was great. Staff really couldn't have done more for you . I really loved the entertainment , every evening we went to a Different show , loved the ice show and G4 s Jonathan , enough to do , and the ports of call were interesting although the Barcelona tour guide was not so good and barely spoke English . Loved the whole cruising thing , although not so much as some customers who seemed to have done upwards of ten cruises on the same itinerary ("not getting off at Vigo dear, we've been there 8times before "!) that would bore me , but I can see the draw of the floating hotel thing for the elderly . Being fifty something, I would be drawn only by new itineraries , and exciting places to visit. However, it was really fab to have a good night out a few drinks , a sing song around the piano, and didn't have to get a taxi home. Special stars were the dining room staff , Linnell and Sachin and Eddie, were really great and a credit to RC. Personally we preferred the dining room to the self serve windjammer, which was often like Victoria station on a Monday morning. Although ok for a quick bite. Cruise director bobby was good , and kept us all informed . One gripe was that we were not informed that the meet and mingle was changed to another venue and time , so missed that sadly. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Boarding was delayed because of Noro Virus on the previous cruise and long queues were causing some consternation for passengers. Fortunately we were able to bypass these as we are diamond members. There was continuous cleaning taking ... Read More
Boarding was delayed because of Noro Virus on the previous cruise and long queues were causing some consternation for passengers. Fortunately we were able to bypass these as we are diamond members. There was continuous cleaning taking place throughout the cruise to try and eliminate further infections and all crew must be praised for the extra work, often unpaid, to eliminate the virus. I have never seen so many sanitising gel stations being used, literally at every food venue, shop and entertainment venue both going in and coming out. Food in the main restaurant was usually good . We were on a table of 6 and half of us were quite happy with the food while the others were less happy. Service from our two waiters, both from Mauritius was excellent. Beef and steak were good. No lobster now on European cruises, only in the Caribbean? The Windjammer was very disappointing for us. We only ate there at breakfast and lunch time, There was no self service because of possible contamination, but plenty extra staff were recruited from all areas of the ship to serve passengers so it worked well. We were served by the band members and dancers on many occasions, always with a smiling face. In fact I wondered how long they would be able to keep this up as it went on for the whole cruise. Quality of food in the Windjammer has definitely deteriorated since our last cruise on RCI. Fish and chips were very disappointing, mainly batter on poor quality fish. The chips were very good. There was a vegetable curry every day but rarely a good meat curry. In fact, when it was available it looked dried up and unappetising. Oh dear, what has happened to the cakes. There was very limited selection with the same things every day. The pastries were generally poor too. In fact the only pasty I could recommend was in Johnny Rockets where the apple pie was excellent. I was told that their apple pie was made by a different chef. Compared with a recent cruise on Princess, RCI were miles behind on the food supplied which is surprising when you consider their recent advertising of their new ships food venues. Entertainment was generally good. The resident singers and dancers were excellent as was the Ice Show. I am not a great lover of the Promenade on these ships. There is always a shortage of seating at the coffee shop or pub with the same people appearing to hog their seats most of the time. When the sun shines it is much better because many were on the sun decks soaking up the heat and we had lots of sunshine during this cruise. In fact it was too hot for me much of the time. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2014
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots ... Read More
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots of nice people working onboard, itinerary was interesting (although I missed not stepping out of EU zone which made all shopping 20% more expensive due to UK VAT). Food was okay - choises were ample, but it featured mostly food appealing to UK and US customers. To our taste food was a bit too heavy. Different tastes in different parts of world, I agree. And food is subjective! My only complaint was actually about the serving temperature. Food should have been hotter when it arrived to my table. We had the pleasure to meet Captain Tony Calne who invited us for a dinner on Halloween night - and that of course made our cruise! It was a night to remember! He is a nice fellow from Turku Finland, has great sence of humour and is a good person to represent the ship. We saw him numerous times onboard, and he always stopped to chat for a minute or two. Embarkation was a nightmare. It was postponed to start at 1.30pm since two or three previous cruises had noro virus problems, and they were doing thorough sanitation. This meant that the port was crouded at 2 pm when we arrived but luckily for us, Platinum and up guests were escorted out of the herd standing outside the building quickly in and on to the ship. Once inside the building, the check in went quickly. Debarkation on the otherhand was a wet one, since it was pouring and you had to walk on the pier without cover. We got soaked! we did not see any signs of Noro on board. They constantly played the Wash Your Hands song on TV and before shows and sanitation liquid was offered every time you stepped in or out of any restaurant. We did all other port excursions on our own, only in Bilbao we purchased RCI transport to the city and back, but did not participate to any of their excursions otherwise. The best bar on board was definitely Champagne Bar, where drink mixologist Philip was able to creat magical drinks in a way we had never experienced. Ship was full, most of 3700 being British, 300 from US, 100 Irish and the rest around the world. They warned us that due to British school break there would be loads of children onboard, but we faced no hassle with children. I think the ship was in good shape, people were generally helpful and friendly. Our cabin attendant was not WOWing us in any way, but produced standard service and not giving any reasons for any exact complaints, but he did just what is required, nothing extra or special, except for 3 towel animals. My only real complaint about him is that he never managed to clean our room in the morning while we were having our breakfast. During our past cruises cleaning has happened right after we had vacated the room. Maybe he was busy somewhere else at the same time. Our cabin 6680 was the very last side balcony cabin on deck 6 so it had metal balcony railing. Ample of room for the 2 of us. No complaint whatsoever, and we did not mind the walk at all. So in conclusion this was a fun week for us, with the highlight of having been invited to join Captain's Table on Halloween night. This cruise I will remember! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Just returned from 14 night Western Med on AOS,getting onboard was total nightmare but for our own safe and well being as so many passengers were taking ill on cruise before. Onboard and everything was brillant,crew ... Read More
Just returned from 14 night Western Med on AOS,getting onboard was total nightmare but for our own safe and well being as so many passengers were taking ill on cruise before. Onboard and everything was brillant,crew entertainment,food,amazing locations my fav was Barcelona. Cabin was very very clean at all times our lady was called Sandra she was amazing,clean towels most days,it was also very roomy didnt use the balcony that much as wanted to be up on the decks all the time. MDR we had my time dining which suited us as we liked to have early dinner,had same time and table every night our waiters were Wilfredo and Benjamin they were out standing one night we were served and had eaten in 41 mins good one All in had a great time,lots of hand washing cos of the illness before but who doesnt wash their hands . Royal Caribbean well done to you Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
First cruise. Really impressed. There was a gastro outbreak on the previous trip which led to delays on boarding due to the captain ordering a deep clean of the ship. While the delay was frustrating I prefer waiting than being ill so as a ... Read More
First cruise. Really impressed. There was a gastro outbreak on the previous trip which led to delays on boarding due to the captain ordering a deep clean of the ship. While the delay was frustrating I prefer waiting than being ill so as a one off I can’t really fault this. The restaurants were great. The main dining room was beautiful, the staff brilliant and the food amazing. The Windjammer restaurant was very nice with great views from all windows and lovely food. I don’t normally like buffets but this was great. Always plenty of choice and I could always get more if I wished due to it being self-service. Only struggled to get a table at breakfast but always managed after a couple of minutes looking. Cleanliness was to a high standard. Our room attendant was a very nice chap who looked after us and left us towel animals to amuse my 8 year old. He deserved his tip. I really am finding it hard to fault this cruise. Even the security staff were friendly and polite. We were treated like royalty from start to finish.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We usually book inside cabins on the 18 cruises we have been on and we had cabin 7131 on this ship that we havent been on before.It had twin beds pushed together for a queen and my wife had to climb on the bed as it was too near the ... Read More
We usually book inside cabins on the 18 cruises we have been on and we had cabin 7131 on this ship that we havent been on before.It had twin beds pushed together for a queen and my wife had to climb on the bed as it was too near the wall.Mornings around 5am the noise from above started. We phoned reception and 2 security guards who investigated said it was kitchen preparation and it wouldnt happen again. It did. Reception staff were pleasant and anxious to please and found us a cabin with a window and larger. We than had to shift all our luggage and a steward helped with the changeover. The weather was amazing sunshine all the way unusual for the Med in October. The restaurant food was excellent and Jenny Shimrah and Xiaoquan (her assistant) we amazing (He sang Happy Birthday in Chinese for me) We have had good service before but this was exceptional. Entertainment was the usual reasonable standard except the hypnotist who was amazing. Went to the show twice. Most unusual. The ship had done a deep clean as it had the norovirus and all the staff were continually cleaning and wiping surfaces even reception staff and dancers and the orchestra. Library was closed because of this which was a shame. All three pools were very chilly. In spite of the room problems for the first week, we would go Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
Our 2nd cruise, 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas, 1st time doing the transatlantic. We loved it! The embarkation process, predictably and understandably, was somewhat chaotic and involved lots of line-standing. It all worked out, ... Read More
Our 2nd cruise, 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas, 1st time doing the transatlantic. We loved it! The embarkation process, predictably and understandably, was somewhat chaotic and involved lots of line-standing. It all worked out, almost everyone made it on board before the ship left. A couple of days at sea (with a bit of mild choppy weather, enough to let you know that you were on a ship on the ocean), two days of island visits, 6 more (balmy) days at sea, 3 more days of island visits, ending up in San Juan where we stayed another 3 days... Just a perfect mix of activity and total relaxation. The crew on the ship were universally friendly and helpful. A big shout-out to Christopher in the dining room, Lynn who tended our cabin, the guys and gals at the Sky Bar and Pool Bar, you were all great and we deeply appreciated your fine service. A few minor niggles. I think they over-age the steak and other meat - it was always too tender for my taste, too little texture. The deserts tended a bit too much toward chocolates and caramels, for which I am actually grateful since it made it easy to just go with the cheese plate most of the time. And there usually were too many good choices of appetizer and entree, really hard to choose. But one other thing - it seems that Royal Caribbean is moving away from fixed dining to a do-your-own-thing reservation system. If this is true, I will not be back on this line. The last thing I want to do on a cruise is to spend time and energy worrying about where and when and with whom I am going to eat, and then have to spend time on the phone trying to negotiate a table reservation. Assign me a time and a table, give me a menu, and pass the salt and pepper. We never went to any of the shows but those who we talked to said they were well pleased with the shows. We did go to a couple of the how-to-shop pitches; if you are determined to spend money on jewelry, even if you are not, it is an entertaining hour. We went to the history-of-the-islands lecture series and quite enjoyed those presentations. Oh, and I had seen on this site much moaning about the cost and quality of on-board laundry. We had several slacks, shirts, etc. done on two occasions. Prompt, well cleaned and pressed, and for less than the professional cleaners charge at home. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We've just been on Adventure of the Seas transatlantic and had one of the best RCI cruises ever. Ship - The ship was well looked after, well maintained and very clean. To me it didn't look 'tired' like many people have ... Read More
We've just been on Adventure of the Seas transatlantic and had one of the best RCI cruises ever. Ship - The ship was well looked after, well maintained and very clean. To me it didn't look 'tired' like many people have said. For several weeks before we sailed there were reports of Norovirus and deep cleans. There was a lot of ongoing cleaning but not many reports of illness on this cruise. Crew - the crew seemed a generally very happy and helpful bunch of staff. They were friendly, polite and seemed to help more than you would expect if you needed something. They had a friendly sincere approach to great customer service. Out of everyone we encountered on board I just wanted to give an extra massive thanks to 4 staff in particular: Samuel Rudder - Bartender in the Diamond Lounge Xenia Nottny - Retail Assistant Negrut Cristian- Waiter Idewa Satya - Assistant WaiterCheers !!!!!!!!!!!Happy Cruising Everyone !!!!!!!!!! Food - the food very very good in the main dining room (MDR) , OK in the Windjammer (only warm and not too well presented) and we heard a lot of negative reports about Giovanni's. I really like the Brasserie 30 in the MDR on sea days. The create your own salad bar is amazing !!!! Entertainment - I really enjoyed the selection. The production shows with the ship's singers and dancers were very good, the ice show was superb and the headliners were very very good, especially the mentalist and comedy magician. The daytime activities were good and plentiful. Overall - Excellent cruise. I really like transatlantic's for the many sea days so that you can just relax and enjoy a nice laid back vacation. What also makes me do them regularly is the price - I can generally do two x 2 week transatlantic cruises for the same price as 1 around Europe. We paid $586 per person for an inside cabin by booking with a US travel agent and watching out for lower price matches and only £186 per person for the flight back to the UK with Thomas Cook Airlines. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Well where do I begin !! Embarkation at Southampton was rather longer than anticipated , despite having preference over others , I along with other diamon and diamond plus members queued for far longer than we wanted to , however once ... Read More
Well where do I begin !! Embarkation at Southampton was rather longer than anticipated , despite having preference over others , I along with other diamon and diamond plus members queued for far longer than we wanted to , however once onboard its soon forgotten . My superior oceanview balcony cabin on deck ten was just wonderful , beautifully clean and I was blessed with a wonderful Phillipino male room attendant for whom nothing was too much trouble . I had decided not to eat too much on this cruise , so had room service evry morning so that I would not be tempted by the food in the Windjammer , I had a wonderful rapport with Karen from St Vincent who took the same order every morning Two toast and a boiled egg , and she even came to see me as we laughed so much every time we spoke . The windjammer , what can I say , just wonderful , they cater so well for everybody and are always so cheerful . Could I pass that huge tray of cherry crumble , bread and butter pudding , and those tiny cheesecakes well no I couldnt , so I thoroughly enjoyed them every afternoon , and then just skipped dinner AND AM PLEASED TO SAY I DIDNT GAIN A POUND The journey .................well lets say I never experienced rocking in the night like I did on that ship and I was alone !!! I would wake to find the curtains swinging away from the balcony door , then watch them go back again, I took styrgeron from the minute I boarded continuesly for four days so I wasnt sick , but I gather a lot of people were . Bobby the cruise director was fantastic ,he does a great job and is always smiling and happy to chat to everyone ,the programme he records with Renato is hilarious even if its not meant to be , Whats in the box , its not a box its a bag, you are doing this on purpose says Renato will stay with me forever , they are a great double act , and I told them so several times they are doing a fantastic job . The shows were very good except for one , humour re being beaten as a child was not acceptable to many some even left the theatre , so that was unfortunate . All of the ports were good and we enjoyed great weather too apart from the odd soaking in St Thomas , Disembarking was a bit drawn out too , I waitied till later as my flight was not till the afternoon, but the whole process was quite slow . The ships cleaniless, the staffs attitudes ,and the hilarious Captain who told a joke most days were all a pleasure ,but then I am loyal to Royal so I cant compare , but it was a thoroughly enjoyable cruise   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We took our family and friends on a Thanksgiving cruise. It was our second cruise and our family and friends first cruise. Everyone had an awesome time. We still, weeks after, talk almost every day about how much fun it was! Our staff was ... Read More
We took our family and friends on a Thanksgiving cruise. It was our second cruise and our family and friends first cruise. Everyone had an awesome time. We still, weeks after, talk almost every day about how much fun it was! Our staff was so attentive. They figured out what we liked on the first day and kept it coming the rest of the trip. The food at the Wind Jammer was a little predictable but our 8:30 dinner was so incredible every night. We went to the "Lobby Bar" or "Michael's Bar"(our favorite bartender) every night for a drink before dinner. It became a nightly ritual! Our room steward, bar staff and dinner staff became family(mi familia) after the first day. We miss them today! I can tell you with absolute confidence... I will smile each time I describe our enjoyment on this trip for many years! Thank you Royal Caribbean for your wonderful staff! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on 35 cruises. This was our 9 Transatlantic cruise, and our 18 cruise with RCI. Pre-cruise: For the second year in a row, we had pre-booked a car with chauffeur from Online ... Read More
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on 35 cruises. This was our 9 Transatlantic cruise, and our 18 cruise with RCI. Pre-cruise: For the second year in a row, we had pre-booked a car with chauffeur from Online Airport Cars in London, to our hotel in Southampton. It worked again very well for us, and we thought the price was fair. We stayed at the Hotel Novotel Southampton, one day before the cruise. The hotel is an OK 4* hotel, but the prepaid dinner was unfortunately very disappointing. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. The voyage: Unfortunately, we found as last year that the best Transatlantic itinerary in the fall for us, was a cruise from Southampton. Like last November, this meant rather bad weather for two days, until we came to Madeira. We really dislike to sail from Southampton on cruises in late fall, we prefer absolutely to sail from a port in the Mediterranean. And next fall we luckily will just do that, but it's another story … The Ship: The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship, but some things could be maintained better. For example, some elevator buttons did not work, and the large punctured window aft. in the Island Grill, which we also noticed in November last year, was still not changed. Cabin info: We had booked an aft. balcony cabin on deck 9. It was a nice cabin, but with two exceptions, the two very ugly plastic chairs on the balcony, should have been thrown long ago (luckily we had in addition to the chairs two sunbeds, which were fine). In the bathroom we again had a toilet seat that was not so pretty. RCI is the only cruise line we sail with, where we sometimes experience getting less nice toilet seats. We think of course that ugly seats should be replaced at once, but the reason for not doing this is perhaps to save costs? Dining: We had My Time Dining (MTD) in the Mozart Dining Room on deck five. This was really an excellent dining experience! On 11 of our 14 dinners, we were served by the waiter Gennadiy from Ukraine, and his assistant Polo from Peru. We think Gennadiy really is one of the best waiters on the seven seas! Also Polo did an excellent job! But not only these two, but the other waiters we spoke with in "our part" of the Mozart Dining Room, was very nice! - with the only exception of a male assistant waiter. But we will of course not forget the excellent service from the two hostesses Salemnon Vashi and Yurkhan Vashi (cousins), and we were also pleased with the third hostess and our friendly Maitre D'. The food for breakfast and lunch in the Buffet Restaurant Windjammer, was as usual standard buffet food. Unfortunately we experienced that it was empty for prunes when we came to the Caribbean, just like the Transatlantic cruise last year! We have a hard time believing that the logistics would be so complicated, that it should not have been sort it up to this year's cruise. The reason is perhaps that the remaining stock of prunes were put away until the next cruise in the Caribbean - very disappointing! As expected, it was difficult to find an unoccupied table for breakfast and lunch during “peak hours” in the Windjammer. Although a few of the employees in Windjammer was a bit too relaxed, the majority did a very good job of clearing tables etc. We had an excellent dinner at Giovanni’s table. It was nice to experience that on most seadays, food was also prepared and served on pool deck at lunchtime. The crew: Our stateroom attendant from Indonesia was excellent. In addition to him, we also found the other stateroom attendants “in our” starboard corridor (from our aft. stateroom and forward to the lifts), to be very nice. Especially, we had several small pleasant conversations with the male attendant from Guatemala. The majority of rest of the crew we met, were very friendly, with unfortunately a special exception, the unfriendly male officer who was responsible for the deck and pool staff, and who also was responsible for the distribution of bath towels. The Bars: As usually we were pleased with the Viking Crown Lounge at the top of the ship. Entertainment: Of course, a lot of entertainment. The two different ice shows we watched, was as expected excellent. But we no longer go to see the production shows. We are quite tired to experience that part of the music/songs presented, is not "original music". The reason for this is probably copyright issues/costs for RCI. Moreover, we think that most of the live music was good. The Crown & Anchor Society: As Diamond Plus member we were again pleased with the nightly Diamond Event in the Imperial Lounge, with the serving of free beverages and canapés. All the waiters were very friendly. We also appreciate the new offer, that Diamond members and above, now get three free drink coupons to use each day in the bars around the ship, during the hours for the nightly event. We never visited the Concierge Lounge in the evening, it was too crowded. Itinerary – The 5 ports of call were all good. Disembarkation in San Juan - smooth. Easy to find baggage. Overall – A very pleasant cruise!   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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