1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
The cruise served as a milestone anniversary trip, so OVERALL, it was a great cruise! Very relaxing, lots of the home stresses were forgotten for a week. The positives of the cruise and ship were the food (we only ate at main DR and ... Read More
The cruise served as a milestone anniversary trip, so OVERALL, it was a great cruise! Very relaxing, lots of the home stresses were forgotten for a week. The positives of the cruise and ship were the food (we only ate at main DR and Windjammer) was very good (not GREAT, but very adequate for me not cooking or cleaning!). The bars and bar services were great (with the Deluxe Drink package) although I warn to keep an eye on your account as there were MANY drink charges on our account that shouldn't have been there due to the drink package. THE SHIP - still looks to be in good shape although my wife thought it needed updating. Lots of rust on the balconies when you look up...but that's got to be pretty standard for a ship that sails the salty seas, so that didn't bother me too much. I did not like the smoking on the port side, both at the pool and the smell while I was on my port side balcony, so that was a learning lesson for us. The promenade is definitely the highlight of the ship and is very elegant. The selection in the shops was a little lacking IMO. THE CABIN - we had a balcony on the 7th deck, port side. Really, nothing to write about either positive or negative. It was clean, the cabin steward kept it very clean, and it was big enough for the two of us. DINING - We went to early seating dining each night. We didn't get a wait staff that really attempted to connect with us as we've had in the past, but the service was still very good. There were three or four excellent meals and the rest were average, but again, I wasn't cooking or cleaning so I don't get too picky. The best food was the prime rib and lobster. The windjammer is just awesome, always a huge selection of foods, and except for lunch when you first board the ship, there were always tables to eat. Breakfast in the Main DR was good, but we only went once as it was a LONG experience and we didn't want to waste the hour every morning there. ENTERTAINMENT - The ballroom dancers and male comedians were top notch. The female comedian was a little rough. The RCCL Singers and Dancers were average, but they entertained us and that's what we wanted. So overall it was good entertainment. Also, don't miss the ice show, it was fantastic. SERVICE - Excellent. We were well taken care of! SHORE EXCURSIONS - We only did one excursion through RCCL - the Ron Jon Beach Shuttle at Cocoa Beach. The problem we had was that they made us wait in the theater for over an hour until they left us off the ship. then we waited in a long line to exit the cruise terminal. Also, since we were going the shortest distance, we were the first to go into the theater and the last to leave since the Disney/Orlando tours had further to go. My time is just as precious as anyone else's and I felt like I would have been much better off getting my own ride to the beach. CAPE LIBERTY CRUISE TERMINAL - first time driving to a cruise and it was awesome. We drove 3.5 hours to get there, arrived, they took our bags, we parked in the parking garage, and 15 minutes later we were on the ship! Definitely leaving from Cape Liberty again!! Lastly, the only other item RCCL has to figure out is the whole pool chair reserving issue. They have signs up stating that the reserving of chairs is not allowed, yet when you get to the pool at 9 am, there is NO Chair available as there are towels laying on them, but NO PEOPLE....for hours!! Very frustrating. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This cruise was a good fit for us because it left out of Bayonne New Jersey. Overall the service was good on the ship, the food was very good and the only downside was that the pools and some ferry to cocco Cat were crowded. The dining ... Read More
This cruise was a good fit for us because it left out of Bayonne New Jersey. Overall the service was good on the ship, the food was very good and the only downside was that the pools and some ferry to cocco Cat were crowded. The dining room staff was excellent although we didn’t get coffee on two separate nights That was the only complaint that I could log. The food was excellent and we did not eat in any specialty dining restaurants and we skip the wind jammer whenever possible. The wind jammer was hot most days and extremely crowded. The food in the wind jammer however was still very good the only area lacking that I can remember is the quality and quantity of desserts. We had a panoramic ocean view suite, which used to be known as the panoramic family Oceanview suite category VP. It was an excellent room with lots of seating extra space and an extra bathroom. There was a bunk room for the kids! It was more expensive than the regular panoramic oceanview rooms but well worth the money. There is no gold card with this room even though it’s called a suite. it is basically on the level of a Junior suite having two points per night and no gold card services. We enjoyed this cruise immensely because we were with two other families also with children and the ship was full of families with kids as it was a June cruise. the four days at sea was a little much for us, but we knew that going into the cruise. All the staff was helpful and the ship was clean with the exception of the pools at the end of the day which were overrun with people. My kids had fun on the perfect storm slides the flow rider the sports court and shuffleboard. I would recommend this cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Overall good cruise. A little overpriced. The ports of call were just average. Bar Harbor and Halifax were the best. We had to travel quite far to get to any excursions at all the ports and there was nothing to do at the port in New ... Read More
Overall good cruise. A little overpriced. The ports of call were just average. Bar Harbor and Halifax were the best. We had to travel quite far to get to any excursions at all the ports and there was nothing to do at the port in New Brunswick so I highly suggest doing an excursion that day. Cabin and crew were absolutely awesome! Especially our dinner staff Ronaldo and Merlon. Cruise director Chris and activities director Magic Marvin were readily available and visible throughout entire cruise. No fireworks for the 4th??! :/ I'm sorry but the royal Caribbean singers and dancers were.....not very good. I found myself wondering what the hell was going on half the time. The one little...skit?....play?....show i guess....called Jackpot made the most sense, but I still left pissed I wasted my time. Comedians were GREAT! I loved the action comedy show. I would see him and amy of those comedians again. Do not miss those shows, especially action comedy! Could've been a super hokie show, but that guy was very entertaining! Food was just okay. Dinner was the best obviously. never felt unsatisfied, but the buffet is a little redundant and breakfast too. Its typical royal Caribbean cruise food. Nothing special. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
The cruise staff was very nice . Ship is clean . The dining room food needs improvement. Over all the trip was very nice. This is the first time I lost weight on a cruise . Happy about that , still wish the food was like it use to be. The ... Read More
The cruise staff was very nice . Ship is clean . The dining room food needs improvement. Over all the trip was very nice. This is the first time I lost weight on a cruise . Happy about that , still wish the food was like it use to be. The buffet use to be open at midnight . It is no longer open , They use to have an ice sculptures and food on pool side night . They didnt have a show in the dining room. A lot has changed . A little disappointed. My family members were a little disappointed as well . What I told them about wasn’t what they experienced. They still had a good time . It definitely could have been a better experience for everyone . The kids wanted to take the tour of the ship . $89 for a ship tour . Everything is so pricey . I wasn’t happy with telling the kids they could’nt take the tour. It was very expensive if you have 3 kids and 2 adults. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We were a family group of 12 adults from NY & Boston. We chose this cruise based on the departure port and ports of call. It was affordable and the departure port was easy to get to. We all did our online check in so once at the ... Read More
We were a family group of 12 adults from NY & Boston. We chose this cruise based on the departure port and ports of call. It was affordable and the departure port was easy to get to. We all did our online check in so once at the pier we were on the ship in a few minutes. We arrived by 11am and on the ship by 11:30am. Staff was great from the start. WJ was packed so we headed to the Cafe Promenade for lunch. Cabins were ready by 1pm and were clean and comfy. We had an aft balcony cabin 7674. Views were great throughout the sailing. Very quiet location as well. We had late seating in the MDR at 8pm. We missed some trivia games because of this. Dinner was served promptly and we were done by 9:15 most nights. The food was good but I do agree with some others that the quality has changed. Some dishes lacked flavor but we never went hungry. Our head waitress was great but her assistant was very inexperienced. She was better on day 3 though after being spoken to. Hand sanitizer could be found throughout the ship. WJ breakfast was the same everyday and the food was tasty. MDR breakfast was good. Lunch in the WJ was the same everyday and I did not care for the choices. I was looking for cold cuts (deli meat) but that was only served at breakfast. Cafe promenade was good. Ports of call were good BUT we didn't get off the ship at Port Canaveral so we could take advantage of the slides being less crowded. To our surprise they were closed while we were in port. No pool activities or music either. We were surprised because more than half the passengers stayed on board. Shops were closed too. Coco Cay was nice and we went to the beach where the floating bar was. It was less crowded and we had no problem finding shade. We saw a huge stingray by the waters edge as soon as we arrived. We also saw a juvenile lemon shark (about 3 ft long) swim by a few feet in front of us. I ran out of the water but my cousin stayed. He ended up circling the floating bar and my husband almost jumped on him when he was exiting the bar. The bartender chases the shark away and he never caused a problem. Nassau was great and we had been there several times before. We knew to go to Cabbage beach. We were brought to a touristy area and were harrassed by locals selling umbrellas, lounges and drinks as well as water sports. We stayed on a resort there before and had not seen it this bad. We simply said no thank you and they eventually left us alone. My son's friend has recognized one of the bartenders from the beach bar from a previous trip. He hooked us up with coconut drinks. We rented an umbrella farther away from the crowd and enjoyed the crystal clear water for the day. Taxis were accessible by the port and readily available by the beach. All activities on board were great and CD was good. Bingo was held in the Imperial Lounge which was too small to accommodate all who attended and we ended up sitting on the floor. There is plenty to do on this ship. The white party was lame. My adult children thought it was awful. No CD or anything just music playing on the sports deck. I couldn't figure out why we needed to wear white either? No black lights or anything. The lines for the slides weren't too bad and moved quickly. Last night of the cruise bars closed earlier as I think they were trying to get passengers to bed for disembarkation the following morning. We saw crew members clean all surfaces and smelled bleach so they do a great job disinfecting. Disembarkation was a breeze. Our number was called and a crew member grabbed us off a long line and brought us to the front of the ship. Our sea pass cards were swiped and as easy as it was getting on the ship, it was just as easy getting off. We had 2 medevacs this sailing and the captain kept us well informed. The first medevac was on day 2. We had to sail closer to the SC shore so the coast guard could pick up the patient. We arrived in Port Canaveral about an hour late. The captain kept us well informed but sped up as to not make us any later. It caused the ship to rock a bit more. The 2nd medevac happened in Nassau. We were pulling out of the port and only 5 min into the trip we were backing up into the port again. An ambulance arrived to take the patient to the hospital and away we went. We arrived on schedule in Bayonne. All in all it was a great family vacation but we did see a few changes that were made since our last Royal cruise. Staff was great but quality of food has changed. With that said we would still chose Royal again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Booked this sailing with my family back in February. Myself, my wife, son (14) and daughter (12), my parents, one with somewhat limited mobility sailed from Bayonne on 7/13/18. We all live 30 minutes from the port, so transportation was ... Read More
Booked this sailing with my family back in February. Myself, my wife, son (14) and daughter (12), my parents, one with somewhat limited mobility sailed from Bayonne on 7/13/18. We all live 30 minutes from the port, so transportation was easy. My family took our car, dropped off at the baggage drop, left family, parked, met inside, simple as can be. My parents took an Uber for $28, simple as can be. Get through security, brought 6 bottles of wine since we had 3 staterooms, got through no problem. There was a little bit of confusion checking in, as we were going to be switching up room assignments, my mom with my daughter, dad with my son, wife and I by ourselves. They had the adjoining staterooms. We booked Promenade View, deck 7. They told me that we would be able to re-do our rooms at Guest Services when we get on board. We all go up the escalator, get on the gangway, take a selfie, walk onto deck 4, kids were astounded as to the enormity of the ship! I've done massive research, but nothing compares to actually walking on board! We left our house at 10:30, got on the ship at 11:30ish, so we had time to kill before the rooms opened up at 1. We walked around the ship, got our bearings (still took 2 days) and went to Guest Services. They said that nothing can be done until AFTER muster drill. That made absolutely NO sense, being that our muster stations were different after we changed rooms. No big deal, went to the Windjammer, hard to find a table, made a table for 5 work for 6ppl. Enjoyed the lovely views of Cape Liberty...LOL! 1pm, doors to hallways open up, waited a little while to get our luggage, then had muster at 2:30. By then, the drink package was paying for itself, which made me ease my tensions a little bit. Went to muster, then right to Guest Services, waited 10 minutes online but was seamless once we got to the right person to straighten it out. All Seapassses in hand, with the correct rooms, credit cards on file, etc. We booked MTD, because we didn't want to eat at 5:30, and thought the later seating would interfere with shows. Went downstairs to Sapphire Dining Room on Deck 3, made reservation for 7:45, earliest they had. We show up a little bit early, waited on line, and then were seated AT 7:45. We sat at table 158, our waiter was Arnold, and his assistant watier was Noor. These guys impressed us so much with their attentiveness that we then made sure we had a standard booking at 7:15 at their table every night, they were SPECTACULAR! Kids went to Optix teen club after dinner for their social, and both made friends. My son, who is like the mayor, was traveling in 3 different groups! We were thrilled that we didn't have to worry about them as much as we thought we would. Saturday morning was great, everyone did their own thing. My son and I went to the Dog and Duck, where I had a couple Bloody Mary's (morning tradition) and watched the 3rd place World Cup Game. Go Belgium! It was a great experience! Afterwards, trying to find everyone in my party was an arduous task to say the least! Wife tells me she'll be at the pool, she's gone, she's looking for me, yada yada yada. Besides the fact that there were NOWHERE NEAR enough deck chairs, the 6 of us had to share ONE lounger! Finally found everyone. Did the Flow Rider and the water slides. TIP: DO NOT DRINK AND GO ON THE BLUE WATER SLIDE!!!!!!! Saturday night dinner service, Captain had to stop the ship for an unfortunate medevac, which put us an hour behind schedule. Luckily the patient is doing well! Sunday morning, Bloody Mary's in the hot tub, port side, watching the World Cup Finals! Too bad France won, was rooting for Croatia, along with most of the people on the pool deck! We ended up being able to watch most of the game that started at 11am, with the delay, we docked at 1pm, so the timing was perfect. Disembarking at Cape Canaveral was simple. Cape Canaveral, however, was a wasted port, IMHO. If you're not spending $160PP to go for the day to Disney or Universal, you're stuck with going to NASA for almost $100PP, or do as we did, take an Uber to Coco Beach and Ron Jon. The only good thing that came from that is that I walked across the street to Walgreens to get a couple magnetic dry erase boards, which saved our sanity! These worked GREAT! Kids left notes to check in, we left notes as to our wearabouts etc. Got back on the ship about 3pm, went to the pool, hot tubs, chilled out and relaxed. Monday at Coco Cay was great! Besides the fact that my son decided to leave his SeaPass card in his room, we told him to meet us back down on deck 3 at Lyric Theatre. He made it back there 45 minutes later, because he didn't listen....Kids.....We got on a tender right away, got to the island at 9:45. Checked kids into the Teen Adventure, wife and I went Jet Skiing. We had the time of our lives! Got everyone back to the beach, had a great bbq lunch and the skies OPENED UP! It was a MAJOR rainstorm! Wife, daughter and I were on our way back to the tender when this happened, I think I'm still drying out! Tuesday in Nassau was nice. We booked a tour on our own. There were 5 ships docked including 2 from Carnival, Disney Dream and Majesty of the Seas. We were the LAST and FURTHEST slip. Not good for Dad, as he has problems walking long distances. Finally made it to the front of the pier, our tour met at the green gates on the left, with all the other boat tours. We booked the Land and Sea Tour from Seahorse Tours, and it was fabulous! Would definitely recommend them. This is the same tour the Disney line books on their ship. Was able to get him a bus back to the ship, which was great! Last two days at sea were tremendous. The shows were great, really enjoyed the Headliner Show, we had a great ventriliquist one night, and Michelle Balan was the comedian the last night. Of ALL the shows and game shows, our favorite was The Quest! DEFINITELY Adult Only!!!!! The Love and Marriage was great, as was the Ice Show! Now, if you've stuck with me so far, I'm going to backtrack a bit. Night 1, at 2am (so technically Day 2), our lovely female teenager next door neighbors (yes, we had an adjoining room, had NO idea until we got on board) decided to Facetime their boyfriends, yes at 2am! Loud as anything! Wife knocked on the door asked them to quiet down. Took a few, but they finally did. We literally could hear them breathe, that's how loud it is. Next afternoon of Day 2, at 6:45, we're getting ready for dinner, and LOUD RAP music is BLARING, thinking it was coming from MY room! This was OFFENSIVE music! I knocked on the door, and politely asked them to lower it. They gave me major attitude and refused to turn it down. It got verbally abusive (yes, on both sides, guilty as charged), and security knocked on their door. Heard every word of that conversation, then they come to my room to take our side of the story. They told us to call them if it happens again, not to confront them. OK.... Day 2, into Day 3 at 4AM, these two come flying in their room, loud as anything. Instead of calling security, we knocked and politely asked them to be quiet. They obliged. Next night, 5AM, SAME THING! So this is 3 nights so far with interrupted sleep.....Wife went to Guest Services and filed a complaint. They said that they would take care of it. Later that night, we got back to the room at about 11:15, was watching the All Star Game, and I hear them with boys in the room, as if they're having a party. AT midnight, they stopped or left, thinking that they were spoken to, GREAT! Well, 2am, 4am and 5:30am, they come back into their room making all sorts of noise. I went to Guest Services and explained to them the situation and that nothing was done. They immediately moved my room to a forward balcony room, and offered me 15% discount on my next cruise. So who's the winner? Well, I think I made out better. It was a shame that it had to wait til Day 5 to get it taken care of. Bottom line, food was good, not GREAT. We had cabins 7301 and 7303 adjoining, which were interior promenade view, spacious enough, and then 7291, which was the same. We then got moved to 7228, Starboard side forward, EXTREMELY spacious, and didn't want to leave! Entertainment staff was terrific! Clo was our CD, and Magic Marvin and Prince were her "sidekicks". All shows were professional and truly enjoyable! Glad the ship is skipping Cape Canaveral next year, wouldn't get off the ship if we went back there again. Favorite food was the Beef Carpaccio appetizer, think was day 3 or 4? Also LOVED the Lamb Shank on day 7. Lobster night was terrific, had a few of those, plus an END CUT of Prime Rib! Drink package was well worth it for wife and I. I know its "against the rules", but we gave our refillable drink cups to our kids who didn't have a package. No harm, no foul. They enjoyed it! Was even able to get my mother a drink or two! We did bring some expensive wine on board for dinners. Was able to get a bottle decanted when needed, and chilled when needed too. Was VERY impressed with the amount of top shelf liquor on the drink package, as a bourbon drinker, was drinking Four Roses Single Barrel all day, every day, about $50/btl retail, so therefore a tremendous value! Wine choices a bit limited, but made it work. Hope you all enjoyed my review! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We left on a Friday from Bayonne, It took almost an HOUR to get from the main entrance to the unloading section. People were actually walking to the pier, really bad start to a trip! Cruised with them once before which is why we chose ... Read More
We left on a Friday from Bayonne, It took almost an HOUR to get from the main entrance to the unloading section. People were actually walking to the pier, really bad start to a trip! Cruised with them once before which is why we chose them again. Food on board excellent except for Dinner in the Windjammer on day 7 it was was not as tasty as we preferred and a little dried out. Found a hair in my wife's food while at Chops grill, they made it right but was really a turn off, Giovanni's restaurant food was much better. Did the "murder mystery" at Giovanni's. Typical entertainment but the venue is set up with 8 long tables. Chairs are so close together that its almost impossible to get up! Main Dining room food and staff was okay but when you walk in to the Windjammer, you'll see the same food as in the main dining room ! Coco Cay excursion was nice. Umbrella rentals are $30 and floating rafts are $28 . Beware, you will need an umbrella and be prepared to tip the guy that brings it to the lounge chairs, the sand is so hard they need to drill into the sand believe it or not! Pearl Island excursion was worth every cent! Short boat trip and it was an enjoyable one. Food was absolutely delicious on Pearl Island. No complaints at all! If you are looking for a nice , quiet relaxing few hours , this is the place. Nassau Bahamas is full of Tee shirt joints. You are better off buying them on the boat. There are things like coffee mugs etc in the tee shirt shops in Nassau but the shirts on the boat are better and cheaper! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My spouse and I (mid-thirties, two youngish kids) took this cruise to celebrate our tenth anniversary; it was our fourth cruise together. We sailed to Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau, and had an inside cabin on Deck 9. We were very ... Read More
My spouse and I (mid-thirties, two youngish kids) took this cruise to celebrate our tenth anniversary; it was our fourth cruise together. We sailed to Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau, and had an inside cabin on Deck 9. We were very happy when scheduling this trip to find that Royal now had two ships sailing from Bayonne, and chose this cruise over trying the Anthem partially for the price (cheaper than Anthem), and partially to try the new 7-day itinerary (Anthem is currently sailing the long time 5-9 day cruise rotation). The Good: Adventure was updated earlier this year and is in very nice shape. We took time to try out the new waterslides - fairly tame for thrill seeking adults but popular with the kids, enjoyed the updated mini golf and somewhat more modern music choices, and found more opportunities to indulge our trivia appetites than in the past. I'm an active person and visited the gym most mornings - it was always busy but in good shape and clean. Our cabin though small was in good shape and sufficient for two active adults, and our staff were all friendly. Our cabin steward Lisbeth was wonderful and particularly deserves a shout out, she was always ready to say hello and chat, and even kindly offered to lend us some supplies to repair a lost button. One other particular highlight was Izumi on the final sea day - it was our first time trying this restaurant. We took a 'learn to roll your own sushi' class under the restaurant's head chef, which was great fun and ended in a huge (and very tasty) lunch that we had made ourselves. Highly recommend to try it if you too like sushi (and don't be afraid if you don't like the raw stuff...4/5 of the things we made were cooked). I'll include on the positives list the self-disembarking process - it was so incredibly easy. We showed up at the allocated time and walked right off the ship with no waiting. 10/10 would do that again. The Bad: Both my spouse and I couldn't help but notice the change that has been happening in the food quality. I tried to be open-minded here having read a number of other reviews noting the changes, and decided that the food is not as terrible as some people claim, but also not what it was in the past. What really seems to have changed is that the food in the included venues have become more cafeteria feeling. In the Windjammer this is probably to be expected - it's a buffet that feeds quite a lot of people all day long. It's a little more disappointing in the main dining room, where based on the decor and multiple-course format you might have expected a little more. We were in agreement that perhaps the formal-format dinner is no longer very practical. We would rather have had a single good quality entree than the current appetizer/entree/dessert of moderate quality. I would have also like to see some more modern flavors and culinary trends represented on the dinner menu. (Side note: We did visit both Izumi and Johnny Rockets, and the quality difference was immediately noticeable that these items were prepared to order). One other lesser point we noticed related to dining was how the wait staff in the main dining room feels stretched more thinly than in the past. Both our head and assistant waiter were very pleasant and helpful persons, but neither seemed to have the time to banter like we have enjoyed in the past - the wait staff as a whole was all business. Honestly it looks like a hard job these days and I don't envy them. The ports: Port Canaveral - we did the self-guided Kennedy Space Center shuttle and I must recommend it! The bus ride over was reasonable, and the Center itself is amazing! The included bus tour takes you all around the launchpads and shuttle assembly facility, and we got to see where they are converting one of the launch sites for future SpaceX launches. There were excellent exhibits and videos chronicling the Apollo missions and shuttle program, and lots of interactive spots for the kids. And as a side note - it poured for a long time that afternoon. While all the folks who traveled to Disney, Universal etc were doubtless getting soaked, we were happily indoors. CocoCay - This was our first time visiting Royal's private island and the weather was beautiful. We had no excursion planned and had decided to take our time and head over after the tender line died down. This turned out to be a good idea, as the first time we checked around 10:30 the line snaked up to Deck 4, about an hour later it was gone and we walked right on to the tender. CocoCay itself was pleasant, right now it's primarily a long beach, some cabanas, food stations/bars, and the straw marked. (Royal is in the process of updating the island, and the center is all blocked off behind shields. You can also see the beginnings of the pier snaking our). We found an empty chair halfway down the beach to leave our things on, and enjoyed some time playing in the water. It was beautifully warm and clear. The close in section is calm and mostly waveless, but there is a roped off area where you can swim farther out and bob in the water, and some floating waypoints to climb up on and rest, and lifeguards hanging out around the edges. We swam out to sit on several of them and enjoy the peace, and saw lot of fish swimming around. All in all a very pleasant and low-key day. Nassau - We had an excursion planned to go snuba diving (this is basically scuba-lite, you breathe through a simple regulator but the air tank floats on the surface, limiting you to only going about ten feet down). An early morning deluge got things off to a rough start, but fortunately had cleared by the time our bus arrived at the dive shop. This excursion was run through a legit dive shop and everyone was very professional. They took us out to a reef about a 10-15 minutes boat ride away, and the site itself was sheltered and calm. Because it was a bigger group we had to take turns with the snuba part, which I think actually made the excursion as a whole longer and better. We spent the first half just snorkeling around the boat - the reef they said was 15-20 feet down at different points, but you could easily make out plenty of coral formations and fish swimming around. Some of the larger fish also swam up under the boat and around us. It was really neat! Then it was our turn to snuba, and this is an experience worth trying once. Our guide explained that you do need to descend/ascend gradually to avoid issues with your ears and lungs, and I did notice the pressure increase and had to clear my ears. But it was fascinating to get down close to the fish. Our guide had some bait to bring the larger ones closer, so they swam all around us, and we even saw a barracuda come close. (No sharks haha! We were told they are actually rare on the reef because their typical prey does not like the warmer water in the shallows). Overall, we had a great vacation and look forward to our next cruise. We plan to change it up a little next time - our kids are getting old enough to appreciate the variety of activities and will be coming along for the first time, and I think I may lean towards experiencing more of the 'extra' dining. This would mean a little bit of adjusting the budget upwards, but I think would make the overall vacation better. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our 3rd RC cruise and, as always, it didn't disappoint. Despite this ship not being in the class of the Anthem that we sailed on last year, this ship was well maintained despite being an older ship. Check-in at Cape Liberty ... Read More
This was our 3rd RC cruise and, as always, it didn't disappoint. Despite this ship not being in the class of the Anthem that we sailed on last year, this ship was well maintained despite being an older ship. Check-in at Cape Liberty was extremely fast and we got in quickly via the Suite line. I was annoyed with the attendant giving me grief for going under the rope due to being directed to the wrong line. Our cabin was great though the shower curtain was missing a ring (broken). My one gripe on all RC cruises are the firm mattresses that bother my wife but they've always taken care of our request for a pad. I recommend requesting this beforehand as we will on our next cruise. Our attendant Michael was great and took care of our special requests (distilled water, extension and mattress pad). Food on RC is always excellent (restaurant, buffet & cafe) and is one of the reasons we will always sail on RC. The dining room experience was great and makes you feel that you're on vacation and don't have to worry about cooking. Wait staff was excellent and it helps when they remember your drink preferences. Buffet in the Windjammer is a great option if you want to eat quickly and get back to other events. The variety is excellent and I heard the Jamaican cuisine was great and I enjoyed the Indian cuisine they made. Head chef was of Indian descent which may have helped. There's a lot activities for those that want to hang by the pool, casino, flow-ride (not me) participate in trivia or events like origami. Nightly entertainment was good with singing/dancing, ice skating and comedians though some times conflicted with dinner times (7 & 9 pm events work best). We also indulged in the spa that was well laid out, maintained and our treatment was great - recommend early in the cruise. Some of the night club events were good but too short. Silent and all-white themed parties are great but 1 hour isn't worthwhile. They also need to cater better to the older crowd at the bars/clubs. I'm sure some of the younger crowd feels the same. Shore excursions were fine but some stops were too short. 2+ hours of travel to Orlando doesn't seem worthwhile given cost and the amount of time spent in the parks (min. 8 hours in the parks; esp. Disney or Universal). We went to Sea World and experienced more though it rained and wasn't as crowded. Coco Cay requires the shuttle boats from the ship which is time consuming but I'll give them a pass since it's new and they're building a dock. It will probably be great once all is said and done. Food was excellent on the island but you couldn't get some drinks (pina coladas) at certain bars. We enjoyed the jet-skis there. Nassau has a lot more options but save up those funds because anything Atlantis based is pricey (limited discounts even with pre-paying). I blame Atlantis more than RC. Wanted to go to the Atlantis Water Park but passed on principle on the pricing. We went to Pearl Island which was fine with beach access and snorkeling. Food was very good though I don't like nickeling and diming on rum punch - sorry should be included. Water was reasonably priced and you received a comp photo. This trip could have been a bit longer also but I'd still recommend. RC has set a high standard for us every time we cruise with them and they continue to deliver. I highly recommend to others but save up because you have to pay to play - it's worth it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise for A.O.T.S. being at this particular port and the ports of call it would be visiting. We had in interior cabin which may have been a mistake with the beautiful scenic view the exterior cabins had. The best part of our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for A.O.T.S. being at this particular port and the ports of call it would be visiting. We had in interior cabin which may have been a mistake with the beautiful scenic view the exterior cabins had. The best part of our cruise was the dining room staff we had. Merak, Leonel and Zhenhua were phenomenal ! My son has many food allergies and was limited in regards to the menu items. They found out the first night and that's when they took action. They came by after every dinner and helped prepare his dinner for the following night. They even made suggestions when we had our Mystery Dinner at another dining room. The entertainment was as expected and wish they would have had more activities that didn't cost money. Service throughout the entire ship was top-notch and the ports along with their shore excursions were very well prepared. My son took the time to write a letter so that some type of recognition could be given to the dining staff that assisted him while he was onboard. I would like to cruise with Royal Caribbean again in the future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My husband and I enjoy cruising multiple times a year. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity and second favorite is Royal. We live in NY, and every August like to do a no fly cruise. We decided to try the Adventure of the seas for a ... Read More
My husband and I enjoy cruising multiple times a year. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity and second favorite is Royal. We live in NY, and every August like to do a no fly cruise. We decided to try the Adventure of the seas for a change as we like the itinerary. We usually go to Bermuda, which is very hot-but a pretty island. Boarding the ship was a breeze, we boarded before 11:00 AM. Disembarkation was also easy. The ship was in recent dry dock and some of the public areas were upgraded. Compared to the Oasis class ships, small and missing some of the "bells and whistles". The ship has three specialty restaurants. Izumi, Chops and Giovanni's table. Also a Johnny Rockets. We enjoyed Chops, Giovanni's and Johnny Rockets. Since we had an unlimited dining plan, we ate nightly either in Chops or Giovanni's. We were in a suite, but this ship didn't have a suite dining room. You could have a cooked to order breakfast daily in Giovanni's if you were in a suite. We were in an owners suite. It was very nice and comfortable. Our cabin attendant Johnnychan was excellent. The cabin had relatively new carpet and the couch was redone- but things like the bathroom mirror needed re-silvering- so not everything in the cabin was updated. However we had plenty of storage and the bed was comfortable. We were under the pool and one night we were awakened by loud noise- sounded like they were using a power saw from about 2:00 AM for about one hour. That was horrible, we reported it and it never happened again. Another issue was that three of the public elevators were not working during most of the cruise. I had read before that this apparently is an ongoing problem and not permanently fixed. Hopefully it will be soon. We saw a few of the shows and they were entertaining, especially a very funny comedian on I believe the third night. We skipped the ice show on this cruise- but heard it was very good. We enjoyed the specialty dining- and didn't try the MDR. Service overall was excellent. The bar server in the adult lounge Migel remebered our names and what we liked to drink. The suite concierge, Sucel, was also excellent as she contacted us prior to the cruise and helped with any special requests. Had a wash and blow style at the salon and the hairdresser did a very good job. We stayed on the ship in Orlando as we have been to Disney and the other sights many times and just wanted to enjoy the amenities of the ship. We really enjoyed CocoCay and had a nice Cabana. They served a very good barbecue lunch also. We also enjoyed Nassau. We orginally had a beach day scheduled- but cancelled. 5 Ships were in that day and the port was mobbed. We decided to walk around the town then back on board to enjoy the ship. The ship had the usual activities including Trivia and the Love and Marriage Game. Also the Belly flop competition and other similar events. We loved Boleros for dancing and easy music listening. They ship also had some evening parties. Also the Schooner bar a funny piano player he was great. The cruise director Hello Clo was great- she is talented and funny. The ship had many kids on it and they seemed to really enjoy the camp. Shops had the usual assortment of jewelry and souvenirs. We didn't use the casino as it was extremely smoky. That is a great reason to sail on Celebrity as they do not allow smoking in the Casino. They also sold and had the "art" auctions- not our thing. The photographers were very good and the staff friendly. Wifi service was fair- but sometimes slow. We felt that the service was first rate on this ship- Might consider sailing on her again- but perhaps when the ship is less crowded and school is in. If we aren't sailing with kids- Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society level along with handicap boarding assistance. Directions to the Cape Liberty Cruise Port is available on their website along with details on parking and parking fees. As we drove up to the port we followed the line of vehicles and were directed to a numbered spot to drop-off checked baggage. Once our bags were checked, my passengers entered the cruise port building and I was able to park in the parking garage next to the cruise port building. Note if you don’t get there early the parking garage may be full and you’ll be directed to open, overflow parking lots unless you have a handicap hang-tag. The cruise port opens at 10:30 am for passengers to begin boarding. You can arrive earlier than your check-in time if it’s later than 10:30 am. As of August 2018, parking for a 7-night cruise cost $140.00. I packed a 6 pack of water. The water bottles were about 16.9 ounces each and I kept them wrapped in the wrap I bought them in. I had no issues bringing them onboard in unlocked, checked luggage. (Six bottles of Evian water were available onboard for $15.00 at the bar, but didn’t include delivery to your room. Beforehand the cruise line wanted $40 to have 6 bottles of water delivered to your stateroom.) The only issue we had was that we had to have our pictures taken again even though we submitted pictures during the online check-in process. The pictures uploaded side-ways, so we had to have them re-taken. Accommodations: I stayed in an aft-facing, oceanview balcony on the 9th deck. The rooms seem smaller than on the Oasis class ships, but they’ve been recently refurbished and look pretty good. There was plenty of storage in the cabin and the closet was almost a walk-in closet with upper and available lower hanging rods and shelves along one of the sides. The bathroom space was okay, but the shower was a little small. However, the shower had sliding oval doors, no curtain. There were shelves behind one of the mirror portions surrounding the sink and a shelf below the sink. Gentle bar soap was provided. Combination shampoo/conditioner was provided in the shower. There was an outlet for shavers in the ceiling of the sink surround. The room itself had a long desk/vanity area with lots of storage shelves and drawers, a tv and refrigerator. The refrigerator was empty already when we got onboard, so there was no need to request that it be emptied. Most of the electrical outlets were along the wall between the vanity mirror and desk. I purchased a night-light/USB charger at 5 and Below which worked well in one of the vanity outlets. I don’t believe there were any outlets near the bed. There was a full-length mirror across from the vanity between the bathroom and sofa. The room contained two twin beds, a couch that I don’t believe converted into a bed and a chair. The balcony was larger than a standard balcony on the ship. It was triangular and had one lounger, two chairs and a table. Overall, the room was the perfect size for a couple. Dining: We mainly ate breakfast in the Main Dining Room. All the breakfast food I tried there was really good. They even had a buffet set-up there, even on departure day. We ate in the Windjammer twice for breakfast. It was a little crowded, but there were no lines to get in. The food was good there as well. I just wish they had an Asian food section. We mainly ate lunch in the Windjammer or on the Promenade. We ate lunch in the Main Dining Room once. All the food was good. I liked being able to get a hamburger and fries in the Windjammer and order a can of Coke to go with it, with no hassle about buying a drink package. They even provided a glass of ice with my Coke. The pizza on the Promenade was excellent. It wasn’t greasy at all. I also got a medium, chocolate chip cookie dough waffle cone at Ben & Jerry’s on the Promenade. The Ben & Jerry’s location is perfect and the waffle cone was so good. We ate dinner in the main dining room. The food in the dining room ranged from okay to excellent and the waiters went out of their way to make the dining experience memorable. When we first arrived onboard the food was okay, but improved greatly. We were able to order salmon, baked potato and mixed vegetables a day ahead of time for dinner. So, don’t be afraid to let your wait staff know what food you like. They will probably be able to accommodate your request. Onboard Activities: There was a rock-climbing wall, two water slides and a wave rider along with other activities. I didn’t do any of these activities though. I chilled during sea days and had excursions planned for every port. I’m going to lump the photos in with onboard activities because, again, it definitely sucked up a lot of our time. I purchased a 15 prints package online beforehand and put it on my mother’s room. My mother also purchased a photo-book. First, the refurbishment added touch-screen kiosks throughout the photo area which worked well. We did need assistance finding photos we knew were missing from our accounts, but there is a photo-finder menu option on the kiosks. Now there was an issue with printing the 15 photos from both my account and my mother’s account because we were in separate rooms. But, the photo manager finally agreed to add 7 photos from my cabin to my mother’s cabin. This should have been a no brainer since we had purchased 2 photo products. But, the photo manager wanted to rigidly stick to the policy that pictures from another cabin of adults not in the cabin that the photo package is on can’t be added to the photo package even though I paid for the package. Finally, in the end, they were added. Excursions: The ports of call were Port Canaveral, Florida; Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island and Nassau, Bahamas. We went to Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. It’s a kid friendly museum with exhibits and air conditioning. There are about 6 floors and an elevator for those with mobility issues. There’s a gift shop and café on the first floor. (I got an ice cream bar at the café.) I rented a beach bungalow ahead of time for the day in Coco Cay. The bungalow was nice and provided shade. The bungalow area was pretty quiet. It came with two mat floats and a cooler of 4 Evian bottled waters. Towels were available from the concierge desk. I went snorkeling off of the beach, swimming and used a blow-up float that I brought. You can order lunch ahead of time to be delivered to your bungalow. Lunch was good and you could order more food at the concierge desk. Overall, the beach bungalow was great. We went to Atlantis at Nassau and did the Atlantis Aquaventure. Atlantis is beautiful, clean and the lazy river (that’s not so lazy) and water slides were amazing. I normally don’t like public pools and water slides, but I love Atlantis. Just know that the property is huge, so there’s a lot of walking to get to the water slides and lazy river. I got over 18,000 steps the day I went. I went to the spa on one of the sea days and used the complimentary steam room. The steam room and sauna are complimentary on Adventure of the Seas, which is not normally the case on Royal Caribbean’s ships. The steam room and sauna are located in the locker rooms on the 11th deck as you’re going into the gym. Don’t let locker room fool you. The area is very nice with lockers, a bathroom and showers. Locker keys are available on the 12th deck just above. There’s a staircase in the spa/gym area that you can use to go between the 2 floors. My only complaint is that the steam room smelled liked onions. It really needed some eucalyptus scent. Note that the doors to the showers are clear. Debarkation: Getting off the ship was pretty orderly. Breakfast was available in the Windjammer and the Main Dining Room at specified times. The full breakfast menu and a buffet were available in the Main Dining Room even though it was debarkation day. Our debarkation number was called on-time, so the process went fast. (Again, I have priority debarkation due to my loyalty level.) I had to stand in line for a porter. I think I waited about 15 minutes. But, once we got a porter, the process sped up again. The porter told us how the process worked and where to pull-up the vehicle in the parking garage to load up. The porter was very helpful. As usual, Royal Caribbean provides a very good cruise experience. The shows do need to be updated on this ship. They were still the singing and dancing numbers that I haven’t seen in years. There was a comedian and hypnotist. However, I’m used to juggling, acrobatics, Cirque de Soleil type shows and plays. But, the stage on the ship is small. The Ice Show was very good. Get there early in order to get a seat. Boleros bar was really good. Normally the bars on ships can be too loud and boisterous for me, except for the Champagne Bar. But, the Champagne Bar normally can’t serve frozen drinks. But, Boleros normally had a live performance every afternoon/evening, wasn’t too packed and I never had to wait long to order and get a drink. The bartenders were excellent. Everything I ordered tasted good. The people there were normally dancing and having a good time. There would even be children there early in the evening (of course dancing with their family members, not drinking). Note karaoke night is packed. The Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship to travel to the Bahamas on and has more activities than you will probably be able to do. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a smile or nod of the head or say have a nice day sir. There were times we would end up having a nice conversation with a crew member. Our room attendant was great and kept our bath room squeaky clean. Our 2 dinning room attendants were excellent,they both deserve a 10. Bottom line we had a good experience with the crew members. I also must mention that our experience with the service desk was good and they did their best to address an issue. Even though the ship is 17 years old, what was visible RC seems to make an effort to maintain the ship. We sailed on the ship in 2002, now with the Flow Rider and water slides it perks up the ship with more things to do, not just the pools and hot tubs. The only issue we had was the dirty windows below the top railing on our balcony. I should have asked our cabin attendant about getting them cleaned, but I didn't. The issue is; if you are sitting in chair looking out, your eye sight is almost even with the top railing blocking your view so you have tendency to look down thru the dirty glass. This may seem minor, but we paid for a balcony and the glass should be kept clean. We were a party of 4 and were seated at a table for 4 directly across from a serving station next to entrance to the dinning room, high traffic area. Bottom line that table should not have been there in first place. We asked to have our seating moved to another table and were told there were no other tables available but they would see what they could do. To make a long story short I went to the service desk and asked for their help, another empty table was found for 5. The service was good and overall appearance of the dining room was good. So far as the food, it was ok in the main dinning room. Nightly entertainment was ok, but I must say the ice show was great. Our experience at Coco Cay was good, we checked out the entire area, quite large but they have tram's to take you around. We just hung out at beach area. But I think it will be great once the new pier is finished and new attractions are finished, hopefully by spring of 2019. We booked a catamaran cruise thru RC "Seahorse", don't waste your money if you want to sail, did no sailing was under power the whole cruise. Atlantis Hotel water park is great but pricey and expect to take about 20 minute tour of the grounds when you arrive before getting to water park area. Bottom line, we had a good time, but sailed on the Anthem several years ago and sorry we did not sail on Anthem this time. Once you sail on newer ships, there is no turning back. For this cruise we could drive to the ship and did not have the extra costs to fly & hotel as in the past to sail on Allure and Harmony, but its worth it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our 7th cruise with RC and as always we did enjoy our cruise and have booked our 8th cruise... however these are things we did not enjoy... Dining Room service that felt like the crew didn't have a clue and never had done ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise with RC and as always we did enjoy our cruise and have booked our 8th cruise... however these are things we did not enjoy... Dining Room service that felt like the crew didn't have a clue and never had done this before! Always pushing you on your scores for the survey..always reminding you of their names so that you could drop their names on the survey. Total mix up the first night with our reservation. We were suppose to eat with our friends (which had been pre-arranged!) and they gave our table to a man who screamed louder than we did.. They were a party of two at a table for four!! He was still screaming at the head waiter when we were finally seated some 20 minutes later. And why do we have formal night and they let people wear jean shorts ???? What happened to the “washy washy guy”? (the employee who reminded EVERYONE to wash their hands) You install wonderful fancy sinks as you enter the windjammer and NO one was using them!! The “washy washy guy needs his job back! The food is the same ...every cruise.. I realize you are serving over 4000 people but it was like being at home with the same menu every week. Overall the food is good but boring and repeated again and again. It was my husbands 65th birthday and our friends had arranged with our waiter for a cake...the waiter forgot that day of his birthday but remembered the next night... too little too late!! The only exceptional meal we had was at Chops Grill where we had a lovely lunch served by Luis..A++++ Your meteorologist is seriously overworked because he didn't have any of our forecast right... In Bar Harbor, we dressed for his/her forecasted 57 degrees and it was more like 87... In addition to the meteorologist being overworked your ENTIRE staff looks tired and overworked.. New uniforms would make a huge difference and put a spring in their step.. Standouts were our room steward , Richard, our waiter Luis in Chops Grill, Paul at Starbucks and my husband attended a very good lecture in the fitness center. The itinerary was great on this cruise..our weather was perfect and all in all we did have a nice cruise..Just little disappointments again along the way that would make a HUGE difference if they were corrected.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - ... Read More
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - especially the Lighthouse stop in Halifax, the Halifax Garedens, the Harbor walk in St John that we did on our own and Trolley Car tour we did in Portland. Traveled with 6 couples and enjoyed eating togething in the dining room for dinner. The food could have been a little better. The staff was very friendly - lots of smiles and help. Pool area was well maintained and I had no problem finding a chair. But there was smoking on one side which I avoided. The Caribbean music was really good and definitely put me in the vacation mood. We really had a great time and a wonderful week at sea. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Used RCI before and it was great. Not so much this time around. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Springs popping up. Hard as a board. Complained twice. They tried to fix the problem but were never able to make it comfortable. ... Read More
Used RCI before and it was great. Not so much this time around. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Springs popping up. Hard as a board. Complained twice. They tried to fix the problem but were never able to make it comfortable. Bathroom was very small. Shower was even smaller. Air temperature in the cabin was cooler than we’ve ever had which is a good thing. Food in the buffet was very repetitive. Main dining room food was good. Did the sushi making class. It was a lot of fun. Only problem is you make so much you can’t eat it all. They do not let you take it out of the restaurant so I thought they were wasting too much. Comedians were both very funny. Must do the Quest. So much fun and I was a team captain along with my husband. We lost but had a blast doing it. Overall an ok cruise. Just would have liked to sleep better. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I hope this report is as helpful to those heading to New England & Canada as other reports were for us preparing for our cruise. This was our 5th cruise all with RCL and the first time on Adventure of the Seas. Liberty is our ... Read More
I hope this report is as helpful to those heading to New England & Canada as other reports were for us preparing for our cruise. This was our 5th cruise all with RCL and the first time on Adventure of the Seas. Liberty is our favorite ship. Overall we had a very nice time. What attracted us to this ship was its itinerary. We had wanted to do the NE/Canada itinerary for some time. We flew to Newark airport and took an Uber to the port. It was hands-down the smoothest boarding we have every had. We had a balcony cabin on the bump out of deck 9. The location was great, not too far from the elevators yet very quiet. Two of the elevators near our cabin were out of service frustrating many passengers. We opted to take the stairs most of the time. Once onboard we checked out our cabin and then went to the Windjammer for lunch. After lunch and back to our cabin our luggage had arrived. We unpacked and then went up to the top deck as we sailed out of the harbor. You don’t pass the Statue of Liberty when you leave out of Cape Liberty but you can see it in the distance. It was very windy as we set sail. We chose my time dining. We tried to call to make reservations but so was everyone else apparently. We decided to walk down and see if we could make them. The best time we could get was 7:30. A little later than we had hoped but better than waiting in the long line with the others that did not make reservations. The third-floor my time dining room seemed to confuse a lot of people. There was one desk to the left as you approach the dining room where you would go if you did not have reservations and then two desks past that one on either side of the entrance to the dining room for reservations. No one seemed to want to go to the left despite the sign that clearly read reservations both sides. It was a long line on the right hand side and hardly anyone on the left. More than once we walked past that long line to the desk on the left side. We had asked for a table for two most nights. One night we sat at an odd table placed in a doorway right next to the servers staging/cleaning area. Our waiters didn’t have any of the tables around us. It appeared to us that this table was an add on and not a usual table. Needless to say we didn’t get very good service that night. When asked by our head server how everything was I felt compelled to tell him that this was not a very good table. He offered to move us but by then we had already had our appetizers and didn’t want to move. He took note of our displeasure so we weren’t seated there again. Our ports on this cruise were Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick and Halifax. We booked our excursions on our own, independent of the cruise line. We prefer doing things on our own so as to have flexibility. We arrived in Portland early Sunday morning. We were in Portland a few years ago so we had already been to Kennebunkport and to the Portlandhead lighthouse. Once off the ship we walked to a nearby church for mass and then headed over to the Holy Donut. If you go there, don’t let the long line around the corner deter you, it moves fast. The donuts made from potatoes were very good and worth the wait. We had 1pm reservations on a small lobster boat with just 10 other people. The company, Lucky Catch is close to the port. We had a great tour with them. We learned a lot about trapping lobsters. Everyone on the boat had a chance to participate baiting the traps and pushing them in. We learned the difference from male and female lobsters and got to band the ones big enough to keep. At the end of our 90 minute tour we got to purchase the lobsters big enough to keep for just $7 each. You then walk them next door to the Portland Lobster Company where they cook them and serve them with lunch for $12. It was a lot of fun and interesting. The beautiful weather added to the fun time that we had. Next port was Bar Harbor. This was a tender port. If you didn’t have a ship excursion booked you needed to be off the boat before 9 am or else wait for those with booked excursions to get off. They were using large whale watch boats to tender so it went fast. We were on the first boat to tender in. Here we had booked bikes to ride through Acadia. We aren’t big bikers so we opted for the Pedego electric bikes. This was so much fun. You can pedal as much as you want or push the pedal assist when you get tired. The bikes also have a throttle that makes going up hills very easy. The bikes can go up to 20 miles per hour if you want. The owner of the shop gave us great directions to the park loop road. There was some traffic before we got to the park that can be a little nerve wracking but once on the park loop road the traffic is one way and two lanes making it easy for cars to get around you. We stopped at Jordan Pond restaurant in the park for an early lunch before heading back. We hoped to ride up Cadillac Mt but didn’t have enough time as we had only rented the bikes for 4 hours. Back in town we stopped for a drink at an Irish pub near the port. We then walked up and down the main street checking out the shops and ended the late afternoon having a bite to eat on the patio at the Bar Harbor Inn where you get an amazing view of the harbor. I could have sat there all day. The next day we arrived in St John New Brunswick. This was the only port we didn’t make any pre arrangements. It was going to be a short stop. We had to be back on the ship by 2:30. Many people were going to see the reversing falls but everything I had read said you either needed to be there right at the right time or go there twice in the day to see the water going in a different direction. Neither appealed to us. We decided to head over to the museum to learn about St. John. We walked along the walkway near the water and stopped at a craft show that was set up. I purchased a few pairs of unique earrings made of crushed lobster shells for gifts. What we learned at the museum was that St. John was once a vibrant ship yard where many vessels were built. The museum houses many ship artifacts. After the museum we headed over to the farmers market. Where we live we have an amazing farmers market so this wasn’t very impressive to us, but none the less I’m glad we went. From there we decided to start checking out the neighborhood pubs. This is something we like to do when we visit new cities. Our first stop was to the Cask & Kettle. We sat at the bar and had a pint and talked with the bartender. From there we walked around the corner and up the hill to the Big Tide brewery. Here we had some delicious sweet potato poutine with our drinks before taking a slow walk back to the ship. Our last port was Halifax. It was here that we planned to rent a car and drive out to Peggy’s Cove. We hadn’t made reservations and didn’t think it would be an issue. The closet car rental to the port was Hertz and they didn’t have any cars left. They pointed us in the direction of Budget about a 15 minute walk from the port. Luckily they had a car. For about $42 US dollars we rented a Toyota RAV4 for the day. We set our google maps for Peggy’s Cove and were off. What a beautiful drive and area. Once there we parked at the Information Center and walked out to the light house. It was so scenic. This is what you imagine Nova Scotia to look like. The colorful houses reflecting in the water and the large rocks leading out to the lighthouse. There were quite a few tour buses parked behind the main gift shop when we arrived. They had pulled away before we left so we had a few minutes without the large crowds. I bought a latte just inside the gift shop that tasted great. We grabbed a few souvenirs and then decided to share a lobster roll from a stand on our way to the car. We headed back to Halifax and decided to stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where many of those who lost their lives on the titanic are buried. This stop and Peggy’s are cruise excursions for those that rather go that route. We saw some of the people from the ship on tours at them both. As we approached the graves you could hear the tour guides commentary. It was very moving to see these graves, some with names while others with just numbers. From here we returned the car before headed over to the museum. We are not normally museum people and this was the second one on this cruise. The titanic exhibit was the highlight. We both agreed the cemetery was more interesting. We left there and headed back towards the ship along the boardwalk. With time to kill we stopped at the Garrison brewery close to the cruise port for a pint. You have to walk through a large market at the port to get to the ship, giving you one last chance to grab some souvenirs. Our last full day was at sea. Observations about this cruise...you would definitely say the crowd on the ship was as “older” crowd. We never used the pool or hot tub but saw others that did. It never seemed hot enough to us. The highs were very pleasant, in the 70’s most days. We spent many nights in the Duck & Dog pub listening to Carlo. He had quite a following. He is a guitar player from the Philippines that sings many songs that the crowd sings along to. He had quite the following on our cruise. The balcony on this ship is not as large or as open as those on Liberty. The room are about the same. We used the gym both days at sea. The food on the ship was just okay, nothing memorable, good or bad. Our room steward was very attentive. There were very few people out on the deck at night but it was windy most nights. RCL seems to be cutting back on some of their services. Free room service is limited to a continental breakfast. Anything else will cost you. At the bar if you don’t request a certain alcohol you will be given top shelf and pay a lot more for a mixed drink. Being able to upload your photo and fill out your documents online makes for a quicker boarding. If you have never been on a cruise you will enjoy the Adventurer. We had a good time and don’t sweat the small stuff, (like elevators being out). Others seemed very annoyed. This being said, I would likely not recommend this ship to others who have been on a higher class ship solely based on the food and the balcony, two things that we look forward to on ships. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, itinerary and shore excursions. Our interior Promenade View cabin was what we expected. Very nice. The service in the dining rooms was very good. What we found disturbing is the food in the Main Dining ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, itinerary and shore excursions. Our interior Promenade View cabin was what we expected. Very nice. The service in the dining rooms was very good. What we found disturbing is the food in the Main Dining rooms. Once upon a time customers raved about the inclusive meals. We, among others, found the inclusive meals tasteless. Beef had no flavor and most fish selections were dry. I had sirloin steak one night and prime rib another. Both had absolutely NO TASTE. Now in order to enjoy the food you MUST select the specialty restaurants. We went to Chops and had a fantastic meal. We did enjoy meals in the Windjammer. Windjammer had many selections and the food tasted like food.Disembarking in Qubec was outstanding. They have quite an orderly procedure. Just about everyone needed a taxito the airport. There was no mayhem. People waited online, were directed to an available taxi and were assisted in loading the luggage. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were impressed with the condition and décor of the ship. Our rooms were a good size (inside promenade view) Bed was very comfortable. Overall very happy with cabin and the ship. Food was good not great, a bit repetitive every night. ... Read More
We were impressed with the condition and décor of the ship. Our rooms were a good size (inside promenade view) Bed was very comfortable. Overall very happy with cabin and the ship. Food was good not great, a bit repetitive every night. We ate in the Giovanni table one night and it was excellent, wish we had went earlier and we would have definitely went back. Our first couple of days breakfast was cold in the Windjammer. Facilities' on board were great however the evening entertainment could have been better. The comedian was good and the singer from the Jersey boys was great shame he was only on one night as he was only singer you could hear every word he was saying. The ice show was ok but we found the RC entertainment team singers and dancers poor compared to previous cruises we have been on. Overall we found cruise to be excellent value for money. We had the All Inclusive package and it was great and also included Starbucks. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Our departure city was Beyonne, New Jersey. We flew in the day before and stayed in Elizabeth, NJ where we ate dinner out but then stayed the rest of the night in our hotel room. We Ubered to the port the next day. Even though we went ... Read More
Our departure city was Beyonne, New Jersey. We flew in the day before and stayed in Elizabeth, NJ where we ate dinner out but then stayed the rest of the night in our hotel room. We Ubered to the port the next day. Even though we went earlier than our assigned time, we were allowed to board. My husband had misplaced his boarding pass but the port staff were great and ran another copy for him. Embarkation went smooth and pretty quick since we had finished all paperwork ahead of time. The ship is a beautiful ship that is in pretty good shape. The rooms are a little bit older.The staff were all wonderful (friendly and helpful) and helped in any way needed. We chose the My Time dining in the Sapphire Room but ended up not going there anymore after the first 2 days. We were told that it would take a couple of hours each meal but decided we didn't want to spend the time on dining. My husband and I were traveling with another couple. The choices in the buffet line's were enormous and, of course, we ate too much (our fault, not the cruise line). Since the weather was cooler, a Fall Foliage Cruise, we were not able to take advantage of any of the outside activities normally offered by the ship so we were limited to the inside ones of which most cost money - quite a bit in my opinion. It was $40 for 3 games of Bingo. For this reason, and the fact that on our normal vacations here and over seas are filled with exploring, I was kind of bored on ship. I credit this to my issues as my husband doesn't play games. We did excursions every day they were offered. I had never been in this part of the country before so I looked forward to them. We did the Acadia National Park and Lobster Bake - the bus tour was uneventful, checking out the town was fun as it was a nice day and the lobster bake was very good; The Best of Portland and Kennebunkport - was an interesting ride as our tour guide was from there and she pointed interesting facts. When we drove through Kennebunkport, we saw a tent set up on the Bush compound and found out later that Barbara Bush was getting married under the tent.; Saint John and Bay of Fundy Top 10 - we had an interesting guide, who dressed in period costume, and filled us with information. We saw and learned a lot.; Top 10 Best of Halifax Tour - we feel this tour was awful because of our guide and the weather - rain. We kidded that we really saw about 1 or 2 of the top 10. Peggy's Cove was rainy and cold with so many buses (meaning so many people) it wasn't enjoyable. Added with the fact that most places were not opened for us as we were starving. Watch out for these excursions and what they do about lunch - sometimes not considered even if tour is during lunch hours. We do thank the cruise ship for crediting us 1/3 of our excursion costs since so many complained (some people even walked back to the ship at one point).; Baddeck Hop On & Off Sightseeing - enjoyable excursion in Baddeck (town). We explored on our own and ate on our own. After Baddeck we had time to explore Sydney, Cape Breton, as well.; The Island's Finest Scenic Drive, Anne and Lobster - our ship docking was late (and we had to leave 2 hours early because of the whale migration which, unfortunately, we saw none) so the schedule with other tours ran together which ended up with too many people at the same place and the same time. We went to Green Gables but did not have time to stand in the long line to get in. Our lobster lunch was delicious and was served in Glasgow by a restaurant owned by a man who was interesting and had a Irish brogue (?). He was so interesting, funny and entertaining. Then we had to go back. Disembarkation went smoothly considering the amount of people and luggage. We Ubered to our hotel as we stayed in Quebec City, Old Town, for a couple of more days. We loved this old town part even though it was cool and rainy. Obviously we arranged all of this part. We also arranged our flight in and home. We have another cruise scheduled, with the same couple, next summer with RC in the Baltic Sea. I'll see then if we enjoy the cruise part better or if we are better off flying in. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Although the weather was not the best, this cruise offered a very interesting and fun itinerary including Canadian, New England and, finally, Florida ports. They did a good job of both embarkation and disembarkation, especially considering ... Read More
Although the weather was not the best, this cruise offered a very interesting and fun itinerary including Canadian, New England and, finally, Florida ports. They did a good job of both embarkation and disembarkation, especially considering the large number of passengers boarding at the small terminal in Quebec City. The ship is in good shape, and qualifies as not too big and not too small. The food and service in the Main Dining Room is the best we’ve had in years—waiters were attentive always and actually did some of the “old fashioned” things like pull out the lady’s chair and spread your cloth napkin! The food and service in the buffet Windjammer also was good, both at lunch and breakfast, with many food choices. There were some very good, original performers in the Lyric Theatre on several nights—unfortunately, the performance times kept changing from night to night and we missed some shows because showtime cut into dinner time. The Schooner Lounge is a good place for the usual sing-along music, and was packed every night. But the ship could definitely upgrade the live music in the lounges, and increase the amount of time the singers and musicians play. Several of the lounges also need improved drink service. Also, there were no enrichment talks related to the interesting ports we visited—we especially missed this since the poor weather precluded everyone from spending very much time on the outside deck so there was little to do. Lastly, our cabin was very good (spacious balcony)—attendants kept everything tip top. Only complaint is that RCCL no longer provides bathrobes. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We choose this cruise for the northeast ports of call. This was a repositioning cruise from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale. We booked a Panoramic Oceanview cabin which we just loved. When first booked I tried to check reviews for our cabin ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the northeast ports of call. This was a repositioning cruise from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale. We booked a Panoramic Oceanview cabin which we just loved. When first booked I tried to check reviews for our cabin on Cruise Critic but was advised there are no staterooms on deck 12. Got a bit worried about that bit of news. The addition of staterooms on deck 12 began last year in dry dock but was cut short due to hurricane. Construction was completed in February of this year. Very large room with ample drawer and closet space. Weather was cold and windy, but that was to be expected because of the time of year. Did not have warm weather until day 11 off the Florida coast. Had most of our meals in Windjammer and this was better than expected for a buffet. I highly recommend the Panorama Oceanview stateroom. I do not know how many more of the RCL ships are being outfitted with these additions but I think it was a great idea. The wall to wall floor to ceiling window gives all the view of a balcony without the heat, cold, wind, rain and smoke. Embarkation in Quebec City was a bit slow and the lines were long, but I would do this cruise again, after doing all of the other cruises I have in my bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
The staff where OUTSTANDING. My wonderful wife required a little special diet items, the wait staff went out of their way to take care of it on a daily bases( even while serving 3,000 others). Like all our RCCL cruises the food ... Read More
The staff where OUTSTANDING. My wonderful wife required a little special diet items, the wait staff went out of their way to take care of it on a daily bases( even while serving 3,000 others). Like all our RCCL cruises the food quality was very good. We generally ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet , we loved the many choices available and it was done well. We ate our dinners in the MDR. We had anytime dinning and we were able to sit in the same waiters section each of the 13 nights. We really enjoyed the food but , I must say , doing a 13 day cruise the choices seemed a little repetitious . We enjoyed the layout of the ship, seems very similar to Freedom. The nightly entertainment for us was only so so. Even though we had major faul weather in Canada we really enjoyed the itentery , we’d like to go back agin. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This is a very nice and relaxing itinerary. Ft Lauderdale to Labadee, Old San Juan PR, St.Martin and St. Kitts. The Ship: Impressed with how clean it was kept. Maintenance were always polishing and dusting. Newly renovated to ... Read More
This is a very nice and relaxing itinerary. Ft Lauderdale to Labadee, Old San Juan PR, St.Martin and St. Kitts. The Ship: Impressed with how clean it was kept. Maintenance were always polishing and dusting. Newly renovated to accommodate more guests. This is BIG BUSINESS......Constant sales pitches....Leave your RC channel on the TV off. Everywhere you walk, especially on the first day they are strolling the decks trying to upgrade you to anything they possibly can Not pushy. But annoying. We have learned to say no thank you. We booked a Promenade room on deck six. It seemed larger than an inside cabin (did that twice,,,first and last) Only had an issue with noise one time Partiers at 3:30 a.m. on the last night Other than that we enjoyed it. It was actually nice to have the window overlooking all the action. The daily Compass was always packed with something scheduled for a variety of interests. we particularly enjoyed the Trivia games (won twice), comedy show, adult game show and playing mini golf. Did not visit the spa, but the gym was clean and not crowded in the morning. Second level for the pool deck was enjoyable. Service: Our cabin server was fine. Not very personable (Pedru/Pedro) but he always had a bucket of ice for us as requested when I met him on the first day, Dining Room: Thanks to Michael and Sonny.....You two were Amazing! We ate most nights in the dining room mainly because of them.... Chops: Also excellent service. Except we did feel a little rushed. Johnny Rockets: Friendly service Had no problem exchanging my warm fries for fresh hot ones. Windjammer Cafe: It's a cafeteria.......Very few smiles Food: Best meal......Chops Filet and Salmon cooked to perfection. Great side dishes served family style. Excellent Mushroom soup and the Best Key Lime Pie ever... Dining Room: We were very pleased with the selection and quality. Menu changes nightly. Favorite Entrees....Lamb Shank, Salmon and NY Strip. Avoid the Chicken (dry breast portions) Best app. Easy shrimp cocktail and escargo. Soups were good...Best desserts: Decadent chocolate cake and the cheesecake. I also enjoyed the cheese plate. Johnny Rockets: Good cheeseburgers and shakes $10 pp and $6 for a shake Windjammer: Hope you like Curry Promenade Cafe: Good for late night pizza and sandwiches. Good selection of desserts. Coffee is better than windjammer. Overall it was a very good cruise! We are looking forward to our next. Possibly a RCC. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Cruised with my wife and another couple choosing this cruise because of the 8 nights and ports of call. We are all Diamond members and have cruised exclusively on RCCL. Flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before and enjoyed our stay at ... Read More
Cruised with my wife and another couple choosing this cruise because of the 8 nights and ports of call. We are all Diamond members and have cruised exclusively on RCCL. Flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before and enjoyed our stay at the Embassy Suites. Took a Taxi to the cruise port arriving at 10:45 am and was on the ship by 11:30 am eating lunch. Embarkation was smooth and all the RCCL workers were friendly and helpful. One change is that you do not get your sea pass card until you get to your room at 1 pm. One complaint is the muster drill. I know it is mandatory but our station was directly facing the sun and we were packed in like sardines for 20 minutes in 85 degree heat sweating profusely. Some people could not take it and walked inside to get some air, made me half sick to my stomach. We had a inside cabin on the 7th floor with a window facing the promenade and our room attendant Joel was excellent, keeping our room clean, stocked with ice and answering any questions we had. We ate in the MDR 6 nights and found the food very good. Some nights better than others but overall the selection was diverse. We ate in Chops and had a excellent meal and in Giovannis Table and found the food and service just OK. The Windjammer was very good for Breakfast and Lunch, especially enjoyed the fresh fruit everyday. Enjoyed the Ice Show and comedians and the RCCL singers and dancers were above average compared to some shows I have seen on other ships. One complaint is the Cruise Director was as plastic as you could get. Compared to some of the excellent Cruise Directors we have sailed with in the past he was below average. The Love and Marriage Game could have been better but he was just going through the motions. All 4 felt this way about him whenever he emceed an event. We have a motto that sometimes things are not going to be perfect so we go with the flow and don't let the small things bother you and ruin your vacation. The RCCL employees try hard to please everyone and keep the ship clean as possible in the time they have. I am an early riser and found employees cleaning at 6 am with a smile on there face and a Good Morning when I went for coffee. The pool area on Cruise Days were packed but we were able to find a place in the shade and if we wanted sun we sat on the edge of the pool enjoying the music and atmosphere. Because of the time of the year there were very few children on board. Labadee is a fun day, just a beautiful place to relax. Did not do excursions because we had been to the ports of call San Juan, St. Kitts and St Martin several times but still enjoy shopping at St. Martin and St. Kitts. The Diamond Club is a nice perk but with over 630 members on board RCCL needs to find an alternative to how people were served. The concierge was rude and not helpful and did not make RCCL any friends when asked about the situation. Especially when the serving area is packed in a room that seats an estimated 40 to 50 people. We are planning on cruising again on RCCL with an Hawaii Cruise on the Ovation of the Seas in the fall of 2019. 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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