Sail Date: November 2014
This was our 6th cruise and our fourth with royal Caribbean, it was also our first transatlantic and our first visit to the Caribbean.we had travelled on the adventure last year on a canaries cruise so it felt comfortable straight away, we ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and our fourth with royal Caribbean, it was also our first transatlantic and our first visit to the Caribbean.we had travelled on the adventure last year on a canaries cruise so it felt comfortable straight away, we found the ship as last year clean in good repair and welcoming.this was also the first balcony cabin we had booked on a royal Caribbean ship having previously had promenade cabins on our 3 other cruises, the cabin(6622) was on the hump and offered great views both forward and aft and was great for the two of us and provided a nice oasis on days at sea when we needed a little us time. Facilities on the ship offer a lot or a little depending on your requirements, the cabin was spacious and storage plentiful and the addition of a flat screen TV made moving around the bed to access the balcony easy, the bars and entertainment venues around the ship were varied and could cater for what u wanted ie, quiet reads, games of cards in the blue moon, a pre or post show drink in the champagne bar,a late night drink with music in the nightclub(jesters) and other variations in other locations, the pub the schooner bar the sports bar all offered various types of music during the evening and all day the bars on deck offered a great service. On deck there was also a choice about what u wanted your experience to be eg quiet and relaxed(solarium) or more interactive and musical( main pool deck), the deck was well used during the cruise,deck parties, belly flop contests water aerobics and films on the outdoor screen.entertainment at night was very varied the main theatre shows both crew production and guest artists were very good and you could always go elsewhere if u didn't fancy the show that night( we went 12 nights out of 14),the pyramid lounge offered live bands,quizzes and other activities and other venues offered bands solo artists and instrumentalists so you could always find something you liked. The dining onboard was as always great the main dining room food was always varied well prepared and service good even at busy times, if you decided not to go there the windjammer was a great alternative with varied well prepared options,for a bit of fun u should go to Johnny rockets they have great burgers and a fun atmosphere,if u want a small restaurant feel meal then giovannis is the place to go I took my wife for her birthday and she loved it the food and atmosphere were amazing, and of course if all that wasn't enough there is the 24hr cafe promenade.also worth a mention is the room service we had this twice for breakfast once on my wife's birthday and it was a nice change of pace and good quality, the main dinning room and windjammers were open at various times for breakfast,dinner,evening meal.the adventure is a great ship for all and we hope the explorer of the seas which replaces the adventure next year is as relaxing and fun, A little info about the crossing if you have never done it the weather was great leaving Southampton in November we never expected to go to muster in t shirts( bonus) the 2 days down to Madeira were a bit changeable but still t shirt weather on Madeira we walked around and went on the cable car up to monte we had light trousers and shirts on, Tenerife was the norm for the time of the year,the 6 days at sea were very relaxing and very warm with 2 smal rain showers all crossing the seas was very calm and in all this was a very very pleasant crossing that exceeded our expectations, the Caribbean islands were absolutely amazing and we are already planning our return we visited St Martin, St Kitts and St Thomas all were hot beautiful and laid back with the nicest people you could ask for. We went on 2 excursions catamaran and Nevis beach barbecue on which the beer and rum punch were free flowing and a sight seeing and Megan's bay beach swim on St Thomas they were both absolutely amazing and Megan's bay beach was stunning This was our best holiday ever and royal Caribbean continue to be a great experience and a fun and relaxing holiday,looking forward to our next cruise with excitement and anticipation.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We were on the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. This was our first time cruising with RCI, the first time on a ship with over 3000 passengers and our first transatlantic crossing. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about the ... Read More
We were on the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. This was our first time cruising with RCI, the first time on a ship with over 3000 passengers and our first transatlantic crossing. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about the cruise. Before we left home I stopped reading other peoples’ reviews; they were so negative and disappointing I did not want my holiday ruined before we’d even started. At least we found a lot of AOS fans on the Cruise Critic roll call. Please do not believe all the negative reviews but by the same token you should travel on AOS with reasonable expectations. I think you should research your ships and cruise lines more thoroughly. If most of the complaints are about food, service & entertainment then you should pay more money and go on 6 star cruise lines. Don’t go on a ship that is offering an excellent value for money product, pay a low price then complain about everything. There is a saying “Champagne taste, Beer budget”. The food on the ship was good whether in the MDR or Windjammer (anybody that gives me apple crumble and custard gets my vote!!). There were plenty of Indian dishes in both MDR and the buffet. English sausages and bacon for breakfast (bear in mind that we’d sailed from England), a fresh stir-fry station in the Windjammer, the list goes on. Another highlight of our trip was our table of 10. If any of our dining companions are reading this review; thank you so much for making meal times interesting and fun. Gary & Karen wish you all the best and good luck for the future. There was plenty of choice of activities to do every day. You can take part or just relax in a quiet corner (which was possible on a ship of AOS size and 3000 passengers). Even the 6 consecutive days at sea went quickly and some days we could not do all of the activities we wanted to do because they overlapped. I enjoyed some of the port lectures. Nearly all the shows were excellent. Congratulations to the 2 singers from the AOS entertainment crew that stepped in at the last moment due to rough seas. They were very good and deserve their own show singing contemporary / current songs. I thought the shows were varied and appealed to most people. We had no problems with the staff, who were all polite and courteous. They were regularly seen cleaning common areas and doing some outside painting. Our only complaint was my wife’s Gym experience. She has never been to one before and thought that the 6 days at sea would be an ideal opportunity to give it a try and see how she got on. She went to the Gym on 2 occasions and both times she did not get any help on how to use any of the machines. At her initial visit she was greeted by a member from the Spa who said nobody was available to show her how to use the machines; she was told to just follow the on-screen instructions. These may be obvious to someone who knows what they are doing but to a complete novice they didn’t make any sense so she used the running machine without anyone giving advise or it being set up to monitor her progress. There were no members of staff available the following day either and after that she gave up in disgust! I really think RCI have got the balance right on the AOS. The correct mix of activities, service levels (I prefer not having a waiter ask if I want a drink every 5 minutes), different food venues and shows. The entertainment staff worked very hard to keep everyone happy. I also enjoyed the TV shows with the Captain and other officers explaining how everything works behind the scenes. The Captain’s lecture on Navigation was very informative. If you want perfect cabins, furniture & decor then travel on new ships. Have you ever considered what it’s like having 3600 guests stay on a floating hotel every week. If you stay in 4 star hotels around the world are the rooms always perfect after months of heavy use? Has anyone ever starved on a cruise? There is so much to eat in so many places at so many times. If you want hotter, fresher food then try other restaurants (possibly you should be eating in the places that charge extra?) or search for what you want. Ask the chefs in the windjammer to cook you a fresh steak or watch what they are cooking fresh. Every day we were asked at dinner by 2 staff members if the food and everything else was alright. If you have a problem, talk to them. Have you ever thought how hard it is to serve so many different dishes at once. Think about the logistics of getting that food to your table or a buffet that starts at 1100 and finishes at 1500 hrs. So please don’t believe all the negative reviews. Travel on the AOS expecting a reasonable cruise for the money you are paying. If you want 5 or 6 star luxury then travel on another ship. Have fun and be happy!! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were ... Read More
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were visiting. We also agreed to meet at the sky bar for sail away, where I met other solo cruisers who were to remain friends throughout the cruise (RCI also organised solo events throughout the cruise) The first few days were sailing through the Bay of Biscay. This was a bit rough and caused you to stagger side to side at some times but other than that not a problem. The ship was fantastic with a great atmosphere of music and fun. I was assigned a seat in Vivaldi dining room - the only Englishman at a table of 9 Americans, and what a great group they were (if any of you read this, my heartfelt thanks for making me feel so welcome). The food selection was first class as was the service by the staff (thanks Robert and team) I also ate in the windjammer for breakfast and lunch and again the selection was first class. Entertainment in the main theatre was mostly great although there were a couple of shows not so good and the pubs and bars were great with excellent service by attentive and friendly staff with good music in the evenings, particularly at the schooner bar. (I had taken out a drinks package so no big surprises at the end of the cruise) I had an inside cabin which was quite adequate for me and the cabin staff were great. There were plenty of sunbeds on deck 12 with bars within easy reach to quench your thirst and a marked out walkway to assist in removing all the extra weight you put on eating and drinking (5 laps to the mile). So, a great cruise, fantastic service from friendly and helpful staff and great food (I don’t know how anyone could complain). Special thanks to “ icantthinkofone” for the company and friendship. Thank you RCI, I will definitely cruise with you again. And if you are also a solo cruiser – take the plunge- you may enjoy it. Alan   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
My dad decided that he didn't want to cruise alone, so off we went. Since this was my first cruise, I didn't know what to expect. We started in San Juan with a tour of the Bacardi Rum distillery, and if you have never been, I ... Read More
My dad decided that he didn't want to cruise alone, so off we went. Since this was my first cruise, I didn't know what to expect. We started in San Juan with a tour of the Bacardi Rum distillery, and if you have never been, I highly recommend it! Such a fun tour! Then, we got to the port for the cruise and got on the ship fairly quickly! Since my dad is has a bad hip, he had to have a wheelchair to embark and disembark the ship, and the staff were amazing when it came to getting him off and on the ship. What we got for a interior room exceeded our expectations! We had an interior promenade state room, and it was awesome! We were on deck six, and it was perfect. We could see all the action happening below, but still feel like it was quite private. Our room steward was fantastic, as he covered every request that we had (we wanted the bed separated into two twins) and his towel animals were such a treat. I found that the rooms was more than adequate. We found room to put out luggage, and there was more than enough space to put all our stuff in the bathroom. There was always something to do on the ship, so we were never bored. I was surprised to see how many activities that were going on at one time, so you could always find something to do. We participated in the karaoke, trivia nights, and went to the night clubs. We also saw movies on the big screen, and even in the theater downstairs. We also went and saw the ice show, and the comedy show, and they were both great. On the last night, I went to the game show, and had a blast! We went on tours in every port that we stopped in, and asking the ship staff which tour company to use was a breeze. The dining was, what can you say about the dining. We went with traditional dining, and the waiters that we had were just fantastic. They were quite knowledgeable, and funny! The head waiter, he did a magic trick for our table each night, and kept us well fed and happy. Even with the one lady at our table, who was an extremely picky eater, they managed to take care of her every need. As I said before, embarkation was a breeze, and the port employees were so good with my dad. I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean, and I am currently looking into another cruise with them, but this time, I'm going with my significant other, but this time, I think we might try a different deck, but the same type of room.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Loved the cruise. Adventure of the seas is very clean. We had. Js at the rear and felt no motion at all. Junior suite is very spacious!!! We ate in the Windjammer , main dining room. The service in the Main dining room was the best ... Read More
Loved the cruise. Adventure of the seas is very clean. We had. Js at the rear and felt no motion at all. Junior suite is very spacious!!! We ate in the Windjammer , main dining room. The service in the Main dining room was the best The Windjammer was busy as expected and there was always plenty of food to chose from. Johnny Rockets has the best milkshakes. Midnight buffet was just ok. Entertainment was just ok ... It was lacking in this area. The best was the ice skating show. The islands were very nice and warm. This was our 3rd cruise on Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
OVERVIEW: This cruise was booked as a last minute deal for us (as we typically like to seek out). Originally, we were hoping to sail with Celebrity based on great experiences in the past, but this ship offered both the price and itinerary ... Read More
OVERVIEW: This cruise was booked as a last minute deal for us (as we typically like to seek out). Originally, we were hoping to sail with Celebrity based on great experiences in the past, but this ship offered both the price and itinerary we were seeking. However, for an “older” ship (2001), it did not disappoint at all and I would say we were generally pleasantly surprised all along the way because of lowered expectations to begin with. ITINERARY: ( A+ ) This was a rock-star itinerary to say the least. There was only 1 sea day, and all other days had very exciting ports with beautiful beaches. That is primarily why we chose this cruise. The only “downside” of this is that it is easy to get tired when you don’t have the odd sea day to “decompress,” but overall this is a great problem to have. SHIP: ( B+ / A- ) We were actually surprised at the generally good condition of the ship despite the age. Some of the areas looked dated, such as the carpeting or the lack of technological amenities (e.g. photographs do not automatically show up in your room TV as they do on other ships, although you can order room service from the TV now). Some of the chairs in the main dining room were fraying, but by and large, we were impressed at how well the ship had been maintained given the age. There is no shortage of activities to do on AOTS, and we were not able to get to everything despite having a week on board. The only disappointment on this front was that there was no general Q+A session with the Captain and senior officers. In about 10 cruises I’ve taken, even the short 3-day cruises have a Q+A session with the Captain, and this is the first time I can recall where this did not occur. I always find these sessions informative and entertaining. ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT: ( A- ) Another surprise. This was perhaps one of the best cruise directors’ staff I can recall on any cruise I’ve been on. There are more activities and things to do on board than there is time. I only got to rock-climb once, and did not even have time to go ice-skating. That said, the cruise director Mercedes was very good, but not as funny as some of the other ones we’ve had. But very confident and well-positioned for the role. I guess there are multiple styles and personalities to fit the CD role. The shows were great as well. Hilarious comedians, the ice show was something very unique at sea and is a must-see, and overall great programming for a cruise. I loved the myriad live music options. Anselmo Boles, the pianist, was incredibly hilarious and talented as a musician, as was the jazz band on board. POOL: ( A ) There are multiple pools, hot tubs, and one solarium. Reminded us of Celebrity, which is incredible given the age of the ship. Even on the one sea day, it never really felt crowded and you could always find chairs. It was really cool to sit in the hot tubs and watch movies under the stars at night, as a movie screen was added to the ship the last time it was in drydock. SERVICE: ( A- ) No complaints here with dining room staff and room stewards, both of whom I would rate as A+. The reason for the A- is that the staff in the Windjammer was not really attentive, and it was mainly self-serve, although once in a rare while, I would get offered a drink or two. More on Windjammer next. FOOD: ( B+ ) Overall the food was pretty good, although I found the desserts lacking throughout the ship for whatever reason. They just were not as good as even NCL or CCL cruises as I can recall. The one exception to the generally good food was in the Windjammer. The quality and quantity of food really suffered there. The menu NEVER changed for breakfast and lunch. In fact, the only time Adventure really felt crowded was during breakfast, when there would be extremely long lines for omelettes. Why not open more than just a few stations for this? That, and the fact that the menu never changed for breakfast and lunch, was a bit disappointing considering this is RCL. Also, the meats were not as savory as they claimed them to be on the menu, and it was obvious that the seafood (scallops, shrimp, etc) were frozen and not fresh. I’m a snob for fresh seafood, unfortunately. PRICE: ( A+ ) We had tracked this cruise a while and struck when the iron was hot. And we had a great agent who helped us get some additional credits we did not expect. The price we got for the cruise was the lowest since we started tracking it, and especially a good value given what the same room type is selling for on future cruises from ours. ROOM (Inside Cabin 7123): ( B+ / A- ) As far as inside cabins go, I found this to be fairly “spacious” and was generally clean and had lots of space to store bags and items for two people despite the only 160 sq ft size or so. The tiling in the bathroom was a nice touch, and we had an excellent room steward. Location was also good because it was away from the noise yet close to the elevators. The reason the room was not a solid A is because throughout the cruise, there seemed to be a musty smell in the room that could not be cleaned. The room staff shampoo’d the carpets and did a deep cleaning which seemed to help a little, but still the smell remained. I suspect it might be the HVAC needs to be cleaned because I know the room steward did all he could to get rid of the smell. And it wasn’t a particularly bad smell, more on the annoying side I would say. EMBARKATION/DEBARKATION: ( B ) This was one of the easiest/fastest embarkations I’ve ever done. We literally almost just walked on board. Debarkation was a different story and the complete opposite. We were waiting unnecessarily in the heat for about 45 minutes before we were allowed to go downstairs to customs. Not sure why RCL called us down when they knew the wait was that bad. FELLOW PASSENGERS: No grade here as this has no bearing ... At first, I thought the passenger quality could be similar to NCL and CCL clientele. But my first impressions were thankfully wrong, and we ended up meeting some fun passengers on the cruise who we shared excursions with. There were a lot of Spanish-speaking passengers on the cruise though. Everything was geared to this clientele, with all instructions, cruise performances, etc being translated. I got to brush up on some Spanish, which was interesting. I did not expect so many Spanish clientele though. OVERALL: ( A- ) This was a great cruise that balanced price, itinerary, ship, and passenger quality. If you can get it for a great price, all the better. Otherwise, look at similar sailings of Celebrity if price is not a factor, or if prices are higher and in Celebrity territory. However, if you value a livelier clientele base, robust entertainment, activities, and well-organized night parties, in addition to a great itinerary and a bit older but very good shape ship, go for AOTS.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We recently got back from our 7 night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Adventure and had a great time! We were shocked at how quickly we got onto the ship. We didnt have to wait in any lines at the pier to get on the ship! This went WAY ... Read More
We recently got back from our 7 night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Adventure and had a great time! We were shocked at how quickly we got onto the ship. We didnt have to wait in any lines at the pier to get on the ship! This went WAY smoother than we had remembered in the past! The ports of call were really amazing and we did things that we hadnt done in the past. We zip-lined in St. Lucia which was a really fun time! We visited Maho beach in St. Maarten and that was an experience that we will remember forever! We'd been on the Adventure before and we really love it. We did notice that the ship was need a few updates. The carpet needs replaced in several areas and we saw a few places with rust that needed to be fixed. The entertainment on the ship was really great, especially the guest entertainers. The dancers and singers were great too but we've seen them better in the past. The service was great as always! Our cabin was a balcony. At first, it smelled a little when we walked in the first day but it got better. I'm not sure if we just got used to it or if it went away. The food was great as always! We ate every night in the Main Dining room and then for lunch we ate in the Windjammer. Every morning we got room service for breakfast because we enjoy eating and drinking coffee on our balcony. We noticed on this cruise that there were hardly any kids. We appreciate this as we dont cruise with our kids! We would do this cruise again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Just returned from a 7 night cruise on the AOS to Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten, Antigua, St. Croix. This is our second time on the AOS, the first in 2006. The ship was in excellent shape and was very very clean. After reading the ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 night cruise on the AOS to Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten, Antigua, St. Croix. This is our second time on the AOS, the first in 2006. The ship was in excellent shape and was very very clean. After reading the negative comments I wondered what we would find when we arrived. Embarkation was easy. Went to the port at 11:30 and got on the ship at Noon. Went to the Windjammer to eat and were able to get in our room at 2pm. We felt the Windjammer had a good selection of food. This was the first cruise where we bought the Premium Beverage Package. It was great but the serverss still gave you a paper slip to sign.....we assumed for us to fill in the "extra tip" section. i was dissapointed that I had to deal with the paper after paying the cost of the beverage package. Hope they change this soon. The entertainment was ok. Love the Quest Game Show! Great entertainment for adults only. Our head waiter Hasan was fabulous, The staff was top notch all around. Meals in the main dining room were excellent. The piano player in the Schooner was not good. He did the same material each night and told too many stories instead of playing and getting the crowd involved. Very boring. Ports of call were great. We went to Marigot Bay on our own in St. Lucia....pretty place but not much to do there. We went to Dolittles to eat and the service was exteremly slow. Went on the Kayaking eco adventure with Paddles Kayaking in Antigua. I highly recommend this tour. It was one of the best ones we have been on our 7 cruises. Kayaking, speed boat ride, visit to a small island for snorkling and homemade banana bread and the best rum punch! We went on this cruise because we wanted to see St. Lucia so we returned to the AOS and were not disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
My wife and I took a vacation with RCI to the southern caribbean. Our idea of a vacation is to do something different and try new things than what we do at home. I'm confused by some of the previous reviews that 'staff was ... Read More
My wife and I took a vacation with RCI to the southern caribbean. Our idea of a vacation is to do something different and try new things than what we do at home. I'm confused by some of the previous reviews that 'staff was uninterested' or the ship was 'dirty.' This is certainly not the case and I would recommend that you look for specific examples or evidence from the 'critics' that support the claims of 'dirty handrails' or the specific name of an employee that was 'rude.' That being said onto the review. Embarkation was a breeze and we were on the ship very quickly. Staterooms are typically unavailable when you get onboard and everyone runs to the windjammer. We head to the gym on every cruise to workout where the gym is totally empty. After our workout, we went to our stateroom where our luggage was waiting. Our stateroom was clean however the couch and chairs are showing some wear. The bathroom has some outdated pink colors but I could care less about the colors of a bathroom. I don't take vacations for colors in my stateroom. Our stateroom attendant was very friendly and attentive. I regularly make towel animals and leave them when we go out. The stateroom attendant enjoyed the animals I made. She even taught me how to make some more and made some very impressive towel animals that took some thought. There were a couple comedy shows that were good. The ice show was excellent and they had a juggler/entertainer that was throwing an axe, an eight pound bowling ball, and an apple that was quite impressive. No Broadway shows that you will see on Oasis or Allure but it was pretty good. Anselmo Boles was playing the piano in the Schooner Bar. He has some amazing talent and was super friendly. They had all of the typical games shows such as love & marriage, sexiest man, quest, belly flop, and drag show. Food was good and hot. They had garlic tiger shrimp, lobster, prime rib, lamb, duck as some of the entrees. Chilled soups are very good. We prefer to have breakfast and lunch in the main dining room. Rather than be a sheep, try something other than jamming yourself into the windjammer buffet. We went to the windjammer two times in 7 days and easily found a seat although people will cut in front of you and have no consideration. As far as excursions, we don't book through the cruise lines. I'm not into packing myself into a bus or boat with 60 people at a crack. Do yourself and your pocketbook a favor and book independent shore excursions. All of our excursions had five people or less. What I hear all the time? But they don't guarantee to get me back to the ship. Tripadvisor is a wonderful tool and it wouldn't be good for their business if the independent shore excursion caused you to miss your cruise ship. Tripadvisor is where I got all my recommendations and loved every excursion we decided to do. Getting off the ship was easy and lines were short. I would recommend looking past some of the previous negative reviews on adventure of the seas unless the critic can provide specific evidence to support their claim. It would be something like this. Here is my complaint and it's not to RCI, it's about the rude passengers during disembarkation. Like the guy around 40 years old wearing a blue tshirt and his khaki shorts on deck five rubbing his dirty bare feet rubbing all over a chair. It's poor behavior that brings no positive experience to cruisers.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
This is my 4th cruise and I learned to pick cruises based on stops and ship entertainment. This cruise left from San Juan (Pan American Port) and visited 5 different islands. I have been on Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean and I love ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise and I learned to pick cruises based on stops and ship entertainment. This cruise left from San Juan (Pan American Port) and visited 5 different islands. I have been on Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean and I love Royal Caribbean the most. The ships are elegant and well maintained. There is so much fun entertainment that you cannot possibly do it all in one week. In my opinion, Carnival ships are a step down and cheap looking, Princess cruises are a bit too boring and Royal Caribbean is just perfect. The ship is designed so you can be in the middle of the crowd or you can hide in a quite area where you cannot hear anyone. The adult pool is nice and quite and the other pool constantly has some activities or music playing. The ice show was fantastic!!!! For an old ship, the appearance is very clean and well maintained. I love the promenade and the ongoing activities and shops there. My favorite bar was the sky bar on deck 13 where you can see the ship pools and the sea. The food overall was good. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and at the main dining for dinner. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Ports of Call: Enjoyed them all; Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Croix (not a lot here) Weather was awesome, so that help set the mood. Ship: Condition was very good and clean Stateroom attendant: was professional, ... Read More
Ports of Call: Enjoyed them all; Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Croix (not a lot here) Weather was awesome, so that help set the mood. Ship: Condition was very good and clean Stateroom attendant: was professional, efficient, friendly, and provided us with anything we needed. Dining Room service: excellent Excursions: only did St Lucia through RCI; Soufriere by Land and Sea. It was very enjoyable, a lot of fun and the lunch was good. Kudos to one of the tour guides for going back to the mud bath. While we had lunch 5 minutes down the road, she retrieved the single use camera I had left behind. She could easily have said no, but graciously saved the day, and some precious photo memories. I gave her $20 for her trouble. Coffee: Terrible for the most part. Too strong and bitter tasting Windjammer Buffets: Breakfast and lunch was always the same. Scrambled eggs were dry and tasteless. Lacked variety of fresh fruit and juices; Honeydew melon wasn't ripe, and had no taste. Made to order egss/omlettes were excellent, if you're willing to wait. They should open the dining rooms for breakfast earlier. Dining Room Food: Very good overall. Would like to have seen more variety, especially fish local to the Caribbean, instead of Atlantic Salmon and Cod, which I can get at the supermarket. Desserts were mostly disappointing. Soups, appetizers and salads were very tasty. Entertainment: hit or miss! Productions shows were repetitive and boring. Even at 61, I felt these were geared to folks much older. I'm not Celine Dion fan, but Tracy Shield did have a powerful voice. Liked the ice show, comedian, singing impersonator and acrobatic acts were outstanding. Cruise Director: Didn't like her. Her voice was annoying. It was loud, shrill, with a thick Spanish accent.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
My wife and I sailed on the Adventure of the Seas in January 2015. We arrived in San Juan the day before the cruise and stayed at the Sheraton near the convention center. The hotel was good but not too much around it. We took a cab to Old ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Adventure of the Seas in January 2015. We arrived in San Juan the day before the cruise and stayed at the Sheraton near the convention center. The hotel was good but not too much around it. We took a cab to Old San Juan and joined the party that was going on! The San Sebastián Festival was on that weekend which takes over the streets of San Juan. A great time was had in Old San Juan before the cruise even started and would go back to San Juan to experience more especially during festival time. The Sheraton is very close to the Pan American pier where AOS sails from. We arrived around 12. The line was not too long but was initially slow as the baggage handlers seemed to be arguing with each other and the bags were piling up. Once that was straightened out it we were quickly on the ship with that awesome 'bing' sound as they scan your card. Our room was an balcony room on deck 7. The room was in good condition and this was the first balcony we have had (out of 4 previous cruises) and we really enjoyed it. We both opted for the premium beverage package and although I'm not sure that we both got full value out of it was nice not to think about how much each drink was costing and allowed for trying different types of drinks. We also opted for the wifi package for two devices (~230US) so we could stay in touch for work items. The wifi was slow at times but was available throughout the ship. It was fine for email, texting and some web browsing. Not fast enough for facetime with home. We spent lots of time in the Solarium area and found there to be good seating and the pool deck patrol were removing towels from people that were trying to reserve seats. We ate a couple of nights in the main dining room and found the food to be good but not great as on other cruises we have been on. We ate at Giovanni's table two times and it was well worth the fee. Risotto was amazing!!! Johnny Rockets was also good. For the Windjammer I found the selection to be good. In fact the one dinner we had there I really enjoyed. We are not big into the shows and therefore we never stepped foot into the theatre. The piano guy in the Schooner Bar was not that good - way too much talking. We did enjoy the daily trivia in the Schooner Bar though. The Casino staff were very friendly and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The Duck and Dog pub was enjoyable and the guitar performer was very good. I think the best part of this cruise was the itinerary. Sailing from San Juan is great and due to short sails between ports never felt rushed or had rough seas. Another advantage is the great weather that is common in the Southern Caribbean. Overall we had a great time, yes there is some wear and tear on the ship in areas but nothing that would stop me from sailing on AOS again.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
My wife and I couldn't have asked for anything more. We normally cruise on Carnival so we were constantly comparing the two. The best thing was our balcony. Unlike other balconies we've had where there was just a divider ... Read More
My wife and I couldn't have asked for anything more. We normally cruise on Carnival so we were constantly comparing the two. The best thing was our balcony. Unlike other balconies we've had where there was just a divider separating the balconies, this ship has steel walls between. So no lights or sounds or smoke came into our balcony. That made it so private feeling. The other thing we really liked was the promenade. We enjoyed sitting at the various bars while watching the people walk by. We thought the food was better than Carnival. The shows in the main theater were interesting, about the same as Carnival. Another positive was the fact that there were very few children and also not many 20 something year olds running around drunk....Definitely an older crowd than Carnival. Other things of note: we never had a problem finding a table at the buffet, the lines weren't long. We didn't smell any sewage that other reviewers have complained about and we didn't think the ship looked worn out like others said. Bottom line, we don't have anything negative to say, it was a fantastic experience. My wife and I also renewed our wedding vows on board and everyone made us feel really special. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Just returned from 7 day Adventure of the seas Southern Caribbean- a hidden gem on St Croix is Sandcastle on the Beach- really nice resort- private beach- great snorkeling- $5 day pass get you access to beach, café, bar, swimming pool, ... Read More
Just returned from 7 day Adventure of the seas Southern Caribbean- a hidden gem on St Croix is Sandcastle on the Beach- really nice resort- private beach- great snorkeling- $5 day pass get you access to beach, café, bar, swimming pool, shower, bathrooms, and lounge chair. for $25 get all the above plus umbrella and 2 free rum punches. Shuttle service to and from ship was $7 per person- or 15min walk from pier. most cruisers went to Rainbow Beach- which we heard is really great , but also really crowded. we definitely preferred and enjoyed the quieter, private resort and beach. We started our cruise with an extra day on San Juan- we stayed at the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino- amazing! truly wonderful- the only drawback is it is about 20 min taxi ride to ship- but a truly terrific resort. We explored Old San Juan- beautiful area. AT Barbados we did The Boatyard- very nice $25 gets you 2 chairs and 1 umbrella- great beach with water activities available( some included and some were extra $). Only down side was the beach was full of locals trying to sell their wares non stop- but after numerous refusals on our part- we were left alone. We did a shopping trip to Pelican Village- Don't waste your time! What was once a thriving vendor/craft market is now a sad neglected shopping area with only 3 vendors still open. Very very disappointed frown emoticon Dickenson Bay Beach on Antigua was awesome and we really enjoyed it- great for relaxing and snorkeling, In St Martin we went to Maho Beach- this is a must see! The beach itself is nothing spectacular and it gets very very crowded. But worth the trip to see the planes and jets flying overhead so low- the big jets start about 1pm and be warned- give yourself plenty of travel time if staying after 2pm- traffic is horrible! Front St in Philippsburg was amazing for shopping and a nice 10 min walk back to ship. We really enjoyed the Adventure- very well maintained and clean. Sevice staff amazing- our dining room staff were out of this world! my mother has trouble walking and staff all over ship were always helpng her. we previously sailed on Freedom of Seas and it is newer and bigger and we loved it, but the Adventure lived up to our expectations. A bit smaller and not a new- but very clean, and staff terific. Plus alot of areas did recieve and upgrade. We would be quite happy sailing on Advetnure again as well as Freedom. We started our cruise with an extra day on San Juan- we stayed at the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino- amazing! truly wonderful- the only drawback is it is about 20 min taxi ride to ship- but a truly terrific resort. We explored Old San Juan- beautiful area. AT Barbados we did The Boatyard- very nice $25 gets you 2 chairs and 1 umbrella- great beach with water activities available( some included and some were extra $). Only down side was the beach was full of locals trying to sell their wares non stop- but after numerous refusals on our part- we were left alone. We did a shopping trip to Pelican Village- Don't waste your time! What was once a thriving vendor/craft market is now a sad neglected shopping area with only 3 vendors still open. Very very disappointed frown emoticon Dickenson Bay Beach on Antigua was awesome and we really enjoyed it- great for relaxing and snorkeling, In St Martin we went to Maho Beach- this is a must see! The beach itself is nothing spectacular and it gets very very crowded. But worth the trip to see the planes and jets flying overhead so low- the big jets start about 1pm and be warned- give yourself plenty of travel time if staying after 2pm- traffic is horrible! Front St in Philippsburg was amazing for shopping and a nice 10 min walk back to ship.We started our cruise with an extra day on San Juan- we stayed at the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino- amazing! truly wonderful- the only drawback is it is about 20 min taxi ride to ship- but a truly terrific resort. We explored Old San Juan- beautiful area. AT Barbados we did The Boatyard- very nice $25 gets you 2 chairs and 1 umbrella- great beach with water activities available( some included and some were extra $). Only down side was the beach was full of locals trying to sell their wares non stop- but after numerous refusals on our part- we were left alone. We did a shopping trip to Pelican Village- Don't waste your time! What was once a thriving vendor/craft market is now a sad neglected shopping area with only 3 vendors still open. Very very disappointed frown emoticon Dickenson Bay Beach on Antigua was awesome and we really enjoyed it- great for relaxing and snorkeling, Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We all enjoyed this cruise on Adventure of the Seas, not a huge ship so we could all meet up fairly easily. There were 16 of us and had early dining which was delicious every night. Our 2 tables were taken care of by a terrific staff , our ... Read More
We all enjoyed this cruise on Adventure of the Seas, not a huge ship so we could all meet up fairly easily. There were 16 of us and had early dining which was delicious every night. Our 2 tables were taken care of by a terrific staff , our table was 283. in the Windjammer Café the food was good but not much changed for breakfast and lunch. The staff was helpful and cleaned up quickly. I liked the Royal Promenade on the ship, there were two bars and live music at times. I could get my coffee in the cafe at anytime along with some small sandwiches and snacks. There was always something to do of course, the shows each night were well done and enjoyable. We had no problems with any of the excursions we booked through Royal. In St.Thomas we did the scuba/beach,which was lots of fun. Aruba was on a great, fun bus and Curacao we could have done without, the Trolley tour. Tripadvisor is where I get recommendations and reviews of independent tours and I booked one in St. Kitts, Island Paradise Tours. Disembarkation was fine, we did have a problem with one suitcase, we could not find it so placed a claim, three days later it was shipped home. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We flew in the day before, arrives late and stayed at the Radisson Casino and Hotel. The room was good, but the music down stairs went on until 2:00 AM, we were still awake, but something to consider. As we left the hotel at noon, we ... Read More
We flew in the day before, arrives late and stayed at the Radisson Casino and Hotel. The room was good, but the music down stairs went on until 2:00 AM, we were still awake, but something to consider. As we left the hotel at noon, we found another couple headed to the ship right outside and shared a cab. We had bought two bottles on decent wine at the nearby CVS store. We dropped our luggage, got into the diamond line with the carry on luggage (with the wine) and went right on board. Had lunch in the Windjammer and were allowed in the cabins by 2:00 PM. We have bee on the Adventure before, but enjoyed walking around and getting ourselves familiar with it again. We did not see the "bad shape" that others have mentioned. We enjoyed the Diamond lounge nightly and had second seating dining. The food was very good and we had great table mates! Escargot every night for me! I don't eat red meat and had a variety of fish, chicken, turkey or vegetarian dinners to choose from. Our waiter and assistant we attentive! We went to a few shows and Quest. Enjoyed all! In Barbados, I chose Tyrone Griffth for a half day island tour. It turned out to be over 4 hours and he let two couples off at the Rum factory and picked them up 1 hour later (after we went back to the ship) $40 each. St Lucia we did the Land and Sea tour with the ship. We took a catamaran up the coast, snorkeled and then on to the Pitons. We took small vans to the mud baths, lunch and than buses back to port. Good day! St. John's Antigua we enjoyed Miguel's Prickly Pear Island Excursion. A small beautiful white sand beach with lunch and drinks included! St Maarten was with Jo Junie Tours- Fun Day Tour. Sunset beach with the planes overhead was a "blast". Bikini beach was a little windy, but beautiful to walk along. Had another great day. St Croix ended with Big Beard 's Adventure Tours, snorkeling at Buck Island, again was a little windy, but amazing! We left the ship around 9, and went directly to the airport. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the Adventures of the Seas!   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We enjoyed having a very port intensive cruise. 5 stops. Barbados, St. Lucia, Anitgua, St. Martin and St. Croix. The entertainment was fun. We had Earl Turner, The 3 Las Vegas Tenors, Rodney Johnson Comedian, and Duo Bolshekov from Russia, ... Read More
We enjoyed having a very port intensive cruise. 5 stops. Barbados, St. Lucia, Anitgua, St. Martin and St. Croix. The entertainment was fun. We had Earl Turner, The 3 Las Vegas Tenors, Rodney Johnson Comedian, and Duo Bolshekov from Russia, as well as the in house singers dancers and Ice skaters. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the entertainment. Overall I had heard horror stories. The ship was old, musty(Circa 2001) ship. Nothing could be further from the truth. They were constantly cleaning, repainting and maintaining the ship even at sea. I last sailed on Carnival's Celebration in 1999. At the time she was 12 years old and was in far worse shape than Adventure of the Seas was at 14 years. Service was another aspect that was outstanding. Most crew members remembered my name after meeting me. My Waiter Mervyn, Asst Waiter Resma, Cabin Steward Ronaldo were top notch. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We just returned from our 7 nights on the Adventure of the Seas. The ship was clean, the Solarium was beautiful. The staff and entertainment, good. The food was good, smaller portions which worked out well (I tend to eat whatever is ... Read More
We just returned from our 7 nights on the Adventure of the Seas. The ship was clean, the Solarium was beautiful. The staff and entertainment, good. The food was good, smaller portions which worked out well (I tend to eat whatever is in front of me). In St. Thomas we went to Sapphire Beach, beautiful. In St. Kitts we had a fabulous time at Cockleshell Beach (Debbie's place). She's very friendly and accommodating. The beach & drive to beach were spectacular! In Aruba we went to Palm beach, it was nice. Curacao is so beautiful we just walked around the town and took in the beauty. Getting on and off the were easy, very organized. One of my favorite things about a cruise is when I come to my room at night there is an animal made out of towels. I was really disappointed this time, I only had an animal 3 nights. I know it's a small thing, but sometimes is the small things that make a difference. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I will admit after reading reviews before we sailed I was nervous about this trip - I shouldn't have been. We had a WONDERFUL time. I haven't read any other reviews of this sailing because I didn't want to have them cloud ... Read More
I will admit after reading reviews before we sailed I was nervous about this trip - I shouldn't have been. We had a WONDERFUL time. I haven't read any other reviews of this sailing because I didn't want to have them cloud my opinion. The Adventure is a beautiful ship - I did not see anything shabby or drab our balcony cabin was great. There were no musty smells or stained carpets. The staff could not have been more accommodating, friendly, helpful, informative..... The food was top notch in my opinion, variety & presentation were A+. Our waiters in the main dining room were awesome! (Dalibor & HARI). Loved all the Ports we stopped in. In short "good time was had by all" Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS) on the March 15, 2015 sailing. Ports visited were San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We traveled the day ahead on March 14, 2014. Our friends who traveled on the 15th had a ... Read More
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS) on the March 15, 2015 sailing. Ports visited were San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We traveled the day ahead on March 14, 2014. Our friends who traveled on the 15th had a mechanical delay of their airplane and missed their connection to SJU and had to catch the ship in St Thomas. This is why we always travel at least the day ahead. At SJU we hired a porter to help us with our luggage and he got us to the head of the Taxi line. This was the best $15 dollars we spent the entire trip, it saved us an estimated hour wait for a taxi. We stayed the night before at the Hilton Condado 999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, PR 00907. I reserved the hotel with award points. We had a corner room with a view of the pool. It was a nice hotel. We did not arrive until 3 pm. We checked in and then walked around the hotel. It has a small beach on the Lagoon. We walked down the street and enjoyed dinner at Waikiki Seafood and Oyster Bar. They had an excellent Puerto Rico special. After dinner we returned to the hotel and crashed. Sunday morning we met our friends and took a cab to Old San Juan to have breakfast at Café De Cortez Chocolate Bar. We love this place and always make a point to eat there. The San Juan triathlon was going on so traffic was a mess. After breakfast we returned to the hotel and checked out and go to the ship around 12:30 pm. It took us about 15 minutes to get on the ship after we dropped our luggage with the porters. We had Jr. Suite 9298. It was spacious and had a great balcony. We were near the aft Elevator and on two flights of stairs below the Wind Jammer and pool deck. The room and ship was very clean. Our room steward was excellent, keeping the ice bucket full and lots of towel animals for our 10 year old daughter. My wife decided on the premium beverage package and really enjoyed it. She found a wine she liked and covered the cost almost every day with wine, diet coke, and bottled water. We had late traditional seating. Xavier was our waiter and did an excellent job. We ate all but one meal in the MDR. We had dinner Monday evening at Giovanni’s Table. The MDR food was excellent and Giovanni’s table was worth the up charge. Beware the lemon cello. We enjoyed the shows in the Lyric Theatre. Our favorite was Beatle Mania. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach. Cab fare was $8 pp each way. There are several beach bar/restaurants at the beach and snorkel equipment rentals. It was a great day just sitting on the beach, playing in the surf and enjoying adult beverages. In St Kitts we chartered a private sail boat from Miles at Nevis Private Charters. It was a wonderful day. Miles leaves from the Reggae Beach Bar which is a $20 pp cab ride from the port. He took us snorkeling off of ship wreck beach then to a beach restaurant on Nevis. The weather was perfect and Miles is an outstanding captain. In Aruba we hired a local taxi to take us to Palm Beach. We hung out there for 4 or 5 hours then had lunch at Red Fish restaurant recommended by our cab driver. Lobster was only $18 US and was outstanding. We picked up the last bottle of rum crème in Aruba. In Curacao we took and island tour and then spent a few hours at Mambo Beach. After the last day at sea we off boarded headed to our post cruise hotel. There were only 2 customs agents working when we got off the ship and the line was very slow moving even with the porter. We stayed post cruise at the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort. It was a nice clean hotel with a great beach and pool. It is located next to a local park and there was a concert Sunday evening until 10 pm which we could hear from our room. After breakfast Monday morning at the CrepeMaker de Puerto Rico we checked out of our room and headed for the airport. Flight from SJU to BWI was great but we found out that our flight from BWI to MCI was canceled. We quickly got on a flight to MDW and luckily after spending the night at Gate B21 we got on the first flight out from MDW to MCI on standby. Flights were being canceled the rest of the day so we would have spent a full day in Chicago if we did not make the first flight. Not enough to run a vacation. This is why when traveling you always have to be ready for complications. I don’t mind missing the flight home but I don’t ever want to miss the ship sailing. We enjoyed the trip so much we booked the Navigator out of Fort Lauderdale next spring break. We turned diamond on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was our 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS), the first being in 2009. This was our first time we had repeated on a ship. I like the Voyager class a lot, it's big, but also small. I think the itinerary is great, 2 ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas (AOS), the first being in 2009. This was our first time we had repeated on a ship. I like the Voyager class a lot, it's big, but also small. I think the itinerary is great, 2 stops, a day at sea, 2 stops and a day at sea. I like it when the shore dates are broken up a bit. This was the first time we stayed in an aft balcony, and I will probably do it again. The room was 1394, a Junior suite. The aft view truly was amazing. But, man!, that walk to the cabin is really something else. You have to think twice about "just running back to the cabin for something". Anyways, on to the cruise. We flew in to San Juan on Saturday night. I would have liked to have gotten in sooner, but the flights and prices didn't work out that way. Check out of the hotel was at noon, so we just went right to the ship from there. We had stayed at the Howard Johnson Isla Verda. It's near the airport and beach, but then about as far from Old San Juan as you can get. Our room on the 8th floor (odd number room) had a balcony that overlooked the main street and past the condo's to the ocean. It was a very nice view. The hotel was nice. Not fancy, but nice. The staff at the front desk was great. The continental breakfast was also okay. They struggle to keep it stocked, especially as you get closer to the end time of 9:30. We were cruising with 2 of my older brothers and their wives. It was one couple's first cruise and the other couples first cruise on Royal Caribbean. I thought check in at the cruise pier was the smoothest we've ever had. We all checked in pretty quickly with what seemed to be no problems. We showed the others around the ship a bit as we worked our way up to the Windjammer for lunch. (A few days before the cruise, RCCL had sent out an email advising us to check in at certain times based on the deck our cabin was on, with exceptions for suite guests (us), Platinum and above members (us) and those with pre-arranged RCCL arrivals. Too be honest, this technically left one of my brothers sitting on the dock until 3pm while the rest of us could check in anytime. Well that wasn't going to fly, so they checked in with us and there were no issues. Still, I didn't like that email. You need to work on that RCCL.) The cabin's opened up at 2pm and we all went to our cabins to check them out and get situated. We met up again at first seating dinner where it was the 6 of us at one table. Christopher and Oswald took great care of us all week, as I would have expected. They were fun, knowledgeable and were always available for questions. After dinner, one brother mentioned that he hadn't received his suitcase yet, and it was now almost 9pm. We went to Guest Services and it was there. He had arrived in San Juan a few days early and he had gone to the Bacardi factory on one of those days. He had a package of 9 small sampler bottles of rum, which he had packed in his checked luggage. RCCL of course confiscated it. And somehow, we noticed, his room luggage tag had come off, so they didn't know where to deliver it. So he got his suitcase and was told he could collect his liquor at the end of the cruise with all the other confiscated stuff. The first stop was St. Thomas where we all went our separate ways and my wife and I did a Kayak, Hike, Snorkel trip. It was great, very fun, not too strenuous, and the guides were very informative. They could have provided more of a snack than a fun size Kit Kat bar though. The 2nd stop was in St. Kitts. This was the first time we had been to that island. My wife joined one of her sister in laws for the train ride around the island and I went scuba diving with Pro Divers. RCCL doesn't offer a scuba trip in St. Kitts and I had just gotten certified the previous August. My wife had a good time on the train trip and she said some of the scenery was just amazing. I had a great time scuba diving for the first time in the tropics. I will recommend Pro Divers, but you must be patient with them. They need to update their website to allow payments online. As of now, you need to call them, or have them call you. They must be very busy as it takes quite a while for them to call you. On our day at sea, at around noon, the captain came on and told us that due to a medical emergency we were going to proceed as fast as possible to Curacao to drop off the passenger and then we would continue to Aruba for our day on Thursday and then return to Curacao on Friday, all according to schedule. This was the first time I had been on a cruise that had any kind of diversion like that. My wife watched the special arrival in Curacao while I went to see the Quest. Gosh, I love watching that game. And in fact, in 2009 I was a team captain. But now, I leave it to the younger cruisers. Being in an aft balcony we could see that the ship was moving faster. In fact, we found out later that the ship was moving at max speed (22.5-23 knots). It was noticeable in the amount of wake we were making, that is for sure. I did my first rock climbing on the day at sea. That's one reason why I like RCCL. They have some fun athletic events like the rock wall. I may be 52, but I still can climb the rock wall. After our day at sea, we arrived in Aruba. We rented a jeep and drove around the island on our own. We stopped at the Butterfly House (great), the California lighthouse (wonderful views), the Alto Vista Chapel (very interesting and a great view too), the Gold Mine ruins and the Natural Bridge. The Natural Bridge fell down several years ago, so I'm not sure why it is still called that and why people still want to go there. But off we went. It got up to 94! on our Jeep thermometer and man was that hot. We finished the day at the Ayo Rock Formation, which is quite an impressive natural rock formation. It was just too hot for us now so we made our way back to Oranjestad and dropped off the car. We had a nice lunch and did some shopping. We rented from Jay's Car Rental. They met us right outside the pier area, my name was on a sign. They took care of us really well. Quick and EasyThe jeep had some dents and dings, and the check engine light was always on, but otherwise the car ran great. It was so interesting seeing parts of the island that you might not get to see on various tours. The lack of road signage just made it more of an adventure! We found everything we wanted to see. At 5pm we joined the Sunset Catamaran cruise. Free drinks! It sure was nice being out on the ocean to watch the sunset after our hot day on the island. It really was just the thing. The crew made drinks and just sailed us around. Nothing too crazy. For our stop in Curacao, I went on the RCCL Scuba excursion. It was with Ocean Encounters and was two shore dives. It was wonderful. The visibility was great and the reef was full of fish. It was wonderful. Maybe some experienced divers would want to do more, but for a half day, and for a newbie like me, it was great. I'll have to go to Curacao for an extended vacation and do some more scuba diving with Ocean Encounters. We went to the ice show again on the last day at sea. I really like the ice shows that Royal Caribbean has. I don't watch the ice skating at the Olympics but you are able to get so up close in Studio B that you can't help but be impressed with the talent and skill of the ice skaters. And wouldn't you know it, we had one last medical emergency. At 3am on Sunday morning, we had to come to a stop and let a helicopter pick up a passenger. I'm not sure they needed to wake us at 3am to tell us this, as I would have easily slept through it all. The cruise director staff was very nice. Luisa and Anthony were fun people and they always kept things moving along. Bobby is a great cruise director too. The AOS is certainly in need of some refreshment. I know it had a small refurbishment last year but it needs more. It has only one specialty restaurant (Giovanni's Table) while some smaller ships have more. I know some Voyager class ships have been given a Flo Rider and I'd Like to see that on AOS too. The Peek a Boo bridge is a nice hidden add on, and when it is open, is fun to find and watch the crew at work. For disembarkation, because we were staying another day in San Juan, we did self depart. My brother was told he could pick up his liquor with the other confiscated items (and man, there were a lot of irons there!) but it wasn't there. He asked some staff who basically gave him the run around. I was very disappointed in RCCL for not having his items available and not really helping in trying to track them down. I realize disembarkation is a crazy time, but they are the ones who took the liquor and who said where he could pick it up. In looking back on it, I wonder if the missing luggage tags actually made it impossible to locate whose item it was. We probably should have confirmed that on the first day but I didn't think of it. I wonder how it would have gone if he had carried them onboard in his carry-on. If they were confiscated then, he would have at least had his name on them. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
This cruise was our second time sailing on the AOS. We arrived a day early in San Juan. It's much more relaxing to arrive a day early and less stress at the airport and getting to the port. To avoid the long taxi line at the ... Read More
This cruise was our second time sailing on the AOS. We arrived a day early in San Juan. It's much more relaxing to arrive a day early and less stress at the airport and getting to the port. To avoid the long taxi line at the airport, a porter will take your luggage to the front of the line for $10. Money well spent!! For the third time, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Isla Verde area. Great hotel! It's close to both the airport and the port. Embarking was seamless. This trip we had the "day at sea" at the beginning instead of the end of the cruise. We prefer to have the "day at sea" on the last day to sleep in, pack and enjoy all the activities on the ship. The Windjammer was our go-to place for breakfast and it was really good this cruise. We tried the dining room for breakfast and the scrambled eggs were cold as was the toast. One guy at our table waited & waited for his omelet - not sure if he ever got it. It shouldn't take 15+ minutes for an omelet. He was still waiting for his omelet when we finished our breakfast and left the dining room. Our suggestion is a nickel-plated grill for both the dining room and the Windjammer to roll omelets. This would reduce the long waiting line for omelets in the Windjammer. We tried room service the next day and that was worse than the dining room - cold eggs & bacon and warm milk. The coffee & pastries were good on the room service. All the food at the Windjammer was hot & good. We had the late seating for dinner each night and our waiter Chandan and assistant waiter Kimber were AMAZING!!! 6 stars plus! Zero stars for the maitre'd . . . he or she never visited our table! The dining room food was amazing. Nice variety every night. One night I didn't care for the pasta dish and was able to get a steak, done to perfection, in no time at all. One of the best features of AOS is the promenade . . . it's the main street of the ship . . . bars, restaurants, shops . . . the gathering spot of the ship. All Royal Caribbean ships should have a promenade!! If the sports bar could have more variety in what they are showing on the TVs, that would be a huge plus!!! There should be something for everyone . . . soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball . . . NOT just soccer!!! The bartenders in the sportsbar were great - friendly, chatty and fun. Also, if the TVs in the staterooms could somehow be language of choice (i.e., English, Spanish, etc.) instead of a mixture. It's frustrating when we would have the TV on when we were getting ready for dinner and only a few stations were in English! Ports: Barbados - Carlisle Bay, amazing beach! Plenty of activities and beautiful jewelry; you can enjoy a beautiful walk back to the ship from Carlisle Bay; St. Lucia - Rodney Bay, also an amazing beach with a lot of activities; Antigua - Runaway Beach, a quiet beach with bar & restaurant. Ask for taxi driver Bobcat in Antigua; St. Maarten, Front Street and St. Maarten beach - only a 15 minute walk (not 40 minutes like the cruise director said); also amazing shopping on Front Street, especially BeDazzled jewelry! No pressure to buy!!! St. Croix - Sand Castle Beach - great beach, amazing snorkeling and great restaurant. Disembarking was also a breeze! $10 to the porters once you gather your luggage and another long, long line avoided getting through customs! They take all of your luggage out to the waiting taxi's. If you want to see videos of our cruise, go to YouTube Cowpote1! Can't wait to go back to the Caribbean! Our key to a great cruise is don't book an excursion in every port, spend your money in port, relax, take a lot of pictures, sample the local foods & beer (you can have a Corona anywhere), bring a lot of ones and fives for taxi's and small items in port, book your next cruise on the ship and enjoy the white sand beaches and crystal blue water!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
I was really worried about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised by AOS!! We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 4 and had a balcony room 9622. Dennis was our room attendant and was excellent! The ... Read More
I was really worried about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised by AOS!! We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 4 and had a balcony room 9622. Dennis was our room attendant and was excellent! The Windjammer and pool were only 2 flights up from us. We were close to the stairs and it was still quiet at night. The shipped was sold out due to spring break and we still felt we could do everything we wanted. We thought the entertainment was outstanding and really enjoyed Bobby the Cruise Director and his staff. They were engaged and went out of their way to include everyone at events. My 8 year old used the kids club in the evenings and enjoyed it. My 12 year old participated in some activities at the teen club but spent a lot of time checking out all the action at different venues. Food for us was great. The dinners at night got a little long but if you got in right away and ordered first it seemed to go faster. We actually really liked the variety and food in the Windjammer. Again, with 2 boys everyone was happy. The pool was busy on sea day but totally open on port days. We had fun at the pool parties and tried to get involved in the events listed. Great ship for a busy family!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
My vacation on the Adventure of the Seas was amazing & I'm so sad I'm back to reality! Background – This is my 8th cruise, I usually go on all the new ships but wanted to try something different. I loved the itinerary. ... Read More
My vacation on the Adventure of the Seas was amazing & I'm so sad I'm back to reality! Background – This is my 8th cruise, I usually go on all the new ships but wanted to try something different. I loved the itinerary. I only sailed on Royal Caribbean, NCL & Carnival: love them all! I wish we didn’t have to go during spring break (airfare from NYC to SJU was insane!) but due to the teachers in my family we did it. I went with family/friends, 19 people total, ages ranging from 18 months to 70 years old. Everyone enjoyed their time. Embarkation – Quick! My friends & I spent the day In Puerto Rico & boarded around 5pm.. it was very empty… As soon as we got on the board we headed to the muster drill, ate at Johnny Rockets and enjoyed the Welcome Aboard Show. Shows/Activities – I saw a few of the shows, all good. My fave was the comedian on the last day, laughed A LOT! Sometimes it was hard to go see a show with 8:30pm dinner. Most shows were at 7 or 9pm. I went to most of the game shows (Quest, Battle of the Sexes, Finish the Lyrics, Belly Flop, Sexiest Man Comp)– what a blast!!! They were all very funny & crazy! Food – I definitely enjoyed the food. Buffet was good, main dining room was great. From being on the bigger boats, I did miss my food variety but it didn’t ruin my trip at all. I’m not sure if I would feel different if the itinerary wasn’t so port heavy. Stateroom – Good as new ! I had a promenade interior stateroom. Very roomy & clean. It was fun people watching & watching the parades. Ship – Very pretty. Did not seem old at all. Good shows, bars, public areas. The adventure wasn’t my favorite boat, as I love the big boats but no complaints. I loved the pool area. Itinerary – 5 islands in 7 days ! Great experience, but I did miss my time on the boat. Every day we woke up early, got back on the boat with minutes to spare. Barbados : Boatyard. Beautiful white sand beach, fun atmosphere ( the bar was kind of like a Senor Frogs/Margaritaville) St Lucia: Cosol Tour. Loved every minute, AMAZING. St Lucia is such a different, beautiful island. Antigua: Swam with the stingrays through Royal then went to a beach near the port. It was a fun! St Maarten: Bernard’s Tour (Beach Tour) My Favorite!!! St. Maarten is BEAUTIFUL. Loved seeing the Dutch / French side. I definitely want to go back and spend a week there. St Croix: Cruzan Rum tasting & Sandcastle beach. We had a BLAST at rum tasting… 2 drinks & basically unlimited shots for $7 dollars. Beach was very nice, people working there weren’t the nicest though. I was there with a big group (12 of us) … we got a bunch of chairs and umbrellas. My aunt & uncle left to the boat earlier than us & left their chair with us…. A worker on the beach tried to resell my aunt’s chair even though we bought them as a group & my 10 yr old niece was sitting on the chair at the time… Not cool. Overall – I had the time of my life this trip. I’m grateful I got to explore a bunch of new places & enjoy a beautiful ship. Vacation is what you make it. If you love beautiful islands, good weather, & a fun boat the Adventure is for you! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
My wife and I have traveled quite a bit over the past 20 years, but as far as cruises go, this was only our third one, and first with Royal Caribbean. For us choosing a cruise meant departing from San Juan, so our choices of ships was ... Read More
My wife and I have traveled quite a bit over the past 20 years, but as far as cruises go, this was only our third one, and first with Royal Caribbean. For us choosing a cruise meant departing from San Juan, so our choices of ships was much more limited than most. And also my wife was off work for 1 year due to cancer, and the only time we could even think about leaving on vacation was the beginning of April 2015. So this led us to booking a 1 week cruise on Adventure of the Seas. I booked the cruise back at the end of January 2015, and it was to be a complete surprise to my dear wife. It was to be a celebration of our 16th wedding anniversary, and her 1st anniversary of beating out cancer. But when she started talking about going away to NYC on Easter weekend... darn, I had to spill the beans. Hotel Information: (5 stars) We left Canada two days before the cruise, and wanted to spend some time in San Juan and get into the vacation spirit before embarkation. My son have been on a cruise in Jan 2015 from San Juan and we had originally booked the same hotel in the Condado area, but after talking with him we cancelled and decided it was to be Old San Juan for us. So we booked at The Gallery Inn, a small 22 room hotel in which the buildings are several hundred years old. The building is original to say the least. Even our room had no real windows (the windows were cut out on the two large wooden doors). There was no TV in the room, and that was perfect for us. It was very beautifully decorated, very old style furniture, and definitely no the Four Seasons, but that is exactly what makes the charm of the place. The owner and staff were wonderful and met our every need. I would definitely stay here again. Embarkation: (4.5 stars) On Sunday we were to board around 2h30 pm (deck 9). We took a taxi out of Old San Juan (not an easy thing to do, especially on Easter Sunday as there was a lot of traffic). When we got to the Pan American pier there was quite a few people in line, and it was a bit difficult to figure out what we had to do, and we here to get in line. However I can say that the check-in process was really quick, and within 30-40 minutes we had out Set Sail passes and were on-board the ship. The Ship: We knew this was not one of the newer ships that are out there, but that did not stop us from booking. The ship is still larger than the ones we had on our last two cruises. It is a lot less glitzsy that the cruise we took with Carnival, which kind of resembled a disco. Although the decor is sombre, it gave us the feeling of being on a more luxurious ship (I know, that is all in our head.. lol). Cabin: We were on deck 9, Cabin 9640 and it was real nice, and we loved it. No complaints from us. Everything was spacious, everything worked as it should and we just loved it. The balcony was great, and we had breakfast on it 3 mornings, and each day around 5 pm we would sit outside and just enjoy the sounds of the seas. Service: Our cabin steward was there for our every request and was very attentive to our needs. However to be fair we did not call upon him too often, being as independent as we both are. Service in the bars, restaurant and other areas was top notch. Shore excursions: We did not take any shore excursions with Royal Caribbean. We are very independent, and we booked our own tours, or taxi service on all of the islands we visited. We rented a car at St. Maarten for the day, having been there previously on two other vacations. I will not go into any details of our excursions, as the review would never end). Activities: The few shows we got to see were very good. We did not see shows every night because on a couple of occasions we met some very interesting people from San Juan at the dining room, and we just stayed on longer to exchange conversations. To us, that was much more interesting than any show (although don't get me wrong, shows are great). We did not visit the casino, as we just don,t believe in giving our money away. We have the government taking care of it already.. haha!! We did visit the disco (Jester's) on a few occasions and had a great time, but more often that not we ended up in one of the ships bars (Schooner, Champagne, Lobby, Crown) and had drinks, met people, talked to staff and just had a ball. We never did get to sleep before 1 am most nights, except for the one night I did not feel well, having taken too much sun in St Martin. Adella (and Navil?) in the Schooner Bar were superb.. two thumbs up for their service and friendly company. We did other stuff on the ship, but it would be just too long to write, and we did not doing anything out of the ordinary, that other folks have not done before. Dining: (Food 5 stars, Service 4 stars, Facilities 3 stars) We had the My-time dining in the Mozart dining room on Deck 5. This was probably the only negative thing about our cruise. Royal Caribbean really needs to work out their My-Time dining as we did have to wait 30-40 minutes on a few nights. And we had reserved out dining times! The non-reserved line was going in much quicker. It was really not the attendants fault, as she was doing her best to ensure we were serviced asap. I think they just have an issue when a lot of people show up (and we were never more than 8-10 in line). On the other nights it was very smooth.. Food was excellent, and our servers (Albino and Julio) were always doing their best to give us their recommendations for the meals. Even if we chose something else, they would bring us a small plate with extra food for us to taste. They were great, no negative comments here, except on busy nights it was a bit slower than usual. But, hey, we were on vacation. No issues for us. One thing that really bothered me was the lack of sufficient air conditioning in the Mozart Dining Room. It would have been much more pleasant had it been a few degrees cooler, and with some better air circulation. It was very very hot dressed up in a tuxedo. Giovanni's was superb. It was our 16th wedding anniversary, and even though we had the ultimate drink package I ordered a very nice bottle of Champagne (Perrier-Jouet) and our meal was divine. Our server was Narcisso and he was the best. 5 stars to him, the food and the atmosphere that night. Entertainment: We did see a few shows as mentioned earlier. And we spent a few nights at Schooner's Bar, when they had a piano player who had a pretty bad voice at times. Even he said he did not know why he was hired, and I agreed with that. But he also was comical, and would get people to come up and sing and participate in the songs. We sang so many songs, that we ended up having a ball. It ended up being a great place to spend a few hours each night. Drinks: (5 stars) We had taken the ultimate drink package, so there was nothing for us to worry about each day. just order a drink, and ask for some premium alcohol, which we always got, and in generous portions too. The drinks were great, the service was great. Photographers: (5 stars) Given we got a $200 credit for on-board spending, the wife and I took the full photo package (photos and CD)­. Wow, the photos were amazing, and we had over 75 pics taken during the cruise. They don't just take one photo of you when you meet them, they take 5-6 at a time, in different poses. We even had some laying on the ground on Deck 3 at the photo studio. I had brought along two tuxedos (one black, one white) and another suit, and the wife was beautiful in her dresses. This was the best move we did (along with beverage package) of the cruise. Disembarkation: (5 stars) For us on our last two cruises this portion of the cruise was a real nightmare. We had originally been scheduled to disembark at 8h00 but since we were staying an extra night in San Juan, I asked to have it changed to 11h00. Customer Services was very easy, and it was changed in a matter of seconds. When we arrived at our meeting place (Studio B on Deck 3) at a few minutes to 11 we were told there was a 45-50 minute delay. No issues, we'll just grab a coffee and get a seat. Well we never had time to finish our coffee, we were called to leave, and at about 11h25 we were sitting in a taxi cab with our luggage on our way to our hotel. We actually disembarked earlier than was scheduled. Summary: I was very hesitant to take this cruise. Some of the other reviewers did not always have great comments on the overall ship and service. But for us this was definitely the best cruise we took so far (yeah, I know we only took 3). The cruise is what you make of it, and we always bear in mind that we are on vacation... so why run when you can walk and enjoy the scenery. We loved this cruise, and would definitely do another one with Royal Caribbean. We cannot compare it to the new, bigger ships however. But when I look at our 3 cruises... I can say each had it's better things than the other, but overall they were all great. We loved everything we did (and did not do)... so for us 5 stars for the cruise. We loved it so much, we are now looking for another cruise to take. We have some friends who said they would like us to go with them, as the idea of cruising makes them nervous. So who knows, maybe this fall or next winter. Next winter for sure, if not sooner. 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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