Sail Date: November 2018
Went with a group of 3 other families. All three families were traveling with children. My husband and I were not. We departed from Ft Lauderdale flying in the day before. Our hotel, the Marriott, had a shuttle to the port the next ... Read More
Went with a group of 3 other families. All three families were traveling with children. My husband and I were not. We departed from Ft Lauderdale flying in the day before. Our hotel, the Marriott, had a shuttle to the port the next morning, so we did not rent a car. We took an Uber to dinner. No exploring of Ft Lauderdale since we had no rental car. We were on the Adventure of the Seas in a Junior Suite #1644 on deck 10. We picked this type of room based on the space in the bathroom. Deck 11 had the Windjammer, the buffet option for meals. We did hear some banging from time to time with, but for the most part it did not bother us to much. Embarkation was a little confusing as we had not done this thing in 25 years, but for the most part uneventful. Within minutes of check in the boarding process onto the ship was called. I had no complaints with the ship except for the elevators. Elevators would pass even though the button for up or down was pushed. There were 4 elevators located in the front port side and 4 more front aft side. The back end of the ship the same setup was made. We ended up using the stairs to move through the ship. We used the Windjammer on the first day at lunch time before the room was available at 1pm and for lunch when the Main Dining room was not available. We ate at the Main Dining room for all dinners. The food was fabulous EVERY night as was the service in the Main Dining room. The first excursion was the Stringray City and Snorkeling in the Grand Cayman sponsored by Royal Caribbean. It was a good experience but was crowded. We have been charged for the pictures, but still have not received them. I encourage all of you to pay for items with a charge card so you can call the credit card company to complain if you do not receive what you should have received. I could have done without Costa Maya. We did not have an excursion planned and did not feel comfortable leaving the initial high sale area of the port. Within 45 minutes, we returned to the ship. We paid for a Royal Caribbean sponsored excursion for the Playa Mia Beach Resort in Cozumel. There was an option for an all inclusive with lunch. We only chose the option to go the beach NOT the lunch option. We ordered and paid for lunch which was delicious and still came out cheaper than the lunch option. We were so happy with our experience that we booked a Christmas cruise for Dec 2019 on the Allure of the Seas. We would book another cruise on Adventure of the Seas in a heartbeat. Our decision to change ships was the broadway entertainment offered on the larger ship. My parents will be joining us and wanted the entertainment option. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our first time on Adventure. It was my sister’s birthday so we booked a Grand Suite. This is my favorite room and having the large bathroom for two with a tub really makes a difference. We had a great room steward, treats ... Read More
This was our first time on Adventure. It was my sister’s birthday so we booked a Grand Suite. This is my favorite room and having the large bathroom for two with a tub really makes a difference. We had a great room steward, treats came to the cabin several,times and having access to the Suite Lounge really makes a cruise special. We ate at Chops 3 nights. We had filets twice and outstanding lamb chops the 3rd night. If you go, ask for Igor. Friends who were on the week before recommended him to me and he was fabulous! We ate at Giovanni’s one night and it was also wonderful. We had filets but I also recommend the Ossobucco here. Schooner Bar had a great entertainer, Giovanni, and he had the crowd singing along every night. The Solarium stays quite crowded but it is very nice. I did not think the food in the MDR was up to par but it was ok and the servers were all great. This IS the place you want to have lunch on sea days. But you cant go in bathing suits....shorts and above. There is a fabulous salad bar and the servers make and chop the salad for you as you select your ingredients, usually a pasta bar or stir fry bar, fruit section and cooked items.....lovely desserts...chocolate fountain and ice cream one day. There is also a lunch menu if you just want to stay seated and be served! Much nicer than the Windjammer, which I felt was needing some help on this ship. My sister had a soda package and the freestyle soda machines were often not working. All in all, the ship looked beautiful, we liked the entetainment, met some great people and had a fabulous time. I would go on Adventure again without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise first for ports to visit and secondly as a 'deal' of a cruise which always helps. Overall experience was very good. Dining room exceptional service and food. Tried not to visit the Windjammer as it is always ... Read More
We chose this cruise first for ports to visit and secondly as a 'deal' of a cruise which always helps. Overall experience was very good. Dining room exceptional service and food. Tried not to visit the Windjammer as it is always super crowded and sometimes maniacal. Enjoyed every one of the evening entertainment shows! Adult swimming pool closes a bit early... but enjoyed it at other times. Did not use too many other activity spots - watched the flow rider activities and utilized the Pizza Place outside of other eating times. Hard to find a drink of water without buying a package deal :-( Enjoyed the miniature golf. Note included on our room problem(s). Management tried to assist as much as they could regarding our room problem but wished we had been moved to another room. We have cruised with RCL before and have already pre-booked other cruises but think we will be slowing down on cruising soon. Housekeeping staff exceptional. Did not do any shore excursions - too costly - people that did said they were great. Did not travel with children. Surprisingly disembarkation went well with the amount of people on self-assist. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted a nice week away with a fun schedule, and RCI Adventure of the Sea fit the bill. It is a lovely ship but she is showing her age. We had a large rust spot in our room right up against the carpet and balcony door. Other issues that ... Read More
We wanted a nice week away with a fun schedule, and RCI Adventure of the Sea fit the bill. It is a lovely ship but she is showing her age. We had a large rust spot in our room right up against the carpet and balcony door. Other issues that brought the rating down: it became the second time in a row sailing that we had to walk the halls looking for our luggage. All pieces each had two pieces of RCI info clearly showing stateroom and name yet twice now they haven’t found their way to our room. We had a 8 night restaurant add on, one of the nights we were going to Chops. When we showed up at our reservation time we were told someone showed up late and we were going to have to wait in the Schooner Bar. I was furious that because of someone’s lack of timing I would have to wait to eat and they didn’t offer to pay for a drink or two. We left in frustration and had a wonderful meal at Johnny Rockets with great service. There was a time change during cruise and did not find out until the morning after it had taken place. Isn’t the Compass newsletter the night prior exactly where you would expect that information? After paying for Use of Vroom, their were days were you could not access it - very annoying. Another complaint was there never seemed like there were enough drink waiters. We were going to the bar ourselves the most on this one! Last complaint and I do not believe it was a fault of RCI, upon disembarkation the escalator was not working. People were forced to use the elevator, standing on the sides in small numbers or carry your luggage down on your own. Not a great way to say goodbye. I do want to be clear that the staff of Adventure were friendly and did their best to be helpful. I enjoy Royal Caribbean and after all my complaints I still believe in them. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise for ship and Itinerary Our first on RCCL and Adventure was perfect not too big or small we never felt crowded in any venue plenty to do onboard. Port everglades embarking and debarking was excellent easiest ever so ... Read More
We chose this cruise for ship and Itinerary Our first on RCCL and Adventure was perfect not too big or small we never felt crowded in any venue plenty to do onboard. Port everglades embarking and debarking was excellent easiest ever so far. The food was great just not enough choices for dinner in MDR . windjammer was always crowded only ate there 3 times had breakfast in MDR good food and service lunches were mainly pizza or snacks from the Cafe. The ports were amazing never enough time to do everything we will probably take another cruise to get to all of them again. Labadee : Beautiful beach day and the roller coaster was short but worth it San Juan : Excellent history we visited 2 of the 3 forts did some shopping St.Martin : Took an Island tour(private not ship) still quite a bit of hurricane damage can be seen but beautiful place. Shopped in the port area St.Kitts : Took an island tour again lots of pictures taken just not enough time. Shopped in the port area. I would definitely cruise this itinerary again on Adventure or one of the larger ships Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I have cruised 12 times on Royal, and this one was very good, but not the best. We had a mini suite and it was wonderful, spacious, and nicely laid out. My wife loves the animal towels and see was not disappointed. We have ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised 12 times on Royal, and this one was very good, but not the best. We had a mini suite and it was wonderful, spacious, and nicely laid out. My wife loves the animal towels and see was not disappointed. We have cruised on Adventure several times and the wear and tear is beginning to show. The Captain and his team were engaging, but the Cruise Director was not one of our favorites. The Food was good, but could have a little more options, especially at dinner. The entertainment was very good, especially the comics and the ice show excellent. The shore excursions were a disappointment especially in St. Martin and the Airport experience, too crowded with hundreds on the beach. St Kits was great and the jeep excursion wonderful. I would give the ports and excursions a 8 out of 10. The getting on the ship was one of the best ever, within 10 minutes of arriving we were on the ship. The getting off was very bad with long lines and broken stairs. A lot of young children were on this ship, but they seemed to be well behaved. Formal Nights are becoming a joke with guys wearing jeans and ladies shorts. We miss the real formal nights. The staffs were efficient. Because we are "Loyal to Royal" we will continue to cruise with them and are members of the Crown and Anchor Program. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We always arrive the night before so that no worries about cruising. Several hotels offer parking with $20 per person for a shuttle to and from the cruise port. The boarding process in Ft Lauderdale was well organized with friendly ... Read More
We always arrive the night before so that no worries about cruising. Several hotels offer parking with $20 per person for a shuttle to and from the cruise port. The boarding process in Ft Lauderdale was well organized with friendly receptionists. A new twist is your room card is not handed out at check in, it is in an envelope outside your room. The cabin stewards were extremely nice and helpful. The dining staff was very friendly and accommodating. We have always found main dining of good quality, so never pay about $100 to $135 for specialty. Seems nuts to do that. Lobster and good stakes always available during the week no charge. Flow Rider is dangerous! Lady broke her leg falling off. Everyone except the professionals had severe falls. The entertainment was some good some bad. The singers were the poorest of any on our 20+ cruises. They were so poor that it detracted from superior dancers. We laughed at the comedy shows. Ice show is very good, just bring a jacket because the room is cold. The casino supervisors were the worst I have ever seen. They acted afraid to confront unruly passengers. Getting off at ports was not an issue with 30 minute wait time the longest and 5 minutes the shortest. Casino dropped off letter last day with $500 discount on future cruise. It surprised me because I only played total of 6 hours entire trip. When setting at table first night always get $700 from dealer. Just put the money in your pocket and play normal. They think you are a gambler and will get a discount coupon later in the week! We did self assist at 6:30am. Back at hotel and on the road home by 7:30!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Live in the area and wanted to visit the itinerary listed. Boarding went smoothly, room was ready. Entered and looked over Promenade and saw the folks across the way, waved to folks in elevator as a joke, but they waved back. Also noticed ... Read More
Live in the area and wanted to visit the itinerary listed. Boarding went smoothly, room was ready. Entered and looked over Promenade and saw the folks across the way, waved to folks in elevator as a joke, but they waved back. Also noticed security camera outside my window, so curtains stayed closed for 8 days. Only opened for nightly wine time. Food in MDR was okay, often not hot since it seemed we were far from the kitchen. Staff were attentive, Axel did a great job! Need more variety for dinners too. Didn't book excursion, too pricey on ship and long lines of complaints. Walked around ports and had fun. Need to have towel checkout moved to opposite side of ship so you don't have to walk through the smokers. Agree with others stating, perpetual upsales as you walked ship were irritating. Also, Bingo pricing way higher from 6 mths ago. Productions shows were good, skating best show on board. Comedy shows dated, Sammy singer was unintelligible, bad mike?!? Main Band was very good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this Cruise because it Departed from a port near us, was reasonable and we frequently sail with Royal Caribbean. We really liked the Voyager Class ships due and larger due to the smooth sailing and amenities. We always enjoy the ... Read More
We chose this Cruise because it Departed from a port near us, was reasonable and we frequently sail with Royal Caribbean. We really liked the Voyager Class ships due and larger due to the smooth sailing and amenities. We always enjoy the Promenade with its shops and cafe'. The staff was very friendly and eager to please, which always makes for a happy cruise. The only comment on the Ship itself is that it could use a litte upgrading in the appointments, ie; furniture, carpets (Room & Public areas). The food was excellent in all areas, entertainment great and varied. The Ports were a bit repetitive but with our many Caribbean cruises that is hard to avoid and some of them tend to look alike and sell the SAME touristy merchandise. But it's still the best way to vacation in our opinion. Unpack once and others "Drive", make your bed, feed you and entertain you. We, however, have a similar complaint with several cruise lines, Royal Caribbean included. They have a tough time adhering to their own rules. They constantly allow passengers to come to the Main Dining room, for Dinner, in Shorts, Wife Beater T-Shirts, flip flops and hats. We have even seen some in Bathing suit cover-ups. We are not saying that they should be dressed formally but come on, it's dinner ! If you prefer to dress sloppy go to the Buffet which is very casual. When we mention this to Dining Room senior staff they tell us Management instructs them to advise guests of the dress policy but to allow them to be seated anyway. We object to this as it changes the atmosphere of the dining room dramatically. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We liked the 8 night cruise instead of 7. The embarkation was probably the best we have experienced in many, many cruises. There were 300 Diamond Members and 200 Diamond Plus Members - all stuffed into the lounge and spilling out into ... Read More
We liked the 8 night cruise instead of 7. The embarkation was probably the best we have experienced in many, many cruises. There were 300 Diamond Members and 200 Diamond Plus Members - all stuffed into the lounge and spilling out into the Viking Crown Lounge. Luggage was delivered in ample time to unpack before muster. We are Diamond Plus with over 300 nights on Royal. However, We did not have robes - did not have shampoo - did not have lotion - did not have our free bottle of wine - when we entered the cabin. As it was a busy day, we were ok with it being delivered the next day. Surprise - not delivered on day 2 either!. When I asked the cabin steward about it - he said that we had to REQUEST those things or we wouldn't get them. I said OK - I request them. Everything but the wine was delivered that night. I called the Loyalty rep and had to leave a message. Day 3 was my birthday. Since it was formal night and the meal was steak - we planned to drink the red wine from Crown and Anchor.... You guessed it - NO WINE. No wine on Day 4. Finally after repeated trips to the loyalty desk - wine was delivered - only it was PINK WINE - not red. Another trip to the loyalty desk and a trade was made. The loyalty rep apologized profusely and said that we would be his guest to dinner at the Chops Grill to make up for the glitch. We were happy. Reservations were at 6:00. We checked in at 5:55 and were seated. We waited - waited - waited. It was 6:20 and we were still sitting... No message from the loyalty rep. We asked the waiter to please try to contact him to see if he was coming. We were informed that he would TRY to be there by 6:40 and we should go ahead and order. About 6:45 he showed up and scarfed up food while on his cellphone. He accepted 6 calls from various people during dinner. Needless to say - we couldn't wait to get out of there. We even skipped dessert. The ports were places we had been before, so we just did an overview tour. On San Juan, we did want to see the city but did not want to shop, so we signed up for the "Old and New San Juan" tour. We did it online and chose that tour because it did not include shopping. The driver went straight to the downtown area and kicked everybody off the bus for one hour to "shop". We objected and others objected as well, but he said he had to move the bus and we needed to leave. We wasted a whole hour of a 2 1/2 hour tour just sitting. When we complained - we were referred to "Freddie", Asst Mgr of the Tours and he told us that RCI Tours were not in charge of the tours and there was nothing he could do. Is there noone following up on these tours???? That's scary. The rest of the cruise was fun. The dining staff were excellent. Food was tasty and varied. We really liked the Diamond Breakfast areafor a quiet fresh breakfast. It is a nice perk. Disembarkation went about as smoothly as we have seen. All in all - We do enjoy cruising and we normally are treated very well on Royal. I think this was just a fluke. I sure hope so - because we are going again with Royal in February. If this repeats - we may have to re-think things...... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good ... Read More
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good food. All the staff went out of their way to make everyone's cruise a good one. This was our fourth time on the Adventure and that was the main reason we booked her. Our normal port to sail out of is San Juan due to fewer sea days and more ports that we love. We will be on the Freedom for a B2B in six weeks and will see what Diamond tier has. As with any ship in saltwater, there are small spots of rust here and there. At every port we heard tap, tap, tap as they were working to chip away rust and paint (a neverending chore.) The ship was well maintained although there were stains in places on the carpeting. Winter came too early in Michigan this year so it was good to have a week of warmth. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We are pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean and have been on 16 RCL cruises. First time on Adventure. It is a nice ship, well maintained. Our cabin (9654) was clean and had more storage than we needed. I like that the mini bar is empty and ... Read More
We are pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean and have been on 16 RCL cruises. First time on Adventure. It is a nice ship, well maintained. Our cabin (9654) was clean and had more storage than we needed. I like that the mini bar is empty and you order what you want put in there. Our balcony was a nice size and the chairs reclined. Cabin steward was nice, but reserved. I made a couple of requests (extra pillows and towels) and he was very accommodating at keeping the extra towels in the room. We purchased a 3 night Specialty Dining package in advance and won't do that again. We were told to book our 3 dinners as soon as we got on the ship or we might not get into the restaurants at a decent time, so we did. Turns out that EVERY reservation we made conflicted with a show we wanted to see, which we didn't find about out until the night before from our Cruise Compass. When we tried to change the reservation, there were no decent times left (only 6PM or 9PM). for alternative nights. The MDR, and our waiter/assistant waiter were so fantastic, that we wished we'd just dined there every night. Now for the "not so much"...the entertainment. If I see one more comedian joking about his colonoscopy I'm gonna scream. The featured singer obviously didn't feel like performing that night and the "variety shows" were shrill, disconnected and NOT about the title of the show. The Ice Show was good. We ALWAY enjoy the adult show "The Quest" and the cruise director made it a lot of fun. We have seen the 70's disco show a dozen times so skipped that. Some trivia games were fun, but some of the cruise director staff seemed tired and cranky at a few of them. The casino was way too smoky for us but I did run in long enough to lose $20 INSTANTLY on a Wheel of Fortune machine. LOL We still had fun and managed to relax, which is what we needed. We told our cabin steward when we met him that we are late sleepers and if we slept so late that he couldn't get to our room, that was fine with us. It happened often and everything worked out fine. I would definitely go back on Adventure of the Seas, for the cleanliness, itinerary, and food, but NOT for the entertainment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We were on this ship for the 8-night 2018 Christmas Cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. This was the second Christmas cruise for us on this ship, the last one 4 years ago out of San ... Read More
We were on this ship for the 8-night 2018 Christmas Cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. This was the second Christmas cruise for us on this ship, the last one 4 years ago out of San Juan, PR. Overall, this was our 5th cruise on RCL and our 8th cruise overall. We are an active couple in our early 50’s and were traveling with our 2 daughters and son in-law, all in their early 20’s. We checked in early (11am) and were allowed to board the ship immediately. This was very nice compared to our previous cruise on Norwegian where we had to wait in a waiting area for more than 1 hour. Luggage drop and check-in was painless, but I had also completed all the cruise documents including pictures online ahead of time. We had lunch at the Windjammer Café and then relaxed in the Blue Moon (Deck 14) until the rooms opened at 1pm. We had 2 Balcony Staterooms (8246 and 8250). One was a bit larger than the other and had a sofa bed vs. the Pullman (overhead bed) in the other. Overall the cabin was clean, the beds comfortable and plenty of space to store all our stuff, including scuba gear. The balconies on this ship are a lot more “closed in” than on newer ships, but we knew this from our previous cruise. We opted for My Time dining since the 5:30 seating was too early and the 8:30 too late for our liking. I did make 6:30 reservations for us ahead of time and we asked for a quiet table near a window at our first seating which we were given. We were very happy with this location and with our wait staff, so we then asked to have this table request in our profile for all of the following nights. The check-in person (Rene) did his best to accommodate this request and we were able to get that table all nights except one where he went out of his way to find us another quiet table by a window. The food in the dining room was good for most evenings, some were great and a few were just OK. Overall, I would rate the food a 7/10, the wait staff a 10/10. Bar service in the dining room could be a bit slow. We liked the elegance and lighting of the dining room better than those on Norwegian Escape. Our daughter and Son-in-Law had specialty dinners at Izumi and the Italian restaurant and felt that they were very special and slower paced. We did opt for the drink package which, for us, makes the shipboard experience much more relaxing (no stress about drink prices). We felt the wine/beer selection was good, but the mixed drinks were quite weak. We learned quickly that specifying the alcohol (i.e. gold Tequila, dark Rum, etc.) would improve the drink and the bar tenders were happy to comply. We also learned which bar tenders were reasonable with their pours (at Solarium bar we would sometimes see them not even fill a single shot glass of alcohol for the drink) and we would frequent those locations. It was also nice that specialty coffees were included in the package (not true for Norwegian). We attended most performances and game shows and especially enjoyed the comedians and game shows (Battel of the Sexes, The Quest). I don’t know if it was just coincidence, but the main comedian was the same as 4 years ago, but he was still great and only some of this jokes were repeats. Getting seats in the main theater was never an issue, but for the game shows in the Imperial Lounge an early arrival was critical. The guy in the piano bar (all songs by request) was great and the place was always packed. I would rate the entertainment 8/10. We are not the type to lay by the pool, but deck chairs seemed available anytime we walked through the pool area, even more so in the Solarium. We like to walk while on board and really enjoyed that one can circle the complete ship (as long as the weather is not too nasty and they close access to the bow) on deck 4. Most other ships we have been on do not have access to the bow. Some in our group got a massage and enjoyed this except the sales pitch for overpriced stuff at the end. We did not spend any time in the casino or gym. We disembarked early taking our own luggage to assure we would make our return flight. Disembarkation and customs/immigration was much quicker than expected. Overall we rarely felt that this was a Holiday cruise with the ship at capacity (of course the decorations and music were reminders). Ship size was a good compromise in having lots of activities (rock climbing, ice skating, Flowrider, etc.) and open spaces (the promenade) but not the big distances of other larger ships. We did miss the more elaborate shows available on Oasis class ships. All crew members we interacted with were friendly and professional and some really stood out in trying to make our stay as good as possible. There were no incidents that we needed to complain about. Overall I would rate this cruise a solid 8/10. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our second NYE cruise and third time on the Adventure. We appreciated the upgrades that were added in the last dry dock. Embarking and debarking were easy, probably the best we have ever experienced at Port Everglades. We ... Read More
This was our second NYE cruise and third time on the Adventure. We appreciated the upgrades that were added in the last dry dock. Embarking and debarking were easy, probably the best we have ever experienced at Port Everglades. We had a walkoff with the Suite Concierge and it took 12 minutes total. Our grand suite (1578) on deck 10 was lovely and very convenient to the elevators. Very large with plenty of storage, a mini fridge, wetbar, a nice bathroom and balcony. The balcony had a padded lounger, a table and two chairs. It is completely covered, and was quite pleasant most of the time. We were a little concerned the cabin might be noisy as we were located under the pool deck, but that was only an issue on NYE when we tried to turn in around 12:30. Once the deck party ended, all was quiet again. We had the Ultimate Dining Package and enjoyed one dinner at Chops, one at Izumi and four at Giovanni’s Table. Chops and Izumi are both on the Royal Promenade and were a little too noisy for us. Giovanni’s Table is located next to the Windjammer with a beautiful ocean view. We got great service from Amar and Arvind at GT. Christopher was the Suite Concierge and did a great job. He made our dinner reservations pre-cruise, though we changed several onboard. He also hosted a suite party at Giovanni’s Table for lunch one sea day. The party was well attended with many officers, including the Captain and Hotel Director. Nearly every day we received goodies in our suite, including gifts from the Captain, the Hotel Director, Christopher and the casino. We had requested a beach towel as our Diamond Plus gift, but housekeeping called and said they were out. So they substituted a tote, which came in handy as we were packing. Service was good throughout the cruise. Our cabin steward, Renato, was very good and kept the cabin in great shape. Mercedes was the cruise director, and did a fine job. Entertainment was good. We really enjoyed the production shows, the comedian and the staff talent show, Adventure’s Got Talent. The outdoor movies were fun, including Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again and Oceans Eight. We had colds all week so we stayed on the ship in Grand Cayman. In Costa Maya, we took a taxi to the town and enjoyed a great walk. At Cozumel, we shopped at the port and returned to the ship early. Even though we were not feeling the best, we had a great time and will gladly sail on the Adventure again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship was a little older than some of the other ships but it was overall a nice looking ship. The embarkation went really smoothly and disembarkation went as well as could have been expected for a suite customer. This is an older ... Read More
This ship was a little older than some of the other ships but it was overall a nice looking ship. The embarkation went really smoothly and disembarkation went as well as could have been expected for a suite customer. This is an older ship so if you want all the bells and whistles you may not get them on this ship. I loved the shows they provided on the ship they had a little bit something for everyone. My stateroom attendant as well as the dining room staff in the Saphire dining hall were excellent. I ate breakfast in Giovanis restaurant and that was excellent also. I did not really care for the food in the Windjammer. I enjoy the ports and shore excursions most notably Toppers Rhum in St. Maarten. That place was awesome. Depending on where the ship traveled too would be my decision if I traveled on this ship again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the ... Read More
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the help of the excellent crew and staff of the Adventure of the Seas everything went smoothly. My husband and I had previously sailed on the ship so I knew there were appealing features for everyone in our group. We had four cabins from balcony to promenade to inside so that was good for all to see the differences and learn the benefits of varying locations on ship. The variety of activities and venues on the ship provided enjoyment for everyone in our group. The younger ones were the late-nighters who enjoyed the Schooner Bar and the casino. The early risers loved coffee from room service and the coffee bar. We all enjoyed the pool deck and the pool bars, dinners in the main dining room, and the excellent beach itinerary. To sum up the highlight of this cruise for our family we all agreed that sitting as a group around Keith's piano in the Schooner Bar and singing our lungs out one night was hilarious and the smiles never left our faces the whole time. I'm smiling right now as I write this--it was that good. Keith is truly an entertainer. Highly recommend. Our family has travelled quite a bit in Mexico over the past 20 years but Costa Maya was a new port to us and what a lovely surprise. Not so commercialized yet and we found it refreshing. First thing to do is get out of the immediate port area and take a taxi to the malecon where there are little beach clubs and more locals. We spent our time ashore walking on the boardwalk, sat under umbrellas with some ice cold buckets of beer and fresh pico de gallo (Big Mama's), and ate street tacos from a local cart vendor. Enjoyed by one and all. We also took an independent excursion with Cozumel Beach Bar Hop which goes to the east end of the island which has no electricity for the most part. Off the beaten path and more authentic small beach bars with loads of fun and frivolity. These are rustic beach places with sand and surf not chain restaurants with fancy bathrooms. The millennials thought they were hip and the rest of us remember when Mexico used to have places like this everywhere. Looking forward to the next one--bon voyage! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this trip as first part of a back to back on Adventure. Pleased with the size of the ship, the layout and our balcony cabin on the hump, deck 8. Perfect place between decks five and eleven where all the action takes place. Not ... Read More
We chose this trip as first part of a back to back on Adventure. Pleased with the size of the ship, the layout and our balcony cabin on the hump, deck 8. Perfect place between decks five and eleven where all the action takes place. Not crazy about the production shows apart from the ice show which was great. Nor the headliners shows apart from David Naster who is always very entertaining. Also not crazy about the menu in MDR. It really needs to change menus more regularly and Royal need to change out more than two or three dishes each night. Choice becomes very limited and boring. However entertainment in the Schooner Bar was brilliant with Keith being probably the best piano guy we’ve seen over a dozen or more cruises, and who can complain about winter sun in the Caribbean? We didn’t leave the ship at every port but enjoyed the empty ship life. Really relaxing. Both B2Bs were great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. ... Read More
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. Many activities for teens. Entertainment was either very good or disappointing but the parties and outdoor movies were great. Food was delicious in both dining rooms. Valentines was celebrated with a fantastic chocolate buffet. I truly appreciated how the staff encourages people to wash hands. Issues: the app isn’t reliable , announcements can’t be heard in the cabin, smoking areas are not located in great areas..... casino stinks of smoke and the smoking area on deck 11 is too close to the doors and towel station... several of the staff at the customers service desk were not fluent in English which led to mistakes and misunderstandings. Our stateroom assistant was outstanding.... he couldn’t do more for us. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We really enjoyed our 7 day cruise. It was very pleasant and relaxing. Embarkation was quick and easy but should not come before 12 noon cause previous week's cruisers are getting off as we get on. Ship is lovely, especially ... Read More
We really enjoyed our 7 day cruise. It was very pleasant and relaxing. Embarkation was quick and easy but should not come before 12 noon cause previous week's cruisers are getting off as we get on. Ship is lovely, especially Royal Promenade and Blue Moon Lodge. Food was absolutely delicious in both Main dining room and Windjammer Cafe Buffet. And Royal Promenade has snacks and tea, coffee, water, lemonade, and ice tea. So loved stopping by there for a quick break. Entertainment was mixed bag but had some shining moments and the 70s Night was a blast! And the Ice Show was nothing short of amazing. We saw it twice. Did no shore excursions so can't comment on that. Just walked outside with each port. It was fine except Cozumel which had very aggressive sales people. Inside cabin room was nice size but bed was huge and took up much of room. No real complaints. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise as a vacation/birthday celebration with my husband's family, 6 of us in all. Cruising as a vacation with family is great as you have the option to spend time together or venture off separately, and all gather ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a vacation/birthday celebration with my husband's family, 6 of us in all. Cruising as a vacation with family is great as you have the option to spend time together or venture off separately, and all gather together for a lovely dinner in the evening where no one is responsible for the meal planning or kitchen clean-up! This was our first time on the Adventure, but we have cruised many times on several lines. I absolutely loved this ship! It is a perfect size, allowing for the upscale activities of the Flowrider and ice skating shows without long waits or lines for anything. Embarkation was an absolute breeze - we entered the terminal at 12:30 and were on the ship in 15 minutes - Wow! The Windjammer Marketplace cafe can get a bit crowded at peak times, especially on embarkation day when everyone grabs lunch while waiting for their rooms to open. But, there is always plenty of food and the staff does a great job of clearing tables and bringing drink refills around to help. I liked the drink stations on this cruise as they had someone there filling trays of drink glasses with water, tea, lemonade so you could grab and go. Really reduced congestion in this area compared to other ships. Remember that both sides of the buffet have the same offerings, and then in the back they flow into a grill area with hamburgers/hotdogs/pizza/mexican and a dessert section. No lack of food choices, for sure! On sea days, be sure to try the main dining room for lunch if you are tired of the buffet. They offer a delicious hot buffet and a made-to-order salad station as well as the option to order from the menu. The cold seafood bar one day included mussels, jumbo peel-n-eat shrimp, and calamari! It was fantastic - better than dinner! Some entertainment that really stood out : One night they had a band called "Rookie". Outstanding. Received a standing O, and did an encore. The Ice Show was really impressive, especially with the limited ice space, props, and 9 skaters! Keith, the piano bar guy, was a huge hit with tons of people at the Schooner Bar every night singing along. We added on the Mystery Dinner Theater show at Giovanni's , and that was very fun. Food was excellent! Included a glass of champagne and unlimited wine during dinner as well. Worth it! This cruise visited Labadee, San Juan, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. Would have appreciated knowing in advance that there is a locals' craft market at Labadee. We didn't take any money with us since the lunch was provided and drinks were on our ship card. First time to St. Kitts. Lovely island, but the people there weren't as friendly or welcoming as we would have hoped. Day trip to Nevis would be a good option there. At 3 of our stops, we had excursions booked using Trip Advisor instead of the ship offerings. First time doing this, but it worked out great! Do your homework though, especially to coordinate timing of things with the ship schedule. Overall, an amazing and relaxing cruise. Only things keeping me from 5 stars were: the lack of information on Labadee (felt badly that I couldn't help them by buying something), the casino being extremely smoke filled so never participated there, and the caliber of the main dinner entrees in the dining room. Never a bad meal, but did feel like they were holding back to encourage you to use the upscale restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
50 year reunion of the Dupont High school Belle WV Embarkation and disembarking was very smooth although a long walk for each. Ship was very clean but hallways were quite narrow. problematic when stewart carts were in hall and room ... Read More
50 year reunion of the Dupont High school Belle WV Embarkation and disembarking was very smooth although a long walk for each. Ship was very clean but hallways were quite narrow. problematic when stewart carts were in hall and room service trays left in hall. the were kicked several time by our party of four while walking the halls to public areas. Dining was much improved over the oasis of the seas i was on in november. Entertainment was very good. service was excellent and the people working on the ship seemed to enjoy their jobs and it does make a difference to see happy people. i did not bar drinking since their prices are twice the price you can get the onshore. i made no purchases other than 2 10 dollar tee's. i remember seeing a can of pringles for sale at the general store for 5.99. you can get these on shore for 1 dollar to 1.50. i love cruising but have been able to show restraint while onboard due to the nickel and dollaring done by the lines. i just wish they would be reasonable to the captive audience the have instead of trying to milk every one dry. i would bet if the charges half of what they do now they would increase sales to equal the profit they now receive Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Ship: Perfectly sized, not too crowded, not too big, not too small, wonderful water slides on the top deck which are great for kids, the slides have clear walls that pass over the ocean outside of the ship's bounds, very exciting. ... Read More
Ship: Perfectly sized, not too crowded, not too big, not too small, wonderful water slides on the top deck which are great for kids, the slides have clear walls that pass over the ocean outside of the ship's bounds, very exciting. Pools seemed big enough for kids. During the trip there was some wonderful live African or Caribbean music on the top deck and on the Promenade, however there was also some of terrible noisy excruciating pop music as well. The elevators system is extremely efficient for this ship size, the ship has 14 elevators total with wonderful view from the elevator cabin. As a result embarking and disembarking is very quick. Service: There is a good mobile app for guests to use on the ship without having to purchase any WiFi plan. The app provides a lot of useful ship info, such as schedule of events and restaurants, charges on the account, etc. However, need to know to select on the device "use WiFi as is", i.e. without connecting to the internet, this step is very non-intuitive, and you would not know about it unless you stop by at the help desk. Some personnel at the help desk is not fluent with English, even though English is vital for working at the help desk. For most stops the ship does not provide proper maps for the locations to which the ship arrives, have to get maps somewhere after disembarking. Cabin: The balcony cabin on 7th level was great, fits 4 people, well sized and comfortable. The cabin has great sound isolation. One issue is that no body wash is provided in the cabin, like you would expect in an hotel, the cabin only provides shampoo and conditioner. There is also an oversight with the light on the balcony, where the cabins are separated by matte walls, which do provide good privacy, but pass the light from the adjacent balcony. So, unless your neighbors turn off the balcony light in the night, you will not be able to enjoy the starry sky, since you cannot observe stars with lights on. Gratuity: They charge substantial "gratuity" fee per person per day, which is a marketing trick to make the cost look lower, and then charge more during the cruise. For 4 people in the room the $58 gratuity per day is inadequate, this is really a hidden cost and not a gratuity. In addition, even before we boarded the ship, the workers were asking for out-of-pocket gratuity to handle the luggage, which is also inappropriate. The service in the restaurant was so exceptional that we were leaving additional $10 per day there anyway. Restaurant: This review is for the Sapphire restaurant that is included in the cost of the cruise. There was also a terribly crowded cafe with good enough food, but we preferred to eat in the Sapphire restaurant. The service was exceptional on many levels. We had a person with dairy intolerance, and the minute we mentioned that the chief waiter ran in, introduced himself, and arranged a special dairy-free menu to be specially cooked every day, both appetizer and main course, as well as the dessert. A special table with a nice view was assigned for us to make sure same waiters aware of the dietary restriction would serve us. Every day the chief waiter stopped by to plan new dairy-free dishes for the next day. There were also a very nice and very accommodating waiter, and very nice waiter's assistant, who would show quite fancy magic tricks to our little boys during the dinner every day, one trick per day. While this experience was amazing, I am not certain that it is typical - we might just have been very lucky with our waiters crew. Also, the restaurant has a dress code, but it is not enforced, and while many people come formally dressed in the evening, some of more arrogant and ignorant guests would come dressed in shorts and t-shirts, they were not turned around. Shows: The ice show is superb beyond expectations, very professionally made, other shows not so much. Photography is not allowed during the ice show, but the rule is not enforced, and some of more arrogant and ignorant guests would make pictures causing distraction. Promenade: Promenade is the common area with shops, bars, and the cafe that offers free late-night food and free 24-hour drinks, like tea, coffee, and water. It took some substantial effort to find out which place has free 24 hours tea, coffee, and water, this is not made clear enough in the ship's flier. We also saw unruly and yelling drunk people walking on the promenade and stopping by in cafe, creating unpleasant uncivilized environment, yet these people are not confronted by personnel or by security. Kids: The kids club on the ship is very lame. The activities were not particularly fancy or exciting. There is a set of play stations, like Xbox, to use during the so-called "free time", when no kids activities are scheduled. This "free time" has lack of supervision. Our boy came crying when some other kid pushed him out of the game station when it was our boy's turn to play, and did not let him play for an hour. Basically, the boy was bullied, and there was no one to make sure turns are fairly taken at the play stations. Skating is available daily, which is great, but for kid sizes there are only hockey skates, whereas kids of this age would normally need figure skates. There is also mini golf that is good for kids. Excursions: 4 islands over 8 days was a great deal. Labadee, San Juan, and St. Kitts all 3 were awesome, but St. Maarten was a complete waste of time, both the excursion and the stop overall. The St. Maarten beach is crowded and not great, rather overrated, and there isn't much to see on the island either, not mentioning the tourism infrastructure is very rudimentary even at the port. The whole St. Maarten stop is arranged for people to leave their money on this island for no good reason and no benefit. On St. Kitts need to understand that there are no beaches at the walking distance, and using excursion as a way to be transported to the beach is rather overpriced, the transportation alone should not cost as much as the excursion does. The travel time for excursions is not disclosed, only the total time is. For instance, St. Kitts excursion we took was declared as 4 hours long, but took only 3.5 hours, of which 1 hour was the travel time, leaving only 2.5 hours to spend on the beach. They also canceled our excursion on Labadee because they decided to merge our excursion into an earlier one to make it more cost-efficient, but they failed to notify us, and we lost valuable beach time as a result. To make things worse, when they cancel an excursion, instead of refunding it, they turn its cost into a non-refundable onboard credit - so, you will have to find ways to spend that money on the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We went with a large charter group on the Adventure of the Seas in February. I decided to try one of the new panoramic staterooms that was added during drydock in February 2018. We switched from a balcony room to this room type and we were ... Read More
We went with a large charter group on the Adventure of the Seas in February. I decided to try one of the new panoramic staterooms that was added during drydock in February 2018. We switched from a balcony room to this room type and we were not disappointed. The view was perfect and I could enjoy it right from the bed or chair. I was concerned about getting sick from the motion on the front of the ship but it never bothered me. We enjoyed all of the western Caribbean ports and the cruise. The points I see that Royal Caribbean could improve on are the outrageous price of a soda beverage package. ($300 for my family of 3) Who can drink $300 worth of soda in 6 days?!? We noticed the fee for Johnny Rockets was higher this time than a couple of years ago. This is a nice option when you are tired of the same spongey burgers from the buffet. One last thing that would be so great is if they could do in-app messaging without the VOOM prices. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise and room type. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ... Read More
Another great cruise on RCL. We had a four night dining package which may or may not have been excessive;) Kids liked Adventure Ocean and Optix, the teen club. Great service from all we encountered! I was worried we wouldn’t like this ship as much after taking two trips on the Harmony but I was pleasantly surprised and reminded of why people sometimes choose smaller ships- ease of getting around! The pools were never too busy and the kids area wasn’t ever too crowded for my kids. They loved the flow rider and the water slides. I’m glad RCL has added those slides to even these smaller ships. This is the second time we have done this itinerary, four stops in a row with 8 days total. It’s my favorite... now we are ready to go longer than 8 days!! The food everywhere was great, in my opinion. The pastry chefs knew what they were doing! Chops Grille needs more kid friendly options for appetizers though. All the servers in the main dining room and specialty restaurants were so kind to my girls, it was very sweet. All in all I would 100% recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Chose this cruise for the price. Embarkation was smooth as silk once we got to the ship. The only slow part was having to park at the midport parking garage and then having to shuttle back to the ship. Lunch at Park Café. Did not want to ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the price. Embarkation was smooth as silk once we got to the ship. The only slow part was having to park at the midport parking garage and then having to shuttle back to the ship. Lunch at Park Café. Did not want to put up with the crowd at the Windjammer. After lunch our room was ready and our sea pass cards were at our door. Went to Bolleros for a drink while waiting for our luggage. Racquel and Glenn were the greatest bartenders. Went to check on our luggage and one of the two suitcases had arrived. The other did not. Finally got a letter that they confiscated our power strip and had to pick up the bag on deck 1. When I got there I told them the power strip was not a surge protected type and we had used it on numerous cruises. To no avail they said I could reclaim it after departure on the last day. Dinner at the main dining room every day. Food was the typical food served by Royal on their Voyager class ships. Service was excellent at table 147 with Jayesh (you can call me Jay) as the Waiter and Charmaine as his assistant. Even though we had my time dining, we requested that table and time for the remainder of the cruise and it was granted. We definitely tipped them extra at the end of the cruise. Many activities during the day. The shows were good. Finis Henderson was the best. He is a singer / impressionist who does Elvis, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, and many others including Sammy Davis his real Godfather. Casino was good to my wife but not to me. Oh well. Went to the Diamond lounge on the first day for happy hour. The hors d'oeuvres were not that good . The chicken wings seemed like they were steamed and then had some thin bbq sauce on them. The skin chewed like rubber and bubble gum. Small children were touching everything on the buffet but were not eating them. Their guardians were to busy drinking and bragging about their Crown and Anchor status to do anything about them. Next night returned to the DL and again kids running around unsupervised. But the thing that made us not return to this lounge was the fact every one was saving seats for people that "were coming later", so there was no place to sit and they wouldn't open up the outside seating. We had cabin 8637. Sherwin the room steward was great. First morning no hot water in the sink or shower. Called maintenance and they promptly showed up. The man said it's fixed after doing something outside in the hallway wall. It was hotter but not the temp I usually encounter in a stateroom. Next morning no hot water and the sink is stopped up again. By Wednesday we had hot water till Thursday morning. This went on the rest of the cruise and was probably our biggest bummer of the cruise. We bought liquor in Cozumel and as normal you turn it in when you get back on board. The man collecting it said it would be returned to the stateroom on the last night of the cruise. No problem. The last night of the cruise no liquor. Down to Guest Services. They said you can pick up your liquor on embarkation day at 0630 deck 5 in the Sapphire dining room. Why?. Because it is spring break and there is a lot of under age children on board and we don't want them to have access to the alcohol. But if you buy it in their liquor store on the last day you get to take it with you right then and there. What?. Did self assist when getting off the ship. They said it would be around 0645 when they would let us off. Around 0715 is when we started off. The shuttles were waiting and back to the parking garage. All in all a fun time, but we will not cruise the Adventure again. Too many little small things going on. Not enough to spoil a good time, but enough to turn us away from this ship. The Mariner in October. 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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