Sail Date: March 2011
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the ... Read More
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the season, and American and Canadian spring breaks. Delta charges $23 bag online-$26 at the airport. Baggage Service is now very good- we pay dearly for it. Tip: Get a porter when you pick up your luggage in San Juan- great help getting through lines and into cab. Porter is also suggested on return to airport. He has to get you through the agriculture check.Pre-Stay. We were at the Candado Radisson. Make sure you get breakfast, we were placed in Concierge level- separate check in on 9th floor and Hors d'oeuvres and a "we trust you" bar in the evening. Nice pool on roof; no real beach in Candado. Our very favorite Restaurant, Ropa Vieja, Cuban, Island cuisine on Ashford- get there! short cab ride.Arriving at Cruise Dock: Alert: It is the Pan American Pier- not the pier in middle of Old San Juan. (about 12:15pm) it seems everyone is asked to wait on line to check in with luggage. We were traveling with a handicapped person in large party with plenty of luggage. We alerted RCI of requirement through their great Special Needs department well in advance. We asked porter to place our pre-tagged bags on the luggage dolly (So we did not have to wait in line with all the luggage) which he did. The line on left (no checked luggage) seemed to go much faster. You can buy water at dockside store once inside. Much cheaper than $3.99/liter on Board. Boarding process without other incident. We were told - no entry into staterooms until 1:30. Windjammer Buffet very roomy and good food. If it seems crowded, walk past into the next section. Stateroom. 8652 with Balcony: We were very satisfied with the overall size of room and balcony. Balcony seemed much bigger than last cruise with NCL. Luggage arrived outside of cabin at 2:45PM! Steward produced bar soap on request.RCI "Green" Savings: Our water supply in shower and sink was really on the grey (color) side. I don't know if it was potable but it seems RCI saves plenty of energy by not purifying the water further. Besides the water, the "fresh" towels came clean but with yellow brown stains.In Room Dining. We selected room service for breakfast before an early day and it was wonderful, warm and tasty.Land Excursions: "Automated" In Room TV Tour selection process: Fuhgetaboutit. It was so confusing we wound up with 4 tickets for first day tour instead of two. It took a few days for the live tour desk to catch up. The tour desk could not handle the crowds wanting to sign up. I will say, most of tours are moderately priced in the mid $30 range. The TV was a good place to keep track of all your cabin charges. Island Reviews (Comments): St Thomas. The shopping at the Ship birth a few steps from the Havensight Mall provides much variety and fair pricing. It certainly beats taking a Taxi Ride Downtown to the suggested shops. Curacao: I forgot to bring my camera battery charger and natch - battery failed on first day of cruise. Nice man at large camera shop across pontoon bridge charged it up for me. We did not take any tours in Dominica- not much in Roseau port area. We took tour bus to beach in Curacao and Aruba.Dining Room: We had early (main) Seating at 6PM. Our party of 6 thought that this was just right after our early tours were complete we had plenty of time to make use of ship and to see the shows after dinner. Food was very good, waiters and staff very efficient. Special thanks to our waiter, Lorenzo.On Board Bingo: Very expensive, $22 Minimum for 3 tickets for 4 games. They award about $700 over 3 games plus 4th game for free cruise for 1 (one). With room filled with 300 people, they make about $6,000 a session.On Board Shows: Ice show the best, a must see. They have about 4 ice show performances so everyone has a chance to get to see it. We were not impressed with 2 nights of "dance and sing" entertainment and they only lasted for 35-45 minutes. The Headliner show, with brother Merrill Osmond was terrific. Casino: Nice variety of Table games (with craps), nightly Texas Hold 'em tournament. Slots outdated; Even dollar machines paid off in quarters. Drinks in Bars: Fair prices, $5.50 for rum & coke (Barcardi), $6.50 for Pina Colada - Must call "House" drink if want bar liquor, 75c cheaper.Muster Drill: Life jackets not required. If you get there early, must stand very long time. Let them know in advance if handicapped.Internet Cafe: Sixty Five cent per minute. Very slow response time. Purser did give 50% refund off charges.On Board Photographer. Each picture $19.95Meet and Greet: Very nice job by RCI. They had raffles and a special gift for us with soft drinks and snacks. Special thanks to all who set up unofficial meet and greet. We learned so much from all your comments. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
As a cruising novice, you can sense my emotions when my cab arrived at the dock with the Royal Caribbean International's Adventure in the horizon, have never been close to a cruise ship before and my first reaction was wow. ... Read More
As a cruising novice, you can sense my emotions when my cab arrived at the dock with the Royal Caribbean International's Adventure in the horizon, have never been close to a cruise ship before and my first reaction was wow. When I got out of the cab there were large lines of people, from babies to mature ladies and gentlemen, the people in line were in good form and as I was travelling alone very friendly and welcoming. While in line there was some paper work to fill in to spend some time, fresh drinks were available if needed which i thought was a nice touch. At the end of the queue my luggage was taken and then i was screened, after that you went to the reception desk and then you got your sea pass which you sign for. Please remember there is no cash on board your sea port gains entry to your state room and also how you pay for everything on board, this initially frigtened me as I hate using my credit card abroad, I had nothing to fear as you can check your account on your state room at any time. When I got on board I was informd my state room was not ready, so decided to go exploring, I decided to go for a coffee and get some food and as you can imagine it was free. have to say the ship was huge but on the first day they have an orientation of the ship and I would thorougly recommend it. When my stateroom was ready I went in to see what it was like, it was very spacious and as I had an outside cabin it was nice to see the world outside. I was waiting a long time for my luggage to be delivered and as I was in my summer clothes I was dreading not having my luggage delivered before dinner, I went to the customer services desk who assured me that there was nothing to worry about and they even gave me an emergency toiletry kit with everything I needed, my stateroom attendant made himself known to me and a nicer friedlier person you could not meet. By this time I decided to do two things one book a spot for dinner, i took out the my time dining option, simply put this means you choose the time you want to dine between 6.30 and 9.30 I decided to dine at eight, I was given the choice of dining solo or amongst others, I decided for the solo option, Have to say the staff are so nice and made me feel so welcome especially as i was on my own. The second thing I did was to book my optinal trips at port, I booked them all the first day, my advice is you do not have to spend large amounts of money on these trips I did the best of on each island i went to Anyhow back to my luggage story the luggage arrive at 7.00 pm, my advice in future have your evening clothes and toiletries packed in a smaller bag as they say you live and learn. Back to the cruise itself, I found it wonderful, I ate in the windjammer every morning and also for lunch everything and anything is on offer and it was wonderful. I was very happy with the my time dining options and did not go to the speciality restaurants which have an extra charge. The alcohol prices were reasonable but be careful when signing the tip is included and they want you to tip again. The entertainment on board was outstanding and there two carnivals on the first and last night of the cruise. Loads to see and do and great fun. There was also a state of the art gym on board with aerobic studio, i worked out daily with all the food its a good idea to bring your sneakers and gym gear. I would recommend a cruise to everyone and was so impressed I have booked two more Royal Caribbean trips one in January 2012 to the Canary Islands and then again in May 2012 to the Western Caribbean. Cruising is a great way of exploring new territories and the good thing is if you do not like an island there is always another to explore, on my trip I was in Barbados. St. Lucia, Antigus, St Maartin and St Kitts. All in all a wonderful trip and the best thing was coming back home so relaxed and refreshed and felt like I had a proper vacation. I hope this gives you a taster of my trip. All the best Arthur Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
We opted to stay in San Juan for a night on both ends of our cruise and we LOVED it. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris (to get points, and it's close to the port.) We will try another place next time. Pricey with cranky ... Read More
We opted to stay in San Juan for a night on both ends of our cruise and we LOVED it. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris (to get points, and it's close to the port.) We will try another place next time. Pricey with cranky staff. We got to the port about 1pm- huge lines. I stayed in line to get into the building, while my husband and daughter stood in line to get rid of the luggage. It only took about 45" total to get through and onto the ship, but I was shocked at how many people were already there....Our room- 8654- was a balcony room and was ready when we arrived. We walked in and.... smelled urine. Like "Uh-oh, I'm in a nursing home" odor. We opened the balcony door and the cabin door to air it out. These rooms are past the time to fix up. Carpet faded, colors dated, wood finish peeled off the vanity, rust on the metal surfaces in the bathroom, mold on the grout in the shower, etc. And the smell..... Our room steward said he would "alert maintainance", and thought it was because the water was turned off, but it continued to smell the entire week. At times there was a smell of poo in the hallway (and i heard other guests complaining about the odors), so something is not quite right with the pipes..... I'm just glad we had the balcony door to open up! (Just an aside about the balconies- you ARE allowed to smoke on the balconies, and the cigar smoker that smoked near us ruined it for us. We couldn't have the door open or sit out there without being in the stench.) We went right to the windjammer to eat- and loved it immediately. We ate lunch and breakfast there almost every day. I found the omelet making station in the back (the Island cafe?) and headed there each morning. Lots of variety and the food was good. I was so hoping for some papaya and mango, but they have the melon selection and pineapple for "exotics." That was the only thing I missed. We had first seating dinner and sat at a table of 8. We love to meet new people and had great tablemates. Our waiter Daniel, was probably the best waiter we've had in all our cruises, and his asst. Mark was awesome as well. I thought the food was just ok. Lobster night was yummy. I had a few misses (the beef stroganoff, a pasta/mushroom dish, a steak). Desserts were good- just not great. The entire staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. The only commlaint was the guest relation staff aren't as helpful as they use to be with info about the ports, cab fares, etc. When the excursion desk is closed, you really are on your own. Our first day was a day at sea. The solarium pool was quieter and way less crowded and our go-to place to cool off. We toured the ship and for as big as it is, wasn't hard to navigate. The promenade was very cool- there is a cafe there to get coffee and pastries in the early am before the windjammer opens if you are early risers.... We played mini golf one night. We wanted to rock climb and in line skate, but there didn't seem to be enough time to do it all. We did visit the casino (happened to be on a smoke free night, so it was pretty empty) and played the slot machines. Not big gamblers, but it was fun.One of our favorite things to do after dinner was go to the front of the ship on deck 5 (where the helicopter landing is) as it is really dark there and a fabulous place to star gaze....The only show we went to was the Beatles show- it was good. I wish we had gone to the ice show- we heard it was great. Our teenage daughter really wasn't into the shows...Ports: Our first stop was Curacau. We took a taxi to Cas Abou Beach. It was a 45" drive and we shared a taxi with another couple. He charged us $15 per person each way- came back and picked us up also. It was beautiful. We were there from 9:45am to 2pm. We had lunch at the "hut"- menu was in Dutch, so I ordered the only thing I recognized- "cheeseburger". I'm not sure it was beef. Not too tasty. Next time I would just order a big fruit smoothie...We walked back through the town when we got back- did a little shopping.Aruba- We went horseback riding in the national park. This is not for the occasional rider. This is a rocky,hilly, desert like environment- very hot- thank goodness we went in the morning. I only ride occasionally- and my horse (and others-) were "spirited". I got scared and asked for a helmet! My daughter is an experienced rider and loved it. It was very difficult to keep the horses to a walk. They wanted to run. One guy lost his saddle, and the guide was way ahead- that made me a little nervous. We stopped at an absolutely beautiful part of the ocean and rested. I think my horse was tired, because he was a little better behaved on the way back. We did get to canter through the sand and ocean for a bit on the return trip. We ate lunch on the ship and then took a cab to Palm Beach. Super crowded. Water was warm but really cloudy. $10 apiece for a chair for a couple of hours! I'll find a better beach next time. We've been to Eagle beach before and it was much less crowded, but not much in the way of amenities. We got some shopping in as well after the beach.Dominica- one of our favorite islands. You have to go on a tour to see this island! Even if you just drive around- do it. It's beautiful- a rain forest, so very different than Aruba. We did the river to ocean kayak tour. We loved it, but it was pretty scary. The first rapids did some folks in- I got to ride with a guide since my daughter rode with my husband. The second rapids had less "casualties". We kayaked into the ocean, as in: paddle hard into the waves, crash down, paddle into the next wave, crash, repeat.... It was a blast. We kayaked around the ocean, stopped at an area where there was a fresh water pool to swim in, then kayaked back up the river to a spot to get back into the vans. They had free drinks, fruit, and "local food"- some fish/ rice dish and cooked banana that wasn't too tasty. Super friendly guides. They were called the "Wacky Rollers"- had tubing adventures also. St. Thomas- We've been there lots, and wanted to see a different beach. We picked Secret Harbour. Getting to the taxis was CONFUSING- there are 2 ports in St. Thomas, and we were at the one without the mall area right off the ship. This one had a mall area that you walked to, with signs for taxi stands, but we had to ask 2 different people where the heck they were. We got one of those trolley type taxis- We got dropped off about 9:45am till 3pm- he came back for us. Only $10/person each way. I loved this place. Small, so not really a beach to take long walks on, but what a great way to relax at the end of our week. We ate at the restaurant- service slow, but the food was awesome. Absolutely heaven.....Disembarkation- Since we were going to stay in San Juan, we figured we would be the last ones off the ship. Because we were platinum members, we were assigned a dining room to wait in that had a continental breakfast. So of course we ate at the windjammer; took our time. Got to the dining room about 8:30am only to find that they were herding us off the ship! Trying to find our "color" of luggage stash was an adventure (do not go by the colored banners hanging from the ceiling)... But we finally got all our stuff and off we went. Back to the Marriott to hit the beach!All in all- we had a great trip. We tend to pick cruises by itinerary. But I think I would not recommend this ship. Maybe a newer RC. I'm glad to see Celebrity back in the Caribbean- maybe them next time???? Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
This was DH and my first time cruising but were fortunate enough to be accompanied by another couple that had 4 previous cruises under their belt. They certainly assisted in navigating through the unknown aspects of this vacation. We ... Read More
This was DH and my first time cruising but were fortunate enough to be accompanied by another couple that had 4 previous cruises under their belt. They certainly assisted in navigating through the unknown aspects of this vacation. We sailed from San Juan, PR and found the boarding to be systematic and fluid. We had no issues having pre-printed our SeaPass info from home. Upon arrival on the gangway, we were impressed with the size of the ship and the friendliness of the staff. Our room was well-appointed and the balcony was a plus. Would not sail without one from now on. We had coffee and watched the sunrise in the mornings on the balcony. What an inspiring sight! Our room steward, Walter, was kind and attentive. (Loved coming in from dinner each evening to see which towel animal we would see that night)We had late dining, 8:30 PM, which was ideal for us. We were able to go on some great excursions, return to the ship, relax a bit and then get prepared for the evening. The meals were delicious. Our waiters, Macallister and Luis,were very attentive and personable. we enjoyed laughing with them every night. Even when we decided to have breakfast and/or lunch in the MDR, if either of them were on duty, they made a point of coming over to where we were seated, just to say hello and check on us. This was customer service plus! We enjoyed the musical entertainment each night after dinner and the casino called us in daily. No blockbuster wins, but enough to make you return the next day. Disembarking was probably the most difficult part of the cruise, only because we didn't want our adventure to end. We found everyone on Royal Caribbean to be extremely friendly, service oriented and anxious to make our vacation one to remember!Loved it so much, we are booking one for next year, same ship, different islands in the southern Caribbean. "Our waiters said they would be on that sailing, so hoping to see them again:)It was wonderful to have met all the folks we had been corresponding with on our Roll Call. We had an unofficial meeting on Sunday at the Pool Bar when we boarded and were able to identify each other by the leis we were wearing. The official "M and M" on Monday was fun and we made some great acquaintances. We will try to keep in touch and possibly cruise together again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
My wife and I are very experienced cruisers, having been on most of the primary lines multiple times. Although we definitely prefer Celebrity, particularly for its dining experience and more thought provoking programs, we chose Adventure ... Read More
My wife and I are very experienced cruisers, having been on most of the primary lines multiple times. Although we definitely prefer Celebrity, particularly for its dining experience and more thought provoking programs, we chose Adventure of the Seas because we were sailing with our children and grandchildren. We chose Adventure of the Seas for its activities, children's program, itinerary, and value. We have never been on a cruise that we didn't enjoy and this one was no exception. This cruise also marked our return to RC after many years and many cruises on other lines. We found our RC experience to be a definite improvement in some areas but a continuation of some concerns that have kept us off this line in the past. Note: If something is not mentioned in this review, it is either because we did not participate in the amenity or we found it to be comparable to other ships and lines. Any negative comments are provided solely for your review and should not be misconstrued into the false belief that we did not enjoy the cruise, which would not be true.Adventure of the SeasOverall, we were impressed with the appearance of this ship. For the most part, it is less glitzy than our previous RC ships. This is a definite improvement. The main dining room is very elegant, one of the most attractive we have seen. The cabin was very efficiently laid out and would also rank at or near the top of cabins we have used in the past. The lounges are also very nicely done.The show room, however, was a disappointment. Although very functional, its design lacked any kind of interest or excitement. This is one place where you want a WOW factor and there was none. This surprised us. The entertainment in the showroom was OK. We thought a ship that size would command something a little better. We were wrong. The ice show, on the other hand, was excellent. It is highly recommended!The Windjammer (buffet area), although attractive, was one place where you knew you were on a mega ship. It was often very crowded. We even heard an announcement telling the passengers not to linger since other passengers needed their seats. That was a first on any ship we've been on. With that said, crowding wasn't an issue anywhere else with the normal exception of the pool area.Regarding food, RC has not changed much over the years. Its serving sizes remain large and uninteresting. The food ranged from just fair to good, but never very good or exceptional. Our party of ten all felt our best meals were clearly ashore. The crew on this ship was absolutely excellent. We participated in many very well attended trivia contests, which were hosted by really likeable cruise staff. Everyone felt the crew could not have been better.The promenade (read shopping mall) was impressive to view for the first time, but we lost interest in it in a hurry. It is really just a collection of the normal assortment of shops on any ship and a few of the lounge areas that RC chose to congregate in a single area. In reality, the shops were not particularly good in comparison to other ships and lines. The promenade was also used for the formal night receptions, which was not an appropriate use. Most passengers dressed up for the two formal nights, which shows that most passengers enjoy the activity. Putting everyone in a very long, narrow space with very limited seating was not in keeping with an elegant location. Further, people in various states of undress walked through the same area. This shattered the illusion of a formal night.One particular area of frustration, shared by many, many passengers, was the Internet cafe and Internet services in general. Anyone who uses Internet on a ship knows that the service is slow and expensive, which was the case on this ship as well. What was different here was that the Internet cafe had no crewmember present to assist you. In addition, the pc computers provided were in various states of disrepair. The normal free airline confirmation service and printing of boarding passes was a pay only system. RC should be ashamed of this operation, especially in light what other cruise lines provide, including their own Celebrity Cruises.The itinerary of this cruise, Curacao, Aruba, Dominica, St. Thomas/St. John, and San Juan was excellent. On this itinerary, be sure and book on the port side so you will face land when you dock. We rented a 12 passenger van on Curacao through Avis and toured Christoffel National Park (wonderful) and went to the beach at Playa Porto Marie (outstanding). We rented the same type of van on Aruba through Royal Car Rental and went to Baby Beach (very nice). Driving on Curacao is very easy, but you will need to be able to drive a manual transmission on the big vans. Aruba is also easy, but a lack of signage may confuse you on the way to Baby Beach. Renting your own van is extremely cost effective compared to tours provided by the cruise lines. We toured privately with Bumpiing Tours on Dominica. They were excellent. We did St. John on your own through the ship and went to Trunk Bay, a very special place. In summary, book Adventure of the Seas if you want a very friendly, competent crew, nice cabin, fairly good children's program, a great itinerary, a beautiful dining area, and a relatively good value.Think twice about this ship if you expect really good food and entertainment.Do NOT book this ship if you are dependent on using Internet services in their Internet cafe. You will truly regret it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
We booked this cruise to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and it was also our long-anticipated honeymoon. With that in mind, our main goal was to relax and decompress from our normal daily routine.I'll start with a Cliff Notes ... Read More
We booked this cruise to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and it was also our long-anticipated honeymoon. With that in mind, our main goal was to relax and decompress from our normal daily routine.I'll start with a Cliff Notes review and then go into a little more detail.Overall, we had a wonderful time aboard the Adventure. From the time we embarked until our final breakfast, the entire experience was exceptional. Our cabin attendant was Robert, he was always so helpful and cheerful. All other staff were very pleasant and they enhanced our experience. We barely noticed the "aging" of the ship, as has been noted in previous reviews here. What little defects we saw were purely cosmetic and did not detract us from having a great time.Now, on to some details --Embarkation: We got into San Juan PR the day before we were to sail. This was a great decision on our part, as the flight from Atlanta to SJ was delayed. We got to the port in San Juan around 3:00pm on our sail date, 3/27 (Sunday). My husband got into the check-in line with our big bags while I waited in the other line with our small bags and travel documents. Once the big bags were checked in, my husband joined me in the other line. All in all, it took just around an hour from exiting the taxi to being on board the ship.Dining: Since we were still rather tired from our flights the day before, we went for a nap in our cabin, which was very clean and ready for us. We missed our dinner seating (8:30pm) and went for a quick bite instead at the Windjammer buffet. As it was the end of service, the food was a little sparse and lukewarm, but no worse than any other buffet we've been to. We thoroughly enjoyed our one dinner at Portofino, the two nights we ate in the main dining room and the meals we had at Johnny Rockets. Breakfasts at the Windjammer were very good, and we really liked the convenience of the Cafe Promenade. Especially the easy access to the Seattle's Best coffee.Ports: We did not sign up for any excursions, we didn't want to be restricted to any kind of a schedule. We visited each port for some quick shopping, then returned to the ship. The pool area is really better on a shore day!Staff: The staff and crew of the Adventure were excellent folks. Robert, our cabin attendant, was a pleasure and was always available for us. Even our call to maintenance, when I mucked up our safe code, was quickly handled. Many kudos to our head waiter, who went up herself from main dining to Portofino to find my bottle of wine that was supposed to have been sent down.Disembarkation: While not a total nightmare, it was a bit tedious. We had everything packed and out of the cabin by 8:00am, when we went to our assigned zone waiting area. Unfortunately, it was the ice rink and I got rather cold. We sat there from just before 8:00am until around 11:00am, it was annoying as we were supposed to have left the ship between 9:45 and 9:55. Thankfully, our flight out wasn't until 2:40pm, but my husband was getting anxious about getting to the airport in time. That's pretty much it. The general experience was wonderful and we will definitely consider RC again for future cruises. Our only minor vent is that it seems that RC no longer has itineraries in the Mexican Riviera. As we don't really enjoy flying, we would like to cruise more out of Southern California. We live in Nevada, and it's only a four-hour drive for us to either San Diego or Los Angeles. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We flew into San Juan two days earlier to get into vacation mode. This was our third cruise out of San Juan. We stayed at the Howard Johnson in Old San Juan. Great location, not such a great hotel as it is old and not what we were ... Read More
We flew into San Juan two days earlier to get into vacation mode. This was our third cruise out of San Juan. We stayed at the Howard Johnson in Old San Juan. Great location, not such a great hotel as it is old and not what we were expecting. However the staff and the experience was wonderful. Sat at the little bar in the front of the hotel and had a blast with other patrons. They cleaned up Old San Juan and the people are helpful and friendly. We embarked at the port at 1:30pm and it was jammed! So much confusion and long,long lines....in the heat! You had to hand in your baggage in one line and then go back to the end of another long line! This process took almost 1 hour! Inside the port, things went smoothly and we were on the ship within 20 minutes. The ship was very clean and the staff was exceptional!!! We had a Junior Suite and just completely enjoyed every minute on our balcony. The food in the Windjammer was always good and plentiful. I thought the food in the main dining room was very good overall but smaller portions than I remember. But you could always order more if you wanted. Our table waiters and head waiter was wonderful. This is the best itinerary we have ever had. 1 day at sea, 2 days at shore, 1 day on sea, 2 more days at shore and disembark. PERFECT! Complaint? Kids. Lots of them! Spring break. Our fault. We didn't look at the calendar when we booked. Hey listen, I have children, but there is a place and time to act up. It just seemed like the children were everywhere. Another thing, Crown and Anchor. What do I have to do for a little something? All in all, RCL delivers. We loved the reggae band at the pool that set the mood. I miss the steel drums however. ANNA BANANA! Do you think it would be the same without you! Third time cruising with you, first time as cruise director! LOVE YOU! This is what cruising is all about. The people and the product they offer. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We flew into San Juan a day early and stayed at the La Concha in the tower. This is a great hotel! Very modern--clean lines, modern artwork. Gorgeous pools and it's Right on the beach. We had a king Suite and loved all the room we ... Read More
We flew into San Juan a day early and stayed at the La Concha in the tower. This is a great hotel! Very modern--clean lines, modern artwork. Gorgeous pools and it's Right on the beach. We had a king Suite and loved all the room we had. That night we walked down the street and ate at a place called Miro's! Highly recommend this place. Food was amazing! Service was fantastic. Can't say enough about this restaurant! We sat out front but there is seating inside as well. The food is Spanish mediterranean based. A little pricey but worth it!We hung around the resort Sunday morning and headed to the ship around noon. We got right on and went up to Windjammers to eat. The ship is in very good shape for it's age. In fact, I like it much better than the Caribbean Princess ship. Our room was ready at 1:30 and our luggage was waiting for us when we got there. The room was fantastic-- a ton of storage (walk in closet). Our water was delivered around 2:30. Great service!We did the my time dining at 6:30 and loved it! The food was very good and there were a lot of options. Our waiters even went out of their way to bring my son some veggies that weren't on the menu every night. They remembered what we liked every night as far as drinks and we really enjoyed them.We did Portofino one night and that was wonderful as well. Food was amazing and the service was excellent. The food in the Windjammer was fine. Mostly ate breakfast there.My son loved the teens program and he had a blast doing everything there was to do. He did the rock wall, ice skating, in line skating, golf, basketball, and ran the track. Loved it! He enjoyed most of the teen activities and made some fast friends. The only negative was that he did not like the man who was in charge very much (I heard this from some of his friends as well). He skipped the dance parties and karaoke (sp?) but loved all the rest. Just a note-- during the port days they do not have a lot of activities until the evening-- not a problem for us as we were in the ports most of the time-- but parents may want to be aware of that.Monday was our day at sea and we just generally relaxed most of the day up on the pool deck. My son spent the day in the teen program. We did go and see the ice skating show-- it was good and worth seeing. Below are my port reviews.Loved the availability of activities on the ship. The service was excellent. I also loved the quieter areas like the library and some of the lounges.We signed up for the Old San Juan walking tour on our return to Puerto Rico since our plane didn't leave until later. The tour was really fun-- but it ended up being cut one hour short due to someone signing up who had an early plane departure. Next time we'll walk the tour on our own.Overall-- we had an excellent trip and were able to see some of the islands we haven't been too. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.Worked well ... Read More
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.Worked well making our own economical on shore arrangements to tour the islands - felt like mini adventures each time! The one pre-booked exception was the Scenic Railway on St Kitts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. It was great - fantastic calypso atmosphere by all on board, free drinks and charming acapella singing. 3 hour fun, comfortable ride and very informative trip around the island. Bridgtown surprisingly drab and St Croix not much better. Cloudy weather didn't help. Antigua and St Maarten best beaches, easily accessible.Travelling with friends however along with a great ship made up for any itinerary disappointments or over expectation on our part. Steel band on some of the piers created brilliant atmosphere.It was very evident that the Adventure of the Seas was doing running repairs before relocating at the end of the trip to Malaga. One main deck jacussi under repair and closed off with polythene for most of the trip was an eyesore. Came back one afternoon to find all the balcony hand rails had been spray oiled - no warning or apology for this. Too sticky for the rest of the trip to lean on - not what you expect when paying a balcony premium.Stateroom otherwise fine and as ever attended to by very hard working and lovely staff. Kept very clean and tidy. The sofa however badly stained as was our friend's next door. No amount of routine cleaning would freshen that furniture - needs replacing or deep cleansing treatment. Shame didn't pay as much attention to this as they do to painting and spraying the gleaming white hull.Last gripe from as I say an otherwise great trip was the pre cruise overnight in San Juan Hilton. Arrangement a room only basis - seems mean of RCI not to run to a breakfast. It's not the measly $15 it's the principle. Arriving at 11:30 pm you don't want to be quibbling over a croissant! Learned to love the big ship experience after a great cruise previously on the smaller, more intimate Splendour of the Seas. The variety of on board entertainment and facilities has to take the edge. A full 24/7 vacation.Top marks and sincere thanks to the RCI crew and staff for a fabulous time though we will read these reviews to consider an alternative line for next cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2011
This is our 10th cruise, 3rd with Royal. It was just hubby (50) and myself (46). We flew in the night before from Atlanta and stayed at Cambria Suites. Nice hotel, free shuttle. Arrived at the port at 10:15am, on the ship at 11:15. ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise, 3rd with Royal. It was just hubby (50) and myself (46). We flew in the night before from Atlanta and stayed at Cambria Suites. Nice hotel, free shuttle. Arrived at the port at 10:15am, on the ship at 11:15. Hubby loves getting their EARLY. Several venues open for lunch, we select Johnny Rocket's so we can enjoy lunch without the chaos of the Windjammer. Food was average, service was great. It was $14.95 for our lunch plus his milkshake. We requested early dining, large table. We had early dinner with a table for 4. While our table-mates were pleasant we had absolutely nothing in common with them (30 yr old siblings who still voluntarily live at home with their parents...). Service was fantastic, we had finished our dessert within 75 minutes each evening which was perfect for us. Food was again average at best. The prime rib the 1st evening was dreadful, later in the week it was much better. The lobster was typical cruise lobster, you get what you get. The only meal that was memorable was Chops. The food far outranked the service. We expected it to be a 2 hour meal, they prepared us by telling us that "no food would be plated or served before it's time".....but there was no personality, no friendliness whatsoever from the staff. This included the hostess even. And it wasn't that they were trying to be exceptionally formal, there was just simply 'no light on' with the staff at all. But again, food was fantastic, but pass on the onion rings, they were clearly not homemade but frozen. Entertainment was as good as we had heard. We went to everything and enjoyed Chicago and Blue Planet the most and the Ice Show the least. The performers fell far too often to be performing in this type of venue and we heard it happened at every show that week. They only landed one jump in 45 minutes. The couple skaters were much better. Either get more experienced skaters and change the routine to something they can do because missing that many jumps is very distracting. Comedians were very funny and maybe only 1/5 of the show was really R rated. Earl Turner was the Headliner and he put on a good show but it is certainly geared to the 60+ age group. Our cabin and Cabin Steward were terrific. We had an ocean view balcony. Plenty of storage, balcony was comfortable for 2 and we enjoyed lunch out there several times. Beds were not near as comfortable as the ones on the Carnival Dream in our opinion. We enjoyed the Valet luggage service which is a real treat at $20 per person. We put our luggage outside our cabin the night before and picked it up in Atlanta later that afternoon. We leisurely walked off the ship at 8:15am and were in our cab by 8:30 and at the airport by 8:45am. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Just off Adventure's last Southern Caribbean sailing before the repositioning, and we had a blast. We've cruised with RCI 6 other times, and this is our 2nd cruise on Adventure, and the service was better on this cruise than any ... Read More
Just off Adventure's last Southern Caribbean sailing before the repositioning, and we had a blast. We've cruised with RCI 6 other times, and this is our 2nd cruise on Adventure, and the service was better on this cruise than any of our other 4 Voyager class sailings...Flight to San Juan was special.. On US Air, got a last minute upgrade to First Class and the flight was awesome...Easy to get a taxi from SJU to the port. Four of us, $26 including 7 bags... Much better than the transfer service which we used last time..Embarkation: Hint: If you are a RCI platinum or above.. find the priority check in line. We were on the ship in 10 minutes while the line to drop off luggage was very, very long..Found our dining room assignment.. just as requested.. Up on Deck 5. Our waiters Deckster and Rondo, affectionately known as Brad Pitt and Spiderman.. were absolutely great all week.. We had dinner each night in about an hour, which was great for the kids.Hint: The "My-Time" dining option put everybody in the Deck 5 level of the dining room.. but there was always a 10 minute wait to be seated.. We were main seating, and always walked right in.. A matter of choice, I guess.. but I dont like waiting in line on vacation...Our staterooms : Connecting staterooms facing the promenade are awesome for a family with kids or teens. I know they are a little small, and have no balcony, but they are functional and the price is right to not jam 4 people in one stateroom.. Our stateroom attendant Rick took care of anything and everything we asked for promptly..Service in Portofino was excellent as always, though we thought the service in Johnny Rockets was a little slow in getting drinks and taking orders, even when it wasnt busy with the ship in Port.If you like mojitos - See Orlando in the Lobby Bar. Best drinks on the ship!!Didn't see many shows.. but the ice show was awesome!My daughters (10 and 13) loved the kids program and the teen club, so my wife and I got to spend some time in the spa and in the casino.. Spa service was great.. we enjoy the Rasul which was great, but the tile in the shower needs some grout and is showing its age a bit.. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Background:I sailed April 10, 2011 on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. This was my 7th cruise. I've cruised Carnival once, Princess twice and this was my fourth Royal Caribbean cruise. I've cruised out of ... Read More
Background:I sailed April 10, 2011 on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. This was my 7th cruise. I've cruised Carnival once, Princess twice and this was my fourth Royal Caribbean cruise. I've cruised out of California twice, Florida twice, Vancouver once and Copenhagen once. This was the first time I've departed out of Puerto Rico. I sailed with my roommate. We are 46 and 51. This was my roommate's second cruise.Hotel:We stayed pre cruise at Posada San Francisco, a family-run "hostel" located on the fifth floor of a building overlooking Plaza Colon in Old San Juan. There are nine bedrooms and six bathrooms along with a kitchen, dining area and two balconies. The bathrooms are all shared and they do NOT come with blow dryers. Only the bedrooms have air conditioning. The main selling point for us was that the rooms were $45 a night. For that price, my roommate and I each had our own room and were able to stay four days pre-cruise and three days post-cruise at PSF. Had we stayed at the Marriott or other high end hotel we would've only been able to afford one day before and after the cruise. PSF is a bare bones establishment. There are NO luxury amenities, so if you're looking for a pool you'll need to go elsewhere. If you're just looking for a place to crash the night before the cruise then this might be your place. Note that the owners require that you have your flights booked before they will hold a room for you. It was clean and its central location made it easy to walk all over San Juan, although there is a free trolley which stops in front of the building. There is also a laundry / dry cleaning establishment two doors down from the building. We did laundry twice. First time was same day for $13. Second time was next day for $8.Ship:We sailed on Adventure of the Seas, a Voyager-class ship. This was my third Voyager-class ship (Mariner and Explorer being the other two). It was in excellent condition. Everything was bright and shiny and I didn't notice any wear and tear except for some grey paint on white walls on our balcony.Activities:The only ship-sponsored activity we attended was the first art auction. It was okay as art auctions go. Wasn't particularly impressed with the art and didn't have the free champagne, but it was my roommate's first art auction. I will say that I liked that Art Actually doesn't tack on an additional 15% commission on top of the purchase price. And some of the prices justify purchasing the art if just to get the frame. Some of the frames were very nice and I know how expensive it is to frame art. But most of the art didn't start being available until over the $200 mark.We did have spa treatments. I had a manicure during the first sea day which was nice. It was a standard manicure with cuticle softener, milk bath, salt scrub with hand massage followed by the nail treatment. At Dominica we also had the Top to Toe spa treatment we signed up for on embarkation day. It was $99 (you had to attend the 8pm spa drawing in order to get this treatment at this price) and included a Frangipani scalp massage, a shoulder massage, and a foot and hand massage. I also added on a hot stone massage for an extra $25 and it was worth every penny. It was sheer bliss and I loved the feel of the hot stones. After our massages we went down a deck to the steam and sauna rooms. Unlike Princess which uses eucalyptus in their steam room, Adventure had pure steam. I loved it. We also used the dry sauna and the Jacuzzi. It was a very relaxing afternoon.Service:Except for one instance at Cafe Promenade, the service was superb. I have no complaints. Our cabin steward was Codan and he was excellent. Our dining room staff was Olga and Lanchana and they were delightful.Port & Shore Excursions:This was mainly a shopping trip for us and we didn't do any shore excursions, except our own in St. Thomas. In St. Thomas we walked from the port to the Paradise Point Sky Tram. We were able to walk out of the port shopping area, cross the street, turn left and then it was only a five minute walk to the tram. Our walking was certainly faster than those in vehicles. Traffic was especially heavy heading into town away from the port. A roundtrip ticket was $20, although for $28 you can get the RT ticket PLUS a Baileys Bushwacker, a very yummy drink and quite potent as well. We didn't prebook this, but I would recommend that you do this first thing in the morning since there will be less people up there.After the tram we caught a taxi to take us to Blackbeard's Castle. You must take a taxi because it isn't within walking distance of the pier. This was a fantastic excursion and I heartily recommend it. Do a Google search for it and don't hesitate to do it. We didn't prebook this; we just showed up and bought tickets with no problem. I do recommend that you start at the top and work your way down because there are a LOT of steps and it is much easier to go down than up. This is NOT a good excursion for anyone with mobility issues.Summary:Our cruise was from San Juan, Puerto Rico and we went to Curacao, Aruba, Dominica and St. Thomas. The weather was consistently 83-86 degrees. We only had five minutes of rain in St. Thomas, although it was overcast and looked like it would rain in Curacao. We brought small travel umbrellas with us and found they were used more for blocking the sun than for rain. This was also the smoothest sailing I've ever been on. There were hardly any swells on the ocean and it was almost as smooth as glass. If we had been on a pirate ship we probably would've had slack sails.Travel to Port of Embarkation:We flew into Puerto Rico on the Wednesday before our cruise on a nonstop from Logan (Boston) on JetBlue. Flight took four hours and was uneventful. At the baggage claim I snagged a porter to help us with our luggage and to take us to the taxi stand. The taxi rates are all preset so no negotiating is necessary. It took us about ten minutes to get from the airport to PSF.Before I start I just want to say that this was the WORST embarkation process I've ever been through. On embarkation day it took us about ten minutes to get from PSF to the port which was great. Caribbean Princess was also at the Pan American Pier with Adventure. We were let off in front of the area where we were to drop off our luggage (to the right of the building). There were two lines to stand in at this point. It doesn't matter which line you stand in. You keep your luggage with you at this point. We got in the baggage line and waited until a little after 11 a.m. before they started collecting the luggage. It quickly became mass pandemonium in front of us. The people in line in front of us couldn't get their act together and were trying to fill out the health forms, juggle food they had bought five minutes earlier, and move their luggage. While they were off to the side dealing with this we turned over our luggage and then moved to a new line created to the left of the baggage line. Some of the women from the group that had been in front of us tried to cut in to be in front of us again. I don't think so! The second line started moving and we were eventually split into two lines to go through security. No one had told me I would need to have my laptop out of my bag for security and I panicked because my reading glasses had already gone through the scanner. I had to have a security officer open the lock to get the computer out. It was a nightmare. After that we were directed to another line to stand in before we were called to a counter for check in. At least that part went easy.After we received our Sea Passes we were directed to some white plastic chairs to sit in. It was a tight fit with my bags but I made it. We had to wait about 20 minutes because four passengers on the ship hadn't disembarked or been located yet. Finally a cheer went up at the front of the room and people started moving. We got up when told to and followed the long line into a larger room and up an escalator. We got off that and were then split into two groups, one forward and one aft of the ship in order to board the ship. We took our boarding photo before moving up to the ship itself to get our photo taken for our Sea Pass. Then it was a simple matter of getting an elevator to take us up to Deck 11 for lunch in the Windjammer.Stateroom:We had E-1 corner aft cabin 7688 on Deck 7. This is the one with the huge balcony and the round porthole opening on the side of the ship. I had its sister cabin, 7388, on Explorer and loved it. I heartily recommend this cabin and have nothing bad to say about it. Yes, it is waaaay in the back of the ship, but because of its distance I actually LOST weight on this cruise ;o) There were two loungers, two chairs and one small table on the balcony. We never had a problem with soot during our cruise. Nor did we have a problem with chair hogs ;o)Dining:We were at table 565, a table for eight, during the first seating. When I booked this cruise two years ago I was confirmed for a table for two. Needless to say I wasn't pleased to find myself at a table for eight. We requested a table change from the headwaiter and were told we would be notified the next day if our request had been granted. It wasn't. But by then we had already had dinner with our tablemates and we didn't mind since there was only one other couple at the table. They were missionaries in Bolivia and, aside from one night when one other couple came down for dinner, it was always just the four of us for dinner every night. We had a wonderful time with them and as mentioned above, our waiter Olga and assistant waiter Lanchana were fantastic.The menu has changed a little from my last cruise with RCI (2006), but overall it was standard cruise fare. On embarkation day at the Windjammer my roommate had a hamburger, a Waldorf salad, a fruit salad and some dessert. My turn and I just had a garden salad, a fruit salad and some of the infamous Honey Stung Chicken which was just as excellent as everyone here on CC had been raving about. It was basically fried chicken with no bones. But it was so incredibly moist and tender. Probably my most favorite meat dish on the cruise. A close second was the prime rib in the main dining room. I was disappointed not to see my shrimp sandwiches at Cafe Promenade, although my roommate is going through withdrawals now that she can't get their coconut cookies. We also ate at Johnny Rockets for lunch during our Aruba day and were so full we had to skip dinner that night. We ordered dinner from room service instead and it ended up being way too much food. We ordered 2 Caesar salads (full size portions, not small), 2 honey-stung chicken dinners with sweet potato fries (3 pieces of chicken) and 2 cheese plates (5 different kinds of cheese with grapes and 3 packets of crackers). I was still too full from lunch to enjoy it all.Children's Clubs:No kids so no kids clubs.Entertainment:We didn't go to any shows. We spent most of our time on our ginormous balcony reading books.Disembarkation:We were assigned luggage tags that were neon green 57. According to the paper they gave us, we were due to disembark around 10:05. We actually didn't leave the ship until after 11 a.m. since we were going back to PSF with two friends of ours from Barbados and they were neon green 64. I wasn't particularly impressed with how they handled announcing numbers. There were no loudspeaker announcements. The paper said we could stay in the library as a "quiet" area, but it certainly wasn't quiet there with all the people jibber jabbering at each other. No announcements were made there either. People left when their papers said they would be allowed to disembark, but I know for a fact that our neon green 57 wasn't let off until after 10:45. Everyone else was kicked off en masse a little after 11 a.m.Since our friends were non-US citizens they had to go to a different line than we did. We made our way down to the large room where all the luggage was kept. By now there wasn't much luggage waiting to be claimed. We found ours easily. A huge gripe here was that someone messed up the connector belt on my roommate's luggage so that she couldn't hook it with another piece of luggage. For all intents and purposes these two pieces of luggage are now worthless since they can't be hooked together. Thanks a lot RCI.There were three customs lines to get into. The one on the far right seemed to be favored by large family groups. The middle and left lines were moving much faster although the left line was the fastest so we got in it. It was a smart decision because that line was really moving. Getting to the front of the line I discovered that the middle customs official was taking people from the left line, not the middle line. The middle line was sharing one customs official with the right line. Not sure if it's always like that, but it was for our cruise.We breezed through customs, grabbed a taxi and quickly got all our stuff onboard. Inside, the taxi driver told us that traffic was very heavy into OSJ because there was some kind of race going on. It sounded like the same one that Schmoopie had encountered about a month ago. His taxi driver wouldn't even take him into OSJ because of it. I told our driver we were staying in OSJ and we were in no rush, just get us into OSJ. Not a problem. It only took us about 30 minutes instead of the 45 he thought it would take.Airport:Since we flew out three days after our cruise, I want to let you know what it's like to leave when there AREN'T nearly 10,000 people trying to fly out the same day. I found on Cruise Critic some excellent advice for dealing with the Luis Munoz Airport in San Juan. First thing is to get a porter. The porter will then make sure that your luggage is taken though the agricultural inspection station and then to the check in counter. It was worth the $10 I paid the porter. After that it was through security. I made it through okay. My roommate was scanned because she forgot that she had a bottle of water in her carryon bag. It took us 40 minutes from the time we were picked up in Old San Juan to getting to our gate to catch the plane. Yet another reason to fly out on a day when no cruise ships are disembarking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2011
Please do not go on this cruise ship. Lets be fair and say that the service is decent, not amazing, but acceptable. The food is way below average and the rooms and the cruise are run down. I have taken other cruises but nothing like this ... Read More
Please do not go on this cruise ship. Lets be fair and say that the service is decent, not amazing, but acceptable. The food is way below average and the rooms and the cruise are run down. I have taken other cruises but nothing like this one. Although they call it a "family" cruise I guess they forgot to mention it was a very cheap motel type family vacation cruise. The rooms are run down, the curtains are stained, the walls have all sources of stains and the bathroom features are all chipped and old. The hallway is pink! hello - its 2011- and the onboard entertainment is average to say the least. Im sure they try to make it look good, but honestly if there was another option, simply we would have never go. Tips- its like they have a quota to make every day. We were bombarded all over the place by everyone by a asking for "additional" tips as they add the tips on everything. We even went on a pilates class and were charged for a tip -yep!- a tip for a pilates class and the instructor even asked for a second "additional" tip which I refused to give. Neither less to say we never took another class. Please do yourself a favor, simply find another cruise ship company. We had an issue with the reservation as we had booked a Celebrity cruise and we were moved to RC and even the supervisor on the phone was really rude. Latter on we talked to someone nicer but still she had no idea of what this cruise ship was like. The one thing that's good, its the cruise director. The woman is incredible and its always happy. I have no idea of how she does it, but its good. The last day the crew the staff looked bored, upset and ready to head out... latter on we realized that for most of them was the end of their contract. Quite frankly, its none of our business, we were there for a vacation. Simply find another cruise company and DO read this reviews Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Pre-cruise night we stayed at the Intercontinental Resort, Spa and Casino. $125 thru Priceline. The lobby, shared space and outdoor pools, bars, restaurant,etc. were BEAUTIFUL. The room was nice but rather "tired" looking. I was ... Read More
Pre-cruise night we stayed at the Intercontinental Resort, Spa and Casino. $125 thru Priceline. The lobby, shared space and outdoor pools, bars, restaurant,etc. were BEAUTIFUL. The room was nice but rather "tired" looking. I was happy with it though, until I went to lay down. What's that on the pillowcase? Looks like spaghetti sauce. And no, not stained with the sauce but the actual sauce. Like the pillowcase has not been washed! EEEEEWWWW.Next morning, day of embarkation, breakfast. Very few options at the resort itself. They have a breakfast buffet and I completely misunderstood the cost. What I thought was going to be a $50 breakfast for 4 was actually $125. Yes, you read that right. $125 for a breakfast that wasn't even very good!!!Embarkation - arrived at approx. 1:30 and the line was GIMUNGOUS! HUGE! By the time I got on the ship I was drenched in sweat. Needless to say we didn't buy that picture! They really should try to come up with a better embarkation process in San Juan.Speaking of San Juan, taxi drivers are crazy and think nothing of texting, talking, eating and doing their taxes, all at the same time, while driving. Just sayin.Room 1688 - Yes, one of the huge rooms in the back corner of the ship. The good - it's a really large room! You can find pics. of it by doing a search of the room number. The bad - the balcony is very large and fits 2 loungers, 2 chairs and a small table BUT much of the balcony spends it's time in the shade. It's very cave-like. The "roof" comes down at a steep slant and there is a large support beam that you could really knock your head on! I guess the best way to describe it is, very large but really not very spacious. The ugly - well, the room is just ugly. The same goes foe most, if not all, of the staterooms. This ship needs a facelift. Blues and mauves went out in the 80's, worn carpeting has never been fashionable and the furniture just had an overall dirty look to it. ESPECIALLY the dining room chairs. Now THOSE were kinda gross.Barbados - I really don't have much to say about it. We just rented a taxi/tour guide and he showed us all around for $100. We especially loved the monkeys that he took us to!Antigua - We were out on a boat all day with Antigua Adventures taking the Xtreme Adventure. I can't recommend this tour enough. We had such a great time and swimming with the sting rays was AMAZING. They don't just lightly touch you as they swim by. These things are BIG and they will RUB themselves HARD against your legs! VERY COOL and although it's a pretty expensive tour, it's worth every penny!St. Lucia - Cosol Tours - We enjoyed this tour very much. Your day is jam packed full of activities and the drivers keep you right on schedule. The homemade food you get is WONDERFUL! Then only bad thing about this tour, and it's no reflection on Cosol Tours, is that it was pretty depressing to see all the super skinny dogs wandering around. There were horses at the side of, and IN the road, that had their ribs sticking out. The animals are just not cared for the same way I am accustomed to.St. Maarten - All we did was hang out at Majo Beach. Great for the hubby because the bar was right there and because the kid in him was entertained by the planes. Great for the teenage girls because they got to lay out and because the planes were "kinda cool". Great for me because everyone else in the family was happy which meant they wouldn't be nagging at me!St. Croix - We went to the Sandcastle on the Beach Resort, rented chairs and umbrellas, and just laid around for the day. Now, if you like Sea Glass, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! It's everywhere on this beach. So my hubby sat under the umbrella all day, the girls snorkeled and laid out and I searched for Sea Glass, FRYING my back. Evidently SPF70 wasn't good enough. Disembarkation - In the sea of bags, we were missing one. A big one with lots of stuff in it. On top of that, it was my daughters. OMG the world will come to an end if we don't find it!!! We searched EVERYWHERE for well over an hour when what does my hubby see? A lady walking back in to the bldg. with our bag. We go up to her and see that all of her other bags are a MATCHING SET of a completely DIFFERENT COLOR! Seriously? She tells us that she just grabbed bags and left the terminal, checking name tags once she was outside. Hubby then asked her if she could not see the completely different color. She giggled. People like that are the reason there are so many inappropriate jokes about women.Back to the Intercontinental for one night. What's that I see? A HUGE smear of make-up on the pillow. This pillowcase was not washed. I think that I can safely assume that they don't wash their linens, or at least not the cases, after each guest leaves. NICE.So to sum it up, I wouldn't stay at Intercontinental ever again and, unless the itinerary was amazing, I wouldn't cruise on the Adventure again either. It was a very nice cruise but I know there are many other ships out there that I would like much better. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Overall, great trip from start to finish. Easy, easy check-in in San Juan, no standing in line. Great service from our stateroom attendant Imade, and from dining room staff who coped well with our group of 30+ rotating around our four ... Read More
Overall, great trip from start to finish. Easy, easy check-in in San Juan, no standing in line. Great service from our stateroom attendant Imade, and from dining room staff who coped well with our group of 30+ rotating around our four tables each evening. Food was great, and service exceptional- thanks to Georgean, Agnelo, Amrish and Kimber. Also, big thanks to Fernando at front desk for his help resolving intenet issues, the one big problem spot of the trip (costs a lot and doesn't always work as advertised, something I had checked on specificially before the trip. A more honest assessment of internet challenges prior to cruise would have been appreciated).Dance Band, Take 4, is great, just started too late most evenings. If you have early dinner, most of the entertainment other than nightly show, didn't start until 10:30 which was a shame. Tony B in Piano Bar is lots of fun, and Manuelo and his classical guitar skills were wonderful. As for shows, saw several, probably favorite was group from South Africa and their "Temptations" act. One night ship's band played Big Band music on the Promenade-great music but why not where there was a dance floor? Days at sea were smooth as glass, and didn't run out of things to do. Fitness Center was busy as you might expect at certain times of day, but we were always able to work out as planned.Anna and her staff were very helpful in working to accommodate some specific needs and requests of our group. A big plus. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
We are a couple in our early 60's who have been on 8 cruises, and this was our 4th in the Mediterranean. We booked this cruise because it offered an excellent value, and an interesting itinerary. We were especially interested in ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 60's who have been on 8 cruises, and this was our 4th in the Mediterranean. We booked this cruise because it offered an excellent value, and an interesting itinerary. We were especially interested in seeing Rome again, one of our favorite cities. This is the same ship we sailed on our first cruise 6 years ago. Although gaining in years, she is still beautiful and in great shape, just like us! ? We started our vacation on Thursday when we few from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Detroit, then to Paris, and finally to Malaga on Air France/Air Europa. All flights were very long (and expensive), but they were on time and uneventful until we tried to pick up our luggage, and my husband discovered that his suitcase was missing. Thankfully, mine had arrived. There was a line of sad folks at the lost luggage counter, all of them from the USA. We were told that it is very common for Americans connecting in Paris to have lost luggage. Based on that report from the airlines, I would NOT recommend connecting in Paris! Anyway, we filed our claim and proceeded to our hotel conveniently located in the heart of the historic section of Malaga. Our hotel, The Vincci Seleccion, was new and modern, and was built on Roman ruins that remain for viewing. Our room had three small balconies that faced the street because the hotel had received a free room upgrade! The architecture was very interesting! Malaga reminded us of a smaller version of Barcelona, with a lovely pedestrian mall full of shops and cafes. We walked around the city in the evening, enjoying the sights and had dinner at midnight at a sidewalk restaurant. The city was very clean and seemed very safe. In the morning, we had a good buffet breakfast at the hotel. We asked for a late checkout and spent the morning sightseeing before boarding the ship. We visited the beautiful Malaga Cathedral and the Alcazaba palace-fortress, a fascinating group of buildings dating from the 11th century. Before we booked this cruise, we had never heard of Malaga, but were pleasantly surprised. We really enjoyed the city and wished we had allowed more time to see it all. Dave still had not received his suitcase and was grateful that he had packed a few clothes in his carry on. We headed for the ship via taxi. We could see the ship, but it was a long ride to get to it. Embarkation was smooth and easy, with very little problem with the dual departure cities. Royal Caribbean gave us a few perks to cheer Dave, free t-shirts, a robe, and tuxedo rental for formal night. They assured us that they have a representative at the airport who would pick up the suitcase and bring it to the ship if it arrived before we sailed at 5 pm. We checked out our deck 9 balcony cabin, toured the ship, and enjoyed our celebratory beverage at the Viking Crown Lounge. Two hours later when we went back to the room, we found a message on our phone that the bag had arrived just moments before sail away! Hooray! Clean clothes are mighty fine! We used My Time dining, which means that you have to decide in advance what time you want to eat each day, and reserve that time. We picked 8:30 and ate at that time each day. This was one area that RCL could improve. They had one overworked hostess who was managing the My Time dining reservations and seating every night. That poor gal! It was just too much work for one person, and there was always a wait of 10-15 minutes. Once seated, dinner was usually good and our waiter was friendly and efficient. Following dinner, on several evenings, we enjoyed the music throughout the ship. There were two Latin bands, both were very good and the dance floor was full! There was also live music at the pool, live piano music in the dining room and other music throughout the ship. Very nice! We saw the Ice Show, which was very good. We did not see any of the production shows. Two couples we knew participated in Quest, so we watched them and had a fantastic time! The 70's Promenade party was tons of fun, and so was the Belly flop contest. The Cruise Director, Anthony, was GREAT! He turned every event into a party! There was lots of participation and a festive atmosphere. He also made a big effort to speak both Spanish and English so everyone could participate and enjoy the events. He was well suited to this group of cruisers. There were very few Americans on board, and most English speaking cruisers were from the UK. We enjoyed the Spanish culture and people. Valencia We were in the port of Valencia on Sunday, from noon to 8 pm. With only the afternoon to tour around, we didn't have much time to see all that Valencia has to offer. We intended to spend our time at the Mercado Central, which is a very large market and silk shop. We wanted to take a cab from the ship to the market, but the cab line was very long so we took the ship shuttle bus. If you want to see the market, wait in the line to TAKE THE CAB. We took the shuttle bus and it dropped us off in the city, a long distance from the Market. When we finally got to the Market we discovered it had already closed at 2 pm. We were so disappointed! So, we took a hop on hop off tour bus to ride around this rather large city and see the sights. If you want to take the HOHO, it stops right at the shuttle drop off, but we didn't know that! There is a lovely museum and aquarium complex but they required much more time to visit, and we didn't know how late they are open on Sunday. I'm not sure what would be the best use of time in this city on Sunday, so do your research and plan wisely! Monday was a sea day as the ship made its way to Rome. The weather was sunny and warm but with a cool breeze, but it was warm enough to enjoy the pool and laugh at the belly flop contest. At 4 pm we attended the Cruise Critic Roll Call Meet and Greet, and we were able to meet the nice folks that I had been corresponding with for the last month on the website. We saw some of them at various times throughout the cruise, and their friendliness greatly added to our enjoyment of the vacation! Rome Dave and I booked this cruise because it was an opportunity to visit Rome, a city we loved when we went on our first Mediterranean cruise 5 years ago. We attempted to return to Rome two rears ago, but our ship was unable to dock due to high winds. So we made another attempt on this cruise. Because we had been there before, we decided to do independent travel. With maps and directions in hand, we made our way from the ship to the train station in Civitavecchia for the one hour train ride into Rome. We were quite proud of our research and confident that all would go well...until the strain stopped about midway to Rome at the small town. Crowds tried to board the train and got on, but the train didn't move. We sat for 20 minutes and then heard the word "strike". Actually we found out that it was a protest against the railroad. The trains are overcrowded daily and the citizens are sick of it. About 30 people sat down on the tracks and wouldn't move. No one could tell us how long this would last or what would be the best course of action to take. Eventually, after about 2 ½ hours, the police cleared the tracks and the trains continued. However, according to the advice of both the police and train officials, we went back to the port and did not go to Rome, to be sure that we would be able to get back to the ship. Those who were brave and continued to Rome, got to spend a few hours there and as it turned out, they were able to return to the ship via the train with no problems. I was happy for them, but very sad for us. Those who booked a ship's tour saw everything in Rome as scheduled. We plan to return to Rome again! Florence Since we had been to Florence previously, we decided to do independent travel to Lucca and Pisa, via the train system. After our experience the day before, we were nervous! In the morning, we bought a ticket for the ship's bus to the train station in Livorno. We took the train to Lucca, transferring trains at Pisa Centrale. Lucca is a quaint walled city near Pisa. Known for its lovely tree lined wall which sports a wide bike path, we rented bikes and rode around the wall. It was fun and easy! There was a market, and we spent lots of time there but found that it was more like a huge flea market, not souvenirs, or hand made items, and we wished we had skipped it. After leaving the market we had lunch at a cafe and had to leave to take the train to Pisa for the afternoon. Rick Steves' Italy book has a whole chapter on Pisa-Lucca, with maps and lots of info on Lucca. I would suggest following his ideas. We did hot have time to walk down the city streets and see the shops and historic buildings, and we needed more time to really see what the lovely town has to offer. We re-boarded the train and went to Pisa, getting off at the S. Rossore stop, an easy walk (past the grocery store), to the tower. Walking through the arch and viewing the Field of Miracles for the first time was breath taking! We were really wowed by Pisa, and enjoyed our time there. Of course we took photos of both of us holding up the Leaning Tower. We went through all of the buildings and enjoyed them all, but the beauty of the pillars on the Tower was the highlight! We took the city bus to Pisa Centrale and were able to re-board the train and arrive safely back at the ship without incident. It was a lovely day! Ajaccio Thursday was spent in Ajaccio, Corsica, a wonderful port town with delightful shops, cafes, and a beach. The ship docks right next to the outdoor food market that features delicious local mats, cheeses, wine, jams, produce and baked goods. We would suggest going to the market early, and since the baked goods sell out fast, buy those first! Most vendors don't speak English. We both enjoyed a beautiful day wandering around this charming town, going through the shops, and basking in the warmth of the sun at the beach, all within walking distance! Friday was our last day on the ship! It started out rainy and cold, but the afternoon cleared up and it was sunny and warm. Temps this week (May 28-June 4) were mostly in the 70s, sometimes a bit cooler, and usually dry. It was much more comfortable for touring than the 90 degrees we experience previously in the Mediterranean in mid July. We thoroughly enjoyed the ship and felt the crew gave excellent service. Overall, the food was very good, but we found that the Windjammer was closed in mid afternoon and didn't open for dinner until 5:30. Internet hot spots worked pretty well most of the time, but upgrading the ship to include in-cabin internet would be a good idea. We would recommend the ship and the itinerary! We had a wonderful time! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
After six years of suggesting to my husband that cruising may be a good choice of holiday for him as he has had heart surgery and a stroke. We eventually booked a Western Meditarrean cruise embarking at Malaga in May on the Adventure of ... Read More
After six years of suggesting to my husband that cruising may be a good choice of holiday for him as he has had heart surgery and a stroke. We eventually booked a Western Meditarrean cruise embarking at Malaga in May on the Adventure of the Seas and found that the organisation from the flights to the stay on board ran like clockwork.We are the original scrooges and so saving money has become a way of life and we were selective in the excursions-Valencia was a little bit of a waste as it was Sunday and therefore nothing was open but the short visits to Rome and Florence were well worth the money.We thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows .The food was excellent in both the formal dining and the Windjammer restaurant.Why was my husband so reluctant to participate in cruise? His fixed ideas were that he would have to don a suit every night for dinner, that he would find the boat too rocky and he would put on weight. I am aware that it is some peoples idea of heaven to eat and drink for England but it is not necessary. There were plenty of healthy options and the portions at the formal dining were just right although one strapping young chap on our table mentioned to the waiter that he could eat another meal was presented with a second plate which he demolished with relish. We didn't attend the formal nights as I avoided pushing him to pack d.j. but he is now looking to take one on his next cruise.Although I am going to be seventy in January my idea of a holiday is flying down a side of a mountain on skis and so I was concerned about the 'fitness'and 'weight' aspect-I was able to rise early and have the swimming pool to myself and then participate in the early morning strech or body toning classes (all free)I was very surprised at how few people took advantage of this-we then both spent some time in the gym every day and tried to use the stairs for rather than the lifts.We ate as much as we wanted and had some treats also-the free icecream was a bit of a draw!We are not big drinkers of alcohol which kept the bar bill down-I have done all that in my youth and prefer to feel good the next day.We both put on 1 pound in the week which I was very happy with and we both felt fit and healthy on our return.This may not be everyones idea of heaven but I love rising early anyway and although it is all a bit nurdy wanted to put another aspect of cruising. We thought of it as a boat spa for which you would pay mega bucks for on dry land.Hope this gives an alternative view to cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Our objective in booking this cruise was to relax and visit ports that were new to us. This crossing took the southern route through the Caribbean, over to the Canary Islands and then north along the African coast. We found this route to ... Read More
Our objective in booking this cruise was to relax and visit ports that were new to us. This crossing took the southern route through the Caribbean, over to the Canary Islands and then north along the African coast. We found this route to be warmer and more conducive to enjoying outdoor activities such as the pools. It's wonderful that RCL celebrates days that are special to their clientele. This cruise had a large % of Hispanics probably in part because it departed from San Juan. RCL included a Cinco de Mayo pool party that we enjoyed even though we are not Hispanic. We highly recommend joining the Crown & Anchor Club. On this voyage, we were Emerald members which entitled us to an excellent reception. We also attended the Meet & Mingle reception where we were able to meet in person fellow travelers that had been corresponding with us on line. The hors d'oeuvres and raffle prizes were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Embarkation: the process of embarkation at the newly built cruise terminal in Malaga, Spain was one of the best we experienced. It was easy, convenient and fast; it took us no more than 20 minutes to complete the whole process. ... Read More
Embarkation: the process of embarkation at the newly built cruise terminal in Malaga, Spain was one of the best we experienced. It was easy, convenient and fast; it took us no more than 20 minutes to complete the whole process. This is our 13th cruise, and our 4th with RCCL. They are our favorite cruise line and even though we were disappointed with AOS, we will continue to cruise with RCCL. We found AOS to be a below average ship for the RCCL line. The ship is beautiful, but it is starting to show some wear; carpet areas are in need of replacing; new flat tv's would be nice; some of the art on the walls need to be replaced as well. The only show that we were impressed by was the ice skating show. The cruise director (who seemed to be "phoning it in") and his staff did poorly in our opinion. They scheduled the adult scavenger hunt game in one of the small lounges instead of doing it at the Studio A like Liberty of the Seas does. It was a complete disappointment, not only with us, but with many other passengers as well. There was not enough seating for everyone and only a small number of selected tables got to directly participate. We left after only 10 minutes. Many other passengers had already left, or were in the process of leaving. The pursers desk staff was not pleasant to deal with; we went to get some information a couple of times and was surprise by the unbelievable rudeness of the staff. The schedule of the windjammer cafe also needs to be revised. On most port days, you need to be back on board by 5:30, but if you do get back at this time you will be surprise to find out that the only place open to get a snack, especially if your dinning time is 9:30 pm, is the small pizza place on the promenade. This small cafe only has water or hot coffee to go with your nothing special pizza or sandwiches. On formal night, forget the traditional lobster, as you only get a shrimp dish instead. The food overall was generally below average when compared to other cruises. The DJ at the Catacombs bar was the best we've experienced thus far. He played very good music every night, and obviously the word got around, because it had a very good crowd. Many other DJs seem to forget that their job is to simply play music that the majority of the crowd will enjoy dancing to. The itinerary is amazing, our cabin steward and the staff at the dinning room was great. Although we had a great trip due to the itinerary (our first visit to Europe), the AOS needs to be updated in many areas soon. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
We're a family of four from Florida. Our daughter, a May college grad, has studied abroad in Europe twice. The rest of us were Europe rookies. We've cruised many times, but always in the Caribbean. We travel a few times per year ... Read More
We're a family of four from Florida. Our daughter, a May college grad, has studied abroad in Europe twice. The rest of us were Europe rookies. We've cruised many times, but always in the Caribbean. We travel a few times per year as a family and at least once per year as a couple. We had sailed RCCL once before and were not impressed. We chose AOS for the itinerary, not the ship, and set sail with low expectations for our time on board. We flew from Florida to Malaga, Spain two days before embarkation. We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel near the historic city centre, the Vincci. The ride was 20 euro. The hotel was new, bright and modern and well situated for exploring Malaga on foot. We spent a day exploring Malaga, enjoying some of its many cafe's, touring its lovely Cathedral, the Picasso Museum (birthplace of Picasso), dipping our toes in the clear and cool Mediterranean, and hiking the foothills to tour the Alcazaba. Beautifully clean town and a very enjoyable day. The Port is a bit of a challenge to get to...another 20 euro taxi ride from our nearby hotel. Cars must take a series of zig zagging roads to get to the Port building. The building itself is modern and new and our embarkation was easy. As reported, plenty of duty free shopping before you board. We had two rooms...a balcony room and an inside across the hall...on deck 9 starboard aft. The rooms were ready when we boarded around 12:30. Our luggage arrived by 3. We spent the sunny afternoon relaxing by the pool and reading about our week ahead. We had booked excursions online ahead of time, but there seemed to be plenty available on board, as well. Also, we reserved late dining (9:30) and a table for four. At embarkation, we were told we were changed to early dining...not acceptable. On board, we were able to change back to late seating. A bit of a pain, but resolved to our satisfaction. The ship is ten years old and the decor is certainly dated. Lots of teal and rose colored chairs and carpets and gold accents and blond colored wood everywhere. Ew. BUT, all seems clean and well maintained and we were able to look beyond the dated accents and enjoy all that the ship had to offer. Number one for us was the friendliness of the staff. We were greeted by smiles and friendly hello's all over the ship (very different from our one previous RCCL cruise on MOS years ago.) Our room steward and waiter, in particular, were responsive, positive and competent young men. We appreciated their service all week. First stop on our itinerary was Valencia, Spain. Our daughter has a college friend from Barcelona and she and her parents traveled to Valencia to meet us and give us a tour of this charming town. It was a bit of a mystery how to get from the ship to the Port building (about a ten minute bus ride)...no one on the dock was able to help...but eventually we hopped a yellow bus (no air conditioning and standing room only) and made our way to the Port building to meet our friends. From there we went to the historic city center and toured the Cathedral, plaza and other historic sites. Then off to the beach for a lovely lunch of paella (born in Valencia), sangria and calamari. Perfecto! After lunch, we headed to the new and modern City of Arts and Sciences and spent a few hours at the aquarium. A little like SeaWorld Spain...but no worries, a wonderful day. The next day was at sea. It was sunny, but cool, and we enjoyed a leisurely pace all day. Our son (age 8) loved the putt putt, arcade and ice show. My husband and I enjoyed a very special meal at Portifino's that evening. As our ship sailed between Sardinia and Corsica (restaurant window's looked out at Sardinia) we ate a delicious Italian dinner and shared a nice bottle of wine. Breathtaking perfection (tip...book dinner around 7:30...restaurant almost empty and you see the sunset during dessert!) The next day was ROME! We were on a ship's tour (Rarely do ship tours, but thought it would be easy for a first trip to Europe. We were right.) Our tour was ten hours and left the ship before 8am. EARLY morning but worth the lack of sleep. The drive to Rome by bus was under two hours including a rest stop just outside the city. We had an enthusiastic on-bus guide (Gabriella) and a wonderful driver (Stefano, aka Banana!), as well as a well informed city guide, Francesca. We all wore "whispers", little transmitters that picked up whatever Francesca said about what we were seeing. An efficient way to distribute information to all of us at once. We spent time at the Trevi Fountain, the Forum, the Colosseum, Constantine's Arch, 3 course lunch, and the Vatican. An amazing day! There aren't enought positive adjectives. The next day was Florence and Pisa. Again, an early morning and a ship's tour. On bus guide was Giovanna and city guide in Florence was Paola. Both very good. Wore whispers once again. Visited the Duomo (didn't go inside), a square with a copy of David (didn't see the real David!), Santa Croce Square and the Uffuzi gallery (again, didn't go inside.) Not as impressed with the Florence portion of the tour as we had been with Rome. Then on to Pisa. Such a tourist trap...but the bell tower, baptistery and cathedral are spectacular! Plenty of time for pictures and shopping. Another great day! Awoke the next day to find we were docked in a picture perfect Port...Corsica! Beautiful bay and city center. Spent the morning exploring on our own...finally a Port where you could walk off the ship and straight into the action. Enjoyed an early lunch at a quaint cafe and dusted off some rusty high school french to order. Then we had a ship's tour with the wonderfully informed guide Katrine. She took us to the Fesch Museum and shared her extensive art knowledge with us all. Off to Napoleon's birth home (Corsicans have never forgiven him for leaving and not bringing more wealth and fame to the Island) and the town's Cathedral. On our own we made a dash for nutella crepes and then back to the ship. Only complaint about Corsica was that we didn't spend more time at this quaint stop. Final day on the ship was at sea. Again, sunny but cool. We used the time to rest and reflect on our wonderful vacation. We spent a week in Spain (in Marbella) after the cruise and then a few days in London before coming home. Spent the last day on the ship making plans for part two of our trip. The internet cafe was well used by us! Debarkation was early (8:30), but painless. Off the ship and to a taxi in less than a half hour. We were dropped at the train station in Malaga where we rented a car from Hertz (great train station, easy car rental.) Overall, we found the cruise a great "cheat sheet" way to tour Europe...a chance to see a lot in a relatively painless way...surrounded by people who spoke English and were always willing to help. AOS is a clean and well maintained (although dated) ship. We'd recommend this itinerary and will definitely take another Mediterranean cruise in the next few years (longer next time...probably a 12 night.) Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
We understand that we were guinea pigs, this being the first sailing of this ship from the port of Valencia, but we were really treated very poorly at the start of our cruise.We were a group of 12 friends and we arrived by coach to the ... Read More
We understand that we were guinea pigs, this being the first sailing of this ship from the port of Valencia, but we were really treated very poorly at the start of our cruise.We were a group of 12 friends and we arrived by coach to the port. It was impossible to miss the ship itself, because of its size, but there were absolutely NO signposts as to where to go for embarkation.Our driver asked several port policemen and after driving round for about 15 minutes we were offloaded at the ferry terminal "Acciona".Our suitcases were spirited away onto the ship, but we were herded into an airless cramped building for about 2 1/2 hours wait. After about 1 1/2 hours we made a fuss about 2 members of our party, one who uses a stick and could stand no longer, and the other who has a heart complaint. With difficulty these people were eventually given priority boarding, and finally we all arrived onboard.There appeared to be no Royal Caribbean staff supervising the local Spanish staff, who were simply overwhelmed and not able to cope. RC cannot just blame the port, they need to teach them and liaise to improve things.Because we were not boarding the ship at the first port of call, Malaga, we were not able to book shore excursions or any other package before boarding which made us all uneasy before we went about being able to get the trips of our choice. As it happens that was not a problem, but again RC could have had our money 8 weeks in advance of the cruise - bad planning again! On board 2 of our group were charged 16000 and 22000 dollars for wine in the dining room! Make sure you check every entry on your seapass account - poor admin again.Despite these big negatives we had a great holiday and we all enjoyed the service, the food and the entertainment on board.The days in Rome and Florence were really tiring because of the early start and the long walks from the coach parks at Pisa and Florence.One other negative to mention is the timing of the closures of the "Windjammer" self-service. It seemed that whenever we had got back from an exhausting day otu and just wanted a cup of tea/coffee and a small snack the "Windjammer" would be closed and we only had the very limited space of the promenade cafe to use, with perhaps 100 other people. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
As we were travelling in Portugal and Spain for 10 weeks over Spring we decided to incorporate a cruise round-trip from Valencia on Adventure of the Seas. It was the first time RCI had used the Port of Valencia, and there were many ... Read More
As we were travelling in Portugal and Spain for 10 weeks over Spring we decided to incorporate a cruise round-trip from Valencia on Adventure of the Seas. It was the first time RCI had used the Port of Valencia, and there were many problems with embarkation, caused mainly by the Port, as far as we could tell. However once we were on board we were very impressed with the ship, and we loved our inside cabin overlooking Royal Promenade; it was large and comfortable, and the window seat afforded a great view of all the goings-on below.We had a very late dinner sitting in the dining room (9.30pm), due to the mainly Spanish passengers, but the food and service was excellent every night. The food in Windjammer was also of a very high standard. Our only issue with meals was the very high price of quite ordinary wine, but we had been spoilt by fantastic Spanish wines at very inexpensive prices during our time in Spain. The entertainment was fantastic, particularly the production shows, and we went most nights. We also enjoyed the sauna and steam rooms, and the whirlpools at the Solarium. Our focus for this cruise was relaxation rather than the ports, especially as we had recently had extensive travels in Italy. However we really enjoyed strolling around the charming town of Ajaccio, Corsica, and having a small taste of France there.We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Adventure of the Seas, and once again RCI delivered on all aspects to provide us with a wonderful cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Let me start by stating that i had a wonderful time on board the Adventure of the Seas. Had a slight delay during embarkation because staff were unaware of which Caribbean Islands needed visa to enter Europe but after that it was smooth ... Read More
Let me start by stating that i had a wonderful time on board the Adventure of the Seas. Had a slight delay during embarkation because staff were unaware of which Caribbean Islands needed visa to enter Europe but after that it was smooth sailing. The ship, event though its one of the oldest in the fleet is still beautifully decorated with a wonderful theme. Dining: Dining experience was satisfactory with plenty of choices in the WindJammer restaurant. The Portofino maintained its true Italian high standards and did not disappoint. Drinks are very expensive and i believe a happy hour or two for one special on specific days could benefit the cruise line as passengers are likely to drink more on these occasions Entertainment: The highlight and the downfall of this cruise for me was the quality and apparent mismanagement of the entertainment provided on board. Elements Duo, was by far the most versatile band on board and entertained all sectors of the guests spectrum. Excellent on the pool deck and even more versatile during their performances in either of the lounges. They even offered musical renditions in several languages. Their performances should be rostered to include daily performances on the pool deck and a set lounge performance. It was noticed that when broadcasts were made on board regarding daily entertainment , this group's time and place of performance was never mentioned. Everyone i spoke to thoroughly enjoyed all of their performances and were treated to several extra time performances. The stage shows in the Lyric Theatre that i attended were not of the high standard is expected having been on other cruises. The Variety show on the final night at sea was disappointing apart from a few seconds of skill displayed by the Argentinian performers. New n innovated ideas r need to provide guests with unique entertainment during the daylight hours. When in port local guest entertainers can be used to provide that instead of the "same ole same ole" games which only interrupt the live entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
In general this was a great cruise. There were a few hiccups so but generally we could not have asked for more. Embarkation: Getting to the ship in San Juan was a nightmare (that really isn't RCCL's fault) and the terminal was ... Read More
In general this was a great cruise. There were a few hiccups so but generally we could not have asked for more. Embarkation: Getting to the ship in San Juan was a nightmare (that really isn't RCCL's fault) and the terminal was also a mess. We had alot of bags and the porters would not help -instead we had to drag everything to a line. Once we got to the counter the agent said she had to keep all UK (and other) passports for the duration of the cruise and when we asked why the person in charge (Chester) basically refused to be helpful and said it was a new rule and that was that. Later during the cruise we received a notice that we could pick up the passport as it was no longer needed by the Spanish authorities but we never got a good explanation. 7 days at sea: perfect. smooth as glass. Not as many activities as we would have expected but that was OK by us. We still had to keep telling ourselves that we didn't have to run to everything. Amazing how quickly 6 days can go. Ports: the Canary Islands were great. The highlight of the trip was our trip to the volcano on Lanzarote. It was hard to get information on what to do on your own so we did the one ship excursion and then just walked around (and did the double-decker buses). definitely need to go back to really see them. But, frankly I enjoyed the days at sea more. Food: excellent, especially in the dining room. I despise cafeterias and so another issue for me was that there is only the Windjammer for lunch on port days. Never any problem getting a lounge chair - but then we were told that the ship was only 2/3 full. Entertainment. Hit or miss. The dance band was quite good - just wish they played in danceable venues more (why is the dance floor in the Imperial Lounge so small?)Lots of people loved most of the shows - they just put me to sleep after a big dinner so avoided them. We had early dinner and there was really nothing to do afterwards until 10:30 - wish there were more dancing during that time. Ice show was OK - just seems like a waste of valuable floor space. The fact that the skaters could not get enough speed on a small ice was very apparent and therefore it lessened the experience. Best dancing was when they covered the rink - just wish it could be a big ballroom like that all the time. Service: we were with 34 other people and the staff seemed to bend over backwards every time we asked for something - most were absolutely great. Surprisingly the "Loyalty" host was extremely rude when we went to book a next cruise. The activities manager (Peter) irritated me a few times (we won't go into it) but that was really it. Drinks: I found the prices high - probably by about 25%. On other cruise lines the wine and drinks are only about twice what you would see ashore - RCCL seemed to be about 3 times the price. We were taken back when wines were removed from the wine package - the wine packages need to be greatly expanded to include more of a variety, especially for a 2-week cruise. They also don't seem to be the good deal they used to be. Disembarkation: very easy. no issues whatsoever. They really need to do something to fix the Internet. it was the #1 complaint I heard on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Just come back off the Med cruise with Royal caribbean we fly out to Málaga, Spain on jet 2 airline (this was part of the deal) from Manchester after two aborted take off,s( some thing wrong with the dash board light) we arrived in Malaga ... Read More
Just come back off the Med cruise with Royal caribbean we fly out to Málaga, Spain on jet 2 airline (this was part of the deal) from Manchester after two aborted take off,s( some thing wrong with the dash board light) we arrived in Malaga we then joined the ship to Valencia,places visited were Civitavecchia Italy; Livorno , Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica; then back to Málaga. We went on the Adventure of the sea nice ship but not a patch on the independence but it is a older ship. What we did not know was the Spanish children were on holiday so there were lots and lots of kids.some more behaved then others.Do find the drinks are expensive and you are not allowed to bring your own or buy from the shop to drink in your cabin.The food in the resturant was lovely and the service was great. Did go to the Wind Jammer self service plenty of choice but did find it luke warm also hard to find some were to sit.When we were at Sea we could not find any empty sun loungers all had towels on even though it says you can not reserve them or leave them for more than 30 Min's or the towels were removed we never saw this happen. the shows were not the best in the world we did enjoy the ice show tho.After been on the Independence from Shouthhampton the year before i thought i should take a lot of posh frocks big mistake some people did make a effort for the captains night but after that any thing went.Will cruise again but next time with a different cruise line. 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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