4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Jill & Ed’s Excellent Adventure The conversation you are about to read between two neighbors is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. After the conversation, the verdict for Jill, Ed, and their ... Read More
Jill & Ed’s Excellent Adventure The conversation you are about to read between two neighbors is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. After the conversation, the verdict for Jill, Ed, and their granddaughter (known hereafter as DGD): Joe: You’re back from your latest cruise. How was it? Ed: What can I say? Loved it as usual. We flew in to San Juan the day before, stayed at the Coral Princess hotel – good choice. Thought Adventure was in beautiful shape, a few minor nicks, but overall looked terrific. I was reading before we left of bathroom problems and other stuff. We had no problems, everything worked great. I did talk to one cruiser on the way home who said her toilet backed up twice, but that’s the only person I heard complain. Joe: This was your first trip as a Diamond member. How was that? Ed: Man, I gotta tell ya, Diamond is a BIG difference. Being a Diamond virgin I was a bit intimidated by the whole idea of a private lounge with drinks and food from 5 PM to 8 PM, free drinks on my Seapass card. Took me 3 days before I worked up enough nerve to visit the lounge, but everyone was friendly, helpful, accommodating. Although, to be honest, we really didn’t use the lounge. Jill & I only went together one time, but that was mainly because this cruise really centered around our DGD’s activities. What we did enjoy once we went was the special Dining Room for breakfast; regular DR menu, but there were never more than ten people there, and the service was super fast. Joe: You tellin me you didn’t take advantage of the free drinks? Ed: Yeah, a glass of wine each night before dinner, but you know we’re not big drinkers anyways. And never mind any cracks about me and rum punch! Joe: Nice cabin? Ed: I’m learning how to look for special cabins with the help of Cruise Critic. We had 8514, OV, forward port side. Almost 4 feet between the bed and window, plus a full size sofa. Very little ship movement, a bit further away from the elevators than we like, but worth the extra space. Joe: How about the entertainment? Ed: You know, I got spoiled on our last cruise when we had what seemed like a headliner every single night. Truth is between early dinner and getting DGD to the Kid’s Club, we missed most of the shows. We did see Scott Record, a singer-impersonator. He was great. A couple of the shows featured the Royal singers and dancers. They’re excellent, but that’s not my favorite type of entertainment. Oh, the Ice Show: spectacular as always. Ed: I’ve got to tell you more about the Kid’s Club. DGD is 6 – she loved it there. The Kid’s Pool area with a water slide was open from 3 to 5 most days, so that was our afternoon. Before the slide and after dinner DGD spent most of her time at the club. She loved the staff (Ice Cream, Dynamite, Lorax, et al). They were great to her, and it’s very secure – if you request, as we did, they can’t leave unless you sign them out, and you have to sign them in to even attend. It would be nice if they had pagers or phones like Disney gives you for the Kid’s Club, but hey, you can’t have everything. And, she has a new best cruising friend, Paddie. Paddie lives in Nevada; since we’re in Central New York we might never see her again, but Paddie and DGD plan on being Pen pals. Joe: Any special excursions? Ed: Port intensive trip – 5 ports in 5 days. We pretty much planned to do an excursion every other day with beach time at the others. St Maarten was an excursion to Orient & Maho beaches – Maho with the airplanes – unique. Geez, one tip if you go to the Sunset Bar & Grill: bring cash! The menu said they take charge cards. NOPE! We didn’t see the signs saying no charges, didn’t have enough cash, so we had to fill out some kind of form so they could charge our card. Slightly embarrassing. Next day was St Kitts. DGD got a bit sunburned in St Maarten, so we just hit some stores and spent the rest of the day onboard. I should mention the Kid’s pool area is very shaded – good idea for small kids. Ed continues: In Antigua we took the advice of someone on our M&M thread and went to Jolly Beach. We get to the beach with two other couples, so who’s the only one on the beach? The woman who told us about it! DGD came back to the ship with, seriously, about a hundred very nice shells found on the beach. I never in my life saw so many nice shells on a beach anywhere. Next up was St Lucia. This was kind of an “off the board” type of excursion. We volunteered our time at a local pre-school. We booked it, like our other excursions, through a private company, not Royal. It was a bit unorganized; when we got there no one was expecting us – our contact person was late. But we had a great time interacting with the kids, DGD read the different classes some stories, and we left them with about $250 worth of donated hygiene products, toys, and clothing. That was thanks to some helpful donations from our church friends. Most of what we donated was bought in San Juan before boarding, thanks to the airlines almost all charging for baggage now. More Ed: Next port was Barbados. Sometimes you step in a pile of something and it turns out to be gold. We were supposed to do a beach/snorkel with turtles excursion. It was pouring rain, we got off the ship a bit late, and missed our party. So what happens? A rep of the company (Glory Tours) calls her office; she ends up taking us on a private tour of the island, just the three of us! She was not only a great tour guide, she kept telling us things and told DGD she would test her later on her memory, and she’d give her a prize if she remembered things. The tour guide (Cynthia) eventually caught us up with the group we were supposed to be with, passed us off to her cousin who was driving that group. Remember I said she was going to give DGD a prize? After she left her cousin comes over to us with this beautiful bracelet with turtle charms. I was expecting a lollipop or a piece of candy. What a nice thing to do – really above and beyond what I’d expect. Cynthia from Glory Tours: you’re the best! Joe: Sounds like you had a good time. Anything else stand out? Ed: Well, our Room Steward was a bit different. She was friendly but she didn’t clean our room each day until around noon. The DR staff: a little slower than we would have liked, but part of that was because we were always rushing to get to the Kid’s Club. Hey, the CD was “Super Dan” Whitney. We cruised with him before, saw him several times around the ship and he remembered my infamous indelible lipstick episode at The Quest some years back. I read an Adventure review a while back that complained of a lack of activities. I don’t know, there was plenty of trivia games, all the usual things like Love and Marriage, the whole CD staff was everywhere around the ship – dancing, games. I thought there was more than enough to do. Food was good, some different menu items. DGD had Roasted Duck, Lamb, Lobster – not your typical 6 year old – she loved it all. The DR staff, of course, treated her like a princess. Oh, back to Barbados: we did finally get to snorkel with turtles (only two of them). The weather was pretty bad, we were lucky to get a brief period when they could take us out on a pontoon boat, but at least that’s another item off the Bucket List. Disembarkation was slow, but people should realize that’s more of a port problem with the US not providing enough customs agents; Royal can’t really control that. Joe: So, cruising again anytime soon? And, in a minute, the verdict ….. ……. ……… Ed: Absolutely! Got a 4 day booked for January. Just me and Jill this time. Can’t wait. You know, our Meet & Mingle thread could have been more active – 27 signed up, 8 showed up. On our plane home there was a group of 9 people from our area, plus another couple from not far away. None of them ever heard of Cruise Critic! Man, they don’t know what they’re missing. I’ve learned so much from CC, we won some nice prizes from Royal at the M&M. You already know I’m a Royal C fan. Next cruise I’m gonna get a shirt made that says “Ask me why I love Cruise Critic!”. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
Seventh cruise, have been on Holland America, NCL, Carnival and now RCL. Ship is 15 years old but well maintained. My review is focused on the food and the service. Cabin service was exceptional, our attendant was top notch making sure all ... Read More
Seventh cruise, have been on Holland America, NCL, Carnival and now RCL. Ship is 15 years old but well maintained. My review is focused on the food and the service. Cabin service was exceptional, our attendant was top notch making sure all of our needs were attended too. The sit down dining for dinner exceeded most ships. Our waiter (Stafford) has been with RCL six years and was the best of the best. Our group of twelve kept him busy. The younger folks ate two apps, two main meals and often two desserts. That was like serving 20 meals each night. He never missed a beat. Plus every meal ended with a magic trick or strategy challenge question. Sit down breakfast was nothing special. After one day we used the Windjammer buffet the rest of the cruise. One thing about cruise buffets, it is disgusting to watch people shovel a TON of food into their mouth with out even tasting it. Anyway, the cook to order omelets were nice and tasty plus there was a large range of items to select from. The dinner food was excellent. With this being our seventh cruise our expectations were low. The last few cruises offered food that were substandard. Seems like a lot of the ships want you to pay for the upgraded experience. Fitness center was basic, quality of most shows were good except for the "production show" which seemed a bit out of touch with the times. REally enjoyed the ice skating show a lot. It far surpassed our expectations. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Pre Cruise: We left home on the morning of the 7th of October (Our 35th Anniversary) and drove to Atlanta Georgia (3 ½ Hours) to spend the day before flying out to San Juan on the next day. Charlotte NC has some of the highest air ... Read More
Pre Cruise: We left home on the morning of the 7th of October (Our 35th Anniversary) and drove to Atlanta Georgia (3 ½ Hours) to spend the day before flying out to San Juan on the next day. Charlotte NC has some of the highest air fares in the country and it was actually cheaper for us to drive to Atlanta and leave our car at the airport for the week than to fly out Charlotte. We went and made a day of it for our anniversary even though we really planned to do our celebrating on the cruise. For dinner in the evening we ate at Gladys Knights Chicken and Waffles in which there are three locations in the Atlanta area. If you are ever in Atlanta and looking for some good down home southern cooking with good service then stop by one of these locations and you won’t be disappointed. The next morning we were up early for the 7:00 am Southwestern flight to San Juan with a stopover to change planes in Orlando and we arrived in San Juan at 12:30 PM. We had flown to San Juan for a previous cruise so we knew exactly where to go after grabbing our luggage to get a taxi. Our ride to the hotel was about 15 minutes and cost $16.00 and $1.00 per bag. The last time we were in San Juan we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Miramar which was not a bad place but this time we chose to stay at Condado Plaza Hilton. We arrived at the hotel and the check in was quick and easy and the desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I was glad we got there when we did because they had a room ready even though check-in was not until 4:00. Later on as the day went on I saw in the lobby lots of folks arriving and the check-in line was a little long. There was some folks that arrived before four that had to actually sit around and wait for a room. I had booked a City/Lagoon view but I upgraded to a Ocean view upon arrival and check-in. The hotel was very clean and the property and pool areas are kept up very well. The room was nice and the ocean view was spectacular! There is a Starbuck’s on the property and a Denny’s restaurant also. The Plaza Hilton actually has two buildings one on each side of Ashford Avenue. There is an over the road enclosed bridge to walk between buildings. On one side you have the ocean views and on the other side you have the city/lagoon views and the Denny’s is on that side. I had read reviews that this Denny’s was very slow but we went there and had breakfast the next morning after we arrived (In San Juan 2 days before the cruise) and we got very speedy service from the time we sat down to the time our food came. Our Stroll down Ashford Avenue to see what it had to offer. There were restaurants, shops, souvenir stores, bars and other hotels. There was also a WalGreen’s and a CVS right across the street from each other about a 15 minute walk from the hotel down Ashford. The Condado area is a very safe area as we had no hesitation to walk the main drag day or night. That night we hate dinner at the Ropa Vieja Grill which was three minute walk down Ashford from the hotel. I highly recommend this place as the food was good and reasonably priced as compared to the prices in the restaurants at the hotel. If you go you must try the Shredded Steak Mofongo….Simply outstanding and you leave there very full! Back at the hotel we went to the lobby bar and had a couple of margaritas that cost me $39. And folks think the price of drinks on the ship is high! We only had drinks there once. Another place I avoided was the store in the hotel. They were selling one can of beer for $8 and they had a bottle of pre mix Barcardi Bahama Mama drink for $17.99 (I did not buy) and at the CVS they sold the same thing for $7.99. On the next day after that breakfast at Denny’s, we took a bus (0.75 cents) right in front of the hotel to Old San Juan. It was about a 10 minute ride. We walked around a little bit and then took the free trolly up to the old fort Morro. The trolly is covered and open on the sides. There was a rain storm for about 40 minutes and during the ride I got soaked especially when wind blew the rain into the trolley. When we got to Morro we got out and ran to a little tunnel entrance to escape the rain. After a quick visit to the CVS to pick up some last minute needed items and a stop for a couple of drinks and wings at Senior Frogs, we got on the bus and went back to the hotel to await 2 couples from the role call that we planned to meet. Embarkation: After checking out of the hotel at 11:00 one of the other couples from the roll call and us shared a taxi to the port. Ten minute ride if that long and $18.00 plus $1.00 per bag. Every time I pull up at a port I am always so impressed with these cruise ships with the size of them. Adventure was no different She was beautiful! We had our luggage tags (In the tag holders from Amazon) already on our luggage, so we were able to just hand off the luggage to one of the porters, gave him a tip and went and got in line to get checked in. As Gold Members they had a priority line for us to go in and just like always at other ports it was the shortest line in the place. After this cruise we turned platinum and I am going to have going through that line because it is always longer. On future cruise I may still try to go in the gold line. The time of our arrival at the port was about 11:15, doors opened at 11:30, check in was painless (We have Passports) and after sitting for about 15 minutes they opened the doors to get on the ship we were on the ship and eating lunch in the Windjammer by12:15. So from our arrival in the taxi to getting on the ship was about an hour total. Don’t laugh but we are some of those people that go right up to the Windjammer to grab lunch when we get on board. Because of the time we boarded we got our food and was able to find a table of our choice right by the window with 2 of our friends we met at the hotel. Day 1 (Saturday) - San Juan Day 2 (Sunday) - St. Thomas- Formal Night Day 3 (Monday) - St. Kitts Day 4 (Tuesday) - Sea Day Day 5 (Wednesday) - Aruba Day – 6 (Thursday) – Curacao – Formal Night Day 7 (Friday) - Sea Day San Juan Saturday) - Debarkation As always with my reviews I am first going to give MY impressions and MY opinions and things I noticed concerning some of the most discussed topics here on Cruise Critic as well as the view of the islands. I will be adding grades (A,B,C,D, or F) for the dining facilities, cabin, entertainment, facilities, excursions, etc. After that I will move on to the good stuff….The review of the ship and ports along with lots of pictures. Main Dining Room: I have been on cruise critic since 2010 and I have read many threads concerning the food in the MDR and have often times made comments in those threads. I am not going to go into what we ate each night (Because I don’t really remember everything I ate) but will give my overall opinion for the week on the highs and lows. We both thought the food for this cruise was fair to good. Once again on this cruise there was nothing we ate during the week that we thought was just totally excellent that we would want to have again if we were on a back to back. It was hit and miss with each course that was served (Appetizers, main course & deserts) but for the most part we “Hit”! My wife has diabetes so she eats sugar free deserts and she noticed that the sugar free deserts were much better on our previous cruises. I enjoyed the second formal night best with the fisherman’s seafood platter and I ordered the Prime Rib also and when I finished the Fisherman’s Platter the Prime Rib was brought to me right away. I just started eating lobster a couple of cruises ago as I was never a fan of lobster. We were in Aruba the night before the lobster night on the ship and ate dinner at a very nice seafood restaurant where I had a plate with Jumbo Shrimp, Swordfish and a nice big lobster tail. That lobster tail was delicious and I can now tell without a doubt the difference between lobster tails served at a nice restaurant and the ones served in the MDR. With that being said, I still thought it was pretty good in the MDR. Our waiter for the week was always good at bringing you something else if you did not like what you had and folks at our table would also sometimes order two of appetizers, main course and deserts and they were brought with no problems and a smile. For those who had soda packages or drink packages or no package the bar waiter was always there to take our drink orders as soon as we sat down and would usually remember what we like.. There was the “Suggested” clothing for each night in the daily Cruise Compass (Casual except for the two formal nights), but it was obvious that RCI is backing away from enforcing the suggested clothing on any given night in the MDR. I will not give my views as to what we think as that is not the purpose of my review. Casual was defined in the cruise compass as: “Sundresses or slacks and blouses for the ladies, sport shirts and trousers for the gentlemen”. Day 1 Casual (Whatever you wore aboard) Day 2 – Formal (Sunday) Day 3 – Casual / 70’s Attire Day 4 – Casual / Wear Something White (Sea Day) Day 5 – Casual / Caribbean Day 6 – Formal (Thursday) Day 7 – Casual (Sea Day) HOWEVER We saw it all in the MDR. We saw men wearing T-shirts, jeans, dress slacks, shorts, button down shirts, Sport Jackets, shoes, sandals, flip flops, sneakers, polo shirts and wearing baseball caps at the table. The only thing I didn’t see were wife beater shirts or swim wear. Women were wearing dresses, skirts, shorts, skorts, sun dresses, blouses, slacks, pants suits, jeans, dress shoes, sneakers and sandals. The women were however generally dressed much nicer than the men they were with. Kids (And there wasn’t very many on this cruise) wore pretty much the same style of clothing that you would see their parents in. Formal Nights: There are two formal nights on this cruise on Sunday & Thursday and the style of dress on these nights were men in Tux, suits, shirt and ties, dinner jacket with slacks shirt and tie or with an open shirt collar. Women wore gowns, evening dresses And Also On Formal Night…………………………………. We saw men wearing T-shirts, jeans, dress slacks, shorts, button down shirts, Sport Jackets, shoes, sandals, flip flops, sneakers, polo shirts and wearing baseball caps at the table. The only thing I didn’t see were wife beater shirts or swim wear. Women were wearing dresses, skirts, shorts, skorts, sun dresses, blouses, slacks, pants suits, jeans, dress shoes, sneakers and sandals. There was the “Suggested” clothing for each night in the daily Cruise Compass, but was obvious that RCI is backing away from enforcing the suggested clothing on any given night in the MDR. I will not give my views as to what we think as that is not the purpose of my review. My Ratings: MDR Food – B+ / Service - A Windjammer: Most days we breakfast and lunch here and there were and on the first sea day we ordered breakfast through room service as part of the classic romance package I pre-ordered. Basically the only thing different from the regular room service breakfast is the choice of Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s. They use to give you caviar with it also but not anymore, not on this cruise at lease. It appeared that they had less of a variety of offerings at breakfast and lunch. A new friend we met on this cruise was like “What happened to the donuts”? At lunch we were able to find something to suit our fancy be it hot food or cold cuts and I really like the taco bar. The Windjammer was hit and miss venture and if got something I didn’t like I would just let the waiter take it away and then go get something else. The Breakfast my wife didn’t really care for the breakfast offerings and would usually just eat fruit, but it was ok for me. Breakfast and lunch were always packed out especially lunch on sea days but we were always able to find a table empty to sit at. There were always tables up by the entrance, so we would usually sit up there. The Windjammer is what it is… a buffet. Is it the best buffet….No but we were always able to find something to eat. One thing I did not like about the Windjammer on Adventure was the setup. There was no islands where you can go on both sides but the food was lined along the walls and if you came at the wrong time the lines got kind of long. That is all I have to say about the Windjammer. Breakfast – Me – C- / Wife - F / Lunch – B- / Dinner – N/A Giovanni's Table: This was a great dinner dining experiences on this cruise. We really like eating at Chops in the past in the pre new menu era but there is currently no Chops on Adventure. I was actually surprised that on a ship this size there was only one Specialty Dining Restaurant, but it is my understanding that more will be added when Adventure goes into dry dock in 2016. The food and atmosphere in Giovanni’s is just outstanding and it is a good escape from the hustle and bustle of the MDR. I think that Chops and the old Portifino however had a more cozy atmosphere. On this night we had a reservation with our new found friends and dinner mates. At Giovanni’s the appetizers, salads and pastas are served family style and there was plenty of each item for the four of us. For appetizers we ordered: Mozzarella in Carrozza alla Giovanni - Warm mozzarella and prosciutto bake, crispy ciabatta, mixed greens and Dijon mustard drizzle Capesante al Forno - Oven baked, almond crusted scallops with red bell pepper pesto ijon mustard drizzle Insalata alla Cesare - Romaine lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing and herb croutons Pasta: Risotto aiFungiTrifolati - Traditional risotto made of Arborio rice and forest mushrooms, finished with porcini and truffle mushroom tapenade RaviolidiPolpa diGranchio - Maryland crab ravioli with sweet corn and crab meat sauce Lasagna Tradizionale al Sugo diCarne - Traditional meat lasagna (This is a lunch item but I asked for it and got it – Don’t be afraid to ask if you want it) Entrees (Served as individual portions): Costolette diAgnello alle Erbe* - Grilled lamb chops, baby vegetable caponata, sautéed spinach and Merlot reduction FagottinidiVitella RipieniaiFunghiPorcini, Provolone e Prosciutto Cotto, Salsa al Tartufo Nero - Veal tenderloin parcels filled with porcini mushrooms, provolone cheese and ham, with sautéed asparagus, black truffle sauce and veal jus Filetto diPollo Ripieno diRicotta e Funghi, Salsa alla Salvia e Chardonnay - Chicken breast filled with ricotta and mushroom, wrapped in prosciutto and served with Chardonnay-sage sauce Filetto diManzo alla Griglia, Patate Fritte all’Olio Agliato, Salsa al Barolo o Burro diGorgonzola* - 8 ounces of grilled beef tenderloin, served with garlic fries and your choice of Barolo reduction or Gorgonzola butter We all enjoyed everything we ordered from appetizers to entrees very much. Good food and good service. We thought it was well worth the cost and we all left very stuffed! Food – A+ / Service – A Johnny Rockets: This was well worth the $6.95 price of admission. We wanted to try it out one day for lunch for a change of pace, so the 2nd sea day was a perfect time. The burgers on the bar in the Windjammer were typical buffet bar burgers…dry but edible. Johnny Rockets burgers were outstanding, nice and juicy and very tasty. I had a big double cheese burger with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and onion rings on it and a bowl of chili…..superb! Wife just had a regular cheese burger and she thought it was very good. They bring you out a plate of Onion Rings and French Fries without even asking. The onion rings were very good. I also had a strawberry shake that was very thick and delicious! The waiter was very nice and efficient. We also enjoyed the little dance number that the waiters do every so often. Food – A+ / Service - B Café Promenade: We usually stopped by here late night after doing a little partying and would grab a couple of slices of pizza or little sandwiches to take back to the room and also grabbed a few slices to take back to the room one day after a long hot day of our excursion. The pizza wasn’t bad for a quick late night snack. It’s not as good as Sorrento’s (Which Adventure does not have) but it wasn’t too bad! I also would usually go here early in the mornings and grab a cup of coffee. Pizza - C / Other Food Items – C Smoking: Smoking was in the usual places, 12th deck Starboard, Pool Deck Starboard, 4th deck Starboard, The Casino, Some Clubs, and the Sky Bar. I passed through the casino on a few occasions and the smoke in my opinion was never overpowering (I’m a non-smoker) but you did notice depending on where you were at in there. There was no notice of anyone smoking on the balconies. Drinks: We did not purchase one of the drink packages as it would not benefit us as we only spent about $350.00 for the week for the two of us on drinks. Our friends did have drinks package and it seemed to work out great for them. The price of drinks were noticeably higher than our last cruise but we still ordered about the same amount of drinks as we usually do. The bar tab was higher but still well below the threshold for ordering a drinks package. Where ever we were at and ordered drinks I always made sure that I asked for a nice strong and the bartenders always happily gave us a good pour and I would tip them extra according for it. I have read a lot on Cruise Critic about how there was little or no bar servers on the pool deck and in some of the clubs on RCI ships. On this cruise they were plentiful. Be it on the deck, the 12th deck, solarium or the clubs, I never had to go to the bar to get my own drink unless I wanted to. I can honestly say that I did not see any change from any of my previous cruises. The bar servers are very accommodating also. We ordered drinks in the MDR one night and the wife sent hers back because she said it tasted like a virgin drink. Our server was more than happy to take it back and when he brought it back it was plenty strong. Drinks – A+ / Bartenders – A / Servers – B Ship Appearance & Customer Service: Adventure Of The Seas also seem to get a lot of bad press here on Cruise Critic, bad to the point that people wonder if they are making a mistake to book a cruise on this ship. Some of things people have wrote about, I do not go looking for like carpet needing to be replaced or a little rust on the balcony, etc, etc. As a I walk around the ship as a casual observer not really looking for anything I can say that Adventure of the Seas is in pretty good shape. There was nothing that just jumped out at me that made me say “wow this is bad” and as far as anything else I am not one to sweat the small stuff as I think if you are really looking for something you will find it, not just on a ship but anywhere! I would love to see this ship once upgrades are made after the dry dock. I received outstanding service anywhere I went on the ship and the customer service desk was helpful anytime I went there for something. We never received any service with attitudes anywhere on board, but received the service with a smile that I have always received. Ship Appearance – A / Customer Service – A Entertainment: My taste in entertainment varies on the ship. Some things I have a been there done that attitude and then there are some things I like to see and do on the cruise. I don’t do the Welcome Aboard, musical productions or the Farewell Show as I can watch that on the TV or if I miss it….oh well! Here are some of my grades and comments: Comedian - I have not seen a comedian on a cruise that I have really enjoyed yet. Our friends and us left out of the show for the comedian as we did not find him funny at all and I was nodding during the show. Comedian – F Ice Show: Enjoyed it, but I like the show on Freedom Of The Seas better. Ice Show – B+ The Quest in Studio “B Ice Skating Rink”– Always a Hoot and our section won to boot! The Quest – A Worlds Sexiest Man Contest: They could not have this and I wouldn’t miss it! – D- Belly Flop: No Comment - It is what it is: - C Various Trivia Games: We enjoy these. Some Activities staff members make them more fun than others Trivia – B+ Karaoke: Lots of fun. This was the first cruise I participated in singing: Karaoke – A The 70’s Disco: This something that I think I have attended for the last time. It was good the first time I saw it, but now with more cruises under my belt it has become stale for me. They do know that there was more music in the 70’s than what they play on this night don’t they??? It is the same exact music and the same exact performance with the Saturday Night Fever music and dancing and the very same Village People act. I think that it is beyond time to upgrade this night. Remember this is my opinion and there are however a lot of people who seem to enjoy it especially those that appear to be first time cruisers on Royal. 70’s Disco Show – D Love & Marriage Game Show: Enjoyable but they can update the questions. In this game show the exact same questions are asked on every cruise. I think the Cruise Directors should come up with their own questions to ask to keep it interesting from cruise to cruise. Love & Marriage – B The Silent Party: This was fun in the club (Jesters). You are given a pair of headsets that has music that you can switch between on two different stations. There is no music actually playing in the club thus the reason they call it a silent party. Because of the two different stations of music, everyone is on the dance floor dancing to different music. If you take off the headsets you hear people actually singing to the song they are listening to which makes for a very funny sound. I really enjoyed this! Silent Party – A Clubs, Dancing, Band, DJ: Depending on what your taste is there was plenty around the ship be it in the clubs or the pool deck to suit your fancy – B+ Entertainment Overall: Even with the likes and dislikes in entertainment, I always found something to do while on board to stay entertained. I find that people who say there is nothing to do on the ship and write reviews on how miserable they were just really didn’t want to do anything. The daily cruise compass has so much activities and entertainment to participate in you can’t do everything that you would like to do. I have found this to be the case on each of my cruises. - B Excursions: This was the first cruise that we did not do any Royal Excursions and booked all Private companies. The prices on private excursions were much cheaper than Royal and they were all with reputable companies that come highly recommended. All the excursions we booked were morning (Purposely) excursions that would have you back to the ship at about 2:00 at the latest so there was no fear of not returning to the ship on time. I will give my grade of each of these excursions in my review of each island. If you are looking at Island Tours these came recommended and we would recommend also. All have web site for booking: St. Thomas - Godfrey Tours St. Kitts - . Thenford Grey Tours Aruba - Trikes Aruba - This was the most fun we had on an excursion on any cruise we have been on. Curacao - We did not do an excursion but opted to just walk around in the town and then spend a day relaxing on board the ship. Debarkation: For debarkation we elected to do the self-debarkation for the 2nd time and I believe this the way we will do it for now on. The night before your room steward will leave tags in your room to put on your bags if you are going to leave them out in the hall for pickup. He will leave the instructions in your room also for self-debarkation. The morning of we went and had a lite breakfast in the Windjammer and then went back up to make it down to the 3rd deck conference rooms where we had to wait. Keep in mind if you do self-debarkation that you go down to the third deck and then you will have to walk back up the stairs to the 4th deck to depart so if you have a few bags and heavy ones be prepared to walkup a deck with them. In the room we were waiting in there were maybe 50 – 75 people waiting. At 7:00 AM Sharp they let us depart and the process was simple. From start to finish was 15 minutes. We were staying another day in San Juan at the Condado Plaza Hilton once again, so from ship departure at 7:00 to the hotel by taxi took all of 30 minutes….We were standing in the hotel lobby at 7:30…Not bad at all! Self - Debarkation – A+ Last Thoughts: After reading some other reviews and comments about Adventure of the Seas you would think this ship would be a dump but that is so far from the truth. Adventure was a pretty nice ship. As I started out saying at the beginning of this review, I don’t go around looking for what’s worn here or what is worn there or oooh there is some visible rush over there, etc. I think that you have to really be looking for stuff otherwise it does not just jump out at you. The crew was friendly and we never experienced and rude crew members. I like the Voyager class and would sail on Adventure again. I would love to see what she looks like after the dry dock next year. Also booked our next cruise while on this cruise which was also a first for me. Couldn't pass up the $100 instant on board credit and balcony discount for turning platinum on this cruise. We did start receiving some platinum perks while on this cruise Adventure Of The Seas Aruba Route Cruise – B+ I have an extended version of this review with pictures posted in the Cruise Critic Forum at this link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2275038 Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Myself and wife enjoyed our 7 day cruise to Eastern Caribbean aboard AOS. Loved the ship loads to do and amazing atmosphere. Slightly tired ship in some areas but only when you look closely at things. Loved the main pools on ship, both ... Read More
Myself and wife enjoyed our 7 day cruise to Eastern Caribbean aboard AOS. Loved the ship loads to do and amazing atmosphere. Slightly tired ship in some areas but only when you look closely at things. Loved the main pools on ship, both were great, sun beds around pool were fantastic however on our one sea say this area was very busy as expected. Schooner bar was great, first place we went, slightly different to other ships but still nice. I had a shot on rock climbing wall which was brilliant, great condition. Basketball court was also good. Ice rink looked amazing never got on to skate but watched ice show which was fantastic. For dining we were in Mozart on deck 5. Picked our table on first night table 576 near to entrance and overlooking lower dining rooms. Our waiter manuel and assistant Brian were both very good. Really attentive and helpful. We found food to be excellent always found something to eat on menu. One night I chose to order fillet steak from chops grill and wow what steak it was so delicious. All other food in windjammer and cafe promenade was great, couldn't fault it. Some people do but I think they must be fussy eaters or really picky. Drinks aboard ship were expensive as expected from previous cruises. So no big deal really. One bad point was the back elevators always seemed to be busy and very slow at coming. Ports we stopped at were amazing. St croix was small and not much to do if you didn't have tour booked or just wanted to walk about. Still nice though. St marten was great got water taxi across to shops and beach. Lovely place, loads of shops. Barbados was good. We booked a tour to snorkel with turtles and see some ship wrecks. Had an amazing time both of us loved the tour and tour staff. St Johns we wished we done more here, heard lovely things from others who say it was beautiful but we mostly stayed in port. This was the one port that seemed very busy and people would maybe feel slightly unsafe but stay to public area and don't got down dodgy side streets. St Lucia was good. Walked just off ship around shops and sat in bar right off ship and got wifi. Bought a 2 dollar beer and got free wifi. Fantastic cheaper than buying Royal caribbeans internet package. All in all had a great cruise, fantastic service as expected, amazing ports and so glad we chose this for honeymoon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I'm Elvis(Craig), my wife is Priscilla(Susan). I'm 61 and my wife, let's just say she's over 18. We planned this trip almost two years ago. So much happened since then that we thought we would have to cancel. Things ... Read More
I'm Elvis(Craig), my wife is Priscilla(Susan). I'm 61 and my wife, let's just say she's over 18. We planned this trip almost two years ago. So much happened since then that we thought we would have to cancel. Things fell into place and we were able to proceed with our plans. We arrived a day in advance as we always like to do. I like to give the airlines some leeway as to canceled flights, lost luggage, etc. We stayed at the Comfort Inn in San Juan. Since we were only going to be one night, I felt no need to stay at a big resort. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The hotel is undergoing a refurbishing so some floors were closed off. Breakfast was included, so we got up and ate. After a quick walk through the neighborhood we headed of to the ship. After a 10 minute cab ride we were at the pier. We dropped our luggage off and proceeded with the check-in process. It went smoothly. From the time we arrived at the pier to the time we boarded the ship it was maybe 30 minutes. And that included a stop at the duty-free store! Adventure is a ship of the Voyager class. I had heard that she's pretty run down, but saw no evidence of that. Sure, there are rust spots here and there and the carpeting is worn in places. She's due for an overhaul soon and those problems will be addressed. Our cabin, 1256, was a Grand Suite. I had never stayed in Grand Suite before so I didn't know what to expect. The room was just beautiful! There was plenty of storage room. The balcony was immense! The bathroom had two sinks and a bathtub! The only things I could find wrong with the room were 1, not enough outlets, and 2, now that I've stayed in a Grand Suite I'd be unable to ever stay in anything less! Our steward Robert introduced himself to us. Throughout the week he always kept the room neat and clean and made sure our ice bucket was always full. The food in the MDR wasn't the best I ever had, but was far from the worst! Our waiter Warren, could have been a little more attentive to us. I don't ever remember seeing our assistant waiter! We ate in Giovanni's one night. It was good, but I don't think it was worth the extra expense. Can't really talk much about the shows onboard. We only went to one production show and left before it was over. They do get repetitious after a while. Of course the Love And Marriage Gameshow is always entertaining. I want to say something about the Puerto Rican people that went on this cruise. I've read a lot and heard a lot about how rude and disruptive they could be. That couldn't be any further from the truth! I found them to be courteous and friendly. The only problem I had with anybody on the cruise was a drunk guy(non-Puerto Rican) in the cigar lounge one night, and a young lad(again, non-Puerto Rican) that felt the need to push all the buttons in the elevator. We went for two massages which were very relaxing. I even fell asleep during the second one! We also went on the All-Access Tour. That was amazing! I never realized the work it takes to make a big cruise ship like this run so smoothly! I have a whole new respect for the crew of this ship, from the Captain down to the kitchen help. Believe me, no one on this ship has an easy job. Getting off the ship was as easy as getting on. We were let off at 7:30 am and we were at the airport by 8:15 am. Painless! There were so many good memories I have of this cruise. The stately ship, the beautiful room, the friends we made. Mike, Ann, Reg, Mel, Caroline, Gill, and John who kept me company in the cigar lounge every night, are only a few. Would I take this cruise again? Yes I would! In fact, we booked another cruise while we were onboard! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
We booked an Owner's Suite just 30 days before sailing. It was ideally located in the middle of the ship near the elevators. It was quiet with exceptional sound proofing. The pool and Windjammer Cafe were just above us but we could ... Read More
We booked an Owner's Suite just 30 days before sailing. It was ideally located in the middle of the ship near the elevators. It was quiet with exceptional sound proofing. The pool and Windjammer Cafe were just above us but we could sleep easily at anytime. Beautina kept our suite immaculate. Berindra, our waiter, made sure to keep us well pleased and his assistant Reshma was every bit as sweet and helpful. The concierge Dionne arranged for a perfect table for just us two at a table for 4 right by the windows each evening at 6:00. Some of the shows were spectacular though neither of us liked the Jackpot show at all. It catered to a much older crowd than what was onboard. Five port of calls were very nice. Dominica had a new dock near their old and as we approached it the views were stunning. I have been there two other times and was so happy to see that the island is improving. We did the tubing down the river excursion and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The food in the Windjammer Cafe as well as in their finest dining room was excellent in every way. There is truly no need to pay for food that is not included in your cruise. We did the train excursion in St Kitts and loved it, don't miss it! It gives you a real chance to see most all of the island and the views are great. St Maarten was beautiful as always. We did the rhino boat tour and got to really see the beauty with the huge yachts, bays and beach time to swim in Happy Bay, gorgeous! Lock your luggage with TSA approved locks when leaving it as I did not have a couple of items on my return. The SeaAir package was excellent as well as the transfers to and from the airport arranged with Royal Caribbean. I am a Gold Crown and Anchor member and received priority boarding and disbarkment. Of course I intend to cruise with Royal Caribbean again. Their 15 year old ship was impeccably updated and clean. The bed was extremely comfortable. I have cruised 6 other times, always in suites, and this was the prettiest bathroom of all ships. The crew were all so pleasant, caring, cheerful and attentive. I really could not ask for anything more! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We just got back from our 3rd cruise on the Adventurer and our 6th cruise on a RC ship. This ship is a great ship and although it will be updated later this year it is still in great condition! We arrived 2 days early in San Juan to ... Read More
We just got back from our 3rd cruise on the Adventurer and our 6th cruise on a RC ship. This ship is a great ship and although it will be updated later this year it is still in great condition! We arrived 2 days early in San Juan to enjoy the city. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott which has excellent amenities such as beach, pool and nice rooms! The boarding was a bit crazy due to the gastrointestinal illness experienced on the previous cruise. Usually San Juan is an easy boarding (we have left San Juan two previous times with no problems). This cruise it was difficult to find the special lines for RC Crown and Anchor members but there was a young man going up and down the lines to look for members and then directed us to the correct area. Nice touch to try and help the crazy situation. Once we got on board we were impressed the whole week with the crew and the sanitizing procedures they had put in place. The railings and doors of our cabins, staircase railing, elevators and the promenade were done at least 2X per hour!!! There were a few cruisers that became sick on our cruise but I am positive it was not the cruise lines fault. I am sure that these were folks that came on the ship sick and lied to get on... After all this is flu season and people do get sick. I am just impressed that Royal Caribbean attempted to control this so the majority of us could enjoy our cruise!!! The first port was St Thomas. We took the St John's 1/2 day Champagne Catamaran Snorkel. It was a great excursion to snorkel off the shore of Honeymoon beach. You could swim or take the dingy into the shore if you wished. On the way home the snacks, Champagne and Rum punch were enjoyed. The crew was very attentive and fun! The second port was St Croix and we enjoyed walking around town for a morning before returning to the ship to enjoy a quiet time at the pool. We had toured St Croix twice before. The third port of call was Antigua and again we had been here before so just wanted to go into the shopping area. This island has a nice area where local vendors can sell their goods. It is fun and we love buying local items that really help the people of the island. I bought some necklaces and other things for our friends back home. The forth port was St Lucia. We got off to walk around the town because there is free wifi all in this port area. These stores are all tourist type shops so we didn't buy anything just sat out in the beautiful sun on a bench to catch up and use the wifi before we returned to the ship. The fifth port was Grenada which we had never been to so we got off and hired a taxi to tour us around the island. We wanted to see the island and visit the Belmont Chocolate Plantation (which for some reason Royal Caribbean doesn't have an excursion to this place). We stopped by Spice Market, 2 Waterfalls before we arrived at the Belmont Plantation. It was a nice informative tour for $5 US dollars each. We were amazed at what the cocoa bean actually looked liked and how it is processed. After the tour we bought some chocolates and were on our way to see the other side of the island before we went to Rainbow Beach for a couple of hours. Rainbow beach was not crowed and had a very nice bar & restaurant with free wifi :) Our taxi drive picked us back up on time and we made it back to the ship with time to spare. So glad we are able to tour the island and see it as it really is... We used the my time dining option and ate dinner every evening. The first and last nights are usually the worse selections with the 2 formal nights the best selections. I have been cruising Royal Caribbean for the last 10 years and the food at the dining room has deteriorated. It is not horrible but definitely not as good as it used to be. We used the Windjammer for breakfasts and lunches when we were on board during the day. The food here has remained the same . We acceptable and good selections. We also went to Johnny Rockets. We had to wait over an hour to see the trade mark waiter dance moves to music. I think it was our waitress who forced it as we told her we were not in a hurry to leave because we always go to watch the performance of the wait staff. There were folks waiting to get inside (they didn't want to sit at the outdoor seating) and they were giving us the evil eye but we held fast and the staff finally did the dance. I have to say it wasn't as good as it has been in the past. I am guessing that they don't do the dancing to the music much anymore. It used to be every 30 mins or so... We went at 11am to beat the crowd and didn't leave until after 12:30 waiting.. We went to all of the bars and our favorites were Champagne Bar the bar tenders were great and friendly. The Duck & Dog pub where they had a great adult entertainer however, the bartenders there are awful and the Blue Moon for a quiet drink and a great guitar player. The disembarkation was very smooth and they emptied the ship a full hour early. We are Crown and Anchor and could have gotten off earlier but why wait in the crazy San Juan airport. Our flight wasn't until 4pm so no rush to leave. We did try the RC transfer this cruise but will not do it again. It is just better to hire a taxi. We had to bring our luggage to the big moving truck that took the luggage, then on the bus to transport folks to the airport. The luggage arrived first and they had it spread out in front of the airport doors and we were able to find it but honestly anyone could take any luggage as there is no control... San Juan airport is crazy as ever ... Even the pre -TSA lines were long. You would think that the airport would attempt to improve its process but they haven't in the last 6 years.. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
This was only our second cruise and we looked forward to going since our last cruise was sixteen years ago when we got married on the Grandeur Of The Seas. The ship is stunning in my opinion not dated or run down like some have ... Read More
This was only our second cruise and we looked forward to going since our last cruise was sixteen years ago when we got married on the Grandeur Of The Seas. The ship is stunning in my opinion not dated or run down like some have stated. I guess if I looked for something to be wrong I could have found something but I was busy enjoying myself and not searching for things to complain about. The only thing I noticed was low water pressure in my bathroom sink but it washed the toothpaste off my tooth brush so who cares. We had stateroom 7202 in the very front of the ship. Our room steward was more than friendly and did a great job keeping the room spotless. I am embarrassed to say I can not remember his name even though he new my name every time I saw him in the hallway or any place else on the ship. The rest of the crew and staff were always kind and greeted us with a smile and a hello. It is amazing to me how the bar tenders and other staff would remember us with more than 3,000 other guests aboard. I have to give special credit to Marco in the schooner bar. He is one of the best bartenders I have seen. Always happy to make us a drink and even alter it to our liking or just chat with us while we sat at the bar relaxing for a moment before heading to our next activity. The food was great both in the dining room and in the windjammer. The Windjammer has way more choices than I could try in one week even when taking small portions of as many as I could before feeling stuffed. The main dining room food tasted as good as it looked. We chose my time dining so we had different waiters depending on what tables were available but all wait staff were friendly and worked very hard to make our dining a nice relaxing experience after a busy day. We even asked them if they could hurry one evening because it was eight o clock and we wanted to make it to the show before nine. they said sure and we did notice how the kept an eye on us and had the next course on our table as soon as we finished the last bite. Great job done by all of the staff. The activity or entertainment director Mercedes and her assistant Margo were phenomenal. Always kept us laughing before during and after all the shows, contests, and games. How they stay so energetic and cheerful keeping the audience involved is amazing. They and all the people conducting the the games, trivia, contests, shows, and everything else is really amazing. All looked like they were having as much fun as we did. No big name shows but all very good and we never left any show saying boy that was a waste of time. Getting on the ship took a little bit of time. We stood in line before people were let in but once the line started moving it took about 20 min. and we had the drink of the day in our hands. But what do you expect when more than 3,000 guests have to present IDs and check in one at a time. Disembarkation was really smooth with no lines or wait. Overall the entire vacation was near perfect. The only complaint I could think of is the dress code not being enforced in the main dining room. I saw people wearing jean shorts, tee shirts, flip flops, and baseball caps even on formal night. If the dress code is not going to be enforced then get rid of it. I could have saved the money I spent on airline fees for for my garment bag with my dress shirts and my wife's dresses. I you don't like to dress up a little then go the the buffet. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2016
A reunion cruise to meet up with 2 couples from Michigan who we met on the same ship 3 years previously. We all had an amazing time and think this is probably our favourite RC ship. Very friendly and always feels like "coming ... Read More
A reunion cruise to meet up with 2 couples from Michigan who we met on the same ship 3 years previously. We all had an amazing time and think this is probably our favourite RC ship. Very friendly and always feels like "coming home". We also particularly like the ports of call in the Eastern Caribbean, a different beautiful island every day apart from one sea day. The skating show is always spectacular and we found the food in the MDR was very good. This was a B2B so we were on board for 14 nights. Our room steward was brilliant, friendly and efficient. The only downside was that Adventure was looking a little tired as she was due for a refit. The Crown and Anchor future booking room was already completed and looked very smart. If that was an indication of the refit then I can't wait to see her afterwards. In October we are trying Harmony for 7 nights Med cruise. Will be interesting to experience a really big ship. To date, our biggest is Freedom. It will take a lot to knock Adventure off my no. 1 spot though. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Loved the Adventures of the Seas! It reminded me of an upscale hotel. Room registration was a breeze. Ate every breakfast at the Windjammer and it was good. Some people complained about not enough variety as its the same everyday at ... Read More
Loved the Adventures of the Seas! It reminded me of an upscale hotel. Room registration was a breeze. Ate every breakfast at the Windjammer and it was good. Some people complained about not enough variety as its the same everyday at breakfast, but when you serve omelets, eggs, pancakes, waffles, hash browns, French toast, cereal, fruit, muffins and yogurt with every breakfast...what else would you serve? Enjoyed Giovanii's but as the daily newsletter states, give yourself two hours to dine. Did my time dining and it was great as we picked our own time everyday for supper. The dining room was very good. I bought two refreshment packages and if I had a do over, I wouldn't have bought the packages. We were off the ship everyday and I likely broke even in my alcohol drink package and my wife had the non alcohol one and we didn't use it enough. The entertainment was very good. The hypnotist show was entertaining and worth watching. The ice skating show is a must see. We went to the love and marriage gameshow and it was hilarious. Missed the comedian, but was told it was very good. Enjoyed the murder mystery at Giovanii's. The wine tasting was educational and worth going to if you are interested in that kind of thing. Can't believe how many negative reviews are out there. I would not consider this ship rundown. Totally impressed with the whole adventure. I think some people just complain for something to do. Do not be afraid of this ship. My wife and I are in our early forties and had plenty of things to do on the ship. I talked to a couple that cruise 8 weeks of the year and this is their favourite ship. They say it is a nice size and love the ammeties of it. Staff was friendly and jolly but we never ran into a problem to test them, as everything went well. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We always start our cruise with 2-3 days at the Port of call. We stayed at the Embassy Suites hotel in San Juan. Great pool and love the free breakfast and Manager's happy hours each day with drinks/snacks. I never thought I was ... Read More
We always start our cruise with 2-3 days at the Port of call. We stayed at the Embassy Suites hotel in San Juan. Great pool and love the free breakfast and Manager's happy hours each day with drinks/snacks. I never thought I was a Cruise guy, but I have to say they are a bargain in vacation travel and let you get a good "taste" of a number of places. There is more time involved preparing each day rather than a one stop resort stay, but seeing a number of places in one vacation is also a good experience. This Cruise had five stops: St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Luca, St. Croix, and Granada. We liked Croix and Granada best, but this based solely on their beaches and the available wi-fi services on the beach. We didn't go sight seeing or on excursions, other than on a snorkeling boat trip in Antigua, and instead just chose to relax on the beaches each day. Of course there are also pools and sunning on the ship, but we did little of this choosing the beaches instead. We always choose a "cheap" cabin and this time had a Promenade window cabin. I just don't see the upside for the cost of a tiny balcony when you can go for a 3rd of the price without one. I would much rather spend that money on excursions or other entertainment. We really where only in our room to shower and sleep and are out having fun otherwise. The room was well organized and things seemed a bit more roomy this time. We love Royal Caribbean. The dinning hall is excellent and the service was great. There is also the buffet and other food options available including higher end dining. The normal dinning room however, has everything you need with great gourmet level dining and a wide array of appetizers running from shrimp cocktail to escargot and there is no limit to how much you order so you can taste them all. The staff accommodate your needs quickly. I love the on ship Casino and spent most of my nights there after dinner and the show entertainment. Each night has a show and there are other ship events as well from dancing and other daily "event" each night. I won 1st place in the Blackjack tournament and played small stakes Texas hold'em Poker almost every night until 1-2AM. I was in gamblers heaven. The scuba trip was fun, but a bit rough waters and not too much to see at the time. The water was more stirred up than I am use to in Aruba etc. The boat trip with "Rum punch" etc. was fun and all-in-all worth the price. The only real disappointment on the ship was the lack of a good wi-fi service. It's extremely expensive and for those who bought the service, all said it was horrible and not worth it at any price. We instead chose to get wi-fi, when available, at the beach bars etc. Again, St. Croix and Granada had the best wi-fi, best beach, and accommodations. One other complaint is the Royal Caribbean web site. It really needs some work. There should be a one button option to give you everything you need to known about YOUR trip. We didn't know anything about a 70's night event etc. and would have brought some costumes etc. and participated if we had known. The room cleaning, all staff in general, and dining room personnel were all excellent. The portrait photographers were not the best on this trip. We found one photo out of many we liked enough to purchase and only really purchased that so we would have at least one. I would recommend being a bit more proactive that I was in giving the photographer some direction. (They should be the one's directing though) Tipping: while RC has an additional tipping charge of $12.99 per person per day, please keep in mind that the workers are from all over the world leaving their families for 9 months to work and create opportunities for themselves. Please tip deserving personnel above the required charges. While, I have only been on one other Cruise line, I have little to no complaints with Royal Caribbean. I would recommend them highly as a higher end service at bargain prices. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
We decided to go on a cruise with 4 other couples. The experience was amazing. The food was great, service impeccable, and the ports of call were terrific. We found the ship amenities to be readily available whether it was the gym, the ... Read More
We decided to go on a cruise with 4 other couples. The experience was amazing. The food was great, service impeccable, and the ports of call were terrific. We found the ship amenities to be readily available whether it was the gym, the theatres, the restaurants or the bar areas. All were open and clean. The staff was always very friendly and helpful. The ship is huge, and it does take time to learn how to get around it. Between the 5 couples we were distributed between internal cabins, balconies and a suite. The interior cabins were a good size and most times we were only there at night. The balcony cabins were a little bigger with a good view, while our friends in the suite had a very large cabin, but a poor view. Each night we dined in the main restaurant and our waiter was incredibly helpful and professional. He was always able to address dietary requirements and made our dinners enjoyable. The entertainment on board is top rate and whether we were in the theatre or the skating rink the shows were always first class and well done. As for the ports of call, we found all of them to be beautiful although our stay in San Juan was shortened due to our flight connections so we should perhaps stay longer next time. All in all an enjoyable vacation. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our family of four traveled on Royal Caribbean this past week for Spring Break. Our son wou is 17 and daughter who is 12 also were part of the vacation. We booked 2 rooms on the interior of the ship. We saved money on the interior ... Read More
Our family of four traveled on Royal Caribbean this past week for Spring Break. Our son wou is 17 and daughter who is 12 also were part of the vacation. We booked 2 rooms on the interior of the ship. We saved money on the interior so we could have more space with 2 rooms. This was a great idea. The interior rooms overlooked the Royal Promenade which gave you some view. Activities aboard the ship were definately enough to keep everyone busy Ice skating and the rock wall were popular with our 12-year old daughter. The pool and outside activities kept our 17 year old son entertained. We booked 4-excursions thru Royal Caribbean and one privately. So - we had an excursion planned for every day. St. Croix - US Virgin Islands - We booked the Catamaran boat excursion and it was fabulous. The owner and her crew were fabulous. It was a relaxed outing for the first day and plenty of sun and rum punch. The afternoon we hit some lunch and shopping at the local market. A- St. Kitts We booked Zip Line Adventure for our family. The young men running the zip line were fun and made it enjoyable for everyone. Kids loved this. It included 5 zip lines with practice. The 1st zip line was the best. A- St. Maarten - We reserved jet skis thru Jet Extreme SXM. This was a 4-hour outing and we rode doubles. I drove one jet ski with our 12-year old daughter and my 17-year old son drove the other jet ski with my wife. The guide told us the ocean was calm - but this was rough ride. Luckily after the first 1 1/2 hours we ate lunch and about 45 minute break - my wife bailed out on the rest of the ride because lunch restaurant was very near our starting point. After lunch we enjoyed another 1 1/2 hours of riding. A+ Martinique - We reserved the Rainforest Hike. Twenty minute ride up the foothills into the rain forest. Our guide sets us off on about a 2-mile hike - mostly uphill. This is a difficult hike and terrain. I would not recommend unless you like some adventure and exertion. We crossed an ankle high stream. Saw a tarantula. Enjoyed the rain forest and sites. A- Barbados - probably our favorite island on the cruise. We booked the Snorkel tour and Sea Turtles. About 50 people on this tour - so it was crowded. The young men running this tour did an excellent job. First stop we saw about 4 sea turtles and swam with them. Second stop was above a small wrecked boat on the reef. Someone had fish bait with them and it attracted hundreds of small fish. So - it was pretty cool. We stopped at very nice beach and swam ashore for about 45 minutes. A- Overall - we had a fanstastic trip and very good weather. I would sail on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Yes, Adventure of the Seas is a smaller ship. Yes, it shows some age. Yes, We would go again. After reading recent reviews prior to boarding our ship, I was a little nervous that I had made the right decision. I did. We had a ... Read More
Yes, Adventure of the Seas is a smaller ship. Yes, it shows some age. Yes, We would go again. After reading recent reviews prior to boarding our ship, I was a little nervous that I had made the right decision. I did. We had a wonderful time. Check in was easy and no wait at 12:00 and walked right on the ship. Cabin: We had 3 cabins and the very best cabin stewart, Frankie. Our cabins were very clean. Beds were comfortable, pillows were comfortable and very nice linens. Cabins have ample storage for 2 people. I did take an over the door shoe pocket organizer which was the best trick ever. Bottles of sunscreen, aloe, bug spray etc, off the counter tops and visible. Also small magnets for the doors. To post schedules, leave notes for others and daily compass. Mini frig in cabin. You are allowed two bottles of wine per state room. I packed plastic glasses and we took wine to dinner every night. Didn't take the bottle just the filled glasses. Frankie did a great job keeping us in clean towels and the ice bucket full. Around the ship: There are places you may see a little wear and tear but when you consider how many people come and go on these ships it would be impossible to have everything perfect. During the week we constantly saw staff working all day long. Dining: You can not possibly complain about the food. It was plentiful, delicious and always available. If there are cutbacks it is because of consumer waste. I was amazed at the full plates of food people would walk away from. Kids who filled a plate with bacon and then ate 3 slices. Be sure to walk all the way around the buffet because different areas have different food. Dinner in the main dining room was incredible. If you get Angelica you will be well taken care of. Order what you want, how much you want, and she will probably bring you something no one ordered for everyone to try. On the 3rd night, we found out the buffet has sushi at dinner. I brought a plate of sushi to the main dining room for our appetizer. Once Angelica saw it she said I will get it for you every night. And, yes, every night she brought out two plate of sushi for us. We wanted for nothing and usually it was in front of us before we knew we wanted it. Angelica and her team are absolutely a 10. Excursions: The excursions we arranged through the ship were excellent. Everything went very smoothly. St. Thomas: National Geographic Snorkel trip - excellent. The guide got in the water with us pointing out sea life and even brought up things to touch. Sea turtle were the highlight of our trip. Antigua: I arranged a segway tour with Segway of Antigua via email from reviews I read on Trip Advisor, $89.00 per person. Excellent tour. Highly recommend it. St. Lucia: coming out of the port shops there were many Taxi drivers offering island tours for $10.00 per person. We bit. It was a great tour but the couple of stops along the way were very intense local vendors pushing their items. Way too pushy. We were glad we saw the island because the port does not begin to show the beauty of this island. It was very safe. St. Croix: was our favorite. The most beautiful water. Very nice beach beside the port which you can walk to easily. Lots of vendors set up with beautiful hand made items. Had lunch at a little spot to get free wifi. Grenada: book via internet a fishing trip with Yesaye. Our boys caught a sail fish and were thrilled. No other activity and not for lack of trying. At every port Royal Caribbean had beach towels, bottled water available for guests. We were pleased with the constant push on hand sanitation. I will say the upcharges were more than we expected. Ben & Jerry's and speciality restaurants. Ask before you order and make sure your kids knows the extra costs. Over all, we would do it again and found everything a perfect 10. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our first cruise in a suite. The experience was amazing. Check in took less than 15 minutes. Our suite was amazing. More storage space than we needed. Bathroom was huge. Balcony was twice the size of a standard balcony. Bobby, ... Read More
This was our first cruise in a suite. The experience was amazing. Check in took less than 15 minutes. Our suite was amazing. More storage space than we needed. Bathroom was huge. Balcony was twice the size of a standard balcony. Bobby, our stateroom attendant was very efficient and always greeted us wherever he saw us. Concierge lounge was perfect for pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. Ryno was extremely helpful and welcoming. We had anytime dining and were seated with Chandon and Sheldon the first night. Their personalities and service were perfect. We reserved a table in their section for the rest of the cruise. Food was really good in the dining room. We had breakfast in Giovanni's each morning. Another perk for suite guests. Jay at check in called the concierge lounge every night to tell us when our table was ready. There is a separate area at the pool reserved for suite guests so we never had to search for loungers. Ship was in really good shape. Gym equipment was in fair shape but needed to be replaced. Only went to a few shows but got to see the ice skating on the day at sea. Disembarkation was a breeze. Ryno took a group off the ship and to our luggage. Our bags were right up front. There is a separate customs line for suite guests. The total time from the ship to the cab was less than 25 minutes. We liked the ship so much we booked it again for May 2017. Can't wait to see the upgrades scheduled for this fall Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Our first cruise with RC on ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS ship was very nice. The accomodation, food, shore excurisions, entertainment were very good. Appreciated that this cruise line was NOT "hawking" various items as soon as we ... Read More
Our first cruise with RC on ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS ship was very nice. The accomodation, food, shore excurisions, entertainment were very good. Appreciated that this cruise line was NOT "hawking" various items as soon as we stepped out of the room. There was an initial mix-up with seating arrangements for dinner for our party of four but corrections were made and we were happy. Glad to see Captain recognized his staff for their part in making the cruise enjoyable. The waiters were very friendly, cordial, and efficient. They were proud to be recognized by the special treatment in the dining room when they were introduced and sang. The drink package (soda/water) is far too expensive. Two of us did not spend enough the entire week for the price of 1 day and that was paying $2.95/drink. The massage treatment was a rip-off. They advertised a special at the end of 1 day that if we paid $129 each for an hour massage we would get additional 25 minutes for free. When we went to pay the bill, they said "no, we had to schedule 75 minutes massage at $175 to get the additional 25 minutes free. We complained to the Asst. Mgr. and he said we misunderstood and would not give refund but we could without the tip if we so desired. We said the person who gave us our massages should NOT be penalized and we would not withdraw the tip money but ffelt he should lower the price. He ended up charging us $175 each and we were not happy with this experience. We hope the tip was still given to those who gave us our massage. We went to Customer Service on the ship and were told the massage portion is an indepentent contractor so we have decided to let Cruise Critic hear our complaint. SHORE EXCERSION: Snorkel with Turtles TIASMI at Barbados was EXCELLENT! The crew of Jim, Mike, Roland, Del were so much fun and helpful. A delightful time was had by all of us on this excursion. It was my first time snorkleing and Roland was so very helpful, to the point, he used a buoy to take me out to the reef and back. ON SHIP: Is there not some way that the movie shown at the pool area be changed every day? There are sooo many animated movies available we could not understand why the same movie was shown throughout the entire cruise.. Entertainment nightly was delightful with a variety of acts. The reception provided by Cruise Critic on the ship with snacks and small tokens of appreciation was a nice feature. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Although we have cruised several times before, this was the first with Royal Caribbean as we decided to try something different. We were impressed! The Adventure of the seas although around for a while, seem well maintained. Anyway ... Read More
Although we have cruised several times before, this was the first with Royal Caribbean as we decided to try something different. We were impressed! The Adventure of the seas although around for a while, seem well maintained. Anyway whatever little it lacked in larger mega-ship amenities, it made up for in Service. The service in all areas was great. But the most impressive was the food and beverage and room staff. They were simply outstanding! The food, although a few items were a bit salty at times, was excellent in choice and presentation. We tried a great variety different dishes. Caribbean night was awesome! To complement the food, the staff who presented it seemed genuinely happy to serve guests and were enthusiastic in doing their job. The stateroom staff we encountered were very efficient, professional and jovial. Always a smile and a kind word...happy people! We traveled with children, and although they kept comparing activities with other cruise lines, they enjoyed themselves and met new friends. Overall a fabulous experience, and we were happy we decided to try Royal Caribbean. We will try them again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We choose this cruise because we wanted to have a family get together. There were 3 generations, 10 people in all, with ages from 9 to 74, in a total of 6 cabins. We, the reviewers, being the older ones (grandparents) Each group did ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to have a family get together. There were 3 generations, 10 people in all, with ages from 9 to 74, in a total of 6 cabins. We, the reviewers, being the older ones (grandparents) Each group did their own thing, excursions, beach, pool, etc. Family dinner at night, no cooking, no cleaning up. Loved the warm weather, so we choose to use Puerto Rico as our departing and returning port even though travel from Vancouver Canada was a bit of a pain. We love coming back to Old San Juan, so we arrived a day early and explored the town before as well as staying one extra day following the cruise. Previous we went on Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston, which was also very good but involved 2 sea days to get to and 2 sea days to return from the Caribbean. Service was excellent. Embarkation was a breeze, luggage arrived at the cabins fairly quickly. Because of our loyalty status and cabin category, we used the concierge lounges a lot which was a joy. All concierges and assistants were excellent and very helpful. We received a welcome email before we left home offering any assistance that he (Ryno) could provide. For example we liked to have a dining table for 10 at the late sitting and this was arranged through the concierge before we even were in Puerto Rico. Our waiter (Nitesh) and his assistant DeJan were so helpful. His interaction with the younger ones was very appreciated. We did not use the ship's excursions, casino, activities. All, including the children (in their 40s) and the grandchildren (in their teens) had a wonderful time and had found their own activities and made friends. Unlike at the Navigator, there was always food in the Windjammer café Disembarkation was smooth and well organized. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our best cruise ever! Husband and I went on this for our honeymoon (My 9th cruise, his 3rd) and we both said this was the best cruise yet, and not just because it was our honeymoon :) The entertainment was the best I've seen ... Read More
This was our best cruise ever! Husband and I went on this for our honeymoon (My 9th cruise, his 3rd) and we both said this was the best cruise yet, and not just because it was our honeymoon :) The entertainment was the best I've seen on a ship, there was always so much going on and so much to do and see. On top of the regular production shows at night, there were 3 different comedians, theme nights, parades in the promenade, etc. I've read a lot of reviews here about the food. I honestly thought it was the best cruise food I've had. The Windjammer lunch was so good and had the most options I've seen. Windjammer breakfast wasn't my favorite, but still found plenty of options. Dinner in the Main Dining Room was awesome too, as was the service. The BEST food though was our night in Giovanni's, so be sure to make a reservation there. I've also read some bad reviews on the condition of the ship, but fear not, this ship is beautiful! Loved the promenade and all the bar choices, the Champagne Bar makes the best martinis! Everything was clean and well kept, as was our stateroom. These ports were beautiful, we were worried it was a little busy to do 5 ports on a 7-night cruise, but it was perfect! We did excursions in 3 of the 5, and did our own beach day in Antigua and Grenada. St. Thomas- We did a RCL shore excursion, the Caribbean Sail to Christmas and Honeymoon Coves. The snorkeling was amazing!! Saw so many sea turtles! They also take you to Honeymoon Beach, a great little beach where they serve you BBQ lunch and you have about 2 hours to do as you please. The lunch was delicious and plentiful. The crew on this schooner was awesome, very friendly and made it a lot of fun. Oh and they give you rum punch, A LOT of rum punch! St. Croix- I wanted to surprise my husband with horseback riding since he has never been, and after a lot of research found that St. Croix has the best company, Equus Rides. Cowboy Steve is the owner and he takes you out on the horses around the island and to a beach where you can go in the water with your horse! I highly recommend him. Antigua- We did our own thing and took a bus to Valley Church Beach. There were taxis that cost about $20 roundtrip for 2, but I had heard on CC that there's also a bus for $1.50, so we did that! Getting there was an adventure but we made it. Valley Church Beach is beautiful and has a nice little bar and restaurant to lunch and drinks. Chairs for rental were $5. St. Lucia- We booked a ziplining excursion with TreeTop Adventure Park. It was awesome! 12 zip lines through the rainforest, ride in an open-top jeep through the island, and a stop at the waterfall to take a dip. The guides were all so helpful and there were so many of them there to help. They will also take your camera for you and shoot videos of you ziplining and get some great shots. Grenada- We went to Grand Anse Beach, a short water-taxi away from the cruise port. It was beautiful, the water was gorgeous, and we found some starfish and sandollars! Great place to relax, and it has a market right there with shops and a spice market and restaurants. We got lunch at one of the windows called "FishyPot" and it was the best food, local food! Great caribbean style grilled chicken and fish. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my 5th cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean, and it was the best cruise ever! Traveled with 3 others, 2 of which had never cruised before. Needless to say, it was a fabulous experience for all! I chose this cruise for the itinerary - ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean, and it was the best cruise ever! Traveled with 3 others, 2 of which had never cruised before. Needless to say, it was a fabulous experience for all! I chose this cruise for the itinerary - 5 islands in all. It is so exciting to wake up in a different port almost every day! We traveled from Kentucky to San Juan. We had a 58 minute layover in Atlanta, which really had me worried as to whether or not we would make our connection. Turns out we got off the plane and our departure gate was the next gate over! Lucky us! Arrived in San Juan around 3:30, grabbed a taxi and headed to the port. Our taxi driver was extremely talkative and gave us a great overview of all the sights that we passed along the way. They do drive a little crazy there, so hang on! Made it to the port around 4:15, checked our bags in and within 15 minutes we were boarding the ship. We took our carry-on bags with us and headed up to the room. Met our room steward, Janice (pronounced Ja-Niece) and headed out to take a short tour of the ship. Had to attend the muster drill at 5:45, then went back to the room to unpack and get settled in. Once unpacked we headed up to the pool deck to get a little "frozen refreshment", aka Pina Colada! It was yummy! Then we went to the Windjammer to grab a light snack as we hadn't really eaten since breakfast. We chose "Any Time" dining and it worked well for us. The first night we went at 7:30 and had no problem getting a table for 4. Our server, Aila, was absolutely fabulous, along with her assistant, Rohan. Aila could have been a server in any 5 star restaurant!! The food in the Main Dining Room was absolutely fabulous, contrary to what some of the previous reviews have stated. I read so many reviews prior to going on this cruise and have come to the conclusion that some people are just not happy unless they are complaining!! Several of us had Strip Steaks 2 or 3 times during the week and they always came out cooked to perfection! I also had one of the best crab cakes that I have ever eaten. The minestrone soup was delicious, as well as the seared scallop appetizer. Desserts were tasty as well. Some that we tried were strawberry cheesecake, chocolate molten cake, apple strudel w/vanilla ice cream and crème brulee. Now time to hit the gym!! As a side note, we tried the breakfast in the Windjammer the first morning and I was not at all impressed with it. So every day thereafter we ate breakfast in the main dining room on Deck 3 and it was delicious! Eggs came out perfectly cooked every day and it usually only took 30-45 minutes for breakfast. A much better choice than the Windjammer in my opinion. We all purchased the premium drink package and it doesn't take long to get your money's worth. Drinks are usually $10-$12 plus the 18% gratuity, so if you drank more than 5 drinks per day, you pretty much had it paid for. It also included bottled water, so you could grab a bottle to take with you on your excursions. I am not a drinker by any means, but I did manage to enjoy the frozen cocktails on this cruise. I tried many different kinds with my favorite being a frozen mango colada! They also have a very nice White Zin. The Promenade deck is awesome! So many shops, bars and a nice little café that was open 24 hours. I am an early riser, so I would run down to the café to get my coffee in the morning and bring it back to my room and watch the sunrise from my balcony as the ship was pulling into each new port in the morning. Once everyone else was up we would usually grab some more Joe and head up to the pool deck. Three of the four of us are smokers and they had a pretty large smoking area on the starboard side of the ship. I was really disappointed that they no longer allow you to smoke on your balcony. The way the balcony's are built on this ship, they are almost totally enclosed. I have heard many people on cruise critic complain about the smokers, but I feel that we are entitled to our little smoking area. So I was happy to see that at least there was a decent sized area on this ship. They also have a smoking area on deck 4 on the starboard side, but not too many chairs and no tables. The only show we went to see was the Ice Skating show, which was fabulous! There was a couple from the Ukraine that did things I have never seen done before! There were quite a few costume changes and themes, such as the Beatles. We had a great time. This is a show not to be missed! With our late dinner time, it just never worked out for us to attend the other shows. Plus, we had to get up pretty early most days as we had booked an excursion on every island. Now for our excursions - St. Thomas - We chose the BOSS Underwater Adventure. I had done this excursion about 20 years ago in Barbados and it was probably one of the most fun things I have ever done, so when I saw that it was offered on St. Thomas I knew we had to book it! The crew on the boat was very friendly and had a great sense of humor. However, when it came to the instructions on how to use the underwater scooters, they were all business. They are extremely safety conscious. Our excursion was only about 2/3 full, so while the first group went on the scooters the other half of the group snorkeled. There wasn't a huge variety of fish, mostly yellow-fins, small purple fish and the little yellow and black striped fish. One of the guys on the boat started throwing fish food out by me and all of a sudden I had about a thousand fish surrounding me!! They were actually bumping into me! When I raised my head he and my friend were laughing hysterically! Then it was our turn on the scooters. It was even more fun than the first time I did this and we were underwater for at least 35 minutes. The divers will gather your group together side by side towards the end and take your underwater cameras and take several photos of you on the scooters. I can't wait to get the pictures back from the developer! If you have never done this excursion before, you won't be sorry for booking it! St. Croix - We booked the Captain Morgan Visitor Center & Botanical Gardens tour. We stopped at the Botanical Gardens first. Our group had a very nice woman tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable about all the various plants and trees. We saw some trees that I have never seen anywhere before, i.e., a "canon-ball" tree which looks like it has canon-balls hanging from it. We also saw banana trees, nutmeg trees, and a Kapok tree which has a very unusual trunk. Then we went to the Captain Morgan Visitor Center where a young lady explained how the rum was made and the history behind Captain Morgan. It was very interesting. At the end of the tour you come to a bar and you are allowed 2 drinks and can taste 5 different varieties of rum. The drink I got tasted similar to a pina colada, and they grate a little nutmeg on top. I would have never thought of putting nutmeg in a drink, but it was delicious! The second one went down just as smooth!! Antigua - Traveled in an air conditioned bus and made stops at Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights before traveling on to a beach for around 1 hour. Nelson's Dockyard was interesting, but we didn't stay there longer than 20 minutes. Then we went to Shirley Heights where there were several local vendors set up selling their wares. Mostly homemade jewelry, which was beautiful. Unfortunately an elderly man with a walker missed seeing a step and took a nasty fall, so we were delayed for a while as the tour operator had to complete paperwork on the accident. He was ok, just came away with a bruised ego and a little embarrassed. Then we traveled to a beach (can't remember the name of it) where we rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for $10. We were only there for about an hour. The water had quite a drop-off about 3 feet from shore which puts you about shoulder deep. Trying to climb back up the drop-off area proved to be very difficult, as the sand kept sliding under your feet and you couldn't get any traction. There are quite a bit of crushed shells as well, which were not comfortable on your feet. They had a small bar and restaurant there and I ordered a burger and fries. The burger was not cooked thoroughly so I only ate around the edges. St. Lucia - We did the Dolphin and Whale Watch Safari. They do not guarantee that you will actually see any Dolphins or Whales, and we didn't. The picked you up at the dock on a double deck boat. Most of the upper deck was covered, except for the very front, so the sun wasn't a problem. We traveled quite a distance, all the way to the Pitons, which took about 1.5 hours. Then turned around and headed back to the boat. Rum punch was included. The only thing we saw on the tour were flying fish. Yeah, I know, I thought it was a joke too the first time someone said "flying fish", but it's true. The actually come up out of the water and "fly" across the top, using there long side fins like wings. They can travel about half the length of a football field before they dive back in! It's kind of amazing to see! Grenada - Ahh - the Spice Island! Next to the underwater scooters, this was my second favorite excursion! We did the West Coast and Nutmeg Plantation tour. We traveled in open-air Jeep trucks. They had bench seats in the back and held 10 passengers. Our tour guide, nicknamed "Help" was so knowledgeable about the island. He was definitely the highlight of this tour! Grenada is a very mountainous island, so if your vehicle doesn't have a heavy-duty transmission and a good set of brakes, you're in real trouble!! We visited an off-road spot (dirt road) where there was a sulphur spring. You actually had to walk about 1/4 mile back into the rainforest to see it, so I opted to stay with the Jeep. We stopped a few times when there were pull-off spots to take pictures and what a view from the top of the mountain! Then on up to the Rainforest. It is a very nice small park at the top of the mountain. There are several locals with booths set up to sell the local spices. They have these homemade necklaces made totally out of spices that smell so good. I also purchased some little baskets of spices at 3/$10 that made very nice gifts to bring back. A group of people were gathered over by the edge of the tree line, but by the time we got over there the little monkey had hopped back into the forest. Someone had put a piece of banana on the picnic table and the monkey cake out and sat there and ate it. You could still hear him chattering in the woods. Along the way our tour guide brought out some fresh mangos that he had picked that morning in his yard and cut them up for us to try. They were delicious! The final day was a day at sea. The pool deck was packed all day and various activities were going on. They had the traditional "Sexiest Man Contest", "Belly-Flop Contest" and a pool volley ball game. Music was playing and cocktails were flowing! A good time was had by all! Later in the evening we began packing (sadly)for our trip home. Luggage had to be outside of our room by 11 p.m. I wondered what a mess it would be trying to find our bags in the "hangar" building, but it was actually very easy the way they had it set up. There were a couple of hundred people in line waiting to go through customs, but a luggage porter came up to us and said if we let him take our luggage we could get in a shorter line. So (no brainer) that's what we did. Instead of waiting 1.5 hours it only took us about 35 minutes to get through. Customs was very easy as long as you have all of your documents completed. We then hopped in a taxi and were off to the airport. If you are thinking about this cruise, don't hesitate to book it! It's really a fabulous ship and was my best cruise yet! Bon Voyage!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise after taking a boring, unexciting cruise from Bayonne, NJ last year (too many sail days, cruisers that didn't leave the ship and were demanding of everyone on board). We like to visit a port a day --active ... Read More
We chose this cruise after taking a boring, unexciting cruise from Bayonne, NJ last year (too many sail days, cruisers that didn't leave the ship and were demanding of everyone on board). We like to visit a port a day --active and busy! Leaving San Juan, we visited St. Martin, St.Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and then one sail day back to San Juan. Royal Caribbean does a good job with embarkation and disembarkation. Both went smoothly for us! We lost no time during the day because of the timing of arrival to each island (early morning) and departure (early evening). Our excursions to each island satisfied our needs to be active: St. Martin Island/shopping Tour, St. Kitts Snorkel/Sail Adventure, Antigua Tour, St. Lucia Segway /Island/Beach Adventure, Barbados Historical Island Tour. We especially like the promenade on some of the Royal Caribbean ships--unlike hiking through the hallways past the rooms, you can reach the dining and theater areas by using the promenades. The fellow cruisers were from many different parts of the world which added to the friendliness on board. The staff of The Adventure contributed to making this cruise enjoyable for all. We loved this cruise vacation! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We liked that one of the port of calls went to Aruba. The boat it self you could tell needed repairs. The main dining room was the best experience ever, our server Chandan Das and the assistant server Shelton treated us to the best ... Read More
We liked that one of the port of calls went to Aruba. The boat it self you could tell needed repairs. The main dining room was the best experience ever, our server Chandan Das and the assistant server Shelton treated us to the best customer experience we have ever experienced in our life. The stateroom attendant Richard Montinola was also very professional and was on top as far as making sure our room was well kept. Boarding the ship was a complete nightmare, waiting in a long line in the rain for close to 2 hours. It was very unorganized and people were standing around for hours. Disembarkation went some-what smoother. If we went on Royal Caribbean again we would not choose this ship. I feel what others should know is that if you got great customer service, these people should be acknowledged. They work hard every day on the ship and are away from their families for months at a time. Great customer service guys keep up the good work. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Hubby and I chose the southern cruise route to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. We arrived two days before our cruise so we could enjoy some sightseeing. We stayed at Marriott Stellaris Resort. Our ocean view room was very spacious ... Read More
Hubby and I chose the southern cruise route to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. We arrived two days before our cruise so we could enjoy some sightseeing. We stayed at Marriott Stellaris Resort. Our ocean view room was very spacious and had everything we needed for comfort. I loved being able to wake up in the morning to look out at the ocean. There are plenty of restaurants in walking distance; Walgreens and CVS are a short walk away. We dined in the hotel restaurant one night; it was buffet night. We had good service, the food was delicious but we both felt it was a bit pricey. Old San Juan, which is breathtakingly beautiful, is a must visit. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, as it is really hilly, especially at the forts. It’s a 0.75-cent bus ride from the bus stop in front of the hotel. We enjoyed lunch at a little place called Casa de Cortes Choco Bar; it is a chocolate lovers delight. The Crepe Maker, which was about a block away from the resort, was a surprisingly delicious dinner choice also. There are many different varieties of crepes to choose from. There was nightly entertainment in the lobby that helped amp the vacation vibe. The morning of the cruise, we headed to the port at 1045, the lines moved steadily. We waited about 30 minutes once we were in the terminal before they allowed us on the ship. Once onboard, we had lunch at the Windjammers. Afterwards, we walked around to reacquaint ourselves with the ship. Our room #7627 was ready right at, 2pm. It was comfortable and in a good location. Our luggage arrived within an hour of us getting into our room. We unpacked and settled into our home away from home. This cruise was so much better than our last cruise on Adventure of the Seas in 2012. We did not encounter one problem during our week onboard. We had the absolute best service and dining experience in the main dining room. Our waiters were Manuel & Tania. This was our 6th cruise with Royal; I can truly say they were the best servers we’ve ever had. They were very friendly and always seem to anticipate our needs. The activities on the ship were great! The staff were all very friendly, engaging, and funny. It was great to see them interacting together because it was evident that they enjoy what they do. I can’t wait to cruise again out of San Juan, and we’d definitely cruise on Adventure of the Seas again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We wanted to go to the Caribbean with our daughter, her Husband and in-Laws. We had a great dining experience in the main dining room, table #323 at 6PM with Arnold and Kurana as our servers. They did an excellent job in serving us for the ... Read More
We wanted to go to the Caribbean with our daughter, her Husband and in-Laws. We had a great dining experience in the main dining room, table #323 at 6PM with Arnold and Kurana as our servers. They did an excellent job in serving us for the whole trip. The food was excellent and the entertainment was very good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Our cabin # was 2344, Christopher did an excellent job in keeping our cabin clean and helped in any way he could to make our cruise enjoyable. We would definately go on another cruise with Royal Caribbean. The ship was kept very clean and Purell was always offered. Our excursions were very nice and the guides gave a very informative tour for each Island. We learned a lot about all of the islands and were very impressed with the tour drivers and they willingness to share information about each island. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
We've been on the adventure of the seas before and had seen all the islands save one. we decided the shore excursion to that island wasn't worth the effort or the money so we stayed on the ship and relaxed. my wife enjoyed ... Read More
We've been on the adventure of the seas before and had seen all the islands save one. we decided the shore excursion to that island wasn't worth the effort or the money so we stayed on the ship and relaxed. my wife enjoyed several spa treatments and we enjoyed the diamond lounge each day for breakfast, luncheon snack and evening cocktails; not to mention quiet comfortable reading with a great view. The room had lights by the bed so that if you chose, you could use the setting for reading and not disturb your partner. between that and the sitting area we were most comfortable. Most days we enjoyed looking out at the passing sea and when in port we could check out the local harbor and the comings and goings of smaller ships. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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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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