10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first cruise in about 2 years, and our first RCI cruise since 2007. We sailed out of San Juan, and, just to be safe, we flew in the day before. We've been to San Juan on several occasions, and we really like staying at ... Read More
This was our first cruise in about 2 years, and our first RCI cruise since 2007. We sailed out of San Juan, and, just to be safe, we flew in the day before. We've been to San Juan on several occasions, and we really like staying at El Convento in Old San Juan. However, this was Memorial Day weekend, so there was a 3 night minimum. We wound up staying at Caribe Hilton, which was also nice. We arrived at the port at noon. Embarkation was very smooth and took less than 30 minutes. We had pre-purchased the premium beverage package, so we stopped at the first bar we came to in order to just relax and, of course, start using our newly minted Sea Pass cards! We then went to the MDR to find our table. It wasn't in the best spot, so we requested a new table, by a window. For dinner the first night, we booked the Chef's Table (which I highly recommend!), and that is placed in it's own little balcony between decks 4 and 5 in the MDR. It does take about 2.5 hours to get through the whole meal, but it was very enjoyable. We had 3 children in our party (ages 5, 5, and 6) and they enjoyed it as well. We had a forward balcony cabin. It was rather spacious, but the bathroom was really tiny. Our cabin steward was really good -- we asked for ice once and we had a fresh bucket in the fridge every morning and evening. We asked for extra towels in the bathroom once, and there were extra towels every time the room was serviced. I recommend tipping the steward $20 on your first day. On the second day, we got a notice in our stateroom that our dining table had indeed been changed, and we had a large table next to a window. We did the My Family Time dining at 6pm, so we had the same waiter every day. He was great! The best thing about FTD is that the Adventure Ocean (kids' camp) staff come to the dining room at 6:40 to pick up the kids. The waiter knows this, so the kids are served first and ready to go to camp at 6:40. That leaves more time for the adults to enjoy their meals. Our kids thought it was great! We had 4 ports-of-call: St Maarten, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba. In St Maarten, we went to Orient beach. It was beautiful. Our excursion included lunch and loungers. I don't think I sat down in my lounger once. The water was great and the kids loved it. Lunch was good -- nothing extraordinary, but good. The second day was a day at sea. We lounged on the pool deck, and the kids, having had fun at Adventure Ocean the night before, were ready to go back after breakfast. After lunch, I took my 6 year old to try out rock-climbing. He didn't ring the bell and was somewhat put out by that fact. A trip the arcade fixed that right up. The next day was Bonaire, a small little arid island. We had a beach break at Spice Island. There is a sandy beach, but then there is a 4 or 5 foot drop off to the water. As a result, we stayed in the pool. Not a particularly fun stop, but the excursion was on $39. The fourth day was Curacao. Our pre-booked excursion to the beach was cancelled due to "technical difficulties." We wound up getting a taxi and going to Jan Thiel beach. Very nice. Lots of little beach bars and restaurants. The food was wonderful. We were back to the ship by 5pm, even though we weren't scheduled to leave until 11pm. Aruba was the stop for Day 5. Our excursion was to De Palm Island waterpark. It is a little island just off the coast, but when you look back at Aruba, you just see an industrial area. This excursion was $89 per person, but they have a waterpark, a zip-line, some adult-sized bouncers and 2 beaches. Lunch is also included. We didn't know beforehand, but alcohol is also "on the house." Lunch was very good. The kids loved the waterpark and really didn't want to go to the beach. Our final full day, Friday, was a day at sea. We made the most of it by passing through the various bars and having a leisurely lunch. My son wanted to try the rock climbing again, and this time he rang the bell. He was so proud of himself! Dinner was bittersweet as it was our last night aboard. In summary, we really enjoyed our cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. We would certainly sail with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was our 4th RCL cruise. We booked and enjoyed JS 1244 on the 10th deck. The embarkation went extremely smooth. We had a pre & post stay at the Doubletree Hilton in San Juan. From the time we reached the pier to the pool area ... Read More
This was our 4th RCL cruise. We booked and enjoyed JS 1244 on the 10th deck. The embarkation went extremely smooth. We had a pre & post stay at the Doubletree Hilton in San Juan. From the time we reached the pier to the pool area was less than 20 minutes. One thing I really liked was the ability to say NO to pictures throughout the cruise. And no offers for a drink before we even got on board. Kudos to RCL. We had Anytime dining in the Mozart Room. Kudo to staff. Food was superb every night. I got lobster on night and am still dreaming about it. We ate other time in Winjammer. Others thought food was not so good from past postings. I enjoyed it, food was tasty. And like we planned we could always eat elsewhere if we wanted to. A few times we ate in Conseguire Room. One comment on ALL dining - need more comfortable and a bit larger chairs. Saw lots of oversized cruisers unable to sit in dining chairs. This cruise we decided to be laid back, only saw one show. Pretty good. Again chairs need to be redesigned. Also hated stadium seating. I liked the old way of sitting around small tables in clusters. Service was outstanding, as always. Wish that the Adult Pool area was just that NO young teens, there were a few that upset me. Ports were great. We did not book excursions through ship, used trip advisor. Also we went to Marriotts in St. Thomas and Curacao for their one day beach passes. I really enjoyed our double balcony from our cabin. It had a table and chairs and a lounge chair. I suffered heat stroke a couple of port days so I had to rest in the room with ice. I also had to visit the Medical Center, kudos to staff there, they all knew what they were doing and were very professional. Shopping on ship was great, bought a very nice necklace with an emerald and diamond charm. Staff was very helpful at all time. I visited Johnny Rockets once. Very nice. The pizza in the Pizza Shop not so great, very dried out. While we were in San Juan we went to the El Younge Rainforest before our cruise. Very nice. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
First time cruisers, married couple celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We have traveled plenty over the years including a few trips to the Caribbean, but first cruise and major trip for us without the kids. Choose the 7 day ... Read More
First time cruisers, married couple celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We have traveled plenty over the years including a few trips to the Caribbean, but first cruise and major trip for us without the kids. Choose the 7 day Southern cruise due to the five port stops so as to visit as many islands as possible that we had never been to. San Juan: We made the mistake (in hindsight) in association with our travel agent to fly into San Juan the day of the departure, meaning we did not have chance to see the island as our flight arrived in late afternoon and our prearranged transfer took us directly to the ship -again our mistake not RC. As we should have arrived the day before which would have given us several hours on departure day to see the island sites. Embarkation: Was very smooth with no lines and quick service right up to and on to ship (majority of guests had already embarked hours before). I was frankly worried about this process and long lines and also needed to get a decent meal before ship departed, but turned out not to be an issue at all. We were able to use our My Time dining to get into assigned sit down meal shortly after they opened at 6pm, with plenty of time to get out to the deck to watch departure. Day 2: St. Maarten - We had no plans or excursions booked for this day as we wanted to have relaxing start with no rush to get somewhere, which turned out to be a good call for this port as we spent mid day hours at local beach and some shopping just a short water taxi away at Great Bay Beach (which I understand can get busy if many ships at port but on this day we were the only one). Paid $15 for two chairs and umbrellas with restrooms and cheap drinks nearby. Again that evening had My Time Dining that we booked night before and shared table with a different group of guests. Day 3: St.Kitts: We had pre-booked a dolphin experience excursion via RC as an early birthday gift for my wife which she had always wanted to do, scheduled for morning so as to allow return back to ship mid day. Was a great time, expensive yes especially considering that you could not take your own pictures and had to buy their expensive packages (again we knew this beforehand and was not fault of RC). Was able to return to ship for change of clothes, rest, lunch at Windjammer, then back out to nearby beach and shopping as they were right next to the ship. Again at the main dining hall we got table for two with great wait staff (who we ended up reserving same area and time for rest of evening meals for the week). We found great choice and preparation of all our dining meals and enjoyed the wonderful service, including our room attendant who was very helpful and engaging all week and attentive to any of our needs and requests (plus we got a daily kick out of his towel animal art work!). Day 4: St. Johns, Antigua - Again we pre-booked an excursion with RC for an ecotour involving boat ride, short hiking on a small island, snoking and sea kayaking. Was a short small bus ride to a local family run business with great tour guides, and even with a major downpour of rain during kayaking it was a fun time, including little rest and relaxation with drinks and banana bread before returning to the ship. Another late lunch in the Windjammer (typical buffet food but plenty of it and lots of selection, sometimes challenge finding a table), then back into town for some shopping. I should mention that we got into a routine of late afternoon drinks at one of a several small lounges on the ship where the service was great and the staff quickly got to know us. The morning to mid afternoon off ship and returning before departure was another good idea as each day it gave us time on the ship when the ship was much less crowded. We also went to all the major shows, which we enjoyed and watched or participated in many of the evening activities (including participating on the winning Quest team - a fun and crazy adult themed contest). Often running into many of the same guests throughout the week at many of these. And for dinner as I mentioned earlier we had settled into a set time and table area for evening dining (including the two formal nights) as we got to met nearby dinner tables and the same outstanding service staff. Day 5: St. Lucia - Our plan for this stop on the day of our 25th wedding anniversary was to simply find a taxi to a small nice quiet beach that I had researched. But upon debarking that morning we meet an enterprising young local man who had a government licensed family business giving local tour including stop at his family plantation. So along with another 6 guests we took a 4 hr local sites tour, including a visit to see native fruits, home style baking by his grandmother, and ending up with choice of beach or shopping stop (6 of us decided for beach visit where he arranged for locals to get us chairs and umbrellas and as promised returned later to pick us up and return back to ship). We all have a great fun time, getting to know him and his family and all of us. Usually not a "risk" we would take agreeing to an unknown venture, but worked out as a great day. At dinner that night (also formal) we were "surprised" with song and free dinner due to our anniversary, and we brought the free bottle of champagne left in our room on day 1, which staff opened and we managed to finish! Day 6: Barbados - Plan here was for beach visit in the morning, return to ship for change of clothes and lunch, then into town for shopping. Which is what we did, but do to later start (we had late night before!), ended up in traffic through town with terrible slow taxi driver (who had also keep us waiting in her van at port for almost 1/2 hour as she "shopped" for more fares). So arranged to be dropped off at beach club I had researcher beforehand and spent about 90 minutes before back to ship. Still managed a few hours shopping before later afternoon ship departure in downtown Bridgetown where stores were disappointing, many of the same vendors we had seen at other ports, mostly focused on clothing and jewelry with few real deals or bargains. Although we had no plans for major shopping during the cruise, I will say the limited shopping we did was really not that great and we only bought a few items including duty free scotch and watch at prices not much different then home. Day 7: at Sea (return to San Juan) - enjoyed a busy full day of food, drink, entertainment, sun and the pool, real chance to explore all the ship including some time in the casino, which we had visited a few other times in the evening, and all the shops including Your Next Cruise to consider plans for another cruise in the future. Was a little worried about how busy and full the ship would be with everyone onboard, and yes main pools were crowded (but we were still able to find chairs), the crowds seemed to be dispersed through out the ship. Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer were busier than usual but staff was able to keep out and we did not notice decline in food or service. Debarking in San Juan: We were assigned an early departure since we had a mid day flight departure, bags filled and tagged out in the hallway by 10pm night before (OK we were 1030p but they were all collected soon after). Quick early morning breakfast in the Windjammer then to our collection location and walk off the ship. And then perhaps our most frustrating experience: recollecting our bags in order to proceed through US Customs, it was a disorganized chaos with bags lined up in areas by number with porters bothering you to help, while trying to get through narrow lanes to find and collect our 3 bags that were not together while trying to get moving and up to US Customs before crowds and lines which were building up behind you. Felt abandoned by RC and left to our own devices with no information or instructions, greatly adding to the stress. Survived and got through US Customs easily and onto van to the airport, where upon arrival we had to wait perhaps 20 minutes for van with our bags and again a mad scramble with many other guests as bags were unloaded for us in front of the terminal. Check in at airline was quick (including all bags first going through USDA scanning for food and plant materials), flight was delayed so plenty of time, we decided to check bags and then took taxi to nearby hotel and beach for a walk and drinks for 90 minutes to get some San Juan experience rather than spend all that time sitting in the airport, returned in time for for expensive lunch in the airport before flight departed. Room: We had outside room with balcony, king size bed (can fit 4 people!!??), yes room was small but we spent little time there, 8th level, mid ship location. But yea just enough room including storage for 2 of us, hard to imagine comfort level with 4 people! Was nice to have balcony and we did spend time each day in the morning as ship arrived at a port and again in the evening sailing the ocean. Again our room attendant was fantastic, would clean and check in room at least twice a day, leaving information on events, sales and next days port and activities. Ship: seemed large, especially from the outside, but after a few days we easily found our way around and getting from place to place was not that difficult and quick (especially if you used stairs and not waits for the next elevator!). Ship is due for refurbishment in fall 2016 and although you could see some wear, it really was not that noticeable or anything that we would have pointed out as negative. Food: We are pretty easy to please when it comes to meals and food, so we had no real issues and understand what buffet means and to expect at the Windjammer, for dining rooms menu had standards same every night but also numerous special items from appetizers, to main course and dessert, which we tried many of and enjoyed all. Portions were average to small but you could order as much as you liked and multiple dishes (we managed just fine with one). We did not bother with the speciality restaurants due to the additional fees, as we figured we already paid for food available in the regular venues on ship which again we found good selection and quality for our tastes. Drinks: We pre-booked the drink package that included basic wine and beer, and frankly was not worth the cost as by staying off the ship for majority of day all week we simply figured that we did not drink enough to warrant the extra expensive daily cost. Next time we would book cheapest drink package (water, juice, unlimited soda in cup we were provided) and buy beer and wine by the glass (at $5-8 per plus tip). My recommendation is do the math and decide for yourselves whether there is value in the drink packages offered (we figured it would have taken us 8+ alcohol drinks each day to just "breakeven"). Crew: Service was outstanding and one of the highlights for us, RC and AoftSeas are know for this and it showed all the way from room attendants, waiters, food staff, entertainment crew etc.... We felt all the support and assistance we needed, except for that whole bag collection before US Customs on departure day!). We pre-paid tips but ended up leaving extra cash tips with our room and dining staff (who all work on 9 month contracts on ship with no breaks and I suspect low wages). Overall: All in all a great trip with plenty of memories and photos, and yes we would cruise on RC again (already booked a future trip taking out kids with us). Cruising is expensive, hard to avoid and not spend money but enjoyable experience for us and we had a budget and knew costs while planning so few true surprises there. A few cons included the persistent sales of everything from clothes, to art, to jewelry, future cruises.... all though the ship and also promoted for local shops and duty free at every point. RC staff were never pushy about any sales but the reminders and information were constant. We enjoyed the food, ship entertainment, activities and all the port stops, so yes it was worthwhile and fun 25th anniversary trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Living in South Florida you can only do eastern and western Caribbean so many times. The ports were very nice. The service on the ship was outstanding. The wait staff were very attentive and ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Living in South Florida you can only do eastern and western Caribbean so many times. The ports were very nice. The service on the ship was outstanding. The wait staff were very attentive and accommodating. They always addressed us by our names and couldn't do enough to please us. The cabin steward was also attentive and accommodating. I had a small issue, which I went to guest services to address. They took care of it immediately, followed up with me with a phone call and left a note in the cabin to make sure my issue was resolved and I was satisfied with the outcome. Although the ship is a little older, it is well maintained and was beautiful. The entertainment was spectacular- the shows were very entertaining and professional. I hadn't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise in almost 4 years and immediately remembered why I love this cruise line so much. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
Love the decour, public places all restaurants the whirlpool area, music, midnight buffet, the casino, relaxing atomsphere places to visit etc. The crew was always ready to fulfill any special request. The personnel at the dinning room ... Read More
Love the decour, public places all restaurants the whirlpool area, music, midnight buffet, the casino, relaxing atomsphere places to visit etc. The crew was always ready to fulfill any special request. The personnel at the dinning room were very friendly The shows were fantastic . Johnny Rockets cafe was my favorite place for lunch. The location of my cabin was just right close to the elevators. Night activities were nice. You never get bored while on the ship there is always something interesting to do. Another of my favorite places to visit was the windjammer with a wide variety of food to eat. The process of getting in and out of the ship was very reasonable and didn't have to wait too long. Adventure of the seas is my favorite cruise ship , and that is I always come back to spend my vacations. It is always very relaxing and a beautiful ship. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My wife and I went on the Adventure of the Seas leaving out of San Juan on June 25th, 2016. It was our 8th cruise taken on this cruise line .....it was for our 25th anniversary. We had a Junior Suite overlooking the back of the boat on the ... Read More
My wife and I went on the Adventure of the Seas leaving out of San Juan on June 25th, 2016. It was our 8th cruise taken on this cruise line .....it was for our 25th anniversary. We had a Junior Suite overlooking the back of the boat on the 10th floor. How beautiful it was!! We were treated to chocolate covered strawberries and champagne in the room upon our arrival...and we savored our experience all week long! Ports of call were amazing.....St Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao...unbelievable!! We only booked a couple of royal-sponsered excursions.....as in some ports we just asked for directions to the nearest beach from ship personnel and wandered off. Our best find was the infinity pool at the Marriot Renaissance hotel in Willemstad, Curacao!!! I saw the pool from the top deck of the ship upon docking at 8AM and just headed that way upon disembarking. Come to find out the hotel offered a one day pass for $40 per person which included the most complete and delicious "boxed lunch" anyone could imagine!! ..complete with Caesar salad and cheesecake. It was a memory my wife and I will never forget. The salt water pool was amazing...swam to the edge of the pool and watch the waves crash against the rocks ...all the while our ship in full view!! We HIGHLY recommend cruisers check this out!!! The only down side of the entire trip was our meal on our anniversary night at Giovanni's Table. We had been on the Explorer of the Seas in "Portofino" which was the mirror image of this restaurant and had expected a most fantastic meal as we had received on Explorer. Not the case here. Food was delivered cold....without any form of presentation as Portofino had done... just not the same....a disappointment on our big night. Outside of that...all was great. We can't say enough about the smaller ships!! They are great. We have been on Oasis of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas,,etc... They can't hold a candle to the personal touch and ease of access you get on theses smaller ships. Royal Caribbean...Let's put another small ship in port in New York, what do you say???? Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
The cruise line provided excellent service and a terrific itinerary. From the moment of embarkation until we left a week later, Adventure of the Seas provided an exceptional home away from home. The food seemed to be even better than on ... Read More
The cruise line provided excellent service and a terrific itinerary. From the moment of embarkation until we left a week later, Adventure of the Seas provided an exceptional home away from home. The food seemed to be even better than on recent cruises and the personnel onboard offered outstanding service, both in the dining room and the cabin. We participated in a Cruise Critic Meeting while on the cruise and found a group of 10 people at the afternoon event, although about 30 had signed up. We attributed this to the fact that the meet was scheduled on a day when we were in port, but just departing. It was the concencus that some passengers returned late from their shore experiences and did not remember to attend. The shore excursions were good, offering adventure and history. The stop in Antigua featured the best stingray encounter, although the island's infrastructure left much to be desired. The roads were crowded and in need of repair, which made our trip to the adventure last over an hour each way. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We wanted to duplicate our honeymoon cruise some 21 years ago. We flew down to san Juan 2 days in advance to take in the sites in Old San Juan and to sample the local restaurants. (Pannes restaurant in the Coronado District was so good ... Read More
We wanted to duplicate our honeymoon cruise some 21 years ago. We flew down to san Juan 2 days in advance to take in the sites in Old San Juan and to sample the local restaurants. (Pannes restaurant in the Coronado District was so good we ate there twice) The Adventure of the Seas (Voyager Class) has been recently refurbished and has many of the amenities you'll find on newer RCCL ships. It is due for another upgrade in Nov. 2016 which will add even more restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activity venues. The ship is clean, well maintained and the crew was very pleasant and helpful. There is more than plenty to do aboard ship to keep you busy. There is also many places to go to for quiet time. Entertainment was very good and a nice variety. The food was good but nothing special. Our cruise visited 5 ports along the Lesser Antilles. One of the things that makes this cruise unique is that at every stop we were the only ship in port. Something you would rarely see in places like Nassau or Cozumel. The ports, with the exception of Antigua, were clean and friendly. The shop keepers, tour guides and taxi drivers on Antigua are aggressive and don't take no easily. Just be prepared! I would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We wanted to take our children and grandchildren on a cruise this summer and wanted to start in San Juan. The Adventure of the Seas offered a great itinerary. We were a little concerned when we found out the ship was scheduled to go into ... Read More
We wanted to take our children and grandchildren on a cruise this summer and wanted to start in San Juan. The Adventure of the Seas offered a great itinerary. We were a little concerned when we found out the ship was scheduled to go into drydock at the end of this season because we thought it might not be in good shape. We were sure wrong about that.. The ship was still in great shape and the crew all the way from the captain to people cleaning the deck were extremely friendly and helpful. It was if they were determined to personally make our vacation as a family special. The food in the main restaurant was very good even though we get the message that cruise lines really prefer you to book in the specialty dining restaurants. The buffet gets a little crowded at times would be my only complaint. The food was good, but on occasion it was hard to find a table. I understand that in dry dock they plan to reduce the size of the buffet area even more which is a mistake in our opinion. Overall a great cruise and we can't say enough about the outstanding crew. We are Diamond status with RC so we have had some experience on cruises where the crew was not so determined to provide excellent service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise as part of our back to back cruise. week of 6-25-2016 and 7-02-0216. The cruise was very good, with very few problems. From arrival at the pier to boarding the ship it took less than fifteen minutes, can't ... Read More
We chose this cruise as part of our back to back cruise. week of 6-25-2016 and 7-02-0216. The cruise was very good, with very few problems. From arrival at the pier to boarding the ship it took less than fifteen minutes, can't say the same for disembarking it took a good thirty minutes after our number was called, one hour late. I am an Emerald member. Room was clean, the shower broke, but was fixed in an hour. The food was very good, the service in the dining room was outstanding. All crew members were friendly with no indication of dissatisfaction The ship definitely needs an overhaul, as it is showing it;s age.The Internet was slow. We ordered excursions via TV, no tickets showed up had to go desk. Also I was charged for a Greece Cruise, which I did not book. I also received a message that my credit card was not on file. All problems were administrative. Took the behind the scene tour very interesting well worth it. I have been on a number of cruises, interestingly these were the only cruises that I have been on in which the Captain was nowhere to be seen. Unlike other ships. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
If I could give Adventure of the Seas 10 or more stars I would. My daughter suggested Royal Caribbean International for our family cruise to celebrate my husband and my 50th anniversary. The family included 9 of us with our 23 month old ... Read More
If I could give Adventure of the Seas 10 or more stars I would. My daughter suggested Royal Caribbean International for our family cruise to celebrate my husband and my 50th anniversary. The family included 9 of us with our 23 month old granddaughter. The adjectives wonderful, beautiful, fantastic are only some of the words to use to explain this wonderful cruise. First, we each had an outside stateroom with our own balcony, this was great because each morning and each night we would sit and enjoy looking out on the ocean or islands. The room was spacious, with enough storage space for our clothing. Although the bathroom is small, especially the shower, it was fine. Our stateroom attendant was friendly and helpful. The ship itself is beautifully decorated, I was fascinated by the art work throughout the ship. The food offerings for the open buffet in the Windjammer was great, we used this for our breakfast and lunch. although we used the dining room for one breakfast, there you could order from a menu or use the buffet. The dining room for dinner was excellent, with many choices for each meal. Our waiter and his assistant were warm and friendly, they were both very attentive to our 23 month old granddaughter, they knew she liked strawberries and milk and had this waiting for her when we would sit down for dinner. The children's menu was varied as easy to choose her dinner. One was never rushed through dinner, we would stay and talk with Johnnie our waiter. The entertainment was excellent, whether it was an evening show, or music in the different lounges. One of the most interesting and entertaining shows was the ice skating show, this was excellent.!!!!!! The sports activities was great, enough for each of the age groups. There were three pools one especially for 16 or older, and a child's pool which we used for our granddaughter. This area had a water slide for children. Although we didn't purchase anything in the shops on the ship, the shops were varied and interesting. The professional photographers on the ship were great, they didn't pressure you if you didn't want your photo taken, those photo's taken of my family are priceless, they provide many happy memoirs. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Royal Suite Surprise! This cruise was a celebration for our daughter's graduation from residency. We stayed a couple of days in San Juan at the Condado Vanderbilt. We stayed on property, but Our daughter and son in law were on the ... Read More
Royal Suite Surprise! This cruise was a celebration for our daughter's graduation from residency. We stayed a couple of days in San Juan at the Condado Vanderbilt. We stayed on property, but Our daughter and son in law were on the go constantly doing everything from kayaking in Bioluminescent Bay, hiking in the rainforest (El Yunque) and a little shopping. We have cruised with RCCL many times before, but this cruise topped list of the best. There were 14 people along for the celebration cruise and all had an excellent experience on this ship. The Adventure is going to get a makeover in October, but I was surprised at the great condition she is still in even before her makeover. This was the first time we have stayed in the Royal Suite and hope it is not our last! What an amazing experience from embarkation to debarkation. Ryno (Suite Concierge for Adventure) took great care of us even starting before the cruise by arranging a cocktail party in the RS for our new graduate and all 13 others. He had Amar (bartenter in the Schooner Bar) set up the bar in the suite with every libation we would need and had Bruno (Piano player from the Schooner Bar) not only play the piano, but set up his keyboard and microphone so he could sing and get us in the partying mood! We were all up dancing by the end of the nearly 2 hour party. Embarkation day was a breeze. The ship didn't take off until 8:00pm so we decided not to arrive until 2:00 pm. There were about 1000 people in line and we were ready for quite the wait to get through security, but that never happened. As soon as I walked up to the luggage porter, he knew we were staying in the Royal Suite and had a nice gentleman escort us right inside to the front of the security lines and directly to the check-in counter where Ryno was waiting for us to escort us all the way to the cabin! Our daughter was saying "What is going on?!?) as she didn't know that we booked the RS. hehe ;) This Suite is truly amazing! Everything from the Piano, large wet bar, indoor hot tub, balcony hot tub and even a separate entrance for the staff into the butler's pantry for setting up parties in the room were all utilized on this voyage. There is tons of storage in this cabin as well. We only had one dinner in a dining room (family did every night) one time. We were too busy gambling every night and ended up just having a few snacks from the suite lounge before and a couple of slices of pizza after the casino each night. We all went to the ice show and are always amazed at the quality of the shows these performers put on with such a small ice rink! We took a tour of the bridge, which was pretty informative and cool, but can't say much more about the other entertainment because other than lounging around the pool, we were in the casino or the cabin. We took Ryno's advice for what to do at each port and so glad we did. Had great meals, beaches and some great shopping all thanks to his suggestions. Debarkation was the easiest ever as well. Ryno asked what time we wanted to get off the ship, showed up at the cabin at that time and escorted us all the way through customs, out the doors and and into a taxi headed to the airport. What a great experience on The Adventure of the Seas. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My mother chose this cruise due to its itinerary, which included St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Curacao, and Aruba. She turned 60 this year and a Caribbean cruise was on her bucket list. After viewing the itinerary and exploring the ship online, ... Read More
My mother chose this cruise due to its itinerary, which included St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Curacao, and Aruba. She turned 60 this year and a Caribbean cruise was on her bucket list. After viewing the itinerary and exploring the ship online, my husband and I decided to join her. We arrived in San Juan the day before the cruise. We chose to stay at the Sheraton Old San Juan because of its Trip Advisor reviews. It was in an excellent location where we were able to walk everywhere to enjoy delicious, authentic Puerto Rican food and also to sightsee. It is a ~10 minute cab ride from the hotel to the Pan American pier where the ship docks. Most of the hotel patrons are also cruisers so it gets very, very busy around check-out time the day of the cruise. Just a word of warning. Once we arrived at the pier, embarkation went very smoothly. We arrived around 11:15 AM and expected to wait until 12 PM for the doors to open. We entered a long line, but one that steadily moved at all times. It took ~45 minutes for us to pass our luggage on to a porter, receive and fill out the health forms (while waiting in line), receive our Sail and Sea Pass at the desk, and actually board the ship. We were on the ship by 12 PM. We assumed that Windjammer (the buffet) would be crowded so we sat down at Schooner Bar for a drink. We received drinks fairly quickly and enjoyed them at a table before heading out to explore the ship. We were able to enter our room at 2 PM as promised and then went to Windjammer for a buffet lunch. The buffet was not nearly as crowded at that time so we enjoyed a leisurely lunch before exploring the ship some more. We returned to our room around 5 PM and 2 of our 3 pieces of luggage had arrived. The 3rd piece did not arrive until ~8 PM, but the dress code was more relaxed in the dining room on the first night so my husband was able to wear shorts. Due to the muster drill, which took about 15-20 minutes, we had cut our dinner reservations close but were able to make them on time at 6:15 PM. We explored the ship some more after dinner and determined that it was the perfect size for 7 nights; large enough to have plenty to do at all times, but not so large that it was a burden to walk from one end of the ship to the other. We also made note that there were PLENTY of elevators at different parts of ship and that some elevators (usually the ones that were not glass) were typically less crowded than others. I have reviewed our cabin below, but I wanted to praise our stateroom attendant! Our stateroom attendant was Richard and he was spectacular! He knew our schedule and had our room made up in the mornings once we returned from working out and coffee and he had turn down service complete by the time we returned from dinner. He provided us with clean towels twice a day without our asking, cleared all room service dishes (the hallways become too cluttered if left outside of the room), and left 3 adorable towel creatures. On my birthday, he surprised me during turn down service by hanging a "Happy Birthday" banner from the ceiling and leaving a "towel cake" on our bed. No one in our party told him that it was my birthday, so this kind gesture came completely from him. He was awesome! We tried out all of the dining on the ship that was available to us! Most mornings, we ordered fruit and granola for a morning snack before working out. We left our order on our door every night asking for room service to be delivered between 7:30 AM and 8 AM. They called our room almost right at 7:30 every morning, about 5 minutes before delivering room service, which we enjoyed because it served as a wake-up call to us. They were prompt and always got our order right! The fruit was always fresh (usually cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi) and my husband loved his granola, yogurt, and banana mixture that he created himself. After working out, we would go to Windjammer for a heartier breakfast around 8:30 AM. It was typically very crowded at that time so around day 4 we decided to start eating breakfast in the main dining room and that was a lot more pleasant. Both Windjammer and the main dining room had the same choices for breakfast every day. The fruit was always fresh, the breads were delicious, and the eggs were not nearly as bad as most people have portrayed them to be. I can't say that I had the BEST breakfast ever, but I enjoyed it as it was certainly edible and tasty. For lunch, we would typically go to Windjammer, which once again, had the same choices every day. Since I was aware of this from other reviews, I only visited certain parts of the buffet each day. Every day I would fill one plate with a salad to eat something healthy. One day, I made my own hamburger. Another, I tried the taco bar. Another, I made my own sandwich. Another, I tried the pasta, etc. It was my way of getting variety. If we went between noon and 2 PM, it was typically VERY crowded. If we went after 2 PM, it was a more pleasant experience (hot, fresh food at all times, better service, easier to find a table, etc.). We chose My Time dining, but I made reservations at 6:15 PM every day before we left for the cruise, figuring that it would be easier to cancel a reservation instead of make one. It was an excellent choice as we noticed huge crowds of people waiting each night when we left the dining room. We were sat at our own table in the Mozart dining room the very first night and the table was right by a window. Our server was Aila, her assistant was Rohan, and our bar server was Jo. They asked our names the first night and told us to request to be sat at the same table every night going forward. We did just that and that request was honored. By the second night, Aila, Rohan, and Jo not only knew our names, but they also had a good idea of our preferences. By the third night, Aila was bringing my husband plates to try, even though he did not order them. The fourth night was my birthday and they surprised me with cake that was not on the menu and sang to me. It was very sweet! We ate at Giovanni's Table one night for the Murder Mystery Theatre (to be reviewed later) and our food was absolutely delicious! It was the best meal that we had had on the ship all week, although the food in both Windjammer and the main dining room were very good as well. After an evening of drinking, we would typically stop at Café Promenade around midnight - 1 AM to get some pizza and cookies. I became obsessed with their coconut cookies and their pizza and pre-made sandwiches were very good as well. The first night, it was VERY crowded, but after that, we waited in a very short line and sometimes there was no line at all. Believe it or not, we did not take part in many of the activities available onboard, even though there were TONS to choose from! My husband and mother enjoyed the cigar bar, which was to the right of the entrance to the Imperial Lounge. We went rock climbing one evening and the staff was kind and helpful when we were climbing. The basketball court and mini golf were always busy. We kept saying that we wanted to go ice skating (which requires long pants and socks), but the open skate times were always during time periods where we had something else planned. We used the jogging track and went to the gym every morning and were very pleased with both. The jogging track was usually pretty quiet around 8 AM and the gym would start to clear out around 8:15 - 8:30 AM. I never had trouble getting an elliptical and there is a separate room where I could stretch in peace. There was yoga on select days, as well as pilates, spinning, and a body sculpting class. Most classes were $12 for one class; the body sculpting was $69 for 2 classes. I was going to sign up for a class, but while I was viewing my options, a male trainer approached me and his selling skills were awful. He didn't quite offend me by insinuating that I needed to learn about health and fitness from him (I'm a pretty tiny girl in both stature and weight), but he definitely made my husband angry enough to walk away. Figuring I'd have to deal with that guy in a class, I chose not to do any. But, no one bothered me in the gym and there was also a huge hot tub, sauna, and steam room to take advantage of as well. I went to the spa twice: once for a neck/shoulder massage and facial and once for a couple's massage. My first therapist, Bessie, was amazing. She was personable, caring, and definitely kept my needs in mind. She was probably the best therapist I've ever had and I (sadly) consider myself to be a spa snob. She tried to sell me some products at the end of my treatment, I politely told her that I would think about it, and she ended the sales pitch right there. My second therapist was not as apt to pick up on social cues as Bessie was. She kept trying to sell me products over and over until I flat out had to be rude and plainly state: I will not buy any products. I honestly can't remember her name, so we'll just focus on the positive and say to request Bessie because she was fantastic! We also paid $23/person for a wine tasting, which was more of the guy talking on and on and very little of the actual wine tasting experience. He was a very nice guy and was trying hard, but he was difficult to understand and was treating the presentation like school (raise your hand if you've done this ... etc.). If he had just taken 10 minutes to give some information, explain which wines go with which cheeses, and demonstrate the proper tasting technique than we could have just enjoyed our wine, cheese, and each other's company. Not worth the money in my opinion. Neither was the Mystery Dinner Theatre at Giovanni's, which was $65/person. The food was delicious, but the acting was horrible. The actors were even commenting that people weren't listening and saying things like: "Why did I even bother to say my line, no one heard me". But then my mother pointed out that one of the characters was her therapist in the spa. My husband and I then recognized that another character worked at Windjammer. So, these weren't people who would put on the shows in the main theatre, but more so volunteers. We would have much rather have paid $30 for dinner in Giovanni's instead of the show. As for service, we determined that some places were better than others. As previously stated, our stateroom attendant, Richard, and Aila, Rohan, and Jo in the Mozart dining room were outstanding! If the Schooner Bar and the main pool were busy, the bartenders were not very personable and service was slower due to the amount of people. However, we made The Champagne Bar our home each night and it was phenomenal! Nicolai (who also would work the Sky Bar during the day), Ales, Claudia, and Virginia are fabulous people! They are quick, efficient, creative, entertaining, and extremely friendly. They got to know us and our preferences well and would give us specialty drinks that they knew would please our palates if the bar was not busy. They treated us like family the entire trip and provided me with the best birthday celebration ever. Although we had the ultimate drink package, we don't feel as though service in any area was ever lacking because of it. We would tip for good service and the bartenders knew this. We also experienced great service at Café Promenade and the specialty coffee/Ben & Jerry's ice cream area. Bottom line, if you are kind and patient with people and you show that you appreciate them, they will be kind to you and provide you with excellent service! I have reviewed the ports and shore excursions below so I will move on to debarkation. We felt that it moved smoothly, for the most part. When we checked-in online, we also included our flight information. We had a 12:40 PM flight that day, so we were placed in the early departure group. We reported to the Lyric Theatre by 7:45 AM as instructed and we were all moved out together, walked up a flight of stairs together, and then waited to have our Sail and Sea pass scanned so that we could leave the ship. We chose to carry off our luggage with us thinking that it would save us time, but it was a bad idea. It took my mother some time to find her luggage, but once she did, we entered another line for customs. There was only 1 line when we disembarked so we did not get a porter since we all were going through the same line. Customs was a breeze and catching a cab afterwards was easy as well. I could see how the process could become a little confusing as nothing was clearly labeled, but that could also be because we were one of the first off of the ship and I felt like we were in a fairly small group. Some final tips: get a balcony room on a higher deck on the starboard side of the ship, you won't be disappointed! Make reservations in the main dining room before you leave, even if you have My Time dining. It makes life much easier. Try to visit the buffet between 10 and 11 AM and 2 and 4 PM. If you want a good chair at the pool, you easily have at least until 10 AM to get out there, if not even a little later. The patrons during my sailing apparently liked to sleep and eat a leisurely breakfast. Get a drink package if you think you'll drink at least 6 alcoholic drinks during the entire day (this includes by the pool, at dinner, etc.). Most beers are at least $6, wine is typically between $8 and $15, and any mixed drinks (including fruity ones) are $10+. The premium and ultimate drink packages allow for unlimited drinks $13 and under and unlimited bottled water. The ultimate drink package also allowed for any specialty coffees and freshly squeezed juice as well. Sometimes we would have as many as 7 bottles of water each day, especially between drinks to help prevent hangovers (it works!). These drink packages are well, well worth it. Finally, treat all staff members with dignity and respect and I guarantee you that you will receive excellent service! In conclusion (FINALLY!), we highly recommend this ship and look forward to another cruise when it comes out of dry dock. This is not because we thought it was "worn", it was actually BEAUTIFUL and practically spotless, but because we are intrigued by the upgrades that she will be receiving! Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My mother and I decided to explore the Caribbean - neither of us had been on a cruise, so we thought we would go for it! We spent a couple of days in San Juan prior to boarding the ship, and had a wonderful time hanging out on the beach ... Read More
My mother and I decided to explore the Caribbean - neither of us had been on a cruise, so we thought we would go for it! We spent a couple of days in San Juan prior to boarding the ship, and had a wonderful time hanging out on the beach and our hotel's pools. We got to our ship around noon on the 16th and, with the help of our lovely cab driver, had an easy time getting our bags checked. We were prepared for a tiny room but were very pleasantly surprised with the size of our cabin. We had a balcony and that made a huge difference! We met our valet and all week he made us feel very pampered. He tidied our room several times a day, and we often returned to little treats. Our dining room waitstaff were incredibly sweet - very accommodating and helpful. They remembered our names after the first night and brought us our preferred beverages as we were being seated. Small details, perhaps - but they definitely added to the overall experience. We took advantage of several shows (pretty cheesy but entertaining), a movie in the screening room, even a Ladies Night with male dancers. We had a blast! We loved hanging in the Solarium - the pool, the whirlpool, the lounge chairs... very relaxing, except for times when it was too crowded. But even then, we just popped upstairs to the upper deck, where the lounge chairs are plentiful and there is lots of shade. Neither of us really knew what to expect -- my mother (who turns 79 today!) and I (45) are now cruise converts! We both definitely hope to do another soon. Read Less
37 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We have cruised on Adventure of the Seas (AOS) July 16th-23rd out of San Juan. South Caribbean cruise. This was our 3rd cruise (previous cruises: Caribbean Princess, Celebrity Equinox). Overall an excellent cruise on all levels. ... Read More
We have cruised on Adventure of the Seas (AOS) July 16th-23rd out of San Juan. South Caribbean cruise. This was our 3rd cruise (previous cruises: Caribbean Princess, Celebrity Equinox). Overall an excellent cruise on all levels. After reading reviews of AOS we were concerned about the state of the ship and the food (food is a major thing for us). Let me say we were not disappointed. Not at all. Now the details (sorry it will be quite long) SHIP: As many have said, the ship is getting a bit older. But one really has to pay a lot of attention and look at all the little things to see the wear and tear. If you are looking for it, you will find it, but it is definitely not the overall impression you get. The ship is kept very clean and the few signs of wear are very small. We have been to Sandals Whitehouse in a concierge suite 3 years after it had opened and it looked like 30 years old (mould, broken fixtures, etc.). And we had paid big money for that Sandals room. None of that on AOS ! The AOS style of decor is more Caribbean and not necessarily in line with the latest RCL ships. But, again, it is high quality and well cleaned and maintained. I suspect the upcoming dry dock will fix the « styling » aspect and the wear and tear. We really liked the facilities of the ship and its overall layout. It is practical and efficient. ROOM: we have spoiled ourselves and booked a Junior Suite (stateroom 1350). Oh ! it will be difficult to go back to a regular balcony room :-) This was very nice. You get a good space with a small living area, nicely sized bathroom (with real bath tub) and a huge walk-in closet. That extra space gives you a great sense of roominess. Nice ! Be careful, you do not get all the perks of the regular suites, but the extra space alone was worth it for us. For gratuities they have charged us 13.50$/pers/day. The room was clean with very little (if any) wear and tear. Room 1350 is a connecting room. There was a family with kids in the adjoining room. We heard them on embarkation day and on the last morning. Not any other noise through the whole cruise. It is practical to be only one floor down from Windjammer and pool deck. Did not hear stomping or noises coming from above our floor (we were just below Giovanni Table). A lot of storage space ! A/C was good for us (we do not set it to low temps anyway). No smells nor issues with the toilets or shower. All fine. Our room attendant, Grace, was very good. She was very quiet and we would not see her that much, but her work was perfect. She quickly picked up on our preferences and our ways. On one morning she had to take half the day off due to a medical issue. But when she came back in the evening she inquired with us to see if all was done correctly by her replacement. FOOD: We were really concerned about this as we are foodies and have enjoyed good restaurants in various cities. Some people on Cruise Critic were very harsh on the food. Why !? Either those folks were very unlucky or they are super mega picky. We had all our diners in the main dining room (MDR) except for one night when we went to Giovanni’s. All of our MDR meals were either very good or excellent. No disappointments ! We tried many different things every night and steered clear of the « classics » which are offered every night. Maybe this is what some of folks took and got disappointed. Everything was tasty, well prepared and balanced (not too sweet nor too salty). My wife likes her food hot. On the first night her main dish was lukewarm. She mentioned it to our waiter, and every night her dishes would come real hot. If you are disappointed in any way just politely and respectfully mention it to your waiter and they will bend over backwards to try and meet your expectations. The menu selection was very good every night. We are still puzzled by all the bad critics on the food from previous reviewers. I think a lot has to do with one’s attitude. If you want to go to the MDR (or any other restaurant on the ship) with a critical mindset looking for the flaws and issues, you will find something to disappoint you (even though all was excellent) and you will focus on this and slowly convince yourself it was not good. But if you go with a positive attitude, waiting to be surprised, you will have a wonderful time and enjoy a great meal. We were lucky in having a nice couple sitting beside us who were also foodies and she is working in the very high-end hotel business. They also agreed with us with our overall impressions with the food, service and even the ship itself. We were on My Time Dining. We tried to go to diner early (6h30 pm - 7h00 pm) and had no issue getting a table (max wait time 2-5 min, if any). We like taking our time for diner and having some spare time in the evening to roam the ship (hence the early diner time). When coming out at 8h30 pm-9h00 pm we could see huge line ups. Our head waiter was Ransel and his assistant was Stephen Benjamin. What a great duo! Super efficient, funny, very kind and caring. Truly a 5 stars service that enhanced the whole dining experience. The diner at Giovanni’s was amazing. The portions are quite large and it is a 5 course meal, so bring your appetite. But it is well worth it ! Very, very good ! My wife loves gnoccis, I don’t. But I tasted her plate and it has changed my mind ;-) For lunch, we went to the Windjammer buffet at different times during the afternoon (dependant on our arrival time from our excursions). We were very happy with these meals. One has to understand that it is a buffet, not a Michelin 3 star restaurants. There was a number of items which were present all the time (burgers, hot-dogs, pizza, etc.). The classics that everyone enjoys and that a lot of people were always taking (especially kids and teens). Over and above that you had a revolving selection of items that would change every day. I have to admit we were pleasantly surprised by the buffet. It was tasty, replenished constantly (at any time during the afternoon). They always had a good salad bar if you wanted some greens. Our only sour note is the music they play over the speakers in the afternoon. It is the same dance/pop playlist that repeats itself every hour or so. The volume is high and the bam-bam of the dance music is a bit annoying. Ok for us, but poor employees working there hearing this day-in day-out. The buffet was usually crowded at any time, but the wait staff was very efficient at cleaning the tables and making sure everyone had all they needed. For breakfast we went also to Windjammer. Our impressions were similar than for the lunch time meal. A nice hello to the young Ukrainian fellow maning the Toast Station every morning with his warm smile. Our last day was a Day-at-Sea. We had decided to go to the MDR for breakfast for a change. We were surprised when they put us in a table for 6 even though there were a few tables for two available. No big deal as we met 4 very nice people. The menu was not that much different than the buffet. Food was good though and service was nice. We do not knee if we would go back to MDR fro breakfast. Nothing bad, just nothing very different. ENTERTAINMENT: We do not usually care much for the evening entertainment when on cruises or on resorts. But we decided to give it a try on AOS. We were very positively surprised. The dance show was quite impressive with real love music and singers. The dancers were all good, especially the champion couple. We also attended the singer show. Three amazing ladies. Their styles were different and quite complimentary. Very talented, lots of energy and they moved very well. Finally, we had to go to the ice show. Again, very good and professional. Impressive what they could do on a relatively small ice rink. Kudos ! Overall the shows were very professional and entertaining. Good words for Clo our Cruise Director. She was everywhere and super funny. Especially on the Disco Inferno event on the Royal Promenade. Congrats to her and her team. EXCURSIONS: we did excursions at all ports of call. Booked 3 with the cruise line and 2 by ourselves. Saint-Marleen: Booked through RCL (St-Marteen Island Tour). Just a short sightseeing tour. Not that impressive. Nice drive around both sides of the island. Basic infos on history and what we saw. Given 45 min on the French side for walking/shopping. But our tour was on a Sunday and everything is closed on Sundays on the french side. So not much to see or do. Saint-Kitts: Booked ourselves based on TripAdvisor suggestions. Great tour with Island Paradise Tour (Rosevelt’s Best of St-Kitts Panoramic tour). Just 6 of us. The driver/guide was Merlin. Amazing fellow ! A wealth of knowledge and a guide that truly cares for his clients. We learned so much. Antigua: Booked through RCL (Scenic Antigua & Beach). Ok tour. Went to Shirley Heights and Nelson’s Dockyard and finished with a 1.5 hr at the beach. It was super hot that day, which made the visits a bit more difficult. The guide was ok. Shared some info, but not that much. Group was 18 people. The beach we went to was Fort James (close to St-John’s). Nice quiet beach with a clean and fun small beach club (Millers by the Sea). That was the highlight of the tour. St-Lucia: Booked ourselves based on TripAdvisor suggestions. Amazing tour with Jame’s Touring (Land & Sea St-Lucia tour). A very complete tour that was supposed to last 5 hours, but ended up taking 6 hours. They were very generous with the small group (12 folks) and adapted to our interests. We did so much: sightseeing, banana plantation, botanical garden, good lunch, mud bath and a return by catamaran. Our guide Anna was great! Lots of info, very caring and attentive to her clients. The driver (Dylan… I think) was amazing. He drove the crazy winding roads of St-Lucia as an ace. Slowly and safely. No nausea nor scares. Barbados: Booked through RCL (Tiami Sail Turtles and Beach). Good tour. Catamaran sailing to a sight to see turtles and then some free time for swimming at same location but anchored closer to the beach. Got lucky and saw the turtles up close. Plenty of photos. The cruise included all you can drink booze and sodas. We actually sailed back and forth (just a few minutes on the engine to get in/out of the port area). MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: We arrived one day before the cruise. Stayed at the San Juan Intercontinental hotel on Isla Verdes. Vey nice hotel, a bit pricey though. Clean and very nice. The pool area is impressive and they have a nice beach front area. Food is on the expensive side. Nice play to stay. Embarkation/Disembarkation: we arrived at the port at about 3 pm. There was still a relatively long line-up. But it was moving constantly. A bit of confusion, but not much. Disembarkation was also ok. They have it well organized. The only real slow down is custom control. They had 4-5 agents (something RCL cannot control). It did move constantly though. Only small issue we had in the whole week was the delivery of our luggage top the room on the 1st day/ We only received our baggage at about 8h30-9h00 pm. I am sure all avid cruisers know this, but now we have learned. Make sure to bring a change of clothe so you can go to the MDR even if you do not have your luggage. We went in our flip flops and t-shirts. Staff said nothing, but we felt bad. Next time we’ll know better. ;-) As mentioned above. Great cruise! We were tempted to extend it an extra week. In comparison to our latest cruise on Celebrity Equinox (mediterranean itinerary): Equinox has more of a modern Zen decor with latest technologies. But we loved the Junior Suite on AOS (not available on Equinox). We did not mind and actually enjoyed the « in your face » pizzaz of the AOS. The food was as good on both ships. The presentation might have been slightly more refined on Equinox, but taste wise we thought it was similar. Staff was great on both ships. Maybe a tad more friendly on AOS. Would definitely go RCL again. Sorry for the long review… Read Less
30 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I have truly enjoyed reading the clueless reviews on this ship--i cant get a drink. it was too loud ,the floor was was going to fall in .the grand kids were kept awake---ETC---BULL. we had a ball--55 + parents and a 15 year old child, in ... Read More
I have truly enjoyed reading the clueless reviews on this ship--i cant get a drink. it was too loud ,the floor was was going to fall in .the grand kids were kept awake---ETC---BULL. we had a ball--55 + parents and a 15 year old child, in what one review said was the worst cabin on the ship. not so--large balcony no broken chairs(as one review stated) great service--got full use of drink package, food in dinning room was outstanding as was service. the ship is going in to dry dock in October but we found all areas on the ship clean and well taken care of.--so--if you are planing on a cruise--first do your homework such as deck 9 and ten are closet to the pool deck, guess what they swim , drink and have party's on the pool deck. Know what floor the clubs are on (IE the disco, theater ETC there will be noise above and below those areas) look at a deck plan. Second read between the lines of bad reviews--does stuff break sure it does do people get loud and enjoy themselves yes they do. do crew members have a bad day after working 7 months in a row seven days a week(that's is there contract folks just ask) sure they do-- Its a cruise ,it you can find and activity to try or a place to have fun or even a quite spot on the ship--your not looking. Best bar on the ship by far for us was the champagne bar--outstanding service great pride in drinks and presentation we loved it.---oh to answer on one persons issue with the bathroom they went to great lengths to explain that they have a sensitive waste system. in fact there we notes everywhere(its a suction system and when people flush what they are not suppose to flush it can cause issue ) we had no issue and the system was pumped out while we were in port(x2)- San Jaun was outstanding the people were fantastic--will go again. looking forward to seeing this ship after dry dock--I will take this "battle-wagon" any day Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise for the value and because we had not been to three of the ports yet. We were looking forward to relaxing on beautiful beaches. The first port was St. Martin. It poured most of the day! The winds were blowing at 30+ mph ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the value and because we had not been to three of the ports yet. We were looking forward to relaxing on beautiful beaches. The first port was St. Martin. It poured most of the day! The winds were blowing at 30+ mph so excursions were getting cancelled. We fought the winds and walked off the ship to the pier shopping area. Nothing much was open at 0830 on a Sunday, so we let the wind blow us back to the ship. We enjoyed the pool until it began to rain. The next port was St. Kitts which had a national holiday. Museums and shops on pier were closed for that reason. We went back to ship to enjoy the pool again, as we had been here before. The next port was Antigua which was on the final day of their week long Carnival celebration. We took a taxi to nearby beach for only $12. Rented chairs and umbrella for $20 and thoroughly enjoyed the lovely beach and water. The taxi driver returned as promised in time to get us back before the streets would be blocked by the Carnival parade. We ate on the ship, then came out to watch some of the parade. Many steel bands later we returned to the ship for some quiet! It was interesting! St. Lucia was gorgeous! We took the water taxi which dropped us across the street from the craft market. I spent all my cash and returned to the ship for more! This island actually produces spices, fruits and vegetables and all kinds of unique handicrafts not seen elsewhere. They still had some of the "Made in China" items all ports have, but the handicrafts were lovely. Next time we will look around the island or go to a beach. Barbados was also lovely. We took an island tour that went all around the island and ended at Pirate's Cove. We had chairs, drink coupon and a boat ride out to the sea turtles. We would have like more time there, but the group had to agree on a pick up time. It ended up raining so we were all ready to get back to the ship after all. Swimming with the turtles was definitely a highlight of the trip! All the beaches on the islands are public and enjoyed by the locals so it's nice not to feel so "touristy." We were scouting the last three ports for when we return in January with our son and daughter-in-law. We will get off the ship and jump on one of the many tours if they want to see the islands. The ship excursions were all upwards of $50 for island overviews. These open air buses, vans and taxis all offered the same itineraries for $20-$30 per person with a "better deal" for multiple people. We got phone numbers from two drivers and will make arrangements ahead of time with them. This confirmed our feeling that we can always "do our own thing" in a port. Rides to beaches were no problem either and gave us much more flexibility than booking a beach excursion. We knew this ship is scheduled for dry dock and a major overhaul in October, so we were very pleased to see how clean, well kept and "unshabby" the ship was. The crew takes great pride in their ship and is excited about the reno. They were particularly engaging on this ship....very willing to stop and talk with passengers. We thoroughly enjoyed the diamond lounge. It was located next to the Viking Lounge and had some outdoor seating. The views and service were fabulous. This was our first experience being able to take advantage of the lounge and it definitely made the trip. The menus in the dining room were very good, as was the service. The windjammer was never terribly crowded and the selections were nice and varied. We missed having a live band on the pool deck playing Caribbean music. There was a DJ and a lot of very loud, often rap music. Even on the sea day we could find deck chairs! Amazing! The ice show was the best we have ever seen. Not sure why, but the music and "theme" were just very interesting and engaging. This was the first time we had a female cruise director. Hello Clo was great! Boarding was amazingly smooth. Thanks to reading these reviews we knew there would be a line for diamond passengers. We avoided the huge, long line and sat for only a few minutes before being allowed to board. We met a couple there who became friends for the rest of the cruise. We plan on sailing on this ship again after the renovations. Can't wait to see what it will look like! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Very nice week-long cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. Although the ship is scheduled for a bit of a make-over this fall, it was still in very good shape. We liked the layout of the ship, particularly the main promenade on 5. ... Read More
Very nice week-long cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. Although the ship is scheduled for a bit of a make-over this fall, it was still in very good shape. We liked the layout of the ship, particularly the main promenade on 5. Everything moved quickly, particularly getting on and off the ship at embarkation, disembarkation, and stops. We had to wait a reasonable fifteen minutes to check our bags, but had no wait for check-in after that. We spent about a half an hour from the time we got out of the cab until we were all checked in and in a cab to go spend a few hours in Old San Juan before returning to the ship for an 8:30 departure. It was busy cruise--only one day at sea--but we enjoyed the islands, particularly St. Lucia. When we booked the cruise, we were told only pre-assigned dining times were available, and that there was a wait list for My Time dining. However, when I emailed RCI asking if we could switch, they immediately switched us to My Time, which worked out very well for us. On our second night, we were seated at a table served by Antonio and Ace, who were absolutely wonderful. Two of the warmest, friendliest people we've had serving us on cruises. We insisted on sitting at their table every night we ate in the Mozart dining room. Just a note to others: formal night is definitely becoming voluntary! While the line says you should wear a suit or at least a sport jacket and button-down shirt, I would say about 20 percent were much more casual--including shorts and polo shirts. That is not a complaint--I surely don't want to wear a tie on vacation--just a bit of information for those who do not want to dress up at all. But of course many people dressed up, and looked great! The food was very good--probably the two best of my five cruises. We had dinner at the specialty restaurant, Giovanni's Table, on night, and had a fantastic dinner. Every course was delicious; the only problem was finding room for all the food!! Sometimes tough to find a table at Windjammer for breakfast. Rooms (we had two balcony cabins) were a bit cramped, but they are what they are. There was adequate storage, and the rounded showers were not too small. Hey, it's a ship, not an apartment! Lastly, entertainment was not quite as good as I've had on other cruises. The ice show, however, was fantastic. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I cannot understand how anyone can complain about the ship and staff. The ship was spotless and the service was fabulous. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Nitesh and Perminas knew our tastes by the end of the first evening. They were so ... Read More
I cannot understand how anyone can complain about the ship and staff. The ship was spotless and the service was fabulous. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Nitesh and Perminas knew our tastes by the end of the first evening. They were so wonderful we cancelled our reservation at Giovanni's to have another evening with them. This was our second year on this ship. Last year we did the Aruba itinerary. We loved it so much last year, we returned. Luckily, the week we choose was the other itinerary. The itinerary was great, everyday another port, with plenty of time at each. We did several excursions on our own, Antigua - Antigua Buggies, a thrilling trip with beautiful scenery, swim and lunch, St. Lucia, Cosol Tours - Great tour of the island, so many stops, our guide Bishop was wonderful and we were given brunch and lunch and in St Maartin we took- Bernards Tours - Great tour. We've been on quite a few NCL and Princess cruises. Our favorite line is RCCL. We look forward to many more cruises in the future. Anyone who complains like some of the reviewers are people who can never be pleased. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our first cruise and it was great. Took us a few days to figure out everything the ship had to offer and after that we really enjoyed ourselves. We probably went overboard (no pun intended) with excursions as we did two in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was great. Took us a few days to figure out everything the ship had to offer and after that we really enjoyed ourselves. We probably went overboard (no pun intended) with excursions as we did two in every port, which didn't let us enjoy the ship as much as we could have. Getting off and on ship was fast and efficient. Areas around the ports felt like tourist traps, but not anything that wasn't expected. Since this was our first cruise, we played safe and stuck to excursions booked through the cruise line. Reservations were easy through the web site and quite flexible in terms of making and/or cancelling. Ship's crew was absolutely great! Our cabin steward was first rate, as well as the formal dining staff. Could not have asked for more from any of them. We did take the kitchen tour which we both felt was well worth it. Amazing what they go through for meal prep and serving. Did not try the spa at all (too expensive) nor any specialty restaurants and I'm not sure why you'd want to, except maybe for a more private/small setting. The formal dinning room meals were quite good and what I'd expect to get in a $40 plate restaurant. Food was good in the Wind Jammer as well, but my suggestion is to make the effort and eat in the formal dinning room if you can for at least a couple nights. One major complaint; the internet. Paid $100 for access for the week and it was like being on dial-up. I was lucky to get e-mail and it took forever. Don't believe anything in the ads about "streaming". There was a noticeable improvement in the off-hours, but even so, still nothing fantastic. Outside of that, no complaints and will do it again on RC as soon as we have a chance! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Cabin #9376 This cabin was in the aft of the ship. It is an "adjoining room". We could hear our neighbors next door quite clearly so next time we cruise, we are making sure our room adjoins no one. Our room was very well kept. ... Read More
Cabin #9376 This cabin was in the aft of the ship. It is an "adjoining room". We could hear our neighbors next door quite clearly so next time we cruise, we are making sure our room adjoins no one. Our room was very well kept. Raymon, our steward, was very eager to please and made our room look spotless each and every day!! Adventure of the Seas is scheduled for refurbishment in November and there are areas on the ship that quite frankly need refurbishing, however, unless you're looking for these areas you would be hard-pressed to find them! Sure our cabin needs some attention in the bathroom and there is a very small carpet tear next to the wall but that is it! Aside from our noisey neighbors, we can not compain. The crew is constantly cleaning the railings and all areas that are high traffic areas. We loved the fact that there is an area of the ship that has a nice pool and two huge (10-12 seat) hot tubs that are clearly marked for Adults Only. Very comfy padded lounge chairs in there as well!! The Windjammer Cafe always had a wide variety of food available and has designated "3" separate places within the cafe to grab your food. They do this so there is no bottle-necking in one area. For the most part, the food was very good. We ate in the Strauss Dining Room every night. The food in threre was AMAZING!! Extremely Good and HOT. It is quite obvious that pride has been taken in this area and believe it or not folks......this ship was rated #1 in customer satisfaction of all their fleet with the dinners served in their diningrooms. Now.....I would beg to differ when it comes to "Giovanni's Specialty Restaurant". We paid an additional $30.00 per couple to eat here thinking it would be a nice place to get away from the crowded diningroom etc. The food was NOT good!! We love italian cuisene. This restaurant served the usual oil based bread dip that is supposed to have basil, garlic and other special spices. Our was nothing more than oil and balsamic vinegar. We could not eat it. I ordered lamb. It was so tough I left a lot on my plate. My husband had shrimp which seemed to have been the better choice. Let me make this clear.....I rarely complain. Rarely! But to pay extra for what was served was a mistake we will not be making again. The cruise ports were all very good. We don't like scheduling our excursions through the ship because we don't want to be herded around like cattle. If there was "1" excursion we took privately that was "Extremely Good" it would be on the island of Curacao. VIP TOURS CURACAO. Javier was our guide and he was cheaper than what is offered via Royal Caribbean and he was absolutely one of the best operators we've ever come across. We found him via Trip Advisor. He met us within walking distance to our cruise port and had us back to the ship well before the ship left! Another great excursion we took (privately) was on the island of Aruba. Segway Aruba was another outstanding tour that I found via Trip Advisor. Our group consisted of a 60, 58, 56 and 43 year olds. We segwayed for the first time and it was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip! We are still talking about it to this day!! I'm NOT coordinated and if I can do it......YOU CAN TOO!! Trust Me!! On the island of St. Kitts, there is a man with a monkey at the pier. STAY AWAY FROM HIM!! We are convinced our sister got sick after that monkey crawled all over her face. She was the only one who got sick and she was the only one who let the monkey crawl all over her. In closing.....Adventure of the Seas may be due for refurbishment as I stated earlier but someone needs to tell the crew!! They treat this ship like gold and seem to take extra care in making each and every passenger feels appreciated and cared for. Pay NO ATTENTION to those nay sayers out there who are looking for something to complain about! This ship is a very nice ship with extraordinary crew members that take pride in their work and in making sure YOU are their guests. Enjoy your cruise everyone!!! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We cruised on the Adventure of the Seas eight years ago and really enjoyed it. When I saw the deal on a balcony with an itinerary that I liked we grabbed it! We are both 62 years old, from Arizona and this was our 25th cruise. We were ... Read More
We cruised on the Adventure of the Seas eight years ago and really enjoyed it. When I saw the deal on a balcony with an itinerary that I liked we grabbed it! We are both 62 years old, from Arizona and this was our 25th cruise. We were celebrating our 21st Wedding Anniversary. We have cruised NCL, HAL, Carnival and are Diamond members on RCCL. We flew from Phoenix to San Juan the night before the cruise and since we were getting in too late to enjoy San Juan we just wanted a clean, affordable hotel in the Condado area. We choose the Holiday Inn Express Condado and it fit our needs. The room was very small but clean and comfortable. We arrived at the port around noon to the normal boarding fiasco, people still leaving and people arriving. It was a little difficult finding the Diamond Boarding area but once we did it was smooth sailing...until we reached the ship. There seemed to be a little problem as a dozen or so people ahead of us did not have their picture taken when they checked in. Rather than pulling them aside to one lane, they tied up both. Not a big deal, I don't know if they forgot to get the pictures taken or if it was a machine problem at check in. Ding~! Finally, the sound of a cruise vacation! The cabins were not ready until 2:00pm so we checked the dining room to check on our table, it was a perfect table for eight and we loved it. Then we went up to the Windjammer for lunch. The Windjammer was not overly busy yet and the food and service were good. After we sat down a server came to ask us what we would like to drink and our plates were removed when we went back for dessert. The ship is scheduled for a major dry dock in less than a month. It was the talk of the ship and everyone was excited about the new changes coming. I was a little bummed because I didn't look at the dry dock schedule before scheduling this cruise but it didn't matter, the ship is in fantastic shape for a ship this old. There are some areas that need some work and I am sure they will get them. Most notably several of the seats in Studio B were broken. They do need to do something about the air conditioning in the Diamond Lounge area but I assume they will be fixing that when they remodel in the dry dock. I miss the aquariums in the Aquarium Bar; they only have pictures of fish now and call it the Lobby Bar. Did I say it has been 8 years since we were last on this ship? ;-) Dan Dan Whitney was our Cruise Director and Renato Arana was the Activities Manager. They did a fantastic job in all the areas I noticed. This was a very port intensive cruise with only one sea day. We prefer more sea days to enjoy the ship but since we have been on this ship before it was fine. Our ports were St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antiqua, St. Lucia and Barbados with our last day the sea day. After walking around a little more we were ready to check out our cabin. The doors to the hallway opened promptly at 2:00pm. We put a few of our things away, enjoyed the balcony and before long our bags arrived and we were all unpacked by 4:00pm. We were in cabin 7670; there was more than enough storage. Our cabin steward was very good, out of the way, friendly and responded to our requests. After the second night I just couldn’t sleep on the pillows anymore, they stunk! It was a combination of mildew and sweat and I stacked them on the bed with a note requesting fresh pillows. Dexter replaced all four pillows with brand new ones. We checked out more of the ship and ended up in the Diamond Lounge just in time for cocktail hour. We had a drink; met some nice people and then we were all kicked out for the Muster Drill. We dressed for dinner and went back to the Diamond Lounge before dinner. The Diamond Lounge before dinner was a ritual for us the entire cruise. We met some of the nicest people we have ever met on a cruise in the Diamond Lounge, we looked forward to the “party” each evening to relax and talk about what we did that day, what we plan to do the next, etc. We found there are a lot of back-to-back cruisers on this particular ship. We like late seating, traditional. We had very interesting tablemates and we really enjoyed our week with them. We thought our servers were wonderful, although one of our tablemates did not agree. I am never in a hurry for dinner so maybe that is the difference in opinion. Food was mostly good although if you like steak rare you better not have steak in the dining room. Everything else was delicious. We saw most of the shows, to be honest, with the exception of the Ballroom Dance couple and “El Gaucho”; we thought the shows were just mediocre. The entertainment in the bars was pretty good and we enjoyed listening to the music. There was a Cruise Critic event, out of about 70 people registered only 8 showed up. Maybe if they had planned the event earlier there would have been a better showing, people were already busy making plans with new friends. We did win a bottle of Champagne…of course with 3 prizes, the odds were pretty good. All in all, this was an excellent vacation. We have been away from Royal Caribbean for a while cruising other lines and I was reminded why I like Royal Caribbean. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was my first cruise. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. The food was fantastic, service was stellar but the ship (due to dry dock and get a makeover this year) was a bit tired and in need of an overhaul. Due to a hurricane, our ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. The food was fantastic, service was stellar but the ship (due to dry dock and get a makeover this year) was a bit tired and in need of an overhaul. Due to a hurricane, our itinerary changed so I am unable to review St. Lucia or Barbados. St. Maarten (or St. Martin)--We did the Beach Rendevous excursion through Royal Caribbean. It was perfect. Amazing lunch, beach chairs, transportation and gorgeous beach provided. St. Kitts--We did the Ultimate Dolphin Encounter. While this was a great experience, it is listed as a 2 1/2 hour excursion. The dolphin time was only about 45 minutes. They do not allow cameras and charge exorbitant amounts for their photos. Antigua--An amazing time on the Catamaran Tour with Lobster Lunch. Plenty of room on the catamaran, excellent staff and great lobster lunch. Beware of the beverages, they pack a punch! The ice show was confusing instead of entertaining. Our cabin smelled very musty but had plenty of space and included a great walk-in closet. The game shows are a must-see, particularly The Quest. Don't miss it, it is hilarious! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Love that most, @ least 80% were an older crowd, 65 or older!!! Didn't have to deal with drama queens or drunks!!! I hope I able to find anther cruise like it!!! The food, staff, and shows were fantastic!!! The itinerary wa perfect, ... Read More
Love that most, @ least 80% were an older crowd, 65 or older!!! Didn't have to deal with drama queens or drunks!!! I hope I able to find anther cruise like it!!! The food, staff, and shows were fantastic!!! The itinerary wa perfect, even if the weather was not!! Would love to see more fall colors on the trees, but maybe the next time!!! I've cruise on Royal, Princess and Carnival and always get the best service from the cabin attendants and restiturants!! If the food was not up to par, they would find a way to remedie it!!! Could not ask for better service!! Would like to know how to find the seniors cruises due to this one was the best, and the most friendliest of cruises!! The food in the restaurant and windjammer are both great, with a few exceptions but still very satisfy over all! I'm looking to see cruises from Galveston to go to other places other than western caribbean, been to all and it's less expensive for me as a retire person to afford!! Thank you Royal caribbean for making my cruises to memorial!!! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My son and I both like the southern Caribbean itinerary but hadn't been there recently. Sailing from San Juan was a plus because we could easily fly in the same day avoiding the extra expense of an overnight there due to the ... Read More
My son and I both like the southern Caribbean itinerary but hadn't been there recently. Sailing from San Juan was a plus because we could easily fly in the same day avoiding the extra expense of an overnight there due to the Adventure sailing at 8:30 p.m. We had read reviews about ship looking worn, faulty plumbing & AC, etc. but were pleasantly surprised to see its overall good condition. Our AC and plumbing were fine but we did see evidence of other cabins who did have a plumbing problems, we assume throwing things in the commode other than toilet paper. There were ample warnings not to do that. Ship wiil be in dry dock in mid-October for major re-furbishing so should be really dazzling after that. We had MyTime Dining. Both food and service were excellent. We were so impressed with Royal, our waiter, and Royal, his assistant, (yes, they had the same name) that we reserved a table with them for the rest of the week! The nightly entertainment in the theater was not exceptional but enjoyable. We always enjoy the ice show but it didn't fit our schedule this time. Aruba was our favorite port. Since we didn't have to be back onboard until 10:30 p.m. we had lots of time to enjoy the island on our own. In spite of my very sore broken arm and its limitations this was one of the most enjoyable cruises we've ever had. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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