Sail Date: August 2015
This was a fabulous cruise on a beautiful ship. The entertainment, including the shows and music throughout the ship was the best we've found on cruises and our cruise director (Dan/Dan?) was funny and did a great job keeping the ... Read More
This was a fabulous cruise on a beautiful ship. The entertainment, including the shows and music throughout the ship was the best we've found on cruises and our cruise director (Dan/Dan?) was funny and did a great job keeping the crowd happy. We had a great balcony cabin on deck 7 which was very comfortable and clean. There was no in-room coffee pot but each morning we had complimentary coffee delivered. Our room steward (Frank Sandoval) did an excellent job and provided us with fresh ice and glasses twice a day. In the main dining room and Giovanni's (specialty restaurant), we found the selection, quality of the food and the attentive service to be outstanding. We prefer not to dine in the Windjammer Buffet, but the few times we dined there we were VERY satisfied with the service and most of the food but dining with such a large crowd was, for us, not very enjoyable. As mentioned the food was wonderful, but the bread (yes the bread) was the primary cause of me gaining 7 lbs. because I enjoyed the variation of bread offered each morning and evening. Also, desserts in the main dining room and Giovanni's should not be missed. The public areas on the ship are beautiful and kept very clean and the adult pool and surrounding areas were areas to relax and enjoy the scenery. Every public area including the many bars, lounges, theaters and even the lavatories were kept clean and maintained. We liked that the staff did not push alcoholic drinks (something we've experienced on other cruises) but the cocktails we ordered were well made, enjoyable and reasonably priced. As we began to board the ship, we were able to purchase several bottles of reasonably priced wine that the ship's staff chilled and served at no additional cost. We asked our room steward to empty the in-room refrigerator (cooler) so that we could keep our wine chilled when we were in our cabins. We did not take the RCCL tours but instead chose a few tours after leaving the ship. We were not disappointed in the independent tours. The following staff made our experience outstanding: Dezly Fernandez, Juan Carlos Cruzado and Shawn Graham (Main Dining room for supper). Wilmar and Wifredo (father and son waiters at breakfast). Frank Sandoval (room Steward). Mildred Mercado and Helga Ramirez (waitresses in Giovanni's). In addition we appreciated the efforts of Noel & Marek (managers in the main dining room) who went out of their way to cater to a few special requests. Regarding the spa: My wife won a "romantic" mud treatment for two. She had two girlfriends who the spa graciously accepted as my replacement. Unfortunately the whole experience just seemed confusing to them. On the other hand, since it was free, they didn't feel comfortable complaining to spa personnel about their experience. None of the islands impressed us much but Curacao was the nicest with St Kitts coming in 2nd. Aruba was DRY like a desert and St Thomas was filthy but the cruise was spectacular. Again, we had a great time with our 4 friends and will definitely consider going on another RCCL cruise in the near future. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2015
This is our 18th cruise and # 15 with Royal Caribbean. Our first Voyager class ship and also the largest ship we have been on (the largest before this was the Norwegian Star). The ship was in very good shape for being 15 years old. I ... Read More
This is our 18th cruise and # 15 with Royal Caribbean. Our first Voyager class ship and also the largest ship we have been on (the largest before this was the Norwegian Star). The ship was in very good shape for being 15 years old. I have seen reports that the ship is in bad shape, but do not agree. Think about it: these ships are running 24/7 for years before getting a dry dock or renovation and some wear and tear is going to happen. Sure some elevator buttons are a bit broken but still work, but that does not bother us at all. Overall the ship is gorgeous and very easy to navigate like all of the RCI ships. Loved the Royal Promenade and pool deck. As always the crew and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. That is the # 1 reason we keep sailing with Royal Caribbean. Our itinerary was St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. We had 2 days at sea. A wonderful Southern Caribbean itinerary. Overall I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready ... Read More
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Used the Premium Drink Package. Seems like the bartenders don't really like to work after they know you have the package or a package. Dinner seating was ok. Again no bar server to be found for drinks or wine. Then we started to find the drink we ordered the night before on the table the next night. I guess they were trying to save time. and works if you drink the same thing every night. If you like to try different wines or cocktails you have a problem. Actually had a hard time finding a wine menu. Dinner selections was ok, WindJammer food is ok I can always find something. Breakfast buffet was good. Show were ok. Love the pool bands and 70's nite. I really don't like the Promenade for the 70's show. It is very small and you can not really see. It was horrible to navigate thru the crowd with a wheelchair from show at one end of the ship to the other end for dinner .. Really missed the Crown and Anchor Return Cocktail party.. Apparently we were the first sailing that took away the welcome back party. The Battle of Sexes was funny. The shows were ok. Ice Skate show was ok too. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We went to celebrate a birthday and 40th anniversary. The cruise was okay. On St. Maarten we booked a excursion to a "beach" (Buckaneer Bay) for $65.00/person which included a lunch ticket and a free drink. You had to order ... Read More
We went to celebrate a birthday and 40th anniversary. The cruise was okay. On St. Maarten we booked a excursion to a "beach" (Buckaneer Bay) for $65.00/person which included a lunch ticket and a free drink. You had to order something that was $13.00 or less and couldn't pay more money to upgrade to something better. The ketchup, mustard and MAYO was left sitting out on the picnic tables in the heat! Yummy. The guys ordered a hamburger and fries and we ordered chicken nuggets and fries but none of us used the condiments. We learned our lesson after that ripoff and never booked another excursion thru the ship after that. Found a local cabbie and did our own thing. We loved Antigua and Barbados. They were our 2 favorite stops. The room was okay but dated. But the worst part of the whole cruise was the food. Totally Golden Corral quality unless you paid $25.00 extra and went to Giovanni's. It was wonderful at that restaurant. We had wonderful filets there and lobster. The main dining room had steaks that were gray rectangle's and you couldn't cut it let alone chew it. Another night they had duck which one of the guys ordered and he couldn't chew that either. And this guy eats everything and NEVER complains. The staff were all wonderful!! They made up for the poor quality meals. The last cruise I was on was about 25 years ago and the food was fabulous. I was expecting the same but I guess food quality has gone down since then. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We just returned from a week on Adventure of the Seas. I was a little concerned with a few of the reviews I had read about the ship. Things like its a rust bucket, dirty, old carpeting smelly bathrooms etc... I saw no such things. Our ... Read More
We just returned from a week on Adventure of the Seas. I was a little concerned with a few of the reviews I had read about the ship. Things like its a rust bucket, dirty, old carpeting smelly bathrooms etc... I saw no such things. Our room was great, clean and smelled good. Our steward was Janice and she was wonderful. The ship was lovely. Yes its a bit older. We sailed last year of the Allure of the Seas and it was fabulous as it was huge and a new ship. But the Adventure was smaller, easier to get around. We had a group of 6. The food was good, not as good as on the Allure but still nice with the exception of the lobster bisque, avoid it. We ate in the Italian restaurant 1 night and it was really good, worth the $25.00. So don't let a few people that are evidently very picky keep you from choosing this ship. We walked to the beach in St. Croix which was right by the dock. It was great. Paid $20.00 for 2 chairs and an umbrella which seemed to be the standard rate on all the islands. It is a great beach, has some rocks but not too bad. Good snorkling right there over near the pier in the area with some coral. We went on a few other beach days, in St. John, Antigua and Barbados. Both by cab, its really the way to go. Our drivers in in both places were great, gave us a tour as we went, took us to a great beaches, and back to pick us up at our designated time we requested. Did not like the market area in St.John Antigua, all the vendors were very pushing, some even fighting over my Aunt at one point. I could not get out of there fast enough. Barbados was my favorite island. Which I was surprised by, I thought it would be my least favorite. We took a cab to a beach north of the pier, no tours there, loved it, had a wonderful bar/restaurant. Tried some Bread Fruit. It was great. The shows were really good. Not Broadway musicals as on the larger ships but we saw them all and they were wonderful. Last night the comedian was so funny. Great way to end our trip. One of the most relaxing trips we have taken. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was my 12th cruise and 4th with Royal Caribbean, and a cruise is all of what you make it. That being said, we had a great time on this ship but this ship needs some refurbishing quickly. My husband and I left on September 5th, we ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise and 4th with Royal Caribbean, and a cruise is all of what you make it. That being said, we had a great time on this ship but this ship needs some refurbishing quickly. My husband and I left on September 5th, we arrived the day before in PR and stayed at the ESJ hotel, then on Saturday we arrived on this ship, this was our second time on this ship and we booked it for the itinerary. Our itinerary consisted of St. Croix, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Maartan. This ship is almost 15 years old and their is only 3 dining areas including the windjammer dinning room so there needs to be more restaurants. The service on the ship was awesome, the employees were great, I enjoyed the meals and the entertainment was great. Although I loved the itinerary, I was a little tired going back to back but I loved it..I will say that the cruise lines going to the island, help out the economy for the islands but some of the locals are very aggressive so it was kind of hard to relax on the beach. Overall this was a great cruise and I really enjoyed myself, just a few complaints but nothing major. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2015
A group of 4 of us chose this cruise for my husband's 40th birthday. We were worried about this cruise because of the reviews, but we all had a great time!! Embarkation was pretty easy and fairly fast. Lines were a little long, ... Read More
A group of 4 of us chose this cruise for my husband's 40th birthday. We were worried about this cruise because of the reviews, but we all had a great time!! Embarkation was pretty easy and fairly fast. Lines were a little long, but they moved fast. We all purchased the Ultimate Drink Package, and for us we thought we got our moneys worth. Most drink were between $8-10. Our favorite bars was the Duck & Dog Pub (get the LETO!), and the Champagne bar. Best and unique martinis around! Basically everything was included except high end scotches/liquors. Bottled water is included and we made sure to keep our fridge stocked for excursions/getting off the boat. We did tip some with cash, and I think that made our service even better! We also purchased the internet. You only need the one device package because you can sign out one device to connect the other. The connection was slow at times, but not a deal breaker. Dining: We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer, which is buffet. It had plenty of variety of foods, and quality was decent. Some things were better than others. We had My Time Dining and chose the 6:00 for most nights. We had the best service!! Remy and Regan were FANTASTIC! They took great care of us! Silvino was our dinner bartender, and got us anything we wanted! Even made us special shots! Dinners were themed by ingredient and lobster and shiitake mushroom night was the best!! Ask for table 600! It has the best view, especially if you eat at 6. You can see the sunset! There was plenty of activities planned. No reason to be bored. We went to the The Funny Guys comedy show which was great! Very funny! We also went to the Love and Marriage Show and that was entertaining too! St Maarten: We got a cab outside the port for $3 pp to Philipsburg for shopping/beach. This is the best/cheapest place to buy souvenirs out of all the ports. They can get pushy, you just have to walk away. We walked to the Great Bay beach and rented 4 padded chairs and 2 umbrellas for $20. You could rent jet skis for $35 for 30 mins. Beach was very pretty! St. Kitts: We used Wally's Taxi and Tours for a 3 hour tour around the island, hitting the island highlights. He charged $25 pp, and we found him when getting off the boat. I highly recommend him!!! His gave us informative tour and was very professional! He took us to Shipwreck Beach Bar which we asked to see. Cheap drinks and very cool beach! Antigua: It rained most of the day we were here. We went to Dickenson Beach by cab $3pp each way. Nice beach, crappy weather. St. Lucia: We booked the Hotwire Pitons Zipline Adventure through RC and LOVED it!! We took a scenic boat ride to the plantation. Berthia and Ron were awesome tour guides! The views were amazing! Try the coconut candy! Rum punch on the boat ride back to the ship. Our favorite island by far! Barbados: We took a $7.50pp cab ride each way to Payne Bay Beach. The water was amazing! You could see fish swimming around you. We got 2 beach chairs and an umbrella for $20. We took a cab ride to Carlisle Bay Beach next. Much more crowded and not as pretty. Skip the downtown shopping...no deals! Disembarking was easy. We booked the Old/New San Juan airport tour. You ride in a bus to all the key points in San Juan (forts/shopping) Try an empanada! Delicious! Wear cool clothes because it's very hot here. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Hello! Came back Saturday from a great cruise aboard Adventure of the Seas. I read every single review for Adventure since I booked last June, so thought I'd add mine. My husband (32) and I (33) booked this cruise as our 10 year ... Read More
Hello! Came back Saturday from a great cruise aboard Adventure of the Seas. I read every single review for Adventure since I booked last June, so thought I'd add mine. My husband (32) and I (33) booked this cruise as our 10 year anniversary trip. We had an aft balcony cabin, 9692, and both had the premium beverage package. This was his third cruise, all on Royal and my seventh, 6 on Royal one on Disney. Our Honeymoon 10 years ago was on a Voyager class ship, so knew what to expect. Left the kids at home with Grandma and Grandpa and prepared to have a great time. We flew in to San Juan from Indiana on Friday 9/11/15. We landed late, 10:30 pm, and grabbed a cab right outside baggage claim to take us to Hotel Plaza de Armas in Old San Juan. Cab was $25 for two passengers, two bags, late night to Old San Juan. The hotel was small and we paid for a "suite" with a courtyard view. The elevator was super slow and the room was okay. The courtyard outside was very noisy, but we were just there to sleep. Got up in the morning and were going to wait until 11 to cab it to the pier, but decided to head out at 10:15. Went outside and grabbed a taxi right out front. Cost of the cab from hotel to pier was $16. Got to the pier and in line to go inside at 10:30, they opened the door at 11. There were about 20 people in front of us, including the suite and diamond line. Embarkation was super fast and easy as I had already checked in online. We then went to sit in the seats and wait for the door to open to let us on to the ship! We expected the doors to open at 11:30, but it was closer to noon before they let us on. Once they opened the door, we were on our way! We made our way to the Windjammer before it could get busy and had a little lunch. We then spent the next 2 hours exploring the ship. Our room was ready right at 2 and our suitcases came literally as we were walking down the hallway to go to our room. Fastest we've ever gotten them! Our stateroom attendant was Franklyn, but we didn't meet him until dinner time. He was great! We ate at Giovanni's the first night. The filet was so delicious! We ate dinner in the dining room the rest of the cruise. Our waiter was Venkata and his assistant was Wilma. Venkata was very nice and always willing to bring two appetizers, multiple entrees, etc. If we were unsure between two dishes, he brought both. My husband loves lobster, so he brought him 4! We thought, for the most part, the food was very good in the dining room. We ate at Windjammer for breakfast twice and lunch once. It was okay, about what you would expect for buffet food. We had room service for breakfast once and lunch once, and it was good. We had a few things from café promenade, again it was good. Nothing to write home about. We liked going to Nicholae in the Duck and Dog as our bartender. He was a little slow, but very sweet and willing to talk about his life on the ship. His wife worked in the casino too. We had no trouble getting service at any of the bars or the pool. We were in the Duck and Dog one evening and the people behind us were complaining that it was taking a long time, but still stood there instead of going to the empty sports bar across the promenade. Oh well, to each their own. We did see one gentleman in the Duck and Dog who was very upset they were not serving him and serving others around him. He eventually left and the bartender mentioned they would have gotten in trouble if they served him because he was too impaired. Nice to see they watch for that. We went to the Can't Stop the Rock show and the show about dance (can't remember the name!) The stop the rock show was very good, I thought the singers and dancers were very good on this cruise compared to others I've seen. Didn't really care for the dance show, but it didn't last very long. We went to one of the headliner shows, Marcus Terrell and the Serenades, and left after about 20 minutes. Apparently he was on some reality shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent. He said the show would be a musical journey through his reality tv time? He sang some songs from the 60's, which were pretty good, but it was kind of boring, so we left. We were going to go see the comedians, but fell asleep. We went to the ice show and thought it was kind of weird :-) We went to the piano bar 3 different nights and really enjoyed him. His name was Dan Davies. We also listened to the guitar player in the Duck and Dog one evening, I think his name was Brian Raith. He was very good. The ports of call were great, we went to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. It rained all day in Antigua, so we didn't see much. We had one day at sea at the end of the cruise. Disembarkation was easy, took about 30 minutes from the time we were off the ship until we made it to our transfer. One thing of interest, there were hardly any children on the cruise. It was the least amount of kids I've ever seen on a cruise. Was really nice! About the room: Loved, loved, loved the balcony. It was larger than the standard balcony. We had two loungers, two chairs, and a nice sized table on the balcony. Plenty of storage. About the ship: The ship was in great shape. I know other people have mentioned in reviews the ship looked tired, rust, etc. There was some of that to be sure, it definitely wasn't brand spanking new. However, everything was clean, they were always cleaning, and everything worked. The ship was great! About the entertainment: Singers and dancers were good. Headliners, I could give or take. The cruise director, Dan Dan, was okay. Went to the casino a few times and played bingo once. About the pools: Spent all of our pool time in the Solarium. It was warm, not too crowded on port days and bar service was great. On the sea day, deck patrol was out making sure chairs were not being reserved for over 30 minutes. About the food: Mostly good! About the beverage package: Loved not having to worry about the cost of drinks and how many we were getting. My husband definitely came out ahead and I probably broke even. We were both definitely done with drinking by the last day. :-) It was really great to have this part of the vacation already paid for. Our bill at the end of the cruise was only $45! About the ports: Loved visiting the different ports. Barbados was our favorite. In St. Maarten we booked a tour with Bernard's tours and it was great seeing both sides of the island and all the different stops and all the information they provided! In St. Kitts we book a RC tour to SNUBA. First time to SNUBA and we fell in love. It was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just wish we would have went to a better reef. Didn't do anything in Antigua and St. Lucia. We did do some shopping in the port of St. Lucia. In Barbados, we booked a RC tour to sail on a Tiami catamaran and snorkel with Sea Turtles. It was really cool to see the turtles and we spent a little time at a beach that wasn't too crowded. Barbados had the best looking water. It was so clear and so blue. Overall, we had a great time and would definitely book that room and this cruise again! If you are on the fence about going on the Adventure, go! It was great! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Came back on Sat.9/26/15 from the Adventure of the Seas. Overall- we had an awesome time! We loved our room. We had a superior deluxe balcony and it was spacious and always clean! Boat was was very nice and not old looking at all! This ... Read More
Came back on Sat.9/26/15 from the Adventure of the Seas. Overall- we had an awesome time! We loved our room. We had a superior deluxe balcony and it was spacious and always clean! Boat was was very nice and not old looking at all! This was our 5th cruise..our 2nd with RC. Dining room- we had the 6:00 seating and was very impressed with the service provided by Raj, Kristina and Roger. Raj always wanted to bring us more food and we never left hungry. Best dinner was the lobster tails and Chocolate sensation for dessert! Port of calls were : St.Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. We chose this cruise bc we had never been to the last 3 ports. ONly beach we did not go to was St.Kitts. Other beaches were great and water was so warm ..you just walk right in. Curacao had rocky beach so it would've been a little better with water shoes. Overall- we were very pleased with this cruise and would recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
My husband and I went on a delayed honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves by the pool, at the game shows, watching poolside movies and at the ports of call. The Good-A fun atmosphere, and great cabin service attendants. The Bad- The ... Read More
My husband and I went on a delayed honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves by the pool, at the game shows, watching poolside movies and at the ports of call. The Good-A fun atmosphere, and great cabin service attendants. The Bad- The attention to detail. In the fitness center the drapes were falling off. Although our server in the dining room was friendly, he was very slow. The Indifferent-The food was hit and miss. Some dishes like the duck were fantastic. The prime rib was excellent one night and mediocre the next. At the Windjammer, the food was plentiful but not life-changing. The entertainment was also the same,the Ukrainian ice skaters were phenomenal, yet other acts were not very good. Overall it was a good value. Looking to try a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Sailed on AOS, southern itinerary leaving from San Juan. As always, we arrived day before scheduled sailing to avoid possible perils associated with arriving day of sailing such as missed air connections. Stayed at Condado Hilton in one ... Read More
Sailed on AOS, southern itinerary leaving from San Juan. As always, we arrived day before scheduled sailing to avoid possible perils associated with arriving day of sailing such as missed air connections. Stayed at Condado Hilton in one of there supposed better rooms. We've stayed in the Condado area a number of times in the past...never seems to get much better...always a "tick" off the mark. Hotels in this area are definitely not what you'd expect if you were staying in an upscale hotel in continental U.S. Seems no matter which property you stay at the rooms are in need of some rework. As we are Diamnd level members of RCCL Crown & Anchor Society we took advantage of perks extended for quick(er) checkin/boarding. Always seems like way to many cars, shuttles, people, etc. given location of PanAmerican Pier. You'd think by now, RCCL would have made improvements to this area. We'd give RCCL high marks on maintenance of Adventure of the Seas. Everything aboard ship was very clean and in good working order. Our outside balcony cabin was located midship Deck 9. Our cabin attendant "Amy" was extremely polite and efficient...she handled all our requests with a smile. We had 2nd seating in Vivaldi dining room. Waitstaff was most accommodating although wE felt overall quality level of both service and food was not what it has been on our previous cruises with RCCL. There was constant reminder at dinner (in the form of a "table card" that you could upgrade your entree for additional charge...we found this to be tacky/ rather tasteless. We dined one night at Giovanni's specialty restaurant. An "OK" evening but nothing out of the ordinary. Our waiter was overly pushy...came across way too strong and opinionated. We were traveling with two other couples...all had same opinion. Waiter insisted on bringing way too much food in form of appetizers, really taking away from enjoyment of our entrees even though we turned a ton of appetizers untouched back to the kitchen. As we were all celebrating birthdays, and wedding anniversaries we really expected more from this experience...really more disappointing than not. We have experienced Portifino's and Chops speciality on other RCCL ships. The family style dining format provided in Giovanni's leaves much to be desired. The other area of cruise that we would fault would be main stage entertainment. Broadway style shows (we sat through one attempt) lack in both production values and talent. We'd rate singers and dancers no more than (5) on a scale of 1-10. To be honest, we have seen/heard as good at our local high school. The balance of main stage entertainment for the week consisted of standup comedy acts and one has been supposed headliner singer. While moderately funny you can only sit through so many comedy shows. Wish I could remember headliner singer but then again he just wasn't that good. We'd rate this cruise as pleasurable with a port intensive itinerary. Going forward, we would skip any city tours and also recommend skipping submarine tour excursion offered on Aruba...for the price you pay you will be left wanting. We do recommend any of the catamaran cruise excursions as a good value and experience for the money you pay. If you haven't been n an RCCL cruise in a few years the takeaway you may have is one of being fairly satisfied with the experience but yet feeling as if the quality has been "shaved" off a bit. One may also feel as if you are being nickel and dimes to death for onboard drinks/drink packages, photos, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
2 couples took back to back cruises on Adventure of the Seas Sept 19 and Sept 26th out of San Juan. We have been on this class of Royal Caribbean ship before but not Adventure. Over the 2 weeks we visited St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, ... Read More
2 couples took back to back cruises on Adventure of the Seas Sept 19 and Sept 26th out of San Juan. We have been on this class of Royal Caribbean ship before but not Adventure. Over the 2 weeks we visited St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix, St. marten, St. John, St. Lucia, and Barbados. We had the same stateroom on each leg as did out traveling partners. I had been watching reviews and was somewhat concerned about folks saying the ship need updated, however I found it in excellent condition both from a maintenance and cleanliness standpoint. We were told however that it will be dry-docked within the next year for upgrade (Champagne bar to R Bar, add staterooms on 3 and suites on 12 etc.) Embarkation was a breeze however when we approached in the taxi and saw long lines of passengers standing in the heat we were worried. We got into the Diamond line and were onboard within 10 minutes. Got onboard about 1:00 and in the rooms by 2:00, bags by 4:00 and ship departs at 8:00 all on time. We were on deck 7 stateroom 7522, supposedly an upgrade but the room was normal (dated a little style wise but still clean and functional) The Deck was not very large and the way they are built on this class ship even seems smaller with steel vs glass, never used the balcony for anything but a standup look out... a waste! Our friends were in an Owners Suite on Deck 10 (suite 1300) its a standard suite for that class ship but again the deck is really small for a suite (barely larger than the standard size). We didn't take any organized tours, since these are all beach locations we did a lot of that. Shopping and general walking around. Royal Caribbean really gets to you on their shore excursions, We would go to the same beaches for a $15 Cab ride (for 4 people) and pay $20 for a couple of chairs , the cruise line wanted $59.00 each while it cost us less than $15!!! and usually our transportation was in a nice van or car and they were on busses! We were fortunate to have hot and sunny weather every day for 2 weeks, never had rough seas, smooth sailing all the way. We ate every night in the dining room My Time 5th floor. We had excellent service from the friendly hostess to competent waiter and buss staff. The Food was very good (again I have read bad reviews) I think food on Oceania is better but you get what you pay for, no one should complain. I did opt one evening for the Filet ($15 add on ) but it was very good and tender, no complaints here. We only did the shows a couple of nights, pretty standard stuff, headliner comedy was good, nice showroom. Our traveling partners went to the Ice show and said it was great (they usually are).. The Back to back feature was well handled by Royal Caribbean, we had one meeting and everything was explained, seamless process, we stayed aboard in San Juan between sailings. Windjammer pretty usual stuff I've done 3 sailings in the past 12 months and their selections are all the same. After 2 weeks it gets a little old but nothing to complain about. We kept saying we were going to Jonny Rockets but the hamburgers and fries in the Windjammer were good enough. Extra good service from "Duke" and servers at the Champagne Bar, they have made the conversion to the martini or "R" Bar but the name hasn't been changed. Great Cocktails, fresh fruit and juices a fun place to spend an hour before dinner and right outside our 5th floor dining room. Overall great time on a great sized ship with friendly staff!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
First, I have to say that we choose this ship based on the ports of call, and the fact that we had not sailed on Royal Caribbean before (have done Carnival, Princess, Celebrity and Norwegian.) This ship is huge, and has lots of unusual ... Read More
First, I have to say that we choose this ship based on the ports of call, and the fact that we had not sailed on Royal Caribbean before (have done Carnival, Princess, Celebrity and Norwegian.) This ship is huge, and has lots of unusual amenities like a miniature golf course and rock climbing wall, but it was usually too hot to even consider using them. Our balcony cabin was nice and roomy, and our cabin attendant Kevin was excellent. The ports of call were awesome, these were commented on on Trip Advisor. Entry to the ship was hectic, they tell you not to come until 1:30 pm, we got there at 1 pm and the lines were very long. The Windjammer buffet was open for lunch and on Saturday there were a number of healthy and gluten-free options available. Unfortunately, this was the last time these could be found. After Saturday, the Windjammer was awful, partly because they generally only had one side open, causing huge lines, and also because they served the same limited number of options day after day. There seemed to be a big emphasis on hot dogs and hamburgers, we didn't come all that way to have food I can make at home. Dining in the Vivaldi for lunch and dinner was far nicer, although we found the main menu to be more limited than on other cruise lines. Apparently they changed the menu for this cruise and it wasn't that popular. Our waiters Jerzon and Jorge were outstanding, they made us feel very welcome and did a fabulous job. There were some kitchen glitches like the onion soup with a hard lump of "cheese" in it, and we heard they ran out of lobster tails one night at the second seating. Overall, the food in the dining room was pretty good, not as good as other cruise lines. The other major complaint we had was there are too many smoking areas; it seemed like on the open decks, the entire starboard side is for smoking. It made walking or sitting difficult on those decks. On the pool deck, the starboard side was half empty and the port side there were no chairs available after 10:30 am. Drinks were ridiculously priced, $12 for a normal drink, $10 for the drink of the day. We don't drink a lot, but these prices were crazy once you add in 18 percent gratuity. We waited until we got to the beaches, where drinks were more reasonable, $6 to $8 for the same drinks. We heard many hard core RC cruisers complaining about this particular cruise, and we will probably not use them again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Went on a group cruise with 50 couples. We had a great time. Everything except for the karioke director. He was so rude. I would recommend the cruise for anyone looking for a quick getaway. The unlimited drink package was great, the staff ... Read More
Went on a group cruise with 50 couples. We had a great time. Everything except for the karioke director. He was so rude. I would recommend the cruise for anyone looking for a quick getaway. The unlimited drink package was great, the staff was very friendly, and the food was good. The entertainment on the ship was good, especially the comedy shows. The port of calls in the bahamas were as to be expected, island hospitality at it best. The first port was owned by the cruise ship and we had a lot of fun. On the second stop, the rain was brutal which made it hard to even enjoy the port. No worries for the group that we were with, we made our way to Senior Frogs and had a great time. I was even able to catch the dolphins game there. Overall, I would recommend this cruise for anyone looking for a long weekend away. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I expected a lot of activities going on all the time since the ship is so big, yet the majority of the floors are for cabins, leaving not a ton of public space for the 6,000+ passengers onboard. Buffet, shows, pool, jacuzzi, everything is ... Read More
I expected a lot of activities going on all the time since the ship is so big, yet the majority of the floors are for cabins, leaving not a ton of public space for the 6,000+ passengers onboard. Buffet, shows, pool, jacuzzi, everything is jam packed of people. There's a line to get breakfast in the morning and to do any of the activities (wave rider, rock climbing wall, zipline, ect). Each port is flooded with fellow cruisers amounting to a small town leading to crowded sightseeing and more lines to wait in. Not my kind of vacation and definitely not relaxing. I won't be back on a big ship again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We had a wonderful time on the Adventure of the Seas on the 9/26/15 sailing. I was traveling with my husband and 7 year old daughter. We all enjoyed the ship and what it had to offer. Embarkation was easy. When the taxi dropped us off ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on the Adventure of the Seas on the 9/26/15 sailing. I was traveling with my husband and 7 year old daughter. We all enjoyed the ship and what it had to offer. Embarkation was easy. When the taxi dropped us off around 12:15, we saw the area for Emerald members off to the left so we left our luggage with them and got into the queue for Emerald members. There was no line there so we were in quickly. We grabbed 2 bottles of wine inside the port to carry on the ship, then got our sea pass cards and were on our way. We were on the ship before 1pm! Staterooms were not ready until 2pm so we headed up to the Windjammer for lunch. Food on the ship was ok. Some better than others. The interesting thing was that we were on the Majesty 3 weeks earlier and had some good meals in the MDR we were looking forward to again. The same food items were not as good on this ship- some were inedible! This made us head to the Windjammer for dinner after 2 nights and we were pleasantly surprised. It had sushi, a Mongolian beef station where they cooked each person's made to order, a make your own pizza station, they would do a quick steak and had another special area where it was fajitas one night, crepes one night. Breakfast was typical, but we tried to head to the back and get a made to order omelet or eggs (sometime the line was very long for this). We did eat a Giovanni's one night since it was free from our TA and I have to say we were not super impressed. The food/ service was ok, but not great enough to make me want to pay $25 per person for it. We did enjoy have the cafe promenade to get sandwiches and pizzas anytime and Ben and Jerry's as well. Johnny Rockets was a fun lunch spot, but it seems the the new price of $6.95 a person is a little high. Especially for my daughter who did not eat that much worth of food. The ship seemed to be in great shape. Nothing looked old or dated. We did not participate in many activities other than trivia or the shows, but the things we did do were run well and fun. Our daughter only went into the kids club one night for a few hours and there were only about 5 other kids there (and they had combined the older 2 groups!) There was a surprising lack of other kids on this sailing. So she did not want to go in kids club much because there were not many other kids to play with. Luckily we were in port most of the days and only had one sea day so it was not a big deal. Service was pretty good on the ship. Our stateroom attendant was great. Since she knew our daughter loved the towel animals she made sure to do one every night! Our dining room service was so-so. They seemed to have too many tables to be attentive. Other service people on the ship were great. Disembarkation was easy for us since we walked ourselves off. We had to be in the conference room at 6:45 and right about 7, then let us leave the room and exit the ship. We did have to carry our bags down one flight of stairs- we saw some other people struggling with this. We were through customs and in a taxi by 7:15am! We saw rows and rows of luggage for people who did not walk themselves off which made us happy we did not have to sort through that to find ours! All in all this ship was great for this sailing. We enjoyed some of the quieter areas, like the viking crowne lounge during the day- great place to sit and read. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Having done these ports in the past with embarkation from Miami, I must say: ***(In my following review, Winter sailings = Oct-April & Summer sailings = May-Sept.) * Winter sailings have better weather....not so hot, but ... Read More
Having done these ports in the past with embarkation from Miami, I must say: ***(In my following review, Winter sailings = Oct-April & Summer sailings = May-Sept.) * Winter sailings have better weather....not so hot, but summer trips have only 1, possibly 2 ships in port, not 4, 5, or maybe 7 that the winter cruises will have. * Taxi's, beaches, excursions, etc. are all available and not crowded in summer. * Shopping in summer offers better opportunities for 'deals' as your ship may be the only one in for the entire week vs winter when there are 2+ everyday. * Leaving from San Juan gives you the opportunity to see 5 ports + San Juan in 7 days. * The ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS is nothing to get real excited about, as cruise ships go. * Novice cruisers will find it a 'good' cruise ship. Experienced cruisers will notice it is 'tired' and needs updating in some areas. You should not judge 'cruising' by this ship as it is not typical considering all the new ships out. THIS CRUISE IS ALL ABOUT THE GREAT PRICE AND THE 5 PORTS offered in 7 days. * Food and shows are C+. Some sailings have a good comedian. The Ice show is a 'must see'. * Casino action is fun on this cruise. Night clubs are very popular every night. Read Less
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
Sail Date: October 2015
Just returned for our second cruise on the Adventure of the seas and was not impressed compared to our first trip on the Adventure; the overall cruising experiace has detoriated. The ship itself is old and needs major overall rust was ... Read More
Just returned for our second cruise on the Adventure of the seas and was not impressed compared to our first trip on the Adventure; the overall cruising experiace has detoriated. The ship itself is old and needs major overall rust was visible in many places. The staff since the tips have become automatic no longer provide the service or attention they used to and have a take it or leave it attitude. The quality of the food in the main dining room s the worst I have had on any of our cruises and was cold when served (after attending two meals we used Windjammers for all the other meals as the quality was better). We did not even bother with the formal night and speaking to other passengers it sound like the food was not much better than other nights. I was a dedicated RC cruiser but in future I will think twice before booking a cruise with RC again. The management needs to take a hard look at the product and refrain from the hard sell attitude that prevails all over the ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Even though I have been on 7 cruises, this is my first cruise review for Adventure of the Seas sailing out October 3, 2015. Since I use this website so much, I wanted to give back. This is going to be a very long but thorough review. ... Read More
Even though I have been on 7 cruises, this is my first cruise review for Adventure of the Seas sailing out October 3, 2015. Since I use this website so much, I wanted to give back. This is going to be a very long but thorough review. As a parent of a toddler, I would like to express that I feel the Adventure of the Seas is not baby/toddler friendly as they advertised. I was deeply disappointed. I don’t take my child on Celebrity Cruise line because I know that it is not gear for that kind of demographic so I expected more from Royal Caribbean. My biggest complaint is about the Royal Babies program, which basically the program is non-existent. My gripe about this issue will be split in two parts. First, if you have a child that is under the age of 3 and is NOT toilet trained, the key is to look for a ship that advertises Royal Babies and Tots NURSERY. The key word here is “Nursery”. The Nursery is the place where you can register your child and drop them off daycare style for $6-$8 an hour. I did not realize that this service was only available on certain ships because I just saw that the ship had the Royal Babies program and I figured that I was good. Plus I had used the Nursery last year on the Freedom and it was great. Even the Splendor of the Seas has the nursery, so why would I question if this ship had the nursery if the Splendor, which is in a lower class, has this feature? Lo and below, it was a surprise that when I was looking for the place to register my child, I was told that no place existed. I had planned to drop my daughter off, at the very least, when I went on my island tour of St. Kitts and maybe to get some poolside time but after my initial disappointment, I moved forward taking my daughter everywhere I went. This meant she went to karaoke with me, my time dining, trivia games and the nightly entertainment shows. Second, Adventure of the Seas has the RC’s Royal Babies PROGRAM which is basically what they described as “interactive playgroup session”. I find this useless because I feel like I play with my daughter about 12 hours a day, I don’t need set time aside on a ship to do what is done on a regular basis at home. Instead of having a special space for this program, what RC has chosen to do is to take one of the conference rooms located on second deck and throw a whole bunch of toys and books in there. Now granted, my daughter was happy to play with the toys the one time we decided to check it out but I also found the area too dark to be a children’s area. It looked like it was designed by Kanye West. It was not a baby/toddler play area. It was literally a conference room with toys that were nicely arranged in it. They need to redo the whole program over on this ship and turn it into a real baby/toddler program. There is no baby splash zone on this ship. Fine, but according to the signs, there is now place on the ship that your baby can enjoy water activities. Before the cruise sailed out, I emailed RC to ask where can my baby splash her feet in the water and they directed me to the 1 foot toddler pool in Adventure Ocean area. When you get there, you have a big sign saying only toilet trained kids can go into the (1 foot deep) pool. What the hell?? I am going to be on a ship for 7 days in the Caribbean sun and there is no place for my baby to cool down??? I put her swimming diaper on anyway and let her go in since everyone one else was at port. This was ridiculous. I purchased the wifi package so that my daughter could watch her YouTube nursery rhyme videos before she goes to bed. It was a waste of money and I cancelled my service by the end of the same day and received a full refund. It was slow as molasses and reminded me of dial up. Other Non-Baby Issues: Lack of Waiter Attentiveness: I wish I had a great story about the wait staff and how they made me feel special but I do not. I selected My Time Dining and was placed on Deck 5 (Mozart). The reason why I am bringing this part of the cruise up is because this particular experience was so different from my normal main room dining dinners. The wait staff was competent. And that is it. Yet, I would see them engage in conversations with the tables around us. They asked the other patrons what they did on port days and their nighttime plans. Once the waiter came around to get my dinner order and I didn’t even receive the menu yet. Another time, dessert coffee took so long to come around that I had actually finished the dessert. I didn’t bother waiting around because they obviously forgotten. I can only come up with two reasons: first-they did not feel like dealing with a toddler, who was almost perfectly behaved at dinner so I have concluded that it might be the second reason. My co-workers told me that maybe because of the automatic tips now added and/or RC takes their best wait staff and put them on the newer ships so maybe that is the explanation for our dining experience. Laundry: One day they had a laundry special. They provided you with a small bathroom garbage-sized plastic bag. You can shove as much laundry in there as you want for $30 flat fee. As our stateroom attendant told me, “you can shove 100 items of clothing in the bag”, it will still be $30. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Our white laundry came back dyed blue. It seems that my husband’s t-shirts were washed in the same machine as our jeans. They should have specified that they put all items of clothing into one machine and do not separate the colors. This was another pain in the butt to deal with. I recommend to skip this and save the laundry for home where it can be done properly. Miscellaneous items: The mattress was way harder than what I remember it to be, the dining portions got smaller, the parade was about six minutes long, the entertainment shows were just meh, the morning show with Dan the cruise director and Renaldo was just a reading of the cruise compass instead of being entertaining, the stateroom attendant was just ok - a far different experience than last year on the Freedom, no complaints about the Windjammer though. I still like the food on RC. How can you go wrong when they give you as much breakfast ham as you want? In conclusion: I am not discouraged. I still had a good time on the cruise and still recommend going on one. I thought the ship looked pretty good for her age. I chose this particular cruise because of the ports of call (which I will review in the ports section) but next time I will choose bigger ships from now on so I can get the Royal Caribbean treatment. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
My husband and I planned this cruise as a getaway from our two young children for a week. It so happened to be the same ship we were on for our honeymoon and just about 10 doors down, so it was strange to be back in the same place again, ... Read More
My husband and I planned this cruise as a getaway from our two young children for a week. It so happened to be the same ship we were on for our honeymoon and just about 10 doors down, so it was strange to be back in the same place again, but with different ports of call. The ship had been slightly updated since our honeymoon cruise 6.5 years ago with flat screen TV's and the big screen at the pool that would show movies at night, but that was about all that seemed different, so overall it seemed more dated than it had 6.5 years ago. We expected this, and we chose this ship for the most ports of call and least days at sea (most bang for our buck since we don't get to travel often). We were in a balcony stateroom 8364. We enjoy balcony rooms since we will sit out there often before dinner and first thing in the morning and enjoy the sites. San Juan - we left from this port for our honeymoon too. It is a long flight from Colorado and you have to go down the day before. Our travel agent put us at the Sheraton Old San Juan. Their website shows the ships right outside the hotel and so we chose it for that reason. It was actually across the bay so another taxi ride was in order to get to the ship. We ate at Senor Frogs the night we got in since it was attached to our hotel which made us feel old (we're in our lower 30's) since it was just overpriced Mexican food and LOUD music. I would recommend a different hotel. San Juan feels unsafe and not very tropical to me, but we walked around Old San Juan and it was very hot and humid. We got late check out at noon and took a taxi to the pier where we were able to board the ship, even though they say you can't board until 1:30, we were on board and eating lunch up at Windjammer by 12:30. St Maarten - we went to breakfast in the main dining room and returned to our room to find out our excursion - the snorkeling and airport beach excursion through RCCL had been cancelled because of wind. I was so looking forward to this excursion and really wanted to see that beach of the planes landing. We headed to the excursion desk and asked to change to a Beach Break, but those had all been cancelled because of low participation. If they would have waited to cancel those, I'm sure a bunch of us from our excursion would have chosen that instead. So we were left without an excursion which was a bummer. I know I always enjoy a port better when I do a formal excursion. We got off the boat and took a water taxi ($7/pp for unlimited rides) across the bay to the public beach. We were greeted by someone trying to sell beach chairs and umbrellas, and he wouldn't take no for an answer, he followed up for awhile and insisted on showing us the chairs. We finally agreed to it, it was $20 for 2 chairs, umbrella and 6 drinks. I saw as more passengers arrived that some people were bartering more, so we probably could have gotten a better deal, but it gave us shade to sit in. It didn't seem that windy, so I'm not sure I believe that our excursion was cancelled because of wind, but perhaps on that side of the island it was worse. Beach was decent, but I am sure there are much better on the island. We stayed about 4 hours and returned to ship for a late lunch and laid by the pool the rest of the afternoon. First formal night was that night, and the meal was excellent. The food is always best on formal nights and that was indeed true of the two formal nights on this cruise. St. Kitts - we did the catamaran sail and snorkel through the cruise. Fun time on the catamaran, weather was great. We sailed for an hour each way and had about an hour to snorkel. Snorkeling was really good. Open bar on way back to ship which was good too. Rum punch was delicious as it always is :) Also some banana bread and dried/sugared tropical fruit which was a treat. We never stepped foot on the island, but it looked pretty from the boat :) Antigua - we did the Beach Break here. I had wanted to go to Valley Church beach in a taxi as I had read the amazing reviews and Googled images that were breathtaking but my spouse was too nervous to not go with a group, so we stuck with the Beach Break which went to Dickenson Bay. We took taxis to the beach where we had to walk through a cheaper hotel to get down to the beach. Once down there we each got a chair included but an umbrella was $10. It was a clunky process of everyone wanting umbrellas and needing to wait awhile for them to come around and put them in. Seems it would have been better to have them preinstalled and just said if you want one sit over there, if not, sit over here. It was a windy day and the umbrellas kept breaking or flying loose, so for $10 they may want to invest in some sturdier umbrellas since I'm sure that weather is not out of the ordinary. The beach itself was gorgeous white sand and teal water, we tried to snorkel off the beach but it was too cloudy of water, probably from the sand being so fine. There were lots of people on the beach trying to sell stuff and about every 5-10 minutes someone would walk by. Overall, nice beach, but would have preferred less people selling stuff and better umbrellas. We had chosen the beach break without lunch and I was glad to get back to the ship and eat in Windjammer and hang out by the pool the rest of the afternoon. St Lucia - This was our favorite port of call. I had booked Spencer Ambrose Tours and I was very nervous about booking a third party tour group, but kept reading rave reviews on this website and trip advisor, so I took the risk and it paid off big time! Spencer greeted us at the port and we got on a speed boat and FLEW at about 60 mph to Sugar Beach (formerly Jalousie Beach) which is situated right between the two pitons. They knew we had to get to the beach early to grab the few chairs that were there since it is a public beach and no saving seats is allowed. The chairs were all broken down and the beach was fairly rocky over in the public part, but the minute we put our snorkeling gear on and stepped into the water - WOW!! The best snorkeling of our lives right off the beach. Thousands of fish everywhere you looked, I felt like I was swimming in a stocked aquarium. Lunch was served on the beach and it was a delicious Creole lunch. Open bar all day, we had about 4.5 hours on the beach to relax, swim, or snorkel. Then we took a more scenic route back to the boat seeing a few neat sites along the way. As we were getting ready to leave the RCCL excursion was coming to snorkel at the same spot but they only had about 20 minutes to snorkel there to get back to the boat in time. With how amazing that snorkeling was 20 minutes wouldn't have done it justice. For $85/pp we got a 7 hour tour, open bar, great lunch and fantastic service. Great day! Barbados - Rained cats and dogs all day. We were going to go to Boatyard Beach which is walking distance from the ship and looked gorgeous but it rained so hard the two times we tried to suck it up and go we were drenched wihin 10 seconds of getting off the boat. We walked around the massive cruise terminal which was in a big warehouse and had a bunch of shops and then returned to the boat. Disappointing since I wanted to see the beaches here and it's supposed to be such a lovely island. Formal dinner was that night and it was lobster night - we pigged out. Two lobsters for me plus a prime rib! They were delicious. Day at Sea - Last day on the boat was day at sea. We ate breakfast in the main dining room which we had done most days except the two days we had early excursions then hung out at the pool most of the day. Sun was out and we were craving one more day of sun and water. We had to put our suitcases out by 10 pm which is always tricky because you have to keep your toiletries with you and then juggle them back to your suitcase once you find them. Debarkation - we were told we had to be out of our stateroom by 9am but were to wait in Studio B until 10:45am. We didn't want to sit around for 2 hours so we debarked early. Waited in like about 30 minutes getting off the ship and then another 30 minutes once we got our luggage to go through customs. We paid a porter $4 which got us in a shorter line but still took awhile. Flight didn't leave until 4:20pm so long day at the airport. Another down side of this port is less available flights both in and out. Entertainment - There was a Comedian, and two singers/performers/impressionists that were pretty good, but the regular staff shows were not that great. I think the good shows and performers go on their larger boats now. I am really interested in going on the Oasis class ship next as they seem to have a lot more entertainment available. Overall - We had a great time! Yes ship was outdated and food was only slightly above average if it wasn't a formal night, but ports of call were gorgeous, servers and staff were friendly, and heck, we had our first alone time since having kids so we weren't going to be too picky :) Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
We were told by work that we had the week of Oct 10 off. We decided to try cruising after a 7 year hiatus now that we are in our late 20's. Overall the ship was a nice size (have been on freedom class and Sovereign class before). ... Read More
We were told by work that we had the week of Oct 10 off. We decided to try cruising after a 7 year hiatus now that we are in our late 20's. Overall the ship was a nice size (have been on freedom class and Sovereign class before). The ship's activities were themed around the 70's since that seemed to cater to the majority of people on the ship. We arrived the day before in San Juan and stayed at the Hampton Inn. Embarkation was fast and easy. We arrived around 11:30 and were on the ship by 12:30. This was my first cruise as platinum, but my set sail pass did not have anything marked on it for priority boarding. The regular sea pass line took about 15 minutes which was not bad. We met some people that arrived around 2pm and it took them over 2 hours to get on board. I originally booked my time dining since the 8:30 seating was full. A week before sailing, I logged in and it said our wait list option for the 8:30 seating was granted. When we got our sea pass cards, we had a 6pm seating. We were able to switch to the 8:30 seating on the second day, but that was annoying. This was our first time on a balcony, before I just stayed in interior rooms. It will hard to go back since the room seemed much bigger and we spent a lot of time having drinks on the balcony. We chose this cruise for the ports since it contained 2 cruising days and 4 ports. We did a quick sight seeing trip on St Thomas, spent the day at the Marriott at St Kitts (Our favorite), had a beach day at Reflexions in Aruba, and went shopping in Curaco. We let the crowds go at the port and usually left an hour after we docked. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes to get off the ship. --The Awesome We got the Premium Package and really enjoyed asking the bartenders to make us drinks that we would normally not get. The champagne bar, schooner bar, and duck and dog pub were our favorite. The beer selection was awesome compared to 7 years ago. For beer, I was able to order a Lefe Blonde, Hoegarrden, and many other nice beers rather than drink Budweiser all week. The service from bar tenders and waitstaff was as good as I remember it. The ice show was awesome. --The Good The reception for gold and the other reception for higher level members were very nice. The bar service was good. I read reviews about how it is lacking, but I never had to wait for a drink and there were many bar tenders poolside on cruise days. The shows were good but not awesome. The windjammer and main dining room food was good. Some people we sat with at breakfast in the main dining room complained about the toast and bread items being very hard. The food selection was good and the cafe promenade selection was good. Some food options were awesome (turkey sandwich, cheesecake lolipop) while others were just okay. --Needs to be improved The stateroom was clean, but not very clean. We moved the end table next to the bed a bit and there was a fake fingernail on the floor and lots of crumbs. I know turnover is really hard, but vacuuming around furniture needs to be improved. The shower also had lots of black in the white caulking which I would assume is mold. As I said before, I thought I would get in a faster line being a Platinum member, but I was not put in that line that had Platinum in it. Also I did not get a and hat or pin as described by the benefits. I'm okay with not getting any of these perks, but since they were advertised to me, I thought I would get them. Like I said before, they messed up our dining reservations. Also our TV had "appointments" on it and it said My time dining at 8 or 830 everyday. Not sure what happened there, but it was a big mix up. When we moved to the 830 PM dinner, we got a table of two surrounded by a large group that was on board. They were very loud and obnoxious. They got up a lot to take pictures and kept bumping into our seats and did not recognize our existence or even apologize. They also monopolized the wait staff sending back many uneaten dishes. Luckily our waiter and assistant waiter were very quick with us and we were able to enjoy our dinner quickly and leave that environment. Overall I can guess why the two person table opened up. If we ate their the first day, I think we would have asked to move, but since we already moved once to the correct seating I did not want to be a pain in the rear end. One of the hot tubs lost most of its paint at the top. I thought it was rusted, but it just needed some TLC. Things not necessarily controlled by RCI, but were not pleasant experiences leaving the boat. The porters at disembarkation were very aggressive and somewhat annoying. I don't need to pay someone to hold my bags and get in a faster line. You can ask me once, but not every 15 seconds. There were only 4 customs agents for the whole boat. The taxi dispatcher grabbed my bag out of my hand and literally threw it into a cab and demanded a tip. Overall I was happy with the value of the cruise especially since our vacation was only planned out 3 months in advance. On Liberty I felt more crowded, while Adventure felt like the right size. Read Less
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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
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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