2,277 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I cruise every year with Royal Caribbean. The ships are always very nice and well kept. Unfortunately the food options were a bit lacking in variety. Not a whole lot to choose from in the Windjammer and it is always the same thing and ... Read More
I cruise every year with Royal Caribbean. The ships are always very nice and well kept. Unfortunately the food options were a bit lacking in variety. Not a whole lot to choose from in the Windjammer and it is always the same thing and very crowded. The entertainment in the theater and the lounge was not the greatest. Wish there was more activities to do on the pool decks. Finally, I wish RC would adhere to the dress regulations on the formal night. My guests and I chose to dress nice on the 1 or 2 nights considered formal night, but other guests are allowed to come into the restaurant in jeans or much less casual. We almost felt we were overdressed. The ports we visited and the amount of time we stayed on each was great! Overall, I prefer Royal Caribbean even though they are a little more expensive. I hope Royal Caribbean will continue to realize we pay more, so we expect more. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Myself and wife enjoyed our 7 day cruise to Eastern Caribbean aboard AOS. Loved the ship loads to do and amazing atmosphere. Slightly tired ship in some areas but only when you look closely at things. Loved the main pools on ship, both ... Read More
Myself and wife enjoyed our 7 day cruise to Eastern Caribbean aboard AOS. Loved the ship loads to do and amazing atmosphere. Slightly tired ship in some areas but only when you look closely at things. Loved the main pools on ship, both were great, sun beds around pool were fantastic however on our one sea say this area was very busy as expected. Schooner bar was great, first place we went, slightly different to other ships but still nice. I had a shot on rock climbing wall which was brilliant, great condition. Basketball court was also good. Ice rink looked amazing never got on to skate but watched ice show which was fantastic. For dining we were in Mozart on deck 5. Picked our table on first night table 576 near to entrance and overlooking lower dining rooms. Our waiter manuel and assistant Brian were both very good. Really attentive and helpful. We found food to be excellent always found something to eat on menu. One night I chose to order fillet steak from chops grill and wow what steak it was so delicious. All other food in windjammer and cafe promenade was great, couldn't fault it. Some people do but I think they must be fussy eaters or really picky. Drinks aboard ship were expensive as expected from previous cruises. So no big deal really. One bad point was the back elevators always seemed to be busy and very slow at coming. Ports we stopped at were amazing. St croix was small and not much to do if you didn't have tour booked or just wanted to walk about. Still nice though. St marten was great got water taxi across to shops and beach. Lovely place, loads of shops. Barbados was good. We booked a tour to snorkel with turtles and see some ship wrecks. Had an amazing time both of us loved the tour and tour staff. St Johns we wished we done more here, heard lovely things from others who say it was beautiful but we mostly stayed in port. This was the one port that seemed very busy and people would maybe feel slightly unsafe but stay to public area and don't got down dodgy side streets. St Lucia was good. Walked just off ship around shops and sat in bar right off ship and got wifi. Bought a 2 dollar beer and got free wifi. Fantastic cheaper than buying Royal caribbeans internet package. All in all had a great cruise, fantastic service as expected, amazing ports and so glad we chose this for honeymoon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My husband was recovering from surgery and we decided on a last minute cruise to the Southern Carribean. I have previously sailed this ship and wanted to see recent upgrades. The ship older is very clean. I didn't notice much change ... Read More
My husband was recovering from surgery and we decided on a last minute cruise to the Southern Carribean. I have previously sailed this ship and wanted to see recent upgrades. The ship older is very clean. I didn't notice much change in the decor other than computerized gadgets which tell you directions and daily planner, and I believe WIFI. I did notice a huge change in personnel! Although they were the same crew mainly from my 1st cruise, they were smiling genuinely, they were eager to help, they were happy and as always hardworking. When we went into the windjammer even on the first day prior to sailing the tables were quickly cleaned, there was waiters eager to take drink orders, and there were statios set up in many areas full of lemonade, tea, coffee. The windjammer remained that way all week! Wow. I asked originally for a 6:30 dining slot along with a small personal table. Knowing ahead of time I probally wouldn't get it due to planning last minute. I got the 8:30 time slot, with a large table. It worked out wonderful after long excursions I had time not only for a shower but a nap as well prior to dinner and shows. Noel was our waiter and I'm horrible with names. Noel made me smile every night! He was the best head waiter I have ever had on any ship. His recommendations were spot on and his personality was so joyous! Our table mates were wonderful! I missed saying goodbye since we ate at Giovanni's our last night where we had a wonderful fillet! The cabin was a simple inside room yet it was spacious, well appointed and the bed was so comfortable. our room attendant (I wish I could remember her name was so friendly, patient, and extremely efficient) Entertainment I have to say WOW as well there was so many things going on that were Fun. Trivia, bingo, dancing, piano bar, dance classes and of course the nightly shows. I have to also give huge props for setting up 3 ice showings and getting rid of the tickets ! Excursions were plentiful and diverse! This is a very port intensive cruise! Our ports were Barbados my favorite Antiqua, St.Lucia, St Martaan, and St Kitts. If your a drinker I would advise the drink package. The drinks were very good but pricey once you add taxes and gratuity! I genuinely enjoyed this cruise! WOW. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I'm Elvis(Craig), my wife is Priscilla(Susan). I'm 61 and my wife, let's just say she's over 18. We planned this trip almost two years ago. So much happened since then that we thought we would have to cancel. Things ... Read More
I'm Elvis(Craig), my wife is Priscilla(Susan). I'm 61 and my wife, let's just say she's over 18. We planned this trip almost two years ago. So much happened since then that we thought we would have to cancel. Things fell into place and we were able to proceed with our plans. We arrived a day in advance as we always like to do. I like to give the airlines some leeway as to canceled flights, lost luggage, etc. We stayed at the Comfort Inn in San Juan. Since we were only going to be one night, I felt no need to stay at a big resort. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The hotel is undergoing a refurbishing so some floors were closed off. Breakfast was included, so we got up and ate. After a quick walk through the neighborhood we headed of to the ship. After a 10 minute cab ride we were at the pier. We dropped our luggage off and proceeded with the check-in process. It went smoothly. From the time we arrived at the pier to the time we boarded the ship it was maybe 30 minutes. And that included a stop at the duty-free store! Adventure is a ship of the Voyager class. I had heard that she's pretty run down, but saw no evidence of that. Sure, there are rust spots here and there and the carpeting is worn in places. She's due for an overhaul soon and those problems will be addressed. Our cabin, 1256, was a Grand Suite. I had never stayed in Grand Suite before so I didn't know what to expect. The room was just beautiful! There was plenty of storage room. The balcony was immense! The bathroom had two sinks and a bathtub! The only things I could find wrong with the room were 1, not enough outlets, and 2, now that I've stayed in a Grand Suite I'd be unable to ever stay in anything less! Our steward Robert introduced himself to us. Throughout the week he always kept the room neat and clean and made sure our ice bucket was always full. The food in the MDR wasn't the best I ever had, but was far from the worst! Our waiter Warren, could have been a little more attentive to us. I don't ever remember seeing our assistant waiter! We ate in Giovanni's one night. It was good, but I don't think it was worth the extra expense. Can't really talk much about the shows onboard. We only went to one production show and left before it was over. They do get repetitious after a while. Of course the Love And Marriage Gameshow is always entertaining. I want to say something about the Puerto Rican people that went on this cruise. I've read a lot and heard a lot about how rude and disruptive they could be. That couldn't be any further from the truth! I found them to be courteous and friendly. The only problem I had with anybody on the cruise was a drunk guy(non-Puerto Rican) in the cigar lounge one night, and a young lad(again, non-Puerto Rican) that felt the need to push all the buttons in the elevator. We went for two massages which were very relaxing. I even fell asleep during the second one! We also went on the All-Access Tour. That was amazing! I never realized the work it takes to make a big cruise ship like this run so smoothly! I have a whole new respect for the crew of this ship, from the Captain down to the kitchen help. Believe me, no one on this ship has an easy job. Getting off the ship was as easy as getting on. We were let off at 7:30 am and we were at the airport by 8:15 am. Painless! There were so many good memories I have of this cruise. The stately ship, the beautiful room, the friends we made. Mike, Ann, Reg, Mel, Caroline, Gill, and John who kept me company in the cigar lounge every night, are only a few. Would I take this cruise again? Yes I would! In fact, we booked another cruise while we were onboard! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I will say that the cabin steward was good as was our waiter. But The San Juan Pier check in is horrible!!! We stood in line about an hour, it was extremely hot, and I almost passed out from the heat, no seats, and no water offered to ... Read More
I will say that the cabin steward was good as was our waiter. But The San Juan Pier check in is horrible!!! We stood in line about an hour, it was extremely hot, and I almost passed out from the heat, no seats, and no water offered to us. You no longer get towel animals on the bed every night, now they do it every other night. One night on the menu the chef recommendation was Prime Rib, they didn't even have it to offer us. People showed up at the formal night to the dining room dressed like slobs. They should go to the Windjammer if they want casual. I felt like Royal doesn't care about how people show up at the dining room. Low class people I can tell you that. Johnny Rockets was a total disaster. We were the first ones in and seated and the last ones to leave from the first group. My order was wrong, the waiter was terrible, the food not as good as in the past. We were in there for an hour and annoyed the whole time. The logo shop didn't have that much to offer as other ships. The shows were just ok. They had the wrong people singing the songs by certain artists. The ice show was spectacular though. Do not miss that show! The Windjammer was just ok this time. Breakfast was not a problem other than it took forever to get eggs made. But lunch was another disaster. They have spicy foods, and cheesy foods. Some of us can't eat those foods for health reasons. They should have chicken every day either, roasted or grilled. Breakfast potatoes should not have spices or cheese on them. After paying thousands to cruise we had to resort to hot dogs, burgers, and pizza for lunch. Not what I payed for Royal. Every single person I spoke to had complaints on this cruise. I feel they are growing too fast, becoming too big, and losing the customer service aspect. We deserve to be treated better! Half of the time the hand sanitizers were empty. Going into the dining rooms most of the people walked right past the stations and didn't clean their hands. This is a public health issue. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Ok I shall start at the beginning please fasten your seat belts it's starts off with slight turbulence. We flew from Manchester, UK to Atlanta where we had to get our connecting flight to San Juan . We checked out the connections ... Read More
Ok I shall start at the beginning please fasten your seat belts it's starts off with slight turbulence. We flew from Manchester, UK to Atlanta where we had to get our connecting flight to San Juan . We checked out the connections board and told us it was gate e something (can't remember number now) so we took the train to e gate after picking up luggage and popping it on the transfer belt. All was well grabbed a bite to eat, half hour before we were due to take off we were still waiting to board ,absolutely nothing happening. Noticed a couple of Puerto Rican karate guys get up and start walking somewhere .... Long story short we were at the WRONG GATE,!!we needed to be B 3 !!! Omg sweating now running through huge airport getting back on train to get to gate B we actually made it on to the plane but only because there had been a cleaning issue!! Thank god for the messy passengers before us lol. Arrived in San Juan late, we were staying at Hyatt house which was lovely, I only wish we'd have flown in a few days earlier to enjoy it properly. The room was amazing and had a fab view of the ship in the morning when we woke up. We were told to have luggage ready to pick up at eleven and we would be picked up at 1pm which I thought was a bit late and but went with it, we actually got picked up before our luggage which was quite worrying. Check in was smooth as we were staying in a suite there were no lines. Went through the scanners with hand luggage which was my handbag , camera bag and two bottles of baileys (duty free bought in Manchester) and guess what it wasn't taken from us!!! I was baffled. Anyway got on ship in torrential downpour with baileys, made our way to guest services with baileys to put some cash down on account, bought a soda package and popped to cafe promenade (less busy than wj) then went to check out our room. We were staying in an owners suite which was lovely but the balcony was pants! Was expecting it to be bigger but having stayed in an owners suite on quantum where we had lots of space on the balcony we were slightly disappointed, but the actual size of the cabin was more or less the same. Muster drill was at 5-45 so after we did this we went back to our room hoping to find our luggage. It got to 7pm and luggage still hadnt arrived and had a gut feeling that it might not have left hotel yet so decided to ring our lovely concierge Dione to see if she could find out. She said she would try and find out and said I could have a complimentary call to the hotel . I couldn't get through to hotel but in the meantime Dione called back to say yes the luggage was still at hotel but was to be sent straight away!!! Omg I'm so glad I queried it or our holiday would have been quite different! So after eating at Jonny rockets first night we had a room service breakfast and then got off the ship in our first port of call st croix where we just walked to the nearest beach and chilled until early afternoon. Dressed up for formal had picked taken with captain Toni then ate main dining room, had lobster. Next port was st Kitts,had breakfast in room then had a bridge tour booked then wandered off boat for a bit. Next port was st Maartens , we had booked the airport adventure and snorkel trip it was amazing highly recommend it. Seeing the planes come in and take off was quite a spectacle! Got back to boat after a little souvenir shopping , popped to cafe promenade for a wind down cuppa and snack. Next port was Dominica, booked a last minute trip to the emerald pool and it was lovely. Saw a lot of the devastation from hurricane Erica , road near the river had been washed away along with a jcb caterpillar, landslides all over. It was quite scary been driven in a little minibus on the high up roads seeing where roads had half disappeared. But it is a lovely island and the day finished with a couple of hours on a beach. Barbados was next so as we have visited there before we booked a beach break and they took us to harbour lights which was lovely, gorgeous white sands and the sea was calm so nice relaxing day. Day seven was a sea day so spent it round the pool enjoying the suite section and the entertainment round the pool :-) So overall it was lovely holiday, lessons learnt was always take a taxi to the boat with your luggage and don't leave without it. Always triple check the airport connections board to check for gate number! And if you want to take spirits on don't smuggle it just walk on with it :-) Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My very first cruise was on Royal Caribbean's Song of America in 1982. At the time most everything was included except shore excursions and gratuities. Sodas, beer, wine and a special drink of the day were all included. The ... Read More
My very first cruise was on Royal Caribbean's Song of America in 1982. At the time most everything was included except shore excursions and gratuities. Sodas, beer, wine and a special drink of the day were all included. The entertainment, food and service was phenomenal. The ship was busy at night with the crew ensuring everything was spotless. Fast forward to 2015. Upon booking our cruise, we were to receive a $200 room credit which took several hours and trips to guest services to finally receive. Prior to our cruise, I added internet service to my shopping cart on the RCCL website to take advantage of their buy one, get another device at 50% discount. It added two full price packages to my shopping cart. I picked up the phone prior to checking out and called RCCL. After 5-10 minutes of being on hold, I was told the discount would be added as a room credit. This also did not appear in my account. It took 4 requests and 3 trips to guest services to get the credit (last day of cruise). The prime entertainment on the ship wasn't anywhere near the Las Vegas Extravaganza of our first cruise. It was a singer/comedian that had once been an opener for Julio Iglesias. On my first cruise you could order the Lobster and Filet Minion to make your own Surf and Turf. (all included) On this cruise it would have cost you an extra $40+ in the main dining room. The service overall in the dining room, and our room steward was exceptional by todays standards but would be considered poor in days past. Sad to see luxury cruises going the way of airlines. My wife and I both had the Ultimate Beverage Packages. Average wait for a drink at the bars around the pool was 35 minutes. Longest was 45 and that was to get my Coke cup filled. Our package allowed selecting any wine up to $12 per glass. The selection was horrible. The wines on the list are available in Houston for under $12/bottle. They had a few good wines on their wine list that could only be purchased by the bottle but you only got a 20% discount if you had a beverage package that included wine. (Opus 1 Cabernet $249 as an example) I tried using one of the wait staff on the pool deck to get a beverage for my wife. This again took 35 minutes. I noticed 6 waiters standing poolside watching the "Belly Flop contest) which probably impacted the turnaround time on my order. I took this cruise wanting to relax and have a good time, free from worrying about day to day issues that arise. It seemed like I had more issues on the ship than I usually have at home. Another example was the crew "refurbishing" our balcony during the cruise. Upon arrival there was a sign on the door to the balcony saying "wet paint" do not use. I asked the room steward about it ad he said they were prepping and painting the deck in our area and that it was ok to use if we were careful. On the 4th day of our cruise we came back to our room at 3pm in the afternoon planning to clean up and meet our friends for cocktails at 4:30pm. Upon opening the door to our room there were two men with respirators working on the balcony. The table and chairs from the balcony were upside down on our bed. The room was pungent with fumes from the paint. I went to guest services and was told the room would be available in about an hour. To be fair to Royal Caribbean, this is a trend happening in the cruising industry. I have found that the ala carte approach to cruising, while it appears less expensive, actually costs about the same as all inclusive ships like Regent, Crystal, Seaborne, etc. With the all inclusive you have nothing to worry about and no monetary decisions to make. In addition the service seemed much better when there is a "no tipping" policy on the all inclusive lines. We were charged $12.95 Per person per day for Gratuity (added to our room bill). This is in addition to the 18% added to most bills for purchases on board. When you ordered a beverage, you had to wait for the computerized bill to be entered and printed even for the $0.00 charge. It had a line to add an additional gratuity prior to signing. After waiting 35 minutes for a drink at the pool bar I was tempted to put -$2.00 as a tip and a note to put the credit on my room. How does charging everyone the same amount and adding it to the room bill reward individuals who have provided great service? I am just glad that I had a chance to experience a few real luxury cruises before they are gone forever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Since this was my 5th cruise and all I'd ever cruised was Carnival, I thought I'd spend a bit more to experience a bit more elegance. Also, was celebrating my husband's & my birthdays and our daughter's & ... Read More
Since this was my 5th cruise and all I'd ever cruised was Carnival, I thought I'd spend a bit more to experience a bit more elegance. Also, was celebrating my husband's & my birthdays and our daughter's & son-in-law's anniversary. BIG MISTAKE. First of all: 2 twin metal cots made up the "king" bed in our balcony cabin, with thin, poor quality mattresses and pillows! SERIOUSLY?!?! We could literally feel the metal in the center of the bed! Windjammer food was poor quality, with many items repeated frequently. Tasteless desserts. Dining room was a little better, except for breakfast, where 3 tater tots (yes, in the formal dining room) were served on the plate with almost the same poor quality including powdered eggs, even in "custom" omelets). (Nothing like the made-to-order formal dining room experience on Carnival!) No separate pizza or hamburger, hot dog (best ever!) & fries stations like Carnival; those are served in Windjammer and are very poor quality. You can, however, PAY extra to get great food and service at the ship's Johnny Rockets. We really missed Carnival's great ice cream/yogurt stations everywhere on board, too; A of the Seas only had 1 tiny frozen yogurt station, which was almost always closed or had partially melted product! On that same deck, the only employees ever in sight were a few at the bar at deck's far end, and, while trying to watch a movie on 2 separate nights, the pool continually overflowed during rough seas, flooding the entire area around us; very hazardous, yet NO employee monitored situation. Music and entertainment was poor to average throughout the ship. Mystery dinner theatre play was adorable, but the otherwise tasty tiramisu had ice in it! Also, there was an obvious issue with food prep; servers hovered in front of kitchen area; conversations between them and the chefs there; half the room was served while the other half waited a very long time for main course. Ship stores carried very limited merchandise except the endless rip-off watches and bracelets; Macy's/other retailers' sales beat them any day! Food on that deck was poor quality, also. Narrow halls on cabin deck were constantly littered with service carts and equipment -- like an obstacle course! Paid for internet, but had almost no service the entire last day at sea! No help there either. But I think the biggest disappointment was the big change in taxi & other port services. They've unionized now, and rates are much higher. In St. Thomas, I asked the taxi driver to take us to Magens Bay. The route he took us looked unfamiliar to me; sure enough, he took us to a much less attractive beach in a poor area. When I reminded him we wanted Magens Bay, he took us there and did not charge us more. Snorkeling there, however, was not as good as in the past; perhaps because I had gone there via catamaran previously. I had planned a return visit to the beach at Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia, but the "co-op" rep discouraged us, saying it was too far away; the charge was also much higher at $55/person than a few years ago. We took their suggestion to go, instead, to Pigeon Beach. HORRIBLE. Cheap plastic strip lounge chairs & umbrella (average price: $20/pair) lined up side by side all along water's edge and, worst of all, day-long harrassment by islanders repeatedly walking the beach in front of us selling everything imaginable, including watered-down rum in coconuts, jewelry, LEG RUBS, lemonade & water, etc. (Some reported they were also offered marijuana and sex.) Water, even quite a distance out and around between the rocks in cove, was murky; terrible snorkeling. FYI, if you want freestyle dining, upon boarding the ship, if you go see the Maitre'd, as I did when told to do so, they will "try" but will not change you over to anytime/free style dining. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We chose this cruise because it embarked from San Juan, PR. We went a few days early and visited family and friends. Did some sightseeing around the island and had a great time before the cruise. Embarkation was a little slow and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it embarked from San Juan, PR. We went a few days early and visited family and friends. Did some sightseeing around the island and had a great time before the cruise. Embarkation was a little slow and crowded in the Gold level line, but the other lines (Platinum and up) moved very fast. The cruise was seven days with six of those days as port stops. The last day was a day at sea to rest up before getting back to San Juan (I loved that). I especially loved Antigua (Private tour with Nellie Beazer) and Saint Lucia (Segway riding to the top of the mountain). Grenada was very interesting and we had a great time there. The ship was very well maintained and beautiful. All the crew was friendly and very cordial. I would most definitely do this cruise again. If you go to PR a few days or week early get a rental from Charlie's Rentals. They will pick you up at the airport, take you to the office, and rent you a car. They also have an office near the cruise ports so you can return the rental there (at no charge) and they shuttle you to the cruise ship. It was extremely convenient and easy, If you are staying in PR after the cruise just reverse the process. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We boarded the Adventure of the Seas in San Juan. Our room stewart, Ezra, was outstanding the entire trip as were our waiters Charlie and Rodrick. What wasn't outstanding is Royal Caribbean's management decession to nickel and ... Read More
We boarded the Adventure of the Seas in San Juan. Our room stewart, Ezra, was outstanding the entire trip as were our waiters Charlie and Rodrick. What wasn't outstanding is Royal Caribbean's management decession to nickel and dime the passangers to the bone. They charge you for water to upgraded meals that use to be stabdard. The single drink prices have increased to an amount that almost forces you to purchase a drink package but if you don't drink seven drinks a day you will loose out. Maintenance was being done on balconies during the day, if you didn't leave the ship it was very disruptive. The meals are not up to the standards of our previous R.C. cruise. The entertainment on ship was marginal at best. We did have a complaint about one of our "off ship" trips but fell on deaf ears. The crew was extremely friendly and attentive (stewarts and wait staff.) The gym equipment is very dated and the ship really needs work. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We've been on 9 RC cruises. We just returned Adventure of the Seas. We booked a suite so the check in was very quick. BUT if you don't book a suite, expect a long, long wait to check in. We took advantage of the premium ... Read More
We've been on 9 RC cruises. We just returned Adventure of the Seas. We booked a suite so the check in was very quick. BUT if you don't book a suite, expect a long, long wait to check in. We took advantage of the premium drink package. If you drink at least 5-6 drinks a day it was worth it, and it included bottled water and soda too. Windjammer food was just OK. Main dining room food was really good. Johnny Rockets restaurant had a booth bench seat completely broken, but the food was great and service was good too! Even though the gratuity is now included in your overall cruise total, we tipped additionally because the staff works so hard and they don't make much for working 7 days a week at 12 hours a day. The crew overall was WONDERFUL! They always had a smile on their faces, always polite, professional and willing to assist. Keep in mind that this ship leaves from San Juan, Puerto Rico and 75% of the guests were predominantly Spanish speaking, so you better brush up on your Spanish! At one point during the late seating on the last night, a huge group of local San Juan cruise guests took over the Main Dining room performing quite LOUDLY their dance/song of celebration. We won't return to Adventure in the future. The ship is showing it's age. And we won't board out of San Juan again either. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My husband and I sailed on our second cruise Dec. 5th, 2015 out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was a Royal Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas. Our first cruise was on Carnival on Triumph out of Galveston. These will be the two ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on our second cruise Dec. 5th, 2015 out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was a Royal Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas. Our first cruise was on Carnival on Triumph out of Galveston. These will be the two cruises I will compare in this review. After our first cruise on Carnival, my husband and I had decided cruising was not for us. That is how much we did not like it. A friend convinced me to try this cruise out of San Juan and I am so glad she did. We had so much fun on this cruise. Food on both cruises was a little above cafeteria style. I did prefer the self service drink stations on carnival for water, tea and lemonade. The only other thing I liked better on Carnival was the air-conditioning. I do not know if this is a captain's preference or if the air-conditioning needs to be replaced on Adventure but it was too hot. I could hardly stand being in the Lyric Theater and the Windjammer. Yes we were on a Caribbean cruise but I had to retreat to my stateroom to cool off. I had the air-conditioning set at the lowest it would go in my stateroom the entire cruise and it was ok. My only other complaint was smoking in the casino. Really??? Please join the 21st century. Smoking in public facilities is not ok. The people working in that casino have no choice but to breath in toxic air everyday at work. Now on to the positives. My husband and I arrived three days early to enjoy Puerto Rico. We rented a car from Charlie rental cars for two of those days. Charlie picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off at the cruise terminal the morning of our departure. I highly recommend Charlie if you are brave enough to drive in San Juan. I spent much of the time with my eyes covered as my husband calmly joined in the insane traffic. With the rental car we were able to drive to El Yunque. We had a blast there on an unmarked trail we had read about that had two water falls with shallow pools. We got wet in both and walked behind both water falls. The water was very cold. The trail is called Juan Diego and I am not sure why it is not marked. We only passed less than a dozen people the entire time we were on this trail and in the water falls. Ladies please wear appropriate shoes. This is hiking in a rain forest and the trails are muddy. I saw two ladies in pretty sandals struggling and making themselves and their male companions miserable. We were wearing water hiking shoes with fin socks and we had no trouble at all. This combination worked great with hiking and snorkeling the entire trip. a website called puertoricodaytrips.com goes into detail about El Yunque and other places to visit in Puerto Rico. After we were done at the rain forest we went to Luquillo beach. We went to the pay to park beach which had decent facilities and a nice beach. It is very close to the rainforest. We did not have much time there and it could be a day trip all by itself, but we enjoyed relaxing there for a little while. We also booked a mini-boat excursion through Kayaking Puerto Rico. I would give this a 5 star rating even though I would never do this again. The mini boats hold two to four people and you drive it yourself following the guide boat. It is very choppy and I was incredibly sick. Not to go into to too much detail but I was feeding the fish in multiple locations. The important thing I learned was to get some sea sickness pills! The guides were great and were taking pictures of us on the boats and snorkeling. If you do not mind being jostled about A LOT, this is a great trip. We did spend a partial day wondering around Old San Juan. We visited El Morro but did not make it to the other forts. It was interesting to see the old forts and they are beautiful. One must go to place is Cafe Cortes on Calle San Francisco. It is restaurant/chocolate cafe. The atmosphere and decor are very nice and the air-conditioning is a great reprieve. I was surprised to discover that all the shops in Old San Juan close at 6pm. It does not matter what day you are there. Embarkation day went smoothly. We were probably about 50th in line at the start of the morning. We had no line to check our bags and then we got in line to check in. The whole process took over an hour but that is because they had not started the process until a half hour after we got in line. People who showed up a little later than us had quite a line to check in bags and then had to get behind our line. Our room was ready by 2pm and all but one of our bags was there when we got to the room. The missing bag arrived a couple hours later, I am not sure why. Our room steward was great. We had towel animals almost every night. I brought Christmas stockings for our room steward and our dining servers.These included a $10 tip and treats. We also tipped these employees at the end of the cruise because they did a great job and added to our enjoyment on this cruise. Smiles and kindness go a long way to encouraging hardworking ship employees. I got so close do our dinner servers that I was hugging them on our last night and truly sad I would not be seeing them again. People who say, we are already paying a set price for gratuities and do not tip extra get what they give. These people work very hard and many are away from spouses and children nine months a year. All of the staff I met on this cruise were wonderful. St. Croix - We went to Sand Castles in St. Croix and had a wonderful day on the beach. The restaurant they have there served a nice lunch. The lounge chairs were nice along with the umbrella and rum punch. We walked to Sand Castles from the ship and it is about a 20min walk, not ten as others have stated. It started pouring on the way there and we took shelter in an outdoor fish market until it passed. A taxi for around $6 makes frequent trips for those who do not want to walk. St. Kitts - We took the ferry to Nevis to drop off school supplies. I learned about Pack for a Purpose from another review here on cruise critic. It is an organization that partners with schools in poor countries around the world to set up drop off locations for school supplies. I chose Nevis to participate. I took an old carry-on bag and filled it with school supplies and left it at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. The ferry which was supposed to run frequently was down to two of five boats so we had to return on the 1pm ferry. This left us very little time on Nevis but we did walk down to the beach at the club and had a drink. We took the bus to get from the ferry to the club which is $2 per person each way. It is amazing how many people they can fit in these vans. Taxis are always an option but it adds to the adventure to travel as the locals do. Barbados - We had the most fun of the entire trip on Barbados. We booked an excursion with Calabaza on their catamaran. This was an amazing snorkeling trip. They picked us up at the docks. From the moment you step on the boat they are feeding you and the bar is open the entire trip. The lunch they serve is delicious. The three guides on the boat are fun loving and made the trip so enjoyable. Snorkeling gear is included and one of the guides is always in the water with you. They take pictures and email them to you for no extra charge. We have some amazing pictures of us snorkeling with the turtles thanks to these guys. The best part is that they only take 12 people on the boat. They could easily fit more than twice that. The cruise excursion catamarans are very crowded. After you reluctantly leave their boat, they take you back to the terminal. I booked this excursion nine months out and they told me a lot of times they are full a year out so book as soon as possible for an amazing time. The cost of this excursion is $110 per person and totally worth it. Dominica - We booked an excursion through Nature Isle Explorers. We booked the jewel tour. We were picked up near the pier and were taken by van to Ti Tou Gorge, Trafalgar Falls, the botanical gardens and snorkeling in Champagne reef. If you do not bring your own snorkel gear, you must rent it at Champagne reef, it is not included in the cost of the tour. This tour is a wonderful way to see the amazing beauty of this island in a short span of time. We had a lot of fun on this tour. They provide beer and water only during the trip. We brought sandwiches we made in the Windjammer the morning of and some trail mix. I brought sandwich bags for this purpose when I packed. The tour costs $57 per person. St. Maarten - This was my shopping port and I had made a deal with my husband that we would shop in the morning, go back to the ship for lunch and go to the beach in the afternoon. It was an exhausting day but worth it. We took the water taxi from the pier to the boardwalk. We walked down the pier one way and then went a street over and walked all the way back to the ship. We walked back to the ship because I wanted to go to the Amsterdam cheese and liquor store. You pass it on the way back to the ship but you might miss it if you are not looking for it as it is set back from the road. I purchased three rounds of gouda cheese at 8lbs each. Yes a lot of cheese but they can last years in a refrigerator unopened. My husband was willing to lug these back to the ship and all the way back to Colorado. They had to go in carry on as they would have put us over the 50lbs in our checked bags. We took the water taxi back to the beach and swam for awhile and then took the water taxi back to the dock. The water taxi is $7 and you can ride it all day unlimited. The other thing that I was pleasantly surprised to find here was the lace stores. The linens are beautiful and I wish I had bought more while I was there. Debarkation - We were in group 32 which is second to last. I was pleased with this as we were one of the last ones off the ship. We paid a dock person $5 to help with our luggage which was easy to spot since there were hardly any bags left. You get in a special line and we were through customs in a flash. The whole process was 5 minutes. We took a cab to Barrachina which is a restaurant where they will hold your bags for free. We had lunch at Barrachina and left our bags so we could explore Old San Juan a little more. We later picked up our bags and took a taxi to the airport hotel we were staying at that night. We stayed at this hotel which is actually in the airport because we had a 7am flight back home the next morning. This would be the only reason to stay at this hotel. It is adequate but that is it. Do not be deceived by the small size of this airport. You need the two hours to get through security. Before you go to security you must have your bags scanned and have a sticker put on your bag that you do not have any plant or other organic materials in your bag. This applies to carry on and checked bags. You must have the sticker to check your bags. If you do not do this first, you will wait in the long security line and then have to go have your carry on bags scanned only to get in the security line again. The entertainment on the ship was not my preference. I do not enjoy Vegas style shows with women in skimpy clothing. I was disappointed that the acapella group I had read about was not on this cruise as I would have enjoyed that. We went to one comedian that I think would have been funny but he kept switching back and forth between English and Spanish which ruined his show. He should have done a separate show in each language. I would have enjoyed bingo but it was $38 per person minimum and that seemed a bit steep to me. The lack of my style of entertainment did not take away from the awesome time we had on this cruise. The ports more than made up for any lack on the ship and the crew on Adventure were amazing. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We just finished out tenth cruise (2nd on RC) aboard the Adventure of the Seas. She is a tired old ship that is in need of rest. This was not what I am used to on cruises. Her windows in the Wind Jammer restaurant were so dirty they made ... Read More
We just finished out tenth cruise (2nd on RC) aboard the Adventure of the Seas. She is a tired old ship that is in need of rest. This was not what I am used to on cruises. Her windows in the Wind Jammer restaurant were so dirty they made it hard to look through. Windows had apparently been replaced and had sealer smeared all over them. I will have to give Royal credit for good staffing. Out room steward was as good as they get and very friendly and helpful. The first two days we had no hot water and another guest we talked to had five days of overflowing toilets that the crew could not stop. Breakfast was the worst of our meals. It did not make any difference if you ordered omelets of just eggs they tasted like artificial eggs. The bacon was always limp and not crisp regardless of how it was ordered. Very little change in food served every day during lunch at the Wind Jammer. Also there was very few choices on the main dinning room menu. If not for our very good waiter (Warren) and our excellent assistant waiter (Alex) we would have probably have given up on the main dinning room but they made it worth attending. I think that twice is enough Royal, we'll be trying other lines in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We took the AOS cruise out of San Juan on 12/5 and visited St. Croix, St. Kitts, Barbados, Dominica and St. Martin with only one day at sea. This was our 13th cruise and our 6th on Royal Caribbean. We had a great time but we do agree ... Read More
We took the AOS cruise out of San Juan on 12/5 and visited St. Croix, St. Kitts, Barbados, Dominica and St. Martin with only one day at sea. This was our 13th cruise and our 6th on Royal Caribbean. We had a great time but we do agree that the ship is showing her age and there has been a definite decline in overall service and food quality. These things show up in small ways that probably wouldn’t be noticed if we hadn’t had the history that we do. I’m rating this cruise 4 stars because we made it that way by maintaining a positive attitude despite a few things that weren’t so great. My sister and her husband went with us. This was her 3rd cruise, the first two having been on Celebrity and Holland America. They were extremely disappointed with the food but by the end of the cruise did say that the AOS took the prize for number and variety of activities offered. Pre-cruise: We took a red-eye from Seattle with a transfer at DFW and arrived in San Juan about 1:30 on Friday, the day before the cruise. I definitely recommend going a day early if flying from the west coast. We stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan as we planned to do some sightseeing in that area. This was a great location. Once checked in, we walked up to El Jibarito and after lunch walked over to San Cristobal. We met my sister later in the evening and went to dinner at Raices which we enjoyed. After dinner we followed our ears and walked into a huge street party that extended for blocks and blocks, with live music at San Francisco Plaza (and elsewhere). This was great fun. Later read that Jose Feliciano was there but we came later. Darn! All this helped us adjust to the 4 hour time difference and having been mostly awake for the last 24+ hours. The following morning we had breakfast in the hotel which was a standard pricey hotel buffet for $20. We checked out, leaving our bags with the hotel and took off on a walking tour toward El Morro. Spent about 3-4 hours checking out Old San Juan and El Morro before having lunch at Deaverdura. We ordered a sampler plate here which we really enjoyed. Walked back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head for the ship. Embarkation: We arrived at the pier at about 2:30 and the line was LONG. DH and I found the priority line which we were able to use since we are platinum members and we were on the ship in less than 30 minutes. It took my sister and her husband 2 hours – brutal standing in the heat for that long!!! Room: We went to our room, a balcony on Deck 7 and unpacked. It was pretty standard, a little worn looking, but certainly sufficient. Nice flat screen tv that swiveled which was better than what we’ve had previously. Don’t watch it a lot, but it is nice when you are in your room. Warning though: we had room 7346 which for some strange reason had an issue vibration when the ship was moving. It was particularly noticeable if you put your head against the headboard. We weren’t in our room a lot so were able to ignore it for the most part, but I wouldn’t book this room again. My sister had an inside on deck 8 and had no such problems. We like balcony cabins but found that on this port intensive cruise we didn’t really make use of it much so might consider an inside if we do a similar itinerary in the future. St. Croix: I had planned to go to Sandcastle but as we were leaving, it started pouring down rain. Since we were ready for the beach with our suits on, we hopped in the hot tub for a while. After less than an hour, the rain stopped, the sun came out, and we decided to walk to the beach just to the left of the pier (Rainbow?) It was a nice afternoon but I’m sorry I didn’t make it to Sandcastle. St. Kitts: The four of us took a tour with Thenford Grey. He was, as others have reported, very knowledgeable and personable. We very much enjoyed the tour with the exception of the last stop at the Carambola Beach Club. It looked to be a very nice place but they didn’t have any chairs or umbrellas available. Thenford did say we could walk down the beach and find other establishments but we were tired so decided to have a quick beer and then go back to the ship. It was nice that he gave us the option to go back to the ship or stay and get picked up later but I would have stayed if we’d gone somewhere that had chairs and umbrellas available. Barbados: We had a wonderful day on the Calabaza catamaran. Much has been written about what a great day this is and I completely agree. As further testament, this was the third trip for one couple and the second time for one or two other couples. We swam with the turtles then went to another spot where we had lunch and snorkeled some more. The food was excellent. I joked that it was the best meal I’d had all week and everyone (all from AOS) pretty much agreed (sadly). Dominica: We did the Roseau Valley Treasures Wet Tour with Levi Baron/Bumpiing Tours and this was another great day. The snorkeling at champagne reef was one of the best snorkeling tours I’ve done. The water was not as clear as some other places but there was a really good diversity of things to see, with Levi leading the way and pointing out various sea life we probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. For example, as we were nearing the shore in just a few feet of water he moved a rock and out popped an eel right in front of me – eek! We were in the water for over an hour. Then we went to Titou Gorge where again, he gave us an experience we wouldn’t have gotten on the ship’s tour. Not only does he take you to the grotto type place that was featured in one of the Pirates movies, but he takes you up through a narrow passage to a waterfall where there was a ledge just big enough for all of us to stand on. We got there by him swimming up first and then floating a rope down so that we could all pull ourselves up. Not sure I could have made it otherwise as the current at that time was very strong. One brave sole climbed up the waterfall after Levi and jumped in from there while the rest of us jumped back in from the ledge. My sister took a ship’s tour that went here and didn’t get to go up to the falls or snorkel at the champagne reef – and she paid quite a bit more. While it doesn’t have many beaches like most of the other islands, Dominica was amazingly beautiful. St Martin: We had a fabulous final day after taking a taxi to Orient Beach. Beautiful, soft sand and gently rolling waves. We parked ourselves at La Playa and had a couple of drinks. No pressure to buy anything else, very clean bathrooms and a freshwater shower. Taxis were a set rate depending on the number of people, ranging I think from about $9 pp to $7 pp. The staff arranged for a taxi when we were ready to leave though I can’t imagine it would be hard to get one yourself. I was surprised at how few people were there. Later at bingo, a group said that they were told not to go there because there was construction. I had read about that but we didn’t really see anything disruptive. However, this this being our first time to Orient, we didn’t have anything to compare to. I would definitely go back. Disembarkation: I was really worried about making our 9:45 am flight on Saturday but gladly it worked out. AOS allowed US citizens early debarkation if you schlepped your own luggage to deck 2 to meet up at 6:45 am and then carried your luggage down one flight of stairs (no elevator use). Maybe 50-100 people chose this option and it worked out beautifully for us. At the airport by about 8:15 and check-in was quick since we were some of the first people off the ship. Not sure I’d count on this though. My sister stayed a couple of extra days in PR so they were some of the last off the ship. Activities: As alluded to previously, I did bingo, once on the day they were giving away a cruise (5 day) which was ridiculously expensive, and then on the last day. Interestingly, they cancelled bingo on a couple of days because there were so few people attending. I’m sure this is because this cruise was so port intensive. I enjoyed the comic on the opening night. He did another adult show which I didn’t attend but my sister really liked – she didn’t think it was too raunchy. We all went to the El Gaucho show and enjoyed that as well. Went to the 70’s party which was fun even though we’d done it on a previous cruise. Don’t think a third time is in my future though. They should think about updating that. Pretty much the same thing for the ice show. I think the first one we saw was better but that may be because it was the first one. Didn’t have any trouble with finding chairs by the main pool even on the sea day. Sis’s DH entered the belly flop contest – that was a hoot. It was too late for us since we had an early tour but they also did the Quest at our urging – and their team won! We’re not casino people but sis and her DH spent some time there and had fun. Food: Overall we were extremely disappointed in the food. The breakfast in the buffet was terrible - scrambled eggs were inedible to the four of us and fried eggs piled on top of one another made it really difficult to get an unbroken egg. There was an omelet station, but I don’t think it was there every day. Could be wrong about that. We tried the dining room for breakfast on a couple days and that was better, but still not too good. Little to no variation in the buffet. We didn’t ever eat lunch but grabbed a bite to tide us over to dinner. Dinner seemed to get better as the week went on. Weird thing but the lobster on the second formal night was really good – better than any cruise lobster I can remember. Go figure…. Miscellaneous: I’ve read comments and concerns about having a large number of Spanish speaking passengers on board. Yes, RCL does do just about everything in both English and Spanish but we didn’t have an issue with this. Yes, the Puerto Rican’s make a bit more noise when asked “who is from PR”, I say more power to them for that! We found everyone very friendly and did not encounter any rudeness from anyone, English or Spanish speaking, on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We have been on over 25 cruises, half of those on Carnival mainly because of my children, they were great. The other 10 or so have been on all the others. This was our 2nd on RC. First one was not overly impressed, but had to give them ... Read More
We have been on over 25 cruises, half of those on Carnival mainly because of my children, they were great. The other 10 or so have been on all the others. This was our 2nd on RC. First one was not overly impressed, but had to give them another shot My wife and I are searching for a new, little more adult cruise line now that the kids are on to college. I use to tell people I could cruise around in circles and have a great time until I got onto a Royal Caribbean boat. 2.5 hours in line to get on the ship. The food is awful. Ok the first day ,but the exact same breakfast / lunch every single day. The orange juice is tang or worse. The dinners were no better, never the way you wanted it prepared when it comes to steak. Absolutely understaffed to the point that my wife's and I dirty plates sat in front of us literally for an hour while waiting on dessert. Not the fault of the waiter and asst. because they were running as fast as they could and just could not keep up as they had to handle everything including all drinks. RC is just expecting to much out of their staff, more profits I assume. This includes the specialty restaurant, the hostess was running back and forth to our table for our waters, bread, drinks while she was trying to seat other guests. Food there was sub par at specialty restaurant , cancelled the other 3 nights we had booked there. Be ready 18% gratuity on all drinks. 2 regular rum punches at the pool cost us $25 with tip. $8 to eat a hamburger at Johnny Rockets. Only other choice for hamburger or hot dog was dried up in a tin at the lunch buffet. Wife like to have a drink and movies under the stars.They played the same 2 movies the entire week. Tomorrowland and Alaho. Unbelievable!! Room service very much lacks selection exact same as buffet and breakfast dining in main dining room was the exact same food as the buffet. We are beach people, grabbed cabs to the beaches. Orient beach on St Marteen is cool. But save your self some money on therapy, don't go to the nude side. No one under 70. Ship layout is cool but dated, shows typical. Staff was nice. Islands were fantastic We will continue to search for our next go to cruise line, but no way it will be RC. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We booked an Owner's Suite just 30 days before sailing. It was ideally located in the middle of the ship near the elevators. It was quiet with exceptional sound proofing. The pool and Windjammer Cafe were just above us but we could ... Read More
We booked an Owner's Suite just 30 days before sailing. It was ideally located in the middle of the ship near the elevators. It was quiet with exceptional sound proofing. The pool and Windjammer Cafe were just above us but we could sleep easily at anytime. Beautina kept our suite immaculate. Berindra, our waiter, made sure to keep us well pleased and his assistant Reshma was every bit as sweet and helpful. The concierge Dionne arranged for a perfect table for just us two at a table for 4 right by the windows each evening at 6:00. Some of the shows were spectacular though neither of us liked the Jackpot show at all. It catered to a much older crowd than what was onboard. Five port of calls were very nice. Dominica had a new dock near their old and as we approached it the views were stunning. I have been there two other times and was so happy to see that the island is improving. We did the tubing down the river excursion and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The food in the Windjammer Cafe as well as in their finest dining room was excellent in every way. There is truly no need to pay for food that is not included in your cruise. We did the train excursion in St Kitts and loved it, don't miss it! It gives you a real chance to see most all of the island and the views are great. St Maarten was beautiful as always. We did the rhino boat tour and got to really see the beauty with the huge yachts, bays and beach time to swim in Happy Bay, gorgeous! Lock your luggage with TSA approved locks when leaving it as I did not have a couple of items on my return. The SeaAir package was excellent as well as the transfers to and from the airport arranged with Royal Caribbean. I am a Gold Crown and Anchor member and received priority boarding and disbarkment. Of course I intend to cruise with Royal Caribbean again. Their 15 year old ship was impeccably updated and clean. The bed was extremely comfortable. I have cruised 6 other times, always in suites, and this was the prettiest bathroom of all ships. The crew were all so pleasant, caring, cheerful and attentive. I really could not ask for anything more! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Stayed 2 nights at the Embassy Suites Isle Verde - always stay here before a cruise out of San Juan. Made the mistake of not getting the taxi voucher at the airport so ended up getting in an argument with the taxi driver as he was trying ... Read More
Stayed 2 nights at the Embassy Suites Isle Verde - always stay here before a cruise out of San Juan. Made the mistake of not getting the taxi voucher at the airport so ended up getting in an argument with the taxi driver as he was trying to overcharge. Finally got the bell person involved and the taxi driver quickly changed the charge to the correct charge - no extra tip for him. At 11, took a taxi to the port. Luggage line took about 10 minutes. We were booked in a mini suite but our boarding pass stated suite so (after asking the person that was there answering questions) got in the suite line which was much much shorter than the regular line. However, when they opened the doors around noon or so, absolutely no one checked the boarding pass for this information so anyone could have been in the suite line. We have taken about 15 cruises on various lines - selecting a ship based solely on itinerary that matches when we can cruise. Our main reason for vacationing in the Caribbean is snorkeling. We often do land vacations but as we get older (mid 60s) we are leaning toward only cruising for the ease of getting to various places, unpacking once, and more safety and security all around. That being said, we don't look for the ship condition - just want to feel that we are in clean surroundings. Had a mini suite for the first time (always book regular balcony cabins). Really liked the extra space just for getting around. There was so much storage space that I didn't fill half of it. Loved the walk in closet. Loved the tub for cleaning snorkel equipment after excursions. We were in cabin 9280. Really quiet location. At this point in our cruising, we have stopped going to the dining room for any meal. We just stick to the buffets - in this case the Windjammer. We just got tired of taking so long to eat, etc. We found the food to be average for a buffet situation. Always hot. Never ate so many mashed potatoes in one week! Good steamed vegetables. Desserts were absolutely terrible - good thing - but disappointing because I do like to treat myself on vacation. I never found one dessert worth taking more than one bite the entire week. At dinner, they did have hand dipped ice cream (one flavor a night only - mostly vanilla) which I did think was pretty good so I stuck with that. Only ate oatmeal for breakfast and it was good. Fruit selection was poor but I pretty much expected that on RCL. It was hard to find seats for breakfast - often had to eat in the pool area. What I didn't like was that the Windjammer didn't open for dinner until 6:30. That is late for us and makes it difficult to get to the early show and we never stay up to go to the late shows. We did talk to several people on various excursions and we didn't talk to one person who was thrilled about the dining room food either - so we weren't missing anything. We do not participate in any activities - but looking through the daily program there were the usual suspects. Casino - We enjoy playing the slots a little after dinner. Terrible terrible payouts so we stopped going after three nights. Entertainment - Of course, loved the ice show. Liked that tickets are no longer needed - one less line to stand in. Enjoyed the 3 Divas show. Couldn't stand the new production show Jackpot - Las Vegas tribute of sorts. Not one of the songs appealed to us and it was boring. You could tell by the audience reactions throughout that the excitement wasn't there. Singers were better than usual. I always find the dancing cheesy. Library - Actually had a book exchange which was nice. Took some - left some. Stateroom Attendant was Susanna Dkhar. If we aren't out snorkeling or eating, we are mostly in our cabin. She was the first attendant we ever had who paid attention to what I said on the first day and actually serviced our cabin in the evening close to 6. I really appreciated that attention to my schedule. She was also efficient, professional, and pleasant. The promenade was a crowded mess most of the time. I can't even imagine being there if something was going on. Actually I found myself feeling a lot that I was in crowds on this ship. I often just wanted to escape to my cabin. Fitness center - Didn't use as much as usual. But, was able to use the general purpose area that had some exercise balls and free weights. Seemed to have a nice selection of equipment and it was pretty well used when we were there. Internet - I paid $102 to have unlimited internet on one device for the entire cruise. I know it is expensive on any ship but this is the first time that I was able to pay for unlimited and not a certain number of minutes. I liked this concept better and probably paid about the same. It isn't quite as annoying to deal with such a slow system when the minutes aren't ticking down on your plan. I did find, however, that when I got home, several of my emails weren't received. Not sure what that was all about as they were in my sent box. Did a mix of private and ship excursions. In Barbados went with Elegance this time. They do an excellent job but the snorkeling is really limited - so it is really a sailing excursion. I have snorkeled with the turtles so much that it is just isn't worth it. Even if you are on a private excursion with just a few people you are still dumped in with the masses from the other boats as the turtles are in just one location. The ship wrecks you snorkel over - one is decent - the other too deep and murky to see anything. In St. Croix took the shuttle taxi to Sand Castle. It was certainly a nice long beach area. We found the snorkeling to be poor so only stayed about an hour. I read conflicting reports but when I got there realized that the good snorkeling is a good walk down the beach and a good swim out - so we didn't bother with that. In Dominica took the ship snorkeling excursion to the Champagne reef and one other. Best snorkeling of the trip. In St. Kitts took the ship sail and snorkel excursion. Not that great that I can't even remember anything about it. In St. Maarten went out with Captain Alan on the 4 hour snorkel. This is a power boat trip. Kind of a rough water day but that makes the boat fun. Some very good snorkeling. I would recommend this company. We stayed for two nights, as usual when in San Juan, at the Sheraton Old San Juan. We always enjoy a day or two walking around Old San Juan. Many more shops were boarded up this time but we had a fun time as they had their Christmas boat parade right in front of our hotel. Good time to travel - warm pleasant weather - no rain - calm seas. Speaking of calm seas. I noticed that the first 2 days of our cruise, there was a constant slight vibration in our cabin and on the ship. It was minimally annoying. Not a nice rocking but a shaking. I noticed that after the 3rd day it pretty much stopped, thankfully. Even though we were in the middle of the time slots for disembarkation, we waited until the very end - just sat on the pool deck. There were still long lines - so got a porter and got in the shorter porter line but that still took about 20 minutes or so. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We had a good cruise. It could have been a great cruise if RCCL would go back to the cruise experience they used to provide. They need to enforce their own rules; charge what they need to cover costs and not price gouge; stop the ... Read More
We had a good cruise. It could have been a great cruise if RCCL would go back to the cruise experience they used to provide. They need to enforce their own rules; charge what they need to cover costs and not price gouge; stop the photographers from acting like the panhandlers in ports of call and trying to get the work of 5 staff out of 3 staffers as a way to cut costs. We like the dining room experience. We asked for a table for 6 or 8 so that we meet new people and learn new things. We pick up lots of tips on excursions, ports of call and just fun things to do on and off the ship. We dress for the formal nites and like them to be special. The rules regarding attire that is appropriate and attire that is prohibited is NEVER enforces. Shorts and tee shirts and flip flops at the table on formal nite both times. Baseball caps and shorts on other nites in the dining room. The early cruising years had a maitre'd at the door. If you were not properly attired then you were told you needed to find another dining venue. I recall that if dining was scheduled for 6 PM the dining room door was closed at 6:10 and no one was allowed to come in as service had already started. That was fair for the staff and for the guests trying to enjoy a dining experience. This time we were seated with folks who did not understand or speak a word of English. How did that happen when we booked this cruise over a year ago. We are DIAMOND and they know we are English speaking. One table in our section was for 10 guests. 2 guests came at 6; 2 at 6:10; 2 at 6:30; 2 at 7 and others - if they showed up - well after 7 PM. Our dining was interrupted because they had to serve that table starters while we waited for other courses because they arrived late. How is that fair to either us or the wait staff. The maitre'd who should have been policing that instead of walking around scowling at other staff - which was unhelpful!! Our cabin was clean and well attended to. We asked for ice in the icebucket everyday and he did not disappointed. The cabins need some rehabilitations. The soap dish in our shower was broken, the bottom was missing and loose so your soap fell on the floor all the time and some of the carpet was loose but everything was clean. Great linens. The photographers must be working on commission of some sort. The formal shots on formal nite were pretty much point and shoot. The set ups for the most part did not include the light canopies that help with improved quality of the photos. I generally have a hard time picking between four or five shots as to which one or two to buy. This time I struggled to find two that I really wanted. When you get off the ship in a port the photographers are all over you like flies. They want to take your picture with the steering wheel or a pirate or some other character. A simple NO is not enough. They actually harass you like street vendors and even come up and put their arm around you and keep saying come on, come on. No means NO! It was a lot like dealing with a 2 year old. They keep asking you till they get a different answer! One of the cost savings was on entertainment. We felt that it was OK but not up to the quality we have come to expect. I wonder how any other people would like to listen to a comedian whose material was about either about passing gas or a bowel movement! That was about 80% of his act. The love and marriage game had a newly wed of 2 months; 2 years and 41 years - all from New York. The cruise director was not good at adding to the Q & A so it was sort of a flop. A couple nites were just the singer and dancers for the dinner show. The one thing you have to brag about on RCCL is the live orchestra. Nobody has better musicians than RCCL's live performances. They are the best. Many lines used canned music. Not RCCL. Great performers in the orchestra pit. When we first cruised we paid $5.95 for the drink of the day. Now it is $10.00 plus and 18% tip. That's $11.80 for a drink that has some fruit juice and 1 shot of captain morgans! A beer is $8.00. They are moving towards drink packages. That would be a deal for RCCL on a ship that has 5 ports of call when guests are in port all day! Prices are getting ridiculous! I think they could improve the experience for many of us who value the traditional cruise experience without a lot of trouble. They offer MyTimeDining. They should tell the late comers to go to deck 5 and dine there at MyTime. They could ask on the online check in before you cruise: DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN FORMAL NITE? If the answer is YES then you are assigned to DECK 4 in the XYZ dining room. If the answer is NO then you are assigned DECK 3 in the LMNOP dining room. Not rocket science! On the second nite if your table is mostly empty then allow folks to join other sparcely populated tables and if the other no-shows come on another nite let them eat alone rather than the folks who signed up and showed up! WE sat alone after the Spanish speaking folks didn't come back. If we wanted a table for 2 we would have requested that. We find the San Juan port poorly run. There doesn't seem to be a consistent process with someone in charge. Different guests had different rules. They must contract with a luggage handling firm as many folks had trouble with where to drop bags. It was not very clear when you arrived. It will be years before we cruise from that port again. We thought the food was good. We've had better and we've had worse. We are rather low maintenance in that department and we found what we needed very easily. The ship was not full so we had no trouble finding tables in the Wind Jammer. We booked private excursions. I find that RCCL has really priced themselves out of the market on this as well. I know they need to make a profit but it is getting outrageously priced on nearly every type of shore trip. We found it unusual that they had some things for Spanish speakers and the same show in a different lounge for everyone else! Never seen them cater to one group before. KUDOS to the pool patrol. This is the first time I have ever seen them going around and keeping track of the time that towels are left on chairs and no one comes to use the chair. They were very good at collecting the towels and making chairs available to the rest of us. Nice job guys! The solarium pool must have recently been redone. It was in great shape. We think they need to get some new marketing folks. I would buy 8 pictures for $9.99 each and you can stamp RCCL in the front corner and I would display them. Instead you charge $22.95 and they are not identified as RCCL photos and I buy 2. Now RCCL has the expense of getting rid of the rest I didn't buy. RCCL - you have this all backwards! We used and liked the Diamond Lounge. Very generous and a fun experience. Great staff in there. We had a good time but RCCL is slipping in a number of areas. I think if you listen to your most loyal cruisers you would be surprised at how many of us have the same issues with they changes. We will be back! We thought you did a better jobs in earlier years. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We spent 2 nights prior to boarding at Hilton Caribe in San Juan. San Juan is a fun place to visit. I would highly recommend this hotel. The rooms were great and the hotel grounds and staff were terrific. Hotel has 2 Starbucks (one on ... Read More
We spent 2 nights prior to boarding at Hilton Caribe in San Juan. San Juan is a fun place to visit. I would highly recommend this hotel. The rooms were great and the hotel grounds and staff were terrific. Hotel has 2 Starbucks (one on the beach) and a Morton's Steakhouse. Our group was three couples and we have taken quite a few cruises together. We took taxi to the ship and had priority boarding which was outstanding. The ship is in very good condition and renovated just last year. We made our way to Windjammer for lunch and very soon after, our cabins were available to us. The luggage arrived very timely. We had a Junior Suite (#9248), absolutely loved it. There was so much storage in the room. The walk in closet was huge and so much space to hang items. The room had 2 desk chairs along with 2 padded chairs and a couch. The balcony was nice but had only 2 chairs (neither were high back) and no lounge. There was plenty of room for a lounge chair. The bathroom was large and had a bathtub/shower combo. It was my birthday and the room was decorated quite nicely thanks to our friends purchasing the birthday package. On previous cruises we have been able to purchase liquor for an in room bar set up. This was not available, we think due to their huge push for people to buy drink packages. We did in fact buy one. It was nice not to worry about how much the drink you ordered was costing. Also included coffee drinks at Cafe Promenade which I went to each morning for a delicious Vanilla Steamer. Great service at the Cafe. The Outdoor Movie Screen hangs near the pool. I was stunned at how clear the picture was even in the bright sun. They had some football games on. We didn't watch any movies but the quality of the screen was perfect day or night. I will address the dining issue. Breakfast in Windjammer was just okay. Powdered scrambled eggs, very bad, but you can get real scrambled if you wait in omlette line, well worth it. Breakfast in main dining room was pretty good, but terribly slow, with service just okay. Dinner in Main Dining Room was below par from our previous cruises. The food was not as good and the service was poor. We had My Time Dining. I think it is not the staff's fault as much as the obvious understaffing. I addressed this in my survey to Royal. Dinner in Giovanni's was very very good. Was happy to pay the $25 per person for a very good meal. Day 2: St Thomas- We took ship excursion "Tree Limin Zip Line". It was fantastic. Worth every penny and our 2nd zip line tour, but this one was just as fun as the first time. Excellent platforms and very very safe. We hit the casino just briefly and won a little bit but then lost a bit more. They still allow smoking so difficult to hang out in for non-smokers. Day 3: St Croix - We took a taxi to Rainbow Beach which was very pretty. They have a nice casual bar/restaurant. They also rent chairs and umbrellas. The ships catamaran excursion also arrived there. After beach we took taxi back and walked to Turtle's Deli, a short walk from the ship. Outstanding food, homemade breads, just delicious. Day 4: Antigua- We took taxi to Jolly Harbour, the water was the incredible blue that I have only seen in Antigua. We rented umbrellas and lounge chairs and they have a beach bar and food servers. I highly recommend this beach. Day 5: St Lucia- the beauty as you arrive in this port is incredible. Lush green landscape. We walked into town and walked through a very large market with lots of goods for sale. We then found a taxi and he drove up into the hills for a very good price. Great views. The houses are a must see. Visited a historical site next to the community college. Day 6: Grenada - We took a taxi trip which gave us some beautiful spots including Annandale Falls and later to a small boutique hotel where we ate lunch and enjoyed a deserted beach. Water was the warmest here. I did not mention much on the shows as we did not get to many. The Ice Show was my favorite. It was outstanding. We went on the last day (at sea) to avoid the first day show crowds. The theater located on Deck 2 looked nice, but we did not use it. On each deck are interactive boards, you can get directions and they also show the time of day. I had not been on a ship with those before and found them to be very informative. This ship does not have the heated ceramic lounges which I truly enjoy. The Wi-Fi while very slow was unlimited for the package. No need to worry about how long it is taking and using up precious minutes. We were very happy to see that. Departure: Our departure went smoothly as we had a late flight and went on the ships Bacardi Rum tour. It was a fun and informative tour. On the way we got a bus tour of Old Town San Juan, it was great to see all the statues. I was just seeing a review titled "Royal Needs to Listen to their Guests" I agree with that 100% and have hear in the past they monitor Cruise Critics. Let's hope so. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We went with the extended family (from grandparents to kids as young as 10) and found this to be a GREAT experience. The excursions are a must. We loved our snorkel excursion on st. Kitts -the guides made the trip a lot of fun for our ... Read More
We went with the extended family (from grandparents to kids as young as 10) and found this to be a GREAT experience. The excursions are a must. We loved our snorkel excursion on st. Kitts -the guides made the trip a lot of fun for our whole family and the dive sites and beach at Nevis were great. The Treetop zip lining at Loterie Farm on St. marteen was also very well run. Safety was emphasized and reinforced making us feel secure and Vilma was an engaging tour guide. Barbados was also a great island and our snorkeling over shipwrecks was some of our best snorkeling and the second part of the tour to Bathsheba with our guide Troy was informative and worthwhile. In the dining room we were lucky to have had great waiters Willson and Amy and their assistants Alina and Mauricio. Willson was our primary waiter and he was excellent from his dinner recommendations to his nightly toothpick puzzles for us to solve. His personality and drive to make sure our experience was excellent made for a great rendezvous with our group each night. This was a Great cruise for first timers or families. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first cruise on RC. We previously had only cruised on Carnival. We chose RC/AOS for 2 reasons 1) we wanted to experience Xmas aboard the ship, and 2) to experience "more luxury" aboard the ship. I know it was one ... Read More
This was our first cruise on RC. We previously had only cruised on Carnival. We chose RC/AOS for 2 reasons 1) we wanted to experience Xmas aboard the ship, and 2) to experience "more luxury" aboard the ship. I know it was one of AOS's older ships, but expected more. The only step up from Carnival was the Promenade. Which was very nicely decorated, but was populated with overpriced shops. Dining: The Windjammer buffet was a huge disappointment. The food was no better or worse than Carnival. It could use a huge improvement. There was no all day/night hamburger/hot dog/fries/pizza station(s). The was Giovanni's specialty Italian restaurant which was an upcharge of $35 per person. The specialty burger spot was Johnny Rockets which charged $6.95 per person. Although not much, aboard Carnival Guy Fieri's burgers were being cooked fresh and was included in cruise cost. The drink such as Heineken beer was $8.42. So you need to have 6-8 drinks a day to make the drink packages work. Unless you tipped your bartender, you would get watered down drink. Water also had to be purchased. Aboard Carnival, you were allowed to bring a case of water with you upon boarding. "Specialty Coffee and Ice Cream" was also an extra charge. Entertainment: This was poor. There was two comedian shows, one each on Day 1(family) and Day 7 (adult). The AOS singers and dancers were just OK as well as their show productions. The contracted entertainment, The Unexpected Boys and a balancing act. The Boys was a really good show, but short. The balancing act, was somewhat entertaining. Being a Christmas, you would have expected Christmas Show- NO. No special Xmas show. There were also a couple nights with no show at all. Activities: As I am not a sunbather, I choose to lounge at the over 16 y/o section of the ship , which provided some shade. There was one bar, no music, no big screen TV. The only music heard was that of other guest or from the main pool area when the doors opened. Cabins: Beds hard as concrete. A plus, instead of just glass door to balcony, it was glass wall. This allows for a lot of natural light and excellent views. Service: The service wait staff, bartenders, state attendants, ship officers, cruise director/staff, customer service were outstanding. Full attention was paid to any issue encounters. Excursions: As I do not participate in the adventure excursions, I always arrange my own. It does not make sense to pay $75-100 per person to go to a beach. You can take a cab from the port, pay for chairs and umbrella, and have lunch for less than $100 for two. NOTE: Travel irons are not allowed on the ship and will be confiscated until you leave the ship. As there are 2 formal nights, you are now force to pay of laundry/pressing services so you don't look like you sleep in your clothes. Again $$$ Summary: The above are just my observation and opinions about the cruise. Regardless of the above, we did thoroughly enjoy ourselves. You make it what you want. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This is my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and my third New Years cruise. It is also the second time on this ship (previously in 2009). I am very picky and was a little worried about the condition of the ship, based on some of the most ... Read More
This is my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and my third New Years cruise. It is also the second time on this ship (previously in 2009). I am very picky and was a little worried about the condition of the ship, based on some of the most recent reviews. That said, from the moment I walked on the ship, I was pleased at the cleanliness and condition of the ship as a whole, including staterooms. I was with a group and we had 4 deluxe balconies and 2 inside promenade rooms on Deck 8, mid-ship. All six rooms were clean and well kept. They were not worn and in my opinion the ship does not show its age as suggested by others. However, other reviews about the lackluster cruise director was very accurate. I guess I must have been spoiled on previous cruises with such great and active cruise directors. I had a late dinner seating so I was unable to attend some of the larger shows, so I cannot comment on those. However, I did attend the Love and Marriage show and as always was entertained. It was however disappointing that they chose a different venue for the Quest game show (typically my favorite show). As a result it was standing room only and we ended up leaving. I was happy to see deck security out monitoring chairs during the day at sea. Historically, the day at sea is always stressful with folks holding chairs that they might use for a brief period. The security folks walked around and made sure this did not happen. From a food perspective it was what I typically expect, very good quality and consistency. I like the dining room experience so I cannot comment on the specialty restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Due to circumstances that I will explain later, I am very tardy writing this review of our cruise. This was a family cruise which included our children and grandchildren and was our fourth cruise on Royal Caribbean. Our last two cruises ... Read More
Due to circumstances that I will explain later, I am very tardy writing this review of our cruise. This was a family cruise which included our children and grandchildren and was our fourth cruise on Royal Caribbean. Our last two cruises were on Adventure's sister ships, Explorer and Navigator of the Seas. We chose this cruise because we could depart from San Juan, guaranteeing warm weather and because there were ports on this cruise we had not toured. We met our family in San Juan two days before the cruise and stayed at the Embassy Suites, which was perfect for us. I was uncertain about the condition of this ship because I know RCI has been putting greater emphasis on its newer and larger mega ships, and many of the reviews on cruise critic were less than pleasing. However, I need not have worried. We always try to board before noon and in spite of the lines which were already in place, embarkation was easy, well managed and we actually walked onto the ship in about 30 minutes from beginning to end. The ship was beautiful, well maintained and certainly does not show its age. We went directly to the windjammer for lunch, and because we knew we would not have immediate access to our cabins,we had our bathing suits with us and headed to the pool. Our TA arranged for us to have four balcony cabins side by side on deck 7, which were perfect. Our table in the dining room was 213, first sitting, main deck. The dining room still appears absolutely elegant. Our server, Shaun, must have been the best or one of the best servers in the dining room. He is so respected that he was training an assistant server whose first serving experience in the dining room was that first night. With all of that, he did not miss a beat and accommodated our every request, every evening. While the food is not gourmet, it far surpassed my expectations, perhaps because of our server's ability and professionalism. As veteran cruisers, we have learned as many other cruisers have, to compensate our servers and steward throughout the week, rather than waiting until the last evening, which I think was appreciated by each of our servers. Now as to why this review is being written so many weeks later. On Dec.30, I had the extreme misfortune of suffering a back fracture while touring St. Lucia. The tour was not booked through Royal Caribbean, so they were in no way responsible, nor were our tour guides. Just a very unfortunate accident on my part. I went to the medical unit on board and was treated by a Dr. Abel Rivera, who was professional, knowledgeable and did everything he could to keep me medicated and pain free for the duration of the cruise. Upon debarkation, at his suggestion, medical transport was arranged to take me directly from the ship to a hospital in San Juan, where I could have a CT scan, since the ship is not equipped to provide for these procedures. All arrangements were made swiftly, without complications. I could not have asked for better medical attention on board a cruise ship. It is now almost nine weeks later and I am finally able to complete this review. In spite of my accident our family agrees this was our best cruise yet! I missed celebrating New Years in the promenade but was able to watch on the closed circuit TV, and our kids had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the staff at Adventure of the Seas, ship still looking good, and to Royal Caribbean for all of their help. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Been on 6 RCCL cruises and loved them all!! On this one We had 6 people and 3 rooms. One balcony and 2 promenade rooms. Rooms were OK. Typical Royal. We didn't know all the balconies are metal all the way around instead of glass. But ... Read More
Been on 6 RCCL cruises and loved them all!! On this one We had 6 people and 3 rooms. One balcony and 2 promenade rooms. Rooms were OK. Typical Royal. We didn't know all the balconies are metal all the way around instead of glass. But not a big deal. Pros: Room Steward EON was the BEST we have ever had!! Dinning Staff Wilson and Juan were Excellent. Food in Dinning room was very good (aside from some well done steaks) Not at all crowded Michael the Bar tender in main dining and walking around pool area was the best... always a Huge smile and he knew our names.He was right on us getting drinks. Trivia in Schooners was fun Karaoke was funny in the Pub. Cons: Drink service was HORRIBLE at the bars. Sat a the Pub 3 times and no one else was there....Never once got waited on. Pool bar i adult section had the SLOWEST and most RUDE bar tender. Bigger guy (cant remember his name) And if you had a soda cup... forget getting any service.They get an automatic 18% tip plus extra IF we felt they were excellent so why not do your job?? Husband went to cigar bar. One other person in there. The bar tender never once offered a drink in the hour and half they were in there. It was like this all over the ship. The most boring cruise as there was NOTHING to do but sit in bars.Even those had few people in them.. we never saw more than a handful in the sports bar. The bartender there was nice so we got our drinks there. There were a couple movies we watched on the pool deck but after that all the bars there closed. You had to go inside and sit. Buffet has the SMALLEST salad section we have ever seen!! Food repeated it self daily. Room service would be scheduled from 7-7:30 but call at 6:30 to let us know they were coming!! We were still sleeping and scheduled it when we would be getting up! Again NOTHING to do!! Shows were all Latino assume because we went out of San Juan?? We hardly had an announcement or informed of any events..as there were so few. Fitness center had very old run down equipment. Had the drink pkg. My sticker started to wear off after a couple days. Checked our bill and was getting charged from drinks. Is this NOT in the system??? This is a older ship in much need of Dry Dock and updates!!!! We also had a out break of Noro-virus on our ship. By the 4th day you could not get fruit in your drink or see a menu, by the 5th day the staff had to serve you in the buffet. The line went out the windjammer on slow times!! I will give credit for how hard the staff was working with cleaning and sanitizing everything over and over! You could not go 2 feet with out getting hand sanitizer and I was not complaining!!! We dodged the bug!! But no compensation of any sort from Royal. I know all the cruise lines are making cut backs but there was nothing to do on this ship.All our other Royal cruise have been excellent!! We had 21 and 23 year olds with us. They said never again on Royal also. We are in our late 40's and got off so disappointed in the cruise but focused on the Islands that we enjoyed. Sorry Royal but we won't be sailing you anytime soon!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I have been on several cruises before, this was my first with Royal and the first cruise ever for my husband. I had very high expectations for this cruise, after all, it wasn't Carnival. We flew into San Juan the day of departure and ... Read More
I have been on several cruises before, this was my first with Royal and the first cruise ever for my husband. I had very high expectations for this cruise, after all, it wasn't Carnival. We flew into San Juan the day of departure and had arranged transfers to and from the airport through Royal- it was a quick ride, maybe 15-20 minutes to port. The embarkation process went smooth for the most part, although, it took significantly longer than expected given that we arrived at about 6:00 PM and there were not many others awaiting check-in. We had a promenade stateroom, this was nothing more than an interior room with a window. The décor was very outdated and damaged, the bathroom fixtures and toilet had yellowed with age, cracks in the mirrors etc. Our bed was quite uncomfortable, very lumpy and hard as a rock. The bedspread had yellow stains, which we reported and waited almost two for housekeeping to come replace. In previous reviews I read that the ship was definitely showing its age, I couldn't agree more. In fact, the Adventure is headed to dry dock this year. There were plenty of activities to participate in, we enjoyed the adult comedy show, adult game shows and various pool activities. I was disappointed in the quality of food in the Windjammer, it was always the same selection for breakfast and lunch. We did not eat there for dinner as we were in the main dining room. Café Promenade is located on Deck 5 and is open 24 hours, which is nice to have the option for a snack without going all the way to Windjammer. The menu was limited to cheese or pepperoni pizza, various sandwiches such as egg salad, ham, and turkey. They did have a couple of desserts, cheesecake, cookies etc. Our service in the main dining room was great, although, I was a little disappointed in the food. We did not go to Johnny Rockets or the other specialty restaurants as I didn't want to pay to eat. The cruise line is moving towards the drink packages, the drink of the day was usually about $12.50 plus the 18% gratuity. On day 3 my husband decided to purchase the Ultimate package which paid for itself in 2 sometimes 3 drinks. Our itinerary included St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John Antigua, St. Lucia and Grenada so we had only one day at sea. We were pleased with our excursion choices. In St. Thomas we did the Kayak, Hike and Snorkel at Cas Cay- we did not see much snorkeling, not even reef but there were a few fish that the guides pointed out. The majority of the time was spent kayaking in the mangroves and the hike is not much of a hike, more like a slow stroll on the beach. St. Croix had some of the best scuba diving my husband has ever done, he wants to go back for future diving. We did zip-lining in St. John's which was a blast! The staff were very attentive and helpful. In St. Lucia we did the aerial tram, the view was beautiful, but, we did not see any wildlife just forest. We did not have anything booked for Grenada but signed up for the Eco Trek to Bamboo Falls at the last minute, the description said the tour was 3.5 hours- it ended up being 6 hours. If you decide to do that excursion, make sure to bring comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. It was a long hike, through the mud up and down steep includes and across a cold river to get to the waterfall. Definitely a strenuous trip. Our favorite activities on the ship include the ice skating show, which is only performed twice and has very limited seating, adult comedy shows, adult game shows such as "Battle of the Sexes and "Love and Marriage". Disembarkation went fine, we had an excursion planned in San Juan since our flight did not leave until late that evening, so we were one of the first off of the boat which limited long lines at customs etc. Overall we had a good time, but like I said, we weren't on the boat very much. Next time I will definitely do my research and not book a trip on a boat that is headed to dry dock. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
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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