2,277 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Adventure of the Seas was our first cruise experience. We were not disappointed. The service, from stateroom attendant to dining room waiters to purser's desk was really first-rate. This ship is SO huge. We never felt like we were ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas was our first cruise experience. We were not disappointed. The service, from stateroom attendant to dining room waiters to purser's desk was really first-rate. This ship is SO huge. We never felt like we were with a crowd. The ride was rock-solid. Perhaps we were blessed with exceptional weather. I only remember feeling rain twice and those were sea days. It was actually somewhat refreshing. I timed the checkin period. From taxi dropoff to free-roaming the ship took 45 minutes. Our interior stateroom was ready as advertised (2 p.m., I believe) and was quite comfortable for our week-long journey. Being an interior room and having no windows allowed us to recharge our jet-lagged bodies that first night. In fact, I was quite surprised to wake up at 9 a.m. on our first sea day and it felt like I had been sleeping for days. I had to trust my watch to confirm what time and day it happened to be. Safety muster was not prolonged and the first dinner in the dining room was quite a treat. If I have to choose my top cruise-related rave, it has to be the fine dining. At home, we treat ourselves to fine dining only a few times per year. On this cruise, we were treated like royalty on seven of seven nights! Our waiters Raphael and Leilani were just the BEST. Head waiter Gregorio also excelled. On lobster night, Raphael sent my plate back to the kitchen because it didn't meet his standards. To my surprise, I was treated to not one, but two lobster tails... for putting up with the inconvenience for waiting... what?... three more minutes! Ports were fun. We chose to arrange our own fun, hitting Arashi Beach, Aruba (best bus service); Jan Thiel Beach, Curacao; Cinnamon Bay, St. John (best snorkeling). We also taxi toured St. Maarten. Ever seen how a cashew grows? Have a taxi driver stop at a convenient tree and pick one for you. You will be surprised at the elaborate fruit that accompanies every single cashew nut. We were also impressed at the amount of maintenance and late-night cleaning of the ship. There were several nights when we saw the pools drained and completely pressure washed. Also witnessed glove-handed maintenance people wiping down oft-touched surfaces, such as door knobs, chairs, etc. This is an awesome ship and I would happily recommend this voyage to anyone. We must do it again. There was so much to offer that we couldn't possibly have done everything. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
My husband and I are in our 40's. This was our first cruise, and it was wonderful! We didn't take our kids, ages 11 and 13, because they were off for a week of camp. But they would have loved it too. The food was wonderful, the ... Read More
My husband and I are in our 40's. This was our first cruise, and it was wonderful! We didn't take our kids, ages 11 and 13, because they were off for a week of camp. But they would have loved it too. The food was wonderful, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the view from our cabin balcony was awesome. I was glad we splurged for a balcony...we loved waking up to the beautiful views and the ports. A few lessons we learned: Lesson 1: Use the RCI transportation service from the airport to the ship. It made it soooo easy. We got off the plane, got our luggage and were greeted by helpful folks. They got us on a bus, put our luggage on a separate truck, and we were to the ship in a short time. The best part was that because we had used the service, we barely waited AT ALL to get on the ship. Others who had their luggage with them and had taken taxis had a looong wait at the pier to get on the ship. Our luggage was delivered before dinner. Lesson 2: The excursions are worth the money. We went on three, total. The first was called something like "Sail and Snorkel" in Aruba. Very nice. The fish weren't all that wonderful, but the sailing on the catamaran and the second snorkeling jaunt, to a sunken ship, made it worth it. The sunken ship was the Antilla, from WWII, and it was quite a sight to see. My history loving husband was in heaven! And I loved it too. We also saw the show "Let's GO LATIN!" (another excursion offered) in Aruba. GREAT SHOW!!!!!! Las Vegas style dancing and singing. It was excellent. The only problem was that later the ship's dancers paled in comparison. It was really an excellent show. We were really glad we had booked it. The only other excursion we took was in St. Thomas. We went on BOB, which stands for Breathable Observation Bubble. It is a huge clear helmet,(you feel like an astronaut!) and a motorized scooter you ride under water! It was great! Much easier and more relaxing than scuba as far as breathing goes, because you don't do anything. You just breathe normally. Oxygen is pumped in, and it is fun riding the motor scooter. We just wished we had been able to go a little faster. But it was great. Afterward we had time to snorkel and we saw more fish there than in Aruba. Even a barracuda! Another lesson: All the stores are pretty much the same at each island. The shopping district in Aruba seemed seedy. It was dirty and not very nice. Curacao had a lovely shopping area across a moveable bridge. It reminded me of Charleston, SC, with the various colors of the buildings. Very quaint and nicer than Aruba shopping, we thought. We went to Marigot to shop in St. Maarten and stayed only 15 minutes...same as elsewhere. St. Thomas was the nicest island of them all. JUST BEAUTIFUL and the shopping was similar...if you want diamonds and Tanzanite and perfume, you are in luck on any of the islands. If not, stay close to the boat and just go where you are docked. It is not worth the time, we felt, to go to the towns, except for Curacao, which is a close walk. Beaches: We went to two. In St. Maarten we went to Orient Bay. One hint, don't grab a beach chair at the first place. Walk down the beach a bit and you will see signs that offer a beach chair, umbrella, and a drink for several dollars less than we paid for our chairs and umbrella. The water was clear blue and beautiful and so warm, almost a bit too warm to be refreshing. But we loved it. It was lovely! Of course we saw a few topless women, because there is a nudist beach right next door to the main one. Not a big deal, in fact, we didn't enjoy walking down that way, where women AND men hung out, literally! I guess we figured it would be fun to say we went there, but the people are not young bathing beauties! Our favorite spot was in St. Thomas at Magen's Bay. It is rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic, and it was gorgeous. The water was cooler but not cold, which was perfect. We loved it. There are trees for shade on the beach, and the view of the hills beside the cove are stunning. Very picturesque, and worth going to! Just gorgeous!!!! A highlight of the time on the ship was the games at night. There was Karaoke Idol, with contestants from on board, as well as a game show called "Love and Marriage," patterned after the Newlywed Game, and even a belly flop contest at the pool. Ashley Kerr, the Cruise Director, was FABULOUS! It was always fun to see whatever was going on. She made it delightful. The food was great. We often found ourselves ordering two appetizers at dinner instead of one appetizer and a salad. It was always too hard to choose, they sounded so good! We were seated at a table for four. We were disappointed at first, hoping to meet more people at dinner, but conversation was easy and we enjoyed getting to know our dinner partners, a grandmother and her grandson who had just graduated from high school. We did go to Portofino's for dinner one night. We didn't realize that it was the night lobster tails were being served in the main dining rooms, so we were disappointed. But no need to be, our waiter at Portofino's kindly added two lobster tails to our meals. It was a lovely dinner. Fabulous presentation of the food, which was excellent. In my opinion, worth the 20.00 per person. It was nice to have a dinner alone in a romantic setting with fabulous food. All the dinners in the main dining room were very good, but Portofino's was even nicer. Very elegant. Other lessons: I wished I had brought my evening gowns, or at least dresses with sequins instead of the cocktail dresses...lots of folks went all out. My husband had his tux, and it was fun to dress up, I just wish I had gone all out. I also wish we had eaten lunch in the main dining room more than just once. It was awesome. But with the Windjammer grill on the same level as the pools, it is so tempting to just go through the buffet line. We also ate breakfast only once in the main dining rooms, going to the buffet instead. I would do it differently now...the choices in the main dining room for lunch were really wonderful. Thai wraps, BBQ chicken salad, etc. All in all, we had an incredible vacation. The rooms may be small, but no smaller than we imagined. Nicer than we thought. The bed was extremely comfortable. The food was great, the dancing fun, the beaches beautiful...We had such a wonderful time, it is hard getting back to reality! We just got home last night, and already I am wondering when we can do it again. You will love your cruise!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
Our cruise went to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbados. We found the ship a bit too big for our tastes, and I (being a 16 yo teenager) could never find anyone I was looking for to socialize. St. Thomas was pleasant ... Read More
Our cruise went to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbados. We found the ship a bit too big for our tastes, and I (being a 16 yo teenager) could never find anyone I was looking for to socialize. St. Thomas was pleasant weather wise, but everywhere people were trying to drag you into their shops, go on an island tour, get your hair braided. I understand that it is their only way of making money but it was absurd and I found myself thinking "I'll buy it if they leave me alone!" In the afternoon, we went parasailing, and we can all honestly say that there is no experience as wonderful. It was beautiful, and the boat ride out was fun, too. In St. Maarten, we went to the French side (Marigot) and had a lovely, delicious lunch at a restaurant near the library. The shops there, though expensive, had beautiful clothes, and shoes that you couldn't find anywhere else if you looked for years. The people spoke enough English to understand for my parents and were willing to help me with my French (I take French in school). When we went back to the Dutch side, we again were bombarded with people. St. Lucia was definitely the most beautiful of the islands, but Barbados was the best for shopping... there were malls, everywhere, and the stuff was cheap! As for the kid's program, I found that in the Optix (teen night club) there was nothing to do during the day and grinding and rap music all night. They rarely took requests, and none of the planned activities actually took place. Dinner was the best part of every day. We had a wonderful server who put up with our tables eccentricities and my lactose intolerance. Our table was awesome... I learned how to make a wine glass sing, and how to get a spoon to stay on my nose. We never had a problem finding things to talk about, and the two other teenagers at my table quickly became my friends. Eva, our waiting assistant would also help us at the Cafe Promenade, and make sure we all got what we wanted, and would give us extra things, like one time she got me a pineapple juice because the bar tender was busy. She always offered alternatives if we found we didn't like something. The food on the ship was plentiful, but don't go looking for frozen yogurt after 6:00... you won't find any. The best food was the soups at dinner, and the lobster and shrimp dishes. The pasta was usually ok, as well. At lunch, if you don't eat pork or beef, you may have difficulties if you don't want salad. Overall, the cruise was fun, and we would do it again in a heartbeat, if only for me to get pushed (fully clothed) into the hot tub again, or to go parasailing or shopping in St. Maarten or Barbados. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean. We had a good time, but when compared to our cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas, this cruise was very inferior. First of all, the port was chaos. We will never leave from San Juan again! ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean. We had a good time, but when compared to our cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas, this cruise was very inferior. First of all, the port was chaos. We will never leave from San Juan again! Not only were the flights expensive, but the pretour at the Marriott Stellaris was a disappointment... San Juan looks run down. It's picturesque in Old San Juan, bur for the most part, it's dirty with too many cars and graffiti. No one seemed to know what they were doing, and since all side conversations were conducted in Spanish, we were clueless as well. Adventure of the Seas, in some ways, reflects the port. Lights were out of wall sconces, band-aids were in the pool, carpets were dirty. This ship was not loved like the Enchantment. Used glasses were laying around everywhere. We felt like this cruise was a practice cruise for new employees. Only our cabin steward greeted me by name (she was wonderful!). It seemed like the dining room was understaffed. While some people may love the immense size of the ship, this vessel was crowded. The Promenade had no windows and was dark, and because it was often the place for entertainment, it was loud. I would not like to have a cabin overlooking this area. I thought the public areas were not arranged to accommodate 3000 passengers. For instance, the Windjammer Cafe usually had 1 side of the buffet closed during meal times, so there were long lines. We never had to wait for anything on our other cruise...and we were always greeted personally. My children liked chocolate milk, and they would get it for them without my saying a word. This crew was entirely different. The greeter in the Windjammer had this annoying bicycle horn in his pocket. and he blew that thing all through breakfast and lunch. I know it seems like I'm a complainer, but this was a completely different experience for us. The level of service that I've enjoyed with RCI was simply not there. There were some positives, however. The entertainment was fabulous, especially the ice show and the singing talents of Cheryl. The food was always served warm and was very good. Toward the end of the sailing, the fruit in the Windjammer was overripe and not as plentiful, but for the most part, it was good. I didn't like having to ask a crew member to toast my bagel, but I imagine they do this to minimize the crowd. The ports were lovely, Aruba being my personal favorite...very clean island. Curacao was not a repeat...filthy and no impressive shopping places. The balcony cabin was a real treat; it was so nice watching us leave ports from a private balcony. I personally wouldn't recommend the Voyager class ships or this particular ship. I wish RCI would come out with some better itineraries and smaller, brighter ships. Bigger is not always better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
This was my third cruise, my first with Royal Caribbean and the first to the Eastern Caribbean stopping at St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. I have cruised with Norwegian and Carnival previously. Prior to this ... Read More
This was my third cruise, my first with Royal Caribbean and the first to the Eastern Caribbean stopping at St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. I have cruised with Norwegian and Carnival previously. Prior to this cruise I had been checking numerous boards to get an idea of what this cruise might be like and found that there were not too many reviews that gave a lot of information. There were some but most just said the food was good and the activities were fun. I decided that I would write one that was as detailed as I could get. This was my honeymoon cruise and also the first for my wife. We sailed out of San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 11th on the Adventure of the Seas. I am going to try to break up the review in to sections mainly dealing with food, service, activities, and appearance of the ship and over all enjoyment. First thought is actually getting to the ship. We arranged out flights through Royal Caribbean, this was the only down side I really had over all. We ended up sitting across from the aisle on our flight from Charlotte to San Juan. On the way home we were in totally different rows. So I suggest if you book your flights through Royal Caribbean call your airline as soon as you get the cruise book and verify your seats. We arrived in San Juan around 3:30 pm and got to the dock about 4 pm. They didn't actually start embarking until 4 p.m. but we were able to get in line as soon as we got there. There were not a whole lot of people there so they just directed us to any line we wanted. We got stuck in some line that the people in front of us needed to ask every single unnecessary question they could think of. We finally got on about 4:20 and found out room. We had an inside room over looking the promenade. Let me tell you if you have had outside rooms with windows before and didn't like them, the inside rooms with windows are totally different. We could look down over the promenade and could tell when people were going to dinner, what people were wearing, what they were selling that night and we also could watch the parades that they had at night. It was so worth it. After we saw out room we went exploring. We ate at the Windjammer restaurant and really enjoyed the food. We also purchased the soda package, we figured that if we each drank 3-4 a day we would it would equal the cost of buying them separately. I know we drank more then that so for us it wound up be more cost effective. We also wanted to get more excursions but the line was really long but the nice thing is that you can get them from the RCTV in your room. Unfortunately some of the ones we wanted were already sold out. My suggestion is to buy them on-line before you go on the cruise. You can do until 10 days before the cruise leaves and that way its paid off before you even get there, if you buy them early enough. We got 2 before we came on board. That night we had dinner in the dinning room which was amazing looking. We were at a table for four which I first didn't like because I enjoy talking with a lot of different people. However this turned out to be a great table. We were seated with another couple that was on their honeymoon, they had just gotten married the day before. We had a great time with them. I had read a few reviews that said that they were upset because of the number of Puerto Ricans that were on the ship and the problems that they had with them. I never had any problems with anyone on this cruise. Usually I never noticed that there were almost 3000 people on board, only the last day at sea. I found that the people I did see were usually the same people over and over again. I also never noticed many kids running around and being annoying. But enough with that lets get to what everyone wants to know about, the food. I ate more then I should have, way more then I should have. The usual day was getting up around 8-9 depending on when our excursion was and skipping breakfast. Usually we would grab some fruit and that was fine. We ate breakfast one morning in the dinning room and it was good, but breakfast cooked for a large group of people is usually not as good as cooking for a small group, so I don't really fault Royal Caribbean for that. Don't get me wrong I was still very good but it's hard to cook breakfast for a very large group of people. For lunch we ate in the dinning room one day, usually we were on excursions during lunch or trying to hurry back out for more shopping. The lunch was good, the steak sandwich I had was very tasty and not too dry. They had a pasta bar that you could choose what paste you wanted, with what sauce and other extras. My wife had that and she loved it. We usually ate lunch in the windjammer and we usually ate way to much. If you didn't get there during the actual lunch serving you most had salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, and deli sandwiches. It was very simple but it was good and you could eat as much as you wanted. They would also have something special each day, once was ribs, and another was spicy chicken breast. The windjammer is nice because it looks out over the back of the boat and you get a nice view of the ports and island. We also ate lunch at the Promenade Cafe a few times. This is the only food that is 24 hours a day on the ship. They have pizza, and sandwiches as well as deserts. It's good food and makes a great snack. You can also get fruit here too, they had whole kiwi that you could get too. We did eat dinner in the dinning room every night. The food was wonderful. Yes you might be able to get a better cut of meat at a restaurant here in the states but I would say that even though it was not a 5 start dinner it came very close. You can get as many plates as you want and I had soup, salad and appetizers on a couple occasions. They have a very good variety and if you don't like the suggested courses they always had standard meals, like sirloin, chicken, and paste every night. The deserts were wonderful, and some nights it was hard to decide what to get. That's the best part about going with someone. You both get something different and then share. Over all the food was just wonderful, and if you go on any cruise and don't get enough to eat then there must be something wrong with you as they had something for everyone. The service one this ship was wonderful. Our cabin steward introduced us and knew us by name before we even meet him, he also asked the first night if we had gotten our luggage and when we said we had not he said he would go find it. It was in the room the next time we got there. Our waiter and assistant waiter were wonderful. The assistant waiter had glasses of soda for us every night after the first one. She even had one for me when I brought another glass in with me. She also had a glass for us as soon as she saw our current one was empty. Our waiter was funny and always stopped by to see if we were ok, he even tried to push more lobster tail on us. He also gave me more tiger shrimp one evening after I had finished mine, and I didn't even have to ask for it. The service staff on the ship all was very helpful, two in particular were the waitress at the Duck and Dog Pub on the Promenade. I usually had a drink there before dinner and they new my name by the 3rd day. It surprised my wife when we walked by and both of them said "Hi Josh". She made the comment that maybe I was spending a little to much time there. Even the people in the casino were nice to us. On this cruise I found that because we spent 5 out of 6 days at an island I had enough to do. When I cruised with Carnival there were 3 days at sea and usually they were very boring. On this cruise, the day at sea was spent very busy. The rock climbing wall was a nice thing and I saw people of all ages trying. The mini golf course was very fun although it was more difficult to putt with the ship moving and tilting at times. During the evening they had shows, we went to one of the theater shows, one of the comedy acts and the ice show. The theater show was ok not great but it had some very nice singing and dancing. The comedy act was an impersonator and he was funny and did some very good impersonations. The best thing to see was the ice show. It was very impressive. They had a guest skater and he would hang from the ceiling on bolts of fabric and would do gymnastic routines. It was very good and really amazing. If you take a cruise with an ice rink you need to see this show even if you're not the biggest fan of ice skating. You did need to get tickets as the seating is limited but we go them the day before with no problem. It also had a coupon for a dollar off a drink during the show. The casino was always fun, we spent one evening and one afternoon in there. We did end up winning over all but just enjoyed the time. The one thing I did like was they were not trying to shove bingo down your throat. They would have announcements that they were going to have some bingo going on but when I sailed with Carnival it seemed that every other announcement was come play bingo. When you're not that big of a fan anyway it gets very annoying. I will have to say this ship looked wonderful. The artwork was amazing and the promenade made you think you were not at sea. They even had a statue of a guy that you thought was real. He had a crease in his pants and at least twice I found my self saying excuse me to him. Out room was nicely decorated and did not go over board. The dinning rooms looked amazing as well as all the lounges and bars. This cruise was with out a doubt the best that I have been on and the best line. I will never again sail with Carnival, but will probably do Norwegian if they have a cruise that I like. Royal Caribbean however impressed me beyond anything I could imagine. I don't know how someone could take this cruise and not enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
I will concentrate on things I don't remember learning from other reviews with an emphasis on prices. ARRIVAL: When we checked our luggage with Delta, They said a bag was overweight. Delta said each person could check 2 bags of 50 ... Read More
I will concentrate on things I don't remember learning from other reviews with an emphasis on prices. ARRIVAL: When we checked our luggage with Delta, They said a bag was overweight. Delta said each person could check 2 bags of 50 pounds each. We had one checked bag for each person and one was 58 pounds. We had to pay an extra $25 to get the bag checked. At the San Juan Puerto Rico airport, we saw a representative holding up a Royal Caribbean sign. We thought we could get a ride to the ship with her, but because we had not arranged in advance, she told us to take a cab. Actually the cab was cheaper. I think it was $10 -$15 plus tip and the prepaid was $10 per person. As we arrived at the cruise check-in building, we were instructed to take our large luggage to the porter's location. When I did, the porter said "Don't forget the porters, we work for tips." I gave him $3. PHOTOGRAPHS: We started boarding at 12:30pm. A photographer was taking pictures of each group boarding the ship. These are $20 and are displayed the next day. The first night at dinner, a pirate came behind each person and put a plastic knife to their neck for a picture. These were $7. On the formal dinner night, photographers were at the entrance to the main dining room. I studied their sign for a price. It only said "no posing fee" and "no obligation to buy". The next day, I saw the pictures were $20. The photographers were there for both formal nights and near the end of the cruise also. STATEROOM: We had a stateroom with no window and no clock. With the lights off, it was as dark as the inside of a closet. Perfect for late sleeping. I should have brought a clock that can be seen in the dark. TV: There wasn't much to watch on TV. If you watch for a couple of hours per day, you will run out of programs. Everything is repeated many times. What is showing: A couple of movies (a Bourne movie and Ray), old TV shows like Mr. Ed, shopping info for the islands, commercials for the on-board stores, descriptions of the tours the ship sells, a "how well do you know your spouse" game record on the ship, interviews with theater performers, etc. LAUNDRY: In the Cruise Vacation Guide book that comes with your luggage tags, it says "For a very sensible fee, we'll do your laundry and dry cleaning". Some Laundry prices: Socks $1, Underwear $1.20, Shirt/T-Shirt $2.50, Shirt dress $3, Pants $3.50. How I did my own laundry: I was going to bring a Ziploc bag of laundry detergent from home but I got scared to be found with a white powder substance in a plastic bag. We bought a small box of Tide and put that in our luggage. I washed in the stateroom sink and rung out as much water as I could. I put the damp clothes between towels on the bed and sat on them. Don't worry about getting your towels wet, they are changed twice a day. The bathroom has good ventilation because of an exhaust vent that is always sucking air. In the shower is a string for hanging wet clothes and a towel rack is above the toilet. A clothes hanger with clips will give the clothes more air exposure than draping them over the string or bar. Clothes usually dry in about 12 hours. CELL PHONES AND WALKIE TALKIES: I have T-Mobile and TracFone cells. T-Mobile works in Puerto Rico, Aruba, St Maarten, maybe Curacao and not in St. Thomas and not at sea. TracFone only works in Puerto Rico. There is an extra charge to use the phones in all these places. Therefore, young people sometimes use walkie talkies on the ship. My 2 mile walkie talkies barely reached from deck 6 business services to deck 11 Windjammer cafe. If you go to Royal Caribbean Cruises: http://www.royalcarib.com/rcldeck/rcladventuredeckplans.html you will see that is a very short distance for the size of the ship. I have seen 10 and 12 mile 2 Way Radio Walkie Talkies in the stores. Maybe that is what should be used. INTERNET ORANJESTAD ARUBA: From the ship, walk to the street and turn right. Walk a short distance and turn right after Diamonds International which is across from the bus station. There you will find Cafe Digital. 15 min $1.25. INTERNET CURACAO: Many choices. After crossing the floating bridge, continue walking down the street. Across from M&C Bank is a tree-lined alley on the left. At the end of the alley on the left, are a couple of internet places which I didn't use. The place I used was farther down the street past the M&C Bank to a KFC on the left side of the street. The KFC looks like it is split into 2 halves with stairs between them going up to the second floor. At the top of the stairs is the internet place. 15 min $1, 40 min $2. The room has no air conditioning and is hot. ARUBA BEACH TRIP: We took a taxi to a nearby beach. I think it was $10 + tip. The driver asked what hotel do we want to go to because he couldn't bring us directly to the beach. We had no idea, so he chose the Hyatt. We walked through the Hyatt down to the beach. All the chairs that were in use had blue towels on them. We had tan towels from the ship. I perceived that the chairs were to only be used by people with blue towels. I saw a chair with a stack of folded blue towels. A Hyatt attendant was taking these towels and giving them to hotel guests along with chairs. Since I wanted to sit on a chair, I took one of the blue towels. When I had walked 20 feet, the attendant took the towel from me and said "these are reserved". So we just sat on the chairs without blue towels. The attendant came to us and asked "What is your room number?". The attendant told us that the chairs were only for hotel guests. There was a large shade structure about 50 feet in diameter. We sat in the sand under that and were not bothered. There was a couple sitting on chairs with tan towels and they were sent down the beach where they rented chairs for $5 each. BOB An underwater motor scooter $100 each person. It is like you sit on a motor scooter under water with your head in a glass bowl filled with air. We purchased this from our room TV a few days before. We met on the dock by the ship in St. Thomas and walked about a 1/2 mile to the BOB boat. The boat took us out to the diving location. We all were divided into 3 groups. A group went into the BOBs for 30 minutes. The 2 groups who were not in the BOBs snorkeled around the boat waiting their turn. They sold one-time use underwater cameras for $20. Luckily, I purchased one at Wal-Mart before leaving on vacation. The divers mark on your wrist band who is in your group. Then they gather your group together under water and take your picture. (If you have a film camera, you should ask for a hand check at x ray machines because x rays are harmful to your pictures.) It is a little awkward getting into the BOB. You are floating horizontally on the surface of the water. You have to put your head about a foot under water and move it into the bowl and move your body to a vertical position and sit on the BOB's seat. The staff divers pushed down on my back to help. As I went down to about 8 feet under water, my ears hurt from the pressure. The diver asked if I was OK and I signaled I was because I didn't want to cause any delay. In less than a minute, my ears adjusted and I was comfortable. The ear pain briefly returned as I returned to the surface. The boat ride was a little rough and one woman barfed over the side of the boat. The staff gave her water, and when we arrived at the dock, she was fine. There were all kinds of people from 10 to middle age and I think everyone enjoyed the BOB adventure. On the BOB boat they asked for a 15% to 20% tip. One of the staff held a glass jar as we got off the boat to receive the tips. I gave them $30 for three people. I have read other reviewers who said the ship was monopolized by local Puerto Ricans who got discount fares. That was not my experience and I think it was because I went in June when graduates and honeymooners are swamping high end vacation venues. My personal opinion of the cruise is that it is too extravagant for me. I love to save money and am a Do-It-Yourselfer. The attitude on the cruise of just enjoy being served, tip generously, and don't think of the cost is not appealing to me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
Just got back 7/18/05 from sailing on RCI's big and beautiful Adventure of the Seas. I had read several of the posted reviews of this ship prior to sailing, and I was curious to see if some of the prior criticisms of the ship were ... Read More
Just got back 7/18/05 from sailing on RCI's big and beautiful Adventure of the Seas. I had read several of the posted reviews of this ship prior to sailing, and I was curious to see if some of the prior criticisms of the ship were warranted. Future passengers of this ship need not be surprised or alarmed by a nearly even mix of English-to-Spanish speaking passengers. After all, the embarkation port is San Juan, P.R. RCI does a wonderful job in balancing the tastes and sensibilities of the passenger base for this ship. I didn't witness any conflict among my fellow shipmates and felt comfortable mingling. There were a total of 5 adults traveling in my party (no kids). We stayed the night prior to departure at San Juan's Caribe Hilton Resort. This resort seemed to be a popular choice among the passengers for this cruise. The resort oddly enough looked fully 5 stars on the outside, but was no better than Ramada or Comfort Inn on the inside (rusting fixtures, outdated styling, peeling paint, etc). If you're seeking accommodations in San Juan prior to your sail date, I would recommend looking elsewhere for an overall better deal. Port of San Juan/Old Town (embarkation port): Speaking of deals, you probably won't find many here. Go to Old Town San Juan for the history and sightseeing, but wait to make your purchases in the coming ports of call. While there's no tax on your purchases in San Juan, nearly everything I priced from liquor, clothing and jewelry can be had much cheaper in the mainland U.S. Wear a good pair of shoes too, as it's easy to trip over the old cobblestone streets. Oh yeah, sunscreen too! Embarkation: A normally chaotic process, our party lucked out big time here. When we got to port approx. 2 p.m. local time, we were horrified to see approx. a quarter of the capacity 3,500+ passengers waiting to board in the "mother of all lines." Finding the end of this snaking line, a fellow passenger informed us that there was a much smaller line where we could check our luggage on only. We proceeded to the entrance when a porter told us that we could board immediately as we had already affixed the necessary baggage tags. Cool! The porter disappeared into the crowd before we could tip him, but this token gesture probably wouldn't hurt your chances of bypassing the masses. Total embarkation time < 30 minutes. Yippee! Incidentally, once you complete your pre-boarding, you may want to wander to the small duty-free liquor stall which has excellent prices and unlimited free tasting samples. All in our party picked up a bottle of our favorite spirit for the cruise. The duty-free prices here are nearly as good as any on ship or in port. Caveat: you must place the liquor in your carry on when boarding the ship. Free cookies and refreshments also await you in the embarkation area. A word about Passports: I strongly encourage getting one to take along on for this itinerary. It helped tremendously during the embarkation & disembarkation process (customs) and in the San Juan airport. Giddy with excitement, we proceeded to our staterooms. There were three of us in one non-adjoining stateroom and my parents in the other. Both were balcony staterooms--but not suites--on the 6th deck. We were pleased with the size of the staterooms, but three people to this stateroom category is a little tight. There wasn't any unusual delay with our luggage. Cons: RCI doesn't provide much in the way of toiletries beyond a small bar of soap and a liquid soap dispenser in the shower. Bring your own travel-sized shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, lotion, etc. for a more enjoyable cruise experience. Also, the small in-room refrigerators never seemed to keep anything cold and the climate control (A/C) was inconsistent and inefficient in both staterooms. This was a significant inconvenience as most days at sea and in port were hot and humid. The staterooms regrettably do not have door peepholes (surprising, considering the design class and age of this ship). There is no coin-op laundry facility on board (however, they do provide valet laundry service for a fee--$4 for 1 pair of jeans). We next did the Day Spa treatment orientation. Staff did a remarkable job of selling the services. Unfortunately, the services didn't live up to the sales pitches. Their prices aren't cheap $49--$300 a session. All of the mediocre services rendered were followed by more strong sales pitches for useless and pricey vitamins and detoxification products. Next, we proceeded to purchase our fountain (soda pop) cards. $48 for the week for adults, and around $42 for kids. Heard many grumbles about this, but they do give you a collectible drink container with this. Water, ice tea and lemonade are free. We then went to eat at the Windjammer Cafe (deck 11), which serves as the ship's primary casual dining place. It does a satisfactory, if not spectacular job in providing meals and service. Much better than Carnival. It is not open 24 hrs. though. Between 3:00 and 7:00 AM each morning, if you're hungry, you may be out of luck (unless you still have that stale beef jerky that you purchased several days earlier in your suitcase). Most days at sea were calm, but you could still feel the ship rocking slightly. Saw several fellow passengers with those funny patches behind their ears. Captain kept us informed about approaching hurricanes Dennis & Emily. Speaking of the Capt., he's a great approachable guy. Captain Nyseter likes to mingle and meet the passengers and will let you take your picture with him. Room stewards Rawlson and Alston were great. They know how to make all the towel animals, even one that I hadn’t seen before—blindfolded monkey hanging from the ceiling WOW! We had the 2nd seating for dinner (8:30). Food most nights was just OK—much better than Carnival—but still leaving much to be desired. Service in all areas of the dining room was sub-par. We saw other tables getting exceptional service, but it seemed like we drew the inexperienced serving team. We did not feel obliged to tip the full suggested amount to this team. Dinner mates were great! Vernice, you are your family were the best table mates we could ever have asked for. Live long and prosper! On-board fitness center is great—like a mini 24 Hr. Fitness—and was never too crowded. I saw three swimming pools on deck 11. Taken together, they are probably too small to accommodate the ship, but one pool and Jacuzzi are open 24 hrs for the adults. One person in our party won $600 on a quarter machine in the casino. Rest of us weren’t so lucky. Heard many grumbles about the price of the bingo cards. I believe that the cheapest price during the cruise was $20 for 1 card. Ouch! I decided not to play. My favorite lounges to escape to were the Imperial, Cigar and Library—three places to enjoy a brief, quiet meditation. We did not patronize Johnny Rockets Burger Joint (deck 12) or the special Portofino fine Italian restaurant (deck 11). They both charge a cover fee. There is an internet café onboard, but they charge .50 cents a minute or $25 an hour and their computers are real slow. Calls from ship are $7.95 a minute. May be best to dock to call home or email. Several of the ports have internet cafes just off ship. Aruba: Two of us took excursions at this port and had a blast. Great snorkeling. There didn’t appear to be a beach within walking distance of the port, so most people taxied to the recommended sites. Prices here were much better than San Juan. Here I found good deals on Cuban cigars at the Cigar Emporium in one of the main shopping areas. Many shopkeepers and vendors openly peddling drug paraphernalia and adult-themed bric-a-brac. Consensus of our traveling party was that Aruba may not be a completely safe place after dark. Almost palpable tension in the air over the continued unsolved case of missing U.S. teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared recently on the island. Curacao: Nice, charming port, even though it looks to be strictly third world living for the locals. Moderate to major construction is going on presently at the ship terminal. Looks like they’re expanding the walkways and putting in lighting. Was curious to learn the island is only 30 mi. off Venezuela. Island has a unique mix of nationalities and trades equally using Dutch currency. Amazing, azure blue waters. To get to town to shop, you must cross this run-down pontoon bridge. If there’s a boat coming, the bridge crew will ring these handheld school bells, and then everyone goes running to cross the bridge—a funny thing to witness for the first time. Sidewalk vendors just off ship holding firm to quoted prices. Take a walk through town and witness the beautifully painted pastel storefronts. Best deals in this port include the popular Curacao liqueur—buy one for yourself and for a gift. Doesn’t do any good to shop prices for this product as nearly all the stores (including the vendors just of the ship) sell it for the same price. I got lost walking around and ended up at the open-air market near the post office where the butchering of animals was taking place. Not for the faint-of-heart. St. Maarten: Probably the best of the ports our party visited. Prices here (Dutch side) are excellent. Most vendors selling bottled beers for a buck and great deals await you on jewelry, tobaccos (cigars) and liquor. You’ll need to drink a lot of that beer, or water as this was also the hottest port—temperature-wise. Whew! Got a bit of heat exhaustion walking around. Island specialty liquor is Guavaberry liquor—a strong delicious liqueur. They have the Guavaberry liquor store on the main street and they offer free samples. St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Visually stunning port-of-call. Probably the most picturesque of all the ports. Prices here are just OK and the merchants, vendors and taxi drivers are all very pushy in selling you. A good rule of thumb in this and all the ports is to ask how much it will cost you before getting into any taxi. Many thanks to the folks (namely, Deja & Julius) at the Happy Buzzard (formerly Fat Tuesdays), a hole-in-the-wall bar along the waterfront walk serving up great drinks and hospitality (right next to Blackbeard’s Brewing Co.). You guys made our trip special. Disembarkation: Also normally a chaotic process, this went fairly smooth. You will likely find the café and dining stations at maximum capacity with everyone trying to get their last meal before leaving ship. The elevators were (naturally) jam-packed and ship maintenance crew picked a lousy time to start replacing carpet in the stairways. We were in one of the first groups to be called and we were off the ship around 9 AM. Pay attention to taxi prices in San Juan at the pier. May be in your best interest to haggle and shop around. They have these people writing receipts for the taxi costs and they charge per piece of luggage too. They even charged my mother for her purse! Incredible. By this time, if you’re like most people, you’ll probably be “tipped out” for several weeks and months to come. This was one of the negative things about the cruise. Everyone wants a tip. When you order a drink or any other service on the ship, you get a receipt with an automatic 15% gratuity included and then another line asking you to include another tip (amounting to a tip on top of a tip). Nonsense. Memo to RCI Corporate: Pay your employees a decent wage! All in all, it was a nice cruise, and one that my family enjoyed. Just be prepared to pay for it with your wallet and credit. Email me with any questions. I’ll be happy to respond. i67darrin@aol.com.  Read Less
Sail Date July 2005
My husband and I sailed on Adventure of the Seas on 8/28/05 out of San Juan, PR. This was our second cruise (first one on Voyager of the Seas - Western Caribbean, August 19, 2001) and the layout of the ship is the same as the other one we ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Adventure of the Seas on 8/28/05 out of San Juan, PR. This was our second cruise (first one on Voyager of the Seas - Western Caribbean, August 19, 2001) and the layout of the ship is the same as the other one we went on. I would highly recommend filling out all of the pre-boarding documents online. Check in was a breeze!! We landed in San Juan at about 12:00pm and were greeting in baggage claim by a RCCL representative. (We paid for the transfers) We got our luggage and went to a line where we met the reps and headed off to our bus. Along the way, there was a truck that took our luggage to the cruise ship. We got to the port and saw a line that said "Set Sail Pass". This is where you go when you fill everything out online. We were onboard in less than 15 minutes. The ship...words cannot even describe it. Gorgeous, huge, wonderful. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we went to the spa to make our appointments (only one day at sea, so we had to do this as soon as we got on board). Then we went to Portofino's to make our reservations. We asked the maitre d' when "Caribbean" night was because we remembered from our last cruise that we were not crazy about the dining room food that night. She told us and we made our reservations for that night. Then we went to the Windjammer to have some lunch. Overall, the food was very good. Portofino's though...beyond excellent. We are from NYC and have eaten at many fine restaurants. This place blew us away! The food, the service, everything...completely wonderful and totally worth the $20 per person cover charge. Islands - Day one was boarding. Day two was St. Thomas. We did the BOB excursion. Holy cow...that was amazing! We would definitely do it again. Excellent and worth the $99 per person. Day three was St. Maarten. We decided to do this one on our own. Big mistake. We figured the French side would be nice. It was gross. Run down and dirty and not worth the time. We had lunch at this place called "La Vie de Rose". Pretty good, but we still wanted to leave. We took a cab back to the Dutch side which looked so much nicer. Next time we would do a snorkeling excursion there or beach type thing. The shopping was so good on the Dutch side. Day four was Antigua. Nice island. We got a cab and went to Dickenson's Bay. Nice clean beach, quiet and the locals didn't harass you to buy their stuff. Day five was St. Lucia. Oh how we regret getting off the boat! Awful island. We booked a tour...Land and Sea to Sufriere. What a waste of money and time. The island is gross and the tour took us through the most dilapidated parts of the island and every time the bus stopped to let us off to look around, we were accosted by the locals. The volcano was boring and not as cool as we thought it would be. They don't actually drive you through the rain forest...just near it and then that is it. The lunch at this plantation was bad...undercooked chicken, bad choices. Then the tour goes to a boat where you can swim. Well, the charming locals once again accosted us, but this time they follow you into the water!!! Yes, right up to you without any cares! The whole day I felt like we were in a Sally Struthers commercial with the barefoot dirty children begging for money. Day six was Barbados. Being that we had a miserable experience the day before, we were very worried that our 5 star catamaran lunch cruise and snorkel/swim with turtles would be a bust. It was also like $80 per person. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. It is a beautiful island and the people were so nice and not intrusive. The tour was excellent and would definitely recommend it. The staff was wonderful. The most amazing snorkeling. Very nice day. The port is nice too where the ship docks. Day seven was at sea. It was nice to relax. The ship is really wonderful. Our room (balcony) was immaculate and very spacious. Our honeymoon the year before was to Italy for 2 weeks. Of course we loved it, but this was such a nice relaxing vacation. We did a tour on day eight (disembarkation day). The disembarkation as was easy as day one. Very quick and very efficient. RCCL really has this all running very smoothly. No problems whatsoever. We went to the Old San Juan walking tour. Again, unimpressed, but the tour wasn't what we thought it would be. We liked old San Juan, but we didn't see it. The tour leader was horrible. It was hot. She only took us to see forts. BORING!! Then we had to use the restroom. She didn't know where any were!! How is it that you tell us to drink water and we are walking around for 3 hours and you don't have any idea where the bathrooms are? We had to go...bad!! We found a restaurant along the walk that we decided to go to. She said she would wait for us at the corner. We got out and she and the group were gone!!! We were running all over until we saw someone who told us they went inside a church. It was about 115 degrees in there and they were in the middle of Sunday services. She kept on talking!! How rude! I couldn't believe it. We finally got on the bus and headed to the airport. Check in was very easy and then we ate lunch (we were starving after that 3 hour walk from hell). The flights coming and going were great too. All in all it was a fantastic vacation and would definitely do it again. RCCL is amazing!! Definitely a wonderful vacation! Shows we saw - DO NOT MISS the Ice Show. Oh my god. So incredible. We saw some other show and some of the singers weren't very good. The dancers were very good, but the singing leaves something to be desired. I could probably do better! Read Less
Sail Date August 2005
This was my second trip on this ship and my seventh overall. There are already a lot of reviews on this site so i am only going to tell you the things to watch out for. I was with my family and my sister was seventeen which put her in a ... Read More
This was my second trip on this ship and my seventh overall. There are already a lot of reviews on this site so i am only going to tell you the things to watch out for. I was with my family and my sister was seventeen which put her in a bad spot. She was too young to go in to the night club and they were strict about this but she was too old for the youth program where the oldest person was 15 not really someone she can relate to. SO if you have a child about that age I would not recommend this trip. The first time that I took a trip on this ship Johnny Rockets was free now they charge, that is so ridiculous. They claim that all your food is included and then they charge for a hamburger. I understand the extra price for the Italian place because the food is better than average but not for a hamburger. I love this ship it is like nothing else on the ocean. I just wish there were less people because it is hard to find a deck chair unless you get there really early. One of the other problems I noticed that has also been stated in some of the other reviews is that there were a large number of locals from the island that made the ship seem less special. It was like they came first and if you were not from Puerto Rico you were not as welcome. Read Less
Sail Date August 2005
Background -- Traveling was myself, 29; DH, 30; and my brother, 27. This was my 12th cruise overall and my 9th on Royal Caribbean. Saturday, September 3rd -- We flew down to San Juan early on a 7:10 AM American Airlines Flight from ... Read More
Background -- Traveling was myself, 29; DH, 30; and my brother, 27. This was my 12th cruise overall and my 9th on Royal Caribbean. Saturday, September 3rd -- We flew down to San Juan early on a 7:10 AM American Airlines Flight from JFK. Flight was painless and we arrived into SJU at 11:00 AM. Got our luggage quick and then headed over to the Hertz Rental Car Area to get our rental car. We are Hertz Gold members, so our car was ready, but we had requested an Escape and they had given us a Toyota Rav-4 which was too small to fit all 6 pieces of our luggage in so we had to go inside and have the car switched to an Escape that was sitting out in the lot. No problem, 15 minutes later we had the new car and were on our way to the hotel. It was only about a 5 minute drive to the hotel from the airport as the Isla Verde Area is right next to the airport. Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan We got a great rate on the Hampton Inn Website of $149 for 3 adults for a king, pool view suite. The room had a separate bedroom with a king-size bed, chest with 3 drawers and a 27 inch TV, 2 night tables and a closet. The other room had 1 huge chair, loveseat sized couch that pulled out into a full size bed, 29 inch TV, a table with 2 chairs, a coffee table, mini bar that had a small sink, small microwave, coffee maker and a mini-fridge. There was also a good size bathroom between the living room & bedroom. The room was nice and clean. The hotel had a huge sitting area in the lobby where they served a free continental breakfast in the morning and beverages all day along with a flat panel TV. There was also a nice sized pool with a swim-up bar and a hot tub. You also get free high speed internet access at the hotel as well! The hotel is walking distance from the beaches, Walgreen's, Pueblo's supermarket, and many fast food restaurants. We ate lunch at the poolside grill and it was awesome!! DH and I had hamburgers and my brother had a grilled chicken sandwich. They were all amazing!! They had great flavor and huge portions for only $22 with soda. We really recommend you try the poolside grill if you ever stay there! The only negative to the hotel is that it did have a slight smell of mildew and because it was Labor Day weekend, the hotel was sold out and packed with a lot of "locals" so it was a bit noisy! After lunch we drove over to the Bacardi Factory (the reason why we rented the car) and took a tour, had a few drinks, and bought a few souvenirs. The tour was free and was interesting. If you have the time, it is something worth seeing. We drove back to the Isla Verde area and stopped at the grocery to pick up a few items for the cruise and then had dinner near the hotel. After dinner we just hung out at the hotel and watched TV and got everything ready for the next day. Sunday, September 4th -- We got up at 9AM and had breakfast at the hotel. Their free continental breakfast had a lot of options and was pretty good. After breakfast we went back to the airport to return the car, hoped on the Hertz shuttle and got a quick taxi back to the hotel for $8. We got our luggage ready and tagged and then head down to the lobby to check out at 12PM. We got a taxi right away and then head over to the pier, it was $22 with tip to the pier from the Isla Verde area. Pier Check-In -- We are diamond members and went straight to the Diamond/Platinum & Suite check-in counter. It was somewhat chaotic outside as the porters were trying to take your luggage right away without listening to where it was supposed to go. One porter took our luggage and put it way down at the other end when ours was supposed to go behind the Diamond/Platinum & Suite check-in counter. This could be why we didn't get our luggage until after dinner!!! We waited online outside for about 5 minutes while one of the gate agents was trying to explain to a family that they had to go into the other line bc they were not Diamond/Platinum or & Suite guests....this should have been a sign as to what was to come!!!! Once inside we went to the "Setsail" Counter and had our SeaPass cards in 2 minutes! The process was so quick!!! We then went over to the Diamond/Platinum & Suite waiting area and waited until 1PM when they let us start boarding. There was a long line however of people outside in the hot sun waiting to board. I think RCL still needs to work on the boarding process in San Juan. We were one of the first 50 on board and went straight to the Windjammer for lunch as our cabin would not be ready until 2PM. We had a nice leisurely lunch and then went over to Portofino's to make our reservation for Wednesday night. We walked around the pool area and then had down stairs to check out our new home for the week! We booked an E2 balcony and had cabin 6320. (My brother had cabin 6318 right next door.) We were right on the "bump" and had a slightly larger balcony; however, the negative is that we were right off the elevator banks and will never book a cabin in that area again as we could hear everything and were woken many times during the night by people yelling & screaming (onetime being at 3:30 in the morning of which they were yelling & cursing in Spanish and I ended up calling security.). Our room was neat & clean, it could have used a little more storage space like shelving, but we are good at hiding everything and maximizing the space we had so we had no problems. The only negatives on the cabin was the noise and we had some problems with there not being any hot water or water pressure multiple times during the week and a few times there were problems with the toilets not flushing! We enjoyed the ship all day and had dinner at 6:30 the first time and then the muster drill was at 8:00 PM. Afterwards, we unpacked as luggage didn't arrive until after dinner and then we went up to the deck as we sailed away from San Juan! Monday, September 5th - Sea Day -- We spent the day enjoying the pool area, playing bingo, and trivia. Tonight was the first formal night and everyone was dressed up. Tuesday, September 6th - Aruba -- This was our second time in Aruba. We booked 2 excursions through RCl. The first was the 4x4 Half Day Jeep Safari. This was AWESOME and well worth it! Someone meets you at the pier and buses you to the place where the Jeeps are. Everyone has to spilt up into groups of 4 and then pick out a jeep. We were lucky as only a few were automatics and we got one of them! (You'll see why later….) There were about 25 jeeps in total and we all followed each other on the road. First we drove to the rock formations…do not do this excursion if you are allergic to bee stings….there were multiple bee hives all through out the rocks and anyone could have been stung easily….I am not sure people knew we were going on this hike bc some people were not in shape to do it and huffed and puffed as we hiked up and down through the rocks. (It was only about 20 mins or so.) Then we got back in the jeeps and drove over to the natural bridge….well here is the sad part…..The bridge collapsed on Friday, September 2nd at 6AM after being there for 4,000 years!!!! They didn't tell us until we got there. The other bridge also had a crack in it as well. After taking pictures there we all got back in the jeeps and headed over to the fort, we stopped there for 10 mins where you could climb around the fort. Now to the fun part…..we spent the next hour plus driving along the coastline on dusty, dirt roads that were super bumpy! I don't think some people knew what they were in for! At one point we came to white sand and they told us not to slow down…..well those people who didn't know how to drive standard well got STUCK!!! We spent over 20 mins getting multiple jeeps out of the sand!! Afterwards, we drove all the way around the island along the coast to the California Lighthouse and then we stopped at Arashi Beach for 45 minutes to swim. The beaches in Aruba are so pretty and clean! Afterwards, we headed back to the jeep place and returned the jeeps. They drove everyone back to the pier or to the beach, what ever you wanted to do. We had a great time and highly recommend this tour for anyone that is up for an adventure….just be sure to bring sun screen as they are open top jeeps and we got a lot of sun! Also this tour was only supposed to be 4 ½ hours……we were actually gone for almost 7 hours, just an FYI! Once back on the ship we had lunch at the windjammer and then spent some time in the pool. We showered and got ready for dinner. Dinner on Aruba night is Caribbean night…..this is a good night to book Portofino's in my opinion! After dinner we headed out for our second excursion, the Aruba Bar & Pub Crawl. We meet the Kukoo Kunuku bus right out the terminal. We were supposed to go to 5 bars and get the first drink free at each one, but the first bar was mysteriously closed, so we went to the 2nd one and got an extra free drink. The first 3 bars we went to were all local bars and our group was the only one in them…..a little weird I thought…The last stop was Carlos N'Charlies which is about ½ the size of the one in Cozumel and was PACKED! There was not room to move and we all had to go up to the second floor to get our last free drink. Once we got our drink we headed straight back to the ship as there were just sooo many people there, you couldn't move. We went to the sail away party on the pool deck, but there were so many people in line for the buffet that we went back down to the Cafe Promenade for a snack and then watched the ship leave Aruba at 1AM! Wednesday, September 7th - Curacao -- This was our first time in Curacao. We did another excursion through the ship which was a 2 ½ hour snorkel tour where you could see a sunken tugboat. It was about a 45 minute boat ride from the pier out to the snorkel site which was very, very, very rough! Some people even got sick from the waves. Once we were there we had a little over an hour to snorkel. This was the beat snorkeling I have ever done! You could see so many fish and the water was super clear! The ship wreck was neat also! The boat ride back was much calmer and I got some great shots of the ship! Bring sunscreen though because the sun is very strong there! It was so clear that we could see Venezuela from the ship too! After the snorkel trip we had lunch at Johnny Rockets. The food was great and the service was excellent as well. We used our C&A coupons so we didn't have to pay the $3.95 cover charge, but I would say it was worth the $3.95 anyway! I spent the afternoon at the pool and then we got ready for dinner. We had dinner at Portofino's that night and it was well worth the $20. The food was amazing and the service was great! I highly recommend going to Portofino's. I had the veal which was good, DH had the fillet which he said was one of the best ever, and my brother had the tuna steak which he said was one of the best ever also! I really recommend going to Portofino's!!! Tonight was also the C&A Party….there were over 560 C&A members on board. They had some good hors d'oeuvres and drinks…but we were so stuffed from dinner! The captain gave some details about the RCL Fleet and told everyone about the Freedom of the Seas in case they didn't know already. He also said that RCL is coming out with something even greater then the Ultra-Voyager Class ship in 2009!!! After the C&A Party we went up to the Blue Moon lounge for a drink! Thursday, September 8th - Sea Day -- We spent the day enjoying the ship playing Bingo and trivia, contributing to the casino, and relaxing. This was the second formal night and I must say the menu was not appealing at all. I couldn't even tell you what was on it, just that I was not impressed with the menu for a formal night. Tonight was also the C&A Diamond/Platinum Event which was a private recital with the Rosario Strings trio in the Cloud Nine Room on Deck 14. They had hors d'oeuvres and we got to meet the captain afterwards. Friday, September 9th – St. Maarten This was our third visit to St. Maarten and we decided to book a duck tour. I booked the tour on our own through www.caribbeanducktours.com. It was $40 per person (in cash) for a 1 ½ hour tour of the Dutch side of St. Maarten. The vehicle is amphibious and took as around the island and then into Simpson Bay for a boat ride. There were just 5 of us on the tour (boat holds 48 people) so we really enjoyed our own private tour of the island! We even got unlimited rum punch and a quacker!! After the duck tour we walked around Front Street and checked out some of the shops. They did have some great buys and St. Maarten is the place to buy basic liquor like Bacardi, Absoult, Baileys etc for $5-7 a bottle. You can also get basic cigarettes for $15 a carton there like Marlboro’s etc. We ended up at our favorite place, The Guavaberry Emporium and stocked up on our favorite liquor! They even ship it right back to the ship for you! We then headed back to the ship (it is a $3 per person ride to/from the pier to/from downtown Philipsburg). We had lunch at the Windjammer and then spent the afternoon at the pool. Tonight was semi-formal night and they had lobster on the menu “The Fisherman’s Platter” as it is now called. Tonight was Win-A-Cruise Bingo, but we lost ?, we spent the night at the sports bar watching the Yankees vs. Red Soxs!! Saturday, September 10th – St. Thomas -- First, because we were arriving into a US Territory everyone had to go through immigration on the ship before we were allowed off. Between 7:30 – 9:00 AM everyone had to go to the dining room and show proof of their citizenship. It was painless, just that you had to get up early and walk on a long line throughout the dining room while everyone scanned your seapass card, looked and your passport and then marked your seapass card! Once we were done with that we had breakfast in the Windjammer and then my brother and I went on the Skyride to Paradise point to take a few pictures of the ship. It had rained a little while earlier so it was super humid and we were soaked by the time we got to the top. We took a few pictures and then went right back down! The view was amazing though. Had it been clear, we would have been able to see Puerto Rico perfectly along with Sabe Island and we could see Visques Island. We then got a taxi into town ($4 per person each way) and did a little shopping. St. Thomas has a great selection of liquor; however, know your prices because some things were cheaper on the ship. My brother bought some liquor and cigars and I got some Clinique items and then we headed back to the ship. We had lunch at the Windjammer and then DH and I went on a ships excursion to Meghan’s Bay called Meghan’s Bay Beach Getaway. A taxi meet us at the pier and took us to a look out point where we took a few pictures of the ship and then we went to Drake’s Seat for a few pictures of Meghan’s Bay from above. Then the driver brought us down to the beach for 2 hours. We rented a lounge chair for $6 and enjoyed the warm water and the sun! The driver brought us back to the pier or could drop you off in town if you wanted. We went back to the cabin and started packing and got ready for dinner. The last dinner was again not that appealing. We gave our waiter, assistant waiter and head waiter their tips and thanked them for their service over the week. We did notice that several people did not come to dinner that night. After dinner we finished packing and then spent some time at the Promenade. Sunday, September 11th – Disembarkation -- Because we are diamond members were had first priority to get off the ship. We got up at 6:30 AM showered, got breakfast and packed up everything else. At 8:05 AM they called Letter “D” to get disembark. We went down to deck 4 and the line did not move. We stood for over 30 minutes inching along to the seapass security checkpoint as people cut in line and pushed their way through. There was NO one from the ship monitoring the process at all. The only RCL employee was the security man who was checking the seapass cards, have of which were not working holding up the line. We saw people who had passes of numbers 4 and higher getting off the ship when they hadn’t even been called and no one was there monitoring it at all. RCL really need to improve the disembarkation process. Once we got off the ship we found our luggage right away and cleared customs. We also paid $10 person for a new service offered by American Airlines and RCL called American Airlines Luggage Valet. We filled out a paper by Friday with our flight details and on Saturday night we got an envelope with our luggage tags and boarding passes. Once we came through customs we just brought our suitcases over to the American counter and they took them to the airport for us! Our flight wasn’t until 2:10 PM so we called the Hampton Inn & Suites and San Juan to see if we could get a room for the day. They had availability so we took a taxi from the pier to the hotel for $20 with tip to the hotel and checked in. It was great because we took a nap and I was able to download all my e-mails for the week and we had another great lunch from the poolside grill! Well, we checked out at 1PM and right as we checked out and got in the taxi, I got an update from American Airlines that our flight was delayed (it had been thunderstorming pretty hard for the last hour or so). We got to the airport and went through security, to find out our flight was delayed even more. It ended up leaving 2 hours late. Once we finally landed at JFK, we waited 30 minutes on the tarmac for an agent to bring us to the gate and then another 25 minutes at the gate waiting for another agent to bring the jetwalk over to the plane. Once we were finally off the plane, we waited 10 minutes for our luggage which ended up coming out on 2 conveyer belts and took forever to find out luggage. We ended up not getting home till 9:30 PM. :( Overview: The Ship -- Adventure was great. There were some things that I liked better about her over her sister ship the Navigator that we had been on like the Sports bar, the Windjammer, and the children’s pool & area looked nice. However, I did miss the all glass balconies and chops. The ship is great shape; however, you could see some wear in some of the carpet and elevator buttons. Our cabin could have used a new bedspread as well. The Crew & Staff -- Everyone was extremely friendly. Our cabin attendant Anthony was good and gave us everything we asked for! Our waiter Cristian was great and got us anything we asked for. Claudio our assistant waiter was a little spacey, but got was what ever we asked him for. He did forget all the time though that DH was lactose intolerant and would try to give him sour cream, or a creamy dressing etc every night and we would have to keep reminding him of DH’s dietary needs! Yolanda was our head waiter and she was good. She checked on DH every night for his dietary needs and got him a few special deserts! We saw the captain several times out and about in the Promenade and he was always saying hello to the guests! We did have one problem with a staff member….the loyalty ambassador/future cruise consultant. My brother booked his next cruise while onboard on Monday and on Thursday I noticed the price had gone down while I was checking my e-mail. I called the “FCC” and left him a message that I noticed the price had gone down and would like the price adjusted and that he had spelt the last name wrong. We saw him later that night at the Diamond/Platinum C&A Party and he said that he had gotten our message and would change it. Well by Saturday afternoon we had not heard back from him so we went down to him and asked him about it. He said he had corrected the spelling of the name and sent it over this afternoon. I asked him about the price change and he said he didn’t looked. So I asked him to check and he told us what the price was and I explained that it had gone down over $300pp. He said “oh”. I asked him to change it and left my brother there with him to fix it while I met DH. My brother came back 10 minutes later saying that he said he “didn’t know how to fix it”!!!!!!! Isn’t he the Future Cruise Consultant??? Isn’t that his job??? Our table mates then told us that the night before they went down to book a cruise and he told them to “book it online, it is cheaper that way” and wouldn’t help them. They went to guest relations and complained, but no one every got back to them about booking their cruise. So we too then went to gust relations and filed a complaint and no one got back to us as it was the last night (even though that is not an excuse!). So RCL will be getting a phone call first thing Monday morning about the situation and I hope they adjust the price! Food -- Overall, we had a great cruise and really enjoyed the ports. The only downfall was the quality and selection of food. There was nothing that really stood out as appealing on the menus, it was the same things as before and the quality of the food was not that great. Celebrity’s food is much better in my opinion. Negatives: Besides the food the other negative is that because the ship did not fill up, RCL offered a huge discount to Puerto Ricans and there were over 1,800 of them onboard…more then 2/3 of the ship. All the announcements were made in Spanish and English, even bingo. Some of them were very rude especially the children. They wouldn’t run rampant all over the ship yelling and screaming and no one said a word to them. I even caught one of them making fun of a heavy lady in the elevator and scolded them in Spanish. They didn’t say a word once they knew that someone else understood them. I am not so sure that we will ever leave out of Puerto Rico again though. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions! Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
This was our 4th cruise together. My husband had sailed 6 times total. We have sailed on many different ship lines and this particular ship was awesome. Sunday, embarkation was a little confusing. There was no one on the dock directing ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise together. My husband had sailed 6 times total. We have sailed on many different ship lines and this particular ship was awesome. Sunday, embarkation was a little confusing. There was no one on the dock directing anyone to where they needed to be and so many people formed their own lines wherever they wanted to. We finally found the area outside that the cruisers with suites needed to be and from there on it went very smooth. We wandered about the ship for a while just to find everything and then went for some lunch. Ate in the Windjammer/Island Grill on deck 11. Food was just OK. Most of the time we ate there the food was only luke warm or actually cold. Use the dining room or Johnny Rockets if you want hot food. Waited for our luggage to arrive to unpack but that didn't happen until 8:30 PM after the muster drill (we embarked at 2:30 pm) so we decided to go back to the Windjammer for supper. Great selection but, as I said, food was not hot again. Our Junior Suite was 1312 on Deck 10 starboard and it was very roomy, lots of storage, nice balcony. Great sunsets from this side of the ship. Bathroom was small but had a full sized tub with shower. Full sized bottles of shampoo, bodywash and body lotion were provided. Wonderful value for the price. Our room steward was Siegfried and he was great. The room was immaculate and he did wonderful towel animals! Finally unpacked and then off to swim awhile. The main pool area is very nice but our favorite spot was the Solarium pool area. NO kids and pretty quite. Great hot tubs too. Very pretty area. The Promenade Deck is awesome. Make sure you visit the promanade cafe for great snacks but the pizza is only so-so. The Atrium is breathtaking. Stairway is a great place for picture opportunities. Loved all the bars, Jester's Nightclub and the Blue Moon Lounge were our favorites. Whatever you do, don't miss the Ice Show. It is one of the best ice shows we have ever seen. We made all the production shows and they were pretty good. Some better than others but enjoyed each and everyone. The Adventure Quest night was a blast. Like a scavenger hunt. 50's and 60's night we had a twist contest. Men's sexy legs contest and the belly flop contest were a blast. The parade on the promanade is not to be missed. Get there early though to get a good spot. People line up along the promanade deck and it does get crowded. The main dinning room was very elegant and the service was fantastic. Ship photo opts everywhere. 8 by 10s run $19.95, little pricey but hey, we are on vacation so who cares! The entrance to the casino is really cool. There is a glass floor with all types of movie memorabilia. My favorite was Dorothy's red shoes from The Wizard of Oz. Slots were pretty tight until the last night but, all in all, we did quite well. Hubby likes the Blackjack tables. Won there also. Don't miss Portofino's. The best meal we had all week. The sports deck has inline skating, basketball, mini-golf, the tock climbing wall. You can ice skate in Studio B at certain hours. The ports of call are very nice. Did the 71/2 hour off road jeep adventure in Aruba and it really is "off road". We didn't see pavement for about 6 hours. Snorkeled on DePalm Island and in St. John. Liked the snorkeling in St. John best. We were just in St. Thomas in December '04 so we wanted to see something different. Not sorry--St John is beautiful. Shopped in Curacao and rented a car in St. Maarten and drove around the entire island. All the ports were great. Words can't describe the beauty of this ship. Make sure you try as much as you can fit in on this ship. Not enough time to do it and see it all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
Hello - we were first time cruisers on our honeymoon. We were married in Puerto Rico so getting there was relatively pain free. Based on what I read we planned to arrive a few hours after the scheduled time of 2 and boarded within 20 mins. ... Read More
Hello - we were first time cruisers on our honeymoon. We were married in Puerto Rico so getting there was relatively pain free. Based on what I read we planned to arrive a few hours after the scheduled time of 2 and boarded within 20 mins. Quite frankly we were bright eyed so it seemed to go well and we were very happy with our suite. We set out on tour, grabbed a bite to eat in Windjammer and headed back to the room which is when the week of busy wedding activity finally hit us. We were beat. We went through the emergency drill on because it was mandatory and settled in for a quite evening. Well about 9:30 pm we were awakened by the cabin attendant who was very nice but insisted on giving us the welcoming speech. It seemed clear to us that one we were sleep (the lights were off) but she pushed her way in and turned on the lights. It was a bit odd and gave us a good laugh but a bit rude. Overall I thought the cruise was great and look forward to doing it again really soon. Some highlights the murder mystery dinner theater at Portofino's the play was cheesy but great fun and the food was outstanding. The musical reviews were entertaining for me but I like that kinda of thing but even I noticed it seemed a bit amateur. The food was great and we like Johnny Rockets (we have them local) but each time we were charged differently one time we paid a cover and then another no cover it was weird. We reserve our contempt for the spa. I can say without reservation I am a spa expert having visited luxury spas across the world and this place just did not cut it. One the service providers were not good. I received a manicure pedicure and this amounted to little more than a polish change I was really disappointed. We scheduled a couple's massage for later in the week. It was okay. not bad not grate if it were on land I wouldn't go back. The follow up consultation after the massage was ridiculous. The sum total of recommendations for avoiding the tight shoulder and back problems - drink more water and buy these ridiculous priced products because they can cure anything. my husband (a spa newbie bought them and I returned them later (which took almost 15 mins and conversations with no less than 3 people on the spa staff). Also I noticed during that 15 mins wait that they offer the same services at different price levels. A 50 min couples massage was $266 while a 50 min. mother/daughter or father/son massage was $198. That was annoying As to the number of comments about the puerto rican passengers....after reading the boards I was on the lookout for the behavior people described and I didn't see it ...this does not mean I didn't run into rude people they just weren't all Puerto Rican. Rude people are everywhere ...and as to the supposed discount I don't think the large number of Puerto Ricans has to do with a discount call me crazy it might be because the ship leaves from Puerto Rico. I think it you have a cruise where a large portion of your passengers speak Spanish it makes sense to have everything in Spanish and English (English was always first). anyone who has a problem with that has a problem and should maybe consider limiting travel to mainland US. Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
This was our seventh cruise (3rd on RCCL, 2 Princess, 1 ea Carnival and Norwegian). We flew to San Juan, stayed at the Embassy Suites. Took Island Kayaking for the Bio Bay and Atlantic San Juan Tours for the Rain Forest. Two class acts. ... Read More
This was our seventh cruise (3rd on RCCL, 2 Princess, 1 ea Carnival and Norwegian). We flew to San Juan, stayed at the Embassy Suites. Took Island Kayaking for the Bio Bay and Atlantic San Juan Tours for the Rain Forest. Two class acts. Andres from Atlantic took us to the ship. Arrived at the ship a little aft 2 pm on Sunday Oct 9. Lines were long, but moving. The baggage check in line was well handled, then had to get back in the line for the actual check in. Inside the terminal, the lines moved smoothly. Sail Pass made the check in very easy. Within an hour, we were on board, in our cabin and upstairs for lunch. The Cruise Critic group had decided on Blue wristbands to stand out. And a member of our group made door signs for all of us. She then put them on our doors. Made for a great welcome. The meet and Mingle invite was waiting for us when we arrived. Sailing went without a hitch. It was raining in San Juan and we had rain (heavy at times) the next day in St Thomas. We used Godfrey for the tour here. Not his fault that the weather did not cooperate and the tour was hindered by the cloud cover. But enjoyable. That evening was the Meet and Mingle in the Blue Moon lounge. RCCL put out a nice spread and had little gifts and pins for all. Here they told us that they were changing the itinerary to out run the storm. (BTW this storm eventually became Wilma) The group had been talking on line, so it sure seemed like a homecoming. In fact, the people who had the early seating, linked their reservations and got a table of ten for the week. NEAT!! So we spent the next day at sea and then to Barbados. Here we used Cameron Reid. (Just the two of us, another great tour and the weather cooperated. Cameron took us to the beach ( Coconut Shack - next to the Boatyard) a lot cheaper and better. Now off to St Lucia. A bunch of us were on Frank's Taxi. A SUPERB CLASS ACT. his tour was fantastic. Ended with a little excitement as a street punk stole the money we were paying Frank. He gave pursuit and the crowd helped stop the punk and turned him over to the Police after a fashion of street justice. Spent some time at the beach, the volcano, the waterfall and finally shopping. Then off to Antigua. We all went with Lawrence and had another great tour. Then off to St Martin. here my wife and I did not connect with our tour, cause of the change in the trip, so we got a local driver. Very good also. Only real downer of the cruise was the entertainer ( and I use that word loosely) Bobby Arvon. NOT GOOD AT ALL. In fact most walked out on his show. We all got together one last time for breakfast on the last day and are now emailing all our pictures around for sharing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
First RCI cruise after taking four Disney cruises. Boy were we disappointed w/RCI. Although the GS cabin was quite beautiful, included robes, slippers, a double-veranda and roomy accommodations, we were disappointed with the cleanliness of ... Read More
First RCI cruise after taking four Disney cruises. Boy were we disappointed w/RCI. Although the GS cabin was quite beautiful, included robes, slippers, a double-veranda and roomy accommodations, we were disappointed with the cleanliness of the ship. For example, I recall food on the floor outside of the Windjammer that was there for 5 days. The food was just so-so. At breakfast the eggs were barely warm but there was an extensive selection. For lunch, dining by the pool was not an option. If you wanted pizza, and were pool side, you needed to shower, get dressed and venture to the Promenade. Other fare would require another trip to the Windjammer or Johnny Rockets. Charging for ice cream and sodas were equally disappointing. Didn't we pay enough for the cruise? Although on the cruise, it was stated that 400 children were onboard, we didn't see that many. At Adventure Ocean, we would see only a handful so that they did not follow the schedule of activities that was printed and left in the cabin each night. Sadly, our son, 8 y.o. spent his time there playing PlayStation2. Generally our fellow cruisers and staff were friendlier and happier on Disney. We'll return to that line next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
Highlights along with good & bad: Beware of the Port of San Juan - very disorganized. There are two lines - one to drop off your luggage to porters who stand at the end of the line. There is no one to help you with your luggage. And ... Read More
Highlights along with good & bad: Beware of the Port of San Juan - very disorganized. There are two lines - one to drop off your luggage to porters who stand at the end of the line. There is no one to help you with your luggage. And then the second line is the one you stand in to board the ship. No one tells you anything and it is more that you figure it out for yourself. The ship itself is beautiful, large and expansive. You won't be disappointed. All the staff are friendly and very helpful. We did an excursion at each port of call. But November is the rainy season and it rained most every day on our cruise. At Aruba we did DePalm Island excursion, it is not at all organized and there was some confusion. Overall it was nice to snorkel and lay on the beach for half the day even if it was overcast. At Curacao - our snorkel trip was canceled - bad weather. However, it cleared up after 1 or so and we went into town. I am not sure why we bothered. I could have done without it. It is nothing to speak of. At St. Marten we did an excursion that took us to the French side - Pinel Island. It was beautiful and the snorkel trip was awesome and organized. Our guide on the trip was most informative and the guys who do the snorkel are certified divers and make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. I would recommend this one. At St. Thomas we took a ferry to St. John and did Trunk Bay. Absolutely, hands down THE MOST BEAUTIFUL island I have ever visited. St. Thomas itself the town is disgusting and had high prices. The best shopping along with best prices was St Marten. Don't save your money - buy what you see when you see it. Alcohol and Cigarettes were least expensive in St. Maarten. As far as food is concerned, it was mass produced and that is what you can expect in the dining room. Some nights were better than others. Our waiter was very nice and our table was next to the Captains' table so it was a good location. The major complaint is that if you had late seating for dinner you had to go to the show before dinner at 7 pm and then eat at 8:30. This was really awful and I would not do this again. The other thing that was spectacular on this ship was Portofino's. It was so delicious. For only $20.00 we had a fantastic meal. Everything is prepared just for you. Our food was HOT when we ate it. My husband had the best filet mignon he has had in years. So make your reservations and keep them - if you don't go they charge you. Overall, except for departing out of San Juan - I would do this exact same cruise again and do different excursions at each port, it is such an awesome ship. I do want to mention - Johnny Rockets - it was great food. We used almost all the coupons in our Crown and Anchor book. It was most useful. Although, I wouldn't bother with Spa Services the next time around. I think that those who work on you might be right out of school. At least I think the guy who did mine was. The other ladies looked like they had been there a while. Read Less
Sail Date November 2005
The cruise on The Adventure of the Seas on Dec 4th - 11th was without a doubt the best overall cruise of any that my wife and I have been on. The entire crew went out of their way to be friendly and make us feel like it was our home while ... Read More
The cruise on The Adventure of the Seas on Dec 4th - 11th was without a doubt the best overall cruise of any that my wife and I have been on. The entire crew went out of their way to be friendly and make us feel like it was our home while we were there. From the Captain and his Officers, the Cruise Director (Richard Spacey is the most entertaining Cruise Director we have ever seen) and his entire staff, Vita, Tyson, Simona, Asata, Ron were always smiling and friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful cruise. Our room attendant was very good and was right there if we called for anything. The main dining room was excellent. Our Waiter Dave and our Assistant Waiter Zaronco never let our glasses go empty, always were very friendly and served us with a smile no matter how many extras I ordered. Eric the travelling bartender was always fun and had some very interesting drinks for after dinner. The Head Waiter George was Quite possibly the best Head Waiter we have ever seen on any of our cruises, very friendly and very entertaining with the ability to get things not on the menu and he can really sing Happy Birthday. We went to Jonny Rockets a few times and even though there is a cover charge now, our waitress Edyta, and the rest of that staff are wonderful, the dancing itself is worth the trip. The bar staff on this cruise was by far the most friendly and outgoing we have ever seen and we see all of the bars. From the Schooner Lounge where we were taken care of by Hermoine(she is getting married on Jan 21). The Duck and Dog where Dipta took good care of us. The Champagne Bar where Carl taught us some straw puzzles and we got appetizers and in the Lyric Theater where Carmen from Romania took care of us and was very funny. We went on a few excursions and I recommend the underwater BOBS in St. Thomas and the tour of the Ostrich Farm in Curacao. We went on the Beach Bash in St. Maarten, not that good, the free rum punch was nasty, and the beaches where the ship docks looked just as nice and you don't need a bus to get there. Again it was absolutely the best cruise ever from top to bottom and my wife Tammy and I would like to say thanks to Royal Caribbean for giving us such a wonderful vacation. I am very happy with Royal Caribbean, we are going to Alaska in Sept. 06 on The Vision of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2005
This was our third cruise travelling on Royal Caribbean Voyager Class ships. Our past two cruises were just my wife and I and and this time we we were accompanied by 30 plus friends. We sailed out of San Juan after spending the previous ... Read More
This was our third cruise travelling on Royal Caribbean Voyager Class ships. Our past two cruises were just my wife and I and and this time we we were accompanied by 30 plus friends. We sailed out of San Juan after spending the previous night in the city of San Juan. We arrived at the port early and were allowed to check our luggage by noon and continued with the check in process. Boarding was not yet allowed so we went to The Forts in Old San juan. The Forts are excellent and a real deal at $5 per person for both forts. After exploring Old San Juan we returned to the ship and got settled in. Our room steward Jonathan was excellent and was helpful throughout the cruise. We noticed right away that there were more children than usual on this cruise and sailing out of P.R. the majority of passengers were of P.R. nationality. We found at a later time that RCCL had offered a more than half off discount to PR residents just prior to the sailing. While this review is not meant to be a direct reflection of the residents of P.R., we found that the majority of the passengers travelling from Puerto Rico were very loud, pushy and did not respect others right to some peace and quiet and let their children have the run of the ship. On several occasions a group and their children took over the hottub and allowed the children to splash other travellers sitting in the hottub area. We made it well clear of this annoying behavior however their behavior continued. This behavior carried over into elevators and hallways and at one point we were crammed into an elevator with 16!!! people. Apparently they were unaware of the other 3 elevators in this area or could not wait. We also felt the staff on the ship were overwhelmed by these P.R. passengers. Once again this is not to reflect all residents of P.R. as our day in San Juan was excellent and the people on the island were always helpful and courteous. Beautiful parks very clean ect. We also met another couple during our trip whom had spoken with a staff of the ship whom was distraught and informed them that alot of the staff was unhappy as cruises sailing out of this port usually contained a large number of guests whom do not tip for excellent service and was also reported to them that some of these guests would constantly take toilet paper from the bathrooms and would remove items from the honor bars in the rooms and then report they were never there. It was easily apparent to us that the entire ships staff morale was down but continued with good service. Our first day was Aruba and upon departure we rented a jeep. Aruba was beautiful and we highly recommend renting a jeep. We put approximately 100 miles on the jeep and was our favorite port on the entire cruise. We also rented a jeep in St Maarten but would recommend a cab to future travellers as it would definitely be more cost effective. Our second stop was Curacao and we rented a jeep there. We enjoyed a nice day of exploring the island and went to Happy Beach which was nice. Another of our other ports was St Thomas and we went to Megans Bay which is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately other previous mentioned passengers also descended on this area with their children and continued to be loud and let their children act out the entire time. St Thomas is very expensive for cab fair approximately 10$ per person each way so rent a jeep! The days at sea were nice but would prefer to split them up better as it felt we were always in port and did not give us a chance to unwind between ports. As stated before this is our 3rd sailing on RCCL and found that the voyager ships all have the same activities which are abundant and you can't easily be bored. The food was very good especially at the formal dining area, where our group met up and discussed the day at ports. Our one complaint was that the gameshows and day activities were the same on all 3 cruises and felt they need to come up with some new material for those who have cruised on The Voyager class previously. We will sail with RCCL again however we will never sail out of P.R. again as it seemed to affect the entire mood of the ship. Once again this is not to reflect upon all of P.R. and its residents. Maybe RCCL should be less concerned with "filling" the ship at a lower cost. The Ship itself is well appointed and well laid out. After 3 cruises we probably have not seen it all. Our other complaint was departure in which rooms are assigned a color and number to be called for departure. We were exited to be number 1 however no one seemed to listen and everyone attempted to exit the ship at once. We never saw this on our sailings out of Fla. We would still recommend RCCL based on our previous sailings and hope this review has been helpful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2006
This is the second time I have reviewed the Adventure of the Seas. My wife and I did the exact cruise 2 years ago to the same ports, on the same week in January. Our cruise was from San Juan to Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas ... Read More
This is the second time I have reviewed the Adventure of the Seas. My wife and I did the exact cruise 2 years ago to the same ports, on the same week in January. Our cruise was from San Juan to Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and back to San Juan. On this cruise, we were accompanied by another couple who we have cruised with before, and who have never been on RCCL. We flew into Tampa from Buffalo a few days before the cruise to be with our friends. Prior to our departure, we all filled out our preboarding information on the RCCL website, and printed out our SetSail passes. We flew in together from Tampa on American, and the flight arrived at 1145am. We had purchased these flights due to the nonstop service and were unaware that (according to our cruise docs) "boarding is at 4pm". I spoke with RCCL and was told that we could check our luggage at the pier and that "MAYBE" we could check in for the cruise. Otherwise we would have to wait or go downtown. We hired a taxi to take us to the ship which is at the pier on the outskirts of town. The taxi charged us $24.50 for 4 adults with 8 bags. We arrived at the dock at 12:30, and there was a small line waiting to check baggage. Security asked for your ID before you were even able to check the bags. We were then able to check in at this time much to our surprise. Our SetSail passes that we had printed out just zipped us through the lines. If you print the SetSail pass, you do not need to fill out the information again when you receive your cruise documents. We were on the ship within 15min of arrival at the port. So much for the 4pm on board information. Our cabins were ready and we got rid of our carry on luggage and went to explore the ship. We were going to go into Old San Juan, but it was raining and we were happy to be on board. We had purchased category E1 balcony cabins on deck 6 midship. Balcony cabins on deck 6 do not have a glass balcony, however we were able to see over the balcony railing with no problems. The balcony had 2 chairs and a small table, and was comfortable for about 3 people. Our luggage arrived at about 4pm and we started to unpack. There was plenty of storage, our luggage fit under the bed. The only problem we had with the cabin was a toilet malfunction for about an hour one day. It just refused to flush. We spoke with maintenance, and they apologized and said they were working on it. 5 min later it flushed. Once in a while we did detect a mild sewer odor after turning on the taps. Not sure where that came from. Our friends had problems with their television, and the room steward showed them how to get it to work. The complained to "customer service" and they did nothing about it. Our room steward, Nora, was excellent. Mandatory life boat drill at 830pm before departure. Takes about 15min. YAWN. Entertainment: Well done floor shows. The ice show was fantastic. Jazz singer in Blue Moon lounge, Poor. Our only problem with the floor show was the principal singers. Great voices, but the costumer put them in clothes that should only have been worn by a size 1 model. Both these girls were at least 75lbs overweight and they looked silly in these skin tight outfits with a lot of skin hanging out. Great voices though. Customer Service: The hot tub in the Solarium was boiling on the first day. Very hot but tolerable. The rest of the cruise it was cold. Customer Service was notified over 7 times during the week and the "hot tub" was never hot again. At one point i went to "customer service" and asked about the problem. The girl got on the phone and said "a customer here says the hot tub was cold yesterday, is that true?" I couldn't believe it. I was then told that if it wasn't hot by the afternoon give them a call. Ya right. One of the biggest problems we had was with the show called the Adventure Quest. I am sure this show is performed on the other Voyager class ships under different names. Basically, it's an adult scavenger hunt, held in the ice skating area, with no ice on the floor of course. On this scavenger hunt, you will need things like, 4 pair of men's pants, bras, condemns, underwear, you get the drift. Anyway, there are signs everywhere that this show contains mature subject matter and is not suitable for children. I cannot believe the number of parents who not only brought their children to the show, but sat them down in the front rows. When the entertainment staff informed them about the content, they stayed anyway, and in one case even participated. At the end of the show, the groups get man dressed up in woman's clothes, with makeup etc and they have to act with attitude. One of the groups dressed a 7yr old boy in a bra, heels, makeup and carrying a purse. The cruise director let him stay in the contest. I'm sorry, but the cruise director should have been fired on returning to port. Men were taking off their pants with 5yr old girls watching. This should be an adults only program, i don't care how many parents bitch, whine and complain that they cannot see the show because they don't have someone to watch their kids. Complaints to "customer service" where blown off. Our first day at sea, the weather was a little windy. For that matter, the weather was windy for the whole cruise. Worst weather we have ever had on a caribbean cruise in January. Anyway, the main pool was closed due to the water shooting 20' up the sides as we sloshed around. We were in the Solarium area which is an adults only area, with a small pool and 2 hot tubs. All of the sudden, the hot tubs were filled with 10-13yr olds being a general pain in the rear. When they were told that this was an adult only area, the adults were told to F-off. Security was notified and the offenders were removed. However, this was just the start of the war between the adults and the fairly large volume of children on board. Security was called more than 3 times to remove children from the Solarium, and to sometimes remove their parents who refused to let their children be removed. This is only a small area of the ship that is reserved for the adults. Security had a tough time keeping that way. I am sure RCCL will get a lot of angry mail about this from the parents. Food and Service in the dining room was excellent across the board. Thank you AJ and Hai. The service was as good as Celebrity and the food was close. Portofino's is worth the $20pp cover charge. The Lido lunch was good, but someone needs to teach them how to make scrambled eggs at breakfast. Room service was always on time. Food hot, order correct, limited menu, again, the eggs left a lot to be desired. Aruba: Did the Atlantis Submarine tour. It was ok, the one in the Caymans is better. Our friends did the See and Sea tour, again, just ok. We walked around did some shopping (expensive) and had lunch at Iguana Joe's. Great ribs, large portions, potent drinks. (watch out for the 4 shot drinks, read the menu carefully). In the evening we did the pub crawl without dinner, lots of fun. One thing we noticed that was different from our last trip to Aruba. The excursion ends at Carlos and Charlies which is only a 2 block walk back to the ship. I am glad there was 4 of us. Lots of guys just standing in doorways watching, or standing on the sidewalk so you had to walk around them. Also, there seemed to be a large number of prostitutes in the area. Made us very nervous on the walk back to the ship. Carlos and Charlies was rocking as usual, but i don't know if they check ID. Most of the girls looked like they were 15-16. Glad i don't have daughter's. No police presence anywhere in the area either. You would think they would learn Curacao: Did the Sea Lion swim, and it was worth it. You get to interact with these creatures and learn all about them. Swimming with them is a riot. If you have your own snorkel gear, bring it alone. The Curacao aquarium area is massive and there seems to be a lot to do there. By the way, the shore excursion was $109pp. Take a taxi to the aquarium $15, and sign up for the next encounter $69.95 and $15 taxi back to ship. The floating bridge is out of the water for repairs. Sat on the docks and drank Heineken. There using 7oz bottles now for the same price as a twelve. Not happy about that. St. Maarten: Shopped in the morning, but it was election day, so you could not get any liquor anywhere on the Dutch side. Did the Americas cup regatta in the afternoon. Very informative and if you want to work you can, if not, relax and enjoy the beer. This was a good excursion. St. Thomas: Most of the shore excursions were cancelled due to high winds, again. Wife wanted to go shopping in town. I told her you could get everything you need at the mall dockside. Of course we went downtown. Pushy, pushy people. Every jewelry store had a shill out front pushing the store. After getting back to the dock, she found everything she wanted right there. I hate to say i told you so. San Juan: Arrived early so they could remove luggage and disembarkation began around 730am. They call you by the number you were given the night before. Based on the time your flight leaves, or if your staying in town. Our flight left at 2pm, and our friends left at 6pm, so we stayed on the ship until the last possible moment. The cab fare back to the airport was $24.50 for the 2 of us and 4 pcs of luggage. Our friends had booked there return with the ship. When i protested the extra cost of the return, i was told the prices went up. However the form they give you still shows the old price. The cab driver was not tipped. After the cab left, we were standing there waiting for some help. Two porters just stood there and shot the breeze, after 10 min they finally came over. All so that he could take the bags inside the building and drop them as there was a long line for the counter. When i tipped $4, i got a dirty look. San Juan airport is overcrowded, to small, to expensive. My wife swears we'll never go through there again. Flight home was on Useless Air. They came around with the cart at the beginning, and we never saw them again. $5 for headsets, $7 for sandwiches, oh wait, they didn't have any, for a 5 hr flight. The flight attendants sat in the back reading, with a bowl of snacks sitting there. When you went to the washroom, you could get your snacks or something to drink. In conclusion: I would like to thank all of the so called parents who allowed their children to run up and down the halls at midnight yelling at one another. Who allowed their children to run around the dining room during dinner almost knocking over the servers. Who allowed their children to participate in adult only programs. You know who you are. You think you children are safe just because your on an enclosed ship. You seem to think your responsibility as parents ends at the gangway. You parents did a great job of ruining other people's vacations. I know, i know, your little angels wouldn't do anything wrong. Thank you RCCL for not allowing you crew to say anything to these children or parents. Only officers or security are allowed to say anything. We had a good time despite the children on board. Not all of them were bad, some were very polite and they still had a good time. I don't hate children. I hate parents who seem to think they are not responsible for them. We will not go on an RCCL cruise again for just this reason. I have nothing against RCCL. The food was good, the shows were great. We just want a little more vacation and a little less babysitting. We'll stick with Celebrity of Holland America from now on. Read Less
Sail Date January 2006
My husband and I had each been on cruise ships before, but not together, and not in some years (he spent a year working on a cruise ship so was a bit hesitant to return). Overall, the Adventure of the Seas trip was a good one for both of ... Read More
My husband and I had each been on cruise ships before, but not together, and not in some years (he spent a year working on a cruise ship so was a bit hesitant to return). Overall, the Adventure of the Seas trip was a good one for both of us. We were pleased with the ease of arrival, transportation, and check-in when we reached San Juan. We had pre-paid transfer vouchers, and it could not have gone more smoothly. We arrived in our exterior room with a balcony (I had really debated about spending that much for a balcony, but ended up using it a lot and loved seeing sunrises and sunsets from bed) and were pleased with the size and cleanliness of our room. The first night we dined at Portofino and had an almost flawless experience. I was disappointed with the white chocolate mousse dessert (it tasted slightly stale and not very flavorful) but we loved everything else we sampled that night and between four of us, had just about everything on the menu. Going the first night (thanks to Cruise Critic research) was a great choice because two other couples we knew who waited were unable to get in. The first day I toured the spa (a bit of a heavy sell -- I just wanted to look around) and took a cursory tour of the shops on board. We did not take advantage of the entertainment this night, or much of the entertainment offered on board, in part because it didnt appeal to us, but also due to awkward times. For example, I would have liked to have gone to the comedy show on the last night, but not at 7 p.m. With the later seating at dinner, I would have preferred to see the show after dinner, but thats just me. We opted for a snorkeling excursion in Aruba (through the ship) and enjoyed the Pelican Tours snorkel and sail trip. Our main complaint was that it was overbooked and made it very crowded on board, and made for a long wait getting in and out of the water. The itinerary, food (barbecue lunch) and music on board were all great. We loved snorkeling the shipwrecked Antilla. In Curacao we just hopped in a taxi with two other couples and got a two-hour tour of the island, then went back to see some high points ourselves. We really liked this island. In St. Maarten we took a bus to the French side (again using cruisecritic BB advice) and poked around Marigot. Found a great bakery, then headed to Orient Beach for a lovely day in the sun on comfy cushioned chairs. In St. Thomas we caught a taxi to Magens Bay, then returned to town for lunch at Gladys and some shopping. Another great day. We spent our days at sea napping, lounging by the pool, working out, and reading. We loved the champagne bar. I asked for a tour of the kitchen (a galley tour to them) and although my waiter said they had been discontinued, the head waiter let me know one was already scheduled for an at-sea day. I really enjoyed that. I think on this ship, and any RCL ship, if you are interested in something, ask. All they can say is no, and they are more likely to try and accommodate you than turn you down. This ship was so huge that it had many amenities were did not take advantage of; the skating rink, in-line skating, the rock wall, multiple dancing and singing shows, massage classes, salsa lessons, a cooking demonstration, shuffle board, and more. What we really needed was quality time doing¬hing. We got that. The balcony helped me escape the loud bustling areas when I needed to, but when we wanted to watch people, listen to live music, or be social, we had many chances for that as well. We didnt have a single problem with the friendliness of the staff. One bartender was on the slow side, and since our waiter had recently been promoted, it seemed like we were the last table served every night. However, he was very personable and we liked him a lot. High points: the Rasul spa treatment, free fitness classes, the champagne bar on the fifth floor, a balcony room, pre-paid tips and transfer vouchers to and from the airport, and checking our luggage as we stepped off the ship. Low points: Slow food service in the main dining room, sub-par fresh fruit at breakfasts, breakfast food in the Windjammer was overall just ok. Food on the last night was underwhelming, but overall, food was very good, but not great. Read Less
Sail Date January 2006
Background: This was our 5th cruise, our 3rd with Royal Caribbean, the first on Adventure of the Seas. Were a 30-something couple with two kids, ages 5 and nearly 3. All four of us went. The ship/facilities: This was the biggest cruise ... Read More
Background: This was our 5th cruise, our 3rd with Royal Caribbean, the first on Adventure of the Seas. Were a 30-something couple with two kids, ages 5 and nearly 3. All four of us went. The ship/facilities: This was the biggest cruise ship weve ever been on, and we were somewhat worried about feeling crowded. Actuality was quite the opposite  we felt the least crowded as we have ever been on a cruise ship. There were so many different and diverse things to do onboard (mini-golf, sports court, ice skating, casino, shows, shopping, movies, kids pool and waterslide, pool, bars, gym, spa, etc) that people tended to be very spread out  never nearly everyone onboard in all one spot like some cruises. Even though I didnt personally use all the facilities (not sure you can in a week), I really appreciated that they were there. Makes for a very open ship. The food: Dining room is standard cruise ship fare. Not five star (if expecting that, RCL is not your cruise line  keep what you get in perspective to what you pay), but decent and certainly better than we eat at home. Johnny Rockets makes an excellent burger, and Portofinos is well worth the $20 additional fee (had a great filet mignon). Additional dining tip: Bring your own wine. For a $12 corking fee, theyll serve the wine you brought onboard at dinner. Although the onboard wine prices werent terrible (what you might expect at a local restaurant), buying your own at home +$12 is still generally cheaper. The entertainment: The ice show was by far the best, not to be missed. Very well done, quality skaters (think about what it takes to pull off triple jumps on a moving ship on relatively small ice). Big theater shows were decent, but again, standard cruise ship stuff. Kids programs: Adventure Ocean (the Royal Caribbean kids program) was the absolute best thing about the cruise. Although not quite three (stated minimum for the program), they did take our son into the program (he is fully potty trained, which is a non-negotiable requirement). Our kids LOVED it. They stayed over dinner a couple of times, (they take the kids to Johnny Rockets), spent some afternoons there during the two sea days, spent all day in St. Martin there. Great staff, great activities, all included in the base cruise fare. Couldnt keep our daughter away. Kids have fun, parents get some time to go off by themselves, both on and off the ship. The Adventure Ocean program is the single largest reason well be back with Royal Caribbean. The ports/excursions: Nothing booked through the cruise line. If youre willing to do a little advance homework and look around, nearly everything the cruise ship offers can be booked directly for cheaper, even considering transportation. Everything described below also available through the cruise ship. Aruba: Went on the Jolly Pirates sail, snorkel and (rope) swing trip. Big pirate looking sailboat, holds maybe 40. Three swimming and snorkeling spots, plus lunch and drinks. Highlight was snorkeling at the Atilla, an old German wreck. Low light was lunch, very dry, room temperature chicken breast. Curacao: Went to the Sea Aquarium. Very reasonable in price, very interactive. Highlights include the sea lion and dolphin training demonstrations. At no extra cost, were also able to sign up for a kiss from a sea lion at the end of the show (we did buy the picture&.). Compares very favorably with Sea World in my opinion (been there too) at 1/3 the price and 1/20 of the crowds. St. Martin/Maarten: Kids got left at Adventure Ocean and we went to Orient Beach. Yes, THAT beach, and THAT part of the beach  the nude beach, and yes, we fully participated. Orient Beach is among the best beaches anywhere in my opinion. The clothing optional (nude) section in front of Club Orient is generally far less crowded than the more covered section, almost alone reason enough to go to that part. People there are pretty typical of those that youd see anywhere, which is to say mostly middle aged and nothing special to look at  which is precisely the point. Anyone expecting to be titillated will be disappointed. If youve never swam naked in a tropical sea, laid out nude in the Caribbean sun, try it, you wont regret it. Shedding the clothes in this situation (far from home, around other naked people who youll never see again) is easier than you think. We walked off the beach feeling more relaxed than wed been in a long time, could barely move a muscle. Did some shopping in Phillipsbug on the way back. Best shopping in the Caribbean (cheapest alcohol and jewelry) in my opinion. St. Thomas: Went to Coral World. Not nearly as nice as the Sea Aquarium in Curacao in my opinion, but decent value for the money. Highlight was the open water aquarium, which was an open water undersea observatory maybe 50 yards offshore in ~15 ft of water. Surrounded by coral, it was neat knowing that none of the fish or features were just dropped in a tank, and you truly might see anything. Coral World also has some traditional aquariums, but not nearly as cool. Also did some shopping in Charlotte Amalie. Decent, but not quite as good as St. Maarten. Overall: We really, really enjoyed ourselves on this cruise, one of our best ever. Right up there with our first during the honeymoon. Adventure Ocean really made the trip, both us and our kids had more fun at times off on our own. We loved the flexibility to be able to do stuff and be with our kids, but also keep the mommy / daddy time too. Adventure of the Seas is a great ship and Id recommend it for anyone, but Ill especially recommend for young families. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
We (Deb and Jack from Massachusetts) cruised to the Southern Caribbean during the week of February 5, 2006. This was our third cruise, and our second with Royal Caribbean. Since we had already had the experience of a cabin with a balcony, ... Read More
We (Deb and Jack from Massachusetts) cruised to the Southern Caribbean during the week of February 5, 2006. This was our third cruise, and our second with Royal Caribbean. Since we had already had the experience of a cabin with a balcony, it was a must for us again. The Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful and extraordinarily large ship. Although the ship had approximately 3,000 passengers on board, it rarely seemed crowded. Skip to comments section at the end of this review to find out if we would sail on this ship again. Pre-night in San Juan: We stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan. I suggest that a pre-night is a must if you live in the snowy northeast like we do, and I would recommend the Sheraton. It was a clean, quiet hotel. It has a small casino too. Arriving at Airport in San Juan: We booked our own air arrangements and arrived in San Juan around 3 pm, without any trouble at all. Getting on the ship: (embarking) was very smooth. The sail departure time was 10 p.m., but we were allowed on the ship at 1 p.m. and our cabin was ready by 2 p.m. Cabins: Our cabin was very nice! Two twin beds were made into a king-size bed and it was very comfortable. The room was attractive and very clean. Again, the balcony was well worth the extra price. We often sat outside just enjoying the rolling sea. Sliding doors were kept open at night to appreciate the sound of the ocean waves. Our cabin was very private (7th deck). The bathroom was rather small, and the shower was even smaller. Please note that there is no iron in the cabin and no iron to be requested at all. Alcohol on Board: While we didnt bring alcohol on board with us, we know that others did without a problem. Room Service: Very efficient. Must remember to have cash available for tipping. Breakfast and Lunch Buffets: Once the breakfast buffet ends, the lunch begins. Breakfast was open until 11:30 and lunch began at Noon and lasted until 3 p.m. There is always something to eat! Dinner Buffet: We decided not to attend dinners in the main dining room and ate at the Windjammer Cafe instead. There was a buffet offered each night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The items varied and the desserts were magnificent! Best Desserts and Sandwiches: Promenade Café served great food just about around the clock. Singles and Children: There didnt seem to be many children on this cruise. Those that I did see were well behaved. Average Age Range: I would guess there were mostly couples or families with small children on board. The average age range would have been 30's through 60'sis my best guess. Wheelchair Access: Must be okay because I saw a couple of people wheeling all around the ship. Cruise Activities: There were a lot of activities to do. There was also plenty of time to relax. We spent time doing more of the latter. Ports of Call  Oranjestad, Aruba: We took the half-day jeep safari and enjoyed it. Willemstad, Curacao: We went to Mambo beach and the water was crystal clear. It was our day in the sun. Philipsburg, St. Maarten: We took an island tour, which we enjoyed. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas: Here we took an island tour, which was nice. We also took an excursion called Screamin Eagle, a speedboat ride. The speedboat ride is the only thing we did and would not recommend. It was priced too high for the 45 minutes. We did another speed boat ride last time we were in St. Thomas, so we did have something to compare this one to. Bars: We were in and out of most bars at one point or another. None stand out as extraordinary. The shops on board were your basic expensive jewelry and clothing stores and some souvenir and variety store. I am not much of a shopper, so stores dont impress me. Cruise Staff: All were very polite and friendly. Cabin Steward: We saw him in the hallways and he always said hello. Our cabins were cleaned twice a day and the animals made from towels were a bit hard to figure out. Deck Service: I dont think there were as many wait staff around, as I would have liked. Casino: We did spend too much time in there (sigh), making our donation to somebodys bank account, but not our own! Dont expect free drinks when you gamble like in the U.S. Ship Cleanliness: Excellent. Deck Space: There were plenty of chairs to lounge in and always plenty of room to sit. The one thing noticeable missing were tables. There were no tables in between chairs on the decks by the pools. Disembarking (leaving the ship): Everybody has a color code and that determines when you will leave the Ship. You have black luggage? So do we and 1,000 other people! It was easy to find though. Be sure to put some bright yarn or ribbon on your luggage. Disembarking went smoothly. Stabilization: Our cabin was in the middle of the ship and we rarely noticed the ship moving. Telephone Service and Internet Connections: There is an internet room and the cost is 50 cents per minute. It was up and running 24 hours per day. Our cell phone did not work while cruising and the cost to make a call on board was almost $7.50 per minute. Plan to keep in touch via email, if possible! Overall Cruise Comments: The Adventure of the Seas met our expectations, but it was almost identical to the Voyager of the Seas. Evidently, all of the Voyager class ships are like that. We are planning to cruise again in the future, and would consider another Royal Caribbean ship, but not the Voyager class. We would like to experience different types of ships. I prefer the Eastern Caribbean itinerary to the Western or Southern Caribbean because it was more exotic looking. The islands we visited on this trip were a mixture of what Ive seen on eastern and western caribbean trips. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Our goal for this cruise was to relax, see new places, and meet new people. That we did do. I loved our cabin, the food, the people we met, and I loved the experience of sailing the seas again. If you have any questions about my review or experience, please feel free to email me and Ill happily respond to all. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
We left Md. drove to Pa and stayed at the Radisson in Philadelphia the night before our flight to San Juan on US Air. Our stay started with 2 teenage girls having a key to our friends room and walking in on him. The hotel was very ... Read More
We left Md. drove to Pa and stayed at the Radisson in Philadelphia the night before our flight to San Juan on US Air. Our stay started with 2 teenage girls having a key to our friends room and walking in on him. The hotel was very apologetic and assured him they would be told to leave but that didn't happen! They also gave our friend a small care bear stuffed animal to show they cared-seems like an adult way to handle an embarrassing problem doesn't it? The hotel was very nice though. The next day we were to airport checked our bags and later discovered the plane had Mechanical Problems and was going to be delayed. After 2 or 3 delays we transferred to another plane. After being assured our luggage would also be switched we arrived in San Juan to discover we had no luggage. It arrived at 9pm and the ship left at 10--however we had to stand in long lines to fill out lost luggage forms, and describe our luggage. We did get it about 11pm. Embarkation was a breeze. Please do your SetSail paper on line - it makes a big difference. We get on the ship and have to stand in line again regarding our luggage. Needless to say we totally missed seeing San Juan. Thank you US Air!!! Stateroom: We asked for two rooms together so we were given the handicap rooms. Not bad little more walking room. We had a problem with the toilet not flushing one time, the water coming out of the sink was orange a couple times. First night - NO CHOCOLATE on the pillows. We did get it the rest of the nights. Our cabin steward was great - Castro! I would have liked more drawer space but we made do. There are not a lot of announcements but there are a few and our speaker did not work in our room and when I reported it it was never fixed. Ship Info: No Paper towels in public bathrooms, no flowers in the bathrooms (every other ship we've been on has linen towels and first vase of flowers). No Sushi bar (Celebrity last year had a regular area for sushi). Decorations thruout the ship were ok but not gorgeous. The mall area was very nice and large. and for those looking for an inside room they have them overlooking the mall area ,which in very nice but may be noisy and probably not too private if you have your curtain open. Beds were cots - not great but I was so tired at night I slept ok. Dining room waiter and assistant waiters were GREAT. We were at table 844 and I am sorry but can't think of their names. The head waiter was a pretty boy and disgusted all of us. Not accommodating and a pain. The Portofino Restaurant is a must!!! Delicious food and excellent service. It is worth the $20.00 but sign up as soon as you get on the boat they fill up fast. The windjammer restaurant is just run of the mill buffet food. Not as good as Holland America or Celebrity but okay. No waffle bar which Celebrity has. Service: Service is okay but I didn't feel it was as good as our other cruises. The Filipino staff on other cruise lines seem friendlier and more caring. The staff of Adventures did not try to help much and were not real friendly. Entertainment: The cruise director on this cruise made our cruise. His last name was Spacey and he was a riot. All the planned activities that we attended were great and he deserves a lot of credit. Disembarkation: This was so easy, just go wherever you want and hang out and when they call your group number go to the gangway. Was the easiest of any cruise we've gone on Summary: A WORD TO ALL WHO WANT TO ENJOY YOUR CRUISE----DON'T GO PRESIDENT'S WEEK OR THE THIRD WEEK OF APRIL!!!! Why because these are the two weeks the northeast is out of school and it felt like they were all on our boat. There were 1,006 children of all ages on this cruise. All ages! We were stepped on, pushed, Holland at, We listened to cursing, watched cans being thrown with full sodas in them. They ran up and down the halls hollering. We saw 14 year olds drinking. And where were their parents? Oh they couldn't have cared less. And you know what? Royal Caribbean did nothing about it. I learned my lesson never again on those two weeks and probable never again on Royal Caribbean. All in all it probably wasn't the worst ship out there but I have been on several better. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
Well, we just returned from our first cruise. Wow was it great. We left from San Juan, arrived a day early and stayed at the HoJo on Isla Verde, (watch the prices they tried to overcharge us for our stay) and be prepared to get stuck in ... Read More
Well, we just returned from our first cruise. Wow was it great. We left from San Juan, arrived a day early and stayed at the HoJo on Isla Verde, (watch the prices they tried to overcharge us for our stay) and be prepared to get stuck in the elevator. Our documents said we could not board till 4:00PM, we arrived around 1230/100. We got right out of the cab and the porters told our luggage and away we went. It was FAST. We couldn't get to our room till 2:00PM but we were still on the ship. I guess we were so excited we did not turn around and see the duty free liquor shop when we first got aboard. So we went back thru and got liquor and bought it on board with us, no questions asked. We had 2nd seating at dinner, we will do first seating next time. Our waiter was JOHN LOBO from India, he was great request him if you can. Anna was his assistant she was also good. There is plenty of time to get ready for dinner when you have to board the ship by 5:00 latest. Our room steward was OK. First day at sea we explored the ship and had fun. We didn't do Portofino's or Johnny Rockets (they charge to get in). The ice show was great, we didn't go to see Royal Caribbean dancers, (it didn't interest us). We did see comedian first night at 12:15AM, he was good. Did the Shelby the shopper thing, I didn't feel as though it was worth it unless you really had time to shop. She said a free charm bracelet and showed you a bracelet with charms on it, when we got to the store it was only the bracelet. Also, we went for other free stuff and "they were out". If shopping for nice jewelry we shopped all over islands and ended up at Gemsland in St. Maarten, real nice. I was told by ship to go to Diamonds International and that was a bust. We walked out. They are a joke. Aruba we did ATV's that were great, I booked the excursion myself and it included the pick up and ride back to the ship, email me and I will give you info. It was Rancho Daimari, they also have horses. Aruba shopping is right there at the pier. We also did Sunset Cataram cruise from RCI from 5 to 7, it was great and you go right there from the ship's dock. (no watered down drinks there). Curacao we docked far away (ship too large) had to walk about 1.0miles to get ferry to cross over to Curacao shopping district. It was pretty but shopping and ferry rides took up the day. St. Maarten, we told the cruise tour of French side of island and got dropped off back on Dutch side, MARCEL was our tour and very very good. We got our jewelry on GEMSLAND and went to the beach (right there) while it was being sized. Then 2 more beers for the water taxi back to ship after picking up the jewelry. St. Maarten was also far from town, but shopping and beaches were right there once you got to town. St. Thomas was our last stop, we were not impressed, there is construction going on at the pier and you need to take a taxi ($4.00pp) into town or walk about 2.0 miles. WE again took a tour and went to Megan's Beach and Blackbeard's castle. I would cruise again and I would cruise RCI, they have adult only nightclubs and pools. If you wanted in room movies at night they were very expensive. I think 11.95 (WOW). The best thing is a balcony cabin, some people say you don't need it. IT WAS GREAT. We were able to watch the islands appear and watch the ship dock, it was great. If you have never cruised before it might take you a day or so to get your "cruise balance", I grew up on boats and it took a day or so to get use to it. Disembarking was a breeze, no problems, only have to wait a few minutes for your group to go through. We got stuck in San Juan 2 extra days because of the snow in New England, guest relations on the ship was wonderful helping us find a hotel in San Juan. Happy Cruising and I hope this helps, you can email me with any questions, just put cruise ?? in the subject line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
This was my wedding/Honeymoon cruise and my first with Royal Caribbean. I guess maybe I am biased now after sailing on Celebrity's Constellation, but the food on this ship left much to be desired. We were married February 14, 2006 ... Read More
This was my wedding/Honeymoon cruise and my first with Royal Caribbean. I guess maybe I am biased now after sailing on Celebrity's Constellation, but the food on this ship left much to be desired. We were married February 14, 2006 in Aruba and it was so romantic. I would recommend getting married aboard ship to anyone thinking of this route. I, however, would not go through royal romance (RC's wedding people). They were absolutely horrible and extremely unfriendly. We actually booked a "cocktail party" through our group coordinator and used those room reservations as our wedding venues. Otherwise they specified the time, place and if so chose, could cancel it at anytime. On top of these demands, the price was way above any reasonable cost for the little service they would render-so the group reservation is the way to go. On to the cruise itself, Aruba was nice but honestly my least favorite stop on this itinerary. We walked downtown for some shopping then took a cab to eagle beach. Yes this beach was beautiful, but extremely boring as there was not much to do on it other than lay in the sun or attempt to enter the cold water. (it also happened to pour for about 20 minutes so after we were soaked, we had had enough) Curacao I was expecting not to like, but it was a very cute town (both sides of the river) and it was great that the ferry was free to cross the river. After some jewelry shopping and alcohol pickups, we took a cab to Playa Porto Mari. The cab drivers will try to convince you to go to kontiki beach because it is closer or they just don't want to drive all the way there. Having been to Kontiki previously on a shore excursion I knew this was not a good idea so we convinced the cab driver to bring us to Playa porto mari for 15$ round trip per person---It is definitely worth it. The beauty (not size though) rivals trunk bay in St. John! There are two snorkeling trails to follow as well as a floating dock, changing rooms, bathrooms, bar and restaurant. This is the beach to go to in Curacao if you cannot make it all the way up to Playa Knepa. St. Maarten was great- Our group of 30 people did the golden eagle island sailaway party before shopping in town--this is a place I would love to go back and spend a week. St. Thomas- Enough has been said about its jewelry shopping, but we got something I didn't expect--We went to a shop called Loose Gems and bought a 12 Karat Blue topaz for under 100 dollars! This is definitely the place to stop for loose gems and the owner is very friendly and educated on all of them. The ship itself was beautiful with a ton to do for all ages. The climbing wall and mini golf course were great for afternoons and a walk through the promenade or a drink in jesters were staples of our activities every evening. The casino was a ton of fun on the 25 cent Party Game slots. THe ice show was fantastic and the shows in the Lyric were just ok. The only major downfall to the cruise was the food-the one night they had prime rib-they made them all well done and dry and the sirloin available every night was similar or chewier. This is enough to push me back to Celebrity or NCL where I can definitely get better food, even if it is at the cost of the extra activities and amenities. I will say this is not a cruise to take for relaxation--We are going to take a real honeymoon to relax on a different line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
The good: The ship is a beauty. The food is fine. The entertainment is good. The ice skating show along with the Nelson Twins were the best part of the entertainment The staff is efficient. The kids club is difficult to get your ... Read More
The good: The ship is a beauty. The food is fine. The entertainment is good. The ice skating show along with the Nelson Twins were the best part of the entertainment The staff is efficient. The kids club is difficult to get your kids out of. It cost a min of $10 late night each evening as my 8 year old loved it and would at least stay till midnight to play gag a ball! Good job staff! The ports were wonderful especially with 20+ inches of snow in the NY area. The bad: Family oriented events held in the Schooner bar was a smoke filled event. Smoking during family events where children are encouraged to join in should be eliminated. The prizes for the winners in the trivia contests was very poor and to make matters worse they never had enough for the winning teams. It was always, see me later! How many times can they give out plastic covered key chains? The Quest held on the covered ice skating rink is dangerous as the condensation build up made it very slippery. Many people fell running to show their number. Royal Caribbean always seems to have their hand in your pocket as compared to other lines. The elevators were very crowded during peak usage times as there are two elevator banks. One front and one aft. However, they are located on both sides of the ship. The Serenade of the Seas for example has three elevator locations. The public bathrooms should be cleaned more often as the often had a strong smell of urine. Overall, I would recommend getting a cabin located aft of mid ship as, especially if you have children, as all the dining facilities along with the children's club and the sports deck are located in the rear of the ship. We were located in the front and did that long walk down the hallway several times per day. Whereas, the Lyrics theater is located in the front of the ship. If you decide to eat your meals in the Windjammer, please note the dining staff are not salaried employees and are rotated up from the dining room every few weeks and usually people up there do not tip these workers. I suggested trying to get into the same area each night to use the services of the same person and consider compensation this person at the weeks end. What more can you say except I find all cruises wonderful when the alternative is snow and work. Happy cruising to all! Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
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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