Sail Date: March 2011
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the ... Read More
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the season, and American and Canadian spring breaks. Delta charges $23 bag online-$26 at the airport. Baggage Service is now very good- we pay dearly for it. Tip: Get a porter when you pick up your luggage in San Juan- great help getting through lines and into cab. Porter is also suggested on return to airport. He has to get you through the agriculture check.Pre-Stay. We were at the Candado Radisson. Make sure you get breakfast, we were placed in Concierge level- separate check in on 9th floor and Hors d'oeuvres and a "we trust you" bar in the evening. Nice pool on roof; no real beach in Candado. Our very favorite Restaurant, Ropa Vieja, Cuban, Island cuisine on Ashford- get there! short cab ride.Arriving at Cruise Dock: Alert: It is the Pan American Pier- not the pier in middle of Old San Juan. (about 12:15pm) it seems everyone is asked to wait on line to check in with luggage. We were traveling with a handicapped person in large party with plenty of luggage. We alerted RCI of requirement through their great Special Needs department well in advance. We asked porter to place our pre-tagged bags on the luggage dolly (So we did not have to wait in line with all the luggage) which he did. The line on left (no checked luggage) seemed to go much faster. You can buy water at dockside store once inside. Much cheaper than $3.99/liter on Board. Boarding process without other incident. We were told - no entry into staterooms until 1:30. Windjammer Buffet very roomy and good food. If it seems crowded, walk past into the next section. Stateroom. 8652 with Balcony: We were very satisfied with the overall size of room and balcony. Balcony seemed much bigger than last cruise with NCL. Luggage arrived outside of cabin at 2:45PM! Steward produced bar soap on request.RCI "Green" Savings: Our water supply in shower and sink was really on the grey (color) side. I don't know if it was potable but it seems RCI saves plenty of energy by not purifying the water further. Besides the water, the "fresh" towels came clean but with yellow brown stains.In Room Dining. We selected room service for breakfast before an early day and it was wonderful, warm and tasty.Land Excursions: "Automated" In Room TV Tour selection process: Fuhgetaboutit. It was so confusing we wound up with 4 tickets for first day tour instead of two. It took a few days for the live tour desk to catch up. The tour desk could not handle the crowds wanting to sign up. I will say, most of tours are moderately priced in the mid $30 range. The TV was a good place to keep track of all your cabin charges. Island Reviews (Comments): St Thomas. The shopping at the Ship birth a few steps from the Havensight Mall provides much variety and fair pricing. It certainly beats taking a Taxi Ride Downtown to the suggested shops. Curacao: I forgot to bring my camera battery charger and natch - battery failed on first day of cruise. Nice man at large camera shop across pontoon bridge charged it up for me. We did not take any tours in Dominica- not much in Roseau port area. We took tour bus to beach in Curacao and Aruba.Dining Room: We had early (main) Seating at 6PM. Our party of 6 thought that this was just right after our early tours were complete we had plenty of time to make use of ship and to see the shows after dinner. Food was very good, waiters and staff very efficient. Special thanks to our waiter, Lorenzo.On Board Bingo: Very expensive, $22 Minimum for 3 tickets for 4 games. They award about $700 over 3 games plus 4th game for free cruise for 1 (one). With room filled with 300 people, they make about $6,000 a session.On Board Shows: Ice show the best, a must see. They have about 4 ice show performances so everyone has a chance to get to see it. We were not impressed with 2 nights of "dance and sing" entertainment and they only lasted for 35-45 minutes. The Headliner show, with brother Merrill Osmond was terrific. Casino: Nice variety of Table games (with craps), nightly Texas Hold 'em tournament. Slots outdated; Even dollar machines paid off in quarters. Drinks in Bars: Fair prices, $5.50 for rum & coke (Barcardi), $6.50 for Pina Colada - Must call "House" drink if want bar liquor, 75c cheaper.Muster Drill: Life jackets not required. If you get there early, must stand very long time. Let them know in advance if handicapped.Internet Cafe: Sixty Five cent per minute. Very slow response time. Purser did give 50% refund off charges.On Board Photographer. Each picture $19.95Meet and Greet: Very nice job by RCI. They had raffles and a special gift for us with soft drinks and snacks. Special thanks to all who set up unofficial meet and greet. We learned so much from all your comments. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
We opted to stay in San Juan for a night on both ends of our cruise and we LOVED it. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris (to get points, and it's close to the port.) We will try another place next time. Pricey with cranky ... Read More
We opted to stay in San Juan for a night on both ends of our cruise and we LOVED it. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris (to get points, and it's close to the port.) We will try another place next time. Pricey with cranky staff. We got to the port about 1pm- huge lines. I stayed in line to get into the building, while my husband and daughter stood in line to get rid of the luggage. It only took about 45" total to get through and onto the ship, but I was shocked at how many people were already there....Our room- 8654- was a balcony room and was ready when we arrived. We walked in and.... smelled urine. Like "Uh-oh, I'm in a nursing home" odor. We opened the balcony door and the cabin door to air it out. These rooms are past the time to fix up. Carpet faded, colors dated, wood finish peeled off the vanity, rust on the metal surfaces in the bathroom, mold on the grout in the shower, etc. And the smell..... Our room steward said he would "alert maintainance", and thought it was because the water was turned off, but it continued to smell the entire week. At times there was a smell of poo in the hallway (and i heard other guests complaining about the odors), so something is not quite right with the pipes..... I'm just glad we had the balcony door to open up! (Just an aside about the balconies- you ARE allowed to smoke on the balconies, and the cigar smoker that smoked near us ruined it for us. We couldn't have the door open or sit out there without being in the stench.) We went right to the windjammer to eat- and loved it immediately. We ate lunch and breakfast there almost every day. I found the omelet making station in the back (the Island cafe?) and headed there each morning. Lots of variety and the food was good. I was so hoping for some papaya and mango, but they have the melon selection and pineapple for "exotics." That was the only thing I missed. We had first seating dinner and sat at a table of 8. We love to meet new people and had great tablemates. Our waiter Daniel, was probably the best waiter we've had in all our cruises, and his asst. Mark was awesome as well. I thought the food was just ok. Lobster night was yummy. I had a few misses (the beef stroganoff, a pasta/mushroom dish, a steak). Desserts were good- just not great. The entire staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. The only commlaint was the guest relation staff aren't as helpful as they use to be with info about the ports, cab fares, etc. When the excursion desk is closed, you really are on your own. Our first day was a day at sea. The solarium pool was quieter and way less crowded and our go-to place to cool off. We toured the ship and for as big as it is, wasn't hard to navigate. The promenade was very cool- there is a cafe there to get coffee and pastries in the early am before the windjammer opens if you are early risers.... We played mini golf one night. We wanted to rock climb and in line skate, but there didn't seem to be enough time to do it all. We did visit the casino (happened to be on a smoke free night, so it was pretty empty) and played the slot machines. Not big gamblers, but it was fun.One of our favorite things to do after dinner was go to the front of the ship on deck 5 (where the helicopter landing is) as it is really dark there and a fabulous place to star gaze....The only show we went to was the Beatles show- it was good. I wish we had gone to the ice show- we heard it was great. Our teenage daughter really wasn't into the shows...Ports: Our first stop was Curacau. We took a taxi to Cas Abou Beach. It was a 45" drive and we shared a taxi with another couple. He charged us $15 per person each way- came back and picked us up also. It was beautiful. We were there from 9:45am to 2pm. We had lunch at the "hut"- menu was in Dutch, so I ordered the only thing I recognized- "cheeseburger". I'm not sure it was beef. Not too tasty. Next time I would just order a big fruit smoothie...We walked back through the town when we got back- did a little shopping.Aruba- We went horseback riding in the national park. This is not for the occasional rider. This is a rocky,hilly, desert like environment- very hot- thank goodness we went in the morning. I only ride occasionally- and my horse (and others-) were "spirited". I got scared and asked for a helmet! My daughter is an experienced rider and loved it. It was very difficult to keep the horses to a walk. They wanted to run. One guy lost his saddle, and the guide was way ahead- that made me a little nervous. We stopped at an absolutely beautiful part of the ocean and rested. I think my horse was tired, because he was a little better behaved on the way back. We did get to canter through the sand and ocean for a bit on the return trip. We ate lunch on the ship and then took a cab to Palm Beach. Super crowded. Water was warm but really cloudy. $10 apiece for a chair for a couple of hours! I'll find a better beach next time. We've been to Eagle beach before and it was much less crowded, but not much in the way of amenities. We got some shopping in as well after the beach.Dominica- one of our favorite islands. You have to go on a tour to see this island! Even if you just drive around- do it. It's beautiful- a rain forest, so very different than Aruba. We did the river to ocean kayak tour. We loved it, but it was pretty scary. The first rapids did some folks in- I got to ride with a guide since my daughter rode with my husband. The second rapids had less "casualties". We kayaked into the ocean, as in: paddle hard into the waves, crash down, paddle into the next wave, crash, repeat.... It was a blast. We kayaked around the ocean, stopped at an area where there was a fresh water pool to swim in, then kayaked back up the river to a spot to get back into the vans. They had free drinks, fruit, and "local food"- some fish/ rice dish and cooked banana that wasn't too tasty. Super friendly guides. They were called the "Wacky Rollers"- had tubing adventures also. St. Thomas- We've been there lots, and wanted to see a different beach. We picked Secret Harbour. Getting to the taxis was CONFUSING- there are 2 ports in St. Thomas, and we were at the one without the mall area right off the ship. This one had a mall area that you walked to, with signs for taxi stands, but we had to ask 2 different people where the heck they were. We got one of those trolley type taxis- We got dropped off about 9:45am till 3pm- he came back for us. Only $10/person each way. I loved this place. Small, so not really a beach to take long walks on, but what a great way to relax at the end of our week. We ate at the restaurant- service slow, but the food was awesome. Absolutely heaven.....Disembarkation- Since we were going to stay in San Juan, we figured we would be the last ones off the ship. Because we were platinum members, we were assigned a dining room to wait in that had a continental breakfast. So of course we ate at the windjammer; took our time. Got to the dining room about 8:30am only to find that they were herding us off the ship! Trying to find our "color" of luggage stash was an adventure (do not go by the colored banners hanging from the ceiling)... But we finally got all our stuff and off we went. Back to the Marriott to hit the beach!All in all- we had a great trip. We tend to pick cruises by itinerary. But I think I would not recommend this ship. Maybe a newer RC. I'm glad to see Celebrity back in the Caribbean- maybe them next time???? Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
My wife and I are very experienced cruisers, having been on most of the primary lines multiple times. Although we definitely prefer Celebrity, particularly for its dining experience and more thought provoking programs, we chose Adventure ... Read More
My wife and I are very experienced cruisers, having been on most of the primary lines multiple times. Although we definitely prefer Celebrity, particularly for its dining experience and more thought provoking programs, we chose Adventure of the Seas because we were sailing with our children and grandchildren. We chose Adventure of the Seas for its activities, children's program, itinerary, and value. We have never been on a cruise that we didn't enjoy and this one was no exception. This cruise also marked our return to RC after many years and many cruises on other lines. We found our RC experience to be a definite improvement in some areas but a continuation of some concerns that have kept us off this line in the past. Note: If something is not mentioned in this review, it is either because we did not participate in the amenity or we found it to be comparable to other ships and lines. Any negative comments are provided solely for your review and should not be misconstrued into the false belief that we did not enjoy the cruise, which would not be true.Adventure of the SeasOverall, we were impressed with the appearance of this ship. For the most part, it is less glitzy than our previous RC ships. This is a definite improvement. The main dining room is very elegant, one of the most attractive we have seen. The cabin was very efficiently laid out and would also rank at or near the top of cabins we have used in the past. The lounges are also very nicely done.The show room, however, was a disappointment. Although very functional, its design lacked any kind of interest or excitement. This is one place where you want a WOW factor and there was none. This surprised us. The entertainment in the showroom was OK. We thought a ship that size would command something a little better. We were wrong. The ice show, on the other hand, was excellent. It is highly recommended!The Windjammer (buffet area), although attractive, was one place where you knew you were on a mega ship. It was often very crowded. We even heard an announcement telling the passengers not to linger since other passengers needed their seats. That was a first on any ship we've been on. With that said, crowding wasn't an issue anywhere else with the normal exception of the pool area.Regarding food, RC has not changed much over the years. Its serving sizes remain large and uninteresting. The food ranged from just fair to good, but never very good or exceptional. Our party of ten all felt our best meals were clearly ashore. The crew on this ship was absolutely excellent. We participated in many very well attended trivia contests, which were hosted by really likeable cruise staff. Everyone felt the crew could not have been better.The promenade (read shopping mall) was impressive to view for the first time, but we lost interest in it in a hurry. It is really just a collection of the normal assortment of shops on any ship and a few of the lounge areas that RC chose to congregate in a single area. In reality, the shops were not particularly good in comparison to other ships and lines. The promenade was also used for the formal night receptions, which was not an appropriate use. Most passengers dressed up for the two formal nights, which shows that most passengers enjoy the activity. Putting everyone in a very long, narrow space with very limited seating was not in keeping with an elegant location. Further, people in various states of undress walked through the same area. This shattered the illusion of a formal night.One particular area of frustration, shared by many, many passengers, was the Internet cafe and Internet services in general. Anyone who uses Internet on a ship knows that the service is slow and expensive, which was the case on this ship as well. What was different here was that the Internet cafe had no crewmember present to assist you. In addition, the pc computers provided were in various states of disrepair. The normal free airline confirmation service and printing of boarding passes was a pay only system. RC should be ashamed of this operation, especially in light what other cruise lines provide, including their own Celebrity Cruises.The itinerary of this cruise, Curacao, Aruba, Dominica, St. Thomas/St. John, and San Juan was excellent. On this itinerary, be sure and book on the port side so you will face land when you dock. We rented a 12 passenger van on Curacao through Avis and toured Christoffel National Park (wonderful) and went to the beach at Playa Porto Marie (outstanding). We rented the same type of van on Aruba through Royal Car Rental and went to Baby Beach (very nice). Driving on Curacao is very easy, but you will need to be able to drive a manual transmission on the big vans. Aruba is also easy, but a lack of signage may confuse you on the way to Baby Beach. Renting your own van is extremely cost effective compared to tours provided by the cruise lines. We toured privately with Bumpiing Tours on Dominica. They were excellent. We did St. John on your own through the ship and went to Trunk Bay, a very special place. In summary, book Adventure of the Seas if you want a very friendly, competent crew, nice cabin, fairly good children's program, a great itinerary, a beautiful dining area, and a relatively good value.Think twice about this ship if you expect really good food and entertainment.Do NOT book this ship if you are dependent on using Internet services in their Internet cafe. You will truly regret it. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.Worked well ... Read More
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.Worked well making our own economical on shore arrangements to tour the islands - felt like mini adventures each time! The one pre-booked exception was the Scenic Railway on St Kitts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. It was great - fantastic calypso atmosphere by all on board, free drinks and charming acapella singing. 3 hour fun, comfortable ride and very informative trip around the island. Bridgtown surprisingly drab and St Croix not much better. Cloudy weather didn't help. Antigua and St Maarten best beaches, easily accessible.Travelling with friends however along with a great ship made up for any itinerary disappointments or over expectation on our part. Steel band on some of the piers created brilliant atmosphere.It was very evident that the Adventure of the Seas was doing running repairs before relocating at the end of the trip to Malaga. One main deck jacussi under repair and closed off with polythene for most of the trip was an eyesore. Came back one afternoon to find all the balcony hand rails had been spray oiled - no warning or apology for this. Too sticky for the rest of the trip to lean on - not what you expect when paying a balcony premium.Stateroom otherwise fine and as ever attended to by very hard working and lovely staff. Kept very clean and tidy. The sofa however badly stained as was our friend's next door. No amount of routine cleaning would freshen that furniture - needs replacing or deep cleansing treatment. Shame didn't pay as much attention to this as they do to painting and spraying the gleaming white hull.Last gripe from as I say an otherwise great trip was the pre cruise overnight in San Juan Hilton. Arrangement a room only basis - seems mean of RCI not to run to a breakfast. It's not the measly $15 it's the principle. Arriving at 11:30 pm you don't want to be quibbling over a croissant! Learned to love the big ship experience after a great cruise previously on the smaller, more intimate Splendour of the Seas. The variety of on board entertainment and facilities has to take the edge. A full 24/7 vacation.Top marks and sincere thanks to the RCI crew and staff for a fabulous time though we will read these reviews to consider an alternative line for next cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2011
This is our 10th cruise, 3rd with Royal. It was just hubby (50) and myself (46). We flew in the night before from Atlanta and stayed at Cambria Suites. Nice hotel, free shuttle. Arrived at the port at 10:15am, on the ship at 11:15. ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise, 3rd with Royal. It was just hubby (50) and myself (46). We flew in the night before from Atlanta and stayed at Cambria Suites. Nice hotel, free shuttle. Arrived at the port at 10:15am, on the ship at 11:15. Hubby loves getting their EARLY. Several venues open for lunch, we select Johnny Rocket's so we can enjoy lunch without the chaos of the Windjammer. Food was average, service was great. It was $14.95 for our lunch plus his milkshake. We requested early dining, large table. We had early dinner with a table for 4. While our table-mates were pleasant we had absolutely nothing in common with them (30 yr old siblings who still voluntarily live at home with their parents...). Service was fantastic, we had finished our dessert within 75 minutes each evening which was perfect for us. Food was again average at best. The prime rib the 1st evening was dreadful, later in the week it was much better. The lobster was typical cruise lobster, you get what you get. The only meal that was memorable was Chops. The food far outranked the service. We expected it to be a 2 hour meal, they prepared us by telling us that "no food would be plated or served before it's time".....but there was no personality, no friendliness whatsoever from the staff. This included the hostess even. And it wasn't that they were trying to be exceptionally formal, there was just simply 'no light on' with the staff at all. But again, food was fantastic, but pass on the onion rings, they were clearly not homemade but frozen. Entertainment was as good as we had heard. We went to everything and enjoyed Chicago and Blue Planet the most and the Ice Show the least. The performers fell far too often to be performing in this type of venue and we heard it happened at every show that week. They only landed one jump in 45 minutes. The couple skaters were much better. Either get more experienced skaters and change the routine to something they can do because missing that many jumps is very distracting. Comedians were very funny and maybe only 1/5 of the show was really R rated. Earl Turner was the Headliner and he put on a good show but it is certainly geared to the 60+ age group. Our cabin and Cabin Steward were terrific. We had an ocean view balcony. Plenty of storage, balcony was comfortable for 2 and we enjoyed lunch out there several times. Beds were not near as comfortable as the ones on the Carnival Dream in our opinion. We enjoyed the Valet luggage service which is a real treat at $20 per person. We put our luggage outside our cabin the night before and picked it up in Atlanta later that afternoon. We leisurely walked off the ship at 8:15am and were in our cab by 8:30 and at the airport by 8:45am. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Embarkation: the process of embarkation at the newly built cruise terminal in Malaga, Spain was one of the best we experienced. It was easy, convenient and fast; it took us no more than 20 minutes to complete the whole process. ... Read More
Embarkation: the process of embarkation at the newly built cruise terminal in Malaga, Spain was one of the best we experienced. It was easy, convenient and fast; it took us no more than 20 minutes to complete the whole process. This is our 13th cruise, and our 4th with RCCL. They are our favorite cruise line and even though we were disappointed with AOS, we will continue to cruise with RCCL. We found AOS to be a below average ship for the RCCL line. The ship is beautiful, but it is starting to show some wear; carpet areas are in need of replacing; new flat tv's would be nice; some of the art on the walls need to be replaced as well. The only show that we were impressed by was the ice skating show. The cruise director (who seemed to be "phoning it in") and his staff did poorly in our opinion. They scheduled the adult scavenger hunt game in one of the small lounges instead of doing it at the Studio A like Liberty of the Seas does. It was a complete disappointment, not only with us, but with many other passengers as well. There was not enough seating for everyone and only a small number of selected tables got to directly participate. We left after only 10 minutes. Many other passengers had already left, or were in the process of leaving. The pursers desk staff was not pleasant to deal with; we went to get some information a couple of times and was surprise by the unbelievable rudeness of the staff. The schedule of the windjammer cafe also needs to be revised. On most port days, you need to be back on board by 5:30, but if you do get back at this time you will be surprise to find out that the only place open to get a snack, especially if your dinning time is 9:30 pm, is the small pizza place on the promenade. This small cafe only has water or hot coffee to go with your nothing special pizza or sandwiches. On formal night, forget the traditional lobster, as you only get a shrimp dish instead. The food overall was generally below average when compared to other cruises. The DJ at the Catacombs bar was the best we've experienced thus far. He played very good music every night, and obviously the word got around, because it had a very good crowd. Many other DJs seem to forget that their job is to simply play music that the majority of the crowd will enjoy dancing to. The itinerary is amazing, our cabin steward and the staff at the dinning room was great. Although we had a great trip due to the itinerary (our first visit to Europe), the AOS needs to be updated in many areas soon. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
We understand that we were guinea pigs, this being the first sailing of this ship from the port of Valencia, but we were really treated very poorly at the start of our cruise.We were a group of 12 friends and we arrived by coach to the ... Read More
We understand that we were guinea pigs, this being the first sailing of this ship from the port of Valencia, but we were really treated very poorly at the start of our cruise.We were a group of 12 friends and we arrived by coach to the port. It was impossible to miss the ship itself, because of its size, but there were absolutely NO signposts as to where to go for embarkation.Our driver asked several port policemen and after driving round for about 15 minutes we were offloaded at the ferry terminal "Acciona".Our suitcases were spirited away onto the ship, but we were herded into an airless cramped building for about 2 1/2 hours wait. After about 1 1/2 hours we made a fuss about 2 members of our party, one who uses a stick and could stand no longer, and the other who has a heart complaint. With difficulty these people were eventually given priority boarding, and finally we all arrived onboard.There appeared to be no Royal Caribbean staff supervising the local Spanish staff, who were simply overwhelmed and not able to cope. RC cannot just blame the port, they need to teach them and liaise to improve things.Because we were not boarding the ship at the first port of call, Malaga, we were not able to book shore excursions or any other package before boarding which made us all uneasy before we went about being able to get the trips of our choice. As it happens that was not a problem, but again RC could have had our money 8 weeks in advance of the cruise - bad planning again! On board 2 of our group were charged 16000 and 22000 dollars for wine in the dining room! Make sure you check every entry on your seapass account - poor admin again.Despite these big negatives we had a great holiday and we all enjoyed the service, the food and the entertainment on board.The days in Rome and Florence were really tiring because of the early start and the long walks from the coach parks at Pisa and Florence.One other negative to mention is the timing of the closures of the "Windjammer" self-service. It seemed that whenever we had got back from an exhausting day otu and just wanted a cup of tea/coffee and a small snack the "Windjammer" would be closed and we only had the very limited space of the promenade cafe to use, with perhaps 100 other people. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Let me start by stating that i had a wonderful time on board the Adventure of the Seas. Had a slight delay during embarkation because staff were unaware of which Caribbean Islands needed visa to enter Europe but after that it was smooth ... Read More
Let me start by stating that i had a wonderful time on board the Adventure of the Seas. Had a slight delay during embarkation because staff were unaware of which Caribbean Islands needed visa to enter Europe but after that it was smooth sailing. The ship, event though its one of the oldest in the fleet is still beautifully decorated with a wonderful theme. Dining: Dining experience was satisfactory with plenty of choices in the WindJammer restaurant. The Portofino maintained its true Italian high standards and did not disappoint. Drinks are very expensive and i believe a happy hour or two for one special on specific days could benefit the cruise line as passengers are likely to drink more on these occasions Entertainment: The highlight and the downfall of this cruise for me was the quality and apparent mismanagement of the entertainment provided on board. Elements Duo, was by far the most versatile band on board and entertained all sectors of the guests spectrum. Excellent on the pool deck and even more versatile during their performances in either of the lounges. They even offered musical renditions in several languages. Their performances should be rostered to include daily performances on the pool deck and a set lounge performance. It was noticed that when broadcasts were made on board regarding daily entertainment , this group's time and place of performance was never mentioned. Everyone i spoke to thoroughly enjoyed all of their performances and were treated to several extra time performances. The stage shows in the Lyric Theatre that i attended were not of the high standard is expected having been on other cruises. The Variety show on the final night at sea was disappointing apart from a few seconds of skill displayed by the Argentinian performers. New n innovated ideas r need to provide guests with unique entertainment during the daylight hours. When in port local guest entertainers can be used to provide that instead of the "same ole same ole" games which only interrupt the live entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Just come back off the Med cruise with Royal caribbean we fly out to Málaga, Spain on jet 2 airline (this was part of the deal) from Manchester after two aborted take off,s( some thing wrong with the dash board light) we arrived in Malaga ... Read More
Just come back off the Med cruise with Royal caribbean we fly out to Málaga, Spain on jet 2 airline (this was part of the deal) from Manchester after two aborted take off,s( some thing wrong with the dash board light) we arrived in Malaga we then joined the ship to Valencia,places visited were Civitavecchia Italy; Livorno , Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica; then back to Málaga. We went on the Adventure of the sea nice ship but not a patch on the independence but it is a older ship. What we did not know was the Spanish children were on holiday so there were lots and lots of kids.some more behaved then others.Do find the drinks are expensive and you are not allowed to bring your own or buy from the shop to drink in your cabin.The food in the resturant was lovely and the service was great. Did go to the Wind Jammer self service plenty of choice but did find it luke warm also hard to find some were to sit.When we were at Sea we could not find any empty sun loungers all had towels on even though it says you can not reserve them or leave them for more than 30 Min's or the towels were removed we never saw this happen. the shows were not the best in the world we did enjoy the ice show tho.After been on the Independence from Shouthhampton the year before i thought i should take a lot of posh frocks big mistake some people did make a effort for the captains night but after that any thing went.Will cruise again but next time with a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Every year we have the dilemma of where to go on vacation, that would please a growing pre-teen (11yr old) and her Dad respectively. Last year we went to Florida with family (grandparents) but this year we wanted to do something just by ... Read More
Every year we have the dilemma of where to go on vacation, that would please a growing pre-teen (11yr old) and her Dad respectively. Last year we went to Florida with family (grandparents) but this year we wanted to do something just by ourselves (Father/Daughter). Actually my ex-wife suggested a cruise (vested interest in our daughter's enjoyment!) So I looked into a shorter cruise (7 days) and the RCCI Western Med was just the right length with interesting destinations sailing from Malaga. Flew to Malaga, where we boarded the magnificent Adventure of the Seas, which stood out in the port. Boarding was relatively straightforward with hardly any wait. We were offered drinks to cool off and the kids club were at hand to register all kids into their respective clubs. Luggage was taken onboard and we received it outside our staterooms, a few hours later. We headed straight for our room, 8597 a Promenade Stateroom. We had a fairly large room with twin beds and 2 mini sofas. There was ample storage space, adequate toilet and shower facilities. TV facilities were old (CRT!) but at least ALL new films were free as they were testing new system! Feeling hungry, we headed for the buffet service. The self serve buffet Windjammer was crowded but then it would be with all the passengers embarking during the afternoon. The selection was plentiful and would tide us by until dinner time; after 630pm (my time dining option for flexible eating). There we already peeps on the swimming deck, deck 11 (since they had joined previously from Valencia), same as Windjammer. We then explored all the areas of the ship as an orientation for both of us. Spa, sports/gym, swimming pools, dining rooms, library, Internet cafe, 50s cafe, Royal promenade and shops, arcade, basketball/sports court, rock climbing, Casino Royale, kids club, theatre, screening room, a gallery and ice skating (studio b) before I required a Cuba libre or 2! Then we visited the nightclub and chapel, 2 separate areas! We got back to dress for dinner which was causal on 1st day and quite timely our luggage arrived. So we unpacked, dressed and headed for our allocated Dining room; Mozart (1 of 3). They we were seated with English speaking passengers, your choice or you can even sit alone. These would be the same people we would usually sit with. There is a separate more intimate restaurant called Portofino, Italian; which was also very good for a small cover charge. Kids would love the 50s diner; Johnny Rockets. About half the passengers were Spanish, which was not a problem as you realise it did dock at Malaga (big clue). The majority were pleasant and we NEVER had any problems. Both of us conversed and actually found their culture totally acceptable. I've read a few reviews here complaining about Spanish rudeness, let me tell you a lot of British peeps are even ruder and stuck up! Moaning about nothing!(I'm British but not in this category). The remaining passengers Inc Irish, Scottish, Portuguese, American and South American Chinese and Japanese. The ship supplies a daily newsletter called "Cruise Compass" which details EVERYTHING onboard in terms of dining, events, activities and excursions. Humorous ship events included Worlds Sexiest Man, Best Beer belly comp, Fastest Rock Climber, Best Dancer, Ship Treasure hunt, Casino Intro etc.... Here is a summary of Shore excursions and theatre events (everyday!):- Day 1: Embarkation/Cruising: Theatre: Comedy/Acrobats; Jose and Anita: Very Good! Day2: Valencia: Beautiful city. We had been before, so we went on the San Jose Caves tour. A short boat journey within the mysterious and illuminating, winding waterways. Theatre: Beatle Maniacs (tribute band): Excellent Day3: Cruising: Theatre: Cool Art: Hot Ice show in Studio B: Excellent! Day4: Rome (Civitavecchia: Old town): Theatre: Day5: Genoa: Theatre: Jackpot show: Excellent Las Vegas inspired show. Day6: Livorno for Florence or Pisa. Theatre: Maestraza Spanish Flamenco show: Excellent Day7: Cruising: Theatre: Los Gauchos Day8: Malaga (back to dock, but we headed for Granada for 4 days to extend hols: very easy by bus: 2hrs) I was disappointed that the ship did not stop at Corsica on Day 6 and had to re-schedule the port and time ashore (we got differing views on reasons why). Hence we could not go to both Florence AND Pisa (or Corsica). However Royal Caribbean did give everyone $150 for their discomfort.Some compensation, but I would not be in a rush to revisit Italy again just for Pisa (for Daughters sake) or Corsica. My daughter made many new friends around the world (which should be encouraged rather than being reserved) within the kids clubs, She wrote down at least 10 email addresses, some of which she has already written to already! The kids clubs were professionally run and ran 3 times a day for 3 hours. It seemed (like my daughter) kids could'nt wait to attend allowing for adult "me-me" time. On cruise days, the ships entertainment staff made many suggestions to keep everyone occupied. Most were great. I would have loved to go on a ship's tour but with only 15 spaces and $150 each, I said hasta la vista baby! Summary: The overall experience was a pleasant surprise. The food was impressive and well stocked. Drinks were not overtly expensive (Rum and Coke: $7.07 with Spanish tax). Bottle of Wine: $34 which can be kept for week/in room corked. The ship's facilities were great and really suit a family experience. Being Single, I thought I may feel odd and although I didn't frequent the nightclubs or certain activities, I was suitably entertained, occupied and content. My daughter was very happy and the RC staff were really friendly and generally everyone was having a great time from bubbas to Grandparents. ;o) Would I go on another Cruise? Yes, Indeed!!! (But will need to diet for a month! or risk being airlifted of the ship!!) I thought Adventure of the Seas was a big ship until I saw the Oasis/Allure of the Seas....nearly double the size!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Just back from a a 7 day cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas. We departed from Malaga on the 2 July and visited Valencia, Citavecchia (the port of call for Rome), Livorno (Pisa/Florence) and Corsica. Overall the cruise was good. ... Read More
Just back from a a 7 day cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas. We departed from Malaga on the 2 July and visited Valencia, Citavecchia (the port of call for Rome), Livorno (Pisa/Florence) and Corsica. Overall the cruise was good. Our inside state rooms were of a good size and there was no noise from the cabins either side of us. The cabins were spotlessly clean with plenty of storage. The food was good but not fabulous however there was plenty of it and a wide variety to choose from. It is not always easy to get a seat in the Windjammer so be prepared to wander around for a bit. The onboard entertainment was excellent especially the theatre shows, and what a theatre! The most opulent theatre I have ever seen, absolutely outstanding. Now for the nitty gritty. Be prepared for many, many unexpected extras! The RCI seem to get the furthest away berth in the ports of call (Corsica being the exception) - This means that you have to take the shuttle bus to the port gates or into the town itself. THESE BUSES ARE NOT FREE! So expect to pay an average of 80 euros (family of 4) for the week. Also, Rome itself is at least an hour away by train from the port of Citavecchia so the time in Rome is very limited (we only had enough time for a 2 hour tour bus ride and an ice cream!). Drinks packages - I purchased 2 adult soda packages and a 12 bottle wine package as I thought it would be relatively good value however you cannot have your wine any other place but in the dining room/Windjammer Cafe or as room service. Therefore if you fancied a bottle of wine during the course of the afternoon say up on the pool deck or down in the bars on the Promenade Deck you had to stump up for another bottle or drink something else (alcohol is very expensive aboard this boat. Likewise for the soda package in some areas. Gratuities/tips - Be aware that on the Wednesday night you will receive a letter through your door advising you that it is customary to tip everyman and their dog! They then proceed to tell you how much is customary i.e. how much you should tip each person and this amount is per person, per day! If I followed their advice I would have been £340 for the four of us for the week! as my kids are teenagers and therefore had their own cabin. This is an extortionate amount of money as when looking at your receipts you notice that you are paying gratuities whenever you purchase a drink or snack etc. All this aside the boat is beautiful and most of the staff were very helpful although there were some exceptions! We did not have the experience we hoped for and this was a direct result of the attitude and actions of the Spanish guests aboard. I can say in all honesty that they were amongst the rudest people I have come across in my entire life. They are aggressive, rude, surly and very loud! They barge into the elevators without waiting for people to get off, they do not remove back packs in order to create more room in the elevators, they cetainly do not move to allow you to get on the elevator (even if there are only 4 of them in there!), I was physically pushed out of the way by a Spanish lady as she made sure she was getting on the elevator regardless of the fact that we had been waiting there first. The Spanish children will sit on the staircase and block your path and no amount of requests for them to move will make them do so. Sometimes the attitude and behaviour of the Spanish made me quite distressed however by the end of the week we were laughing at their antics and their predictability. In short - would I recommend cruising - YES would I recommend Royal Caribbean - Definitely YES would I ever go through Spain again- NO CHANCE Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
Boarding was excellent,quick and efficient. As we boarded at 11.30 and cabins were not available until 2pm we decided to do a tour of the ship. Adventure is clean and well looked after, but is in desperate need of a refit. Some of the ... Read More
Boarding was excellent,quick and efficient. As we boarded at 11.30 and cabins were not available until 2pm we decided to do a tour of the ship. Adventure is clean and well looked after, but is in desperate need of a refit. Some of the furniture and fixtures are tired, especially in the main restaurants. Our two cabins on deck 7 were lovely, no complaints at all. The main problems we experienced were due to the fact that everything on the ship is aimed at pleasing the Spanish guests. We knew, that sailing from Malaga would mean that the majority of guests would be Spanish, but we really felt like we were gatecrashing a summer fiesta! We ate on second sitting,and were never in the restaurant before 9.45pm. We were told that as Spanish people enjoy eating late,first sitting had been extended to allow guests to enter between 6.45 and 7.45! We received no food before 10pm. Food in the restaurant was average at best. We never got into the swimming pool as Spanish guests stand and chat in it. Same with Jacuzzis. If we were not on deck by 9am,it was impossible to find an empty sunbed.Very loud music played all day around the pools and in the windjammer buffet restaurant. Another major, major issue is smoking. There were cigarette butts all over the ship. Designated areas? supposed to be, but they were ignored.I have been led to believe by other cruise lines that smoking on ships is dangerous. Poor show Royal Caribbean, poor show. English guests beware, this ship is really Butlins at Sea for the Spanish. My advice would be to consider this very carefully before you book. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Just returned from our cruise with friends. From the Promenade deck which was fantastic with its array of shops and bars to Chinese parade and musical entertainment. The Casino was enormous, a pity that fees for poker tables were so high ... Read More
Just returned from our cruise with friends. From the Promenade deck which was fantastic with its array of shops and bars to Chinese parade and musical entertainment. The Casino was enormous, a pity that fees for poker tables were so high that nobody would play. Slots too were left unplayed. Smoking was allowed in here too which was sickening for non smokers. Maybe this also had an inpact of very low attendances. Theatre shows were very good but could be brought up to date. The rest of the facilities were great and we enjoyed them very much, a lot to do for all ages. The dining restaurant was great with superb food beautifully presented. The waiting staff were great and very efficient and happy. Food in the Windjammer could have been great too if it weren't for the fact that all hot food was cold and even after complaining to head waiter this was not addressed. Very disappointing. Our Superior balcony cabin on deck 10 was OK. Could do with a refit but always kept very clean. First time with a balcony and was disappointed that the balcony floor was wet with stagnant water in gutter. Fridge didn't work but was replaced immediately. Overall a very nice holiday and would have been better if it hadn't been for the extremely large number of Spaniards on board who went around in large groups, were ignorant and very noisy. Won't sail out of Malaga again. Reckon with the amount of children they had with them they must have got their holiday for free. But I guess one has to take the rough with the smooth but with approx 90% of Spanish n board we had to take more rough than smooth. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
I travelled on the Adventure of the Seas departing from Valencia. Booking experience: The booking experience was very good, I was particularly impressed with cruise.co.uk who I have never used before, but will certainly use again. ... Read More
I travelled on the Adventure of the Seas departing from Valencia. Booking experience: The booking experience was very good, I was particularly impressed with cruise.co.uk who I have never used before, but will certainly use again. Stuart my cruise consultant gave me the best price immediately when I called (other companies would quote high and you would have to negotiate prices/ discounts which I don't like) The fact cruise.co.uk offer the best price immediately was refreshing so I decided to book. My cruise from Valencia was a new thing Royal Caribbean were trying called 'inter porting'. This meant that the week cruise had two 'pick up' ports and ours was the second. Because of this, we were unable to prebook anything with the cruise line company before traveling (excursions, spa, drinks packages) which was a little annoying. I raised this with RC direct and they are 'working on it'. The Ship The ship is 10 years old, and apart from the slightly dated style in some areas, was immaculate. I found all public areas to be impressive and enjoyed the general ambiance. The promenade was impressive too! Dining/ Bars The dining and bars were generally good. I was most impressed with the main dining room (and feel this was better than the Portofino Restaurant (extra charge)). Our waiter Lynel and assistant waiter Georgie were outstanding. Their service was probably the best service we have ever experienced and made our dining experience extra special. Food was also consistently delicious. The champagne bar was nice (I recommend the flirtini!) Entertainment The entertainment was a little bit of a let down. Although the ice show and the murder mystery dinner were great, the ship didn't seem to have any big/ good shows. The guest act 'The Gauchos' were THE worst thing I have ever seen. If i had access to some rotten tomatoes, they WOULD have been thrown haha! The cabin I felt the cabin (although dated in decor) was immaculately clean and well maintained. Our cabin was number 1388 and was a 'restricted view'. The balcony was HUGE and had a metal girder in the middle. This is why it was classed as restricted view- but meant we had much more space and had two sun loungers, two chairs and a table. Really impressed with the space. Overall I would travel RCI again. I think next time I would try their newer ships or their Celebrity brand. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Firstly the food was very good, with a great selection in WindJammer,Johnny Rockets ($4.95 cover charge pp)and Vivaldi Dining room. There was also the option to go to PortoFino but for $20 pp cover charge we didn't think it was worth ... Read More
Firstly the food was very good, with a great selection in WindJammer,Johnny Rockets ($4.95 cover charge pp)and Vivaldi Dining room. There was also the option to go to PortoFino but for $20 pp cover charge we didn't think it was worth the extra. The English theme pub (Dog & Duck) was amazing with friendly bar staff who remembered your name and drink order and engaging performer (Country & Western) The only downfall (if you are a non smoker) was the smell of smoke on your clothes the next day! All staff throughout the ship were friendly and helpful and couldn't seem to do enough for you. The major downfall was the extra charges: 15% service irregardless if service was good or not and this is charged even when you have paid your gratuities up front (which did not happen on a previous cruise to Bermuda) In addtion to this there was also a 8% Spanish VAT that was added on, so: 1 x Fosters beer 750 ml $6.95 + 56 cent tax + $1.04 service = total cost $8.55 My wife had her hair washed and blown in the salon, the price printed on the price list was around $47, when the bill was to be signed for, it came to $79 because my wife had long hair!! and then tax and grat. made it $97 and the stylist kept attempting to sell products and makeup (which made her feel uncomfortable). BIG WARNING: If you are going to book any trips check out the costs: IE ROME: Royal C.I. charge $89 pp for a return coach trip to Rome, we simply got the train for 9 Euro pp return and the ticket also gave free travel on the citie's Metro and buses. This all said, the ship was at full capacity but all of our needs were still met, in general it was a great cruise and holiday, party under the stars and the Captain's welcome was superb. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Cruise Critic My wife and I have just returned from an RCL seven day Med cruise aboard Adventure of the Seas. We had a great time, the Adventure is a beautiful ship with the trademark RCL main street and our cabin was one of the best ... Read More
Cruise Critic My wife and I have just returned from an RCL seven day Med cruise aboard Adventure of the Seas. We had a great time, the Adventure is a beautiful ship with the trademark RCL main street and our cabin was one of the best we've encountered in nearly 20 years of cruising. Having been upgraded we took full advantage of the extra space a suite provides albeit with a very small and sheltered balcony. The food in the Mozart restaurant was stunning, no need to spend extra in the Portafina and 99% of the staff were warm, friendly and very efficient (amazing how the 1% can spoil a cruise but more of that later). The embarkation procedure was well organised, we didn't use the shore excursions but instead spent time in the spa which was excellent. The guest entertainers were great (a Motown tribute act and a troop of Flamenco dancers). The production shows were rather bland but special credit should go to all the sound and lighting technicians as the Ice Show and theatre shows were greatly enhanced by their skills. At the end of the cruise we'd both had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing time, and at a price we felt was good value for the initial out-lay. However we will probably not cruise with RCL again. Why? Firstly, there was an instruction in the daily paper (The Compass) for "no shorts" etc etc in the restaurant at dinner. It's a shame the rule is not upheld. Getting dressed up in evening wear is something we like to do - the atmosphere is somewhat then spoiled when sitting next to people in the restaurant wearing t-shirts, shorts and flip flops. This lack of 'observing the rules' was brought to a head (pun intended) on our last morning when a crew member in a very abrupt manner asked me to remove my hat at the breakfast buffet (no mention of head apparel in The Compass). However, the main reason for not returning to RCL is the ship's policy on smoking. Over the last few years we have found on many cruise ships a designated bar for smokers plus smoking permitted in the Casino (if gamblers want to risk their health as well as their money so be it). However on Adventure it was the other way around. One tiny bar for non-smokers (with no entertainment) and smoking allowed in all other areas (except thank goodness the restaurants and the theatre). We would have liked to enjoy the musicians in the many bars; this was impossible in the evening 'fog'. The dangers of passive smoking have been well documented and it seems RCL are now set on contributing to one of the world's most common causes of death. I don't think a life threatening disease can be caught by standing next to someone wearing a hat. On the other hand passengers, bar staff and entertainers are being asked to risk their health in an environment which is constantly being advertised as fun (cough), healthy (cough), relaxing (cough), full of sunshine (cough) and thoroughly enjoyable for everyone on board (cough cough). Come on RCL, the world's leading nations have got it right - smoking should be banned in public places. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
I am going to make two reviews for this cruise. One as an 'adult' couple travelling and the other one based on travelling with our children and grandchildren. Review 2 has already been published! Two years ago we took a 5 ... Read More
I am going to make two reviews for this cruise. One as an 'adult' couple travelling and the other one based on travelling with our children and grandchildren. Review 2 has already been published! Two years ago we took a 5 night Mediterranean cruise with RCI out of Malaga on the Navigator of the Seas. This time we did a 4 night short cruise to Portugal on Adventure of the Seas. I have to say how sorry I am to see the drop in standards and quality in such a short period. Embarkation was simple and well organised as last time and we were on board and having lunch in the Windjammer by 12.30. Ground staff at Mlaga port were very helpful. Disembarkation was equally good with my request for a later time being given with no problems at all. Cabins were ready by the time we had finished lunch so we went down to start unpacking. The suitcase hadn't arrived by quite late and despite asking several people and I eventually had to go and find it. I did this because everyone else in the party had theirs and I thought mine may have been left behind. Happily it hadn't. The cabin was fine and very clean and was well looked after during the cruise by our attendant. On arrival the balcony was all wet and the chairs and little table had not been dried so you couldn't sit out there whilst waiting for the cases. I didn't take shampoo, body lotions etc as last time these were supplied in the cabin - sadly no longer! The cabin steward was very nice and found some for me the next day. There would have been no problem to take my own had I known about it before. Also shame we only got 'towel animals' one night - I really liked that touch on the last cruise. The ship generally is in good condition and kept very clean. Lifts were always very busy so walked the stairs most of the time. As we were with the family we didn't get to see the shows but the ice show, which we all went to, was excellent (missed that on Navigator). Played in the casino one evening and broke even which was good. Spent some time in the lobby bar and danced a bit to Azucar Band which we enjoyed. Many of the areas on the ship are split into smoking on one side and no smoking on the other. This is something that some other reviewers may not be aware of. Whilst dancing on the no smoking area of the dance floor, two people with cigarettes in hand, came and started dancing. They were very quickly told by members of the band to move to the other section which was for smokers. I had no problems with cigarette smoke during the cruise (and I'm a very sensitive reformed non smoker!!) and it wasn't even too bad in the casino. The Spanish people on the cruise were very nice and certainly not rude or pushy. In fact the only time I was pushed a bit was in the Windjammer by a British lady. There was certainly no pushing or shoving in the lifts or anywhere else that I saw. Bearing in mind it was a Spanish bank holiday weekend and Halloween, the majority of people on the ship were probably Spanish. I loved the fact that dress codes were adhered to and on Formal night there was some very beautifully dressed people walking around and lots of people in amazing Halloween costumes (and I'm not just talking children here!!) For me the biggest disappointment was the food in the Main Dining Room. 2 years ago we came home raving about the food, how hot it always was, the quality, the choice, and the great service. Sadly the same could not be said on this cruise. The food was generally tepid, bland and choices were more limited. Some evenings we struggled to find something to order and ended up with the good old Sirloin steak standby. There was a beef dish each evening, which members of our table ordered on different evenings, which was basically the same dish with a different name. Very little fish options but must say the desserts were great. Did however miss the Baked Alaska on formal night dinner. Our waiter was actually a bit sad. He seemed to have problems with whatever we wanted to order if it had even the slightest deviation from the menu item. I actually decided in the end that maybe he just didn't understand English very well. Constantly reminding him of my daughter's seafood allergy seemed to confuse him. She also doesn't eat nuts -â€" which we told him -â€" and when the cheese cake arrived covered in nuts we asked him 'Are those nuts on top?' His reply was yes and then he just walked away!! No, 'Is there a problem, would you like something else or one without nuts!' On the plus side, Oscar his assistant, did everything possible to help us within his limited capacity. We had a 7 bottle wine package booked but it always took quite a while to get the previous night's unfinished bottle - once the waiter finally understood there should be some left or to get a new bottle to the table. Also there was only a buffet option in the Main Dining Room at lunch time which is a shame as I really believe you need a proper alternative to the Windjammer buffet which was always crazy busy. In the Windjammer the food was fairly standard buffet. Plenty of choice and nice desserts, but the floor staff were not very helpful and unless you wanted to buy drinks, didn't seemed very interested in anything you needed. On the disembarkation morning they had obviously run low on orange juice and actually served it watered down! Personally it would be better to have said 'sorry we've run out'. Last impressions, like first impressions are remembered. In general I would say that there were not too many happy and smiling crew members on this cruise. Although the staff at Guest Relations were always helpful and smiling, as was our cabin steward. Weather was lovely. General facilities and activities were plentiful with things to suite all ages and tastes. Appreciated the Crown and Anchor discount voucher book. We were docked overnight in Lisbon. The area where the ship docked was awful with no direction signs to the town centre. There was a RCI shuttle service into the centre which cost $6 each way, so if you were a family and wanted to go there both days...... There was a nicer docking area right near the main square (saw some other big ships there) and if RCI couldn't get docked there then the shuttle should either have been complimentary or at least 50% cheaper. It was also a long way away. We took a bus to the main square but decided to walk back and it took us 90 minutes! (just as well we like walking!). Our 3rd time back in Lisbon and have to say it's a very nice place visit. Gibraltar was better. Well signed for directions to town and just a 15 minute walk away. If this review sounds a bit negative it's because I believe if you're not honest the review serves no purpose. All in all, we had a really nice break away and I would not discount travelling on Adventure of the Seas again. Just that next time I would go with lower expectations. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
recent 4 day cruise from malaga to Lisbon on adventure of the seas,day 1 having stayed the previous evening at hotel trebol ,malaga,1star no frills ,take your own shower gel and shampoo,small clean room fab shower proper hairdryer nice ... Read More
recent 4 day cruise from malaga to Lisbon on adventure of the seas,day 1 having stayed the previous evening at hotel trebol ,malaga,1star no frills ,take your own shower gel and shampoo,small clean room fab shower proper hairdryer nice quiet and safe walking back at night . departure at malaga port so efficient ,booked in told our cabin would be available at 1.00pm this was at 11.30 so great,cabin was smaller than expected having been on ncl sun ,but clean and nice big window. Food all really nice and plentiful ,I found the portions in MD large when 3/4 courses offered and I didn't understand why they gave you cheese and crackers first? Entertainment ,there was a bun fight for the tickets to the ice show the first evening as there was only one evening show ,the others were whilst we were in port ,this meant we had to go to dinner early to catch the first show followed by the ice show,however as we walked out of the first show after about 20 mins (las gauchos,the backdrop showed him being presented to the queen at the royal variety she looked about 40 )ice show was fab.the next evening the only entertainment was a DVD ,harry potter cheapskate!other evenings dance shows mediocre at best Why standing room only ,I hear you ask ?because all other bars with any half decent musicians were chock-a-block and standing about on the shopping mall to watch parade not my idea of fun,still did,nt encounter too much of the smokers fog but that's maybe because they were all in those crowded bars would i recommend this ship NO! and how come every least expensive drink had sold out on first night that includes bottles of wine ,beer and champagne it became a game to us when approached by waiters to ask for less expensive drinks and when told they did,nt have to say no thanks then,I will not be forced in to paying more than I wish , in the pub i asked for 5 different beers b4 I finally got one I liked Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
On arrival at Malaga, we were handed a typed piece of paper, which due to handling luggage and 2 children, didn't get to read properly until we were on the transfer bus........when too late, we found out that the ship was being ... Read More
On arrival at Malaga, we were handed a typed piece of paper, which due to handling luggage and 2 children, didn't get to read properly until we were on the transfer bus........when too late, we found out that the ship was being "sanitised" due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting. This lead to an hour and a half transfer, "sightseeing" from a coach, instead of a 25 minute transfer. We appreciate this sometimes happens, but improved communication could have reduced the amount of stress. Had someone clearly told us there was problem, prior to getting on the coach, who knows whether or not we would have taken the option of re-arranging the cruise for a different time. Then we stood outside in the rain at the port, literally with hundreds of other people. No one took charge, there were no clear instructions, and it took over an hour to embark. The cabins were absolutely fine, and as expected. Clean, with a pleasant house keeper. The Windjammer was extremely crowded on the first day, but afterwards was very pleasant. Dining at 18.45 in the Strauss was OK, service was good, but only 3 courses (some other cruise companies offer up to 6 small courses). Despite the fact that we had pre-ordered the Platinum Wine Package, some of the bottles we had chosen were not available, due to it "being the end of the European season", and we accepted substitutes. The Soda packages for the children were a really good deal, and the teenager club was popular. However, repeatedly having to fill in disclaimer forms for the children's activities was time consuming and annoying. Perhaps this is something that could be improved upon, maybe, by an electronic disclaimer prior to sailing. We experienced a little rough weather - but nothing like as bad as I have experienced previously on cruises; but unfortunately it was enough to close the outdoor in line skating track, the ice rink, and the swimming pools. That didn't leave an awful lot to do during the at sea days. The theatre productions, were, on the whole excellent. We couldn't fault the local band - Take 4 - who were 4 brilliant guys who sang and played their hearts out, excellently, and could turn their hand to anything that was requested. The Adventure orchestra were superb as well - especially the drummer. The on board entertainment was faultless. One final moan - was the gratuity reminders. I have always felt - that gratuities and tips should be paid at the discretion of the customer, for the amount felt to be appropriate, to reflect the service given. There is no doubt - that our 2 waiters we brilliant, as was the housekeeper - and we didn't begrudge them their tips at all. What spoilt the last couple of days for me, was being reminded not only about paying the gratuities, but being told how much to pay (that - and being charged $18 for 4 fresh orange juices taken at breakfast in the Strauss restaurant - beware!!). Breakfast in the Vivaldi buffet was extremely good. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
We have been cruising for over 20 years and this was our 21st or 22nd cruise. Although we have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, this was our first transatlantic cruise on Royal Caribbean, and our first time on Royal Caribbean in ... Read More
We have been cruising for over 20 years and this was our 21st or 22nd cruise. Although we have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, this was our first transatlantic cruise on Royal Caribbean, and our first time on Royal Caribbean in several years. This was also our first time on the Adventure of the Seas. The cruise left from Malaga, Spain which is a great city to visit. We appreciated the large, pedestrian only, tourist area which has lots of shops and restaurants. This area had lots of local flavor! We had made our own hotel arrangements within about a five minute walk of the boardwalk park and the pedestrian only tourist area. Embarkation was efficient and fairly fast. The priority embarkation lines were shorter than the regular lines, but both ended up in the same place. The total time from arriving at the terminal to actually walking onto the ship, using the priority embarkation line, was about 45 minutes. Although we usually book a balcony stateroom, this time we opted for a more budget friendly oceanview stateroom. It was good sized, clean, quiet, and convenient to the elevators. Our stateroom attendant was very gracious and helpful.We found the service on this cruise to be very good with all of the staff being very attentive and friendly. Our dining experience in the Mozart Dining Room was wonderful and the quality of the food was very good. It surprised us, since we had a total of seven sea days, that the entertainment on this cruise was top notch! The entertainers were all excellent, the comedians were hilarious, and all of the acts were clean without the use of foul language. The ship itself is starting to show its age and, although it is clean and well maintained, it's ready for a re-decorating. The only disappointing part of this cruise was the disembarkation. The lines were very long and everything was extremely disorganized. We realize that getting over 3000 people off of the ship and through customs in a hurry can be a real challenge. But this particular disembarkation experience was one of the most frustrating that we've ever had. Overall, we would recommend the transatlantic repositioning cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. It was a great and relaxing experience! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
This is my 7th cruise, 6th with RCCL. My husband and I, our adult son and a friend. We have all cruised before. Pre-cruise we stayed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan for 3 days. A large complex, great food (don't miss the Pina Colada ... Read More
This is my 7th cruise, 6th with RCCL. My husband and I, our adult son and a friend. We have all cruised before. Pre-cruise we stayed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan for 3 days. A large complex, great food (don't miss the Pina Colada club restaurant) The staff was top notch. Our room in the main building was very dated but clean and adequate for our needs, they are doing a lot of renovation in this hotel. Embarkation: What a mess at the pier. We did not have to deal with our luggage, the people who did were in line for hours to drop off their luggage and get in another line to get into the terminal. There was supposed to be a line for Platinum and above to get in which was non-existent. The ship had been held by customs so our embarkation was delayed, and customs decided to go on an extended break at the same time. We were on board by 3pm, our wait was about 90 minutes, so relatively short compared to others. We went directly to our cabins, we were in a balcony cabin on deck 9. The cabin was clean, our room steward was efficient, got what we needed quickly. We did not see him much but our cabin was always well taken care of. Yes it was small but had a lot of places to store things, the two of us did not have a problem. The shower was quite small, although we are big people, there was no problem moving around in there, just don't drop the soap! The ship itself is getting older. I don't know how they keep it so clean, we did not see much cleaning going on but it is obviously being done. The ship was full but did not feel crowded. We never waited long for an elevator, we did take a lot of stairs. Food: Plentiful, good variety. We had the traditional dining at 6 pm. Our waiters took great care of us, (Shirley and Rudy) In the Windjammer at breakfast and lunch it was not too hard to find a place to sit, the staff was helpful. Ports: We took several ship sponsored tours, the catamaran, turtles and snorkeling in Barbados, highlights tours in St. Johns and St. Maartin. We made the mistake of twice hiring local taxis to take us around in St. Johns and St. Lucia. they spent a lot of time showing us their schools and stray chickens.Entertainment: This is where the Adventure of the Seas shines. Dennis Charles, the cruise director and his staff are the hardest working people on the 7 seas. They made our cruise enjoyable, especially Fritz and Katie. We played a lot of trivia and met the nicest people there. The production shows on board were better than most. There were 3 comedians during the week, the fellow from England that was a magician we really enjoyed. The other 2 were just ok. The first guy was funny in the first show but his late night show fizzled. He picked on a young couple from Idaho in the first row for way too long. It ceased to be funny. Don't miss the ice show, the Quest, and of course the Love and Marriage show. (we were couple number 2, my husband received a lot of feedback after I talked about how much he loved his dog!) We did have a meet and mingle, attended by quite a few people, nice to put faces to the online names. Debarkation: 3600 people getting off the ship and 2 customs agents. The port in San Juan just does not have their act together. Once through customs, quickly to our bus to the airport. More long lines. I do not really want to cruise out of San Juan again but the benefits outweighed the disadvantages. It was a fun trip, we met a lot of new friends, we have wonderful memories. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We arrived in SJU on Saturday and we were booked into 2 hotels due to issues. Caribe Hilton and the El San Juan. We are dinner at a Tapanyaki restaurant at the El San Juan. Better restaurants in the El San Juan vs Caribe. Arrived ... Read More
We arrived in SJU on Saturday and we were booked into 2 hotels due to issues. Caribe Hilton and the El San Juan. We are dinner at a Tapanyaki restaurant at the El San Juan. Better restaurants in the El San Juan vs Caribe. Arrived around 12:30 and dropped off luggage. Was told it would be there in 2 hours. It arrived in 3 and we were able to unpack prior to the life boat drill. Other family didn't get their suitcases until 8pm. I am not sure if it was because we were on deck 2 vs. deck 7. Embarkation was long. I stood in the line for priority "Diamond/Emerald" status. The person put you in other lines. I stood in a line with 2 people in front of me. The person checking in must not have had correct paperwork or something since it took forever. Nor do I think she had priority status. I felt you were just put in a line. The other family had 2 separate check ins and finished before the person in front of me got to the desk. I made a comment and was told the ship didn't sail till 8. I said yes I know that but our group had checked in and we wanted to do a group picture which didn't happen. It took me about 25-30 min to check in. Lifeboat drill went on without a hitch. We had early seating dinner. When we got on board we saw our party was on 2 different levels for seating at 2 tables. We went immediately to the main dining room to get it changed. We were put at a table that was crowded. Our head waiter saw the issue and I walked up to him and explained. The next night he moved us to another table where we had more room. Rooms: they were set up as a couple. My sister had 3 in a room and needed the beds separated and the other pulled down. Our connecting door wasn't open. My cabin had the beds together also but my niece and I kept them together. My sister said they should know know how to set the rooms by the reservation. Isn't someone checking this out? Photography - Photography was bad. Pictures were not centered and they charged the same amount for a 5x7 as a 8x10. Photographer came around the table each night and after 10 cruises we didn't want singles. He made a remark which I didn't find amusing. My BIL asked how his day was and then was told this long dissertation about how he bartended the crews party and got in a fight with someone and only had 3 hours of sleep and on and on. Totally uncalled for. When we got off the ship they pounce on you to take a picture. I wasn't feeling well and told them but they just don't listen. Also they had a sailors cap they were putting on people. My niece who is a germaphobe said that grossed her out. Pictures of the last dressy night were not put up until 2nd seating the night before we were leaving. My niece asked about 5x7 instead of 8x10 picture of her and her sister. She was told no and bought it and then her Mom told her yes they can do it. My other sister bought a table photo and had extra copies made. She was told it would be ready at 11. My niece went down at 10:45 and the workers had no clue. She came to the room about 11:30 with no pictures. Nothing was ready. She said people were yelling where are my pictures and wanting refunds. People were cutting in line and the workers did nothing to say please go to the end of the line. Announcements - We were usually at breakfast by 7:45. Towards the end of the trip did we hear the Captain say "good morning" etc like they have in the past on other ships or the same ship. Was disappointed. No announcements of BINGO BINGO BINGO taking place. They had mixing drinks and some other thing going on the deck when we were at sea. They said there is cha cha lessons inside but felt they would have had a bigger crowd if they did it by the pool. People will always come up. The last 2 years I bought the "Make A Wish" tee shirts. This year they had it up and no one knew it was going on. I didn't even think they did the walk around the deck. No announcements were made saying come and get your tee shirts. Entertainment - Trivia was either at 5 or 8. We could never do the 5 since we had dinner at 6. Felt there wasn't stuff to do after 8. Everything happened after 10 which we didn't stay up for. They had Suduko at 10:30 most days but we were already at the beach. Unexpected Boys were great. We did the welcome show to see the comedian which started at 10:15. By 10:50 he still wasn't on so we got up and left. Cruise Director was annoying and not funny at all. Same jokes just different lines by him. Saw "El Gaucho" before so had no desire to see that act again. I heard the female comedian was good but didn't go to the show. Onboard Shopping: As a retail person this needs help. So much potential could be had. My niece said they should have a "candy" store where you can buy candy etc. Book selection on the ship was terrible if you wanted to buy a book. Suites seating on deck: Someone pointed out whey don't they have cushions on their chairs? Why isn't there seating for Diamond/Diamond Plus and above on the ship. We had seats early that morning but the ship didn't seem very crowded. Johnny Rockets - totally disappointed. We got there about 12:15 and by 1:20 still didn't have food. It took half and hour to get our shakes. We had 3 people who were getting massages at 2 and had to leave without food due to how late it was. I guess a cook and the milkshake maker didn't show up. The manager came by and apologized that no one told us what was going on. We were credited the amount. The ranch dressing that is served with the fries was so watered down. It looked like which water and totally unappetizing. Windjammer - people were friendly. Our asst waiter took our egg order daily. We said it would be nice to have a ice cream machine in the windjammer closer to the cookies. No one wants to walk completely outside to get it especially when you are sitting all the way in the back of the WJ. Was nice when waiters asked what beverage could they get you. Dining Room - Our waiter - Joseph and our Asst Waiter Paola were great. We kept asking to get more bread from Paola. Bar Staff - the girls in the Champagne bar are awesome. We were up there every night before dinner. They knew us by name and were extremely friendly. The young man in the Casino bar was also very friendly and had a good time there after dinner. Debarkation - we went to deck 4 for the priority departure for Diamond/Emerald. We were told at 8:15 we would be leaving in 5 min. That was more like 15. No issues getting off but we had trouble finding our luggage for neon green #39 and #69. Caught a private bus to the Caribe where we had a day rate room till we left for our late afternoon flight. Instead of going to Dominica it would have been nice to be overnight in St. Maarten. Also we were told they were not getting a refund when the price dropped on cabins. We did get a ship credit last year. We decided not to book our Annual cruise on the ship for next year and will wait to get the lower prices. We don't like the itinerary for the Adventure. We heard the ship is going in for overhaul in 2014. It can't come soon enough. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Embarkation nightmare Business must be so good for Royal Caribbean that they no longer think it is necessary to treat their passengers with any sense of caring. We arrived at the port at about 1:00PM to find an incredibly long check in ... Read More
Embarkation nightmare Business must be so good for Royal Caribbean that they no longer think it is necessary to treat their passengers with any sense of caring. We arrived at the port at about 1:00PM to find an incredibly long check in line outside of the terminal. After waiting on this line for 1 hour 45 minutes we found that it was just to check our baggage. Then we had to get on an even longer line to actually check in. In total we waited in the heat of the day with no water made available and no information for a total of 3 and 1/2 hours. We later heard rumors of a stow-a-way on board from the previous cruise causing the delay in boarding. Now we do understand that things like this can happen but it is the way these problems are handled that defines a company. People were literally passing out on line and no one from RCCL was there to help. Once on board, not one word of explanation or apology. The Ship For a 10 year old ship, we thought the Adventure looked pretty good. Our cabin and the pubic areas were always immaculate. We appreciated the limited smoking areas and passengers seemed to mostly respect the signs. We enjoyed the rock climbing wall and in-line skating but the hours were too limited and were sometimes closed for one reason or other. The crew was friendly and polite as typical on RCCL cruises. The Food Overall the meals were mediocre with some better than others. Since we do not eat meat, maybe we are not a good judge but the carnivores at our table were not thrilled with the food either. We did not eat at the specialty restaurants. The big disappointment for us was that we could never seem to find a piece of ripe fruit. The melons and papaya had the texture of crunchy apples with the flavor of ...well nothing. The dining room was pleasant with beautiful live music. The service was excellent. Entertainment There were a couple of comedians who we found very entertaining. The ice show was great. The "Temptations" tribute group were just o.k. even though I'm a big fan of 60's music. The Ports We are not big on organized tours but we arranged a private tour on St. Lucia with another couple we met on board. Since it was not a good beach day, it was a pleasant and informative way to spend a few hours. On the rest of the islands, Barbados, St. Martin, Antigua, St. Croix, we spent the day at the beach. They were all beautiful with calm warm water. We had read some bad stuff about St. Croix but we found the beach (a short walk from the Ship) to be clean and safe. When we returned to San Juan we went to Pinones for a few hours. It's a beautiful area but sadly littered with lots of garbage. The cultural center where the boardwalk trail starts is not much more more than a shack selling a few CD's. We were able to leave our luggage there while we walked the trail. You can also rent bikes there if you wish. Departure It seemed like everyone was leaving the ship at the same time and it took at least an hour to get off. Last year we cruised on the Oasis with twice the number of passengers and it took 5 minutes to disembark. Finally We had a nice time on the cruise but RCCL needs to show a little more respect and caring for its customers. After all, there's lots of competition our there. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
This was our return to Royal Caribbean after two fabulous Southern Caribbean cruises with Princess. We decided to go back to RCI so that we could compare the two lines since our first two cruises were with RCI and we really loved those ... Read More
This was our return to Royal Caribbean after two fabulous Southern Caribbean cruises with Princess. We decided to go back to RCI so that we could compare the two lines since our first two cruises were with RCI and we really loved those also. We are a couple in our early 50's and have been on 6 previous cruises, two with RCI, two with Princess, one NCL and one Carnival. This was our third out of San Juan. We booked our air about two months in advance with Delta and paid under $400 ea round trip from Pittsburgh. Air was slightly higher than we paid in February, but not by a lot. Average seems to be around $350 if you keep a lookout. Flights were very full, but on time and we encountered no problems. We arrived around 8pm December 3. Pre-cruise: Because of an "oops" on my part, my bid on Priceline ended us up in Farjardo at El Conquistador Resort. Since we were stuck with it, we decided to just make the best of it and rented a car for the one hour drive out. Figuring in taxis, etc, we weren't any worse off except for the time. Charlie Cars: I made reservations with Charlie Cars online because they offer shuttle service from the airport or cruise terminal to their office (and vice versa). We called once we had our luggage and waited about 15 minutes. I put their number in my cell phone so I would have it handy. Most cell phone plans cover you in PR and the US Virgin Islands for no extra charge. The Isla Verde office is open 24 hrs which makes it convenient for late arrivals. They were very helpful with directions and maps, letting us know which roads were best and about tolls. We also brought our GPS with us, which helped A LOT, or I believe you can rent one with your vehicle from Charlie Cars. We headed out of San Juan. Let me tell you, the worst part of driving in PR is driving in San Juan. Like any city, it is difficult to navigate, especially in the dark. Once out of the city, we had a pretty strait shot up the highway. If you're hungry, like we were, wait till you're out a bit. And be prepared to wait for "fast" food. El Conquistador Resort: BEST MISTAKE EVER! We would go back here in a heartbeat and were sorry to have to leave after just one night. We were greeted by staff as we pulled up to the main bldg. Parking is $16 to self-park or $20 valet. We chose valet simply because it was easier and we were so tired. An attendant took our bags while we checked in. At the desk, we mentioned we were on a cruise and were immediately offered late check-out at 1pm. The bellman was friendly and gave us an overview of the resort amenities as we made our way to the room. Our room was clean and large with a French balcony overlooking the pools and ocean. The bath was roomy with all of the amenities you would expect at a resort. The next morning we had coffee and muffins (which I had brought) in our room and then went exploring. This is one of the most beautiful resorts we have stayed at. It is set on the on an ocean peninsula with the mountains in the distance inland. It boasts many shops, tennis courts, golf course, restaurants (including a Starbucks), convention center, and much more. There are works of art from paintings to sculptures throughout the property; beautiful landscaping and architecture. We left around 1pm and dropped the car at Charlie Cars and they took us to the cruise terminal. Embarkation: WORST EVER! We arrived around 2:30pm expecting to walk right in as we have done in the past. As I stated, this was our third cruise from San Juan. In the past, we would be dropped at the pier, the baggage handlers would be everywhere, someone would come up and practically wrestle your bag from your hands, and you would be off to check in inside the terminal. NOT THIS TIME. There was a massive line, which looked more like a group, of people waiting to embark. We got in one line, only to find out we had to drop our luggage from that line and wait again. No one from the pier or RCI was giving any information to passengers. But you know that people in common crisis will band together, and as someone got information it was passed on to others. Many friendships were forged in that line. It took a total of 3 hours from arrival at the pier to arrival in our cabin. I have to say that when we did make it into the terminal the workers were doing their best to move people quickly. We never heard any kind of explanation from anyone connected with the cruise line or pier. We finally got to our cabin around 5:30pm. We were soooo hungry because we had planned on eating lunch at the buffet at 2:30. Alas, the muster drill was at 6pm and dinner had to be postponed until afterward. Ship: Adventure is a Voyager class ship. She boasts a rock wall, ice rink, and Royal Promenade which is built to resemble "main street" shopping, cafes and pubs. Although we found the Promenade to have a charming, nostalgic feel, it was difficult to navigate because of the vendors in the center and the crowds around them, especially around the dining hours. There are some nice places to sit and "people watch" from the open Promenade to quiet corners. The one thing that really bothered us was the propulsion system on the ship. We have never been on a ship that "shudders". I like the rocking motion of a ship and look forward to sleeping better than I have in months, but not on this ship. Each night, as we were underway, we would be jarred awake by the shuddering. It was like someone shaking you awake. Even my husband who always sleeps well was woke up by the shuddering during some particularly rough seas. It got worse or better depending on how bad the weather was, but it never completely went away. Someone mentioned that this is common on Voyager class ships. I think we will avoid them. Cabin: We had an aft balcony cabin in the corner, deck 9. The cabin was roomy with plenty of storage space. We really liked the shower doors verses curtains. Our room steward kept our room nice and clean, and we had several towel animals which we missed on Princess. Being in the corner, aft, we were right next to the housekeeping door. Although we didn't hear a lot of noise from it, we did have a housekeeping cart outside our door almost constantly. And the walk from the stairway was quite a trek, something to take into consideration when booking aft. We did experience some soot on our balcony a couple of times, but there was room for a chair, table, and a lounger. The balcony was mostly covered, but since we experienced a lot of rain on this cruise, it was a good thing. It was not as large and roomy as the Caribe deck balconies on Caribbean Princess which are double-sized and half covered, half open. Entertainment: We only went to two of the review shows on board. We are used to a very international group on board, but this ship seemed to have an abundance of Puerto Rican cruisers (about 50%) and the entertainment was geared mostly to their tastes in the theater and throughout the ship. We did not find this to be so on our Princess cruises from San Juan. My Time Dining: We chose My Time dining because we like meeting new people and having the freedom to dine on our own schedule. If we don't click with our tablemates tonight, we can have new ones the next. We have met many fun and interesting people this way. We realized after the first couple of nights that we were being seated with the same group at the same table. If we arrived a earlier than the rest, we might wait, or order and be eating when the rest arrived. If we arrived later, we were seated at a table for two instead of a large table with others because they already had their groups formed. On other cruises, you arrived, were seated at any available table with whomever was there just before and after you. RCI seems to be trying to mix traditional dining with anytime dining, and it just doesn't work. They need to take a lesson from the other cruise lines. Food: Main Dining Room--excellent! I love really good food and find most cruise food to be mediocre at best. What others rave about, I shrug my shoulders at. But this cruise had some of the best menu items I've seen in a while. The beef tenderloin was tender and delicious. The grilled chicken that is available every night was very tasty and tender. I wished the scallop risotto had been a main course and not just an appetizer. The soups were good across the board. The only dessert I thought would be good and was disappointed in was the chocolate soufflé which was overcooked and dry. Buffet--average. But what do you expect from a kitchen putting out 16,000 meals a day. Room Service--Very good! We ordered room service 3 or 4 mornings for breakfast and it was delivered early, or on time, and hot from the kitchen. Debarkation: While not quite the nightmare embarkation was, it was still a disorganized mess. We went to our assigned waiting area to be the first color group called so that we could get an early start to our day. We were supposed to be called 8:50-9:05...got called to leave around 9:20...not too bad. But then we just lined up in the corridor for another 30 minutes because they weren't letting anyone off. No explanation again. When we finally did make it to the gangway to punch out, alarms went off when my card was punched. Apparently there was a problem with our account. Even though we had checked in online and given our credit card info and again given it when we checked in at the port, they had us down as a cash account, unpaid (found out later this happened to several people). The final statement didn't have this information on it anywhere. So we were detained and given the option of settling our account with cash there on the spot, or returning to the ship's purser to pay by credit card. Luckily our balance was so small that we paid cash (they had a cashier right there at the exit!) and proceeded to the next line to the terminal. Another wait because there were only 2 customs officers working to clear the entire ship. Don't know what's going on here...whether it's RCI or the port has got some current problems or it was just a bad week. We've had two previous cruises from this port with Princess and never had an issue with either embarkation or debarkation. Whatever it was, it left a lot of people with a bad taste for RCI and San Juan. San Juan--We stayed an extra day post-cruise to visit Arecibo Observatory and Camuy Caves. This is the world's largest radio telescope and was featured in the film "Contact". We again rented a car from Charlie Cars. We called them as soon as we had our luggage and it took them about an hour to get to us. It gets so busy at the terminal with all of the ships arriving at once, plus they have to pick up all of their clients within a short period of time. After the long wait and frustration of disembarking, next time we would just take a taxi to their office and avoid the wait. They did upgrade us to a mid-size vehicle, without our prompting, for the inconvenience. We had already put the coordinates into our GPS and along with the maps we were given, we were on our way. It is about a 2 hour drive out, but it is a beautiful drive. If all you have ever seen of Puerto Rico is San Juan, then you are missing out. There are several tolls on the road out, adding up to a total of about $3.50 each way. Charlie Cars had given us a heads up on which lane to stay in for cash and we had no problems with the tolls. We arrived at Arecibo around 3pm. Entrance fee is $10 and parking is free. We parked in a lower parking lot and had to hike up hill and many steps to reach the observatory. They give guided tours every half hour in Spanish or English. The setting is amazingly beautiful and the observatory is interesting to see. When it started to rain we headed back to San Juan for a night at the Radisson Ambassador. It cost us $12 to park here. The staff didn't seem to be on top of things, and the noise from the casino and lounges reached us on the third floor. It took longer than necessary to both check in and check out. The room itself was large with a small balcony overlooking the parking area. For one night, we found it sufficient to our needs, but would probably not book here again. We love the itineraries available from San Juan. Our first two experiences with Princess were so good, and Puerto Rico such a lovely place to visit, that we will definitely cruise from here again. I don't think Royal Caribbean lived up to it's reputation with this one and it will be a while before we give them another chance. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
As stated in other reviews, getting onto the ship in San Juan was long and no fun. However we finally boarded after about 1.5 - 2 hours. After boarding we went to the Windjammer for some food and it was pretty good. I've had better, ... Read More
As stated in other reviews, getting onto the ship in San Juan was long and no fun. However we finally boarded after about 1.5 - 2 hours. After boarding we went to the Windjammer for some food and it was pretty good. I've had better, but there are those that have nothing to eat at all so I felt blessed. The food in the dining room was also pretty good. Again I've had better, but it was plentiful and the service was superb. Our room attendant was nearly perfect and remembered our first names from day one. The entertainment was top notch and there's much to do on this ship. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. St Croix: There is not much to do here so plan an excursion, unless you just want to lay on the beach. There is a great beach for that here. St Maarten: Rent a Segway, it was so much fun. This was one of the best ports where we stopped as there is a great beach, plenty of shopping and lots to do. We stopped in a little ice cream stand along the boardwalk and enjoyed some ice cream and free Internet access. Antigua: We thought this was the worst port. There were hundreds of cab drivers all over the town bugging you to death to take you someplace. There really isn't much to do near the dock so we finally quit walking around and got back on the ship just to get away from the cab drivers. So if you plan to get off the ship in Antigua, plan on an excursion. St. Lucia: Very nice island. We took the Aerial Tram up in to and over the rain forest and was a great experience. Our guide was fantastic and the views were amazing. Barbados: This was our favorite as we took the 4 x 4 Island Safari and Cave Expedition. Our guide took us for a long ride showing us much of Barbados and explaining the culture and showing us plants and animals. After dropping us off at the cave, we had free drinks and he took us to the western shoreline where they sometimes have world class surfing. Barbados is beautiful and we'd like to go back there and stay for a month or so. The ship is getting old but she's still very pretty. The golf putting course needs some help. Don't get a cabin anywhere near the Royal Promenade unless you join the festivities most every night. The pounding music will keep you up late. Of course that's with any ship. All in all it was a nice cruise. The food was decent and the service was wonderful. No kids so I didn't rate the children's programs. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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