Sail Date: March 2013
Prior to our cruise on March 3, 2013 with Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Sea, both my husband and I read some of the reviews that were posted to this site, and to be honest we both had knots in our stomach as to what to expect, ... Read More
Prior to our cruise on March 3, 2013 with Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Sea, both my husband and I read some of the reviews that were posted to this site, and to be honest we both had knots in our stomach as to what to expect, some of the reviews were terrible! Wow!! Royal Caribbean you did it again, you exceeded our expectation and we had an awesome trip!! I spent my 46th birthday on the ship and celebrated at the Mystery dinner theatre in Portofino's speciality restaurant, we had a nice evening with some laughs and the whole restaurant ending the evening with singing happy birthday to me, a little embarrassing but all in good fun! The food was amazing! Oh and did mention the free champagne! Next I would like to comment of the food in the Dinning room, it was really good the best yet and we have sailed with Carnival and Norwegian, neither was bad mind you, but Adventure of the seas out did you guys hands down! The salmon I had the first night was the best I have ever eaten! Our waiter John from St. Lucia, "Eddy Murphy" look alike, was pleasant, friendly and made our dinning experience and memorable one. Alecksander I can't forget you either you always greeted us with smiles and laughter, you work so hard and I want you to know we appreciated your close attention! Next, I would like to talk about our room, yes for sure the rooms are a little dated but that's to be expected from a older ship, some of the decor could use a little new designing. We spend our 4th year anniversary on the ship so the fact the rooms were a little small was kinda nice, lol! Our room steward was very attentive and greeted us daily with smiles and he could not do enough to please us even when we had a little issue, thank you Rafael S. from Brazil! The shows were not quite as good as our last cruise with Royal but it was on the Allure, which really there was no comparison, the ice show was really good, I went twice!! I did enjoy the shows however, the first evening I laughed until tears ran down my face!! Anthony, the cruise director, from Vancouver "Canada" you were great and really kept things rolling, it must be a challenge to keep thousands of guests entertained, hats off to you! Finally, we would like to express our thanks to the the many employees on the ship, it must be difficult to smile everyday doing such hard work, keeping everything clean and dealing with many different people from all avenues of this wonderful planet. It is people like you that we think sometimes get forgotten, thanks for making our vacations memories so nice! We were always great with smiling faces and warm welcomes! I am sure if I looked hard enough I could find some faults but I was on vacation and I wanted only to dwell on pleasantries and not sweat the small stuff! Life is precious, sweet and short! Thank you Royal Caribbean we will return..... Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Boarding- we made our own arrangements to fly to San Juan and stayed overnight in the Embassy Suites and Casino. Cheap and cheerful is how I would describe it. However by making our own arrangements we saved £400 per person against RCIs ... Read More
Boarding- we made our own arrangements to fly to San Juan and stayed overnight in the Embassy Suites and Casino. Cheap and cheerful is how I would describe it. However by making our own arrangements we saved £400 per person against RCIs price. We took a taxi to the port and arrived about 11.15. We checked in and at 11.30 they started boarding. Boy was this slow. The process of taking a photo as you get onboard for your seapass was soooo slow. Why cant they do this at check in? Room- we had a Superior Balcony Cabin on deck 9 Aft. A good location for the Centrum lifts, Main Dining Roon, Windjammer etc. The cabin was spotless. OK the decor was a little dated but it was well cared for. Our cabin steward was lovely and inobtrusive. The TV channel choice was good although the pay per view movies are very expensive. We had no noise or vibration issues in 9646. We ate in the Main Dining Roon on 12 nights out of 14 using Mytime dining. This worked reasonably well. Initially our party of 4 were put on a table for six which we had to ourselves. The next two nights on a table for 8 for ourselves. We didnt like that set up so the next day when calling to reserve a table I asked specifically for a table for 4. The lady said they were all booked up and we needed to eat at different times to get one with our allocated waiter. I then asked does he have tables for 4 and she said no, not on his section, so we asked to move. This was a shame. We liked our waiters but why put a party of four on his section when he doesnt physically have tables for four? After that things worked fine. We got a table for four on another section and had good service. However on the last night despite booking for 7.30 we were not seated till 8.20. This was very poor and as a result we missed the late show. Clearly they had not planned their reservations properly that evening. As for the food, this ranged from terrible to good. There were some truly awful dishes. One chocolate tarte became a wet, bland concoction. A coq au vin was a grisly flavorless mess and the always available steak is like a cut from a joint of roast beef and even when prepared medium rare was dry and had the texture of sawdust. Fish choices were generally overcooked however one of us had salmon for a few nights which was great however on one night arrived raw in the centre. It was rejected and the same piece came back, microwaved. This was wet and smelled awful and was again rejected. The Head Waiter came, took a sniff and also agreed it was awful. Anything on the Entrees consisting of beef or lamb were very good. One of our party was vegetarian and the options were ok, but always so small. Why should a vegetarian be short changed? The vegetarian sweet and sour chicken had just two small pieces of faux chicken. The vegetables served with the Entrees were repetitive and bland. Always mash potato , carrot and brocolli. For the first week the carrots and brocolli were rock hard and inedible however after a week each room had a feedback form in it and we, and presumably others, mentioned the veg. After that it came nicely cooked apart from wet and soggy asparagus. It would be nice if veg accompliments had some flair, and taste. One night potato dauphinoise appeared but this was also raw and inedible. What about some roast potatoes or boiled potatoes or some flavour to the veg? Service was great though. Windjammer breakfast was spot on. Huge choice, sometimes a little cold, and great service. Lunch was good but in the heat of the caribbean we felt there were a few too many hot, heavy dishes. The burgers though are excellent. We went to lunch in the main dining room twice and loved the salads they make to order. We had breakfast once in the MDR and were unimpressed as they got the order wrong and our eggs benedict was stone cold on arrival. We went to Portofinos one night. Food and service were excellent. The setting was bland and boring and less desirable than the main dining room and felt like a canteen. The cruise director was Clo O'Connor or HelloClo as she is known. Cannot fault her. Superb. Totally natural, funny and pleasant. The theatre shows were very variable. Best were the East Coast Boys with their Jersey Boys set. The Headliner shows were poor. The Dance show was 90% latin and to us unprofessional. The ice show was superb as was the quest, hosted by HelloClo. AJs band on deck 4 each evening were excellent but the piano player in the Schooner Bar was terrible and ruined everything he touched, strangled even. The daily program of events was full and varied. We had the free Premium Drinks package which was excellent. A great choice of beer, spirits and cocktails. House wines are included but only one of each red, white, blush and sparkling. The white, a chardonney, was truly awful. As we drink white wine only with dinner this proved far too heavy to accompany any food. We complained, as many apparently did, but as they have bought the wine in bulk they are not going to change this anytime soon. We cant understand that you can have any beer, spirit or cocktail but just one choice of white wine. If you are a white wine drinker and dont like heavy chardonneys then the drinks package might not be for you. The ship was excellent. Its 11 years old and heading for a refurb next year but it was spotless and well maintained. The staff were lovely and all very friendly. We've previously been on Independance, and Adventure is pretty similar but a bit smaller in all respects. All cabins were full but with only a few kids onboard, light of the maximum capacity so never felt overcrowded. We did 4 caribbean islands plus the azores. We had a great crossing, calm with great weather. Disembarkation at Southampton was smooth but very early! Self disembarkation was 6.15 to 7.00 and all had to be off by 9.30. This seems really early and doesnt make for a relaxing end to the cruise. Overall, we enjoyed it. The cruise experience was smooth and polished, the food could be better and had worsened since our experience on RCI a few years back, the entertainment was not great, the ship is lovely so are the staff, and finally the house white wine is TERRIBLE! RCI, listen to this, sort out your wine! We would sail again on Adventure, but skip the shows and eat more dinners in windjammer rather than the MDR.. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
This was our second sailing on this fine ship. There are some signs of age but not as bad as other reviews lead us to believe. We arrived at the ship via a cab from a hotel and our luggage was put on the curb. We had to lug it around ... Read More
This was our second sailing on this fine ship. There are some signs of age but not as bad as other reviews lead us to believe. We arrived at the ship via a cab from a hotel and our luggage was put on the curb. We had to lug it around until we found someone from the cruise line to take it from us. We never had to handle our luggage at the ship before and was told they just changed the policy to have arriving passengers get it where it could be picked up. It was already tagged and we had to wait in lines moving it along very slowly. Leaving from San Juan we were able to get a good sweat going. I guess cruising is changing and the experience does not start until you register. We were able to check in quickly and without any delay - that gave us time to cool down from hauling luggage. Checked into room(9336) at 1:45 and room was nice and clean and without any issues. Luggage arrived 4 PM without incident and all at once. clean. Spent a lot of time in casino and the Casino Host(Dity) was great. The casino was very clean and all the staff very professional and somewhat friendly. Only problem was with the slot machines. They did not appear well maintained. They did not always accept your SeaPass card which is needed to get rewards or logged you out without notice. There was good variety and different types for all to enjoy. Although, I did not witness many people getting any payouts or big hits during the cruise. They seemed to be set not to payout. We used the SPA services on a couple occasions. For the most part we were very pleased except for the girl who cut my hair and trimmed my beard. Her name was Kimbarly and she does not belong around people. I wanted to have my hair cut short and stylish but all she wanted to know what my blade number was. I told her I did not know and she could do as she pleased. She said she could cut all my hair off if I did not give her my blade number. She was the Stylist and should have been able to cut my hair without a clipper. After that exchange she never spoke to me again and would not even answer my questions. Eventually, she did a good job with the cut and trim but all I wanted was to get out of there. Not a good experience. We went to the Temptation tribute show and it was great. Did a couple other shows that were as expected for a cruise ship. They were enjoyable and we were glad we went. The performer in the Duck and Dog bar was the worst performer we ever experienced on a cruise ship. Scotty o'toole was bad. He was loud, did not know the words to most of the songs and his voice left something to the imagination. We could not sit in the bar while he was playing and that was our general meeting spot. We took an excursion to swim with Sea Lions based on another review we read before the cruise and it was everything the reviewer said it would be. Do yourself a favor if you are ever in St. Thomas and do this excursion. It is well worth the money. Our wait staff at dinner was fantastic, as was our cabin steward (David). Everyone gave the effort you expect on a cruise. The food in the dinning room was OK but nothing like cruise dinning used to be. I am not sure it will ever be like it once was. Could not even get Filet or Escargot anymore. All in all, it was a great cruise on a splendid old ship. Glad we were able to do a second sailing on this vessel. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
A taster cruise you would think would sell the cruise to potential customers, not this one. We travelled in a group of 14, many had done the taster cruise before, cruised with Royal Carribean and cruised with other companies. Lets get ... Read More
A taster cruise you would think would sell the cruise to potential customers, not this one. We travelled in a group of 14, many had done the taster cruise before, cruised with Royal Carribean and cruised with other companies. Lets get the compliments in first. The Ship is lovely, plenty of different areas and plenty to do. Having said that there was some rust issues in the central pool which looked a bit off. The entertainment was mostly first class, especially the ice show. We also listened to various bands and singers and watched the street show, which reallly got people dancing. But the bad news was in what was supposed to be the fine dining area. The first night the food standard was barely adequate. The Royal shrimp cocktail was nothing more than five prawns lobbed on some wilting lettuce whilst the linuini was dry and tasteless, with the expensive ingredients, scallops and crab in such a shortage we sent out a search party. (Service from Chris was however excellent) Breakfast was in the same room and was waiter service. We waited twenty minutes to get in the restaurant. Over the next thirty minutes all we managed was a waiter getting us a cup of coffee. Half of the dining room was closed and passengers were still queueing. Ordering breakfast, typically eggs on toast, sausage has browns and bacon - you get the picture. The eggs on toast and omelletes arrived, "I'll be back with your hash browns soon" was heard from the dissappearing waiter. Who promptly dissappeared! Those with food started eagerly anticipating the hash browns, sauseges and bacon that would land on their plate. After having eaten everything in site the waiter returned - "Hash browns anyone?" The same happened for the bacon and sausage it was like fawlty towers and we did look for a camera, but no, this was the service or lack of being delivered. When complaining things got worse, the assistant restaurant manager had obviously been told off and instructed to give our tables some free wine. The red wine was fine but the people on whit didn't want chardonnay. "Can we swap it please". No was the answer. "Can we swap it and pay whatever the difference is" No again!! Quite ridiculous. The assistant manager David (Vin Diesel) came over and was the rudest most incompetent person I have ever met in this industry. Royal carribean have offered 25% of our next cruise wth them. Guess that's an offer I can refuse. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Firstly we’d like to say we really enjoyed the cruise and would book with Royal Caribbean again. We’d also do a similar cruise itinerary in the future but perhaps try to find one including Sweden. We travelled on the Adventure of the ... Read More
Firstly we’d like to say we really enjoyed the cruise and would book with Royal Caribbean again. We’d also do a similar cruise itinerary in the future but perhaps try to find one including Sweden. We travelled on the Adventure of the Seas from Southampton. We used the Inter Cruises coach transfer and found this very efficient and comfortable. We also found the check in very easy at Southampton with very little queuing. We were on board by 13:30 and lunching in the Windjammer restaurant. This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and we were very impressed by the ship – the biggest we had been on - and it looked very well maintained inside and out. It was spotlessly clean and was kept so throughout the cruise. We were a party of 6 and had booked 3 outside cabins on deck 2 (2290 being one of them). Once we found our way to the cabins (decks 2 and 3 can not be navigated from end-to-end as there is a conference centre & ice rink in the middle, so we had to go up to deck 4, travel down the ship and then back down to deck 2) we found them compact but they had everything we needed. We also thought they were brightly decorated and the big window lets in a lot of natural light. The shower was a stand in one and a good size. There was also a kettle in the cabin and tea bags (you needed to ring room service for coffee and ice). There was a fridge but we found the drinks in there expensive ($2.50 for a can of lemonade). There was a large wardrobe and a seating area and enough drawer space for our needs. Our luggage arrived by 5pm. We found that area of the ship to be very quiet throughout the holiday and there was very little noise from the engines in that location. We had booked My Time dining and ate all but one night in the Mozart restaurant. Overall the service was very good and apart from one night where we had a different table with poorer service (which we spoke with the Head Waiter about and we were not seated there again) we found the waiters to be very friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the meals in the Mozart – always a good selection and very tasty. We also tried Portofinos and enjoyed the seafood and steaks in there very much – although we found the portion sizes too big for us! We booked a 12 bottle wine package for $385 and found this worked out better value for us over the cruise than if we had purchased separate bottles. We also ate some breakfasts and lunches in the main dining room with waiter service. The selection of fruits was much better in there for breakfast and it had an a la carte menu (the Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict on one day was a food highlight for me!) and there was a very big salad bar at lunchtime. Otherwise we ate in the Windjammer and found the selection and quality of food very good. It was always busy in there but only on one occasion did we have real difficulty finding seats (the first morning in St Petersburg). We also used the café on Desk 5 to get tea/coffee throughout the day – this was a very busy area, particularly in cold weather! Frozen yogurt was available in the afternoons on Deck 11 and there was a barbecue on that deck on the night we were in St Petersburg. There was a good selection of shops on Deck 5 and we thought some of the duty free drink prices were good value but there was a limited selection of perfumes for sale. Internet was available but we thought it was very pricy ($35 per hour) so we only purchased one hour and tried to find wi-fi spots off the ship (Tallin was probably the best for this). We saw some of the shows and thought the Ice Show was excellent and well worth getting tickets for (available on the first morning of the cruise). We also went to some of the production shows and some tribute acts – the Beatles tribute being the best. We really enjoyed the quizzes – there were around 5 per day normally and they were usually well attended. We also played crazy golf and table tennis although the latter had equipment that needed upgrading! We had trips planned in all ports – walking tours in Oslo, Tallin, Helsinki and Copenhagen. We could probably have done all these on our own very easily but we like to find out about places by talking to a guide so this suited us. We also booked the 2 day tour of St Petersburg ($305 per person) which was pricey but well worth it. We had a really good guide and saw all the main sites. Be aware that Peterhof does have mosquitoes so be sure to spray/cover up (we didn’t know until it was too late!). The port which was most disappointing was Zeebrugge where we were late in and sat on a coach for an hour in the port car park only to be told we were too late for our canal boats – a wasted morning (however we got a full refund)!! Weather wise – we had 5 fabulous days in the most Northern ports and witnessed a sunset at 23:25 in St Petersburg which was amazing. We had rain/winds for the Copenhagen, the North Sea and Zeebrugge.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We were very concerned prior to this trip about the bad reviews this Ship had been given since it left the USA, and we had a certain trepidation on what we were going to face. However this was totally unfounded, with the Ship overdue its ... Read More
We were very concerned prior to this trip about the bad reviews this Ship had been given since it left the USA, and we had a certain trepidation on what we were going to face. However this was totally unfounded, with the Ship overdue its revitalization we were amazed at how clean it was, with only certain areas showing wear and tear. Embarkation was first class at Southampton, and we were on board and "eating" within 15-20 minutes from parking my car. Very smooth. We were welcomed on board from a smiling staff, and we had the benefit of being in a suite, which gave you willy wonkas golden ticket in regards to show seats and sunbeds. To be honest because the ship was full there was a shortage of sunbeds, which on the Freedom Class is covered by the fact there is an extra 100ft in the middle of the Ship. A lot of people did complain about this, and they put extra sunbeds in every conceivable location which did alleviate a lot of the issues, however "Spanish Sunbed Alarm Clocks" were set for 8am and a lot of abuse went on even though the towels were supposed to be removed after 30 minutes if the beds were empty however they never were removed. Even though we had our 5 children with us we never bring them in to the Concierge Lounge after 5pm as it is very small, and this was a major complaint for most Suite guests as too many children occupied seats and spoilt this room for everyone. We used the Diamond Lounge instead which was very good with the DL ambassador far superior than the concierge. In fact I would say it was the poorest Concierge we have ever dealt with, and this was the only negative point we personally come across in the whole cruise. Our room attendant Nancy was extremely friendly and reliable, and everything was kept shipshape for the whole cruise by her and we awarded her one of our "WoW" prizes. The other "WoW" prizes went to the whole of our Dining Room staff (Ritish - Waiter, Eugenio-Asst Waiter and Farrell Adams- Bar Waiter) who were simply outstanding and always willing to go that extra mile. In fact they have been the best staff we have ever had on any previous RCCL trip. Due to the amount of Children aboard the facilities just could not cope with the sheer numbers in to the tiny club rooms, and this meant teens were dotted all over the ship in little groups which was a bit unfortunate for them and should be addressed if this Ship is to cater for that amount of children in the future. The Headliner shows were all very good, and there was plenty of them but felt the ice show lacked behind many previous ones we have seen. This is not to say the ice show was bad because it wasn't , its just that we have seen better on the Independence and Liberty previously and it is extremely difficult skating at that quality on such a small amount of ice. The Windjammer quality was very good, and it did get very difficult to obtain a table when on sea days, but the staff did work hard in finding you a table in other areas which was very much appreciated. The outside food on the pool deck (especially the Ribs) was fantastic, and this helped alleviate the strain. As a family we tended to eat breakfast in the Dining room and again the staff were just fantastic. We were very impressed with the calibre of staff and all wanted to help. I did have a good laugh with the Bar Manager who was always on deck 5 smiling and willing to help anyone, great bloke. Bar prices are high, lets be honest, however we are on a ship, and you will pay prices very similar to London. I would have liked to see actual beer promotions as well as Cocktail promotions as this would increase patronage in quieter areas and increase beer sales which in turn would make cruisers happier :) Overall we really enjoyed the cruise, but remember a cruise is what you make of it, and RCCL supplied all of the tools to give you a fantastic holiday, which we had, and it was fantastic to link up with some first time cruisers who found their sea legs who also really enjoyed it. Roll on next year .... I want more.... Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
The ship - the Adventure is starting to show her age some at this point but is well maintained. We saw people cleaning constantly and feel the staff did a great job in this area. The Ports - we enjoyed all the ports. We loved Malaga! It ... Read More
The ship - the Adventure is starting to show her age some at this point but is well maintained. We saw people cleaning constantly and feel the staff did a great job in this area. The Ports - we enjoyed all the ports. We loved Malaga! It was beautiful, not too crazy with us tourists, and our tapas tour was great. We did ship tours in every port but Cannes and were happy with them for the most part. The staff - the staff was great. Everyone was very helpful, courteous, and happy to help. The children on this cruise were a bit of an issue at times. It got to the point where security was stationed near stairways and also roaming to keep everything in order. We saw these extra security people sometimes as early as 6pm. I give RCCL credit for attempting to keep the kids out of trouble. The Food - this was the most disappointing variety of food I have ever had on a cruise. Of course I did find stuff to eat on the ship, but the main dining room choices were disappointing. The cruise was billed as an Italian Med Cruise, but we didn't even have an Italian themed night for the dining room. We have done other European cruises and the food choices have always included food from the countries visited, but not this one. Even our British table mates were surprised by the lack of choices. They also wanted something more than what they could get at home. Overall we did enjoy the cruise and will be sailing with RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We went on this 14-nights cruise on Adventure of the seas since it fit very well with our daughters school holiday and ours. Positive: - The food in the main dining room was probably the best I've experienced on any of the cruises ... Read More
We went on this 14-nights cruise on Adventure of the seas since it fit very well with our daughters school holiday and ours. Positive: - The food in the main dining room was probably the best I've experienced on any of the cruises - The service in the main dining room was impeccable and very friendly - Suite attendant was fantastic, our daughter had tears in the eyes when we left because she liked him so much. (She is 8) - Concierge lounge service was great. - All personnel where very friendly and serviceminded - Portofino restaurant food and service also really good. Improvement areas: - Ship is starting to get to the point where it needs a facelift, you see some signs of the age. - Lost a piece of luggage on the way home that was taken by another passenger since the thoroughly fastened luggage tags were ripped off.(Got it back 2 days later) - Shore excursion are a rip off. Would never use them. Sort your own. - The very weak Air-con in the gym made training harder than needed. Will never use cruise.co.uk ever again. Did not warn me that the free parking that RCCL promised would have needed to be booked 8 months ahead of the cruise. (Yes it was on page 6 of the cruise contract) but they could have mentioned it. They continued to send marketing on mobile, post and e-mail despite myself expressing a clear wish for them to stop. Had to threaten with legal action to get them to stop. They didn't respect the OBC promised at the time of the booking and started arguing about it afterwards. This costed an extra 97 in parking and quite some irritation. I can also mention that RCCL didn't help out anything despite us being frequent guest with them. Will use Cruises-n-more or smartcruiser in the future for bookings as I have done before. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean (our preferred cruise line) a number of times but this was our first time on Adventure of the Seas. Although the ship is a few years old now we still found her to be in really good shape and are aware ... Read More
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean (our preferred cruise line) a number of times but this was our first time on Adventure of the Seas. Although the ship is a few years old now we still found her to be in really good shape and are aware she is to be refitted for 2014. Staff were constantly cleaning all areas and I was especially pleased to see staff encouraging guests to use the Hand Sanitizers when entering the Dining Areas. Washy Washy then Yummy Yummy Unfortunately there are still some guests who feel they are above all that and obstinately walk on past the Sanitizers. I am happy to report that thanks to the staff this was one of our best cruises ever. I found all the staff we came in contact with to be very friendly, helpful and genuinely wanting to ensure we had a great holiday. We had booked the 8.30 seated dinner and had a table of 10. We quickly got to know each other and got on very well adding to our cruise experience. We had a great waiter team in Mark and Christopher and both had learnt all our first names by the end of the first meal. Our Head Waiter was also very attentive and if he spotted that you had not finished a course was over asking if anything was wrong or could he bring something else. In the past we felt pressured as staff were trying to push bottled water and speciality coffee but neither happened on this cruise. Our overall dining experience in the main dining room was excellent. With over 3500 guests onboard you expect the Windjammer to be busy at certain times but again this was managed very well by all the staff, who were very helpful in finding a table or carrying things for you and fetching coffee or juice. The food selection was very good at all times and I felt that RCI had listened to customer feedback as things I had mentioned in the past had all been addressed. Our Cruise Director HelloClo was excellent and very approachable. My only complaints which are about RCI, not the ship, are the price of drinks on board. While I have no objections to companies making a profit I do object to extortion but on the plus side, less alcohol = less calories. The other issue is with the price of port shuttles. Most cruise ships dock in large commercial ports some distance from the main tourist areas so shuttles are required. I see this as another way to squeeze extra revenue from guests. I would have thought that any town or city traders would want to have tourists brought into their area so they should be providing transport or at least ensuring their local bus services stop at the ship. I feel cruise lines dont push for this service as this would affect their income. I could write a lot more but hopefully this will give readers a flavour of what to expect. Highly recommend Adventure of the Seas and RCI.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
As a first time cruiser I was more than a little apprehensive about being stuck on board a ship with lots of strangers and had even toyed with the notion of boarding a plane home from the next port if necessary!! How wrong was I, from the ... Read More
As a first time cruiser I was more than a little apprehensive about being stuck on board a ship with lots of strangers and had even toyed with the notion of boarding a plane home from the next port if necessary!! How wrong was I, from the moment we arrived at Southampton to be greeted by warm smiling faces at the terminal I new my well deserved holiday had begun. Embarkation was an absolute pleasure and we were made to feel as if we were the only people in the room. When we entered our room we were amazed at how spacious it was with a clean and fresh smell. Our wonderful steward Froilin introduced himself and looked after us very well our entire stay. The dining was probably the part I was dreading the most and had asked for a table for two when we made our initial booking. We were assigned to a table with a Scottish couple and their son and I am so glad we didn't get that table for two. We were often the last to leave and have many happy memories of our wonderful dinner companions, some nights we laughed until we cried. Our servers Anthony and Princess were very attentive though I felt the menu was a tad unimaginative and repetitive. The windjammer was ok and we ate there on occasions, the staff again were attentive and the girl that did the meet and greet was full of fun. We are both well travelled and had been to most of the cities before, we only got off the ship on four occasions and that was just to have a leisurely Tapas lunch or browse around the shops (did get charged 60 for extra baggage on return flight home)! We did our own thing and shared taxis with other couples to keep the price down. We didn't go to any of the shows, a bit holiday camp and not our thing but that's the beauty of this type of holiday it caters for everyone. The ship was clean with on going maintenance while on board, the promenade was overcrowded at times but we never had to wait too long to be served. On the whole staff were friendly and room service was super fast, coffee was delivered within moments and the cookies were addictive. All in all we relaxed, sunbathed most days even when it was cold, had breakfast on our balcony watching the sun rise, had drinks on the balcony watching the sun set. We met some very interesting people but mainly enjoyed being together. Thank you RCI and AOS for a wonderful relaxing holiday were we were in control. Home four days and we have booked again with RCI for next year, cant wait.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
My wife and I have just come back from an Italian Med cruise. We cruised on the 4th August 2013 from Southampton. Overall we had a fantastic time but there are some gripes which we never had on our only other previous cruise on the ... Read More
My wife and I have just come back from an Italian Med cruise. We cruised on the 4th August 2013 from Southampton. Overall we had a fantastic time but there are some gripes which we never had on our only other previous cruise on the 'Independence of the Seas' in 2011. First of all the bad points. Too many children allowed to run riot throughout the ship especially on the stairwells (Where were the security? Where were the parents?), sunbeds being saved all day and nothing being done about it, entertainment started well in the first week but ended on the final farewell show with a very cringe worthy juggling act by two pensioners from Russia which was an absolute farce. The cruise director, Drew Devine and his non descript side kick Rob McNally need to go. Drew just goes on and on and has no 'real' charisma it all feels forced and Rob well there is just nothing there other than one or two 'old' Jokes. Take a look at how Josef does it on Independence of the Seas and you will understand. The street parties and quest need someone with a personality and natural charisma to get people involved. The Cruise directors support staff were great. Royal Caribbean need to address these issues especially in respect of the beds and the kids. Have their standards dropped?? Now the good. The service across the ship was brilliant, the staff were brilliant, the ship was very clean, tidy and in good repair. How people can say that the ship is in dire need of a refurb is beyond me. Yes there may be some small areas but there is nothing really obvious. Johnny Rockets was good, Schooners bar with Ed on the piano and singing was great. The ports we visited were great apart from Genoa. I would suggest going to Portafino on an excursion at this port. Stateroom and balcony was very tidy and clean. Embarkation was easy. We had a great time and met lots of new fiends and will certainly cruise with Royal Caribbean again but the very high standards we experienced in all areas on the Independence were not met on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Norway Cruise 18th August 2013 Royal Caribbean-Adventure of the Seas Sun 18th Aug: Warmish, cloudy and sharp showers. Left home at 8:30am after breakfast. Traffic good and arrived Southampton at 10.45am. Parked the car following ... Read More
Norway Cruise 18th August 2013 Royal Caribbean-Adventure of the Seas Sun 18th Aug: Warmish, cloudy and sharp showers. Left home at 8:30am after breakfast. Traffic good and arrived Southampton at 10.45am. Parked the car following instructions-well organised then boarded the ship. One of the quickest we have ever had. Straight through to main hall and then signing up for boarding pass, very smooth. Once onboard we wander around taking photos and getting our bearings before Windjammer for lunch, very busy, as always, everyone arriving now and its lunchtime, but it was made worse by people just sitting at tables after they had finished their meal instead of moving on so that others could sit down. Later cup of tea in Promenade cafe then time to go to cabin around 2pm. As we walked down corridor saw our bags outside another cabin-checked label then took our bags with us to our cabin. Unpacked and enjoyed a rest before fire-drill muster at 3.45pm, that went well and fellow passengers seem very friendly. We went straight to top deck for sail away at 5pm, just as we started to set sail it poured hard with rain! so sheltered under the gym roof till it eased off. Then to cabin to get ready for dinner at 6pm. Casual night but a very long queue to get in to dining room, they opened doors exactly at 6pm every night-never before that time-and as it was first night it took longer for people to file in and find their seats. We had a nice table with good company, table of 8, not always easy to talk across such large tables. Dinner till 8pm then to the Schooner Bar for a cocktail-Pimms till 10pm then off to cabin. Clocks forward one hour before settling down. Mon 19th Aug: Day at Sea: Sun & Cloud, cool wind but nice. Woke up to the sun, blue skies but a cool wind around 7.45am. Hubbie set off to get the ice show tickets-before even showering-as you start to get them around 8am and there is always high demand, it's not always easy to get the time/date you want but we did. The tickets are only on sale that morning no other day or time, you can just take a chance and turn up just before show starts and see if there are any seats, but if you're a family you may not get seats together that way. Tickets are free. Breakfast at 9am in Main Dining room but felt food not very good a bit over-cooked and no pancakes! After breakfast walked up to Windjammers to get chocolate milk for later, back to cabin. Went to Destinations talk to find out about some of the tours available, we had already pre-booked our Flam railway tour as we knew that was extremely popular. Sadly many of the other tours were fully booked too, seems silly that there was little choice left, we were told to go to main booking desk and put our names down on a waiting list for the tours we wanted, no guarantees it depended on the tour operators at the destination ports if they could add more buses etc. I will say of the two tours we wanted, we got one of them, but we did our own thing at the other port and had a great time luckily. Had a coffee and cookie before joining a trivia quiz in Schooner bar, only two of us, we got 8 out 11 which we were really pleased with! There are some veteran quizzes onboard. Took a few more photos around the ship before 3pm ice show-Art/Hot Ice, very good, this was our second ice show we have seen, standards are very high and they did not disappoint. Back to room to get ready for formal dinner at 6pm. All our table were there tonight, although we did feel not as many people as in the past dressed formally. After dinner down to the Promenade for Captains party (free champagne) then to the theatre to watch "Invitation to Dance" show, seen a very similar show on another RC ship in the past, but it was good. Cabin around 10:30, glass of wine & bed. (First time we have been allowed to bring one bottle of wine each aboard with RC). Tues 20th Aug: Alesund: Rain, cold wind &cloudy. Woke just after 8am, showered and had breakfast in Windjammers, a lot better choice of food. Ship was rocking and I didn't eat that much! Had taken a sea-sick pill first thing and gradually feeling better. Done a couple of quizzes in Schooner bar then hot chocolate and pizza, rolls & cake for lunch before getting ready to leave ship at 2.30pm. Weather not good, wanted to walk up the many steps to the viewpoint Aksla, I had read you get great views up there, I was very hesitant as I am not a fit person and I thought about it for awhile, decided to give it a go, steps uneven and some were difficult, also railings were dodgy, we met one lady who gave up as she suffers with vertigo, but I kept going stopping to rest at flat areas and to let other people past, took me a good hour to get up the 418 steps, but I was so pleased with myself I did it. The views were great, even though the weather wasn't, cloud kept coming and going and the biting wind was a battle. Stopped at the cafe there for hot chocolate, bit disappointed it came from a vending machine, but the views in the cafe were the same as out on the veranda, so I got my breath back and warmed up before heading back down. There is a tourist train that runs up to the viewpoint but you have to book it and the queue was very long when we got off the ship, some people didn't get a booking till much later in the day-or no booking at all. Once down back in the town, wandered the few shops that were open and headed towards the church, rain was off and on, some of our friends got the HOHO bus, but not from outside the ships terminal they walked to the tourist office and managed to get one there, they did say it was running hours late as traffic was bad-we never even saw one going around! The town was okay, not as picturesque as I expected. Back to ship just before 6pm-so had missed or dining slot (we weren't concerned though) went straight to Windjammers for dinner before returning to cabin for a short rest. Show at 9pm "American Dream" Motown songs, very good, grabbed some tea before going back to cabin so Rod could drink his wine(I prefer tea!), watched TV, sea was rough so took another tablet before retiring. 11pm. Wens 21st Aug: Skojolden: Mild, no wind, a little drizzle first thing. Awoke just before 8am, had an awful night sea was rough. After a light breakfast in Windjammers (hubbie doesn't suffer) went on deck as we sailed through the fjords, once in the fjord the sea was flat calm. Great views up there and we stayed longer than intended, cold wind blowing. Arrived early in Skojolden 12.15pm instead of 1pm. Had a light snack & hot chocolate then walked into the town, very quiet in some places, just follow the people if you're not sure where to go. It was so strange to think there were more people getting off the ship than live in the town! Wandered the back roads, I had found a map online and we followed that some of the way, discovered the most amazing lake, few people there, so quiet and the waterfall over the far side was mirrored in the lake, beautiful. Like watching the birds too, strolled back to the ship, got back there about 3pm So another hot chocolate and a snack as we were on a trip at 5.15pm (this was the one we went on a waiting list for and they told us the day before we were lucky). All on the bus & up the winding roads, to Jotunheimen National Park, stunning views and at the top VERY cold, my ears hurt too, thought it was the cold, but now I think it was the altitude. Saw glaciers and snow, really glad we got on this trip. Back to ship by 8.30pm and went to Windjammers for dinner (missed dining room again-but we were happy). I was feeling very tired as I had not slept well last night, so early to bed for me. There was an 80's parade on the Promenade but I didn't go, it started at 10.15pm, I knew I was up early tomorrow to. Thurs 22nd Aug: Flam: Sunny, warm & no wind. Up at 6am and got ready for railway trip starting at 8.15am. (also found out today did not get trip for Stavanger tomorrow). It was about 40mins each way on the train, lots of people, so glad we had booked it. Stopped at the large waterfall on the way up and on the way back down. When we reached the top we went inside the hotel for coffee and (cold) waffles with jam/yogurt-that's how the Norwegians like their waffles. We then had time to wander some of the trails, sadly not enough time to walk to the large lake nearby and see the waterfall that has a bridge over it. But the views we did see were stunning, very clear, fantastic waterfalls and wonderful mountains, well worth going there. Returned to Flam (pronounced Flom) and re-boarded ship for some lunch, then hubbie put his shorts on! Back off the ship and wandered Flam. Went inside the small museum, well worth a visit its free, strolled the souvenir shops, there are many! wandered to the small beach area, saw people canoeing and a mad few in swimming-water very cold. Went to the famous Ageir Brewery for one of their famous and expensive beers (it was a treat we decided for us). You could buy small tasters of all the beers, but they were very expensive. The brewery was set out like an old Viking round house, we enjoyed it and even got chatting to some real Norwegians who were holidaying in the area, lovely people. Lots of people back late from trip (3 coaches) so sail away was delayed. Decided to miss formal night tonight as we wanted to be on deck for sail-away. Good thing we did, to see the ship doing a 180 in the fjord, with very little room for error, was a great sight, and the views of the high mountains, waterfalls and just the sun setting were well worth it. Went to Windjammers for dinner before show at 9pm "Las Vegas" , then back to cabin to relax, bed about 11pm. Fri 23rd Aug: Stavanger: Very warm, dry, not much wind. Smooth night, wasn't sure if it was going to be rough as we had come out of the fjords now. Slept till 7am, then slowly got ourselves up ready to wander into town. No trip for us today, so wasn't to sure what we would do, had done a bit of homework before we left England and had a few ideas to work with. Off the ship about 9.30am, checked to see if could get on local boat trip to Pulpit Rock, but it was chaos there, long queues, hubbie went to front to ask if it was worth waiting in line but no one would talk to him, so gave up and decided to wander the tow. Shops didn't open till 11am, went to a tower where I knew you could get views over town-Valberg Tower-said it didn't open till 11am, but door was open so I asked the man inside if we could come in, he spoke English and said yes we could, there was a charge to climb the tower, but we felt it was worth it. Got some great views of the town and our bearings before setting off towards the petroleum museum, didn't go right in just wandered gift shop, before heading back into the town. Shops were now open, but they are expensive, found the cathedral and a church to visit and a seven eleven for some cheap drinks. Had got cookies with us, from on the ship and sat in the harbour area for our lunch. After our "cheap" lunch headed to the sardine museum in the old town area. Glad we went there it was fun and learnt a fair bit about the trade, nearly bought some sardines but weren't sure if you could take onboard the ship! The admission ticket also gave us free admission to the Maritime museum, so walked to that which was nearby, just a quick stroll in there before getting an expensive ice-cream and heading back to the ship by 3.50pm. Drinks on our balcony and watching the sail away before dinner at 6pm in dining room. Everyone there, they had wondered where we had got to, but we said, we were not going to miss out on the sights just to get to dinner on time. Theatre for David Copperfield show, it was fairly good, better than I had expected really. Back to cabin after 10pm, relax, hubbie drinking last of the wine before retiring. Sat 24th Aug: Day at Sea: Cloudy, windy and cool. Clocks went back one hour last night. Woke about 7.30am and lazily got ready for breakfast in Windjammers. Went to trivia quiz for awhile, then to deck 5 for a hot chocolate. On the promenade they were preparing an enormous buffet, hoards of people waiting to get at the food! They had cheeses, hams, fruit, cake, an enormous apple pie-which was delicious-with ice cream, and fruit/veg characters decorating the tables. Relaxed on our balcony for awhile, sheltered from the cool wind and enjoying the quiet, spotting oil rigs! Done most of the packing, as that had to go outside tonight. Hubbie went and paid off our statement with cash as we had not sent much of it, using up the kroner we had left. We had been told there was a free galley tour today and as we have never done one thought it was worth going. Queued for half hour to get it, lots of people in queue but it moved fairly quickly. It was interesting to see where all our food is prepared and how they get it all out to the passengers. Back to room around 5pm to get ready for dinner at 6pm in dining room. After dinner wandered promenade then went to the theatre to watch "Farewell Show", returned to room and finished packing to put cases outside cabin door for 11pm. Sun 25th Aug: Southampton; Cold, wet and windy. We were docked by 5am, we were given a time of 6am to leave the ship originally but my hubbie had got it changed to 8am. So we were still up early and had breakfast before leaving our cabin and going to our meeting point, ready to leave the ship. Smooth disembarkation, straight off with no problems, did have to walk to the car with our cases, but we were soon on our way home. A few things about us and the ship. We are a couple in our 50's, like walking but not long distances. We have sailed with Royal Caribbean about 5 times now and before that it was Ocean Village, have not tried any other cruise lines yet, it's more important to us the travel dates (as I work in a school) and the destinations. We are not party people, I like my bed, 11pm is fairly late for me, but I do tend to get up fairly early. This was the first time RC let us bring wine aboard, which is great, one bottle each. We do take ships tours but depending where we are have done tours independently as well. Adventure of the Seas is a really nice ship, my hubbie prefers Independence, but I really like Adventure for the size, activities and just the feel was really good. Lifts as always are a bit hit and miss, at busy times we ended up walking up or down stairs, but that's the same on all the ships. Good cabin, space well laid out, kettle with tea (no coffee) in room. Balcony good, seats comfy. Bed good. Deck 8 was quiet most of the time, few children running through late evening but that happens on most ships. Staff on al RC have been excellent, cabins are really good, sea-view or balcony (I love a balcony if we can afford it!)are what we usually choose. Adventure had the best boarding times of any of the ships we have been on. Some we were hours getting through. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
This was our third cruise with RCI and a majority of it lived up to expectation. The staff were polite and the service provided was excellent and cannot be faulted, for example, I had turkey one evening in the restaurant and asked for some ... Read More
This was our third cruise with RCI and a majority of it lived up to expectation. The staff were polite and the service provided was excellent and cannot be faulted, for example, I had turkey one evening in the restaurant and asked for some cranberry sauce. With none present, the head waitor went to the buffet restaurant, the Windjammer, to gather some for me. Excellent service. However, there were a few faults and issues that caused me to write a letter of complaint to Royal Caribbean. First, our balcony was partially obstructed, with a metal front and a pillar obscuring the view on the left-hand side. That said, RCIs deckplans do not mark this balcony as a restricted view. The shower in our cabin also leaked and, despite complaining to reception, an engineer came on the 12th day of the cruise and said it was due to a build up of grase (not from us!) but did not fix the issue. The worst problem of all, in Villefranche, was the tender system. We were told to collect a ticket when ready to disembark and wait for our number to be called. We collected our ticket at 10:15am, but by 1:15pm we still had not disembarked. Passengers were really getting frustrated and overall we got just a couple of hours on land. The problems actually provoked a public apology from the cruise director and the Captain himself. We also got a few gifts, such as chocolate strawberries and a bottle of wine, sent to our room after we made a small mention on board. The cruise was also ruined by the large number of children on board running around and making a noise, even in the restaurant. They also pranked called our cabin a few times. Other problems, including salt water in the pools and a broken television in our cabin, provoked me to write to Royal Caribbean. When I (finally) got a response, we were each offered £150 off a future cruise, bringing our compensation to £450. So, the moral of the story is always complain if necessary. In this case, it pays £450 to complain! :-D Would definitely return to RCI despite the problems. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Looked forward to this cruise as had a busy year and there would be no hassle of flying!! Was pleased with everything on board. All staff were friendly and helpful . This was our eighth cruise with Royal Caribbean so we knew how everything ... Read More
Looked forward to this cruise as had a busy year and there would be no hassle of flying!! Was pleased with everything on board. All staff were friendly and helpful . This was our eighth cruise with Royal Caribbean so we knew how everything would be. The few things we were disappointed in was not anything RCI had failed on. The failings were on some, in fact quite a few, of our fellow Brits. The cruise consisted of mainly senior cruisers so the bad manners could not be blamed on the young!! They pushed in on the lifts! I thought we Brits knew how to queue??!! In the theatre they couldn't wait for the artists to finish their act before rushing out!! Where were the buses they were rushing to catch?? The dining room was the other place that they (the Brits) let themselves down. We were first sitting and the dress code for dining room is no shorts. We like the dining room as we like to dress for the occasion. There were a few people around us who either did not see, or could not read the notice about the dress code. One table in particular first sitting, was empty most nights then on the formal nights two men (you couldn't call them gentlemen) arrived in long shorts, the kind that only look good on small boys, scruffy t shirts and hats!!! I wonder why they only graced us with their presence on formal nights and very poorly dressed!! I was very disappointed that the staff did nothing about this even when it was pointed out to them!! That is the end of my moans. We didn't let it spoil our cruise, the whole cruise lived up to RC standards. Cabin staff dining staff and bar staff all lived up to our expectations. Excursions were well run and thoroughly enjoyable. So we would certainly cruise with RC again. In fact we have put a deposit down on another one, we just have to decide where to go. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Background Information I chose this cruise based on destination, and there was a course on board that I took part in. I have liked RC in the past. Hotel Info Southampton: I took the bus from Heathrow to Southampton- very easy to find ... Read More
Background Information I chose this cruise based on destination, and there was a course on board that I took part in. I have liked RC in the past. Hotel Info Southampton: I took the bus from Heathrow to Southampton- very easy to find the bus station in the airport. I used National Express. The station they take you to in Southampton is an easy less than 10 min walk past the popular malls, to Premier Inn- and there are other hotels around here. Premier Inn was a very convenient place to stay based on this and wandering into town. To the pier, it was a confusing walk so I paid 6 pounds to take a taxi. If you walk, be prepared to be confused about how to get into the port, even if you see your ship right in front of you. Ship Info Big, well laid out, clean, bright. I really missed having a lounge in the front of the ship. The Viking Lounge provided a nice view but the windows were mostly dirty and it was always crowded- I sometimes would stand for 20 min to get 1 seat. For cruising through the fjords I wish there was a better place to stand (too cold outside). I also wish they would turn out the lights on some sections outside. We could see Northern Lights on several nights, but you had to hang over the edge of the railing and block the lights to see them. We all lamented that there was no one from RC directing people to see the lights, or maybe even a lecture about them. Same with the whales and dolphins, the captain would occasionally announce them, but it would be nice if a naturalist pointed them out with you. The dinner setting was really crowded. We were packed in and you had to constantly move your chair in order for crew to get around you. Windjammer was overly crowded, I often had to circle around for 10 plus minutes to find a table, or someone willing to share 1 chair! The outdoor climbing, golf areas seemed to go unused... the pools were popular even when it was chilly! Service. This was a return to RC after going to Celebrity and a river cruise, and I was really disappointed here. Stateroom attendant was great- out of the way but very friendly. The dinner crew was appalling- they were really too busy and overworked to pay any particular attention to us. The breakfast and lunch crew at the sit-down restaurants were downright rude. If I asked the coffee guy for water, the response was "I only do coffee and tea". I am not that picky but I found this and the fact that while walking the staff would cut in front of me constantly really shocking. I did find the Help Desk people mostly nice and they easily took away erroneous charges. The Wifi was horrible, and I refused to pay the money after I spent $20 just trying to log on and buy a package. There was no one at the Computer desk to help, and the Front Desk people were not all knowledgeable. I waited for ports to use Wifi. I still contend that if we can get free cable TV, we should have free, or at least reasonably priced Wifi! Port & Shore Excursions. Southampton- lovely place to spend the night, walk around town, have a pint. I recommend getting there from Heathrow via National Express. On return, I was going to London instead, so I used a bus group called International Friends. I had a great day of visiting Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor. The bus driver was a hoot, I could not believe I spent 12 hours on a bus tour and loved it! If you google "heathrow to southampton transfers" you will get a great website called the London toolkit and it goes over all of your options. Reykjavik- I had an independent bus tour here with my conference. First day we did the "Golden Circle" to see Gulfoss, Geysers, Thingvellir. Stunning scenery, we had great weather so I am sure that helped. We were told that the walk into town was "15 min" by our guide, so we attempted that, but it turned out to be 45 min! Take a taxi, though from the port, it is about $20. We were also told that the shops would be all closed after 6, but did not find that to be the case. So, go into town if you have the time, it is very nice to wander! The next day we did the same group tour, this time to Blue Lagoon. We were very lucky because we were the first there, and had a great time. Others came later and had no lockers, so could not go swimming, just watch us. Also, our guide told us that we had to take our clothes off and all shower nude together. This frightened a lot of people into not going (particularly some religious faiths), and this was also not the case- most everyone showered in their bathing suits, and there are a few private showers. If you go to Blue Lagoon, go early. I talked to others that took a local bus there and it took forever and they did not have time to swim. By the way, 1 hour is sufficient to swim and relax. Also, do not wear silver jewelry, and put tons of conditioner in your hair before swimming. Akureyri- Group Bus tour. Did not see any of the town. It looked small but quaint, so I feel I missed out on at least a 10 min walk. Tour to Godafoss Falls, more thermal areas, lava formations, and a really desolate but beautiful lake area where we had an amazing fish lunch. Our guide was amazing, and we really learned about local culture this way. Trondheim, Norway- wandered on my own, which I was excited to do after my bus tours. Very cute and walkable town. Unfortunately there on a Sunday and almost everything closed. Free Wifi difficult to find and the crew and passengers swooped in when found! Lots of cute cafes. Do go to the old town, see the bike lift, the wooden houses. Alesund- beautiful! I took a RC tour. "Path of the Trolls", and this may have changed my mind on ship tours. Our guide looked to be about 90 years old, so I had my doubts, but he was more energetic than anyone! Gorgeous day of winding around fjords, Up and down mountains. An amazing buffet lunch at a place with free wifi and shopping, very relaxing. We did see a little of the town on the way back and had 30 min to wander on our own. People that did not take a tour liked the town, but found too much time to do very little. By the way, this tour and many other popular ones were sold out, possibly before the cruise started- plan and book early! Olden- Tiny town! I researched going to Briksdal Glacier via the local bus. After waiting 3 hours, we found that it did not stop in September (and possibly part of August). It would have been 90 kroner vs the 350 kroner we had to pay for a "tour" which was a taxi van to and from the Glacier. Oh well, I paid the money and then at the glacier I bypassed the 45 min hike to the glacier by paying for the "Troll Car"- and I am glad I did. I heard the trail was slippery and difficult (and not raining that day, but lots of mist from waterfall). Even with the troll car, I had a 45 min hike to and from the base of the lake. It was difficult for me (partially disabled and use a cane), but well worth it. I saw other disableds doing it slowly. The trail is steep and not paved, the difficulty being in the possibility of sliding. Also, the drive there is beautiful. If you take the tourist train, you will see the lake. If you walk around town, there is not too much to see but the beautiful scenery around you. 300 people live in this town. 3000 on our boat. you get the picture. Alesund. Great clean city. I wanted to do the Lysefjord cruise but not with the boat. I walked around the city early in the morning then at 9 you can buy a boat ticket that leaves right across the port from our ship. The boat leaves at 10, and I think they added extra boats that day to accomidate everyone as it was a popular thing, and well worth it. The ships were a little crowded. A friend of mine took the ferry and then the bus to do Pulpit Rock. She said it was great, though time consuming- she was 8 min late back to the ship! I did have time to wander the city- so pretty with lots of statues and flowers. The cafes were very cute, but I heard very expensive, so most of the cruise people ran back to Windjammer for lunch! Stateroom. 6225. Inside cabin- my first. I really like how dark it was, though I did get paranoid about sleeping in- I had to get up early for my lectures, and 7 am for a lot of ports! Great and roomy for 1 person. I did not like being so forward on the boat. I was sick for 2 days for my first time, and despite a patch. Getting to the back of the boat I would feel fine. In the evenings I could hear music from below, but not enough to keep me from sleeping. Dining. See complaints above about service and crowds. The food at dinner and at the sit down lunch and breakfast was really really good, and I consider myself a foodie. Lots of seafood, yummy veg and fruit. The 30 min brasserie usually took over 1 hour to get served... one morning for breakfast, 50 min! Luckily you have your table to meet and talk to. I did take 2 bottles of wine on board- this was in our contract. So, I did not buy any alcohol on board, did not go to the specialty restaurants, or pubs. they seemed very popular, but I was happy to save money! Children's Clubs I heard great things. The 4 year old at my dinner table routinely asked to return, finding our table too boring. They used it at several ports, and were very happy. They gave a pager sometimes in case of emergencies. Entertainment Kinda boring. A lot of recycling of acts- one of the group singers became a headliner one night. I loved the Group Song/Dance group, but the other shows were just a way to pass the time. During the day, I found little to do. The Trivia times were taken over by very serious groups that if you were not able to play every game, you were not taken seriously. I did not stay up for the 10:30 plus game shows, I usually like those, I did not hear much from others. The dance parades were too crowded for me, I tried watching from the balconies, but even then you had to stake out a chair over 30 min in advance. Disembarkation. Getting on and off this boat was very very easy. I did not have much of a line to get on. I was met at my taxi by someone to take my bag, which was nice. My biggest complaint was that you could not get in your room until very late. I had planned on getting on the boat early, taking a swim, but because of this, I had to sit around the boat and wait 20 min to get a seat in the Windjammer. If I had known this, I would have packed my swim suit in a day bag! Getting off, they finally have caught on to the fact that some of us would be fine with rolling our own bag off without meeting in the lounge, etc. This was very nice, I walked off the boat with my own bag, no lines! RC seemed really coordinated once you got off, they had the buses lined up for the airport, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Background Information: We are a couple in our late 20's who have cruised often but this was our first sailing as adults with Royal Caribbean. We traveled with a couple in their early 50's & a 16 year old. This cruise ... Read More
Background Information: We are a couple in our late 20's who have cruised often but this was our first sailing as adults with Royal Caribbean. We traveled with a couple in their early 50's & a 16 year old. This cruise unfortunately departed at the time where the UK and Europe was expecting the worst storm for 25 years. Hotel & Embarkation: We stayed the night before embarkation at the Premier Inn West Quay Southampton. The hotel was the usual good standard of a Premier Inn and was only a very short drive to the ship (approx 10min walk). Embarkation on the Sunday was well organised and extremely quick. From getting in the line for security to getting on the ship was only 10 minutes. As always the buffet restaurant was extremely busy but the food was good. Itinerary: We were meant to visit Cherbourg, Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao & Le Havre. Due to the storm approaching the UK we had a number of changes throughout the journey sometimes at 24 hours notice. The Captain and his staff kept everyone informed on a regular basis and handled the situation very well. The number of people complaining about this situation was ridiculous, it seemed that people didn't understand that all changes were made because of the safety of passengers. Ship: The ship did seem crowded but I believe this was due to the open decks being closed for half the itinerary due to high winds. The ship overall is in a good condition with only the cabins showing a little bit of wear & tear. Service: Overall the service was excellent with only some small issues with our cabin attendant. We had a number of issues which were dealt with very quickly and efficiently. Our main issue occurred when one of cases appeared at our cabin without a handle... after reporting to guest services our case was taken from our cabin and replaced within 3 days with a brand new case. Very Impressive! Dining & Food: Overall the quality & variety of food was excellent in all venues. We had my time dining and often booked on the day, this was okay if you wanted a table after 8.15 but impossible if wanted to eat earlier. We often struggled to get a table in the buffet restaurant at lunchtime and breakfast but I think this was due to people sitting at the table for a longtime after finishing their meal. We ate twice at Johnny Rockets and enjoyed the food and experience. Entertainment: We enjoyed most of the music in the various venues on board and the shows we watched were also good. We missed the ice show however our travel buddies went and said it was excellent. Drinks: Yes drinks prices are expensive compared to some other cruise lines but are comparable to London prices. Good selection of drinks but the drink of the day did repeat throughout the 8 night cruise. Other Passengers: A variety of ages with a lot of children & teenagers as it was school holidays in the UK. We knew this would be the case but we didn't expect groups of teenagers sitting in the corridors, on the stairs and taking over the lifts by playing games. Many were rude and inconsiderate of other guests and I think this should have been addressed by the parents or security. We also found some very rude guests who would talk to staff like they were something they had stepped in, it doesn't take much to offer a smile and a hello. Disembarkation: Was quick and well organised from leaving the ship it only took 10minutes to reach our car. Summary: Overall the food was great but we felt the cruise was overcrowded (likely due to the weather), we would travel with Royal Caribbean again but out of the school holidays and if the price was right. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
My very first solo holiday taken because of low 'singles' price. Interesting comparing prices people had paid and 'extras' they had received. Boarding was very quick and my inside cabin was large and spotlessly clean. ... Read More
My very first solo holiday taken because of low 'singles' price. Interesting comparing prices people had paid and 'extras' they had received. Boarding was very quick and my inside cabin was large and spotlessly clean. Cabin steward, Edwin, unfailingly helpful and friendly. First lunch in Windward was chaotic and unfortunately it didn't improve, similarly at breakfast. Plenty of staff serving drinks, would have been better employed finding seats. I usually finished up taking my food on deck and trays would have helped instead of queing for each course. There was plenty of choice but overall only average quality. Dinner was fair but not as good quality as on other company cruises. The dining rooms are lovely. The service varied. I had the soda package but in public area as a solo elderly female was often ignored. Think having to pay extra for fresh orange juice, Johnny Rockets, Ben & Jerries and Portofino wa extras a rip off. Italian food is very cheap to produce yet is $20. Tea bags in cabin but no coffee. I booked tours on line only to find there was much more choice once on board, although they are very good about 'swopping' Always plenty of sunbeds and deck chairs but don't lose your towel or you will be charged $25. Gets crowded round pools but aft and side decks plenty of room. Always plenty of room in the theatre, shows varied from awful to superb. The service charge that is automatically added to your account can be removed so you can tip where it's deserved. I did this and gave substantial tips to cabin steward, waiter and assistant waiter. For the price I paid it was value for money. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
I took my daughter and 3 grand kids on this cruise the week prior to Christmas. San Juan airport was very busy but pleasantly efficient . The terminal looked daunting yet moved quickly. We arrived about 2:30 pm and were immediately given ... Read More
I took my daughter and 3 grand kids on this cruise the week prior to Christmas. San Juan airport was very busy but pleasantly efficient . The terminal looked daunting yet moved quickly. We arrived about 2:30 pm and were immediately given our room keys. Within minutes our room attendant was explaining the room,and asking if we would like anything. I believe his name was Simone and he was incredible throughout our trip! The room itself was very clean,could use updating,but was roomy&comfortable. The food was very good. We had a set dining hour and the same waiter which we usually prefer. This is odd to me because our waiter was efficient,helpful,yet we found a huge lack of personality. The head waiter saved the dining experience. My only complaint concerning the food was no food stations like fresh omelet stations,pasta . Also the lunch choices were minimal at the windjammer. We were at sea only one day and loved the ports and the excursions offered. However because it was a port intensive trip the entertainment during the day and afternoon was extremely limited. A huge point of concern to us was the kids wanted to ice skate. There were only 2 open skate days . We missed the first one and when we showed up for the second we were chastised for trying to sneak into an ice show they suddenly scheduled solely for the Puerto Rican population. We understood that was the major ship population,yet feel we paid top dollar for our tickets yet got shortchanged. My grand daughters were celebrating their 16 th birthday and at the last minute the spa staff fit an appointment in to do the girls hair in an updo. I really appreciated them fitting the girls in yet one of the girls asked for no hair to be left out of the updo. She was heartbroken when 2 small strands were left loose. Unfortunately she didn't say anything to stylist and came to the room crying instead. We reassured grand daughter it was an easy fix and went directly back to spa. Unfortunately it was a huge deal to spa stylist who refused to fix the two small strands until 730pm. That would have meant she couldn't get her pictures at dinner at 6 pm and the ships pictures we had planned for at 7pm. The last thing I wanted was tears from my grand daughter on her special day. Thank goodness her mom calmed her and was able to fix it in time for photos. The ship took it among themselves to sing Happy Birthday to the girls and it was lovely and special. My favorite part of the cruise was the sincere friendliness from the majority of crew. Every one of the service personnel on this cruise found a way to say a quick hello with a genuine smile. The friendliness on board was contagious. The ship seemed quite spacious. We always found chairs by the pool. Chairs in the Windjammer,and elevators were easy to come by other than shore time,or just prior to dinner. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Stateroom- I loved my room, very clean and for being a ship it was very comftarble. Our stateroom assistant name Froilan gave us an excelent service!!!!!! There was not a day that he dint say hello , if he couldnt clean our room he would ... Read More
Stateroom- I loved my room, very clean and for being a ship it was very comftarble. Our stateroom assistant name Froilan gave us an excelent service!!!!!! There was not a day that he dint say hello , if he couldnt clean our room he would come in panic attack!!!! He did a great job Dinning- i have too recognized Ibrahim and Leon they were our dinning assistants there service was like treating a family, i could say the best experience i ever had and royal caribbean!!!! And the foooood was wonderful, lobster, lamb, shrimp, chicken....mmmm just all you can eat!!!! Public rooms- public bathroomss were more clean that the Rits Carton Hotel main bathroom Pool- i love the pool area, clean and loved the jacuzzi area there were enough for everyone, not crowded Entertainment-well i think that for this cruise the entertainment could do better.....the disco open at midnight , at the bars there were the same singers every night.....casino there were no lucky machines just eat your cash, pool was too cold to get in at night, basketball or sport at night you cant play because of the wind, game room (arcade) to expensive for any machine you have to pay 1.50 up....the shows :/ just liked 1 of 3 Drinks- for a cruise i think the prices of the drinks were good!!! A big frozen margarita for $7.50 mean while in on the border i pay $9.99 for same size...so pricing was good!!! They have drink package but alchol is not included Excursions- i did my excursions with royal caribbean we had a great time we snorkel, swim with turtles, we went to the beach, do shopping etc...but is reallllly expensive but more safe.....is like $40 -$70-$100 per person... It depends in the tip of excursion boarding- getting out of the cruise was a dissaster!!!!!!!!! Completly disorganized, i think that royal caribbean should orinted more there cruise members so they could oriented correctly us.....wow i think from 1 to 10 i give a 0 on this......i waited from 8am to 11a to get out of the ship....this was horrible so be preperad.....to get in the ship is more relaxing and very quick. My. English is not the best but hope this works :)   Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2014
This was our 7th time on the Adventure, a truly great ship with a great itinerary. We have sailed from San Juan many times so we knew to get to the port around 11am, just had a small wait and we were on the ship by noon. For a ship about ... Read More
This was our 7th time on the Adventure, a truly great ship with a great itinerary. We have sailed from San Juan many times so we knew to get to the port around 11am, just had a small wait and we were on the ship by noon. For a ship about to enter dry dock she is looking pretty good, didn't notice much more than some minor wear and tear. We stayed in a GS, the Suite was very nice, clean and has the usual suite perks that go along with it, cabin steward was quiet and we hardly saw him, but he did a very nice job. The ports were great, we walked from the port to town in St Thomas along the water which was great, spent the day sightseeing and a little shopping. St Kitts was a beach day and we headed to Fryars Bay, very nice setting although small, had a great bar and restaurant. It was nice to be in Aruba late, we had a chance to got to Palm beach for the day and also do some sightseeing in town. Curacao was Mambo Beach, which we hardly recognized since we were there 2 years ago, it has grown significantly with shops restaurant's and bars, we had great weather all week. The sea days were great, we love to spend all day by the pool, we had a great location both days right by the Sky Bar, but just try to get a drink, sometimes it took almost 10 minutes to get served, that seemed to be the rhythm of service on this ship, hit or miss, especially at the bars, this may have been an off week but it was a little discouraging when you got a little thirsty. This was our 25th cruise and can honestly say something was missing this time, was not the same. We did as we always do have an excellent time and we will be back on Royal soon. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
First…the mishap on the ship, when docked in St. Kitts; the ship lost the seal on the main propeller causing an oil spill into the waters. They put out a skimmer to contain the spill and started a temporary repair. This didn’t hold and ... Read More
First…the mishap on the ship, when docked in St. Kitts; the ship lost the seal on the main propeller causing an oil spill into the waters. They put out a skimmer to contain the spill and started a temporary repair. This didn’t hold and the itinerary had to be cut short. No cruise down to Curacao nor Aruba. Instead we were scheduled to stop at Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Croix, which we did and had to stay overnight in St. Maarten. I guess this was because they were still working on the problem. We were then to cruise to St. Croix but even this was eliminated as we had to turn around and limp back (at 5 knots) to Puerto Rico. Missed our 12:00 flight to Tampa. RCI did compensate by offering a $600 credit to all accounts. Could this have been prevented if RCI had done some sort of ship inspection and preventive maintenance on the AOS? Possibly; only a mechanical engineer would know that. OK, that’s it for the mishap, on to the cruise… This was our forth cruise with RCI, and our second on the AOS. We sailed out of Puerto Rico. We always select a suite on our cruises, which gives us certain perks, one of which is priority boarding. On March 16th, when we arrived at the Puerto Rico pier terminal, there was no priority boarding offered. On previous cruises at this pier, there was a separate entry for crew staff to collect our luggage, and then a separate line to get processed. This time we were directed to hang out with thousands of other cruisers waiting to board. Was told by Guest Services, that Crown & Anchor members now also have priority boarding. So, there really isn't any more Priority Boarding for those who choose a suite. Cabin: Owner's Suite...problem 1-- hot water, you have to wait one to two minutes for hot water. Standing in the shower adjusting the controls produced no hot water. Called maintenance and they said nothing wrong, have to wait for the hot water to come up to the cabin. Problem 2 -- bathroom flushing; first they had a system wide problem which they fixed in a couple of hours, then the next morning, we could not flush. Not RCI's fault, someone tossed a "do not flush" product into the system, and clogged the pipes. Maintenance came and corrected the problem. Cabin, lots of space, plenty of closet space. One minor design flaw, the safe is tucked away in the corner of one of the closets, hard to access, door opens towards you, instead of away from you. You cannot see inside the safe, unless you have a small flashlight, it's the only way you can see what's, where. Shower... You got to be kidding RCI! One of the smallest units we've seen in an Owner's Suite. Breakfast in Vivaldi's La Notte, (specialty restaurants), was, for the most part, outstanding. Next morning, breakfast in Vivaldi's La Notte, lost some of it's quality, a gentleman ordered salmon, never came, I ordered eggs, no one asked if I wanted ketchup, plus cold toast. Next morning, breakfast in Vivadi's La Notte back on top. Guess it depends on which staff is working at the restaurant. Ice show...great show, high quality, very creative and entertaining. But seating was insulting. As a suite guests, we were offered priority VIP seating. These seats were located behind a television camera on a tripod! Not the best of seats in the studio. Pool...there are two pools on the main deck, on Friday they had to close one for “maintenance". Food…for the most part, the quality of food offered was very good, both in the Windjammer and the main dining room. What was lacking, was the selections offered in the main dining room. The selections were not what they used to be. Heads up...new rules...no travel irons. RCI confiscated my wife's travel iron. What to do about wrinkled clothes? Trust RCI's staff to press you fine garments? No way, read on. Laundry...never, never allow RCI to do your laundry; they ruin several pieces, clothing came back discolored, stained and with a chemical odor. Had to put everything in zip-lock bags to prevent the spread of the odor. Spoke to Guess Services and they refunded the laundry cost but all the garments were ruined. Staff…very polite, and worked hard to serve the people. The young lady who maintained our cabin did an excellent job. Concierge…never met her, she never bothered to introduce herself, very impersonal. When I called her, she had a voice message…”Concierge Service”, really? RCI's final show, the finale, you gotta be kidding! This was the lamest finale that we have seen in all the years on several cruise ships. When the curtain came down, many people said, "That’s it?" Disembarkation, RCI got it right, concierge got us from the waiting area, (Portofino’s), and escorted us of the ship. Bottom line… we did enjoy our cruise but, are not happy with the cuts that RCI has implemented and will look towards other cruise lines.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...sums up our March 23-30 cruise experience quite well. Let me preface this by saying as first time cruisers and after talking with many who have sailed on Royal Caribbean numerous times ... Read More
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...sums up our March 23-30 cruise experience quite well. Let me preface this by saying as first time cruisers and after talking with many who have sailed on Royal Caribbean numerous times without a hitch, What happened to us is the exception and not the rule. We flew into San Juan a day early to avoid connection problems (highly recommended) and stayed in a hotel in the Condado section just a few blocks from a gorgeous beach. We had a late lunch at a restaurant called 'Tijuana' and had some of the best Mexican food I've ever tasted, so far so good. Problems began however when we arrived at the terminal at 11:30 Sunday morning to find several hundred people waiting in line and the terminal doors closed. After leaving our luggage in a central holding location outside the terminal to be watched by porters, we located a RCCI employee and were told the ship got into port late and the passengers on board had not yet disembarked. They said we wouldn't be able to board the ship before 4 pm and advised us to get a taxi and find something to do in San Juan until then. Envisioning massive delays at 4 pm when 3000+ people would converge at once we decided to stay and hold our place in line. After about an hour when it became obvious few were leaving they told us they would reimburse us for travel expenses if we brought back receipts. As the line grew and few people took their offer we were given a number to hold our place in line and herded into buses and driven to an air conditioned hotel where we received complimentary drinks and appetizers until the ship was ready. Later that afternoon we were bused back to the terminal to find our worst nightmare; thousands of angry people lined up outside the terminal in the hot sun. At first we were directed to the back of the mile-long line but when we showed them our number '1' tickets we were taken to the front of the line to the dismay of everyone else who hadn't been taken to the hotel or told what was going on and who had been standing there already for hours. Water was scarce and older adults in line were beginning to drop like flies from the heat and ambulances were called. Fights broke out in the angry mob and the situation could best be described as chaotic. There simply weren't enough RCCI staff there to communicate with and handle this many people under the circumstances. Once inside the terminal things moved along quickly as staff did their best to expedite our movement through check-in and customs but I felt terrible looking out my stateroom balcony periodically and seeing people standing outside the terminal late into the night waiting to board. Our luggage didn't arrive until 11 pm but we made the best of it by exploring the ship and dining in the clothes we had on. Over the course of the next three days we were told numerous times that we would sail only to be told that no, due to technical challenges repairing the fixapod (main pushing-style propeller) we still could not leave. Apparently the fixapod bearings were shot and began leaking oil mid-way through the previous cruise causing them to limp into port late at 1.5 knots which is what precipitated the aforementioned pandemonium at the terminal. The propeller needed major repairs and time to complete those repairs but instead of cancelling the cruise and refunding our money they decided to get a crane and call in divers from Miami to remove all four propeller blades and try to sail with the two wing steering propellers only. Unfortunately the propeller bolts could only be removed using a specialized tool that had to be flown in from Houston causing part of the delay and the sheer number of bolts (32) and time-consuming process of removing them resulted in our being stuck in port in San Juan till 11:00 AM Wednesday. For three days our view was overlooking a small noisy airport and industrial park. Our deck smelled of raw sewage and our sleep was interrupted by the sound of forklifts and tanker trucks off-loading human waste 24/7. As the days went by and ports of call to Barbados and St. Maarten were cancelled, more and more people demanded refunds and left with luggage in tow. RCCI started offering individual voucher credits; first $250, the $500 and finally on March 26, they offered a full refund of the cruise fare paid as well as 50% off the cruise fare paid to be used for a future cruise on any RCCI ship within the next year. With RCCI doing the right thing with a generous refund and with the ship finally setting sail on the 26th, the atmosphere on board quickly changed and spirits brightened. The long lines at guest services shortened and the cabin and wait staff in the restaurants seemed relieved to have satisfied customers to serve and some hope of salvaging a portion of what they might normally receive in tips. Hats off to Mercedes (the Cruise Director) and the activities staff who remained positive and energetic throughout. The ice show and the farewell show were great and the trivia contests in the Schooner Bar were a highlight and a great way to meet other guests. The food in the Vivaldi dining room was varied and excellent and the service we received from Veeraj (Mayotte), Jordan (Macedonia) and Sean (Jamaica) was perhaps the best part of our on board experience. We traded e-mail addresses and would like to think we made three new friends. The Windjammer Café offered a nice selection for a quick breakfast or lunch although the food seemed a little bland after eating there so frequently. The staff at the hand-washing stations amused us with their creative encouragement ("washy-washy!) and we appreciate their effort to prevent a norovirus outbreak. While some of the pools were closed on occasion (unavoidable due to e-coli), deck chairs and towels were plentiful if you got there early or came at non-peak times. Our cabin steward Jeremy was courteous and friendly, yet non-intrusive. The cabin was tidy and spacious enough but the cockroach we found in the bathroom was an unpleasant glimpse of the reality of cruise ship entomology and what happens when there are large quantities of food and waste in a warm, moist environment. Yuck! The ship itself had plenty of open areas and activities to meet the needs of the extraverts and a multitude of little niche areas (library, etc.) for introverts like me to get way from the crowds and curl up with a good book. As for the ports of call, tropical St. Lucia was absolutely beautiful. We booked our own tour with Spencer Ambrose who served us an authentic creole-style lunch in a little restaurant of a friend and showed us all the sights culminating in a speedboat ride to a semi-private beach right between the Pitons. Awesome! One Caveat, the bus ride through the hairpin mountain curves isn't for the faint of heart and make sure you tell them when the boat leaves because traffic can be pretty slow moving on the way back the ship. Antigua, while populated with gorgeous white sand beaches, seemed fairly poverty-stricken. St. Croix had a beach to the left of the pier and a preponderance of souvenir shops to the right for those who didn't want to book an excursion. There wasn't much to pick from in terms of restaurants however. Disembarkation went as smooth as could be expected; they have a pretty good system of staggering people based on excursions and flight times to avoid the kinds of disasters we had during embarkation. The line was fairly long but moved quickly and there was also the option of tipping a porter to take you through the express line if time was a factor. One tip for those planning an excursion in San Juan prior to your flight leaving...Don't! Get to the airport to check in plenty early or you risk being the last people trying to get seat assignments on a flight that is overbooked! This is not a good way to end a vacation so learn from my mistake. All things considered, it was a good cruise experience. Staff and guests alike made the best of a bad situation and while certain aspects could have certainly been handled better I would do it again but perhaps on one of the newer ships. The Adventure of the Seas is a grand old lady long overdue for the face-lift and a tune-up she's now getting in dry dock. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
* Stateroom: We had two indoor staterooms. One for my wife & I and another for the 3 boys. I would not do an inside stateroom again. I don't like waking up with no natural light. Our stateroom was at the very front of the boat and ... Read More
* Stateroom: We had two indoor staterooms. One for my wife & I and another for the 3 boys. I would not do an inside stateroom again. I don't like waking up with no natural light. Our stateroom was at the very front of the boat and while the boat rocked the entire cruise we didnt feel it anymore because of our location. We knew it was going to be small so no surprise there. * Cleanliness of ship: The ship was clean and in good shape. I saw no "eww" things on the ship and we went everywhere. * Crew: Our stateroom attendant Dion was good. Everyone was nice. Some of the crew were unhappy with their jobs/hours/contract etc but they were all friendly to us. Everything we asked for we received promptly and with a smile. We had three spa treatments and it wasnt any more expensive than back home. Nice treat. I'd recommend * Food/Drink: The three free food places are all we ate. Vivaldi, WindJammer and Promenade. That pizza is like crack -- Good stuff ;). The best part of the main dining room were the soups. It was all good not great. I'm not a foodie so maybe I'm not the best to write this but the seafood was ok and I always expect fresh seafood when I travel down to Carribbean. We did not have a drink package and with the amount of sodas, mixed drinks or beer we had it would not have made sense. * Excursions: We did St Maarten with Capt Bob Cass who we found on Trip Advisor. Highly recommend -- My best meal was the lunch with him. He was great with the boys. One of the boys were not fired up about snorkeling but the scond stop Capt Bob got him in the water and he enjoyed himself. Labadee was kind of a rip-off. EVERYTHING costs. Book the zip line early in the day - we had two at 3PM and by then it was too windy and they closed it. The coaster is fun. Bring $10 to give to attendant to get a second ride. We feared that with two ships there would not be enough shade but that's not the case -- plenty of trees and places to escape the sun. Bring $$, seapass card is not enough. * Ship activities: We did the flash mob and it was our favorite thing. Our boys did the Adventure Ocean club and 1/3 liked it alot and kept going back. Our boys were old enough that I gave them the ability to sign themselves in/out and I think it made it more their choice. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
We did a back to back cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed my honeymoon cruise aboard this ship. Royal Caribbean has always been my cruise company of choice. It was great to see my crown and anchor points starting to add up! The crown and ... Read More
We did a back to back cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed my honeymoon cruise aboard this ship. Royal Caribbean has always been my cruise company of choice. It was great to see my crown and anchor points starting to add up! The crown and anchor scheme offers excellent bonus treats, discounts and members only events. I highly recommend it to everyone. We received wonderful service on this ship, which makes a big difference to your cruise. They had planned a honeymoon brunch for us, which was a lovely surprise. Unfortunately I felt sea sick so couldn't attend. The few other newlyweds who attended said it was good fun. Thankfully sea sickness tabs are available free of charge and they generally work well with me. Our destinations were amazing, as were the planned excursions. Hati by far being my favourite port. They serve a lovely brunch out on the island/port. Even if you haven't booked any excursions in Haiti you can get off and enjoy the sand, sea, music and sun. The zip line going across the beach looks like good fun. Dining was excellent. Just like I previously remember it. The fine dining restaurants are very romantic. We got some great photos taken by the professional photographers on board too. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Firstly let me give a big thanks to our waiting staff Romel and Nicole as I know they are going to read this, also thanks to James our steward all of whom did an excellent job. The embarkation was very quick but we had priority boarding ... Read More
Firstly let me give a big thanks to our waiting staff Romel and Nicole as I know they are going to read this, also thanks to James our steward all of whom did an excellent job. The embarkation was very quick but we had priority boarding so not sure how it was for others. once on board I noticed that the Union Flag was upside down (ship in distress) so I told one of the officers who did not know there was a right and wrong way, he did phone the bridge and it was taken down. I know it may sound pedantic but it is a serious maritime mistake and also an insult to the country they are in. I am sure there would be complaints if the American flag was upside down in Miami. I will start with the condition of the ship, it has been in for a refit, but I think they must have done another ship as it looks very shabby in places. everywhere seems over crowded and finding a space to sit in the evenings is a joke, people are running out of the theatre before the show ended just to bag a place, so all the row had to stand up while they passed. Food in the main was OK but had a bad meal one night when I was served a stone cold curry, this was sent back but returned in the same condition so gave up and picked another dish but by that time everyone on the table had eaten their meal and had to wait for me to eat before the next course could be served. I would not advise the baked alaska it was just a bowl of ice cream with wet egg white singed with a blow torch. But no complaints about the waiting staff service and how they entertained us. The cabin was a Junior suite and it was large and comfortable with lots of storage space. I just wish they would give more perks with a JS because in the main all you get is a bigger balcony cabin. We found no problems getting a sunbed on the few sunny days we had but we are not ones for being next to the pool. We never ventured into the Jacuzzi because it was always full of children and in these days were parents are worried about child safety (don't need to spell this out) it feel very uncomfortable as an adult to be in such close proximity as children in opaque water. Evenings were a problem with the minority of children running unsupervised, though this is down to bad parenting skills RCI could supervise this to ensure adults get the same adult time in the evening as kids get kid time during the day. Though in the main most of the children were well behaved it seemed to be the same few causing mayhem. It was dangerous to dance on the dance floor with small children running between your legs, even on some occasions running on the stage while the bands were on. We had one small child who was jumping up and down all the steps in the theatre when the guest act (magician) was performing, bump bump bump.Do these people not realise that we don't find their children entertaining just because they are their precious little darlings who can't do wrong. We are seasoned cruisers and have sailed with RCI many times but it looks like standards have dropped to all inclusive holiday camp standards, the main comment I heard was it's like Pontins on sea (for non UK Pontins is a low class holiday camp) Disembarkation was fairly smooth though junior suites are not classed as a suite for priority, finding the luggage in Southampton terminal was a joke because they were not in the same numbered area as the tag number. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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