2,298 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Everything was excellent, except the casino allows smoking throughout. Many of us could not stay there as long as we would wish. The smokers also seemed rude and purposely blew smoke towards others. I don't know if it was on purpose, ... Read More
Everything was excellent, except the casino allows smoking throughout. Many of us could not stay there as long as we would wish. The smokers also seemed rude and purposely blew smoke towards others. I don't know if it was on purpose, or if they were just oblivious to the non-smokers. Coming from Florida where it is illegal to smoke in a public place, I was aghast that smokers had more rights than we non-smokers. Everything else was superior. Departure was easy and smooth; disembarkation was fast and smooth. I liked the Adventure of the Seas. This was my first time on her, and all was good. We had a small cabin, but it was clean, neat, close to the elevators , and Tu was a great cabin steward. Dining was fine. We ate in the Cafe' Promenade, Windjammer, and Sapphire restaurants. Food was very good, but I would have liked a larger selection of entree's. Our waiter and ass't waiter were among the best I have ever had. There were many activities and entertainment shows: nothing as grand as on the Oasis and Allure (no Broadway productions) , but we had good shows. The comedians were only average, but the singers and dancers were very good. Back stage tour was very interesting. The Company Men ( a male quartet) was excellent! I have their CD. They were quite the experience. Service was excellent throughout the ship. I love Grand Cayman, but did not book any excursions this trip. Costa Maya: I just explored and went shopping; then I watched the dolphins being fed and jumping. In Cozumel I took the tour to Chichen Itza. It was a lifetime goal and did not disappoint. Some on the tour did not realize that it takes most of the day to travel back and forth. We only had a little over an hour there, but I knew what to expect. I was not disappointed! I travelled with a friend. I would definitely go again. I love cruising. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise because of the great price and the great ports of call.We had a great time.It was our grand-sons first cruise and now tells people he will be pinnacle one day.lol.Many great choices in MDR including ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the great price and the great ports of call.We had a great time.It was our grand-sons first cruise and now tells people he will be pinnacle one day.lol.Many great choices in MDR including chicken,pork,beef,vegetarian,fish,shrimp,Italian dishes,shrimp,and lobster.Most of our faves on appetizers and desserts.Also had great choices for the kiddos.Adventure Ocean was a great option for grand-son.He had fun.The ship has many things to do onboard.Our wait staff were some of the BEST!!Joyal and Jean at table 132.Table was great.A bartender recognized on my sea pass it was by birthday and wished me a happy birthday.Embarkation happened in like 5 minutes fast and easy!!Really the only negative was our bed.It was one of of the worst compared to the other shipsAll 4 ports were awesome.We would definitely go again if the price is right.Phenomenal value.Grand-son loved the ice-show.Hubby liked the dancing and I had a few date nights with hubby and grand-son.Over-all great memories made.Because there were great photographers onboard ;we got some great photos as well to remember it by. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
One of the bigger ships but it never felt too big. Great staff and food! We were in a 1-bedroom grand suite which was amazing. Large room with plenty of space. Huge balcony. Well worth the money. Also gives you access to private deck ... Read More
One of the bigger ships but it never felt too big. Great staff and food! We were in a 1-bedroom grand suite which was amazing. Large room with plenty of space. Huge balcony. Well worth the money. Also gives you access to private deck chairs and a suite lounge with drinks and snacks. Overall a fantastic week - zero we could complain about. Embarkation was quick and easy...and the rooms were ready at the exact time they were promised. Always a nice touch. We ate in the main dining room every night - kids aren't foodies. The menu was diverse and the food was quite good. Never felt we were looking at the same choices each night. The buffet gets crowded but for a quick bite it was fine. Food choices were endless and well done. Excursions were a blast. We did a resort day in Jamaica that was incredibly relaxing. Jewel Runaway Bay - Highly recommend it although I wouldn't buy from the ship because the pricing was bonkers. We also did the stingray and reef experience in Grand Cayman - Don't miss it. The stingrays are everywhere and they're not shy. In Cozumel we went on the starfish sanctuary snorkel. This one required some swimming. It was a great excursion but you will put some work into it. Last but not least in Costa Maya we went to the water park. Kids loved it. Great park and perfect way to end the trip - we had done ruins and hikes on our last cruise so relaxation was the word of the day everyday on this trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We recently returned from a cruise to the Western Caribbean with Royal Caribbean on Adventures of the Seas. We traveled with my daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren ages 15, 12,10 and 8. The whole experience was fantastic. We first ... Read More
We recently returned from a cruise to the Western Caribbean with Royal Caribbean on Adventures of the Seas. We traveled with my daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren ages 15, 12,10 and 8. The whole experience was fantastic. We first spent two days in Fort Lauderdale at the beach and took an airboat ride through the Everglades. We stayed at the Ocean Mile Motel which was an older place but very nice and within walking distance to the beach. The owner of the Motel was an awesome young man that made sure our ever need was met. We had rented a car at the airport and turned it in near Port Everglades which provided a shuttle to the cruise port. Once there we were able to board and I was surprised at how smoothly boarding the ship went. Shortly after being on the ship we were able to go to our stateroom which was very nice sized as we had two of our grandchildren in our room. The food on the ship was superb. Our waiter in the main dining was Roberto and he did above and beyond to serve us and meet our needs. Our first port was Falmouth, Jamaica where we did the Dunn's River excursion. I highly recommend this as it was beautiful and so much fun. The next day was Grand Cayman where we did a Dolphin swim and a trip to Stingray City both were so memorable for all of us and l will never forget the look on my grandkids faces as they petted stingrays. Costa Maya was next and we took a van to a beach area and had drinks at the Krazy Lobster 2.00 beer and 5.00 margarita's nice beach area with lounge chairs, and shopping near by last port was Cozumel and we used the Cozumel Activities just outside the port area who took us to a resort beach area where we could snorkel and swim for 25.00 a person which included the snorkel gear. Our driver was awesome and made sure we got back to the ship in plenty of time. The entertainment on our ship was fantastic; two different comedians, a Spainish gaucho who had a very funny, entertaining act, an ice show in the ice rink, great music and dancing by the cruise ship entertainers. My grandkids never lacked for things to do and they didn't even spend anytime in the kids programs which were plentiful. All in all would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife, son and I cruise every year typically on Spring break. We prefer something closer to a weeklong cruise, not a 3 or 4 night Bahamas cruise. This was 6 nights on Adventure with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We ... Read More
My wife, son and I cruise every year typically on Spring break. We prefer something closer to a weeklong cruise, not a 3 or 4 night Bahamas cruise. This was 6 nights on Adventure with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We love the Voyager & Freedom class of ships so it was a no brainer when we decided to book it. Initially I had us in a panoramic oceanview room on deck 12. I like the thought of floor to ceiling windows plus that would have given my son a sofa-bed instead of a Pullman bed to sleep in. After booking it I continued to look at other rooms, especially balconies. After some searching I found a video of cabin 7388 on Explorer of the Seas, sister ship to Adventure. When the guy in the video got to the balcony I knew I had to try to get that room. I called Royal and fortunately it was available. Apart from the room we loved the cruise, as we always do. We enjoyed the dining, destinations, water slides, mini golf, etc. A few notes about the ship, they added hand washing stations at the entrance to the Windjammer. It’s nice to have that option along with the ‘washy washy’ person. If you don’t know what ‘washy washy’ is, you will once you’ve sailed with Royal. Boarding the ship is also easier now that your sea pass cards are waiting for you at your room. Lastly, Royal did a good job with the recent upgrades. You never feel like you’re walking from an older section of the ship to a part that was recently refurbished, everything flows together. Some may ask, would you do it again? The answer is yes! We’re booked on the same ship and same room for next year. The only downside was being told we had to take down the hammock we brought with us. I saw a couple pictures online of a hammock on this balcony. Our cabin attendant told us we couldn’t have one on a moving vessel. Hmmm, I thought one of the earliest uses of hammocks was on moving vessels. Oh well :) Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We've been on 6 previous cruises and this was our first with Royal. First of all every cruise member was friendly and welcoming. Our dinner waiters Jorge and Garamar were the best we've ever had!!! I can't say enough good ... Read More
We've been on 6 previous cruises and this was our first with Royal. First of all every cruise member was friendly and welcoming. Our dinner waiters Jorge and Garamar were the best we've ever had!!! I can't say enough good things about them! There were 6 of us in our group and we all agreed we've never been treated so well. The food was great! There was only one night when I just didn't care for the fish but it was replaced right away! Breakfast was very good and it is much easier in the dining room than the Wind Jammer. Too crowded in the morning there esp on port days. Lunch was also good in the dining room. The Windjammer food is good too, just too many folks all wanting the same thing. Loved the Washy Washy Ladies! They would stand there every day and see that folks used sanitizer or washing their hands. We had a balcony cabin #7632 and it was very comfortable and quiet. It was not very far to the elevators and library. We enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. Was surprised there wasn't more shopping options onboard as other ships we've been on (Princess and Carnival). We enjoyed the ports of St. Martin, St. Kitts, Labadee, and San Juan. Weather was perfect. Our only complaint was the long, long wait to get off the ship. We were told there were only 3 Customs agents working (also people would not wait until their numbers were called) and that also slowed things up. Wasn't in a hurry to get off the ship but sitting on deck rather than the chilly ice skating rink for a couple of hours would have been better. Overall loved this cruise and wish I was on another right now! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We vacationed on Adventure of the Seas as part of a Make A Wish experience and what an experience we had. The crew and the ship were nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I had been fortunate enough to go on 4 previous cruises and ... Read More
We vacationed on Adventure of the Seas as part of a Make A Wish experience and what an experience we had. The crew and the ship were nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I had been fortunate enough to go on 4 previous cruises and never had brought our 3 children. We are so happy that we were able to and that our kids were able to experience the Caribbean. Our handicapped son was also able to get around quite easily in his wheelchair and that was a relief. My wife had a handicapped accessible room (1814) and it met any requirement that was needed. Our 2 other children aged 10 and 12 had an absolute blast. They wore out the mini golf course on sea days and got to experience the huge waterslide and Flowrider as well. We were a bit worried they would be bored and they were far from that. There were always activities for them to do and they were very comfortable moving around the ship and going where they wanted to go. DINING - My wife typically took our two youngest to the Sapphire Restaurant for sit down dining and they raved about the experience. The food was quite good and the portions were perfect sized. I usually went to the Windjammer buffet area with our oldest, handicapped son (15) and it was very easy to navigate with him in his wheelchair. The food was great. I have absolutely zero complaints about it. Selection was great. If you are a Curry fan then you will be happy. Dessert selection looked great. Breakfast was awesome as well and make sure to get a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver from Howie as you enter the restaurant. He gets there around 7:30 am ENTERTAINMENT - We enjoyed a show at the ice rink and it was quite good as well. The skating was good and my oldest enjoys a lot of visual lights and there was plenty of that. The magician and other theater shows were well done as well and the children enjoyed them a lot and talked about them repeatedly. Highly recommend the ice show. SERVICE - Traveling with a handicapped son, SERVICE is very important to us. The Adventure of the Seas had tremendous service and the entire staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating with him. Again, there is nothing to complain about with the service. The Sky Bar staff is awesome as are the staff in all of the dining areas. PORTS.... GRAND CAYMAN - This was our first port and we were very excited to visit it. My wife and I had not been to Western Caribbean on previous cruises so this was on our bucket list. We did the Stingray Excursion and it was worth it. The only drawback was that the water was a little choppy and the crew of the excursion indicated it was not normal to have seas that choppy. That is being a little nit picky to complain about that. The excursion itself is pretty awesome. My family enjoyed it and it is quite an experience to be holding stingrays. The waves did make it difficult to get on the excursion boat though. By the end of it there were close to 50-100 swimming around and it was worth it. The port itself/town of Georgetown is really clean and nice. If shopping is your thing this is the place to go. It is a very busy place and people need to remember that. We ate a place called PARADISE and it was awesome. It sat on the water and the staff were awesome with our kids. Order the Conch salad or chowder. Super delicious. Another tidbit is you can snorkel right off the pier/main road of town. It is free and there were large fish swimming right there. Unfortunately we were too tired after lunch and did not, but there were 15-20 people and it is a big area. I wish we would have done that. COSTA MAYA- This port is designed for cruisers. It has a lot of shops. We ate lunch at a Taco Stand and it was good. Everything there is a little overpriced though. Keep that in mind. Apparently if you get out of the port there are some good excursions, but none of them were real great for a handicapped child. If it was just us as a couple, we definitely would have done an excursion. We spent a couple hours at the lazy river pool and ordered a couple "La Yardas" while the kids were in the lazy river and relaxed. Weather was great. We had no problem finding chairs or place to sit. The dolphin pool was fun to watch and sneak a couple of pictures if you can. Also, watch the "Birdmen" show. Definitely worth the time to do it. COZUMEL - This was our favorite port by far. We were there on a day that there were only 3 cruise ships total and the locals were saying it was common to get 6-9 ships on a given day. The terminal area is fun with shops, restaurants, etc.... One could literally spend the entire day just at that area, but I would not recommend that. We went to the main shopping area to grab souvenirs and ate at PANCHO's. Souvenirs at the main shopping area were a third of the price as in Costa Maya and seemed way, way more authentic. At PANCHO's we had a waiter named Mario that was extremely friendly. We sampled just about everything on the menu it seemed like and it was great. They had a couple playing music and they let my daughter join them. Definitely get Guacamole and a Margarita here. Top notch stuff. Our waiter told us to go to Playa Azul to snorkel. It is a quick cab ride up the road. He mentioned that they would just want us to order a drink or an appetizer and all would be good. It is a very small beach and it is attached to a couple condo buildings and it was perfect. We had no problem finding beach chairs and there is plenty of shade and covered area. There is also a long dock/pier with a ladder to get in the water. You are also able to use the pool area if need be. Very quiet place and cannot thank Mario enough for recommending. It was perfect for our family and our handicapped son sat in the shallow water and loved every second of it. HIGHLY recommend going to PLAYA AZUL. A taxi driver indicated to us that some of the main beaches/parks charge $20 per person to get be able to utilize the beach. We were not going to spend $100 and were so lucky we found PLAYA AZUL. This was our favorite day of the trip and the kids loved it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We took this cruise with a large church group. We have been on 7 cruises, all with Royal Caribbean, but this was our first trip on this ship. We really enjoyed this ship since it is similar to Independence of the seas that we were on last ... Read More
We took this cruise with a large church group. We have been on 7 cruises, all with Royal Caribbean, but this was our first trip on this ship. We really enjoyed this ship since it is similar to Independence of the seas that we were on last year. We were amazed with how large our room and balcony (jr suite 1100) were. We were concerned with the location of the room since it is right next to the fitness center treadmills, but we had no problems with the sound. The only time we could hear the treadmills was if we were in the closet. We couldn't hear it in the room with the door closed. We were also concerned about the room location since it is high and close to the front, but we had smooth seas, so no problem with seasickness. The only ship entertainment we went to was the ice show and we thoroughly enjoyed that. We had great service at the dining room. The food was delicious at the dining room and the windjammer. This ship has Freestyle Coke machines, which I wish I had known before we went. I would have paid for the drink package just for those wonderful drinks. The only slight negative was the lack of cleanliness in the floors of the hallways, stairways and elevators. We never saw anyone vacuuming, and those areas really showed it. We really enjoyed the peek a boo bridge that is on deck 11 of this ship. We have not seen that on any other sailing we've been on. It was closed a couple of times we wanted to go on it, but only at super windy times. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it so much we want to book another trip! We felt very pampered on this trip. The staff on this ship was amazing! The activity organizers were so much fun and there was so ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it so much we want to book another trip! We felt very pampered on this trip. The staff on this ship was amazing! The activity organizers were so much fun and there was so much to do on the ship that we were never bored. We played a lot of trivia each day and went to all the game shows. There was always someone there if you needed something on the ship and all the staff was very friendly. You did not even need to get off your but if you wanted a drink. There was always waiters walking around taking orders and bringing drinks. The ship was kept very clean. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day when we were at breakfast and dinner. There was always staff making sure that people washed their hands before entering the buffet. You never saw garbage around because they were always cleaning up and you often saw them scrubbing hand rails, menus, etc. Our room had lots of storage for all of our stuff. We had a balcony room that was very secluded from other balconies. The bed was so comfortable! We slept so good every single night. Our room was right next to the elevators which was great and the rooms were so quiet that you could not hear others in the rooms around you. The food was great. There was a large variety. Every meal in the dining room and specialty restaurants were three course meals. We thought they were very filling. We never went hungry on the ship because there was always something to eat. One of our favorite things was the breakfast food in the windjammer. The ports we went to seemed really safe and getting on and off the ship was simple and quick. We did one shore excursion through the ship and it was great! We would highly recommend the drink package if you are planning to drink. Beers on the ship cost $7 and almost all other drinks cost $12. The deluxe drink package includes as much bottled water you want and as much soda as you want. They have the CocaCola soda machines on the ship that have a variety of different options to choose from. They give you a souvenir cup to use on the machines. Without the drink package the only thing you can get for free on the ship is glasses of water, juice, tea, and coffee from the buffet. Almost all the drinks are $12 or less so they are covered under the drink package. This is for the specialty restaurants too. The only things not covered are Starbucks and some of the more expensive wines. Since we were on our honeymoon the crew gave us a card and left chocolate covered strawberries in our room. We both got $50 gift cards to the Spa as well. We loved that there was an adult only pool area as we were on our honeymoon and did not want to be bothered by children. We would definitely go on this cruise ship again. We chose to take our luggage off the ship on the last day ourselves and we were glad we did because that meant we could get off the ship first. The only thing that was hard for us was finding our airport transfer that we set up before the trip. There was not very good signage for this. There were people standing around that we could ask. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise (only our second) based on 1) Price, 2) Sailing Date and 3) Ports of Call. Suffice to say that we were very pleased with our choice. Adventure of the Seas is a big ship, but not TOO big. Myself and my companion have ... Read More
We chose this cruise (only our second) based on 1) Price, 2) Sailing Date and 3) Ports of Call. Suffice to say that we were very pleased with our choice. Adventure of the Seas is a big ship, but not TOO big. Myself and my companion have different tastes in what we enjoy on a cruise. Me: sleeping in late, sauntering down to the pool at the crack of noon, having a frosty beverage or four, hot-tubbing, maybe (or maybe not) getting off at the ports, then finally waking up fully for the night-life, shows and the casino. Him: up at the crack of dawn, early breakfast, wandering the ship before it gets crowded, off at every port for shopping and sight-seeing, enjoying a huge dinner, then to bed after the early show + maybe a quick stop at the casino. This ship offered a great variety for both of us! I especially get a kick out of the poolside activities (line dancing, belly-flop competition, etc.) while he really enjoyed the ports....Labadee was his favorite. He is a savvy shopper and snagged some good pieces of art, clothing and a couple of watches in St. Martin and St. Kitts. Even in the dead of winter, these ports are a safe bet for good weather....in fact our only cloudy and somewhat unpleasant day was the last when we were closing in on Florida. Not sure if a Bahama or Bermuda trip would have satisfied our need for sun coming from cold upstate NY January deep freeze. Service was excellent all around and we were impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the overall cleanliness of the ship. Maybe they're faking it (as some suggest) but all of the crew we came in contact with seemed pleased to be working there and made it fun and enjoyable. It's not new, but it seemed well-preserved. There is plenty to do for every age group and plenty of places to enjoy some quiet if you wish. One quibble: we both wished that RC would have at least one sun deck with no piped-in music. It's a little too pervasive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I talked a very hesitant friend and her husband into trying a cruise and decided my wife and I should go along. Glad we did. I should first describe my idea of a great cruise...really relaxed. Stayed at the Fortuna hotel pre ... Read More
I talked a very hesitant friend and her husband into trying a cruise and decided my wife and I should go along. Glad we did. I should first describe my idea of a great cruise...really relaxed. Stayed at the Fortuna hotel pre cruise. Really neat little boutique hotel near the beach. Boarding was effortless. There was no line for Diamond and a short line for general boarding. On board in 10 minutes and a drink in hand. Love the drink package. Had a balcony cabin 7534 with plenty of room and quite comfortable for me. Explored the ship. Had not been on Adventure (although have also been on Navigator and Explorer). Love the ship and the peekaboo bridge. Pool bar was my favorite and Schooner was a close second. All on board meals in the Windjammer (don't like wearing long sleeve pants). No complaints about the food. There was a minor issue when the crew served dessert and plugged the entrance. Cabin service was attentive and no complaints. Requested a daily ice bucket and it was delivered. Labadee was Labadee. The buffet was fine and typical. Already paid drinks are great. Avoided the locals. San Juan is one of my favorite places. The forts weren't open for my friends and wife to see but we had a great hike along the old wall and 2 great meals in town. We were there from 1300-2100. Sint Maarten was up next. We went out to the airport by private cab. It was much more crowded than the last time we were there (likely would find other things to do next time) but it was fun for the first time friends. We stopped for a bit in town after the airport and had a good time strolling the boardwalk. Last port was St. Kitts. My wife and friends did a dolphin excursion while I wandered around the port and town. When they got back we hiked about 10 miles around town. Great fun. Finished with 2 great sea days. The production shows were ho hum. Game shows were fun. We're not late nights so didn't catch much after 2200 except Love and Marriage. Jogging track is a bit short. I went by time and no idea how many laps. The info says 8 laps to a mile (I showed closer to 9). All in all another great cruise on Royal and will definitely return. Stayed at Red Carpet Inn post cruise. Comfortable, ok accommodations. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) and 3 of my daughter's friends (first time cruisers). We all had cabins on the 7th floor on the forward starboard side. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth with no issues. The agents were able to deal with a couple of issues for the young first-time cruisers and got us through without incident. It took us longer to park the vehicles than it did to get on the ship. Our last cruise was on an Oasis Class ship. We enjoyed this ship much better. It still had the mall, but most of the ship still had access to the ocean which I enjoy. My wife felt as if this ship was her favorite class. It offered many activities, but still didn't feel crowded. Our cabin was all the way forward on the ship and was an Oceanview stateroom. We loved the view from our window, but if you are do not like motion I would not recommend as the last night we had rough seas and my darling wife almost didn't make it. We ate every night in the Main Dining room. We find the meals there to be good. We find no pleasure in pay that much more for the extra dining options. We ate lunch everyday in the Windjammer and breakfast was split between MDR and Windjammer. We found all the choice as good as on land. Dining is still one of the highlights of our cruise. There have been some changes. Instead of being served bread by the assistant waiter, the bread is there waiting on you at the table. This didn't make that big of a difference for me. I went to the casino and gave a fair donation. I was also able to see a young lady win $13,000 so at least someone really liked the casino. Drink service was spotty around the ship at times. I sat at on venue listening to the musician. I was thinking I would purchase a drink before dinner, but was never approached for the 45 minutes I was there. We went to the ice show and we saw the hypnotist and really enjoyed both. We also enjoyed trivia and some of the late night parties and karaoke. We had as much fun on this cruise as any other we had been on. I still find it to be a great value for vacationing and getting away. Royal Caribbean gives you so many options for whatever kind of fun you are looking for that I find it hard to believe that you couldn't enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This ship was very nice. Very friendly staff and with my son in a wheelchair was very accommodating! Our waiters, Sameer and Ikoman were superb! Would cruise again anytime on this ship! The cabin was spacious and my son was able to get ... Read More
This ship was very nice. Very friendly staff and with my son in a wheelchair was very accommodating! Our waiters, Sameer and Ikoman were superb! Would cruise again anytime on this ship! The cabin was spacious and my son was able to get around fine in his wheelchair. The cabin was right off from the elevator which made it easy for us to get where we wanted to go on the ship. There were no lifts into the pool or hot tubs which was a downfall but my son is a paraplegic and was able to transfer to the ledge of the hot tub and with some assistance get himself in. He never went in the pool but I believe he could have done the same as the hot tub. The ship was very in tune to germs - sinks to wash hands before dining in the main room and hand sanitizer everywhere. The excursions were great. Captain Marvins in Grand Cayman is excellent - lifted my son right into their boat in his wheelchair! We had an excellent cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade ... Read More
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. The food was really good and there were so many choices along with a variety of good drinks. Our cruise director and activities manager were exceptional and made our cruise the life of the water. This ship is a great choice for 1st timers and those who are cruise experienced. The dining room experience opened my eyes to different cultural outlooks and they were always polite. You have to go aboard to get your own experience versus going by someone else's opinion. I had a wonderful time during this cruise. I will definitely be planning another cruise with RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Royal Caribbean delivers with this ship / itinerary and crew! First: Myths from other reviews I have read: 1) Elevators - All were in service for this trip, yes there was some waiting at peak traffic times. Our Trip Embarkation ... Read More
Royal Caribbean delivers with this ship / itinerary and crew! First: Myths from other reviews I have read: 1) Elevators - All were in service for this trip, yes there was some waiting at peak traffic times. Our Trip Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was seamless. From curbside to Windjammer in roughly 20 minutes. We did as much online registration as we could before arrival (including photo's for the Seapass), and at Platimum travelers, we were on board in no time at all. Labadee Haiti - We hung out on the beach and a few of us did the jet ski excursion. This is good vbalue for your money as we were a solid hour on the water and it you are an experienced rider you get to the front of the pack. I've rented in FL and other Caribbean ports before, and this operation is good value for your money - also, if you have never jet skied before, this is an excellent opportunity to learn. San Juan - We did the "old / new' San Juan tour. This was a nice local ride around the city with the driver stopping at a number of points of interest for photo / bathroom breaks. On this day, he was trying to avoid stopping while it was raining, but overall this one had good value for your $$. St. Martin - We did the 'double decker' tour that included a stop at Maho Beach. This was a good trip - folks on the upper deck were roasted in the sun, however none of this tour was rushed and it was well paced. They did not go to the French side of the island because of hurricaine damade. St. Kitts - We did the 4 x 4 Rain Forest tour that was run by "Greg's Safari"... Greg is a 5th generation resident of St. Kitts, and of all our shore excursions this one was the best! Entertainment: 1) The cruise director, Mercedes, does an excellent job throughout the trip. 2) The Duk & Dog pub had Cat Wells singings & playing the guitar - we saw her about 2 years ago on Freedom and she puts on a great show for the "pub" environment. 3) Schooner Bar had a pianoman by the name of Giovanni. So Giovanni is from Italy and has a obvious accent when speaking, however he puts on an American accent while singing - it took a little getting use to, but he kept the crown engaged. 4) We ate ALL our meals in the Main Dining Room, all were excellent, the right temperature and once again is a sign you don't need to spend extra in a specialty restaurant to enjoy your meal. Head Waiter IDA and Assistant Joanna were a great combination. One night Ida brought his guitar to the MDR and at about the 7:15 mark we had a sing along - others in our group played Ida's guitar and sang - it was a great night. 5) Public areas = well kept. 6) Windjammer, what can I say? Provided you don't want to eat between 12:00 - 12:45, there were usually short wait times and plenty of tables available. 7) Disembarkation... This was a little odd, but not a show stopper. They had a forward and aft meeting areas. Then as you approached the gangway to get off there were 2 security checkpoints facing in each direction. After the checkpoint the opposing lines of passengers had to merge into 1 line to step onto the gangway. At this point it was obvious that some couples and families got seperated for a short time. You spend most of the week walking around the vessel, so why not merge everyone before clearing the security check point? Anyhow, in closing, this vacation, again, exceeded my expectations... Don't sweat the small stuff - enjoy your trip! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Eight day trip into the Caribbean, nice ports, good ship and overall nice experience. The ship was in good condition and nicely decorated for Christmas. The entertainment was good and diversified. The fitness center was not too crowded ... Read More
Eight day trip into the Caribbean, nice ports, good ship and overall nice experience. The ship was in good condition and nicely decorated for Christmas. The entertainment was good and diversified. The fitness center was not too crowded which is nice and the equipment was plentiful and varied. We like the promenade design with shops and eateries and the Duck and Dog Pub. Surprisingly they have the suites located on deck 10, just below the activities deck which means you should pick your room carefully or the overhead activity can make the room noisy. Eating in the Windjammer Cafe can be hectic at prime time and specially when there a lot of children aboard. The noise level is very high and is not helped by the constant playing of dreadful noisy music. Eating in the dining room is delightful and the food is generally good and certainly plentiful. Overall very satisfactory trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
For a first time we found great interest on this ship due to all it offered which met our expectations and more. The cabin we had gave a panoramic view where we were able to see the water up front and personal, great view at night. ... Read More
For a first time we found great interest on this ship due to all it offered which met our expectations and more. The cabin we had gave a panoramic view where we were able to see the water up front and personal, great view at night. The ship was spectacular and able to walk to the helipad area was a great experience. I even walked there at night and was able to stargaze. (If it was to windy, wouldn't of gotten this opportunity, and did). Unforgettable staff and crew members who gave exceptional service beyond imaginable. Dinner was a whole new level of dining, made you feel like you are a king or queen. Throughout the ship all staff were courteous and respectful as well friendly. Activities available Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We decided to take this ship because it was recently refurbished. I think they did a great job & the ship was beautiful! A few things that were different: you do not have to sign for every drink with the drink package. This is good ... Read More
We decided to take this ship because it was recently refurbished. I think they did a great job & the ship was beautiful! A few things that were different: you do not have to sign for every drink with the drink package. This is good & bad. You dont have to sign, but you can't add additional tips either. They don't have luggage valet to take your luggage to the airport on this ship. We really like that option, especially with a later afternoon flight. We signed up for the shuttle transportation to FLL ($33.50 for 2). We waited in line for 30 minutes & there was no room on the bus for us. We decided to get a Lyft. The Lyft driver arrived before another bus & we were out of the port for $15 including a tip. Don't waste your time or money on the RC Shuttles! The food was good in all locations, Main Dining Room, Windjammer Cafe, Promenade Cafe & specialty restaurants. We bought the 3 meal dining package & ate in Chops Grille twice & Giovanni's another night. Both restaurants were good, but I didnt feel like they were worth the extra money. We didnt get to see every place on the ship, but what we did see was great. We rode the water slides & hung out in the Solarium. This was the first ship that had salt water in the Solarium. There were also lifeguards at all the pools. We've never seen lifeguards before. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. Let's start with the Schooner Bar staff. The Schooner Bar is my absolute favorite spot on any Royal Caribbean ship, and this trip proved to be no different. Alex, Oleks, ... Read More
This was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. Let's start with the Schooner Bar staff. The Schooner Bar is my absolute favorite spot on any Royal Caribbean ship, and this trip proved to be no different. Alex, Oleks, Jeirich, and Jomit were OUTSTANDING. Absolutely the highlight of our trip was spending every evening with them in the Schooner Bar. They were fast, helpful, friendly, and they knew our names by night one of the trip. I will absolutely never forget how incredible they made our trip. Custom drinks, jokes and riddles at the bar, and just an all-around amazing experience. I looked forward to spending my evening with them each night before and after dinner. What an incredible staff that venue has - I hope that our review can be shared with them, as there are no possible words to even BEGIN to thank them for everything they did for us that week. My boyfriend (now fiance) and I got engaged on the first night of the trip, and Alex surprised me at the end of the week with a rose he made from a napkin, and it was BEAUTIFUL. Seriously. We were beyond lucky to meet these individuals, and I hope everyone who cruises on that ship in the future has the opportunity to meet that bar team. We managed to find Oleks also working the Pool Bar and the Quest Game Show, and he made sure to also take extra care of us while in other venues. I cannot say enough kind things about these individuals because they're just that fantastic. They kept us loaded up with trail mix snacks, and created many shots for us that they made up or were practicing. Many of my best memories from this trip were with the Schooner Bar staff - Specifically Alex, Jeirich, Oleks and Jomit. Now let's talk about Giovanni, the Schooner Bar performer for the week. HE WAS AWFUL. Again, I spend the majority of my time in the Schooner Bar, and we had to listen to him every. single. night. HE DIDN'T KNOW THE WORDS TO ANYTHING. I wish I was kidding. He made up the words to almost every song if he didn't know it, and then sang those songs every single night with DIFFERENT WORDS. I was done with him from night one. There was one night where he pretended that the original performer of the song he was about to sing just got on the ship and had full conversations with himself pretending to talk to them and then sing in their voices... it was just awful. I would be extremely unhappy to have to sit through more performances of his on any other trip. No one in our party enjoyed it. We ate dinner in the main dining room every night, and had the pleasure of having Maurice and Ajay (Sapphire Dining, Deck 3, Table 128 every night). Our wait staff was a BLAST! We had a great time getting to know them both. Ajay has SUCH a personality and was a joy to talk to at dinner each night. He always kept us full and laughing. We didn't see Maurice as much, but had some great conversations with him when we did. Kareem from the Cruise Director's staff was also awesome! He did a great job with trivia, and befriended us a bit later in the trip. We had a blast participating in activities with Kareem, Isaac, Tami, Sarah and Kelly! They were all fantastic. We did the Rum Tour in Puerto Rico, and honestly hated everything about it. It was an absolutely waste of money. They took us across the street from the port to a restaurant, gave us a 20 minute run-down of Bacardi, made us a tiny drink (choice of rum & coke, Pina Colada or Mojito) in a small plastic cup, gave us a shot of VERY harsh rum, and then called it a day. The tour guide was nice, but the tour wasn't a tour and NOT worth $38. We also did the jet ski tour in Labadee, and I would MORE than recommend this tour to anyone interested. We had the most amazing time! I have never been on a jet ski before, and I could have zipped around those blue waters all day. It was an incredible experience! The ONLY issue I had this week was with Guest Relations onboard. I book every trip through my travel agent, and did so again with this trip. When we didn't receive the bottle when we arrives (but our friend who traveled with us did - she booked through my agent, as well), I went to Guest Relations and spoke with a representative, and she couldn't have been more rude through the entire conversation. When I asked if we were getting the champagne, her response was "Well "insert my travel agent group here" makes a lot of empty promises and I don't see anything in your account about it." I responded with "I'm asking because the friend we are traveling with got her bottle when she first got to her stateroom and she booked through my agent, as well, so that's a bit strange. This is my seventh cruise and I have received it every time, so I just wanted to check." She then checked my friend's account and said "Well I don't know how your friend got it because there isn't anything in her account either." She then looked at me and said "I'll give you a bottle from my department, but you need to understand that you're in no way entitled to it." That statement made me BEYOND angry. I in no way thought that I was entitled to it - I was just asking what had happened, and her response was uncalled for an beyond rude. I then said thank you and walked away, and the bottle arrived in our room that evening. For someone who works for Guest Relations, she could have been much nicer about the situation. By adding her line about being entitled, she made both myself and my fiance extremely angry and upset. It was just very mean and disrespectful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We loved this itinerary - 13 relaxing days along the eastern shores of Canada/New England to take in the fall foliage; however, Mother Nature had other plans! Needless to say, we were disappointed to learn that the ship would not be ... Read More
We loved this itinerary - 13 relaxing days along the eastern shores of Canada/New England to take in the fall foliage; however, Mother Nature had other plans! Needless to say, we were disappointed to learn that the ship would not be docking in Sydney, NS as planned and therefore, our Taste of the Cabot Trail excursion was cancelled. We had a few other disappointments - Royal rescheduled our booked and paid-for Bottomless champagne brunch and galley tour to a date that conflicted with another shore excursion so we had to cancel. Luckily we were reimbursed. I'd love to write about our experience at Chops Grill, but Royal again moved our reservation without informing us - so we missed it. Luckily I had printed our cruise planner itinerary because Royal staff insisted at first that the mistake was ours and therefore non-refundable. They apologized once they realized the mistake was indeed theirs! Despite these mishaps, we had a wonderful vacation! Our cabin was spacious and well laid out - never had an issue with space. The furnishings are showing some age, but that's to be expected. Our cabin steward, Mary, was terrific and so friendly! Our room was conveniently one floor below the Windjammer - and you'd never know it - we never heard any kitchen noise. I can't comment too much on the Windjammer - we hardly ate there. Our cruise was made up largely of older folks - no problem with that - but we learned they wake early which meant breakfast there was always busy and finding a table difficult. Do yourself a favour and head to the Dining Room on the 3rd floor - much more civilized! And speaking of the Dining Room, we chose to eat there every night and we were never disappointed. That's probably because our Wait-staff (Jose, Helga and Josue) were amazing - we looked forward to our dining experience. And we thoroughly enjoyed the meals - a lot of variety which meant we were never disappointed with our selections. Our belts are a little tighter then when we first arrived on board! Loved the Promenade - from the bar to the cafe and most especially Izumi! We signed up for a sushi-making class with Renni, Virgilio and chef Jefery and loved every minute of it - we had so much fun! That might have been, in part, due to the unlimited supply of sake! Shows and entertain were fun - we went skating, then watched the ice show (how the skaters put on an A+ performance on such limited ice space is beyond us)! Late night entertainment was great - especially Jimmy Hopper (a must-see show!). We loved our cruise, and there were so many people we didn't mention - including fellow travellers we met along the way, they all helped to make our cruise an enjoyable one! In fact, we loved cruising with Royal so much, we pre-booked a New Year's cruise for 2019-20! Can't wait to come back! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I'd chosen this cruise for our 41st wedding anniversary and planned it 10 months in advance. Everything was paid for, but I was still worried about hubby's mobility issues. Fortunately, RC gave me information on the vendor they ... Read More
I'd chosen this cruise for our 41st wedding anniversary and planned it 10 months in advance. Everything was paid for, but I was still worried about hubby's mobility issues. Fortunately, RC gave me information on the vendor they use to rent electric scooter or wheelchairs. Hubby, however, refused. RC put us in a spacious, handicapped-accessible inside cabin near the elevator. Everyone from the boarding person and room housekeeper were very helpful and efficient. Dinner that first night on-board was great, as were the four other people we dined with. The food, and I'm a very picky eater, was very good - especially the creme broullie for dessert. But the first morning of the actual cruise, hubby's hand swelled up like a claw. The ship's clinic took basic blood tests and xray, put him on an antiobiotic drip, gave him pain meds, and then released him. The RC nurse phoned us to make sure he was feeling better. The pain killers weren't working. When we docked in Bar Harbor, Maine, RC's ship clinic doctor made arrangements for us to disembark and get driven to the Mt. Desert Island Hospital -- quite a scary name, right? But it turned out to be a real life saver. After doing an ultrasound, though, the hospital's orthopedic doc told us we could not return to the ship because we still lacked a diagnosis. The client care staff on board RC packed our suitcases and had their wonderful liason, Captain Ron, get me settled in the hotel across the street from the hospital. He was truly such a Godsend. The hotel had no available rooms left, so they gave me a suite at the same price. After a couple of days in the hospital and a diagnosis that hubby had experienced an adverse reaction to the Eloquist blood-thinner he was taking, we were back on our feet. Did I mention I also wound up in ER for stress-related causes? THANK GOODNESS WE HAD TRAVEL INSURANCE THROUGH TRAVEL GUARD FOR BOTH THE CRUISE, FLIGHTS, AND LODGING! That's another story. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a unique opportunity for us to experience a cruise ship outside of the Caribbean. The itinerary sounded intriguing, so we booked it in late December 2017. Good thing, as we were told the cruise had sold out. We took the Amtrak ... Read More
This was a unique opportunity for us to experience a cruise ship outside of the Caribbean. The itinerary sounded intriguing, so we booked it in late December 2017. Good thing, as we were told the cruise had sold out. We took the Amtrak train from our home town (Washington, DC) to the Liberty International Airport station, then grabbed a free hotel shuttle from there. It was raining when we arrived, so we opted to have dinner in instead of exploring the city. Getting to the cruise port at Cape Liberty, NJ the next day was just a quick Uber ride from our airport hotel. Tip: be sure to have your luggage tagged with the cruise line tags before you leave for the port - once you get to the curb at the terminal, the valets are there ready to take your bags immediately. We found the entire check-in process to be orderly, well-organized and efficient. The terminal had a nice (large) waiting area set up with coffee and water while we waited for the gangway to open. We were on board the ship by 11am and immediately began enjoying this beautiful ship. The stateroom (ocean view balcony) was lovely - plenty of room for two, and we loved being on the 8th deck ("3 decks away from everything" was our motto). There were two elevators being renovated during our cruise, and the ship was full - so we ended up using the stairs quite a bit (which was good to help us burn off some of the delicious food!). We mostly ate in the Windjammer (buffet on Deck 11). This ship has a bar in the windjammer, and we had the beverage package so it was easy to grab a shot of Bailey's in our coffee whenever we wanted. This was great, except when we were in port in Canada - the authorities only allowed one bar per deck to be open - so we had to run over to the pool bar. The Royal Caribbean orchestra, singers and dancers were spectacular! So much quality entertainment - everywhere you go, there's a great live band playing - but not so loud that you can't enjoy a conversation with your travel mates or new friends. Only negative on this cruise was the port support at Quebec. We were told this was the first time this ship had docked in Quebec, and the port seemed to be completely unprepared for the ship. They had stacked metal storage containers up on the dock, and jury-rigged a gangway from Deck 4 over to a stack of 2 storage containers, then down to a single storage container, and finally to the dock. This was far too steep for most of the seniors and folks with mobility issues, and lacked an overall feeling of professionalism we encountered at every other port of call. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. ... Read More
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. The staff were all gracious and helpful. Our stops were Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, & Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Bar Horbor took a bus tour around Acadia National Forest. The guide was fantastic.... We got to stop a couple of times to check out the views.... a nice excursion for people that don’t want to go on a hike. We ate in the formal dining room every night. Our waiters were attentive and very nice. The meals were good. Portions have gotten a bit smaller but we never left hungry. I would stay away from the steak that is on the menu every night. The specialty steaks, Steak Diane, filets, & the prime rib were all fantastic. The Windjammer is always good for breakfast and lunch. The bistro on the promenade is handy to grab a slice of pizza or a sandwich. Our room steward, Noroni, did a great job keeping the room clean and the ice bucket filled. My husband and I had a balcony room and my Mother and daughter an interior room across the hall. Their room had a big window overlooking the Promenade. A warning though is that in the evening it was pretty loud with music and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This is our 10th+ cruise with RC (we have cruised NCL and Carnival several times as well). RC is our favorite cruise line due to service, food, overall experience and drink options. Embarking and disembarking are a breeze in NJ. That ... Read More
This is our 10th+ cruise with RC (we have cruised NCL and Carnival several times as well). RC is our favorite cruise line due to service, food, overall experience and drink options. Embarking and disembarking are a breeze in NJ. That particular port is within driving distance for us in PA, which makes it nice. We always opt to park at the port parking lot as it is so safe/convenient (the exception to this is NY because the price is crazy). This is our first time on this specific ship but we have sailed on Explorer of the Seas several times and enjoy the size/class of this ship. Here is a breakdown of our thoughts on Adventure of the Seas. Drinks: The drink package with RC is the absolute best! We are big drinkers on vacation and have checked out drink packages on NCL and Carnival. There is no daily limit (# of drinks you can have before you are cut off), almost all drinks are covered in the package (menu is not geared to get a few bucks out of you each drink) and the bartenders cater to you regardless! Starbucks coffee and Johnny Rockets shakes are included in the package - it is truly inclusive and that makes this girl happy! We loved all of the bartenders - prompt and friendly service. The Champagne Bar was our favorite based on the staff there and the drink selections. They had specialty martinis and the best premium booze options too. Overall, we felt the drink menus lacked creativity but we managed! Food: We purchased the 4 specialty dining package. We love specialty dining on all of the ships/cruise lines. We enjoy the service and food quality. You are receiving a $100+ meal for a fraction of the cost. We ate at the main dining room once, the sushi place (additional $) once and the buffet once for dinner. All were great! The tutti salad bar on at sea days are also a favorite. The hot buffet with the salad bar was great! I love Indian food and they always had chicken curry! Desserts need to be improved on RC but that has been the case for YEARS so just know that going in and you'll be fine. You don't have to save room for dessert...simple! Entertainment: Spotty. The comedy shows were just too late for us. The Jackpot show was off. The singers couldn't actually sing, the wigs were TERRIBLE. Dancing was great but some of the outfits were just bad. Spending 15 minutes at any of the shows was plenty for us. Love & Marriage show is ALWAYS fun but RC, please change up your questions! They have been the same since we started cruising. This cruise had a ton of great trivia. We normally skip these events but they had a bunch related to music that ended up being pretty fun. More daytime activities would be great. Casino: Fun! Great group of staff members and cruise mates! Cruise mates: People on this ship were great fun! I enjoyed dancing at the nightclub a few evenings. There was a large Autism at Sea group that was well organized and attended. Ports: This was not an exciting itinerary but we obviously knew that in advance. Coco Cay is always fun. We saw lots of sea life (sand sharks / stingray) and a few iguanas, which is always cool. Room/etc.: I will say, our room attendant has ALWAYS been amazing on every cruise line and especially RC. The one we had on this cruise was not that great. He left items from the cruise prior to ours in the vanity (medicine - hi Larry....sorry you left your inhaler etc. behind....I threw it, your bag of pills etc. away and we kept the pepto bismol...lol), a sock was stuck behind a drawer and the phone and knob to flush the toilet was all dusty / icky. The walls and ceiling had gunk on it too so that was a bit gross. Some of the hand sani stations were empty (more than one throughout the cruise) as well. General thoughts: Do your research. You can spend as much or as little while on a cruise. There are things that cost extra money but it is your choice to utilize them. Have fun! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Just returned from our cruise on AOS to Florida and Bahamas. We are a family of 4 - me, husband, and 2 teenage sons 16, and 14. This was our 5th cruise with RC after previously sailing on Liberty in 2008 for our 10th anniversary, then ... Read More
Just returned from our cruise on AOS to Florida and Bahamas. We are a family of 4 - me, husband, and 2 teenage sons 16, and 14. This was our 5th cruise with RC after previously sailing on Liberty in 2008 for our 10th anniversary, then Freedom, Oasis and Allure over the years. We have been very happy with all our previous RC experiences and this one met and even exceeded our previous cruises in some ways. We initially thought of sailing on Harmony out of FL, but then chose this ship because it left from Bayonne, NJ and was recently refurbished adding the water slides. Being from the Philadelphia area meant we could get to the ship in 90 minutes and save tons of money on airfare so we went for it. I was concerned we would miss some of the amazing features the larger ships have (Central park, Water theater, 2 flowriders, Dazzles, etc) but while those are awesome, we didn't really miss them as much as I thought! The biggest thing on this ship that was such a positive experience for us was the people. As to be expected, many of our fellow passengers were from New York (many from Long Island), New Jersey, New England and some from Philly. The ones we encountered and connected with were just so positive, cool and FUN! Some of our most fun happened in the Duck and Dog Pub with Carlo playing songs and the whole crowd singing along at the top of our lungs ("Alice Next door", and "American Pie" were song favorites!) and dancing in the Viking Lounge late night with other guests. The Quest adult game on this show was the best we've ever experienced on any ship mainly because of the guests - Everyone got so into the silliness of it to an extreme we never saw before! My husband loves the adult sport competitions like volleyball and dodgeball and these were hugely popular with passengers of all adult ages and very well attended on this ship...and highly competitive! Maybe its a carry over from the competitiveness of the professional sports teams in our area of the country but one of the crew members mentioned these games were some of the best they've ever seen. A huge bonus this cruise was that my sons made friends with kids their ages the first night at the teen dodgeball event, and they roamed with them the entire week at different RC teen events or making their own fun. In fact, I rarely sat with our kids except at our mandatory family dinner in the MDR. They and their friends were everywhere together and because many kids didn't use their phones on the ship (we don't do the internet - chance to unplug!!) they actually TALKED and formed friendships fast as the week went along. Now that we're home they are still all engaging with each other, and planning a "reunion". That's priceless. Basically, we've learned that beyond the ships appearance or the food in the MDR, the best experiences and memories come from the people (both crew and passengers) and atmosphere we surround ourselves with throughout the week, and this ship left us with some of the best memories out of all our RC cruises. After a day or so on a cruise, we find we see some of the same people over and over again (no matter what size ship we're on) because we tend to run on the same wavelength - from attitude to experiences we enjoy - and that happened again this cruise. Birds of a feather... Pre cruise: Bayonne is easy, organized and has convinced us we'll be sailing from here as much as possible. Got there at 9:30 am, dumped our luggage, and parked. If your organized and have all your documentation ready ahead of time, the check in process is at most 10 minutes. Posed for the standard precruise photo with the ship picture and stats which we always buy, and sat and waited til the ship was ready to board. They announced boarding would begin at 11:30, but at 10:30 they announced since the ship was ready and we were good to go! We ate at Cafe Promenade and toured the ship. My kids always pack their swimsuits in a backpack, so they were on the Flowrider as soon as it opened. Cabins ready around 1pm. Ship appearance/features: Clean, and beautiful. Freshly painted in many areas, public bathrooms clean, smelled great everywhere, absolutely no issues. Crew is constantly cleaning. CONSTANTLY. To us, it felt like a slightly compact version of Liberty or Freedom and we liked it! The kids thought they'd miss Sorrentos Pizza- which is separate restaurant on the bigger ships - but it wasn't a big deal as the cruise went along. I did miss the Solarium Bistro/Park Cafe that we had on Oasis/Allure, but it wasn't a make or break thing for me. The Cafe Promenade has pizza and boys grabbed it there along with all the other sandwiches, desserts, etc. The Lyric theater looked basically like the other theaters, as did the Royal Promenade, Windjammer, Pool/Sports deck and MDR. Again, everything was just a little smaller than Liberty or Freedom but not noticeable enough that you feel the losses. All ships feel "crowded" the first day or so because so many people don't know where to go. Since we've been on several, I know the lower outer decks are often undiscovered at the start of the week and I had coffee and my book on deck 4 gazing at the ocean without one other human being there for several days. By the end of the week others joined me out there with many saying they wish they knew about it at the start of the week. As the week goes along, no matter what ship we've been on, people find their spots and favorite locations and then there's whole areas that are uncrowded. Deck chairs seem to be an ongoing complaint on all ships, but there were plenty, and you could find one, just maybe not in your chosen spot. There is a sun deck above the top pool bar area that had at least 200 chaise lounges that were often empty all day! If you don't mind the full blast of the sun, then there were plenty of places to lay out. To put it simply, if you want a chaise lounger in a premier chosen spot (in shade or near the kids area, or the Solarium) then get there early because 87 people also want that exact chaise lounger in that chosen spot. And they'll fight you to get there first. Survival of the fittest. Cabins: We had 2 interior cabins (deck 9) side by side - 1 or us and 1 for the boys. Worked out perfectly. Interior was nice, with recently updated rug. I actually felt like we had more storage in this cabin than on other bigger ships because they kept the cabinets during the refurbishment and there seemed to be more storage in them. Bed was great, bathroom standard RC bathroom. No complaints. We had a balcony on Liberty which was beautiful, but since then we just get an interior to save money since we never are in our rooms except to shower and sleep. Literally. We loved our cabin attendant, who was out every morning and every evening, who worked extremely hard and did a great job. We had 4 bottles of wine we could bring on board because we had 2 cabins, and just grabbed wine glasses from Schooner bar or room service. Meals: We did not do any premium dining at the restaurants, and this worked out fine for us. We ate at Chops and some of the other places on previous cruises, and they were great, but this time we kept it simple and stayed in the MDR. We ate all dinners in the MDR and other meals at Windjammer and snacks at Cafe Promenade. MDR: We did the My Time Dining as we had our sons' activities we wanted to work around. I booked reservations ahead of time online and they ranged from 5:30 to 7:45 on various days. We always see how the servers are the first night, and if we like them we request them every night for our reservation time. Rakesh and Roana were awesome, for me a nice combination of friendliness and professionalism, and we had them every night but one because we changed our time last minute and their section was full. We got Wilfredo and Adrian that night and they were awesome. The head waiter seemed concerned we moved servers and stopped by to ask if we were ok. Twice. Explained it was just a timing thing, and not personnel and he was visibly relieved. We think the food is pretty good. Some entrees we liked better than others depending on what we each picked, but food is subjective. The Ahi tuna was amazing and a pleasant surprise. My husband turned lobster night in surf and turf by ordering lobster tails and the NY strip. Then asked for additional tails. It was all the proper temperature, and portion sizes are perfect. Not too big or small. My husband and kids often ordered several entrees because they couldn't decide. I think most nights my sons had 3 apps, and 2 entrees and 2 desserts. No one left hungry or disappointed the whole cruise. We were in the MDR for both formal nights, a nice experience - I would not miss this. Some are in black tie, some are in suits, some in the same attire as every other night. We dress up because it's not something we get to do too much at home and we like getting pictures as they are our favorite souvenirs. We celebrated our 20th anniversary the second formal night and the staff sang to us and brought out a special dessert. Very sweet and kind. Windjammer: We ate here for everything else except dinner. Breakfast is amazing. Constantly see reviewers complain and say the options never change for breakfast day to day, but that leaves out a key detail that there are at least 150 options to eat for breakfast available every day! It's not like its only 5 things over and over. Every type of breakfasty meat option - pork sausage, chicken sausage, ham, then salmon, etc, eggs made to order as omelets or any other style you can imagine, ethnic breakfast options that rotated (Indian egg creations, Mexican too), potatoes in various forms, European breakfast options (muesli, and yogurts, etc), Carb creations galore (a variety of pancake options, french toast, etc), cereals, tons of fruit, muffins/Danishes/scones. That's only half of it. We thought it was fantastic. My husband and I often missed the lunch hours and instead did "tea" from 3-4 which was a smaller crowd but tons of great food choices and healthy salads, etc. This worked out great on days we had a later dinner and we always had a window seat to enjoy the view. Nighttime Entertainment: Every cruise for us has been different in where we choose to spend our time after dinner. Since our kids were MIA most nights til their 1am ship curfew, we spent a lot of time at the Duck and Dog Pub singing with Carlo, cocktails and dancing at the Viking Lounge and the different special events like Quest, 80's party, Silent Dance (Everyone wears headphones and dances to their own music choice. Wasn't sure what to expect but we loved it!)) Adult karaoke was popular in the Imperial lounge as well as various game shows. We saw the first headliner comedian who was awesome, but this time didn't do the other Lyric shows. Ice show in Studio B continues to amaze from ship to ship. Outstanding. Service: Like the comedian said one night the crew deserves reverence and awe to which the audience cheered loudly. He reminded us that most of the crew does not get a single day off for 7-9 months straight. Not one day off, and they continue to do their job with a smile, patience and warm conversation to all who pass by them. If you take 10 minutes to ask them about their day or their lives (which we do) you will learn many leave their spouses, or their children with family back home, in order to financially provide for them at a level they simply can't do in their home country. Many have tattoos of their children's names to remind them of why they are working so hard. They work tirelessly and continue to be polite and kind even when passengers were less so to them. Passengers can be messy and do things with dishes and glasses and trash on a ship that they would never do at home simply because they're on vacation. And then imagine what drunk ones are like. Again the staff tirelessly picked up after people behaving poorly. Ports: We didn't get off at Port Canaveral but opted to stay on the ship. Tons went to NASA but we decided to relax and hang out. Coco Cay was beautiful as always. They started a new system for tendering starting at 8:30am. You went to Deck 11 to get a tendering number (First come first serve) and then you left for the tenders when your number was called. Very easy and organized. No lines. We plopped ourselves on chaise lounges at the beach and everyone ran around doing what they want - mainly snorkeling in the pristine water. Stingrays, and all sorts of fish were spotted. Lunch on the island was awesome from build your own burgers to 5 spice chicken, roasted pig on a spit, seafood, gyros, and about ten salads of all kinds. Cookies laying around too and other desserts. We were one of the first tenders over and did the last tender back to stretch out our day there. Paradise. Nassau - We did the Blue Lagoon Beach day excursion which we did before on another ship. Loved it. Beautiful beach and water. Explored the whole little island with hidden beaches and scenic spots, and dolphin habitat. Lunch was great there too. Excursions are always chaotic getting off the ship and to the right spot. Especially with 4 other big ships there from other lines. The first cruise we took I was freaking out worried about the crowds and dismayed at the organization system for excursions once off the boat, but by now we just go with the flow. It always works out and they get you where to need to go...maybe not at the pace I'm used to back at home, but it gets done so "When in Rome...". Getting off the ship was easy and uneventful and we were in the car and driving home within 30 minutes. We are loyal to Royal. Have been given no reason to try other cruise lines. They meet our price point, and provide experiences, itineraries, and memories we all enjoy cherish. Already looking into our next one. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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