We have just got back from a 4 day mini cruise with Adventure of the Seas.
While i know that everyone has varying degrees of taste and different things make things enjoyable, i really disagree with some of the harsh reviews on here.
Cabin - clean - to OCD standards of clean, towel animals daily. Yes the bed was hard and i really didnt sleep well, but im sure had i raised it with the cabin attendant something would have been don about it. If your sitting in your room for hours on end watching the tv - your doing the cruise thing wrong!! Not many english channels, but more than enough for an hour or so of noise while your getting changed or having breakfast in bed.
Food - Eating in the restaurant on deck 5 - ,my time option, sometimes queues but generally only for 10 minutes max and your seated. Waiters above and beyond, friendly and helpful. I found the food onboard for 4 days lovely. Main restuarant had plenty of choice and was cooked well. Windjammer cafe could be hit and miss, but if you catering for 4000+ people then im afraid what do you excpect that some of it will be bland and samey. Bt even saying that always found something to eat! Johnny Rockets burgers, well worth the $5 cover charge - although a little greasy for my tastes but was still yummy!!
Activites - can be a bit frustrating. Inline skating and ice skating only at certain times. Basketball court and football court combined in one. Did the rock climbing wall, harder than it looks!! PLayed basketball for hours a day and even with football games going on still managed a good fewq games of 3 on 3!
Bars & Casino
Never waited more than 5 minutes for a drink. Have one or 2 frozen cocktails then no more, expensive and only 1 shot of alcohol, but vodka / jd etc was so strong (lovely!)
Casino was a good laugh and there were some quiet bars to sit in and louder ones if you wanted.
Yes the ship in now 12 years old still doesnt feel too dated in my opinion. You cant help who you get on a cruise, just like you cant help who else is on holiday when you go to spain!! If your moaning about your company on baord then i suggest you lighten up and move to a different area! If your getting on board with matching shio branded t-shirts and luggage (yes we did see this) then i suggest people are rolling their eyes at your as much as you are about the 'uncouth youth' on board too!
We had ports of call of brugge - little tip dont fall for the no transport links speal they give out - out of the port turn right and walk for 10 minutes max and straight to station - return to brugge 6 euros each.
We didnt get off in le harve, but heard good things about the town. not sure 10 hours coach tours to paris is my cup of tea!!
Overall we had a pretty good 4days, relaxed, laughed ate and drunk. What more could you ask for!
room 8525, good right near front of ship. Cant fault it apart from the bed. clean and well maintained.