Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by atldc9
- Sail Date: March 2016
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
We flew into San Juan on the departure day as the ship didn't sail until 8pm. 2 taxis from the airport to the port cost only $50 for 9 people so we saved a fortune over the $18pp that RCCL wanted for transfers. With the late sailing we checked in at 2pm well after they had started boarding so we walked straight on board after a quick visit to the check in desk for our sea pass cards. But now for the first disappointment, it's the first time I have boarded a ship that other than security scanning my sea pass no one welcoming us on board, no hello, no drink, nothing. That was the start of a frustrating first day, we had 5 cabins and one had wet carpet on check in. After complaining a bit they changed out the carpet and pad but when we came back to the cabin again after dinner and a show the cabin had flooded again. They guess it was water from the shower of the cabin above but had not been able to find the leak. We did get a different cabin for the couple in that room but the rest of us listened to them extracting water from the carpet at 2am and again at 6am and many more times during the cruise as they never did fix the leak. For more information see our cabin 7519 review.
As for dining on the ship, the buffet was quantity over quality, if you don't mind making your own hamburger from a beef patty that was sitting out cold and dry then the windjammer would make you happy. The food was both bland and dry, so most of the time we were in the main dining room. Main dining room was better but not up to some of our past cruises, Some meals were hits some complete flops; The Chicken Cordon Blue was dry, bland with a little ham and no cheese, the roast fillet of beef was great but the Salmon again dry and overcooked. The one highlight of the dining room was the waiters, as always they did a good job and met our every wish.
Entertainment on the ship was also very hit or miss, the comedian on sailing night was very funny but the production shows were very, very dated. We had two different headliners perform during the cruise, the first was a past american idol contestant, he did a great job covering music from the 40's to today what a show. The second Headline act was a Michael Buble Tribute Act, it was TERRIBLE! Oh my how bad it was, we didn't make it to the end.
Ports of call: St. Thomas - We went zip lining and had a good time, it's not the best zip we have done but not bad at all. St. Croix - We chartered a Catamaran out to Buck Island, a great snorkel and fun day. Antiqua - We did a dune buggy adventure, it was a good time with a good lunch at a marina side restaurant, this was booked not threw RCCL but direct with Antigua Buggies. St. Lucia - We did the typical land and sea tour, boat up the coast then inland to the volcano and mud baths. I could have skipped everything but the boat ride out and back, Rum punch on the boat was the best part of this tour. Grenada - We chartered a sail boat with Savvy Sailing, the weather was not perfect but we still had a good time, but could not snorkel as it was very, very rough. The good news is we got to go sailing, most of the cruise line water excursions for the day canceled.
The sea day was fine, we have been on cruises with more to do on a sea day, but nothing to complain about. Then it was back to San Juan, the good news is they actually got us off the ship earlier then planned and back to the airport for our flight home.
The ship Adventure of the Seas is a nice boat showing her age, only one specialty restaurant. Overall the ship was in good shape but again, they had a persistent leak on deck 5 forward just outside of the lounge. Multiple times during the cruise they were running fans trying to dry carpets. One other thing I noted is that now that RCCL has the drink packages it seems harder and harder to get a drink, slow and understaffed bars, it seems they have figured out how to manage the cost of pre paid drink packages by not staffing the bars. We did have a good time but not in comparison to past cruises. We have been loyal to RCCL and sister line Celebrity but it's time to try a new line.
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Beyond the water the condition of the couch in our cabin was very worn and stained. Other then the wear issues the inside cabin has plenty of room for storage, we actually like how dark inside cabins are so you can sleep.
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