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This was our third cruise on RCC but our 8th cruise overall.  If I had nothing to compare this cruise to, I would have to say that the Adventure met all of our expectations.  The crew was friendly and hard working.  The food was good.  Even though the ship was full, there was rarely a time that we couldn't find a place to eat or a chair to lay on.  We liked the organization of the Wind Jammer.  The lines were managed well by one of the waiters who served daily as a greeter and directed guests to the shortest wait. The best part of the cruise was our room.  A junior suite is the way to go for three people.  Our daughter (age 14) was with us.  We had plenty of room to move, tons of closet and other storage space, a huge bathroom and vanity big enough for two girls to primp in, and a full size tub/shower.  Our room steward even left us an extension cord with multiple plugs for our myriad appliances.  Our room was forward center on deck 9, and it was the best location we've ever been in.  It was very quiet having rooms above and below us, and very stable even though we had a couple of days of rough seas.  It is well worth the price for this room - especially for more than two people.  The shows were spectacular.  The RCC singers on this ship were the best we've ever heard and the guests that RCC had were extremely talented and entertaining.  We splurged for the Mystery Dinner Theater at Portifino.  The event started in the main lounge with the RCC talent performing a soap opera like murder mystery and ended in the Portifino Restaurant with an excellent dinner and service.  It was all you could drink champagne, soda and wine for the duration of the event which was approximately 3 hours.  In all, it was a great time and worth the money.  Johnny Rockets was awesome!  Go there!Cabin 9272 - awesome cabin!  This is a junior suite.  Well worth the money for three or more people.  Closet is huge, lots of storage space, huge balcony, full size tub.  The sofa bed makes into a huge queen/king size bed for the kiddos.  Deck nine was extremely quiet, and it was only a short walk up to the lido deck.  It was very quiet on this deck, and we hardly felt any ship movement - even though it got rough on a couple of the days. Complaints - Well, having done two other RCC ships (Serenade and Brilliance) we were surprised with the lack of glitz and beauty on the Adventure.  The solarium was not enclosed and was very plain in its appearance and not quite as cozy as we were used to.  The gym was small.  The area reserved for aerobics and yoga was not separated from the main gym, so it was noisey.  The gym equipment was old and not maintained very well.  The running track was closed for maintenance for most of our trip.  You aren't allowed to bring an iron or steamers on this ship (according to the cruise contract) and RCC does NOT provide a room for this like other cruise lines do.  They will launder/iron for you, but the price is steep.  The windows throughout the ship were dirty from the day we embarked.  The sheets in our room were stained yellow in many places - not dirty, but definitely not attractive. RCC is still one of our favorites, but I think we'll stick to the smaller ships in the future. 

Mostly a hit... a little bit of a miss

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by gr8tocruz

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This was our third cruise on RCC but our 8th cruise overall.  If I had nothing to compare this cruise to, I would have to say that the Adventure met all of our expectations.  The crew was friendly and hard working.  The food was good.  Even though the ship was full, there was rarely a time that we couldn't find a place to eat or a chair to lay on.  We liked the organization of the Wind Jammer.  The lines were managed well by one of the waiters who served daily as a greeter and directed guests to the shortest wait. The best part of the cruise was our room.  A junior suite is the way to go for three people.  Our daughter (age 14) was with us.  We had plenty of room to move, tons of closet and other storage space, a huge bathroom and vanity big enough for two girls to primp in, and a full size tub/shower.  Our room steward even left us an extension cord with multiple plugs for our myriad appliances.  Our room was forward center on deck 9, and it was the best location we've ever been in.  It was very quiet having rooms above and below us, and very stable even though we had a couple of days of rough seas.  It is well worth the price for this room - especially for more than two people.  The shows were spectacular.  The RCC singers on this ship were the best we've ever heard and the guests that RCC had were extremely talented and entertaining.  We splurged for the Mystery Dinner Theater at Portifino.  The event started in the main lounge with the RCC talent performing a soap opera like murder mystery and ended in the Portifino Restaurant with an excellent dinner and service.  It was all you could drink champagne, soda and wine for the duration of the event which was approximately 3 hours.  In all, it was a great time and worth the money.  Johnny Rockets was awesome!  Go there!Cabin 9272 - awesome cabin!  This is a junior suite.  Well worth the money for three or more people.  Closet is huge, lots of storage space, huge balcony, full size tub.  The sofa bed makes into a huge queen/king size bed for the kiddos.  Deck nine was extremely quiet, and it was only a short walk up to the lido deck.  It was very quiet on this deck, and we hardly felt any ship movement - even though it got rough on a couple of the days. Complaints - Well, having done two other RCC ships (Serenade and Brilliance) we were surprised with the lack of glitz and beauty on the Adventure.  The solarium was not enclosed and was very plain in its appearance and not quite as cozy as we were used to.  The gym was small.  The area reserved for aerobics and yoga was not separated from the main gym, so it was noisey.  The gym equipment was old and not maintained very well.  The running track was closed for maintenance for most of our trip.  You aren't allowed to bring an iron or steamers on this ship (according to the cruise contract) and RCC does NOT provide a room for this like other cruise lines do.  They will launder/iron for you, but the price is steep.  The windows throughout the ship were dirty from the day we embarked.  The sheets in our room were stained yellow in many places - not dirty, but definitely not attractive. RCC is still one of our favorites, but I think we'll stick to the smaller ships in the future. 
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Cabin 9272
Cabin 9272 - awesome cabin!  This is a junior suite.  Well worth the money for three or more people.  Closet is huge, lots of storage space, huge balcony, full size tub.  The sofa bed makes into a huge queen/king size bed for the kiddos.  Deck nine was extremely quiet, and it was only a short walk up to the lido deck.  It was very quiet on this deck, and we hardly felt any ship movement - even though it got rough on a couple of the days.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Aruba
    Aruba is a beautiful place where the desert meets the ocean.  We did the De Palm Island tour.  My husband and daughter did the snuba tour and I just did the snorkeling.  De Palm island is a beautfiul, all inclusive water park.  You spend a half a day at the park and for the cost of your ticket, you get all you can eat breakfast and/or lunch, drinks, snorkeling, beach chairs, etc...  We were there on a Tuesday, and had the place to ourselves.  The staff there said it is overly crowded on the weekends, though, and that might have been a bad thing.  For smaller kids, there is a water park with several slides, a huge water dump bucket, etc...  again, all inclusive.  My husband and daughter loved the snuba.  They saw tons of rainbow and blue angel fish.  The water in Aruba is crystal clear and makes a non-adventurous ocean-goer like myself enjoy the experience.
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  • Curacao
    Curacao itself is spectacularly beautiful.  The excursion we chose, however, was not.  We did the Aqua Boat Adventure tour.  This tour began at an industrial dock in a make-do office made of a shipping container.  We were led down a sinking dock to our "aqua boats".  An aqua boat is a jet-ski like machine that has an outboard motor instead of a jet and a typical car-like steering wheel (or so they claimed).  After 10 minutes of trying to get the motors pull-started, we were led by a crew of two into the very rough ocean where we learned that there was a good reason why our crew was driving the brand new sea-dos and not aqua boats.  The equipment in one word was "unsafe".  In more than one word, it was dangerous and incredibly scary to be out on the ocean in boats that wouldn't hold their speed, with steering so loose that you had to turn full rotations for the boat to turn... all the while with a member of the crew driving up along side you to counsel you on the proper way to drive a run-down aqua boat.  This tour was over $100 per person, and was by far the biggest waste of money we spent on this cruise.  I, and several other people on the tour, wrote up very explicit comment cards on all that was wrong with this tour and company (much more than I can fit here) and unfortunately heard nothing back from RCC regarding our displeasure with this tour.  My recommendation... stay away from the aqua boats.
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  • Dominica
    Dominica was quite a surprise...  a beautiful place with an interesting history and people.  My husband and daughter did the High Ropes! High Hopes! tour and LOVED it.  This tour is for the adventurous sort and involved zip lining and climbing across obstacles on a mountainside and over a river.  They highly recommend this tour.
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  • San Juan
    We flew in to San Juan a few days before the cruise.  We stayed at the Luquillo Beach Sunrise Inn in Luquillo on the East side of the island (about 45 minutes from San Juan airport - all highway).  It was a beautiful inn on a very quiet beach. The rates were very reasonable and included a full breakfast on a beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean.  The staff there was spectacular and directed us to the Brass Cactus, a great restaurant only a few blocks away.  We drove to Fajardo (about 15 minutes) one evening and did the Bioluminescent Bay Kayaking trip through Kayak Adventures of Puerto Rico.  It was awesome!  I highly recommend this tour and company.  Just don't forget to lather on the bug spray before you go.  We spent the next day at the El Yunque rain forest - only a 10 minute drive from our hotel.  It, too, was an awesome way to spend the day.  On the date of embarkation, we drove into Old San Juan and toured the forts for a few hours prior to boarding the ship.  Our only complaint was that we didn't save more time for this part of the trip.  There is so much to see in Old San Juan - especially for history buffs like my husband.  We really needed a whole day there without a whining teenager. 
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