This was my fourth cruise in 25 years & my second time in a row cruising with Royal Caribbean. I don’t think I’ll ever choose another cruise line other than Royal Caribbean again! They do an incredible job!
After a Bermuda cruise on the smaller “Grandeur of the Seas” in 2015, the “Adventure of the Seas” was a nice way to experience a larger ship. It wasn’t too much of a jump in size.
However, this was my first time on a fully booked ship, which took a little getting used to (long waits for packed elevators, lines for everything etc.). But, after the first hectic day & after relaxing a bit, it was much easier “go with the flow” & be patient with the elevators & lines.
It was also my first time trying “My Time Dining”, which also took some getting used to. Though after figuring out that you can (and SHOULD) make reservations with My Time Dining, & can do it for the same table & time every night for dinner, it was wonderful!
As for other notes:
*Ports: It IS possible to enjoy the ports-of-call on this cruise without booking an excursion. However, Cape Canaveral is just a port & you will need to take a taxi to get to anything on your own. They offered a very easy drop off/pick up service for $15 round trip per person (plus optional tip) at the stand right outside our terminal. The six-person cab will take you anywhere local, just ask. It was raining, so we only went to some souvenir shops on A1A & Walgreens to get toiletries we couldn’t buy on the ship, but it was still nice to get off the boat for a bit. One last note, the shops AND the casino onboard will be closed while in port at Cape Canaveral. Coco Cay requires a free (no tipping needed) boat ride from the ship to the island, but it is a must-see, private paradise (even in cloudy/drizzly weather). Just remember that everyone needs to take a boat back, so don’t wait until the last minute to go or you’ll wait in a long line! Nassau is lovely & has improved a lot since I was there 15 years ago. There was a lot of walking to get from the pier where we docked to the town, but there’s a free shuttle (tips suggested) for that too.
*Handicap Assistance: My father traveled with me & has difficulty walking long distances. And there is a LOT of walking onboard a cruise ship. The crew went out of their way, every step of the way from embarkation to debarkation, to help. However, if you will need a motorized scooter onboard, you MUST make those arrangements prior to sailing. Scooters are not rented out on the boat through Royal Caribbean. Wheelchairs ARE available once onboard however, but I would recommend making those arrangements in advance too so they can be prepared to help you sooner & at the ports-of-call. You cannot take a wheelchair off the ship (though that rule must be flexible because we did see one or two off the boat).
Overall, I would absolutely do this trip again & would highly recommend it. There’s a bit of a learning curve in the first day or so onboard, even for some of the crew it seemed (though mine was the very first sailing of this particular itinerary from NJ), but by day 2, things were smooth as can be, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t thrilled on the first day. By the end, you won’t want to leave!!
I’m not exactly sure which category my cabin falls in, but it was an ocean view balcony stateroom on the 8th floor, starboard side, heading aft. It was magnificent! Good size, plenty of closet space, incredibly comfy beds that can be split in two or kept together to make one large queen-size bed, very private feeling on the balcony, & the showers are terrific! No leaking/splashing water out of the capsule design, optional handheld shower head, powerful water pressure & plenty of hot water (showers run on the hot side actually). The only nit-picky complaint is that the doors are incredibly heavy to open. Otherwise, it was perfection!