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We choose this cruise because it sails out of Bayonne which is an easy 8 hour drive from us. The itinerary isn't really exciting but it was a nice getaway. Embarkation was a breeze - very quick and well organized. The only minor hiccup is that security asked my elderly father to remove his suspenders instead of using the wand to check him. How they expected a 70 year old man to hold up his pants and walk through the security scanners without his suspenders and then put them back on in the terminal is beyond me. He managed though because they would not relent. Wheelchair assistance was backed up from the get go - my mother has her own wheelchair and it was an easy push for me to get her from the terminal to the ship - only 1 longish ramp but not too steep. Our cabin was an interior accessible cabin. This is well set up for wheelchair users. Large bathroom with a roll in shower with grab bars on the wall on the left side and a fold down bar on the right. The sink is easy to roll under to wash your hands. The only non accessible portion of the bathroom is the storage behind the mirrors - I can't see how that would be reached by anyone in a wheelchair. The desk is easy to roll under and the closet has both a high bar and a low bar along with numerous shelves. There are also 8 small drawers for storage in the desk area. The downside to Royal is that the beds are hard and the pulldown couch is like sleeping on a wooden plank. There were lots of pillows this time and we asked for blankets instead of the heavy duvets so that made sleeping more comfortable. The cabins have been redone so there is new carpeting throughout and the new white/blue colour scheme in the cabin. Daytime activities on Royal are a little lacking if you're not into sports or spa (or shopping). Lots of for fee activities with a few trivia games during the day. Evening activities have more variety but generally focus on 1 big thing each evening. The movie screen on the pool deck isn't great for sound/quality to watch anything at night. Service was generally good; not too much outstanding where I felt the need to fill out a wow card but also nothing too bad where it left a bad taste. Dining was okay - MDR menu is now very small and the food kind of bland. Salads come pre-dressed with just a drizzle and food seems unseasoned. Even curry sauce had no heat or flavour. Windjammer is the usual cafeteria mass produced food with limited hours. Choices are repetitive - as you travel around, you'll see the same dishes in several places. Café Promenade has some decent sandwiches and some excellent salads. Pizza is terrible. Room Service is well worth the $8 (plus gratuity) fee for all you wish to order - the cheesesteak and burger as well as the Cobb and Greek salads were excellent. Overall the week was nice but bland. Not the best cruise we've taken (and we've taken a bunch - over several different cruise lines) but nothing really bad. Weather was rough the first few days which meant rough seas. For many people, this certainly impacted their impression of the cruise.

Fine, but Bland

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by meatloafsfan

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We choose this cruise because it sails out of Bayonne which is an easy 8 hour drive from us. The itinerary isn't really exciting but it was a nice getaway.

Embarkation was a breeze - very quick and well organized. The only minor hiccup is that security asked my elderly father to remove his suspenders instead of using the wand to check him. How they expected a 70 year old man to hold up his pants and walk through the security scanners without his suspenders and then put them back on in the terminal is beyond me. He managed though because they would not relent. Wheelchair assistance was backed up from the get go - my mother has her own wheelchair and it was an easy push for me to get her from the terminal to the ship - only 1 longish ramp but not too steep.

Our cabin was an interior accessible cabin. This is well set up for wheelchair users. Large bathroom with a roll in shower with grab bars on the wall on the left side and a fold down bar on the right. The sink is easy to roll under to wash your hands. The only non accessible portion of the bathroom is the storage behind the mirrors - I can't see how that would be reached by anyone in a wheelchair. The desk is easy to roll under and the closet has both a high bar and a low bar along with numerous shelves. There are also 8 small drawers for storage in the desk area. The downside to Royal is that the beds are hard and the pulldown couch is like sleeping on a wooden plank. There were lots of pillows this time and we asked for blankets instead of the heavy duvets so that made sleeping more comfortable. The cabins have been redone so there is new carpeting throughout and the new white/blue colour scheme in the cabin.

Daytime activities on Royal are a little lacking if you're not into sports or spa (or shopping). Lots of for fee activities with a few trivia games during the day. Evening activities have more variety but generally focus on 1 big thing each evening. The movie screen on the pool deck isn't great for sound/quality to watch anything at night.

Service was generally good; not too much outstanding where I felt the need to fill out a wow card but also nothing too bad where it left a bad taste.

Dining was okay - MDR menu is now very small and the food kind of bland. Salads come pre-dressed with just a drizzle and food seems unseasoned. Even curry sauce had no heat or flavour. Windjammer is the usual cafeteria mass produced food with limited hours. Choices are repetitive - as you travel around, you'll see the same dishes in several places. Café Promenade has some decent sandwiches and some excellent salads. Pizza is terrible. Room Service is well worth the $8 (plus gratuity) fee for all you wish to order - the cheesesteak and burger as well as the Cobb and Greek salads were excellent.

Overall the week was nice but bland. Not the best cruise we've taken (and we've taken a bunch - over several different cruise lines) but nothing really bad. Weather was rough the first few days which meant rough seas. For many people, this certainly impacted their impression of the cruise.
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Interior
Cabin 1V 9561
Wheelchair Accessible Interior Cabin. It is set up with the main grab bars on the left of the toilet. Lots of room in the cabin as it's square so space for the wheelchair to turn. Desk is high enough to easily maneuver under with a wheelchair and closet has both a high bar and a lower bar along with shelves. The couch folds down (not out) to sleep 2 but it is hard as a rock. Beds are rounded at the end. There are 2 outlets in the cabin on the desk. There is also a mini fridge (got pretty cold) and a safe along with a flat screen television. There is 1 chair under the desk; when the couch is made into a bed, there is no additional seating in the cabin.
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