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My wife and I decided to try a cruise. The Good: great food, suprisingly well equipped fitness area, and the staff was super friendly. The Bad: Prepare to pay additional costs for anything and everything. See Details Below. We spoke to an older couple at dinner early in the cruise who indicated they had been on countless cruises since 1984 and they assured us this is the worst they’ve been on so far. This confirmed our concerns about our own poor experience. Our first cruise experience and probably our last. We stayed in room 2343. Not a suite but not really a room either. The bed was hard as a rock. The room smaller than any hotel room we have ever stayed. Barely any TV except the massive array of royal Caribbean commercials and channels trying to sell you Royal Caribbean cruises and sponsored products. There are only two electrical outlets in the entire room so you may have to take turns charging devices. The food: Is delicious if you don’t mind waiting in line regardless of reservations. We didn’t bother trying most of the specialty dining restaurants as they are all additional costs on top of the already expensive trip. Internet package: Don’t bother. I understand the limitations of wireless at sea. However with the amount they charge per day per device, you would expect to be able to reliably stay on the internet or load a webpage. Don’t expect to stream anything. With so many people on the ship even simple web browsing is impossible. It might be cheaper and less frustrating to talk to your cellular provider if they offer international or roaming options instead. Beverage package: Don’t bother. You get a cup that you can fill up with soda or water in only 2 locations despite there being 14 decks (The Windjammer dining area and the 5th floor). You get no bottled water in the room nor is it available without paying. They really want you to pay the 3-6 dollars for bottled water or even more for other beverages on a cruise you could have sworn you already paid for in full. The worst part is the mandatory 18% gratuity on everything. We can understand that tips are essential to service personnel and having it automatically included ensures a consistent pay for all employees. However, we prepaid the service gratuity per day before embarking. The crew does provide good service but you’re asked if you will leave an additional tip on top of the mandatory 18% on each item you buy on the ship. Not only did you prepay for service tip, everything on the entire ship has 18% automatically added as an additional fee (that 3 dollar coffee is 3.54). Don’t be shocked if the crew gives you a look when you don’t put a tip. Overall, I don’t know if we will be back on a cruise. If we want to throw away money we’ll go to Vegas.

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Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Newguy2343

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My wife and I decided to try a cruise. The Good: great food, suprisingly well equipped fitness area, and the staff was super friendly. The Bad: Prepare to pay additional costs for anything and everything. See Details Below.

We spoke to an older couple at dinner early in the cruise who indicated they had been on countless cruises since 1984 and they assured us this is the worst they’ve been on so far. This confirmed our concerns about our own poor experience.

Our first cruise experience and probably our last. We stayed in room 2343. Not a suite but not really a room either. The bed was hard as a rock. The room smaller than any hotel room we have ever stayed. Barely any TV except the massive array of royal Caribbean commercials and channels trying to sell you Royal Caribbean cruises and sponsored products. There are only two electrical outlets in the entire room so you may have to take turns charging devices.

The food: Is delicious if you don’t mind waiting in line regardless of reservations. We didn’t bother trying most of the specialty dining restaurants as they are all additional costs on top of the already expensive trip.

Internet package: Don’t bother. I understand the limitations of wireless at sea. However with the amount they charge per day per device, you would expect to be able to reliably stay on the internet or load a webpage. Don’t expect to stream anything. With so many people on the ship even simple web browsing is impossible. It might be cheaper and less frustrating to talk to your cellular provider if they offer international or roaming options instead.

Beverage package: Don’t bother. You get a cup that you can fill up with soda or water in only 2 locations despite there being 14 decks (The Windjammer dining area and the 5th floor). You get no bottled water in the room nor is it available without paying. They really want you to pay the 3-6 dollars for bottled water or even more for other beverages on a cruise you could have sworn you already paid for in full.

The worst part is the mandatory 18% gratuity on everything. We can understand that tips are essential to service personnel and having it automatically included ensures a consistent pay for all employees. However, we prepaid the service gratuity per day before embarking. The crew does provide good service but you’re asked if you will leave an additional tip on top of the mandatory 18% on each item you buy on the ship. Not only did you prepay for service tip, everything on the entire ship has 18% automatically added as an additional fee (that 3 dollar coffee is 3.54). Don’t be shocked if the crew gives you a look when you don’t put a tip.

Overall, I don’t know if we will be back on a cruise. If we want to throw away money we’ll go to Vegas.
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