Went with a group of 3 other families. All three families were traveling with children. My husband and I were not. We departed from Ft Lauderdale flying in the day before. Our hotel, the Marriott, had a shuttle to the port the next morning, so we did not rent a car. We took an Uber to dinner. No exploring of Ft Lauderdale since we had no rental car. We were on the Adventure of the Seas in a Junior Suite #1644 on deck 10. We picked this type of room based on the space in the bathroom. Deck 11 had the Windjammer, the buffet option for meals. We did hear some banging from time to time with, but for the most part it did not bother us to much. Embarkation was a little confusing as we had not done this thing in 25 years, but for the most part uneventful. Within minutes of check in the boarding process onto the ship was called. I had no complaints with the ship except for the elevators. Elevators would pass even though the button for up or down was pushed. There were 4 elevators located in the front port side and 4 more front aft side. The back end of the ship the same setup was made. We ended up using the stairs to move through the ship. We used the Windjammer on the first day at lunch time before the room was available at 1pm and for lunch when the Main Dining room was not available. We ate at the Main Dining room for all dinners. The food was fabulous EVERY night as was the service in the Main Dining room. The first excursion was the Stringray City and Snorkeling in the Grand Cayman sponsored by Royal Caribbean. It was a good experience but was crowded. We have been charged for the pictures, but still have not received them. I encourage all of you to pay for items with a charge card so you can call the credit card company to complain if you do not receive what you should have received. I could have done without Costa Maya. We did not have an excursion planned and did not feel comfortable leaving the initial high sale area of the port. Within 45 minutes, we returned to the ship. We paid for a Royal Caribbean sponsored excursion for the Playa Mia Beach Resort in Cozumel. There was an option for an all inclusive with lunch. We only chose the option to go the beach NOT the lunch option. We ordered and paid for lunch which was delicious and still came out cheaper than the lunch option. We were so happy with our experience that we booked a Christmas cruise for Dec 2019 on the Allure of the Seas. We would book another cruise on Adventure of the Seas in a heartbeat. Our decision to change ships was the broadway entertainment offered on the larger ship. My parents will be joining us and wanted the entertainment option.
The junior suite was plenty big enough for 2 people. The closet had plenty of room. The shower in the bathroom was definitely better than the normal stand up shower. Lots of storage and the balcony had plenty of space. Only one electrical plug for the whole room is the down side.
Not sure if I had a J2 or J3 type room.
We arrived the afternoon before the cruise. We only went for dinner here and returned to the hotel to prepare for departure the next day.
We loved the ability to see the string rays, but there were 5 other boats there making it very crowded. Everyone had the ability to take pictures with a string ray which we did. We paid for the pictures with a credit card which in retrospect was good. We have been charged and have not been emailed the pictures. We have emailed the information from the business card provided a number of times with no resolve. I am disappointed with the lack of communication.View All 795 Stingray Swim Reviews
We tried to book a beach resort third party - Maya Chan Beach, but they were sold out. We did not leave the initial port area and within 45 minutes had boarded the boat.
We did the Playa Maya Beach Break. There were two options for this excursion. One was a full inclusive with lunch provided. We chose the non-lunch option and glad we did. The lunch option was a buffet. We ordered directly from the menu. The food was AMAZING!! The beach was clean with chairs. Umbrellas were available for rent. Snorkel gear was also available for rent. There was blow up slides and trampolines for the little and big kids. Life jackets are provided and most everyone was wearing them if they went out to the blow up slides. If you swim passed the slides, there is a lot more things to see when snorkeling. There were pyramids under the water to look at. We saw a lion fish and star fish while snorkeling. They ask that you do not pick them up. When you come back through to board the ship, your bags are x-rayed. Any shells will be confiscated, so don't bring any back from the beach. Make sure to bring a towel from the ship otherwise you will need to rent a towel. Showers and bathrooms are available for cleaning up.View All 696 Beach Reviews