Chose this cruise based on dates (need specific dates when traveling with teachers and kids), ship, and cost. We also looked at Allure and Rhapsody. Rhapsody was too small and not enough for the kids and Allure was more expensive. We traveled with three families total (6 adults and 6 kids, ages 7,8,9,9,10,12). We all had interior rooms on deck 8 (8445, mine, 8457, and 8469). Rooms we as to be expected, small yet manageable. I was actually pleasantly surprised how easily 4 fit in one small room.
Before we got on the ship we stayed in an Airbnb in Weston, FL. It was nice to be away from the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami crowd. We went to Everglades Holiday Park and enjoyed seeing gators in their natural habitat and the kids each got to hold a baby gator.
Embarkation was as expected. Lot of traffic getting to the Port. Once in, the lines weren't too bad.
Dining in the Main Dinning Room was great. We signed up for My Time Dinning and made reservations for the whole week. This ensured that we had the same wait staff, but weren't restricted to eating at 5:30 or 8:00. Our nightly reservation was at 6:00, except on one night, which was 8:00 since the ship didn't leave port until 7. We had two in our party with allergies (gluten and dairy). Our wait staff did an excellent job of making sure we were able to order what we wanted and have it prepared to suite our dietary needs, even if the menu did not indicate it to be gluten or dairy free. The wait staff also did a great job with the kids. They gave them different logic puzzle to figure out each night. It kept the kids entertained quiet. Dinning in the Windjammer was a little less than I expected. Our last cruise, in 2017, had a whole section of gluten free options (sandwiches, cookies, desserts, pastas, etc) but Adventure only had 1-2 breads and 1-2 desserts. I was told I could ask anyone wearing a white shirt to get special orders of GF, but because my allergy is not severe I just picked things I knew to be GF and didn't bother with asking.
Kids club was hit and miss. The two youngest loved kids club and asked to go back repeatedly. The middle three did not care for it, saying the activates were too "baby" and they didn't have the option to sit out. They only went twice. The oldest was in a group by herself, but was able to go to the middle age club, when they went.
For the most part the activities and entertainment were excellent. There was not a Broadway show, as there is on other RC ships, but the shows were good nonetheless. The Fire and Ice show was great! I am always amazed all they are able to do on such small sheet of ice. My biggest complaint of the cruise was the "Sexiest Man Competition" held at the main pool in the middle of the day. This was completely inappropriate to have in front of children. The men were conducting lap dances to receive the title of sexiest man. Even when I had my kids stop watching and go back to swimming the competition was broadcast on the big movie screen for all to see. RC really should have put a stop to the crude behavior, but instead they were encouraging it.
The cabin was as expected, but was surprised at how easily 4 fit.
Got a lot for your money. One group picture before the airboat ride, an hour long airboat ride, gator show, and group photo with baby gator. I was slightly disappointed by the airboat ride, we didn't go far into the everglades and we didn't receive much history on the area, but we did see about 5-6 gators.View All 149 Everglades Tour Reviews
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We did the Stingray City and 2 snorkel stops with Captain Marvin's. The water was more choppy that I would have liked, but overall not bad. The snorkeling equipment could have been better, especially the life jackets. Overall it was a great day. Saw some amazing fish and coral and learned I am afraid of the stingrays... who knewView All 795 Stingray Swim Reviews
This was the highlight of our cruise! Because we were such a big group we had the guide all to ourselves. The caves were absolutely beautiful, like nothing I've ever seen. When booking through the cruise line it says there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, but we had 4 in our group over 250 lbs, 2 over 300 lbs, and had no issues. The 4 over 250 lbs did not attempt the wetsuits, but were told they had ones that would fit. Throughout the cave experience there was a photographer that followed us around taking pictures. At the end we were able to purchase the pictures individually ($20 each I think) or $180 for a digital drive of all photos. We probably wouldn't have purchased the photos if it were just our family, but since we were splitting it with 2 other families we thought it was worth it. You are not able to take your own pictures in the cave.View All 158 Amazing River & Cavern Explore Reviews
2 of the 12 of us had been there before. The 3 dads we supposed to go scuba diving, but it was cancelled due to rough waves. We ended up just shopping and going to the chocolate museum. They gave us a discount since there were so many of us ($88 total instead of $108).The kids got some souvenirs and my daughter got henna.