We cruised on the Adventure of the Sea on 9/15/22, cruising up the New England coast for 9 days. We flew into Newark International Airport on the morning of the cruise and used the Royal Caribbean shuttle, $55.90 for 2 people each way, to transfer from the airport to the ship which worked out very well. The bus picked us up around 9 AM and we were on the ship around 10:30 AM. Our first port was Boston. Since we had taken excursions in Boston before we just walked into the downtown area, Faneuil Hall and Quincey Market, about 2.2 miles from the ship. Great city and lots to do in downtown area. On day five we were in Bar Harbor and we took an excursion which was the Acadia National Park loop which was ok but not all that much to see. We didn’t get off the ship in St. John’s since it was raining all day and we had been there several times on other cruises. The next day we were suppose to go to Halifax, Nova Scotia but several weeks before the cruise we received an email saying that we were no longer going to Halifax but now going to Sydney, Nova Scotia. We heard the reason we were not stopping in Halifax was that there was no room for our ship. We were disappointed as Halifax is much nicer than Sydney. We used the Royal Caribbean transfer at the end of the cruise to get back to the Newark Airport.
The entertainment on the ship was fairly good. The first night they had a comedian who was not very funny. On night two we saw a production show, Invitation to Dance, which was very good. On the third night we saw the ice show which was also very good. The lead skater was one of the best we had ever seen. The fourth night they had a Beatles Tribute band which were very good. On night five the main show in the theater was the RC orchestra, something we have never seen in all our cruises. On night six they had an entertainer by the name of El Gaucho. He had a good show with his unique talents. On night seven they had their second production show called “Can’t Stop The Rock” which was a good show. On night eight they had a Headliner show featuring Daryl J. Williams, a singer who was ok. The last night they brought back the comedian from night one who was no funnier than he was on night one.
Our cabin was behind the rear elevators and location was fine. The cabin showed its age but was fine with the exception of the refrigerator which did not keep drinks cold and the sliding balcony door which had a terrible whistle whenever the wind blew. I was disappointed with the TV channel lineup as they took off the 2 Prime stations which used to show old shows like Blue Bloods, Law and Order, The Good Wife, etc.. The regular WiFi on this ship was frustrating to use, sometimes very slow. I have read that Royal Caribbean is installing Starlink on it’s ships. They need to do something because WiFi is not worth the money they charge.
The cabin needed to be updated. It looked like it had a lot of use, especially since this ship was built in 2001. While it was renovated in 2018 I think most of the updates were adding slides, flow rider etc.