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Sail Date: June 2018
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a ... Read More
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a disaster. Coming into the dock at Cape Liberty must have taken 45 minutes - an hour. All cars waiting in two lines, just to merge into one lane to drop off. You had to get all luggage out of the car, then park in the parking garage. It was so chaotic and stressful, and wish there was a better way. Other than that, the security/ check-in process was a breeze and we were on the ship in literally 15 minutes. Food: I am a vegetarian, but found a lot to eat. I do recommend if you are a vegetarian, ask for a veggie burger by the burger station in the windjammer, and they pulled one out from the back! I was very surprised they had them, and it was very good. Cheese fries were always my favorite, but a lot of the food was mediocre, just like I had read on here prior. At breakfast, we all LOVED the "potato pancakes" I'll call them. It was our favorite thing. The waffles/ pancakes were usually hard as rock. But the fresh fruit was so good. Pizza on the promenade was a disappointment, compared to Carnival's hand tossed pizzas after hours. This was definitely just frozen pizza, but we never had to wait long to get it, and you could have as much as you wanted. Main Dining Room: We all met up for dinner every single night, 5:30 on the bottom deck of the restaurant. My grandpa had it arranged so we always had 2 tables of 10 and 1 table of 4 in line with each other. We never had to wait, and could just walk right in. I know that serving 24 people at once can't be easy, but we would spend almost 2 hours from start to finish in that dining room. It just dragged on forever sometimes it felt like. We had one toddler, and two young children in our group, and the server did a great job at making sure they got their food first and would cut their food up. Our waiter's assistant (I am so bad with names, clearly) was always singing, and constantly filling up our water which was nice. There was always a main vegetarian course for me, but the appetizers sometimes lacked in meat-less options (besides a fresh fruit platter) which was disappointing. The crème-brulee was my favorite dessert, and the tomato & mozzarella appetizer was so delicious I finished it before he remembered to bring the balsamic reduction for it. No entrees really stood out to me. It was fun to move around the tables and sit by different family every night. Common Areas : There was plenty of pool space, hot tubs, and lounge chairs. Then again, we were cruising to Canada, so the weather wasn't always swimming weather, although that did not stop some people. We had two very hot days, and I had no problem finding room in the pool, or a lounge chair. On days at sea, or at night, things seemed to get so crowded. It would be hard to find a table at lunch in the windjammer, or find somewhere to stand to play trivia. Our absolute favorite place to meet up was The Duck & Dog Pub on the main promenade. We would end up pulling a bunch of tables together every time we saw a family member walk by. We would just talk and drink until midnight, or until the live music stopped and the cleaning started, and they were basically hinting for us to leave. Boleros had decent music most of the time. My great uncle loved getting down with whoever would get down with him. We were not a fan of the piano man in the Schooner Bar, but maybe that's just preference. One night the Adventure of the Seas orchestra was playing in the Imperial Lounge, and our whole family went and listened, while my grandparents danced. That was so lovely, and the orchestra was very good. It took us until about day 5 to find the card room hidden by the imperial lounge, which was a nice little spot. The gym was very, very large for a cruise ship (I thought). I only cut a star off from the rating because some machines were out of order, and there was no place to stretch/ do ab exercises, but maybe these are minor things. The casino was definitely out dated, just like I read on here. A lot of older machines. Everyone else in my family was winning while I lost all my money! It took us all week to find the Blue Moon Bar, which is deck 14, because there's only specific elevators that take you there. That was a bust. We thought there would be live music, but there seemed to be not much going on, and not many people there. The craziest thing was on the 4th of July. They claimed there would be a "party". What it really was half the ship crowding shoulder to shoulder on the promenade and up and down each floor by the elevators. My sister's and I really wanted to find a spot, but you just couldn't breath... couldn't walk. It was so awful, and definitely breaking a lot of security hazards/ rules. I ended up sitting at Boleros with some family while my sisters managed to get a video of the balloon drop. Not worth it, and disappointed there isn't a better way to let everyone enjoy it. One night there was a "party" on the promenade with the live band that played by the pool. This was the most fun we had all cruise for sure. Our whole family spent the night dancing and doing line dances. The entertainment team did a great job directing it and teaching us dances. The band was really good too. We were all sweating by the end of the night. Wish they did something like this every night! Shows: I will start with the ice-skating show. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, since this is something special to Royal Carribean, and I've never seen it before. The show was very confusing, and didn't have much a story line it seemed like. I was an ice skater, and understand mistakes can happen, but almost every performance had a stumble/ fall. Some of them were good though. The main shows seemed like such a disaster to me. I never thought Carnival's shows were anything special (you aren't watching a Broadway show after all), but after this I think Carnival shows were amazing. The costumes were extremely tacky, the dancers didn't seem synched at all, and the singers weren't all that good. I was bored during most of them. Big disappointment. I only saw previews of the comedians during the "Welcome" and "Farewell" shows. I did not go to any of their actual shows, but my cousins said they were funny. I peeked into the Quest game show, but was very confused. My sisters saw it from the beginning so they understood what was going on, and they said it was the funniest thing. Disembarkation : It was pretty smooth, but of course as soon as we get in line to disembark the ship, they halted the line because they were over capacity in the port with everyone trying to find their luggage and go through customs. Once it started moving, we were at our car in 15 minutes. Overall: I am really not one to complain, and like to see the best in the situation, but it's hard when I have mostly cruised on Carnival, and kept comparing everything to Carnival. Carnival is better in certain instances, Royal Caribbean is better in some instances. A lot of the workers just looked miserable, the ships layout is set up strangely, the food was just okay, the shows weren't good, and the common spaces filled up very quickly. But they did have so many fun things to do if you're into that. I didn't have time to do the rock climbing wall, go ice skating, the wave rider, or mini golf, but the kids in our group had such a fun time on these activities , that make Royal Caribbean special. Some parts of the ship are really beautiful. The 3-level dining room is immaculate, and the marble staircase leading up to deck 4 is great for pictures. I wish the ship had a theme, because it didn't seem like it had one. Everything was just random. I am not going to say you shouldn't go on this cruise, but I personally would pick Carnival for a future cruise! Personal preference! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
There were 10 of us (92 year old, six adults, 3 and 6 year-olds, and a 6-month old). It was great for a family. The 6-year old loved the camp. This is the 5th RC cruise I've taken. I'm very disappointed in the problem resolution. We had ... Read More
There were 10 of us (92 year old, six adults, 3 and 6 year-olds, and a 6-month old). It was great for a family. The 6-year old loved the camp. This is the 5th RC cruise I've taken. I'm very disappointed in the problem resolution. We had two substantial problems with our cabins (we had 5 cabins) Rooms that were to be adjoining (3 and 6 year olds in one and parents in the other) were not adjoining. And they cleaned the carpet in a cabin and closed the door, so the carpet was wet and started to mildew by the time we were allowed into our cabins. They finally replaced the carpet on the fourth day! We reported the problems before we left the first dock and they weren't resolved until the fourth day (out of a 7-day cruise). The staff never contacted us, we had to go to the service desk several times a day to keep them working on a resolution. My cabin was nice, clean and spacious. The ship nickle and dimes on costs, although I chose not to buy sodas, wine, spa treatments, ship tours, etc. 1. The sushi-making class was worth the cost, fun and tasted great. 2. Halifax - Don't take the Wine, Sea and Orchard (or whatever it was called) excursion. It was five hours on a bus out of 7-hour tour. We stayed on the bus to see the orchard and sea from the road! It is not good for kids. The tour guide actually told us not to ask her questions. Halifax - Do take the Hop-on Hop-off bus but get your tickets directly from the bus at the port. It'll save you a lot of money. 3. Bar Harbor - The Acadia 2.5 tour was beautiful and well guided. Whale watching was cancelled because of fog. 4. Saint John - Nothing much there except hiking to the falls. The food was average to very good. The beef offerings were very good, as were most of the menu items at dinner. The entertainment was also good. I doubt if I will travel on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Cruised with family (total of 14 people). Three separate families. Total of 7 adults (including one senior), 4 teens and 3 kids under 10. Embark and disembark - smooth. Windjammer (breakfast/lunch)- the breakfast and lunch food ... Read More
Cruised with family (total of 14 people). Three separate families. Total of 7 adults (including one senior), 4 teens and 3 kids under 10. Embark and disembark - smooth. Windjammer (breakfast/lunch)- the breakfast and lunch food are the same each day. Change it up!. They need to introduce some specialty items. Windjammer (dinner) - there is a theme dinner each night. The Caribbean theme night (braised oxtail and jerk chicken) is not to be missed. Dining (breakfast/lunch) - there is limited items to order from the menu. There is no variety available. Dinner (dinner) - each night, the menu changes. The portion size is small, but, great food. Entertainment - nightly entertainment. The comedians were nice. Nothing special as it is not our first cruise. The ice dancers were really good given that the ice surface is really small. Stateroom - choose an interior room (cheapest). It has enough storage for our luggage. Excursions - did not book with Royal Caribbean. At each port, we did our own excursion once we got off the pier. At Portland, we did a 1.5 hour bus tour for $29. A similar one organized by the ship would cost $85. On board experiences - gym was good. The men's shower area, change room, and sauna smells like a gym that needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Water slides, pool were enjoyed by adults, teens and kids. Sports deck was great. The open court sports had too many kids and adults participating. Need to have one for kids only and one for adults only... It does not mesh well if kids and adults are playing soccer all at the same time. The washrooms in the public area smells. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We had a lot of fun on Adventure of the Seas. This ship had a little bit of everything and if you got bored, it was your own damn fault (I heard one couple complain at dinner that there wasn't a great selection of pay per view movies!! Who ... Read More
We had a lot of fun on Adventure of the Seas. This ship had a little bit of everything and if you got bored, it was your own damn fault (I heard one couple complain at dinner that there wasn't a great selection of pay per view movies!! Who has time to watch movies on a cruise?). We enjoyed all of the late night shows; the Quest was a lot of fun, the comedians were funny, and the ice show was pretty. The best entertainment night was the Elton John tribute show (that guy was awesome). Also, the disco party is always a favorite of ours, especially when the guys dressed like the Village People come down to dance with the audience. There were so many things to do every day: trivia, mini golf, ping pong, shuffleboard, ice skating, and even the Flow Rider, which is simulated surfing. It's ALL fun. We went on several excursions. The best one was in Portland, Maine, when we boarded an old schooner and took a sail around the bay. Sure, in the Caribbean, they would've handed us rum punch, but I guess I can't count on that in 57-degree Maine. We also too, a bus to the Portland Head Light. There were vendors set up right outside the ship and we were able to buy a bunch of handmade souvenirs that were pretty nice. In Bar Harbor, we went on a bus trip to Acadia National Park and a lobster bake, which was a HIT with the folks on our cruise: we had 3 tour buses full of folks doing this. Okay, the bus trip was ridiculous--our guide kept saying, "this is a good spot to take photos! The view is amazing--but we're not going to stop here, so just look out your window. On the left. There it goes!" He did this several times. We stopped exactly twice to take photos at some kind of little bridge thing that was important in some way and another time at a bathroom, for r old folks who I guess couldn't hold it (nothing to see at that stop). I didn't really see Acadia Narional Park except for the glances of things as we rolled by. We saw other tour buses stopping and people getting out, but we whizzed right on by everyone. That was disappointing. But the meal was pretty amazing and my mom said it made up for the crappy "tour". Everyone got a whole lobster, a half an ear of corn, and 3 new potatoes (red potatoes). There were many very happy lobster-eating folks! In the Canadian ports, we did hop on-hop off bus tours around the cities, which were blah. No air conditioning. I guess they don't need it that far north usually, but the day we were in Halifax, it was 93 degrees and we were melting on that double decker bus. I'm not sure why we paid over $50 per person to do those, but they have us some interesting history lessons about the cities, I guess. My only complaint on this whole cruise was with the Internet. We prepaid for the Internet package a few months beforehand. It was over $100 for the week and sadly, was unreliable and SLOW. VERY SLOW. So slow, in fact, that we weren't able to FaceTime with family (we have a family member who was undergoing chemo and wanted to check on him, but were unable to do so because of our unreliable connection). I think the Internet package is touted as being "the fastest at sea" or something to that effect. Really, I'd like the proof on that one. It was hard to load email when I needed to check in a few times during that week. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I throughly enjoyed our cruise and would recommend this ship and a Canadian/New England cruise. Foremost, the crew was amazing, especially our main dining room staff and state room attendants. I appreciate the hard work, attentiveness and ... Read More
I throughly enjoyed our cruise and would recommend this ship and a Canadian/New England cruise. Foremost, the crew was amazing, especially our main dining room staff and state room attendants. I appreciate the hard work, attentiveness and kindness. They provided the personal touches that made the experience special. The food was excellent (especially in the main dining room, most hit or miss in the wind jammer), the amenities were good (pools, flowrider, perfect storm slides, ice skating), the entertainment we saw was very good (especially the ice show and lounge entertainment). The experience was everything I was looking for, being: pampered, indulged, wowed, entertained. Background: Our group of 10 included four kids (4-9 years old), four adults in the their 40’s and two seniors in their 70’s. None of us had been on a cruise in the last 10 years. We were celebrating a 50th anniversary and looking for lots of family time, interesting ports and food choices that would accommodate various eating preferences. Embarkation: Half of our group flew into Newark the day before embarkation and stayed at the Country Inn & Suites near the airport. They had good reports about the hotel and it provided a shuttle from the airport to the hotel (but not to the cruise terminal). They took an Uber to the cruise terminal in the morning. Two of our group took an Amtrak to Newark the morning of the cruise and took an Uber to the terminal. My group drove to the terminal and parked their. Parking was $140 for the cruise and we got covered parking in the structure. The parking area is right next to the embarkation area, maybe a five minute walk. Embarkation was easy, if a bit chaotic with the different lines (screening, check-in). We arrived quite a bit earlier (2 hours) than our scheduled check-in time and there was no problem getting on early. Stateroom: We had five interior staterooms on deck 6. The rooms were small, but not as small as we feared. The furniture, rugs, cabinets etc were in pretty good shape, but not as good condition as the public spaces. We were very pleased with our choice of an interior room. The darkness helped with sleep and relaxation. The rooms were overall very quiet, but there was some early morning noises of carts rolling coming from service decks below. Deck 6 seemed like a good location: close to the Royal promenade and dining room. Our stateroom attendants were excellent, hard working, friendly and engaging with the kids. Thanks Suseno and Renalto! Dining: Dinner: We had all our dinners in the Sapphire main dining room. We were happy with our choice to eat there over the Windjammer. None of us tried the specialty dining options. The food ranged from good to excellent. We took our server’s recommendations and were pleased. The excellent dishes were: lamb chops, escargot, burrata, beet and greens salad, prime rib, lobster tail (yes, there was lobster night), crab cake. The desserts were also very good, especially the cheese cake, molten chocolate cake, warm cookie with ice cream, creme brulee. The dinner service was great. Our server, Seddely, learned our preferences and had food ready for the kids when we arrived. He pampered us with extra servings without asking. The head waiter, Nikolai, arranged for special food for a gluten free member of our group and had a special cake ordered for the celebration of the 50th anniversary we were taking the cruise to celebrate. The extraordinary thing the dinner service did was expand the size of our table. We had ten people at a table that would comfortably sit eight. We had been on the waiting list for the early seating, so I was happy to be there at all. The dining room staff noticed we didn’t have a lot of room and on the third day they had a carpenter on the ship cut a piece of plywood to fit on top of our table to give us more room. It was truly exceptional and kind service. I had mixed feelings about the early, 5:30pm, seating. It worked with the kid’s schedules, but we missed the sights as we left three of the four ports at 5:30pm. We could’ve switched to the Windjammer those nights, but I did enjoy the main dining room. Lunches: We tried the windjammer and main dining room. The main dining room had its usual excellent service and entree choices not available at the windjammer. There was a flourless chocolate cake with rsaperiees at the main dining room that I only saw at the first at-sea day that was extraordinary. I guess I don’t have much to say about the lunches, they were not a food highlight. Breakfast: we tried the Windjammer, main dining room and room service (free options only) for breakfast. All three had similar options, but the main dining room had an a la carte menu in addition to a buffet. Regardless of the venue, I thought the variety of croissants were the best pastry items. The omelet station in the windjammer had the freshest food which was a nice change. Activities: The highlights were the more active amenities: Flowrider, perfect storm water slides, rock climbing, ice skating. The staff at the water sports and the rock climbing stood out as being really supportive, there was a very positive feeling. The 7 and 9 year olds were tall enough for the water slide (48” min., I believe), but only the 9 year old was tall enough for the Flowrider (52” to boogie board). I rode the water slide a few times and it was pretty thrilling. The lines were moderate on our cruise, but I could see them being quite long on caribbean cruises with warmer weather. Ice skating was fun and it was cool that the skaters from the ice show handled the logistics of the open skate sessions so you could see them off the ice. Entertainment: We didn’t go to too many of the entertainment events, but what we saw was very good. The ice show was amazing, not to be missed. The show was very creative and the skaters very skilled, especially for such a small space. I was impressed that they had 10 skaters! Our cruise was over July 4th. There was a balloon drop on the Royal promenade in the evening and a very good rendition of the US national anthem by one of the professional singers. It was cool to see the prep in the morning, quite a production. I saw the big band perform a few times which was quite good. Kids: The kids loved the boat, especially the food :) We didn’t use the onboard child care, so I can’t say anything about that. Summary: A very well run cruise. I would recommend this cruise line, ship and itinerary to others. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Had a lot of fun but got tired of all the hidden fees. I would preferred to have them increase the price instead of all the extra hidden costs. They charged us 45 per day in stateroom fees for an extra 350. Then All the drinks which were ... Read More
Had a lot of fun but got tired of all the hidden fees. I would preferred to have them increase the price instead of all the extra hidden costs. They charged us 45 per day in stateroom fees for an extra 350. Then All the drinks which were already $12 each had 18% gratuity added. Bingo ended up costing us 80 for two games. It just felt like too much when we pay so much to cruise. The staff was great. There were two elevators broken the entire time so it was always an issue. Leaving the ship was chaos - could have had staff directing people during the self checkout process. One line went around half the ship while the other line was empty. We had so much fun at all the ports. Lots of stuff to do but could have spent more time at the ports. One port was only there till 230 which is weird. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Had a great time and was taken care of like we were royalty! Excellent staff and plenty to see on ship as well as ports of call. Enjoyed the many shows on board. The shore excursions were very good and the tour guides very informative ... Read More
Had a great time and was taken care of like we were royalty! Excellent staff and plenty to see on ship as well as ports of call. Enjoyed the many shows on board. The shore excursions were very good and the tour guides very informative and had plenty of personal experiences related to the tours. The food in all the dinning rooms was delicious. The evening dinner was made special by our wait staff. The would have our drinks at the table when we arrived every evening and would take care of us with out complaint. they were always smiling and I felt that they loved to make their guest happy. The shows on board were always very professional. The entertainment provided by staff was fun also. The "game show" and trivia events were awesome. The entertainment staff made sure that there was something for everyone to enjoy! Thanks for an awesome vacation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Overall good cruise. A little overpriced. The ports of call were just average. Bar Harbor and Halifax were the best. We had to travel quite far to get to any excursions at all the ports and there was nothing to do at the port in New ... Read More
Overall good cruise. A little overpriced. The ports of call were just average. Bar Harbor and Halifax were the best. We had to travel quite far to get to any excursions at all the ports and there was nothing to do at the port in New Brunswick so I highly suggest doing an excursion that day. Cabin and crew were absolutely awesome! Especially our dinner staff Ronaldo and Merlon. Cruise director Chris and activities director Magic Marvin were readily available and visible throughout entire cruise. No fireworks for the 4th??! :/ I'm sorry but the royal Caribbean singers and dancers were.....not very good. I found myself wondering what the hell was going on half the time. The one little...skit?....play?....show i guess....called Jackpot made the most sense, but I still left pissed I wasted my time. Comedians were GREAT! I loved the action comedy show. I would see him and amy of those comedians again. Do not miss those shows, especially action comedy! Could've been a super hokie show, but that guy was very entertaining! Food was just okay. Dinner was the best obviously. never felt unsatisfied, but the buffet is a little redundant and breakfast too. Its typical royal Caribbean cruise food. Nothing special. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We found our time extremely relaxing and thank the crew for an amazing voyage! My expectations were exceeded as I figured it would be mediocre compared to our Alaska cruise with an upscale cruise line. Because of the service we received ... Read More
We found our time extremely relaxing and thank the crew for an amazing voyage! My expectations were exceeded as I figured it would be mediocre compared to our Alaska cruise with an upscale cruise line. Because of the service we received I would definitely go RC again. From the food and beverage staff - the housekeeping staff - we were treated like royalty and enjoyed the adventure. I say this as a person who has worked in hospitality for over 25 years and actually conducted customer service training to more than 2,000 local Lancastrians This crew nailed it! Entertainment as ok - the comedian was super! The ice show was great. I liked that coffee was available at 5am as I am an early riser and enjoyed this. Would definitely recommend that you do choose a time for dining as not having done that it was problematic at times to get to dine in the MDR - which was our fault. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple ... Read More
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple exceptions. The biggest is the food, specifically the Main Dining Room. The service was good as expected, but the quality of the food was very poor. We gave it three tries before giving up and just going to the Windjammer for every meal. The Windjammer was a typical buffet fare. They have a themed section each evening for dinner along with a standard selection that never changed. The only negative to the buffet is when you go for 3 meals a day for 7 days in a row it does get very repetitive. It seems very obvious that Royal has decided to cut back majorly on the main dining room in an effort to push people into the specialty dining restaurants that have a rather large cover charge to them. When you're paying over $100 per person per day you'd expect some decent food to be included, but instead Royal wants you to pay another $40+ per person per day on top of that. You will not go hungry on the cruise, but edible does not mean good! The second negative for us was entertainment. We only were able to see a few shows because almost everything is done at night and traveling with kids that just didn't work out. The only daytime show they do is the ice skating show on one of the sea days. The two shows we did manage to make that started early evening were okay. The performers themselves were good, but the material was kind of meh. Our daughter was 9 which put her into the oldest group for Adventure Ocean with is the 9-11 year old range. She really enjoyed it and wanted to go to it more than doing the other activities on the ship like the rock climbing wall and water slides. A third issue was ship maintenance and the elevators. Several things were broken throughout the cruise. For example one of the water slides, some of the elevators, and the Freestyle Coke machines were hit or miss. Speaking of the Freestyle Coke machines, they charge you an 18% gratuity to fill your own cups in the machine, the least they could do is keep the things stocked. A day didn't go by that a machine we used had things missing. The staff throughout the ship were all good. Didn't have any issues with anyone at all. Ports of call on this itinerary are a mixed bag. The highlight is Bar Harbor because of the easy access to Acadia National Park plus the scenery is beautiful. Saint John New Brunswick offers some interesting sites if you're willing to pay for a tour or rent a car. Portland Maine and Halifax were the weak points particularly if you're looking to do a self-guided tour. Halifax does have a couple interesting museums though. Embarkation/Debarkation were pretty quick and painless. The only negative here is the location. Everywhere around Cape Liberty is pretty depressed/run down. Definitely not an area you want to walk around in at all. NYC offers a lot to see and do if you've never been there before, just be aware that it takes a very long time to get anywhere and prices are sky high for everything. Read Less

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