17 Miami Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

A group of 5 cruised in 2 cabins. In the cabin that held 3, 2 of them chose the beverage package. One of the cruisers has a medical condition that only allows her to drink water and almond milk...RCCL made her purchase a drink package ... Read More
A group of 5 cruised in 2 cabins. In the cabin that held 3, 2 of them chose the beverage package. One of the cruisers has a medical condition that only allows her to drink water and almond milk...RCCL made her purchase a drink package even when they were told about her condition. I think that they blew my respect for them...I'm a diamond plus person and have 3 upcoming cruises booked with them but under the circumstances, I think I'll start booking other cruise lines. The staff in the dining room was great, but the service was slower than usual. We did "hook" our reservation numbers together when booking (our 2 cabins) to request the same table, and verified it with the cruise line 1 week before sailing BUT we were not at the same table and had to wait in line with about 50 others with the same problem to get our table straightened out. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose Royal Caribbean because it was supposed to be the best, in every category. I've cruised before on 2 different Carnival cruises and they were awesome, so I wanted to go a "level up" to RC. I went with my boyfriend, ... Read More
I chose Royal Caribbean because it was supposed to be the best, in every category. I've cruised before on 2 different Carnival cruises and they were awesome, so I wanted to go a "level up" to RC. I went with my boyfriend, who had never cruised before. I can't eat dairy, so dining was difficult. Nothing is labeled, so you don't know if things contain milk, or are cooked with butter vs oil etc. The only person who knows how dishes are cooked is the chef on staff, which is not an easy/quick way to find out. The food overall tasted good but there were not many healthy options or dairy-free ones. No desserts were dairy free, unless requested a day ahead of time in the dining room. I didn't like that the themed restaurants were an extra fee. Cruises should be all-inclusive I.M.O. especially if you pay extra for alcohol etc. The entertainment onboard was not so great... the Carnival shows I remember were very good and packed at every show. We left after 5-10 min with every show we went to see. The one thing we were excited for was an outdoor movie on the deck that was cancelled without any notice or reason. The pools were also closed for a full "cruising" day for some reason. The staff was SO friendly and happy and willing to help with whatever you needed. Especially in the dining room. There was a couple bartenders who were NOT which was a bummer.. One thing I wish I knew, was that the end "port" wasn't a port, and you had to leave the boat by 10am. Not sure how people did excursions since you couldn't get back on the boat after to shower etc. before going to the airport. The busses take you straight to the airport and you don't go anywhere else. So really you only have the 2 ports to do stuff at. We stopped at St. Thomas & St. Maarten. In St. Thomas we took a ride to Magen's Bay which cost $20 each and $5 each to get in the beach. So $50 to be at the beach for 2 hours where you could do that on the boat and also eat/drink for free. We expected the beach to be a free thing.. maybe more info on the ports online would be good to add. St Maarten we took a water taxi to the beach ($7 each) and there just walked around and swam for a little and had a beer at a bar on the strip. Lots of beach vendors literally RUNNING after us to get us to rent chairs on the beach. Which is uncomfortable when you're in an unfamiliar place.. There was just a lot that wasn't explained ahead of time or available on the website, and the quality was a lot less than expected with such a highly rated line. It felt stressful to me. Like if you ate at a different place they would charge you, if you lost a towel or someone took it they charge $25, or if you got a coffee you might pay for it but wouldn't know until after.. and the excursions didn't seem worth the extra money either. I will probably just go to an all inclusive resort next time for peace of mind and easier traveling. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose this cruise because it has everything to enjoy a good time with familily and friends. The services are excellent, the people are so kind and the installations of the ship are great. The cabin was always clean, the dinning was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it has everything to enjoy a good time with familily and friends. The services are excellent, the people are so kind and the installations of the ship are great. The cabin was always clean, the dinning was excellent with the waiter. The entertainment was good, but i would have liked that the DJ of the music at the disco was kinder and listen to all the people about the music that we like, especially to the latin people because he only put american songs and even not vary. The 5 days he put the same songs and he was angry to change. These was so sad to us because I felt that it was a ship for only american people, without counting that the ship had almost the half of the boat international people not american going to Puerto Rico a Latin American country. And today even americans like our music. For the rest of the review I have an excellent opinion of the ship and I would like to come back soon. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have been loyal to RCL with this being our 8th with them and have sailed on the Adventure before. Overall, this experience was very sub-par for RCL compared to our past experience on the Adventure and with RCL. Bar service was ... Read More
We have been loyal to RCL with this being our 8th with them and have sailed on the Adventure before. Overall, this experience was very sub-par for RCL compared to our past experience on the Adventure and with RCL. Bar service was overwhelmed and poor, particularly the in the pool area and casino. We just wonder if all the "great" employees are being placed on the new ships and the older ships are understaffed. Drinks (bloody mary) were rarely the same, i.e., olives and/or Tabasco added. We also wondered if the bars, staffing and systems have not kept pace with the popularity of the drink packages. Our dining experience was awesome and a couple bar tenders in different venues were very friendly and helpful. The casino had technical issues so the players card was not working the first day/night and a number of the slots were not working the whole cruise. On a positive note, they continue to emphasize sanitation with the addition of hand washing sinks at the entrance to Windjammer in addition to hand sanitizer. Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent, they have a great system. We arrived at the port at 10:15am, were checked in immediately and on the ship by 11:00am. FYI- Paradise point in St. Thomas was still not open, but it appeared that most other destinations were operating. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was my 12th RC Cruise.. I am very loyal to Royal and I am currently suffering from cruise depression. For the most part, I had a great time. Food and Entertainment were off the charts AMAZING for me. We loved the game shows, contests, ... Read More
This was my 12th RC Cruise.. I am very loyal to Royal and I am currently suffering from cruise depression. For the most part, I had a great time. Food and Entertainment were off the charts AMAZING for me. We loved the game shows, contests, etc, and all of the cruise staff was very friendly. They were super personable and got to know us on a first name basis (especially if you participate, they will be buddies with you). I also was highly impressed with the food this time. In the past, the food was just average for me, but this time, I think they really stepped up their game in both the Windjammer and Main Dining Room. They had a really good variety each day. I did have some issues getting on board the ship. Apparently, they either had some faulty cards that would not scan OR their printer was not working correctly (I never really got a clear answer) and I had to stand to the side right after we boarded the ship so they could print me a new card. I was there for around 15 minutes, while others scanned in and got on the ship, I just stood there waiting. My boyfriend's card, who was literally right in front of me, worked just fine. They never came, so the lady told me to go to guest services to get a new one. At guest services, they were concerned that I must have gotten onto the ship somehow without going through security (?) and didn't believe my story.. Finally, the girl that was supposed to come bring me a new card came back and said it should be fine.. but low and behold, it didn't work at the Windjammer bar. I had to go back down AGAIN and get a new one printed. That was kind of a bummer on the first day, but no more issues after that. Other thoughts.. The bar service was horrible. This cruise had maybe 4 dozen kids, so the bar staff probably was not prepared for that many adults at all times at every venue. There were some times we had to wait 20 minutes for a drink (Imperial Lounge, Blue Moon, and Boleros were the worst.) Main dining room bar service was horrible also. We would be finished with appetizers before our drinks ever came. Cabin cleanliness.. Well, our cabin was refurbished with fresh carpet and a new chair, but it wasn't very clean. The bathroom had dark hairs in the shower, and there was a wine cork under the toilet area that was there when we arrived and sat there for 3 days before we threw it away.. I also NEVER met my stateroom attendant. lol. They just never introduced themselves and I never saw him cleaning - although my boyfriend did meet him, I thought it was strange he never introduced himself to me. PLEASE GO TO ALL OF THE GAMESHOWS. They are hilarious and definitely worth attending each night. We did not do any excursions this time. In St. Thomas, we went to the Mountain Top which was absolutely incredible. I would love to go again. Also, I noticed moreso on this cruise that the crew was going out of their way to sell on the first few days. Drink packages, specialty dining, etc, and they would come up to you while you were just sitting down enjoying a drink or walking past like mall kiosks do. That was pretty annoying, but it definitely calmed down after the first day. All in all, we LOVED this ship and plan to go back in 6 months for the New England/ Canada itinerary!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I finally had a chance to experience my first cruise. I have to say, sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas was nothing short of amazing. We sailed from Miami, spent 2 days at sea, stopped in St. Thomas, then St. Maarten, ... Read More
I finally had a chance to experience my first cruise. I have to say, sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas was nothing short of amazing. We sailed from Miami, spent 2 days at sea, stopped in St. Thomas, then St. Maarten, and ended up in San Juan, PR. Preparing for the cruise, I was really looking forward to the island stops. However, I think I had more fun on the ship enjoying the entertainment. We attended the comedy show with Troy Thirdgill, the Invitation to Dance production, the Hot Art Cool Ice Ice Show, the Love & Marriage Show, karaoke, Finish That Lyric, and more. Most of the stuff we did on the islands were done on our own without using the ship’s excursion services. However, for anyone visiting St. Maarten, I’d highly recommend the Party Bus excursion (http://www.thestmaartenpartybus.com/). We purchased it on Priceline. Our cabin with a balcony was cool and always clean, thanks to Dewa our attendant. It was really nice to be able to open the sliding door and enjoy the wind and sound of the seas after a long night. Waking up in the morning and opening the balcony door was nice too. Breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer was satisfying. At times, it was tough to find an open (or clean table). Evening dining in the Sapphire Dining Room was always great. Our waiter (Alejandro) was quick and helpful. Chilling in the Solarium, away from the kids, was cool too. All in all, there was plenty to do aboard the Adventure of the Seas. I’m looking forward to planning our next cruise. I’m hooked!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was my and my wife's third cruise, all on different lines. That's now given us a good basis for comparison but it's also spoiled us a little bit, because every cruise has been amazing in its own way. Each line and ship ... Read More
This was my and my wife's third cruise, all on different lines. That's now given us a good basis for comparison but it's also spoiled us a little bit, because every cruise has been amazing in its own way. Each line and ship has its own strengths, and occasional weaknesses. We had a Grand Suite on this cruise, which is something I really recommend. For the most part we were able to show up and just walk onto the ship, with a quick stop at the check-in desk (but in the VIP line, which had no wait). The benefits of having a suite are more than we expected. Of course the room, bathroom and balcony are bigger, but the Suite Lounge turned out to be one of our favorite places on the ship, especially because they give unlimited free alcohol during happy hour. There's also a party for suite guests midway through the cruise that also has free booze. And we made pretty good use of the VIP seats in some of the venues too (though some aren't very good seats - in the Lyric Theater, they're in the balcony!). Disembarkation was the same - with the suite, we were able to just walk off the ship as soon as de-boarding started. (We did check our luggage but didn't have an airport transfer, so being in group 1, we were able to leave right away.) There was already a massive line for Customs when we got to the terminal, but we got the VIP line so sailed right past it. I mean, I'm not a big capitalist at heart, but you do get what you pay for with a Grand Suite on this ship! This was a positioning cruise so it was much cheaper - normally we wouldn't have been able to afford it. (Top tip: look for a positioning cruise!) The ship itself is big and nice to look at, with fairly traditional designs for most things that feel like they belong on a ship. The Sapphire Dining Room, for example, looks like something you might have seen on a golden era ocean liner. The one massive exception, which must have been a big innovation when the ship was built, is the "Royal Promenade" running down the middle of the ship. This looks really impressive when you first see it, until you realize it's basically just an indoor mall. That's it. There's not really any reason to go there unless you feel the need to buy a watch on a ship, or fill up your soda cup at one of the two soda machines. The other ships I've been on have had central atriums that serve the same purpose, but somehow they feel a little more "ship-like", and the bars and whatnot feel like real destinations in themselves. The Royal Promenade's bars and restaurants feel like eating or drinking at the mall, and we never ate or drank there after the first day. Another unique thing that stayed impressive for us is the ice rink, which I know now is a Royal Caribbean trademark. We went to the ice show twice - it was amazing to think you can see such a thing on a ship. It was beautiful, although as you can imagine there were a few moving-ship-related falls. I don't even know how they do some of those jumps or one-foot spinning moves while the ship is pitching and rolling. Speaking of food, we thought the dining room food was *really* good for the most part, and we ate there every night but one. They do repeat a lot of appetizers and desserts, but the main courses were mostly different every night, and I don't think I ate anything that I didn't force myself to finish, no matter how full I was. It was just too good to leave anything behind. I especially enjoyed the prime rib and New York strip steak. The Windjammer buffet is... well, it's a ship's buffet. It's exactly like the other buffets on the other ships we've been on. Some stuff is good, other stuff is "eh". The pizza was just bad. But at least you will never go hungry. Breakfast is a particular weak point, as it always seems to be in ship buffets. They did have one day for lunch when they set up about 10 different meat carving stations with different freshly carved meats, and that was neat. Always go for the freshly carved meat if you can - it's usually very good, and there's always at least one station set up. We were on a Valentine's Day cruise so they really pushed us at every opportunity to make reservations at a specialty restaurant. Giovanni's Table finally wore me down and I made one there when they actually called me in our room. But I didn't regret it - even though the dining room was good, Giovanni's Table was a noticeable step up, and I had seriously one of the best filet mignons I've ever had there. The service was also on another level, and of course the decor is like a real restaurant. This ship has two main pools - the regular pool and the Solarium, which is the better of the two (if you're an adult, as you have to be there). The regular pool area was constantly overcrowded, and even the VIP loungers were always fully taken. The Solarium was never quite as crowded, although it feels a little more quiet and enclosed. (But it's just on the other side of one door from the regular pool, so you can easily go back and forth.) I really missed the aft pool like the other ships we've taken have - the aft section of the pool deck on this ship is taken up by the Flowrider surf simulator and the waterslide. I know who they're trying to appeal to with these things, but I didn't see many people using them, and given how overcrowded the main pool is, I really think they should just install another pool and bar back there instead. The Lyric Theater hosted a couple of comedy shows, a couple of dance shows and a comedy/musical tribute show on our cruise, and we went to all of them once. The entertainers were all really good/funny, and the singing/dancing shows I thought were very professional. (My wife wasn't that impressed by the Latin dance show, but I was.) In terms of shore excursions, we booked the Magen's Bay Beach day at St. Thomas, and did our own thing in St. Maarten. I got the impression when booking that a lot of stuff still isn't really running in the Caribbean since the hurricanes (no zip-lining option, for example!), and St. Maarten, especially, is still just in a really bad state. This was our fourth visit so we wanted to see how some of our favorite places had held up, and a lot of them are basically destroyed. The whole of Grand Case and most of its restaurants is just a shell - though we had a great lunch at one of the LOLO's there, which are open. The Sonesta Maho Beach is totally gutted. Orient Bay Beach is basically gone - I mean there is nothing there, and even all the trees and beach bars are missing! It's very sad. RCI did have beach excursions set up that I heard were fine, but much of the island isn't. Still, they want tourists and need the money, so go! As for Magen's Bay and St. Thomas, it was in much better shape, though there was obvious hurricane damage throughout the island as well. Hopefully in a couple years, the region will have fully recovered. So check the date if you're reading this in the future. One thing - in addition to being a Valentine's Day cruise, this was also an anniversary cruise for my wife and me. I had ordered one of the room decor packages for our anniversary, and RCI somehow lost my order. Big problem! At 9PM that day, I went to the front desk, and they found my order but it had somehow not ever made it to room service. They straightened it out and we finally got the room decorated (plus our cake), and they were very apologetic about it. In the end, my wife was very surprised and happy. But this is actually the second time I've had this experience on different cruise lines - so if you've got a surprise planned, always check in advance to make sure it's going to happen. All in all, not much to really complain about other than that and the overcrowding at the main pool, and maybe a few minor things about the way RCI designs its ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was the first sailing since the ships drydock and the work done on the ship was obvious. You would never know the ship is almost eighteen years old. Most of the public areas were sparkling the cabins clearly had new carpet and ... Read More
This was the first sailing since the ships drydock and the work done on the ship was obvious. You would never know the ship is almost eighteen years old. Most of the public areas were sparkling the cabins clearly had new carpet and furnishings, and chairs and chaises across the ship and its decks were in excellent condition, if not clearly new. We also found the ship staff’s attention to detail excellent with regard to keeping it clean, never seeing garbage, spare plates or glasses lying around whether in the Windjammer where tables were cleared immediately or drink classes cleaned up right away on deck. This is in stark contrast to our previous trip on the Anthem which we found to be dirty overall and staff indifferent. Embarkation was a breeze, pulling up to the ship at 11am and getting right on and getting off at the end of the trip wasn’t much more difficult. From a crowd perspective, you never felt crowded, even at peak times in the Windjammer, or in the Royal Promendade, making this in excellent size ship. Dining room service and food was pretty good, certainly not gourmet but serviceable. Specialties Giovanni’s Table and Chops were enjoyable, just keep in mind desserts in Giovanni’s are brought out on a dessert cart and are not particularly fresh. Windjammer while spacious and clean, should have a whole lot more variety at breakfast and lunch aand the food was rarely hot. We’ve seen much better on other RCCL ships than this, especially given the limited options at those times around the ship. Other major complaint was the VOOM internet which was almost unusable on the ship despite the high price. Again, the slowest i’ve seen on their ships. That being said, we enjoyed ourselves, who wouldn’t when getting five days in the sun. Entertainment was better than we expected but with the Ice Show and the Headliners, both the comedian Mike Marino and Joel Mason. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I was SO excited to book this cruise. My husband and I's first honeymoon was a disaster, so this was supposed to be a "make-up" honeymoon. This was almost worst than our first one. He had never been out of the country, so ... Read More
I was SO excited to book this cruise. My husband and I's first honeymoon was a disaster, so this was supposed to be a "make-up" honeymoon. This was almost worst than our first one. He had never been out of the country, so this was a big deal for him and I was so excited to travel with him, and this cruise quite literally embarrassed me!! I'm not even sure where to begin.... 1. FOOD IS HORRIBLE - The worst meals I have ever had. Windjammer buffet was disgusting, always the same exact choices. We got food poisoning two nights in a row from this place, so we tried Chops Grill. EVEN WORSE. $80 for rubbery tasteless steaks and a terrible waitress. Our best meal on this ship was Johnny Rockets, and that's SAD. Even there, the drains were having issues so there was dirty water all over the floors. The main dining room's food was below average. The steak had zero flavor and was clearly soaked in pepper to try to add to the taste. Nasty. We couldn't wait to get home and have a decent meal that didn't make us sick. 2. BAR SERVICE SLOW - 50 people in line for drinks and 2 bartenders working??? Ridiculous. We prepaid for our drink packages that included tips and stopped getting drinks two days into our cruise due to the slow service. It's not even worth it because by the time you get your second drink, the even little bit of a buzz you would get would be worn off. Not to mention there were only 3 bars...with over 3800 people... doesn't add up. 3. ROOM WAS GROSS - We were extremely appalled with the room in general. The stench was overbearing (and we couldn't even figure out what the smell was), old, musty, nasty! The bed was virtually useless. Lawn chairs by the pool were more comfortable. My back ached every morning from sleeping on a rock. Our toilet never flushed. Had to call maintenance within the first hour. Water in the room tasted foul and old, and warm. Had to go all the way to a bar to get a bottled water because I couldn't stand to drink it. I will say that our steward was awesome. Very friendly and attentive. But even he couldn't help make this room worth the money. 4. STAFF WAS UNFRIENDLY - Besides our steward and one of the bar staff by the pool. The staff never smiled, had rude responses, and acted superior to us if we had a question. Then they EXPECTED an additional tip. Ridiculously entitled. Made me not want to tip them at all! When we got off the ship in Puerto Rico, some man loaded our suitcases into a taxi (that is ALL he did), and demanded me to tip him!!! He put his hand out in front of my face and everything. He didn't even DO anything. We could have put our suitcases in the trunk by ourselves. This instantly turned me off about this city. 5. WINDY AND WAVY - I know this isn't the cruise ship's fault, just a warning to future cruisers that plan to go in February -- DON'T. The motion never ended and fellow cruisers were telling us that they had never seen it that bad before. It was SO windy, that my drink was literally blown out of my cup as I was walking back to my pool chair. 6. When getting off the boat in your last port, they designate specific times that you have to get off. People who book shore excursions with the ship get the priority and get to get off first - very unfair. I had booked an excursion outside of the ship and they would not honor it- so I had to cancel. We had to be out of our staterooms at 8am and could not get off the ship until 10:30, so many people were sitting there waiting doing nothing. Pools were closed. Bars were closed. We waited for hours with nothing to do...When we FINALLY got called to get off, our cards declined (the bank never put them through), but we went to guest services and paid it the night before and was told that we were "all set". WRONG. They wouldn't let us get off the ship until we went to guest services and fixed it. The line wrapped around the ship, we waited for over an hour. Take my advice, choose "cash" not "card" and pay your bill the night before so they have no reason to decline you. 7. PORTS WERE THE BEST PART - St. Thomas and St. Maarten were absolutely gorgeous (even despite just being put through multiple hurricanes). The locals here were so friendly and welcoming (a drastic change to the ship). We didn't want to get back on the boat. Next time, we will be booking a hotel and staying in one place. I have never wanted a vacation to be over. But after this, I couldn't wait to get home. Overall, it was a very poor experience. Most likely will not return to RC if we book another cruise. I hope this helps future cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chosen this cruise because I liked the route, beginning in one port and finish in other. this opportunity is great, because we take a airplane until Orlando, Florida on Feb 9 and went to Magic Kingdom, then my husband drive a car until ... Read More
We chosen this cruise because I liked the route, beginning in one port and finish in other. this opportunity is great, because we take a airplane until Orlando, Florida on Feb 9 and went to Magic Kingdom, then my husband drive a car until Miami, Florida y the last was take the cruise on February 9. Overall we had wonderful time. Cruised from Miami to St Thomas, St Maarteen and finally San Juan, PR. Good port destinations Lots of attractions on board -flow rider, boogie board, mini golf, basket ball court, rock climbing, slides , so much to do for all ages. Service was awesome. Our daughter has 2 years almost 3 yrs and she enjoy the Adventure Ocean Club, the kids pools, playroom area, mini golf. Sapphire Dining (Main Dining Room) is gorgeous and must have been redone recently - entire staff works really hard. In the future we taken Royal Caribbean cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Bad judgement. This is an aging battle wagon, worn out, noisy and dirty. The skulking mood of the crew matches the dark tone of this worn out junk. If you love horrible cafeteria food served amongst hordes of overweight Americans you will ... Read More
Bad judgement. This is an aging battle wagon, worn out, noisy and dirty. The skulking mood of the crew matches the dark tone of this worn out junk. If you love horrible cafeteria food served amongst hordes of overweight Americans you will love RCL and this ship. The sewage system which apparently is 20' from my room has been worked on for the entire cruise by an apparently puzzled staff. Late night parties that keep your grandchildren awake.....oh you will just love white night. The entire floor above us sounded like it was going to collapse. I called the operating to complain and they sent a man to our room. He basically said, "too bad, it will end at 11:30. The food in the starlight lounge was mediocre and the staff friendly enough. However when dining I prefer a crowd that dresses a little better than their best t-shirt and flip flops. Overall.....NO stars.....disgusting Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Went on a group cruise with 50 couples. We had a great time. Everything except for the karioke director. He was so rude. I would recommend the cruise for anyone looking for a quick getaway. The unlimited drink package was great, the staff ... Read More
Went on a group cruise with 50 couples. We had a great time. Everything except for the karioke director. He was so rude. I would recommend the cruise for anyone looking for a quick getaway. The unlimited drink package was great, the staff was very friendly, and the food was good. The entertainment on the ship was good, especially the comedy shows. The port of calls in the bahamas were as to be expected, island hospitality at it best. The first port was owned by the cruise ship and we had a lot of fun. On the second stop, the rain was brutal which made it hard to even enjoy the port. No worries for the group that we were with, we made our way to Senior Frogs and had a great time. I was even able to catch the dolphins game there. Overall, I would recommend this cruise for anyone looking for a long weekend away. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my husband and mine 2nd cruise and our kids (15 and 13) first cruise. We were so excited to take them because we loved our first cruise. The pro's about the cruise...when we could get off the ship and do the excursions. On ... Read More
This was my husband and mine 2nd cruise and our kids (15 and 13) first cruise. We were so excited to take them because we loved our first cruise. The pro's about the cruise...when we could get off the ship and do the excursions. On Coco Cay we did Stingray City which we all loved. Coco Cay itself was like being at a theme park. We perhaps are spoiled when it comes to the Bahama's as we have been to Abaco and found that to be more beautiful and clean. Nassau was dirty, smelled like urine. Our excursion snorkeling, Rainbow reef was great, the crew was just ok, not overly friendly, you are just a number to them. The reef was nice with an assortment of fish which they fed with bread. The have a bar on board which you have to pay some ridiculous prices for a drink. Our cabin steward was awesome, our first night dining room server was awesome. The cruise director Mercedes and activities director Nicolo(I think that was his name) were awesome, though we felt that some activities around the pool were not kid appropriate. We did not feel this was a family cruise but more for couples or younger people who like to drink a lot. We purchased the soft drink package which was a waste as the bartender's were annoyed whenever we asked to have our cups filled, so much to the point that my kids didn't even want to go up to the bar to get a drink. We had dinner at one of the specialty restaurants, Giovanni's Table. When we made the reservations we saw nothing about a dress code. We didn't pack dress clothes since we weren't doing the formal night. When on board, I saw in the daily paper that Giovanni's doesn't like you to wear shorts. Unfortunately, that's all we had for the kids and my husband had nice dress shorts with a button down shirt. He looked nicer than some people in there with pants on, yet the Host looked us up and down disapprovingly before seating us, then had an attitude. I wanted to leave! Thankfully our waiter, Ali was awesome! The food was good and the rest of the evening was better. We did do Johnny Rockets one night which was good other than the obnoxious drunk guy who was yelling and screaming so much we had to move our table, not one person had the guts to tell him to calm down and be quiet. Dinner in the main dining room was not kid friendly at all...we sit down for a family meal and there wasn't a lot of food that my younger son ate, or me for that matter. We did do the buffet which was ok. There weren't a lot of activities that families could do together at night, and not a lot for the kids to do. There are two pools, one wasn't working for one day but then it was filled the next day. They pools are small and pretty crowded. We won't be going on another cruise on Royal Carribbean. I was disappointing and to be honest our cruise on Carnival was much better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
* Stateroom: We had two indoor staterooms. One for my wife & I and another for the 3 boys. I would not do an inside stateroom again. I don't like waking up with no natural light. Our stateroom was at the very front of the boat and ... Read More
* Stateroom: We had two indoor staterooms. One for my wife & I and another for the 3 boys. I would not do an inside stateroom again. I don't like waking up with no natural light. Our stateroom was at the very front of the boat and while the boat rocked the entire cruise we didnt feel it anymore because of our location. We knew it was going to be small so no surprise there. * Cleanliness of ship: The ship was clean and in good shape. I saw no "eww" things on the ship and we went everywhere. * Crew: Our stateroom attendant Dion was good. Everyone was nice. Some of the crew were unhappy with their jobs/hours/contract etc but they were all friendly to us. Everything we asked for we received promptly and with a smile. We had three spa treatments and it wasnt any more expensive than back home. Nice treat. I'd recommend * Food/Drink: The three free food places are all we ate. Vivaldi, WindJammer and Promenade. That pizza is like crack -- Good stuff ;). The best part of the main dining room were the soups. It was all good not great. I'm not a foodie so maybe I'm not the best to write this but the seafood was ok and I always expect fresh seafood when I travel down to Carribbean. We did not have a drink package and with the amount of sodas, mixed drinks or beer we had it would not have made sense. * Excursions: We did St Maarten with Capt Bob Cass who we found on Trip Advisor. Highly recommend -- My best meal was the lunch with him. He was great with the boys. One of the boys were not fired up about snorkeling but the scond stop Capt Bob got him in the water and he enjoyed himself. Labadee was kind of a rip-off. EVERYTHING costs. Book the zip line early in the day - we had two at 3PM and by then it was too windy and they closed it. The coaster is fun. Bring $10 to give to attendant to get a second ride. We feared that with two ships there would not be enough shade but that's not the case -- plenty of trees and places to escape the sun. Bring $$, seapass card is not enough. * Ship activities: We did the flash mob and it was our favorite thing. Our boys did the Adventure Ocean club and 1/3 liked it alot and kept going back. Our boys were old enough that I gave them the ability to sign themselves in/out and I think it made it more their choice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I realize that everyone had certain expectations from vacation. For those who have been cruising before, it is easy to compare the service, condition of the ship, and amenities. As for myself, I have been on Disney, Princess, Carnival, ... Read More
I realize that everyone had certain expectations from vacation. For those who have been cruising before, it is easy to compare the service, condition of the ship, and amenities. As for myself, I have been on Disney, Princess, Carnival, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean. After sailing on the Oasis of the Seas on my last cruise, I knew that my next cruise would need to be on a mid-sized ship with less crowds (I also wanted the luxury of a ship that I didn't have to make an appointment for the different activities 3 months ahead of time). I was also looking for a good price on an Eastern Caribbean cruise (I am done with Mexico). As a result, I found the Adventure of the Seas sailing on April 13th out of Miami. After doing the research and reading the reviews on the ship, I had an idea on what to expect. This was my partner's first experience on a cruise and did not know what to expect other than wanting to have a good time. We sailed on the first 7 day cruise after the ship went into dry dock. Yes...the ship is older which especially can be seen in the cabins with a balcony (we had room 7266). The balcony is "closed in" which is unlike the "open" balconies on the newer ships. There were some carpets that were not replaced and some of the curtains and bed covers could also be updated. It clear that during dry dock, they updated the technology in the ship including flat screen TVs in the cabins and video directional signage. From what I understand, they also spent time on the ships engine since it was having problems before going into dry dock. When we arrived at the pier, we quickly made it through port security and checked in. While that went well, we ended up being in line for almost two hours to get onto the ship. Granted, the cruise line advertised that we would be able to board the ship at Noon and we were there at 10:30, but from my experience on other cruises, I was able to board the ship earlier than the advertised time. I do not blame the cruise line but it would have been nice to have the staff give us updates while standing in line. Once we got on the ship, everything else went fine. Our room steward was nice but we did not see a lot of him. He cleaned the room but rarely did anything above and beyond. Our dining waiter and assistant waiter were great and provided us great service. Food was ok in the Windjammer and good in the main dining room (we ate there mostly since we did not like the crowds up in the Windjammer). I have to admit we were disappointed with Giovanni's ... the food was average but the service was not great. It seemed like the staff was overwhelmed and that we kept having to get our waiter's attention). St. Maartin was ok...we went to the Sunset bar to watch the airplanes take off and land. In Puerto Rico, we walked around old San Juan and check out the two forts. In Labadee, we rented jet skis and got massages on the ship. The jet skis were one of the highlights of the trip but the massages were average. In the end, I believe that a trip is what you make of it. We realized that the ship was older. Yes, there were no robes, no chocolate on your pillows, and lacked some of the extras you find on an Oasis class ship (surf rider, etc). Knowing all of this, we had a really nice time. Would I recommend this ship...yes...as long as you know what you were getting (especially if you get a good price). That being said, we would probably be looking for a newer ship on a future cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Having read the reviews on here and following some of the threads in the members area regarding the ship's refurbishment we were a little apprehensive about what we were in store for prior to embarkation. Thankfully as soon as we had ... Read More
Having read the reviews on here and following some of the threads in the members area regarding the ship's refurbishment we were a little apprehensive about what we were in store for prior to embarkation. Thankfully as soon as we had boarded our experience was very positive from word go. The ship's recent 'revitalization' was on a smaller scale than we had hoped for (and I think less extensive than RCI originally intended), but regardless of that the ship is in excellent shape. There are new carpets in most of the hallways and communal areas, the outdoor areas are all refurbished and there are new flat-screen tv's in the staterooms. Our booking had two staterooms- one D1 Superior with balcony (9222) and one Promenade View (7295) and we were very pleased with both. 7295 was definitely newer/better maintained in its soft furnishings and furniture as 9222 had a couple of very minor chips and scratches of the painted woodwork which really shouldn't have been there immediately after a refit. The stateroom attendants for both were excellent and very accommodating. The robes were not in our rooms upon arrival but upon request the attendants brought them immediately and also set up the rooms with tea and coffee making facilities. The communal areas of the ship are very impressive and well kept. The Schooner bar is lovely with a wonderful ambience and good service, and the Champagne Bar was excellent also. Special mention to the Champagne Bar staff who were outstanding- especially Phil and Juxon. The Main Dining Room and Windjammer were excellent. This is our fourth cruise with RCI having sailed previously on the Liberty and the Serenade and the Adventure's Windjammer was easily the best for food quality and attentive service. We were fortunate to speak with the new Restaurants Manager (Sean Borthwick) and told him how on day one the staff were very good but by day 5 were excellent and the best windjammer staff we'd seen. The standard of food and service in the Mozart Dining Room were excellent as well with Michael and Hristofer being the waiting staff for our section. We opted for individual tables on this cruise but there was a great ambience in the restaurant and we enjoyed our neighbouring tables' company each night. Cafe Promenade was good- the coffee, tea, filled rolls and tray bakes where all very good however the pizza was not of the same standard on previous ships and tasted akin to a standard frozen pizza but this is a very minor complaint. The Ice Show was outstanding and a 'must see' while you are on board and the guest entertainment being very good as well- The Beatles and Joe West were really excellent with the British Comedian being a stand out performance as well. The ship's own singers and dancers were just ok but what would have improved their shows is if they performed musicals or something with a story line rather than a lot of very dated cabaret choices you don't even come across in Spain much these days. The ship's ballroom dancers however were very good and their performance at the farewell show was very atmospheric. Gym and Solarium very good- we couldn't use the Solarium for the last 3 days of the cruise due to the weather and I suppose really RCI should have fitted the solarium with a retractable roof to meet the inclement weather conditions of the UK and the Bay of Biscay, but the Adventure will be permanently based in the Caribbean from next Summer. We only did one excursion with RCI which was the El Yunque Rainforest Hike in Puerto Rico. This was a very good excursion and I've no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who is thinking about it. The standard of service we received on the ship was excellent and amongst the best or better service we've experienced on any ship, with one small exception being the slowness of the service in the Viking Crown. We've tried to make this review very balanced to be realistic but we all really had a wonderful holiday and we'd be very happy to go back on the Adventure of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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