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927 Royal Caribbean Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

My husband and I have been to Bermuda and the Caribbean so many times, this was our first to Canada and New England. Since it was our first, we were so looking forward to this cruise. Imagine our disappointment when the cruise was ... Read More
My husband and I have been to Bermuda and the Caribbean so many times, this was our first to Canada and New England. Since it was our first, we were so looking forward to this cruise. Imagine our disappointment when the cruise was ultimately changed from 9 nights and 5 ports to 5 nights and 1 port. Many people cancelled and took Royal Caribbean's generous compensation package. But we really wanted to cruise and go north so we stuck with the cruise. Embarkation in Baltimore was so easy and fairly quick. We live very close to Baltimore so we didn't explore the city at this time. This time, due to the itinerary change, RC wanted everyone on board early and we left port 2 hours earlier than usual. The ship was clean and the crew was friendly and organized the whole time. Throughout the cruise, the officers and crew were apologetic about the weather delay and made every effort to provide a clean, comfortable, and entertaining vacation. Having the ship barely 1/2 full was a huge benefit. No lines, no waits for an elevator, deck chairs aplenty, and everyone was relaxed and happy. (And the price was right - we got 50% discount for this cruise and a 50% credit for a future cruise.) Even with a ship only half full, the activities and entertainment were full on. Bob, the entertainment director, introduced talented and entertaining shows/comedians every night. We really liked having dinner time shows and late night entertainment too. We ate in the dining room most nights and in the Windjammer most days. Also visited the Park Cafe for afternoon and late night snacks and occasionally went to Cafe Lattitudes. Always had service that was friendly and efficient. When we arrived in Halifax, we just got off the ship and wandered around. Did some shopping and ate lobster. This was exactly what we wanted to do on our first trip to Canada. Next, probably because of the time of the year, there were very few children on this cruise. Actually, I saw no kids at all. Maybe they were super-busy in the Adventure Ocean Club, and I just didn't notice them at all. Disembarkation was so quick and easy. No waiting at all. We had a great time on this cruise and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My friend and I chose this cruise bc it was the only 5 day cruise out of Boston with the New England and Canada intinerary. Our boarding was delayed because the Coast guard wanted to inspect the ship due to Serenade returning from a ... Read More
My friend and I chose this cruise bc it was the only 5 day cruise out of Boston with the New England and Canada intinerary. Our boarding was delayed because the Coast guard wanted to inspect the ship due to Serenade returning from a summer overseas...at least we knew the ship was safe!! You could also see Royal’s procedures in place to ensure a smooth boarding process and it was. It’s just that the ship was completely booked so there were a lot of people boarding at once rather than trickling on all day. The rooms opened promptly at 2. Our room was very nice and clean and our room attendant Juliarta was amazing...he made our cruise special with his attentiveness, efficiency and sense of humor! We were on the starboard side of the ship and we got both sunrise and sunset from our balcony! We stopped in the R Bar in the Centrum first and this turned out to be our favorite place to hang out.. there was a guitar player who entertained there a couple of times who was amazing! We also enjoyed Vintages and the Schooner for trivia..we received great service from the staff in all of these places! The ship itself is beautiful with different artwork in every corner hallway and stairwell, they even have a champagne art auction! The food in all of the venues was very good...service even better...we were especially impressed with the lunch buffet in Reflections dining room and the nice hot food in the Windjammer! We even had someone bringing us drinks and clearing things for us in the Windjammer. We dined in Giovanni’s and Chops and the service and food was second to none! We did Giovanni’s for 1st nite done right and it was only $20...There are so many choices to eat..just not in Rita’s Cantina, which was disappointing bc we wanted Mexican food with Margaritas! The excursions we took on this cruise were really great! 3 hour tour of Peggy’s Cove in Halifax and the trolley tour of St John. 1 1/2 hours...then we hopped off at the City market and walked back to the ship. There was a flea market inside a white tent specifically for cruise ship travelers, in St John...down the street and on your left of the terminal...Everyone in Canada takes American dollars! And they reduce the price for you...$20 Canadian and $17 American..I can’t say enough about how friendly everyone is in Canada!! Some people complained that they didn’t enjoy their 6 hour tours in both ports!, but I can’t even imagine touring for that long! I would suggest a shorter excursion and then finishing off with your own tour/ lunch by yourself..It’s perfectly safe and easy to get around in these city’s.. Bar Harbor was a different story because we were completely fogged in and we had to go thru immigration on the ship, but they couldn’t find the ship due to the fog! It backed everything up bc it was a slow process getting off, with excursion boats arriving late and only 2 tenders unloading everyone..But RC made up for it by giving us an extra hour in port and enlisting the help of local tour boats to get everyone back on in a timely manner!! Keep the very real possibility of fog in mind when you plan your excursions...sometimes they go anyway and you can’t see anything! There is plenty of shopping and dining in Bar Harbor if you choose not to do an excursion. Disembarkation was backed up a bit bc Boston was slow in releasing the ship, but it got moving pretty quickly...our bags were waiting for us and we were in a taxi by 9:30am....it would have been longer if we had to go through immigration. Overall, I was really impressed with every aspect of this cruise...the ship, the crew, the ports and the excursions..the only hiccups were from things outside of Royal Caribbean and they did everything possible to make up for it So I can say that I recommend it highly! 2 thumbs up!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I had a wonderful time on our cruise. All of the personnel that we dealt with, from our cabin steward to our restaurant staff were wonderful to deal with. We had a wonderful time at all of the activities, but most ... Read More
My husband and I had a wonderful time on our cruise. All of the personnel that we dealt with, from our cabin steward to our restaurant staff were wonderful to deal with. We had a wonderful time at all of the activities, but most especially the 80's Dance Party. Our weather was perfect. We feel that the food was not always at a high standard (i.e., occasionally not as hot as it could have been and the steaks were sometimes not tender). We do feel that everyone on the ship went out of their way to make sure that we enjoyed our cruise. We also especially enjoyed the piano bar, especially Danny. The shore excursions were the only area that we had an issue. Halifax (Peggy's Cove/Titanic Graveyard) - Peggy's Cove was more than we could ever have dreamed of. I wish we had picked an excursions that was only that stop. We only landed up having about 45-50 minutes, so there was no time to go into the store, get food, or see the town. We would have liked to have time to sit on the rocks and just relax. We did have a huge issue with the bus service. It was very warm (80's) and the air conditioning on the bus was either not working or working poorly. People were complaining and asking them to turn up the air conditioning, especially since the windows did not open. I started to feel so sick that I thought I was going to faint. The next day we ran into other people that said they they almost fainted also. It was terrible and ruined the rest of the excursion. New Brunswick (Hop On/Hop Off Big Pink Bus) - We started out very disappointed with the bus service. We had to have waited almost 1 1/2 hours for the initial bus to pick us up in the parking lot. The parking lot was full of people, standing in direct sunlight on a very warm day, waiting (people in wheelchairs, with canes, etc.). The bus service was poorly run. Otherwise the tour was okay. The Skywalk was a little disappointing and was much smaller than the picture. We were done in 15 minutes. Bar Harbor (An Intimate Look at Acadia National Park) - This tour was the highlight of our cruise. Despite the fact that Immigration showed up an hour late and caused a commotion with all of the tours that had to wait for their passengers, our tour of Acadia was wonderful! It was even more beautiful than we imagined. We had a wonderful time in Bar Harbor. Overall, despite some disappointment with our shore excursions, our cruise was a wonderful experience and we would love to go again in the not very distant future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I wanted to take my elderly mother on a calm cruise as a cruise was on her bucket list. When I boarded the ship I ask if I could rent a wheelchair for my mother I was declined do to the face I did not make arrangements when I booked the ... Read More
I wanted to take my elderly mother on a calm cruise as a cruise was on her bucket list. When I boarded the ship I ask if I could rent a wheelchair for my mother I was declined do to the face I did not make arrangements when I booked the reservation. I didn’t think we would need one 3 mo prior to the trip. I was spoken to TERRiBLE by the security personal. After we boarded the ship an after a 2 hour wait to get in our room I was told it was mandatory we attend the safety drill procedure. I could not take my elderly mom there with walking disability down the stairs so I had her stay in the room while I attended.. My mother there has Dementia also. When I returned to the room my mother was not there. I went to the hallway an ask the cabin Stew Ricardo if he had seen my mother.? Ricardo stated he went into the room (I assume to clean as it was not very clean when we arrived) an he saw he sitting on the bed with a blanket. Ricardo then said she said she was hungry then she left the room. I told him I needed to find her she has dementia. I looked through halls of our floor an I found her safe an sound. I was then paged by the security personal. I went to guest services an was invited to an office of the security personal. The female security officer and the male officer spoke to me HORRIBLE!!!!!! The female officer stated the cabin stew stated he found my mother in the room wrapped in a blanket laying under the bed. Complete total LIE. First of all my mother would not b able to get on the floor much less under the bed. Second, ileven if that were true...why would he leave her there?.,I told them that was impossible!!! They then told me the cruise line was never t responsible for my mother and I was not to leave her alone. I told them I would not have left her alone had it not been for their safety procedure an the caregiver who was suppose to be on the trip with us had cancelled the day before., I was shocked humiliated over they way I was treated. Also I ask guest services if I could rent a wheelchair was declined from for the ship and also declined for shore excursions an just walking in the towns when we docked so our entire trip was spent on the ship except for one day we left the ship for Halifax an I thought maybe I could rent a cab. My mother had a very difficult time even walking down the ramp to the port. A very nice man who works for Hop on Hop off ask if we needed anything I explained I wanted my mother to tour the city was unless we hired a cab it wasn’t going to work out. He said if we wanted to take the Hop on Hop off they would help me get her on an off. We did do that an we just stayed on the bus but at least she was able to see the city. This was the only time during this vacation someone treated my mother with kindness and respect. I feel my mother was discriminated against several times by the Cruise Line an will never take another Royal Caribbean Cruise again. Your cruise line should be ashamed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a unique opportunity for us to experience a cruise ship outside of the Caribbean. The itinerary sounded intriguing, so we booked it in late December 2017. Good thing, as we were told the cruise had sold out. We took the Amtrak ... Read More
This was a unique opportunity for us to experience a cruise ship outside of the Caribbean. The itinerary sounded intriguing, so we booked it in late December 2017. Good thing, as we were told the cruise had sold out. We took the Amtrak train from our home town (Washington, DC) to the Liberty International Airport station, then grabbed a free hotel shuttle from there. It was raining when we arrived, so we opted to have dinner in instead of exploring the city. Getting to the cruise port at Cape Liberty, NJ the next day was just a quick Uber ride from our airport hotel. Tip: be sure to have your luggage tagged with the cruise line tags before you leave for the port - once you get to the curb at the terminal, the valets are there ready to take your bags immediately. We found the entire check-in process to be orderly, well-organized and efficient. The terminal had a nice (large) waiting area set up with coffee and water while we waited for the gangway to open. We were on board the ship by 11am and immediately began enjoying this beautiful ship. The stateroom (ocean view balcony) was lovely - plenty of room for two, and we loved being on the 8th deck ("3 decks away from everything" was our motto). There were two elevators being renovated during our cruise, and the ship was full - so we ended up using the stairs quite a bit (which was good to help us burn off some of the delicious food!). We mostly ate in the Windjammer (buffet on Deck 11). This ship has a bar in the windjammer, and we had the beverage package so it was easy to grab a shot of Bailey's in our coffee whenever we wanted. This was great, except when we were in port in Canada - the authorities only allowed one bar per deck to be open - so we had to run over to the pool bar. The Royal Caribbean orchestra, singers and dancers were spectacular! So much quality entertainment - everywhere you go, there's a great live band playing - but not so loud that you can't enjoy a conversation with your travel mates or new friends. Only negative on this cruise was the port support at Quebec. We were told this was the first time this ship had docked in Quebec, and the port seemed to be completely unprepared for the ship. They had stacked metal storage containers up on the dock, and jury-rigged a gangway from Deck 4 over to a stack of 2 storage containers, then down to a single storage container, and finally to the dock. This was far too steep for most of the seniors and folks with mobility issues, and lacked an overall feeling of professionalism we encountered at every other port of call. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were impressed with the condition and décor of the ship. Our rooms were a good size (inside promenade view) Bed was very comfortable. Overall very happy with cabin and the ship. Food was good not great, a bit repetitive every night. ... Read More
We were impressed with the condition and décor of the ship. Our rooms were a good size (inside promenade view) Bed was very comfortable. Overall very happy with cabin and the ship. Food was good not great, a bit repetitive every night. We ate in the Giovanni table one night and it was excellent, wish we had went earlier and we would have definitely went back. Our first couple of days breakfast was cold in the Windjammer. Facilities' on board were great however the evening entertainment could have been better. The comedian was good and the singer from the Jersey boys was great shame he was only on one night as he was only singer you could hear every word he was saying. The ice show was ok but we found the RC entertainment team singers and dancers poor compared to previous cruises we have been on. Overall we found cruise to be excellent value for money. We had the All Inclusive package and it was great and also included Starbucks. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our luggage was taken to security. We were not notified and questioned where our luggage was. We were told it could be up until 9:00 PM when we received our bags. One bag was in the room by 4. We were advised to go to security. We ... Read More
Our luggage was taken to security. We were not notified and questioned where our luggage was. We were told it could be up until 9:00 PM when we received our bags. One bag was in the room by 4. We were advised to go to security. We were not notified our missing bag was being held in security! We went to security and were told we had to be present to open our bag. They opened our bag and there was nothing illegal in the bag We could not get a reservation for dinner in the main dining room and we booked our cruise 2 months in advance. We were told we had to call the dining room to make a reservation. No one answered the phone the whole first day. We were told at almost every port we had to meet in the theater 1 hour prior to our excursion. We sat in the theater and waited for our excursion to be called. We scheduled our excursions so we didn’t have to get up early. There was absolutely no reason to meet in the theater when we could have met our excursion on shore at the advertised time. No port maps before arrival at any port. Preview of port excursions was done in the art gallery. Art work blocked the screen. Could not understand the presenter. English was very poor Service in the main dining room, even with a reservation was so slow we could not get to the first show. Over 2 hours for two people to eat is inexcusable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, itinerary and shore excursions. Our interior Promenade View cabin was what we expected. Very nice. The service in the dining rooms was very good. What we found disturbing is the food in the Main Dining ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, itinerary and shore excursions. Our interior Promenade View cabin was what we expected. Very nice. The service in the dining rooms was very good. What we found disturbing is the food in the Main Dining rooms. Once upon a time customers raved about the inclusive meals. We, among others, found the inclusive meals tasteless. Beef had no flavor and most fish selections were dry. I had sirloin steak one night and prime rib another. Both had absolutely NO TASTE. Now in order to enjoy the food you MUST select the specialty restaurants. We went to Chops and had a fantastic meal. We did enjoy meals in the Windjammer. Windjammer had many selections and the food tasted like food.Disembarking in Qubec was outstanding. They have quite an orderly procedure. Just about everyone needed a taxito the airport. There was no mayhem. People waited online, were directed to an available taxi and were assisted in loading the luggage. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We enjoyed three nights precruise in NYC and then 10 days of enjoyable cruising. We traveled with my stepmom and chose this itinerary based on her dream trip & booked a suite as a splurge. The perks that come with the suite more than ... Read More
We enjoyed three nights precruise in NYC and then 10 days of enjoyable cruising. We traveled with my stepmom and chose this itinerary based on her dream trip & booked a suite as a splurge. The perks that come with the suite more than made up for a couple of disappointments with cruise staff. We loved the free appetizers and drinks each night in the suite lounge. The suite concierge and our cabin steward went above and beyond expectations. We experienced several occasions when we thought Princess just does things better and will likely carry on cruising with Princess for the most part (22 Princess cruises & counting!) Our major disappointment came with a RCCL shore excursion staff person who on several occasions was no help or assistance for my stepmom (she has limited walking stamina and frequently uses a walker). Able-bodied & scooter-riders seemed to do well but my stepmom had frequent difficulties with sharp angled gangways (especially experienced in Quebec City) and long walks from ship to terminal buildings. The golf cart transport in We really enjoyed the cruise otherwise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I are both in our 30's and love to travel. We flew into Newark the day before the cruise and stayed at Country Inn & Suites in Elizabeth, NJ. The hotel was recently renovated and within walking distance of a huge ... Read More
My husband and I are both in our 30's and love to travel. We flew into Newark the day before the cruise and stayed at Country Inn & Suites in Elizabeth, NJ. The hotel was recently renovated and within walking distance of a huge mall. The morning of the cruise, we took a Lyft to Cape Liberty. Embarkation was easy and smooth. We each had a bottle of wine in our carry-ons, and security did not bat an eye when they went through the scanners. We were on the ship before 11:30am. It had been over a decade since either of us cruised with RCCL. Our more recent cruises were with NCL, HAL, and Carnival. My feelings for Anthem of the Seas are definitely mixed, so I will divide my thoughts into pros and cons. PROS ~ The Seaplex is wonderful! Since school was in session, there were just 52 kids on the cruise, which gave the adults full access to this area. We did bumper cars and roller skating and played foosball and ping pong. We only had to wait in a line once for an activity. ~ The Royal Swedes are a fantastic band!! We loved going to their shows each night, especially when they were in the Music Hall. They played a good variety of music, and we were able to do lots of dancing. One night, they hosted karaoke by playing for the singers, and it was surprisingly great! ~ We enjoyed watching the morning show with cruise director Dennis and activities director Hanna. They had a fun rapport and always made us laugh. ~ The cabins have lots of storage. After unpacking, we had plenty of extra space. ~ On sea days, there were lots of activities on the schedule. We were never bored. ~ The solarium is a pleasant retreat. Be sure to try the swing at the front of the ship. ~ The itinerary was wonderful! We had good weather and were able to fully enjoy the ports. In depth reviews for each port are located later in the review. ~ Room service breakfast in convenient and easy. If you order breakfast for a port day, be sure to choose an earlier time. They were often running behind on these days. ~ Guest services resolved every issue we encountered. CONS ~ The reservation system makes me groan. When I'm on a cruise, I don't like to be locked into set times. Having read reviews on CC, I knew we would need to make reservations for certain activities and events. On the first day, we found a tablet and reserved the escape room for 10am on one of the sea days. On the chosen day, we showed up 15 minutes early. 10am came and went, but we continued to wait with the other guests who had reserved this activity. After standing around for 30 minutes, I spotted a staff member enter the room. I quickly followed and asked when our session would begin. Evidently, our reservation was not on their schedule. Basically, we wasted half an hour standing around instead of enjoying our vacation. I told Guest Services about this experience, and they sent up a bottle of wine later that day. ~ Dining is an absolute mess! There are four different dining rooms. We had My Time Dining, so we ate in either American Icon or Silk. There is no true waiting area or a nearby bar to lounge at. When you walk up to the host stations, there are 5 lanes. One is for no reservations, and three are for reservations. (Before the cruise, I made us reservations for 7:45 each night, but we quickly discovered you could show up whenever and get a table in the same amount of time.) The fifth lane is for people entering and exiting the dining room, which people did not often use correctly. All the hosts always looked stressed, and passengers were here, there, and everywhere. This is not the way to begin a dining experience. Also, the hosts want to seat you in the same restaurant with the same waiter each night. For us, we like to try out different areas and have different waiters each night. We much prefer NCL's Freestyle Dining. As for the dining room service, it was hit or miss. The waiters were always nice, but they had way too many tables assigned to each section. Usually, we always eat dinner in the MDR. On this trip, however, we grabbed dinner in the Windjammer a couple times and took it back to our room. We just didn't want to deal with the high stress level radiating from the MDR. ~ The MDR menu was lackluster. The majority of the starters and desserts were the same every night. The entrees were also very repetitive. They were usually just a protein with a veggie and starch. The lack of variety got old after just a couple days. ~ There is no atrium on this ship. Instead, there is a mall with junk from the shops spilling out in to the walkway. This area should be the heart of the ship, but we tried to avoid this bottleneck spot as much as possible. ~ We had issues with our first cabin. See cabin review below for more details. ~ There is too much reliance on technology. When we cruise, we lock our cellphones in the safe and forget about them. We do not want to use the RCCL app or book things on tablets. As for disembarkation, it was fast and easy. We did the self carry at 7:40am. The line was minimal, and we were in a Lyft to the airport in no time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Cruise was great. Cabin is larger and spacious and even though it was obstructed view it wasn't that bad. All crew were friendly and helpful. Layout is a little weird and too congested on deck 4 most of the time. Embarkation ... Read More
Cruise was great. Cabin is larger and spacious and even though it was obstructed view it wasn't that bad. All crew were friendly and helpful. Layout is a little weird and too congested on deck 4 most of the time. Embarkation was amazing at dock at 10am and on ship before 11 am Food was ok but too repetitive in buffet. Chops was amazing and Jamie's was very good. Entertainment needs an upgrade and better scheduling. I felt like we could never get from one event to another due to overlapping time. I never encountered this on other ships. Did not care for cruise director but that may just be a personal preference. Bionic bar was fun as was bumper cars and watching the flow rider. Wife loved the iFly Disembarkation was smooth. Meet in royal theater at 740am doing self carry and we were in car and out of garage by 805am. Probably wont try Anthem again due to entertainment issues. We were on the 9 day New England /Canadian cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose anthem of the sea because we truly felt there was an array of activities on board to keep us busy and it met and exceeded all expectations. We went out of Bayonne New Jersey and there was some kind of a traffic hold up At the ... Read More
Chose anthem of the sea because we truly felt there was an array of activities on board to keep us busy and it met and exceeded all expectations. We went out of Bayonne New Jersey and there was some kind of a traffic hold up At the dock but once we got beyond that check in was a breeze. There was so much to do on this boat even the days at sea will be filled with fun and adventure. You must take advantage of everything that is on this boat to fully experience what we did . Get up early get out there walk or run that wonderful track use the gym go on the bumper cars etc. and you will be delighted with the experience. We are from New York and so I’m hard to please when it comes to food I’m a big foodie Let me just put it this way I was never hungry. The food is plentiful and there is something for everyone. Keep in mind it’s Cruise food you’re not eating at the Four seasons. We did meander into the two specialty restaurants Chops grill which was slightly below my expectations and Izumi the Japanese which was a homerun the food was absolutely delicious. The excursions were delightful. Some of the bus rides were a bit long and we would’ve have liked to have more time to walk around at Acadia park etc. but we did Boston Portland on our own and walked many many miles there. Entertainment was spectacular what a great value overall. We only book with a Balcony and it was great to be able to relax out there. The room was fantastic with plenty of space. Disembarkation was a breeze. Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We travelled with my folks who have been on over 20 cruises, across a wide range of cruise lines. This was the third cruise for my husband and I, both prior ones were with Royal Caribbean and they were FANTASTIC...real 5 star experiences. ... Read More
We travelled with my folks who have been on over 20 cruises, across a wide range of cruise lines. This was the third cruise for my husband and I, both prior ones were with Royal Caribbean and they were FANTASTIC...real 5 star experiences. Those were on smaller ships, Seranade and Brilliance of the Seas to Alaska and the Mediterranean respectively. We wanted to try a larger ship and visit Canada so this seemed like a great choice. This ship has some exceptional attributes, but unfortunately it also had some real disappointments. Since different folks prioritize differently this may be an absolutely wonderful ship for you, but for us, we won't choose it again. Here are the Pros/Cons: PROS- Cabin- HUGE amount of storage. My folks said it's the best cabin they have had in regards to storage and they have even been in suites. Absolutely no complaints. Love that they took out the coffee table which made it much easier to move in the room. Lots of hooks, two closets, giant overhead space over the bed. Really terrific. Also the cabin steward was exceptional. Ports of Call- We loved all the ports and plan to return to Saint John with our teen boys for a longer road trip. We used a private tour in Bar Harbor (At Your Service Taxi- Driver was Kelly) and she was amazing. Also used private driver in Saint John, but looking back, may have been better off renting a car and doing more on our own as we really enjoy just rock climbing and exploring nature... Sports Area- FANTASTIC for on board activities. Loved the bumper cars,iFly, Northstar, all the contests (ping pong, dodgeball, basketball) and roller skating. I was stunned to have the entire rink to myself the first time I went to check out the roller skating rink. This area is much bigger than expected and the staff was all fun and great. The iFly was amazing and I highly recommend it for just about all ages. We had some folks who appeared to be well into their 70's and they did it too. If you want to try it...go for it! :) SHOWS- We either LOVED their shows or we honestly hated them and would have walked out if we were on an end seat. Yeah, it was that bad. (For reference- my hubby and I are in our 50's, I like a wide range of music, my folks are in their mid 80's) The ones we really enjoyed were: the comedian, the hypnotist, an acapella group and We Will Rock You production. My husband couldn't go to the We Will Rock You show so my dad took his place. Dad is not a a rocker at all, had no idea who Queen was, but he loved the show. Highly recommend! Unfortunately, we hated The Gift and Spectra's Caberet. The Gift had some very cool special effects, but all four of us were lost for the first half of the story. It was really frustrating, had no idea what it was trying to say or what the point was. Spectra's Caberet also had some cool techno effects, but the music was all original (I think) and none of us could connect. They had to end it early due to rougher waters and as I looked around, no one seemed particularly disappointed by that news. Feel bad for the performers, they tried hard and were clearly talented but the "script" itself was just not working. Now the CONS Overall Ship Design- This is a MASSIVE ship, but I was shocked to find myself feeling quite cramped in the main areas. There isn't a big open atrium like on the other ships we've seen and the main shopping area was particularly cramped as they kept it stuffed with sales tables whenever we were at sea. On the other ships I felt like I was in a 5 star resort that I wouldn't splurge for on land, but in this ship I felt it was just a mid-level hotel. It just didn't have any "Wow" factor. :( The Dining areas were SUPER cramped...more on that. DINING- This is where the ship really failed us and the primary reason we will not return. For perspective, at home we eat at pretty casual/cheap places like Panera, Five Guys, local sandwich shops. We don't spend a lot on pricey restaurants regularly. When we were on the first two RC ships we felt it was a 5 star restaurant . We loved getting to know the waitstaff, they truly seemed like good friends during the trip and going to the main dining room was special every night. This time, it was totally different. Food was very plain, with almost no spice, minimal sauce (as in a tablespoon or two at a time), and the choices were much lower end. I used to have trouble choosing from all the great options, and my kids and husband often ordered two different dishes. This trip, my husband and I had trouble finding a single dish that looked appealing. (No shrimp or filet, unless you paid extra.) The steak was flavorless and tough, after eating a 1/3, I gave up. The Caesar salad was actually fantastic, but they only gave me about 1/2 of a cup! The final night we all returned to the main dining room (Silk) because usually that's a special night where you get better food. Not the case here. I ordered a fried fish dish, that looked like a very tasty fish and chips type dinner. Turns out it wasn't crispy at all, in fact I couldn't cut it...had to tear the "crust" off because it must have gotten soggy. My mom had the same trouble. Then I noticed the table next door, where all 4 diners had ordered this dish, had also left it on their plates. So, guess their's wasn't good either. There was never an offer of fresh pepper or parmesan cheese as on other cruises. The waitstaff was running around like crazy...it was very stressful feeling. They seemed totally overwhelmed. Forget getting to know anyone. After 3 nights, we gave up and switched to the Windjammer. Windjammer was actually quite good, much better than main dining room offerings. Also the dining rooms were overcrowded. I felt uncomfortable several nights because our table was literally just a few inches from two others...I felt like I had to watch my conversation because it was as if I was seated with 10 other folks. Just very different than the nice big round tables we had before. Also, it took a full hour for us to get most of our main dishes. At first we thought it was just first night adjustments, but this continued to be the case every night. Just took way too long. And, we had reservations, but there was usually a line each night as well, for about 10-20 minutes. Not sure if that's just a "big ship" thing though, and I could let that pass. There were other issues, but bottom line is that I consider the cost of our ticket to have a good portion allocated to food and on this cruise we didn't get our money's worth, at all. It was very disappointing. I will give RC another chance as we like to earn the loyalty points/rewards and we love the sports activities, but if the food has dropped to this level overall, we will be switching cruise lines. One exception- we dined one night at Wonderland and that was FANTASTIC! I thought it was going to be tiny portions of some pretty odd flavors, but there was just one item we didn't care for and the portions ended up being way more than we could eat. It was a very special night. Would dine here again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our friends were doing this cruise, and I love lighthouses, so we joined them. The Anthem is a beautiful, very clean ship. Our cabin was nice sized(#8578) with a balcony. There was an unbelievable amount of storage space—my husband and I ... Read More
Our friends were doing this cruise, and I love lighthouses, so we joined them. The Anthem is a beautiful, very clean ship. Our cabin was nice sized(#8578) with a balcony. There was an unbelievable amount of storage space—my husband and I unpacked everything and still had empty drawers,etc. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and the food was excellent. We had dinner most nights in the regular dining room called Chic.One server was new to the ship and it took him almost the whole cruise to get things right but he tried really hard. The most disappointing aspect of the cruise were two ship sanctioned excursions. The first was the Old Town Trolley Tour of Boston. Our friends, my husband,& I were the last 4 to get on the trolley. Our friends found 2 seats together, but there was only 1 and 1/4 seats left for my husband and I and they were not even close together. An extremely obese man was taking up 2 seats and his significant other was taking up 1and 3/4 seats. I said something to the Royal Caribbean rep who was checking us in that there were no seats together. The trolley driver got impatient and rudely said, “ well, I hate to break up a marriage but a seat is a seat, so sit down!” We wouldn’t have minded if this was just a short ride, but this was an hour and 45 minute excursion. My husband had 1/4 of a seat, could not get any air or see past this huge woman, so his tour of Boston was ruined. I was jammed between strangers on the last seat of the bus. I’m not sure how this could have been remedied but I’m sure those two only paid for 2 seats but took up 3 and 3/4 seats. Maybe a notation if you require more than 1 seat, you should pay for 2! The Best of Portland and Kennebunkport was excellent! The Top 10 best of Halifax was not so good. The trip to Peggy’s Cove was long but the lighthouse and little village were really nice. It would have been much nicer if we would have had time to eat lunch there. Instead, we drove back to Halifax and were dropped off to find lunch in what did not seem like a great part of town! We only had a short time, so we ended up at a McDonalds. It was filthy! Seemed to be full of some homeless men. Inside was too dirty to sit so we sat outside. The man sitting next to me was extremely dirty and after about 5 min. I started getting bug bites all down the side next to him! I think it was flea bites. I threw my food away and left. We met at some park, and walked through it to meet the bus. The park was pretty but a waste of time! I did enjoy the trip to the cemetery where the Titanic victims were buried. Obviously, we should have picked the excursion that just went to Peggy’s Cove and Titanic cemetery. After that excursion, we decided to cancel the Top 10 St John & Bay of Fundy. We took the Pink Bus hop on hop off instead and that was good. The Manhattan Highlights and drop off at Newark Airport worked well. It might have worked better to give us our stickers the night before and tell us where to meet the buses after we got our luggage instead of trying to gather all those people in a bar, have us walk up the stairs, disembark together, find our luggage, and go through customs as a large group. That was insane! People pushing and shoving, etc.. The WeWill Rock You show on board ship was excellent. Spectra’s Cabaret was loud and weird. The Gift was difficult to understand because the first speaker was difficult to hear and understand. I’m not sure these shows were ideal for the age of most guests on the ship. The comedian was excellent, the hynotist just so so. If I were doing this cruise again, I would probably go a little later in Sept. to take advantage of the fall foliage. And I would choose my excursions more carefully! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Have enjoyed cruising on Royal line before but this ship was the worse experience we have ever had. Embarkation and disembarkation was great, We had a back to back cruise, on the first half going to Canada we were in a balcony room, but ... Read More
Have enjoyed cruising on Royal line before but this ship was the worse experience we have ever had. Embarkation and disembarkation was great, We had a back to back cruise, on the first half going to Canada we were in a balcony room, but not too bad, only complaint was the odor of dried urine which was always present, the room attendant did clean it a few times daily but it did not help much, storage was adequate for an older ship, but on the second half of our trip we had to move to a interior room with no window or view screen for the outside, there was no circulating fresh air which cause my husband to have increased sinus problems and me to have frequent nose bleeds, the room was small with no room to walk along the bedside, we had to approach the bed from the foot of the bed then get on our knees and crawl up to the head of the bed which was not easy for someone who has muscular problems and a need to go to the bathroom throughout the night. We only ate at the Windjammer and had difficulty finding seating most times maybe because most of the tables were large with couples taking a large table so they could eat together and the smaller tables where you can sit and eat while having a private conversation with your companion were not plentiful, all the tables were too close. The only good thing were the dining servers, most were very friendly and constantly there if you needed anything. There is much more i could say that was not good on this ship but i won't. I have enjoyed cruising in the past on Royal and plan on doing it again only not on Anthem of the Seas Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Been on royal Caribbean before and loved it. Actually checked in by 2pm. Went to wrong cabin! Finally got into cabin about 2.30. security drill at 3.30 On the ship Had snacks at pizza place Dinner at the marketplace Two70 ... Read More
Been on royal Caribbean before and loved it. Actually checked in by 2pm. Went to wrong cabin! Finally got into cabin about 2.30. security drill at 3.30 On the ship Had snacks at pizza place Dinner at the marketplace Two70 zero amazing at front of ship views Watched virtual symphony movie themes Bernstein brilliant sound system Breakfast at 270 cafe Shopping Ifly ripcord amazing Booked trips Drinks at poolbar Lunch at marketplace windjammer Solarium time relaxing then hot tubs Pre dinner drinks schooner bar Dinner in Wonderland Not a great start as server tried to sell us wine and quite forceful about it we had a drinks package and We love Kendall Jackson so ask him for that Starters were different but ok Eggs, tomato water, tuna cone Next course Prawns, lobster in bisque Main courses Some kind of slow cooked beef wet didn't like it at all Chicken n gravy ok Fish in mild korma sauce was the best Not a great experience at this restaurant! Saturday Boston Walked into town Got Boston hop on hop off  Trolley bus $83 for 2 we think we got the green one which takes to back to stop 15 which is a 10 min walk back to cruise port then realised you can get the Orange one which stops right outside the cruise port Got on at long wharf park Got off at stop 5 Quincy market lots to see here plus lovely food options and market stalls and shopping Got off at the shipyard to see the ship Constitution, got some nice photos but could not go on as needed ID Had drinks in Cheers and went upstairs to the set & gift shop Got back to ship at 3.30pm For sandwiches in the cafe promonade Designer handbag sale yay! Bought 3 & 2 purses & nine West pom poms Dinner in silk on my time If you don't book you go into the American Grill next door which had the same menu Both chic & grand also have same menu These offer 2 fixed sittings 6pm & 8 pm but if you go in later then 8pm you will get a seat Food was great in both TripAdvisor tip of you have drinks package drinks up to 12$ if you order over this you just pay the difference Drinks in casino until 3am Sunday Portland Breakfast in windjammer Portland discovery land and sea tour 12.30 Portland Lobster company Lobster roll me Chicken herb sandwich Paul Had shipyard ale Lager for me Pumpkin for Paul Drinks in vintages Only had to pay the difference over $12 Monday Bar Harbor Early start Cycle ride through Arcadia National Park Stops at eagle lake Fab ride Walked round bar harbor Lunch at bar harbor Lobster roll & crab cakes fab Jessica great waitress to everyone's Mihelia Jamie's Italian Gorgeous Meat plank for starters Italians meat & cheese & chili Crab spaghetti Prawn spaghetti Lemon meringue cheese cake Straw berry Eton masses panacotta Food delicious here Tuesday Halifax. Nova Scotia Peggy's cove tour Linda coach guide Mark coach driver Look up hurricane bill storm covered Peggy's Cove Peggy's Cove was beautiful little windy but warm & quaint Halifax was ok traffic very busy used the hop on hop off double decker which was great and came along every 15mins the guides on there's were great and have you history on the places People very friendly Dinner in silk Prawns starter lobster mains they bought me 2! Delicious Jerk chicken lovely Chicken breast Paul ok Creme brulé Strawberry cheesecake Delicious Drinks in 270 Drinks in Schooner Wednesday Cruise day Rest & relax Breakfast & lunch in windjammers Prawn salad & fish & chips really good With Kendall Jackson of course Chilled around outside pool when sun came out Went in walking pool And 10 lengths Pool temperature really nice Then chilled on balcony in sunshine for 1hr Nice sunset Dinner in American Grill Strawberry Bisque with mint delicious Onion tart Lobster Tail gave me 2 Salmon Chocolate & salted caramel pudding Baked Alaska Royal Swedes rock band in the music hall They did karaoke to the live band first Then played as a band trait good Matallica cocktails were good vanilla vodka raspberry liquor Chambord & cranberry Thursday St John's Weather forecast 13 to 17 degrees and turned out red hot Walked to the reversing falls from the ship amount a red path most of the way part you have to go of path and follow a normal footpath next to busy road for about 10 minutes Take about 30 to 40 mind to walk depending how quick you walk There are a couple of cafe restaurant s near the reversing rivers One the sky walk which isn't very high and you can see the rivers from the bridge same view Nice little park wortslig opposite cafes Then walked around town A few shopping malls plus food markets Went to see We will rock you good show Vintages loved it in here Emmolo Merlot Napa valley California Dinner in Jamies again Errol our waiter Squid starters Mozzarella & Tomato rice balls Prawn linguini with extra prawns Rocket pear salad Drinks in music hall Fab in the music hall Friday Cruise day Red hot Breakfast in windjammer lots of choice in here Sunbathed & chilled on top deck Lunch in windjammer With Kendall Jackson Back to sunbathing Then in the walking swim pool Swim Then dodgem cars twice Packed Schooner pre dinner drinks Chopps Grill Take the dinner package 3 restaurants works out cheaper than booking individually Food really good Leaving the ship Used the carry off option Got to gangway at 8.55, then queued about 30mins to get through passport control Had a fab cruise very Grand ship Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked the cruise for our honeymoon and from the time we paid in full for our trip to the time we got off the ship Royal Caribbean was a total let down and less than helpful. Our trouble began before even boarding with dissengaged ... Read More
We booked the cruise for our honeymoon and from the time we paid in full for our trip to the time we got off the ship Royal Caribbean was a total let down and less than helpful. Our trouble began before even boarding with dissengaged customer service representatives who seemed to only be able to give us the run around about "proper documentation" and even at one point suggested we CANCEL our trip two days before becuse according to them port authority would not verify my license with my new married name! After hours on hold and conflicting responses of "yes your documentation is fine" and "no it's unacceptable" we were put in contact with a Ms. Brittney Grant who told us to email all of the documentation to her and she would contact port authority for us and call us the following day.....that was the last time we talked to her. When we made and effort to get back in contact with her it seemed as though no one knew who she was or how to get in contact with her. Then the following day, a Sunday, we received an email informing us that she had contacted port authority and they had told her my documentation was unacceptable and we should look into canceling. We didn't cancel we did some research of our own and showed up on cruise day with the "unacceptable documentation" and were welcomed onto the ship with open arms.....we spend days calling, worrying and stressing for NOTHING!! Royal Caribbean needs to take a serious look at their customer service department. Once on the ship our expectations were once again not met! We found the ship, while one of the largest on the seas, to have sub par entertainment options. Days at sea we struggled to find things to do, the "library" was one bookshelf with 12 books, the dinning was unorganized, almost all of the shows required pre-registration which could only be one through a kiosk at guest services or if you paid extra to use the ships Wi-Fi and download their app. The central hub of the ship was nothing but pushy vendors trying to persuade you into spending extra money and restaurants that also cost extra! What happened to "all inclusive"??? When it came to our excursions we were once again let down. The price we paid for the excursions we experienced were ridiculous. No one wants to pay over 200 dollars to be shoved on a bus for a 2 hour highway drive and more shops where you have to again spend extra. It seemed the only fun we had was fun we made for ourselves off the ship and unaffiliated with Royal Caribbean. Getting off the ship was no breeze either! In one particular port of call there was a tender service which was totally fine...what was not fine was the fact that we needed tickets that dictated what time we were allowed to get off the ship, that we didn't find out we needed until the night before. Then after waiting in line for our ticks at 7 A.M. no one even bothered to look at them. My Husband has been on several cruises with Carrnival and was under the impresaion that Royal Caribbean was a step up. Boy were we wrong! We loved our honeymoon but not Royal Caribbean!! Sail Carnival folks! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We had sailed with RC 2 times prior and had satisfactory cruises. Friends had booked this cruise and invited us to join them. When trying to get anywhere on the fully booked ship, having so many elevators out of service was indeed a ... Read More
We had sailed with RC 2 times prior and had satisfactory cruises. Friends had booked this cruise and invited us to join them. When trying to get anywhere on the fully booked ship, having so many elevators out of service was indeed a huge inconvenience. Some had no AC and were always packed tight. Getting around the ship proved difficult as you couldn't cross over to the other side easily. The shows were just mediocre. Drinks were way too pricey. The night I tried karaoke, a 2 year old was allowed to crawl right up to where the monitor was repeatedly. "Issac" said nothing. I asked If I could take one of the books to look at songs, (we were two seats from the front) He said 'no they must be kept up here. I said 'that's OK I understand.' Two minutes later he gave a book to a gentleman and his family sitting right beside us. What the heck!? Food was again mediocre except for the last night which was great. We loved out wait staff. Comedians were good. Hubby enjoyed the FlowRider and water slides. We loved the ports of call. It was a smooth sail. Overall the bad far outweighed the good for us and we will never be back. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We flew into Newark airport and spent the night at Wyndham Garden hotel. We do not recommend either. The boarding the next day was unbelievably easy and fast. The balcony cabin was ok but seemed smaller than ever before. We sailed RC ... Read More
We flew into Newark airport and spent the night at Wyndham Garden hotel. We do not recommend either. The boarding the next day was unbelievably easy and fast. The balcony cabin was ok but seemed smaller than ever before. We sailed RC once before and really enjoyed it. This time was a lot different. In all other ship's cabins we had a coffee table in front of the sofa. There was no table or even appeared that there could have been space for one. My husband always liked to have breakfast in the room. Not only did we have to pay for this but there was no where to eat it in the room. We do not like that so many daytime activities cost extra. There was a good deal on soda in the room for $12 for six cans, The buffet was way too crowded. The main dining food was banquet quality and not much change from night to night. We tried to do anytime dining for the one night we would get back from an excursion too late to make the 5:30 seating and were told we could not change our time at all. We were surprised but then told we could join our regular table whenever we got back. And we do not remember ever seeing an option to upgrade your choice for more money on any other cruise in the main dining room. Our waiter, Rashon, however, was the best we have ever met. We did enjoy the entertainment but why are the bar shows so short? Ports of call were not that interesting. Seemed like you needed to take a bus to an interesting port town. We did do Kennebunkport. The hop on hop off bus at St. John and Halifax was not that great. The weather was great and the seas the calmest we have ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Have been a cruiser for many years. Choose this cruise for date and itinerary. Went to New England and Canada September 2018. Very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. Check in was ok but out pier staff repremended us for not printing out our ... Read More
Have been a cruiser for many years. Choose this cruise for date and itinerary. Went to New England and Canada September 2018. Very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. Check in was ok but out pier staff repremended us for not printing out our paper copy of the sea pass cards and stated now she would have to do it! Shows were Horrible. They advertise broadway type performances,but I’ve seen better high school performances. Had an ice show which was ok, but couldn’t figure out what was going on just put a bunch of acts together and called it a show. We did anytime dining because we enjoy eating early 5:30 p. When we asked for a window table we were told they could not accommodate by Rene the table assigner yet several of the window seats were available. When we spoke with the maitre D the next day we were at a window. Food was good. Celebrating a family birthday which was pre arranged prior to sailing. Well birthday card came addressed to the wrong person and birthday cake was MIA. When trying to get the cake no one could figure it out so we never received it. Elevators were TERRIBLE ! Sometimes you could wait up to 15 minutes for an elevator and no room to get on when it arrived. 2 main elevators were out of service and crew said they had been down for months. Talked with a cruiser who said she had been on the cruise the year before and elevators were out of service than as well. Cruise was less than average and did not meet the Royal Caribbean hype. When I approached customer service after the trip. Their response was yes we know about these issues, but nothing we can do about it. Shore excursions were very expensive and poorly orchestrated. Waited an hour to board a tour. Why ? To many areas for smokers. There was no way to avoid a smoking section on the main decks. Some of the cruise director staff were rude, unprofessional and snarky. Also they let crew performers compete in trivia games and won. Shouldn’t that be reserved for paying customers. Nick was an offender. Select another line you’ll be happier Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. ... Read More
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. The staff were all gracious and helpful. Our stops were Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, & Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Bar Horbor took a bus tour around Acadia National Forest. The guide was fantastic.... We got to stop a couple of times to check out the views.... a nice excursion for people that don’t want to go on a hike. We ate in the formal dining room every night. Our waiters were attentive and very nice. The meals were good. Portions have gotten a bit smaller but we never left hungry. I would stay away from the steak that is on the menu every night. The specialty steaks, Steak Diane, filets, & the prime rib were all fantastic. The Windjammer is always good for breakfast and lunch. The bistro on the promenade is handy to grab a slice of pizza or a sandwich. Our room steward, Noroni, did a great job keeping the room clean and the ice bucket filled. My husband and I had a balcony room and my Mother and daughter an interior room across the hall. Their room had a big window overlooking the Promenade. A warning though is that in the evening it was pretty loud with music and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I hope this report is as helpful to those heading to New England & Canada as other reports were for us preparing for our cruise. This was our 5th cruise all with RCL and the first time on Adventure of the Seas. Liberty is our ... Read More
I hope this report is as helpful to those heading to New England & Canada as other reports were for us preparing for our cruise. This was our 5th cruise all with RCL and the first time on Adventure of the Seas. Liberty is our favorite ship. Overall we had a very nice time. What attracted us to this ship was its itinerary. We had wanted to do the NE/Canada itinerary for some time. We flew to Newark airport and took an Uber to the port. It was hands-down the smoothest boarding we have every had. We had a balcony cabin on the bump out of deck 9. The location was great, not too far from the elevators yet very quiet. Two of the elevators near our cabin were out of service frustrating many passengers. We opted to take the stairs most of the time. Once onboard we checked out our cabin and then went to the Windjammer for lunch. After lunch and back to our cabin our luggage had arrived. We unpacked and then went up to the top deck as we sailed out of the harbor. You don’t pass the Statue of Liberty when you leave out of Cape Liberty but you can see it in the distance. It was very windy as we set sail. We chose my time dining. We tried to call to make reservations but so was everyone else apparently. We decided to walk down and see if we could make them. The best time we could get was 7:30. A little later than we had hoped but better than waiting in the long line with the others that did not make reservations. The third-floor my time dining room seemed to confuse a lot of people. There was one desk to the left as you approach the dining room where you would go if you did not have reservations and then two desks past that one on either side of the entrance to the dining room for reservations. No one seemed to want to go to the left despite the sign that clearly read reservations both sides. It was a long line on the right hand side and hardly anyone on the left. More than once we walked past that long line to the desk on the left side. We had asked for a table for two most nights. One night we sat at an odd table placed in a doorway right next to the servers staging/cleaning area. Our waiters didn’t have any of the tables around us. It appeared to us that this table was an add on and not a usual table. Needless to say we didn’t get very good service that night. When asked by our head server how everything was I felt compelled to tell him that this was not a very good table. He offered to move us but by then we had already had our appetizers and didn’t want to move. He took note of our displeasure so we weren’t seated there again. Our ports on this cruise were Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick and Halifax. We booked our excursions on our own, independent of the cruise line. We prefer doing things on our own so as to have flexibility. We arrived in Portland early Sunday morning. We were in Portland a few years ago so we had already been to Kennebunkport and to the Portlandhead lighthouse. Once off the ship we walked to a nearby church for mass and then headed over to the Holy Donut. If you go there, don’t let the long line around the corner deter you, it moves fast. The donuts made from potatoes were very good and worth the wait. We had 1pm reservations on a small lobster boat with just 10 other people. The company, Lucky Catch is close to the port. We had a great tour with them. We learned a lot about trapping lobsters. Everyone on the boat had a chance to participate baiting the traps and pushing them in. We learned the difference from male and female lobsters and got to band the ones big enough to keep. At the end of our 90 minute tour we got to purchase the lobsters big enough to keep for just $7 each. You then walk them next door to the Portland Lobster Company where they cook them and serve them with lunch for $12. It was a lot of fun and interesting. The beautiful weather added to the fun time that we had. Next port was Bar Harbor. This was a tender port. If you didn’t have a ship excursion booked you needed to be off the boat before 9 am or else wait for those with booked excursions to get off. They were using large whale watch boats to tender so it went fast. We were on the first boat to tender in. Here we had booked bikes to ride through Acadia. We aren’t big bikers so we opted for the Pedego electric bikes. This was so much fun. You can pedal as much as you want or push the pedal assist when you get tired. The bikes also have a throttle that makes going up hills very easy. The bikes can go up to 20 miles per hour if you want. The owner of the shop gave us great directions to the park loop road. There was some traffic before we got to the park that can be a little nerve wracking but once on the park loop road the traffic is one way and two lanes making it easy for cars to get around you. We stopped at Jordan Pond restaurant in the park for an early lunch before heading back. We hoped to ride up Cadillac Mt but didn’t have enough time as we had only rented the bikes for 4 hours. Back in town we stopped for a drink at an Irish pub near the port. We then walked up and down the main street checking out the shops and ended the late afternoon having a bite to eat on the patio at the Bar Harbor Inn where you get an amazing view of the harbor. I could have sat there all day. The next day we arrived in St John New Brunswick. This was the only port we didn’t make any pre arrangements. It was going to be a short stop. We had to be back on the ship by 2:30. Many people were going to see the reversing falls but everything I had read said you either needed to be there right at the right time or go there twice in the day to see the water going in a different direction. Neither appealed to us. We decided to head over to the museum to learn about St. John. We walked along the walkway near the water and stopped at a craft show that was set up. I purchased a few pairs of unique earrings made of crushed lobster shells for gifts. What we learned at the museum was that St. John was once a vibrant ship yard where many vessels were built. The museum houses many ship artifacts. After the museum we headed over to the farmers market. Where we live we have an amazing farmers market so this wasn’t very impressive to us, but none the less I’m glad we went. From there we decided to start checking out the neighborhood pubs. This is something we like to do when we visit new cities. Our first stop was to the Cask & Kettle. We sat at the bar and had a pint and talked with the bartender. From there we walked around the corner and up the hill to the Big Tide brewery. Here we had some delicious sweet potato poutine with our drinks before taking a slow walk back to the ship. Our last port was Halifax. It was here that we planned to rent a car and drive out to Peggy’s Cove. We hadn’t made reservations and didn’t think it would be an issue. The closet car rental to the port was Hertz and they didn’t have any cars left. They pointed us in the direction of Budget about a 15 minute walk from the port. Luckily they had a car. For about $42 US dollars we rented a Toyota RAV4 for the day. We set our google maps for Peggy’s Cove and were off. What a beautiful drive and area. Once there we parked at the Information Center and walked out to the light house. It was so scenic. This is what you imagine Nova Scotia to look like. The colorful houses reflecting in the water and the large rocks leading out to the lighthouse. There were quite a few tour buses parked behind the main gift shop when we arrived. They had pulled away before we left so we had a few minutes without the large crowds. I bought a latte just inside the gift shop that tasted great. We grabbed a few souvenirs and then decided to share a lobster roll from a stand on our way to the car. We headed back to Halifax and decided to stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where many of those who lost their lives on the titanic are buried. This stop and Peggy’s are cruise excursions for those that rather go that route. We saw some of the people from the ship on tours at them both. As we approached the graves you could hear the tour guides commentary. It was very moving to see these graves, some with names while others with just numbers. From here we returned the car before headed over to the museum. We are not normally museum people and this was the second one on this cruise. The titanic exhibit was the highlight. We both agreed the cemetery was more interesting. We left there and headed back towards the ship along the boardwalk. With time to kill we stopped at the Garrison brewery close to the cruise port for a pint. You have to walk through a large market at the port to get to the ship, giving you one last chance to grab some souvenirs. Our last full day was at sea. Observations about this cruise...you would definitely say the crowd on the ship was as “older” crowd. We never used the pool or hot tub but saw others that did. It never seemed hot enough to us. The highs were very pleasant, in the 70’s most days. We spent many nights in the Duck & Dog pub listening to Carlo. He had quite a following. He is a guitar player from the Philippines that sings many songs that the crowd sings along to. He had quite the following on our cruise. The balcony on this ship is not as large or as open as those on Liberty. The room are about the same. We used the gym both days at sea. The food on the ship was just okay, nothing memorable, good or bad. Our room steward was very attentive. There were very few people out on the deck at night but it was windy most nights. RCL seems to be cutting back on some of their services. Free room service is limited to a continental breakfast. Anything else will cost you. At the bar if you don’t request a certain alcohol you will be given top shelf and pay a lot more for a mixed drink. Being able to upload your photo and fill out your documents online makes for a quicker boarding. If you have never been on a cruise you will enjoy the Adventurer. We had a good time and don’t sweat the small stuff, (like elevators being out). Others seemed very annoyed. This being said, I would likely not recommend this ship to others who have been on a higher class ship solely based on the food and the balcony, two things that we look forward to on ships. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Used RCI before and it was great. Not so much this time around. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Springs popping up. Hard as a board. Complained twice. They tried to fix the problem but were never able to make it comfortable. ... Read More
Used RCI before and it was great. Not so much this time around. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Springs popping up. Hard as a board. Complained twice. They tried to fix the problem but were never able to make it comfortable. Bathroom was very small. Shower was even smaller. Air temperature in the cabin was cooler than we’ve ever had which is a good thing. Food in the buffet was very repetitive. Main dining room food was good. Did the sushi making class. It was a lot of fun. Only problem is you make so much you can’t eat it all. They do not let you take it out of the restaurant so I thought they were wasting too much. Comedians were both very funny. Must do the Quest. So much fun and I was a team captain along with my husband. We lost but had a blast doing it. Overall an ok cruise. Just would have liked to sleep better. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older ... Read More
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older crowd. Not much activity, very small pool but lots of pool side loungers. Ice cream was very yummy. First couple of nights the Main dining room was very ssssslow. It took almost 2 hrs from the time we entered the dining room until we left. We normally eat dinner in the main dining room but on this cruise we only ate there 2 times. The windjammer was very nice and the service was EXCELLENT. EVERYONE WAS VERY HELPFUL, SMILING SINGING AND MADE YOU FEEL GOOD. The shows were fantastic but the theater room was way to small to hold all those people, every show we went to was standing room only if you didnt get there a hour before it started. They need to have more than one sitting for each show. We enjoyed the singing and dancing in the centrum area alot. The shopping on this ship didnt amount to much. Our stateroom attendant EDISON was super, always smiling and we never had to ask for anything and our room was always clean and well kept the entire trip. I felt like they only reconized the directors and the so called important people and not the people behind the scenes who do alot of the work. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been ... Read More
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been one hour longer. Waste of money. Small lobster tail 1/3 piece of corn and two small potatoes. Opportunity to see a beautiful park lost. Could have booked our own tour and found our own restaurant . Very pleased with itinerary and time at ports. Entertainment was great . Hated the one show only days, first night and last. Forces you to arrive 45 minutes early for seating. TV limited. Most stations RC stations. Specialty Restaurant not worth the extra cost. Do not like that they force you to pay 20% gratuity for less than adequate service on top of the gratuities already prepaid. All in all will do this itinerary again, skipping the specialty restaurants and excursions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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