1,610 San Juan Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise. We didn't know what to expect. We are HOOKED! The ability to see six different islands and only unpack once is great. With about 3,000 people on the ship, we thought it would be crowded. It never felt ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We didn't know what to expect. We are HOOKED! The ability to see six different islands and only unpack once is great. With about 3,000 people on the ship, we thought it would be crowded. It never felt that way! The efficiency of the ship design, from the staterooms to dining to events, is top shelf. Pro Tips: get a balcony. It makes all the difference! Being able to see the ocean, watch as the ship enters/exits ports, and if someone in your room is up early/late, the balcony is a nice haven. You don't need the full beverage package unless you drink a lot = more than three alcohol drinks per day. The cafe on the Promenade deck is a key eat/coffee spot for early/late snacks. Use it! One Con: we didn't take time to do 1/2 of the events available! A few extra days at sea may have helped us. A two week cruise next time? Hmmm.... Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, the ship never seemed crowded. There was always a chair available near the pools. I found the crew in all areas to be friendly, helpful, and professional. Meals in Windjammer and MDR were of good quality. Awesome pizza, snacks, and desserts in the promenade. St. Lucia was the only port I found to be not "tourist friendly." There was a lot of traffic on the island. I felt like the taxi drivers took advantage of us. My shore excursion for this port was cancelled due to mechanical failure. Other cruisers had similar experiences in this port. Overall one of the best cruises I've been on with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Sailed on the Adventure of the Seas, out of San Juan. Checking in at San Juan was easy, even though there were a lot of people there and in line, we (my wife & I) were through it all and on the ship in 15-20 minutes. We had a ... Read More
Sailed on the Adventure of the Seas, out of San Juan. Checking in at San Juan was easy, even though there were a lot of people there and in line, we (my wife & I) were through it all and on the ship in 15-20 minutes. We had a balcony room. Room was clean, on 7th deck. Bathroom wasn't real big, but enough room and everything was clean and worked fine. We had our bed set up as a king bed, also had a sofa in our room. Closet, desk, with TV and fridge, plenty of room for the 2 of us. We were mid-ship, 7th floor was quiet, not too far from anything. The dining room for us was on 4th floor, the Windjammer buffet dining room was on deck 11, and Royal Prominaide was on deck 5. We walked the Prominaide every day/evening, and often stopped at the cafe/starbucks to get drinks or a snack, was included with our beverage package. Even ate a light breakfast there one morning, but they didn't have much out for breakfast. They almost always had small sandwiches and pizza by the slice. Was my first cruise, 2nd for my wife (went with her Mom a few years earlier). We had a great time, food was excellent, we never paid extra for any of the meals, the main dining every night was great. We had our own table, often ordered several appetizers and desserts. Service was excellent. We had a non alcoholic drink package, called the refreshment package. We ordered non alcoholic pina coladas, mudslides, and other drinks. Bar tenders were good about helping us pick drinks. At times the bars on the ship were busy, not too bad, and you could sit out by the pools and get wait service when you wanted too. We did an excursion at every port. I would recommend doing your excursion early in the day, then return to the ship, clean up, eat, change etc, then do something else in the afternoon like shop or go to beach in the afternoon. St Thomas & St Kitts are kind of similar Islands, mountainous. We did a sightseeing tour on St Thomas. Went way up to the highest point. Was a nice view, and made a couple stops where we could get souvenirs or drinks. Great views, since we did a morning trip, left us time to shop downtown in the afternoon. For us, we ended the tour at the downtown area, then did some shopping. We got a taxi ride back to the port area for $4 per person, was easy to find a ride. At St Kitts we did the kayak and snorkeling tour. Was well run, traveled to the far side of the island, and kayaked with the current, down the beach. Wasn't too windy or rough, so it was nice. They served us a few pieces of fruit and some water after we finished, before the bus took us back to the port. Shopping was walking distance from the port, the vendors have all mostly the same stuff, and are a little over eager to get you to look at their stuff. Day 3 We had a fun day at sea, the belly flop competition is a must see, pretty funny. I have to mention that our cruise director, Mercedes, was awesome and always entertaining. Day 4 - Curacao is a very nice island and port, free wifi was available. The beautiful town is walking distance to the port. They have a good economy, so the merchants weren't always after you like other islands. We did an aqua boat tour and snorkeling there. It was ok, but it is always very windy in Curacao. The mini boats worked ok, the tour could have been a little more organized, and the seas were pretty rough. I was glad we weren't in a kayak like some of the others, but wished we were on Jet skis. The snorkeling was crowded, but was in a good area with plenty to see. Aruba is a small, dry island with great beaches. We did the best of Aruba tour, so we saw most of the famous spots on the island. We had a nice air conditioned tour bus, with Juan Jacobs as our driver. He was very good. We did the aloe factory tour as part of it, not a lot to see but informative. Chance to buy aloe products at their store after the tour. Once we got back to the port, we changed on the ship, and then walked to the bus stop to take a bus to the beaches. Took a little asking to get on the correct bus, but was only $5.20 for both of us to take the bus. We got off at Eagle beach. If I would do it again, I would have stayed on and gone farther away from the port, more toward the California lighthouse. The beaches are similar, but better snorkeling farther down the beach. We could have taken a bus back to the port (9:30pm on board time), but we opted to walk back along the beach. Some of it had a boardwalk, and the sun was setting, so it was really pretty. It's a couple miles, so packing light was important. We like to walk, could easily take the bus at any point, there are a lot of places it stops. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise and we must say it was fantastic. We found the staff to go over and beyond to make people happy. The deluxe stateroom with balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy the breeze late evening. The main dining ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we must say it was fantastic. We found the staff to go over and beyond to make people happy. The deluxe stateroom with balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy the breeze late evening. The main dining room staff were right on top of things and the service was good and quick. The Champagne bar staff were so pleasant and knew our names immediately and remembered them. When they saw us arriving they would already have our drink served for us. The pools were small and cold but that is not unusual and once you were in and wet it didn't feel cold but instead very refreshing from the hot sun. All in all I would recommend this ship to anyone as the only thing we found not worth the money was the galley tour and only because they took too many through at once and you could not hear what was being said. Will definitely consider this ship when booking our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Mainly selected this cruise for the SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN itinerary (although St Thomas and St Kitts really are not southern) . It really should have had one more of the southern locations instead. The ship and cabin were well maintained. The ... Read More
Mainly selected this cruise for the SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN itinerary (although St Thomas and St Kitts really are not southern) . It really should have had one more of the southern locations instead. The ship and cabin were well maintained. The embarkation was easy and satisfactory. The disembarkation was long lines. The choice of offerings and the quality of preparation of food in both the main dining and the Windjammer were adequate and satisfactory, for shipboard dining. However our experience has found land based resorts/restaurants more pleasing and satisfactory. The service, overall was above average. It is obvious that staff fully appreciates the training and intent of management. It is very likely they recognize the ease with which they can be replaced. Although our experiences at the bars was very satisfactory as to friendly performance and service of the staff, the pricing is exorbitant. The two shows we attended were entertaining and well performed for shipboard or resort talent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This cruise fit in with Spring Break. Embarkation and disembarkation went well, no issues. The ship is older, but in good shape and a lot to do. Our cabin was just like all the other Royal Balcony cabins I have stayed. Nice, Clean, ... Read More
This cruise fit in with Spring Break. Embarkation and disembarkation went well, no issues. The ship is older, but in good shape and a lot to do. Our cabin was just like all the other Royal Balcony cabins I have stayed. Nice, Clean, comfortable. Never did get the safe to work. The Royal Singers and Dancers need more practice. The Comedian was great and El Gaucho was amazing. The cruise director Mercedes was fantastic. Rocky the shopper was very helpful. Dining in the main dining room and windjammer were all very good. Had great service and assistance from all Royal employees - Adventure has an overall great crew. The Galley Tour/Brunch got mixed reviews. . . loved the Brunch, but felt the tour was not super interesting, you just walked thru an empty kitchen. I learned a few interesting things, but would have liked to know/see more. Will not do Southern Caribbean again. Took 4 Royal excursions and was only slightly happy with one. There is just not much to see. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports on the itinerary. Not disappointed in any of them. There were more than enough excursion options available at each port and the ones we participated in exceeded our expectations. Very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports on the itinerary. Not disappointed in any of them. There were more than enough excursion options available at each port and the ones we participated in exceeded our expectations. Very happy with our experience at each port. Our suite was clean and comfortable (stateroom attendant was exceptional!). Dining room service was friendly and professional making each dining experience superb. Windjammer was extremely busy during the hours it was open..........so MANY food options. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in the quantity of food and the variety. If you left the Windjammer hungry, it was your fault! Staff throughout the ship was friendly and very accommodating. We also cruised last year on the Adventure of the Sea, and will cruise this ship again if ports continue to entice us. We have also cruised on Freedom of the Seas and have rave reviews about that ship and the service provided. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The rum punch on board sucks! Drink rum punch while on excursion, especially Cockspur on Barbados. The Windjammer (self service restaurant) is fine. The quality of the food is lower in the Sapphire (main restaurant). Also, in the main ... Read More
The rum punch on board sucks! Drink rum punch while on excursion, especially Cockspur on Barbados. The Windjammer (self service restaurant) is fine. The quality of the food is lower in the Sapphire (main restaurant). Also, in the main restaurant, the clothing advice was not enforced. Some people appeared in shorts and t-shirts at a formal night while others wore suits and ties or tuxedos. The wines are OK. The main entertainment was not as good as I was used to but it's OK. It was a pity that the ship departed from many islands already at 5 pm. That means "all aboard" at 4:30 pm. Quality of cloths sold on the ship should be higher. If you buy rum on the ship in the ship's store, you don't get it during the cruise, only afterwards. So, don't buy it unless you want to take the liquor home. On the last day (day at sea), half of the hot tubs were closed for cleaning. They should do this over night. They start too early with disembarkation (at latest 10:45 am) even if you have a very late flight (e.g., scheduled at 7 pm). The airport in San Juan is not inviting at all before the security checkpoint. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Cruise was chosen because of the tour program in the southern caribbean sea. Service ist simply excellent and much better than at european cruise lines. Same for for food and beverages, just outstanding for serving such a mass of ... Read More
Cruise was chosen because of the tour program in the southern caribbean sea. Service ist simply excellent and much better than at european cruise lines. Same for for food and beverages, just outstanding for serving such a mass of people. Organization skills of the staff are very good. Shows and evening program is very focused on american audience and their expectations (for example: a US comedian is not understandable for a non-english native speaker). Some Trivias or games are quite irritating for europeans and meet just the american taste. In general cruising with an american cruise line ris very customer focuced with a highly friendly staff. At least one contact person should be able to speak other languages as english or spanish. Heard from a few german guests, they felt a little bit "lost", as they are not fluently in english. As passionate dancers we were a little disappointed about the program, the dance floor as well as the bands. To high focus on latin music. The shopping focus, to make more and more money beside the booked cruise, permanent offers etc. are somewhat annoying. We wnat to enjoy our holidays and not shop during day and night. But.all in all a great cruise experience (we did more than 20 cruises with other cruising companies). Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We actually did B2B cruises Feb 24 and Mar 3. We chose these cruises for the many port days. There was 6 kids in our family group and they had a blast. Didn't go to any of the kid's clubs, there was plenty for them to do on the ... Read More
We actually did B2B cruises Feb 24 and Mar 3. We chose these cruises for the many port days. There was 6 kids in our family group and they had a blast. Didn't go to any of the kid's clubs, there was plenty for them to do on the ship without the clubs. Some of the family need gluten free food and they found enough in the Windjammer. They could also order GF pizza and pancakes there. Tried the dining room a few times and even with ordering their GF meal the night before it still took 2 hrs to get .Kids don't want to wait that long. Food at the WJ was ok, we had no problems with it. The kids loved all the activities including the flow rider, Rock wall, water slides, mini golf, pools etc. If you have a kid that is less than 42" make sure you bring swim diapers for him/her for the small water slide, even if they're potty trained. No one is allowed in that little yellow slide area of Splashaway Bay without swim diapers. We only went to the evening entertainment a few nights but did enjoy the ice skating show and magician. Watched a few movies on the pool deck at night. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the islands. The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship. The entertainment was enjoyable and the ice show is one you should not miss . We had the privilege to visit St Marrten, St ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the islands. The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship. The entertainment was enjoyable and the ice show is one you should not miss . We had the privilege to visit St Marrten, St Kitts, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbados. All of these islands were beautiful and they were happy that we came to visit. The food in the dining room was good and so was the Windjammer. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurant. There was always something to do. The embarkation was less than 10 minutes to get on the ship also the disembarkation was just as quick. If you don’t want to stand in the lineup to go through security I would suggest getting a porter to go straight through and avoid the line ups. It took us less than 15 minutes. Overall we had a great vacation with Royal Caribbean International. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
General comments: We are fond of RC, we have been on four of their cruises so far. It's a good value and we can actually afford a grand suite. Fellow cruisers are varied in terms of age groups etc. and we like that, too. The Adventure ... Read More
General comments: We are fond of RC, we have been on four of their cruises so far. It's a good value and we can actually afford a grand suite. Fellow cruisers are varied in terms of age groups etc. and we like that, too. The Adventure has been refurbished and it shows. Staff are great. The food is not tippy-top-notch gourmet, but we are always pleased. The Worst of the worst: I will never take one of their shore excursions again. We have in the past, but this time was beyond awful. Total cattle-call, and the trip to the hot springs on St. Lucia was the exact opposite of relaxing (although the Spanish Galleon reproduction ride and crew were a ton of fun). All of the boats and buses that left the cruise ship arrived together, so you had a few hundred people coming to a small hot mud spring that would accommodate maybe a dozen at a time. We were literally shoulder-to-shoulder with a crowd slowly shuffling into and out of the hot spring. We also did a tour with RC to "Sting Ray CIty" on Antigua, again it was crowded as heck, although I don't blame RC, it was just the model of the provider to get a lot of people out there. Slightly less awful: RC has a "don't save a pool chair" policy that they simply don't enforce. This means that you have a choice of joining the throngs of selfish/unethical folks who nab a spot at 6 am on a sea day and leave their belongings for 8 hours for a 1-2 hour use of the chair, or find other things to do until users tire of their spot at 4/5 pm. Overall: yes, go, it's a good value, just plan accordingly and bring a bit of patience for tours or ship venues that might be crowded! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted the Southern Caribbean route and were extremely pleased with our ports of call. We did not book our excursions through RC and we were very pleased with all of them. The Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful well maintained ship, ... Read More
We wanted the Southern Caribbean route and were extremely pleased with our ports of call. We did not book our excursions through RC and we were very pleased with all of them. The Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful well maintained ship, staff was attentive, activities were good. For the most part our experience was excellent. Our only complaint is that the food was extremely disappointing, bland tasting, lacking in presentation. The scrambled eggs in the Windjammer at breakfast looked slimey and only semi-cooked. Everything else was good at breakfast. I had eggs benedict in the dining room for breakfast once and they were almost inedible. Lunch and snacks in the Windjammer were good. Dinners in the dining room were disappointing. Not a lot of choice, very bland tasting. Appetizers were overall quite good, main course and dessert not so good. We have cruised with RC in the past and love it so you can imagine that we were very surprised how disappointing the food was. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise primarily for the destinations. Due to recommendations from colleges, we chose Royal Caribbean over Carnival who offered a similar itinerary. Boarding the ship: I felt the process was very smooth and much ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for the destinations. Due to recommendations from colleges, we chose Royal Caribbean over Carnival who offered a similar itinerary. Boarding the ship: I felt the process was very smooth and much quicker than I expected. The staff were helpful and nice. We checked 3 bags and carried on 2 backpacks. Two of the 3 bags were delivered to our room within 2-3 hours. The 3rd bag arrived 5-6 hours after our first two, which left us stressed and constantly making trips back to our room to see if it arrived. Perhaps this is just first time cruiser stress, but it somewhat impacted the experience of our first day aboard. Room: We chose a standard interior room. As a first-timer, it was actually bigger than I expected. It was very clean. The room attendant was very nice and very good at what she did. We were impressed. One night and morning, we did not have hot water, which made for an uncomfortable shower. Only other complaint was lack of outlets (specifically disappointed there were none in bathroom), but that might just be an all cruise-line thing. Destinations: Like I said, it was the destinations that lead us to this ship and they did not disappoint. It was easy getting off and on the boat and they made it clear what time we could do each. We booked one excursion through the cruise ship and 2 others separate. Each of our excursions were worth it. Food: We ate all of our dinners in Main Dining Room. We thought the food was excellent and we had a great server. We chose the "my time dining" but ended up making reservations for the rest of the week, at the same time with the same server. Only complaint was our wait-time and having to sit with another couple the first evening aboard. It wasn't the end of the world. We had our breakfasts and lunches at the buffet. We enjoyed the food there and felt it was all quality. Our main complaint with the buffet was how crowded it was, which left us sometimes spending 5 minutes hunting for a table. We had snack from the Cafe Promenade and they were okay. We wished there were more included restaurants to chose from. Shows: I had high-expectations for the shows and only a few of them hit them. There were two comedians, the first was excellent, and the second one honestly would have gotten booed off the stage if they were performing anywhere else. The Ice Show was excellent. Both Ice shows filled the rink to the point where they turned away people both times and we ended up standing to watch it. There was a Cowboy performer which was very good. I was most disappointed with the shows with the RC singers and dancers. I felt the RC performers were extremely talented, but their shows were scattered and random with no plot line. The main theater itself is starting to show it's age. The seats looked old, the curtain looked ancient, and I was most shocked by the 1990s main projector they used. If Royal Caribbean reads this, trust me it is worth the money to buy a new one. Some of the graphics and sound bits they used sounded very 1990s as well. Activity Deck: The pools were nice to look at, but we never got in. There were plenty of chairs except for the day at sea. Most of the area seemed modern and clean. The Flow Rider surfing machine was fun to watch and the water slides were fun. The basketball court looked nice as well. The Putt Putt golf course was fun, but very strangely designed (it was easy to lose your ball down the path). Add Ons: I created this section so I could grumble about being constantly asked to buy a drink package or to make reservations at one of the paid restaurants on board. I actually felt embarrassed for Royal Caribbean as they sent employees through the Main Dining room during dinner asking if people wanted to make reservations at their $70 per meal restaurant. It didn't ruin my experience, but it was annoying. On Ship Photos: We enjoyed getting professional photos taken of us at various points throughout the cruise and even bought one for $20. It was very easy to select the photo you wanted and we were not pressured to purchase any. Having photos taken in the middle of the halls constantly caused crowds and confusion in the ship though. Other: I really really wish Royal Caribbean would provide the daily activity guide Cruise Compass further in advance. It is delivered daily the night before, which creates little opportunity to plan what events you'd like to attend or activities you'd like to take part in ahead of time. As a first time cruise, I was desperate to even get an idea as to what the shows and schedules would be like so I could pack accordingly and plan my excursions accordingly. Maybe this is just a cruise thing, but it was annoying to me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The horror began with cancellation of the originally scheduled trip, February 2018. On 26 April we were advised the ship would be taken out of service, at the peak of vacation season to install a Japanese Specialty restaurant. As our group ... Read More
The horror began with cancellation of the originally scheduled trip, February 2018. On 26 April we were advised the ship would be taken out of service, at the peak of vacation season to install a Japanese Specialty restaurant. As our group consisted of 12 people, rebooking at a good time was impossible. So, we were forced to book a trip for 10-17 MARCH. This was during spring break for a lot of schools which resulted in an extreme amount of children on the ship. They were no provided with their own separate section so they were at the main pool area during the entire cruise. In addition, RCCL built a "kiddie pool" with a water slide immediately adjacent to the main pool. Another side result was that one of the two main pools were shout down for 3 straight days due to "accidents", requiring draining, cleaning and sanitizing of those pools. Cuts were obviously made to staff as our dinner, easily took 2 hours plus, to complete every night. It was obvious that there was insufficient staff. We purchased the unlimited drink package also. It was really a marginal decision as my wife and I are not heavy drinkers but the package included fresh squeezed orange juice, so that made the decision easier. Unfortunately, the orange juice was not available 3 of the days pf the cruise. Upon arrival, we asked for Pina Coladas but they were not available. One of our group members cabins had a water leek the last 2 days of the cruise. Fortunately it was not sewage water but still an inconvenience. To top of the experience, my wife and I incurred $1000 in fees and increased fare costs from the change of airlines and were advised we would only be reimbursed $400, leaving us $600 in the hole. We are Diamond Class members with over 20 trips under our belt. We returned to RCCL due to their quality cruise package in earlier years. As I told RCCL rep, it is ironic that the lack of quality in recent years will be the reason we WILL NOT ever return to their line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation went well. The ship definitely needs to be updated. Cabins look so outdated. This ship should not be rated as 4.5 stars. The most disturbing thing is that staff was very unhappy and not trying to please ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went well. The ship definitely needs to be updated. Cabins look so outdated. This ship should not be rated as 4.5 stars. The most disturbing thing is that staff was very unhappy and not trying to please customers at all. This made my experience with RCL Adventures of the Sea very bad. I knew that their job is hard, working non-stop 11 hours a day and 7 days a week. However, they chose to work in a entertaining industry, they have to be positive and make people feel welcome and happy. I did not feel welcomed and happy to be on this ship. In addition, entertaining was as bland as the food in the buffet. Furthermore, my stomach could not handle their food despite of my world travelling experience and globally trying different food . I felt bloated and burped out the greasiness of the food everyday . Pasta and spaghetti were left on the warmer for so long that it felt like baby food, melting in your mouth and not "al dente" at all. In addition, cruisers use serving utensils and threw them back on the food with the dirty handles. I was very worried at this sight and luckily that there was nothing happened this time on the ship. Adding to the insult, dishes were not cleaned properly; stains and left over food were visible from the "clean" dishes and cups. It was not hygienic at all. Food in the dining is much better. However, I could not contact reservation in order to book for my time of choice unless I wanted to eat dinner at 9pm???. I saw a cleaning staff who was on the phone non stop. I meant non-stop every day. I do not think that I want to sail again with RCL again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, and half the price of the cruise ship. We all did the drink package and by Wednesday there was no Crown Royal or Budlight on the ship, pretty disappointing especially when the drink package was why we bought it, and the Miller light was out dated beer. I don't know what is happening with Royal Caribbean, but makes me wonder what is going on. We did a private catamaran in St. Maartan, and it was the best catamaran we have ever done in all our cruises. Sophie and her crew were EXCELLENT and the food was delicious. The snorkeling was not good but that is not there fault, and they made it up by parting and swimming. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The itinerary is port heavy but that is expected with a Southern Caribbean cruise. The islands are beautiful and well worth a visit or two, maybe three! The ship itself is an ideal size for my family, two adults, two teens. With the ... Read More
The itinerary is port heavy but that is expected with a Southern Caribbean cruise. The islands are beautiful and well worth a visit or two, maybe three! The ship itself is an ideal size for my family, two adults, two teens. With the slides, flow rider, sports centre, shows, ice rink and a few other things, there is plenty to keep the teens busy. I would have liked to see some more organization from the teen club staff. I know teens are not always on board with participating but if the staff showed more interest, the teens might too. My two have always spent a large majority of the cruise while on ship in the kids/teens club or participating with the groups wherever they are. This cruise they barely went. A couple times they did, the event was not what was listed on the cruise compass. As for the adults, our two moans were the variety of food on the MDR menu. Please change up the appetizers every evening. The other was the trivia. We usually go to the trivia games as we participate and they are good for a laugh. Every trivia on the cruise was in the Schooner Bar and it was beyond packed. Not nearly enough seating and some of the seats are along a wall out of view from the rest of the crowd. Why not hold it in a larger venue? The headliner, Jeff Tracta was hilarious and El Gaucho was also enjoyed by all of us. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we ... Read More
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we thought is was lacking in maintenance on little things. Like cabin door hinges that were loose, the safe numbers were almost worn off, the shower door leaked onto the bathroom floor and maybe a couple of other areas. Still, overall it was a very good cruise. Dining was lacking a good selection of dinner choices. Only had a few things on the menu that appealed to us. The steaks in the dining room could have been much better. They come either overcooked or undercooked most of the time. I personally like the chilled fruit soups and they only had that one night out of the 7 nights. All the shows were great and we enjoyed the Ice show the best. If I had to pick one thing that displeased us it would have been the Casino, The smoke was so bad that we had to leave the Casino almost as soon as we arrived. I was having a great deal of trouble even trying to get my breath while in there. We did almost no gambling on this cruise. They did not have a restricted area for smoking and people were walking all around with their cigarettes making it impossible to breath. It even could be smelled very strong near the entrances. We took two RCCL excursions, one in St Kitts, St Kitts Panoramic Drive. They had us packed in so tight that one person had to ride sitting on the cowling over the motor. The streets were horrible and very rough. The second was on St Lucia, Costal Cruise to the Pitons. This excursion did not tell you that you would have to swim, about 150 feet, to shore from the catamaran . There was no dock at the beach. We had picked these excursions because of some mobility issues. Other than that, we still have an acceptable time. We were displeased with the Park West Art Auctions. Have never been to any other auctions that went that fast. It was so fast you could not keep up with the type of artwork you were bidding on. That made it difficult to bid on things we were interested in. We do like the Eastern Caribbean Itineraries best. Still overall it was a great cruise. That was the reason for our 4 star rating and not a 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We could tell that the carpets and love seat were new, however I had back and neck aches the whole time -- they needed to replace the mattress and pillows during the updating. This is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We could tell that the carpets and love seat were new, however I had back and neck aches the whole time -- they needed to replace the mattress and pillows during the updating. This is our 2nd cruise on RC. Our first was to Alaska and we had a wonderful experience, so we wanted to try RC again on a new adventure. We have never been to the Caribbean before, so all of this was new to us. Not through the fault of Royal Caribbean, but when we arrived the night before the cruise, when we were actually standing in front of it -- we found out our hotel had been closed since the hurricane. No one bothered to tell us that (in San Juan, Puerto Rico). The cabbies told us that 80% of the hotels are not in business anymore. After too much time and into the night; we were able to get a hotel room. ANYONE traveling into Puerto Rico, Please triple check that you have a place to stay. We even received a confirmation e-mail to check in, the day before! We did not have any time to explore San Juan. The line to get on the ship was well organized and when it started moving, did not take too long. We thought the food on the ship was pretty good, even in the buffet. The only complaint I had regarding food was that they overcooked the eggs for all versions of eggs Benedict that they served. So, not bad for all the meals we ate! :) We bought the beverage package and were Very disappointed in both the quality and selections we had for wine that was included with this package. There is a nice wine list, but most of the selections were above the $12.00 allotment for the beverage package. We think that we should have a full selection of wines with the price we pay for the beverage package. Also, unless you ask, the bartenders give you the low end of the price range for brands of alcohol in your drinks. The servers in the main dining room were overworked and barely had time to say hello. They worked Hard and we appreciated it. I don't know if Royal Caribbean cut the amount of people they hire -- and if they did then it was a mistake. All the people working there seemed over worked, which made us feel badly for them. Also, the bread basket on the table ---- too much waste. We had a table for 2 and we did not eat 6 pieces of bread/rolls between the two of us. The bread and pastries were nice and fresh though -- not at all dry! We arranged one excursion through Royal Caribbean -- Railroad around St. Kitts. It was a fun and interesting tour, however the cost through the cruise ship was costly. The only other tour we booked was through Cosol in St. Lucia. It was a lot of fun and worth the expense. The other days we just walked through the towns and went to local beaches. We did get a cab to the beach in St. Maarten where the planes land. It was a fun experience, but the beach is has rough waves - so be careful not to get rolled! Overall, it was a really nice winter break. When San Juan has their economy going well again, electricity, hotels......I hope to be able to visit again. They need the tourists money, but more importantly, they need their government to use that money to Fix things there (and not their own pockets). Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and 3/3. Our flight to Philadelphia was cancelled and there were no available flights to get us to Puerto Rico before it left on Saturday. American Airlines did allow us to change our flight to Curacao on Sunday so we could meet the ship in the first port, no extra charge. We did end up spending a lot of money on taxis because when we got to the ship we were told we had to go to customs (via another taxi ride) and get an Exit Visa since we officially entered the country. Every time you step into a taxi it is $20 regardless of how far. We finally boarded the ship and had a lovely balcony room (never again in an interior) which happened to be on the side overlooking each port which was handy to survey the island. The service was always excellent, our attendant was friendly. The host was very good. The entertainment was mixed. We were very impressed with the magician/comedy show, the trivia games and karaoke were run well, the ice skating show was very good. The last comedian was cringe worthy. We chose not to dine in the dining room since our last experience was it made us too sluggish to do after dinner activities. We thought the food was fantastic at first but then it didn't have enough variety (lighter fare) and started to look unappealing. Salad bar and fruit selections are same limited choices every day. We chose not to do excursions through the cruise in order to save money (and pay for the balcony room!). I did a lot of research and booked Curacao Dolphin Academy's Dolphin Swim directly (saving $100 each person but having to provide your own transportation). We loved the dolphin swim, the staff was wonderful and we felt we had enough time in the water and the groups were small (6 people). In Bonaire we booked an afternoon snorkeling excursion directly with Woodwind. It was top notch. In Aruba we decided to just hit a couple of beaches. First we took a taxi to Eagle Beach which was a beautiful wide beach without a lot of people (although you can rent beach chairs, we just spread out under a tree). It was a windy day and the waves were big enough to pummel you if you weren't careful. We then walked to Palm Beach (it was farther than I anticipated) and got some beach chairs near the Palm Pier. The water was more protected here but there were also a lot more people and businesses. We took a taxi back to the ship and then walked around downtown. The last stop was St. Martin which had been hit by the hurricanes last year. We took a taxi to the famous Orient Beach which was especially hard hit. All of the buildings were gone or badly damaged but the debris on the beach had been cleared away and a few vendors were renting beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is on a large bay so the water is calm and beautiful. The taxi drop off was in the nude beach section (next to the devastated Club Orient beach cabins that were being razed) but we walked down to the other side of the beach. My only real complaint is that on cruising days, although there are signs that the staff will remove towels from unoccupied chairs, that didn't happen and there was no way to find a good chair since 3000 people were competing for 500 or so chairs. We were so happy to have our balcony so we could enjoy the fresh air. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
After an amazing experience in late September 2015 on the Adventure of the Seas, decided it was time to go again, this time with my husband, adult daughter and her husband to celebrate hubby's 60th birthday, their belated honeymoon, ... Read More
After an amazing experience in late September 2015 on the Adventure of the Seas, decided it was time to go again, this time with my husband, adult daughter and her husband to celebrate hubby's 60th birthday, their belated honeymoon, and her graduation from a Master's Program. We were completely thrilled with almost every aspect of everyday. My Time dining with Artan and Dinah as attendants was exceptional every night. They catered to us so beautifully and were always on top of every thing and thoroughly delightful. Frank, our room attendant in 9504 (a wonderful cabin with incredible view, btw), was so warm and friendly. He treated us to very well crafted towel art and was amazing in cleaning up after us as we adventured out and providing any and every thing we desired. Dani, the assistant cruise director, was really wonderful. Loved his Zumba classes and his personality was so enthusiastic and charming. At first, not so thrilled with Mercedes, the cruise director, and she was okay, but certainly not as charming as Dani. The game shows, production shows, and comedy were really well done. Music all over was fantastic and even though we lost in the casino, had fun there too. Bar staff was over-worked, so hard to criticize, but considering sheer number of people, did a good job keeping beverages flowing. All venues were comfortable and organized, ship amenities are so numerous and well cared for. A wonderful adventure happened again and I believe my family is now as bitten by the cruise bug as I am. Speaking of...NO mosquitoes the whole week! It was a memorable and fantastic experience overall Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had a wonderful vacation on Adventure OTS 3/3/18 sailing. We arrived at the terminal at 2:30pm and were on the ship 10 minutes later. The ship was recently in dry dock and had all new carpeting, furniture and bedding. This was my ... Read More
We had a wonderful vacation on Adventure OTS 3/3/18 sailing. We arrived at the terminal at 2:30pm and were on the ship 10 minutes later. The ship was recently in dry dock and had all new carpeting, furniture and bedding. This was my third time sailing on this ship and they had replaced both of the Solarium hot tubs with bigger round hot tubs that hold twice as many people and also two of these at the mail pool. The food in all venues was great and presentation was excellent. The staff throughout the ship were all very helpful and friendly. The entertainment was good. The headliner shows included two comedians and a magician during the week. This was the Dutch Antilles Southern Caribbean itinerary and all of the ports were beautiful. We did not go on any ship excursions but planned our own. We went to a resort for the day in Curacao, sailing/snorkeling in Bonaire, on an all-day Jeep excursion in Aruba and shopping in St. Maarten. This is my favorite Royal Caribbean ship and I definitely recommend a cruise on her. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have been cruising every year for almost 20 years and have platinum status on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We almost always cruise out of Puerto Rico and spend a week in Puerto Rico before the cruise. We used to be able to choose ... Read More
We have been cruising every year for almost 20 years and have platinum status on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We almost always cruise out of Puerto Rico and spend a week in Puerto Rico before the cruise. We used to be able to choose between 7 ships, but now our options are limited to 4. One of the options is Carnival (which i have cuised with twice, but will likely not ever cruise on again - not because our experiances were bad, but because they weren’t great. It is a cheaper cruise, but you get what you pay for?). Fortunately, Royal Caribbean is one of our 3 top picks for cruise lines (princess and celebrity being the other two). Adventure is a nice ship and we were fortunate enough to get a room on a brand new refurbished deck (deck 12 at the front) so the room and area around our room were great. There really wasn’t anything about the ship that i didn’t like. The prominade is very nice, especially if you have any rain on a sea day or in the evenings. At 3200 passengers, it was a little bigger than i prefer, but that is only my preference. The plus of the bigger ship is more facilities. I found there to be more than enough deck space on sea days. If anything, the only thing i can say that i didn’t like was the evening dining menu. The food was very good overall, but it did lack in variety, from the appetizers, to the entrees to the deserts. Very disappointing was the lack of chilled soups (only one the whole cruise - at least it was good). Of course, i am comparing it to the old days of cruising where they served 5 course meals. The itinerary was great (Curacau, Bonaire, Aruba and St Maarten) we loved the options available at all of the ports. It looks to me like the onboard ship excursions were cheaper this year than i remember them being. We quite often arrange our own excursions now as we know most of the islands and what is available at them. As for the onboard entertainment, it was ok (we went every night). 2 of the headliners were great (comedian and magician), 1 was ok (impressionist) and one was not my cup of tea. He basically had to restrain himself the whole bit and told everyone to make sure to come back for the late nite adult show where he could really “let loose” The band was great (as usual) I have a hard time rating the production shows because this is our second time on the Adventure in recent years, so we’ve seen all 3 of the production shows before. That being said, we got there early and got good seats and watched all 3 shows. I’m not fussy about the Cruise director, Mercedes, not because she was bad, i just didn’t find her as funny as she thought she was. Lastly, being out of Puerto Rico, there was a lot of Spanish on the ship (all announcements were in English and Spanish. I’m not sure if they do that for all cruises?) All in all, we had a great time and enjoyed the week. We will more than likely cruise again next year, just not sure if we are going to stick with Royal on the Freedom next year or try out either Norwegian or Windstar. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I do not like days at sea and this cruise is port heavy. Had not been on RC before, so was interested to see how they stack up. I was pleased with the food service and food quality and the friendliness of everyone except the pool area ... Read More
I do not like days at sea and this cruise is port heavy. Had not been on RC before, so was interested to see how they stack up. I was pleased with the food service and food quality and the friendliness of everyone except the pool area stand workers who were ambivalent. Our cabin steward was great and our wait staff in the main dining room were excellent. The ports were good and we rented a car in each so we could explore wherever we wanted go to. I had prearranged cars. There could have been more interesting things to do on the sea day, but we made our own fun. The water slides and Flow rider were great! I liked the ice skating show, and the singers and dancers were fantastic - we would have like to see more sows with the fine dancing! The comedians could have been offered as extra shows with more dancing shows in the main time slots. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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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