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

This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and if it was our first cruise ever, we would be very impressed and happy. However since we had something to compare to, some things turned out to be better and some not so much. What was better ... Read More
This was our first time with Royal Caribbean and if it was our first cruise ever, we would be very impressed and happy. However since we had something to compare to, some things turned out to be better and some not so much. What was better than we experienced elsewhere was the embarkation and disembarkation - very efficient, quick, no waits, or lineups. What was disappointing is that there was no room service breakfast on the last morning, which we have used in the past. Also a step down from our previous experience was the food. Specifically, the dessert and bakery selections. Breakfast pastries appeared shriveled and dried up, and only a handful of selections available. Lots of mousse and jello types of desserts throughout the day. Selection was better at the sit down dinners. Another disappointment was that the buffet closed at 9pm so there was no quick snack available after 9pm other than in the Promenade cafe, but once again, the selection there was slim to none. We enjoyed the endless and anytime coffees and hot chocolates or teas at the Promenade cafe however. Other than that, the ship was nice, our cabin upbeat and comfortable (balcony), service immaculate. We would definitely sail with RCC again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise after 3 cruises with Carnival and 2 with Norwegian prior to that. After cruising with all the big 3 companies, I still don't have a clear favorite. Price will continue to dictate my ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise after 3 cruises with Carnival and 2 with Norwegian prior to that. After cruising with all the big 3 companies, I still don't have a clear favorite. Price will continue to dictate my selection. We found a great deal on Royal so we decided to try something new. Overall I would say that the entertainment was classier than Carnival and Norwegian, the food was not as good, the public areas of the ship were better, the cabin was smaller, and the service was similar. Embarkation - Flew into San Juan on the same day as the cruise on Southwest arriving on time at 12:30 pm. We read that the public bus doesn't allow luggage but might allow luggage from the airport to the transfer station in Isla Verde. We knew there was a Walgreens and Pueblo within walking distance so the plan was to get a few things and then take a taxi from there. We just missed the bus and after waiting for 30 minutes in the hot sun for the next one, we asked a taxi driver who was dropping someone off how much it would cost to get to Pan American Pier with a stop at Walgreens. She said she wouldn't charge for a quick stop and gave the going rate of $23 (plus $2 a bag). She wasn't supposed to pick us up there (both her and us were to get in line at the taxi station on the level below), but she agreed to at my urging. We were quick at Walgreens but still had to wait on a slow line at the cashier and I got the impression the taxi driver wasn't real happy about it. I gave her a tip and she was fine. When the taxi dropped us off at the pier at about 2:00 I noticed one of the baggage handlers was allowing the people dropped off ahead of us to bypass the line. I followed their lead and dropped off our 1 checked bag and skipped a long line waiting to check bags. The line for security was pretty short and when we got inside, the Royal attendant told us to go to the Gold line because the regular queue was full. I would say we waited in line a total of about 15 minutes prior to check in. We boarded with one carry on and headed to the Windjammer buffet. It was rather warm in the Windjammer (especially the window seats) and the food was a step down from Carnival. This trend continued during the week, although the food did get a little better. Our checked bag showed up about 6 pm, making us a little late for dinner. Dining - We used My Time Dining and typically ate around 6:00 pm (5:45 on port days and 6:30 on the day at sea). Royal managed to get us the same table (for 2) and servers every night despite our changing schedule. The table for 2 is kind of a joke as there is literally 6 inches between the tables. It was okay as we were able to have some light conversation with nearby couples while still having some time to ourselves. The faces changed with our schedule, but that kept things interesting without feeling like we had to be entertaining new friends that we may have had nothing in common with. I still prefer our last couple Carnival cruises where we managed to have a booth to ourselves. As another passenger who was doing back to back put it "the food gets better as the week goes on"! Good thing because after the first couple nights I felt like the only way we would get a good meal was to pay extra for one of the specialty options. I hate that Royal puts a second menu in front of you that says for just $17 a person you can get a really great meal! I know this is a trend in cruising but I still hate it. I always liked the all-inclusive nature of the food on cruise ships and now it seems like you get the leftovers if you are cheap like me. On formal night, I added a tie to my dress shirt but I never take a suit coat. My wife wore a more formal dress. As with previous cruises, I found myself somewhere in the middle of attire. We actually forgot it was formal night the second time and my business casual attire was still not out of line as the guy next to me had shorts on. I know some of you get worked up about this. Personally I don't see why anyone wants to pack a suit and formal shoes. While I'm thinking of it, Royal has nothing to compare with Guy's Burgers. We REALLY missed Guy's free, delicious, made to order burgers and fries! I have no interest in paying $7 per person for Johnny Rockets. Fortunately we were in port almost every day during lunch. The pizza was no comparison to Carnival's made to order option. Also, the deserts on Royal couldn't touch the deserts on Carnival! We were disappointed with desert virtually every night. Warm Chocolate Melting Cake and Bread Pudding on Carnival will remain our favorites by far! Speaking of deserts, the Cafe Promenade was a JOKE! The first night I noticed the woman in front of me gave up waiting for anyone to serve her one of the free snacks. They were much too busy handling paying customers buying premier drinks and ice cream. I thought I was more patient than her but after another 5 minutes with no help, I finally gave up too. The next night we managed to track someone down and sampled the inedible zeppole and a chocolate chip cookie that would break your teeth. Later in the week we found better cookies but nothing you would crave. I'm convinced that cruise lines have figured out that they can't afford to create really good snacks because the demand would be too great. I did enjoy the ice cream but unlike Carnival, it was not help yourself and therefore only available from like 2 to 6 pm. Proving my prior statement about keeping up with demand, they also managed to run out of chocolate or vanilla almost every night. Entertainment - We loved the Ice Show. Pretty amazing to see a cast of 8 professional skaters on a relatively small rink. We went to the 4 pm show on the first full day and the late show on Day 5. We knew they would be the same but we enjoyed it enough to see it twice. We also loved "Two Funny Guys" and "MO5AIC". The Royal singers and dancers were not that great but we appreciated that they had more clothes on than on Carnival or Norwegian. In fact, we were pleased that all the entertainment was family friendly except the late night comedy on the last night. Carl Banks was not only crude, he wasn't funny. You know you are in trouble when the comedian has no material and starts his show trying to find something funny sitting in the first row! The Love and Marriage show was also adult only, but it was funny! My wife DOUBLED the ship record in the keychain catch in the Minute to Win It competition but we didn't find much to write about in the Imperial Lounge entertainment. It paled in comparison to the Comedy Club feature on Carnival. Ship - With some minor exceptions, I didn't think the ship looked tired like others have said. We really liked the ice rink and skated twice. My wife also enjoyed the challenging rock wall. We found windy, but very private sunbathing at the top front of the ship. We both attempted the mini golf competition (I won) and the free throw competition and rollerblading (I twisted my ankle pretty good, so I don't recommend you do anything that might injure you on the ship). I tried the solarium pool (not too crowded) and climbed in a hot tub only to realize I had more sunburn that I thought! The promenade was a big improvement (at least aesthetically) over the general areas on Carnival and Norwegian. We were not constantly hounded to buy something (like a photo or a drink) like it seemed on Carnival. The movie theater sounded like something we'd enjoy and many times we liked the movie that was on, but it always seemed to conflict with another show and we figured we could rent a movie anytime at home. We loved the view from the front of the ship on the helipad and the peek a boo bridge! Carnival had nothing like this. Cabin - The cabins are small on this ship. We had an interior interior room (yes I meant to say it twice). Look at the floor plan for 8451 and you'll see what I mean! With the beds pushed together neither of us could easily walk around to the side of the bed and we typically crawled in and out from the foot of the bed. Not a problem until you twist your ankle! The shower was even smaller than other cruise ships (I never thought that was possible! The sliding door was an improvement over a shower curtain, but I had to open the door and shut off the shower to clean my legs. The TV's have been upgraded to about a 32 inch HDTV but most of the programming was not HD and only a few channels in English. I was surprised that the sports bar only had the same 2 sports channels available in your room. I couldn't watch the NBA playoffs anywhere when they were on TNT. We had to ask for ice in the room and I should have asked for a bigger glass. Storage space also was less than Carnival, but the closet was better organized for storage. The room was very quiet as the hall was not a pass through to anywhere. Also, you can control the volume of the announcements. On some Carnival ships we were awakened every morning by a very loud cruise director. I'm not sure if they made many announcements as we had ours turned down completely. In fact, we slept to 9:30 the first morning. Ports - We did our own excursions, which basically consisted of me researching the cheapest way to get to the best beach! Barbados - We walked to the "The Boatyard" and laying the towel in the sand right next to folks who paid the entry fee to get a chair and umbrella. We walked with another couple we found along the way. I didn't feel it was unsafe but it did take about 30 minutes and probably not for everyone. We later walked down the beach to where the public facilities were and swam out to where the turtles and excursion boats were. We had snorkels and but no fins or life vest. We are not great swimmers and we both panicked a little when we had to try and clean our mask or snorkel while treading water, but we always calmed ourselves by rolling on to our backs and floating. I don't recommend this, but we did eventually find turtles and that made it worthwhile. We left an inflatable raft on shore and that would have helped as would have fins or a life vest. When we got back to the port, we waited about 5 to 10 minutes for our phones to get a WiFi connection. Our Republic Wireless phones can use WiFi to call, so we were able to call home. St. Lucia - We intended to walk to the city bus station and take the bus to Rodney Bay Mall and walk to Reduit Beach. We walked past very aggressive taxi drivers (a common theme in every port except St. Maarten). I told them we were headed to town which is so close it was hard for them to argue with us. One taxi driver actually told the others we were lying and we were headed to the beach (seeing our suits and towels). We weren't sure where the bus station was so we asked a police officer. She pointed us to a bus stop and after the first bus showed up full I recalled that someone on Cruise Critic mentioned that the buses leave from town only when they are full. Realizing we had walked a couple blocks away from downtown and closer to Viggie Beach we decided to just walk to Viggie which was in view from our location. A taxi stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride and when I told him we were headed to Viggie he said "too far to walk". Viggie was always our backup and I knew we had to walk around the airport but I must admit it was further than I thought. There was no real sidewalk between the airport fence and the very busy highway so we walked in the grass. There was a sidewalk on the other side, but that involved crossing busy traffic, so we stayed in the grass. After about 30 minutes we reached Viggie. There's a public access road and parking right next to Rendezvous Beach and directly across from the end of the airport runway. Immediately a local came up and promptly made a grasshopper out of a coconut leaf. Pretty cool and very friendly until we didn't want to buy one of his birdhouses. He walked away pretty quickly. We laid our towels near Rendezvous. There were some locals who made us a little nervous, but we were never far from the security at Rendezvous. The water had mostly a sand bottom but occasionally there were some big hard rocks to avoid. Waves were fairly mild but the water was not coral blue. Nice, but the other ports had nicer beaches. We knew that, but we didn't want to spend $100 each for a stinky volcano tour (we have been to the volcano in Hawaii). Wifi was $6 a day. Antigua - We walked into town to the bus station. The sidewalks were crazy. There were no tourists in site! We tredged forward in spite of that and asked for the bus to Valley Church Beach. The locals were not particularly helpful, but also not rude. Eventually someone pointed us to the right bus and we waited until it was full. The ride was an adventure. The roads were very narrow and poor and there was no courtesy among drivers. The houses were mostly shacks. The cows looked very hungry (end of the dry season) and were on leashes. We second guessed our decision, especially when a postal worker got on the bus and told someone they should take the taxi to the beach not the bus. Seemed like it was directed at us. We were dropped off at the entrance to the drive to the beach and paid $1.50 each for the 25 minute ride. A short walk revealed a beautiful beach that made it all worth it! The water was postcard blue with sailboats, jet skis, and powder white sand. We could have stayed there for a week. Another couple from the UK actually told us they had been there a week and were checking out the various beaches and liked nearby Darkwood Beach even better. Hard to imagine there was anything better than this! We ended up renting a Jet Ski for $40 for 30 minutes. We didn't check the time and it was probably less than 30 minutes, but we had a blast! We walked out to the end of the drive and immediately a bus arrived and picked us up. This time the bus was nearly empty so I didn't feel like we were taking up a locals seat. A sales associate at the Tanzanite International store gave us their WiFi password. Antigua was our favorite port! St. Maarten - We took the water taxi from the ship $7 all-day (roundtrip) per person. We planned to walk but with my sprained ankle this was no longer a good option. We did walk to the bus (just a couple short blocks North of the shops on Front Street). We were headed to Maho to see the planes coming and going at the airport. The bus was clearly marked Maho. We were dropped off at the bus stop just past the airport and right across from the beach. Our timing was great (about 11:30) as within about 15 minutes the Dutch Airways 747 (just like the one on YouTube) was ready to take off. We stood off to the side hoping to catch video of the crazy people hanging on the fence. We quickly realized we were on the wrong side (West) as the jet engines roared to power and we got pelted with pebbles, sand, and various debris. We never saw the plane leave as we had to turn away to protect our faces, eyes, and camera! We stayed another hour and saw 3 jumbo jets land in that time. Worth saying we did it, but we quickly headed back to the bus to get to the quieter, less crowded, and nearly wave free Great Bay beach in Phillipsburg. With a sand bottom and coral blue water, we loved the beach and saw no problem with pollution like I read online (I think this is only true right after a big storm due to runoff). We were offered 2 chairs and an umbrella for $10 which was a deal (perhaps because we were the only ship in town and it was about 2 pm), but my wife prefers the sand and sun and I like the water. We stopped by McDonalds and bought a Coke to get the WiFi password. Disembarkation - We kept our bags with us and carried them off after breakfast. We have always done this and it usually works well. We did get off later than we normally do (about 9:30). We weren't sure why the line to get off was not moving. We stood for about 15 minutes before it started to move and when we got to customs it was clear where the bottleneck was. They had just 4 or 5 customs agents handling the hundreds (actually thousands) of guests. We waited probably 30-45 minutes to get through. When we got outside I tried to call Charlie's Rental Car to pick us up but our phones would not make a local call in San Juan (considered international). The guy at the taxi information booth let me use his phone and translated for me. Charlie's arrived in about 10 minutes and took us to their location. No problems and they explained the toll roads and gave me directions to the El Yungue Rainforest. We had a 4 pm flight home so we quickly made our way to the rainforest. The traffic was heavy on Saturday on Rt. 3 (lots of retail shopping, similar to the US, leading to lots of stoplights). We only had about 45 minutes to drive around the rainforest so we saw what we could and headed back to the airport about 12:30 realizing we had a lot of traffic to get through. We dropped the car off at Charlie's Isla Verde location and after grabbing some fast food and walking out to see the beach we took the shuttle to the airport. No line for FDA inspection and short line for TSA (though they weren't very efficient). Overall we had a great vacation, really good cruise, and great ports! Because we took advantage of many of the shows and activities it was almost too busy and we could have used a day at sea on the way back! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We flew in a day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites. Our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm but they give you an access card for the beautiful pool, there is a nice changing room, and they store your luggage for you. We had ... Read More
We flew in a day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites. Our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm but they give you an access card for the beautiful pool, there is a nice changing room, and they store your luggage for you. We had lunch at the hotel restaurant (El Patio), free drinks at the evening reception, dinner at the attached Outback Restaurant, and free breakfast in the morning. We checked out of the hotel at 11:00, took a cab to the pier and were onboard by noon. Lunch at the Windjammer, toured the ship, luggage was waiting at our room when the cabins were ready at 2:00. The ship was well maintained and easy to get around. The adult-only Solarium pool was a wonderful, quiet retreat. There were 2 large hot tubs in addition to the pool. The pool patrol removed towels from unoccupied seats after 30 minutes so we could always find someplace to relax. The drink waiters were easy to find and not too intrusive, and at the Solarium Bar it was easy to get waited on. We ate most of our breakfasts and all of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. The food was fine. Lunch was Main Dining Room when available, Windjammer, Promenade Café, or onshore. I gained 5 pounds, too much dessert! The shows were fine with good headliner acts (Singers and Comedians) and funny audience participation shows. We skipped The Quest because we've seen it before and we don't care for how its handled in larger venues. But the very best entertainment was an absolutely fabulous guitar soloist named Jeffrey Malazo. We pretty much stalked him and showed up wherever he was playing. One thing we noticed was that the guests on this cruise just seemed to be extra friendly! Even in the elevators people were smiling and making pleasant comments to each other. We struck up conversations everywhere we went. St. Thomas - Booked a tour through Godfrey Tours ($35 each). Its an ok tour if you want to drive around and see the island, but not great if you want to spend time at the beach. Beach time was only about an hour. St. Kitts - Tourist industry not very developed yet, but I got a wonderful massage at the shops in the pier area. Look for a big oval orange sign that says "Chop Shop". Its a nice spa where you can get a great massage for way less than ship prices. $55 for 45 minutes, $90 for a full hour. They also do manicures and pedicures. Parked my husband at the open air bar across the street. Aruba - Went on an open-air bus tour with a guy selling tours right when you leave the ship. $20 each, hit most of the tourist sites and then spent several hours at beautiful Palm Beach (high rise district). Then he came back and either you could go back to the ship or get dropped off in the pier area for shopping. We thought it was a good value. Curacao - Booked the Trolley Tour through the ship. Went on a nice relaxed tour through the town, and then went shopping in the very charming shopping area. The shops there sell actual clothing, luggage, even shoes, along with the usual jewelry shops and souvenir stuff. We had lunch in a nice little outdoor café. My suggestion would be to save your shopping for Curacao, rather than St. Thomas, because its so much nicer. Disembarkation was fast and painless. Caught a taxi, went to the airport, headed home. We've been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and this was our favorite itinerary, and I'm sure we will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Had a great time. It was our 18th RCI cruise but first time being part of CruiseCritic. Nice touch having the get together but an odd time and location on ship but FREE is FREE. Ship was nice, clean, and most meals were FAB. ... Read More
Had a great time. It was our 18th RCI cruise but first time being part of CruiseCritic. Nice touch having the get together but an odd time and location on ship but FREE is FREE. Ship was nice, clean, and most meals were FAB. Service and entertainment not as outstanding as other RCI ships. Great ports (St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curraco), great weather, great people watching. Did learn that the Sheraton Old San Juan IS not in walking distance to the Royal Caribbean pier. Check-in and Disembarkation one of the fastest and easiest we've had. Noticed increase in pricing in drinks and formal pictures from New Years cruise 2014 to April 2015 cruise. Still Loyal to Royal - will our status, it is hard to try anything other line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my second time on adventure so now I've done both southern itineraries. The ports are great and offer a nice variety. I enjoy the promenade this class offers. We found the crew friendly and happy which creates a nice ... Read More
This was my second time on adventure so now I've done both southern itineraries. The ports are great and offer a nice variety. I enjoy the promenade this class offers. We found the crew friendly and happy which creates a nice culture. Most of the shows were excellent. There was just one I didn't care for. As for the music -you could find a nice variety throughout the ship. Again just one I didn't care for personally. We found the service in the windjammer hard to locate. You certainly couldn't count on getting a drink at your table. They seemed to be rotating the servers as we couldn't locate the same server twice in an area. This may be part of the problem. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The ship: Immaculate. Anyone who thinks it's aged, dirty, or showing any signs of wear must work for a competitor because this thing was as clean as the day of its maiden voyage. The ONLY 'damage' I saw anywhere on the ... Read More
The ship: Immaculate. Anyone who thinks it's aged, dirty, or showing any signs of wear must work for a competitor because this thing was as clean as the day of its maiden voyage. The ONLY 'damage' I saw anywhere on the ship was my cabin's bathroom mirror had a small scratch on it. Big deal - it was tiny and in a corner. The cabins are wonderful, if not in need of a colour change for the linens. If that bothers you, you probably shouldn't be cruising at all - how could the colour scheme really ruin or even remotely affect your vacation? You're on vacation! THE SHIP IS BEAUTIFUL, that is all you need to know. Amazing ship. What people really need to know about the Voyager Class is that it's quite possibly the best class that has ever been or will ever be. Case-in-Point? Carnival ships (for example) at 110,000 tons carry 3,800ish passengers. Adventure of the Seas at 138,000 tons carries 3,100ish passengers. I was on the April 26, 2015 sailing, where every cabin was sold out, and I never waited in a line at a buffet, never waited for embarkation or debarkation, never had trouble finding a deck chair (or 20 - it was seriously easy to find one), never had trouble with elevators, etc. It felt so empty. The Royal Promenade is great, and had the parade, disco night, and then there's the Cafe Promenade (yum! - open 24 hrs!), the Duck and Dog pub (mmm, beer and beer cocktails!), the Champagne Bar, the Sports Bar, and the shops. There's something for everyone. We did get the drink package, which honestly, while expensive, helped us really explore other areas of the ship we normally would not have (including the champagne bar and the pub most notably). Yes, there are a lot of Spanish-speaking guests onboard with the San Juan departure. To expect otherwise is ludicrous. What's more ludicrous is that anyone would complain about it. Those folks from Puerto Rico were the most fun, spirited, and congenial fellow cruise guests I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. For reference, I don't speak a word of Spanish and am from Canada. Most locals leaving out of Miami are rude, selfish, and take a toll on my enjoyment of the cruise. Simply not the case here! The only 'odd' thing about the demographic was that a lot of the games poolside, etc. were pegged as "USA vs Puerto Ricans". Umm, last I checked, Puerto Ricans are American. Entertainment onboard was actually excellent - the shows were 'ok', some better than others, but the other entertainment was so thorough and varied that we never had time to do trivia (scheduled frequently throughout the day), nor did we have time to enjoy the rock climbing walls, free-skate, inline skating, sports court, etc. The dining room is a 3-level affair with both traditional (6pm and 8:30pm) and 'my time' seating. We did the 6pm set-time and loved it. The food was excellent, portions a-plenty, and there is still free lobster on the second formal night (though you can, in the Main Dining Room order whole Maine Lobster for $29.95 any night - why anyone would is beyond me). The windjammer (buffet) is spacious and we had no issues finding a table. Go to the back and there's no lines, ever. It was NOT particularly vegetarian friendly, but for all those vegephiles out there, here's a trick: If you find a supervisor (white shirt), you can ask them to go to Johnny Rockets and get you a veggie burger even though it's not available in the buffet. It's free and they bring it to you freshly made. It's not advertised as such, but we were told to do this by Guest Relations. I won't get into the ports other than to say that St. Thomas is what it is - built up for shopping with Magens Bay as a great beach destination; St. Kitts is a poor island, but the people are really nice; Aruba is incredible - stay for sunset; and Curacao was fine. There's so much to talk about, but the important points are these: 1) Great ship. Why it's only rated at 75% is beyond me. Two complaints: 1) The shore excursions offered were all 3-4 hours, even though you're in port for much longer than that. It was more pronounced in Aruba where we arrived at 8am and departed at 10pm - why on earth would there only be max 4 hour excursions?!?!?! And what's worse, other than one sunset 'cruise', they were all in the morning. It was weird and silly. 2) Normally, I wouldn't post something negative without first hearing back from RCCL, but since it's been 3 days since I lodged my complaint without receiving a response (other than the auto-response of "we received your comment"), I'm going to be fully honest about everything. ...and this is where I don't recommend this cruise for families... For whatever reason, Royal Caribbean (or perhaps just the cruise director staff on this ship) were particularly lax about age restrictions. Yes, Jesters (the nightclub) was ONLY for 21+ at night, but The Quest (adult scavenger hunt - a racy affair where persons tend to remove articles of clothing) was held as 'all ages'. There was a glow party afterwards, which turned into a teeny bopper dance party - substantially all of the adults left Studio B (the ice skating rink, where both events were held) suggesting that neither was "what they were expecting". The problem is, if you allow teens and kids into these events, you cannot enjoy them the same way - OR, if you do enjoy them the same way, you get partial nudity in front of children. Perhaps international laws have not been written about this, but I would be embarrassed, ashamed, and upset if I had children onboard who witnessed this. What's the absolute worst, however, is that one of the sports activity staff is an ex-male stripper and would 'demonstrate' his abilities both in the Quest and during the Disco Party (in the Promenade). It was honestly disgusting. There's a difference between tasteful comedy and suggestion and full-out stripping off your clothing and humping the floor. It was really, really not ok. ...and I'm not a disgruntled elderly individual making such complaints - I'm sub-30. ...and none of the above has any bearing on the Adventure of the Seas or 99% of her crew. It was an incredible vacation (my 10th cruise - I'm Platinum on RCCL), one of the best cruises I've taken, and I hope the ship continues in the fleet forever as it is honestly the best design of any ever made. Sure, it could use some of the newest toys on the Quantum/Anthem, but it's intimate and relaxing. I simply love it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I should have done this while things were fresher in my mind but have been trying to catch up at work and home. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Miramar Hotel. I had called prior to let them know we wouldn't be in ... Read More
I should have done this while things were fresher in my mind but have been trying to catch up at work and home. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Miramar Hotel. I had called prior to let them know we wouldn't be in until after midnight and they had no problem with that. The staff was very nice, the rooms were very clean and there was a 24/7 café almost across the street with decent food. There was a store close by to pick up the last minute items/wine before getting a taxi to the port. We got to the port about 11:45. The line started moving at 12:00 and we were in the windjammer by 12:30. Food is so subjective therefore hard to talk about. So If you like hot food that looks like it has been under heat lamps for a few hours and is a bit hard/chewy that this stuff is for you! The salads, sandwiches, cold cuts and cheese were nice and fresh. It was the same exact choices everyday in the same spots. I swore I would not get a drink package but that changed after just 3 glasses of wine. Prepackage - I ordered a glass of wine and got a nice chardonnay for $11.80 a glass. OUCH. Got the beer/wine package and the next glass of wine I get is a horrible chardonnay. I actually had to specify a brand and most times did not get what I asked for even though it was in my package. I gave up bringing it back up to get the kind I requested. It was probably easier for them to give me what was open rather then open a new bottle which is what happened when I went up to bring back the nasty kind the server brought. The bartender in the ice rink actually told me no but the gentleman with him behind the bar nodded and he opened a new bottle of wine for me. I was just tired of drinking a gross wine after the amount of money I paid for the package. Main dining room - Again food is very subjective so this is just MHO. We loved out waiter Memi, and assistant waiter Juan Carlos. I choose the pork chop the first night. It was over cooked and dry but the chipotle drizzled in the plate helped with the dryness. The one and only bad choice I made. I loved the chicken Marsala. Lots of flavor which is why my mother would have thought just the opposite. After the first night Memi knew just what kind of food I liked and choose my meals after that. Yummy. There were 2 "formal nights" I use the term very loosely. Not that it matters to me. I love to dress up nicely but never pay attention to what others are wearing. The only reason I looked around is because of how much attention it gets on here. I found it more disturbing to see kids at the table every night with headphones and iPads as babysitters rather then conversing with the adults or each other. But to each his own. There was a wear white night, 70's night and a Caribbean night. I really need to update my line dancing repertoire. I thought I was doing good until the Wobble came on. Our room was a balcony room on the hump. We will never do that again. The elevators were right there and many happy, loud people got off of them very late every night. First full day was a day at sea. The pool patrol was out in force! They timed the reserved seats and removed articles once the chair was vacant to long. We didn't see many shows but we did see the comedian and thought he was great. As usual The Love & Marriage show did not disappoint. The battle of the sexes was funny also. I remember a time when we had to rush to the theater to get a seat but now it is only about 50% occupied. I kept my daily papers (totally forgot what they are called) and have the updated drink price list so if anyone would like to ask me about something I will do my best to answer. Oh not sure if anyone answered this question earlier but the drink of the day is $7.75 plus the 18% $9.14 each but no special glass. You only get them if you do not have a drink package and yes the drinks were measured. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on ... Read More
Thank goodness we have shown some loyalty to RCI, attaining the lowly status of Platinum. The "unwashed" lineup for embarkation at PanAmerican Terminal in San Juan was horrendous, but the priority line flowed smoothly at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. After 2 and a half fine days in San Juan, we were ready to lie back for a little while. Staterooms were all ready and the luggage even arrived before our 6:30 dinner reservation at Giovanni's. (Not sure why RCI on this ship still adheres to the line up outside form of muster, especially when all the instruction are in two languages, but there you are.) Sailed on Adventure in 2012, so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Promenade Cafe was great at a place to get some coffee and a snack at any hour, but the attendants for the coffee let us down a couple of morning at 6 am. No Coffee. At that hour, even a short wait of a few minutes can be a bummer, and is unnecessary. Compared to the 24/7 facilities on some other ships, the Promenade Cafe is a bit dark and not terribly inviting, except for its usefulness. Compared to even some of RCI's smaller ships, Adventure lacks variety in dining options, but Giovanni's is such an excellent experience it is hard to complain. Except for the Ice Show, which is consistently excellent, entertainment is mediocre. One evening was billed as a display by two champion ballroom dancers, but was primarily just another show by the ship's resident company with two numbers performed by the star team. Most evenings we were exhausted from the excursion of the day and chose to skip the shows, not a positive commentary on the quality. Alert: should you be assigned Table 282 in Vivaldi, run don't walk to the Maiter 'd and get it changed. This table supposedly for four covers effectively blocks the access to the closer waiters' station and endures constant bumping and jostling by passing waiters with loaded food carts. Yes, food carts. Other than the table location, which the Head Waiters quickly sorted out with a change in table, service in the dining room was excellent. If you happen to get Nilsita and Irma, you are fortunate. Stateroom service was also attentive and pleasant. The fitness center on Adventure is well equipped and the therapy pool in the fitness area is the best one on the ship, big, hot and well-jetted. Sauna and steam rooms, at least on the men's side, worked well throughout the cruise. The captain is energetic and makes the daily announcements worth listening to, but on a somewhat intangible way, Adventure seems a bit tired, a comment which applies not only to the ship but more of the crew than we are used to on Royal Caribbean. All this is not to say that a cruise on Adventure is not worthwhile, especially the very port intensive Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We had a great time, on the ship and on shore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our 10th cruise on RCL (ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS-this trip) and had a blast. The ship staff was attentive. Our wait staff (Maribel & Warren) were so nice we took a group photo of my wife and I serving them. David our Bar man had our ... Read More
Our 10th cruise on RCL (ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS-this trip) and had a blast. The ship staff was attentive. Our wait staff (Maribel & Warren) were so nice we took a group photo of my wife and I serving them. David our Bar man had our "usual " waiting for us as we were seated "Our Time" for dinner. The Entertainment, once again was superb. Our Snorkel excursion (Antigua) was the most memorable at Paradise Reef, then on to a private beach for fun in the Sun. St. Maarten excursion to Orient Bay (Waikiki Beach) with the buffet lunch was our favorite beach. As for Barbados, St. Lucia, St.Croix and St. Kitts stops, we either grabbed a cab and explored on our own, or just left the ship and did a walk about. Curacao was terrific, have coffee at Fort Riff. In Barbados, take a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. Look for Smokin' Joe (cab driver St. Kitts) who took us over the mountain to South Frigate Bay for a fantastic afternoon on the beach. Smokin Joe dropped us off and returned at the appointed hour before charging a cent..there and back $ 14.00 (I tipped well of course). Our only disappointment (and not a big one) was the Koochookachew bus ride. The bus driver made it fun, but we were taken to a hilltop with a rusted out lighthouse, a hilltop Chapel surrounded by cactus and then finally Palm Beach for swimming. The first two stops could have been avoided to allow for more Palm Beach swim time. Had the bus only turned left leaving the ship and not right, we were minutes away from all the Aruba resort beaches. Everyone..and I mean everyone thought Aruba a poverty stricken, desolated (cactus infested) island..until we were taken to the Resort haven with grass lawns and sidewalks, all the big boys were there..MARRIOTT, RIU and much more. All in all a 5 star cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Pre-Cruise - flew to San Juan on April 16th and spent 3 glorious days in Mayaguez with our friend. Absolutely loved it there. On the 19th, we boarded Adventure. This was our 75th cruise and our 68th on Royal Caribbean. We have been ... Read More
Pre-Cruise - flew to San Juan on April 16th and spent 3 glorious days in Mayaguez with our friend. Absolutely loved it there. On the 19th, we boarded Adventure. This was our 75th cruise and our 68th on Royal Caribbean. We have been on Voyager and Explorer but this was our first time on Adventure. We have cruised many times our of San Juan. By far our favorite place to cruise from. We love the Southern Caribbean. Very port intensive which is what we love. Spent all our time on our favorite beaches. Just a brief review of all the things: Ship - gorgeous. So pretty. Very clean and well maintained. Loved the new Diamond Lounge. We never went to the CL. the DL is so much nicer with the great views. The Concierge in the DL (Ryno Strapp) was one of the best we have ever had. Instead of sitting at his desk all week and not talking to us until the last night when they want tips, he talked to every table at least 5-10 minutes each and every night. What a great guy. Enjoyed talking to him. Staff were so friendly - always a good morning or hi. Service was fantastic. We were very pleased to see great service at the pool. On Enchantment in Feb you could not find a pool server to save you life. On Adventure, they were all over the place. Never had to hunt one down so Adventure gets major kudos for that. We had a Deck 8 hump balcony and loved it. Have the same cabin on Adventure again next year. Food - a subjective topic for me as I am not a foodie at all. But my husband thought the food was excellent. We ate 3 nights in the MTD, 1 night in Johnny Rockets, and 2 nights in the buffet. all were excellent. Buffet the final night in the Island Oasis was amazing - stir fry, seafood, chicken. So many choices!! Only complaint from hubby is that he did not think the lobster was that great. Everything else was wonderful Shows - probably some of the best we have seen on Royal (other than Oasis/Allure). Went both times to the Ice Show it was so good. First night comedian was so funny (and I don't like comedians). Vegas style show was awesome, so colorful and the singers/dancers were very good. They had a group of 5 guys one night that made their own music. Called REVOICED. OMG they were fantastic!!! Loved them, so talented. Then they had another production show with some latin American dance champions that were so good. Only night we did not like was the last night when they had a mime Ports of Call - we are beach people so don't do excursions. We have our favorite beaches on each island and that is where we spent our days. Loved everything about the ship, shows, staff, service, etc. Cannot wait to go on Adventure again next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are frequent cruisers and this was our first trip on Adventure of the Seas. We have always cruised Carnival - not just for the lower fares - but because of the staff & service. Starting out, Old San Juan is just beautiful and it ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers and this was our first trip on Adventure of the Seas. We have always cruised Carnival - not just for the lower fares - but because of the staff & service. Starting out, Old San Juan is just beautiful and it was our 3rd trip to the city. Spend time getting to know old San Juan - tucked away on side streets are wonderful restaurants and shops. We stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan for two nights - rooms were fine and staff were friendly. Certainly convenient to the Carnival cruise lines and just a short 15 minute taxi ride to the Pan American terminal where Royal is based. Getting on the ship was fairly hassle free - we arrived by 11:30 AM at the terminal (though they told our 8th floor not to arrive until 2 PM - we still got on the ship this early and avoided the major crowd.) Our first encounter at the Poolside Bar was rude and not very helpful. He maintained this attitude for the entire cruise - not just to us -but to other guests that I witnessed. Shame on him. Eight of us traveled as a family - we booked "inside" rooms - our first time. I probably will not choose to book an inside room again just because it's very disorienting with no light, etc. Others tell me it's helpful to put the TV on the ship's webcam channel and it will light your cabin as daylight approaches. Rooms are very small - but we didn't experience any ship movement which I was grateful for! The cabin was kept clean - we only received 2 towel animals (they might have been the same animal now that I think about it!). I overheard other guests "complaining" about this lack of detail but I really didn't think twice about it. The Windjammer buffet food is fine - no different than Carnival's food. However the main dining room evening food was far superior to Carnival's. (Though it wouldn't entice me back on Royal). The staff in the Mozart room work very hard and are over the top eager to please you to get that extra gratuity. Go to breakfast in the Vidali (sp.?) dining room - it's worth sitting down and having breakfast served to avoid the bumping & bustle of the food buffet lines in the Windjammer. Service was great in the dining room for breakfast. We didn't go to any shows - we had heard they were just mediocre. Ports were fine - we've been to most before except for Aruba and Curacao. Worth visiting. We booked all of our excursions through Royal. My biggest recommendation is to AVOID THE SUNSET COCKTAIL CRUISE IN ARUBA - it's not worth your time or money. They claimed it's barefoot elegant - whatever that means. The Captain was abrupt and not friendly at all. The cocktails were horrible - SUPER sweet stuff mixed with watered down alcohol. They ran out of most of the drinks half way through. The bathrooms were flooded - gross!!! Noone talked during the cruise - telling us what we were looking at - they even took the catamaran back to dock well before sunset. I didn't mind because we couldn't wait to get off of the boat! Disembarking was a nightmare - totally unorganized and chaos. Royal should take a look at how this is run (two US Custom agents to process over 3,000 people!) Seriously!!! Overall - a very negative review on my behalf. We travel extensively and most all of my feedback is positive. I could find very little positive to say about this Cruise line - sorry! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I are age 63 and have been on 5 different cruise lines over the years. Royal Caribbean is our favorite. We sailed out of San Juan on April 12th. We arrived a day early and stayed at the San Juan Airport hotel. We selected ... Read More
My wife and I are age 63 and have been on 5 different cruise lines over the years. Royal Caribbean is our favorite. We sailed out of San Juan on April 12th. We arrived a day early and stayed at the San Juan Airport hotel. We selected this because we thought we would originally arrive at 2:00 am and this would be easy. This hotel is extremely convient but if you want to go to town or anywhere in San Juan, you must take a taxi and your cost will add up quickly. $42 round trip. The hotel is small but nice. I would stay there again but only if I were going directly to the port. We arrived at the port at 11:20 am and were on the ship in 25 minutes. We then went up to the Windjammer and just hung out. We were able to get in our rooms at 2:00 pm and our all of our luggage arrived by 5:00 pm. Our ship did not leave port until 8:30 that evening. We were hoping that once we checked in we would be able to leave and walk around downtown San Juan. This ship did not dock where the smaller ships dock and walking to town would be quite a distance if you could walk at all. You would need to take a taxi and I had already paid enough for transportation ($83 total for four cab rides). There was however; plenty to do on the ship so it was not something that disappointed us that much. We selected my time dining and ate at the earlier seating. This is something weve have enjoyed in the past. What is different however; is that you can also have a reservation for a specific time and table if you like. This was very helpful on the first night because dining begins after your muster drill and the lines on the first night are long. Those who had reservations were allowed to get in a shorter and quicker line. We also asked to be seated at a large table so that we could meet and visit with new people. The first three nights we were seated with both English and Spanish speaking people. All were very nice but our desire to interact was met with limitations. We finally reserved a table with people we met and waiters we liked. That worked out well the rest of the week. Formal dining food and selections were very good as always. We did the mystery dinner on Tuesday and I will say that the Food at Giovanni's was excellent. We were very tired and probably did not enjoy it as much as we could have. (See St Kitts shore excursion below). I thought the Windjammer food was good but 7 days may be the limit of my generocity. I selected the soft drink package but was disappointed that they did not have the self-serving drink machines that the Freedom of the Seas had. I was able to go to any bar and have my cup filled, but appreciated the machines for convience. St Thomas We chose a snorkle trip throught the ship. We went to Turtle Bay to snorkle. The catamaran was called Star and Stipes. The crew, two men and one woman, were excellent. We enjoyed seeing the turtles Also saw a "sunken ship". This was actually a few pieces of metal on the bottom that was underwhelming. But overall we enjoyed this excursion. We used to take advantage of the jewelry and shopping sales in this port. It used to be that one could take advantage of great bargains here. But with the internet access, bargains are in your own living room. St Kitts We booked our own excursion online with Grey's Island Tours. We hiked up to Mount Liamuiga the dormant volcano. Adventure of the Seas charge $100 and Grey's charged $69 payable at end of your hike. I was very concerned that we would be able to complete this hike within the time frame and get back to the ship. There were 13 of us and the other 11 also booked on there own. They were from RCCL Spirit of the Seas. We left the dock at 8:40 and arrived at the starting point at 9:30. All but one person completed this hike (CLIMB) and we were back at the ship by 4:10. Now again, we are 63. I run 4 miles, three to four times a week. My wife can walk a 13 minute mile. This was very challenging. The walk up is a 3 mile, 2800 ft hike up. You have to navigate over rocks and tree roots that sometimes are a two feet plus step up. I'm 6ft tall so it was not as difficult for me. My wife is 5' 3". It was more difficult for her. She made it but barely. We crossed that off our buck list and were thrilled to complete it. It was a very exhausting hike but well worth it. Be aware that booking this on your own does pose a risk. If you don't get back to the ship, they leave without you. The risk paid off for us but may not for someone else. Aruba We took an air conditioned bus around the island that was good to do once. Very informative. Stopped at the Aloe Vera plant, lighthouse and passed by the tourist beach area. Curacao We did our own thing on this island. Rented a scooter from a local guy just right of the Old Fort. $50 for the day. Went to a beach and toured the Island. We did notice that there were vans that would charge only $5 to take you to a beach. We would have done that, had the scooter not been available. We loved this ship. We are looking forward to sailing again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After reading some of the review we were a little skeptical about taking this cruise but I am very glad that we did. The check-in process could not have been any easier for us. Once on board there was an endless array of activities and ... Read More
After reading some of the review we were a little skeptical about taking this cruise but I am very glad that we did. The check-in process could not have been any easier for us. Once on board there was an endless array of activities and venues to visit. The entire staff was very attentive and friendly. Ordering drinks in the lounge could not have been easier as there was always a server who took your order within minutes of sitting down. There was a wide variety of ages on this ship and this ship had a great energy to it. The people who sail out of San Juan like to have fun and it is definitely reflected in the overall energetic atmosphere of the ship. Don't worry, it's not a crazy 24 hour party like atmosphere that you find on Carnival but it is also not as calm as you may find some other Royal Caribbean ships (it was a nice balance). One thing I did notice is that this was a night time ship as a lot of the evening activities were later in the evening (10:00PM+). Shows were still at 7:00 and 9:00 depending on your dinning time but those were just the beginning of the evening events. Daytime activities were also more abundant on this ship than previous RCI cruises I have taken Food in the main dinning room was consistent with other Royal Caribbean ships. Nice simple presentations and tasty food. The only thing that did not "wow" me were the deserts, but they were still good. We ate a few times for breakfast and lunch in the windjammer and again the service was excellent. I am not a buffet fan to begin with, so I cannot really give an unbiased review as to the quality of the food. The one recommendation I would give is to try out the main dinning room for breakfast and lunch - the food quality is much better there in my opinion. We did indulge ourselves several times at Johnny Rockets for lunch - there is a 5.95 cover charge but you will definitely not leave hungry. You can have as much as you want off the menu there including ice cream sundaes for dessert; the only thing not included in the cover charge are milkshakes and sodas. We did try out Giovannis one night and the food was ok, nothing to write home about (it was hyped up so much by the staff that I think I came in with too high expectations). If you have some extra money and want to try something different, give it a try. If you do not make it you are not missing out that much. I still prefer Chops (which is not yet available on this ship). Entertainment options in the evening were abundant and I enjoyed them very much (with the exception of the comedian on the first night - he needs to go). The male vocalists from the singers and dancers were very good, but the females need a little help with enunciation. This is just being nit picky because they were still very good. The dancers as well as the onboard band were excellent. If you can, make it a point to see the guest entertainment. Each of the guest headliners (again with the exception of the comedian on the first night) were outstanding. The ice show was also a can't miss production because were else can you see ice skaters performing in the southern Caribbean. As far as shore excursions go, I am an amateur so I booked all of them through RCI. I was told by another couple on board to check out cruise critic for cheaper alternative options. If did post reviews of the excursions I took on the RCI website. Overall this was one of the most enjoyable Royal Caribbean cruises I have ever taken (8+ on RCI). The entire crew onboard is well trained, top notch, and very attentive. If there is a problem, let them know so they can fix it. They truly make every effort to ensure you are having a great vacation. Keep in mind that Royal Caribbean not a "high end" cruise line nor is it a flashy party line. For me it is the perfect in-between cruise line. Casual, contemporary décor, yet very innovative and entertaining. This cruise will be as much as you make of it... let your hair down, relax, and have fun. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are just off the 4-12 thru 4-19 sailing...Aruba route We had a great time- 2 teens and 2 53 yr olds. We travel based on the ports and a ship has to have a promenade. On adventure, you can tell that the decor is older but everything ... Read More
We are just off the 4-12 thru 4-19 sailing...Aruba route We had a great time- 2 teens and 2 53 yr olds. We travel based on the ports and a ship has to have a promenade. On adventure, you can tell that the decor is older but everything was clean. We were on Freedom 2 yrs ago- liked the cabin decor much better on Freedom. ACTIVITIES___Tino, the activities director was super energetic and lively. Erik was also in activities and led amazing dancing lessons by the pool and also ran some interactive games in the lounges. Bobby was the CD-calmer , but seemed to be doing a good job. The shows were 50/50 . We had 8:30 dinners in hope of seeing shows before dinner like on our last cruise, but the shows were mostly at 10:30p and we were exhausted by then. Ice skating was FABULOUS-a must see! The final night's entertainer- a mime/comedian was really good too. Love and marriage and Quest were funny as usual. The staff shows were mediocre and an entertainer mid-week was good for those over 60- imitations of Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis. I thought other reviewers were exaggerating, but , there sure were alot of spanish-speaking people on board and everything was translated. They even had a seperate love and marriage show in spanish. They seemed to be in large groups and therefore did not interact with others. I like to meet new people and this severely hindered that. Thank goodness for the Reggae band at the pool- when they weren't playing - the dj was playing loud, pounding latin/hip-hop music which was not relaxing for me, and I enjoy that music-at the appropriate time. Nothing you can do about this except choose departures from another port. We loved our ports, our dining staff, room stewards, and all the ship's staff seemed friendly, hard working and polite except for a few here and there. Lounge chairs were still reserved, but if you go on deck 12- where it's more peaceful and breezy, you have a better selection. FOOD____The MDR food was good the first 2 days and much better the remaining days. We could always get extra servings and the waiters encouraged us to try new things. Windjammer food was fine, except that my husband missed having lox as on previous sailings. The desserts weren't exciting here, but in the MDR they were delicious. With the soft serve ice cream by the pool and dinner time desserts, we need to eliminate some extra calories! CABIN---we had an E1 balcony and a Promenade Stateroom. Both met our needs. There were only 2 of us per cabin- three would be claustraphobic for me. The colors of the fabrics- peach and aqua were tired, but everything was clean. Towels were sparkling white. Seems towel animals are provided on Formal nights, unless your steward is into making extras. 2 bathroom complaints- the tap water turned extremely hot- in both cabins after running for about a minute and could not be cooled. The light switch for the bathroom is past the open door, so you have to keep opening and closing the door to see in there. PORTS----We took a private excursion in ST.THOMAS- Simplicity from Red Hook and sailed with a total of 6 people to Hawksbill and Honeymoon beach- good snorkling at Hawksbill,it poured on us but we were in the water and it was fun! At Honeymoon we only saw one sea turtle, not many fish. We got to spend some time on the beach as well. Josh has a marine biology degree and was very helpful in pointing out interesting sea life and spent alot of time with us as we snorkeled- which none of our other snorkel trips included. Capt. Charlie cooked us a delicious chicken and rice lunch which we ate on board-with place mats, fresh fruit juices and rum punch, beer and real silverware! We got back in time and they had a taxi waiting for us. In ST.KITTS, we took the ship excursion to zip-line---EXCELLENT!!! Every single person, from van driver to all the staff at the zip-line were professional and helpful- I never zip-lined in my life and was told that this system is so secure and the safest -which it was. You don't need to hold on with your hands, you brake by leaning back. The views were wonderful. The ride up the mountain is very bumpy and you have a short walk down a uneven pathway between runs...so you need to be in decent shape to handle this. We had time to eat lunch on the ship(got back at 11:10am as we were the first van to the excursion), change clothes and get a taxi to Caramobola- Oh MY GOODNESS- the most amazing views in the world! Laying back and looking at Nevis vanishing into the clouds...great time there (but the free wi-fi does not work). Glad we ate on the ship because as we read here- service is slower than slow....and why waste the $$$ ? In Aruba- we went to DePalm pier by cab and turned right- We walked a bit to explore, but the places further away had alot of boat congestion at the beaches, so we went back to the first beach in front of the Radisson, and got a huge umbrella and 4 chairs.. i think 35 for umbrella and 10 per chair. We brought blow-up swim tubes from walmart at home and relaxed. The restaurant on the pier- next to Dunkin' Donuts!, was wonderful! Sitting on a deck , under a thatched roof eating delicious food - perfect! Great prices and everyone got huge glasses of ice water too. This is getting long- but I'm going to continue... In CURACAO, we pre-arranged with a van to take us to Porto Playa Mari---Oh MY! Another beautiful spot in the world! Glad we didn't think of driving there ourselves...it is a long ride through hot, desert areas to get there. We arrived by 10am, got 2 sets of chairs and umbrellas for $23 total- the rates are posted- so you dont have to shop around. There is one woman who walks around after an hour or so and collects the fee. You can walk farther away from the restaurant if you want more privacy. The snorkeling was fantastic with calm water. Many, many fish along the 2 stone piers and around the balls they have placed in the water to encourage coral growth. There is also a scuba shack here. Food was delicious, again , under a thatched roof with pitchers of icy cold water. There is an outdoor shower and bathrooms as well. SO-all in all an excellent trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The Adventure is an odd boat within the Royal family. Never mind the fact that balconies are merely a partial window cutout of the steel side but the pace of things on the ship (including staff) moves way slower than other ships in the ... Read More
The Adventure is an odd boat within the Royal family. Never mind the fact that balconies are merely a partial window cutout of the steel side but the pace of things on the ship (including staff) moves way slower than other ships in the company portfolio. Arrival – What a nightmare. The station in San Juan is a free-for-all trying to get on the ship. No employees are directing people. There’s a line if you want to give bags to the porters but you can’t hand them one directly upon getting out of your vehicle. There’s a different line if you don’t have bags. Once you clear that hurdle you proceed to the various lines for getting your seapass card. Again, no one directing nor helping people inside the terminal. When you get to the front of the line there’s again no rhyme or reason why someone is shown an agent to begin check-in. My agent didn’t explain anything about the early schedule of events on the ship nor when rooms would be ready. I was left on my own to find the ship and figure things out. F-. Room 7340 – beware, this cabin vibrates nonstop. If you’re sensitive to that type of movement avoid this room like the plague. I’ll post a video on youtube (https://youtu.be/ryq3lcMRKJw) so you can see yourself how badly this room vibrates. In general the rooms are freshly painted. They have a tropical feel now in their color scheme. New flatscreen tv’s are nice. Bathrooms are typical for Royal. Beds in the cabin were quite firm, bordering on rock hard. After 6 days I woke with some stiffness in my back. I didn't understand why in the world they went backwards with the balconies (picture windows cut out of the side of the ship vs. full glass walls). Also, balconies are lined in this cork-like product that'd flake off when you moved a chair. Just bizarre. C. Food was pretty darn good on the ship. Windjammer had some of the most delicious food I’ve had in some time. The kitchen staff seemed to keep items changing each day. Some nights you could get cooked to order pasta or mini sliders. The final night the kitchen staff even came around offering passengers fresh chocolate covered strawberries as they wished us a safe trip home. In the main dining room the menus have recently changed. I don’t know if it’s because of the distance from the continental US but things like scallops have been removed and replaced with escargot nightly. The new items seemed to have a little bit of spice which is a welcome treat compared to some of the bland dishes of the past. Overall food on this boat was outstanding. A+ Staff – perhaps it’s just inherent from the San Juan location but employees just move way slower here, like they’re stuck on Island Time (they’ll get to it eventually). Everyone is friendly enough and work to make your experience a good one just don’t expect the same pace of staff on other ships. A- Ports - on my sailing we did St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, Curacao. High praise to whoever decided to allow for a 10pm departure from Aruba. Given how close the islands are overall I wish they done the same for the other islands (after all the boat only took a top speed of 14 knots during the trip). If you can, take a sailing to Aruba or Curacao. Amazing beaches and quite friendly locals. Never once did I feel in danger like I have in Jamaica. In Aruba and Curacao I rented a car and had no problems getting around the islands as they obey US driving rules - just don't make a right turn on red or you'll get a ticket. A+ Entertainment - skip it. The dancers did a good job for their part but the shows are just tired and very 80's. As an idea one of the better shows at night was a "Best of Vegas" tribute. I'd expect this kind of show on a Princess ship where people are all in their 70s but that was just not the demographics of this ship. Comedians were bad. They had this duet / audience participation act that was just awkward. Overall someone at Royal just needs to revisit nighttime entertainment in the big theater. Djs were good and the nighttime deck parties were quite the happening place. C- Final thoughts – I still love the center promenade that Royal introduced in this class and it does get used quite a lot to the overall quality of the trip. If you can pick a good room and understand that things may move at a different pace than you’re use to I’d recommend taking this ship as the ports were the reason I picked the boat. Know it won't be the same experience as Independence or Allure as you can make the ship the vacation. The food makes up for some of the distractions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This cruise was our second time sailing on the AOS. We arrived a day early in San Juan. It's much more relaxing to arrive a day early and less stress at the airport and getting to the port. To avoid the long taxi line at the ... Read More
This cruise was our second time sailing on the AOS. We arrived a day early in San Juan. It's much more relaxing to arrive a day early and less stress at the airport and getting to the port. To avoid the long taxi line at the airport, a porter will take your luggage to the front of the line for $10. Money well spent!! For the third time, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Isla Verde area. Great hotel! It's close to both the airport and the port. Embarking was seamless. This trip we had the "day at sea" at the beginning instead of the end of the cruise. We prefer to have the "day at sea" on the last day to sleep in, pack and enjoy all the activities on the ship. The Windjammer was our go-to place for breakfast and it was really good this cruise. We tried the dining room for breakfast and the scrambled eggs were cold as was the toast. One guy at our table waited & waited for his omelet - not sure if he ever got it. It shouldn't take 15+ minutes for an omelet. He was still waiting for his omelet when we finished our breakfast and left the dining room. Our suggestion is a nickel-plated grill for both the dining room and the Windjammer to roll omelets. This would reduce the long waiting line for omelets in the Windjammer. We tried room service the next day and that was worse than the dining room - cold eggs & bacon and warm milk. The coffee & pastries were good on the room service. All the food at the Windjammer was hot & good. We had the late seating for dinner each night and our waiter Chandan and assistant waiter Kimber were AMAZING!!! 6 stars plus! Zero stars for the maitre'd . . . he or she never visited our table! The dining room food was amazing. Nice variety every night. One night I didn't care for the pasta dish and was able to get a steak, done to perfection, in no time at all. One of the best features of AOS is the promenade . . . it's the main street of the ship . . . bars, restaurants, shops . . . the gathering spot of the ship. All Royal Caribbean ships should have a promenade!! If the sports bar could have more variety in what they are showing on the TVs, that would be a huge plus!!! There should be something for everyone . . . soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball . . . NOT just soccer!!! The bartenders in the sportsbar were great - friendly, chatty and fun. Also, if the TVs in the staterooms could somehow be language of choice (i.e., English, Spanish, etc.) instead of a mixture. It's frustrating when we would have the TV on when we were getting ready for dinner and only a few stations were in English! Ports: Barbados - Carlisle Bay, amazing beach! Plenty of activities and beautiful jewelry; you can enjoy a beautiful walk back to the ship from Carlisle Bay; St. Lucia - Rodney Bay, also an amazing beach with a lot of activities; Antigua - Runaway Beach, a quiet beach with bar & restaurant. Ask for taxi driver Bobcat in Antigua; St. Maarten, Front Street and St. Maarten beach - only a 15 minute walk (not 40 minutes like the cruise director said); also amazing shopping on Front Street, especially BeDazzled jewelry! No pressure to buy!!! St. Croix - Sand Castle Beach - great beach, amazing snorkeling and great restaurant. Disembarking was also a breeze! $10 to the porters once you gather your luggage and another long, long line avoided getting through customs! They take all of your luggage out to the waiting taxi's. If you want to see videos of our cruise, go to YouTube Cowpote1! Can't wait to go back to the Caribbean! Our key to a great cruise is don't book an excursion in every port, spend your money in port, relax, take a lot of pictures, sample the local foods & beer (you can have a Corona anywhere), bring a lot of ones and fives for taxi's and small items in port, book your next cruise on the ship and enjoy the white sand beaches and crystal blue water!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I was really worried about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised by AOS!! We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 4 and had a balcony room 9622. Dennis was our room attendant and was excellent! The ... Read More
I was really worried about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised by AOS!! We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 4 and had a balcony room 9622. Dennis was our room attendant and was excellent! The Windjammer and pool were only 2 flights up from us. We were close to the stairs and it was still quiet at night. The shipped was sold out due to spring break and we still felt we could do everything we wanted. We thought the entertainment was outstanding and really enjoyed Bobby the Cruise Director and his staff. They were engaged and went out of their way to include everyone at events. My 8 year old used the kids club in the evenings and enjoyed it. My 12 year old participated in some activities at the teen club but spent a lot of time checking out all the action at different venues. Food for us was great. The dinners at night got a little long but if you got in right away and ordered first it seemed to go faster. We actually really liked the variety and food in the Windjammer. Again, with 2 boys everyone was happy. The pool was busy on sea day but totally open on port days. We had fun at the pool parties and tried to get involved in the events listed. Great ship for a busy family!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a wonderful time. That being said, there were a few minor dislikes. None ruined anything, but would be nice if they were different. Ice cream on deck 11 only open limited hours. Kids seemed to find it closed when trying to ... Read More
We had a wonderful time. That being said, there were a few minor dislikes. None ruined anything, but would be nice if they were different. Ice cream on deck 11 only open limited hours. Kids seemed to find it closed when trying to get some quite often. Only open about 11am-6pm. Buffet didn't have a huge selection, and was closed from 5pm until 6:30pm and didn't open until 7am in the morning. The afternoon time was a pain when trying to feed the kids before going to Adventure Ocean. All stations seemed to have the same 10 or so items. On the goid side, we never had a problem finding a seat. Other cruise lines seemed to have buffet open more, but close lines one at a time to switch over between meals. Didn't seem to be a lot of entertainment options. Royal Prominade was too small for events planned. Shops seem to set up shopping events in the center area at the same time there was entertainment there. Made it impossible to navigate through all the people. All minor issues that didn't ruin our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Sunday We arrive to San Juan Airport about 11:30 AM. Immediately took taxi to Pan-American pier for Adventure of Seas at $21 . Handed off our bags to tenant. Than took the same cab into old San Juan for $8. Had cabbie drop us off at ... Read More
Sunday We arrive to San Juan Airport about 11:30 AM. Immediately took taxi to Pan-American pier for Adventure of Seas at $21 . Handed off our bags to tenant. Than took the same cab into old San Juan for $8. Had cabbie drop us off at Barrachina restaurant. Famous for being the first to introduce the pina-colada. We ate lunch and walk in the city admiring the beauty of the Old San Juan. Highlights of that excursion was the Pigeon Park, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Cemetery Santa Maria next to old fort Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The fort area was nice place with all the locals out with kites flying. Look over the cemetery nearby, old church. Headed back to cabin area. Note it's best: to walk back over to the taxi drop off point if you’re looking to get back to Pan-American pier. We just did not see many taxis around. Adventure of Seas boarding a bit slow. We had gotten email and phone call from RC prior to arriving into San Juan. Asking deck 9 to come aboard at 2:00, deck 8 at 3pm and so on. We arrived finding one line people carrying all luggage to porters than another line formed to sign into RC and security check passport and sail documents. Than lineup to front desk to have ship passes made and fill out rather form rather we been expose to sickness. Than it was on to walk to ship but before you could get on with it they were taking pictures which held everyone held up. We managed pass it only to find two separated lines with security checking once again. Yes security again and they took there time. Than it was on to ship security to use your sail passes to walk on the ship. Yes finally got on. Ship is very clean. Tried to book online excursions with the TV but it would not work. Walk to deck 5 reservations desk said system was down. Wow. Was able to finally get it done online around 5pm. The ship was beautiful inside, no problems with finding your way around. Good technology at use with electronic boards to tell you about the ship and location and what events going on throughout. Love the promenade and how it was laid out. Love the adult pool area on lido deck. Especially both whirlpools. Bars easy to order drinks, never felt crowded to me on this ship. I very much like the replished drink package $19 a day, non-alcohol drinks; I use this lot on board for the ice drinks. Not much in entertainment for wife and me. We are both 56 just can't get into the singers and stage dancing. Did like the Wilson guy who was the comedian very funny. I never had much problem with the food we ate in the main dining hall each night and met with some very nice people. The windows stay dirty in the main dining hall could not enjoy the pretty sunset outside. Never saw them cleaning them at any point. Wife like the salmon she had it twice in the week for dinner. Ordered a filet mignon steak in main dining and surcharge was about $16 was over cooked very dry. We ate at windjammer for breakfast, omelets were good they ran out of choc milk last full day of cruise, it was indicated by the cruise director that over 800 kids were on board. Great customer service experience one evening. Went to windjammer but no bananas, cooked asked me if needed help he looked for some and came back saying none in kitchen, his supervisor came to me and had some brought to my room later. Monday -cruise all day. Relax Ports of call Tuesday Bridgetown,Barbados - 5 stars. Did the RC sponsor excursions on the Pirate Boat, Barbadian Buccaneers. Lots of rum punch served after the swimming and snorkeling. We had a blast. Snorkeling was good too. Wednesday Castries, St Lucia - Use Spencer's Land, Sea & Beach Adventure 5 stars! Booked on web. Would do again. Exceptional fun on this tour! Great snorkeling at Jalousie Beach, St. Lucia area. Thursday St John’s Antigua -Adventure Antigua Eco Tour 4 stars ! booked on web! great view and not so good snorkeling. Water choppy. Would not do again but it had some very nice camera moments. Friday St Marrten - took taxi to Orient Beach for half of day than went shopping in town of Philipsburg. Fun day. Nude beach beside us at Orient, also our beach was topless. Chair and umbrella $10 for 2 people total. Great deal get there early get front chairs. Saturday St. Croix , US Virgin Islands - went to beach near pier of ship, two chairs cost us $15 total with umbrella. Near shad trees, but I would not get them their again the house behind us spelled pretty bad near the fence. Watch out for sea urchins in water. Frederiksted is not much to do give this place 2 stars, go to Buck Island for snorkeling or to Christiansted for shopping take a taxi early this is what we plan to do next time. We chose this cruise for the ports not the ship experience, we got what we wanted from the cruise, it would have been extra points for us if they had better entertainment on board and it was a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My vacation on the Adventure of the Seas was amazing & I'm so sad I'm back to reality! Background – This is my 8th cruise, I usually go on all the new ships but wanted to try something different. I loved the itinerary. ... Read More
My vacation on the Adventure of the Seas was amazing & I'm so sad I'm back to reality! Background – This is my 8th cruise, I usually go on all the new ships but wanted to try something different. I loved the itinerary. I only sailed on Royal Caribbean, NCL & Carnival: love them all! I wish we didn’t have to go during spring break (airfare from NYC to SJU was insane!) but due to the teachers in my family we did it. I went with family/friends, 19 people total, ages ranging from 18 months to 70 years old. Everyone enjoyed their time. Embarkation – Quick! My friends & I spent the day In Puerto Rico & boarded around 5pm.. it was very empty… As soon as we got on the board we headed to the muster drill, ate at Johnny Rockets and enjoyed the Welcome Aboard Show. Shows/Activities – I saw a few of the shows, all good. My fave was the comedian on the last day, laughed A LOT! Sometimes it was hard to go see a show with 8:30pm dinner. Most shows were at 7 or 9pm. I went to most of the game shows (Quest, Battle of the Sexes, Finish the Lyrics, Belly Flop, Sexiest Man Comp)– what a blast!!! They were all very funny & crazy! Food – I definitely enjoyed the food. Buffet was good, main dining room was great. From being on the bigger boats, I did miss my food variety but it didn’t ruin my trip at all. I’m not sure if I would feel different if the itinerary wasn’t so port heavy. Stateroom – Good as new ! I had a promenade interior stateroom. Very roomy & clean. It was fun people watching & watching the parades. Ship – Very pretty. Did not seem old at all. Good shows, bars, public areas. The adventure wasn’t my favorite boat, as I love the big boats but no complaints. I loved the pool area. Itinerary – 5 islands in 7 days ! Great experience, but I did miss my time on the boat. Every day we woke up early, got back on the boat with minutes to spare. Barbados : Boatyard. Beautiful white sand beach, fun atmosphere ( the bar was kind of like a Senor Frogs/Margaritaville) St Lucia: Cosol Tour. Loved every minute, AMAZING. St Lucia is such a different, beautiful island. Antigua: Swam with the stingrays through Royal then went to a beach near the port. It was a fun! St Maarten: Bernard’s Tour (Beach Tour) My Favorite!!! St. Maarten is BEAUTIFUL. Loved seeing the Dutch / French side. I definitely want to go back and spend a week there. St Croix: Cruzan Rum tasting & Sandcastle beach. We had a BLAST at rum tasting… 2 drinks & basically unlimited shots for $7 dollars. Beach was very nice, people working there weren’t the nicest though. I was there with a big group (12 of us) … we got a bunch of chairs and umbrellas. My aunt & uncle left to the boat earlier than us & left their chair with us…. A worker on the beach tried to resell my aunt’s chair even though we bought them as a group & my 10 yr old niece was sitting on the chair at the time… Not cool. Overall – I had the time of my life this trip. I’m grateful I got to explore a bunch of new places & enjoy a beautiful ship. Vacation is what you make it. If you love beautiful islands, good weather, & a fun boat the Adventure is for you! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I have traveled quite a bit over the past 20 years, but as far as cruises go, this was only our third one, and first with Royal Caribbean. For us choosing a cruise meant departing from San Juan, so our choices of ships was ... Read More
My wife and I have traveled quite a bit over the past 20 years, but as far as cruises go, this was only our third one, and first with Royal Caribbean. For us choosing a cruise meant departing from San Juan, so our choices of ships was much more limited than most. And also my wife was off work for 1 year due to cancer, and the only time we could even think about leaving on vacation was the beginning of April 2015. So this led us to booking a 1 week cruise on Adventure of the Seas. I booked the cruise back at the end of January 2015, and it was to be a complete surprise to my dear wife. It was to be a celebration of our 16th wedding anniversary, and her 1st anniversary of beating out cancer. But when she started talking about going away to NYC on Easter weekend... darn, I had to spill the beans. Hotel Information: (5 stars) We left Canada two days before the cruise, and wanted to spend some time in San Juan and get into the vacation spirit before embarkation. My son have been on a cruise in Jan 2015 from San Juan and we had originally booked the same hotel in the Condado area, but after talking with him we cancelled and decided it was to be Old San Juan for us. So we booked at The Gallery Inn, a small 22 room hotel in which the buildings are several hundred years old. The building is original to say the least. Even our room had no real windows (the windows were cut out on the two large wooden doors). There was no TV in the room, and that was perfect for us. It was very beautifully decorated, very old style furniture, and definitely no the Four Seasons, but that is exactly what makes the charm of the place. The owner and staff were wonderful and met our every need. I would definitely stay here again. Embarkation: (4.5 stars) On Sunday we were to board around 2h30 pm (deck 9). We took a taxi out of Old San Juan (not an easy thing to do, especially on Easter Sunday as there was a lot of traffic). When we got to the Pan American pier there was quite a few people in line, and it was a bit difficult to figure out what we had to do, and we here to get in line. However I can say that the check-in process was really quick, and within 30-40 minutes we had out Set Sail passes and were on-board the ship. The Ship: We knew this was not one of the newer ships that are out there, but that did not stop us from booking. The ship is still larger than the ones we had on our last two cruises. It is a lot less glitzsy that the cruise we took with Carnival, which kind of resembled a disco. Although the decor is sombre, it gave us the feeling of being on a more luxurious ship (I know, that is all in our head.. lol). Cabin: We were on deck 9, Cabin 9640 and it was real nice, and we loved it. No complaints from us. Everything was spacious, everything worked as it should and we just loved it. The balcony was great, and we had breakfast on it 3 mornings, and each day around 5 pm we would sit outside and just enjoy the sounds of the seas. Service: Our cabin steward was there for our every request and was very attentive to our needs. However to be fair we did not call upon him too often, being as independent as we both are. Service in the bars, restaurant and other areas was top notch. Shore excursions: We did not take any shore excursions with Royal Caribbean. We are very independent, and we booked our own tours, or taxi service on all of the islands we visited. We rented a car at St. Maarten for the day, having been there previously on two other vacations. I will not go into any details of our excursions, as the review would never end). Activities: The few shows we got to see were very good. We did not see shows every night because on a couple of occasions we met some very interesting people from San Juan at the dining room, and we just stayed on longer to exchange conversations. To us, that was much more interesting than any show (although don't get me wrong, shows are great). We did not visit the casino, as we just don,t believe in giving our money away. We have the government taking care of it already.. haha!! We did visit the disco (Jester's) on a few occasions and had a great time, but more often that not we ended up in one of the ships bars (Schooner, Champagne, Lobby, Crown) and had drinks, met people, talked to staff and just had a ball. We never did get to sleep before 1 am most nights, except for the one night I did not feel well, having taken too much sun in St Martin. Adella (and Navil?) in the Schooner Bar were superb.. two thumbs up for their service and friendly company. We did other stuff on the ship, but it would be just too long to write, and we did not doing anything out of the ordinary, that other folks have not done before. Dining: (Food 5 stars, Service 4 stars, Facilities 3 stars) We had the My-time dining in the Mozart dining room on Deck 5. This was probably the only negative thing about our cruise. Royal Caribbean really needs to work out their My-Time dining as we did have to wait 30-40 minutes on a few nights. And we had reserved out dining times! The non-reserved line was going in much quicker. It was really not the attendants fault, as she was doing her best to ensure we were serviced asap. I think they just have an issue when a lot of people show up (and we were never more than 8-10 in line). On the other nights it was very smooth.. Food was excellent, and our servers (Albino and Julio) were always doing their best to give us their recommendations for the meals. Even if we chose something else, they would bring us a small plate with extra food for us to taste. They were great, no negative comments here, except on busy nights it was a bit slower than usual. But, hey, we were on vacation. No issues for us. One thing that really bothered me was the lack of sufficient air conditioning in the Mozart Dining Room. It would have been much more pleasant had it been a few degrees cooler, and with some better air circulation. It was very very hot dressed up in a tuxedo. Giovanni's was superb. It was our 16th wedding anniversary, and even though we had the ultimate drink package I ordered a very nice bottle of Champagne (Perrier-Jouet) and our meal was divine. Our server was Narcisso and he was the best. 5 stars to him, the food and the atmosphere that night. Entertainment: We did see a few shows as mentioned earlier. And we spent a few nights at Schooner's Bar, when they had a piano player who had a pretty bad voice at times. Even he said he did not know why he was hired, and I agreed with that. But he also was comical, and would get people to come up and sing and participate in the songs. We sang so many songs, that we ended up having a ball. It ended up being a great place to spend a few hours each night. Drinks: (5 stars) We had taken the ultimate drink package, so there was nothing for us to worry about each day. just order a drink, and ask for some premium alcohol, which we always got, and in generous portions too. The drinks were great, the service was great. Photographers: (5 stars) Given we got a $200 credit for on-board spending, the wife and I took the full photo package (photos and CD)­. Wow, the photos were amazing, and we had over 75 pics taken during the cruise. They don't just take one photo of you when you meet them, they take 5-6 at a time, in different poses. We even had some laying on the ground on Deck 3 at the photo studio. I had brought along two tuxedos (one black, one white) and another suit, and the wife was beautiful in her dresses. This was the best move we did (along with beverage package) of the cruise. Disembarkation: (5 stars) For us on our last two cruises this portion of the cruise was a real nightmare. We had originally been scheduled to disembark at 8h00 but since we were staying an extra night in San Juan, I asked to have it changed to 11h00. Customer Services was very easy, and it was changed in a matter of seconds. When we arrived at our meeting place (Studio B on Deck 3) at a few minutes to 11 we were told there was a 45-50 minute delay. No issues, we'll just grab a coffee and get a seat. Well we never had time to finish our coffee, we were called to leave, and at about 11h25 we were sitting in a taxi cab with our luggage on our way to our hotel. We actually disembarked earlier than was scheduled. Summary: I was very hesitant to take this cruise. Some of the other reviewers did not always have great comments on the overall ship and service. But for us this was definitely the best cruise we took so far (yeah, I know we only took 3). The cruise is what you make of it, and we always bear in mind that we are on vacation... so why run when you can walk and enjoy the scenery. We loved this cruise, and would definitely do another one with Royal Caribbean. We cannot compare it to the new, bigger ships however. But when I look at our 3 cruises... I can say each had it's better things than the other, but overall they were all great. We loved everything we did (and did not do)... so for us 5 stars for the cruise. We loved it so much, we are now looking for another cruise to take. We have some friends who said they would like us to go with them, as the idea of cruising makes them nervous. So who knows, maybe this fall or next winter. Next winter for sure, if not sooner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Royal Caribbean 7 day cruise on Adventure of the Seas As a first time cruiser I am here to share some things we learned. The first day board the ship as early as possible and enjoy your ship. I recommend flying into San Juan at least a ... Read More
Royal Caribbean 7 day cruise on Adventure of the Seas As a first time cruiser I am here to share some things we learned. The first day board the ship as early as possible and enjoy your ship. I recommend flying into San Juan at least a day early and heading right over to the pier in the early afternoon. We stayed at the Hilton Caribe. Great property, location and service.  The first day spent cruising it's nice to relax. This is a very busy cruise because of all the ports you visit. Make time to attend the shopping guide with Eric and Tara. They offer great advice and coupons. We also learned how to build two free charm bracelets by getting a free charm at each port. Great gifts for the grand daughters. Excursions. In Barbados we did the Jolly Roger. This is a fun party cruise. If you are going for the snorkel you might be disappointed as it's not that good. The crew is absolutely great. Get the buffet lunch they offer.....delicious. And the rum punch had everyone dancing and going to bed early that evening. We highly recommend it!!!! St Lucia was something we did independently. We went to Pigeon Island National Park via a cab that we grabbed at the port terminal. It was beautiful. We climbed both hills. They are quite challenging and I do not recommend that you attempt this with small children. The views are so worth the climb. Take your time, wear sneakers and take water. We then went to the beach within the park. The is a place where you can rent a snorkel for $5.  There is a fruit guy that comes up to the beach and sells fruit and drinks. Fun! St Maarten we did independently too. We grabbed a cab and went with friends we met on the cruise and headed to Maho Beach to watch the planes. Absolutely incredible is all I can say; you have to go. There are bars on both sides of the beach. We went to Sunset Bar. We also rented beach chairs and u melas from them as well. Best time to catch the planes is between 11-2. Sunset Bar actually posts the daily flights on a surf board so you know what's coming in.  Antigua St John excursion consisted of a catamaran cruise. This offered a ride on a beautiful vessel, pristine beaches and yummy rum punch. After our excursion we went to town and shopped an the local shops. There are some awesome sterling silver shops if you like silver jewelry.  St. Croix was our last island and last excursion. We went on the Buck Island snorkel trip. If you like to snorkel, this is for you. The water and snorkeling was the best ever. Highly, highly recommend this trip. At the end of tour there was endless rum. Make sure you stop at the np each on the way back to the ship. There are no words to describe the beauty we saw.  As a tip for anyone snorkeling ..... Take some cereal from the Windjammer and use it to attack the fish and sea turtles. It enhances your snorkeling adventure.  San Juan ...... We love it. As a transfer to the airport we did the Old/New San Juan tour excursion. Pedro our tour guide was awesome.  We liked the tour and wished we would have done it prior to taking our cruise since we were there 2 days prior to our cruise.  Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We picked Adventure again because of the ports. Getting on the ship was a breeze. We left our hotel around noon, dropped off our luggage and we were on the ship by 1:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and then walked around the ... Read More
We picked Adventure again because of the ports. Getting on the ship was a breeze. We left our hotel around noon, dropped off our luggage and we were on the ship by 1:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and then walked around the ship a bit. We went to see where our dining table was and took pictures of different areas without crowds. Right at 2:00 our room opened and shortly we had one small bag delivered. We didn't get the other two bags until around 5:00. We had a superior balcony stateroom and always book this type of room. I noticed new deck chairs and table were one of the improvements. The other was the bed mattress which after the first night I had to order a memory foam topper, this still wasn't enough so I found another mattress topper packaged under the bed and put that one on too. This made for a much more comfortable bed. The flat screen tv was new also and I liked seeing my account everyday. We ate three nights in the dining room, three nights in the windjammer and one night at Giovanni's. The dining room food was just so so nothing really spectacular. I enjoyed the appetizers and desserts more than the main meal. I usually like a Cosmo with dinner but for the price of $12 and the small size of the drink, I opted for a glass of wine $8. Glasses of specific wine were limited unless you wanted the whole bottle. The windjammer had a nice variety of food but walk around the whole area before deciding what you want to eat. We found different items on one side that weren't on the other. Breakfast time was always crowded and we had a hard time finding a seat, dinner time wasn't as bad. Loved getting an afternoon snack around 4 to take back to the room with a drink and just relaxing before getting ready for dinner. One night we ate at Giovanni's. Here again I had a problem with my wine. All I wanted was a glass of moscato but had to buy the bottle. Dinner was explained in detail and there were a lot of choices. We enjoyed this restaurant but thought Portifinos was better. We went to two shows the singing comedian and the Las Vegas tenors. Both were very good and lasted just long enough. We did well at the casino the first two nights but after that it was win a little, lose a little. We enjoyed all of the ports, st Thomas...Megan's bay was one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get there early and claim your space. st Kitts we took a tour of the island, very poor and unkept. This was our least favorite island. Aruba we've always loved and got a day pass at The Occidental resort. Fun day with beautiful beach and warm water. Curaçao we took a tour, lots of money and very pretty island. I'd come back here for a week. We usually get a midship room but booked later than usual and got a forward room on the 8 th floor. This made for a LOT of walking to get to most places. This ended up being ok because we only gained a couple of pounds on this vacation. But if you're not a good walker it could be a problem. We were told on this cruise it was overbooked and there were 870 kids. It was school vacation in many states including PR. The kids didn't seem to be a problem but there were quite a few rude adults cutting in lines and rushing into elevators before others got out. I guess this is an ongoing problem with some cruises. All in all it was a great cruise for our third time on this ship. Next cruise I want to try a bigger different class that has a bit more to offer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our (my wife and I) third cruise on RCI in 5 years and love their ships, including the Adventure of the Seas. Regardless of the ship, there's something for everyone. As we've grown older, we don't participate in all ... Read More
This was our (my wife and I) third cruise on RCI in 5 years and love their ships, including the Adventure of the Seas. Regardless of the ship, there's something for everyone. As we've grown older, we don't participate in all activities as before, but enjoy the fact that we have choices. One thing I have to mention is that the Pan American pier from which the Adventure embarks (and disembarks) in San Juan is the worst of any we've experienced. It's not the nice modern port on the other side of the bay next to Old San Juan. Lines were long, delays everywhere, seemingly not well organized, and old-looking. Not the fast, organized, modern facilities we've experienced at other ports. There is NOTHING at this port -- no hotels, no restaurants, no shopping -- nothing but an old airport. Based on some earlier reviews, we were afraid the Adventure would appear worn, dated, and unclean, even after the recent refurb. But we found it not to be the case. It appeared just as fresh and clean as the brand new Oasis that we were on about 2.5 years ago. In fact, most of the new features are exactly the same as on the larger ship. As expected, food in the Windjammer and dining room was acceptable but not gourmet -- sometimes very good, sometimes not. Service in the dining room was outstanding, but I wish we had chosen the 6:30 seating instead of 8:30. It gets you out too late. Breakfast in the dinning room was outstanding. Lunch okay but not great -- extremely small portions. The slots in the casino were generous. Although there's a limited smoking area, it's difficult to avoid the smoke entirely. Since our last trip, they've begun automatic gratuities to staff, which we like. Another addition were the alcoholic drink packages. It didn't take but a few drinks for us to realize it was worth the cost. Although we were warned beforehand, it seemed the passengers on this cruise were 99% Spanish-speaking, which made for difficult conversation and friend-making if English is your only language. I know I exaggerate, but it was probably no less than 90%. Ports begin to look alike after a few cruises, even the ones you've never visited before -- endless rows of jewelry, watch, and souvenir stores. St. Thomas is the worst in that respect, although interesting in other respects, especially if you get off the main shopping street. Loved the S.O.S. Antiques store on the waterfront -- sunken ship artifacts, coins, weapons, etc. Even if you don't buy anything, it's like a visit to a museum. Also loved the Palm Passage alley off the main shopping street. We like Ballerina for jewelry and stuff. James is the best. St. Kitts was a bit of a disappointment. Since the sugar industry there collapsed in 2005, the only real industry is tourism, and it's obvious. The 3 hour train/bus ride around the island was interesting (the free flowing rum punch made it seem even more interesting), as was a quick visit to the National Museum (two small rooms upstairs in the old government building). Carib beer was cold and cheap. We loved Aruba -- beautiful, clean, modern, upscale -- and might go back on a separate trip to spend more time there since we saw very little of it in one day. Curacao was beautiful but we arrived there on Good Friday and everything was closed (Hint: before booking a cruise, check national and local holidays in your ports). If you take this cruise, we highly recommend spending extra days in San Juan on the front end and/or the backend. We loved it, especially Old San Juan and Condado. We might go back on a separate trip. The Best Western Plus, Condado Palms is highly recommended. Great location with lots of restaurants nearby and an easy one-block walk to the beach. Love the local beer, Medalla. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. ... Read More
My husband and I took our 3 kids and my son's girlfriend. We arrived at the cruise port around 4 p.m. We had spent the day in San Juan at the beach. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites and Casino. (That's another review) The embarkation process was so easy. There were only just a couple people checking in at this time. The process was quick and easy. The cruise was fantastic. We loved all the ports. We had most of our excursions planned before the cruise and all of them were fantastic. My husband and I bought the basic drink package (beer/wine). That worked out great for us. We could always find something to eat for breakfast or a quick lunch/snack in the Windjammer. Somethings were tasty some not, but there are lots of choices. It's just a matter of tasting and figuring it out. We had chose the any time dining and were seated promptly every evening. I had booked the times online before the cruise. We sat at the same table each night with the same waiters. The wait staff was awesome. They knew what to bring us to drink without us asking. The service was very good. We enjoyed all of the options on the menu. We enjoyed most everything we ordered. After dinner we attended as many activities as we could fit in. We went to all the shows in the lyric theater, saw all the comedians, went to all the game shows and enjoyed a lot of activities in the promenade (70's dance party). We read through the compass and made a plan each night so we would not miss a thing. We loved all the activities. The entertainment was great. Our kids ages 17-21 enjoyed the shows too. The disembarkation was quick and easy. After a nice breakfast in the dining room we reported to our designated area where we were called just 10 min. later. Finding our luggage was easy and the customs check literally took 5 minutes. There were plenty of cabs available and we were back at the Embassy Suites in no time at all. We love the AOS this was our 3rd time. My only small complaint is this boat is getting a little tired. It could use some updating. The cabins need sprucing up and the halls and some areas really could use new carpeting and decor. This in no way determines what kind of trip I'm going to have, but I would give this ship an excellent rating if these changes were made. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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