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

This was our 35th cruise and it has been since the eighties since we have been on RC. We like a lot of stops so this five stop out of San Juan fit the bill. We are part of Anchors and our many trips on Celebrity (our favorite line) ... Read More
This was our 35th cruise and it has been since the eighties since we have been on RC. We like a lot of stops so this five stop out of San Juan fit the bill. We are part of Anchors and our many trips on Celebrity (our favorite line) transferred over and counted towards our award/benefits which included Diamond status, free drinks daily, two free internet days, etc. Cant say we have ever gotten off of any ship and said, "will never go on that ship again" And as is the case here! Ship was very clean and that is why we like to cruise because of the cleanliness and not having to make reservations for dinner, etc. Because of our cruise status, we were seamlessly ushered on board and had lunch and then went to our room which is what we typically do. Room was very clean as usual and steward was very charming and did a great job all week. People were very nice and we had a great week. We had asked for a table of eight which is what we like so we can meet people and have some conversation. We were ushered to a table for two and, there were two people already sitting there. Oh well! first time for everything! We were then taken to a table for eight where there were a two couples that seem disinterested in having any kind of conversation and had plans on using the specialty restaurants for most of the nights which was fine so we asked to be seated at another table. We were put with a fantastic table for ten and had a great week with super people! We don't go on a cruise for the food; we just like to be able to eat when and what we want. If I had one criticism of RC, the dinner menu leaves a lot to be desired. Celebrity and Princess are tops in my book. Don't get me wrong, it is very adequate; but, there is a difference. The Windjammer I thought was very good and a super variety. I had an opportunity to view the presentation there a few nights before we went to the main dining room and I really think, the food there was better! Shows were typical and I had downloaded some movies on my Tablet and took my HDMI wireless device and used it in the room tv and watched episodes with my wife after dinner which made us happy. Very disingenuous to pay gratuities and then have the cabin steward basically "beg" for room tips leaving several tip envelopes in the room. We don't need to be asked for this as we always tip beyond the recommended for the steward. He never even said thank you. Oh well! We got this balcony room at a price that was pretty unbelievable so we got a tremendous week with great weather and had lots of fun. Depending on itinerary, we may find ourselves back on a RC ship in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Had a wonderful time on The Adventures of the Seas...Great weather , Great tours, had a few hiccups, but they were taken care of in a timely matter, I will be on this ship again in July and can't wait !! we only use RCI and plan ... Read More
Had a wonderful time on The Adventures of the Seas...Great weather , Great tours, had a few hiccups, but they were taken care of in a timely matter, I will be on this ship again in July and can't wait !! we only use RCI and plan every cruise with them I think this time the food for dinner was better in the windjammer then in the dinning room, So on the net cruise we will eat at the wind jammer every night, The girl that runs the kids camp wasn't the friendlies person on the ship, My grandkids didn't want to go there, they need to put someone else in charge of kids activities , Can't wait to cruise again in July to Canada on the Adventures of the seas , the tours we took were excellent, got to see a lot of beautiful places on this cruise ...Thanks again RCI!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Chose this cruise with ten family members because it went to the most island ports with an exceptional ship. Huge TV that could have been exceptional, but was not used for music video (stupid human video instead). No "Bon ... Read More
Chose this cruise with ten family members because it went to the most island ports with an exceptional ship. Huge TV that could have been exceptional, but was not used for music video (stupid human video instead). No "Bon Voyage". Announcements were not in English that you could understand. Service staff were exceptional. Best ever. Soft drinks sometimes tasted like pool water. Room bathrooms were exceptional: Well lit, shower was high flow high pressure, new facilities. Very good. Bed was very comfortable, rooms temperature controls worked very well. Beautiful dining room, 3 stories. Chef table. Food was very good, better than last year. Better beef (prime rib, steak, lobster). Breakfast had cook making fresh omelettes. Easy over eggs made to order, HOT and delicious. Great variety. "Security" was not friendly and acted like TSA agents. Very discomforting and uninviting. Did not make me feel more safe, just rood. Ship was clean and very well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had heard about RCCL and decided to try them. Very disappointed in EVERYTHING. Food was sub par, service extremely poor, friendliness of the crew and service staff. The dining room was a complete nightmare regarding food and service. ... Read More
We had heard about RCCL and decided to try them. Very disappointed in EVERYTHING. Food was sub par, service extremely poor, friendliness of the crew and service staff. The dining room was a complete nightmare regarding food and service. Windjammer poor service, dishes sat on tables for 15 minutes and only removed when we called attention to the manager. I have been involved with McDonalds Restaurants for over 30 years and sent a letter to the president regarding Quality, Service, and Cleanliness and was given the "royal" brush off. My concerns were from an industry standpoint and it seemed like they really didn't care. The entertainment was awful and what little shows they had overlapped one another. It all seemed like a sideshow of numerous inane acts. We have cruised on other lines. We are not new to cruises. We were offered 20% off next cruise. Hardly warranting another trial. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My wife had an onboard medical conference. Thus, we decided to make it a family vacation for my wife, myself, and our 14 month old daughter. The beds were horrible. My wife (30 years old) and I (37 years old), who are both young and ... Read More
My wife had an onboard medical conference. Thus, we decided to make it a family vacation for my wife, myself, and our 14 month old daughter. The beds were horrible. My wife (30 years old) and I (37 years old), who are both young and extremely healthy, woke up every morning with aching backs. The beds were stiff and we would have been better off sleeping on the floor and having more space in the cabins. Because our daughter was 14 months old, we were not allowed to book any shore excursions (children needed to be 3+ years old). Thus, for us the benefit of the shore excursion program and being able to pick and choose what to do on the port calls was a bust. However, with the help of local taxi drivers, we were able to find some awesome beaches. Thus, it turned into a DIY vacation. On board, our 14 month old was relegated to the baby pool with a tiny water slide where she developed pink eye on day 2. Thus, I question how often and how well the kid's pool is cleaned. It was good to see lifeguards at every water spot, but we were told that this was due to two children drowning and Royal Caribbean being sued for not having lifeguards. The onboard internet services is "high sea robbery" so when traveling with children and needing nursery rhymes to soothe them at night, you are best off getting an international plan from your provider. If you buy the plan for the full 7-day adventure it is $20/per day per device. At the end of the cruise they offered a "deal" for 1 hour for $30. We found that the beaches that our taxi driver recommended all had free wifi...however, it didn't help having on shore wifi when we needed it at night on board. Dining service was exceptional. We made reservations for 5:45pm every day in the dining room. The wait staff had a high chair, fruit cup, and children's dinner waiting for us every night. This was the most beneficial part of the trip/cruise. Overall, sadly, I wouldn't recommend this cruise or Royal Caribbean for anyone traveling with children under 42 inches or 3 years old as they just don't have the activities. Generally, if traveling as an adult or retired person this could be an awesome experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The itinerary drew me to book a group on this sailing, Feb. 24- Mar 3, out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Barbados. The ship had spent a month in dry dock being updated three weeks earlier so ... Read More
The itinerary drew me to book a group on this sailing, Feb. 24- Mar 3, out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Barbados. The ship had spent a month in dry dock being updated three weeks earlier so was looking pretty good. Our least favorite area was the Casino which had very few modern slot machines. The smoke in the casino needs to be better vented. It was difficult for non-smokers to even pass through the area. We had a lovely wait team in the Main Dining Room making us feel very special throughout the 7 days. The water park, swimming pools and hot tubs, outdoor movie screen, ice skating arena, rock climbing wall, tennis/volleyball/basketball area, miniature golf course, table tennis area, workout and spa areas were all very appealing. Two of the shows in the Lyric Theater (Stephanie Parker, a Whitney Houston tribute artist, was amazing. The ventriloquist/comedian was also very entertaining) were memorable. Two production shows were scheduled; one of them was canceled due to heavy rocking and the possible danger to the dancers. The orchestra, singers, and dancers were also very good. The Love and Marriage Show was a hoot. The Quest, a scavenger type adult competition, was outrageous (men taking off their pants; women, their bras, etc.) but caused a lot of laughter.We didn't go to any of the premium restaurants as the food in the Main Dining Room and Windjammer for lunch was certainly good enough. Our promenade room was great; we love promenade ships as these rooms are very nice and yet way less expensive than balcony rooms. We prefer them to ocean view rooms which are also more expensive. Seems to me that the activities list is getting sparser with each passing year. There used to be more to do. Maybe with 5 ports of call, that could be the reason. We loved our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we chose this cruise because it was family oriented. The price was good. The staff on board were exceptional! The food was very good and there was always lots of it. W e also liked the islands that we were going to visit. I would ... Read More
we chose this cruise because it was family oriented. The price was good. The staff on board were exceptional! The food was very good and there was always lots of it. W e also liked the islands that we were going to visit. I would certainly do this over again. Really liked Puerto Rico mostly the old San Juan. If I were not travelling with children I would have done some Island tours through the cruise line. Loading and disembarkment were a breeze. I did the all access tour. The staff were very knowledgeable. Would have liked a handout so I could remember all of it. So much information! Over all we had a fabulous time I will recommend this cruise line in a heart beat. We are planning to go to Alaska and we will travel Royal Caribbean for sure. The children we travelled with love ed all the activities. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our stateroom toilet did not work for 4 days. Had to go down 2 floors to use the public restroom. Our stateroom phone did not work for 4 days. Glad we didn't have an emergency!! Extremely poor customer service from gentleman at desk ... Read More
Our stateroom toilet did not work for 4 days. Had to go down 2 floors to use the public restroom. Our stateroom phone did not work for 4 days. Glad we didn't have an emergency!! Extremely poor customer service from gentleman at desk regarding these issues. 150 words would not be enough to describe my dissatisfaction with how these issues were addressed, not to mention the poor quality of cleaning of our room.(and only 2 towel animals, which I line up on every cruise I am on and take a picture of them all on the last day. This is a petty thing I know but still worth mentioning) This ship is in need to attention. She is tired looking. She also needs more staffing to attend to the needs of her passengers and also the needs of her public areas. The women's restroom but the pool deck was especially horrible. On a positive note I enjoyed the entertainment provided on the ship. The cruise director was wonderful. The meals were very good and the main dining attendants were excellent. This is not my first cruise and I have cruised on Royal Caribbean before as well. I have always been very happy with our rooms, the service and the ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we took a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas last year with some friends and were, frankly, a bit embarrassed by the cruise since we selected the ship. there, the dining room was cramped, not enough waiters, cold food, and a very hurried ... Read More
we took a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas last year with some friends and were, frankly, a bit embarrassed by the cruise since we selected the ship. there, the dining room was cramped, not enough waiters, cold food, and a very hurried atmosphere. this year we were about to undertake an extended family cruise with us (the grandparents), children (late thirties to early forties and spouses) and grandchildren (2 boys ages 8 and 11) and were a little concerned given last year's experience. while there were only 8 of us it covered a wide span of ages and tastes. additionally, we have 4 milk allergic (not just lactose intolerant) and 2 vegetarian/pescatarian. we told this to the head waiter who then worked with the waiter and assistant waiter to be sure all of our needs would be met. each night our food issue members were shown the menu for the following night and made their choices. these menu items were then modified to meet their dietary restraints. it was a little awkward at first but soon it molded into a smooth routine. the dining room was beautiful, the pace relaxed, the food served hot and always choices for all.a huge difference from our experience on the jewel of the seas. on board the grandkids and grandpa enjoyed the basketball court and the slides and free skating was enjoyed by all. the shows ran the gamut of very good (juggler/comedian) to very soso broadway reviews. the casino staff were very professional while not being too stuffy. the embarkation and disembarkation both were very smooth and quick.we have now gone from thinking we would never take another rccl cruise to recommending them to others. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This review is for the Adventure of the Seas sailing to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Curacao and Aruba that departed from San Juan. This is an objective review coming from a lifetime cruiser that has sailed on Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and ... Read More
This review is for the Adventure of the Seas sailing to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Curacao and Aruba that departed from San Juan. This is an objective review coming from a lifetime cruiser that has sailed on Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Caribbean. Will do my best. Embarkation: We departed from the Pan American pier in San Juan and it was very organized. From curb to ship took about 25 minutes at the most. Tip: You might shave off a few minutes if you check-in online and have all of your documents with you. You will also shave off a few minutes if you obtain your luggage tags in advance. Make sure you have your passport/ID with you at all times! First Impression: The ship is very nice, not too large and easy to navigate. The main promenade runs along deck 5 and is pretty impressive. The ship is a little worn in places and I was surprised to see this considering it just came from a month-long dry dock. One example would be some of the table cloths in the dining room were very worn and frayed, some rust around, and dirty windows as well. The ship is clean, just the attention to detail is missing. Service: Overall, the service level on the ship is fairly high. Most of the people are very friendly. The bar tenders and drink waiters were all excellent. I never encountered one in a bad mood. Our room steward did a great job as was always on-point. One thing I noticed at times is that you would have to make the initial contact to say good morning etc... as opposed to the crew saying it to you first. Not a big deal to a guy like me, but it may put other people off. Dining: We had "my-time" dining with a party of 6 and we never had to wait for a table. Our server Godfrey was excellent and never made any mistakes. We had the same server for all nights except for one where we were unable to get him. Dondon was our server that night and he was excellent as well. Drink service was very timely and the food was good. The appetizers were fantastic and almost all of our main courses were good. Food temp and quality were satisfactory. The food in the buffet was very uneven. Some of the items were barely edible, while others were quite good. By the second day we pretty much ditched the buffet and had breakfast in the dining room. Tip: Go to the dining room for breakfast. It is a more civilized experience and the food is way better. You can get eggs any way you want them as opposed to the slushy eggs in the buffet. The french toast is double the size as the one they serve in the buffet. Everything in the dining room was hot and fresh. Trust me on this one! We only ate in one speciality restaurant "Chops". We paid an up-charge of $39.00 per person and the food was pretty good. Tip: you can purchase some of the Chops items in the main dining room if you like. They are listed on the menu. Fellow Cruisers: We travelled on a holiday week, so there were lots of families. Large groups, couples and singles can all be found on this ship. I saw some comments in other reviews about cruisers from Puerto Rico. The ship leaves out of San Juan, so you will always have a large number of people that live local to the port of embarkation. I had absolutely no issues at all with cruisers from PR. People need to stop with the elitist nonsense. Yes, you will hear more Latin music than usual, but if you don't like it, go leave on a cruise from Anchorage. Ports: St. Thomas: Took a snorkeling excursion. The water was crystal clear, lots of fish, and a shipwreck. The crew was very professional and helpful. St Kitts: Snorkeling excursion to Nevis.....excellent. Stopped at a cove to snorkel for a while. The water was crystal clear....lots of fish. The crew was fun and the drinks were flowing once snorkeling was over. They give you about an hour on the beach in Nevis before sailing home. Curacao: Took a taxi to Mambo beach club. The beach was great. Bars restaurants are all there. Even comfort items like Starbucks,WIFI and Subway lol. Chairs, umbrellas and other shelters are all available to rent. Aruba: Took a taxi to Moomba beach club. Lots in the area to do, lots of comfort places around as well(Starbucks etc....). Chair rental was $5.00 Umbrella was $20 Water sports also available there to book. Tip: Bring towels!! Sometimes they are not available on the pier or on Deck 1, so go up to the pool to get them before you leave! Make sure they all come back because RC will charge you. Keep them in your bag, because towels had a tendency to go "missing" when people left them out. Some feedback for RC: The ship is VERY noisy. Music is always being blasted into your face. Live bands, dj, zumba guy, ice show. Everything was very loud and people were commenting on it. I'm fairly young and I hit the clubs quite a bit in my life, but this was too loud for me. Please dial it down a little bit so people don't lose their voices having to yell over it all day! If you have an 11-12 year old kid, they fall into void when it comes to the kids club. They wanted to put my 11...soon to be 12 year old daughter in a group that went up to 17. Not a good idea. I think you have enough kids on the ship where you can create a middle group for pre-teens. Get rid of the dopey videos on the TV screen. Nobody wants to watch people jumping off roofs and other nonsense all day. Maybe have a map up there with location info when it's not being used. You may also want to play music videos. Lastly, you need to show newer movies, not ones from 2 years ago! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Have been on a number of Caribbean cruises, and they rarely disappoint. Started at St Thomas which is always nice and covered a few new venues - St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. We probably had more clouds and showers on this one cruise than ... Read More
Have been on a number of Caribbean cruises, and they rarely disappoint. Started at St Thomas which is always nice and covered a few new venues - St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. We probably had more clouds and showers on this one cruise than in 6-8 previous cruises in the Caribbean. But they are relatively short, and often pass followed by rainbows and the sun returning. We did some walking, bus touring and beach going and in all cases experienced some showers, but it didn't dampen the upside of the visits. We did no excursions offered by the cruise line, but found the prices, people and service more than acceptable at every port. Seemed like the boarding and disembarkation was a little more confused than previous trips, which was probably the biggest downside of the trip. If only we had Star Trek's transporters to get us to the ship and back home again, we would probably go 2-3 times a year. After being on Oasis and Allure, was concerned about being back on a smaller ship and there was a little more instability in rougher seas, but nothing overly uncomfortable. For a smaller class ship, the Adventure was a pleasant experience. We did not partake of any ship activities or entertainment on this trip, but they seemed to offer plenty of things to do. Dining experience seemed a little lesser in quality/variety, but the service was above and beyond. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I are both 50-something and experienced cruisers. We love the southern Caribbean because we prefer the port-intensive itineraries and variety of culture and topography represented. We tend to prefer the Radiance Class ships, ... Read More
My husband and I are both 50-something and experienced cruisers. We love the southern Caribbean because we prefer the port-intensive itineraries and variety of culture and topography represented. We tend to prefer the Radiance Class ships, so this was a bit of a departure for us. Our sailing was the first 7-day cruise following the January dry dock. The maiden voyage post-dry dock was a five day repositioning cruise. Our itinerary included St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Sea Day, Curacao, Aruba, Sea Day. We booked the cruise nearly two years in advance and watched the hurricane recovery efforts closely in order to determine whether or not we needed to change our vacation, but ultimately decided to proceed as planned. This was my second cruise on Adventure of the Seas, the first being in 2008. Although we prefer the Radiance Class ships for the outdoor dining at the Windjammer, the abundance of glass and the more intimate event venues, we really enjoyed the Royal Promenade, particularly the Duck and Dog. We took advantage of the water slides and enjoyed being spectators at the FlowRider. (Neither of those features existed on the Adventure in 2008.) Service on the ship was excellent. We had trouble with our A/C upon boarding, but it was fixed immediately. The new carpets were nice and we liked the new furniture in the MDR. The washing stations at the Windjammer were a GREAT idea. Oh...and the Vidalia Onion Tart is back on the menu in the MDR! Casey Pelter was a great cruise director, who was also the CD on a Voyager cruise I took five or six years ago. Casey left the ship after our cruise to pursue another opportunity. The captain of the ship, Captain Thomas from Puerto Rico, was unusually young for a captain. He was high energy and really connected with the passengers. We arrived in San Juan around 5PM the day before embarkation. The bed and breakfast we'd booked, Tres Palmas Inn, was operational shortly after the storms. It was a great location near Condado, located in a residential area just across the street from the sea wall. A wide, usable beach was about a quarter mile up the street, across from a lovely park. The facility is older, with rambling buildings offering a wide variety of accommodations. The best part is the outdoor space, with numerous courtyards offering places to enjoy the outdoors on couches, hammocks, etc. Accommodations are pretty basic and the breakfast was a little disappointing, but it was a good value for the area and we’d absolutely stay there again. We boarded the ship on Saturday at around noon. We checked our luggage and carry-on roller bag so we’d have only our backpacks to carry while waiting for the cabins to open. Unfortunately, I neglected to move a bathing suit from my carry-on bag to my backpack. I highly recommend insuring access to a suit on embarkation day. The FlowRider and the Perfect Storm were open and had NO LINES on that day. My husband, who had a bathing suit in his backpack, took several trips down the water slides. Folks using the FlowRider that day got lots of personal instruction. We did MyTime Dining with reservations. Our waiter the first night recommended that we ask to be seated at the same table each night. Since we liked the location near a window, we did just that. It was nice not to have to stop at the host station each night. We just walked right to OUR table. Our first port of call was St. Thomas. We'd been excited to read reviews of Royal Caribbean's "St. John on Your Own" excursion, which provided transportation between St. John and St. Thomas, allowing guests to spend four hours exploring St. John on their own. It eliminated some of the stress and uncertainty of doing the same thing using the Red Hook ferry. Alas, I learned from the immensely helpful folks on these boards that RCL had altered the excursion so it allowed guests only TWO hours on the island of St. John. That's not enough time to do anything!! We cancelled the excursion. We found another couple (Hi there, Diana and Bob!) via the message boards who felt the same about the shortened excursion and we took a cab together to the ferry. It all went as planned, no issues, and we had four hours on St. John to explore. Damage was clearly evident on St. John. We bypassed Trunk Bay and took a taxi to see the Annaberg ruins. Much of the ruins had been roped off as unsafe following the storm damage, which was a little disappointing. But the views from the former sugar mill were as amazing as ever. After Annaberg, we walked just down the road to the entrance to the Leinster Bay Trail. The sign was missing due to the storms, but we located it and made our way down the trail. It was an easy hike, with a few side-steps to avoid beached ships along the way. We did some snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay. Not the best snorkeling of the trip, but worth the easy hike. On St. John, you can find yourself on a beach with few other people, which we really like. No crowds. No noise. Just nature. Our second day was in St. Kitts. We toured with Javin's My Island Tours. I HIGHLY recommend this tour! He does a somewhat traditional island tour (no visit to the fort or the batik factory), but with a twist. He brings along a pet monkey for the tour, which is an adorable added feature. Peaches took the day off on our tour day and we toured with the younger (just three months old) Cream! The tour includes a visit to Spooner's Cotton Ginnery, a historic site currently under renovation, which was the stomping grounds of our tour guide in his youth. We hiked the rain forest, also an area frequented by Javin since childhood. He referred to the area as his "back yard." It was gorgeous! An easy hike regardless of your age/physical condition. We then visited the Black Rocks, where Javin tossed down a knotted rope for us to climb down to the sea level. Not mandatory and some folks didn't partake, but remarkably simple, even at our age. You really should try it. Amazing! We enjoyed a great lunch (Javin refers to this as a "snack" on his website, but it's LUNCH!) Then, we were on to our snorkeling location, including a sunken ship. The snorkeling was better than expected on an island not really known for its diving sites. Again, some guests chose to sit out, but it's worthwhile to participate. We drove over Timothy Hill (OMG...the view!!) to Cockleshell Beach. My husband and I agreed that, while we LOVED aspects of all the islands we visited, St. Kitts was our favorite port. Our next day was at sea. We attended one of the two ice show performances scheduled for that day. It's amazing how the skaters can perform such complex moves on such a small rink. We also enjoyed the Belly Flop contest at the pool. Zumba was offered by the pool on both sea days. That was to recorded popular music, however there was typically live music by the pool, which was awesome! We played mini-golf and tried our hand at ping pong on a windy day. Quite the challenge! A few random notes about life on Adventure: - The staff on board was not diligent about enforcing the rules prohibiting the saving of chairs. It was extremely difficult to find loungers, particularly in the solarium pool area. - This is the first time I’ve cruised on a ship with a big screen on the pool deck. t was less intrusive than I imagined. During the day, they showed something akin to funny home videos, broadcast without any sound. It was distracting only because it was THERE, but not as invasive as I'd thought it might be. - If you like dark chocolate, you HAVE to try the Royal Chocolate Cake. I'm not a huge cake eater, but WOW...it's amazing! - If you like curry, enjoy the Indian Scrambled Eggs in the Windjammer. Delicious! - Contrary to reports on this site, Johnny Rockets was still $6.95 per person before gratuity. - There were two formal nights on our cruise, the first full day (not counting embarkation) and the fourth day. Lobster was offered at the second formal dinner. Our next port of call was Curacao. We had booked the West End Tour with Irie Tours, in order to explore the more remote and natural side of the island. About a week prior, I received an email indicating that we were the only ones registered for that tour and it was therefore being cancelled. Disappointing, but at least they let us know far enough in advance to make other plans. We opted for what had originally been our second choice, the Tugboat and Reef Snorkel tour with Curacao Actief. The excursion included two snorkel stops, one at Tugboat Beach and one at another beach nearby. Both sites were an easy swim from shore and offered amazing coral and an abundance of aquatic creatures. My research had indicated that Curacao was likely the best snorkeling port on our itinerary, but we were still amazed at just how good it was. Our guide, Berenice, indicated Tugboat Beach was the most crowded she'd EVER seen it. Fins in the face can be a little frustrating, but it was still a GREAT experience. The second stop was perhaps even more incredible than the tugboat! After the second snorkeling stop, we were supposed to go to Fort Beekenberg, which is located between the two beaches. We had some people with mobility issues on our tour, and the fort involves a lot of steps. The itinerary was changed on the fly and we visited the liquor factory where we could participate in a free tasting and/or tour. We did stop at another fort, but it had been converted to a mall or restaurant or some such, so we didn't go inside. Not sure that stop was really worthwhile. The following day, we were in Aruba. We had booked with ABC tours and were supposed to meet our tour right at 8:00AM. We didn't as the ship was delayed in being cleared. However, they were well aware that our ship was late and, of course, they waited. Lucky for us because, of the six people on our tour, ALL the others were visitors staying on the island, making US the reason for the slight delay. We chose this tour because it visited the most natural and remote parts of the island. Our guide, Ludwig, was terrific. I didn't have a high opinion of Aruba after my last visit, thinking it was just like any other island featuring beach resorts. Having seen the natural side of the island, I have an entirely new appreciation. We had more rain on Aruba than on any other island and we were touring in an open air vehicle. Yes, we got wet! But luckily, the rain mostly came while driving and stopped when we reached our various destinations. It was a great day and I would recommend this excursion to anyone who wants to see the sort of natural beauty you can only visit in a jeep or ATV. The seas were too rough for us to swim in the Natural Pool, so we had to admire it from afar. The scenery and terrain on Aruba is incredible. And for those who feel like no day on a Caribbean island is complete without a visit to a fabulous beach resort, we ended our day on Baby Beach. We drank pina coladas at "Big Mama's Bar," a Flintstone theme beach bar where the decor mimicked the iconic Flintstone cartoon and the staff dressed in animal print to further the theme. We were in Aruba until 11PM. The MDR was nearly empty that night. For our final sea day, we ice skated and enjoyed the water slides. It was very windy, so we found space (it wasn’t easy!) in the solarium pool, which was more guarded from the wind. We also, regretfully, packed our suitcases. Our flight didn’t depart San Juan until 3:15, so we were in no hurry to disembark. Passengers were required to vacate their cabins by 8AM. Breakfast waw served in the Windjammer until 9AM. Our waiting area was in the MDR, where there was coffee, pastries and fruit available. Customs was extremely quick. We grabbed a taxi for Old San Juan, leaving our luggage in the secure room at the Barrachina Restaurant. (They hold your luggage for a tip of your choosing.) We enjoyed our day in Old San Juan, had lunch at Barrachina (very good, a bit pricey) and headed to the airport around 1:30. A final bit of advice – be at the airport two hours ahead of your flight. You will need that much time. SJU is disorganized and slow! Avoid the stress and give yourself MORE time than you think you will need. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Cruising out of San Juan Puerto Rico is always sweet because Old San Juan is such a treat to visit. The Culture the history scenery all lend itself to putting the traveler in the cruise mindset. Added to this is the opportunity to visit ... Read More
Cruising out of San Juan Puerto Rico is always sweet because Old San Juan is such a treat to visit. The Culture the history scenery all lend itself to putting the traveler in the cruise mindset. Added to this is the opportunity to visit the mall of America or CVS to purchase additional odds and ends for the trip or making the slow mindset back to reality after the cruise is over. Added to this quality is the fact that cruising out of San Juan offers less time at sea so the cruiser can visit more islands. If one is on the jewel of the seas, we can visit Martinique, Guadalupe, Grenada, Dominica or if one chooses the Adventure or the Freedom of the Seas, one can visit the ABC islands of the dutch Caribbean or the US virgin lslands, St. Kitts, and the rest of the island chains down to Barbados. As a single cruiser, the price is right as cruising out of Fort Lauderdale or Miami is generally more expensive. Cruising back to back is when one really gets value for money as one can visit 10 islands in 14days. Added to this experience is the quality of the food, the helpfulness of the staff, and the quality of the excursions. the only addition I can add is that Royal Caribbean consider a western cruise from San Juan. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose to go on Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas because we had been on this ship before and liked the size of this ship. This is the first time we booked a jr suite, but from now on that is what will be booked.The extra room is ... Read More
We chose to go on Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas because we had been on this ship before and liked the size of this ship. This is the first time we booked a jr suite, but from now on that is what will be booked.The extra room is worth the money.We especially liked the walkin closet and the bathtub. The Suite was well taken care of. Dining is always Great and the entertainment and activities are Great! We could not have asked for better Service. Ports and Shore excursions are always available and easy. We have another cruise booked for next year!! Our room attendant, Alexis was the best and our waiter Diosdadojr and assistant waiter Dhiraj were the best. Can't wait to go on another Cruise. Hope the experience is as good as this one. I have not been on a bad cruise yet!! The only way to vacation as far as I am concerned!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
ONLINE CHECKIN: We used Royal Caribbean's online check-in and this is a must because it saves a great deal of time at the pier. Upon arrival at the pier all they need from you is your signed "Set Sail" agreement, where ... Read More
ONLINE CHECKIN: We used Royal Caribbean's online check-in and this is a must because it saves a great deal of time at the pier. Upon arrival at the pier all they need from you is your signed "Set Sail" agreement, where you agree to pay your ship account, take your photo, and a swipe of your credit card. Then you wait to board if its prior to 12:00 PM. EMBARKATION: The port at San Juan is about the worst embarkation we've ever encountered, and we've been through that port around 8 times, so we know the drill. There is NO ONE there to guide you in any way, you are on your own and the people handling bags are NOT Royal Caribbean employees so they just see people outside the building and don't care. It is your job to act in your own benefit and READING THE SIGNS IS A MUST. There is a line to drop off bags, another for those without bags, and one for high caliber cruisers who take lots of cruises and get perks. When in doubt, ask. No one will volunteer anything. THE SHIP: Adventure of the Seas is still a beautiful ship. It's been very tastefully decorated, far more so than Carnival ships, which tend to be gaudy & overbearing. The Royal Promenade is a great place to hang out having shops, bars, and a cafe with pizza & deserts (included in your cruise price). The pizza has degraded unfortunately. The ship however is looking tired and needs a trip to drydock for refurbishing. CHEAP ROOMS: In case you are not aware of this, cruise lines offer rooms VERY cheap at the last minute to keep cabins full. Be aware that cruise ships have relatively fixed costs (crew wage, food, beverages, etc) which don't change from week to week. Because of this the cruise industry maintains a business plan to fill rooms at almost literally any price, and after that they can then make their profit on excursions, booze, and gambling. HOWEVER - keep in mind this is usually only possible for locals who sometimes are ill mannered. You ALWAYS want to carefully consider the departure port for this reason AND cruise length. Generally the more expensive cruise have less problems with unruly passengers, and there certainly IS a cultural difference between people in the states and locals. DINING: Food is very good and most people typically eat lunch and breakfast at Windjammers on deck 11. Some choose the dining room instead. Breakfast at Windjammers tends to have some of the same items every day, but with many choices it shouldn't matter because you can't eat everything. Lunch tends to be similar also but they do vary some of the meats, fish, and sides. The deserts change daily and are good. The main dining room, which is 3 floors high with each having their own name, is excellent. For us service was very good and the food was great. Waiters work for tips so they highly motivated to please you. DINING ROOM DRESS: This is one major flaw in cruises and not due to the Royal Caribbean but rather very lax social standards. Many people don't understand the etiquette of dressing for dinner on cruises. There are 2 formal nights in which the majority of people actually dress in accordance. If you are the kind of person who refuses to dress up then I suggest having dinner at Windjammers Cafe on deck 11. Also, if you cannot get to dinner on time you should have dinner at Windjammers. It's informal and buffet style. When people refuse to dress properly in the dining room they disrespect their fellow passengers. When they refuse to arrive on time they disrespect the dining room staff and make life very difficult for them. If you need a reason why its because waiters typically have 3-4 tables they serve and it works much better if all tables are on the same schedule, which is to say serving starters at all tables, serving main courses at all tables, and not breaking up the rhythm due to diners coming in late, forcing wait staff off their schedule. This affects service at tables where guests did arrive on time. BEDS: Often reviewers talk about how bad the beds are, though our prior experiences were good. This time was the exception and the bed was poor. The mattress was hard as if something was place underneath to prevent sagging, a strategy we've seen used before. EXCURSIONS: We had planned on renting a car in St. Maatern as we've done in the past, and then drive to the French side and visit the town, market area, fort, and of course the airport. However, the cruise line advised against visiting the French side as it had not yet recovered adequately from the hurricane. Phillipsburg exhibited substantial damage, though many shops were open and vendors working hard to get customers to visit their shops. I'd estimate 30% of the shops were still closed. We used Shore Excursions Group on Bonaire and Curacao, purchased through Costco with a 10% discount. No matter what the source is, cruise line or excursions company, they all use local vendors. We have never had a bad experience through Shore Excursions Group. Most importantly you MUST return to the ship ON TIME and that is SHIP TIME. Cruise line excursions guarantee that. Most any vendor will be sensitive to that but remember you not America, you're on an island, and they live and exist on "island time" (code for very laid back, "don't worry, be happy"). ENTERTAINMENT: This is pretty subjective and depends upon your personal taste so that must be up front. There typically is a musical shows that is 'Broadway' and/or Las Vegas quality. Around the ship there are various other musicians and usually pretty good. As a former professional musician I can attest to the quality of singers, musicians, and dancers. Fortunately, the ice show was performed because the seas were not rough. ART AUCTIONS: Auctions are held on most cruises lines and most ships. I've sailed Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Carnival, and Park West Galleries was the auctioneer on all of them. Park West has a checkered history of and is a lightning rod for complaints. Browse the Internet for details. We DO NOT purchase from Park West Galleries. DISEMBARKATION: People leave the ship in groups and you are provided with a group number, which they call for disembarkation. Cruise ships want you off the ship as quickly as possible so expect a knock at your door early to get you moving. This cruise required us to go through customs which took more time than without a customs inspection. LOCALS PASSENGERS AND CULTURE: When sailing out of San Juan you should be aware that a SUBSTANTIAL portion of the ship (perhaps most) are locals who booked passage for last minute cheap rooms. Reading these words may make you uncomfortable as if this is a racial matter, but its really a CULTURAL matter, and this cruise we did touch on this subject with several people from the states, more than we have on any past cruise. Often you will notice local groups (families) moving in squad and platoon sized groups which can make people feel very uncomfortable, overwhelming people nearby, and they were often inconsiderate of others and rather rude like they didn't know how to act in public. Here are some of the problems encountered: * Teenagers were at times unsupervised by parents and unruly. * Children running the hallways and yelling. * Some sat on and stood around stairwells blocking them. * Walked into elevators without letting people off first and you were shoved in by a large group who insisted they all get on the elevator. * People shoving into lines, being inconsiderate of those in line. * Very loud in hallways at night, sometimes yelling. I'm sure citizens of Puerto Rico will view these as "whats the big deal?" but to Americans from states and Europeans this was a violation of civility. At this point we likely will NEVER sail out of San Juan again, not just the cultural issue but embarkation as well. BTW forget about people who take just one cruise and then tell you not to complain. Rookies lack perspective. OVERALL CONCLUSION: Royal Caribbean is still a good cruise line but it is highly unlikely we will ever sail out of Puerto Rico again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our itinerary departed from San Juan and sailed to Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba,and St Maarten. We had a balcony room which had ample room for myself and 3 adult children. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We took a smaller ... Read More
Our itinerary departed from San Juan and sailed to Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba,and St Maarten. We had a balcony room which had ample room for myself and 3 adult children. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We took a smaller ship this time and it was fantastic because we became much more familiar with the staff and ship. We are beach people...and these were the most beautiful beaches and water we have ever seen! Bonaire is incredible!! Beyond words how beautiful and simplified this island is and we have been to many Caribbean islands. I traveled with my 2 adult children and regardless of age, there was very much to do at every port. The food, as usual was fantastic. whether in the Windjammer or the main dining room. The staff regardless of where you were on the ship was exceptional as usual on Royal Caribbean! I cannot wait for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The Adventure Of the Seas is a good ship considering you're 16 years old. It has varied itineraries. I am a person that I really like cruises and I can't say that the Adventure has been the best cruise I have ever made in my ... Read More
The Adventure Of the Seas is a good ship considering you're 16 years old. It has varied itineraries. I am a person that I really like cruises and I can't say that the Adventure has been the best cruise I have ever made in my life. The quality of the food in the main dining room is average and the Communication with The Empleomania Filipino or India is not easy. The rooms are OK, As for fun you should consider traveling with a group. Don't do it alone unless you are one of the people who likes to talk even with the shade. Fun for Kids it’s not bad but for example the Adventure Ocean It is not very frequented by children for at least 8 years. The alcoholic beverages package have good prices just like the one in the photos. The Empleomania, in general might be a little More Generous or sympathetic Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise to enjoy New Year’s in the Caribbean. The staff, level of service, value for money were high points. Quality, taste of food in Main Dining room needs improvement. Too many bland dishes, Little creativity in food ... Read More
We chose this cruise to enjoy New Year’s in the Caribbean. The staff, level of service, value for money were high points. Quality, taste of food in Main Dining room needs improvement. Too many bland dishes, Little creativity in food variety. The main stage entertainment nights that featured the ships singers and dancers as a group were more like Vegas Lounge shows. The two female lead singers had great voices and did not need dancers. The two male lead singers should be replaced with younger singers and the shows themselves need updating. The Eastern Caribbean islands we stopped at especially Antigua and Barabados will bring us back to stay on each island for a few days. There was no information prior to the cruise about any theme nights, we only found out once on the ship, too late to bring any special clothes. I think we will try one of the newer RCL ships which may offer more of what is weak on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The organization for the boarding, easy check-in, cleaning of the cabin, the wonderful restaurants, the delicious food from the starter plate, the main dish to the irresistible desserts, the commercial area, good products very well advised ... Read More
The organization for the boarding, easy check-in, cleaning of the cabin, the wonderful restaurants, the delicious food from the starter plate, the main dish to the irresistible desserts, the commercial area, good products very well advised by well trained and competitive sellers very know each one of the product theme that they handle either in the general store the excellent advice of Jose David to advise and give tasting of the different liquors and make a good purchase, in the same jewelry the good advice of Diana manages to buy a good watch in the same lotions the girl very knowledgeable of the products gives good advice to choose the best perfume, the people in charge of entertainment as Simona and Daniel make you vibrate with their energy in all the shows they present that you do not want to end your vacation. The kindness of the good treatment, the good knowledge of the whole crew about what you want to know make the experience of having an unforgettable vacation Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
If the room attendant does a great job of making towel animals I was tip extra. the wife can't cruise without seeing her towel animals on the bed, sofa, etc. The head waiter we saw only once, the waiters were excellent. The boarding ... Read More
If the room attendant does a great job of making towel animals I was tip extra. the wife can't cruise without seeing her towel animals on the bed, sofa, etc. The head waiter we saw only once, the waiters were excellent. The boarding was excellent. We had a suite and it was very nice and the floor was quiet. The cruise director was only average, but she could speak several languages. The ship was clean, and we've sailed on The Adventure several times. The Islands have recovered nicely, but are not 100% back. The food was good, not great, again the service was very good. Mu wife enjoys the spa's and had several spa treatments. I had fun, didn't get rich in the casino, the staff was friendly. The they handles an over served woman at our three card table well. We love RCCL and hope to sail again in several months. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I chose this ship on a recommendation from friends and decided to take a cruise after our wedding. The ship was well taken care-of and the staff seemed exceptionally friendly for first time cruisers. Although the boat amenities ... Read More
My wife and I chose this ship on a recommendation from friends and decided to take a cruise after our wedding. The ship was well taken care-of and the staff seemed exceptionally friendly for first time cruisers. Although the boat amenities were great, the island stops remain the highlight of our cruise! St. Maarten and a few others were great and the food was exceptional everywhere, but admittedly St. Kitts was our favorite! My parents have vacationed in St. Kitts before and they recommended a local tour guide that had just set up a tour company, called Pan Dulce Tours St. Kitts. Javed, the owner/operator, was our guide and the afternoon with him was perfect. He took us to a few of the historic sites like Brimstone Hill and Caribelle Batik but included a stop at a local restaurant upon request too! Our only regret was that we had to leave at the end of the day. Javed was informative and friendly and made the memorable experience the one that it was! I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting the island, though now that his business in open and advertising you may need to reserve in advance! Overall, our cruise experience was memorable and we did enjoy cruising with Royal Caribbean. We were new to cruising and would be open to the right itinerary in the future again! It was fun waking up in different locations and the experience was new and exciting! Some of the excursions and experiences feel unique and private but my wife and I will avoid the massive ships and port calls as they feel a bit touristy and they start to look alike after a few days/stops. We are very interested in small boat cruising and will likely try that next! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this Christmas cruise as our company closes over the Christmas period and this was one of the destinations available. Overall we had a wonderful time. Our stateroom was lovely and spacious. Food choice was amazing and alcohol ... Read More
We chose this Christmas cruise as our company closes over the Christmas period and this was one of the destinations available. Overall we had a wonderful time. Our stateroom was lovely and spacious. Food choice was amazing and alcohol served were top brands. Ship was very clean indeed and we were constantly encouraged to wash our hands to stop infections. Also numerous anti bacterial hand gel stations. Embarkation was smooth considering how many people boarded the boat. We were encouraged to go and eat lunch while we waited for our luggage, overall it took three hours to arrive at our cabin. One suitcase was held back as it contained a travel iron from an earlier portion of our journey. This was conviscated and I was able to collect it on disembarkation. We had to leave our luggage out for collection at 11pm the day before departure. Labels were provided to attach to the suitcase so you knew exactly what zone to collect it from. Very straight forward. Numerous tours available at each port both by Royal Caribbean and independant operators. We sampled both and found the independant ones better value. We did not book them in advance either, but be warned they only accept cash. I was unable to use my own internet throughout the whole cruise and had my suspicions confirmed that they block your service so you have to purchase Royal Caribbeans service, which I think is an outrage. I would like to see Royal Caribbean stop the promotion of animals kept in captivity for the enjoyment of the tourist industy i.e. the dolphin push. If it were a conservation project or breeding program I would have no objections, but this was needless crulity.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
10 family members cruised (many for the first time) for a family holiday. The destinations were all awesome, even St. Thomas (even though it was clearly sad to see the devastation is still rampant). The stops were very appealing and we ... Read More
10 family members cruised (many for the first time) for a family holiday. The destinations were all awesome, even St. Thomas (even though it was clearly sad to see the devastation is still rampant). The stops were very appealing and we chose this cruise because of its ports of call. They did not disappoint. Pros: This is a large ship with a lot to do. It is clean and the staff goes out of their way to make sure you are having fun, your drinks are full, and you are entertained. Of particular note was Gloria, our room attendant, who treated us like family. We felt sad that she had to miss Christmas with her son. She was amazingly pleasant and warm to us the entire time. The islands were awesome - every stop exceeded our expectations. Chops was delicious, but insane that you have to pay more money for satisfactory food. The entertainment was fun, especially the game shows and karaoke, which is always fun to watch. Guest Services staff (all but one who clearly does not belong in service) were excellent and some even went above and beyond the call of duty to help answer our questions. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze, and extremely organized. The Captain and Cruise Director were very visible and informative, as well as entertaining. We felt safe and appreciated. There was a huge range of ages in our group, and the range of activities and amenities was perfect. We felt that the teens and young adults were all adequately entertained and generally safe throughout the ship. They certainly had a great time! Cons: There should never be just one person at the excursion desk. The cruise made several last minute changes to things we booked a long time ago, and there was no choice but wait in a ridiculously long line. There were 5 people at Guest Services twiddling their thumbs, and one poor guy helping passengers with excursions. This is unacceptable. People cruise to visit islands. RC needs to make sure they don't waste precious vacation minutes and hours requiring unreasonable lines to set up excursions or solve problems they did not cause. Royal Carribbean is average at best in terms of vacation planning. In fact the mistake they made with us is inexcusable. 4 people in our trip learned (ON THEIR OWN) 3 days before we had to leave - in the busiest time of year - that their flight had been cancelled back in October! NOBODY at Air2Sea ever contacted any of us and they did not even start to find another flight until we called them. It was an absolute nightmare. In fact, 3 of us spent one entire day on different phone calls to get this fixed, and the flights that were left were horrible. That said, we asked RC to provide some kind of compensation, and after telling this story to 4 different people, each person in our group received $100 on board credit. The only problem was that it WAS NOT ALL THERE when we arrived, and the account was all messed up. Ultimately, they shorted us $250 of the promised on board credit and we had to file yet another complaint about this to get it back. The problem was that we could not use it onboard by the time they solved it, so it is supposedly being refunded to a credit card. That was not the intent of the credit and several people never got to use it for anything. In all, I found representatives at RC to be extremely inconsistent with they way they regarded us, and that was very disappointing. It was so disappointing that we may not use the RC again. We just felt like cattle and numbers, not valued passengers. The food at Windjammer was barely edible, and I am not picky. The eggs were runny and slimy. The selection never varied for breakfast or lunch and it just felt like a mess hall. It was gross. The food in the dining room was inconsistent, but mostly bad. On Christmas Day, 4 of our dinners were nearly ice cold, and 1 dinner never even came. On later evenings, we decided to order multiple starters because they tended to be better than the meals. I would say the fish selection was pretty good, and the desserts were mostly good as well. The café had serviceable pizza. It was fine. We did not try Johnny rockets or Giovanni's. With as much as this cruise charged for everything, it was just plain wrong to look for more money for simply decent food. We did try Chops, and it was great. But, that level of food should be the standard on a luxury cruise. I understand this one experience for many of us may be an anomaly. Others in our group claimed that there was a significant and noticeable degradation in quality from previous RC voyages, where the food and problem solving were superior. Ultimately, before I cruise again, I am certain I will do a lot more research about lines and ships before spending my money on a reputation that may no longer be associated with a luxury experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Really enjoyed our recent holiday cruise on Adventure of the Seas. Cruised from San Juan to Southern Caribbean w/stops in St. Thomas, St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. Family of 5 and several other family members joined in for a total of 15. ... Read More
Really enjoyed our recent holiday cruise on Adventure of the Seas. Cruised from San Juan to Southern Caribbean w/stops in St. Thomas, St Kitts, Curacao and Aruba. Family of 5 and several other family members joined in for a total of 15. There was something to do for everyone. Cabin - excellent, Junior Suite deck #9 for us and inside cabin deck #9 for kids(young adult/late teens) Really liked the size of the junior suite, big closet and bathroom w/tub, nice size balcony - center hump and close to elevators. Kids interior cabin was standard and fine for them. Food - something for everyone. We did Chops Grill one night for holiday special dining experience which was extra $ but excellent on Christmas Eve. Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Also tried Chef's Table (without kids) and it was fantastic also extra $ - nice food wine pairings, great conversation, table and superb service. Sapphire Dining (Main Dining Room) is gorgeous and must have been redone recently - entire staff works really hard. Shout out to Dony & Ewayen - the best Head waiter/Assistant waiter. Food quite good - tiger shrimp, beef, salmon and on last night the lobster tails were perfectly prepared. Windjammer - always full of selections so something for everyone - staff works incredibly hard! Pork loin was particularly good the one night we dined there. Line for omelette station but worth the wait. Entertainment - the staff went above and beyond - Simona (Cruise Director) and Sheli created fun venues from karaoke, bingo, games, shows, zumba etc. Comedy show good, missed the dance and ice shows, 50's/60's show great. Venues - Andrew at the piano in the Schooner Bar is AMAZING! So enjoyable to hang out there with the family and listen to him play/sing. He never took a break and everyone there loved it. Shout out to Beverly and the other servers - the Schooner Bar rocks! Solarium area very enjoyable even on sea days. The bar staff was awesome and there seemed to always be room in the hot tubs - chairs on sea days go quickly but always one to be had if you are not too picky. Casino - Checked it out but of course not a winner :( It was busy but hard w/the smoke I think (personal preference). Guest services very accommodating. Excursions: St. Thomas - Magen's Bay: We cabbed over $10pp - totally worth going as it is gorgeous, St. Kitt's - ships Plantation, lunch, beach excursion to Nevis for the day - Nice way to see Nevis, Curacao - we ventured to Mambo Beach and did not know what to expect - we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our day there, and Aruba - Half day Jeep tour excursion through EL Tours - AWESOME - great sites and tour guide Ronald - we did not miss a thing and had fun off roading driving the jeep! We then had time for Iguana Joes' - nachos, margaritas and lunch and a few hours at Eagle Beach before heading back to the ship. Loved the Southern Caribbean itinerary. We began the trip one day early in San Juan - La Concha Renaissance - great hotel w/superb staff and restaurant/bar & accommodations. Spent time before boarding ship in Old San Juan which is up and running well - shops open and sites are a must see - El Morro and the forts. Also hit "Waffler Avenue" tiny restaurant for breakfast - exit La Concha and go right - great waffles. Ask me any questions! We had a great trip and I would recommend RCCL Adventure of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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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