420 San Juan Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

The embarkation and disembarkation was very very smoothly. Because I was traveling on previous years, I know the ship very well and it is very nice to travel on it . The cabin is spacious and well located, also, the service is pretty ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was very very smoothly. Because I was traveling on previous years, I know the ship very well and it is very nice to travel on it . The cabin is spacious and well located, also, the service is pretty good. Related to the dinning room, It was exceptional located and best service is offered to guest. The maitres was very frendly with my wife and I. The are a lot of activities on the ship to entertain youth and older people, all activities well organized. I have to mentioned the good service on Windjammer and service desk were the Serv Rep were very frendly with my wife and me. Its important to mention that the ports of PR, St Marteen and Cape Liberty are great ports to visits were Royal caribbean has a lot of excursion available for all. Wit probability if we go to a cruise on next Dec 16, 2018 (4 adults and 2 children) we select the Freedom with new port in Puerto Rico. Best succcess Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My wife and I were in a junior suite, 6392, at the aft of the ship. This room is considered an obstructed view. Yes, there are things that may “hinder” your view, but I was still able to see the water and everything else that a normal ... Read More
My wife and I were in a junior suite, 6392, at the aft of the ship. This room is considered an obstructed view. Yes, there are things that may “hinder” your view, but I was still able to see the water and everything else that a normal balcony could see. The food was excellent and awesome how you can try multiple things at dinner in the main dining room. Room attendant was amazing and made sure to have our room service while we were out to dinner. My only gripe would be the internet and the bar service during shows or games (I.e. Bingo). The internet is expensive and out of a 5 night cruise, I waited till the 4th night to get and it still was $35 for one device (10% discount). The bar service during the theater shows and games was sparse to say the least. There were not enough bar tenders and view, if not none, attendants walking around and if you got one of the attendants, you were better off going to the bar yourself. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Can now cross off the ABC Islands from my bucket list! Embarkation- Our flight landed in San Juan at 10:30AM on Saturday 4/28/18. Took about 1 hour to collect our luggage as we shared the baggage area with another flight that got in ... Read More
Can now cross off the ABC Islands from my bucket list! Embarkation- Our flight landed in San Juan at 10:30AM on Saturday 4/28/18. Took about 1 hour to collect our luggage as we shared the baggage area with another flight that got in about the same time we did. Got to the terminal around 11:45, onboard enjoying Lunch in the WJ by 12 noon. Food - We thought all the venues we used (MDR, WJ, Cafe Promenade, and Room Service) had good, hot, and tasty variations every day -MDR: we had My Time Dinning and the first night got table 176 which is level one in Sapphire right at the bottom of the stairs. Awesome Waiter VJ and assistant Manuel. We were able to reserve this table for every night for the duration of our cruse. Even with their new menus, we always had a good choice of Fish, Chicken, Pasta, Steak, and other meat/Beef options. My favorite dish was their Beef Short Ribs which I've never had before. -WJ: Could always find a seat, food very good and varied everyday. Good waiter/drink service -Cafe Promenade: Never more than a line of 5-7 people deep anytime of day we visited. Pizza ok, really good around 2am (lol). Good tasty sandwich selections, the Greek Salad Pita was awesome! -Room Service: Did it twice, delivered in about 30-35 minutes. Was hot and tasty, also had great Cobb Salad and you get a personal size Pepperoni Pizza that was better than from the Cafe. Voom Surf and Stream - We thought it performed much better than on our HOTS cruise last June, albeit with my Droid (but not with my daughters iPhone) occasionally freezing when coming up from Deck 3 to our stateroom on deck 10. I had to disable/re-enable wi-fi to get it working Stateroom - We had a JS #1340, starboard side, mid-aft on deck 10. New carpet and drapes. 2 chairs, a lounge char, and table on our Balcony. Cabin Steward Nickoli just ok, always saw him on his phone. A couple of times, he took till 1PM to refresh our cabin. Next door stateroom #1342 tried to flush something down the toilet they shouldn't have, and blocked all flushing for about 10 nearby cabins till Maintenance could clear the blockage. A/C worked really well. On our cruise, AOS always docked Port Side with Island views. Shows - They were good. Lyric Thereat was never full, we had Invitation to Dance, Jackpot, Headliner Marcus Terell (semi-finalist on America's Got Talent) and a couple of Comedians. CD Chris Brown was alright,, I think Magic Marvin should take over as CD. Quest and Majority Rules was awesome, Hot Art Ice show was good, though they just brought on new performers and they must have being getting used to the small rink and skating during a day at sea, as there were at least 3 falls and trips. Unlimited Drink Package - Anything over $12, you had to pay the difference. Could always order a Drink and a Bottle of Water together, or order two drinks showing 2 valid DX coded Seas Passes. Plenty of Bar tenders and waiter serving drinks onboard. Islands - Fantastic!!! We did our own exploring and/or renting taxi's for the day, JEEP for the Day in Aruba (run, don't walk from renting from Royal Car Rental in Aruba), and Zip Line from Rain Forest Adventures in St Maarten. Visited the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino in Bonaire, and the awesome Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino on Palm Beach, with them allowing ys to use their loungers on the beach. Our favorite experiences were renting a taxi for a 3 hour private tour in Curacao that included Hato Caves, Flamingos, and multiple stops for great pictures, finding the new Natural Cave Pool in Aruba, the Zip Line in St Maarten, that had fantastic friendly staff every where on the old Rockland estate property, and then spending some time on the Great Bay Beach and Boardwalk, renting two lounge chairs and umbrella right at the Blue Bitch Bar an Restaurant (great load Cheeseburgers and Rum Punch) Disembarkation - Waited one hour from collecting our luggage to clearing customs. Tip: Get in the line that parallels 'Gold Card' C&A members, they had two agents working who would also check non Gold members vs just one agent check all others. There was also a separate line for porters to help you clear customs. Post Cruise Stay - One night stay @ the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel. Great location in Old San Juan withing walking distance of a lot of attractions and sites. One the 2nd floor outdoor Dinning area, got to watch AOS sail silently off into the night at 8:30, on her reposition cruise to Cape Liberty, Bayonne NJ, and during breakfast Sunday morning, see the CCL Fascination right in front of us, and the Jewel of the Seas glimmering off in the short distance from the Pan America Pier. Overall, we loved this cruise, the islands, the staff we met, new friends we found onboard, the friendly locals we met, and our ADVENTURE we had in the Southern Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This cruise was very enjoyable, the weather was wonderful and we met lots of great people. The only thing that could be better was checking into the port in San Juan. The lines where very long and it seemed like they needed to increase the ... Read More
This cruise was very enjoyable, the weather was wonderful and we met lots of great people. The only thing that could be better was checking into the port in San Juan. The lines where very long and it seemed like they needed to increase the staff. The food was OK in the dining room and the buffet. The entertainment was my highlight and very good. I cruised with Royal Caribbean before and didn't enjoy the entertainment but this time they really went above and beyond. The comedian at the beginning of the the week was very funny (we need to laugh people), the ice show was very entertaining. the game shows were interactive and loads of fun, the activity director knows how to have fun, but the HIGHLIGHT for me was the Tribute to Whitney Houston. This woman Stephani Parker is the bomb! She is truly the "Diva of the Seas". Not too many people can pull off one Whitney song but she had them all down pact! A huge thank you to Stephani for her presentation, entertainment and love for a great artist with her own sweet style! My group hopes we can see her again on our next Royal Caribbean cruise. Thank you RC from NJ Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. embarkation at San Juan was long. We flew in the day of and when we got to the port there were two lines that were not marked well. One line for luggage and the other with no luggage. Once you ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. embarkation at San Juan was long. We flew in the day of and when we got to the port there were two lines that were not marked well. One line for luggage and the other with no luggage. Once you stood in line to drop your luggage off then you had to go stand in the other line without luggage. The ship was clean and in the room you could smell the new carpet. The safety drill was very long and hot. they made everyone stand in rows on deck 5 while someone talks and demonstrates what to do which you couldn't see or hear a word. We ate at the Windjammer all the time and it was good. Entertainment on the ship started very late (10 pm) or later. We are morning risers so we didn't partake in that. We did a shore excursion at every port. We did snorkeling/ beach at every port.They all offered Rum Punch on the excursions. It is very good! St Maarten was a ghost town. a couple shops open but not many. St Kitts was great shopping, Antigua was fun! Do an excursionist there do wonder off the path. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because we had never been to the Caribbean before and we wanted to see as much as we could. It had a very busy itinerary with 6 ports. And we thought based on reading reviews that Royal Caribbean would be a good fit ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been to the Caribbean before and we wanted to see as much as we could. It had a very busy itinerary with 6 ports. And we thought based on reading reviews that Royal Caribbean would be a good fit for us as first time cruisers. The dining experiences at the signature dining restaurants (Giovanni's and Chops) were fantastic! Very quiet and intimate and so delicious! Fantastic service! The main dining room (Sapphire) was adequate. The food ranged from very good to not great. I liked the atmosphere and service was friendly. WE were very surprised to really like the Windjammer buffet. Didn't think we would spend much time there. But my husband loved the variety and found the quality to be superior to some of the main dining room food. We did not eat at Izumi or Johnny Rockets. The promenade snacks - pizza, cookies, sandwiches, etc. were fun options and everyone seemed to take advantage of them in the later evening when the buffet was closed. Embarkation was super smooth. We got there early (noon) and didn't wait. Every day getting on and off for island days was also very smooth if not very friendly. WE always felt like cows getting back on board - barked at by all of the herding dogs to get through security - the only unpleasant necessary thing we experienced, every day...and long waits for elevators at this time of day. We were off the ship much more than we were on...not a lot of time to do the rec activities. We did utilize hot tubs (when we could find one to fit into) and the pool once. The one sea day we had turned out to be cold, so we didn't do water slides or any other activities that day. Ship was beautiful and fun to explore. Met lots of great, often international people. So many languages spoken. People of all ages represented, although it seemed that older couples (40-60's) were probably the majority. There were several families, mostly with smaller children. This was in April. Our significant low points (which will cause us to research another cruise line for the next trip): It is far from an all inclusive experience. You are nickel and dimed to death if you want to do anything. (drinks, wifi, included daily tips and gratuities). The spa was very over priced. And people are offering you things all of the time. We tried to give everything a shot as it was our first time, so we explored the shopping seminars and the art auction. They were such scams; it was unreal. I was embarrassed for RC to have them on there. The cruise director and team were high energy but also rather immature and all of the get togethers, games, competitions went to very suggestive places, rather raunchy at times, even though there were children around and an abundance of older people. Did not seem like the right crowd for such college level humor. Not appealing to us for sure. We only utilized RC for one shore excursion at San Juan where they took our suitcases on to the airport and we explored old town. They were there when we got there, guarded outside by one girl on her cell phone. Our suitcase did get rained on and its contents were wet including the book we had in it. We utilized Shore Excursions Group for all of our other 5 excursions, and were quite pleased overall. Some were definitely better than others because of the specific guide. We had a great time on our cruise. We will probably try another line to see if we can find a better fit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We picked this cruise for the 5 ports and only one at sea day. We started in SAN Juan as we wanted to be in the heat immediately. Although the ship is showing its age in some areas, overall it was clean, well maintained and the crew and ... Read More
We picked this cruise for the 5 ports and only one at sea day. We started in SAN Juan as we wanted to be in the heat immediately. Although the ship is showing its age in some areas, overall it was clean, well maintained and the crew and staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The dining room service was excellent, windjammer was easy to navigate and the food was what we expected as we had cruised RC previously. Getting on the ship was easy and we liked the fact that they had a wine store on location so that you could purchase your allowed 2 bottles of wine to take on board. Our cabin was a recent new addition in March 2018 and was all new. The ship is easy to navigate and not crowded like it was on bigger ships. As expected the ship allows smoking within the casino which is really the only negative thing we encountered. Entertainers were fun to watch and varied each night. Our port days allowed for smooth departing and returns and overall were well worth the visit. St.Marrtan is in rough shape and we spent most of our time at the beach. All of our shore excursions were booked privately as we found that when booking with RC you pay quite a lot more for the same excursions. Our sea day was filled with trying out the activities such as the water slides, mini golf, table tennis, hot tubs and watching the belly flop contest. Overall we had a great time and would consider doing the same size ship again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was the first cruise I went on with my daughter. Now all she speaks about is this cruise and asking when can we go again. When we checked in at the port it was quick and easy. The service provided by the crew was excellent. The cabin ... Read More
This was the first cruise I went on with my daughter. Now all she speaks about is this cruise and asking when can we go again. When we checked in at the port it was quick and easy. The service provided by the crew was excellent. The cabin was smelling fresh and attendant cleaned it multiple times a day. It was just a beautiful and fun-filled activity cruise. My daughter enjoyed all the kids' activity that was provided on the ship. The main dining room staff were excellent and the service was great. All our serving attendants from stateroom attendant to dining room and bar staff were so pleasant and knew our names immediately and remembered them. When they saw us arriving they would be willing and ready to serve us. My daughter loved the pool, she stayed in it almost all of the day when we were at sea. I will definitely be cruising again soon with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We looked at various cruises but liked this one because of the itinerary. We had a great cruise and perfect weather. We enjoyed the food in the dining room, our waiter, Luis took care of us and was very attentive. We felt the nightly ... Read More
We looked at various cruises but liked this one because of the itinerary. We had a great cruise and perfect weather. We enjoyed the food in the dining room, our waiter, Luis took care of us and was very attentive. We felt the nightly entertainment was lacking. We went to the shows but more times then not, they did not hold our interest. We were looking for more music options in the evenings after dinner. My son was also disappointed with the teen club, he did eventually meet up with some kids but did not participate as he normally does on cruises. We were also not thrilled with the new location of the cruise port for Royal Caribbean out of Puerto Rico. My husband wanted to walk around Old El San Juan prior to departure but we would have needed to take a taxi to the area and it was more work than it should have been. We found ideas for the shore excursions through the roll call that we followed prior to our departure. Went to the Cruise Critic meet and greet and met another couple from Long Island who gave us some touring ideas on the various islands and with whom we shared a taxi back to the ship from one of the beaches we visited. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My 3 sisters and I took a “sister’s cruise” because we all work hard and deserved it! It was the first time we have all taken a trip together since family vacations as kids. What a blast! I wished we had more time on some of the ... Read More
My 3 sisters and I took a “sister’s cruise” because we all work hard and deserved it! It was the first time we have all taken a trip together since family vacations as kids. What a blast! I wished we had more time on some of the islands, but that seems to be a common gripe of many cruisers who just have a hard time dragging themselves off a tropical island. We felt rushed at times. Regarding excursions: we did a few. The Race excursion on St. Maarten was a waste of time and money. Don’t do it! It was rather disorganized and some of the clues weren’t current. You’d be better off spending your brief time on St. Maarten enjoying the beaches, shopping and exploring the town and other parts of the island, as time allows. On the other hand, the UTV excursion on Aruba was worth every penny. We laughed our heads off and it met our need for speed! Our guide, Mark, was great and we took in lots of beautiful scenery and got lots of pics that day. Snorkeling on Bonaire (Coco beach) was AMAZING. The cave tour was just “okay”. Nothing spectacular. On the cruise ship, my only complaints (and none of them are really that big of a deal) would be 1. My cabin complaint which is detailed below. 2. The pop machines are SCARCE and were often out of ice or being repaired, and the pop from the bars didn’t taste right. 3. The entertainment got a bit raunchy for me at times. Guess I was a little naive. Will know better next time, though some of the entertainment was quite good. 4. We never actually met our cabin steward. Guess I just thought we’d have at least some interaction. Overall, I was quite pleased with the cruise and would do it again. The staff was very friendly and helpful and it’s refreshing to see a group of people who at least appear to genuinely enjoy their jobs. Our servers in the Sapphire dining room, Raj and Kaixin, were fabulous and made sure we were satisfied with our meals. The food there was delicious. The other cruisers were pleasant and it was great to see such a variety of people (college age, families, senior citizens, etc) all finding enjoyment on the ship and islands and just having a great time. I’d take another cruise thru RCI. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The activities on the ship were well run, and a lot of fun. They did have a great balance of events in types in both English and Spanish. The ports we went to were great in the south-east Caribbean, and we were docked at each of them. The ... Read More
The activities on the ship were well run, and a lot of fun. They did have a great balance of events in types in both English and Spanish. The ports we went to were great in the south-east Caribbean, and we were docked at each of them. The excursions we did through the ship were great values and a ton of fun. We did two of them and both were well run as well. The dinner service was excellent, and they went out of their way to meet our needs. I was pleasantly surprised with the buffet (Windjammer cafe) whose food was excellent for all meals during the day! The few issues we had were the main dining room's (sapphire) breakfast food and service. I love eggs benedict at that was the only place to get it on the cruise, but each time I ordered it the eggs were overcooked. In addition to that, the service at breakfast was subpar, with servers not offering us coffee, or pastries as they walked around and skipped us. The cabin was what you expect on a cruise, totally manageable space wise with a nice couch to sit on if you want. Having a window overlooking the promenade was very nice to make it feel more open. The only issue I had with the cabin is that when they had loud late night parties on the promenade we could hear the bass and a little of the music. It only happened two nights of the cruise and the rest of the time the room was very quiet. My wife and I were very happy with it as our honeymoon cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
In overall opinion the cruise is good but the food menu is poor. The meats selection is not good for my opinion. I was confuse because I did not known if the salads and pasta were the principal plate and the meats the complements. Too much ... Read More
In overall opinion the cruise is good but the food menu is poor. The meats selection is not good for my opinion. I was confuse because I did not known if the salads and pasta were the principal plate and the meats the complements. Too much foods with differents ingredients and strong tastes. I think that the foots must be provide by contries and choosing the must allusive of every region or country. For example Mexico the burritos and nachos, US the hamburger and chicken wings, PR the rice and beans, and so on. When I purchased the tickets for the cruise nobody tell us how was the package for shore excurtions, the packages of drinks. I believe that this packages should be explains with more details. Because in my case, if I had the general opinion of how these packages are. I would have bought before. Because the islands that we visit, does not have much to see by yourself. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. 5 ports in the Caribbean. The ship was recently refurbished and you can tell. The carpets are new and clean. The chairs in many of the venues are comfortable. Even though I went during Spring break, the ship never seemed crowded. There was always a chair available near the pools. I found the crew in all areas to be friendly, helpful, and professional. Meals in Windjammer and MDR were of good quality. Awesome pizza, snacks, and desserts in the promenade. St. Lucia was the only port I found to be not "tourist friendly." There was a lot of traffic on the island. I felt like the taxi drivers took advantage of us. My shore excursion for this port was cancelled due to mechanical failure. Other cruisers had similar experiences in this port. Overall one of the best cruises I've been on with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise and we must say it was fantastic. We found the staff to go over and beyond to make people happy. The deluxe stateroom with balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy the breeze late evening. The main dining ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we must say it was fantastic. We found the staff to go over and beyond to make people happy. The deluxe stateroom with balcony was a great place to sit and enjoy the breeze late evening. The main dining room staff were right on top of things and the service was good and quick. The Champagne bar staff were so pleasant and knew our names immediately and remembered them. When they saw us arriving they would already have our drink served for us. The pools were small and cold but that is not unusual and once you were in and wet it didn't feel cold but instead very refreshing from the hot sun. All in all I would recommend this ship to anyone as the only thing we found not worth the money was the galley tour and only because they took too many through at once and you could not hear what was being said. Will definitely consider this ship when booking our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The rum punch on board sucks! Drink rum punch while on excursion, especially Cockspur on Barbados. The Windjammer (self service restaurant) is fine. The quality of the food is lower in the Sapphire (main restaurant). Also, in the main ... Read More
The rum punch on board sucks! Drink rum punch while on excursion, especially Cockspur on Barbados. The Windjammer (self service restaurant) is fine. The quality of the food is lower in the Sapphire (main restaurant). Also, in the main restaurant, the clothing advice was not enforced. Some people appeared in shorts and t-shirts at a formal night while others wore suits and ties or tuxedos. The wines are OK. The main entertainment was not as good as I was used to but it's OK. It was a pity that the ship departed from many islands already at 5 pm. That means "all aboard" at 4:30 pm. Quality of cloths sold on the ship should be higher. If you buy rum on the ship in the ship's store, you don't get it during the cruise, only afterwards. So, don't buy it unless you want to take the liquor home. On the last day (day at sea), half of the hot tubs were closed for cleaning. They should do this over night. They start too early with disembarkation (at latest 10:45 am) even if you have a very late flight (e.g., scheduled at 7 pm). The airport in San Juan is not inviting at all before the security checkpoint. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
General comments: We are fond of RC, we have been on four of their cruises so far. It's a good value and we can actually afford a grand suite. Fellow cruisers are varied in terms of age groups etc. and we like that, too. The Adventure ... Read More
General comments: We are fond of RC, we have been on four of their cruises so far. It's a good value and we can actually afford a grand suite. Fellow cruisers are varied in terms of age groups etc. and we like that, too. The Adventure has been refurbished and it shows. Staff are great. The food is not tippy-top-notch gourmet, but we are always pleased. The Worst of the worst: I will never take one of their shore excursions again. We have in the past, but this time was beyond awful. Total cattle-call, and the trip to the hot springs on St. Lucia was the exact opposite of relaxing (although the Spanish Galleon reproduction ride and crew were a ton of fun). All of the boats and buses that left the cruise ship arrived together, so you had a few hundred people coming to a small hot mud spring that would accommodate maybe a dozen at a time. We were literally shoulder-to-shoulder with a crowd slowly shuffling into and out of the hot spring. We also did a tour with RC to "Sting Ray CIty" on Antigua, again it was crowded as heck, although I don't blame RC, it was just the model of the provider to get a lot of people out there. Slightly less awful: RC has a "don't save a pool chair" policy that they simply don't enforce. This means that you have a choice of joining the throngs of selfish/unethical folks who nab a spot at 6 am on a sea day and leave their belongings for 8 hours for a 1-2 hour use of the chair, or find other things to do until users tire of their spot at 4/5 pm. Overall: yes, go, it's a good value, just plan accordingly and bring a bit of patience for tours or ship venues that might be crowded! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had 32 friends going on the cruise and a lot of them were first time cruisers and like to party and have a great time. Had a great time we did a private catamaran and Sophie and crew did an EXCELLENT job, and half the price of the cruise ship. We all did the drink package and by Wednesday there was no Crown Royal or Budlight on the ship, pretty disappointing especially when the drink package was why we bought it, and the Miller light was out dated beer. I don't know what is happening with Royal Caribbean, but makes me wonder what is going on. We did a private catamaran in St. Maartan, and it was the best catamaran we have ever done in all our cruises. Sophie and her crew were EXCELLENT and the food was delicious. The snorkeling was not good but that is not there fault, and they made it up by parting and swimming. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The itinerary is port heavy but that is expected with a Southern Caribbean cruise. The islands are beautiful and well worth a visit or two, maybe three! The ship itself is an ideal size for my family, two adults, two teens. With the ... Read More
The itinerary is port heavy but that is expected with a Southern Caribbean cruise. The islands are beautiful and well worth a visit or two, maybe three! The ship itself is an ideal size for my family, two adults, two teens. With the slides, flow rider, sports centre, shows, ice rink and a few other things, there is plenty to keep the teens busy. I would have liked to see some more organization from the teen club staff. I know teens are not always on board with participating but if the staff showed more interest, the teens might too. My two have always spent a large majority of the cruise while on ship in the kids/teens club or participating with the groups wherever they are. This cruise they barely went. A couple times they did, the event was not what was listed on the cruise compass. As for the adults, our two moans were the variety of food on the MDR menu. Please change up the appetizers every evening. The other was the trivia. We usually go to the trivia games as we participate and they are good for a laugh. Every trivia on the cruise was in the Schooner Bar and it was beyond packed. Not nearly enough seating and some of the seats are along a wall out of view from the rest of the crowd. Why not hold it in a larger venue? The headliner, Jeff Tracta was hilarious and El Gaucho was also enjoyed by all of us. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we ... Read More
We booked this Adventure of the Seas cruise with a group of GoldWing Motorcycle people. Had 102 people in the group and enjoyed their company along with the events they planned. Noting that the ship had been in dry dock in January, we thought is was lacking in maintenance on little things. Like cabin door hinges that were loose, the safe numbers were almost worn off, the shower door leaked onto the bathroom floor and maybe a couple of other areas. Still, overall it was a very good cruise. Dining was lacking a good selection of dinner choices. Only had a few things on the menu that appealed to us. The steaks in the dining room could have been much better. They come either overcooked or undercooked most of the time. I personally like the chilled fruit soups and they only had that one night out of the 7 nights. All the shows were great and we enjoyed the Ice show the best. If I had to pick one thing that displeased us it would have been the Casino, The smoke was so bad that we had to leave the Casino almost as soon as we arrived. I was having a great deal of trouble even trying to get my breath while in there. We did almost no gambling on this cruise. They did not have a restricted area for smoking and people were walking all around with their cigarettes making it impossible to breath. It even could be smelled very strong near the entrances. We took two RCCL excursions, one in St Kitts, St Kitts Panoramic Drive. They had us packed in so tight that one person had to ride sitting on the cowling over the motor. The streets were horrible and very rough. The second was on St Lucia, Costal Cruise to the Pitons. This excursion did not tell you that you would have to swim, about 150 feet, to shore from the catamaran . There was no dock at the beach. We had picked these excursions because of some mobility issues. Other than that, we still have an acceptable time. We were displeased with the Park West Art Auctions. Have never been to any other auctions that went that fast. It was so fast you could not keep up with the type of artwork you were bidding on. That made it difficult to bid on things we were interested in. We do like the Eastern Caribbean Itineraries best. Still overall it was a great cruise. That was the reason for our 4 star rating and not a 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We could tell that the carpets and love seat were new, however I had back and neck aches the whole time -- they needed to replace the mattress and pillows during the updating. This is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We could tell that the carpets and love seat were new, however I had back and neck aches the whole time -- they needed to replace the mattress and pillows during the updating. This is our 2nd cruise on RC. Our first was to Alaska and we had a wonderful experience, so we wanted to try RC again on a new adventure. We have never been to the Caribbean before, so all of this was new to us. Not through the fault of Royal Caribbean, but when we arrived the night before the cruise, when we were actually standing in front of it -- we found out our hotel had been closed since the hurricane. No one bothered to tell us that (in San Juan, Puerto Rico). The cabbies told us that 80% of the hotels are not in business anymore. After too much time and into the night; we were able to get a hotel room. ANYONE traveling into Puerto Rico, Please triple check that you have a place to stay. We even received a confirmation e-mail to check in, the day before! We did not have any time to explore San Juan. The line to get on the ship was well organized and when it started moving, did not take too long. We thought the food on the ship was pretty good, even in the buffet. The only complaint I had regarding food was that they overcooked the eggs for all versions of eggs Benedict that they served. So, not bad for all the meals we ate! :) We bought the beverage package and were Very disappointed in both the quality and selections we had for wine that was included with this package. There is a nice wine list, but most of the selections were above the $12.00 allotment for the beverage package. We think that we should have a full selection of wines with the price we pay for the beverage package. Also, unless you ask, the bartenders give you the low end of the price range for brands of alcohol in your drinks. The servers in the main dining room were overworked and barely had time to say hello. They worked Hard and we appreciated it. I don't know if Royal Caribbean cut the amount of people they hire -- and if they did then it was a mistake. All the people working there seemed over worked, which made us feel badly for them. Also, the bread basket on the table ---- too much waste. We had a table for 2 and we did not eat 6 pieces of bread/rolls between the two of us. The bread and pastries were nice and fresh though -- not at all dry! We arranged one excursion through Royal Caribbean -- Railroad around St. Kitts. It was a fun and interesting tour, however the cost through the cruise ship was costly. The only other tour we booked was through Cosol in St. Lucia. It was a lot of fun and worth the expense. The other days we just walked through the towns and went to local beaches. We did get a cab to the beach in St. Maarten where the planes land. It was a fun experience, but the beach is has rough waves - so be careful not to get rolled! Overall, it was a really nice winter break. When San Juan has their economy going well again, electricity, hotels......I hope to be able to visit again. They need the tourists money, but more importantly, they need their government to use that money to Fix things there (and not their own pockets). Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and 3/3. Our flight to Philadelphia was cancelled and there were no available flights to get us to Puerto Rico before it left on Saturday. American Airlines did allow us to change our flight to Curacao on Sunday so we could meet the ship in the first port, no extra charge. We did end up spending a lot of money on taxis because when we got to the ship we were told we had to go to customs (via another taxi ride) and get an Exit Visa since we officially entered the country. Every time you step into a taxi it is $20 regardless of how far. We finally boarded the ship and had a lovely balcony room (never again in an interior) which happened to be on the side overlooking each port which was handy to survey the island. The service was always excellent, our attendant was friendly. The host was very good. The entertainment was mixed. We were very impressed with the magician/comedy show, the trivia games and karaoke were run well, the ice skating show was very good. The last comedian was cringe worthy. We chose not to dine in the dining room since our last experience was it made us too sluggish to do after dinner activities. We thought the food was fantastic at first but then it didn't have enough variety (lighter fare) and started to look unappealing. Salad bar and fruit selections are same limited choices every day. We chose not to do excursions through the cruise in order to save money (and pay for the balcony room!). I did a lot of research and booked Curacao Dolphin Academy's Dolphin Swim directly (saving $100 each person but having to provide your own transportation). We loved the dolphin swim, the staff was wonderful and we felt we had enough time in the water and the groups were small (6 people). In Bonaire we booked an afternoon snorkeling excursion directly with Woodwind. It was top notch. In Aruba we decided to just hit a couple of beaches. First we took a taxi to Eagle Beach which was a beautiful wide beach without a lot of people (although you can rent beach chairs, we just spread out under a tree). It was a windy day and the waves were big enough to pummel you if you weren't careful. We then walked to Palm Beach (it was farther than I anticipated) and got some beach chairs near the Palm Pier. The water was more protected here but there were also a lot more people and businesses. We took a taxi back to the ship and then walked around downtown. The last stop was St. Martin which had been hit by the hurricanes last year. We took a taxi to the famous Orient Beach which was especially hard hit. All of the buildings were gone or badly damaged but the debris on the beach had been cleared away and a few vendors were renting beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is on a large bay so the water is calm and beautiful. The taxi drop off was in the nude beach section (next to the devastated Club Orient beach cabins that were being razed) but we walked down to the other side of the beach. My only real complaint is that on cruising days, although there are signs that the staff will remove towels from unoccupied chairs, that didn't happen and there was no way to find a good chair since 3000 people were competing for 500 or so chairs. We were so happy to have our balcony so we could enjoy the fresh air. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have been cruising every year for almost 20 years and have platinum status on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We almost always cruise out of Puerto Rico and spend a week in Puerto Rico before the cruise. We used to be able to choose ... Read More
We have been cruising every year for almost 20 years and have platinum status on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We almost always cruise out of Puerto Rico and spend a week in Puerto Rico before the cruise. We used to be able to choose between 7 ships, but now our options are limited to 4. One of the options is Carnival (which i have cuised with twice, but will likely not ever cruise on again - not because our experiances were bad, but because they weren’t great. It is a cheaper cruise, but you get what you pay for?). Fortunately, Royal Caribbean is one of our 3 top picks for cruise lines (princess and celebrity being the other two). Adventure is a nice ship and we were fortunate enough to get a room on a brand new refurbished deck (deck 12 at the front) so the room and area around our room were great. There really wasn’t anything about the ship that i didn’t like. The prominade is very nice, especially if you have any rain on a sea day or in the evenings. At 3200 passengers, it was a little bigger than i prefer, but that is only my preference. The plus of the bigger ship is more facilities. I found there to be more than enough deck space on sea days. If anything, the only thing i can say that i didn’t like was the evening dining menu. The food was very good overall, but it did lack in variety, from the appetizers, to the entrees to the deserts. Very disappointing was the lack of chilled soups (only one the whole cruise - at least it was good). Of course, i am comparing it to the old days of cruising where they served 5 course meals. The itinerary was great (Curacau, Bonaire, Aruba and St Maarten) we loved the options available at all of the ports. It looks to me like the onboard ship excursions were cheaper this year than i remember them being. We quite often arrange our own excursions now as we know most of the islands and what is available at them. As for the onboard entertainment, it was ok (we went every night). 2 of the headliners were great (comedian and magician), 1 was ok (impressionist) and one was not my cup of tea. He basically had to restrain himself the whole bit and told everyone to make sure to come back for the late nite adult show where he could really “let loose” The band was great (as usual) I have a hard time rating the production shows because this is our second time on the Adventure in recent years, so we’ve seen all 3 of the production shows before. That being said, we got there early and got good seats and watched all 3 shows. I’m not fussy about the Cruise director, Mercedes, not because she was bad, i just didn’t find her as funny as she thought she was. Lastly, being out of Puerto Rico, there was a lot of Spanish on the ship (all announcements were in English and Spanish. I’m not sure if they do that for all cruises?) All in all, we had a great time and enjoyed the week. We will more than likely cruise again next year, just not sure if we are going to stick with Royal on the Freedom next year or try out either Norwegian or Windstar. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I do not like days at sea and this cruise is port heavy. Had not been on RC before, so was interested to see how they stack up. I was pleased with the food service and food quality and the friendliness of everyone except the pool area ... Read More
I do not like days at sea and this cruise is port heavy. Had not been on RC before, so was interested to see how they stack up. I was pleased with the food service and food quality and the friendliness of everyone except the pool area stand workers who were ambivalent. Our cabin steward was great and our wait staff in the main dining room were excellent. The ports were good and we rented a car in each so we could explore wherever we wanted go to. I had prearranged cars. There could have been more interesting things to do on the sea day, but we made our own fun. The water slides and Flow rider were great! I liked the ice skating show, and the singers and dancers were fantastic - we would have like to see more sows with the fine dancing! The comedians could have been offered as extra shows with more dancing shows in the main time slots. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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
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
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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