72 San Juan to Caribbean - Eastern Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I was invited to assist Seminar at Sea of Royal Caribbean beacuse Im a Travel Agent. In overall the activities onboard are good. The cordinance between Front Desk and Housekeeping its bad. I order a gift Online for delivering the first day ... Read More
I was invited to assist Seminar at Sea of Royal Caribbean beacuse Im a Travel Agent. In overall the activities onboard are good. The cordinance between Front Desk and Housekeeping its bad. I order a gift Online for delivering the first day and I received the last day. The food at night in the main dining are not good and the buffet in luch is not good at all. The only place that I enjoyed the food was on the Chef Table and I paid $85 per person. My room was very clean and the housekeeping was very friendly. The waiters in Dining Room are very pleasant. The surfrider and the waterslide are awesome, very fun. I reserved a Excusion but when we arrive at St. Marteen was canceled for the weather and the offer us another excursions. I think that Shore Excursions table are need to open early. Its a great cruise and you can have fun with your family. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
By friend recomendation. the service and attendant are great. The activity during the day and night for all passenger and the security onboard. The organization are incredible. The food and drink's are delicius. The sport activity on ... Read More
By friend recomendation. the service and attendant are great. The activity during the day and night for all passenger and the security onboard. The organization are incredible. The food and drink's are delicius. The sport activity on deck 12 it's very entertaining. I recomenden to any one. In the begining I was nervous because I never be in a cruise, but when start the activities everything change. The experience is unforgettable and I said again thak's Lalu (Windjjamer Wailer), Andy and Dalicia (Housekeeping) for the compromise with the passenger. We enjoy our vacation and this is not the last, we going for more. I'm not sure if is in the same ship but I will. For next time I would like to go for more days because 5 days and one island to visit is not an off, but we enjoyed anyway. Again, thak's for all crew attendat, (pool bar, sport activities, etc.) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We booked this trip as a quick recharge vacation. The price for a balcony was perfect and being a re-positioning cruise, there were days at sea where it felt okay to do nothing but catch up on sleep, eat well, and read. We had an overall ... Read More
We booked this trip as a quick recharge vacation. The price for a balcony was perfect and being a re-positioning cruise, there were days at sea where it felt okay to do nothing but catch up on sleep, eat well, and read. We had an overall mixed experience. What was good: -Dining staff and services was fantastic. We ate in Chops and Giovanni and the main dining room and all our waiters were fantastic. The food was great, we left full and happy every night. -Our excursion in St. Marten was wonderful, we did the half day catamaran/snorkeling excursion. The staff was informative, the boat was clean, the company was good and it included lunch and beverages. I would do this again. What we disliked: -The art auction was awful purely because they masked an opportunity for a free piece of art by handing out credit card forms and not explaining what they were doing. It was very shady. I am suspicious of the art sales on board anyway, but this was the first time I had seen this happen and I was horrified at how they were taking advantage of people like that. Awful. -Our room was dated, which was fine, it was clean, however, our bed, which was two twin beds pushed together, would separate at night, we joked that there was a 'pit of despair' in the middle keeping us a part. Annoying more than anything. -Activities and entertainment was okay, but felt light, especially for a trip where most time was spent on the boat. We didn't do much because our dinner time was at a time when most evening activities took place. I think overall, it felt short staffed, but not sure if that is typical for a re-positioning cruise. It was okay. WE slept a lot, worked out, ate and drank which is what we wanted. We were happy to get off after five days though. Longer would have been too long. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We took a January cruise on the beautiful Oasis and the Adventure is every bit as beautiful but understandably smaller. I was not disappointed. I specifically chose this 5-day cruise from San Juan, PR to Bayonne, NJ to enable me to reach ... Read More
We took a January cruise on the beautiful Oasis and the Adventure is every bit as beautiful but understandably smaller. I was not disappointed. I specifically chose this 5-day cruise from San Juan, PR to Bayonne, NJ to enable me to reach Diamond status. I needed 9 cruise points and the Jr. Suite was priced low enough to book which gave me double cruise points for the suite. This was my first suite and I was amazed how much storage was available. We had cabinets we didn't even use thanks to the large walk-in closet with a wall of shelves! Also a tub/shower. We flew in to San Juan from Dallas arriving around 1pm. We opted to take a taxi from the airport to the pier for $26 set fare and were able to split this cost with another couple we saw at baggage claim. Easy embarkation and departed for St. Maarten at 8pm. The cruise made only this one stop and we took a $6 cab ride from the pier to the courthouse in Philipsburg, and from there walked up the beach "boardwalk" to a bar called "Pirates 'n Paradise" and when we saw the Ohio State flag and sign, we had to stop since my wife is an alumni. We sat at the bar overlooking the boardwalk and the beautiful beach for a beer and some great people watching. The next 3-days were at sea and we enjoyed the food and entertainment provided. The ice show was spectacular and the other singers, dancers, orchestra, comedian, and juggling act were great to watch. Advertised activities were popular for the variety of guests. Food was good. We usually ate breakfast at Windjammer and coffee was excellent (strong) whereas one day, we ate breakfast at main dining room where sit-down service was slow and coffee was weak. Main Dining room dinner was good and service generally excellent. We only had two gripes. On the last sea day, we could not access our in-room TV services menu to review our bill. When it was delivered the final morning, there were two errors overcharging us $222 which required we wait in a long line at guest services to get resolved. They could have used more representatives to help. After that the walk-off disembarkation in Bayonne, NJ went smoothly until we exited the cruise terminal building for a fairly long walk to the Taxi shed in a parking lot across the potholed street. We had looked online earlier for taxi fares rather than using Royal Caribbean bus service, and the taxi was "supposed" to be about $38 from the terminal to Newark airport which would have been a good deal. There was a severe shortage of Taxis. We were told to get in the only one there and he left without us. They called for another cab and one finally arrived and as we were loading luggage we were told the fare would be $65 plus toll. We went ahead and took the ride for $70. The RCI bus would have been about $59. By the way, Uber and Lyft were also a possibility, but we never expected the complete lack of taxis and the "fare jacking". I only wish we could have had someone to share the taxi with us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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
We traveled on Anthem last year and it was horrible, crew was rude we decided to give Royal one more chance and traveled on Adventure this time. Wow what a huge difference. Wonderful experience and crew was all about customer service ... Read More
We traveled on Anthem last year and it was horrible, crew was rude we decided to give Royal one more chance and traveled on Adventure this time. Wow what a huge difference. Wonderful experience and crew was all about customer service The crew actually was smiling and happy which is very contagious. Keep up the good work Adventure we will definitely be back on that ship. The last night at the adult karaoke there were a group of kids heckling the performers. Many people walked out. Just when I wondered why Royal was allowing this the person in charge reminded everyone that we are there to have fun and only kind words should be used. Yay!! That put an end to the heckling without punting out the hecklers. Good job Royal. We flew to San Juan to board the ship. Stoped at St Martin (Dutch side) for a few hours then had 3 full days of sailing and the crew was a delight 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
We choose this cruise for the affordability and because we have been wanting to try Royal Caribbean. The service from our state room attendant, Byron, and our waiter in the main dining room, Michael, were excellent and very attentive! ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the affordability and because we have been wanting to try Royal Caribbean. The service from our state room attendant, Byron, and our waiter in the main dining room, Michael, were excellent and very attentive! The ship was clean and we enjoyed the shows. We were disappointed with the food - it lacked flavor and tasted like it was mass produced. The crab cakes were made with imitation crab and the pasta was undercooked. Dessert presentation was beautiful but the taste was artificial, with the exception of the apple pie which was delicious. The lamb and the beef were excellent. My husband enjoyed the roasted chicken. Breakfast in the Windjammer was the highlight. We were disappointed in breakfast in the dining room. The hollandaise sauce on the eggs Benedict was flavorless and the eggs were overcooked. The hash brown was soggy underneath a grilled tomato. There was only one small place to get food after 9:00 and the line was very long. The pizza was soggy and tasted like cardboard. The frozen drinks were inconsistent - we have several that were very good but for the most part they lacked flavor and tasted watered down. We did not have a drink plan and found that we did fine with water, lemonade, and iced tea. That being said, we spent a lot for one alcoholic drink and expected it to be flavorful. We enjoyed the shows on board. There was good variety and the performers were very talented. Embarkment was smooth as was disembarkation. The muster drill was tough - had to stand in rows through explanation in 2 languages. It was hot and if in the back part very clausterphobic. Would suggest dividing people by language if possible. The spa was nice but they try to sell you stuff when you leave. I had a great massage. My husband's was not as good and he was in a room where he could hear door closing and talking from other rooms; not so relaxing. We received an anniversary special for $50 off a spa treatment but it was a port day only and we had already had our port day! So it was useless. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have cruised RCI many times and made it a family tradition to cruise each Thanksgiving. After a good experience on Jewel of the Seas out of San Juan a couple of years ago we decided to try Adventure for this Thanksgiving. When ... Read More
We have cruised RCI many times and made it a family tradition to cruise each Thanksgiving. After a good experience on Jewel of the Seas out of San Juan a couple of years ago we decided to try Adventure for this Thanksgiving. When RCI announced the drydock plans we were able to convince a couple of other families to join us to experience the new ship and several new ports on the Eastern Caribbean side. Group was 8 people with two teens, two couples in their 40's/50's and my parents in their 60's. Unfortunately right before the cruise RCI reached out to let us know that the drydock had basically been aborted and that a lot of the promised onboard upgrades would not be available. RCI offered a future cruise credit but no assistance in trying to make things right on the cruise that HADNT EVEN HAPPENED YET !! Overall the cruise was ok, we had a good time, mostly due to the fantastic ports we visited but RCI did a terrible job throughout of taking care of us as their customers and probably will not see us aboard ship again. The ship was in embarrassingly poor condition with extensive needed maintenance despite having just spent several weeks in drydock. Talked extensively about the cabin condition later in the review but some of the other items noted included: Water slides were added but not functional. Replacement miniature golf course was the worst excuse for a golf course I have ever seen, basically just a roll of astroturf with a few random "art pieces", there aren't even "rails" to delineate the golf course from the surrounding astroturf. Childrens splash park was added but only worked about half the time. One of the hot tubs was down for maintenance the whole cruise .... one week after drydock. Pub had no draft beer available. Sports bar had no bartender/server for Thanksgiving football. One elevator down for half the cruise. Chops Grille was not installed on the drydock, coming later ... MDR service was decent, food was terrible. Frequent issues with items coming out cold to luke-warm ... most memorably a baked potato that couldn't melt butter, replaced by two more baked potatoes that were also stone cold ... really you replace food for a temperature complaint and don't check the replacements ?? The strip steak offered in the MDR was of extremely poor quality, as a group it was ordered a half dozen times throughout the cruise and pronounced inedible each time. Windjammer quality of food was ok but variety was lacking, seemed to be a much more limited menu than we usually see at Windjammer. Ongoing repairs to the pool deck, required carving small chunks of the deck out and then filling them with a repair compound. They seemed to do small sections at a time throughout the cruise which had the unfortunate visual impact of looking like someone was regularly projectile vomiting around the pool deck, once we figured it out it was less disturbing. Ports of call included; St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados we had a good to great time at each port with the Rhino Rider in St Maarten and Segway in St Lucia standing out as probably the two best excursions. Of course having to select additional excursions for St Kitts and St Lucia instead of staying onboard to enjoy the onboard amenities as we originally had planned meant more $ out of my pocket and into RCI's. Talked with Guest Services pre, during and post cruise, Loyalty Ambassador on board and received a scripted response consistently that RCI was very sorry but was not willing to do anything to make anything right except offer a credit on a future cruise should I choose to buy another one from them. I pointed out that after 10+ cruises and a lot of $ spent on RCI that refusing to do anything on the cruise we hadn't event started yet seemed like a pretty insulting business practice but was told repeatedly that "corporate has spoken, I cant help you". Still trying to get information on this mystery Future Cruise Credit a month after being informed of it before making the final decision on whether to cancel next year's Thanksgiving cruise or not. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was my first cruise. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. The food was fantastic, service was stellar but the ship (due to dry dock and get a makeover this year) was a bit tired and in need of an overhaul. Due to a hurricane, our ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. The food was fantastic, service was stellar but the ship (due to dry dock and get a makeover this year) was a bit tired and in need of an overhaul. Due to a hurricane, our itinerary changed so I am unable to review St. Lucia or Barbados. St. Maarten (or St. Martin)--We did the Beach Rendevous excursion through Royal Caribbean. It was perfect. Amazing lunch, beach chairs, transportation and gorgeous beach provided. St. Kitts--We did the Ultimate Dolphin Encounter. While this was a great experience, it is listed as a 2 1/2 hour excursion. The dolphin time was only about 45 minutes. They do not allow cameras and charge exorbitant amounts for their photos. Antigua--An amazing time on the Catamaran Tour with Lobster Lunch. Plenty of room on the catamaran, excellent staff and great lobster lunch. Beware of the beverages, they pack a punch! The ice show was confusing instead of entertaining. Our cabin smelled very musty but had plenty of space and included a great walk-in closet. The game shows are a must-see, particularly The Quest. Don't miss it, it is hilarious! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We sailed on the Eastern itinerary with stops in St. Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. We arrived the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Isla Verde. It's a nice property that allowed us to have some beach time ... Read More
We sailed on the Eastern itinerary with stops in St. Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. We arrived the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Isla Verde. It's a nice property that allowed us to have some beach time before we boarded. As checkout was 11:00 we took a taxi then to the terminal. At the terminal, we checked our bags quickly and then had to wait until after 12:00 for the doors to open to check in. It was chaotic at this time, and if I had to do it again I would arrive a few hours later once things settled down. Once in check in was quick and we were on board within 15 minutes of entering the building. For the stops: - St Maarten - took a private tour with a day pass at the Sonesta Maho beach. Fantastic! - St. Kitts - booked Thenford Grey's Grand tour. Well worth it. - Antigua - Had the ships snorkel and kayak booked, but this was canceled due to weather. Walked around port, but not much to see. This did make a good down day after the prior two - St Lucia - Took the ships zip lining by the Pitons. Very nice boat ride back and forth. The zip lining was ok. - Barbados - Hired Carson Moore for a tour of the island. Highly recommended. The service in the main dining and the cabin was great with the staff going out of their way to ensure we had what we needed. The food in the main dining was mostly good and the Windjammer was what you would expect for this style of buffet. The ship as a whole is showing some wear and will definitely benefit from it's October scheduled dry dock. All in all, we had a good time and are looking forward to seeing the Adventure next year after the refresh. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise after taking a boring, unexciting cruise from Bayonne, NJ last year (too many sail days, cruisers that didn't leave the ship and were demanding of everyone on board). We like to visit a port a day --active ... Read More
We chose this cruise after taking a boring, unexciting cruise from Bayonne, NJ last year (too many sail days, cruisers that didn't leave the ship and were demanding of everyone on board). We like to visit a port a day --active and busy! Leaving San Juan, we visited St. Martin, St.Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and then one sail day back to San Juan. Royal Caribbean does a good job with embarkation and disembarkation. Both went smoothly for us! We lost no time during the day because of the timing of arrival to each island (early morning) and departure (early evening). Our excursions to each island satisfied our needs to be active: St. Martin Island/shopping Tour, St. Kitts Snorkel/Sail Adventure, Antigua Tour, St. Lucia Segway /Island/Beach Adventure, Barbados Historical Island Tour. We especially like the promenade on some of the Royal Caribbean ships--unlike hiking through the hallways past the rooms, you can reach the dining and theater areas by using the promenades. The fellow cruisers were from many different parts of the world which added to the friendliness on board. The staff of The Adventure contributed to making this cruise enjoyable for all. We loved this cruise vacation! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Location and chance to see new islands in this part of the Carribean. Our flight and embarkation on the same day was the best ever. No wait time in terminal a all. Had direct flight from Houston, Texas, 4 hours only. . Our cabin ... Read More
Location and chance to see new islands in this part of the Carribean. Our flight and embarkation on the same day was the best ever. No wait time in terminal a all. Had direct flight from Houston, Texas, 4 hours only. . Our cabin was the snag for the day. Several problems and finally had to get housekeeping guru ti come to clear up the mess. Wine and champagne did the trick. Our dining partners each evening were interesting and enjoyable. We were 5 different couple as from different places in North America. Each evening conversations were most interesting. Dining services was the best we could expect. Only 1or 2 missteps on foods. The ice shows were exceptional on both shows. These performers were excellent as we sat in different locations for shows. Ports and shore excursions were good. 2 shore excursions were on our own. Barbados and Martinique did our own touring. Had birding excursion with guide from Holland now making her home on the island. Gave us good history and cultural facts as she drove us around. We would come again for more birding here. No c .hildren as we are seniors. Movies were good not out of the ordinary. Several evening shows were most entertaining. Enjoyed morning room service when going ashore. Nice perk. A good cruise for the reasons we wanted. Just coming and going to and fron San Juan, Puerto were the best ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
These cruise was so, so, entertainment was not very good, room service was great, food was average in the dining room, in the buffet it was institutional grade, they cheapened the quality, paid $8 per day for soft drinks, had to search out ... Read More
These cruise was so, so, entertainment was not very good, room service was great, food was average in the dining room, in the buffet it was institutional grade, they cheapened the quality, paid $8 per day for soft drinks, had to search out a bartender to get a drink, stand in line to get a drink, and these were soda's. Ask the bartender, what happened to the soda machines, was told it was too expensive, lets see,I paid $32 per day for soda's that cost about $.20 per drink. The ice cream machine was the cheap stuff you'd get at a Chinese buffet, and only had 1 machine, several days they had a guy putting the ice milk, not ice cream on the cones, did a horrible job and small. The entertainment director: had a difficult time understanding what she was saying, it was loud and she talked too fast. The shows were bad! singers stunk! The coffee in the dining room was great, the coffee in the buffet was typical cheap stuff. We were on time at the ports. I talked to a couple of couples in St. Martens, about our experience, they were on the Princess lines, they said they had the same experience, and choose the Princess line, it was better. I think I might do that next time, I'm so disappointed with Royal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We booked our cruise exactly a year before we sailed, getting us $200 onboard credit as advertised (or so we thought). We got connecting balcony cabins (we traveled with two kids and two adults) on the eighth floor and requested the 8:30 ... Read More
We booked our cruise exactly a year before we sailed, getting us $200 onboard credit as advertised (or so we thought). We got connecting balcony cabins (we traveled with two kids and two adults) on the eighth floor and requested the 8:30 dining and a table for 4 at the time of booking. We also bought beverage package for ourselves. Online check-in gave us a hard time because we had two separate reservations (you cannot book two cabins at the same time and you have to call to link the reservations). Overall, anything besides the homepage on RCCL's website looks outdated. I got a text from RCCL four days before sailing: Important Notice Regarding Your Upcoming Royal Caribbean International Sailing Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International with important information regarding your upcoming cruise. The CDC has issued a travel alert regarding the Zika virus for certain countries, which may be included in your cruise itinerary. To learn more about the Zika virus, please visit the CDC's website. For travel-related concerns, please visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contentPage.do?pagename=royal_caribbean_security_guide or contact us or your travel agent. It was not at all helpful that they sent this to us four days before sailing, even though we already had enough information on this topic. RCI uses Pan-American Pier in San Juan. This port is only used for embarkation and has no amenities. As soon as we arrived at the pier, we were rushed out of our taxi and onto the sidewalk. Embarkation was very disorganized. First, you have to wait in one line to drop your checked bags off. You give them your bags and they literally throw them in the back of a truck. After you drop off your bags, you have to go all the way back to the start and wait on line to get inside the embarkation building. We were traveling with an elderly person who had a hard time walking, so we requested a wheelchair. THEY HAD NONE LEFT! However, we were allowed to use the expedited line. Once we got inside the building, things moved faster and we were able to get on the ship easily. We did NOT have a good first impression of this cabin. Both of our sinks would not drain. The desk and other areas were banged up and the safe looked like something exploded on the outside of it because half of the numbers were burnt off and didn't work. The safe did not function properly and the front desk disregarded us. The air conditioner didn't work properly either. On a side note, the balconies are metal, not glass. Overall, the cabin looked very worn out. They fixed our sink after us waiting hours because the plumbers were working on a 200+ toilet jam. The air conditioner was also fixed easily. Our cabin stewardess was nice, but unprofessional. We walked off the ship without even knowing her name because she never wore a name tag. She came in our room while our air conditioner and left towels for us. She never serviced our room that night. We visited our dining room (Strauss, Deck 4) to check the table we had been given (decks 3 and 4 are set dining, deck five is MyTime dining). It was a table for eight, and that is what they said we requested. I was furious because this was a very special cruise and we requested a table for four a year ago. Thankfully, we recieved a letter later that night informing us that they switched us to a table for four. Our table was in between two bussing stations and my chair got hit every night by a food cart. The food portions were very small and the food quality was subpar. The menu lacked options and the chefs gave us a hard time about anything (our waiter was very nice, though). A few real examples: "Can I get a bigger soup?" "Uh, that would be hard for the chefs. I can order you two if you want." "Can I get this as an appetizer, possibly in a smaller portion?" "No, you would have to order that as a dinner." Their desserts weren't good either. Their idea of Baked Alaska was ice cream in a dish covered with baked egg whites. I got Ben and Jerry's almost every night I felt like having dessert. Windjammer was AWFUL (Island Grill included). Everything tasted so terrible that my breakfast and lunch every day ended up being bread. I even tried the omelette station, but the eggs were so runny that I thought it was American cheese. Nope. I tried breakfast in the main dining room, but it matched the quality of the Windjammer food, yet it had better service. My only good regular lunch was in the main dining room. Sadly, they only had it on sea days and there was only one sea day. Johnny Rockets and Giovanni's Table were spectacular compared to the other venues. No suprise they both carry a cover charge. The bartenders were rude and ignored anyone they didn't feel like serving, which included me and my whole party. Our beverage package advertised Evian water and Perrier sparkling water, but we instead got brands we never heard of. Guest Services agreed with the bartenders. Speaking of Guest Services, they decided to give us $100 less than the onboard credit we were offered and basically told us it was our fault. I was furious. We only went to one show, a comedy hypnosis show. It was great, and the only reason I am giving this category less than it deserves is because they showed movies in the theater a few nights instead of a show, even though there is a dedicated screening room and a movie screen at the pool. The only enrichment activities were trivias, and I wasn't that impressed with them because you could barely understand the host. Rock climbing and ice skating were great, and so was mini-golf and other sports activites. The rock wall was hot, though. We did not do shore excursions. Port times were good. St. Thomas- Good shopping and great beaches. St. Croix- Beaches and shopping were the worst out of all the islands. Unpopular island. Antigua- Nice beaches and average shopping, but taxi drivers harass you. St. Lucia- Best beaches and best shopping. Grenada- Subpar shopping and average beaches (overpriced), although much better than St. Croix. Disembarkation was the worst. We had to wait an "unknown amount of time" in line to get off the ship because customs were full. It ended up being about a half hour. Customs moved like lightning and so did obtaining our bags, so I don't know what the hold up was for. Overall, this was overpriced (we had better experiences for less on Carnival). If you are looking at a Freedom Class ship of RCCL, go with Norwegian (Jewel class+) if you want basically the same activities (no ice skating, but they have bowling) and a great overall cruise experience. The downside is that their cabins are tiny, so if you want bigger cabins and great food, go with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My in-laws were looking for an affordable way to celebrate their 50th with their children and their spouses. 14 of us in all. For over a year we planned, saved, e-mailed and planned some more. We settled on a winter cruise to the ... Read More
My in-laws were looking for an affordable way to celebrate their 50th with their children and their spouses. 14 of us in all. For over a year we planned, saved, e-mailed and planned some more. We settled on a winter cruise to the Caribbean. What could be better than the Caribbean in late January? We made it to the ship with little trouble and were even able to spend some time in Old San Juan before leaving port. From this point the journey takes a turn for the worse. On day one we had no soap or shampoo in our bathroom. No big deal, let the folks at the desk know and we will be good to go. It's hot, what could possibly be better than an ice cream cone? I race up to the 11th floor with childish anticipation. The machine is locked up. No sign, no set schedule just locked. Oh well, maybe later. We head to the deck for a look around and I almost take a spill on a loose stair tread. Can you say LAW SUIT. Later on that evening we meet for dinner with the whole group. I understand that 14 people is a large group to try and accommodate but after multiple attempts to communicate with Royal Caribbean we thought they would have it figured out. No such luck, we were scattered all over the dinning room and at different times. Wait in yet another line to see if we can get it straightened out. No luck, maybe tomorrow night. As we head to the show we are confronted with the omnipresent drink salesman. No big deal, we have cruised before and know the drill only Royal plays the game a bit differently. They have levels of drink offerings all in an effort to get more money out of you. After several minutes of negotiations with a nice man who doesn't speak English I walked away with a fancy drink mug and what I hoped would be a reasonable charge on my bill. They are happy to give you a mug but good luck getting them to put anything in it. Back to room to relax and settle in for some TV. NOPE, the remote won't work. No worries I will call the front desk and get some new batteries. NO ANSWER. Head to the in-laws place..... At about 2:00am I hear water running. Running water on a boat is NOT something you want to hear. I walked blurry eyed to the bathroom to find the toilet running over and onto the carpet. NASTY!! That would explain the 24/7 toilet channel and PA announcement telling all of us not to put anything down the toilet. At this point I am wondering if anything on the ship actually works other than the credit card and the machines in the casino. Day 2-7 Repeat of day 1 except they were able to sit us together on 2 tables while I noticed that some big wig sat at a huge table with his party of 3. What kind of company is this anyway? Folded towel animals? Every other day. Food services? closed most of the time except for 1 place where you can get a slice, a sandwich and a dried up cookie. Ice cream? Nope, if it isn't broken it's closed. When I asked about it I was told that if they kept it running it would burn up. ITS ALREADY BURNT UP, REPLACE IT! Sticky tables, thread bear furniture in the rooms, soap provided on the last day of the cruise only, snotty help at both the front desk and the dinning room, broken equipment in the gym, one of the hot tubs was closed every night for "cleaning" while the other closed at 10:00. Towels for the pool area? Closed, but we were offered dirty ones out of the bin on a cool windy night. With the required daily gratuity that RC charges all of the nice little things we enjoyed previously were all gone. Gone is the incentive to provide the customer with a memorable experience. It's bare bones and sometimes even they are picked over. This was our fourth cruise and first with RC. By far this was the worst. Bad service, bad food (when you could get it) and a bad boat. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
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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