7 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern from San Juan

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 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
Myself and wife enjoyed our 7 day cruise to Eastern Caribbean aboard AOS. Loved the ship loads to do and amazing atmosphere. Slightly tired ship in some areas but only when you look closely at things. Loved the main pools on ship, both ... Read More
Myself and wife enjoyed our 7 day cruise to Eastern Caribbean aboard AOS. Loved the ship loads to do and amazing atmosphere. Slightly tired ship in some areas but only when you look closely at things. Loved the main pools on ship, both were great, sun beds around pool were fantastic however on our one sea say this area was very busy as expected. Schooner bar was great, first place we went, slightly different to other ships but still nice. I had a shot on rock climbing wall which was brilliant, great condition. Basketball court was also good. Ice rink looked amazing never got on to skate but watched ice show which was fantastic. For dining we were in Mozart on deck 5. Picked our table on first night table 576 near to entrance and overlooking lower dining rooms. Our waiter manuel and assistant Brian were both very good. Really attentive and helpful. We found food to be excellent always found something to eat on menu. One night I chose to order fillet steak from chops grill and wow what steak it was so delicious. All other food in windjammer and cafe promenade was great, couldn't fault it. Some people do but I think they must be fussy eaters or really picky. Drinks aboard ship were expensive as expected from previous cruises. So no big deal really. One bad point was the back elevators always seemed to be busy and very slow at coming. Ports we stopped at were amazing. St croix was small and not much to do if you didn't have tour booked or just wanted to walk about. Still nice though. St marten was great got water taxi across to shops and beach. Lovely place, loads of shops. Barbados was good. We booked a tour to snorkel with turtles and see some ship wrecks. Had an amazing time both of us loved the tour and tour staff. St Johns we wished we done more here, heard lovely things from others who say it was beautiful but we mostly stayed in port. This was the one port that seemed very busy and people would maybe feel slightly unsafe but stay to public area and don't got down dodgy side streets. St Lucia was good. Walked just off ship around shops and sat in bar right off ship and got wifi. Bought a 2 dollar beer and got free wifi. Fantastic cheaper than buying Royal caribbeans internet package. All in all had a great cruise, fantastic service as expected, amazing ports and so glad we chose this for honeymoon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I have traveled quite a bit over the past 20 years, but as far as cruises go, this was only our third one, and first with Royal Caribbean. For us choosing a cruise meant departing from San Juan, so our choices of ships was ... Read More
My wife and I have traveled quite a bit over the past 20 years, but as far as cruises go, this was only our third one, and first with Royal Caribbean. For us choosing a cruise meant departing from San Juan, so our choices of ships was much more limited than most. And also my wife was off work for 1 year due to cancer, and the only time we could even think about leaving on vacation was the beginning of April 2015. So this led us to booking a 1 week cruise on Adventure of the Seas. I booked the cruise back at the end of January 2015, and it was to be a complete surprise to my dear wife. It was to be a celebration of our 16th wedding anniversary, and her 1st anniversary of beating out cancer. But when she started talking about going away to NYC on Easter weekend... darn, I had to spill the beans. Hotel Information: (5 stars) We left Canada two days before the cruise, and wanted to spend some time in San Juan and get into the vacation spirit before embarkation. My son have been on a cruise in Jan 2015 from San Juan and we had originally booked the same hotel in the Condado area, but after talking with him we cancelled and decided it was to be Old San Juan for us. So we booked at The Gallery Inn, a small 22 room hotel in which the buildings are several hundred years old. The building is original to say the least. Even our room had no real windows (the windows were cut out on the two large wooden doors). There was no TV in the room, and that was perfect for us. It was very beautifully decorated, very old style furniture, and definitely no the Four Seasons, but that is exactly what makes the charm of the place. The owner and staff were wonderful and met our every need. I would definitely stay here again. Embarkation: (4.5 stars) On Sunday we were to board around 2h30 pm (deck 9). We took a taxi out of Old San Juan (not an easy thing to do, especially on Easter Sunday as there was a lot of traffic). When we got to the Pan American pier there was quite a few people in line, and it was a bit difficult to figure out what we had to do, and we here to get in line. However I can say that the check-in process was really quick, and within 30-40 minutes we had out Set Sail passes and were on-board the ship. The Ship: We knew this was not one of the newer ships that are out there, but that did not stop us from booking. The ship is still larger than the ones we had on our last two cruises. It is a lot less glitzsy that the cruise we took with Carnival, which kind of resembled a disco. Although the decor is sombre, it gave us the feeling of being on a more luxurious ship (I know, that is all in our head.. lol). Cabin: We were on deck 9, Cabin 9640 and it was real nice, and we loved it. No complaints from us. Everything was spacious, everything worked as it should and we just loved it. The balcony was great, and we had breakfast on it 3 mornings, and each day around 5 pm we would sit outside and just enjoy the sounds of the seas. Service: Our cabin steward was there for our every request and was very attentive to our needs. However to be fair we did not call upon him too often, being as independent as we both are. Service in the bars, restaurant and other areas was top notch. Shore excursions: We did not take any shore excursions with Royal Caribbean. We are very independent, and we booked our own tours, or taxi service on all of the islands we visited. We rented a car at St. Maarten for the day, having been there previously on two other vacations. I will not go into any details of our excursions, as the review would never end). Activities: The few shows we got to see were very good. We did not see shows every night because on a couple of occasions we met some very interesting people from San Juan at the dining room, and we just stayed on longer to exchange conversations. To us, that was much more interesting than any show (although don't get me wrong, shows are great). We did not visit the casino, as we just don,t believe in giving our money away. We have the government taking care of it already.. haha!! We did visit the disco (Jester's) on a few occasions and had a great time, but more often that not we ended up in one of the ships bars (Schooner, Champagne, Lobby, Crown) and had drinks, met people, talked to staff and just had a ball. We never did get to sleep before 1 am most nights, except for the one night I did not feel well, having taken too much sun in St Martin. Adella (and Navil?) in the Schooner Bar were superb.. two thumbs up for their service and friendly company. We did other stuff on the ship, but it would be just too long to write, and we did not doing anything out of the ordinary, that other folks have not done before. Dining: (Food 5 stars, Service 4 stars, Facilities 3 stars) We had the My-time dining in the Mozart dining room on Deck 5. This was probably the only negative thing about our cruise. Royal Caribbean really needs to work out their My-Time dining as we did have to wait 30-40 minutes on a few nights. And we had reserved out dining times! The non-reserved line was going in much quicker. It was really not the attendants fault, as she was doing her best to ensure we were serviced asap. I think they just have an issue when a lot of people show up (and we were never more than 8-10 in line). On the other nights it was very smooth.. Food was excellent, and our servers (Albino and Julio) were always doing their best to give us their recommendations for the meals. Even if we chose something else, they would bring us a small plate with extra food for us to taste. They were great, no negative comments here, except on busy nights it was a bit slower than usual. But, hey, we were on vacation. No issues for us. One thing that really bothered me was the lack of sufficient air conditioning in the Mozart Dining Room. It would have been much more pleasant had it been a few degrees cooler, and with some better air circulation. It was very very hot dressed up in a tuxedo. Giovanni's was superb. It was our 16th wedding anniversary, and even though we had the ultimate drink package I ordered a very nice bottle of Champagne (Perrier-Jouet) and our meal was divine. Our server was Narcisso and he was the best. 5 stars to him, the food and the atmosphere that night. Entertainment: We did see a few shows as mentioned earlier. And we spent a few nights at Schooner's Bar, when they had a piano player who had a pretty bad voice at times. Even he said he did not know why he was hired, and I agreed with that. But he also was comical, and would get people to come up and sing and participate in the songs. We sang so many songs, that we ended up having a ball. It ended up being a great place to spend a few hours each night. Drinks: (5 stars) We had taken the ultimate drink package, so there was nothing for us to worry about each day. just order a drink, and ask for some premium alcohol, which we always got, and in generous portions too. The drinks were great, the service was great. Photographers: (5 stars) Given we got a $200 credit for on-board spending, the wife and I took the full photo package (photos and CD)­. Wow, the photos were amazing, and we had over 75 pics taken during the cruise. They don't just take one photo of you when you meet them, they take 5-6 at a time, in different poses. We even had some laying on the ground on Deck 3 at the photo studio. I had brought along two tuxedos (one black, one white) and another suit, and the wife was beautiful in her dresses. This was the best move we did (along with beverage package) of the cruise. Disembarkation: (5 stars) For us on our last two cruises this portion of the cruise was a real nightmare. We had originally been scheduled to disembark at 8h00 but since we were staying an extra night in San Juan, I asked to have it changed to 11h00. Customer Services was very easy, and it was changed in a matter of seconds. When we arrived at our meeting place (Studio B on Deck 3) at a few minutes to 11 we were told there was a 45-50 minute delay. No issues, we'll just grab a coffee and get a seat. Well we never had time to finish our coffee, we were called to leave, and at about 11h25 we were sitting in a taxi cab with our luggage on our way to our hotel. We actually disembarked earlier than was scheduled. Summary: I was very hesitant to take this cruise. Some of the other reviewers did not always have great comments on the overall ship and service. But for us this was definitely the best cruise we took so far (yeah, I know we only took 3). The cruise is what you make of it, and we always bear in mind that we are on vacation... so why run when you can walk and enjoy the scenery. We loved this cruise, and would definitely do another one with Royal Caribbean. We cannot compare it to the new, bigger ships however. But when I look at our 3 cruises... I can say each had it's better things than the other, but overall they were all great. We loved everything we did (and did not do)... so for us 5 stars for the cruise. We loved it so much, we are now looking for another cruise to take. We have some friends who said they would like us to go with them, as the idea of cruising makes them nervous. So who knows, maybe this fall or next winter. Next winter for sure, if not sooner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Stateroom- I loved my room, very clean and for being a ship it was very comftarble. Our stateroom assistant name Froilan gave us an excelent service!!!!!! There was not a day that he dint say hello , if he couldnt clean our room he would ... Read More
Stateroom- I loved my room, very clean and for being a ship it was very comftarble. Our stateroom assistant name Froilan gave us an excelent service!!!!!! There was not a day that he dint say hello , if he couldnt clean our room he would come in panic attack!!!! He did a great job Dinning- i have too recognized Ibrahim and Leon they were our dinning assistants there service was like treating a family, i could say the best experience i ever had and royal caribbean!!!! And the foooood was wonderful, lobster, lamb, shrimp, chicken....mmmm just all you can eat!!!! Public rooms- public bathroomss were more clean that the Rits Carton Hotel main bathroom Pool- i love the pool area, clean and loved the jacuzzi area there were enough for everyone, not crowded Entertainment-well i think that for this cruise the entertainment could do better.....the disco open at midnight , at the bars there were the same singers every night.....casino there were no lucky machines just eat your cash, pool was too cold to get in at night, basketball or sport at night you cant play because of the wind, game room (arcade) to expensive for any machine you have to pay 1.50 up....the shows :/ just liked 1 of 3 Drinks- for a cruise i think the prices of the drinks were good!!! A big frozen margarita for $7.50 mean while in on the border i pay $9.99 for same size...so pricing was good!!! They have drink package but alchol is not included Excursions- i did my excursions with royal caribbean we had a great time we snorkel, swim with turtles, we went to the beach, do shopping etc...but is reallllly expensive but more safe.....is like $40 -$70-$100 per person... It depends in the tip of excursion boarding- getting out of the cruise was a dissaster!!!!!!!!! Completly disorganized, i think that royal caribbean should orinted more there cruise members so they could oriented correctly us.....wow i think from 1 to 10 i give a 0 on this......i waited from 8am to 11a to get out of the ship....this was horrible so be preperad.....to get in the ship is more relaxing and very quick. My. English is not the best but hope this works :)   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Boarding: we got to the pier around noon, dropped our luggage and went to priority line, which was not too long. We were with friends and in the shade so we talked and time passed quickly even though we were all looking forward to board ... Read More
Boarding: we got to the pier around noon, dropped our luggage and went to priority line, which was not too long. We were with friends and in the shade so we talked and time passed quickly even though we were all looking forward to board the ship. Doors opened at 1:00 p.m. Once the doors opened it went rather quickly, we were on board by 1:25. All in all, better than I expected considering the horror stories of last few weeks. Stateroom:: we were able to go to our cabins at 1:30.We had GS 1324, which i consider the best GS on the ship for its location. Our attendant was great, he kept place clean and provided me with anything I requested with a smile. Cruise director: what a nice surprise....Richard Spacey as the cruise director. We had him on Oasis back in August and I consider him the most entertaining cruise director. Portofinos: before we boarded, they decided to switch the mystery dinner to the night we had picked....Our group was not happy with that. Thank God for Dina for fixing this for us and getting us the night we picked as the second best option. Place was packed, service was slow, but with a large table, we were 10, it is to be expected....but a tad too slow.... The only thing i do not like on that ship is the fact that there is only 1 specialty restaurant. Diamond lounge: exceptional service in the lounge every night and the place was packed. Concierge: Dina was great. She was able to get us the bridge tour. I wanted my husband to see that. Excursions: we did not book any with the ship this time. Dining: they had mixed up our linked reservations but did fix it, so everything worked out fine. Our waiters, were not that great this time around and not memorable, i cannot remember their name. The only one i remember is Igor from the first night and we could not keep him, since they switched us table. he dropped in to say Hi for the rest of the week since he was the table just on the other side of the wall. Quest: well with Richard Spacey there and the participants....I must say i laughed a lot....never dull these nights! 70s night: I dress up and always have fun!!!! Miami style deck party: our group had blast there until 2 am!!!!!! Cafe Promenade: best place for pizza after dancing at Jesters!!! There was only 1 night, they did not have any around 2:30..What???? Condition of the ship: mini- golf....come on, its been a while, get on with it and fix it.....rest, is fine, yes some carpets in some areas are starting to show a bit of wear and tear, but nothing so bad that I really stop and stare. Getting off the ship: we left at 10:30 and it went quite fast....airport was another story. The line to get to the US Airways counter was half a mile long!!!!! For us it was a cruise with friends..we had a blast and the week went way too fast!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
This was my third cruise - my first time on Royal Caribbean and my first in and out of San Juan. My boyfriend and I went together - we're mid 30s professionals from San Francisco. The first and last day of the cruise were the ... Read More
This was my third cruise - my first time on Royal Caribbean and my first in and out of San Juan. My boyfriend and I went together - we're mid 30s professionals from San Francisco. The first and last day of the cruise were the nicest weather-wise. All days in between were rainy and overcast. We skirted a tropical storm, had one port cancelled and spent an extra day at sea. The day at sea would have been nice if the sun was shining, but it was cloudy and rainy. Twice we went through serious thunder and lightening storms and once a communication tower was stuck by lightning. GREAT! However, this is a cruise ship review so I'm pleased to say I loved the ship! Adventure of the Seas is bright, colorful and beautiful. The ship is full of different types of art everywhere. The promenade was truly impressive - nothing like that on Princess! Entertainment: The activities were non-stop and attracted a lot of people. From afternoon movie trivia, to acoustic guitar, to a 70s dance party in the street, there was always something going on. This is typically the case for cruise ships but to our surprise almost all activities were well attended by enthusiastic, happy participants. People played, danced, drank and just had fun from day 1 to day 7! Most ship activities seemed to take place from 5pm to midnight, after people returned from port. Photo-takers were plentiful and they produced good photos for reasonable prices. The shows were great too! We enjoyed all the shows to varying degree even though we would never see something like the Temptations tribute or the male singers at home. The ice show was excellent. The dancing was great, the costumes and sets were well done. We enjoyed our cruise director Chris Northey and came to feel like we knew him over the week. He mostly appeared before and after the shows but was silly and entertaining. He excelled in his role as host during the Love and Marriage show and Quest. Nighttime music and dancing: Unlike some Princess cruises, we - nightlife lovers - were never disappointed by the variety and abundance of late night music. We enjoyed very authentic salsa music in the Blue Moon two nights and danced at Jester's other nights. The casino was hopping most nights, karaoke was popular in the Imperial Lounge, and much more. In short - we were very pleased with the lively entertainment and enthusiastic attendance on this ship. We did not feel old!! Food: Dinner: We tried the second seating dinning for the first time and were pleased that RCI placed us with other couples around our age. Our table was assigned 5 couples, most of whom came every night. We had a lot of fun, and a lot of wine, and it was great to look forward to catching up with everyone after a day on our own. Even though we were from different parts of the countries and political views, conversations never got out of hand. There was always a consensus of fun and respect. Of course, we were often commiserating about the bad weather and complaining about cancelled excursions. We bought a five bottle wine package which made choosing bottles simpler. I recommend this just to make your cruise a bit more special. After the first night our "customer-first" waiter got a handle on all our demands and eccentricities and provided great service. The food varied, I must say. As a result our whole table typically ordered two or more appetizers or entries each. If you like an entrEe - for example the lobster - order a second when you're ready. It will come much quicker and is usually fresher or hotter than the first one. Since many portions are small we didn't waste food when we ordered multiple dishes. Some food was disappointing but it was never inedible. Seafood was always good, especially the catch of the day and the salmon. Lunch in the main dining was available on the two sea days and was worth it. They have a special salad station that was great. Windjammer food was boring and blah. Since I don't eat meat, only seafood and vegetarians options, I didn't have many choices. The pasta was overcooked or greasy. People said the hamburgers were soggy. Anyway, we didn't expect much from here. Room: We had an inside stateroom on Deck 7. Yes, towel animals. Yes, enough space. Minimal ship movement. We liked the interactive tv where you can view your bill. Did not like all those mirrors at every single angle - but that's just me! Embarkation/Disembarkation: We avoided a HUGE line to get on by simply carrying on our two pieces of luggage each. We rolled our bags straight to our cabin around 3pm so it was a cinch. After the cruise we were in no hurry to leave since we had 2 more nights in San Juan so we had breakfast, packed, got our of our room around 9:30 and strolled right off the boat at 10:15 without any labels/tags, leaving bags in the hall, waiting areas or anything. If you pack (relatively) light, just DIY! Ports: Barbados: walked around town, got caught in the rain, hailed a taxi to a beach, went straight from the taxi to underneath a lifeguard station because it was pouring. Watched from there as the beautiful turquoise waters turned brown due to the swells and sand that was churned up. He stood under the station while I went swimming. I stood under the station while he went swimming. We went back to the boat and it was still pouring. AH, THE CARIBBEAN! St. Lucia. It rained less, we did a 3 hour drive plus a local "historical living" experience where we sample fruit and stayed on Rodney Bay beach for a couple of hours while dark clouds passed over us but never split. Antigua was cancelled so this was a sea day. St. Maartin. It rained twice while we were on the island, both time we happened to be safe in a minibus in between Phillipsburg and Marigot. $2 each way. Not much to do in Phillipsburg unless you want to buy diamonds or watches or drink beer by the beach. In Marigot we were amused by the infusion of French shops, banks, food and language, but were dismayed by the high prices in Euros. St. Croix. It didn't rain but was overcast with threatening clouds the entire day. Nevertheless we paid $25 for a roundtrip to Cane Bay complete with beach chair and snorkeling equipment. We snorkeled - good snorkeling - and relaxed, had a beer. The only thing lacking was the sun. One complaint: Since it was rainy most days I would have liked to sleep in but there wasn't anyway of knowing what the weather would be (inside cabin). The ship camera on the bow/tv didn't show rain, just whether it was sunny or not. A weather predication/report would be a nice feature on the tv... Of course, most people will probably have SUNNY x 7, it was just our bad luck. In short - great ship, lots of fun night activities for our age group and young adults! Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
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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