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

Review is from a Diamond Plus Member, staying in a Junior Suite and did not eat in the main Dining Room – used Windjammer, Promenade Café and Room Service. Tip: If you are going to book a Junior Suite – must consider 1102 or 1104 ... Read More
Review is from a Diamond Plus Member, staying in a Junior Suite and did not eat in the main Dining Room – used Windjammer, Promenade Café and Room Service. Tip: If you are going to book a Junior Suite – must consider 1102 or 1104 – as are all new cabins after January dry dock placed on the 11th floor (right next to fitness center) and only 6 cabins in area so completely quiet and larger than normal junior suite accommodations. Room 1106 is not quiet when sitting out on balcony as right next to it is a public area where lots of folks sit and talk in the evenings. Above these rooms are the new (12th Floor cabins w/floor to ceiling windows) and nothing is below these cabins – so very, very quiet. We will always look for these rooms on future cruises. Cruise & Ports – The right balance of cruise days and ports (this was last cruise of the season before repositioning for summer season) with only one other ship in the ports with us. We did not do any excursions as we had been to these ports many times before. Diamond Plus Benefits – no longer can you use the Suite Lounge; only Suite Guests and Pinnacles so makes it much more crowded in the Diamond Lounge; the lounge was OK and the service was at best average as one had to get up and go over to the table to get a drink as waiting on tables seemed to disappear as the cruise went on. We finally began going out to the lounge bar for better drinks and service. This was the most challenged service I’ve encountered on a Diamond Lounge. Drinks in the bars were excellent and the service was top-notch and fun. Food – believe the focus of the cruise line has turned into a “short-order” cook mentality, vice an executive chef and staff – and again was the poorest (being kind here) quality of food I’ve experienced on RCCL. When a staff can mess up Oatmeal you know something is wrong with the food equation…..I will say that we did order room service and the quality of the meal was very good. Our friends who ate in the dining room every night echoed our concerns that RCCL is cutting corners in the quality of the food served across the entire ship. The only Oasis of Quality was the days at sea where we could have lunch (make your own salad) and kraken back to the days of service and overall quality. If only for a brief second…. Cabin – again a fantastic room thanks to RCCL removing space (gym is smaller) to create more revenue generating space by adding cabins. Our cabin steward was new so service was somewhat lacking in delivery (example: put a gift for us in the wrong cabin – and the people staying there sought us out to return it to us) and follow-thru. Wifi – fast and times it had trouble connection, but overall not bad. Hot Tubs in the morning were empty on port days so best time to enjoy and then depart ships after masses have left for events. Overall we enjoyed the cabin and cruise – frequented the casino which was packed every night – but saw 1st hand the declining service model RCCL has adopted for all cruisers and is now affecting the Diamond & Diamond Plus cruisers. Sad really as RCCL is so much better than this if it chooses to do so – but driving up revenue while cutting costs is their motto I’m afraid. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We booked a two weeks cruise. The first week was OK, but the second week was a hugh disappointment as the exactly same menus had been offered as during the previous week, as well as the shows in the Lyric theatre, also many activities such ... Read More
We booked a two weeks cruise. The first week was OK, but the second week was a hugh disappointment as the exactly same menus had been offered as during the previous week, as well as the shows in the Lyric theatre, also many activities such as 'sexiest man alive' etc. The food in the main restaurant was just OK as long as you did stick to 'American way cooking'. Whenever you choose a French or Italian dish, you had been completely disappointed. -- Our two waiters Nitesh and Saheb had been extraordinarily kind, efficient and nice. Stateroom was comfortable with a pleasantly large shower (larger than many other ships), however there were no amenities at all (such as q-tips, ouatte, slippers, body lotion, shower cap etc). We also missed a kettle and the minibar was empty. You could only order 'packages' for the minibar. The balcony was quite spacious with two really comfortable chairs and a coffee table. The Adventure of the Seas shows its age but is well maintained and all outlets, WC etc are clean and nicely designed. Activities are typically 'American way' : terribly loud, with lots of shouting of the cruise directors and the guests had to shout back. For an European a real no go but obviousely the many Hispanic guests on the ship did like it. During the 'sea days' we tried the water slides, mini golf, table tennis, hot tubs what had been fun. Excursions through the Ship were completely overpriced - booking through viator.com was much cheaper and much more pleasant as there had been small groups only (minibuses) and not waiting on the pier for 30 minutes in the hot sun until departure of the tours. Shops on the ship did not invite an European for shopping: cheap stuff, but highly priced, nothing interesting, of fashion etc. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
It was going to be my 1rst time on a cruise. To celebrate my husband birthday also honey moon. I choose royal because of the elegance. as I arrived everything was so organice and scheduled facinated since the moment we aborted. Verry ... Read More
It was going to be my 1rst time on a cruise. To celebrate my husband birthday also honey moon. I choose royal because of the elegance. as I arrived everything was so organice and scheduled facinated since the moment we aborted. Verry organice, the employees the best knowledge of information of what they needed to do. With all the inf they provided it was enough for us not to fet lost.Im verry satisfied and impressed of what a cruise can offers. We got .to celebrate his birthday with all the high expectation at Giovanni's table. And the romance and luxury with all the decorations a honeymoon should look like. We did some of the last minute excursions and in the customer services help us to organize the best one in our affordable prices . About owr cabin ,was expectacular on deck seven with a inside view. Big romantic window. Enjoyable Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This ships staff is markedly better than normal at being committed to serving the customer. When customer preference issues arose the ships staff and supervisors worked quickly to satisfy the request. Security seized our surge protector ... Read More
This ships staff is markedly better than normal at being committed to serving the customer. When customer preference issues arose the ships staff and supervisors worked quickly to satisfy the request. Security seized our surge protector with no warning. We are diamond level and have taken many cruises with RC and this never was a problem. However, we were provided a loaner power strip(with no surge protection) for our voyage. No lines on the ship! Embarkation and disembarking were simple, efficient, and well communicated. Coffee machine was always broken in the Diamond Club, but coffee was arranged on deck 5 through special arrangement with Starbucks. The menus were okay, but if you’ve cruised as long as we have you can really tell the decline in the sofistication of the meals and the “refined” level of service. The DAILY taco station was a welcome Suprise; however the placement of the ingredients needs retooling. You can tell that a non-taco eater designed the assembly station for tacos. The shells were served stale, the meat was at the end of the line instead of at the beginning. This required guests to get in line to get started with a shell, skip all ingredients until the end of the line, then re-enter the line to put the lettuce, tomato, cheese and other ingredients in the taco in proper order. Once we brought the stale chips to the attention of upper management they fired up an oven to heat the stale taco shells to restore crispy ness to them. However, unless you asked for this service you wouldn’t know it was available as it wasn’t advertised. If your a lover Of romaine lettuce You are OUT OF LUCK on this ship! None on the entire cruise!!!! Breakfast and lunch in the main dining room needs a complete overhaul. The menu is sparse, food is substandard and served cold! 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
This was my fifth cruise on Adventure of the Seas and first time after upgrade of the ship. The new Suite Lounge is now on the 14th Deck and without a doubt the best Suite Lounge in the fleet, as the new Lounge was just relocated and ... Read More
This was my fifth cruise on Adventure of the Seas and first time after upgrade of the ship. The new Suite Lounge is now on the 14th Deck and without a doubt the best Suite Lounge in the fleet, as the new Lounge was just relocated and completed 8 weeks ago. Ship appears to be very new since the upgrade and new color scheme stands out from stem to stearin. Great crew throughout and well mix of people on the cruise . Grand Suites and gold card service is the only way to go, you may pay more but the benefits and preferred lines are well worth the expense. Absolutely no waiting for anything , no lines and no hassles. The services as a gold card holder are VIP from start of the cruise to the finish as you leave the terminal. Already booked again for next year, can’t wait. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Wow, the phrase: "You Have Got to be Kidding" came out a lot. This was our first RC cruise and didn't know what to expect. For starters, the RC website was cumbersome to use, having to log in multiple times on one ... Read More
Wow, the phrase: "You Have Got to be Kidding" came out a lot. This was our first RC cruise and didn't know what to expect. For starters, the RC website was cumbersome to use, having to log in multiple times on one session was annoying. I uploaded id photos a number of times and looks like they finally were accepted, only to have our pictures taken again at check-in. We really liked the touch-screen maps on the ship, they were helpful. I wish they had rolled out the app for all of their ships, it's a great feature on the Carnival ships. The major disappointment was the food we received in the dining room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our dinner table mates, who have taken RC before, also mentioned the food was bland and not up to their usual standards. Breakfast on the first sea day, the buffet/a-la-carte was new to us and we did the a-la-carte. the server gave my wife a hard time, because she ordered things that could be obtained from the buffet, why have a menu? We're on a nice cruise and didn't want to deal with a server giving us attitude, we can get that at home. She was giving others a hard time too. The first three dinners the food was BLAND at best (color, taste, texture), we expected to be blown away by the food. A highlight was the Cafe Promenade, it was quick and everything but the pizza was good. Though we only ate lunch in the dining room once, it was equally sad. It wasn't until the fourth night that we actually got a good meal, we got in late due to recuperating from a shore excursion, so we did the my time dining and got a great serving team. Karl helped us order off menu and we got the Indian vegetarian meal that the crew gets. It was the bomb and ordered the Indian vegetarian the rest of the trip (definitely not bland). The fitness center was great, one downside was if you showed up at 6:00 am, you couldn't get a locker until 7:30. Also, there wasn't any water to take to-go. Had to go, all sweaty, to the Cafe Promenade on deck 5 to get a glass of water. Also enjoyed the skating show and the piano bar. We were very pleased about the clientele, especially since it was spring break. we appreciated the way the ship manages children's entertainment, it was much better than expected. The food and food service really put us off, there was A LOT to like about the ship, but the dining room experience was a huge disappointment. 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
Sailed on the Adventure of the Seas, out of San Juan. Checking in at San Juan was easy, even though there were a lot of people there and in line, we (my wife & I) were through it all and on the ship in 15-20 minutes. We had a ... Read More
Sailed on the Adventure of the Seas, out of San Juan. Checking in at San Juan was easy, even though there were a lot of people there and in line, we (my wife & I) were through it all and on the ship in 15-20 minutes. We had a balcony room. Room was clean, on 7th deck. Bathroom wasn't real big, but enough room and everything was clean and worked fine. We had our bed set up as a king bed, also had a sofa in our room. Closet, desk, with TV and fridge, plenty of room for the 2 of us. We were mid-ship, 7th floor was quiet, not too far from anything. The dining room for us was on 4th floor, the Windjammer buffet dining room was on deck 11, and Royal Prominaide was on deck 5. We walked the Prominaide every day/evening, and often stopped at the cafe/starbucks to get drinks or a snack, was included with our beverage package. Even ate a light breakfast there one morning, but they didn't have much out for breakfast. They almost always had small sandwiches and pizza by the slice. Was my first cruise, 2nd for my wife (went with her Mom a few years earlier). We had a great time, food was excellent, we never paid extra for any of the meals, the main dining every night was great. We had our own table, often ordered several appetizers and desserts. Service was excellent. We had a non alcoholic drink package, called the refreshment package. We ordered non alcoholic pina coladas, mudslides, and other drinks. Bar tenders were good about helping us pick drinks. At times the bars on the ship were busy, not too bad, and you could sit out by the pools and get wait service when you wanted too. We did an excursion at every port. I would recommend doing your excursion early in the day, then return to the ship, clean up, eat, change etc, then do something else in the afternoon like shop or go to beach in the afternoon. St Thomas & St Kitts are kind of similar Islands, mountainous. We did a sightseeing tour on St Thomas. Went way up to the highest point. Was a nice view, and made a couple stops where we could get souvenirs or drinks. Great views, since we did a morning trip, left us time to shop downtown in the afternoon. For us, we ended the tour at the downtown area, then did some shopping. We got a taxi ride back to the port area for $4 per person, was easy to find a ride. At St Kitts we did the kayak and snorkeling tour. Was well run, traveled to the far side of the island, and kayaked with the current, down the beach. Wasn't too windy or rough, so it was nice. They served us a few pieces of fruit and some water after we finished, before the bus took us back to the port. Shopping was walking distance from the port, the vendors have all mostly the same stuff, and are a little over eager to get you to look at their stuff. Day 3 We had a fun day at sea, the belly flop competition is a must see, pretty funny. I have to mention that our cruise director, Mercedes, was awesome and always entertaining. Day 4 - Curacao is a very nice island and port, free wifi was available. The beautiful town is walking distance to the port. They have a good economy, so the merchants weren't always after you like other islands. We did an aqua boat tour and snorkeling there. It was ok, but it is always very windy in Curacao. The mini boats worked ok, the tour could have been a little more organized, and the seas were pretty rough. I was glad we weren't in a kayak like some of the others, but wished we were on Jet skis. The snorkeling was crowded, but was in a good area with plenty to see. Aruba is a small, dry island with great beaches. We did the best of Aruba tour, so we saw most of the famous spots on the island. We had a nice air conditioned tour bus, with Juan Jacobs as our driver. He was very good. We did the aloe factory tour as part of it, not a lot to see but informative. Chance to buy aloe products at their store after the tour. Once we got back to the port, we changed on the ship, and then walked to the bus stop to take a bus to the beaches. Took a little asking to get on the correct bus, but was only $5.20 for both of us to take the bus. We got off at Eagle beach. If I would do it again, I would have stayed on and gone farther away from the port, more toward the California lighthouse. The beaches are similar, but better snorkeling farther down the beach. We could have taken a bus back to the port (9:30pm on board time), but we opted to walk back along the beach. Some of it had a boardwalk, and the sun was setting, so it was really pretty. It's a couple miles, so packing light was important. We like to walk, could easily take the bus at any point, there are a lot of places it stops. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports on the itinerary. Not disappointed in any of them. There were more than enough excursion options available at each port and the ones we participated in exceeded our expectations. Very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports on the itinerary. Not disappointed in any of them. There were more than enough excursion options available at each port and the ones we participated in exceeded our expectations. Very happy with our experience at each port. Our suite was clean and comfortable (stateroom attendant was exceptional!). Dining room service was friendly and professional making each dining experience superb. Windjammer was extremely busy during the hours it was open..........so MANY food options. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in the quantity of food and the variety. If you left the Windjammer hungry, it was your fault! Staff throughout the ship was friendly and very accommodating. We also cruised last year on the Adventure of the Sea, and will cruise this ship again if ports continue to entice us. We have also cruised on Freedom of the Seas and have rave reviews about that ship and the service provided. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the islands. The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship. The entertainment was enjoyable and the ice show is one you should not miss . We had the privilege to visit St Marrten, St ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the islands. The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship. The entertainment was enjoyable and the ice show is one you should not miss . We had the privilege to visit St Marrten, St Kitts, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbados. All of these islands were beautiful and they were happy that we came to visit. The food in the dining room was good and so was the Windjammer. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurant. There was always something to do. The embarkation was less than 10 minutes to get on the ship also the disembarkation was just as quick. If you don’t want to stand in the lineup to go through security I would suggest getting a porter to go straight through and avoid the line ups. It took us less than 15 minutes. Overall we had a great vacation with Royal Caribbean International. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My husband and I are both 50-something and experienced cruisers. We love the southern Caribbean because we prefer the port-intensive itineraries and variety of culture and topography represented. We tend to prefer the Radiance Class ships, ... Read More
My husband and I are both 50-something and experienced cruisers. We love the southern Caribbean because we prefer the port-intensive itineraries and variety of culture and topography represented. We tend to prefer the Radiance Class ships, so this was a bit of a departure for us. Our sailing was the first 7-day cruise following the January dry dock. The maiden voyage post-dry dock was a five day repositioning cruise. Our itinerary included St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Sea Day, Curacao, Aruba, Sea Day. We booked the cruise nearly two years in advance and watched the hurricane recovery efforts closely in order to determine whether or not we needed to change our vacation, but ultimately decided to proceed as planned. This was my second cruise on Adventure of the Seas, the first being in 2008. Although we prefer the Radiance Class ships for the outdoor dining at the Windjammer, the abundance of glass and the more intimate event venues, we really enjoyed the Royal Promenade, particularly the Duck and Dog. We took advantage of the water slides and enjoyed being spectators at the FlowRider. (Neither of those features existed on the Adventure in 2008.) Service on the ship was excellent. We had trouble with our A/C upon boarding, but it was fixed immediately. The new carpets were nice and we liked the new furniture in the MDR. The washing stations at the Windjammer were a GREAT idea. Oh...and the Vidalia Onion Tart is back on the menu in the MDR! Casey Pelter was a great cruise director, who was also the CD on a Voyager cruise I took five or six years ago. Casey left the ship after our cruise to pursue another opportunity. The captain of the ship, Captain Thomas from Puerto Rico, was unusually young for a captain. He was high energy and really connected with the passengers. We arrived in San Juan around 5PM the day before embarkation. The bed and breakfast we'd booked, Tres Palmas Inn, was operational shortly after the storms. It was a great location near Condado, located in a residential area just across the street from the sea wall. A wide, usable beach was about a quarter mile up the street, across from a lovely park. The facility is older, with rambling buildings offering a wide variety of accommodations. The best part is the outdoor space, with numerous courtyards offering places to enjoy the outdoors on couches, hammocks, etc. Accommodations are pretty basic and the breakfast was a little disappointing, but it was a good value for the area and we’d absolutely stay there again. We boarded the ship on Saturday at around noon. We checked our luggage and carry-on roller bag so we’d have only our backpacks to carry while waiting for the cabins to open. Unfortunately, I neglected to move a bathing suit from my carry-on bag to my backpack. I highly recommend insuring access to a suit on embarkation day. The FlowRider and the Perfect Storm were open and had NO LINES on that day. My husband, who had a bathing suit in his backpack, took several trips down the water slides. Folks using the FlowRider that day got lots of personal instruction. We did MyTime Dining with reservations. Our waiter the first night recommended that we ask to be seated at the same table each night. Since we liked the location near a window, we did just that. It was nice not to have to stop at the host station each night. We just walked right to OUR table. Our first port of call was St. Thomas. We'd been excited to read reviews of Royal Caribbean's "St. John on Your Own" excursion, which provided transportation between St. John and St. Thomas, allowing guests to spend four hours exploring St. John on their own. It eliminated some of the stress and uncertainty of doing the same thing using the Red Hook ferry. Alas, I learned from the immensely helpful folks on these boards that RCL had altered the excursion so it allowed guests only TWO hours on the island of St. John. That's not enough time to do anything!! We cancelled the excursion. We found another couple (Hi there, Diana and Bob!) via the message boards who felt the same about the shortened excursion and we took a cab together to the ferry. It all went as planned, no issues, and we had four hours on St. John to explore. Damage was clearly evident on St. John. We bypassed Trunk Bay and took a taxi to see the Annaberg ruins. Much of the ruins had been roped off as unsafe following the storm damage, which was a little disappointing. But the views from the former sugar mill were as amazing as ever. After Annaberg, we walked just down the road to the entrance to the Leinster Bay Trail. The sign was missing due to the storms, but we located it and made our way down the trail. It was an easy hike, with a few side-steps to avoid beached ships along the way. We did some snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay. Not the best snorkeling of the trip, but worth the easy hike. On St. John, you can find yourself on a beach with few other people, which we really like. No crowds. No noise. Just nature. Our second day was in St. Kitts. We toured with Javin's My Island Tours. I HIGHLY recommend this tour! He does a somewhat traditional island tour (no visit to the fort or the batik factory), but with a twist. He brings along a pet monkey for the tour, which is an adorable added feature. Peaches took the day off on our tour day and we toured with the younger (just three months old) Cream! The tour includes a visit to Spooner's Cotton Ginnery, a historic site currently under renovation, which was the stomping grounds of our tour guide in his youth. We hiked the rain forest, also an area frequented by Javin since childhood. He referred to the area as his "back yard." It was gorgeous! An easy hike regardless of your age/physical condition. We then visited the Black Rocks, where Javin tossed down a knotted rope for us to climb down to the sea level. Not mandatory and some folks didn't partake, but remarkably simple, even at our age. You really should try it. Amazing! We enjoyed a great lunch (Javin refers to this as a "snack" on his website, but it's LUNCH!) Then, we were on to our snorkeling location, including a sunken ship. The snorkeling was better than expected on an island not really known for its diving sites. Again, some guests chose to sit out, but it's worthwhile to participate. We drove over Timothy Hill (OMG...the view!!) to Cockleshell Beach. My husband and I agreed that, while we LOVED aspects of all the islands we visited, St. Kitts was our favorite port. Our next day was at sea. We attended one of the two ice show performances scheduled for that day. It's amazing how the skaters can perform such complex moves on such a small rink. We also enjoyed the Belly Flop contest at the pool. Zumba was offered by the pool on both sea days. That was to recorded popular music, however there was typically live music by the pool, which was awesome! We played mini-golf and tried our hand at ping pong on a windy day. Quite the challenge! A few random notes about life on Adventure: - The staff on board was not diligent about enforcing the rules prohibiting the saving of chairs. It was extremely difficult to find loungers, particularly in the solarium pool area. - This is the first time I’ve cruised on a ship with a big screen on the pool deck. t was less intrusive than I imagined. During the day, they showed something akin to funny home videos, broadcast without any sound. It was distracting only because it was THERE, but not as invasive as I'd thought it might be. - If you like dark chocolate, you HAVE to try the Royal Chocolate Cake. I'm not a huge cake eater, but WOW...it's amazing! - If you like curry, enjoy the Indian Scrambled Eggs in the Windjammer. Delicious! - Contrary to reports on this site, Johnny Rockets was still $6.95 per person before gratuity. - There were two formal nights on our cruise, the first full day (not counting embarkation) and the fourth day. Lobster was offered at the second formal dinner. Our next port of call was Curacao. We had booked the West End Tour with Irie Tours, in order to explore the more remote and natural side of the island. About a week prior, I received an email indicating that we were the only ones registered for that tour and it was therefore being cancelled. Disappointing, but at least they let us know far enough in advance to make other plans. We opted for what had originally been our second choice, the Tugboat and Reef Snorkel tour with Curacao Actief. The excursion included two snorkel stops, one at Tugboat Beach and one at another beach nearby. Both sites were an easy swim from shore and offered amazing coral and an abundance of aquatic creatures. My research had indicated that Curacao was likely the best snorkeling port on our itinerary, but we were still amazed at just how good it was. Our guide, Berenice, indicated Tugboat Beach was the most crowded she'd EVER seen it. Fins in the face can be a little frustrating, but it was still a GREAT experience. The second stop was perhaps even more incredible than the tugboat! After the second snorkeling stop, we were supposed to go to Fort Beekenberg, which is located between the two beaches. We had some people with mobility issues on our tour, and the fort involves a lot of steps. The itinerary was changed on the fly and we visited the liquor factory where we could participate in a free tasting and/or tour. We did stop at another fort, but it had been converted to a mall or restaurant or some such, so we didn't go inside. Not sure that stop was really worthwhile. The following day, we were in Aruba. We had booked with ABC tours and were supposed to meet our tour right at 8:00AM. We didn't as the ship was delayed in being cleared. However, they were well aware that our ship was late and, of course, they waited. Lucky for us because, of the six people on our tour, ALL the others were visitors staying on the island, making US the reason for the slight delay. We chose this tour because it visited the most natural and remote parts of the island. Our guide, Ludwig, was terrific. I didn't have a high opinion of Aruba after my last visit, thinking it was just like any other island featuring beach resorts. Having seen the natural side of the island, I have an entirely new appreciation. We had more rain on Aruba than on any other island and we were touring in an open air vehicle. Yes, we got wet! But luckily, the rain mostly came while driving and stopped when we reached our various destinations. It was a great day and I would recommend this excursion to anyone who wants to see the sort of natural beauty you can only visit in a jeep or ATV. The seas were too rough for us to swim in the Natural Pool, so we had to admire it from afar. The scenery and terrain on Aruba is incredible. And for those who feel like no day on a Caribbean island is complete without a visit to a fabulous beach resort, we ended our day on Baby Beach. We drank pina coladas at "Big Mama's Bar," a Flintstone theme beach bar where the decor mimicked the iconic Flintstone cartoon and the staff dressed in animal print to further the theme. We were in Aruba until 11PM. The MDR was nearly empty that night. For our final sea day, we ice skated and enjoyed the water slides. It was very windy, so we found space (it wasn’t easy!) in the solarium pool, which was more guarded from the wind. We also, regretfully, packed our suitcases. Our flight didn’t depart San Juan until 3:15, so we were in no hurry to disembark. Passengers were required to vacate their cabins by 8AM. Breakfast waw served in the Windjammer until 9AM. Our waiting area was in the MDR, where there was coffee, pastries and fruit available. Customs was extremely quick. We grabbed a taxi for Old San Juan, leaving our luggage in the secure room at the Barrachina Restaurant. (They hold your luggage for a tip of your choosing.) We enjoyed our day in Old San Juan, had lunch at Barrachina (very good, a bit pricey) and headed to the airport around 1:30. A final bit of advice – be at the airport two hours ahead of your flight. You will need that much time. SJU is disorganized and slow! Avoid the stress and give yourself MORE time than you think you will need. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise to enjoy New Year’s in the Caribbean. The staff, level of service, value for money were high points. Quality, taste of food in Main Dining room needs improvement. Too many bland dishes, Little creativity in food ... Read More
We chose this cruise to enjoy New Year’s in the Caribbean. The staff, level of service, value for money were high points. Quality, taste of food in Main Dining room needs improvement. Too many bland dishes, Little creativity in food variety. The main stage entertainment nights that featured the ships singers and dancers as a group were more like Vegas Lounge shows. The two female lead singers had great voices and did not need dancers. The two male lead singers should be replaced with younger singers and the shows themselves need updating. The Eastern Caribbean islands we stopped at especially Antigua and Barabados will bring us back to stay on each island for a few days. There was no information prior to the cruise about any theme nights, we only found out once on the ship, too late to bring any special clothes. I think we will try one of the newer RCL ships which may offer more of what is weak on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I chose this ship on a recommendation from friends and decided to take a cruise after our wedding. The ship was well taken care-of and the staff seemed exceptionally friendly for first time cruisers. Although the boat amenities ... Read More
My wife and I chose this ship on a recommendation from friends and decided to take a cruise after our wedding. The ship was well taken care-of and the staff seemed exceptionally friendly for first time cruisers. Although the boat amenities were great, the island stops remain the highlight of our cruise! St. Maarten and a few others were great and the food was exceptional everywhere, but admittedly St. Kitts was our favorite! My parents have vacationed in St. Kitts before and they recommended a local tour guide that had just set up a tour company, called Pan Dulce Tours St. Kitts. Javed, the owner/operator, was our guide and the afternoon with him was perfect. He took us to a few of the historic sites like Brimstone Hill and Caribelle Batik but included a stop at a local restaurant upon request too! Our only regret was that we had to leave at the end of the day. Javed was informative and friendly and made the memorable experience the one that it was! I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting the island, though now that his business in open and advertising you may need to reserve in advance! Overall, our cruise experience was memorable and we did enjoy cruising with Royal Caribbean. We were new to cruising and would be open to the right itinerary in the future again! It was fun waking up in different locations and the experience was new and exciting! Some of the excursions and experiences feel unique and private but my wife and I will avoid the massive ships and port calls as they feel a bit touristy and they start to look alike after a few days/stops. We are very interested in small boat cruising and will likely try that next! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We went on this cruise 2 years ago and had a wonderful magical Christmas experience. Not so this year. Very little traditional Christmas music playing, obnoxious cruise director, loud parties and events, stressed out staff members and ... Read More
We went on this cruise 2 years ago and had a wonderful magical Christmas experience. Not so this year. Very little traditional Christmas music playing, obnoxious cruise director, loud parties and events, stressed out staff members and much more. It felt like the cruise had evolved into the younger crowd party boat and very few middle to upper-age guests were fitting in, or even wanting too. We sure didn't. Several of our excursions also had the same raucous environment, including loud rap music, silly and stupid antics from excursion staff and cheap lunches and poor quality drinks for the price we paid. The ship did not have the attention to detail that we remembered 2 years ago. For an example, we loved the snow flakes falling in all the marquee signs in 2015. Also there were more elaborate decorations and all the lights working. Not on this year cruise. Overall disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Affordable alternative to travel where You have almost everything at a arms length.. The ship is large with many theme restaurants, shops, pools,outdoor theater, sun decks, entertainment theaters, a casino and a lot of quiet places to ... Read More
Affordable alternative to travel where You have almost everything at a arms length.. The ship is large with many theme restaurants, shops, pools,outdoor theater, sun decks, entertainment theaters, a casino and a lot of quiet places to relax, lie down,read,game room,library just to mention a few. The cabin was excellent, the dining alternatives, at he formal dining room and the windjammer lounge offered a variety of food for all to chose. The daily entertainment and evening activities and service is very outstanding. There was a variety of port excursions.I chose to do local tourist on foot in the proximity of the ports visited. The maps provided by the cruise line were very good. Being a local of San Juan I found the embarkation facilities in San Juan very run down, neglected and dirty, I cannot say that of the islands visited. Overall our cabin attendant Ms Milagro Thyne room 9642 and head waiter at our table 422 Mr Michael Jackson and his attendant Muhammad were efficient and professional. The disembarkation facilities are rather small in San Juan compared to the amount of passengers it has to handle, the parking is inadequate and more coordination is needed by the tourism authorities to make this pleasant. Puerto Rico has to learn from islands such as Barbados, Martinica,St Lucia that with smaller ports handled things very smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This cruise was an anniversary trip for my husband and I . This was our second cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas. Both trips we were impressed with the friendly staff, the layout of the ship, and the attention to detail throughout ... Read More
This cruise was an anniversary trip for my husband and I . This was our second cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas. Both trips we were impressed with the friendly staff, the layout of the ship, and the attention to detail throughout our cruises. The Adventure of the Seas is not the largest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet but she is elegant. Our cabin was on deck 10 for this trip, we booked a Junior Suite. The location was perfect, convenient to everything we wanted to get to. I was concerned about the proximity to the pool decks and noise but it was never a problem. The Junior Suite had plenty of room, plenty of storage and a very nice balcony. Our cabin Steward Michael was very good and everything was clean and speedy. We left for breakfast and came back to a clean room! The ship is well cared for and all areas were clean. Our previous trip we had Junior Suites on deck 9. We traveled with our adult sons on that trip and were equally impressed with the cabin size and layout. Both decks were good choices. Food onboard was good with a great variety. Service was good in all dining venues. We ate in the specialty dining Chop's Grille twice. Great food and great service. Giovanni's Table was good also, definitely worth a trip. The Main dining room is beautifully decorated with three stories and a variety of seating options. We like second seating and were well taken care of by Nigel and Putu. The Casino is good, staff friendly with a variety of table games and slots. My only negative is smoking, however they do have a nonsmoking section for table games. Wish they could do the same for slots. Entertainment on the ship was good. Each day had a variety of activities and shows. I was impressed that the ship produced it's own show featuring one of their performers. It was very good! Ports of call and shore excursions were good. Easy on and off the ship and never al lot of waiting in line. Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful ship so if you have the opportunity to travel with her do it! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We choose this cruise for the great variety of things to do, get involve, and size. Also the thought of just relaxing if we chose to do with the live entertainment. The gym was excellent first thing then not feeling guilty above enjoying ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the great variety of things to do, get involve, and size. Also the thought of just relaxing if we chose to do with the live entertainment. The gym was excellent first thing then not feeling guilty above enjoying all the different food, somtimes the choices was so much I could not decide. The variety of food times was great and the cleanliness was very impressive with choices of sitting by the window. The service by staff was great and friendly and it was nice to see their unity as a family. When you ask for help, their willingness to assist was great. The ports were exciting going somewhere to explore brand new experiences and scenery by touring the different islands and learning about their history met and exceeded all our expectations. The choice of a balcony is a must for extra space and warmt when the air inside with the aircon is welcomed. Also on return to cabin in the evenings it was a pleasant touch the diffent folding of towels Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This is our 7th Royal Caribbean cruise and our second time on this particular ship. We chose this itinerary because we love the Southern Caribbean and find that flying in and out of Puerto Rico is rather easy for us. I was initially ... Read More
This is our 7th Royal Caribbean cruise and our second time on this particular ship. We chose this itinerary because we love the Southern Caribbean and find that flying in and out of Puerto Rico is rather easy for us. I was initially worried about getting in and out of Puerto Rico after the hurricane, but it went very smoothly aside from a change in our flight time leaving much later than originally planned. We decided to purchase RC transportation about a week before our travel because we did not know if Taxi's were running etc. This was much more of a hassle than it was worth. Very disorganized trying to get to the ship, long lines with really no direction and it was confusing about who was doing what. Our luggage did not travel with us, it was placed on a separate truck to be delivered to the ship. As we departed on the bus our luggage appeared to be sitting there with all the rest of the bags that belonged to folks on our bus, but no one seemed to be with them. I could be mistaken but it was a little unnerving. Our luggage did get to our cabin by the promised time so in the end there were no issues. Leaving the ship was also quite chaotic. Long lines at customs, we finally decided to grab a porter that brought us to a separate line, we tipped him ten bucks and it saved us at least 2 hours standing there. Again we got on a bus to take us to the airport, and our luggage went in a separate truck. We waited at the airport in another long line with no real direction. We all lined up along the sidewalk, while the luggage trucks pulled up and the employees lined up the luggage and then you were able to approach the area in a type of free for all to get your bags so you could go through the airport and check in. The worst part was that they left the trucks running, so we were all standing there for at least a half hour breathing in the fumes of the trucks. For a place that is struggling right now with supplies and fuel, I was shocked at the waste of gas. The cruise itself was good, we decided to go on a few excursions from the ship this time. Lots of waiting in lines again. Between the ship transportation and the excursions, we have decided to pretty much go off on our own for our future cruises and take Taxi's from the airport and back. Islands: We did not get off the ship for St. Kitts, we went to the spa ( I won one of the spa raffles) and we had a wonderful couples hot stone massage for 75 minutes. Of course it was followed by the selling of products but we politely declined and then sat by the pool in the Solarium. Antigua we did the Beach Extravaganza to Frye Beach that included chairs, umbrella and a great lunch. We have done this one before and it is very clean and relaxing. There is a small restaurant with public bathrooms and changing facilities. There were some ladies trying to sell hand made items but they were pleasant and did not seem to harass the patrons. St Lucia was a big disappointment. We chose the Marigot Bay on Your Own excursion that was a combination of swimming and shopping, but the description was very vague. Our tour guide was very good but she warned us that there would be folks trying to sell us items. That was an understatement. First, the area was very pretty,and there was a short boat ride across the lagoon, but the $14 we paid for beach chairs did not include an umbrella. Many folks, including us, were looking for one and it was a scramble to try and find the few they had. This area was a cove where people park their yachts etc and it abutted a resort, which signs said we could not go to but the tour guide said we could so that was confusing. The second we got there the badgering started with when did we want our rum punch, and here are the items we want you to buy. It was relentless. We understand this is how many folks make a living, but we spent good money to take a vacation away from our busy work lives to relax and this wasn't cutting it. We did not put our bathing suits prior to going,so while a very nice older male was trying to makeshift a broken umbrella into a functioning one by tying it to a palm tree for another $5, one of the pushy "helpers" walked my husband to a shabby changing area. He told him that he would hold the broken door closed for a dollar while he changed, all the while two other "helper" men were hanging out smoking weed. My husband returned back to our chair area and said we were leaving. These "helper" men kept surrounding us as well as the other folks on our excursion. I had our tour guide call us a Taxi and we were out of there within 20 minutes of arriving. We lost money on the excursion and then the $30 to take the Taxi back to the ship. It was very uncomfortable having these guys constantly come up behind you. While we were waiting for the boat to take us to the other side to get the Taxi, two of the men were having a disagreement and one called the other the F word and a racist slang word, just awful experience. We complained at the Shore Excursion desk and they took our cabin # but we did not see a refund and quite frankly they did not have much to say about it. Barbados we went on a rum distillery tour. Lots of fun and did some taste testing. After that we went on a small tour of the island. After a day of sailing we went to St Thomas which was a replacement stop for St. Martin. The port shopping area was ready for visitors, clean, no damage and they had power. One of the shop owners told us that only 25% of the island had power. We could see some of the damaged buildings from the ship but we did not venture far this stop other than the port shops so we didn't get a first glance at the damage. Our cabin was clean, food was good, Windjammer food was better than past cruises. Casino was super smokey. People seemed to be using it as an excuse to be able to smoke indoors. The smoke spread to other areas including the Schooner Bar which was behind it. I hate smoke so it bothered me that I could smell it in other areas inside the ship. I personally would like to see cruise lines go totally smoke free. We tried Giovanni's Table for a specialty restaurant, it was excellent and we highly recommend trying it. We did not go to any shows this time. Staff for our cabin and in the dining room were great and bartenders worked hard and were very pleasant. Solarium pool is really small and was crowded most of the time. The ship just had a refurbishment which was very noticeable in some areas while some areas still looked tired and needed a little TLC, but overall it was a very clean ship. We went to NextCruise staff to book our next trip back to the Southern Caribbean on the Freedom in 2019. (The Freedom is our favorite ship of all). It does seem that the cruise industry is nickel and diming more and more, while some of the perks that used to be the driving force for keeping customers is starting to fade. We will continue to cruise as we find it an easy vacation and can make it as busy or as relaxed as we want it to be. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I choose this cruise to complete the tour of the carribean islands. I have done several western and eastern cruises. I did the Aruba, curaçao and Bonaire southern Caribbean cruises last year and this time I wanted to see the island of ... Read More
I choose this cruise to complete the tour of the carribean islands. I have done several western and eastern cruises. I did the Aruba, curaçao and Bonaire southern Caribbean cruises last year and this time I wanted to see the island of the south east Carribean. We were apprehensive of San Juan. They have had so much destruction following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. However this part of the trip was not an issue until the return to the airport. We booked ship transfers to and from the airport. We decided against using it on the way to the ship due to the long lines, we took a taxi and sallied pun intended onto the ship. However we did use it on the way back. Not good. They herded us into long lines off the ship, long lines to get onto a bus, threw out luggage onto a box truck. Then a long line to pick up our luggage at the airport and then a long line at the airport. We left the ship at 10:30 and did not get into the airport till after one. However this aside, the trip was wonderful. We got off the trip in each port St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia and did a solo taxi tour of each island. It is not hard to find a taxi tour. The drivers on each island were great. The only issues we had were the little bus on Antigua was not comfortable, the driver on Barbados was not as personable as the other the three and the people on the beach in St. Lucia were very annoying. The last port of call St. Thomas was very interesting. We knew that we were the first ship back after Hurricane Irma and were worried about what we would find. The island was wonderful. They were welcoming and friendly. Magens bay beach was on its way to being rebuilt. All the beach chairs and umbrellas were brand new. The wrapping was coming off as they handed them to us. The food huts, etc were brand new. In fact my husband was the first drink customer in our section of the beach. They were going frame his dollar. The beach was awesome!! The tree damage is extensive. The water was calm and warm. The beach was well groomed and beautiful. They are still cleaning up the trees behind the beach. It is amazing the extent of the damage done, Hurricane Irma really did a lot of damage. Roads that we used to get there were ok. Secondary roads were ripped up, tress were down. Amazing resiliency of the islands was fantastic. St. Thomas is always a joy!! Th ship was in great condition. The common areas were great. I wish there were more specialty restaurants on the ship like the Mexican and sushi restaurants on the sister ship navigator! I love the layout of the voyager class ships. Big enough for a promanade but not too big. I love the understated elegance of the ship!! Our cabin steward was really really good. He was always early, used the make up room card perfectly. The waiter in Chops grille was fantastic. Overall Great cruise but do prefer Bonaire! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Although we have seen all the ports, we relaxed and had a wonderful time. We took a suite this time, and felt very pampered. Thank you to Giddy and Steve in the suites lounge, as well as Keisha, our room attendant. Food was excellent, ... Read More
Although we have seen all the ports, we relaxed and had a wonderful time. We took a suite this time, and felt very pampered. Thank you to Giddy and Steve in the suites lounge, as well as Keisha, our room attendant. Food was excellent, as well as the treats in our cabin. We visited the Batik factory in St. Kitts, Reduit beach in St. Lucia, the Boatyard in Barbados, Valley Church beach in Antigua, and the shops in St. Thomas. Everyone was welcoming, and we met lovely people along the way. The ship could use a little sprucing up, but goes into dry dock shortly, I believe. The elevators were a bit crowded, as was the main dining room for breakfast. We took advantage of the perk of eating at Giovanni's table for breakfast. Chops was amazing. Thank you everyone for making our vacation memorable. We will be back next summer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I'd like to start off and recognize our waiters Saturnino and Komang. They were so friendly, attentive, anticipated our requests, went out of their way to get to know us, and made us feel special by providing extra options/additions. ... Read More
I'd like to start off and recognize our waiters Saturnino and Komang. They were so friendly, attentive, anticipated our requests, went out of their way to get to know us, and made us feel special by providing extra options/additions. we did 3 excursions--all were great! Plantation and Beach in St. Kitts, Beach and Turtles in Martinique, and Atlantis Submarine in Barbados. We celebrated Halloween on our ship with a great party with cool deco, good music, and lots of people in costume not promenade. The ship was clean (it's an older-looking ship and needs some upkeep but was still nice) and most of the staff was nice. The shows were kind of boring in comparison to other cruise shows I've seen. Now the negatives...our activities director Elvis was slightly rude towards participants in activities and his overall demeanor was quite lackadaisical and really not genuinely enthusiastic. The main negative I have is in relation to the reactions and responses of the guest services staff only to the death of a guest during one of the excursions. In general discussion several guests shared with me that a guest had passed away during one of the excursions. The guests were sad, scared, confused, and really needed some support. As a social worker by trade I had no problem providing that but when I went to guest services to ask if there was someone for guests to talk with to work out their grieving from the traumatic situation I was disgusted by the responses (I'm not religious so I wasn't aware of the chapel that was on board to possibly direct guests for comfort and support). The gentleman waiting at the guest services line greeted us and when we explained why we were there his response was (with an inappropriate huge grin on his face), "Do you know what stateroom they were from?" Are you kidding me?! What sort of merciless response was that?! We continued to explain why we were there and we were directed to the woman who was guest services director who was clearly not interested in our questions. She answered us like a robot with the same response over and over again, and all she cared about was pushing our questions off and directing guests to talk to the excursion staff directly about any issues they have to be addressed and that they couldn't realize the personal info of the deceased--but that wasn't what I was asking!! Guests were crying and clearly needing some sort of support and when I looked to the Royal Carribean staff for some guidance I received the complete opposite, and I am so disappointed in the lack of compassion and complete disregard by the staff to listen to my questions in order to answer properly. I think what makes me even more disappointed is that this winter a similar situation happened on a RC cruise and my friend (who is also a social worker) had the same regretful experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I am a Royal Caribbean Cruiser and have been for 5+ years . The ship's appearance and up-keep are well maintained and the staff are friendly. I love the entertainment and activities provided. The cabin service was good and both the ... Read More
I am a Royal Caribbean Cruiser and have been for 5+ years . The ship's appearance and up-keep are well maintained and the staff are friendly. I love the entertainment and activities provided. The cabin service was good and both the embarkation and disembakation went cleanly and very smoothly. With all of that said, my husband and I were excited and looking forward to our vacation aboard but we found ourselves horrified and disappointed by the mass amount of unrefined guests who talked by yelling, cursed incessantly and let their feral children run loose and unattended inside Windjammer Cafe. We never expected such crass behavior and it ruined our entire trip. The main dining room appearance and service were very good and we enjoyed the island tours and shopping, however this time the other guests were nothing to be desired. I know that this isn't the fault of Royal Caribbean and that they don't have a choice over who books and plans their vacation with them but the ghastliness of the fellow passengers this time left us reconsidering if we'll ever book another cruise again if I'm honest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I always read bad reviews thinking that that person must always be angry or hard to please and I truly never thought I would ever have to write one. Unfortunately, the ship and level of service were just in too bad of condition to not ... Read More
I always read bad reviews thinking that that person must always be angry or hard to please and I truly never thought I would ever have to write one. Unfortunately, the ship and level of service were just in too bad of condition to not speak up. Below are some selected items I wanted to review: Overall cleanliness of the ship was poor. Furniture was very worn and the carpet has possibly never been changed. Almost every window was dirty. It might sound petty, but these are the kinds of things that make you feel like you are on a B class ship. Service was definitely lacking. Snail pace dining room service for breakfast and dinner. Most crew were seemingly not happy or interested in being there. I'm sure that many of the crew were fantastic, but I can only speak to the ones I came in contact with. Several bartenders were great especially in the Schooner bar and off the Promenade. Bussers in the Windjammer were very nice as well. Our floor (8th) and stateroom smelled like a gym locker room and our stateroom attendant only did the bare minimum in cleaning and communicating. Blood stains on sheets and pillow cases, tears in the bed sheets, wet bed sheets (no luck with sheets as you can tell) mold in the shower, tea colored hot water from sink just to list a few instances of the quality of stateroom. I purchased the romance package (champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals and a card) which was supposed to be in the room before we arrived as a surprise for my wife, but instead there was a note stating they could not satisfy the order because they were out of roses and wanted to know if I still wanted the romance package. My wife read the note and therefore surprise was blown. Just make a decision and deliver the champagne and chocolate covered strawberries! Dining room had poor service and seemed a bit chaotic. My wife would order dishes marked gluten-free only to be told thirty minutes later they were not gluten-free. This happened the first half of the trip until we started eating in the Windjammer. The dinning room food was good, but the Windjammer was actually better. We were pleasantly surprised by the Windjammer all week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and did not have to worry about the slow service. Giovanni's table was outstanding and gets high marks for food and service. Entertainment was lacking, but that doesn't weigh too heavily in our review. Schooner bar had the best entertainment of the trip. Piano player, instrumental guitar, trivia, etc. Ports of call are a mixed bag. Reviews as follows: St. Kitts - $60 round trip cab ride for two to an OK beach. Relaxing, but not much going on there. Antigua - we did the catamaran and Lobster lunch which is a must! Excellent excursion. Martinique - nothing much to do within close proximity to the ship. Wouldn't recommend getting off the ship. St. Lucia - COSOL tours excursion was wonderful. It's a full day but you get to see all of this beautiful island and are well fed and liquored up with rum punch. Highly recommended. Barbados - Beach hop Island style was very nice. I recommend that excursion or just driving over to Carlisle Bay for the whole day. You can't go wrong with a Barbados beach and the locals are super friendly. Most the ports were stellar which really made the trip. I just feel like Royal Caribbean pairs this ship with great ports to offset the poor conditions. I highly recommend Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados, but can't recommend you get there on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
First I want to say that my regret is that I did not get the contact info of some wonderful people we met. This was the first cruise out of San Juan after Hurricane Maria. We met a wonderful couple from Puerto Rico and now I keep wondering ... Read More
First I want to say that my regret is that I did not get the contact info of some wonderful people we met. This was the first cruise out of San Juan after Hurricane Maria. We met a wonderful couple from Puerto Rico and now I keep wondering how they are doing after returning home. Luis and Miguel if you read this post please look for my comment on the Cruise Critic Facebook page and contact me. As this was the first cruise after Hurricane Maria we were of course unsure if it would really happen. When we saw that our flight had been making it to San Juan successfully for several days we confirmed that we would be on the ship. The very next day we found out that our airline canceled our return flight. We were not allowed to cancel or postpone the cruise at that point because we were told that another carrier could get us home 2 days later. When we looked into that carrier it would have cost us $1000 to book that return flight. In addition we still would have had to sleep in the airport for 2 days. Our carrier could get us home 4 days after the cruise. I was not prepare to sleep in the airport for 4 days either. Yes we did take out insurance but we were not 100% confident that they would come through since we did not experience a personal illness. So making lemons into lemonade we ended up booking a second week on the ship doing a back-to-back. Below I will start each paragraph with a plus+ or minus- depending on whether it is a positive or negative comment. ++So first I have to give Royal Caribbean bonus points for letting guests board the ship a day early at no charge (since the hotels were now closed). They fed us well and even had entertainment. +The Cruise Director and staff were fabulous. This was my 8th, and 9th cruise. Shelli, Elvis, Jay, Dan and Lorenzo are probably the best cruise staff I have ever had on any line. The staff does change every couple of months so unless you take this cruise shortly you probably won't be as fortunate as we were to have this crew. +The first week in the Sapphire restaurant we had Dave and Yan as servers. This was Yan's first week and she was just a sweetheart who did a fabulous job of taking care of us. Dave was also very attentive. The second week we chose to sit at a table with other couples and therefore had different wait staff. They were not as attentive. The staffs were extremely concerned that we were satisfied with our meals. In fact they will jump through hoops to make sure you are happy. With that said, food is a matter of preference. I found that I really liked the food at the buffet. For breakfast we found ourselves easily overeating. After overeating the first week, we decided to go to the coffee shop so that we would have a muffin and coffee. Ironically the coffee shop staff didn't seem to know the difference between a bran muffin, a banana nut muffin and a blueberry muffin. - Coffee is very important to us. Last time I was on Royal Caribbean the coffee was Seattle's Best. Unfortunately it is now a no-name brand and tolerable, but not nearly as good. There is a Starbucks next to the coffee shop if you want to pay for their specialty coffees. We hate Starbucks so that is a real negative. Regarding the entertainment: - - we always loved going to karaoke. It seems that Royal has discontinued the karaoke machine that they used to use which probably had a selection of several thousand songs, and has downgraded to equipment that had hardly anything. Many people looked in the books but could not find anything to sing. There was a lot of awkward silence. The cruise staff did their best to sing and make background music that that can't substitute for the lack of singers. On man actually sang "Proud to Be an American" a Capella. Ok seriously Royal, you don't have Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" in your book? That is really sad. We had a professional singer in the audience the first week. She did her best to fill in the gaps and many of the songs she sang she said was her first time singing them. So Royal Caribbean you had a good system. BRING IT BACK. + As for other shows, we saw 3 different comedians and a magician. They were all very funny and entertaining. + I love that you have really musicians. There is no substitute for them. Anyone can play an ipod. The music director was very good and the musicians were obviously experts on their instruments. - As for the other shows, the dancers are talented but the singing and dancing productions just weren't that entertaining. I really miss having a production show like we had on the Oasis (we saw Hair Spray). In addition, I don't know if Royal was trying to make a statement but it was embarrassing to see one of the singers trying to impersonate Shakira. I understand we all come in different shapes and sizes, but we are what we are. + Regarding the other entertainment, the games were hysterical. They are definitely adult entertainment and not for the shy or bashful. If you are easily offended you probably should bring a good book to read. If you go to "The Quest" be prepared to participate and make sure the people sitting near you look like they are going to participate too. For the "Love and Marriage" show and "The Perfect Couple" you can just be a spectator and have a great time. Shelli did such a fabulous job as did Dan, Elvis and Jay. +Besides the shows we also went to several "Trivia" contests. We have been to lots of trivia's, but I will say that this staff was the most organized. And they made it so not cut-throat by making it clear that the prizes are crap. But it was still fun to win and a great way to meet other people too. * Now for the Islands; due to the hurricane there was an itinerary change. I appreciate that they didn't just make it another day at sea. So for our back to back cruise we ended up visiting 9 ports, 2 of which we saw twice. Keep in mind that storms and weather effect water. So here goes... Antigua - this island is paradise. We were lucky enough to be here twice. Just take a taxi to one of their 365 beaches. You will need at least 4 people for the taxi and it will cost you $8 per person each way, but so worth it. There is a taxi stand as soon as you walk off the port and they can put you with other people. The first time we went to Long Beach. The other people chose this beach because it was the furthest away and since the cost is the same for any distance they figured it would give us a tour of the island also. It was just beautiful white sand with clear water. There was a restaurant with cheap local beer. The next time we went to Valley Church. This beach is recommended by the taxi drivers and is a bit more crowded, but also has a few more amenities. It is a shorter ride – which is probably why the taxi drivers prefer it. It was just a beautiful as Long Beach. St Kitts. The first time we took an excursion, Gary’s Island Safari and Beach. We were supposed to explore the rain forests lush interior. We drove a road through the rain forest but it certainly wasn’t a tour. They took us to a hill top to see the views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean and we were served fruit juices with plenty of rum if we wanted it. Then to a small beach which was typical for St Kitts which has volcanic brown sand but nice shells. Gary was very nice and kept asking if we were having a good time. Who was going to tell him the truth? It was not a tour. It was boring. They next time we took a cheap taxi to a better beach. If the weather was better we probably would have stayed longer but it rained a bit. The water was also very churned due to the storms. Martinique – We took a ferry to a beach that was recommended by the locals for snorkeling. It was a small patch of sand with some rocky areas. We had to put our stuff on the sea wall because that is how little sand there was. The good news is that the ferry was only $7 round trip. If you go there, ask for a nice what sand beach, not a snorkeling beach. Barbados – took a snorkeling excursion on a catamaran. The boat ride was nice which a large area to lay out in the sun. Rum was included. Then visited a beach. St Lucia – took an excursion to the volcanic mud baths based on other reviews. It was a long trip but I do feel it is a “must do” for that island. The mud baths were crowded but wow did it make my skin feel nice. The scenery of the Pitons is also quite impressive and lunch was delicious. I bought 5 homemade soaps for $10. You will need to bargain or pay too much. Aruba – Took a snorkeling excursion to 3 spots. The snorkeling areas were ok. They give you bottles with bread to create a feeding frenzy. The last stop is a sunken ship but it really was too deep to see well snorkeling. Lunch was provided on the boat and it was very good. Of course plenty of rum too. We then went to a beach but it was a really windy day. I have been to Aruba for a week just this past year. It is a nice island which is usually very safe. Curacao – I had been to this island before for a week also. It is really a nice island. Took a kayak/snorkeling excursion. Really didn’t need to kayak to get to the snorkeling area. Could have driven there. Parked in the water was an off shore drilling rig and the drilling boat. They did not make for pretty scenery. However the snorkeling was some of the best ever. It did include a sunken boat which was shallow enough to see. The water was amazingly blue and clear. Since they kayaking didn’t provide any scenery we allowed the leader to tow us and a few other kayaks. So that is my review. Would I recommend this cruise? Yes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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