2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was my family and I first Royal Caribbean cruise recommended to me by my co-workers. My children age range from late teen to young adult, they all out-grew my beloved favorite Disney Cruise vacations :( We had such a great time on ... Read More
This was my family and I first Royal Caribbean cruise recommended to me by my co-workers. My children age range from late teen to young adult, they all out-grew my beloved favorite Disney Cruise vacations :( We had such a great time on our cruise over the Thanksgiving holiday. There were so many activities, entertainment for all ages to enjoy. The crew members were all so professional, consistently greeting us with a smile, and going out of their way to make sure we were all enjoying our vacation. Although the Adventures of the Seas is an older ship, Royal Caribbean did a wonderful job updating the ship while in dry dock prior to our cruise. My DH and I booked our next Royal Caribbean cruise for next year 2017! It will just be the 2 of us. This will be our first cruise together without our children! it took a lot of convincing me, as I am an extreme family oriented person. We booked the Anthem of the seas, we are staying in the Grand Loft Suite 10724. Anyone with experience, tips for us for our future cruise will be appreciated. My DH and I are also thinking about renewing our wedding vowels for our 25th wedding anniversary 2018 on Royal Caribbean with family. Anyone with experience and helpful tips/recommendations is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Startreckmom Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2016
This was a family cruise and it was chosen based on itinerary. Embarkation lines were confusing. There were lines for frequent travelers, travelers with luggage, travelers with no luggage, and those that needed assistance. All lines ... Read More
This was a family cruise and it was chosen based on itinerary. Embarkation lines were confusing. There were lines for frequent travelers, travelers with luggage, travelers with no luggage, and those that needed assistance. All lines eventually became one line inside the door. The ship needs to be updated. Saw rusted areas. Broken equipment in the gym. Automatic doors that do not automatically open. Cabin was clean, except trash had not been emptied, upon entry. The Cabin Stewart provided us with extra towels and wash cloths since there were three of us in the cabin. Need extra padding on roll out couch. We received the extra items everyday til the washer and dryer broke down and we did get the extra until later that evening. Dining in the main dining room was very good. I did not care for the Windjammer Café, I just do not care for buffet dining on a regular basis. The food was warm, not hot. Not much of variety for being a buffet. Entertainment was very good. Loved the comedians, real funny. The activities were very good and the game shows were excellent. I loved all the ports except St. Kitts I can say that "I have seen it and now I never have to go back". Disembarkation was delayed by an hour, but once off the ship received assistance finding luggage and transportation, and going through customs was very smooth. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
This is my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and my third New Years cruise. It is also the second time on this ship (previously in 2009). I am very picky and was a little worried about the condition of the ship, based on some of the most ... Read More
This is my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and my third New Years cruise. It is also the second time on this ship (previously in 2009). I am very picky and was a little worried about the condition of the ship, based on some of the most recent reviews. That said, from the moment I walked on the ship, I was pleased at the cleanliness and condition of the ship as a whole, including staterooms. I was with a group and we had 4 deluxe balconies and 2 inside promenade rooms on Deck 8, mid-ship. All six rooms were clean and well kept. They were not worn and in my opinion the ship does not show its age as suggested by others. However, other reviews about the lackluster cruise director was very accurate. I guess I must have been spoiled on previous cruises with such great and active cruise directors. I had a late dinner seating so I was unable to attend some of the larger shows, so I cannot comment on those. However, I did attend the Love and Marriage show and as always was entertained. It was however disappointing that they chose a different venue for the Quest game show (typically my favorite show). As a result it was standing room only and we ended up leaving. I was happy to see deck security out monitoring chairs during the day at sea. Historically, the day at sea is always stressful with folks holding chairs that they might use for a brief period. The security folks walked around and made sure this did not happen. From a food perspective it was what I typically expect, very good quality and consistency. I like the dining room experience so I cannot comment on the specialty restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was my 12th cruise and 4th with Royal Caribbean, and a cruise is all of what you make it. That being said, we had a great time on this ship but this ship needs some refurbishing quickly. My husband and I left on September 5th, we ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise and 4th with Royal Caribbean, and a cruise is all of what you make it. That being said, we had a great time on this ship but this ship needs some refurbishing quickly. My husband and I left on September 5th, we arrived the day before in PR and stayed at the ESJ hotel, then on Saturday we arrived on this ship, this was our second time on this ship and we booked it for the itinerary. Our itinerary consisted of St. Croix, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Maartan. This ship is almost 15 years old and their is only 3 dining areas including the windjammer dinning room so there needs to be more restaurants. The service on the ship was awesome, the employees were great, I enjoyed the meals and the entertainment was great. Although I loved the itinerary, I was a little tired going back to back but I loved it..I will say that the cruise lines going to the island, help out the economy for the islands but some of the locals are very aggressive so it was kind of hard to relax on the beach. Overall this was a great cruise and I really enjoyed myself, just a few complaints but nothing major. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I have cruised many times on Celebrity, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Of all the cruises this was the worst. Sad to say that the food on Carnival was better than the food on this ship. The waiter was awesome the quality of the food was ... Read More
I have cruised many times on Celebrity, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Of all the cruises this was the worst. Sad to say that the food on Carnival was better than the food on this ship. The waiter was awesome the quality of the food was not so very good at all. On one night they served Chicken Cordon Bleu. This was the worst thing that I have ever seen given to the guest on any ship. It was very hard and crispy, and when they were cut open, nothing oozed out. It was hard as a rock. It is sad to say, but on both Royal Caribbean cruise ships that I sailed on, the food was not very good at all. This is wrong to the guest because we pay a lot of money for the cabins. I purchased a Junior Suite. I am kind of turned off from Royal Caribbean. The food on board these ships don't seem to be prepared on board anymore. For the money that I pay to cruise, maybe I am better off booking a vacation at an all inclusive hotel somewhere in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
The staff and service on Royal Caribbean was excellent. Our room was also extremely clean. Food was average. The my time dining food was definitely better than the buffet and our waiters very attentive. My family agreed that the ... Read More
The staff and service on Royal Caribbean was excellent. Our room was also extremely clean. Food was average. The my time dining food was definitely better than the buffet and our waiters very attentive. My family agreed that the Windjammer was not good, like a Golden Coral. Lots of food, but other than the lettuce and salad, poor quality, poor tasting, and lots of passengers grabbing. We did two excursions, a dolphin push & pull in St. Kitt's and a kayak/snorkel in Antigua. We loved them both, although they were both very pricey. Our only complaint was that we spent a lot of time posing with the dolphins for pictures, that were not included and very pricey. My daughter even said that she would have rather another ride with the dolphin than smile at the camera so many times. The kayak/snorkel in Antigua was wonderful with breathtaking views and excellent guides, definitely not for someone out of shape, it was a workout. We also took cabs to beaches at St. Martaen, St. Lucia, and Barbados. Went to Renuit beach in St. Lucia and Vigie Beach in Barbados. We walked to a beach from the port in St. Martaen, very pushy people selling everything from foot massages to jewelry. All of the ports had people desparately trying to sell, but St. Martaen seemed the worst. Breathtaking views on the beaches in St. Lucia and Barbados, lots of fun water sports. Our cabin on the ship was clean but could use some updating, the couch has seen better days. Both my 9 yr old and 13 yr. old loved the kids and teen club. I also got 2 "complimentary" massages, since there was a promotion for each room, we had 2 for our family. After the first massage, the therapist really pushed me to buy products, I broke down and wasted $110 on 2 products. One of the massages was good, and the other nothing special. Then surprise, 20% gratuity, in life nothing is really free. Overall we had a wonderful time, but would not have felt safe in ports without my husband, with the exception of Barbados, these are very poor islands. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
With any cruise there is good and bad. The Adventures of the sea is a nice ship and was kept very clean. Staff was perfectly friendly and helpful. Food in the main dining room was average at best. None of the steaks were good so I stayed ... Read More
With any cruise there is good and bad. The Adventures of the sea is a nice ship and was kept very clean. Staff was perfectly friendly and helpful. Food in the main dining room was average at best. None of the steaks were good so I stayed away from them after the first try. Plenty of variety in the Windjammer café and the pizzeria food was pretty good. Good: Clean ship Well organized Nice staff Clean rooms Lots of activities Plenty of food Not so good: Onboard process was horrible, They need to revamp it $14 for 1 pina Colada / $24 for 1 photo They have everyone pay the automatic gratuity now ahead of time which I thought would make things nice and easy, but of course on the last day they throw envelopes in the room and ask for more which I found annoying. Either charge me a one time fee or don't charge me at all. I don't like feeling guilty for not leaving even more tips even though I pre-paid over $300 in tip money Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Our most recent cruise was the Oasis about 1 1/2 year ago. We have to say we were a little disappointed. Pros: The food was usual RC food. We had no problems with it and could always find something on the menu. The waiter waiter and ... Read More
Our most recent cruise was the Oasis about 1 1/2 year ago. We have to say we were a little disappointed. Pros: The food was usual RC food. We had no problems with it and could always find something on the menu. The waiter waiter and assistant were excellent. The room was clean and made up timely. One time we needed extra towels, I called housekeeping and they were there in 15 minutes. The ship was clean, disembarking in ports was smooth and we never waited more then 5 or 10 minutes. Excursions with larger groups were staged in the Ice Ring and went smoothly. Cons: The biggest was entertainment. We expect average entertainment on the cruise and it did not meet that standard. The first singer and dancer show was terrible. Many people agreed. The music was uninspired and they seemed to going through the motions. The headliner had limited skills and was boring. The second singer and dancer show was cancelled for mysterious "technical difficulties" with no further explanation. Karaoke was in one of the bars with almost no seating and next to the casino so it was smoke filled. The event for the more experienced cruises was a 45 minute sale pitch and total waste of time. One side of the casino was suppose to be non-smoking but this was not the case. The little touches that we had on the oasis just seemed to be lacking such as a mint on your pillow. In St Croix there is a beach right next to the cruise ship. Never having been there we had no idea until later in the afternoon. Why wasn't this mentioned in the daily compass. Conclusion: We felt that this ship was considered a second class cruise ship not worth RC's efforts. Was it terrible - no, but I would certainly would consider other lines before repeating on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
First --- the Dining Staff was Great!!!! Food Was Great!!! For the most part the ship was clean. Lets see if I can remember all the negatives. Deck 11 and the ones above you could smell sewage, the ATM was Out Of Order the entire cruise, ... Read More
First --- the Dining Staff was Great!!!! Food Was Great!!! For the most part the ship was clean. Lets see if I can remember all the negatives. Deck 11 and the ones above you could smell sewage, the ATM was Out Of Order the entire cruise, Around our balcony door was plenty of rust, In one of the public bathrooms the toilet seat lid was broken off, there should be more stations on the tv like other ships, Sale days on the promenade --- the sales generally started at 6pm and that is the dinner time of a lot of passengers so therefore those passengers missed out on the beginnings of sales and generally were in the dining room until 730pm or so, Those people who enjoy trying the exotic type of food--such as alligator, frog legs, things like this are out of luck on this ship (not sure about all RCI Ships) they don't have things like this, Pictures are a lot- at 22.99 per 8x10 and all the pictures that they take times all the passengers on the cruise that do purchase pictures think about how much they really pocket from this. There is a better way that this can be done. Boarding the ship the first day was fine but leaving after the cruise was crazy -- at first it was good they called numbers and it was orderly at one point a delay happened which made things longer but things happen they called numbers up to 25 then shortly after this they said all remaining numbers can leave at this time ( the remaining numbers were to 34) well it was like a mad dash to get off as well as try to stay with those you traveled with. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the ... Read More
RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan, March 13, 2011We had a very nice time.Booking: RCI has very efficient on-line-check and in posting pages. Printed most of tour documents on-lineFlights to San Juan, Expensive flights due to the season, and American and Canadian spring breaks. Delta charges $23 bag online-$26 at the airport. Baggage Service is now very good- we pay dearly for it. Tip: Get a porter when you pick up your luggage in San Juan- great help getting through lines and into cab. Porter is also suggested on return to airport. He has to get you through the agriculture check.Pre-Stay. We were at the Candado Radisson. Make sure you get breakfast, we were placed in Concierge level- separate check in on 9th floor and Hors d'oeuvres and a "we trust you" bar in the evening. Nice pool on roof; no real beach in Candado. Our very favorite Restaurant, Ropa Vieja, Cuban, Island cuisine on Ashford- get there! short cab ride.Arriving at Cruise Dock: Alert: It is the Pan American Pier- not the pier in middle of Old San Juan. (about 12:15pm) it seems everyone is asked to wait on line to check in with luggage. We were traveling with a handicapped person in large party with plenty of luggage. We alerted RCI of requirement through their great Special Needs department well in advance. We asked porter to place our pre-tagged bags on the luggage dolly (So we did not have to wait in line with all the luggage) which he did. The line on left (no checked luggage) seemed to go much faster. You can buy water at dockside store once inside. Much cheaper than $3.99/liter on Board. Boarding process without other incident. We were told - no entry into staterooms until 1:30. Windjammer Buffet very roomy and good food. If it seems crowded, walk past into the next section. Stateroom. 8652 with Balcony: We were very satisfied with the overall size of room and balcony. Balcony seemed much bigger than last cruise with NCL. Luggage arrived outside of cabin at 2:45PM! Steward produced bar soap on request.RCI "Green" Savings: Our water supply in shower and sink was really on the grey (color) side. I don't know if it was potable but it seems RCI saves plenty of energy by not purifying the water further. Besides the water, the "fresh" towels came clean but with yellow brown stains.In Room Dining. We selected room service for breakfast before an early day and it was wonderful, warm and tasty.Land Excursions: "Automated" In Room TV Tour selection process: Fuhgetaboutit. It was so confusing we wound up with 4 tickets for first day tour instead of two. It took a few days for the live tour desk to catch up. The tour desk could not handle the crowds wanting to sign up. I will say, most of tours are moderately priced in the mid $30 range. The TV was a good place to keep track of all your cabin charges. Island Reviews (Comments): St Thomas. The shopping at the Ship birth a few steps from the Havensight Mall provides much variety and fair pricing. It certainly beats taking a Taxi Ride Downtown to the suggested shops. Curacao: I forgot to bring my camera battery charger and natch - battery failed on first day of cruise. Nice man at large camera shop across pontoon bridge charged it up for me. We did not take any tours in Dominica- not much in Roseau port area. We took tour bus to beach in Curacao and Aruba.Dining Room: We had early (main) Seating at 6PM. Our party of 6 thought that this was just right after our early tours were complete we had plenty of time to make use of ship and to see the shows after dinner. Food was very good, waiters and staff very efficient. Special thanks to our waiter, Lorenzo.On Board Bingo: Very expensive, $22 Minimum for 3 tickets for 4 games. They award about $700 over 3 games plus 4th game for free cruise for 1 (one). With room filled with 300 people, they make about $6,000 a session.On Board Shows: Ice show the best, a must see. They have about 4 ice show performances so everyone has a chance to get to see it. We were not impressed with 2 nights of "dance and sing" entertainment and they only lasted for 35-45 minutes. The Headliner show, with brother Merrill Osmond was terrific. Casino: Nice variety of Table games (with craps), nightly Texas Hold 'em tournament. Slots outdated; Even dollar machines paid off in quarters. Drinks in Bars: Fair prices, $5.50 for rum & coke (Barcardi), $6.50 for Pina Colada - Must call "House" drink if want bar liquor, 75c cheaper.Muster Drill: Life jackets not required. If you get there early, must stand very long time. Let them know in advance if handicapped.Internet Cafe: Sixty Five cent per minute. Very slow response time. Purser did give 50% refund off charges.On Board Photographer. Each picture $19.95Meet and Greet: Very nice job by RCI. They had raffles and a special gift for us with soft drinks and snacks. Special thanks to all who set up unofficial meet and greet. We learned so much from all your comments. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
After reading some of the reviews on Cruise Critic, I was a little worried...sounded as if the ship was going to be noisy, crass and a madhouse. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. The boarding process was remarkably well organized and quick ... Read More
After reading some of the reviews on Cruise Critic, I was a little worried...sounded as if the ship was going to be noisy, crass and a madhouse. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. The boarding process was remarkably well organized and quick and easy. Our only difficulty was that we were using cash for our account, and that caused us no end of problems. We were consecutive cruisers -- meaning we were staying on the ship for the next leg of the trip as well -- in the same cabin. They told us we had to "check out" and close our books, then check back in. Apparently, RC hasn't figured out how to account for consecutive cruisers very well. (Our traveling companions commented the Princess makes it easy to be a consecutive cruiser -- I don't know because I don't have that experience.) When our cruise ended, no one seemed to know what to do. We must have received 4 different phone calls from the front desk, stood in line 3 different times before problem was resolved. but, that happened after the first week... Our room was a lot more spacious than we had expected. Our previous cruise was on Celebrity (where we were upgraded to a small suite), but our balcony room seemed to have almost the same amount of room. The room and bathroom were clean and stayed that way. we decided to try "My Time Dining" but when we went to dinner found out we couldn't sit with our friends from England who were on 1st seating. wonderful Moustapha put us all on late seating and was very helpful throughout our two weeks! He's a treasure RC should appreciate! We had Joseph as a waiter the 1st week -- he was also fantastic. Unfortunatley the next week they had to move us. Our waiter (can't remember her name) was okay -- interrupted too much to recite what was already on the menu. Needed some more training. I found the self-serving "entertainment" in the dining room (in the form of congratulations to servers, cooks, etc.) to get a little tiring...it was fun one night, but every night? It seemed like every time it was time for coffee or dessert, there was a delay because they had to entertain. The food was surprisingly good. We had cruise on Celebrity and RC and had heard Celebrity was better -- we found RC prepared better. The choices were more limited...but all in all better meals. the windjammer also had less choices, but again, food was better prepared. didn't like that soy was not an option for coffee anywhere on the ship. I think the Seattle's Best had it just a couple of days both weeks. The entertainment was above average cruise ship fair. BUT, would certainly like different music options!!!! i don't know what cruise ships have against rock 'n roll...but would love to hear LIVE rock 'n roll. The best the had was a singer/guitarist who performed in the duck 'n dog -- the rest of his band was synthesized... We had spa treatments (my husband a massage special and me a facial). I found their over-selling annoying and didn't go back the rest of the cruise. Treatments were high priced. Library was so limited as to be embarrassing...ships should encourage passengers to leave paperbacks. Johhny Rockets was fun. Except for problems at the end (consecutive cruiser -- wouldn't you think they would find a way to make it work better since we're spending DOUBLE?) the ship and crew were fantastic. If I have to compare, the food, atmosphere, etc. was definitely better on RC. The staff is more attentive on Celebrity and A LOT more communication and help with excursions. A lot of confusion finding our guides, etc. with RC. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2007
This was our tenth cruise in seven years, needless to say we are hooked. Never had a bad cruise only a few bad experiences. Overall we have been very lucky. We've sailed the Southern Caribbean 5 times from San Juan and the Western ... Read More
This was our tenth cruise in seven years, needless to say we are hooked. Never had a bad cruise only a few bad experiences. Overall we have been very lucky. We've sailed the Southern Caribbean 5 times from San Juan and the Western Caribbean 3 times from Miami. Also sailed twice from Boston (once to Bermuda and once to Canada). On this trip we sailed from Miami on Royal Caribbean for the second time on the Explorer of the Seas and stopped in Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. My hope is that I can pass along some tips and advise that may help folks who may be looking to go an a similar cruise. Before the cruise: Do your homework. The internet and travel agent have lots of deals that vary widely in price. Avoiding holidays and school vacations can save you some money if you can do it. If you book your cruise and you later see the price has dropped you may be entitled to a refund. Other ways to save money are last minute deals that some web sites offer and "repositioning cruises" where the cruise line has to seasonally move a ship from one port to another (for example a ship may repositioned from the Caribbean to New York in the Spring time so if you don't mind not arriving and departing from the same port this may be for you). Before we go on a cruise we take out what we call "Blizzard Insurance". Flying out of Boston in the winter can be risky - flights can easily get delayed or canceled due to weather (I worked for the FAA in Boston for 7 years - trust me on this one). If you are planning to fly the same day you set sail you run a real risk of literally missing the boat. Our "blizzard Insurance" policy is basically nothing more then leaving home at least a day (and usually 2 or 3 days) before we set sail. This not only ensures we don't miss the boat but it gives us a few days of pre-vacation to explore the departure port (Miami, San Juan etc). This was our first cruise where we had a balcony and I think we are now spoilt for future cruises. It is going to be hard to go back to an inside cabin after this. On past cruises the cabin was simply a place to change, sleep and shower. A balcony changes that dynamic radically. At night we would leave the sliding glass door open and enjoy the sea air and sound of the ocean. In the mornings we would order room service and eat on the balcony where in the past we would run right up to the dining room. And even though we spent plenty of time on the public decks hanging out there is something nice about sitting and reading out on your private deck. Don't get me wrong - I've had 9 wonderful cruises without a balcony and we only took one this time because we found a good deal. Ports: Miami We stayed 3 nights in South Beach at the Clay hotel. The Clay is very reasonably priced and in a fantastic location but one warning - due to its location among restaurants and clubs that stay open late and are quite loud you may not like it here if you go to bed before 3 AM. We will probably stay elsewhere next time - but only for the noise. Otherwise I would recommend the Clay. There is lots to do in South Beach. Ocean Drive is full of lots of clubs, restaurants and shops in fantastic old art deco buildings. And if you really like art deco you have to walk the few blocks to the Wolfsonion museum on Washington. The beach at South Beach is great and very busy. You can also drive or take a city bus north and try Haulover Beach which is just north of Bal Harbor. When your sick of eating and people watching on Ocean Drive you can check out the Lincoln Rd open air mall. Lots of indoor and outdoor dining, shops, galleries etc. And if you are willing to walk a few blocks north there is a stunning (and quite large) memorial to the Holocaust. If you venture to downtown Miami check out Bayside Market place. It's basically a mall but it's by the water and has restaurants, entertainment and you can take various water cruises from there for around $20 and up. On our boat ride we saw dolphins and Gloria Estephans house. One thing I must add - our first night in Miami we had dinner in BED (that's the name of the restaurant - Beverage Entertainment and Dining). You literally eat your dinner on a bed. Very cool, trendy and especially comfy. The foods pretty good too. BED is on Washington and there isn't a sign outside telling you where it is (why the secrecy? who knows. The web site does have lots of photos of celebrities hanging out there). Belize We booked an excursion through Royal Caribbean for the Wildlife adventure tour. It was a bit pricey but seeing as it was our first trip to Belize we decided to splurge. We started our adventure on a river boat ride up the Belize river where we saw crocs, monkeys, iguanas, bats and all sorts of plants and birds. We then stopped for lunch where a bus was waiting to take us on a tour that stopped at a very cool zoo. The trip was a bit pricey but we had a great time. Costa Maya There is a barrier reef by Costa Maya that they say is second only to the great barrier reef in Australia. We took a snorkeling excursion here that I have to say was probably the best snorkeling trip I have yet to take for no reason other then the coral is so close and so spectacular. One recommendation - the waters were a bit choppy and myself and a few other were a bit nauseous after. It might not be a bad idea to take a Bonine before you leave. In the port of Costa Maya they have a beach and pool right by the pier open to the public. Very nice facility and the pool is open to everyone and has a swim up bar. Cozumel This was our third trip to Cozumel. The first time we went to the ruins at Tulum which is a fantastic experience but is a bit of a long journey. The second time we took a cab to a nearby beach. This trip we took an island tour from a local driver we met on the pier. The tour was $25 and took us across the island, stopped at the local Mayan ruins (not nearly as impressive as Tulum but well worth seeing). The tour then continues around the south coast stopping at a few points of interest along the way. Al in all the trip was just under 4 hours and the guide was very knowledgeable (which was especially nice when we toured the ruins). Grand Cayman This was our second trip to Grand Cayman. The first was a few years ago and before the death of Steve Irwin so we took the amazing excursion where you swim with the stingrays. This trip we opted to take a $4 shuttle ride to the 7 mile beach. A wonderful beach day. We rented chairs ($5 each). The water and sand were great and you can get food and cocktails right there on the beach. Well worth it for a low cost fun beach day. Excursions The plus to taking a ship excursion is that they guarantee that the ship wont leave without you. The downside is they cost more. In most ports there are lines of people waiting to take you on private tours and excursions that are much cheaper then you would pay through the cruise line. Sometimes you can even haggle the price down even more. And there are generally cabs or shuttles waiting to take you to local beaches or shopping. In some ports (like Aruba) there is a decent public bus system. Ship What hasn't been said about this ship? Amazing! A comic on the ship summed it up by saying "I have traveled by many means of transportation in my life - but this is the first time I have traveled by Mall". Highlights of the ship include the quiet "adults only" pool deck and the miniature golf course. The rock wall, rollerblading and ice rink aren't half bad either. Rumor has it that the next generation of the Royal Caribbean ships will include a monorail and through an arrangement with Disney a version of "Pirates of the Caribbean" so realistic that the pirates actually kill some of the passengers. I can' wait! Seriously - even though there are thousands of folks on the ship you rarely feel crowded. Food Food and service were great but the highlight for me was LOBSTER NIGHT! Here's a tip - don't eat lunch that day and be prepared to order 3 or more lobster tails! I felt like Homer Simpson "mmmmmmm lobster! and keep 'em coming" On previous cruises we only ordered room service for breakfast on days where we had to be off the ship early for an excursion. A balcony makes eating in your room that much nicer - so we did it several times this trip. But not for dinner - we had to much fun with our table mates and the food and service were too good to miss that meal in the dining room. Speaking of table mates - we've generally been quite lucky with the folks we've been paired off with but it's a roll of the dice. So be warned. I have a feeling that the cruise lines use some sort of compatibility software to determine who to seat with who. Or maybe people are just friendlier at sea. Whatever the case you may want to request a private table if you have any doubts. One food tip - on beach days I sneak fruit and pastries off the ship in my backpack to have a snack on the beach. You're not supposed to do it so if you get caught don't tell them you heard it from me. Drinks The bar prices are generally reasonable and there are always daily specials. You also are not pressured to order drinks in any of the clubs and bars and you can bring your drinks from one to another. If you go to any of the ship parties that offer free drinks one tip - stock up! The freebies wont last forever so grab a few before you go - you can take them anywhere including the other bars and clubs. Shopping There are actually some pretty good deals on the ship. The duty free liquor is actually quite a bargain. Other then that I generally don't do that much shopping on vacation but do remember that in alot of ports you can haggle quite a bit. One tip - if you ever stop in Jamaica stock up on Blue Mountain coffee (we bought over $100 worth). It's some of the best coffee in the world and isn't easy to some by in the states. A friend just ordered some online for $50/lb. Casino We played blackjack everynight after dinner and actually left the ship up by about $80 (our last cruise we were up $150 - our next cruise we'll probably lose $300). They have low limit tables which is nice but unfortunately unlike casinos on land the drinks aren't free. Tipping One tip about tipping. Unless the service really stinks don't be a cheapskate. These folks work really hard and that is how they make most of their money. Although I still don't understand why we are expected to tip the head waiter - he's management, he should be salaried and paid by the cruise line. Luggage I learned an important lesson this trip - a lot of baggage looks the same. Case in point. We go off the ship (along with 3,000 other people) only to find a woman walking off with our large rolling suitcase ("it looked just like mine" she said). Had we shown up a minute later she would have been long gone.. I am tying neon ribbons and painting unique designs on all our checked baggage for the next trip. Also - when you get on the ship be sure and keep things you may need on the first day (sunscreen, swim suits medications etc) in your carry on luggage. Your checked luggage could take hours to get to your room. And on the topic of luggage I have a rather unusual method I use that my wife makes fun of me for. But I have since learned that there are others out there that do what I do. I pack my good clothes for dinner and evening use but I pack my old crummy T shirts and socks for running around during the day and to the beach. Then every night I throw them away. It makes space in my luggage, creates less laundry to bring back and helps me clean my closet of all those clothes that are taking up too much space. As long as you don't mind people seeing you in your old Depeche Mode t-shirt at the beach go for it! Also - on the day I fly I wear old work pants and shirts that are too warn to wear to work - after checking in to the hotel, into the trash they go and on go my nice vacation duds. Overall Cruising is nice in that you unpack in your room once and every day your in a new place. Some folks don't like being at sea or find the smaller inside rooms a little claustrophobic. If you're not sure then I suggest taking a short (3 or 4 day) cruise for your first one. Theres also a bit more of a sense of community on a ship then at a hotel which I happen to like. There is generally lots to do onboard when your not in port and I cant ever remember getting bored on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2006
Well this was my 2nd time cruising and it was almost enough to make me not do it again. One of the reasons for taking my second cruise was that it was so good the first time around. I feel bad because my expectations and reality were two ... Read More
Well this was my 2nd time cruising and it was almost enough to make me not do it again. One of the reasons for taking my second cruise was that it was so good the first time around. I feel bad because my expectations and reality were two different things. I was sold a package by RCL that they have a Gold standard and what they gave me was an tin platter. The stateroom for starters is worn out. The bed is worn out along with the skimpy hard pillows, the bed sheets and bed spread. I thought I was in a cheap motel room. As far as the ship itself goes, bigger is not better. I found that they sacrifice Quality for Quantity. The windjammer buffet had the same food for breakfast and lunch for 7 days straight. The only time it changes is at dinner time, and trust me its not a big change. I could go on and on but I won't, the bad out weighs the good by a far margin. If you want to spend good money and get a lousy return this is definitely the trip for you. I would like to say however that the employees that I came in contact with were very nice. My stateroom attendant and waiter and assistant waiter all did the best they could with the tools they had to work with. Towards the end of the cruise I was able to joke with them about the quality of RCL and even they couldn't help but laugh because they know RCL is a joke. All the ports of call I was happy with,San Juan,Aruba,Curacao,St Martin and St Thomas. My only suggestion is, just don't go there on Adventure of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2005
This was the 2nd time cruising on Adventure of the Seas. We went May 15- 22. It is truly a beautiful ship. My family had gone on our first cruise 3 years ago almost to the day but different itinerary. This time we went to Aruba, Curacao, ... Read More
This was the 2nd time cruising on Adventure of the Seas. We went May 15- 22. It is truly a beautiful ship. My family had gone on our first cruise 3 years ago almost to the day but different itinerary. This time we went to Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten & St Thomas. A much better itinerary than the St Lucia, Barbados & Antigua one (much poorer islands). Don't waste your time getting off the ship in Antigua very dirty, seedy and everybody and their mama will try to braid your hair, sell you a necklace or give you a cab ride. I had done a snorkel tour and it sucked!!! The guide was even trying to sell me necklaces. The water was rough & cloudy. I love to snorkel and I couldn't wait to get back on the boat. Here's what I noticed this time around. Positives: The food is like a million times better. They have a new head chef. The service is very excellent. The waiters & assistant waiters are very attentive and friendly. Embarking & disembarking were a breeze. Don't miss the mid-night Chocolate buffet. It is worth seeing and was a lot more elaborate this time. They have a lot of non chocolate foods. Cheese, caviar, bread, shrimp, deviled eggs etc. Don't miss Spectrum. It's a Motown show. Excellent. All the shows were great and don't miss the parades in the Promenade. They are a lot of fun too. Negatives: They now charge a fee at Johnny Rockets. No more shake of the day. It is pretty much the same every day. No band playing classical music/broadway music at dinner in the main dinner room. A lot of white trash drunk people. During dinner, they was a very large table from Texas. Every night, they were very loud and annoying. One woman had this loud, high pitched fake sounding laugh. This woman never stopped laughing probably b/c she was always drunk. On the first formal night, the men at the table thought that meant wearing a collared shirt. The women were real ladies. One started screaming at the top of her lungs that she won the f--ken bingo cruise. This was at dinner in the Mozart dining room. I have read other reviews that complaint about the large Puerto Rican groups on the ship. Yes, there are a lot of Puerto Ricans on the ship b/c it leaves from San Juan. I have never experienced a problem. I'm a New Yorker so being around a large group of Puerto Ricans isn't anything new for me. The first time I was on the ship I thought I lost an earring near an elevator. A Puerto Rican who didn't speak English. Got down on her hands and knees and helped me look and find it. Which is more than I can say for the white trash drunks! Islands & Excursions Aruba - My favorite island. Did the snorkeling tour by the WWII shipwreck. I highly recommend this excursion. It is very cool and the barbecue lunch is great. They literally hand you a plate as soon as you get off the catamaran. My mother who doesn't snorkel went on the tour with me and she had a great time! You also get to swim on the beach after lunch. Great beach. My husband and father played golf at Terra del Sol. A very hard course. Not well kept. My husband lost 12 out of the 15 balls he had. If you hit off the fairway, forget about finding your ball. It is very hot and hard to see the greens. The flags are red & blue and a difficult to see b/c the rocks are red and the sky is blue. Don't waste your time & money. Curacao- We did the fun beach excursion. It was fun but be warned that the bus is a decorated school bus with no air conditioning. It is not the shortest ride or most comfortable ride. Curacao is a wanna be Aruba. The people are very friendly but from what I saw it isn't as nice of a place as Aruba. They do not have a lot of pretty beaches. The beach we were on had a lot of locals. I ran into a couple that signed up for the sea lion excursion and it was canceled due to mating session. The beach excursion was fun. The beach was very pretty but small. Shopping in Curacao -- It was extremely hot when we were there. We were parked at the end of the pier. The Disney ship was parked closer. Bring comfortable walking shoes b/c it is a very far walk to the shopping area. There is this small bridge that swings when boats come into the harbor. The main shopping area is across the harbor. Sometimes the bridge swings when people are on it. It is safe but annoying. They also have a free ferry but it gets very crowded very soon. Not for the claustrophobic. St. Maarten - I love this island. I highly recommend the America's Cup Sailboat Racing tour & the Lottery Treetop excursions. We did the treetop excursion on this cruise. It was my favorite excursion. You go up 15 to 20 feet and zip line from tree to tree. It is tiring but a lot of fun. The French side of the island is a million times nicer than the Dutch side. The ship will port on the Dutch side. Shopping is very good here. They take US dollars and will give you US prices. I was a little afraid that we would have a problem with the exchange rate since they use Euros. This was not a problem at all. St. Thomas - I did the BoB underwater excursion. It was very cool but be warned that if you sign up for this excursion you will not be actually doing the Bob for the entire tour. They only have 6 of the underwater scooters. We took turns and snorkeled in the meantime. Unfortunately there were no fish b/c the tour guide feeds them by the Bobs which is 30 feet down. The toughest part of doing the Bob is getting into it b/c your wearing a life vest. It pulls you up when you try to go down. Once your in, its very cool but everything looks distorted. The coral reed will look like your right next to it when you actually have room. We had a lot of fun on this tour. Last time I was here we did the Turks Bay on St John's excursion. That was a beautiful beach. We had a great time. I definitely also recommend this tour. On the Ship -- If you want to make a spa appointment, get over there as quickly as possible. The line to make an appointment was longer & much slower than the line to embark on the ship. They now offer cellulite & teeth whitening. I opted for a stone massage & pedicure. If you sign up for spa service the day you set sail they will knock off $20. They will also lower the price further if you buy any of the lotions or oils they sell. The massage was great. The pedicure was all right. It was happy that I could get a French pedicure. Do not expect to get the same quality pedicure that you get at your local salon b/c it isn't going to happen. They sell this book for $20 and it has all these coupons for free stuff at different ports. You get a free bracelet from Diamonds International and free charms at every port. Del Sol will also give you free stuff: a beach bag that changes color, a tee shirt that changes color & plastic rings that change color (a each port you have coupons). There are also special deals if you spend a certain amount they will knock off $100 or $50. No price is set in stone. In Aruba, my mother bought me a beautiful gold bracelet for my birthday. She was able to get the salesman to know off $50. I would recommend this cruise for anyone. You can do as much or as little as you like. They have 3 main pools: the main pool with 4 Jacuzzis (where the Bellyflop & Mens sexy leg contest). They usually always have a Caribbean band playing. The Solarium pool. No kids allowed. No music slightly glass enclosed. A lot quieter. The kiddy pool in a different section of the ship. Good news if you're a Crown & Anchor member they give you a gift certificate package with free coupons for Johnny Rockets, free 10 minutes of internet access & a ton of other cool stuff. In a nutshell, I miss the ship and wish I was on it now. I would go on it a third time. Read Less
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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