2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate New Years with friends. Having cruised since 1995 this is our first RCL cruise. Never have I heard one negative thing about RCL from friends who only sail RCL. I was well aware this 6 day cruise was on ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate New Years with friends. Having cruised since 1995 this is our first RCL cruise. Never have I heard one negative thing about RCL from friends who only sail RCL. I was well aware this 6 day cruise was on an older ship, but never did I expect the ship to show her age the way this one did. Because of the jacked up price for the New Years cruise, we took an inside cabin, something we haven't done in years. Carpets were worn, in the main areas, and stateroom. The couch was badly stained, the bathroom showed signs of rust and I have never had a bathroom as small as this one. The shower? Small is too large a word to describe it. The bed was about 2 inches from the couch on one side and table on the other. Getting out of bed in the dark was interesting to say the least. We went to put our wine in the refrigerator and found pooled water with mold growing in it. So much for the room. I do want to say boarding was a pleasure. Disembarkation was a nightmare cattle call, with everyone being ushered off the ship at one time, despite a so called schedule. Food ... room service was nicely done. The Windjammer buffet was mediocre, with the same selection daily of so so food. If you like your coffee strong , and I mean strong, this is for you. Breakfast in the dining room was slow unless you chose the buffet they offered there as well. I ordered my eggs over easy and they came out with runny whites. The staff are all eager to please at every turn. Dinner in the dining room some nights seemed rushed. We were told by our travel agent because we were a party of 7, to see the reservation staff upon boarding and request our dinner time, so we wouldn't have to wait for an available table with any time dining. We were given a time prior to 6 pm, which was too early. Otherwise we had to wait until 8:30. We felt as the dinner wound down and desert came, we were being rushed out . Put down your fork and the dish disappeared. Of course, as expected on a holiday sailing, at sea days it was impossible to find a lounge at the pool. The entertainment was so so. The Latin band was excellent, as was the band in the theater. We loved the ice skating show!! The Lyric Theater shows were not so good. Some of the staff we spoke to agreed the ship needed to be updated. Some even apologetic. All in all, when I pay top dollar I expect something. I expected something special because it is RCL. Having been to most ports before many times over, I have to say we loved the trip to Mayan ruins we took in Costa Maya. I would have enjoyed the opportunity to walk outside the port area, but we were not in port all day. We had a fun private tour guide in Cozumel and we loved how he just let us do our thing. We went to a beach north of town, which was lovely and we hit the Ticquila factory of course! We wandered the town and took some fun, surprising turns to end our day of fun. All in all, the success of the trip was all due to great off ship trips, great friends and abiliity to laugh at it all. I would not go back on this ship but I may want to try a newer RCL. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good ... Read More
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good food. All the staff went out of their way to make everyone's cruise a good one. This was our fourth time on the Adventure and that was the main reason we booked her. Our normal port to sail out of is San Juan due to fewer sea days and more ports that we love. We will be on the Freedom for a B2B in six weeks and will see what Diamond tier has. As with any ship in saltwater, there are small spots of rust here and there. At every port we heard tap, tap, tap as they were working to chip away rust and paint (a neverending chore.) The ship was well maintained although there were stains in places on the carpeting. Winter came too early in Michigan this year so it was good to have a week of warmth. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) and 3 of ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) and 3 of my daughter's friends (first time cruisers). We all had cabins on the 7th floor on the forward starboard side. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth with no issues. The agents were able to deal with a couple of issues for the young first-time cruisers and got us through without incident. It took us longer to park the vehicles than it did to get on the ship. Our last cruise was on an Oasis Class ship. We enjoyed this ship much better. It still had the mall, but most of the ship still had access to the ocean which I enjoy. My wife felt as if this ship was her favorite class. It offered many activities, but still didn't feel crowded. Our cabin was all the way forward on the ship and was an Oceanview stateroom. We loved the view from our window, but if you are do not like motion I would not recommend as the last night we had rough seas and my darling wife almost didn't make it. We ate every night in the Main Dining room. We find the meals there to be good. We find no pleasure in pay that much more for the extra dining options. We ate lunch everyday in the Windjammer and breakfast was split between MDR and Windjammer. We found all the choice as good as on land. Dining is still one of the highlights of our cruise. There have been some changes. Instead of being served bread by the assistant waiter, the bread is there waiting on you at the table. This didn't make that big of a difference for me. I went to the casino and gave a fair donation. I was also able to see a young lady win $13,000 so at least someone really liked the casino. Drink service was spotty around the ship at times. I sat at on venue listening to the musician. I was thinking I would purchase a drink before dinner, but was never approached for the 45 minutes I was there. We went to the ice show and we saw the hypnotist and really enjoyed both. We also enjoyed trivia and some of the late night parties and karaoke. We had as much fun on this cruise as any other we had been on. I still find it to be a great value for vacationing and getting away. Royal Caribbean gives you so many options for whatever kind of fun you are looking for that I find it hard to believe that you couldn't enjoy yourself. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade this ... Read More
My family chose the cruise line and I'm glad they did. Adventure is a wonderful ship and has a great host of activities to take part in. The ports were exciting and I got to see things I had only had dreams of. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. The food was really good and there were so many choices along with a variety of good drinks. Our cruise director and activities manager were exceptional and made our cruise the life of the water. This ship is a great choice for 1st timers and those who are cruise experienced. The dining room experience opened my eyes to different cultural outlooks and they were always polite. You have to go aboard to get your own experience versus going by someone else's opinion. I had a wonderful time during this cruise. I will definitely be planning another cruise with RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because it occurred after hurricane season and it was presented to us as a ship that had recently been renovated. The ship was clean and the staff very friendly although not very knowledgeable of the ship's functions. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it occurred after hurricane season and it was presented to us as a ship that had recently been renovated. The ship was clean and the staff very friendly although not very knowledgeable of the ship's functions. When we would ask informational questions the answers that were given were incorrect. Their offer was that you did not need to purchase the internet to use texting on the ship but that was not true. We never did get their app to work correctly until after we purchased the internet package for a day. Also RC only allows smoking in the casino. The entire time of walking through the main deck from our room to the Windjammer it was so smoke filled that we could hardly take a breath without smelling smoke. this was the third cruise we took with RC but feel that what was presented to us on the website and what we actually experienced were two different things. The beds in the cabin were very old and hard......so not very comfortable. However, the food in he Windjammer was great.....it was very appetizing and they take every precaution to make sure that their presentation of it was well done. Overall I would not recommend this ship just because of the second hand smoke. I am a person who has asthma and my lungs were congested throughout the ship. We were a four person cruise but all agreed we would never book a cruise on Adventure of the Seas and think this ship should be retired from service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I are diamond members of RCI, with over 128 nights of cruising on RCI. I purchased this cruise a year ago, the price was good, and we had not cruised on this ship before so we bit. We were Royal fans but the fun is wearing ... Read More
My wife and I are diamond members of RCI, with over 128 nights of cruising on RCI. I purchased this cruise a year ago, the price was good, and we had not cruised on this ship before so we bit. We were Royal fans but the fun is wearing off and cruising with Royal is becoming just average. The things that attract us to cruising is 1. Price, 2. dance venues, 3 the service and food and of course the ship itself. The ports of call are ok if you do your homework before getting on board, so have a plan so you don't blow your days out there. The ship seems to be in a clean and in serviceable condition. The interior cabin was small but the steward did a good job keeping us happy. The main dinning on deck three was ridiculously slow and the food was just so-so. Most of the week we just visited the buffet which was good. Unfortunately the Boleros dance club is right next to the casino, were the smoke pores out and ruins a good evening with excellent live bands. I could smell the smoke on deck six, what a shame. I don't like smelling of smoke and leaving there with a headache, so after three nights I had had enough. I thought the show in the Theater were better than average and the ice show was great. The diamond club was ok if that's your thing to sit and drink for hours on end. Disembarkation on the last day was haphazard, in RCI tradition of ship of that size, with one person directing foot traffic. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Wanted to go to eastern Caribbean for daughters birthday we had the perfect cabin 1814 panoramic view on the 12 th deck our attendant was ok but not the wow attendants we have had in the past think he hated his job the casino was horrible ... Read More
Wanted to go to eastern Caribbean for daughters birthday we had the perfect cabin 1814 panoramic view on the 12 th deck our attendant was ok but not the wow attendants we have had in the past think he hated his job the casino was horrible constantly changing dealers got worse attitudes every time the most dismal part of the cruise was the MDR while the wait staff was great the food was inedible horrible over or undercooked just plain awful I have been on many Royal ships and cruises but this was terrible the pizza in promenade cafe was very good but the girl with the glasses attendant was beyond rude the port at San Juan was wonderful the fort was breathtaking and I can’t wait to get back to see all of it st Martin was just ok st kitts was terrific such nice people and good food which was a relief after the slop served on the ship even Giovanni’s was horrid I’m not kidding while I remain loyal to Royal I am diamond on my next cruise if I run into the variety and quality of food like this again I will be forced to look elsewhere for my 3 or 4 cruises a year so sad because in my opinion royal needs to stop penny pinching and give the cruisers what they pay for Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Royal Caribbean delivers with this ship / itinerary and crew! First: Myths from other reviews I have read: 1) Elevators - All were in service for this trip, yes there was some waiting at peak traffic times. Our Trip Embarkation ... Read More
Royal Caribbean delivers with this ship / itinerary and crew! First: Myths from other reviews I have read: 1) Elevators - All were in service for this trip, yes there was some waiting at peak traffic times. Our Trip Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was seamless. From curbside to Windjammer in roughly 20 minutes. We did as much online registration as we could before arrival (including photo's for the Seapass), and at Platimum travelers, we were on board in no time at all. Labadee Haiti - We hung out on the beach and a few of us did the jet ski excursion. This is good vbalue for your money as we were a solid hour on the water and it you are an experienced rider you get to the front of the pack. I've rented in FL and other Caribbean ports before, and this operation is good value for your money - also, if you have never jet skied before, this is an excellent opportunity to learn. San Juan - We did the "old / new' San Juan tour. This was a nice local ride around the city with the driver stopping at a number of points of interest for photo / bathroom breaks. On this day, he was trying to avoid stopping while it was raining, but overall this one had good value for your $$. St. Martin - We did the 'double decker' tour that included a stop at Maho Beach. This was a good trip - folks on the upper deck were roasted in the sun, however none of this tour was rushed and it was well paced. They did not go to the French side of the island because of hurricaine damade. St. Kitts - We did the 4 x 4 Rain Forest tour that was run by "Greg's Safari"... Greg is a 5th generation resident of St. Kitts, and of all our shore excursions this one was the best! Entertainment: 1) The cruise director, Mercedes, does an excellent job throughout the trip. 2) The Duk & Dog pub had Cat Wells singings & playing the guitar - we saw her about 2 years ago on Freedom and she puts on a great show for the "pub" environment. 3) Schooner Bar had a pianoman by the name of Giovanni. So Giovanni is from Italy and has a obvious accent when speaking, however he puts on an American accent while singing - it took a little getting use to, but he kept the crown engaged. 4) We ate ALL our meals in the Main Dining Room, all were excellent, the right temperature and once again is a sign you don't need to spend extra in a specialty restaurant to enjoy your meal. Head Waiter IDA and Assistant Joanna were a great combination. One night Ida brought his guitar to the MDR and at about the 7:15 mark we had a sing along - others in our group played Ida's guitar and sang - it was a great night. 5) Public areas = well kept. 6) Windjammer, what can I say? Provided you don't want to eat between 12:00 - 12:45, there were usually short wait times and plenty of tables available. 7) Disembarkation... This was a little odd, but not a show stopper. They had a forward and aft meeting areas. Then as you approached the gangway to get off there were 2 security checkpoints facing in each direction. After the checkpoint the opposing lines of passengers had to merge into 1 line to step onto the gangway. At this point it was obvious that some couples and families got seperated for a short time. You spend most of the week walking around the vessel, so why not merge everyone before clearing the security check point? Anyhow, in closing, this vacation, again, exceeded my expectations... Don't sweat the small stuff - enjoy your trip! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth in spite of security delays by incompetent port and customs personnel, that anyone feels more secure by this grandstanding is amazing. The ship was well maintained, but the decor and furnishings ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth in spite of security delays by incompetent port and customs personnel, that anyone feels more secure by this grandstanding is amazing. The ship was well maintained, but the decor and furnishings looked dated. Activities ran the standard, but things like the rock wall, ice skating, surf rider and water slides were severely time restricted. Bar service is very slow especially in the pool areas in spite of paying $403 for a unlimited bar package. The drinks are generally short poured as well which adds to the insult considering the duty and tax free prices the ship must acquire the alcohol for. Bar tenders always use shot jiggers because they're too incompetent to shot pour so you get the added bonus of whatever is on their hands in your drink when they pour. Maybe someone should make a fecal contamination study to determine why there are so many ship borne illnesses. Dining and cabin service were very good. 10 plus cruiser so did not use the excursions desk. If you are new to cruising, just go into port and strike a deal. You'll always save at least 10 percent and up to 50 percent if you really do your homework on Tripadvisor. Standing in line for other customer service issues I always meet people who are there fixing a problem with the excursions desk. The cabins are dated looking and our toilet malfunctioned overflowing and spilling into the cabin a small bit. Access to the toilet water shut off was in a locked closet outside our stateroom to which the cabin service person did not have a key and had to bail poop water into the shower until the maintenance people finally arrived after multiple frantic calls by my wife and the cabin steward. The bed was comfortable. The air conditioning was insufficient on some days. The main dining room was very good with a good variety each day and excellent service. When ordering you should always get two each of appetizer, entree and desert to try different things, but please tip the wait staff for this extra effort. Also no corking fee if you bring your own uncorked wine to dinner to which you are allowed two bottles per cabin. The Windjammer buffet was great for breakfast and lunch, but the variety has become very limited. I don't think they realize that when I see a buffet pepperoni pizza slice with one pepperoni slice, I'm just going to get four pieces, combine the pepperoni slices onto one piece and throw the other three pizza slices in the trash. That's not a cost reduction. On a previous Royal Caribbean ship the variety was much better. The entertainment this trip was a 5 out of 10 for some reason, previously I gave it a 9 out of 10 for my last cruise with Royal Caribbean. The Ice Skating show was great, but the main evening shows were not great and poorly attended as well. Finally, the customer service desk personnel are the most incompetent double speakers on the planet. Nothing is their fault, nothing can be done supposedly because of something you did when you registered, etc. I spent 1.5 hours trying to get my kids $40 each to play in the video arcade, and the kids finally gave up after figuring out how to use all six of our cabin account cards in a frustrating approval/denial cycle of doom. In summary, this cruise line has declined drastically from the last time I used them, things are getting dated, cost reduction seems to be the main goal which you can offset with some work, but I don't go on cruises to work. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We always arrive the night before so that no worries about cruising. Several hotels offer parking with $20 per person for a shuttle to and from the cruise port. The boarding process in Ft Lauderdale was well organized with friendly ... Read More
We always arrive the night before so that no worries about cruising. Several hotels offer parking with $20 per person for a shuttle to and from the cruise port. The boarding process in Ft Lauderdale was well organized with friendly receptionists. A new twist is your room card is not handed out at check in, it is in an envelope outside your room. The cabin stewards were extremely nice and helpful. The dining staff was very friendly and accommodating. We have always found main dining of good quality, so never pay about $100 to $135 for specialty. Seems nuts to do that. Lobster and good stakes always available during the week no charge. Flow Rider is dangerous! Lady broke her leg falling off. Everyone except the professionals had severe falls. The entertainment was some good some bad. The singers were the poorest of any on our 20+ cruises. They were so poor that it detracted from superior dancers. We laughed at the comedy shows. Ice show is very good, just bring a jacket because the room is cold. The casino supervisors were the worst I have ever seen. They acted afraid to confront unruly passengers. Getting off at ports was not an issue with 30 minute wait time the longest and 5 minutes the shortest. Casino dropped off letter last day with $500 discount on future cruise. It surprised me because I only played total of 6 hours entire trip. When setting at table first night always get $700 from dealer. Just put the money in your pocket and play normal. They think you are a gambler and will get a discount coupon later in the week! We did self assist at 6:30am. Back at hotel and on the road home by 7:30!!! 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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