Sail Date: October 2018
Although the weather was not the best, this cruise offered a very interesting and fun itinerary including Canadian, New England and, finally, Florida ports. They did a good job of both embarkation and disembarkation, especially considering ... Read More
Although the weather was not the best, this cruise offered a very interesting and fun itinerary including Canadian, New England and, finally, Florida ports. They did a good job of both embarkation and disembarkation, especially considering the large number of passengers boarding at the small terminal in Quebec City. The ship is in good shape, and qualifies as not too big and not too small. The food and service in the Main Dining Room is the best we’ve had in years—waiters were attentive always and actually did some of the “old fashioned” things like pull out the lady’s chair and spread your cloth napkin! The food and service in the buffet Windjammer also was good, both at lunch and breakfast, with many food choices. There were some very good, original performers in the Lyric Theatre on several nights—unfortunately, the performance times kept changing from night to night and we missed some shows because showtime cut into dinner time. The Schooner Lounge is a good place for the usual sing-along music, and was packed every night. But the ship could definitely upgrade the live music in the lounges, and increase the amount of time the singers and musicians play. Several of the lounges also need improved drink service. Also, there were no enrichment talks related to the interesting ports we visited—we especially missed this since the poor weather precluded everyone from spending very much time on the outside deck so there was little to do. Lastly, our cabin was very good (spacious balcony)—attendants kept everything tip top. Only complaint is that RCCL no longer provides bathrobes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Have been a cruiser for many years. Choose this cruise for date and itinerary. Went to New England and Canada September 2018. Very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. Check in was ok but out pier staff repremended us for not printing out our ... Read More
Have been a cruiser for many years. Choose this cruise for date and itinerary. Went to New England and Canada September 2018. Very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. Check in was ok but out pier staff repremended us for not printing out our paper copy of the sea pass cards and stated now she would have to do it! Shows were Horrible. They advertise broadway type performances,but I’ve seen better high school performances. Had an ice show which was ok, but couldn’t figure out what was going on just put a bunch of acts together and called it a show. We did anytime dining because we enjoy eating early 5:30 p. When we asked for a window table we were told they could not accommodate by Rene the table assigner yet several of the window seats were available. When we spoke with the maitre D the next day we were at a window. Food was good. Celebrating a family birthday which was pre arranged prior to sailing. Well birthday card came addressed to the wrong person and birthday cake was MIA. When trying to get the cake no one could figure it out so we never received it. Elevators were TERRIBLE ! Sometimes you could wait up to 15 minutes for an elevator and no room to get on when it arrived. 2 main elevators were out of service and crew said they had been down for months. Talked with a cruiser who said she had been on the cruise the year before and elevators were out of service than as well. Cruise was less than average and did not meet the Royal Caribbean hype. When I approached customer service after the trip. Their response was yes we know about these issues, but nothing we can do about it. Shore excursions were very expensive and poorly orchestrated. Waited an hour to board a tour. Why ? To many areas for smokers. There was no way to avoid a smoking section on the main decks. Some of the cruise director staff were rude, unprofessional and snarky. Also they let crew performers compete in trivia games and won. Shouldn’t that be reserved for paying customers. Nick was an offender. Select another line you’ll be happier Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I choose this ship for a 50th anniversary cruise. The entertainment was amateurish and every place you went had long lines. Port Liberty is like driving to a crime scene, completely unorganized. Some of my friends were left hundreds of ... Read More
I choose this ship for a 50th anniversary cruise. The entertainment was amateurish and every place you went had long lines. Port Liberty is like driving to a crime scene, completely unorganized. Some of my friends were left hundreds of yards from the terminal because there Taxis would not wait an hour in line to get to bag the drop. I have sailed 30 plus times and never had a poorer port experience. The ship is too small for the number of passenger. It was the first try and the interior Promenade concept and not as roomy as Independence of the seas. WE had Seven Rooms in our Group and all complained of the beds, although the were recently replaced, they were very hard and uncomfortable. There were long lines for any time dining every night. The Windjammer was the most crowded Buffet I have ever experienced. IN summary, This ship is TOO small for its passenger count. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Ironically our last cruise was in 2007 in the Caribbean on the AOS (not why we selected the ship this time). So its been a minute since we have chosen to spend our vacation $$on a cruise. The attraction was drive-ability to the port and ... Read More
Ironically our last cruise was in 2007 in the Caribbean on the AOS (not why we selected the ship this time). So its been a minute since we have chosen to spend our vacation $$on a cruise. The attraction was drive-ability to the port and the itinerary. 1. Boarding and dis embarkation was quite orderly and the process has benefited from the electronic records and screenings. I must note that we were traveling with son, dil and baby so there were some advantages being with an infant. 2. We had a JS on deck 9 and 191 sq ft cabin on deck 12 near the Spa. The JS was a nice size and was great for an infant or children as there is a bath tub. I don't believe it was worth $5000 especially charging $900 for an infant. The deck 12 location was terrific as you had immediate access to outside and the front of the ship was very quiet. I also hate trudging down the long corridors. HIgh marks for the location!!! 3.Dining. Based on my observations of the amount and frequency of food that people were eating I would have to say most people seemed quite happy. I believe I am the outlier in this category as I have been fortunate to dine at some wonderful restaurants in the US/Canada and Europe. And at home we have access to local, organic, fresh food. We dined in the Main dining room all but 1 night. Bottom line the food is good banquet food. I understand that it is an amazing feature that they prepare and feed thousands of people. I brought on a case of Evian water (restocked in port) and never drank any water, soda, tea or coffee the entire time. I really loved the sink options as you enter the dining room instead of the sanitize option. 4. Ports. We did not use any of the ship tour options and instead located private guides. Nova Scotia waterfront was beautiful and very walking friendly. We started our Lobster Roll Tour in NS and ended it in Portland. We tasted 10 different Lobster Rolls and 3 of the 4 of us rated Dave's in NS #1. We were unable to eat at Eventide in Portland which was a disappointment but it was too hot to wait for a table with a baby. There are plenty of tour options in each port you just need to know your interests and stamina before booking. 5. SERVICE I have immense respect for anyone in the service industry and the staff was tremendous. Cabin stewards, dining staff are truly dedicated and want to make certain that every guest is happy and pleased. At the same time I feel like the staff are not paid or treated very well by RC. Kudos to the staff of AOS. The one exception would be the Front Desk. I made several call for general info and stopped several times for various reasons and they are so automated and don't listen to the question and just wanted to recite some pre packaged answer. Again, maybe some one is talking in their ear with auto response. 6. Activities. I don't feel that their is enough pool space especially for a ship that spends most of its time in the Caribbean. Nice sun and shade options with and without wind protection. They DO NOT have nursery for under 3 despite being told in advance that they did. VERY LIMITED SAFE USABLE SPACE FOR UNDER 3 CROWD!!!!! 7. Would we return? NO. I would prefer to pay more upfront and not be nickled and dimed for every little thing AND pay 18% gratuity on top of that. Our next cruise will be with a premium line that focus on food and wine with fewer guests. Cruising is not an inexpensive option. People are fooled with the food option. I guess the exception is if you get the lowest priced inside cabin. 8. Overall based on my experience the target market for this ship and this itinerary is over 50, multi generational, very little diversity and predominately draws from the Mid Atlantic region. I did not witness loud or excessive partying and drinking. Happy Cruising to all. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a ... Read More
Adventure of the Seas 8/17/18 - 8/24/18 This was our 10th cruise with RC. Lets start with the crew; our experience with the crew members was that if you made eye contact, said good morning or good afternoon they would respond with a smile or nod of the head or say have a nice day sir. There were times we would end up having a nice conversation with a crew member. Our room attendant was great and kept our bath room squeaky clean. Our 2 dinning room attendants were excellent,they both deserve a 10. Bottom line we had a good experience with the crew members. I also must mention that our experience with the service desk was good and they did their best to address an issue. Even though the ship is 17 years old, what was visible RC seems to make an effort to maintain the ship. We sailed on the ship in 2002, now with the Flow Rider and water slides it perks up the ship with more things to do, not just the pools and hot tubs. The only issue we had was the dirty windows below the top railing on our balcony. I should have asked our cabin attendant about getting them cleaned, but I didn't. The issue is; if you are sitting in chair looking out, your eye sight is almost even with the top railing blocking your view so you have tendency to look down thru the dirty glass. This may seem minor, but we paid for a balcony and the glass should be kept clean. We were a party of 4 and were seated at a table for 4 directly across from a serving station next to entrance to the dinning room, high traffic area. Bottom line that table should not have been there in first place. We asked to have our seating moved to another table and were told there were no other tables available but they would see what they could do. To make a long story short I went to the service desk and asked for their help, another empty table was found for 5. The service was good and overall appearance of the dining room was good. So far as the food, it was ok in the main dinning room. Nightly entertainment was ok, but I must say the ice show was great. Our experience at Coco Cay was good, we checked out the entire area, quite large but they have tram's to take you around. We just hung out at beach area. But I think it will be great once the new pier is finished and new attractions are finished, hopefully by spring of 2019. We booked a catamaran cruise thru RC "Seahorse", don't waste your money if you want to sail, did no sailing was under power the whole cruise. Atlantis Hotel water park is great but pricey and expect to take about 20 minute tour of the grounds when you arrive before getting to water park area. Bottom line, we had a good time, but sailed on the Anthem several years ago and sorry we did not sail on Anthem this time. Once you sail on newer ships, there is no turning back. For this cruise we could drive to the ship and did not have the extra costs to fly & hotel as in the past to sail on Allure and Harmony, but its worth it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by a family member and we all decided to go as a family. Embarkation: Embarkation at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ went fast and smoothly; however, we had priority boarding due to our Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society level along with handicap boarding assistance. Directions to the Cape Liberty Cruise Port is available on their website along with details on parking and parking fees. As we drove up to the port we followed the line of vehicles and were directed to a numbered spot to drop-off checked baggage. Once our bags were checked, my passengers entered the cruise port building and I was able to park in the parking garage next to the cruise port building. Note if you don’t get there early the parking garage may be full and you’ll be directed to open, overflow parking lots unless you have a handicap hang-tag. The cruise port opens at 10:30 am for passengers to begin boarding. You can arrive earlier than your check-in time if it’s later than 10:30 am. As of August 2018, parking for a 7-night cruise cost $140.00. I packed a 6 pack of water. The water bottles were about 16.9 ounces each and I kept them wrapped in the wrap I bought them in. I had no issues bringing them onboard in unlocked, checked luggage. (Six bottles of Evian water were available onboard for $15.00 at the bar, but didn’t include delivery to your room. Beforehand the cruise line wanted $40 to have 6 bottles of water delivered to your stateroom.) The only issue we had was that we had to have our pictures taken again even though we submitted pictures during the online check-in process. The pictures uploaded side-ways, so we had to have them re-taken. Accommodations: I stayed in an aft-facing, oceanview balcony on the 9th deck. The rooms seem smaller than on the Oasis class ships, but they’ve been recently refurbished and look pretty good. There was plenty of storage in the cabin and the closet was almost a walk-in closet with upper and available lower hanging rods and shelves along one of the sides. The bathroom space was okay, but the shower was a little small. However, the shower had sliding oval doors, no curtain. There were shelves behind one of the mirror portions surrounding the sink and a shelf below the sink. Gentle bar soap was provided. Combination shampoo/conditioner was provided in the shower. There was an outlet for shavers in the ceiling of the sink surround. The room itself had a long desk/vanity area with lots of storage shelves and drawers, a tv and refrigerator. The refrigerator was empty already when we got onboard, so there was no need to request that it be emptied. Most of the electrical outlets were along the wall between the vanity mirror and desk. I purchased a night-light/USB charger at 5 and Below which worked well in one of the vanity outlets. I don’t believe there were any outlets near the bed. There was a full-length mirror across from the vanity between the bathroom and sofa. The room contained two twin beds, a couch that I don’t believe converted into a bed and a chair. The balcony was larger than a standard balcony on the ship. It was triangular and had one lounger, two chairs and a table. Overall, the room was the perfect size for a couple. Dining: We mainly ate breakfast in the Main Dining Room. All the breakfast food I tried there was really good. They even had a buffet set-up there, even on departure day. We ate in the Windjammer twice for breakfast. It was a little crowded, but there were no lines to get in. The food was good there as well. I just wish they had an Asian food section. We mainly ate lunch in the Windjammer or on the Promenade. We ate lunch in the Main Dining Room once. All the food was good. I liked being able to get a hamburger and fries in the Windjammer and order a can of Coke to go with it, with no hassle about buying a drink package. They even provided a glass of ice with my Coke. The pizza on the Promenade was excellent. It wasn’t greasy at all. I also got a medium, chocolate chip cookie dough waffle cone at Ben & Jerry’s on the Promenade. The Ben & Jerry’s location is perfect and the waffle cone was so good. We ate dinner in the main dining room. The food in the dining room ranged from okay to excellent and the waiters went out of their way to make the dining experience memorable. When we first arrived onboard the food was okay, but improved greatly. We were able to order salmon, baked potato and mixed vegetables a day ahead of time for dinner. So, don’t be afraid to let your wait staff know what food you like. They will probably be able to accommodate your request. Onboard Activities: There was a rock-climbing wall, two water slides and a wave rider along with other activities. I didn’t do any of these activities though. I chilled during sea days and had excursions planned for every port. I’m going to lump the photos in with onboard activities because, again, it definitely sucked up a lot of our time. I purchased a 15 prints package online beforehand and put it on my mother’s room. My mother also purchased a photo-book. First, the refurbishment added touch-screen kiosks throughout the photo area which worked well. We did need assistance finding photos we knew were missing from our accounts, but there is a photo-finder menu option on the kiosks. Now there was an issue with printing the 15 photos from both my account and my mother’s account because we were in separate rooms. But, the photo manager finally agreed to add 7 photos from my cabin to my mother’s cabin. This should have been a no brainer since we had purchased 2 photo products. But, the photo manager wanted to rigidly stick to the policy that pictures from another cabin of adults not in the cabin that the photo package is on can’t be added to the photo package even though I paid for the package. Finally, in the end, they were added. Excursions: The ports of call were Port Canaveral, Florida; Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island and Nassau, Bahamas. We went to Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. It’s a kid friendly museum with exhibits and air conditioning. There are about 6 floors and an elevator for those with mobility issues. There’s a gift shop and café on the first floor. (I got an ice cream bar at the café.) I rented a beach bungalow ahead of time for the day in Coco Cay. The bungalow was nice and provided shade. The bungalow area was pretty quiet. It came with two mat floats and a cooler of 4 Evian bottled waters. Towels were available from the concierge desk. I went snorkeling off of the beach, swimming and used a blow-up float that I brought. You can order lunch ahead of time to be delivered to your bungalow. Lunch was good and you could order more food at the concierge desk. Overall, the beach bungalow was great. We went to Atlantis at Nassau and did the Atlantis Aquaventure. Atlantis is beautiful, clean and the lazy river (that’s not so lazy) and water slides were amazing. I normally don’t like public pools and water slides, but I love Atlantis. Just know that the property is huge, so there’s a lot of walking to get to the water slides and lazy river. I got over 18,000 steps the day I went. I went to the spa on one of the sea days and used the complimentary steam room. The steam room and sauna are complimentary on Adventure of the Seas, which is not normally the case on Royal Caribbean’s ships. The steam room and sauna are located in the locker rooms on the 11th deck as you’re going into the gym. Don’t let locker room fool you. The area is very nice with lockers, a bathroom and showers. Locker keys are available on the 12th deck just above. There’s a staircase in the spa/gym area that you can use to go between the 2 floors. My only complaint is that the steam room smelled liked onions. It really needed some eucalyptus scent. Note that the doors to the showers are clear. Debarkation: Getting off the ship was pretty orderly. Breakfast was available in the Windjammer and the Main Dining Room at specified times. The full breakfast menu and a buffet were available in the Main Dining Room even though it was debarkation day. Our debarkation number was called on-time, so the process went fast. (Again, I have priority debarkation due to my loyalty level.) I had to stand in line for a porter. I think I waited about 15 minutes. But, once we got a porter, the process sped up again. The porter told us how the process worked and where to pull-up the vehicle in the parking garage to load up. The porter was very helpful. As usual, Royal Caribbean provides a very good cruise experience. The shows do need to be updated on this ship. They were still the singing and dancing numbers that I haven’t seen in years. There was a comedian and hypnotist. However, I’m used to juggling, acrobatics, Cirque de Soleil type shows and plays. But, the stage on the ship is small. The Ice Show was very good. Get there early in order to get a seat. Boleros bar was really good. Normally the bars on ships can be too loud and boisterous for me, except for the Champagne Bar. But, the Champagne Bar normally can’t serve frozen drinks. But, Boleros normally had a live performance every afternoon/evening, wasn’t too packed and I never had to wait long to order and get a drink. The bartenders were excellent. Everything I ordered tasted good. The people there were normally dancing and having a good time. There would even be children there early in the evening (of course dancing with their family members, not drinking). Note karaoke night is packed. The Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship to travel to the Bahamas on and has more activities than you will probably be able to do. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Just returned from our cruise on AOS to Florida and Bahamas. We are a family of 4 - me, husband, and 2 teenage sons 16, and 14. This was our 5th cruise with RC after previously sailing on Liberty in 2008 for our 10th anniversary, then ... Read More
Just returned from our cruise on AOS to Florida and Bahamas. We are a family of 4 - me, husband, and 2 teenage sons 16, and 14. This was our 5th cruise with RC after previously sailing on Liberty in 2008 for our 10th anniversary, then Freedom, Oasis and Allure over the years. We have been very happy with all our previous RC experiences and this one met and even exceeded our previous cruises in some ways. We initially thought of sailing on Harmony out of FL, but then chose this ship because it left from Bayonne, NJ and was recently refurbished adding the water slides. Being from the Philadelphia area meant we could get to the ship in 90 minutes and save tons of money on airfare so we went for it. I was concerned we would miss some of the amazing features the larger ships have (Central park, Water theater, 2 flowriders, Dazzles, etc) but while those are awesome, we didn't really miss them as much as I thought! The biggest thing on this ship that was such a positive experience for us was the people. As to be expected, many of our fellow passengers were from New York (many from Long Island), New Jersey, New England and some from Philly. The ones we encountered and connected with were just so positive, cool and FUN! Some of our most fun happened in the Duck and Dog Pub with Carlo playing songs and the whole crowd singing along at the top of our lungs ("Alice Next door", and "American Pie" were song favorites!) and dancing in the Viking Lounge late night with other guests. The Quest adult game on this show was the best we've ever experienced on any ship mainly because of the guests - Everyone got so into the silliness of it to an extreme we never saw before! My husband loves the adult sport competitions like volleyball and dodgeball and these were hugely popular with passengers of all adult ages and very well attended on this ship...and highly competitive! Maybe its a carry over from the competitiveness of the professional sports teams in our area of the country but one of the crew members mentioned these games were some of the best they've ever seen. A huge bonus this cruise was that my sons made friends with kids their ages the first night at the teen dodgeball event, and they roamed with them the entire week at different RC teen events or making their own fun. In fact, I rarely sat with our kids except at our mandatory family dinner in the MDR. They and their friends were everywhere together and because many kids didn't use their phones on the ship (we don't do the internet - chance to unplug!!) they actually TALKED and formed friendships fast as the week went along. Now that we're home they are still all engaging with each other, and planning a "reunion". That's priceless. Basically, we've learned that beyond the ships appearance or the food in the MDR, the best experiences and memories come from the people (both crew and passengers) and atmosphere we surround ourselves with throughout the week, and this ship left us with some of the best memories out of all our RC cruises. After a day or so on a cruise, we find we see some of the same people over and over again (no matter what size ship we're on) because we tend to run on the same wavelength - from attitude to experiences we enjoy - and that happened again this cruise. Birds of a feather... Pre cruise: Bayonne is easy, organized and has convinced us we'll be sailing from here as much as possible. Got there at 9:30 am, dumped our luggage, and parked. If your organized and have all your documentation ready ahead of time, the check in process is at most 10 minutes. Posed for the standard precruise photo with the ship picture and stats which we always buy, and sat and waited til the ship was ready to board. They announced boarding would begin at 11:30, but at 10:30 they announced since the ship was ready and we were good to go! We ate at Cafe Promenade and toured the ship. My kids always pack their swimsuits in a backpack, so they were on the Flowrider as soon as it opened. Cabins ready around 1pm. Ship appearance/features: Clean, and beautiful. Freshly painted in many areas, public bathrooms clean, smelled great everywhere, absolutely no issues. Crew is constantly cleaning. CONSTANTLY. To us, it felt like a slightly compact version of Liberty or Freedom and we liked it! The kids thought they'd miss Sorrentos Pizza- which is separate restaurant on the bigger ships - but it wasn't a big deal as the cruise went along. I did miss the Solarium Bistro/Park Cafe that we had on Oasis/Allure, but it wasn't a make or break thing for me. The Cafe Promenade has pizza and boys grabbed it there along with all the other sandwiches, desserts, etc. The Lyric theater looked basically like the other theaters, as did the Royal Promenade, Windjammer, Pool/Sports deck and MDR. Again, everything was just a little smaller than Liberty or Freedom but not noticeable enough that you feel the losses. All ships feel "crowded" the first day or so because so many people don't know where to go. Since we've been on several, I know the lower outer decks are often undiscovered at the start of the week and I had coffee and my book on deck 4 gazing at the ocean without one other human being there for several days. By the end of the week others joined me out there with many saying they wish they knew about it at the start of the week. As the week goes along, no matter what ship we've been on, people find their spots and favorite locations and then there's whole areas that are uncrowded. Deck chairs seem to be an ongoing complaint on all ships, but there were plenty, and you could find one, just maybe not in your chosen spot. There is a sun deck above the top pool bar area that had at least 200 chaise lounges that were often empty all day! If you don't mind the full blast of the sun, then there were plenty of places to lay out. To put it simply, if you want a chaise lounger in a premier chosen spot (in shade or near the kids area, or the Solarium) then get there early because 87 people also want that exact chaise lounger in that chosen spot. And they'll fight you to get there first. Survival of the fittest. Cabins: We had 2 interior cabins (deck 9) side by side - 1 or us and 1 for the boys. Worked out perfectly. Interior was nice, with recently updated rug. I actually felt like we had more storage in this cabin than on other bigger ships because they kept the cabinets during the refurbishment and there seemed to be more storage in them. Bed was great, bathroom standard RC bathroom. No complaints. We had a balcony on Liberty which was beautiful, but since then we just get an interior to save money since we never are in our rooms except to shower and sleep. Literally. We loved our cabin attendant, who was out every morning and every evening, who worked extremely hard and did a great job. We had 4 bottles of wine we could bring on board because we had 2 cabins, and just grabbed wine glasses from Schooner bar or room service. Meals: We did not do any premium dining at the restaurants, and this worked out fine for us. We ate at Chops and some of the other places on previous cruises, and they were great, but this time we kept it simple and stayed in the MDR. We ate all dinners in the MDR and other meals at Windjammer and snacks at Cafe Promenade. MDR: We did the My Time Dining as we had our sons' activities we wanted to work around. I booked reservations ahead of time online and they ranged from 5:30 to 7:45 on various days. We always see how the servers are the first night, and if we like them we request them every night for our reservation time. Rakesh and Roana were awesome, for me a nice combination of friendliness and professionalism, and we had them every night but one because we changed our time last minute and their section was full. We got Wilfredo and Adrian that night and they were awesome. The head waiter seemed concerned we moved servers and stopped by to ask if we were ok. Twice. Explained it was just a timing thing, and not personnel and he was visibly relieved. We think the food is pretty good. Some entrees we liked better than others depending on what we each picked, but food is subjective. The Ahi tuna was amazing and a pleasant surprise. My husband turned lobster night in surf and turf by ordering lobster tails and the NY strip. Then asked for additional tails. It was all the proper temperature, and portion sizes are perfect. Not too big or small. My husband and kids often ordered several entrees because they couldn't decide. I think most nights my sons had 3 apps, and 2 entrees and 2 desserts. No one left hungry or disappointed the whole cruise. We were in the MDR for both formal nights, a nice experience - I would not miss this. Some are in black tie, some are in suits, some in the same attire as every other night. We dress up because it's not something we get to do too much at home and we like getting pictures as they are our favorite souvenirs. We celebrated our 20th anniversary the second formal night and the staff sang to us and brought out a special dessert. Very sweet and kind. Windjammer: We ate here for everything else except dinner. Breakfast is amazing. Constantly see reviewers complain and say the options never change for breakfast day to day, but that leaves out a key detail that there are at least 150 options to eat for breakfast available every day! It's not like its only 5 things over and over. Every type of breakfasty meat option - pork sausage, chicken sausage, ham, then salmon, etc, eggs made to order as omelets or any other style you can imagine, ethnic breakfast options that rotated (Indian egg creations, Mexican too), potatoes in various forms, European breakfast options (muesli, and yogurts, etc), Carb creations galore (a variety of pancake options, french toast, etc), cereals, tons of fruit, muffins/Danishes/scones. That's only half of it. We thought it was fantastic. My husband and I often missed the lunch hours and instead did "tea" from 3-4 which was a smaller crowd but tons of great food choices and healthy salads, etc. This worked out great on days we had a later dinner and we always had a window seat to enjoy the view. Nighttime Entertainment: Every cruise for us has been different in where we choose to spend our time after dinner. Since our kids were MIA most nights til their 1am ship curfew, we spent a lot of time at the Duck and Dog Pub singing with Carlo, cocktails and dancing at the Viking Lounge and the different special events like Quest, 80's party, Silent Dance (Everyone wears headphones and dances to their own music choice. Wasn't sure what to expect but we loved it!)) Adult karaoke was popular in the Imperial lounge as well as various game shows. We saw the first headliner comedian who was awesome, but this time didn't do the other Lyric shows. Ice show in Studio B continues to amaze from ship to ship. Outstanding. Service: Like the comedian said one night the crew deserves reverence and awe to which the audience cheered loudly. He reminded us that most of the crew does not get a single day off for 7-9 months straight. Not one day off, and they continue to do their job with a smile, patience and warm conversation to all who pass by them. If you take 10 minutes to ask them about their day or their lives (which we do) you will learn many leave their spouses, or their children with family back home, in order to financially provide for them at a level they simply can't do in their home country. Many have tattoos of their children's names to remind them of why they are working so hard. They work tirelessly and continue to be polite and kind even when passengers were less so to them. Passengers can be messy and do things with dishes and glasses and trash on a ship that they would never do at home simply because they're on vacation. And then imagine what drunk ones are like. Again the staff tirelessly picked up after people behaving poorly. Ports: We didn't get off at Port Canaveral but opted to stay on the ship. Tons went to NASA but we decided to relax and hang out. Coco Cay was beautiful as always. They started a new system for tendering starting at 8:30am. You went to Deck 11 to get a tendering number (First come first serve) and then you left for the tenders when your number was called. Very easy and organized. No lines. We plopped ourselves on chaise lounges at the beach and everyone ran around doing what they want - mainly snorkeling in the pristine water. Stingrays, and all sorts of fish were spotted. Lunch on the island was awesome from build your own burgers to 5 spice chicken, roasted pig on a spit, seafood, gyros, and about ten salads of all kinds. Cookies laying around too and other desserts. We were one of the first tenders over and did the last tender back to stretch out our day there. Paradise. Nassau - We did the Blue Lagoon Beach day excursion which we did before on another ship. Loved it. Beautiful beach and water. Explored the whole little island with hidden beaches and scenic spots, and dolphin habitat. Lunch was great there too. Excursions are always chaotic getting off the ship and to the right spot. Especially with 4 other big ships there from other lines. The first cruise we took I was freaking out worried about the crowds and dismayed at the organization system for excursions once off the boat, but by now we just go with the flow. It always works out and they get you where to need to go...maybe not at the pace I'm used to back at home, but it gets done so "When in Rome...". Getting off the ship was easy and uneventful and we were in the car and driving home within 30 minutes. We are loyal to Royal. Have been given no reason to try other cruise lines. They meet our price point, and provide experiences, itineraries, and memories we all enjoy cherish. Already looking into our next one. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This is our 10th+ cruise with RC (we have cruised NCL and Carnival several times as well). RC is our favorite cruise line due to service, food, overall experience and drink options. Embarking and disembarking are a breeze in NJ. That ... Read More
This is our 10th+ cruise with RC (we have cruised NCL and Carnival several times as well). RC is our favorite cruise line due to service, food, overall experience and drink options. Embarking and disembarking are a breeze in NJ. That particular port is within driving distance for us in PA, which makes it nice. We always opt to park at the port parking lot as it is so safe/convenient (the exception to this is NY because the price is crazy). This is our first time on this specific ship but we have sailed on Explorer of the Seas several times and enjoy the size/class of this ship. Here is a breakdown of our thoughts on Adventure of the Seas. Drinks: The drink package with RC is the absolute best! We are big drinkers on vacation and have checked out drink packages on NCL and Carnival. There is no daily limit (# of drinks you can have before you are cut off), almost all drinks are covered in the package (menu is not geared to get a few bucks out of you each drink) and the bartenders cater to you regardless! Starbucks coffee and Johnny Rockets shakes are included in the package - it is truly inclusive and that makes this girl happy! We loved all of the bartenders - prompt and friendly service. The Champagne Bar was our favorite based on the staff there and the drink selections. They had specialty martinis and the best premium booze options too. Overall, we felt the drink menus lacked creativity but we managed! Food: We purchased the 4 specialty dining package. We love specialty dining on all of the ships/cruise lines. We enjoy the service and food quality. You are receiving a $100+ meal for a fraction of the cost. We ate at the main dining room once, the sushi place (additional $) once and the buffet once for dinner. All were great! The tutti salad bar on at sea days are also a favorite. The hot buffet with the salad bar was great! I love Indian food and they always had chicken curry! Desserts need to be improved on RC but that has been the case for YEARS so just know that going in and you'll be fine. You don't have to save room for dessert...simple! Entertainment: Spotty. The comedy shows were just too late for us. The Jackpot show was off. The singers couldn't actually sing, the wigs were TERRIBLE. Dancing was great but some of the outfits were just bad. Spending 15 minutes at any of the shows was plenty for us. Love & Marriage show is ALWAYS fun but RC, please change up your questions! They have been the same since we started cruising. This cruise had a ton of great trivia. We normally skip these events but they had a bunch related to music that ended up being pretty fun. More daytime activities would be great. Casino: Fun! Great group of staff members and cruise mates! Cruise mates: People on this ship were great fun! I enjoyed dancing at the nightclub a few evenings. There was a large Autism at Sea group that was well organized and attended. Ports: This was not an exciting itinerary but we obviously knew that in advance. Coco Cay is always fun. We saw lots of sea life (sand sharks / stingray) and a few iguanas, which is always cool. Room/etc.: I will say, our room attendant has ALWAYS been amazing on every cruise line and especially RC. The one we had on this cruise was not that great. He left items from the cruise prior to ours in the vanity (medicine - hi Larry....sorry you left your inhaler etc. behind....I threw it, your bag of pills etc. away and we kept the pepto bismol...lol), a sock was stuck behind a drawer and the phone and knob to flush the toilet was all dusty / icky. The walls and ceiling had gunk on it too so that was a bit gross. Some of the hand sani stations were empty (more than one throughout the cruise) as well. General thoughts: Do your research. You can spend as much or as little while on a cruise. There are things that cost extra money but it is your choice to utilize them. Have fun! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Don't waste your money. Ship crew could care less about you having a good time. They just want to suck as much of your money as they can while your on ship. Areas of ship are not available to most customers unless you have special sail and ... Read More
Don't waste your money. Ship crew could care less about you having a good time. They just want to suck as much of your money as they can while your on ship. Areas of ship are not available to most customers unless you have special sail and sign card, which you get by going on many cruises. Private dining restaurants take up room, leaving less room for dining and sitting and relaxing and you have to pay extra for their services. Forget trying to get chair poolside, people save multiple chairs and signs about saving chairs put out by Royal Caribbean are ignored by staff when asked to enforce rules. Areas of the pool deck are cordened off for guests with gold sign and sail cards while people who paid thousands of dollars to be on ship have to walk and wait for hours! Royal Caribbean costs to much for what you get. I will not give this company another penny of my money. If Royal Caribbean cared about current customers being future customers they would change their policies. I spoke to customer service and was told there was nothing they could do! I've cruised on three other cruise lines and was not treated the way I was on this cruise! Don't waste your money! NOT WORTH IT!! Spent last two days in room tired of standing waiting for place to sit! I sit here now, in room sending this review! I'm glad I waited to buy that $1,200.00 watch. I think I'll buy one back home. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
this was my first cruise, not impressed NJ -advertised as beautiful port=industrial park get on the ship and directed to go get food with over 4,000 people. the folks who have cruise before go to their room which your asked not to do ... Read More
this was my first cruise, not impressed NJ -advertised as beautiful port=industrial park get on the ship and directed to go get food with over 4,000 people. the folks who have cruise before go to their room which your asked not to do since the crew are still cleaning rooms from the previous cruise that morning(the crew work 7days a week with a minimum of 10hr day for 6-8mths straight) They push $$excursions Fl was ok went to the beach Bahamas was horrible you don't go to the beach unless you pay We went into town and felt unsafe + harassed to buy Days sailing 4000 pp trying to use the pool -too small for half the volume became hostage in my room to get away Good luck finding lounge chair never enough to accommodate Not relaxing Not worth it I don't vacation just to eat Staff + food excellent 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 3.7
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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