8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Many friends who are frequent cruisers recommended Royal Caribbean for our active family. My husband and I traveled with our four boys, ages 21 to 15 to Puerto Rico to board the ship. We spent the first 2 nights in San Juan enjoying the ... Read More
Many friends who are frequent cruisers recommended Royal Caribbean for our active family. My husband and I traveled with our four boys, ages 21 to 15 to Puerto Rico to board the ship. We spent the first 2 nights in San Juan enjoying the beach, restaurants, and Old San Juan beforehand. Discovered the delicious Puerto Rican food, Mofango, which goes great with Mojitos! La Concha by Renaissance is a terrific hotel which offers a good AAA discount. We boarded the ship and liked our 3 cabins of 8370 (balcony), 8371 and 8373 (inside cabins for the boys). Gloria was our lovely housekeeper who we enjoyed visiting with daily. She took great care of us, and made towel animals for us every night. Having a balcony is wonderful and we all enjoyed it. You can order free continental breakfast every morning, or even just coffee to enjoy, before heading up to Windjammer for breakfast. The kids were fine with their inside cabins (saved us some money). We requested extra keys from Guest Services so we could get into each other's cabins, which came in handy. It was also good to have the lanyards to wear, to keep the keys handy around our necks. Ask Guest Services to punch a hole in the key to easily hang on the lanyard, for easy access. The 6 of us enjoyed a variety of activities, sometimes together, and sometimes exploring on our own. Then we'd regroup at lunch or dinner and share. We chose not to buy the wifi package, because it's expensive. I'm really glad we left our phones in the cabins, as it was nice to interact with our kids, without someone always looking at their phone! Just like old times, right? We'd leave an itinerary on the outside of the door for each other, with 4 or 5 places and times, so we could find each other if interested. Our 15 and 17 year olds went to Optics the first night (teen club) and met some really cool kids. They linked up with these kids almost every night and had a blast. Sometimes they'd get together at Optics and participate in the organized activities, but they preferred just meeting up and having fun with their new friends outside of the teen group area. They're both really glad they were brave and went the first night. Our busy family chose My Time Dining, which worked out well. We had Table 217 three of the nights, with the same two waiters who were excellent. We'd call each day to reserve that table. Yet we also ate at Windjammer one night when the boys didn't want to dress up, and we went to Giovanni's one night, which I highly recommend. The food was outstanding at all 3 restaurants. We brought in 6 bottles of wine when we embarked on the ship, which is allowed (2 bot allowed per cabin). Then we brought one bottle to dinner each night and paid the $15 corkage fee. Great way to enjoy excellent wine each night without paying a fortune. Our favorite activities included Quest and the Love/Marriage Game. I haven't laughed so hard in years! If you haven't been, GO! They're each only offered one time on the cruise, at night, so look for each ahead of time. We didn't buy the drinks package since none of us are big drinkers, and we were with our boys. Look for specials, like Mimosas in the casino for $1 each at certain times. For 3 of our 4 ports, we rented trucks, 4 x 4's, and scooters. We loved this, and with 6 in our family, it worked out to be very reasonable compared with expensive excursions. We then had our own wheels to explore on our own schedule. It's an island, and easy to get around. Just do a little homework ahead of time for sights you want to see. We love to snorkel, and brought our own gear. So we knew of 3 or 4 places we wanted to see on each island. Bonaire has the best snorkeling, especially on the west side of the island. 1000 Steps was our favorite, along with the Salt Pier. So much to see underwater, and extremely accessible from the beach. We rented trucks for $100/day from Bonaire RentaCar, and highly recommend the husband and wife team. They locked up our passports and valuables, at our request, so we didn't have to worry about them while snorkeling. On Curacao, we didn't rent our own transportation and instead caught a taxi to Caracas Beach to snorkel at the Sunken Tugboat. The cab driver didn't know exactly where the Tugboat was, but when we got close, we stopped and asked a scuba group, and they knew right where to go. The snorkeling was excellent! Lots of fish, and the boys thought it was cool to dive around a sunken boat. Then we caught the taxi to Mombo Beach, and we snorkeled out of the popular swimming area to the other side of the breakwater. Spotted a giant sting ray, and lots of fish. Be sure to snorkel under the pier to the right side of the swimming area; lots of fish there too. We then caught the taxi back to the ship, but before boarding, we walked across the Queen Emma Bridge. Very cool, and didn't take long at all. It's about a 10 minute walk from the ship. Aruba was an awesome island where we rented two 4x4's, and one side-by-side that holds 5 people. We rented from Luis, the owner of RoadRunner ATV, who we highly recommend. We give Luis a 10!!! He keeps his equipment in great shape, and we drove the whole island. He gave us a map with lots of recommended stops. Be sure to bring a phone with wifi to downloap the app for directions. We used it a few times. The best snorkeling was early on in our day, just north of the ship on a gorgeous beach. The best 4-wheeling was on the east side of the island. The boys especially had a blast driving! Be sure to ask about the new natural pool, which isn't as crowded and touristy as the Natural Pool. The Baby Bridge is worth seeing, but the Natural Bridge is a tourist trap. In addition, the Natural Bridge caved in a long time ago!! Driving to the Natural Pool was a rugged adventure! Loved it. But it does cost about $10/person to enter the National Park. Baby Beach at the south end was beautiful, but probably not worth the long drive. It's very calm, almost like babies could just wade in the water, which is probably where the name originates. Our last port was St. Martin, which we all loved. Here our family rented 3 scooters and two 4x4's from Solid ATV. The owner keeps his machines clean and in great shape. He's located about a 10 minute walk from the ship. He gave us a map and great directions. We loved Orient Beach on the french side. Half the beach is a nude beach, clothes optional. Our boys ventured over there on their own, and when they returned, my husband and I took a stroll. They weren't crazy about it, but my husband and I enjoyed it, especially going for a swim in the teal/turquouise water, sans swimsuits! We visited the famous Maho Beach, or Airport Beach, famous for the close proximity of planes overhead. We didn't know that the day before, a woman had actually been killed due to jet blast! This is highly unusual, but be careful if you visit. I went for a swim and watched the planes land overhead. We hated to leave these beautiful islands. I think this was my favorite vacation ever!! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I am not going to give a lengthy review of what my experience was like. Instead, I will give the pros and cons as this was my very first cruise Pros: 1. Staff was very friendly (including the bartenders) I will give a list of crew ... Read More
I am not going to give a lengthy review of what my experience was like. Instead, I will give the pros and cons as this was my very first cruise Pros: 1. Staff was very friendly (including the bartenders) I will give a list of crew members that made our cruise memorable below 2. The entertainment was a lost of fun. Music Trivia and Karaoke in the Schooner bar made our nights fun. 3. Variety of food on the menu in the Main Dining Room. 4. Movies by the pool was a nice touch 5. I thought the ship was well maintained - did not notice anything that needed repairs badly. Cons: 1. Morning room service - Scrambled Eggs are powdered. Go to the MDR for breakfast (the eggs are real there). I had heard that the eggs at Windjammer are powdered too, but that is hearsay as I did not breakfast there. 2. While at port only 2 bars are open until around 2-4pm. The pool bar and Café Promenade. There were times I would have liked to hang out at the Duck and Dog, but it was closed. Just something to think about if you are buying a drink package. 3. Windjammer selection - Okay, I know it is a buffet, but I can only handle so much Carbs. No wonder people gain so much weight on a cruise. All they eat are carbs. 4. Although the MDR had a good variety each night for dinner it was often too salty. 5. All shops are closed while in port. It would be nice if they could leave the General Store open just for basic items that you may want if you stay on board. Crew that were memorable: Keifley - cabin steward (I am sure I misspelled the name - sounds like Keefely or keithly) Risa - Champagne Bar (I am sure I butchered the spelling here as well. Sounds like Reesa) Erica from Merica - One of the entertainment crew members. Always a lot of fun during trivia and karaoke Nai - Entertainment crew - but she is off the ship now and may not be returning Mr, D at the Champagne Bar And, I do not know his name, but he works at the Duck and Dog and was from the Ukraine. He made the best Tom Collins from scratch. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I don't usually do reviews but here goes. The Ship itself was great, very well maintained and clean everywhere. Our Cabin maid was fantastic keeping our room clean and tidy at all times. The food was good but not always hot in the ... Read More
I don't usually do reviews but here goes. The Ship itself was great, very well maintained and clean everywhere. Our Cabin maid was fantastic keeping our room clean and tidy at all times. The food was good but not always hot in the main dinning room, which you kind of expect when feeding that many people on that scale! To be honest we preferred the choice of food in the self serve Windjammer dinning area. But if you can book Giovanni's table as this was really special, lovely food and service and hot. Order wine by the glass though if you are on a drinks package as they'll charge for a full bottle. Of the islands we visited Barbados was definitely the highlight. Two days into the cruise I got a text from my bank asking me to contact them urgently about some potential credit card fraud. It took another 2-3 days to get through to them as they kept putting me on hold. Anyway my bank spotted some strange activity on my credit card the day after we left port and this is only place I used my card in the whole Caribbean. I am convinced the criminals are operating at the Port and when I told RC reception I wanted to speak to their Security officer I was very disappointed by their reaction. Basically the wanted nothing to do with and couldn't even be bothered to come and talk to me about what happened. Instead telling me the Port authorities employ the staff who check you in and take your card details even though they are wearing RC shirts! They then advised me via the reception staff to go to the Port Police in San Juan Puerto Rico to report the incident. They had tried making nearly $3000 of transactions on my card in 2 days! So let this be a warning and be careful when giving your details over before getting on the boat. But to be honest I didn't let me card out of sight and they didn't register my security code, which is why my Bank smelt the rat! All in all I thought the cruise was great, but their couldn't give attitude on such an important security breach was not good! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We went with the extended family (from grandparents to kids as young as 10) and found this to be a GREAT experience. The excursions are a must. We loved our snorkel excursion on st. Kitts -the guides made the trip a lot of fun for our ... Read More
We went with the extended family (from grandparents to kids as young as 10) and found this to be a GREAT experience. The excursions are a must. We loved our snorkel excursion on st. Kitts -the guides made the trip a lot of fun for our whole family and the dive sites and beach at Nevis were great. The Treetop zip lining at Loterie Farm on St. marteen was also very well run. Safety was emphasized and reinforced making us feel secure and Vilma was an engaging tour guide. Barbados was also a great island and our snorkeling over shipwrecks was some of our best snorkeling and the second part of the tour to Bathsheba with our guide Troy was informative and worthwhile. In the dining room we were lucky to have had great waiters Willson and Amy and their assistants Alina and Mauricio. Willson was our primary waiter and he was excellent from his dinner recommendations to his nightly toothpick puzzles for us to solve. His personality and drive to make sure our experience was excellent made for a great rendezvous with our group each night. This was a Great cruise for first timers or families. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
My husband and I went on a delayed honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves by the pool, at the game shows, watching poolside movies and at the ports of call. The Good-A fun atmosphere, and great cabin service attendants. The Bad- The ... Read More
My husband and I went on a delayed honeymoon and enjoyed ourselves by the pool, at the game shows, watching poolside movies and at the ports of call. The Good-A fun atmosphere, and great cabin service attendants. The Bad- The attention to detail. In the fitness center the drapes were falling off. Although our server in the dining room was friendly, he was very slow. The Indifferent-The food was hit and miss. Some dishes like the duck were fantastic. The prime rib was excellent one night and mediocre the next. At the Windjammer, the food was plentiful but not life-changing. The entertainment was also the same,the Ukrainian ice skaters were phenomenal, yet other acts were not very good. Overall it was a good value. Looking to try a newer ship. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We booked this cruise for our honeymoon and had only heard wonderful things about RC. I am going to break down my review of this cruise experience... Cabin - we got a deluxe room with a balcony. The room was nice, very clean. It was ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our honeymoon and had only heard wonderful things about RC. I am going to break down my review of this cruise experience... Cabin - we got a deluxe room with a balcony. The room was nice, very clean. It was roomy enough and not too small. It was too hot to really use the balcony much. That's not the fault of the cruise though. The bed was very uncomfortable. Two twin beds pushed together which made a hump in the middle. Of course the TV channels were mainly Spanish and not much to choose from. The guy,Christopher that took care of our room was excellent! We kept the air on full blast and still had a warm room. If you are hot natured, you better bring a fan!! One thing we did notice there would be stale moldy smells as we walked around the ship. Not sure if it's due to the age of the ship or what. Not what I want to smell after spending thousands of dollars. Dining - this was the most disappointing of the entire trip! I had been told to expect to gain weight because the food was wonderful and everywhere....not on this ship! By the second day, I was starving! The food on the buffet was Golden Corral quality. Golden Corral is ok every now and then...but every day? No. The main dining room was better. But you had to make sure you were there within the specific times. The food was better, but stay away from the steak!! It was like a frozen piece of grey meat. I never got a dessert that was really really good. The bottled water that you have to pay extra for was the cheap Crystal Geyser brand that actually made me and my husband so nauseated that we had to stop drinking it 3 days into the cruise. So much for 150.00 drink package... Embarkation - very pleased with each time we left and came back on the ship Entertainment - the entertainment was good. Not Broadway bound, but entertaining enough Shore excursions - they were good. They were expensive. We preferred to get off the boat and use the locals. Cheaper and usually got to ask more questions. Value for Money - we got a decent deal on this cruise, but for the money , I would expect better food and a better bed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
This was my first time cruising as an adult, so I don't have anything to compare to but we had a great time. We went to an island every day except the last day was cruising. The islands were gorgeous. The shows on the cruise we liked ... Read More
This was my first time cruising as an adult, so I don't have anything to compare to but we had a great time. We went to an island every day except the last day was cruising. The islands were gorgeous. The shows on the cruise we liked was the comedian the last night, the ice skating, love and marriage, and quest. The dancing and singing shows were not good! The one dancing/singing show we saw was a vegas type show and we were laughing throughout it b/c it was so bad. We had a great time at the other shows above though. There were not a lot of kids on this ship, which we liked because we wanted a break and relax. There were 2 formal nights. Some people were dressed in suits and some wearing jeans. The music on the ship was wonderful. There was a lot of places you could go to listen to music-schooner bar was piano and karaoke, the lobby had a great band, up on the pool deck was a great Jamaican band, and the pub had a guy on the guitar we liked to listen to. The embarkation was quick and easy; we got right on. We got to the ship early though. We went to San Juan a day early and got to see the sights at night. We ate at a restaurant on top of a hotel called punto de vista-great food and loved the atmosphere. We had breakfast at a quaint and yummy place called Caficultura. Then we toured the forts. St. Croix-We did Big Beard Snorkeling full day and rode a catamaran out to beautiful Buck island. The snorkeling part, I personally didn't enjoy but my friends did. The waves were way too rough and my goggles would fog up a lot. We stopped at a private beach to eat lunch; unique and fun experience. The boat ride back to St. Criox was a lot of fun. We were singing along with a ukulele and just relaxing. The crew was so friendly and seemed to love their jobs. St. Maarten-We did not have a excursion planned for this island. We took a taxi to Maho Beach to watch the planes fly over our heads at the beach. That was cool. Don't eat at places near the cruise ship. We ate lunch near cruise ship and waited over an hour, bad service, and people were hounding us about renting jet skis a lot. Antigua-We did the Antigua Buggy. This was our favorite excursion. We followed Wayne, the owner, around on buggies. We got to see places in Antigua we wouldn't have if not for this tour. We stopped at a few beaches and ate lunch at a cool restaurant called Sweet T's. This is a must see tour. He said when it has rained you get very muddy, but we went during a drought so just got a little dusty. Bring a towel and extra clothes. St. Lucia-My favorite island. I could stay on this island for days. We did the Cosol Tours. They were great. We got to see so much of the island. The roads up the mountains are windy and we were in the van a long time. I was feeling sick on the way back to cruise. So if you get car sick easily, I wouldn't recommended this tour maybe try a boat tour. We got to see banana plantations, ate a yummy local breakfast, waterfall, mud bath, hot springs, went to beautiful sugar beach in between the Pitons, and had lots of stops to take breathtaking pics. Overall, an experience of a lifetime! Barbados-We didn't have a excursion planned. We took a short cab ride over to the Boatyard. We paid $15 and got a free drink, 2 umbrella chairs (which were great b/c it rained a little there), and played on the rope swing, platform to dive off of, trampoline and climbing inflatable. This was not my favorite island, but we didn't see much of it. Our friends walked over to another resort to paddle board. We had fun. Overall, We had a great time. The 5 islands were amazing and the ship was fun. 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: June 2015
Loved the Adventure of the Seas cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Interior cabin 7521 The embarkation was painless as we booked the pre- and post-airport transfers. When we got to the dock, the line of passengers who still had their ... Read More
Loved the Adventure of the Seas cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Interior cabin 7521 The embarkation was painless as we booked the pre- and post-airport transfers. When we got to the dock, the line of passengers who still had their luggage was extremely long, and our shuttle driver escorted us in quickly (bypassing that line) and into queue to check in. We were in line maybe 5 minutes at the most. Our cabin steward, Leroy, was wonderful -- making the towels animals and greeting us each day by name and then invisibly making sure our cabin was made up or turned down each night. Was wondering how I'd do in an interior cabin and it couldn't have been more pleasant. Comfortable bed and pillow, and I slept so soundly because, of course, no sunlight to peek in the windows! Dining room waiter, Savio, and assistant waiter, Anton, were attentive and remembered all our little requests so we never had to ask a second time. The food was incredible and we ate there every night, never even considered the specialty restaurants. Front desk was helpful on a couple of occasions regarding some charges we didn't make and took care of it immediately in a very pleasant manner. The only reason this is not 5-stars is the cost of the excursions (we found that you can do your own thing at each port by just walking into the multitude of folks hawking their excursions. We did not go alone, but went on two separate occasions on 10-passenger vans for around $20/person for a 2 to 2-1/2 hour tours of the islands). Also, our one and only attempt to go to the Windjammer Cafe for breakfast (and this was by no means RC's issue) is the hoards of people who are pushing and shoving and kids running and screaming with not a parent to be seen. It's not like they're going to run out of food - they had four mammoth stations with attentive staff and omelet chefs. I wanted to try it, but was not able to tolerate the "it's all about me" attitude of the passengers. The dining room was a much calmer and peaceful atmosphere. Enjoyed all the entertainment throughout each day and evening. You can't get bored as something is always going on. I enjoyed this trip so much, that I booked another trip next summer for the Mediterranean! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Royal Caribbean 7 day cruise on Adventure of the Seas As a first time cruiser I am here to share some things we learned. The first day board the ship as early as possible and enjoy your ship. I recommend flying into San Juan at least a ... Read More
Royal Caribbean 7 day cruise on Adventure of the Seas As a first time cruiser I am here to share some things we learned. The first day board the ship as early as possible and enjoy your ship. I recommend flying into San Juan at least a day early and heading right over to the pier in the early afternoon. We stayed at the Hilton Caribe. Great property, location and service.  The first day spent cruising it's nice to relax. This is a very busy cruise because of all the ports you visit. Make time to attend the shopping guide with Eric and Tara. They offer great advice and coupons. We also learned how to build two free charm bracelets by getting a free charm at each port. Great gifts for the grand daughters. Excursions. In Barbados we did the Jolly Roger. This is a fun party cruise. If you are going for the snorkel you might be disappointed as it's not that good. The crew is absolutely great. Get the buffet lunch they offer.....delicious. And the rum punch had everyone dancing and going to bed early that evening. We highly recommend it!!!! St Lucia was something we did independently. We went to Pigeon Island National Park via a cab that we grabbed at the port terminal. It was beautiful. We climbed both hills. They are quite challenging and I do not recommend that you attempt this with small children. The views are so worth the climb. Take your time, wear sneakers and take water. We then went to the beach within the park. The is a place where you can rent a snorkel for $5.  There is a fruit guy that comes up to the beach and sells fruit and drinks. Fun! St Maarten we did independently too. We grabbed a cab and went with friends we met on the cruise and headed to Maho Beach to watch the planes. Absolutely incredible is all I can say; you have to go. There are bars on both sides of the beach. We went to Sunset Bar. We also rented beach chairs and u melas from them as well. Best time to catch the planes is between 11-2. Sunset Bar actually posts the daily flights on a surf board so you know what's coming in.  Antigua St John excursion consisted of a catamaran cruise. This offered a ride on a beautiful vessel, pristine beaches and yummy rum punch. After our excursion we went to town and shopped an the local shops. There are some awesome sterling silver shops if you like silver jewelry.  St. Croix was our last island and last excursion. We went on the Buck Island snorkel trip. If you like to snorkel, this is for you. The water and snorkeling was the best ever. Highly, highly recommend this trip. At the end of tour there was endless rum. Make sure you stop at the np each on the way back to the ship. There are no words to describe the beauty we saw.  As a tip for anyone snorkeling ..... Take some cereal from the Windjammer and use it to attack the fish and sea turtles. It enhances your snorkeling adventure.  San Juan ...... We love it. As a transfer to the airport we did the Old/New San Juan tour excursion. Pedro our tour guide was awesome.  We liked the tour and wished we would have done it prior to taking our cruise since we were there 2 days prior to our cruise.  Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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