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Sail Date: November 2014
Our 2nd cruise, 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas, 1st time doing the transatlantic. We loved it! The embarkation process, predictably and understandably, was somewhat chaotic and involved lots of line-standing. It all worked out, ... Read More
Our 2nd cruise, 2nd time on the Adventure of the Seas, 1st time doing the transatlantic. We loved it! The embarkation process, predictably and understandably, was somewhat chaotic and involved lots of line-standing. It all worked out, almost everyone made it on board before the ship left. A couple of days at sea (with a bit of mild choppy weather, enough to let you know that you were on a ship on the ocean), two days of island visits, 6 more (balmy) days at sea, 3 more days of island visits, ending up in San Juan where we stayed another 3 days... Just a perfect mix of activity and total relaxation. The crew on the ship were universally friendly and helpful. A big shout-out to Christopher in the dining room, Lynn who tended our cabin, the guys and gals at the Sky Bar and Pool Bar, you were all great and we deeply appreciated your fine service. A few minor niggles. I think they over-age the steak and other meat - it was always too tender for my taste, too little texture. The deserts tended a bit too much toward chocolates and caramels, for which I am actually grateful since it made it easy to just go with the cheese plate most of the time. And there usually were too many good choices of appetizer and entree, really hard to choose. But one other thing - it seems that Royal Caribbean is moving away from fixed dining to a do-your-own-thing reservation system. If this is true, I will not be back on this line. The last thing I want to do on a cruise is to spend time and energy worrying about where and when and with whom I am going to eat, and then have to spend time on the phone trying to negotiate a table reservation. Assign me a time and a table, give me a menu, and pass the salt and pepper. We never went to any of the shows but those who we talked to said they were well pleased with the shows. We did go to a couple of the how-to-shop pitches; if you are determined to spend money on jewelry, even if you are not, it is an entertaining hour. We went to the history-of-the-islands lecture series and quite enjoyed those presentations. Oh, and I had seen on this site much moaning about the cost and quality of on-board laundry. We had several slacks, shirts, etc. done on two occasions. Prompt, well cleaned and pressed, and for less than the professional cleaners charge at home. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We've just been on Adventure of the Seas transatlantic and had one of the best RCI cruises ever. Ship - The ship was well looked after, well maintained and very clean. To me it didn't look 'tired' like many people have ... Read More
We've just been on Adventure of the Seas transatlantic and had one of the best RCI cruises ever. Ship - The ship was well looked after, well maintained and very clean. To me it didn't look 'tired' like many people have said. For several weeks before we sailed there were reports of Norovirus and deep cleans. There was a lot of ongoing cleaning but not many reports of illness on this cruise. Crew - the crew seemed a generally very happy and helpful bunch of staff. They were friendly, polite and seemed to help more than you would expect if you needed something. They had a friendly sincere approach to great customer service. Out of everyone we encountered on board I just wanted to give an extra massive thanks to 4 staff in particular: Samuel Rudder - Bartender in the Diamond Lounge Xenia Nottny - Retail Assistant Negrut Cristian- Waiter Idewa Satya - Assistant WaiterCheers !!!!!!!!!!!Happy Cruising Everyone !!!!!!!!!! Food - the food very very good in the main dining room (MDR) , OK in the Windjammer (only warm and not too well presented) and we heard a lot of negative reports about Giovanni's. I really like the Brasserie 30 in the MDR on sea days. The create your own salad bar is amazing !!!! Entertainment - I really enjoyed the selection. The production shows with the ship's singers and dancers were very good, the ice show was superb and the headliners were very very good, especially the mentalist and comedy magician. The daytime activities were good and plentiful. Overall - Excellent cruise. I really like transatlantic's for the many sea days so that you can just relax and enjoy a nice laid back vacation. What also makes me do them regularly is the price - I can generally do two x 2 week transatlantic cruises for the same price as 1 around Europe. We paid $586 per person for an inside cabin by booking with a US travel agent and watching out for lower price matches and only £186 per person for the flight back to the UK with Thomas Cook Airlines. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Well where do I begin !! Embarkation at Southampton was rather longer than anticipated , despite having preference over others , I along with other diamon and diamond plus members queued for far longer than we wanted to , however once ... Read More
Well where do I begin !! Embarkation at Southampton was rather longer than anticipated , despite having preference over others , I along with other diamon and diamond plus members queued for far longer than we wanted to , however once onboard its soon forgotten . My superior oceanview balcony cabin on deck ten was just wonderful , beautifully clean and I was blessed with a wonderful Phillipino male room attendant for whom nothing was too much trouble . I had decided not to eat too much on this cruise , so had room service evry morning so that I would not be tempted by the food in the Windjammer , I had a wonderful rapport with Karen from St Vincent who took the same order every morning Two toast and a boiled egg , and she even came to see me as we laughed so much every time we spoke . The windjammer , what can I say , just wonderful , they cater so well for everybody and are always so cheerful . Could I pass that huge tray of cherry crumble , bread and butter pudding , and those tiny cheesecakes well no I couldnt , so I thoroughly enjoyed them every afternoon , and then just skipped dinner AND AM PLEASED TO SAY I DIDNT GAIN A POUND The journey .................well lets say I never experienced rocking in the night like I did on that ship and I was alone !!! I would wake to find the curtains swinging away from the balcony door , then watch them go back again, I took styrgeron from the minute I boarded continuesly for four days so I wasnt sick , but I gather a lot of people were . Bobby the cruise director was fantastic ,he does a great job and is always smiling and happy to chat to everyone ,the programme he records with Renato is hilarious even if its not meant to be , Whats in the box , its not a box its a bag, you are doing this on purpose says Renato will stay with me forever , they are a great double act , and I told them so several times they are doing a fantastic job . The shows were very good except for one , humour re being beaten as a child was not acceptable to many some even left the theatre , so that was unfortunate . All of the ports were good and we enjoyed great weather too apart from the odd soaking in St Thomas , Disembarking was a bit drawn out too , I waitied till later as my flight was not till the afternoon, but the whole process was quite slow . The ships cleaniless, the staffs attitudes ,and the hilarious Captain who told a joke most days were all a pleasure ,but then I am loyal to Royal so I cant compare , but it was a thoroughly enjoyable cruise   Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on 35 cruises. This was our 9 Transatlantic cruise, and our 18 cruise with RCI. Pre-cruise: For the second year in a row, we had pre-booked a car with chauffeur from Online ... Read More
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on 35 cruises. This was our 9 Transatlantic cruise, and our 18 cruise with RCI. Pre-cruise: For the second year in a row, we had pre-booked a car with chauffeur from Online Airport Cars in London, to our hotel in Southampton. It worked again very well for us, and we thought the price was fair. We stayed at the Hotel Novotel Southampton, one day before the cruise. The hotel is an OK 4* hotel, but the prepaid dinner was unfortunately very disappointing. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. The voyage: Unfortunately, we found as last year that the best Transatlantic itinerary in the fall for us, was a cruise from Southampton. Like last November, this meant rather bad weather for two days, until we came to Madeira. We really dislike to sail from Southampton on cruises in late fall, we prefer absolutely to sail from a port in the Mediterranean. And next fall we luckily will just do that, but it's another story … The Ship: The Adventure of the Seas is a very nice ship, but some things could be maintained better. For example, some elevator buttons did not work, and the large punctured window aft. in the Island Grill, which we also noticed in November last year, was still not changed. Cabin info: We had booked an aft. balcony cabin on deck 9. It was a nice cabin, but with two exceptions, the two very ugly plastic chairs on the balcony, should have been thrown long ago (luckily we had in addition to the chairs two sunbeds, which were fine). In the bathroom we again had a toilet seat that was not so pretty. RCI is the only cruise line we sail with, where we sometimes experience getting less nice toilet seats. We think of course that ugly seats should be replaced at once, but the reason for not doing this is perhaps to save costs? Dining: We had My Time Dining (MTD) in the Mozart Dining Room on deck five. This was really an excellent dining experience! On 11 of our 14 dinners, we were served by the waiter Gennadiy from Ukraine, and his assistant Polo from Peru. We think Gennadiy really is one of the best waiters on the seven seas! Also Polo did an excellent job! But not only these two, but the other waiters we spoke with in "our part" of the Mozart Dining Room, was very nice! - with the only exception of a male assistant waiter. But we will of course not forget the excellent service from the two hostesses Salemnon Vashi and Yurkhan Vashi (cousins), and we were also pleased with the third hostess and our friendly Maitre D'. The food for breakfast and lunch in the Buffet Restaurant Windjammer, was as usual standard buffet food. Unfortunately we experienced that it was empty for prunes when we came to the Caribbean, just like the Transatlantic cruise last year! We have a hard time believing that the logistics would be so complicated, that it should not have been sort it up to this year's cruise. The reason is perhaps that the remaining stock of prunes were put away until the next cruise in the Caribbean - very disappointing! As expected, it was difficult to find an unoccupied table for breakfast and lunch during “peak hours” in the Windjammer. Although a few of the employees in Windjammer was a bit too relaxed, the majority did a very good job of clearing tables etc. We had an excellent dinner at Giovanni’s table. It was nice to experience that on most seadays, food was also prepared and served on pool deck at lunchtime. The crew: Our stateroom attendant from Indonesia was excellent. In addition to him, we also found the other stateroom attendants “in our” starboard corridor (from our aft. stateroom and forward to the lifts), to be very nice. Especially, we had several small pleasant conversations with the male attendant from Guatemala. The majority of rest of the crew we met, were very friendly, with unfortunately a special exception, the unfriendly male officer who was responsible for the deck and pool staff, and who also was responsible for the distribution of bath towels. The Bars: As usually we were pleased with the Viking Crown Lounge at the top of the ship. Entertainment: Of course, a lot of entertainment. The two different ice shows we watched, was as expected excellent. But we no longer go to see the production shows. We are quite tired to experience that part of the music/songs presented, is not "original music". The reason for this is probably copyright issues/costs for RCI. Moreover, we think that most of the live music was good. The Crown & Anchor Society: As Diamond Plus member we were again pleased with the nightly Diamond Event in the Imperial Lounge, with the serving of free beverages and canapés. All the waiters were very friendly. We also appreciate the new offer, that Diamond members and above, now get three free drink coupons to use each day in the bars around the ship, during the hours for the nightly event. We never visited the Concierge Lounge in the evening, it was too crowded. Itinerary – The 5 ports of call were all good. Disembarkation in San Juan - smooth. Easy to find baggage. Overall – A very pleasant cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This was our 6th cruise and our fourth with royal Caribbean, it was also our first transatlantic and our first visit to the Caribbean.we had travelled on the adventure last year on a canaries cruise so it felt comfortable straight away, we ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and our fourth with royal Caribbean, it was also our first transatlantic and our first visit to the Caribbean.we had travelled on the adventure last year on a canaries cruise so it felt comfortable straight away, we found the ship as last year clean in good repair and welcoming.this was also the first balcony cabin we had booked on a royal Caribbean ship having previously had promenade cabins on our 3 other cruises, the cabin(6622) was on the hump and offered great views both forward and aft and was great for the two of us and provided a nice oasis on days at sea when we needed a little us time. Facilities on the ship offer a lot or a little depending on your requirements, the cabin was spacious and storage plentiful and the addition of a flat screen TV made moving around the bed to access the balcony easy, the bars and entertainment venues around the ship were varied and could cater for what u wanted ie, quiet reads, games of cards in the blue moon, a pre or post show drink in the champagne bar,a late night drink with music in the nightclub(jesters) and other variations in other locations, the pub the schooner bar the sports bar all offered various types of music during the evening and all day the bars on deck offered a great service. On deck there was also a choice about what u wanted your experience to be eg quiet and relaxed(solarium) or more interactive and musical( main pool deck), the deck was well used during the cruise,deck parties, belly flop contests water aerobics and films on the outdoor screen.entertainment at night was very varied the main theatre shows both crew production and guest artists were very good and you could always go elsewhere if u didn't fancy the show that night( we went 12 nights out of 14),the pyramid lounge offered live bands,quizzes and other activities and other venues offered bands solo artists and instrumentalists so you could always find something you liked. The dining onboard was as always great the main dining room food was always varied well prepared and service good even at busy times, if you decided not to go there the windjammer was a great alternative with varied well prepared options,for a bit of fun u should go to Johnny rockets they have great burgers and a fun atmosphere,if u want a small restaurant feel meal then giovannis is the place to go I took my wife for her birthday and she loved it the food and atmosphere were amazing, and of course if all that wasn't enough there is the 24hr cafe promenade.also worth a mention is the room service we had this twice for breakfast once on my wife's birthday and it was a nice change of pace and good quality, the main dinning room and windjammers were open at various times for breakfast,dinner,evening meal.the adventure is a great ship for all and we hope the explorer of the seas which replaces the adventure next year is as relaxing and fun, A little info about the crossing if you have never done it the weather was great leaving Southampton in November we never expected to go to muster in t shirts( bonus) the 2 days down to Madeira were a bit changeable but still t shirt weather on Madeira we walked around and went on the cable car up to monte we had light trousers and shirts on, Tenerife was the norm for the time of the year,the 6 days at sea were very relaxing and very warm with 2 smal rain showers all crossing the seas was very calm and in all this was a very very pleasant crossing that exceeded our expectations, the Caribbean islands were absolutely amazing and we are already planning our return we visited St Martin, St Kitts and St Thomas all were hot beautiful and laid back with the nicest people you could ask for. We went on 2 excursions catamaran and Nevis beach barbecue on which the beer and rum punch were free flowing and a sight seeing and Megan's bay beach swim on St Thomas they were both absolutely amazing and Megan's bay beach was stunning This was our best holiday ever and royal Caribbean continue to be a great experience and a fun and relaxing holiday,looking forward to our next cruise with excitement and anticipation.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We were on the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. This was our first time cruising with RCI, the first time on a ship with over 3000 passengers and our first transatlantic crossing. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about the ... Read More
We were on the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. This was our first time cruising with RCI, the first time on a ship with over 3000 passengers and our first transatlantic crossing. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about the cruise. Before we left home I stopped reading other peoples’ reviews; they were so negative and disappointing I did not want my holiday ruined before we’d even started. At least we found a lot of AOS fans on the Cruise Critic roll call. Please do not believe all the negative reviews but by the same token you should travel on AOS with reasonable expectations. I think you should research your ships and cruise lines more thoroughly. If most of the complaints are about food, service & entertainment then you should pay more money and go on 6 star cruise lines. Don’t go on a ship that is offering an excellent value for money product, pay a low price then complain about everything. There is a saying “Champagne taste, Beer budget”. The food on the ship was good whether in the MDR or Windjammer (anybody that gives me apple crumble and custard gets my vote!!). There were plenty of Indian dishes in both MDR and the buffet. English sausages and bacon for breakfast (bear in mind that we’d sailed from England), a fresh stir-fry station in the Windjammer, the list goes on. Another highlight of our trip was our table of 10. If any of our dining companions are reading this review; thank you so much for making meal times interesting and fun. Gary & Karen wish you all the best and good luck for the future. There was plenty of choice of activities to do every day. You can take part or just relax in a quiet corner (which was possible on a ship of AOS size and 3000 passengers). Even the 6 consecutive days at sea went quickly and some days we could not do all of the activities we wanted to do because they overlapped. I enjoyed some of the port lectures. Nearly all the shows were excellent. Congratulations to the 2 singers from the AOS entertainment crew that stepped in at the last moment due to rough seas. They were very good and deserve their own show singing contemporary / current songs. I thought the shows were varied and appealed to most people. We had no problems with the staff, who were all polite and courteous. They were regularly seen cleaning common areas and doing some outside painting. Our only complaint was my wife’s Gym experience. She has never been to one before and thought that the 6 days at sea would be an ideal opportunity to give it a try and see how she got on. She went to the Gym on 2 occasions and both times she did not get any help on how to use any of the machines. At her initial visit she was greeted by a member from the Spa who said nobody was available to show her how to use the machines; she was told to just follow the on-screen instructions. These may be obvious to someone who knows what they are doing but to a complete novice they didn’t make any sense so she used the running machine without anyone giving advise or it being set up to monitor her progress. There were no members of staff available the following day either and after that she gave up in disgust! I really think RCI have got the balance right on the AOS. The correct mix of activities, service levels (I prefer not having a waiter ask if I want a drink every 5 minutes), different food venues and shows. The entertainment staff worked very hard to keep everyone happy. I also enjoyed the TV shows with the Captain and other officers explaining how everything works behind the scenes. The Captain’s lecture on Navigation was very informative. If you want perfect cabins, furniture & decor then travel on new ships. Have you ever considered what it’s like having 3600 guests stay on a floating hotel every week. If you stay in 4 star hotels around the world are the rooms always perfect after months of heavy use? Has anyone ever starved on a cruise? There is so much to eat in so many places at so many times. If you want hotter, fresher food then try other restaurants (possibly you should be eating in the places that charge extra?) or search for what you want. Ask the chefs in the windjammer to cook you a fresh steak or watch what they are cooking fresh. Every day we were asked at dinner by 2 staff members if the food and everything else was alright. If you have a problem, talk to them. Have you ever thought how hard it is to serve so many different dishes at once. Think about the logistics of getting that food to your table or a buffet that starts at 1100 and finishes at 1500 hrs. So please don’t believe all the negative reviews. Travel on the AOS expecting a reasonable cruise for the money you are paying. If you want 5 or 6 star luxury then travel on another ship. Have fun and be happy!! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were ... Read More
This was my First cruise with RCI, my FIRST Transatlantic and my First solo cruise. I joined the cruise critic roll call for the ship, getting a lot of information about the cruise, including some trips to the various islands we were visiting. We also agreed to meet at the sky bar for sail away, where I met other solo cruisers who were to remain friends throughout the cruise (RCI also organised solo events throughout the cruise) The first few days were sailing through the Bay of Biscay. This was a bit rough and caused you to stagger side to side at some times but other than that not a problem. The ship was fantastic with a great atmosphere of music and fun. I was assigned a seat in Vivaldi dining room - the only Englishman at a table of 9 Americans, and what a great group they were (if any of you read this, my heartfelt thanks for making me feel so welcome). The food selection was first class as was the service by the staff (thanks Robert and team) I also ate in the windjammer for breakfast and lunch and again the selection was first class. Entertainment in the main theatre was mostly great although there were a couple of shows not so good and the pubs and bars were great with excellent service by attentive and friendly staff with good music in the evenings, particularly at the schooner bar. (I had taken out a drinks package so no big surprises at the end of the cruise) I had an inside cabin which was quite adequate for me and the cabin staff were great. There were plenty of sunbeds on deck 12 with bars within easy reach to quench your thirst and a marked out walkway to assist in removing all the extra weight you put on eating and drinking (5 laps to the mile). So, a great cruise, fantastic service from friendly and helpful staff and great food (I don’t know how anyone could complain). Special thanks to “ icantthinkofone” for the company and friendship. Thank you RCI, I will definitely cruise with you again. And if you are also a solo cruiser – take the plunge- you may enjoy it. Alan   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Well , let's start at embarkation , which was changed from 11am to 2pm due to a deep cleanse requires as norovirus was on the previous sailing. All went quite well ,considering. Although the muster was a bit of a shambles , as guests ... Read More
Well , let's start at embarkation , which was changed from 11am to 2pm due to a deep cleanse requires as norovirus was on the previous sailing. All went quite well ,considering. Although the muster was a bit of a shambles , as guests still walking on at that time. Our first cruise , we absolutely loved it. Met some nice people , food was good , and most importantly , the service was great. Staff really couldn't have done more for you . I really loved the entertainment , every evening we went to a Different show , loved the ice show and G4 s Jonathan , enough to do , and the ports of call were interesting although the Barcelona tour guide was not so good and barely spoke English . Loved the whole cruising thing , although not so much as some customers who seemed to have done upwards of ten cruises on the same itinerary ("not getting off at Vigo dear, we've been there 8times before "!) that would bore me , but I can see the draw of the floating hotel thing for the elderly . Being fifty something, I would be drawn only by new itineraries , and exciting places to visit. However, it was really fab to have a good night out a few drinks , a sing song around the piano, and didn't have to get a taxi home. Special stars were the dining room staff , Linnell and Sachin and Eddie, were really great and a credit to RC. Personally we preferred the dining room to the self serve windjammer, which was often like Victoria station on a Monday morning. Although ok for a quick bite. Cruise director bobby was good , and kept us all informed . One gripe was that we were not informed that the meet and mingle was changed to another venue and time , so missed that sadly. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Boarding was delayed because of Noro Virus on the previous cruise and long queues were causing some consternation for passengers. Fortunately we were able to bypass these as we are diamond members. There was continuous cleaning taking ... Read More
Boarding was delayed because of Noro Virus on the previous cruise and long queues were causing some consternation for passengers. Fortunately we were able to bypass these as we are diamond members. There was continuous cleaning taking place throughout the cruise to try and eliminate further infections and all crew must be praised for the extra work, often unpaid, to eliminate the virus. I have never seen so many sanitising gel stations being used, literally at every food venue, shop and entertainment venue both going in and coming out. Food in the main restaurant was usually good . We were on a table of 6 and half of us were quite happy with the food while the others were less happy. Service from our two waiters, both from Mauritius was excellent. Beef and steak were good. No lobster now on European cruises, only in the Caribbean? The Windjammer was very disappointing for us. We only ate there at breakfast and lunch time, There was no self service because of possible contamination, but plenty extra staff were recruited from all areas of the ship to serve passengers so it worked well. We were served by the band members and dancers on many occasions, always with a smiling face. In fact I wondered how long they would be able to keep this up as it went on for the whole cruise. Quality of food in the Windjammer has definitely deteriorated since our last cruise on RCI. Fish and chips were very disappointing, mainly batter on poor quality fish. The chips were very good. There was a vegetable curry every day but rarely a good meat curry. In fact, when it was available it looked dried up and unappetising. Oh dear, what has happened to the cakes. There was very limited selection with the same things every day. The pastries were generally poor too. In fact the only pasty I could recommend was in Johnny Rockets where the apple pie was excellent. I was told that their apple pie was made by a different chef. Compared with a recent cruise on Princess, RCI were miles behind on the food supplied which is surprising when you consider their recent advertising of their new ships food venues. Entertainment was generally good. The resident singers and dancers were excellent as was the Ice Show. I am not a great lover of the Promenade on these ships. There is always a shortage of seating at the coffee shop or pub with the same people appearing to hog their seats most of the time. When the sun shines it is much better because many were on the sun decks soaking up the heat and we had lots of sunshine during this cruise. In fact it was too hot for me much of the time. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2014
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots ... Read More
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots of nice people working onboard, itinerary was interesting (although I missed not stepping out of EU zone which made all shopping 20% more expensive due to UK VAT). Food was okay - choises were ample, but it featured mostly food appealing to UK and US customers. To our taste food was a bit too heavy. Different tastes in different parts of world, I agree. And food is subjective! My only complaint was actually about the serving temperature. Food should have been hotter when it arrived to my table. We had the pleasure to meet Captain Tony Calne who invited us for a dinner on Halloween night - and that of course made our cruise! It was a night to remember! He is a nice fellow from Turku Finland, has great sence of humour and is a good person to represent the ship. We saw him numerous times onboard, and he always stopped to chat for a minute or two. Embarkation was a nightmare. It was postponed to start at 1.30pm since two or three previous cruises had noro virus problems, and they were doing thorough sanitation. This meant that the port was crouded at 2 pm when we arrived but luckily for us, Platinum and up guests were escorted out of the herd standing outside the building quickly in and on to the ship. Once inside the building, the check in went quickly. Debarkation on the otherhand was a wet one, since it was pouring and you had to walk on the pier without cover. We got soaked! we did not see any signs of Noro on board. They constantly played the Wash Your Hands song on TV and before shows and sanitation liquid was offered every time you stepped in or out of any restaurant. We did all other port excursions on our own, only in Bilbao we purchased RCI transport to the city and back, but did not participate to any of their excursions otherwise. The best bar on board was definitely Champagne Bar, where drink mixologist Philip was able to creat magical drinks in a way we had never experienced. Ship was full, most of 3700 being British, 300 from US, 100 Irish and the rest around the world. They warned us that due to British school break there would be loads of children onboard, but we faced no hassle with children. I think the ship was in good shape, people were generally helpful and friendly. Our cabin attendant was not WOWing us in any way, but produced standard service and not giving any reasons for any exact complaints, but he did just what is required, nothing extra or special, except for 3 towel animals. My only real complaint about him is that he never managed to clean our room in the morning while we were having our breakfast. During our past cruises cleaning has happened right after we had vacated the room. Maybe he was busy somewhere else at the same time. Our cabin 6680 was the very last side balcony cabin on deck 6 so it had metal balcony railing. Ample of room for the 2 of us. No complaint whatsoever, and we did not mind the walk at all. So in conclusion this was a fun week for us, with the highlight of having been invited to join Captain's Table on Halloween night. This cruise I will remember! 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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