Sail Date: July 2015
We had the Royal Suite onboard this ship that was recently refurbished, this is the most expensive room on the boat and comes with some perks. First-the check in was a nightmare, if you didnt have a suite you were in a line with 500 ... Read More
We had the Royal Suite onboard this ship that was recently refurbished, this is the most expensive room on the boat and comes with some perks. First-the check in was a nightmare, if you didnt have a suite you were in a line with 500 people carrying your bags waiting for hours. Mini bar was dirty in our room (left over hard boiled eggs and opened water bottles). Johnny rockets service was horrible, the food was DISGUSTING. We have been on Oasis and Allure and this ship lacked big time! The coke machines other RCCL ships have are missing here, yet they still sell the high tech soda cups, what a dissapointment. Concierage lounge - free drinks and hot dogs, fried shrimp, and cheese every night. Horrible food and variety Automatic curtains didnt work in room and the tub on our balcony was 20 years old. The water pressure was so bad it took 60 minutes to fill the tub! Dining room food--imagine college dorm/hosiptal cafeteria because thats what they serve. Pros-Breakfast for suites was great, buffet for dinner was better then dining room the one night we went, dining room service was above average. The show was great - Ron Lucas was one of the best shows we have ever seen! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Our first RC cruise and disappointed. Pros: ship beautiful, service great, loved the ports Cons: too much focus on getting more of your money. If you wanted fresh squeezed orange juice it costs extra, of you want to eat at Johnny ... Read More
Our first RC cruise and disappointed. Pros: ship beautiful, service great, loved the ports Cons: too much focus on getting more of your money. If you wanted fresh squeezed orange juice it costs extra, of you want to eat at Johnny rockets it's extra, Ben and Jerry's extra. The biggest disappointment was the focus on alcohol. You couldn't find water or food by the pool but the carts of rum were rolling by all day. Other cruise lines had free beverage dispensers by the pool (water, lemonade) and food but this boat requires that you get dressed go inside to the buffet if you wanted food or drinks included in your cruise fare. We felt nickeled and dimed the whole time which wasn't the carefree vacation feel we were looking for. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
DH and I just off the June 27 Southern Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas. We only get to cruise every few years and this one was a Christmas surprise to me, very special time for us to spend together. We are in the approaching ... Read More
DH and I just off the June 27 Southern Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas. We only get to cruise every few years and this one was a Christmas surprise to me, very special time for us to spend together. We are in the approaching retirement phase in life and work keeps us very busy and away from each other at times. He had added to the treat by booking JS 9628 - nice private balcony (though some do not like having solid walls on both sides I liked the privacy). Also, the walk in closet was something to behold - all our belongings stored on the shelves so we did not even need any of the generous amount of storage in the cabin. The location was very handy as the stairs were just around the corner for easy access up or down. Sebastian was our cabin attendant and was gracious and helpful. Due to work commitments we had to travel in Saturday which had me anxious but worked out fine. I had been given an upgrade to first class on the flight out of Atlanta so I was rested and ready to vacation when our wheels hit the ground in San Juan. We landed at 3:00 pm and were in our stateroom by 4. We had packed in carry on only so it was simple to catch our cab to the ship. It was a very efficient system of filling out the cab info and then being taken right to a taxi. Cost was $23 to the ship. With no luggage to drop we walked into the Diamond line and were quickly through the documentation process, a quick walk onto the ship and we were in our lovely stateroom. It was our first cruise as a Diamond member so we felt very lucky to have access to the Diamond Lounge on Deck 14 behind the Blue Moon lounge. Suicel is the conceierge and was lovely to talk with. We did not request any special arrangements so I cannot comment on that. There was a great coffee machine there and I made use of it frequently. We used My Time Dining this cruise, eating at 6:30 each evening. Our table for two was by the window on the port side so we enjoyed lovely evening as well as good conversation with our neighbors. Our wait staff of Julio and Albino took great care of us and we enjoyed the relative quiet of Mozart dining room. Food is such a subjective topic that I will just say that the food ranged from fine to very nice and we very much enjoyed the experience. We did eat at Giovanni's the first night and while we enjoyed it the food was only okay so we did not repeat it this cruise. As the purpose of this cruise was relax we did not participate in all the activities available on the ship and there certainly is plenty to do. We did participate in Trivia frequently (Felix the bartender in the Schooner Bar is so much fun) and played cards and board games in the beautiful game room - enjoy the sea view from deck 14 and play games. The dancers and singers were the best that we had seen on any ship, in fact would have liked one more production evening. The Ice Show is not to be missed - nicely choreographed with sound and lights, amazing on a moving ship. As always, karaoke is always a real people watching moment. We have been to St Thomas on previous cruises so we only walked around the Havensite area and returned to the ship to enjoy the beautiful day at the Solarium pool. In St. Kitts we had scheduled an island tour with Thenford Grey Tours, this one led by Sackville Grey. We had a very informative trip around the island, the highlight for us was the fort. We spent a bit of time at Shipwreck beach as Carambola was closed due to a private event. Sitting in the shade, enjoying the breeze, warm water and cold beer was perfect (be aware that there are rocks in some areas of that beach). For Aruba I had arranged via internet for a tour with VIP Aruba tour but they never did show up at the meeting point so we hired a very nice driver to take us where we wanted to go. We are not really beach people so we visited Palm Beach and Eagle beach for a quick dip but did not stay long. Curaçao was the big treat - July 2 is their Flag Day so we were greeted with a parade of young people, dance and song performances and great street food. The town is charming and we spent the day walking and enjoying the port area. This was our first cruise on this class ship and I had read some negative comments about her - we had a terrific time, staff was friendly and attentive and the ship is mostly in excellent condition. Though is was a full sailing we did not feel crowded and enjoyed doing what we wanted with ease. After such a fun experience I am waiting with anticipation for our cruise next year. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
This is our 6th cruise. We have also sailed with Celebrity and Carnival. We have never had a bad cruise but this one was really great. We have 3 boys- age 8, 11 and 15. Rooms: We got adjoining rooms and put them in the next room. ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise. We have also sailed with Celebrity and Carnival. We have never had a bad cruise but this one was really great. We have 3 boys- age 8, 11 and 15. Rooms: We got adjoining rooms and put them in the next room. This is probably a large part of the reason the cruise was so good because I get burned out sleeping in such cramped quarters with the boys as we have done on all other cruises. I also like to keep things tidy and now I just had one boy (my honey) to pick up after rather than the usual 4. Officially, I was with one kid and my husband was with the other two but we broke it up adults and kids. We were in rooms 2656 and 2658. They were at the end of the hall and quiet. Our kids can be quite noisy (they weren't actually very loud on the cruise) and I was glad to have them in a corner where they couldn't disturb anyone. Our attendant was very nice and did towel animals for the kids every night. Very creative- like a monkey with sunglasses hanging from the ceiling. The shower was very good in the room. Dining: We ate in the Windjammer and the main dining room. I thought all the food was great- I am a vegetarian and I always had options. My husband did have one dish he didn't like but that was all. I suppose I could complain about the coffee. I purchased one bottle of wine and drank a glass or two at dinner every night. They kept it for me. A much cheaper alternative to the drink package. Our waiter was very good as well. Service: Everyone was as nice as could be. They do a great job with making us happy. My husband mentioned a scallop dish one night at dinner that he had on a previous cruise. They made it for him and all the boys even though it wasn't on the menu. Embarkation and Debarkation: Embarkation was fine, debarkation seemed to take a bit too long. Puerto Rico: We stayed at the Embassy Suites and it was fine. We walked around Old San Juan and stored our luggage at Barrachina (free!- we bought a drink) prior to the cruise. The forts are wonderful. St. Thomas: Took the Sapphire Island tour. Excellent weather and beautiful place. We have been here before in November and I remember it raining. Good snorkeling. St. Kitts: Our only non-ship tour with Royston. Excellent tour of the island- highly recommended. We ended up at Friar's Beach. Good snorkeling. Love the wild monkeys. Aruba: DePalm Island- this was the favorite for my kids. We did the zipline, snorkeling, the trampoline with spotting belt, water slides. Drinks and food included. Later in the day we had family photos done on Aruba with ArubaAllround photography. He charged $200 for an hour and the pictures are fantastic! I couldn't be more pleased. Curacao: We did an island tour- very interesting history- and went to Blue Bay at the end. We saw flamingos and iguanas. My husband thought this had the best snorkeling. The water was colder than the other islands. Later we walked around town and got to see the Queen Emma pontoon bridge open up. Other: I thought the gym was good and got in a good workout. I also frequent the library and it was pretty good. My youngest liked the kids club quite a bit and went there a few times. We saw the ice skating show and it was great. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
I was a little skeptical after reading some of the negative reviews, but our family really enjoyed our week aboard the Adventure. Positives: Check in: Boarding was a breeze. We had to be out of our hotel at 11 and went straight ... Read More
I was a little skeptical after reading some of the negative reviews, but our family really enjoyed our week aboard the Adventure. Positives: Check in: Boarding was a breeze. We had to be out of our hotel at 11 and went straight over. We were lunching in the Windjammer by 11:30. Bags were in our room by 2. Goivanni's: Well worth the money. Just delicious. Dining room service: our waiters were great. Available pool space: never had a problem getting a lounge, even on sea days! Coffee at Cafe Promenade: never a line here. Not sure why, because the "free" coffee is wretched. Food: generally good. We last sailed Celebrity and we're giving the nod to Royal on savory dishes, but Celebrity had much better desserts. The "creme brûlée" was just a shame. Ports: lots of beautiful stops. On the one rainy day, extra activities were added aboard ship, which I thought was nice. Room Attendant: unobtrusive and efficient! He was VERY helpful when my parents, who were traveling in the next cabin. Frank brought and extension cord and distilled water for my dad's sleep machine, which was a big help. Our room was always tidy. Negatives: Movie screen at pool: I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Solarium pool because I didn't have little ones. Maybe it's just a personal thing, but I found the constant replay of a Billy Joel documentary obnoxious while I'm relaxing by the pool. Disrepair in Lyric Theater: we went to one show and were driven out by water dripping on us from the ceiling and the overwhelming smell of mildew. Bar issues: this was a big problem. Royal promotes certain cocktails and the bartenders don't know how to make them. Tons of inconsistency. Also, some in our party got drink packages based on the wine available on the bar menu but by day 3 of the cruise were unable to find those wines anywhere on the ship. After following up with a bar manager, we were told that they were changing bar menus so they were using up their old wine and not replacing it in anticipation of getting new bar menus. Not acceptable. Let's just say that after a conversation with my brother in law, Royal picked up a few cases of the right wine in the next port. However, we then had to call the bar manager every time we went to a bar so the right wine could be delivered. Just annoying. Trivia: I can't fault Royal for this per se...but I've just got to get it off my chest. People looking up answers on their smartphone has ruined what was once a fun time for our family. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Over the years we have completed over 60 cruises on different cruise lines. We recently completed our third cruise on Royal Caribbean. We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas out of San Juan Puerto Rico. This was the worst cruise we have ... Read More
Over the years we have completed over 60 cruises on different cruise lines. We recently completed our third cruise on Royal Caribbean. We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas out of San Juan Puerto Rico. This was the worst cruise we have ever taken and positively the last on Royal Caribbean. We hadn't sailed on Royal for a few years and decided to given them another try after some disappointing cruises thinking they may have improved. The ship is old and it looks old. It reminds me of visiting a budget hotel that time forgot. The food at every meal was served cold, dried out and tasteless. The menu was uncreative. The entrees were the size of appetizers. [Example: Four small dumplings; pear and arugula salad or a strip of beef on top of cold salad in a soup bowl were entree.) Desserts had no taste. Giovanni’s, the only specialty restaurant on this ship, with a charge $25pp was no better than the MDR. The center of the ship is called the Royal Promenade. In the evening this area becomes clogged with entertainment, store tables, café’s, bars and people. It is almost impossible (and hazardous) to use the promenade to get to the other end of the ship. I do have say the crew is very friendly and will go out of their way for guests. But I have never had so many crew members asking to write reference cards for them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
May 11th, 2016. Hello everyone. My sister and I cruised to Alaska last June. It was my first cruise and I loved it. We were on Jewel of the Seas and traveled to Juneau and Skagway. We rode the train through the mountains and learned about ... Read More
May 11th, 2016. Hello everyone. My sister and I cruised to Alaska last June. It was my first cruise and I loved it. We were on Jewel of the Seas and traveled to Juneau and Skagway. We rode the train through the mountains and learned about the gold rush days. We stopped off at Victoria, British Columbia and had a spot of tea. Everything was so elegant and grand. The staff on the Jewel of the Sea were so attentive and friendly. I have never been so pampered and cared for. I am usually the one taking care of everyone, so the role reversal was truly special. I enjoyed the stage performers, and the comedians. The musical talent was Vegas style and so bright and colorful. The singers were professional and enthusiastic. I especially appreciated how the scenery passed before me as I leisurely sat and savored the view. I am not up to climbing museum steps, and chasing after tour guides, so this was just my pace. I am currently planning to sail on Enchantment of the Seas in September. I am looking forward to the experience. I haven't been to Florida for 40 years, so I am excited to see all the changes. I have never been to the Bahamas but my daughter went there with her college friends and I admit I was jealous. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to go on this cruise. I look forward to being out on the ocean with the wind in my hair, and the salt water lapping at the side of the ship. I hope the food and service is just as wonderful as it was on the Jewel of the Sea Alaskan Cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
So you can gauge my opinion better, I have cruised on the Allure and Freedom as well as on Disney Fantasy prior to trying the Voyager class. Adventure is a very good experience, with Freedom and Allure being Excellent and Almost excellent ... Read More
So you can gauge my opinion better, I have cruised on the Allure and Freedom as well as on Disney Fantasy prior to trying the Voyager class. Adventure is a very good experience, with Freedom and Allure being Excellent and Almost excellent respectively. The Adventure is older and smaller, but it is without question still a beautiful and large ship. I was not disappointed with the decor and artwork. Only minor carpet wear was noted. The ship was clean. Staff was exceptionally friendly and ready to provide service each day. Actually the staff attitude and service was probably the best of the three RCI cruises I have tried and all were wonderful. The only area lacking in adequate service was the photo counter which was woefully understaffed and unable to finish the photo CD's for about half the ship. And that is the only negative i have to report. Dining: main dining room service and food was good to very good. I am in the minority but I think RCI main dining food is better than Disney. Breakfasts in the MDR and Giovanni's (we had suite privileges) were particularly good. Windjammer had the usual casual fast food but also had some steak and rib and seafood here and there. It is not excellent but certainly good for quick casual food. Pool deck was good size for the number of people and the big screen was certainly popular. The soft serve ice cream is actually not available 10 am to 6 as advertised and is more like noon to 6 but certainly was a great treat to grab throughout sea days. I would not hesitate to book again to see the remainder of the southern Caribbean ports that I have yet to see. I would be hesitant to book if there were more than 2 sea days as there are a limited number of activities compared to the larger ships and my husband starts getting restless. My tween kids had an awesome time and LOVED the boat. Freedom is their favorite of the three, however. Shows were: acapella group (excellent), RCI singers/dancers (good) ice show (very good) Concierge service was very good. Stateroom attendant was excellent and had a wonderfully sweet personality to boot. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Just got off of the Adventure from a 7-night cruise out of San Juan to St.Thomas, St.Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. We are a family of 5 including an 18, 14 and 5 year old. We have taken numerous other cruises with Royal Caribbean and also ... Read More
Just got off of the Adventure from a 7-night cruise out of San Juan to St.Thomas, St.Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. We are a family of 5 including an 18, 14 and 5 year old. We have taken numerous other cruises with Royal Caribbean and also all of the Disney ships. We have sailed Radiance, Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class with our last cruise being a back to back cruise on Oasis in the Western and Eastern Caribbean. As such, I think we have a solid view of most of RCLs fleet and some comparison to at least one other line. Adventure of the Seas was a beautiful ship. Unlike others who either reviewed this ship after getting off a brand new boat or those who perhaps are neat freaks, we found the Adventure to be in a great state of maintenance and appearance. Paint, wood, metal and all other surfaces seemed very well-maintained, even carpets showed little wear. I was actually struck, after reading several not so forgiving reviews prior to my cruise, with how much better this ship seemed than I had expected given its size and relative age (which is still pretty young). And just to throw a TMI laugh out there for fellow cruisers, I actually remember using the bathroom at one point and noticing the cabin door (for the first time) had tiny areas where the paint had flaked off near the bottom edges and thinking to myself - geez, i bet that draws a complaint from some neat freak in the future. I mean our stateroom wasn't perfect but to find flaws, I really had to be looking for them! Speaking of staterooms, we were in suite 9694 which suffice it to say is spectacularly laid out with tons of room and i would say worth every penny, especially if there are 5 or more of you in your family. The balcony alone is breathtaking and about the size of 3 regular balconies put together. We did end up having the interior bedroom have its thermostat go out such that it stayed on constantly cooling. Once we brought this to our stateroom attendant's attention, the thermostat on that unit was replaced within a few hours and we were great the rest of the trip. Also a note that the water temperature for the showers seems to fluctuate quite a bit when a lot of people onboard are all showering. Pick a time to shower when others are obviously not using as much water and the temperature stays pretty steady - just a note of advice. To summarize the remainder of our cruise I will say the following: the biggest two complaints that seemed to have some merit were that the food is lackluster and that the shows are of lower quality than on the bigger vessels. I would say that because I read all of these negative comments, I went in expecting the food to be terrible and the shows mediocre. Both of those perspectives are also not entirely warranted. The food variety is very good with something for most palates every evening. The quality of the meals is good though not fantastic. It was probably slightly better on Oasis but not by a huge amount. And they do still have lobster night, also the same evening there is a very good prime rib. I will however continue to state that RCL dining, as a whole, is somewhat inferior to Disney in the dining department. Windjammer, yeah, its a big buffet with nothing amazing. I love their breakfasts, can't really stand their lunches. But its chow line for thousands. Now as far as the shows are concerned, I saw several, and they were all quite good. I heard the ones i missed were also good. The ice show had a packed house and was stellar. All in all, I would say they were very good. Great, no. Broadway level, no. But thoroughly enjoyable. Again, even though I'm a dedicated Crown and Anchor member, this is the other category of comparison where RCL will always come in 2nd anyway. Disney production shows are simply amazing. You can take your cruise ship Hairspray and have it. But until youve seen Alladin performed on the Fantasy, you aint seen what cruise ship performances can be. All in all, Adventure kept all of us entertained, from a great kids staff for the 5 year old (who found plenty of english speaking friends on a heavily spanish-speaking cruise), to the thrills and fun for the two older kids. Everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. Oh and if you are a gambler, best casino staff I've ever seen. They are great, especially Rolando. If you see him, tell him I made him famous! The casino is a little small but it was never hard to get a seat at a table and they dealers were helpful, friendly and fun. If your'e considering Adventure and are on the fence because of the other reviews, I would say if you want a solid 8 out of 10 cruise for a 9 out of 10 price then book it. If you have a family and want a fun ship with a great itinerary, book it. If you loved Oasis and can't imagine cruising without a Flowrider, broadway shows, or tons of shops and pay to eat restaurants, then skip it. It is a ship that is half the vacation and the destinations are the other half. In Oasis' case, the ship IS the destination, and Adventure is not that kind of ship. If you book it though based on what i've told you, I think you'll have a good idea of what to expect. Hope it helps! 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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