Sail Date: June 2015
As a number of others have stated, my family of four just finished our cruise on Adventure from San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba & Curacao (6/6-13/15). Really enjoyed the whole cruise and find it incredible how many "nit ... Read More
As a number of others have stated, my family of four just finished our cruise on Adventure from San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba & Curacao (6/6-13/15). Really enjoyed the whole cruise and find it incredible how many "nit pickers" there are, not only here on Cruise Critic but on other sites! RELAX people, enjoy the ship and all it gives you...stop trying to find fault and you might have a better cruise? FYI....look at what "dwest2314" has said....frankly he/she has hit the nail on the head and I echo just about everything in that review....but I also have a few comments. Overall, GREAT cruise...could not be happier! To my mind and that of my family, cannot find much to comment on negatively, food was terrific no matter where it was, shows were great, speed and efficiency of getting on/off the ship was very good, ALL the staff we dealt with were knowledgeable and very helpful. Only possible things, maybe you can lower the price on SOME booze, preferably beer? Six bucks for one beer, PLUS an 18 percent auto-gratuity is a bit much! If you don't have it or did away with it, BRING BACK the "bucket of beer" deal !! Also....want to give many kudos to our cabin steward's...they really did a fantastic job keeping our cabin (6516) clean and well maintained and also our two daughters cabin (6255).....and when I tell you that, most days my daughter's cabin looked like a bomb hit it but after the steward got through with it, it looked GREAT !! Also like to commend our table (488) waiter and assistant waiter....they were ALWAYS prompt, did everything we asked them to do or get and kept the evening meals full of fun and laughter...they were terrific! As always...RCCL is a great cruise line and we WILL be back...in fact, we booked our next cruise in two years, on board! Bravo, Adventure !! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Our family of 10, all are Diamond Plus with RCI except my wife and I. Flew from Atlanta the day of the cruise and went straight to the port via taxi. RCI sent us an email saying not to come till 2:30 as they were staggering the ... Read More
Our family of 10, all are Diamond Plus with RCI except my wife and I. Flew from Atlanta the day of the cruise and went straight to the port via taxi. RCI sent us an email saying not to come till 2:30 as they were staggering the guests, but at 2:30 it was a madhouse. The port is simply not big enough and it was a pain compared to Tampa, Miami, Cape K, etc. Also, the agent at the desk told us they opened at 12:30 but no one showed up till 2:00 - so - if going again I would ignore the RCI email and get there early. We were worried about the food, given several reviews but we were very pleasantly surprised that the Wind Jammer was as good as mass produced food can be. Also, the Cafe pizza and sandwiches were also good. The dining room (we had Swapneel and Zoebeir) had GREAT service and excellent food. We would ask them about a particular entry and they would be straight with us i.e. "How is the XXX?" They would say: "It is pre-prepared, try XXX, it is better." The only time we have had a bad dinner service with RCI was on another cruise when we tried "My Time" dining - could that be why we read so many bad reviews of the food? Anyway, we had a late seating. As a result, the only average meal anyone in our party had was when my father ordered the steak off the "Classics" menu - way overcooked and tough. So as another poster has suggested, stay with the daily choices! (Except my wife loved the Creme Brûlée). The food at Giovanni's was SPECTACULAR. Had my parents 53rd wedding anniversary and it was AMAZING. Well worth the $25 - except we actually missed our dining room staff - again, they were awesome. Also our bar staff at the dining room- Ryan - freaking great! Our teens got the premium drink package and he brought them a different - super cool looking and tasting drink every night before they sat down. Ports: St. Martin. We usually go to Dawn Beach (Mr. Busbys) but the cabby warned us the seaweed was bad so we went to Orient Beach. Nice day but pricy. PROBLEMS: We then had a Discover Scuba booked through the ship. It was supposed to start at 2:15, we left the beach took showers and got off the boat for the meeting at the Pier. At 2:30 still no one showed and then finally the excursions manager "Christian" showed up to say trip cancelled due to weather. We were unhappy with the late notice and he said he left us a voicemail in the room, so shame on us for not checking. Once on board I checked the VM and is was left at 1:53 (for a 2:15 at the pier meeting). I was pissed and left a long note detailing that we could have had better notice and that a sign or something could have been so we would not de-board only to have to re-board, wait in line etc. To my amazement, guest services gave my note to... Christian who called me a couple hours later to tell me AGAIN how I was wrong for complaining (I was not upset they cancelled, lets be clear I respect safety decisions) about the lack of notice, no offer to reschedule another day etc. From that point, we booked only private tours - why pay to be berated by RCI staff? St. Kitts: Gorgeous island, we did our Discover Scuba through Pro Divers who fit us in with one of my sisters who was scheduled to dive with them. Terry and Austin were wonder with my 15 year old son (not certified but my sister and I are). Got two dives, a wreck and a reef, and loved it. Antigua: Booked privately with Jolly Dive, son got another two dives - Paul and Company great also! There is a beach right next door to Jolly dive and everyone not diving stayed there. St. Lucia: Booked privately with Joe Knows - we did a speed boat, volcano mud bath, waterfall rinse, lunch and snorkeling and booze on the way SUPER FUN! Lunch was right in front of the Pitons - incredible views. Barbados: Booked privately with Calabaza a 47 foot cat with great food and awesome sea turtle snorkeling. Great crew - a highlight for all of "the Ten." Shows: Ice skating show was fun, only saw the Vegas show it was ok. We stayed an extra night in San Juan at the Concha - very nice. Super cruise - however, DONT BOOK EXCURSIONS THROUGH RCI! Let tripadvisor and cruisecritic be your guides and go for it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Myself, my husband and four year older daughter with autism sailed on the Adventure on May 30th on a 7 night cruise, departing from San Juan. We arrived in San Juan at 11 pm. The airport was empty and it took a while to get our luggage. ... Read More
Myself, my husband and four year older daughter with autism sailed on the Adventure on May 30th on a 7 night cruise, departing from San Juan. We arrived in San Juan at 11 pm. The airport was empty and it took a while to get our luggage. Then we took a taxi on our own to the Sheraton Convention Center hotel. It is close to the cruise terminal. Paying for a taxi on our own cost much less than using the cruise transfer services. We arrived at the hotel and they were so kind. Royal left me a voice message asking us to board the ship at 4 PM for our deck (7). The hotel allowed us to have a free late check out of 1:30 PM. This allowed us to sleep in and take our time in the morning. We slept very late and got up and ready around noon. The hotel took our luggage and arranged to have it transferred to the cruise terminal. This was immensely helpful and made the process of getting onto the ship extremely simple. We then took a taxi to old town San Juan. We ate lunch at Cafe Puerto Rico (recommended by our taxi driver). The food was moderately pricey, but absolutely amazing! I had limeade and pollo con arroz and it was one of the best meals I ate all week. The staff was great with my daughter and kind. We shopped around old town until 3:30 then headed on down to the cruise terminal. My daughter has autism that affects her ability to communicate. She does fairly well traveling, but is has a great deal of anxiety when it comes to huge crowds and lines. I spoke with a cruise representative at the cruise terminal and they immediately took us ahead of the lines to the counter, helped us check in and got us on the ship within in 15 minutes. It was absolutely amazing. They were so compassionate of my daughter's special needs, especially when she got frightened during the security process. They were amazing! Once on the ship, we were able to go straight to our cabin, which was wonderful. I had been initially disappointed that we were not allowed on the ship earlier but it was wonderful to just go up and find our room. We were in cabin 7658, balcony stateroom. I was expecting a little more updating to the rooms but the only thing that was updated was the flat screen tv. We had cruised on the Adventure two years prior before it went to dry dock. We could tell that the ship had been painted but there was still a great deal of wear. We went and had dinner at the dining room at 5:30 for My Time Dining. We received our table right away. We ate tiger shrimp and my daughter had a steak. Last time, our waiter had de-shelled our shrimp for us, but our waiter did not offer and it was an extremely messy process. But it was tasty. We headed back to our room and our luggage was there. We unpacked and hung out at the pool for sail off. Unfortunately, it began to rain but it was still nice. We got my daughter registered for Adventure Ocean and went to back to turn in for the night. The next morning we arrived in St. Martin. We were supposed to go on a beach excursion, but I read the ticket wrong and we missed our transportation. We were easily able to get a taxi to Oriental Beach for only $20. Our taxi driver hooked us up with a bar owner who had two beach chairs and umbrella, plus two drinks for $15. The chairs were just feet away from the water and it was absolutely gorgeous. We had a wonderful day on the beach. There are lots of peddlers who come by, which can either be good or bad depending on your preference. We bought a hat for my husband for $10 and my daughter got a few braids with beads put into her hair. I ended up having my entire head braided for only $2 per braid. The lady did an excellent job and I got lots of compliments the entire cruise. It takes forever to take out once you get home, so definitely carefully consider getting braids. Also, make sure they don't try to change the price on you at the end. The lady who did my hair was good, but not all the peddlers are as scrupulous. My husband also got an aloe vera foot massage for $20 and he was very relaxed. We got horribly sun burned but it was wonderful. We headed back to the ship, got cleaned up, and took my daughter for her first afternoon at Adventure Ocean. After we dropped her off, we went back onto the island to the small shopping area at the pier. Then we got back on the ship, collected my daughter who had the time of her life at Adventure Ocean. They had done face painting, which she really loves. She even said, "Can I go again?" which made us very happy. We decided not to do any formal nights because I already had enough luggage with a 4 year old and did not want to travel with formal clothes. We went and ate dinner at Johnny Rockets which was very good. Then my daughter went back to Adventure Ocean and my husband and I roamed the ship. We had drinks at the sports bar and had a wonderful evening. The next day, we arrived at St. Kitts. I made sure to read our tickets closely and we met our excursion group on the pier. We walked to the other end of the pier and boarded a catamaran for Nevis. We sailed on the catamaran for an hour. Then we arrived at Nevis and had a Caribbean lunch barbecue that was really tasty and played on the beach. We were alone with our group on the beach. There were tons of shells and it was gorgeous. There were no beach chairs as this was just a deserted beach, but it was fun. Then we got back on the catamaran and went back to St. Kitts. It was a 5 and a 1/2 hour excursion and the crew was especially kind to my daughter. I would certainly do this again. Again, we got back on the ship, got cleaned up and then went shopping on the duty free shopping area right off of the pier. The shop keepers were very pushy here and items tended to be more expensive than they were on San Juan. We got back on the ship and ate dinner in the dining room. I was not very thrilled with the service in the dining room or the quality of the food. It seemed to have gone down a bit since the last time we cruised. The next day we arrive to Antigua, my least favorite stop on this cruise. It is a bit run down, lots of people asking for hand outs. Its not too safe to wander away from the shop area on your own. We left our daughter in Adventure Ocean as we walked around the shopping area. I was glad we left her because we were constantly bombarded for handouts by aggressive islanders. We got back on the ship right away and made it a pool day. We also booked appointments in the spa. The prices for the spa have skyrocketed in my years of cruising. I got a good deal and took the deal of the day - facial plus massage for $139. A simple Swedish massage cost almost $200 for 60 minutes. So I felt I got a good deal. Most of the ship decided to stay on the boat as well, so it was pretty busy. I would probably skip this stop if we had a cruise with this island on the itinerary. We ate lunch in the Windjammer and it was excellent. My previous experiences with the Windjammer had been poor, but they have added more variety and better quality of foods. The desserts were also much improved. Our dinner in the dining room was fair, definitely not as good as it had been in the past. I found the items offered underwhelming. The next day we arrived in St. Lucia. We had decided to purchase another excursion for this island while on the ship. We did the 4x4 island tour which went to a rain forest pond and waterfall. The island is beautiful and one of my favorite destinations. Our tour guide "Sunshine" was a nice guy and we had a nice drive around the island. We stopped at two different spots where we had the opportunity to try bananas and fruits grown on the island. We then went to a stop in the rain forest. We took a trail down to a small creek and a tiny waterfall. The rainy season had not started yet, so the waterfall was small but beautiful. Since we had a 4 year old with us, we waded in the water while others climbed the falls and jumped into the deeper waters. Then we hiked back up to a resting area and had beverages provided by the tour. The owner of the rest area had a puppy and it followed my daughter around much to her delight. It was a lot of fun and we would definitely do it again. Then we shopped around the pier near the ship, which was very nice. I bought a really nice quartz ring at Effy for a very low price. I'd definitely recommend Effy for their great sales for the cruise goers. Then we ate dinner in the dining room. I had the rage riggatoni which I had loved last cruise, but this time it tasted old. It was not very good. We ended up running over to the Windjammer and enjoyed a better dinner there. They had a crew member sautéing pasta to order with a wide selection of vegetables which was excellent. At Adventure Ocean, it was one of the crew member's birthday, so they had a birthday party, made cakes out of play doh and gave the kids presents. It was really sweet and my daughter, who loves to dance, got a ballet tutu and tiara to take home. The next day we woke up docked at Barbados. We made it a beach day and took a taxi to a Accra beach. It was not busy and there were very few people around. We met a nice cat named Susan who belonged to a small shop owner. The owner let me daughter feed the cat and we bought a cute shell bracelet for my little one for $5. The beach was not as nice as the beach on St. Martin because of all the seaweed, but this is an issue all the islands are having. We saw several ghost crabs on the beach which was fun. It began to rain, so we packed up and took a taxi to the downtown high street. The shopping here is a lot of duty free high end items. We ate lunch at a local place called Ryanne's. We had the chicken curry. I had rice and my husband had the local macaroni pie which was excellent. My daughter had a cheese burger that looked good. This was one of our favorite meals. Also, Barbados coca cola is like Mexican coca cola, made with cane sugar which was really good. We took a cab back to the nice shopping area at the pier. We shopped some more and took the free shuttle back to the ship. I recommend taking the free shuttle because it is a long walk back to the ship. The shuttle takes you straight to the ship gangway. It was another formal night, so we skipped it and ate Johnny rockets again. My daughter enjoyed superhero night at the Adventure Ocean and we had fun and drinks at the Harry Potter trivia in the pub. The next day was finally an at sea day. We were so tired from the super busy itinerary. It was a good itinerary, apart from Antigua, but I prefer more sea days to rest between islands. We had fun at the pool, ate lunch in the dining room which was nice but had poor service. I never received my soda I ordered and the food was only so-so. I had ordered a zucchini pasta and the waitress gave me a salad, and tried insisting it was the pasta. Then she relented and admitted it was incorrect, but it took a short bit of arguing, which was ridiculous. I got my pasta right away but it was only so-so. We paid $30 for their version of build a bear and it was great. My daughter loves her new pink stuffed dog complete with ballet tutu and shoes. We ate dinner in the dining room which was bad. I had a pasta that tasted just like Lipton noodles. Not very good for a cruise dinner. We were jammed into a 2 seater table and asked to be moved but the staff was unresponsive. We ended up back at the Windjammer where we had a better experience. My daughter enjoyed her last night at Adventure Ocean. They had a huge pajama party for the kids and she got to decorate and take home a pillow case. The next morning we got off the ship. The crew again was amazing helping us get off the ship and making the process extremely easy! Even though the dining room food was not very good, the cruise was amazing. I am hoping Royal will fix this issue, as they did improve the food and service at the Windjammer. We stayed at the Doubletree overnight because the flight back home was a $1000 less if we traveled on Sunday instead of Saturday. I liked the Doubletree much better than the Sheraton and it was less money. We took a cab to the the Plaza las Americas, a beautiful shopping mall. We had a nice night and headed back to the hotel. We then went to Starbucks and sat outside, enjoying the sounds of the Coqui frogs that sing at night in Puerto Rico. It was an excellent trip, even if the food could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Flew in to San Juan from Atlanta, taxi rates are flat rates to and from Hotels and sites in and around San Juan. Taxi drivers will scare even most experienced with the aggressive driving techniques. Caribe Hilton (B rating) I ... Read More
Flew in to San Juan from Atlanta, taxi rates are flat rates to and from Hotels and sites in and around San Juan. Taxi drivers will scare even most experienced with the aggressive driving techniques. Caribe Hilton (B rating) I resort hotel with a mix of vacationers and conferences going on at the same time. Room was nice and bed was comfortable and patio over looked the garden area. Grounds are nice with great view of coast line and with a good pool and beach area. Had some peacocks and birds in the courtyard that came right up to people looking for some handouts, Peacocks screeched in the mornings was somewhat annoying. Food choices are expensive and limited around property. Ate at a restaurant (Mexican) beside Hilton with good patio view of island bridge and road south towards airport, blue lights at a distance where numerous threw out the area. Caribe is a good place to stay for two or three days for relaxing. Old San Juan (C rating) I discovered the two old San Juans. The one near the coast is well kept and policed, The other part is run down apartments that have been torn down half way or half way built. The streets are in bad shape in areas with brick traffic ruts and small sidewalks. Old churches being refurbished and old forts are the things to see and do. Shopping is decent different in parts. Boarding the ship was somewhat easy lots of aluminum walkways to board. Guys at the luggage area are very aggressive for tips, we were told one more than once there the tip bucket was at. Slow moving lines and hot in Q lines to get id card. St Croix (B-rating) Rented a car from Avis at port (62.00) Drove to Christiansted walk the boardwalk and had some nice relaxing views. Drove to Point Udall, some of the best views in St.Criox. Roads are confusing if off of the main roads. Very dry, no rain in weeks felt sorry for animals in dry fields. Toured the Cruzan Rum and tasted some rum, not a lot to making rum. Spent the afternoon at Rainbow Beach, got a free chair and umbrella for over 2 hours before returning to ship ,beach is rocky and uneven drop off in the water. St Martin-St Marteen (A rating) Rented car from Coastal at port (60.00). The best island to drive on, plenty of street signs, and map is easy to read. Went to Orient beach for three hours and some of the best views (beach) of the cruise. Ate lunch in Grand Case,a relaxing old school eaten establishments. Had to go to Maho Beach. Maho is a been there once place, small beach and a bar on both ends with lots of people. It's amazing the planes landing and departing at Maho. Traffic around Marigot is bad in the afternoon. St.Johns Antigua (C rating) Rained that day on the cruise, shopped and walked around port, missed Nelson Boatyard on the other side of the island and Devils Bridge. Good day to rest. Enjoy the fine lunch at the ships bill afar. St. Lucia (B rating) Car rental from National (65.00) right side driver seat, hardest island to drive on. Mountain jungle driving if traveling south. Some great views and interesting people "vendors" along the way. Soulfriere was an old throw back town with local traditions still prevalent today. Went as far as Choiseul watch the local people schools ,workers.People waiting for the island bus, and the way of life. Drive in Volcano and HOT mud bad was an experience. Wanted to go to Diamond Waterfalls but with no rain in 5 weeks would not be a lot to see. Some good shopping places in the port. Bardados ( B rating) Had a Car reserved with Stoutes and they failed to deliver the car to the port as they promised? Had Big Apple taxi save the day. Went to Bottoms Bay and the view was amazing plenty of seaweed. St Johns Church and sugar cane harvest. Bathsheba beach is a spectacular views lots of seaweed that took away from the beauty. On the Adventure of the Seas Food (C rating) Breakfast was good same food everyday. Mango beverage was watered down and not many other choices. Lunch was average hamburger, hot dog, and some type of baked fish. Only had lunch two days. Frozen yogurt was served at certain times and closed most of the times. Dining at the Mozart Dining was over all good experience great service, good food, small portions but could get two appetizers. Windjammer is closed after three and not opened until six. Cafe had hard oatmeal cookies and sweets that looked good but had little or no taste. Water, lemonade, coffee, or hot tea only choices for drinks. Did not pay for or visit Johnny Rockets or Giovannos. Entertainment (F rating) You have to pay extra for comedians one show a night or stage shows. The Ice show was for one night two shows and had to get tickets for the show beforehand . Heard it was good. Very Disappointed in the evening entertainment choices, unless you prefer piano bar or karaoke not a lot going on. RC wants gamblers and drinkers and shoppers to entertain each other. Pools and hot tubs drained and closed early. Ports of Call (A rating) The only reason that we booked this tour was that everyday ship was in port except one at sea day. Shore Excursions Are over priced and are to short for all day in port. Do homework and book direct on line. Disembarkation RC port in San juan is old and out dated and slow. Two lines for customs, one with a porter and a fee and get out in less than Ten minutes or line two and a one hour wait. Overall The constant selling of jewelry was ridicules. Selling the booking of a future cruise. Selling of the portrait package. Royal Caribbean starts the selling when you step onboard and sells until the accounts are closed. The television channels are horrible and can see that they do not what anybody in the room. The pool area recreation director has to yell and blast the music to get the people to dance becomes very annoying. The adults area around the pool is crowded then ship is at sea. Be careful walking past the pool areas the walk way with water on the floor is very slick and plenty of smokers around the pool. This is the cruise to see the southern caribbean, entertain yourself in the ports and come back hungry and tired. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
I've been a long-time cruiser of Royal Caribbean (Platinum status) and I've always felt that Royal Caribbean and their staff do a wonderful job of providing a great vacation. This time, however, I definitely felt like RCL was ... Read More
I've been a long-time cruiser of Royal Caribbean (Platinum status) and I've always felt that Royal Caribbean and their staff do a wonderful job of providing a great vacation. This time, however, I definitely felt like RCL was cutting back on its services. Our trip started in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My husband and I, in our early 30s, stayed at Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan for 4 nights before getting aboard the Adventure of the Seas. It was an easy cab ride to the pier and thanks to priority check-in and doing all the paperwork online beforehand, we were onboard within 30 minutes. CABIN: Our interior cabin on Deck 8 aft was fine, probably one of the quietest rooms I've ever had on a cruise. My husband complained about a urine smell in our room for the whole week, but I didn't notice it. The sheets on our bed were never changed throughout the duration of the cruise. Perhaps this was a water conservation measure? On certain nights, our room steward would collect one of our towels, but not provide a replacement until the next morning. DINING: For our meals, we'd eat breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and had a late seating dinner in the Strauss Dining Room. The Windjammer was where we could really feel the most cutbacks. On previous cruises, the Windjammer was ALWAYS open from about 6am to midnight. On this cruise, the Windjammer was closed at the worst times: 11:00am - 12:30pm and from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Since we try to make the most of every port, we'd wait to have "lunch" until we got back onboard, usually around 5pm. Unfortunately, the Windjammer was always closed at that time and the Cafe Promenade was the only place to get food (which my husband could not eat). When the Windjammer was open, the food selection was really lacking. There were wide gaps between each of the dishes as if another dish should have been there, but wasn't. The dining room dinner service was excellent, as usual! My husband has some serious dietary restrictions (allergies to gluten, potato, tomato, and on top of it, he's vegetarian). The head waiter came to our table every night to determine what they could modify on the next night's menu for him or a special dish they could prepare. That head waiter (Costel) was AMAZING and he really made dining enjoyable for both me and my husband! ENTERTAINMENT: My husband and I attended a headline comedy show, late-night adult comedy, the ice show (Cool Art, Hot Ice), a ventriloquist act, and our favorite, The Love and Marriage Game. All of it was incredibly enjoyable and the ice show was spectacular! We also played mini-golf onboard and participated in a trivia game with some other nice passengers. We even went into the kid's arcade and played a few games of air hockey. We were never really bored on the ship - there was always something to do or see. PORTS: The Southern Caribbean itinerary was packed: St. Croix, St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. St. Croix is really great for beach lovers. There's a really excellent beach right off the pier and you can get an awesome picture of the cruise ship! In St. Maarten, we found a cab and took a tour of the island before shopping for souvenirs in town. In Antigua, we got a cab to take us up to Stingray City so we could swim with the stingrays. RC also provides an excursion to do this, but we did it on our own because I wasn't sure if the excursion would be rushed. Stingray City, however, only allows you to swim with them for about 45 minutes - 1hr, so it probably would have been fine via RC. In St. Lucia, we found our own tour guide to take us on Soufriere by Land and Sea, which was cheaper and included more than what the RC excursion provided. I highly recommend a Spencer Ambrose tour in St. Lucia, should you ever find yourself on this amazing island! Finally, Barbados was another beach day and we enjoyed this relaxing port. All in all, we had a great cruise at all the ports and onboard the Adventure of the Seas. This is one of the few cruises that RC provides with a packed itinerary and I really loved every port! I hope RC will provide more cruises with great itineraries like this one! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our 2nd cruise on RCCL. We've cruised on Carnival, Norwegian and Costa. Embarkation: Arrived in terminal, needed to check bags. Despite having our tags already on the bags, they made us stand in line rather than leaving ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on RCCL. We've cruised on Carnival, Norwegian and Costa. Embarkation: Arrived in terminal, needed to check bags. Despite having our tags already on the bags, they made us stand in line rather than leaving our bags to be loaded (as other ports have done). When they took the bags it became clear the only reason for the line was so we could give them a tip. Not cruise line's fault, but still annoying. However the suite VIP boarding cut out a lot of waiting, which my knees appreciated. Ship: Beautiful ship. Loved the decor. Loved the room (grand suite). However, there wasn't a minibar menu for several days, so we didn't know the mini bar wasn't free until 3.4 of the way thorough the cruise. Also, on the 1st sea day, the lock battery died, so we had to wait for them to replace it. Here's a tip RCCL - preventive maintenance. Replace batteries before your guests get locked out when dripping wet from the pool. One issue in Windjammer- my fault I admit- the chairs in the windjammer have low clearance, so when I pulled the chair under me and started the sit down, the edge hit my heal as I sat and I twisted my ankle. Again, my fault for not being careful, but be warned so you don't end up with a sprained ankle like I did. We loved the Solarium. Having late dinner seating, we'd go there shortly before 6 and have our choice of seats. The suite guest pool area was too exposed for us, so we didn't use it. The concierge suite is on the 9th floor, but doesn't have windows (not a big deal). Open all the time, but can only get drinks in the am and during afternoon snacks. Concierge was helpful during a few issues. Suite guests got free pressing for formal night - however, they broke my husband's pants zippers. He sent in 2 pairs, both came back with fused zippers he couldn't open. they got one to work OK, the other we had to leave with them for replacement claim. No issues with my dress. Food: Worst food I've had on a cruise ship. We've asked several people on board, and everyone agreed the food has gone down hill. Appetizers and desserts seem fine (not great), but entrees were plain awful. 1st night, both our entrees were cold by the time we were served. Had to wait 15 min for new plate, then husband's meat came well done instead of medium rare. Overall, most of the meat was tasteless (probably due to lack of salt and other seasonings) and well done (we like medium rare). Hamburgers were like hockey pucks. Rolls were usually a bit dry. Cookies were hard. Oh, and they charge if you want lobster or steak when not normally offered. The specialty restaurant Giovanni's was the best food on the ship. Don't wait until a sea day, because it's aft and outboard, so you feel more ship's movement there than anyplace else on the ship. We had to move twice to get a table where my husband wasn't getting seasick sitting there. Didn't bother me, but if you're sensitive, be careful. Service: Maitre d' (Merik?) was fantastic. After the 1st night poor showing, he gave us special attention the rest of the cruise. When my husband told him the ice tea mix was awful, he actually made him a pitcher of sweet tea each night. He was the star of the cruise for us. Our waiter was ok, but he kept bringing us appetizers we didn't ask for just to try. On one, it had peppers in the sauce - told him I'm allergic, asked if there were peppers in the appetizer itself. he said no. He was wrong. Luckily it's a mild allergy. Only issue with the assistant waiter is that he never refilled my water glass. Room steward service - good, but not as great as previous cruises. 2 towel animals, 1 after the lock out, 1 shortly before end of cruise. Replaced towels routinely. However, you cannot call the steward when in a US port...some issue with frequencies. That meant no way to get in touch with him when we needed something. Also, in bars, we never has a waiter ask us if we wanted a drink. I think that the automatic tip is responsible for the lower quality service. Spa: We did Rasul and massage. They explained the Rasul, a self service treatment, but forgot to mention that the steam was on a timer and would cut off close to the end of our time. We didn't know this, so spent more time with the exfoliation than in the steam room. And although it's completely self service, they charge an 18% tip for 'clean up'. In my opinion, not worth it. The couples massage was OK for a shipboard massage, but again, automatic 18% tip, regardless of how good it was. Just be aware. For the waiting room, would have liked a lounge chair or two. It also looks out at the running track. Activities: We really enjoyed the dance shows, both the ballroom and the Vegas show. The Elvis impersonator sounded very much like Elvis, but it's a show more suited to a smaller lounge rather than the large theater. The ice skating show was OK, and we enjoyed having the reserved suite seating there. FYI, they open it up about 5 min before the show to all guests. We did enjoy the dance band and guitar player very much. Attended the art auction, and bought a small painting. However, you need to be clear on what's included when bidding> Ours did not include a frame or the appraisal. TV channels in room - Seemed that they had more Spanish stations than English, although I didn't count. Shopping - we avoided this on board, as the main promenade became very crowded during shopping hours. Medical hours are limited, and unfortunately for me, it was open when we had excursions. So, after a day and a half of missing open hours (didn't want to pay for the after hours visit), we got in and they gave me a sock for my sprained ankle. Wish I had it earlier. I've already discussed the damage to our clothes by the laundry service. Other: RCCL seems intent on plus-selling. We didn't realize Johnny Rockets was an extra charge until after we ate. They push the drink packages heavily, but being suites guests, we used the concierge lounge to get our 1-2 drinks per day. If you drink a lot of soda or cocktails, it might be worth it, but not for us. Wi-Fi charges are outrageous. Maybe because they have to use satellite, I don't know. I would nave preferred the option to buy 1 hour a time, rather than by day, as I only needed to check email. Ended up just using shore based wifi in US ports. We did 2 shore excursions with the ship: The party boat was much better than the Tortola ZIp LIne. Summary: While there were some great things about the cruise, we had a series of mishaps and issues that make us question whether to cruise RCCL again - at least until the food improved. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Starting from the VERY Beginning........ We flew in a day early 7:00 am, early flight from JFK, stayed at a Holiday Inn 8 minutes from airport with a shuttle, insured easy on time for flight. Arrived in PR, at 10:45 am, enjoyed ... Read More
Starting from the VERY Beginning........ We flew in a day early 7:00 am, early flight from JFK, stayed at a Holiday Inn 8 minutes from airport with a shuttle, insured easy on time for flight. Arrived in PR, at 10:45 am, enjoyed LaConcha Resort early, pool, and beach. Went to lunch around corner at DiParma Trattoria, celebrated 31 yr. wedding anniversary, FANTASTIC Meal, Great place visit and say hello to Marteen, the server. Then onto a anniversary dinner at Oceano's restaurant , in PR on the Beach, Melissa server EXCELLENT, our party of 8 had a excellent meal and atmosphere cannot be beat. Saturday morning day of embarkation, went on a half day rain forest tour with a Tour Guide NATURAL WONDERS, private tour, EXCELLENT owner Asha. NOW RCCL ADVENTURE REVIEW EMBARKATION: EASY, QUICK, paid a porter $10, took our group of 8 to the front of line, was checked in and sea pass within 15 minutes! Best $10 bucks I ever paid WINDJAMMER: Had the lunch food was good, saw reviews before cruise, some liked it some didn't, we all did and the food was always presented good.drinks served to us at our table. CABIN & STEWARD: Had a JR Suite, his name was DIO, kept it clean and tidy. extra towels and ice in room everyday.Bed was comfortable, only thing I did notice.Carpet seam in room showing wear, and paint on balcony had some rust spots .But HEY, the salt water takes it toll. Room 9306 GOOD spot near lifts, center of ship. Nice having a walk in closet and large bath tub. POOL BAR: Spent ALOT OF TIME HERE!! Bar Tenders Artur and Denzel were excellent, we all had the UP Liquor package, but Service was excellent and these guys were HAPPY to serve us, and they worked hard to keep our glasses full.I believe in good service needs to be rewarded and tipped extra everyday, and at the end to these two. POOL AREA: Clean every day, no problems getting chairs by pool bar by 10:00 am every day.Pool activities were a lot of fun met a lot of passengers on deck.my nephew was invited by the reggae band to play the drums with them, that's service. JONNY ROCKETS: Had cruise credit $'s so went here, well worth it and a change from the wind jammer and promenade, although they were quite busy good service. DINNER SERVICE: Had My Time Dining (MTD), got seating on 3rd floor Mozart, table 626.MTD people get put on top floor, I believe the 1st floor dining room looked like the TITANIC dining room dark wood,big staircase, should've ate there one night just for a pic change. BUT our WAITER KINGSLEY and ASST Waiter ISON EXCELLENT....Great suggestions every nigh, FOOD was Excellent and flavors were FANTASTIC. Read other reviews that the food had no flavor?? NOT TRUE!!, I travel extensively and eat regularly at 5 star restaurants, and EVERY meal was right up there!! DINNER BAR SERVER: SELVINO fantastic.....had my nightly Glen Livet on the rocks delivered every night, THATS SERVICE SHOWS: Didn't really do them, since we went to dinner at 8 pm every evening under MTD, too full, and got tired from being at the pool /bar all day. took a knap every day at 4:30-6:30 pm to recharge, HAHAHA, but it works. We did go to the QUEST, SCHOONER BAR and Karaoke, finish the song line game/show good crowd. Casino paid out, a few in our group each won $200+. EXCURSIONS: Did our own, hired taxi cab in St Thomas took us Megan's Bay, closed due to Bacteria. Which was a GOOD thing, our driver took us to a Beach that was more open to the sea so no bacteria closure. Local kids baseball team was having a BBQ, friendly people. Asked a dad on team , to take me to a liquor store, bought him 3 bottles of wine, and us 4 cases of beer, cooler and ice...spent the day, BEAUTIFUL. People in St Thomas so friendly. WISH I remembered that beach name. Been to Megan's bay before and this area was not crowded, clean, had tables. Our cab driver came back for us at 3pm, took us back to ship, then paid him. Best part, even with the beer and ice purchase, per person we saved versus RCCL excursion and had a BETTER BEACH, and met some GREAT friendly locals. The taxi Driver gave us a cab driver for us in ST Kitts, who met us at port and took us to Beach, and snorkeled, and then he gave us contacts for a cab in ARUBA and Curacao. Some of Group used them in ARUBA, 8 of 17 rented Jeeps and went to ARASHI BEACH , BEST SNORKEL spot in ARUBA FISH, FISH FISH, bring bread from ship, put in a water bottle and feed them 100's around us in minutes!, then went to ALTA Vista Chapel, CA Light House, Then over to Palm Beach for Lunch. Ate at the Pelican Pier??? great appetizers, and the BEST GROUPER Filet sandwich. Palm Beach is very commercialized in my opinion. Then we went down the road to EAGLE BEACH, less crowded 10 minutes from Palm Beach, nice place to lay out and swim. BEST SNORKELING is ARASHI BEACH, but bring yourself water, sodas , beer no vendors...I purchased a COLEMAN COLLAPSIBLE COOLER held 48 cans of beer etc..... folds down flat in suitcase. GET THIS COOLER!!!! has hard walls that fold flat and kept ice all day. people we met on cruise and even our taxi driver asked where did I get it...GET IT, BRING IT!! CURACAO: We had a group of 17. I originally arranged for two small vans that hold 12 people each with a company CURACAO TOURS and TAXI , Rossanna (this IS correct spelling) email taxiaida@hotmail.com, PLEASE USE THIS SERVICE , I had internet for work and was able to send her updates before we arrived in CURACAO. What happened................. , the more people we met, people asked to join us. We added 13 people from ship totaled 30 people , and ROSSANNA got us 54 people AC, NEW bus to take us 35 minutes to PLAYA PORTO MARIE , a private beach club BEAUTIFUL BEACH and facilities , please Google it and look on TRIP ADVISOR for reviews, Great , CLEAN facilities, with snorkel equipment, diving equipment, BEACH BAR and GRILL for lunch. Because of ROSSANNA, (who stayed with us all day!) Bus came back at 3pm, when we requested. The driver was great too stopped at a local store where YES we purchased LOCAL beer for THE COLEMAN COLLAPSIBLE COOLER, 8 cases, just had to buy additional bags of ice at Porto Marie.....Because of Rosanna we were able to bring in and kept icing down new beers as we spent the day. Saved a lot of money!! Porto Marie does have a bar that serves frozen or buckets of beer, but we saved $$$.Here's the cost down pp. PORTO MARIE is BEAUTIFUL not crowded, and GLAD RCCL does not offer this as an excursion or it would ruin the BEAUTY!!!! Roundtrip on BUS $25.00 (Taxi charged others we spoke to $35 pp) Because of Rossanna we only paid $1.00 entry fee to Porto Marie, normal fee $2.00 pp Chair fee at Porto Marie $3.00 each ALL Inclusive with above charges and beer per person, $45.00 pp, RCCL charges $55 to go to a man made beach called MAMBO BEACH, crowded and commercialized, WITH NO DRINKS, this included all our BEER for the day. GO OFF ON YOUR OWN LIKE WE DID and HIRE ROSSANNA at CURACAO TAXI and TOURS. Oh by the way, if you want to do other tours etc in CURACAO contact ROSSANNA, as she told me they can put together any tour for 2-100 people any number of people. EMAIL again is taxiaida@hotmail.com. DISEMBARKATION: Very easy.... we left at 10:00 am, was off ship, collected luggage, wen through customs in 25 minutes. Took a cab to HOTEL DUBLE TREE in OCEAN PARK, PR, stayed extra day, Highly recommend this hotel .Unlike the LA Concha, not on beach, but they can shuttle you to beach 2 blocks away. Price was half of LA Concha. EXCELLENT rooms, and facilities, POOL was CLEAN and pool area had shade and sun with well stocked pool towels. We arrived by 11:00 am , rooms not ready, they held our luggage and we changed into bathing suits , swam and knapped by pool. There is a SUOER MAX supermarket across street. Great food and Liquor. We order Pina Coladas and Strawberry daiquiris with Wings, and App's by people and relaxed. Others from the cruise went to the market said it was GREAT. Got rooms by 1:00 pm , we stayed at pool went to dinner BEBO's CAFE, basically a PR DINER, but food was EXCELLENT, CHEAP and AITHENTIC MOFONGO, KAN KAN, and the best SANGRIA. I wanted to include as much as possible, but have to stress go off and explore on your own. We like the beach so it was easy and we saved a lot of money hiring our own taxi & tours, renting our own Jeeps , and bringing our own SNORKEL gear sets (Amazon $35.00 a set) Also per above recommend you bring the COLEMAN Collapsible cooler. Taxis will take you for beer , water etc, and the savings add up for each port you stop. I mentioned a few Restaurant's in PR, TRUST ME they are worth going to.I couldn't believe DIPARMA Trattoria, around corner from LaConcha is only #23 on Trip Advisor. Seating is outside only very casual, but view is of a park and partial OCEAN View in shade....I hope this review helps... It also helps to have good people to go with. PLAN your CRUISE and VACATION, especially the ports, hotels& Restaurants .The only one you have to blame for a bad vacation is YOURSELF!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my 4th cruise with Royal Caribbean and I must say it was a HORRIBLE experience!! The group that I went with was my family and it was 10 (age range 12-67) of us boarding the Adventures of the Sea in San Juan, PR. I should have ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise with Royal Caribbean and I must say it was a HORRIBLE experience!! The group that I went with was my family and it was 10 (age range 12-67) of us boarding the Adventures of the Sea in San Juan, PR. I should have known that the cruise may not be great from the moment we boarded the ship. As soon as we boarded the ship we were greeted with an AWEFUL smell in the hallway areas by the stairs. The smell was of a mildew nature. Luckily the smell eventually went away however; it continued to resurface at sporadic times throughout the trip. Our group of 10 had a total of 5 rooms and the rooms were divided between the port side and ocean side. 3 rooms were on the port side the 2 on the ocean side (which were located on the 7th and 8th floor) and the ocean side rooms had the worst smell one could ever imagine. The smell was very similar to raw sewage. The smell continued for them for the duration of the trip. Complaints were made to customer service and they had housekeeping clean the carpet as a means of refreshing the room. The smell went a way for a few hours but it resurfaced. The smell was so nauseating that I felt the need to vomit every time I came in contact with the smell. I was fortunate it was not my room however; it did belong to someone in our group. As I stated in the beginning, this was my 4th cruise with RC and by far my worst. The customer service staff at the help desk and phone was not very helpful and most lacked the knowledge and skillset to perform their job duties at a minimal level. I think some of them along with the staff taking room service orders should either have a position where they have no contact with customers or rethink their career choice. If you’re not able to talk to people then you should be re-trained or find a job more suitable for their non-customer services skillset. We even heard staffing stating that they don’t care about the customers or their complaints. REALLY!!! You say this while I’m within ear range of hear you!! The food was also bad, especially in the Windjammer. Most of the time it was cold and the taste was very bad. The only food that was "ok" was the restaurant Giovanni's and the “my time dining”. The entertainment was also an epic fail. Whomever, the cruise director is for the ship should maybe take time out to visit Allure or Oasis of the Sea to get MUCH better ideas for entertainment. The shows were awful and I decided I didn’t want to see any after attending 2. On prior trips I had seen all the shows because they were fantastic and also participated in other events throughout the trip. If anyone is thinking about taking this ship I would not recommend this ship at all!! The smell, food, entertainment, and customer service is horrible. I hope my recent trip from May 16, 2015 and reviews help people make the best decision for their vacation choices. FYI… I also expressed my concerns and dissatisfaction to Royal Caribbean via email and have yet to hear back from them. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had never been to the designated stops I would of never of went on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have ... Read More
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have been some positive changes and some not so positive. First, the positives. The ship has had carpet replaced in public areas and has added a jumbotron TV to the main pool deck where they show movies (a.m. for kids, p.m. for adults) in the early morning and later in the evening if there is not an event on the pool deck. This is a nice feature but it seems to be underutilized. For example, when there is a pool deck party, the jumbotron could be used to show the crowd as they are dancing or to showcase the band. Neither was done. The ship is immaculate (public areas and staterooms) and cleaning was going on constantly. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere except on the pool deck where it would have been a nice feature (but I am a germaphobe!) and use of hand sanitizers (especially upon entry to the Windjammer) is (very politely and with good humor) enforced for good reason. It was very clear also that food preparation was handled with extreme attention paid to sanitary procedures. I watched the chef and line workers during the outdoor bbq and gloves were replaced often to ensure that no cross contamination took place. Service personnel on this ship were really spectacular - whether it was the security person scanning us in from a port, the wait staff in the Windjammer and dining room, the personnel at the concierge desk, the cabin steward, or the people working in the shops on board, everyone was helpful and polite. This helped make the trip memorable. We had one 'at sea' day at the end of the trip and expected there to be a complete lack of deck chairs (especially around the pool deck). This fear proved to be unfounded. There were plenty of seats all day (we spent the day outside on the level just above the pool deck). Food at the Windjammer was always good and had plenty of options. If you have food issues, you should still find something suitable to eat at the Windjammer. Items that are gluten free are clearly marked. There are generally sugar free options for desserts as well. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both handled well. We arrived at the port at approximately 2:30 p.m. and were on board within a half hour. They have really streamlined this process. We were off the ship and had our luggage within a half hour also. Now for areas that could use some improvement: The disembarkation process is a bit confusing in terms of announcements . We were supposed to have "priority" in the Diamond lounge, but there were absolutely no seats available in the lounge, so we would likely have been better off going to the theater to wait where we would have had a seat. We overheard out time being called, but there were not always clear PA announcements to indicate when our number was being called. The food on the ship was "ok" - what this means is that there was nothing spectacular about our meals (breakfast and lunch inthe Windjammer, dinner in the main dining room) although I actually felt that the food in the Windjammer was better than the food served in the dining room - including the desserts. That said, the meals were not "horrible" and there were enough selections for anyone - even those who are dieting had plenty of options. The desserts at the cafe on the promenade deck were, however, ATROCIOUSLY BAD. Aside from the chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies (both of which they were often out of), the only other edible item was a small chocolate brownie/cake. They had something called "willy wonka pie" that, from what I could guess, was pie crust topped by cookie dough?! Not good. The absolute WORST thing they had was something called the LedZeppoles. The name should have given this one away, but I went for it anyway. It looked like it was a donut hole. IT WAS NOT -- I am not entirely sure what the point of this dessert was, but taste was not it. It was tasteless, rubbery and heavy. The other "cute " item was cheesecake in the shape of a lollipop . Not sure what they point of that was, but it was just OK . Avoid the lemon cookies! They tasted like medicine!! The entertainment in the theater was better than we had seen in the past with the exception of the Royal Caribbean dancers and singers. It is not that they were not talented - they were - but they were given a horrible act to perform ("Singing in the Rain"? - I just can't imagine why anyone would have found this entertaining) . The comedian was not funny, but we saw a group that had been runner up on Americas Got Talent and they were PHENOMENAL! I would go to see them perform locally again! They were outstanding! The cruise director was just OK (he was sort of invisible most of the time and seemed to be going through the motions much of the time, but he had a great staff and they did a wonderful job! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Overall I loved the ship and the Southern Caribbean itinerary. Cabin was great, and despite what some have said, we all thought the food was outstanding. This is one of Royal's older ships now, and it has yet to be refurbished, so ... Read More
Overall I loved the ship and the Southern Caribbean itinerary. Cabin was great, and despite what some have said, we all thought the food was outstanding. This is one of Royal's older ships now, and it has yet to be refurbished, so there isn't as much to do or as many places to eat as on the "mega" or the recently refurbished ships. However, I feel that you absolutely can not punish the ship for those perceived (by some) faults, because if you were responsible in your planning you should have known that going in. What the ship does offer, it offers very well and without compromise. My favorite part of this cruise was the crew. They were outstanding in every aspect! Everyone met us with a smile, a hello, or asked of there was anything they could do for us. A++++ Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at the Pier at 11:45 am, and we were exploring the ship by Noon. We also wanted to address what one review's "we didn't go to buy diamonds" comments. I'm not really sure what ship they were on, because we felt zero sales pitches or pressure to buy ANYTHING. They did offer port shopping seminars, which we didn't attend, so I imagine they might push things if you go to a place that's specifically addressing shopping (go figure). If you don't want that, no one is forcing or even encouraging you to go. Overall we would recommend the Adventure and the Southern Caribbean to anyone, and we are backing those words by going back to try the alternate itinerary in January, 2016! 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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