1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this trip as first part of a back to back on Adventure. Pleased with the size of the ship, the layout and our balcony cabin on the hump, deck 8. Perfect place between decks five and eleven where all the action takes place. Not ... Read More
We chose this trip as first part of a back to back on Adventure. Pleased with the size of the ship, the layout and our balcony cabin on the hump, deck 8. Perfect place between decks five and eleven where all the action takes place. Not crazy about the production shows apart from the ice show which was great. Nor the headliners shows apart from David Naster who is always very entertaining. Also not crazy about the menu in MDR. It really needs to change menus more regularly and Royal need to change out more than two or three dishes each night. Choice becomes very limited and boring. However entertainment in the Schooner Bar was brilliant with Keith being probably the best piano guy we’ve seen over a dozen or more cruises, and who can complain about winter sun in the Caribbean? We didn’t leave the ship at every port but enjoyed the empty ship life. Really relaxing. Both B2Bs were great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. ... Read More
Everything was seamless- the boat was easy to navigate, crew went above an beyond to ensure a great experience. Our inside stateroom was perfect for the two of us... many storage compartments and beds and pillows were super comfortable. Many activities for teens. Entertainment was either very good or disappointing but the parties and outdoor movies were great. Food was delicious in both dining rooms. Valentines was celebrated with a fantastic chocolate buffet. I truly appreciated how the staff encourages people to wash hands. Issues: the app isn’t reliable , announcements can’t be heard in the cabin, smoking areas are not located in great areas..... casino stinks of smoke and the smoking area on deck 11 is too close to the doors and towel station... several of the staff at the customers service desk were not fluent in English which led to mistakes and misunderstandings. Our stateroom assistant was outstanding.... he couldn’t do more for us. Read Less
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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We really enjoyed our 7 day cruise. It was very pleasant and relaxing. Embarkation was quick and easy but should not come before 12 noon cause previous week's cruisers are getting off as we get on. Ship is lovely, especially ... Read More
We really enjoyed our 7 day cruise. It was very pleasant and relaxing. Embarkation was quick and easy but should not come before 12 noon cause previous week's cruisers are getting off as we get on. Ship is lovely, especially Royal Promenade and Blue Moon Lodge. Food was absolutely delicious in both Main dining room and Windjammer Cafe Buffet. And Royal Promenade has snacks and tea, coffee, water, lemonade, and ice tea. So loved stopping by there for a quick break. Entertainment was mixed bag but had some shining moments and the 70s Night was a blast! And the Ice Show was nothing short of amazing. We saw it twice. Did no shore excursions so can't comment on that. Just walked outside with each port. It was fine except Cozumel which had very aggressive sales people. Inside cabin room was nice size but bed was huge and took up much of room. No real complaints. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We booked this cruise as a 'last minute' decision because 1) we needed a getaway and 2) price (we must have hit upon it on one of their price drop days). We have only sailed one other cruise, on Princess, so I am trying to give ... Read More
We booked this cruise as a 'last minute' decision because 1) we needed a getaway and 2) price (we must have hit upon it on one of their price drop days). We have only sailed one other cruise, on Princess, so I am trying to give this an honest stand-alone review without totally comparing the two. Check in was flawless. Being able to pre-check in was one of the easiest and having it 'done' was great. We arrived a little earlier than our 'appointment time', but still was on the ship within 10 minutes of arrival. The ship was immaculate, very pretty and very easy to navigate. They have an interactive ship guide on every floor at the elevators and on promenade deck. It also displayed the time, which I found very helpful on several occasions as I don't wear a watch. I am a true believer in you make your cruise experience as great or not as great as you are willing. We are easy to please, go with the flow kind of people, especially on vacation. For the most part, we were happy and content with the cruise, however ,there were a few things I wish RCCL had taken into account. 1) We are not smokers, and having to walk through the smoker's gauntlet to get a pool towel or walk completely around the other side of the ship through the solariam to escape the bulk of the smoke was a poor layout (in our opinion). Even coming through the solarium, the stations were downwind from the smoking area. I could usually hold my breath long enough to make it through, but one day was particularly so bad that it actually set my throat on fire to the point I was getting throat lozenges from the infirmary the next day to help alleviate the irritation. 2). Aside from the outdoor decks, there seemed to be no areas to relax and 'people watch' or sit casually in the Promenade area, other than in a bar area. Music was alvailable nightly in all the bars, but seating was non-exsistent within ear shot to simply enjoy the music without being in the bar. These were our 'disappointment's' with the ship itself. We adjusted and just stayed either on ouside deck 4 (upwind from smokers) or just skipped the evening crowds. We ate in the Windjammer for all meals. For the most part, we thought the food was good, sometimes really good, sometimes mediocre. For the most part, we always found something we liked, or tried something new. There were some times I would have liked to of gone to the dining room, but my husband didn't care for a structured dinner, so the Windjammer it was. If you get to sit in Section 6 in the evening and have a waiter named Mayvon, you are in for some of the best service on the ship. Always smiling, always. And never missed a beat with drink refills or anything else he could do for us. Delightful young man. Our room assistant was Jose Pierre. Another remarkable young man and an asset to RCCL. We asked for ice when we first arrived and he had a fresh bucket for us morning and evening every day for the rest of the ship. We never had to ask for it. He was in and out and did an excellent job each day. If we had a question or request he was on top of it. PORTS: Labadee - We didn't go ashore because my husband had a pinched nerve in his neck we were trying to get the pain reduced by massage and acupuncture - which semi-helped that day only. :( San Juan - LOVED San Juan. We did not take an excursion because the ship docks right in Old Jan Juan town. We walked up and toured the fort and then walked around town. Stopped and got a drink and free wi-fi before going back to the ship. St. Maarten - What a beautiful piece of land. We took the Double-Decker Tour and our driver, Victor, was a hoot. Had a great time. We had the morning tour, and the temperature was about 80, so wasn't unpleasant on the upper deck. We did not go to the French side because of the hurricane damage, and felt like the the cost of the tour should have been reduced accordingly. That did however free us up to spend a little longer at the stops. There are no traffic lights or storp signs so traffic is a 'honk' I'm coming through or get out of my way and a narrow two lane road accomodates all traffic. Side roads are even more narrow, but they make it work. I personally wouldn't drive because I'd have a nervous breakdown before I got anywhere. My one regret is the photo opportunity we did not get of the overlook of the two bays, which is an iconic picture of St Maarten. We stopped and heard the story of the peak, but that was all. The Rhum tasting was fun and delicious and a bottle of the Banana Rhum found its way back home with us. :) Once the tour was completed, we had time to walk back through Phillipsburg, but the hubby's neck and shoulder were hurting him, so it was a casual afternoon on the ship. Disembarkation - We chose to self-assist and were able to leave the ship with minimal waiting. Through customs and on to our car in a matter of minutes. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the ... Read More
I recently returned from a wonderful cruise on Adventure of the Seas which included three generations of our family. We are ages 25-76 with both novice and experienced cruisers. I was the coordinator of the whole adventure and with the help of the excellent crew and staff of the Adventure of the Seas everything went smoothly. My husband and I had previously sailed on the ship so I knew there were appealing features for everyone in our group. We had four cabins from balcony to promenade to inside so that was good for all to see the differences and learn the benefits of varying locations on ship. The variety of activities and venues on the ship provided enjoyment for everyone in our group. The younger ones were the late-nighters who enjoyed the Schooner Bar and the casino. The early risers loved coffee from room service and the coffee bar. We all enjoyed the pool deck and the pool bars, dinners in the main dining room, and the excellent beach itinerary. To sum up the highlight of this cruise for our family we all agreed that sitting as a group around Keith's piano in the Schooner Bar and singing our lungs out one night was hilarious and the smiles never left our faces the whole time. I'm smiling right now as I write this--it was that good. Keith is truly an entertainer. Highly recommend. Our family has travelled quite a bit in Mexico over the past 20 years but Costa Maya was a new port to us and what a lovely surprise. Not so commercialized yet and we found it refreshing. First thing to do is get out of the immediate port area and take a taxi to the malecon where there are little beach clubs and more locals. We spent our time ashore walking on the boardwalk, sat under umbrellas with some ice cold buckets of beer and fresh pico de gallo (Big Mama's), and ate street tacos from a local cart vendor. Enjoyed by one and all. We also took an independent excursion with Cozumel Beach Bar Hop which goes to the east end of the island which has no electricity for the most part. Off the beaten path and more authentic small beach bars with loads of fun and frivolity. These are rustic beach places with sand and surf not chain restaurants with fancy bathrooms. The millennials thought they were hip and the rest of us remember when Mexico used to have places like this everywhere. Looking forward to the next one--bon voyage! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We live in Canada and knew we would need to reacquaint ourselves with the sun by end Jan - hence this cruise. For this first time, we decided to splurge on a Jr Suite, which was affordable due to the short length of the cruise. What ... Read More
We live in Canada and knew we would need to reacquaint ourselves with the sun by end Jan - hence this cruise. For this first time, we decided to splurge on a Jr Suite, which was affordable due to the short length of the cruise. What great accommodations! Could not believe how much storage space we had available - many of the storage cupboards went empty! Wow - a couch and two lounge chairs - yes, purchased at the "uncomfortable furniture store from which Royal purchases all their seating accommodations" but having a choice was wonderful! Balcony was lovely. Lots of space to kick back and enjoy the view. Huge soaker tub in the bathroom. We are not bath people, but if we were, it would be great! Shower was OK at best. Temperature setting was not necessarily related to the temperature of the water! Many issues on this trip ... Kept doing the USD to CAD conversion and charging my card in CAD even though I asked them to charge my card in USD (because my card gives a much better conversion rate). On Day 2, when I got notice from my card that a purchase had been made, I noted it was in CAD. Called down to guest services, who advised I could not resolve the issue over the phone but needed to go to the service desk. Headed on down, waited in line, got to the desk ... and the staff member said yes they could fix it, but that I needed my credit card in addition to my sea pass card ... like the woman could not have advised this when telling me I had to come down to the desk? OMG! Back up to the stateroom, back down, more time in line to contemplate my wasted time and ... voila ... after only 30 min more, signing the waiver requesting my fees be charged in USD, re-swiping the card, re-issuing the sea pass card, all was fixed. Right until the next day, when I got to do it all again!! There were many in the line-up on day 3 that were having issues that had apparently "been fixed" the previous day. In my case, the day 3 fix did work. Hope everyone else experienced success too. I have a food allergy. First time on a Royal cruise that we did not see our section head waiter or preview the next day's menu so the cooking staff could ensure my food would be prepared away from the food to which I am allergic. Mind you, we rarely saw our waiter either ... once to place our order and ... that's it. We often order from the non-published Indian food menu on Royal - usually a great variety of curry options. Asked our waiter what the Indian food option was and his answer, without checking mind you, was chicken curry and vegetable curry. If that is the limited choice offered on the boat, it is what it is ... but it is not a move in the right direction! Assistant-waiter was great! Evening of day four, the toilet made a bizarre noise - like a regurgitation. Hesitantly took a look - volumes of black, gooey slime/sludge was quickly working its way to toward the top of the toilet bowl. Called maintenance who said they would be there in 20 minutes. We had our suite evaluation plans, including putting our suitcases on the bed, and waited for maintenance. Husband called again 60 minutes later; gotta say, tone was a lot less pleasant than mine. About 10 minutes later, an engineer came to take a look. His comment ... OMG! Guess I did not sound panicked enough. He went out into the hallway and accessed the plumbing panel, did his thing, and the goop disappeared. Good news ... did not exceed the volume of the toilet bowl! He sent someone to come and clean the toilet ... took some scrubbing! The smell of the tobacco smoke from the casino permeated everything on deck four and the promenade on deck five. Consideration should be given to obtaining better smoke eaters, installing two-stage doors into the smoke polluted areas, and creating a negative pressure to keep the smoke in the Casino area, so the rest of the passengers are not subjected to the odour. The greats! Though incredibly overworked, our cabin attendant went the distance to make sure we had everything we needed! Kudos to his hard work and attention to detail. Mariia was the guest services contact who permanently fixed our card issue. Not only did she fix it, she called the next day to make sure it was not re-occurring. Her attention to detail fixed the problem correctly, her professionalism in checking back to make sure everything was fixed was very much appreciated and her concern and empathy made us feel appreciated and valued. Diamond Lounge - real plus Great coffee in the machine!! Staff were outstanding - attentive, friendly and efficient. Concierge Lounge ... not on this boat! It has been replaced with a Suite Lounge. Decreased services for Loyal to Royal members. Rather than being disappointed there are more C&A members sailing with Royal and cutting back on level perks, how about maintaining perks and privileges. Top Tier Event - Absolutely outstanding Great ice show performance. Even better were the staff awards. So great to see hard-working team members be recognized for their contributions. Everyone we spoke to felt the same way. Kudos Royal - great step in the right direction! Production Shows Good effort and very entertaining. One of the shows was centred on a dancing team and, while this seems to be the trend after last year's Tango team, liked the older shows that told a story a bit better. Headliner shows - great! So ... some really great stuff; lots of room for improvement. Each time we ran into issues that seemed to be dismissed by staff, we kept reminding ourselves we were down enjoying a cruise to Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel and were enjoying warm, sunny days where we could have been home in the record, cold temperatures. We counted ourselves lucky. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it so much we want to book another trip! We felt very pampered on this trip. The staff on this ship was amazing! The activity organizers were so much fun and there was so ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it so much we want to book another trip! We felt very pampered on this trip. The staff on this ship was amazing! The activity organizers were so much fun and there was so much to do on the ship that we were never bored. We played a lot of trivia each day and went to all the game shows. There was always someone there if you needed something on the ship and all the staff was very friendly. You did not even need to get off your but if you wanted a drink. There was always waiters walking around taking orders and bringing drinks. The ship was kept very clean. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day when we were at breakfast and dinner. There was always staff making sure that people washed their hands before entering the buffet. You never saw garbage around because they were always cleaning up and you often saw them scrubbing hand rails, menus, etc. Our room had lots of storage for all of our stuff. We had a balcony room that was very secluded from other balconies. The bed was so comfortable! We slept so good every single night. Our room was right next to the elevators which was great and the rooms were so quiet that you could not hear others in the rooms around you. The food was great. There was a large variety. Every meal in the dining room and specialty restaurants were three course meals. We thought they were very filling. We never went hungry on the ship because there was always something to eat. One of our favorite things was the breakfast food in the windjammer. The ports we went to seemed really safe and getting on and off the ship was simple and quick. We did one shore excursion through the ship and it was great! We would highly recommend the drink package if you are planning to drink. Beers on the ship cost $7 and almost all other drinks cost $12. The deluxe drink package includes as much bottled water you want and as much soda as you want. They have the CocaCola soda machines on the ship that have a variety of different options to choose from. They give you a souvenir cup to use on the machines. Without the drink package the only thing you can get for free on the ship is glasses of water, juice, tea, and coffee from the buffet. Almost all the drinks are $12 or less so they are covered under the drink package. This is for the specialty restaurants too. The only things not covered are Starbucks and some of the more expensive wines. Since we were on our honeymoon the crew gave us a card and left chocolate covered strawberries in our room. We both got $50 gift cards to the Spa as well. We loved that there was an adult only pool area as we were on our honeymoon and did not want to be bothered by children. We would definitely go on this cruise ship again. We chose to take our luggage off the ship on the last day ourselves and we were glad we did because that meant we could get off the ship first. The only thing that was hard for us was finding our airport transfer that we set up before the trip. There was not very good signage for this. There were people standing around that we could ask. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise (only our second) based on 1) Price, 2) Sailing Date and 3) Ports of Call. Suffice to say that we were very pleased with our choice. Adventure of the Seas is a big ship, but not TOO big. Myself and my companion have ... Read More
We chose this cruise (only our second) based on 1) Price, 2) Sailing Date and 3) Ports of Call. Suffice to say that we were very pleased with our choice. Adventure of the Seas is a big ship, but not TOO big. Myself and my companion have different tastes in what we enjoy on a cruise. Me: sleeping in late, sauntering down to the pool at the crack of noon, having a frosty beverage or four, hot-tubbing, maybe (or maybe not) getting off at the ports, then finally waking up fully for the night-life, shows and the casino. Him: up at the crack of dawn, early breakfast, wandering the ship before it gets crowded, off at every port for shopping and sight-seeing, enjoying a huge dinner, then to bed after the early show + maybe a quick stop at the casino. This ship offered a great variety for both of us! I especially get a kick out of the poolside activities (line dancing, belly-flop competition, etc.) while he really enjoyed the ports....Labadee was his favorite. He is a savvy shopper and snagged some good pieces of art, clothing and a couple of watches in St. Martin and St. Kitts. Even in the dead of winter, these ports are a safe bet for good weather....in fact our only cloudy and somewhat unpleasant day was the last when we were closing in on Florida. Not sure if a Bahama or Bermuda trip would have satisfied our need for sun coming from cold upstate NY January deep freeze. Service was excellent all around and we were impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the overall cleanliness of the ship. Maybe they're faking it (as some suggest) but all of the crew we came in contact with seemed pleased to be working there and made it fun and enjoyable. It's not new, but it seemed well-preserved. There is plenty to do for every age group and plenty of places to enjoy some quiet if you wish. One quibble: we both wished that RC would have at least one sun deck with no piped-in music. It's a little too pervasive. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This cruise was a let down for me. It was an 8 day cruise and the cons overweighed the pros by a lot. First of all, everything closed SO early. The buffet closed at 9 pm but started sectioning people off at 8:30-845. I’ve never been on a ... Read More
This cruise was a let down for me. It was an 8 day cruise and the cons overweighed the pros by a lot. First of all, everything closed SO early. The buffet closed at 9 pm but started sectioning people off at 8:30-845. I’ve never been on a ship that the buffet closed so early. If we wanted food after 9, it was basically just pizza. A lot of things in general were closed. The flowrider was only open a couple hours a day, the climbing wall was only open a couple hours, the skating rink didn’t even open until the end of the cruise. They advertised these activities but then didn’t act on them. The skating rink wasn’t even open to passengers until the end of the cruise and it was only 30 min segments. So many of the bars were closed for many times in our cruise. One day, we had to go around to 3-4 different bars until we found one open and this was at noon. The MDR didn’t have lunch available on port days. The buffet was extremely boring and lacked flavor. The breakfast and lunch buffet had no variation of meals whatsoever. The lunch particularly was very poor. The MDR food was alright. The waiters were great. There was practically NO entertainment. This thought was commonly heard amongst a lot of passengers on the ship. A lot of people just sat around bored because of the lack of entertainment. Everyday felt so long because of the lack of entertainment. The entertainment they did have was mediocre at best. Our room steward didn’t talk to us once. He didn’t introduce himself, didn’t say hi, nothing. He did leave a tip envelope for additional tips (we did prepay tips) but he did such a poor job we did not tip him extra. Some days we would leave in the morning and come back 2-3 and our room still wasn’t attended too. The room other than that was fine. All in all, I would not recommend this cruise and would not sail on this ship again. Out of my 20+ cruises, this sadly was my least favorite one. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship was a little older than some of the other ships but it was overall a nice looking ship. The embarkation went really smoothly and disembarkation went as well as could have been expected for a suite customer. This is an older ... Read More
This ship was a little older than some of the other ships but it was overall a nice looking ship. The embarkation went really smoothly and disembarkation went as well as could have been expected for a suite customer. This is an older ship so if you want all the bells and whistles you may not get them on this ship. I loved the shows they provided on the ship they had a little bit something for everyone. My stateroom attendant as well as the dining room staff in the Saphire dining hall were excellent. I ate breakfast in Giovanis restaurant and that was excellent also. I did not really care for the food in the Windjammer. I enjoy the ports and shore excursions most notably Toppers Rhum in St. Maarten. That place was awesome. Depending on where the ship traveled too would be my decision if I traveled on this ship again. Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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