3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We are pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean and have been on 16 RCL cruises. First time on Adventure. It is a nice ship, well maintained. Our cabin (9654) was clean and had more storage than we needed. I like that the mini bar is empty and ... Read More
We are pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean and have been on 16 RCL cruises. First time on Adventure. It is a nice ship, well maintained. Our cabin (9654) was clean and had more storage than we needed. I like that the mini bar is empty and you order what you want put in there. Our balcony was a nice size and the chairs reclined. Cabin steward was nice, but reserved. I made a couple of requests (extra pillows and towels) and he was very accommodating at keeping the extra towels in the room. We purchased a 3 night Specialty Dining package in advance and won't do that again. We were told to book our 3 dinners as soon as we got on the ship or we might not get into the restaurants at a decent time, so we did. Turns out that EVERY reservation we made conflicted with a show we wanted to see, which we didn't find about out until the night before from our Cruise Compass. When we tried to change the reservation, there were no decent times left (only 6PM or 9PM). for alternative nights. The MDR, and our waiter/assistant waiter were so fantastic, that we wished we'd just dined there every night. Now for the "not so much"...the entertainment. If I see one more comedian joking about his colonoscopy I'm gonna scream. The featured singer obviously didn't feel like performing that night and the "variety shows" were shrill, disconnected and NOT about the title of the show. The Ice Show was good. We ALWAY enjoy the adult show "The Quest" and the cruise director made it a lot of fun. We have seen the 70's disco show a dozen times so skipped that. Some trivia games were fun, but some of the cruise director staff seemed tired and cranky at a few of them. The casino was way too smoky for us but I did run in long enough to lose $20 INSTANTLY on a Wheel of Fortune machine. LOL We still had fun and managed to relax, which is what we needed. We told our cabin steward when we met him that we are late sleepers and if we slept so late that he couldn't get to our room, that was fine with us. It happened often and everything worked out fine. I would definitely go back on Adventure of the Seas, for the cleanliness, itinerary, and food, but NOT for the entertainment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
WE chose this cruise because my husband had the week off, the port was close to home, and we had enjoyed all of our other Royal Caribbean Cruises. This cruise was the exception. Just as a side note. This was our 14th cruise, the 4th on ... Read More
WE chose this cruise because my husband had the week off, the port was close to home, and we had enjoyed all of our other Royal Caribbean Cruises. This cruise was the exception. Just as a side note. This was our 14th cruise, the 4th on Royal Caribbean. We have also cruised on Holland America, Princess, Norweigan and Celebrity. First, the stateroom. We were in cabin #9370, a balcony cabin. The bed was terrible. It was like sleeping on a table. We could not sleep more than 3 or 4 hours at a time without waking up in pain and having to move around. We asked our room steward for an egg crate to put over the mattress, but apparently the ship does not stock them anymore. The room steward was able to only get an extra quilt to put on top of the mattress,which helped not at all. The room itself was adequate, the steward did a nice job keeping it clean, no complaints there. The Windjammer Cafe. Disgusting. I have never been on a cruise before where the staff sees food on the floor and simply walks past it without cleaning it up. Whole pieces of bacon, lettuce leaves, pieces of fruit. Just laying there in front of or near the buffet line. The staff in the Cafe were indifferent. You were lucky to catch them to get you water, or lemonade. Mostly, you ended up getting it yourself. I never saw such a lackadaisical attitude on any ship or cruise line we have been on. We had to ask to have the tables cleared off and wiped off, and even if you could get a crew member to do that, you would still be left with pieces of food on the chairs and on the floor around you. It was really gross and unappetizing. The food itself. Horrible. Old food. Rotten fruit. Pieces of watermelon that would bend in half from being so either frozen or waterlogged. Blackened and burnt potatoes. Overcooked hamburgers and hot dogs. Breakfast sausages and bacon so overcooked as to be almost inedible. There was not a lot of variety. Much of the time, half of the Windjammer would be closed for cleaning, even on sea days when there was no where else to eat. The main dining room. The food was good. The wait staff was excellent. The one thing that was very disappointing was the fact that, although we had two formal nights, and most people made an effort to look nice, there were still many people that chose to come to the dining room, in one case, a man wearing a "beater" t shirt, people wearing shorts, baseball caps on backwards, and just a general attitude of disrespect for that tradition. It made us feel foolish to bother getting dressed up. The shows were pretty good. The hypnotist was great, as was the comedian. One observation was that the Adults Only rule was not followed. Kids were everywhere. In the 80's dance party, which was after 9:00 pm, the dance floor was filled with young children. In fact, they almost took over the venue. There was one little girl, maybe around 6 years old, that was so overtired she lay down in the middle of the dance floor and pulled her dress up to her waist. Her mother just stood by, talking, ignoring her . . . .Kids pushed their way into the adult games,. woman vs. men, and the Irish activities director just ignored it. The only "adult" in the room was during The Quest, when Mercedes, the cruise director, actually insisted that the parents remove their young children from the room. As far as the ports. We have been to Grand Cayman before, so we just walked around, did some shopping, and had a turtle burger. Costa Maya was the newest port, and it was very, very overpriced and overcrowded. Imagine Times Square on New Year's Eve. The port is still under construction, so there is pretty much only one path to walk on, a very small pool to sit in, and very overpriced shops. For example, there was a cute flamingo shirt I wanted to get for my husband. Asking the price, the man said $60.00. I started laughing. At that starting price, there is no negotiating. I could probably buy the same shirt at Bealls for $29. There was a very sad and small pool for the dolphin encounter. There was barely enough room for the dolphins to swim around. I felt so sorry for the animals and hoped they got to go to a larger space at the end of their "work day". The port could barely sustain one ship, yet there were 3 ships docked that day. It was almost impossible to even walk around, and we pretty quickly decided to go back to the ship. Cozumel was our favorite stop. We have been here several times. We did the beach break. In the past, that price included an all you can eat lunch buffet. No more. The ocean was so choppy it was unsafe to swim. The red flags were out. The water toys were all removed from the water. The pool was overcrowded with kids. We took a chance on the excursion, because the excursion sales person did mention that there was a lot of seaweed on the beach and the tides were high. We gambled and lost. It was too windy to stay at the beach, so after about an hour we ended up taking a taxi back to the cruise port, and spent some time shopping around. It seems that in the past, there used to be a lot more activities on the ship. Now, most of them seem geared to a "seminar" to get you to buy jewelry, beauty treatments, cigars, liquor . . .it feels like it has become a big, captive audience sales event. We laughed when we went on Holland America for the first time, because it skewed with such an older cruising crowd, but we had a two day cooking class that we really enjoyed, and to this day make a few of the recipes. Royal Caribbean used to be our favorite cruise line. I really feel that Royal Caribbean has become the Walmart of cruise lines, which makes Carnival, in my opinion, be downgraded to the Dollar Store of Cruise Lines. The room steward told us that we should have brought our own blow up mattress to put on top of the terrible bed. Yeh, like that is going to happen. Read Less
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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a family get together for the holidays. There were 10 of us in the party. My wife (7 cruises), myself (8), my son of 24 years(7), my daughter of 21 years (7), my wife's parents (3), my son's fiancee (2) and 3 of my daughter's friends (first time cruisers). We all had cabins on the 7th floor on the forward starboard side. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth with no issues. The agents were able to deal with a couple of issues for the young first-time cruisers and got us through without incident. It took us longer to park the vehicles than it did to get on the ship. Our last cruise was on an Oasis Class ship. We enjoyed this ship much better. It still had the mall, but most of the ship still had access to the ocean which I enjoy. My wife felt as if this ship was her favorite class. It offered many activities, but still didn't feel crowded. Our cabin was all the way forward on the ship and was an Oceanview stateroom. We loved the view from our window, but if you are do not like motion I would not recommend as the last night we had rough seas and my darling wife almost didn't make it. We ate every night in the Main Dining room. We find the meals there to be good. We find no pleasure in pay that much more for the extra dining options. We ate lunch everyday in the Windjammer and breakfast was split between MDR and Windjammer. We found all the choice as good as on land. Dining is still one of the highlights of our cruise. There have been some changes. Instead of being served bread by the assistant waiter, the bread is there waiting on you at the table. This didn't make that big of a difference for me. I went to the casino and gave a fair donation. I was also able to see a young lady win $13,000 so at least someone really liked the casino. Drink service was spotty around the ship at times. I sat at on venue listening to the musician. I was thinking I would purchase a drink before dinner, but was never approached for the 45 minutes I was there. We went to the ice show and we saw the hypnotist and really enjoyed both. We also enjoyed trivia and some of the late night parties and karaoke. We had as much fun on this cruise as any other we had been on. I still find it to be a great value for vacationing and getting away. Royal Caribbean gives you so many options for whatever kind of fun you are looking for that I find it hard to believe that you couldn't enjoy yourself. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good ... Read More
Needed the nights to reach Diamond tier and this cruise gave us them. Eastern Caribbean which we love although three sea days were more than we like. We had breakfast and dinner in the MDR every day and enjoyed the good service and good food. All the staff went out of their way to make everyone's cruise a good one. This was our fourth time on the Adventure and that was the main reason we booked her. Our normal port to sail out of is San Juan due to fewer sea days and more ports that we love. We will be on the Freedom for a B2B in six weeks and will see what Diamond tier has. As with any ship in saltwater, there are small spots of rust here and there. At every port we heard tap, tap, tap as they were working to chip away rust and paint (a neverending chore.) The ship was well maintained although there were stains in places on the carpeting. Winter came too early in Michigan this year so it was good to have a week of warmth. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We, because of price and spouse are "Loyal to Royal". But I'm serious thinking not such a great idea. If they are going to continue using older ships they really need to stop a day and CLEAN them thoroughly!! ... Read More
We, because of price and spouse are "Loyal to Royal". But I'm serious thinking not such a great idea. If they are going to continue using older ships they really need to stop a day and CLEAN them thoroughly!! Entertainment was Excellent!! This class ship (as we sailed back-to-back with the Navigator of the Seas) won't be our choice anytime soon. **The plus is the food was good and entertainment also very good. The service in the dining room was lacking and definitely not what I would expect from Royal Caribbean. We had a wonderful excursion at St. Kitts, we've visited the island but never took one before. I highly recommend. It was for the Fort and Plantation house. Great Price and 5 star if you like history & views. Royal Caribbean needs new activities for folks that don't wish to sunbath & drink entire trip. Heck, I'd enjoy history lectures of islands visiting, etc. Just something new please. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
I had never traveled on a Royal ship in the past so this was my first. The ship was nice with many bells and whistles I had not experienced in the past. I did not like that the Windjammer had restricted hours of service as I have pretty ... Read More
I had never traveled on a Royal ship in the past so this was my first. The ship was nice with many bells and whistles I had not experienced in the past. I did not like that the Windjammer had restricted hours of service as I have pretty much been used to on other cruises. I was not crazy about the shows on the Adventure, but Mercedes and Isaac were fantastic. I was really hoping for a WOW factor for this cruise, but I was disappointed overall. Service was great for my cabin and the few dinners we had in the dining room. Lastly, I'm not one to complain a lot, but this was an 11th anniversary cruise and I ordered yellow roses to my room and when we arrived they had red roses which are not my wife's favorites. Maybe that got me off on a bad footing for the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We liked the 8 night cruise instead of 7. The embarkation was probably the best we have experienced in many, many cruises. There were 300 Diamond Members and 200 Diamond Plus Members - all stuffed into the lounge and spilling out into ... Read More
We liked the 8 night cruise instead of 7. The embarkation was probably the best we have experienced in many, many cruises. There were 300 Diamond Members and 200 Diamond Plus Members - all stuffed into the lounge and spilling out into the Viking Crown Lounge. Luggage was delivered in ample time to unpack before muster. We are Diamond Plus with over 300 nights on Royal. However, We did not have robes - did not have shampoo - did not have lotion - did not have our free bottle of wine - when we entered the cabin. As it was a busy day, we were ok with it being delivered the next day. Surprise - not delivered on day 2 either!. When I asked the cabin steward about it - he said that we had to REQUEST those things or we wouldn't get them. I said OK - I request them. Everything but the wine was delivered that night. I called the Loyalty rep and had to leave a message. Day 3 was my birthday. Since it was formal night and the meal was steak - we planned to drink the red wine from Crown and Anchor.... You guessed it - NO WINE. No wine on Day 4. Finally after repeated trips to the loyalty desk - wine was delivered - only it was PINK WINE - not red. Another trip to the loyalty desk and a trade was made. The loyalty rep apologized profusely and said that we would be his guest to dinner at the Chops Grill to make up for the glitch. We were happy. Reservations were at 6:00. We checked in at 5:55 and were seated. We waited - waited - waited. It was 6:20 and we were still sitting... No message from the loyalty rep. We asked the waiter to please try to contact him to see if he was coming. We were informed that he would TRY to be there by 6:40 and we should go ahead and order. About 6:45 he showed up and scarfed up food while on his cellphone. He accepted 6 calls from various people during dinner. Needless to say - we couldn't wait to get out of there. We even skipped dessert. The ports were places we had been before, so we just did an overview tour. On San Juan, we did want to see the city but did not want to shop, so we signed up for the "Old and New San Juan" tour. We did it online and chose that tour because it did not include shopping. The driver went straight to the downtown area and kicked everybody off the bus for one hour to "shop". We objected and others objected as well, but he said he had to move the bus and we needed to leave. We wasted a whole hour of a 2 1/2 hour tour just sitting. When we complained - we were referred to "Freddie", Asst Mgr of the Tours and he told us that RCI Tours were not in charge of the tours and there was nothing he could do. Is there noone following up on these tours???? That's scary. The rest of the cruise was fun. The dining staff were excellent. Food was tasty and varied. We really liked the Diamond Breakfast areafor a quiet fresh breakfast. It is a nice perk. Disembarkation went about as smoothly as we have seen. All in all - We do enjoy cruising and we normally are treated very well on Royal. I think this was just a fluke. I sure hope so - because we are going again with Royal in February. If this repeats - we may have to re-think things...... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The cruise was average. We had great service in the dining room in the evening. The entertainment was ok. There was a comedian that was good (with puppets). and the ice show was excellent. When I had lunch in the dining room I ordered ... Read More
The cruise was average. We had great service in the dining room in the evening. The entertainment was ok. There was a comedian that was good (with puppets). and the ice show was excellent. When I had lunch in the dining room I ordered hot tea. Each time, the tea never came. Thankfully my dinner waiter stopped over to ask how the service was and if he could get me anything. Otherwise, I'd still be waiting on the tea. Also dessert never came at lunch dining room dining. There were too many sea days with nothing much to do. Too crowded in the solarium to find a chair. On the pool deck it was loud when playing a movie. Did do a wine tasting (that was and extra charge) and it was very informative and fun. The smoke from the casino was traveling into the lounges on the front and the back side of it. They really need to do a better job of containing the smoke in the casino. I am a crown and Anchor member and I was not welcomed back or given a listing of what was loaded as perks on my sea pass. When I inquired at the help desk, they told me they are loaded on my sea pass and that was it. I asked for a listing and they told me there isn't one. (the friends I was traveling with each got one from the desk). The manager at the time, told me this. I tried several times at the crown and anchor desk on deck 7. Everytime I went to see if someone was on duty, no one was there. Even if it was time that said they would be there. After 4x, I just gave up. It was consuming too much time. I had not been to Labdee for years. It has been built up and had many more things to do. I liked that they had locals working there but didn't like that they expected tips to take the lounge chairs down and were angry if you would help yourself to chairs. I didn't take any cash onto the island, just wanted to relax. They should probably just pay these folks a bit of a salary and spare guests getting asked every several feet if they want a chair and hang about until you reach for your wallet. St Martin is always a great stop and Puerto Rico there is a lot to do. boarding and unloading went smoothly. without too much waiting. Customs was not much waiting either. Didn't do any excursions because of the cost and nothing really jump out. Spa service was very good. Actually all the employees were very good. Didn't like the promenade area. The shops are much smaller and had very little in them. They put out tables along the promenade with products on them and caused a log jam of people. The pub was very popular and had people spilling out of it into the promenade. The sushi place was much larger and hardly had any people in it. Maybe they should swap out the spaces? The ship was sparsely decorated for Christmas. That was pretty surprising. Had a nice time but it is hard to not look back and remember what cruising was like years ago and what it has now become. A nickle and dime-ing extravaganza. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We did this cruise with friends on their first cruise. Quite the experience. First the good: we were in 6640, balcony cabin. Embarkation was quick easy and painless! It was very nice, good location and the bed was great. We didn't ... Read More
We did this cruise with friends on their first cruise. Quite the experience. First the good: we were in 6640, balcony cabin. Embarkation was quick easy and painless! It was very nice, good location and the bed was great. We didn't mind the lower half of balcony obstructed. The promenade deck was just below us with all the fun stuff and coffee shop! The staff were polite and friendly for the most part. The comedy shows were excellent and so was the ice show. This was our 9th cruise and with husband's retirement in a year we are looking forward to more! So to the negatives: The staff in the main dining room where we ate every night was pretty out of sync. The waits were long, food was either cold (in the beginning, they did do better later) wine was very slow as well. I got the feeling they were short-staffed. It was just chaos the first two-three nights. There was no Somalier so the wait staff brought wine - also very slow in the beginning. Getting info on just what was allowed on the drink package in the bars was also a big problem on the first day. The coffee in buffet and dining room was awful. Thank goodness for the drink package where we could get Starbucks every day. We also were on special diets because of health issues. Low carb, which means no bread, rice, potatoes, crackers, cereals. The cruise ship caters to regular eaters - I understand, but the lack of variety got boring. Carrots and broccoli every single night. The next big problem we had was the fact that on the last day was we were in a hurry to disembark to catch a flight - we had to deal with the ship charging us for drinks they claimed we were "sharing"!! No one asked us if we did this (we did not!), they just stuck it on our bill. This is such poor customer service! The buffet was also a problem in that apparently the workers in there are strictly for bussing tables. They do not bring coffee, water or flatware. So then you have to go back up to where there are tons of people with food plates and get all up in that mess again. Seems like this is a poor way to do it. The buffets are crowded enough without all the flatware being up there too. We had a few other problems too but the lack of service and the trying to sneak a charge on our bill really made me angry. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise for the timing, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although we are veteran cruisers we had never sailed RCCL. The overall cruise was good (what's not to like on a cruise?). We found the staff generally friendly ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the timing, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although we are veteran cruisers we had never sailed RCCL. The overall cruise was good (what's not to like on a cruise?). We found the staff generally friendly and accommodating. The main dining room provided surprisingly good food with superior service from our waiter, Joel, his assistant, Igety(sp?) and Amit, our section leader. Passengers, on the other hand, were exceptionally rude and ill mannered. Why, when you have a fixed table assignment, do you need to push others out of the way to get into the MDR? We also encountered some rude behavior by staff in the spa - remember the Julia Roberts character in "Pretty Woman"? These incidents were, however, isolated and did not significantly mar our overall experience. But we did come home with a few hundred dollars that had been earmarked for the spa, but went unspent. 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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