5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I hope this report is as helpful to those heading to New England & Canada as other reports were for us preparing for our cruise. This was our 5th cruise all with RCL and the first time on Adventure of the Seas. Liberty is our ... Read More
I hope this report is as helpful to those heading to New England & Canada as other reports were for us preparing for our cruise. This was our 5th cruise all with RCL and the first time on Adventure of the Seas. Liberty is our favorite ship. Overall we had a very nice time. What attracted us to this ship was its itinerary. We had wanted to do the NE/Canada itinerary for some time. We flew to Newark airport and took an Uber to the port. It was hands-down the smoothest boarding we have every had. We had a balcony cabin on the bump out of deck 9. The location was great, not too far from the elevators yet very quiet. Two of the elevators near our cabin were out of service frustrating many passengers. We opted to take the stairs most of the time. Once onboard we checked out our cabin and then went to the Windjammer for lunch. After lunch and back to our cabin our luggage had arrived. We unpacked and then went up to the top deck as we sailed out of the harbor. You don’t pass the Statue of Liberty when you leave out of Cape Liberty but you can see it in the distance. It was very windy as we set sail. We chose my time dining. We tried to call to make reservations but so was everyone else apparently. We decided to walk down and see if we could make them. The best time we could get was 7:30. A little later than we had hoped but better than waiting in the long line with the others that did not make reservations. The third-floor my time dining room seemed to confuse a lot of people. There was one desk to the left as you approach the dining room where you would go if you did not have reservations and then two desks past that one on either side of the entrance to the dining room for reservations. No one seemed to want to go to the left despite the sign that clearly read reservations both sides. It was a long line on the right hand side and hardly anyone on the left. More than once we walked past that long line to the desk on the left side. We had asked for a table for two most nights. One night we sat at an odd table placed in a doorway right next to the servers staging/cleaning area. Our waiters didn’t have any of the tables around us. It appeared to us that this table was an add on and not a usual table. Needless to say we didn’t get very good service that night. When asked by our head server how everything was I felt compelled to tell him that this was not a very good table. He offered to move us but by then we had already had our appetizers and didn’t want to move. He took note of our displeasure so we weren’t seated there again. Our ports on this cruise were Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick and Halifax. We booked our excursions on our own, independent of the cruise line. We prefer doing things on our own so as to have flexibility. We arrived in Portland early Sunday morning. We were in Portland a few years ago so we had already been to Kennebunkport and to the Portlandhead lighthouse. Once off the ship we walked to a nearby church for mass and then headed over to the Holy Donut. If you go there, don’t let the long line around the corner deter you, it moves fast. The donuts made from potatoes were very good and worth the wait. We had 1pm reservations on a small lobster boat with just 10 other people. The company, Lucky Catch is close to the port. We had a great tour with them. We learned a lot about trapping lobsters. Everyone on the boat had a chance to participate baiting the traps and pushing them in. We learned the difference from male and female lobsters and got to band the ones big enough to keep. At the end of our 90 minute tour we got to purchase the lobsters big enough to keep for just $7 each. You then walk them next door to the Portland Lobster Company where they cook them and serve them with lunch for $12. It was a lot of fun and interesting. The beautiful weather added to the fun time that we had. Next port was Bar Harbor. This was a tender port. If you didn’t have a ship excursion booked you needed to be off the boat before 9 am or else wait for those with booked excursions to get off. They were using large whale watch boats to tender so it went fast. We were on the first boat to tender in. Here we had booked bikes to ride through Acadia. We aren’t big bikers so we opted for the Pedego electric bikes. This was so much fun. You can pedal as much as you want or push the pedal assist when you get tired. The bikes also have a throttle that makes going up hills very easy. The bikes can go up to 20 miles per hour if you want. The owner of the shop gave us great directions to the park loop road. There was some traffic before we got to the park that can be a little nerve wracking but once on the park loop road the traffic is one way and two lanes making it easy for cars to get around you. We stopped at Jordan Pond restaurant in the park for an early lunch before heading back. We hoped to ride up Cadillac Mt but didn’t have enough time as we had only rented the bikes for 4 hours. Back in town we stopped for a drink at an Irish pub near the port. We then walked up and down the main street checking out the shops and ended the late afternoon having a bite to eat on the patio at the Bar Harbor Inn where you get an amazing view of the harbor. I could have sat there all day. The next day we arrived in St John New Brunswick. This was the only port we didn’t make any pre arrangements. It was going to be a short stop. We had to be back on the ship by 2:30. Many people were going to see the reversing falls but everything I had read said you either needed to be there right at the right time or go there twice in the day to see the water going in a different direction. Neither appealed to us. We decided to head over to the museum to learn about St. John. We walked along the walkway near the water and stopped at a craft show that was set up. I purchased a few pairs of unique earrings made of crushed lobster shells for gifts. What we learned at the museum was that St. John was once a vibrant ship yard where many vessels were built. The museum houses many ship artifacts. After the museum we headed over to the farmers market. Where we live we have an amazing farmers market so this wasn’t very impressive to us, but none the less I’m glad we went. From there we decided to start checking out the neighborhood pubs. This is something we like to do when we visit new cities. Our first stop was to the Cask & Kettle. We sat at the bar and had a pint and talked with the bartender. From there we walked around the corner and up the hill to the Big Tide brewery. Here we had some delicious sweet potato poutine with our drinks before taking a slow walk back to the ship. Our last port was Halifax. It was here that we planned to rent a car and drive out to Peggy’s Cove. We hadn’t made reservations and didn’t think it would be an issue. The closet car rental to the port was Hertz and they didn’t have any cars left. They pointed us in the direction of Budget about a 15 minute walk from the port. Luckily they had a car. For about $42 US dollars we rented a Toyota RAV4 for the day. We set our google maps for Peggy’s Cove and were off. What a beautiful drive and area. Once there we parked at the Information Center and walked out to the light house. It was so scenic. This is what you imagine Nova Scotia to look like. The colorful houses reflecting in the water and the large rocks leading out to the lighthouse. There were quite a few tour buses parked behind the main gift shop when we arrived. They had pulled away before we left so we had a few minutes without the large crowds. I bought a latte just inside the gift shop that tasted great. We grabbed a few souvenirs and then decided to share a lobster roll from a stand on our way to the car. We headed back to Halifax and decided to stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where many of those who lost their lives on the titanic are buried. This stop and Peggy’s are cruise excursions for those that rather go that route. We saw some of the people from the ship on tours at them both. As we approached the graves you could hear the tour guides commentary. It was very moving to see these graves, some with names while others with just numbers. From here we returned the car before headed over to the museum. We are not normally museum people and this was the second one on this cruise. The titanic exhibit was the highlight. We both agreed the cemetery was more interesting. We left there and headed back towards the ship along the boardwalk. With time to kill we stopped at the Garrison brewery close to the cruise port for a pint. You have to walk through a large market at the port to get to the ship, giving you one last chance to grab some souvenirs. Our last full day was at sea. Observations about this cruise...you would definitely say the crowd on the ship was as “older” crowd. We never used the pool or hot tub but saw others that did. It never seemed hot enough to us. The highs were very pleasant, in the 70’s most days. We spent many nights in the Duck & Dog pub listening to Carlo. He had quite a following. He is a guitar player from the Philippines that sings many songs that the crowd sings along to. He had quite the following on our cruise. The balcony on this ship is not as large or as open as those on Liberty. The room are about the same. We used the gym both days at sea. The food on the ship was just okay, nothing memorable, good or bad. Our room steward was very attentive. There were very few people out on the deck at night but it was windy most nights. RCL seems to be cutting back on some of their services. Free room service is limited to a continental breakfast. Anything else will cost you. At the bar if you don’t request a certain alcohol you will be given top shelf and pay a lot more for a mixed drink. Being able to upload your photo and fill out your documents online makes for a quicker boarding. If you have never been on a cruise you will enjoy the Adventurer. We had a good time and don’t sweat the small stuff, (like elevators being out). Others seemed very annoyed. This being said, I would likely not recommend this ship to others who have been on a higher class ship solely based on the food and the balcony, two things that we look forward to on ships. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. ... Read More
We were on The Adventure of the Seas. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. Leaving on the 31st of September returning on the 7th of September. Sailed up the East Coast. The weather was perfect the whole trip. My 90 year old Mother was with us. The staff were all gracious and helpful. Our stops were Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, & Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Bar Horbor took a bus tour around Acadia National Forest. The guide was fantastic.... We got to stop a couple of times to check out the views.... a nice excursion for people that don’t want to go on a hike. We ate in the formal dining room every night. Our waiters were attentive and very nice. The meals were good. Portions have gotten a bit smaller but we never left hungry. I would stay away from the steak that is on the menu every night. The specialty steaks, Steak Diane, filets, & the prime rib were all fantastic. The Windjammer is always good for breakfast and lunch. The bistro on the promenade is handy to grab a slice of pizza or a sandwich. Our room steward, Noroni, did a great job keeping the room clean and the ice bucket filled. My husband and I had a balcony room and my Mother and daughter an interior room across the hall. Their room had a big window overlooking the Promenade. A warning though is that in the evening it was pretty loud with music and entertainment. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Have been a cruiser for many years. Choose this cruise for date and itinerary. Went to New England and Canada September 2018. Very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. Check in was ok but out pier staff repremended us for not printing out our ... Read More
Have been a cruiser for many years. Choose this cruise for date and itinerary. Went to New England and Canada September 2018. Very disappointed in Royal Caribbean. Check in was ok but out pier staff repremended us for not printing out our paper copy of the sea pass cards and stated now she would have to do it! Shows were Horrible. They advertise broadway type performances,but I’ve seen better high school performances. Had an ice show which was ok, but couldn’t figure out what was going on just put a bunch of acts together and called it a show. We did anytime dining because we enjoy eating early 5:30 p. When we asked for a window table we were told they could not accommodate by Rene the table assigner yet several of the window seats were available. When we spoke with the maitre D the next day we were at a window. Food was good. Celebrating a family birthday which was pre arranged prior to sailing. Well birthday card came addressed to the wrong person and birthday cake was MIA. When trying to get the cake no one could figure it out so we never received it. Elevators were TERRIBLE ! Sometimes you could wait up to 15 minutes for an elevator and no room to get on when it arrived. 2 main elevators were out of service and crew said they had been down for months. Talked with a cruiser who said she had been on the cruise the year before and elevators were out of service than as well. Cruise was less than average and did not meet the Royal Caribbean hype. When I approached customer service after the trip. Their response was yes we know about these issues, but nothing we can do about it. Shore excursions were very expensive and poorly orchestrated. Waited an hour to board a tour. Why ? To many areas for smokers. There was no way to avoid a smoking section on the main decks. Some of the cruise director staff were rude, unprofessional and snarky. Also they let crew performers compete in trivia games and won. Shouldn’t that be reserved for paying customers. Nick was an offender. Select another line you’ll be happier Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We flew into Newark airport and spent the night at Wyndham Garden hotel. We do not recommend either. The boarding the next day was unbelievably easy and fast. The balcony cabin was ok but seemed smaller than ever before. We sailed RC ... Read More
We flew into Newark airport and spent the night at Wyndham Garden hotel. We do not recommend either. The boarding the next day was unbelievably easy and fast. The balcony cabin was ok but seemed smaller than ever before. We sailed RC once before and really enjoyed it. This time was a lot different. In all other ship's cabins we had a coffee table in front of the sofa. There was no table or even appeared that there could have been space for one. My husband always liked to have breakfast in the room. Not only did we have to pay for this but there was no where to eat it in the room. We do not like that so many daytime activities cost extra. There was a good deal on soda in the room for $12 for six cans, The buffet was way too crowded. The main dining food was banquet quality and not much change from night to night. We tried to do anytime dining for the one night we would get back from an excursion too late to make the 5:30 seating and were told we could not change our time at all. We were surprised but then told we could join our regular table whenever we got back. And we do not remember ever seeing an option to upgrade your choice for more money on any other cruise in the main dining room. Our waiter, Rashon, however, was the best we have ever met. We did enjoy the entertainment but why are the bar shows so short? Ports of call were not that interesting. Seemed like you needed to take a bus to an interesting port town. We did do Kennebunkport. The hop on hop off bus at St. John and Halifax was not that great. The weather was great and the seas the calmest we have ever seen. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We had sailed with RC 2 times prior and had satisfactory cruises. Friends had booked this cruise and invited us to join them. When trying to get anywhere on the fully booked ship, having so many elevators out of service was indeed a ... Read More
We had sailed with RC 2 times prior and had satisfactory cruises. Friends had booked this cruise and invited us to join them. When trying to get anywhere on the fully booked ship, having so many elevators out of service was indeed a huge inconvenience. Some had no AC and were always packed tight. Getting around the ship proved difficult as you couldn't cross over to the other side easily. The shows were just mediocre. Drinks were way too pricey. The night I tried karaoke, a 2 year old was allowed to crawl right up to where the monitor was repeatedly. "Issac" said nothing. I asked If I could take one of the books to look at songs, (we were two seats from the front) He said 'no they must be kept up here. I said 'that's OK I understand.' Two minutes later he gave a book to a gentleman and his family sitting right beside us. What the heck!? Food was again mediocre except for the last night which was great. We loved out wait staff. Comedians were good. Hubby enjoyed the FlowRider and water slides. We loved the ports of call. It was a smooth sail. Overall the bad far outweighed the good for us and we will never be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Used RCI before and it was great. Not so much this time around. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Springs popping up. Hard as a board. Complained twice. They tried to fix the problem but were never able to make it comfortable. ... Read More
Used RCI before and it was great. Not so much this time around. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Springs popping up. Hard as a board. Complained twice. They tried to fix the problem but were never able to make it comfortable. Bathroom was very small. Shower was even smaller. Air temperature in the cabin was cooler than we’ve ever had which is a good thing. Food in the buffet was very repetitive. Main dining room food was good. Did the sushi making class. It was a lot of fun. Only problem is you make so much you can’t eat it all. They do not let you take it out of the restaurant so I thought they were wasting too much. Comedians were both very funny. Must do the Quest. So much fun and I was a team captain along with my husband. We lost but had a blast doing it. Overall an ok cruise. Just would have liked to sleep better. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I choose this ship for a 50th anniversary cruise. The entertainment was amateurish and every place you went had long lines. Port Liberty is like driving to a crime scene, completely unorganized. Some of my friends were left hundreds of ... Read More
I choose this ship for a 50th anniversary cruise. The entertainment was amateurish and every place you went had long lines. Port Liberty is like driving to a crime scene, completely unorganized. Some of my friends were left hundreds of yards from the terminal because there Taxis would not wait an hour in line to get to bag the drop. I have sailed 30 plus times and never had a poorer port experience. The ship is too small for the number of passenger. It was the first try and the interior Promenade concept and not as roomy as Independence of the seas. WE had Seven Rooms in our Group and all complained of the beds, although the were recently replaced, they were very hard and uncomfortable. There were long lines for any time dining every night. The Windjammer was the most crowded Buffet I have ever experienced. IN summary, This ship is TOO small for its passenger count. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our 7th cruise with RC and as always we did enjoy our cruise and have booked our 8th cruise... however these are things we did not enjoy... Dining Room service that felt like the crew didn't have a clue and never had done this ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise with RC and as always we did enjoy our cruise and have booked our 8th cruise... however these are things we did not enjoy... Dining Room service that felt like the crew didn't have a clue and never had done this before! Always pushing you on your scores for the survey..always reminding you of their names so that you could drop their names on the survey. Total mix up the first night with our reservation. We were suppose to eat with our friends (which had been pre-arranged!) and they gave our table to a man who screamed louder than we did.. They were a party of two at a table for four!! He was still screaming at the head waiter when we were finally seated some 20 minutes later. And why do we have formal night and they let people wear jean shorts ???? What happened to the “washy washy guy”? (the employee who reminded EVERYONE to wash their hands) You install wonderful fancy sinks as you enter the windjammer and NO one was using them!! The “washy washy guy needs his job back! The food is the same ...every cruise.. I realize you are serving over 4000 people but it was like being at home with the same menu every week. Overall the food is good but boring and repeated again and again. It was my husbands 65th birthday and our friends had arranged with our waiter for a cake...the waiter forgot that day of his birthday but remembered the next night... too little too late!! The only exceptional meal we had was at Chops Grill where we had a lovely lunch served by Luis..A++++ Your meteorologist is seriously overworked because he didn't have any of our forecast right... In Bar Harbor, we dressed for his/her forecasted 57 degrees and it was more like 87... In addition to the meteorologist being overworked your ENTIRE staff looks tired and overworked.. New uniforms would make a huge difference and put a spring in their step.. Standouts were our room steward , Richard, our waiter Luis in Chops Grill, Paul at Starbucks and my husband attended a very good lecture in the fitness center. The itinerary was great on this cruise..our weather was perfect and all in all we did have a nice cruise..Just little disappointments again along the way that would make a HUGE difference if they were corrected.. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - especially ... Read More
My husband & I had a great time on the cruise. Really nice room with a balcony which was very clean. Great entertainment - loved the shows, singers, dancers, comedy and terrific 70s night and Ice Show. The ports we're good - especially the Lighthouse stop in Halifax, the Halifax Garedens, the Harbor walk in St John that we did on our own and Trolley Car tour we did in Portland. Traveled with 6 couples and enjoyed eating togething in the dining room for dinner. The food could have been a little better. The staff was very friendly - lots of smiles and help. Pool area was well maintained and I had no problem finding a chair. But there was smoking on one side which I avoided. The Caribbean music was really good and definitely put me in the vacation mood. We really had a great time and a wonderful week at sea. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Ironically our last cruise was in 2007 in the Caribbean on the AOS (not why we selected the ship this time). So its been a minute since we have chosen to spend our vacation $$on a cruise. The attraction was drive-ability to the port and ... Read More
Ironically our last cruise was in 2007 in the Caribbean on the AOS (not why we selected the ship this time). So its been a minute since we have chosen to spend our vacation $$on a cruise. The attraction was drive-ability to the port and the itinerary. 1. Boarding and dis embarkation was quite orderly and the process has benefited from the electronic records and screenings. I must note that we were traveling with son, dil and baby so there were some advantages being with an infant. 2. We had a JS on deck 9 and 191 sq ft cabin on deck 12 near the Spa. The JS was a nice size and was great for an infant or children as there is a bath tub. I don't believe it was worth $5000 especially charging $900 for an infant. The deck 12 location was terrific as you had immediate access to outside and the front of the ship was very quiet. I also hate trudging down the long corridors. HIgh marks for the location!!! 3.Dining. Based on my observations of the amount and frequency of food that people were eating I would have to say most people seemed quite happy. I believe I am the outlier in this category as I have been fortunate to dine at some wonderful restaurants in the US/Canada and Europe. And at home we have access to local, organic, fresh food. We dined in the Main dining room all but 1 night. Bottom line the food is good banquet food. I understand that it is an amazing feature that they prepare and feed thousands of people. I brought on a case of Evian water (restocked in port) and never drank any water, soda, tea or coffee the entire time. I really loved the sink options as you enter the dining room instead of the sanitize option. 4. Ports. We did not use any of the ship tour options and instead located private guides. Nova Scotia waterfront was beautiful and very walking friendly. We started our Lobster Roll Tour in NS and ended it in Portland. We tasted 10 different Lobster Rolls and 3 of the 4 of us rated Dave's in NS #1. We were unable to eat at Eventide in Portland which was a disappointment but it was too hot to wait for a table with a baby. There are plenty of tour options in each port you just need to know your interests and stamina before booking. 5. SERVICE I have immense respect for anyone in the service industry and the staff was tremendous. Cabin stewards, dining staff are truly dedicated and want to make certain that every guest is happy and pleased. At the same time I feel like the staff are not paid or treated very well by RC. Kudos to the staff of AOS. The one exception would be the Front Desk. I made several call for general info and stopped several times for various reasons and they are so automated and don't listen to the question and just wanted to recite some pre packaged answer. Again, maybe some one is talking in their ear with auto response. 6. Activities. I don't feel that their is enough pool space especially for a ship that spends most of its time in the Caribbean. Nice sun and shade options with and without wind protection. They DO NOT have nursery for under 3 despite being told in advance that they did. VERY LIMITED SAFE USABLE SPACE FOR UNDER 3 CROWD!!!!! 7. Would we return? NO. I would prefer to pay more upfront and not be nickled and dimed for every little thing AND pay 18% gratuity on top of that. Our next cruise will be with a premium line that focus on food and wine with fewer guests. Cruising is not an inexpensive option. People are fooled with the food option. I guess the exception is if you get the lowest priced inside cabin. 8. Overall based on my experience the target market for this ship and this itinerary is over 50, multi generational, very little diversity and predominately draws from the Mid Atlantic region. I did not witness loud or excessive partying and drinking. Happy Cruising to all. 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 3.7
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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