3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a ... Read More
Background: This cruise consisted of 24 members of our family coming from Florida, New Jersey, Staten Island, & Long Island, NY. We aged from 3 to 85, so we were all really looking forward to this cruise. Embarkation: What a disaster. Coming into the dock at Cape Liberty must have taken 45 minutes - an hour. All cars waiting in two lines, just to merge into one lane to drop off. You had to get all luggage out of the car, then park in the parking garage. It was so chaotic and stressful, and wish there was a better way. Other than that, the security/ check-in process was a breeze and we were on the ship in literally 15 minutes. Food: I am a vegetarian, but found a lot to eat. I do recommend if you are a vegetarian, ask for a veggie burger by the burger station in the windjammer, and they pulled one out from the back! I was very surprised they had them, and it was very good. Cheese fries were always my favorite, but a lot of the food was mediocre, just like I had read on here prior. At breakfast, we all LOVED the "potato pancakes" I'll call them. It was our favorite thing. The waffles/ pancakes were usually hard as rock. But the fresh fruit was so good. Pizza on the promenade was a disappointment, compared to Carnival's hand tossed pizzas after hours. This was definitely just frozen pizza, but we never had to wait long to get it, and you could have as much as you wanted. Main Dining Room: We all met up for dinner every single night, 5:30 on the bottom deck of the restaurant. My grandpa had it arranged so we always had 2 tables of 10 and 1 table of 4 in line with each other. We never had to wait, and could just walk right in. I know that serving 24 people at once can't be easy, but we would spend almost 2 hours from start to finish in that dining room. It just dragged on forever sometimes it felt like. We had one toddler, and two young children in our group, and the server did a great job at making sure they got their food first and would cut their food up. Our waiter's assistant (I am so bad with names, clearly) was always singing, and constantly filling up our water which was nice. There was always a main vegetarian course for me, but the appetizers sometimes lacked in meat-less options (besides a fresh fruit platter) which was disappointing. The crème-brulee was my favorite dessert, and the tomato & mozzarella appetizer was so delicious I finished it before he remembered to bring the balsamic reduction for it. No entrees really stood out to me. It was fun to move around the tables and sit by different family every night. Common Areas : There was plenty of pool space, hot tubs, and lounge chairs. Then again, we were cruising to Canada, so the weather wasn't always swimming weather, although that did not stop some people. We had two very hot days, and I had no problem finding room in the pool, or a lounge chair. On days at sea, or at night, things seemed to get so crowded. It would be hard to find a table at lunch in the windjammer, or find somewhere to stand to play trivia. Our absolute favorite place to meet up was The Duck & Dog Pub on the main promenade. We would end up pulling a bunch of tables together every time we saw a family member walk by. We would just talk and drink until midnight, or until the live music stopped and the cleaning started, and they were basically hinting for us to leave. Boleros had decent music most of the time. My great uncle loved getting down with whoever would get down with him. We were not a fan of the piano man in the Schooner Bar, but maybe that's just preference. One night the Adventure of the Seas orchestra was playing in the Imperial Lounge, and our whole family went and listened, while my grandparents danced. That was so lovely, and the orchestra was very good. It took us until about day 5 to find the card room hidden by the imperial lounge, which was a nice little spot. The gym was very, very large for a cruise ship (I thought). I only cut a star off from the rating because some machines were out of order, and there was no place to stretch/ do ab exercises, but maybe these are minor things. The casino was definitely out dated, just like I read on here. A lot of older machines. Everyone else in my family was winning while I lost all my money! It took us all week to find the Blue Moon Bar, which is deck 14, because there's only specific elevators that take you there. That was a bust. We thought there would be live music, but there seemed to be not much going on, and not many people there. The craziest thing was on the 4th of July. They claimed there would be a "party". What it really was half the ship crowding shoulder to shoulder on the promenade and up and down each floor by the elevators. My sister's and I really wanted to find a spot, but you just couldn't breath... couldn't walk. It was so awful, and definitely breaking a lot of security hazards/ rules. I ended up sitting at Boleros with some family while my sisters managed to get a video of the balloon drop. Not worth it, and disappointed there isn't a better way to let everyone enjoy it. One night there was a "party" on the promenade with the live band that played by the pool. This was the most fun we had all cruise for sure. Our whole family spent the night dancing and doing line dances. The entertainment team did a great job directing it and teaching us dances. The band was really good too. We were all sweating by the end of the night. Wish they did something like this every night! Shows: I will start with the ice-skating show. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, since this is something special to Royal Carribean, and I've never seen it before. The show was very confusing, and didn't have much a story line it seemed like. I was an ice skater, and understand mistakes can happen, but almost every performance had a stumble/ fall. Some of them were good though. The main shows seemed like such a disaster to me. I never thought Carnival's shows were anything special (you aren't watching a Broadway show after all), but after this I think Carnival shows were amazing. The costumes were extremely tacky, the dancers didn't seem synched at all, and the singers weren't all that good. I was bored during most of them. Big disappointment. I only saw previews of the comedians during the "Welcome" and "Farewell" shows. I did not go to any of their actual shows, but my cousins said they were funny. I peeked into the Quest game show, but was very confused. My sisters saw it from the beginning so they understood what was going on, and they said it was the funniest thing. Disembarkation : It was pretty smooth, but of course as soon as we get in line to disembark the ship, they halted the line because they were over capacity in the port with everyone trying to find their luggage and go through customs. Once it started moving, we were at our car in 15 minutes. Overall: I am really not one to complain, and like to see the best in the situation, but it's hard when I have mostly cruised on Carnival, and kept comparing everything to Carnival. Carnival is better in certain instances, Royal Caribbean is better in some instances. A lot of the workers just looked miserable, the ships layout is set up strangely, the food was just okay, the shows weren't good, and the common spaces filled up very quickly. But they did have so many fun things to do if you're into that. I didn't have time to do the rock climbing wall, go ice skating, the wave rider, or mini golf, but the kids in our group had such a fun time on these activities , that make Royal Caribbean special. Some parts of the ship are really beautiful. The 3-level dining room is immaculate, and the marble staircase leading up to deck 4 is great for pictures. I wish the ship had a theme, because it didn't seem like it had one. Everything was just random. I am not going to say you shouldn't go on this cruise, but I personally would pick Carnival for a future cruise! Personal preference! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple ... Read More
Please note that my 3/5 review is taken as the literal meaning of "average" and not "awful" as some people take anything less than 5/5. Everything on the Adventure is what I would expect from a cruise with a couple exceptions. The biggest is the food, specifically the Main Dining Room. The service was good as expected, but the quality of the food was very poor. We gave it three tries before giving up and just going to the Windjammer for every meal. The Windjammer was a typical buffet fare. They have a themed section each evening for dinner along with a standard selection that never changed. The only negative to the buffet is when you go for 3 meals a day for 7 days in a row it does get very repetitive. It seems very obvious that Royal has decided to cut back majorly on the main dining room in an effort to push people into the specialty dining restaurants that have a rather large cover charge to them. When you're paying over $100 per person per day you'd expect some decent food to be included, but instead Royal wants you to pay another $40+ per person per day on top of that. You will not go hungry on the cruise, but edible does not mean good! The second negative for us was entertainment. We only were able to see a few shows because almost everything is done at night and traveling with kids that just didn't work out. The only daytime show they do is the ice skating show on one of the sea days. The two shows we did manage to make that started early evening were okay. The performers themselves were good, but the material was kind of meh. Our daughter was 9 which put her into the oldest group for Adventure Ocean with is the 9-11 year old range. She really enjoyed it and wanted to go to it more than doing the other activities on the ship like the rock climbing wall and water slides. A third issue was ship maintenance and the elevators. Several things were broken throughout the cruise. For example one of the water slides, some of the elevators, and the Freestyle Coke machines were hit or miss. Speaking of the Freestyle Coke machines, they charge you an 18% gratuity to fill your own cups in the machine, the least they could do is keep the things stocked. A day didn't go by that a machine we used had things missing. The staff throughout the ship were all good. Didn't have any issues with anyone at all. Ports of call on this itinerary are a mixed bag. The highlight is Bar Harbor because of the easy access to Acadia National Park plus the scenery is beautiful. Saint John New Brunswick offers some interesting sites if you're willing to pay for a tour or rent a car. Portland Maine and Halifax were the weak points particularly if you're looking to do a self-guided tour. Halifax does have a couple interesting museums though. Embarkation/Debarkation were pretty quick and painless. The only negative here is the location. Everywhere around Cape Liberty is pretty depressed/run down. Definitely not an area you want to walk around in at all. NYC offers a lot to see and do if you've never been there before, just be aware that it takes a very long time to get anywhere and prices are sky high for everything. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise as a fun family vacation. We did not explore New Jersey before we got onto the ship simply because of Jersey's reputation. Getting onto the ship went smoothly and getting off went even faster because we chose the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a fun family vacation. We did not explore New Jersey before we got onto the ship simply because of Jersey's reputation. Getting onto the ship went smoothly and getting off went even faster because we chose the option of carrying our own luggage off. What you should know about Royal Caribbean's adventure of the seas is, if you book a room all the way forward or all the way aft expect your room to pitch, the hangers in the closet to clang and the rumbling of engines and movement of the bed to prevent a good nights sleep. The cabins are on the small side. My daughter had one with a balcony and I had one without. We spent as little time as possible in the cabins due to the pitching and heaving of the boat making us terribly sea sick. The dining in the main dining room was a bit rushed for our taste. The windjammer became our eating establishment of choice due to a greater variety of food selection and the comfortable relaxed family atmosphere. There was entertainment a plenty and we did enjoy 2 shore excursions as well as a couple shows and games in the lounge. We did not use room service so cannot comment on that. The cleaning attendants were wonderful. We enjoyed Three ports and two excursions though we wish the stops in Port Canaveral, Coco cay and Nassau could have been for longer because we enjoyed being on land more than being on ship. Traveling with my grand daughter was an experience because seeing things through a child's eyes is enlightening. Her main interests were the splash pad, food and making friends which she made plenty of. We enjoyed Zumba classes and line dancing as a family and took in a couple shows for fun and a distraction from the nausea. Due to the fact that we were so sea sick in spite of dramamine and ginger gum we made up our minds by the 5th day that we would not be cruising again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We are Diamond Plus so we tend to stick with RCI or Celebrity. We do not appreciate the inconvenience associated with flying so we sail from Port liberty or NYC. We have recently sailed three times on the Anthem. We chose the Adventure of ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus so we tend to stick with RCI or Celebrity. We do not appreciate the inconvenience associated with flying so we sail from Port liberty or NYC. We have recently sailed three times on the Anthem. We chose the Adventure of the Seas, a ship that we sailed on in the past and had an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, it did not match our past sailings The ship was overcrowded,too many children.. This was our fault , we anticipated that the schools would still be in session. It is not that we do not enjoy children, but the sheer number taxed the pools and surroundings. There were some great parts of the cruise - the Ice Show was really good, the production shows were top notch - especially Rock Baby Rock, and, the service at dinner and other eating venues gets an A+ The food has slipped a bit but still OK. Our cabin attendant did his job, but barely. Our robes were not put in our room. Yet, our travel companions on the same floor but on the other side of the ship had their's delivered. When I asked where our robes were he said "You have to ask.". His overall manner was less than expected. The hogging of chairs made it impossible to find a pool side chair "unreserved" at 8 AM. On sea days even the upper deck was filled. I witnessed chairs being "reserved" at 7 AM and not being used until 11 AM. RCI has a policy about reserving chairs but it has to be enforced. Rooms being occupied by two adults and two children use four chairs. There was just TOO MANY PEOPLE AND TOO FEW CHAIRS. We like many cruiser enjoy meeting other people at breakfast and lunch. The concept of "sharing" is not understood by the staff. Simply having two lines - one for sharing and the other for not sharing would solve the problem. Too worst example of poor service rest with the Meet and Greet. Simply put it was the worst we have experienced in our 45 cruises on 5 different lines. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The main dining room was very nice. Great food and the service was perfect. The Windjammer Café(Buffet) was the same food for the entire cruise. If you like hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries put out every day, then you will like the ... Read More
The main dining room was very nice. Great food and the service was perfect. The Windjammer Café(Buffet) was the same food for the entire cruise. If you like hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries put out every day, then you will like the buffet. The other food was a copy day after day...no variation at all. Not enough seats because the room just can not handle the crowds. You will hear messages to hurry you so others can eat too. The buffet closes its doors at 9pm...way to early...If you want to eat later, you are sent to the 5th floor in the Café Promenade where there are no selections unless you want to eat "pizza" every day...I say "Pizza" if you want to call it that. Very small room also. The pool was way to crowded and that is again because the ship can not handle the crowds. Entertainment was very good, nice shows and the Lyric theatre is nice. Too many areas to eat where you had to pay. I guess that is the way cruise ships are going now...Pay extra for almost everything..I must admit that I would not select that ship again on our next cruise..It was a nice ship to bring children, because they had lots of thing to do for the children. Again...this is my opinion and you must make your own decision here.. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
It was a avg cruise at best. Entertainment was ok. Food in main dining room was horrible and late night food was even worse and not much to choose from also internet service was very slow so without going all in here I'll leave it at ... Read More
It was a avg cruise at best. Entertainment was ok. Food in main dining room was horrible and late night food was even worse and not much to choose from also internet service was very slow so without going all in here I'll leave it at that...those were my 2 complaints if not for that I would rate this better. They say no holding of lounge chairs around the pool but yet they dont pick up towels and more than half of the chairs on the pool deck are unused because people save them when they go to explore or eat around the ship. Takes twice as long to get a drink any bar unless it has 2 or less people waiting. Only good deals on board are liquor sales. All other shops were avg at best for price even when they say tax and duty free I shouldn't be able to look up a watch they are selling at 75% off and still find it cheaper online, yes that happened. Overall I did enjoy my vacation. And if I had to change 1 thing is they need better quality of food in main dining room. The selfserve food in the windjamer was better. As far as the special dining options I say if you have the extra cash it's worth it. Maybe that's why the food is so bad in the main dining room and if you want a late night snack after 930pm its finger sandwiches and frozen pizza. That's another disappointment I had Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because we like the Adventure class of ships and it left out of Port Liberty, which is only a short drive from our home in Pennsylvania. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their four daughters. We were on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like the Adventure class of ships and it left out of Port Liberty, which is only a short drive from our home in Pennsylvania. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and their four daughters. We were on the Explorer a few years ago and really enjoyed it. While we all enjoyed the trip, there were several disappointments. The long lines to get through the security checkpoint were unnecessary. There were several unopened stations, causing us a 45-minute wait to get checked through. Once through that, we were on the ship in 15 minutes. We had a balcony on deck 9, which was lovely. So much storage space that we actually had an empty drawer! Our room attendant, Eddie, was very attentive and kept the room immaculate. The Windjammer is named appropriately as it was always jammed. Hard to find empty tables, so we resorted to going to the main dining room or the Cafe Promenade as often as we could. Food was good and we never felt the need to go to any of the pay restaurants. None of us cared for the cruise director, Chris or his assistant, Marvin. They just did not seem to click with the crowd or try very hard. Outside pool activities were inhibited by the rainy weather so a lot of activities were cancelled. Only saw one of the production numbers and it was enjoyable. We had 8:00 My Time Dining but our waiter was so slow that it usually took 2 hours to finish. By that time, it was too late to see some of the other shows. We were always among the very last diners to leave in the dining room. Needless to say, we were not happy with our head waiter; but his assistant was wonderful and tried to speed things along. His hands obviously were tied by the head waiter. My other concern was that dress the code was not enforced in the MDR. Why have a dress code if it isn't enforced? They allowed shorts in there every night and I didn't mind that; but on several nights, quite a few men showed up in shorts and tank tops looking so unkempt it was upsetting. I actually lost my appetite having to see all that body hair, tattoos and piercings sitting at the next table. I did complain to the Maitre 'D about it but was told nothing could be done about it. Said it came from the "top" - Corporate. Ports of Call were disappointing but we knew that going in. We took a shuttle from the dock for $16 pp round trip to Cocoa Beach and had an enjoyable day. CocoCay was a disappointment because of the rain. I can't really judge it because of that. We were tendered in, which is never enjoyable. I'm sure it will be different once the pier is finished. Having been to Nassau many times we chose to just walk around town and then returned to enjoy a much less crowded ship. We chose to walk off with our luggage at disembarkation but that took awhile because there was only one exit off the ship, which caused a bottle neck between the stairs and elevators. It was resolved when they opened another exit further down the ship. Don't understand why they didn't do that to begin with. All in all, it was better than waiting for your luggage number to be called and dealing with that. We have cruised with Royal many times but now I am wondering if it is time for a change. Overall, we had a great time being with family, but so many things could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We decided to cruise from NJ this time, perhaps a newer or larger ship would have been better. We had terrible weather, was extremely disappointed in Cocoa Day, I'm sure when it's completed will be a great port of call. The ... Read More
We decided to cruise from NJ this time, perhaps a newer or larger ship would have been better. We had terrible weather, was extremely disappointed in Cocoa Day, I'm sure when it's completed will be a great port of call. The public areas could use some freshening up. Not enough lounge chairs by the pools. Dining experience was excellent, servers were extremely pleasant and professional. The magic show was great, enjoyed very much. The ice show was the best entertainment on board the ship. The parade was nice, didn't last long enough. The casino was extremely smokey, needs better ventilation. Could have more merchandise in the Logo shop, there were tee shirts on sale from ports of call that we did not go to. Would have liked to see shows in the theatre with more production scenery, it seemed there were just singers and dancers, no real production, shows also seemed extremely short and time schedule interred with the dinner times. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I had never been to the bahamas before, just the private islands and thought id give it a go, well chose june turned out to be not a good idea, alot of families with graduation parties onboard long lines for everything, and the weather ... Read More
I had never been to the bahamas before, just the private islands and thought id give it a go, well chose june turned out to be not a good idea, alot of families with graduation parties onboard long lines for everything, and the weather was rainy on and off, this was the first sailing on the new itinery for this ship , so service was slower, and the food choices were not like in the past, in fact my waiter from india refused to let me order new york strip steak, never had that happen before, all in all it was a nice cruise, not gonna stop us from sailing again , just might do more research and choose better time of the year, the cruise director was excellent and his staff , trivia was awesome , michael jackson trivia on the last night was so much fun!!!! and the pools were awesome , easy to get in and out of the adult pool with nice steps with railings i was so happy to see , so we was able to swim every day!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Since we enjoyed the Explorer of the Seas some time back, we felt sure we would enjoy it's sister ship, the Adventure, and we did. However since we have sailed almost every cruise line in the non deluxe category, we feel that Royal ... Read More
Since we enjoyed the Explorer of the Seas some time back, we felt sure we would enjoy it's sister ship, the Adventure, and we did. However since we have sailed almost every cruise line in the non deluxe category, we feel that Royal reserves the better "upscale" treatment for it's Celebrity customers. On sea days, the Schooner Bar was jam packed for trivia games. The hall ways were often crowded and noisy. Food was average to good as it is on all cruise ships. Maybe I am expecting too much since I have done many cruises on Celebrity, Princess, HAL and others. The ice show is a good extra, and worth seeing. By all means if you are thinking about it, go for it. Especially if you have young ones. They have rock climbing and of course pools with slides. There are times when customers can get skates and spend time on the ice. Children will enjoy all the amenities and not think about rating the food etc. 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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