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My wife and I have been on 3 previous cruises . This was the largest cruise ship we have been on. We started on a NCL 40,000 ton Dream, second cruise was on Celebrity 70,000 ton Millennium, third was RCCL 90,000 ton Splendor of the Seas. We thought that the Adventure would be too large and intimidating for us. That would prove to us to be far from the truth. Within one day on this marvelous ship we were able to get from one area to another without any confusion. The great advantage of going on a ship this size is the wide variety of choices that you can pick vs a smaller ship. Especially realizing to the entertainment on board with all the bars and lounges. The smaller ships in the 70,000 tons and under can get very boring after several days in the evening when you hit the lounges for your entertainment. On this ship we were never bored. One area of major disappointment on this ship was the dining experience. In the past three cruises we had a wonderful experience at the dining. Particularly on the Celebrity cruise. Celebrity excels in this area. We had the second seating on the Adventure. Food was average. The quality that you would find at a "chain "type restaurant or sports bar restaurant. Service was average. Our Head waiter and assistant waiter were friendly but did not put out the extra special service that you would have received on this Cruise line ten years ago. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. I would rate the Dining a 3-4. Perhaps this is why more and more people are doing the "Free Style" Dining. Why waste two hours of your time if the Dining is mediocre? This ship however has Portofinos fo a extra cost of $20 per person. This was excellent place to book for a evening! Truly a fantastic time and top quality food and service. This is what we should have at the main dining on RCCL. Book Portofinos immediately when you arrive because this restaurant does fill up very quickly. This was a 10 !! We had very prompt room service each morning for coffee and juices . We found it very relaxing in the morning on our balcony. The Windjammer cafe was very good for the breakfasts. However it was very crowded and difficult at times to find a table. Loved the omelettes! We never had lunch or dinner but the numerous people we talked to stated that the Windjammer was very good overall. 6 people from our group chose to eat most of the evenings at the Windjammer vs the Main Dining and preferred it. Johnny Rockets is ok for a one time stop for the burger and malt. However i was disappointed that you were charged a extra cost for a average Burger. Nothing special . it was fun to watch the waiters dance and sing every 20 minutes or so. Fun for the kids. Don't go if you are wanting a exceptional Burger and Malt. Entertainment overall on the ship was very good. If you spend alot of time during the day around the main pool area there are always activities that you could choose to be involved in. Such as the "sexy mens legs contest", Horse racing, and the mans "belly flop" contest. That was a blast to watch, and hilarious!! The Caribbean band was great and they performed a wide variety of "island " music every day. The entertainment at the numerous bars/lounges was also very good. Please check out the Schooner Bar for great piano music on the 5th level. The latin music performers at one of the lounges on the 4th level also excellent. The hidden secret is the British pub on the mall area across from the sports bar on the 5th level and the most beautiful lounge is the Viking Crown lounge. Many people found that it takes about 1 to 2 days to realize that you can get to one spot to another easier by always going to level 5. Ports of call very good. We are beach lovers so go to Orient beach when you get to St. Maarten. On the french side and probably one of the top 3 beaches we have ever been on, We like RCCL for the overall service. Very friendly cruise people and service. We are sure that the other cruise lines are also average with the Dining aspect relating to food quality and service. I am afraid that all the lines will follow NCL eventually and go to the "Free Style " dining. That's a shame because the Dining experience was to us the main attraction for cruising. So if Dining is number one criteria for cruising you then need to book on Celebrity. They really are the last remaining cruise line left in the main market for great dining experience. We will book again on RCCl and Celebrity. And we would not hesitate to go on a large cruise ship again of this size. If you want more intimacy you should book on a ship that is in the 70,000 tons and under. Steve and Karen Rognrud

Adventure of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by steve rognrud

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My wife and I have been on 3 previous cruises . This was the largest cruise ship we have been on. We started on a NCL 40,000 ton Dream, second cruise was on Celebrity 70,000 ton Millennium, third was RCCL 90,000 ton Splendor of the Seas. We thought that the Adventure would be too large and intimidating for us. That would prove to us to be far from the truth.
Within one day on this marvelous ship we were able to get from one area to another without any confusion. The great advantage of going on a ship this size is the wide variety of choices that you can pick vs a smaller ship. Especially realizing to the entertainment on board with all the bars and lounges. The smaller ships in the 70,000 tons and under can get very boring after several days in the evening when you hit the lounges for your entertainment. On this ship we were never bored.
One area of major disappointment on this ship was the dining experience. In the past three cruises we had a wonderful experience at the dining. Particularly on the Celebrity cruise. Celebrity excels in this area. We had the second seating on the Adventure. Food was average. The quality that you would find at a "chain "type restaurant or sports bar restaurant. Service was average. Our Head waiter and assistant waiter were friendly but did not put out the extra special service that you would have received on this Cruise line ten years ago. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. I would rate the Dining a 3-4. Perhaps this is why more and more people are doing the "Free Style" Dining. Why waste two hours of your time if the Dining is mediocre?
This ship however has Portofinos fo a extra cost of $20 per person. This was excellent place to book for a evening! Truly a fantastic time and top quality food and service. This is what we should have at the main dining on RCCL. Book Portofinos immediately when you arrive because this restaurant does fill up very quickly. This was a 10 !! We had very prompt room service each morning for coffee and juices . We found it very relaxing in the morning on our balcony. The Windjammer cafe was very good for the breakfasts. However it was very crowded and difficult at times to find a table. Loved the omelettes! We never had lunch or dinner but the numerous people we talked to stated that the Windjammer was very good overall. 6 people from our group chose to eat most of the evenings at the Windjammer vs the Main Dining and preferred it.
Johnny Rockets is ok for a one time stop for the burger and malt. However i was disappointed that you were charged a extra cost for a average Burger. Nothing special . it was fun to watch the waiters dance and sing every 20 minutes or so. Fun for the kids. Don't go if you are wanting a exceptional Burger and Malt.
Entertainment overall on the ship was very good. If you spend alot of time during the day around the main pool area there are always activities that you could choose to be involved in. Such as the "sexy mens legs contest", Horse racing, and the mans "belly flop" contest. That was a blast to watch, and hilarious!! The Caribbean band was great and they performed a wide variety of "island " music every day. The entertainment at the numerous bars/lounges was also very good. Please check out the Schooner Bar for great piano music on the 5th level. The latin music performers at one of the lounges on the 4th level also excellent. The hidden secret is the British pub on the mall area across from the sports bar on the 5th level and the most beautiful lounge is the Viking Crown lounge. Many people found that it takes about 1 to 2 days to realize that you can get to one spot to another easier by always going to level 5.
Ports of call very good. We are beach lovers so go to Orient beach when you get to St. Maarten. On the french side and probably one of the top 3 beaches we have ever been on, We like RCCL for the overall service. Very friendly cruise people and service. We are sure that the other cruise lines are also average with the Dining aspect relating to food quality and service. I am afraid that all the lines will follow NCL eventually and go to the "Free Style " dining. That's a shame because the Dining experience was to us the main attraction for cruising. So if Dining is number one criteria for cruising you then need to book on Celebrity. They really are the last remaining cruise line left in the main market for great dining experience.
We will book again on RCCl and Celebrity. And we would not hesitate to go on a large cruise ship again of this size. If you want more intimacy you should book on a ship that is in the 70,000 tons and under.
Steve and Karen Rognrud
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