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We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have been some positive changes and some not so positive. First, the positives. The ship has had carpet replaced in public areas and has added a jumbotron TV to the main pool deck where they show movies (a.m. for kids, p.m. for adults) in the early morning and later in the evening if there is not an event on the pool deck. This is a nice feature but it seems to be underutilized. For example, when there is a pool deck party, the jumbotron could be used to show the crowd as they are dancing or to showcase the band. Neither was done. The ship is immaculate (public areas and staterooms) and cleaning was going on constantly. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere except on the pool deck where it would have been a nice feature (but I am a germaphobe!) and use of hand sanitizers (especially upon entry to the Windjammer) is (very politely and with good humor) enforced for good reason. It was very clear also that food preparation was handled with extreme attention paid to sanitary procedures. I watched the chef and line workers during the outdoor bbq and gloves were replaced often to ensure that no cross contamination took place. Service personnel on this ship were really spectacular - whether it was the security person scanning us in from a port, the wait staff in the Windjammer and dining room, the personnel at the concierge desk, the cabin steward, or the people working in the shops on board, everyone was helpful and polite. This helped make the trip memorable. We had one 'at sea' day at the end of the trip and expected there to be a complete lack of deck chairs (especially around the pool deck). This fear proved to be unfounded. There were plenty of seats all day (we spent the day outside on the level just above the pool deck). Food at the Windjammer was always good and had plenty of options. If you have food issues, you should still find something suitable to eat at the Windjammer. Items that are gluten free are clearly marked. There are generally sugar free options for desserts as well. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both handled well. We arrived at the port at approximately 2:30 p.m. and were on board within a half hour. They have really streamlined this process. We were off the ship and had our luggage within a half hour also. Now for areas that could use some improvement: The disembarkation process is a bit confusing in terms of announcements . We were supposed to have "priority" in the Diamond lounge, but there were absolutely no seats available in the lounge, so we would likely have been better off going to the theater to wait where we would have had a seat. We overheard out time being called, but there were not always clear PA announcements to indicate when our number was being called. The food on the ship was "ok" - what this means is that there was nothing spectacular about our meals (breakfast and lunch inthe Windjammer, dinner in the main dining room) although I actually felt that the food in the Windjammer was better than the food served in the dining room - including the desserts. That said, the meals were not "horrible" and there were enough selections for anyone - even those who are dieting had plenty of options. The desserts at the cafe on the promenade deck were, however, ATROCIOUSLY BAD. Aside from the chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies (both of which they were often out of), the only other edible item was a small chocolate brownie/cake. They had something called "willy wonka pie" that, from what I could guess, was pie crust topped by cookie dough?! Not good. The absolute WORST thing they had was something called the LedZeppoles. The name should have given this one away, but I went for it anyway. It looked like it was a donut hole. IT WAS NOT -- I am not entirely sure what the point of this dessert was, but taste was not it. It was tasteless, rubbery and heavy. The other "cute " item was cheesecake in the shape of a lollipop . Not sure what they point of that was, but it was just OK . Avoid the lemon cookies! They tasted like medicine!! The entertainment in the theater was better than we had seen in the past with the exception of the Royal Caribbean dancers and singers. It is not that they were not talented - they were - but they were given a horrible act to perform ("Singing in the Rain"? - I just can't imagine why anyone would have found this entertaining) . The comedian was not funny, but we saw a group that had been runner up on Americas Got Talent and they were PHENOMENAL! I would go to see them perform locally again! They were outstanding! The cruise director was just OK (he was sort of invisible most of the time and seemed to be going through the motions much of the time, but he had a great staff and they did a wonderful job!

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Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by lpic1

Trip Details
We have been on Adventure of the Seas at least three previous times including a trip last year when the ship had a propeller malfunction and didn't leave port for three days. The ship was in dry dock after that cruise and there have been some positive changes and some not so positive. First, the positives. The ship has had carpet replaced in public areas and has added a jumbotron TV to the main pool deck where they show movies (a.m. for kids, p.m. for adults) in the early morning and later in the evening if there is not an event on the pool deck. This is a nice feature but it seems to be underutilized. For example, when there is a pool deck party, the jumbotron could be used to show the crowd as they are dancing or to showcase the band. Neither was done.

The ship is immaculate (public areas and staterooms) and cleaning was going on constantly. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere except on the pool deck where it would have been a nice feature (but I am a germaphobe!) and use of hand sanitizers (especially upon entry to the Windjammer) is (very politely and with good humor) enforced for good reason. It was very clear also that food preparation was handled with extreme attention paid to sanitary procedures. I watched the chef and line workers during the outdoor bbq and gloves were replaced often to ensure that no cross contamination took place.

Service personnel on this ship were really spectacular - whether it was the security person scanning us in from a port, the wait staff in the Windjammer and dining room, the personnel at the concierge desk, the cabin steward, or the people working in the shops on board, everyone was helpful and polite. This helped make the trip memorable.

We had one 'at sea' day at the end of the trip and expected there to be a complete lack of deck chairs (especially around the pool deck). This fear proved to be unfounded. There were plenty of seats all day (we spent the day outside on the level just above the pool deck).

Food at the Windjammer was always good and had plenty of options. If you have food issues, you should still find something suitable to eat at the Windjammer. Items that are gluten free are clearly marked. There are generally sugar free options for desserts as well.

Embarkation and Disembarkation were both handled well. We arrived at the port at approximately 2:30 p.m. and were on board within a half hour. They have really streamlined this process. We were off the ship and had our luggage within a half hour also.

Now for areas that could use some improvement:

The disembarkation process is a bit confusing in terms of announcements . We were supposed to have "priority" in the Diamond lounge, but there were absolutely no seats available in the lounge, so we would likely have been better off going to the theater to wait where we would have had a seat. We overheard out time being called, but there were not always clear PA announcements to indicate when our number was being called.

The food on the ship was "ok" - what this means is that there was nothing spectacular about our meals (breakfast and lunch inthe Windjammer, dinner in the main dining room) although I actually felt that the food in the Windjammer was better than the food served in the dining room - including the desserts. That said, the meals were not "horrible" and there were enough selections for anyone - even those who are dieting had plenty of options. The desserts at the cafe on the promenade deck were, however, ATROCIOUSLY BAD. Aside from the chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies (both of which they were often out of), the only other edible item was a small chocolate brownie/cake. They had something called "willy wonka pie" that, from what I could guess, was pie crust topped by cookie dough?! Not good. The absolute WORST thing they had was something called the LedZeppoles. The name should have given this one away, but I went for it anyway. It looked like it was a donut hole. IT WAS NOT -- I am not entirely sure what the point of this dessert was, but taste was not it. It was tasteless, rubbery and heavy. The other "cute " item was cheesecake in the shape of a lollipop . Not sure what they point of that was, but it was just OK . Avoid the lemon cookies! They tasted like medicine!!

The entertainment in the theater was better than we had seen in the past with the exception of the Royal Caribbean dancers and singers. It is not that they were not talented - they were - but they were given a horrible act to perform ("Singing in the Rain"? - I just can't imagine why anyone would have found this entertaining) . The comedian was not funny, but we saw a group that had been runner up on Americas Got Talent and they were PHENOMENAL! I would go to see them perform locally again! They were outstanding!

The cruise director was just OK (he was sort of invisible most of the time and seemed to be going through the motions much of the time, but he had a great staff and they did a wonderful job!
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Cabin 7272
The cabins have new flatscreen TVs but everything else is pretty much unchanged (new toilet seats if you want to count that). The curtains were filthy and that made me unhappy, but we had port views for most of our stops and, although the cabin is identified as 'forward'' we were pretty close to midship. The only negative was that we were far from stairs and elevators so we were always taking long walks down the hallway no matter where we were headed.
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