Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by susanross
- Sail Date: February 2015
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
The ship’s guests were a mix of ages, from families to seniors . My husband and I are at the young end of seniors. We did not use all the activities. We do not go to the beach or do water activities.
I really liked our balcony cabin. It was spacious (for a ship), with lots of storage for our clothes and toiletries, a small couch, fridge, safe, desk, flatscreen T.V. and small, private balcony. It would have been helpful to have a television guide since it was hit and miss without it. I also think movies should be included in the price of the cruise. Our steward, Jeremie, was very friendly and kept our room clean.
My husband and I enjoyed my-time dining. We never had to wait long because we were happy to sit with others and meet new people. This type of dining gives you flexibility regarding both dining time and dining companions. If you like who you’re sitting with you can arrange to meet them again and if not....not.
I do not like the food on this ship. We were on it Christmas 2014 and I felt the same way. The food in the dining room is mediocre. (My husband thought the food was fine but he didn’t eat the beef.) Although I ate most suppers in the dining room to meet people, I preferred the food in the Windjammer even though the desserts were terrible. I HATED the fact that the Windjammer closed at 9pm. Activities on this ship go into the wee hours of the morning so this makes absolutely no sense to me. The dinky eatery in the promenade cannot possible accommodate 3,000 guests properly. It had a horrible selection and was cramped and unpleasant. You had to pay for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream You also had to pay for burgers at Johnny Rockets. In the dining room you had to pay for up-graded steak and lobster. (This was new.) I found this ridiculous on a supposedly all-inclusive cruise. I understand having some specialty restaurants but ice cream and burgers? Come on. And if steak and lobster are at a premium, they should offer them once a week like they did last Christmas 2014 or serve them in the specialty restaurant. Having priced items on the menu in the supposedly inclusive dining room is not acceptable. (They had frozen yoghurt on the pool deck, but only between 12pm and 6pm.)
The promenade is crowded in the evenings and empty in the day. Evening kiosks in the middle of the promenade make navigating that area difficult. I’m not a big fan of this design.
My husband used the track every morning and was very pleased with it.
I used the very comfortable library in the evenings and enjoyed the exchange shelf for guests.
The ship’s shows were adequate and some of the special guest shows were outstanding. Unfortunately they never changed the ship shows or games. They were the same as in 2014! And if you are on a two week cruise you are seeing the same ship shows, attending the same games with the same questions and watching the same movies in the screening room and big outside screen. Royal Caribbean really needs to rethink this, especially if they want repeat customers.
Sea days had few activities if you weren’t a sports enthusiast. The sad thing is the ship probably had a wealth of knowledge among the guests but chose not to use them as assets. I think RC should designate a room for guest speakers and have a sign up sheet for those willing to give lectures. RC can state that these lecturers have not been screened by their company but are available for guests who would like to learn from other guests. (On our Christmas cruise, staff approached one of the guests to give a lecture and he was a big hit.)
Wifi is very expensive and slow on the ship. You can avoid these costs by using the islands’ wifi cafes or their libraries.
P.S. I am Canadian. Favourite, colourful and jewellery are not spelled incorrectly. I will claim any other spelling errors are merely typos.
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