Fun, Exciting, A Little Hectic Due to the Long Port Days and One Sea Day, Some Disappointing aspects

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 14, 2015
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 2640
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The ship was beautiful.  The stops, for the most part, were exciting and included some of lesser-visited places like St. Croix and Grenada.  But the itinerary gave you a lot of island time and little time to enjoy the ship.


The islands are so close together which offers advantages and disadvantages.  After leaving at 8:30 p.m. you are already at the first port of call by 8 a.m. the next morning.  And you stay until after 5 p.m.  That basically continues each day for the first 5 days of the cruise.  Only on the 6th day do you get a full sea day.  It's hard to pack in everything the ship has to offer in that time.


The ship is big with lots of open space, particularly in the 2-3 level central shopping promenade.  The cruise line obviously wants to showcase this shopping and bar area by holding many activities right on the "street" that runs through it.  A great deal was also done on the pool deck.  The "nightlife" was concentrated along that street, by the pool and/or the Viking Crown lounge. The nightclub was horrendous, bad music, very few people.  It appears the put all their nightlife energy into those other places that are more high profile.


The food was good.  Restaurant offered very good, exciting and varied dishes.  But the list of "classics" (in case you didn't want one of the featured items for the night) was always the same and included, among other things, a steak and "sliders."  The wait staff was excellent every night.  However, on the last day of the cruise we walked out of the main dining room for the breakfast service after 75 minutes of waiting without getting food.  The breakfast took far longer than any of our dinners.  Never walked out of a restaurant on a cruise before, but the delay was putting us way behind on the last (and ONLY) sea day.


Room steward was also good, but not great.  He did everything you expect: cleaned the room, replaced the towels, make a few towel animals, etc, but the little things just weren't there.  For example, I drank both Diet Coke's in the mini bar on the first day and they were never replaced.  


The room itself was comfortable with one HUGE exception.  The bunk/trundle beds that hang from the sealing have a plastic sheet on them since the beds are typically for kids.  There is a regular cloth sheet on top, but everytime anyone moved on that plastic it sounded like a bag of chips crinkling.  When my kid moved at 3 a.m. it would wake everyone up.  Made it difficult to sleep a few times.  When I asked for no plastic, the room steward said all the bunk beds were like that.  Then later that night we noticed the mattress was replaced with an non-plastic-bagged one.  


The entertainment lacked a bit too.  There were one or two nights with NO show.  And the ice skating on the last day was just a repeat of the ice skating show two days before (which we didn't find out until we were trapped at the end of a long row!).  


Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was fine, no real complaints and nothing amazing about it either. Unfortunately, Royal likes to use a large porthole style window as a "picture window." It meant for a smaller window than on other cruise lines.
5 out of 5
Beware that the cruises DEPARTING from San Juan (as opposed to visiting for the day) depart from a separate area (about 10 minutes by cab) from Old Town.
5 out of 5
RENT A CAR! I got a car for $50 for the day. Then you can check out all the beaches. Because, unless you're into shopping, there's nothing else to really do. Having a car allows you to get to Magen's Bay and Koki Beach which offer GREAT snorkeling. It would cost a family of 4 over $100 to go to both by taxi. And the car gives you the option to go all over! Traffic drives on the left, but the traffic is very light. There's a Budget office right at the dock (literally 1 minute walk).
5 out of 5
Go to Christiansted. Frederiksted is OK, but Christiansted is bigger and has a boardwalk area with lots to do. Rent a car and you'll probably spend less and see more than if you take the excursion.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Loved Grenada! Not much to downtown (a bar or two and lots of local stores), but the rest of the island was interesting. The beach was beautiful, as was the waterfall out tour guide took us to too. It was the best tour deal of the whole cruise ($20 for 2 hours!)
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