Lacking in Quality

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 16, 2016
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 9257
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Yes the ship is older and the space isn't used to it's potential but the ship was clean and the staff professional.  That being said the ship is going into dry dock in October and it seems like Royal Caribbean is trying to save some money with this ship by not offering other options for dining. Breakfast is available by Room Service, the Windjammer Buffet, one of the Dining Rooms and the Cafe Promenade.  It may seem like a lot of choices but they all offer the same thing.  And breakfast in the Windjammer had the same options every day except for the type of danish offered.  For lunch you can only eat at the Windjammer and the Cafe Promenade (carries sandwiches...not paninis...cookies, desserts and pizza).  The Windjammer had the same items everyday.  Hotdogs, Hamburgers, mashed potatoes, rice, veg, salad, pizza, a chicken choice, beef choice and fish choice which are all made from the leftovers of the previous days menu.  If you wanted fresh food you would need to eat at Johnny Rockets at an additional charge of $6.95 per person.  The dining room for dinner only had a mediocre menu at best and every item on it that I tried was salty as hell.  On the formal nights the main entree offered was sliced filet mignon on one night and 4 oz lobster tail with 4 sauteed shrimp (size was 25/30).  Rolls being offered with dinner were cold all except for one night.  Desserts were nothing to write home about.  I love Creme Brulee and it was offered every night...I had it the first night and that was it.  Very bland. Now I'm sure you're wondering how can I be so critical...well I've been in the Food and Beverage Industry for over 30 years and have been on over 10 cruises on such lines as Carnival, Norwegian and Princess as well as Royal Caribbean many years ago when they offered late night buffets and chocolate buffets with all the different fruit and ice carvings, this by far is the worst cruise in as far as dining that I have ever been on.  

The islands that we visited were St Croix (don't even bother getting off the ship), St Thomas always nice, St Lucia nice, Antigua (didn't see much it was pouring) and Grenada nice island, nice people.

The Solarium Pool area was great no kids are allowed to use this pool and area and pleasantly there were none.  The Royal Promenade was nice.  They had a 70's show that was good...but the other entertainers and shows were just mediocre.  The only other show that was good was the ice show.

The staff were professional until you go to give them an extra tip...and if you don't give them enough some made faces.  I think Royal Caribbean needs to work on some of the staffs attitudes towards guests when they hand them extra money.  I could have easily put it on my sail card and they might never have even seen the extra money.  I don't think I will be going back on Royal Caribbean any time soon.  Our next trip is going to be to Alaska

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Clean but they left the love seat in the room and after you push the beds together to make a king size the only way you can get on and off the bed is to scoot up or slide down

Ship Tip

See the ice show and bring your own bottled water on board

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
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