Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Solid, but not exceptional cruise experience.

Sail Date: May 28, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

About this review:  Stan Zoller is a freelance journalist and journalism educator.  Information in this review is an independent viewpoint based on individual observation. No complimentary services, meals, or lodging were provided by Royal Caribbean.


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            It’s no secret that the cruise industry is becoming more and more competitive.  What was once deemed as a vacation for the rich and famous, if not just the rich, is now a common vacation for individuals and families from all cultures, heritages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Promenade

            For families, cruising the Caribbean can be utopia with a plethora of activities for passengers of all ages and itineraries that offer an array of opportunities for vacationers.

            The most recent cruise my family and I took was a seven-night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s “Adventure of the Seas”, a ship that according to Royal Caribbean’s media guide, can hold up to 3,802 passengers.  Commissioned in 2001, the Adventure of the Seas is slated for revitalization in October.


The multi-level centrum, which is a focal point of the ship


  Our cruise, which left from San Juan, included stops in St. Maarten, Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao in addition to two days at seas.


The Report Card

            The Ship

            Amenities:  A

            Overall Condition:  B- / C+


            Overall:  A+


            Selection:  A (I can’t grade special dietary accommodations, but as noted, there is room for improvement here).


            Overall:  B+.  Its focus is on family fun unlike a Mediterranean or Alaskan cruise where itineraries are more unique.  Still, the itinerary on this cruise offered a lot to do.

            Overall Experience:

            B+ -- As noted, it was a fundamentally solid cruise experience, but not exceptional.  A revitalization and refinement of some policies and accommodations should enhance this experience.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabins on this ship are generally nice. However, the cabins, like the rest of the ship need a revitalization, which is coming in October.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
The Pan American port in San Juan is a miserable facility with an inefficient staff. This is not an RCL issue.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were quite good. Rest of the entertainment was OK, but this is due to three comedians that were sub par.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old city and Fort are worth seeing.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Mangrove tour is excellent.
Willemstad, Curacao
Oranjestad, Aruba
National Geographic snorkeling excursion is excellent.


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