Relaxing Itinerary, Disappointing Ship Activities
Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Review summaryEmbarkation and Disembarkation were very smooth. No problems here. We were very disappointed with the lack of activities. On the Explorer of the Seas, the Cruise Director staff was hilarious and kept us on our toes with "activities you could not miss". On this cruise, nothing was made obvious. The musical events were tributes to adele and michael buble. Only singing. I still am not sure where the other dancing show was as it was not explained and was not anything popular or easy to figure out. The "fun" activities consisted of the cruise director holding a "love and marriage" game show that was dirty and consisted of asking people about their sex lives in public. It was tacky and tasteless. This was then broadcast all over the ship tv afterwards. The food was amazing. The wait staff in the Sapphire Dining Room is not to be missed. The breakfast buffet in the main dining room is also amazing. Everything you could possibly think of to eat. Our concierge - Christopher - was fantastic and was everywhere all the time. He was dependable and easy to talk to. He met us all and directed us ahead of the lines and made sure we were well cared for. Andre - the Head Waiter was amazing and even traveled to other dining rooms to make sure that I had the right meals. (He had them specially make me salmon as it is my favorite even when it was not on the menu that night). My advice to anyone going on this trip is the following: Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock. Make sure you take a water bottle. Bring things to keep you busy as the shipboard activities are horrible. Get to know the staff as they really made the trip wonderful. Internet is NOT free on this ship - even for suite guests. There is no electrical plug on the balcony side of the bed. You need an extension cord. If you have trouble laying on a flat bed, ask for a bed wedge. (they build them and have them in your cabin when you arrive). Unless you are addicted to soda, you do not need a soda package. There is free water, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, orange juice, mango juice and lemonade all the time in all the dining venues.. Our suite had a complimentary hair dryer in the drawer next to the bed. You can get into the cabins before 1pm if you really want to drop your items. While it is not technically time, the doors to the stateroom hallways are not locked and staff will not yell if you drop your luggage in the room while they are cleaning. My parents and my husband and I had a very relaxing time, but we felt that the shipboard activities were a waste of our time and since we had 3 "at sea" days, this was unfortunate. No, we would not sail on this ship again. We would, however sail again on Royal Caribbean.
Food and Dining
Fantastic. Check your suite paperwork for a coupon for a buy one get one free milkshake/malt. Oh my goodness they are worth it. Johnny Rockets changed how they price food now, too. Instead of buying each item from the menu like a fast food restaurant, you now pay a flat $9.95 and you can eat as much as you want. That includes burgers, fries, onion rings and dessert. The milkshakes/malts are extra.
Fast service... a HUGE variety (best biscuits and gravy i have ever had), and the staff was quick to clean up and help you find a place to sit.
Main Dining Room
Completely worth skipping every paid food venue (other than Johnny Rockets!!) to eat here for every meal. The food was delicious. The service was amazing. The views from our private four person table next to the window was bar none. Amazing choices of food and the appetizers were crazy! Make sure to try the pumpkin seed dinner rolls (yum!) and the special chocolate cake dessert on the first night. It's molten and melts in your mouth!
Very poor selection. Mainly t-shirts and watches. I kept asking for items that I had seen on every other RCCL cruise I had been on, yet they did not have much. Their clearance sale consisted of a few beach bags, ball caps and about eleventy billion watches. They pushed watches 3 different days. It was like they had nothing to sell but watches. Very boring.
Seats were more comfortable than the Lyric Theatre! The Ice show was awe-inspiring. You can take non-flash photos, but not video or audio due to copyright.
Service here was fantastic. Concierge Christopher was always around with a smile. Food and hor d'oerves were wonderful. Lots of people in the lounge this cruise. Everyone was friendly. I was disappointed to see that they have discontinued service for movies and PlayStation 3. The ship no longer has either. They now make you pay to stream movies in your room like everyone else.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Take extension cords. Take books or things to do. Shipboard shopping was awful unless you want to buy an expensive watch. There were only a few items for sale on board and about 90% of the time it was watches on sale for $150.00.