This was the 5th cruise for my husband and I. It was our second with RCI, the first one was one the sister ship Voyager of the Seas. The Adventure of the Seas is awesome. The royal promenade is great. They serve the best pizza on the high seas. If you are addicted to diet coke like my husband it is worth it to purcahse a coke card that gives you unlimited soft drinks for seven days. While on the ship do not miss the ice skating show and the production show velvet rope featuring the royal caribbean singers and dancers. It was fabulous. The only complaint that I would have while on the ship occured on the first formal night. We had no water in our room to take a shower or brush our teeth. We were told that someone put something into the pipes and clogged it up. It was also frustrating because they told us that it would be fixed in 20 minutes and then it would take another 20 minutes and then another 45 minutes. On the last night of the cruise we had no hot water to shower with. I do not know what happened there,we just took cold showers.
The ports on this cruise were great. In Antigua we would highly suggest the stingray city swim and snorkel tour. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I was a little nervous at first but the trainers were great. The water was only 4-5 foot deep so if you do not like to snorkel you can still stand up and enjoy the stingrays. The bus ride getting to and from the site was adventurous as people here bring new meaning to defensive driving. The ship also went to Barbaodos. We choose to do the mini buggy safari and swim. This was another great tour. After signing medical release forms and a safety instruction 6 very new ans safe mini buggy's headed out to the barbados countryside. We rode for about one hour,with two short stops for refreshments and breath taking views. If you wanted to you and your partner could switch drivers at the half way point. Afterwards we were taken to the beach for a short 20 minute swim. This part of the beach was not very good,it was rocky with strong waves and rip currents. Barbados has over 365 beaches so I sure that there is a good one somewhere.
We only had one day at seas which is one of the main reasons that we picked this crusie itinerary. On our day at sea we acted like true cruisers by going to the napkin folding class and the towel folding class so that we could learn how to make all of those animals that they put on your bed every night. We even tried ice skating in Studio B. We only lasted about 30 minutes before calling it quits. If you have never been on a RCI ship do not miss the love and marriage game,people were talking about it for the rest of the week. Do not miss the adventure quest game. It is hilarious and will have you laughing for hours. The food on the ship was okay,not as good as I remember on my last RCI cruise. The shrimp coctail is to die for and the lobster just melts in you mouth.The steaks were premium cut with not a drop of fat on them. The desserts are wonderful. You could make a whole meal just off of the desserts. Dissembarkation was long for us because we were spending the night in San Juan. We were one of the last people off of the ship. You can not wait in your room but in one of the public areas so that they can get the ship ready for the next group of passengers coming aboard. We waited on the ship from 8am to 1145am before our number was called and then had to wait in two more lines outside in the hot sun to go through customs. We were exhausted by the time we got to our hotel.
Overall it was a great cruise and I can not wait to check out the new Freedom of the Seas when it come out next year.