We went for our Caribbean cruise with the Adventure of the Seas vessel by Royal Caribbean .Booked our cruise 3 months in advance at a very good price of 2300 Canadian dollars for 2 adults and 1 child. Chose the “guaranteed balcony room” option which comes cheaper than a normal balcony room. This basically means that you are going to get a balcony room for sure but it might be an obstructed view balcony room, because when you go for this option you can’t choose your room number or room location. This type of room is later assigned by the royal Caribbean executives according to the availability. So yes, a bit of a gamble there. We were lucky enough to get a great balcony view room without any obstruction on the 6th deck and the location of the room was also very convenient, close to the stairs and elevators but at the same time it was not at all noisy. Prices and deals change everyday. We had initially booked the same room at 2800cad and when I checked a week later it had come down to 2300 cad. So I just called the royal Caribbean toll free no. on their website and got the new price without any hassle. So I would suggest to keep a track even after the booking is done. It is better to take an internet connection package on the ship if you want to, in advance. Comes cheaper that way. Gratuities are extra i.e 13.50 usd per person per day. Checking in and out of the ship is very organized and hassle free. Everyday a booklet of information containing the events for that particular day is provided to each room.
A quick description of the ship and I don’t even know where to start. Haha!! It has 14 floors, accommodates up to 3900 passengers, was newly refurbished in October 2016, has brand new water slides which came with the refurbishment, swimming pools, hot tubs, a huge outdoor poolside movie screen, an ice skating ring which hosts a fabulous ice skating show and which can otherwise be used by passengers for ice skating, a video arcade, rock climbing wall, mini golf areas, flow rider (surfing simulator), a theatre which hosts movies and fabulous evening entertainment shows, a casino, the Royal Promenade ( the main walking street with shops ), a never ending sun deck, two huge complimentary dinning rooms ( Windjammer is buffet style, the Sapphire Dining Room is formal style dining ) and other speciality restaurants, etc, etc, etc…..
The Royal Caribbean has 26 ships out of which The Adventure of the Seas was awarded no.1 in food and catering services and rightly so. I mean we ate and we ate and we ate and we ate!! The dinning room waiters and the floor managers are the most gracious hosts. Mostly everyone eats their dinner in The Sapphire Dining Room which is an a la carte style dining ( fixed menu, gourmet style dining ) but if you want to request something special for yourself, any special cuisine you can go ahead and do so and they try their best to fulfil your needs. The Windjammer for lunch and breakfast is also good and offers a huge variety of food and some awesome desserts. Just that most of the items in both the meals remain same for all days without much change. So some scope for improvement there. Was so engrossed in eating that I forgot to click picture of the buffet area in the windjammer dining hall , yeah that’s me !! Luckily have a few dinner picture from the Sapphire Dining Room.
Food teasers from the cruise
Royal Caribbean crew singing a farewell song on the last night of the cruise
On the last day of the cruise in the main dining hall. A heartwarming moment for all of us present there. Sometimes you get attached to a place because of the way you connect to the people there more than anything else. The crew was simply fantastic.
All the rooms have good sized closets, a dresser with plenty of shelves and drawers and a bathroom though small but quite self sufficient. The room though not brand new but still well maintained and clean. Housekeeping was done twice a day.
Needless to say any room with balcony is simply out of the world. Sitting in the balcony early mornings and in the evenings trying to fathom the vastness of the sea, seeing birds hunt flying fish, listening to the constant splashing of the waves, watching sunsets, full moon nights and enjoying the fresh tropical breeze was beyond rejuvenating.
From the balcony
As all good things are bound to come to an end, so did this wonderful vacation, a vacation in the truest sense of the word, so relaxed and refreshing that it spoiled us rotten!
Excuse me for again exceeding the word limit and not keeping my promise of sticking to the bare minimum. Lol !! But what to do, can’t help it!!