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We had never sailed with Royal Caribbean before as we prefer the dining options and ‘Freestyle’ approach of NCL but our TA told us we would ‘love’ this cruise and indeed we felt we should at least try a different cruise line for a comparison.

The itinerary was sail from Malaga for Villefrance (for Nice), Civitavecchia for Rome, Sardinia and then Palma Majorca.

Flight in from Manchester was excellent with Jet2, arrived on time and a good transfer arranged to the pier and arrived about 12.30pm.

Check in was simple and we boarded around 13.15. Weather was great and we had a quick tour of the ship before checking out our balcony cabin on deck 9. This was a superior balcony stateroom and overall was slightly larger than the NCL room. Well presented but a little tired around the edges, scuff marks and chips on the chair and fitted units showed the age of this vessel.

Adventure of the Seas is an impressive ship with its Promenade being the main feature. It has 3 pools – two in the main area with jacuzzis and a separate adults only pool in the Solaria, a pleasant outdoor area. Children have their own section and waterslide away from these areas.

The gym was okay – the equipment a little dated but okay.

There are numerous bars on the ship, many situated along the Royal Promenade along with shops and cafes. Could recommend the Champagne bar where we enjoyed an evening gin and tonic.

The main dining room is spilt into three ‘tiers’ Mozart, Strauss and Vivaldi. All three were used for evening dinner and in the mornings Vivaldi on the lower floor was an open sitting buffet and the middle tier, Strauss, was al a carte breakfast. It should be noted that dining in the restaurant is not subject to surcharge which some passengers thought. The top floor, Mozart was only used in the evening for those, like us, who had booked My Time Dining. Far more small tables for two were here.

The itinerary was fine we were here as much for the ship as the destinations and we are happy to do our own thing at ports of call. We were here to relax and enjoy the sun.
Dining was also important to us. There were two ‘formal’ nights. This is a dress suggestion. Many did wear tux/suits gowns but it is not obligatory. Far from it. Don’t think either you have to be relegated to the buffet because of this suggestion. The Mozart restaurant where most of the My Time Dining guests sat must have seen at least 40% + in resort casual style, including us. I think the fixed seating area also saw a similar mix. The staff have no issues with it – but maybe some of the passengers do. The style of dress is very much down to each individual and personally in 2010 out in the Med on what is a fun cruise ship the formal contrived formality seemed out of place and outdated. Almost trying to recreate something that never existed, at least in our lifetime.

Well we really enjoyed the cruise. Would we do it again? Well maybe. It’s made us realise we are totally ‘Freestyle’ people and that NCL offers what we want both for dining options and entertainment. However if Royal Caribbean are seriously looking to embrace that concept and attract these new passengers they have a lot of work to do. The ships and the systems are not designed to offer all the choice that NCL can. We will watch out for developments

positives of cruise Positives of Cruise
Firstly the weather all week was exceptional.
The ship is impressive with its wide decks and stunning Atrium.
The ship had lots of activities if that’s what you want so everyone can be entertained.
There was always a sun bed somewhere and always the option of retreating to the stateroom balcony.
The wine package was a good buy and we enjoyed our wine selection all week. Half used bottles were stored until the next day for you.
All staff were attentive and the cabin steward was very helpful and could not have been better. Champagne Bar staff in particular were excellent, friendly and efficient and happy to chat and it was a favourite bar to unwind of an evening before dinner.

Food was of excellent quality in the main dinning room and indeed we enjoyed the service in Johnny Rockets were we retreated to one day when the Windjammer was just overcrowded for a late lunch. Light options available if you can resist the starters! Best apple pie I have ever had. Great staff too.

negative of cruise Negatives of Cruise
Sailing from a Spanish port saw an extra Spanish tax on all bills all week of 8% on top of the auto gratuity.

We had booked My Time Dining and a table for two in advance on the web. Despite this on many evenings it was apparent that they were not able to cope with the timed bookings and the demand for tables for 2. It was common to have to wait whilst tables became free. The My Time Dining floor (Mozart) was very busy indicating a real need for this to become far slicker. If the system is unable to cater for this don’t offer it. However by the sheer numbers using it (and the lack of knowledge by many that it even existed) it’s a market that they feel they need to address. A pager system would have been acceptable, as it was everyone was hanging around the entrance.

I am not a big fan of buffets. I’ll tolerate lunch but breakfast needs to be a civilised affair and as I’m on holiday – not rushed but relaxing. We headed for the Strauss dining room on deck 4 for al la carte breakfast, no surcharge. We requested a table for two and were told they would ‘see what they could do’. We were directed to a table for 6 where 2 people were half way through their breakfast. I reminded the Maitre d that it was a table for 2 and it was apparent that was a problem even though less than 10 people were seated! My insistence saw us given a table for 6. This floor, Strauss, unlike the Mozart floor has few tables for 2 and throughout our time in there numerous requests for tables for 2 appeared. Many were unhappy and left at not being accommodated as they wished. A table near us seating 8 had 4 different parties sitting at it of all nationalities and all at different stages of their meal. All looked extremely unhappy – 2 left, as did we. We waited over 30 minutes for food to appear and gave up. We tried it for breakfast again a few days later and a major change had taken place with a new Maitre D organising the seating and tables for two were accommodated with no problem. A really nice place to start the day.

On most days it’s the Windjammer buffet but it struggles to cope with the numbers. The food offered was of good quality but choice was fairly limited. Finding a seat was sometimes impossible and is frustrating. An alternative buffet area is really needed to ease the pressure on this area.

I would reccomend this cruise to others.

I think this cruise is suitable for Couples.

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commentsAbout Sheila Dee

Date of Birth: 01/Oct/1953
Country: Wales
Sail Date: 01/Sep/2010

New to cruising - have taken 3 with NCL and thought I'd see what other cruise lines could offer. Like freedom to do what I want and go where I want.

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