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Adventure of the Seas - back to back cruises by Neale, Spain

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Adventure of the Seas

OVERVIEW: Adventure of the Seasis a large, floating leisure resort. It provides a host of facilities, rather like a small town, yet offers a healthy amount of space per passenger. Too large to go through the Panama Canal, it limits its itineraries almost exclusively to the Caribbean, where only a fe


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Adventure of the Seas - back to back cruises

Overall Rating: 5
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5 out of 9 people found this useful
Cruise Ship:
Adventure of the Seas
Destination:
Mediterranean

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There has already been a review about these back to back cruises so I will try and make mine different!
First the 4 night cruise to Lisbon and Gibraltar. Departed from Malaga with only a morning at sea before arriving in Lisbon. Since the clock went forward the night before the first afternoon we just went on an open top bus tour round the city - good value for about an hour and for 10 euros. The second day in Lisbon we took the ships excursion to Cascais and Sintra which I thought was pretty good value at $44 about £30. Sintra we loved, very pretty place up in the hills. Next was an afternoon arrival in Gibraltar, we walked into town and picked up a mini bus tour of the rock for 25 euros (each), very informative driver, we visited the St Michaels cave and the war tunnels, great views from the rock and if you have no food the monkeys don't both you. Then it was back to Malaga so we were glad we opted to stay on for the next cruise as this one went way to fast.
There were a lot of Spanish on the ship, probably partly due to the fact that 1st Nov is a bank holiday in Spain. We live in Spain so we are used to the Spanish culture - but their habit of wanting to each lunch at 2pm caused great queues in the windjammer and main dining room, if you avoided that time it was fine. We didn't go to any shows as they were mainly pre-dinner for the second seating guests and that was just too early. There were only a few Brits on the 2nd seating and several did not turn up, there were lots of emply tables and places even though 2nd seating was supposed to be full - maybe the cruise lines need an extra option - informal dining only - so guests are not reserved a table at dinner which they have no intention of using. There were only 4 of us on our table for 8, and the other 2 did not turn up on the last (tip) night. We felt very sorry for the waiter as these ladies had run him ragged all week asking for extra items incl items which were not even on the menu, and then to not turn up and tip him on the last night we thought was very poor behaviour. Sorry in advance if that offends anyone, but I feel it gives us Brits a bad name.
Moving on to the 2nd cruise - 5 nights to Tenerife and Lanzarote. Because I booked this cruise later we had to change cabins, but RCI made the process as smooth as could be, we could even leave all the clothes hanging in the wardrobe and the cabin steward moved them with any other items packed in our cases. We were delivered new sea pass cards the night before and we did not even have to get off in Malaga, most impressive, so well done RCI.
Unfortunately the sea day down to Tenerife was a bit rough, but this is the Atlantic after all, and we found it nice to relax. Tenerife the town of Santa Crux is an easy walk off the ship - the port provided a free shuttle to the port gates but it was also walkable. Lanzarote - as it was my husbands first time here we went of a ships excursion to Timanfaya volcano, again a half day excursion for $44, very interesting, also stopped by the coast and the wine growing area, a very nice trip which we thought good value. At Lanzarote the ship docks away from the nearest town and the shuttle bus is $12 so why not pay a bit more and go on an excursion and see some more of the island.
Only one show was after dinner which we caught the end off, the others were all pre dinner so we missed them. There were more English guests on this cruise and we had very nice company on a table for 10 on this cruise - all of which turned up on the last night! Food and service all very good. We are Diamond members with RCI and the Diamond event with complimentary wine pre dinner is a fantastic benefit. I you enjoy cruising with RCI you will love it when you get to Diamond members!
The weather was slightly disappointing I had hoped the Canaries would be hotter, but we still had a nice relaxing time.

5 out of 9 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 10+
Sailed: October, 2011
Age: 46-55
Cabin: Balcony


Quality of Food
We ate in the main dining room every night (as there is no Chops Grill on Adventure), food and service was very good. Lunch we tried the Windjammer a few times but was very busy if you went around 2pm, one day we resorted to the pizza/sandwich cafe on the promenade (deck 5). The Diamond breakfast area was a disaster, the service was very slow - even for a sea day when you had nowhere else to go the long wait was unacceptable. It felt more like punishment rather than a perk!
4

Entertainment
The RCI singing and dancing shows are not really our thing, and the other shows were all pre-dinner which meant we missed them. The piano bar singer was very good (schooner bar), probably too good as it was hard to get a seat in there! Ice show was very good as always but as we were on Adventure last year it was virtually the same show.
3

Shore Excursions
Both trips we went on were very interesting and good value for money. We like to sometimes 'do our own thing' and sometimes go on a excursion and have it all taken care off for you. The trip on Lanzaraote was my favourite.
5

Staff
Both cabin stewards were great - the first one Cindy was great fun. Both waiters looked after us very well at dinner.
5

Children's Facilities
There seemed to be quite a few on board considering it wasn't school holidays, but they are well catered for on Voyager class ships.
0

Onboard Activities
We played crazy golf a few times (really was crazy when the ship is moving too much), we have done the rock climbing wall in the past and I have no urge to do it again! I would have liked to do the roller blading again but it was usually closed due to bad weather.
5

Cabins
We had a balcony cabin both trips and we do like to sit out there and quietly read weather permitting. Unfortunately the weather was brilliant so we did not use it as much as we would have liked too. It's still nice to have the ocean view though even if it's too cool to sit out.
5

Overall Rating
5
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Webster -
, RUSHDEN - Commented about this Review
Great review but don't automatically assume that passengers dont turn up on the last night to avoid tipping. Fully understand why you may think this but..... We were on Adventure on the previous cruise and we skipped late seating dinner on the last night because of an early start the following day and wanted our children to have plenty of sleep. We went down at the end of first seating to hand over our tips and say thank you. My wife was worried that others may jump to the same conclusion you have! Agree the Diamond benefits are definitely worth having...
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wardrope -
, NEWBRIDGE - Commented about a Comment by Webster (16 Nov 11 21:49)
on most ships i have been in thety take the tipping of the bill at the end of the cruise or youp ay that when you pay the cruise with people not paying any that is bad in less you get bad service
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Neale -
, Spain - Commented about a Comment by Webster (16 Nov 11 21:49)
You're right of course and I sincerely hope that is why some people don't turn up, (hence I did apologise in advance!), although we know for a fact that these ladies did not tip the waiter though as we commiserated with him...let's hope that they were a minority then :)
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Webster -
, RUSHDEN - Commented about this Review
Great review but don't automatically assume that passengers dont turn up on the last night to avoid tipping. Fully understand why you may think this but..... We were on Adventure on the previous cruise and we skipped late seating dinner on the last night because of an early start the following day and wanted our children to have plenty of sleep. We went down at the end of first seating to hand over our tips and say thank you. My wife was worried that others may jump to the same conclusion you have! Agree the Diamond benefits are definitely worth having...
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williams -
, Redcar - Commented about this Review
We are also on this ship malaga to poarto Rico Nov 12 might see you brian .I enjoyed your review is the smoking as bad as some other reviews have mentioned thanks
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Neale -
, Spain - Commented about a Comment by williams (15 Nov 11 21:39)
We didn't notice the smoking to be as bad as in previous years from a Spanish port - as smoking is now also banned in Spain in all public places (like the UK) it seems to have helped. We also cruised on Adventure from Puerto Rico back in 2003 - the mix then was a lot of Puerto Ricans on board (as well as Americans), I don't remember there being a problem with smoking, I doubt as as I don't think the Americans would stand for it!!
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Brian -
, Manchester - Commented about this Review
Looking forward to go on her in 2012 Malaga to Puerto Rico, the same thing happened on the last night on the IOTS, many tables empty, Good review Thanks....Is the ship in good order...Brian
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Neale -
, Spain - Commented about a Comment by Brian (13 Nov 11 22:18)
There are a few places where the ship is starting to show it's age, on the balcony it looks less than new and places on the crazy golf course are a bit worn - but overall the ship is in really good condition. I think RCI do a good job of keeping the ships nice and clean and looking good.
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