Review of RC Adventure of the Seas and Comparison to DCL.
Just a heads up, this is going to be a long post. Also, when I say compare, there are a few things I am going to be able to compare, and some things that I am not. I am not going to compare Staterooms, since I had a suite on RC and never had a suite on DCL. Also, ports, I will not compare, since I chose this Itinerary based on ports. Although DCL goes to some of the same ports, it is not fair to compare what happens on the port and compare it to another cruise line Most of the things that happen outside of the port are totally not in control to the cruise line. However, I will compare Labadee, Haiti, to Castaway Cay, Bahamas.
To get started, I started to look at cruises for Spring Break about 14 Months before the actual cruise. I first looked at Disney and the prices were very high, and it would have been on the Disney Fantasy, doing the Western Caribbean, again. This is a cruise that we have already done, and the only Itinerary that my Daughter has done. I wanted something different. So, I started looking at different cruise lines. RC had an 8-night Eastern Caribbean going to 4 ports, with 3 sea days. 2 of the ports would be totally new to me, 3 for my Wife, and all 4 my Daughter. Looking at the difference in cost, I would be able to save a boat load of money, and stay in a Grand Suite on RC, compared to a Deluxe Inside Stateroom on Disney.
Adventures of the Seas is in the Voyager class of RC. I thought the ship was beautiful. It definitely has a different style than Disney. Would I stay on this ship again? Definitely yes. Staying in a Grand Suite gave us some perks that come along with staying in a suite. Priority Embarkation (Definitely was a nice perk). We used the saved seats for the shows twice. We were very happy to have the saved seating for the Ice Show, since it was sold out, and we were able to show up only 15 minutes before it started.
Flowrider, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice Skating Rink. I would have to say that I enjoyed all 3 of them being on the boat. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do the flowrider as much as I would have liked, but that was because of a few things. 1 was the times it was available, the other was just timing of other things we had going on. The Rock Climbing wall we only did once, and for me, it was very quick, but my Daughter was able to go up at least twice. My daughter really enjoyed the Ice Skating Rink. She went at least 3 times. I know I went once, and that was enough for me.
Windjammer Buffett. Although it was open a lot, the food selection for Breakfast and Lunch really didn’t change that much. We don’t know about Dinner, since we ate in the main dining room every night. The service from the staff in the windjammer were very nice, but it was the same menu with many 1 or 2 things different. Also, no outside seating, except by the pool, which you had to walk through people smoking.
Evening activities – at least to us were so-so. The Ice Show was awesome, but other than that, nothing really appealed to us.
Pools – The pools being Salt water are always are downer, we love that Disney uses Fresh water.
Drinks – Having to buy sodas during the day, I understand smoothies, milkshakes, and coffees (which is the package we bought)
Smoking – Smoking was allowed in areas of the boat that we would have to walk through, especially on deck 11 by Windjammer.
Comparison between Disney and RC.
As I said earlier, I would definitely do RC again, especially if the time, cost, and ports were what I was looking for. The cost being a lot cheaper was definitely a plus. The ability to have more selection of ports, both departure and during the cruise is a benefit to RC, however, Disney is working that way with the 3 new ships coming in the future.
Food – the food was comparable in the Main Dining Room, but the options by the pool on Disney, are much better. More options to be able to go to in your bathing suit, no shirt on Disney. On RC, I needed shirt and shoes to go eat at the buffet, or even Café Promenade. We did miss rotational dining on Disney. Going to the same restaurant was kind of boring.
Service – I would say the service was very comparable. Everyone was very nice.
Pools – I liked Disney pools better, mainly because they are fresh, compared to Salt water.
Other entertainment – RC wins this one. The flowrider, rock climbing wall, and ice skating rink were a nice touch.
Evening entertainment – Disney wins this one, other than the ice show, there was nothing that I, or the others wanted to see. At least on Disney, there are things and shows that the other 2 would like to see. I am not a huge show person, it is normally nap time for me.
Casino – a cause to a lot of the smoking on board. With is being on deck 4, the smoke went through the whole ship. I didn’t notice it as much, but others did. I only went once and that was to learn craps. Otherwise, it was space that Disney uses in other ways. I think the casino is one of the reasons that RC is cheaper than Disney.
Kids Club – My daughter decided to finally go to the kids club and had a good time. I think she is starting to open up. When she went to the kids club on Disney ships she had a good time. So, I really can’t say which is better, but for her to want to go to kids club means that it was good and kept her entertained.
That is my review and comparison, if you have any questions, please let me know.