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This is only our third Royal Caribbean cruise, the last two being on Liberty of the Seas in 2017. This will be our first time on Adventures of the Seas. Husband & I are 52, and our 18 year old son is joining us. Our cruise is this month!

 

1.) Are movies ever shown anywhere but outside on the deck? If so, where?

 

2.) Besides your state room, where would be some good places to play cards?

 

3.) Our cruise leaves out of Fort Lauderdale. We fly in that same morning. Is there a Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond or any similar place where we could buy inexpensive mattress toppers ON THE WAY (or close enough) to the ship from the airport? It just doesn’t seem feasible to pack them in a suitcase and bring them on the airplane. Our flight lands at 10:52am In Fort Lauderdale. So I assume there is plenty of time to make a stop? 

 

4.) The above are my three main questions, that I would really appreciate help with. But an extra question... for those that have been on both Liberty & Adventure...I’d love to hear some positive differences between the two ships. I booked this cruise on a whim, not really researching… (which is very unlike me!) I was so impressed with the level of entertainment on Liberty, I just assumed it would be the same on all Royal Caribbean ships. After lots of reading here on Cruise Critic, I realize my mistake. This being a smaller ship, the entertainment is a little less spectacular (We don’t do the flow rider, slide, or rock wall, which I think both ships have), so the nightly entertainment was a real selling point for me.

 

Thanks so much!!

Lara

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You might find a movie being shown in the Main Theater during the day, but most are shown on the pool big screen.

 

 

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Hope so! 

Thank you! (Clare’s, you were also the first one to respond to my movie question 2 years ago on the Liberty!)

Lara

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The airport and the port are right next to each other so there’s nothing in between. I think the closest Walmart will be the one on Sunrise on the west side of 95. 

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2 hours ago, Numer3 said:

This is only our third Royal Caribbean cruise, the last two being on Liberty of the Seas in 2017. This will be our first time on Adventures of the Seas. Husband & I are 52, and our 18 year old son is joining us. Our cruise is this month!

 

1.) Are movies ever shown anywhere but outside on the deck? If so, where?

2.) Besides your state room, where would be some good places to play cards?

3.) Our cruise leaves out of Fort Lauderdale. We fly in that same morning. Is there a Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond or any similar place where we could buy inexpensive mattress toppers ON THE WAY (or close enough) to the ship from the airport? It just doesn’t seem feasible to pack them in a suitcase and bring them on the airplane. Our flight lands at 10:52am In Fort Lauderdale. So I assume there is plenty of time to make a stop? 

4.) The above are my three main questions, that I would really appreciate help with. But an extra question... for those that have been on both Liberty & Adventure...I’d love to hear some positive differences between the two ships. I booked this cruise on a whim, not really researching… (which is very unlike me!) I was so impressed with the level of entertainment on Liberty, I just assumed it would be the same on all Royal Caribbean ships. After lots of reading here on Cruise Critic, I realize my mistake. This being a smaller ship, the entertainment is a little less spectacular (We don’t do the flow rider, slide, or rock wall, which I think both ships have), so the nightly entertainment was a real selling point for me.

Thanks so much!!

Lara

 

1.) There is no "Cinema" on the Adventure - the only movies we ever saw were on the Pool Screen.

2.) You should try the Card Room/Library - promenade deck

3.) First of all, the Airport is about 10 to 15 minutes AWAY from the Cruise Terminal.

Secondly, instead of trying to shop for one - you need to ask your room attendant to get you an "Egg Crate Mattress" to go on top of your bed.  They should be able to provide you with one.

4.) Entertainment is like Food - it's judgement is very "individual"...  Your likes and dislikes will be COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than other people's.

As for the differences in the ships, the Adventure is a "Voyager Class" ship (approx 138k tons - 3500 pax) and the Liberty is a "Freedom Class" ship (approx. 154k tons and 4000 pax).  All these ships are getting rid of their Cigar Lounges to put in a stupid Card Room, but.....

Liberty still has the Cigar Lounge.  That, to me, would be a very POSITIVE difference.😉😎

 

Hope This Helps.

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1 minute ago, DHADEN said:

).  All these ships are getting rid of their Cigar Lounges to put in a stupid Card Room, 

Or a Diamond Lounge. 

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8 minutes ago, Maraprince said:

Are there any movies that you can view from your cabin TV?

 

MARAPRINCE

 

Yes, pay per view is available.

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I actually just got off of the Adventure a week ago. (I believe Clarea's comment about movies sometimes being shown in the main theater is correct. Coincidentally, we were both on the Adventure sailing that returned to FLL last Sunday.) 

 

First off, though it's been several years, I once asked for an egg crate or other soft mattress topper when on an RCCL cruise, having heard they could be provided. All I got was a folded up blanket put over the mattress but under the sheet.  So now I bring along an 18" square piece of foam that I got at a craft/sewing store. It's about 1 1/2" thick. I pack it last in my suitcase and put a pillowcase over it before placing it onto the bed. I tuck the case's open end sort of like an envelope edge around the foam end and put it under my hip/bottom area. On occasion I might have to scoot it over a bit during the night, but not often. It might be a solution for you if the problem is a hip or shoulder area with bursitis or something that causes you problems. It's not a costly thing to buy and if you actually DO get an egg crate pad, toss out the foam or use it to pad any breakable things you purchase while in port.

 

I noticed several sets of people playing cards using tables located under the covered areas port and starboard on the
pool deck, as well as even using low "coffee" and end table type tables in areas near lounges (such as Bolero's) during the day.

 

As for the entertainment, while it was weaker than on some of the other (many) RCCL sailings I've been on, it was still better than on other lines' overall. There were a few nights - maybe 3 to 4 of an 8 day cruise- when I thought it was very good. Also, since your son is 18, he is old enough to go to see Quest. (It was held our last night on the ship but don't know if it will be on your cruise.)  I've seen it so many times I almost didn't go. However, there were a few changes and the cruise director made some very funny comments the last half of the show (since the participants' antics were just asking for it). So even though it's not regular "show", do go!

 

The "bad" of this cruise?  I think I smelled more smoke on this ship than I have on any ship in 5 or 6 years. (And I am including Princess and even a small ship owned by a Greek line that sails to Cuba from Jamaica). In the casino it was overwhelming, and even when not gambling, we had to go through that area a number of times to avoid my dh having wait at an elevator (yes, they were slow) to go up, then back down, in an elevator because he used a scooter. On the pool deck, the whole port side just reeked! I noticed people smoking in areas where they should not have been as well. Also we noticed several "little" things that were just niceties that were missing over all - even just from a cruise on the Harmony a year ago. Most especially the main dining menus offered several things in each category every single night. I'm not talking about the ususal "available every night" steak or chicken, etc.  Menus often had ONLY Caesar salad if you wanted a lettuce salad and no longer does RCCL offer several types of salad dressing each night like it used to. I realize I shouldn't complain about the truly little things - like they no longer have the little boxes of rice krispies in the WIndjammer at breakfast, which I used to eat everyday with a banana. Admittedly, too minor to gripe about. Plus they have always run out of bananas the last few days, due to over ripeness I assume,  instead of getting more in one of the ports. That isn't a "new" thing. What is "new" is unlike last year and those before it, the entrees on this cruise were sometimes so similar from one night to the other that I wondered if now days they skip using the leftover meat on the luncheon buffet line and now just use it the next night in a similar dish?  Royal has not been known for it's food for many years now, but there have most definitely been some additional cost cutting measures put into place with regard to food that were not seen just a year ago. I assume this was done on all of their ships.

 

Having said that, Royal Caribbean still has the best ships and best entertainment (IMO) that appeal to the largest age rangek, and their service is usually still quite good in general. We'll be sailing on one of their ships later this year. So don't worry that you won't enjoy your Adventure cruise. Adventure is a beautiful, well kept ship. Hope some of this info. helps.  Enjoy your cruise!

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4 hours ago, AFwifelife said:

The airport and the port are right next to each other so there’s nothing in between. I think the closest Walmart will be the one on Sunrise on the west side of 95. 

Thanks, AFwifelife! 

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DHADEN, thanks for your input! I was afraid that playing cards in the library would be too noisy for anyone looking for a quiet place to read. When we were in the Liberty, we found a place...I think it was a club/disco at night maybe?? But it was practically empty every time we were there during the day, and had great seating & tables with pretty views. I realize Adventure is a smaller ship, so maybe there isn’t anything like this. The wine bar on Liberty was also empty during the day & therefore a great place to use for cards. 

Thanks!!

Lara

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MLBCruiser, thank you for addressing all of my questions! That was very nice of you to take the time to do that. :-) I appreciate your tips!! And yes, I’m glad we won’t have to worry about sneaking my son into quest this year! 

Thanks!

Lara

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DW and I sailed on Liberty twice and will be on the Adventure for the 2nd time in Nov.  We liked both ships well enough to sail twice.  Itineraries are completely different but we had a great time so go for it and enjoy.

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Just got off Adventure Saturday.

 

The only place movies were shown was on the pool screen.

 

I look at Adventure as a smaller version of Liberty ( I have sailed both). They are laid out very similar.

 

There is a room marked Card Room on level 5 forward, just outside the Imperial Lounge. I never looked in it, so I don't know how it is set up. 

I noticed people playing cards on level 11, at tables in the protected area around the pool. They seemed to be having no problems with wind.

There are also small sitting areas on levels 6, 7, and 8, overlooking the Promenade that may facilitate playing cards. For what it's worth, in the evening, there were meetings in the level 7 mid-ship library, so I don't see where a card game would be any worse.

When you get down to it, you could even play in the Windjammer when it's open.

 

I don't know what you do or don't like for entertainment, but for us, the "Invitation To Dance" show was a bomb. 

The "Welcome Aboard" show was pretty good. The Comedian from that show did a late night show that was very funny.

The Magician show was also very good.

Love And Marriage and The Quest are always fun. 

The Ice skating show was pretty good, especially considering the small arena they have to work with.

 

We ate dinner exclusively in the MDR, and the food and service was excellent (I now have 7 extra pounds as proof!).

 

As far as finding a mattress topper, my only suggestion would be to Google stores you are looking for in Ft Lauderdale, Dania, and Hollywood. The trip from the airport to Port Everglades is less than 10 minutes, depending on traffic, so you might be able to find a store close enough to stop at. 

 

I hope this helps.

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Thanks, JTBCruiser! It’s nice to hear you enjoyed Adventure enough to book a 2nd time! 

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Clean1owner, Thank you for taking the time to reply, I appreciate it!! I didn’t study the numbers/size in comparison of Liberty & Adventure but I think I remember that the ship (Adventure) is smaller, but the number of passengers isn’t hugely reduced, so I guess that means more crowding & fewer public spaces??? Hopefully I’m wrong about that. 

 

I’m THRILLED to hear that the food & service was excellent in the MDR!!!! We’ve never used specialty dining and typically have even breakfast & lunch in the MDR, too. It’s discouraging to read all the negative reviews about the food. We enjoyed the food on Liberty. The only negative was how unhappy and overworked many of the waitstaff seemed.  I felt bad for them, having to practically run in and out of the kitchen. One of the assistants dropped a tray of dishes and our waiter took the blame...I thought that was really nice. We were seated near the kitchen and saw a lot of “behind the scenes”  action. I don’t remember the crew being so frantically overworked on my first cruises, back in the mid to late 80’s. They were more relaxed. 

 

And THANK YOU for the tips about nearby areas to search for the toppers!!! And the card playing advice, too. 

thank you! :-)

Lara

 

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I am just finishing packing for a long trip starting next week.  I have a 3-inch memory foam egg-crate mattress topper that is going to be packed in a 28" checked bag.  I did a "dry pack" with it a week ago. It's also got my husband's deflated blow up wedge pillow in there, too.  It's a push and shove, but as long as you press firmly while "walking" the zipper around the suitcase, it closes up fine.  Weighs about 8 lbs, including the weight of the suitcase.  

 

For $35 at Walmart, and the checked bag fee on airlines other than Southwest, it's going to be money well spent.  We are using it right now on our bed in the Airbnb where we are staying near my MIL, and it's very comfy.

 

Seriously,  2 cruise ships , 3 hotels and 76 days, I know we will sleep comfortably.

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2 hours ago, Numer3 said:

Clean1owner, Thank you for taking the time to reply, I appreciate it!! I didn’t study the numbers/size in comparison of Liberty & Adventure but I think I remember that the ship (Adventure) is smaller, but the number of passengers isn’t hugely reduced, so I guess that means more crowding & fewer public spaces??? Hopefully I’m wrong about that. 

 

Lara

 

 

Adventure holds about 1000 fewer passengers than Liberty. 

 

About the only time I noticed major crowding was when a show let out and everyone was coming out at the same time.

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I've also sailed both ships. We were on the Adventure in Dec 2018. They were both great ships. I also found that the smoke smell was overwhelming in the Casino. I think this was the worst in all 15+ cruises that I've been on.  Food and service were excellent in the MDR. Enjoy your cruise!

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On 3/5/2019 at 4:38 PM, pcur said:

I am just finishing packing for a long trip starting next week.  I have a 3-inch memory foam egg-crate mattress topper that is going to be packed in a 28" checked bag.  I did a "dry pack" with it a week ago. It's also got my husband's deflated blow up wedge pillow in there, too.  It's a push and shove, but as long as you press firmly while "walking" the zipper around the suitcase, it closes up fine.  Weighs about 8 lbs, including the weight of the suitcase.  

 

For $35 at Walmart, and the checked bag fee on airlines other than Southwest, it's going to be money well spent.  We are using it right now on our bed in the Airbnb where we are staying near my MIL, and it's very comfy.

 

Seriously,  2 cruise ships , 3 hotels and 76 days, I know we will sleep comfortably.

Pcur, THANK YOU! This is exactly what I needed to hear. This sounds less hectic than trying to quickly locate  & buy one between landing & boarding, and then  have to carry aboard. Because my husband travels so much for work, he’s at a level on AA where we won’t have to deal with an extra baggage fee. My son has his own room so there should be plenty of space to stash the large suitcase under one of the beds in his room. 

Thank you so much!

Lara

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On 3/5/2019 at 6:51 PM, clean1owner said:

 

Adventure holds about 1000 fewer passengers than Liberty. 

 

About the only time I noticed major crowding was when a show let out and everyone was coming out at the same time.

Clean1owner, I’m so glad to hear that!

Thank you!!

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On 3/5/2019 at 7:25 PM, CDNCRUIZR said:

I've also sailed both ships. We were on the Adventure in Dec 2018. They were both great ships. I also found that the smoke smell was overwhelming in the Casino. I think this was the worst in all 15+ cruises that I've been on.  Food and service were excellent in the MDR. Enjoy your cruise!

CDNCRUIZER, yes, I hate the smoke. You’d think engineers would be able to come up with better filtration systems. It’s interesting how back in the 80’s at clubs, the smoke didn’t really bother me, but now it really does.

 

But I’m so happy to hear  that you had a positive experience on the ship, and that the food & service was excellent!! 

Thank you for taking the time to share :-)

Lara

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18 hours ago, KmomChicago said:

So Lara, how did you like the cruise?

Kmom, it was wonderful! I will answer the questions I asked in this thread, in case anyone is searching and looking for similar answers. 

1.) Are movies ever shown anywhere but outside on the deck? If so, where?
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I think movies were shown twice inside the Lyric Theater. Although neither we’re good times for us, starting in the very late afternoon. I scheduled us for dinner at 6:15 each night, in order to get to the early shows.
 
2.) Besides your state room, where would be some good places to play cards?
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We brought our cards to breakfast every morning, so we could go straight to the 14th deck, and play in the Blue Moon lounge after we ate. Half of the time we were the only ones there, occasionally there would be one or two other groups. It was perfect! Music playing, comfortable seating, and huge windows overlooking the sea. On a sea day, we returned after lunch, and it was packed with people, some playing cards, others just talking & enjoying the view. Some had brought drinks up (bar was closed at the lounge). 
 
3.) Our cruise leaves out of Fort Lauderdale. We fly in that same morning. Is there a Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond or any similar place where we could buy inexpensive mattress toppers ON THE WAY (or close enough) to the ship from the airport? It just doesn’t seem feasible to pack them in a suitcase and bring them on the airplane. Our flight lands at 10:52am In Fort Lauderdale. So I assume there is plenty of time to make a stop? 
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I ended up buying a king size mattress topper for our bed and a twin size mattress topper for my son at home and packed them. My son said he didn’t need his, so we left it in the package, but after the first night, I added it to my side of the bed. These were only an inch and a half thick, but putting the two together made it perfect. (But my husband and son were just fine. I’ve gotten quite used to my 4 inch mattress topper at home.) The two mattress pads I bought, I kept in the circular package, and both fit in a large suitcase, along with several other items. All of our suitcases fit easily under the beds. 
We would’ve had plenty of time to make a stop to buy them. We went straight to the ship, got on without a line, and went straight to our cabin. So it wouldn’t have been that hard to carry them on in a shopping bag. 
 
4.) The above are my three main questions, that I would really appreciate help with. But an extra question... for those that have been on both Liberty & Adventure...I’d love to hear some positive differences between the two ships. I booked this cruise on a whim, not really researching… (which is very unlike me!) I was so impressed with the level of entertainment on Liberty, I just assumed it would be the same on all Royal Caribbean ships. After lots of reading here on Cruise Critic, I realize my mistake. This being a smaller ship, the entertainment is a little less spectacular (We don’t do the flow rider, slide, or rock wall, which I think both ships have), so the nightly entertainment was a real selling point for me.
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For me, there were no real differences between the two ships, except for the lack of the big production shows. The ice-skating shows were similarly entertaining on each ship, but luckily were different. We went to the shows in the lyric theater each night, except for one night, when all of the ships singers & dancers were doing a show. I was sorry to miss that one, especially after going to the Q&A where they spoke about their lives, and we got to ask questions. I was so glad they did this. There was nothing like this when we were on Liberty, as a matter of fact, that was one of my comments after the cruise. There weren’t enough of these free types of entertainment. We also attended the captains Q&A. That was interesting too. I was surprised by how empty the lyric theater was for these two separate events. They were held mid morning I think, and I guess people were either sleeping or enjoying all the outdoor activities. 
 
I didn’t ask this question, but I will mention that I do think the quality of the food has gone down a little bit in the dining room. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as good as it was two years ago. We didn’t do any of the specialty restaurants. (Except Johnny Rockets) There was one night that we missed dinner in the dining room, while in the infirmary, and therefore had our first dinner at the Windjammer buffet. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was. There were so many options, and everything was hot. It was also much more pleasant, in that it was quieter than at lunch and practically empty when we were there. 
 
We probably would not choose another Royal Caribbean cruise. Mainly because our children are older now, and we will probably do other sorts of vacations with them, when they can join us. Although my husband and I just booked our first Oceania cruise for the two of us. 

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