Cruises Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
  • New Fodor’s forum -- coming soon!
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 29, 17 at 08:01 PM
View all Cruises activity »
  1. 1 EPSON & PRINTER 1800~681:7208 installation Contact EPSON Tec*h Care By Yes!
  2. 2 Take it when you see it
  4. 4 Travel time needed from Basel to Zurich airport?
  5. 5 Choosing a first cruise
  6. 6 Rhine River or Mosel Cruise info
  7. 7 Almost serious :)
  8. 8 Did it! Booked!
  9. 9 Beaches from cruise
  10. 10 Would you live on a cruise ship year round?
  11. 11 Trip Report Antarctica Quark Expedition Travel Report
  12. 12 Scenic cruise advice
  13. 13 Time to Explore St Petersburg
  14. 14 Danube River Cruise - agent
  15. 15 Transfer from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia
  16. 16 Cabin choices
  17. 17 Help! RCCL AOS
  18. 18 Antarctica Cruise--Zegrahm or Lindblad and time to go
  19. 19 Parking for Celebrity
  20. 20 Costa Maya beach
  21. 21 Hotel -Miami before cruise
  22. 22 Trip Report UNIWORLD River Boat Cruise on the Danube, Budapest to Prague
  23. 23 Best Place to Purchase Cruises
  24. 24 National Geographic Quest
  25. 25 Azamara Journey New Zealand Tours Available
View next 25 » Back to the top


Jump to last reply

For a variety of reasons, we did other cruises, but I have wanted to do the Southern Caribbean on Adventure of the Seas for several years. It is a perfect itinerary, with stops in St Kitts where my other DD lives and Barbados and St Lucia, two of my favorite islands that I wanted DD to see. It also has a great kid's program and lots of things GD would enjoy now that she is 8, like ice-skating and outdoor movie.

It seemed perfect, I thought my decision was all made. I was happy.

Now I am reading current reviews and many are bad, even from people who have cruised AOS in the past. One complaint is that food is not just average, but really bad. Next, the ship looks run down and in need of paint, closet doors, etc. and that there are plumbing issues and smells. That is all very worrisome. I knew the ship was getting older, but I thought the most recent dry dock took care of that. Apparently not. On top of that, it seems things like ice-skating is very, very limited.

Another major thing is AOS departs from San Juan, which I love, but they have made the cruises available to people in PR at very reduced rates and the ship is being fully booked with cabins filled to the max with families. I do think that is a really wonderful thing RCCL is doing! People who have benefited are very happy and RCCL deserves praise for doing it. OTOH, it seems to stretch the staff to the max, make pools very crowded, public spaces really loud, more partying, more children, buffets even more unpleasant to navigate and long waits for elevators. So, how accurate are these complaints? Perhaps that will ease up by March, but of course no guarantee.

I really, really wanted that specific itinerary and a super fun ship for a child (not Celebrity or HAL), but should I be looking at something else now? We are limited by her school schedule to departure between March 10 and March 18.

Does anyone have recent experience with AOS, opinions about the situation or suggestions? All are welcome and appreciated.

2 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.