This was our 2nd Transatlantic as we enjoyed the 1st one so much. This time we booked Adventure it visited islands on both that we had not visited before.
We booked a flight inclusive deal. The flight to San Juan via Atlanta was long but went without a hitch. We were delayed getting to the hotel as the transfer bus was an hour late picking us up. We had one night in the Caribe Hilton which was very nice.
Boarding went well. As RCI picked up our bags from the hotel and sent them directly to the ship we didn't see them again until they arrived in our cabin. From arrival at the Quay side we were on board in about 15 - 20 minutes.
We had a balcony on Deck 7. Our balcony was little larger than average due to the location of the cabin on the "hump" of the ship. We were looked after by Grace who kept the room spotless and always wore a smile.
The ship was full and had the most diverse range of nationalities aboard. Mainly American, Canadian, Puerto Rican , German and British. This bought with it a great atmosphere. You could go and do a pub quiz, listen to the Latin bands or a pianist etc etc.
We had room service breakfast every day except two. This helped keep the pounds off as when we did go to the Windjammer I went a little overboard. The breakfast arrived on time every day and was always right.
We decided to go for "My time" dining. On the 1st night we were advised to book a dining time for the rest of the cruise as we had requested a table for 2. Only very early or very late slots were left. Apparently you can now chose My Time and then request a table size and time slot before boarding. This kind of defeats the object in my opinion as it is then "Their Time" dining however it worked out well. We opted to eat at 6.15 and for the rest of the cruise arrived for dinner between 6.00 and 7.00. We always sat on the same table and kept our excellent waiting staff Osario and Merry, our drinks waiter Clyde was also very good.
We ate in the MDR on every night except two. We ate once in Johnny Rockets which was good fun and once in Portofinos for the Murder Mystery dinner. The Fillet Mignon was absolutely amazing. Why can't I find steak that good back at home?
Abel, the cruise director was the best we've had on any cruise. To be honest he is the only one we've ever remembered so he must have done something right. He was great in dealing with the very multi-national clientÃ¨le as he spoke four languages fluently. The stage productions were excellent and got standing ovations at each show we saw and as always the Ice show was outstanding. There was always plenty going on around the ship on the seas days and when the sea got a little choppy on the east side of the Atlantic they moved some of the music and party events due to happen around the pools on to the Royal Promenade.
We didn't do any RCI excursions as they wereexpensive. We did a tour of St Marteen with a local company called Bernard Tours which was very good. In St Thomas we walked the 20 minutes or so into town, had a look around the markets and shopping streets before heading back to the ship. We hired cars in Tenerife and Lanzarote to do our own thing and walked in to Funchal and had a look around as we had been before we were back on the ship in time for lunch. This was the only way to get a sunbed in the Solarium as they were normally all gone bay 8.30 on the sea days.
Transfers and flights back to the UK from Malaga went with a hitch.
It is difficult to find any thing to be negative about on this cruise the staff and fellow passengers made this possibly the best cruise we have ever been on.