Introduction - Last year on Allure we've booked this 7 night cruise through the southern part of the caribbean. Mostly because we wanted to see Aruba and Curacao.
We arrived 2 days before embarkation and stayed in the Ritz-Carlton near the airport (in Carolina). We had a wonderful 2 days despite the rainy weather that saturday. On sunday we made our way to the pier via a SUV booked by the hotel.
Day 1 - Embarkation day
Arriving at the pier the driver seemed to know what he was doing as he approached one of the luggage boys and got our luggage tagged and on its way in a blink of an eye. The luggage boy pointed us out into the direction of the suites entrance of the terminal building.
Here we met a friendly lady of the pier authority which halted us because the terminal building was 'too full to handle more passengers at this moment'. We arrived here at around 3pm and there was a HUGE line of guests in the normal line. We knew that this was going to be different then our experience from Fort Lauderdale.
Waited for about 30 minutes we where let into the terminal building, but not before we went through the scanner and everything. From here on out the checkin process was smooth. Nobody was in the suites line in the terminal and our creditcard was swiped and sea-passes given in the blink of an eye, and off to the ship we went. I think we must have been aboard at around 3.45pm.
On board we checked our room right away and it didn't seemed to be cleaned very well, which is odd for a OS room. Nevertheless we started exploring this big and great room.
It didn't take a long time before we where done and where about to check on our dinning table. Once we left our room we bumped into our stateroom attended. He apologised for the 'messiness' and explained that this was his first day on the job (oh boy ...). He promised all would be fine.
Checked the dinning room (table 449), found our table and made our way wondering through the ship. Later that afternoon we set for drink in Cloud 9, which was the DP/Suite lounge and met our lovely concierge (Silvia).
Dinner the first night and meeting our waiter (Alifton), head waiter (Donald) and assistant waiter (Lally) was great! Such a dedication to serve us throughout this cruise. Once back in our room turndown service was provided ... but the room ... it didn't looked clean.
Day 2 - St. Thomas
Leaving the ship to stroll around Charlotte and booked a last minute island tour by one of the people offering it on the streets (20 USD pp, nothing special). Once back in the room at 2pm we noticed that our bed wasn't made and that the room wasn't cleaned yet ... OK, this is starting to be annoying.
We brought the issue to Silvia attention that afternoon in the Concierge Room. All would be taken care off and indeed that night our bed was made ... but still ... cleaned? No not really. The shower still looked somewhat dirty and the flooring around the bed wasn't vacuumed.
This was also the day we met Ligia, the bartender at the Champagne Bar. We spent most of our afternoons there before the Concierge Room opened (5pm). She is a lovely girl and at the end of the cruise we rewarded her with our WOW card.
Day 3 - St. Kitts
Got up early again and the the Caribbean Cooks tour. Lovely tour of the Fairview Greathouse and a lovely lunch cooked by the chef. Back on the ship we bumped into someone who claimed to be our stateroom attended. The one attending our stateroom the other day got 'sick'. I wonder ...
At that moment we also met the Deck supervisor (Paula) who explained all of the problems and apologised for the situation. Later that night Silvia offered to comp us for Portofino later that week which we accepted.
Day 4 - Cruising
Did not that much. Laying around in the sun, swim, had some cocktails had dinner. Just enjoying ourselves to the max :-) Oh! we had a wine tasting. Apparently when Adventure sailed in Europe the wine tasting was on the last sea day ... where on the caribbean itinerary its on the first.
Most people showed up, not all of them though and they would do it again on the last day.
The wine tasting was OK. Didn't pick up a lot of new information, but the wines where fine (all wines from the house of Rothschild).
We also skipped dinner in the main dining room and went to Portofino's. And men was that good! I had the tuna and had it done 'as raw as possible ... and it was seared to perfection!
Day 5 & 6 - Aruba & Curacao
The ports for which we booked this cruise and boy did we enjoyed our days there. We shopped, we snorkelled, we wondered and amazed.
One thing that really struck us as dutchies ... all those people who buy Gouda Cheese on Aruba! Boxes ... hundreds of them ... I still can't get my head around it why they love it so much ...
We went to see the ice show on day 6 which was a great show to see. Too bad they kept the theater open ever after the show started so people kept running in and out and looking for seats throughout the show. RCCL should close it down when the show starts.
Day 7 - Cruising
The weather was a bit rainy in the morning, but luckily we filled our time with a indoor 'tour of the house', also called the All Access Backstage Tour. Saw the bridge, Studio B, the Lyric theater, the laundry room, enging control room and the galley. What a work all those dedicated people but into their work to deliver us a 7 days cruise. For those who never did the tour, I suggest it highly!
And on this last night we once again found ourself in Portofino. This night I had the Frutti di mare and men was it good!
And so comes a 7 nights cruise to an end. ...
Day 8 - Disembarkation day
Our lounge for disembarkation was Portofino's. We went there and despite of a long wait Silvia never showed up, nor nobody was able to reach her to ask what our departure time would be. Some of our fellow cruisers decided to proceed to deck 4 themselves and so did we. Here we where let of the ship directly with no wait in the terminal for our luggage nor customs.
Needles to say it was a lovely cruise, and we will be looking forward to our next one.