We just returned from our spring break cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas (AOS). We were on the 7-night Southern Caribbean itinerary that included the following ports: St. Croix, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. We sailed out of San Juan Puerto Rico. This was our first time in San Juan and our first time at any of these ports of call.
First let me say that we loved the AOS! For us (mom, dad, 15 yr old daughter and 13 yr old son), the size of the ship was great. Not too big, not too small. We are used to smaller ships (Disney ships and Royal's Majesty & Legend of the Seas), so this was a step up size-wise for us.
I have read a lot of negative reviews about Pan American pier in San Juan and their check in process. We had a very pleasant experience. We arrived late (around 3pm) on purpose as we were hiking in El Yunque earlier in the day. I think we waited 30 minutes to check our bags, 15 minutes to get through security and had NO WAIT at all to check in! Crown & Anchor members had a separate line to wait in and we sailed right on through (pardon the pun). Granted, it's not a pretty port (not like Port Canaveral), but it served its purpose. I wasn't there to sight see at the port....
We stayed in cabin 7650, a Superior Oceanview with Balcony. It was a port side cabin located mid/aft (more aft). We loved the balcony and am very glad we had it. It would have been tight quarters without it! The room had a great view, was quiet, and the location was perfect where we barely felt any ship movement.
As far as the ports are concerned - they were great!!!! We only did one excursion with the ship. Otherwise we either did stuff on our own or with private tour companies. Highly recommend Cosol's island tour in St. Lucia and Eli's Eco Tour in Antigua!!!!
My kids did not participate in the teen programs. Not for any reason other than they would just prefer to hang out with us. So, unfortunately, I cannot review those programs. From what I saw on their daily compass, the activities seemed fun. There weren't any teen-specific excursions, which I think would definitely be an added value to the itinerary.
Overall, we had am absolutely wonderful experience with the Adventure of the Seas. We would love to sail with her again on the 2nd portion of her itinerary to Aruba!!!