We loved Adventure last year and wanted to sail the other ports (Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Martin & St. Croix) so our family of 3 (12-year-old daughter) booked Adventure for January 12, 2014 and we are glad we did. We love RCI for family cruises. We use their skating rinks (AOS has roller blading) and enjoy the ice show. My daughter loves the promenade, pools and ice cream cones by the pool. My husband loves the hot tub in the spa area and the Solarium is a great adult-only place to escape to once in a while. BTW: the hot tubs in the spa and solarium are hotter than the ones in the pool area.
Service was awesome, as usual. The staff on AOS is so friendly and professional. Our waiters, Jesus and Kamesha were awesome. Waylon in the Windjammer was friendly and helpful. And, our steward, Cyrus was on his last cruise until break, but worked hard until the end. He got ice and wine glasses for us and made sure the pull-out couch was comfortable for sleeping by doubling the mattress. By the way, towels did not have to be checked out any longer on this cruise. Good change, RCI! Also, it was very easy to buy wine at the port or beforehand and bring on your 2 bottles. I'm not sure anyone was really checking how many bottles you had, anyhow.
Embarkation and Disembarkation were a total pain on this cruise. It did not ruin it for us. The port in San Juan did not allow anyone in until 1 p.m. or so. Therefore, people were lined up waiting. I'd estimate it was at least an hour, if not more and we arrived around 12 noon. Once we got in the port, registration went quite fast which leads me to believe that the fault lies with the port. Not RCI. The same at Disembarkation. RCI said immigration caused delays. Our disembark time was 9:45 and by the time we exited after 10:00 and got our bags, it was almost noon when we caught our cab to the airport. Again, not a pleasant experience, but not sure the fault lies with RCI. Last year we had none of these delays or troubles at all.
The entertainment on board was hit or miss. We loved the ice show, even though it was the same as last year. The singers were much better this year. Keep them! We wasted one hour watching Wildfire, the headliner. Just too polite to leave. Even senior citizens with canes left that one early! Drew Devine, the CD, was very friendly and approachable, but he is leaving for Oasis.
The ports were great. Calabazza in Barbados is a must do! Cosol in St Lucia was good, but yes the road can be a challenge if you get carsick! BTW: we arrived at 8:28 a.m. and Cosol's 8:30 am tour had already left. He did drive us himself to catch us up, but just want you to know that you should arrive before the stated leaving time just in case. Our biggest surprise was St. Lucia. We just walked off the ship 5 minutes to the left and hung out at the beach. It was great for swimming and snorkeling. Shopping at the port wasn't bad either.