Just back from a week long cruise on Adventure of the seas 3rd to 10th July, my husband and I took the two golden girls, our mothers in their mid 70's and our two younger! girls age 23 and 18, but this was an ideal holiday for this mix of ages as we found there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Embarkation however was not good and seemed a bit chaotic, we were all tired having driven down to Newcastle the night before from Scotland and then up at 6am for an early flight. We hired a minibus to take us to the ship at Malaga and that worked out very well.The embarkation queue took over an hour and a half we had to ask staff if our mums could sit down. When we finally got to the desk, I could see why the queue was so long, the lady was friendly but her English was poor and she appeared confused by the whole booking in system, trying to put is all in separate rooms, luckily my daughter speaks Spanish, she lived there for a year so when she came over it speeded up the process. Last year we went on Voyager from Barcelona and the booking in took minutes and we walked straight on but this was a bit of a disaster, especially as everyone was so tired. Once on, we were delighted with our rooms all next to each other and with a view of the promenade.
The food was as usual excellent although the first day at the windjammer was so busy, they kept making announcements to try to get people to eat then leave and not sit too long, we could not find a table and all had to split up just to eat breakfast. At the main dining room we had great waiters in Randalph from Jamaica and Mohammed from Tunisia, they were so nice and we enjoyed having a wee chat with them also.
The entertainment was exceptionally good and that goes throughout the day and at night, the sexy legs and belly flop competitions by the pool made everyone laugh and the night time shows were all outstanding. The Mowtown group had the whole Lyric theatre on their feet and its a big theatre! young old and middle aged in our group loved them. The show on the last night was amazing, two men from Argentina, the girls are still going on about how funny they were and it was not a comedy act they just had great interaction with the audience and the fact that it was done for both the spanish passengers and the English speaking passengers was very good. This is a new sailing out of Malaga and since it has opened up this port the majority of the passengers are Spanish, all in big family groups, we had a great time watching the world cup football qualifying matches with them. It was such an exciting atmosphere we watched it in the Lyric theatre and they get so emotional every time Spain gets possesion it was so great to be part of it, by the end we were all chanting along with them ,yes okay I'll say it first,since we are scottish it's the closest we'll get to a winning team,but even the Nan's enjoyed it and they dont like football! This ship is predominantly Spanish unlike Voyager which is more mixed nationalities. The ports were not our main consideration as we knew we would have to take it slower this time for the Nan's .
We all had a great time,although on sea days I would recomend you have breakfast early and get a lounger asap as we found sea days to be exceptionally busy around the pool.