Cruise Virgins well impressed by Adventure of the Seas: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by cruiseireland
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Cruise Virgins well impressed by Adventure of the Seas
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We soon found our stateroom and despite a somewhat stuffy smell, once the balcony door was opened the room was fine. Huge bed (two large singles pushed together and plenty of storage and an adequate ensuite promised a very comfortable trip ahead.
We dined in the MDR(main dining room) on level 4, the Vivaldi restaurant. This was formal type dining, very good waiter service. I must say that our waiters, Chetan from India and Eugenio from Panama, were excellent although the spiel about the next day's stop, from waiter and head waiter both, was a bit tedious. The food was generally excellent and was served in a 'cuisine' style, i.e. towering high but not overly generous portions. This suited us, as I like to eat early and little before bed. We dined at 6.45pm and we four shared our table with a lovely couple from Yorkshire, Beryl and Brian. This meant we caught the early show most nights except two when we dined in the Windjammer. While the food in the Windjammer was plentiful and most nights we managed to get a table to ouurselves, it could be crowded. I did not like the melamine plates and bowls but it was quite adequate. Overall the food was excellent although my wife was disappointed that there was not more, varied seafood. Eventually, we had to cut back or skip lunch to ensure we were ungry for dinner.
The entertainment on the ship was excellent. The RCCL singers and dancers were of the highest quality and the cruise director, Anthony Richards, was very slick in English and Spanish. The shows were well produced and lasted only 45-50 minutes so you did not get too much. A couple of nights the entertainment continued on the Royal Promenade with a 70s night one night, featuring a YMCA tribute etc. On three nights the acts were 'imported', a Beatles tribute band, a Gypsy Kings tribute act and , on the last night, Las Gauchos, an 'Argentinian' act with drums and boleros, very funny and entertaining. There was also a puppet show fetauring fluorescent puppets which was excellent. Well done to all the entertainers!
Service on the ship was excellent, no doubt inspired by the culture of tipping. Our stateroom attendant, Jose, was very attentive, every night a different animal shape from towels and even conjured up a maintenance man when I casually asked if he had a screwdriver to fix my bag handle. Having said that, the usually ubiqitous Jose was nowhere to be seen when I went looking for him on the lst night, after gratuities had been dispensed. I finally surprised him the next morning when I went to try and sort out our Seapass account (more later..).
Our final day at sea saw us sail very slowly back to Malaga. The ship was full but we always got sunbeds. That might be due to the fact that nearly half the passengers were Spanish and they may have thought that the weather was nice for strolling in but not warm enough for sunbathing. Got a bit burned on the last day but it could have been worse! As a regular checker of my Seapass account, I was stunned to see that I had been charged $72 for shuttle bus tickets to Palma, Majorca and $20 for minibar charges which we had studiously avoided using. To get this rectified took 6 trips to Guest Relations, 4 that evening and 2 the next morning. At last it was fixed up to an amount that tallied with my own reckoning.
Disembarkation was almost as smooth as embarkation had been. We had chosen a relatively late time of 8.30 to 9.00 for our preferred time of disembarkation but were allocated 8.00am. The night before, we had to leave our luggage outside the stateroom to be retrieved in the terminal. This went very smoothly.
I had worried about getting a taxi from the port to the airport and had pre-booked a transfer but I had failed to phone them 24 hrs in advance. So, when I rang them at 8.00 on the last morning, I was told no one was available to do the pick up! I need not have worried. There were loads of taxis outside the terminal and the driver had no trouble stuffing our luggage and us into a Seat Leon! The fare to the airport was only €30. Lesson learned.
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise experience. Drink onboard seemed quite expensive, being charged in dollars doesn't help.
Having gotten the first cruise over, the next time I will pay more attention to the itinerary. It is a lovely way to travel. On the downside, I don't like the constant nibbling of Royal Caribbean in terms of service charges for drinks, for the wine package we bought which went from $180 to $221 when they added IVA and 'service charge', not to mention the prices of their excursions. There was also the mix up with my Seapass account! We had company with us and we met a lovely English couple at dinner. Had we not, then there would have been few English speakers to socialise with as half the passengers were Spanish.
We will definitely consider another cruise with Royal Caribbean. Less
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