Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Sand seeker: Great itinerary - good ship
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Great itinerary - good ship
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We cruised on RC Adventure Sailing January 16-23, 2011 from Puerto Rico round trip to Curacao, Aruba, Dominica and St. Thomas. My husband and I had a balcony room 6522 and our sons (21 & 17) had an inside stateroom 6523 directly across the hall. This was our first time on the Adventure, although I have been on a similar voyager class ship, the Navigator of the Seas, a year prior. The two ships have the same layout. The Adventure has athletic attractions teenagers like, such as the rock climbing wall, basketball/volleyball court, 9 hole mini golf, in-line skating track in addition to the pools, kids water slide, ice skating rink and jogging track. The ship itself could use some cosmetic touch up. The vanish was peeling off the wood railing lining the balcony rooms on deck 6 and the ship itself could be repainted in places. But overall the Adventure is a nice ship.
The ships staff are friendly, as is expected. Our cabin stewards and diningroom waiters were very easy to get More along with and offered great service.
We eat in the Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch and have dinner in the main dining room. The food is good, although the Windjammer could offer a little more variety. Each day the same foods were offered on the buffet, with the exception of the dessert bar which was always different. Our boys grabbed pizza, croissant sandwiches, cookies and dessert in the Pomenade Cafe at all hours of the day and night. We did not use room service. And since we are happy with the food in the other areas, we do not feel the need to eat in the specialty restaurants that charge a fee.
The Promenade, indoor mall, is visually nice. There is a liquor shop, two jewelry shops, and two other shops that have clothing and souvenirs. Although I was looking for something to wear for dinner, not much clothing variety is offered. There are also two sportsbars in the Promenade in addition to a coffee bar and ice cream counter. The Cafe was really the only part of the Promenade we really used during the week.
The ship has several bars, a theater and a nightclub. The ice rink is a rarity for ships to have and so the Adventure also offers ice skating shows.
Royal Caribbean has very nice ships. But having been on another RC ship, I'd say the Adventure is just in need of a little tender loving care :) Less
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Cabin review: D36522 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
6522 - Nice balcony with two chairs and a table with a sealing patio door. Room with double bed and convertible couch/bed (couch was a little faded and worn in color). Plenty of storage draws and closet space for our needs. Appreciate lights above the bed. The bathroom shower door did not close tightly and so occasionally there was a puddle of water on the floor. Mirror and garbage container in bathroom had chipped areas. 6523 - Nice interior room with two single beds and a couch (could also be used for a bed). Although I'm not certain, there appeared to be two bunk beds which could be pulled down from the ceiling. Interior room was slightly smaller than the balcony room. Otherwise same decor and storage spaces.Read All Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (D3) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We were scheduled to visit Trafalgar Falls, but on the morning we were there the viewing platform reportedly collapsed and the road to the falls was closed off. So instead Levi and Martin decided to take guests to the southern tip of the island to get the most out of our tour. The view from Scotts Head is breathtaking and the drive there was nice.
Dominica is naturally beautiful with its tropical forests. Most of the island is covered in trees and the terrain reminded me of Kauai Hawaii. Most of the beaches are covered in large round rocks. The island only has a couple sand beaches and they have black sand.
Dominica is unspoiled by the many "touristy" type businesses you see on most islands. Expect to see small family owned stores, tiny cafes and island people living a quiet life in the Caribbean. Dominica is now one of my new favorite places in the world.
Also, after seeing the extremely narrow winding roads on Dominica, I would not recommend anyone rent a car while there. Leave the driving to the locals :)
(The only thing that kept me from rating this port a 5+ was the lack of sandy beaches...otherwise it would be perfection in my book!)
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