Sail Date: August 2015
Having sailed on Oasis last year and Freedom 2 years ago, I was concerned to drop "down" to Adventure, but wanted to see some new destinations that requires starting at a place further south. Well it was good for me to remember ... Read More
Having sailed on Oasis last year and Freedom 2 years ago, I was concerned to drop "down" to Adventure, but wanted to see some new destinations that requires starting at a place further south. Well it was good for me to remember what is most important on a cruise, service and the stops. Because the ship is a bit older, excellent price too, and flying from Michigan to Puerto Rico was much easier than I thought. 2 hours to Atlanta, 3 hours to Puerto Rico, good connections and the airport to cruise ship a $30 cab ride for six people, 15 minutes, easy. My only regret was not staying a couple of days in Puerto Rico before or after the cruise. Embarkment easy, don't be afraid of the lines, they move fast. The ship is fine, easy to navigate, lots to do, just needs updated colors and art. Well I don't really understand art on cruise ships anyway, would prefer large photographs of the places we are stopping at for inspiration than the stuff called art on the walls. I digress. Had an aft cabin, which we like, especially when sailing away from islands, beautiful sunsets with a bottle of champagne. We had rooms 7388, 7390 and 7392 hoping we could open the balconies up, you can't, glass inserts. The junior suite was not much better than the regular room. The end corner room had the smallest shower ever, but the best balcony catching breezes the others could not. I imagine this is true on all aft floors, shoot for the corner rooms on either side, who cares about the space inside. Room service speedy though offerings minimal. And the dining on the ship was the best part about this ship. The main dining room is beautiful, elegant and stately. Loved it. Our service was impeccable, especially Mr. G (Natish) who made the experience wonderful. This is our 10th cruise, and the dining service on the Adventure was the best. Enjoyed a meal at Giovani's. We went night 2 and even though a formal night, the menu was less than formal in main dining room so I would recommend this night for Giovannis. The tenderloin was fantastic. We also did the murder mystery, which unfortunately did not meet our expectation, but we have done murder mystery dinner shows in the past. If you have never done one, you will likely enjoy it as those around us did, unlimited wine and a simple show with some laughs, but it is put on by the dance troop, not professional actors. The ladies did fine, the men seemed irritated to even be in the show, even snapping at the crowd a couple of times to be quiet,and that wasn't part of the show. Had the mexican lunch there too on Friday, I would skip that even though it was only $12. The main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner is what I would suggest anytime you can. Windjammer was fine, but why only one salad bar at the front? We normally enjoy the upgraded dining experiences, but our meals and service were so wonderful in the main dining room, that one night at Giovanni's was all we should have ordered. You go on this cruise for the ports of call. I have reviewed excursions in trip advisor, but here is a run down. St Croix is safe, easy on/off. We enjoyed our GEKKO ATV tour, not through the ship, easy and at the end, stayed at the Rhythms beach bar. $20 for 2 loungers and an umbrella. You can see the ship, so you are not worried about getting back, 5 minute cab ride, plenty of cabs. In fact one of the BEST parts about AOS is we were the only ship in port at every stop, so we never had a problem reserving chairs or beach space. We did Rhino riders at St Maarten, which was fun, but having been to this port twice, I just really like the beach here, so easy to get to from the ship, a water taxi ride for 10 minutes, then pick your chair. Yes, there are vendors, and I had one of the best beach chair (ok the only) massages in my life for $30. Beers, food right behind you on the boardwalk, beautiful water and sand, really enjoyed the beach and St Maartin also very safe. Antigua was next and we zip lined. It was fun and fine but we originally had a catamaran private yacht here that had engine problem. From the sea, antigua is beautiful so I would highly recommend a boating excursion. Both Antigue and Barbados on land are crowded and for me, creepy, did not feel safe off the boat. I am adventurous with activity but not in mingling. Get the catamaran and head to beautiful beaches away from the city. St Lucia was my FAVORITE and LOVED JOE KNOWS tours. Off the boat, they are waiting for you and walk 200 feet and you are on their excursion. Read about it in Trip Advisor from wysfam and you can get the whole scoop. Amazing day with wonderful people and NOT crowded cruise ship excursion. Hung out at the beach in Barbados which was fine, but hot and crowded and we were only ship in port. Should have found private catamaran here too. But loved seeing the variety of islands we never saw on the big ships, another reason AOS special. While I thought the dancers not great at putting on murder mystery, the dancing shows on board were some of the best I have seen. The two production shows worth seeing, the main acts were fine. The cruise director was fine. I loved how the Captain kept a sense of humor and it was clear the AOS crew is a family, nice job, that made me want to return. Excellent cruise because of the overall combination of price, stops and especially dining service. Just don't be a snob on the entertainment or room decor, and you will have a 5 star experience too. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I have cruised many times on Celebrity, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Of all the cruises this was the worst. Sad to say that the food on Carnival was better than the food on this ship. The waiter was awesome the quality of the food was ... Read More
I have cruised many times on Celebrity, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Of all the cruises this was the worst. Sad to say that the food on Carnival was better than the food on this ship. The waiter was awesome the quality of the food was not so very good at all. On one night they served Chicken Cordon Bleu. This was the worst thing that I have ever seen given to the guest on any ship. It was very hard and crispy, and when they were cut open, nothing oozed out. It was hard as a rock. It is sad to say, but on both Royal Caribbean cruise ships that I sailed on, the food was not very good at all. This is wrong to the guest because we pay a lot of money for the cabins. I purchased a Junior Suite. I am kind of turned off from Royal Caribbean. The food on board these ships don't seem to be prepared on board anymore. For the money that I pay to cruise, maybe I am better off booking a vacation at an all inclusive hotel somewhere in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Just got back August 22nd from our cruise. Did many cruises with royal Caribbean and celebrity. Was a little weary reading the not so good reviews before we left but we had a great time on a great ship. Food was fabulous and our waiter ... Read More
Just got back August 22nd from our cruise. Did many cruises with royal Caribbean and celebrity. Was a little weary reading the not so good reviews before we left but we had a great time on a great ship. Food was fabulous and our waiter John from st Lucia was the best. Our room was well taken care of. The shows were clean and great. Laughed a lot. Did three tours with royal Caribbean and one on our own with James Tours in st Lucia. James was fabulous. Saw so much in st Lucia. Highly recommend James. Would go on this ship again and do the same islands. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Last year we sailed on the Adventure of the Seas last year to Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The cruise was wonderful, the staff was wonderful, the food was great and it was one of the best cruises we've been on. This was ... Read More
Last year we sailed on the Adventure of the Seas last year to Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The cruise was wonderful, the staff was wonderful, the food was great and it was one of the best cruises we've been on. This was our 16 cruise. The ship was not too big, it was just right. Yes, it could use some updating, but it was immaculate. We loved this ship so much we are returning to sail on the Adventure of the Seas again going to St. Martin, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and Antigua. I hate people who belittle the staff and complain and complain. They're looking for a freebie. Sometimes things go wrong, give them a chance to correct it. People like these make it bad for people like us. We very much look forward to our cruise this August. Can't wait to get to Puerto Rico!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Sailed out of San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. Best place was Aruba, would love to move there, best beaches, Eagle and Palm Beaches. Great food and waiters, Evan and Don, and excellent condition of the ship. Quick ... Read More
Sailed out of San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao. Best place was Aruba, would love to move there, best beaches, Eagle and Palm Beaches. Great food and waiters, Evan and Don, and excellent condition of the ship. Quick embarkation and disembarking. San Juan looks like a prison city, burglar bars on everything, even high rise apartments. I must compliment the outstanding medical care on this ship. My wife injured her leg in St. Kitts and the medical staff gave excellent service with x-rays and antibiotics and twice a day bandage dressing. When taken to our local doctor at home, she said she would have done all the same things and praised the medical staff. If you take a tour in Aruba make sure it is the KOOKAKANU trip to Palm Beach. Very funny drivers and includes an island tour. Hope to never have to travel through San Juan again. The entertainment for this cruise was fine but was mostly crew type shows, only two outside entertainers but they were very funny and kept the crowd going during their shows. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
This is our 9th cruise (have previously cruised with Carnival, Princess and Celebrity). The ship itself is in excellent condition. While it does show a bit of wear in a few spots, overall it is very well maintained, super clean. ... Read More
This is our 9th cruise (have previously cruised with Carnival, Princess and Celebrity). The ship itself is in excellent condition. While it does show a bit of wear in a few spots, overall it is very well maintained, super clean. Embarkation was a breeze. We used the cruise line transfers to and from the ship and were very happy. Fast , efficient, comfortable. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8. The cabin had plenty of space. Well designed storage. The balcony was a bit smaller than the ones we have had on Princess, but it was fine for the 2 of us. I love having morning coffee and danish on the balcony- a great way to start the day. Really liked the design of the ship. Easy to navigate. excellent interactive electronic signage. Never got lost ob board. The staff were wonderful. Our cabin steward did a great job taking care of us and the cabin. The waiters in the Strauss dining room- second seating- were some of the best we ever had. The pace of dinner was just right. We had breakfast one day in the dining room, it was very good. The windjammer cafe was good. Nice variety. Never overcrowded. Our only criticism is the salad choices could be expanded. Romaine salad was good, but needed more variety. Lunches were a bit repetitive. Breakfast was good Compared to the other cruises that we have taken, RC did the best job with entertainment. Lots of things to do. Good production shows. Debarkation was organized and smooth. When you get off to claim your luggage, get a porter. Makes the process faster and easier. We had stops in St Thomas ( Sailing with captain max- very nice) , St Kitts (Day pass Mariott), Aruba -(day pass occidental grand)and Curacao ( tour with Sand and Stillettos- great tour guide). Posted reviews on Trip advisor. Overall, an excellent cruise, would recommend it !!!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2015
It has been 9 years since we used RCCL and the changes have been significant. No more: ice in room (unless you ask), no more towel animals (only 3x per cruise) only one steward per room (no assistant), lower quality and choices of food, ... Read More
It has been 9 years since we used RCCL and the changes have been significant. No more: ice in room (unless you ask), no more towel animals (only 3x per cruise) only one steward per room (no assistant), lower quality and choices of food, charges for nearly everything, rooms smelly and unclean and dinner dress code non-existent. Adventure of the Seas is for young drinkers and was poorly designed. Dining room in the middle of the ship. Elevators only forward and center making it a hike if your stateroom was towards the aft. RCCL compares to Carnival and certainly NOT to Holland America. We received NO help on getting boarding passes for return home and we would HAVE to purchase a minimum of one days internet ($9.95) to do that The future cruise director refused to help me and I am 70% blind. Only saving point was the Irish Pub on board but they only had one draft beer because they couldn't get their other beer taps fixed. The dinner servers were great as were the bartenders at the "Duck & Dog". Otherwise it was poor example of what RCCL used to be. We will not use again. They overdid their cost cutting. WE would rather pay a bit more and get more of what a cruise line should be. Shore excursions are way overpriced and there was a very limited choice. Much better deals at the end of the docking pier. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was our 3rd cruise (all on Royal Caribbean and all on voyager class ships). We've done the eastern and western routes, but after this cruise I think the southern route is the best!! You get the best bang for your buck by being ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise (all on Royal Caribbean and all on voyager class ships). We've done the eastern and western routes, but after this cruise I think the southern route is the best!! You get the best bang for your buck by being able to experience 6 islands (if you include Puerto Rico as one of the islands) instead of the usual 3. The weather is amazing and the beaches in the southern caribbean can't be beat by any we've seen in the eastern or western routes. We took this cruise august 1-8th and did the St Maarten-st kitts-antigua (st John's)- st lucia- barbados route. Wow!!!!! We got to see so many places and tour so many islands, I would do it again in a heartbeat. That being said, if you prefer to experience the cruise boat, this might not be the route for you, as we were very tired at te end of the day and struggled to stay awake for dinner and shows. we definitely had no energy to drink (so count me in for a vote against the drink package on this route). You can always stay on the boat during the day, but a lot of things are closed (shops and casino). There are still activities scheduled during the day though, but not a lot of people stay on the ship. We didn't even see many people the whole week until the last day, which was at sea. I absolutely cannot believe anybody would complain about this ship being old, dirty or in disrepair. You really have to be a picky person to even try to come up with reasons to complain about it. I saw zero worn out carpet, no light fixtures hanging from walls or ceilings or anything else people have complained about. But if I did, I probably wouldn't have cared to be honest; those things are minor in my book. Yes, the bedroom furniture is dated and well used...who cares! I wasn't expecting 5 star accommodations nor was I expecting them to replace the furniture so it always looks brand new. It's a ship, it's in the humid weather and it's used by thousands of people every year, it's not going to be perfect, and we didn't need it to be. Some people on our ship also complained about cracked and broken elevator buttons, and in hindsight while I did notice these, it never occurred to me to be bothered by it. Things will get broken, and it's going to be like any other corporation with a process of paperwork and reporting to get new parts, add in the fact that they have to wait until the part gets delivered and the ship is in port to accept delivery...well, you have to expect some things not to get fixed right away. Again, it did not detract from how beautiful and well kept the ship was in general. And if you happen to drive through any of the ports you visit and see how the locals live; homes that are falling apart, leaking roofs, doors that don't close all the way, one room shacks etc, you'd have to be pretty self absorbed to get back on the ship and not be incredibly thankful for what you have, regardless of how much money you paid for your cruise or what you expect to get for that cost. If you can complain about what you don't have after seeing how good you have it, well..that's another topic entirely I suppose. But we were beyond happy with the ship and what it offered. The room, while dated, was extremely clean and well kept and we had no mold or rust in our shower. We had a promenade room (7283) and did find it to be less humid than the balconies we have had before, this was a plus for us (and may also account for the reports of mold and rust in some rooms and not in others). We spent so little time in the room that having a balcony on this route, to me, would have been a complete waste of money. The promenade room loses its appeal after day 2, and it seemed pretty much every promenade room kept the shades closed for the entire duration of the trip after the first day or two. It's fun to see onto the promenade, but again, not really necessary to pay the extra cost for the promenade over a regular inside room. The inside rooms have more floor space because they are able to put the bed against the wall, whereas in a promenade you have very little walking space and very little floor space because the bed has to be placed against the middle of the wall. If price is equal, a promenade is fun, but if not, I'd get a regular inside room next time. We did see a few shows and they were fun. Nothing spectacular, somewhat cheesy even, but fun nonetheless. Again, our main activities were off the ship and by evening we were just ready to eat and sleep and start over. The food in the dining room was good. Service was extremely slow; dinner took 2 hours every night even if we said we wanted to get out before 10, it never happened. If we wanted to skip a course they insisted we eat it anyway. They just wanted us to experience the food and enjoy ourselves and it was all done in niceness, but sometimes we just didn't want to stay there all night (but we did anyway). We had 8:30 traditional seating which worked out well for getting back to the ship late and having time to shower for dinner. But, because it was such a long dinner, it was a struggle to get through because we were tired. If it were up to me I would have eaten in the buffet for dinner every night. We usually had a snack there before dinner every night and did eat there one night for our full dinner; the food selection is great. The same things that are on the dining room menu can be found here as well as even more food options, and the food is hotter and you can eat at your own pace instead of waiting for everyone else to finish each course and then wait another forever for the waiter to come back. Our waiter was great, very friendly and attentive, but I did find that he paid special attention to smaller children (joking around with them, remembering their favorite foods, bringing them extra desserts for fun) while teenagers were pretty invisible. We had a 5 year old, 8 year old and 13 year old with us and the 13 year old was completely ignored the whole time. She was served and they were polite to her, but she felt left out. Formal night was a mix of formal and casual. Despite what it seems like from reading cruise critic, the majority of passengers mind their own business and don't care what anyone else is wearing. You can dress nicely for formal night without going all out and it's just fine, or you can wear a ball gown if you want (although it does seem the southern route has a more relaxed "island" feel to it and nobody was dressed to the 9's for formal night- there's just not time to get ready and everyone is tired and too busy having fun to worry about how they look). Wear what you want. A sun dress is fine for girls and khakis and a polo perfectly acceptable for guys. People did wear suits and fancier dresses, but not as many as you'd see on the other routes. On regular nights some people wore shorts and nobody got turned away and nobody cared. Everyone on the ship was respectful and well behaved (children, teens and adults alike). The atmosphere was great, and everyone there had traveled far and paid good money to be there. While some teens ran around in large groups on the ship, they were respectful and well behaved. No overly rowdy, over-served-at-the-bar-adults either. Our meet and mingle only had 6 people show up and the cruise staff seemed disappointed in that. It was at 5pm, very soon after "all-aboard" on a port day and I can see how it would be difficult to show up to. I forced myself to go, and didn't have time to get dressed properly beforehand. Tino did a great job and had a fun personality and we appreciated the chance to meet other cruise critic members even though most of them were no shows. The ones who were there were friendly and it was nice to meet them. The weather reports for the week showed clouds and rain expected every day in all 5 ports, but I'm happy to say we experienced perfect sunny weather the whole time. I didn't even find it any more humid than the eastern or western ports during winter months (but that could be because I spent most of my time in the water). I was happy that it was warm enough at night to be on Te pool deck without wearing a sweatshirt like I've had to on other routes. If seasickness is an issue for you, this could be a good route because you spend very little time on the ship, the seas are calm and they basically float from one island to the other (it takes about 2 hours in reality to get from one port to the other, so they sail at about 7 knots as opposed to 20 on other routes and I wouldn't be surprised if they just drift for most of the night). Overall, this was one of the best vacations I've ever taken. The southern islands are beautiful as is the weather. The beaches are gorgeous and the islands unspoiled of touristy things for the most part (except st maarten which is extremely touristy). Prices in most of them will still be high at tourist shops and beach bars and don't expect great deals on anything. Cabs can be negotiated when you're the only ship in port because they are competing for business and many cab drivers end up with nobody to drive anywhere because there are fewer passengers. However, some will try to charge you more money to make up for the fewer passengers they can make money from. $7/person each way seemed to be typical but you could negotiate an island tour for a few more dollars than your standard taxi fare and make it a great deal. St Maarten: We walked from the cruise port to back street (the street behind the main shopping area) so we could take a $2/cab to the beach instead of paying the $7 water taxi and another $7 cab fare. It ended up being a waste because buses don't go to orient beach and while we did find a bus who was willing to drive off course and take us there anyway, it only saved us $2/person from taking a taxi. We were there on a Sunday and were the only ship in port and many shops were closed. There were zero good deals to be had; liquor was selling for almost the same as at home (for example Cruzan rum at home is $16 and it sold for $14 on the island). T-shirts were a good deal, and that was about it. Also, orient beach is the least nice beach you'll see all week. It's not a bad beach, but it's not the prettiest either, rough water, no visibility for snorkeling and the beach is full of seaweed and crowded with umbrellas and loungers that weren't even being used. We put our towels on the sand for free and were just fine. Beach vendors will still try to charge you full price ($20-$25) for a lounger right up to the last hour of your stay. St. Kitts: We negotiated with a taxi driver to take 6 of us to brimstone fortress, the batik factory and then to the beach. He even stopped along the way at good picture taking spots for us. We paid him $80 total (before tip) and he stayed with us the whole day. We planned to go to Cockleshell beach but he suggested Carambola beach club (which is on south Friars beach) and said it was better and that if we didn't like it we didn't have to pay him. It was a beautiful beach! Prices for food are sky high but they make delicious piƱa coladas. Antigua: Paid $7/person each way to go to Valley Church beach and it was definitely the prettiest beach of all the islands! Again, food and drinks are expensive, but the water is the most turquoise blue you'll ever see and the locals are some of the friendliest and least pushy. St Lucia: we did a tour with Cosol's and highly recommend it. You see so many things and they are the most professional company we encountered. They take pride in their work and take great care of you and even make their rum punch with fresh squeezed juice and fresh spices. Be forewarned there will be little if any time for shopping at the end as the tour cuts right up to 4 o'clock ( a half hour before all aboard time). Stop at the spice market for $1-$2 bags of fresh whole nutmeg, cloves, vanilla beans, saffron, cumin etc. They grow on the island and other islands buy their spices from st lucia. It's the best deal you'll find on a souvenir anywhere. Barbados: we went to the boatyard. The water is as clear as a swimming pool and there are really unique looking fish to see when snorkeling within the swimming ropes. If you want to see the turtles, go early when they feed them in the morning, or you will be disappointed and may not see any later in the day. You can swim out on your own or pay $20/person to take a boat. We negotiated a boat for about $13/person and they cut our time short and we only saw one turtle and felt we wasted our money. The boatyard drives you back to the boat and gives you one free drink for the $15 entrance fee. There is no food credit for cruise passengers. This is also where the discrepancy of $15 vs $20 entrance fee comes in. $20 is for land vacationers and they are also the ones who get the food credit. Overall, it was worth the $15 to get in and use the loungers and shuttle and get the free drink. It costs $5 to take a taxi there. Great trip, will do it again someday and would choose this route over an eastern or western anyday! 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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
I used this website more than anything during booking our cruise. I was very stuck between going with Royal or Carnival and I am so glad I went with Royal! We also chose this cruise because of the itinerary: 5 islands in 7 days. This was a ... Read More
I used this website more than anything during booking our cruise. I was very stuck between going with Royal or Carnival and I am so glad I went with Royal! We also chose this cruise because of the itinerary: 5 islands in 7 days. This was a very busy itinerary and cruise with little sleep, but we wouldn't have had it any other way! We stayed the previous night in San Juan (I was actually there a few days prior) so I had rented a car from Charlie Rent A Car, which allowed me to rent it at the airport (shuttle) and drop it off near the cruise ship (shuttle will take you to cruise port). It was cheap and gave us time to explore and avoid taxi costs. Embarkation: Our boat was not setting sail until 8 pm, but we returned our car at 10:30 am and got the shuttle from the rental place over to the cruise port. We got there at about 11 am and it was the perfect timing. We gave them out luggage and got into a short line (maybe 60 deep). Right after we arrived the lines started to get longer. We had to check in and were allowed on the boat at 11:30 am. We were not allowed into our rooms until 2 pm, but it gave us time to get lunch and walk around the whole boat and explore. Activities/Entertainment: There were too many activities to do them all unfortunately. There was a sail off party the first night on the deck by the pool, trivia, game shows, comedians, farewell show, impersonator, we did not go to the ice show. We tried to do as many activities as possible. The entertainment staff is AMAZING! Ship: The ship was small compared to some of the other cruise ships we heard people talking about. It has 14 floors. The only downfall I would say are the pools. There are two smallish pools open to everyone (another one for adults only). On our 1 Sea Day everyone was at the pools and it was so crowded that we were very glad we only had 1 At Sea Day for this reason. Because there were so many activities and places to be around the boat, at night you did not feel the crowds because everyone was dispersed. But be warned on your Sea Day, everyone will be at the pool and there will be no chairs. The Royal Promenade is a really cool feature of the boat lined with bars and a few shops. Make sure to go to the Captains Reception (the second night I believe). Tons of free champagne! We tried to go to every bar/place on the boat. We did not sign up for the drink package because of the amount of time we would at ports. Drinks are expensive! All mixed drinks start at $10 and then they add a tax and an 18% gratuity. There are daily drink specials, just each bar advertises differently so you have to search for them. Dining: The first night we ate at 6 pm at the main dining room (we had my time dining). We were placed at a 2 person table right next to the window. It could not have been more perfect. We made sure to make reservations for the rest of the week at that same table. The dining room staff were AMAZING. They even started to remember what you wanted to drink or what type of bread you like. They are there to please you! The food was also very good. Part of the menu changed every night so there was always something different to pick from. And you could also get whatever you wanted: 2 appetizers 2 desserts, etc. We did have dinner one night at the Windjammer and decided the food was better at the Main Dining room. For breakfast we ate at the Windjammer most mornings, tons of variety. Two mornings we ate at the Main Dining Room just so we could get Eggs Benedict!!! After being at port or for a late night snack you could always get food at the Cafe and/or room service. I have lived in the Caribbean before and felt very comfortable taking local busses and booking all our excursions and trips on my own. It really does save you money not booking through the cruise. St. Maarten: We took the water taxi into town for $7/pp roundtrip instead of walking. It was a very fun/quick boat ride. We then took a local bus to Maho Beach for $2/pp one way. This is a much cheaper way of transportation and very easy. Once in town you find your way to Back Street, it's the next one over from Front Street. We picked up the bus on that street (the busses are actually vans). Just look for a sign in the front of the bus saying "Maho" or "Mullet Bay" or just ask. Maho Beach was amazing. We got to watch tons of airplanes fly in over us, including the 747 from Europe. Such a unique, fun experience! We took the bus back to town (got picked up at the rotary) and walked around the boardwalk and shops. St Kitts: We had booked Tangerine Tours but he never showed up so we ended up booking a tour with one of the tour vendors right in the port area, for $20/pp, 3 hour island tour in an open tram/bus, unlimited drinks. For the price it was a great tour and a great way to see all over the island! Avoid the monkey pictures at the port, they throw the monkeys on you and tell you to take a photo then charge you $20. We did it but during our tour it was only $5. Antigua: We wanted a beach day so we decided to go to Valley Church Beach but ended up at Jolly Rogers Beach right next to it, which was even prettier! The most gorgeous beach and blue water I have ever seen! We took the local bus again $1.50/pp one way. To get the bus you need to make your way to Market Street, turn right, you will come to a huge statue, turn right at it, proceed to the gas station on the left and wait for bus 20 or 22. Locals are very nice and willing to help, you can always ask esp if a bus pulls over ask them too. Again these busses are vans. They dropped us off and we had to walk down a long road but when we got to the beach it was breath taking! We rented chairs and umbrellas for $20. We wanted to do a jet ski ride but they were expensive. They kept coming up to us and would not leave us alone. So even if you want to take a ride say no because they will not leave you alone and sort of ruined our day by bothering us every 10 minutes. We ended up taking a 20 minutes jet ski ride for $30 or $35 I think. We timed it perfectly using a cell phone and were glad we did. We came back to the beach and right away they attacked us saying we went over time, we owed $10 more now $15 more. We knew the exact time we went out and had come back 18 minutes later so we told them that and walked away. Be careful and don't get scammed out of your money that is all they want and they will try anything. It was a very sour touch to this amazing beach. St Lucia: COSOL TOURS!!!!!! A fun filled full day tour. This was our favorite island and this tour packs so much in and you get more than your money's worth!!!! Barbados: We walked into town and went to the BoatYard. For $15 a person you get entry, a free drink and transportation back to the shuttle. This is also a gorgeous beach and they have a pier with a rope swing and trampoline, etc. There is also a chance to snorkel with the turtles for $20/pp or do jet skis. But unlike Antigua they do not harass you. Very fun relaxing day! Be warned that every port you will be confronted by taxi guys and tour guys. We had our plans already set out, a lot of the time to take local busses, so we had to just power through the crowds and say no. Disembarkation: We were given our luggage tags for a later time and went to Customer Service and told them which time group we wanted to be off with (7:45 am). Getting off the boat was easy, finding luggage and getting into the customs line was a little hectic with all the people and they had not given us a customs form, so make sure you get one and fill it out before you get off the boat. Customs was a breeze and we were done. Our flight was not until 5 pm so we had rented a car for the day again from Charlie Rent A Car, so we got the shuttle over to pick up the car. We had it for the day to go to Old San Juan and it stored our luggage and was almost the same price as a taxi for 2 to the airport. We could also drop it off at the airport location so it worked out great. In Old San Juan we sparked at a very cheap parking garage and took the free trolley around to the forts. Already missing our vacation! Read Less
Adventure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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