Our First Transatlantic Cruise: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by glynandkath

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Our First Transatlantic Cruise

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: San Juan
We travelled Malaga/Madrid/Miami/San Juan to join Adventure of the Seas. The flight from Madrid on Iberia was delayed 1 hour so we missed our connection in Miami. On arrival we were met American Airlines staff who had rebooked us on a later flight, however the transit at Miami was appalling, it took a full 2 hours to clear immigration, collect baggage, clear customs, hand the luggage on to American Airlines, go through security and get to the gate just in time to hear our name being called for the flight as it had already boarded. A totally stressful experience. Anyway enough of that

After 2 nights in San Juan we boarded Adventure of the Seas, we arrived at the port at 1100 and waited in line 15 minutes to drop of baggage then another 15 minute to check in and followed by a 30 minute wait we boarded at 1200.

This was our 4th time on AOS and she is in really good condition, we saw no signs of wear and tear and there were staff constantly cleaning. Our balcony cabin More was ready promptly at 1330 and was clean and comfortable, and well cared for our throughout the 13 night Cruise by Cirrus our stateroom attendant.

We were allocated a very nice table in the Dining Room next to the window and our table companions were good company. Our Waiters Salem and Jesus worked hard to ensure we enjoyed the Dining experience. With regard to the food, although we couldn't put our fingers on why, we felt that although it was good it was not as good as on previous cruises but this may just be compliancy as the menu remains virtually the same from cruise to cruise. For the first time ever we dined on 3 evenings in the Windjammer and were pleasantly surprised, the food was good, varied and hot. We had some great steaks in there. There were always plenty of waiters on hand for drinks etc. Which made a very pleasant dining experience; we shall certainly be doing this again on future cruises.

Lunch on seas days we used the Main Dining Room, the Bistro Menu was excellent and there was an extensive Salad Buffet to compliment the meal. We felt that this was far better option than the Windjammer which was usually very crowded at Lunch time.

We usually took breakfast the Main Dining Room where we were able to use the Diamond Area this was also good, however if you are in a hurry this was not the place to go for breakfast, we didn't once get out in under an hour. We did however enjoy our breakfasts and the company of other passengers who were seated with us and after all with 6 full days at sea did it really matter how long it took to have breakfast.

With regard to on board entertainment we enjoyed the Daily Trivia but didn't participate in much else although there were plenty of organised activities if you wanted them. We are not really Show people so we didn't go to any of the Stage Shows on board so I am unable to comment on their content.

The Cruise Critic Group was excellent and we joined in Slot Pull, a Progressive Poker hand and a Golf Tournament. A big thanks to those people who organised these events.

This was our first transatlantic cruise and certainly won't be our last, the 6 sea days were just wonderful a chance to totally relax.

We had been to all the ports of call before so didn't take up any excursions, however we have decided we would like to see more of Madeira and will be looking for an excursion there when we do the Westbound Transatlantic on AOS in November

Disembarkation in Malaga was well organised and efficient we left the ship at 0810 and by 0830 had collected our luggage and on our way home.

A really good cruise and we can't wait to do it westbound in November. Less

Published 05/05/12

Cabin review: 7542

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