Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Roonedit
- Sail Date: February 2013
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Junior Suite
There was a huge contingent from Puerto Rico on board, as well as Canada. Americans, it would seem, were in the minority on this cruise.
Now, the not so good. This ship is old. The paint is old, the rooms are old, the carpets are old, the windows are old (and hazy), the bathrooms are old, the pools are old and the technology is VERY old. From old smells, to beat up furniture this ship is way overdue for a do-over. 2015 (when I was told she is being overhauled) is way too far away. I would say overall reasonably clean, but outdated, outmoded and very worn. Rust and corrosion of fixtures is apparent, there are stains and frayed fabrics, carpet and draperies. I even spoke to one of the recently reassigned salespeople when booking another cruise and she was astounded at how beat up the boat was.
And... The ugly. One of the folks in my party had roaches - yes, roaches - in his room. RCL dealt with it, but, still... Also, the smoking. Holy Crap. When last on this boat in 2011, you had to work to find a smoking area. Now, it is EVERYWHERE. If your cabin is on the port side, you will smell smoke 24/7, because one of the dozen smoking areas is Deck 11, port side. Smoking on Deck 4, smoking in the casino, etc etc. There is no escaping the smoking. Nearly everywhere you walk it is in your face. The casino chimneys up onto the entire promenade on Deck 5. Walking into dinner or looking at photos on Deck 4 is an assault of cigarettes. If you walk out of Deck 11 port side (right below the running track, BTW) it is a gauntlet of smoking. Families with children or people with asthma, beware. That is a big problem. (Don't really want to go so far as to say ban smoking but shrink the areas and put them in more appropriate places)
So in summary, keep the employees, keep the food and drink coming, fix the boat - really fix the boat, and get rid of the multitudes of smokers.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
San JuanRegarding day before/after embarkation: Avoid El San Juan Resort in Carolina. What a dump. Beachfront and pools, (beach chairs are 10 bucks even as a guest on their property) but bad slow expensive service with a really bad, dirty outdated room in a ghetto neighborhood. Unless you like cockfights - yes, you read right - its just across the street in a cockfight stadium. Everyone knows that only the finest of folks attend. The best part - El San Juan trolls negative reviews, so they then flood sites with fake over-the-top positive infomercial-like reviews. One thing - they DO have Brother Jimmys Restaurant (based in NYC) and it was awesome.View All 3,092 San Juan Cruise Port Reviews
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