Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by IGPG
- Sail Date: August 2005
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
I would highly recommend filling out all of the pre-boarding documents online. Check in was a breeze!! We landed in San Juan at about 12:00pm and were greeting in baggage claim by a RCCL representative. (We paid for the transfers) We got our luggage and went to a line where we met the reps and headed off to our bus. Along the way, there was a truck that took our luggage to the cruise ship. We got to the port and saw a line that said "Set Sail Pass". This is where you go when you fill everything out online. We were onboard in less than 15 minutes.
The ship...words cannot even describe it. Gorgeous, huge, wonderful. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we went to the spa to make our appointments (only one day at sea, so we had to do this as soon as we got on board). Then we went to Portofino's to make our reservations. We asked the maitre d' when "Caribbean" night was because we remembered from our last cruise that we were not crazy about the dining room food that night. She told us and we made our reservations for that night. Then we went to the Windjammer to have some lunch.
Overall, the food was very good. Portofino's though...beyond excellent. We are from NYC and have eaten at many fine restaurants. This place blew us away! The food, the service, everything...completely wonderful and totally worth the $20 per person cover charge.
Islands - Day one was boarding. Day two was St. Thomas. We did the BOB excursion. Holy cow...that was amazing! We would definitely do it again. Excellent and worth the $99 per person. Day three was St. Maarten. We decided to do this one on our own. Big mistake. We figured the French side would be nice. It was gross. Run down and dirty and not worth the time. We had lunch at this place called "La Vie de Rose". Pretty good, but we still wanted to leave. We took a cab back to the Dutch side which looked so much nicer. Next time we would do a snorkeling excursion there or beach type thing. The shopping was so good on the Dutch side. Day four was Antigua. Nice island. We got a cab and went to Dickenson's Bay. Nice clean beach, quiet and the locals didn't harass you to buy their stuff. Day five was St. Lucia. Oh how we regret getting off the boat! Awful island. We booked a tour...Land and Sea to Sufriere. What a waste of money and time. The island is gross and the tour took us through the most dilapidated parts of the island and every time the bus stopped to let us off to look around, we were accosted by the locals. The volcano was boring and not as cool as we thought it would be. They don't actually drive you through the rain forest...just near it and then that is it. The lunch at this plantation was bad...undercooked chicken, bad choices. Then the tour goes to a boat where you can swim. Well, the charming locals once again accosted us, but this time they follow you into the water!!! Yes, right up to you without any cares! The whole day I felt like we were in a Sally Struthers commercial with the barefoot dirty children begging for money. Day six was Barbados. Being that we had a miserable experience the day before, we were very worried that our 5 star catamaran lunch cruise and snorkel/swim with turtles would be a bust. It was also like $80 per person. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. It is a beautiful island and the people were so nice and not intrusive. The tour was excellent and would definitely recommend it. The staff was wonderful. The most amazing snorkeling. Very nice day. The port is nice too where the ship docks.
Day seven was at sea. It was nice to relax. The ship is really wonderful. Our room (balcony) was immaculate and very spacious. Our honeymoon the year before was to Italy for 2 weeks. Of course we loved it, but this was such a nice relaxing vacation.
We did a tour on day eight (disembarkation day). The disembarkation as was easy as day one. Very quick and very efficient. RCCL really has this all running very smoothly. No problems whatsoever. We went to the Old San Juan walking tour. Again, unimpressed, but the tour wasn't what we thought it would be. We liked old San Juan, but we didn't see it. The tour leader was horrible. It was hot. She only took us to see forts. BORING!! Then we had to use the restroom. She didn't know where any were!! How is it that you tell us to drink water and we are walking around for 3 hours and you don't have any idea where the bathrooms are? We had to go...bad!! We found a restaurant along the walk that we decided to go to. She said she would wait for us at the corner. We got out and she and the group were gone!!! We were running all over until we saw someone who told us they went inside a church. It was about 115 degrees in there and they were in the middle of Sunday services. She kept on talking!! How rude! I couldn't believe it. We finally got on the bus and headed to the airport. Check in was very easy and then we ate lunch (we were starving after that 3 hour walk from hell). The flights coming and going were great too.
All in all it was a fantastic vacation and would definitely do it again. RCCL is amazing!! Definitely a wonderful vacation!
Shows we saw - DO NOT MISS the Ice Show. Oh my god. So incredible. We saw some other show and some of the singers weren't very good. The dancers were very good, but the singing leaves something to be desired. I could probably do better!
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