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Saturday, 2-11-06: Five of us ladies flew from Indy to Charlotte, NC to San Juan. We stayed one night at nephew's beach condo near airport. Reserved mini-van from Hertz for 24-hours. Sunday, 2-12-06 (boarding): Slept great, ate breakfast, returned mini-van, and used RCCL transfers from airport to pier around noon. Great liquor store at Pan Am pier! BUY THE BAILEY'S! (discreetly carried a small bottle on board) Boarded around 12:30pm. Nice buffet lunch in Windjammer on Deck 11. Don't forget to put shorts/swim suits in carry-on! Made reservations at spa and Portofino's. Purchased soft drink package at bar. Got in our cabin by 2pm but disappointed - no fold-out couch for 3rd person, just a fold out upper bunk with ladder. Loved the balcony! Dined on 4th floor (Strauss). Waiters were Oz and Lea - great! Purchased wine dinner package. Cabin attendant was Richard - thanks for a great job! Monday, 2-13-06 (at sea): Breakfast/lunch in Windjammer. Exploring ship. Heard that 250 people missed the ship due to snow! Lots of pool games, fun at Bingo, and dinner was great. TIP - If you get the "drink of the day" in a plain cup, it's cheaper! Tuesday, 2-14-06 (Aruba): Breakfast in Windjammer. Booked ship's catamaran/snorkel excursion - OK. Saw some colorful fish at first stop in choppy waters but declined to get in rough waves at 2nd stop. Rum punch offered on return trip was OK. TIP - canned cheese whiz squeezes out very easily underwater, the fish love it, and they will swarm all around you! Lunched in Windjammer followed by a great pedicure and manicure in the spa (by Shawn). Shopping was OK. Our birthday surprises were great! The staff donned our secretly delivered birthday hats and paraded around the whole dining room singing Happy Birthday, put our hats on our heads, and delivered our cakes. This was great fun! After dinner, went to Aruba for some nightlife frolicking at Carlos and Charley's - nuff said! Great bartenders and great time! I even got THE YARD! Wednesday, 2-15-06 (Curacao): Slept a little late. Brunch in the Windjammer. Went shopping. Great bargaining shops! Dinner was great but most of the wines listed were unavailable, so substitutions were made. Sampled different wines but probably won't purchase the wine package again. Thursday, 2-16-06 (at sea): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Enjoyed sunning, watching pool games, and playing Bingo. Showered and dressed for formal dinner at Portofino's, preceded by the "must see" ice show, with front row seats! I rate Portofino's at 10 out of 10! Staff, service, presentation, taste, and atmosphere were all excellent! They even had better wine that the DR couldn't seem to locate! Glad that the wine package transferred over there for dinner! I also left the staff a 20% gratuity - well worth it! Later, visited the ship's liquor store for some great bargains - BUY THE BAILEY'S! Friday, 2-17-06 (St. Maarten): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Morning shopping in town. Good bargains, especially Guava Berry liquor (sold only on the island, I think)! Took ship's excursion for the Afternoon Beach Bash. This was an easy/fun/short bus ride to Orient Beach on the other (French) side of the island. All staff and beach were wonderful, and rum punch was OK. Became very annoyed at the constant persistence of vendors walking the beach to sell their trinkets. Got tired of saying "NO"! TIP - Make a big NO sign to hang on your chair. Back to ship for favorite dinner - lobster! I had 2! Sunday, 2-18-06 (St. Thomas): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Immigration process took place on board at 7am - quick and easy. Took ship's sailing/snorkeling tour on private sailing yacht (6-guests max) to Buck Island/Turtle Cove. Hosts were Captain Carl and Tim - great team! Tim swam with us, guided us all around the coral reef, and pointed out many colorful fish, sea turtles, and a hidden eel and octopus. He took many underwater pictures of us and for us with our cameras. He also dove down and brought up a sea urchin for us to hold and take pictures! Then, gently returned it to the bottom. After snorkeling, Captain Carl had made a large plate of cheese and crackers, and offered unlimited sodas and rum - BEST DRINKS EVER! Their sailing yacht was beautiful and the winds cooperated, so that we could use the sails instead of the motor, which greatly enhanced the soothing sounds of the ocean air and water gently caressing the boat! If you love to snorkel, BOOK THIS TRIP WITH CAPTAIN CARL AND TIM! Hesitantly, (I wanted to stay forever), we returned to the ship to change clothes, eat lunch, and go shopping. Most shops here would not "deal" as well as the other islands. Returned to the ship or our farewell dinner and sad good-byes to all of our new friends, promising to keep in touch, and hoping to someday meet again. Sunday, 2-19-06 (Puerto Rico - debarkation): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Our noon flight was the first group off the ship around 8:30am. The ride to the airport and check-in process was a breeze, since we had went through the immigration process on board yesterday. By the time our flight was ready for take-off, the gate was very crowded. After stopping in Atlanta to change planes, we arrived home in Indy around 9pm. Tired from a full day of travelling but thankful that I took Monday off work! I am still very much hooked on cruising and look forward to Hawaii in June! GET OUT THERE! Feel free to e-mail any comments or questions to Sally at t_kuhn@iquest.net. HAPPY CRUISING!

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by salgal

Trip Details
Saturday, 2-11-06: Five of us ladies flew from Indy to Charlotte, NC to San Juan. We stayed one night at nephew's beach condo near airport. Reserved mini-van from Hertz for 24-hours.
Sunday, 2-12-06 (boarding): Slept great, ate breakfast, returned mini-van, and used RCCL transfers from airport to pier around noon. Great liquor store at Pan Am pier! BUY THE BAILEY'S! (discreetly carried a small bottle on board) Boarded around 12:30pm. Nice buffet lunch in Windjammer on Deck 11. Don't forget to put shorts/swim suits in carry-on! Made reservations at spa and Portofino's. Purchased soft drink package at bar. Got in our cabin by 2pm but disappointed - no fold-out couch for 3rd person, just a fold out upper bunk with ladder. Loved the balcony! Dined on 4th floor (Strauss). Waiters were Oz and Lea - great! Purchased wine dinner package. Cabin attendant was Richard - thanks for a great job!
Monday, 2-13-06 (at sea): Breakfast/lunch in Windjammer. Exploring ship. Heard that 250 people missed the ship due to snow! Lots of pool games, fun at Bingo, and dinner was great. TIP - If you get the "drink of the day" in a plain cup, it's cheaper!
Tuesday, 2-14-06 (Aruba): Breakfast in Windjammer. Booked ship's catamaran/snorkel excursion - OK. Saw some colorful fish at first stop in choppy waters but declined to get in rough waves at 2nd stop. Rum punch offered on return trip was OK. TIP - canned cheese whiz squeezes out very easily underwater, the fish love it, and they will swarm all around you! Lunched in Windjammer followed by a great pedicure and manicure in the spa (by Shawn). Shopping was OK. Our birthday surprises were great! The staff donned our secretly delivered birthday hats and paraded around the whole dining room singing Happy Birthday, put our hats on our heads, and delivered our cakes. This was great fun! After dinner, went to Aruba for some nightlife frolicking at Carlos and Charley's - nuff said! Great bartenders and great time! I even got THE YARD!
Wednesday, 2-15-06 (Curacao): Slept a little late. Brunch in the Windjammer. Went shopping. Great bargaining shops! Dinner was great but most of the wines listed were unavailable, so substitutions were made. Sampled different wines but probably won't purchase the wine package again.
Thursday, 2-16-06 (at sea): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Enjoyed sunning, watching pool games, and playing Bingo. Showered and dressed for formal dinner at Portofino's, preceded by the "must see" ice show, with front row seats! I rate Portofino's at 10 out of 10! Staff, service, presentation, taste, and atmosphere were all excellent! They even had better wine that the DR couldn't seem to locate! Glad that the wine package transferred over there for dinner! I also left the staff a 20% gratuity - well worth it! Later, visited the ship's liquor store for some great bargains - BUY THE BAILEY'S!
Friday, 2-17-06 (St. Maarten): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Morning shopping in town. Good bargains, especially Guava Berry liquor (sold only on the island, I think)! Took ship's excursion for the Afternoon Beach Bash. This was an easy/fun/short bus ride to Orient Beach on the other (French) side of the island. All staff and beach were wonderful, and rum punch was OK. Became very annoyed at the constant persistence of vendors walking the beach to sell their trinkets. Got tired of saying "NO"! TIP - Make a big NO sign to hang on your chair. Back to ship for favorite dinner - lobster! I had 2!
Sunday, 2-18-06 (St. Thomas): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Immigration process took place on board at 7am - quick and easy. Took ship's sailing/snorkeling tour on private sailing yacht (6-guests max) to Buck Island/Turtle Cove. Hosts were Captain Carl and Tim - great team! Tim swam with us, guided us all around the coral reef, and pointed out many colorful fish, sea turtles, and a hidden eel and octopus. He took many underwater pictures of us and for us with our cameras. He also dove down and brought up a sea urchin for us to hold and take pictures! Then, gently returned it to the bottom. After snorkeling, Captain Carl had made a large plate of cheese and crackers, and offered unlimited sodas and rum - BEST DRINKS EVER! Their sailing yacht was beautiful and the winds cooperated, so that we could use the sails instead of the motor, which greatly enhanced the soothing sounds of the ocean air and water gently caressing the boat! If you love to snorkel, BOOK THIS TRIP WITH CAPTAIN CARL AND TIM! Hesitantly, (I wanted to stay forever), we returned to the ship to change clothes, eat lunch, and go shopping. Most shops here would not "deal" as well as the other islands. Returned to the ship or our farewell dinner and sad good-byes to all of our new friends, promising to keep in touch, and hoping to someday meet again.
Sunday, 2-19-06 (Puerto Rico - debarkation): Usual breakfast in the Windjammer. Our noon flight was the first group off the ship around 8:30am. The ride to the airport and check-in process was a breeze, since we had went through the immigration process on board yesterday. By the time our flight was ready for take-off, the gate was very crowded. After stopping in Atlanta to change planes, we arrived home in Indy around 9pm. Tired from a full day of travelling but thankful that I took Monday off work! I am still very much hooked on cruising and look forward to Hawaii in June! GET OUT THERE!
Feel free to e-mail any comments or questions to Sally at t_kuhn@iquest.net. HAPPY CRUISING!
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