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We are just off AOS sailing 3/26-4/2. First, let me say that some of the reviews that discussed the large influx of cruisers from Puerto Rico and mentioned rudeness and pushing, shoving, etc. were only partially correct. Yes, a large number of Puerto Rican cruisers. They were anything but rude...very polite. Yes, there were a large number of children on board, yes we did hear a lot running in the halls, but during the day hardly saw them and most were very well behaved when we did see them. We are 53 and 47 and cruising with 18 other acquaintances from Minnesota (we are from Oklahoma). Embarkation - We flew in the day of the cruise arriving at 4:30 pm to an absolute MAD HOUSE at the airport. Very crowded. They will check your luggage claim checks so have them ready. Cab to the ship took 10 minutes and was $23.50 for 2 of us. Fare is base cost, plus a charge for each bag you have. We arrived at the terminal, dropped off our luggage (staff very accommodating), checked in with Royal and it took 3 minutes. Then we made a purchase in the liquor store in the terminal and were allowed to take that aboard in our carry on. Liquor prices are VERY low. It is a long walk up the gangway to get on the ship. All in all this process was very easy. The Ship - The ship is absolutely stunning when you see it ...very huge. And it is very clean and well kept inside. Very elegant...exactly what you see in the pictures. The downside was the continual motion and rocking and rolling of this large ship...the entire cruise. As one of my cruise mates said who I have cruised with 3 other times, we had more motion on this ship in the first hour than all of the other 3 cruises we took. There were 3500 passengers and 1100 crew members. Our Cabin - Our cabin was 8301, an inside room overlooking the Promenade. Never heard any noise from the Promenade in the room. The cabin was standard size (small) but we were able to unpack and store everything in good order. The built in and the other sofa were very hard to sit on (There are 2). The bathroom was small, but very functional. Always had hot water, no sewage smells. We did have strange noises in the pipes, etc in our room several nights -- not sure if this was due to all the rocking motion. The Staff - The absolute most friendly, serviceable crew and staff that I have ever cruised with. Always a "can do" attitude. Special mention to Unit (from Turkey) and Richard (Jamaica) our waiter and assistant waiters. They were very professional and very, very good. Our head waiter was from Romania (Transylvania) and entertained us with a good historical epic about Dracula and other myths from his homeland. In the bars the award for best bartender goes to Anthony (from Jamaica) who tended bar in the Duck and Dog (in the Promenade). He was a very nice, friendly gentleman who made excellent frozen drinks. Others who stood out Syndy (Trinidad), Shellyann (Trinidad) and 'Vincent' (St. Vincent). Our maid was Celia and was hardly ever seen, but did just an excellent job. She would be in our room at least 3 times a day to straighten up. The Food - Very excellent in the Windjammer and Island Grill. The Windjammer buffets featured, on different days, carved turkey, pork, lamb, beef, and ham and a variety of other dishes. There was always a pasta bar. And the desserts were plentiful and excellent. The Island Grill was hamburgers and hot dogs. The hamburgers were hand made patties and excellent. In the dining room we had breakfast only once, no lunches and dinner every night. Excellent entree selections included the prime rib, the lamb shank, lobsters (I had 4), bbq Thai chicken, roast filet of beef. The steaks were not good. The last night they had NY strip steak on the menu and it was terrible...thin, leathery. RCC should be embarrassed for having this one on the menu. Appetizers that stood out were the roasted pumpkin and apple soup, shrimp cocktails, the pear soup, the cream of asparagus soup and the sun dried pineapple. The desserts in the dining room were not as good as the Windjammer. We did not do Portofinos or Johnny Rockets. Ports of Call - Aruba - dirty, disappointing. Did the obligatory Carlos and Charlie's and it was a dump. Went to the casino (climbed a mountain of steps to get in) and it too was dumpy. The island is arid and lacks any real character. Curacao - much nicer island with some nice sites. Much cleaner than Aruba. St. Maarten - went to Orient Beach where it rained on and off (stayed clear back at the ship). Saw a number of topless female swimmers and sunbathers on the regular beach. Very poor living conditions on a good part of the island, but it is very clean downtown and there appeared to be a major renovation of the streets going on. St. Thomas - did a tour - $25/person that we arranged ourselves off the ship. We had a Palestinian driver named Road who has lived in St. Thomas for the past 11 years and he did an excellent job. We ended up on top of a mountain overlooking Magen's Bay at a Banana Daiquiri bar (world famous for their banana daiquiris. They were excellent. The weather - The weather, with the exception of some rain in St. Maarten's was excellent all week long. It was very, very windy at Aruba and Curacao...so windy that you couldn't really stand to be on deck by the pools or tubs. The wind may have contributed to some ocean chop that helped with the ship movement. Entertainment - The ice show "Cool Art and Hot Ice" was excellent. It featured an international cast of U.S., Canadian, Russian, etc skaters. Some of the skater were very athletic. The show is done on a rink about 1/4 the size of a regular rink and remember the ship is also moving during the show. A lot of double and triple axles. There were some spills. One of the Canadian skaters, "Max", was doing complete somersaults and making them every time. The Love and Marriage show was excellent, very funny and entertaining. However, it was a little overkill to keep replaying it all week on the ship's television channel. The Farewell Show was good and well coordinated...comedian Mike Wilson was very good with a large repertoire of imitations ....He did a great Don Knotts. The juggler was not real impressive...seen it a lot. Missed the comedian on the first night and didn't really hear too much about him. The Captain - Very regal, good sense of humor. He mixed well with the guests although I didn't ever see him in the dining room for dinner, only to speak. He is the same captain that the Travel Channel featured on their hour long feature on Adventure of the Seas that aired 2 weeks ago. The pool - Very crowded on 'at sea' days and no one around when the ship was in port. So, if you were able to do your touring in the morning on the islands you could come back and enjoy the pools and hot tubs with hardly any one around in the early afternoons. Internet access - Was available and there were always computers available when I wanted one. Costs was .50/minute or $25 for 60 minute blocks. Favorite frozen drink - The BBC. A mix of pina colada with banana and Baileys. Anthony made great ones. Disembarkation - Went fairly smoothly. You are called according to group numbers (based on when your flight out is) and you depart on deck 4. However, there was a mass of people in each group and there was a lot of jostling going off the ship and a long line. Once in the terminal grab a porter and go to your luggage area, pick up your bags, your porter will cart them and guide you out through customs and take you right to a cab. These guys are good and will make sure you are taken care of. Tip about a dollar a bag. Overall - It was a very relaxing and enjoyable cruise. I've given you the ups and downs (especially with the rocking ship). We would definitely cruise again with RCC however maybe not on as large a ship. And, I would not go out of San Juan again. This is my second time out there and it has gotten very expensive to fly there and the airport has gotten extremely large and crowded. I like going out of Ft. Lauderdale the best.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Bootlegger1908

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We are just off AOS sailing 3/26-4/2. First, let me say that some of the reviews that discussed the large influx of cruisers from Puerto Rico and mentioned rudeness and pushing, shoving, etc. were only partially correct. Yes, a large number of Puerto Rican cruisers. They were anything but rude...very polite. Yes, there were a large number of children on board, yes we did hear a lot running in the halls, but during the day hardly saw them and most were very well behaved when we did see them. We are 53 and 47 and cruising with 18 other acquaintances from Minnesota (we are from Oklahoma).
Embarkation - We flew in the day of the cruise arriving at 4:30 pm to an absolute MAD HOUSE at the airport. Very crowded. They will check your luggage claim checks so have them ready. Cab to the ship took 10 minutes and was $23.50 for 2 of us. Fare is base cost, plus a charge for each bag you have. We arrived at the terminal, dropped off our luggage (staff very accommodating), checked in with Royal and it took 3 minutes. Then we made a purchase in the liquor store in the terminal and were allowed to take that aboard in our carry on. Liquor prices are VERY low. It is a long walk up the gangway to get on the ship. All in all this process was very easy.
The Ship - The ship is absolutely stunning when you see it ...very huge. And it is very clean and well kept inside. Very elegant...exactly what you see in the pictures. The downside was the continual motion and rocking and rolling of this large ship...the entire cruise. As one of my cruise mates said who I have cruised with 3 other times, we had more motion on this ship in the first hour than all of the other 3 cruises we took. There were 3500 passengers and 1100 crew members.
Our Cabin - Our cabin was 8301, an inside room overlooking the Promenade. Never heard any noise from the Promenade in the room. The cabin was standard size (small) but we were able to unpack and store everything in good order. The built in and the other sofa were very hard to sit on (There are 2). The bathroom was small, but very functional. Always had hot water, no sewage smells. We did have strange noises in the pipes, etc in our room several nights -- not sure if this was due to all the rocking motion.
The Staff - The absolute most friendly, serviceable crew and staff that I have ever cruised with. Always a "can do" attitude. Special mention to Unit (from Turkey) and Richard (Jamaica) our waiter and assistant waiters. They were very professional and very, very good. Our head waiter was from Romania (Transylvania) and entertained us with a good historical epic about Dracula and other myths from his homeland. In the bars the award for best bartender goes to Anthony (from Jamaica) who tended bar in the Duck and Dog (in the Promenade). He was a very nice, friendly gentleman who made excellent frozen drinks. Others who stood out Syndy (Trinidad), Shellyann (Trinidad) and 'Vincent' (St. Vincent). Our maid was Celia and was hardly ever seen, but did just an excellent job. She would be in our room at least 3 times a day to straighten up.
The Food - Very excellent in the Windjammer and Island Grill. The Windjammer buffets featured, on different days, carved turkey, pork, lamb, beef, and ham and a variety of other dishes. There was always a pasta bar. And the desserts were plentiful and excellent. The Island Grill was hamburgers and hot dogs. The hamburgers were hand made patties and excellent. In the dining room we had breakfast only once, no lunches and dinner every night. Excellent entree selections included the prime rib, the lamb shank, lobsters (I had 4), bbq Thai chicken, roast filet of beef. The steaks were not good. The last night they had NY strip steak on the menu and it was terrible...thin, leathery. RCC should be embarrassed for having this one on the menu. Appetizers that stood out were the roasted pumpkin and apple soup, shrimp cocktails, the pear soup, the cream of asparagus soup and the sun dried pineapple. The desserts in the dining room were not as good as the Windjammer. We did not do Portofinos or Johnny Rockets.
Ports of Call - Aruba - dirty, disappointing. Did the obligatory Carlos and Charlie's and it was a dump. Went to the casino (climbed a mountain of steps to get in) and it too was dumpy. The island is arid and lacks any real character. Curacao - much nicer island with some nice sites. Much cleaner than Aruba. St. Maarten - went to Orient Beach where it rained on and off (stayed clear back at the ship). Saw a number of topless female swimmers and sunbathers on the regular beach. Very poor living conditions on a good part of the island, but it is very clean downtown and there appeared to be a major renovation of the streets going on. St. Thomas - did a tour - $25/person that we arranged ourselves off the ship. We had a Palestinian driver named Road who has lived in St. Thomas for the past 11 years and he did an excellent job. We ended up on top of a mountain overlooking Magen's Bay at a Banana Daiquiri bar (world famous for their banana daiquiris. They were excellent.
The weather - The weather, with the exception of some rain in St. Maarten's was excellent all week long. It was very, very windy at Aruba and Curacao...so windy that you couldn't really stand to be on deck by the pools or tubs. The wind may have contributed to some ocean chop that helped with the ship movement.
Entertainment - The ice show "Cool Art and Hot Ice" was excellent. It featured an international cast of U.S., Canadian, Russian, etc skaters. Some of the skater were very athletic. The show is done on a rink about 1/4 the size of a regular rink and remember the ship is also moving during the show. A lot of double and triple axles. There were some spills. One of the Canadian skaters, "Max", was doing complete somersaults and making them every time. The Love and Marriage show was excellent, very funny and entertaining. However, it was a little overkill to keep replaying it all week on the ship's television channel. The Farewell Show was good and well coordinated...comedian Mike Wilson was very good with a large repertoire of imitations ....He did a great Don Knotts. The juggler was not real impressive...seen it a lot. Missed the comedian on the first night and didn't really hear too much about him.
The Captain - Very regal, good sense of humor. He mixed well with the guests although I didn't ever see him in the dining room for dinner, only to speak. He is the same captain that the Travel Channel featured on their hour long feature on Adventure of the Seas that aired 2 weeks ago.
The pool - Very crowded on 'at sea' days and no one around when the ship was in port. So, if you were able to do your touring in the morning on the islands you could come back and enjoy the pools and hot tubs with hardly any one around in the early afternoons.
Internet access - Was available and there were always computers available when I wanted one. Costs was .50/minute or $25 for 60 minute blocks.
Favorite frozen drink - The BBC. A mix of pina colada with banana and Baileys. Anthony made great ones.
Disembarkation - Went fairly smoothly. You are called according to group numbers (based on when your flight out is) and you depart on deck 4. However, there was a mass of people in each group and there was a lot of jostling going off the ship and a long line. Once in the terminal grab a porter and go to your luggage area, pick up your bags, your porter will cart them and guide you out through customs and take you right to a cab. These guys are good and will make sure you are taken care of. Tip about a dollar a bag.
Overall - It was a very relaxing and enjoyable cruise. I've given you the ups and downs (especially with the rocking ship). We would definitely cruise again with RCC however maybe not on as large a ship. And, I would not go out of San Juan again. This is my second time out there and it has gotten very expensive to fly there and the airport has gotten extremely large and crowded. I like going out of Ft. Lauderdale the best.
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