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The Adventure of the Seas is a fabulous ship. The 7-Day Southern Caribbean cruise even with 2 full days at sea, still didn't seem to give us enough time to see and do everything there is to do onboard. My wife and I met fifteen of my family and friends onboard. We all set up our own transportation to San Juan and on San Juan. San Juan- We arrived a day early and stayed at the El Canaro by the Sea. We found it a nice clean hotel that was great for a one night stay. It was directly between the Airport an the PanAmerican Cruise terminal. We did have someone in the group that stayed at El Canaro Inn and said it was horrible. No elevator and it was kind of creepy. Sunday morning we got up early, enjoyed their "tropical continental breakfast" at the hotel, and then took a cab to the Old San Juan Fort. It was a nice place to visit and walk around. You can also get a great view of the city, and the cruise ship from up there. Unfortunately, the shops in Old San Juan are closed on Sunday, but there are more opportunities to do your shopping elsewhere. We checked out at 11:30 and took a cab to the cruise terminal. After dropping our luggage at the curbside, we were on the ship within 30-minutes. They have all the doors to the cabins looked until 2pm sharp. However, you are free to roam the ship and eat lunch at the WindJammer Cafe. We did not get our luggage until after dinner, but the dinning room was very accepting of casual clothes the first night. Day At Sea- We ate in the formal dining room for breakfast since we had all day on the ship. The service and food was incredible. (If you are traveling with a group and want to have breakfast with them in the dinning room, you must all be present before going in. Otherwise they seat you at tables with other guests and do not allow you to save seats.) We spent the rest of the day enjoying the pools and laying out during the day. We had the main seating and late show, and went to both every night. Aruba- There were 10 of us that wanted to tour Aruba. We rented 3 Jeeps from American Rental at online before going to Aruba. They were ready at the cruise terminal when we docked. They provided nice maps and we headed off to see the California Lighthouse, the old chapel and the Natural Rock Bridge that has collapsed since the last hurricane. However it was still pretty interesting to see, and there is still a smaller bridge intact. We then headed back toward the major hotels and ate lunch at the Marriott and enjoyed the beach at the hotel. The beach chairs and umbrellas are the only private things, the beach is public. Curacao- We did walk around downtown and do some shopping here. Very pretty little town, very Dutch architecture. Weather was overcast, but still pleasant. Day At Sea- Ate in the main dining room again, and wondered the ship. Sint Maarten & Saint Martin- One word "Gorgeous"! We went downtown and did some shopping, then found a place on the beach in the bay that had wave runners. We rented one for 30 minutes for only $40 (did some bargaining). It was really worth it. The water is great, and the beaches are wonderful. We had a 12:15 tour for the Loterie Tree Top Tours. This was SO MUCH FUN. Not recommended for people afraid of heights or in less than good shape. It was about a 30 minute drive from the Dutch side of the island to the French side, so you get to see a good portion of the island too. Once there they go over safety and then send you into the tree tops for about a 45-60 minute obstacle course ranging from tightropes, to zip lines to rope bridges. Your feet never touch the ground again until you are finished. St. Thomas- We did the Buck Island snorkel tour on the Doubloon pirate ship. A lot of fun, but watch out for those free rum drinks on the way back to the ship. VERY GOOD, but dangerous if you don't count how many you drink!!! We saw sea turtles, barracuda, parrot fish, coral and all in a secluded cove with clear beautiful water. (www.doubloon.com) San Juan- Getting off was a breeze. The luggage was very organized, but there are thousands of bags. (Tie ribbons or colored tape on your bags for easier ID) HIGHLIGHTS- The best Cruise Director I have ever had...Richard Spacey. He is funny, energetic and just plain great. The entertainment... there are no words to describe the Broadway type shows they did every night. The ice show in Studio B is a must see. The comedians were hysterical. Food... Never had a bad meal any where on the ship. Service... We had our table in the Mozart dining room on deck 5, tables 516 and 517. A big thank you to Leensay and Ciprian for such great service as our servers. We miss them already.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by RobD

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The Adventure of the Seas is a fabulous ship. The 7-Day Southern Caribbean cruise even with 2 full days at sea, still didn't seem to give us enough time to see and do everything there is to do onboard.
My wife and I met fifteen of my family and friends onboard. We all set up our own transportation to San Juan and on San Juan.
San Juan- We arrived a day early and stayed at the El Canaro by the Sea. We found it a nice clean hotel that was great for a one night stay. It was directly between the Airport an the PanAmerican Cruise terminal. We did have someone in the group that stayed at El Canaro Inn and said it was horrible. No elevator and it was kind of creepy. Sunday morning we got up early, enjoyed their "tropical continental breakfast" at the hotel, and then took a cab to the Old San Juan Fort. It was a nice place to visit and walk around. You can also get a great view of the city, and the cruise ship from up there. Unfortunately, the shops in Old San Juan are closed on Sunday, but there are more opportunities to do your shopping elsewhere. We checked out at 11:30 and took a cab to the cruise terminal. After dropping our luggage at the curbside, we were on the ship within 30-minutes. They have all the doors to the cabins looked until 2pm sharp. However, you are free to roam the ship and eat lunch at the WindJammer Cafe. We did not get our luggage until after dinner, but the dinning room was very accepting of casual clothes the first night.
Day At Sea- We ate in the formal dining room for breakfast since we had all day on the ship. The service and food was incredible. (If you are traveling with a group and want to have breakfast with them in the dinning room, you must all be present before going in. Otherwise they seat you at tables with other guests and do not allow you to save seats.) We spent the rest of the day enjoying the pools and laying out during the day. We had the main seating and late show, and went to both every night.
Aruba- There were 10 of us that wanted to tour Aruba. We rented 3 Jeeps from American Rental at online before going to Aruba. They were ready at the cruise terminal when we docked. They provided nice maps and we headed off to see the California Lighthouse, the old chapel and the Natural Rock Bridge that has collapsed since the last hurricane. However it was still pretty interesting to see, and there is still a smaller bridge intact. We then headed back toward the major hotels and ate lunch at the Marriott and enjoyed the beach at the hotel. The beach chairs and umbrellas are the only private things, the beach is public.
Curacao- We did walk around downtown and do some shopping here. Very pretty little town, very Dutch architecture. Weather was overcast, but still pleasant.
Day At Sea- Ate in the main dining room again, and wondered the ship.
Sint Maarten & Saint Martin- One word "Gorgeous"! We went downtown and did some shopping, then found a place on the beach in the bay that had wave runners. We rented one for 30 minutes for only $40 (did some bargaining). It was really worth it. The water is great, and the beaches are wonderful. We had a 12:15 tour for the Loterie Tree Top Tours. This was SO MUCH FUN. Not recommended for people afraid of heights or in less than good shape. It was about a 30 minute drive from the Dutch side of the island to the French side, so you get to see a good portion of the island too. Once there they go over safety and then send you into the tree tops for about a 45-60 minute obstacle course ranging from tightropes, to zip lines to rope bridges. Your feet never touch the ground again until you are finished.
St. Thomas- We did the Buck Island snorkel tour on the Doubloon pirate ship. A lot of fun, but watch out for those free rum drinks on the way back to the ship. VERY GOOD, but dangerous if you don't count how many you drink!!! We saw sea turtles, barracuda, parrot fish, coral and all in a secluded cove with clear beautiful water. (www.doubloon.com)
San Juan- Getting off was a breeze. The luggage was very organized, but there are thousands of bags. (Tie ribbons or colored tape on your bags for easier ID)
HIGHLIGHTS-
The best Cruise Director I have ever had...Richard Spacey. He is funny, energetic and just plain great.
The entertainment... there are no words to describe the Broadway type shows they did every night. The ice show in Studio B is a must see. The comedians were hysterical.
Food... Never had a bad meal any where on the ship.
Service... We had our table in the Mozart dining room on deck 5, tables 516 and 517. A big thank you to Leensay and Ciprian for such great service as our servers. We miss them already.
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