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This was our 7th cruise...our 5th with RCL and our group of 18 felt it was the best one yet. We arrived in San Juan the day before, having booked our flight and hotel separately. This is the first time we haven't booked air travel with RCL and we were pleasantly surprised on how much we enjoyed it. The hotel, Best Western, was okay, but the next time we'll probably look for something in a nicer part of San Juan. We arranged for a tour of the Bacardi factory before boarding ship and would recommend this highly. With free drinks, we arrived at the ship in a great mood. Boarding was very easy with our sea passes and we were in our rooms within an hour. I can say without a doubt this is the most beautiful ship I've ever been on. The promenade was in the center of the ship and everything kind of fed off of that area. Adventure is a huge ship but, unlike experiences on Celebrity and Holland America, it was very easy to find our way around. Didn't get lost once - which says a lot for me. We had balcony cabins on deck 9 and never again will we be happy with an inside cabin. We enjoyed the openness, the fresh air and the view. The cabin was very nice, plenty of room to spare and nicely decorated. We enjoyed room service coffee every morning and often sat outside long into the night. Beautiful! Our cabin attendant Jennifer was fantastic!! Can't say enough about the professionalism of this lady. She kept discreetly available, magically appearing if we needed anything....even managed to keep a group of rambunctious kids across the hall firmly but gently in line. Our waiters Cyrus and Lui were top flight and we were especially impressed with Yolanda, the head waiter. She was even seen lending a hand to the waiters when things got hectic. Promote this woman as soon as possible...she's a gem! I must add here that I felt the service on this ship was more on par with past RCL cruises. Our last one 2 years ago left a little to be desired, but we have nothing but praise for everyone we came in contact with. Food in the dining room was great; a large selection and beautifully prepared. Of course Portofinos was a step above, although we were actually falling asleep before desert was served. Must remember to book this venue earlier next time. Didn't have a chance to get to Johnny Rockets but others in our group did and enjoyed it. The food at the Island Cafe was good and the service there was great with plenty of pleasant and attentive wait staff! Part of the reason this cruise was so wonderful was due in a large part to the cruise director. This man was unbelievable - appearing everywhere and bringing humor and enthusiasm to all activities. Most impressive was his ability to laugh at himself and bring out the best in people. It was just impossible to take in everything that was offered on this ship. Thanks Rick for a great time. The ports as follows: Aruba - Enjoyed the stop there very much. We shopped and took in Carlos and Charlies for lunch. Since we were a large group, we were easy targets for the antics of the staff there and the results were hilarious. Don't miss this place. We also took a sunset catamaran cruise and it turned out to be one of the highpoints of the trip. They served real drinks - not the requisite awful rum punch - and sunset was beautiful. We were also entertained by people "mooning" us from the beach. It was a blast. Curacao turned out to be a pleasant surprise - a truly pretty little island. We enjoyed walking around and shopping here..no excursions. Days at sea (2) were pleasant and relaxing and we had no problems finding deck chairs. Bingo Allie kept us entertained and the belly flop contest is not to be missed. St. Maarten was great for shopping- better than St. Thomas I think. The dock area is being rebuilt and they're doing a wonderful job. I'd love to go back and spend a week there someday. St. Thomas - We booked a St. John island tour and recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy just gazing at the beauty of undeveloped national park land. The pictures we got there were unbelievable. This island is not to be missed. You can only get there by ferry and the ride over is part of the experience. Getting off the ship was much easier than expected. If you fly with American Airlines, for $10 a person they will pick your bags up at the terminal and bring them directly to the airport for you. Well worth it in our opinion. Based on past experience, we were expecting an unpleasant experience at the airport, but this was not the case. They've improved security, and there are plenty of places now to find something to eat. All in all, we had a wonderful vacation and haven't come back to earth yet. We'll be booking with RCL next year!

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by jackie didier

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This was our 7th cruise...our 5th with RCL and our group of 18 felt it was the best one yet.
We arrived in San Juan the day before, having booked our flight and hotel separately. This is the first time we haven't booked air travel with RCL and we were pleasantly surprised on how much we enjoyed it. The hotel, Best Western, was okay, but the next time we'll probably look for something in a nicer part of San Juan. We arranged for a tour of the Bacardi factory before boarding ship and would recommend this highly. With free drinks, we arrived at the ship in a great mood. Boarding was very easy with our sea passes and we were in our rooms within an hour.
I can say without a doubt this is the most beautiful ship I've ever been on. The promenade was in the center of the ship and everything kind of fed off of that area. Adventure is a huge ship but, unlike experiences on Celebrity and Holland America, it was very easy to find our way around. Didn't get lost once - which says a lot for me.
We had balcony cabins on deck 9 and never again will we be happy with an inside cabin. We enjoyed the openness, the fresh air and the view. The cabin was very nice, plenty of room to spare and nicely decorated. We enjoyed room service coffee every morning and often sat outside long into the night. Beautiful!
Our cabin attendant Jennifer was fantastic!! Can't say enough about the professionalism of this lady. She kept discreetly available, magically appearing if we needed anything....even managed to keep a group of rambunctious kids across the hall firmly but gently in line. Our waiters Cyrus and Lui were top flight and we were especially impressed with Yolanda, the head waiter. She was even seen lending a hand to the waiters when things got hectic. Promote this woman as soon as possible...she's a gem! I must add here that I felt the service on this ship was more on par with past RCL cruises. Our last one 2 years ago left a little to be desired, but we have nothing but praise for everyone we came in contact with.
Food in the dining room was great; a large selection and beautifully prepared. Of course Portofinos was a step above, although we were actually falling asleep before desert was served. Must remember to book this venue earlier next time. Didn't have a chance to get to Johnny Rockets but others in our group did and enjoyed it. The food at the Island Cafe was good and the service there was great with plenty of pleasant and attentive wait staff!
Part of the reason this cruise was so wonderful was due in a large part to the cruise director. This man was unbelievable - appearing everywhere and bringing humor and enthusiasm to all activities. Most impressive was his ability to laugh at himself and bring out the best in people. It was just impossible to take in everything that was offered on this ship. Thanks Rick for a great time.
The ports as follows:
Aruba - Enjoyed the stop there very much. We shopped and took in Carlos and Charlies for lunch. Since we were a large group, we were easy targets for the antics of the staff there and the results were hilarious. Don't miss this place. We also took a sunset catamaran cruise and it turned out to be one of the highpoints of the trip. They served real drinks - not the requisite awful rum punch - and sunset was beautiful. We were also entertained by people "mooning" us from the beach. It was a blast.
Curacao turned out to be a pleasant surprise - a truly pretty little island. We enjoyed walking around and shopping here..no excursions.
Days at sea (2) were pleasant and relaxing and we had no problems finding deck chairs. Bingo Allie kept us entertained and the belly flop contest is not to be missed.
St. Maarten was great for shopping- better than St. Thomas I think. The dock area is being rebuilt and they're doing a wonderful job. I'd love to go back and spend a week there someday.
St. Thomas - We booked a St. John island tour and recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy just gazing at the beauty of undeveloped national park land. The pictures we got there were unbelievable. This island is not to be missed. You can only get there by ferry and the ride over is part of the experience.
Getting off the ship was much easier than expected. If you fly with American Airlines, for $10 a person they will pick your bags up at the terminal and bring them directly to the airport for you. Well worth it in our opinion. Based on past experience, we were expecting an unpleasant experience at the airport, but this was not the case. They've improved security, and there are plenty of places now to find something to eat. All in all, we had a wonderful vacation and haven't come back to earth yet. We'll be booking with RCL next year!
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