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This was our 15th cruise on RCCl; beginning in '81 on the Sun Viking. As the ships have grown, we have tried out each new class. Initially, I was apprehensive about the Adventure because she is so large. I must say, that while I enjoyed the Brilliance most recently, the Adventure is an awesome vessel. Embarkation: We arrived in San Juan around 3:00 p.m. The retrieval of luggage is a little awkward. After getting all our checked luggage, we were told by an RCCl rep to bring it to an area by the carousels where they were and it would be taken to the trucks. Actually, one should find a porter and escort your luggage to the truck; don't leave it in the terminal as they stated. It won't get delivered to the truck! After getting your luggage onto the truck, you will be directed to a van or bus for the 20 minute ride to the terminal. At the terminal, check in was quick and easy. The walk to the ship is up an escalator and a few ramps; not to bad if you aren't carrying too much weight in your carry-on! As an aside, if you would like to purchase a bottle of liquor or wine to drink on the ship, there is a liquor store in the terminal. It is immediately to your left after you go through security. You can disembark and go back through security to the store. Take a small(or large) carry-on to hold the purchase. We noted that a lot of passengers were purchasing liquor, wine and soft drinks. They were not stopped as they reboarded the ship. The Ship: Beautiful and HUGE! The Centrum is inspiring. It looks more like the entrance to an upscale Vegas hotel/mall. It is easy to navigate; just a lot of places to try and explore in a week. The Cabin: Typical RCCL cabin; nice subtle colors, well laid out. Plenty of storage. The sliding door to the balcony is better than the hinged ones on other ships (Carnival). The balconies offer more privacy than those with a glass divider. Another great improvement: The clamshell doors to the shower are a vast improvement over curtains! The Pool Deck: Beautiful deck with the bridge between the pools. Very aesthetic layout. The solarium pool area is nice; however, I like the retractable canopies of the Vision and Radiance Class vessels better. This allows one a more controlled environment for relaxation without being in the direct heat of the sun. Sports Activities: So many activities, so little time: Basketball, miniature golf, in-line skating, ice skating, wall climbing..... All were in full swing during sea days! Public Areas: Again, so many places, so little time. The shops were on the Promenade; forward of the dining room and aft of the Imperial Lounge; along with a few bars, restaurants, and the slightly hidden Connoisseur Club for cigar smokers. All the areas were well maintained and easily accessed. A special treat for divers is the addition of a dive shop on the pool deck; with supplies to rent or buy at dive shop prices. By all means, attend the ice show. I was not prepared for the quality of this show. It was very well done and exceeded anything I would have expected on a ship! Dining Rooms & Windjammer: Absolutely stunning dining rooms! The balconies and the chandelier make the room look like a Victorian estate. The Windjammer and Island Grille are also pretty and well laid out. The food islands on the Radiance Class seem to create less waiting time to serve yourself; but the lines moved quickly. For the view, the Island Grille offers a great panoramic view from the aft of the ship. The Food: While not quite gourmet, it was well prepared with a nice presentation and variety. All the meals were well received at our table of eight; with no complaints. The food in the Windjammer was also quite good and varied. Food for the Grand midnight buffet was stunning! The presentation was extraordinary! Johnny Rockets was the same as on land; with the exception of the wonderful view of the ocean. The Service: Cabin service was quite good and the attendants were cheerful and available. The dining room staff was also very attentive and animated. Service in the Windjammer was above the usual; with assistance with drink refills. Tables were cleared quickly. Cruise Staff: The CD was very personable; none of the "I'm the very important CD". The ship's staff were helpful and friendly. The ports: Aruba was a change from the lush, tropical islands; very dry and rocky. We rented a Jeep and drove the island. It was enjoyable to see each of the coasts and spend time at Baby Beach just relaxing. In Curacao, we dove the reef and shopped. This is a very colorful and friendly island. In St Maarten, we again rented a Jeep and drove the coast. A visit to Orient Beach is a must. It is one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen. From there we drove to Dawn Beach for lunch; then back into Phillipsburg for a few hours of shopping. In St. Thomas, we shopped the morning and returned to the ship to relax on deck. If you have not been to St. Thomas before, be sure to go to St. Johns for the view at Trunk Bay. The boat ride over is also stunning. Debarkation: Very easy and fairly quick. We were off the ship and sadly back to the airport by 10:00 a.m. Summary: To find fault with the ship, one would have to be in the mindset to be extremely picky. She is beautiful, well crewed and staffed. The itinerary is a nice variation of ports.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Ronn452

Trip Details
This was our 15th cruise on RCCl; beginning in '81 on the Sun Viking. As the ships have grown, we have tried out each new class. Initially, I was apprehensive about the Adventure because she is so large. I must say, that while I enjoyed the Brilliance most recently, the Adventure is an awesome vessel.
Embarkation: We arrived in San Juan around 3:00 p.m. The retrieval of luggage is a little awkward. After getting all our checked luggage, we were told by an RCCl rep to bring it to an area by the carousels where they were and it would be taken to the trucks. Actually, one should find a porter and escort your luggage to the truck; don't leave it in the terminal as they stated. It won't get delivered to the truck! After getting your luggage onto the truck, you will be directed to a van or bus for the 20 minute ride to the terminal. At the terminal, check in was quick and easy. The walk to the ship is up an escalator and a few ramps; not to bad if you aren't carrying too much weight in your carry-on! As an aside, if you would like to purchase a bottle of liquor or wine to drink on the ship, there is a liquor store in the terminal. It is immediately to your left after you go through security. You can disembark and go back through security to the store. Take a small(or large) carry-on to hold the purchase. We noted that a lot of passengers were purchasing liquor, wine and soft drinks. They were not stopped as they reboarded the ship.
The Ship: Beautiful and HUGE! The Centrum is inspiring. It looks more like the entrance to an upscale Vegas hotel/mall. It is easy to navigate; just a lot of places to try and explore in a week.
The Cabin: Typical RCCL cabin; nice subtle colors, well laid out. Plenty of storage. The sliding door to the balcony is better than the hinged ones on other ships (Carnival). The balconies offer more privacy than those with a glass divider. Another great improvement: The clamshell doors to the shower are a vast improvement over curtains!
The Pool Deck: Beautiful deck with the bridge between the pools. Very aesthetic layout. The solarium pool area is nice; however, I like the retractable canopies of the Vision and Radiance Class vessels better. This allows one a more controlled environment for relaxation without being in the direct heat of the sun.
Sports Activities: So many activities, so little time: Basketball, miniature golf, in-line skating, ice skating, wall climbing..... All were in full swing during sea days!
Public Areas: Again, so many places, so little time. The shops were on the Promenade; forward of the dining room and aft of the Imperial Lounge; along with a few bars, restaurants, and the slightly hidden Connoisseur Club for cigar smokers. All the areas were well maintained and easily accessed. A special treat for divers is the addition of a dive shop on the pool deck; with supplies to rent or buy at dive shop prices. By all means, attend the ice show. I was not prepared for the quality of this show. It was very well done and exceeded anything I would have expected on a ship! Dining Rooms & Windjammer: Absolutely stunning dining rooms! The balconies and the chandelier make the room look like a Victorian estate. The Windjammer and Island Grille are also pretty and well laid out. The food islands on the Radiance Class seem to create less waiting time to serve yourself; but the lines moved quickly. For the view, the Island Grille offers a great panoramic view from the aft of the ship.
The Food: While not quite gourmet, it was well prepared with a nice presentation and variety. All the meals were well received at our table of eight; with no complaints. The food in the Windjammer was also quite good and varied. Food for the Grand midnight buffet was stunning! The presentation was extraordinary! Johnny Rockets was the same as on land; with the exception of the wonderful view of the ocean.
The Service: Cabin service was quite good and the attendants were cheerful and available. The dining room staff was also very attentive and animated. Service in the Windjammer was above the usual; with assistance with drink refills. Tables were cleared quickly.
Cruise Staff: The CD was very personable; none of the "I'm the very important CD". The ship's staff were helpful and friendly. The ports: Aruba was a change from the lush, tropical islands; very dry and rocky. We rented a Jeep and drove the island. It was enjoyable to see each of the coasts and spend time at Baby Beach just relaxing. In Curacao, we dove the reef and shopped. This is a very colorful and friendly island. In St Maarten, we again rented a Jeep and drove the coast. A visit to Orient Beach is a must. It is one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen. From there we drove to Dawn Beach for lunch; then back into Phillipsburg for a few hours of shopping. In St. Thomas, we shopped the morning and returned to the ship to relax on deck. If you have not been to St. Thomas before, be sure to go to St. Johns for the view at Trunk Bay. The boat ride over is also stunning.
Debarkation: Very easy and fairly quick. We were off the ship and sadly back to the airport by 10:00 a.m.
Summary: To find fault with the ship, one would have to be in the mindset to be extremely picky. She is beautiful, well crewed and staffed. The itinerary is a nice variation of ports.
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