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My wife and I took our first cruise ever on April 23rd. We booked the cruise with a local travel agent who is a friend of the family. There were approximately 100 of us who went on the cruise. We knew maybe 1/3 of the individuals. We felt comfortable going on the cruise especially since there were many in the group who had cruised before. Since we had a large number of individuals going we flew out of two different airports. Our group flew out of Baltimore the other out of Dulles in DC. We arrived in San Juan at about 11 am. We had no trouble what so ever with the embarkation. It went very smoothly. We were on the ship by about 12:30 and in the Windjammer eating by about 1 pm. Our cabin was ready by 1:45 or so. We had a balcony cabin that we loved! We were on deck 7 cabin #7644. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the ship and by the pool. We were in the first seating (6 pm) for dinner. Our waitress, Camilia, and our asst waiter, Pedro, were wonderful. Pedro was a character and members of our group picked him on constantly but he was just fine with it. Everything we had for dinner was really good. We had no complaints at all. We were seated in the Strauss dining room by the window table #472. All the people at our table got the shot of the day from the bartender Ivan. That was interesting and Ivan was a fun individual. Our itinerary was as follows: D1-St. Thomas, D2-St. Maarten, D3-Antigua, D4-St. Lucia, D5-Barbados, D6-at sea. My wife and I did the BOB underwater exploration at St. Thomas. It was absolutely amazing!! We would recommend it to anyone. The crew were all very nice and helpful. The underwater sights were great. This was the first time we did any type of scuba diving or snorkeling. That afternoon we went with a group into St. Thomas to do some jewelry shopping. Needless to say the ladies and some men purchased some real nice jewelry, my wife included. At St. Maarten we did a little more shopping but we were not nearly as impressed as with the shopping on St. Thomas. So we then went to Great Bay beach, which was very relaxing. At Antigua we again shopped more and actually thought the shopping there was pretty good. We then went to the beach at Dickenson Bay. Very nice beach! At St. Lucia we did the Caribbean Pirates Extravaganza. We had a great time. The pirate ship was used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and it also appears in the one being released this summer. At Barbados we went to the beach at Carlisle Bay. We went to the Boatyard dock part of the beach. That beach was beautiful! The sand was so white and the water so clear, just incredible. Every day of the cruise we ate both breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. All the food was good no complaints at all. The service was good also and they were all real nice and always wanting to know if you needed something else. One day we did eat at Johnny Rockets. Those burgers were some of the best I ever had and the shakes were out of this world. We spent a little time each day by the pool just to relax and have a drink. We did play mini-golf once. That was fun. It appeared to us that the course could use a little work. The carpet was coming up in two or three places. Also there were very few (maybe 8-10) clubs for adults, the rest were for children. Every evening after dinner we went to the show in the Lyric Theater. They were all pretty good. The one complaint most of us in the group had was that the sound system was too loud. It was difficult to understand some of the singers because of this. The singers were all good and the props and backgrounds were very good. We went to the Love and Marriage Game show. That was hilarious!! A must see. We also attended the ice show, absolutely fabulous! It was amazing what they could do on such a small piece of ice. We usually go to a Disney Show on Ice once a year with our daughter and the show on the ship was almost as good as those. The Quest was very interesting. Some of the people in our group participated and did some things we never would have envisioned them doing. Again we had a great time. One thing we all agreed on was that the Cruise Director Richard Spacey was a riot!! He was very entertaining when introducing every act. During the Love and Marriage show he was making so many jokes that we couldn't stop laughing. He was the same during the Quest. He was one of the highlights of the cruise. The last day of the cruise was spent at sea. We were by the pool almost all day. We watched the sexy legs contest for the men. My wife participated in the line dancing. One of the guys in the group came in second in the belly flop contest. The Cruise Director was great at this event also. Our group purchased three horses. My wife was one of the jockeys for the first race. One of our horses won. But for the money race none of our horses came close we couldn't believe it. We had a shore excursion planned for San Juan on the day of disembarkation. We were supposed to be the first group off the ship but they mixed us in with those who were in group #1. It took us almost 2 hours to get off the ship and through customs. That was one of the worst parts of the trip. Our excursion was supposed to leave by 8:30 but we didn't leave until 10 am. Luckily our flight out of San Juan wasn't until 6 pm. Overall we enjoyed our first cruise immensely. We told our travel agent to let us know when she is booking the next one we will definitely go again. It is amazing how much there is to do on the ship alone. We enjoyed the ports of call, some more than others. We agreed that the beach on Barbados was the best, the BOB adventure was the best excursion and the shopping on St. Thomas was the best. Can't wait to go on a cruise again with Royal Caribbean!!!!!

Adventure of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by daffy022sw

Trip Details
My wife and I took our first cruise ever on April 23rd. We booked the cruise with a local travel agent who is a friend of the family. There were approximately 100 of us who went on the cruise. We knew maybe 1/3 of the individuals. We felt comfortable going on the cruise especially since there were many in the group who had cruised before. Since we had a large number of individuals going we flew out of two different airports. Our group flew out of Baltimore the other out of Dulles in DC.
We arrived in San Juan at about 11 am. We had no trouble what so ever with the embarkation. It went very smoothly. We were on the ship by about 12:30 and in the Windjammer eating by about 1 pm. Our cabin was ready by 1:45 or so. We had a balcony cabin that we loved! We were on deck 7 cabin #7644. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the ship and by the pool.
We were in the first seating (6 pm) for dinner. Our waitress, Camilia, and our asst waiter, Pedro, were wonderful. Pedro was a character and members of our group picked him on constantly but he was just fine with it. Everything we had for dinner was really good. We had no complaints at all. We were seated in the Strauss dining room by the window table #472. All the people at our table got the shot of the day from the bartender Ivan. That was interesting and Ivan was a fun individual.
Our itinerary was as follows: D1-St. Thomas, D2-St. Maarten, D3-Antigua, D4-St. Lucia, D5-Barbados, D6-at sea.
My wife and I did the BOB underwater exploration at St. Thomas. It was absolutely amazing!! We would recommend it to anyone. The crew were all very nice and helpful. The underwater sights were great. This was the first time we did any type of scuba diving or snorkeling. That afternoon we went with a group into St. Thomas to do some jewelry shopping. Needless to say the ladies and some men purchased some real nice jewelry, my wife included.
At St. Maarten we did a little more shopping but we were not nearly as impressed as with the shopping on St. Thomas. So we then went to Great Bay beach, which was very relaxing. At Antigua we again shopped more and actually thought the shopping there was pretty good. We then went to the beach at Dickenson Bay. Very nice beach! At St. Lucia we did the Caribbean Pirates Extravaganza. We had a great time. The pirate ship was used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and it also appears in the one being released this summer.
At Barbados we went to the beach at Carlisle Bay. We went to the Boatyard dock part of the beach. That beach was beautiful! The sand was so white and the water so clear, just incredible. Every day of the cruise we ate both breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. All the food was good no complaints at all. The service was good also and they were all real nice and always wanting to know if you needed something else. One day we did eat at Johnny Rockets. Those burgers were some of the best I ever had and the shakes were out of this world.
We spent a little time each day by the pool just to relax and have a drink. We did play mini-golf once. That was fun. It appeared to us that the course could use a little work. The carpet was coming up in two or three places. Also there were very few (maybe 8-10) clubs for adults, the rest were for children.
Every evening after dinner we went to the show in the Lyric Theater. They were all pretty good. The one complaint most of us in the group had was that the sound system was too loud. It was difficult to understand some of the singers because of this. The singers were all good and the props and backgrounds were very good. We went to the Love and Marriage Game show. That was hilarious!! A must see. We also attended the ice show, absolutely fabulous! It was amazing what they could do on such a small piece of ice. We usually go to a Disney Show on Ice once a year with our daughter and the show on the ship was almost as good as those. The Quest was very interesting. Some of the people in our group participated and did some things we never would have envisioned them doing. Again we had a great time.
One thing we all agreed on was that the Cruise Director Richard Spacey was a riot!! He was very entertaining when introducing every act. During the Love and Marriage show he was making so many jokes that we couldn't stop laughing. He was the same during the Quest. He was one of the highlights of the cruise. The last day of the cruise was spent at sea. We were by the pool almost all day. We watched the sexy legs contest for the men. My wife participated in the line dancing. One of the guys in the group came in second in the belly flop contest. The Cruise Director was great at this event also. Our group purchased three horses. My wife was one of the jockeys for the first race. One of our horses won. But for the money race none of our horses came close we couldn't believe it.
We had a shore excursion planned for San Juan on the day of disembarkation. We were supposed to be the first group off the ship but they mixed us in with those who were in group #1. It took us almost 2 hours to get off the ship and through customs. That was one of the worst parts of the trip. Our excursion was supposed to leave by 8:30 but we didn't leave until 10 am. Luckily our flight out of San Juan wasn't until 6 pm.
Overall we enjoyed our first cruise immensely. We told our travel agent to let us know when she is booking the next one we will definitely go again. It is amazing how much there is to do on the ship alone. We enjoyed the ports of call, some more than others. We agreed that the beach on Barbados was the best, the BOB adventure was the best excursion and the shopping on St. Thomas was the best. Can't wait to go on a cruise again with Royal Caribbean!!!!!
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