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All first Time Cruisers from CT: 1 w/12-year old boy/girl twins; 1 with 18-yr. old son & other w/16-yr. old and 9-yr. old girls & 8-yr. old boy. Researched several cruise lines (Cruise Critic and other sites). Wanted a more up-scale environment, able to dress-up for dinner, have activities to keep all ages occupied, & decided to make more ports of call in case, as 1st time cruisers, we felt bored on ship, sea-sick and needed land, and also wanted to visit islands we hadn't been to in order to decide on later vacations sites. A couple of us are prone to motion sickness and had Bonine or patches, plus the Dr. on board hands out motion sickness pills free of charge if you need it. We had NO motion sickness and we were definitely not bored on ship! CHECK-IN/EMBARKATION: Rating: Excellent. Arrived San Juan day prior to embarkation to relax and took a $12 cab from hotel in Isla Verda section of San Juan to pier - just a 15 minute ride. Expected embarkation (2 p.m.) to be tedious with long lines. WRONG!! Arrived about 1 p.m., gave bags to the longshoreman(don't forget to bring singles to tip.) Walked right into cool, comfortable building and was handed a small card to fill out (seats provided). Took 2 minutes and we got on the short check-in line. RC had ice water, lemonade and large cookies (free). By the time I finished my refreshment we were actually checking-in and heading up the escalator to the gangplank. Stopped for ship's photographer to take our pic against welcome sign, which we later bought. Set foot on ship and at check-in desk received our SeaPass cards which are room keys and ship credit cards. Got kids registered for Kid's Club. Next stop: our rooms which were ready!! We were stunned at how efficiently check-in was handled. Off to a great start . . . By the way, we knew in advance that luggage DOES NOT arrive any time soon, so make sure you bring a carry-on with bathing suit and something casual to change into for dinner the first night. Our luggage arrived "early" around 5:30 p.m. We noticed that many passengers were receiving luggage well into the evening. (They leave your luggage outside your room so you don't have to wait around for it. We went to the pool for the afternoon and explored the ship.) MUSTER: 8 p.m. first night only; went very quickly and efficiently. ROOMS: Rating: Excellent. We had 2 adjoining balcony rooms, starboard side, on Deck 6; one for us/one for kids. Larger family did the same and 1 family did 1 Superior Room with pull down bed for the 18-year old. Our rooms were spotless and had plenty of storage. We were well aware staterooms are very small compared to regular hotel rooms so we were not shocked or disappointed. By the way, I had the best sleep I have had in ages. The beds were surprisingly very comfortable and roomy (king size when you put the two twins together). Note: Initially, we looked at a Jr. Suite w/balcony on Deck 7 or 8 which meant 2 full fares and 2 of the cheaper fares for 2nd/3rd guest in room thinking it would give us the extra room we like and also save money. Well, our agent priced out the 2 adjoining Deluxe/balcony rooms (1 deck down from the Jr. Suite) with meant we were paying 4 full fares (2 full in each room). We ended up SAVING a SIGNIFICANT amount of money and we gained an additional bathroom which was a great time-saver. We would definitely stay on this deck in these type roomed again. We used the balcony each morning and it was both a relaxing and exciting way to watch the islands come into view as we were coming in to dock. Starboard side on this cruise itin. had the best views. Our room attendants were terrific. Beach towels are provided in the room also. We also noted that with all the families on board, we never encountered any unruly, bratty, noisy kids. Hallways/rooms were quite and public areas were quiet and relaxing. We all mini-golfed; kids loved the age appropriate clubs even the ones that initially said they didn't want to go. My twins went back and forth as they wanted. The younger kids were escorted to/from by a parent. They only used it after dinner for a couple of hours. Rave reviews. FOOD/DINING OPTIONS: Rating: Excellent. Since we live in lower Fairfield County, CT and are only about 1 hr. from NY and 2 from Boston, we travel a lot and eat at a lot of high-end, gourmet restaurants (kids included). All food is included in your price. Since we were up early for excursions we ate in the Windjammer cafe every morning. It is buffet with plenty of seating. Food was the same every day, but so much variety you could have a different breakfast everyday. Prepared perfectly. Lots of fresh fruit, homemade grits/oatmeal, eggs, omelets to order, even turkey sausage, juices, yogurt, cereals, bagels, lox, and on and on. Never got to the main dining room for breakfast but they serve Eggs Benedict and things like that. Lunch at buffet: same: very varied and well prepared. Dinner: we ate in the main dining room every evening because we all sat at 1 table. At first it was just 2 families at the 6 p.m. with kids and the 1 family 1/18yr. old at 8:30 seating. They wanted to be at a large table, but were assigned their own table. The next day they asked if they could switch to our table at 6. Every effort was made by RC and we ended all together. Both times, our table was at the glass overlooking the ocean. Service is impeccable. One evening, John, ordered the lobster tail for his entree and when served quietly observed, "Oh, this isn't going to be enough." (None of us are overweight, by the way.) The head waiter overhead him and 3 more tails were immediately brought out to John's total shock! Main dining menu is terrific; has a children's menu, and selection of meat, chicken, pasta choices cooked plainly (just herbed chicken breast or plain steak) for people who are picky eaters, and of course the other main selections. Every appetizer, entree and desert had a vegan choice and a healthy/diet type choice. The cold soups were exceptional. All the food was excellent and no one at our table had nothing but raves. My picky eater son tried the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and loved it. He was able to try new things, because we assured him that, even though we don't waste food as a rule, if he tried something and really didn't like it, he could order something else. Luckily he tried a lot of new things and ate them. The kids alternated food choices between the "fancy" food selection and the basic selections. Another thing: we all take only milk, not cream, in our coffee and after the first night's request for milk, we never had to ask again. As I said, the service is impeccable. One night the Captain came over to our table and was talking to the kids and answering their questions. ROOM SERVICE: included in price. We never used. OUr friends did a couple of mornings. They put in a wake-up call request and breakfast request the night before. They got their wake-up call with a "and breakfast will be up in 5 minutes." and it was! Pampered! DRINKS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE. We and other family decided to purchase the 7 day wine bottle plan to be cost effective. Whatever is not consumed at the end of the cruise you can bring home with you, but we finished all ours (and we're not big drinkers.) We also bought the soda plan for the kids; unlimited soda, juice at dinner and on the ship. They put a sticker on their Seapass Cards. We never got around to trying some of the pubs or even the midnight buffet which we heard was terrific. By the way, if you really do not want to eat a a specific seating time in the main dining room or dress up formally on 2 formal nights/country casual on other nights this is not necessarily the cruise for you. TIPPING: We just used the little sheet of suggested amounts they leave with you in the room the night before disembarkation. We had excellent service and tipped accordingly. It goes on your SeaPass card which makes it a lot easier. Upon disembarking if any charges on the SeaPass you just pay by personal credit card or cash or traveler's checks to settle-up. EXCURSIONS: Rating: Very good/excellent. All of us pre-booked on-line a snorkel/swim with sea turtles/shipwreck/beach break in Barbados. It was excellent. We chose to do the a.m. excursions so we could do what we wanted in the p.m. on the island(s). Went to the Boatyard in Barbados as recommended by the excursion guy. $3 per person to go on the beach which included a ticket for a beverage of any kind. Cute open-air restaurant for lunch. Highlight was rope swing off a large pier into the ocean and the sea trampoline. Beach was pristine, sugary white sand; rented lounge chairs and umbrellas. Was a Monday and not crowded at all. Recommend this for families. Next stop St. Lucia. We did not pre-book any RC excursion here. I went on-line and found International Pony Club since my kids and I like to ride horses. We tend to like to be with the "natives" and not always on packaged excursions. We decided on the 2-hour tour for $50 (only!) per person. John/his son booked RC deep sea fishing. All others booked this, but at the last minute 1 family decided to try a RC excursion (booked on the ship) to the volcanoes. The one they really wanted was sold out so chose this one. Said it was only OK; mostly on bus with little bit of hiking. Wished they had stayed with the horse excursion after hearing our wonderful experience. Anyway; e-mailed our info to www.InternationalPonyClub.com. They met us with a sign in the building on the pier right on time (9 a.m.) Van to Club and we paid by credit card. They asked us if we were experienced riders. Have some great Creole horses for experienced riders and some "auto-pilots" (ours). 2 guides Robert and a young (21-yr. old) nicked named Lizard. They saddle up the horses, and get you on. You follow up a path and over to the other side of the island the Atlantic side to Cas-en-Bas Beach. Now, be aware, while riding you will really see how the natives live. Ride was relaxing. We loved our guides especially Lizard. He had such a warm, friendly, relaxing demeanor. He was great with the kids. At Cas-en-Bas there is a few huts. One selling items (of course), a hut (restaurant) with surprising good food, and ok bathrooms that need to be flushed by pouring water down the toilet. Also a piece of the space shuttle had washed on shore and NASA came down and said it could stay. Anyway; they unsaddled and unbridled the horses and we got to ride in the ocean. It was wonderful. Lizard said my son took to riding really well and I asked if Lizard could take Chris for a trot/canter up the beach, which he most happily did. Then, he had the twins stand up on the horses and took photos so they could impress their friends. Also, the guides take great pictures with your camera. Interestingly, when I got back home, I picked up a copy of Conde Nast Traveler at the library (July or August issue?) and International Ponly Club was featured as a must do on St. Lucia along with a full color page picture. My son had a slight redness on his shoulders and the guide picked an aloe vera and had us rub it on him. (It worked, and we were so impressed with what a wonderful experience we had.) If you like to get off the beaten path once in a while and are a bit adventurous, I highly recommend International Ponly Club for families with kids about 5 and up. Took 1 other RC excursion in Antigua. Catamaran snorkel/beach break. Very good. RC does an excellent job of getting people of the ship and having clearly marked and organized excursions. The ships GYM is like a Bally's and also has steam rooms. Extra classes of Yoga, Pilates, Personal Trainers are $10 extra but gym is free. The spa is extra. We all had massages and/or facials including the kids. Book early for the times you want. We also had "formal" pictures taken by the photographer (they announce when and where.) Decided to purchase a couple for X-mas cards. You are under no obligation to purchase even if you have them take it. My husband and Jim golfed at Mahogany Run in St. Thomas and loved it (a pre-booked RC excursion.) St. Maarten: went straight to Orient Beach on the French side to Bikini Beach(the family beach). You probably will see a naked person or 2 heading back to their own beach. All the kids were not freaked out when a couple of men/women walked by naked. They are used to seeing art and sculpture of naked people. Also, we told them that most Europeans are not as ashamed or freaked out over naked bodies; mostly Americans are so don't make a big deal of it and they didn't. Orient Beach is spectacular. Rented chairs/umbrella. It has good bathrooms/showers, shops, and places to eat. NOTE: Do not bother shopping in St. Thomas. We were there years ago and the shopping was great. Not anymore. Shop in Castries, St. Maarten. We know our gem/jewelry prices and quality very well and Castries had significantly the best prices. Also wait to the last night on the ship to shop. Prices go in 1/2. Also, when passengers are off the ship in port, the ship is quite empty so bear that in mind, too. We all concurred that we never felt crowded even the day we were at sea and all were using the facilities. THE SHOWS/ENTERTAINMENT: All are included in your price and were excellent. We loved the ice show, the shows in the evening were very well done (we are used to going to Broadway as adults only and with the kids). Saw the original Drifters and I thought since they were before my time I might not like them. They were great! and the kids who had no clue even enjoyed the music. The comedian one night was truly funny. The cruise line really knows how to schedule dinner seatings, shows, clubs/dancing so you won't have to worry about choosing one thing over another. Use your Cruise Compass which posts each day's events/times. I took a highlighter with me and highlighted each evening what we kind of wanted to to each late afternoon/evening since we were off the ship all day. DISEMBARKATION: Rating: Good. We knew in advance that you have to have your bags packed and outside your room by midnight and out of your room by 8 a.m. Based on your flight time, you are assigned a group # and time to leave the ship. You have to kind of hang around the public areas until called (library, pool, etc.) The waiting was a slightly bit tedious, but not terrible. Lines off ship move pretty quickly. Luggage is lined up in a huge warehouse type building so you have to walk around and find your pieces which have colored tags. Doesn't take long. By the way, we booked the RC transfer from the ship to the airport. 1 family did not and just grabbed a cab from the ship to airport for $12 total and saved about $75. You don't need to take the RC transfer; you can save a lot of money just taking the cab. The pier is only about 15 minutes from the airport. All of us travel a lot and all agreed that this was one of the top vacations. The 18-year old was a bit bored on the ship but he didn't have a friend with him to do stuff at night (clubs, etc.) We all decided to go on another RC cruise in 2 years. We highly recommend Royal Caribbean and the Adventure class of ships for families with school age kids.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by ADCS

Trip Details
All first Time Cruisers from CT: 1 w/12-year old boy/girl twins; 1 with 18-yr. old son & other w/16-yr. old and 9-yr. old girls & 8-yr. old boy.
Researched several cruise lines (Cruise Critic and other sites). Wanted a more up-scale environment, able to dress-up for dinner, have activities to keep all ages occupied, & decided to make more ports of call in case, as 1st time cruisers, we felt bored on ship, sea-sick and needed land, and also wanted to visit islands we hadn't been to in order to decide on later vacations sites. A couple of us are prone to motion sickness and had Bonine or patches, plus the Dr. on board hands out motion sickness pills free of charge if you need it. We had NO motion sickness and we were definitely not bored on ship!
CHECK-IN/EMBARKATION: Rating: Excellent. Arrived San Juan day prior to embarkation to relax and took a $12 cab from hotel in Isla Verda section of San Juan to pier - just a 15 minute ride. Expected embarkation (2 p.m.) to be tedious with long lines. WRONG!! Arrived about 1 p.m., gave bags to the longshoreman(don't forget to bring singles to tip.) Walked right into cool, comfortable building and was handed a small card to fill out (seats provided). Took 2 minutes and we got on the short check-in line. RC had ice water, lemonade and large cookies (free). By the time I finished my refreshment we were actually checking-in and heading up the escalator to the gangplank. Stopped for ship's photographer to take our pic against welcome sign, which we later bought. Set foot on ship and at check-in desk received our SeaPass cards which are room keys and ship credit cards. Got kids registered for Kid's Club.
Next stop: our rooms which were ready!! We were stunned at how efficiently check-in was handled. Off to a great start . . . By the way, we knew in advance that luggage DOES NOT arrive any time soon, so make sure you bring a carry-on with bathing suit and something casual to change into for dinner the first night. Our luggage arrived "early" around 5:30 p.m. We noticed that many passengers were receiving luggage well into the evening. (They leave your luggage outside your room so you don't have to wait around for it. We went to the pool for the afternoon and explored the ship.) MUSTER: 8 p.m. first night only; went very quickly and efficiently.
ROOMS: Rating: Excellent. We had 2 adjoining balcony rooms, starboard side, on Deck 6; one for us/one for kids. Larger family did the same and 1 family did 1 Superior Room with pull down bed for the 18-year old. Our rooms were spotless and had plenty of storage. We were well aware staterooms are very small compared to regular hotel rooms so we were not shocked or disappointed. By the way, I had the best sleep I have had in ages. The beds were surprisingly very comfortable and roomy (king size when you put the two twins together). Note: Initially, we looked at a Jr. Suite w/balcony on Deck 7 or 8 which meant 2 full fares and 2 of the cheaper fares for 2nd/3rd guest in room thinking it would give us the extra room we like and also save money. Well, our agent priced out the 2 adjoining Deluxe/balcony rooms (1 deck down from the Jr. Suite) with meant we were paying 4 full fares (2 full in each room). We ended up SAVING a SIGNIFICANT amount of money and we gained an additional bathroom which was a great time-saver. We would definitely stay on this deck in these type roomed again. We used the balcony each morning and it was both a relaxing and exciting way to watch the islands come into view as we were coming in to dock. Starboard side on this cruise itin. had the best views. Our room attendants were terrific. Beach towels are provided in the room also. We also noted that with all the families on board, we never encountered any unruly, bratty, noisy kids. Hallways/rooms were quite and public areas were quiet and relaxing. We all mini-golfed; kids loved the age appropriate clubs even the ones that initially said they didn't want to go. My twins went back and forth as they wanted. The younger kids were escorted to/from by a parent. They only used it after dinner for a couple of hours. Rave reviews.
FOOD/DINING OPTIONS: Rating: Excellent. Since we live in lower Fairfield County, CT and are only about 1 hr. from NY and 2 from Boston, we travel a lot and eat at a lot of high-end, gourmet restaurants (kids included). All food is included in your price. Since we were up early for excursions we ate in the Windjammer cafe every morning. It is buffet with plenty of seating. Food was the same every day, but so much variety you could have a different breakfast everyday. Prepared perfectly. Lots of fresh fruit, homemade grits/oatmeal, eggs, omelets to order, even turkey sausage, juices, yogurt, cereals, bagels, lox, and on and on. Never got to the main dining room for breakfast but they serve Eggs Benedict and things like that. Lunch at buffet: same: very varied and well prepared.
Dinner: we ate in the main dining room every evening because we all sat at 1 table. At first it was just 2 families at the 6 p.m. with kids and the 1 family 1/18yr. old at 8:30 seating. They wanted to be at a large table, but were assigned their own table. The next day they asked if they could switch to our table at 6. Every effort was made by RC and we ended all together. Both times, our table was at the glass overlooking the ocean.
Service is impeccable. One evening, John, ordered the lobster tail for his entree and when served quietly observed, "Oh, this isn't going to be enough." (None of us are overweight, by the way.) The head waiter overhead him and 3 more tails were immediately brought out to John's total shock! Main dining menu is terrific; has a children's menu, and selection of meat, chicken, pasta choices cooked plainly (just herbed chicken breast or plain steak) for people who are picky eaters, and of course the other main selections. Every appetizer, entree and desert had a vegan choice and a healthy/diet type choice. The cold soups were exceptional. All the food was excellent and no one at our table had nothing but raves. My picky eater son tried the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and loved it. He was able to try new things, because we assured him that, even though we don't waste food as a rule, if he tried something and really didn't like it, he could order something else. Luckily he tried a lot of new things and ate them. The kids alternated food choices between the "fancy" food selection and the basic selections. Another thing: we all take only milk, not cream, in our coffee and after the first night's request for milk, we never had to ask again. As I said, the service is impeccable. One night the Captain came over to our table and was talking to the kids and answering their questions.
ROOM SERVICE: included in price. We never used. OUr friends did a couple of mornings. They put in a wake-up call request and breakfast request the night before. They got their wake-up call with a "and breakfast will be up in 5 minutes." and it was! Pampered! DRINKS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE. We and other family decided to purchase the 7 day wine bottle plan to be cost effective. Whatever is not consumed at the end of the cruise you can bring home with you, but we finished all ours (and we're not big drinkers.) We also bought the soda plan for the kids; unlimited soda, juice at dinner and on the ship. They put a sticker on their Seapass Cards. We never got around to trying some of the pubs or even the midnight buffet which we heard was terrific. By the way, if you really do not want to eat a a specific seating time in the main dining room or dress up formally on 2 formal nights/country casual on other nights this is not necessarily the cruise for you.
TIPPING: We just used the little sheet of suggested amounts they leave with you in the room the night before disembarkation. We had excellent service and tipped accordingly. It goes on your SeaPass card which makes it a lot easier. Upon disembarking if any charges on the SeaPass you just pay by personal credit card or cash or traveler's checks to settle-up.
EXCURSIONS: Rating: Very good/excellent. All of us pre-booked on-line a snorkel/swim with sea turtles/shipwreck/beach break in Barbados. It was excellent. We chose to do the a.m. excursions so we could do what we wanted in the p.m. on the island(s). Went to the Boatyard in Barbados as recommended by the excursion guy. $3 per person to go on the beach which included a ticket for a beverage of any kind. Cute open-air restaurant for lunch. Highlight was rope swing off a large pier into the ocean and the sea trampoline. Beach was pristine, sugary white sand; rented lounge chairs and umbrellas. Was a Monday and not crowded at all. Recommend this for families.
Next stop St. Lucia. We did not pre-book any RC excursion here. I went on-line and found International Pony Club since my kids and I like to ride horses. We tend to like to be with the "natives" and not always on packaged excursions. We decided on the 2-hour tour for $50 (only!) per person. John/his son booked RC deep sea fishing. All others booked this, but at the last minute 1 family decided to try a RC excursion (booked on the ship) to the volcanoes. The one they really wanted was sold out so chose this one. Said it was only OK; mostly on bus with little bit of hiking. Wished they had stayed with the horse excursion after hearing our wonderful experience. Anyway; e-mailed our info to www.InternationalPonyClub.com. They met us with a sign in the building on the pier right on time (9 a.m.) Van to Club and we paid by credit card. They asked us if we were experienced riders. Have some great Creole horses for experienced riders and some "auto-pilots" (ours). 2 guides Robert and a young (21-yr. old) nicked named Lizard. They saddle up the horses, and get you on. You follow up a path and over to the other side of the island the Atlantic side to Cas-en-Bas Beach. Now, be aware, while riding you will really see how the natives live. Ride was relaxing. We loved our guides especially Lizard. He had such a warm, friendly, relaxing demeanor. He was great with the kids. At Cas-en-Bas there is a few huts. One selling items (of course), a hut (restaurant) with surprising good food, and ok bathrooms that need to be flushed by pouring water down the toilet. Also a piece of the space shuttle had washed on shore and NASA came down and said it could stay. Anyway; they unsaddled and unbridled the horses and we got to ride in the ocean. It was wonderful. Lizard said my son took to riding really well and I asked if Lizard could take Chris for a trot/canter up the beach, which he most happily did. Then, he had the twins stand up on the horses and took photos so they could impress their friends. Also, the guides take great pictures with your camera. Interestingly, when I got back home, I picked up a copy of Conde Nast Traveler at the library (July or August issue?) and International Ponly Club was featured as a must do on St. Lucia along with a full color page picture. My son had a slight redness on his shoulders and the guide picked an aloe vera and had us rub it on him. (It worked, and we were so impressed with what a wonderful experience we had.) If you like to get off the beaten path once in a while and are a bit adventurous, I highly recommend International Ponly Club for families with kids about 5 and up.
Took 1 other RC excursion in Antigua. Catamaran snorkel/beach break. Very good. RC does an excellent job of getting people of the ship and having clearly marked and organized excursions.
The ships GYM is like a Bally's and also has steam rooms. Extra classes of Yoga, Pilates, Personal Trainers are $10 extra but gym is free. The spa is extra. We all had massages and/or facials including the kids. Book early for the times you want.
We also had "formal" pictures taken by the photographer (they announce when and where.) Decided to purchase a couple for X-mas cards. You are under no obligation to purchase even if you have them take it.
My husband and Jim golfed at Mahogany Run in St. Thomas and loved it (a pre-booked RC excursion.)
St. Maarten: went straight to Orient Beach on the French side to Bikini Beach(the family beach). You probably will see a naked person or 2 heading back to their own beach. All the kids were not freaked out when a couple of men/women walked by naked. They are used to seeing art and sculpture of naked people. Also, we told them that most Europeans are not as ashamed or freaked out over naked bodies; mostly Americans are so don't make a big deal of it and they didn't. Orient Beach is spectacular. Rented chairs/umbrella. It has good bathrooms/showers, shops, and places to eat.
NOTE: Do not bother shopping in St. Thomas. We were there years ago and the shopping was great. Not anymore. Shop in Castries, St. Maarten. We know our gem/jewelry prices and quality very well and Castries had significantly the best prices. Also wait to the last night on the ship to shop. Prices go in 1/2. Also, when passengers are off the ship in port, the ship is quite empty so bear that in mind, too. We all concurred that we never felt crowded even the day we were at sea and all were using the facilities.
THE SHOWS/ENTERTAINMENT: All are included in your price and were excellent. We loved the ice show, the shows in the evening were very well done (we are used to going to Broadway as adults only and with the kids). Saw the original Drifters and I thought since they were before my time I might not like them. They were great! and the kids who had no clue even enjoyed the music. The comedian one night was truly funny. The cruise line really knows how to schedule dinner seatings, shows, clubs/dancing so you won't have to worry about choosing one thing over another.
Use your Cruise Compass which posts each day's events/times. I took a highlighter with me and highlighted each evening what we kind of wanted to to each late afternoon/evening since we were off the ship all day.
DISEMBARKATION: Rating: Good. We knew in advance that you have to have your bags packed and outside your room by midnight and out of your room by 8 a.m. Based on your flight time, you are assigned a group # and time to leave the ship. You have to kind of hang around the public areas until called (library, pool, etc.) The waiting was a slightly bit tedious, but not terrible. Lines off ship move pretty quickly. Luggage is lined up in a huge warehouse type building so you have to walk around and find your pieces which have colored tags. Doesn't take long. By the way, we booked the RC transfer from the ship to the airport. 1 family did not and just grabbed a cab from the ship to airport for $12 total and saved about $75. You don't need to take the RC transfer; you can save a lot of money just taking the cab. The pier is only about 15 minutes from the airport.
All of us travel a lot and all agreed that this was one of the top vacations. The 18-year old was a bit bored on the ship but he didn't have a friend with him to do stuff at night (clubs, etc.) We all decided to go on another RC cruise in 2 years. We highly recommend Royal Caribbean and the Adventure class of ships for families with school age kids.
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