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Although we had not traveled this itinerary in the past, this was our fourth RCCL cruise. My husband and I traveled with our oldest daughter and her husband and my brother and sister-in-law, this was not the first cruise for any of us. We arrived in San Juan at 12:30pm, we did not expect to board right away, but we had purchased the transportation from the airport to the ship and after collecting our baggage only had about a 10 minute wait until we boarded a small bus to the ship. The driver was very pleasant and funny. Having printed our Sail Passes from the website, boarding was easy, no lines we got right on. We deposited our carry ons in our rooms and went up to the Windjammer for lunch. We then just leisurely roamed around the ship. When our bags arrived at about 4:30, we unpacked, changed and went to the Sports Bar on the Promenade for a drink before our Main Seating dinner. The food all week was excellent, as were are servers Domingo and Maria. They were conscientious and very pleasant. The one area we all had a problem with was fellow passengers that showed up for the 6:00pm seating at 7:00pm, knowing that there was a second seating at 8:30pm. The poor staff was serving dessert and entrees at the same time. Not an easy task with the volume. Also, on the evenings when the dress code was formal, there were passengers coming into the dining room in shorts!!! I think at the very least the time factor has to be enforced. I can remember going on cruises where the doors to the dining room were closed 30 minutes after the seating time and latecomers were not allowed in. This may seem harsh, but it got people to dinner on time. Our stateroom attendant was unobtrusive, but available, have no complaints in that area. The excursions were very good except for one part of the snorkeling excursion in Aruba. The Aruba Sailaway Beach and Snorkel Cruise...the staff was fantastic, the snorkeling location was great (a shipwreck that attracted beautiful fish), but the lunch was awful. They to us to a dock off the hotels and the restaurant was right there, very convenient. But the restaurant staff and food was not. They handed you a full plate as you walked in, tried to jam us all into a few tables and were quite rude. The pasta salad was warm (never a good idea), the beans were cold and the one chicken leg and single rib were rather tasteless. Dessert was warm fruit salad, yeah right. We enjoyed another snorkel excursion in St. Maarten....Captain Morgan's Sailing adventure, while the snorkeling as not as great, sailing on a 70' schooner was a blast. The captain barbecued on lunch right on board and it was great!. We don't really regret either one. My husband and son in law went on a scuba excursion in Curacao, they thought they would enjoy diving off the beach rather than off a boat. What they don't tell you is that you have to trek all your gear quite a ways and then swim to the location. By the time you get there you are already tired. Not a great start to a dive. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, was one of the best we have experienced. Not just enthusiastic, but also very reachable, he was all over the ship talking to everyone. Seemed to really enjoy his job. The entertainment was pretty good, we only missed one show due to exhaustion, the sun really gets to you. Had a great time.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Jo S

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Although we had not traveled this itinerary in the past, this was our fourth RCCL cruise. My husband and I traveled with our oldest daughter and her husband and my brother and sister-in-law, this was not the first cruise for any of us.
We arrived in San Juan at 12:30pm, we did not expect to board right away, but we had purchased the transportation from the airport to the ship and after collecting our baggage only had about a 10 minute wait until we boarded a small bus to the ship. The driver was very pleasant and funny.
Having printed our Sail Passes from the website, boarding was easy, no lines we got right on. We deposited our carry ons in our rooms and went up to the Windjammer for lunch. We then just leisurely roamed around the ship. When our bags arrived at about 4:30, we unpacked, changed and went to the Sports Bar on the Promenade for a drink before our Main Seating dinner. The food all week was excellent, as were are servers Domingo and Maria. They were conscientious and very pleasant.
The one area we all had a problem with was fellow passengers that showed up for the 6:00pm seating at 7:00pm, knowing that there was a second seating at 8:30pm. The poor staff was serving dessert and entrees at the same time. Not an easy task with the volume. Also, on the evenings when the dress code was formal, there were passengers coming into the dining room in shorts!!! I think at the very least the time factor has to be enforced. I can remember going on cruises where the doors to the dining room were closed 30 minutes after the seating time and latecomers were not allowed in. This may seem harsh, but it got people to dinner on time.
Our stateroom attendant was unobtrusive, but available, have no complaints in that area.
The excursions were very good except for one part of the snorkeling excursion in Aruba. The Aruba Sailaway Beach and Snorkel Cruise...the staff was fantastic, the snorkeling location was great (a shipwreck that attracted beautiful fish), but the lunch was awful. They to us to a dock off the hotels and the restaurant was right there, very convenient. But the restaurant staff and food was not. They handed you a full plate as you walked in, tried to jam us all into a few tables and were quite rude. The pasta salad was warm (never a good idea), the beans were cold and the one chicken leg and single rib were rather tasteless. Dessert was warm fruit salad, yeah right. We enjoyed another snorkel excursion in St. Maarten....Captain Morgan's Sailing adventure, while the snorkeling as not as great, sailing on a 70' schooner was a blast. The captain barbecued on lunch right on board and it was great!. We don't really regret either one.
My husband and son in law went on a scuba excursion in Curacao, they thought they would enjoy diving off the beach rather than off a boat. What they don't tell you is that you have to trek all your gear quite a ways and then swim to the location. By the time you get there you are already tired. Not a great start to a dive.
The cruise director, Richard Spacey, was one of the best we have experienced. Not just enthusiastic, but also very reachable, he was all over the ship talking to everyone. Seemed to really enjoy his job. The entertainment was pretty good, we only missed one show due to exhaustion, the sun really gets to you.
Had a great time.
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