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On October 14,2006 my wife and I flew from Boston to San Juan. The flight was fine, until it came time to land. When we started our approach, we pulled up, and circled the area 2x. The pilot finally told us that the runway was covered with iguanas and we couldn't land! After about 20 min we were cleared to do so. Upon arrival we got our luggage without waiting too long, went outside and grabbed a taxi that took us to the Comfort Inn in Condado (near Old San Juan and 10 min from the cruise port). The hotel was very clean, Taxi rates are a set rate that are controlled by the government. This hotel room had great furniture and a large bed. The bathroom was spotless. The manager, Juan was very friendly and helpful. That night we took a taxi to the Intercontinental Hotel which is near the airport, to meet and socialize with new friends we met through the CC/RCCL Meet & Mingle. This was a great way to start our vacation. Being our 3rd cruise, all with RCCL, we arrived at the port, via taxi at 1145am; so we expected to get on-board AOS by 1230pm. We were wrong. The cruise port was chaotic, there was no organization, and in fact there were still people coming off AOS from the prior cruise. The U.S. Customs apparently are not as organized and able to clear the passengers as they do at other ports. (We did meet and speak to the AOS hotel director, Mr. Taggert, during our cruise, and he apologized for the almost 2 hours that we and the 3000 plus passenger had to wait in the heavy heat and humidity; RCCL has no control over how Customs functions). Anyway, we were on-board and at the Windjammer by 2pm, had lunch, walked around the ship and then had an informal Meet & Mingle gathering with about 10 new friends at the Blue Moon Saloon. Lots of fun. The ship left port at 10pm sharp and we enjoyed the view from the pool deck with our friends and a cocktail(actually-the drink of the day). We booked a balcony room on Deck 9. The views were spectacular. The room was fine for the 2 of us, but as everyone will tell you, the bathroom is a bit small. We had no other problems or complaints with the room. We were at the sea on Monday and spent it at the pool and had a good time. The band mega 4, was the best steel band we have heard, and bought their 1st CD. During the week AOS visited the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. On Barbados we went to Malibu Beach and spent a few hours. This was a good way to start our cruise. Relaxing. The next day we were in St. Lucia and rented a taxi with some friend and toured the island and ended up at the entrance to the Grand Pitons They were beautiful, but the sulfur smell from the old volcano was overwhelming. It took 90 min to return to port and all of us felt car sick because of the heat and swerving back roads up and down the mountains. We did some excursions, the best being the Tiami Catamaran out of Antigua on Wed. This took us down the southern coast of the island and eventually we anchored in the coral reef and went snorkeling, then back on board for a terrific lunch, then a cruise back north until we pulled into Deep Bay and were allowed to swim off the boat or take the tender to the beach for about 90 minutes of rest and some shopping from the natives that were on the beach. On the way back we experienced a strong torrential tropical downpour, but who cared . It was 90 degrees! This excursion was such a blast, with the run punch and beer flowing freely. On Friday shopped in St. Maarten because it was pouring rain and we cancelled our excursion to Orient Beach. Of course after shopping for about 2 hours, the sun came out. And it was too late to go to OB. The other nice trip was spending the last day at Maegen's Bay beach in St. Thomas. This beach is rated in Travel Channels Top 10 and they are right. Gorgeous and so picturesque. As for AOS, it was what we expected. Huge, lots to do, very clean, some great art work, lighting, decorations, very friendly and helpful staff. We had cruised the Mariner, its sister ship last year, so we knew what to expect. The food was average to good at the Windjammer. The main dining which we had for 6pm was excellent, as was our wait staff. The highlight was Portofino's. Outstanding in every way. You have to pay 20$ extra per person, but no complaints! Some shows were excellent, especially El Gaucho, others were okay. We did enjoy meeting our M&M friends nightly on the promenade, sometimes at the cafe, other times at the Gravity Sports Bar. We also met Capt. Per here, during the week, which was a thrill. Do not miss: the Love & Marriage Show, and the belly flop contest which is held poolside during the week. Richard Spacey, the cruise director is very funny and has a great crew working with him. Disembarkation was okay, nut were were delayed while standing on the exit ramp, for about 20-25 min. During the exiting U.S. Customs was somewhat rude to the passengers who asked questions, including us. Also, the chaos in and around the busses and taxis was disappointing. It was too busy and packed with confused people. Thank goodness there was a friendly and helpful RCCL staff person available to assist. We love RCCL and can't wait for our next cruise.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by WeLovecruisin

Trip Details
On October 14,2006 my wife and I flew from Boston to San Juan. The flight was fine, until it came time to land. When we started our approach, we pulled up, and circled the area 2x. The pilot finally told us that the runway was covered with iguanas and we couldn't land! After about 20 min we were cleared to do so. Upon arrival we got our luggage without waiting too long, went outside and grabbed a taxi that took us to the Comfort Inn in Condado (near Old San Juan and 10 min from the cruise port). The hotel was very clean, Taxi rates are a set rate that are controlled by the government. This hotel room had great furniture and a large bed. The bathroom was spotless. The manager, Juan was very friendly and helpful. That night we took a taxi to the Intercontinental Hotel which is near the airport, to meet and socialize with new friends we met through the CC/RCCL Meet & Mingle. This was a great way to start our vacation.
Being our 3rd cruise, all with RCCL, we arrived at the port, via taxi at 1145am; so we expected to get on-board AOS by 1230pm. We were wrong. The cruise port was chaotic, there was no organization, and in fact there were still people coming off AOS from the prior cruise. The U.S. Customs apparently are not as organized and able to clear the passengers as they do at other ports. (We did meet and speak to the AOS hotel director, Mr. Taggert, during our cruise, and he apologized for the almost 2 hours that we and the 3000 plus passenger had to wait in the heavy heat and humidity; RCCL has no control over how Customs functions). Anyway, we were on-board and at the Windjammer by 2pm, had lunch, walked around the ship and then had an informal Meet & Mingle gathering with about 10 new friends at the Blue Moon Saloon. Lots of fun. The ship left port at 10pm sharp and we enjoyed the view from the pool deck with our friends and a cocktail(actually-the drink of the day).
We booked a balcony room on Deck 9. The views were spectacular. The room was fine for the 2 of us, but as everyone will tell you, the bathroom is a bit small. We had no other problems or complaints with the room.
We were at the sea on Monday and spent it at the pool and had a good time. The band mega 4, was the best steel band we have heard, and bought their 1st CD. During the week AOS visited the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. On Barbados we went to Malibu Beach and spent a few hours. This was a good way to start our cruise. Relaxing. The next day we were in St. Lucia and rented a taxi with some friend and toured the island and ended up at the entrance to the Grand Pitons They were beautiful, but the sulfur smell from the old volcano was overwhelming. It took 90 min to return to port and all of us felt car sick because of the heat and swerving back roads up and down the mountains.
We did some excursions, the best being the Tiami Catamaran out of Antigua on Wed. This took us down the southern coast of the island and eventually we anchored in the coral reef and went snorkeling, then back on board for a terrific lunch, then a cruise back north until we pulled into Deep Bay and were allowed to swim off the boat or take the tender to the beach for about 90 minutes of rest and some shopping from the natives that were on the beach. On the way back we experienced a strong torrential tropical downpour, but who cared . It was 90 degrees! This excursion was such a blast, with the run punch and beer flowing freely. On Friday shopped in St. Maarten because it was pouring rain and we cancelled our excursion to Orient Beach. Of course after shopping for about 2 hours, the sun came out. And it was too late to go to OB.
The other nice trip was spending the last day at Maegen's Bay beach in St. Thomas. This beach is rated in Travel Channels Top 10 and they are right. Gorgeous and so picturesque.
As for AOS, it was what we expected. Huge, lots to do, very clean, some great art work, lighting, decorations, very friendly and helpful staff. We had cruised the Mariner, its sister ship last year, so we knew what to expect. The food was average to good at the Windjammer. The main dining which we had for 6pm was excellent, as was our wait staff. The highlight was Portofino's. Outstanding in every way. You have to pay 20$ extra per person, but no complaints!
Some shows were excellent, especially El Gaucho, others were okay. We did enjoy meeting our M&M friends nightly on the promenade, sometimes at the cafe, other times at the Gravity Sports Bar. We also met Capt. Per here, during the week, which was a thrill.
Do not miss: the Love & Marriage Show, and the belly flop contest which is held poolside during the week. Richard Spacey, the cruise director is very funny and has a great crew working with him.
Disembarkation was okay, nut were were delayed while standing on the exit ramp, for about 20-25 min. During the exiting U.S. Customs was somewhat rude to the passengers who asked questions, including us. Also, the chaos in and around the busses and taxis was disappointing. It was too busy and packed with confused people. Thank goodness there was a friendly and helpful RCCL staff person available to assist. We love RCCL and can't wait for our next cruise.
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