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Just got back from the Southern Caribbean on Adventure. This was our 4th cruise, all on RCCL. My husband and myself had decided to cruise alone, having always cruised with family or friends before. We came in the day before the cruise and stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan (formerly the Wyndham). We were happy with the hotel, it had charm, was clean and was convenient to the pier. We had vacationed in San Juan recently, so we were not interested in taking in any sites, though we would strongly recommend Old San Juan and the forts. Okay, the ship....I always do my research pre-cruise so we were expecting the ship to be showing a little wear and tear. The ship was beautiful, very little wear showing, yes, some of the keys on the remote control had worn off and also on the safe, but it wasn't going to ruin our cruise. We decided to spoil ourselves a little and book a Junior Suite. We had a walk-in closet, a bathtub, and much larger 'living' area. The jr suites are so much roomier that we consider them well worth the extra money. The staff were friendly and attentive...catering to our every whim. The guest relations staff were the most accommodating we have had to deal with yet. Richard Spacey was our cruise director and he is the BEST! The entertainment had highs and lows. The high was "Spectrum" a group that sang mostly Motown and were excellent. The final show of the cruise was a bit lacking. The comic was so-so and then we spent quite a bit of time applauding the the crew. Yes they work hard, but it was a little over done. The food in the Windjammer was hot and plentiful with a large selection to choose from. The same menu was served for breakfast every day. We did not eat lunch. The food in the Dining room was good to great and the service was wonderful. The Puerto Rican Issue: Yes, we were out-numbered by about 8-2, but so what? I think they paid for their cruise, too. Yes, it got tiresome hearing Spanish everywhere you went.....maybe that's the way the rest of the world feels about English. There were people that were pushy, that talked to loud, that partied too hard. Some were Puerto Rican, some Danish, some American....rudeness doesn't have a particular ethnicity. We have to get over the idea that we own the cruise lines and they should cater to us. Learn a little Spanish and you might be surprised just how friendly Puerto Ricans are. Now back to the cruise. The itinerary was great with 4 ports and 2 sea days it was perfect. The weather was hot and humid. The locals were friendly and the beaches were beautiful. In Aruba we rented a jeep and toured the island. It is a strangely beautiful island. We ended our day at Baby Beach...very quiet and secluded. In Curacao we did a spur of the moment excursion and went on a dune buggy ride. We spent most of the time traveling on major roads, with heavy traffic, to a beach where we spent a half an hour. This is a good example of why you do pre-cruise research. In St. Maarten we rented a car and drove to The Butterfly Farm and Le Galion Beach. The butterfly farm was okay. The beach again was fairly secluded (warning - some nudity) and was great fun watching the wind surfers in the adjoining bay. A nice relaxing day. In St Thomas we went on a city tour. We went to Coral World which we thought was quite enjoyable. The shopping was the best in St Thomas. The area right near the ship, had a great selection, and was neat and clean. Overall, the ship was in good shape, but did feel a little crowded at times and could use more elevators! No problems either embarking or disembarking.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by murphy3

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Just got back from the Southern Caribbean on Adventure. This was our 4th cruise, all on RCCL. My husband and myself had decided to cruise alone, having always cruised with family or friends before. We came in the day before the cruise and stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan (formerly the Wyndham). We were happy with the hotel, it had charm, was clean and was convenient to the pier. We had vacationed in San Juan recently, so we were not interested in taking in any sites, though we would strongly recommend Old San Juan and the forts.
Okay, the ship....I always do my research pre-cruise so we were expecting the ship to be showing a little wear and tear. The ship was beautiful, very little wear showing, yes, some of the keys on the remote control had worn off and also on the safe, but it wasn't going to ruin our cruise. We decided to spoil ourselves a little and book a Junior Suite. We had a walk-in closet, a bathtub, and much larger 'living' area. The jr suites are so much roomier that we consider them well worth the extra money. The staff were friendly and attentive...catering to our every whim. The guest relations staff were the most accommodating we have had to deal with yet. Richard Spacey was our cruise director and he is the BEST! The entertainment had highs and lows. The high was "Spectrum" a group that sang mostly Motown and were excellent. The final show of the cruise was a bit lacking. The comic was so-so and then we spent quite a bit of time applauding the the crew. Yes they work hard, but it was a little over done. The food in the Windjammer was hot and plentiful with a large selection to choose from. The same menu was served for breakfast every day. We did not eat lunch. The food in the Dining room was good to great and the service was wonderful.
The Puerto Rican Issue: Yes, we were out-numbered by about 8-2, but so what? I think they paid for their cruise, too. Yes, it got tiresome hearing Spanish everywhere you went.....maybe that's the way the rest of the world feels about English. There were people that were pushy, that talked to loud, that partied too hard. Some were Puerto Rican, some Danish, some American....rudeness doesn't have a particular ethnicity. We have to get over the idea that we own the cruise lines and they should cater to us. Learn a little Spanish and you might be surprised just how friendly Puerto Ricans are.
Now back to the cruise. The itinerary was great with 4 ports and 2 sea days it was perfect. The weather was hot and humid. The locals were friendly and the beaches were beautiful.
In Aruba we rented a jeep and toured the island. It is a strangely beautiful island. We ended our day at Baby Beach...very quiet and secluded.
In Curacao we did a spur of the moment excursion and went on a dune buggy ride. We spent most of the time traveling on major roads, with heavy traffic, to a beach where we spent a half an hour. This is a good example of why you do pre-cruise research.
In St. Maarten we rented a car and drove to The Butterfly Farm and Le Galion Beach. The butterfly farm was okay. The beach again was fairly secluded (warning - some nudity) and was great fun watching the wind surfers in the adjoining bay. A nice relaxing day.
In St Thomas we went on a city tour. We went to Coral World which we thought was quite enjoyable. The shopping was the best in St Thomas. The area right near the ship, had a great selection, and was neat and clean.
Overall, the ship was in good shape, but did feel a little crowded at times and could use more elevators! No problems either embarking or disembarking.
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