Our ports of calls included; Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, & St. Croix
Our cruise took place Dec. 29 through January 5th an we sailed on the Adventure of the Seas. Overall we had an excellent cruise and the thing that most impressed was the staff. Having taken several other cruises we found that our head waiter in the dining room and our room steward exceeded our expectations. Our room was a balcony stateroom on deck 7 (#7644) which we found was a great location to quickly access the main areas of the ship that we would want to be in. Another good aspect was the music... as it was good and there was a nice variety in the various lounges.
If you haven't taken a cruise over New Years - try it sometime. The Adventure has a main avenue in the middle that is like a street and we partied to the wee hours of the morning with lots of people. RC provided free champagne and the music was fabulous. Closest we have been to what it might be like to party in Times Square.
While the ship was very nice we did notice a bit of deferred maintenance - things like windows which had lost the seal and were fogged over, tile grout around the pool areas in need of repair. We had 2 incidents where the toilets didn't work - most likely due to some bone head flushing something down they shouldn't. Those were fixed promptly and were only a minor inconvenience. Another minor inconvenience was that on a couple of occasions they ran out of towels and we had to wait sometimes up to 30 minutes.
For those who like to get an idea of drink prices; Heineken Beer $5.46 per btl., Coke $2.25 per glass, Vodka Gimlet w/Absolute $8.25, Vodka Tonic $6.25. We considered long and hard about the merits of the drink package and decided against it. Still we kept quite close track of our spending and didn't approach the $770 for the Premium Drink package. Obviously that depends on how much you imbibe. We found that with an itinerary like ours, where you are off the ship practically every day, and then come back and get ready for dinner, that by that time you don't generally have time for many drinks unless you really pound them down.
We did notice that they are taking cues from the airlines and starting the nickle dime you a bit. For instance - OJ was like Tang but if you wanted Fresh Squeezed it cost $4.05
The food was good overall - not a whole lot different than our other cruises.
Things to do: St. Lucia try the Coastal Cruise to the Pitons - excellent and relatively inexpensive.
Antigua try the Eco Kayak & Snorkel -excellent and $260 for 4 ppl. Barbados try Orchid world and Harrison Cave. Feel free to contact me thru TA if you have any specific questions. Enjoy!
Excellent location in the rear middle of the ship - very stable. Close to other important decks. We didn't notice any exterior noise issues.