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Our cruise was from September 9-16 aboard the Adventure of the Seas. We had a party of 10 people - 6 from Ohio, 2 from Wisconsin, and 2 from Maryland. We all went down a day early (Sept 8) and we met up in the San Juan airport for the trip to our hotel - Holiday Inn Express - San Juan. It was reasonably priced ($116) and suited our needs - I will warn you however the elevators are real small! After reading about the quality transportation provided by Fairway Transportation, I arranged for a van from Fairway to take us all from the airport to the hotel. They also picked us up the next day to drive us to the port, and they also were there to pick us up after the cruise for the trip back to the airport. Our driver was Nelson all 3 times - he was always on time, handled all the luggage for us, and was extremely polite and very professional. A special "thanks" go out to "Jorge" at Fairway for arranging all the pick-ups. Jorge was always willing to answer my phone calls and emails - I would highly recommend Fairway Transportation if you need reliable transportation in San Juan. On Saturday the day before the cruise we arrived at the hotel around 4:30 - we dropped the luggage in our rooms, then walked around for a while by the beach - it was only 5 minutes from the hotel. The area includes stores like Cartier, Gucci, etc. This area is really going upscale. We asked for recommendations for food and they suggested a nice Mexican restaurant - La Miriachi - it was close by so we could walk. Food was very good and cheap! We had a good time. Then we stopped by a convenience store to pick up some bottled water and Medalla (Puerto Rican) beer for the cruise. Nelson picked us up at exactly 11 AM for the trip to the port. We arrived, checked our luggage, and we were in line by about 11:25 AM. We are Platinum members so they had a special check in line - really saved us time. We were on the ship by noon, and enjoyed a nice lunch at the Windjammer. Then, three of us hopped a cab to explore Old San Juan ($4 ea.). Visited the Hard Rock for souvenirs and a cold beer, walked and shopped around, then visited San Cristobal Fort - really worth the $3! We were back on the ship by 4:00 - plenty of time for a quick pool dip before the dinner at 6:30 (the first night dinner was at 6:30 - the rest of the week it was at 6). We had great weather all week - mostly sunny and 85-88 degrees except for Monday morning which was breezy and cloudy. Our ports included Barbados - where we took a neat island tour with a cab drive named "Paul". He was very informative and a pleasure to be with. And, he only charged us $20 a person for a tour that lasted 2 1/2 hours. St. Lucia- don't go into town - it is a dump and everyone hounds you for money and there a a zillion tour operators bugging you as you try to navigate the streets. Book a beach tour or something through the cruise line - the walk into town was a real waste. Antigua - Nice visit - nothing spectacular - did not take a tour so I really can't comment much on the island. St. Maarten - Our favorite stop ! Take the water taxi to town - it is only $5 for an all-day pass. Did some shopping - bought the little lady a real sweet blue sapphire and diamond ring at the Venetian Jewelers (PS - they will deal with you). Went back to the ship (Windjammer) for lunch - then back to the beach for the afternoon. We love St. Maarten! St. Thomas - another favorite stop. Took the beach break to Trunk Bay for some swimming and snorkeling ($54). Had a real nice time - the visit to the beach could have been a little longer - you take a 45 minute ferry, then a 20 minute bus ride to Trunk Bay. You really only have around 2 hours to swim and snorkel. The ferry ride and the bus ride are pretty neat - entertaining and informative. Dining Room Staff - was great - we had Lucilio as our head waiter, and his assistant was also always there for our needs. Room - Our room person was Sharon, and she was excellent - always there when we needed something - we had a fun time with her, and she always had our room spic and span. Tipping - Folks - don't go cheap here....these people have families just like you and me. They spend months away from their family so that they can provide them a decent life - tip AT LEAST what is recommended if you are pleased - and more if you feel like it.... All in all - this was our 7th Royal Caribbean Cruise - and we have yet to be disappointed with RCCL. The food, the service, and the entertainment were all up to our expectations. If you want to go cheap - go Carnival. If you want to go CLASS - go Royal Caribbean - it is as simple as that!

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Ramjet1997

Trip Details
Our cruise was from September 9-16 aboard the Adventure of the Seas. We had a party of 10 people - 6 from Ohio, 2 from Wisconsin, and 2 from Maryland. We all went down a day early (Sept 8) and we met up in the San Juan airport for the trip to our hotel - Holiday Inn Express - San Juan. It was reasonably priced ($116) and suited our needs - I will warn you however the elevators are real small!
After reading about the quality transportation provided by Fairway Transportation, I arranged for a van from Fairway to take us all from the airport to the hotel. They also picked us up the next day to drive us to the port, and they also were there to pick us up after the cruise for the trip back to the airport. Our driver was Nelson all 3 times - he was always on time, handled all the luggage for us, and was extremely polite and very professional. A special "thanks" go out to "Jorge" at Fairway for arranging all the pick-ups. Jorge was always willing to answer my phone calls and emails - I would highly recommend Fairway Transportation if you need reliable transportation in San Juan.
On Saturday the day before the cruise we arrived at the hotel around 4:30 - we dropped the luggage in our rooms, then walked around for a while by the beach - it was only 5 minutes from the hotel. The area includes stores like Cartier, Gucci, etc. This area is really going upscale. We asked for recommendations for food and they suggested a nice Mexican restaurant - La Miriachi - it was close by so we could walk. Food was very good and cheap! We had a good time. Then we stopped by a convenience store to pick up some bottled water and Medalla (Puerto Rican) beer for the cruise.
Nelson picked us up at exactly 11 AM for the trip to the port. We arrived, checked our luggage, and we were in line by about 11:25 AM. We are Platinum members so they had a special check in line - really saved us time. We were on the ship by noon, and enjoyed a nice lunch at the Windjammer. Then, three of us hopped a cab to explore Old San Juan ($4 ea.). Visited the Hard Rock for souvenirs and a cold beer, walked and shopped around, then visited San Cristobal Fort - really worth the $3! We were back on the ship by 4:00 - plenty of time for a quick pool dip before the dinner at 6:30 (the first night dinner was at 6:30 - the rest of the week it was at 6).
We had great weather all week - mostly sunny and 85-88 degrees except for Monday morning which was breezy and cloudy.
Our ports included Barbados - where we took a neat island tour with a cab drive named "Paul". He was very informative and a pleasure to be with. And, he only charged us $20 a person for a tour that lasted 2 1/2 hours.
St. Lucia- don't go into town - it is a dump and everyone hounds you for money and there a a zillion tour operators bugging you as you try to navigate the streets. Book a beach tour or something through the cruise line - the walk into town was a real waste.
Antigua - Nice visit - nothing spectacular - did not take a tour so I really can't comment much on the island.
St. Maarten - Our favorite stop ! Take the water taxi to town - it is only $5 for an all-day pass. Did some shopping - bought the little lady a real sweet blue sapphire and diamond ring at the Venetian Jewelers (PS - they will deal with you). Went back to the ship (Windjammer) for lunch - then back to the beach for the afternoon. We love St. Maarten!
St. Thomas - another favorite stop. Took the beach break to Trunk Bay for some swimming and snorkeling ($54). Had a real nice time - the visit to the beach could have been a little longer - you take a 45 minute ferry, then a 20 minute bus ride to Trunk Bay. You really only have around 2 hours to swim and snorkel. The ferry ride and the bus ride are pretty neat - entertaining and informative.
Dining Room Staff - was great - we had Lucilio as our head waiter, and his assistant was also always there for our needs.
Room - Our room person was Sharon, and she was excellent - always there when we needed something - we had a fun time with her, and she always had our room spic and span.
Tipping - Folks - don't go cheap here....these people have families just like you and me. They spend months away from their family so that they can provide them a decent life - tip AT LEAST what is recommended if you are pleased - and more if you feel like it....
All in all - this was our 7th Royal Caribbean Cruise - and we have yet to be disappointed with RCCL. The food, the service, and the entertainment were all up to our expectations. If you want to go cheap - go Carnival. If you want to go CLASS - go Royal Caribbean - it is as simple as that!
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