1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Adventure of the Seas
November 22, 2007 Arrived in San Juan on Thursday to tour the city prior to the cruise. Stayed at the Sheraton Old Town and what a nice place to stay. Plenty of areas for people watching and just across the street from the pier for the smaller ships. On arrival Celebrity ship in port can't remember which one but it certainly gave the sense of how large these ships have become. Ate a small snack and had the first mojito (blue) which by the way became our favorite. Lots of people roaming the streets even though it is 11pm. Getting late so it's off to bed. November 23, 2007 Off to explore the city and low and behold right around the corner is a Starbucks so grab a cup of coffee and we are off. Walked to Fort Morro took approximately 30 minutes at a slow pace and talking in all the sites of the city. The blue cobblestone streets are a nice change. Very narrow streets and it makes you wonder how these people drive them every day. Arrived at the fort via the cemetery, somehow we always find these. Very nice area to stroll around and see that history of the people that have fought and died for this Country. Walked around the outside of the fort on the way to the main part of it. Stopped at some of the turrets around the area. Be careful if you decide to go into them, they are used as bathrooms. Made it to the main part of the fort and walked around there this is a very nice area to stroll around. Great area for pictures and to get a sense of the rum history of Puerto Rico. Watch out for the steps leading to the lower level, lots of them and very steep. Back to the hotel for a shower and more mojitos and then off to dinner at Dragonfly. This is also very close to the hotel less than a 5 minute walk. Had a wonderful dinner there I would highly recommend. After dinner took a stroll around old town and this city comes alive at night. The small squares were all decorated for Christmas and the locals were out in force singing and having a great time. Time for some more mojitos and a little gambling at the hotel. November 24, 2007 Today we decided to take the Bacardi tour and a few blocks from the hotel is the ferry to the other side of the harbor, 50 cents each way. At the other side you are met by someone pointing to you to go to a parking structure to board vans for the trip to the factory $3.00 per person. Not sure if this is round trip didn't take the van back. Trip to the factory is about 10 minutes and you are let out on the Bacardi grounds. Get a tour ticket and with that you get 2 drink tickets at no cost. The wait for us was approximately 30 minutes. Looks like this can get quite long depending on the time of day. Boarded the tram for a 2 minute drive to start the tour. We are led into a building where we are given the history of Bacardi and then into another room for a video. This went on for about 1 hour. The information that was given was very informative and interesting. We are then led out to for the tram to take us further. Unfortunately when the tram arrived it just took us back to the gift shop. Didn't get to see the actual process of making the rum so I would pass on this tour. Dinner tonight was at the Parrot Club which is a sister restaurant of Dragonfly. Didn't care for the service or the food here. November 25, 2007 CRUISE DAY !!!! Well up to pack the bags and tag them for embarkation. Checked out of the hotel and took a taxi to the Pan AM pier $20.00 for the two of us. Taxi driver was a great tour guide giving us a very nice ride to the pier. Took approximately 20 minutes and we are at the pier. OMG this ship is HUGE!!. Get in line to check the bags on and then in line for check in. Arrived at the pier at 11:15 and there was about a 15 minute wait for the doors to open. Once the doors opened it was smooth sailing and we were on the ship by 12pm. Walked around the ship to get our bearings and at this point we realized that there is no way that we would see and do everything on the cruise (we were right). Right at 1pm went to the room and it was ready for us. Cabin Steward Eric stopped by and gave us the tour of the room. Eric turned out to be fantastic and did an excellent job. Bags trickled in and by 5 pm we had them all. Muster drill was at 6pm shape and lasted about 20 minutes. Dinner and lounge details to follow Ports Aruba, Curacao & St. Thomas Didn't have any excursions planned seeing that we just wanted to get off the ship and walk around the ports and see what we could find. All the ports were very nice and we enjoyed them all. Curacao was the best and had the most atmosphere. Sat at a waterside restaurant to people watch and drink the local libations. The floating bridge did open while we were there and this a cool thing to see. All in all the ports were nice and we had a good time just walking through them. St. Maarten At this port we took the Rhino rider excursion and the only thing to say about this is WOW. This was so much fun. It should be a must for the adventurous person. One word of caution is to remember to take a towel from the ship. The excursion took us to happy bay were we able to swim to shore and snorkel and walk around the beach. The guides were very energetic and knowledgeable. Dinning Main Dining Room Food was very well presented and good. Wait staff was a little off for the week but on a whole was very good. Levion was the head waiter and even though she was a little under the weather she did a very good job. Head waiter didn't even introduce himself and really the only thing he did was on lobster night came around and opened the tails for the other tablemates. He did make his presence known on envelope night where he was all over the place (I wonder why?). Portofino's Well from all the postings about this you have to wonder how they can be that good. Well it is that good. Our 25th was the night that we were there and it was a meal to remember. The service was outstanding and the food was wonderful. Windjammer The food here was very good and prepared well. Room Service Didn't have any problems here either Lounges All the lounges that we visited were very nice. All the staff were friendly and saw to your needs. One point that I must make is at the Connoisseur Lounge. Dexter was an absolutely the BEST. If you are a cigar smoker you must go there. He will take very good care of you. Overall This cruise was for our 25th anniversary and we had the time of our lives. Reading the boards prior about the AOS and Puerto Ricans made me wonder how it was going to turn out. Well there were 1700 Puerto Ricans on board and I never saw anything that would justify the negative comments that I have seen on the boards. This ship was an absolute joy to be on and I would sail on her again in a heartbeat.

What a GREAT Ship

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by BiteMEagain

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2007
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
November 22, 2007
Arrived in San Juan on Thursday to tour the city prior to the cruise. Stayed at the Sheraton Old Town and what a nice place to stay. Plenty of areas for people watching and just across the street from the pier for the smaller ships. On arrival Celebrity ship in port can't remember which one but it certainly gave the sense of how large these ships have become. Ate a small snack and had the first mojito (blue) which by the way became our favorite. Lots of people roaming the streets even though it is 11pm. Getting late so it's off to bed.
November 23, 2007
Off to explore the city and low and behold right around the corner is a Starbucks so grab a cup of coffee and we are off. Walked to Fort Morro took approximately 30 minutes at a slow pace and talking in all the sites of the city. The blue cobblestone streets are a nice change. Very narrow streets and it makes you wonder how these people drive them every day. Arrived at the fort via the cemetery, somehow we always find these. Very nice area to stroll around and see that history of the people that have fought and died for this Country. Walked around the outside of the fort on the way to the main part of it. Stopped at some of the turrets around the area. Be careful if you decide to go into them, they are used as bathrooms. Made it to the main part of the fort and walked around there this is a very nice area to stroll around. Great area for pictures and to get a sense of the rum history of Puerto Rico. Watch out for the steps leading to the lower level, lots of them and very steep. Back to the hotel for a shower and more mojitos and then off to dinner at Dragonfly. This is also very close to the hotel less than a 5 minute walk. Had a wonderful dinner there I would highly recommend. After dinner took a stroll around old town and this city comes alive at night. The small squares were all decorated for Christmas and the locals were out in force singing and having a great time. Time for some more mojitos and a little gambling at the hotel.
November 24, 2007
Today we decided to take the Bacardi tour and a few blocks from the hotel is the ferry to the other side of the harbor, 50 cents each way. At the other side you are met by someone pointing to you to go to a parking structure to board vans for the trip to the factory $3.00 per person. Not sure if this is round trip didn't take the van back. Trip to the factory is about 10 minutes and you are let out on the Bacardi grounds. Get a tour ticket and with that you get 2 drink tickets at no cost. The wait for us was approximately 30 minutes. Looks like this can get quite long depending on the time of day. Boarded the tram for a 2 minute drive to start the tour. We are led into a building where we are given the history of Bacardi and then into another room for a video. This went on for about 1 hour. The information that was given was very informative and interesting. We are then led out to for the tram to take us further. Unfortunately when the tram arrived it just took us back to the gift shop. Didn't get to see the actual process of making the rum so I would pass on this tour. Dinner tonight was at the Parrot Club which is a sister restaurant of Dragonfly. Didn't care for the service or the food here.
November 25, 2007
CRUISE DAY !!!! Well up to pack the bags and tag them for embarkation. Checked out of the hotel and took a taxi to the Pan AM pier $20.00 for the two of us. Taxi driver was a great tour guide giving us a very nice ride to the pier. Took approximately 20 minutes and we are at the pier. OMG this ship is HUGE!!. Get in line to check the bags on and then in line for check in. Arrived at the pier at 11:15 and there was about a 15 minute wait for the doors to open. Once the doors opened it was smooth sailing and we were on the ship by 12pm. Walked around the ship to get our bearings and at this point we realized that there is no way that we would see and do everything on the cruise (we were right). Right at 1pm went to the room and it was ready for us. Cabin Steward Eric stopped by and gave us the tour of the room. Eric turned out to be fantastic and did an excellent job. Bags trickled in and by 5 pm we had them all. Muster drill was at 6pm shape and lasted about 20 minutes. Dinner and lounge details to follow Ports
Aruba, Curacao & St. Thomas
Didn't have any excursions planned seeing that we just wanted to get off the ship and walk around the ports and see what we could find. All the ports were very nice and we enjoyed them all. Curacao was the best and had the most atmosphere. Sat at a waterside restaurant to people watch and drink the local libations. The floating bridge did open while we were there and this a cool thing to see. All in all the ports were nice and we had a good time just walking through them.
St. Maarten
At this port we took the Rhino rider excursion and the only thing to say about this is WOW. This was so much fun. It should be a must for the adventurous person. One word of caution is to remember to take a towel from the ship. The excursion took us to happy bay were we able to swim to shore and snorkel and walk around the beach. The guides were very energetic and knowledgeable.
Dinning
Main Dining Room
Food was very well presented and good. Wait staff was a little off for the week but on a whole was very good. Levion was the head waiter and even though she was a little under the weather she did a very good job. Head waiter didn't even introduce himself and really the only thing he did was on lobster night came around and opened the tails for the other tablemates. He did make his presence known on envelope night where he was all over the place (I wonder why?).
Portofino's
Well from all the postings about this you have to wonder how they can be that good. Well it is that good. Our 25th was the night that we were there and it was a meal to remember. The service was outstanding and the food was wonderful.
Windjammer The food here was very good and prepared well.
Room Service Didn't have any problems here either
Lounges
All the lounges that we visited were very nice. All the staff were friendly and saw to your needs. One point that I must make is at the Connoisseur Lounge. Dexter was an absolutely the BEST. If you are a cigar smoker you must go there. He will take very good care of you.
Overall
This cruise was for our 25th anniversary and we had the time of our lives. Reading the boards prior about the AOS and Puerto Ricans made me wonder how it was going to turn out. Well there were 1700 Puerto Ricans on board and I never saw anything that would justify the negative comments that I have seen on the boards. This ship was an absolute joy to be on and I would sail on her again in a heartbeat.
BiteMEagain’s Full Rating Summary
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Rates
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email