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Cruise Date: December 2, 2007. I am a 48 year old Caucasian woman who hates people who are rude, or don't follow the rules. I had read all the previous reviews about the Puerto Rican people and had wanted to cancel my cruise because it sounded so bad. My cruise had 1800 Puerto Ricans and I did NOT experience ANY of the issues mentioned in previous reviews. There were a few rude people; but, overall, everyone was well-mannered. A smile goes a long way. The ship was very clean and the staff was all very friendly. They would go out of their way to satisfy you. Since this was my first cruise, I would have like for someone on the ship to let us know what to do when we first boarded the ship, but we figured it out. We had a D2 balcony room on Deck 9 which was very nice. We were on the Port side, which meant that we were on the island side of the ship when it docked in Aruba and Curacao. The ice show is amazing. Make sure you get tickets. The other shows aren't as great, but are still good. The fitness center is great. The jacuzzi in the fitness center is less crowded than the one by the pool, and there is a changing room next to it. If you want any spa treatments, they are much cheaper on Port days, than on Sea days. Good to schedule on Curacao day, since there wasn't too much to do there. Spa services include: - The Micro Demabrasion Facial was $159 normally, $99 on Port Days. - There are other specials such as Ladies Night (St Maarten and St Thomas days) from 5pm-10pm for $119 you get a back massage, aromatherapy facial, champagne and chocolates. - There was a Mix n Match special for $99 where you choose 3 20-minute treatments (massage, facial, exfoliation). - Hair services include: Shampoo/Finish $35-$80, Shampoo/Cut/Finish $59-$79, Hair up (no shampoo) $49. - Nails services include Manicure $45, Acrylic Nails $85. - There was also Teeth Whitening for $199. The food was very good in the dining room, and the service was amazing. The food in the buffet (Island Grill/Windjammer) was not as good, but comparable to any other buffet, except for the night they had the Mongolian stir fry, which was great. The food at the Promenade Cafe was not great, but was very fast and convenient. The water on the ship was great; don't hesitate to drink it. If you plan to go to either of the midnight buffets, make sure you're there early. The lines are very long. December is the coolest month to go to the islands; however, there can also be some rain. We had about 2 hours of rain during the day in Aruba. We just went back to the ship for lunch during that time, and went on shore later, since we had until 8pm. Orient Beach on St. Martin was great. For $12 we got 2 padded lounge chairs, 2 drinks (1 per person), and a big umbrella. There are lots of bars and places to eat at the beach. In comparison, Magens Bay Beach on St. Thomas was very quiet, some may say boring. It was beautiful, but there were very few people there, no water sports like at Orient Beach, only 1 bar/restaurant. For $12 plus a $10 deposit, all we got was a lounge chair each, which we had to drag ourselves to where we wanted it. No drinks, chair padding, or drinks included. Both beaches are sandy-bottomed beaches, no stone or coral to hurt your feet, but no sea shells either. You have very little time in St. Thomas. We didn't get off the ship until after 10am, due to Immigration. Immigration checks were held in the dining rooms. You bring your sea pass card and your passport and they put a mark on your sea pass card. Very fast, no questions. We took organized tours on each of the islands. However, whenever there are stops, you have to wait for everyone to get back on the bus. In St. Maarten, we took a taxi cab to Orient Beach. The bus driver was an excellent tour guide. I would recommend taking a taxi for the island tours. Make sure you give him a big tip so he comes back to pick you up, since there aren't taxis at the beach. There are many bars on the ship. The prices are the same at all. - Tropical drinks $5.00 to $8.95 - Frozen drinks $6.00 to $7.50 - Martinis $8.00 to $8.50 - Beer $3.95 to $5.95 - Wine $5.50 to $8.00 If it's not a cloudy night, make sure you go to the helicopter pad. It's very windy, but you can see so many stars. Go to the 4th deck, go to the front of the ship, take the stairs going up. Overall, it was an excellent cruise!

AOS, Dec 2, Excellent cruise!

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Sue Ann

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Cruise Date: December 2, 2007. I am a 48 year old Caucasian woman who hates people who are rude, or don't follow the rules. I had read all the previous reviews about the Puerto Rican people and had wanted to cancel my cruise because it sounded so bad. My cruise had 1800 Puerto Ricans and I did NOT experience ANY of the issues mentioned in previous reviews. There were a few rude people; but, overall, everyone was well-mannered. A smile goes a long way.
The ship was very clean and the staff was all very friendly. They would go out of their way to satisfy you. Since this was my first cruise, I would have like for someone on the ship to let us know what to do when we first boarded the ship, but we figured it out.
We had a D2 balcony room on Deck 9 which was very nice. We were on the Port side, which meant that we were on the island side of the ship when it docked in Aruba and Curacao.
The ice show is amazing. Make sure you get tickets. The other shows aren't as great, but are still good.
The fitness center is great. The jacuzzi in the fitness center is less crowded than the one by the pool, and there is a changing room next to it. If you want any spa treatments, they are much cheaper on Port days, than on Sea days. Good to schedule on Curacao day, since there wasn't too much to do there. Spa services include: - The Micro Demabrasion Facial was $159 normally, $99 on Port Days. - There are other specials such as Ladies Night (St Maarten and St Thomas days) from 5pm-10pm for $119 you get a back massage, aromatherapy facial, champagne and chocolates. - There was a Mix n Match special for $99 where you choose 3 20-minute treatments (massage, facial, exfoliation). - Hair services include: Shampoo/Finish $35-$80, Shampoo/Cut/Finish $59-$79, Hair up (no shampoo) $49. - Nails services include Manicure $45, Acrylic Nails $85. - There was also Teeth Whitening for $199.
The food was very good in the dining room, and the service was amazing. The food in the buffet (Island Grill/Windjammer) was not as good, but comparable to any other buffet, except for the night they had the Mongolian stir fry, which was great. The food at the Promenade Cafe was not great, but was very fast and convenient. The water on the ship was great; don't hesitate to drink it. If you plan to go to either of the midnight buffets, make sure you're there early. The lines are very long.
December is the coolest month to go to the islands; however, there can also be some rain. We had about 2 hours of rain during the day in Aruba. We just went back to the ship for lunch during that time, and went on shore later, since we had until 8pm.
Orient Beach on St. Martin was great. For $12 we got 2 padded lounge chairs, 2 drinks (1 per person), and a big umbrella. There are lots of bars and places to eat at the beach. In comparison, Magens Bay Beach on St. Thomas was very quiet, some may say boring. It was beautiful, but there were very few people there, no water sports like at Orient Beach, only 1 bar/restaurant. For $12 plus a $10 deposit, all we got was a lounge chair each, which we had to drag ourselves to where we wanted it. No drinks, chair padding, or drinks included. Both beaches are sandy-bottomed beaches, no stone or coral to hurt your feet, but no sea shells either.
You have very little time in St. Thomas. We didn't get off the ship until after 10am, due to Immigration. Immigration checks were held in the dining rooms. You bring your sea pass card and your passport and they put a mark on your sea pass card. Very fast, no questions.
We took organized tours on each of the islands. However, whenever there are stops, you have to wait for everyone to get back on the bus. In St. Maarten, we took a taxi cab to Orient Beach. The bus driver was an excellent tour guide. I would recommend taking a taxi for the island tours. Make sure you give him a big tip so he comes back to pick you up, since there aren't taxis at the beach.
There are many bars on the ship. The prices are the same at all. - Tropical drinks $5.00 to $8.95 - Frozen drinks $6.00 to $7.50 - Martinis $8.00 to $8.50 - Beer $3.95 to $5.95 - Wine $5.50 to $8.00
If it's not a cloudy night, make sure you go to the helicopter pad. It's very windy, but you can see so many stars. Go to the 4th deck, go to the front of the ship, take the stairs going up.
Overall, it was an excellent cruise!
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