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We cruised "December 23-30 aboard Adventure of the Seas. Boarding was a breeze with the SetSail Pass. It took several hours to get our luggage so you may want to carry on sandals, shorts, etc. if you are coming from the frozen north. Our party consisted of 3 staterooms, 6206, 6208, and 7206. These cabins are at the front of the ship, at the end of a long hallway and were chosen to avoid the problem of people walking or running by the cabins at all hours. It worked almost perfectly. The cabins do not have balconies but were very spacious. 7206 has two large port holes while the 6th floor cabins had one each. Most families with younger children seem to book in the lengthy hall sections where the inside cabin for the kids is across from the outside parental cabin. Our cabins were very convenient to the spa/gym, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Promenade shops. Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It was tastefully decorated for the holidays though we all thought they could have ditched the Christmas music after the 25th but that is a minor point. The evening entertainment was better than expected, especially MICKEY DOLENZ (formerly of the Monkees and, for those of you over 50, Corky of tv's Circus Boy). He gave an amazing show, really went all out. Book him again!! The Ice Shows were also excellent. Our group ranged in age from 20-55. There were many multi generational groups aboard as you'd expect during the holidays. We had no problems with children or rude people even though the ship was at capacity. The only time it even felt crowded was the two days at sea when people would "reserve" deck chairs even though there were announcements asking that one not leave the chair empty for more than 30m minutes. The second at sea day, we discovered practically empty decks on 3 and 4 with chairs and shuffleboard. They were in the shade which was more than o.k. with us but if you insist on sun be advised that there are chair hogs on board. The basketball court continuously hosted many of the young males on board. In the same area there is also a put put course, rock climbing wall, and in line skate track. All in all, plenty to do. The service personnel both on the floor and in the restaurants were great. The food was surprisingly good considering how many meals are prepared per day! There were many choices and even entrees for vegetarians or those on low cal (sure). The big disappointment was not being able to get into Portofino's, the italian restaurant. I was told that one could not reserve ahead of the cruise. I called the minute I got to the stateroom and it was already booked for every night of the week! I was told that travel agents call to make reservations early in the day for their clients. The pools and hottub areas were luxurious with a italian flair. The solarium area is adults only and we noticed no problems with enforcement. Internet service is very slow and only available in a few areas of the ship. I brought a lap top but there were plenty of computers available in the internet room. Cost is around .50 a minute and it takes about 5 minutes just to log onto email. Our itinerary changed a bit because of Christmas. Our first day was in St. Thomas. We stayed on board because we'd been there and just wanted to relax. Aruba has nice beaches but skip the town. Curacao boasts a new quay area with a nice walk to the colorful town. Beware the floating pedestrian bridge: it moves to allow ships to come and go. Seventeen people missed our departure when the bridge opened and they were stranded on the wrong side of the water. St. Maarten/St.Martin was our favorite: a nice town development is accessible by water taxi from the ship. Beach, shops, restaurants, etc...We toured the island by cab. There are some fabulous areas. Departure was a bit lengthy. We were close to last and it took several hours to get everyone off. Since one must vacate the cabin by 8 a.m. and stay in the theatre it is a bit boring. I would suggest that if you have a late flight, stay in your cabin as long as you can then have a long breakfast. The San Juan airport was crowded but efficient. Wandering musicians helped everyone stay happy.

Holiday Week on a beautiful ship

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by karen wilber

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We cruised "December 23-30 aboard Adventure of the Seas. Boarding was a breeze with the SetSail Pass. It took several hours to get our luggage so you may want to carry on sandals, shorts, etc. if you are coming from the frozen north. Our party consisted of 3 staterooms, 6206, 6208, and 7206. These cabins are at the front of the ship, at the end of a long hallway and were chosen to avoid the problem of people walking or running by the cabins at all hours. It worked almost perfectly. The cabins do not have balconies but were very spacious. 7206 has two large port holes while the 6th floor cabins had one each. Most families with younger children seem to book in the lengthy hall sections where the inside cabin for the kids is across from the outside parental cabin. Our cabins were very convenient to the spa/gym, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Promenade shops.
Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It was tastefully decorated for the holidays though we all thought they could have ditched the Christmas music after the 25th but that is a minor point. The evening entertainment was better than expected, especially MICKEY DOLENZ (formerly of the Monkees and, for those of you over 50, Corky of tv's Circus Boy). He gave an amazing show, really went all out. Book him again!! The Ice Shows were also excellent.
Our group ranged in age from 20-55. There were many multi generational groups aboard as you'd expect during the holidays. We had no problems with children or rude people even though the ship was at capacity. The only time it even felt crowded was the two days at sea when people would "reserve" deck chairs even though there were announcements asking that one not leave the chair empty for more than 30m minutes. The second at sea day, we discovered practically empty decks on 3 and 4 with chairs and shuffleboard. They were in the shade which was more than o.k. with us but if you insist on sun be advised that there are chair hogs on board.
The basketball court continuously hosted many of the young males on board. In the same area there is also a put put course, rock climbing wall, and in line skate track. All in all, plenty to do.
The service personnel both on the floor and in the restaurants were great. The food was surprisingly good considering how many meals are prepared per day! There were many choices and even entrees for vegetarians or those on low cal (sure). The big disappointment was not being able to get into Portofino's, the italian restaurant. I was told that one could not reserve ahead of the cruise. I called the minute I got to the stateroom and it was already booked for every night of the week! I was told that travel agents call to make reservations early in the day for their clients.
The pools and hottub areas were luxurious with a italian flair. The solarium area is adults only and we noticed no problems with enforcement.
Internet service is very slow and only available in a few areas of the ship. I brought a lap top but there were plenty of computers available in the internet room. Cost is around .50 a minute and it takes about 5 minutes just to log onto email.
Our itinerary changed a bit because of Christmas. Our first day was in St. Thomas. We stayed on board because we'd been there and just wanted to relax. Aruba has nice beaches but skip the town. Curacao boasts a new quay area with a nice walk to the colorful town. Beware the floating pedestrian bridge: it moves to allow ships to come and go. Seventeen people missed our departure when the bridge opened and they were stranded on the wrong side of the water. St. Maarten/St.Martin was our favorite: a nice town development is accessible by water taxi from the ship. Beach, shops, restaurants, etc...We toured the island by cab. There are some fabulous areas.
Departure was a bit lengthy. We were close to last and it took several hours to get everyone off. Since one must vacate the cabin by 8 a.m. and stay in the theatre it is a bit boring. I would suggest that if you have a late flight, stay in your cabin as long as you can then have a long breakfast. The San Juan airport was crowded but efficient. Wandering musicians helped everyone stay happy.
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