Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by szdiver
- Sail Date: October 2008
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom
Since we were doing a back to back, we got to stay on the ship without even getting off in San Juan. You get the new cards and the room steward moves your clothes. Anthony helped us move. If I did not say, he was our room stewart on the first half of the journey. They cleaned our room first so we stayed in the concierge lounge and waited with DeDe until our room was ready. We had the Royal Suite, #1620 for the second half. DeDe was wonderful and helped us on both parts of our trip. She is really a wonderfully funny person and stays active all the time. So much energy! We got into our room around noon and settled in to wait for the clothing, which came pretty fast. We had everything put away before most people boarded. Dave, of course, went to the balcony. The RS does not have an extra bathroom or bedroom like the RFS, so Cassie used the couch-bed, which she said was comfortable. The first few days were nice, but later on about Wednesday, when the tv went out, things got a little bad. For the last three days, we had tv parts all over the living/dining rooms and could not really get comfortable there, so were pretty much in the bedroom and deck most of that time. I finally asked them to leave so we could get dressed for dinner. Anyway, between the tv problems and the A/C not working in the bedroom, it was not the relaxing time we had on the first part. Besides which, we were directly under the pool deck, which was very noisy. Why they put the biggest room on the ship under the nosiest place is beyond me. We met Alahondro, our room stewart and he was very efficient and nice. He told us that on Friday he had to leave for his daughter's wedding and another person would take over for the other two days, but that he would pay him out of his tips. He kept a cooler for our champagne so we did not have to constantly ask for ice. There was a butler's pantry to the side which we utilized for cold pops and stored our luggage there also. Very convenient. Monday was a sea day, and we had another cruise critic gathering at 2PM, since as I said before, 5PM on a formal night does not give much time to get acquainted. We exchanged regional gifts - I got coffee from San Juan and did another cabin crawl. These are such fun and you get to see other cabin categories. Surprisingly, there were new shows this week from last week. The Beatles review was gone and we had Motown singers instead. Very nice. The singers and dancers were all good, but the singers were not Great. Tuesday, we were in Aruba, where we had been several times. We did some shopping for Cassie's girls hockey team back home and picked up some pop and other items. Back to the ship and relaxing time. The hot tub on our deck was one of the more pleasant memories from this cabin. We used it a lot. Dinner was nice, and we met up with another couple from Britain. The other couples were from Peru and San Juan. Everyone except us spoke Spanish, so we had a few moments where we felt left out, but after the second night, we got along a lot better. Wednesday, we did a shore excursion to Curosel where we did a cooking experience we had done last year. 15 of us were divided into groups who each did a part of the meal and then we ate and drank wine and chatted. It was a fun experience and we got all the recipes afterwards to take home. Angelica was a funny and warm person and we will probably go back again in the future. We ate in the specialty restaurant tonight and we all had the filet. It was good, but not up to a par with Celebrity specialty restaurants. There were several tables who were very loud and took away from the relaxing atmosphere that is usually a part of these places. We saw the show early that night and it was a good one with lots of singing and dancing. Thursday was a sea day and we decided to do another drink party for others we had met at the cooking class and our tablemates. Again, it was nice to relax and chat with new people. Afterwards, we went up to the pool in the quiet section. Friday, at St. Maarten, since we had shopped the week before, Dave & I decided to do a beach and went to Orient Beach. Beautiful turquoise water and very relaxing with chairs and umbrellas (for $11.00). I decided to do my first parasailing experience. Boy, was that fun! I could not believe how much fun it was to be way above the ocean and beach and see for miles. WOW! Then we went to a little restaurant on the beach where we had a burger and fries. Very expensive! But it was a pretty place. After a while, we decided to go back to the ship and relax a bit before dinner. Since tomorrow is the last day, I did a little packing. A comedian was that night and he was funny. Friday, in St. Thomas, Dave & I did another beach day but the beach was not as nice as St. Maarten. It was, however, nice enough. We left about 1PM to go back to the ship. Overall, the cruise was fun except for the problems with the room. Service was excellent and entertainment was good. Disembarkment was extremely fast and we were off the ship about 9:30 and in a cab about 10 minutes later. We had done the express delivery of luggage to the airport, so did not have to take it along. We rented a day room at the Caribe Hilton and enjoyed a few hours on the beach before heading back home. The person who impressed me the most was DeDe - the concierge. She was always ready to help and no problem was too small or too large for her to handle. Thanks DeDe for a wonderful cruise. Cassie says hi too. Back home was not as great, as we had to replenish our freezer and cold foods from Ike's visit. We waited until we got back in case power went out again without us there. We enjoyed AOS for two weeks, and the weather was beautiful.
szdiver’s Full Rating Summary
The Royal Suite should be quiet and relaxing - and maintained. It was not! Regular cleaning was done, but it needs a good thorough deep cleaning in most places. The walk in closet was nice, but crowded behind the bed with only a small entrance was inconvenient. The hot tub always had a yellow ring around it, but I think that was the water's fault. The noise from above was always bad and if I could have, I would have went back to the Royal Family Suite from last week. Much nicer.
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