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We flew in a day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites. Our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm but they give you an access card for the beautiful pool, there is a nice changing room, and they store your luggage for you. We had lunch at the hotel restaurant (El Patio), free drinks at the evening reception, dinner at the attached Outback Restaurant, and free breakfast in the morning. We checked out of the hotel at 11:00, took a cab to the pier and were onboard by noon. Lunch at the Windjammer, toured the ship, luggage was waiting at our room when the cabins were ready at 2:00. The ship was well maintained and easy to get around. The adult-only Solarium pool was a wonderful, quiet retreat. There were 2 large hot tubs in addition to the pool. The pool patrol removed towels from unoccupied seats after 30 minutes so we could always find someplace to relax. The drink waiters were easy to find and not too intrusive, and at the Solarium Bar it was easy to get waited on. We ate most of our breakfasts and all of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. The food was fine. Lunch was Main Dining Room when available, Windjammer, Promenade Café, or onshore. I gained 5 pounds, too much dessert! The shows were fine with good headliner acts (Singers and Comedians) and funny audience participation shows. We skipped The Quest because we've seen it before and we don't care for how its handled in larger venues. But the very best entertainment was an absolutely fabulous guitar soloist named Jeffrey Malazo. We pretty much stalked him and showed up wherever he was playing. One thing we noticed was that the guests on this cruise just seemed to be extra friendly! Even in the elevators people were smiling and making pleasant comments to each other. We struck up conversations everywhere we went. St. Thomas - Booked a tour through Godfrey Tours ($35 each). Its an ok tour if you want to drive around and see the island, but not great if you want to spend time at the beach. Beach time was only about an hour. St. Kitts - Tourist industry not very developed yet, but I got a wonderful massage at the shops in the pier area. Look for a big oval orange sign that says "Chop Shop". Its a nice spa where you can get a great massage for way less than ship prices. $55 for 45 minutes, $90 for a full hour. They also do manicures and pedicures. Parked my husband at the open air bar across the street. Aruba - Went on an open-air bus tour with a guy selling tours right when you leave the ship. $20 each, hit most of the tourist sites and then spent several hours at beautiful Palm Beach (high rise district). Then he came back and either you could go back to the ship or get dropped off in the pier area for shopping. We thought it was a good value. Curacao - Booked the Trolley Tour through the ship. Went on a nice relaxed tour through the town, and then went shopping in the very charming shopping area. The shops there sell actual clothing, luggage, even shoes, along with the usual jewelry shops and souvenir stuff. We had lunch in a nice little outdoor café. My suggestion would be to save your shopping for Curacao, rather than St. Thomas, because its so much nicer. Disembarkation was fast and painless. Caught a taxi, went to the airport, headed home. We've been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and this was our favorite itinerary, and I'm sure we will do it again.

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Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by SewMuch

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We flew in a day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites. Our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm but they give you an access card for the beautiful pool, there is a nice changing room, and they store your luggage for you. We had lunch at the hotel restaurant (El Patio), free drinks at the evening reception, dinner at the attached Outback Restaurant, and free breakfast in the morning.

We checked out of the hotel at 11:00, took a cab to the pier and were onboard by noon. Lunch at the Windjammer, toured the ship, luggage was waiting at our room when the cabins were ready at 2:00.

The ship was well maintained and easy to get around. The adult-only Solarium pool was a wonderful, quiet retreat. There were 2 large hot tubs in addition to the pool. The pool patrol removed towels from unoccupied seats after 30 minutes so we could always find someplace to relax. The drink waiters were easy to find and not too intrusive, and at the Solarium Bar it was easy to get waited on.

We ate most of our breakfasts and all of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. The food was fine. Lunch was Main Dining Room when available, Windjammer, Promenade Café, or onshore. I gained 5 pounds, too much dessert!

The shows were fine with good headliner acts (Singers and Comedians) and funny audience participation shows. We skipped The Quest because we've seen it before and we don't care for how its handled in larger venues. But the very best entertainment was an absolutely fabulous guitar soloist named Jeffrey Malazo. We pretty much stalked him and showed up wherever he was playing.

One thing we noticed was that the guests on this cruise just seemed to be extra friendly! Even in the elevators people were smiling and making pleasant comments to each other. We struck up conversations everywhere we went.

St. Thomas - Booked a tour through Godfrey Tours ($35 each). Its an ok tour if you want to drive around and see the island, but not great if you want to spend time at the beach. Beach time was only about an hour.

St. Kitts - Tourist industry not very developed yet, but I got a wonderful massage at the shops in the pier area. Look for a big oval orange sign that says "Chop Shop". Its a nice spa where you can get a great massage for way less than ship prices. $55 for 45 minutes, $90 for a full hour. They also do manicures and pedicures. Parked my husband at the open air bar across the street.

Aruba - Went on an open-air bus tour with a guy selling tours right when you leave the ship. $20 each, hit most of the tourist sites and then spent several hours at beautiful Palm Beach (high rise district). Then he came back and either you could go back to the ship or get dropped off in the pier area for shopping. We thought it was a good value.

Curacao - Booked the Trolley Tour through the ship. Went on a nice relaxed tour through the town, and then went shopping in the very charming shopping area. The shops there sell actual clothing, luggage, even shoes, along with the usual jewelry shops and souvenir stuff. We had lunch in a nice little outdoor café. My suggestion would be to save your shopping for Curacao, rather than St. Thomas, because its so much nicer.

Disembarkation was fast and painless. Caught a taxi, went to the airport, headed home.

We've been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and this was our favorite itinerary, and I'm sure we will do it again.
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Cabin 9324
A very nice spacious cabin. There was more storage than 2 people could possibly use, and the walk-in closet made it easy to keep our cabin neat and tidy. We actually liked having a balcony with metal walls because it was very private - no one was going to peek around the corner! Having a bathtub made the shower area larger than in a standard room, with a nice long clothesline for hanging up swimsuits. Having the elevators nearby was very convenient and we never noticed any extra noise.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Island Tour
    Open air bus tour that was right when we got off the ship. It stopped at most of the tourist sites and the driver was informative and interesting. Then he dropped us off at Palm Beach for several hours. We were able to rent 2 loungers and shade for just $20. There's a bar sticking out into the water where we had really great burgers for lunch. Beautiful sand and water, we want to go back.
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  • Trolley Tour
    Comfortable, informative tour around the town. Afterward we went shopping in the charming shopping district, best shopping experience all week. Interesting shops and outdoor cafes. Lovely island, we want to return here also.
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  • San Juan
    Had a very nice stay at the Embassy Suites hotel. Beautiful pool, free drinks at an evening reception and free breakfast in the morning. You know what the cab ride will cost before you get in.
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  • St. Kitts
    Stayed in the port area. Bought some souvenirs, then had a great massage at a spa named The Chop Shop (look for a big oval sign). There's a big open air bar across the street with frozen drinks.
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  • City Tour
    Started with some shopping time in the main shopping district full of liquor stores and jewelry shops. Then spent a lot of time in an open air taxi riding up and down hills, with very limited time at a few stops. Some people went straight back to the ship while others were dropped off at Coki Beach or Megans Bay for awhile.
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