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Flew from Tampa, non-top to San Juan via JetBlue landing mid morning with plenty of time to get to port. Taxi system from SJU is very smooth and flat rate of $27 for our party of 4. Arrived at a very congested and confusing Pan AM port around 11:30. Clearly very chaotic compared to most US ports. Especially delayed to drop off bags. Once inside terminal things became more organized. Do keep in mind that Duty Free shop is just inside terminal to pick up some wine, water or soft drinks before embarking. Once processed at RCL counter we proceeded directly onto the ship heading to Windjammer before 12:30. Chose this cruise because of itinerary and love Voyageur class of ship. Adventure did not disappoint. No doubt she is ready for refurb this October, however still a beautiful vessel despite some evidence of wear and age. Our room 1388 - Level 10 AFT - was ready at 2 pm. This room and balcony was terrific. Very roomy despite pole to contend with. The large balcony had 2 chairs, 2 tables and 2 loungers. Highly recommended and second AFT for us and we're hooked. Our steward Udine Browne was simply terrific - thorough, competent and friendly - even addressed 2 maintenance concerns very promptly. Room, bathroom and furnishings showing signs of wear but did not diminish our enjoyment. One major observation throughout the ship was the friendly attitude of staff - from Captain Thomas to the crew. It can be pretty obvious if staff and crew are not happy. Our dining experience was quite satisfactory. Our Time dining in Mozart table 509 with Cany and his assistant Simon was most enjoyable. They did a terrific job and we chose not to try Giovanni's. Windjammer is as expected - rather chaotic on port mornings. Looks like the choices are diminishing but still plenty to select from. Again staff quite helpful, anxious to refill drinks and clear dishes etc. Lunch in the dining room, only available on Sea Day was a nice change. Breakfast on 2 mornings in dining room was good, not great. Always appreciate the Promenade Cafe offerings - always available. However, Arctic Zone frozen yogurt on deck 11 always lined up and not available in the evening. Overall, we found entertainment to be adequate but less than we used to expect on RCL. Ice Show and comedy brothers were highlights. Other entertainment in common areas and pool deck also enjoyable. Great sound system on Promenade. Bar prices are near criminal and the push is really on for beverage packages. Seems like little incentive to imbibe unless you drink to excess. Similarly photo prices are excessive at $23 with little incentive to purchase more than one. Seems so wasteful when you could easily have dozens of photos to choose from. Ports of call included St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Martinique and Barbados. All very interesting with no need to tender. St. Maarten very busy and congested. Martinique was surprisingly developed and populated. Barbados was smaller and less developed and polished than expected. Disembarkation process was far better than expected. Very organized and prompt with a sea of taxis waiting. We had early departure because of flight and departed right on schedule. Overall a very good experience. Great weather and ports with enhanced an already great cruise vacation. Highly recommended.

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Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by 60 somethings

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Flew from Tampa, non-top to San Juan via JetBlue landing mid morning with plenty of time to get to port. Taxi system from SJU is very smooth and flat rate of $27 for our party of 4.

Arrived at a very congested and confusing Pan AM port around 11:30. Clearly very chaotic compared to most US ports. Especially delayed to drop off bags. Once inside terminal things became more organized. Do keep in mind that Duty Free shop is just inside terminal to pick up some wine, water or soft drinks before embarking. Once processed at RCL counter we proceeded directly onto the ship heading to Windjammer before 12:30.

Chose this cruise because of itinerary and love Voyageur class of ship. Adventure did not disappoint. No doubt she is ready for refurb this October, however still a beautiful vessel despite some evidence of wear and age.

Our room 1388 - Level 10 AFT - was ready at 2 pm. This room and balcony was terrific. Very roomy despite pole to contend with. The large balcony had 2 chairs, 2 tables and 2 loungers. Highly recommended and second AFT for us and we're hooked. Our steward Udine Browne was simply terrific - thorough, competent and friendly - even addressed 2 maintenance concerns very promptly. Room, bathroom and furnishings showing signs of wear but did not diminish our enjoyment.

One major observation throughout the ship was the friendly attitude of staff - from Captain Thomas to the crew. It can be pretty obvious if staff and crew are not happy.

Our dining experience was quite satisfactory. Our Time dining in Mozart table 509 with Cany and his assistant Simon was most enjoyable. They did a terrific job and we chose not to try Giovanni's. Windjammer is as expected - rather chaotic on port mornings. Looks like the choices are diminishing but still plenty to select from. Again staff quite helpful, anxious to refill drinks and clear dishes etc. Lunch in the dining room, only available on Sea Day was a nice change. Breakfast on 2 mornings in dining room was good, not great.

Always appreciate the Promenade Cafe offerings - always available. However, Arctic Zone frozen yogurt on deck 11 always lined up and not available in the evening.

Overall, we found entertainment to be adequate but less than we used to expect on RCL. Ice Show and comedy brothers were highlights. Other entertainment in common areas and pool deck also enjoyable. Great sound system on Promenade.

Bar prices are near criminal and the push is really on for beverage packages. Seems like little incentive to imbibe unless you drink to excess.

Similarly photo prices are excessive at $23 with little incentive to purchase more than one. Seems so wasteful when you could easily have dozens of photos to choose from.

Ports of call included St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Martinique and Barbados. All very interesting with no need to tender. St. Maarten very busy and congested. Martinique was surprisingly developed and populated. Barbados was smaller and less developed and polished than expected.

Disembarkation process was far better than expected. Very organized and prompt with a sea of taxis waiting. We had early departure because of flight and departed right on schedule.

Overall a very good experience. Great weather and ports with enhanced an already great cruise vacation. Highly recommended.
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Cabin 1388
Excellent level AFT balcony location. Corner unit with larger cabin and very roomy balcony. Balcony included 2 chairs, 2 tables and 2 loungers - great view and very private. Located below Windjammer but NO evidence of noise. Room is showing some signs of wear with furniture, carpet and bathroom but did not affect our stay. There is a pole to contend with in the cabin - but you will only walk into it once! There is also a structure type beam on the balcony but was no problem. Recommended. Great steward with Udine.
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