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This was my second cruise on a big ship (the other was on Holland America) , plus two smaller liveaboard dive cruises.  My boyfriend has been on Royal Caribbean 3 times, plus once on Carnival.  This was a celebration cruise for him.  We booked the cruise through our local travel agent in January, which gave us plenty of time to read reviews online in anticipation of our vacation.   Taking the hotel shuttle to the airport on Saturday morning, we were glad to have been upgraded on our direct flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We arrived and got our bags, making our way thru the crowded terminal to the orange Taxi Touristico booth for our ride to the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan.  We were pretty tired, so we went across the street to the Super Max grocery for some munchies and wine, and then tried a local 'dive', Restaurante La Jataca, serving Comida Criolla, or the local cuisine.  Though the kind woman there didn't speak any English, we managed to order a shrimp and mofongo dinner and arroz con pollo in broken Spanish...de-licious!  Satisfied, we shared a crème brulee dessert at the hotel before calling it a day.   Luckily, we were able to arrange for a late check out, and took a taxi over to the Pan American Pier around 1pm, a short 10 minute ride.  There was already a line of guests waiting to board...and the ship was huge (the cruise documentation didn't say when boarding started, but probably around noon).  It was right next to the Caribbean Princess, which looked really nice, too (but without the rock climbing wall or ice skating rink!)  In less than 30 minutes, we were onboard.  We got our dinner seating straightened out, and then went to our stateroom.  Our cabin was decorated with Bon Voyage streamers, and a bottle of Pinot Noir, chocolate covered strawberries and a shipboard credit certificate awaited us thanks to our family!  We looked around the Royal Promenade while waiting for our luggage.  There were lots of people at the pool, but we decided to save that for later.   We got thru the obligatory muster (no, not mustard!) safety drill, which we made a bit more fun by taking pictures.  Then, we got a call from our neighbors down the hall letting us know one of our bags was at her door, and 10 minutes before dinner, our Stateroom Attendant came thru with the final bag.  We had our first dinner and then headed up to the Viking Crown Lounge for what would become our nightly ritual before going to sleep.   Monday was a day at sea, which was great.  We slept in, had a leisurely breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe, and wandered around the ship.  We sat up on Deck 12 for a few hours, and it was sunny but really windy.  It was formal night, so we rented a tuxedo!  After dinner and drinks, we came back to our cabin to find our first towel creature, a swan!  It was an early night since I would be diving the next morning.   We arrived early at Bridgetown, Barbados, and I disembarked for my two-tank dive excursion with West End Scuba Centre.  The boat was (too) full with 19 divers, and we were accompanied by Captain Dave, G and Summer.  The gear was well-worn but worked, and I was excited to see my first ever seahorse at a site called Silver Banks.  The second dive was in Carlisle Bay, and there were lots of fish among several wrecks, and the visibility was much better.  Afterwards, we had lunch at the Windjammer and wandered through the little shops at the port.  We went and found some beach chairs up on Deck 12, and though it was a bit windy, we enjoyed the sunshine for a couple of hours.  We had been dozing when the cruise ship horn went off and scared us awake (it was just like the Royal Caribbean miniature golf commercial!).  We enjoyed dinner along with a serenade by our wait staff of Giovanni Capurro and Eduardo di Capua's O Sole Mio.  Afterwards, we listened to some live Big Band music in the Imperial Theatre, and then enjoyed the Cool Art Hot Ice show, a fun evening with amazing skaters on a tiny rink onboard.   The towel creature that night was a lobster!   On Wednesday in St Lucia, we booked an excursion independent of the ship, through Cosol Tours, http://cosol-tours.com/.   Our guide, Bumpy, shared with us the banana plantation, the many fruits and spices along the road (cinnamon, papaya, coconuts, cashews) and the history of St Lucia.  We stopped at Anse La Raye fishing village and then for breakfast of local delicacies...Johnnycakes, okra and saltfish fritters, meatpies, fruits, and banana ketchup.  Then we were off to Soufriere, near the Pitons, passing through the Sulphur Springs and botanical gardens along the way.  After a short boat ride, we napped for about an hour at the Jalousie Plantation resort's private beach in between the Pitons, before making our way back to the ship.  The tour was a great value, with all snacks included, plus free water, soda, Piton beer and a sampling of the Liquidbrew V infused rum.  Because of the rain and some jellyfish, we didn't get to do any snorkeling, but it was an outstanding day nonetheless.  Back up at the Viking Crown Lounge for our aperitif, we were amused by the Caribbean Princess' crew waving a giant hand from the crew door on the side of the ship as they departed just ahead of us.  Dinner was fun that night, and a puppy dog towel creature (or was it an anteater) greeted us back in the stateroom.   We got to sleep in again on Thursday, as we arrived in St John's, Antigua.  Our travel agent arranged for a private galley tour for us, which was really neat...so much stainless steel!  It's almost like that Visa checkcard commercial how orchestrated the process is (and of course, we guests "ruin" it by ordering seconds or changing our minds!)  I went for a look-see at the shops in port, and we relaxed in the adults-only Solarium pool area and got some sun (we wished they had flags in the Solarium, though, instead of waiters walking by every 5 minutes asking "drinks, cocktails").  Anyway, we waved goodbye to the Caribbean Princess again, as this was the last port they would share with us.   That night, we were really disappointed with the Portofino Wine Dinner Series on board.  Turns out we missed the second formal night by booking this dinner at $55/each.  The menu was pre fixe (pre-selected for us); this was not mentioned in the description, and the wines and their description were amateurish.  We were hoping to try the calamari fritti alla ligure, spiedino di frutti di mare alla Toscana (skewer of lobster, shrimp, scallops and salmon) and special Tiramisu in the chocolate bowl and coffee liqueur that we'd read about online, but no luck...bummer.  Had we known, we would've booked a "regular" dinner there for $20/each instead.  But the night was saved by our towel creature, a hanging monkey!   Already Friday, I woke up really early, around 0545, and looked outside to see a beautiful rainbow.  After a short nap, I went out to meet my dive group on Deck 11 at the onboard Sea Trek shop.  We headed out to Dock Maarten (get it?) and the Scuba Fun dive shop nearby.  We met Kelly and several Pauls who took us on a newly painted dive boat out to Cable Reef.  It was a neat dive, and the shop assigned an instructor to each small group of 4 divers, which made it really nice and safe.  We saw lots of stingrays and the wreck had a lot of neat swim thru's.  After about 40 minutes, we surfaced to find the boat deck pitching in the seas.  Once onboard, we proceed to our second site, called The Maze, while waiting out our surface interval.  This is when the fun began...seasickness.  About 6 people onboard were leaning over the rails, "chumming" the waters for our next dive.  Though I didn't feel perfect (I think I was only "saved" by using my Relief Band, http://www.reliefband.com/whatisit.html), I figured it would be better off the boat than on, and hurried off the boat.  A few divers sat out this second dive because of their sickness.  The site was a neat maze of coral heads, and we saw a black tip reef shark, grouper, parrotfish, stingrays and spiny lobsters.  Unfortunately, the site was quite surgy, and with the waving fan corals, none of us felt great.  But, it was still cool underwater, and we stayed for about 50 minutes.  Back on board, we were none happier than when we returned to the dock!  Though it wasn't any fun to see other folks getting sick, overall it was a good dive day.  The onboard photographer took some great shots of me as well for a very fair price.   Getting back to the ship, I quickly changed and we took a taxi to the Sunset Beach Bar adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport (about a 30 minute ride).  We enjoyed Carib beer with barbeque chicken and ribs, while watching the airplanes take off and land just above the beach!  The largest was the Air France flight (see You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8KjPNj2jgw).  The bar even had the air traffic control radio piped in...lots of fun!  At dinner, we looked around the shops in the Royal Promenade, smiled at our rabbit towel creature, and relaxed on the balcony.   We couldn't believe Saturday came so quickly!  I woke up early and was first in line for the open session at the rock climbing wall.  Though I'd never climbed before, I was outfitted with shoes, a harness and helmet, and after a few minutes of instruction, climbed to the top, 200 feet above the water ringing the victory bell (okay, the wall was only 30 feet high, but it was harder than it looked)!  We had breakfast before our last excursion, a trip out to Buck Island to snorkel off the coast of St Croix, USVI.  They have an underwater trail and we saw lots of snapper, tangs and even a big barracuda!  Royal Caribbean used a local vendor called Caribbean Sea Adventures.  There were way too many people though, which, of course, scared away some of the fish and made for an uncomfortable boat ride.  Also, their "snacks" onboard consisted of one granola bar...we learned our lesson...ha ha!   That night, we took pictures with our tablemates and our waiters.  We also had our last drinks with our Viking Crown Lounge crew.  It was sad to bid them farewell.  Our last towel creature was a Southern stingray...fitting, as we'd seen lots of them underwater!   On Sunday, we disembarked (after laughing at our Sea Pass account total!), and checked into the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (yes, they let us check in at 9:30am!).  After a short nap, we took a taxi into Old San Juan and had lunch at Raices Restaurante, 315 Recinto Sur Street, 787-289-2121, www.restauranteraices.com.  We enjoyed Medalla (muh-die-yah) Light, the local beer and mofongos (green plantains stuffed with fried pork)...yum!  We walked along the streets and then we toured the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also known as "El Morro".  I took a few snapshots of the picturesque windows and shutters, as well as the cobblestone streets, made with blue stones from the Spanish ships (they were used as ballast).  Our feet hurt and it was hot and humid, so we taxi'd back to the hotel and ordered room service.   Very neat place...we wished we'd stayed a few more days in San Juan.   Really early on Monday morning, we took a taxi to the airport, arriving at 0500.  We went through the agriculture inspection station before getting in the airline check-in line, and were glad to be Delta Medallion members since our baggage limits were higher (70lbs versus 50).  We saw some other passengers having to pay $50 for extra bags!  We were also upgraded again, which made for a relaxing flight.  An uneventful drive back home brought us to the end of our vacation!   Some notes: - We thought San Juan was one of the best kept secrets in the US...we loved it though we wished we had studied up on Spanish better. - Of the two hotels we sampled in San Juan, we preferred the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which is right on the beach.  The other, the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, was also nice, but with much fewer amenities for the same price.  Be aware that taxes add 25% to the hotel rate! - When boarding, check your Sea Pass for a table assignment.  If it says "000", it means you haven't been assigned.  We coincidentally ran into the dining area and had to wait about a half-hour to get it corrected.  It turned out that because of the new "My Time Dining" option, 2-top tables were severely limited.  Had we known more about this new option, we may have opted for it (for more flexibility in dinner times, instead of at 6pm each night).  That said, we liked having the same waiters each night even though we would've liked to have had our own table. - We made full use of our "Wine & Dine" package and would do this again.  Remember that you can order an extra bottle at the end of dinner to take back to the stateroom. - Look for discounted clearance logo clothing near the pool deck on the "at sea" day. - Don't forget to have soft serve yogurt, "hidden" on Deck 11 just outside the elevators on the starboard side. - Take socks for rock climbing and socks/jeans if you want to ice skate. - If you miss the previous night's theater show, you can watch them on TV in your cabin and catch the highlights. - They offered t-shirts for sale supporting the Make a Wish Foundation, called "Wishes at Sea", a worthy cause. - The laundry/pressing service on the ship was great...same day service was available and they had a half-price laundry day (no pressing) on Wednesday. - The tux rental onboard was very smooth, with last-minute alterations available.  - All ports accepted US dollars without any problem.  Make sure to take lots of cash for taxis and beach services, since the onboard ATM has a $6 service fee.  Also, it's nice to supplement the pre-paid tips (for which you get vouchers to give to the Head Waiter, Waiter, Assistant Waiter and Stateroom Attendant) with cash tips. - Our favorite stops were St Lucia, San Juan and St Maarten.  We didn't see much of Barbados, and could've done without Antigua. - We packed way too much, but were glad we had our own mask, snorkel and fins.  Next time, I would rent scuba gear onboard since the vendors' supplies were well worn (though functional). - We booked all of our excursions online prior to arriving in San Juan.  This was good because some of them, like the scuba trip in Barbados, was sold out by the time we boarded.  That said, I should've asked for more details on the Portofino Wine Series Dinner (like the menu) and the number of guests on the Buck Island excursion.   NOTE: Not sure why there were so many complains on the boards about departing out of San Juan and the Puerto Ricans onboard...we truly enjoyed the diversity and found that the most annoying folks were those people who seemed to think they were the only people on the ship (yelling at each other in the normally quiet Solarium, bumping into people with trays, throwing things off balconies, etc).   Adventure of the Seas Stats: Maiden Voyage: November 18, 2001 Passenger Capacity: 3,114 (but didn't feel like it) Length: 1020 feet Cruising Speed: 23.7 knots (though we only did 6-15 knots)

Awesome Southern Cruise with Scuba Diving & Island Touring!

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by PCBDiveCruiser

Trip Details
This was my second cruise on a big ship (the other was on Holland America) , plus two smaller liveaboard dive cruises.  My boyfriend has been on Royal Caribbean 3 times, plus once on Carnival.  This was a celebration cruise for him.  We booked the cruise through our local travel agent in January, which gave us plenty of time to read reviews online in anticipation of our vacation.
 
Taking the hotel shuttle to the airport on Saturday morning, we were glad to have been upgraded on our direct flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We arrived and got our bags, making our way thru the crowded terminal to the orange Taxi Touristico booth for our ride to the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan.  We were pretty tired, so we went across the street to the Super Max grocery for some munchies and wine, and then tried a local 'dive', Restaurante La Jataca, serving Comida Criolla, or the local cuisine.  Though the kind woman there didn't speak any English, we managed to order a shrimp and mofongo dinner and arroz con pollo in broken Spanish...de-licious!  Satisfied, we shared a crème brulee dessert at the hotel before calling it a day.
 
Luckily, we were able to arrange for a late check out, and took a taxi over to the Pan American Pier around 1pm, a short 10 minute ride.  There was already a line of guests waiting to board...and the ship was huge (the cruise documentation didn't say when boarding started, but probably around noon).  It was right next to the Caribbean Princess, which looked really nice, too (but without the rock climbing wall or ice skating rink!)  In less than 30 minutes, we were onboard.  We got our dinner seating straightened out, and then went to our stateroom.  Our cabin was decorated with Bon Voyage streamers, and a bottle of Pinot Noir, chocolate covered strawberries and a shipboard credit certificate awaited us thanks to our family!  We looked around the Royal Promenade while waiting for our luggage.  There were lots of people at the pool, but we decided to save that for later.
 
We got thru the obligatory muster (no, not mustard!) safety drill, which we made a bit more fun by taking pictures.  Then, we got a call from our neighbors down the hall letting us know one of our bags was at her door, and 10 minutes before dinner, our Stateroom Attendant came thru with the final bag.  We had our first dinner and then headed up to the Viking Crown Lounge for what would become our nightly ritual before going to sleep.
 
Monday was a day at sea, which was great.  We slept in, had a leisurely breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe, and wandered around the ship.  We sat up on Deck 12 for a few hours, and it was sunny but really windy.  It was formal night, so we rented a tuxedo!  After dinner and drinks, we came back to our cabin to find our first towel creature, a swan!  It was an early night since I would be diving the next morning.
 
We arrived early at Bridgetown, Barbados, and I disembarked for my two-tank dive excursion with West End Scuba Centre.  The boat was (too) full with 19 divers, and we were accompanied by Captain Dave, G and Summer.  The gear was well-worn but worked, and I was excited to see my first ever seahorse at a site called Silver Banks.  The second dive was in Carlisle Bay, and there were lots of fish among several wrecks, and the visibility was much better.  Afterwards, we had lunch at the Windjammer and wandered through the little shops at the port.  We went and found some beach chairs up on Deck 12, and though it was a bit windy, we enjoyed the sunshine for a couple of hours.  We had been dozing when the cruise ship horn went off and scared us awake (it was just like the Royal Caribbean miniature golf commercial!).  We enjoyed dinner along with a serenade by our wait staff of Giovanni Capurro and Eduardo di Capua's O Sole Mio.  Afterwards, we listened to some live Big Band music in the Imperial Theatre, and then enjoyed the Cool Art Hot Ice show, a fun evening with amazing skaters on a tiny rink onboard.   The towel creature that night was a lobster!
 
On Wednesday in St Lucia, we booked an excursion independent of the ship, through Cosol Tours, http://cosol-tours.com/.   Our guide, Bumpy, shared with us the banana plantation, the many fruits and spices along the road (cinnamon, papaya, coconuts, cashews) and the history of St Lucia.  We stopped at Anse La Raye fishing village and then for breakfast of local delicacies...Johnnycakes, okra and saltfish fritters, meatpies, fruits, and banana ketchup.  Then we were off to Soufriere, near the Pitons, passing through the Sulphur Springs and botanical gardens along the way.  After a short boat ride, we napped for about an hour at the Jalousie Plantation resort's private beach in between the Pitons, before making our way back to the ship.  The tour was a great value, with all snacks included, plus free water, soda, Piton beer and a sampling of the Liquidbrew V infused rum.  Because of the rain and some jellyfish, we didn't get to do any snorkeling, but it was an outstanding day nonetheless.  Back up at the Viking Crown Lounge for our aperitif, we were amused by the Caribbean Princess' crew waving a giant hand from the crew door on the side of the ship as they departed just ahead of us.  Dinner was fun that night, and a puppy dog towel creature (or was it an anteater) greeted us back in the stateroom.
 
We got to sleep in again on Thursday, as we arrived in St John's, Antigua.  Our travel agent arranged for a private galley tour for us, which was really neat...so much stainless steel!  It's almost like that Visa checkcard commercial how orchestrated the process is (and of course, we guests "ruin" it by ordering seconds or changing our minds!)  I went for a look-see at the shops in port, and we relaxed in the adults-only Solarium pool area and got some sun (we wished they had flags in the Solarium, though, instead of waiters walking by every 5 minutes asking "drinks, cocktails").  Anyway, we waved goodbye to the Caribbean Princess again, as this was the last port they would share with us.
 
That night, we were really disappointed with the Portofino Wine Dinner Series on board.  Turns out we missed the second formal night by booking this dinner at $55/each.  The menu was pre fixe (pre-selected for us); this was not mentioned in the description, and the wines and their description were amateurish.  We were hoping to try the calamari fritti alla ligure, spiedino di frutti di mare alla Toscana (skewer of lobster, shrimp, scallops and salmon) and special Tiramisu in the chocolate bowl and coffee liqueur that we'd read about online, but no luck...bummer.  Had we known, we would've booked a "regular" dinner there for $20/each instead.  But the night was saved by our towel creature, a hanging monkey!
 
Already Friday, I woke up really early, around 0545, and looked outside to see a beautiful rainbow.  After a short nap, I went out to meet my dive group on Deck 11 at the onboard Sea Trek shop.  We headed out to Dock Maarten (get it?) and the Scuba Fun dive shop nearby.  We met Kelly and several Pauls who took us on a newly painted dive boat out to Cable Reef.  It was a neat dive, and the shop assigned an instructor to each small group of 4 divers, which made it really nice and safe.  We saw lots of stingrays and the wreck had a lot of neat swim thru's.  After about 40 minutes, we surfaced to find the boat deck pitching in the seas.  Once onboard, we proceed to our second site, called The Maze, while waiting out our surface interval.  This is when the fun began...seasickness.  About 6 people onboard were leaning over the rails, "chumming" the waters for our next dive.  Though I didn't feel perfect (I think I was only "saved" by using my Relief Band, http://www.reliefband.com/whatisit.html), I figured it would be better off the boat than on, and hurried off the boat.  A few divers sat out this second dive because of their sickness.  The site was a neat maze of coral heads, and we saw a black tip reef shark, grouper, parrotfish, stingrays and spiny lobsters.  Unfortunately, the site was quite surgy, and with the waving fan corals, none of us felt great.  But, it was still cool underwater, and we stayed for about 50 minutes.  Back on board, we were none happier than when we returned to the dock!  Though it wasn't any fun to see other folks getting sick, overall it was a good dive day.  The onboard photographer took some great shots of me as well for a very fair price.
 
Getting back to the ship, I quickly changed and we took a taxi to the Sunset Beach Bar adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport (about a 30 minute ride).  We enjoyed Carib beer with barbeque chicken and ribs, while watching the airplanes take off and land just above the beach!  The largest was the Air France flight (see You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8KjPNj2jgw).  The bar even had the air traffic control radio piped in...lots of fun!  At dinner, we looked around the shops in the Royal Promenade, smiled at our rabbit towel creature, and relaxed on the balcony.
 
We couldn't believe Saturday came so quickly!  I woke up early and was first in line for the open session at the rock climbing wall.  Though I'd never climbed before, I was outfitted with shoes, a harness and helmet, and after a few minutes of instruction, climbed to the top, 200 feet above the water ringing the victory bell (okay, the wall was only 30 feet high, but it was harder than it looked)!  We had breakfast before our last excursion, a trip out to Buck Island to snorkel off the coast of St Croix, USVI.  They have an underwater trail and we saw lots of snapper, tangs and even a big barracuda!  Royal Caribbean used a local vendor called Caribbean Sea Adventures.  There were way too many people though, which, of course, scared away some of the fish and made for an uncomfortable boat ride.  Also, their "snacks" onboard consisted of one granola bar...we learned our lesson...ha ha!
 
That night, we took pictures with our tablemates and our waiters.  We also had our last drinks with our Viking Crown Lounge crew.  It was sad to bid them farewell.  Our last towel creature was a Southern stingray...fitting, as we'd seen lots of them underwater!
 
On Sunday, we disembarked (after laughing at our Sea Pass account total!), and checked into the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (yes, they let us check in at 9:30am!).  After a short nap, we took a taxi into Old San Juan and had lunch at Raices Restaurante, 315 Recinto Sur Street, 787-289-2121, www.restauranteraices.com.  We enjoyed Medalla (muh-die-yah) Light, the local beer and mofongos (green plantains stuffed with fried pork)...yum!  We walked along the streets and then we toured the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also known as "El Morro".  I took a few snapshots of the picturesque windows and shutters, as well as the cobblestone streets, made with blue stones from the Spanish ships (they were used as ballast).  Our feet hurt and it was hot and humid, so we taxi'd back to the hotel and ordered room service.   Very neat place...we wished we'd stayed a few more days in San Juan.
 
Really early on Monday morning, we took a taxi to the airport, arriving at 0500.  We went through the agriculture inspection station before getting in the airline check-in line, and were glad to be Delta Medallion members since our baggage limits were higher (70lbs versus 50).  We saw some other passengers having to pay $50 for extra bags!  We were also upgraded again, which made for a relaxing flight.  An uneventful drive back home brought us to the end of our vacation!
 
Some notes:
- We thought San Juan was one of the best kept secrets in the US...we loved it though we wished we had studied up on Spanish better.
- Of the two hotels we sampled in San Juan, we preferred the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which is right on the beach.  The other, the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, was also nice, but with much fewer amenities for the same price.  Be aware that taxes add 25% to the hotel rate!
- When boarding, check your Sea Pass for a table assignment.  If it says "000", it means you haven't been assigned.  We coincidentally ran into the dining area and had to wait about a half-hour to get it corrected.  It turned out that because of the new "My Time Dining" option, 2-top tables were severely limited.  Had we known more about this new option, we may have opted for it (for more flexibility in dinner times, instead of at 6pm each night).  That said, we liked having the same waiters each night even though we would've liked to have had our own table.
- We made full use of our "Wine & Dine" package and would do this again.  Remember that you can order an extra bottle at the end of dinner to take back to the stateroom.
- Look for discounted clearance logo clothing near the pool deck on the "at sea" day.
- Don't forget to have soft serve yogurt, "hidden" on Deck 11 just outside the elevators on the starboard side.
- Take socks for rock climbing and socks/jeans if you want to ice skate.
- If you miss the previous night's theater show, you can watch them on TV in your cabin and catch the highlights.
- They offered t-shirts for sale supporting the Make a Wish Foundation, called "Wishes at Sea", a worthy cause.
- The laundry/pressing service on the ship was great...same day service was available and they had a half-price laundry day (no pressing) on Wednesday.
- The tux rental onboard was very smooth, with last-minute alterations available. 
- All ports accepted US dollars without any problem.  Make sure to take lots of cash for taxis and beach services, since the onboard ATM has a $6 service fee.  Also, it's nice to supplement the pre-paid tips (for which you get vouchers to give to the Head Waiter, Waiter, Assistant Waiter and Stateroom Attendant) with cash tips.
- Our favorite stops were St Lucia, San Juan and St Maarten.  We didn't see much of Barbados, and could've done without Antigua.
- We packed way too much, but were glad we had our own mask, snorkel and fins.  Next time, I would rent scuba gear onboard since the vendors' supplies were well worn (though functional).
- We booked all of our excursions online prior to arriving in San Juan.  This was good because some of them, like the scuba trip in Barbados, was sold out by the time we boarded.  That said, I should've asked for more details on the Portofino Wine Series Dinner (like the menu) and the number of guests on the Buck Island excursion.
 
NOTE: Not sure why there were so many complains on the boards about departing out of San Juan and the Puerto Ricans onboard...we truly enjoyed the diversity and found that the most annoying folks were those people who seemed to think they were the only people on the ship (yelling at each other in the normally quiet Solarium, bumping into people with trays, throwing things off balconies, etc).
 
Adventure of the Seas Stats:
Maiden Voyage: November 18, 2001
Passenger Capacity: 3,114 (but didn't feel like it)
Length: 1020 feet
Cruising Speed: 23.7 knots (though we only did 6-15 knots)
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Cabin 9648
Aft, port side balcony room.  Convenient to Windjammer Cafe (two decks up) and elevators (though far enough to keep it from getting noisy).  Views on this itinerary may be better on the starboard side, though.
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