Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by griffy
We traveled to San Juan from Atlanta one day early (Sat.) to be rested and ready for departure (Sun). Taxi from Airport to Embassy Suites, Isla Verde was $10.50 plus $1 per bag for 5 of us. Arrived at hotel in time for Manager's cocktail hour and dinner at Outback, located inside lobby of ES. Ate breakfast and walked to Walgreens to pick up canned drinks and forgotten cosmetics. We left for Pam Am Pier around noon, and by 1 pm we were in the Windjammer eating lunch. This is the fastest we've ever gotten from the Pier to the Windjammer. We are all C&A Platinum and were prepared for a long wait in the priority lounge. We didn't stop moving. By the time we finished lunch, our room was ready. We dropped a carry on in room and had a glass of wine, courtesy of our Travel Agent. Our room steward had it ready and waiting and another bottle chilling in fridge. Our room steward was probably the best we've ever had (out of 8 cruises with RCCL). He was always discreetly getting everything prepared before we asked. Our waiter was also probably the best we've ever had too. He was spot on with every suggestion on the food and was always attentive and prepared and he and the assistant waiter were the perfect team. Sail away wasn't until 8:30. The ship is in great shape. After the muster drill, we headed to our cabin to find that our luggage was starting to arrive. We had 3 bags and by the time we emptied one, the next was arriving. We had 3 balcony cabins and one inside cabin. The C&A Coupon book is really sad. We used the buy a glass of wine and get one free coupons, the internet coupon and the free pulls on the special slot machine. They had $5 off on $25 laundry order, a buy one milkshake get one free at Johnny Rockets, and a couple of $5 win coupons in the casion. It was pretty useless. The internet is so slow that to get a quick 2-sentence message to someone will eat up more than the coupon value. My daughter and I shared 1 cabin; other daughter & son-in-law 1 cabin; sister and mother in one cabin; and my 15yr old grandson and 20 yr-old nephew had the inside cabin, which ended up being on the other side of the ship from us. We had 4 ports and 2 days at sea. Our first port of call was Aruba. Because there's a wide age span and wide range of interests, we weren't all together during the day. My son-in-law went scuba diving and loved the dive. We shopped and explored the bargains. We had planned to catch a taxi to the beach, but discovered that we had the pool all to ourselves and we ate lunch and enjoyed the pool and the frozen drinks with umbrellas. The bar staff was the only disappointment. Twice I specifically said, NOT in the souvenior glass, but got the glass and the higher charge. The drink looked too good to refuse (way too good), so I ended up paying the higher price and leaving the glass because you can't really carry those home easily on a plane. Curacao was a new port for us and we took the trolley because my Mother is 78 and this was an excursion she could enjoy. It was a oka pleasant tour. At the end of the tour you can return to the ship or they will drop you in town for shopping. Some of our party returned to the ship and others shopped. The first day was at sea and, of course, the pool was a very popular spot. Dominica was new for us. My son-in-law said that his dive was one of the most unusual he's ever taken. They have a volcano on the island and he said that part of the dive, he was sourrounded by bubbles, as if he were in a glass of champagne. I wish now, that we had gone to the Hot Springs and swam. I went to find a pharmacy to get some toothpaste and it was quite an experience. Their stores are crazy. It would take too long to explain, but I would suggest you have all your supplies when you get to this port. We had a second day at sea and we also stopped in St. Thomas. We took a taxi to Meghan's Bay. Taxi service is $8 each way, per person and it's $5 to get into Megan's Bay. It's a beautiful beach and our photos look incredible. We had a great day at the beach and returned and did a little shopping. While on the ship, we went to the Ice Skating performance which was good, and the Quest..a must see on every cruise. We only did the Lyric Theater one night and there were empty seats, which never used to happen. Embarking in San Juan was the easiest ever and we could have made an earlier flight if I had known how quick RCCL and customs would be. Because I booked a later flight, we got to spend some quality time in the San Juan airport. All in all, this was a great vacation and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable trip. Feel free to e-mail questions.
griffy’s Full Rating Summary
The bedding is heavy, bulky and you trip over the corners going around the end of the bed to the balcony. I wish they would replace it with something more lightweight. It is too heavy to move about easily in the bed.We were mid-ship, just off the elevator lobby and in spite of the close proximity to the elevator, it was quiet. With only 2 people there was plenty of storage space. Our cabins were on the port-side and we faced the port at each stop. The balcony didn't have very much of a breeze in most of the ports.
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