This cruise was chosen by the nieces and nephews for our family cruise for its ports of call and departure city San Juan. Some of us had cruised the Adventure last summer but we were OK with going back for another cruise out of San Juan.
We flew in the day before, highly recommended, and had a nice stay at the Hyatt House and got some needed rest after a long flight from Ohio. The cab ride to the port is very short and cost around $15 dollars depending on luggage. Get a porter when you get to the terminal ASAP and as long as your bag tags from Royal are attached with floor and room assignment you are free to enter the staging area. We arrived at the terminal at 10:45 and were on the ship by 11:30. Because we are Diamond members we were able to move a little quicker through the process.
Because we had such a large party (23 people young and old) we sat at 3 large tables by the window on floor 5. The food was very good especially the appetizers and deserts. Our service was excellent considering the number of people in our party. The bad part was the sun was setting on our side making it very warm and the curtains were not able to keep it cool. Our Head Waiter Donald was notified but nothing was done.
The windjammer was very good also for breakfast and lunch. Tables were kept clean and the servers were friendly. It is typical buffet food so you get a large choice and plenty of it. Remember it is a buffet not a 5 star restaurant.
Entertainment was just OK. The Journey tribute band was excellent as is the ice show. The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers are OK, not my cup of tea. The performances are flat and not inspiring to me. When I am on a cruise I want some uplifting sing a long music. Maybe if they changed the choice of songs I would like it better. The comedian was also OK but some liked him a lot more than I did.
Service was very good throughout the ship. Our room steward Michael was excellent ( Room 7653 ) keeping us supplied with what ever we needed. Being nice and giving a small tip at the start of the week helps also. These room stewards work very hard.
We had been to all the ports before so we just mainly shopped around and came back to the ship to enjoy the pool and flow rider. The flow rider should be open earlier even at ports as a lot of kids would enjoy riding than if they are not off the ship and it is less crowded. On port days the flow rider did not open until 3 pm.
We have a philosophy that we don't let little problems bother us, we go with the flow. Sure RCCL will nickel and dime you on your cruise experience for things that you feel should be included, do your research going in so you are not surprised is the best tip I can give you.
Looking forward to cruise number 18 in February on Oasis of the Seas.
Cabin was clean and our cabin steward Micheal was excellent. We had plenty of storage for the 3 of us by not over packing. Beds were comfortable and air conditioner worked great.
Stayed at the Hyatt House, very close to the terminal. Nice Hotel with a very nice breakfast in the morning.
Walked from the ship into Curacao and enjoyed the shopping and food. Very clean compared to some ports.
We had already seen Aruba so we took a short walk to the shops off the ship and back on to enjoy the pool.
Love St. Maarten. Walked into to town to see my friend Juggie the owner of the smallest bar in the world. Stop by and see Juggie for cigars, frozen drinks either with or without booze especially the frozen mango which he grows at his house. Alot of souvenirs there and his chocalate rum sauce is to die for. Just ask for Juggies place, not far off the beach. Sit and have a cigar and drink with Juggie who is a very interesting man to yalk with. Have lunch on the beach at Pirates in Paradise Beach Bar, very good food and the best onion rings around.