Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by crazy4cruzin
- Sail Date: August 2017
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Promenade Stateroom
We arrived at the port for embarkation at about 1:15 pm and it was total CHAOS!! So many people on line just to drop off the luggage. Once you drop off the luggage, you then get on another line to get into the building to check-in. Then you get on the check-in line. There were so many people, but somehow we got on the ship by 2:00 just in time for the staterooms to be available to drop off your carry-on bags. On to lunch in the Windjammer! Let the cruise begin!!
We did the BOGO dinners for the first two nights and make reservations at Giovanni's Table restaurant for both nights, but after the fact we wish we had gone to Chops Grille for one of the nights. This BOGO is definitely worth doing, great value! After that we had the rest of our meals in the Main Dinning Room. We had My Time Dining at 6:30 and it worked out well. They will hold the reservations for up to 15 minutes if you are running late. The hostess that you check in with when you arrive in the MDR tries to put you at the same table with the same waitstaff each night. If you ask for a different table it almost becomes problematic, but if you insist they will do it.
The food for most part was good, not WOW, but good. I was disappointed with the escargot that I ordered the first night in the MDR, and I love eating escargot. It did not have that buttery garlicky taste that it should, something was lacking, so I never ordered it again. Other than that the meals were fine. The Windjammer food was fine also. You need to look on both sides of the buffet since they don't have exactly the same things on both sides. At breakfast there are several omelet stations, so look for the shortest line, don't just get on the first one you see. The Promenade Cafe was always busy and the line was usually long. We only went there to get a cup of coffee or tea and sit a little.
The Entertainment was good. We enjoyed the comedy shows and game shows the best. The production shows were not to our liking and ho-hum. The piano player was very good in the Schooner lounge.
The only sea day we had I went up to the pool deck around 8:30 am to get lounge chairs thinking we wouldn't be able to find any, but this was not the case. There were plenty and I got to choose my spot. It filled up though by 9:30-10:00. We spent the day around the pool and just relaxed after a very busy week.
We did 'Independent Disembarkation' and were given a time to disembark later than we had wanted, so my husband went down to the Reception desk and asked for an earlier time and got it without a problem. You are told to go to a certain lounge or space at a specific time to wait for your number to be called. But soon realized that you don't need to really wait for your number to be called to get off, instead you can just walk off with all your bags any time you want without waiting for your number. So this is what we did and wish we had known this earlier. Once through customs (long line) you go outside to get a taxi. Make sure you approach a taxi dispatcher and get a voucher because without this you won't get a taxi quickly. To go to the airport we paid $23 coming to the pier and $22 going to the airport. It takes less than a half hour to get between the two points.
Overall we had a great time and would definitely do it again, given the opportunity. The island were beautiful. The only thing I would do differently is possibly sleep in a little later each day and not feel pressured to get going early.
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