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This was an outstanding cruise with port calls at five interesting Caribbean islands: St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. It sailed out of San Juan; we stayed there for two days upon our return. The boarding was well-organized and not particularly time consuming. The same was true for departure, which was very well done. Our Junior Suite stateroom was spacious and comfortable. It was kept in top shape by our friendly and very capable Stateroom Attendant Lizbeth Brooks. Dining was excellent with very good food and service. The breakfast and lunch buffets offered just about anything one could desire or imagine. The service was excellent, with waiters hovering nearby by bring beverages or clean up tables. Head Waiter Anabela De Gois was particularly helpful in correcting one small dinner complaint we had; she was thorough and gracious in responding. It was nice to have the flexibility of "My Time" dining. However, we found that if we changed the time from a pre-selected seating, the table was not particularly desirable. The cruise was great for those who like to exercise. There was a running track on the 12th deck, with five laps to a mile. It was particularly delightful to run early in the morning while arriving at a new port. The ship's fitness center was large and well-equipped, with a separate room for stretching and class exercises. The port excursions were interesting and varied. The St. Kitts tour of a "Caribbean Plantation and Beach" was somewhat underwhelming. The 'plantation' was an interesting old house with wonderful views and gardens, but not much more. The beach was nothing to write home about. By contrast the "Best Views of St. Lucia" tour was well worth taking. It did indeed offer wonderful views of this lush, green island. It also featured a stop at the Rain Forest Adventure Park, where one could take a walk into a fascinating rain forest with giant trees and tropical plants -- a world of its own. My wife and I particularly valued the "Best of Barbados" tour, where we were privileged to have Susan Abbott as the guide. Speaking with a slight Irish brogue (her grandfather was Irish!), she proved to be an expert on local plants, flowers, trees and fruit as well as a highly knowledgeable Barbados historian. At the tour's end we expressed interest in seeing the house where a young George Washington stayed in 1751 on his only trip outside the U.S. Although somewhat off the beaten track, Susan kindly took us there in her own vehicle, waited for us, and drove us back to the ship. She deserves special recognition not only as an outstanding tour guide but also as a gracious and caring person. We highly recommend the cruise and this tour -- maybe you'll be lucky enough to have Susan as your guide! Upon departure we took the ship's early morning "Old and New San Juan" city tour, with a dropoff at the airport. It's a great way of learning about the history and architecture of San Juan, while effectively using time before a flight or, in our case, before checking into a hotel. Upon return to the airport it was very easy to claim our luggage (which was conveniently and safely stored for those on the tour). Those with flights proceeded into the airport; we took a cab to our hotel. This was a great cruise, with plenty to do on the ship, outstanding dining, a most attentive staff, and interesting and varied islands to visit. We highly recommend it.

A Fine Cruise and a Great Guide in Barbados

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by JNoone

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This was an outstanding cruise with port calls at five interesting Caribbean islands: St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. It sailed out of San Juan; we stayed there for two days upon our return.

The boarding was well-organized and not particularly time consuming. The same was true for departure, which was very well done.

Our Junior Suite stateroom was spacious and comfortable. It was kept in top shape by our friendly and very capable Stateroom Attendant Lizbeth Brooks.

Dining was excellent with very good food and service. The breakfast and lunch buffets offered just about anything one could desire or imagine. The service was excellent, with waiters hovering nearby by bring beverages or clean up tables. Head Waiter Anabela De Gois was particularly helpful in correcting one small dinner complaint we had; she was thorough and gracious in responding. It was nice to have the flexibility of "My Time" dining. However, we found that if we changed the time from a pre-selected seating, the table was not particularly desirable.

The cruise was great for those who like to exercise. There was a running track on the 12th deck, with five laps to a mile. It was particularly delightful to run early in the morning while arriving at a new port. The ship's fitness center was large and well-equipped, with a separate room for stretching and class exercises.

The port excursions were interesting and varied. The St. Kitts tour of a "Caribbean Plantation and Beach" was somewhat underwhelming. The 'plantation' was an interesting old house with wonderful views and gardens, but not much more. The beach was nothing to write home about.

By contrast the "Best Views of St. Lucia" tour was well worth taking. It did indeed offer wonderful views of this lush, green island. It also featured a stop at the Rain Forest Adventure Park, where one could take a walk into a fascinating rain forest with giant trees and tropical plants -- a world of its own.

My wife and I particularly valued the "Best of Barbados" tour, where we were privileged to have Susan Abbott as the guide. Speaking with a slight Irish brogue (her grandfather was Irish!), she proved to be an expert on local plants, flowers, trees and fruit as well as a highly knowledgeable Barbados historian. At the tour's end we expressed interest in seeing the house where a young George Washington stayed in 1751 on his only trip outside the U.S. Although somewhat off the beaten track, Susan kindly took us there in her own vehicle, waited for us, and drove us back to the ship. She deserves special recognition not only as an outstanding tour guide but also as a gracious and caring person. We highly recommend the cruise and this tour -- maybe you'll be lucky enough to have Susan as your guide!

Upon departure we took the ship's early morning "Old and New San Juan" city tour, with a dropoff at the airport. It's a great way of learning about the history and architecture of San Juan, while effectively using time before a flight or, in our case, before checking into a hotel. Upon return to the airport it was very easy to claim our luggage (which was conveniently and safely stored for those on the tour). Those with flights proceeded into the airport; we took a cab to our hotel.

This was a great cruise, with plenty to do on the ship, outstanding dining, a most attentive staff, and interesting and varied islands to visit. We highly recommend it.
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Cabin 9248
We had a very nice Junior Suite cabin with a king bed, more than enough storage room and a walk-in closet! The bathroom was quite spacious with combination shower/tub. The veranda was large and offered very good views since we were on the 9th deck. The refrigerator came in handy for keeping water and other items. With efficient morning and evening cabin service, we were never without a clean and neat cabin and plenty of fresh towels.
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