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We chose this cruise as a vacation/birthday celebration with my husband's family, 6 of us in all. Cruising as a vacation with family is great as you have the option to spend time together or venture off separately, and all gather together for a lovely dinner in the evening where no one is responsible for the meal planning or kitchen clean-up! This was our first time on the Adventure, but we have cruised many times on several lines. I absolutely loved this ship! It is a perfect size, allowing for the upscale activities of the Flowrider and ice skating shows without long waits or lines for anything. Embarkation was an absolute breeze - we entered the terminal at 12:30 and were on the ship in 15 minutes - Wow! The Windjammer Marketplace cafe can get a bit crowded at peak times, especially on embarkation day when everyone grabs lunch while waiting for their rooms to open. But, there is always plenty of food and the staff does a great job of clearing tables and bringing drink refills around to help. I liked the drink stations on this cruise as they had someone there filling trays of drink glasses with water, tea, lemonade so you could grab and go. Really reduced congestion in this area compared to other ships. Remember that both sides of the buffet have the same offerings, and then in the back they flow into a grill area with hamburgers/hotdogs/pizza/mexican and a dessert section. No lack of food choices, for sure! On sea days, be sure to try the main dining room for lunch if you are tired of the buffet. They offer a delicious hot buffet and a made-to-order salad station as well as the option to order from the menu. The cold seafood bar one day included mussels, jumbo peel-n-eat shrimp, and calamari! It was fantastic - better than dinner! Some entertainment that really stood out : One night they had a band called "Rookie". Outstanding. Received a standing O, and did an encore. The Ice Show was really impressive, especially with the limited ice space, props, and 9 skaters! Keith, the piano bar guy, was a huge hit with tons of people at the Schooner Bar every night singing along. We added on the Mystery Dinner Theater show at Giovanni's , and that was very fun. Food was excellent! Included a glass of champagne and unlimited wine during dinner as well. Worth it! This cruise visited Labadee, San Juan, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. Would have appreciated knowing in advance that there is a locals' craft market at Labadee. We didn't take any money with us since the lunch was provided and drinks were on our ship card. First time to St. Kitts. Lovely island, but the people there weren't as friendly or welcoming as we would have hoped. Day trip to Nevis would be a good option there. At 3 of our stops, we had excursions booked using Trip Advisor instead of the ship offerings. First time doing this, but it worked out great! Do your homework though, especially to coordinate timing of things with the ship schedule. Overall, an amazing and relaxing cruise. Only things keeping me from 5 stars were: the lack of information on Labadee (felt badly that I couldn't help them by buying something), the casino being extremely smoke filled so never participated there, and the caliber of the main dinner entrees in the dining room. Never a bad meal, but did feel like they were holding back to encourage you to use the upscale restaurants.

Birthday Bon Voyage! Awesome on Adventure.

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by ja1rejoyce

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We chose this cruise as a vacation/birthday celebration with my husband's family, 6 of us in all. Cruising as a vacation with family is great as you have the option to spend time together or venture off separately, and all gather together for a lovely dinner in the evening where no one is responsible for the meal planning or kitchen clean-up!

This was our first time on the Adventure, but we have cruised many times on several lines. I absolutely loved this ship! It is a perfect size, allowing for the upscale activities of the Flowrider and ice skating shows without long waits or lines for anything. Embarkation was an absolute breeze - we entered the terminal at 12:30 and were on the ship in 15 minutes - Wow!

The Windjammer Marketplace cafe can get a bit crowded at peak times, especially on embarkation day when everyone grabs lunch while waiting for their rooms to open. But, there is always plenty of food and the staff does a great job of clearing tables and bringing drink refills around to help. I liked the drink stations on this cruise as they had someone there filling trays of drink glasses with water, tea, lemonade so you could grab and go. Really reduced congestion in this area compared to other ships. Remember that both sides of the buffet have the same offerings, and then in the back they flow into a grill area with hamburgers/hotdogs/pizza/mexican and a dessert section. No lack of food choices, for sure!

On sea days, be sure to try the main dining room for lunch if you are tired of the buffet. They offer a delicious hot buffet and a made-to-order salad station as well as the option to order from the menu. The cold seafood bar one day included mussels, jumbo peel-n-eat shrimp, and calamari! It was fantastic - better than dinner!

Some entertainment that really stood out :

One night they had a band called "Rookie". Outstanding. Received a standing O, and did an encore.

The Ice Show was really impressive, especially with the limited ice space, props, and 9 skaters!

Keith, the piano bar guy, was a huge hit with tons of people at the Schooner Bar every night singing along.

We added on the Mystery Dinner Theater show at Giovanni's , and that was very fun. Food was excellent! Included a glass of champagne and unlimited wine during dinner as well. Worth it!

This cruise visited Labadee, San Juan, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. Would have appreciated knowing in advance that there is a locals' craft market at Labadee. We didn't take any money with us since the lunch was provided and drinks were on our ship card. First time to St. Kitts. Lovely island, but the people there weren't as friendly or welcoming as we would have hoped. Day trip to Nevis would be a good option there.

At 3 of our stops, we had excursions booked using Trip Advisor instead of the ship offerings. First time doing this, but it worked out great! Do your homework though, especially to coordinate timing of things with the ship schedule.

Overall, an amazing and relaxing cruise. Only things keeping me from 5 stars were: the lack of information on Labadee (felt badly that I couldn't help them by buying something), the casino being extremely smoke filled so never participated there, and the caliber of the main dinner entrees in the dining room. Never a bad meal, but did feel like they were holding back to encourage you to use the upscale restaurants.
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Cabin 4V 8529
Nice size for an interior cabin. Included a loveseat as well as a desk area. Shower was decent sized with a curved sliding door instead of a thin shower curtain. Bed was a little too hard, but not terrible. Lots of closet storage and hangers.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Labadee
    Labadee itself is a lovely spot and we had great weather, but the activities are all fee based and seemed over-priced, so didn't do these. Took the tram to Columbus Beach instead, but walking down the path to the beach took you past a craft market run by Haitian locals. We didn't feel unsafe, but since this was a "private island" for RCCL, we didn't expect to need cash and felt badly that we couldn't purchase anything.
    Provided lunch was good, and the bars were serving nice cold drinks!
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  • Segway Tour
    Met tour owner/operator at their storefront just a short walk from the pier. Received a short lesson on riding the Segway, enough time to make sure everyone felt comfortable and safe. 2 hour tour of the highlights in the Old San Juan area. Perfect way to tour with the steep hills, especially for people with limited stamina. Note: the do weigh each person in right when you arrive and won't accept riders over 260 lbs.
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  • Island tour
    Met with group in the shopping area near the pier. Air-conditioned vans, although it was a lovely breezy day and not really needed. Tour included stops and admission to Brimstone Hill and Whitfield Manor. Very comprehensive tour of the island and some amazing views. Included one beer, water or rum punch per person. 4 hour tour. Price was fair, but no lunch stop, so plan accordingly.
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  • Snorkeling
    Walked through shopping area at pier, and then down the road about 10 minutes to the marina. Booked an all-day (6 hour) snorkel and island tour. About 15 people on the tour, and a large seafaring power boat, the Rum Bum! Had an amazing day at two snorkel stops, Creole Rock and Pinel Island. Stopped on French side for a restaurant lunch (included!). Also went to Mullett Bay for swimming, and Maho Bay for watching the planes land. Unlimited beer, water, and rum punch after snorkeling. Best excursion ever!
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