Puerto Rican Family Cruising with Kids 2nd Time at AOS: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by ralip28

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Puerto Rican Family Cruising with Kids 2nd Time at AOS

Sail Date: April 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We are a puertorrican family, two adults (27 years) and our two kids of 9 and 11 years. This is our second time in Adventure of the Seas (first time was four years ago). I would like to share with you our experience aboard AOS, during the week of April 11 to April 18 2010. First of all we were travelling in a super tight budget, so this review will be directed to those people with kids travelling without lots of money to spend.

ITINERARY: San Juan/Puerto Rico, Barbados/Bridgetown, St. Lucia/Castries, St. John's/Antigua, Philipsburg/St. Maarten, Saint Croix, San Juan/Puerto Rico

Day 1 We arrive to the port super late at 5:45 pm, so there is no line, no wait. We have our passport and printed boarding pass in hand...just a breeze!!! We have a few free tasting drinks, while waiting for the drill to end. We aboard the cruise and went directly to our Oceanview Stateroom, a nice one, with one bed for the couple, and two beds above (one at each side) that they hide during More the day (I have pictures if you like to see it). We have this stateroom because is cheaper than the interior ones in other decks, and is just because is in deck #3 a lower one...dont worry it does not make any difference. Our stateroom is really close to the theater and the discotheque, but you dont hear any loud sound once inside it. The only "bad" thing that I can tell about this floor is that it does not have connections, you have to go to deck 5, so you can go from one side to another.

Day 2 This day is a Sea Day. We use the pools, the jacuzzi and walk through the cruise to see it all. This night is the Captains Welcome Aboard Reception, with the Formal Dress Sugestion.

FOOD In this cruise you do not have lots of places where to eat, like for mention one Carnival Victory. Just the Windjammer Cafe for buffets in breakfast, lunch and dinner; Vivaldi Restaurant for breakfast and dinner; Cafe Promenade for pizza (love it), pastries or pre-made sandwiches; Portofino for dinner by a charge of $20 per person tip included; and Johnny Rockets by a charge of $4.95 per person tip included. We love to have breakfast at Vivaldi Restaurant for the service but can not do it many times because the service is just from 7:00 am to 9:00 am...our favorite was the Spanish Omelet they serve the first morning. Food in Windjammer Cafe for breakfast and lunch is almost the same every day, not bad, just the same. For dinner we went every night to our 8:30 pm second turn, to be pampered by our lovely waiter Zamik from India, and her crazy assistant Samet from Turquia. If you see them say we already miss them. You will be soooooo lucky if they attend your table. The food there is really nice. My only advice with the food is stay away from red meats, they have no flavor or juices of anything to be remember.

ADVENTURE OCEAN CLUB Our girls just love it. In all our cruises they enjoy being part of the Adventure Ocean Club. They have a lot of good activities, with bilingual leaders. In port days you can sign your children from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, they will take them to eat pizza and fries, and ice cream. From 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm they have activies too, and all of this is included. A good deal for us parents, no?!

SHOWS As our second time in AOS we skipped the shows, because we already have seen them all. We just go to one new called VOX, a show that consist in this two guys, and two women that make music using their mouth...its really interesting and funny.

PICTURES Lots of people taking pictures of you everywhere. We do not buy any pictures, we have great memories taken by our own camera, for free.

DISAMBARKING Really fast process. The night before they will send you some tags by color, and they will tell you where to wait, and at what time you will be getting out of the cruise. They make a great work here. We just have breakfast, and exactly at 9:20 we were getting down the cruise.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE This is a beautiful and great cruise ship. We recommend it to family with kids, because you will enjoy your family time and couple time. If you have any doubt you can contact me at ralip28@yahoo.com (spanish or english). I love to read reviews to learn from other people experiences, so I hope this will be of any help for you. Less

Published 04/19/10
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Cabin review: H 3242

Oceanview Stateroom Category H Cabin Number 3242. close to the theater and the discotheque, this floor is that it does not have connections, you have to go to deck 5, so you can go from one side to another.

Port and Shore Excursions

Antigua. We've been here lots of times, and every time we just like it more and more. Our girls love the Jolly Beach, because of its calm and clear waters, and white sand. So we went there for $20 for the four of us, each way. You will love this beach if you have small children.

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Barbados. This is our 6th cruise in the Caribbean, and travelling in a budget, we decide not to visit Barbados again (we already do a tour in this island and its not impressive). We stay in the cruise, have a few drinks in the pool, while having some couple time, with the kids in the Adventure Ocean Club.

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Saint Croix. We never been here, but we do not want to spend any more money. So we stay at a beach right there in the port, it is a little rocky, but with clear water...the best of all, its free, just a walking distance from the port. In this particular island I dont think they have lots of things to offer the tourist, just beaches. I would like to do the Cruzan Breeze Parasailing, but you have to make the arrangements through the cruise line. Some other time I would like the girls to have this experience.

St. Lucia. We have been many times in that port, but never visit the island. So we decided to do it this time. We went with the girls, and with a group of other puertorrican folks there make a "good" deal in the port, to visit the Volcan, and the Waterfall. If you are travelling with kids, like us, let me tell you this is not a good idea. It is a two hours travelling in a van, by a road that is like being in a roller coaster...The man driving the bus stop at every little "store" in the road, and when at least we arrive to the volcan (we try to do the termal waters and pay $5 each for do it, but the water is like boiling you cant go inside that water without getting your skin burn), it is too late to go to the waterfall, so we have to return to the port. It is not worth it. So my advice with this is, if you are getting a deal in the port, tell your driver to go directly to the place of your interest, so you can see it. My husband love the local beer Piton, at port you can find them real cheap.

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St. Maarten. This is another island that you have to visit. We've been there lots of times, and we just keep loving it. The girls want to stay at the Adventure Ocean Club, so we went alone to enjoy some couple time. We take the water taxi, and make a little shopping of cheese (delicious, you should take some with you), hand made chocolates at Beatriz, and a Pandora bracelet for me like a presente from my husband, isnt he lovely!!! Ah, important to those in tight budget, just right there in the port there is this place SHARKYS, where they sell you beers 2 x $5...so its a good deal, there lots of people from both cruise in port and you get to meet different people...we have a great time there.

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