Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by PJTC
This was our first family cruise. We traveled with our 2 children who are 9 and 13 and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. The Ship was nice and there is always something to do. Food in dining room was good and Windjammer had your average buffet food but was also very good. Portofino's was excellent. Our first problem occurred the first night of our cruise. I had read on cruise critic to beware of the charges that are placed on account. They suggested to check your charges daily and we did do that. The first night we were on the ship we ordered 2 drinks from the Pool Bar. Because the gratuity was already included my husband just signed the receipt. As we walked away I said to him that he should have carried the balance down because anyone could just add in a tip. He laughed and said, I doubt it. Sure enough the next day I checked our charges in the morning and there was an extra charge of $10.00 placed on our account from the Pool Bar. They did exactly what I said they might do and added an extra $10.00 to our charge. When we reported this to customer service the guy at the customer service desk said, "it doesn't surprise me". Also, because it was our first night on the boat it was very easy to spot because we had made no other charges and also because I checked the account the very next day. If I had let a few days go by I would never have caught that. Make sure when you sign your credit slips you carry the balance down. You can check your charges on the TV daily. They finally removed the charge after we reported it 4 TIMES. Another THEFT was my children's Birth Certificates were taken from our Cabin. Another THEFT, there have been $1600.00 worth of charges on my credit card that occurred while I was on the cruise. My credit card was left in the room one night on my dresser. When I got to my cabin I was shocked to see I left it out and couldn't believe it was still there, NEVER thinking that someone would have taken the information from it. We are guessing someone got the card number and pin number and placed purchases with the card somehow. The credit card company is investigating this. Just be VERY careful with your personal things. I was careless and I am paying for it now. Do a cash account if you can. I will NEVER give my credit card information to any cruise line again. Other than that we had a great time. Aruba - Palm beach was great. Trust me, take your own taxi. They are all over the place when you get off the boat. We would have spent $150.00 for the excursion to Palm beach and it cost us $32.00 round trip by taking our own taxi. The beach is just AWESOME there!! They have all you need there. You can rent chairs, snorkel gear and there are all kinds of water sports available.
Dominica- Wacky water tubing was worth every penny. So much fun for everyone. Was a bit expensive but worth it. We booked this through the ship.
St. Thomas- Sapphire Beach was GREAT for snorkeling. It was supposed to be $10.00 per person for the taxi but for the four of us it was only $20.00. You can negotiate with the driver. We did pay $10.00 per person on the way home but they didn't charge us for our 9 year old. Everywhere we were whether in a Port or on the ship everyone was SO NICE to the kids!!
Curacao- Really nice port. Did shopping that day. Amazing stores.
All in all we had a very nice vacation and did enjoy so much about the ship. It is very disappointing that there was some theft so I can only suggest you be very cautious with your personal things and personal information.
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