Beautiful Western Med: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Golfnut cruiser

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Beautiful Western Med

Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Since we're from the UK, we flew from London to Barcelona (booked our own tickets). We were travelling with friends. The taxi from BCN to the harbour was about 20 minutes and I think it cost about €30. From there, we checked in - queued for about 20 minutes which we haven't had before, but were soon on board.

We had nice rooms - 1252 and 1260, room review below. The concierge room is a nice touch with free alcoholic drinks (thr only one's you'll find on board!) and nibbles in early evening. The concierge herself - I think it was Vanessa, was superb, giving us lots of useful advice and booking restaurants.

Food on board was generally of a high standard. Main restaurant was very good, as was the speciality restaurant and Jonny Rockets. The buffet was so so, and there was always trouble getting a table. The outdoor areas seemed really busy all the times (except when in port)although there were hardly any kids on board (it was during term time). The seating areas More reserved for the suites is a nice touch.

All the bar staff were fun - in fact ALL the staff were excellent - RCI clearly spend time and money on training. We always felt we were special! Tried my luck in the casino (and won several hundred dollars!)one evening. Also visited the nightclub on a couple of occasions - we made a request to the DJ, but never heard the song. Went back to the DJ booth later, to find it completely empty - they were playing a cd of a pre-mixed selection of songs!!

Overall, this is a huge ship with plenty to do. In fact, in five nights, we never saw a show, and never saw the ice skating rink. Adventure is an older ship, and I'd like to try one of the newer ships next. RCI have a good offering, the headline price was reasonable (about $2,700 for the two of us), but drinks are expensive - we ran up a $1,000 bill quite easily (cheap wine was nearly $50 a bottle after Spanish tax and 15% gratuity). Less

Published 07/13/10

Cabin review: GS1252 Grand Suite

Cabin 1252 on 10 deck. Grand Suite with balcony. This ship is about 10 years old, so decor is not really up to date, but it's still very pleasant. Plenty of closet space for 5 nights - most of ours was left empty! Small mini bar which wasn't always refilled. Bathroom was fine. Shower over the bath had good pressure (owners suites have seperate shower stall). Toilet tissue provided was terrible - really thin. I'd definitely take my own in future. Large double bed was comfortable and a choice of pillows was a nice touch. Sofa and single chair with coffee table, horrid old CRT TV with impossibly difficult controls and no instructions. We had to get a man out to explain it. Nice large balcony with table and two chairs and a lounger. The room was always spotlessly clean.

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Cagliari - nice town to wander around. A good range of shops, bars and restaurants. We stumbled on a great restaurant full of locals (always a good sign) and had a 3 hour lunch of local food and local wines. Much cheaper than the mainland or France too.

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Villefranche is a beautiful French Med destination. The ship swung round and sat at 90 degrees to the coast, so port side had a great view from their balconies. Tenders ran back and forth all day and the queue to get one was minimal. Villefranche itself is a delightful town. Lots of steps to manage though. We took a taxi to Beaulieu which is next door. Had lunch at La Reserve - a posh hotel with a superb poolside restaurant. Expect a heavy bill though!

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