Pleasant adventure: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by Aneka

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Pleasant adventure

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
Embarkation went fairly smoothly but the main holdup was because of the ships photographer who made you feel that you ought to have an embarkation photo. We declined all of his photo opportunities as did many other cruisers.

We were in an inside cabin for the first time - the bathroom fittings were showing some wear & tear but everything was spotlessly clean. The bed had been made up into a double with a small side table on each side but you couldn't actually get down the side of the bed as there was no room at the end of it due to the furniture on one side & a double settee on the other!You had to crawl in from the bottom end of the bed!! Once the bed had been converted to 2 singles there was plenty of room & we really didn't mind the inside cabin.

A la Carte food was excellent at 6.45pm (first)sitting, staff were too. Buffet food in the Windjammer was not the best & once you had chosen your food there was often nowhere to sit & eat it. Why let More diners in when there is nowhere to sit, especially on embarkation day? We saw long queues for My Time dining & were glad we had not chosen that option.

Drinks were expensive & staff were always trying to sell you bottled water, speciality coffees, freshly squeezed orange juice etc & this became annoying. Ice show was great, other shows were professional but little variety & for our sitting often did not start until 9.30 or 10am. There were few available seats in bars/lounges so you just had to wander around aimlessly for an hour or more until the show started. Shops looked good but there was little worth buying, just the usual cruise ship brands of watches, jewellery & clothing. Less

Published 10/04/10
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Cabin review: M7469 Interior Stateroom

Cabin 7469 - Ample wardrobe & dressing table space. Minibar fridge crammed full with expensive drinks & snacks so a minute amount of space for own items. Two seat sofa & glass coffee table. Cabin really too small for beds as a double. Very quiet inside cabin a short stroll to library & lifts at aft of ship. Very little movement of ship here but sea conditions were very good anyway. Hairdryer supplied also TV with some free channels & some pay per view (not tested). Ice bucket, tongs & 2 glasses supplied on a tray. 3 american power points - 2 x 120v & 1 x 240Vplus a further shaver point in bathroom.Bathroom furniture in need of some refurb but ample (snug) space with plenty of storage. Toilet, wash basin & semi circular shower with sliding doors. Suitcases fit under beds or on floor in wardrobe.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Ship docks right by the town, an easy 5/10 minute walk to shops or town beach. We did the half day coach tour to the Prunelli Gorge - very pleasant but not for those who suffer from vertigo or fear of steep zigzag narrow mountain roads and a large coach! Our stop at a cafe was enhanced by the local Pietra beer made from local chestnuts. Our trips was due to have been on the cog railway through the mountains but technical problems with the train meant a switch to a coach which was a little disappointing.

Ship docks some distance from the town so the shuttle at 6$ per person each way was essential. Lovely city area around the magnificent Cathedral & narrow streets with many little shops & cafes. A lovely day.

We selected a 5 hr tour - Scenic Rome - we saw the main sites from the coach & had a 45min stop in St Marks Square which was too short to do anything due to the crowds queueing to see the Sistine Chapel etc. Our friends opted for an independent 'Taxi' tour by mini bus -8 people 50 euros each. They actually got out of the taxi to see all the sites including the Trevi fountain & the Sistine Chapel & had much better value for money & a much nicer trip altogether.

We did our won thing in Cagliari as we had holidayed in Sardinia before. We got the free shuttle bus from ship to town & wandered around (mostly uphill) admiring the views, visiting the Palace & the Cathedral. OK but I have seen much better in other places & there was so much graffiti everywhere. Such a shame. Our friends did a half day tour to Vilasimius & saw pink Flamingos. They seemed quite pleased with their tour.

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