The bigger the ship, the lower the quality ?: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by cobri

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The bigger the ship, the lower the quality ?

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
As we were on a selfdrive tour into Portugal and Spain we thought being a good idea to insert a short cruise and the 6 night Western Med. with Adventure of the Seas was just convenient despite we decided to avoid big ships after our transatlantic experience onboard Navigator of the Seas last year; after all it was for a short week and only 2 seadays.

Check'in was perfect (we booked parking for our car with RedParking near Malaga Airport for 54 Euro inclusive a return transfer to the ship; just great !).

Only after being recognised as Platinium Crown & Anchor member we got a nice table for two for dinner.

As we were early on board, the cabin was not ready yet, so we went for a drink to the windjammer and heard some guest ordering a glass of red wine and paying 9 $ ! So we ordered a nice bottle instead at only 27 $ (plus Spanish VAT and service = 33 $). Afterwards we experienced drinks in the bars are really expensive (cheapest cocktail about 7 $ plus VAT More and 15 % service).

We bought a Platinium Wine Package (average per bottle about 20 $ + VAT and service) but twice the bottle we ordered was out of stock !

Dinner in main restaurant was ok, menu with enough choice (although reduced compared to the extensive menus we got with RCI on earlier cruises) and the service was friendly and professional (waiter from India, ass.waiter from Servia). We saw a lot of guests going to the buffet dinner (good quality and enough choice) in Windjammer, especially young people and families with kids.

Real disappoining are the two formal (gala ?) dinners: no special menu, no champaign, no special dessert and the same boring spectacle of singing (?) restaurant crew with the same songs as 15 years ago, no captains table ... time for change !

For breakfast we went only once to the overcrowded Windjammer; for breakfast we tried once also the à la carte (slow service) but the breakfast buffet in the main restaurant was ok.

For lunch same problem in Windjammer especially on seadays; but lunch in the main restaurant was fine and at ease.

We preferred to explore Ajaccio and Cagliari on our own so we were very happy with the free shuttle service; Rome we visited many times before so we just walked around in Civitavecchia and we enjoyed it.

The ship itself we do'nt like so much, the promenade is to crowded and noisy and as we said before every drinkstop costs ! It was also disappointing to see a nice quality coffee machine serving only ... hot water and the free coffee was poor quality.

Conclusion: it was a fair cruise for the price we paid (about 600 € pp) but too many small irritating things that we never experienced on smaller RCI ships; overall we quote this cruise not higher than our earlier cruises with Costa Cruises and MSC and even lower than NCL Less

Published 11/10/10
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Port and Shore Excursions

For those who want to visit the native town of Napoleon we recommend just to walk around or to book a citytour with one of the locals. If you like French cuisine there are plenty of small "brasseries" where you can taste local and regional food and dishes. For those who likes nature (Corsica is a beautiful rough island) it is better to book one of the scenery excursions organised by RCI

We visited Rome at several occasions (apart from cruises) and each time we are delighted and even surprised by the many highlights of the Italian Capital. This time we just walked around in Civitavecchia and we liked it; there is an old part and a newer one, the harbour is quite big and the people are very friendly. We got a real good italian coffee in a small cafetaria, had a nice chat with some of the local customers and were surprised afterwards that we spent more than 3 hours in that small city. But, let us be clear, if you have never been in Rome you should not waste your time in Civitavecchia.

Compared to Palermo/Sicily we visited last year Cagliari was a little bit disappointing. Apart from the cathedral (a must) and a few beautiful avenues there is not so much to see if you are not a real history freek. We missed the warm italian atmosphere that we felt in so many other Italian cities. Cagliari is a nice stop but not unforgettable.

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