Pre - relocation: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by D&J

Adventure of the Seas 4

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Pre - relocation

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Overall a great cruise being our first time to the Caribbean. Not all tropical beaches as one might expect from the brochures - these massive ships tend to dock in deep water ports which are pretty much the same the world over.

Worked well making our own economical on shore arrangements to tour the islands - felt like mini adventures each time! The one pre-booked exception was the Scenic Railway on St Kitts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. It was great - fantastic calypso atmosphere by all on board, free drinks and charming acapella singing. 3 hour fun, comfortable ride and very informative trip around the island. Bridgtown surprisingly drab and St Croix not much better. Cloudy weather didn't help. Antigua and St Maarten best beaches, easily accessible.

Travelling with friends however along with a great ship made up for any itinerary disappointments or over expectation on our part. Steel band on some of the piers created brilliant atmosphere.

It was very evident that More the Adventure of the Seas was doing running repairs before relocating at the end of the trip to Malaga. One main deck jacussi under repair and closed off with polythene for most of the trip was an eyesore. Came back one afternoon to find all the balcony hand rails had been spray oiled - no warning or apology for this. Too sticky for the rest of the trip to lean on - not what you expect when paying a balcony premium.

Stateroom otherwise fine and as ever attended to by very hard working and lovely staff. Kept very clean and tidy. The sofa however badly stained as was our friend's next door. No amount of routine cleaning would freshen that furniture - needs replacing or deep cleansing treatment. Shame didn't pay as much attention to this as they do to painting and spraying the gleaming white hull.

Last gripe from as I say an otherwise great trip was the pre cruise overnight in San Juan Hilton. Arrangement a room only basis - seems mean of RCI not to run to a breakfast. It's not the measly $15 it's the principle. Arriving at 11:30 pm you don't want to be quibbling over a croissant!

Learned to love the big ship experience after a great cruise previously on the smaller, more intimate Splendour of the Seas. The variety of on board entertainment and facilities has to take the edge. A full 24/7 vacation.

Top marks and sincere thanks to the RCI crew and staff for a fabulous time though we will read these reviews to consider an alternative line for next cruise. Less

Published 05/12/11
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Cabin review: D19576 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Bulkhead to forward side of balcony blocks light but adds to privacy and weather proof. Bed arranged facing aft ie 'back to the engine'. Some may have an alternative preference to sleep feet first! Stained sofa but otherwise clean. 3 socket outlets 2 american 1 european type + typical european shaver outlet in bathroom. Well located to forward on the 9th deck for access to 24 hr drink/snack facilities from the Promenade cafe on 5th deck. No room tea/coffee facilities so this was a major plus point for us tea drinkers and bed time chocolate!

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Port and Shore Excursions

Accessible port facilities. Plenty of local taxis, car hire, excursions available on shore. Chapel Valley beach was an informal and typically tropical cove, leaning palm trees and calypso bar. Taxi ride there - driver returns at time of your choice and you pay on return to ship. No worries!
Read 1191 Antigua Reviews

Nothing much there really - huge pressure to take a tour from the multitude of taxi drivers. With a little care we had a great trip with Glendon one of many authorised taxis - make sure you agree the rate you want before taking the ride.
Read 1223 Barbados Reviews

Very disappointed here though we didn't travel from St Croix. A local evangelist preacher continuously ranting into his pa didn't help - drowned out any atmosphere. Way OTT. Market stalls tend to be offended if you haggle - not the way things are done here. The price marked is the price you're expected to pay. Clean place though and much better cared for than say Bridgetown, Barbados.

Take the Scenic Railway - you won't be disappointed. The island otherwise is a very modest place in every way.
Read 1320 St. Kitts Reviews

Best for all round access and immediate colorful port and beach facilities. Take the $6 water taxi from the pier for all day link ship to shore. Get a good price for your loungers, umbrella and bucket of drinks. DON'T take the offer of the first beach guy to approach you $10 dollars would be an excellent rate - probably $15 typical rate for a couple. Local beer highly recommended.

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