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We were on the Christmas sailing 12/19/04. The air travel to San Juan via American Airlines was a nightmare, had to wake up 3 kids at 5:00 a.m. to get on the 8:00 a.m. flight. We got to the airport 2 hours before our flight and stood in line at Los Angeles airport for about one hour and 20 min. When we got to the counter at 40 min before the flight we were told the computer shut down for this flight 5 min. prior, and rebooked us for 11:00 p.m. flight. By this time we had no ride back home, and our pre-paid hotel at San Juan is bunked. No apologies by any of the reps. To make the matter worse on the return flight home, they delayed the flight 4 hours, making our wait at the airport about 6 hours. Fort Lauderdale airport was air conditioned freezing cold and we all got the flu. Have super warm clothing available. Sweatshirt and long pants not enough. The ship: When we got to embarkation, we paid $900 for an upgrade from inside to a balcony, no free upgrades, and we asked. The rooms were basically identical with exception to a grungy narrow balcony, totally not worth this much money, balcony-not inviting, spent maybe total of 1 hour on it the whole week. My sister however was able to upgrade from balcony to owner's suite for $900, and the room was fantastic with flat screen large tv, 2 sets of windows and roomy sitting area + concierge service which seemed nice. Food: Princess was a lot better, especially the lunch buffet, which reminded me of dorm food in college. Dinners were nice. Scheduled activities: Morning stretch class -- one morning instructor did not bother to show up. Long driving contest on golf simulator -- cancelled without notice, they gave the time slot away to paying customers, can you beat that? Roller blading track is a joke, as is the slide in the swimming pool, no one was on these two places the whole time we were on. We signed up for AOS thinking our kids would enjoy the amenities like rock climbing and ice skating etc. but we were wrong, they didn't want to do much of that stuff. We could have gotten a cheaper deal and better food on Princess, like the last time we went on it to Alaska. We did do the America's Cup Regatta -- everyone loved it even though it was hard work. In St. Maarten we rented jet skis at the Little Bay and the kids loved that even more, super fast for 1 hour. It seems there were more cool activities you can do on St. Thomas and St. Maarten. In Curacao we took a 2 hour city tour -- adults liked it kids thought it was a wasted time. they then drove us to the beach (forgot the name) and then went snorkeling at the ship wreck -- best snorkeling here. Did this on our own. We saw organized tours arriving (about $40). Did canoeing for $15(hour) great deal, also did sea-doo, kids thought it was too slow compared to the jet skiing at St. Maarten. The town of Curacao was really pretty and walking distance to the ship, however everything closed by the 6:00 p.m. when we got back. There is no extended Christmas shopping hours here obviously. Aruba -- Went 4 wheel driving to The Natural Bridge -- long and bumpy ride. 1 advice is to eat before you get there, we arrived at lunch time and 1 restaurant available was not very appetizing looking and it took another 1 hour to get back to the ship even via the fast paved roads, and we were all hungry by then. Palm Beach-no fishes here, we rented a catamaran which turned out to be a bargain $20 for 1 hour. Parasailing was too brief for the price. These vendors approach you for the activities right on the beach, and then you bargain with them for wide range in prices. The entertainment was pretty good. We had a special Russian comedian  -- Yakov Smirnoff. The other regular comedian was also very funny, and of course the ice show was very good. Bingo was pretty expensive I think we paid $25 for the cards. The jackpot was won by some young man for over $7,000.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by jill

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We were on the Christmas sailing 12/19/04. The air travel to San Juan via American Airlines was a nightmare, had to wake up 3 kids at 5:00 a.m. to get on the 8:00 a.m. flight. We got to the airport 2 hours before our flight and stood in line at Los Angeles airport for about one hour and 20 min. When we got to the counter at 40 min before the flight we were told the computer shut down for this flight 5 min. prior, and rebooked us for 11:00 p.m. flight. By this time we had no ride back home, and our pre-paid hotel at San Juan is bunked. No apologies by any of the reps. To make the matter worse on the return flight home, they delayed the flight 4 hours, making our wait at the airport about 6 hours.
Fort Lauderdale airport was air conditioned freezing cold and we all got the flu. Have super warm clothing available. Sweatshirt and long pants not enough.
The ship: When we got to embarkation, we paid $900 for an upgrade from inside to a balcony, no free upgrades, and we asked. The rooms were basically identical with exception to a grungy narrow balcony, totally not worth this much money, balcony-not inviting, spent maybe total of 1 hour on it the whole week. My sister however was able to upgrade from balcony to owner's suite for $900, and the room was fantastic with flat screen large tv, 2 sets of windows and roomy sitting area + concierge service which seemed nice.
Food: Princess was a lot better, especially the lunch buffet, which reminded me of dorm food in college. Dinners were nice.
Scheduled activities: Morning stretch class -- one morning instructor did not bother to show up. Long driving contest on golf simulator -- cancelled without notice, they gave the time slot away to paying customers, can you beat that? Roller blading track is a joke, as is the slide in the swimming pool, no one was on these two places the whole time we were on.
We signed up for AOS thinking our kids would enjoy the amenities like rock climbing and ice skating etc. but we were wrong, they didn't want to do much of that stuff. We could have gotten a cheaper deal and better food on Princess, like the last time we went on it to Alaska.
We did do the America's Cup Regatta -- everyone loved it even though it was hard work. In St. Maarten we rented jet skis at the Little Bay and the kids loved that even more, super fast for 1 hour. It seems there were more cool activities you can do on St. Thomas and St. Maarten. In Curacao we took a 2 hour city tour -- adults liked it kids thought it was a wasted time. they then drove us to the beach (forgot the name) and then went snorkeling at the ship wreck -- best snorkeling here. Did this on our own. We saw organized tours arriving (about $40). Did canoeing for $15(hour) great deal, also did sea-doo, kids thought it was too slow compared to the jet skiing at St. Maarten. The town of Curacao was really pretty and walking distance to the ship, however everything closed by the 6:00 p.m. when we got back. There is no extended Christmas shopping hours here obviously.
Aruba -- Went 4 wheel driving to The Natural Bridge -- long and bumpy ride. 1 advice is to eat before you get there, we arrived at lunch time and 1 restaurant available was not very appetizing looking and it took another 1 hour to get back to the ship even via the fast paved roads, and we were all hungry by then. Palm Beach-no fishes here, we rented a catamaran which turned out to be a bargain $20 for 1 hour. Parasailing was too brief for the price. These vendors approach you for the activities right on the beach, and then you bargain with them for wide range in prices.
The entertainment was pretty good. We had a special Russian comedian  -- Yakov Smirnoff. The other regular comedian was also very funny, and of course the ice show was very good. Bingo was pretty expensive I think we paid $25 for the cards. The jackpot was won by some young man for over $7,000.
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