Malaga Spain to San Juan Puerto Rico Re-Positioning Cruise: Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by SurpriseAZCruiser

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Malaga Spain to San Juan Puerto Rico Re-Positioning Cruise

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Other
We have been cruising for over 20 years and this was our 21st or 22nd cruise. Although we have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, this was our first transatlantic cruise on Royal Caribbean, and our first time on Royal Caribbean in several years. This was also our first time on the Adventure of the Seas.

The cruise left from Malaga, Spain which is a great city to visit. We appreciated the large, pedestrian only, tourist area which has lots of shops and restaurants. This area had lots of local flavor! We had made our own hotel arrangements within about a five minute walk of the boardwalk park and the pedestrian only tourist area.

Embarkation was efficient and fairly fast. The priority embarkation lines were shorter than the regular lines, but both ended up in the same place. The total time from arriving at the terminal to actually walking onto the ship, using the priority embarkation line, was about 45 minutes.

Although we usually book a balcony stateroom, this More time we opted for a more budget friendly oceanview stateroom. It was good sized, clean, quiet, and convenient to the elevators. Our stateroom attendant was very gracious and helpful.We found the service on this cruise to be very good with all of the staff being very attentive and friendly. Our dining experience in the Mozart Dining Room was wonderful and the quality of the food was very good.

It surprised us, since we had a total of seven sea days, that the entertainment on this cruise was top notch! The entertainers were all excellent, the comedians were hilarious, and all of the acts were clean without the use of foul language.

The ship itself is starting to show its age and, although it is clean and well maintained, it's ready for a re-decorating.

The only disappointing part of this cruise was the disembarkation. The lines were very long and everything was extremely disorganized. We realize that getting over 3000 people off of the ship and through customs in a hurry can be a real challenge. But this particular disembarkation experience was one of the most frustrating that we've ever had.

Overall, we would recommend the transatlantic repositioning cruise on the Adventure of the Seas. It was a great and relaxing experience! Less

Published 11/29/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

This island has its own beauty! For a desert island, it's beautiful, and has some breathtaking views. It would be hard to see without taking an excursion.

Las Palmas on Gran Canaria Island is just another large city. From a distance it is a lovely city, but it isn't clean once you get into it.

A very pretty port with hills that come down almost to the ocean. Homes are built into the hills and valleys. The city itself was clean and very easy to navigate.

Another city that is past its prime. We stayed in Old San Juan for a couple of days after the cruise and took the time to explore Old San Juan. Fortaleza Street used to be clean and busy. Now it's just busy when the ships are in and there are a lot of empty shop spaces. We would recommend visiting Old San Juan a first time but wouldn't recommend a second visit. This was our 4th or 5th visit.
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Take an excursion and see more of the island. It's about 2 1/2 miles from the dock to the city and it's not a pretty walk. The city itself is past its prime with many empty shops and lots of hustle and bustle. This isn't a clean city like it used to be and the majority of the shops are jewelry stores. Not much of a variety with all showing the same merchandise and everyone has the "best price".
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We enjoyed visiting Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Although this is a large city, it was clean and the people were very friendly. This is another place that one needs to take an excursion to make the most of it.
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