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This is my 7th cruise, 6th with RCCL. My husband and I, our adult son and a friend. We have all cruised before. Pre-cruise we stayed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan for 3 days. A large complex, great food (don't miss the Pina Colada club restaurant) The staff was top notch. Our room in the main building was very dated but clean and adequate for our needs, they are doing a lot of renovation in this hotel. Embarkation: What a mess at the pier. We did not have to deal with our luggage, the people who did were in line for hours to drop off their luggage and get in another line to get into the terminal. There was supposed to be a line for Platinum and above to get in which was non-existent. The ship had been held by customs so our embarkation was delayed, and customs decided to go on an extended break at the same time. We were on board by 3pm, our wait was about 90 minutes, so relatively short compared to others. We went directly to our cabins, we were in a balcony cabin on deck 9. The cabin was clean, our room steward was efficient, got what we needed quickly. We did not see him much but our cabin was always well taken care of. Yes it was small but had a lot of places to store things, the two of us did not have a problem. The shower was quite small, although we are big people, there was no problem moving around in there, just don't drop the soap! The ship itself is getting older. I don't know how they keep it so clean, we did not see much cleaning going on but it is obviously being done. The ship was full but did not feel crowded. We never waited long for an elevator, we did take a lot of stairs. Food: Plentiful, good variety. We had the traditional dining at 6 pm. Our waiters took great care of us, (Shirley and Rudy) In the Windjammer at breakfast and lunch it was not too hard to find a place to sit, the staff was helpful. Ports: We took several ship sponsored tours, the catamaran, turtles and snorkeling in Barbados, highlights tours in St. Johns and St. Maartin. We made the mistake of twice hiring local taxis to take us around in St. Johns and St. Lucia. they spent a lot of time showing us their schools and stray chickens.Entertainment: This is where the Adventure of the Seas shines. Dennis Charles, the cruise director and his staff are the hardest working people on the 7 seas. They made our cruise enjoyable, especially Fritz and Katie. We played a lot of trivia and met the nicest people there. The production shows on board were better than most. There were 3 comedians during the week, the fellow from England that was a magician we really enjoyed. The other 2 were just ok. The first guy was funny in the first show but his late night show fizzled. He picked on a young couple from Idaho in the first row for way too long. It ceased to be funny. Don't miss the ice show, the Quest, and of course the Love and Marriage show. (we were couple number 2, my husband received a lot of feedback after I talked about how much he loved his dog!) We did have a meet and mingle, attended by quite a few people, nice to put faces to the online names. Debarkation: 3600 people getting off the ship and 2 customs agents. The port in San Juan just does not have their act together. Once through customs, quickly to our bus to the airport. More long lines. I do not really want to cruise out of San Juan again but the benefits outweighed the disadvantages. It was a fun trip, we met a lot of new friends, we have wonderful memories.

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Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by RN4Nsy

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This is my 7th cruise, 6th with RCCL. My husband and I, our adult son and a friend. We have all cruised before. Pre-cruise we stayed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan for 3 days. A large complex, great food (don't miss the Pina Colada club restaurant) The staff was top notch. Our room in the main building was very dated but clean and adequate for our needs, they are doing a lot of renovation in this hotel.
Embarkation: What a mess at the pier. We did not have to deal with our luggage, the people who did were in line for hours to drop off their luggage and get in another line to get into the terminal. There was supposed to be a line for Platinum and above to get in which was non-existent. The ship had been held by customs so our embarkation was delayed, and customs decided to go on an extended break at the same time. We were on board by 3pm, our wait was about 90 minutes, so relatively short compared to others.
We went directly to our cabins, we were in a balcony cabin on deck 9. The cabin was clean, our room steward was efficient, got what we needed quickly. We did not see him much but our cabin was always well taken care of. Yes it was small but had a lot of places to store things, the two of us did not have a problem. The shower was quite small, although we are big people, there was no problem moving around in there, just don't drop the soap! The ship itself is getting older. I don't know how they keep it so clean, we did not see much cleaning going on but it is obviously being done.
The ship was full but did not feel crowded. We never waited long for an elevator, we did take a lot of stairs.
Food: Plentiful, good variety. We had the traditional dining at 6 pm. Our waiters took great care of us, (Shirley and Rudy) In the Windjammer at breakfast and lunch it was not too hard to find a place to sit, the staff was helpful.
Ports: We took several ship sponsored tours, the catamaran, turtles and snorkeling in Barbados, highlights tours in St. Johns and St. Maartin. We made the mistake of twice hiring local taxis to take us around in St. Johns and St. Lucia. they spent a lot of time showing us their schools and stray chickens.Entertainment: This is where the Adventure of the Seas shines. Dennis Charles, the cruise director and his staff are the hardest working people on the 7 seas. They made our cruise enjoyable, especially Fritz and Katie. We played a lot of trivia and met the nicest people there. The production shows on board were better than most. There were 3 comedians during the week, the fellow from England that was a magician we really enjoyed. The other 2 were just ok. The first guy was funny in the first show but his late night show fizzled. He picked on a young couple from Idaho in the first row for way too long. It ceased to be funny. Don't miss the ice show, the Quest, and of course the Love and Marriage show. (we were couple number 2, my husband received a lot of feedback after I talked about how much he loved his dog!)
We did have a meet and mingle, attended by quite a few people, nice to put faces to the online names.
Debarkation: 3600 people getting off the ship and 2 customs agents. The port in San Juan just does not have their act together. Once through customs, quickly to our bus to the airport. More long lines. I do not really want to cruise out of San Juan again but the benefits outweighed the disadvantages.
It was a fun trip, we met a lot of new friends, we have wonderful memories.
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Cabin 9312
Cabin 9312. Small balcony but fine for 2 people. Nice to be more separated from the room next door by metal walls instead of flimsy plastic. Our cabin was near the elevators so I was concerned but never was bothered by noise. Bathroom of course was tiny, very small shower, but we are larger people and still did fine.
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