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David

Age: 55

Occupation:Engineer

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Sailing Date: 05-10-2009

Itinerary: Southern Carribean

We had a great time. The Adventure of the Seas was our first cruise ship. My wife was afraid of being sea sick so wore a patch which she highly recommends if you are doing any boat excursions or even going to the theater in the front of the ship while cruising.

Junior suite was great.

Great staff.

Good food in the dining rooms. Windjammer is good but not special.
We liked our excursions but they are very pricey.

On ship entertainment very good, if you have time.

Lots of things to do on board. Even bridge tournaments.
Did too much this time, but don't regret it.

The dining room food was very good and included prime rib, lobster, steak and other treats. The head chef was from India so if you liked curry or other indian dishes you could select them as well. The Windjammer was fine for comfort foods to fill you up and they had some novelties each day but it was mostly just a upscale cafeteria. Desserts were endless and varied but I could not find cheesecake. Oh well.

The Adventure of the Seas was our first cruise ship. We paid for a Junior Suite, which was great. The room was very much like a nice hotel room with full bath and balcony. It was a 7 day cruise so I didn't want to get claustrophobic. Our stateroom attendant took great care of our room. We left for the morning and came back it was clean and ready. When we came back after dinner the bed was ready and always a cute towel animal to entertain (my wife looked forward to a new one every day).

There was so much to do on the ship and so much to do at the ports. We took in the ice skating show and one comedian. These were class acts. We were too worn out to do more. Next time we will enjoy life on the ship more. I thought I would actually take advantage of the exercise facilities, climbing wall and other things but with island adventures every day we just wanted to lay back at the boat.

We did 4 excursions and one island trip with friends. We liked all our excursions. The excursions are pricey but we enjoyed the ones we did. We did the Tiami catamaran snorkeling with the turtles in Barbados. We really did swim with the turtles and the crew was great fun and interaction. Not much to see other than turtles though - must like rum punch or beer for the ride back. It was a party boat.

In St Lucia we did the boat cruise to the Pitons (with rum punch). It was a beautiful cruise where you sail right up to the shore of the large peaks. The stop and swim at the beach was a nice break on the way back, there were vendors on boats selling local crafts - not as cheap as at a shop unless you talk them way down.

We did a great 4X4 ride in Antigua (more rum punch) and that was our first view of the inside of a island with the history and lifestyles of the typical resident. The stop at Turner beach was fun. Probably the nicest water we saw all cruise.
On St Maarten we traveled with friends we made in a taxi around the island. For $150 we had the van for the day for all 6. I am sure you can get a better rate but this was the way to go. We first went to the infamous Orient beach, the European style beach. While it was nice I think you will enjoy others as well. Then we with to Marigot. Take cash as they don't take credit in most of the smaller shops and restaurants. It was not as nice as Phillipsburg and there were even some prostitutes working near the small restaurant where we ate lunch. Phillipsburg had so much shopping that you can find anything you want there.
On St Croix we did another snorkeling, this time at Buck Island. The Buck Island snorkel on St Croix was beautiful, lots of colored fish, spiney lobster and small baracuda. It is not as nice as snorkeling in Hawaii per my wife. The ride over there is not for the sqeemish and the crew was so so. This tour included a drive across the island so you can see both cities while you are there. Christensted seems to be the life of the island for shopping etc. You can ask to leave the tour and visit Christensted and take a taxi back. We did not have enough time for this but it would be a good add on adventure. Fredericksted has the deep port and has had trouble getting cruise ship. They had an event with local dance groups and music near the pier apparently to celebrate and entertain the first cruise ship in a while. The local shops and vendors in Fredericksted were more down to earth and what you may think of vs the chains of jewelry stores at the other ports, It was a refreshing break.

We paid for a Junior Suite which was great. The room was very much like a nice hotel room with full bath and balcony. It was a 7 day cruise so I didn't want to get claustrophobic. Our stateroom attendant took great care of our room. We left for the morning and came back it was clean and ready. When we came back after dinner the bed was ready and always a cute towel animal to entertain. The ship is HUGE. There are 15 stories. We enjoyed being able to walk to the very front of the ship and look out, a la Titianic. There really is a skating rink and nice sized theater. We found a nice quiet bar called the Schooner where we hung out sometimes before dinner. The dining room food was very good and included prime rib, lobster, steak and other treats. The head chef was from India so if you liked curry or other indian dishes you could select them as well. The Windjammer was fine for comfort foods to fill you up and they had some novelties each day but it was mostly just a upscale cafeteria. Desserts were endless and varied but I could not find cheesecake. Oh well.
The staff on the Adventure of the Seas were great. Everyone greets you and tries to help in any way they can. We went to one of the bars where I had a beer but my wife wanted coffee. The bar did not have coffee so the waiter ran down the promenade to the coffee shop and brought my wife her coffee.
There was so much to do on the ship and so much to do at the ports. We were too worn out to do more. Next time we will enjoy life on the ship more. I thought I would actually take advantage of the exercise facilities, climbing wall and other things but with island adventures every day we just wanted to lay back at the boat.

One word of advice for new cruisers. At each meal, meet someone and find out more about cruising. We made friends with two experienced cruise couples that allowed us to brave St Maaten as a group, which was not only more fun, but also made the taxi much cheaper.
One thing I read about and it is true. On the first day of cruising, everyone is at the pool. They have two large pool areas but they do not accommodate 3000 folks. Save your pool days for later in the cruise unless you want to go early and get there before the crowd.
The cruise ship seems to be tied to the stores on the islands, especially with Diamonds International. We attended a session on shopping in the islands and thought we would learn about currency, customs etc. It turned out to be a 1 hour ad for jewelry shopping. Just say no.
This was the next to the last Caribbean cruise for the Adventure of the Seas. This summer it will be moving to the Mediterranean to sail out of Spain, I think. They will get a new crew. A new ship is coming in December called the Oasis of the Seas. It has room for 5000 and looks on the main hall more like a city park than a promenade.

We did 4 excursions and one island trip with friends. The excursions are pricey, but we enjoyed the ones we did. We did the Tiami catamaran snorkeling with the turtles in Barbados. We really did swim with the turtles and the crew was great. It was a party boat. In St Lucia we did the boat cruise to the Pitons. It was a beautiful cruise where you sail right up to the shore of the large peaks. The stop and swim at the beach was a nice break on the way back, We did a 4X4 ride in Antigua and that was our first view of the inside of a island with the history and lifestyles of the typical resident. The stop at Turner beach was fun. Probably the nicest water we saw all cruise. On St Maarten we traveled with friends we made in a taxi around the island. For $150 we had the van for the day for all 6. I am sure you can get a better rate but this was the way to go. We first went to the infamous Orient beach, the European style beach. While it was nice I think you will enjoy others as well. Then we with to Marigot. Take cash as they don't take credit in most of the smaller shops and restaurants. It was not as nice as Phillipsburg and there were even some prostitutes working near the small restaurant where we ate lunch. Phillipsburg had so much shopping that you can find anything you want there.
On St Croix we did another snorkeling, this time at Buck Island. This included a drive across the island so you can see both cities while you are there. Christensted seems to be the life of the island for shopping etc. Fredericksted has the deep port and has had trouble getting cruise ship. They had an event with local dance groups and music near the pier apparently to celebrate and entertain the first cruise ship in a while. The local shops and vendors in Fredericksted were more down to earth and what you may think of vs the chains of jewelry stores at the other ports, It was a refreshing break.
The seven days went fast. I would not consider a cruise under 5 days based on this experience. I might recommend staying a day before the cruise or a day after to vacation in San Juan to avoid the massive crowds on embarking and disembarking at the airport . There were three ships arriving at the same time (this was out of season).

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