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N Johnson

Age: 46

Occupation:Manager

Number of Cruises: 0

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-12-31

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

This is our first cruise. My wife and I travelled with our children aged 20 and 17. They had an inside state room right beside ours. We did not know what to expect from the cruise, but were very impressed with the overall experience. We will cruise again.

Food in all areas was great. The main dining room with my time dining was very useful. We pre-purchased 5 bottles of wine. The dinners were fantastic - great lamb chanks, duck, rack of lamb and lobsters. We dined the last night in Portofinos, the specialty restaurant for $20 more. It was over the top! Buffets were plentiful but on one or two days when it was more rainy it was tough to find a seat. Breakfasts in the main dining room were great as you got a made to order meal without the buffet lines. The staff were a bit confused about what to do with our 20 year old. Could she drink or not? At dinner it was ok but the main desk said no. Would be nice to make it clear. She is drinking age in Canada. We had 2 pop packages but would only buy one next time. There were lots of bars and most had good service.

Our stateroom was fine for an inside room. It was well laid out with no problems what so ever. In the future we will get a balcony but at the time we did not know if we'd like cruising so opted for the lower cost option.

There is a lot to do all the time on the boat. We enjoyed the shows that we attended and for sure make sure you get tickets for the ice show the day that you arrive. Movies (movie room needs a new projector - movies had a green tinge), art shows, swimming, hot tubs, minigolf all were hits.

We liked the excursions we did. In St Thomas we took a taxi to town, did some chopping and then hopped aboard a local tour bus/taxi for a 2 hour tour. Well worth the $25. In St Maarten, we did the Royal Caribbean sponsored all day jeep adventure. It was a blast. For 6 hours we drove our own jeep as part of a convoy and saw the whole island. It was something different than a tour bus and well worth the experience. The guide gave us walkie talkies and kept us informed of all that was going on. St Kitt's we arranged our own tour over the internet with Roosevelt Taylor, a St Kitt native who lived in the US for 30+ years. (http://www.stkittsislandparadisetours.com/index.cfm). Tour was supposed to be 3+ hours but stretched on for 4+. He had 20 attendees when he usually has about 8-10 so perhaps this slowed us down. Well worth it and very affordable at $48. Grenada and St Lucia visits were hampered by poor weather.

We flew in on our own Detroit to Charlotte NC and then to San Juan with US Air. In Charlotte the plane could not fly and we had to wait for another plane which had fewer seats. We wondered if we'd get there on Saturday! We arrive 3 hours late while other people had to wait til the next day. Stayed at the Embassy Suites. It had a great pool and breakfast, and the room was ok. Next time we'll splurge for 2 rooms. On the way back we flew from San Juan to Chicago and then to Detroit (American Airlines). The boat arrived in San Juan on the Sunday Am and flew out on the Tuesday. In the future we'd shave a day off that stay. We saw old San Juan and then stayed at the Radisson in Condado. I would choose another hotel next time but the rate was great. Its close to the beach and lots of restaurants but we had problems with one room and had to request another. Hotel staff were great. It has a noisy casino but it calmed down after midnight. Flights home were great except San Juan airport was disorganized with extra stranded passengers from the eastern seaboard snow storm.

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