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Jorge

Age: 60

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 14

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2011-04-17

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

This was my 14th cruise, my 4th with Royal Caribbean. I found the Adventure of The Seas to be a beautiful ship with many activities and good shows. Our cabin was on Deck 8 with a balcony. This cruise was 7 days visiting Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Croix. We sailed from San Juan. The first day was a day at sea. There were 2 formal nights. The check-in process ran smoothly and took very little time. There was enough staff at the airport and the pier to assist making the entire process an efficient one. The show on the skating rink was so good I saw it twice! The suitcases took a while to get to the cabin. I would cruise on this ship again.

The food was good. I found there was more to choose from in the Windjammer Café. The buffet was very good with many selections. Since the weather was great during the 7 days, there were always tables available in the Café. Some days we ate by the pool. The waiter and assistant in the Vivaldi dining room were great. They were very attentive. We had a table for 2. The main dining room is 3 levels and is beautifully decorated. We purchased a water package and had a box of Evian water waiting for us when we got to the cabin. Evian water is has an odd taste to it, which we did not care for. Poland Spring water is better. Even the cruise ship's water was better than Evian.

The stateroom was nice, though I found it smaller than on other cruise ships I have sailed on. The Cabin Steward, John, was excellent and was always ready to assist us in any way he could. Nightly we'd find towel animals in our statement. We enjoyed seeing them.

There were on board activities to please everyone. Since this cruise was during Easter/Spring Break, there were a lot of young children. The children were well behaved and the ship had enough activities to keep them busy.

I found the excursions to be excellent but on the pricey side. The guides on all the tours were very friendly and answered all our questions. All the tours met on the pier or in a terminal and they all left on time. Barbados' eastern side is beautiful and we enjoyed the Bathsheba area very much. On St. Lucia we visited the volcano in Soufriere, a botanical garden, stopped at 2 fishing villages and had lunch on our way to the volcano. We visited Shirley Heights, Nelson Dockyard, etc, on Antigua. The views from all stops made were incredible. We were able to see the island of Montserrat with its volcano sending a white cloud upward. The tour on St. Maarten took us to the beach with lunch included. Orient Beach is beautiful. Unfortunately the sea was a little rough and some of us got knocked over by a huge wave. This would be the only island that we had rain. It rained for about 10 minutes. Since I was born and raised on the island of St. Croix, I did not take any tour. I did take my friend on a walking/driving tour of the island. Would I have taken a tour, it would have been to Buck Island.

We flew to San Juan from New York. The airfare was costly. Again, this could be due to it being the week of Easter and Spring Break. All sites, including AA.com and Choice Air, did not have low prices on the airfare. This cruise was booked at the last moment so that could also be a reason for the high prices. We finally used Choice Air to book the flights. Our connecting flights were cheaper than flying direct to San Juan yet we flew first class! I was surprised that luggage check in at the San Juan pier was not available. In the past on other cruise ships we were allowed to check in our luggage on board or on the pier. Since our flight was after 5 p.m., I decided to visit relatives in San Juan. We had to take our luggage to the airport to have it stored for a minimal fee. Luckily, we had purchased transfer to/from the airport.

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