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Bill Rainwater

Age: 74

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Sailing Date: June 18th, 2006

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

My wife, son (age 12), and I traveled together on this cruise. We shared a balcony cabin #8544. To immediately dis-spell any doubts as to my opinion, we loved the ship and everything about the cruise. I'll break this into categories for easier reading.

The Ship.
I have no problems with being on one of the largest cruise ships afloat. There were more activities than we've ever seen on a cruise. The ship was well cared for and its decor was beautiful and tasteful. Our son enjoyed the roller blade track (the blades are issued free) and the rock climbing wall (available at no charge). All of us enjoyed the miniature golf course. My son started to ice skate, but the time we chose had lots and lots of skaters on the rink, and at the last minute he declined. The ship has a set of pools limited to adults and also a set for everyone. Notwithstanding 3800 passengers on the ship, even on days at sea there did not seem to be an overcrowding.

Food.
Very good to excellent. We ate virtually all meals on board and enjoyed all of them. My wife and I enjoy wine, so we ordered a bottle of wine every evening. The wine package worked well for us. By purchasing the wine package we had good wines and saved money from the regular wine list. The package has three different levels. On each level one can chose 5, 7, 10 or more bottles. We are good for a bottle a meal, so I chose the 7 bottle package at the highest level. It was priced at $185, which equates to about $26.00 per bottle. There was only $30 difference between this level and the lowest of the levels, and at the higher level one had several more choices. We did not try Portofino, primarily because it was implied that kids under 13 would not be welcome, and our son is 12. There was one midnight buffet. It was worth visiting before in the time allotted for picture taking, due to its beauty. The food and deserts were comparable. We ended up in Johnny Rocker's cafe late one night just before closing (11:30). All of the food is free, but each guest will be charged $3.50 regardless of what is ordered.

The Entertainment.
Adventure had what was by far the best entertainment of any ship I have been on. We enjoyed 4 stand-up comics on different nights and all were great. The ice show was outstanding, living up to its billing in other reviews. The ice show is held twice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Passes are available for guests on Monday morning, and should be picked up at that time. There was also a Vegas style review one evening, and it was good. My hat is off to the cruise director - Simeon Baker. He was great.

Places.
Aruba is flat, sandy, and its picturesque spots include a lighthouse and a natural rock bridge. Its main appeal is to those who snorkel/scuba. We took no tours, as we had been to Aruba previously.

Curacao has a very picturesque town area with bright colored buildings similar to what you might expect in Holland. It's great for photo ops. We also went to the Sea Aquarium, about a 20 minute taxi ride out of town. I've been to a number of aquariums with larger displays, but I enjoyed the somewhat unique approach at this one. The admission price was about $15.00 for adults. I would recommend it for first time visitors.

St.Marteen/St.Martin is great. I'm hip to the variations of the guavaberry rum available on the Dutch side, and bought several bottles. On the French side there is Orient Beach, somewhat infamous because of the nudist resort at the south end of the beach. But I do believe it is one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen in my travels, and well worth the visit. St.Thomas is probably best noted for its shopping, and we did buy my son a digital camera at about a $30 saving from my favorite photo discounter in New York City.

I do applaud RCCL for Adventure and the other ships of this class. I would go out of my way to travel again on one of these ships.


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