Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by mikeynine999
we flew out of Newark on March 9, 2003, at 8 am and landed in San Juan a little after 1 pm. We did not purchase any transportation vouchers. We decided to take a taxi which was better because we beat all the Royal Caribbean passengers there. The taxi only cost $16 for four people which wasn't bad.
We arrived at the ship at about 2:15 and were on the ship by 2:30. There was no one on line at all was really fast much faster then what I read about in some posts on here.
We were assigned to cabin #7609 which was an atrium view room which we did enjoy. Our cabin steward was Ruffis he was the best. We couldn't ask for anyone better he did all kinds of things for us.
This ship is huge it took us all day to explore and check the whole ship out.
Dinner the first night was casual which was good cause we weren't in the mood to dress up. We were assigned the Vivaldi dining room located on the 3rd floor. Our table # was 328 which was about 3 tables behind the captain's table. Our table sat 4 people. Our head waiters name was Kagan and our assistant waiter was Boni. They were both excellent when ever we wanted something they were there. I enjoyed having them for waiters. They were the kindest people in the world.
The second day was at sea which was nice just to relax by the pool. I suggest getting out there early because the seats go quickly and its hard to find a bunch all together. At night it was captain's night which was formal. It kind of reminded me of a high school prom all dressed up and taking pictures. The food this night was on the money.
The 3rd day we were at Aruba. This by far was our favorite island out of all we visited. We went on 2 excursions which were great. The first one was the Aruba sailaway cruise snorkel and beach tour. The snorkeling wasn't that great. Not too many fish around where we went. The beach was awesome, water was clean, sand was white and so soft. They also serve lunch that wasn't the best but was ok. The second excursion we did was at nite and was the Kukoo Kunuku tour which was a bar hopping tour which was great it also included dinner. The best part of this was the last bar Carlos and Charlies. You must go to this bar what a blast we had there.
4th day we were in Curacao. Was our least favorite island. We went on the Curacao beach break that brought us to a man made beach which was ok. Not much to do but relax sunbathe or swim. They had a nice little bar restaurant there. The food in the bar was excellent and the prices were reasonable. That night we went to Portofinos to eat dinner
Portofinos was out of this world was well worth the 20 dollar charge per person. The food and service were on the money. My recommendations are the lobster and the shrimp. Both were very tasty.
5th day we were at sea which was also another good thing just to relax and chill out. It was also another formal night but this time it was chef's night. The food was good as usual many different things to eat. We did a little gambling this nite to but no action so decided wasn't gonna gamble anymore on the boat all week. We also seen a comedian this nite who was pretty funny.
6th day we landed in St. Maarten and went on the beach trip that took u to orient beach. It was so beautiful there. Water was crystal clear, sand was like butter. We did some things there like jet skis which was 40 dollars per half hour, and parasailing which was 90 dollars for 2 people for 15 mins. The restaurant there is also good but the people who work there are not too friendly. At nite we ate in the main dining room again. Food was good as every nite there.
7th day we landed in St. Thomas and went to Meagan's Bay by cab which cost $24 for 4 people plus $3 each to enter on the beach. Meagan's Bay was ok. I cant see why the rate it the top beach in the world. Not much to see or do there. There is only one bar that has a restaurant plus a store where u can rent beach chairs for $6 plus a $5 deposit which is returned when u bring the chairs back. We did not stay long we decided to go shopping back near the ship some great deals down there. I bought a techno marine watch which goes for about $450 back in NY and got it for $200. That nite was international nite in the dining room. Was lots of different foods to try. I really enjoyed it.
8th day San Juan debarkation day. Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We had a 10:45 am flight so we were of the boat at 7:45 am and in the airport by 8:30 am. Our flight wasn't the best. We had to make and emergency landing back at San Juan after 1 hour into the flight do to a medical emergency.
Johnny rockets was awesome we ate there almost every afternoon. The chili and the burgers are awesome.
The sports bar, aquarium bar and the pool bar were our favorite bars. The others were ok but always dead.
Jesters was ok. We are from NY and used to the best clubs in the world so Jesters couldn't compare.
Duty free shopping on board was good to nice stuff and good prices.
As for the whole trip, it was awesome. This was my first cruise and not my last. RCI gets 5 stars from me and I cant picture any other boat being better then the AOS.
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