Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by GeoJim
- Sail Date: April 2017
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
The ship has undergone a recent limited dry-dock and the public areas are fresh and updated, I understand the rest of the renovations will be completed in Jan. of 18. We found the ship to be fine in all things, one thing missing was the day placards in the elevators, but the daily compass has it listed.
This was one of the best cruises for dining we have experienced: the food was very good and plentiful, our wait staff, Ryez (in his last contract before retirement) our waiter and Marie (in her first contract) our assistant waiter were OUTSTANDING, they were personable and genuinely cared about our dining experience. It was fun to see the experience and the desire to learn mixed together. Lest I forget our head waiter, sadly I do not remember his name but I will always remember his greeting: "Good evening lovely ladies and lucky gentlemen." He was the most attentive head waiter we have ever experienced and we looked forward to his visit every evening, we even were met with his greeting one morning at breakfast.
The entertainment was not anything memorable, though we were entertained and had a good time at the shows. The headliners, 3 different comedians, seemed to be more interested in promoting their own wares and the "late night" shows than addressing the audience that was present.
Our cabin steward, JerryLee was very good, she met us soon after we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. Her interaction throughout the week was warm and friendly and we enjoyed her smile daily.
The bar service could use some improvement, there was great inconsistency in the mixing of the drinks, on some occasions the drinks did not seem to be what we ordered. We purchase the drink card on board and some would accept it and others would not, not really sure of what was going on with this.
The ports were very good with plenty to do or just to walk about and see the sights. I will list them one by one:
St. Maarten; we have been here several times but this was the first time to Maho beach to see the planes, seen it, done it, checked it off the list. Wasn't much excitement for us.
Bonaire; Don't take the first tour offered, if you haven't scheduled an excursion with RC, shop around as there are many along the street that leads to town. Ask a lot of questions and right down the answers in case there is some discrepancy of what was promised and what was delivered.
Aruba; We took a ride on the free trolley to see what was available and we were not disappointed, the assistant conductor told us of a beach only 2 blocks from the turnaround point that was very good for swimming with a restaurant/bar in the beach. The market was fun but be sure to check where the product was made and by all means don't pay the asking price.
Curacao; We scheduled a private excursion that included fishing, snorkeling/swimming and a bar-b-que. The seas were too rough for fishing but we had a great time doing all of the other activities, Aldo and Kelly were great hosts.
This cruise was with two other couples, one being on their first cruise, and we had a great time. The ABC's were everything we had hoped for, Royal Caribbean treated us very well and we all look forward to a future cruise together.
We, my wife and I, stayed in Puerto Rico for 3 days post cruise and had a marvelous time exploring at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to experience the local culture and the historic sights. We would recommend time either before or after a cruise that sails out of San Juan.
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ArubaAruba seems to be working hard to create a welcome environment for cruisers, with the free trolley that takes you along the main shopping streets with plenty of stops to allow one to get off and on was welcome in the heat of the day. The straw market is easily accessible and fun. Because of the treatment of the locals we will return to this island in the future to spend more time.View All 1,635 Aruba Cruise Port Reviews
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BonaireWe picked up an excursion at the port last minute. We should have shopped around rather than jumping on the first one we came to. There are plenty to choose from so I recommend looking around first. The shopping is close and the selection is good with a good variety of things to choose from.View All 593 Bonaire Cruise Port Reviews
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CuracaoWe left the port early for a private excursion and returned late so we had little to no experience of the port other than the ease and closeness of everything.View All 1,242 Curacao Cruise Port Reviews
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San JuanThe Pan American port is a shipping port only, one must travel to reach tourist interests.View All 3,767 San Juan Cruise Port Reviews
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