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We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather. We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and 3/3. Our flight to Philadelphia was cancelled and there were no available flights to get us to Puerto Rico before it left on Saturday. American Airlines did allow us to change our flight to Curacao on Sunday so we could meet the ship in the first port, no extra charge. We did end up spending a lot of money on taxis because when we got to the ship we were told we had to go to customs (via another taxi ride) and get an Exit Visa since we officially entered the country. Every time you step into a taxi it is $20 regardless of how far. We finally boarded the ship and had a lovely balcony room (never again in an interior) which happened to be on the side overlooking each port which was handy to survey the island. The service was always excellent, our attendant was friendly. The host was very good. The entertainment was mixed. We were very impressed with the magician/comedy show, the trivia games and karaoke were run well, the ice skating show was very good. The last comedian was cringe worthy. We chose not to dine in the dining room since our last experience was it made us too sluggish to do after dinner activities. We thought the food was fantastic at first but then it didn't have enough variety (lighter fare) and started to look unappealing. Salad bar and fruit selections are same limited choices every day. We chose not to do excursions through the cruise in order to save money (and pay for the balcony room!). I did a lot of research and booked Curacao Dolphin Academy's Dolphin Swim directly (saving $100 each person but having to provide your own transportation). We loved the dolphin swim, the staff was wonderful and we felt we had enough time in the water and the groups were small (6 people). In Bonaire we booked an afternoon snorkeling excursion directly with Woodwind. It was top notch. In Aruba we decided to just hit a couple of beaches. First we took a taxi to Eagle Beach which was a beautiful wide beach without a lot of people (although you can rent beach chairs, we just spread out under a tree). It was a windy day and the waves were big enough to pummel you if you weren't careful. We then walked to Palm Beach (it was farther than I anticipated) and got some beach chairs near the Palm Pier. The water was more protected here but there were also a lot more people and businesses. We took a taxi back to the ship and then walked around downtown. The last stop was St. Martin which had been hit by the hurricanes last year. We took a taxi to the famous Orient Beach which was especially hard hit. All of the buildings were gone or badly damaged but the debris on the beach had been cleared away and a few vendors were renting beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is on a large bay so the water is calm and beautiful. The taxi drop off was in the nude beach section (next to the devastated Club Orient beach cabins that were being razed) but we walked down to the other side of the beach. My only real complaint is that on cruising days, although there are signs that the staff will remove towels from unoccupied chairs, that didn't happen and there was no way to find a good chair since 3000 people were competing for 500 or so chairs. We were so happy to have our balcony so we could enjoy the fresh air.

Great way to visit four different islands

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by mavin716

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We chose the cruise based on itinerary as we had been to USVI area and wanted to check out Aruba and some other different islands. Mainly, we wanted to enjoy summer weather.

We were tripped up in the Northeast storm that hit 3/2 and 3/3. Our flight to Philadelphia was cancelled and there were no available flights to get us to Puerto Rico before it left on Saturday. American Airlines did allow us to change our flight to Curacao on Sunday so we could meet the ship in the first port, no extra charge. We did end up spending a lot of money on taxis because when we got to the ship we were told we had to go to customs (via another taxi ride) and get an Exit Visa since we officially entered the country. Every time you step into a taxi it is $20 regardless of how far.

We finally boarded the ship and had a lovely balcony room (never again in an interior) which happened to be on the side overlooking each port which was handy to survey the island. The service was always excellent, our attendant was friendly. The host was very good.

The entertainment was mixed. We were very impressed with the magician/comedy show, the trivia games and karaoke were run well, the ice skating show was very good. The last comedian was cringe worthy.

We chose not to dine in the dining room since our last experience was it made us too sluggish to do after dinner activities. We thought the food was fantastic at first but then it didn't have enough variety (lighter fare) and started to look unappealing. Salad bar and fruit selections are same limited choices every day.

We chose not to do excursions through the cruise in order to save money (and pay for the balcony room!). I did a lot of research and booked Curacao Dolphin Academy's Dolphin Swim directly (saving $100 each person but having to provide your own transportation). We loved the dolphin swim, the staff was wonderful and we felt we had enough time in the water and the groups were small (6 people).

In Bonaire we booked an afternoon snorkeling excursion directly with Woodwind. It was top notch.

In Aruba we decided to just hit a couple of beaches. First we took a taxi to Eagle Beach which was a beautiful wide beach without a lot of people (although you can rent beach chairs, we just spread out under a tree). It was a windy day and the waves were big enough to pummel you if you weren't careful. We then walked to Palm Beach (it was farther than I anticipated) and got some beach chairs near the Palm Pier. The water was more protected here but there were also a lot more people and businesses. We took a taxi back to the ship and then walked around downtown.

The last stop was St. Martin which had been hit by the hurricanes last year. We took a taxi to the famous Orient Beach which was especially hard hit. All of the buildings were gone or badly damaged but the debris on the beach had been cleared away and a few vendors were renting beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is on a large bay so the water is calm and beautiful. The taxi drop off was in the nude beach section (next to the devastated Club Orient beach cabins that were being razed) but we walked down to the other side of the beach.

My only real complaint is that on cruising days, although there are signs that the staff will remove towels from unoccupied chairs, that didn't happen and there was no way to find a good chair since 3000 people were competing for 500 or so chairs. We were so happy to have our balcony so we could enjoy the fresh air.
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Cabin 1532
Good amount of room. Balcony wasn't large but fit two chairs and small table.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    Great people. They took time to make sure everyone had the proper equipment and offered to prep personal masks. Divided us into three groups based on experience and assigned a guide to each group. Guide would point out fish and answer questions. Spent about 45 minutes in the water which was sufficient. Rest of the time was enjoying a great sailboat ride to Klein Bonaire and refreshments.
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  • Dolphin Swim
    Excellent. Good amount of time in the water with the dolphins, great staff who made sure everyone had contact with the dolphins (kiss, hold fins), small group (6). Highlight of the cruise.
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