roblori

roblori
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Adventure of the Seas

May 2017 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

A B C Islands on The Adventure

We departed from San Juan and the embarkation lines were long outside, but once inside the building we were immediately checked in and on the ship. The itinerary is the reason we sailed this ship. The positives on this ship are the adult only pool area, main dining room, My Time Dining, the ice skating show and the Elvis impersonator show was surprisingly very entertaining. The not so good things are the Windjammer Cafe, condition of the room fixtures and the rock hard bed. The Windjammer serves the exact same nonappetizing food daily at lunch. We opted for lunch in the dining room which was very good.

Disembarking for the islands was the easiest of any cruise we have taken. No lines and no tenders! All 4 islands Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and St Marteen are docked.

We also found it refreshing that we were not constantly being asked to have a picture taken, unlike Carnival. 

Disembarktion was smooth and efficient. Relax and enjoy, no ship will be perfect and a day on the ship is better than a day in the office!

 

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Carnival Valor

June 2014 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Southern

Sunny Week !

Overall, this is a fantastic cruise with a great itinerary! This was our 6th cruise and we had an enjoyable week.

We had a balcony stateroom, with 2 adults and 1 teenager. Room location was mid ship on the Empress Deck, on the odd number cabin side. We had no noise and very smooth sailing. Excellent views when docking and departing each day. Would recommend a room on the odd numbered side.

Food - better than previous Carnival cruises. We ate breakfast on the Lido deck and dinner in the dining room. We had excellent dining room service.

Cleanliness - top notch.

Entertainment - a little better than average, but you take this cruise for the ports of call, not the entertainment on board. We miss the steel drum band on the Lido deck.

There were very few children on the cruise (week of June 8th). Older kids activities were not appealing to our daughter, so she never went to the club.

Excellent cruise for the money we paid. Go and enjoy!

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roblori's Tips

Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - Odd number cabins will be port side at Bonaire, Aruba and Curaçao. Even number at St. Marteen.
Castries, St. Lucia - Booked the Cruises Only tour Sail to Soufree and it was EXCELLENT! Well worth every penny!!
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Booked tour with Greys Excursions (found on TripAdvisor) and it was one of the best excursions we have ever done. St. Kitts is beautful and so much to see.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Nice beach at the Boatyard. $5 pp taxi to get there and $15 pp to get in, includes drink and ride back to ship. Take cash for food and fees. Nice for the day, but probably would not go back.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - No excursion needed here. Take the water taxi right from the port, for $7 pp all day trips, over to the town. Huge beach and nice boardwalk area. Walk around the town. Take cash for the chairs/umbrellas/food/drinks. We rented 2 chairs, umbrella and included 6 beers for $20 from a place called NuLuv.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Leave your bags off and go check old Old San Juan for the day. The Forts are within walking distance and very pleasant to visit.

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