Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Just an OK experience

Sail Date: May 28, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

The ship felt like a hotel chain that's been around for a while. Cleanliness is very important, and it didn't smell clean at all especially in the Windjammer Cafe. Twice it smelled fishy even when the staff was continuously cleaning floors. Twice, I opened my table napkin to silverware that was dirty ( the first time it had dried strawberry yogurt on it, and the second time it had an oily shimmer to it). I didn't go back there again. Always ate at the dining room instead although I did notice that the dark laminated walls weren't polished clean from the heavy traffic of body parts that flow through the dining area. It's amazing how daylight can make one notice these things.
Our table had an excellent wait staff and we were fortunate enough to be seated with two other wonderful families. Our dining experience was the best part of the trip because it felt like we were one big family visiting each other. The entertainment was just okay--just made lively by the terrific personality of the cruise director Richard Spacey. Very funny guy!
Our older kids enjoyed the cruise experience overall because they are at the age where hanging out was the preferred choice than seeing the ports. We had an inside stateroom which was a bit cramped. Again, the room didn't smell fresh at all. We had a clogged sink on the second day which our stateroom attendant promptly took care of. Around the 4th or 5th day, the water flowing from the faucet sink turned yellow brown and we reported it to guest relations.

Pros: The shows hosted by the very bubbly cruise director

Cons: It's an older ship so it's not so clean

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Bridgetown, Barbados
The Harrison Caves and the Orchid World was cool for lack of anything else to do.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Our second time at St. Maarten. High priced jewelry items can be bought here at the best price you're willing to pay for if you have done your research ahead of time and know exactly what you want. If you're just window shopping, don't get pressured by the patronizing staff into buying something.You don't want to have buyer's remorse when you're back on the ship.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
It was our third time at this port and always enjoyed the shopping. For those that don't mind walking through the port gate area and catching local transportation to their destination, it's a money saver. The union taxis inside the port that meets the cruisers at the disembarkation point charge at least $10 per person. For example, to go to Red Hook only costs $2 outside the port gates so if you travel with a family of four, that's only $8 compared to the $40 you pay by catching one of the taxis inside.
Don't Miss: Magen's Bay and in St. John's Trunk Bay or Cinnamon Bay if port time would allow
Castries, St. Lucia
A very boring port. Don't even bother taking a day tour to the volcano or the waterfall. It was a joke and a waste of money for a long drive to get to these sites. Better off staying on the ship and enjoy its amenities.
St. John's, Antigua
Boring port.

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