Sail Date: February 01, 2007 Ship: Adventure of the Seas Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Large Group Reviewed: 11 years ago
We were first time cruisers and a little disappointed with the vacation that we looked forward to for 6 months. We sailed out of San Juan with Royal Carribean in mid Feb. Several incidents happened that put a damper on the trip. Some of the ports were lovely.. some weren't worth getting off the ship for. Some places felt unsafe. Anyways.. if you want an relaxing laid back vacation .. cruising isn't the way to go. IT's rush rush rush.. the entire time that you're on the trip. The most fun we had was on the Pelican Sports Boat at Aruba.. snorkeling with them.. and dancing on the catamarran...Do not miss the day trip to St Johns... Trunk bay is the most beautiful beach you can visit on the entire trip... It was our last day... and I absolutely loved st johns.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The dining room experience was ok... nothing to brag about.
Our waiter managed to hit one of our table mates in the head with his elbow.. a loud " Thud" was heard around the table. She held her head for the rest of the evening.
There are so many people waiting on the tables that for the first time cruiser it's a little overwhelming. It seems that we tip the dining room manager, the waitier, . the person who fills the water glasses,.. the bar people.,. ( who never showed
up) All these are left as envelopes at the end of your trip or you can pay the standard tip. The most disturbing thing was that another diner at our table warned the wait staff of a severe seafood allergy... more than one time. She was served a steak with shrimp stuck underneath it. GLad she found them.
3 out of 5
Nothing memorable about it. Could not even tell you which shows we saw.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
They were good until the last day.. Then we were completely ignored. We did tip our cabin person so that we could leave our bags in the room late. We were a late 6pm flight home and asked if we could be later getting off the ship. We were called around 10 am. PUT something Bright and eye catching on your bags... Ours were separated and it took awhile to find them once off the ship. The ship staff told us that they work 12 hours a day... 6-7 days a week... They all looked tired. They are mostly from other countries and are very young. Our cabin steward was the nicest guy... and got the biggest tip from us. No one really went over and beyond to do anything. I think they are too exhausted to do that. Some of them seemed to need a shower. I felt badly for them. I guess that Labor laws don't apply to the people who work on a cruise ship.
5 out of 5
The ship was beautiful. Careful of the coffee lids at the coffee shop downstairs. The lids that were on our cruise did not fit the cups. so when you turned the cup up to drink the lid popped off. I saw several people burned. WE asked the food manager to remove the lids from the coffee line, he said he would .. we went back that night to watch yet another person dump steaming hot coffee down the front of his shirt. The ship was clean. The sliding doors open slowly making it difficult for elderly passengers to get through the doors. We watched an older lady walk into the sliding door thinking that it was open. That had to hurt. The pool area is nearly impossible to find a chair at. The people on the ships save the seats... even though they are not supposed to,. WE actually removed towels that had been in chairs that were vacant. We sat there for nearly an hour and a half before the people who had " reserved " their seats showed up. The decor is great. It's a very large ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
The bathroom was too small to turn around in... the room was so small that you couldn't come out of the bathroom if someone was in the hall. The balcony was the best part of the room Oh .. the toilet tank leaked and flooded the entire bathroom area... ( Yuck)... they cleaned it up.. but didnt ask us if we wanted to move. No electrical sockets... take a
power stick thing.
Pros: Aruba and the trip to St John Trunk bay
Cons: the staff was rude. customer service hard to deal with. Pool rules weren't followed. Felt rushed and like someone always had their hand out for money
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