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Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Deep Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 20, 2008
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Ship was spectacular - beautiful, clean, lots to do onboard

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Eegads! The Windjammer Cafe (upstairs buffet) had food that was not just bad - some of it bordered on disgusting. Every time I ate there, I paid with indigestion (which I never get). The dining room's food ranged from okay to excellent (depended on the night and the dish). Loved our servers - very kind to my child. They cut her food for her!! Johnny Rockets was great. Did not try Portofino, but heard it was excellent.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Ice show, game shows, and magician were great. The magician was a hoot. The last night, I was literally crying I was laughing so hard.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
After two Carnival cruises, I wasn't sure what to expect. WOW! Out of this world. My daughter was usually sad to see Mom coming! Very age-appropriate. I rate educational environments for a living (consultant), and this exceeded my expectations.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Most were excellent, but the folks at the excursion desk were of little help. "Is this a good excursion? What do people say?" Their answer: "It depends upon your preference." Hmmm... That puts me back at square one. Consequently, I had some good, and some humdrum excursions.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Huge, well-laid out, decor lovely, clean

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very nice stateroom (outside cabin).
3 out of 5
Beautiful place, but was misguided by ship's crew to not go on any excursions. Apparently the snorkeling exceeded Aruba's.
Don't Miss: Can't say really, although the brightly colored buildings were lovely.
3 out of 5
Gorgeous place. Make sure if you take a taxi that you are very clear about your destination. Got ripped off by a cabbie. Told him we were dying to see the beach at Magen's Bay. He took me to a hilltop to look down at it. Wouldn't bend, and charged me $40!
Don't Miss: If you like to shop, and have a lot of money, this is apparently the place.
3 out of 5
Did snuba. The boat folks were great, but the visibility and variety of fish lacked.
Don't Miss: Some folks told me Orient Beach rocked (had nudity, if that's important to know)
5 out of 5
Went to a little island to snorkel. They had a water park with tube slides. Off the charts, and the shopping was quite good.
Don't Miss: That water park and the snorkeling

Pros: The dining room staff was outstanding, as was the kids program

Cons: The emphasis on shopping at every port, limited excursions for young children, the Windjammer Grill

Recommends Adventure of the Seas? Yes!

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