7 Night Deep Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Sail Date: December 14, 2008 Ship: Adventure of the Seas Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship is massive and well kept. For the most part the crew was pleasant and helpful, though they did seem overwhelmed by the over 3000 passengers aboard and the fact that the majority of passengers were late additions to the cruise (from San Juan) and many had never cruised before and were not familiar with cruising.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Food was bland (especially steaks) and not very creative. Portions were much smaller than on previous cruises. Unlike previous cruises, food was not readily available and there was no pool side barbecue. Ship pushed their "restaurants" and kiosks over traditional venues.
1 out of 5
Most activities were geared to the Latin crowd and many activities overlapped dinner times or each other.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
We had some surly waiters in the main dining room for breakfasts and lunches but our primary wait staff for dinners was excellent.
Not what we expected but we enjoyed the port. We were fortunate to stumble upon the synagogue there and had a chance to visit with locals and hear about life on the islands. Skip the casino and negotiate firmly with the street vendors.
Must take time to dine at Taloula Mangoes and take in the gorgeous beach and friendly people. Food's not bad either. Dutch side of the island is well maintained and easy to navigate. We found best jewelry buys here, especially at Ray's which is much smaller than the larger multi island shops.
We hired a local taxi to drive us around the island for $50/couple and our driver was fantastic and took us to all the main tourist points and some of the local points of interest as well. Our driver was friendly and was able to tell us about the island's history and local life. The views of St. John and the various cays are not to be missed.
Don't Miss: Drake's seat and Magen's Bay
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