Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Deck Hand

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2-3 cruises

Review
1

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9

5 out of 5

A great cruise

Sail Date: February 25, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

My girlfriend and I had an amazing time on the Adventure of the Seas. We arrived in San Juan around 3pm (supposed to be noon but our flight was delayed) and took the shuttle to the ship and we were on the ship in 30 minutes. The ports were all great and highly recommended. The food on the ship was great, even in the Windjammer cafe (buffet). The cruise director was always funny and made the experience more enjoyable. On our way back to the states, Continental was offering free vouchers and hotel stay for anyone who would give up their tickets, so we got an extra night in San Juan at the Embassy Suites for free!

Pros: Food, service, the ports

Recommends Adventure of the Seas? Yes!

Curacao
We made reservations for scuba diving with The Dive Bus (www.thedivebus.com) ahead of time and did this in the morning. They were great and we had a great time seeing the underwater life during our dive. We took a taxi back into Willemstad and walked around the rest of the day.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We took the ferry to St. John and rented a dinghy for the day to hop from beach to beach. The water was very choppy but the dinghy was a blast. If you do this, get here as early as you can! We missed the ferry and got in kind of late so we didn't get to spend all day in St. John. This is highly recommended, as you can hit some beautful "natural beaches". This means they are not attached to hotels, restaurants, food vendors, etc. You sit on the sand and behind you, there is a forest. This is Trunk Bay, the best beach we visited on our trip. The snorkeling here was great as well, with lots of things to see. As far as getting around goes, try to find a gipsy taxi. It will cost you about $2 USD per person, compared to a $20 taxi ride from the main port to the ferry. Taxi drivers will tell you no gipsy taxis exist and that they are the only way to get around, but they are liars! The gipsy taxis look like dilapidated trucks, usually with open air seating.
Don't Miss: Trunk Bay
Oranjestad, Aruba
We highly recommend renting a Jeep Wrangler with no top and offroading the island. The island is pretty easy to navigate around the main roads near the perimeter, but definitely have a map in case you get lost on the interior of the island. Downtown Oranjestad looks like a commercialized strip with hotels, casinos, etc. But when you take your jeep to the other end of the island, it is a barren desert with wild donkeys, etc walking around. Truly amazing since it is a very small island and two parts can be so different. Offroading was a blast, bouncing around constantly over bumps and huge holes (not for the faint of heart). We drove to the desert portion and checked out a few of the caves which are very neat, with bats flying over your head. The natural pool was overrated, but if you must go, it is only accessible by jeep or ATV, but again is really out of the way and seemed to me an overrated conglomeration of rocks.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We took the ferry to St. John and rented a dinghy for the day to hop from beach to beach. The water was very choppy but the dinghy was a blast. If you do this, get here as early as you can! We missed the ferry and got in kind of late so we didn't get to spend all day in St. John. This is highly recommended, as you can hit some beautful "natural beaches". This means they are not attached to hotels, restaurants, food vendors, etc. You sit on the sand and behind you, there is a forest. This is Trunk Bay, the best beach we visited on our trip. The snorkeling here was great as well, with lots of things to see. As far as getting around goes, try to find a gipsy taxi. It will cost you about $2 USD per person, compared to a $20 taxi ride from the main port to the ferry. Taxi drivers will tell you no gipsy taxis exist and that they are the only way to get around, but they are liars! The gipsy taxis look like dilapidated trucks, usually with open air seating.
Don't Miss: Trunk Bay
Oranjestad, Aruba
We highly recommend renting a Jeep Wrangler with no top and offroading the island. The island is pretty easy to navigate around the main roads near the perimeter, but definitely have a map in case you get lost on the interior of the island. Downtown Oranjestad looks like a commercialized strip with hotels, casinos, etc. But when you take your jeep to the other end of the island, it is a barren desert with wild donkeys, etc walking around. Truly amazing since it is a very small island and two parts can be so different. Offroading was a blast, bouncing around constantly over bumps and huge holes (not for the faint of heart). We drove to the desert portion and checked out a few of the caves which are very neat, with bats flying over your head. The natural pool was overrated, but if you must go, it is only accessible by jeep or ATV, but again is really out of the way and seemed to me an overrated conglomeration of rocks.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We did the America's Cup Regatta excursion here which was a blast, racing our boat against another group doing the excursion. After that, we hung out on a small beach by the boardwalk.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We did the America's Cup Regatta excursion here which was a blast, racing our boat against another group doing the excursion. After that, we hung out on a small beach by the boardwalk.
Curacao
We made reservations for scuba diving with The Dive Bus (www.thedivebus.com) ahead of time and did this in the morning. They were great and we had a great time seeing the underwater life during our dive. We took a taxi back into Willemstad and walked around the rest of the day.


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