Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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2-3 cruises

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4 out of 5

Great Way to see the Caribbean

Sail Date: August 26, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

We were impressed with the enormous size of the ship, the 3,000 plus passengers on board and yet we never felt crowded or had to contend for lounge chairs, seats for the shows, tables for breakfast or bar service.

The layout was easy to understand, allowed for multiple paths around decks and had plenty of public space for relaxing.

Pros: Choice of islands visited

Cons: Limited time in ports, with

Recommends Adventure of the Seas? Yes!

Bridgetown, Barbados
The water was exceptionally beautiful, but the excursion was for beginners and snorkelers who don't venture beyond a pool. We only saw a turtle and a Marlin. Half of the passengers from the ship alternated screaming, fearing they were viewing a shark, rather than a tarpon. This excursion was too tame for us and should be marked "amatuers only". The crew was outstanding and attentive, but the site quickly became saturated with multiple catamarans and their passengers for us to enjoy.
Don't Miss: Surprisingly, the shopping for high-end jewelry and watches was pretty good, with the staff knowledgeable and able to give us competitive prices.
Bridgetown, Barbados
The water was exceptionally beautiful, but the excursion was for beginners and snorkelers who don't venture beyond a pool. We only saw a turtle and a Marlin. Half of the passengers from the ship alternated screaming, fearing they were viewing a shark, rather than a tarpon. This excursion was too tame for us and should be marked "amatuers only". The crew was outstanding and attentive, but the site quickly became saturated with multiple catamarans and their passengers for us to enjoy.
Don't Miss: Surprisingly, the shopping for high-end jewelry and watches was pretty good, with the staff knowledgeable and able to give us competitive prices.
Castries, St. Lucia
We felt guilty that we missed Barbados from the interior and chose a narrated tour of St. Lucia. The driving rivaled NASCAR, with hairpin turns frequently. Our driver and tour guide were extremely knowledge and conversed well with the audience. Shopping was more local craft and was a culture shock, including paying for a toilet with a toilet paper allocation. We enjoyed a visit to Stoney Hill, and were provided local cuisine free of charge for snacking and beverages, and clean bathrooms. Very nicely done with spectacular views of the island and port.
Don't Miss: Interior tour. Friends took the rainforest and were gone for six hours without being fed.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We looked forward to the America's Cup Racing experience and weren't disappointed. The crew was outstanding the tour leader was very entertaining in his rendition of the 12 Metre Race and how the US ruined it. A lot of fun work, and actual racing. Followed by a great photo action shot, rum punch, and great merchandise to take home as a momento. Beach was great and just steps away, and the shopping was phenomenal. We purchased four pieces of jewelry away from the major companies, and the negotiations were pleasant and effective. Great bargains on opals and topaz. Port time was too limited for no good reason.
Don't Miss: America's Cup Racing if you enjoy sailing, and shopping, shopping, shopping. Best prices and negotiations of any ports, including St. Thomas.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We looked forward to the America's Cup Racing experience and weren't disappointed. The crew was outstanding the tour leader was very entertaining in his rendition of the 12 Metre Race and how the US ruined it. A lot of fun work, and actual racing. Followed by a great photo action shot, rum punch, and great merchandise to take home as a momento. Beach was great and just steps away, and the shopping was phenomenal. We purchased four pieces of jewelry away from the major companies, and the negotiations were pleasant and effective. Great bargains on opals and topaz. Port time was too limited for no good reason.
Don't Miss: America's Cup Racing if you enjoy sailing, and shopping, shopping, shopping. Best prices and negotiations of any ports, including St. Thomas.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We were ready for relaxation and we told to visit Magen's Bay early rather than later by the local taxi driver. Great advice. The beach became crowded by midday when we were ready to leave. The beach was calm and beautiful and we found a great assortment of coral on the left side of the bay. Most folks visiting were blissfully unaware of the coral, which made the discovery even more rewarding due to the color, variety and lack of crowds. Food was available and great drinks. The staff in the gift shop was the only negative experience here. Many stores were closing effective 9/1 for a month long holiday so things may be very quiet depending on time of year. Port time was too limited for no good reason.
Don't Miss: Magen's Bay and shopping for fragrance and jewelry, sufficient supply of t-shirts to take home.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We were ready for relaxation and we told to visit Magen's Bay early rather than later by the local taxi driver. Great advice. The beach became crowded by midday when we were ready to leave. The beach was calm and beautiful and we found a great assortment of coral on the left side of the bay. Most folks visiting were blissfully unaware of the coral, which made the discovery even more rewarding due to the color, variety and lack of crowds. Food was available and great drinks. The staff in the gift shop was the only negative experience here. Many stores were closing effective 9/1 for a month long holiday so things may be very quiet depending on time of year. Port time was too limited for no good reason.
Don't Miss: Magen's Bay and shopping for fragrance and jewelry, sufficient supply of t-shirts to take home.
Castries, St. Lucia
We felt guilty that we missed Barbados from the interior and chose a narrated tour of St. Lucia. The driving rivaled NASCAR, with hairpin turns frequently. Our driver and tour guide were extremely knowledge and conversed well with the audience. Shopping was more local craft and was a culture shock, including paying for a toilet with a toilet paper allocation. We enjoyed a visit to Stoney Hill, and were provided local cuisine free of charge for snacking and beverages, and clean bathrooms. Very nicely done with spectacular views of the island and port.
Don't Miss: Interior tour. Friends took the rainforest and were gone for six hours without being fed.
St. John's, Antigua
We did a snorkel tour here and went to open water with some choppy seas. The coral overall was interesting, but the site was inundated with jelly fish. The crew was nice, but inattentive and we helped rescue a passenger in distress while the crew was oblivous. Only recommend this tour for experienced swimmers/snorkelers. We then moved onto a private beach and cove where locals dissended upon us selling their jewelry. We ventured onto a beach by Sandals Resort independently and had a wonderful time on a banana boat ride,
Don't Miss: Snorkeling was good, beaches were also nice and relaxing.
St. John's, Antigua
We did a snorkel tour here and went to open water with some choppy seas. The coral overall was interesting, but the site was inundated with jelly fish. The crew was nice, but inattentive and we helped rescue a passenger in distress while the crew was oblivous. Only recommend this tour for experienced swimmers/snorkelers. We then moved onto a private beach and cove where locals dissended upon us selling their jewelry. We ventured onto a beach by Sandals Resort independently and had a wonderful time on a banana boat ride,
Don't Miss: Snorkeling was good, beaches were also nice and relaxing.


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