stwells2001

stwells2001
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Hometown: Richmond VA
Joined: 05/12/2015
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Adventure of the Seas

May 2017 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Slightly Above Average

Overall the embark & debark processes as well as moving people on & off for ports-of-call went very smoothly.  The food was average, nothing exciting.  The ship was clean, the staff respectful, the comedians were excellent, the bed was comfortable.  Had to ask for a refrigerator or wouldn't have had one, no ice/pitcher provided in the room, no mints at night, extremely loud overall in all public rooms.  The bands were good but were positioned in a crowded corner in Boleros or on the noisy crowded promenade.  Those of us who love to dance only had the small, round, marble-hard, crowded, noisy little dance floor.  They had a great wooden dance floor in the Imperial Lounge but chose not to use it except for one band concert with music unsuitable for dancing.  On the one night a good band was scheduled for that lounge, it was cancelled without notice and a private event was held.  If we'd wanted to enter, it would have cost an additional $150 per person. Disappointed & aggravated. 

Beverages in the Buffet were pretty much limited to water, lemonade, tea, coffee (juice at breakfast).  Drinks and Internet were very expensive.  Wish they would include gratuities in the original cruise cost.  Several of us felt this was more like a Carnival Cruise than other previous Royal Caribbeans cruises.  There was a sense of 'pay more, get less'.

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Norwegian Pearl

December 2015 - Norwegian Pearl to Panama Canal, Central America

Vision of the Seas

January 2015 - Vision of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Caribbean Princess

May 2014 - Caribbean Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Maasdam

January 2014 - Maasdam to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Freedom

May 2012 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean

Norwegian Pearl

January 2012 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean - Western

Noordam

March 2011 - Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

Celebrity Summit

November 2010 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Eurodam

January 2010 - Eurodam to Caribbean - Eastern

Celebrity Summit

December 2008 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Valor

January 2008 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western

"You didn't provide and option for RC Empress of the Seas. This was in July, 2007, Norfolk VA to Bermuda"

Sun Princess

December 2006 - Sun Princess to Caribbean - Southern

Zuiderdam

April 2005 - Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Eastern

Adventure of the Seas

April 2004 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

stwells2001's Tips

Willemstad, Curacao - Ship didn't offer the Ostrich Farm, so we took a local tour to it, the Hato Caves, and Aloe-Vera Plantation. It was wonderful! See Island Experience for that or other tours. Great folks.
Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - This was an extremely loud, noisy ship. Maybe it was just this particular group of passengers, but it was a relief to get in an elevator for a few moments of quiet! Perhaps they need to add some type of sound abatement?
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - We'd been here many times before also and went off on our own. Many things to do of interest to most.
Oranjestad, Aruba - We went off on our own since we'd been there many times and had done all the touristy things that interested us. It's a lovely island.
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy - There wasn't much to do, and we were there early. We tried to rent sun lounges but the guy setting them up said we would have to wait over two hours even though he was there and the chairs were empty at Shell Beach.
Azamara Quest Azamara Quest - This may be a very slow, relaxing cruise as far as activities and entertainment go. Plan shore activities that you would enjoy independent of the shore excursions. There aren't many options offered.
Cruise Gatun Lake And Panama Canal -
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Wonderful scenic trip to A-Bay. Had a little difficulty finding restroom initially. Feet got cut/shredded on sharp lava rocks getting in & out of the water, but it was still a great day! Saw neat turtles swimming there.
Nawiliwili, Kauai - Allerton/McBride Gardens were gorgeous and a good lunch was included. Lots of walking, but not difficult. Again we had a most informed driver.
Hilo, Hawaii - Botannical Gardens tour was exceptional with Kemake (sp?) as our knowledgeable humorous driver. He kept us laughing and informed about so much culture and plants.
Kahului, Maui - Wailea Beach was a lovely setting with decent snorkeling. Beach staff were ready to assist with any needs. Would have liked to have had lunch included!
Honolulu, Oahu - Our driver Kimoto (sp?) made this the most interest tour as well as a sobering experience at Pearl Harbor.

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