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This cruise was not up to our expectations. For such a nice ship it was filled with locals who got cut rate deals in San Juan just to fill up the ship. They made the experience much less than it could have been otherwise because they comprised over 600 guests on our cruise. For the most part they were rude, obnoxious and took every opportunity to cut in front of you when waiting in any line and would not even let you off of the elevator. Every instruction on the ship and announcement was in English and Spanish with no concern given to any other nationality that was onboard. The Puerto Rican guests clogged all of the lines and were indifferent to any other passengers on the ship. You had to push your way through them to get anywhere. We went on a cruise with another couple who paid for a Junior Suite, but got upgraded for free to an Owner's Suite because RC ran out of Junior Suites. We paid $ 1,500 more than they did for a lower grade Suite. You would think that they wouldn't be so stupid as they could have upgraded us and given our room to our companions and everyone would have benefited. But they aren't that sophisticated and they made no effort to explain why they would do this knowing it would make one party very unhappy and that the upgrade wouldn't be a secret. The service in the main dining room was below average since the staff was overloaded. Our level on Deck 3 had only two bar waiters so getting a drink or some wine took a real effort on your part. If you wanted to get service you had to slip them some money and then they would take excellent care of you. Until then you were just in line like everyone else and you might not get a drink until 1/2 way through dinner. The menu for the first 3 days was terribly simple and unexciting, but it did pick up the last 4 days. It is the same menu every cruise and published in the cruise directory in your stateroom. We had a suite and in room snacks were delivered every day at about 1:30. We didn't know this when we ate the tuna and salmon at 5:30 and I believe this was the reason I became ill that evening. Drink services are screwed up. If you buy a soft drink card you can get all of the Coke, etc. you want, just not in a can like those who pay for it with cash, or charge it to your room. Coffee cost money at any bar, but was free in the dining room, or by room service, or at the self-serve joint on Deck 5. The Concierge lounge is stocked with a fair amount of drinks and a smattering of cheap appetizers from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, the rest of the time you could get coffee, or a soft drink, but you weren't supposed to take them out of the lounge. The staff we spoke with were not happy about the situation on the ship and the number of non-tipping locals has ruined the earning potential of the entire staff who depend on tips like the dining room staff and stateroom staff. Our stateroom attendant was lucky that most of his clientele were in suites and he only had a small percentage of inside rooms full of the non-tippers who paid less than 1/2 of what you will pay to cruise. This is according to people on the ship and even the local bus transfer drivers who cruise all of the time since it is so cheap and they get such a good deal. I would never recommend this cruise to anyone until Royal Caribbean ends its policy of filling up the ship with low paying guests and improves its service staff morale. The ports of call are great and included Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and back to San Juan the dump of lot. The port is surrounded by slums of decaying buildings. If you do cruise you will find that on the 6th day of the cruise you will have to get up early for immigration in St. Thomas by 9:00 AM. On the 7th day they just want you off of the ship ASAP. No in room dining for breakfast, service in the 1 dining room that was open was too slow to accommodate the people trying to eat and many were turned away because of the delay. We got a donut and some self-serve coffee and considered ourselves lucky to get off of the ship. The offloading process is a joke with them calling about 1/2 the passengers to leave by 9:00 AM in one giant gnarly mess. Celebrity breaks the process down into smaller groups so you know when you are getting off of the ship the night before. RC just blindsides you and wants you off the ship so they can fill it up with discount passengers again.

Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas Cruise Review by BC_Cruiser

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This cruise was not up to our expectations. For such a nice ship it was filled with locals who got cut rate deals in San Juan just to fill up the ship. They made the experience much less than it could have been otherwise because they comprised over 600 guests on our cruise. For the most part they were rude, obnoxious and took every opportunity to cut in front of you when waiting in any line and would not even let you off of the elevator. Every instruction on the ship and announcement was in English and Spanish with no concern given to any other nationality that was onboard. The Puerto Rican guests clogged all of the lines and were indifferent to any other passengers on the ship. You had to push your way through them to get anywhere.
We went on a cruise with another couple who paid for a Junior Suite, but got upgraded for free to an Owner's Suite because RC ran out of Junior Suites. We paid $ 1,500 more than they did for a lower grade Suite. You would think that they wouldn't be so stupid as they could have upgraded us and given our room to our companions and everyone would have benefited. But they aren't that sophisticated and they made no effort to explain why they would do this knowing it would make one party very unhappy and that the upgrade wouldn't be a secret.
The service in the main dining room was below average since the staff was overloaded. Our level on Deck 3 had only two bar waiters so getting a drink or some wine took a real effort on your part. If you wanted to get service you had to slip them some money and then they would take excellent care of you. Until then you were just in line like everyone else and you might not get a drink until 1/2 way through dinner. The menu for the first 3 days was terribly simple and unexciting, but it did pick up the last 4 days. It is the same menu every cruise and published in the cruise directory in your stateroom. We had a suite and in room snacks were delivered every day at about 1:30. We didn't know this when we ate the tuna and salmon at 5:30 and I believe this was the reason I became ill that evening.
Drink services are screwed up. If you buy a soft drink card you can get all of the Coke, etc. you want, just not in a can like those who pay for it with cash, or charge it to your room. Coffee cost money at any bar, but was free in the dining room, or by room service, or at the self-serve joint on Deck 5. The Concierge lounge is stocked with a fair amount of drinks and a smattering of cheap appetizers from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, the rest of the time you could get coffee, or a soft drink, but you weren't supposed to take them out of the lounge.
The staff we spoke with were not happy about the situation on the ship and the number of non-tipping locals has ruined the earning potential of the entire staff who depend on tips like the dining room staff and stateroom staff. Our stateroom attendant was lucky that most of his clientele were in suites and he only had a small percentage of inside rooms full of the non-tippers who paid less than 1/2 of what you will pay to cruise. This is according to people on the ship and even the local bus transfer drivers who cruise all of the time since it is so cheap and they get such a good deal.
I would never recommend this cruise to anyone until Royal Caribbean ends its policy of filling up the ship with low paying guests and improves its service staff morale. The ports of call are great and included Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and back to San Juan the dump of lot. The port is surrounded by slums of decaying buildings.
If you do cruise you will find that on the 6th day of the cruise you will have to get up early for immigration in St. Thomas by 9:00 AM. On the 7th day they just want you off of the ship ASAP. No in room dining for breakfast, service in the 1 dining room that was open was too slow to accommodate the people trying to eat and many were turned away because of the delay. We got a donut and some self-serve coffee and considered ourselves lucky to get off of the ship. The offloading process is a joke with them calling about 1/2 the passengers to leave by 9:00 AM in one giant gnarly mess. Celebrity breaks the process down into smaller groups so you know when you are getting off of the ship the night before. RC just blindsides you and wants you off the ship so they can fill it up with discount passengers again.
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