I went on the adventure of the sea March 11, 2007. We cruise at least once a year on no particular cruise line for us we go with itinerary. We travel with two adults in their early forties and a 16 year old daughter.
Embarkation: arrived at the ship at 1:30 with my sea pass filled out and boarded the ship at 1:40 record time. Went to the windjammer for lunch and our room was ready at 2:00pm and our entire luggage arrived within minutes.
Cabin with balcony D1 our toilet had pee in it and would not flush our safe was locked so we called the customer relations desk and the problems were fixed within 45 minutes of our call.
Dinning room: we always go find our table and make sure our table is what we requested. We requested a table for four we made our cruise plans one year out and were given our traveling documents stating that our preference was granted. So I find our table and its a table for six so I go see the dinning room manager and he says we must sit at the table tonight and tomorrow come see him he will reassign us to a table of four. My husband decides he did not want to eat so my daughter and I go to dinner and there is a family of four and myself and my daughter that makes six no more room for my husband I'm glad we switched our arrangements. I was told by the dinning room manager that they never had our preferences they were blank so make sure RCI has them straight once you book.
Dinning: The food at breakfast in the dinning room was good, Lunch ok and dinner was ok hit or miss nothing good consistently. I think this was the worst food I have had on a cruise. RCI charges for espresso, latte after dinner. I was happy to sea hand sanitizer given to everyone before each meal which I think is very positive.
Service: Now this is a first our cabin steward was terrible and we gave him a 40.00 tip the first day. We had a queen bed and a sofa pull out bed which was hard as a rock. We even requested egg shells which didn't help much because they were worn down, not to mention once the bed was set up you could barely get across the room. We did complain about not enough towels, bathroom not clean, no trash can and the problems just continued.
Activities for sea days: Compared to carnival there was not enough to keep you busy accept at night, I felt that was a down side of the cruise.
Entertainment: They had the drifters which I saw them 2 years ago on the mariner of the sea they had the same songs opening act it was ok the first time but again No. The acts were less than average carnival has much better entertainment. The ice show was great and a 10 itís a must see
Spa we had the hot rock 70 min message it was great and the people were extremely professional I would give them a 10
Ports of call: Aruba went to eagle beach by taxi $8.00 one way per taxi the beach is great you can rent chairs bring your towels from the ship, then we went back downtown to eat at the OLD Fisherman restaurant anyone can give you directions its a small cafe with great seafood total for 2 for lunch $55.00 with tip this food is excellent a must try.
Curacao terrible the taxi charged up 25.00 to go 20 minutes one way. We went to Blue bay beach its very nice with a $6.00 coverage charge they have a beach with chairs, bar, restaurant, pool, clean bathrooms very nice. We were not impressed with this island.
St. Thomas we went to Magens bay this is one of the top 10 beaches in the world itís a must see. Taxi is $8.00 per person one way you can rent chairs, towels everything, and has a restaurant, bar service
TIP: customer relations desk has free decks of cards for the asking. This ship has only one specialty restaurant so make your reservations day one or you wonít get in we did not.