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  1. Congrats on the Not doing Carnival again. 馃檪聽We are Diamond on RCI and Platinum on NCL. We prefer RCI overall. You can always count on the Windjammer and Schooners, not matter the ship.聽 Someone did a YouTube video comparing them and RCI came out ahead on that one too. They did give kudos to NCL for the Waterfront concept.

  2. It is true that you can only get one drink at a time with your card, but anyone that has been on a few cruises knows, it is insanely easy to get a drink for someone else. It only takes one to get him booted from the program. RCI used to allow only one person in the cabin to have the package and this is why they no longer do. Someone, on a different board, bragged that he did that and saw nothing wrong with it. It is stealing. If you like this person well enough to share a cabin with him, then you like him enough to sit down and explain to him that things are different on the ship.

  3. A few thoughts on our recently completed Adventure Of The Seas cruise;


    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Overall we would give this ship a 4 out of 5 rating.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ports were Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Portland, Saint John, Boston and Port Canaveral. Disembark was in Ft. Lauderdale. Due to strong winds and choppy seas, we had to bypass Halifax.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Embarkation was a breeze, once we got to the terminal. The seapass we printed out worked for purchases on the ship until we got to our cabin and picked up the key card.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Our cabin steward was Corina and she was truly awesome!

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Adventure of the Seas is a beautiful ship and accommodates about 3,000 passengers. We have sailed it before, in 2008, but it was refurbished not too long ago.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 The food on the ship is very good. Some people will complain that there was little variety, but they must not have paid attention. Every night was a theme night in the Windjammer buffet that featured food from other cultures. There was also basic food that you could get every day. If you enjoy breakfast, the Windjammer was an awesome spot to eat because we could get almost whatever we liked. Their pastries and baked goods were really good. There was ice cream every night and a soft serve yogurt machine available all day.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Internet was very good most of the cruise. We got the single device package and traded off. No sense buying two packages when one will do.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Overall the service on the ship was terrific! Bar service in the MDR was really bad, though. This seems to happen a lot.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 We encountered 3 major storms. As mentioned, we had to bypass Halifax and had to leave Boston early due to storms. We also had a major storm going in to Port Canaveral. We were able to cancel our planned excursion and get a refund.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 You may have heard about the passenger that had a stroke and had to be medevac鈥檇. That was our ship and the storm made it more difficult.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 We only had to tender at Bar Harbor and that went pretty well. We also had to pass through customs twice and that went quite swiftly.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 One minor complaint is the slowness of the elevators. Sometimes they would pass us by several times before stopping and often they were full. It really didn鈥檛 help that one of the 4 elevators was out of service often.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 By far, our favorite bar was the Duck&Dog Pub. They had the best bartenders and servers. It is also close to food and entertainment. We also liked the Pool Bar, but it was a bit out of our way, and the weather generally didn鈥檛 lend itself to spending much time there.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Speaking of entertainment, we didn鈥檛 go to many of the stage shows. The magician was really good and the ice show is always worth going to. For the ice show, you no longer need to stand in line to get tickets. Now you need to stand in line before the show. First Come, first served. The Top Tier Event was a waste of time. The house band, Mega 4 was very good and we often planned what we were going to do based on when and where they were playing. We weren鈥檛 very impressed with the pianist in the Schooner bar, but seem to be in the minority as he had quite a following. We also didn鈥檛 like the bar service in Schooner, which is something I never thought would happen. Others mentioned specific bar tenders that were really good, so maybe we just had bad luck the times we were there.

    聽聽聽聽聽聽 Disembarking was fast and easy. Since we had already gone through customs in Boston, we did not have to do it in Ft. Lauderdale. Very hot and humid day. Plenty of taxis available, but we managed to get the last two seats on the airport shuttle. Much cheaper. We did curb side check in at the airport and I highly recommend this as the check in lines inside were very long.

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