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Old September 19th, 2012, 08:53 PM
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My wife and I are loking at an 8 day cruise leaving ft. Lauderdale on March 16th. I have seen very few recent reviews of this ship and of the ones I have seen, many were not possitive. We really love the itinerary of this cruise but the the reviews of the ship kind of scares me. We have only been of one other cruise. 6 years ago we went on a fivw day cruise on the enchantment of the Seas. Wo loved everything about that cruise. Does the quality of the cruise really very much from one ship to another? a lot of the negative comments had to do with the food. That Windjammer wasnt open 24 hrs and the food there was barelt edible. I know its buffet style so you cant expect the best quality. One of the reviewers comment that they basically ony had hamburgers and hotdogs...I'm sure this is an exageration, but still makes be a little uneasy when I add it to some of the other negative comments. I guess I would like to hear from other cruisers that have been on The Adventure of the Seas lately and what their experience was. Thank you.
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Well, DW and I have not been on the AOTS "lately" but we have sailed her twice with the third coming in Dec. '13. The last time we were on her was Sept. '07. She is a beautiful ship and we love the ambiance. As far as the food goes, no the Windjammer is not open 24 hrs. and to us the food is edible. There are places onboard where you can get food (pizza & sandwiches) during the night. Room service is also available. There is a variety of foods in the Windjammer along with hamburgers and hot dogs. The best advise I can give is, go, take the cruise and form some opinions for yourself. 8 days on a cruise is better than 8 days at work anytime. Enjoy.
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Old September 21st, 2012, 05:16 PM
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It's been since '08 since I've been on the AOTS. We loved the ship and cruise. Food is very subjective, what one person doesn't like another loves. I find the food on RCI very good, but not outstanding. The AOTS was well cared for and maintained when we were on her, I see no reason RCI isn't doing the same now.
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do not hesitate to go on aos. great ship. you will have a great time.
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do not hesitate to go on aos. great ship. you will have a great time.
I agree with that 100%.

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We have decided to go on longer cruise and have decided on the Independance of The Sa instead. I'm hoping that all the positive comments that were made for the AOTS will also apply to the IOTS
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banshee72, when will you be on the Independence OTS.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 08:35 PM
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It's a while away yet....March 16th
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We've been on three of the Voyager-class ships (Voyager, Navigator, and Explorer), plus we've been on the Liberty of the Seas (one of the Freedom-class ships), as well as the Allure of the Seas (one of the Oasis-class ships), not to mention several other RCCL ships.

For the most part, they are pretty much all the same, except for the size and a the number of amenities. The food and service is typical of RCCL on all of them, which is always pretty good.

Obviously, sometimes the quality will vary based on the crew, which changes regularly. In fact, we've been on the same ship three times where the first two times were not that good, but the third time was very good. Things change.

But as with all ships, everyone has an opinion and what one person loves, another will hate. So don't pay alot of attention to reviews. Keep in mind that people are more apt to write negative reviews than positive ones. With that said, if you read alot of reviews that say the same thing, whether it be negative or positive, then you might want to pay attention to those.

Personally, of all these different classes of ships with the RCCL fleet, we really prefer the Radiance-class ships. Not too big, not too amenities, but very nice. We're anxiously awaiting their new Sunshine-class ships, which are suppose to take some of the features of the Celebrity Solstice-class ships and incorporate them into the design. Ought to be interesting.

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THe only other cruise we have been on was six years ago. We went on a 5 night cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. I cant cant reember the class of the ship but if I remember right it is one of their mid-sized ships. The biggest reason why we are currently booked on the IOTS sae is not because of the size of the ship but because we really liked the itenerary. With our first cruise we stopped at Jamaica and The Cayman Islands. We thought both ports were OK but really wanted to try some different ones and this 8 night cruise fits the bill. We are also interested in seeing what a larger ship has to offer. Its funny because I'm having some of the same aprehensions I had last time around (not enough things to do, food not good food, too many kids, ect..) Not sure why as with the last cruise, I had no problems with the above. At this point just really looking forward to going...too bad its 6 months away
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Hi Banshee,
What will be the ports you will visit?
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Not sure of your age or lifestyle, but if you're apprehensive about the cruise, then perhaps you might want to consider other options. For example, we're foodies and we're more into a sedate cruise than an active one. So for us, we absolutely love Celebrity. They have excellent food and wonderful crew. Plus, their new Solstice-class ships are awesome! They do tend to attract an older crowd and don't have all the fancy amenities, but as with any cruise, what one likes, another hates, so you may or may not find it to your liking.

If you're younger, you may also want to consider Princess.

Just a thought.

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Ports will be St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. Three days at sea
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I think you will enjoy doing an Eastern Caribbean route, nice islands to visit, especially if you haven't been yet...There are also some good excursions to take, be sure to research those and pick the ones you will enjoy most.
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