A little back round, i am 48 yrs young and have been in public safety for 18 years. My DW, just a click older and is in insurance all her life. We have been married for 20 years and this was a 2nd honeymoon celebration for our past anniversary.
We have raised three kids and have had many trials and tribulations along the way. I think of myself as pretty easy to please and did not set out to do a spot inspection of the ship, but simply have a good time, and that we did!!!!
So here goes.
We left home in New Hampshire on Saturday morning April 14th and were driven to the Concord bus terminal by our son who then returned to collage life. Our 8 am bus took us to our first flight in Boston leaving at 12pm. All luggage checked and gone from our grasp, hoping that all my "fragiles" would make it to San Juan unscathed.
Our flight was on time and we had great seats at the rear of the plane with one empty seat for extra room. We arrived in NYC on time and had a beer at a nice little bar before our next leg to North Carolina.The flight to NC was also on time and i was able to snap a few pics of Manhattan as we flew over head.
The last leg out of NC was also on time and we were now heading right for San Juan. The landing in San Juan was not so good. There were very high winds and it seemed that the plane was all over the place. But we made it safe and sound and headed right to the baggage claim.
San Juan airport at 10 pm was not that busy and we were able to get our bags and head to the taxi stand in very short time. A $20.00 taxi ride to the Holiday Inn Express was uneventful but it did make me wonder if we were heading into something i was not ready for. I guess the hour and not knowing were i was put me in a not so comfy state, but regardless, we made it safely.
The hotel was perfect for our one night pre cruise. The staff was friendly and helpful to us considering the hour and the fact that we were tired and in need of a bed. The rooms were very consistence of any Holiday Inn Express that we have been too. Clean and fresh for sure. After a night cap we bunked down for the night In the morning we went down to for breakfast and everything was good. Again pretty consistent for this chain. Not a restaurant meal but free so it works for me.
We headed out to explore the area and find the Walgreen's for some water and snacks to bring on board. When you exit the front door, go right up the street and in less than 75 yards you are at the main drag and right across from the ocean. There is a nice park for walking around the palm trees and a great public beach that we walked to the end and then took a side street back to the main road. We found the Walgreen's and were able to get plenty of snacks, a case of water and a 12 pack of soda. Only problem, the walk back was longer than i expected considering i had to carry the heavy stuff.
We loaded everything into our luggage and put on all the tags and were ready to roll. Went down to the pool for a little while for some sun and lounging. I ran up to the package store which was just around the corner, to get a couple cans of beer and decided i could have bought everything there and saved myself a lot of walking. Oh well. At 11:30 we had enough and decided to head to the ship. We gathered our things and the porter at the desk brought us out to the street and summoned a cab and we were on our way. The ride to the pier might be 5 minutes, very short and sweet.
We arrived at the Pier in no time at all. The ship is HUGE and she looked awesome. There were many people here already but things seemed to be moving fine. After getting all the luggage to the curb, which was a task, we jumped right in line. I read a lot about lines, baggage lines and check in lines. When we got there it seemed that these lines were one in the same, you get in the baggage line and drop your bags off and then it just turns into the check in line. Anyway, we made it to the check in just outside the main entrance to the terminal. Here they check your paper work and passports. While we were standing there a lady came out and said, no more after us. So, we were the last to get into the terminal on the first wave. The doors were locked right after we went in. The security was a breeze, all our stuff went right through. I had a twelve pack of soda that went through no worries. We were ushered to the Platinum line and right to the check in clerk who gave us our Sea Pass card in about 3 minutes. We were told to stand in a line with other C+A members and they were the first to board the ship, maybe 50 people. That would have been sweet, but when we got there i think there was a misunderstanding and we were told to start a new line, which was the last of the terminal to leave, no big deal, it only took about 10 minutes to start boarding after we got into the terminal.
We stood in line on the gangway, if that's what it is called. A welcome aboard picture and then another pass through a security check and then we were walking onto the ship. So, from the time we left the hotel at 11:30 to the time we walked on board, it only took 1 hour!!! Not saying that would happen every time, i just think we hit it right. It was a snap!!!! We were having a complimentary drink at 12:30 pm. Let the fun begin!!!!!
So, we stood there in awe that we were actually there. People were mingling and chatting it up and seemed to be as amazed as we were. We decided we should head to the Windjammer for lunch and to sit a bit. Already a very busy place but we settled into a table near the window and started what would be a 13 night food orgy!!!! The food was great, for me anyways and we had our first Red Stripe. We poked around a bit and found the ship very similar to the Navigator back in 2009. We knew that the rooms would not be ready until 2pm so we went to the pool for a little bit for some sun. At the stroke of 2 we went down to deck 9 and sure enough the rooms were ready.
We were walking down the hall looking for our room, as we got closer to it and found our door, wife was fumbling for her door key when our room steward Nigel appeared out of no where, called us by name and opened the door, i was so impressed that he called us by name, he had nothing in his hands so he must have committed it to memory. Nigel was great, he always kept our room clean and fresh and left us with a full bucket of ice every morning and night.
For the first time we had a JS and found it to be perfect!!!!! Everything was just a bit bigger than the regular balcony cabin, and we get double C+A points so that helps. One of our bags arrived and the porter was right on top of things bringing the rest as they appeared in his area. By 6pm all our bags were stowed nicely under the bed and we were settled into our new home for the next 2 weeks, that's right, 2 weeks. We have never, in 20 years been away from home that long. This will be very cool.
So we went to the welcome aboard show and saw for the first of many shows, Steve the comedian, I'm to lazy to get up and find his last name at the moment, but we would later meet him and find out he is a local boy to us. He was very funny and we made sure we had close to front row seats every time we saw him.
Dinner was good, i don't get overly excited about food, as long as it is hot when it is suppose to be hot and cold when it is, well you get the idea. And as long as there is a lots of it. Other than that, no biggie to me, that's why there is not to many food pics here, sorry.
Anyway, we decided to hit the sheets and after a night cap, because yes they all survived, we fell right to sleep.Our first night with the waves putting us to sleep. St Thomas up next!!!
Majesty of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas
Navigator of the Seas
Adventure of the Seas T/A My Adventure of the Seas T/A reveiw with pics from April 15, 2012