ADVENTURE/ABC's Aug 20-27,2016 REVIEW w/lots of photos

#1
Maple Ridge, BC
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Hello everybody,

I'm back today from a great 1 pre-cruise full day in San Juan and then 7 days on the Adventure. The itinerary was as follows:

Fri, Aug 19 - San Juan site seeing
Sat, Aug 20 - morning site seeing, then embarkation
Sun, Aug 21 - St. Marten
Mon, Aug 22 - at sea
Tue, Aug 23 - Bonaire
Wed, Aug 24 - Aruba
Thu, Aug 25 - Curacao
Fri, Aug 26 - at sea
Sat, Aug 27 - end of vacay

I'm home from a full work day today and about to arrange all my photos. I think this review will take me a whole lot longer then my previous reviews in that I am back to a stack of work and time will be limited to do this right. There is very little info (especially with photos) of the ABC's that I wish to do a good job of it for those of you doing this itinerary on Adventure (or NoS) in the near future. Please be patient with me as I add installments. I really hope this could help many of you out with your planning and what you would like to do on this itinerary.

In the meantime, here's 3 teaser photos... I have rarely seen on CC anyone post info about these. let alone photos.
Until I post Day 0 in San Juan.... Bragging rights to those who guess correctly where these photos are and exactly where they're taken from.

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#2
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Wow, nice start with the beautiful photos!
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Nice! I love a good Hoopster review.
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#4
Maple Ridge, BC
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Originally posted by clarea
Wow, nice start with the beautiful photos!
Thx Bob... lots more to come
By the way, you've been 100% right when responding to others about Adventure in the past... great staff & service all around, great food all around, CD "Dan Dan" and entertainment/activity staff is one of the best I've encountered in a while, just a great ship.

With drydock coming up soon, I don't think I'll post many photos of Adventure herself other than areas of interest that will see changes (ie. looming extinction of inline skating, Jester's, etc). You know this ship better than I, so if someone asks something I can't answer by all means feel comfortable in responding for me.


Originally posted by Yorkvillain
Nice! I love a good Hoopster review.
Excellent!!... York's on for the ride! Enjoy
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OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
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Beautiful pictures. Looking forward to hearing more.
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#12
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We sail on Sept 17th with pretty much the same itinerary as you so I am really looking forward to reading your review!!

You are correct that it is hard to find much information about the ABC Islands so can't wait to hear your thoughts and see your pictures.

Any cruise compasses by chance?

Thanks
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Originally posted by Hoopster95
Thx Bob... lots more to come
By the way, you've been 100% right when responding to others about Adventure in the past... great staff & service all around, great food all around, CD "Dan Dan" and entertainment/activity staff is one of the best I've encountered in a while, just a great ship.

With drydock coming up soon, I don't think I'll post many photos of Adventure herself other than areas of interest that will see changes (ie. looming extinction of inline skating, Jester's, etc). You know this ship better than I, so if someone asks something I can't answer by all means feel comfortable in responding for me.




Excellent!!... York's on for the ride! Enjoy
for the reviews....K.O.
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Can't wait to read your review!
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Looking forward to following along!
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The second picture is Barefoot Restaurant in Aruba. I went there with my party last September.

The food and atmosphere was amazing, the service not so much.
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April 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (RCCL Enchantment)
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Hey Hoopster!

Looking forward to following along! I'm sure it'll be a great review, as always.
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