The start of the school year didn’t go as planned. I mean, how many people in this world can say that their first day of school consisted of boarding up their windows in preparation of the upcoming hurricane. It has been quite the adventure to say the least, but one thing was for certain…I was not going to leave St. Thomas without experiencing more of the Caribbean islands.
After several Facebook posts asking if anyone wanted to join me on a Royal Caribbean Cruise during my “Spring Break” week in April, I finally had a friend respond. And this particular friend is my world traveler (currently at 99 countries and counting!), Darren. We met in Mexico; he visited me in St. Thomas, VI; and here we were planning a 6 island cruise!
Once April came, Darren and I were well prepared and extremely ready for our week long island hopping adventure with Royal Caribbean Cruises on Adventure of the Seas.
We decided to meet up in Old San Juan the night before our embarkment day and spent the evening enjoying the night life of Old San Juan, which may or may not have included several delicious cocktails. If you’ve never been to San Juan/Old San Juan, I highly recommended. La Factoria is an amazing bar to enjoy a unique vibe and wandering the blue cobblestone streets makes you feel like you’re somewhere in Europe. I’ve written this before in several past posts, but I’m saying it again…VISIT PUERTO RICO!!!
By morning, I felt the excitement of travel beginning to reemerge in my heart and soul and it was truly a refreshing feeling. It was such a great feeling having the freedom to travel and having a travel friend along for the ride made it special.
Since we didn’t have to officially board the ship until 3-4:00pm, we decided to sleep in slightly before heading to a bar/restaurant to eat…okay, actually watch some European Football Championship game that was on TV that Darren had to watch, but it involved good food, ice cold beer, and European football, so I was NOT complaining.
Once the game ended, it was time to start making our way to the ship. We selected our bags from our hotel, ordered an Uber, and off we were. No turning back now 🙂
Check in for the ship, was to say the least, a complete cluster. We couldn’t figure out what to do, where to put our bags, how to check in our bags, or even where to stand, but we managed. I guess that’s part of traveling, “Problem Solving!”
We finally made it to check in, handed over our passports and before long we were officially making our way to the ship entrance. I think it was at this point that I realized how massive this cruise ship really was. We were standing at the bottom on the dock looking straight up. Words do not help explain the magnitude of the Adventure of the Seas.
We didn’t stay in our room long after we found it, mostly because there was so much to see and do and experience on this ship, that we knew we needed to wander and explore. We spent a solid hour walking around the ship while it was still at port and even found ourselves a nice cold beverage from the pub. The first couple hours on the ship are very rigid because of the amount of safety factors the ship is mandated to hold, but safety first.
The rest of the night went as followed: drink, buffet, drink, game show, bed. We knew we wanted to get an early start for our first new island!
Neither of us could hardly wait to board our massive cruise ship and after finding food (cough, cough the Manchester United Football game), we loaded up and headed to the boarding dock.
Boy oh Boy, what an experience that was…chaotic, crazy, frustrating, exciting, stressful, and basically a complete cluster, BUT, we got our bags check, ourselves checked in, and safely boarded the ship. It didn’t take us long before we located our cabin, freshened up, met our cabin steward, Randy (He’s AMAZING) and headed back out to wander and explore our large, large ship. And by wander, I mean, we located the pub and enjoyed a nice cold beer! We did actual explore the ship, ate a good meal at the buffet, and went to several of the ships offered events before calling it a night.
Now, I’m apologizing now because this blog is VERY LONG, because let’s face it…it’s hard to combine 6 days, 7 nights, and 5 new islands into a short blog post. I have written an island by island play by play summary of each day or island as a semi-guide to Cruising The Caribbean.
Day 4: Antigua
Day 5: St. Lucia
Day 6: Barbados
Day 7: Day at Sea