While it is tradition for us to travel over Thanksgiving, the four of us typically spend Christmas close to home. However, in trying to manage the logistics of a big family Christmas with our group in three separate locations over two continents, the easy solution was just to plan a cruise, an eight-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas.
A lot of thought went into this trip. To expand my cruise line experience, I knew I wanted to sail with Royal Caribbean, which is great for multi-generational trips like ours. Also, we’d done Western Caribbean itineraries multiple times, so we wanted to visit new countries by venturing a little further out. And of course I had to work with the budgets set by three very different families (our four, my parents and brother, and mother-in-law). This sailing checked every box.
About the ship… Adventure of the Seas debuted in 2001 but has had regular updates and upgrades, including the additions of the Perfect Storm water slides and Flow Rider surf simulator that is the current rage. At maximum capacity (which we were Christmas week) the ship holds 3,835 passengers, and 1,185 crew members. However, it is designed so incredibly well, we never had the feeling that it was overcrowded, except when we were in line for Flow Rider. Ha! The Royal Promenade (think shopping mall at sea), ice skating rink, and on-board parties made sea days fly by. But more on that later. And of course the ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas!
We all flew/drove in the day before, my parents and brother from The Bahamas, my mother-in-law from Tenerife, and the four of us from S. Alabama. We were up before the sun the next morning to take advantage of my priority check-in certificate thanks to my successful completion of Royal Caribbean University last year. Score!
We explored the ship, participated in the mandatory muster drill, had a lovely dinner, watched the Welcome Aboard Show which previewed the on-board entertainment during our stay, before calling it a night.
Check back for Day 2, Nassau and formal night.
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