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Adam’s Favorites: Insights into Adam’s Favorite Cruise Activities, Vacation Style and Favorite Destinations

Oasis of the Seas

In a week I’ll be on Oasis of the Seas for several nights.  You’ll see this afterwards and most likely I will comment on what actually transpires during my trip.  Here are some pre-cruise thoughts.

People inside and outside the industry ask me questions such as “Do you like to cruise?”, “How often do you cruise?”, “What do you do on a cruise?”, “What is your favorite cruise?” and “What else do you do for vacation?”  So here are my short answers to those questions.

Do I like to cruise?  Surprise! Yes, I like to cruise.  I don’t have to fake what I think in order to sell cruises.  They are fun even for work.  People also ask me whether I can really have a vacation on a Royal Caribbean cruise.  The answer to that is yes too.  Of course our people recognize me (no “Undercover Boss” for me!) but they are an absolute pleasure to be around and they want me to have a good time.  I also do some official duties while I’m onboard and I’m fine with that as well.  I expect to have a good time and I do.  It’s great when my immediate family cruises and it’s great as a multigenerational family experience.

How often do I cruise? Not enough.  It’s hard to fit everything in a year or even a group of years.  I probably average a cruise about every other year.  One reason I don’t cruise more is the amount of time I spend onboard when we’re introducing new ships, which until this year we have been doing virtually every year.  It’s hard to do that and then turn around and cruise again.  But my family pushes me to do more cruises.

What do I do on a cruise?  I work out every day.  I eat at the different specialty restaurants.  I go to all the shows.  I like to go to the spa as long as the spa manager agrees to charge me for the massage – if the spa manager doesn’t agree than I cannot go.  I also do active shore excursions in the ports.  I don’t hang out by the pool, rarely shop and don’t go to the casino.

What is my favorite cruise?  Since many of our best deals this year are on European cruises, I think I’m supposed to say a cruise in Europe.  However, as fabulous as Europe is, I spent a lot of time on the land there before I joined Royal Caribbean, including getting my MBA in France.  My actual answer is in two parts. First, Alaska is my favorite of mainstream cruises and of the cruises we offer.  It’s simply a breathtaking experience.  Second, the family cruise to the Galapagos we took several years ago on Celebrity Xpedition was not only our favorite cruise but our favorite vacation overall.

What else do I do on vacation?  We love to ski and try to manage our winter activities to get to Colorado when possible.  It gets harder as time goes on.  I have noted in the past that we have a very strong family attachment to the state of Maine that started with my father in 1946 and now extends to my children.  If you have never experienced what Maine has to offer, it’s not too late to try it.  Finally, one of these years we are going to do a safari in Africa but I don’t know when.

9 responses to:
“Adam’s Favorites: Insights into Adam’s Favorite Cruise Activities, Vacation Style and Favorite Destinations”

  1. glamazini

    Awesome, enjoy your cruise. Hubby and I did a European on Brilliance in May and a Mexican on Mariner last November. I came home last week and he’s like “Let’s go to Hawaii!” LOL! Did I mention we got married on Navigator. As you can tell, we love RC. We’ll make it to Alaska one day. Have fun! :)

  2. Josephine Coleman

    Hey Adam!!!
    I’ll be on that very same ship celebrating my 40th birthday! Feel free to stop by and say hello, (12743). I’d love to give you first hand feedback on all my experiences putting together my 40th birthday cruise. Troy Martin really helped me out tremendously. Since you’ll be on board, I’m sure to have a PERFECT time! Thanks for sharing!
    Josephine Coleman

    • Adam

      Hi Josephine, thank you for your kind words about Troy. We will be sure to pass those along to him. We’re excited to have you onboard and we’re sure your birthday will be a memorable one.

  3. Norma silverstone

    Oasis of the Seas’ Cruise Director Richard Spacey is the most dynamic, entertaining cruise director in the industry – he lives up to the grandeur of Oasis.

    • Adam

      Hi Norma, thank you for your compliments, we will be sure to pass them along to Richard.

  4. claire cherry

    I’m sure you don’t need anyone to tell you to have an amazing time after all that is a given with RCI!! We are rapidly counting down to our transatlantic on Mariner in october as it was the ship we were married on in 2005. This time we will have our daughter accompany us, but this will not be her first cruise, she became hooked at 2 years old on Independance. We won’t holiday any other way now, even if we do have to save for a year or two in between!

    • Adam

      Thank you for the kind words, Claire. We know you and your family will enjoy Mariner of the Seas this October.

  5. Park Davis

    Hi Adam.

    I imagine you’ve had a great time aboard Oasis of the Seas. I echo exactly your favorite activities aboard the Royal Caribbean fleet but enjoy them nearly twice as much. That’s because my favorite itinerary is the transatlantics your line offers. Lots of sea days with interesting ports sprinkled in and these 12+ night cruises are an astounding value! Very much looking forward to my Grandeur of the Seas thirteen night crossing from Palma De Majorca October 30.

    Warm regards,


    • Adam

      It’s great to hear you enjoy the activities onboard our ships, Park. Transatlantic cruises offer a great value and a truly unique experience. We look forward to welcoming you back onboard this October.

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