Royal Caribbean ‘s Adventure of the Seas was launched in 2001, and is the third in a series of five Voyager class vessels. This is a mega ship coming in at 137, 308 tons, carrying 1180 crew and 3,114 passengers.
Adventure of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships afloat, it carries a unique range of activities at sea, such as a roller blading track, ice skating rink and rock climbing wall. The hub of the vessel is the Royal Promenade, a main street boulevard of shops, bars and cafes, and a Johnny Rocket’s, the retro inspired burger joint, with its distinction of being the only chain restaurant aboard.
Adventure of the Seas brings a variety of themes throughout the ship, The Lyric Theater has an Art Nouveau interior; the solarium pool shows the glories of Venice; and the Casino Royale evokes a Hollywood theme.
The interior design themes on this ship roll into one another. Want an Asian atmosphere? Then go for the Imperial Lounge. Are you in the mood for Gothic? Try a night in the Jester’s nightclub. Most of the major indoor venues are located along the Royal Promenade, which tends to really come alive with fellow passengers at night. There you’ll find lounges that range from the Duck & Dog British style pub, Gravity, a sports themed bar, the Lobby Bar, the Schooner Piano Bar, and the Aquarium Bar, with its huge fish tanks. Each of the performance venues Lyric Theater and Imperial Lounge, has its own bar as does Studio B, the ice skating rink and show lounge on deck three.
Overlooking the Royal Promenade is the Library, with a large collection of books and very comfortable leather chairs. You will find the Internet Cafe here as well.
Stretching across four decks on the top part of the vessel are the pool oriented bars and lounges, with two at the main pool and one at the Solarium. Another feature on the pool deck is the Spa, which spans some 15,000 square feet and includes a huge fitness facility, and a large Challenger Arcade and sports areas. The active lifestyle traveler will be pleased to find the deck side activities that include a nine hole miniature golf course, a roller blading rink, a full size basketball/volleyball court, golf simulator and a rock climbing wall.
Blue Moon Jazz Club is on the same deck as the Seven Hearts Card Room, 19th Hole Golf Bar and Cloud Nine. Adventure of the Seas also has a nondenominational chapel called the Skylight Wedding Chapel.
Out of 1,557 staterooms, 939 of these have an ocean view and 765 have balconies. A hallmark on this ship’s class is the Royal Promenade facing inside cabin staterooms that overlook the Promenade down below, which are a step up from the usual inside cabin.
All staterooms come with twin beds that can be converted to a queen bed, private bathroom, phone, closed circuit television, mini bar and hair dryers. They’re decorated in festive Caribbean style colors, from misty green to bright oranges and yellows.
Next up is the Junior Suite. It’s the smallest of the suite categories, coming in at 293 square ft. with a 66 square ft. balcony. Just a bit bigger than the standard balcony, the extra perks that come with the Junior Suite include a bathroom with a tub and a bigger living room area in the cabin.
For those wanting concierge access, the remaining suites start with the Royal Family Suite. At 533 to 586 square ft., is two bedrooms plus a sitting room; the second bedroom has the usual twin to queen bed configuration plus two Pullmans that come down from the ceiling. Balconies are larger as well, from 139 to 193 square ft.
The Grand Suite is like a larger junior suite, at 358 to 384 square ft. and features a bathroom with a tub. The Owner’s Suite offers more amenities and features even beyond increased squared footage; passengers booking this category of accommodations get a bathroom with whirlpool, bidet and separate shower, along with a bedroom and separate living areas, with a queen sized sofa bed. The cabin is 512 square ft. in size and 57 square ft. for the verandah. And finally the piece d’resistance is the Royal Suite, which comes with all the Owner’s Suite amenities plus a baby grand piano, a balcony that measures 215 square ft. with a dining table; the stateroom itself is 1,001 square ft in size.
Windjammer is the typical buffet, offering the usual range of choices, fresh omelets, burgers, salads, pasta, etc.. At dinner time, Windjammer is a casual alternative to the dining room and serves a similar menu as well, buffet style.
Specialty eateries include Johnny Rockets, the 1950’s style burger restaurant; passengers can indulge in burgers, hot dogs, chili fries, apple pie and onion rings. Royal Caribbean has instituted a $4.95 per person cover charge for both in restaurant and take out dining, with beverages additionally charged as well.
On the Royal Promenade, the Cafe Promenade features light cuisine at all times, pastries in the morning, and sandwiches at night. Pizza is serves 24 hours a day at the Cafe Promenade.
Portofino is Adventure’s specialty restaurant. The Italian themed restaurant charges $20 per person cover charge, and offers a seven course meal. You will need to make reservations as early as possible on your cruise or you may get locked out of this restaurant as it’s quite popular.
Royal Caribbean ‘s room service options are available around the clock via 24 hour menus that offers a variety of snacks and sandwiches. At breakfast, Continental dishes, along with a handful of egg entrees, are available both in cabins and suites. Items off the main dining room menu can be ordered at dinner as well.
Even on sea days there is plenty of room for everyone around the two pools. One interesting feature about the hot tubs is several are double sized, which makes room for more passengers. The main pool tiered decks surrounding an outdoor theater, where contests to live bands for dancing takes place.
The Solarium pool and whirlpools lie in a quieter, more laid back setting and is adults only. All of the major outdoor athletic activities, the rock climbing wall, golf, basketball, etc. are tucked into a sports center area that lies aft on the ship. The skating rink is tucked well down below. Some of the more specialized activities, rock climbing, rollerblading and ice skating are offered only at specified times so check your daily schedule for available hours. The ship’s jogging and power walking track winds around the main pool area.
One nice touch is the policy at Royal Caribbean to not layer on a lot of extra fees for equipment rentals. There is no charge for using everything from ice skates to roller blades.
The spa, a Steiner, Ltd., production, spans two levels. One holds the quite ample fitness facility, usually you won’t see any kind of overcrowding here, and a workout room where classes are offered. Upstairs in the spa facility, a wide range of treatment programs are offered to revive oneself or just relax and release one’s stresses away, such as facials, massages, and a beauty salon is available, as well.
Adventure Ocean is Royal Caribbean’s kids’ program. This is one of the best kids’ programs at sea. There are five categories: 3 – 5 years, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 11 years, 12 – 14 years and 15 – 17 years. There are daytime activities, both while at sea and in port, as well as evening events are planned. Teens also have their own club to enjoy, called the Optix Nightclub.
Baby sitting is also available, and group sitting is offered for parents who want to indulge in late night fun (cost is $5 per hour after 10 p.m. for this service). In cabin sitting can be booked through Guest Relations and fees start at $8 per hour. In all cases except for in cabin sitting, kids must be potty trained, no diapers or pull ups. In cabin sitting is limited to children at least six months old.
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