Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

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Adventure of the Seas

About Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas was built in 1999 and debuted in 2001 as the third in the series of Royal Caribbean's game-changing Voyager-class vessels. Though Adventure has been bypassed in size and amenities by the Freedom-class trio, the Quantum-class ships and the massive Oasis-class quintuplets, it's still among the world's larger ships, with a range of the most uncruise-like venues at sea, such as an ice-skating rink and rock-climbing wall -- not to mention the bustling hub that is Royal Promenade, a shopping mall-esque boulevard of retail stores, bars and cafes. The Adventure of the Seas length is equivalent to 3 soccer fields (1,020 feet long) and at maximum capacity can hold 3,807 guests.

The Adventure of the Seas Deck Plan Combines Family Fun and Adult-Only Areas

The Adventure of the Seas deck plan is almost a carbon copy of its sister ships’, with a number of elements that allow both a good night’s sleep and great passenger flow. Only a relatively small percentage of rooms share deck with public spaces, which helps keep the noise at bay on most levels. Light sleepers may want to avoid cabins on decks 2, 3 and 6, but most others should offer pretty quiet nights.

Ambience variety is key – and Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas does it well. The Lyric Theater has a nifty Art Nouveau interior; the adult-only solarium pool evokes the glories of Venice; and the Casino Royal centers on a Hollywood theme. The English Pub is perfect for Anglo-philes, Champagne Bar is elegant and Boleros nightclub resonates with a Latin vibe.

This ship is so well designed -- with lots of very distinctly themed rooms and with even the larger venues like the Lyric Theater and Imperial Lounge feeling unexpectedly cozy -- that Adventure of the Seas has the potential to spoil first-timers and even seduce some of us crusty ol' cruise traditionalists.

There are so many things to do on Adventure of the Seas that passengers will struggle to do everything during a week-long sailing – movie nights, rock-climbing walls, ice skating, mini-golf, tons of workshops, a gym, a spa and plenty of shows keep guests of all ages busy. Does Adventure of the Seas have slides? you may wonder – yes, two of them actually, and they’re called The Perfect Storm.

While this cruise ship is clearly geared towards families, adults can also find pockets of peace here and there – in particular, at the adults-only Solarium, which features a small pool, two whirlpools, a sun deck, and a bar. Although it’s on Adventure of the Seas deck 11, the adult-only area is enclosed and the noise from the family pool, the splash pool for kids, and the Windjammer buffet doesn’t carry.

The 2018 Adventure of the Seas refurbishment left the ship sparkling, and added new specialty dining venues, and generally refreshed all public areas and cabins.

Brilliance of the Seas vs Adventure of the Seas

We love Royal Caribbean because it manages to cater to a wide range of cruisers. While the Voyager class to which Adventure of the Seas belongs and the larger Oasis- and Quantum-class ships are wonderful options for families seeking a fun-filled, bustling vacation at sea, Brilliance of the Seas and other Radiance class vessels are the way to go if you want a more traditional cruising experience. They may not have as many bells and whistles as the newer ships (no massive water slides, fewer dining options) but Radiance vessels are mellower and quieter.

If you’re trying to decide between Brilliance of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas, for example, you may want to ask yourself whether you want loud music, non-stop family entertainment and high-adrenaline activities (go for Adventure) or a more relaxing, classic cruising experience that also offers a few child-friendly amenities, including a kids’ club and a splash area (book Brilliance).

Royal Caribbean COVID-19 Rules

For the most up-to-date testing, masking, and vaccination requirements aboard Adventure of the Seas, please refer to

Royal Caribbean's Health and Safety protocols

. You can also use

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Cabins

Adventure of the Seas has 34 cabin types available

Inside Cabins

8 Inside types to choose from

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Outside Cabins

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9 Outside types to choose from

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9 Outside types to choose from

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9 Outside types to choose from

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9 Outside types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

9 Balcony types to choose from

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9 Balcony types to choose from

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9 Balcony types to choose from

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9 Balcony types to choose from

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9 Balcony types to choose from

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Suite Cabins

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Deck Plans

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Activities and Entertainment

Theaters and Shows on Adventure of the Seas

Throughout the day and night, there's often some type of performance along the Promenade, either a parade or jugglers and comics who wander through the giant mall-like space and perform with the crowd.

At night, there are two kinds of entertainment -- the traditional-style cruise productions -- singing and dancing shows in The Lyric. Bar venues, of course, offer a variety of musical performances that are aimed to please just about everybody at any time -- classical guitar, country/western, jazz.

Beyond the usual, where this ship excels is the unique. Studio B (the ice rink) hosts full production ice-skating shows. (There is no charge but the venue is small so tickets are limited. They make announcements about when you can pick them up.)

Daily Things to do on Adventure of the Seas

Where do you even begin? It can be very hard to relax on Adventure of the Seas -- even on sea days -- because of the head-spinning array of activities that run from dawn to dusk and beyond! The ship's entertainment staff offers an intriguing blend of options, and everyone, from the most traditional passenger to the completely contemporary traveler, will find something to do.

Highlights? During the day, you'll find plenty of traditional cruise activities, such as bingo, dance lessons (line-dancing), rock-climbing wall competitions, horse racing, art auctions, seminars (on everything from healthy eating to gemstones), Mr. Sexy Legs contests, bridge pairing, art and craft workshops and films in the tiny cinema. Poolside, throughout the day, a live band plays a blend of Caribbean and American songs. Royal Caribbean does not offer much in the way of onboard enrichment lectures.

Dining

Adventure of the Seas restaurants include free and fee options serving a range of cuisine types, from Italian to Japanese and American. From the meals in the dining room to the buffet choices in the Windjammer to the options available at the 24-hour Cafe Promenade, food on Adventure of the Seas is consistent and well prepared, especially considering the capacity of the ship. And options are pretty plentiful.

Those looking to try several of the ship’s specialty restaurants may want to get one of the Adventure of the Seas dining packages, which offer big discounts. Royal Caribbean offers two packages: 3-restaurant plans and the unlimited option, which includes discounts for wine bottles.

Dining on Adventure of the Seas can be as casual or as formal as you wish, with a range of venues that cater to most tastes. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available in most restaurants; vegans may struggle with variety.

Adventure of the Seas Free Restaurants

Adventure of the Seas main dining room spans three rooms, offering Royal Caribbean's flexible My Time Dining program during dinner. Passengers can choose between assigned early or late dining, or opt for flexible dining, in which you pick a preferred mealtime, but can change your reservations on a daily basis or walk in when you're hungry. (Note: Those choosing My Time Dining must pre-pay gratuities -- Royal Caribbean does not automatically add gratuities to your final bill if you've elected set-seating.)

Cuisine is generally well prepared, if not innovative; Royal Caribbean doesn't pretend to be a gourmet-dining cruise line. Each menu includes healthy fare options, vegetarian dishes (at least one, like vegetarian chili, but sometimes there's an Indian vegetarian dish in addition) and a standard in-case-nothing-else-appeals selection of entrees (rigatoni with marinara sauce, Atlantic cod, chicken breast and black angus top sirloin). Breakfast and lunch are open-seating, though you shouldn't take that to mean that you can always snare a quiet little table for two.

The main dining room opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The 

Windjammer

, Adventure of the Seas' buffet restaurant, is open for breakfast and lunch, and it features mediocre, steam-table cuisine. Kudos must be given, however, to the egg station at breakfast (where you can request a variety of prepared-to-order dishes) and the carving station at lunch. Baked goods are consistently excellent. Vegetarians will do much better in the main dining room at lunch.

The Windjammer is also open for dinner and is an option for those nights when flexibility is preferred. The buffet features the same items as are on the main dining room menu.

On the Royal Promenade, the 

Cafe Promenade

 features light fare at all times – pastries in the morning, sandwiches at night. While passengers familiar with Royal Caribbean may miss Sorrento’s, Café Promenade is the de facto Adventure of the Seas pizza joint. Give it a try, it's excellent.

Adventure of the Seas Specialty Dining and Other Fee Options

Specialty restaurants on Adventure of the Seas include Giovanni's Table, Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi, while Johnny Rockets is available for a cover charge.

For a set price, Adventure of the Seas Chops Grille serves up classic American steakhouse dishes, including hand-cut steaks, carpaccio, sides such as cheese tater tots, creamed spinach, truffle French fries, mac and cheese, and salads. Seafood is also available. Chops Grille opens for dinner; lunch is available on sea days only.

Tucked away between shops on deck 5 of Adventure of the Seas, Izumi serves sushi, sashimi and other Japanese favorites for lunch and dinner. Menu items are priced a la carte.

Chef’s Table is the cherry on top of Adventure of the Seas’ dining. With just a handful of seats available per night and a formal dress code, the experience blends gourmet cuisine (think filet mignon with truffle potato puree and bordelaise sauce; salted caramel gelato, and lobster salad) with wines from around the globe. Chef’s Table is a prix-fixe venue (and an expensive one at that) that only serves dinner.

Adventure of the Seas Giovanni’s Table is a popular option for families. It offers a traditional trattoria menu in a themed dining room that transports you to the heart of Italy. This is a great spot for a hearty pasta bowl with the family after a morning in the nearby pools. The restaurant is also open for dinner.

At

Johnny Rockets

, the 1950's-style burger joint, passengers can indulge in burgers, hot dogs, chili fries, apple pie and onion rings. Royal Caribbean has instituted a per-person cover charge (plus 18 percent gratuity) for both in-restaurant and take-out dining (and beverages -- including shakes -- are additionally charged).

Royal Caribbean's room service options are available around the clock via 24-hour menus that offer a range of snacks and sandwiches. At breakfast, Continental dishes, along with a handful of egg entrees, are available both in cabins and suites. Only the Continental breakfast is available without a charge; all other orders carry a set surcharge (regardless of how much you order).