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Royal Caribbean International: Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas Review

The third of five Voyager-class ships, Adventure of the Seas launched in 2001. Like sister ships Adventure will also be upgraded in 2014 to receive more features, including an outdoor movie screen poolside, an updated wine bar, casual Park Café, Italian specialty

restaurant, digital signage, lounges for elite past passengers, and a new nursery.

A truly impressive building program introduced one of these gigantic Voyager-class ships per year over a five-year period. With their rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, in-line skating tracks, miniature golf, and multiple dining venues, they are destinations in their own right. Sports enthusiasts will be thrilled with nonstop daytime action.

The unusual horizontal, multiple-deck promenade-atriums on Voyager-class vessels can stage some of the pageantry for which Royal Caribbean is noted. Fringed with boutiques, bars, and even coffee shops, the mall-like expanses set the stage for evening parades and events, as well as spots to simply kick back for some people-watching.

Other public rooms are equally dramatic. Though it's considered to be three separate dining rooms, the triple-deck height of the single space is stunning. These ships not only carry a lot of people, but carry them well. Space is abundant, and crowding is seldom an issue.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • Royal Promenade may elicit the biggest "Wow!" on board when a parade is center stage
  • Professional ice-skating performances are staged twice during each cruise
  • Equipment to participate in sports activities is provided at no additional charge

Cons

  • With the exception of the gym and some fitness classes, nearly everything else on board carries a price tag
  • Although there is no charge to attend, you must get tickets for the ice-skating shows
  • Smokers may be frustrated to find that smoking is prohibited in cabins and in most indoor areas
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,185
  • Entered Service 2001
  • Gross Tons 142,000
  • Length 1,020 Feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,557
  • Passenger Capacity 3,114 (3,835 max)
  • Width 158 feet
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Nov 10, 2015

souther caribbean

If the motel 6 ran a cruise ship than it would be Adventure of the Seas. Only difference is they might not leave the light on. That requires changing the burnt out light bulbs all over the ship. If you thought Carnival was the bottom of the barrel you thought wrong!! Think of the Golden Carroll Buffett and go down a couple of notches. Everyday was the filler buffet. Rice, pasta, canned sauce. One day they were so cheap that one of the deserts

on the buffet was a white sheet cake. Dinner the portions were miniature and every night freezing cold. Menu items like Yukon Gold potato pie or a seafood mash. Every vegetable was definitely frozen. It was so obvious they were cutting corners everywhere. We booked a Grand suite which was a nice size with a huge balcony but it stopped there. Our room was filthy at arrival and throughout cruise it was never cleaned properly. Stains on the carpets and the curtains. Mold in the bathroom tub wall. Burnt out light bulbs. Dirty sliding doors. Stains on the sofa and chairs. There wasn't anything to do. They didn't even have a show every night in the theater and when they did it was cheap las vegas style. Honestly for 7 days there was barely anything going on. Bottom Line is I would never go on Royal Caribbean again. We paid thousands for a suite to get absolutely no perks. The suite class is a total joke and they are ripping you off. The boat is poorly maintained and the water is dirty. don't drink the water on this boat!!!! Food is horrible. The staff doesn't seem to even care about the customers. If you want to have a fun time with just average food then go on Carnival and save your money. Royal is a total joke. I can't even begin to list all the things that went wrong no our cruise. It go so bad by the 3rd day that we almost got off the boat at one of the islands and flew home. I was so miserable by the 2nd day I cried myself to sleep. It was like living a nightmare and no one onboard cared. Took days to get anything taken care of and even then we couldn't wait to get off that boat.

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May 24, 2013

Western Med

A right Royal Caribbean rip off!!!! The bar prices are an absolute joke. All they think about is how much EXTRA they can squeeze out of you everyday. The ship has the finesse of a 1950/1960's hi de hi holiday camp. The worst we have ever experienced in 15 years of Cruising. Reasonabley good but give the Windjammer a miss Junior suite, good size but could have been cleaner. Bed and pillows smelly Loud and over the top run by the

worst team of entertainers I've ever seen especially Clo Don't do any all far too expensive A gross disappointment and confirmation never to use RCI ever again

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May 24, 2013

Western Med

A right Royal Caribbean rip off!!!! The bar prices are an absolute joke. All they think about is how much EXTRA they can squeeze out of you everyday. The ship has the finesse of a 1950/1960's hi de hi holiday camp. The worst we have ever experienced in 15 years of Cruising. Reasonabley good but give the Windjammer a miss Junior suite, good size but could have been cleaner. Bed and pillows smelly Loud and over the top run by the

worst team of entertainers I've ever seen especially Clo Don't do any all far too expensive A gross disappointment and confirmation never to use RCI ever again

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Apr 16, 2013

Southern Carribean

I read many of the reviews before I went on this cruise and I was a bit worried. Needless to say, I had a great time on this cruise. The service was excellent as well as the entertainment. My only complaint would be the food in the Windjammer was not the best but it was OK. I would go back in a minute.

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Apr 13, 2013

Southern caribbean

Just return and must my family had an AWSOME time. The ports was wonderful, the staff was great, the food was great, it was just a beautiful time my family and I had. The ship is beautiful clean and is well maintain. At first I was kind of worried based on some review that I read. I went with an open mind and had no complain. Everything was fine. The food everyday was enjoyable a large selection to choose from. The was was comfortable

with four people. Not a huge issue but the bed dings need updating. The white look a bit brown and the towels and wash cloths need to b thrown out and get some new one. AWSOME two thumbs up.

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