Adventure of the Seas is the third of Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-Class cruise ships, she is post-Panamax meaning she is too big to sail through the Panama Canal. Although she is not the largest ship in the world, she is an enormous vessel and will dominate the skyline of most ports she pulls into.
Adventure of the Seas is designed to cater towards the tastes of all cruise passenger types, if you are a ‘first time cruiser’ you will be spoilt for choice. If you are a veteran or returning cruiser you will find the level of service and lifestyle will make you feel right at home. Life on-board Adventure of the Seas will be amongst mostly young to middle aged cruise passengers, Adventure of the Seas lends herself to family-life very well so expect to meet a lot of family groups on-board with certain ship areas dedicated to the entertainment of families.
There is a lot of focus on the ship activities, it seems almost impossible to relax as there is so much to do, it would be hard to cram everything the ship offers into one short cruise. At Studio B an ice-skating rink by day is open to passengers who like to bruise their legs and rears, then in the evening the blood is wiped from the ice (not really!) and Royal Caribbean staff put on a spectacular on-ice show.
There is also an on-board basketball court if you fancy slamming some dunks, or just dribbling a ball around to get the heart racing. Other forms of racing include an on-board running track on Deck 12 and then on Deck 13 if you fancy – try some roller-blading, and rock climbing, although remember to take your roller blades off before attempting the rock-climbing wall!
You’ll find the Royal Promenade and centrum a hive of activity at most times and the main places you’ll bump into people, near to the Promenade is the Duck & Dog pub, a very nice and very informal place to meet-up and have a drink with fellow passengers. Also, very much worth a visit is the Blue Moon lounge on Deck 14, from here you’ll get a fantastic view of the ship and where she is heading (don’t forget to bring your camera).
Dining on-board Adventure of the Seas caters to all tastes. There is Johnny Rockets and the Windjammer Café (buffet service) plus many other informal eateries if you prefer light meals. The main dining experiences are of course held in the three composer named restaurants, Mozart, Strauss and Vivaldi towards the aft of the ship. The décor is exactly as you would expect from formal cruise-dining, grandiose, gold trimmed and crystal chandelier topped. The menus are slim for choice – but each dish perfectly prepared, remember that the Adventure of the Seas staff need to cater for literally hundreds of people per-sitting and the menu needs to be trimmed to focus on perfection and consistent quality rather than choice.
Staterooms are modern and some very stylish, extremely clean and well kept. Each room comes with the amenities you’d expect from a modern-day cruise, TV and radio, telephone and the obligatory hair-dryer. The shower facilities are quite small but very clean and bright. Worth noting is that some internal cabins overlook the Promenade which can be a curious, voyeuristic situation where you find yourself people watching without even realising it.
On 21st July 2012 Adventure of the Seas rescued 19 people sailing from Spain to Morocco. At approximately 10pm the stricken vessel was spotted in waters near Almeria. Of the 19 on-board eight were young children and amongst the other passengers was a 31 week pregnant woman. All of the rescued were safely disembarked at the port of Malaga.
An interesting rescue story as Adventure of the Seas was christened with the presence of New York fire-fighters who saved so many lives during the 9/11 tragedy.