November 6, 2001
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas -- the third in a series of biggest-ships-ever -- arrived in Boston today after a transatlantic repositioning from its Finnish shipyard. The ship, identical to its Voyager and Explorer brethren aside from stylistic differences, has all the established features, from the rock climbing wall, Johnny Rockets and in-line skating rink. After a short stint in Boston, Adventure heads to New York City where the company is saying it’s the first “major” cruise ship “to enter the New York harbor, since the September 11 terrorists attacks.” Adventure is not actually the first cruise ship to call in at New York since then; the now-defunct Delta Queen Coastal Voyages’ Cape Cod Light stopped in New York several weeks after the terrorist event. Following a New York naming ceremony, Adventure of the Seas will head south to its year-round home port in San Juan where week long sailings to the Southern Caribbean begin November 18. Speaking of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s primary port city is reaping a few benefits from cruise lines’ efforts to reposition ships closer-to-home; Carnival just announced that its Destiny -- which at one time held the biggest-ship-ever title -- will be home porting there as well.