Adventure of the Seas Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Adventure of the Seas Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.0
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.4
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.1
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.8
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.2
    5.0
  • Family & Children
    3.3
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.0
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.6
    1.0
  • Service
    4.4
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Cruiser Rating
Why Choose Adventure of the Seas?
  • Family-friendly Voyager-class ship
  • Royal Promenade: hub for shops, bars and cafes
  • About half the cabins feature balconies

Adventure of the Seas Overview

Adventure of the Seas 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 and the massive Oasis-class twins, it's still among the world's larger ships, with a range of the most uncruise-like venues at sea, such as a rollerblading track, 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.

Ambience variety is key. The Lyric Theater has a nifty Art Nouveau interior; the solarium pool evokes the glories of Venice; and the Casino Royal centers on a Hollywood theme.The Duck and Dog Pub is perfect for Anglo-philes, Champagne Bar is elegant and Jester's Nightclub resonates with a Gothic 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.

Adventure of the Seas Fellow Passengers

Passengers range in age from 35 - 55-plus with a large number of families onboard. Adventure of the Seas is a great option for couples and families -- particularly multi-generational groups. Speaking of groups, this a terrific cruise choice for them, whether it's a business group (there's a fully equipped conference center along with meeting space) or an extended family because there's lots to do for all age groups.

We offer the recommendation with one caveat: The sprawling ship and its plethora of options may be bewildering to folks who prefer more traditional styles of cruises.

Speaking of a mix of people, one of the more interesting facets of passenger demographics on this ship is international diversity (the daily Compass is printed in six languages). Adventure of the Seas, which is based in San Juan, also attracts a strong contingent from Puerto Rico and Caribbean islands beyond, which can make for a more varied blend.

Adventure of the Seas Dress Code

Dress is quite casual as befits the Caribbean itinerary. There are two formal nights where most men wore suits and women wore dressy (but not long) cocktail gowns. Otherwise, people dressed in "smart casual" which varied from country club wear to dressy. We saw all types. A couple of nights were themed and you could wear, say, country-western garb or '50's styles.

Adventure of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 for suite guests). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.
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birdie16
Member Since 2002
1 review
947 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We cruised on the Adventure of the Seas eight years ago and really enjoyed it. When I saw the deal on a balcony with an itinerary that I liked we grabbed it! We are both 62 years old, from Arizona and this was our 25th cruise. We were ... Read more
GoodWitch1964
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Well we just returned from our 9/10/16 departure from San Juan Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas cruise,,,it was the most disappointing cruise I've ever taken...until this cruise, we have ALWAYS bragged on Royal Caribbean, but no ... Read more
gary9534
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
I have been on over 30 Royal Caribbean cruises! Diamond Plus! I have been on many other cruise lines. Overall ,I feel that Royal Caribbean gives you the best experience ,and value for your money. I do prefer the Oasis and ... Read more
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