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Adventure of the Seas
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4.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Newly installed FlowRiders and water slides are sure to please


Less than half of the cabins onboard have balconies

Bottom Line

A good choice for Southern Caribbean cruises requiring fewer at sea days


Passengers 3,114
Crew 1,185
Passenger to Crew 2.63:1
Launched 2001
Shore Excursions 590

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 quintuplets, 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.

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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 Bolero’s 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.


Included with your cruise fare:

  • • Meals and snacks in the three main dining rooms, Windjammer Marketplace, Cafe Promenade
  • Room Service (continental breakfast only)
  • Entertainment shows in the main theatre
  • Most activities and events onboard
  • Gym use (except organized classes and training sessions)
  • Use of the ice skating rink
  • Use of the sports court, Adventure Dunes mini-golf, Perfect Storm slides, flowrider, rock climbing wall
  • Adventure Ocean Kids Club activities (ages 6 months to 17 years) until 10 p.m.
  • Daily Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day, for Grand Suites & higher)
  • Auto-gratuities of 18 percent applied to salon, spa, beverage purchases and specialty dining venue reservations
  • Drinks excluding water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and juices from the Windjammer Marketplace
  • Room Service orders ($7.95, except continental breakfast)
  • Specialty dining and snacks in Chops Grille, Izumi, Giovanni’s Table, Chef’s Table, Ben & Jerry’s, Johnny Rockets
  • Treatments at the spa and salon
  • Fitness classes
  • Most arts and craft classes onboard
  • Casino tournaments
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Activities including but not limited to the arcade, bingo, sushi-making classes, shopping events, bottomless galley brunch and alcohol tastings
  • Late-night Adventure Ocean kids club programs after 10:00pm
  • Shore Excursions
  • Internet
  • Photos and artwork

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). 

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime:Dress is quite casual during the day.

Evening: 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.

Not permitted: No tank tops, bathing suits or baseball caps are permitted in the main dining room or specialty restaurants, and footwear is always required. Shorts are not permitted at dinner, except in the buffet.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
2018 Best for Families
2018 Best for First Timers
2017 Best for Shore Excursions
2014 Best for Embarkation

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Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Member Reviews

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