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Adventure of the Seas Review

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2021 Health and Safety Protocols

Cruises on Adventure of the Seas are leaving from Nassau in The Bahamas for summer 2021 All those who are eligible to be vaccinated --passengers ages 16 and up (until July 31) and then 12 and up from August 1 onward -- must have proof to go.

Children 11 and younger are not required to be vaccinated but will need to have proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the ship. All crewmembers are fully vaccinated and tested weekly.

The ship is sailing at reduced capacity to encourage physical distancing. Guest numbers initially were capped but will continue to rise as additional sailings set out.

Adventure of the Seas is following the rules laid out by The Bahamas when it comes to health and safety protocols. That means that you'll need to wear a mask during check-in, and outdoors and indoors before you get on the ship. (Check in is currently being done at the British Colonial Hilton as the terminal is under construction).

Once you are on the ship, all vaccinated passengers can remove their masks. Crew are still wearing masks, even though they are vaccinated.

Because of the distancing requirements, Royal Caribbean has temporarily limited all public gatherings that involve food and shared platters. This includes Cruise Critic's Meet & Mingle onboard events. The line is also not staging large sailaway parties or other major gatherings.

While The Bahamas does not have a PCR test requirement for vaccinated tourists, passengers are required to take a rapid antigen test before boarding. Everyone returning to the United States will also be required to take an antigen test onboard before disembarking. The cost of this is covered by Royal Caribbean and it's administered either the Thursday or Friday before you leave on Saturday.

Policies are evolving and changing all the time as policies on land change as well. Policies outlined here are current as of this writing, but can change at a moment's notice, even mid-cruise.

Before boarding

  • Proof of a full vaccination by approved companies, such as Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
  • Completed Bahamas Health Form to enter The Bahamas. You can fill this out 10 days before you arrive. You will need to show it when you check in for your flight in the US and also when you arrive in The Bahamas. While you will have the information in an email with a QR code, print out a copy to go through lines more quickly.)
  • Pre-boarding antigen test. You will take this at the hotel that once you arrive to the port, at Royal Caribbean's cost. Results will come in roughly 30 minutes.
  • Check in. You can complete your check in at home and have the information on your Royal Caribbean app.

Onboard

  • Social distancing in bars and restaurants
  • Capacity limits in the theater
  • Menus available on the app or via QR codes instead of physical menus; paper menus are available on request
  • Sanitizing stations shipwide

Off the ship

  • Independent shore excursions are allowed, although you might have to wear a mask, per local regulations


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 an 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 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.

A 2018 refit left Adventure of the Seas sparkling, and added new specialty dining venues, and generally refreshed all public areas and cabins.

Pros

Newly installed FlowRiders and water slides are sure to please

Cons

Less than half of the cabins onboard have balconies

Bottom Line

A good choice for a quality family cruise vacation with plenty of amenities.

About

Passengers : 3,114
Crew : 1,185
Passenger to Crew : 2.63:1
Launched : 2001
Shore Excursions : 389

Inclusions

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, plus 18 percent gratuity, 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.

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