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.
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.
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).
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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