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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2001 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: 2004 room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned or My Time
Guest Occupancy: 3,114 Dining Hours: 6:15 pm or 8:30 pm
Crew: 1,185 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 138,000 tons Bars/Lounges: 12
Length: 1,020 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 157.5 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 23.7 knots Swimming Pools: 3
Decks: 15 Hot Tubs: 6
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: Yes
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: Yes
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

Adventure of the Seas features all of the special onboard amenities that a Royal Caribbean ship has become known for (except the surfing simulator, found on the Freedom Family ships). The Adventure is in Royal Caribbean's Voyager Family. This means that she is sisters with the Explorer of the Seas, the Mariner of the Seas, the Navigator of the Seas, and the Voyager of the Seas. All Voyager Family ships feature a Royal Promenade, a rock-climbing wall, the Casino Royale, a Johnny Rockets® Restaurant, an ice skating-rink, a Broadway-Style theatre, swimming pools, hot tubs, and much more.

Previously, Royal Caribbean used Adventure exclusively for 7-Night Southern Caribbean cruises, round trip from San Juan. However, this ship will begin doing Europe cruises as well. While in the Southern Caribbean, on board announcements are typically made in both English and Spanish. There really aren't really any major negatives concerning this ship.

All in all, Adventure of the Seas is a very large, feature-filled cruise ship that more than lives up to the Royal Caribbean name and what it stands for.

Destinations & Itineraries
Adventure of the Seas will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Southern Caribbean
2013: Southern Caribbean, Europe, Western Mediterranean

There are a wide array of stateroom types onboard Adventure of the Seas. Rooms range from basic interior staterooms all the way up to 1,000+ square foot suites. All Royal Caribbean staterooms come with a private bathroom, vanity area, hair dryer, closed-circuit TV and phone.

Interior Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard the Adventure have standard features including two twin beds or one queen-size bed, a TV and telephone, a private bathroom with shower, vanity area, hairdryer, minibar (that you're charged for eating/drinking from) and room service that is available 24 hours a day. The least premium interior staterooms are the category Q's. The category Q, N, M, and L rooms (in order of usual price) are all 160 square feet in size (pretty tight), while the category PR (Promenade) staterooms are 167 square feet. Promenade staterooms are interior staterooms that have a window facing the inside of the ship, giving you a view of the Royal Promenade. The PR's are usually the most expensive interior stateroom category, and are quite nice if you'd like a simulated feel of having a city view (rather than the closed off feeling of an interior cabin without a window. The least expensive interior stateroom category that can accommodate over 2 people is the category L.

Ocean View Staterooms: The Adventure's ocean view staterooms are larger than its interior staterooms. The most basic ocean views are the category H and I staterooms. These rooms are 180 square feet and feature the same amenities that the interiors do. The category F ocean views are considered Large Ocean Views, as they are 211 square feet. The largest ocean view staterooms onboard the Adventure are the category FO (Family Ocean View) rooms. These feature two twin beds (that can convert into a queen-size), a sofa and/or Pullman beds, a minibar, and a sitting area. The FO's can accommodate up to 6 people and are 328 square feet.

Balcony Staterooms: The most basic balcony staterooms onboard the Adventure are the Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with a balcony. These rooms (category E1 and E2) feature two twin beds (that can convert into a queen-size), a sitting area, a minibar, and (of course) a private balcony. These rooms are 162 square feet and have a 42 square foot balcony. E1 and E2 rooms are exactly the same in size and features - the main difference is their location on the ship (E1's are usually more expensive, as they are usually in a more desirable location). Category D1, D2, and D3 staterooms are more premium than the E1 and E2 rooms. They are called Superior Ocean View Staterooms with a balcony. These rooms are the same as the E1 and E2 in features, but are larger in size - they are 179 square feet, with a 45 square foot balcony.

Suites: The most basic suites onboard the Adventure are the Junior Suites (category JS). These rooms have two twin beds (that can convert to a queen-size), a private balcony, a sitting area (some with a sofa bed), a minibar, and a bathtub. The Junior Suites are 277 square feet, with a 69 square foot balcony.

Grand Suites (category GS) are 381 square feet, with a 95 square foot balcony. These suites feature two twin beds (that can convert to a queen-size), a private balcony, a sitting area (some with a soda bed), a bathtub, a minibar, and concierge service.

The Royal Family Suites (category FS) are very popular and get taken quickly. They are 547 square feet, with a 234 square foot balcony. They have two bedrooms with twin beds that can convert to a queen-size (one of the rooms has third and fourth Pullman beds). There are two bathrooms (one with a shower, one with a bathtub), a living area with a double sofa bed, a private balcony, a minibar, and concierge service. These suites can accommodate up to 8 passengers!

The Owner's Suites (category OS) are 631 square feet, with a 131 square foot balcony. They have a queen-size bed, a private balcony, a separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed, a wet bar, a walk-in closet, a bathtub, a minibar, and concierge service.

The most premium (and, of course, expensive) suite onboard Adventure of the Seas is the Royal Suite (category RS). This massive suite is 1,188 square feet, with a 170 square foot balcony! This suite has a separate bedroom with a king-size bed, a private balcony with a hot tub on it, a whirlpool bathtub, a living room with a queen-size sofa bed, a baby grand piano, a wet bar, a dining table, an entertainment center, a minibar, and concierge service.

Royal Caribbean offers a choice between traditional dining (with assigned seating times) or My Time Dining (an open-dining setup) in their elegant (three-story) dining room. You'll have the same five-course menu, that changes daily, regardless of which dining format you choose. The menus usually have a theme each night (such as French, Italian, Caribbean, etc). When making your reservation you must let the booking agent know which dining setup one you'd like to request. The one you want may be unavailable or on a waitlist. If that's the case, you'll have to wait it out and see if you get the one you want.

Traditional dining is where you must choose between a specific seating time: the main seating (at 6:15 pm) or second seating (at 8:30 pm). With this format, on each night of your cruise you'll dine at the same table, with the same people and same wait staff. One of the nice things about having assigned dining tables is that you get to build a rapport with your waiter, rather than having a different one each night.

My Time Dining allows you to select when you dine and who you dine with. With this flexible dining setup you can choose to dine in the main dining room at any time between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm on each night of your cruise. If you choose this setup you must pre-pay your gratuities prior to your cruise. With My Time Dining you'll be able to request a specific waiter (subject to availability). You'll be seated with the party you arrive with, and you can request to be seated alone or with other guests. If you select My Time Dining, reservations are recommended to avoid a delay in seating (reservations can be made once you're onboard the ship).

The Windjammer Cafe is the Adventure's buffet. This is a very popular dining option, especially for lunch. The food being served changes on a daily basis, and is constantly being refilled throughout the day. During lunch times you'll find items such as sandwiches, burgers, pizza, fries, buffalo wings, salads, wok-dishes, sushi, desserts, and more. You can also go there at dinner time (instead of to one of the restaurants) for a more casual setting, with the same basic menu as the main restaurant.

You can find Cafe Promenade, open 24 hours, in the Royal Promenade. You'll find light menu items there, such as pastries, sandwiches and pizza. The items being served depends on the time of day you go there.

Johnny Rockets® is a 50's-style burger joint. Besides burgers they also service onion rings, chili fries, and more. There is a $3.95 per person cover charge to eat there, plus a charge for whatever beverages you order (like their amazing shakes!). This place gets pretty busy, as it is very popular. If you go during a peak lunch time you might have to wait in line to get in.

Portofino is the Italian specialty restaurant onboard Adventure of the Seas. This intimate restaurant features a seven-course meal, with a nice menu that does not change. The cover charge is $20 per person. Reservations are highly recommended for the specialty restaurant, as it can book up quickly. The best idea would be to plan ahead, before your cruise. Then, within the first few hours after boarding the ship make your reservations for the week. Dining reservations cannot be made prior to your cruise. If you'd rather not plan so much, just to be sure make reservations at least the night before you want to dine, to help ensure that the time you want to dine at will be available for you.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks. A new policy, as of 2009, is that Royal Caribbean will be charging guests $3.95 per room service order placed between 12:00 am and 5:00 am.

Onboard Features
Being a Voyager Family ship, Adventure of the Seas is packed with things to do.

The (four-deck high) Royal Promenade is open 24 hours, and it will really blow you away if you haven't seen one before. It's one of the definite places to be onboard the Adventure. It's the Main Street of the ship, where you can find numerous bars (like the Champagne Bar and Sports Bar), cafes, shoppes, and more (like a Ben & Jerry's that charges you, per scoop). It's really huge (not quite as huge as the Royal Promenade on the newer Freedom Family Royal Caribbean cruise ships, such as the Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas), but it's quite larger than a typical atrium on an average cruise ship. There will be randomly performed acrobatics and comedy shows in the Royal Promenade.

As far as sport-related activities go, there's a ton! For example, there's an ice-skating rink (called Studio B), a rock-climbing wall, a full-size basketball & volleyball court (on deck 13), golf simulators, a 9-hole miniature golf course, in-line skating, and the ShipShape® Day Spa and Fitness Center (a state-of-the-art facility located on decks 11 and 12). You'll also find a few swimming pools and hot tubs while roaming the ship.

Although Adventure of the Seas is very family-friendly, there are a lot of adult-related hot spots on the ship as well. The Solarium is located on deck 11; it's an indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area (for adults only) with a retractable roof. It's a great place to relax! Also for adults (18 & over), the very popular nightclub is on deck 3. Casino Royale is on deck 4, featuring many slot machines, card tables, roulette wheels, and more. The minimum gambling age is 18 on all Royal Caribbean cruises (except on Alaska cruises, where it is 21).

There's really something for everyone on Adventure of the Seas. On deck 5, you can find the Connoisseur Club, a relaxing lounge for cognac and cigar lovers. The Skylight Chapel is on deck 15 (the highest point of the ship) and is available for onboard ceremonies. The internet cafe is located on deck 8 (with a basic charge of $0.55 per minute, but packages are available), while the well-stocked library is on deck 7. There are no self-serve laundry rooms onboard the Adventure.

The main theatre/show lounge is three decks high (decks 2, 3, and 4) with 1,362 seats. It's the site of the nightly Broadway and Vegas-style performances. Be sure to get to the showroom at least 20 minutes prior to the show (if not earlier) to ensure a decent seat for the show. While onboard you'll have the opportunity to see a variety of shows. They may include comedians, hypnotists, musicians, and great production shows.

For those also with business-related needs, there are extensive conference facilities available onboard. For instance, there is a dedicated meeting space with breakout rooms and a reception area that can accommodate up to 400 people. There's also an executive boardroom, high-tech presentation rooms, color touch-screens, wireless remote controls, teleconferencing equipment, and more.

Overall, it's highly doubtful that anyone would say that they're bored on this ship. It goes along with the now standard Royal Caribbean mega-ship concept, featuring just about anything you could imagine on a cruise ship.

Dress Code and Attire
While onboard the ship the following is considered by Royal Caribbean to be typical attire, for indoors or outdoors: shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses, and sundresses. Don't forget to bring bathing suits for the pools and hot tubs. Pretty much, it's casual during the day.

For dinner, there is a certain dress code in place. Depending on the night, there may be a casual, smart casual, or formal dress code recommended. On a Royal Caribbean cruise there will be at least 1 formal night. The number of formal nights on your cruise depends on the length of your cruise. Please be aware that the number of nights are subject to change at the ship's discretion. Formal night clothing is considered to be cocktail dresses for women. For men, suits and ties (or tuxedos) are good. Smart casual is considered dresses or pantsuits for women, and jackets for men.

Here's a general guideline that Royal Caribbean provides for its nightly dining types:
Cruise Length Casual Smart Casual Formal
3-Night 2 0 1
4-Night 3 0 1
5-Night 3 1 1
6-Night 4 0 2
7-Night 4 1 2
8-Night 4 2 2
9-Night 5 2 2
10-Night 6 2 2
11-Night 7 2 2
12-Night 7 3 2 or 3
13-Night 8 2 3
14-Night+ 9 2 3

Children Programs
Royal Caribbean offers babysitting in group settings, and on an individual basis in your stateroom (based on the staff's availability). Children must be at least 1 year old for babysitting services. If you want to have in-stateroom babysitting you must reserve that service at least 24 hours in advance (just call the main desk while onboard, as it cannot be arranged for prior to boarding the ship). The current (subject to change) rate is $8 per hour for one or two children of the same family. It is $10 per hour for three children of the same family.

Adventure Ocean® is Royal Caribbean's youth program. Their program is divided into groups, by age: Aquanauts (3-5 Years), Explorers (6-8 Years), Voyagers (9-11 Years), Navigators (12-14 Years), and Guests (15-17 Years). Every member of the Adventure Ocean® staff has a college degree in education, recreation, or related field and has experience working with children ages 3-17. There is a Teen Center that is open from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Royal Caribbean has Fisher-Price programs for younger children as well: Aqua Babies (6-18 months), and Aqua Tots (18-36 months).

There is a ton of kids and teens facilities on deck 12. For example, there is a video arcade, featuring both old and new games. The Teen Disco is also there; it's a great place for teens to meet, dance, and hang out. Adventure Beach is an area with a kids' pool with child-sized furniture.

Tipping and Gratuities
Royal Caribbean recommends the following gratuity guidelines:
Suite Attendant: $5.75 a day, per guest
Stateroom Attendant: $3.50 a day, per guest
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 a day, per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2 a day, per guest
Head Waiter: $0.75 a day, per guest

These gratuity rates apply to guests of all ages. Please be aware that a 15% gratuity charge will be automatically added to your bar bills. Gratuities for the room service, casino and spa staff is at your discretion.

You can pay for your gratuities by one of the following ways:
- In cash (at the end of your cruise)
- Having the cruise line add them to your SeaPass (onboard) account
- Pre-paying them (by having your travel or booking agent add them to your reservation)

Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically under 21, a parent that is sailing with their 18 to 20 year old son(s)/daughter(s) may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.

Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from the onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.

Gambling Policy
The official minimum gambling age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 18 years old. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required. On Alaska cruises you must be at least 21 years of age to gamble. All gaming operations are performed in U.S. currency.

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