WJ Tested: Cruise Review of Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

WJ Tested: Cruise Review of Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

WJ Tested: Cruise Review of Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

WJ Tested: Cruise Review of Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

By WAVEJourney

Adventure of the Seas Photos, Facts, Deck Plans, Expert Advice and Cruise Tips from a September 2018 Canada and New England 10-Night Cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to Quebec City, Quebec.

 

Adventure of the Seas is the third Royal Caribbean ship WAVEJourney has experienced. Previously WJ cruised the ABC’s in the Caribbean on Navigator of the Seas, followed by a transatlantic crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona aboard Freedom of the Seas. Our third Royal Caribbean cruise also did not disappoint! Based on the ports of call, length of itinerary, wonderful crew, and the ship itself, we enjoyed every moment of this 2309 nautical mile journey that visited eight ports in two countries.

Adventure of the Seas Canada & New England Cruise

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas 10-Night Canada & New England Cruise. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

The itinerary for this 10-night Canada and New England cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, USA to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, started with a mid-afternoon departure followed by the next day being at sea. We love a sea day at the very beginning of a cruise as it allows us to rest, relax and fully discover the layout of the ship. For us, this is especially important when the remainder of the cruise will be port intensive – as this itinerary was.

ITINERARY & PORTS OF CALL DAILY CRUISE LOG

Day 1: Cape Liberty, New Jersey, USA – Embarkation starting at 10:30 AM with a 3 PM sailaway

Day 2: At Sea – Cruising Atlantic Ocean

Day 3: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA – Ship’s clearance 7:30 AM/all aboard 5:30 PM

Day 4: Portland, Maine, USA – Ship’s clearance 7:30 AM/all aboard 2:30 PM

Day 5: St. John, New Brunswick, Canada – Ship’s clearance 6:30 AM/all aboard 2:30 PM

Day 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Ship’s clearance 9:30 AM/all aboard 5:30 PM

Day 7: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada – Ship’s clearance 9:30 AM/all aboard 4:30 PM

Day 8: Charlottetown, PEI, Canada – Ship’s clearance 7:30 AM/all aboard 3:30 PM

Day 9: At Sea – Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River

Day 10: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – 8 AM arrival and overnight

Day 11: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – Disembarkation starting at 6:30 AM

This same itinerary is incredibly popular for those wishing to experience the autumn colors changing to intense hues of red, yellow, orange and gold for fall foliage. With a sailing date from September 7th to 17th it was much too early in the fall leaf peeping season to witness much in the way of fall colors (but we were aware of that before booking). Our goal for cruising at this time of the year was to hopefully enjoy some cooler late-summer weather while exploring ports that were completely new to us. We had absolutely delightful weather for most of the journey – not counting a day of torrential rain in St. John, New Brunswick.

Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Other than using tenders in Bar Harbor, Adventure of the Seas was docked at the cruise terminal for all other ports of call. The ship’s docking locations were very handy for getting to and from the main points of interest in each town or city.

Peggy's Cove near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Peggy’s Cove near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Shore excursions in each port were plentiful and varied. Rather than booking excursions with the ship we decided to either make our own prior arrangements (for a specific food or history tour offered by local vendors), or just walk off the ship and then figure out how to spend our day. We found this to be much more relaxed, and thoroughly enjoyed not being in large groups of passengers on bus tours to see the sights. Some ports are easier to figure out than others, and we were confident that making our own arrangements would have us back at the ship with plenty of time before the all aboard (we certainly did not want to get left behind).

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

For those interested in history, the destinations on this itinerary were fascinating, rich with culture, and had varied architectural building styles. The rugged landscape of the areas visited was scenic and beautiful.

Meals in local establishments were excellent quality, good value and a seafood lover’s dream. Finding plenty of opportunities for to sample regional craft beer was also a great way to meet locals along the way.

Lobster Rolls in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Lobster Rolls in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

This is a cruise WJ could easily repeat, and we’d be happy to do so on Adventure of the Seas.

 

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS SHIP OVERVIEW

Adventure of the Seas in Quebec City

Adventure of the Seas in Quebec City

ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS FACTS

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship Class: Voyager Class

Ship Size: Large ocean vessel – 137,276 Gross Tons

Passengers: 3,807 Maximum Capacity / 3114 Double Occupancy

Crew: 1,185 International Crew

Registry: Bahamas

Launched: 2001

Built: Turku, Finland

Decks: 15 (14 for passenger use)

Refurbished: 2018

Elevators: 14

 

Adventure of the Seas Deck Plans

Adventure of the Seas Deck Plans. Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

 

DINING

Giovanni's Table - Italian specialty restaurant

Giovanni’s Table – Italian specialty restaurant on Adventure of the Seas.

Sapphire Dining Room – daily breakfast, lunch (on sea days) and dinner (included on decks 3/4/5)

Windjammer Marketplace – daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner (included buffet on deck 11). We ate most meals here as we prefer to dine by ourselves, have more selection, the menu items offered a large variety,

Cafe Promenade – daily for continental breakfast, light lunch, pizza, and snacks between 6 AM and 3 AM (included on deck 5)

Chops Grille – Steak and Seafood Specialty Restaurant. Open daily for dinner ($35 plus 18% gratuity on); check daily program for lunch days and details (additional charge on deck 4)

Izumi – Asian and Sushi ala carte menu (additional charge on deck 5)

Giovanni’s Table – Italian specialty restaurant open daily for dinner ($28 plus 18% gratuity); check daily program for lunch days and details (additional charge on deck 11)

Johnny Rockets – American hamburgers, fries and milkshakes (additional charge of $9.95 plus 18% gratuity on deck 11)

Chef’s Table – 5-course dinner paired with wine (additional charge of $85 plus 18% gratuity)

Coffee bar and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream – ala carte items (additional charges on deck 5)

Room Service – free continental breakfast available, other items throughout the day are an additional fee of $7.95 plus 18% gratuity (24-hour service)

 

BARS & LOUNGES

Adventure of the Seas Bars & Lounges

Adventure of the Seas Bars & Lounges

The Duck and Dog Pub (deck 5)

Pool Bar (main pool on deck 11)

Sky Bar (overlooking main pool on deck 12)

Solarium Bar (Solarium pool on deck 11)

Champagne Bar (deck 5)

Boleros (deck 4)

Schooner Bar (deck 4)

Viking Crown Lounge (deck 14)

Blue Moon Club (deck 14)

 

STATEROOMS

Adventure of the Seas Balcony Stateroom

Adventure of the Seas Balcony Stateroom. Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

This trip WJ had a category 4V forward inside stateroom (8219) for our 10-night Canada and New England cruise. The compact, but well laid out cabin had ample storage, a flat-screen TV – that could be watched from the bed or desk. Although we booked this cruise about six months prior to departure (that’s typically a long way out for us), there were very few available cabins in any category. So, if you’re considering a similar cruise itinerary, book as far in advance (12+ months) as possible to get the cabin of your choice.

 

Adventure of the Seas Inside Stateroom

Adventure of the Seas Inside Stateroom. Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

The downside to this cabin was the noise from neighbors due to the adjoining door between the cabins – we could hear everything! Those that prefer a very firm mattress for sleeping would be well-suited to the beds used – these can be configured as 2 twins or a queen.

 

Adventure of the Seas Bathroom

Adventure of the Seas Bathroom. Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

Bathroom amenities included bar soap for the sink, plus dispensers with a shampoo/conditioner combo and body wash in the shower.

 

Adventure of the Seas Ocean View Stateroom

Adventure of the Seas Ocean View Stateroom. Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

Total Staterooms = 1,557

Balcony = 765

Outside = 174

Inside = 618

Promenade = 138

Accessible = 26

Suites – Suites guests have concierge service, plus additional lounge and dining facilities included in their cruise fare.

 

AMENITIES & FACILITIES

Adventure of the Seas Royal Promenade

Adventure of the Seas Royal Promenade

Royal Shops – Shopping galore in the Royal Promenade on deck 5

Casino Royale – Slots and table games – craps, roulette, blackjack, poker, etc. (deck 4)

Pools and whirlpools – Solarium Pool (adult only area on deck 11); main pool area has 3 whirlpools and 2 pools, plus a kiddies pool section.

Vitality Fitness Center – Fully equipped fitness center on deck 11 – free weights; weight machines; eliptical machines; treadmills; rowing machines; stationery bikes, etc. Variety of exercise classes available each day for free or an additional fee.

Art Gallery – Deck 3 with art auctions throughout the ship depending on the day.

Photo Gallery & Shop and Picture This Photo Gallery on deck 3.

Vitality Spa – Full spa services available for additional charges on deck 11

 

ACTIVITIES 

Adventure of the Seas Pool Deck

Adventure of the Seas Pool Deck

Rock climbing wall

Sports court

Flow Rider

Mini golf

Perfect Storm Water Slides

Splashaway Bay

Ping pong tables

Padi 4 Star Dive Center

Challenger’s Video Arcade

Card room

Shuffle board and checkers on deck

Big screen movies and sports events played (deck 11 poolside)

Ice skating

 

KIDS

Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas – Activities Galore for Kids of All Ages!

Adventure Ocean and Optix Teen Disco

 

ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS

Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas

Events around the ship included:

Trivia games throughout the day and evening tested passengers’ knowledge on a multitude of topics

Dance classes – from line dancing to salsa to belly dancing and more

Scavenger hunts

Bingo

Game shows

HUSH! Silent Party

A Royal Mystery – interactive escape room experience

Karaoke

Sushi making classes

Wine, beer, whiskey tasting classes

Scrap booking workshops… and much more.

 

OTHER VENUES

The Lyric Theatre on Adventure of the Seas

The Lyric Theatre on Adventure of the Seas

The Lyric Theater (decks 3 and 4)

Imperial Lounge (deck 5)

Studio B (deck 3)

Guest Services Desk on deck 5

Shore Excursions Desk on deck 5

Medical Facility on deck 1

Library on deck 7

 

INTERNET

Royal Caribbean International Voom Internet.

Royal Caribbean International Voom Internet.

Computer stations available for use with VOOM internet packages (additional fee) are on deck 5. VOOM WiFi is available throughout the ship on your own devices (additional fee).

 

ADDITIONAL INFO

Gratuities – $14.50 gratuity ($17.50 for suite guests) is automatically added to each guests SeaPass account daily. This gratuity is shared amongst dining and culinary services staff, stateroom attendants and other hotel services teams.

Adventure of the Seas Flow Rider and Water Slides

Adventure of the Seas Flow Rider and Water Slides

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NOTE: WJ were guests aboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas in September 2018. All information is correct at time of writing, but be sure to check for current details. All opinions and recommendations are completely our own. Read our full disclosure statement to see our review policy.

 

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