Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean adding two story golf course to Adventure of the Seas


In addition to the changes previously announced for Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, one more change coming to the ship is a two story mini golf course.

The new two story golf course will be at Adventure Dunes, and will be Royal Caribbean's first two story mini golf course.  

Royal Caribbean added a similar golf course to Liberty of the Seas, known as Liberty Dunes, but Adventure of the Seas will feature a two-story version.

Photos of Liberty Dunes from Liberty of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas is undergoing a $61 million refurbishment in November 2016 and will add new staterooms, dining locations, a FlowRider, waterslides and more.

Royal Caribbean changes Adventure of the Seas itinerary due to tropical disturbance Invest 97L


Another Royal Caribbean ship has changed itineraries due to the anticipated path of Invest 97L, which is likely to become Tropical Storm Matthew.

According to Cruise Critic, Royal Caribbean has changed the itinerary for Adventure of the Seas as follows:

  • September 28: St. Maarten
  • September 29: St. Croix
  • September 30: St. Thomas

Adventure of the Seas had been scheduled to visit St. Lucia and Barbados, and spend a day at sea.

This is the second Royal Caribbean ship to have its itinerary changed due to this storm. Allure of the Seas also had to change her course. says Invest 97L is spreading rain and gusty winds into the Windward Islands, and is still likely to become Tropical Storm Matthew soon, eventually posing a threat early next week in the Caribbean basin and potentially parts of the U.S. later next week.

Royal Caribbean announces $61 million revitalization for Adventure of the Seas


Royal Caribbean confirmed plans for Adventure of the Seas to undergo a $61 million refurbishment in November 2016.

Adventure of the Seas will receive all-new thrills and enhancements, including new dual racer waterslides, Cyclone and Typhoon, the popular FlowRider surf simulator, and a children’s aquapark, Splashaway Bay. In addition, guests will enjoy a new lineup of culinary and entertainment venues with Izumi Japanese Cuisine, the brand’s signature steakhouse, Chops Grille and Boleros Latin Lounge. The ship also will receive more than 100 new staterooms, a refresh of all existing staterooms and a brand new Suites Lounge for the luxury traveler.

We first reported this news back in May 2016, but this announcement confirms the news.

The reinvented Adventure is Royal Caribbean’s fifth ship to undergo revitalization, and at $61 million this will be the brand’s largest investment yet. The massive project will introduce some of the trademark innovations the cruise line is known for, bringing the best of Royal Caribbean onboard.

"We're thrilled to debut an array of new enhancements to one of our guest’s most beloved ships,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The name Adventure says it all; this ship is packed with action, featuring a mix of signature features and innovations, including thrilling new waterslides and VOOM, the fastest internet at sea."

Royal Caribbean to add waterslides, aqua park and new restaurants to Adventure of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas is due for a refurbishment in November 2016 and we are now getting details on what work will be done.

Royal Caribbean is planning on adding these changes and additions to the ship

Cyclone and Typhoon waterslides

These two water slides were first added to Liberty of the Seas, and have also found a home on Harmony of the Seas.

Adventure of the Seas will be the first Voyager-class ship to get water slides.

FlowRider surf simulator

The FlowRider has proven to be one of the more popular activities across Royal Caribbean's fleet. Guests can choose between learning to stand-up surf or boogie board throughout their cruise.

Royal Caribbean has been adding FlowRiders to many of its ships, including other Voyager-class ships.

Slashaway Bay aqua park

Splashaway Bay is an aqua park featuring an interactive kid’s play area with water cannons, geysers and much more.

Like the water slides, it too was first introduced on Liberty of the Seas and was also added to Harmony of the Seas.


Fans of Japanese cuisine will relish meals at Izumi.  The restaurant is famous for fresh, quality made sushi as well as other traditional Japanese dishes.

Izumi has been added to many other Royal Caribbean ships over the years, and has become one of the most proliferated and popular specialty restaurants.

Addition of dry-aged steaks to Chops Grille

Royal Caribbean is capitalizing on the dry-aged steak fad, which is the process of hanging the meats and letting time and microbes do their magic to enhance the flavor of the beef.

Dry-aging beef takes time, usually 21-28 days, and as a result costs more money because the restaurant ties up cash in inventory that’s just sitting around, losing water weight and literally shrinking. The benefit is the flavors get concentrated, similar to how a reducing sauce becomes richer. It's become a big fad among steakhouses these days and Royal Caribbean wanted in on the action.

Adventure of the Seas is a Voyager-class cruise ship and is home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Erika's path forces Royal Caribbean to change itinerary of Adventure of the Seas


Royal Caribbean announced today that due to the path of Tropical Storm Erika, Adventure of the Seas is changing the itinerary for her current sailing.

Guests onboard Adventure of the Seas tell us the ship had planned to have a sea day on Thursday and visit St. Thomas on Friday but instead, the ship will visit Curacao tomorrow and have a sea day on Friday.

This is the second time this sailing of Adventure of the Seas has had her itinerary changed.  Last week, Royal Caribbean changed Adventure of the Seas' route to avoid Hurricane Danny.

Royal Caribbean also indicated they are monitoring Erika's path and changes could be coming to Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean will announce any further changes, with the next update coming on August 27 at 4pm.

Hurricane Danny changes itineraries for Adventure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas


Royal Caribbean announced this evening that due to the anticipated path of Hurricane Danny in the Atlantic, two Royal Caribbean cruise ships will have their itinerary changed.

Adventure of the Seas, which departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will not call on St. Johns, Antigua, Castries, St. Lucia and Bridgetown, Barbados this weekend.

Oasis of the Seas will also skip her scheduled Eastern Caribbean itinerary and instead, sail a Western Caribbean route with stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Royal Caribbean also indicated passengers sailing on Freedom of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Independence of the Seas to stay tuned for further updates if the storm's track will impact their itinerary.

Royal Caribbean is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Danny and will make further updates as needed.

Southampton welcomes back Independence and Adventure of the Seas


Southampton, England is welcoming back two Royal Caribbean ships for the summer 2014 season, Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas.  Their arrival kicks off the 2014 summer seasons for the second year in a row.

Adventure of the Seas arrived back on May 4th while Independence of the Seas will return on May 17.

Adventure of the Seas returns with new upgrades and features, including flat screen TVs in every stateroom. Giovanni's Table, Wi-Fi throughout the ship, a new Concierge Lounge for suite guests, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members and digital signage throughout the ship.

Adventure of the Seas will offer 7 to 16-night cruises around the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, in addition to shorter sailings closer to home.

Independence of the Seas will offer new itineraries, including more, shorter sailings such as  three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and four night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges.

The ship will also offer six night cruises to France and Spain, an eight-night cruise to Norway, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, plus 11 and 12-night Canary Islands cruises as part of its 2014 summer season.

Royal Caribbean offers refunds to Adventure of the Seas passengers


Royal Caribbean announced it will offer a full refund to all passengers on the March 23rd sailing of Adventure of the Seas and 50% off a future cruise after mechanical problems crippled the ship and forced it to remain in San Juan since Sunday.

Royal Caribbean did indicate Adventure of the Seas is planning on sailing as soon as possible, with stops in Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Croix as soon as possible.

Adventure of the Seas first reported a problem last week, when oil started leaking from one of its fixipods which required a signifigant decrease in propulsion.  The ship limped back to San Juan, where it has been ever since.

Passengers on last week's sailing and this week's sailing have been upset with Royal Caribbean over inconsistent communication.

Your opinion: How well did Royal Caribbean handle Adventure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas incidents this weekend?


Over the weekend, Royal Caribbean had two of its ships impacted by two very different issues and we want to know what your opinion of how Royal Caribbean handled these incidents.

Photo by Houston Chronicle

First was Adventure of the Seas, who had a propulsion problem where in the middle of her Southern Caribbean itinerary the ship encountered oil loss from one of her fixipod units that forced its shutdown.  The result was she had to skip a couple of ports and travel at a slower speed.  Adventure of the Seas made it back to port yesterday in San Juan, albeit delayed.

The other incident was Navigator of the Seas was delayed a number of hours from docking in Galveston due to an oil spill in the harbor.  The incident affected other cruise ships as well and Navigator of the Seas was not able to dock in Galveston and let off its passengers and take on the new passengers until late Sunday.

In both cases, Royal Caribbean is being accused by some of poor communications by the cruise line to its passengers in terms of keeping them updated.  Some say Royal Caribbean did not effectively keep passengers onboard and on shore updated with what was happening and what the future may hold.  On the other hand, others point out many of the variables were out of the company's hands and when they did know something, they conveyed it.

We want to know what your opinion is of how Royal Caribbean handled both situations.  Comment in this post if you think they handled it well or not and why!