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Adventure of the Seas Facts & Figures
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When we board Adventure of the Seas at around 12.15 pm, embarkation of the maiden voyage passengers has just started. As I have learned from previous cruises the Windjammer Café is the place where the first F.O.O.D. will be served, which means it will be crowded pretty soon. By the time we get up to deck 11, the doors have just opened and that means lunch is served!

The Windjammer Café and the adjacent Island Grill are carbon copies of the same areas on older sister Explorer of the Seas, with pretty dark blue carpets, offset by black and white marble flooring and off-white whicker furniture. There are four serving lines, with separate "islands" for fruit, desserts, ice cream and tea/coffee. While the tropical/nautical decor of both Windjammer Café and Island Grill is very pleasing, the design of the room is such that the buffet areas (and the people patiently waiting in line) are in sight no matter where you choose to sit. And even though the views over land or sea are breathtaking through floor-to-ceiling windows, I do sorely miss a place to sit outside and enjoy the sea air while enjoying breakfast or lunch.

Atrium art

All the way aft past the first buffet line is the Island Grill, decorated in a pleasing Caribbean style. While serving the exact same dishes, the Island Grill breathes a more casual atmosphere than the more formal-looking port and starboard sections. With the Windjammer Café being open virtually around the clock,  there is no need to go hungry.

In the evening hours, between 6:30 and 9:30 pm, the port side of the Windjammer is transformed into a casual eatery for guests not wishing to dine in the main dining room. On the starboard side, adjacent to the Windjammer Café, is Portofino, RCI's award-winning specialty restaurant. Decked out in burgundy and beige, the 88-seat Portofino serves up a long list of Italian specialties in an upscale atmosphere. Both service and food quality are downright fantastic here, but having dinner here comes at a price as the cruise line charges a cover charge at Portofino.

Atrium art

Over thick, new carpets we make our way down to deck 9. Here, directly adjoining the aft Centrum is the plush Concierge Club. Passengers booked in suite accom-modations and Platinum members of Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society can relax here, enjoy a drink and a snack.

 Some years ago, Royal Caribbean was one of the first cruise lines to install complete Internet Cafes on all of their ships and on Adventure of the Seas, the space dedicated to virtual communication is larger than on any of their other ships.  From a mini-atrium in the middle of Royal Caribbean Online you can look down into the Library on deck 7. Through floor-to-ceiling sound-proofed windows you can overlook the stunning 394 ft (120 m) long Royal Promenade. Done in very elegant wood paneling, with dark red oversized leather chairs and couches (you can easily disappear in one!), the library is the home to hundreds of books that can be checked out 24 hours a day using an honor system. One deck lower you will find the Business Services Lounge. Done in eclectic yellow and dark blue, with teak accents, this is the place to book another RCI cruise or sign up for the "Cyber Cabin" program. A few impressive looking desks are scattered around the room, with four large ship models of Adventure's fleet mates, while an open balcony juts out into the Royal Promenade like the prow of a Viking ship. It's quite beautiful, and a prime location to watch people coming and going one deck down.

Island Grill

Windjammer Café
Island Grill

Windjammer Café

Island Grill

Windjammer Café

Portofino Italian Restaurant

Portofino Italian Restaurant

Looking down into the Royal Promenade

Stairwell art

Royal Caribbean Online

Library

Royal Promenade

Library

Stairwell art

Business Services Lounge

 

All photos and text: © 2001-2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

Originally published on December 2, 2001. This revised version with new photos was launched on November 29, 2004.