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Adventure of the Seas Facts & Figures
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On deck 5 forward, we enter another world. Located directly beneath The Lyric, we stumble across Adventure of the Seas' secondary showroom. Two large Foo dogs guard the marble-clad passageway that leads to the entrance of the Imperial Lounge. This is a wildly exotic place, rich with Chinese and Japanese influences and used for late night dancing and "smaller" functions like the Crown & Anchor Repeaters Party. 

The 355-seat Imperial Lounge has a bar on port side, a audio/visual control room on starboard side, and a large dance floor all the way forward. The layout is simple and angular, quite different from the curved forms of Royal Caribbean's Vision-class lounges.
Café Promenade
Café Promenade
Café Promenade

Café Promenade on the starboard side of the Royal Promenade is another design jewel. The Café Promenade acts as the ship's social heart, with coffee, tea, pastries and snacks available 24 hours a day. The French sidewalk cafe setting is very inviting and what can be nicer than sitting sitting "outside" on the pavement in the Royal Promenade watching the world and your fellow passengers go by? Alternatively, you can  find a seat "inside", in between many old French posters, colorful carpeting and stark black, red and yellow walls.

Finally it's time to discover all that the Royal Promenade holds in store for us. First implemented in two Scandinavian overnight ferries, RCI has taken the idea of an indoor "street" even further by adding more entertainment and shopping options. The 120 m (394 ft) long and four deck high promenade is indeed a marvel of modern shipbuilding. Overlooked by three levels of cabins and topped by an illuminated ceiling that changes color depending on the time of day, the Royal Promenade is a bit like an indoor version of Magic Kingdom's Main Street.
Gravity Sports Bar
Gravity Sports Bar
Gravity Sports Bar

But instead of gingerbread houses occupied by the likes of M. Mouse and D. Duck, Royal Caribbean has opted for an upscale European street scene, with a choice of shops, pubs, bars and cafes. The result is stunning, inspiring and unique in the cruise industry. Are we actually on a ship? It's hard to realize that this whole village street travels the Caribbean at 21 knots! Although cleverly overcome by the illuminated ceiling, there is no contact with the outside world on the Promenade and without being able to see the sea, the illusion of being ashore is complete.

After leaving Café Promenade, we pass a selection of boutiques. On a typical one-week cruise, three parades are staged on the Promenade featuring the Cruise Staff and entertainers. With great sound and light effects, these parades are big fun and make maximum use of the unlimited entertainment possibilities of the Royal Promenade. Placed strategically opposite each other on the Royal Promenade are two attractive bar areas. On port side is the Duck & Dog, an "olde English pub" complete with hanging flower baskets, stained glass windows, and a long wooden bar counter. Across the street, Gravity is a completely different affair.Adventure of the Seas' Sports Bar and it is WILD! The antique Citroën convertible parked in front contrasts fantastically with the "cartoon-green" tables and chairs. Of special interest here is one of the walls, which is completely decorated in ... golf balls! Further forward, you will find the Guest Relations Desk and shore excursion desk on starboard side, while on port side you will stumble across the Champagne Bar. First introduced on the "Sovereign" class ships, the Champagne Bar is now a standard feature on Royal Caribbean ships. Despite the installation of a few large round portholes (looking out over lifeboats), the Champagne Bar feels rather dark and cavernous. 

Forward Centrum

Imperial Lounge

Imperial Lounge

The Duck & Dog Pub

Connoisseur Club

Entrance to Imperial Lounge
Imperial Lounge

Imperial Lounge

The Dug & Dog Pub

Royal Promenade

Car parked in front of Gravity Sports Bar

Royal Promenade

Gravity Sports Bar

Royal Promenade with mannequin

Royal Promenade

Champagne Bar

 

All photos and text: © 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.