Adventure of the Seas cruise ship concluded its inaugural voyage in November 2001. Credit: Royal Caribbean International/ PR Newswire.
Adventure of the Seas was built for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Credit: Thank You (24 Millions ) views/
The ship underwent another a $61m refurbishment in 2016, which marked the Royal Caribbean’s largest investment at that time. Credit: brookenovak/

Adventure of the Seas, the third among the five Voyager-Class cruise ships, was built at the MEYER TURKU shipyard in Finland for the Royal Caribbean cruise line and delivered in 2001.

The other vessels of the class were Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.

The $500m ship completed its maiden voyage in November 2001 and was first refurbished in 2009.

It underwent another $61m refurbishment in 2016 to increase the life of the vessel, ensuring operational reliability and optimising vessel maintenance.

Royal Caribbean invested more than $1bn for the modernisation of its fleet in four years under its fleet modernisation programme in 2018. However, the modernisation of Adventure of the Seas was postponed in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19.

Adventure of the Seas design and features

The cruise liner, with a gross tonnage of 137,276, has an overall length of 311.1m (1,020ft) and a generous breadth of 38.6m at waterline level, extending to 49.1m at the bridge wings. It has a draught of nine metres and a height of 72.3m from keel to the top of the funnel, featuring a total of 15 decks covering 137,000m² (1.52 million ft²) of deck area, including 15,400m² of outside deck space for passengers.

The ship has a capacity of 3,807 passengers and a crew capacity of 1,185 accommodated in 667 crew cabins. The total interior area is more than 90,000m², of which approximately 30,000m² is a public passenger area.

The ship features a horizontal walkway, the Royal Promenade, a shopping arcade spanning 120m and four decks, featuring bistros and bars, which was the first of its kind. The ship also has 11-deck-high centrums at each end.

Among the amenities on the ship are three pools, six whirlpools, the Royal Theatre, the peek-a-boo bridge walkway, an outdoor movie screen on the pool deck, a jogging track, an art and photo gallery, suite lounges, a library and card room, a Padi five-star dive centre, a medical centre, and VOOM® internet connection.

Following a refurbishment, the ship introduced new staterooms and suites along with enhanced entertainment venues and culinary options.


The ship offers 1,673 staterooms rooms, including suite staterooms, balcony staterooms, ocean view staterooms and interior staterooms, with main cabins on decks two and three. Stateroom sizes range from 15m² to 45m², with 242 rooms having ocean views and 638 featuring balconies. The ship has 125 suites.

Each stateroom includes luxurious bedding, a sitting area, an in-room safe, a private bath with a shower, a vanity area, a hairdryer, a mini-bar, 24-hour room service, a 19-inch TV and a phone. The majority of outside staterooms have verandas, and 15,500 seats are available for passengers – 5,300 in cabins and 2,000 on outer decks. Approximately 10% of the staterooms face the Royal Promenade with bay windows.

Dining options

The Adventure of the Seas has a variety of dining options, including a three-level main dining room with three separate and distinct themed dining areas.

The Windjammer Cafe serves global cuisines and American favourites, and Cafe Promenade, located on the multi-level Royal Promenade, serves coffee, snacks, pastries and sandwiches around the clock.

Other speciality restaurants onboard are Chops Grille for a steakhouse experience, Giovanni’s Table serving Italian flavours, Asian-inspired Izumi and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Chef’s Table offers a five-course meal paired with wine presented by the executive chef, while Johnny Rockets serves all American favourites. Other complimentary dining options include Island Grill.

Among the bars and lounges onboard are Blue Moon, Boleros, Cloud Nine, Imperial Lounge, Pool Bar and the Viking Crown Lounge.

Entertainment onboard Adventure of the Seas

The ship has four types of conference centres on deck two. The event spaces on the ship include the Lyric Theater with a 1,362 seating capacity, the 350-seat Star Lounge, the 141-seat Viking Crown Lounge and the 39-seat Skylight Wedding Chapel. The Lyric Theater offers Broadway-style shows, guest musical performances, live comedy and more. Studio B-Ice Rink, the 904-seat theatre, has 25kW of power for sound equipment and 18kW for lighting equipment. A 900-seat arena hosts a variety of shows, including ice shows and ice skating.

Outdoor event spaces include the pool deck and the solarium at deck 11, a rock-climbing wall, a sports court, in-line skating and a nine-hole mini golf course, Adventure Dunes, at deck 13. The solarium is an adults-only relaxing indoor-outdoor space positioned at the front of the ship. The crystal canopy area of the solarium offers stunning views and maintains warmth along with swimming pools, whirlpools and lounge areas.

Sports facilities include an outdoor sports deck complete with golf course, driving range and golf simulators, as well as a rollerblade track and a full-sized sports court for basketball, paddleball and volleyball. The vessel has large facilities for children and teens, such as Adventure Ocean, a children’s aquapark, Splashaway Bay, Arcade and the Optix teen disco. Adventure Ocean entertains the whole family with poolside movie nights, themed parties and activities for children.

The ship also has the 9,623ft² Casino Royale bar. The smoke-free casino has 291 slots and 16 tables. The ship has 15 bars, clubs, and lounges in total. It offers full-service Vitality at Sea Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. The spa features treatment rooms and a beauty salon, while the fitness centre has exercise machines, equipment and an aerobics area. It offers fitness facilities by Technogym and conducts yoga and Tai Chi classes.

Additional fresh concepts are a top-tier music hall, a popular destination for karaoke enthusiasts and a lounge-style nightclub, elevating the nightlife experience of passengers.


The power facilities are based on those of a diesel-electric power station, which has six Wartsila 12V46C engines that generate a total power of 75,600kW. The ship’s total propulsion power is 42,000kW.

The propulsion machinery consists of three azimuthing electric 14MW Azipod podded electric propulsion units. The two units on the sides have azimuth thrusters while the one at the centreline is a fixed unit.

It incorporates an electric AC motor, located inside the propeller pod, which directly drives a fixed-pitch propeller. Four 3MW tunnel thrusters are in the bow. Dynamic positioning systems ensure no anchoring is needed in sensitive coral areas.

Adventure of the Seas upgradation

The modernisation project for the Adventure of the Seas in 2016 was undertaken by ABB, which provided installation, commissioning and testing services.

The scope of the refurbishment included the upgradation of the PSR Cycloconverter Drive control platform to the AMC34 platform and the upgradation of the AC110 propulsion control platform to the AC800M propulsion control platform. The modernisation included the new touch-screen propulsion control panels with good functionality and clear graphics.

The ship has a remote diagnostic system for future remote connectivity between the vessel and ABB integrated operations centres at the shoreside, which offer 24/7 service.