Our Thanksgiving Cruise on Adventure of the Seas – Part II

Royal Promenade on the Adventure of the Seas (2009)

The Adventure of the Seas is one of the Voyager Class ships, which has a Royal Promenade. In this area you can walk, shop, eat, drink, and have fun. The first picture is from our Southern Caribbean cruise in 2009 and the second is from our Thanksgiving cruise. Notice the absence of American flags? Since the cruise is in the Mediterranean, it was primarily Europeans on the ship.

Royal Promenade on the Adventure of the Seas (2010)

Feel like a quick pint at a pub? Stop at the Duck & Dog on the Royal Promenade.

Feel like ice skating? No need to bring your own skates as you can put on a pair here and go. This is the same rink that the ice show is performed on during the cruise.

Vivaldi (deck 3), Strauss (deck 4), and Mozart (deck 5) – Main Dining Rooms

The Windjammer offers passengers a relaxed dining atmosphere with a buffet whereas dinner in the three-story dining room nightly is a somewhat fancier affair. Who doesn’t like getting dressed up for a nice sit down dinner? We always choose My Time Dining, which allows diners the ability to dine when they choose. My Time seating is on the top level of the dining room as you can see here.

My son loves to order multiple appetizers and entrees as he has a voracious appetite, but after reading “Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties. One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships” by Brian David Bruns, I don’t think he ever will again. If you love to cruise or know someone that does, consider sharing this book with them.

Chowing down at Johnny Rockets!

If you think cruising is boring and all you do is eat at buffets and play shuffleboard, you are completely wrong. Fun is all around from the rock climbing wall, a 9-hole miniature golf course, golf simulator, in-line skating track, and the previously mentioned ice skating rink. Perhaps you are up for a burger? Why not head to Johnny Rockets? For $4.95 per person cover charge to get in, the food is free. If you have a hungry teenager like I do, this is the place to be. Enjoy the 50’s diner atmosphere complete with singing and dancing waiters and the food, well the food is fantastic. My son decided to go all out and ordered a triple cheeseburger, a bacon cheeseburger, a chocolate shake, and of course, the unlimited french fries and onion ringers and ate half of my veggie burger. He ate all that and then went and played basketball up on the sports deck. Unbelievable!

As with all of the Royal Caribbean ships, are incredible pieces of art all around you as well. The atrium has a large fiber optic sculpture rising several stories.

With our Diamond Status came an evening Diamond Event. On ships with a dedicated Diamond Lounge and ships without one, like the Adventure of the Seas, a Diamond Event offers Diamond Members something just for them. Before dinner we headed up to the lounge and enjoyed a glass of wine and each other’s company away from the crowds.

If you haven’t noticed, little things make me happy and every time I see Henry the vacuum cleaner onboard, it makes me smile.

Between the shows, onboard activities, the casino, and of course, the itinerary, we never slowed down on this cruise. It was nice to be back on a ship that we were familiar with, but on this cruise we also decided that it’s time to shake things up and try some other lines as well. You’ll have to wait and see where we go next.

Happy holidays everyone! We’ll be back after Christmas to cover our itinerary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Ajaccio, Corsica; and Toulon (Provence), France.

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