I recently had the opportunity and invite from Royal Caribbean for One Bold Night onboard the reimagined Adventure of the Seas. The Adventure of the Seas just came out of refurbishments and is making Cape Liberty, in Bayonne, NJ, its new homeport. She will be offering summer getaways and fall foliage escapes. The cruise line invited a whole slew of agents from the area to get a taste and feel of her new look with a one night onboard experience.
What can you find on this reimagined ship from Royal Caribbean’s Explorer class? There is plenty, from the waves of the Perfect Storm Water Slides to the rustic flavors of Giovanni’s Table. We covered a lot of ground exploring and sampling the ships activities and food options during our overnight stay. Two of my travel friends even gave the slides a go despite our unseasonable spring temps. Their rating 2 thumbs up on the fun scale. My personal sleeping quarters were one of the ocean view cabins. I personally loved how the bed was aligned beneath the windows. For me it seem to make the cabin more spacious though I would rate the mattress on the firm side. I also, liked the curved design of the shower doors which gave a bit more room in the stall for washing up.
Once on board, we were given a sort of scavenger hunt that took has from Deck 15 on down and every where in between. It was actually a very fun way to explore and cover the ship versus an organized tour. I was able to linger at areas I wanted more information on or to even try and taste them out. The sushi rolls from Izumi were great! I got to see The Perfect Storm, the Two-Story mini-golf course, the Sky Bar, the Adults Only Solarium, Giovanni’s Table, Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Chops Grille, a variety of staterooms and more! There is so much to explore and do on the this ship.
One of my favorite areas besides the Sky Bar and hot tubs was the Promenade Deck. Very cool dining, drinking and of course shopping here. They also have cabins that overlook this area. But beware, there could be a party going on, so if you go to bed early this might not be the room category for you. Oh and speaking of entertainment the ship has it all. There are Broadway shows, comedy, dance parties, casino, games and more. For me I always take in the late night comedy. Nothing better than getting a good laugh on. Our entertainer for the evening was Kivi Rogers. Another late night favorite spot after comedy is to hit the Blue Moon on Deck 14. Beautiful panoramic views of your place at sea. Partake in the Silent Party where everyone has headphones and you get complete control over you listening experience. And the handy daily Cruise Compass let’s you know what’s going on when and where. It’s up to you to do as little or as much as you like.
Let’s not forget the kids. Royal Caribbean has gone the extra nautical mile. There is an interactive aqua park just for the kids. Then their own program, the Adventure Ocean Youth Program with day-to-night activities for kids ages 3 to 11. And they haven’t forgotten the older crowd with activities and hangouts just for the teens ages 12-17. So much for everyone!
This is not a just a cruise. It’s a vacation with all the thrills. Racing waterslides, FlowRider, Aqua park and Adult Only Solarium to recharge. Add in dazzling bars, entertainment, and culinary delights you have a vacation the whole family can enjoy or even just mom and dad. Adventure of the Seas will be sailing from Cape Liberty May-September 2018 with a 7-night Bahamas cruise and October 2018-April 2019 from Fort Lauderdale with 6 and 8 night Easter Caribbean itineraries. Be sure to inquire about group pricing and get a whole gang of your friends together or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
If you are looking to see a variety of destinations while enjoying a variety of daily activities with only having to unpack once, then a cruise may be the ideal vacation experience for you. Discuss it with our planners to get the right match for your vacation.
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI.
She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.