"Adventure" for Kids of All Ages by Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Friendly Facilities
The Adventure of the Seas and her sister ships Voyager and Explorer
family friendly for children over three who are potty trained. Actually,
think these ships are best suited for kids five and up, who are
old enough to
try some of the ship's more unique activities such as the rock climbing
nine-hole miniature golf course, ice skating rink, and Adventure
spiral slide and three splash pools. Children must be 46 inches
tall to ride
At eight years old, my daughter was the perfect age to enjoy all
has to offer. She and my husband climbed the rock wall a few times
it to be challenging and a good bonding experience. We really enjoyed
show that was put on a few times during the cruise. The music appealed
wide range of ages and the skaters' stunts were breathtaking. Unfortunately,
we did not take advantage of the family skate sessions because we
ran out of
time--and because we didn't bring any long pants, which are required
Many facilities appeal to more of a pre-teen and teenager audience,
the in-line skating track and the basketball/volleyball court. Obviously
game and video arcade is a big hit with this age group too, offering
than 50 gaming options. Make sure you discuss monetary limits on
your children, because they could really do damage to your final
The Royal Promenade is a large, indoor pedestrian mall area with
cafe, pubs, and sidewalk entertainers. The Krooze Komics entertained
of times there after dinner, and families enjoyed some impromptu
their little ones to the bands featured in the Royal Promenade.
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There are a number of eating options offering food round the clock
French-styled Cafe; Promenade. Families enjoy Johnny Rockets
hamburger eatery, where the servers dance to oldies music periodically.
daughter loved the Windjammer Caf‚, which always had kid favorites
including hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, pizza, and large cookies.
waiters in the main three-level dining room were very friendly and
with special orders for Alex as well as the baby.
The ship has a number of family staterooms that can accommodate
five or more.
These go quickly, though, so book early if you are traveling with
four people in your stateroom. Luckily, the average stateroom on
is larger than on the older Royal Caribbean ships such as the Sovereign,
Monarch and Majesty of the Seas.
For those with strollers, there is plenty of deck space to walk
little one. I enjoyed taking Ethan out for a morning stroll on Deck
If your children do partake in the youth program and you find some
to yourself, grab a chair at the solarium--my favorite spot on the
tranquil pool and lounge area is attractively decorated in tiles
a Venetian spa and the pool is "adults only."
The bigger the ship, the more extensive the options are. The main
with a ship of this size is that embarkation in San Juan was the
ever experienced. Luckily, baby Ethan is a trooper, since it took
two hours to board the ship from the time we got off the bus at
There are some chairs in the terminal, but we waited about an hour
the heat before even getting into the terminal. Hopefully Royal
will work on this so that those with little ones are not put off
by the long,
Once we explored this huge, action-packed ship, all thoughts of
embarkation lines were quickly forgotten. They were quickly replaced
unique memories of our fun-filled, family "Adventure."