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Sarah on Jun 22, 2016

New features and more planned for the Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas is getting a pretty big makeover this year! The ship will go into drydock and emerge in November, newly equipped with a huge array of new features, updated eateries, fresh decor and more.

A new Adventure
With a total of $61 million, this refurbishment is a big one and will give the Adventure of the Seas an entirely new lease on life. New entertainment features being added will bring the ship in line with some of the latest Royal Caribbean vessels, and include the following exciting additions:

  • Cyclone and Typhoon, dual racer waterslides for competitive thrillseekers.
  • The FlowRider surf simulator, featured on Ovation of the Seas and other big ships.
  • A children's Aquapark, Splashaway Bay.
  • Bolero's Latin Lounge where passengers can dance the night away.

Adventure of the seas waterpark

On the cuisine front, the rejuvenated Adventure of the Seas will receive an Izumi Japanese restaurant and a Chops Grille, the Royal Caribbean signature steakhouse.

Staterooms will be refreshed and updated across the ship, with more added and a brand new Suites Lounge for suite guests. Overall, the Adventure of the Seas should be looking good and ready to sail from San Juan in November 2016.

"We're thrilled to debut an array of new enhancements to one of our guest's most beloved ships" said the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley.  "The name Adventure says it all; this ship is packed with action, featuring a mix of signature features and innovations, including thrilling new waterslides and VOOM, the fastest internet at sea."

Royal Caribbean innovations
This fun-loving line is all about entertainment and extravagance, and they offer fabulous family holidays on their many exciting ships. Recently, the line has really stepped up the onboard innovation, with a flurry of new ships in Quantum Class and Oasis Class - including the Harmony of the Seas which was launched in April and announced in 2015 as the world's biggest cruise ship, the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas launched in 2014 and 2015 respectively (Cruise Sale Finder General Manager Ryan Posa took a look onboard the Quantum soon after its debut), and of course the Ovation of the Seas which will sail from Sydney during the upcoming Southern Hemisphere cruise season.

These amazing ships contain more new and inventive features than can be enumerated here - but here are a few of the favourite Royal Caribbean innovations - all of which will be coming Down Under on the Ovation of the Seas!

  • Bionic Bar: Ryan was especially taken with this when he cruised on the Quantum of the Seas. A robotic arm mixes your drink, ordered custom or classic on an iPad, and is released to you when you pay with a wristband. He said he hung around just to watch more orders being made!
  • VOOM Internet: This offers great packages at prices which are much improved on most previous cruise internet rates. Royal Caribbean also bills it as the "fastest internet service at sea!"
  • Ripcord by iFly: Have you ever wanted to try skydiving but are a bit apprehensive of jumping out of a plane? Here's your compromise, and you can do it without even getting off the ship. This simulator lets you experience the thrill in a safe, controlled wind tunnel environment.
  • SeaPlex: The largest sports complex at sea, this made its debut on the Quantum. Its genius is in its flexibility: at different times during the day, you can try your hand at basketball, rollerskating, a circus school and even bumper cars.


Although the new and improved Adventure of the Seas will sail from San Juan in the Caribbean, you can experience these Royal Caribbean innovations soon with cruises from Australia! Keep an eye out on the blog and the Cruise Sale Finder Facebook page for more Ovation of the Seas updates.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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