Review of Adventure Of The Seas deck 5 (Promenade-Lobby-Shops-Helideck)
The fore-located Helideck (helicopter-landing platform) serves as Observation Deck and is accessible to passengers. This Outdoor Deck area has a helipad used in cases of medical emergencies. Here are also held outdoor Yoga classes (at surcharge).
Royal Promenade is a huge interior (shopping mall-like) area linking both atriums (forward and aft). Royal Promenade (length 395 ft / 120 m) is designed to resemble a street - with multiple bars, restaurants, shops and numerous overlooking Atrium Promenade cabins on the decks above. Signature entertainment events here are live performers’ shows (jugglers, comics), nightly organized parades (with DreamWorks characters meets and greets /photo ops). The Royal Caribbean’s Royal Promenade (as a cruise ship design concept) is a technical wonder and an astonishing naval architecture achievement.
Royal Promenade Shops is a shopping arcade with name-brand boutiques selling at duty-free prices luxury fashion-accessories, perfumes-cosmetics, gifts-jewelry, watches-glasses, Royal Caribbean logo merchandise (souvenirs, toys, ship models). There is also a General Store for conveniences, liquor and tobaccos.
Card Room (starboard) is a cards-playing dedicated lounge, that also doubles as the ship's Library.
Imperial Lounge (capacity 350 seats) is the ship’s second main show lounge with dance floor and its own full-service bar. The lounge hosts daily art auctions, bingo sessions, karaoke, popular game shows, dance lessons.
Connoisseur Cigar Club (capacity 28 seats) is the ship’s smoking-allowed lounge bar with a cigar humidor and comfortable sitting. Here can be purchased at duty-free prices fine cigars, accessories, quality cigar and pipe tobaccos, as well as premium liquors by the glass. The room’s age restriction is 18+ years old. This is a quiet place to relax and enjoy sophisticated drinks, and also to meet interesting people and share discussions. ”Cigars under the Stars” (pre-scheduled night events) are occasionally offered at some of the outdoor bars – ask the club’s manager about it.
Cafe Promenade (menu, 105 seats) is a complimentary, quick-food eatery (patisserie-brasserie-cafe bar) open 24-hours for snacks and drinks. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, cookies, pastries, muffins, cheesecake (Lollipops), ice cream. Free of charge beverages are coffee, tea, water (dispenser). Starbucks drinks cost extra (payments via Starbucks cards / phone app are also accepted). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 - Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocoate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75).
Ben & Jerry’s (ice-cream parlor) is a small, premium ice cream shop (capacity 9 seats) where all delights cost extra. The shop offers fresh-baked waffle cones.
Duck and Dog Pub (menu, 75 seats) is a traditional English/Irish pub bar with indoor and outdoor seating (onto the Royal Promenade). The bar’s menu offers a selection of draught beers, ales, international beers, cocktails, spirits. The pub has a large TV, dartboard, and offers as entertainment darts tournaments and live music performances (by a guitarist-singer duo) in the evenings.
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour assistance, information, bookings/reservations, luggage and cashier services.
Shore Excursions Desk provides information on Royal Caribbean cruise tours and excursions (sponsored ashore), also planning and tour booking services.
Champagne Bar (capacity 58 seats) is a classy wine bar (at surcharge per person) decorated with fine woods, glass and art sculptures. Wine tastings are hosted in the evenings, offering premium wines by the glass and professional sommelier service.
Gravity Bar (capacity 93 seats) is a sports bar with large TVs showing live sporting events, including NFL games, football, hockey, championships. The sports bar offers drinks (nonalcoholic, beers, spirits) and light snacks.
Cupcake Cupboard (open 11 am - 11 pm, 14 seats) is the ship’s bakery shop for cupcakes (a la carte priced). Cupcakes are fresh baked daily, large-sized, with rich frosting and in many different flavors and fun designs. During the scheduled cupcake decorating classes (30-min, for kids and adults), passengers can design their own cupcakes with icing, sprinkles, colored sugar and other toppings. Participants in the classes get bonus points in the dessert checklist.
Mozart Restaurant is an aft-located complimentary Dining Room (capacity 544 seats) serving Dinner only. Club Dining is with 2 fixed sittings (at 6 or 8:30 pm). Your Time Dining is between 6-9:30 pm.
Izumi Japanese Cuisine (menu, starboard) is the RCI’s signature pan-Asian cuisine specialty restaurant with mostly traditional Japanese dishes (sushi-teppanyaki-hibachi, tableside cooking). The restaurant is a la carte priced and open for Lunch (seadays only, between 12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6-9:30 pm). Reservations are required. The menu includes sushi rolls, signature rolls, sashimi (2- or 5-piece, also combo platter), sukiyaki, yakimeshi, ishiyaki (grill / chicken, beef), wakame salad (seaweed), pan-fried gyoza dumplings, hot/cold appetizers, premium seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster, eel, crab), desserts (ice cream, pancake, caramel flan, dessert sampler) and specialty drinks (cocktails, beer, sake selection). Edamame soybeans and miso soup are complimentary. Izumi has Teppanyaki menu (for iron griddle-cooked food) and Omakase menu (Chef’s choice).
Izumi Express is the Royal Caribbean’s new “sushi to go” option available fleetwide since 2016. The “take-out sushi” is fresh-made and of premium quality. The new option is a great choice for families with kids (avoiding the formal sit-down meal) and for all passengers willing to enjoy this popular Japanese food somewhere else on the cruise ship (incl in their cabins). Izumi Express sushi ordering is via phone (any one on the ship, incl the cabins) and also by going to the Izumi restaurant and placing your order there. Guests can order any item from Izumi’s sushi menu during the restaurant’s operational hours. The staff takes the order and provides a time window to pick it up (usually within 10-15 min). Meals are in to-go containers (plastic, transparent) and conveniently bagged up. Quick and easy takeaway service is provided by the new Izumi Express carts (colored in black) offering up to 8 pre-packaged sushi rolls.