Four Royal Caribbean cruise ships sail from Galveston, Texas – Liberty of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Grandeur of the Seas.
Adventure of the Seas
Adventure of the Seas sails regular 4 and 5-night cruises from Galveston to Cozumel and Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico.
Adventure of the Seas was undated in 2016, receiving a new set of duel racer slides, the FlowRider surf simulator, a special aquapark for kids, and several new dining options, including Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Chops Grill steakhouse, and Boleros Latin Lounge.
Adventure of the Seas stateroom options include Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, and Suites.
In addition to the main dining room, guests may choose to enjoy dining at Giovanni’s Table for Italian cuisine, Chops Grille for steaks, Windjammer for a casual selection of dishes from around the world, fresh sushi at Izumi, or fast casual favorites at Johnny Rockets.
Entertainment options on Adventure of the Seas are extensive. There is no shortage of shows and activities to keep cruisers busy. This an ice show and live music and dance productions in the ship’s theaters. Stay in shape with fitness classes and sports deck fun. Enjoy swimming in the pool by day and attend a poolside dance party or movie night in the evening. Take a Latin dance class and then try out your newly-learned moves at the ship’s Boleros Latin-themed lounge. You can try your skill at the arcade for fun – or at the casino for cash!
Liberty of the Seas
Liberty of the Seas sails regular 7-night cruises to Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Belize from Galveston. Liberty of the Seas cruises to Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Belize City, Belize.
Go surfing without going ashore with the Liberty’s “Flow Rider” surf pool. The H2O Zone waterpark has sculpture fountains, geysers and a waterfall surrounding the excessively fun pools and water slides. Test your pugilistic skills (or find some with the help of an experiencing boxing instructor) in the Everlast boxing ring. Unleash your inner Dorothy Hamill on the ice skating rink or trek to the upper reaches of the ship on the rock climbing wall. Relax in a slightly edgy way in the solarium’s whirlpools that hang out 12 feet over the edge of the ship.
Accommodations come in four classes: Suite/Deluxe, Balcony, Outside and Interior. There’s enough to do aboard Liberty that you may not mind the savings that come with an interior room – or maybe you’re ready to go the luxury route with a stay in one of the ship’s Royal, Presidential Family or Owners suites?
Dining options on the Liberty of the Seas include the elegant main dining room, Chops Grille, Sabor Modern Mexican, and Giovanni’s Table Italian restaurant. Casual eating options can be found in the “Windjammer Cafe” (buffet with salads, burgers, etc.); more burgers in the 50’s diner “Johnny Rockets”; and pizza, pizza and more pizza at “Sorrento’s”. Anytime is dessert time at the Cupcake Cupboard.
Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas will begin sailing from Galveston in November of 2022. With a passenger capacity of 5,400, Allure of the Seas is significantly larger than other cruise ships sailing out of Galveston. The ship is so large that a new cruise terminal was constructed to accommodate the Allure and other Oasis Class ships.
Allure of the Seas is packed with the fun activities that Royal Caribbean is known for. For thrill-seekers, there’s an onboard zip line, a rock climbing wall, FlowRider surf simulator, and Perfect Storm water slides. Dance the night away at one of the ship’s lounges or poolside dance parties (dance classes are available). Or kick back and relax at the adults-only Solarium retreat or Vitality Spa.
Family-friendly activities include an H20 Zone Water Park just for kids, a teens-only lounge, and the Imagination Studio crafting center. The whole family can enjoy the arcade, mini golf, poolside movies, and ice skating (yes, the Allure has an ice skating rink!). There’s an onboard carousel for the little ones. Kids even have their own stage at the Adventure Ocean Theater where they can take part in a kids-only production or talent show.
For your entertainment, the Allure of the Seas has some fun options! The ship’s Aquatheater features aquatic aerialists and acrobats and the ship’s ice rink puts on an ice skating show. Allure also offers Broadway-style musical productions. Plus, you’ll find live music and dancing at many of the ships bars and lounges.
Allure of the Seas has plenty of dining options, both complimentary and specialty pay-as-you-go. The Allure’s specialty dining options include Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, Sabor modern Mexican, Giovanni’s Table for rustic Italian, elegant dining at 150 Central Park, Chops Grille, Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, and Johnny Rockets for fun, casual American fare.
Allure also provides an impressive line-up of commentary food options that are included with your basic cruise fare. The casual Windjammer is the place to go for an included breakfast or lunch and offers a wide variety of dishes from around the world. The Main Dining Room has a rotating menu so you can go back again and again and always enjoy something new. The Dog House has a fun selection of hot dogs, sausages, and toppings available for snacks, lunch, and dinner. The Solarium Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Mediterranean flare in the ship’s sunny Solarium. Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours a day for coffee and tasty snacks and sandwiches. And Sorrento’s Pizza is available for lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks.
One of the nice things about larger ships such as the Allure of the Seas is that you get a wider variety of stateroom types to choose from. The special cabin class on the Allure is the Royal Suite Class. Royal Suite Class offers some amazing stateroom options such as the spectacular Royal Loft, plus special services and amenities.
Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas sails from Galveston beginning in May of 2022, replacing Adventure of the Seas in the Galveston line-up. Grandeur of the Seas offers 4 & 5-night cruises to Mexico.
Grandeur of the Seas was originally launched in 1996 and received a refurbishment in 2012. The ship has a maximum guest passenger capacity of 1,950. As one of the smaller and older ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Grandeur of the Seas does not offer all the bells and whistles you’ll find on the new mega ships, but for many cruisers, that’s a good thing! This known for friendly service and many guests find the smaller-sized ship easier to get around on.
Grandeur of the Seas has a large pool deck for swimming and sunning during the day and enjoying poolside movies in the evening. For active fun at sea, there is a rock climbing wall, a gym with a view (and fitness classes), and table tennis.
You can fill your evenings with a variety of entertainment, including Broadway-style productions, dancing at Club Twenty, live music at the ship’s bars and lounges, and poolside parties. Grandeur also has a good-sized casino where you can try you luck at games of chance.
A favorite spot to relax on Grandeur of the Seas is the ship’s Solarium, an adults-only retreat with its own pool and whirlpools.
Grandeur of the Seas dining options include the Main Dining Room, the casual Windjammer, Park Cafe, Izumi Shushi and Hot Rocks, Chops Grille, and Cafe Latte-tudes.