BAR HARBOR — Appearing to dwarf the Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay, Adventure of the Seas dropped anchor for its inaugural visit here on Monday at 7 a.m.
The ship will visit Bar Harbor eight more times this season.
On board later in the morning, Bar Harbor Historical Society Curator Deborah Dyer and Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Martha Searchfield presented the ship’s captain, Krzysztof Szynkarczuk, with a plaque, two Maine lobsters and a case of Atlantic Brewing Company’s Old Soaker root beer and blueberry soda.
The small group of Bar Harbor business owners and representatives also were given a tour of the ship.
The 1,020-foot, 15-deck ship was launched by Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean in November 2001 after being built for $500 million at Kværner Masa-Yards shipyard in Finland.
Onboard amenities include a 1,900-seat dining hall, a casino, a shopping mall and an art gallery. There are a total of 1,671 boarding rooms for passengers.
The ship was renovated in 2016 to add 100 more rooms. Trips on Adventure of the Seas that visit Bar Harbor range from $649 per person to $1,639 per person, according to the company’s website.
The ship’s restaurant selection changes depending on the market it is serving. Adventure of the Seas was recently in China, but before this trip stateside, a Johnny Rockets’ burger joint was swapped in.
A dedicated children’s play area can be spotted from shore, boasting a rock climbing wall, a full-sized basketball court, a surfing wave pool and two waterslides.
A 700-person theater hosts plays, comedians or musicians, but also can be converted to an ice rink.
The ship was carrying about 3,600 passengers and crew, according to ships’ officers, but capacity is 3,114 passengers and 1,185 crew members.
Adventure of the Seas’ next visit is July 2 and its last visit is Oct. 15.