Royal Caribbean’s ships offer so many things to do, you might feel tempted to even skip port shore excursions. As many longtime cruise fans will tell you, “sea days” (days when the ship is sailing between ports) can be the best part of your cruise vacation.
If you’re planning to take a cruise on Royal Caribbean, you should know that it offers something for everyone – from kids to teens to active adults and even grandparents. No one of any age can feel bored aboard a Royal Caribbean ship with so many activities to choose from, whatever your taste in fun.
If you’re new to cruising, or haven’t sailed with Royal Caribbean yet, here’s a preview of the many things you can enjoy while sailing with this cruise line.
One thing to note is that the list below represents the things you can do across the cruise line. Unfortunately, not all the features listed are available on every Royal Caribbean ship. Don’t worry, however. You can ask your travel agent or call the cruise line to see which ships offer the features you want.
Use this list to help you decide in advance which of the many cruise experiences you absolutely don’t want to miss…
Get your adrenaline pumping!
There’s no better way to kick off your cruise than to kick workday worries to the curb with some high-energy fun. You can skydive, zipline, rock climb, soar above the ship, ride standing waves… and more. What other type of travel offers so many options?
Plunge down a waterslide
If you can’t remember the last time you felt exhilarated, you owe it to yourself to enjoy one of Royal Caribbean’s waterslides. They are a fun way to get wet while on the ship. Want to stay dry? Check out the Ultimate Abyss on the cruise line’s largest ships. While not a waterslide, it still takes you plunging down ten stories, making it the tallest slide at sea.
Skydive without an airplane
If you’re attracted by the adrenaline rush of skydiving, but not sure if you want to jump out of an airplane, try RipCord by iFly on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships. This skydiving simulator lets you experience the excitement of defying gravity, safely floating on air within a wind tunnel on the deck of your ship.
Go rock climbing
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, you can strap in and go vertical – as high as 40 feet above deck. This complimentary activity will give you boasting rights when you tell your friends that your vacation had you climbing the wall in the middle of the ocean.
Polish your surfing skills on FlowRider
Royal Caribbean’s popular surfing simulator allows guests to experience what it’s like to ride a wave… without having to plunge into the ocean. FlowRider supports both traditional surfing and boogie board style surfing. Surfing on a FlowRider is complimentary with your fare. For an additional fee, you can also book private surfing lessons.
Zipline across the ship
Imagine flying across the ship, suspended from a zipline ten decks up. You can do it on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels such as Harmony of the Seas. Like many other shipboard activities, this one is included in your fare.
Ride the North Star
If you’re sailing aboard one of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships, make sure you experience this unique attraction. The North Star observation pod extends upwards and over the side of the ship so passengers can take in a 360-degree view from 300 feet in the air. You can even arrange to get married in the North Star!
Sing, shop, skate – and more!
Being on a cruise means feeling carefree. Sing your heart out, shop ‘til you drop, glide across the ice.
Indulge in some retail therapy
Royal Caribbean’s Royal Promenades are one of the things fans love about this cruise line. Aboard a Royal Caribbean vessel, you’ll find a wide range of shopping options here, including fine jewelry, fashion, luxury watches and beauty items including names like TAG Heuer, Hublot, BVLGARI, Tom Ford, and Bobbi Brown. No need to bring cash. You can put everything on your room keycard and pay at the end of the trip.
Join in a piano sing-along
The Schooner Bar, one of the Royal Caribbean signature venues found on every ship, offers a relaxed, nautical vibe along with a piano bar. Enjoy your favorite beverage as you join in an old-fashioned sing-along to well-known songs.
Sing your heart out at karaoke club
One of the nice things about a cruise is that you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself. After all, once the cruise is over you won’t likely see these people again! So let your talent shine onstage at Royal Caribbean’s On Air Club. Grab a mic and show off your vocal chops, singing one of your favorite hit songs.
Twirl and glide across the ice
One of the many ways Royal Caribbean offers passengers more than they is expect is by doing things that seem impossible on a cruise ship. In this case, how about a shipboard ice-skating rink? Everyone from kids to grownups can strap on a pair of skates and glide…