Royal Caribbean is known for its wide variety of entertainment options, from world-class musicals and state-of-the-art casinos to more uncommon attractions like laser tag and surf simulators.
If you are thinking of a family cruise vacation soon or in the future, know that Royal Caribbean can help you fill your days at sea with adventure and excitement.
Tallest Slide at Sea
Royal Caribbean always goes above and beyond, so it should come as no surprise that the cruise line owns and operates the tallest slide at sea. The Ultimate Abyss plummets guests 10 stories down. Riders sit on a special mat that helps ensure they hit top speed (9 mph) as they slip and slide through tunnels outfitted with flashing lights and audio speakers that spit out sound effects and music.
Escape rooms are an incredibly popular attraction these days, and Royal Caribbean brings some of the most sophisticated and thrilling versions of this group adventure puzzle game to the table. In Escape the Rubicon, on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, guests must work together to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to make it off the ship, but they will also enjoy a special twist to a traditional escape room with the incorporation of a theater-like production into the surroundings. Without giving too much away, your team of friends, family and other guests boards the S.S. Rubicon, uniquely outfitted with hidden clues and a mystery that must be unraveled before time runs out. Guests can also try the all-new Observatorium on the recently renovated Independence of the Sea. In this planetary puzzler, teams have 60 minutes to beat the clock and solve mind-bending space-themed games and teasers.
Shows and Entertainment
In the world of at-sea entertainment, Royal Caribbean is second to none. No matter when or from where you set sail, you are sure to have an itinerary packed with dazzling live performances, which could include Tony Award-winning musicals, dance productions, ice skating shows and so much more. The latest offerings aboard Royal Caribbean vessels are “Grease,” “Mama Mia” and “Hairspray.” On Oasis-class ships (click here to learn more about Royal Caribbean ship classes), guests can also book a seat at the Aqua Theater, the deepest pool at sea, flanked by two 30-foot-high diving boards where aquatic acrobats thrill all those in attendance.
What fun would a vacation be without a little intergalactic interaction? In Battle for Planet Z, kids (and parents!) can venture to a galaxy far, far away, where the last remaining humans on a robot-dominated planet must battle with a troop of invading aliens from a distant planet. This glow-in-the-dark laser tag game is for guests ages 5 and up, but the whole family can get in on the action aboard many Royal Caribbean ships, including Symphony of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and more.
Make Your Own Sushi
Foodies rejoice! Royal Caribbean has something for everybody and that includes food aficionados. Take, for instance, the make-your-own sushi classes aboard most Royal Caribbean ships. You and your crew can learn from a chef and you don’t even need any prior cooking experience. Discover the origins and history of the famed fish and rice dish before diving into creating three rolls with the help of a sushi expert. Be sure to log your progress with the help of waitstaff who are happy to take your photo step by step. This fun and tasty class is one delicious and pleasant experience.
The North Star
Royal Caribbean is constantly raising the bar and that expression is taken to the extreme both figuratively and literally with the North Star, a glass-enclosed pod attached to a mechanical arm that lifts riders 300 feet above sea level for spectacular views. Available on Quantum-class ships, this futuristic gondola ride can fit 14 passengers and lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. Best yet, those with Royal’s Voom Wi-Fi package can use it aboard the North Star so there is no delay in firing out your favorite photos and videos to social media. Guests 42 inches and taller can ride (48 inches to ride alone). Adults can drop by the North Star Bar afterward to celebrate time well spent and photos well taken.
Speaking of bars, the Bionic Bar robot bartenders aboard Royal Caribbean ships have been making waves ever since their debut on the Quantum of the Seas several years ago. These Italian-built robots can mix, muddle, stir and shake up countless cocktail concoctions from the 30 spirits and 21 mixers behind the bar. The robots stir up more than 1,000 drinks per day, and guests can watch a digital board next to the bar to see when their drink is ready. For ultimate convenience, you can pick up your drink directly from the robotic bartender or have waitstaff deliver it to you at your table.
When you think surfing, you think ocean, but not necessarily like this. Royal Caribbean’s 40-foot-long surf simulator called the Flowrider lets you hang 10 while your family and friends are close enough to see the smile on your face. Children 52 inches and taller can boogie board on the waves, while guests must be 58 inches tall to attempt the stand-up surfing. Various packages and private lessons are available, but however you go about it, you’re sure to carve some epic crests.
One last attraction that has to be mentioned is the nightlife aboard all Royal Caribbean ships. Whether it’s a drink on the deck during sunset or the neon-lit iFly skydiving simulator after dark, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. If you love slot machines, blackjack and roulette, know you can find some of the best casinos at sea aboard Royal Caribbean ships. Of course, what else would you expect from the leader of at-sea entertainment.
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