World-class entertainment, sports of all varieties, endless poolside time: it could be tempting to spend the entirety of your Royal Caribbean International cruise on board the ship. However, you can pair many of the ship’s action-packed or more leisurely activities with similar activities on shore at a port of a call. So take some time to step on shore…and be prepared to make the most out of your cruise!
On board: You can enjoy surfing on Royal Caribbean ships with the FlowRider surf simulator. Catch a wave on board and hone your surf skills before you hang ten on shore. If you need more practice, you can sign up for private lessons.
On shore: Suit up and learn how to catch a wave with some surfing lessons at Cocoa Beach, the Surf Capital of the World near Port Canaveral, Fla., or at one of the many ports of call with killer surfing opportunities, including Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii. And don’t sweat it if you’re a first-timer. There are plenty of classes for surfers of all levels.
On board: There’s something for every wine lover at Royal Caribbean’s Vintages Wine Bar. Here, you can savor and sample delicious blends from some of the most famous vineyards around the world. A Royal Caribbean cellar master also leads the tastings, sharing wine details, history and suggested food pairings. The best part? Some of the wines offered are exclusive to Royal Caribbean.
On shore: Whether it’s Italy, Croatia or New Zealand, you have the opportunity to taste delectable wines straight from the source. The wine tasting excursions include a tour of a local vineyard or wine cellar and food pairings.
On board: Are you ready for a spine-tingling rush nine decks in the air? Try zip lining on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships. Whether you’re a zip lining enthusiast or just trying to get over your fear of heights, this is an experience you won’t find on board any other cruise ship. It’s also not for the faint of heart.
On shore: Did you know that this thrill ride was actually conceived out of necessity? Originally developed by workers who needed to transport goods across remote areas, this activity spiked in popularity among tourists in Costa Rica in the mid-90s. And what’s a better place to sail through the air than the rainforests of Costa Rica? So, saddle up and jump on one of these professional tours. You can also soar above the beaches of Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s private paradise, on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line.
On board: The talent of New York City’s Broadway shows have stepped onto Royal Caribbean ships, so you can take in Tony Award-winning performances from Hairspray to Chicago as part of your cruise itinerary. If you are in the mood for more stunts, take a seat in the AquaTheater on board Oasis-class ships and watch dancers, divers and acrobats work their magic.
On shore: Take in a more local show when you’re stopped at a port of call and get a sense for the culture of where you are. Check out the Harquail Theatre in George Town, Grand Cayman for theatrical performances, concerts, dance recitals and more or stop into the world-renowned Teatro La Fenice for an opera or concert in Venice, Italy. And don’t forget about movies… almost every port of call has a cinema!
Whether you’re a thrill or culture seeker, Royal Caribbean has you covered wherever you step foot. Plus, when you return from your trip, you can try your pursuit in the comfort of your hometown.
Just don’t be surprised if your experience doesn’t compare.