More than ever, millennials are packing their bags and looking to experience the world by way of culturally rich experiences; all while staying connected to share those larger-than-life adventures with friends and family. With countless itineraries and destinations, Royal Caribbean offers you and your adventure squad hundreds of cruises aboard a lineup of innovative ships sailing to more than 260 locales. This means you’ll be well underway in checking off each destination on your bucket list.
Read on to see the adventures in store for you and the rest of the crew when you plan your next vacation with us.
Short Getaways Redefined
Thanks to the reality of #adulting, sometimes we can only spare a couple vacation days; Royal Caribbean has you covered with four-night weekday and three-night weekend cruises to The Bahamas. Just in time for summer, the newly amped-up Mariner of the Seas has arrived at her new home in Miami after receiving $120 million of bold, new thrills, dining concepts, accommodations and entertainment. Mariner offers the perfect combination of excitement on board and tropical destinations to explore, including Nassau and CocoCay, the cruise line’s private island. Now that’s how you get vacay-mode started off right. And come May 2019, you’ll be able to visit the new Perfect Day at CocoCay, the ultimate family destination complete with waterpark, a hot-air balloon experience, swim-up bars, freshwater lagoons and more.
If you’re new to cruising, jumping aboard Mariner is bound to redefine the short getaway as you know it. Adventure is around every corner. Make a run for The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides, where you’ll dive through three stories of twists and turns — and if you’re looking to up the ante, race someone from your crew.
Once you get to The Bahamas, you can follow in the footsteps of Royal Caribbean Adventurist Shay Mitchell. Immerse yourself in the culture, starting with John Watling’s Distillery, named after the famous British pirate. Shay witnessed the distilling process and sampled the world-renowned rum (straight from the barrel!). Then, you can keep the party going at The Bamboo Room back on board, the tiki-chic Polynesian watering hole serves handcrafted cocktails with exotic fruits and spices.
Head here to plan your next getaway on a short four- or three-night cruise.
Alaska Like You’ve Never Seen It
If jaw-dropping landscapes, wildlife exploration and glacier-seeking are more your speed, a cruise to Alaska could be the vacation for you. Radiance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas offer seven-night itineraries from Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; or Seattle, Washington. Get ready for a whole lot of excitement that’ll make the most out of your precious vacation days.
On our rich itineraries you can venture out to must-see destinations like Denali National Park and Preserve, which boasts the tallest mountain in North America, Denali, or get on the Wilderness Express — a glass-domed train car that takes you on a scenic ride through Alaska’s majestic frontier. Perhaps you prefer a front row seat on a charter boat to go see the awe-inspiring Hubbard Glacier. (Tip: Keep an eye out for humpback whales, orcas and harbor seals as you sail through the icy waters.)
You can also go to Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier by helicopter and become a master musher as you enjoy a sleigh ride with professionals and their teams of huskies. Willing to walk the extra mile to capture the perfect shot for Instagram? Take a hike along the Chilkoot Trail, also known as the world’s longest outdoor museum. While trekking through the incredible scenery of the rainforest, you’ll discover the historic gold rush town of Dyea.
Check out all the ways you can chart your course to Alaska here.
Cultural Vibes Come Alive
Are once-forbidden islands on your bucket list? Lucky for you, traveling to Cuba is now easier. On a cruise with us, all you need to do is pack your passport — and we’ll do the rest. There are two ships that can take you there — Empress of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas — on four- to eight-night Caribbean itineraries from Miami, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
With the opportunity to visit three one-of-a-kind destinations in Cuba—Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Havana—the possibilities are endless. Plunge into the island’s culture of captivating history at every turn as you ride in a classic car along the historic Malecón and walk the cobblestone streets to see landmarks such as the Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of Lions) in Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, designed in 1836 by Italian artist Giuseppe Gaggini. If you’re looking for extra time to explore, snag an itinerary with an overnight in Havana; and head out to the famed Tropicana Cabaret for some local cocktails (Cuba Libre being one), vibrant music, colorful costumes and dancing.