Though the excitement begins the second you start your cruise, extending the thrill at the stops on your itinerary is always a good idea. On a Royal Caribbean cruise, you can get your adrenaline pumping at any one of the more than 270 destinations we visit (and still chill on the pool deck or take the adventure to the next level on the tallest slide at sea).
From the fjords of Norway to the glaciers of Alaska, to the waters of Cozumel and the reefs of Bermuda, you can explore many of the peaks, valleys and underwater sights the world has to offer on our shore excursions. That includes accessible options organized with the whole group’s needs in mind.
Below, discover eight of travelers’ favorite, thrilling Royal Caribbean adventures that are sure to inspire your next vacation:
What: Discover the colorful coral- and fish-filled reefs just off the coast of Bermuda.
Cool factor: The Bermuda Triangle is known for its reefs, which used to cause issues for older ships and led to more than 300 historic shipwrecks in the area. Among the underwater wonders you’ll see on this journey are the Constellation and the Montana.
Find it in: King’s Wharf, Bermuda
What: Navigate the surrounding landscapes of Stavanger, Norway on this excursion. From mountain trails to cityscapes and even an underwater tunnel, the sights hold top spots on travelers’ lists.
Cool factor: You’ll make your way to the top of Pulpit Rock, 2,000 feet above the breathtaking Lysefjord, one of the many iconic fjords you’ll find throughout Norway.
Find it in: Stavanger, Norway
What: Spend all of eight hours exploring what Mexico’s Yucatan jungle has to offer. That includes hiking, swimming and even a little shopping back on Fifth Avenue in Playa Del Carmen.
Cool factor: You can explore beautiful formations by foot and swim in a hidden cenote (also known as a water-filled sinkhole) inside a tranquil subterranean cave.
Find it in: Cozumel, Mexico
What: Take to the skies to see some of Alaska’s most stunning glacier landscapes. First, get the ultimate bird’s-eye view from above and then hop off on land for a different vantage point as you hike.
Cool factor: The adrenaline rush will hit as you circle glaciers during your 40-minute helicopter ride. Explore winding rivers and maybe even spot some of Alaska’s endangered wildlife from afar.
Find it in: Skagway, Alaska
What: Our private island destination in The Bahamas features an array of experiences and amenities, from Coco Beach Club to Chill Island. And if you’re looking for a rush, take on Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America, at Thrill Waterpark—or opt for one of the 12 other exciting waterslides throughout the park that will surely bring similar thrills.
Cool factor: Reach new heights by experiencing the jaw-dropping, 135-foot plunge, complete with sharp twists and turns. And keep in mind: Half the jitters and adrenaline boost come from just making the climb to the top.
Find it in: Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas
What: Many of the most picturesque views come from above on this four-hour adventure, where you’ll catch glimpses of red-clay landscapes, dense forests and verdant green valleys.
Cool factor: You can soar across New Zealand’s Adventure Park at almost 500 feet above sea level on the highest zip line in the country before gliding down its longest line, which measures over a half-mile long.
Find it in: Christchurch, New Zealand
What: Set sail aboard an America’s Cup racing yacht and feel the wind in your hair as you soak in the surrounding ocean views of this Caribbean island gem, St. Maarten.
Cool factor: You’ll race against fellow “sailors” in a mini regatta. It’s sure to get your blood pumping and bring out your inner competitor—and the best part is, no prior sailing experience is required.
Find it in: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
What: Take in all the scenery Corfu, Greece has to offer—both natural and cultural—while pedaling your way through villages and mountains with local tour guides.
Cool factor: As part of a real-life peloton, you can navigate uphill terrains, narrow pathways and ancient Venetian settlements. A tip? Make sure you bring your A-game—and strap that helmet on tight.
Find it in: Corfu, Greece
When you’re ready to experience a thrilling adventure, head here to let Royal Caribbean take you to new heights.