Playing it Safe in the Sun

Enjoy your vacation without the burn.
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The spas aboard Royal Caribbean ships are indulgent, the dining rooms dynamic, and the other onboard spots and experiences remarkable, but it’s the outdoor activities that get adventurers’ adrenaline pumping. Between reaching the top of the rock wall and surfing on the FlowRider, to conquering the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, playing it safe in the sun doesn’t have to mean having to stay inside while on vacation. Just follow these quick, helpful tips.

Wear sunscreen

Choose one with an SPF of 30 or more, and make sure it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Apply at least 20 minutes before going outside and use one ounce—enough to fill a shot glass—at minimum. Be sure to reapply every two hours or more, if sweating or swimming.

Cover up

A wide-brimmed hat and flowing caftan for women, and a hat along with lightweight, loose-fitting pants and shirts for men, serve as their own stylish “sun screens.” Also, there’s no better excuse than a vacation to get new sunglasses—just look for a pair that blocks 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

Seek shade

Take a break from the sun’s direct rays by choosing a shady spot to relax or eat lunch, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. The website active.com says that most children experience 50 to 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before turning 18 years old, making sun surveillance especially important when it comes to the youngest members of your family.

Now, if you have to limit your time in the sun, it’s a good thing that Royal Caribbean ships have an exciting lineup of indoor activities and experiences. Relax at the spa, take in a Broadway-style show, cool off by ice-skating, go shopping, or enjoy a dance class, cooking class, or wine tasting—wherever you go, it’s always a Royal adventure.

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