Those looking for a fun-filled getaway don’t need to look further than a Royal Caribbean cruise. The award-winning cruise line has been voted Best Cruise Line Overall by Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards for the past 19 years.
Both onboard and ashore, Royal Caribbean is committed to packing family-friendly fun into every adventure with its variety of activities, dining venues, and entertainment options. Here is your guide and some useful cruise tips to ensure you enjoy every single day on your unforgettable Royal Caribbean vacation.
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Wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast with your family or travel companions from the comfort of your stateroom by ordering room service. Room service offers complimentary continental breakfast choices, but guests can easily upgrade with other items. Keep in mind, menu items may vary by cruise ship.
You can also head down to the Windjammer for casual buffet-style breakfast fare with its array of incredible options. It's sure to please even the pickiest of palates with its range of eggs, pancakes, bacon, pastries, and more.
After breakfast, catch a wave on the FlowRider surf simulator or go head-to-head with a family member on The Perfect Storm, which pairs two water slides next to each other for a dueling extravaganza. Who will merge victorious? Whoever gets to the bottom first!
After some fun in the water, take the whole family to Battle for Planet Z for a game of laser tag, styled with a sleek glow-in-the-dark design.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Tip: Don’t forget to pack shoes and socks. Several onboard attractions, like laser tag, require you to wear closed toe shoes.
Looking to enjoy some time away with a nice cocktail and adult conversation? Drop the kids off at the Kids Club. Here, they can enjoy activities with other kids their age and give parents time to enjoy other onboard amenities. There are six dedicated age groups that kids get placed into, including a group for babies and two groups for teens.
On many Caribbean itineraries, guests can enjoy a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s own private island in The Bahamas. The island features a club, waterpark, lagoon, and plenty of beachfront lounging options. Everything is within easy walking distance, so guests can hop around to various points on the island, including several waterpark areas.
Thrill seekers can take the plunge on Daredevil's Tower or race family members on the Splash Speedway, a mat racing slide. Water lovers can catch a wave (or two) at the Wave Pool.
After going on the slides, hungry guests have a range of complimentary dining options to choose from. For tried-and-true classics like burgers, chicken wings, and fries, head to Captain Jack's. Chill Grill brings Caribbean-inspired fare, while the exclusive Coco Beach Club brings guests an elevated taste of the Mediterranean. Those looking for a little relaxation will enjoy lounging near the Oasis Lagoon.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Tip: Perfect Day at CocoCay's restaurants only serve lunch with breakfast and dinner options available back onboard the ship, so it's a good idea to plan accordingly. Major waterslides at Thrill Waterpark can have long lines, so plan on an earlier start if you would like to avoid crowds.
After a day of playing onboard or ashore, guests have their pick of the pack when it comes to deciding what to have for dinner. Pizza lovers can't go wrong at Sorrento's. This pizza joint serves up everything from classic cheese to specialty pies like the BBQ-inspired Caribbean Dream.
Take in iconic diner fare at Johnny Rockets with burgers, fries, shakes, and malts. For a hearty family-friendly dinner, guests can head to Giovanni's Italian Kitchen, one of the onboard specialty dining options available, which is packed with timeless favorites like lasagna, spaghetti, and chicken parmigiana.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Tip: Let Royal Caribbean know before you set sail if you or a family member has a special dietary restriction or food allergy, so they can make accommodations.
What better way to end the evening than with must-see entertainment? Head to the AquaTheater (available on Oasis-class ships), located on the Boardwalk area of the ship, for a show unlike any other. This outdoor theater space features a 30-minute performance full of acrobatic acts that make use of a trampoline floor and a high dive to create a dazzling performance the whole family will love.
Enjoy a Broadway-inspired show with classics like Grease, Mamma Mia!, or Hairspray. Song-and-dance revues abound on Royal Caribbean cruises too, and you can always opt to cool off with an ice-skating show at Studio B.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Tip: Book live entertainment shows, including AquaTheater performances, before you get onboard to guarantee a seat. Comedy shows are especially popular and tend to be booked up in advance.
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