5 Reasons You'll Love Royal Caribbean, Too

5 Reasons You'll Love Royal Caribbean, Too

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Laura Wahler

My family goes on the same vacation every year.

The same. Vacation. Every year.

Do we love it? You bet we do! But, lately, we’ve been looking for a change.

This year we decided on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line vacation on the Oasis of the Seas, and before we even got home, we were already talking about changing up our “every year” vacation plans to sail again with RCCL.

Here are my top reasons why I think you’ll love Royal Caribbean, too:

Onboard Adventures Galore
Haven’t you ever thought to yourself, “Self, I’d really like to try a surf simulator on my next cruise!” (I mean – who hasn’t?) This is where Royal Caribbean comes in – to offer you all the onboard thrills and adventures that you didn’t know you’ve always wanted. On the Oasis you can try your luck on one of two FlowRider surf simulators, scale the two rock-climbing walls, and ride the 82-foot zip line, suspended nine decks above the Boardwalk – all included in your cruise fare. These and other adventures vary by ship, so ask your AAA Travel Consultant to make sure you choose the one that has the amenities you want.

Labadee and (coming soon!) CocoCay
Our first port of call on our Western Caribbean itinerary was Labadee, RCCL’s private beach destination on the north coast of Haiti. While the grandparents lounged on a couple of chairs at Columbus Cove, one of Labadee’s four private beaches, we split the morning playing at the inflatable aqua park, shopping in the local market and riding the Dragon’s Tail Coaster. Our group met up again for a late buffet lunch – complimentary for cruise guests – before heading back to the ship.

CocoCay, a new private island in The Bahamas and the first in the cruise line’s Perfect Day Island Collection, is scheduled to open in phases throughout the next year. Once it’s fully open in December 2019, highlights will include 13 slides and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool at Thrill Waterpark; the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool at Oasis Lagoon, and a balloon ride 450 feet up in the air, the highest vantage point in The Bahamas. Watch for more info on CocoCay – you won’t want to miss it!

Royal Caribbean’s fleet boasts distinct neighborhoods around its ships, each offering a unique theming and atmosphere. Our favorite on the Oasis , Central Park on Deck 8, featured an open-air, park-like setting with cafes, an outdoor patio bar and live music in the evenings. Here I enjoyed coffee and breakfast in the Park Café, which offered a quick, relaxed and quiet reprieve from the busier Windjammer Marketplace buffet up on Deck 16. Other neighborhoods include the Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Entertainment Place and the Youth Zone, to name a few.

Kids & Teens Activities
RCCL’s award-winning youth programs are broken down by age groups. Our 10-year-old son hung out in Adventure Ocean for a couple of hours almost every night of our cruise. He played games, did science experiments and even took supervised “field trips” around the ship to play dodge ball on the sports court. Separate spaces for teens and tweens allow them to come and go as they please, with lots of icebreakers and games, but no parents allowed! Even though our 13-year-old daughter didn’t want to go at first, I dragged her to the open house on Day 1. After only two eye rolls and one “OMG Mom,” it took just one look at The Living Room, the teen-only hangout spot, to change her mind. She and her new friends had a blast all week long with the selfie scavenger hunts, sports nights, even a cruise ship prom towards the end of our cruise.

Drink Experiences
With the kids off to their own activities after dinner every night, it left us with this weird thing called “adult time,” which is something I’ve heard is quite enjoyable. You should try it! My sister-in-law and I made it our goal – nay, our mission – to get a drink in as many bars as possible around the ship. Throughout the week we sipped cocktails in the Champagne bar, the English pub, the Rising Tide elevator bar, the outdoor bar in the Central Park, and the tequila bar in the Boardwalk area. But, despite our best efforts, I am sad (and yet also relieved) to report that we did not actually hit every bar on the ship because, #responsible. This only means that we’ll have to go back again next year to finish our mission. Because, #committed.

Now It’s Your Turn!
There are 24 ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet sailing to the world’s most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand.

Now through 12/26/18, save 30% on all guests. Talk to one of our expert AAA Travel Consultants for details and to plan your next trip.

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