‘Cruising isn’t for me’.
This simple throwaway phrase, used by many, has dismissed an entire chunk of the holiday market for years and years.
You may not have noticed but cruise holidays have had an enormous makeover in recent years.
So much so that the old ‘cruising isn’t for me’ excuse seems as dated as the myths surrounding it.
Royal Caribbean is leading the way in busting those myths and is determined to show how stunning and adventurous a cruise can be for you and your family.
With the launch of Symphony of the Seas – Royal’s newest (and the world’s largest) cruise ship – on the horizon, it’s never been more vital to show holidaymakers that cruising should be at the top of their next holiday shortlist.
With the spectacular ship launching in from Barcelona in April, Royal Caribbean has a number of great offers designed to entice you onboard.
And it’s all to show you that embracing the world of cruising can be more adventurous, playful and relaxing than your average go-to holiday.
Don’t let the name fool you.
Royal Caribbean’s 25 spectacular ships travel to 250 destinations worldwide, not just the Caribbean, giving you fantastic options for your next holiday.
And that’s the beauty of cruising.
It’s not like a traditional holiday. If you don’t like the city you’re in, it’s okay, you’ll be somewhere else tomorrow. You’re not confined to that one hotel you booked a week’s stay at but most importantly it’ll keep the kids wide-eyed and excited each and every morning.
Cruising allows those with a thirst for adventure to really explore parts of the world that would usually take a year’s worth of holidays to cover.
If you’re thinking about trying something a bit different, Royal offers as much fun as you can handle, including some of the most impressive features aboard any ship.
Royal Caribbean has been an innovator for decades and can boast some incredible features and amenities.
Their 49-year legacy of pushing the boundaries of at-sea innovation has led to the introduction of numerous ‘firsts’ never before seen at sea.
And while others have copied, they can’t say they led the way by introducing surfing simulators, rock-climbing walls or skydiving at sea, as Royal have done.
North Star, an observation capsule that hangs 300 feet above sea level is available on Quantum, Ovation and Anthem of the Seas, while roller-skating, bumper cars and a circus school – part of Seaplex, the largest indoor space at sea – are all on Quantum class ships.
Harmony and Symphony of the Seas also host the world’s tallest slide at sea – the Ultimate Abyss – a name terrifying enough to spook even the bravest of guests.
And that feel of adventure is at the heart of holidaying onboard a Royal Caribbean ship. You and your kids will never be bored at sea.
While the fun and games are there to keep you and your children entertained, you might be wondering whether you can find quality dining options – a staple of a family holiday.
Well Royal Caribbean provide such variety you’ll be dining in different restaurants night by night. Buffets are of course an option, but the range of cuisines from around the world means you can keep the whole family guessing each evening.
Depending on the ship you’re aboard, you’ll be able to dine in Mexican, Italian and Japanese restaurants, to name a few. Then there are the specialty dining experiences like 150 Central Park, a concept by award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and Jamie’s Italian, Jamie Oliver’s simple and rustic take on Italian food.
You’re also given the added bonus of a Kids Dine For Less package at Royal’s specialty restaurants.
Between the many dining options and a number of Broadway shows and live music you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of inspiration in your evenings onboard.
No matter where you decide to travel with Royal Caribbean you’ll be afforded more than enough time to really get stuck into the local surroundings.
Whether you head to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Scandinavia, Alaska, South Pacific, Asia, North America (the list really does go on), you’ll be given the chance to explore different countries, islands and cities and in some cases manage to travel seven cities in a seven night trip.
For as enormous as their ships are, Royal recognises that not every guest wants to be confined to the ship for their entire trip. Excursions not only make up a huge part of their holiday, it’s an essential element of turning a good time into a ‘wow!’ time.
Fancy checking out the marine life you’ve only been able to gaze at from your ship? Snorkel and scuba diving excursions will provide just that opportunity. For those determined to spend more time on land, multi-day adventures are available and, as in the case of the Mayan ruins, really let you soak up the history of your destination.
You can also sign your family up for Private Journeys, Royal’s personalised concierge style tours.
Alternatively you’re free to break away from the pack and go it alone. Many guests can’t wait to let their sense of adventure run wild and who can blame them when you find yourself waking up in a new port full of culture and history?
Whether you’re enjoying your time onboard or exploring a destination, Royal Caribbean appeals to the young-at-heart looking for something different from their holiday.
And there are a number of tempting offers to get you onboard, making a cruise holiday far more affordable, and far more popular than you may think.
In fact, the UK cruising industry is breaking records, with two million passengers taking to the seas in 2017, compared to 1.9m the year before. And Royal believe it stems from the ‘Generation Thrill and Chill’ families seeking out newer less conventional adventures for their holidays. As such families now represent 1 in 4 Royal Caribbean guests.
With popularity rising, Royal have ensured their prices remain competitive and affordable for families and couples alike.
As an example, you can enjoy a short, taster cruise on Independence of the Seas for £259pp for Balcony staterooms and 7-nights onboard Symphony of the Seas from £999pp. (Pricing is based on cruise only fares per person based on two people sharing an balcony stateroom. Price is accurate as of 27.01.18 and are subject to change)’
Or if your budget stretches a bit further, Symphony of the Seas has introduced the Ultimate Family Suite Class – the most luxurious way to spend your time onboard.
The Ultimate Family Suite (pictured above) has enough features to keep your kids entertained whilst you’re planning your next excursion or activity for the day, while they also provide the privacy you might be dreaming of after a long day.
If you’re worried about keeping your kids entertained but also being able to leave them to their own devices, the Presidential Family Suite may well have you covered.
It’ll stretch the budget but you’ll have room to sleep eight. Plus a flat-screen TV, private balcony, whirlpool and an al fresco dining area.
Beyond your room, the size of Royal’s ships will provide kids with the space to get lost in a world of play and that’s before you even take them to one of the many locations onboard tailored just for youngsters.
It means you can be confident that the whole family will enjoy their time with Royal, with the fear of boredom left to the more traditional package holidays.
Which brings us to a key point.
One of the many myths surrounding cruise holidays is the idea that they’re expensive and not worth the money.
Innovations over the years mean Royal Caribbean now provide such a range of experiences and activities that the opposite is true.
Cruising can now be seen as better value for money than a traditional holiday and that’s before you even take into account the variety of places you’ll see during your trip. Of course, there are those that prefer their feet on land but for families seeking new adventures and stories for their kids to tell, Royal Caribbean provides just that.
And if you want variety but a more laid-back sun-soaked holiday, it’s possible onboard a Royal ship too.
You may be at sea with thousands of other holidaymakers but there is so much space you’ll be able to find your own corner to curl up with a book and restaurants spacious enough to feel like anywhere in the world.
You’ll constantly be wowed by the options onboard and the idea of coming back from holiday with a tinge of regret left well in the past.
With Royal Caribbean there’s a world of luxury and adventure waiting for you. Maybe cruising *is* for you, after all.