In recent years, the concept of cruise holidays has experienced something of an image change. Cruising has always been a type of holiday associated with wealthy retirees who spend their days relaxing up on deck, following tour-guides around the sights and hob-nobbing over champagne cocktails. Some cruise operators are happy to maintain this image – but others are working hard to shake it off. Royal Caribbean International is one of them.
Where Royal Caribbean cruises are concerned, this forward-thinking cruise operator is actively opening up the concept of cruising to new audiences such as families and young couples. It’s doing this not through a selection of half-hearted kids’ clubs and the odd soft play area, but through an established set of facilities and attractions designed specifically for various ages and interests.
For instance on Serenade Of The Seas, there’s a whole host of activities lined up for the little ones. There’s a nursery for babies and toddlers, a special ‘Adventure Ocean’ area with games and facilities to keep all ages happy, a cinema, sports facilities including a basketball court and volleyball area, and a soaring rock-climbing wall. Naturally, the adults are well entertained too and can choose from a fabulous range of things to see and do. For instance they can try their luck in the casino, melt some plastic in the shopping centre, relax in the bars and lounges, eat like kings in the vast range of different restaurants, hit the gym, go to the theatre… the list goes on.
And then of course there’s the destinations to consider. With Royal Caribbean, as the name suggests, this cruise operator specialises in Caribbean destinations, and what a spectacular array of itineraries it is. From Barbados to the Bahamas, St. Kitts to St. Lucia, you can sail from one dreamy island to the next and enjoy every waking moment from the luxury of your cruise liner.
How’s that for something special?