Royal Caribbean International has announced a new partnership with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), making it the only cruise line in the world with PADI Five Star Dive Centers onboard.
The new centers allow guests to become certified scuba divers as part of their vacation. Royal Caribbean offers a range of programs from a 30-minute Try Dive program, for those just wanting to get their feet wet, to PADI's Reactivate Program for certified divers wanting a refresher; prices starting at $29 and $59 per person, respectively. Travelers can also enroll in PADI's Open Water Diver course to earn their complete scuba diving certification, starting at $599 per person. The scuba course begins at home with the online course using either the PADI Touch app for mobile devices or PADI eLearning online for desktop and laptop computers. Once on the high seas, divers will test the waters in the ship's pool before heading out to complete the four mandatory, open-water training dives. The training dives will be split among two different ports of call, allowing for maximum sightseeing, Royal Caribbean said. Upon returning home, guests will be certified scuba divers.
Guests can book their PADI course before boarding through the Cruise Planner, or while on board at one of the Royal Caribbean-exclusive PADI Five Star Dive Centers found on 10 ships across the fleet, including Oasis-, Freedom- and Voyager-class ships, as well as Quantum-class' Anthem of the Seas.