Royal Caribbean International has announced a new slate of shore excursions organized into seven categories: Active Adventures, Family Connections, Royal Tour Challenge, Culture and Sights, Culinary Delights, Caring Discoveries, and the Royal Premium Tour Collection.
In celebration of the new tour offerings, travelers can get free shore excursions on all new reservations completed this weekend, August 14-16. Bookings for sailings departing on or after September 14 will receive a credit of up to $150 to use towards the shore excursion of choice. Additional information, terms and conditions are available at www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-deals/weekend-wow-supersale.
Aimed at getting travelers' hearts pumping, these offerings range from riding a dune buggy and boat rides to tackling six zip lines and two skybridges in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. There is also the chance to rappel through small waterfalls, slide toboggan-style down boulders and jump off cliffs into natural pools at a watercourse in Madeira, Portugal.
Families can share experiences while attending gladiator schoolin Rome, Italy, where they can learn Roman gladiator combat skills with a hands-on fighting lesson and earn a certificate of Roman citizenship. Alternatively, guests can embark into the great outdoors with a wilderness kayak experience at Chilkoot Lake in Skagway, Alaska, where they might spot bald eagles, brown bears, seals, sea lions or even whales.
Royal Tour Challenge
In the spirit of good fun and some friendly competition, guests can spend their days in port with challenge-based activities designed especially for families and groups. Families and friends can spend time on a half-day laser tag adventure in Cozumel, Mexico, where participants will hit targets to gather points by following a jungle path filled with Mayan ruin replicas. Guests can also enjoy a five-on-five soccer game in Gijon, Spain, followed by a game of paddle tennis, a raquet sport played extensively in Spain.
Culture and Sights
For travelers looking to explore history and culture with local experts, they can select classic sightseeing tours, guided visits to archaeological sites and museums, live performances, and more. Guests can visit a sprawling Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand, which was built in honor of two famous kings, or explore Rome, Italy, in an Ape Calessino, the little vehicle eponymous to Italian style which launched in 1948 to help with post-WWII reconstruction.
These excursions introduce clients to local chefs, specialties and purveyors. There is the chance to visit Graycliff Chocolatier in Nassau, Bahamas, and participate in making truffles, bonbons and bars with a tropical flair, or learn pizza-making from the experts in Naples, Italy, where the Italian favorite was invented in 1830.
Guests wanting to make a difference in the places they visit can select tours committed to wildlife, the environment and local communities. Opportunities range from saving a sea turtle in Cozumel, Mexico, where approximately 20 percent of turtles aren’t quite ready to head for the seas, to meeting an Iditarod musher and their racing dogs at a dog sled camp in Skagway, Alaska.
Private Destinations: Labadee, Haiti and CocoCay, Bahamas
These destinations offer experiences that range from soaring 500 feet above the beaches of Labadee on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, guided nature walks or lounging on the white sandy beach of CocoCay.