Can you remember the last time you spent your weekend doing something truly adventurous? Scrolling through
your social media #wanderlust feed may feel like a break from reality, but when was the last time you
actually ventured out and discovered someplace new or made a dent in your bucket list?
Still drawing a blank? It might be time to change up your routine and do something totally fresh and exciting. When it comes to earning bragging rights and shoring up vacation envy, nobody does it better than Royal Caribbean. Even if you don’t have many vacation days to spare, you’ll find plenty of opportunities on a weekend cruise aboard one of Royal Caribbean’s new Royal Amplified ships to flex your own vacation hashtag — from lounging on Nassau’s postcard-perfect beaches and snorkeling along the colorful reefs off the coast of Grand Bahama Island, to taking off on a helium balloon ride or conquering the tallest waterslide in North America at the newly revamped private island Perfect Day at CocoCay. Here are some pro-cruiser tips to help you make every moment of your weekend getaway count.
Forget waiting in lines - Save time and start your vacation sooner when you check in with the Royal Caribbean International app. Make sure you check in before you get to the pier, so you can board the ship faster and start enjoying your epic weekend adventure right away.
You can also arrange most activities online ahead of your sailing using Cruise Planner. If you’re cruising to CocoCay, pre-reserve a ride to the highest vantage point in The Bahamas on Up, Up and Away helium balloon, save your spot on the adrenaline-amping Zip Line, and pre-purchase passes to Thrill Waterpark, where you’ll find 13 different waterslides, including the tallest in all of North America. And if you’re looking to unwind during your weekend vacation, you can book a spa treatment or reserve a private cabana in the island’s more laid-back zones, like Oasis Lagoon and Chill Island.
One of the great things about a cruise is that there are so many different dining options already included
in your fare. During the day, head to spots like Café Promenade, El Loco Fresh on Navigator of the
and the Boardwalk Dog House on Mariner of the
Seas for fast, fresh grab-n-go fare that’s perfect for
refueling in between adventures. Windjammer Café also offers a buffet of delicious dishes from around the
world that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner — just breeze in and out any time you’re craving a meal.
And if you want to take your girls’ weekend, birthday trip, couple’s getaway or family vacation at sea to the next level, use Cruise Planner to pre-reserve seats at any specialty restaurants onboard, like Izumi Hibachi & Sushi or Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver. Even though specialty restaurants aren’t complimentary, you’ll still get to enjoy world class fare at an unbeatable value.
Whichever way you choose to dine, you have more time to enjoy all your weekend cruise has to offer, whether it’s a plunge along The Blaster, the longest stretch of slide ever suspended over water onboard Navigator of the Seas®, or a glow-in-the-dark laser tag battle onboard Mariner of the Seas.
From tiki-inspired cocktails and kitschy-cool island vibes at The Bamboo Room, to craft brews served with a
side of friendly competition at Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, there are lots of amazing bars onboard to
keep you sipping all weekend long, so bring on the bar hop.
The best way to experience them all is with a Deluxe Beverage package, which gives you virtually unlimited options for cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, tea and more — all for one daily flat rate. You can reserve a Deluxe Beverage package and other beverage packages ahead of your cruise with Cruise Planner. Beverage packages are also valid on Perfect Day at CocoCay, so you can raise a Coco Loco to the best weekend ever while you’re onshore, too.
Ready to book that bucket list weekend adventure? No matter what your budget or time frame, you’ll find no
shortage of affordable weekend sailings to choose from all year long. Starting May Navigator of the
offers three- and four-night getaways sailing from Miami with stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau,
and Mariner of the
Seas offers two-, three- and four-night getaways sailing from Orlando with stops at
Perfect Day at CocoCay, Nassau and Grand Bahama Island.
What are you waiting for? Stop scrolling and get ready to weekend like you mean it.
*Experiences may vary by ship.
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