One of the best parts about traveling are the connections you form while away from home. Somehow, some way, the connections are amplified and leave lasting impressions. Perhaps it’s the sense of comradery, sharing experiences outside your comfort zone. Or, maybe, it’s the fulfillment of your wanderlust as you spend time with foreign locals and gain new perspectives. Regardless, the joys of travel are contagious and best experienced with others.
With more than 700 islands and cays, reefs, beaches, parks, botanical gardens and churches, The Bahamas offers endless options for families, couples, friends, and even multi-generation groups.
Picture sapphire-blue skies, turquoise water, pure white or pink-sand beaches, endless activities, and the beautiful, warm Bahamian people – the perfect setting for your dream tropical vacation. So, what are you waiting for? The uniqueness and seclusion of The Bahamas’ Out Islands await you.
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With the demand for travel quickly picking back up, many families are looking to share the adventure and reunite with their loved ones. We know traveling with a variety of age ranges can be tricky, so we caught up with Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales and Trade Support & Service for Royal Caribbean International, to find out why RCI is a great option for multi-gen travel.
Q: What makes Royal Caribbean the perfect cruise option for multi-gen travel?
From family hangouts at the Rock-Climbing Wall to dazzling ice shows and onshore excitement in the Caribbean, Europe and beyond, there’s something for everyone onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise.
Kids can have fun and explore with our complimentary Award-winning Adventure Ocean Youth Program. Mom and Dad can unwind at the VitalitySM Spa, try their luck at Casino Royale, and indulge at specialty restaurants. Teens leave that “whatever” attitude behind for pool parties, and hangouts made just for them. Plus, TLC for our tiniest cruisers, with Royal Babies and TotsSM Nursery and educational programs.
Q: What activity options are available for families onboard Royal Caribbean ships?
A Royal Caribbean cruise has plenty of activities that bring the whole family together. Thrilling features you won’t find on any other cruise line include the tallest slide at sea, Ultimate AbyssSM, FlowRider surf simulators, onboard zip lines, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, Escape Room challenges and more.
You can also enjoy celebrated Broadway hits, like the musicals Grease, Mamma Mia! and Tony Award® winners, CATS and Hairspray. Plus, Royal Caribbean production originals that amaze on stage, on ice, in the air, and in water at our incredible AquaTheater.
Q: What types of family activities are available on your private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay?
At Perfect Day at CocoCay, you’ll discover endless ways to fill your day with one-of-a-kind experiences designed to cultivate more lasting memories at every turn. For an adrenaline rush head straight to Thrill Waterpark. You can’t miss Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide slide in North America. You’ll find another set of adventures at Thrill Waterpark’s other set of slides designed for multiple riders. On the slingshot, four can share a raft and a zero-gravity moment before freefalling.
Kids can enjoy another waterpark just for them at Splashaway Bay. They’ll have buckets of fun with five waterslides and two massive drench buckets plus, fountains, pools and more. For even more splashes and giggles, take them for a visit to Captain Jill’s Galleon, where they’ll have a blast firing water cannons and unleashing their inner pirate.
If the pool is your preferred way to get wet, the island boasts the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, Oasis Lagoon. Make your way through the different coves each with a vibe all its own or splash right in at the kid-friendly sloping entry. When the day is done, don’t miss the chance to capture the most dramatic sunset pic ever on a flight 450 feet above the island on the Up, Up, and Away helium balloon.
Q: Does Royal Caribbean offer any accommodations and dining options perfect for families?
From Family Interior staterooms to Royal Family Suites, Royal Caribbean offers accommodations spacious enough for the whole gang. Choose from a variety of comfortable accommodations for everyone — from solo travelers to groups of up to 14 guests.
Once onboard you’re free to explore many complimentary dining options and specialty restaurants that are rich in flavor and ambiance. We also offer a special program called My Family Time Dining which is offered in our Main Dining Room. Families can enjoy expedited dining and Adventure Ocean pick-up service to keep the whole family happy and satisfied during meals.
Q: What type of travelers are perfect for a Royal Caribbean voyage?
Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple interested in a romantic getaway, a family looking for some bonding time or you’re celebrating a big milestone like a wedding or anniversary, a Royal Caribbean cruise can take you to bucket-list destinations all while creating memory-collecting experiences onboard our innovative ships.
Q: How has Royal Caribbean changed its offerings in response to the pandemic?
Health and safety have always been and will remain our top priority. We’ve partnered with expert medical and scientific minds to guide us in the development of comprehensive protocols to protect you and your loved ones. We’re also working with local health authorities in our homeport countries to ensure our guests meet current inbound travel requirements.
Onboard we’re committed to providing 100% fresh filtered air to all indoor rooms and areas and to using EPA-certified disinfectant techniques to clean frequently and consistently. We’ve upgraded our medical facilities and made our high-quality onboard medical care stronger than ever. We’ve also designed a measured response plan in the unlikely event you need a safe return home.
Q: BONUS: If you could recommend one Royal Caribbean voyage that’s perfect for multi-gen travelers, which would you recommend, and why?
An Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise onboard our newest ship, Odyssey of the SeasSM, with a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay! Odyssey of the Seas is our first Quantum-Ultra class ship setting sail from Fort Lauderdale this Summer. Get your game on at the largest SeaPlex® ever, hit the Sky Pad bungee trampoline or enjoy breath taking views from 300 feet above sea level in our signature observation capsule, North Star. With one-of-a-kind onboard activities, this is the perfect vacation for everyone in the family.
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Travel is full of opportunity and by traveling with others, we’re exposed to new perspectives and can build upon our connections with ourselves, others, and the world itself. Here are five things to consider when planning a trip for multiple people of varying age ranges.
Ready for a NEW way to tour… a YOU way to tour? Meet Choice Touring by Globus! This exciting new touring style promises all the wonder with a touch of whim and all the fun with the infusion of flexibility.
With the introduction of Choice Touring by Globus, travel enthusiasts now have a whole new way to cure their curiosity. In addition to guided sightseeing at the must-see sights, Choice Touring by Globus presents YourChoice excursions, a selection of curated experiences in key and off-the-beaten-path destinations – included in the package price – so you can tailor your tour to your own interests, pleasures and passions. Nature walk? Boat cruise? Wine flight? How you roll is up to you. No added expenditures. Just a wide-ranging menu of included excursions for you to design your own discovery, pick how you play, and make your own memories.
VENI, VIDI, VICI: UMBRIA & TUSCANY BY DESIGN
How will you feed your travel appetite? Hunting for truffles or catching culture? Soaking in the beauty of waterfalls or stirring watercolors? This 8-day journey through the kitchens and countryside of Umbria and Tuscany will inspire La Dolce Vita!
OH MY GODDESS!: GREECE BY DESIGN
Embark on an odyssey of epic proportions on this 8-day vacation in Greece. How will you unleash your inner god or goddess?
THE ALPS OUT LOUD: SWITZERLAND & LAKE COMO BY DESIGN
Swiss chocolate or cheese? Wine a little or a lot?! Mountains of possibilities await you on this 8-day vacation from Zurich to Como.
GREEN WITH ENVY: IRELAND BY DESIGN
More rounds of stout or made-from-scratch soda bread? More Wilde or the Wild Atlantic Way? Indulge in endless shenanigans on this 8-day discovery from Dublin to Limerick.
ROCKS & RHYTHM: PORTUGAL BY DESIGN
Sparkling wine or soulful Fado? Portuguese pastries or pastel plazas? Spend a day retracing the Knights Templar or your nights reveling in foodie traditions. This 8-day trip through Portugal is pure poetry in motion.
BOOGIE & BLUES: THE SOUTHERN U.S. BY DESIGN
On this 8-day tour from New Orleans to Nashville, spend your days your way. March in the footsteps of Civil Rights heroes or boogie through rhythm and blues? By kayak or schooner? You decide what floats your boat.
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BY DESIGN
Head west for a 9-day adventure with the pioneer spirit of Northern California. How will you strike gold in the Golden State? Riding the rails or gliding by kayak? You choose how to find your California dream.
SUNNY DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS: AMERICA’S ROCKY MOUNTAINS BY DESIGN
Get outward-bound on an 8-day adventure in the Rocky Mountains. How will you indulge your inner mountaineer? Rafting on a river or riding on a chairlift in Big Sky country? You decide how to set your spirit free.
THE BOLD & THE BREWTIFUL: MID-ATLANTIC AMERICA BY DESIGN
Follow in the footsteps of patriots on this 9-day trip through the Mid-Atlantic states. How will you make history? Sipping craft beer or surveying the art of American masters? You choose how you’ll discover America.
MAD ABOUT MOUNTIES: EASTERN CANADA BY DESIGN
Discover Eastern Canada on an 8-day vacation from Toronto to Montreal. How you explore the French-Canadian treasures is up to you. Sailing on serene lakes or sipping on sparkling wines? You choose how to say “C’est si bon!”
To start planning your next vacation your way, contact your travel advisor.
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Tempting dishes from our featured destinations give you a taste of local culture. From succulent roasts to exotic spicy fare and some divine desserts, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.
Each month we’re showcasing our cruise partners to bring you the latest on the cruise line and their ships. With different cruising styles and a variety of ships to choose from, you’ll find these profiles helpful for selecting the cruise that’s right for you.
It’s time to see just how far adventure can take you. Introducing the newest Royal Caribbean® gamechanger, Odyssey of the SeasSM. It’s the latest Quantum Ultra Class ship, packed with all your favorite adventures, plus a host of new ones. Enjoy them all in between exploring the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean. And it all begins this Summer from Fort Lauderdale.
Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea and has continuously redefined cruise vacationing since its launch in 1969. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel and pushes the envelope of what is possible on a cruise ship. Onboard, the global cruise line has debuted countless industry “firsts” – such as rock climbing, ice skating and surfing at sea – to capture the imagination of families and adventurous vacationers alike. Throughout, guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.
Spring into action on Sky Pad® or soak up the sun at a newly designed resort-style pool deck that brings island vibes poolside. Take play time to the next level at the largest SeaPlex® ever, with bumper cars, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, and the first fully immersive free roaming 4D virtual reality experience at sea, Virtual Adventure Zone. Plus, PlaymakersSM Sports Bar & Arcade, offering game day faves with prime views of all the action.
No matter what cruise room you choose for your next globetrotting getaway, you’ll find a stay with us is like nothing at sea. Relax, unwind and make yourself at home after a full day of adventure. From thread-count comfort and deluxe amenities to breathtaking views, you'll find all the creature comforts you'd expect during your vacation – and some you probably haven't even thought of — in a range of rooms to suit your travel style.
Suites – Whichever Suite you choose, you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable stay. Choose a private Balcony, your own bar and a place for your family and friends to spend some quality time together
Balcony room – Enjoy fresh sea air and al fresco breakfast on your own private balcony, complete with its own stylish seating area, so you can relax in a room with a view
Oceanview room – Wake up to the sunrise and fall asleep to star-studded skies. Can you picture the waves lapping already?
Interior room – You can expect a cozy and comfortable stay in our rooms, with the option of a private Virtual Balcony looking out to sea
Accessible rooms – For our guests with mobility difficulties or disabilities, we’ve created the ultimate in comfort with our luxurious rooms with special access
The new Odyssey of the SeasSM is primed to please every palate. No matter what flavors you’re craving — from hand-tossed pizzas and piping hot pastas, to poolside tacos, carnitas and quesadillas — you’ll find plenty worth savoring onboard.
Level-up your date night or family dinner with steakhouse classics and white tablecloth service at Chop’s Grille, or tuck into an exclusive five-course feast at Chef’s Table. And at Wonderland, feast on imaginative plates served with a heaping helping of awe.
Prep your taste buds for a culinary journey with flavors that travel the world — like hand-rolled sushi at Izumi, Far East fare with flair at Teppanyaki, and classic Italian favorites at the new Giovanni’sSM Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.
Bring the fiesta poolside with grab and go Mexican flavors, like tacos and beef burritos, at El Loco Fresh®. Enjoy a slice of authentic New York Style pizza in between thrills at Sorrento’s. Or head to the fan-favorite Windjammer for all your favorite self-serve eats.
The largest indoor activity space at sea is playing on a whole new level. A reimagined upper deck introduces the largest SeaPlex® ever, with bolder ways to play. Like the most interactive arcade ever to set sail, with everything from classics like skeeball to the first fully immersive, free-roaming 4D virtual reality experience at sea, Virtual Adventure Zone. This all-new, immersive gaming experience is unlike anything in this world —or any other — allowing you to explore and physically interact with the virtual environment around you to complete your mission and save all of existence. On the lower deck, buckle up for bold on the only bumper cars at sea. Or face off in the latest glow-in-the-dark laser tag battle, Clash for the Crystal City. And outside the SeaPlex, don’t miss fan favorites like surfing on the FlowRider® and skydiving in the RipCord® by iFLY®.
Kick back with island vibes set to max at the reimagined pool deck. Soak up the sun with two resort-style pools and plenty of shady casitas, and hammocks primed for sweet ocean breezes. Plus, the two-story bar The Lime and Coconut®, poolside bites from El Loco FreshSM and ambience that overflows with tropical flavor. For the ultimate pool day upgrade, reserve a casita with everything you’ll need — including dedicated service so you can enjoy your favorite poolside drinks, brought to you with the touch of a button.
For the entertainment seekers don’t miss a place that can take you anyplace — Two70®. By night, the lights go down in this open area panoramic living room, where windows become screens, and aerialists, robots and more take you on a journey like no other. Be sure to check out Music Hall, the premier place for live music lovers where the industry’s best cover bands rock like the real thing.
It’s time to play outside the lines with wide open play places and dedicated spaces for all types of activities for kids in Adventure Ocean®.
This is not paint by numbers — this is play outside the lines. The award-winning Adventure Ocean® is being totally reimagined to let kids choose their own immersive adventure. There’s plenty of whimsical rooms to roam and climbable creations to explore at Play Place. Interactive tinker time at Workshop. Friendly competition at Arena. Spaces to call their own at Hangout. Plus dedicated programs that will engage all the senses for babies and younger kids at AO Babies and AO Junior. Redesigned with ages and parents in mind, your youngest adventurers are in for the playtime of their lives.
A HIDEOUT HANGOUT
As a teen, the best part of being onboard is having the freedom to choose how you spend your time between family time. Now, 13 to 17-year-olds get an exclusive new space that’s all their own. Just beyond the secret speakeasy entrance, there’s a gaming lounge where it’s always game on. Music to jam out or hang out to. Movies, and plenty of comfortable places to kick back with new friends. Plus, an outdoor patio perfect for lounging beneath the sun or stars.
FUN BY THE GALLON
Pint-sized cruisers will find gallons of fun at Splashaway BaySM aqua park. This bigger, better water adventure features colorful waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and whirlpools for tots to tweens (and their supervising parents). And keep your eye on the drench bucket. You’ll want to be there when it tips!
ROYAL SUITE CLASS
Elevate every aspect of your travel adventure with exclusive access and unique experiences you’ll treasure for years to come, crafted just for you by a Royal Genie or dedicated Concierge.
Top Services Features of the Royal Genie
*Royal Genie is exclusive to Star class
Emerge renewed, relaxed and rejuvenated at the VitalitySM Spa. Professional spa products from acclaimed brands such as Elemis®, bliss®, La Thérapie and Ionithermie bring the most advanced services to the sea. Massages, wraps, facials and acupuncture, or choose medi-spa treatments to smooth wrinkles, lift and tone. A more brilliant smile is just a tooth whitening away, while a salon completes the perfect look with hair and nail services.
We are thrilled about our return to sailing and looking forward to providing extraordinary travel opportunities and experiences. It’s time to once again set sail and create Seabourn Moments and memories that will last a lifetime.
Seabourn’s fleet of intimate, ultra-luxury resorts at sea carry guests to the most desirable destinations on all seven continents in unmatched elegance and ease. All ocean-front suites, a variety of superb dining options, a world-class spa and beautifully designed spaces and amenities are augmented by enhanced health and safety protocols - and by the intuitive, heartfelt hospitality of an award-winning staff - who transform every interaction into a memorable Seabourn Moment.
With their unmatched sense of style, elegance and grace, Seabourn luxury cruise ships beckon you to travel beyond the bounds of the imagination. On board Seabourn, every desire is met promptly and with a welcoming smile. Whether it's a warm blanket and a cup of gourmet hot chocolate as you drift on a small ship cruise along the Norwegian Fjords or a relaxing neck massage poolside, you'll feel that you're a member of a very exclusive club when sailing on these luxury cruise ships.
Step aboard any one of our ships and you'll enjoy a sophisticated and luxurious small ship cruise like no other. You will feel as though you’ve been invited to sail on a private yacht.
Each small ship cruise offers all ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed accommodations, an open-bar policy serving premium wine, champagne and spirits, and a world-class dining experience, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller.
Your home away from home is a superbly appointed luxury suite. Here, you can revel in sublime comfort as the world passes by.
Seabourn’s award-winning cuisine starts with the finest quality ingredients, infused with authentic regional flavors, prepared á la minute by our skilled chefs and served with pride. Each Seabourn ship offers a choice of dining venues to suit your mood of the moment, and nearly all are open-seating, inviting you to dine where, when and with whom you wish. Complimentary fine wines are poured with lunch and dinner, and there is never an extra charge for any dining choice. You can even enjoy a meal in your suite or on your veranda, with our compliments. Seabourn is a proud member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic societies devoted to the art of fine dining.
The Grill by Thomas Keller is a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller, exclusive to Seabourn. Guests setting foot inside the elegant dining room will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes as well as a range of other steakhouse favorites like Lobster Thermidor and creamed spinach, presented à la carte. The timeless menu will draw on the freshest products from artisan purveyors. A cocktail program and wine list of domestic and old-world labels complement the menu. For Booked Guests: Dining reservations for The Grill by Thomas Keller can be requested online prior to sailing, subject to availability. Online reservations close 15 days prior to sailing. Due to high demand, online reservations are recommended, however, reservations can also be made on board. One reservation permitted per voyage.
A day on a Seabourn ship offers delightful diversions for activity or relaxation. Greet the sun for an on-deck yoga stretch, or roll over and snooze until later. Run on a sea-view treadmill in the gym, or indulge in a massage at the spa. Attend a fascinating lecture, or lounge on your private veranda as you read the news with PressReader. Try the nine-hole putting course, or test your luck at the Casino. Visit the salon for a facial, take a dip in the pool, or you can even watch a first-run movie in bed (with popcorn).
Seabourn is proud to have an exclusive partnership with Tim Rice, the acclaimed English musical theatre lyricist of Broadway, West End and film, winner of three Oscars, three Tonys, three Golden Globes and several Grammys. In addition, we are pleased to present his successful production, “An Evening with Tim Rice,” is now playing on all Seabourn ships.
“An Evening with Tim Rice” is a concert-style presentation narrated via video by Rice to highlight some of his most loved work – from Jesus Christ Superstar to Aladdin and The Lion King . The show also includes a number from Chess called “One Night in Bangkok,” and a broad “Circle of Life” finale.
From the moment you first step aboard Seabourn, you’ll be part of an exclusive circle, the privileged few, who have discovered the true joys of yachting. Aboard one of our intimate ships, you will feel like a welcomed guest.
What you may appreciate most is your personal suite steward, whose thoughtful, unobtrusive service is delivered with care. Experience Seabourn’s luxury with our Personal Suite Steward.
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