From its inception, cruising was immediately stereotyped as an exclusive type of vacation for older travelers.
Over the past decade, many cruise lines have chosen to innovate in ships and experiences to attract a younger generation of cruise passengers. Ships are launching the classic cruise protocol to create a more relaxed and adventurous atmosphere at sea. Cruise lines have reoriented their marketing efforts to attract thrill seekers, foodies and travelers from around the world.
From ship to shore, here are 5 reasons young travelers should consider going on a cruise for their next adventure.
When you think of cruising, the Caribbean probably comes to mind. While Royal Caribbean likes to focus its itineraries on Caribbean ports, there are many itineraries that feature exotic stopovers.
These itineraries often appeal to those looking for a more unique experience, which brings together several countries and cultures in one trip. Some of these cool places include: the Arctic Circle, the Holy Land, Japan and China, Southeast Asia, the British Isles, the South Pacific, the Canary Islands, and Russian Baltic cruises.
Bucket List Adventures
So you’ve always dreamed of climbing the Great Wall of China in Beijing or jumping off a cliff into the Adriatic Sea in Croatia? Maybe you’ve dreamed of sipping wine in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or gorging yourself on authentic pasta in ancient Rome. You might not realize that you can actually visit all of these bucket list places on a cruise!
Other amazing experiences include a visit to the Church of Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, a ride through the floating villages of Thailand, crossing the famous Shibuya Scramble in Tokyo, a beautiful sunset in Santorini, a gondola ride in Venice and Northern Lights observation in Norway.
Fashionable entertainment on board
70s nightclubs and casino nights not your thing? No problem!
Cruise ships offer all kinds of high-quality, trendy entertainment for your viewing pleasure. Full Broadway shows, including Mamma Mia, Grease, and Hairspray, are widely available on Royal ships (likely on Oasis and Quantum class ships).
Other premium entertainment options include world-class acrobats, Olympic figure skaters, famous comedians, talented singers, and crazy jugglers.
Royal Caribbean is actively building and renovating ships that scream “thrill seekers”. Ice skating and rock climbing have been classic thrills offered by the cruise line for years.
Recently, the thrills have been amplified for the activities on board. The North Star on Quantum Class ships allows travelers to board a glass pod that rises above the ship for a 360-degree view. The SkyPad Trampoline Park offers cruisers virtual reality goggles to take them to the next level.
For newer ships, huge waterslides and the 10-story Ultimate Abyss slide will surely have you smiling from ear to ear. Oasis-class ships featured the first zipline at sea, offering cruisers the opportunity to fly over the ship’s central park with breathtaking views of the sea. Your adventurer’s heart will run out of time to participate in all the thrills on board!
Free dinner for gourmets
One of the best features of the cruise is all the amazing food available! Almost all food on board is included in the price of your cruise, making the ship a foodie’s paradise.
For many years, meals on board were stuffy, formal and overly structured. Royal Caribbean introduced My Time Dining to give cruise passengers the flexibility to choose their meal time each day. Food is from the time you wake up until your bed hits the pillow each night. Quantum Class ships offer 15 different restaurants for cruisers.
Specialty restaurants also offer luxurious dining options, such as Izumi for sushi and Jame’s Italian by chef Jamie Oliver.