9 Awesome Free Things to Do on Royal Caribbean

by Kayla Becker

9 Awesome Free Things to Do on Royal Caribbean

by Kayla Becker

Calling all thrill-seekers: This action-packed cruise line continues to push the envelope of what's offered on cruise ships year after year, whether it's a tech-savvy robotic bartender or rip-roaring skydiving simulator. It's safe to say their fleet has a dizzying array of options that will never leave you bored and — best of all — won't burn a hole through your pocket. We’ve got you covered on where to find the fun without spending a cent.

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Skydiving with iFly / Royal Caribbean
Liberty of the Seas' FlowRider
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1. Surfing

Hang ten as many times as you want on FlowRider, the 40-foot-long wave simulator on Freedom-, Oasis-, and Quantum-class ships — unlimited rides are included in your fare. You’ll catch the waves on the more than 30,000 gallons of water that flow into the simulator per minute while you surf or body board in front of a stadium of fans.

Hang ten as many times as you want on FlowRider, the 40-foot-long wave simulator on Freedom-, Oasis-, and Quantum-class ships — unlimited rides are included in your fare. You’ll catch the waves on the more than 30,000 gallons of water that flow into the simulator per minute while you surf or body board in front of a stadium of fans.

Zip line on Oasis of the Seas
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2. Zip Lining

Royal Caribbean's three Oasis-class ships have the only zip lines at sea, and you can zoom 82 feet across the deck — a trip that takes 20 seconds. It's a thrill to get a bird’s-eye view of the Boardwalk nine decks below. You can ride the onboard zip line as many times as you want for no extra charge. If you want even more zip lining, Royal Caribbean's private island, Labadee, has a 2,600-foot-long zip line, but that comes with a whopping $98 charge.

Royal Caribbean's three Oasis-class ships have the only zip lines at sea, and you can zoom 82 feet across the deck — a trip that takes 20 seconds. It's a thrill to get a bird’s-eye view of the Boardwalk nine decks below. You can ride the onboard zip line as many times as you want for no extra charge. If you want even more zip lining, Royal Caribbean's private island, Labadee, has a 2,600-foot-long zip line, but that comes with a whopping $98 charge.

The Ultimate Abyss on Harmony of the Seas
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3. The Ultimate Abyss

Harmony of the Seas debuted in 2016 with the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, the tallest — and most thrilling — slide at sea. Towering 150 feet above deck, the twisting twin slides are not for the faint of heart: passengers brave enough to take the plunge drop 100 feet in just 12 seconds.

Harmony of the Seas debuted in 2016 with the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, the tallest — and most thrilling — slide at sea. Towering 150 feet above deck, the twisting twin slides are not for the faint of heart: passengers brave enough to take the plunge drop 100 feet in just 12 seconds.

SeaPlex bumper cars
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4. Bumper Cars

Head to the SeaPlex activity center on Quantum-class ships for all the crashing and driving you can stand. The cars are first come, first served and rides last for three to five minutes, but you can line up as many times as you want.

Head to the SeaPlex activity center on Quantum-class ships for all the crashing and driving you can stand. The cars are first come, first served and rides last for three to five minutes, but you can line up as many times as you want.

Skydiving on Anthem of the Seas
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5. Skydiving

You could pay hundreds for the real deal, but the RipCord by iFLY simulator on Anthem of the Seas gives cruisers the chance to cross this one off the bucket list for no extra charge. After stepping inside the 23-foot tall glass flight chamber with your instructor, you’ll be jettisoned into the air at wind speeds up to 100 mph for one full minute, taking in views of open sea from the aft end of the ship. It’s a whole new meaning to free fall. Just note that on the line's China-based ships — Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas — there is a $29 fee.

You could pay hundreds for the real deal, but the RipCord by iFLY simulator on Anthem of the Seas gives cruisers the chance to cross this one off the bucket list for no extra charge. After stepping inside the 23-foot tall glass flight chamber with your instructor, you’ll be jettisoned into the air at wind speeds up to 100 mph for one full minute, taking in views of open sea from the aft end of the ship. It’s a whole new meaning to free fall. Just note that on the line's China-based ships — Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas — there is a $29 fee.

Carousel on Oasis of the Seas
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6. Carousel Rides

Get ready for some major nostalgia on Oasis-class ships, where there’s a full-sized classic carousel on the Boardwalk that nods to seaside boardwalks of the past. You’ll find all ages hitching a ride on one of 18 figures, including everything from a zebra to a giraffe and even an ADA accessible chariot.

Get ready for some major nostalgia on Oasis-class ships, where there’s a full-sized classic carousel on the Boardwalk that nods to seaside boardwalks of the past. You’ll find all ages hitching a ride on one of 18 figures, including everything from a zebra to a giraffe and even an ADA accessible chariot.

Rock climbing on Radiance of the Seas
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7. Rock Climbing

Once a first at sea, 30-foot rock climbing walls are now on every ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet. Whether you’re a pro climber or a first-timer, there are different paths for all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. You can partake in speed climbing competitions, and even complimentary one-on-one sessions for beginners. The gear is also included — all you have to show up with are socks.

Once a first at sea, 30-foot rock climbing walls are now on every ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet. Whether you’re a pro climber or a first-timer, there are different paths for all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. You can partake in speed climbing competitions, and even complimentary one-on-one sessions for beginners. The gear is also included — all you have to show up with are socks.

Ice skating
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8. Ice Skating

Even when cruising in the sunny Caribbean, you can grab a pair of figure or hockey skates and take to the ice, . All ages can hit the rink — whether to execute a perfect figure eight or just not fall over — on Oasis-, Freedom-, and Voyager-class ships.

Even when cruising in the sunny Caribbean, you can grab a pair of figure or hockey skates and take to the ice, . All ages can hit the rink — whether to execute a perfect figure eight or just not fall over — on Oasis-, Freedom-, and Voyager-class ships.

North Star on Quantum of the Seas
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9. North Star

You'll get a seriously cool 360-degree aerial view of the deck from this moveable pod on Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class ships, which suspends you — wait for it — 300 feet above sea level. There's something about being that high up with endless ocean views that makes us forget about the line to board. North Star is free on Anthem of the Seas, but there is a $20 fee on Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas.

You'll get a seriously cool 360-degree aerial view of the deck from this moveable pod on Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class ships, which suspends you — wait for it — 300 feet above sea level. There's something about being that high up with endless ocean views that makes us forget about the line to board. North Star is free on Anthem of the Seas, but there is a $20 fee on Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas.

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