Family, Wellness and Weddings on Royal Caribbean

Ana Figueroa The debut of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, in April will also signal the launch of new and enhanced onboard offerings for the health-conscious, newlyweds and families. The new Vitality wellness program, Explorer Weddings, Adventure Ocean family programming

By: Ana Figueroa

The debut of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, in April will also signal the launch of new and enhanced onboard offerings for the health-conscious, newlyweds and families. The new Vitality wellness program, Explorer Weddings, Adventure Ocean family programming and the Crown & Anchor Society Youth Loyalty Program will offer more options for guests than ever before.

Health and wellness enthusiasts will appreciate the cruise line’s new Vitality program, which promotes a rejuvenating vacation through a balanced regimen of food, fitness, spa and shore excursion offerings.

Guests can also participate in Tai Chi, acupuncture and wellness seminars.
Explorer Weddings, an alternative and adventurous extension of the line’s existing Royal Romance wedding and vow renewal program will also available on Liberty of the Seas. Guests can tie the knot while surfing on Liberty’s FlowRider or SCUBA diving on the ocean bed, to name a few unique options.

For younger cruisers, enhancements to the Adventure Ocean program will provide a more immersive cruise experience. Adventure Theater by Camp Broadway, New York City’s famed children’s theater group, will introduce kids and teens to the world of theater arts. Teens can also hone their turntable skills in Scratch DJ classes hosted by the Scratch DJ Academy. And, tots can participate in Fisher-Price’s Chefs on Deck.

Royal Caribbean will also launch the Crown & Anchor Society Youth Program, the line’s first youth loyalty program complete with frequent cruiser rewards.

Liberty of the Seas and sister-ship, Freedom of the Seas, will alternate between 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, with Liberty departing on Saturdays (from May 19) and Freedom on Sundays from Miami.  Both itineraries include stops at Royal Caribbean’s private destination Labadee, Haiti, before returning to Miami. Liberty’s Western Caribbean itinerary calls in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Montego Bay, Jamaica; while the Eastern Caribbean itinerary calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, allowing for a third day at sea to take advantage of all the ship has to offer.

Liberty of the Seas will share the title of world’s largest cruise ship with her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas. In addition to the new programming, Liberty of the Seas will feature Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class signature amenities that have made her sister ship so successful. Those amenities include:

The FlowRider surfing simulator and the interactive sculpture garden located in the H2O Zone water park; Cantilevered whirlpools, suspended

112 feet above the ocean in the solarium, an adults-only oasis with a pool flanked by hammocks; Onboard ice-skating rink, Studio B, open for lessons and free skating during the day and presenting a spectacular original ice show ‘Encore on Ice’ at night; A 1,215 square-foot Presidential Suite that sleeps 14 people and features an 810-square foot outdoor living area with a Jacuzzi and private bar; A regulation-size boxing ring in the world’s largest fitness center at sea; The Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard (longer than a football field)featuring dining, shopping, bars and lounges; Flat-paneled televisions and the line’s plush bedding program in every stateroom; A serious Sports Deck with a 9-hole miniature golf course, a golf simulator, basketball/volleyball court and ping-pong tables and the revolutionary rock-climbing wall that first appeared on Voyager of the Seas in 1999, spanning 43-feet-tall by 44-feet-wide with 11 separate climbing routes

The two Freedom-class ships will be joined by a third, Independence of the Seas, when she debuts in Europe in May 2008.

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