Explorer Academy
A Royal Caribbean International cruise is not only the adventure of a lifetime, it allows you to learn, experience and discover new things on your cruise vacation! Learn from the best at the Explorer Academy. Royal Caribbean’s professional onboard staff will teach you how to dance, skate, make the perfect martini, and more, in a fun, invigorating atmosphere.

Program offerings include
Learn to Ice-Skate*
Learn to Salsa Dance
Learn to Swing Dance
Learn to Hip Hop Dance
Play the Keyboard
Wine Tastings and Classes
Cooking Demonstrations
Casino and Card Game Lessons
Ice Carving Demonstration
Jewelry Making
Ice-Skating Lessons*
Rock-Wall Instruction
Dance Classes
Guest Lectures (Destination, Arts & Crafts, etc.)
Napkin Folding
Towel Folding
Fruit & Vegetable Carving
Foreign Language Classes
Backstage Tour

*Available only on Freedom and Voyager class ships.

Onboard Parties
Royal Caribbean is having a party - and you're invited! On a Royal Caribbean cruise, they don't need any special reason to party, but just in case you do, they've come up with a list. They've got one to say hello, one to wave goodbye, one to meet the captain - the list goes on!

Onboard parties include
Themed Parades*
Captain's Welcome Reception
Sail Away Party
Dancing Under the Stars Pool Party
Family Disco Night
Honeymooners' Party
Singles Party
Itinerary-specific parties (e.g., Caribbean Night, Toga Night)
'70s, '80s Theme Party

*Available only on Freedom and Voyager class ships.

Games & Contests
Get in on the action with a huge array of friendly competitions going on all over the ship. Take center stage for one of the popular game shows or show off your pipes (and we don't mean your biceps) in a karaoke contest. Good on the green? Put your putt-putt on display in a mini-golf tournament!

Games include
Scavenger Hunts
Other Board/Card Games

Contests include
Karaoke Superstar
Name that Lyric Game Show
Trivia Challenge
Turner Classic Movies Trivia
Game Shows
Guest Talent Shows

Tournaments include
Floating Golf Green
Billiards (Radiance class ships)
Baggo Bean Bag Toss
Blongo Ball
Basketball (Freedom, Voyager and Radiance class ships only) 
Volleyball (Freedom, Voyager and Radiance class ships only)
Mini Golf (Splendour of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, and all Voyager and Radiance class ships)
Pool Volleyball
Shuffle Golf
Golf Simulator Driving (Freedom, Voyager and Radiance class ships only)
Speed Climbing 
Dodge Ball (Freedom, Voyager and Radiance class ships only)
Fun Fitness
Wacky Races

Theme Nights
Every night is an exciting night onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, but Royal Caribbean’s not afraid to add a little flavor - just for good measure! Hide your true identity at the Masquerade Ball or do like the Romans did at the Toga Party. Or be a part of the mystery theater over a delicious Italian dinner - be the first to crack the case! Themes vary from ship to ship, so you never know what you're going to get. Royal Caribbean likes that element of surprise.

Theme nights include*:
Rock 'n' Roll Night
Masquerade Ball
Toga Party
'70s Night
'80s Night
Big Band Night
Kids' Pirate Theme Night
Mystery Dinner Theater - a unique event at Portofino

*May vary by ship and itinerary.

Take Center Stage Yourself
Sing. Lip sync. Or show off your moves! Royal Caribbean has a host of ways to let the performer in you take the spotlight onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Step into the spotlight and sing your favorite songs. It's a chance for the most gifted guest singers to battle it out for the title of Karaoke Superstar!

Boogie Bodies
Sing along or lip sync to pop hits with friends and family while your heads are superimposed onto animated bodies. It's fun to participate in and even more fun to watch. You'll even get a DVD of the experience to take home with you!

Gotta Dance
Wow your cruise mates with your new moves learned in this Hip Hop dance adventure. Like the award-winning documentary that inspired it, Gotta Dance incorporates unforgettable choreography - in an easy-to-follow format open to all ages, languages and skill levels. Exclusive to Royal Caribbean International.

Bingo onboard a Royal Caribbean ship is not just a game - it's an event. With all kinds of cool themes and exciting prizes like spa treatments, shopping sprees - even a fantastic cruise vacation - you'll never want to yell "Bingo!" anywhere else. It truly is fun for the whole family.

Bingo themes and prizes include:
"Win a Cruise" Bingo
"Spa" Bingo
"Port & Shopping" Bingo
"Snowball Jackpot" - (someone wins every cruise!)

Holidays and Special Events
Ready to shake up your holidays? Royal Caribbean has just the thing. From Valentine's Day to New Year's, Halloween to Mother's Day, holiday cruises put a new twist on the same old traditions. Whether you're traveling alone, or with friends and family, you'll be sure to find plenty of ways to celebrate. So leave the long lines and hectic buzz behind, and share a holiday they'll never forget.


Mardi Gras
Valentine's Day
Photography set-up
Romancing Under the Stars party
Love trivia
Romance Name That Tune
Love Song Karaoke
Romantic Hour with DJ
Special singles activities
Secret Admirer Party
Romantic suite giveaway
Valentine's Day movie
Valentine's Day arts and crafts
Special Adventure Ocean decorations 
Teen Battle of the Sexes
Teen Valentine's Day dance and theme night
Superbowl Sunday
Football Trivia with prizes 
Watch the game on the big screen 
Teen Superbowl party with mocktails 
Teen football trivia


Spring Break
Special programming on Royal Caribbean TV
Teen theme night parties
St. Patrick's Day
Irish Trivia
Irish "Sing-A-Long Schooner"
Riverdance-themed Sexy Legs contest
Pot of Gold scavenger hunt
Irish Limerick Contest
St. Patrick's arts and crafts for kids
Special St. Patrick's Day decorations
Special Irish Menu, including corned beef, cabbage, and green cookies and cakes

March Madness
Basketball trivia 
Teen basketball trivia 
Watch the games on the big screen

Traditional religious service and food
Rabbi onboard
Special dinner on the first day
Passover food available all holiday

Good Friday and Easter
Traditional religious services
Priest conducts traditional Catholic mass
Special Easter movie
Professional face painter or caricaturist
Family Festival with the Easter Bunny
Easter egg hunt
Easter arts and crafts projects
Holiday decorations
Special holiday meal


Under the Stars party
Beads, hats feathers and masks available
Mask-making activities for kids
Teen Mardi Gras theme night


Cinco de Mayo
Under the Stars party
Latin music dance party
Cinco de Mayo arts, crafts and games
Mother's Day
Mother's Day adventure family activities 
Mother's Day brunch
Mother's Day card making


Father's Day
Special Father's Day family activities
Card making
Dinner with Dad


Canada Day
Canadian trivia event

Independence Day
Red, White and Blue party
Stars and Stripes trivia
Professional face painter or caricaturist (may be offered on select ships)
Independence Day arts and crafts
All-American Adventure Ocean dinner
All-American meal
Special decorations


Rosh Hashanah
Traditional religious service and food

Yom Kippur
Traditional religious service and food

Costume contest 
Halloween decorations
Monster Bash dance party 
Professional face painter or caricaturist (may be offered on select ships) 
Halloween movies 
Kids' haunted house 
Costume-making activities
Trick or treat for candy 
Costume parade 
Halloween arts and crafts
Kids' Halloween theme party 
Scary Halloween story time


Thanksgiving Adventure family activities 
Festive arts and crafts 
Thanksgiving games 
Special Thanksgiving menu


Onboard holiday shows
Professional face painter or caricaturist
Hanukkah songs, games and food
Traditional Hanukkah religious service 
Kids' history of Hanukkah 
Hanukkah sing-a-long 
Hanukkah games

Holiday movies and music
Professional face painter or caricaturist
Holiday cookie decorating 
Holiday ice-skating on select ships
Parade of Santa and elves
Traditional Christmas religious service
Priest onboard select ships
Holiday movies, music, decorations and more
Caroling with cast and staff
Onboard Holiday show


New Year's Eve
Theme parties in every lounge
Cruise Director and Captain countdown to New Year
Extended Late Night Party Zone hours
Unique Countdown Parties for kids and teens

New Year's party favors, decorations, theme parties, and more
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