Off-season travel tip: Taking a vacation when school is back in session is one way to ensure fewer crowds and better deals. Autumn is a great time to book since ships are returning from Europe and Alaska.
Where to use this advice: Nab a room aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship and take a cruise of New England and eastern Canada, both of which have distinctive natural features and historical charm. And lets face it; you’re bound to find a kick-ass lobster bake at one of the ports. You can simply relax and take in the oceanic views, retreat to the library or card room, or enjoy spa treatments catered specifically to men. Or you can get active: try zip lining, rock climbing, and boxing before exploring the ports.
But if you want to splurge and feel like—well, royalty—then push your vacation back to November. Quantum class ships are equipped with SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea, where you can roller skate, drive bumper cars, and shoot hoops. You can also stand within a jewel-shaped capsule (think, the London Eye) that ascends up to 300 feet above sea level so you can ensure a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. Feeling really crazy? Fly—yes, fly—in the RipCord by iFly sky diving simulator and experience land, sea, and air aboard the Royal Caribbean.
Special Deals: Check out royalcaribbean.com for special packages, and for walking tours offered at each individual port.
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