Dining is an international experience, with nightly changing themes and cuisines from around the world.
Passenger preference for casual attire and a resortlike atmosphere has prompted the cruise line to add laid-back alternatives to the formal dining rooms: the Windjammer Café and, on certain ships, Johnny Rockets Diner. Royal Caribbean offers you the choice of early or late dinner seating and has introduced an open seating program fleet-wide.
Room service is available 24 hours, but for orders between midnight and 5 am there’s a $3.95 service charge, not to mention a limited menu.
Royal Caribbean has introduced a more upscale and intimate dinner experience in the form of an Italian specialty restaurant and/or a steak house on all ships and more specialty dining options on the newest ships, such as the Asian-inspired Izumi and imaginative cuisine of Wonderland.
A variety of lounges and high-energy stage shows draws passengers of all ages out to mingle and dance the night away.
Production extravaganzas showcase singers and dancers in lavish costumes. Comedians, acrobats, magicians, jugglers, and solo entertainers fill show lounges on nights when the ships’ companies aren’t performing. Broadway shows are featured on the newest ships. Professional ice shows are a highlight of cruises on Voyager-, Freedom-, and Oasis-class ships—the only ships at sea with ice-skating rinks.
Fitness & Recreation
Royal Caribbean has pioneered such new and previously unheard-of features as rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, and even the first self-leveling pool tables on a cruise ship.
Interactive water parks, boxing rings, surfing simulators, and cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean made their debuts on the Freedom-class ships.
Facilities vary by ship class, but all Royal Caribbean ships have state-of-the-art exercise equipment, jogging tracks, and rock-climbing walls; passengers can work out independently or in classes guaranteed to sweat off extra calories. Some exercise classes are included in the fare, but there’s a fee for specialized spin, yoga, and Pilates classes, as well as the services of a personal trainer. Spas and salons are top-notch, with full menus of day spa–style treatments and services for pampering and relaxation for adults and teens.