Royal Caribbean International:
Baby Boomers: RCI does a wonderful balancing act. For parents looking for a feeling of exclusivity, there’s the Enhanced Program for suite guests, offering amenities like priority check-in, Concierge Club service, reserved and/or private meal seating, VIP pool deck seating, complimentary valet service and a priority departure lounge. The accommodations are will work for everyone and no one will have to share a bathroom.
Gen Y: RCI sets the standard for youth-oriented amenities like 200-foot-high rock-climbing walls, pool wave machines, late night disco parties and sports competitions. The newer ships (Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas) have a few extras, too, like a boxing ring and the H2O Zone waterpark, along with the Flowrider, that allows guests to surf right on the cruise ship.
Accommodations on Royal Caribbean to please the Boomers:
Two-Bedroom Suites require five people. Neither of these suites adjoins another like it.
Royal Family Suites have enough space to accommodate eight, with two bedrooms including four twin beds, two Pullman beds and a newly upgraded double sofa bed. All have a separate living area, two bathrooms, vanity area, refrigerator and a new flat-screen TV among their amenities.
Notes regarding On-Board Communications, Alcohol and Gambling on Royal Caribbean:
- Generally the gambling age is 18 and drinking age is 21, but 18 to 21 may be allowed in adult clubs.
- The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean International ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically lower than 21, a parent whose children are 18 to 20 years’ old may sign a waiver allowing those children to consume alcoholic beverages.
- Passengers must be 18 to gamble in the casino (21 on Alaska cruises).
- No guest under the age of 21 will be reserved in a stateroom unless accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. This age limit will be waived for minor children sailing with their parents or guardians in adjacent staterooms or under-aged married couples (proof of marriage is required).
Royal Caribbean has six designated “Hot Spots” aboard each ship for Wi-Fi access. Working through your own laptop, the base rate is $.65 per minute, but pre-paid packages are also available. Ships have Internet Cafes for access to the email and internet. Check with both the cruise line and wireless carrier to identify any additional calling/texting costs.