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#Cruise Life: A Teenager’s View

By JosieFriday 06th June 2014

My mum won a cruise via a Facebook competition by writing why we should be Royal Caribbean’s Royal Family of 2014. I wasn't sure what it would entail, because my idea of cruises at first wasn't anything special. Nevertheless, I was very mistaken, and it was without a doubt one of the best holidays I've ever had!

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We started by flying to Miami; I instantly pictured Instagram photographs of the gorgeous South Beach and I could not wait to see the sun! We had to be onboard by 2ish and we dined straight away at the Seafood Shack! Fabulous seafood with a view of the carnival-themed boardwalk made it a fantastic way to start the cruise. Exploring the boat was our next option, and by 5 we were setting sail. We made our way up to the deck to wave goodbye to Fort Lauderdale with a frozen non-alcoholic cocktail in hand, and we were off!
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My 10 favourite things to do:

FlowRider: This 85 gallon a minute water sensation was an amazing experience – much harder than real surfing I thought, but still a hilarious opportunity for photos of with the family! Start by getting used to the ‘waves’ on a boogie board, then rise to the challenge of the surf board. Avoid being laughed at by getting some sneaky practice in first before you venture to the FlowRider with friends… And wear a T-Shirt over that bikini!!!
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Labadee’s Dragon’s Breath Zip Wire: First stop: Royal Caribbean’s private paradise off Haiti. You may just want to chill by the beach (with another frozen mocktail), but you CANNOT miss out on this zip-wire – the longest over water! When you see the view from the top it is truly incredible. Four zip lines will whizz you back down to the bay, in under a minute, and you can see the ship in the background of this breathtaking view.
Izumi Asian Cuisine: Sushi is something I had wanted to try for aaaages and never had time so I was super excited for the Japanese restaurant. This delectable restaurant was more intimate and the food was gorgeous. There were so many dishes to try and there were plenty of meat platters for the carnivore in your family! Definitely recommend this restaurant – try before you fly home!
Vitality Spa: This spa had options just for teens – brilliant! I had a fabulous treatment with a great facial which really made a difference to my skin, especially after days of lying in the sun with copious amounts of sun cream slathered over me! Even my 15-year-old brother didn’t moan after mum booked him into a teen facial, which he found really beneficial too.
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Teen Club: The Teen Club was definitely an aspect of the cruise that I was quite apprehensive about, but I had no reason to worry! There were activities planned for each day but it was all very chilled, and the supervisors were super relaxed. At times we just hung out in the ‘living room’, a sectioned off area just for teenagers to mingle, play video games, listen to music or watch films. It was like a home away from home! My fave activities were the DJ Scratching course, late night pool party and teen club sessions on the FlowRider!
Promenade: The Promenade had so much to offer with retail shops, restaurants, and new events taking place right there in the centre of the ship every day. Two firm favourites of mine were the Cupcake Cupboard, and for an easy and completely free snack? Pizza from Sorrento’s Pizzeria!
Theatre and shows: Throughout the day and every evening, the entertainment programme had many shows on offer, ranging from the fantastic Broadway performance of Hairspray to the diving show in the AquaTheatre. We watched the stand-up comedy on the last night, and I WISH we had been to see it earlier in the week! Absolutely hilarious and appropriate for all ages!
Swimming with dolphins: This onshore excursion in Cozumel, Mexico is an absolute MUST-DO because the memories made with your family and aquatic friend will complete your holiday. The resort you are taken to provides snorkelling and scuba diving equipment, so you can make even more fishy friends amongst the beautiful coral!
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Rock climbing onboard: Who would have thought it? This was with the whole family, and we raced to get to the top. Certainly the highest rock face I have encountered!
Last, but definitely not least, Chops Grille: A fabulous meat-eaters dream! Chops the size of dinner plates, and cooked to perfection! Divine food and service, as were all the restaurants!

These are Josie’s top 10 teenage cruise highlights. What are yours?

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