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Royal Caribbean On Ice

By DavidFriday 25th November 2016

Did you ever imagine that you’d be able to ice-skate at sea? On our Oasis, Freedom and Voyager Class ships, such as Enchantment Of The Seas and Voyager Of The Seas, you can! Realise your figure-skating dreams and channel your inner Olympian at Studio B, our incredible onboard ice rink. Open to all age groups and abilities, it’s the perfect place to hone your skills. We’ve spoken to the ice-skating team onboard so you can learn a little bit more about them – they’ve also given us their top ice-skating tips…

 

Let’s meet some of the cast:

 

Sonia Radeva

Sonia Radeva

Sonia is from Sofia, Bulgaria, and during her competitive years she was national champion six times in her home country. She also represented Bulgaria in the European Championships, World Championships, and other international competitions. Sonia has been skating on Royal Caribbean ships for five years and is currently on her seventh contract, having been ice-skating for 25 years.  She became an ice skating performer when she was only five years old after her mum and sister brought her along for fun! Sonia says her favourite thing about performing onboard is the audience; when she’s not skating, she’s running, going to the gym and going out with her friends. She loves to spin when she’s on the ice and says Australia and Japan are her favourite destinations, with the beaches in Madeira, Portugal being her favourite places to visit.

Sonia's Skating Tip:

Bend your knees when you skate. This is essential for everything you learn!

Sammie Veloso

Sammie Veloso

Sammie is from a small town in Virginia, USA, and she began skating at six-years-old. 17 years later, she competed regionally and nationally for about 11 years, before joining Royal Caribbean and starting a professional career in 2013. Sammie performed with the cast of the world-renowned show “Broadway on Ice” in 2014 and 2015. She is currently the Ice Captain on Independence of the Seas and is on her fourth contract with Royal Caribbean. After stopping competing at the age of 18, Sammie realised she did not want to give ice-skating up completely, instead choosing to pursue a professional career. Performing for an audience has always been her favourite aspect of figure skating. She saysdoing what she loves as a job as well as getting to meet so many different people and nationalities is her favourite thing about performing. Her top ice-skating move is a butterfly – a type of flying spin that starts with your upper body dropping, so that your legs can scissor kick in the air before you land in a spin… whew!

 Sammie's Skating Tip:

Just know that you’re capable of a lot more than you may originally think you are. Push yourself to be your best according to what you think, not anyone else’s definition.

Daniel Olivier

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 Daniel is from Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines in Quebec, Canada, and he started skating at six-years-old. One of his career highlights was becoming National Champion at age 16.  In that year, he represented Canada in the Junior Grand Prix, in Courchevel, France. Daniel stopped competing earlier this year, but his passion for the sport has led him to pursue a professional career in shows. He is very excited to be a part of the cast on his first contract onboard Independence of the Seas. Daniel has been ice-skating for 15 years in total – once he stopped competing he decided to try performing and has been working for Royal Caribbean for almost four months. He says his favourite thing about performing onboard is the fact he can enjoy skating whilst travelling. Paris, France is his favourite destination and swimming with dolphins is his favourite shore excursion!

Daniel's Skating Tip:

Never give up, and have fun. When I started skating for myself and enjoying it, I started to be a good skater. And the next thing I know? National Champion!  

Irina Potanina

Irina Potanina

Irina began skating in Russia at the age of four. When she was young she was introduced to ice-skating by her father, who coincidentally loved ice hockey. 24 years later, she says her favourite move is the ‘Death Spiral’ – a lift that involves her partner picking her up, pulling her by arm and spinning her very close to the ice in a circle.  She says that her favourite thing about performing is the audience’s reaction to skating, and considers winning bronze in the 2005 ISU Grand Prix a career highlight.

Irina's Skating Tip:

Believe in yourself!  

Paul Wood

Joining the Royal Caribbean team in 2011, Paul has been ice-skating for 25 years. He became a professional skater after he decided to stop skating competitively, then turning to show skating; which he says has opened doors to many opportunities that he never thought he’d have the chance to experience. His favourite thing about skating is being able to share his passion with other people – he also enjoys talking to guests onboard who have never seen an ice show. His favourite Royal Caribbean destination so far has been New Zealand, and his favourite shore excursion was tubing in the crystal caves in Belize! Amazing, right?!

Paul's Skating Tip:

Keep pushing through the hard times and keep your head up. All of your hard work can give you an opportunity to turn your passion into a job down the road.

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Ice-skating is a wonderful sport for both adults and children to pick up. A challenging and creative outlet for those who like both sports and art disciplines, any standard of skater from beginner to advanced is welcome to give it a go when onboard with us! There are advanced sessions for skilled skaters available, though those who choose to attend must bring their own ice skates. Otherwise there are ice skates to rent for non-advanced skaters. Long trousers are required at all times as well as helmets, which are provided to all skaters onboard. What are you waiting for? Did the tips from our ice cast make you want to give ice-skating at sea a go? Just do it!

Inspired by our Ice Cast? Find out more about the other amazing activities and get involved onboard! 

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