–by Sara Jane Crane
Royal Caribbean International is answering the call of the wild with even more ways for guests to experience adventures in unchartered territories during the 2020 Alaska summer season. The return of Ovation of the Seas, the largest cruise ship to sail the Gulf of Alaska, alongside Serenade of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas – will mark the global cruise line’s biggest presence in the region yet. Before arriving in Alaska, Ovation and Radiance will island-hop along Hawaii, while Serenade sails the Panama Canal and the California coast on her way west.
Seek New Heights on Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas – the first of the cruise line’s game-changing Quantum Class to sail Alaska – will return for its second consecutive season to offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences through the region’s untouched wilds on 7-night itineraries from Seattle, Wash. With the highest vantage point on any cruise ship, the North Star – the ship’s signature glass observation capsule offers panoramic views from 300 feet above sea level allowing guests to take in the majestic mountains, glaciers and diverse wildlife native to the state’s stunning landscape.
Ovation offers adventurers the chance to catch the Northern Lights in Juneau, relive the Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway, sail through the Endicott Arm fjord, and stroll the streets of one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest in Victoria, British Columbia. Guests can continue their adrenaline-seeking ways by taking on the ship’s unparalleled lineup of onboard activities, including the FlowRider surf simulator, RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving experience, and the SeaPlex, the largest and most revolutionary indoor active space at sea featuring a trapeze school, full-size basketball court, a roller-skating rink and bumper cars. All those thrills are rounded out by a collection of indoor and outdoor pools that allow everyone to kick back and dive into their surroundings no matter the temperature.
Radiance Class Views of Alaska
Serenade and Radiance of the Seas offer ocean-facing glass elevators and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, blurring the lines between the ocean and wilderness for guests to gaze upon the glaciers and every sight along the Alaskan coast. Radiance Class ships have just as much to explore on board, from an exhilarating rock-climbing wall towering over the ocean and poolside movie nights under the stars, to signature dining venues like Chops Grille American steakhouse, delicious Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table, and Izumi, for a varied menu of sushi and other Asian-inspired dishes.