Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Royal Caribbean ships all have rock walls.

Royal Caribbean ships have long been on the cutting edge regarding available activities (you've probably heard about all the new Oasis ship has to offer), especially for guests who don't mind stretching outside their comfort zones.

Every Royal Caribbean ship features a climbing wall with routes for various fitness levels.  On Radiance of the Seas (picutred here from our Mexican Riviera cruise), the yellow rocks (I guess that's what you call them) are the easiest path to the top. So that's the route I chose first. Leg strength is the key, since pushing is how you inch your way up, not by pulling with your arms. Of course, you wear a harness, so even if you slip you won't go crashing to the ground.
Later I climbed the red route. Rocks were spaced farther apart and there were fewer of them to choose from when looking for a hand or foot-hold.  Being short (5'1") meant I had some real stretches to stabilize my body--but I climbed both routes successfully and managed to ring the bell at the top.

Climbing walls are usually only open during sea days and at specified hours, so check times if you want to try it.  It's really fun, and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment for having done it.

Photos by Larry Burmeier

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