5 things to know about ice skating on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is famous for the onboard innovations it offers its guests, including ice skating at sea!

Being in the middle of the Caribbean or Mediterranean does not mean you can't put on a pair of skates and go ice skating like it's December in Minnesota.  

If you want to enjoy ice skating as part of your Royal Caribbean cruise (it's complimentary), here are some important things to know.

Ships offering ice skating

Select Royal Caribbean ships offer ice skating, so be sure you are booked on one of these ships in order to enjoy it

  • Voyager of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas
  • Explorer of the Seas
  • Freedom of the Seas
  • Liberty of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas

You can bring your own skates

Royal Caribbean provides ice skates free of charge for its guests to use but if you prefer to bring your own, Royal Caribbean allows guests to bring and use their own skates.

If you do bring your own, you can skate at one of the advanced skate sessions onboard.

Long pants are required to skate

Regardless of how good or bad you are at ice skating, all guests must wear long pants to skate.

Be sure to pack accordingly, especially during summer months when you may not be thinking about packing pants.

You also should pack a pair of socks to wear with the skates.

Helmets are provided for you

Royal Caribbean requires all ice skaters to wear a helmet while skating.

This is for your safety because with ice skating, you have to not only worry about what you are doing but what others are doing as well.

Falls happen a lot during the course of an ice skating session, so there is no excuse for not being safe.

There are advanced sessions for skilled skaters

If you happen to be one of those ice skaters that has been doing it for a while and are quite good, be sure to check out the advanced sessions.

These special open rink times are for seasoned ice skaters and in these sessions, guests can try to do special moves and skate faster than normal.

Keep in mind that for advanced skating, skaters must bring their own ice skates.

Have you ice skated on a Royal Caribbean cruise before? Tell us about it in the comments!