Where in the World

by Sarah Welch

Cruising and cruise ships have evolved over the years. Early cruise ships were exclusively for the ‘rich and famous’ where strolling on the deck, dressed to the nines, was to see and be seen.

In the 21st century, cruising is now for the mass population, all classes, all ethnicity, everyone is welcome!

The ships have become huge entertainment centers and the cruise lines appear to be trying to out-do each other with the biggest ships and most outlandish, over-the-top amusements and activities, mostly geared toward the younger generations.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is one of those ships with so many areas of activity, you would have to cruise for several weeks to take advantage of everything. These are just some of the venues for your enjoyment:

*Ripcord by I Fly - Participants enter a tube with air pushing them up, allowing them to “fly” or have the sensation of skydiving.

*North Star - North Star is a pod that extends up and out over the ocean on a snorkel. Passengers enter the pod for a breath-taking ride extending out over the ocean. I suppose it is just for the experience, but I think I will pass on that one.

*Flow Rider - With rushing water mimicking waves, riders can surf in a pool at sea.

*Zip lining - In an open space between the top decks, participants can take a short, but exhilarating ride across the ship.

*Bumper cars - Yes! Bumper cars at sea! I know some grown men who would enjoy this.

*Rock Climbing - If you have ever had the desire to climb a mountain, here is your chance to practice.

*Dreamworks characters - Characters, including Shrek, are a treat for the young kids...and one adult male I know.

Besides these, there are multiple restaurants with varied menus, music and dancing lounges, a library, computers to stay in touch with friends and family, games, a casino, a spa, and great swimming pools with slides.

You can wind down the evening with a stage production each night or relaxing on deck.

It really is non-stop entertainment and dining, and that’s just on one ship.

When the ship docks in port, there are even more activities offered with multiple excursions on and.

The Ovation of the Seas is cruising now in Asia, but will be in Alaska in 2019, and I am going to be on it from Sept. 6-13.

Embarkation is in Seattle which is closer with less expensive airfare than Vancouver or Anchorage The ship cruises the Inside Passage with ports of call at Juneau, Skagway, cruising Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier with one last stop at Victoria, British Columbia, before disembarking back in Seattle. Would love to have you join us on this trip!