In case you missed my numerous Facebook and Instagram posts last week, you might not know that my family and I spent the week cruising on Royal Carribean’s new ship, The Quantum of the Seas. We were originally drawn to the boat because it was newly released and there are tons of activities to do for the kids.
This boat is massive, I mean really big.
Oddly, the boat left from New York so the first 2 days were chilly which left us plenty of time to check out all of the activities. I was determined to keep up with my fitness because I knew that I would not be eating my normal foods. Translation: I was going to eat a lot of crap this week.
First up-There were daily FlyWheel cycle classes on board. I had never done Flywheel before and was excited to check it out. These classes rocked! I loved the music and the class format. I can honestly say I was dripping with sweat. They have a “scoreboard” of sorts that shows you were you are in terms of power compared to the rest of the class. I was psyched to see that I was at the top of the leader board and once that happened, I wasn’t about to let anyone else win the next day. I kept the lead going all week. If only I could figure out how to translate that quick leg turnover and competitiveness into running.
Didn’t hurt to have a cute Australian instructor for extra motivation.
Next up we were rock climbing on the top deck of the boat. This was a little scarier than I thought and I kind of chickened out before I got to the top. Serious upper body workout. My son did really well making it up to the top. A lot harder than it looks for sure. Love our helmets!
We then headed over for some Trapeze classes. I loved this! It was really scary walking up the ladder and then looking down. Standing on the platform and grabbing the bar, my heart was beating so fast. Literally a leap of faith but once I let go, such a blast. I was able to pull my legs over the bar and hang upside down. Serious fun!
One of the coolest activities was the “IFly” sky diving simulator onboard the ship. I don’t have all of our pictures yet from this but you suit up like you are going actual sky diving and then learn the basics from your “flight instructor”. I would describe it as a wind tunnel tube with 60-75 mile an hour winds. It is the feeling the sky diving without jumping out of a plane or using parachutes. We entered the tunnel one at a time with our instructor for 60 second “flights”. The key is to relax and let the wind lift you up. This was such a unique experience like nothing I have ever done before. We all did it twice and I can’t wait to do it again sometime. They are starting to open franchises around the country so hopefully it will be more widespread. You can check their website here to see if there is one near you. I thought I was going to be afraid but really it was so relaxing and fun.
After that, we did yoga and TRX classes. There was even a one mile charity walk around the outdoor running track to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. Our cabins were on Deck 6 and the activities were on Deck 14 & 15. I had a no elevator policy most of the trip so we logged lots of steps too. This was certainly one of the most active vacations we ever had. Good thing because I certainly enjoyed the freshly baked cookies every afternoon. Writing this all down is exhausting me and I think I need a vacation from our vacation.
We certainly kept busy and moving last week while having lots of family fun. The best kind of vacation for me. It is not often that we all have a chance to do the same activities together and we made some great memories on this trip.
How did you keep busy during the Holidays? What was your favorite family moment?