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Free Cruise Activities While Traveling On Spectrum Of The Seas

This cutting-edge cruise ship offers endless ways to maximize your stay at no additional cost. Create your own all-inclusive vacation experience with some of the best free things to do when sailing onboard.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on December 2, 2022

There’s no doubt about it — when it comes to game-changing vacation experiences, nothing tops the cutting-edge cruise ships that make up the Royal Caribbean fleet. Every single one offers a head-spinning array of unforgettable activities, entertainment and dining — but if you’re cruising onboard the first-ever Quantum Ultra Class ship — Spectrum of the Seas® — you’re in for some seriously far-out, futuristic feats. One of the best parts about cruising with Royal Caribbean is that so many of the cruise line’s wow-worthy onboard attractions, shows and restaurants are totally complimentary for cruise guests. That means you don’t have to keep a running tally of vacation costs after you’ve booked your getaway — your cruise fare covers a head-spinning list of included onboard activities, events and delicious dining options.

There are so many cool, complimentary experiences onboard Spectrum of the Seas, savvy cruisers know that the best way to maximize every moment of any getaway is to go in with a solid game plan. This way, you can prioritize your favorite attractions and make the most out of each and every day at sea. Keep reading to learn more about the best free things to do onboard this award-winning cruise ship and start planning a vacation travel adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

What Is Included In Spectrum Of The Sea?

Game on with Free Cruise Activities at SeaPlex®

Among its many over-the-top travel experiences, Spectrum of the Seas is home to a huge and enhanced SeaPlex. If you’re new to cruising with Royal Caribbean, this is the largest indoor activity complex at sea. Think of it as a sprawling hub for both classic and high-tech family-friendly activities and entertainment — from bumper cars and roller skating to basketball, soccer, trapeze training and even augmented reality thrills. It’s a great spot to burn off some energy, unleash your competitive streak or just kick back and watch all the action from the upper mezzanine that wraps around the entire complex. Hang out as long as you like — admission and access to all the activities at SeaPlex are complimentary for cruise guests. 

Buckle Up For A Next-level Bumper Car Clash

One of the best free things to do onboard the original Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship is also an amusement park classic — bumper cars with a futuristic twist. Located in the iconic SeaPlex, this guest-favorite Royal Caribbean experience offers hours of fun for both kids and adults. Buckle into your car and get ready for a bouncing, bumping, banging wild ride as you zip and dodge your way across a course peppered with drivers of all ages. You don’t need to make a reservation to enjoy this complimentary onboard attractions and experiences, which is open to any guests who meet the 42-inch height requirement.

Dive Into An Out-of-this-world Augmented Reality Adventure

Like all Quantum and Quantum Ultra Class cruise ships, Spectrum of the Seas is all about feats that push the boundaries of creativity and technology. Expedition Two70 is the perfect example. This kid-favorite, archaeology-themed experience immerses players in four far-out augmented reality games powered by the Royal Caribbean International App. Search the room for artifacts visible only via your mobile device, then scan them to begin a series of challenges. The more challenges you complete, the closer you’ll come to finishing your quest to recover ancient masks.

Tame Some Waves On The Iconic Flowrider®

Guests have been raving about the FlowRider surf simulator since it made its first appearance onboard Freedom of the Seas® in 2006. Now it’s a mainstay on many Royal Caribbean ships, including Spectrum of the Seas® — and one of the best free things to do onboard. Whether you’re a seasoned tide-tamer or totally new to shredding, grab a board and hit the swells funneled by this engineering marvel. You can test your balance and try to coast upright on the rushing water, or go boogie-style on your belly. There’s plenty of stadium seating on either side of the surf simulator, so friends and family can cheer you on as you ride.

Face Off In An Epic Laser Tag Battle On Sea Days

Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line to introduce glow-in-the-dark laser tag at sea — and it’s been a hit ever since. Guests onboard Spectrum of the Seas can suit up and get it on all the action in Battle for Planet ZSM, an intergalactic clash that pits an alien scouting party against the remnant of a robot civilization. Join a side and go head-to-head with your opponents in this exhilarating, included onboard activity. The mission is simple: emerge victorious and claim dominion of the last planet for light years around. Little ones aged five and older can participate, and you can play as many times as you like — Battle for Planet Z is free to cruise guests and reservations are not required.

Catch Some Sun Rays On The Pool Deck

The pool deck is the place to be on any Royal Caribbean cruise — especially onboard Spectrum of the Seas. This record-setting ship features tons of space to kick back, unwind and enjoy the shade or the sunshine. For little ones, there’s Splashaway BaySM Aqua Park, a splash zone loaded with colorful waterslides, interactive fountains, water cannons and whirlpools designed for tots to tweens. And for grown-ups there’s the Solarium, an adults-only retreat with tranquil swimming pools, whirlpools, dazzling sea views and a full-service bar. That’s in addition to the ship’s main pool, where the live music, good vibes and sun-soaked action never stops. Access to all of the ship's pools and loungers is complimentary for cruise guests.

Snap Up The Sky-high Views In North Star®

Nothing elevates a Royal Caribbean cruise getaway like a ride up in North Star — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise deck. This incredible observation capsule gently lifts you 300 feet above sea level to offer unrivaled 360-degree views of the surrounding sights. Soak up the vistas and snap a few wow-worthy selfies. When the scenery or the light has changed, come back and do it again for a whole new perspective. Rides in North Star are one of the top free things to do onboard, and you don’t even have to make a reservation. 

Settle In For The Best Cruise Entertainment At Sea

Royal Caribbean has won countless awards for its spellbinding onboard cruise entertainment. Each and every ship in the fleet offers captivating performances, from musicals inspired by the productions on Broadway and the West End, to electrifying ice-skating shows and thrilling theatrics that blend aerial stunts and synchronized swimming. Onboard Spectrum of the Seas, you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from every night of your cruise getaway — like the dazzling dance-fueled production ShowgirlTM, the tech-, music- and theater-blending production titled The Silk RoadTM, virtual concerts in stunning 4K and jam-worthy cover bands performing live at Music Hall. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find plenty of unforgettable ways to light up every night — and it’s all complimentary.

Dine At Delicious Free Restaurants Included In Your Cruise Getaway

In between onboard thrills, poolside relaxation and awe-inspiring entertainment, fuel up for even more fun at sea with a slew of foodie-approved dining options onboard. The always-popular Windjammer offers something for everyone during breakfast, lunch and dinner — from just-pressed paninis and crisp salads to golden buttermilk-fried chicken, homemade noodle dishes and Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh pork. For the perfect poolside snack, there’s Dog House, serving up a series of gourmet hot dogs topped any way you like them. Sorrento’s is famous for its crave-worthy pizza, served late into the night. And no cruise is complete without dinner in the sprawling Main Dining Room, where every meal is a multi-course affair that takes you from Jamaica to Jaipur. The best part? The delicious food at all of these restaurants is served at no additional cost.

These are just some of the top free things to do onboard the acclaimed Spectrum of the Seas — there are plenty of other included activities and experiences waiting for you, like poolside movie nights under the stars, game shows, guest entertainment and so much more. Discover all of the inclusive cruise; activities, shows, restaurants, bars, and onboard lounges for the ultimate travel planning insights when creating the best cruise getaway.


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