By Mary Luz Mejia | Published on March 28, 2022
The best way to bond with your daughter on vacation? A mother daughter day at sea, where you can take part in adrenaline-pumping activities or relax in royal comfort. The world onboard is your oyster.
No matter the age of the daughter who will be joining you at sea, there's an ocean's worth of choices for when you're looking for mommy daughter date ideas. From high-energy activities for the thrill-seekers to entertaining options for theater lovers to relaxing pursuits for ladies who want to be pampered like queens for the day, you'll be making memories that will last long beyond your time onboard.
If you're a mom-and-daughter duo that's ready to take part in some thrills, you'll find cardio-boosting activities aplenty. Why not start with an exercise class at a state-of-the-art fitness facility? You can take part in Pilates, yoga, spinning and sculpting classes offered onboard by trained instructors. Reserving in advance is recommended and there are fees for some classes, so check ahead.
Grab a post-recovery smoothie on your way to The Ride of Your Life, an onboard zip line experience that takes you 10 decks up! Mom, show your teen that you're still a daredevil by going first and flying out above the Boardwalk®. No reservations are required, so you can try this one anytime!
Get vertical on a rock climbing wall, where you can climb 40 feet above the deck, all at your own pace. If you're still ready for more, test out your surfing skills on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator, which has 30,000 gallons of rushing water.
If you'd rather get your adrenaline rush on outdoor waterslides, suit up and go to the only headfirst mat racer waterslide at sea: Riptide℠. A translucent tube sends you soaring through a twisting series of turns over the side of the ship for an exhilarating, water-soaked ride to the bottom!
Looking for more action? You can take a fencing or archery class led by seasoned pros, play a round of mini-golf or a game of tennis or jump into a bumper car at SeaPlex®.
When it's time to get red-carpet ready before heading out to your choice of onboard entertainment, you can take your daughter to the new To Dry For℠ blow dry bar, where you can get a fresh blowout or try a new hairstyle or manicure. Royal Caribbean prides itself on offering a wide variety of live entertainment at sea, including the second-longest running musical on Broadway, "Cats," as well as smash hits such as "Mamma Mia!," "Grease" and "Hairspray."
Royal Caribbean also has its own in-house production company that brings you world-class, original performances in every genre, from aerial acrobatics and high-diving stunt shows to contemporary dance and musical performances like Sonic Odyssey. Reserve your spot in advance if these are must-do's for you.
As the first and only cruise line with ice skating rinks, you can take to the ice or watch an ice skating spectacular, with pro skaters performing everything from traditional routines to the more contemporary "iSkate," a stunt-based, adrenaline rush of a show where freestyle jumps on ice are choreographed to blood-pumping tunes.
At the end of your mother daughter day, head outside and catch a first-run movie on a 220-square-foot screen as you comfortably lounge on the pool deck. If a big sporting event is happening, chances are that'll be shown live, too (available on select ships).
Are you up for some mother-daughter singing time? If you're on the Allure of Seas®, make sure you show off your skills at the Spotlight℠ Karaoke, where you can perform on the main stage or host your own show for the rest of the family in a private room.
Some mothers and daughters prefer to enjoy the open sea by soothing daily stresses away through the pro ministrations of a professional masseuse. You can try one or a combination of spa treatments onboard your ship, including manicures, pedicures, a spa day pass, facials for various skin types, body exfoliation and wrap treatments. Whatever your idea of nirvana is, the Vitality Spa likely has it.
Post-pampering, take a stroll to the onboard duty-free stores for a deal on a designer handbag, clothing, jewelry or fragrance that can be a keepsake of your time onboard. After you've worked up an appetite with your shopping, head to one of your favorite dining destinations onboard and take a few selfies. If you want, write each other a letter about what made your day so special and wait to open it until you're back at home. This way, you can make your perfect trip last even longer.