Ice Skating At Sea: The Back Story Explained

Ice skating at sea?  Who would have thought it possible years ago, when cruise vacations for all were taking off as a mainstream travel option?

When Royal Caribbean‘s Voyager of the Seas debuted in 1999, it was a ship of firsts.  The first rock-climbing wall at sea mounted to the ship’s funnel was one of those firsts.  The Royal Promenade, a marble floored street stretching over 3/4 the length of the ship would be a game-changing feature.  As explained in this video, a bit more difficult to add was the ship’s ice skating rink.

Named ‘Studio B’, it was the first ice skating operation at sea.  In this video, Royal Caribbean President Adam Goldstein takes a look back at the challenges of introducing ice skating on a moving vessel. Goldstein reveals interesting facts about the popular venue that continues to ‘Wow’ his guests today.

In addition to ice skating, Voyager of the Seas introduced many of the iconic features that Royal Caribbean guests still love today on Freedom and Oasis class ships.   In addition to the the rock-climbing wall, the Royal Promenade and ice-skating rink, other features proved popular as well.  Highlights include a  full-size basketball court,  mini-golf course, Vitality Spa,  spacious public areas and a spectacular three-story dining room.

Voyager of the Seas also features:

  • 4 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
  • 6 whirlpools
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Center, with classes including yoga and tai chi
  • Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Café, Jade Sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service
  • Portofino Italian restaurant, where for one low cover charge you can choose any items off the menu from appetizer to dessert
  • Casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream