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How to Enjoy a Parents-Only Escape Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas

Feeling short on vacation time or only able to leave the kids with the grandparents for a quick weekend getaway? As parents, we know how important it is to get a few uninterrupted days together. And how hard it can be to make that happen! 

So, we’ve found the perfect parents-only escape for you. It’s just one weekend. Three whole glorious nights packed with opportunities to savor the quality time you and your spouse have been craving. 

Ready to hear what it is? 

Royal Caribbean’s three-night cruise through the Caribbean, while aboard Mariner of the Seas. Picture white sandy beaches, fruity drinks in hand, magnificent views, and endless adventure. 

We set sail to test the waters and, today, we’re giving you the inside scoop. Get ready to “Weekend Like You Mean It!”

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Itinerary: 

A weekend doesn’t seem like much of a break, does it? But this one will—we promise. See just how much you can do during this jam-packed three-night cruise. 

  • Friday: Depart from Port Canaveral. Get to town early so you can hit the ground running! Feel the sand beneath your feet at the beach, load up on local seafood at one of The Cove at Port Canaveral’s waterfront restaurants, and even snag some forgotten items at Cocoa Beach Surf Company. Then, climb aboard Mariner of the Seas. You’ll kick off your weekend getaway with a beautiful evening on the water as you sail away to the Caribbean, leaving all your stress and worries behind! 
  • Saturday: Wake Up in Nassau. Spend the day venturing around this breathtaking Bahamian town! The local food and shopping opportunities are endless. You can even lace-up your walking shoes for a trek up a significant landmark known as Queen’s Staircase. Or, take an excursion to the one and only Atlantis and spend the day swimming with dolphins. Whatever you choose to do, however, you’ll have no regrets! 
  • Sunday: Spend the Perfect Day at CocoCay. From sun-up to sun-down, you’ll feel like a kid again while savoring Royal Caribbean’s private island appropriately named Perfect Day at CocoCay. Hop off the ship to race down the tallest waterslide in North America. Then, soak up your kid-free alone time at the Oasis Lagoon as you float through the waters of the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. And when you need to fill your cup up with a fruity concoction, make your way to the swim-up bar. There are plenty of complimentary dining options to keep you satisfied, too!
  • Monday: Hop off at Port Canaveral. While you won’t be ready for this dream weekend to end, the time has come to disembark the ship and get back to the kiddos. If you have some time to spare, however, continue exploring all that the Space Coast has to offer—from shopping at Historic Cocoa Village to marveling at the attractions and experiences found within the Kennedy Space Center!

About Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas:

The newly amplified Mariner of the Seas is packed with endless fun. Test your balance skills on the FlowRider surf simulator or speed down the Perfect Storm water slide! 

And when you’re ready to push that refresh button, make your way to the adults-only pool area called the Solarium (no, it’s not too good to be true!). Then, check yourself into the spa to help your mind (and body) enter full relaxation mode. 

Oh, and you can’t forget to treat your taste buds to unique dining experiences for an extra charge at either Jamie’s Italian, Izumi, or Chops Grille. With Tuscan-inspired Italian, impeccable sushi, and hearty steaks, you won’t be disappointed. 

Late Night Entertainment: 

Who needs a bedtime when you’re traveling without the kids? Watch the sun set and let the grown-up fun begin with late-night adult game shows, comedians who will make you laugh until your sides hurt, and karaoke to sing and dance the evening away. 

You can even rock out at the 80s dance party or enjoy the live-action “Under The Big Top” ice skating show! (Yes, that’s right. We said an ice skating show on a cruise ship.) Or, if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at blackjack or play a slot machine (or two) in the casino.

And we’re sure you’ll be on the hunt for the tastiest drink to sip on, right? If so, take your pick from the creative cocktails menu in the Bamboo Room. And for your favorite beers on tap, stop by PlayMakers Bar

Perfect Day at CocoCay:

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Your own slice of paradise awaits at Perfect Day at CocoCay! This tropical oasis is a private island reserved just for Royal Caribbean guests like you. And believe us when we say that it’s the best way to hit that refresh button and feel rejuvenated once again.  

Veg out on Chill Island where you can, well, “chill” at the floating bar or in a relaxing hammock. Want a little more privacy and maybe a midday snooze? Reserve a comfy seaside daybed. And if you don’t feel like swimming in the ocean, CocoCay’s Oasis Lagoon is calling your name.

But, you might just be feeling up for more adventure rather than relaxing on the beach. If that’s the case, you’re in luck! The island has just the right dose of thrill-seeking attractions. Speed through the salty air on the zip line. Or go Up Up & Away in the island’s helium balloon for an unbeatable view of CocoCay. And if you want to feel like a kid again, trek up the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Tower, which features the tallest waterslide in North America!

Tripbound Travel Tip: Your cruise fare includes Perfect Day at CocoCay. Plus, if you purchased the drink package, it carries over onto the island, which means no surprise extra charges once you get home. Keep in mind, however, that certain attractions (such as the water park, zip line, and helium balloon) do require an additional purchase.

The Investment:

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With “Weekend Like You Mean It” reservations starting at just $329 a person for an interior cabin, this three-night cruise makes for an affordable, yet perfect couples-only getaway! Plus, if you take advantage of Royal Caribbean’s BOGO 60% off offer, that balcony cabin at $454 won’t be out of reach. 

The best part? There are more than 90 weekend days available to book each year, meaning you can savor this escape from the daily grind whenever works best for your schedule, your kid’s school and sports schedules, and, of course, the grandparents’ schedule. Not to mention, flights into Orlando are some of the most inexpensive available!

So, no more excuses. Team up with Tripbound’s cruise specialists to plan this ultimate parents-only weekend getaway ASAP! 

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