Get a latitude adjustment with a Royal Caribbean cruise

Michelle and Karl Teel

Imagine going from home to warm island relaxation without stepping on a plane — and while playing, exploring and enjoying delicious dining along the way. Perfectly convenient to Virginia, D.C., Delaware, and nearby states, Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas provides unwind-ready escapes year-round from the Port of Baltimore.

Set your mind to island time

Hop on a 5-night sailing from Baltimore to King’s Wharf, Bermuda, where your first order of business might be getting a look at the island’s famous pink sands. From the tiny red shells that give the beaches their blush to the Crystal Caves, Bermuda is an island of wonders. Suit up for some of the world’s best wreck diving, play golf overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or take Afternoon Tea in a lush garden. Give yourself more time to unwind with a 12- night Southern Caribbean sailing on Grandeur of the Seas, including visits to St. Thomas, St. John, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

Colorful sunsets, blue waters and warm beaches add up to endless ease. But there are thrills, too, whether it’s a bar-gain spree in “the duty-free capital of the world” or soaring 700 feet above the sea in the Skyride to Paradise Point. Royal Caribbean’s 9-night South Coast & Baha-mas cruises add some must-see U.S. cities to your island-bound journey.

Cruise from Baltimore with stops in Charleston, Orlando (Port Canaveral), and Miami. CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island is a Bahamian paradise filled with water sports. And in Nassau, turquoise waters, vibrant Junkanoo culture and a pirate past make every moment a discovery.

Play like a kid

Whether you’re traveling as a family, a couple, or with friends, Grandeur of the Seas has an array of ways to keep everyone smiling, exploring and making memories. Get the adrenaline pumping at the Rock Climbing Wall, hit the Video Arcade for a mix of classic and modern games, and work up a sweat at the state-of-the-art Vitality Fitness Center, with classes ranging from kickboxing to yoga.

Royal Caribbean’s complimentary award-winning Adventure Ocean Youth Program offers activities for all ages in a supervised and enriching environment. The Youth Program is kids-only, but that’s okay, because grownups have the Solarium, an adults-only retreat with pool and lounge area. Then everyone can come together for live Broadway-style entertainment, amazing aerial shows at Centrum, or a dive-in movie at the pool.

Delicious flavors, day and night

Grandeur of the Seas invites you to take your pick of complimentary options like Park Café and Brasserie 30, as well as upscale specialty restaurants Chops Grille, Chef’s Table, Izumi, and Giovanni’s Table. From sushi to filet mignon, dinner is always a culinary master-piece. The mixologists are pretty masterful as well. Eight bars and lounges include R Bar, bringing back a sophisticated 1960s vibe, com-plete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails.

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