Updated 4th July 2017

 

Happy Independence Day! The fourth of July marks the anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain 239 years ago. Celebrations take place all over the US and beyond – even at sea!

American cruise liners throw various festivities onboard, from BBQs and themed parties to eating contests and family fun. Red, white and blue are the colours of the day.

Some cruise lines get their appeal from their distinctly ‘American’ style of cruising, here are just some of what the larger cruise lines have to offer.

XXL EVERYTHING!

In the US everything is big – from the high rise skyscrapers of New York City to the generous meal portions in an all-American diner. American ships are generally much larger than their British counterparts.

For example, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas carries nearly 6,000 people onboard and has listless entertainment facilities. With its seven neighbourhoods and central Boardwalk, it’s truly a city at sea.

royal caribbean symphony of the seas

State-of-the-art entertainment

With all that space, there is plenty of room for hundreds of activities onboard American-style ships. Bowling alleys, waterslides, sky diving, surfing, roller disco, bumper cars, 3D IMAX; not to mention Disney’s fireworks at sea.

At the forefront of innovation, American ships certainly offer something for everyone – you may even be too busy to sit by the pool!

Royal Caribbean even have Royal iQ, a state-of-the-art app that gives you a personalised calendar to plan your life at sea, connect with friends and family onboard, plan your tours, dining, activities and more.

Hamburgers

Americans take their food seriously and so do the American cruise lines. From gourmet poolside burgers and American Italian pizzas, to first class steak houses. Luxury American line, Oceania Cruises, boast a whole 32oz portion of 28 day dry-aged steak!

Celebrity chefs frequently collaborate with onboard dining. Carnival Cruise Line’s popular burger bar is championed by Guy Fieri and our very own Jamie Oliver’s Italian can be found onboard Royal Caribbean's fleet.

Hollywood at sea

Disney Cruise Line set a trend by bringing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to sea. Themed cruises include Disney’s Frozen cruise, Star Wars at Sea and of course, Disney itself, creators of the most loved animations in the world.

More cruise lines have followed suit including Norwegian Cruise Line with their specialist ‘The Walking Dead’ cruise, and Royal Caribbean offer the Dreamworks experience.

The American cruise lines also put on hot-off-the-press performances straight from Broadway – shows include Cats, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia! amongst many more.

With an American cruise line you can rest easy knowing you’ll be extremely well fed, have an overwhelming choice of entertainment and activities and no day will ever be the same.

By Chloe