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Everything You Need to Know about Flowrider on Royal Caribbean

Updated: Sep 21


Surfing on FlowRider

I say it in every post but cruising with Royal Caribbean offers an abundance of excitement and entertainment, and one of my experiences that will get your adrenaline pumping is the FlowRider. Whether you're an experienced surfer or a total newbie, this onboard attraction promises a wave-riding adventure like no other. In this blog post, I'll dive into the exhilarating world of FlowRider on Royal Caribbean and explore what makes it a must-try activity on your cruise vacation, along with what ships you'll find it on!


What is Flowrider?

Flowrider on Royal Caribbean

FlowRider is a surf simulator that Royal Caribbean has brought to its ships, allowing guests to catch a wave right in the middle of the ocean. It's an adrenaline-pumping experience that combines elements of surfing, bodyboarding, and skateboarding, all on a specially designed, state-of-the-art surf machine.


Flowriders were originally created as a business on land and later partnered with Royal Caribbean to put it on their ships. It quickly became one of the more popular activities on the ships and now some even have multiple Flowriders on board! Flowrider is included with your cruise fare but because of its popularity lines can be long and it's not open all the time. Tip: Embarkation day & port days often have the least wait time for Flowrider!


What if I don't know how to surf?


You can take Flowrider lessons while onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. These can be booked through your cruise planner starting 3 months before your cruise but you can also book them onboard. Royal Caribbean calls them private lessons but you'll actually be in a group of 6 - 8 with, usually with 2 instructors. Classes currently cost $69 for an hour long lesson.


How Long Can I Ride?

Boogie Board on Flowrider

I think this can vary based on how long the line is but the basic rule is until you fall off your board. If you fall right away they will generally give you another chance or two to try again but even experienced riders generally aren't on the board for more than a few minutes. You'll definitely be entertained by other surfers while you wait in line.



Are there any restrictions for Flowrider?


Cruisers must be 52" to boogie board on Flowrider and 58" to stand up. Cruisers must also be at least 6 years old to ride and any guest between the ages of 6 - 12 must be with an adult.


What if I don't want to wait in line?


On some ships, there are also some private sessions for guests staying in Star Class Suites and guests who have purchased The Key. If either apply to you then you'll be able to ride without standing in a long line. You can also book private lessons which would give you more riding time.



What Royal Caribbean Ships Have Flowrider?


  • Freedom of the Seas

  • Liberty of the Seas

  • Independence of the Seas

  • Oasis of the Seas (Two Flowriders)

  • Allure of the Seas (Two Flowriders)

  • Harmony of the Seas (Two Flowriders)

  • Symphony of the Seas (Two Flowriders)

  • Quantum of the Seas

  • Anthem of the Seas

  • Ovation of the Seas

  • Navigator of the Seas

  • Voyager of the Seas

  • Explorer of the Seas

  • Mariner of the Seas

  • Odyssey of the Seas

  • Wonder of the Seas

  • Spectrum of the Seas

  • Icon of the Seas (Coming 2024)

  • Utopia of the Seas (Coming 2024)

While Royal Caribbean is hands down my favorite line to cruise with kids, they do have A LOT of ships and each ship has different offerings and it can get confusing very quickly when you're trying an itinerary on a ship with all the things you just can't live without! We're here to help! Fill out this form or send us an email or call/text us at 800-368-3395 and we'll help you find the perfect ship for your next cruise. That's not all we do, we can also help you make your travel arrangements and even book dinner and show reservations for you and it doesn't cost you a single penny! Contact us today and learn more about how we can make your next cruise headache and hassle free!


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