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Pure fun, Royal Caribbean style: The top three wildest on board activities

David Kriso has won 2nd and 3rd place in the "Men's International Belly-flop Competition".
David Kriso has won 2nd and 3rd place in the "Men's International Belly-flop Competition".
David Kriso

Everyone has gone on a cruise at least once. Everyone has their favorite cruise line. Some enjoy the "Freestyle" concept on board Norwegian Cruise Line. Some prefer the more laid back atmosphere on board Princess, Cunard, and Celebrity. Some like the plain “fun” on board Carnival. The one cruise line which does a tremendous job with its on board activities is Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean has activities available for everyone. From day one to the very end, Royal Caribbean knows how to keep guests busy and most of all, well-entertained. With so much to do, it’s hard to wonder why so many never want to leave the ship.

Royal Caribbean is a favorite amongst millions. There are activities which passengers enjoy participating in on every cruise. Here are a few of passengers' favorites. The #3 favorite event takes place on pool deck. The #3 favorite is the “World's Sexiest Man” competition. This is the competition which the ladies cannot miss. The contest is fairly simple, but highly tempting. Eight men voluntarily sign up to be contestants. A panel of women is assembled to act as judges. The “World's Sexiest Man” competition is a one-round event. All eight contestants, made up of men of all ages, have to put on a sexy dance routine, showing their legs and strutting their stuff before the ladies. Time to time, there is some contact made in between the contestants and the judges. It’s all part of the excitement and greatly influences the judging. It is one wild show of high expectations and an event truly enjoyed by all. Once all of the contestants have done their stuff, the judges deliberate on who will win which of three places. The third place medal (bronze) is awarded to Mr. Hair...the man with the best hairy legs. The second place medal (silver) is awarded to Mr. Tourist, who looks like...gee, that's a tough one. Does anyone know what a tourist looks like? Finally, the first place medal (gold) is awarded to the "World's Sexiest Man". However the ladies pick him, is up to them. The characteristics are those which only the ladies can decide. This is one wild and exciting event anyone will remember. For all gentlemen who wish to participate, the ladies will be asking for their autograph all-cruise-long. It's no lie. Plus, they might be asked to exchange phone numbers with the ladies.

At the midpoint of any Royal Caribbean cruise, the #2 favorite on board activity gets everyone's energy levels flowing. It is “The Quest” game show. "The Quest" is the wildest and most energetic game show on the high seas. “The Quest” is an on-site adult scavenger hunt. It is an event intended for a mature audience. The audience is split up into teams. The cruise director’s staff calls on two to sometimes four people from each section to be team captains. Throughout the game, the team captains are put through a challenging race of time and speed. Each section of the audience, or team, contributes to the competition. Even the audience is counted on by the team captains to help them accomplish each "quest".

"The Quest" game show kicks off. The cruise director is the game show host. He/She announces what items are needed to be brought forward. At the start, the cruise director might ask for a twenty dollar bill, a Cruise Compass, a women’s purse (empty), or a hair pin. As the show progresses, the tasks get more and more risque. The cruise director will begin asking team captains to bring out items such as six belts tied together, a condom, a woman wearing a piercing anywhere on the body other than the ears, or even two women’s bras not being worn. Guests from each team are later asked to do some crazy things like forming a twelve-person pyramid or the men being tempted to dress up like women. They have to use articles of clothing volunteered by the female captains or members of the audience. At the end, the team captains receive first (Gold), second (Silver), and third place (Bronze) medals depending on the total points accumulated. It’s a late night event for passengers to highlight in their “Cruise Compass”. Further, it’s an event loaded with bizarre moments to share with friends and family at home.

Unlike the "World's Sexiest Man" competition, there is one competition which the men are always looking forward to. The #1 favorite event is the “Men’s International Belly-flop Competition”. Anyone who wishes to watch this event, he/she must find a good spot in the pool area FAST. It seems that all of the ladies take up the entire pool side edge. No one needs to ask why. It’s a no-brainer. The pool deck is jam packed with just about everyone. Passengers even convene upstairs to the sun deck to get a good view of the event. Here’s how the "Men's International Belly-flop Competition" goes. Eight men voluntarily and bravely sign up to participate. Minutes later, the event kicks off. The cruise director hosts the competition. The wooden jumping platform, known as "The Hurt Box", is brought out and placed at the head of the pool. Once it's in place, the competition begins.

The rules of the "Men's International Belly-flop Competition" are fairly simple. The competition consists of two rounds. Each of the eight contestants have to perform two jumps, one in each round. The first jump is scored on style and grace. The second round is based on splash factor and SELF-INFLICTED PAIN. The passengers judge both jumps, on a score of 1 to 5. The passengers must brace themselves during the both rounds. Those passengers who are sitting at pool side CAN AND WILL GET WET. Once both rounds are completed, the scores are tallied up. The top three belly-floppers are awarded first, second, and third place medals. The first, second, and third place winners end up being treated like the MVPs of the cruise. The Men's International Belly-flop Competition is not just one of the most fun activities on board. It’s an event featured on the “Cruise In Review” DVD. Further, it’s an event which he will definitely want to be featured on YouTube.

Royal Caribbean’s on board atmosphere is extraordinary. It is definitely unlike any other. From embarkation day to the morning of disembarkation, the level of excitement is unsurpassed. The cruise director’s staff works tirelessly and extremely hard to make sure that everyone's on board experience is over-the-top unforgettable. The passengers can count on it! Royal Caribbean provides a special experience for all ages. Cruisers of all ages are invited that they dare to take part in “The Quest”, the “Men’s International Belly Flop Competition”, and the “World's Sexiest Man” competition. They are all great opportunities to make their Royal Caribbean cruise experience the utmost incomparable and indescribable. Royal Caribbean is not just a world class cruise line. It is a cruise line with an on board atmosphere “anchored” in memories forged by all.

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