Zip line on a cruise ship

Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with a zip line. The zip line is quite high: 9 decks high to be precise. It’s also about 80 feet long. It’s not the same as zip line for real where you have multiple legs, but as close as you’ll get on a cruise ship! You have to remember to have laced shoes with socks and your clothes can’t be wet. You can read the detailed account here.

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Surfing on a cruise ship

Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with simulated surfing machines. We used the FlowRider on the Oasis of the Seas (there are two aboard, one for surfing and the other for boogie boarding) and it was a lot of fun. It’s not the same as surfing for real, but as close as you’ll get on dry land (or a ship)! We’d never done this before so it was tricky. The water moves at 35 to 40 miles per hour. The surface under the water is a little bit padded, but there is a real chance of injury if you fall. You can read the detailed account here.

The Boston aquarium even had a live shark egg with a shark embryo inside

One of the hidden gems at the New England Aquarium is the shark nursery. They had a handful of shark eggs on display with real live tiny little shark embryos inside. This particular one that I recorded on video below is an epaulette shark embryo that is 3 months old. It was set to hatch 1 month later. Thanks to the special lighting you can really see it move around and feed inside the egg. Most people walked by this display since there is so much more going around elsewhere in the aquarium.

You can read the detailed account here.

Petting sharks and sting rays at the aquarium in Boston

The New England Aquarium has a shark and sting ray touch tank!!! I really enjoyed being able to pet these animals. There was such a huge variety of animals in that tank and there wasn’t anything to be afraid of. There was an especially large leopard whiptail stingray that kept coming back. Such a beautiful creature. You can tell from the video that I couldn’t get enough!

You can read the detailed account here.

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