This week’s outtake from my book ‘Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships’ is a low-angle view from Central Park on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.

Taking a walk in the park in the open-atrium of one of RCI’s Oasis-class megaships is just one of the many innovations to be found on the ever-larger cruise ships built in the past decade by the major cruise lines. Surf simulators, rock-climbing walls, skydiving wind tunnels, zip lines, flying bicycles, carousels, bumper cars, and water slides in a plethora of configurations are all innovations that are colorfully illustrated in ‘Cruising the World.’ 

In addition to ocean cruises, there are many more kinds of cruises to discover in ‘Cruising the World.’ Copies of the 208-page coffee table book can be ordered at where a special holiday discount will save you 25% off the retail price by using code SAVE25. The book makes a great gift this holiday season for cruisers and prospective cruisers alike. 

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