Royal Caribbean International is now the only cruise line in the world to offer on board PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Five Star Dive Centres, enabling guests to become certified scuba divers as part of their holiday.
Royal Caribbean’s new partnership with PADI will see the cruise line offer a range of programmes for both new and experienced divers, from a 30-minute ‘Try Dive Program’ for beginners, to PADI’s ‘Reactivate Program’, which serves as a refresher for certified divers. Prices for these shorter programmes will start at $29 per person.
Guests who are keen to turn their holiday into the ultimate scuba diving experience can enrol in PADI’s ‘Open Water Diver’ course, which is priced from $599 per person and earns participants a complete scuba diving certification. The scuba dive course begins at home with an online course using the PADI Touch™ mobile app or PADI eLearning® program. Once on board, divers will test the waters in the ship’s pool, before completing the course’s four mandatory open-water training dives in some of the world’s most stunning underwater surroundings. Guests will return home as certified scuba divers.
Guests can book their PADI course before embarking through Royal Caribbean’s Cruise Planner, or while on board at one of the PADI Five Star Dive Centres found on ten ships in the fleet, including Oasis, Freedom and Voyager-class ships, as well as the Quantum-class Anthem of the Seas.