Universal Orlando and Royal Caribbean Partner to Create Two Great Vacations in One

*Disclosure: I recently attended a media trip with Universal Orlando and Royal Caribbean International; travel and accommodations were provided. All opinions here are honest and my own.

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Universal Orlando and Royal Caribbean have formed a partnership that means more fun, more adventure, and more memories for families wanting to make the most out of their vacation.

Universal Orlando Royal Caribbean Ultimate Florida Vacation

Called the “Ultimate Florida Vacation,” here’s how it works:

  • choose from a 3/4-night Bahamas cruise, 4/5-night Western Caribbean cruise, or a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean, then
  • choose 3 or 4-day admission to Universal Orlando’s Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

You can customize your package to visit Universal Orlando either before or after your cruise. All transfers between the airport, hotel (if staying on-site at Universal Orlando), and cruise port are included in your package. If you do stay on-site at Universal Orlando, you will receive Early Park Admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as Universal Express passes to skip the regular lines on rides (paid theme park admission required).

My 6yo son Eli and I were able to go on this “double duty vacation” earlier this month, and it was quite an experience!

We visited Universal Orlando first, and excitedly explored every corner of both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. We became Minions, fought alongside Transformers, and soared high in the air with Harry Potter. It was fantastic to watch Eli light up at everything there was to see and do.

Eli and I at Universal Studios Universal Orlando

Staying on-site at Universal Orlando at Loews Royal Pacific Resort was both relaxing and incredibly convenient, as we were just a short walk or water taxi ride away from the parks. It was nice to be able to give Eli a break when he needed to rest, but then to quickly get right back into the action when he was ready to go.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Universal Orlando

Our transfer from Universal Orlando to Royal Caribbean’s Port Canaveral cruise port was a comfortable 40-minute drive, and the moment of pulling up to our ship – Freedom of the Seas – was incredibly exciting!

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Eli and I had an amazing experience on board Freedom of the Seas – I never knew before sailing with Royal Caribbean that there are so many activities for children and families on a cruise. We played mini golf, swam to our heart’s content, watched movies and a fabulous black-light puppet show, and even learned how to decorate cupcakes.

Eli and I learning to decorate cupcakes on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas

Combining two great vacations in one with this Ultimate Florida Vacation from Universal Orlando and Royal Caribbean gave us an incredible range of experiences. From thrills to relaxation, from familiar favorites to new people and places, we could hardly believe by the end of our trip all the things we had done. We were gone 10 days in all, and made some truly unforgettable memories.

To learn more about this partnership, and more ways that Royal Caribbean offers you “double duty vacations,” visit RoyalCaribbean.com/Universal.