Key West, Florida, provides Royal Holiday Cruises travelers with a wealth of opportunities for fun and relaxation. Rich in history, the city has become popular with tourists from all over the world for its nightlife, water sports, sandy beaches, and vibrant street performances. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway frequented Sloppy Joe’s bar, and Hemingway’s Key West home on Whitehead Street has become a museum that is also home to dozens of six-toed cats descended from the author’s own pet. To celebrate its geographic prominence, the city erected an enormous concrete replica of a buoy at the intersection of South and Whitehead Streets, to mark the southernmost point in the continental United States. Ever since its construction in 1983, the buoy has featured in countless vacation photographs. Your Royal Holiday Cruises trip to Key West is definitely not a time to forget your camera.
Royal Holiday Cruises travelers should also be sure to experience the nightly sunset celebrations in Mallory Square, where jugglers, fire-eaters, tightrope walkers, escape artists and other buskers and street performers entertain eager crowds. Mallory Square, situated along the Old Town waterfront, also offers a variety of shops and distinctive dining venues. The wildly popular Hog’s Breath Saloon features outdoor and indoor seating and regular entertainment performances.
An Old Town Trolley Tour of the city will take Royal Holiday Cruises passengers from one exciting local attraction to another. You can visit Key West’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! on historic Duval Street, or see a production at the Waterfront Playhouse Theater, housed in a mid-19th century building. The entire family will enjoy the Key West Aquarium, with its shark tanks, turtle habitats, and opportunities to get up close with mantas, barracudas, and rainbows of tropical fish.
No Royal Holiday Cruises vacation would be complete without a day at the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Go back in time to the mid-1850s amid reenactments, artifacts, and film footage that bring the wreck of the ship Isaac Allerton to life. You will soon discover how Key West made its fortune through the efforts of wrecking and salvage crews that profited from the many disasters on nearby reefs.
If you and your family want to soak up still more history on your Royal Holiday Cruises vacation, visit the Harry S. Truman Little White House, the winter residence of the nation’s 33rd president. The museum now holds collections of presidential papers and other historical memorabilia.
Additionally, Key West offers Royal Holiday Cruises visitors the chance to experience superior deep-sea fishing. Charter a boat from a local marina or pier in search of tuna, tarpon, snapper, wahoo, and several other species of fish. And don’t neglect the wide range of other opportunities for water sports: enjoy snorkeling amid coral reefs, windsurfing, parasailing, paddle boarding, water skiing, or even a ride on a banana boat. Select water adventure packages may include picnic lunches and additional fun such as catamaran trips, rock wall climbing, 20-foot-high inflatable slides, and mini-slides on board your watercraft for the kids.