Ultimate Guide To The RipCord By iFLY On Royal Caribbean

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Did you know that you could get a real sky diving experience onboard a cruise ship? The RipCord by iFly is a skydiving simulator that allows guests to experience the sensation of free-fall in a controlled, safe environment. We tried the Ripcord on Anthem of the seas and it feels just like a real skydiving experience that you can do without jumping out of a plane!

If you a looking for a cruise packed with family activities, the RipCord By iFLY On Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class Ship’s offers adrenaline junkies of all ages the chance to experience sky diving in a safe controlled environment.

Guide To The RipCord By iFLY On Royal Caribbean

How old do you have to be for the RipCord on Royal Caribbean
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What Is The Ripcord By iFly? Ripcord By iFly is a sky diving simulator which allows you to experience the sky diving at sea feeling without having to jump out of a plane. And what better place to do that than at sea. It is even pretty amazing to watch especially when the instructor has a go!

The sensation of flying takes place inside a 23-foot tall glass flight chamber, thus giving guests the chance to fly while taking in stunning ocean views. The I-fly chamber overlooks the Flo-rider and is situated on the back of the ship. There is also a viewing platform for friends and family so they can look and take photos.

Which Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship’s Have iFly?

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The iFLY can be found on all Quantum Class Ships as follows;

  • Odyssey Of The Seas
  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Ovation of the Seas
  • Spectrum of the Seas

iFly Restrictions

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How old do you have to be to ride the RipCord by iFLY? This a great family activity as you only have to be a minimum of 3 years old to take part on iFLY.

There are also weight restrictions and you must weigh less than 103 kg (16.2 stone) if shorter than 6ft. Or less than 93 kg (14.6 stone) if 6ft or taller.

You must check in 10 minutes before your reservation and must sign a warning disclaimer.

Do You Have To Pay For RipCord by iFly?

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The Ripcord used to be included in the price of your cruise however fees do now apply and are subject to change but we have heard charges varying from $29 – $50. Although you can sometimes book a free session on a sea day. However sometimes there are free sessions on port days. There will be a lot more people in your group and yu may have to wait. Paying for your session will give you more one to one and two goes at the iFLY.

It is recommended to book your session as soon as you board the ship, as slots fill up quickly. Reservations can be made via the Royal Caribbean app or at the RipCord by iFly counter.

Can You Ride the iFly Free?

Ripcord I-fly The instructor showing how its done
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On many cruises, the iFly is free on port day, but must be booked immediately as you board as the free spaces run out quickly. To book the iFly, simply book via your Royal Caribbean app, or ask a member of staff to help you.

There were lots of free spots on our port day but we had to book the night before when they showed up on the app around 8pm.

Do You Have To Do iFly Training?

Ripcord Ifly Training session watching the film
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Yes, before taking flight you must register and take part in a training course. There is a small training room where will be shown an overview video. You care then taken though and taught the correct flight position and hand signals from accredited instructors.

What do you need to wear on the IFly?

Ripcord Ifly suits Onboard Anthem of the Seas
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You Must wear closed toe shoes and something that fits under the suit like gym gear. Before you must remove all loose articles and jewellery including rings. You will then be outfitted in the appropriate flight gear, that includes a jumpsuit, goggles and helmet. Once on the flight deck, you will be able to enjoy two, one-minute long flights with an instructor. This will consist of one practice flight followed by a free style flight.

What is it like to ride the Ifly on Royal Caribbean Ships?

What ships have the RipCord by iFLY on Royal Caribbean

The IFly can be a really exhilarating Experience but it is not that easy! The idea is to make your body as flat and wide as you can to float on the air. You are told to push your belly to the air and spread your hands. The instructor helps you adjust in the air and it is a very strange sensation. They do offer progressive courses onboard if you want to do more and learn more. Im sure it gets easier as you go but after two goes we were exhausted!

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    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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