The Freedom of the Seas has an ice rink.
It’s only, oh, a third of the size of a professional or collegiate ice hockey rink. Only, I say. On a ship in the middle of the ocean.
And Royal Caribbean hires a figure skating staff for a show that’s Ice Follies-quality. My dear wife Karen and I and a thousand or so others enjoyed it greatly the hour we attended.
The costumes looked magnificent, matching those we saw of the singers and dancers on the main stage over in the Arcadia Theater.
The lighting was timed perfectly.
How the skaters, men and women moving powerfully and quickly and expertly singly and in pairs, were able to build the momentum and speed needed in the amount of space they had to maneuver amazed me.
There was a tumble or two. I figured the ship was rocking. Easily forgiven and forgotten.
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On one of the last days of the cruise, they scheduled an open skate session for all on board. We didn’t. I don’t skate. I wonder how many rental pairs they store on board …
If you’ve seen ice skating shows live, what do you like best, and why? Would you go skating on the ship, and what moves would you try? Which is your favorite photo, and why?