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If you're headed on a cruise on one of Royal Caribbean's Quantum class ships that have Ripcord ifly, you might be wondering, "How much does ifly cost per person?"
I've got good news! For us, all four of us who traveled, it was free. (read more)
IFLY ANTHEM OF THE SEAS
Last year, my mom and two boys took a nine day cruise out of Bayonne. We went up the East Coast, stopped in Canada, and enjoyed every moment of that trip.
But, for my mom and my oldest son, going on ifly by Ripcord was the highlight of the week.
It was a highlight for me as well because I was able to book an ifly flight for each of us completely free.
I didn't end up going because my youngest chose that particular time to come out of Adventure Ocean, but still, we hustled back to the viewing area and got to see both my mom and oldest son take their flights. It was incredibly cool, and my mom was a natural!
Who'd have thought?!
I've included both videos in this post, enjoy!
IS IFLY FREE ON ANTHEM OF THE SEAS?
Strictly speaking, no, ifly isn't free on Anthem of the seas, but a test flight IS free.
Every person who boards the ship, ages three and up, is able to enjoy a 60 second flight absolutely free. If you want to book more time after that, you can, but you'll be paying the rack rate.
I'm not 100% sure how much it is if you do want to book more time (I'll talk about that later), but I would imagine it's in the $20 a minute range.
I know you're like, "$20 a minute!!!".
Yeah, it's not cheap, but keep reading. I'm going to tell you why you're probably not going to want to mess with any more time after that initial minute.
I mean, it's only a minute, but really, look how long it lasts! This is my son on his ifly flight.
Side note - There is no volume on the videos. I just don't like adding music, and I didn't think you wanted to hear me talking over the noise of the fan.
HOW LONG DOES IFLY TAKE?
Here's why I don't think you're going to want to pay for additional time. I mean, you might, I could be totally wrong, but the fact of the matter is that ifly is a whole thing.
It's NOT just a minute of flight time.
Like I said, I wasn't able to go myself, but I did get as far as signing in, weighing in (we'll talk more about that as well), and sitting down for the instructional video. I also got to meet our flight instructor and listen to some basic flight stuff before my phone went off and I had to bail.
You start by signing in, as I said. Once that's done you are ushered to a scale where you hop on and lift your arms above your head. I'm not really sure why you do this, maybe to make sure you're not so tall that you'll hit the edges of the flight tunnel.
I'm sure that's totally wrong since the tunnel is huge, but all the same, get on the scale and raise your arms. You are welcome to give all of your own excuses for those extra 10 pounds you've gained by day four of your cruise.
"It was included! I had to eat it!"
Once you're done with the weighing and arm raising, you're ushered into a room with the rest of your group. In our group there were about 10 people. We all sat on chairs while the flight instructor went over a few things and told us we'd be watching a video.
The video goes over all of the things you'd expect. What to do, what not to do, how to enter and exit, how to hold your body, how to hold your hands and arms, etc.
After that, everyone gets ushered to another area where you all don some lovely, fashion week worthy, ifly jumpsuits. From there, you are led out to the wind tunnel, which is completely transparent so your family and other gawkers can see you spin in circles, I mean FLY, as your instructor offers gentle guidance.
The tunnel is built into the viewing area, meaning you can watch, but you cannot access the tunnel from the viewing area, sort of like watching the fish in a tank at an aquarium.
You wait for everyone in your group to finish their flight before you head out of the flight area and back to the main room to take off your ifly jumpsuit, fix your hair, etc.
All told, it took about an hour from start to finish. I asked my mom and son if they would have wanted more time, but both agreed that one minute felt like FOREVER, and they were good.
Whether you think a minute is long enough or not, I'd wait until you've done ifly at least once before you decide to book more time.
Back to the gentle guidance you get during your flight.
Really it's not gentle, but that wind is blowing so hard, you can't tell. So I'm just going to say it's gentle.
Here's my mom's flight. He touched her less than anyone else in the group and told her she was a natural. Compare that to my son's video above where the instructor pretty much had hands on him the entire time.
I did ask both of them though and both told me they didn't even realize the guy was touching them. So, if you're weirded out by someone wrapping their arms around your waist, don't be, you probably can't feel it.
BOOKING IFLY ON ANTHEM OF THE SEAS
Once your cruise opens up for ifly reservations, you can book them in your cruise planner. I started checking the cruise planner at the 180 day mark and was able to book a spot without any trouble. I knew my 8 year old would not want to go, so I just booked for the three of us.
At this point, our Alaska cruise is something like 70 days out on the Ovation of the Seas, but I am still not able to book ifly. So, if you can't book it at 180 days, just keep checking in, I'd say weekly, you'll get that reservation.
It was easy to get us all in at the same time and there were MANY different times and dates available.
You cannot go back in and book another free minute once you've used your free minute, I know because I went and looked since I wasted my free minute. The staff were more than willing to work with me and reschedule, but I figured if I could do it in the cruise planner, I would.
If you're unable to book right up to the point of your cruise, just go book when you get on board. There will be spots, I promise!
IFLY AGE LIMIT
You have to be three years old minimum.
There is no maximum.
I'd say your child needs to be able to take instruction and not be completely terrified of entering a windy tube with a stranger, while both of them are dressed in funky suits, goggles, and helmets.
I mean...it made me uncomfortable just thinking about it, so really, make sure your child is ready before you go, "He's three, he can handle it!" You might end up having to sit out, like I did, and mine was eight.
You know your child better than anyone else, I'm sure you know whether or not they'll be ready to fly when your cruise rolls around.
IFLY WEIGHT LIMIT
Your weight limit is going to depend on your height.
If you are six feet tall or UNDER, you must weigh LESS THAN 230 pounds.
If you are six feel tall or OVER, you must weigh LESS THAN 250 pounds.
So basically, if you're over 250 pounds, you will not be able to participate.
IS IFLY SAFE?
The tunnel has a top and bottom, so you're not going to go flying away like Willy Wonka.
The instructor is with you the entire time, and he is on his feet, not flying. He can pull you out of the tunnel at any point, and he makes sure you understand the hand signals before you get in so you can easily let him know if you need to end your adventure early.
The fan is of course covered by mesh, so you're not going to get chopped up into little pieces, and there is a technician outside the ifly tunnel monitoring the fan, the time, and your ride, the entire time.
ifly has got your safety covered.
IS IFLY SCARY?
I would think it could be scary to the very young set. It's loud, it's windy, there are strangers involved, and you're all dressed like The Fall Guy.
My 11 year old told me that he was really nervous at first, but once he got in, he was so busy thinking about how he was holding his body that he wasn't scared at all.
We'll actually be doing ifly Ovation Of The Seas in May when we go to Alaska. I can't wait to try it out for myself!
If you're going on any of the ships that offer ifly, you really should give it a shot. It's fun (so I've heard, and I'll find out for myself in May), it's FREE, and you're on a cruise, so clearly you're wanting to utilize all of the amazing activities offered on your ship.
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Have a blast! And, if you've done ifly, we'd love to hear about it!
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