Royal Caribbean Gives a Free Cruise For Taking Instagram Photos

By ,   March 29, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Royal Caribbean announced it's launching a social media contest searching for the "World's Most Adventurous Squad."

Today, March 29, the company is staging the first of 5 adventure-themed Instagram challenges in which you'll have just 72 hours to post your most impressive travel photo based on each challenge's unique theme. One winner from each challenge will receive a free cruise with their squad (three friends) and will go on to compete against the four other winning squads for the grand prize of three 7-night cruises anywhere that Royal Caribbean sails and USD 14,175 cash, according to contest's official rules. 

As a teaser video for the contest explains, competing in the Instagram challenges is pretty simple. All you have to do is post a photo, video, or Boomerang to Instagram, tag up to 3 friends that will be on your squad, and include the hashtags #AdventureSquad and #Contest as well as @RoyalCaribbean in the caption. You can even participate in all 5 of the themed challenges to increase your chances of winning. After a challenge closes, Royal Caribbean will select a winning squad based on "their creativity and spirit of adventure in line with the theme," according to a press release. The winners will be announced in early May.

The 5 winning squads will then set sail on a 7-night Caribbean cruise in late May/early June onboard the world's largest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas. Throughout the trip, the squads will take over the company's social media challenges and compete to post the best content highlighting their experiences on the ship and at destinations like Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. Finally, one group of friends will be named the "World's Most Adventurous Squad" and will be awarded the aforementioned grand prize.

You have to be at least 21 years-old to be a "Squad Leader" (the person who posts the Instagram photo), you have to have a valid passport, and you have to be a resident of the United States, Canada, (excluding the Province of Quebec), Australia (except Tasmania), Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, or Iceland. So you might want to read the rules before you enter, but by all means start clearing your schedule for the cruises you're about to take first.