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Royal Caribbean International

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US cruise line Royal Caribbean International has an impressive history and global reputation. The cruise line is famed for its fleet of mega-ships, including the 3,100-passenger Voyager-class ships, which were once the largest cruise ships in the world, until Royal Caribbean debuted the larger Freedom class and subsequently the Oasis class. Always one to innovate, the cruise line ordered a sixth Oasis-class ship in 2019, while the first two – Oasis and Allure – are receiving upgrades to bring them up to the standard of younger sisters Harmony and Symphony. Royal’s first Quantum Ultra-class ship, Spectrum of the Seas, sailed to China in 2019. Its successor, Odyssey of the Seas, was due to debut in Florida 2019, but has been postponed until April 2021 due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. When she launches, the 4,198-passenger vessel will sail Eastern Mediterranean itineraries out of Rome and will be the third-largest class of cruise ships in the world, featuring exciting facilities such as SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, and a RipCord skydiving simulator. Royal Caribbean also has three 5,000-passenger LNG-powered Icon-class ships on order, which are set for delivery from 2022.

Why choose this cruise line?

The ship becomes the destination on a Royal Caribbean cruise. With countless facilities and entertainment options, passengers of all ages are guaranteed never to get bored during their cruise. The cruise line operates the most high-tech ships in the industry, featuring unique activities and world-class entertainment. Keen to retain its loyal customer base, Royal offers past guests some of the best perks. The six-tier Crown & Anchor Society programme enables passengers to accumulate points every time they cruise with the line, which will earn them exclusive benefits and privileges. Royal Caribbean ships also feature a wide variety of accommodation options, from budget-conscious interior cabins to lavish suites.

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Cruising with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is all about doing things bigger and better than what has come before. The cruise line’s innovative fleet of colossal ships feature some of the most cutting-edge facilities you’ll ever find at sea, from surfing simulators and rock-climbing walls to bumper cars and Broadway-style shows. The line’s fun-filled and carefree style of cruise holiday makes it the ideal choice for families, who could never get bored of the choice of entertainment and activities on offer. Royal ships are known for boasting a number of industry firsts, with Voyager of the Seas having been the first ship to have an ice rink and rock-climbing wall, while Freedom of the Seas introduced the first FlowRider surf simulator at sea.

Who should travel with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is a hit among families and active cruisers alike, who cannot get enough of the cruise line’s state-of-the-art facilities and amazing activities. From kids-orientated entertainment and enrichment to recreational options that range from surfing to VR-enhanced trampolining, Royal’s offering for children is second to none. Adults are also well-catered for, with a great selection of eateries, bars, spas and shopping on board. Despite the ships being so vast, they rarely feel overcrowded as Royal has done an excellent job of spacing out public areas. Royal is also well-suited to first-time cruisers, whether they’re a family, group of friends or couple looking for a fun and exciting experience.

Royal Caribbean cruise destinations

Royal Caribbean International sails all the world to more than 300 destinations, including the Caribbean and the Bahamas, Mexico, the Baltics, Northern Europe, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, Alaska, North America, Asia, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Canary Islands, and Central and South America.

Cruise inclusions

  • Full-board with all meals included
  • Entertainment, including West End-style productions in the ships' theatres, parades, bars, live music and nightclubs
  • Access to fitness centres
  • A wide-range of on-board activities, like the infamous Ultimate Abyss slide, merry-go-round and the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator

Unique selling points

On-board activities

The ships' magnificent Ice Rink is an industry innovation and was the first to appear onboard a cruise ship. As well as allowing passengers to take ice skating lessons, the rink also provides some fantastic ice shows.

Thrill-seekers can also take advantage of the impressive rock climbing wall and the innovative FlowRider surf simulator. Pumping out over 60,000 gallons of water per minute, this onboard surf park simulator allows you to boogie board by yourself, or take a surfing lesson.

Another unique onboard offering from Royal Caribbean, is the innovative RipCord by iFly. This incredible skydiving simulator lets guests experience for themselves the pure exhilaration of flying. Feel the wind in your hair and your heart race as you hover up high, suspended by a powerful yet controlled jet of air.

The impressive Centrum. Standing seven stories high, it hosts an array of shops, lounges and bars. Passengers can also enjoy the Spectacular aerial performances and shows which take place here.

Hoisted high above the pool deck, the ship features an innovative new Outdoor Movie screen. These are a new addition to Royal Caribbean ships and enable passengers to enjoy the latest movies and sporting events, all with a cocktail in hand or under the stars during the evening. As show time approaches, the boardwalk comes alive with a mesmerising combination of synchronised swimming, high diving acrobatics, trampolining and breathtaking lightshows, with the sky and sea as a backdrop. Two giant screens sit either side of the pool, and the shows are repeated on the Royal Caribbean in-room entertainment system.