Royal Caribbean Cruises & Ships
Royal Caribbean is a name synonymous with mega-ships, exciting destinations and innovations. Boasting the world's two largest cruise ships, skydiving and surf simulators, robot bartenders and much more, the cruise line promises passengers a cruise experience like no other.
Royal Caribbean was established in 1968 when three Norwegian shipping companies merged. In 1970, the line’s first cruise ship set sail. Just eight years later the cruise line had already made its mark on the cruise industry by “stretching” the Song of Norway. They simply chopped the ship in half and added a huge section in the middle!
Over the years, Royal Caribbean continued to innovate with the first at-sea fitness program in 1984 (ShipShape) and the environmental program “Save the Waves” in 1992.
Today, the cruise line conjures images of mega cruise ships with awe-inspiring itineraries and breathtaking features. From on-deck surf and skydive simulators to bumper cars, self-levelling pool tables and ice skating rinks, Royal Caribbean is constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s expected from a modern cruise line.
Royal Caribbean cruise ships visit an array of exciting and exotic port around the world, including Alaska, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Canada, New England, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, the Pacific North-West, and Transatlantic.Whether transatlantic cruises, short break cruises or repositioning cruises, the cruise line offers something for everyone.
Ports of Departure
Royal Caribbean cruises currently depart from ports in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Dubai.
Meet the Fleet
Royal Caribbean has a fleet of 22 ships, which are separated into seven groups: Quantum Class, Oasis Class, Freedom Class, Voyager Class, Radiance Class, Vision Class, and Sovereign Class for shorter getaways.
In December 2016, Ovation of the Seas will become the fifth ship in the Royal Caribbean’s Australian family, joining Voyage of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in Sydney, and Legend of the Seas in Brisbane.
- Quantum of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
- Allure of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas
- Freedom of the Seas
- Liberty of the Seas
- Independence of the Seas
- Enchantment of the Seas
- Grandeur of the Seas
- Legend of the Seas
- Rhapsody of the Seas
- Splendour of the Seas
- Vision of the Seas
Over the years, Royal Caribbean has celebrated a number of firsts with its cruise ships:
- 1999: Voyager of the Seas is launched and takes the title of the world’s largest ship.
- 2001: Radiance of the Seas is the first Royal Caribbean ship with gas turbines.
- 2009: Oasis of the Seas is launched and takes the title of the world’s largest ship
- 2010: Allure of the Seas introduces the partnership with DreamWorks
- 2016: Ovation of the Seas will become the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home when she arrives in December 2016. With the latest in bars, dining, entertainment and technology, Ovation of the Seas is set to be the smartest ship at sea!
Who cruises with Royal Caribbean?
Royal Caribbean appeals to couples, singles and family cruisers across a wide range of age groups, mostly from 30s to 50s. The sheer diversity of destinations on offer means Royal Caribbean’s passengers naturally have an appetite for extraordinary new experiences, discovering new cultures and meeting new people.
The Royal Caribbean Experience
Activities onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise are nothing short of innovative. Expect to find adrenalin-pumping fun like a rock climbing wall, ice rink, FlowRider surf simulator, bumper cars, skydiving simulator and more!*
- FlowRider: The first-ever onboard surf park can be found aboard nine of Royal Caribbean’s ships. Riders can surf or body board against a wave-like water flow. Whether you hang ten or wipe out, it’s sure to be fun!
- Rock Climbing: The signature rock climbing walls went fleetwide for Royal Caribbean in 2003. Towering more than three storeys high, the walls are perfect for beginners and advanced climbers alike.
- Skydiving simulator: Royal Caribbean has combined cruising with one of the most exhilarating adrenaline activities! Ripcord by iFly is the first skydiving experience onboard a cruise ship and brings a new groundbreaking above-ship experience that simply has to be seen to be believed.
- Bumper cars: Anthem of the Seas is the first in the fleet to boast bumper cars as part of the onboard entertainment.
- Golf: Miniature golf courses and innovative golf simulators can be found on most ships, giving avid golfers the chance to practice their swing and put.
- North Star aerial observatory: Get 360-degree views that are higher than the pylons on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The aerial observatory is a jewel-like glass observation capsule that gently elevates guests to over 90 metres above sea level.
- Fitness tracks: Keep fit around the deck while surrounded by unparalleled views. In addition to jogging tracks on all Royal Caribbean ships, passengers on Voyager-class ships can glide around the outdoor in-line skating courses.
- Sports courts: Fancy a quick game of basketball, paddleball or volleyball? Or maybe you want to challenge fellow passengers? Available on all ships, the sports courts are a great place for action.
- Centre Ice at Studio B: Ice skating at sea? Only with Royal Caribbean! Passenger on Voyager-class and Freedom-class ships can test out their skating prowess on the innovative skating rinks at sea.
- Bungee trampolines: Enchantment of the Seas boasts the new bungee trampolines, giving guests a view like no other!
- Royal Promenade: If you’re looking for something a little more serene, wander down the Royal Promenade and spend time in the shops, bars and cafes at the heart of the ship.
* Please note the activities listed above are not fleet wide. Some ships have more or fewer activities than others.
Body and Mind
Royal Caribbean’s Vitality program is perfect for health-conscious travellers, thanks to nutritious meals, relaxing spa treatments and great workouts. Fitness buffs can work up a sweat in the line’s fitness centres, which feature on every ship. Gyms include the latest cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, aerobics studios, and free-weights areas.
The exciting entertainment program never stops on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Be dazzled by Broadway-style stage shows, a glittering ice skating show, aerial acrobatics, casinos, live music, comedy and much more. Performers from all over the world light up the stage on every cruise. With its newest innovation, Royal Caribbean mixes live performers, music and special effects with advanced digital displays.
The whole family will enjoy their time on a Royal Caribbean cruise thanks to the full youth programs available. The award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program caters for all age groups, from babies and toddlers to tweens and teens. The newest ships also include a fully equipped Adventure Science Lab and the first wave pool at sea. For the littlest cruisers and parents, Royal Caribbean has teamed up with early childhood experts at Fisher-Price to provide special playgroups with interactive sessions for 6 to 36-month-olds.
With Royal Caribbean’s exclusive DreamWorks Experience, your family can meet their favourite characters from films like Madagascar and Shrek. Enjoy photo opportunities, parades, special dinners, 3D movies and even a Madagascar-themed H2O Zone.
Each ship comes alive at night with bars, lounges, and nightclubs to suit every taste. Start your evening at the Royal Promenade and watch it come alive. Royal Caribbean has also launched the Bionic Bar on the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship, where robot bartenders mix cocktails. It doesn’t get much more futuristic than that!
Royal Caribbean boasts spectacular dining options on its ships, ranging from fun and casual to formal and refined. Locally sourced produce is an absolute must, and experienced chefs prepare meals to extremely high standards. Royal Caribbean works with world-renowned chefs, including Jamie Oliver, Michael Schwartz and Devin Alexander, to create extraordinary dining experiences. And the latest ships also feature a new multi-sensory venue, Wonderland.
Onboard accommodation is grouped into four categories: Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, and Suite/Deluxe. While staterooms and suites vary according to the ship, every room is kitted out with a television, telephone, vanity unity, private bathroom, shower and hair-dryer. Some may also include bathrobes, sitting area, and a Jacuzzi depending on the category and ship.
Royal Caribbean offers a range of on-shore excursions to suit its passengers. Activity lovers can choose from beach and water activities like deep-sea fishing, snorkeling tours, whitewater rafting, or on-land fun like 4x4 touring and mountain biking. And golfers can tee off from tropical beaches. To get a taste of the local cultures, there are food tours, pub-crawls, museum tours, and live music shows. Scenic drives and guided tours give the chance to explore and learn, while helicopter tours of glaciers and volcanoes promise views like never before. And nature lovers will love the canoe safaris and canopy adventures. There really is something for everyone!