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Blog Series: There’s a Cruise Line for Everyone – Royal Caribbean

I can’t believe how many of these we’ve got through already in 2019! Things change quickly in cruise and we’ve seen announcements this week from Royal, but for now, let’s get on with the breakdown on Royal Caribbean.

Who are Royal Caribbean?

Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea and has continuously redefined cruise vacationing since its launch in 1969. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel and pushes the envelope of what is possible on a cruise ship. Onboard, the global cruise line has debuted countless industry “firsts” – such as rock climbing, ice skating and surfing at sea – to capture the imagination of families and adventurous vacationers alike. Throughout, guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.

 

How many ships do Royal Caribbean have?

Guests know that when they step aboard one of Royal Caribbean’s magnificent ships, they will receive one of the absolute best cruise experiences available. They’ve a fleet of 26 ships, divided into eight classes.  They’re full of attractions to ensure a memorable cruise holiday.  Royal Caribbean ships are stylish, modern and fun for all ages and holiday preferences. From tranquil escapes to fun-filled family getaways. Each vessel has fantastic dining, including speciality restaurants and family-friendly options. Every ship and voyage also offers a range of wonderful shore excursions to enjoy. With so many excellent options to choose from, guests will be spoilt for choice.

Ship Classes

Quantum Class

The newest class of Royal Caribbean ships is the Quantum Class and features three ships – Quantum of the Seas,  Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas. This class introduces fantastic new features including dodgems at sea, Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulators, and the North Star viewing platform.

Oasis Class

The Oasis Class ships are the biggest in the fleet and include the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas. These ships feature the most innovative facilities, including unique offerings such as a zip line and a park with real trees on deck. 40% bigger than the Freedom Class ships, guests will find it a challenge to try everything within one cruise holiday.

Freedom Class

The Freedom Class has three ships that are significantly bigger than most others in the fleet – Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas. With features such as the FlowRider surf simulator, ice skating, rock wall and on-deck water parks, these ships offer a wonderful choice of things to do and places to eat to keep everyone happy. Liberty of the Seas has recently been updated to include the exciting water slides Tidal Wave, Typhoon, Cyclone and Splashaway Bay.

Radiance Class

If you want a bit more choice when it comes to dining, the Radiance Class ships are ideal. The Jewel of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas are the only ships in the fleet that have an Adventure Beach for children to enjoy, and the emphasis is on the outdoors, with more balconies and viewing areas than any other vessels.

Voyager Class

Five ships make up the Voyager Class, with extra features including the always-popular ice rink, offering guests more options to fill their time. Enjoy a varied holiday on-board one of the excellent Voyager ships – Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.

Sovereign Class

The Sovereign Class ship, Majesty of the Seas is the smallest of the fleet, designed for a more intimate experience and well suited to shorter cruises around the Caribbean archipelago. This ship is the best for people who want to see a range of smaller ports or have a peaceful and relaxing cruise.

Empress Class

It’s always fun on-board the recently-refurbished Empress of the Seas. The only ship in this class, she’s perfectly designed for trips around the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Vision Class

Vision of the Seas features all the benefits of the Sovereign ships, including the intimate feel, but is slightly larger and travelling to more varied destinations. On board you’ll find a family pool, an adults-only pool and a fun rock-climbing wall.

Where do Royal Caribbean sail?

Royal Caribbean offers an array of itineraries to suit every taste. They visit some of the most popular destinations around the world. Explore the Western Mediterranean and visit Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Cannes. Or venture further to the Eastern Mediterranean to visit destinations such as ancient Ephesus, Athens and Rome. The Caribbean is a firm favourite with many cruisers. Royal Caribbean offers a host of incredible sailings around these beautiful islands.

This week (7th May 2019) Royal Caribbean announce that sales for Perfect Day at Coco Cay are going really well.  They’ve made a change, moving Brits’ favourite, Independence of the Seas into the Caribbean for Summer 2020. For cruises further afield, explore the huge choice of itineraries available to the Far East, Alaska, Norway and the Baltics.

 

What makes Royal Caribbean different?

Across the Royal Caribbean fleet you will find a wealth of facilities including a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, countless bars and lounges, a mini-golf course, surf simulator, swimming pools and whirlpools. Whether you want to experience an adventure-filled cruise like no other, or simply want to bask under the warm sunshine. On-board Royal Caribbean you are free to spend your time relaxing, adventuring or just having fun!

Perfect Day at Coco Cay

This is not your typical Caribbean holiday. This is your perfect day, literally. Aquatic thrills and plenty of ways to chill are all up for grabs at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Whether you want to spend the day zipping on waterslides or floating on the pristine waters of The Bahamas, you better start crafting your out of office message because this perfect beach oasis is coming May 2019.

What are Royal Caribbean cruises like?

Royal Caribbean International is the number one cruise line for many people. They offer adventure aboard some of the largest and most advanced ships in the world. You will enjoy fine dining, spacious staterooms and Broadway-style shows – perfect for the young, and the young-at-heart alike.

With Royal Caribbean cruises, you will find hundreds of itineraries to choose from, and a huge range of ships.

Who goes on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

For the most part, Royal Caribbean ships that sail from the United States attract a wide variety of North American passengers. Most are between the ages of 30 and 55 on the seven-night and shorter cruises, and 50 and over on cruises longer than seven nights. Cruises from the U.K. — as well as Mediterranean, Asia and Australia cruises — attract a significant number of locals.  As well as Royal Caribbean’s usual North Americans. Seven-night and shorter cruises are also popular with families, especially during American school holiday periods. When the ships will often be filled to every upper berth. Mariner of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas are aimed squarely at the Asian market.

Do I have to dress up on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

When you’re onboard, the right look will vary by venue. But here are a few types of suggested attire you’ll see, grouped by item.

Casual: You’re on holiday – relax! Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch.

Smart Casual: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed.

Formal: Make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. There can be 1-3 formal nights during a sailing and is at the ship’s discretion.*
*Formal night only applies in the main dining room.

 

Want to learn more about the Royal Caribbean experience, or cruise holidays in general? Then get in touch with our reservations team. We’re on hand to answer any additional questions!

enquiries@strawberryholidays.co.uk | 01254 205300

 

About the Author
I've worked in travel for 13 years. As a marketer I've worked for Thomas Cook, Going Places, Direct Holidays, Gill's Cruises, Virgin Holidays and cruise brands, Cruise118.com, sixstarcruises.co.uk and rivervoyages.com. Strawberry Holidays was born because I LOVE TRAVEL. In the last 5 years my family and I have been to 39 places and 17 countries.