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Royal Caribbean is a large cruise line offering mega-ship cruises across the globe. The company has been on the cutting edge of the cruise industry since it launched in 1969. Since then, it has continued to push the boundaries of cruise ship size and amenities, offering lots of “firsts” including the first rock climbing, ice skating, and surfing at sea.
Today, Royal Caribbean has 26 ships sailing to hundreds of destinations every day. If you’ve never cruised before, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find on a Royal Caribbean ship. If you are a cruising veteran, you probably look to Royal Caribbean for some of the biggest and most innovative ships at sea.
Name: Royal Caribbean International
Parent Company: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (also owns Celebrity Cruises, Azamara, and Silversea Cruises)
Number of Ships: 26 (2 more will be added in 2024)
Loyalty Program: Crown & Anchor Society
Credit Card: Royal Caribbean Visa Signature® Card
Royal Caribbean boasts a fleet of 26 cruise ships:
Two additional ships will be added in the coming years: Icon of the Seas will debut in January 2024 and Utopia of the Seas is coming in spring 2024.
Royal Caribbean sails to more than 300 destinations around the world from 50 departure ports.
|North America and the Caribbean||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Central and South America||Cartagena, Columbia||Colón, Panama||Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama|
|Asia and the Pacific||Auckland, New Zealand||Beijng (Tianjin), China|
|Melbourne, Australia||Shenzhen, China|
|Sydney (White Bay), Australia||Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan|
|Middle East||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Haifa, Isreal|
|Europe||Athens (Piraeus), Greece||Barcelona (Tarragona), Spain|
|Limassol, Cyprus||Málaga, Spain||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy|
|Southampton, England||Stockholm, Sweden||Venice (Ravenna), Italy|
Owning a private island or beach resort is a common thing among large cruise lines and is something many passengers have come to expect.
The Royal Caribbean “Perfect Day Island Collection” consists of 1 current location and 1 in the works:
Hot Tip: You can earn points and miles each time you set sail if you book your cruise with one of these credit cards.
There is so much to do on a Royal Caribbean cruise, including pools, a casino, themed parties, Broadway-style shows, youth programs, and art auctions, to name a few.
Royal Caribbean is also an industry leader in offering some of the most unique and interesting experiences at sea. Next time you’re on a Royal Caribbean cruise, keep your eye out for some of these activities (not all activities are offered on every ship):
Royal Caribbean still offers formal nights on its cruises. Most itineraries will have 1 to 4 formal nights:
Dress on formal nights can include suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses, or evening gowns. On formal nights, many of the restaurants require formal dress and The Chef’s Table dining experience requires formal attire.
If you don’t want to dress up, that’s fine, too. Just stick to the buffet or some of the more casual spots for dinner.
Hot Tip: Royal Caribbean is considered one of the best cruise lines for families, so bring your whole crew onboard.
Like most cruise lines, Royal Caribbean offers both complimentary dining that’s included in your cruise fare and specialty dining that has either a flat fee or à la carte pricing.
There are lots of dining options that are included in the price of your cruise, so you can eat every meal on your ship without paying an extra dime. The following locations are always complimentary, however, not all of these options are offered on every ship:
Hot Tip: Beverages like wine, beer, cocktails, and even soda will usually cost extra even at the complimentary restaurants. You can purchase a beverage package when you book your cruise or once you get on board. There are different drink package options available including ones that include alcoholic beverages, soda-only packages, and water bottle packages.
You’ll also find restaurants on every Royal Caribbean ship that come with additional charges — either a per-person fee or à la carte menu pricing.
The following dining options will cost extra over what you pay for your cruise:
If you would like to try out some of the specialty restaurants, you can purchase a dining package ahead of time or once you are on board the ship. You’ll be able to choose between a 3-restaurant package or an unlimited package. Kids ages 6 to 10 can dine at specialty restaurants for only $10. Kids ages 5 and under are free.
Hot Tip: How about specialty dining for free? Look out for deals when you book your cruise. Lots of websites offer perks like free specialty dining when you book with them. Be sure to check out our guide to the best websites to book a cruise to get you started.
There are plenty of places on Royal Caribbean ships to kick back and relax with your favorite beverage. Bars and lounges offer à la carte pricing or you can use your beverage package.
Here are the bars and lounges you may find on your Royal Caribbean ship (not all locations are offered on every ship):
If you would prefer to pay for your drinks upfront, you can choose one of Royal Caribbean’s beverage packages:
Deluxe Beverage Package
Classic Soda Package
Hot Tip: The drinking age onboard any Royal Caribbean ship is 21+ on sailings from North America and 18+ on sailings from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
There are so many different types of rooms you can book on your Royal Caribbean cruise. The 4 basic types of rooms include interior, oceanview, balcony, or suite, but there are many different types of rooms among those categories.
No matter what room category you choose, you’ll enjoy the following amenities:
Royal Caribbean offers a few unique room categories as well:
Virtual Balcony Staterooms — These rooms are available on select ships (including every interior room on Quantum of the Seas). They feature an 80-inch screen that gives you a virtual ocean view via a live camera outside of the ship.
Unique Interior View Rooms or Balconies — These rooms have a window or a balcony, but the view isn’t of the ocean! These rooms look out on the action inside the ship like The Royal Promenade or Central Park.
Royal Suite Class — This is a category of rooms that offer the highest level of luxury. You’ll not only enjoy fantastic accommodations but amazing experiences as well. These rooms offer 3 tiers of luxury — Sea Class, Sky Class, and the most luxurious, Star Class.
The Ultimate Family Suite — This one-of-a-kind room at sea is only available on Symphony of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas, and Wonder of the Seas. It features 2 stories of the ultimate in family luxury including a balcony with a Jacuzzi, private game room, in-suite slide, and tons of other VIP perks!
Hot Tip: Tight budget? Why not pay for part or all of your cruise with points and miles?
Royal Caribbean offers a loyalty program called the Crown & Anchor Society.
After you’ve sailed with Royal Caribbean once, you’ll be automatically enrolled as a member of the Crown & Anchor Society. As a member you’ll earn 1 Cruise Point for every night you sail. Your points are doubled if you book a suite.
There are 6 tiers of membership in the Crown & Anchor Society:
Benefits vary by membership tier and can include things like onboard discounts, priority check-in, onboard lounges, private departure area, and free or discounted cruises.
Hot Tip: Make sure you’re prepared — check out our printable cruise packing list before you set sail.
Cruising is a great way to spend your vacation and Royal Caribbean offers some of the biggest and best ships around.
On a Royal Caribbean cruise, you’ll enjoy onboard activities like waterslides, zip-lining, bumper cars, and rock climbing. You’ll be able to dine at one of the many included restaurants, or you can choose a specialty restaurant like Giovanni’s Table, Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, or Johnny Rockets.
After a long day at sea, you’ll rest comfortably in your stateroom, whether you choose a Virtual Balcony room or opt for luxury in a Royal Class Suite. Plus you’ll earn perks and bonuses each time you cruise as a member of the Crown & Anchor Society.
Royal Caribbean offers cruises to over 300 destinations, so no matter what part of the world you want to visit, chances are you can get there on a cruise.
The information regarding the Royal Caribbean Visa Signature® Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
Royal Caribbean’s biggest and best ships are the Oasis Class ships — Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, and Wonder of the Seas. However, the new Icon of the Seas which will debut in 2024, is set to be the biggest cruise ship in the world.
Beverage package prices on Royal Caribbean vary based on length of cruise and your itinerary. Here’s a look at what kind of pricing you can expect:
The newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet is currently Wonder of the Seas. However, there are 2 new ships debuting in 2024: Icon of the Seas and Utopia of the Seas.
Yes, Royal Caribbean has multiple dining venues on each ship that are included in the price of the cruise so you don’t have to pay anything extra onboard. There are also specialty restaurants that charge extra.
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