Everyone's holiday preferences are as different as the destinations Royal Caribbean International sail to and, as a cruiseline they offer something for everyone: a variety of classes and shore excursions, bustling nightlife, moments of quiet relaxation or fun for the whole family.
From their state-of-the-art ships to the exhilarating activities and amazing destinations, Royal Caribbean cruises are constantly heralded as one of the most exciting cruiselines at sea.
With rock-climbing walls on every ship, to elegant dining rooms and relaxing spas, Royal Caribbean also offer their award winning Gold Anchor Service throughout their fleet.
Onboard, cruisers can shoot some hoops on the expansive Sports Deck or try their luck at Caribbean Stud Poker, attend an art auction, or spend the night dancing in a nightclub.
There are even supervised activities for kids with their award winning Ocean Adventure programme.
Royal Caribbean offer shore excursions for everything from glacier trekking in Alaska to wine tasting in Tuscany.
Royal Caribbean International cruises are designed to provide families a stress free holiday and for cruisers with children, offer complimentary, supervised youth programmes for infants through to teenagers.
With help from their trained and experienced youth staff, parents get a little free time to themselves and kids get to have their kind of fun. That includes special kids-only meals, a TV station with programming just for kids, lots of great play areas, and even a nightclub for teens.
With well over a hundred and fifty different ports to choose from, cruisers will find their ideal holiday wherever it is in the world. Royal Caribbean offer a wide selection of itineraries and durations including Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Bermuda, Hawaii, New England and Canada.
And for the best of both worlds, there are Cruisetours â€“ a combination of cruise holiday and a land tour all in one. Royal Caribbeanâ€™s onboard innovations ensure cruisers always have a fun-packed holiday.
Dependent on the ship chosen, holiday makers will find a rock-climbing wall, full-sized sports court, ice rink, in-line skating track, zip-wire, carousel and the world's first onboard surf simulator. There's also the H20 Zone, the top deck family aqua park with interactive fountains, swimming pools and water cannons, and panoramic cantilevered whirlpools, which extend a breathtaking 12 feet out from the side of the ship. The world-class Day Spa & Fitness centre has all the equipment and facilities you need for a great workout, including state of the art cardiovascular machines, weight machines, and free weights. From pilates to circuits, kickboxing to aerobics, they also offer the latest classes for all levels of fitness including Pathway To Yoga, with two levels of classes catering for beginners and the more advanced, or Wheels In Motion, a group based spinning class for an invigorating workout regardless of fitness level.
Royal Caribbean's fleet consists of a number of 'class' of ship which all share a number of features:
The first ship of this class, Oasis of the Seas surpassed the Freedom-class ships as the world's largest passenger ship in November 2009. It is able to accommodate up to 5,400 double-occupancy passengers, has a registered tonnage of 225,282 tons and cost the line around US$1.4 billion. The sister ship, Allure of the Seas launched in 2010.
Freedom of the Seas launched in 2006 and with gross tonnage of 154,410 tons, and surpassed Cunardâ€™s Queen Mary as the largest ship in the world. This class also includes Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas and brought cruisers the first at sea surf park.
The fifth largest passenger ships at sea, these ships include a 350-foot (110 m) indoor walkway known as the Royal Promenade, featuring indoor pubs, shops, cafes, and bars. Activity options on board include: basketball courts, skating rinks, at least 3 pools, a mini-golf course, and a rock wall and this class is made up of Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.
Radiance-class ships have over 3 acres (12,000 m2) of glass, glass exterior viewing elevators, over 700 balcony staterooms, two-level glass windowed dining rooms, alternative restaurants, a retractable glass roof over a pool, an outdoor pool, as well as the first self-leveling billiard tables at sea. There are three ships in this class, Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas.
Technically speaking the Vision-class consists of three pairs of sister ships and is not a "class" of ships in the same sense as the Radiance, Freedom or Voyager classes. Legend and Splendour, have a gross tonnage of approximately 70,000 and are the only ones which have a golf course. Grandeur and Enchantment have a tonnage of approximately 80,000 gross tons (after lengthening). The final pair, Rhapsody and Vision have a tonnage of 78,000 gross tons. All ships of this class feature over 2 acres (8,100 m2) of glass.