Royal Caribbean International Cruises is the second largest cruise line in the world, with more than 120 destinations worldwide and more than 140 ports of call. Established in 1968, Royal Caribbean Cruise line is also one of the most trusted names in the cruise line industry. In its fleet, the Royal Caribbean cruise line features a variety of vessels to accommodate everything from the family vacationer and married couples to the party-goer or single couples.
Freedom of the Seas, the Voyager Family, the Radiance Family, the Vision Family, the Sovereign Family and Empress of the Seas all belong to the Royal Caribbean International fleet, each with its’ own special amenities and amazing extras.
Freedom of the Seas is the latest addition the Royal Caribbean family and is scheduled to set sail in 2006. This will be the largest in the Royal Caribbean cruise family, with a maximum capacity of 3,634 passengers. Passengers can enjoy rock climbing, an ice-skating rink, pampering at the day spa, a fitness center, an exciting casino, and wi-fi services and flat screen TV’s in every stateroom while on their way to exciting destinations such as Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Jamaica or Hispaniola, to name just a few.
The Voyager Family includes Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas. Passengers can enjoy pubs and promenades or restaurants and nightclubs while exploring the Eastern, Southern or Western Caribbean, Bermuda, the Mediterranean or the Transatlantic.
Whether you’re interested in touring Barcelona, Istanbul, Scandinavia, Russia, the Greek Isles, Venice or the Hawaiian Islands, the Radiance Family, including Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas, was built to suit some of the most extravagant tastes. The Radiance Family of Royal Caribbean cruise ships features glass walls and elevators giving passengers a front seat to all the beauty the sea has to offer. Glass solariums, day spas, a country club and adventure programs for kids are just a few of the amenities that Radiance Family vessels have to offer.
If it’s the party scene you’re after, the Vision Family features lounges and bars galore, massive nightclubs for party-goers, and miniature golf and beautiful spas for relaxation during the day. The Vision Family, including Enchantment of the Sea, Grandeur of the Sea, Legend of the Sea, Rhapsody of the Sea, Splendor of the Sea and Vision of the Sea, travels to Alaska, Portugal, Iberia, the Greek Isles, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, Belize, Costa Maya, and of course anywhere in the Caribbean, with the capacity to hold in excess of 2,200 passengers per ship.
Great for couples and families alike, the Sovereign Family includes three ships: Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas and Sovereign of the Sea. Sovereign ships feature complimentary adventure programs for kids along with great restaurants and casinos as well as nightclubs and large outdoor pools. These vessels can hold anywhere from 2,700-2,850 passengers and destinations range from Baja Mexico to the Bahamas. The Sovereign Family is also extremely popular for holiday cruises.
Couples looking for a little romance should consider Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas. With a maximum capacity of 2,020 guests, the Empress is the smallest and most intimate ship in the fleet. The facilities include a day spa, a world class fitness center, a romantic Italian restaurant called “Portofino,” and a Latin-themed lounge called “Boleros.” Ports of call are located throughout the Caribbean and Bermuda and cruises range anywhere from three to eleven nights.
Royal Caribbean cruises include meals, accommodations, snacks, access to fitness centers, entertainment and 24-hour room service. The price, however, doesn’t include tips. In general, guests should tip the stateroom attendant, suite attendant, dining room waiter, assistant waiter and the head waiter. Guests should also figure port charges and excursions into their budget. Prices for Royal Caribbean cruises vary greatly and depend on a variety of different factors. Ship size, destination, ports of call, type of accommodations and time of year will determine how much or how little you will spend on your cruise. Typically, deluxe suites and rooms with balconies or ocean views cost more, with interior rooms costing considerably less.
The best deals are offered in January, September-December and late spring. Prices may range anywhere from approximately $400 up to $5,400. The higher prices are usually for deluxe accommodations aboard any of the ships in the Radiance Family. If you’re more interested in excursions than ship activities, it’s best to select and purchase your excursions online far in advance of your cruise dates, as tours tend to fill quickly. In general, you have ten days prior to departure to purchase excursions online; otherwise, you’ll have to purchase them on the ship or with a tour director, if available.
Snorkeling, deep sea fishing, hiking through rainforests, canoeing, sailing, shopping, a variety of land or landmark tours, scuba diving and cave exploration are just a few of the many tours and activities Royal Caribbean International passengers can enjoy while cruising.
Whatever your heart desires in a cruise, you’re sure to find it with Royal Caribbean International Cruises!