Royal Caribbean International is a cruise line based in Miami, Florida that is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In total, the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has 42 ships that are spread over five different brands.
In the Royal Caribbean International cruise line specifically, there are 22 ships that are broken into six classes: Oasis, Freedom, Voyager, Radiance, Vision, and Sovereign. Every Royal Caribbean International cruise ship has a name ending in “of the Seas” since 1991.
Each of the six classes listed above is composed of two or more cruise ships. With a total of six ships, the Vision class is the largest, followed by the Voyager (five ships), Radiance (four ships), and Freedom (three ships). Both the Sovereign class and Oasis class have two ships.
The two cruise ships in the Oasis class are enormous; they are, in fact, the largest passenger ships in the world. These two ships – Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – are essentially the exact same size (the Allure, however, was recently discovered to be two inches longer than her sister ship the Oasis) and entered the Royal Caribbean International fleet within a year of each other. Both have 16 decks and can accommodate 6,390 people on-board, as well as have a gross tonnage of 225,282 and a length of 1,187 feet. Both ships cruise at a speed of 22 knots, or slightly over 25 miles per hour.
By way of comparison, consider the ships in the Radiance class, all of which have a capacity of 2,502 (i.e., they can hold this many people on-board), a gross tonnage of 90,090, and a length of 962 feet. It may seem strange that a ship like the Allure can hold nearly three times as many people as a ship in the Radiance class, despite the fact that the Allure is less than 300 feet longer than a Radiance ship. However, the Allure, with its sixteen decks, is much taller than a Radiance ship, and hence the Allure can accommodate more passengers.
Although the ships vary in size, they all have a Viking Crown Lounge on-board, which is a signature design feature of all Royal Caribbean International cruise ships. The lounges are the highest guest-accessible location on-board and are designed to offer panoramic views of the sea. The lounges have bars and dining venues, as well as recreational areas, like rock-climbing walls and gyms.
So, despite the diversity of the Royal Caribbean International ships, the cruise line unites their vessels with common features. If you book cruises on the Royal Caribbean International cruise line, the number of passengers and the length of the ship may vary, but many features will remain constant.
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