Royal Caribbean

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About Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive. It’s also ideal for sporty travelers: The line’s adrenaline rush-driven activities — the best at sea — include rock-climbing, surf simulations, ice skating, ziplining, inline skating, and boxing (in a real ring). Royal Caribbean's entertainment choices feature high-dive shows on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, as well as parades with stilt walkers and “Madagascar,” “Shrek,” and “Kung Fu Panda” characters, the result of a partnership with DreamWorks Animation.

Best for

Active families, plus sporty couples and singles who want a never-a-dull-moment experience.

Not for

These cruise ships aren't for anyone who doesn’t love people, or action.

We love

  • Sports activities on Royal Caribbean are the best at sea, including rock-climbing, surfing simulations, ice skating, zip lining, inline skating, boxing (in a real ring!), and billiards — and most of them are complimentary.
  • Impressive, high-octane entertainment choices include high-dive and synchronized swimming shows on Oasis and Allure, and parades with stilt walkers and costumed characters.
  • Classic Broadway productions (“Chicago,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Hairspray”) … need we say more?
  • Royal Caribbean's partnership with DreamWorks Animation brings characters from “Madagascar,” “Shrek,” andKung Fu Panda” aboard for character breakfasts and photo ops.
  • Kids are catered to with water parks that have cannons and sprayers (on Freedom and Oasis classes).
  • The 1950s-style Johnny Rockets diners (with singing and dancing waiters) are a great alternative to the sprawling buffet restaurant.
  • The innovative Oasis-class design features themed neighborhoods, including a “boardwalk” district that has a carousel with hand-carved wooden horses.
  • The two-story, glass-walled Loft Suites have a living room below and a loft bedroom above.

We could live without

  • Royal Caribbean's small standard cabins have truly compact showers.
  • Huge passenger capacities mean competition getting on and off the ship, as well as for deck chairs.
  • The push to sell … just about anything, from DVDs of the cruise to the ubiquitous photographers snapping pictures they sell later, can get quite annoying.
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Service and Staff

82% Loved it!
"Seems like they took the best of the fleet and brought them to the Oasis. Many of the staff said they helped "put the ship together" in Finland,..." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

73% Loved it!
"We had early flight to catch. Keep luggage in your room and disembark early in the morning with your luggage in hand. So easy." Read More

Ship Quality

72% Loved it!
"Ship is huge, but workable....well laid out. Beautiful art and sculpture everywhere. There were tours of the art aboard every day." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

68% Loved it!
"Outside balcony was about the same as their other ships, with slightly less storage space.....nice decor. Sink was mounted low in bathroom." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

65% Loved it!
"Don't buy the excursions prior from the cruiseline, too expensive, they are plenty when you get to the town or just at the docks. Much cheaper..." Read More

Food and Dining

63% Loved it!
"Food was great everywhere......of course, the Dining Room, but there were many smaller places in the Grand Promenade ,in Central Park, and the..." Read More


61% Loved it!
"So many things to do! Shows were very entertaining, some of the best I have seen at sea. The Water show, with Olympic divers was particularly..." Read More

Onboard Activities

60% Loved it!
"I loved Rock Climbing and watching my child on the trapeze!" Read More

Children's Programs

54% Loved it!
"Kids clubs for all ages and again a huge array of activities." Read More

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