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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.

Royal Caribbean sails 25 ships.

Best for

Royal Caribbean is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive; it’s also good for 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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Freedom of the Seas

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Allure of the Seas

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Radiance of the Seas

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Navigator of the Seas

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Mariner of the Seas

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Independence of the Seas

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Voyager of the Seas

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Anthem of the Seas

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9 Night Bermuda & Caribbean (Cape Liberty Roundtrip)

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Royal Caribbean August 13, 2015 View Deal via Priceline
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

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Royal Caribbean February 13, 2016 View Deal via Priceline
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7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

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Royal Caribbean August 16, 2015 View Deal via Priceline
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5 Night Bermuda (Cape Liberty Roundtrip)

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Royal Caribbean September 19, 2015 View Deal via Priceline
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

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Royal Caribbean August 22, 2015 View Deal via Priceline

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