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.

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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.

Royal Caribbean Cruiser Reviews

Service and Staff

4.6

Average Rating

Ship Quality

4.3

Average Rating

Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

Average Rating

Destinations and Excursions

4.2

Average Rating

Food and Dining

4.1

Average Rating

Entertainment

4.1

Average Rating

Onboard Activities

4.1

Average Rating

Children's Programs

3.9

Average Rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.4

Average Rating

What Cruisers Say

  • SheriB2 says ...

    Dining room waiter and assitant were great. Room steward was there when we needed her and left us alone when we didn't. Windjammer staff was not up to par! Read Full Review
  • JonSoyring says ...

    With over 6000 passengers and 2500 crew, the Oasis of the seas did not feel crowded. Plenty of room to move about and always had a deck chair! Read Full Review
  • JoyceM8 says ...

    The only thing we would have changed about our balcony cabin was that we were on the 6th deck which meant our balcony did not have the full plexiglass which would have given us a better view of the ocean. The 6th deck is part of the structure... Read Full Review

Royal Caribbean Ships

Class: Empress

Empress of the Seas

3.9
(579 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Freedom

Freedom of the Seas

4.1
(2150 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Independence of the Seas

4
(1071 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Liberty of the Seas

4
(2190 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Oasis

Allure of the Seas

4.2
(1960 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Harmony of the Seas

4.3
(695 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Oasis of the Seas

4.2
(2424 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Symphony of the Seas

Not enough reviews for review score

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Class: Quantum

Anthem of the Seas

3.9
(1049 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Ovation of the Seas

4
(100 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Quantum of the Seas

3.2
(92 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Class: Radiance

Brilliance of the Seas

3.8
(1030 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Jewel of the Seas

3.9
(1618 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Radiance of the Seas

4
(732 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Serenade of the Seas

3.9
(1092 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Sovreign

Majesty of the Seas

3.7
(3544 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Vision

Enchantment of the Seas

3.8
(2660 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Grandeur of the Seas

3.8
(1644 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Rhapsody of the Seas

3.9
(879 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Vision of the Seas

3.8
(961 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Voyager

Adventure of the Seas

4
(1498 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Explorer of the Seas

3.8
(1464 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Mariner of the Seas

4
(925 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Navigator of the Seas

3.9
(2035 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Voyager of the Seas

4
(665 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

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Legend of the Seas

3.5
(233 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Splendour of the Seas

3.6
(264 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Ship Size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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