Royal Caribbean reviews

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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.

Top 5 Royal Caribbean Destinations:

Caribbean - Western

(48 cruises)

South Pacific - Australia

(42 cruises)

Caribbean - Bahamas

(40 cruises)

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

(26 cruises)

Caribbean - Eastern

(25 cruises)

Top 5 Royal Caribbean Departure Ports:

Sydney, Australia

(43 cruises)

Miami, Florida

(42 cruises)

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

(24 cruises)

Port Canaveral, Florida

(23 cruises)

Brisbane, Australia

(19 cruises)

Royal Caribbean rankings

Cruiseline.com awards

2020 winner

Best Cruise Lines & Ships

Best Line for Entertainment

Best Line for Onboard Activities

Best Line for Families with Teens

Why you should sail with Royal Caribbean - Royal Caribbean tips

Royal Caribbean is known for their massive ships and a plethora of dining, entertainment, and activity options. You should consider taking a Royal Caribbean cruise if you...

  • Want more activities and features than you could possibly enjoy in just a week
  • Are an active, adventure-seeking cruiser (it doesn’t matter your age!)
  • Love large ships (though they have many smaller ones too)
  • Enjoy rock climbing walls, surfing simulators, and zip lines
  • Feel comfortable in a bustling city, because though Royal’s ships handle passengers very well, there’s still a lot of people onboard

Expert review of Royal Caribbean

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

4.4

Average rating

Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

Average rating

Destinations and Excursions

4.2

Average rating

Food and Dining

4.2

Average rating

Entertainment

4.2

Average rating

Onboard Activities

4.1

Average rating

Children's Programs

3.9

Average rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.5

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

28 Royal Caribbean ships

Adventure of the Seas

Price: $
Ship size: L
4.1

Designed with the active traveler in mind, Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas of...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Western Europe - Western Mediterranean

Sails from:

Barcelona, Spain Galveston, Texas

Allure of the Seas

Price: $$
Ship size: XL
4.3

Accommodating up to 6,780 passengers, Allure of the Seas was once the largest ship in the world, onl...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western

Sails from:

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Miami, Florida Port Canaveral, Florida

Anthem of the Seas

Price: $$
Ship size: XL
4.2

  Anthem of the Seas launched in 2015 and is full of activities f...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe

Sails from:

Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey Southampton (London), England

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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