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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 Rankings

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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

4.4

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

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Destinations and Excursions

4.2

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Food and Dining

4.1

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Entertainment

4.1

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Onboard Activities

4.1

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Children's Programs

3.9

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.4

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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

27 Royal Caribbean Ships

Adventure of the Seas

Price: $    Ship Size: L
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Adventure of the Seas was built with the active traveler in mind. This beautiful ship features every...

Sails to:
Canada, New England, New York Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Eastern
Sails from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey Quebec City, Quebec

Allure of the Seas

Price: $$    Ship Size: XL
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Discover non-stop fun aboard the newest ship from Royal Caribbean and the second in the Oasis class...

Sails to:
Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Eastern
Sails from:
Miami, Florida Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

Anthem of the Seas

Price: $$    Ship Size: XL
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Anthem of the Seas is the sister ship of Quantum of the Seas, the biggest launch of 2014. With Anthe...

Sails to:
Bermuda Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Eastern Canada, New England, New York
Sails from:
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey

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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