The Royal Caribbean Cruise line is far from average. Most people are amazed at what they see before they even reach their Island destination. Royal Caribbean’s cruise lines are one of the most innovative and ground breaking cruise lines in the industry. What makes them unique is that they have a signature Gold Anchor Service among every ship that makes your cruise experience more memorable. They deliver the highest customer service, and they deliver it 24 hours a day.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines began in the late 1960’s by Norwegian ship owners. They debuted its first ship called the Song of Norway in 1970. Their first mega ship was the massive, Sovereign of the seas which dwarfed every cruise competitor at that time. The Sovereign of the seas introduced the first modern shipboard atrium, with glass elevators and a grand piano.
In 1995, Royal Caribbean built the Legend of the seas, designed for worldwide cruising. It was the most luxurious, most spacious ship that Royal Caribbean had built up to that date. It featured an adult’s only indoor/outdoor pool, a mini golf course and a solarium. The next ground breaking ship that was built was the Voyager of the seas. It featured and ice rink, rock wall, and indoor promenade. It was the first ship to feel like a resort more than a ship. They have built and refit many ships since then, vastly improving and upgrading with each new addition.
The next Royal Caribbean ship to make a big splash was the Freedom of the seas which introduced a water park, and on board surfing. It reclaimed the title of the “largest passenger ship” for the Royal Caribbean. The next biggest debut on the horizon for Royal Caribbean is the Oasis of the seas, which will be the biggest in the world. The launch is set for November 2010. 2010
The spacious cabins, movie theatres, dance floors, casinos, are the specialties of the Royal Caribbean cruises. There are a full gamut of daytime activities. Depending on which ship you chose you will have access to mini golf courses, surf parks, ice-skating rinks, a boxing ring, rock climbing walls, spas and state of the art fitness centers. The evening activities are impressive as well, they range from Vegas-style shows, to Passenger participation games like the “Newlywed or Not so newlywed” game. They have many clubs/bars with live entertainment, parades and “street performances”. If you are sailing on a freedom or Voyager class ship there is a spectacular “must see” ice show. Royal Caribbean hosts ‘meet and mingle’ parties for any seven night or longer cruises.
Although the meals are not gourmet, they are still excellent and tasty nonetheless. There are alternative restaurants aside from the daily buffet. The accommodations range from the inexpensive standard inside cabin, ocean view cabin, standard balcony cabin, to the more costly but lavish, royal suites (equipped with bars and grand pianos). The Royal Caribbean ships features Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the ship and in cabins. There are also internet cafes available.
The Royal Caribbean has specialized cruises that are put together just for families. They provide youth programs, a movie theatre, arcade hall, and supervised activities for all ages.
Depending on your area of interest, you can partake in a Western, Eastern, or Southern Caribbean Cruise, each with it’s on unique adventure at the port of call. Snorkel with stingrays, make friends with dolphins, go horseback or mountain biking, take a jeep safari tour, climb Jamaica’s Dunn river falls, discover ship wrecks, and the inhabitants of a coral reef. Your options are endless.
So that you can make an informed decision of which Family/Class to chose from here are some highlights:
Sovereign Family– Has an award winning Adventure Ocean Program for kids
Vision Family– Themed dining rooms, lounges, and casinos, splendid golf course
Radiance Family– Spectacular views with its balconies, glass walls and elevators, self leveling billiard tables
Voyager Family– Mall, Basketball court, mini-golf, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating rink , and cafes
Freedom Family– Ice-skating, Rock climbing, water park, 400 foot mall, pubs, arcades, on-board surfing, Royal Promenade
Genesis Family– Zip line, Aqua Theater, Carousel, Loft Suites, and “central park” complete with greenery, a “board walk” and a Youth Zone