Royal Caribbean International Ships

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Royal Caribbean Ship Reviews

Mariner of the Seas
Ranked #1 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
81% Loved It
  • Pro: Crew and onboard activities are designed to appeal to Chinese clientele
  • Con: Non-Chinese passengers may feel out of place on Mariner of the Seas
  • Bottom Line: Mariner of the Seas caters specifically to the Chinese market
  • Launched: 2003;  Passengers: 3,114
Freedom of the Seas
Ranked #3 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
80% Loved It
  • Pro: A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.
  • Con: The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.
  • Bottom Line: Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.
  • Launched: 2006;  Passengers: 4,500
Jewel of the Seas
Ranked #1 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
79% Loved It
  • Pro: Beautiful, traditionally styled cruise ship with lots of brass, wood and glass
  • Con: Missing Royal Caribbean new-ship activities, like FlowRider; limited entertainment options
  • Bottom Line: A solid ship for first-time cruisers and those who like a midsized ship
  • Launched: 2004;  Passengers: 2,112
Allure of the Seas
Ranked #2 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
78% Loved It
  • Pro: Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.
  • Con: Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.
  • Bottom Line: If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.
  • Launched: November 2010;  Passengers: 5,492
Oasis of the Seas
Ranked #3 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
77% Loved It
  • Pro: Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.
  • Con: Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.
  • Bottom Line: Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.
  • Launched: 2009;  Passengers: 5,400
Radiance of the Seas
Ranked #5 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
77% Loved It
  • Pro: Much of the exterior is glass allowing for impressive ocean views from almost anywhere
  • Con: Too much emphasis on up charges, from specialty restaurants to drinks and the onboard shops
  • Bottom Line: Older ship best chosen for the itineraries it sails, not the onboard offerings
  • Launched: 2001;  Passengers: 2,112
Explorer of the Seas
Ranked #9 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
74% Loved It
  • Pro: A wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment for every generation
  • Con: The high passenger capacity means queuing is inevitable
  • Bottom Line: With a broad range of activities, Explorer has something for everyone, from active cruisers to families
  • Launched: 2000;  Passengers: 3,284
Voyager of the Seas
Ranked #10 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
74% Loved It
  • Pro: Inside cabins have "virtual balconies," offering ocean views in rooms that normally have none
  • Con: No consistency in dining room and buffet, food choices ranged from poor to great
  • Bottom Line: A good choice for anyone seeking a fun and active cruise experience
  • Launched: 1999;  Passengers: 3,114
Navigator of the Seas
Ranked #13 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
73% Loved It
  • Pro: Inside cabins have "virtual balconies" giving the rooms a larger feel
  • Con: You'll get better food in the for-fee dining venues than in the complimentary spaces
  • Bottom Line: Best for cruisers looking for a range of dining choices and onboard activities
  • Launched: 2002;  Passengers: 3,686
Independence of the Seas
Ranked #15 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
70% Loved It
  • Pro: Strong entertainment lineup, including "Grease," the musical.
  • Con: Average food in main dining room and buffet might leave some unsatisfied.
  • Bottom Line: A good option for cruisers who enjoy great entertainment and a variety of dining options.
  • Launched: 2008;  Passengers: 3,634
Empress of the Seas
Ranked #18 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
61% Loved It
  • Pros: Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service
  • Cons: Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem
  • Bottom Line: Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price
  • Launched: 1990;  Passengers: 1,602 (double occupancy)
Quantum of the Seas
Ranked #21 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
46% Loved It
  • Pro: Technologically advanced ship offers exceptional cabins, entertainment and activities.
  • Con: So many reservation requirements mean less freedom.
  • Bottom Line: If you can't have fun on this ship, you might be a curmudgeon.
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 4,180
Ovation of the Seas
Ranked #22 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
41% Loved It
  • Pro: An amazing megaliner filled with high-tech entertainment and attractions
  • Con: Main buffet, some restaurant and bars get very busy when all passengers are aboard
  • Bottom line: Never a dull moment on a ship that has something to please everyone
  • Launched: 2016;  Passengers: 4,180 (maximum capacity 4,905)
Oasis IV
Ranked #23 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
New Ship
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  • Newest ship in Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class
  • One of the two largest ships afloat
  • Offers Quantum-class features like Bionic Bar, virtual balconies and WOWbands
  • Launched: 2018;  Passengers: 5,497
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