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Freedom of the Seas
Ranked #3 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
81% 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
Allure of the Seas
Ranked #2 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
79% Loved It
  • Pros: Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.
  • Cons: 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
79% Loved It
  • Pros: Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.
  • Cons: 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
Explorer of the Seas
Ranked #12 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
Ovation of the Seas
Ranked #18 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
59% Loved It
  • Pro: An amazing megaliner filled with high-tech entertainment and attractions
  • Con: Main buffet 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 4,650)
Empress of the Seas
Ranked #19 of 26 Royal Caribbean Ships
57% 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 #22 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
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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