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Serenade of the Seas
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Serenade of the Seas
Ranked #1 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
85% Loved It
  • Mid-sized ship with many dining, entertainment options
  • Good for families, singles, couples and groups
  • Alternative restaurants: Portofino, Chop's Grille
  • Launched: 2003; Passengers: 2,146
Freedom of the Seas
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Freedom of the Seas
Ranked #2 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
82% 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
Mariner of the Seas
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Mariner of the Seas
Ranked #3 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
82% Loved It
  • First of five Voyager-class ships to get Royal Advantage overhaul
  • Endless sea day diversions: rock-climbing to shopping
  • 22,000 square feet dedicated to kids' areas
  • Launched: 2003; Passengers: 3,114
Jewel of the Seas
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Jewel of the Seas
Ranked #4 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
81% Loved It
  • Alternative eateries: steakhouse, Italian
  • Lovely Thai-themed, glass-domed solarium
  • Vortex Disco is fun revolving nightclub
  • Launched: 2004; Passengers: 2,112
Oasis of the Seas
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Oasis of the Seas
Ranked #5 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
81% 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
Allure of the Seas
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Allure of the Seas
Ranked #6 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
80% 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
Radiance of the Seas
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Radiance of the Seas
Ranked #7 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
80% Loved It
  • $20 million spent in 2011 to makeover "Mid-size" ship
  • Features outside elevators; half of exterior is glass
  • Huge stone elephants grace African-themed Solarium
  • Launched: 2001; Passengers: 2,112
Liberty of the Seas
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Liberty of the Seas
Ranked #8 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
79% Loved It
  • Features H2O Zone water park for children
  • FlowRider offers a taste of surfing at sea
  • Nice blend of free and for-fee dining options
  • Launched: 2007; Passengers: 3,634
Navigator of the Seas
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Navigator of the Seas
Ranked #9 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
79% Loved It
  • 81 inside cabins have "virtual balconies" (HD screens showing sea views)
  • Onboard ethnic dining: Mexican, Japanese, Italian
  • Royal Promenade indoor mall with bars, shops and parades
  • Launched: 2002; Passengers: 3,686
Splendour of the Seas
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Splendour of the Seas
Ranked #10 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
78% Loved It
  • Windowed Centrum offers aerial spectacles and daytime activities
  • Midsize ship with multiple dining venues
  • Features 18-hole mini-golf course
  • Launched: 1996; Passengers: 1,830
Enchantment of the Seas
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Enchantment of the Seas
Ranked #11 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
78% Loved It
  • Ship was cut in half and extended in 2005
  • Expanded pool deck with suspension bridges
  • Activities cater to multigenerational groups
  • Launched: 1997; Passengers: 2,252
Majesty of the Seas
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Majesty of the Seas
Ranked #12 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
77% Loved It
  • 3- & 4-night cruises offer quick, affordable getaways
  • Viking Crown Lounge provides quiet space, scenic views
  • Adventure Ocean kids club, Royal Babies & Tots
  • Launched: 1992; Passengers: 2,350
Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas
Ranked #13 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
77% Loved It
  • Oasis-class amenities added in 2012 refurb
  • Great programming for babies, kids and teens
  • Steakhouse, Italian and Asian specialty dining
  • Launched: 1997; Passengers: 1,998
Adventure of the Seas
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Adventure of the Seas
Ranked #14 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
77% Loved It
  • Family-friendly Voyager-class ship
  • Royal Promenade: hub for shops, bars and cafes
  • About half the cabins feature balconies
  • Launched: 2001; Passengers: 3,114
Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas
Ranked #15 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
76% Loved It
  • Sails to Bermuda and Caribbean from Cape Liberty
  • More than 15,000 square feet of fitness and spa space
  • Some 50 percent of cabins feature balconies
  • Launched: 2000; Passengers: 3,114
Grandeur of the Seas
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Grandeur of the Seas
Ranked #16 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
75% Loved It
  • Centrum with bar, dance floor and aerial shows
  • Sailings out of Baltimore to Bahamas and Caribbean
  • Multiple dining venues: Asian, Italian, steakhouse
  • Launched: 1996; Passengers: 1,992
Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas
Ranked #17 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
75% Loved It
  • First in RCI's innovative Voyager class
  • One of the most family-friendly ships at sea
  • Casino has 300 slots, blackjack, craps, roulette
  • Launched: 1999; Passengers: 3,114
Independence of the Seas
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Independence of the Seas
Ranked #18 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
74% Loved It
  • Underwent $7 million refurbishment in 2013
  • New restaurant and cafe added
  • New features including giant outdoor cinema screen
  • Launched: 2008; Passengers: 3,634
Brilliance of the Seas
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Brilliance of the Seas
Ranked #19 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
73% Loved It
  • Good specialty restaurants: Portofino, Chops Grille
  • High-tech nightclub, Starquest, with revolving bar
  • Generous pool area, including adults-only Solarium
  • Launched: 2002; Passengers: 2,142
Vision of the Seas
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Vision of the Seas
Ranked #20 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
68% Loved It
  • 2013 makeover: new restaurants, movie screen, nursery, aerial show
  • Lots of glass walls bring outdoors in
  • Many cabin types, including family staterooms and panoramic ocean views
  • Launched: 1998; Passengers: 2,050
Legend of the Seas
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Legend of the Seas
Ranked #21 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
65% Loved It
  • Itinerary variety: Panama Canal, Canada, Baltic, Caribbean
  • Smaller ship offers intimate atmosphere and slower pace
  • Refurb has extensively updated this two-decades-old ship
  • Launched: 1995; Passengers: 1,832
Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas
Ranked #22 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
46% Loved It
  • Pro: Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants
  • Con: For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag
  • Bottom Line: Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience
  • Launched: 2015; Passengers: 4,180
Quantum of the Seas
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Quantum of the Seas
Ranked #23 of 27 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
Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas
Ranked #24 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
0% Loved It
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  • Will be largest cruise ship in the world
  • First waterslides on a Royal Caribbean ship
  • Only third ship in Royal fleet to have a zip line
  • Launched: 2016; Passengers: 5,488
Oasis IV
Oasis IV
Ranked #25 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
0% Loved It
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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
Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas
Ranked #26 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
0% Loved It
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Empress of the Seas
Empress of the Seas
Ranked #27 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
0% Loved It
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  • Smallest ship in fleet for intimate experience
  • Extensive renovations planned for 2016
  • Launched: 1990; Passengers: 1,877
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