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Royal Caribbean International Ships

Royal Caribbean International
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Royal Caribbean Ship Reviews

Serenade of the Seas
Ranked #1 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
84% 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
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
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
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
Ranked #5 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
80% 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
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
Ranked #7 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
79% 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
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
Ranked #9 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
78% 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
Enchantment of the Seas
Ranked #10 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
Splendour of the Seas
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Splendour of the Seas
Ranked #11 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
77% 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
Rhapsody of the Seas
Ranked #12 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
76% 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
Majesty of the Seas
Ranked #13 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
76% 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
Adventure of the Seas
Ranked #14 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
76% 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
Ranked #15 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
76% 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 #16 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
Grandeur of the Seas
Ranked #17 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
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
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
Ovation of the Seas
Ranked #20 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
72% Loved It
Vision of the Seas
Ranked #21 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
Ranked #22 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
Ranked #23 of 27 Royal Caribbean Ships
48% 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
Ranked #24 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
Ranked #25 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: 5,479
Oasis IV
Oasis IV
Ranked #26 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
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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Royal Caribbean Member Reviews

74% Loved It

Let me preface this by saying I have not gone on a cruise in about 13 years, with that being said, I wan avid cruiser as a young adult and teenager. ... Read more
by 08Lulu
We were bumped over to the Majesty of the Seas after our Empress of the Seas sailing was cancelled. We were somewhat concerned about our experience ... Read more
by glesesne
This was by far one of our favorite cruises. We've only been cruising for 4 years but have done 7 to date on Princess, Celebrity and NCL...I guess ... Read more
by GGHope
Amazing cruise! This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean and only second ever, the first being 10 years ago so still consider us first timers. ... Read more
by twalker002
We have always been VERY pleased with our experiences aboard Royal Caribbean ships. This ship however DID NOT meet our expectations. Most of the crew ... Read more
by mandmcandy
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