Spotlight on Royal Caribbean Cruises

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Royal Caribbean Cruises are one of the world’s most popular cruise lines. Originally founded in 1968 they now have 21 ships in service with new ships planned for the future.

They have ships sailing over much of the world – in Europe, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda, the USA, Canada and Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and South America. What is it that keeps passengers returning time and time again and helps Royal Caribbean to continue growing?

Royal Caribbean has two of the largest cruise ships in the world. Their Oasis class ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas were built in 2009 and 2010 respectively and each hold around 5,500 passengers.

Oasis of the Seas

Also construction of a third Oasis class ship has just begun and is expected to be delivered in the spring of 2016. The current Oasis class ships have some exciting features that passengers love such as seven ‘neighbourhoods’ on board, acrobatic shows, surf simulators, rock climbing walls,  a zipline, a carousel and much, much more.

Royal Caribbean have so far been tight-lipped about what features the new Oasis class ship will have, but there is expected to be most of what is offered on the current Oasis class ships, but a few surprises that will appeal to their guests.

One aspect of Royal Caribbean that continues to attract passengers, and keep them returning, is the family friendly atmosphere on board. Their award winning Adventure Ocean programme looks after children of all ages.

Their Royal Babies and Royal Tots programme is for children aged 6-36 months, Aquanauts looks after 3-5 year olds, Explorers is all about the 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds can join the Voyagers and there is special entertainment and activities for those often hard to please teenagers.

Aquanauts Kids Club

There are teenager-only hang outs where your kids can relax in the teen lounge and make friends with others their age and they can even dance away in the teen-only nightclub on board. Perfect for giving your teenagers a little freedom on board but parents are safe in the knowledge they’re being well looked after and with other like-minded children.

As well as the massive Oasis class of cruise liners, they also have smaller, more intimate cruise ships within their fleet. The Vision Class of cruise ships can hold from 1,800 passengers on Legend and Splendour of the Seas, up to 2,250 on Enchantment of the Seas. These relatively smaller ships will appeal to passengers who don’t like their ships to feel like floating cities, rather more like large floating resorts.

Also available are a great range of speciality restaurants on board. They have Chops Grille, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Samba Grill, Johnny Rockets, Giovanni’s Table, Portofino and the stylish Chef’s Table. There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes on board a Royal Caribbean ship.

So, with all of these features to offer plus many more, why not have a look at some Royal Caribbean cruises and see if it would suit you.

Images courtesy of Royal Caribbean

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