How Do Royal Caribbean Ships Stack Up? Exploring Size and Age

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Selecting the right Royal Caribbean ship can significantly impact your overall cruise experience. With a diverse fleet, each ship offers something unique in terms of size and age. 

A fleet of Royal Caribbean cruise ships majestically sailing in a vast blue ocean, showcasing their multiple decks and the distinct yellow lifeboats lined on their sides.

In this article, we’ll explore each Royal Caribbean ship. Whether you’re interested in the amenities of newer, larger ships or the charm of older, smaller ships, this article aims to provide insights to help you make an informed choice.

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Why Size and Age Could Shape Your Cruise Experience

Before jumping into the details, let me explain why size and age could influence which ship you choose to go on.

You might think that bigger is always better when it comes to cruise ships, but it’s not that straightforward. Larger cruise ships like the Icon of the Seas could offer you a large choice of amenities, from a variety of pools, waterslides, flowriders, ice skating, large-scale productions and a huge choice of dining options. 

However, sometimes they come with the busyness of larger crowds, which could make your experience feel a bit less personal. To get a better understanding of what to expect, you might want to explore the size and capacity of Royal Caribbean ships

Now, let’s talk about the age of the ship. While the allure of a shiny, new ship can be tempting, it’s worth considering what you might be giving up. Newer ships often boast the latest tech and amenities, but there’s something to be said for the timeless charm of older vessels like the Grandeur of the Seas. To make a more informed decision, you may wish to read up on the ages of Royal Caribbean ships.

So, whether you’re leaning towards the state-of-the-art experiences that newer, larger ships might offer, or you’re intrigued by the atmosphere that you might find on older, smaller ones, there’s a lot to think about. 

Learn more about the sizes and capacities of Royal Caribbean ships.

Now that you understand how the size and age of a ship could influence your cruising experience let’s dive deeper. Below, I’ve detailed each ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet to help you make a more informed choice when booking your next cruise. I’ve also included some newer ships which haven’t even been launched yet and some other extra details about each ship.

1. Star of the Seas

  • Class: Icon
  • Year Built: Due 2025
  • Inaugural Sailing: To Be Announced
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 7,600
  • Gross Tonnage: 250,800
  • Total Staterooms: 2,805
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,350
  • Port of Departure: To Be Announced
  • Itineraries Sample: To Be Announced
  • Amenities: Royal Promenade, Dueling Pianos, Outdoor Running Track, Royal Theater, Absolute Zero Ice Rink, Music Hall, Casino Royale, Escape Room, Diamond Club, The Attic Comedy Club, Fitness Centre, Surfside, Slide from Deck 8, Adventure Ocean Kids Club, Carousel, Arcade, Splash Area, Infinity Pool for Grown-Ups, AquaDome, 220-Degree Ocean Views, Fountain Shows, High-Tech Features, Overlook Lounge, Chill Island, Swim and Tonic Swim-Up Bar, Largest Pool at Sea, Infinity Pool, Hot Tubs, The Hideaway, Suspended Infinity Pool, Thrill Island, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Category 6 Water Park, The Crown’s Edge Ropes Course.

2. Utopia of the Seas

  • Class: Oasis
  • Year Built: Due 2024
  • Inaugural Sailing: July 22, 2024
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 5,668
  • Gross Tonnage: 236,857
  • Total Staterooms: 2,824
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,394
  • Port of Departure: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 3/4 days Bahamas Perfect Day
  • Amenities: Neighbourhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Broadway Musicals, The Perfect Storm, Ultimate Abyss, Zip Line, Boardwalk, Central Park, 2 FlowRider Surf Simulators, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Outdoor Movie Screen, Laser Tag
Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas cruise ship sailing at dusk, with vibrant lighting accentuating its multiple decks and leisure amenities against a backdrop of a purple-tinged sky and calm sea.

3. Icon of the Seas

  • Class: Icon
  • Year Built: Due 2024
  • Inaugural Sailing: January 27, 2024
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 7,600
  • Gross Tonnage: 250,800
  • Total Staterooms: 2,805
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,350
  • Port of Departure: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 night Eastern Caribbean and Perfect Day, 7 night Western Caribbean and Perfect Day
  • Noteworthy: Set to be the world’s largest cruise ship upon launching and Royal Caribbean’s first ship to be powered by LNG.
  • Amenities: Royal Promenade, Dueling Pianos, Outdoor Running Track, Royal Theater, Absolute Zero Ice Rink, Music Hall, Casino Royale, Escape Room, Diamond Club, The Attic Comedy Club, Fitness Centre, Surfside, Slide from Deck 8, Adventure Ocean Kids Club, Carousel, Arcade, Splash Area, Infinity Pool for Grown-Ups, AquaDome, 220-Degree Ocean Views, Fountain Shows, High-Tech Features, Overlook Lounge, Chill Island, Swim and Tonic Swim-Up Bar, Largest Pool at Sea, Infinity Pool, Hot Tubs, The Hideaway, Suspended Infinity Pool, Thrill Island, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Category 6 Water Park, The Crown’s Edge Ropes Course.
Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas cruise ship, illuminated at night showcasing its colorful, bustling decks with a variety of entertainment options set against the dark ocean.

4. Wonder of the Seas

  • Class: Oasis
  • Year Built: 2022
  • Inaugural Sailing: March 4, 2022
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 6,988
  • Gross Tonnage: 236,857
  • Total Staterooms: 2,824
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,394
  • Port of Departure: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day, 7 Night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
  • Noteworthy: Previously held the title of the world’s largest cruise ship before Icon of the Seas.
  • Amenities: Neighbourhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Broadway Musicals, The Perfect Storm, Ultimate Abyss, Zip Line, Boardwalk, Central Park, 2 FlowRider Surf Simulators, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Outdoor Movie Screen, Laser Tag
Aerial view of Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas displaying its extensive deck features including water slides, pools, and recreational areas on the open sea.

5. Odyssey of the Seas

  • Class: Quantum Ultra
  • Year Built: 2021
  • Inaugural Sailing: July 31, 2021
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,819
  • Gross Tonnage: 169,379
  • Total Staterooms: 2,098
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,551
  • Port of Departure: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (November to April) / Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (May – October)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 6 Night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day, 8 Night Southern Caribbean, 7/8/9 Night Greek Isles, 12 Night Holy Land
  • Amenities: Broadway Style Entertainment, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Casino Royale, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Laser Tag, North Star, RipCord by iFLY, Rock Climbing Wall, Virtual Adventure Zone, SeaPlex, Sky Pad, Two70, Splashaway Bay, Music Hall
Evening shot of Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship, featuring its deck lit with vibrant lights, including an illuminated sphere structure, outdoor pool, and lounging areas on the calm ocean.

6. Spectrum of the Seas

  • Class: Quantum Ultra
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Inaugural Sailing: April 18, 2019
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 5,622
  • Gross Tonnage: 169,379
  • Total Staterooms: 2,098
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,300
  • Port of Departure: Singapore (Singapore) / Shanghai (China) / Hong Kong (China)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 3/4 Night Penang, 5 Night Spice Of Southeast Asia, 4 Night Fukuoka, 4 Night Okinawa
  • Amenities: Broadway Style Entertainment, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Casino Royale, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Laser Tag, North Star, RipCord by iFLY, Rock Climbing Wall, Virtual Adventure Zone, SeaPlex, Sky Pad, Two70, Splashaway Bay, Music Hall
The Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship is captured cruising on the open sea, showcasing its distinctive blue and white exterior with yellow lifeboats and an array of onboard activities visible from the side.

7. Symphony of the Seas

  • Class: Oasis
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Inaugural Sailing: April 7, 2018
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 6,680
  • Gross Tonnage: 228,081
  • Total Staterooms: 2,745
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,200
  • Port of Departure: Miami, Florida, USA (January to February) / Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (November to December) /  Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (April to October)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day, 7 Night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day, 6 Night Western Caribbean, 8 Night Southern Caribbean / 7 Night Western Mediterranean
  • Amenities: Neighbourhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Broadway Musicals, The Perfect Storm, Ultimate Abyss, Zip Line, Boardwalk, Central Park, 2 FlowRider Surf Simulators, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Outdoor Movie Screen, Laser Tag
Docked at port, the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas presents its stern, featuring a purple slide and multiple decks, against the industrial backdrop of a harbor, with mooring lines securing the vessel.
Symphony of the Seas in port

8. Harmony of the Seas

  • Class: Oasis
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Inaugural Sailing: May 29, 2016
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 6,687
  • Gross Tonnage: 226,963
  • Total Staterooms: 2,745
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,300
  • Port of Departure: Miami, Florida, USA (March to October) / Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (January to March) / Galveston, Texas (Nov – Dec 2023)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day, 7 Night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day, 6 Night Western Caribbean, 8 Night Southern Caribbean
  • Amenities: Neighbourhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Broadway Musicals, The Perfect Storm, Ultimate Abyss, Zip Line, Boardwalk, Central Park, 2 FlowRider Surf Simulators, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Outdoor Movie Screen, Laser Tag
The majestic Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship is seen sailing on the open ocean during early evening, with its intricate deck structures and vibrant lights beginning to illuminate the vessel.

9. Ovation of the Seas

  • Class: Quantum
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Inaugural Sailing: April 14, 2016
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,905
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Total Staterooms: 1,918
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,300
  • Port of Departure: Sydney, Australia) / Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 6 Night Seattle to Vancouver, 6 Night Alaska Adventure, 8 Night South Pacific, 10 Night New Zealand, 7 Night Tasmania Adelaide 
  • Amenities: North Star, RipCord by iFLY, SeaPlex, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Two70, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, 3D Movies, Loft Suites, Music Hall, Broadway Musicals, Outdoor Movie Screen
Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas cruise ship moored in a mountainous fjord, its white and blue hull contrasting with the natural greenery and the cloudy sky above the calm glacial waters.

10. Anthem of the Seas

  • Class: Quantum
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Inaugural Sailing: N/A
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,905
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Total Staterooms: 2,095
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,500
  • Port of Departure: Southampton, UK / Cape Liberty, New York, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Norweigan Fjords, 7 Night Spain and France, 12 Night Discover the Canaries, 14 Night Discover the Canaries, 14 Night Mediterranean Beaches and Cites, 7 Night Bahamas and Perfect Day
  • Amenities: North Star, RipCord by iFLY, SeaPlex, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Two70, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, 3D Movies, Loft Suites, Music Hall, Broadway Musicals, Outdoor Movie Screen
The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship, part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, cruising on a sunny day with a clear blue sky overhead, showcasing its expansive decks and the unique North Star observation capsule extended above.

11. Quantum of the Seas

  • Class: Quantum
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Inaugural Sailing: November 2, 2014
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,905
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Total Staterooms: 2,090
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,500
  • Port of Departure: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia / Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 6 nights Queensland, 7 nights South Pacific, 7 days, round-trip Alaska Adventure, 4 night Queensland, 14 night New Zealand
  • Amenities: North Star, RipCord by iFLY, SeaPlex, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Two70, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, 3D Movies, Loft Suites, Music Hall, Broadway Musicals, Outdoor Movie Screen
The Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, illuminated in the early evening, reflects beautifully on the calm waters at twilight, with lights creating a warm glow and mirrored effect on the surface.

12. Allure of the Seas

  • Class: Oasis
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Inaugural Sailing: December 1, 2010
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 6,780
  • Gross Tonnage: 225,282
  • Total Staterooms: 2,742
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,384
  • Port of Departure: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA (October to December) / Galveston, Texas, USA (January to October)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 3 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day, 4 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day, 7 Night Western Caribbean
  • Amenities: Neighbourhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Broadway Musicals, The Perfect Storm, Ultimate Abyss, Zip Line, Boardwalk, Central Park, 2 FlowRider Surf Simulators, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Outdoor Movie Screen, Laser Tag
Aerial view of the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, with its distinctive open-air aqua theater and multiple sports courts, gliding through the serene blue ocean during a warm, golden hour.

13. Oasis of the Seas

  • Class: Oasis
  • Year Built: 2009
  • Inaugural Sailing: December 5, 2009
  • Amped: 2019
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 6,780
  • Gross Tonnage: 225,282
  • Total Staterooms: 2,137
  • Number of Crew Members: 2,394
  • Port of Departure: Miami, Florida, USA / Cape Liberty, New York, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day, 7 Night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day, 7 Night Perfect Day Bahamas
  • Amenities: Neighbourhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Broadway Musicals, The Perfect Storm, Ultimate Abyss, Zip Line, Boardwalk, Central Park, 2 FlowRider Surf Simulators, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Outdoor Movie Screen, Laser Tag
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship moored in the Bahamas, its grand architecture dwarfing nearby structures, with clear blue skies and turquoise waters enhancing the tropical ambiance.
Oasis of the Seas – one of my favourite ships, in the Bahamas

14. Independence of the Seas

  • Class: Freedom
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Inaugural Sailing: May 2, 2008
  • Amped: 2018
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,560
  • Gross Tonnage: 154,407
  • Total Staterooms: 1,667
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,360
  • Port of Departure: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 3/4 Night Bahamas and Perfect Day
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, The Perfect Storm, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Sugar Beach, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Fish & Ships, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, British-Style Pub, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Broadway Musicals
The Independence of the Seas cruise ship embarks on a voyage at sunset, its side catching the warm hues of the setting sun, with the sprawling deck activities visible and a backdrop of a distant coastline.

15. Liberty of the Seas

  • Class: Freedom
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Revitalised: February 2016
  • Inaugural Sailing: May 19, 2007
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,960
  • Gross Tonnage: 154,407
  • Total Staterooms: 1,636
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,360
  • Port of Departure: Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA / New York, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 5 night Bermuda, 9 night Canada New England, 6 night Western Caribbean Perfect Day, 4 night Bahamas Perfect Day, 3 night Bahamas Perfect Day
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, The Perfect Storm, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Sugar Beach, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Fish & Ships, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, British-Style Pub, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Broadway Musicals

16. Freedom of the Seas

  • Class: Freedom
  • Year Built: 2006
  • Inaugural Sailing: June 4, 2006
  • Amped: 2020
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,515
  • Gross Tonnage: 154,407
  • Total Staterooms: 1,946
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,360
  • Port of Departure: Miami, Florida, USA 
  • Iterniaries Sample: 3/4 Night Bahamas and Perfect Day
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, The Perfect Storm, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Sugar Beach, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Fish & Ships, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, British-Style Pub, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider Surf Simulator, Broadway Musicals
Aerial view of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas cruise ship docked at a vibrant Caribbean island, with crystal-clear turquoise waters and a bustling pier, illustrating a tropical paradise.

17. Jewel of the Seas

  • Class: Radiance
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Inaugural Sailing: May 8, 2004
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,702
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Total Staterooms: 1,142
  • Number of Crew Members: 859
  • Port of Departure: Amsterdam, Netherlands (May to August) / San Juan, Puerto Rico (November to December)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 8 Night Norweigan Fjords, 12 Night British Isles, 12 Night Iceland and Ireland, 12 Night Artic Circle, 7 Night Southern Caribbean
  • Amenities: Sunlit Glass-Covered Spaces, Glass Elevators, Solarium with Tropical Foliage, Self-Leveling Pool Tables, Outdoor Movie Screen
The serene indoor pool area of Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, featuring a tranquil pool, waterslide, and lounging areas under a geometric glass dome, creating a bright and airy tropical oasis.

18. Mariner of the Seas

  • Class: Voyager
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Inaugural Sailing: November 16, 2003
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,000
  • Gross Tonnage: 139,863
  • Total Staterooms: 1,641
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,185
  • Port of Departure: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 8 Night Bermuda and Perfect Day, 4/6 Night Eastern/Western Caribbean, 3/4 Night Bahamas and Perfect Day, 8 Night Southern Caribbean
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, The Perfect Storm, The Bamboo Room, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider
Overhead view at dusk of Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas' sports deck, featuring brightly colored water slides, a rock-climbing wall, and illuminated pools, with the endless ocean extending into the horizon.

19. Serenade of the Seas

  • Class: Radiance
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Inaugural Sailing: August 1, 2003
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,476
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Total Staterooms: 1,013
  • Number of Crew Members: 884
  • Port of Departure: Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 night Canada, 5 night Canada, 5 night Western Caribbean, 9 night Eastern Caribbean
  • Amenities: Sunlit Glass-Covered Spaces, Glass Elevators, Solarium with Tropical Foliage, Self-Leveling Pool Tables, Outdoor Movie Screen
Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas cruise ship amidst the awe-inspiring Alaskan landscape, with a vast glacier in the background and pristine icy waters reflecting the ship's elegant design.

20. Navigator of the Seas

  • Class: Voyager
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Amped: 2019
  • Inaugural Sailing: December 14, 2002
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,000
  • Gross Tonnage: 139,999
  • Total Staterooms: 1,691
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,213
  • Port of Departure: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 night Atlantis LA To Mexico, 4 night Catalina Ensenada, 3 nights Ensenada, 7 nights Cabo Vallarta Mazatlan
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, The Perfect Storm, The Bamboo Room, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider
Mother and daughter, standing at the port in front of the immense Navigator of the Seas cruise ship, with the ship's name prominently displayed and the early evening sky creating a soft backdrop.

21. Brilliance of the Seas

  • Class: Radiance
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Inaugural Sailing: July 19, 2002
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,543
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Total Staterooms: 1,074
  • Number of Crew Members: 894
  • Port of Departure: Vancouver, Canada / New Orleans, USA / Tampa, Florida, USA, Sydney, Australia
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 night Alaska Inside Passage, 6 night Vancouver to Los Angeles, 14 night Los Angeles to New Orleans, 7 night Western Caribbean, 11 night South Pacific, 5 night Tasmania, 8 night South Pacific
  • Amenities: Sunlit Glass-Covered Spaces, Glass Elevators, Solarium with Tropical Foliage, Self-Leveling Pool Tables, Outdoor Movie Screen
The Brilliance of the Seas cruise ship, a part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, glides across calm ocean waters under a clear blue sky, reflecting the sunlight off its many windows and balconies.

22. Adventure of the Seas

  • Class: Voyager
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Revitalised: November 2016
  • Inaugural Sailing: November 18, 2001
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 3,807
  • Gross Tonnage: 137,276
  • Total Staterooms: 1,061
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,185
  • Port of Departure: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA / Fort Lauderdale, USA / Galveston, Texas, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 night Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day, 7 night Western Caribbean Perfect Day
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, The Perfect Storm, The Bamboo Room, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider
The 'Adventure of the Seas' cruise ship docks near a tropical coastline, with the vibrant architecture of a resort and lush greenery in the background, under an overcast sky.

23. Radiance of the Seas

  • Class: Radiance
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Inaugural Sailing: April 7, 2001
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,466
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Total Staterooms: 1,074
  • Number of Crew Members: 894
  • Port of Departure: Tampa (Florida), USA / Vancouver (BC Canada) / Seward (Alaska) / Galveston (Texas)
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 nights High Seas Rally, 7 nights Western Caribbean, 5 nights Bahamas Perfect Day Holiday
  • Amenities: Sunlit Glass-Covered Spaces, Glass Elevators, Solarium with Tropical Foliage, Self-Leveling Pool Tables, Outdoor Movie Screen
The 'Radiance of the Seas' cruise ship navigates through icy waters with scattered icebergs, set against a backdrop of stunning snow-capped mountains under a clear blue sky.

24. Explorer of the Seas

  • Class: Voyager
  • Year Built: 2000
  • Inaugural Sailing: October 28, 2000
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,290
  • Gross Tonnage: 137,308
  • Total Staterooms: 1,641
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,185
  • Port of Departure: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy / Venice (Ravenna), Italy
  • Iterniaries Sample: 6 Night Italy and Adriatic, 7 Night Greek Isles, 7 Night Greece Croatia, 7 Night Italy and Adriatic
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, The Perfect Storm, The Bamboo Room, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider, Surf Simulator
Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas cruise ship in a serene setting, surrounded by the tranquil turquoise waters of a bay with lush green hills in the background under a clear blue sky.

25. Voyager of the Seas

  • Class: Voyager
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Amped: 2019
  • Inaugural Sailing: November 21, 1999
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 4,269
  • Gross Tonnage: 137,276
  • Total Staterooms: 1,072
  • Number of Crew Members: 1,176
  • Port of Departure: San Juan, Puerto Rico / Galveston Texas, USA / Port Canaveral, Florida, USA / Piraeus-Athens, Greece / Barcelona, Spain
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Caribbean, 7 Night Israel Egypt, 4 Night Bahamas Perfect Day, 5 Night Eastern Caribbean, 5 Night Western Caribbean Perfect Day
  • Amenities: Sky Pad, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, The Perfect Storm, The Bamboo Room, Laser Tag, Royal Escape Room, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade, Virtual Balcony Staterooms, Designer Shopping, Outdoor Movie Screen, FlowRider, Surf Simulator
Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas offers a vibrant top-deck experience with a colorful water slide, sports court, and rock-climbing wall, captured with the deep blue ocean stretching into the distance.

26. Vision of the Seas

  • Class: Vision
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Inaugural Sailing: May 2, 1998
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,514
  • Gross Tonnage: 78,340
  • Total Staterooms: 997
  • Number of Crew Members: 742
  • Port of Departure: Baltimore, Maryland, USA / Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 9 night Canada New England, 5 night Bermuda, 12 night Southern Caribbean, 8 night Southeast Coast Bahamas, 8 night Se Perfect Day Holiday
  • Amenities: Solarium with Retractable Roof, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Climbing Wall, Mini-Golf Course, Outdoor Movie Screen, Broadway-style Shows
The 'Vision of the Seas' cruise ship glides through calm waters in a fjord, flanked by steep green cliffs and a cascading waterfall, under a partly cloudy sky, evoking a sense of adventure in the Norwegian landscape.

27. Enchantment of the Seas

  • Class: Vision
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Inaugural Sailing: July 13, 1997
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,730
  • Gross Tonnage: 82,910
  • Total Staterooms: 1,018
  • Number of Crew Members: 852
  • Port of Departure: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy / Venice (Ravenna), Italy / Barcelona, Spain / Athens (Piraeus), Greece
  • Iterniaries Sample: 7 Night Western Meditterean, 7 Night Greek Isles, 7 Night Greek and Adriatic
  • Amenities: Solarium with Retractable Roof, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Climbing Wall, Mini-Golf Course, Outdoor Movie Screen, Broadway-style Shows

28. Rhapsody of the Seas

  • Class: Vision
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Inaugural Sailing: May 19, 1997
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,416
  • Gross Tonnage: 78,491
  • Total Staterooms: 1,193
  • Number of Crew Members: 765
  • Port of Departure: Limassol, Cyprus / Haifa, Israel / Barbados
  • Iterniaries Sample: 4 Night Greece and Cyprus, 5 Night Greek Isles, 6 Night Med Amenities, 7 Night Greek Isles, 9 Night Greek Isles, 5/7 Night Southern Caribbean, 14 Night Ultimate Caribbean
  • Amenities: Solarium with Retractable Roof, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Climbing Wall, Mini-Golf Course, Outdoor Movie Screen, Broadway-style Shows
Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship navigating the emerald waters near a coastal town nestled at the foot of dramatic mountain cliffs, capturing the essence of a Mediterranean getaway.

29. Grandeur of the Seas

  • Class: Vision
  • Year Built: 1996
  • Revitalised: May 2012
  • Inaugural Sailing: December 14, 1996
  • Max Passenger Capacity: 2,440
  • Gross Tonnage: 73,817
  • Total Staterooms: 996
  • Number of Crew Members: 760
  • Noteworthy: The oldest ship in the fleet.
  • Port of Departure: Tampa, Florida, USA / Miami, Florida, USA / Fort Lauderdale,  Florida, USA / Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Iterniaries Sample: 5 night Bahamas Perfect Day, 4 night Western Caribbean, 9 night Eastern Caribbean, 10 night Southern Caribbean
  • Amenities: Solarium with Retractable Roof, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Climbing Wall, Mini-Golf Course, Outdoor Movie Screen, Broadway-style Shows
The 'Grandeur of the Seas' cruise ship travels in the open sea, its white structure contrasting with the deep blue waters, under a sky scattered with white clouds, embodying the essence of ocean travel.

Note: The itineraries are just samples, these may change alongside the port of departure. Occasionally ships will change location completely and do some ad hoc itineraries, which are usually just for a few weeks at a time. 

What to Consider When Choosing a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Now you have the list of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, it can make it easier to consider what would suit you when booking. However, there are also a number of other factors to consider. When I’m planning a cruise, there’s a whole host of factors that I personally mull over before making my choice. Here’s a glimpse into what goes through my mind:

Destinations and Itineraries

The first thing I ask myself is, “Where do I want to go?” Some ships have itineraries that are just too good to pass up, especially if they’re sailing to less-visited ports.

Duration of the Cruise

I think about how long I want to be away. Is it a quick getaway I’m after, or am I in the mood for a longer voyage? The duration can really shape the whole experience.

Travel Logistics

I always consider if I’ll need to book a flight to the departure port. It’s not just about the cruise fare; it’s the total travel cost that matters.

Budget

I weigh up what I’m willing to spend. Newer, larger ships can be a bit pricier, but sometimes the extra cost is worth it for the amenities.

Onboard Activities

I love having a variety of things to do, so I look at what activities are available on board. From Broadway-style shows to surf simulators, the options can be overwhelming in a good way.

Ship Size

I ponder whether I’m in the mood for the buzz of a mega-ship or if I’d prefer the more intimate setting of a smaller ship.

Consider the size and age of various Royal Caribbean ships in your planning.

Travel Companions

Who am I travelling with? If it’s family, I’ll look for a ship with plenty of family-friendly activities. If it’s a romantic getaway, a ship with more adult amenities might be better.

Last Upgrade

I check when the ship was last refurbished or “amped.” A recent upgrade can make a world of difference in the quality of the onboard experience.

Reviews

Lastly, I never book without peeking at some reviews. It’s always good to get a sense of what other travellers are saying.

In short, choosing a Royal Caribbean cruise is about more than just the ship or where you’re going. Lots of things can affect your choice, like how easy it is to get there and what you personally enjoy. Think about all these things when you’re planning your next cruise.

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