Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel that feature the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to 240 destinations in 61 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 19 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.
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50 Years of Innovation and Memorable Vacations
Touting six of the world’s largest cruise ships among its fleet of 25 renowned ships and one-of-a-kind private destinations, Royal Caribbean International brings to life unforgettable vacations and inspires the next generation of adventurers with the latest innovations and unique experiences.
Private Island Destinations
The global cruise line is a proven leader when it comes to bringing new features and unexpected adventures to life. More recently, Royal Caribbean upped the ante with the introduction of the Perfect Day Island Collection, beginning with Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. The 2019 opening debuted the $250 million transformation of the cruise line’s existing private destination, and it quickly became its No. 1 Caribbean destination.
For 50-plus years, Royal Caribbean has built its reputation on providing the most innovative cruise experiences. Cruising for the modern traveler was first redefined in 1999 with new onboard adventures on Voyager Class ships, such as a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and the Royal Promenade – a main boulevard of shops, restaurants and lounges that runs the length of the ship. In 2006, the line further transformed the industry with the introduction of Freedom Class, which featured the first FlowRider surf simulator at sea, the H20 Zone aqua park and cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean.
It was in 2009 when Royal Caribbean’s renowned Oasis Class ships hit the high seas and revolutionized cruising. Architectural marvels Oasis, Allure, Harmony and Symphony of the Seas are known as the largest cruise ships in the world. They tout the cruise line's signature neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The fifth ship to join the innovative lineup will be Wonder of the Seas, sailing from Florida and Spain in 2022. The world’s largest cruise ship is set to make waves with eight distinct neighborhoods, a Royal Caribbean first, that include all-new features and signature adventures: from the Suite Neighborhood and Wonder Playscape, an interactive, open-air kids’ play area with endless ocean views; to the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; and the AquaTheater entertainment venue brought to life by high divers, slackliners, dancers, special effects and more.
The leading cruise line followed up Oasis Class with the introduction of Quantum Class, which debuted in 2014 with unprecedented innovation in ship design, thrilling activities, cutting-edge technology and multidimensional entertainment. There are groundbreaking features on board that are now guest favorites, including North Star, the glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; Two70, an immersive, multimedia entertainment venue; and robot bartenders at Bionic Bar. Then came Quantum Ultra Class, with Spectrum of the Seas’ debut in 2019 and Odyssey of the Seas in 2021. Odyssey became the first of its kind to cruise in North America, and it’s also set to visit the Mediterranean’s most luring cities and famed beach destinations in the summers.
The next generation of cruising will soon set sail with the debut of Icon of the Seas in 2023, the first of the new, game-changing Icon Class ships. Introducing all-new features, Icon will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) – the cruise line’s first – and sail with additional sustainable features, like shore power connectivity, to dramatically reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The new class represents Royal Caribbean’s next significant step in its journey to becoming emission-free.
With a passion for building revolutionary ships and private destinations, and its commitment to continuous improvement, the cruise line also has a long history of protecting the communities and oceans in which it operates. This includes reducing energy consumption in both marine and hotel operations as well as designing and building the most efficient ships. These principles drive every effort to be a leader in sustainable design and innovation.
Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is one of the leading cruise companies in the world with a global fleet of 60 ships traveling to more than 800 destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator of three award-winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises, and it is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, the brands have an additional 13 ships on order as of September 30, 2021. Learn more at www.royalcaribbeangroup.com or www.rclinvestor.com.