Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 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 17 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 24 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 technology 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. The first in the lineup: Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. The 2019 opening debuted the $200 million transformation of the vacation company’s existing private destination, and it quickly became the cruise line’s top-rated Caribbean port.
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, including 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 FlowRider surf simulator, 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 at sea, Oasis, Allure, Harmony and Symphony of the Seas are the largest 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 Oasis Class ship, Wonder of the Seas, is set to begin cruising from Shanghai in 2022. The ship will introduce a new era of cruising as the first of the renowned class to sail the Asia-Pacific region.
The leading cruise line then introduced its Quantum Class in 2014, which debuted with unprecedented innovation in ship design, thrilling activities, cutting-edge technology and multidimensional entertainment. On board, there are ground-breaking features 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. In spring 2021, Odyssey of the Seas will set sail as the newest Quantum Ultra Class ship and offer a combination of longer stays and overnights at some of the Mediterranean’s most luring cities and famed beach destinations. The ship will continue its inaugural year in North America and cruise from Miami, beginning fall 2021, as the first in its class to sail the Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean will debut Icon Class in 2023, a new class of ships powered by a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology that dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The introduction of fuel cells represents another significant step forward in continuous improvement and environmental responsibility.
With a passion for building revolutionary ships and a commitment to continuous improvement, the cruise line 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 possible. These principles drive every effort to be a leader in sustainable cruise ship design and innovation.
Royal Caribbean International is owned by Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL), the operating business name for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner of four global cruise vacation brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea and Azamara. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, the brands operate 63 ships with an additional 16 on order as of September 30, 2020. Learn more at www.royalcaribbeangroup.com or www.rclinvestor.com.