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Review of Royal Caribbean

The Royal Caribbean International company is a subsidiary line and a feature brand name of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) – a Norwegian-American company, and the world’s second largest cruise passenger ships operator, after Carnival Corporation. As of 2009, RCCL controls 25% of the world cruise market.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is based in Miami, Florida and incorporated in Liberia. The company was formed in 1997 when RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line), established in 1968, and Celebrity Cruises, established in 1988, was then purchased. A decision was made to keep the two brands separate. As a result, RCCL was re-branded Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was founded as the new parent company of RCI and Celebrity.

Today, the Royal Caribbean (RCCL parrent company) operates 42 of the world’s biggest passenger ships, under 5 different fully owned brands. The list with Royal Caribbean International’s sister lines includes Celebrity, Pullmantur, Azamara, and CDF (Croisieres de France), plus a 50% stake in TUI Cruises. RCCL headquarters adress is in Miami: Royal Caribbean International, 1050 Royal Caribbean Way, Miami, FL, 33132-2096 USA.

Royal Caribbean is in top 3 best family cruises lines in the world, and owns some of the most popular ships for young adults, kids, and teens. The best of the mass-market lines is recommended mostly for young and middle-age, active and sports-oriented travelers. The high class new cruise ships (called “floating towns” for a reason) have larger staterooms, and endless choices of activities, with the best ideas for family fun cruises.

In 2014 and 2015, Royal Caribbean International introduced their brand new Dynamic Dining concept that replaced the Main Dining Room on Quantum-class ships. RCI vessels with Dynamic Dining do not have a main dining room. Instead, they feature complimentary table service restaurants, each with its own theme and menu: "The Grande", "American Icon Grill", "Chic" and "Silk". Guests staying in suites have access to the "Coastal Kitchen" complimentary restaurant. Similar to the Freestyle concept on Norwegian Cruise Line, passengers make reservations for their restaurant choice for each night in advance. Each venue maintains the same staff and menu throughout the cruise. Anthem of the Seas has a "Dynamic Dining Classic" option, allowing guests rotate between dining venues but keep the same waiter, assistant waiter and tablemates, from night to night.

The line had planned to extend its dynamic dining concept to Oasis-class ships. During 2014 and 2015 drydock refurbishment, décor and signage was installed on the 3 levels of the main dining rooms of Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas to prepare them to function as separate "The Grande", "Silk" and "American Icon Grill" restaurants, although the 3 levels continued operating as a single dining room. "Coastal Kitchen" was also installed for suite guests only. However, on 15 July 2015, Royal Caribbean International announced that the dynamic dining concept would not be rolled out on Oasis-class ships or any other vessel classes not specifically designed for it. The line also clarified that upcoming Harmony of the Seas would debut with traditional and "My Time Dining" options.

Besides the Main Dining Rooms, RCI also features the "Chops Grille" steakhouse, "Windjammer Cafe" buffet restaurant, “Johnny Rockets”, Asian "Izumi", Poolside Bars and 24-hour Room Service. The “Cupcake Cupboard” is an onboard bakery available on the newest and refurbished ships. It offers 30 delicious cupcakes. Select Royal Caribbean ships offer the Starbucks coffee at sea.

The new alcohol policy of the line allows passengers to bring their own wine on board and consume it in the cabin for free, or for a corkage fee (an additional charge) in public areas.

The Voyager-, Freedom-, and Oasis-class ships boast the Royal Promenade. It is a centerline promenade in a multi-deck atrium with pedestrian mall featuring restaurants and shops. At night, the promenades are turned into entertainment venues, hosting parades and dance parties. Royal Promenade's upper levels are home to "Promenade Staterooms" with a window overlooking the promenade. The Quantum class doesn't feature a Royal Promenade. Instead, it features a 2-deck "Royal Esplanade" shopping area which doesn't provide any overlooking cabins.

Royal Caribbean ships offer a wide list of onboard facilities, the main of which include Grand-style productions Theatre, Live Comedy Club, Disco/Nightclub, Casino Royale, Library. Feature sports facilities include Studio B Ice-Skating Rink, Rock Climbing Wall, Flow Rider surfing simulator, Multiple Sports Court, Walking/Jogging track, Golf Simulator, ZIP-line, H2O Zone Waterpark with Waterslide, Adventure Beach, and on Quantum ships only Bumper Cars, Skydiving Simulator, North Star rotational capsule.

Adults on RCCL cruises can enjoy adults-only relaxation areas and spas. Teens can do rock climbing or try the 12 m (40-ft) surfing “simulation” and zip-lining across ship's top deck on the world’s largest cruise ships ever. Families cruising with infants and toddlers will benefit from the “Royal Babies” and “Royal Tots” programs. Kids club activities are also available by the Adventure Ocean kids programme. The DreamWorks programming is another exclusiveness with the 3D DreamWorks Theater and all the characters meets and greets.

Itinerary of Royal Caribbean

RCI cruises 2016-2017 Caribbean itineraries will be operated with 15 ships departing from 9 USA cruise ports (home-ports) to visit all 39 Caribbean Sea ports of call.

Follows a review of Royal Caribbean itinerary program for 2016-2017 scheduled itineraries. For sailing dates (departures, arrivals), ports of call times and RCI cruise prices per person follow the ship pages listed below.

  • Adventure Of The Seas (home-ports San Juan Puerto Rico, Bridgetown Barbados) operates on round-trips to Eastern Caribbean (St Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St Thomas, Dominica, Martinique) and Southern Caribbean (Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Curacao, Bonaire).
  • Allure Of The Seas (home-port Fort Lauderdale /Port Everglades Florida) operates on i7-day tineraries to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Labadee Haiti) and bahamas-Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, St Maarten, Jamaica, Puerto Rico).
  • Anthem Of The Seas (home-port Cape Liberty-Bayonne NJ /New York) operates on round-trips to Florida-Bahamas (Port Canaveral, Coco Cay, Nassau), Eastern Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts), Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Labadee Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Roatan Honduras), Southern Caribbean (Barbados, Martenique) and also to Bermuda during summer.
  • Brilliance Of The Seas (home-ports Tampa Florida, Barcelona Spain) operates on round-trips out of Tampa to Western Caribbean (4-day Cozumel Mexico, 5-day Key West FL, Cozumel). REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic): In the summer, the ship operates in Europe on Mediterranean round-trips out of Barcelona (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Adriatic Sea).
  • Enchantment Of The Seas (home-port Port Canaveral FL) operates on Bahama cruises to Nassau and Coco Cay (3-day and 4-day round-trips).
  • Explorer Of The Seas (home-ports Sydney Australia, Seattle WA) operates on South Pacific Islands itineraries (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu) and also on Cruises to Nowhere (out of Sydney AU). REPOSITIONING: (through Hawaii and Vancouver BC) During summer, the ship operates on Alaskan cruises out of Seattle.
  • Freedom Of The Seas (home-port Fort Lauderdale / Port Everglades Florida) operates on 7-day round-trips to Eastern Caribbean (Labadee Haiti, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, St Kitts) and Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan).
  • Grandeur Of The Seas (home-port Baltimore MD) operates on round-trips to Bermuda and to Bermuda and Nassau Bahamas (during summer). Also sails to Florida-Eastern Caribbean (Miami, Nassau, Freeport, Coco Cay), to Florida-Bahamas (Port Canaveral, Nassau, Coco Cay) and to Southern Caribbean (Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia).
  • Harmony of the Seas (home-port Fort Lauderdale / Port Everglades Florida) operates on 7-day round-trips to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Labadee Haiti) and Bahamas-Eastern Caribbean (Thomas, St Thomas, St Maarten). The ship offers inaugural season sailings in Europe out of Barcelona Spain (7-day itineraries to France and Italy).
  • Independence Of The Seas (home-ports Fort Lauderdale / Port Everglades Florida, Southampton UK) operates on short round-trips to Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Belize) and Eastern Caribbean (Labadee Haiti, Jamaica). REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic): During summer, the ship operates in Europe on round-trips out of Southampton to Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
  • Jewel Of The Seas (home-ports San Juan Puerto Rico, Bridgetown Barbados) operates on round-trips to Eastern and Southern Caribbean (St Thomas, St Kitts, St. Maarten, Dominica, Aruba, Curacao, St Lucia, Antigua). REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic): During summer, the ship operates in Europe on round-trips out of Rome (Civitavecchia) to Greece and Greek Islands, Turkey, Italy (Sicily). From May through October 2016, Jewel of the Seas will be the only ship in her category sailing round-trip from Rome, Italy on Eastern Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Legend Of The Seas (home-port Brisbane Australia) operates on round-trips to South Pacific Islands (New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji). REPOSITIONING (Australia-Asia): In April 2017, the ship will be relocated to Asia (Hon Kong, home-port and itinerary information pending).
  • Liberty Of The Seas (home-port Galveston Texas) operates on 7-day round-trips to Eastern-Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Roatan Honduras, Grand Cayman, Jamaica).
  • Majesty Of The Seas (home-ports in Florida - Miami, Port Canaveral) operates on Bahamas cruises out of Miami (3-day Nassau, 4-day Nassau and Coco Cay. REPOSITIONING: In May 2016 the ship will be relocated to Port Canaveral Florida for cruises to Bahamas (same itineraries).
  • Mariner Of The Seas (home-ports Singapore, Shanghai China) operates on Asia cruise round-trips out of Singapore (to Thailand and Malaysia) and out of Shanghai (to South Korea and Japan).
  • Navigator Of The Seas (home-ports Miami, Fort Lauderdale /Port Everglades Florida, Southampton UK) operates on round-trips to Bahamas-Western Caribbean (Nassau, Cozumel Mexico) and Southern Caribbean (Labadee haiti, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire). REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic): During summer, the ship operates in Europe on round-trips out of Southampton to Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands and Baltic Sea (Norwegian Fjords.
  • Oasis Of The Seas (home-port Fort Lauderdale /Port Everglades Florida) operates on 7-day round-trips to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Labadee haiti, Jamaica) and Bahamas-Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten).
  • Ovation Of The Seas (home-ports Tianjin / Beijing China, Sydney Australia) operates on China round-trips to Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. REPOSITIONING (Asia-Australia): In December 2016, the ship will be relocated to Sydney Australia for a few round-trips to New Zealand, then back to Asia (Singapore (itinerary information pending).
  • Quantum Of The Seas (home-port Shanghai China) operates on short round-trips out of China to South Korea and Japan.
  • Radiance Of The Seas (home-ports Sydney Australia, Auckland NZ, Vancouver BC Canada) operates on round-trips to Queensland, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu). REPOSITIONING (through Hawaii): The ship is relocated for the summer Alaskan cruise season from Australia to Canada (and reverse) through Hawaii.
  • Rhapsody Of The Seas (home-ports Santos Brazil, Venice Italy, Tampa Florida) operates on round-trips in South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay), Mediterranea itineraries in Europe (out of Venice during summer - Greece, Turkey, Adriatic Sea) and out of Tampa to Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Roatan Honduras, Grand Cayman).
  • Serenade Of The Seas (home-ports Fort Lauderdale / Port Everglades FL, Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden) operates on round-trips to Southern Caribbean (BVI, St Kitts, Dominica, Antigua, St Maarten). REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic): During summer, the ship operates in Europe (baltic Sea) on round-trips out of Demmark and Sweden to Norwegian Fjords and Scandinavia and Russia.
  • Splendour Of The Seas (the ship was sold to Thomson Cruises - since April 2016 operates as Thomson Dicovery).
  • Vision Of The Seas (home-ports Venice Italy, Dubai UAE) operates on Mediterranean round-trips out of Venice (to Greece and Turkey). REPOSITIONING (Suez Canal): During winter, the ship operates in Asia on Red Sea round-trips out of Dubai.
  • Voyager Of The Seas (home-port Sydney Australia) operates on round-trips to South Pacific Islands itineraries (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu).

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