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Adventure of the Seas

Of the same family as Explorer, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager. Offering departures from Southampton. This family friendly ship offers superb facilities, a fun-filled atmosphere and little something for everyone on board.

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Allure of the Seas

From her two-storey Loft suites to the adults-only solarium and the huge Youth Zone, there’s something for everyone on Allure of the Seas. First sailed in 2010 she really does offer some entertainment firsts: notably the DreamWorks Experience, which is an amazing parade featuring all your favourite DreamWorks characters, and the ice show How to Train Your Dragon.

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Anthem of the Seas

Stunning and truly space age, Anthem of the Seas offers everything from cocktails served by bionic robots, to dodgem car rides out on deck. This brand new ship allows you to feast at Jamie's Italian, or chill out in the stunning, split level Loft Suites. For greater heights, take a spin in the exhilarating North Star capsule, and take in the view from more than three hundred feet above the deck.

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Brilliance of the Seas

A highly streamlined cruise liner, this one, with a very modern feel, lots of contemporary artworks and glass walled lifts in the lobby give this the feeling of futuristic design, which is echoed in the Starquest dance club which is also an observation deck during the day and the Ocean Arcade video games centre.

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Empress of the Seas

Big on style and personality, Empress of the Seas is small enough to slip into the neater, off the beaten track harbors of the Caribbean that larger ships pass by. With fine dining and a series of bubbling whirlpools to relax in at sea, this jewel of a floating resort offers a signature Royal Caribbean experience in a slightly more intimate setting.

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Enchantment of the Seas

Sister to Grandeur, this is an unusual design for modern cruise ships in that it’s a single funnel vessel. She was upgraded in a ‘stretch’ operation in 2005 that gave her extra cabins and several more sports zones including a Splash Deck with 64 water jets, Bungee trampolines and an extra 150 cabins.

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Explorer of the Seas

With the pulsating Royal Promenade at her heart, Explorer of the Seas offers you everything from an outdoor flow rider to amazing ice shows staged inside. With a whole host of accommodation from comfortable inside cabins to rambling expansive suites, this Explorer will let you see the world in superlative style at a great price.

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Freedom of the Seas

When you sail on Freedom of the Seas you are experiencing Royal Caribbean innovation in action, especially in the onboard surf park which features cantilevered whirlpools extending out into space twelve feet beyond the sides of the ship and the water park with its sculpture fountains, ground geysers and waterfall.

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Grandeur of the Seas

One of the smaller ships in the RCL fleet, this cruise liner offers her passengers some notable features – the glass covered underfloor casino exhibits, for example, along with the favourite features of this line: the rock-climbing wall and the Viking Crown Lounge.

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Harmony of the Seas

Splashy and spectacular, the world's largest cruise ship boasts its very own Central Park, and a whole raft of dining options from fine French to free and easy casual. Check out the heights from the moving Rising Tide bar, or dive into the Ultimate Abyss on a heart stopping ten story water slide. There's even a fairground carousel overlooking the sea here, too.

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Independence of the Seas

The just launched Independence of the Seas can accommodate 3,634 guests, which isn't exactly small and stunning features on this brand new and very exciting vessel include the FlowRider, a surfing simulator in which guests use a boogie board and surf in water travelling at up to thirty miles an hour! There are also cantilevered whirlpools suspended high above the ocean.

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Jewel of the Seas

This cruise liner is a bright ship, with lots of artwork that picks up the jewel theme and a Casino Royale that is scintillating even by Royal Caribbean’s standards.

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Legend of the Seas

A sister to Splendour of the Seas, she’s designed to cope with the Panama Canal without the consequent deck narrowing that is a feature on many ships that take the Panama route. An interesting point to note is that the sliding roof on Legend can either cover the Roman pool or the miniature golf, but not both! The golf is hardly miniature; it actually covers 6,000 square feet!. One downside to Legend – she has no dedicated cinema.

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Liberty of the Seas

This is a sister ship to Freedom of the Seas and is essentially divided into three ‘zones’ – adults only, family and dual. The big hit in this vessel is the H2O Zone, a water park with cannons, fountains, and all other kinds of fun, while the central pool is more sports oriented with games and competitions held every day . There’s a lot of sport, to be honest: boxing, rock-climbing, in-line and ice-skating and golf. Liberty is also notable for having more conference facilities than the average RCL ship.

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Majesty of the Seas

Since her makeover in 2007, this ship had benefited from more neatly organised cabins and a new range of flexible dining, which suits its general cruise profile – she was designed for short cruises in the Caribbean – and works well for cruise travellers who like to spend a lot of time ashore or on deck. The cabins are smaller than in some other RCL liners, but the public spaces are larger and there are many nooks and corners for those who like to find some peace and quiet.

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Mariner of the Seas

Of the same family as Adventurer, Explorer, Navigator and Voyager, this RCL cruise ship has two internal lobbies, called atria, roughly based on London’s Burlington Arcade and of course, featuring a ‘traditional’ London Pub. Notable features include the Aquarium Bar, which has four large aquariums (what else!) that between them comprise 50 tons of glass! The main dining room here is on three levels, linked by a huge staircase, making for lots of fun when the waiters show off, as they naturally tend to do.

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Navigator of the Seas

Of the same family as Adventurer, Explorer, Mariner, and Voyager, this RCL cruise ship has two internal lobbies, called atria, roughly based on London’s Burlington Arcade and of course, featuring a ‘traditional’ London Pub – this time called the Two Poets. Notable features are the 24 hour library and the extensive facilities for children and families: bigger by far than those of the Adventure, Explorer and Voyager, there’s a solid range of activities for children from three to mid teens.

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Oasis of the Seas

Experience our most innovative and imaginative ship yet, Oasis of the Seas. This new class of naval engineering genius features the first ever neighbourhood concept where everyone can find their unique experiences in one of our seven distinct onboard districts, including: Central Park – a public space combining nature and nautical life; Boardwalk – dedicated to family, fun and featuring the new and entertaining AquaTheater; and the Royal Promenade.

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Ovation of the Seas

Brimming with original, state of the art funs features, Ovation of Seas offers everything from fine dining to futuristic robot 'bartenders' in a ship that redefines modern cruising. With her flying simulator and fun filled dodgem car rink, Ovation of the Seas is guaranteed to have you applauding her spectacular, seemingly endless range of amenities as well.

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Radiance of the Seas

Radiance is one of the RCL ships with a helipad, which doubles as a viewing deck for passenger use and this sets the tone for this light, airy and highly contemporary ship. There’s a glass wall on the starboard side which gives fantastic exterior views and the glass lifts face out to sea as well. The solarium has a glass roof for cold weather and an African theme to encourage this sense of space and the natural environment.

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Rhapsody of the Seas

Notable for her electrostatic art, in the form of a changing globe, this ship also has a six deck sculpture on an astrological theme and a star themed multi deck nightclub. A bit oddly, the spa has an Egyptian theme instead, but it’s nicely done and this is one of the ships where the spa area doesn’t feel particularly cramped.

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Serenade of the Seas

Serenade offers a streamlined feel and lots of light. She has a very good library and popular coffee shop as well as a small dedicated cinema and excellent internet facilities. She has a great little feature in the pool with waterfalls called Temple Gate, which is beautifully built to a Balinese theme and two pool tables that balance against sea movement so your game is never disturbed.

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Vision of the Seas

Vision is notable for her very good selection of artwork which makes the public spaces of the ship a delight to wander around, including the art used in the spa and solarium area. The standard rock-climbing wall, casual dining options and relaxed dress code can all be found here.

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Voyager of the Seas

If you’re lucky, you get to stand on the observation platform of Voyager during your cruise – it’s a weather dependant opportunity and a fantastic chance to have your own ‘Titanic’ moment! The traditional pub in the lobby here is the Pig’n’Whistle and there’s a Ben and Jerry’s station too, so both sides of the Atlantic are catered to. There’s an excellent theatre/showlounge and a superb basketball court.

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Royal Caribbean International has a reputation for innovation, pioneering new cruise destinations like Alaska and Croatia, as well as bringing new on-ship experiences to its passengers, evidenced in their rock climbing walls and surfing simulators. This, along with more than 170 destinations globally, and a commitment to bringing novel shore excursions to customer attention (cave-tubing and abseiling have been recent offers) means that the cruise line is always at the cutting edge of what can be expected of an ocean holiday.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Royal Caribbean is the way that it balances the drive towards fresh experiences for guests, with the need to commit to environmental improvement. It has its own environmental best practice programme and runs the Ocean Fund, which supports marine conservation organizations working to preserve marine eco-systems.

  • Brand history – launched in the 1960s, this company had the first megaliner, Sovereign of the Seas, in 1988. It’s the world’s second largest cruise line too
  • Signatures of the line – with ships from small to super-sized and itineraries all round the world, it’s very difficult to pick out a signature for this line but quality service at reasonable prices is one keynote
  • Number of ships - 22
  • Best for – fitness with flair: this line really focuses on helping passengers have fun while keeping fit
  • Special dining features – a line that pleases everyone, there’s an evening dinner schedule with two sittings for the traditionalists or flexible dining for the more casual, along with open seating for breakfast and lunch
  • Special kid features –Adventure Ocean offers child programmes for those between 3 and 17 years old, plus late night babysitting and, new this year, Shrek entertainment!
  • Entertainment features – the ice shows on some classes of ship are superlative, and the ‘street performers’ who appear on many vessels are a charming feature
  • Spa and fitness features – famous for its rock-climbing wall, Royal Caribbean has fought to remain at the forefront of innovation including excellent fitness facilities
  • Routes – just about everywhere, but strongest in the Caribbean as the company name suggests. Look out for the Mexican Riviera and Alaskan itineraries, Far East routes on Legend and Australia and New Zealand on Rhapsody



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