It is easy to attach the word “innovative” to a Royal Caribbean International cruise. Others started the large cruise ship development, but Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has truly taken the ship size, design and creativity to an incredible level in the cruise industry. Their ships are a destination all by themselves.
During your cruise vacation on a Royal Caribbean ship you may spend a lot of time asking “How do they do that?” No where else will you find a slice of New Orleans created down through the center of a ship, where you will find sidewalk cafes, bistros, shops dotted along a cobblestone street. The atmosphere becomes complete when they hold a Mardi Gras parade of characters and cocktail party hosted by the captain in this amazing city scene.
Upstairs on the outer decks you will find a miniature golf course, their signature rock climbing wall and a bottomless dish of French Fries and/or onion rings served up in a full Johnny Rockets Diner at sea. Some ships offer a surf simulator and ice skating rink to add to your numerous choices in activities. We’ve mentioned Johnny Rockets, but you will also find traditional fine dining in the Main Dining Room along with the option to dine casually, buffet style, or try their optional Italian restaurant (for a nominal charge), a Pizza parlour, ice cream bar and room service round out the dining options.
There is no shortage of entertainment options either. During your cruise vacation you will see large Las Vegas type review shows, magicians, famous recording artists and groups, and/or comedians performing at numerous shows each evening. On those ships that have an ice skating rink there will be an ice show that always receives a standing ovation – it is fantastic! The Adventure Ocean Youth Program offers age appropriate activities for five age groups and the separate teen centers on all ships.
Royal Caribbean has a new Vitality Program that is designed to focus on health and wellness experiences while on your cruise vacation, drawing from disciplines such as spa, Tai Chi, meditation, and more. Each program has as its’ single goal to take your mind, body, and spirit to a higher level.
If you are considering a cruise wedding destination or cruise honeymoon, Royal Caribbean is prepared. Their Royal Romance program will assist us in planning your wedding, starting with the ceremony and including the reception. You may elect a ceremony on board the ship or in one of the 50 beautiful ports of call and over 200 locations they offer. Their ships are ready to host an event consisting of 200 guests or 2 – just the two of you – and make either the unique wedding experience of your dreams – with our assistance, of course.
I cannot do a land vacation anymore, I have enjoyed visiting more than one country at the same cost on your inclusive voyages. I am now a comitted Royal Caribbean traveler and will forever endorse your exclusivity”
— Lincoln Melville, June 15, 2014
Cruised the Southern Caribbean on the Adventure of the Seas.
“Sharon it seems that each cruise we go on with you is the BEST ONE. We just returned from the Southern Caribbean cruise on Jan. 24,2010. I don’t think we could have enjoyed it any better. Our two friends were just blown away with everything.
Thanks for making our 49th Anniversary a very memorable one. Looking for our 50th but I think we will be traveling with you before then. We thoroughly enjoy your service and especially your concern about all your guests. Oh yes, thanks for the free drinks that you offered your group. Again, Sharon thanks again and all your staff.”
— George and Lorene, January 25, 2010
Cruised the Eastern Mediterranean into Egypt on the Brilliance of the Seas.
“It was one of my best trips I every made. The ship was beautiful, meals fantastic and the staff 1st class, friendly, helpful and the best organized getting on and off the ship and tours where unbelievable well organized for the amount of guests. I will definitely travel with the Royal Caribbean again, hopefully same ship. My cabin was 8610 well maintained, more then adequate and loved the individual balcony. The only thing negative I have to say when dressed for dinner (and I love to dress up) I froze while eating my dinner they just kept it a little bit too cold. The rest of the trip fantastic. I recommend it highly.”
— Jeanne, November 22, 2009
I had the pleasure of cruising on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas ship in February, 2009.
“The ship itself is an incredible experience mainly due to a couple of unique features of the Royal Caribbean line.
The Promenade…a collection of pubs, champagne bar, coffee shop, boutiques, and popular food franchises (Ben and Jerry’s and Johnny Rockets) in a street setting that makes this one of the most enjoyable and unique experiences on the ship. There were also nightly parades consisting of costumed entertainers and dancers.
And then there’s the Ice Skating rink with ice shows! I had never been to an ice show…I only saw them on TV. However, to be up so close, you can experience the grace and power of these incredible athletes… but get there early, at least 45 minutes early, for a good seat.
For entertainment, the Savoy Theatre was spacious, very comfortable, had great sight lines, and consisted of an impressive musical production (Music from the 80’s) with equally impressive performances from the singers/dancers (one of the two female singers could have won American Idol!) and a very talented comedian/singer/impersonator.
The dining room was elegant, the menu first-rate, and the service was excellent. The buffet was considerable and included daily, a number of ethic choices including Mexican, Indian, and Asian cuisine.
The fitness center was roomy and included all of the latest cardio and weight training machines. However, bring your iPod because the TV’s were too small to see from across the room and there was no audio input jack. Needless to say, one still could work out and enjoy ocean views from nearly any direction.
The pool deck of course had a pool, a number of Jacuzzis, and an abundance of lounge chairs. The music and pool bars kept the excitement at a high level all of the time. Although I’m no longer a jogger, there was also a jogging track on the highest deck.
The room we stayed in was an inside cabin. However, it overlooked the Promenade, which gave you the feeling of apartment living… looking out onto a busy, exciting neighborhood. Room service offered a much more extensive menu than I experienced on other cruise lines. The bed was very comfortable and there was a mini-fridge, but no flat screen HD TV yet.
Last, don’t forget to enjoy the 24 hour soft-serve yogurt machine on the pool deck!”
— Ed, April, 2009
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