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Royal Caribbean International
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132-2096
Founded in 1969, Royal Caribbean International is a
subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
RCI offers a variety of cruise experiences that appeal
to different types of people. It is perhaps best known
for its casual, family-oriented large mega-cruise ships
packed with "Gee-wiz" features and dazzling decors.
However, the line is not one dimensional. It also
provides sophisticated but relaxed cruise experiences
that appeal to solo travelers and to mature cruisers.
The cruise experience can differ by class of ship. For
example, the Freedom and Voyager class ships are
geared toward the traditional family-oriented action
experience whereas the Radiance class ships provide a
more sophisticated, quieter experience. However, on
Royal's Oasis and Quantum class ships, the same ship
can offer a variety of cruise experiences.
All of the various Royal Caribbean experiences are
bound together by a number of trademark features
that appear on nearly every ship. In addition, the
service standards and the way things are done is the
same throughout the fleet.
Crew Friendliness and service are also emphasized by
Royal Caribbean which also adds to the atmosphere
particularly on its smaller ships.
Throughout its history Royal Caribbean has been
innovative. It has been a leader in the development of
the mega-cruise ship and operates the largest cruise
ships in service. In addition to size, it has been a
leader introducing facilities and amenities which have
included such non-traditional shipboard facilities as
rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, surfing
simulators, and sky diving simulators.
At the same time, all of the post-Sovereign class ships
have extensive collections of contemporary art.
Furthermore, the ships are well-designed and
incorporate good quality materials.
The larger RCI ships have an indoor
shopping and dining area that
resembles a city street or an enclosed
mall. Above is the Royal Promenade
on Explorer of the Seas.
The Royal Promenades are decorated in a
colorful and whimsical fashion. Here, an
antique roadster is parked on Liberty of the
Seas' Royal Promenade.
Cruise line profile - Royal Caribbean - home page
Below: The first, second and
fourth ships built for RCI: Song
of Norway; Nordic Prince and
Song of America.