Royal Caribbean International was founded in 1968 by three shipping companies in Norway. The cruise line is known for its exciting destinations, and the amazing onboard amenities of Royal Caribbean’s ships don’t hurt, either. Royal Caribbean has too many ships to cover in one article — its website lists 26 vessels — but here are four of the top options you’ll get when you book a cruise with Royal Caribbean International.
Majesty of the Seas
Majesty travels to Havana, Cuba, a place brimming with culture and good food. The ship features a poolside movie screen and an onboard water park called Splashaway Bay, which is an area of the ship that’s full of water slides, water guns and a big drench bucket. Majesty also has several whirlpools placed strategically around the ship. When you’re tired of swimming, have dinner at the Chef’s Table, where you can enjoy wine pairings and learn about the food you’re eating. The ship also has bars, Latin dance classes, a rock climbing wall, a sushi class, '70s disco party, game shows and an orchestra. There’s truly something for everyone. Stay in an Ocean View stateroom (two twin beds) and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Majesty is great for families or for a couple getaway.
Symphony of the Seas
Symphony sails from Miami and is jam-packed with a variety of unique and fun-filled features. It’s a great cruise for families with small kids (or big kids). The ship has laser tag, a sports bar and even a family suite you can stay in that’s two stories tall and includes a slide, private game room and private jacuzzi. You can also catch a wave on the surf simulator or enjoy a massage at the spa. And Symphony is full of delicious food, too, from the candy-filled Sugar Beach to authentic Mexican carnitas or Maryland crab cakes. Starting in May 2019, Symphony of the Seas will sail to a private destination called Perfect Day Island at CocoCay, Bahamas — a waterpark, bars and some of the brightest blue water you’ve ever seen.
Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s most awarded cruise ship, and it’s obvious why. This eight-year-old ship was voted Best for Entertainment in 2017 by the Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice Award, and the ship sails to a private island, Labadee, Haiti. Send the kids to the H2O Zone water park and relax in the adults-only solarium, a calming room full of whirlpools and plants. On board, the ship offers just about any kind of food you could want — fresh pasta at Giovanni’s Italian, mouthwatering steaks at Chops Grille and dessert at Cupcake Cupboard. After dinner, attend an acrobatic show in the AquaTheater or sing along to hits from Mamma Mia.
Adventure of the Seas
Adventure of the Seas sails out of New York and visits a variety of stunning islands. Choose to stay in an interior room, a room with an ocean view, one with a balcony or a suite. On the deck, shoot down one of the twin waterslides or tackle the rock climbing wall. Stop by Asian restaurant Izumi if you’re feeling like sushi, or enjoy live music at the English pub. The ship is also full of bars — sit under the mast in the Schooner Bar and listen to the pianist, or sip a frozen mojito at the pool bar while the kids splash and swim. Adventure is filled with enough versatile activities to satisfy everyone.