With 5 ships based in or visiting Australia over the next few years, Royal Caribbean is certainly here to stay, and they have a loyal following amongst Aussie cruisers. Those who love the line already know why, but for everyone else, here's a list of five things which make a Royal Caribbean cruise amazing.
1 . Their innovative activity options
This line famously pushes the envelope when it comes to fun facilities. They were one of the first to introduce things like ice rinks, mini golf and rock climbing walls, now de rigeur across most of the fleet. As of recently the line offers surf simulators, indoor skydiving, ziplines, the North Star viewing capsule and much more on select ships. There's always something to keep you active and having fun!
Of course, passengers are welcome to lie by the pool and not lift a finger; a valid choice. Royal Caribbean is all about choices, and when it comes to entertainment facilities it has some of the most unique options at sea.
2 . Family fun galore
Royal Caribbean is all about cruising for everyone - and that includes the little ones. Their ships are very much equipped for kids, and they scored very highly in our family-friendly cruise line ratings.
Besides the great entertainment facilities mentioned above, kids and parents can have great times together in the pools, the show venues and during meal times. The line also has extensive and exciting kids and teens programmes for those aged 3-17, babysitting options, family accommodations and a fantastic My Family Time Dining program.
3 . The biggest ship to be based in Australia
When it arrives in December 2016, Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas will be the biggest ship to be based Down Under to date, taking the record from fleetmate Explorer of the Seas. Her inaugural summer season here is a short one, but still a boon for the cruising scene
Such a big and new ship (she is not yet launched) will bring to Australian cruisers things which were once the sole domain of Caribbean passengers - including the latest in the entertainment facilities, dining options and decor.
4 . American-style cruising
While the P&O fleet and Carnival's Australia-based ships do their best to offer Australia-specific cruises, Royal Caribbean remains unapologetically North American - a little more flamboyant and colourful, a little more extravagant.
This fun and fabulous atmosphere really makes Royal Caribbean unique in the Aussie cruise market, and it extends to the food too. Plenty of options and indulgent dishes are a hallmark of a Royal Caribbean cruise.
5 . Beverage packages
Drinks packages are slowly catching on in Australia-based cruise ships, although Carnival's Spirit and Legend still do not offer them and P&O and Princess are still in the early stages. However, Royal Caribbean has always provided Aussie cruisers with the option of purchasing a package that includes alcohol, and they do it well.
From a minimalistic Select Package to a far-reaching Ultimate Package, there are great choices for the thirsty Royal Caribbean passenger - and for many who come onboard to relax and have a good time, an all-inclusive beverage package makes all the difference.
If you haven't yet been onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, now's the time to take the plunge! With all this and more, it's a fantastic way to holiday. Head over and take a look at our range of Royal Caribbean cruise deals.