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Big ship cruising at its finest

Big ship cruising at its finest

Royal Caribbean is a prime example of what happens when you push modern cruising to the absolute limits. Not only does the line include the world’s largest cruise ship, it also has an array of other vessels that aren’t far behind when it comes to size and features. Sheer size is far from the only area where Royal Caribbean leads the pack though. Guests will discover a wildly impressive range of activities and entertainments onboard, giving every cruise a theme park style vibe which ensures you’ll never be bored.

Royal Caribbean has a massive fleet of super sized ships.

The fleet

Royal Caribbean has an impressively large fleet which covers most of the world when it comes to destinations. The Radiance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are commonly seen around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, but those are far from the line’s only vessels.

The gigantic Symphony of the Seas is a marvel of engineering and a wonderful playground for cruise guests.

The pinnacle of big ship cruising

The Symphony of the Seas, officially delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2018, is the largest passenger ship ever constructed. Stretching to 362 metres in length, incorporating 18 decks and allowing for over 5,500 guests, the Symphony is unquestionably an impressive vessel. But the really amazing thing is that she isn’t dramatically larger than her sister Oasis class ships. Even the smaller (but still not small) Quantum Class ships dwarf the vessels of many other cruise lines.

The North Star onboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class vessels provides the best view at sea.

Floating theme parks

There’s no question that Royal Caribbean has some sizable ships, but what exactly is all that space good for? Well, this line has gone all out to push the boundaries of what you can expect to do on a cruise ship. Features vary ship to ship, but here are just a few of the larger-than-life entertainment opportunities with Royal Caribbean:

  • FlowRider will have you catching waves while you’re still onboard - this is the only surf simulator at sea.
  • RipCord by iFLY gives you all the thrills of floating in mid air without actually having to jump out of an airplane (or even leave the cruise ship).
  • North Star has been acknowledged as the highest cruise viewing platform in the world, raising guests 92 metres above sea level for unparalleled vistas.
  • SeaPlex is the biggest indoor active space at sea, with a huge range of features like a trapeze school, bumper cars, a roller rink and a full-size basketball court.
  • Battle for Planet Z will pit you against friends and strangers in a laser tag tournament that takes no prisoners. There can be only one winner - will it be you?

Royal Caribbean goes all out to cater for families.

Perfect for families

There are a few cruise lines out there which really go out of their way to cater to families, and Royal Caribbean ranks among the best of them. Their broad range of youth programs are definitely a major point in favour but that’s far from the only reason for cruisers with kids to consider Royal Caribbean. For a start, children will love the chance to try out many of the fun activities mentioned in the above section, and the line has a number of features which make life better for the whole family. My Family Time Dining is a great example: everyone sits down together, the kids are served within 40 minutes and then they’re collected by the staff for evening activities once they’ve finished, leaving adults to finish their meal at leisurely pace. Some ships also have the Dreamworks Experience, where kids can meet some of their favourite cartoon characters like Shrek and the Madagascar penguins.

If some of Royal Caribbean’s amazing features have caught your attention, make sure to take a look over these sailings and start dreaming about your next epic escape.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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