Royal Caribbean International offers one of the most unique collections of ships available in the luxury cruising industry. Their mid-sized middle-aged ships have recently been updated, and they also offer state-of-the-art newer ships with a variety of unique entertainment options.
Royal Caribbean offers the choice of two-seating dining schedule or flexible dining for dinner, with open seating for breakfast and lunch. “My Time Dining” is available with pre-paid gratuities, and their website offers pre-booking for tables before guests even depart for their cruise. Their Windjammer Café offers breakfast and lunch buffets with a casual dinner dining experience. Some ships offer Jade, a special section of Windjammer, with Asian-themed dishes during the day and fresh sushi at night. Most Royal Caribbean ships offer a “reservations required” alternative restaurant, such as the Italian-themed Portofino or their Chops Grille steakhouse, with cover charges and higher standards of service and food. Voyager, Freedom, and Majesty of the Seas have branches of Johnny Rockets fast food with a small cover charge.
Daytime activities onboard Royal Caribbean are geared towards the active, such as their rock-climbing wall, mini-golf, main pools (including the luxurious adults-only Solarium), spa and fitness facilities, and Freedom and Voyager ice skating.
Evening activities options onboard Royal Caribbean include Vegas-style shows, passenger-participation game shows, musical entertainment, Latin-themes Boleros, Freedom and Voyager ice shows, parades, and “street performers” in the Royal Promenade.
Crowds and Destinations
Most guests of Royal Caribbean cruises are North American between the ages of 30 and 55 on seven-night (or shorter) cruises, as well as families (especially during American school vacation times), but the longer cruises tend to attract those 50 and older. Cruises are available from the U.K., Brazil, Mediterranean, Asia, and Australia, which tend to attract locals. Other destinations include the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexican Riviera, North America, Alaska, Europe, Far East, Panama Canal, and New Zealand.
Most Royal Caribbean ships offer a private concierge lounge with concierge privileges for frequent passengers, Crown & Anchor Diamond Members. Freedom and Voyager ships offer “promenade view” cabins overlooking their unique virtual indoor street.