The reach of Royal Caribbean Cruise
Based in Miami, Florida, Royal Caribbean International is synonymous with Royal Caribbean Cruise, which is an American-Norwegian cruise line and runs under the flagship of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
This cruise line is actually divided into five separate brands.The reach of Royal Caribbean Cruise can be gauged from the fact that 25.6% of the world's cruise market is controlled by this cruise line.
Royal Caribbean Cruise ships differ in size from the middle-aged and mid-sized ships like the Majesty of the Seas to more enhanced ships like the Freedom of the Seas that comes with more features like the boxing ring and surf park. Since 1991 every Royal Caribbean Cruise ship has its name ending in "of the Seas."
Characteristics of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships
The food served in all the Royal Caribbean Cruise ships though not gourmet pleases most of their passengers. While on a cruise, you have the option of choosing either the flexible dining for dinner or the traditional two-seat dinning. Breakfast and lunch are served in an open-seat arrangement. You also have the flexibility to choose the "My Time Dining," but you will have to pay a gratuity for it. There is also the option of pre-booking tables online in the central dining room even before you start cruising.
All ships have the Windjammer Café that provides an informal choice for dinner along with a sumptuous array of lunch and breakfast buffets. Some of the ships have a section of this restaurant named Jade that also includes Asian delicacies like Sushi at night and other Asian dishes during the day. Almost all the Royal Caribbean Cruise ships have the Chops Crille steakhouse along with an alternative restaurant, Portofino (Italian themed).
"Active" is the word for daytime activities on Royal Caribbean Cruise ships. Each ship has its own rock-climbing wall while the Splendor-, Voyager-, Freedom-, Radiance-, and Legend of the ships also have a mini-golf course. Spas, fitness facilities, and the main pool areas are available on all ships. The strictly for adults Solarium is part of the Radiance-, Freedom-,Vision-, and Voyager- class ships.
The evening entertainment on Royal Caribbean Cruises come in two styles--Passenger-participation activities like the Not-so-Newlywed and Newlywed games and the flamboyant Vegas-style productions like none of its kind at sea. The various public rooms also have various types of musical entertainment. The "Ice shoe" is a must-see event on the Voyager- and Freedom-class ships. Street performers and parades are also available in these ships.
Cabins can range from the standard balcony cabins and oceanview and standard-inside cabins to the mini and huge Royal Suites with grand pianos and bars. Only the suite passengers have access to the concierge lounge. The Voyager- and Freedom-class ships also have the one-of-its-kind promenade view cabins.
All the Royal Caribbean Cruise ships have Wi-Fi spots including the cabins while the Freedom-class vessels have the hot-spot all throughout the ship.