Cruise & Travel Depot is a Certified Expert Plus with Royal Caribbean International.
With a vast fleet of vessels ranging from mid-size to super-ships, Royal Caribbean International is the undisputed trailblazer in cruising. Their focus on innovation establishes them as the industry leader, reaching ever-further with new amenities, ideas and improvements to the overall experience. They were the first to offer digital signage, ice-rinks, carousels, surfing and skydive simulators, bumper cars and zip-lining at sea, along with other favorites that have been gradually introduced across many of their competitors, such as rock-climbing. It is notable that they were also the first line to specifically design vessels for year-round cruising in warm water climates. As Royal Caribbean pioneers ahead, setting the future standards in a highly competitive market, other cruise lines observe and adjust to follow their lead. For this reason, we recommend Royal Caribbean to vacationers who seek that which is cutting-edge and unique.
“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
– Robert Henri
With such a broad fleet and so many different options available on each ship, it is impossible to describe all the staterooms in one breath. All rooms feature contemporary décor with standard amenities and room service. They vary in size and layout from ship to ship and class to class, with inside, ocean-view and veranda rooms, plus deluxe suites and cabins designed to provide more living space for individuals, couples and families who want to spread their wings. Family Suites sleep up to six passengers comfortably. Upgrades to deluxe level cabins provide added bonuses such as more square-footage plus additional services, amenities and features to make your trip extra special. Voyager-class ships boast Promenade Staterooms, with bowed windows overlooking the central promenade, and Oasis-class ships feature internal rooms with balconies above the promenade.
Royal Caribbean has rolled out a concept across their main dining rooms and onboard restaurants. It features two options: Dynamic Dining Choice and Dynamic Dining Classic. Choice gives guests the flexibility to choose dining times and restaurants throughout the cruise with changing menus, and Classic sticks to a more traditional dining experience with a fixed schedule and table/servers throughout the trip accented by a pre-determined selection of complimentary restaurants. Across all dining locations, experienced sommeliers are on hand to help pair international wine selections with every culinary delight. On each ship you will find a multi-level promenade with casual dining options to enjoy during the day and into evening, and a variety of bars and lounges each with their own flavor – figuratively and literally.
Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line with an entertainment line-up that includes Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals with a live orchestra. Depending on the ship, their unique offerings may also include ice-shows, aqua/dive-shows and aerial extravaganzas. Through an exclusive partnership with DreamWorks Animation, Royal Caribbean hosts parades, character breakfasts and photo opportunities, along with a complimentary dedicated DreamWorks channel right in your stateroom. Top it all off with onboard shopping, jewelry-making, scrapbooking tutorials, enlightening lectures, dance classes, casinos, bars and nightclubs for the grown-ups, and everyone is kept busy and happy the whole trip long.
Vitality Fitness Center can be found on every vessel. It offers all of the latest equipment, along with the option to sign up for classes or sessions with personal trainers. Vitality Spa has a comprehensive menu of facials, aromatherapy, massages, body masks and scrubs, along with full salon services. Acupuncture and various medi-spa treatments are also offered, as are spa treatments designed specifically for men. Then there’s the Thermal Suite, a special place where you can open your pores with steam vapors or relax your muscles on heated beds. All ships feature a Solarium pool, an adults-only place to swim, soak and unwind under a glass canopy while enjoying health-conscious food options.
6-36 month-olds and their caregivers can enjoy interactive play and activity sessions scheduled throughout the ship, or – for an additional charge – little ones may be dropped off at the nursery onboard select vessels, where they will be kept safe (and busy!) by qualified, experienced child-minders. Adventure Ocean is the kids’ programming center, where 3 to 11 year-olds are divided into groups of their peers for a wide array of supervised activities throughout the day and well into the night. Beyond plain fun, much of the programming is geared towards education through science, art and theater. Fearsome little buccaneers will love participating in the infamous Pirate Parade. Tweens can expand their horizons and test their abilities through sports tournaments, talent shows, scavenger hunts and more. Teenagers have access to exclusive drop-in lounges, hideaways and nightclubs as well as organized activities such as barbeques, karaoke contests, DJ training and theme nights, plus a special spa menu tailored towards this age group. Kids of all ages can participate in a variety of activities across the ship – from onboard splash parks to mini-golf, or even training in circus school for budding performers. Some vessels offer expedited dinner service for children aged 3-11 years, after which they are picked up by staff and taken to the kids’ program, leaving parents free to relax and enjoy a stress-free dinner.
Whether you want to explore jewels of the South Pacific, treasures of Europe or an unforgettable visit to Asia, Royal Caribbean has a plethora of itineraries to choose from. From Canada to the Arabian Gulf, they cover vast sectors of the globe and offer a broad selection of organized shore excursions in every port of call. Onboard lectures and language classes can help you to prepare in advance, giving you a heads-up on what to expect and special attributes to look out for at your next destination. If you’re planning to do any scuba-diving at any of these locales, you can participate in training ahead of time with certified instructors in the onboard pool during a sea day.[/fusion_text]