You may be familiar with several Royal Caribbean ships, but knowing your way around the different ship classes can help you pick the perfect cruise vacation. Well, you’re in luck; we have a quick breakdown of all six classes (soon to be seven with the addition of Icon Class). The choice–based on your style and where you want to go–is yours whether a short getaway on Freedom of the Seas, a wild Alaska adventure on Ovation of the Seas or island hopping between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean on Odyssey of the Seas.
No matter the ship, you and your travel buddies can expect to do what you like when you’d like. From unparalleled onboard adventures and a variety of restaurants, to endless opportunities to soak up the sun or the sights, like those of Juneau, Alaska or our private island Perfect Day at CocoCay. Not to mention award-winning entertainment that spans ice, water, air and stage.
Learn more about each of our ship classes below, so you can find the perfect match.
Featuring the four largest cruise ships in the world , Oasis, Allure, Harmony and Symphony of the Seas (soon to be five with the addition of Wonder of the Seas), the game-changing Oasis Class offers a variety of adventures you can taste and explore.
Who Will Love It: Everyone—from friends to couples and family members of all ages. The best things about these ships are the many different experiences, including zip lining, rock climbing, waterslides, chart-topping nightlife, specialty and complimentary restaurants and scenic evening strolls.
What You’ll Get: There’s so much to experience within the ships’ seven distinct neighborhoods, including the lush Central Park (which has more than 20,700 living plants) and Boardwalk, a lively area inspired by seaside piers and nostalgic landmarks like Coney Island. Plus, you can try out the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, and two FlowRider surf simulators, a longtime guest favorite.
Your dining options may actually seem endless with a lineup that ranges from handmade tagliatelle Bolognese at Jamie’s Italian to Portside BBQ’s menu inspired by popular barbecue styles from across the United States and more. And take in different forms of entertainment along the way, from ice skating and Broadway shows (think Hairspray and Grease) to water spectacles from aerialists, acrobats and high divers performing unbelievable stunts against an ocean backdrop at the AquaTheater.
You don’t need to understand quantum physics to remember this ship class—just know that plenty of science went into the features that define Quantum, Anthem, Ovation, Spectrum, and our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas.
Who Will Love It: Adventurers of all types, as well as the tech and food lovers in your family.
What You’ll Get: Thrill-seekers can find their fill of action as soon as they step on board. You can head to the industry’s first skydiving simulator or the bumper cars, laser tag and trapeze school at the largest indoor activity space at sea, SeaPlex. Try your hand at surfing on FlowRider or take a ride in North Star, an observation capsule that takes you 300 feet in the air for breathtaking, 360-degree views.
As if that’s not high-tech enough, robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar will mix your cocktails with laser precision, and at Wonderland (one of many specialty restaurants), you’ll find whimsical cuisine and craft cocktails served in glasses dipped into a cloud of liquid nitrogen that chills them to below-zero degrees. In the cutting-edge Two70, where the line between technology and entertainment is blurred, our signature Vistarama technology transforms floor-to-ceiling windows into a projection surface that serves as a powerful backdrop to a cast of six agile Roboscreens (the first robotic entertainment at sea) and talented performers.
Who Will Love It: Anyone looking for variety, from destinations to length of sailing.
What You’ll Get: Discover loads of pools and whirlpools, along with The Perfect Storm waterslides and the FlowRider surf simulator (which debuted on Freedom for the first time).
Fun fact: The amplified Independence was the first ship in the fleet to debut Sky Pad, an out-of-this-world VR, bungee trampoline adventure.
You can find a mix of signature Royal Caribbean dining like Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen, which debuted on Freedom, and Fish & Ships, a poolside eatery introduced on Independence, where guests can grab quintessentially British seaside treats.
Who Will Love It: First-time cruisers and those looking for short, adventure-packed vacations.
What You’ll Get: With a VR, bungee trampoline adventure, a thrilling pair of three-story-high racer waterslides, an epic laser tag battle for the last planet in the galaxy and and escape rooms that may stump the very best, there’s no shortage of action on board Voyager Class ships. Also, Navigator touts the first standalone blow-dry-bar at sea, To Dry For. Pop in for a quick beauty fix and a complimentary glass of wine or champagne before your night out.
When the sun goes down, start your night at The Bamboo Room (available on Mariner and Navigator), our Polynesian-themed watering hole with kitschy-cool cocktails. Or swing by Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, where guests can enjoy excellent food, a lineup of ice-cold craft beers and amazing desserts like the campfire cookie—which is freshly baked and covered with roasted marshmallows and ice cream.
With Radiance Class ships Jewel, Brilliance, Serenade and Radiance of the Seas, it feels like you’re outdoors even when you’re inside. These ships are lined with miles of glass for amazing views of the ocean, sunsets and your destinations.
Who Will Love It: Explorers, photographers of all talent levels, whether shooting for Instagram or a frame.
What You’ll Get: There’s more to see besides the views—though with hundreds of prime lookouts, they’re at every corner! Plan to hit up rock climbing, mini golf, the outdoor movie screen for a movie night under the stars, original entertainment productions in the Royal Theater and Casino Royale (a 6,459-square-foot, Vegas-style casino). You can also enjoy plenty of bars, clubs, lounges and restaurants like guest favorites, Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks and Chops Grille.
Some of us search for the finer things in life. Enchantment, Grandeur, Vision and Rhapsody of the Seas make up our smaller-sized Vision Class, and take you to any corner of the world in style and comfort.
Who Will Love It: Guests looking to kick back in class.
What You’ll Get: The popular Vitality Spa, offering hot-stone massages, detox wraps, facials and more, an outdoor, poolside movie screen; several swimming pools—including the adults-only Solarium—and whirlpools. When you wrap up your day of lounging, take in original performances like Can’t Stop the Rock in the main theater, play blackjack at Casino Royale, or live it up at the classic Champagne Bar or Latin-themed Boleros lounge.
Read more about all the unique features our different ship classes have to offer and find the right ship (and cruise) for you here.