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A Guide To Royal Caribbean Ship Classes


If you are looking to cruise with Royal Caribbean but can’t decide which of its 29 ocean-going vessels to choose from, here’s a quick breakdown for you. Royal Caribbean ship classes are broken into six groups, each constructed around the same time with the same basic design. Most offer similar amenities with slightly different looks, but understanding the classes will help you pick the right ship for your next vacation.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise shipRoyal Caribbean International’s iconic Oasis of the Seas, Oasis Class ship; Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

The Oasis class ships—Oasis of the SeasAllure of the SeasHarmony of the SeasSymphony of the Seas, Wonder of the Seas, and Utopia of the Seas—are the largest cruise ships in the world with a capacity of 9,000 crew and passengers on each. Expect mega floating cities with seven distinct neighborhoods, offering a variety of experiences to keep all ages engaged. There’s zip lining, rock climbing, waterslides, chart-topping nightlife, and over 20 specialty and complimentary restaurants.

Quantum of the SeasAnthem of the Seas, and Ovation of the Seas are large ships with a capacity of up to 5,600 people and a focus on action-packed onboard adventures. This is where you will find the industry’s first sky diving simulator, bumper cars, laser tag, and trapeze school at the largest indoor activity space at sea, SeaPlex®. Robotic bartenders, an all-glass observation capsule, and the first robotic entertainment at sea also make this Royal Caribbean’s most innovative class.

Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas cruise shipSpectrum of the Seas, Quantum Ultra Class ship, Asia’s most innovative and action-packed ship, in Singapore; Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Spectrum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas are versatile ships that can go practically anywhere in the world, carrying upwards of 5,500 passengers. This class offers the signature Royal Caribbean experiences—like sky diving and surfing, resort style pools, locally inspired dining, entertainment, and more.

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Voyager-series ships are shorter in ship length and carry around 3,100 passengers. Voyager of the SeasExplorer of the SeasAdventure of the SeasMariner of the Seas, and Navigator of the Seas are ideal for those looking for short, adventure-packed vacations. Some of these ships have laser tag courses, virtual reality, bungee trampolines, and kiddie splash zones. The Navigator of the Seas also has the longest waterslide at sea.

Find lots of fun activities for everyone on the Freedom-class ships—Freedom of the SeasIndependence of the Seas, and Liberty of the Seas. These classic Royal Caribbean ships – that once were the largest cruise ships in the world, were the first to feature a FlowRider® surfing simulator. You will also enjoy multiple pools, eateries, shops, casinos, and spas on board.

Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas cruise shipRadiance of the Seas, Radiance Class ship; Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

If you are looking to cruise with fewer people but still want a relatively big ship, opt for Radiance-class ships—Jewel of the SeasBrilliance of the SeasSerenade of the Seas, and Radiance of the Seas. These smaller ships have miles of glass for amazing views and host a half-dozen restaurants, three pools, a rock climbing wall, a miniature golf course, an adults-only solarium, a spa, a casino, and a theater.

Dating back to the 1990s, the Vision Class is made up of Enchantment of the SeasGrandeur of the SeasVision of the Seas, and Rhapsody of the Seas. These are some of the oldest and smallest ships in the Royal Caribbean portfolio. There are fewer onboard attractions, but departures offer a chance to visit more ports.

New to the fleet and currently the largest cruise ships in the world, there are endless ways to spend your day with entertainment on stage, ice, air, and water, 7 pools for any mood you’re in, and 40 ways to dine and drink. Seriously the best of every vacation!