Majestic Voyages: Fora's In-Depth Guide to Royal Caribbean Ships by Size

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Royal Caribbean, a titan of the seas, stands at the forefront of luxury cruising. Renowned for its expansive and diverse fleet, the cruise line offers experiences that cater to every taste and preference. This guide takes you through a journey of exploration, detailing the marvels of Royal Caribbean ships by size, their most impressive vessels categorized by their awe-inspiring size and unique offerings.

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Harmony of the Seas

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Oasis of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean International, a titan in the cruise industry, boasts a diverse and innovative fleet, including some of the world's largest and most technologically advanced cruise ships. This guide offers an in-depth exploration of the various classes of Royal Caribbean ships, each epitomizing a unique blend of size, luxury and state-of-the-art features.

Foremost among these is the Oasis class, a collection of the largest cruise ships ever built, unmatched in their scale and breadth of onboard experiences. For those who love big ships, there's truly nothing quite like them.

Not far behind in innovation and luxury are the Quantum-class ships. Known for their revolutionary features like the North Star observation capsule and RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator, this class brings a futuristic approach to cruising.

The Freedom and Voyager classes introduced groundbreaking amenities and designs, balancing adventure and comfort, while the Radiance and Vision classes offer more intimate experiences with panoramic ocean views and elegant designs.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore each class, and their standout ships. From the colossal Oasis-class giants to the innovative Quantum-class vessels, and the serene Radiance and Vision-class ships, Royal Caribbean's fleet syze is a testament to the evolution and diversity of modern cruising.

Oasis Class - The Giants of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas, the crown jewel of the Royal Caribbean fleet, is not just a ship; it's a floating city. With a length of 1,184 feet and a gross tonnage of 228,081, it's a marvel of modern engineering. The ship houses 18 decks filled with attractions including the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, and the Boardwalk neighborhood, complete with a full-size carousel. The ship's Central Park features over 20,000 tropical plants, creating an extraordinary and serene ambiance. Diverse dining options range from high-end cuisine at 150 Central Park to casual bites at El Loco Fresh.

Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas closely rivals its sister in size and splendor. Stretching 1,188 feet with a gross tonnage of 226,963, it's a masterpiece of design. Unique to Harmony is the Splashaway Bay, an aqua park ideal for families, and the Ultimate Abyss, offering a 10-story plunge for thrill-seekers. The ship's entertainment options are unparalleled, from ice skating shows to Broadway hits like "Grease."

Oasis and Allure of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the pioneering vessels of the Oasis class, introduced groundbreaking amenities in the cruise industry. Each over 1,180 feet long, these ships boast the Aqua Theater, an amphitheater hosting high-diving performances, and the first-ever Starbucks at sea. Oasis stands slightly larger, with a gross tonnage of 226,838, compared to Allure's 225,282. Both ships offer a range of dining experiences, including the elegant Grande Restaurant and the vibrant Sabor Taqueria and Tequila Bar.

The Quantum Class – A Leap into the Future

Quantum of the Seas revolutionized cruising with its introduction of the North Star, a jewel-shaped capsule that extends over the ocean for 360-degree views. With a length of 1,139 feet and a gross tonnage of 168,666, this ship combines size with technological prowess. It also features the Bionic Bar, where robotic bartenders serve up cocktails, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea with bumper cars and a roller skating rink.

Anthem of the Seas

Sister ship to the Quantum, Anthem of the Seas, matches in size and innovation. It offers unique experiences like Two70, a multifunctional lounge with stunning 270-degree panoramic sea views and Vistarama, transforming the space into a digital canvas. The ship also boasts the Music Hall, a lively venue for live music performances.

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas caters to adventure-seekers with activities like skydiving and surfing simulators. This ship stands out with its focus on art, housing a collection of over 11,000 pieces. It's not just about thrills; the ship offers culinary diversity, from Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver to Wonderland, where chefs craft imaginative dishes.

The Voyager and Freedom Classes

Voyager Class

The Voyager-class ships brought a new era in cruising with innovations like the ice-skating rink and the Royal Promenade. Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, and Mariner of the Seas each measure over 1,020 feet and introduce activities like rock climbing and mini-golf, offering something for every age and interest. These ships are a blend of adventure and relaxation, with adult-only solariums and state-of-the-art fitness centers.

Freedom Class

Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas elevate the concept of cruising with their length of over 1,110 feet. They feature the H2O Zone water park, perfect for family fun, and the FlowRider surf simulator for adventure enthusiasts. Each ship has a distinctive character, with Liberty hosting the Tidal Wave, the first boomerang-style slide at sea, and Independence boasting the Sky Pad, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience.

The Radiance and Vision Classes – Pioneers of Panoramic Views

Radiance Class

The Radiance class, with ships like Radiance of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas, offers an intimate cruising experience with their extensive use of glass, providing sweeping ocean views. Each ship, around 962 feet in length, features the Colony Club, a unique British colonial-style lounge, and the self-leveling pool tables, a marvel of technology.

Vision Class

The Vision-class vessels, including Grandeur of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas, offer a more personal experience with a length of approximately 915 feet. These ships are known for their impressive Centrum, an atrium that spans multiple decks, offering a variety of activities and entertainment options. The Vision class focuses on panoramic vistas, with large windows and ocean-facing lounges providing breathtaking views.

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Oasis-Class Ships – A Feast for the Senses

The Oasis-class ships, known for their sheer size, also excel in offering a myriad of dining experiences. They cater to all palates, from casual snacks to fine dining.

  • 150 Central Park: For a gourmet experience, 150 Central Park serves up a sophisticated menu crafted by top chefs, focusing on fresh, high-quality ingredients.

  • Chops Grille: A staple across the Royal Caribbean fleet, Chops Grille is the go-to for steak lovers, offering premium cuts and a classic steakhouse atmosphere.

  • Windjammer Café: A casual, buffet-style dining option, Windjammer Café is perfect for a relaxed meal, featuring a wide array of international dishes.

  • Wonderland: A whimsical and unique dining experience, Wonderland offers a menu that plays with your senses and presents culinary surprises.

  • Solarium Bistro: For health-conscious diners, Solarium Bistro offers lighter fare in a tranquil, adults-only environment.

Quantum-Class Ships – Innovative and International Cuisine

The Quantum-class ships bring a futuristic approach not only to their amenities but also to their dining options.

  • Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver: Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver brings his signature Italian dishes aboard, focusing on simple, fresh ingredients and rustic recipes.

  • Izumi: For sushi and Asian cuisine enthusiasts, Izumi offers a delectable selection of sushi rolls, sashimi, and more in a stylish setting.

  • Wonderland: Also featured on Quantum-class ships, Wonderland here continues to amaze with its imaginative and playful dishes.

Freedom and Voyager-Class Ships – Diverse and Delicious

These classes offer a mix of Royal Caribbean staples and unique dining experiences.

  • Giovanni’s Table: An Italian trattoria that serves hand-tossed pizza, pasta, and other Italian specialties.

  • Johnny Rockets: A ‘50s-style diner, perfect for families, offering burgers, fries, and milkshakes in a fun, retro setting.

Radiance and Vision-Class Ships – Intimate and Exquisite Dining

The smaller ships provide a more intimate dining experience while still offering a variety of choices.

  • Chef’s Table: An exclusive dining experience where a small group of guests are treated to a private, multi-course meal paired with wines and prepared by the ship's chef.

  • Park Café: A serene café perfect for a quick bite or a leisurely lunch, serving sandwiches, salads, and pastries.

Each class of Royal Caribbean ships brings its own flavor to the table, ensuring that every guest finds something to suit their taste, whether they crave an intimate and exquisite meal or a lively and varied buffet. The dining options are as diverse and splendid as the ships themselves, making every meal an adventure.

Need to Know

Did you know?

Scheduled to enter service on January, 2024, Icon of the Seas will herald a new era for Royal Caribbean and the cruise industry. With a staggering gross tonnage of 250,800, Icon of the Seas is set to surpass the Oasis-class ships as the largest cruise ship in the world. This pioneering vessel will be the flagship of the new Icon class, showcasing Royal Caribbean's commitment to innovation, luxury, and environmentally-friendly cruising. It is expected that the ship will push the boundaries of what's possible on a cruise ship. The Icon class is rumored to incorporate groundbreaking technology, spectacular amenities, and novel experiences that will redefine sea travel. As with all Royal Caribbean ships, guests can anticipate a wide array of dining options, entertainment, and activities, all scaled up to match the unprecedented size of the ship. One of the most notable aspects of the Icon class is its focus on sustainability. Icon of the Seas is expected to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its primary fuel, significantly reducing emissions and setting a new standard for eco-friendly cruising. Icon of the Seas will not only be a marvel in terms of size but also in its offering of innovative and luxurious experiences. Its debut will mark the beginning of a new chapter for Royal Caribbean and for travelers seeking the ultimate in cruise vacations.

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out Fora advisor Caroline Murray's trip report, Something for Everyone on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

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