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Royal Caribbean International
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryHospitality, tourism
Founded1969 in Norway[1]
Headquarters1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida, USA
Key people
Adam M Goldstein (President & CEO)
ServicesCruise line
ParentRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
WebsiteRoyalCaribbean.com RoyalCaribbean.co.uk
 
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Royal Caribbean International
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryHospitality, tourism
Founded1969 in Norway[1]
Headquarters1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida, USA
Key people
Adam M Goldstein (President & CEO)
ServicesCruise line
ParentRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
WebsiteRoyalCaribbean.com RoyalCaribbean.co.uk

Royal Caribbean International, owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., is a cruise line brand founded in Norway and based in Miami, Florida in the United States of America. As of May 2012, with 21 ships in service, it controls a 17 percent share of the world cruise market.[2] All ships under the Royal Caribbean International brand have had names ending in "of the Seas" since 1991. Sister brands owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises and CDF Croisières de France.

Company and brand history[edit]

U.S. headquarters in Miami, Florida
Night view of the headquarters in Miami, Florida

Royal Caribbean International was founded as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in 1968 by Anders Wilhelmsen & Company, I.M. Skaugen & Company, and Gotaas Larsen, Norwegian shipping companies. The newly created line put its first ship, the Song of Norway, into service two years later. The next year, the line's capacity was doubled with the addition of the Nordic Prince to the fleet. Continuing to expand, the line added the Sun Viking in 1972. After four years of successful operation, Royal Caribbean's Song of Norway became their first passenger ship to be lengthened. This was accomplished via the insertion of an 85-foot (26 m) section to the vessel's severed center. Following the success of this procedure, Nordic Prince was stretched in 1980. Royal Caribbean finally received widespread global recognition when in 1982 it launched the Song of America, over twice the size of Sun Viking and at the time the third largest passenger vessel afloat (after the Norway and the Queen Elizabeth 2).

Royal Caribbean innovated once again with its 1986 lease of a coastal property in Haiti for use as a private destination for its guests.[3] This destination is now called Labadee. After a corporate restructuring in 1988, the line launched Sovereign of the Seas, the largest passenger vessel afloat at the time. Two years later, Nordic Empress and Viking Serenade entered service for the line, continuing a rapid growth trend within the company. In the same year Royal Caribbean purchased its second private destination, Little Stirrup Cay, an island in the Bahamas, which they rechristened "Coco Cay."

Monarch of the Seas, the second ship of the Sovereign class, entered service the next year. The third ship of the Sovereign class, Majesty of the Seas, was delivered one year later. With a large passenger capacity and a growing market share, Royal Caribbean finally went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1993. Over the next two years the company experienced extreme growth. A new corporate headquarters in Miami, Florida was completed, and the Nordic Prince replaced by a new vessel, the Legend of the Seas.

The next year brought more growth. Two more Vision-class vessels entered service, the Splendour of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas. Also in 1996, the company finalized its contracts for 130,000-ton vessels with Aker Finnyards in Finland. The trend of growth and change continued into 1997. The line's oldest ship, Song of Norway, was sold, and two new Vision-class ships entered service as Rhapsody of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas. The company also merged with the Greek cruise line Celebrity Cruises and changed its name from "Royal Caribbean Cruise Line" to "Royal Caribbean International." The next year marked a transition to a more "strictly modern line", when the last of the company's older vessels, Song of America and Sun Viking, were retired. In 1998, Vision of the Seas came into service, the last of the Vision-class ships.

In 1999, the Voyager of the Seas, the line's newest and world's largest cruise ship entered service with much attention from the news media. The next two years saw the delivery of a second Voyager-class ship, Explorer of the Seas, and the first of a new Radiance class of more environmentally friendly cruise liners, Radiance of the Seas.

In 2000, Royal Caribbean debuted a series of land-and-sea based "cruise tours" in Alaska, featuring glass-domed train cars to scenic destinations within the state and Canada. Over the next two years, they introduced more cruise tours to destinations throughout Europe.[4]

2002 saw the debut of the Voyager-class Navigator of the Seas, as well as the Radiance-class Brilliance of the Seas. Mariner of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas, another pair of Voyager and Radiance-class ships, were introduced the next year, and rock-climbing walls were made a feature of every Royal Caribbean ship. A fourth Radiance-class ship, Jewel of the Seas, followed in 2004, and the line's ship Nordic Empress was refurbished and re-christened as Empress of the Seas, which was later sold to Pullmantur Cruises in 2008. In 2005, Enchantment of the Seas underwent a massive refurbishment, cutting the ship in half and adding a 74-foot (23 m) midsection.

Construction commenced on Freedom of the Seas, the line's newest ship, at Aker Finnyards in 2005, and the vessel launched the next year as the largest passenger vessel in the world. Freedom of the Seas' sister ship, Liberty of the Seas, was launched in 2007, and Independence of the Seas was delivered in 2008.

An even larger class, the Oasis class, featuring Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, was launched in 2009 and 2010, guaranteeing Royal Caribbean the ship size lead for years to come. In December 2012, Royal Caribbean announced that they had ordered a third Oasis-class cruise ship from STX France, which would be larger than the previous ships in the class.[5] In March 2014 Royal Caribbean announced that they had ordered a fourth Oasis-Class ship from STX France.[6]

In February 2013, Royal Caribbean announced the first two ships of their newest Quantum class, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, which were being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard.[7][8][9] In May of that year, Royal Caribbean announced that they had signed a contract for a third Quantum-class ship for delivery in mid-2016.[10]

Royal Caribbean cruise ships[edit]

Each Royal Caribbean ship includes a top-of-ship lounge called the Viking Crown Lounge offering sweeping panoramic views, onboard rock climbing walls, bars, lounges, spas, gyms, a main dining room and alternative dining venues. The line has a special kids and youth program known as Adventure Ocean.

Oasis class[edit]

The first ship of this class, Oasis of the Seas surpassed the Freedom-class ships as the world's largest cruise ship in December 2009. She is able to accommodate up to 5,400 passengers at double occupancy and over 6,000 passengers when sofabeds and pullmans are included, has a registered tonnage of 225,282 tons and cost the line around US $1.4 billion. Oasis-class vessels have primarily sailed the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, but Royal Caribbean may also choose to deploy these vessels in other parts of the world. A second Oasis-class ship was ordered on April 2, 2007, and was constructed at STX Europe's Finland Yards (formerly Aker Finnyards), Turku, Finland. She was delivered on October 28, 2010 and went into service December 1, 2010.[11] The second Oasis-class ship is currently the largest cruise ship in the world.

There are plans to construct two more larger Oasis-Class ships, with the 3rd vessel launching in 2016.[5][6]

Royal Caribbean International, in conjunction with USA Today, sponsored a contest to name the vessels.[12][13] [14]

ShipYear BuiltGross tonnageApprox. BerthsAreas of OperationHomeportImage
Oasis of the Seas2009225,2825,400Eastern/Western CaribbeanPort Everglades, FL
Oasis of the Seas (cropped).jpg
Allure of the Seas2010225,2825,400Eastern/Western Caribbean, EuropePort Everglades, FL & Barcelona, Spain/Civitavecchia, Italy
Allure of the Seas (ship, 2009) 001.jpg

Freedom class[edit]

The Freedom-class ships are lengthened versions of the second-generation Voyager-class ship, and contain a 400-foot (120 m) Royal Promenade mall running much of the length of the ship, an ice skating rink, basketball court, several pools, a mini-golf course, and a rock wall. New features on the Freedom class include the FlowRider surfing simulator, the H2O Zone kids water play area, a boxing ring, and hot tubs cantilevered over the side of the ship. At 154,407 gross tons,[15] the Freedom-class ships were the largest ships in the world until the debut of the Oasis class in 2009.

ShipYear BuiltGross tonnageApprox. BerthsAreas of OperationHomeport(s)Image
Freedom of the Seas2006154,407[15]3,634[15]Eastern/Western CaribbeanPort Canaveral, FL
MS Freedom of the Seas in its maiden voyage (cropped).jpg
Liberty of the Seas2007154,407[15]3,634[15]Europe, Short CaribbeanPort Everglades, FL & Barcelona, Spain
Liberty Of The Seas 22-04-2007 (cropped).JPG
Independence of the Seas2008154,407[15]3,634[15]Europe, Eastern/Western CaribbeanSouthampton, England & Port Everglades, FL
MS Independence of the Seas in Southampton (cropped).JPG

Radiance class[edit]

Radiance-class ships have a gross tonnage of 90,090. All ships have environmentally friendlier gas turbine engines. The Radiance-class ships have over 3 acres (12,000 m2) of glass, glass exterior viewing elevators, over 700 balcony staterooms, two-level glass windowed dining rooms, alternative restaurants, a retractable glass roof over a pool, an outdoor pool, as well as the first self-leveling billiard tables at sea. The Radiance class ships were constructed at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany. Unlike the preceding Voyager class, these ships are built to the Panamax form factor, allowing them to pass through the Panama Canal.

ShipYear BuiltGross tonnageApprox. BerthsAreas of OperationHomeport(s)Image
Radiance of the Seas200190,090[15]2,143[15]Alaska, Australia/New Zealand/South PacificVancouver, BC/Anchorage, AK & Sydney, Australia
Rcclradiance (cropped).JPG
Brilliance of the Seas200290,090[15]2,112[15]Europe, Western/Southern Caribbean, Canada/New EnglandTampa, FL; Boston, MA; & Harwich, England
BOS at Valetta 121410 (cropped).JPG
Serenade of the Seas200390,090[15]2,110[15]Bahamas, Western Caribbean, Mediterranean, North SeaNew Orleans, LA; Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia, Italy; & Stockholm, Sweden/Copenhagen, Denmark
RCI Serenade of the Seas.JPG
Jewel of the Seas200490,090[15]2,112[15]South Caribbean, AlaskaSan Juan, Puerto Rico & Seattle, WA
Jewel of the Seas (cropped).jpg

Voyager class[edit]

The fifth largest passenger ships at sea (behind the Oasis class, Freedom class, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic and Cunard's Queen Mary 2), the Voyager-class ships were the largest class of cruise ships in the world when built and were the first ships to have an ice rink at sea and have Royal Caribbean's iconic Royal Promenade. They were built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards' (now STX Europe) facility in Turku, Finland. They have a gross tonnage of around 137,000 tonnes. These ships include a 350-foot (110 m) indoor mall known as the Royal Promenade, featuring indoor pubs, shops, cafes, and bars. Activity options on all five ships board include a basketball court, at least 3 pools, a mini-golf course, a rock wall, an ice skating rinkand, originally, an inline skating track. Navigator of the Seas replaced the inline skating track with a Flowrider surf simulator in 2014, and similar upgrades are planned for Voyager and Explorer.[16]

Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas are second-generation Voyager-class vessels, and feature glass stateroom balconies that extend out from the superstructure of the ship and a larger Windjammer buffet area.

ShipYear BuiltGross tonnageApprox. BerthsAreas of OperationHomeport(s)Image
Voyager of the Seas1999137,276[15]3,114[15]Asia, AustraliaChina; Hong Kong; & Sydney, Australia
Voyager of the seas1.jpg
Explorer of the Seas2000137,308[15]3,114[15]Eastern/Southern Caribbean, Bermuda, BahamasBayonne, New Jersey & Port Canaveral, FL
Explorer of the Seas Bayonne (cropped).jpg
Adventure of the Seas2001137,276[15]3,114[15]Southern Caribbean, Mediterranean, EuropeSouthampton, England; San Juan, Puerto Rico; & Port Canaveral, FL
Adventure of the Seas ship (cropped).jpg
Navigator of the Seas2002138,279[15]3,114[15]Western CaribbeanGalveston, TX
Navigator of The Seas at Linnahall 10 June 2007 (cropped).jpg
Mariner of the Seas2003138,279[15]3,114[15]AsiaSingapore & Shanghai, China
Mariner of the Seas Crete.jpg

Vision class[edit]

Technically speaking, the Vision class consists of three pairs of sister ships and is not a "class" of ships in the same sense as the Radiance, Freedom, Voyager, or Oasis classes. Legend and Splendour, built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France have a gross tonnage of approximately 70,000 and are the only ones which have a golf course. Grandeur and Enchantment were built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsinki, Finland and had an original tonnage of approximately 73,000 GT. The final pair, Rhapsody and Vision were also built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, and have a tonnage of 78,000 GT. In 2005, a 74-foot (23 m) midsection was added to Enchantment of the Seas, bringing its tonnage to over 80,000 GT. All ships of this class feature over 2 acres (8,100 m2) of glass.

ShipYear BuiltGross tonnageApprox. BerthsAreas of OperationHomeport(s)Image
Legend of the Seas199569,130[15]1,804[15]Europe, Eastern/Southern Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada/New EnglandCopenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway/Hamburg, Germany; Quebec City, QC; & Port Everglades, FL
Legend of the Seas (1) (cropped).jpg
Splendour of the Seas199669,130[15]1,804[15]Europe, BrazilVenice, Italy & São Paulo, Brazil
Splendour of the Seas (Split, HR, 2011-07-14) (cropped).jpg
Grandeur of the Seas199673,817[15]1,950[15]Southern/Eastern/Western Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada/New EnglandBaltimore, MD
GrandeuroftheSeas-NOLA.jpg
Rhapsody of the Seas199778,491[15]1,998[15]Australia/New Zealand, Alaska, Mediterranean, Greek Islands, Black SeaSeattle, WA; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; & Civitavecchia, Italy
Rhapsody of the Seas in Sydney (cropped).jpg
Enchantment of the Seas199782,910[15]2,252[15]BahamasPort Canaveral, FL
Enchantment of the Seas.jpg
Vision of the Seas199878,340[15]2,000[15]Southern/Western Caribbean, BermudaColon, Panama; Port Everglades, FL; & Tampa, FL
Visioncabo.jpg

Sovereign class[edit]

At approximately 73,000 GT, these were the first "mega-ships" in the industry (with the exception of the SS Norway, an ocean liner converted into a cruise ship), built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The first one, Sovereign of the Seas, was launched in 1988. The Sovereign-class ships were the first cruise ships to have an open atrium area.[17] Like larger Royal Caribbean ships, the Sovereign-class ships have pools, open bars and lounges inside, and grand theaters.

Sovereign of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas were transferred to the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises in October 2008 and April 2013, respectively.[18][19][20]

ShipYear BuiltGross tonnageApprox. BerthsAreas of OperationHomeport(s)Image
Majesty of the Seas199274,007[15]2,350[15]BahamasMiami, FL
MSMajestyOfTheSeasEdit1.JPG

Future fleet[edit]

ShipClassEstimated CompletionCurrent StatusApprox. BerthsGross tonnagePlanned Home Port(s)NotesImage
Quantum of the Seas[21]Quantum classFall 2014Floated out August 20144,180167,800[22]Bayonne, New Jersey and Shanghai, China[23][24]First ship of the Quantum class, the second largest class of passenger ship in the world.
Quantum of the Seas in front of Hall 6 (cropped).JPG
Anthem of the Seas[21]Quantum classSpring 2015Keel laid November 2013[25]4,180167,800[22]Southampton, England and Bayonne, New Jersey[24]Sister ship to Quantum of the Seas
Both "Anthem of the Seas"-Sections floated out at Meyer Werft (cropped) (levels).jpg
Ovation of the Seas[26]Quantum classFall 2016[27]Steel cutting began September 2014[26]4,180[10]167,800[10]TBA3rd Quantum-class cruise ship
TBAOasis classSummer 2016Keel laid May 20146,360[28]227,700[29]TBA3rd and largest Oasis-class cruise ship. Planned to be largest passenger ship in the world.
TBAOasis class2018[30]Ordered in May 2014[30]TBATBATBA4th Oasis-class cruise ship.

Retired ships[edit]

Former RCI ships no longer in the fleet
Ship Name with Royal CaribbeanClassYear BuiltYear RetiredCurrent StatusCurrent NameCurrent OperatorCurrent Home Port(s)NotesImage
Song of NorwaySong of Norway-class[citation needed]19701997Scrapped in 2013[31]Formosa Queen
Sundream (cropped).JPG
Nordic PrinceSong of Norway-class[citation needed]19711995Not in serviceM/V Ocean Star PacificPV Enterprises International
MV Aquamarine off Patmos (cropped).jpg
Sun VikingSong of Norway-class[citation needed]19721998Operating as a floating casinoOriental DragonOCEANIC GROUP INTL LTDHong Kong
Omar III Exterior (cropped).jpg
Song of America19821999OperatingMS Louis OlympiaLouis Cruise LinesAthens, Greece/Kusadasi, Turkey
ThomsonDestiny (cropped).jpg
Viking Serenade19822002Operating under Thomson's all-inclusive Island Cruises brandMS Island EscapeThomson CruisesPalma, MajorcaEntered service with Royal Caribbean in 1990.
Island Escape (cropped).JPG
Nordic Empress/Empress of the Seas19902008OperatingMS EmpressPullmantur CruisesSpain/Malmö, SwedenRenamed Empress of the Seas in 2004
NordicEmp1 (cropped).jpg
Sovereign of the SeasSovereign class19872008OperatingMS SovereignPullmantur CruisesBarcelona, Spain/Rome, Italy/Genoa, Italy
RCI Sovereign of the Seas (cropped).jpg
Monarch of the SeasSovereign class19912013OperatingMS MonarchPullmantur CruisesCaracas, Venezuela/Colon, Panama/Cartagena, Colombia/Aruba
Monarch of the Seas (cropped).JPG

Ship amenities[edit]

As of August 2014, complementary amenities available on all ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet include in-stateroom televisions and telephones, a main theater featuring Broadway-style and headliner shows, a rock climbing wall, a basketball court, an indoor fitness center, a multi-story main dining room, the Windjammer buffet, 24-hour room service, the Adventure Ocean children's program, a multi-deck atrium with glass elevators, and multiple lounges (including the signature Viking Crown Lounge located at the top of the ship surrounding the funnels). Paid amenities on all ships include ship-to-shore calls from stateroom telephones, WiFi and cell phone access at sea, a casino, bingo, a full-service spa, and multiple shops and bars. All ships except for Majesty of the Seas have a concierge lounge for guests staying in suites and Crown and Anchor Diamond-Plus-level members. Other amenities that are not specific to one specific ship or class of ship are shown below as of 9 April 2014 (amenities in italics are available to all guests and are complementary):[32]

ShipOutdoor PoolsIndoor PoolsHot TubsFlow- ridersMini GolfOutdoor Movie ScreenIce RinkRoyal PromenadeCentrum Aerial ShowDynamic DiningPark CaféDog HouseJohnny RocketsBen & Jerry'sCupcake CupboardItalian RestaurantChops GrilleIzumi Asian CuisineMexican RestaurantSamba GrillChef's TableCoke Free- styleDiamond ClubNurseryDream Works ExperienceNight club
Oasis of the Seas[33][34]6No102YesYesYesYesNoMarch 2015YesYesYesCups & ScoopsCups & ScoopsGiovanni's TableYesYesSaborNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Allure of the Seas[34]6No102YesYesYesYesNoMay 2015YesYesYesNoYesGiovanni's TableYesYesRita's CantinaYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Freedom of the Seas3No71YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesPortofinoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Liberty of the Seas3No71YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesPortofinoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Independence of the Seas3No71YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesGiovanni's TableYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoYes
Radiance of the Seas113NoYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoGiovanni's TableYesYesRita's CantinaYesYesNoYesYesNoYes
Brilliance of the Seas113NoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoGiovanni's TableYesYesRita's CantinaNoYesNoYesYesNoYes
Serenade of the Seas113NoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoGiovanni's TableYesYesRita's CantinaNoYesNoYesYesNoYes
Jewel of the Seas113NoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoPortofinoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYes
Voyager of the Seas[32][35]3No7planned 2014Yesplanned 2014YesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoPortofino*planned 2014planned 2014NoNoNoNoplanned 2014NoYesYes
Explorer of the Seas[16][32]3No7planned 2015Yesplanned 2015YesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoPortofinoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYes
Adventure of the Seas3No7NoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesin Café PromenadeGiovanni's TableNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
Navigator of the Seas3No71YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesin Café PromenadeGiovanni's TableYesYesSaborNoNoNoYesYesNoYes
Mariner of the Seas3No7NoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesNoGiovanni's TableYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Legend of the Seas114NoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNo
Splendour of the Seas114NoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNo
Grandeur of the Seas216NoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoGiovanni's TableYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNoNo
Rhapsody of the Seas116NoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoGiovanni's TableYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNo
Enchantment of the Seas216NoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
Vision of the Seas116NoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoGiovanni's TableYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNo
Majesty of the Seas2No2NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo

* Portofino planned to be replaced with Giovanni's Table during an upcoming refurbishment.

Royal Promenade[edit]

The Voyager-class, Freedom-class, and Oasis-class ships feature the Royal Promenade, a centerline promenade in a long multi-deck atrium featuring a pedestrian mall with shops and restaurants. At night, the promenades are used as entertainment venues, hosting dance parties and parades.[36] The upper levels on the Royal Promenade are home to "Promenade Staterooms" that feature a window overlooking the promenade. The Royal Promenades on the Voyager-class and Freedom-class ships are 390 feet (120 m) and 400 feet (120 m) long, respectively, and are 4 decks high.[37][38] The Royal Promenades on the Oasis-class ships are only 3 decks high but are twice as wide and feature a mezzanine level.[36]

Dynamic Dining[edit]

In 2014 and 2015, Royal Caribbean introduced their new Dynamic Dining concept to replace the Main Dining Room on the Quantum-class and Oasis-class ships.[33][34] Ships with Dynamic Dining do not feature a main dining room, nor do passengers have the same table and servers each night.[39] Instead, these ships feature several complementary restaurants with their own theme and menu: "American Icon Grill", "The Grande", "Silk", and, on the Quantum-class, "Chic". Guests staying in suites also have access to the complementary "Coastal Kitchen" restaurant. Similar to the Freestyle concept used on Norwegian Cruise Line, guests make reservations for their choice of restaurant for each night in advance,[40] and each venue will maintain the same menu and staff throughout the cruise.[41]

Private resorts[edit]

Royal Caribbean operates two privately owned resorts that are used as stops on some Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries. They are Labadee, a resort on the northern coast of Haiti; and Coco Cay, a private island in the Berry Islands region of The Bahamas. Each resort features canopies for eating, lounge chairs, palm trees, and white sand beaches.

Controversies[edit]

Norovirus outbreaks[edit]

In January 2014, an outbreak of norovirus aboard the Explorer of the Seas sickened 689 of 4237 passengers and crew (16.3%), causing the ship to return to port two days early.[42][43] The outbreak reportedly marked the greatest number of cases of illness aboard a cruise ship in two decades,[44] barely exceeding a 2006 outbreak aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty that sickened 679 of 3970 passengers and crew (17.1%).[45] Royal Caribbean offered all passengers aboard that cruise a 50% refund of their cruise fare, an additional 50% (plus 10% for each day sick passengers were quarantined) of their cruise fare as a credit towards another cruise, and reimbursed extra travel expenses for guests returning home early.[46]

Docking in Haiti[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Royal Caribbean continued docking cruise ships at the Labadee resort, located approximately 60 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, during the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The ships providing a source of income to the devastated Haitian economy and delivered valuable relief supplies to the affected. Furthermore, the company promised to donate all proceeds from the visit to help the earthquake victims. Most passengers on board understood this, although some were "sickened" by the company's decision to dock in Haiti. Associate vice president John Weis defended the company's decision by stating that the company had "tremendous opportunities to use our ships as transport vessels for relief supplies and personnel to Haiti ... Simply put, we cannot abandon Haiti now that they need us most." The Labadee resort is leased to Royal Caribbean by the Government of Haiti.[47][48]

George Allen Smith case[edit]

On July 5, 2005, passengers on board the Brilliance of the Seas reported what appeared to be blood on a part of the ship below the passenger balconies. After a search, George Allen Smith was discovered to be missing and thought to have fallen overboard. A criminal investigation into possible foul play was conducted, and a brief press release on the company's investor relations website announced the settlement of the case,[49] later revealed to be more than $1 million.[50]

Environmental record[edit]

In 1998 and 1999, the company was fined US$9 million because one of its ships, the Sovereign of the Seas, had repeatedly dumped oily waste into the ocean and tried to hide this using false records, including fake piping diagrams given to the US Coast Guard. Because the company was and is incorporated in Liberia, Royal Caribbean argued that this case was not in the jurisdiction of US courts. Despite their argument, they were unsuccessful.[51]

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