Are you thinking of sailing the seas sometime soon? There may be no time like the present. If you’ve looked to book a cruise online, you may have run across fares from Royal Caribbean. The company controls 22% of the worldwide cruise market.
Royal Caribbean: What to know before you go
1. What U.S. ports does Royal Caribbean sail out of?
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Cape Liberty, New Jersey
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Galveston, Texas
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Los Angeles, California
- Miami, Florida
- New Orleans
- Orlando (Port Canaveral)
- San Diego, California
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Seattle, Washington
- Tampa, Florida
2. What other cruise lines are owned by Royal Caribbean?
3. Are Royal Caribbean cruises all inclusive?
4. What is the average cost of a cruise?
5. What are the Royal Caribbean ship classes?
- Oasis Class: Four ships, including Oasis of the Seas (the largest) and Symphony of the Seas (the newest; maiden voyage: April 2018). Amenities include an AquaTheater, Broadway musicals and a zip line.
- Quantum Class: Four ships, including the Spectrum of the Seas (coming soon). Amenities include a music hall, loft suites and Seaplex.
- Freedom Class: Three ships, including Liberty, Freedom and Independence of the Seas all have rock-climbing walls, an ice-skating rink and a British-style pub.
- Voyager Class: Five ships, which include a sky pad, laser tag and an escape room.
- Radiance Class: Four ships, which include a solarium with tropical foliage, outdoor movie screens and more.
- Vision Class: Four ships, which include a solarium with retractable roof, a bungee trampoline and mini-golf course.
- Majesty of the Seas: One ship, which includes sunlit glass-covered spaces, an outdoor movie screen and more.
- Empress of the Seas: One ship, which includes sunlit glass-covered spaces, a solarium with tropical foliage and more.
6. How does Royal Caribbean rank among cruise lines?
|Ranking 2018||Cruise Line|
|3||Holland America Line|
|5||Disney Cruise Line|
|7||Regent Seven Seas Cruises|
Because cruises can get expensive, here are three ways to sail for less on Royal Caribbean.
7. How to save money on Royal Caribbean cruises
- Book early: As with most forms of travel, booking as early as you can will save you money because cruise line will raise prices as cabins fill up, so check those travel sites. Booking in the less busy months — generally late summer and fall — will also save you some coin.
- Cruise Planner: Go to Royalcaribbean.com/cruiseplanner and try the simple-to-use interface to plan your trip and save early. Booking packages via the planner will save you more than $10 a day when compared to booking on site.
- Deals page: Royal Caribbean’s website also has a Deals Page, which always displays the latest sales. There’s also a Kids Sale Free page that lets you know about select packages that are kid-friendly and free for the little ones.