Starting life in the late 1960's, the Royal Caribbean now stands as the world's second largest cruise line and also one of the most popular. It started due to the fact a consortium of Norwegian ship owners wanted to get involved in the rapidly expanding American market, and that is exactly what they have done. Its first ship debuted in 1970 and since then they have prided themselves on introducing new shipboard innovations. By the early 1990's the Royal Caribbean moved into their next challenge, which involved designing ships for use outside its traditional cruising grounds in the Caribbean. This challenge was then met in 1995 with the introduction of Legend of the Seas, a spectacular new ship that brought Royal Caribbean into a whole new era.
The Royal Caribbean cruise line now visits over a hundred ports of call in some of the world's most stunning locations. These locations include the rugged beauty that is so often associated with Alaska and Canada through to the appeal of Europe and the luxuriant landscapes of Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii as well as the Panama Canal, Bermuda and the Bahamas. This particular cruise line isn't however only popular due to its vast list of locations it is also down to the diverse activities that they ships have to offer, so what are these activities? And is there something to suit all tastes?
Rock climbing, mini golf and ice skating as well as swimming pools and FlowRider® Surf Park are just some of the activities that holiday makers are able to take part in. It is important to have variety when it comes to activities in order to cater for everyone's needs, plus on top of this you also get to take part in shore excursions that occur across a vast array of destinations. These leisure facilities and entertainment also go on throughout the day and even late into the night
Staying on the subject of entertainment, all good cruises need a decent selection of both daytime and evening entertainment. On a Royal Caribbean cruise you are generally presented with two main types of evening entertainment. The ships tend to put on glitzy Vegas style production shows, which have been named as some of the most impressive among cruise lines. As well as this they also host passenger participation games that allow guests to get a bit more involved. These two examples represent the main forms of entertainment but as I previously mentioned there needs to be variety, which is why there is also a wide range of musical entertainment available in a number of public rooms. These ships even have parades and "street performers" in the Royal Promenade, which is a unique entertainment feature that can't be seen on any other ships.
The ships that make up the Royal Caribbean cruise line were voted the best family ships available so what makes this particular line stand out from others? Well one factor is they are considered to be the most diverse as they cater the most for everyone, where as other lines tend to focus on a particular age group or section of people. For example the NCL line considers itself to be a 'freestyle' line. This generally means you will do not have to undertake aspects such as making dinner reservations every day. Another example is Carnival cruise. They are an example of a cruise line that is aimed at a particular crowd of people; they aim at a younger crowd as they have more of a party atmosphere, where as the Princess line leans more towards an older, more sophisticated crowd.
It is important that when you are considering this type of holiday that you look into the different cruise lines that are available to you, including the Royal Caribbean cruise line, who I genuinely feel you will find what you are looking for with.