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How the Royal Caribbean Ship Classes Work

By JoFriday 08th September 2017

When you're booking your Royal Caribbean holiday destination, one of the first questions is: which ship class is right for me? Whether you're sailing with your family, friends, partner or as a solo traveller, our guide will point you in the right direction.

Quantum Class

Ships: Anthem, Ovation and Quantum
Good for: Families and couples
On their debut, the Quantum Class ships were the second largest in the world, and can accommodate nearly 5,000 passengers.
The accommodation is designed with your comfort in mind. The ships feature customisable staterooms, stunning ocean views, and even two-storey lofts with private whirlpools. You're guaranteed a stylish, comfortable room, no matter what your budget is.

Quantum Class ships aren't the largest of our cruise ships - but size isn't everything! The Quantum Class ships come with a whole range of features that are guaranteed fun for all the family, young and old.

  • The North Star: This futuristic pod will take you 300ft up in the air, for 360° views of the ship and the perfect blue ocean that surrounds it. Remember to book your sunset or sunrise elevation before you set off.
  • SeaPlex: Race around on the dodgems, and try out your roller disco moves at SeaPlex. At night, it's transformed into the perfect place to party the night away.
  • Ripcord by iFLY: Sail and fly, all at the same time! Safely experience what it's like to skydive, in our state of the art simulator.

Oasis Class

Ships: Allure, Harmony, Oasis and Symphony
Good for: Families
The Oasis Class are the world's largest cruise ships, and are divided into seven distinct neighbourhoods, each one bringing something special. If you want a ship packed with adventures, and all the fun Royal Caribbean can offer, then Oasis Class are the ships for you.
Stylish, luxurious, and comfortable. Your stateroom is your home from home. When you can finally pull yourself away from the unique features of the ship, you won't be sorry to return to your room. Oasis Class ships come with family rooms, which are intersecting rooms that can open up for family time, or be closed for privacy.

There won't be a dull moment when onboard an Oasis Class ship. The ships are packed full of daring activities, heart-stopping entertainment and fantastic restaurants; on Harmony you can even be served your drinks by robot bartenders.

  • Seven Neighbourhoods: This is unique to Oasis Class ships. The seven neighbourhoods divide the ship and give each section their own look and feel.
    • Central Park: This is the only living park on the seas, and the perfect place for a wander, dinner or shopping trip.
    • Royal Promenade: Parades, amazing bars, shopping experiences… What's more to want?
    • Boardwalk: Have fun on the arcades and amusements. Visit the Aquatheatre, where you can watch daring entertainment.
    • Pool and Sports Zone: There is so much to do here, the rock climbing walls, zip lines and FlowRider are great ways to fill up your day when you're at sea.
    • Slides: Join us on Harmony, if your little ones (or bigger ones) love wild waterslides. They can see how brave they are as they take on The Ultimate Abyss and The Perfect Storm.
    • Vitality Spa and Fitness: Sit back, relax, or get involved in some heart-thumping exercise classes.
    • Entertainment Place: Catch a Broadway show, or hit the casino. The fun doesn't stop!
    • Youth Zone: The perfect place for our younger guests to hang out with workshops, video games and more!

Freedom Class

Ships: Freedom, Independence and Liberty
Good for: Families
Until the Oasis Class came about, these were the largest cruise ships in the world. These ships are perfect for those who want to have an active time onboard.
With balcony staterooms that overlook the ocean, twin staterooms, family staterooms with an ocean view and grand suites, there is something for everyone onboard a Freedom Class ship. Maybe you'll get to be the lucky guest who stays in the Ben & Jerry's themed stateroom. It's located above the shop, and guests who stay there will receive complimentary Ben & Jerry's ice cream and access to the concierge lounge.

Whether you want to stay active onboard, or are after something a bit more chilled, there won't be much chance of getting bored.

  • Ice Skating: Release your inner Michelle Kwan and take to our ice skating rink! Skate during the day, and come back at night to experience the dazzling ice show.
  • Rock Wall: There are all sorts of places to experience an amazing view onboard, but the rock wall is one of the best! How fast can you climb up to the top?
  • Sports Courts: If you want to keep your fitness up, there are plenty of ways to do that onboard. Whether it's shooting some hoops on the basketball court, lapping your friends on the running track or playing table tennis, there's no excuse not to get out there and move!
  • Slides: Liberty of the Seas® has recently been updated to include jaw-dropping waterslides. Whizz down Tidal Wave, Typhoon, Cyclone and Splashaway Bay. Independence of the Seas® is also being revitalised, and will also feature amazing new slides, and much more.

Radiance Class

Ships: Brilliance, Jewel, Radiance and Serenade
Good for: Couples
These ships interior uses a lot of glass to create a beautifully open area. As well as the magical views, Radiance offers delectable dining and stand out entertainment, for a holiday you'll never forget.
Comfortable staterooms, stylish suites and beautiful ocean views. When you head back to your room after an exciting day of adventures, you'll be sure to have a relaxing night's sleep.

There is a great mix of luxurious spa treatments for some me-time and sporting activities to stay fit and healthy onboard.

  • Adults Only Solarium: The perfect place for a dip and R&R. Take some blissful kid-free time for yourself!
  • Spa: Treat yourself and relax to the sound of ocean waves at our state of the art spa.
  • Mini Golf: As well as basketball, pool tables and a running track, why not see if you can get a hole in one on our mini golf course?

Voyager Class

Ships: Adventure, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager
Good for: Couples and Families
Voyager Class ships are where ‘firsts' happen. They were the first to have an ice rink, and the Royal Promenade, so you know that you're in for a unique experience when you step onboard.
Technology is at the forefront of our staterooms, with virtual balconies, showing the real-time views from the deck on Explorer, Navigator and Voyager.

From Broadway shows to incredible pools, there are plenty of things to get up to during your days at sea.

  • Al Fresco Films: Lie back by our pool, and catch a blockbuster or international sporting events on the big screen.
  • Take in a Broadway Show: Of an evening, stop by the theatre for a Broadway style show. Musicals and family favourites are on the bill!
  • Whirlpools: After a long day exploring, chill under the sun in the whirlpools.

Sovereign Class

Ship: Majesty
Best for: Families and couples
There is only one ship in Sovereign Class, making it even more special. With an outdoor movie screen, super-fun Splashaway Bay, the ocean's fastest internet VOOM, and delicious restaurants, you'll make lots of special memories here.
The newly refurbished staterooms and suites offer great spaces for families and couples. Majesty's rooms are designed to make you feel like you're coming home.

Perfect for family fun, and a bit of rest and relaxation for adults. No matter your age, or what holiday experience you're after, you can have the time of your life here.

  • Splashaway Bay: Kids (and grown-ups) will have a whale of a time at Splashaway Bay. Waterslides, fantastic pools… this is a water park you definitely don't want to miss out on.
  • Dance the Night Away: When the sun goes down, the fun doesn't stop. Head to our nightclub, and party into the small hours with your fellow guests.

Empress Class

Ship: Empress
Good for: Couples
If you're after a mini-break, this is the ship for you. It's designed for short cruises between three and five days. Even though it's not designed for longer holidays, you won't be short-changed with entertainment and activities onboard.
Comfortable rooms await you on Empress of the Seas®. The perfect place to chill after a long day of exploring.

The ship has many of the same features as the others in our fleet, such as the rock wall, casino and spa.

  • Pools: There are several pools onboard. Ideal if you want a splash and a dip, or just to relax under the golden sun.
  • Casino: Feeling lucky tonight? Then roll the dice at our onboard casino. Will you win big?

Vision Class

Ship: Vision
Good for: Families and couples
Vision is the ship that pleases everyone. Whether you want to get involved in lots of fun packed adventures or just chill out onboard, you'll be happy on Vision.
After a long day exploring, there's nothing better than returning to your room and chill out. From staterooms to suites, sit back and relax in your Royal Caribbean home from home.

As this is a ship for everyone, there are activities for everyone. You will be able to easily fill your days onboard.

  • Pools: There is a family friendly pool that you can splash about it, and a pool only for adults for a more relaxing dip.
  • Rock Climbing Wall: Think you are champion climber? Then see if you can be the first to get to the top of the Vision of the Seas® rock climbing wall!
  • Hit the Dancefloor: It's always party time onboard Vision! Dance the night away, have a cocktail and have the night of your life at our onboard nightclub!
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We are always looking for new was to innovate and add to our fleet, and the new Icon class ships are arriving in 2022 and 2024. They are built using new fuel technology including liquid nitrogen gas and fuel cells. This technology has been used on space shuttles and satellites for years, and is a much greener way of powering ships.
So, which of our ships will you be joining us on? Whichever one you choose, you're guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime!

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