Our RCI cruises 2016, 2017 and 2018 Royal Caribbean itinerary schedules show list of itineraries, sailing dates, ports and destinations, with the opportunity to compare Royal Caribbean cruise prices per person. Here you’ll find links to all RCI cruise ships, including the fleet’s newest vessels and ships under construction.
The Royal Caribbean company (parent RCCL) is the provider of some of the best ever cruise ship deals with new, always provoking and some of the most innovative “cruise stuff”. RCCL is constantly keeping millions of travelers around the world entertained – either with their cruising news, or as charming experiences on some of the most famous and largest cruise ships in the world.
Royal Caribbean cruise line
The Royal Caribbean cruise company spends so many billions of dollars on new vessels, refurbishing the old ones, and inventing most fun ways to keep their customers so very happy. And all the super famous onboard amenities and unique activities – like the rock climbing wall, the surfing simulator, huge spas, charmingly cozy bars and lounges, and really endless entertainment options are just a prelude to the review of the unique “Royal Caribbean” travel experience!
The history of the the Royal Caribbean International (aka “RCI Cruises”) started in the so distant 1968, when the company was founded in Norway. Nowadays, the RCI company is a Norwegian-American cruise ship line and the largest brand (and a subsidiary) in the Royal Caribbean cruise lines family (official name is “Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd”, or RCCL). RCI is currently based in USA (Miami FL). According to 2012 cruise statistics, RCI controls 17% of the world’s market in the ship cruising travel. All RCCL ships under the RCI brand have names with the suffix “Of The Seas”, and this feature is since 1991. The RCI’s sister brands from the Royal Caribbean huge family of subsidiaries (other brands) are Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises (Spain) and CDF Croisieres (France).
RCI cruise line history
RCI was founded under the name “Royal Caribbean Cruise Line” (RCCL) in 1968 by A. Wilhelmsen & Co, IM Skaugen & Co and Gotaas Larsen – all three were shipping companies based in Norway. The RCI line’s first ever cruise ship was “Song of Norway” (she entered service in 1970). The next vessel in her fleet was “Nordic Prince”, then “Sun Viking” (launched 1972).
The Royal Caribbean company was the first ever to lengthen their ships – the first “cut and enlarged” was the “Song of Norway” ship (they added a whole 85 ft long (26 m) mid section to the ship’s center. The next to be stretched was the Nordic Prince (refit was done in 1980). The RCCL “big gaming” started in 1982 when they launched “Song of America” ship – then the world’s third largest cruise ship precede only by “Norway” and the Cunard’s “Queen Elizabeth 2”.
In 1986 the RCCL cruise company leased the later called Labadee property in Haiti – a “private island” property and exclusive destination for RCCL cruise ships only. In 1988 RCCL once again made the news with the launching of the Sovereign of the Seas ship – this time the world’s biggest cruise ship. In 1990 RCCL purchased their second private island property – called “Little Stirrup Cay” (better known as “Coco Cay” or CocoCay”) in The Bahamas.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line went public in 1993 on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). After that, more and more and bigger and bigger new cruise ships were added to the mighty RCCL fleet. When RCCL merged with the Greece based line “Celebrity Cruises” in 1997, the new company was officially named “Royal Caribbean International”.
In 2001 Royal Caribbean’s introduced their “Alaska cruise tours” with the glass-domed trains traveling to the most scenic Alaskan and Canadian destinations in this region. 2003 was the year when the first ever rock-climbing walls were installed on RCCL ships. 2005 was the year when RCI did the Enchantment cruise ship refurbishment – again cutting her in half and adding a massive 74-ft long (23 m) mid section. 2009 and 2010 were the years for the introduction of the largest passenger ships ever – the Oasis and Allure cruise ships. In 2013 RCCL announced the names of their Quantum-class ships – Quantum and Anthem, and thy made an order for a third vessel from the Quantum-class (to be launched in mid 2016).
Royal Caribbean cruise destinations
The current Royal Caribbean cruise program offers visiting of more than 280 different destinations around the world. Their list (besides all the “famous-popular” por destinations) features Alaska, Canada New England, Europe (UK, Mediterranean, Baltic, Iceland), Asia, Australia New Zealand, Caribbean (also Bahamas and Bermuda), Hawaii, Mexico Riviera, South America.
On relocation, Royal Caribbean ships also offer Transatlantic cruises and Panama Canal transits.
The “RCI Cruise” experience
The list of Royal Caribbean ships best features include the following major and truly unique “innovations of the seas”:
- select RCCL ships now offer the Starbucks coffee at sea
- another exclusiveness is the DreamWorks programming – 3D DreamWorks Theater, with all the characters meetings/greetings
- Adults on RCCL vacations can enjoy the adults-only spas on board, teens can do the rock climbing or the 40-ft (12 m) surfing “simulation”, or why not zip-lining across the top deck on the world’s biggest cruise ships ever!
- Families traveling with infants and toddlers on RCCL ships will benefit from the line’s “Royal Babies” and “Royal Tots” kids programs.
- The “Cupcake Cupboard” onboard bakery (on newest and refurbished ships) offers 30 so delicious cupcakes. Other most popular dining options onboard are “Johnny Rockets”, “Ben & Jerry’s”, the specialty (fine) dining venues like “Chops Grille”, the steakhouse, “Izumi” (Asian)
- The new Royal Caribbean alcohol policy now allows guests to bring their own wine on RCCL ships – to consume it for free in the cabin, or at for an additional charge (corkage fee) they can drink their wine in public areas.
And at the following link you can compare the line’s major rival (from the “Royal Caribbean vs Carnival” series) Carnival Cruise Lines – ships list, and our review of the “Fun Ship” experience.
Follows a list of external links (opening in new tabs) to:
- official website RoyalCaribbean.Com
- parent company website (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) RCLinvestor.Com
- shipbuilding companies websites: STX Europe (Finland), Meyer Werft (Germany), and STX France SA (older ships)
- one-way Royal Caribbean ships relocation cruises at RepositionCruises.Com
- Royal Caribbean deck plans and cabins at CruiseShipDeckPlan.Com
Royal Caribbean 2016-2017-2018 itineraries
For season summer 2017-2018, RCI will have the largest ships and capacity in comparison to any other cruise line for Australia and New Zealand destinations. The company will deploy there the ships Explorer, Ovation, Radiance and Voyager, for a total of 66 itineraries ranging in length from 2- to 23 days. Between September 2017 and April 2018, these ships will visit 46 different ports of call in the South Pacific (incl Australia, New Zealand), also in Asia and North America. Scheduled departures are out of Auckland NZ, Fremantle-Perth AU, Sydney AU, Singapore and USA (Honolulu Hawaii and Seattle WA).
Royal Caribbean Australia itineraries 2017-2018
Ovation of the Seas (November 2017 – February 2018):
- 14-day repositioning (Singapore to Sydney, November 23 2017)
- 10-day New Zealand (with Milford Sounds)
- 12-day New Zealand (December 17, 2017 Christmas) and 12-day New Zealand (December 29, 2017 New Year)
- 9-day New Zealand (January 10 and 19, 2018)
- 8-day Tasmania (January 27, 2018, with Hobart and Adelaide overnight )
- 14-day New Zealand (February 4, 2018, with Milford Sounds)
Explorer of the Seas (South Pacific Islands, 3- to 23 days). With the Explorer (replacing Radiance in 2018), Royal Caribbean continues operations along the South Coast of New South Wales (NSW). RCI ship will visit for the first time Port Kembla (Wollongong) as port of call on a 7-day Tasmania cruise (March 12, 2018).
- 22-day repositioning from Seattle to Sydney via Hawaii (October 6, 2017)
- Three 11-day cruises to Fiji (including for Christmas and New Year 2017)
- 7-8-9-10-12-day South Pacific (January 2018)
- 3-day Cruise to Nowhere from Sydney (February 9, 2018)
- 7-day Tasmania (March 12, 2018, Wollongong maiden call, Hobart, Melbourne)
- 23-day repositioning from Sydney to Seattle (April 22, 2018) with Suva Fiji (overnight) and Hawaii (Lahaina, Honolulu).
Radiance of the Seas (2017-2018 departures from Sydney, Fremantle-Perth and Auckland) – 8- to 18-days to Queensland, Tasmania, around Australia, New Zealand.
- 18-day repositioning from Honolulu Hawaii to Sydney (September 19, 2017 (with New Zealand)
- 16-day Around Australia cruise from Sydney to Fremantle (top end), 17-day South Australia and New Zealand or combined (back-to-back) 33-day full circumnavigation cruise
- 9-day Tasmania from Sydney (December 13, 2017, with Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide (overnight )
- 8-day Sydney to Queensland cruise (March 29, 2018, with Newcastle, Whitsundays, Brisbane)
- 14-day Sydney to Auckland (January 3, 2017) with New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga)
- 14-day New Zealand from Auckland to Sydney
- 12-day New Zealand (Christmas and New Year , departure December 22, 2017)
11-13-14-day New Zealand cruises also visiting Milford Sounds
- 17-day repositioning from Sydney to Honolulu Hawaii (April 17, 2018) with French Polynesia
Voyager of the Seas (South Pacific Islands, October 2017 – April 2018):
- 10-day repositioning from Singapore to Fremantle (October 18, 2017)
- 16-day Around Australia and New Zealand cruise (Fremantle to Sydney, October 28, 2017)
- 8-day Queensland cruise from Sydney (November 13, 2017) with Brisbane, Willis Island, Whitsundays
- Two 14-day South Pacific Islands (with Fiji, including New Year’s Eve 2017 – departure December 30)
- Six 10-day South Pacific Islands (including Christmas 2017 departure December 20)
- Three 9-day itineraries to New Caledonia and Vanuatu
- 7-8-9-day South Pacific Islands, plus one 11-day to Fiji (April 11)
- Sampler (Cruises to Nowhere from Sydney) – 2-day (December 1, 2017) and 3-day (February 2, 2018)
- 14-day repositioning from Sydney to Singapore (April 16, 2018)
NEWS: With Legend of the Seas deployment in Europe (2017), Royal Caribbean will not offer Brisbane departures as the bigger RCI ships can’t dock at the Portside terminal. The company will not offer cruises out of Brisbane until the new terminal (east of Gateway Bridges) is constructed.
NEWS: RCI extended its round-trip departures from Baltimore MD (South Locust Point terminal) through June 2020. Here is homeported the Grandeur ship offering year-round cruises to Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada New England. The ship operates out of Baltimore since 2013, replacing there the Enchantment ship.
By the ship names below are listed in brackets (Year Built/Weight/Passenger Capacity/Cabins_total).
Note: Soon here will be added the review of the Royal Caribbean itinerary program, destinations and cruise ports (home-ports and ports of call).
- Adventure of the Seas (2001 / 142,000t / 3114 / 1557)
- Allure Of The Seas (2010 / 225,280t / 5400 / 2718) – Mediterranean leaving from Barcelona
- Anthem Of The Seas (2015 / 167,800t / 4180 / 2090) – Europe (Mediterranean from Venice in 2016), Caribbean from Tampa (2016-2017 winter), starting May 2017 – year-round departures from Cape Liberty (Bayonne) New Jersey to Bermuda and Caribbean (5-7-9-night itineraries) and Canada New England (9-night)
- Brilliance Of The Seas (2002 / 90,000t / 2501 / 1056) – cruises in Europe (Mediterranean from Barcelona), Western Caribbean (4- and 5-night from Tampa to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman)
- Empress Of The Seas (1990 / 48,560t / 1910 / 670) – offers 5-day Eastern or Western Caribbean, and 4-day Bahamas cruises from Miami Florida. The ship was operated as “Nordic Empress” (until 2004), as “Empress of the Seas” (until 2012) and as “Pullmantur Empress” (until 2016).
- Enchantment Of The Seas (1997 / 81,000t / 2446 / 1126)
- Explorer Of The Seas (2000 / 138,000t / 3114 / 1557) – Alaska from Seattle, South Pacific Islands from Sydney Australia
- Freedom Of The Seas (2006 / 160,000t / 3634 / 1817) – Europe (Western Mediterranean itineraries leaving from Barcelona Spain), Eastern-Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale (6- and 8-night itineraries)
- Grandeur Of The Seas (1996 / 74,000t / 2446 / 975) – year-round cruises from Baltimore to Bermuda (5-night), Canada New England (9-night), Southern Caribbean (12-night), Bahamas (9-night to Nassau and CocoCay)
- Harmony of the Seas (2016 / 227,700t / 5488 / 2744) – new Oasis-class cruise ship, the world’s largest ever
- Independence Of The Seas (2008 / 160,000t / 3634 / 1817) – Europe (Mediterranean and Canary Islands leaving from Southampton England), Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale (4- and 5-night itineraries to Costa Maya, Cozumel, Falmouth Jamaica, Labadee Haiti)
- Jewel Of The Seas (2004 / 90,000t / 2501 / 1055) – Europe (Western-Eastern Mediterranean itineraries to Greece, Turkey, France, Spain, Italy), Caribbean (7-night round-trips from San Juan Puerto Rico)
- Legend Of The Seas (1995 / 70,000t / 2076 / 902) – Australia from Brisbane (2016), Europe (starting May 2017)
- Liberty Of The Seas (2007 / 160,000t / 3634 / 1817)
- Majesty Of The Seas (1992 / 74,080t / 2744 / 1193) – to be transferred to Pullmantur-CDF in 2018
- Mariner Of The Seas (2003 / 138,000t / 3114 / 1704)
- Navigator Of The Seas (2002 / 138,280t / 3114 / 1557) – Europe (Mediterranean and Canary Islands out of Southampton England), Southern Caribbean itineraries from Miami (5- and 9-night to Aruba, Bonaire)
- Oasis Of The Seas (2009 / 225,280t / 5400 / 2739)
- Orbiter of the Galaxies (2030) space cruise ship
- Ovation Of The Seas (2016 / 167,800t / 4180 / 2090) – cruises from China to Japan and South Korea, Australia and New Zealand
- Quantum Of The Seas (2014 / 167,800t / 4180 / 2090)
- Radiance Of The Seas (2001 / 90,090t / 2501 / 1055) – Alaska from Vancouver. Australia and New Zealand from Sydney and Auckland (visiting Tasmania, Adelaide, Fremantle-Perth)
- Rhapsody Of The Seas (1997 / 78,490t / 2435 / 999) – Western Caribbean (7-night from Tampa), Bahamas (7-night from Cape Liberty Bayonne New Jersey)
- Serenade Of The Seas (2003 / 90,000t / 2501 / 1055) – cruises in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea), Caribbean itineraries (10- and 11-night, including maiden port call in Ponce Puerto Rico)
- Splendour Of The Seas (1996 / 70,000t / 2076 / 906) – left the fleet in 2016 April (now operates for Thomson Cruises as TUI Discovery)
- Vision Of The Seas (1998 / 78,340t / 2435 / 993) – Mediterranean leaving from Venice
- Voyager Of The Seas (1999 / 138,000t / 3114 / 1557) – South Pacific Islands from Sydney Australia (October 2017 – April 2018)
- (TBA) Of The Seas (2016 / 167,800t / 4180 / 2090).
- Note: All Caribbean-Bahamas and Canada New England 2017-2018 itineraries were opened for booking on April 13, 2016.
- Royal Caribbean repositioning cruises (ship relocation itineraries))
NEWS: In April 2016, the Royal Caribbean UK’s managing director confirmed the company will base in the UK a Quantum class ship, most probably in 2018. Anthem was homeported in Southampton for the summer 2015 season, proving to be a hit with the UK cruise passengers. RCI enjoys a strong UK market, and also an increasing number of “flight and cruise” passengers embarking RCI ships deployed in the Mediterranean (for round-trips out of Venice and Barcelona).
The current list of passenger shipping lines offering cruises to Cuba in 2016-2017-2018 includes:
- Carnival-fathom (ship MV Adonia, leaving from Miami Florida)
- Royal Caribbean (ship Empress of the Seas, leaving from Miami)
- MSC Cruises (ship MSC Opera, leaving from Havana)
- Compagnie du Ponant (yacht ship Le Ponant, leaving from Miami Florida)
- Pearl Seas Cruises (ship Pearl Mist, leaving from Fort Lauderdale Florida)
- Lindblad Expeditions (chartered sailing ship MS Panorama II, leaving from Havana)
- Celestyal Cruises (ship Celestyal Crystal, leaving from Havana and Montego Bay Jamaica)
- International Expeditions (leaving from Havana, charter flights out of Miami)
- Note: According to the current Cuban law, US citizens of Cuban origin (born in Cuba) are not allowed to visit the island country (including on cruise ships). Regardless of their US citizenship status, Cuban-born Americans were denied booking on cruise itineraries visiting ports in Cuba. However, the situation changed in April 2016, after Carnival Corporation negotiated with the Cuban government for allowing ships with Cuban-born passengers, as such US citizens are allowed to visit the country on USA-Cuba charter flights. The Carnival-fathom line started Miami to Cuba cruises in May 2016.
The list of Royal Caribbean cruise ship departure ports includes: Auckland NZ, Barcelona, Boston MA, Brisbane AU, Copenhagen, Dubai, Fremantle-Perth AU, Galveston TX, Havana, Hong Kong, Miami FL, Singapore, Southampton UK, Sydney AU, Tampa FL, Tianjin-Beijing, Vancouver BC, Venice.
In early March 2016, Royal Caribbean launched new shore excursions for RCI cruises in Australia and New Zealand. Many of the new offers are exclusive to RCI passengers only. The name list of the new shore touring offers includes:
- “Gone Fishing” (Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia) – reef and bottom fishing around Islands
- “Tropical Jet Boating” (Cairns, Queensland Australia) – jet boat ride on the waterfront and into Trinity Inlet
- “Mt Wellington Descent by Bike” (Hobart, Tasmania) – guided mountain biking tour
- “FIFO Mining Experience” (Port Hedland, Western Australia) – (fly-in fly-out) with touring Gateway Village and the mining facility, stopping at Redbank Bridge
- “Historical Town Tour” (Port Hedland, Western Australia) – history-themed excursion including Koombana Lookout, Open-Air Mining Museum, Dalgety House Museum
- “Pretty Pool Discovery with Tea” (Port Hedland, Western Australia) – Pretty Pool (coastal area) touring (flatback turtles, local restaurant dining)
- “Kila Eco Trek” (Suva, Fiji) – Kila Eco Adventure Park (rainforest tour)
- “Tamaki Hikoi Maori Volcanic Walking Tour” (Auckland, New Zealand) – guided walk to the Ngati Whatua tribe lands at Mt Eden
- “Glow Worm Caves & Kauri Forest” (Bay of Islands, New Zealand) – Puketi Kauri Forest (rainforest tour)
- “Coastal Cuisine Tour” (Tauranga, New Zealand) – specialty dining tour (Artisan Bakery breads, natural-made salami, fresh seafood, Manuka honey products, Fish Market tour)
- “Craft Brewery Tour” (Wellington, New Zealand) – beer tasting (craft brews from local breweries)
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