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Our RCI cruises 2014-2015-2016 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 history

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!Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Schedule COM

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 “RCCL 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.

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Royal Caribbean cruise ship schedules

By the ship names below are listed in brackets (Year Built/Weight/Passenger Capacity/Cabins_total)

Our Royal Caribbean cruise ships schedules will absolutely help you in planning better your uniquely special “RCCL Cruise” vacations. You’ll know all the cruise dates (departures, arrivals, port times) and also the RCCL cruise prices – what destinations will cost you how much, and when is the cheapest time to travel with Royal Caribbean. You can show your appreciation of our work here and share our totally free of charge information service via the social media buttons below each of our Royal Caribbean cruise ship surveys. Enjoy our website, and always happy sailings!

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