Get to Know Royal Caribbean International

Posted September 17th, 2016

For over 40 years, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has been defining itself as one of the most innovative, adventurous and larger-than-life cruise lines. From exciting itineraries and versatile dining options to a colourful kaleidoscope of onboard activities, passengers can look forward to a cruise experience they’ll cherish for years to come. Think you know everything there is to know about RCI? The Cruiseabout team has compiled a list of facts that may open your eyes!

The History

  • Founded in 1968 in Norway as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

  • All cruise ships’ names end in ‘Of the Seas’.

  • In 1992, RCI introduced the Save The Waves® program. This program encourages employees to focus on reducing, reusing and recycling waste aboard all the fleet’s ships.

  • RCI and the Make-A-Wish foundation teamed up to found the Wishes At Sea program in 2000. As part of this program, RCI reserves a number of cruise packages in order to grant wishes for children and their families and provide them with an unforgettable holiday. 


  • Awarded Best Cruise Operator - International, at the 2015 Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards.

  • Voted Best Cruise Line Overall for 13 consecutive years by Travel Weekly.

  • First cruise line to introduce skydiving at sea with the RipCord by iFly simulator experience.

  • RCI brought virtual balconies to the cruising world with the introduction of the Quantum class ships.

  • The cruise line has two privately owned ports: Labadee in Haiti (introduced in 1986) and Coco Cay in the Bahamas (opened in 1990). 

  • The Royal Loft Suite is the largest of all lofts on the Oasis of the Seas and features two floors, a baby grand piano, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library, a Jacuzzi, an extended balcony with an LCD television and a private wet bar. 

RCI in Numbers

  • Cruises to 233 destinations in 72 countries around the world.

  • The fleet includes 24 cruise ships (Ovation of the Seas will debut in Australia in December, 2016 and become number 25!).

  • At 1,141 feet, the longest ships in the fleet are the Ovation of the Seas, the Quantum of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas, all of which belong to the Quantum class.

  • Place all the ships next to each other and you’d have a total length of 24,968 feet.

  • The combined tonnage of all the ships in the fleet is over a whopping 3,200,000 tonnes.

  • The Radiance class of ships, which includes the Jewel of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, has the fastest ships in the fleet. These vessels can reach a cruising speed of 25 knots.

How much do you know about Royal Caribbean International? Were you surprised? If you’d like to find yourself on one of RCI’s amazing and innovative ships, call our cruise consultants on 1300 954 661. We can help you find the right ship and itinerary for your budget and tastes and take care of your travel insurance and flights. 

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