Royal Caribbean’s Fleet of Ships

Royal Caribbean is famous for its family oriented programs onboard but there are plenty of other reasons why people select Royal Caribbean and come back time and time again. Some say it’s the food onboard, while others enjoy the onboard entertainment. Royal Caribbean has a large fleet that includes the largest cruise ships afloat. Itineraries are available that include short 3 or 4 day Bahamas cruises, longer Caribbean cruises, Alaska, Europe, Asia, Australia and even a few more exotic options.

Thinking about booking a Royal Caribbean cruise? Here’s a quick reference guide to the Royal Caribbean fleet and its various ship classes. There are also a collection of links to a number of individual Royal Caribbean ship deck plans.

Quantum Class

Ships include Quantum of the Seas (2014), Anthem of the Seas (2015), Ovation of the Seas (2016), Spectrum of the Seas (2019) and Odyssey of the Seas (2021).

Size: 168,666 to 169,379 tons.

Restaurants, bars and showrooms, with attractions that include bumper car pavilions and skydiving simulators. This class of ships also have glass-enclosed capsules mounted on mechanical arms that will take you soaring into the sky for an incredible view.

Oasis Class

Oasis class ships include Oasis of the Seas (2009), Allure of the Seas (2010), Harmony of the Seas (2016), Symphony of the Seas (2018), Wonder of the Seas (2022) and Utopia of the Seas (coming 2024).

Size: 226,838 to 236,857 tons. The Oasis-class ships are more than 20% bigger than any other cruise vessel afloat, and for those looking for options and excitement, there’s really nothing quite that compares.

Each of the Oasis-class vessels has three separate main pool areas, a kiddie splash zone, surfing simulator, a miniature golf course, a basketball court and even a zip line and an indoor ice skating rink. Inside the vessels, you’ll find more lounges, bars, restaurants and shops a huge casino, spas and theaters with Broadway-style shows.

Oasis-class ships also don’t even feel crowded as there is actually plenty of room. Royal Caribbean’s designers have created vessels that can carry thousands and thousands of people but still feel relatively uncrowded. You can have a quiet afternoon reading a book on a bench in the sometimes nearly empty, tree-lined Central Park area while just decks above thousands of passengers are partying away at the ship’s pools.

Radiance Class

Radiance class ships include Radiance of the Seas (2001), Brilliance of the Seas (2002), Serenade of the Seas (2003) and Jewel of the Seas (2004).

Size: 90,090 tons. Each of the vessels has more than a half-dozen places to eat including a main restaurant, casual buffet, steakhouse, Italian restaurant and Asian venue. There are three pools on each of the ships, whirlpools, a rock climbing wall, a miniature golf course, a sports court and an adults-only solarium. Each of the ships also has a theater, spa, casino and multiple bars and lounges.

What you won’t find on the ships, because of their smaller size, are all the bells and whistle attractions like ice skating rinks, surfing simulators, waterslides and bumper car pavilions that Royal Caribbean has on bigger ships.

Freedom Class

Freedom class ships include Freedom of the Seas (2006), Liberty of the Seas (2007) and Independence of the Seas (2008).

Size: 154,407 to 156,271 tons.

The Freedom-class ships feature a FlowRider surfing simulator on their top decks, multiple pool areas, a water park, a miniature golf course and a rock climbing wall on their top decks, which are among the most activity-packed at sea. Inside, Freedom-class ships there’s a mall-like Royal Promenade space filled with eateries, bars and shops that have become standard on bigger Royal Caribbean ships. They also have a large casino and spas.

Voyager Class

Voyager class ships include Voyager of the Seas (1999), Explorer of the Seas (2000), Adventure of the Seas (2001), Navigator of the Seas (2002) and Mariner of the Seas (2003).

Size: 137,276 to 139,999 tons.

The Voyager class ships include rock climbing walls and ice skating rinks. Voyager-class ships feature a mall-like Royal Promenade with bars, cafes and shops in their interiors. Several specialty restaurants with Royal Caribbean’s Chops Grille steakhouse and an Italian restaurant in addition to its main dining room and the casual buffet.

Vision Class

Vision class ships include Grandeur of the Seas (1996), Rhapsody of the Seas (1997), Enchantment of the Seas (1997) and Vision of the Seas (1998).

Size: 73,817 to 82,910 tons. Entering service in the 1990s, the Vision-class ships are the smallest of Royal Caribbean fleet, and they offer fewer onboard attractions and amenities than is typical for the line’s vessels. The top decks feature pools, whirlpools and sunning areas, typical for ships built in the 1990s.

Convenient Deck Plan Links

Looking for a cabin location or the layout of the top deck? These links will take you right to the individual ships deck plan.

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