The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is one of the biggest and best known cruise ship companies in the world. It now operates some of the biggest cruise ships sailing the world’s oceans.
An American-Norwegian company, the company runs out of Miami, Florida, although ships are normally classed as Liberian. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was originally founded in 1968 by the amalgamation of three Norwegian shipping companies, Anders Wilhelmsen & Company, Gotaas Larsen and I.M. Skaugen & Company. Initially catering for Arctic cruises the first couple of ships were the Nordic Prince and Song of Norway. It wasn’t until 1982 that the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line finally made it onto the world’s cruise radar, with the building of the Song of America, which was the third largest cruise liner afloat.
Since 1982 the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has continued to sail some of the biggest cruise ships afloat. All of their ships consist of “of the seas” as a suffix. There are currently 20 ships sailing under the brand, and are split into six types; Genesis Class, Freedom Class, Voyager Class, Radiance Class, Vision Class and Sovereign Class. A further three ships are under construction and are all being built to ensure that it will continue to operate the biggest ships. The Freedom of the Seas was the largest passenger ship in the world and further Genesis Class ships are planned to keep this style up.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line though is not just about their large ships, and the company own a couple of coastal retreats, Labadee in Haiti, and Coco Cay in the Bahamas. Both resorts are often used in conjunction with their cruises, and the sandy beaches do make a nice comparison to a cruise. It also controls a number of brands, including Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Island Cruises and Pullmantur Cruises. This makes it one of the biggest companies as well as operating the biggest ships.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is one of the most respected of the world’s cruise line companies. Operating the largest ships, and travelling to destinations around the world, sees thousands of passengers board their ships each and every month. Passengers may be first time cruisers but there are also plenty of passengers who are repeat travellers with the company.