Royal Caribbean


Like its competitor Carnival, Royal Caribbean has one of the largest fleets of cruise ships in the world. They offer itineraries everywhere, from three nights to the Bahamas to seven nights and longer in other parts of the world. Older ships in the fleet tend to be smaller, carrying around 2,500 passengers. However, their Oasis class has the largest cruise ship currently in the market — the Symphony of the Seas, which carries over 6,600 passengers at capacity.

You will find passengers from all demographic groups on Royal Caribbean cruises. Part of it depends on the itinerary. On Alaska cruises, you’ll find mostly older couples, with some families during June and July. There are several families with children on their Caribbean itineraries throughout the year, and their European itineraries are mixed depending on the month. In my opinion, their kids’ program is second only to Disney Cruise Lines.

Royal Caribbean is considered a mid-priced cruise line, with nicely appointed ships and comfortable staterooms. The accessibility overall is excellent, and is particularly outstanding on their Oasis class ships. Royal Caribbean does offer accessible shore excursions at some ports of call. (I have personally sailed with Royal Caribbean.)