Everyone knows that Royal Caribbean Cruises offer more than just a Caribbean Cruise; their ships are the most innovative cruise ships at sea. From surfing 13 stories high on Independence of the Seas to people-watching in a bustling boulevard of the Promenade deck, lined with shops and cafes found on all the Voyager and Freedom class ships. The Promenade deck is unique in having cabins with windows facing onto the boulevard. The there is Ice Skating and Rock climbing and well the list goes on and on.
As from the autumn of 2009, Royal Caribbean Cruises will have six classes of cruise ship in their fleet. The latest class being what is now known as the Oasis class is a result of Royal Caribbean’s project Genesis. At 220,000 tons these monsters of the seas out weigh their current largest ships the Freedom Class by some 60,000 tons. Oasis of the Seas will be the first Oasis class to enter service and will become the largest cruise ship in the world. Cruises onboard Oasis of the Seas have now gone on sale for its inaugural season, cruising out of Fort Lauderdale. In 2008 Royal Caribbean Cruises introduced Independence of the Seas, unlike Oasis of the Seas she spends the summer cruising out of the UK.
There are five other classes of ship in the Royal Caribbean Cruises fleet, the Freedom class ships, soon to be the second largest cruise ships in the world at 160,000 tons are basically extended versions of the Voyager class ships and the first to offer a flow rider machine, where you can practice your surfing many stories above sea level. The Voyager class ships at 138,000 tons introduced many new innovative activities and features. The Radiance class, many peoples favourite class, at 90,000 tons reportedly has proportionately more glass, open space and balconies than the other cruise ships. The Radiance class appears to be a smaller version of the Voyager class ship and a larger version of the slightly older Vision class.
The Royal Caribbean Cruises Vision class of ships are 79,000 tons and have so much glass that they are often known as ships of light. It is normal in cruising to name a class of ship after the first ship in that class; however with the Vision class the Legend of the Seas entered service in May 1995 while the Vision of the Seas joined in 1998 and was the last of six ships in that class. There is however a different internal structure between the earlier models and Vision herself. The Sovereign class are 73,000 tons and were first built in 1988.