Royal Caribbean International

Cruises Australia | Royal CaribbeanRoyal Caribbean International is the proud owner of the two largest cruise ships of the World, “Oasis of the Seas” and “Allure of the Seas” and it has come a long way since 1969, when it was founded. There must be a place for you on their ships if you are interested, as the Oasis class has a capacity of 5,400 passengers. The company has 6 classes of ships and 22 vessels in total, varying in size, but keeping high quality service as a common denominator.

Of course, Oasis class ships offer all the standard comforts of a large scale cruiser. But if you have traveled with Carnival ships like Conquest or Destiny, or if you have experienced a luxurious vacation on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, then you are surely enough hard to impress. So what more have Oasis ships to offer?

Both Allure and Oasis are the first samples of traveling neighborhoods. Imagine how great it would be if you could travel taking along not only your favorite clothes and friends, but also your favorite bar, restaurant, shops, even park! Royal Caribbean turned this fantasy into reality. Each ship has not just a few, but seven different neighborhoods, with distinct characters. Like your on-shore neighborhood, only with cleaner streets and a sea breeze.

Nature is a strong element on the Oasis class ships, not just in terms of the sea. They are the first cruisers that have living parks on them. Central Park is not your regular decorative dusty “ficus benjamin in a pot” collection. I am talking about real, full sized trees and plants that form a great area to take a stroll in and unwind. The Central Park also offers an art exhibitions with frequent tours

Another feature that will keep you happy during your cruise, especially if you are all about urban environment, is the Royal Promenade. A two-storey high gallery full of options for shopping, dining and entertainment. You can grab your Starbucks coffee from here and walk around to pick a place for lunch. Everything, from casual to all-dressed-up formal is available and you are free to choose. Here you can also watch parades! “Voyager of the Seas”, that travels from Sydney, also offers this great spatial feature.

Allure and Oasis also feature the first boardwalk on board. The kids will love this area, as the hand-carved traditional carrousel is situated here. The Aqua Theater, with shows taking place both at day and night, will entertain youngsters as well as adults and there are many more entertainment option on this deck as well, ranging from cocktail bars to dinning.

Another place that both kids and parents will love is the Youth Zone. The Adventure Ocean Youth Program, featured in all Royal Caribbean ships, offers a great range of activities. From sheer fun stuff, like trampolines, to educational programs, children from age 3 till 11 will find activities that suit their tastes. In Voyager, kids will have to chance to enjoy the Dream Works Experience, when characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and other beloved kids movies will come to life. Fisher Price is also collaborating with Royal Caribbean to offer to the little passengers of Voyager the Royal Babies and Royal Tots fun experience.

If you need a relaxed holiday without tension, but nature has blessed you with teenagers, both you and them will be happy to know that Royal Caribbean ships have special areas for teenage youth to hang around, dance and party. This way they have their much wanted privacy and independence, while you are in a peace of mind, as the staff keeps an eye on them and makes sure that no borders are crossed, when it comes to safety.

If you are into sports, Royal Caribbean will not disappoint you. You don’t have to limit yourself to swimming when you are on a cruise! You can try mini golf with your whole family, play basketball on a foul-size basketball court, enjoy rock-climbing and ping-pong. And if you are not afraid of heights, then you should definitely try the zip line “flight” above the Central Park. Adrenaline with a view! With the exception of the zip line, Voyager also offers these options, along with a jogging and an inline skating track.

Royal Caribbean breakfastIf you are hungry after all these sport activities, then you should head to the main dining room. A wonderful, 3-story high space with a great variety of main dishes and all sorts of entrees will satisfy you visually and in terms of taste. You can always try the specialty options, but booking early is a good idea, as all specialty restaurants are top quality, thus mostly fully booked. You can also go for more casual options, if you don’t like to plan beforehand or dress up for dinner.

To get rid of some of the calories from all the food offered on board, it is a good idea to join some of the fitness classes offered. Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi are some of the options, while the Vitality Sea Spa and fitness center offers you a great range of beauty and relaxation treatments. The Vitality Cafe is also situated close to the Spa, to offer you the chance to enjoy freshly pressed juices and healthy snacks. And if the sun is not bright enough, you can also use the solarium facilities.

If you want to enjoy a drink to unwind at the end of the day, then you can choose among 20 bars and pubs on the Oasis Class ships. The Rising Tide bar is one of them and it is the first levitating bar at sea! You can also enjoy live music and Broadway-style shows on board, as well as other theater productions. And if you feel lucky, there is always Casino Royal, the biggest one on Royal Caribbean ships to date. Voyager has also a great variety of 14 bars, pubs and lounges to offer and its Royal Casino has 16 tables.

As for accommodation, with 37 different categories to choose from, you won’t have a trouble finding what suits your needs. You can choose from inside and outside cabins, with the later having a view of the ocean. Oasis class ships offer a new type of stateroom that  will leave even the most demanding passenger satisfied. It is the two-story loft, big enough to accommodate you with your family and offer a private view to the sea.

This company offers a lot of cruises that depart from Sydney and a few that leave from Perth. From Sydney, you can choose a highly affordable 2-day sampler cruise that might include ports such as Melbourne, Wellington, Christchurch and Tasmania. There is also a 5-night cruise that -apart from cruising- stops at Newcastle and Brisbane and Sydney. You can also go for the 9-night South Pacific cruise, that will give you the chance to visit Isle of Pines, Lifou, Loyalty Island, Mystery Island and Numea. Royal Caribbean also offers cruises to Tasmania, including ports such as Burnie and Hobart. And there is the longer, 14-night New Zealand cruise, if you feel like seeing Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Bay of Islands and many more. The 16-night circumnavigation cruise will take you to 7 different major ports and departs from Perth. You will visit Geraldton, Port Hedland, Benoa in Bali, Darwin, Brisbane and Sydney. And if you have 17 nights at your disposal, then you can go for a long cruise that will include destinations in both Australia and New Zealand, leaving from Perth. This is the Australia and New Zealand cruise.

Royal Caribbean is truly raising the standards of world of cruise ships and Cruises Australia  considers them  a “must” to investigate when it comes to choosing your cruise.

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