Royal Caribbean's varied fleet offers cruisers options above all: shows, classes, entertainment, music, activities, and plenty of places to eat, relax or socialise. Their slightly extravagant North American style of cruising is making a splash in the South Pacific, as they slowly bring more and bigger ships to sail from Sydney and Brisbane. ... Read more
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Kiwi cruisers wanting to try out an exciting Royal Caribbean cruise are in the right place. This little corner of Cruise Sale Finder is where you'll find all of what's on offer from this fun-loving cruise line. Whether you're searching for a journey to the islands, a jaunt around the port cities of New Zealand and Australia, or a getaway in the Northern Hemisphere, a Royal Caribbean itinerary might just fit the bill. They're all here ready for you to browse!
Royal Caribbean southern fleet
Four Royal Caribbean ships are currently sailing out of various Australian ports, very convenient for Kiwi cruisers who can pop across the ditch and get onboard. With more ships and higher passenger capacities, Royal Caribbean can meet the growing demand for cruise holidays in Australasia. Their range of destinations includes both classic favourites and interesting new adventures, keeping these four ships very busy!
- Explorer of the Seas: Having arrived in Australia in 2015 for her first season Down Under, the Explorer of the Seas is among the biggest ships in the area. She brings to the table all kinds of fun: an ice skating rink, a shopping boulevard, mini golf and more.
- Legend of the Seas: Based in Brisbane until 2016, this Vision-Class vessel has been updated to sport digital â€œwayfinderâ€ passenger information stations, new bars and ship-wide upgrades for a fresh new look.
- Radiance of the Seas: This one's already a favourite in our waters, having cruised from Sydney for quite a few seasons. She is known for her light-filled interiors, thanks to acres of glass letting the outside in throughout the ship.
- Voyager of the Seas: This megaship is up to date with all of the modern Royal Caribbean features - a FlowRider surf simulator, virtual balconies in inside cabins, 3D movies and a range of new dining options. She sails from Sydney during the summer season.
What to expect on a Royal Caribbean cruise
Positioned just slightly higher on the luxury scale than a lot of similar mainstream cruise lines, Royal Caribbean is a fantastic way to holiday. The ships are fitted out with decadent decor and boast a grand variety of venues. The line is also a global leader in cruise ship innovation, owning the biggest and most impressive ships at sea. They were the first to include all kinds of things from rock climbing walls to open-air boulevards, and continue to come up with the goods.
Those taking a Royal Caribbean cruise in the South Pacific will come across several of Royal Caribbean's famous features: mini golf and rock climbing are more or less standard across most of the fleet, and the Voyager of the Seas takes it to the next level with the surf simulator while the Explorer of the Seas boasts an ice skating rink. They have quality, extensive children's programs, plenty of places for family fun and special areas for teens too. The icing on the cake is the fun and often outrageous activities organised by the crew: funny game shows, bellyflop competitions and other silly scheduled events add to the usual roster of dance classes, bingo and mixers. Onshore, the line offers a wide variety of excursions.
Good food is available from a range of different outlets onboard any Royal Caribbean ship. Admittedly the line does tend to have a lot of specialty restaurants which incur an extra charge, such as the Chops Grille Steakhouse, Izumi Japanese eatery, Johnny Rockets diner and many more, but they are generally quite affordable, especially with the dining packages available. There are always complimentary options for those who are happy to eat what they've already paid for - the main dining room, the buffet, pizza, room service, healthy-choices and a cafe too.