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"Trick" to Gauging Chance of Suite (or other) Room Upgrade?

AeroBaldness

By AeroBaldness , April 25, 2022 in Royal Caribbean International

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I travel full time for work and there is something to the thrill of getting flight, room and vehicle upgrades.  For giggles, I check things like the number of Comfort+ or First Class Seats still open on the Delta App to see my chances of an upgrade based on my status.  Other than doing a mock booking to see what may be available, are there any other tricks to gauging the chance?

Or, any takes our chance for upgrade?  We have a deck 10 balcony room on Ovation for the last May Alaska sailing.  We are "only" Platinum, so I am guessing very little (but how full the ship is will be a key factor).  

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Biker19

4 minutes ago, AeroBaldness said: Other than doing a mock booking to see what may be available, are there any other tricks to gauging the chance?

Chances for a free upgrade are just about zero and only a bit better via Royal Up.

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1 minute ago, Biker19 said: Chances for a free upgrade are just about zero and only a bit better via Royal Up.

Figured as much, thanks for the quick reply!

SRF

Why would they give you a free upgrade, when they can sell the upgrade?

4 minutes ago, SRF said: Why would they give you a free upgrade, when they can sell the upgrade?

Dunno, the its an "option" we've toggled in our Crown and Anchor account.  If rooms aren't filled, upgrades are accommodated right before sailing.  So if, say, a Jr. Suite is available and our status allows for us to move up, then someone with an inside suite could move to our balcony and so forth.

4 minutes ago, AeroBaldness said: So if, say, a Jr. Suite is available and our status allows for us to move up, then someone with an inside suite could move to our balcony and so forth.

Yes, but RCI is not giving that away - they charge for it via Royal Up.

About the only chance at a free "upgrade" is if they move you for COVID reasons or for some reason your cabin becomes unavailable.

Sunshine3601

There are people onboard Wonder TA that got free upgrade from an interior cabin to an OV balcony.   

The ship is nowhere near full capacity so that definitely helps.

After you board go to guest services and ask if any upgrades are available.   Never hurts to ask, especially if your sailing is not full capacity.

Going from an OV balcony to a JS is a bit more rare than going from an int to an OV.

twangster

Totally get the flight/hotel/car upgrade thing as a former frequent flier.  Million miler but merely Gold with Delta now so the upgrade fairy isn't as kind as she was when I was Delta Diamond.

Royal Caribbean upgrades have no loyalty program component so it's entirely different compared to other travel upgrades.  The nature of cruise travel and booking patterns is also way different compared to air/hotel/car rental travel.  Cruise travel can vary one week to the next depending on a number of factors so there really is no comparison to draw from other travel upgrades. 

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Starry Eyes

Before RoyalUp, every once in a while an upgrade fairy made an appearance, changing a cabin assignment (though usually people had higher status than Platinum)

People who book guarantee cabins sometimes are occasionally assigned higher categories than they purchased.  Again, not very common, especially since RoyalUp.

If you really would like to sail in a nicer cabin, watch the prices on the web.  If you see what you consider a decent price for the better cabin, pay to upgrade.  Otherwise, bid the amount the nicer cabin is worth to you on RoyalUp (if you are eligible for RoyalUp as most are).  

Ah, was not aware of Royal Up.  I'll drop by guest services for kicks, but won't hold my breath.  Thanks again to all for the replies. 

1 minute ago, AeroBaldness said: I'll drop by guest services for kicks, but won't hold my breath. 

Royal Up is not available once on the ship, though you might be able to get an upgrade on the ship for around the min Royal Up bid prices if lucky.

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2 hours ago, AeroBaldness said: Dunno, the its an "option" we've toggled in our Crown and Anchor account.  If rooms aren't filled, upgrades are accommodated right before sailing.  So if, say, a Jr. Suite is available and our status allows for us to move up, then someone with an inside suite could move to our balcony and so forth.

I toggled that switch many years ago and have yet to see an upgrade. I think now that they are using the RoyalUp system where people actually pay to upgrade we will never see free ones. 

On 4/25/2022 at 9:22 AM, twangster said: Totally get the flight/hotel/car upgrade thing as a former frequent flier.  Million miler but merely Gold with Delta now so the upgrade fairy isn't as kind as she was when I was Delta Diamond.

Yeah, Delta Diamond and Marriott Titanium has netted me some nice upgrades.  And United 1K when I was one.

Then there are the flights were Diamond cannot even get a reduced price upgrade. 😄

Currently working on 2 million on Delta, to get the lifetime Gold.  Million miler on United, which gives lifetime Gold.   Gold is nice for the use of lounges on international flights.

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OP—. Google royal up and on the form that you find, put in your name and res number. There is a very good chance that there are a good number of suites open on a May Alaska cruise. Bid $20 or so over the minimums and see what happens.   

we got a  2 bedroom 2 bath suite on Ovation last summer to Alaska for $400 per person.   

also read the very long thread here on royal up’s. 

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On 4/25/2022 at 10:15 AM, RosieRoo said: I toggled that switch many years ago and have yet to see an upgrade. I think now that they are using the RoyalUp system where people actually pay to upgrade we will never see free ones. 

What and where is this “toggle” that you are speaking of?

38 minutes ago, zanydoc said: What and where is this “toggle” that you are speaking of?

Your profile used to have settings for a number of things, including a setting for upgrades, but I believe all those settings were removed during one of the many web site "enhancements".

Biker19 is correct in the old days there used to be a place where you could check the box if you wanted automatic upgrades. The OP said they toggled the switch so I was responding to that. It was never a “switch”,  just a box you could check off. That disappeared a while ago along with being able to choose your amenities online. 

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On 4/26/2022 at 1:27 PM, pretzlaff said: OP—. Google royal up and on the form that you find, put in your name and res number. There is a very good chance that there are a good number of suites open on a May Alaska cruise. Bid $20 or so over the minimums and see what happens.    we got a  2 bedroom 2 bath suite on Ovation last summer to Alaska for $400 per person.    also read the very long thread here on royal up’s. 

Thanks!!   I'll take a look and may give this a shot.

Jimbo

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/booked/cruise-room-upgrade

Can't believe how many times people on here mentioned Royal Up but no one posted the link for the OP.

Sorry but I couldn't let it continue.

Thanks

Thanks again to all for the input.  After reading up on Royal Up (man a lot has changed when you put 8 years between cruises) between the FAQs and the MASSIVE thread, we decided to give it a shot in the dark.  Likely little chance of hitting, but we bid to go from an OV to a GS with a small bid $210 over MIN.  Based on my read of thread, there is little to no chance of hitting, but the "fun" of hoping is worth the try.  

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The only "free" upgrades we have gotten from Royal was getting moved from an inside to a balcony for each leg of our upcoming back to back since they took over our rooms for Covid reasons. Wouldn't expect it or even think about it any other way. It was a total left field surprise as it was. 

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Just received Royal Up from junior suite to grand suite on Brilliance of the Seas on June 5th for $220/person.  I think I will cancel my drink package, although still debating on that now.  A port intensive cruise, so drinks in the lounge each evening should be enough I would think.

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By Tike1206 , July 19, 2012 in Royal Caribbean International

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Good morning all. I am fully prepared to hear a no to this question but I am wondering what you all think. We will be cruising on Enchantment of the Seas in a few weeks and currently me and my wonderful lady are booked to share an interior room with my sister and her husband. We are certainly all willing to share the space but I can't help but wonder if the day we leave, RCCL would be able to upgrade the two of us to our own room, given the possibility they still have rooms that went unbooked. Personally I would assume that they would have two options.. Either leave the room unbooked and therefore making no extra profit. Or upgrade the two of us at a discount, however make a little extra on a room that would otherwise go profitless. Let me know what you guys think. Thank you!

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Chances are good that the ship will sail full but you can always ask at the pier. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Into the Sun

I think that if you want/need a room of your own you should purchase one. I have seldom seen any rooms available at the pier (and I have checked myself for upgrades, which I am willing to pay for). Never heard of the cruise line giving accomodations to people free/or discounted just because the ship is not full. But, I have never sailed a ship that was not FULL, so I am no expert. Why not just buy a cabin now for yourselves?

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Classynfun1

I think a room upgrade and getting a second cabin are two very different things. The cruise line might, say, upgrade people from one cabin to another. However, I have never heard of a cruise line splitting up a party into two different cabins.

Better to call and ask now then wait.

Cigar King

I'll assume that money is tight, but, four adults in a room sounds like a nightmare to me. I would be tempted to call RCI and see if they'll cut you a deal to purchase another room, before you arrive at the pier. I think your chances of getting a second room once you arrive are slim to none.

ksuds

Agree......not thinking the cruiseline is going to give you a free cabin. If at all possible, book the second cabin yourself. Even puting 4 adults in a JS can be tight.

Scotty G

I believe you are talking about 4 adults in an interior cabin. Most here would agree that it will be very crowded and difficult. My advice is to get another cabin now so you can enjoy your cruise experience. What you are asking about happens once in a blue moon (if at all ;) ) as my Dad used to say!

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xxoocruiser

Regardless if you rebook into 2 cabin now or attempt to wait and see if anything is available on embarkation day you really need to understand such a move impacts everyones rates.

The 3rd and 4th person were most likely booked at a reduce fare originally. So one might assume that the four of you just cost averaged the rate so everyone's person rate was equal. If only two people are booked in the cabin the per person rate will be higher because there will be no 3rd and 4th person rates to cost average. It would probably be best to discuss this possible change with the other 2 parties in the cabin as originally booked as they may not be prepared to pay the higher rate if you and your lady decided to get your own cabin. I certainly would not take it upon myself to change the cabin arrangement without discussing the cost implications with the 2 other individuals.

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As of today there are no cabins in any category available for your August 3, 2012 cruise.

TonyFred

Sorry to say this, but for me, 2 people in an inside cabin is too tight.

matj2000

I have never & would never share a room with other adults.

We don't even share are room with our kids because it is to crowded and they are 6 & 10.

We have put them in their own cabin for the last 5 trips.

PhoenixCruiser

PhoenixCruiser

I agree! My master bath is bigger than an inside cabin :eek:

90,000+ Club

Ditto, that! I wouldn't share a hotel room with another couple, let alone 140 sq. ft!!!! (and that INCLUDES the bathroom space!!!) Enchantment's cabins are SMALL!!! Hope you all are VERY friendly!

Esmerelda

Ditto the others, a cabin upgrade for the 4 of you possibly, but splitting the 4 of you up, not very likely.

After my sailing on the Oasis 2 years back, I can't even fathom having 3 adults in a balcony cabin on that ship. The rooms are TIGHT!

I would say, start checking on a 2nd cabin now if that's truly your wishes.

I'm 5'1' and 120lbs and can't imagine having 4 adults in an inside cabin.

WOW....:eek:

Best of luck...:)

We (DH & I ) did an interior room ONCE on HAL (westerdam?) and all I have to say is NEVR again (unless it was FREE) and that was just the 2 of us!! It was just way too small. Maybe I am a bit spoiled but my closet in my bedroom was almost bigger than the whole cabin. I can't imagine 4 adults in one...YIKES:eek:. Just seems like a good way to ruin a friendship.

Gordo

I think four people in an inside cabin is very tight. In addition, that is a lot of people in the tiny bathroom getting ready twice a day. You may want to consider showering at the gym instead of everyone in the cabin.

Good luck and have a great vacation. If you get a chance, please update us after you got back on how things went.

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WEELYNCRUZER

You may want to consider something you all can afford. If you can afford to lose your lady and 2 friends keep the inside cabin and squeeze in. You may want to consider camping. You can pitch 2 tents on one lot and they usually have multiple bathrooms and showers. Did you even think about sharing the tiny bath. Good Luck.

Like I said I was thinking it was just a dream. The whole cruise was booked by someone else in the family..there will be around 30 of us total I believe. It will be cramped but hey..if a cramped room is my only complaint then I must be enjoying everything else :)

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Newtoncruise

I can't believe that RCI would even permit 4 adult to share any cabin other than an owners suite?

If i were you i would have a word with your room mates and book yourselves your own rooms........if available.

If there is nothing available get yourselves well organised with everything from storage to drying your beachwear......

And have a good vacation.

Marley-Bop

Even if the website shows the sailing is full and you are told at the pier that there are no available cabins, go to guest services and ask onboard. They may ask you to come back the next day like they did with us.

We were able to upgrade onboard from an inside to an aft balcony cabin at a reduced cost :D Guest services told us that there are always people that are "no shows" for one reason or another so its worth a try.

Hope you and your family have a great cruise.

justforkicks

justforkicks

this might be you and your cabin mates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RocGJA3Mi1M&hd=1:D

Now that's some funny stuff.........but true

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The best Royal Caribbean cruise ship for every type of traveler

Gene Sloan

What's the best Royal Caribbean cruise ship? We get this question a lot, and our answer always is the same: It depends.

It depends on what sort of traveler you are. Royal Caribbean is the world's biggest cruise line, and it has more ships than any other major line, including vessels in a wide range of sizes and with a wide range of amenities. While they all have a lot in common, they have some major differences, too, that make them more or less appealing to different types of travelers.

Some Royal Caribbean ships — such as the line's Oasis-class vessels and recently launched Icon of the Seas — are built with far more family-focused activities than others. Some, such as the two-year-old Wonder of the Seas, have added features that appeal to luxury-loving travelers. Other Royal Caribbean ships operate on particularly low-cost itineraries that are best for budget travelers.

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In short, the best Royal Caribbean cruise ship for you, if you're traveling with children, might not be the same as the best Royal Caribbean cruise ship for a solo traveler or the best Royal Caribbean cruise ship for a retiree.

Here, we list our top picks for the best Royal Caribbean cruise ships for five different types of travelers.

Icon of the Seas: Best ship for families

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The best Royal Caribbean ship for families, in the unanimous view of TPG's cruise editors, is a ship that just debuted earlier this year: Icon of the Seas.

Sailing since January 2024, Icon of the Seas is the biggest cruise ship in the world — more than 6% bigger than the next-biggest ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet. That means greater space for the family fun zones that are a hallmark of Royal Caribbean ships, from children's clubs to water parks.

But it's not just its larger size that makes Icon of the Seas the best Royal Caribbean ship for families. As TPG saw during an early sneak peek at Icon of the Seas in January, Royal Caribbean has designed the vessel — the first of a new class of ships — specifically to cater to families in a bigger way.

For starters, Icon of the Seas has an increased number of cabins that offer extra bunks to accommodate families with multiple children, including new room designs. Some family suites even feature separate rooms for the kids.

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Many of these family-friendly accommodations are near a new-for-the-line outdoor "neighborhood" called Surfside, which is dedicated to families with young children. Surfside features splash areas for babies and kids, pools and lounge spaces for parents, family-friendly eateries and shops, and a bar with "mommy and me" matching mocktails for kids and cocktails for grownups.

Icon of the Seas also features the largest water park ever built on a cruise ship, with a record six top-deck waterslides and a cool new ropes course. Your teens will never want to sail on another ship.

Related: The ultimate Icon of the Seas review and guide

Icon of the Seas is just the first of three family-focused sister ships Royal Caribbean has on order for delivery by 2026 that will make up its new Icon class. The second ship in the series, Star of the Seas, will debut in 2025 and already is open for bookings.

Wonder of the Seas: Best ship for luxury lovers

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There's no doubt about it, Wonder of the Seas is the Royal Caribbean ship to book if you're looking to live the high life (and are willing to spend big bucks to do so). Unveiled in 2022, the world's second biggest cruise ship (after Icon of the Seas) was the first Royal Caribbean vessel with a private suite complex for the fancy set — a swanky hideaway with an upscale private lounge, restaurant and sun deck (the new Icon of the Seas has one of these, too, but we still rank Wonder of the Seas as our top Royal Caribbean ship for luxury).

If you book a suite in the complex on Wonder of the Seas, you'll be getting a luxury experience of the sort you won't find almost anywhere else in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

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Called the Suite Neighborhood, the complex offers some of the biggest (and priciest) suites at sea, including the sprawling, two-deck-high Royal Loft suites that measure more than 1,500 square feet.

A booking for one of the suites also comes with a bevy of perks, from complimentary Wi-Fi to private beach access at Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach destination in Haiti. Among the best perks: Access to private concierges who set up shop daily in the suite complex and will ensure you get prime seats at the ship's shows or a table at the always crowded Mason Jar eatery . On a ship that can carry more than 6,000 people, such reservations are a must.

Note the suite complex is a gated community — one where you'll only be surrounded by other swells who have paid top dollar for exclusivity. Nobody can get into the area unless they have a keycard showing they're a resident.

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With access to a stylish rooftop pool, loungers at the suite area's private sun deck and higher-level food in its private Coastal Kitchen eatery, you may never want to leave the enclave. However, this being Royal Caribbean, you'll also have access to a seemingly endless array of amusements from waterslides to aerial water shows just steps away.

Freedom of the Seas: Best ship for budget travelers

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Freedom of the Seas is the Royal Caribbean ship to pick when you're looking for a quick and affordable getaway — something that isn't a big commitment and won't break the bank.

Based in Miami, the 16-year-old vessel operates short three- and four-night voyages to the Bahamas that are often on sale for just $250 per person or less. That's not per day, mind you, but for the entire cruise. It's a lot more affordable per day than the two ships mentioned above, which are the belles of the ball in the Royal Caribbean fleet and command significantly higher rates.

For would-be Royal Caribbean cruisers, Freedom of the Seas serves as a sort of "test the line" ship. Its short sailings and low pricing mean you're not out a lot in time or money if you don't have the time of your life. It caters heavily to first-time cruisers as well as Florida locals who can book on short notice and drive into the port for a quick escape.

One of three ships in the line's Freedom class that date to the mid-2000s, Freedom of the Seas is no longer the creme-de-la-creme of the Royal Caribbean fleet (though it was when it debuted). At around 156,000 tons, it's about 30% smaller than Royal Caribbean's newer Oasis-class ships and has fewer venues, from bars and restaurants to entertainment spaces.

Related: The 7 classes of Royal Caribbean ships, explained

That said, Freedom of the Seas still has a huge amount to offer for all sorts of travelers, from couples to families with kids. The ship was, notably, the first in the Royal Caribbean fleet to feature a FlowRider surfing simulator on its top deck — now a signature attraction for the line.

The vessel also has multiple pool areas, a water park, a miniature golf course and a rock climbing wall on its top deck. It also has one of Royal Caribbean's signature Royal Promenades in its interior — a mall-like space filled with eateries, bars and shops.

The only things you won't find are the most over-the-top Royal Caribbean attractions found on newer Royal Caribbean ships, such as zip lines, skydiving simulators and bumper car pavilions.

Quantum of the Seas: Best ship for solo travelers

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Royal Caribbean isn't particularly known as a major draw for solo travelers. In recent years, it's doubled down on the family market more than ever. That doesn't mean that solos aren't welcome on its ships or won't have a great time.

If you're looking for the best Royal Caribbean ship for solo travelers, you'll want to start with Quantum of the Seas and its Quantum-class sisters. It's the class of ships where Royal Caribbean made the most effort to appeal to solo travelers.

In designing the vessels, Royal Caribbean took a page from solo-targeting Norwegian Cruise Line 's playbook and added several cabins specifically for solos. Quantum of the Seas offers 28 of these dedicated studio cabins, each measuring from 101 to 119 square feet.

What's more, unlike Norwegian's solo digs, some of these cabins are ocean-view rooms with balconies. Others have a virtual balcony that, at first glance, looks like a veranda but is actually a digital screen projecting a real-time view of the outside. (It may sound corny, but it works.)

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While the solo cabins on the Quantum-class ships don't come with a dedicated solo lounge as they do on Norwegian ships, solo travelers will find Royal Caribbean-hosted meetups for solo travelers on the vessels. It's a great way for single travelers to find others in the same boat, so to speak.

There's also quite a bar scene on Quantum-class ships, with a lot of counter-style seating in bars that are a great place to find other solo travelers. We recommend one of the two large bars at the Music Hall, where you can make new friends while sipping musically inspired cocktails and listening to live bands. If the Music Hall is too noisy for chatting up other solos, head to the sometimes quieter Schooner Bar.

In addition, Quantum of the Seas ships is particularly known for its unusual range of activities, from skydiving simulators to bumper cars that you can enjoy just fine as a solo traveler.

Rhapsody of the Seas: Best ship for retirees

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For older travelers looking for a Royal Caribbean ship that isn't jammed full of children, it's hard to beat Rhapsody of the Seas.

Dating to 1997, Rhapsody of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's oldest and smallest vessels, and it lacks nearly all the gee-whiz attractions for families found on newer Royal Caribbean ships. You won't find big water parks, kiddie splash zones, zip lines or bumper car pavilions on this ship.

For the most part, its top deck only offers pools, whirlpools and sunning areas, as is typical for ships built in the 1990s. As a result, it draws far fewer families than the vessels above and caters more to an older crowd of mostly couples.

Rhapsody of the Seas is also the ship that Royal Caribbean deploys on some of its most destination-focused itineraries, the type that have particular appeal to retirees looking to see more of the world.

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Over the next two years, for instance, Rhapsody of the Seas is sailing out of such less-common home ports as Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The sailings out of Colon and Cartagena offer the chance to visit Southern Caribbean ports such as Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao that aren't on most Royal Caribbean itineraries in the Caribbean. The sailings out of San Juan will also get you into the Southern Caribbean, while the sailings out of Israel and Cyprus offer a destination-heavy tour through the Eastern Mediterranean, including stops at multiple Greek islands.

At 78,808 tons, Rhapsody of the Seas is a third the size of the biggest Royal Caribbean ships. Expect a more intimate experience than what you'll find on the bustling Icon-class, Oasis-class, Quantum-class and Freedom-class ships mentioned above.

The vessel is one of four in the line's Vision class, featuring ships much smaller than the typical Royal Caribbean vessel. With this class, the experience has more to do with the ports the ships visit than the onboard experience.

Bottom line

Royal Caribbean is the world's largest cruise line, with a large fleet of ships that cater to a wide range of traveler types.

While its biggest focus of late has been on the family market, it has ships that will appeal to luxury travelers, budget travelers, solo travelers and retirees as well.

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