Guide To Royal Caribbean Ships By Class 2024


We are huge Royal Caribbean fans, between us we always have a cruise booked. However to a newbie to cruise its daunting knowing which is the best ship, going to the best destinations and indeed ship class for your next family cruise. You see bigger is not always better. It depends on your cruise style. But what we do know is researching your next cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean Ships By Class is a great way to see what entertainments, amenities and facilities suit your cruise style and how you want to cruise. Of course itineraries are always a big factor too. 

Our family are very sporty and active thus when cruising with our boys, we look for sports activities. Plus, opportunities to try new activities. However, we have friends with teens who are sun-worshippers. Thus, they are cruise guests looking for quiet, more chilled-out ships. With cruising, one size does not fit all!

Royal Caribbean Ships By Class, and what's on each class

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What Royal Caribbean Ship Classes Are There?

Royal Caribbean have 27 ships over 8 classes of ship. Including the newest Icon Class promises to be groundbreaking and exciting, and Royal does innovation at a spectacular scale.

Royal Caribbean Ships By Class, What Classes Are There In 2024?

  • Icon Class, 2024
  • Quantum Ultra Ships, 2019 to 2021
  • Quantum Class Ships launched between 2014 to 2016
  • Oasis Class Ships from 2009 with the newest ship Utopia of the Seas due in 2024
  • Freedom Class Ships from 2006 to 2008
  • Radiance Class Ships from 2001 to 2004
  • Voyager Class Ships from 1999 to 2003
  • Vision Class Ships from, 1996 to 1998
Ultimate guide to whats on Odyssey of the Seas,

Guide To Royal Caribbean Ships By Class

Royal Caribbean Icon Class Ships

Icon of the Seas, has all the Royal Caribbean cruise ship favourites such as speciality restaurants, the flow rider surf simulator,  the largest waterpark at sea and 7 pools its will not disappoint. 

Families can also expect a new and exciting area called Surfside, a dedicated sleep, stay, eat and play area for families: surfside features family cabins, play areas, shops and splash pools so families with kids and babies can enjoy a stress-free cruise vacation.

Royal Caribbean Quantum Ultra Class Ships

Quantum Ultra Class ships hold between 5,510 and 5,662 passengers and take everything wonderful from Quantum class and more. Some of the differences being the addition of the SkyPad to Quantum Ultra Class Ships. Even though both classes ships are of a similar size, Quantum Ultra ships hold more passengers. The Seaplex is a huge pull for Quantum and Quantum Ultra Ships, especially for sporty families. plus with favourites such as Chops Grille steakhouse, the Music Hall and enless entertainment you cant possibly get bored. 

Highlights Of Quantum Ultra Class Ships Include

  • Kiddies splashpool 
  • Sportsplex 
  • Flowrider Surf Simulator
  • Choice of Speciality Restaurants and free of charge dining options. 
  • iFly 
  • North Star 

Royal Caribbean Quantum Class Ships

  • Ovation of the Seas, 2016
  • Anthem of the Seas, 2015
  • Quantum of the Seas, 2014

When the first Quantum ship, Quantum of the Seas was released in 2014 this class of ship was considered the newest most groundbreaking of all Royal Caribbean ships. Quantum class ships all hold around 4,905 passengers at full capacity. They also promise to appeal to a whole new audience, with additions such as the North Star and iFly they offer a totally difference cruise vacation experience.

Highlights Include

  • Kiddies splashpool 
  • Sportsplex 
  • Flowrider Surf Simulator
  • Choice of Speciality Restaurants and free of charge dining options. 
  • iFly 
  • North Star 
Royal Caribbean Ships By Class

Royal Caribbean Oasis Class Ships

Oasis Class feature the biggest Royal Caribbean has to offer. At full capacity they hold between 6,680 and 6,988 passengers. Offering Boardwalks, a Central Park, Escape RoomsFlowRiders and Zip wires these ships really are like floating cities, but also have dedicated suite areas for that ship within a ship feel. Check our Royal Caribbean Ships by Size post to get an idea of the scale of Oasis Class Ships compared to others. However as an idea Wonder of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship in the world.

Highlights Of Oasis Class Ships Include

  • Kiddies splashpool 
  • Skating Rink
  • Central Park 
  • The Boardwalk
  • Flowrider Surf Simulator
  • Choice of specialty restaurants and free of charge dining options. 
  • Aquatheater
Symphony of the Seas - Aerials at night offshore Barcelona (Spain) on April 5, 2018 Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
Symphony of the Seas – Aerials at night offshore Barcelona (Spain) on April 5, 2018

Royal Caribbean Freedom Class Ships

Freedom Class Ships hold between 4,553 and 4,960 passenger and offer a good selection of the facilities of Oasis Class ships but with a smaller ship feel. This is great for those who want all the activities with the buzz but on a slightly smaller ship. They still have a lot of exciting facilities such as the FlowRider, ice skating, sports courts and baby splash zones.

Escape room The Observatorium on Independence of the seas

Royal Caribbean Radiance Class Ships

  • Jewel of the Seas, 2004
  • Serenade of the Seas, 2003,
  • Brilliance of the Seas, 2002
  • Radiance of the Seas, 2001

Radiance Class ships are more chilled, they are smaller ships holding between 2,466 and 2,702 passenger, more than half of the capacity of the Oasis Class Ships. Radiance Class Ships also have less family activities compared to the bigger ships. This however offers a more relaxing cruise experience, that is perfect for families who would feel overwhelmed by the larger ships.

Royal Caribbean Ships By Class

Voyager Class

  • Mariner of the Seas, 2003
  • Navigator of the Seas, 2002
  • Adventure of the Seas, 2001
  • Explorer of the Seas, 2000
  • Voyager of the Seas, 1999

Royal Caribbean has invested a lot of money into Voyager Class, so whilst they are older ships they are definitely not to be dismissed. In fact these are the perfect ships for the intimate ship experience for families. Holding between 3,807 and 4,290 at full capacity, they are larger than Radiance Class ships and have more going on. Especially Mariner and Navigator who have recently had slides, splash pads and Laser Tag added. These ships offer an exciting cruise experience on a smaller scale.

Royal Caribbean Ships by Class Whats in Each Class, Ariel view of Mariner of the Seas

Vision Class

  • Vision of the Seas, 1998
  • Enchantment of the Seas, 1997
  • Rhapsody of the Seas, 1997
  • Grandeur of the Seas, 1996

And last by no means least, Royal Caribbeans Vision Class are the oldest ships in the fleet. However still offer a great cruise experience, whilst only holding between 2,416 and 2,730 at full capacity. Thus are more intimate and offer incredible value, such as 2 nights Cyprus Cruise for £189 pp.

Royal Caribbean Ship Classes Chart

This table identifies all activities on Royal Caribbean ships by class. Let me tell you it took some researching, I hope we have got it all in? And if we have missed any Royal Caribbean activities you would like to see then do let us know so we can add to the list.

ActivityIcon ClassQuantum UltraQuantum
Class Ships
Radiance ClassVoyager ClassVision Class
Adventure Oceanxxxxxxxx
Aqua Theatrexx
Allure No
Boardwalk xx
Escape RoomxQuantumxIndi Mariner
H2O ZoneAnthem
Ice Skatingxxxx
By IFly
Tide Bar
Climbing Wall
Royal Esplanadexx
Royal PromenadexAll but Mariner
Sky PadxIndyMariner
Age 16 +
Splashaway BayxOvationx
(Allure no)
Sports Courtxxxxx
Suite Sundeckxxxx
(Allure No)
VA Zonex
(Allure No)
(Explorer no)
Zip Linexx

Dining Options Included In Your Fare On Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

  • Main Dining Room
  • Solarium Bistro
  • The Windjammer (Buffet)
  • Cafe Promenade
  • Sorrento’s
  • Coastal Kitchen ( For Suite Guests) 
  • Cafe@Two70º
  • El Loco Fresh
Lobster night in the main Dining room
Lobster night in the main Dining room

Speciality Dining Available On Royal Caribbean Ships

  • Chops Grille, 
  • Chef’s Table
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar,
  • Hooked Seafood,
  • Izumi Sushi
  • Izumi Hibachi
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade
  • Sabor
  • Samba Grill
  • Teppanyaki
  • Vintages
  • Wonderland by Dadong
  • Wonderland
  • 150 Central Park
Meat platter in Giovanis

Which Is The Best Royal Caribbean Class

Thats a really tough one as it all depends on you and what your choices are? As a family we love busy and sporty. However when we are travelling as a couple, smaller and more intimate is preferable. I would advice jotting down activities that are important to you, the table above with then help you choose the right Royal Caribbean Ship for your cruise vacation.


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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