Top Rated Royal Caribbean Ships (Voted By Customers 2024)

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Today, we share some exciting research highlighting the Top Rated Royal Caribbean Ships, but these aren’t our favourite ships. These results are based on reviews in late 2023 and voted by customers. Some of the results are surprising, showing that it’s not always about the new and shiny.

Royal Caribbean Cruise line has been around since 1968, with the company’s first ship, the Song of Norway, taking to the waters just two years later. 

For its time, there was no denying that the Song of Norway was an impressive vessel. However, cruise ships have come a long way in the past 50 years. And Royal Caribbean’s new mega-ships are like nothing we’ve ever seen. 

With a total of 26 ships in their fleet, along with a further three ships joining the lineup in 2024 and 2025, Royal Caribbean has secured its spot as one of the leading cruise ship companies in the world. But with so many cruise ships to choose from, it can be hard to know which ship will suit you and your personal preferences—especially if you’ve never been on a cruise before. 

Thankfully, to help uncover the top-rated Royal Caribbean ships, we can turn to past passengers for some guidance and see which ships provided them with the best cruise experience imaginable. 

The Best Royal Caribbean Ships Voted by Customers,Today, we share some exciting research highlighting the Top Rated Royal Caribbean Ships, but these aren't our favourite ships. These results are based on customer reviews and voted by customers. Some of the results are surprising, showing that it's not always about the new and shiny.
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Top Rated Royal Caribbean Ships (Voted By Customers)

1. Allure of the Seas

Although Royal Caribbean’s new ships Icon of the Seas, Utopia of the Seas, and Star of the Seas may completely alter this leaderboard in the next few years (after all, Icon of the Seas is set to be the largest cruise ship in the world) for the time being, customers have rated Royal Caribbean’s 2010 ship, Allure of the Seas as the best in the fleet. 

Allure of the Seas, which carries a total of 6,780 passengers and 2210 crew members, reigned as the world’s largest cruise ship for six years. And thanks to its neighbourhood concept that divides the ship into seven distinct areas, there is no shortage of attractions and experiences to suit all ages. 

In addition to its attractions and experiences, Allure of the Seas also boasts an array of restaurants, bars, and buffets for guests to enjoy. 

Plus, once you’ve eaten yourself into a food coma—one of our favourite things to do while cruising—you can then head back to your standard interior, ocean view, or balcony stateroom for some much-needed R and R. There are even two-storey royal suites on board for those who want some added luxury!

Allure of the Seas Customer Review“My wife and I have cruised Allure twice this past year. Both experiences were good. The service was outstanding both times, and there are plenty of things to do onboard.”

Allure of the Seas Photo Credit Royal Caribbean-4 msn
Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean.

Things to Do on Board Allure of the Seas

There is so much to do onboard Allure of the Seas that you’ll have trouble fitting it all in. From the ship’s three swimming pools, an ice rink and rock climbing wall to an outdoor high-diving aqua theatre, zip line, and surf simulator, there really is something that will suit all types of cruisers. 

Other notable things to do on Allure of the Seas include: 

  • Outdoor boardwalk with shops and a carousel
  • Central Park that is filled with 12,000 plants
  • The ship’s 28,000 square foot kids programme, Adventure Ocean
  • Mini golf, ping pong, and basketball courts in the sports area
  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Orchestras, entertainers, and shows like Mamma Mia!
  • Outdoor movie nights

For a full rundown on everything there is to do onboard Allure of the Seas, head to the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas website.

2. Oasis of the Seas

The second of the customer top-rated Royal Caribbean ships is the Oasis of the Seas. And with a gross tonnage of 226,838, plus its 6,699 passenger capacity, it has claimed the 5th spot for the largest cruise ships in the world. 

Like its sister ship, Allure, Oasis of the Seas is split into neighbourhoods to not only help passengers navigate the monstrous vessel but to also provide a vast array of activities for all to enjoy. 

In 2019, after sailing for 10 years, the Oasis of the Seas went under a $165 million refurbishment. And with that came a full pool deck makeover, high-tech amenities, and plenty of new restaurants serving mouth-watering cuisines. 

In total, onboard Oasis, you’ll find 20 restaurants and eateries that offer everything from specialty dining to entertaining hibachi. So, whether you’re after a pizza, a hot dog, or a succulent steak, Oasis has you covered. 

Oasis of the Seas Customer Review“Awesome cruise, I really can’t say enough about it. This was our first cruise on a big ship, and it did not disappoint. Plenty to see and do, and my kids (15, 13, and 9) were entertained the whole time.”

Oasis Of The Seas Refurbishment

Things to Do on Board Oasis of the Seas

Thanks to the refurb, Oasis now boasts a plethora of activities alongside its swimming pools, waterslides, sports courts and nightly entertainment. 

So, if you’re thinking about sailing on Oasis, then here are some things you can look forward to:

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Shows including Cats and Frozen in Time
  • Royal Escape Room
  • Flowrider
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Laser tag
  • Mini Golf
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice skating
  • Zipline
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean

You can find more information on things to do on Oasis here

3. Harmony of the Seas

Ranking third on the customer top-rated Royal Caribbean ships list is Harmony of the Seas.

Introduced to the fleet in 2016, Harmony of the Seas and its 6,687 passenger capacity and 226,963 gross tonnage is undeniably impressive. And like other Oasis-class ships, its neighborhood deck plan and its sheer amount of activities make it one of the best vessels to ever hit the water. 

Part of the ship’s deck plan includes its 20 restaurants, with our favourite being Wonderland, as well as a vast selection of interior staterooms, ocean-view staterooms, balcony staterooms and luxurious royal-class suites. 

Harmony of the Seas Customer Review “We were in a JNR Suite stateroom, and let me tell you how AMAZING it was. The first day they helped us out with everything that we needed, all the crew members were so incredibly amazing.”

Harmony of the Seas an Ocean Class cruise liner like Symphony of the Seas

Things to Do on Board Harmony of the Seas

The tallest slide at sea, three swimming pools, water slides, and surf simulators aren’t all there is to rave about on Harmony. And although we can’t include each and every attraction that there is on board, here are some highlights that we guarantee you’ll enjoy: 

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Live orchestras, aqua theatre shows, ice skating shows, and shows like Grease
  • Flowrider
  • Pool parties
  • Sports courts
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Escape the Rubicon escape room
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice skating
  • Zipline

You can find more information on things to do on Harmony here

4. Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas has been sailing for over 20 years. But its age doesn’t mean it’s out of the running as one of the best Royal Caribbean ships there is. Unlike the Allure, Oasis, and Harmony, which fall into Oasis-class ships, Mariner is a Voyager class ship with a total passenger capacity of 4,000.

Due to the ship’s age, the interior, ocean view, balcony rooms and suites on Mariner are slightly dated. But as avid cruisers ourselves, we can testify that you barely spend any time in your cabin anyway. So, who cares if the curtains and carpet aren’t the most complimentary of one another? 

Despite the fact, however, that the cabins onboard Mariner have largely remained the same for the past 20 years, the same can’t be said for the boat’s public spaces. In 2018, Mariner got a huge refurb, which offered up-to-date amenities and ten restaurants and cafes that serve everything from sushi to Italian.

Mariner of the Seas Customer Review“This is my 4th cruise and first one in Mariner of the Seas. I have to say that the experience inside the boat was AMAZING. Their staff was 10 Stars. Everyone was polite, welcoming, and friendly.”

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

Things to Do on Board Mariner of the Seas

Being one of Royal Caribbean’s smaller ships, you’d probably think that it lacks in activities and amenities. But that is not the case. On top of Mariner’s pools, entertainment venues, and sports courts, the ship actually has an impressive amount of things to do. 

Here are some of Mariner’s top attractions: 

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Live orchestras, ice skating shows, and musical performances
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Flowrider surfing simulator 
  • Waterslides
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Laser tag
  • Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade
  • Mini Golf
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice skating
  • Royal Escape Room: The Observatory

You can find more information on things to do on Mariner here

5. Freedom of the Seas

The fifth of the top-rated Royal Caribbean ships voted by customers is the Freedom of the Seas. And this 2006 ship, which can hold 4,553 passengers, was yet another in the fleet to receive an upgrade. A $116 million upgrade in 2020, we may add. 

With new up-to-date amenities and attractions, including a completely redesigned pool deck. And restaurants like Johnny Rockets, Chops Grille, and El Loco Fresh, Freedom of the Seas has remained a firm favourite amongst cruisers.

Additionally, we do want to mention that as Freedom is an older Royal Caribbean ship like Mariner, its cabins may seem dated. But if you don’t mind not having matching neutral colour schemes, then the rooms onboard definitely serve their intended purpose!

Freedom of the Seas Customer Review“It was our first cruise ever. The events were fantastic, and the staff were awesome and extremely friendly. We will definitely be going on another cruise soon.”

Freedom of the Seas Facts

Things to Do on Board Freedom of the Seas

The fun onboard Freedom doesn’t end at its three pools and onboard waterslides. Because the refurb came a lot of new things to do on board, transforming the 17-year-old ship into an adventure wonderland. 

For example, here are some of the best things to do onboard Freedom of the Seas:

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Live orchestra, guest entertainers, and shows like Once Upon a Time
  • Flow rider
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Laser Tag: Clash for the Crystal City
  • Mini Golf
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice skating rink
  • Mystery dinner theater

You can find more information on things to do on Freedom here

6. Jewel of the Seas

In 2004, Royal Caribbean launched the Jewel of the Seas, a 2,702-passenger ship. Making up the last of Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class ships, Jewel, in our opinion, is the ideal vessel for those who prefer a more relaxing cruising experience.

Like many other ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Jewel went under a makeover in 2016. And with that makeover came two new specialty restaurants, an outdoor movie screen, and some much-needed renovations to the boat’s staterooms.

Jewel of the Seas Customer Review“This was my first cruise following the events of 2020, my last being December 2019. I chose this as I love T/A cruises so many sea days to savour. I chose the Jewel as I don’t like huge ships. The Jewel is 2500 passengers and there were only 1200 on this cruise! The ship is a delight, so much wood and glass it is beautiful.”

Things to Do on Board Jewel of the Seas

Although Jewel of the Seas doesn’t boast as many amenities as Royal Caribbean’s newer ships, there are still plenty of things to do on board that will suit all ages. Here are some of Jewel’s highlights: 

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Guest entertainers, live orchestra, and shows like City of Dreams
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Sports courts
  • Kids programme at Adventure Ocean
  • Mini Golf
  • Casino
  • Rock climbing

You can find more information on things to do on Jewel here

7. Serenade of the Seas

Coming in seventh for the top-rated Royal Caribbean ships is Serenade, a 2003, 2,476-passenger ship. Part of the Radiance class, Serenade is one of the smallest Royal Caribbean ships. But its size makes it the perfect starter boat for new cruisers, families, and those who prefer a more relaxing getaway. 

Onboard, guests will have the choice between interior, ocean view, or balcony staterooms. Plus the option to dine in one of eight restaurants!

Serenade of the Seas Customer Review“Before I start, I must say that these older, smaller ships are my favourite. The crew is always so friendly and attentive, even though they have made some cutbacks. They always take time to smile and greet everyone they come across.”

Things to Do on Board Serenade of the Seas

One of the best things to do onboard Serenade is to simply gaze upon the surrounding ocean. And the ship’s 3 acres of exterior glass make this possible from nearly all public areas—even the elevators!

Furthermore, other notable Serenade activities include: 

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Live orchestra, guest entertainers, and original productions
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Sports courts
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Mini Golf
  • Rock climbing

You can find more information on things to do on Serenade here

8. Liberty of the Seas

Although Liberty of the Seas underwent a renovation in 2016, the 2007 ship is set to debut yet another refurb at the start of 2024. The 2024 renovation will bring with it major upgrades, including new slides, a waterpark, and new dining areas. Plus, there will even be new staterooms if you’d prefer a cabin with a more modern design. 

The new dining areas onboard Liberty will bring the ship’s total eateries up to ten. And with buffets, Mexican, and even a dessert cafe to choose from, meal times will be something you look forward to.

Liberty of the Seas Customer Review “A cruise ship this size is really impressive the first time you are on one. It is older but looked great to us. We liked the ship, our cabin, the ports we visited and the shows very much.”

The Liberty of the Seas cruisingkids.co.uk

Things to Do on Board Liberty of the Seas Liberty of the Seas

Receiving two refurbs has done Liberty a world of wonders. And if you choose to book a cruise onboard, you can expect many great amenities, including: 

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Guest entertainers, live orchestras and shows like Broadway at Sea
  • Tidal wave – the only boomerang slide at sea
  • Flowrider
  • Waterslides
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Sports courts
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Mini Golf
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice skating
  • Mystery dinner theatre

You can find more information on things to do on Liberty here.

9. Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas hit the waters all the way back in 2001. But in 2018, it got a much-needed renovation with upgrades to its water park and dining areas. In addition to its amenities, however, Adventure also got 100 new staterooms, fresh coats of paint, and updated extras like bedding and TVs.

Adventure of the Seas Customer Review“The cruise director, the activities director and all of the activities staff kept this ship alive and full of fun. The Canadian Captain was very experienced and had a wonderful sense of humour. All the staff were friendly and upbeat.”

Adventure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Ship Facts

Things to Do on Board Adventure of the Seas

Aside from eating your way through Adventure’s eight restaurants, here are some other ways you can spend your time onboard:

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Live orchestra, ice skating shows, and original productions
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Sports courts
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Mini Golf
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice skating
  • Mystery dinner theatre

You can find more information on things to do on Adventure here.

10. Enchantment of the Seas

And the tenth of the customer-rated Royal Caribbean ships is Enchantment of the Seas—one of the company’s oldest boats! 

Enchantment took to the waters in 1997, and with a capacity of 2,730, it offers a more tranquil cruising escape. In 2017, Enchantment endured its last major upgrade, which added a poolside movie screen, bungee trampolines and additional cabins. 

Combine its new updates with its existing six eateries and its exciting onboard attractions, and it’s safe to say this Royal Caribbean classic will remain a crowd favourite for years to come. 

Enchantment of the Seas Customer Review“This was also our first time taking a European cruise. Let me tell you how fantastic this cruise was. The ship is well-maintained and very comfortable. The service was outstanding. The food in the main dining room, as well as the Windjammer buffet, was plentiful and delicious”

Things to Do on Board Enchantment of the Seas

As it is an older ship, Enchantment doesn’t have as many amenities as Royal Caribbean’s newest boats. But there are still lots of things to do onboard, including: 

  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Shows, productions, and live music
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Kids programmes at Adventure Ocean
  • Rock climbing wall

You can find more information on things to do on Enchantment here.

How big is Wonder of the Seas

How the Other Royal Caribbean Ships Rank In Order Of Customer Satisfaction

Outside of the top ten top-rated Royal Caribbean ships, here is how passengers ranked the rest of the Royal Caribbean fleet.

  1. Radiance of the Seas
  2. Explorer of the Seas
  3. Brilliance of the Seas
  4. Symphony of the Seas
  5. Rhapsody of the Seas
  6. Navigator of the Seas
  7. Grandeur of the Seas
  8. Independence of the Seas
  9. Voyager of the Seas
  10. Odyssey of the Seas
  11. Vision of the Seas
  12. Anthem of the Seas
  13. Wonder of the Seas
  14. Ovation of the Seas
  15. Spectrum of the Seas
  16. Quantum of the Seas

In addition, if you’d like to find out more about Royal Caribbean’s entire fleet, head over to Royal Caribbean Ships By Age.

What is Royal Caribbean’s Worst Ship?

Customers have rated Royal Caribbean’s worst ship as Quantum of the Seas. Part of Royal Caribbean’s quantum-class ships, Quantum, which set sail in 2014, has spent most of its time cruising the waters of Asia and Australia. However, despite its exotic destinations, 300-foot North Star gondola, and its Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulator, guests just haven’t been left overly impressed. 

Which Royal Caribbean Ship Holds the Most Passengers?

Currently, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Wonder of the Seas, holds the most passengers with a total capacity of 6,988. However, in 2024, Icon of the Seas will soon claim the top spot as the new Icon class ship can carry a whopping 7,600 passengers. 

What is the Highest Rated Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship?

The highest-rated Royal Caribbean cruise ship as voted by customers is Allure of the Seas. With its world-class amenities and speciality dining, along with the fact that it travels from Florida to the Bahamas, makes it one of the favorite cruise ships to set sail.

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