Let’s face it, 1969 was a pretty awesome year. It was a year of a lot of milestones for the United States and the world as a whole. It was the year that is most famously remembered for man’s first step on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. It was the year that The Beatles made their last public performance. It was the year that PBS was established and the first episode of Sesame Street aired.
In the travel industry, 1969 was the year that the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet took its first flight. It was also the year that the Concorde jet took its first flight. And who can forget that large gathering of over 350,000 rock-n-roll fans held on a dairy farm…a little something called Woodstock.
For Royal Caribbean Cruise International, it was the year that they were formally organized. Royal Caribbean was the product of combining three separate Norwegian shipping companies. It’s first ship was named Song of Norway. Through the past 50+ years, Royal Caribbean has grown and blossomed into the largest cruise line in the world.
Fun Facts About Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
- Founded in 1969
- Biggest cruise brand throughout the world
- Employs more than 40,000 people from over 60 different countries
- Headquartered in Miami, Florida
- Nine offices around the world
- In 2019 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line hosted more than 5.4 million guests
- Currently, Royal Caribbean has 27 ships that visit over 250 destinations worldwide
- Four more cruise ships are on order and scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2024
How Does Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Distinguish Themselves?
Let’s face it, there are a lot of cruise lines of all sizes to choose from. Some people look for a cruise low-budget cruise, while other people are shopping for a luxury experience. So how does Royal Caribbean distinguish themselves among all of these cruise lines?
The video below courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line shows some of the offerings that distinguishes them from other cruise lines.
Creating a brand different than any other cruise line
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is proud of all the experiences that make them different than other cruise lines. They pride themselves on offering unique experiences that no other cruise lines offer. They continuously innovate and are not satisfied with the status quo of their offerings.
While other cruise lines offer some unique experiences, too, they often cost extra for the passenger to enjoy. On Royal Caribbean, these experiences are covered in your cruise fare. You can participate as much as you like.
My family’s top three unique activities aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships are:
- Flow Rider: On a Flow Rider, water is pumped at a speed that simulates rushing water in waves. It is meant to mimic the action of a wave. The depth of the water is only about 3 inches. On the Flow Rider you can try your hand at surfing or body boarding. There are crew members nearby to help you with tips. If you want to get really good and impress your family, private lessons are available for an additional fee.
- Zipline: While many cruise lines offer the opportunity to zipline while in port, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers the you the opportunity to zipline across the top of their Oasis-class ships. It’s a great way to try ziplining to see if it’s something you’re interested in. The zipline itself is short and a great way to sample the experience. You are safely harnessed in and crew members walk you through the process.
- iFly Experience: The iFly experience is a skydiving simulation experience. You go through a safety training and learning the basics in a small group. You put on flight suits and goggles and head up to “fly” in a wind machine. An experienced instructor and crew member is in the wind tunnel with you at all times. Each person gets at least 60 seconds in the wind tunnel…although my hubby tells me it feels significantly longer than that.
Sparking the inspiration to adventure
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines offers a wide variety adventures for everyone. Whether it’s a relaxing weekend visiting beaches in the Bahamas or Caribbean or taking a gondola ride in the canals of Venice, they’ve got you covered. They strive to offer a variety of excursions. Excursions may be geared towards the high-adventure hiker, those who have limited physical abilities, or families with young kids.
Creating their own brand of cruising
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is trying to introduce cruising to a whole new generation of travelers. They are trying to distance themselves from some of the old cliches about cruising. Instead of an aging population on their ships, you often find multi-generational families and cruisers irregardless of age…Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials, and Gen Z’ers. There is something offered aboard that will appeal to everyone.
Amazing destinations offered just about everywhere in the world
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines sails all over the globe. They visit a wide variety destinations in over 250 ports. There is adventure, beaches, cities, culture, snow or sunshine…wherever you dream about going, they probably cruise there.
Royal Caribbean is my family’s favorite cruise line. We’ve cruised over half a dozen cruise lines to date and never had a bad cruise. But Royal fits the bill for our multi-generational family. The activities, ports, dining options, and entertainment offer something for everyone, which is why we keep going back to Royal whenever we can.
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