Royal Caribbean Ship Classes – Explained!

The ABC’s of Royal Caribbean cruises.

by Mary Wimmer


There are ships, and then there are Royal Caribbean cruise ships – luxurious ocean-liners that indulge passengers with all manner of comforts. Royal Caribbean operates a fleet of twenty-six ships, including four of the largest in the world and smaller ships that focus on elegant accommodations and exquisite destinations.

With so many vessels and a wide variety of itineraries, here’s a quick look at what you can expect from three of Royal Caribbean’s ship classes!

Radiance Class

The elegant manner of cruising with Royal Caribbean Think breathtaking views, wide open spaces, and glass walls – all the better to see the ocean vistas. Aboard the four Radiance-class ships (Radiance of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and Jewel of the Seas), you’ll have unforgettable views from almost everywhere onboard.

Each of the Radiance-class ships takes 2,110 passengers and can sail to the smaller cruise ports around the world. The Radiance fleet also provides a diverse mix of dining experiences, spectacular entertainment and luxurious spa treatments.


Why choose a Radiance-class ship? Simple. You’re looking for a classic cruise experience on a beautiful ship to destinations as close by as Alaska, New England, Bermuda, and the Caribbean; or as far-flung as Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii and Europe.

Vision Class

Got a yen for adventure? Take to the high seas aboard a Vision-class ship, perfectly built for explorers. Designed to fit into almost any port, the four Vision class ships (Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, and Vision of the Seas) can travel to some of the most interesting ports-of-call.

Despite their smaller size, Vision vessels are popular for their swimming pools, solariums, rock climbing walls, themed dining rooms, Broadway-style shows and lounges. Set your sights on Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe, and enjoy dining that will tantalize your taste buds. Then enjoy a night of dancing, comedy or stage shows.


Why choose a Vision-class ship? You’re looking for amazing itineraries that only smaller ships can offer, like an overnight in Venice or Aruba. Perfect for adventurous couples.

Oasis Class

As the largest cruise ships in the world, the “wow” factor of Oasis-class ships is their sheer size. These ships are packed with innovative features and facilities and divided in neighbourhoods. From a peace and quiet park onboard featuring 20 000 plants to a thrilling pool and sports zone with surf simulators and ziplining included, find the ambiance that fits you best.

Cruisers on any of the four Oasis-class vessels (Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas) can expect nothing short of the royal treatment with features like the Royal Promenade and Boardwalk, home to arcades and other amusements, and the always popular Aqua Theatre and Broadway shows!


Why choose an Oasis-class ship? Because you want to have it all, in one vacation experience. With so much to offer, every traveler is guaranteed to find what they’re looking for aboard a Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship.


CAA Members always get exclusive benefits and unique inclusions!

  • Lunch for two in a specialty restaurant for select staterooms on seven-night or longer cruises
  • Dinner for two in a specialty restaurant for select staterooms on CAA Vacations itineraries
  • Priority check-in on day of embarkation
  • Bottle of sparking wine delivered to stateroom

Cruise your way to the hottest destinations and the best deals aboard Royal Caribbean. Just call your CAA Travel Consultant at 1-800-267-8713 or by visit your nearest CAA Travel store.