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Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines: Royal Caribbean International

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No. 9 Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean’s fleet ranges in size and style, but it’s probably best known for these most recent builds: the Oasis and the Allure of the Seas, two massive (and nearly identical) vessels weighing 225,282 tons and carrying up to 5,400 passengers. Besides the sheer size, the ships boast plenty of other wow factors, from the sprawling tree-lined “Central Park” and bi-level Loft suites to the 82-foot-high zipline and 450-slot casino.

What’s New: Starting in February, the 1,830-passenger Splendour of the Seas will feature iPads in all staterooms—it’s the first large ship in the industry to do so.

Number of Ships: 22.

Destinations: As its name suggests, the line is reputed for its Caribbean itineraries, though its reach extends far beyond the region, to 72 countries on six continents: North America, Northern Europe, Italy and Turkey, Spain and Portugal, Dubai, South America, and Asia and the Pacific.


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