About Royal Caribbean Deliver the WOW!

About Royal Caribbean

Our History

Since Royal Caribbean International was founded in 1968, we have been recognized as a leader in the cruise industry. Throughout these years, our company has evolved in many ways; however, its essence remains the same: We always strive to provide our guests with the best vacation through excellence and innovation. Our history is a succession of exciting moments. Here we share some of our milestones:

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is founded by three prominent Norwegian shipping companies. By 1970, our first ship – Song of Norway – makes her maiden voyage (in 1978, she is the first ship to be "stretched" when an 85-foot section was added).

1971 - 1982
Nordic Prince, Sun Viking, and Song of America enter service.

ShipShape is introduced; it is the first program incorporating fitness incentives to the onboard activities.

Labadee, Royal Caribbean's first exclusive destination, opens on the north coast of Hispaniola.

Royal Caribbean and Admiral Cruises merge. At the same time, Sovereign of the Seas is launched, signaling the beginning of a growth period in which Royal Caribbean triples in size.

CocoCay, located near Nassau, Bahamas, is introduced as Royal Caribbean’s second exclusive destination.

Our environmental program "Save the Waves" is formally launched.

Royal Caribbean goes public, trading in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RCL".

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line changes its name to Royal Caribbean International to reflect its global operation and itineraries.

Voyager of the Seas is launched and claims the distinction of being the “world’s largest cruise ship” – a title that has been claimed by succeeding Royal Caribbean International vessels through the years.

Radiance of the Seas enters service and is Royal Caribbean’s first ship with gas turbines.

GOLD Anchor Service is launched to emphasize the outstanding, friendly service offered to our guests.

Royal Caribbean International receives an Achievement in Culinary Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation, Inc.

Freedom of the Seas, our first Freedom-class vessel, sets sail for the first time. Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas complete this class by 2008.

Oasis of the Seas, our first Oasis-class vessel, is launched. With a capacity of 5,400 guests and a gross tonnage of more than 220,000, Oasis-class vessels are the world’s largest cruise ships.

In 2010, Oasis of the Sea's sister ship, Allure of the Seas enters service with great news for the whole family: a partnership with Dreamworks that takes entertainment to a new level.

CocoCay achieves the industry’s – and our company’s – first Gold Level Eco-Certification for sustainable tourism.

Royal Caribbean International celebrates 50 million guests; Labadee achieves the industry’s – and our company’s – second Gold Level Eco-Certification for sustainable tourism.

Quantum of the Seas, the world’s first “smartship” and our first Quantum-class vessel, makes her debut. She is the first ship to offer simulated skydiving and an observation capsule that provides guests with views from 300 feet above seal level.

Royal Caribbean International introduces the Royal Suite Class, three suite-category service levels which offer exclusive amenities, innovative accommodations, and a wide range of benefits and services. Anthem of the Seas, our second Quantum-class ship, makes her debut.

Harmony of the Seas, our third Oasis-class vessel, is launched. She features the tallest slide at sea and combines the best elements of the Oasis-class fleet with some of the technologically-advanced features of the Quantum-class ships. Ovation of the Seas, our third Quantum-class vessel, also set sail.

Between 2018 to 2021, two additional Quantum-class ships and two more Oasis-class vessels are expected to join the Royal Caribbean International fleet, ready to “Deliver the Wow” and add more chapters to our company’s history of excellence.

As we continue moving forward, transforming the cruise industry, we invite you to explore career opportunities that could put you at the center of our story.