Every year, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line provides accommodations, meals and entertainment to thousands of people who prefer to travel the world via ocean liner. The cruise line, one of the world's largest, has become known for the active and innovative family-friendly features of its large vessels, as well as its global itineraries.
Royal Caribbean has 23 ships sailing the oceans and rivers of the world, and offers 280 ports of call in 81 countries, including the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Royal Caribbean has equipped its ships with unusual features designed to draw an active, adventurous crowd. These features include 200-foot-tall rock-climbing walls and flow-riders on deck, and ship-board ice-skating rinks and bowling alleys.
Generally, a cruise vacation is a good value for families. Royal Caribbean offers some discounts for third and fourth passengers in a stateroom with two paying adults, and has age-appropriate children's programs that keep youngsters busy.
Royal Caribbean's newest ship is the Oasis of the Seas, which, at 220,000 gross tons, is the world's largest cruise vessel (as of 2009).
Like most cruise lines, Royal Caribbean requires all guests to have a current United States passport.