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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Newest to Oldest (Complete List)

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Royal Caribbean currently has 26 cruise ships in the fleet, more than any other cruise line in the world.  With the largest cruise ships in the world (Oasis Class) and some of the most technologically advanced cruise ships on the water, Royal Caribbean has a vast array of ships for passengers to enjoy.

The cruise line has not been afraid to push the envelope when it comes to what they offer on their ships. These vessels have some of the most exciting activities and features in the cruise industry. 

Amenities for cruisers to enjoy can include rock climbing walls, waterslides, skydiving simulators, zip lines, Flowrider surfing simulators, 10-story tall dry slides known as the Ultimate Abyss, indoor ice skating rinks, restaurants, shops and so much more. 

Whether your cabin is an interior stateroom or a suite, you’ll find plenty to do on one of these Royal Caribbean vessels.

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Every ship within the fleet falls within one of six classes.  These six classes are as follows:

  • Vision Class – There are 4 ships within Vision-class that range from 73,817 in gross tonnage to 82,910.  These ships were built between 1996 and 1998.
  • Voyager Class – 5 ships fall within Voyager-class.   Built between 1999 and 2003, these vessels have a gross tonnage that falls between 138,193 and 139,999.
  • Radiance Class – There are 4 Radiance-class ships with the line that were built between 2001 and 2004.  Gross tonnage with Radiance is 90,090 in volume.
  • Freedom Class – There are 3 Freedom-class ships.  Built between 2006 and 2008 these ships have a gross tonnage that ranges from 155,889 to 156,271.
  • Oasis Class – The largest cruise ships in the world currently fall into this classification.  There are 5 Oasis-class ships with the line that range in gross tonnage from 225,282 to 236,857.  These ships were built between 2009 and 2022.  These ships have a max capacity of almost 7,000 passengers and 2,300 crew members.
  • Quantum Class – There are 5 ships with this classification.  They were built between 2014 and 2021.  Gross tonnage for Quantum-class ships falls between 167,704 and 169,379.

We also sorted every cruise ship by size if you’d like to see which ships are the largest in the fleet.

Jump to: See every Royal Caribbean cruise ship in order of size.

This post will list Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships newest to oldest in an epic list that we will try to keep updated.  The cruise line has ships that can vary from 73,000 gross tons (Vision Class), to the Oasis class that are 225,000+ gross tons.

Here is every cruise ship with Royal Caribbean that is currently operating in the fleet, sorted by newest first:

Wonder of the Seas

Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis class ship from Royal Caribbean and debuted in 2022. Just like her sister ships, she debuted as the world’s largest cruise ship at more than 236,000 gross tons and carries just under 7,000 passengers at maximum capacity.

Odyssey of the Seas

Odyssey of the seas new ship

The 2nd Quantum Ultra-class cruise ship from Royal Caribbean, Odyssey of the Seas had its inaugural sailing in June of 2021.   The ship measures 1,138 feet long and has a gross tonnage of 167,704.   The 16-deck ship can carry 5,510 passengers at double occupancy.

Spectrum of the Seas

A Quantum Ultra class ship, Spectrum of the Seas was specifically designed for cruise guests in China and now enjoys sailings all around the world.   At 169,000 in gross tonnage it has a guest capacity of over 5,000.  The ship was delivered in April of 2019.

Symphony of the Seas

symphony of the seas

At 228,000+ in gross tonnage, Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas became the largest cruise ship in the world at the time.   This Oasis-class ship was built in 2018 and has a maximum capacity of 6,680.   The length of this ship is 1,188 feet with a max beam of 215 feet.  The ship holds 2,200 crew members onboard.

Ovation of the Seas

ovation of the seas

Built in 2016, Ovation of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean Quantum-class ship.   Ovation comes in at 168,000+ gross tons and has a maximum capacity of 4,905.  The length of this ship is 1,142 feet with a max beam of 160 feet.

Harmony of the Seas

harmony of the seas

Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis class ship built in 2016.    Maximum capacity is 6,410 on this 226,963 gross ton ship.   The length of Harmony is 1,188 feet with a max beam of 217 feet.

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Anthem of the Seas

anthem of the seas

Built in 2015, Anthem of the Seas was the second Quantum class ship from Royal Caribbean.  The 168,666 gross ton ship has a maximum capacity of 4,905.  The length of this vessel is 1,142 feet with a max beam of 162 feet.

Quantum of the Seas

quantum of the seas

The first Quantum class ship ever built made huge waves when it was first revealed to the world.  Quantum of the seas was built in 2014 and featured the first ever North Star, a ride that elevates cruisers over 300 feet above the sea for 360-degree views.   This vessel is a 168,999 gross ton ship with a maximum capacity of 4,905.  The length of this ship is 1,142 feet with a max beam of 162 feet.

Allure of the Seas

oasis of the seas

This ship was the largest in the world for a time when it was built in 2010.  The second Oasis class ship, Allure of the Seas is 225,282 gross tons with a maximum capacity of 6,410.  The length of this ship is 1,187 feet with a max beam of 198 feet.

Oasis of the Seas

oasis of the seas

The mega ship that started it all, Oasis of the Seas was built in 2009. At 225,282 tons, Oasis has a max capacity of 6,360.  The length of this ship is 1,186 feet with a max beam of 198 feet. The pool deck offers 3 separate pools and plenty of space on the sun deck. The top deck reaches 18 decks high on this massive vessel.

Independence of the Seas

independence of the seas

Independence of the Seas was built in 2008 and was the last of the Freedom class ships.  At 154,407 gross tons this ship has a maximum capacity of 4,375.   The length of this ship is 1,112 feet with a max beam of 184 feet.

Liberty of the Seas

Built in 2007, Liberty of the Seas is a Freedom-class Royal Caribbean ship.   At 155,889 tons this ship has a max capacity of 4,960.  The length of this ship is 1,111 feet with a max beam of 128 feet.

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Freedom of the Seas

freedom of the seas

The first Freedom class ship, Freedom of the Seas was built in 2006.   When this ship was first built it was the largest cruise ship in the world.  At 154,407 gross tons, this ship has a max capacity of 4,515.  The length of this ship is 1,112 with a max beam of 128 feet.

Jewel of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas was the last Radiance class ship built by Royal Caribbean International.  It was built in 2004 with a gross tonnage of 90,090 and a max capacity of 2,502.    The length of this ship is 962 feet with a max beam of 131 feet.

Serenade of the Seas

serenade of the seas

Built in 2003, Serenade of the Seas comes in at 90,090 gross tons with a max capacity of 2,490 cruise passengers.  The length of this ship is 962 feet with a max beam of 131 feet. 

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Mariner of the Seas

mariner of the seas

Mariner of the Seas was the last of the Voyager class ships and is a second generation Voyager class vessel.  Built in 2003, Mariner has a max capacity of 4,252 while coming in at 138,279 in gross tonnage.  This ship has a length of 1,020 with a max beam of 157 feet.

Brilliance of the Seas

brilliance of the seas

This is another Radiance class vessel.  Brilliance of the Seas was built in 2002 and comes in at the same 90,090 tons as the other ships in its class.  With a max capacity of 2,543 passengers this ship has a length of 958 feet with a max beam of 130 feet.

Navigator of the Seas

navigator of the seas

Built during the same year as Brilliance of the Seas in 2002, Navigator of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 139,570 with a max capacity of 3,990.   This Voyager-class vessel has a length of 1,021 feet and a max beam of 157 feet.

Radiance of the Seas

radiance of the seas

The first Radiance class ship was built in 2001.  This ship has a gross tonnage of 90,090 and a max capacity of 2,466 cruise guests.   Radiance has a length of 962 feet and a max beam of 131 feet. 

Adventure of the Seas

adventure of the seas

Adventure of the Seas is a Voyager class ship built in 2001.  It has a gross tonnage of 137,276 and has a maximum capacity of 3,807 passengers.  The length of this ship is 1,020 with a max beam of 161 feet. 

Explorer of the Seas

explorer of the seas

Built in 2000, Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager-class ship with a gross tonnage of 137,308 and a max capacity of 3,840.  This ship has a length of 1,020 feet and a max beam of 161 feet. 

Voyager of the Seas

voyager of seas royal caribbean

The first of the Voyager-class ships was built in 1999.  Voyager of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 137,276 with a max capacity of 3,840.  The length of this ship is 1,021 with a max beam of 156 feet.

Vision of the Seas

This is a Vision-class ship, although the ships in this class are more varied than in other classes from Royal Caribbean.  Vision of the Seas was built in 1998 and is 78,340 in gross tonnage with a max capacity of 2,514 passengers.  This ship is 915 feet in length with a max beam of 117 feet. 

Enchantment of the Seas

enchantment of seas royal caribbean

Another Vision class ship, Enchantment of the Seas was built in 1997 and has a gross tonnage of 82,910 with a max capacity of 2,730.   Enchantment mainly operates in the Bahamas.  This ship has a length of 916 feet with a beam of 106 feet.

Rhapsody of the Seas

rhapsody of the seas rennovation

Rhapsody of the Seas was built in 1997 and currently operates both in the Caribbean and Europe.  This ship has a gross tonnage of 78,491 with a max capacity of 2,416.   The ship’s length is 915 feet with a max beam of 116 feet.

Grandeur of the Seas

grandeur of the seas

This was the first of the Vision-class ships, built in 1996.  With a gross tonnage of 73,817 and a max capacity of 2,440,  The length of this Royal Caribbean cruise ship is 915 feet with a max beam of 118 feet.

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Here are all the current Royal Caribbean cruise ships by age from newest to oldest:

  • Wonder of the Seas, 2022
  • Odyssey of the Seas, 2021
  • Spectrum of the Seas, 2019
  • Symphony of the Seas, 2018
  • Ovation of the Seas, 2016
  • Harmony of the Seas, 2016
  • Anthem of the Seas, 2015
  • Quantum of the Seas, 2014
  • Allure of the Seas, 2010
  • Oasis of the Seas, 2009
  • Independence of the Seas, 2008
  • Liberty of the Seas, 2007
  • Freedom of the Seas, 2006
  • Jewel of the Seas, 2004
  • Serenade of the Seas, 2003
  • Mariner of the Seas, 2003
  • Brilliance of the Seas, 2002
  • Navigator of the Seas, 2002
  • Radiance of the Seas, 2001
  • Adventure of the Seas, 2001
  • Explorer of the Seas, 2000
  • Voyager of the Seas, 1999
  • Vision of the Seas, 1998
  • Enchantment of the Seas, 1997
  • Rhapsody of the Seas, 1997
  • Grandeur of the Seas, 1996

List of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships by Size


The table below lists every Royal Caribbean ship currently in service in order from largest to smallest. This measurement is by GT or Gross Tonnage which measures overall space and not weight.

Cruise Ship Gross Tonnage Double Capacity Year in Service
Wonder of the Seas 236,857 5,734 2022
Symphony of the Seas 228,081 5,518 2018
Harmony of the Seas 226,963 5,497 2016
Oasis of the Seas 226,838 5,400 2009
Allure of the Seas 225,282 5,492 2010
Spectrum of the Seas 169,379 4,246 2019
Anthem of the Seas 168,666 4,180 2015
Ovation of the Seas 168,666 4,180 2016
Quantum of the Seas 168,666 4,180 2014
Odyssey of the Seas 167,704 4,200 2021
Freedom of the Seas 156,271 3,782 2006
Liberty of the Seas 155,889 3,798 2007
Independence of the Seas 155,889 3,634 2008
Navigator of the Seas 139,999 3,376 2002
Mariner of the Seas 139,863 3,114 2003
Explorer of the Seas 138,194 3,114 2000
Voyager of the Seas 138,194 3,114 1999
Adventure of the Seas 138,193 3,114 2001
Serenade of the Seas 90,090 2,146 2003
Radiance of the Seas 90,090 2,143 2001
Brilliance of the Seas 90,090 2,142 2002
Jewel of the Seas 90,090 2,112 2004
Enchantment of the Seas 82,910 2,252 1997
Rhapsody of the Seas 78,878 1,998 1997
Vision of the Seas 78,717 2,050 1998
Grandeur of the Seas 73,817 1,992 1996

Future Royal Caribbean ships

Icon of the Seas is an Icon class cruise ship that is scheduled to debut in the Fall of 2023.  This will be the 1st LNG powered Project Icon cruise ship with the company.

Utopia of the Seas will be the 6th Oasis class cruise ship with the cruise line but will be the 1st LNG powered Oasis class ship.  Utopia of the Seas is scheduled to debut in 2024 as the largest cruise ship ever built.

Royal Caribbean also has two more Icon class cruise ships on order with deliveries expected in 2025 and 2026.

 

What to Expect on Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ships

Don’t let the name fool you. This cruise line doesn’t just sail to destinations and ports in the Caribbean. The word “international” is in the official name for a reason, and you can sail just about anywhere in the world on a Royal Caribbean ship. Sure, destinations in the Caribbean are one of the main draws for a cruise, but guests can choose sailings to the Mediterranean, Europe, Australia, Alaska, Norway, Central America and many other places around the world.

The Royal Promenade on each ship is the heart and soul of each vessel. It is the main thoroughfare in the middle of the ship that always has something going on no matter what time of day it is. It’s one of my favorite places to grab a cup of coffee and check out what activity and entertainment is being offered on any given evening.   With multiple bars and lounges the Royal Promenade is unique on each ship.

Specialty Restaurants

The main dining room offers some fantastic menu choices, but sometimes you just want something a bit more, and no I’m not talking about the buffet. Royal Caribbean has a plentiful menu of specialty dining options to consider. Here they are listed below:

  • Chops Grill – Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse
  • Giovanni’s Table – Traditional Italian dining
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen – Pizza and pasta along with dishes like chicken parmigiana
  • Jamie’s Italian – Modern Italian food
  • Wonderland – An Alice and Wonderland themed restaurant with creative dishes
  • 150 Central Park – A restaurant focusing on locally sourced ingredients
  • Samba Grill – All-you-can-eat-meat Brazilian dining experience
  • Izumi Hibachi & Sushi – a Japanese restaurant with traditional teppanyaki and sushi
  • Sabor – Mexican restaurant with tacos and quesadillas, and tapas
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade – Nachos, sliders, chicken tenders, and french fries
  • Johnny Rockets – Classic American diner with a 1950’s vibe
  • Hooked Seafood – Northeast seafood restaurant with clam chowder and oysters
  • The Mason Jar – Southern soul food with fried chicken, lobster and crawfish gumbo
  • Portside BBQ – Barbecue restaurant with tons of barbecued meats and comfort food side dishes
  • Chef’s Table – Six course meal where each course paired with a different type of wine

Royal Caribbean offers a wide variety array of amenities for a wide range of cruise passengers. So, usually there is something for everyone on board. Children will love the kid-friendly attractions and adults can find plenty of thrills with larger water slides like the twisting Perfect Storm.

Their ships visit ports in Europe, Asia, Australia, Alaska, and of course the Caribbean. When it comes to picking a cruise line for your first sailing, it’s an excellent choice.

Note: This article was updated in October 2022.

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J. Souza
J. Souza
Jon got hooked on cruising after his first cruise on his honeymoon, and today he is always looking for cruise deals and reading information about the cruise industry. Jon lives in the foothills of North Carolina and wishes there were a cruise port that far inland. Jon can be reached at [email protected]
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