Since Royal Caribbean was founded, over 40 years ago, we have been recognized as a leader in the cruise industry. During 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 its maiden voyage (in 1978, she is the first ship to be “stretched” when an 85-foot section was added).
1971 to 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 own 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.
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 celebrates the title as “the world’s largest ship”.
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 receives an Achievement in Culinary Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation, Inc.
Freedom of the Seas sets sail for the first time. Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas complete this class by 2008.
Oasis of the Seas is launched, and with a guest capacity of 5,400 guests and a gross tonnage of 220,000 it is the biggest ship in the world.
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.
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.