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About Royal Caribbean

Our History

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:

1969
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 - 1982
Nordic Prince, Sun Viking, and Song of America enter service.

1984
ShipShape is introduced; it is the first program incorporating fitness incentives to the onboard activities.

1986
Labadee, Royal Caribbean's own exclusive destination, opens on the north coast of Hispaniola.

1988
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.

1992
Our environmental program "Save the Waves" is formally launched.

1993
Royal Caribbean goes public, trading in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RCL".

1997
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line changes its name to Royal Caribbean International to reflect its global operation and itineraries.

1999
Voyager of the Seas is launched and celebrates the title as "the world's largest ship".

2001
Radiance of the Seas enters service and is Royal Caribbean’s first ship with gas turbines.

2002
GOLD Anchor Service is launched to emphasize the outstanding, friendly service offered to our guests.

2004
Royal Caribbean receives an Achievement in Culinary Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation, Inc.

2006
Freedom of the Seas sets sail for the first time. Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas complete this class by 2008.

2009
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.

2010
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.

2013
Once again, Royal Caribbean announces a new class of ships that will transform every aspect of the cruise experience. From multi-functional staterooms to ever-changing leisure spaces, Quantum of the Seas (scheduled to launch in 2014) and Anthem of the Seas (scheduled to launch in 2015) will represent an unprecedented leap forward in the industry. In addition, a third Oasis class ships is expected to be delivered in 2016.

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.