Royal Caribbean named best cruise line for the money


U.S. News & World Report named Royal Caribbean International as the best cruise line for your money in its 2020 list of the best cruise lines.

With more than 20 cruise ships, Royal Caribbean is one of the largest lines sailing the ocean today. Having the ability to accommodate thousands of guests per ship allows the company to keep rates low. In fact, travelers may find itineraries in popular Caribbean, European and Alaskan destinations for less than $200 per person.

The top five for the Best Cruise Line for the Money were:

  1. Royal Caribbean International
  2. Celebrity Cruises
  3. Norwegian Cruise Line
  4. Princess Cruises
  5. Carnival Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean has won this award in 2017, 2015 and 2013. It was edged out last year by Celebrity Cruises.

U.S. News & World Reports compiles its rankings based on "an analysis of expert and user opinions." U.S. News ranked the cruise lines based on a methodology that factors in itinerary affordability, health ratings and reputation among experts and travelers.

Royal Caribbean wins two awards at Travel Weekly Asia 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards


Royal Caribbean won the award for Best Cruise Line – Asia Pacific and Best New Ship (Spectrum of the Seas) at the Travel Weekly Asia 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Angie Stephen at the award ceremony

At a ceremony held in Singapore this week, the cruise line has been a winner of Travel Weekly Asia awards since their inception in 2015.

The awards are presented to travel companies and individuals for their outstanding achievements, and recognize top travel organizations for their commitment, contributions and accomplishments.  The winners were determined by the travel trade and public through voting of 10 categories.  The categories represent the different segments of the travel industry which includes cruise, airline, resort, hotel, service residence, destination, technology, tourism experience, car rental and travel agency.

Angie Stephen, Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. who accepted the awards said, “Our double Travel Weekly Asia awards are such a great way to start our upcoming new seasons in the region, and we thank all Travel Weekly Asia readers and our travel agents for their long-time recognition and support for Royal Caribbean.  We aim to continue delivering our award-winning cruise experience and service with our best ships Quantum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas to all our customers and agents in Asia, as we look forward to the new decade with more growth opportunities.”

Royal Caribbean named Top Cruise Line in Cruise Critic Destination Awards


Cruise Critic named Royal Caribbean as the Top Cruise Line in the South Pacific and the Top Cruise Line in the Western Mediterranean in the fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.

Royal Caribbean won both awards in the Large Ship Cruise Line Category.

Royal Caribbean also made the final list for six additional regions, as noted below:

  • Alaska (#2)
  • Australia & New Zealand (#3)
  • Eastern Mediterranean (#2)
  • Southern Caribbean (#3)
  • U.S. & Canada (#2)
  • Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya (#3)

The awards rank the world’s most popular cruise destinations, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 18 regions worldwide. The awards also highlight the best cruise lines to visit each region.

Royal Caribbean wins four awards in Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards


The 2019  Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards were announced today, and Royal Caribbean came away with four wins.

The ninth annual awards celebrate the most popular cruise ships of the year, based on consumer reviews and ratings shared on Cruise Critic over the past year.  

Royal Caribbean won awards for:

  • Best Cabins (Large Ship Category): Harmony of the Seas
  • Best Entertainment (Large Ship Category): Symphony of the Seas
  • Best for Fitness & Recreation (Large Ship Category): Allure of the Seas
  • Best Service (Mid-Sized Category): Grandeur of the Seas

For the full list of winners, visit the 2019 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

Royal Caribbean Cruises named one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for fourth year in a row


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for the fourth year in a row.

Royal Caribbean has been recognized since 2016 and is the only honoree in the Leisure & Recreation industry category.

"We recognize that corporate responsibility and accountability is increasingly driving decisions made by our guests, business partners and our employees," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "This honor is a reflection of our 50-year commitment to demonstrating these shared values every day, and I know our employees take great pride in this recognition."

The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics Quotient®(EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

Royal Caribbean awarded best cruise line for customer support and service


Royal Caribbean was named Best Cruise Line at the 2019 Elliott Advocacy Readers' Choice Customer Service Awards, an annual recognition of companies that offer outstanding customer support and service.

The top five cruise lines were:

  1. Royal Caribbean
  2. Viking
  3. Disney
  4. Carnival
  5. Celebrity

For 2019, readers of Elliott Advocacy, a leading consumer advocacy site, nominated and voted for their favorite companies in 16 categories ranging from airlines to wireless service providers.

Royal Caribbean also won the honor in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Royal Caribbean named one of America's Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes


Forbes announced today that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has been named to the America's Best Employers for Diversity 2019.

Forbes and research firm Statista surveyed 50,000 American employees in companies that have at least 1,000 employees.  Survey questions focused on diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and ability. Other components of the ranking included gender diversity among top executives and the board of directors, and the company's proactive communication about diversity.

"I am extremely pleased that Forbes has recognized Royal Caribbean as one of America's Best Employers for Diversity," said Laura Miller, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for  Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "This recognition would not be possible without our employees. As one of the world's largest cruise companies, we are committed to our over 75,000 talented and devoted employees representing nearly 200 countries.  We will continue to focus and demonstrate the importance of diversity and inclusion both on shore and at sea."

Royal Caribbean wins Best Cruise Line Overall for 16th year in a row


Royal Caribbean was named the “Best Cruise Line Overall” and “Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean” in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards for the sixteenth year in a row.

At the 2018 awards ceremony, Royal Caribbean also won “Best Cruise Line Sales & Service” for the eleventh year in a row. In addition, Royal Caribbeantook home the “Best Entertainment” award, while Harmony of the Seas was named“Best Overall Individual Cruise Ship” – both honors received for the second consecutive year.

“All year, we make it a point to hear from and collaborate with our travel partners – their feedback is invaluable. Sweeping the top cruise categories in Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards is such an honor and a testament to the powerful relationships we have with advisors,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International. “Being recognized as ‘Best Cruise Line Overall’ and ‘Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean’ since the inception of the awards, as well as the best in sales and service, entertainment and individual ships year after year shows our connections with the community continue to build. We thank Travel Weekly and our valued advisors for their ongoing support, and will continue to deliver on our commitment and promise to seeing them succeed.”

Travel Weekly recognized the honorees at its sixteenth annual Readers’ Choice Awards held at the Conrad New York. Winners were selected in 78 categories in the airline, car, hospitality, rail, GDS, agent education, tour, cruise, destination, loyalty program and theme park sectors. The awards are presented to suppliers considered by Travel Weekly readers who led the way in product and service during the past year.

Cruise Critic names Royal Caribbean best cruise line for entertainment & suite life


Royal Caribbean came away with a few awards from the 11th annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards.

Royal Caribbean was the winner in the following categories:

Best Entertainment: Royal Caribbean International

"Royal Caribbean continues to entertain with original Broadway-style productions, parades and now, laser tag. State-of-the-art technology, including drones, has enhanced new shows in the skating rink as well as with amusements like Sky Pad, a bungee-trampoline experience that also employs virtual reality. And as always, you can still surf, slide and fly (by zipline or skydive simulator) onboard many of Royal Caribbean's ships."

Best Ship Refurbishment: Mariner of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

"Royal Caribbean invested $120 million into the refurbishment of Mariner of the Seas and the results are astounding. From the bright yellow globe at the top of the ship that houses the virtual reality trampoline experience Sky Pad to the addition of two restaurants, two bars, FlowRider surf simulators, the Perfect Storm water park and an escape room, Mariner's got plenty to keep you entertained."

Best Suites: Royal Caribbean International

"The lavishness of Royal Caribbean's top cabins as well as their inclusiveness and variety -- some ships offer up to a dozen suite categories -- can't be beat by any other mainstream cruise line. Just imagine, suites as deluxe as luxury penthouses. Royal Caribbean's got them. And this year, the line even introduced the Ultimate Family Suite, a visual marvel complete with a bedroom-to-living room slide."