Royal Caribbean have a number of ships sailing from Southampton this month including 2 interesting looking cruises to Scandinavia and Russia. Here are 10 facts about the Miami based cruise line…

  1. Royal Caribbean was founded in 1969 by 3 Norwegian shipping companies
  2. The first RC ship was named The Song of Norway. She was renamed 9 different times and was eventually sold for scrap in 2013, ending her days as Formosa Queen, a gambling ship.
  3. As of July 2018 the Royal Caribbean fleet includes 26 ships
  4. RC introduced the first Starbucks on a cruise ship enabling passengers to get a Vanilla Latte on the waves
  5. Royal Caribbean cruise ships sail to at least 270 destinations around the world
  6. About half of Royal Caribbean’s cruisers have sailed cruised before and 25% of those have already sailed on a RC cruise previously
  7. A film was made about George Smith, a passenger who mysteriously went missing from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship: MS Brilliance of the Seas.
  8. RC own 2 coastal resorts in the Caribbean for the exclusive use of its cruise ship passengers; in Labadee, Haiti and Coco Bay in the Bahamas
  9. The cash has been steadily rolling in over the years in with a 2017 profit for Royal Caribbean of over $3.5 billion
  10. Royal Caribbean currently own Symphony of the Seas which is the world’s biggest cruise ship – 5 times the size of The Titanic

KC