Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is an American global cruise company incorporated in Liberia and based in Miami, Florida.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd was formed in 1997 when Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, (founded in 1968) was merged with the recently purchased Celebrity Cruises, (founded in 1988).

The decision was made to keep the two cruise line brands separate following the merger, as a result Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was rebranded Royal Caribbean International (RCI) with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd established as the new parent company of both Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and Celebrity Cruises.

The company is the world’s second-largest cruise line operator, after Carnival Corporation & plc. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd fully owns three cruise lines: Royal Caribbean InternationalCelebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises. The company also holds a 50% stake in TUI Cruises, a 49% stake in Pullmantur Cruises and held a 49% stake in CDF Croisières de France. The CDF Croisières de France brand ceased operations in early 2017.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Archive

© Wil Weijsters

MV Majesty of the Seas – Past and Present

MV Majesty of the Seas – Steel twin screw ”Sovereign Class” motor vessel built in 1992 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St Nazaire, France (Yard No B30) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Royal Caribbean International

© Dennis Mortimer

MV Azamara Pursuit – Past and Present

MV Azamara Pursuit, ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8 – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, Frankrike (Yard No Z31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship

© Simonwp

MV Mona Lisa (ex Kungsholm) – Past and Present

MV Veronica, ex Mona Lisa, Scholarship, Oceanic II, Mona Lisa, Victoria, Sea Princess, Kungsholm – Twin screw motor vessel built in 1966 by John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank (Yard No 728) for AB Swedish American Line, Gothenburg

© Carsten Dettmer

GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2002 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 656) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

© Cees Bustraan

MV Zenith – Past and Present

MV Zenith – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 620) as a passenger cruise vessel for Celebrity Cruises

© Cees Bustraan

GTS Serenade of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Serenade of the Seas – Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2003 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 657) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI).

© Willem Oldenburg

MV Saga Sapphire – Past and Present

MV Saga Sapphire, ex Bleu De France, Europa – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Bremer Vulkan,Vegesack, Bremen, Germany (Yard No 1001) for Hapag-Lloyd AG, Bremen, Germany

© Cees Bustraan

MV Empress of the Seas – Past and Present

MV Empress of the Seas, ex Empress, Nordic Empress – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No G29) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Admiral Cruises.