Royal Caribbean International (RCI)


Royal Caribbean International is a cruise line brand founded in Norway and based in Miami, Florida, United States. It is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean International was founded as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in 1968 by three Norwegian shipping companies: Anders Wilhelmsen & CompanyI.M. Skaugen & Company, and Gotaas Larsen. In 1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was merged with the recently purchased Celebrity Cruises.

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 controls around 22% percent of the worldwide cruise market. All ships under the Royal Caribbean International brand have names ending with “of the Seas”, a practice which began in 1991.

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) 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

© 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

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).

© 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.