Royal Caribbean International founded.
Industry’s first ship built for warm-weather cruising introduced.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) organized on July 23.
We launch the world’s first “megaship,” Sovereign of the Seas, which boasts a five-deck Centrum with glass elevators, sweeping staircases and fountains in marble pools.
“Save the Waves” formal environmental program established.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) traded on NYSE.
“Ocean Fund” launched, and Environmental Officers placed onboard every ship.
ISO 14001 Environmental and ISO 9001 Quality Certifications received.
Environmental Committee of the Board of Directors established (chaired by former U.S. EPA Administrator William K. Reilly).
Began installation of first generation Advanced Wastewater Purification systems, and launched fleet-wide Environmental Ship of the Year competition.
Ocean research partnerships with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration established.
Celebrity completes launch of four new ships starting with the Celebrity Millennium in three years (now consistently recognized as a top 10 among large ships by Condé Nast Traveler).
World’s largest cruise ship launched (Voyager of the Seas) followed by her four sister ships, unveiling the world’s first ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall and horizontal atrium on a cruise ship.
Installation of smokeless gas turbine engines of eight ships completed.
Galapagos Fund established to support conservation initiatives on the island.
Partnerships with Conservation International and Sustainable Travel International launched.
Chief Environmental Officer, a corporate-officer-level position, established.
Solar panels and “green roof” added to the Celebrity Solstice.
New Sustainable Marine Tour Operators Standard piloted.
Royal Caribbean International wins the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award, winning the top honors in the Cruise Lines category.
Celebrity Cruises wins the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award, receiving top honors in the Cruise Lines category.
Exhaust gas scrubbers tested on two Royal Caribbean International ships.
CocoCay, our private destination in the Bahamas, achieved the industry’s — and RCL’s — first Gold Level Eco-Certification for sustainable tourism.
First exhaust gas scrubber installed on Liberty of the Seas is certified to IMO standards.
Labadee, our private destination in Haiti, achieved the industry’s — and RCL’s — second Gold Level Eco-Certification for sustainable tourism.
Quantum of the Seas debuted (first ship to offer simulated skydiving and an observation capsule providing water views from 300 feet).
Celebrity Cruises completed a five-ship expansion with the launch of Celebrity Solstice and her four sister ships.
New generation of cruise ship innovations brought to market with inauguration of world’s largest cruise ships (Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas) featuring an open-air Central Park, Boardwalk carousel and AquaTheater.
World’s largest cruise ship launched (Freedom of the Seas) followed by her two sister ships, featuring industry’s first onboard surfing simulator.
Azamara brand introduced featuring exotic destinations in Antarctica and South America.
Mega-yacht begins cruising the Galapagos Islands with launch of Celebrity Xpedition.
Ventured on land with pre- and post-cruise land vacations through Royal Celebrity Tours in Alaska via glass-domed railcars to Denali National Park and the Talkeetna River Valley, have since expanded globally.
Royal Caribbean International’s six Vision Class “Ships of Light” vessels introduced (featuring nearly two acres of glass windows).
Celebrity Cruises fleet acquired featuring Celebrity Century, Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury.
Anthem of the Seas, part of the Quantum class, features the RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator, SeaPlex, an activities space that’s a real game changer, bumper cars, a roller rink, circus school and Quatum’s signature attraction, the North Star, an observation capsule providing water views from 300 feet.
Empress of the Seas rejoins the Royal Caribbean International fleet.
Splendour of the Seas departs the Royal Caribbean International fleet.
Royal Caribbean International launches world’s largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas, featuring The Ultimate Abyss. Beginning on Deck 16 and ending on Deck 6, it’s a nine-deck drop (in a nod to the superstitious, there is no Deck 13 on Harmony). That makes it by far the tallest slide at sea. Filled with LED lights and graffiti artwork designed to create a starry night and twister effect, and spinning around on itself several times, it’s a first-of-its-kind for Royal Caribbean and the cruise industry.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announce global partnership to support ocean conservation.
Royal Caribbean International launches Symphony of the Seas – its fourth Oasis-Class ship and 25th vessel in the Royal Caribbean International fleet. She is the first in her class to feature the new Ultimate Family Suite: A two-level, 1,346-square-foot suite filled with awesome thrills. Features include an in-room slide, a private cinema with an 85-inch HD TV, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a 212-square-foot balcony complete with table tennis and a full-size whirlpool. Complete with a Royal Genie, who caters to every whim, there are many more surprises awaiting guests along the way.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. officially completes its stake in Silversea Cruises, the industry leader for ultra-luxury cruising. Now, Royal Caribbean Cruises will call to over 1,000 destinations on all seven continents to bring its guests both luxury and added enhancements to their vacations.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. acquires a 66.7% equity stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises. Silversea, with its intimate, all-suite ships, offers sailings to more than 1,000 global destinations. The Monaco-based cruise line not only adds an ultra-luxury brand to RCL’s lineup, but also diversifies its portfolio and expedition offerings. Together, Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain and Manfredi Lefebvre Chairman of Silversea plan on bringing together bold, long-term visions for the cruise industry’s future.