Cruising has become a popular holiday choice over the years, and Royal Caribbean is one of the best known cruise companies here. The Miami-based operator currently has 23 ships in service throughout the world, with four operating in Asia.
If you have yet to experience a Royal Caribbean cruise, you are missing out on a myriad of pleasures. Find out more about the various ships in the fleet and the facilities each has to offer.
The Voyager Class of ships offers some of Asia's most unique onboard features, such as the iconic Royal Promenade which is lined with duty-free shops and cafes, an ice skating rink, a full-sized sports court and a rock climbing wall overlooking the sea.
The two Voyager Class ships in Asia - Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas - are 15 decks high and can carry 3,800 guests. They offer multiple dining options including a specialty steakhouse and Italian restaurant on top of the complimentary Main Dining Room, where you can enjoy fine dining, and the Windjammer Cafe which serves a wide range of food in casual, buffet style.
Guests seeking entertainment can take their pick from ice shows, original theatre productions and movie screenings. One can also attend dance classes, take part in wine tastings, play mini-golf, learn how to fold napkins in the shape of cute animals, and catch the DreamWorks Parade featuring popular characters such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Shopaholics will love the duty-free shopping along the Royal Promenade, especially the timed sales on watches, jewellery and sunglasses. Those in need of some pampering can head to the Vitality spa which offers over 100 treatments.
From this October, Mariner of the Seas is offering 3- to 9-night cruises from Singapore to Penang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket, while Voyager of the Seas will be offering a fly-cruise out of Hong Kong to Singapore on an 8-night trip that will call at Sanya, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
In Asia, Royal Caribbean's largest ships belong to the Quantum Class which boasts groundbreaking innovations such as the first skydiving experience at sea and the North Star elevated glass capsule that ascends over 92 metres above sea level for breathtaking 360-degree views of the ocean.
The first ship of this class, Quantum of the Seas, is currently the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in Asia. It stands at 18 decks high and has a total guest capacity of 4,905.
Everyone gets a view from their stateroom on Quantum-class vessels, even those in the interior rooms. This is thanks to the 'virtual balconies' which are real-time views of the ocean on HD screens, installed in every interior stateroom.
Quantum-class ships are also gastronomic heavens, each featuring 18 dining options that will tempt the most discerning of palettes with a wide variety of cuisines ranging from Italian, American, Mediterranean, Pan-Asian and many others.
Other highlights include being served by robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar, riding a surf simulator, enjoying a movie on a 67-metre outdoor poolside screen, and attending circus school at SeaPlex - the largest indoor active space at sea.
The newest Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will come to Singapore in June 2016 for a 3-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur and a 12-night one-way cruise from Singapore to Tianjin that will call at Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Xiamen and Seoul (Incheon).
To find out more, or to make a booking, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.sg or call 6305 0033.
To celebrate AsiaOne's 20th anniversary, Royal Caribbean is partnering AsiaOne to give away a cruise for 2 worth $2,748. The 7-night cruise to Thailand and Vietnam on board Mariner of the Seas departs Oct 29. Click here to find out more.