Easy Guide on Royal Caribbean Ships by Age

Find out about Royal Caribbean ships by age including the newest and oldest ship in the fleet. Cover the Oasis-class and even future class cruise ships.

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One of the biggest cruise lines in the world is Royal Caribbean and its ever-evolving fleet of small to mega-sized ships. The cruise line is investing heavily in upgrading even the older ships so just because a ship was built years ago it could still be just as fresh and new and more recent builds.

What is the Newest Royal Caribbean Ship?

At the moment the newest Royal Caribbean cruise ship is the fourth Oasis-class ship named Symphony of the Seas. The huge ship is 230,000 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 5,500 at double occupancy. You can find out more about the ship right here.

She was built at the then-named STX France shipyard in France and is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. She will likely become the second largest when the fifth Oasis-class joins the fleet in 2021.

Also Read: Impressive Facts About the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas

What is the Oldest Royal Caribbean Ship?

For now, the oldest Royal Caribbean cruise ship is Empress of the Seas but this can be questioned. The ship returned to the fleet in 2016 and received a huge multi-million dollar upgrade updating features and doing maintenance. The ship is like new again!

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships By Age

  • 2018 – Symphony of the Seas (Oasis-class)
  • 2016 – Harmony of the Seas (Oasis-class)
  • 2016 – Ovation of the Seas (Quantum-class)
  • 2015 – Anthem of the Seas (Quantum-class)
  • 2014 – Quantum of the Seas (Quantum-class)
  • 2010 – Allure of the Seas (Oasis-class)
  • 2009 – Oasis of the Seas (Oasis-class)
  • 2008 – Independence of the Seas (Freedom-class)
  • 2007 – Liberty of the Seas (Freedom-class)
  • 2006 – Freedom of the Seas (Freedom-class)
  • 2004 – Jewel of the Seas (Radiance-class)
  • 2003 – Serenade of the Seas (Radiance-class)
  • 2002 – Mariner of the Seas (Voyager-class)
  • 2001 – Navigator of the Seas (Voyager-class)
  • 2002 – Brilliance of the Seas (Radiance-class)
  • 2001 – Radiance of the Seas (Radiance-class)
  • 2001 – Adventure of the Seas (Voyager-class)
  • 2000 – Explorer of the Seas (Voyager-class)
  • 1999 – Voyager of the Seas (Voyager-class)
  • 1998 – Vision of the Seas (Vision-class)
  • 1997 – Enchantment of the Seas (Vision-class)
  • 1997 – Rhapsody of the Seas (Vision-class)
  • 1996 – Grandeur of the Seas (Vision-class)
  • 1992 – Majesty of the Seas (Sovereign-class)
  • 1990 – Empress of the Seas (Empress-class)

New Future Ships Still to Come

Just like most of the other major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has more new cruise ships on order. There are currently five cruise ships on order with Spectrum of the Seas already under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship will be completed in 2019 as the first Quantum-Ultra class ship, an evolution of the popular Quantum-class.

Also Read: A Simple Guide on Royal Caribbean Ships by Size

Another Quantum-class ship will arrive in the fall of 2020 and the fifth Oasis-class arrives in 2021. The cruise line will then introduce a brand new class vessel known as Project Icon. The first of these two new LNG powered vessel will arrive in 2022 with the second in 2024.

We’ll be updating this post as Royal Caribbean evolves and new more modern ships expand the awesome cruising experience the cruise line already offers.

Emrys Thakkar
Emrys Thakkar
The founder of Cruise Hive which was established in 2008 as one of the earliest cruise blogs in the industry. Emrys has been reporting on the latest cruise industry news since the site first launched. Expert insights and tips featured on a number of publications including The Express, Business Insider, and more. Worked for Carnival Cruise Line for 8 years and is well and truly dedicated to cruising! Has also been on a number of cruises so can offer an insight into the industry that many will not be able to do. What's even more impressive is that Emrys has traveled the world by visiting more than 34 countries, lived in China for 8 years, and cruised the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Asia, and Europe. Find out more about us here.


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