Since launching its first ship, Song of Norway, the first ship built for warm-weather cruising, back in 1970, Royal Caribbean has revolutionised the cruise industry with first after first. Here, we look at some of its greatest innovations.
A viewing platform that extends to 300ft above sea level, the North Star was introduced in 2014 on Quantum of the Seas. The ship, the first in the Quantum-class fleet, also introduced the Ripcord by iFLY, a sky-dive simulator; the Bionic Bar, with robotic barmen by Makr Shakr; and the SeaPlex with basketball and bumper cars.
Perfect Day at CocoCay – which launched in 2019 and was the first of Royal Caribbean’s island retreats – boasts a number of record-breaking features. These include Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest water slide in North America; the Up, Up and Away hot-air balloon, the highest vantage point in the Caribbean; and Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean.