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The world’s second largest cruise operator: Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) (1968)

Royal Caribbean Cruises (or: Royal Caribbean Cruises) Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA. With 85,300 full-time employees, it is currently the world’s second largest cruise operator .

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL):

Royal Caribbean Cruises Co., Ltd. is a cruise company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.

1. The Royal Caribbean International-provides routes around the world including Alaska, Asia, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal and New Zealand. The voyage is 2 to 23 nights.

2. Celebrity Cruises-provides routes to destinations such as Alaska, Asia, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, India, New Zealand, Panama Canal and South America, with a range of 2 to 19 late.

3. Azamara Club Cruises-provides 4 to 21 nights cruises, route destinations include Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Northern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Central and North America, and islands in the Caribbean that are less traveled.

As of December 31, 2017, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited operated 49 ships with voyages ranging from 2 to 23 nights to approximately 540 destinations.

As of December 31, 2019, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited has operated 61 ships and has ordered 17 ships.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) history:

  • In 1969, three Norwegian shipping companies: IM Skaugen & Company, Gotaas Larsen and Anders Wilhenmsen & Co. founded Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
  • In 1970, the “Song of Norway” Song of Norway started a sea vacation as the first cruise ship of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
  • In 1971, the “Nordic Prince” Nordic Prince joined the ranks of cruise ships.
  • In 1972, the Sun Viking became the company’s third cruise ship, starting a 7-day and 14-day itinerary from Miami to the Caribbean.
  • In 1978, “Song of Norway” became the first cruise ship to be cut in half when it was rebuilt, and the middle part was lengthened by 85 feet, increasing the number of passengers from 700 to 1,000.
  • In 1980, the “Nordic Prince” Nordic Prince also made the hull lengthening and reconstruction.
  • In 1982, 37,584 tons and 1,400 passengers, “Song of America” ​​joined the fleet as a new-generation cruise ship, with a hull about twice the size of the “Sun Viking”.
  • In 1986, Royal Caribbean Cruises established an exclusive island in the Gulf of Tonkin, Haiti: Labadee.
  • In 1988, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Admiral Cruises formally merged, and the shareholders are adjusted to Anders Wilhelmsen & Company; the Pritzker family, which owns the Hyatt Hotel Chain, and the Ofer family, one of the global shipping giants.
  • In 1989, the exquisite cruise ship Celebrity Cruises was founded in Athens by the Chandris Group of Greece. The company’s market is targeted at high-level tourists. The recipes on the cruise ship are carefully designed by the chef Michel Roux in the famous Michelin three-star guide.
  • In 1990, 48,563 tons and 1,600 passengers, the Nordic Empress was launched.
  • In 1991, the “Viking Melody” Viking Serenade was rebuilt, the passenger capacity increased to 1,500, and the US-Mexico three- or four-night voyage began.
  • In 1992, 73,941 tons and 2,350 passengers, the Majesty of the Seas was launched into the water, starting a seven-night voyage in the Western Caribbean. The sister ship of Horizon: Zenith is launched, weighing 47,225 tons and carrying 1,375 passengers.
  • In 1993, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ stock was listed on NYSE under the stock code: RCL.
  • In 1995, with 70,606 tons and 1,750 passengers, Century had the largest luxury suite in the cruise industry.
  • In 1995, Exquisite Cruises cooperated with SONY America to install the most advanced communication and entertainment facilities on the “Century Series” cruise ships.
  • In 1996, 70,000 tons and 1,800 passengers, Splendour of the Seas, were launched and began to enter the European market; in the same year, 75,000 tons and 1,950 passengers, Grandeur of the Seas, were launched and joined the Caribbean Sea voyage; 77,713 tons, 1,870 passengers, “Yinhe” Galaxy has the largest luxurious balcony cabin in the cruise industry.
  • In 1996, Exquisite Cruise Co., Ltd. cooperated with SONY America to set up a special SONY dream cabin on the “Yinhe” cruise ship and install the most advanced SONY computer and simulated Internet.
  • In 1997, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was renamed Royal Caribbean International. In the same year, the Rhapsody of the Seas with a capacity of 78,500 tons and 2,000 passengers was launched and joined the Alaska seven-night voyage; 74,140 tons, with a capacity of 1,950 passengers. The Enchantment of the Seas was launched and joined the Caribbean voyage.
  • In 1997, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ shares were listed in Europe and the trading venue is the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • In 1997, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Fine Cruises officially merged.
  • In 1998, the “Vision of the Sea” with 78,491 tons and 2,000 passengers was launched in April and joined the European market.
  • In 1999, Voyager I (142,000 tons, 3,114 passengers, Voyager of the Seas) super cruise ship was launched in November.
  • In 2000, Voyager II (142,000 tons, 3,114 passengers “Explorer of the Seas”) super cruise was launched in October; in June of the same year, the exquisite cruise ship “Millennium” ( (91,000 tons, 1,950 passengers) Super cruise ship launched.
  • In 2001, the “Advantage Series” super cruise ship (90,090 tons, carrying 2,000 passengers, “Radiance of the Seas”) was launched in March; the exquisite cruise ship “Wuji” INFINITY (91,000 tons, carrying 1,950 passengers) The first super cruise ship was launched in March; the exquisite cruise ship SUMMIT (91,000 tons, carrying 1,950 passengers) super cruise ship was launched in September; Voyager III (142,000 tons, carrying 3,114 passengers) The “Adventure of the Seas” super cruise ship was launched in November.
  • In 2002, the exquisite cruise ship “Constellation” (91,000 tons, 1,950 passengers) super cruise was launched in June; the “Advantage Series” super cruise ship (90,090 tons, 2,000 passengers) “Brilliance” Brilliance of the Seas) was launched in June; Voyager IV (142,000 tons, 3,114 passengers), the “Navigator of the Seas” super cruise ship launched in November.
  • In 2003, the “Superior Series” super cruise ship (90,090 tons, carrying 2,000 passengers, “Serenade of the Seas”) was newly launched in September; Voyager V (142,000 tons, carrying 3,114 passengers) The Mariner of the Seas super cruise ship was launched in November.
  • In 2004, the “Advantage Series” super cruise ship (90,090 tons, 2,000 passengers, “Jewel of the Seas”) was launched in April.
  • In 2006, the Big Mac super luxury cruise ship “Freedom of the Seas” (16,000 tons, 4,370 passengers) will officially set sail in June.
  • In November 2006, Royal Caribbean Cruises acquired Spanish Pullmantur Cruises.
  • In May 2007, Azamara Club Cruises was established as a subsidiary of Celebrity Cruises.
  • In 2007, following the merger with First Choice Holidays, TUI Travel owned 50% of Island Cruises.
  • In May 2008, CDF Croisières de France was established for the French market.
  • In 19th, 2008, Royal Caribbean Cruises sold its shares of Island Cruises to TUI.
  • In 2009, a new brand TUI Cruises, a joint venture with TUI AG, for the German market, began operations.
  • In February 2013, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced two of their latest Quantum-class ships, namely Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, which were built at Meyer Shipyard; in May of the same year, Royal Caribbean Cruises Announced that they have signed a contract for the third quantum-class ship, which will be delivered in mid-2016.
  • In September 2014, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that the third quantum-class ship would be named Ovation of the Seas, and in February 2015 it was announced that the third Oasis-class ship would be named Harmony of the Seas.
  • In March 2015, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that they had agreed to sell the Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016.
  • In June 2016, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that they had agreed to sell the Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises in the second quarter of 2017.
  • In 2017, Royal Caribbean agreed to use Port Everglades as the preferred berth for its Oasis class ships. The new agreement extends the contract with Port Everglades until 2026 to renovate cruise terminal No. 25 for $100 million and is approved by the Broward County Council.
  • On March 15, 2018, Royal Caribbean announced that they will undergo a major renovation of their private island Coco Cay, which will open in December 2018 and the end of 2019.
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