'Way More Than a Cruise'TM
Having some of the very largest cruise ships in the world has given Royal Caribbean some of the finest leisure facilities possible onboard.
Royal Caribbean has been around since 1969 and currently operates 20 ships and is a 2005 Conde Nast Reader's Travel Awards winner.
And with some of the sharpest pricing you can find, be it on Hawaiian cruises or anywhere in the world, this is cruising truly offering great value with the most amazing facilities.
Describing themselves as 'Way More Than a Cruise', Royal Caribbean's cruises are more like a destination in themselves, with enough to do to tempt you to stay onboard, despite the temptations of the places you'll visit.
For Hawaii, Royal Caribbean currently sail from Ensenada in Mexico and Vancouver in Canada, giving you a few days to chill out at sea, before these beautiful Hawaiian islands appear on your horizon.
Did I say 'chill-out'? Well, you can of course, as well as testing all those wonderful facilities onboard - and maybe yourself a little too!
Hawaiian ports of call on 'Serenade of the Seas' are Kona, Hawaii; Hilo, Hawaii; Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; and Honolulu, Oahu, Lahaina, Maui, depending on which of the two options you choose.
Surely the pick of the bunch, when it comes to variety and experiences, on top of the fun and joy of these amazing Hawaiian islands.
Note, Royal Caribbean do not do many Hawaiian cruises, so check before you start making plans.
What's the Food Like?
As you would expect from such a successful fleet, food is a big strength, with virtual non-stop dining and snacking opportunities.
Although you might expect to put extra pounds on onboard, there are healthy options, specially created for those taking care of their diet. then again, if you've waited for months to indulge yourself, why not explore different cuisines.
And if this is what you want to do, you can! From informal, to exotic; from fast-food, to sumptuous; from coffee-shop to ice-cream parlor, Royal Caribbean offer as wide a range of eating experiences as you might find anywhere.
And for that special treat, some ships carry really exceptional restaurants that require an extra charge.
Over the last couple of years, Royal Caribbean has responded to changing needs of their guests by providing, if you let them know in advance, extra treats for those with special dietary requirements, so definitely ask upfront.
What's There to Do?
During the day
You can be assured that rather than lounging around reading a book (which, of course, you can!), there will be an array of opportunities to try out.
From 200-foot above sea-level rock climbing to real ice-skating (and roller-blade too!). From basketball courts to 9 or even 18-hole miniature golf courses.
From special pool tables that counteract any movement of the ship to artists retreats and other special courses to try. Experiences vary by itinerary, so check before you book!
Or you could be traditional and chill-out by the pools, jaccuzis or use the personal pampering treatment spas.
Then there's the shopping. For those of you who can't last a few days without a browse or two, get your credit cards primed for action. Luxurious treats await you!
The beauty of Royal Caribbean is that you can fit the onboard experiences in, whilst you cruise to Hawaii - and then experience the islands to the full!
There are 6 special programmes suited to every age, from 6 months to 17 years even, not to forget the never-ending soda and juice (for a small extra fee). Supervised by staff all who have a college degree in a related field, you can be safe and secure as you enjoy your own break.
When you want to be together there are special places onboard for families to hang out too.
When the Sun goes down
There are, of course, choices. From the traditional stage productions able to challenge Broadway, Vegas and London's West End, to fun-filled edge of your seat stuff. From theme bars to quiet pubs. from jazz to pop.
Need to keep in touch?
All ships have Internet cafés, and some cabins are wi-fi too.
You won't find many hidden charges at Royal Caribbean. Almost all the equipment and extras are free, with the exception of the juice (see above) and spa.
Who Goes on Royal Caribbean Cruises?
Royal Caribbean typically attracts singles and couples in their 30s to 50s and families of all ages too.
Cruising with Royal Caribbean is especially appealing to value-conscious passengers looking for a great active vacation.
Whilst the average age will vary over the whole of the fleet, the rule of thumb is that short cruises have younger guests overall whilst longer ones are a bit older (maybe they don't have to get back to their day job!)
Whilst those cruise with the special range of children's activities will cater for that group more.
Royal Caribbean have not forgotten the less able, with special features readily available, such as automatic doors, pool lifts, beach wheelchairs, pull-down closet rods and stair handrails with Braille deck numbers.
In 1997, Royal Caribbean purchased Celebrity Cruises to build their portfolio for a more upmarket giving a total fleet of 25 ships and more than 40,000 berths.
If it's a cruise you're looking for, for the first time - or the twenty-first - it will be surprising if you can't find something just perfect for you at Royal Caribbean International.