All about Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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Does Royal Caribbean offer a military discount?

Yes, but....there aren't many sailings which offer a lower military rate. Royal Caribbean actually offers far fewer military discounts than Carnival, Disney and Norwegian.

However, we at Military Cruise Deals offer our military discount or benefit on almost every Royal Caribbean ship and sail date.

Our military discount consists of a combination of: free gratuities, an onboard credit, a discount off the cruise fare, or discounted travel insurance. Which benefit you get is based on the sailing. The free gratuities promotion is ONLY available if you book ONLINE and applies to oceanview and higher categories and to the 1st two people in the cabin.

So when you book with us at Military Cruise Deals, you’ll get a much better deal than if you book with Royal directly, or with any other online travel agency like Travelocity or VacationsToGo.


Royal Caribbean is one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, created in 1969, now with 22 ships going to 270 destinations in 70 different countries in six continents. And it has it’s own private island on the north coast of Hispaniola - Labadee!

As cruise experts with decades of experience in the industry, we can vouch for a couple of key facts about Royal: It has the largest, most exciting ships and cabins in the world, yet also offers some of the most affordable cruises with rates starting around $200 pp for some off-peak Bahamas cruises!


Have you heard of the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas?

They are Royal’s two biggest and newest ships, and they are utterly amazing. We speak from personal experience!

About five years ago we cruised on the Royal Caribbean ship, Mariner of the Seas, and at the time, we thought that was huge and amazing.

But last year we cruised on the Allure of the Seas (which is a sister ship of the Oasis, meaning they are exactly the same) and were truly blown away. The Allure and the Oasis are two to three times larger than many other cruise ships. They are a park, resort, hotel, mall, and amusement park all rolled into one. These ships hold over 5000 guests on 16 passenger decks, and have far more balcony cabins than inside and ocean view cabins combined!

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Short Quiz:

Is there a zip line on the Allure and Oasis? Yes!

Did I about have a heart attack as I witnessed my husband zip past the balcony of our Boardwalk cabin? Yes!

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On the Oasis and Allure you can get a balcony room that faces an interior ‘neighborhood’ of the ship. The Central Park balcony rooms face an open-air, park-like area in the middle of the ship.

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Or, Boardwalk balconies face the open-air boardwalk neighborhood where live music is often being played. From these balconies you can view the open air Aqua Theater and the ocean.


The cabins on the Allure and Oasis are the most modern and jaw-dropping in the entire cruise business. Imagine two deck-high staterooms on the 15th deck of the ship, with a panorama view that is the best you could get from any cruise cabin in the world, two bathrooms, dining area, flat-screen TVs of course, and linens to die for. When you call, ask us for a “Loft Suite” and we’ll hook you up!

See below - can you believe that is a cabin on a cruise ship?! Yes, that is indeed a baby grand piano.

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Is Royal Caribbean a good cruise line for kids? How does it compare to Carnival and Disney?

Royal is an AMAZING cruise line for kids with programs that are easily as good as Carnival’s and Disney’s. One of the things that makes Disney fun for kids are the big stuffed characters walking around, so the kids get to interact with lovable, live-sized versions of Minney, Mickey and Goofey.

Royal’s DreamWorks experience offers this same joyful experience, but with the characters from Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. Nothing is better than hugging a life-sized penguin or hippo - I don’t care how old you are!

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But most parents’ favorite feature of the Royal Caribbean kids’ program is the My Family Time Dining, in which expedited meals are served to kids (ages 3 to 11), and as soon as they’re done eating the kids are whisked away by the Royal Adventure Ocean kids’ staff, so parents can enjoy the rest of their dinner in adult silence and serenity. Wow! Love that.

There are age-appropriate play facilities and programs operated by a well-trained Youth Staff that will engage and entertain kids of all ages.


Oasis Class (Oasis and Allure):

The Allure and Oasis both do 7-day cruises from Ft. Lauderdale alternating to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Search all future sailings on the Allure
All future sailings on the Oasis

Although Royal Caribbean rarely offers a military discount on any cruise sailings on the Allure or Oasis, we at Military Cruise Deals will always provide a military discount. On most sailings in 2013 we are currently offering free gratuities on almost every balcony cabin on these two ships!


Freedom Class ships:

The Freedom, Liberty and Independence, built from 2006 to 2008, are all a whopping 154,000 tons and 1112 feet long, holding up to 4300 guests. At the time they were built, they were the masters of the cruising universe, the first to offer such novelties as:

  • rock-climbing walls
  • nine-hole miniature golf
  • surf simulator
  • ice skating rink
  • DreamWorks Experience

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The Freedom does 7-day cruises out of Port Canaveral alternating to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
All future sailings on the Freedom

The Liberty splits her time between 5 and 4-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale in the winter, and cruises the Western Mediterranean in the summer from ports in Naples, Barcelona and the Cote d’Azur.
All future sailings on the Liberty

The Independence of the Seas sails to the unique ports of Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Fjords, Canary Islands and Western Caribbean in the summer and from Ft. Lauderdale in the summer.
All future sailings on the Independence

In 2011 many of Royal Caribbean’s ships underwent a huge ‘revitalization’ in which they were redone and outfitted with new technology and facilities including:

  • more speciality restaurants,
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ships,
  • a concierge club,
  • Royal Babies and Tots Nurseries,
  • flat-panel televisions in all staterooms and much more.

Voyager Class Ships:

The Voyager Class ships include: Navigator, Adventure, Voyager, Explorer and Mariner.

These 138,000-ton ships were all built between 1999 and 2003. With 14 passengers decks and 1557 cabins they are capable of holding over 3400 passengers. Although still relatively new, all these ships have received an update/face lift since in the last few years.

Amenities on these ships include: DreamWorks Experience, solarium, three pools, six whirlpools, sports court, rock-climbing wall, nine-hole miniature golf course, golf simulator, ice skating rink, in-line skating track, jogging path, video arcade, peek-a-boo bridge, boutiques, art and photo gallery and Internet center.

The Voyager is a rare Australian/Asian bird, with 2013 departures from Sydney, China and Singapore.
All upcoming cruises on the Voyager

In the winter months the Navigator cruises to the Western Caribbean from Galveston and New Orleans. In the summer months it gallivants around Southern Europe from Rome and Barcelona.
All upcoming cruises on the Navigator of the Seas

Radiance Class Ships:

Serenade of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas

These 90,000 ton ships were built from 2001 to 2004, hold an average of 2100 guests per voyage and carry almost 900 crew members. They have 1083 cabins on 12 passenger decks; 583 of those have balconies.
All Radiance Class ships were refurbished in 2011 and now contain the same array of amenities as the Voyager Class ships, including a 220 square foot outdoor, pool side movie screen, seven new food and dining experiences, ship wide WiFi and much more.

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Vision Class Ships:

Vision of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the seas, Splendor of the Seas

  • Royal’s Military Discount Policy

    Although Royal will only apply the military discount to a cabin which contains the eligible member of the military, we at Military Cruise Deals WILL APPLY OUR DISCOUNT to all cabins which contain mere friends and family of a member of the military.

    To qualify for Royal’s military rate, an individual must be: an Active personnel currently serving in the Canadian National Defense; United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves. Proper identification in the form of a United States Uniformed Services WHITE Identification Card for U.S. military personnel, and a WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card with a Red Canadian Flag displayed for Canadian National Defense personnel, must be presented at time of check-in.
  • Retired from any of the divisions listed directly above. "Retired" is defined as A) enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service, B) medically retired, or C) 100% disabled. Proper identification for those classified in category A or B must be in the form of a United States Uniformed RED (Reserve retired personnel) or BLUE (Active Duty retired personnel) Identification Card. Proper identification for those classified in category C is a United States Uniformed TAN Identification Card. Retired Canadian National Defense personnel are eligible and must possess a green NDI-75 card (retired personnel). All forms of identification must be presented at time of check-in.
  • Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years, or 6-months in an active war zone, in any of the United States service divisions listed above. Proper identification in the form of a DD 214, plus a current photo must be presented at time of check-in.
  • Spouses of actively deployed, or deceased military personnel, are eligible to book one stateroom as long as the eligible spouse is occupying the stateroom. All other guests traveling in the same stateroom are also eligible for the military rate. Spouse must present the PINK Dependent Military ID upon check-in as proof of eligibility.

All guests traveling in the same stateroom are eligible to receive the military rate. No additional staterooms, other than the one that is occupied by the military person is eligible for the military rate. Spouses, parents, in-laws, children or other family members or friends are not eligible for the military rate without the eligible military person occupying the stateroom.

To search all Royal Caribbean cruises and see their discounted military rates - click on the links in the right column of this page.

Those links will open a cruise search form that already has the "MILITARY" option selected - so all prices shown will reflect Royal Caribbean's military discount.

From there, you can modify any of the search terms, such as: destination, dates you'd like to cruise, departure port, cruise line and more, and the prices on those new results shown will still reflect any military rate offered by Royal Caribbean.

How to Book a Royal Caribbean Cruise at the discounted military rates:

You may book directly online, however... to confirm that the rate shown online was the lowest rate available to you and to get our additional discount applied. we strongly suggest that you call MilitaryCruiseDeals.com at 1-866-9-MILITARY (866-964-5482) and speak with one of our cruise specialists.

Be sure to tell the agent that you or a family member is part of the Armed Forces. Active, or retired. The agent will then help you find the right cruise.

If Royal Caribbean is offering their own military rate, you will get that rate for as many cabins as they allow. Even if no military discount is offered by Royal Caribbean, we will apply our military discount to the other cabins.

But before you start your cruise search, there's something you should do.

Make sure you click HERE to sign up to receive our Military Specials Alert emails that reveal the best military special offers and discounts.

Don't miss out on the best military discounts and deals that happen when you're not looking!

The really amazing, once-a-year-type deals are usually offered without notice, and new last-minute deals pop up every day.

Instead of checking back on our website every day to see what those deals are, get our MILITARY SPECIALS ALERT email notification of all deals and offers as soon as they're offered.

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How can you save you money even AFTER your cruise is booked and paid for?

Imagine if your travel agent called you and said, "I've been keeping an eye on your cruise. This morning the cruise line lowered the price of your cabin category by $200 per person, and I was able to refare it to that new lower rate. So, I just wanted to let you know that your balance due is now $400 less! That's all. Have a nice day."

Or, "I checked on your cruise status today and there was a free-upgrade offer available, so I can get you moved up from deck 6 to deck 10 if you'd like?" Or an ocean view cabin up to a balcony for free! Things like this happen often and we are happy to help look for opportunities like that for you!

We make phone calls like that on a regular basis, because even after our clients book with us, we STILL are on the lookout for ways they can get more and pay less.

Between the time you book your cruise and your cruise sails, we monitor the cruise line's rate, and if we notice that it becomes less than what you paid, we contact the cruise line and request that they refare your cruise to the new lower rate, upgrade you to a higher category, or provide an on-board credit for the difference. If you notice before we do, call us!