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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Aug 15, 2014

Gary Bembridge author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

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Royal Caribbean is the world's second largest cruise line offering resort-like destinations which are often first to introduce features not seen on cruise ships. Their ships have rock climbing, surfing, bumper cars, ice skating, zip lining, water spectaculars and big production shows.

They operate many of the largest cruise ships in the world and need to attract all age ranges to fill them, although they especially appeal to families. Royal Caribbean has a busy on-board atmosphere with lots of bustle and activities all day. This includes many passenger-participation events like trivia, hairy chest and even belly flop competitions. There are a number of speciality dining options in addition to the main dining room and a more informal dress code to appeal to families who would normally be attracted to land-based resort vacations.

There is a wide range of accommodation ranging from inexpensive inside cabins to rooms suitable for families through to suites.

Their fares are usually competitive and as they call on about 300 ports around the world and have ships placed in different regions there is likely to be a Royal Caribbean ship sailing close to where you are.