Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was founded in 1968 by 3 Norwegian shipping companies. Its first ship, the “Song of Norway” was put into service in 1970.
In 1971, Nordic Prince was added to the fleet. Sun Viking was added the following year.
In 1986, the company leased a property in Haiti and turned it into a private port for guests. The port was eventually named Labadee.
In 1997, the company merged with Celebrity Cruises to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited. The cruise lines were kept separate following the merger.
In 2000, the Island Cruises line was launched.
In 2006, the company acquired the Pullmantur cruise line.
Today, Royal Caribbean is the second largest cruise line in the world. The company operates under 5 different lines.