At Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., 81 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 943 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.36. It was published on Jul 29, 2016. 13393 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I feel I make a difference here.

What They Do

We asked Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We provide dream vacations to our guests. We are able to offer this through our superior quality, guest satisfaction and employee dedication. With guests from more than 200 countries and employees from over 125 countries, we truly are a global enterprise.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Hospitality
US Headquarters: Miami, Florida US Sites: 7
Major Locations: Miramar, Florida; Springfield, Oregon; Wichita, Kansas; Weston, Florida; University Park, Florida US Employees: 4,174
Worldwide Revenues: $8,299.1 million Employees Worldwide: 68,318
Corporate Structure: Public Stock Symbol: RCL
Founded: 1968

Annual Day of Giving (GIVE Day)

Perks and Programs

We asked Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Employee Cruise Privilege: One of our most popular benefits, Royal Caribbean’s Employee Cruise Request (ECR) offers employees, their family, and friends the opportunity to see the world. They can enjoy economical cruise vacations around the globe that may be booked months, weeks and even day-of-sailing. Our online ECR tool and convenient mobile app help employees keep tabs on their requests as they move up in line.
  • Volunteer Time Off: Launched in 2015, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Volunteer Time Off (VTO) is a way for employees to give back and support diverse activities about which they are truly passionate. Every year, each office employee is encouraged to take an eight-hour work day and dedicate it to a non-profit organization of their choice in the community. From the homeless, to the elderly, to the environment, our employees use their VTO to help make a difference.
  • Paternity Paid Leave: Family is important to work-life balance, and the weeks after a baby is born are critical to any growing family. To help establish a strong connection between a father and child, RCL allows employees whose spouse has a child or whose name appears on a child’s birth certificate to take ten business days of paid leave to help welcome their child to the world and bond with them.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: It’s win-win! When Royal Caribbean employees decide they want to expand their horizons through further education, the company is ready to help. RCL offers $6,000 a year for students pursing undergraduate degrees, and $10,000 a year for degree-seeking employees who are pursuing Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Employees have a great opportunity to further their education, while RCL gains a more well-equipped, flexible and stronger workforce.
  • Neighborhood Fuel: Our new Neighborhood Fuel offering allows employees in our South Florida locations to gas up -- while they work. Employees can fill up with regular or premium gasoline for the same price they would pay at the pump. Three times a week a truck comes to RCL, and using a convenient mobile app, employees text whether they need fuel or not. They then leave the gas door open and the truck driver pumps the gas and emails the employee a receipt. Implemented this year, it is an awesome complement to the existing onsite car wash.
  • Free Onsite Gym: Whether spinning in morning, taking a Zumba class at lunchtime, or pumping iron in the evening, RCL office employees are taking advantage of the free onsite fitness center at each of our U.S. locations. In addition to membership, we offer many convenient services including personal trainers, massage therapy, and salon services at a modest price.
  • No Waiting Period: When you are a new RCL employee , there is no waiting period for our extensive benefits offerings to kick-in. This has allowed us to attract more qualified candidates interested in working with us.


80% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Full-time) 70% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (Full-time)
$10,000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Restricted stock units to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Hair salon
  • Banking
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Convenience store
  • Personal travel service
Employee Shakedown Empress of the Seas


20 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
7 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Telecommute option (15% use it)


    35 days Job-protected maternity leave35 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take10 days Job-protected paternity leave
    10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    $2,500 Adoption benefit10 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


    • Onsite child care (only at headquarters)
    • Elder care resources
    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


    • Breast cancer screening
    • Skin cancer screening
    • Blood pressure screening
    • Complete biometric screening
    • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
    • Prostate cancer screening
    • Cholesterol tests
    • Flu shots
    • Fitness center (at all locations)

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    8 hours Paid time off to volunteer


    • 'Director, Diversity & Inclusion' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
    • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees
    • 1 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

    Annual Corporate Run


    Annual Engagement Survey

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    At RCL, making our guests’ dream vacations a reality is in our DNA. Our employees, whether they are located at sea on board our ships, or on land in our offices worldwide, are creative, dedicated, driven, innovative, service-oriented team players.  When looking at prospective employees, we pay attention to these qualities because they add up to a new hire who has the skills and passion to be an excellent fit.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    We love sharing a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to work for RCL on our Facebook ( and LinkedIn ( Followers will find frequent updates in the forms of photos, videos, employee testimonials, news about our different brands, and other RCL-related info. By visiting our social media channels, interested applicants can become experts at what it means to be a part of #TeamRCL, preparing them for a role with us. Prospective employees can also reach out to us via these channels for more information.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    As our brands continue to launch exciting new ships, we will be welcoming more marine and hospitality professionals. In support of the expansion, we will also focus on candidates with analytical and technical skills to join our offices around the globe. Among the many stimulating positions we will seek are professionals who want to be business analysts, call center representatives, architects and interior designers.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Aside from connecting with us on social media on Facebook and LinkedIn, candidates may visit our career site, RCL Careers ( There they may view our current job openings and apply for positions. They can also visit our corporate site at http://www.rclcorporate. com or sign up for newsletters to receive news about our company, meet some of our employees, and learn about our job opportunities.

    hiring Outlook

    800 Job openings forecast for coming year 3% Job Growth
    81 Average applicants per opening 59,754 Applications received
    735 Positions filled in past year 24% New hires by employee referrals
    300 New positions created 355 Jobs filled by current employees
    Yes Recruits on college campuses 133 New graduates hired
    13% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 15% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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