Royal Caribbean International's fleet consists of 25 ships spread across seven ship classes. While there are some similarities between the classes, with a number of signature Royal Caribbean dining venues and bars standard across the fleet, there are many more differences. And for new-to-Royal cruisers who might be familiar with commercials featuring surf simulators, rock walls and DreamWorks characters straight from the big screen, it can be hard to know which Royal Caribbean cruise ship class is right for them.

To help those who have never cruised at all, or just never cruised Royal Caribbean, Cruise Critic has broken down the line's seven ship classes, as well as the differences between ships in the same class, to help with the decision making process.

We tell you what each class is best known for and what activities you'll find on each. We break down any significant differences within the classes, so that foodies, families and pool aficionados can find the Royal Caribbean ships that fits their needs the best.

Royal Caribbean's cruise ship classes are: