The one where Royal Caribbean refurbish an entire fleet…

The ‘Royal Advantage’ initiative has gone into overdrive with Royal Caribbean International committing to invest approximately $300 million to enhance their 22- ship fleet in the next 3 years.

Commencing earlier this year, the line has already completed revitalisations of Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas and will continue with Splendour of the Seas going into dry dock in October 2011.

Taking the best features from their innovative Oasis-class ships, Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations for RCI said, “we are thrilled that the ongoing Royal Advantage revitalisation program will result in a virtually brand-new fleet that offers the most contemporary experience, no matter which ship or itinerary vacationers choose.”

As part of the initiative, Australian favourite, Rhapsody of the Seas, is scheduled to have her ‘Oasis-class treatment’ in March 2012.

Based in Australia for the summer cruise season since 2007, Rhapsody will dry dock in Singapore for an additional 14 days resulting in the cancellation of four cruises from Sydney next year.

These cruises will be replaced with two repositioning cruises pre and post dry dock. Cruisers will have the opportunity to choose either a 14-night cruise from Sydney to Singapore departing 16 February 2012 or a 15-night return cruise departing Singapore on 29 March 2012.

These voyages will take in such ports as Bali, Darwin, Cairns and The Whitsundays and will be priced from $1385 per person for 14-nights.

“We’re fully committed to ‘raising the bar’ by heavily investing in our growing Australasian fleet and delivering a superior product to the local market – either by introducing new ships or by revitalising existing ones,” said Gavin Smith, managing director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia.

Rhapsody of the Seas is already a tremendously popular ship and now we will invest in making her even better.”

Vision, Voyager and Radiance-class ships are all expected to have a host of enhancements including:

  • All-encompassing Wi-Fi, interactive flat-screen TVs in staterooms and electronic mustering.
  • Plasma and LCD touch screen signs throughout the ship to give passengers customised directions, list onboard activities and offer ship facts.
  • Large LED screens on the pool deck.
  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • Additional dining options including Chef’s Table, Izumi, Chops Grille, Park Cafe, Rita’s Cantina and Boardwalk Doghouse.

“We never stop trying to make the experience even better, and no other cruise line can offer the same high quality vacation experience with such an array of choices that cater to every guest,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

Original article published on e-Travel Blackboard

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