If you have been following along on Royal Caribbean’s Royal Advantage work on Radiance of the Seas, you know the drill. Today, the line announced that it will invest approximately $300 million to bring the latest innovations to the cruise line’s ships across the fleet and introduce the highest guest-rated programs from its award-winning Oasis-class ships.
“The Royal Advantage revitalizations takes many of the best features that we have created in recent years and introduces them across our fleet, offering our guests enhanced vacation choices around the world,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “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.”
The Royal Advantage revitalizations began with Radiance of the Seas in May 2011, and will be followed by Splendour of the Seas in November. In 2012, revitalizations are scheduled for Vision-class ships including Rhapsody of the Seas (March 2012) and Grandeur of the Seas (May 2012), as well as Radiance-class Serenade of the Seas (November 2012). Each ship will enter dry dock for approximately a month and re-emerge as even better versions of the ships that guests love, complete with new dining venues, entertainment options, technology enhancements and more.
“We are thrilled that the ongoing Royal Advantage revitalizations will result in a virtually brand-new fleet that offers the most contemporary experience, no matter which ship or itinerary vacationers choose,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International.
Lets take another look at the revitalizations and enhancements to the Vision-, Voyager- and Radiance-class ships throughout the next three years:
- New Technology: Guests will enjoy pervasive Wi-Fi, interactive flat-panel televisions in staterooms, and electronic mustering
- Digital Wayfinding Systems: Onboard activities, real time updates, customized directions and routing, as well as ship factoids will all be at guests’ fingertips with new plasma and L CD touch screen signs prominently placed throughout each of the ships.
- Outdoor LED Video Walls: Oversized video screens will be installed on the pool decks to liven up outdoor entertainment and programming, day and night.
- Royal Babies and Tots Nursery: Safe, fun and interactive vacation environments will be available in nurseries designed for babies and tots ages six through 36 months.
- New Staterooms: New levels of accommodations, including staterooms ideal for families, will be added to suit a variety of guest needs and requirements.
Additional Dining Options:
- Chef’s Table (yes, they have one too): An exclusive experience co-hosted by the Executive Chef and Sommelier for an intimate wine pairing dinner of five courses
- Izumi: A pan-Asian cuisine restaurant featuring mouthwatering flavors and a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking.
- Chops Grille: Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse featuring a menu of prime cuts prepared a la minute.
- Park Café: A casual dining venue featuring gourmet salads, sandwiches, soups and pastries.
- Rita’s Cantina: A casual yet vibrant restaurant offering traditional Mexican fare, comprehensive selection of margaritas and live evening entertainment.
- Boardwalk Doghouse: A casual eatery for guest to enjoy a range of brats, links, wieners and dogs.