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After 21 days in dry dock, Royal Caribbean International’s Radiance of the Seas has reemerged sporting new Royal Advantage amenities.
This revitalization is part of Royal Caribbean’s $70 million enhancement program to bring the Royal Advantage concepts, first introduced aboard their Oasis-class ships, to guests on their more intimately sized vessels. The newly outfitted Radiance will sail alternating seven-night southbound and northbound Alaska itineraries before sailing to its first winter 2011 season in Australia and New Zealand.
"Radiance of the Seas's drydock is part of Royal Caribbean's multi-ship enhancement and revitalization strategy to deliver the Royal Advantage to our guests," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "The Royal Advantage comprises some of the industry's most innovative onboard amenities, programs and Gold Anchor Service that make up the most contemporary cruise vacation. By introducing almost all of the same specialty restaurants that can currently be found onboard Allure of the Seas as well some of the Oasis-class ships' most popular concepts to Radiance of the Seas, guests can enjoy a variety of brand new onboard experiences."
The new innovations brought to Radiance include the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for children six to 36 months old, 12 newly added accommodations and technology enhancements, such as shipwide Wi-Fi and flat-panel televisions in all staterooms.
The ship also boasts a new Concierge Lounge for suite guests, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members, the Quill and Compass Pub and an outdoor LED video wall overlooking the main pool area for movies under the stars.
The new Radiance also boasts nearly double the dining options it did before. The renovation has added seven of the fleet’s most popular dining concepts:
Boardwalk Dog House serves traditional hot dogs, wieners, brats, sausages and other linked meats with a variety of toppings. (Complimentary, open for lunch and dinner)
Giovanni’s Table is an Italian trattoria featuring family-style classics. (Lunch is priced from $15 and dinner from $20)
Izumi serves pan-Asian cuisine and includes a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking. ($3 cover charge for lunch and $5 cover for dinner, plus à la carte menu pricing)
Park Café is an indoor / outdoor gourmet market serving salads, sandwiches, soups and pastries (Complimentary, breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Rita’s Cantina is a casual indoor / outdoor restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine, margaritas and live guitar music and dancing in the evening. ($3 cover and à la carte menu pricing, lunch and dinner)
Samba Grill is styled after popular Brazilian steakhouses. It offers an interactive experience where guests choose from a variety of meats, chicken and seafood brought to the table, ready to slice and serve upon request ($25 per person, dinner)
Chef’s Table is an exclusive wine pairing five-course dinner co-hosted by the executive Chef and Sommelier ($95 per person, dinner)
Radiance of the Seas is the third of four ships to undergo revitalization in 2011. Liberty of the Seas relaunched in January, Freedom of the Seas in March, and Splendour of the Seas will relaunch in October. Each ship will sport the most highly guest-rated features of the new Oasis-class ships.