|Royal Caribbean has begun a campaign to upgrade and revitalize its entire fleet one ship at a time. // (c) 2011 Royal Caribbean|
Royal Caribbean just announced its decision to invest $300 million in order to provide new innovations as well as its highest guest-rated programs from its Oasis-class ships to the entire fleet.
This revitalization is planned through 2014. They began with the Radiance of the Seas in May of 2011, and will continue with Splendor of the Seas in November of 2011. Following this in 2012, Vision-class ships will be updated starting with Rhapsody of the Seas in March, Grandeur of the Seas in May, and the Radiance-class Serenade of the Seas in November.
Each ship will enter dry dock for approximately a month to be updated., with emphasis on dining venues, entertainment options, technology enhancements, and more.
Among the electronic enhancements are flat-panel televisions in staterooms, electronic mustering, pervasive Wi-Fi, and iPod docking stations. LCD touch-screen signs are also planned to be placed throughout the ship for the purpose of displaying real time destination updates and information, as well as ship factoids. Outdoor LED video walls will also be installed to enhance outdoor entertainment and programming.
Also planned is a newly-refurbished staterooms and nurseries for children aged 36 months to six years old. New dining options are also planned, which include the Chef’s Table, a five course dinner co-hosted by the executive shef; Izumi, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring a sushi bar and hot rock cooking; Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse; Park Café, casual dining with gourmet salads, sandwiches, soups, and pastries; Rita’s Cantina, a casual Mexican restaurant; and the Boardwalk Doghouse, a casual grill serving brats, links, wieners, and dogs.
Additional revitalizations are planned in 2013 and 2014 on the Legend of the Seas and Vision of the Seas, as well as the four Voyager-class ships - Navigator of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas - and the Radiance-class Brilliance of the Seas.