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Celebrity Eclipse to get revamp in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on August 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Travel Weekly reports that UK-based Celebrity Eclipse will undergo a refurbishment in April next year when she enters drydock for routine maintenance. 




She will return to her homeport of Southampton on May 9th 2015 with a new dining venue, revamped pool area and an upgraded casino.


The ship’s Cellar Masters wine bar is being transformed into Gastrobar, which will serve more than 40 craft beers.


Nicki Tempest-Mitchell, sales director at Celebrity Cruises, said the bar, which is currently available only on Celebrity Equinox, would become a “trendy and cool place to eat and drink”.


“It will follow the innovation we have in speciality dining venue Qsine, with customers ordering their food and drink on an iPad,” she said. “We will be able to pair food and drink nicely.


“This was only added on Equinox in the past four or five months so it’s very exciting to have it coming to Eclipse too.”


The pool area on the ship is also being transformed with the addition of a frozen drink bar called Slush.


The American-style casino will also become more British with 12 new British-themed slot machines, and American-style roulette wheels being replaced by European-style ones. The cuise line is also installing a private photo studio.

Navigator of the Seas emerges from refit with new WOWs

Posted by RCI fans on February 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The latest Royal Caribbean ship to have been given the 'Royal Advantage' has emerged out of dry dock today.




Navigator of the Seas underwent a month-long overhaul, which saw 81 new 'virtual balcony' cabins featuring a giant LED screen with a live view of the outside world, new panoramic ocean view cabins, with floor to ceiling windows. Other enhancements include new dining options such as Izumi and Giovanni's and signature favourite Chops Grille. Navigator will also feature a brand new specialty restaurant called Sabor, serving Mexican food.


Other highlights include digital signage, bow-to-stern WI-FI, ultra slim TV's, movie screen on the pool deck and a new nursery for children 6-36 months called Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. The champagne bar has also been transformed into a stylish bar called the R Bar.


The most noticeable new feature is the Flowrider surf simulator at the back of the sports deck. Previously only available on the Freedom and Oasis class, it is the first time the Flowrider has featured on a Voyager class vessel. 




Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round from Galverston, Texas to ports including Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan Honduras; Falmouth, Jamaica; and George Town, Grand Cayman.


There is also suspicion that Navigator of the Seas will replace Jewel of the Seas in San Juan for the 2015/2016 season. However Royal Caribbean have not officially announced any plans at this moment in time.

Brilliance of the Seas VIP Cruise

Posted by RCI fans on May 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (6)

We are excited to announce that on May 14th, thanks to the generosity of Royal Caribbean International, We will be spending the night onboard the newly refurbished Brilliance of the Seas for a special VIP Cruise departing from Harwich.




On May 14th, Myself and Joan will embark around 1pm. Once on board, we will be joined by 100's of top performing travel agents, cruise specialists, loyal guests and VIPs!


We will depart Harwich at approx. 1700, where we sail out of the port and into the North Sea before arriving back in Harwich the next morning at 7am.


We will be sharing all our photos from the event both here on RCIfans.com and on our Facebook page.


I am really looking forward to touring the newly revitalised Brilliance of the Seas and it will be great to view the new enhancements in person and compare them with when we went on her back in June 2012. I am also really looking forward to cruisng out of Harwich for the very first time.


Make sure to check back after the 15th for photos, videos and more!


I'd like to conclude by saying a big thanks to all the staff from Royal Caribbean and their PR department who have made this event possible.

UPDATE: Oasis of the Seas will come to Europe in 2014

Posted by RCI fans on March 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

After 5 years since its brief time in European waters, Oasis of the Seas will be making a return to the region in October 2014. 




The largest cruise ship, will sail to the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam, one of the largest dockyards in Europe. There, Oasis will receive some cosmetic repairs and tests.


The visit to the shipyard will give the opportunity for Oasis of the Seas to operate several cruises in Europe. A transatlantic sailing from the Caribbean to Europe is expected and in addition several voyages around Europe. Eventually the ship is expected to return to the States.

 


The Allure of the Seas is also likely to come to Europe in the next 2-3 years time if a drydock has still not been built in the Caribbean that can hold the largest ships in the world.


There is also speculation that the Oasis of the Seas will be briefly touring the Western Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona.


UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has now officially announced that Oasis will call in Europe, after releasing the 2014 cruise schedules. Bookings will go live on 11th April 2013. A transatlantic from Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona. A 7 night round trip from Barcelona around Spain before a cruise to Rotterdam ready for her drydock. After dry dock is complete, she will set sail on a transatlantic cruise from Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale via Southampton.

Independence to receive refit in April 2013

Posted by RCI fans on January 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As part of Royal Caribbean's Revitalization program, Independence of the Seas will receive her refit in April 2013. 




The refit will be slightly less extensive than that of the work we have seen on the Vision and Radiance class ships. However, there will still be quite a hefty price tag, $7 million infact. 


Her refurbishment will take two weeks, where she will begin her summer season in Southampton on 2nd May. She will be offering some new shorter sailings such as Le Havre and Zeebrugge.

 

 

Independence of the Seas will receive;

 

  • An outdoor movie screen
  • Cupcake Cupboard
  • Digital Signage Waypoints
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Tots nursery
  • New 'Giovanni’s Table' specialty restaurant

Independence of the Seas to get the Royal Advantage

Posted by RCI fans on June 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Independence of the Seas will be getting the 'Royal Advantage' says Royal Caribbean.

 


The work on Independence of the Seas will be "a less extensive upgrade" compared to the work we have seen on the Vision class ships and Radiance of the Seas. The upgrade is currently due to take place in March 2013.

 

The Royal Advantage upgrades began in May 2011 with the revitalization of Radiance of the Seas. After the Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas followed in November 2011. Royal Caribbean continued with their plan this year with improvements to Rhapsody of the Seas in March, and Grandeur of the Seas. Work on Serenade of the Seas is scheduled for November and by 2013, the Vision Class ships will begin, starting with Legend of the Seas in January. She will be followed by Vision of the Seas in March, Brilliance of the Seas in May, and Navigator of the Seas in November.

 

By 2014 the remaining ships will be the Voyager class. Adventure of the Seas, in January, the Voyager of the Seas in April, and the Explorer of the Seas in November.

Grandeur of the Seas to cruise from Baltimore

Posted by RCI fans on May 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean is planning on bringing Grandeur of the Seas back to Baltimore to offer year-round cruises in the spring of 2013 after she receives a $48 million renovation.


Grandeur of the Seas previously sailed out of Baltimore from 2004 to 2009 before being replaced by Enchantment of the Seas. Once Grandeur arrives, it will replace Enchantment of the Seas and offer cruises to the Bahamas, Bermuda and New England and Canada.


Royal Caribbean plans to have the first cruise out of Baltimore on May 3, 2013 to Bermuda. After, Grandeur will offer six, seven, eight and ten-night cruises.

 

Grandeur of the Seas' dry dock renovation

Posted by RCI fans on May 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Grandeur of the Seas is currently in dry dock for a five-week upgrade at the Navantia ship yards in Cadiz, Spain. The upgrade, which is part of Royal Caribbean's 'Royal Revitaliazation' will cost $48 million and will include Oasis class additions.

The changes coming to Grandeur of the Seas include;

  • technological upgrades
  • new entertainment offerings
  • a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty guests
  • a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top-tier loyalty guests
  • a transformed Viking Crown Lounge
  • an overall refreshment of furniture, carpet, upholstery and staterooms
  • new dining venues including;
  • Giovanni's Table
  • Izumi
  • Park Cafe
  • Chops Grille
  • Chef's Table
  • Addition of Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for children ages 36 months to six years old
  • Ship-wide WiFi
  • Outdoor video screen overlooking the pool deck

 

The renovation is the third of six Vision-class ships that will be fully refurbished.

Grandeur of the Seas will finish its refurbishment on May 31, at which point she will embark upon an 11-night Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona, Spain.

Rhapsody of the Seas begins refurbishment

Posted by RCI fans on March 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas has entered Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard today to begin a month-long refurbishment as part of the company's Royal Advantage program.

 


Rhapsody of the Seas complete list of upgrades include;

  

  • Five new specialty dining venues
  • Chops Grille
  • Giovanni’s Table
  • Park Café
  • Izumi
  • Chef’s Table
  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • Diamond Lounge for Crown and Anchor Society members
  • Concierge lounge for suite guests
  • New furniture
  • New carpets
  • New upholstery
  • Renovated staterooms.

 


Rhapsody of the Seas is the third Royal Caribbean ship to receive these upgrades. The refit provides the older ships in the fleet, upgrades and amenities found on the newer ships.

Royal Caribbean's Commercial Manager Adam Armstrong commented on the refurbishment, "“Rhapsody of the Seas has been a tremendous success in Australia and New Zealand where she has carried over 175,000 guests and developed a very loyal following. Now we’re adding a host of extra innovations and popular features to really raise the bar for local fans. Originally scheduled for only a two-week ‘drydock’ for regular maintenance, we have since extended the project to four weeks in order to allow more extensive enhancements across the entire ship, including dining, cabins, entertainment and technology.”

 

Following the upgrades, Rhapsody of the Seas will head to Australia to join Radiance of the Seas, which received her revitalization in May 2011.

iPads For Every Stateroom

Posted by RCI fans on November 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

When Splendour of the Seas comes out of drydock next week, she will be offering all of her guests regardless of stateroom type, an iPad. In addition, Royal Caribbean is planning to roll out iPads to every Vision Class ship (Vision, Grandeur, Rhapsody, Enchantment and Legend of the Seas) by 2014.

Passengers will be able to;

•Access the daily Cruise Compass

• Access daily itineraries, including shore excursions

• Monitor their onboard account

• Order room service

• View restaurant menus

• Access the internet *

• Watch movies

* - Additional charges apply

Royal Caribbean senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Lisa Bauer, commented on the news, "Based on consumer research, we added the iPads to greatly enhance guest communication, interactivity and to continue to offer industry leading technology that helps enhance the guest experience. This is just one of the many exciting ways that Royal Caribbean continues to provide our guests with the ultimate cruise experience."

Royal Caribbean expects every cabin onboard Splendour to have an iPad by February 2012.