Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Royal Advantage Enhancements 2011 to 2014


"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."

Royal Caribbean International® has announced new enhancements to their fleet through  2014. They  call it the Royal AdvantageSM- the drive to provide the best, most innovative ships, features, destinations and personalized service to guests. In 2011, the Royal Advantage began began with Radiance of the Seas in May 2011, and will be followed by Splendour of the Seas in November. The enhancements expand their most popular innovations to select ships, giving more to see, more to do, and more to love, to more guests than ever before. The program will continue to the tune of $300 Million over the next several years.

The transformation process involves an extended dry-dock period of about a month. When the ships re-emerge they are even better versions of the ships that guests love, complete with new dining venues, entertainment options, technology enhancements and more.

2011 Schedule of Ship Enhancements

Oasis of the Seas ................. Newly enhanced and now sailing

Liberty of the Seas ............... Newly enhanced and now sailing

Freedom of the Seas ........... Newly enhanced and now sailing

Radiance of the Seas .......... Newly enhanced and now sailing

Splendour of the Seas ......... More to love coming Nov. 25, 2011

2012 Schedule of Ship Enhancements

Rhapsody of the Seas .......... More to love coming April 2012

Grandeur of the Seas ........... More to love coming June 2012

Serenade of the Seas ........... More to love coming Winter 2012

2013-2014 Schedule of ship enhancements

Legend of the Seas

Vision of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

Voyager of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas*

Enchantment of the Seas*
Independence of the Seas*

Among the revitalizations and enhancements to the Vision-, Voyager- and Radiance-class ships throughout the next three years, will be:

  • 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:  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.
We had the opportunity to experience these dining, entertainment, and technology improvements on Allure of the Seas during its inaugural.   The changes were such a hit, that Royal Caribbean decided to make the improvements fleet-wide.  This is a substantial investment in their ships which will result in more smiles on passenger's faces as they disembark following their cruise vacation.
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