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Bauer: Grandeur like brand-new ship after $48m revitalization

Royal Caribbean
Grandeur emerges from Navantia shipyard
Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas on Friday emerged from its $48m revitalization at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz.

The 1996-built vessel looks like a brand-new ship, said RCI's Lisa Bauer, svp global sales and marketing. Kevin Douglas, vp technical projects, cited a 'modern, contemporary look and feel,' down to details such as flat-screen televisions in the accommodations.

Grandeur of the Seas gained five new dining venues including Chops Grille and Izumi, technological upgrades and fresh entertainment offerings including the equipping of its six-deck Centrum for aerial entertainment and a new poolside LED screen.

With a 65ft ceiling height in the Centrum, the ship can now provide a 'Centrum wow,' as vp entertainment Pete Compton put it, with pop-up experiences every night of the week using an aerial apparatus customized for Royal Caribbean.

The Viking Crown Lounge was transformed with a new design and decor and added a menu of bite-size snacks.

All staterooms were refreshed, and furniture, carpets and upholstery were renewed. In addition, Grandeur of the Seas added a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members, a Concierge Lounge for suite and top-tier loyalty passengers and a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery.

This summer Grandeur of the Seas will operate a variety of Mediterranean itineraries from Venice and Marseille.