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Five Royal Caribbean ships now set for 2011 updates

Five Royal Caribbean ships now set for 2011 updates
With Radiance of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas now added to the list, Royal Caribbean International will be updating five of its 22 ships in 2011.    

The others are Oasis of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas, in a program the company is calling its ‘Royal Advantage.’ Betsy O’Rourke, svp marketing, explained the initiative as ‘our commitment to continuously contemporize and innovate.’

The planned enhancements of the five ships will add Oasis-class features.

In mid-2011, prior to its Australasia deployment, Radiance of the Seas will begin its revitalization with the addition of new specialty restaurants, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members, a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery and other features. (See separate story.)

Splendour of the Seas will receive two new specialty restaurants, and the Park Café, the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond and Concierge Lounge, flat-panel televisions, and WiFi shipwide.

Additionally, there will be new balcony staterooms, select stateroom enhancements and upgrades to public areas including a refreshed Windjammer Marketplace.

Oasis of the Seas will gain new on-board programs starting in the first quarter with the DreamWorks Experience, 3-D movies in the Opal Theater and a Starbucks coffee shop to eventually replace Mondo Café on the Royal Promenade. These features bring it in line with the new Allure of the Seas.

And, in early 2011, as earlier reported, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will emerge from drydocks at Grand Bahama Shipyard with new dining, entertainment, children’s programming and other enhancements including the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, The Cupcake Cupboard, the Wayfinding navigation system and an oversized poolside video screen.

In addition, the DreamWorks experience, 3-D movies and free guest service kiosks will be implemented on Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, and Liberty will stage a new Broadway show, ‘Saturday Night Fever: The Musical.’