The 1996-built ship has begun a five-week, $48m drydock at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain.
Grandeur of the Seas is the third of six Vision-class ships to undergo extensive revitalization. The two previously updated vessels were Rhapsody of the Seas, now sailing in Alaska, and Splendour of the Seas, operating in Brazil.
‘This latest revitalizaton is part of our pursuit to continually raise the bar to deliver the best experience for our guests,’ said RCI’s Lisa Bauer, svp global sales and marketing. She added that when the fleetwide revitalization and enhancement program is complete, ‘every ship will be our best ship.’
Grandeur of the Seas’ bow-to-stern revitalization includes the addition of dining venues, technological upgrades and new entertainment offerings, as well as refreshed furniture, carpet, upholstery and staterooms.
New dining spots include Giovanni’s Table, an Italian trattoria (service charge applies); Izumi for pan-Asian cuisine including hot-rock cooking (service charge and a la carte menu pricing apply), Park Café, an outdoor gourmet market; Chops Grille steak house (open for dinner, $30 per person) and Chef’s Table, an exclusive, hosted event a five-course, wine-pairing menu (open for dinner, $95 per person).
In addition, the ship will receive a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members, a Concierge Lounge for suite passengers and top-tier loyalty guests and a transformed Viking Crown Lounge with a new design and a menu of bite-size items.
Grandeur of the Seas will also gain a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, ship-wide Wi-Fi and a digital, interactive way-finding system that debuted on Oasis of the Seas.
The Centrum will transform into a lively new space to host an array of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment including an aerial acrobatic act. The Champagne Bar will be reinvented as the R Bar, a retro spot where a mixologist prepares signature cocktails.
Upon completion of the refurbishments on May 31, Grandeur of the Seas will sail an 11-night Mediterranean cruise round-trip Barcelona. During summer the ship will operate a variety of Mediterranean itineraries from Venice and Marseile.