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Revitalised Rhapsody of the Seas emerges from Sembawang

Rhapsody leaves Sembawang Shipyard
After a month-long $54m dry dock, the 1997-built Rhapsody of the Seas has emerged from Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard as what Royal Caribbean International described as a virtually new ship.

Rhapsody of the Seas’ dry dock is part of the line’s Royal Advantage multi-vessel enhancement and revitalization strategy which entails a $300m investment through 2014.

The Rhapsody revitalization features new refurbished staterooms, new dining options with the addition of five of the fleet’s most popular concepts, including Giovanni’s Table, Izumi Asian cuisine restaurant, Park Café deli-style restaurant, Chop’s Grille steakhouse and the exclusive 14-seat Chef’s Table.

A re-imagined Viking Crown Lounge features a new design concept and a menu. The updated Centrum will feature entertainment including aerial acrobatic spectacles, and the Centrum Champagne Bar is transformed into the R Bar, with a 1960s vibe. Shipwide Wi-Fi and a digital way-finding system were added, too.

Rhapsody of the Seas will embark on a 15-night voyage from Singapore to Sydney, Australia. From there, she will sail across the Pacific via Hawaii to her Alaska season in May.

In Alaska, Rhapsody of the Seas will sail every Friday on round-trip cruises from Seattle.