RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS arriving at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore March 2, 2012. Photo courtesy RCI
Royal Caribbean International’s RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS entered Sembawang Shipyard (a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd.) in Singapore March 2, to begin a month-long, US$54 million drydock where she will undergo a major revitalization. The RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS refit is the largest of its kind o take place in Singapore and will employ more than 800 workers from the region.
Part of the Royal Caribbean’s Vision Class of ships, RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS will receive a host of new dining and entertainment venues as well as an assortment of technological upgrades. All new furniture, carpet and upholstery, will be fitted from bow-to-stern while all the staterooms will be renovated.
“RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS’ drydock is part of Royal Caribbean’s commitment to continue to deliver the Royal Advantage to our guests,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “With our $300 million investment through 2014, no ship in our fleet will go untouched and our guests will have an unrivaled vacation experience no matter which destination in the world they visit or on what ship they sail on.”
As with SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS, which underwent its upgrade in November 2011, RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS will receive new dining venues, including Chops Grille, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Chef’s Table experience and Park Café. Additional offerings include a Diamond lounge for Crown and Anchor loyalty guests, a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top tier loyalty guests, a transformed Viking Crown Lounge and the popular Royal Babies and Tots Nursery.
RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS approaching the shipyard, Singapore March 2. Photo courtesy RCI
According to RCI, “Ship-wide Wi-Fi, will be added, along with a digital way finding system, electronic mustering, an outdoor movie screen, as well as iPad’s in every stateroom featuring content about the ship’s amenities and activities, ensuring a seamless cruise experience for guests. The ship’s Centrum, with its sweeping views and central location, will transform into a new chic and sophisticated venue featuring enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles. The ship’s Champagne Bar, located in the Centrum, also will reemerge as the R Bar, featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails mixed by a savvy and personable mixologist.”
When the enhancements are completed on March 28, RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS will sail a 15-night voyage from Singapore to Sydney, Australia. From there, she will sail across the Pacific with a combination of cruises from Australia and Hawaii, before beginning her Alaska season in May 2012.
In Alaska, RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS will offer seven-night open-jawed itineraries from both Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his photography has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York and London.The LA Maritime Museum has commissioned works and collected his photographs. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. A catalog from his series STRANDED (twilight of the ocean liner) was also published last year.
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