Royal Caribbean has announced that Navigator of the Seas will be getting a huge makeover. The ship will undergo a dry dock in early 2019 where new features will be added including the longest waterslide at sea.
Navigator of the Seas Dry Dock
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is going to receive a huge 115 million dollar modernization. The ship will get to show off all her new features and experiences from Miami on February 24, 2019.
Many popular and new features already added on other ships in the fleet will be on Navigator of the Seas. The vessel will also get some new features which guests are going to enjoy. Included in the upgrade is the first blow dry bar at sea along with new bars, restaurants, pools and the longest waterslide at sea!
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International said:
“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests’ preferences from A to Z.”
“After launching our Royal Amplified modernization program with Independence of the Seas and then redefining short getaways with Mariner of the Seas, we are challenging ourselves to take it to the next level. Every detail matters, and we’ve mapped out an unmatched combination of innovative features and experiences for this top-to-bottom transformation of Navigator of the Seas.”
What’s Being Added?
Navigator of the Seas will be completely new and refreshed which will rival the newest and largest cruise ships at sea. The cruise vacation is being upgraded thanks to Royal Caribbean’s $1 billion Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort. Here are highlights on what’s being added:
- The Blaster – The cruise line’s first-ever aqua coaster and the longest waterslide at sea. A two-person raft that will propel them through more than 800 feet of hills, drops, and straightaways which will extend over the side of the ship.
- Riptide – Guests will plunge down the industry’s only headfirst mat racer and reach an exhilarating finish through a translucent tube with endless ocean views.
- Caribbean Poolscape – New Caribbean inspired resort-style deck with more pool space for guests including a Splash Pad for Tots.
- The Lime and Coconut – The Two-level signature bar will sweeten sunsets with cocktails as pool days transform into pool nights with extended hours, live music and a “rooftop” deck.
- Johnny Rockets Express – a new smaller pop-up venue where guests can get a quick bite to eat during their fun-filled sea day.
- To Dry For – The first standalone blow dry bar at sea offering blowouts, hairstyling, and polish changes, plus a selection of wines and champagnes.
- The Bamboo Room – This space was first introduced on Mariner of the Seas during her huge dry dock. This is a Polynesian-themed watering hole with kitschy-cool cocktails and chic decor.
- Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade – The place to be to watch those big games while on the ship. Featuring 50 big-screen TVs, tabletop games, tournaments, trivia, a new Owner’s Box VIP room, and a menu of classic bar fare with a twist alongside ice-cold brews.
- Jamie’s Italian – Amazing Italian dishes by UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
- Hooked Seafood – The place to enjoy the best seafood at sea with lobster and crab claws to local fish and just-shucked oysters.
- Starbucks – A Royal Caribbean ships would not be complete without a Starbucks! Make sure you grab that coffee for a busy sea day.
- Glow-In-The-Dark Lazer Tag – A chance to battle for Planet Z in Studio B. Test your kills and come out on top.
- Royal Escape Room: Observatorium – Guests need to work together to solve new mind-bending puzzles before the time runs out.
A dry dock is more than just adding and upgrading public spaces. Expect the cruise line to make upgrades to the general decor around the ship and possibly even improvements to the cabins. This is also the chance where maintenance and technical upgrades will take place. Good timing after the recent stabilizer issues.
Navigator of the Seas from Miami
The newly revitalized Royal Caribbean cruise ship will begin sailing from PortMiami, Florida on February 24, 2019. She will sail a series of 5-night and 9-night Caribbean itineraries. The amped-up ship will then offer vacationers 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday sailings to The Bahamas starting May 2019.
Navigator of the Seas will also become the first ship in the fleet to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay, the upgraded private island which has tons of new features for any type cruiser. Royal Caribbean spent $200 upgrading the private destination in the Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean is spending $1 Billion in upgrading ten ships over four years. Navigator of the Seas will become the third ship to undergo this makeover following Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.