Royal Caribbean has announced a huge $900 Million investment to modernize cruise ships with new features and enhancements. The plan is to upgrade 10 cruise ships in just four years with major dry dock operations and upgrades.
Royal Caribbean’s Royal Amplified Program
The Royal Amplified program will update some of the largest and most iconic ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet including Oasis and Allure of the Seas, as well as all Freedom and Voyager Class ships. If this upgrade program will be anything like the recently announced plans for their Private Island of Cococay then guests are really in for a treat!
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said:
“Royal Amplified is built on our passion for innovation, relentless attention to detail and commitment to always exceeding our guests’ expectations,”
“We sail with more than five million guests worldwide each year, and recognize the need to always innovate and stay ahead of the curve. We have designed this program to wow our loyal guests while also attracting the next generation of adventurers.”
The Plan for Ship Upgrades
Royal Caribbean is going to be releasing specific details on each ship refurbishment upgrade continuously. We have already received details on the first Royal Caribbean ship to receive these new updates, Mariner of the Seas is going to wow guests showing off the new features in Summer 2018.
Let’s take a look at what the cruise line has planned for these Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class cruise ships:
Freedom Class Upgrades
Independence of the Seas will be the first ship in the Royal Amplified program to reveal multimillion-dollar upgrades, including Sky Pad, Battle for Planet Z, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience; The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides and a new Escape Room: The Observatorium challenge, where competitors can solve a series of high-tech riddles to unravel a mystery. Not to mention the addition of new dining venues, from Fish and Ships – a seaside seafood spot with freshly battered fish and chips and other guest favorites – to Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Izumi Hibachi and Sushi and Sugar Beach. Independence will offer 3- to 14-night sailings from Southampton, England beginning in May 2018, before she heads across the pond in Nov. 2018 to sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on 4- to 5-night Caribbean cruises. Freedom of the Seas will be up next, debuting new features in 2020, followed by Liberty of the Seas in 2021.
Voyager Class Upgrades
In summer 2018, the transformation of Royal Caribbean’s short Caribbean cruises will begin with the $90 million amp-up of Mariner of the Seas. Mariner will redefine the quick getaway by giving guests the chance to take their weekends to new heights with the addition of new thrills, such as Sky Pad and laser tag; The Bamboo Room, a retro lounge with its tiki-chic décor; and the fun and vibrant Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. The program will continue in 2019 on sister ship Navigator of the Seas, which also will be redesigned to specifically cater to those who seek a quick getaway.
Oasis Class Upgrades
Oasis of the Seas will be completely reimagined in fall 2019, ten years after her revolutionary debut. The ship will gain new thrills, pools, bars and culinary creations, as well as introduce new restaurants and onboard adventures found on the newest Oasis Class ship, Symphony of the Seas. These enhancements will cascade to Allure of the Seas in spring 2020, making every ship in the class more adventurous than ever.
Cruise Hive will be right here to let readers know of the latest Royal Caribbean cruise ship refurbishments, It would be good to also check all the latest ship renovations right here.