ROYAL Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas has entered Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore to begin a month-long US$54 million refurbishment as part of the cruise line’s Royal Advantage upgrading programme.
Rhapsody of the Seas is the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet to receive these upgrades, which provides its older ships with facilities and amenities found on its newer vessels.
Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said: “With our US$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.”
Once the refurbishment is completed, Rhapsody of the Seas will receive a host of new dining and entertainment venues, 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 a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery.
Technological upgrades will include ship-wide WiFi, a digital way-finding system, electronic mustering, an outdoor movie screen, as well as iPads in every stateroom. There will also be a bow-to-stern refresh of all furniture, carpet and upholstery, including renovated staterooms.
When the enhancements are completed on March 28, Rhapsody of the Seas will embark on a 15-night voyage from Singapore to Sydney. 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.