After a month-long US$ 54 million dry dock, Royal Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas has emerged from Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard as a virtually new ship.
The newly revitalized Rhapsody of the Seas features a host of new dining options, entertainment and amenities after the ship’s bow-to-stern transformation, which will be on offer in the Alaska sailing, this summer, or Australia in the fall.
“Rhapsody of the Seas’ dry dock is part of Royal Caribbean’s multi-ship enhancement and revitalization strategy,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president, marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “The revitalization will see Rhapsody of the Seas offer five new dining restaurants, the entertainment in our iconic Centrum and plus an array of new touches.”
The revitalization introduces a range of guest amenities and premium experiences. From the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery designed for the cruise line’s youngest guests, 6 – 36 months old, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members, a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top-tier loyalty guests and completely refreshed staterooms.
There will be Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship with a host of technology enhancements that include, flat-panel televisions in all staterooms, an outdoor LED movie screen on the pool deck, as well as a digital way-finding system.
The new dining concepts include Giovanni’s Table, Izumi Asian Cuisine restaurant, Park Café deli-style restaurant, Chop’s Grille steakhouse and the exclusive 14-guest Chef’s Table, an exclusive and private experience co-hosted by the executive Chef and Sommelier for a wine pairing dinner of five courses.
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 2012. In Alaska, Rhapsody of the Seas will sail every Friday on seven-night, round-trip cruises from Seattle, calling at Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C. Guests also will transit Alaska’s Inside Passage, as well as venture up Tracy Arm Fjord to see Sawyer Glacier.