There's nothing like that new-ship smell, and Royal Caribbean is breathing in the scent of a $48 million renovation on the Grandeur of the Seas.
The refurb, which was completed at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, includes five new restaurants, a poolside LED screen, a new nursery, shipwide technological upgrades and sprucing up the staterooms with new furniture, carpets, upholstery and flat-screen TVs.
"It was an opportunity for us to change the look, change the feel, get a much fresher contemporary look," said Kevin Douglas, Vice President of Technical Projects. "I think we've done that very successfully and it seems to be a big hit."
Also new to the ship will be aerial entertainment in the six-story Centrum. Each night of the week will offer choreographed flying experiences with talent on apparatus designed just for the cruise line.
"We looked at the Centrum and said wow this could be really something," said Peter Compton, Vice President of Entertainment, "because in the theater we have maybe 30 feet height. Here in the Centrum we have 65 feet. We said we wanted to produce what we were calling a Centrum Wow, and somebody flying down from 65 feet sounded well, that sounds like a 'Wow' to me."
The new dining options have been seen on other Royal Caribbean ships including the Chops Grille, Park Cafe, the a la carte priced Asian cuisine of Izumi, the R Bar in the Centrum and a chef's table located in the dining room.
Grandeur of the Seas will spend the summer offering a variety of Mediterranean itineraries from Venice, Italy and Provence, France and continue to homeport in Europe through spring 2013. In May 2013 it will begin Bermuda as well as Bahamas and Florida itineraries from the Port of Baltimore, replacing the Enchantment of the Seas.
The 916-foot-long, Vision-class ship was built in 1996 and last refurbished in 2001. It's one of the older and smaller of the fleet's 22 ships with a regular capacity is 1,950.
"If you walked onto Grandeur of the Seas you literally would think she was a brand new ship," said Lisa Bauer, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. "I would put her up against any ship in the fleet in terms of going from a ship that was maybe a little bit more mature in her age to absolutely looking like a brand new ship."
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