Royal Caribbean reveals next level
Royal Caribbean International has today announced a $115 million modernisation of Caribbean-based ship Navigator of the Seas.
Relaunching in Miami in February 2019, the ship will offer a brand new Caribbean-inspired poolscape, two daring waterslides, the first blow dry bar at sea, premium dining and nightlife and thrilling activities for the entire family.
“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests’ preferences from A to Z,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
“After launching our Royal Amplified modernisation 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.”
- To Dry For – the first standalone blow dry bar at sea. Offering blowouts, hairstyling and polish changes, plus a selection of wine and champagne, the new space is the perfect stop for a quick beauty fix before a night out.
- The Lime and Coconut Bar – a two-level signature cocktail bar with live music and a “rooftop” deck for a bird’s-eye view
- Completely reimagined pool area – The resort-style deck will take on a new look with more pool for everyone – even a Splash Pad for tots
- On its counterpart, Riptide, guests will plunge headfirst down the industry’s debut mat racer and reach an exhilarating finish through a translucent tube with endless ocean views. Signature Royal Caribbean features like the FlowRider surf simulator and rock-climbing wall will round out these next-level feats.
- Perfect Storm waterslides- the boldest duo of waterslides yet. Hearts will pound when guests take on The Blaster, the cruise line’s first-ever aqua coaster and the longest waterslide at sea. Adventure seekers will hop on a two-person raft that will propel them through more than 800 feet of hills, drops and straightaways, which includes extending over the side of the ship for a rush of ocean air.
- The Bamboo Room – first introduced on Mariner of the Seas, is the cruise line’s Polynesian-themed watering hole with kitschy-cool cocktails and unique tiki-chic décor.
- Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade features 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.
- Specialty restaurants include Jamie’s Italian to get a taste of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s rustic Italian dishes, an upgraded Chops Grille, New England inspired seafood restaurant Hooked Seafood and many more.
- Glow-in-the-dark laser tag with Battle for Planet Z in Studio B, mini-golf and the Royal Escape Room: The Observatorium, where family, friends and foes team up to solve new mind-bending puzzles before time runs out.
- Adventure Ocean youth program in a newly designed open, free play space. With trained staff and the cruise line’s award-winning programming, the modern concept will let imaginations roam free with activities organised by interests at every corner. The teen areas will also sport updates with a redesigned Living Room, the teen-only laidback hangout, as well as a new “hidden” entrance and outdoor deck that serves up nothing but chill vibes.
When Navigator arrives to Miami after her modernisation, she will sail a series of 5- 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, becoming the first to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay – the debut destination in the cruise line’s recently announced private island collection.
With a $200 million makeover, the ultimate family destination will feature Thrill Waterparkwith 13 jaw-dropping slides, like Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America; Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool; Up, Up and Away, the helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air for the highest vantage point in The Bahamas; Chill Island for some R&R on the beach; and the action-packed South Beach with sports, paddle-boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and more.