Rhapsody of the Seas Revitalisation
Local favourite, Rhapsody of the Seas, entered Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore last week, for the commencement of her multi-million dollar revitalisation. Rhapsody, which has spent 5 consecutive seasons in Australia, is now in for an extensive 4 week makeover, after Royal Caribbean decided to extend its initial revitalisation program from 2 weeks to a month.
Royal Caribbean's Commercial Manager, Adam Armstrong, commented on the refurbishment, saying "Rhapsody of the Seas has been a tremendous success in Australia and New Zealand where she has carried over 175,000 guests and developed a very loyal following. Now we're adding a host of extra innovations and popular features to really raise the bar for local fans. Originally scheduled for only a two-week 'drydock' for regular maintenance, we have since extended the project to four weeks in order to allow more extensive enhancements across the entire ship, including dining, cabins, entertainment and technology."
As part of the US$54m works, Rhapsody will receive upgraded decor and furnishings, 5 new dining venues (Chops Grille steakhouse, Italian Giovanni's Table, Japanese restaurant Izumi, Park Cafe deli-style eatery and the exclusive private dining Chef's Table venue).
Rhapsody's cabins will also be fully made over, whilst the vessel's outdoor pool area will be fitted out with a large outdoor movie screen, and her atrium will be transformed into a new venue with nightly entertainment and aerial spectacles. The ship's Champagne Bar will become the 1960's inspired R Bar, whilst families will appreciate the new Royal Babies & Tots Nursery for children aged 6 months to 3 years.
Following the upgrades, Rhapsody of the Seas will head to Australia to join Radiance of the Seas, which received her own revitalisation in May 2011.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 6 March 2012 and Royal Caribbean Blog