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Radiance of the Seas is set to



undergo major improvements

before its first season here

next year.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN IS INVESTING MILLIONS OF

dollars to fit out Radiance of the Seas with



five new restaurants, a new lounge, wi-fi

internet, and better kids facilities.

The scheduled enhancements will

commence in May 2011 with the creation of

the Samba Grill Brazilian steakhouse, the

Italian eatery Giovanni’s Table, the Mexicanthemed

Rita’s Cantina, and the Park Café.

Passengers will also be able to experience

dining at Chef’s Table, an exclusive new

space for 14 people to enjoy a gourmet

menu chosen by the evening’s featured

chef, who will personally present each course.

Before the wine-paired meal, guests have

the opportunity to meet and mingle at a

private cocktail party.

Other additions will include a Diamond

Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty

program members, enhanced kids club

facilities, wi-fi throughout the ship, and

interactive flat-screen televisions in all cabins

which allow passengers to reserve shore

excursions, order room service and check

their account balances.

The multimillion-dollar revitalisation of

Australia’s newest superliner is part of the

company’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

According to Gavin Smith, managing

director, Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia,

the move demonstrates its commitment to

the Australasian market.

Radiance of the Seas is already a

fantastic superliner, the biggest and most

innovative to be based in our region, and

with these enhancements we’re making her

even better,” Smith said.

“Dining is a vital part of any cruise and

we’ll be giving our guests a significantly

greater choice with five new specialty

restaurants on board; in fact more choice

than any other ship based in the region.”

Big sister to Rhapsody of the Seas, which

has been based in Sydney for the past few

summers, Radiance will kick off her

Australasian season in October 2011 with a

series of short (two-day) and long (up to 18-

day) cruises around Australia, New Zealand

and the South Pacific.

Enhancements are also planned next year

for four other Royal Caribbean ships:

Splendour of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas,

Freedom of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.

Source Cruise Weekly

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11/8/10 - Royal Caribbean to Revitalize Radiance and Splendour

Royal Caribbean International today announced the revitalizations of Radiance of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas in 2011, two more ships in addition to enhancements planned aboard Oasis of the Seas and the already announced drydocks for Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. The scheduled revitalizations and enhancements of the five ships reflect the Royal Advantage, the cruise line’s commitment to provide guests with the industry’s most innovative cruise ships, exciting destinations and superior Gold Anchor Service to help create an extraordinary cruise vacation.

 

“The Royal Advantage is our commitment to continuously contemporize and innovate our vacation offering and deliver the highest the standards of guest satisfaction through our Gold Anchor Service,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “The planned enhancements of five ships in 2011 will help expand some of the most successful programs that we have launched on our incredible Oasis-class ships to deliver these new ‘wows’ to more ships in our fleet. With November 7 marking our 40th anniversary, we are proud to continue to deliver more to see, do, and love than ever before to our guests.”

 

In mid-2011, Radiance of the Seas will begin its revitalization with the addition of new specialty restaurants, including the Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, Mexican-themed Rita’s Cantina, and the Italian Giovanni’s Table, as well as the Park Café deli-style restaurant and the exclusive Chef’s Table dining experience. Other enhancements to the ship will include a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members, as well as the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, interactive flat-panel televisions in all staterooms, and Wi-Fi throughout the ship. Splendour of the Seas will receive two new specialty restaurants, and the Park Café, the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond and Concierge Lounge, flat-panel televisions, and Wi-Fi throughout the ship. Additionally, there will be new balcony staterooms added, select stateroom enhancements and upgrades to public areas, including a refreshed Windjammer Marketplace.

 

Oasis of the Seas also will launch new onboard guest programs starting in the first quarter of 2011. Guests will enjoy the DreamWorks Experience, 3-D movies in the main Opal Theater, and a Starbucks coffee shop to eventually replace Mondo Café on the Royal Promenade. The first-ever Starbucks at sea will launch aboard Allure of the Seas when the sister ship enters service on December 1, 2010.

 

In early 2011, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will introduce new dining, entertainment, children’s programming and other enhancements made popular on the Oasis-class ships, including the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, The Cupcake Cupboard, the groundbreaking Wayfinding navigation system for guests, and an oversized outdoor video screen in each ship’s main pool area. In addition, the DreamWorks experience, 3-D movies and complimentary guest service kiosks, which will be introduced on Allure of the Seas, also will be implemented onboard Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, as well as sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, Royal Caribbean’s third licensed main-stage musical production, will debut on Liberty of the Seas in the main Platinum Theater.

 

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RCI Radiance Class ships are something to write home about at any time.....

 

To have Radiance in Oz for a season was to be a great experience for Ozzies under normal expectations anyway !!.

 

We now reckon, that with the addition of a few more restaurants and facilities, it will really stir things up down here.....

 

WOW is the word !!!

 

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This all sounds great, we have a cruise booked on Radiance in Jan 2012. One question though, are all these new speciality restuarants and eating places included in our fare or are they extra? Not sure enhancements I have to pay extra for would be worth it.

 

Thanks

Leah

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This all sounds great, we have a cruise booked on Radiance in Jan 2012. One question though, are all these new speciality restuarants and eating places included in our fare or are they extra? Not sure enhancements I have to pay extra for would be worth it.

 

Thanks

Leah

 

I was wondering the same thing if you have to pay extra for those restaurants.

 

The flat screen tvs would be good though. But they are as cheap as chips anyway.

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We now reckon, that with the addition of a few more restaurants and facilities, it will really stir things up down here.....

 

I'm just not sure that there are a few more restaurants. I suspect they will mostly be replacements for existing ones, since they have to fit them in somewhere!

 

It's possible that the current surcharged restaurants Chops and Portofinos will be replaced, and pretty much certain that the Seaview cafe will be replaced by one of these. A retail shop, possibly the country club store can be the base for another and I suspect the last is being squeezed in with a redesign of the spa.

 

I'd suggest the wifi and lounge additions aren't so much a big deal, since you need to be a high status cruiser for the lounge, and wifi just increases the places you can access internet, but you could do that before anyway.

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I was wondering the same thing if you have to pay extra for those restaurants.

 

Yes, the main ones are surcharged. Based on announced prices for the Allure:

 

Rita's - $7.95 per person

Giovanni's - $10.00 per person for lunch and $15.00 pp for dinner

Samba's - $25.00 per person

Chef's Table - $75.00 per person

Park Cafe - no charge

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