Quick updates from around the fleet.
Your adventure at sea is getting a major upgrade. As part of its new Royal Amplified program, Royal Caribbean is investing $900 million to transform ten existing ships in the fleet. It’s not a refresh—it’s more like a complete reimagining. Totally new bars and electrifying nightlife. Fresh culinary concepts. And brand new, never-before-seen thrills—every time a ship is amplified.
The first ships to get multimillion-dollar amplifications were Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, which sailed out of dry dock in early 2018, debuting better-than-ever features like the Sky Pad VR bungee trampoline experience and Battle for Planet Z, the biggest, boldest glow-in-the-dark laser tag face-off at sea.
Not to mention new dining spots like The Bamboo Room, a kitschy-cool bar serving up tiki-inspired craft cocktails on Mariner of the Seas and Fish & Ships, a casual seafood eatery specializing in golden-fried goodness on Independence of the Seas.
Next up for a bar-raising enhancement is Navigator of the Seas, which will begin sailing short getaways from Miami in spring 2019, boasting a whole new series of amped up experiences designed to help pack more memory making into every moment of the vacation. And already in the works are plans to take fan-favorite flagship, Oasis of the Seas, to a whole new level following that.
Hollywood Comes to Harmony
Harmony of the Seas made waves in Hollywood this summer with her first starring role—alongside actors Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogen—in the Netflix original Like Father. The film took place, almost entirely, on the Oasis Class ship and Royal Caribbean’s private island, Labadee, Haiti. Bell, Grammer, and Rogen’s characters took on some guest-favorite adventures like The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, the FlowRider surf simulator, and two different zip lines—one is the world’s longest overwater zip line, Dragon’s Breath, on Labadee and the other up nine decks high above the Central Park neighborhood onboard. Also making scene-stealing cameos were the Rising Tide Bar, Boleros, and the bustling neighborhoods of Boardwalk and Royal Promenade. To celebrate its debut, the cruise line hosted the largest movie premiere at sea, screening the “dramedy” across its four Oasis Class ships that day.
Not content to fade out of the showbiz spotlight, Harmony sailed on to her second act of the summer with Hallmark Channel’s Love at Sea, costarring Carlos and Alexa PenaVega as cruise director and event planner. The adventure-loving celebrity couple from Nickelodeon and Spy Kids films is no stranger to cruising with Royal Caribbean. They are avid Royal Caribbean fans, with Carlos having first cruised at four years old—only to be beat by their son Ocean, who sailed for the first time at 13 months.
Their passion for cruising and commitment to family is what led Royal Caribbean and president & CEO, Michael Bayley, to name Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old, as the first-ever Godfamily of a cruise ship. As Godfamily of Symphony of the Seas, the PenaVegas are the guiding spirits for the world’s largest cruise ship, punctuating Symphony as the ultimate family vacation.
Introducing the newly built Terminal A at PortMiami, one of the busiest ports in the world. Miami-Dade County constructed the dramatic new terminal in partnership with Royal Caribbean. “This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can’t wait to bring an Oasis Class ship to PortMiami,” said chairman and CEO, Richard Fain.
The 170,000-square-foot terminal, dubbed the Crown of Miami for its distinct shape, evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; an “M” for Miami when viewed from the east or west; and a sense of rising waves or passing ships when viewed from the terminal side. At night, Terminal A’s facade lights up, making for a striking impression as a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.
Spectrum Sails the Asian Seas
Look for another revolutionary, new Royal Caribbean ship sailing the high seas in April 2019. Spectrum of the Seas, part of the Quantum Ultra Class, is custom built for the Chinese market and sailing out of Shanghai after an initial 51-night Global Odyssey tour. This ship introduces many firsts, such as an exclusive enclave only for suite guests. Spanning three forward decks, a special keycard grants access to the private elevator that opens up to a world of luxe amenities. Think a dedicated restaurant and lounge, The Balcony, a private outdoor space for sunbathing and relaxing, and The Boutique, where guests can arrange for private shopping experiences. Spectrum also debuts a new specialty restaurant, Sichuan Red; a tea room and café parlor, Leaf and Bean, and the premier place to karaoke, Star Moment. Quantum Class favorites onboard Spectrum include an enhanced SeaPlex, North Star, RipCord by iFly, FlowRider, and Two70, along with the addition of the next-level Ultimate Family Suite that accommodates up to 11 guests.
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