Royal Caribbean drydock refurbishments schedule

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By ,   March 16, 2018 ,   Ships and Lines

This is CruiseMapper's article dedicated to Royal-Caribbean International (RCI) ships refurbishments. Here you will find drydocks schedule for the entire RCI fleet, with vessel refits dates, details on all upgrades and renovations, deckplan changes on the refurbished ships, dry-docks cost. This is a jump link to the drydock dates and refurb details - if you wanna skip the "Royal Amplified" program details.

RCI's "Royal Advantage" renovation program (2011-2016) was budgeted USD 300 million. The company's 6-ship refurbshment project "innovation renovations" was implemented in 2016, when the liners Adventure, Empress, Jewel, Liberty, Majesty and Radiance received some of the fleet's most popular onboard features.

"Royal Amplified" fleetwide renovation program

In mid-March 2018, Royal Caribbean announced an USD 900 million fleetwide ship refurbishment project ("Royal Amplified", 2018-2022) covering 10 liners in 3 classes (Oasis, Freedom, Voyager). By the "AMPED" program will be introduced new and innovative features, new experiences and amenities, new pool deck areas and venues, new dining options, new nightlife concepts, new onboard attractions.

Royal Amplified ships

Royal Amplified (AMPED) project covers a total of 10 vessels over 4 years. Further details on Oasis-Class ship upgrades are still forthcoming.

  • In 2018 were "AMPED" the ships Mariner and Independence.
  • For "AMPED" drydocks in 2019 are scheduled the ships Oasis, Voyager,
  • For "AMPED" drydocks in 2020 are scheduled the ships Allure, Freedom, Explorer, Navigator,
  • For "AMPED" drydocks in 2021 are scheduled the ships Adventure, Liberty. Full refurbishment details per vessel will be revealed each year.

Royal Amplified (new) shipboard facilities and venues

Among the new "Royal Amplified" venues are:

  • HOOKED SEAFOOD is a casual, surcharge restaurant for classic, freshest New England seafood favorites. inclusing lobster, crab claws, oysters (at raw bar).
  • PLAYMAKERS BAR and ARCADE is an adults-only sports bar with a la carte priced fast-food options - like chicken wings, popcorn shrimp, sliders, RCI's new signature Playmaker Burger, ice-cold beers. Age restrictions are 18+ yo (on itineraries in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia New Zealand) and 21+ yo (North America departures).
  • EL LOCO FRESH is complimentary Mexican Cafe restaurant open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The traditional Mexican food (including beef burritos, fish tacos, carnitas) is served with mole sauce and salsa verde.
  • FISH and SHIPS is a la carte priced, poolside fast-food bar serving American fare for Lunch and Dinner. The seafood menu features fresh-battered cod, lobster rolls, calamari, draft beers, hand-cut fries.
  • JAMIE'S ITALIAN (menu link) is a casual, surcharge restaurant serving Italian fare for Lunch and Dinner. The venue is via partnership with the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The menu offers handmade dishes from authentic recipes and prepared with seasonal (locally sourced) ingredients. Menu's signature item is "Jamie's Italian Famous Plank " (cured meats, pickles, cheeses). Other specialties are in-house made pastas, pumpkin panzerotti, zingy prawn linguine, variety of entrees, small plates, grills, desserts.
  • THE BAMBOO ROOM is an adults-only, Polynesia-themed bar lounge serving handcrafted cocktails prepared with exotic fruits and spices, as well as sharable bites at the bar. Age restrictions are 18+ yo (on itineraries in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia New Zealand) and 21+ yo ((North America departures).
  • LASER TAG course (BATTLE FOR PLANET Z) is a complimentary, glow-in-the-dark gaming experience offered at Studio B. Laser tag battles require minimum 40 players, with age restriction 5 yo.
  • THE PERFECT STORM is a waterslides complex (complimentary) that includes "Tidal Wave" (aka Boomerango) plus 2 racer slides ("Cyclone" and "Typhoon"). Both spiraling slides are positioned portside and go around the Flowrider. At "Tidal Wave" passengers ride in rafts plummeting down a very steep drop. Then the rafts shot up a nearly vertical wall into the air for experiencing the sensation of weightlessness and free fall. Then follows a swift return below. Slides builder is WhiteWater - company specializing in designing and manufacturing of water park products and family-fun attractions. WhiteWater also owns the FlowRider patent. There are no age restrictions, but there are passenger height and weight requirements - min 48 inches (122 cm) and max 300 lbs (136 kg).
  • SKY PAD is a bungee trampoline with optional virtual reality gaming headset. Age restrictions are 5 yo (jumping) and 7 yo (jumping with virtual reality headset). Passenger weight requirements are min 20 lbs (9 kg) and max 240 lbs (109 kg).

RCI ship refurbishments schedule

Royal Caribbean vessels are usually drydocked in Freeport Bahamas (Grand Bahama Shipyard), Singapore (Sembawang Shipyard) and Cadiz Spain (Navantia Shipyard). The ships usually enter drydocks in up to 5-year periods.

Royal Caribbean drydock refurbishments schedule - CruiseMapper

Ship NameDrydock Dates / ShipyardRefurbishment Review / Deckplan Changes

Adventure of the Seas

2016-2018 (Freeport)

2021 (Royal Amplified)

  • waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Deck 13)
  • Slashaway Bay (interactive water park, Deck 12)
  • FlowRider (surf simulator, Deck 13)
  • Izumi (sushi restaurant, Deck 5)
  • Chops Grille (steakhouse restaurant, Deck 4)
  • Boleros Lounge and Bar (Latin-themed entertainment, portside on Deck 4)
  • All staterooms renovated
  • New exclusive Suite Lounge (Deck 14, portside)
  • Over 100 new cabins, including spa staterooms (all oceanview, forward on Deck 12)
  • added 5 Studio Interior cabins (Deck 2)

Allure of the Seas

2014 (February 23 - March 2) Freeport

2015 (May 1-19) Cadiz

2020 (Royal Amplified)

  • propulsion system repairs (1 of the 3 Azipods has weared bearings); to fix a damaged propeller
  • new theater programming (Mamma Mia); new venues (Deck 16: Sabor Taqueria, Tequila Bar); Dynamic Dining
  • Izumi restaurant removed to Deck 4 (Windjammer area) and upgraded with Teppanyaki menu.
  • Viking Crown Lounge replaced by Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen (Deck 17)
  • new cabin categories introduced (Deck 17), including 10 Suites (6x Grand, 2x Royal, 2x Royal Family)
  • Pinnacle Lounge transformed into OL-Owner Loft Suite
  • Pinnacle Chapel transformed into GL-Grand Loft Suite.
  • new designer boutiques (Decks 5 and 8 /shopping arcade: Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors)

Brilliance of the Seas

2018 (April 21-30) Hamburg Germany

  • Oasis-class upgrades (new specialty restaurants, expanded complimentary dining, fresh bar and lounge concepts, nursery, renovated staterooms and bathrooms, more onboard shopping and innovative entertainment)

Empress of the Seas

2016 April (Cadiz)

  • routine maintenance
  • stateroom renovations
  • Voom Internet

Enchantment of the Seas

2017

  • Oasis-class upgrades (new specialty restaurants, expanded complimentary dining, fresh bar and lounge concepts, nursery, renovated staterooms and bathrooms, more onboard shopping and innovative entertainment)

Explorer of the Seas

2015

2020 (Royal Amplified)

  • Chef's Table (gourmet, private dining package experience)
  • Board Room replaced by 4 new oceanview cabins (Deck 2 starboard)
  • Chamber disco replaced by 19 new interior cabins
  • 5 new oceanview cabins
  • 15 cabins (starboard) taking space from the Art and Photo Gallery (Deck 3)
  • Chamber disco (level 2) transformed into Giovanni's Table, Eco-learning station and Aquarium Bar replaced with The Tavern (Deck 4)
  • outdoor theater Jumbotron installed, Portofino (Italian restaurant) replaced by Chops Grille (Lido Deck 11)
  • Nursery, new Spa cabins, Adventure Beach replaced with Outdoor Youth Area (Spa Deck 12)
  • In-line roller track removed, FlowRider (surf simulator) added (Deck 13)
  • "Diamond Club" lounge (Deck 14)
  • multipurpose rooms (Cloud Nine, Seven Hearts) replaced by Izumi (Asian restaurant, Deck 14).
  • Digital signage (wayfinders)
  • Wi-Fi coverage upgraded to shipwide
  • new inside cabins added, category changes, cabin amenities were upgraded
  • (2018) waterslides "Cyclone" and "Typhoon" installed next to the FlowRider (Sports Deck 13)
  • (2018) "Slashaway Bay" kids aqua park (Spa Deck 12 aft)

Freedom Of The Seas

2015

2020 (Royal Amplified)

  • new cabins added, stateroom renovations
  • Cupcake Cupboard
  • DreamWorks Experience
  • Nursery
  • 3D Cinema
  • outdoor movie screen
  • BRITTO Gallery
  • R-Bar
  • Giovanni's Table, Sabor Modern Mexican

Grandeur of the Seas

2017

  • routine maintenance
  • stateroom renovations
  • Voom Internet
  • complimentary "Park Cafe" (deli)
  • "Chef's Table" (gourmet dining package)
  • "Chops Grille" (steakhouse)
  • "Giovanni's" (Italian cuisine)
  • "Izumi" (Asian/Japanese cuisine)
  • new "Centrum" program (aerial acrobatic spectacles)
  • "R Bar" (1960s themed)
  • Nursery
  • "Viking Crown" (received new a la carte menu)
  • New lounges ("Concierge" and "Diamond")

Independence of the Seas

2018 (April 4 - May 4 / Royal Amplified) Freeport

  • Splashaway Bay (large-sized interactive aqua park) with water slides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerango, Deck 11)
  • Izumi (Japanese restaurant with Teppanyaki grills)
  • "Playmakers Sports Bar" and Arcade Room added replacing the Photo Gallery (Deck 4)
  • "On Air Club" replaced with staterooms (Deck 3)
  • "Romeo and Juliet" resrtaurant (Deck 3 aft), "Macbeth" restaurant (Deck 4 aft) and "King Lear" restaurant (Deck 5 aft) renamed to "Dining Room"
  • "Connoisseur Club" transformed to "Library - RC Online" (Internet computers room), increased in size (Deck 5)
  • "Independence Dunes" (mini-golf course / aft-portside, Deck 13) replaced with waterslides ("The Perfect Storm"), "Sky Pad" (bungee trampoline) and FlowRider (surf simulator)
  • "Cloud Nine" and "Seven Hearts" replaced by exclusive "Suite Lounge" (Deck 14, forward-portside)
  • "Skylight Chapel" (wedding room) replaced with "Escape Room" adventure gaming (Deck 15)
  • Fish and Chips (poolside bar)
  • Sugar Beach (ice cream bar / candy shop)
  • laser tag course, larger ice rink, FlowRider
  • renovated Royal Theater
  • new "Panoramic Ocean View" category cabins

Jewel of the Seas

2016 (March 21 - April 6) Cadiz

  • new cabins, stateroom renovations
  • Portofino restaurant replaced by Giovanni's Table (Italian specialty restaurant, Deck 6)
  • Seaview Cafe replaced by Izumi (Deck 12)
  • Vintages (wine bar) replaces Champagne Bar (Deck 6)
  • Seaside private dining room replaced by inside cabins (Deck 4)
  • Explorer's Court replaced with 1 inside cabin (Deck 8)
  • RCI's Nursery (Royal Babies and Tots, Deck 12)
  • digital signage boards
  • Wi-Fi coverage upgraded to ship-wide, VOOM Internet available
  • poolside outdoor theater (Jumbotron movie screen, Lido Deck 11)
  • Hollywood Odyssey replaced by Concierge Club (Deck 13)
  • Chops Grille, Spa and retail shopping areas redesigned

Liberty of the Seas

2016 (January 10 - February 6) Freeport

2021 (Royal Amplified)

  • new 89 cabins (26 panoramic oceanviews, one 2-bedroom family suite, 24 new outside and balcony staterooms)
  • Perfect Storm aquapark with waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerango)
  • Splashaway Bay (kids waterplay area)
  • new restaurants / bars: Izumi (Asian), Giovanni's Table (Italian), steakhouse, Vintages bar, Sabor (Mexican), Cupcake Cupboard (bakery)
  • Nursery, Suite Lounge
  • poolside large-size outdoor movie screen
  • flat TVs in all cabins
  • amenities upgrades - faster Internet (Voom)

Mariner of the Seas

2018 (May 8 - June 24 / Royal Amplified) Singapore

  • Perfect Storm (waterslides "Cyclone" and "Typhoon")
  • FlowRider (surf simulator)
  • SkyPad (virtual reality trampoline)
  • laser tag course ("Battle for Planet Z" / glow-in-the-dark gaming room)
  • Slashaway Bay (kids aqua park)
  • The Observatorium (Escape Room by Puzzle Break)
  • Jamie's Italian Restaurant (replaced Giovanni's Table)
  • The Bamboo Room (cocktail bar)
  • Izumi (Japanese restaurant / sushi
  • Playmakers (sports bar / arcade)
  • updated cabins and public spaces
  • 100 new staterooms
  • DreamWorks Experience was removed
  • (2018 refurb cost USD 100 million)

Majesty of the Seas

2016 May (Freeport)

  • routine maintenance
  • stateroom renovations
  • Perfect Storm aquapark, 3 waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerango- raft slide)
  • poolside large-size outdoor movie screen
  • new restaurants/bars - Izumi (Asian), Sabor (Mexican), Giovanni's Table (Italian), Chef's Table
  • Vitality at Sea Spa / Fitness complex (Deck 9, new equipment, carpeting)
  • DreamWorks Experience
  • amenities upgrades - faster Internet (Voom)

Oasis of the Seas

2014 Sept-October (Rotterdam Holland)

2019 (Royal Amplified)

  • routine maintenance
  • new staterooms
  • "Boardwalk Dog House" (fastfood bar) added (Deck 6)
  • Viking Crown Lounge and Bar transformed into "Suite Lounge" and the restaurant "Coastal Kitchen" (Deck 17)

Navigator of the Seas

2019 Jan 5 - Feb 23 (Royal Amplified)

  • Oasis- and Quantum-class cabin updates, virtual balconies
  • Perfect Storm waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon)
  • The Blaster (aqua coaster, 244 m / 800 ft long 2-person raft slide)
  • Riptide (headfirst mat racing waterslide with transparent tube)
  • completely redesigned pool deck area (more swimming pools, Splash Pad for tots)
  • Lime and Coconut (new 2-level bar with live music)
  • To Dry For (blow dry bar - hairstyling, champagnes and wines)
  • Bamboo Room (bar lounge)
  • Johnny Rockets Express (fleet's first)
  • Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade (with "Owner's Box" VIP room)
  • Starbucks
  • new restaurants (El Loco Fresh, Jamie's Italian, Hooked Seafood)
  • The Observatorium (Royal Escape Room)
  • Mini-golf course
  • Battle for Planet Z (Studio B) laser tag course

Quantum of the Seas

2019 (Singapore)

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Radiance of the Seas

2016 May (Singapore)

  • steel replacement and propeller (propulsion unit) maintenance works
  • new complimentary dining options (Park Cafe deli, Dog House)
  • new specialty dining options at additional charge (Giovanni's Table, Izumi, Samba Grill, Rita's Cantina)
  • poolside movie screen
  • Nursery, English pub
  • new lounges (Diamond, Concierge)
  • 2 new dining packages (Chef's, Radiance)
  • updated cabins and public spaces

Rhapsody of the Seas

2016 December

  • routine maintenance
  • upgraded amenities in all cabins
  • poolside huge movie screen
  • new lounges ("Diamond" and "Concierge")
  • new dining options ("Giovanni's Table", "Izumi", "Chops Grille", "Chef's Table", "Viking Crown" new a la carte menu, deli "Park Cafe")
  • Nursery
  • upgraded "Centrum" entertainment program (acrobatic shows)
  • "R Bar" (1960s themed venue).

Serenade of the Seas

2017

  • routine maintenance
  • upgraded cabin amenities
  • poolside huge movie screen
  • new lounges ("Diamond" and "Concierge")
  • new dining options ("Giovanni's Table", "Izumi", "Rita's Cantina", "Chef's Table")
  • Nursery
  • upgraded "Centrum" entertainment options (acrobatic shows, LED screens)
  • "R Bar" (retro 1960s themed, replacing the Lobby Bar), "Vintages" Bar (wine), English pub

Vision of the Seas

2018

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Voyager of the Seas

2014 April-October (Rotterdam Holland)

2019 (Royal Amplified)

  • new cabins (25 oceanview, 23 interior), new forward spa cabins, cabin categories changes, new flat TVs in all cabins
  • theater renamed "La Scala" (DreamWorks Experience added)
  • Photo Gallery renamed "Focus", size reduced
  • Vault disco replaced by "Giovanni's Table"
  • Aquarium Bar replaced by The Tavern
  • Main Dining Room renamed "Sapphire"
  • Champagne Bar replaced with "R-Bar"
  • Inside cabins converted to Virtual Balcony
  • huge poolside movie screen
  • Portofino restaurant replaced with "Chops Grille"
  • Island Grill Bar and Florist Shop removed
  • Video Arcade added
  • In-line Skating Track replaced with FlowRider
  • Cloud Nine and Seven Hearts rooms replaced with Izumi
  • 19th Hole lounge replaced with Diamond Club
  • Digital signage (touch-screen wayfinders) installed
  • (2018) waterslides "Cyclone" and "Typhoon" installed (next to the FlowRider simulator, Sports Deck 13)
  • (2018) "Slashaway Bay" kids aqua park (replacing the Outdoor Youth Area, Spa Deck 12).

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CocoCay Island refurbishments and expansion 2018-2019

Since 2015, RCCL invests huge money in the corporation's private Bahamian island CocoCay. In March 2018, Royal Caribbean announced an USD 200 million project (named "Perfect Day Island Collection") for developing private land destinations in the regions of Caribbean, Asia and Australia. As part of this project, on CocoCay will be built unique water attractions.

  • Thrill Waterpark attraction to be constructed, with 2 water towers (Daredevil's Tower, Family Tower) with a total of 13 slides. The Daredevil's Tower complex consists of North America's tallest waterslide (named Daredevil's Peak, height 135 ft / 41 m), Dueling Demons (2 drop slides), Manta Raycers (2 high-speed slides), Screeching Serpent (fully vertical slide), Green Mamba (coiling slide), as well as Caribbean's largest wave pool (Adventure Pool ) with obstacle course (lily pads), rock-climbing wall, . The Family Tower complex consists of all 6 waterslides, including 1 tubed (The Twister, capacity 2 persons sharing 1 raft), 1 zero-gravity (The Slingshot, capacity 4 persons) and 1 racing (Splash Speedway, with 4 lanes).
  • Caribbean's biggest freshwater swimming pool (named Oasis Lagoon) has a swim-up bar and water loungers.
  • Caribbean's only Zip-line with water landing has length 1600 ft (488 m) and crisscrosses the island at heigths up to 50 ft (15 m).
  • The Bahamas' highest vantage point (an attraction named "Up, Up and Away") is a helium balloon flying up to 450 ft (137 m) above ground.
  • Three new beaches - Chill Island (with private cabanas and daybeds), South Beach (specifically designed for beachside activities - volleyball, basketball, soccer, paddle boards, glass-bottom seakayaks, zorbs (nflatable bumper bubble balls) and Coco Beach Club (exclusive beach providing premium island vacation experiences with overwater cabanas). Coco Beach Club cabana rentals are inclusive of 1 hammock, 1 waterslide and dedicated service by a cabana attendant. The complex also includes a freshwater infinity pool, its own full bar and an exclusive restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine specialties.
  • Shipwreck Galleon (kids park) has 30 water cannons. The Sprayaway Geyser sprays water up to 82 ft (25 m) in the air. Both are part of Splashaway Bay. This is the enlarged version of the Royal Caribbean ships upgraded onboard aqua parks for kids, fitted with fountains, splash pools, sprinklers, geysers, cannons, whirlpools, slides, 2 drench buckets.
  • Captain Jack's is a new bar and dining venue - designed as rowboat, with waterfront views, serving beverages and fast-food items (including chicken wings and steak fries).
  • Skipper's Grill serves lunch fast-food (including sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads).
  • The beachside restaurant Chill Grill is CocoCay's largest. Also new is the food bar Snack Shack.
  • Newly added amenities include wave runner and boat tours, snorkeling, private cabanas and daybeds for rental, several beach bars with upgraded menus.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island (waterslides, balloon)

In 2017-2018 was constructed a new pier (able to handle RCI's largest / Oasis-class liners), as well as basketball court, bocce ball court, bowling court, volleyball nets, large-size pool table.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island (Bahamas) cruise port

In 2016 the private island was upgraded with new swim-up bar at Barefoot Beach, new cabanas, new island dock (for tenders), 35 beach bungalows (capacity 6 persons each) at Barefoot Beach.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island (waterslides, zip-line)

In 2015, the island was upgraded with new trams (quieter and taller) and were added a new / shorter tram route and a new freshwater shower (at Barefoot Beach).

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