Splendour Of The Seas, Queen Mary 2 To Undergo Enhancements

With the latest generation of cruise ships boasting increasingly novel and interactive facilities, cruise lines are rapidly moving to upgrade older vessels to remain competitive and maintain a consistent offering within their fleets. 2 major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International and Cunard, this week revealed details of upcoming refurbishments to their ships. The 70,000-GRT Splendour of the Seas enters into drydock this week for her 5-week refurbishment, while the Queen Mary 2 is scheduled for a refit in late November 2011 in preparation for her eighth birthday next year.


New Experiences Onboard Splendour of the Seas

As part of the Royal Advantage commitment to offer cruisers the world’s most innovative cruise ships, Royal Caribbean International has invested USD 35 million to add an array of new amenities to the Splendour of the Seas. When she emerges from drydock, the Vision-class ship will add balcony staterooms, new specialty restaurants, 2 high-end lounges, a nursery and public area enhancements.


124 balconies will be fitted along with more inside and oceanview staterooms, with the accommodations receiving flatscreen televisions, enhanced bathrooms and other upgrades. New dining venues Chops Grille, Izumi, Boardwalk Dog House and Park Cafe provide cruisers with gourmet options, while the Diamond Club and Concierge Club will be available exclusively to top tier members of the line’s Crown & Anchor Society.


The ship’s main pool area receives a new outdoor screen to showcase first-run movies and major sporting events, with public areas including the atrium and shops being revitalized while shipboard Wi-Fi provides easier internet access. Younger cruisers will be entertained at the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery by professionally-trained crew members.


Following her refurbishment, Splendour of the Seas will sail a transatlantic voyage from Lisbon to Sao Paolo, where she will homeport during the southern hemisphere summer. From the Brazilian city, the vessel will offer a variety of itineraries exploring the South American continent.


For more information, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.


Investment in Luxury for Queen Mary 2

Dubbed the “Grandest Ocean Liner at Sea”, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will visit Hamburg’s Blohm+Voss Shipyards for a major soft goods refurbishment aimed at maintaining that reputation as she celebrates her eighth year in service in January 2012. The 14-day refit and redesign, with input from Sweden’s Tillberg Design AB (which worked on the ship’s original design), will cover all staterooms, 5 dining outlets, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Commodore Club and public areas.


The ship’s 1,310 staterooms will be revitalized to keep with current designs with an enhanced sense of luxurious comfort. New carpeting, curtains, bedding and furniture in selected accommodations will bring the experience found in the world’s top hotels to sea. A lighter carpet design for the Queens Grill and Princess Grill fine dining restaurants enhances the ambience and dining experience, with similar enhancements being made to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and Sir Samuel’s cafe. The popular Golden Lion Pub will benefit from a complete refurbishment that retains its unique British pub atmosphere while evoking an American country club feel.


One of the most visited public rooms, the Commodore Club overlooking the bow, gains a new carpet design and additions to the white leather chairs, sofas and bar stools. An extensive refurbishment of the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea will see the replacement of the hydrotherapy pool and wet areas’ teak decking, as well as new equipment in the fitness centre and beauty salon. Younger guests can look forward to new soft play areas and upgrades to electronic entertainment systems at the Play Zone/Kid’s Zone.


When Queen Mary 2 returns to service in early December 2011, she will also introduce several unrevealed onboard features. The ship will sail a 4-night Northern Europe cruise before returning to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Southamption.


For more information, visit www.cunard.com.

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