Royal Caribbean Completes Legend Of The Seas Upgrade, Unveil Names For New Ships

It has been a busy week for cruise giant Royal Caribbean International, as the line shows off its newly-revitalized Legend of the Seas and revealed the ship names for the upcoming Project Sunshine newbuilds.


Royal Advantage for Legend of the Seas

Emerging from a month-long, USD 50 million drydock in Singapore, the 2,074-guest Legend of the Seas embarks on her final Asian season with a bow-to-stern revitalization. She becomes the most recent ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet to receive extensive upgrades and amenities from the line’s Oasis-class flagships.


New onboard are the popular specialty-dining venues. Cruisers can now expand their palates with Park Cafe, Chef’s Table, Chops Grille and Izumi Asian Cuisine, while sipping cocktails at the updated Viking Crown Lounge or gazing at the high-flying performances in the Centrum above the retro-vibe R Bar. The ship also gains an outdoor movie screen and updated staterooms with flatscreen televisions, digital signage and shipboard Wi-Fi.


Legend of the Seas will spend March and April 2013 sailing Southeast Asian itineraries from Singapore to Malaysia and Thailand, before repositioning to Europe for the summer. Homeporting in Civitavecchia from May to August 2013, she will operate 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises calling at Barcelona, Genoa, Palma de Mallorca, Provence and Valencia. A nine-night circumnavigation of the Italian peninsula departing 31 August 2013 brings Legend of the Seas to Venice, where she will offer vacationers 10-night Greek Isles and 11-night Greece and Turkey itineraries in September and October. The ship will then return to the Caribbean to offer Southern Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings.


First Piece of Steel Cut, Names Revealed for Project Sunshine Vessels

Royal Caribbean International’s next generation of cruise ships took a major step in its development with the cutting of the first piece of steel at builder Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard for the first vessel. Company leaders Richard Fain and Adam Goldstein joined shipyard leaders over video link from Miami to start the construction process.


The line also took the opportunity to announce the names of the 2 newbuilds, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. Formerly referred to as Project Sunshine, both ships are planned to join the fleet in fall 2014 and spring 2015 respectively.


Royal Caribbean is promising revolutionary design and innovative guest experiences, building on its legacy of introducing ‘at sea firsts’. With the Vision-class, the line brought rock climbing to the seas, following with ice-skating rinks on the Voyager-class, surf simulators on the Freedom-class and zip lines on its Oasis-class flagships.


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