Royal Caribbean Confirms Rhapsody Refit

Royal Caribbean has confirmed that Rhapsody of the Seas will undergo a multimillion dollar revamp in March 2012 after five summer seasons based in Australia.

It will be the first of three Royal Caribbean ships to receive a facelift in 2012 with the cruise line investing approximately $300 million over the next three years to update its 22-ship fleet.

“We’re fully committed to ‘raising the bar’ by heavily investing in our growing Australasian fleet and delivering a superior product to the local market — either by introducing new ships or by revitalising existing ones,” managing director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia Gavin Smith said.

Grandeur of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas are also scheduled for refitting later next year.

Rhapsody of the Seas will be dry-docked in Singapore for 28 days, resulting in the cancellation of four cruises. The cruise line has, however, added two 14-night cruises between Sydney and Singapore either side of the refit.

The refresh will include the addition of speciality dining venues and extra cabins with details of other enhancements to be released later this year.