By Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
May 24, 2011
Royal Caribbean has begun another ship renovation, bringing the Radiance of the Seas into drydock for a 22-day facelift.
Part of Royal Caribbean's Royal Advantage program, the cruise line is taking features of its two newest ships, the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and adding them to older ships in the fleet.
Already this year, the Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas have been made over. Later this year, the Splendour of the Seas will go under the knife. The line has only one new ship on order, due in 2014.
The Radiance of the Seas entered the Victoria Ship Yard in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada last week Where it is getting some new restaurants, new technology and other new features as well as 15 new staterooms.
Among the enhancements for the Radiance will be the addition of outdoor, poolside movie screen that proved popular on the Oasis-class ships. Also coming are the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, sponsored by Fisher-Price and Crayola.
Food enhancements include the British pub Quill & Compass, the Brazilian-style steakhouse Samba Grill, Mexican restaurant Rita's Cantina, Asian restaurant Izumi, Italian restaurant Giovanni's Table plus the Boardwalk Dog House, Park Cafe deli, Chef's Table and Diamond Lounge.
Technology enhancements include interactive TVs will allow guests to reserve shore excursions, order room service or check onboard account balances. There will be ehanced Wi-Fi service as well.
The ship will sail out of the port of Vancouver on Alaska itineraries after the dry-dock until the fall when it will make its way to Sydney Australia via Honolulu and then return in April 2012 for more Alaskan cruises.
The Radiance of the Seas was the first of the cruise line's Radiance-class ships, first sailing in 2001. The 962-foot ship has a capacity of 2,502.