Royal Caribbean ship gets $115M makeover

Times Colonist - - Travel -

Royal Caribbean’s Nav­i­ga­tor of the Seas ship is get­ting a $115-mil­lion makeover. When it re-launches from Mi­ami in Fe­bru­ary 2019, Nav­i­gato will fea­ture two new wa­ter slides, sev­eral new restau­rants and the in­dus­try’s first blow-dry bar at sea. In May, Nav­i­ga­tor will be the first ship to sail to Royal Caribbean’s re­vi­tal­ized Ba­hamian is­land, Per­fect Day at Co­coCay.

“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new ad­ven­ture uniquely de­signed to de­liver on our guests’ pref­er­ences from A to Z,” said Michael Bay­ley, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional. “Ev­ery de­tail mat­ters, and we’ve mapped out an un­matched com­bi­na­tion of in­no­va­tive fea­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences for this top-to-bot­tom trans­for­ma­tion.” The ameni­ties cater to those look­ing for ad­ven­ture and re­lax­ation.

One of Nav­i­ga­tor’s new wa­ter slides, The Blaster, will be the long­est wa­ter slide at sea, ac­cord­ing to Royal Caribbean. The other, Riptide, is a head­first plunge in a see-through tube.

Gamers can choose from the new glow-in-the-dark laser tag and the new Royal Es­cape Room: The Ob­ser­va­to­rium on board, where peo­ple locked in a room to­gether try to solve puz­zles be­fore the time runs out. To Dry For, the first dry bar at sea, will of­fer blowouts, hairstyling and pol­ish changes while guests en­joy wine or cham­pagne.

When Nav­i­ga­tor launches from Mi­ami in Fe­bru­ary, the ship will sail a se­ries of five- and nine-night cruises to the Caribbean. Then in May the ship will be­gin three­night week­end and four-night week­day sail­ings to the Ba­hamas, be­com­ing the first ship to visit Royal Caribbean’s pri­vate is­land af­ter its $200-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion.

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