Rhapsody of the Seas enters Singapore's Sembawang Ship Yard for a $54 Million, month-long revamp

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Royal Caribbean International's Rhapsody of the Seas entered Sembawang Shipyard (a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd.) in Singapore to begin a month-long, $54 million drydock where it will undergo a major make-over and emerge with an array of new features. The ship revamp is the largest of its kind ever to take place in Singapore and will employ more than 800 local workers from the region.

Rhapsody of the Seas will receive a host of new dining and entertainment venues as well as an assortment of technological upgrades. The ship also will receive a bow-to-stern refresh of all furniture, carpet and upholstery, including renovated staterooms.

Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International said:

"With our $300 million investment throughout 2014, no ship in our fleet will go untouched and our guests will have an unrivalled holiday experience no matter which destination in the world they visit or on what ship they sail."

Similar to sister-ship Splendour of the Seas, which underwent its refurbishment in November 2011, Rhapsody of the Seas will receive new dining venues, including Chops Grille, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Chef's Table experience and Park Cafe. Additional offerings include a Diamond Lounge for Crown and Anchor loyalty guests, a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top tier loyalty guests, a transformed Viking Crown Lounge and the popular Royal Babies and Tots Nursery.

New offerings for guests include ship-wide Wi-Fi, a digital way finding system, electronic mustering, an outdoor movie screen, as well as iPads in every stateroom featuring content about the ship's onboard features and activities, ensuring a seamless cruise experience for guests. The ship's Centrum, with its sweeping views and central location, will transform into a new venue featuring daytime activities, nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles. The ship's Champagne Bar, located in the Centrum, will also re-emerge as the R Bar, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails mixed by a mixologist.

When the enhancements are completed on 28 March, Rhapsody of the Seas will sail a 15-night itinerary from Singapore to Sydney (Australia). From there, the ship will sail across the Pacific with a combination of cruises from Australia and Hawaii, before beginning an Alaska season in May 2012.

In Alaska, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer seven-night itineraries from both Vancouver (British Columbia), and Seattle (Washington) joining Radiance of the Seas, which was refurbished in May 2011.

For more information on Royal Caribbean International and Rhapsody of the Seas please visit royalcaribbean.co.uk, call 0844 493 2061, or talk to your travel agent. Travel professionals should visit cruisingpower.co.uk.

Media Enquiries:
RCL Cruises Ltd: Louise James (louisejames(at)rccl(dot)com) and Surinder Manku (smanku(at)rccl(dot)com) on 01932 834 200

Siren Communications: Sarah Rathbone (sarah(dot)rathbone(at)sirencomms(dot)com), Matt Chandler (matt(dot)chandler(at)sirencomms(dot)com), Stacey Stockwell (stacey(dot)stockwell(at)sirencomms(dot)com) or Sally Crossley (sally(dot)crossley(at)sirencomms(dot)com) on 0208 237 1210 / 07595 055 882

About Royal Caribbean International:

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.
Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and one under agreement.

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