I thought I’d take a few minutes to share with you some miscellaneous updates regarding Royal Caribbean ships…
Oasis of the Seas now has a Starbucks onboard. You may remember that sister-ship Allure of the Seas premiered the first Starbucks at Sea a year ago. Both ships have the same menu as your hometown Starbucks, which is good news for those of us that go through withdrawal on mornings when we don’t have our special made to order coffee beverage! Pricing is a la carte.
Splendour of the Seas is currently receiving the Royal Advantage treatment (renovation & revitalization) and one special area that will get a new look is the iconic Centrum. This area will re-emerge as stylish spot featuring enriching daytime activities as well as nightly entertainment including aerial performances! The Champagne Bar, which is located right there, will be transformed into the “R Bar”, a sophisticated 60’s lounge. Other amenities on Splendour of the Seas will be new dining venues: Chops Grille, Izumi, the Boardwalk Dog House, Chef's Table and the Park Café; the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond lounge for Crown and Anchor loyalty guests, a Concierge Lounge for suite guests, an outdoor movie screen and upgraded technology throughout. I hope I have the opportunity to check her out next spring in the Mediterranean!
Independence of the Seas is returning to America for the winter 2012-13 season. She will then head back to the U.K. in April 2013 to offer Mediterranean and Europe cruises throughout the summer. The Independence has been calling Southampton it’s year-round homeport, so this is a real treat for those that want to experience all the Freedom-class ships!
To check out these ships for yourself, call a cruise specialist at Direct Line Cruises at 1 (800) 352-8088."