Royal Caribbean International has announced ambitious plans to
bring guests some incredible new ways to experience the sea and sky
aboard its Enchantment of the Seas. The Vision-class ship is slated
to receive a 73-foot midsection extension in spring 2005.
Built in 1997, the Enchantment of the Seas will be the third
ship in the company’s history to be lengthened, and the first in 25
years. The extension will add 151 staterooms, for a total of 1,026,
and will introduce a wide array of features for the enjoyment of
the ship’s passengers.
“When we began talking about stretching a ship, we knew the goal
had to be more than just adding staterooms,” said Richard Fain,
chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We wanted to
create an opportunity to offer innovative and unexpected amenities
to our guests. We also wanted to increase the dining options
available on Enchantment by including a specialty restaurant and
additional venues that will be announced in the coming months.”
Innovative and unexpected, indeed. A dramatic addition of two
suspension bridges on deck 10, spanning more than 75 feet on either
side of the pool deck, is planned. The curving arches of the
bridges will cross over expanded areas of the pool deck. These deck
additions will jut out over lower decks and overhang the water
below. Edged with 14-foot-high sheets of glass, the new deck areas
will offer stunning views, though perhaps not the most spectacular
on board. The overhanging deck will be fitted with windows in the
floor, allowing passengers to look straight down to the ocean
below. A new island bar and poolside stage are also planned.
All this adds up to a pool-area expansion of nearly 50 percent,
with two pools and four whirlpools. Kids will love the new,
interactive Splash Deck. Water jets along the deck’s perimeter and
floor, as well as on a central dome 64 in all are connected to an
interactive touchpad system. Kids use the touchpads to spray each
other and create their own fountain effects.
Adventure seekers are sure to be drawn to Enchantment’s new
Sports Deck. Featuring four trampolines, guests will strap into a
harness connected to bungee cords and be sent up into the sky, then
land safely on one of the trampolines. Amenities such as RCCL’s
signature rock-climbing wall, jogging track, basketball hoops and
vitality course are also available.