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As it continues to renew its older vessels, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is bringing its Oasis-class experiences to its Freedom-class ships — Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.
Beginning in early 2011, guests of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will have access to new dining and entertainment experiences, new children’s programming and other Oasis-class enhancements thanks, in large part, to the positive response garnered from Oasis passengers.
“We have received such overwhelmingly positive guest responses to the amenities, entertainment and programs that we debuted on Oasis of the Seas that we are introducing some of them aboard Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, hotel operations for RCI.
For Your EntertainmentFollowing the debut of the Tony Award-winning “Hairspray” on Oasis, RCI will also introduce a Broadway production on Liberty of the Seas. A family musical geared toward children, similar to the one that is already playing in the Adventure Ocean Theater onboard Oasis of the Seas, will also debut in the main theaters of both Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.
Oversize outdoor video screens, similar to those in Oasis of the Seas’ Aquatheater, will also be placed onboard both the Freedom and the Liberty. These large, 18½-foot video screens will overlook the main family pool areas on both ships.
For the KidsBeginning next year, the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery will also be available for guests onboard the Freedom of the Seas and the Liberty of the Seas, providing nursery care for babies and tots from ages six months to 36 months.
Older kids will also have access to a renewed, more colorful and more dynamic Adventure Ocean youth center, while teen passengers can frequent the new Fuel Nightclub and Living Room facilities.
For Your DiningThe two Freedom-class ships will soon be home to a gourmet Cupcake Cupboard, and the Vintages will have a new trendier decor and offer guests a wide range of fine wines. Guests can also enjoy a self-pour of wine with new Enomatic serving systems, which will be stocked with an assortment of notable wine selections.
For Your FreedomThe wayfinding system that was first launched on the Oasis of the Seas will soon guide guests onboard the Freedom and Liberty, too. The new plasma and LCD touch-screen signs, which will be prominently placed throughout both ships, will help guide passengers to onboard activities and more by providing real-time updates, customized directions and routings, in addition to ship factoids. The New Majesty of the SeasMeanwhile, RCI’s Majesty of the Seas received an extensive bow-to-stern renovation three years ago that included several new dining and entertainment options as well as a complete revamping of guest suites and staterooms.
Suites were rebuilt with new wall linings, cabinetry, fixtures and fittings, while standard staterooms were given new mirrors, wood cappings and decorative rails. All accommodations have Wi-Fi accessibility and new flat-screen televisions mounted on the wall. Bathrooms have been outfitted with new hardware.
The fleet-wide rollout of RCI’s enhanced bedding program, which debuted on Freedom of the Seas, has introduced 220-thread-count cotton-blend sheets; duvets with cotton-blend covers; and colored bed scarves onboard the Majesty.
In public areas, the Majesty has an expanded conference center and new dining options, including the Windjammer Marketplace with its selection of Asian, Latin, Mediterranean and American fare. The new Compass Deli features a lavish sandwich bar, daily soups, made-to-order salads, paninis, crepes and energy drinks, while the new Cafe Lattetudes and the Freeze ice cream parlor round out the ship’s casual options. The renamed Starlight and Moonlight dining rooms have completely new soft goods.
The expanded Majesty Day Spa and ShipShape Fitness Center has been relocated and expanded to include 10 new treatment rooms, a relaxation area and a beauty salon with a barber station and teeth-whitening room. The interactive virtual Elemis SpaBar gives guests customized information about skincare needs, and stationary bikes and a new aerobic floor have been added to the fitness area.