Rhapsody Refit in Singapore
After sailing five consecutive seasons in Australia, local favourite Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas is currently undergoing an extensive US$54 million dollar makeover in Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. Originally scheduled for only a two-week ‘drydock’ for regular maintenance, RCI since extended the project to four weeks in order to allow a full ‘revitalisation’ of the entire ship.
The enhancements are part of Royal Caribbean’s fleet-wide revitalisation program which rolls out features from newer ships – such as the world’s largest cruise superliners Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – into the rest of the fleet, providing Australians with the industry’s most innovative and contemporary cruise ships.
Rhapsody of the Seas is only the third ship to undergo a refurbishment since Royal Caribbean’s fleet-wide ‘revitalisation’ program was announced last year and follows in the footsteps of her fellow Sydney-based sister shipRadiance of the Seas, which was fully revitalised in May 2011 in advance of her maiden Australian season.Both revitalised ships will return to Australia in October this year and will also be joined by Voyager of the Seas – the largest megaliner ever based Down Under – with an unprecedented three Royal Caribbean ships offering a series of one to 18-night cruises around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
PHOTO: Gavin Smith and Adam Armstrong of RCL Cruises Australia and Rhapsody of the Seas’ Captain and Hotel Director.