Freedom of the Seas graduates to Oasis-class

Freedom of the Seas graduates to Oasis-class

Royal Caribbean operated Freedom of the Seas returns to service this week following an upgrade.

New entertainment options and a number of technology advancements have been included during a week-long dry-dock programme.

Royal Caribbean International invested approximately $70 million into the enhancements aboard five of its ships in 2011, expanding onboard experiences across the its fleet.

Freedom of the Seas alternates Eastern and Western Caribbean seven-night, round-trip itineraries from Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast.

“Royal Caribbean International is rooted in providing our guests with incredible holiday experiences across the fleet and around the world,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of hotel operations, Royal Caribbean International.

“The outdoor video screen installed onboard Liberty of the Seas in January has already been so well received that we have decided to deploy it onboard all the ships scheduled to undergo revitalisation in 2011.

“Making the investment on these ships as a way of extending the reach of the Oasis-class innovations to more of our guests is a natural progression for the fleet as a whole,” she added.

Following a week in dry-dock at the Royal Bahama Shipyard, Freedom of the Seas received new technology enhancements, such as enhanced wi-fi, interactive televisions, electronic waivers for sports activities, and electronic mustering (as well as ticketing for shows later in the year) that offer greater convenience to Royal Caribbean International guests on their cruise.

The ships undergoing revitalisations in 2011 are Liberty of the Seas earlier this year, Freedom of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas in May, and Splendour of the Seas in October.

Each ship will come out of service fitted with the most highly guest-rated features introduced on Royal Caribbean International’s new Oasis-class ships.

Even Oasis of the Seas, the first Oasis-class ship, now boasts new features with the recent addition of the DreamWorks Experience and 3-D movies which first debuted on Allure of the Seas.