Royal Caribbean International
A new upscale dining venue, 150 Central Park, will be added to the 5400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. Michael Schwartz, winner of a James Beard Award, will create new dishes as well as serve favorites from his restaurants in Miami and Grand Cayman. New sets of menus will roll out every three months... Part of a $300 million fleet revitalization program, Royal Caribbean's 2074-passenger Splendour of the Seas got a major makeover during its drydocking in Spain late last year. Some 550 workers swarmed over the ship, adding 124 new balconies, a new extension to the bridge wings, flat-panel television in cabins, new dining rooms, digital wayfinding, an adult-only pool, outdoor movie capability, and more. It will become the first cruise ship to feature iPads in all cabins. Passengers will be able to use them to read the daily newsletter of events and activities, see their personal daily itineraries and shore excursions, monitor their accounts, order room service, check restaurant menus, access the internet, and watch movies...Splendour's signature five-deck-high Centrum atrium will be transformed into a vertical entertainment venue. Aerial performances, sound and light shows, music, and dancing at night together with interactive daytime activities will keep the new space busy.