Cruise ship Oasis of the Seas arrives in Southampton after its 14-day dry-dock with a new look including revitalised dining, high-speed internet, new shops, and the musical Cats in its theatre.
Sister ship Allure of the Seas will follow suit next May with almost identical enhancements.
One of the most exciting features, according to executive vice-president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, is Dynamic Dining, which has been created by turning the ship’s three-deck main dining room into three distinct restaurants.
The American Icon Grill will offer a take on the classic American road trip, pulling together best-loved regional favourites into a comfort-style menu. Silk is a vibrant and exotic destination where the spices of the Far East bring new flavour to adventurous palates through a Pan-Asian menu. The Grande, where every night is formal night, offers an elegant ambiance and refined French cuisine.
However, passengers will have to wait until next March before the menu changes are brought into effect.
The three complimentary venues are among 20 eating places on Oasis. The others include:
Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, a revitalised Izumi Japanese Cuisine offering a full teppanyaki menu as well as sushi rolls and sashimi. Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar, first introduced onboard Navigator of the Seas to rave reviews, will feature a authentic Mexican dishes including hand-made tableside guacamole and freshly-mixed Margaritas. Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, a unique culinary adventure for the senses where Royal Caribbean International chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare. Coastal Kitchen is an exclusive restaurant for suite guests, fusing Mediterranean and Californian influences. Guests will continue to enjoy Giovanni’s Table, 150 Central Park and Vintages wine bar, the successful speciality dining concepts introduced on the Oasis class in 2009.
Royal Caribbean International’s game-changing partnership with technology partner O3b provides guests on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas with internet connectivity that matches fast broadband connections onshore and is greater than all other cruise ships in the world combined. Royal iQ is a new app that puts guests in charge of their holiday choices, confirming dining reservations, shore excursions and spa appointments onboard through a downloadable app and at freestanding iQ stations around the ship.
The changes to Oasis include 10 new suites on Oasis-class ships, some with ocean views and others looking across or the AquaTheater and Boardwalk neighbourhood. Two Royal Family Suites can accommodate up to six guests.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical Cats makes its debut at sea on Oasis – replacing Hairspray – while Mamma Mia! will take over from Chicago on Allure from next June.