MIAMI — What’s a blow dry bar? Book a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas to find out.
Following a US$115 million modernization, the ship will feature a record-breaking number of new experiences on three- to four-night Caribbean cruises, starting with a Feb. 24, 2019 departure from Miami. From May 2019 onward, the Navigator will offer short Caribbean itineraries that include a visit to Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests’ preferences from A to Z,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “After launching our Royal Amplified modernization program with Independence of the Seas and then redefining short getaways with Mariner of the Seas, we are challenging ourselves to take it to the next level. Every detail matters, and we’ve mapped out an unmatched combination of innovative features and experiences for this top-to-bottom transformation of Navigator of the Seas.”
Enhancements on the Navigator of the Seas include the following:
- Two new waterslides: The Blaster, the line’s first-ever aqua coaster and the longest waterslide at sea, will include a two-person raft that floats through over 800 feet of hills, drops and straightaways. Meanwhile, Riptide will plunge guests down the industry’s only head-first mat racer.
- Reimagined poolscape: The resort-style deck will take on a new look with a Splash Pad for tots and the two-level ‘The Lime and Coconut’ bar. Grab-and-go eateries will also be available, including El Loco Fresh for Mexican street fare and Johnny Rockets Express for American classics.
- Elevated dining: Having originally debuted on Voyager Class, the line’s signature Royal Promenade will boast new restaurants including Jamie’s Italian by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. There’ll also be Hooked Seafood and a new Starbucks.
- More nightlife: The Bamboo Room, first introduced on Mariner of the Seas, is the cruise line’s Polynesian-themed watering hole with kitschy cocktails and tiki-chic décor. Guests hoping to catch the big game can do so at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, featuring 50 big screens, tabletop games, tournaments, trivia and a new Owner’s Box VIP room.
- Blow dry bar: As the first standalone blow dry bar at sea, To Dry For will offer blowouts, hairstyling and polish changes, plus a selection of wines and champagnes. This will be the perfect place for a quick beauty fix before a night out.
- More family fun: Glow-in-the-dark laser tag, mini-golf and the Royal Escape Room: The Observatorium will all provide endless hours of fun. Plus, the Adventure Ocean youth program will boast a newly designed open, free play space, while the teen areas will be refreshed with a new ‘hidden’ entrance and outdoor deck.
When the Navigator arrives in Miami after its modernization, it will sail a series of five- and nine-night Caribbean itineraries before embarking on short getaways to The Bahamas starting in May 2019. It will become the first ship to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay, the debut destination in the cruise line’s recently announced private island collection. Following a $200 million makeover, the destination will be home to Thrill Waterpark featuring the tallest waterslide in North America, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, a helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air, as well as numerous water sports and activities.