Kicking off Royal Caribbean’s largest ever cruising season in Australia, two of the line’s best-loved ships are meeting for the first time in Sydney Harbour. The Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will be meeting on 28 November, with the former fresh from a $415m, 43-day makeover.
The two Voyager Class ships are set to embark on a season of fantastic cruises around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific – offering some of the most high-tech features of the cruising world. The Explorer of the Seas is slightly bigger than her sister ship and will become the largest ship in the region when it reaches Australian shores in November.
Sean Treacy, Commercial Director of Royal Caribbean Asia Pacific, enthused: “We are thrilled to have a second, newly revitalised Voyager Class ship sailing locally this year with incredible features and amenities that you will only find on a Royal Caribbean cruise.”
The newly-revitalised Explorer includes a number of new features and amenities include a FlowRider surf simulator, two new bars and three speciality restaurants: Izumi, Chops Grille and Giovanni’s Table. A number of new cabin concepts and features have also been added to the ship with virtual balconies incorporated into interior cabins – giving more passengers the chance to enjoy the beautiful views outside the ship.
Royal Caribbean’s dedication to the region is represented by an almost 50% increase in capacity during the upcoming 2015/16 season with the Explorer and Voyager joined by Radiance of the Seas in Sydney, and Legend of the Seas sailing out of Brisbane. The Legend will become the first Royal Caribbean ship to be based out of Queensland ever.
The future beyond the upcoming season looks even rosier for Royal Caribbean fans in Australia and New Zealand with the line announcing intentions to base the brand new Quantum Class ship, Ovation of the Seas in the region from December 2016. A member of the first ever class of smartships, the 5,000-passenger Ovation will take the crown of the largest cruise ship to ever homeport in the region.
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