Cadiz, Spain, October 28, 2011 – Global cruise line Royal Caribbean International signed an agreement today in Cadiz, Spain with Reparaciones Navantia for the extensive revitalization of their Vision-class ship Splendour of the Seas. The agreement was signed by Luis Cacho, Consejero Delegado de Navantia and Kevin Douglas, Vice President, Newbuild, Royal Caribbean International.
Splendour of the Seas arrived at the Navantia ship yard this week and the shipyard expects 550 workers, including engineers, architects, interior designers, builders and technology specialists to work on the ship – generating a total of more than one hundred thousand man hours throughout the five week dry dock.
While in dry dock, the ship will receive a new “duck tail,” an extension to the bridge wings as well as undergo regularly scheduled maintenance work on the propellers, rudders and tail shafts. Upon completion, Splendour will feature a variety of new dining venues and guest amenities, 124 new balconies, a host of new stateroom amenities including flat panel televisions and upgraded technology throughout the ship. The revitalization is part of an extensive $300 million program to bring the latest innovations to the cruise lines ships across the fleet building on Royal Caribbean’s best-in-class global vacation offerings.
Headquartered in Madrid, Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilder, is a world reference in the design, construction and integration of war ships, including new generation submarines. It is also engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for naval vessels. Navantia has a ship repair line of activity that goes from regular repairs to refurbishment programmes, including conversions. The company has the facilities and know how for complex repairs comprising LNG’S and Cruisers. Navantia has Fleet Maintenance Agreements with the most important ship-owners in the world.
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.
Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming. The cruise line has a 40-year history of giving guests the Royal Advantage – the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for eight consecutive years in Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Follow Royal Caribbean on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcaribbean or on Twitter, @royalcaribbean. Travel professionals should visit www.cruisingpower.com or call (800) 327-2056.
Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and one under agreement.