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Major Makeover Planned for Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Michael Isenbek | October 11, 2015

Major Makeover Planned for Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

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Spending a month in dry dock during February 2016, the Galveston-based Liberty of the Seas is getting what Royal Caribbean International called a “Texas-sized makeover” from bow to stern, in a recent news release.

A big highlight of this refurbishment will be a collection of waterslides dubbed the “Perfect Storm.” These include two racer slides located aft named “Cyclone” and “Typhoon” along with “Tidal Wave,” which the release stated is “the first ever boomerang style slide at sea.” Royal Caribbean described the ride as “a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall.”

And there’s more water-based fun planned, just for kids. The release revealed plans for “Splashaway Bay,” an adult-free aqua park to feature an interactive play zone, geysers and water cannons.

February’s revamp will also give some new stateroom choices. The release said 26 Panoramic Ocean View staterooms are slated for inclusion. These accommodations have “floor-to-ceiling glass walls, providing guests with breathtaking, unobstructed views,” the release stated. An additional 53 staterooms are also due to be added.

Additional cuisine options are also in the works. Sabor will feature, as the release said, “authentic, modern and unexpected Mexican dishes.” Oaxacan Ceviche of Red Snapper or Spicy Chicken Flautas were mentioned as menu items along with custom guacamole and salsas made tableside. Tacos, quesadillas and burritos will also be available.

Italian classics will be served family-style at the trattoria Giovanni’s Table plus classic and signature cocktails will be on hand from a “savvy and personable mixologist,” per the release, at the R Bar, slated to have a “sophisticated 1960s vibe.”

Beginning November 2015, Liberty of the Seas will be embarking on seven-night voyages to the Western Caribbean from Galveston, Royal Caribbean announced. Destinations include Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras.


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