Revamped Navigator of the Seas arrives in Miami

Royal Caribbean International has revealed the first images of Navigator of the Seas following the ship’s $115 million makeover.

New features on the 3,386-passenger ship include The Blaster – the cruise line’s first aqua coaster and said to be the longest waterslide at sea – and Riptide, thought to be the industry’s only headfirst mat racer waterslide.

Also new is a standalone blow-dry bar called To Dry For, offering hairstyling services, and a revamped Caribbean-style pool deck.

From March 1, Navigator will sail five- and nine-night Caribbean itineraries from Miami until May.

The ship will then sail to the Bahamas for a series of three-night weekend and four-night weekday cruises, including visits to the cruise line’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Navigator of the Seas is the third ship to be modernised as part of the Royal Amplified programme, which represents an investment of more than $1 billion in the cruise line’s fleet over four years.

Michael Bayley, president and chief executive of Royal Caribbean International, said: “Independence and Mariner of the Seas, the first two modernised ships in our Royal Amplified programme, have quickly become standout hits, and Navigator builds on this momentum with a combination of new, exciting features and signature Royal Caribbean offerings.”

Perfect Day at CocoCay is the first in the cruise line’s Perfect Day Island Collection of destinations and features a waterpark, waterslide, freshwater pool, wave pool and a helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air.

• Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, was floated out of dry dock in Germany earlier this week.

Designed specifically for the Chinese market, it is claimed the vessel will be the world’s most technologically advanced cruise ship when it is delivered in April 2019.

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