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Disney reimagines its magic The house of mouse, Disney, is also injecting new life into its original cruise ship, the Disney Magic. The “reimagineering” includes a floor-to-ceiling facelift for the Magic’s atrium, plus new spaces, including an Avengers Academy, the “After Hours” nightclub, larger staterooms and the addition of the AquaDunk thrill slide. The ship w ill undergo dr ydocking between September and October of this year at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. When the ship’s reimagineering is completed in October, it will emerge 20 ft longer, 1,000 tons heavier and, if Disney’s history repeats itself, brimming with magic.

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Not one to be outdone, Royal Caribbean has its own revitalization program in place. Following the introduction and subsequent success of its Oasis class, Royal Caribbean announced a fleet-wide revitalization program that would implement Oasis features on every one of its ships. The promise from Royal Caribbean: to leave no ship unturned, with the cruise line proclaiming that “every ship will be its best ship.” The 21- ship transformation began last year, with each ship undergoing slightly different amounts of revamping during drydock. Some of the enhancements include new dining venues, entertainment options and technology enhancements. Additionally, each ship will include wi-fi, electronic mustering, Digital Way Finding Systems, new staterooms and the Royal Babies & Tots nursery. Further upping its WOW factor, Royal Caribbean has unveiled what it calls the next step in cruise shipping, its newest class of ships, the Quantum class. Ships in the Quantum class will feature two industry firsts: the North Star, a jewellike capsule that will take passengers 300 ft above sea level and provide them with a 360 view as they hover above the ship; and RipCord by iFly—a sky diving wind tunnel that will simulate the feeling of skydiving. Royal Caribbean has three of the 167,000 grt, 4,180-passenger ships on order at Meyer Werft. The ships, the largest to be built by the German yard, will measure 348 m x 41 m x 8.5 m, and will feature new transformational spaces that will serve various functions throughout the day and night including Two70, Music Hall and SeaPlex. The first ship in the class, Quantum of the Seas, will enter into service fall 2014 and will sail out of New York Harbor from Cape Liberty. Anthem of the Seas will follow spring 2015. The third Quantum class ship is scheduled for delivery in mid-2016. ■

June 2013 Marine Log Magazine  
June 2013 Marine Log Magazine