Tiki culture takes a cruise on Mariner of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International's latest bar concept, the Bamboo Room, is a throw-back to the tiki bars that were popular after WWII. The bar, which seats 49 and has a Polynesian theme, was added to the Mariner of the Seas and will be retrofitted to most of the ships getting the Royal Amplified upgrade package, including the Navigator, Oasis and Allure of the Seas.
Tiki culture takes cruise Mariner of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International’s latest bar concept, the Bamboo Room, is a throw-back to the tiki bars that were popular after WWII. The bar, which seats 49 and has a Polynesian theme, was added to the Mariner of the Seas and will be retrofitted to most of the ships getting the Royal Amplified upgrade package, including the Navigator, Oasis and Allure of the Seas. Photo Credit: TW photo by Tom Stieghorst
 
Royal Caribbean International's latest bar concept, the Bamboo Room, is a throw-back to the tiki bars that were popular after WWII. The bar, which seats 49 and has a Polynesian theme, was added to the Mariner of the Seas and will be retrofitted to most of the ships getting the Royal Amplified upgrade package, including the Navigator, Oasis and Allure of the Seas.

Royal won’t retrofit ships for Dynamic Dining

Royal Caribbean International has decided not to install its Dynamic Dining concept on the Oasis, Allure and Harmony of the Seas, as it once planned to do.

The concept, which splits the main dining room into four smaller themed restaurants, will be limited to ships that have been designed from the beginning to accommodate it, Royal said in a statement.

Currently, the Quantum class ships, including the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, are the only ones predesigned for Dynamic Dining.

Dynamic Dining originally also meant elimination of fixed dining times, but Royal later added a “classic” option with early and late seatings.

Royal had already converted the main three-deck dining area on Oasis of the Seas into single restaurant spaces on each floor.

Guests on the Oasis, Allure or Harmony who have already preselected the classic option for their upcoming cruise will be assigned to either early or late seating to match their original choice of time. Guests who have selected the “choice” option will be assigned to the My Time Dining program, Royal said.

Oasis of the Seas to have new Florida home

Oasis of the Seas

For the first time, an Oasis-class ship will be based in a port other than Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The Oasis of the Seas will remain in Florida but sail from Port Canaveral for the 2016-17 winter season, Royal Caribbean revealed on Thursday.

The Oasis of the Seas, which entered service in 2009, will alternate seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral.

The Harmony of the Seas, an Oasis-class ship currently under construction, will take Oasis of the Seas’ place in Port Everglades, sailing from the Fort Lauderdale port along with sister ship Allure of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean announced the cruise line’s entire Caribbean deployment for the 2016-17 winter season, which will open for booking this month.