Anyone know when Soverign of the Seas is scheduled for dry dock to install the rock climbing wall? I hear it will be very soon. Wondering if the work will be done by the time I'm back on Her in early September?
Sovereign of the Seas - 12/22/02
Sovereign of the Seas - 04/27/03
Sovereign of the Seas - 09/04/03 *and* 09/07/03
I have found out through my TA that Sovereign goes into dry dock in mid November-my 3 night cruise Nov 13 turned into 4 at no extra charge to accomodate those that had booked for the 17th-21. Plus, I couldn't even find my cruise on any sites for several weeks, b/c it had been blocked off to try and move people from cancelled cruises to ones with space. Anyhow, it could be going before then, but I know of that for sure.
According to the RCCL web-site Soverign will be worked on in July:
Rock-Climbing Walls Coming Soon To A Cruise Ship Near You
Royal Caribbean Announces Plans to Outfit Entire Fleet with Signature Rock-Climbing Walls
Miami - March 18, 2003 - Royal Caribbean International, the cruise line that redefined traditional expectations of cruising by putting rock-climbing walls onboard its newest cruise ships, today announced plans to offer the popular feature fleetwide by November 2003. First introduced on Voyager of the Seas in 1999, the rock-climbing walls quickly captured national interest and became a star attraction on each new Royal Caribbean ship that followed. The line’s current plans call for the walls to be retro-fitted on ships launched before 1999, and be installed on three Royal Caribbean ships scheduled to debut in late 2003 and spring 2004.
"Over the past few years, the rock-climbing walls have become a brand icon for us," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, Royal Caribbean International. "They reflect a new attitude toward cruising and epitomize the innovations and unexpected experiences guests enjoy on a Royal Caribbean vacation. We offer many different ways for travelers to ‘get out there’ whether it’s snorkeling with stingrays or simply trying a new wine at Chops Grille steakhouse or a new regional Italian dish at Portofino’s, but increasingly the rock-climbing walls have become the symbol of the active, adventurous spirit we are known for."
Perched on the top decks, the rock-climbing walls challenge guests to reach new heights and reward them with an unparalleled, bird’s eye view of the ship, sea and sky. On Voyager-class vessels, the top of the walls are nearly 200 feet above the ocean. The walls are designed to suit both beginners and advanced climbers. Lessons are offered on every sailing by trained ship staff.
Fleetwide installations begin in late May with Monarch of the Seas, which will be refitted before arriving in her new homeport of Los Angeles. The remainder of the ships will be outfitted with rock-climbing walls by the end of the year: Majesty of the Seas (June); Sovereign of the Seas (July); Rhapsody of the Seas (August); Enchantment of the Seas (August); Vision of the Seas (October); Grandeur of the Seas (October); Splendour of the Seas (October); Nordic Empress (November); and Legend of the Seas (November).
Does anyone know where Royal Caribbean dry docks their ships? My parents live right next to the Ship yard in Newport News and have seen several other lines ships dry docked there for cleaning, repairs and upgrades. They took their 25th Anniversary cruise on Royal Caribbean and would be very excited to hear of a RC ship coming soon.
I just returned from a cruise on Sovereign of the Seas this past Sunday, August 3rd. While we were waiting in line to pick up our bags, they were lifting the rock climbing wall to the top of the ship with a crane there in the dock at Port Canareval.
AWESOME!!!! We normally go on a cruise every summer, and each time has been on a Carnival Ship. We are already booked on the Glory for Summer 2004. Our friends are going on a short get-away on the soverign in Janurary 2004, so we decided to join. Even more excited now I know there will be a rock wall!!!
We had a great time on the cruise. It was our first, but won't be the last. Already ordered information on some of the other cruises. Would like to take one to Alaska. I watched some of the guys welding the base and getting ready for the rock wall while we were headed to Nassau, but didn't think they would be installing it as soon as we returned, but they did. They had it sitting on the deck buy the time we left the port. Take care and enjoy your cruise.