In an effort to bring the 48,563-ton, 1,600-passenger Nordic Empress more in line with the rest of the Royal Caribbean fleet, the overhaul will include the addition of some now-traditional favorites. The Latin-themed Bolero's will replace High Society and the Schooner Bar will take over from the Carousel Bar.
Also in keeping with Royal Caribbean-consistency: Nordic Empress will get a new name. Beginning in May, when the ship re-launches, it will be known as "Empress of the Seas."
In what amounts to a lot of firsts for the ship this year, Empress of the Seas gets a new twist on its usual summer itinerary assignment. The ship, which will still offer Bermuda voyages, will sail out of the New York area -- specifically Royal Caribbean's new Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J. -- offering six- and eight-night itineraries.