Crystal, RCI New Ship Updates

May 1, 2002
Crystal Serenity's on track for an on-time delivery. Crystal's long-awaited third ship, which will weigh 68,000-tons and hold 1,080 passengers, is slated for a July 6 (2003) christening ceremony in Dover. Serenity's inaugural, which departs Dover the next day, is sold out. Over at Royal Caribbean, Navigator of the Seas, the line's fourth "Voyager" sibling, is actually on a pace to arrive earlier than its planned January premiere -- at least according to numerous folks at the cruise line. No new date has been announced, however. New features on the fourth of five (approximately) 140,000 ton ships? Balcony cabins will be larger (architects have designed a wider ship) and the Island Grill will be expanded. Chops Grill, a steak-house style alternative restaurant, will also be included on the ship (along with Portofino, a holdover from the first three Voyager Class vessels). Otherwise, the Voyager class trademarks (rock climbing wall, roller blading track, ice rink and Johnny Rockets) will all make an appearance.