(1:30 p.m. EDT) — The Tidal Wave waterslide, which has been closed since it was first installed on Liberty of the Seas in January, is scheduled to open in June, according to Royal Caribbean’s website. Referred to as a boomerang-style waterslide because it features a steep drop that shoots riders up a near vertical wall, the Tidal Wave never opened after Royal Caribbean noticed flaws in the initial design after installation. In order to make the ride safe, the line has designed special padding to be added to areas of the slide where riders could hit the sides of the slide.
Azamara Quest has set sail after a dry dock in Singapore that saw the addition of new venues, and all public spaces and cabins on the ship refreshed. The two-week dry dock was extended by three days, to ensure everything on the ship was in working order before departing the shipyard. (For a look at what Cruise Critic thinks of the renovations, read our Live from Azamara Journey: Hits and Misses from its Refurb).
Royal Caribbean will continue to sail out of Baltimore for at least four more years, after signing a new deal that extends its partnership with the port until June 2020. Grandeur of the Seas will continue to be the only Royal Caribbean ship based in the city; it sails to the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and New England and Canada.