Royal Caribbean has officially re-launched the Navigator of the Seas. The cruise ship has just undergone a $115 million refurbishment project. The ship, which initially launched in 2002, is based in Port Miami and is dedicated to Caribbean-based cruises through May.

For the exterior of the cruise ship, passengers will be impressed by the brand-new waterslide. The cruise line is now home to the longest waterslide at sea, known as The Blaster. It's an 800-feet water coaster featuring dips, drops and straightaways that extend over the side of the ship. The second new water slide, The Riptide, is a head-first mat racer waterslide.

Many new changes have also been made to the interior. One of the unique features is for cabins that are located on the inside of the ship. Each cabin located within the ship will feature a virtual balcony. This VR feature is a first in the industry.

Other new features include upgraded or changed dining options, new bar areas, a sports bar and an arcade. The ship will also showcase its first new blow-dry bar that has been creatively named 'To Dry For'. Here, guests have access to blowouts, hairstyling and other services in addition to a selection of champagnes and wines.

The pool area has been significantly enhanced and enlarged, and most of the poolside area has been reimagined. There is even a splash pad for the little ones to enjoy. In the pool area, guests can enjoy Mexican street fare at El Loco Fresh and Johnny Rockets Express, which focuses on burgers and shakes.

Earlier this month, the Navigator of the Seas started offering five- and nine-night Caribbean cruises from the Port Miami. Then, the ship will change its itinerary to three-night weekend cruises and four-night weekday cruises to the Bahamas. All of the cruises will include a stopover at the private island owned by the cruise line, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: