Upcoming Cruise Ship Refurbishments

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Sure, new cruise ships are all the rage, and if our Future Cruise Ship Orders is any indication, passengers will have plenty of shiny options to choose from over the next few years. Those who want some new bells and whistles without the price tag a new ship can command another option: the refurbishment, which can make an old ship look new. Ships are required to head into dry dock every few years for the "routine scrape of the barnacles" (minor cosmetic and engineering updates). If we covered every minor refurb, we'd have hundreds of ships on which to report, so in this chart we'll be focusing only on vessels that will undergo more major overhauls.

Tracking down the latest on every ship going into dry dock can require a surprising amount of detective work; details are heavily guarded at times, and even though our message boards are alive with the newest dates and features, we still need all hands on deck (pun intended). If you have a tip, detail or story to share regarding the latest cruise ship refurbishment, please consider e-mailing us at drydocktipline@cruisecritic.com. Thanks and happy sailing.

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Carnival Cruise Line

Ship: Carnival Liberty

Dates: December 1 - 16, 2016

Details: Details are not yet available.


Ship: Carnival Ecstasy

Dates: January 10 - 24, 2017

Details: Details have not yet been released.


Ship: Carnival Dream

Dates: January 29 - February 11, 2017

Details: Details have not yet been released.


Ship: Carnival Sensation

Dates: February 9 - 22, 2017

Details: Details are not yet available.


Ship: Carnival Glory

Dates: February 25 - March 10, 2017

Details: Details are not yet available.


Ship: Carnival Breeze

Dates: April 16 - 29, 2017

Details: Details have not yet been released.


Ship: Carnival Elation

Dates: August 31 - September 27, 2017

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Ship: Carnival Conquest

Dates: September 30 - October 13, 2017

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Ship: Carnival Legend

Dates: May 1 - 14, 2018

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Celebrity Cruises


Ship: Celebrity Constellation

Dates: 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


Crystal Cruises

Ship: Crystal Symphony

Dates: September 2017

Details: Minimal details have been announced, but after the refurbishment, Crystal Symphony will offer full open seating dining and more suites.


Ship: Crystal Serenity

Dates: October-November 2018

Details: Minimal details have been announced, but after the refurbishment, Crystal Serenity will offer full open seating dining and more suites.


Cunard Line

Ship: Queen Victoria

Dates: May 5 to June 4, 2017

Details: Queen Victoria will receive additional cabins and Britannia Club will be introduced.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Ship: Black Watch

Dates: November 20, 2016

Details: A new interactive in-cabin TV system, safes and mini-bars installed across all cabins; Bathrooms will be refurbished; Braemar Garden Café will be converted into a new 54-seat restaurant, Brigadoon, which will feature new décor and offer a stylish, intimate dining experience. It will continue to serve British and international cuisine. The Braemar Courtyard will be converted into a separate specialty dining area, called The Black Watch Room. The 46-seat restaurant will offer steaks cooked to order, and a new dedicated Galley will be created to service it. The existing Grill restaurant, situated on Lounge Deck 6 aft, by the main pool area, will be rebranded and redesigned. The main dining room, the 340-seat The Glentanar, will undergo extensive refurbishment, with a spacious new layout and new look, featuring new furniture, carpet and curtains. The Observatory Lounge will get a refresh to the décor and fittings, and the Lido Lounge, will get new furniture, fabrics and carpets, as well as the installation of a full-width sliding door to the aft. The Morning Light Pub will be moved to the area currently occupied by the Braemar Lounge and will replace the existing Pub next to the Neptune Show Lounge. As well as being bigger, it will have new furniture and fabrics and a new bar. The area vacated by the existing Morning Light Pub will be renamed the Neptune Bar. The Marina Cinema will be upgraded with the latest 3D technology. The Guest Services area will also have a refresh.


Holland America Line

Eurodam cruise ship

Ship: Westerdam

Dates: April 2017

Details: New spaces and cosmetic updates are on the horizon, for Holland America's Westerdam. The 1,916-passenger ship will receive the line's popular musical entertainment venues, Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, as well as the Gallery Bar, which will replace the Northern Lights nightclub and feature custom-crafted cocktails by the line's partner, master mixologist Dale DeGroff. As for a new look, the buffet will be transformed into the Lido Market, which features a more open layout and themed stations serving up grab-and-go and made-to-order items. Pinnacle Grill, the line's signature steakhouse, also will get a makeover for a sleeker, more modern look. Additionally, all suites will receive new furniture, carpeting and wall coverings; designer glass tile and a new vanity in the bathroom; and electronic upgrades such as a USB outlet on the headboard, bedside LED reading lights and more outlets.


Ships: Zuiderdam, Noordam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Volendam and Zaandam

Dates: Throughout 2016, 2017 and beyond

Details: As part of a $300 million investment, Holland America is updating entertainment, dining and suites across its fleet between 2016 and 2018. While enhancements will vary by ship, all Vista- Signature- and Rotterdam-class ships will receive new furniture, carpeting and wall covers, as well as a new quartz stone top on the desk, dresser, nightstands and makeup vanity. Electronic upgrades include a USB outlet added the bed's headboard, LED reading lights and a lighted closet rod. Suite passengers will also have access to a new interactive TV system with free movies on demand, in-cabin coffee and espresso machine, binoculars for use during the sailing, free mimosas with ensuite breakfast and more.


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Sky

Ships: Norwegian Spirit

Dates: January 16-20, 2017

Details: A short dry dock for technical work and upgrades to some public areas. Full Norwegian Edge enhancements will come at a later date.

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Dates: January 23-29, 2017

Details: A short dry dock for technical work and upgrades to some public areas. Full Norwegian Edge enhancements will come at a later date.



Ships: Norwegian Pearl

Dates: February 6-27, 2017

Details: Public areas, including restaurants and lounges, will be redecorated. Staterooms will get a modernization. More details to come.


Ships: Norwegian Jade

Dates: March 10-30, 2017

Details: Public areas, including restaurants and lounges, will be redecorated. Staterooms will get a modernization. More details to come.


Princess Cruises

Royal Princess cruise ship

Ship: Grand Princess

Dates: December 2016

Details: Not available at this time.


Ship: Caribbean Princess

Dates: March 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


Ship: Diamond Princess

Dates: March 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


Ship: Regal Princess

Dates: April 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


Ship: Dawn Princess

Dates: May 2017

Details: Dawn Princess will leave the Princess Cruises fleet and join P&O in Australia, to be renamed Pacific Explorer, with new bars, restaurants and a supper club, two waterslides, a waterpark, and a barefoot bowls green on the top deck.


Ship: Pacific Princess

Dates: May 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


P&O Australia

Ship: Pacific Dawn

Dates: February 2017

Details: The Brisbane-based ship introduces P&O's first waterpark with two waterslides and a kids-only play area. The Pantry food court will replace the traditional buffet, while the poolside Grill will offer snacks such as burgers and pulled pork rolls. The Orient, the Promenade Bar, Charlie’s and the atrium are also set to be styled with similar décor to sister ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. The Dome nightclub will be redesigned and feature more live music.


Ship: Pacific Explorer

Dates: May 2017

Details: Currently sailing as Dawn Princess for Princess Cruises, the ship will join the P&O fleet as Pacific Explorer after a major overhaul. New features include side-by-side waterslides with special effects, a kids waterpark, barefoot bowls green on the top deck, new bars and restaurants, a poolside lobster bar, and a supper club serving food and drinks alongside cabaret-style entertainment . The decor will see modern art, high quality furnishings, chandeliers and moody lighting.


P&O Cruises

Ship: Arcadia

Dates: October 2017

Details: P&O Cruises has not yet revealed details of the refurbishment.


Ship: Oceana

Dates: December 2017

Details: P&O Cruises has not yet revealed details of the refurbishment.


Ship: Oriana

Dates: November 2016

Details: Oriana will undergo a three-week refurbishment later this year, which will see a complete makeover of cabins, restaurants, bars, entertainment areas and public spaces, to create a brand-new "elegant and sophisticated look."


Ship: Ventura

Dates: April 2018

Details: P&O Cruises has not yet revealed details of the refurbishment.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Ship: Seven Seas Mariner

Dates: March 2018

Details: Seven Seas Mariner will receive a comprehensive upgrade, with similar refurbishments to Seven Seas Voyager. More details to come.


Royal Caribbean International

Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Dates: October 16 to November 14, 2016

Details: Adventure of the Seas will receive FlowRider surf simulators, the cyclone and typhoon water slides, the family-friendly Splashaway Bay aqua park and an Izumi Asian restaurant during its dry dock. Royal Caribbean will also add dry-aged steaks to the menu at Chops Grille.


Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas

Dates: December 2016

Details: Royal Caribbean has not yet revealed details of the refurbishment.


Silversea

Ship: Silver Whisper

Dates: November/December 2016

Details: Silver Whisper's refurbishment has been driven by previous World Cruise passengers. Suites will be refreshed, with interactive TVs and on-demand movies added to every cabin. The Restaurant and La Terrazza will receive new furniture and carpet or hard-wood parquet. The sun deck will get a newly tiled pool and new loungers. Two new satellite antennas will increase Internet speeds.


Ship: Silver Cloud

Dates: August 2017

Details: Silver Cloud will undergo a major refurbishment to become Silversea's fourth luxury expedition ship. The 296-passenger ship will be refit to carry just 260 passengers and be converted into an ice-class ship. It will also receive a fleet of 18 Zodiac watercraft to carry onboard.


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