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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 have 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 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 Thanks and happy sailing.

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Azamara Club Cruises

Ship: Azamara Quest

Dates: April 2016

Details: Azamara Quest will go into dry dock in April 2016 and emerge with new furniture for several spaces, including Looking Glass, the Pool Grill and Sunset Bar. Prime C, Aqualina, the Library and Windows Cafe will also all receive improvements. All cabins and suites will have new carpets and curtains, as well as new sofas and new larger coffee tables.

Carnival Cruise Line

Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Dates: January 18 - February 5, 2016

Details: Carnival Inspiration will go into dry dock in Oregon for a multi-million dollar refurbishment that will see the ship get a Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Alchemy Bar and Cherry on Top candy shop.

Ship: Carnival Valor

Dates: Spring 2016

Details: Not available at this time.

Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Celebrity Infinity

Dates: October 15 - 29, 2015

Details: Infinity is one of two Millennium-class ships that will receive a refreshed Suite Class; a new venue, the Rooftop Terrace, with film screen and surround sound; Infinity's SS United States will transform into Tuscan Grille, a Mediterranean steakhouse; the solarium will be updated and more.

Ship: Celebrity Summit

Dates: February 27 - March 12, 2016

Details: The second Millennium-class ships to receive refreshes, Summit will see an updated Suite Class; a new venue, the Rooftop Terrace, with film screen and surround sound; Normandie will transform into Tuscan Grille, a Mediterranean steakhouse; the solarium will be updated and more.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Serenity

Ship: Crystal Serenity

Dates: May 2016

Details: Not available at this time.

Cunard Line

Ship: Queen Mary 2

Dates: May 27, 2016 - June 21, 2016

Details: An extensive dry dock will add staterooms for singles, more balcony cabins and more kennels for traveling pets added.

Holland America Line

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.

Ship: Oosterdam

Dates: April 2016

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam and Noordam

Dates: Throughout 2016

Ship: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Volendam and Zaandam

Dates: 2017 and beyond

Norwegian Cruise Line

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Dates: November 2015

Details: Norwegian Gem will undergo redecoration of all Penthouse Suites and Horizon and Observation lounges. It will also get custom-crafted furnishings, wall coverings, original artwork, new lighting and new carpets. New furniture will also be added to the Deck 11 relaxation area, as well as Deck 12. The line's popular O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill will be added to Gem, and the line has hinted at other new spaces.

Ship: Pride of America

Dates: February 20 - March 15, 2016

Details: In its first major refresh since the ship launched in 2005, most of Pride of America's restaurants will be redecorated, the Mandara Spa will be revamped, a new wedding chapel will be added and suites and staterooms will get new bedding, televisions, and furniture.

Ship: Norwegian Sun

Dates: Spring 2016

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

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Dates: May 18 - June 16, 2016

Details: On Norwegian Dawn, O'Sheehans will replace the Blue Lagoon, and the Sugarcane Mojito Bar will stand in for Shakers. Staterooms will be upgraded with new bedding, carpet and artwork; the sprawling Garden Villa will get an enhanced makeover. Restaurants, the atrium, and the Dawn Casino will get a refresh. A barber shop and nail bar will be added to the Mandara Spa. Entourage and other kids' facilities will be modernized and on all open decks teak flooring will be installed.

Norwegian Sky

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Dates: January 2017

Details: Not available at this time.

Ships: Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Pearl

Dates: Winter 2017

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

Ships: Norwegian Jade

Dates: Winter 2017

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

P&O Cruises (Australia)

Ship: Pacific Aria

Dates: November 2015

Details: After sailing its last cruise as Ryndam for Holland America Line in 2015, this ship joined P&O Cruises, was renamed Pacific Aria and received a much more contemporary look including resort-style pool areas with new poolside furniture, new bars and restaurants, and new bed linens, towels and Australian power points in all cabins.

Ship: Pacific Eden

Dates: November 2015

Details: When the former Statendam was transferred from Holland America Line in 2015 and relaunched as P&O's Pacific Eden, the ship's refurbishment saw new bars and restaurants, a revamped pool area and Oasis deck, fresh linens and towels in all cabins and Australian power points.

Princess Cruises

Emerald Princess

Ship: Emerald Princess

Dates: December 2015

Details: Chef Curtis Stone's new restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone, will replace Sabatini's. Dishes will be served family style, and meant for sharing. The Salty Dog Gastropub will be added to the Wheelhouse Bar with new featured dining and drink menus. Additionally, 200 interconnecting doors will be added to 100 cabins for families to book interconnecting rooms, and all mattresses and bed linens will be replaced shipwide.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

Dates: April 2016

Details: Seven Seas Navigator will get the biggest refurbishment in its 25-year history, and upgrades will take place in every corner of the ship. All staterooms will be completely redecorated and receive new furniture, bedding, soft goods and artwork. The Compass Rose, the ship's main restaurant, will be overhauled with new lighting, color schemes, furniture and table settings. Also getting a contemporary makeover is La Veranda, the ship's casual venue. On Navigator's main "street," bars and lounges will be modernized, including the addition of a dedicated coffee cafe. The existing cigar bar will be eliminated, and a brand new library will be constructed. The pool deck will be reconstructed, with new chaise lounges, teak decking, and the adjacent bar and grill all being replaced.

Ship: Seven Seas Voyager

Dates: Late 2016

Details: Seven Seas Voyager will receive a comprehensive upgrade, receiving additions pioneered by the fleet's newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer. More details to come.

Ship: Seven Seas Mariner

Dates: Spring 2017

Details: Seven Seas Mariner will receive a comprehensive upgrade, receiving additions pioneered by the fleet's newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer. More details to come.

Royal Caribbean International

Ship: Liberty of the Seas

Dates: January 2016

Details: During the dry dock, Liberty will receive the Perfect Storm water park, which includes the Tidal Wave, the first-ever boomerang-style slide at sea. Perfect Storm also will feature two side-by-side racer slides, Cyclone and Typhoon. Children will enjoy the kids-only Splashaway Bay, with its water cannons and geysers. New dining venues to be added include Sabor, with its modern Mexican menu, and Giovanni's Table, an Italian trattoria serving family-style meals. Also new will be the R Bar, decked out in a 1960s vibe and offering signature cocktails. Eighty-nine cabins also will be added, including 26 panoramic ocean-view rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Dates: April 2016

Details: During dry dock, Jewel will gain number of new restaurant options (Asian, steakhouse, Italian), a new bar, the line's now-signature Royal Babies & Tots Nursery, a poolside movie screen and flat-screen TVs in cabins. Other changes will include the addition of 42 new cabins, including a two-bedroom family room, and the addition of the line's hi-speed Voom Internet. Details are subject to change.

Ship: Majesty of the Seas

Dates: April 2016

Details: During its massive refurbishment, Majesty of the Seas' top deck will be transformed with new water slides and a poolside movie screen. The ship will also get new restaurants, including Izumi, Sabor Taqueria and the exclusive Chef's Table. Royal Caribbean also will add the popular DreamWorks Experience to the ship. On the technological side, Majesty of the Seas will get Royal Caribbean's super-fast Internet, known as Voom, which will be available free of charge to all Majesty of the Seas passengers.

Ship: Splendour of the Seas

Dates: April - June 2016

Details: Splendour of the Seas will go into dry dock in April and re-emerge in June 2016 as the latest Thomson Cruises' ship, Thomson Discovery. The "new" ship will be the largest in the Thomson fleet and will have the most features, with a rock-climbing wall and outdoor movie theater, as well as 40 percent of cabins with balconies. It will homeport in Barbados.

Ship: Empress of the Seas

Dates: Spring 2016

Details: After sailing its last cruise for Royal Caribbean International in March 2008, Empress of the Seas is returning to the cruise line's fleet in spring 2016 after a refurbishment. The ship has spent the past few years sailing as Empress for Pullmantur, the Spanish sister company to Royal Caribbean.

Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Dates: October 16 to November 14, 2016

Details: A refurbishment is coming at the end of 2016 for Adventure of the Seas, but details have yet to be revealed.

Windstar Cruises

Ship: Star Pride

Dates: April 2016

Details: A $3 million renovation will continue the enhancements made to Star Pride when it transferred from the Seabourn fleet to Windstar. The AmphorA dining room remodel will be completed, and the Lounge, Veranda and screening room will be renovated.

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