Upcoming Cruise Ship Refurbishments

April 11, 2017
Construction on Splendour of the Seas

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 Breeze

Dates: April 16 - 29, 2017

Details: During its dry dock, Carnival Breeze will replace the Plaza Bar at Ocean Plaza with its signature Alchemy Bar. The ship will also gain Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, which replaces Fat Jimmy's Seaside BBQ. In addition, the ship will receive new carpeting, wall coverings, tile work and lighting in many public places.


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 Fascination

Dates: January 31 - February 17, 2018

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Ship: Carnival Paradise

Dates: February 22 - March 25, 2018

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Ship: Carnival Legend

Dates: May 1 - 14, 2018

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Dates: November 5 - November 15, 2018

Details: Details are unavailable at this time.


Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Celebrity Constellation

Dates: 2017

Details: According to several reports, Constellation will receive the Rooftop Terrace on Deck 12, Tuscan Grille will replace Ocean Liners restaurant, Qsine will be added to Deck 11 and all suites will be updated with new furniture, carpeting and bathrooms.


Crystal Cruises

Ship: Crystal Symphony

Dates: September - October 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: Cunard is spending $40 million on refurbishing Queen Victoria, adding 30 cabins, refurbishing 24 suites, adding a new dining room and a new sundeck and a specialty café. The ships will have 43 Britannia Club cabins, including the new ones, on Decks 7 and 8, which will have newly-designed carpets, soft furnishings, new flat screen TVs and tea and coffee facilities. A new Britannia Club restaurant will be installed for Britannia Club passengers. The Cunard Grand Suites will be redesigned and reconfigured. The Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia Suites will have similar square footage to those on Queen Elizabeth at approximately 1,436 sq. ft. Five new Penthouse Suites on Deck 8 aft will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, defined living and sleeping spaces and bathrooms with natural light. The ship will have a new Chart Room on Deck 2 off the Grand Lobby, where Café Carinthia is currently located. The Chart Room will have illy coffee, Godiva chocolate and light bites by day and cocktails by night. Cunard will also introduce a "gin and fizz" themed menu to the Midships Lounge, including a variety of wines, Proseccos, Cavas and Champagne alongside premium gins and spirits.


Holland America Line

Eurodam cruise ship

Ship: Westerdam

Dates: April 14 - 26, 2017

Details: New spaces and cosmetic updates are on the horizon for Holland America's Westerdam, when it undergoes dry dock this April in Palermo, Sicily. 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.


Ship: Zuiderdam

Dates: October 23 - November 4, 2017

Details: As part of a $300 million investment, Holland America is updating entertainment, dining and suites across its fleet between 2016 and 2018. Zuiderdam will see updates this fall during a dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas. 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: Rotterdam

Dates: October 26 - November 3, 2017

Details: As part of a $300 million investment, Holland America is updating entertainment, dining and suites across its fleet between 2016 and 2018. Rotterdam will see updates this fall during a dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas. 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: Nieuw Amsterdam

Dates: December 7 - 19, 2017

Details: Members on our boards report that Nieuw Amsterdam will undergo dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, late in 2017. Refurbishments possibly include replacing Explorers Lounge with Lincoln Center Stage; replacing Northern Lights Bar with the Gallery (Arts) Bar and doing away with the traditional piano bar (replacing it with with "Billboard Onboard.") Parts of the casino will be touched as well the spa and some other public areas. Suite upgrades and improvements will include new furniture, modern fixtures and new carpeting.


Ships: Noordam, Amsterdam, Volendam and Zaandam

Dates: Throughout 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: 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.


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.


Silversea

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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