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 drydocktipline@cruisecritic.com. Thanks and happy sailing.

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Carnival Cruise Line

Ship: Carnival Imagination

Dates: September 4 - 22, 2016

Details: Details are not yet available.


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.


Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Dates: October 22, 2016

Details: Not available at this time.


Ship: Celebrity Constellation

Dates: 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


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

Ship: Oosterdam

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.

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

Norwegian Sky

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Dates: January 2017

Details: Not available at this time.


Ships: Norwegian Spirit

Dates: Early 2017

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


Ships: 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.

Ship: Sun Princess

Dates: April 2016

Details: Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone's new restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone, replaces Sabatini's pizzeria. The new Princess Luxury Bed will be added to every cabin and Kai Sushi restaurant will be turned into Kai Seafood Bar serving freshly shucked Australian oysters, prawns, sashimi and shellfish. Other additions include a New Zealand Natural ice cream outlet on the pool deck, Amuleto Café and Legends sports bar, which shows weekly AFL and NRL football matches, tennis and other Australian sports on multiple LED screens.


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: 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: 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.


Seabourn

Ship: Seabourn Quest

Dates: April 2016

Details: The ship will receive new carpeting in certain areas and new teak decking by the pool. All wood floors will be refinished, and select furnishings and cabin soft goods will be replaced. Restaurant 2 will be transformed into The Grill by Thomas Keller.


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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