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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 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

There are currently no Celebrity ship refurbishments scheduled.

Crystal Cruises

Ship: Crystal Symphony

Dates: September - October 2017

Details: Crystal Symphony will replace smaller suites with 28 new penthouses and 12 new penthouse suites, dropping its passenger capacity from 922 to 848. The main dining room, to be called Waterside, will feature all open seating; Silk Road will become Umi Uma (a new Nobu venue), Tastes will become Silk (a casual Chinese-inspired venue) and the Lido Cafe will become the Marketplace, with a Brazilian churrascaria taking over the space at night. New tech innovations will include free Wi-Fi for all passengers.


Ship: Crystal Serenity

Dates: October - November 2018

Details: Crystal Serenity will receive the same dining and suite refurbishments as its sister ship. Serenity will replace smaller suites with 36 new penthouses and two new penthouse suites, dropping its passenger capacity from 1,070 to 980.


Cunard Line

There are currently no Cunard ship refurbishments scheduled.



Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Ship: Boudicca

Dates: Spring 2018

Details: In addition to upgrades to furniture, upholstery and carpeting throughout cabins and public spaces, Boudicca is slated for a refreshed dining room.


Holland America Line

Eurodam cruise ship

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. Additionally, Zuiderdam will see its Crow's Nest lounge transform to become a new, interactive trip-planning and enrichment center called Explorations Central.


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: Volendam

Dates: November/December 2017

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. Volendam will receive the transformation that will turn Crow's Nest into the line's new interactive destination experience center, EXC or Explorations Central.


Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Dates: December 20, 2017

Details: 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. Crow's Nest lounge will transform to become a new, interactive trip-planning and enrichment center called Explorations Central.


Ship: Zaandam

Dates: March 2018

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. Zaandam will receive the transformation that will turn Crow's Nest into the line's new interactive destination experience center, EXC or Explorations Central.


Ship: Amsterdam

Dates: May 2018

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. Amsterdam will receive the transformation that will turn Crow's Nest into the line's new interactive destination experience center, EXC or Explorations Central.


Ship: Noordam

Dates: May 2018

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. Noordam will receive the transformation that will turn Crow's Nest into the line's new interactive destination experience center, EXC or Explorations Central.


MSC Cruises

There are currently no MSC refurbishments scheduled.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Sky

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Dates: October 2018

Details: Norwegian Jewel will go into dry dock in Singapore in October 2018. As part of Norwegian Cruise Line's Project Edge, the ship will receive bow-to-stern upgrades and refreshed public spaces.


Paul Gauguin Cruises

There are currently no Paul Gauguin ship refurbishments scheduled.


P&O Cruises

Ship: Ventura

Dates: April 2018

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


Princess Cruises

Royal Princess cruise ship

Ship: Sea Princess

Dates: November 2017

Details: Sea Princess will get the line's new Club Class Mini-Suites featuring VIP amenities, a new Movies Under the Stars screen and Princess Luxury beds in all cabins; it's Crooners Bar will be updated with a new design; Café Corniche will get a new Italian menu and The Wheelhouse Bar will get a revised beverage menu. The ship's youth and teen centers will also be refurbished.


Ship: Crown Princess

Dates: March 24 - April 3, 2018

Details: Details are currently unavailable.


P&O Australia

Ship: Pacific Eden

Dates: August 2017

Details: Some mini-suites and balcony cabins will receive new carpets and outdoor furniture. In total, 11,000 square metres of new carpet will be fitted on the 1500-passenger ship. The Dome, Marquee Show Lounge, cinema, spa, gym, HQ and HQ+ teen clubs will also be revitalised.


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

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Dates: March 2018

Details: Royal Caribbean will invest $100 million in a massive six-week overhaul of Mariner of the Seas, which is returning to the U.S. market after several years sailing in China.


Ship: Independence of the Seas

Dates: April 2018

Details:Independence of the Seas will receive a raft of new features including: Splashaway Bay aqua park, Izumi Asian restaurant, Panoramic Ocean View cabins a fish 'n' chip shop, an ice cream store and a sports bar.  As well as an Escape Room, top deck trampolines and a laser tag arena. It will also feature the Broadway musical, Grease, onboard.


Seabourn Cruises

Ship: Seabourn Sojourn

Dates: December 2017

Details: Restaurant 2 will be replaced with The Grill by Thomas Keller. Public areas and suites will get a refresh, and the Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil program will be added.


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.


Ship: Silver Spirit

Dates: March 2018

Details: A 49-foot-long midsection will be added to Silver Spirit during a major refurbishment. The additional space will allow for new suites: 26 Veranda Suites, six Silver Suites and two Panorama Suites. Other upgrades include new dining venues and decor in suites and public areas indoors and out, all inspired by sister ship Silver Muse. Technical upgrades will also be made.