A Big Makeover, A Clean Cruise Cabin and a Return to Port

August 16, 2013

(9:15 p.m. EDT) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

A Sunny Outlook

Princess Cruises is investing $30 million into a two-week makeover for Sun Princess. When the ship emerges from the Singapore Sembawang shipyard, it will boast a new atrium with Princess' signature International Cafe, the new Kai Sushi seafood eatery, an updated Horizon Court buffet and a refurbished Lotus Spa. As part of the Horizon Court changes, the ship's top deck hamburger grill will be transformed into an al fresco barbecue venue. Sun Princess operates Australasia-based itineraries.

The Cleanest Cabins at Sea?

Allergy-friendly pillows and bedding are not a rare find on cruise ships. But entirely hypoallergenic cabins will be a first for the industry, when Crystal Cruises gives 70 verandah cabins aboard Crystal Serenity the "Extreme Makeover" during its November 2014 dry dock. Partnering with PURE Marine Solutions, the cabins will undergo a seven-step process to remove all allergens, bacteria and viruses. Among the weapons in the hypoallergenic arsenal are ozone shock treatment, air purification system, tea tree oil cartridge and hypoallergenic bedding. You might feel as though you've already showered just by stepping inside.

Welcome Back

After omitting Barbados from its Southern Caribbean itineraries last year, Royal Caribbean is bringing the island back into its destinations fold. According to Barbados' tourism minister, Jewel of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas will visit the island in 2014, with Jewel of the Seas sailing there year round beginning in May.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor and Gina Kramer, Associate Editor