Cruise Ship Refurbishment Schedule

By ,   November 26, 2015 ,   Ships and Lines

This is CruiseMapper's cruise ship refurbishments schedule of dry-dock dates, news and information on deck plan changes during vessel refits, regular maintenance and repairs, overhauls and renovation of small and big passenger cruise ships.

Cruise ship refurbishment tends to be the best value-for-money strategy and a highly successful policy for major cruise line companies in a time of world-wide economic ship refurbishments - CruiseMapper

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Cruise ship refurbishments, renovations, refits

If you take a look at the list of all ;new cruise ships under construction or on order, you'll see a very small number of passenger ships being built in the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. And the majority of those will join the largest ever fleets owned by the world's biggest companies - Carnival and Royal Caribbean International, and their bigger subsidiaries/brands.

Why cruise ships are being refurbished?

  • Time is money - while a cruise ship overhaul takes from 15-days to a month, to built a new cruise ship (from design to launch) takes about 3 years (depending on its size, special features, owner, etc).
  • The cruise ship building cost - especially when "bigger-big" ships are concerned, the ship refurbishment is a lot more cheaper than to build a new one (or replacing older ones). In most cases, "refurbished" is synonymous to "maintenance and repairs" and "freshened up" - some engineering updates, hull cleaning, paint, new furniture and decors (sometimes changing the color scheme), new carpets, interactive TV systems and flat-screen TVs everywhere, ship-wide Wi-Fi coverage, replacing handrails and glass, upgrades of venues (sometimes new lounge areas), new amenities and services, etc. This would cost the company between 10 and 30-40 million dollars per ship, some refits may cost up to 50 million - and the ship will look like new!

What the list of cruise ship renovations generally includes?

Major cruise ship overhauls may include reconstructing or adding new cabins, lounges, restaurants, a SPA facility, swimming pool(s), sometimes adding a whole new deck, and even better - a whole midsection, like the case of MS Enchantment of the Seas refurbishment / lengthening in 2005 (next photo and the YouTube video below).Enchantment Of The Seas drydock refurbishment / lengthening

Some technical enhancements, like a new external coating or an updated propulsion, for example, could significantly reduce fuel consumption (improving the ship's efficiency and environmental performance), while "most fun" modern time gadgets and contraptions attract huge crowds - like virtual "real time" windows in all Inside cabins, or a water park with a slide, or a kids-only area, or a hugely-huge movie screen by the main pool.

Cruise ship refurbishment news are some of the "most wanted" and extremely popular on all major on-line travel forums. All big lines put their liners into dry dock every few years to update (or upgrade) them - it costs money, but again - it's cheaper then going on brand new ships. It's a fact that many travelers are hesitant to take the first sailing post-drydock.

Most dry-docks are routine - just refreshing, do not include major changes and have a fairly accurate schedule. A major refit, on the other hand, usually involves significant changes in construction (or services) and have an "unpleasant" tendency to start prior to the actual drydock (even during the sailing prior) and often continues into the first sailing after.

Next YouTube video shows timelapse of the MS Braemar cruise ship's drydock extension at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg Germany.

Royal Caribbean Splendour cruise ship refurbishment jobs review

Cruise ship refurbishment jobs are another issue. In 2009 Saga Holidays (an UK company) refitted and refurbished its newly purchased Saga Pearl 2 ship (former name ms Astoria) spending 20 million pounds on this project and providing more than 300 jobs over a 3-month period.

Cruise ship refurbishment schedule 2017-2018-2019

This is a regularly updated list of dry-dock dates, with concise info about the cruise ship upgrades, deck plan changes and refits by cruise line. All links in the following table are internal (CruiseMapper) and redirect to the ship's deck plan page.

Cruise Lines Refurbishments - CruiseMapper

Note1: All Singapore-based vessel refurbishment projects are done by Sembcorp Marine (at the Admiralty Yard). The company is among the leaders on the cruise ship refit market. Among its regular clients are Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Star Cruises (Asia).

Note2: All Cadiz (Spain)-based ship refurbishments are done by the Navantia shipbuilding company - Europe's 5th and the world's 9th largest shipbuilder. The company's shiprepair services are provided to both commercial and military (naval) vessels.

Ships Names

last refurbishment

dry dock dates

Dry Dock Location

cruise ships refits information
  1. Crystal Symphony
  2. Crystal Serenity
  1. 2017 (Sept 19 - Oct 21)
  2. 2018 (Oct 27 - Nov 10)

both in Cadiz Spain

  • reduced passenger capacity in order to enable single-seating dining
  • free onboard WiFi (faster Internet)
  • general maintenance
  • Seabreeze Penthouse Suites (12 new suites)
  • Seabreeze Penthouse (28 new suites)
  • All Penthouses with enhanced all-inclusive amenities
  • Crystal Dining Room renamed "Waterside", redesigned, open seating
  • Lido Cafe operated as Marketplace (daily) and Churrascaria (nightly), open kitchen, Brazilian food and drinks
  • Silk restaurant (new menu with Chinese fare
  • Silk Road and The Sushi Bar (specialty restaurants by Nobu Matsuhisa) will be redesigned and renamed "Umi Uma"
  • Crystal Connect (new onboard portal and mobile app)
  • All cruise cabins upgraded with new 42-inch interactive TVs (infotainment system)
  • Computer University@Sea (enrichment workshops) updated and redesigned


2017 (March 25 - April 4)

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven

  • redesign of many public areas, regular safety and maintenance works (CruiseMapper news)
  • Waikiki Teens Lounge transformed into Beach Lounge
  • Seaside Lounges equipped with windbreaks and heaters
  • outdoor areas of Anytime Bar and Ocean Bar refurbished with new furniture
  • pool deck area fully modernized and redesigned, American cuisine (burgers, bagels, wrap) introduced
  • Rossini restaurant transformed into Selection Restaurant (regional specialties)
  • 2500 m2 new carpeting

Pacific Dawn

2017 (Feb 19 - Mar 15)


  • new (top deck) waterpark
  • added The Pantry (buffet-style market place, replacing the Plantation Restaurant (lido buffet)
  • redesigned Atrium, Charlie’s Bar, The Orient bar, Promenade Bar

Dawn Princess becomes Pacific Explorer

2017 (May 27 - June 22)


refit to join P&O Cruises Australia's fleet

Princess Cruises refurbishments 2016-2017

  1. Caribbean Princess
  2. Coral Princess
  3. Crown Princess
  4. Diamond Princess
  5. Emerald Princess
  6. Golden Princess
  7. Grand Princess
  8. Island Princess
  9. Pacific Princess
  10. Regal Princess
  11. Royal Princess
  12. Ruby Princess
  13. Sapphire Princess
  14. Sea Princess
  15. Star Princess
  16. Sun Princess
  1. 2017 Mar 25 - Apr 5
  2. 2016 Jan
  3. 2017
  4. 2017 Mar 28 - Apr 5
  5. 2015 Dec
  6. 2015
  7. 2016 Dec 8-19
  8. 2017
  9. 2017 May 30 - Jun 8
  10. 2017 Apr 17 - 29
  11. 2016 Sept 25 - Oct 6
  12. 2015 Dec
  13. 2017
  14. 2017
  15. 2017
  16. 2016 April 5 - 18

Freeport Bahamas (Coral)

Singapore (Diamond, Sun)

  • "SHARE by Curtis Stone" replaces Sabatini’s (Italian restaurant) or Pizzeria (complimentary restaurant)
  • Mini Suite category MA changes into M1
  • cabin renovations
  • general maintenance works
  • on selected ships cabins were made interconnecting

Caribbean - new kids area, updated pool deck LED screen, more connecting cabins

Coral - no Share, new carpets, beds, gym equipment

Sun Princess refurbishment (Singapore, 2-week drydock, cost US$30 mill)

  • Kai Seafood Bar (sushi bar)
  • buffet dining complex "World Fresh Marketplace" upgraded new decor, live ala carte cooking, pastry shop / coffee bar Amuleto Cafe)
  • "Lotus Spa" renovated
  • new interior decor (furnishings with Asian/Japan touches)
  • Terrace Grill remodeled into al fresco BBQ dining venue
  • the ice cream bar transformed into New Zealand Natural (with specialty coffees)
  • SHARE restaurant replaced the pizzeria

Costa Cruises ship refurbishments

  1. Costa neoRomantica
  2. Costa Atlantica
  3. Costa Serena
  4. Costa Mediterranea
  5. Costa neoClassica
  6. Costa Fortuna
  7. Costa Magica
  8. Costa Victoria
  1. 2017 (Apr 10-24)
  2. 2015 Jan
  3. 2015 Apr
  4. 2017
  5. 2014
  6. 2014
  7. 2015
  8. 2013



  1. Shanghai (China)
  2. Shanghai
  3. Shanghai
  4. -
  5. Genoa Italy
  6. Shanghai
  7. -
  8. Shanghai
  1. customization for the Asian market
  2. 52 new cabins added on decks 9 and 10, customization for the Asian market
  3. customization for the Asian market
  4. details tba
  5. -
  6. customization for the Asian market
  7. -
  8. customization for the Asian market

Celebrity Cruises Galapagos ships

Jan 2017
  • new small ships added to the fleet after the company acquired Ocean Adventures in 2016

TUI Cruises - Mein Schiff 3

2016 (Apr 19 - May 1)

Cadiz, Spain

  • drydock
  • regular maintenance
  • freshening up public rooms and passenger cabins

Fred Olsen MS Black Watch

2016 (Nov 20-Dec 14)

Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)

  • infotainment TV system
  • refurbished bathrooms
  • all cabins with mini-bars and safes
  • 3D movies
  • cafe converted into an intimate dining area
  • Braemar Courtyard became a speciality dining area (The Club, a la carte)
  • grill restaurant rebranded and redesigned (Mediterranean cuisine)
  • Glentanar restaurant - new furniture, carpets, curtains, layout
  • Morning Light Pub moved to the Braemar Lounge's place
  • Morning Light Pub's vacated area became Neptune Bar

MS The World (privately owned residence ship)

2016 (Sept-Oct)

Cadiz, Spain

  • Marina restaurant redesigned (new retractable floor-to-ceiling windows, private dining room, bar/lounge area, chef’s presentation table, new artwork custom wine vault with 1500 bottles)
  • The Colosseo theatre (new seats, carpets, parquet flooring, drapes, sound and lighting upgraded)
  • Deck 12 aft - outdoor area redesigned and elevated, 4 new Balinese beds, retractable awnings, privacy walls
  • Spa & Wellness Centre (new pedicure/manicure stations, barber shop Pilates studio), physiotherapy room services updated
  • CruiseMapper news

Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Mar-Apr 2016
  • all suites (decor upgrades - new cabinetry, furniture, carpet, colour scheme, curtains, bed linens, mattresses, bath towels, balcony furniture)
  • Coffee Connection (new coffee bar in the place of the Library)
  • new Library (in the space of Connoisseur Lounge)
  • Pool Deck (new sun loungers)
  • full refurbishment (including new furniture, carpet, wall coverings and colour scheme) for Galileo’s Lounge, Navigator Lounge, Compass Rose, La Veranda, Card & Conference Room, Casino, Pool Bar

Regent ships

  1. Seven Seas Mariner
  2. Seven Seas Voyager
  1. Apr 2017
  2. Oct 2016
  • new theater shows
  • public rooms/spaces and cabin renovations and upgrades

P&O Adonia

Norwegian Dawn

Celebrity Summit

MSC Divina (next 2017)

ms Veendam

ms Prinsendam

ms Maasdam


Freeport, Bahamas


P&O Cruises AU

Pacific Aria
Pacific Eden
Pacific Pearl

2015 Nov (Aria & Eden) Pearl will be transfered to Cruise & Maritime Voyages in June 2017 and renamed MV Columbus

MSC Musica

2016 Nov
  • drydock

Thomson Spirit

2016 (Feb - Mar 2)

Valletta, Malta

  • drydock
  • routine maintenance
  • class surveys
  1. Carnival Fantasy
  2. Carnival Magic
  3. Carnival Imagination
  4. Carnival Splendor
  5. Carnival Sunshine
  6. Carnival Triumph
  7. Carnival Valor
  8. Carnival Liberty


  1. Carnival Breeze
  2. Carnival Conquest
  3. Carnival Dream
  4. Carnival Ecstasy
  5. Carnival Elation
  6. Carnival Glory
  7. Carnival Sensation


  1. Carnival Paradise
  2. Carnival Spirit
  1. Feb 6–20
  2. Feb 21 - Mar 5
  3. Sept 4–22
  4. Mar 6–20
  5. May 8 - 20
  6. Mar 21 - Apr 6
  7. Apr 23 - May 7
  8. Dec 1-16


  1. Apr 16-29
  2. Sept 30 - Oct 13
  3. Jan 29 - Feb 11
  4. Jan 10-27
  5. Aug 31 - Sept 27
  6. Feb 25 - Mar 10
  7. Feb 9-22


  1. Feb 22-Mar 25
  2. May

all in Freeport, Bahamas (except Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend - in Singapore)

Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades

  • Alchemy Bar
  • Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Bluelguana Cantina
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar
  • Pizzeria del Capitano
  • RedFrog Rum Bar
  • Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark with Twister Waterslide, plus 2 mini racing slides for kids)
  • shoreside power
  • new hull painting
  • renovated crew area
  • *** on Carnival Glory was installed the WaterWorks aquapark.
  • *** on Carnival Dream were added BlueIguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar,Pizzeria del Capitano, Guy's Burger Joint, Bonsai Sushi, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.
Carnival Inspiration

Jan-Feb 2016

Freeport, Bahamas

  • Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Bluelguana Cantina
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar
  • RedFrog Rum Bar
  • Alchemy Bar
  • Cherry On Top

MS Marco Polo

MS Magellan

Dec 2016 - Jan 2017

Jan-Feb 2017

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), Amsterdam Holland

  • 2017 - routine equipment maintenance
  • 2017 - rudder (clearances and repacking of rudderstock)
  • 2017 - main engine's cooler jacket (removed and replaced with a new)
  • 2017 - renewal and upgrades of public areas and cabins, air conditioning, evaporator rooms, renewal of sea- and fresh water piping, overboard valves overhauling.
  • Follows is the list of changes done to Maroc Polo during the refurb in 2015 (Nov 3 -Dec 14):
  • exterior repainting, interior repairs/maintenance
  • propellers, propeller shafts, reconditioning the bearings on main engines
  • servicing air-conditioning units and gensets, liferafts/safety equipment)
  • cranes and winches overhauled, minor steel works
  • CruiseMapper news
  • Follows the list of Magellan ship's 2017 refurbishment:
  • propulsion system (starboard propeller blades polishing, bow and stern thruster blades repairs)
  • new sewage system was installed (sewage tanks and treatment units)
  • general maintenance
  • renewal and upgrades in public areas and cabins
  • repairs of steel damages
  • overhauling of several systems (main engine blower, tender embarkation cylinders, heaters, evaporator, purifier)
  • scupper pipes renewed

Cunard ships refurbishments

Queen Victoria

Queen Mary 2

Queen Victoria

  • 2017 May
  • Palermo Sicily (Fincantieri)

QM2 / Queen Mary 2

  • 2016 (May 27 - June 21)
  • Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)

Queen Victoria

Queen Mary 2

  • general maintenance works
  • staterooms and public spaces renovation
  • new cabins to be added (5 inside, 15 single, 30 balcony)
  • new kennels to be added (10, to a total of 22)


Cadiz Spain

general maintenance

2016 (January 26 - February 6)

Cadiz Spain

  • general maintenance, repairs, upgrades
  • new carpeting
  • remodeled bars
  • new fitness room equipment
  • new digital photo stations
  • new shops
  • CruiseMapper news

2015 Apr 21 - May 4

Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)

  • general maintenance, repairs, upgrades
  • new carpeting
  • remodeled beach bar
  • new shops
  • redesigned golf area
  • new fitness room equipment
  • new digital photo stations
  • new technology features (scrubber, treatment system)

2014 (Apr 26 - May 5)

Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)

  • extensive maintenance (stabilizers, steering, body, machinery)
  • new Carnival developed filter system ("scrubber" technology lowering the exhaust gas emissions)
  • renovations (flooring, cabins, public areas, carpeting, new deck floorings)
  • face recognition system was installed at the photo shop, reducing printing chems and paper consumption by 50%
  1. Azamara Journey
  2. Azamara Quest
  1. 2016 January
  2. 2016 April


  1. Freeport, Bahamas
  2. Singapore
  • new furniture and improvements of public spaces
  • all suites and cabins received new carpets, curtains, wall covers, furniture, bedding sets, TVs
  • redesigned cabin bathrooms
  • 2 new Spa Suites per ship
Celebrity Century

2014 Feb-Mar

Bahamas (Frreport)

  • now SkySea Golden Era
Celebrity Equinox 2014 Apr, 2019 Apr
  • routine
Celebrity Infinity

2015 (Oct 15-29)

Bahamas (Frreport)

  • major Royal and Penthouse Suites renovations
  • decor changes and renovations (pool area, Casino, Solarium)
  • new relaxation/entertainment area (Rooftop Terrace, deck 12)
  • new steakhouse restaurant (Tuscan Grille) replacing "SS United States")
Celebrity Summit

2016 (Feb 17 - Mar 12 )

Bahamas (Frreport)

  • major Royal and Penthouse Suites renovations
  • decor changes and renovations (pool area, Casino, Solarium)
  • new relaxation/entertainment area (Rooftop Terrace, deck 12)
  • new steakhouse restaurant (Tuscan Grille) replacing "Normandie")
  1. Celebrity Reflection
  2. Celebrity Constellation
  3. Celebrity Silhouette
  4. Celebrity Eclipse
  5. Celebrity Solstice
  6. Celebrity Infinity
  7. Celebrity Millennium
  1. 2017 Oct
  2. 2017 April
  3. 2016 May, 2020 January
  4. 2015 April, 2020 April
  5. 2016 October
  6. 2014 November
  7. 2016 April

Hurtigruten ships:

  1. MS Polarlys
  2. MS Kong Harald
  3. MS Nordkapp
  4. MS Nordnorge
  1. 2016 Jan-Feb 2
  2. 2016 Jan-Feb 7
  3. 2016 March-April 19
  4. 2016 Oct-Nov 18

Fosen Yards (Norway)

  • "New Arctic Interior" designs
  • new furnishings
  • public space renovation - foyers, bars/cafes,  bistro, aft deck areas
  • dry-dock stay ~3 weeks per ship
MS Saint Laurent

2015 Apr


  • mostly interior decor
MS Europa 2

2015 Apr

Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)

  • technical maintenance
  • modernization of venues (redesigned  Sansibar Lounge, Sakura Sushi Restaurant)
  • renovated cabins (8 family apartments)
  • new carpeting
  • new hull painting
Holland America ms Amsterdam 2015 May
  • top-grade suites enhancements (furnishings, colors, amenities, USB outlet, LED lighting, interactive TV system)
Holland America ms Noordam 2015
  • top-grade suites enhancements (furnishings, colors, amenities, USB outlet, LED lighting, interactive TV system)
Holland America ms Oosterdam

2016 April

Palermo Sicily

  • top-grade suites enhancements (furnishings, colors, amenities, USB outlet, LED lighting, interactive TV system)
Holland America ms Eurodam

2015 Dec

Freeport Bahamas

  • top-grade suites enhancements (furnishings, colors, amenities, USB outlet, LED lighting, interactive TV system)
Holland America ms Rotterdam 2015
  • top-grade suites enhancements (furnishings, colors, amenities, USB outlet, LED lighting, interactive TV system)
Holland America ms Volendam

2014 Dec


  • addition of 21 cabins Lanai category and contemporary bar, Mix.
  • reconfiguration of the centrally located bars.
  • select cabins and all suites received updated bathrooms.
Holland America ms Westerdam

2017 (April 14-26)

Palermo Sicily Italy (Fincantieri)

  • (deck 10) 25 new balcony and inside cabins
  • (deck 2) Lincoln Center Stage (chamber music hall)
  • (deck 11) The Retreat (adult sundeck area) replaces the sunbathing canvas areas
National Geographic Orion

2014 Sept


  • the Main Lounge library was removed in order to increase space for meetings and lectures.
  • update of all audiovisual equipment, carpeting and furnishings.
  • the Observation Lounge obtained a small library, nautical chart table and self-service beverage station.
P&O Azura 2015 Apr
  • routine
P&O Aurora 2014 Nov 29 - Dec 18
  • cost £26 mill
  • new livery
  • new restaurants/venues (Sindhu, Glass House, Grab and Go, Costa Coffee)
  • renovations (theatre, Lido buffet, Reef kids club, Sidewalk Cafe, Spa, shop, Casino, Champions)
  • new Beach House menu
  • cabins upgrade
Phoenix Reisen - mv Artania

2014 Dec

Lloyd Werft (Germany)

  • 71day dry-dock
  • technical enhancements (new Wartsila engines, new power and freshwater plants, new auxiliary generator, upgraded automation system)
  • new cabins (152 balconies), rooms renovation
  1. Seabourn Pride
  2. Seabourn Legend
  3. Seabourn Spirit

Joining Windstar Cruises fleet in:

  1. 2014 Apr as Star Pride
  2. 2015 Apr as Star Legend
  3. 2015 May as Star Spirit
  • updated public spaces (Yacht Club Lounge, Compass Rose Lounge, Star Bar)
  • "Veranda" breakfast-lunch buffet with outdoor seating (nightly transformed into Candles Grill)
  • new restaurant (AmorphA)
  • renovation of all staterooms
  • water sports platform, deck barbecues
  • open-bridge policy (allowing guests to visit the Captain at the bridge)
Star Cruises - SuperStar Virgo 2014 Jan 5-29
  • upgraded cabins, hotel services, dining options, renovation of all recreational facilities
  • refit of 270 balcony rooms
  • 560 m2 public spaces expansion, new shops
  • cost US$20 mill.

Windstar luxury cruise yachts

  1. 2014 November
  2. 2015 Apr
  3. 2014 Apr (2015 Apr)

these are the smallest ships in their fleet, cabins refurbishments total cost is US$3 mill. Changes include new sofa beds, new dressers, fine linen wall coverings, brand new lighting and carpeting, art works.

  1. renovation of 72 of the staterooms
  2. renovation of 73 cabins
  3. major refurbishment and refits (a month long drydock). In 2016, Star Pride was again refurbished ($4,5 million project) incl remodeling of Owner’s Suites, dining venues, public spaces, open decks renovations.
Celestyal Cruises - Celestyal Odyssey (former Semester at Sea ship  MV Explorer)

2014 - May 4-16

Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)

  • routine maintenance, engine-, ventilation- and steel repairs (superstructure, tanks), fresh water sys, rudder, propeller, pipes, ventilation, deck improvements (new tiles and carpets in public spaces)

Oceania cruise ships refurbishments

(all R-class vessels)







2014 Apr 24 - Jun 6)
2015 (Riviera)
2016 (Marina, Sirena)


Marseilles, France (Insignia, Nautica, Sirena)

Vancouver, Canada (Regatta)

  • upgrades cost US$50 mill.
  • all suites and cabins, some public rooms.
  • suites (new bathrooms, bigger showers)
  • Terrace Cafe (new grill), new bars (Barista, Illy), Horizons lounge, Grand MDR, Toscana restaurant, Martinis (new furniture), Canyon Ranch Spa (new steam and changing rooms).
Saga Cruises - Saga Sapphire

2016 June

Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)

  • Aviators Bar extended
  • new deck (pool area)
  • main engines maintenance
Silversea Expeditions - Silver Discoverer

2016 Oct

Freeport Bahamas

  • the Discoverer Lounge was remade from breakfast venue into upscale lounge
  • the Explorer Lounge got new furniture and AV technology
  • the Restaurant was renovated with more modern look
  • the pool grill received new furniture
Silversea Expeditions - Silver Explorer

2017 (May 1-21)

Cadiz Spain

  • All staterooms received carpets, curtains, bed mattresses, bathrooms (new rainforest showers, granite touches)
  • (Deck 3 and Deck 4) were added 16 new suites (connecting cabins)
  • All lounges were renovated (carpeting, furniture, wall treatments)
  • Fitness center (size doubled)
Silver Whisper
Silver Wind
2016 (Oct and Dec)
  • refreshed suites boast dark emperor marble floors in their bathrooms
  • sun deck received new loungers and a newly tiled pool
  • the Restaurant and La Terrazza feature new furniture as well as hard-wood parquet or carpet
  • a couple of new satellite antennas provide increased Internet speeds; on-demand movies and interactive TVs were added to all cabins
  • pool deck features all new teak decking for a yacht-like feel, renovated whirlpools
  • jogging track has new synthetic turf
  • renovations were done to Connoisseur's Corner, Panorama Lounge, Spa, Beauty Salon
  • Observation Lounge has new wood paneling, new marble-topped bar, new wood display cases
  • renovations are part of the Silversea's USD 170 million fleet refurbishment program
Lindblad - National Geographic Explorer

2015 - Apr 16

Lloyd Werft (Germany)

  • general maintenance

Carnival ships refurbishment schedule - all ships drydock refurbished in the period 2011-2017 (plus 2018-2019 scheduled refurbs) with newly added amenities and facilities. These planned fleetwide upgrades are by the Carnival Cruise Lines "Fun Ship 2.0" program. The company added a new USD 300 mill program for ship technology upgrades - also fleetwide.

  • (new facilities): bars (RedFrog, BlueIguana, Library, Alchemy, EA Sports), Guy’s Burger, BlueIguana Cantina,  Punchliners (George Lopez),  DJ IRIE (Spin U /DJ Academy), Seuss at Sea (kids venue), Hasbro The Game Show, and finally - the Playlist Productions.
  • Some have Bonsai Sushi
  • technology upgrades (scrubbers, shoreside power capabilities)
  • WaterWorks Aqua Park

Royal Caribbean ships refurbishments schedule 2016-2017

(by the RCCL's $300 million "Royal Advantage" renovation program)

Adventure of the Seas

2016 (Oct 17 - Nov 13)

Freeport, Bahamas

2018 (January 31- March 1)

  • waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon)
  • Slashaway Bay (interactive water park)
  • FlowRider (surf simulator)
  • Izumi (sushi restaurant)
  • Chops Grille (steakhouse restaurant)
Allure of the Seas
  1. 2014 February 23 - March 2
  2. 2015 May 1-19


  1. Bahamas
  2. Cadiz Spain
  1. propulsion system repairs (1 of the 3 Azipods has weared bearings)
  2. new theater programming (Mamma Mia); new venues (Sabor Taqueria, Tequila Bar); Dynamic Dining
Empress of the Seas / Pullmatur Empress

2016 April

Cadiz, Spain

  • tba 
Enchantment of the Seas 2017
  • tba
Explorer of the Seas 2015 March
  • Oasis-class makeovers
Freedom Of The Seas 2015
  • new cabins
  • cabin renovations
  • Cupcake Cupboard
  • “DreamWorks Experience”
  • Nursery
  • 3D Cinema
  • outdoor movie screen
  • BRITTO Gallery
  • R-Bar
  • Giovanni’s Table, Sabor Modern Mexican
Grandeur of the Seas 2017
  • tba
Jewel of the Seas

2016 May

Cadiz, Spain

  • Oasis updates
  • new accommodations - a two-bedroom family suite, 24 new outside and balcony staterooms
  • new restaurants/bars: Izumi (Asian), Giovanni's Table (Italian), steakhouse, Vintages bar
  • Nursery
  • poolside large-size outdoor movie screen
  • flat TVs in all cabins
  • amenities upgrades - faster Internet (Voom)
Liberty of the Seas

2016 February

Freeport Bahamas

  • new 89 cabins (incl 26 panoramic oceanviews)
  • Perfect Storm aquapark with waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerango)
  • Splashaway Bay (kids waterplay area)
  • new restaurants/bars - Sabor (Mexican), Giovanni's Table (Italian), R Bar (1960's themed)
  • amenities upgrades - faster Internet (Voom)
Legend of the Seas 2017
  • tba
Mariner of the Seas 2017
  • Oasis updates
Majesty of the Seas

2016 May

Freeport Bahamas

  • routine maintenance
  • cabins renovations
  • Perfect Storm aquapark, 3 waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerango- raft slide)
  • poolside large-size outdoor movie screen
  • new restaurants/bars - Izumi (Asian), Sabor (Mexican), Giovanni's Table (Italian), Chef's Table
  • DreamWorks Experience
  • amenities upgrades - faster Internet (Voom)
Oasis of the Seas

2014 (Sept-October)

Rotterdam Holland

  • routine maintenance
Mariner of the Seas

2014 (March 15-30)


  • Oasis updates
Navigator of the Seas 2014 Feb 1-8, next 2018
  • Oasis- and Quantum-class updates, among which virtual balconies, FlowRider, new restaurants (Izumi, Park Cafe, Giovanni's, Sabor).
Radiance of the Seas

2016 May


  • tba
Rhapsody of the Seas 2016 December
  • tba
Serenade of the Seas 2017
  • tba
Splendour of the Seas

2016 April

Freeport Bahamas

Freeport Bahamas

  • becoming Thomson Discovery (for Thomson Cruises UK)
Voyager of the Seas

2014 April-October, next 2018


  • Oasis-class upgrades

(dry docks) Disney ships refurbishments

Disney Dream

2015 October 4-24


  • new interactive-entertainment kids areas - themed Star Wars and Disney Infinity
  • new ice-cream bar - Vanellope's Sweets & Treats (handmade gelato)
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (kids beauty salon for character makeovers - princesses, knights, pirates)
  • Deck 13's adult sundeck area now with Satellite Falls (splash pool, benches, rain curtain)
Disney Magic

2013 (7 Sept - 10 Oct)

2015 (Sept 5-18)

Cadiz Spain

  • extensive renovations (restaurants, bars, spa, atrium, staterooms( kids area
  • Dream-class concepts (waterslide starting near the funnel's top and swinging out over the side of the ship; lighting/audio upgrades)
  • 2015 - updated Boutiques (Bibbidi Bobbidi, Anna & Elsa’s)
  • 2015 - The Edge club (relocated to deck 9)
  • 2015 - general maintenance, propulsion upgrade
Disney Wonder

2016 (Sept 9 - Oct 23)

Cadiz, Spain

  • Dream-class concepts (waterslide, lighting/audio upgrades)
  • renovations (restaurants, bars, spa, atrium, cabins, kids areas)
  • "Marvel Super Hero Academy"
  • Animator’s Palate restaurant with 2 dinner shows
  • kids programs upgrades (Oceaneer Club, Oceaneer Lab)
  • new venues - Tiana’s Place (restaurant), Fathoms (disco), O’Gills (English pub), Mickey’s Mainsail (shop), Chill Teen Spa, Smile Spa

(dry dock) NCL ships refurbishments

NCL Pride of America 2016 (Feb-Mar)
  • cabins and public areas renovation (furniture, lighting, flooring)
  • restaurants redecorated
  • Spa renovated
  • new venues (wedding chapel, Soho Art Gallery, Perspectives Photo Studio, Dolce Gelato)
  • refinished swimming pool, new loungers, new Jacuzzis
  • cabins upgrades (new furniture, bedding, TVs)
Norwegian Pearl 2017 (Feb 14-26)
  • cabins updates (new furniture, carpeting, headboards, TVs, USB outlets)
  • Over 2200 new artworks
  • The Haven Courtyard refurbished (deck areas, pool, hottubs, new furniture and cabanas)
  • All The Haven suites and villas renovated
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse renovated
  • Moderno Churrascaria (new tables, chairs, wall laminates, granite bar tops, glass-door entrance)
  • O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill updated (plus new banquet seating for large groups)
  • pool deck (new flooring, whirlpools refurbished)
  • "Great Outdoors" and "Sky High" bars received new flooring
Norwegian Sky 2016 Jan 11-15 (next January 2017)
  • extensive updates to public areas and staterooms
Norwegian Spirit early 2017
  • extensive updates to public areas and staterooms
Norwegian Sun 2016 April-May
  • extensive updates to public areas and staterooms
Norwegian Star 2015
  • extensive updates to public areas and staterooms
Norwegian Jade 2017 Spring
  • extensive updates to public areas and staterooms
Norwegian Jewel 2014 May 3-17
San Francisco CA drydock
  • Penthouse Suites redecoration
  • Horizon and Observation lounges redecoration
  • new furnishings, wall coverings, artworks, LED lighting, carpets
  • new furniture for Decks 11-12's relaxation areas
Norwegian Gem 2015 October-November
San Francisco CA drydock
  • Penthouse Suites redecoration
  • Horizon and Observation lounges redecoration
  • new furnishings, wall coverings, artworks, LED lighting, carpets
  • new furniture for Decks 11-12's relaxation areas
  • added O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill
Norwegian Epic 2015 Sept 26-Oct 11
Brest France drydock
  • maintenance
  • new entertainment
  • The Cavern Club
Norwegian Dawn 2016 May 8 - June 3
  • Blue Lagoon to be replaced by O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill
  • Moderno Churrascaria to be relocated to deck 13 9replacing the Star Bar there)
  • public areas renovations
  • hull painting

MSC cruise ships refurbishments dates

The MSC Cruises line announced in late December 2013 that they start a  €200 refurbishment program (named "renaissance") involving not only revitalization of all the Lirica-class vessels, but also stretching all four of them to be done in the period 2014-2016 (for a total of 38 drydock weeks).

After that, each of these 4 MSC ships has:

  • a new AquaPark with a slide, water cannons, water sprays
  • onboard boutiques enhancement - new interior designs, new perfumery on each ship selling top brands, like Dior
  • new passenger and crew cabins (respectively 193 and 59 per vessel)

The exact MSC cruise ship refurbishment dates by ship are:

Each of these vessels is now 824 ft / 251 m long, with weight of ~60,000 GT and passenger capacity 2,070. After the refit, each of them is 902 ft / 275 m long, with weight of ~65,000 GT and capacity 2,680 pax, featuring 193 additional cruise staterooms and 59 new crew cabins.

Cruise ships refurbished in 2013

Ships Names


dry dock dates


cruise ships refits information/facts
Azamara Journey

2013 Jan 6-13


lounges upgrades (new carpets and furniture), new gym equipment
Carnival Sunshine

2013 Feb 22 - April 12

Italy (Trieste)

former name Carnival Destiny, refurbishment cost US$155 million, Dream-class ship dining venues, bars, lounges, cabins.
Celebrity Constellation 2013 April 66 new cabins (17oceanview, 12Interior, 37AquaClass), new balconies for suites, basketball court upgrade, Apple PCs, retail store, WiFi, carpeting, new loungers.
ms Amsterdam 2013 Dec routine
ms Statendam 2013 Jan routine
ms Zaandam 2013 Oct (2015 Apr) routine
NCL - Pride of America

2013 (March 23 - April 6)

Hawaii (Honolulu)

  • refurb cost US$30 million
  • added 4 single cabins, 24 new suites, steakhouse
  • shipwide Wi-Fi
Seabourn Quest 2013 May (2016 April) 4 penthhouse spa suites.
Silversea Expeditions - Silver Galapagos

2013 Sept 7-28


totally refurbished and renewed:

  • new interior for all cabins
  • flat TVs, beds with new mattresses, deluxe linens
  • marble bathrooms with wooden floor
  • refurbished public spaces (new carpets, curtains, etc)
  • Wi-Fi access
  • new venues - massage room, small gym, beauty salon, ondeck Jacuzzi, "The Grill" outdoor restaurant.
Fred Olsen ms Boudicca

2013 Nov 18

Lloyd Werft, Germany

  • 28 cabins fitted with balconies (deck 7)
  • maintenance (seacocks, hull coating)
  • piping system modification
  • major repairs: stabilisers and rudder
  • bow thruster replacement.
Costa Mediterranea

2013 Nov 21 - Dec 4

Fincantieri/Palermo, Italy

  • planned maintenance (hull cleaning/repainting, new carpets, curtains, etc in public rooms), cost EU 4 mill.
  1. Costa Voyager
  2. Costa neoRiviera
  3. Costa neoClassica
  1. Nov 7-21
  2. Nov 7-12
  3. Nov 12 - Dec 21

Genoa, Italy

  1. hull and engine
  2. hull, engine, open-air deck places, indoor passenger areas, cabins renovation
  3. routine maintenance (hull, engine, hotel), passenger/ hotel areas & cabins renovation, new Suite furniture, Tivoli restaurant upgrade, SPA refurbishment /new TRX classes area
Costa Victoria

2013 Oct 25 - Nov 11


  • cost $18 mill
  • list of upgrades: boutique shops, new dining options (buffet terrace, Pizza, Noodle bar, midnight buffet), redecorated lounges, new art works, restyled interior (European flair), new evening entertainment program.

Ships refurbished in 2013

Brilliance of the Seas

2013 May


  • Oasis-class upgrades.
Independence of the Seas 2013 (April - May), next 2017
  • a nursery, Wi-Fi, a big movie screen by the main pool.
P&O Arcadia 2013 December
next 2018 November
new single cabins (2 Balcony, 4 Inside), a new disco, cabins-lounges-shops refitting and updates. Follow the Arcadia link to see the youtube video about it.
P&O Ventura

2013 (March 22 through April 6)
next - 2018 March


to be added 18 single cabins, "The Retreat" deck (adults-only), a new wine&food venue, cabin upgrades (including new mattresses).
TUI Mein Schiff 2

2013 Nov 1-7

Cadiz, Spain

  • general maintenance, repainting the ship's exterior, installing new yoga area (Deck 12, outdoor), new (eco) hull coating, LED lamps and new carpeting in public places, renovation of the "Cliff 24" bar.

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