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 uncertainty.

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For your convenience, this link goes directly to the list of all cruise line refurbishments 2017-2018 schedule. To read more cruise ship technology news, please visit our engines-propulsion-fuel survey.

Cruise ship refurbishments, renovations, refits

If you take a look at the list of all ;new cruise vessels 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).
  • Cruise vessels 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 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.

Next video is about the April 2016 drydock refurb of Splendour Of The Seas (now Marella Discovery) done in Freeport Bahamas.

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
  • 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

P&O Australia ships

  1. Pacific Dawn
  2. Pacific Explorer
  3. Pacific Eden
  1. 2017 (Feb 19 - Mar 15)
  2. 2017 (May 27 - June 22)
  3. 2017 (July 22 - August 9)

all drydock refurbs were made in Singapore

Pacific Dawn

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

Pacific Explorer (Dawn Princess / refited to join P&O Cruises Australia)

Pacific Eden

  • renovations to Conference Rooms, Theater (Marquee Show Lounge), The Dome Bar, Kids Zone (clubs HQ and HQ+), Photo Gallery, Cinema, Spa and Gym
  • Mini Suites and some veranda cabins received new carpets and balcony furniture
  • Public areas updated with new carpets
  • renovated crew cabin bathrooms
  • new hull livery

Princess Cruises refurbishments

  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, 2018 October
  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 (Oct 21-Nov 5)
  15. 2017
  16. 2016 April 5 - 18

Freeport Bahamas (Coral)

Singapore (Diamond, Sun)

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

Caribbean - new kids area, updated pool deck LED screen, 87 more connecting cabins

Coral - 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

Pacific Princess

  • general renovations (new carpeting, upholstery, draperies, furniture)
  • Atrium modernized
  • Sterling Steakhouse (upholstery, draperies, artworks)
  • Sabatini’s (repainted walls, furnishings, upholstery, carpeting)
  • Club Restaurant (redecorated)
  • Panorama Buffet (new tilework, draperies, carpeting, updated furniture)
  • Lido deck (new teak flooring, tiling, lounge furniture)
  • all cabins upgraded ("Princess Luxury Beds", plush linens, plush carpeting, headboards, draperies, decorative lamps, wall sconces with USB ports)
  • all suites updated (new dining tables, chairs, lounge chairs, sofabeds, desks)

Sea Princess

  • new bedding (Princess Luxury Bed)
  • new cabin category ("Club Class Mini Suite")
  • larger outdoor LED sreen
  • new evening shows ("Encore" musical, "The Voice of the Ocean" singing competition)
  • renovated kids-teen lounges (Camp Discovery)
  • Cafe Corniche (upgraded menu)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (redecorated, updated menu)

Costa Cruises 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
  9. Costa neoRiviera
  10. Costa Magica and Costa Pacifica
  1. 2017 (Apr 10-24)
  2. 2015 Jan
  3. 2015 Apr
  4. 2017
  5. 2014
  6. 2014
  7. 2015
  8. 2018 (March 18-30)
  9. 2013 (Nov 7-12)
  10. 2017 (Nov-Dec)


(1, 2, 5) Shanghai China

(4) Genoa Italy

(7, 10) Marseille France

  1. addded 2 half-decks (bow), theater replaced with Samsara Spa, oceanview cabins transformed into balcony, 111 new cabins, 120 existing staterooms upgraded with balconies, Samsara club restaurant added, total renovation of all public areas, upgraded cabin amenities
  2. 52 new cabins added on decks 9 and 10, customization for the Asian market
  3. customization for the Asian market
  4. -
  5. -
  6. customization for the Asian market
  7. -
  8. -
  9. hull, engine, open-air deck places, indoor passenger areas, cabins renovation
  10. (new) Gelateria Amarillo (premium ice-cream shop) and Pizzeria Pummid’Oro (Italian pizzas with 100% natural products), installed digital signage system, renovated and redesigned dining room and wellness complex (spa and gym)

Celebrity Cruises Galapagos ships

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

TUI Cruises

  1. Mein Schiff 3
  2. Mein Schiff 2
  1. 2016 (Apr 19 - May 1) Cadiz Spain
  2. 2013 (Nov 1-7) Cadiz

Schiff 3

  • regular maintenance
  • freshening up public rooms and passenger cabins

Schiff 2

  • general maintenance
  • repainted ship's exterior (incl new / eco hull coating)
  • installed new yoga area (Deck 12, outdoor)
  • LED lamps and new carpeting in public places
  • Cliff 24 Bar renovated

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

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

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

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

MSC ships

  1. MSC Musica
  2. MSC Divina
  3. MSC Splendida
  4. MSC Lirica
  1. 2016 Nov
  2. 2017
  3. 2017 Nov-Dec
  4. April 2018
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  2. a
  3. customization for the Chinese market - new restaurant by chef Jereme Leung; new "MSC for Me” program with Deloitte; new shipwide artificial intelligence translation system (based on Baidu search engine and technology by Tuge)
  4. returns to Europe from China

Norwegian Dawn

Celebrity Summit

ms Veendam

ms Prinsendam

ms Maasdam


Freeport, Bahamas


P&O Cruises ship refurbs

  1. Azura
  2. Aurora
  3. Arcadia
  4. Oceana
  5. Oriana
  1. 2015
  2. 2014 Nov 29 - Dec 18
  3. 2017 Nov 1-14 (Hamburg)
  4. 2017 Dec 1-14 (Hamburg)
  5. 2018 Jan



  • (cost GBP 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

Arcadia and Oceana

  • updates and re-designing of all suites, public areas, bars, restaurants (new carpeting, new furniture, new color schemes)
  • Aquarius pool and bar renovations (refreshed furnishings, new color scheme, updated chairs, sofas, bar stools, coffee tables, signage, wall tiles)
  • Atrium (new carpets and furniture / chairs, banquettes, cushions)
  • Oasis Spa's Reception (new carpets and blinds, all loungers and armchairs refreshed, cushions added)
  • Intermezzo Bar (new color scheme, new carpeting, blinds, new furniture / chairs, sofas, stools, coffee tables, lampshades)
  • All Suites - refreshed, new color scheme, new furniture (sofabeds, armchairs, coffee tables, lamps), new curtains, bed cushions, throws)

Marella Cruises (Thomson)

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
  3. Carnival Fascination
  4. Carnival Inspiration
  5. Carnival Legend
  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
  3. Jan 31-Feb 17
  4. Nov 5-15
  5. May 1-14

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
  • Cherry On Top (candy shop)
  • Camp Ocean (kids complex)
  • 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.
  • *** on Carnival Elation - added 38 new cabins (2 Grand Vista Suites, 22 Junior Suites, 2 Scenic Oceanview, 12 Interior), balconies added to 98 cabins, redesigned minigolf course with bocce court

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

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

  • more single and Britannia Club cabins added, plus 5 Penthouse Suites

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 (Jan 26 - Feb 6)

Cadiz Spain

  • general maintenance, repairs, upgrades
  • new carpeting
  • remodeled bars
  • new gym equipment
  • new digital photo stations
  • new shops (GAASTRA. Bering jewelry)

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 May 12-26
  3. 2016 May, 2020 January
  4. 2015 April, 2020 April
  5. 2016 October
  6. 2014 November
  7. 2016 April
  • Rooftop Terrace (taking some space from aft sundeck area)
  • Tuscan Grille (steakhouse
  • Future Cruise Sales desk (separate from Captain’s Club)
  • new photo studio
  • Cinema (redesigned to double as Conference Center)
  • Qsine restaurant
  • (renovations) Casino, Solarium, Spa Cafe
  • Top Deck Burger Bar (replacing Mast Grill)
  • Major Suite renovations (Royal and Penthouse)
  • Cabin upgrades (bathrooms, lighting, carpeting, drapes, bed linens, artwork, RFID door locks)

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 - reception foyers, bars/cafes, bistro, aft deck areas
  • new menus (based on Coastal Kitchen concept / seasonal ingredients / locally sourced, fresh pastries from the ship’s bakeries, BBQ stands added on outside decks
  • fitness rooms upgraded
  • dry-dock stay ~3 weeks per ship
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 ship refurbishments

  1. ms Amsterdam
  2. ms Noordam
  3. ms Oosterdam
  4. ms Rotterdam
  5. ms Eurodam
  6. ms Volendam
  7. ms Westerdam
  8. ms Nieuw Statendam
  9. ms Zuiderdam
  1. 2015 (next 2018)
  2. 2015
  3. 2016 (Palermo Sicily)
  4. 2015
  5. 2015 (Freeport Bahamas)
  6. 2014 (Singapore)
  7. 2017 (Palermo Sicily)
  8. 2018
  9. 2015

top-grade suites upgrades: furnishings (sofa, chairs, headboard, carpet, wall coverings, privacy curtain, drapery, bed runner, bed skirt, quartz stone top (vanity), vanity lighting, dresser, dressing table, nightstands), decor, amenities, USB outlet, power outlets, LED lighting, BOSE SoundDock (iPod station), interactive TV system, upgraded bathrooms


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

Zuiderdam: new cabins on Deck 10

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.
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

Windstar Cruises fleet (former Seabourn ships)

  1. Star Pride
  2. Star Legend
  3. Star Breeze

joined Windstar fleet in:

  1. 2014 Apr
  2. 2015 Apr
  3. 2015 May

fleet-transfer changes:

  • 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)

last drydocks:

  • Star Legend (Dec 2017) - added 6 new Zodiacs (boats)
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 ships

  1. Silver Discoverer
  2. Silver Explorer
  3. Silver Galapagos
  1. 2016 Oct (Freeport Bahamas)
  2. 2017 May 1-21 (Cadiz Spain)
  3. 2013 Sept 7-28 (Singapore)

Silver Discoverer

  • 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

Silver Explorer

  • 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 Galapagos

  • 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.
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
Silver Spirit

2018 March

Palermo (Sicily, Italy)

  • the ship will be stretched / lengthened by inserting a prebuilt midsection (length 15 m / 49 ft) that will add a total of 34 new cabins (6x Silver Suites, 26x Veranda Suites, 2x Panorama Suites)
  • During the drydock refit, the ship will also be extensively refurbished and updated to feature many of the Silver Muse ship's innovations and amenities.
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 2017-2018

(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
  3. 2018 January 1


  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
  3. to fix a damaged propeller
Brilliance of the Seas

2013 May


Oasis-class upgrades
Empress of the Seas / Pullmatur Empress

2016 April

Cadiz, Spain

  • routine maintenance
  • cabins renovations
  • Voom Internet
Enchantment of the Seas 2017


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
  • routine maintenance
  • cabins renovations
  • Voom Internet
Independence of the Seas

2018 (April 4 - May 4)

Freeport Bahamas

  • Splashaway Bay (large-sized interactive aqua park) with water slides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerango), water cannons and fountains, pools, drench bucket
  • Izumi (Japanese restaurant with Teppanyaki grills)
  • two Escape Rooms (adventure gaming)
  • new lounges
  • trampoline park, laser tag course, larger ice rink
  • renovated Royal Theater
  • new "Panoramic Ocean View" category cabins
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 (now Marella Discovery 2) 2017 April-May
  • routine maintenance
  • cabins renovations
  • Voom Internet
Mariner of the Seas 2017
  • waterslides “Cyclone” and “Typhoon”, FlowRider
  • Slashaway Bay (kids aqua park)
  • updated public spaces
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)


  • waterslides “Cyclone” and “Typhoon”, FlowRider
  • Slashaway Bay (kids aqua park)
  • updated public spaces
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


  • new complimentary dining options (Park Cafe deli, Dog House)
  • new specialty dining options at additional charge (Giovanni’s Table, Izumi, Samba Grill, Rita’s Cantina)
  • poolside movie screen
  • Nursery, English pub
  • new lounges (Diamond, Concierge)
  • 2 new dining packages (Chef’s, Radiance)
Rhapsody of the Seas 2016 December


Serenade of the Seas 2017


Voyager of the Seas

2014 April-October, next 2018


  • new cabins (25 oceanview, 23 interior), new forward spa cabins, cabin categories changes, new flat TVs in all cabins
  • theater renamed “La Scala” (DreamWorks Experience added)
  • Photo Gallery renamed “Focus”, size reduced
  • Vault disco replaced by “Giovanni’s Table”
  • Aquarium Bar replaced by The Tavern
  • Main Dining Room renamed “Sapphire”
  • Champagne Bar replaced with “R-Bar”
  • Inside cabins converted to Virtual Balcony
  • huge poolside movie screen
  • Portofino restaurant replaced with “Chops Grille”
  • Island Grill Bar and Florist Shop removed
  • Video Arcade added
  • In-line Skating Track replaced with FlowRider
  • Cloud Nine and Seven Hearts rooms replaced with Izumi
  • 19th Hole lounge replaced with Diamond Club
  • Digital signage (touch-screen wayfinders) installed

Next video is about Royal Caribbean's 6-ship refurbshment project "innovation renovations" implemented in 2016. The RCI vessels Adventure, Empress, Jewel, Liberty, Majesty and Radiance received some of the company's most popular shipboard features. The drydocks were done in the shipyards of Freeport, Singapore and Cadiz. RCI ships usually enter drydocks in up to 5-year periods.

(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-docks) NCL ships refurbishments

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 Breakaway 2018 (April 28-May 10)
  • fully refreshed public spaces (new flooring, updated furniture)
  • new carpeting in all staterooms
  • tba
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)

2018 October (Singapore)

  • 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 27-Oct 17
Brest France drydock
  • new Beatles-themed club lounge (The Cavern Club)
  • theater lounge (2 new musical shows (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “Burn the Floor”)
  • restaurant renovations (Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Taste, Manhattan dining room, Garden Cafe buffet) - new carpetin, decors, reupholstered furniture
  • renovations (Mandara Spa, Bliss Ultra Lounge, Marketplace), Epic Theate, Casino. The Haven Suite complex (new furniture, lighting, wall covering, artworks)
  • redesigned photo gallery, library, card room
  • SplashGolf new (kids mini-golf course)
  • technical upgrades (2 new rudders, new propeller caps, hull repainting / new type silicone paint)
  • general maintenance works (lifeboats, tenders, thrusters, stabilizers, cabin air-conditioning system)
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 lengthening and drydock refurbishments

The MSC Cruises line announced in late December 2013 that they start a EUR 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.

At the following tag link can be found listed all CruiseMapper's news related to drydock refurbishments.