The 180-m boat was berthed alongside at the Amsterdam yard from August last year to get an upgrade to the standards of the cruise operator, refurbishing all staterooms and suites and adding terrace rooms and spa suites. The restaurants were upgraded and a brand new bar was created.
From mid-March through April 2022, Azamara Onward was in Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam's largest drydock where maritime and technical conversion was performed. Lots of steelwork for the reconstruction of deck arrangements, and balcony structures allowed for the creation of the new luxury suites, some of them with their own Jacuzzis. The steel work was on decks 8 and 9, where also the spa is located. Steel reinforcements were placed to support the installations and spa pools.
Tanks for ballast water/fuel oil were restructured, to accommodate for bunkering bigger volumes of Marine Grade Diesel. The works included a lot of piping throughout the cruise ship and the engine room. The grey water tanks and the tanktop were replaced. Stabilizers both on starboard/port were overhauled, and the shaft seals were replaced. The tail shaft and the propeller seal were replaced. Thrusters were upgraded to allow for the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants.
The hull was cleaned and painted in order to fit in the appearance of the Azamara's fleet. The steel logo on the top side was taken off and replaced with the new Azamara Onward sign.
Performing all of these upgrades in a limited time, required strict schedules and logistical planning.