Cruise Ship Refurbishment Schedule

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Our cruise ship refurbishments schedule of dry-dock dates has news and information on refits, regular maintenance and repairs, overhauls and renovation of small and big cruise passenger 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.

These are links for short navigation to cruise ship refurbishments 2015-2016 schedule, and also to ships refurbished in 2013 and ships refurbished 2012-2011. To read more cruise ship technology news, please visit our cruise ship engines-propulsion-fuel page.

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?

  • cruise ship refurbishmentTime 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 will 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 (the photo below)! 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.

Enchantment of the Seas lengtheningCruise 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.

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 2015-2016

This is a regularly updated list of dry-dock dates, with concise info about the cruise ship upgrades and refits by cruise line.

information on cruise lines refurbishments schedule (dry dock dates)

Ships Names Weight Passenger Capacity ships refurbishment schedule / dry dock dates Dry Dock Location cruise ships refits information/facts
AIDAluna 69200 2100 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
30227 694
  1. 2016 January
  2. 2015 Sept-Oct
  1. Freeport, Bahamas
  2. Marseille, France
  • new furniture and improvements of public spaces
  • all suites and cabins will have new carpets, curtains, sofas and coffee tables.
Celebrity Century 71500 1814 2014 Feb-Mar Bahamas (Frreport) substantial
Celebrity Equinox 122000 2850 2014 April - routine
Celebrity Infinity 90230 2050 2014 Nov - routine
  1. Celebrity Silhouette
  2. Celebrity Eclipse
  3. Celebrity Solstice
  4. Celebrity Infinity
  5. Celebrity Millennium
  6. Celebrity Summit
- -
  1. 2016 May
  2. 2015 April
  3. 2016 November
  4. 2014 November
  5. 2015 April
  6. 2015 February
- -
Holland America ms Volendam 60890 1432 2014 Dec Singapore
  • addition of 21 cabins Lanai category and contemporary bar, Mix.
  • reconfiguration of the centrally located bars.
  • select cabins and all suites will have updated bathrooms.
National Geographic Orion 3984 102 2014 Sept Singapore
  • the Main Lounge library will be removed in order to increase space for meetings and lectures.
  • update of all audiovisual equipment, carpeting and furnishings.
  • the Observation Lounge will obtain a small library, nautical chart table and self-service beverage station.
P&O Azura 115000 3100 2015 April -
  • routine
P&O Aurora 76150 1880 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 44350 1260 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
  4. Seabourn Sojourn
10,000 tons each, year built:

  1. 1988
  2. 1990
  3. 1988
  4. 2010
  1. 208 (each)
  2. 450
Joinig the Windstar Cruises fleet in:

  1. 2014 April as Star Pride
  2. 2015 April 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 75340 - 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. 5,350
  2. 5,350
  3. 10,000
  1. 150
  2. 150
  3. 210
  1. 2014 November
  2. 2015 April
  3. 2014 April
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).
Semester at Sea –  MV Explorer (built 2001) 24,320 840 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)
  • MV Explorer was launched as “Olympia Explorer” for Royal Olympic Cruises (defunct line).
Oceania cruise ships refurbishments (all R-class vessels – InsigniaNauticaRegatta, Sirena) - - 2014 (April 24 to June 6)
2016 (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).
Silversea Expeditions – Silver Discoverer (ex Clipper Odyssey) 5,220 128 2014 Feb -
  • changing fleet
Carnival cruise ships refurbishment schedule – all Carnival cruise ships (to be) refurbished in the period 2011-2015 according to the Carnival Cruise Lines Fun Ship 2.0 program.The list of Carnival ships scheduled for dry dock in:

  • 2014 (Elation, Freedom, Pride, Triumph, Valor)
  • 2015 (Magic, Paradise, Fascination, Miracle, Sensation, Spirit, Valor, Victory)

There is a new $300 mill program for ship technology upgrades fleet-wide.

  • (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 will have Bonsai Sushi
  • technology upgrades (scrubbers)
  • WaterWorks  Water Park.

Royal Caribbean ships refurbishments schedule 2015-2016

(by the RCCL’s $300 million “Royal Advantage” renovation program)

Adventure of the Seas 137280 3110 2016 -
  • to be added Oasis-class ship upgrades, including the “Chef’s Table” dining, “Park Cafe”, “Giovanni’s Table (Italian restaurant), Concierge- and Diamond- members lounges, a “Royal Babies & Tots” nursery, Wi-Fi, cabin upgrades (new flat-screen TVs), a huge outdoor movie screen (the “jumbotron” by the main pool for “Movies Under the Stars”).
Allure of the Seas 225280 5400 2014 February 23 – March 2 Bahamas
  • propulsion system repairs (1 of the 3 Azipods has weared bearings)
  • the Feb 23 7-day cruise will be cancelled, fares will be refunded
Explorer of the Seas 137300 3110 2015 March -
  • Oasis-class makeovers.
Jewel of the Seas 90090 2540 2016 April -
  • Oasis updates.
Liberty of the Seas 154400 3630 2016 -
  • Oasis updates
Mariner of the Seas 138300 3110 2017 -
  • Oasis updates
Majesty of the Seas 73900 2360 2015 -
  • routine maintenance (2016 transfer to Pullmantur)
Oasis of the Seas 225000 5400 2014 (Sept-October) Rotterdam
  • routine maintenance.
Mariner of the Seas 138280 3110 2014 (March 15-30) Singapore
  • Oasis updates.
Navigator of the Seas 138280 3110 2014 Feb 1-8
  • Oasis- and Quantum-class updates, among which virtual balconies, FlowRider, new restaurants (Izumi, Park Cafe, Giovanni’s, Sabor).
Voyager of the Seas 137280 3110 2014 April-October Singapore
  • Oasis-class upgrades.

(dry dock) Princess Cruises ship refurbishments schedule

  • 2013 – Caribbean (Feb 24 – March 1), Coral (Jan 19 – Feb 6), Diamond (Oct 24 – Nov 14), Grand (Dec 10 – 19), Island (Oct 10 – 29), Sun (Aug 7 – 19).
  • 2014 – Sea (March 1 – 12).

Sun Princess refurbishment

Sun is the oldest Princess ship (18 years old). Princess Sun ship will be refurbished in Singapore (2-week drydock), at the cost of US$30 mill.

Sun Princess refurbishment details

  • new atrium (International Cafe)
  • sushi bar
  • the buffet dining complex “Horizon Court” will be upgraded (new decor, live ala carte cooking, pastry shop, coffee bar)
  • the “Lotus Spa” complex will be also renovated
  • the Sun ship will feature a new interior decor (furnishings with Asian/Japan touches)
  • the topdeck grill will be remodeled into al fresco BBQ dining venue
  • the icecream bar will also offer specialty coffees.

(dry dock) NCL ship refurbishments 2014-2015

MSC cruise ships refurbishments 2014-2015 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 the 4 MSC ships will have a new AquaPark with a slide and water cannons. The list of MSC cruise ship renovations also includes onboard boutiques enhancement – new interior designs, new perfumery on each ship selling top brands, like Dior.

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 will be 902 ft / 275 m long, with weight of ~65,000 GT and capacity 2,680, featuring 193 additional pax staterooms and 59 new crew cabins.

Cruise ships refurbished in 2013

Ships Names Weight Passenger Capacity ships refurbishment schedule / dry dock dates Dry Dock Location cruise ships refits information/facts
Azamara Journey 30300 710 2013 Jan 6-13 Singapore lounges upgrades (new carpets and furniture), new gym equipment
Carnival Sunshine 101350 2640 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 91000 2034 2013 April - 66 new cabins (17oceanview, 12Interior, 37AquaClass), new balconies for suites, basketball court upgrade, Apple PCs, retail store, WiFi, carpeting, new loungers.
Crystal Serenity 68000 1070 2013 Nov Cadiz 2-week drydock (cost $17mill), overhauls of all Penthouse Suites & the Lido Deck (Trident Grill, Lido Cafe, Tastes), general maintenance, energy-saving lighting.
Disney Magic 83340 1750 2013 (7 Sept – 10 Oct) Spain (Cadiz, the Navantia shipyard)
  • 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).
ms Amsterdam 60870 1380 2013 Dec - routine
ms Statendam 55450 1260 2013 Jan - routine
ms Zaandam 60900 1430 2013 Oct - routine
NCL – Pride of America 81000 2140 2013 (March 23 – April 6) Hawaii (Honolulu) refurb cost US$30 million, to be added 4 single cabins, 24 new suites, a steakhouse, ship-wide Wi-Fi.
Seabourn Quest 2013 May - 4 penthhouse spa suites.
Silversea Expeditions – Silver Galapagos 4080 100 2013 Sept 7-28 Singapore 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 28000 900 2013 Nov 5-11 Lloyd Werft, Germany
  • maintenance (seacocks, hull coating)
  • piping system modification
  • major repairs: stabilisers and rudder
  • bow thruster replacement.
Costa Mediterranea 86000 2680 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. 24400
  2. 48200
  3. 53000
  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 75950 1930 2013 Oct 25 – Nov 11 Singapore (Sembawang yard)
  • 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.
Carnival cruise ships refurbishment schedule – Carnival ships refurbished in 2013 (Destiny, Fantasy, Fascination, Legend, Pride, Victory)
  • Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades

Royal Caribbean ships refurbished 2013 (“Royal Advantage” program)

Brilliance of the Seas 90000 2100 2013 May Cadiz
  • Oasis-class upgrades.
Enchantment of the Seas 80700 2450 2013 December Cadiz
  • Oasis-class upgrade.
Explorer of the Seas 137300 3110 2014 December -
  • Oasis-class makeovers.
Independence of the Seas 154400 3630 2013 (April – May) -
  • a nursery, Wi-Fi, a big movie screen by the main pool.
Legend of the Seas 70000 1800 2013 (January -February), next 2018 Singapore
  • Oasis-class refits (cost $50 mill).
Oasis of the Seas 225000 5400 2014 (Sept-October) Rotterdam
  • routine maintenance.
Vision of the Seas 78500 2000 2013 October -
  • Oasis-class updates.
P&O Arcadia 83780 2020 2013 December
next – 2018 November
- new single cabins (2Balcony and 4Inside), a new disco, cabins-lounges-shops refitting and updates. Follow the Arcadia link to see the youtube video about it.
P&O Ventura 116000 3080 2013 (March 22 through April 6)
next – 2018 March
Germany (Hamburg) to be added 18 single cabins, “The Retreat” deck (adults-only), a new wine&food venue, cabin upgrades (including new mattresses).
European Waterways (line) - - 2013 - EW has completed its fleetwide renovation program for deck and cabin refurbs, new furniture, expanded WiFi.
TUI – Mein Schiff 2 77,713 1886 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.

List of cruise ships last refurbished 2011-2012

Table links redirect to the lines’ itinerary review hubs, with internal links to all their cruise ships.

Ships 2011-2012 dry docks
Carnival ships refurbished
Carnival Conquest Oct 2012
Carnival Dream Sept 2012
Carnival Legend Feb 2011
Carnival Liberty Oct 2011
Carnival Spirit Jan 2012
Carnival Splendor Dec 2012
Carnival Valor Feb 2011
Carnival Glory Nov 2012
Celebrity Millennium May 2012, next – 2015
Celebrity Summit Jan 2012, next – 2015
Celebrity Xpedition Sept 2012
(Cunard) Queen Mary 2 Dec 2011
Disney Wonder Sept 2011
  • P&O Adonia
  • P&O Oceana
  • P&O Oriana
  • May 2011, next – 2016 May
  • Dec 2012, next – 2017 Dec.
  • Dec 2011, next – 2016 Dec
Holland America Line refurbished ships
ms Eurodam April 2011
ms Maasdam, ms Oosterdam 2011
ms Rotterdam Dec 2012
ms Ryndam Nov 2012
ms Veendam April 2011
ms Zuiderdam Dec 2012.
NCL cruise ships refurbished
Norwegian Jade Dec 2011
Norwegian Dawn May 2011
Norwegian Spirit Oct 2011.
refurbished Princess ships
Caribbean Princess Nov 2011
Crown Princess Nov 2011
Dawn Princess May 2012
Golden Princess May 2012
Grand Princess May 2011
Emerald Princess Dec 2012
Ocean Princess Oct 2012
Ruby Princess Dec 2011
Sapphire Princess Feb 2012
Sea Princess Sept 2012
Star Princess Dec 2011.
Royal Caribbean refurbished ships
Enchantment Of The Seas Dec 2012, next – 2017
Grandeur Of The Seas May 2012, next – 2017
Freedom Of The Seas March 2011, next – 2016
Jewel Of The Seas April 2011
Liberty Of The Seas Jan 2011, next – 2016
Majesty Of The Seas Mar 2012, next – 2015
Mariner Of The Seas April 2012
Radiance Of The Seas June 2011, next – 2016
Rhapsody Of The Seas March 2012, next – 2017
Serenade Of The Seas Dec 2012 ($29 mill), next – 2017
Splendour Of The Seas Nov 2011, next – 2016.
other (luxury) ships renovations
Wind Spirit and Wind Surf ($18 mill program) Nov 2012
Azamara Quest (new steam room, new caviar-champagne bar) Nov 2012
ms Paul Gauguin Jan 2012 (US$7 mill)
Un-Cruise Adventures Safari Endeavour Dec 2012.

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