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?
- 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 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.
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.
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.
This is a regularly updated list of dry-dock dates, with concise info about the cruise ship upgrades and refits by cruise line.
|Ships Names||Weight||Passenger Capacity||last refurbishment / dry dock dates||Dry Dock Location||cruise ships refits information|
|QM2 / Queen Mary 2||151400||2640||2016 May 27 – June 21||Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)||
|AIDAdiva||69200||2050||2015 Apr 21 – May 4||Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)||
|AIDAluna||69200||2100||2014 Apr 26 – May 5||Hamburg (Blohm+Voss)||
|Celebrity Century||71500||1814||2014 Feb-Mar||Bahamas (Frreport)||substantial|
|Celebrity Equinox||122000||2850||2014 Apr||–||routine|
|Celebrity Infinity||90230||2050||2014 Nov||–||routine|
|MS Europa 2||42,830||516||2015 Apr||Blohm+Voss||
|Holland America ms Volendam||60890||1432||2014 Dec||Singapore||
|National Geographic Orion||3984||102||2014 Sept||Singapore||
|P&O Azura||115000||3100||2015 Apr||–||
|P&O Aurora||76150||1880||2014 Nov 29 – Dec 18||–||
|Phoenix Reisen – mv Artania||44350||1260||2014 Dec||Lloyd Werft (Germany)||
||10,000 tons each, year built:
||Joining Windstar Cruises fleet in:
|Star Cruises – SuperStar Virgo||75340||–||2014 Jan 5-29||–||
|Windstar luxury cruise yachts||
||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.
|Celestyal Cruises – Celestyal Odyssey (former Semester at Sea ship MV Explorer)||24,320||840||2014 – May 4-16||Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)||
|Oceania cruise ships refurbishments (all R-class vessels)Insignia
|–||–||2014 Apr 24 – Jun 6)
|Silversea Expeditions – Silver Discoverer||5,220||128||2014 Feb||–||
|Lindblad – National Geographic Explorer||–||148||2015 – Apr 16||Lloyd Werft (Germany)||
|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:
There is a new $300 mill program for ship technology upgrades fleet-wide.
Royal Caribbean ships refurbishments schedule 2015-2016
(by the RCCL’s $300 million “Royal Advantage” renovation program)
|Adventure of the Seas||137280||3110||2016||–||
|Allure of the Seas||225280||5400||
|Explorer of the Seas||137300||3110||2015 March||–||
|Jewel of the Seas||90090||2540||2016 April||–||
|Liberty of the Seas||154400||3630||2016||–||
|Mariner of the Seas||138300||3110||2017||–||
|Majesty of the Seas||73900||2360||2015||–||
|Oasis of the Seas||225000||5400||2014 (Sept-October)||Rotterdam||
|Mariner of the Seas||138280||3110||2014 (March 15-30)||Singapore||
|Navigator of the Seas||138280||3110||2014 Feb 1-8||
|Voyager of the Seas||137280||3110||2014 April-October||Singapore||
(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 2015
- 2013 – Norwegian Pearl (April), Norwegian Sky (September)
- 2014 – Norwegian Jewel (May 3-17), Norwegian Gem (November 9-22), Norwegian Spirit (?)
- 2015 – Norwegian Epic (dry-dock Sept 26-Oct 11, maintenance), Norwegian Gem (Oct-Nov), Norwegian Star (dry-dock Mar 8-22).
MSC cruise ships refurbishments 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:
- MSC Armonia (2014) Aug 31 – Nov 17
- MSC Sinfonia (2015) Jan 12 – Mar 16
- MSC Opera (2015) May 2 – July 4
- MSC Lirica (2015) Aug 31 – Nov 9.
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.
|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)||
|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:
|Fred Olsen ms Boudicca||28000||900||2013 Nov 5-11||Lloyd Werft, Germany||
|Costa Mediterranea||86000||2680||2013 Nov 21 – Dec 4||Fincantieri/Palermo, Italy||
|Costa Victoria||75950||1930||2013 Oct 25 – Nov 11||Singapore (Sembawang yard)||
|Carnival cruise ships refurbishment schedule – Carnival ships refurbished in 2013 (Destiny, Fantasy, Fascination, Legend, Pride, Victory)||
Royal Caribbean ships refurbished 2013 (“Royal Advantage” program)
|Brilliance of the Seas||90000||2100||2013 May||Cadiz||
|Enchantment of the Seas||80700||2450||2013 December||Cadiz||
|Explorer of the Seas||137300||3110||2014 December||–||
|Independence of the Seas||154400||3630||2013 (April – May)||–||
|Legend of the Seas||70000||1800||2013 (January -February), next 2018||Singapore||
|Oasis of the Seas||225000||5400||2014 (Sept-October)||Rotterdam||
|Vision of the Seas||78500||2000||2013 October||–||
|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||
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|
|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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