Cruise ship refurbishments and refits and the regular renovation of small and big passenger ships 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. 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 to be built in the 2014-2016 period, the majority of which will join some of the largest ever fleets owned by the world’s biggest companies – Carnival and Royal Caribbean International (or their bigger subsidiaries and brands).
Why refurbishment of cruise ships is so attractive, and what do cruise ship renovations actually include?
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.
Review of Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas cruise ship refurbishment jobs
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 2013-2014-2015-2016 dry-dock dates, upgrades and refits by cruise line
|Ships Names||Year Built||Weight||Passenger Capacity||ships refurbishment schedule / dry dock dates||Dry Dock Location||cruise ships refits information/facts|
|Azamara Journey||2000||30300||710||2013 January 6-13||Singapore||lounges upgrades (new carpets and furniture), new gym equipment|
|Carnival Sunshine||1996||101350||2640||2013 February 22 through April 12||Italy (Trieste)||former name Carnival Destiny, refurbishment cost US$155 million, Dream-class ship dining venues, bars, lounges, cabins.|
|Celebrity Century||1995||71500||1814||2014 February||Bahamas (Frreport)||substantial|
|Celebrity Constellation||2002||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.|
|Celebrity Equinox||2009||122000||2850||2014 April||-||routine|
|Celebrity Infinity||2001||90230||2050||2014 November||-||routine.|
|Crystal Serenity||2003||68000||1070||2013 November||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||1998||83340||1750||2013 (7 Sept – 10 Oct)||Spain (Cadiz, the Navantia shipyard)||
|ms Amsterdam||2000||60870||1380||2013 December||-||routine|
|ms Statendam||1992||55450||1260||2013 January||-||routine|
|ms Zaandam||2000||60900||1430||2013 October||-||routine|
|NCL - Pride of America||2005||81000||2140||2013 (March 23 through 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 Cruises - Silver Galapagos||1998, former name “Galapagos Explorer II”||4080||100||2013 September 7-28||Singapore||totally refurbished and renewed:
|Fred Olsen ms Boudicca||1973, as “Royal Viking Sky”||28000||900||2013 November 5-11||Lloyd Werft, Germany||
|Costa Victoria||1996||75950||1930||2013 October 25 – November 11||Singapore (Sembawang yard)||
|Carnival ship 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 2013 (Destiny, Fantasy, Fascination, Legend, Pride, Victory), 2014 (Elation, Freedom, Triumph, Valor) and in 2015 (Magic, Paradise). New $300 mill program for ship upgrades fleet-wide.||
Royal Caribbean ships refurbishments schedule 2013-2014 (by the $300 million “Royal Advantage” renovation program)
|Adventure of the Seas||2001||137280||3110||2014 January||-||
|Allure of the Seas||2010||225280||5400||2014 February 23 – March 2||Bahamas||
|Brilliance of the Seas||2002||90000||2100||2013 May||Cadiz||
|Enchantment of the Seas||1997||80700||2450||2013 December||Cadiz||
|Explorer of the Seas||2000||137300||3110||2014 December||-||
|Independence of the Seas||2008||154400||3630||2013 (April – May)||-||
|Legend of the Seas||1995||70000||1800||2013 (January -February)||Singapore||
|Navigator of the Seas||2002||138280||3110||2013 December||-||
|Oasis of the Seas||2009||225000||5400||2014 (Sept-October)||Rotterdam||
|Vision of the Seas||1998||78500||2000||2013 October||-||
|Voyager of the Seas||1999||137280||3110||2014 May||-||
P&O Cruises (UK) ships to be refurbished in 2013
|P&O Arcadia||2005||83780||2020||2013 December||-||new single cabins (2Balcony and 4Inside), a new disco, cabins-lounges-shops refitting and updates.|
|P&O Ventura||2008||116000||3080||2013 (March 22 through April 6)||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.|
|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.
|Oceania cruise ships refurbishments (all R-class vessels – Insignia, Nautica, Regatta)||2014 (April 24 to June 6)||
(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 2013
List of cruise ships last refurbished in 2011-2012
Table links redirect to the lines’ itinerary review hubs, with internal links to all their cruise ships.
|Ships||Last Refurbished (2011-2012 dry docks)|
|Carnival ships refurbished|
|Carnival Conquest||Oct 2012|
|Carnival Dream||Sept 2012|
|Carnival Legend||Feb 2011|
|Carnival Liberty||Oct 2011|
|Carnival Miracle||Feb 2012|
|Carnival Spirit||Jan 2012|
|Carnival Splendor||Dec 2012|
|Carnival Valor||Feb 2011|
|Carnival Glory||Nov 2012|
|Celebrity Infinity||Jan 2011|
|Celebrity Millennium||May 2012|
|Celebrity Summit||Jan 2012|
|Celebrity Xpedition||Sept 2012|
|(Cunard) Queen Mary 2||Dec 2011|
|Disney Wonder||Sept 2011|
|(P&O) Oceana||Dec 2012.|
|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 Volendam||March 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|
|Grandeur Of The Seas||May 2012|
|Freedom Of The Seas||March 2011|
|Jewel Of The Seas||April 2011|
|Liberty Of The Seas||Jan 2011|
|Mariner Of The Seas||April 2012|
|Radiance Of The Seas||June 2011|
|Rhapsody Of The Seas||March 2012|
|Serenade Of The Seas||Dec 2012 ($29 mill)|
|Splendour Of The Seas||Nov 2011.|
|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.|
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