It’s always exciting to hear about the launch of brand new cruise ships, but these events are relatively few and far between. Fortunately, vessel refurbishments are much more common. The scale of refurbs vary, but more often than not the ship in question gets a thorough refresh. This can include everything from updated furniture and carpet to entirely new eateries, public spaces and entertainment venues. We take a look at the cruise ship refurbishments lined up for 2018, with a handful of details on what to expect, so you can start looking forward cruising on these freshly spruced up ships.
Pacific Jewel - March
The Pacific Jewel refurb will be focused on public spaces, with some new areas being introduced and others getting an overhaul. She’s getting an outdoor lawn bowling green perfect for lazy days in the sun, while Shell & Bones is a new dining venue for the Jewel that specialises in surf ‘n turf cuisine. As well as the new additions, the Pacific Jewel is getting upgrades for the Oasis adults-only space, the atrium, the Connextions Bar, The Orient pub-style venue and the Pool Café. See preview images of the new and improved spaces here.
Silver Spirit - March
The Silver Spirit is getting quite a unique refurbishment in March: the ship is actually going to be lengthened using a premade section. This is the first time that this has been done on a luxury vessel. In addition to the added space, the Spirit is also receiving a new cafe, bar, spa and fitness center, and various eateries - plus a remodeled pool deck.
Mariner of the Seas - March
Royal Caribbean is treating the Mariner of the Seas to a 90 million dollar refurb which will add a whole slew of amazing features. The Sky Pad will appeal to thrillseekers, launching guests high into the air, with the option to add virtual reality enhancements, the FlowRider will have you surfing at sea, Perfect Storm allows cruisers to race to the bottom in dual high-speed waterslides, and Battle for Planet Z lets you blast your friends in epic laser tag matches. They’re even adding an escape room! In addition to all this, the Mariner is also getting new eateries and new staterooms, plus all existing staterooms will be spruced up.
Seven Seas Mariner - March
The Seven Seas Mariner is already very impressive (it’s the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship) but this vessel is about to get even better. Fresh suite designs, striking new culinary experiences and entirely renewed guest spaces will push the Mariner to an all new level of luxury.
Holland America Line is investing a whopping $300 million in a fleet wide update, and the Zaandam, Noordam and Amsterdam are all benefiting from this overhaul. While upgrades will vary a little from ship to ship, every Vista, Signature and Rotterdam class vessel is getting new furniture, carpeting and wall covers, USB outlets in bed headboards, LED reading lights and closet lighting. Zaandam in particular will have its Crow’s Nest transformed into ‘Explorations Central’ an interactive destination experience hub.
Crown Princess - March-April
Details on the Crown Princess refurbishment are thin on the ground but we do know that she will be receiving luxurious new beds featuring a scientifically engineered mattress and bed springs, a plush two-inch pillow top and luxurious Jacquard-woven linens.
Image: Ventura © P&O Cruises
Ventura - April
Details on P&O UK’s Ventura haven’t emerged yet.
Independence of the Seas - April
The Independence will be getting many of the same new features as the previously mentioned Mariner of the Seas, including the Sky Pad and an Escape Room. Another fun new asset for the Independence will be the Splashaway Bay water park.
Carnival Legend - May
The Carnival Legend is getting a few new eateries and the cruise line’s most intriguing bar: BlueIguana Cantina, Guy’s Burger Joint and the Alchemy Bar are all being added to the Legend in May.
Carnival Spirit - May
No information on refurbishment details for the Carnival Spirit have yet been released.
Norwegian Jewel - October
The Jewel will be receiving a bow to stern refresh as part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Edge program. Guests who cruise aboard the Jewel after her overhaul will have 16 dining options to choose from, including 7 premium specialty dining venues.
Crystal Serenity - October/November
The guest capacity of the Serenity is going to be reduced in the course of its refurb, but there’s a payoff: a number of her verandah staterooms are being upgraded to Seabreeze Penthouses and Penthouse Suites. Several of the Crystal Serenity’s dining options are also being tweaked and changed to provide guests with extra choice and variety.
To book a voyage on the newly redone version of one of these vessels, just click on the name of the ship above and peruse the different sailings to your heart’s content. Don’t miss your chance to be one of the first to experience a whole new take on these familiar vessels.