Sure, new cruise ships are all the rage, and if our Future Cruise Ship Orders is any indication, passengers will have plenty of shiny options to choose from over the next few years. Those who want some new bells and whistles without the price tag a new ship can command another option: the refurbishment, which can make an old ship look new. Ships are required to head into dry dock every few years for the "routine scrape of the barnacles" (minor cosmetic and engineering updates). If we covered every minor refurb, we'd have hundreds of ships on which to report, so in this chart we'll be focusing only on vessels that will undergo more major overhauls.

Tracking down the latest on every ship going into dry dock can require a surprising amount of detective work; details are heavily guarded at times, and even though our message boards are alive with the newest dates and features, we still need all hands on deck (pun intended). If you have a tip, detail or story to share regarding the latest cruise ship refurbishment, please consider e-mailing us at drydocktipline@cruisecritic.com. Thanks and happy sailing.


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Carnival Cruise Line

 Carnival Radiance (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

Ship: Carnival Victory to be named Carnival Radiance

Dates: March 18 to April 26, 2020

Details: Carnival Victory will undergo a massive refurb that encompasses most aspects of the ship, which will be renamed Carnival Radiance. It will receive four specialty restaurants: Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi and Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. On the top deck, the ship will get some of the line's most popular recreational activities including a ropes coures, and a WaterWorks park with a 203-foot-long AquaTunnel slide, the line's signature 212-foot-long Twister waterslide and a 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket, along with a kiddie area. Other spaces to be added include Cherry on Top, RedFrog Pub and Piano Bar 88.


Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Celebrity Equinox

Dates: May 2019

Details: Celebrity Equinox will receive additional suites including a Reflection Suite and several Signature Suites; all cabins will be outfitted with RFID locks, the line's high-speed Xcelerate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. Additionally, Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added, as well. The ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style; Cellar Masters wine bar will be transformed into a gastrobar; and the photo galleries will be converted to digital spaces.


Ship: Celebrity Silhouette

Dates: January 2020

Details: Celebrity Silhouette will receive additional suites including a Reflection Suite and several Signature Suites; all cabins will be outfitted with RFID locks, the line's high-speed Xcelerate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. Additionally, Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added, as well. The ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style; Cellar Masters wine bar will be transformed into a gastrobar; and the photo galleries will be converted to digital spaces.


Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

Dates: March 2020

Details: Celebrity Eclipse will receive additional suites including a Reflection Suite and several Signature Suites; all cabins will be outfitted with RFID locks, the line's high-speed Xcelerate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. Additionally, Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added, as well. The ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style; Cellar Masters wine bar will be transformed into a gastrobar; and the photo galleries will be converted to digital spaces.


Ship: Celebrity Constellation

Dates: April 2020

Details: Celebrity will overhaul all staterooms, taking everything down to the steel and rebuilding with a new layout and design; rooms will also be outfitted with RFID locks, the line's high-speed Xcelerate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. Additionally, Constellation will see its Main Dining Room redesigned with a lighter, airier decor; Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added. Other changes include: the addition of the Le Petit Chef experience at Qsine; Cellar Masters will be trasformed into a gastrobar; and the spa will be totally redesigned.


Celebrity Infinity (Photo: Celebrity)

Ship: Celebrity Infinity

Dates: TBD 2021

Details: Celebrity will overhaul all staterooms, taking everything down to the steel and rebuilding with a new layout and design and refitting with RFID locks. Additionally, Infinity will see the Main Dining Room redesigned with a lighter, airier decor; Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added. Also, Cellar Masters will be trasformed into a gastrobar and the spa will be totally redesigned.


Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Dates: September 2021

Details: Celebrity Solstice will receive additional suites including a Reflection Suite and several Signature Suites; all cabins will be outfitted with RFID locks, the line's high-speed Xcelerate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. Additionally, Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added, as well. The ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style; Cellar Masters wine bar will be transformed into a gastrobar; and the photo galleries will be converted to digital spaces.


Ship: Celebrity Reflection

Dates: December 2022

Details: Cabins on Celebrity Reflection will be outfitted with RFID locks and Bluetooth capability; Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and a suites-only Retreat Sundeck will be added. Additionally, the ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style.


Crystal Cruises

There are currently no Crystal Cruises ship refurbishments scheduled.


Cunard Line

Ship: Queen Mary 2

Dates: November 2020

Details: Queen Mary 2 will receive the new Mareel Wellness & Beauty spa concept that was introduced aboard fleetmate Queen Elizabeth in late 2018. No other details are available at this time on the extent or scope of the rest of the drydock.



Disney Cruise Line

There are currently no Disney Cruise Line ship refurbishments scheduled.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

There are currently no Fred. Olsen ship refurbishments scheduled.


Holland America Line

Veendam (Photo: Holland America Line)

Ship: Veendam

Dates: Spring 2019

Details:Details of this refurbishment have not been revealed yet.


Ship: Noordam

Dates: September 2019

Details:Details of this refurbishment have not been revealed yet.


Ship: Volendam

Dates: October 2019

Details:Details of this refurbishment have not been revealed yet.



MSC Cruises

There are currently no MSC refurbishments scheduled.


Norwegian Cruise Line

There are currently no NCL refurbishments scheduled.


Oceania Cruises

Ship: Sirena

Dates: May 2019

Details: As part of OceaniaNEXT, Sirena will receive the same sweeping refit that was first introduced aboard Insignia during her December 2018 refit.  Miami-based Studio DADO will reimagine Oceania's R-Class ships with entirely updated staterooms, suites and public spaces that will shed the formerly dark décor of these vessels and replace it with new softer colors inspired by the sea, along with new furnishing, décor, lighting options, and more. Oceania is also taking the time to integrate new technological options into this refit, including USB ports and a state-of-the-art interactive televisions system in all accomodations.


Ship: Regatta

Dates: September 2019

Details: As part of OceaniaNEXT, Regatta will receive the same sweeping refit that was first introduced aboard Insignia during her December 2018 refit.  Miami-based Studio DADO will reimagine Oceania's R-Class ships with entirely updated staterooms, suites and public spaces that will shed the formerly dark décor of these vessels and replace it with new softer colors inspired by the sea, along with new furnishing, décor, lighting options, and more. Oceania is also taking the time to integrate new technological options into this refit, including USB ports and a state-of-the-art interactive televisions system in all accomodations.


Ship: Nautica

Dates: June 2020

Details: As part of OceaniaNEXT, Nautica will receive the same sweeping refit that was first introduced aboard Insignia during her December 2018 refit.  Miami-based Studio DADO will reimagine Oceania's R-Class ships with entirely updated staterooms, suites and public spaces that will shed the formerly dark décor of these vessels and replace it with new softer colors inspired by the sea, along with new furnishing, décor, lighting options, and more. Oceania is also taking the time to integrate new technological options into this refit, including USB ports and a state-of-the-art interactive televisions system in all accomodations. When Nautica returns to service in the summer of 2020, it will complete Oceania's $100-million OceaniaNEXT fleet revitalization program.


P&O Australia

There are currently no P&O Australia ship refurbishments scheduled.


P&O Cruises

There are currently no P&O Cruises ship refurbishments scheduled.


Paul Gauguin Cruises

There are currently no Paul Gauguin ship refurbishments scheduled.


Princess Cruises

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Dates: May/June 2019

Details: Princess Cruises will replace the ship's Pirate's View aft pool on Deck 17 with an all-new Reef Family Splash Zone, which will include a kiddie pool as well as ample lounging space; the existing pool, hot tub and bar also will be upgraded with new signage and contemporary artwork.


Ship: Golden Princess

Dates: 2020

Details: Golden Princess will be transferred to the P&O Australia fleet after a major transformation, rebranding and renaming.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises

There are currently no Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship refurbishments scheduled.


Royal Caribbean

Oasis of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)
Ship: Oasis of the Seas

Dates: November/December 2019

Details:As part of a full-ship Royal Amplified refurbishment Oasis of the Seas will receive all-new thrill attractions, pools, bars and dining venues, as well as some of the new concepts being introduced on Symphony of the Seas. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Ship: Voyager of the Seas

Dates: 2019

Details:As part of a full-ship Royal Amplified refurbishment Voyager of the Seas will receive all-new thrill attractions, pools, bars and dining venues. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Dates: 2020

Details:Freedom of the Seas will undergo a Royal Amplified refurbishment, which will touch on most elements of the ship. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Ship: Allure of the Seas

Dates: 2020

Details:As part of a full-ship Royal Amplified refurbishment Allure of the Seas will receive all-new thrill attractions, bars and dining venues. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Dates: 2020

Details:As part of a full-ship Royal Amplified refurbishment Explorer of the Seas will receive all-new thrill attractions, bars and dining venues. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Ship: Liberty of the Seas

Dates: 2021

Details:Liberty of the Seas will undergo a Royal Amplified refurbishment, which will touch on most elements of the ship. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Ship: Adventure of the Seas

Dates: 2021

Details:Adventure of the Seas will undergo a Royal Amplified refurbishment, which will touch on most elements of the ship. Specific details have yet to be revealed.


Seabourn Cruises

There are currently no Seabourn refurbishments on the schedule at this time.


Silversea

Silver Shadow in Shimizu, Japan (Photo: Silverseas)
Ship: Silver Shadow

Dates: November 2019

Details: Silver Shadow will be the last of Silversea's "classic" ships to receive updates based on the line's flagship, Silver Muse. Highlights include a revamped atrium; a new Arts Café; a complete overall of all suites, including upgrades of all cabin TVs; complete refurb of the buffet, La Terrazza and The Restaurant; expansion of La Dame; new steam room and sauna for Zagara Spa; an expanded casino; new teak decking and outside furniture and a new Connoisseur's Corner.


Ship: Silver Wind

Dates: August 2020

Details: Silver Wind will get the same treatment that sister-ship Silver Cloud did back in 2017 when it was converted into a proper ice-strengthened expedition ship.  Part of Silversea's "Project Invictus" refurbishment program, Silver Wind will go under the knife in the summer of 2020 to receive a new ice-strengthened hull; upgraded navigation and technical equipment; a fleet of onboard zodiac rafts and kayaks; and a reduced passenger capacity of 254, down from 298. In addition, all suites will be completely refurbished and upgrade, along with the vessel's public spaces. Expect new and refreshed looks for the Spa and Salon; Reception Area; the main bar area; La Dame; La Terrazza; the Observation Lounge; the Panorama Lounge; Pool Bar; and the conversion of the ship's main show lounge into a space for lectures and presentations. Silver Wind returns to service on November 10, 2020 with its maiden voyage to Antarctica.