Cruise Ship Refurbishment Timeline


  • 2017

    Dawn Princess January 2017


    Dawn Princess will be re-branded and given a P&O makeover to become the Explorer.


  • 2016

    Encore December 2016


    The newest ship in the fleet, Encore will offer a wealth of new concepts for cruises. An elegant luxurious modern ship that boasts a watersports marina, open air sky bar, motion studio and shopping with the chef experience.


    Brand new Harmony of the Seas is the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, debuting in May 2016 it will be the world’s largest cruise ship.

    Carnival Vista May 2016


    The first ship in the Vista class will offer many fun features being offered on the recently refurbished members of the Carnival fleet.

    Sojourn May 2016


    Seabourns luxurious Sojourn has gained four penthouse spa suites which are located directly above the spa.

    Ovation of the Seas April 2016


    The second ship in the Quantum class offers fleet-wide favourites along with many new at sea experiences including:

    • North Star
    • RipCord by iFly
    • The SeaPlex featuring bumper cars, circus school and more
    • FlowRider
    • Dynamic Dining choices
    • Wonderland
    • Izumi
    • RIFD technology wristbands
    • Super high fast WiFi
    • Bionic Bar
    • Aerial show
    • New staterooms including interconnecting rooms and rooms with virtual balconies


  • 2015

    Pacific Eden November 2015


    Enjoy all the P&O favourites and more on the new Pacific Eden, previously a Holland America Line vessel. Welcoming back Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, Aria offers more dining options than ever before. The Pantry which was introduced to the rest of the P&O fleet within the last year will be available onboard. A brand new spa experience, similar to that on Holland America ships and P&O Edge programs are experiences to look forward to.

    Pacific Aria November 2015


    Enjoy all the P&O favourites and more on the new Pacific Aria, previously a Holland America Line vessel. Welcoming back Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, Aria offers more dining options than ever before. The Pantry which was introduced to the rest of the P&O fleet within the last year will be available onboard. A brand new spa experience, similar to that on Holland America ships and P&O Edge programs are experiences to look forward to.

    Carnival Spirit September 2015


    The Spirit has had a huge refurbishment. Dining onboard has a new falvour with the addition of BlueIguana Cantina, Guy’s Burger Joint, Bonsai Sushi and Red Frog Pub. New waterholes include BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar as well as the Skybox Sports Bar enjoying a big aesthetic change with wall to wall flat screens. Seuss at Sea is brought to life in the Spirit, Camp Ocean has also had a major overhaul with new programmes and play area layout.

    Pacific Jewel June 2015


    The Pacific Jewel's buffet is being refurbished into the Pantry. Mexicana, Curry House, Fat Cow and the Sugar Bar are some of the new feasts coming to the Jewel.

    Dawn Princess May 2015


    The Dawn Princess will undergo refurbishment in May over a two-week period. Refurbishments will include beer and wine festivals, renovation of the wheelhouse bar, the addition of a new Italian cafe and the World Fresh Marketplace.


    Drydock refurbishments have seen new features to the largest cruise ship in the world. Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar have been added along with Coastal Kitchen, Californian inspired cuisine exclusively for suite guests. 10 new suites have been added along with a Suite Lounge and reserved spot’s on the new Sun Deck exclusively for suite guests.

    Celebrity Eclipse April 2015


    Several changes have been made to the Celebrity Eclipse including Cellar Masters wine bar remastered to become Gastrobar serving for than 40 craft beers, furthermore the poor area will be home to a new frozen drink bar called slush. Eclipse will also see the introduction of a private photo studio. Suite guests can now enjoy a suites-only restaurant, a VIP lounge and 24-hour butler service.


    Millennium has seen the addition of new cabins including AquaSpa accommodations, new specialty dining options, a gelataria added to the existing coffee shop and Apple products available for use in the Internet Centre.

    Anthem of the Seas April 2015


    The first ship in the Quantum class offers fleet-wide favourites along with many new at sea experiences including:

    • North Star
    • RipCord by iFly
    • The SeaPlex featuring bumper cars, circus school and more
    • FlowRider
    • Dynamic Dining choices
    • Wonderland
    • Izumi
    • RIFD technology wristbands
    • Super high fast WiFi
    • Bionic Bar
    • Aerial show
    • New staterooms including interconnecting rooms and rooms with virtual balconies

    Britannia March 2015


    Maiden voyage from Southampton and christened by Her Majesty the Queen. The largest ship in P&O's fleet boasts The Cookery Club, the first ever onboard cookery school, a state of the art entertainment venue called the TV Studio, as well as all new bars and clubs.


    The Explorer has had such a big upgrade it’s almost a brand new ship. New additions include:

    • Complete refit of the pool deck
    • Addition of Flowrider surf simulator
    • Addition of 24 new panoramic staterooms
    • Addition of 80 virtual balcony staterooms
    • New outdoor movie screen by the pool
    • Stateroom televisions have been upgraded to flat screen televisions
    • New restaurants
    • Chops Grille
    • Giovanni's Table
    • Izumi
    • Refit of the main dining room
    • Addition of R-Bar


  • 2014

    Star Princess December 2014


    Star Princess refurbished

    Carnival Legend September 2014


    Carnival Legend will go into drydock to receive upgrades before moving to Australia.

    • Added RedFrog pub, Bonsai Sushi Japanese-inspired restaurant and Cherry on Top 'candy-and-more-store'
    • Added Green Thunder waterslide (the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea) to Carnival Waterworks splash zone
    • Upgraded fitness centre
    • 'Aussifications' including no tipping, Australian power points, new menu options, upgraded coffee and trained barista staff, and Aussie pokies, comedians and music

    Golden Princess September 2014


    Golden Princess refurbished

    Legend of the Seas September 2014


    Legend of the Seas christened by Cindy Pritzker, wife of Board member Jay Pritzker

    Pacific Princess May 2014


    Pacific Princess and Caribbean Princess refurbished

    Regal Princess May 2014


    New ship Regal Princess arrives


    Voyager of the Seas scheduled for 'Royal Advantage' upgrades, which may include

    • Added outdoor movie screen
    • Installed digital signage and ship-wide wifi accessibility
    • New Concierge and Diamond Clubs
    • Cafe Promenade and Portofino restaurants transformed into Park Cafe and Giovanni's Table
    • Inline skating rink removed and replaced with a Flowrider surfing simulator

    Diamond Princess March 2014


    Diamond Princess refurbished

    • Refitted Casino
    • Horizon Court buffet upgrades
    • Added Japanese style bathhouse
    • New Piazza with International Cafe
    • Vines wine bar, refitted sports court
    • New LCD TVs in all staterooms
    • Refitted photo gallery, art gallery and library
    • New carpets, flooring and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    January 2014


    Celebrity Century scheduled for dry dock refurbishment


  • 2013

    Grand Princess December 2013


    Grand Princess refurbished

    • Added balcony mats
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Pacific Jewel August 2013


    Pacific Jewel refurbished

    • Added Laser Tag, high rope swings, slack lines, Segway obstacle courses and a flying fox
    • New The Dome nightclub
    • Range of standard cabins converted into interconnecting cabins
    • Expanded child-free Oasis over two decks
    • Added Orient Bar, LED wall in the Marquee Theatre and Chocobloc shop
    • La Luna restaurant transformed into Luna with a new Japanese menu
    • New carpet, curtains, furnishings and artwork throughout

    Sun Princess August 2013


    Sun Princess refit

    • Remodelled atrium including the new International Cafe
    • New Kai Sushi seafood and sushi restaurant
    • Upgraded Horizon Court buffet and Sterling Steakhouse
    • Refurbished Lotus Spa
    • Top deck hamburger grill replaced by al fresco barbecue venue
    • New carpets, flooring and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Royal Princess June 2013


    Royal Princess christened by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate nee Middleton)

    Legend of the Seas February 2013


    Legend of the Seas refurbished

    • New and refreshed staterooms plus new Family Suite option
    • Added outdoor movie screen
    • Added Centrum aerial entertainmentR Barupdated Viking Crown Lounge
    • New dining venues Park Cafe, Chef's Table, Chops Grille, and Izumi Asian Cuisine
    • New Concierge and Diamond Clubs
    • Installed digital signage, ship-wide wifi accessibility and flatscreen TVs in all staterooms
    • New nursery

    Coral Princess January 2013


    Coral Princess refit

    • New International Cafe in Casino bar
    • Upgraded Horizon Court buffet
    • New oceanview cabins
    • New carpets, flooring and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance


  • 2012

    Emerald Princess December 2012


    Emerald Princess refurbished

    • New carpets, flooring and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Carnival Legend October 2012


    Carnival Legend received $7 million upgrade before moving to Australia.

    • Added child-free Serenity retreat
    • Added Green Thunder waterslide (the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea) to Carnival Waterworks splash zone
    • New Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ and new 'pie and snag' station at La Playa Restaurant
    • 'Aussifications' including no tipping, Australian power points, new menu options, upgraded coffee and trained barista staff, and Aussie pokies, comedians and music

    October 2012


    Ocean Princess refit

    • New carpets, flooring and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Sea Princess September 2012


    Sea Princess refurbished

    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • Added The Sanctuary adults-only retreat
    • New carpet, flooring and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance


    Celebrity Solstice launched the Celebrity iLounge internet lounge

    Golden Princess May 2012


    Golden Princess refurbishment

    • New carpet and upholstery
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Dawn Princess May 2012


    • New carpet and upholstery
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance


    Celebrity Millennium underwent 'Solsticizing' refurbishment programme

    • Added new AquaClass staterooms plus exclusive Blu restaurant
    • Added Persian Garden in AquaSpa
    • Added QSine specialty restaurant
    • Added Celebrity iLounge internet lounge
    • New balconies on Celebrity Suites
    • Additional oceanview and inside staterooms
    • Upgraded Cafe al Bacio with added Gelateria
    • Refurbished bars plus the new Cellar Masters Wine Bar

    Pacific Dawn April 2012


    Pacific Dawn $14 million facelift

    • Range of standard cabins converted into interconnecting cabins
    • All 50 suites and mini-suites upgraded with new carpet, furnishings and artwork by Sydney photographer Tony Rae
    • New outdoor LED Big Screen
    • Bengal Bar replaced by the popular Orient Pub
    • Baccus Bar replaced by Mix Cocktail Bar
    • Upgraded Show Lounge with new carpet, upholstery and wall coverings plus a new LED screen wall
    • Added New Zealand Natural ice cream parlour
    • New barbecue area
    • Added screens for a more intimate atmosphere in La Luna Pan-Asian restaurant plus new menus
    • New furniture and colour scheme for Plantation buffet

    Fleetwide April 2012


    Ship Revitalisation Programme begun to upgrade the entire Royal Caribbean fleet - called 'Royal Advantage' upgrades

    Mariner of the Seas April 2012


    Mariner of the Seas refurbished

    • Installed Dreamworks Experience Outdoor movie screen
    • Updated Vintages wine bar
    • Added Boardwalk Dog House and Giovanni's Table food venues
    • Installed digital signage, ship-wide wifi accessibility and flatscreen TVs in all staterooms
    • New Diamond Club
    • New nursery


    Rhapsody of the Seas refurbished

    • Additional staterooms
    • New outdoor movie screen by the pool
    • New dining venues Chops Grille and Izumi Asian Cuisine
    • Cafe Promenade and Portofino restaurants transformed into Park Cafe and Giovanni's Table
    • New Concierge and Diamond Clubs
    • Added Centrum aerial entertainment
    • New R Bar
    • Installed digital signage, ship-wide wifi accessibility and flatscreen TVs in all staterooms
    • Updated Viking Crown Lounge
    • New nursery
    • All staterooms refreshed with new carpet and furnishings


    Radiance of the Seas refurbished

    • Additional staterooms plus new Family Suite option
    • New outdoor movie screen by the pool
    • New dining venues Park Cafe, Boardwalk Dog House, Chef's Table, Giovanni's Table, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Rita's Cantina and Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse
    • New pub
    • New Concierge and Diamond Clubs
    • Installed digital signage, ship-wide wifi accessibility and interactive TVs in all staterooms
    • New nursery

    Sapphire Princess January 2012


    Sapphire Princess refit

    • Added adults-only Sanctuary retreat
    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • Added Piazza atrium with International Cafe, Vines wine bar and Alfredo's Pizzeria
    • Upgraded Horizon Court buffet
    • New LCD TVs in all staterooms
    • Refitted sports court, library, art gallery, photo gallery and internet cafe
    • New carpet and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance


  • 2011

    Queen Mary 2 December 2011


    Queen Mary 2 refurbished

    • Redesigned bars, lounges and restaurants
    • Upgraded children's entertainment facilities
    • Canyon Ranch spa decks and tiles replaced
    • Replaced carpet and reupholstered furniture throughout ship
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine, anchor chain and lifeboat maintenance
    Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth registry changed to Hamilton, Bermuda from Southampton, England to allow the ship to host on-board weddings

    Ruby Princess December 2011


    Ruby Princess refit

    • New carpet and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Star Princess November 2011


    Star Princess refurbished

    • Upgraded Horizon Court buffet
    • Dual Wedding Chapel/Conference Room
    • New art gallery
    • Pool refurbished
    • Furniture restored
    • Added bocce field at Princess Links
    • Upgraded screen and sound for Movies Under the Stars
    • Sterling Steakhouse replaced by Crown Grill
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Caribbean Princess November 2011


    • Refitted art gallery
    • Re-tiled pools and marble replaced
    • Glass replaced in some public areas
    • New carpets and upholstery
    • Recoated timber floors
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Crown Princess October 2011


    Crown Princess refurbished

    • New carpet, decking and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Grand Princess April 2011


    Grand Princess refurbished

    • Replaced tiles, stairs, wall panels, etc
    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • Replaced Skywalker nightclub with The One5 nightclub
    • Added Piazza atrium, Leaves tea lounge, Alfredo's pizzeria and Crooners' Martini bar
    • Added seven new suites
    • Refurbished Grand Casino
    • Upgraded Horizon Court buffet restaurant, Lotus Spa, children's centre and wedding chapel
    • Sterling Steak House replaced by Crown Grill
    • New carpet and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance
    • Upgraded to electronic engine control system


  • 2010

    Queen Victoria December 2010


    Queen Victoria refurbished

    • Replaced carpet throughout ship
    • Recoated timbler floors and furniture in Queen's Room
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine, anchor chain and lifeboat maintenance

    Pacific Pearl December 2010


    Pacific Pearl rechristened by Barbara Kendall, New Zealand athlete and embarks on inaugural voyage

    Pacific Pearl November 2010


    Pacific Pearl reborn with a multi-million dollar upgrade in Singapore

    • Added P&O's largest-ever teen centre, featuring floor to ceiling windows, two giant screens, 21 Playstations, surround sound and dance floor
    • New outdoor LED Big Screen 4m x 7m
    • Added new alternative restaurant Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
    • Added new child-free Oasis retreat
    • Added Pacific Cirque aerial circus rig
    • Atrium refitted as multi-purpose entertainment, cafe, bar and retail venue
    • Extra berths added to create more family-friendly four-berth staterooms
    • All staterooms upgraded with new flat panel TVs, bed linen, duvets, cushions and wifi accessibility
    • New carpet, curtains and furnishings throughout
    • Refurbished poolside area with new tiles and decking
    • New Aqua HealthSpaFitness Centre
    • New energy efficient silicone paint on the hull
    • New digital propulsion system and reverse osmosis plant

    Queen Elizabeth October 2010


    Queen Elizabeth christened by Queen Elizabeth II

    Diamond Princess October 2010


    Diamond Princess refurbished

    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • New LCD TVs in all staterooms
    • Refurbished carpet and upholstery,
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Island Princess October 2010


    Island Princess refurbished

    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • New carpet and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Fleetwide September 2010


    Ceremonies at Sea wedding packages, vow renewals and commitment ceremonies introduced as new services onboard all ships

    Pacific Dawn May 2010


    Pacific Dawn refurbishment

    • Added alternative restaurant Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
    • New carpets, curtains and furnishings throughout
    • Repainted main restaurant The Palm Court plus new artwork
    • Added child-free Oasis retreat
    • Refurbished spa

    Pacific Princess January 2010


    Pacific Princess refurbished

    • Refurbished carpet and upholstery
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance


  • 2009

    Pacific Jewel December 2009


    Pacific Jewel christened by Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce AC and embarks on maiden voyage

    Coral Princess October 2009


    Coral Princess refurbished

    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • Added two-deck Sanctuary adults-only retreat
    • New carpet and upholstery throughout the ship
    • New LCD TVs in all staterooms
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Fleetwide September 2009


    New HQ kids club for ages 11-17 rolled out across the fleet

    Pacific Dawn July 2009


    Pacific Dawn added Chapters Book Club

    Dawn Princess June 2009


    Dawn Princess refurbished

    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • Added The Sanctuary adults-only retreat
    • Refitted photo gallery
    • Refurbished carpet and upholstery throughout the ship
    • New LCD TVs in all staterooms
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned
    • Engine and lifeboat maintenance

    Pacific Dawn March 2009


    Pacific Dawn received new viZion laser light shows in its atrium

    Golden Princess January 2009


    Golden Princess refurbished

    • Added Piazza atrium with International Cafe and Vines wine bar
    • Added adults-only Sanctuary retreat
    • Added Movies Under the Stars poolside screen
    • Replaced Sterling Steak House with Crown Grill
    • Refurbished casino
    • New sports court, internet cafe and library
    • Added new gym equipment in the fitness center
    • New LCD TVs in all staterooms
    • Added seven new window suites, ten new balcony suites and two ocean view cabins
    • New Limelight boutique
    • Refurbished carpet and upholstery throughout the ship


  • 2008

    Celebrity Solstice November 2008


    Celebrity Solstice christened by marine scientist Sharon Smith

    Queen Mary 2 November 2008


    Queen Mary 2 refurbished

    • Mobile phone capability installed
    • Refreshed public spaces
    • Repainted hull and exterior cleaned

    Ruby Princess November 2008


    Ruby Princess christened by Trista and Ryan Sutter, stars of 'The Bachelorette'

    Fleetwide October 2008


    Fleetwide access to international roaming for mobile phones installed


  • 2007

    Queen Victoria December 2007


    Queen Victoria christened by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

    Pacific Dawn November 2007


    Pacific Dawn rechristened by Cathy Freeman, athlete and embarks on inaugural voyage

    Pacific Dawn October 2007


    Pacific Dawn reborn with a multi-million dollar upgrade in Singapore

    • Added The Dome entertainment area
    • Brand new kids clubs
    • More al fresco dining areas

    Emerald Princess May 2007


    Emerald Princess christened by Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and Susan Olsen, cast of 'The Brady Bunch' and 'Happy Days'

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