Cruise ships get million-dollar facelifts

Silversea, Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Carnival invest heavily

Several major cruise lines are planning million-dollar renovation projects for their ships this autumn. Silversea will make a “major stern-to-stern refurbishment” during October for its vessel Silver Cloud. The ship’s interior decoration will get an overhaul including newly designed lobby, enhancements for the sporting areas and fresh décor in the suites.
Royal Caribbean is planning a $300 million renovation across the whole fleet, with Serenade of the Seas the next ship scheduled for a refit next month. This ship will get more speciality restaurants, a new baby and toddler nursery, flat-screen TVs in every room, a giant outdoor cinema screen, a retro champagne bar, vintage wine bar and Wi-Fi throughout the ship. It will then sail from Barcelona throughout December with itineraries including a Christmas and New Year cruise. In January 2013, it will head to Dubai for a series of seven-night cruises.
Two ships at Azamara Club Cruises will be given a facelift and new profile, and Carnival is spending more than $500 million on refurbishments for its Fun Ship 2.0 and over $180 million to remake Carnival Destiny into Sunshine.
TTG Digital
[pictured: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fun Ship 2.0]

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