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5 Recent Cruise Ship Renovations

There is always a lot of excitement around the launch of a new ship and rightly so. However, sometimes a multi-million-pound renovation is just as good as a new member of the fleet; transforming aged décor, adding new facilities and generally modernising the public areas can give any ship a new lease of life.

So, with many vessels schedules to be refurbished in 2018, here are a few that have already received their upgrades. Why not be one of the first cruisers to enjoy the new additions this summer?

Ventura, P&O Cruises


Having recently announced the name of their brand new ship for 2020 (Iona), there is a lot of excitement surrounding P&O Cruises. So much so that you may have missed the renovations that took place on board Ventura earlier on in the year. Most of the upgrades seem to have taken place behind the scenes, with the theatre receiving some audio-visual enhancements so that the audience will be able to enjoy much more technologically advanced performances.

Aside from this, many of the soft furnishings and carpets have been changed to make the public areas a bit lighter, the most notable of which being in the Waterfront and Beach House areas where a blue colour scheme has been added to go with the seaside feel.

Disney Magic, Disney Cruise Lines

Rapunzel Disney Magic

The spring is not only when new ships make their first appearance, it’s also a great time for vessels to go into dry dock for their refit. Disney Magic is no exception to this, having sailed into Freeport in March this year for some comprehensive changes. Rapunzel’s Royal Table joins the list of interactive dining venues available on board and offers an evening full of character appearances, live entertainment and, of course, delicious food.

The Vibe Teen Club has also been upgraded and now includes the latest video games within a trendy new environment. There’s also a coffee and smoothie bar, and Disney crew will offer lessons in DJ-ing and other exciting activities. Lastly, renovations to the Cove Café will offer more peace and serenity to any guests who want to escape the little ones for a while. The area has been extended and made to feel even more relaxing than before.

Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade

With such a big fleet, Royal Caribbean is always updating at least one of its vessels to ensure they continue to offer a fantastically modern cruising experience. Fresh from her recent renovations, Independence of the Seas has now emerged to start a summer of sailing from Southampton. Many of the changes involve facilities that can be found on some of the bigger ships in the fleet being added to Independence. These include Izumi, the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant; Splashaway Bay, a water park aimed at kids (big and small); Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, where you can catch the big game; and Sugar Beach, a shop filled with all the sweet treats you can imagine.

There is also plenty of new entertainment in the form of laser tag, trampolines, an escape room and the cast of hit musical Grease. Finally, brand new Panoramic Staterooms have been added to give you a floor-to-ceiling view from the comfort of your own private room.

Boudicca, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


Having refurbished Black Watch in 2016 and Balmoral and Braemar at the end of last year, Boudicca was the last of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ships to be updated. The extensive work saw all of the 462 cabins removed and completely revamped to include new carpets, new furnishings, smart TVs, safes and mini-fridges.

In the public areas, the Morning Light Pub has been relocated and the intriguing Oriental Tea Room now sits in its place, offering a range of luxury teas and light bites from the Fat East. What’s more, the Heligan Room has been replaced by the Indian Ocean Restaurant to provide a more intimate dining venue for guests looking for something different to the buffet. Thanks for improvements in the Guests Services area, cosmetically and in terms of technology, the check-in process should be more streamlined and the whole entrance way more inviting.

Seven Seas Mariner, Regent Seven Seas

Seven Seas Mariner

It’s a similar story with Regent Seven Seas, as they completed the finishing touches to their fleet-wide renovation programme with an upgrade to Seven Seas Mariner. Public and private areas received were revitalised with new dining venues being installed and the cabins getting more than just a new coat of paint. One of the more noticeable changes is the French restaurant transforming from Signatures to Chartreuse, incorporating new décor and furniture. The other food outlets have also been improved and Compass Rose’s menu now offers customisable options and an extended range of choices.

Meanwhile, in the suites, your already excellent night’s sleep will be enhanced even more, thanks to Regent Elite Slumber beds, leather headboards and new décor. Perhaps the largest scale refurbishment has taken place on the Pool Deck, though. Not only has the pool been retiled with a new mosaic, the whole area has been given a more expansive layout and a new teak floor. Also, the adjacent Pool Grill now offers infrared BBQs and additional buffet sections.

If you would like to experience the new features of any of these ships, our friendly team is waiting to help you plan your cruise. Call us on 0808 301 5959 or click here to submit an online enquiry.

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