2020 Record Year for Cruise Ship Drydocks


2020 Record Year for Cruise Ship DrydocksCruise ships have traditionally been built and designed with a 30-year service life, and that service life is now extending with large-scale drydock projects making existing tonnage competitive. 2020 is expected to be a record year for cruise ship drydocks.  

Every three to five years, cruise lines send their cruise ships into dry dock for not only routine maintenance, but also for upgrades and renovations to the ship. According to the 2020 Drydocking and Refurbishment Report by Cruise Industry News, this year will mark a record year with over 100 scheduled.

Here are just some of the top drydocks for 2020.

With a $200 million investment, the Carnival Victory will be completely transformed and renamed Carnival Radiance during a 38-day dry dock in Spain beginning in March.  The ship will be refreshed with new outdoor deck attractions, entertainment, dining venues, and even enhanced services like super-fast Wi-Fi and an updated Carnival Hub app experience.

Built-in 2010, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas gets its first major refurbishment in May. After a 58-day, $165 million drydock, the ship will see the addition of the latest signature features from the brand’s newest ships.  Royal Caribbean is upgrading 10 ships over four years with a goal of making it the most incredible fleet in the world.

Windstar has a big year of refurbishments in 2020, with two of its six ships scheduled for major refits. Part of the $250 million Star Plus Initiative, the Star Legend, and the Star Breeze will spend about four months in drydock each. The vessels will be lengthened, with a new 25-meter-long mid-section. Passenger capacity will increase from 212 to 312 guests.

Silversea’s Silver Wind is set for an extensive refurbishment in August.  The dry dock will give the ship ice-class classification by transforming the hull to an ice-class rating of 1C, and a number of expedition cruising additions and improvements to the vessel’s interior, which will undergo another full upgrade. The ship is scheduled to resume service in November, embarking on her inaugural season in Antarctica.

Get ready for the all-new Norwegian Spirit. The Norwegian Spirit will be updated during a 40-day drydock in Marseille in January getting a $100 million-plus revitalization. As part of The Norwegian Edge program, the ship will feature 14 new venues, additional staterooms, an expanded Mandara Spa and new hull art.

In 2020, cruise lines are taking their ships from “just OK” to stunners and back to the top of their game.