Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess is set to undergo a major renovation that will prepare it for the line’s new Ocean Medallion class, which will be available in summer 2018.
The two-week drydock will take place in Freeport, the Bahamas, from March 26 to April 6 and will involve wiring the ship in preparation to receive the new Ocean Medallion class. The Ocean Medallion will officially debut on Caribbean Princess during the ship’s summer 2018 season in the Caribbean, making it the second ship to get it, after Regal Princess and before Royal Princess. The new guest technology initiative from parent company Carnival Corporation is centered around a wearable device for guests that will allow them to open their stateroom door, track children or order drinks or entertainment. To make the device operate, the ship will use a network of sensors throughout the ship. Guests will also be able to use a personalized digital concierge called the Ocean Compass on smart devices, kiosks in home ports, on stateroom TVs and on interactive surfaces located throughout the ship.
In addition to wiring the ship to receive the Ocean Medallion, the renovations will add new family-friendly offerings like a Camp Discovery You & Teen Center, upgraded Movies Under the Stars, the Princess Luxury Bed and interconnecting staterooms.
Designed for guests ages three to 17, the reimagined Camp Discovery youth center will be created in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products as part of the cruise line’s Discovery at Sea program. Activities will be divided into three different age groups, including a Treehouse forest- and animal-themed area (formerly Pelicans) for children ages three to seven; The Lodge (formerly Shockwaves), a place for children ages eight to 12 to take part in spots activities; and The Beach House (formerly Remix), where guests ages 13 to 17 can socialize in a surf-themed lounge.
The youth and teen center will also incorporate new programming like MythBusters science activities, as well as destination-themed programming.
The drydock will also add 87 interconnecting staterooms to the ship for families, as well as a new HD Movies Under the Stars outdoor movie screen with a higher resolution picture.
Europe and Caribbean Itineraries
Following the drydock the ship will set sail to Europe with a transatlantic cruise April 6, continuing throughout the summer in the British Isles and offering visits to Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Iceland and the North Cape.
In October the ship will transit the Panama Canal through the new Agua Clara locks to spend the holiday season in the Caribbean. That summer, for the first time in four years, the ship will offer summer Caribbean cruises for the line. Sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, the ship will offer eight itineraries visiting 23 destinations in 22 countries, including four late night port stays.