Princess Cruises' Sun Princess Enters $30M, Two-Week Drydock

Sun Princess begun a $30-million transformation that will refurbish and enhance the Princess Cruises ship over two weeks. During the makeover, the vessel will receive a sparkling new atrium with Princess’ International Café, a new sushi and seafood venue, an updated Horizon Court buffet and a refreshed Lotus Spa.

Interested viewers can follow the drydock progress while the ship is at the Sembawang shipyard in Singapore with regular photo updates offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse each day through Aug. 20. The online drydock journal will offer an “insider’s” look at the work required to transform the ship with new interior furnishings and finishes, fresh hull paint and exterior refurbishment and its new contemporary and Asian-style touches.

When Sun Princess emerges from drydock, the ship’s new atrium will have Princess’ International Café with expanded seating and new décor. A new dining venue, Kai Sushi, will serve up sushi and seafood. The Horizon Court will have contemporary food service areas and action stations for live a la carte cooking as well as a pastry shop and coffee bar, refreshed décor and expanded seating. A sophisticated space designed especially for the ship’s Sterling Steakhouse experience will also debut. The ship’s top deck hamburger grill will be transformed into an al fresco barbeque venue, and the ice cream bar will add specialty coffee options. The Lotus Spa will also receive a makeover, with new décor.

Once out of drydock, Sun Princess will set sail on a season of Asia and Australia cruises, before beginning a second season of Japan-based cruising in April 2014.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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