This Week in Cruise: Three Newly Renovated Cruise Ships Debut

Even as new cruise ship construction continues at a breakneck pace, major cruise lines aren’t neglecting their existing fleets. Here are three newly renovated ships that just made their debut this week. 

Cunard’s Queen Victoria made its return to Southampton June 8, showing off an array of new features following a $40 million refurbishment.

Cunard released a lineup of first-look photography showing off key elements of the updated ship, including the new Britannia Club Restaurant and 43 new Britannia Club staterooms. Further enhancements on board include redesigned Grand and Penthouse Suites, as well as a new sundeck and an enhanced Winter Garden. Every stateroom has been refreshed, including the installation of large flat screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities, which Cunard said were much requested by guests.

Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess just debuted in Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend following a two-week, multimillion-dollar drydock that added a new livery hull design with the cruise line’s brand mark; 700 Princess Luxury Beds and 336 refreshed staterooms including the new Club Class Mini-Suites; four refurbished dining venues; an updated Atrium and pool deck; and 178,000 square feet of new carpet.

The Pacific Princess updates are part of the cruise line’s “Come Back New Promise” branding and fleet enhancement program. 

In Europe, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade is headed to Hamburg, Germany, following a series of recent renovations. The updated ship will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to be positioned in the city for the summer. Norwegian Jade will offer cruises in the Norwegian Fjords, the North Cape, as well as Iceland and the U.K.

Stay tuned to www.travelagentcentral.com for the latest cruise travel news, trends and updates. 

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