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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Maritime Makeover: 5 Cruise Ship Refurbishment Trends

In an effort to sustain interest in their existing fleets, cruise lines are pouring millions of dollars into their older ships to have them stay on par with their newer ones. That means far more options for travelers across the board. Besides the usual basic maintenance and sprucing up, here are a few of the trending improvements rolling back onto the classic vessels.

Additional Dining Options

The most common enhancement made to any ship these days is the addition of new restaurants and bars. New ships are filled to the brim with dining options, so any time a popular new culinary feature can be introduced across the fleet, cruise lines take advantage of the opportunity.

Some additions are free like the great Carinthia Lounge cafe snacks on Cunard Line’s newly remastered Queen Mary 2, and others are of the specialty variety such as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Margaritaville at Sea soon coming to the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

More Staterooms

Another frequent addition is extra staterooms, which afford consumers more options while also generating more revenue per sailing for the cruise lines. Sometimes, existing venues are displaced to make space for more cabins, and other times new accommodations are grafted onto upper decks.

For instance, Celebrity Cruises relocated its kid

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