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Thomson Cruises to add balconies to three ships

Thomson Cruises has announced that three ships in its fleet; Thomson Celebration, Thomson Spirit and Thomson Majesty will add private balconies onto selected cabins, next year. Currently none of the ships have balcony cabins.

Crystal Serenity emerged from its $17m redesign at Navantia Shipyard with chic new Crystal Penthouses and dramatically transformed indoor/outdoor casual dining spaces, including the Trident Grill, Scoops ice cream bar, Tastes Bar, Lido Cafe and Tastes restaurant, featuring a new global-inspired evening menu. There's a chef’s herb garden as part of new walls of greenery and 70 new hypoallergenic staterooms.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo is currently in Vlissingen in The Netherlands undergoing annual dry dock cleaning and inspections below the waterline.

Outfitting specialist Blu Marine Ltd recently completed a design and refurbishment contract on Pullmantur’s Zenith during an 18 day drydock in Cadiz, Spain.

SuperStar Virgo is scheduled for a US$19.7m upgrade of its cabins and an expansion of its duty-free shopping area during a three-week drydock in January.

Oceania Cruises plans to upgrade its trio of R-class ships, Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica, in a combined $50m transformation during next year’s second quarter.

A complete makeover of Le Champagne, the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea, highlighted Silver Wind's two-week refurbishment in Palermo, Italy, this month.

AIDAcara, sailing a series of South American itineraries out of Argentina and Brazil through to March 2014, underwent a 13 day dry dock in Bremerhaven prior to crossing the Atlantic.

Costa Mediterranea undergoing planned maintenance at Fincantieri's Palermo yard

Costa Mediterranea is scheduled to arrive at Fincantieri’s Palermo yard today for planned maintenance.  The ship will stay in dry dock until December 4.

Carnival Corp. & plc management may be even more conservative in their approach to new capacity than the current two to three ships per year and focus instead on higher return on investment refurbishments, UBS Investment Research said following an analysts briefing on board Carnival Sunshine.

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