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Sun Princess begins $30m upgrade at Sembawang

Sun Princess in Japan with Princess svp Tony Kaufman
The 1995-built Sun Princess has begun a $30m transformation at Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard that will include a new atrium with Princess Cruises' signature International Café, a new sushi and seafood venue, an updated Horizon Court buffet and a refreshed Lotus Spa.

Viewers can follow the drydock progress with regular photo updates giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse each day through Aug. 20. The online drydock journal will offer a 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.

'Sun Princess debuted our first Japan-based cruise program earlier this year, and now the vessel will benefit from its time there with some new Asia-inspired elements as well as signature Princess features,' said Princess evp Jan Swartz. 'We know from past projects that there is a great deal of interest in a drydock such as this, so we’re again inviting the public to follow along as the ship is transformed.'

When Sun Princess emerges, its new atrium will feature an International Café with expanded seating and new décor. A new dining venue, Kai Sushi, will serve sushi and seafood.

The Horizon Court will offer contemporary food service areas and action stations for live a la carte cooking as well as a special pastry shop and coffee bar, refreshed décor and expanded seating.

A sophisticated space designed for the Sterling Steakhouse 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 get a thorough 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.