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Just curious, Do cruise ships normally undergo a Mini Reburb to refresh some wear & tear when they do change of port repositioning from one port to another in between seasons?

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They resfresh the ship all the time and take care of small wear & tear. Why should it be different when they don`t go back to the same home port but to another? As long as passengers are on board it does not make any difference.

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There have been a few sailings we have been on that might answer your questions.

 

Jewel OTS came out of dry dock(refurb)2016 and did a 4 day(Carib) and T/A next. We did both B2B. There were about 80 workers still onboard on the 4 day doing everything from running coax cables in the ceilings to replacing carpet, etc. This was on almost every deck. We figured they were just finishing things up and just shrugged it off.

 

On turnaround day the B2B were all escorted out to the terminal(as usual) and that's how we knew the numbers of workers. No, they were not getting off, they were getting back on with us for the T/A also.

 

Did it ruin the trip? NO, we had a great time. Not sure everyone felt the same though as per conversations with others.

 

To keep it short, had the same experience on the Allure "PRE" dry dock(2015) to Cadiz, Spain. Workers everywhere on the T/A. It won't ruin your trip, but after a while you get tired of the circular saws screaming around the ship.

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5 hours ago, NavyCruiser said:

Just curious, Do cruise ships normally undergo a Mini Reburb to refresh some wear & tear when they do change of port repositioning from one port to another in between seasons?

Thanks,

 

Some things on the ship are constantl refurbed as needed, like carpeting, mattresses, etc.

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If anything on a repositioning there is less, the cruise is longer so more food needs to be brought onboard, crews seem to change out more in a new area. It also takes longer to get off the ship due to customs there is no "open" day when a ship arrives somewhere it sails back  out that same day.

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3 hours ago, L454S said:

 

 

To keep it short, had the same experience on the Allure "PRE" dry dock(2015) to Cadiz, Spain. Workers everywhere on the T/A. It won't ruin your trip, but after a while you get tired of the circular saws screaming around the ship.

 

That would ruin my trip.  I don't pay thousands to be around construction noise.  I pay to get away from it.  

 

On repo if they don't have revenue cruisers they may, if needed, so some carpet or upholstery replacement, nothing too major though. 

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We are doing a repositioning transatlantic next year on the Anthem of the Seas out of Cape Liberty to Southampton.  After we arrive in Southampton, the ship is going to go into dry dock before starting the season in Europe.

 

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19 minutes ago, shippmates said:

 After we arrive in Southampton, the ship is going to go into dry dock before starting the season in Europe.

But some work may begin during the TA.

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We were on Freedom of the Seas when they were installing the new high speed internet hardware into the satellite domes. They had one side of the pool deck closed off at the beginning of the cruise while they were working on the satellite dome on that side, and closed off the other side towards the end of the cruise while they did the prep work for the dome on the other side. We were also on Freedom and Enchantment while they were building the new exhaust scrubbers and large parts of the outdoor areas above the pool decks were closed off. All in all those were minor inconveniences compared to the cruise we took on Disney Magic the week before she was going in to dry dock, where they started ripping up the floors on the pool deck on the second day of a 7-night cruise - making the entire pool deck look more like a war zone than a place to relax. That one really ruined Disney for us as a cruise line, and we haven't been back on a Disney ship since (and we were Platinum and very loyal to Disney prior to that).

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As a point of note - I watched a YouTube video the other day about the (soon to be former) Carnival Triumph where it was mentioned that some staterooms were already being redone in advance of the drydock so that they could ensure all could be redone in the time allotted.  Triumph is emerging from drydock as Carnival Sunshine.  Just using that as an example that there MAY be some work done during revenue trips.

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24 minutes ago, orville99 said:

We were on Freedom of the Seas when they were installing the new high speed internet hardware into the satellite domes. They had one side of the pool deck closed off at the beginning of the cruise while they were working on the satellite dome on that side, and closed off the other side towards the end of the cruise while they did the prep work for the dome on the other side. We were also on Freedom and Enchantment while they were building the new exhaust scrubbers and large parts of the outdoor areas above the pool decks were closed off. All in all those were minor inconveniences compared to the cruise we took on Disney Magic the week before she was going in to dry dock, where they started ripping up the floors on the pool deck on the second day of a 7-night cruise - making the entire pool deck look more like a war zone than a place to relax. That one really ruined Disney for us as a cruise line, and we haven't been back on a Disney ship since (and we were Platinum and very loyal to Disney prior to that).

 

I take it you were not on Freedom when the scrubber project caught fire and everyone had to muster. 😉

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Pretty sure they did construction on the way to China on Quantum.

 

We had a little construction on Mariner repo last year

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11 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

I take it you were not on Freedom when the scrubber project caught fire and everyone had to muster. 😉

No, that was a Western, and we rarely do those. If I remember correctly, we were on her a few weeks before the fire, and the only real inconvenience was the loss of the outdoor seating area at the Diamond Club. I did find this video of them hoisting one of the new domes at the end of the Internet cruise.

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