Former Sea Princess to Undergo Two-Month Refit in China


After being sold to Chinese interests in 2020, the former Sea Princess is currently undergoing a major refit in China.

According to the local media, the 1998-built vessel recently arrived at the Zhoushan Xinya Shipbuilding Co. Shipyard for a two-month-and-a-half drydock.

The project is said to include large-scale modification, as well as class work, maintenance and special inspections.

Debuting in the cruise business, the Xinya Shipyard sees the project a proof of its “international reputation in ship repair,” a local report said.

Acquired by Sanya International Cruise Development Co. in December 2020, the former Sea Princess was recently renamed Dream.

Soon after being delivered to its new owners, the 1,950-guest ship saw its name changed to Charming during a drydock in China. At the time, the vessel also received a new livery that introduced the Foresee Cruises brand.

While initial plans called for a May 2021 startup, the vessel remained out of service since arriving in China.

A sister to the former Sun Princess and the P&O Australia’s Pacific Explorer, the Dream was originally built for Princess Cruises as the Sea Princess.

Closing out a series of three sister ships known as Sun Class, the 77,000-ton vessel was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and debuted in 1998.

In late 2017, the then Sea Princess underwent a major renovation that included the addition of new entertainment and dining options, as well as luxury beds in all cabins.

Among the new features was a “Movies Under the Stars” screen at the ship’s main pool deck. The vessel was also outfitted with a new LED wall measuring 15 meters wide and nearly 5 meters high at its main theater and saw the transformation of its youth spaces, which received immersive activities around nature and other themes.

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