Key Cruise Ship Drydocks in October

Key October Drydocks

 With the summer cruising season now over, several vessels are undergoing drydocks before starting their winter programs.

Here are some of the key projects taking place this month:

MSC Fantasia
Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Capacity: 3,300 guests
Tonnage: 133,500
Year built: 2008
Drydock Period: September 23 to October 13
Shipyard: Palumbo Shipyard (Valletta, Malta)

The MSC Fantasia was just drydocked at Palumbo Shipyard in Valletta, Malta. Set to spend the winter in Europe, the 2008-built vessel went through regular maintenance and class work, in addition to routine upkeep and punctual hotel upgrades.

Following the work, the Fantasia resumed service on October 13, kicking off a series of week-long cruises in the Western Mediterranean.

Disney Wonder
Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
Capacity: 1,750 passengers
Tonnage: 85,000
Year built: 1999
Drydock Period: September 17 to October 3
Shipyard: Victoria Seaspan (Victoria, Canada)

Following a summer program in Alaska, the Disney Wonder sailed to one of the drydocks of the Victoria Shipyads Seaspan in Victoria, Canada.

During a two-week shipyard stay, the 1999-built vessel underwent technical work, which included regular maintenance and hotel upkeep. Now sailing a repositioning cruise to the Pacific, the Wonder is scheduled to mark Disney’s debut in Australia and Zealand later this year.

Ruby Princess
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Capacity: 3,100 guests
Tonnage: 116,000
Year built: 2008
Drydock Period: September 24 to October 22
Shipyard: Vigor Industrial (Portland, United States)

The Ruby Princess is currently undergoing a scheduled drydock at the Vigor Industrial Shipyard in Portland, Oregon. During the shipyard visit, the ship is receiving regular maintenance, in addition to technical overhaul and class work.

Following a summer program in Alaska, the Princess Cruises vessel is getting ready for its winter season in the Caribbean and Central America.

Carnival Freedom
Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line
Capacity: 2,974 guests
Tonnage: 110,000
Year built: 2007
Drydock Period: October 4 to October 23
Shipyard: Navantia (Cadiz, Spain)

After crossing the Atlantic in late September, the Carnival Freedom is undergoing a drydock at Navantia.

In addition to regular maintenance, hotel upkeep and class work, the Carnival Cruise Line vessel will see its funnel – which was damaged during a fire incident last year – being rebuilt to its original form. After returning to North America, the ship will resume its regular schedule from Port Canaveral in early November.

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