A number of major cruise ship conversions are scheduled for 2024, according to the new Drydocking and Refurbishment Report from Cruise Industry News.
These range from ships changing brands to major conversions, with ships changing owners and serving an entirely new market.
Here are some of the key major conversions slated for 2024.
Margaritaville at Sea Islander
Former: Costa Atlantica
Capacity: 2,100 guests
Year built: 2000
Previous operator: Carnival Corporation/China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC)
New operator: Margaritaville at Sea
Debut: June 2024
Sold in October, the former Costa Atlantica is scheduled for a new life serving the North American market. The 2000-built ship has been renamed Margaitaville at Sea Islander (pictured above) and is expected to debut for the U.S.-based brand in June sailing from Tampa.
Former: World Dream
Capacity: 3,400 guests
Year built: 2017
Previous operator: Dream Cruises
New operator: Aroya Cruises/Cruise Saudi
Currently undergoing a major refit in Germany, the former World Dream will launch service for Aroya Cruises in 2024. Serving the Arab guests, the ship will receive a new name, in addition to new features and customized experiences for Cruise Saudi.
Mitsui Ocean Fuji
Former: Seabourn Odyssey
Capacity: 450 guests
Year built: 2009
Previous operator: Seabourn Cruise Line
New operator: Mitsui Ocean Cruises
Debut: December 2024
The Seabourn Odyssey is debuting for Mitsui Ocean Cruises in December 2024. Sold to the MOL Group in 2023, the luxury vessel will mark the introduction of the new cruise brand, which will offer upscale cruises for the Japanese market.
Former: Costa Firenze
Capacity: 4,232 guests
Year built: 2020
Previous operator: Costa Cruises
New operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Debut: April 2024
Transferring from Costa Cruises, the Carnival Firenze is set to debut in April 2024. To be based on the West Coast, the 2020-built ship is scheduled to offer the Carnival Fun Italian Style experience, which combines Carnival’s signature experiences with Italian features.
Capacity: 1,270 guests
Year built: 2003
Previous operator: AIDA Cruises
New operator: Celestyal Cruises
Debut: March 2024
Acquired from AIDA Cruises, the Celestyal Discovery is debuting in the Celestyal Cruises fleet. Set to undergo a major refurbishment during the winter, the 2003-built vessel will kick off its inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean in March 2023.