Carnival Cruise Line has entered the final stage of a $2bn fleet enhancement programme with the drydocking of its Carnival Victory vessel.
The dry dock will be carried out over a period of 38 days in Cadiz, Spain, and will see the renaming of Carnival Victory to Carnival Radiance.
Scheduled to enter service by 2020, Carnival Radiance will be upgraded to provide speciality dining, shopping and personal care, youth and family entertainment, as well as theatre and live entertainment.
The vessel will also introduce Carnival HubApp for its guests to check-in online, book dining, spa treatments and shore excursions, while it will also provide updates on ship activities and enable communication with fellow travellers.
Carnival will be equipped with an improved NextGen connectivity solution to offer Wi-Fi services, enabling the on-board guests to stream live content at sea.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “We have been investing in our products, amenities and experience offerings at unprecedented levels, which are driving higher results in guest satisfaction, passenger yields and on-board revenue.
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“Our guests and travel agent partners can count on a high degree of consistency and quality vacation offerings across all our fleet and homeports regardless of what ship they’re sailing on.
“Ultimately, this effort is about driving demand by giving each and every guest a memorable vacation and offering a reason to come back to Carnival again and again. And it’s clearly working based on extremely positive feedback from more than five million guests we carry each year.”
Carnival began its fleet improvement programme in 2011 and has so far completed refurbishments on more than 20 ships.
As part of the programme, all the 26 ships of the company will be upgraded to provide similar services and amenities.
Since the beginning of the programme, Carnival took delivery of three new ships and has three additional ships scheduled for delivery until 2022.