A remarkable transformation of three vessels is taking place at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana. There, a paddlewheeler is being built for American Queen Steamboat Co. (AQSC), and the two coastal vessels of Victory Cruise Lines are being refurbished under the new ownership of AQSC.

The 2004-built Diamond Princess emerged enhanced and refreshed from an extensive 14-day, multimillion-dollar drydock in Singapore. The project continued Princess Cruises' 'Come Back New Promise,' a $450m fleetwide commitment.

Marella Explorer 2, the first adults-only addition to the Marella Cruises fleet, is now on the blocks in Cadiz, Spain, undergoing an eight-week refurbishment.

Media representatives were invited on board Norwegian Jewel at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal today for a special performance of the Australian hit musical ‘Velvet.’

Technical work completed during Queen Elizabeth's drydock at Damen Shiprepair Brest included the installation of twin exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) which, along with all the pipe and ducting work, involved the removal of two staterooms to accommodate the additional equipment.

Rostock-based A-Rosa Flussschiff has launched a multimillion-euro lifecycle program for its fleet trading mainly on the Rhône and Danube rivers. In other news, the line is expanding to the UK with a branch office to be set up there early this year.

American Queen Steamboat Co. finalized the purchase of sister vessels Victory I and Victory II and the Victory Cruise Lines brand from Miami's SunStone Ships. The price was not disclosed but a $3m refurbishment is planned before Great Lakes service begins in the spring.

Silversea’s Silver Whisper has embarked on its ‘Tale of Tales’ world cruise following extensive refurbishments and after what Silversea deemed a hugely successful pre-voyage event.

Cunard plans a full season in Alaska from June through September 2020 on the recently refurbished Queen Elizabeth. This follows the line's return to Alaska in May 2019 for the first time in 20 years.

Silver Wind is going to get a second extensive refurbishment, completing a project started this month, to include a strengthened ice-class hull, bigger suites/reduced capacity and other upgrades under Silversea's Project Invictus program.

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