We are booked on Grand Pricess for 14 day cruise on 2 Jan 2009. I have heard rumors that the GP will be in wetdock during December 2008. Can anyone confirm this? And what exactly happens in a wetdock as opposed to a drydock? Thanks, Thom
Cruise ships, by nature, are surrounded by salt water and salt air just about all the time. If you've ever lived in a beach area, you know what that can do to your car. Ships are also made of steel, and are subject to the same sort of deterioration and weather-blasting your car can take. The interior areas of a ship are under constant wear and tear as well. Carpets, plumbing, air conditioning and every public area on a vessel is in constant use year-round. When you get off a ship the final morning of your cruise, the onboard personnel have just a couple of hours to clean, press, change and shine every inch of that ship before a new set of passengers starts to embark that afternoon!
The cruise lines will take each of their ships, generally once a year, into what's known as a drydock or wetdock situation for a couple of weeks. Drydock means they actually pull the vessel out of the water in a giant hangar-type area, where everything is steam-cleaned, scraped and repainted. Carpeting, bed linens, and any broken or damaged items on board are replaced or repaired. Engines and internal mechanisms are updated, repaired, replaced, and revamped.
Wetdock is the same procedure to a lesser degree, where the ship remains in the water while being serviced. Obviously you can't do as much in a wetdock scenario as a complete drydocking, where the underside and propellers are exposed. Sometimes the cruise line may take an area of the ship, such as an obsolete bar, and turn it into a library or something similar. Maybe a former disco becomes a caviar bar. Times and priorities change.
Thanks for the answers. I have since found out that the GP will be in wetdock Dec 13-18.
I happen to be on this same departutre of Jan 2nd. The dry dock is for interior fix up and adding two new areas which are very popular on the Emerald princess. The other site which our roll is on has the exact info but site is down today. Will post once it's back up.
I found this posted on our board (January 16th cruise) and though you might be interested. Have a great cruise when the time comes round......only about 5 months now for you all.
For those of you interested I have found out some information about the ship's forthcoming wet dock.
Grand Princess is due for wet dock from 13 December to 19 December in Ft. Lauderdale before embarking on its Caribbean Christmas cruise.
So what is going to take place? Basically it's a bit of a refurbishment -- carpets across the ship are going to be replaced and the public lounges are going to get some new upholstery/furnishings as well.
A little bit more exciting though is the fact The Sanctuary will be added (work on this will start during the trans-Atlantic crossing as it takes a little more time). The current tennis court and running track (up on Deck 16 Forward) will be moved to the aft area of the ship to make way for the Sanctuary area with its gazebos and massage areas.
Another feature to be added down on Deck 5 of the Atrium is the Piazza area -- where passengers can sit and indulge in caviare, pastries etc... I am told this won't appear on Grand Princess until later next year -- I wasn’t able to get specific dates, but will try to find out more!