Due to the slowing economy, the number of new cruise ship being delivered in 2012 will be lower than previous years. Cruise lines are opting to invest in older ships and introduce new amenities to bring attention to these reliable vessels. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Crystal and Princess are all heavily investing in rennovating ships, adding amenities and upgrading furnishings.
For example Carnival is adding new onboard entertainment including comedy clubs and new dining venues. Celebrity Cruises is upgrading the Century class of ships with some of the popular features found onboard their Solstice Class ships. Cunard Line has just completed a major rennovation of the Queen Mary 2 upgrading the existing dining room and public spaces.
This is all in hopes of creating a buzz around some middle aged ships and attracting the attention of the cruising public.