Azura is on her way to Hamburg for a minor refit, her first since entering service five years ago. She’s due to arrive in the Elbe this evening, and will enter the dry dock at the Blohm + Voss shipyard sometime later tonight of tomorrow. Her next cruise is due to start on 19 April so that allows just under two weeks for the refit.
This seems to be a “wash & brush-up” job. There will be the usual maintenance on components that can’t be touched while the ship is in service – I’ve seen a reference to the fresh-water pipes, for example. One of the shops (the holiday essentials one, I think) will be relocated to deck 5, and the the Seventeen restaurant will be renamed/rebranded ‘The Epicurean’, in line with the restaurant on Britannia. I’m not sure if that will involve a change of menus. Then there will be a general refurbishment of passenger areas and some work in the cabins – carpets and furnishings have been mentioned, for example. But that’s it – there are no dramatic new facilities.
She will of course get the flag over the bows and have her funnel repainted.