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It’s official: Grand Princess refurb to remove iconic nightclub

Princess Cruises confirmed it will remove a distinctive architectural feature of Grand Princess—the Skywalker Nightclub, perched high on Deck 18 aft—in order to improve the ship’s fuel efficiency.


Crystal Serenity in line for a major redesign at Blohm+Voss

Crystal Cruises said it will spend more than $25m to keep the 2003-built Crystal Serenity ‘on the cutting edge of luxury style’ with a two-week drydock in May.

Trimline rebuilds crew cabins on Island Escape

A major refit of crew accommodation on Thomson Cruises’ Island Escape has ensured a bright start to 2011 for Southampton-based marine outfitters Trimline.

A team of more than 60 Trimline personnel is carrying out the two-month project in the Lisnave yard in Lisbon and is set to apply the finishing touches to the project as the ship sails for Tenerife to resume cruising.They have re-built 74 crew cabins from the floor upwards, initially installing a floating floor on a steel deck followed by fitting bulkheads and deckheads. Once the framework of the cabins is in place, electricians and plumbers are setting to work wiring the areas and fitting new wet units, including basins and showers, plus installing HVAC modifications. The cabins are then to be fitted out with new furniture, fittings and soft furnishings. Trimline has previously upgraded the passenger areas of Island Escape when the vessel was part of the Island Cruises fleet and further passenger work has been included in the latest project, including new carpets in public areas.Trimline sales and marketing director Mike Oliver explained: 'This is a multi-million pound project to ensure that Island Escape maintains Thomson fleet standards and we expect our wide experience of the ship to be extremely valuable as the owner continues the upgrade programme.'The niche cruise ship Hebridean Princess is also benefitting from Trimline’s expertise in cabin work with new passenger accommodation being created and fitted out from an existing cabin area while the  ship is docked in Glasgow. Trimline's versatility in refitting work is illustrated by a refurbishment job it is doing on the former Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bristol, now used as a cadet accommodation ship. One of the more unusual tasks while the ship docks at A&P’s Tyne yard is to create a lecture theatre spread over two decks from a former missile silo.The promising start to 2011 continues a good end to the previous year when Trimline completed major projects on the Cunard ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.


Fred Olsen enhances on-board shopping experience

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has added a new jewellery boutique on board Boudicca as part of a recent refit completed by Blohm+Voss in Hamburg. The fitness centre has been relocated to the top of the ship to create 17 new cabins and the previous open-top lifeboats have been replaced.



Goldstein: Liberty’s Royal revitalization ‘historic’

Liberty of the Seas’ January drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard, where it received Oasis-class features as part of the ‘Royal Advantage’ refurbishment program, is particularly significant, says Royal Caribbean International president and ceo Adam Goldstein.



Victoria Cruises expands Executive Suite Decks to rest of fleet

Victoria Cruises is implementing major renovations this winter season to expand its Executive Deck privileges – previously available on only three of its ships – to the rest of its fleet on China's Yangtze River.



Norwegian Sun kicks off wave of NCL ship upgrades

Norwegian Sun re-entered service today after undergoing a multimillion-dollar, 12-day drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard for extensive renovations including the addition of a Moderno Churrascaria.


Mexico’s new cruise brand taps AMK for ship upgrade

Mexico’s newly launched Ocean Star Cruises tapped Athens-based AMK Architects & Designers to assist with the interior design upgrades of Ocean Star Pacific (ex Aquamarine).


Harris Pye Group has failed in its attempt to renew the necessary licence to develop and expand the Swansea Dry Docks for use for refurbishment and repair of a wide range of types and sizes of vessels.

Celebrity Infinity will gain Qsine specialty venue

Qsine, the first restaurant at sea to present its menu and wine list on an iPad, is going to be added to Celebrity Infinity during the ship’s drydock later this year.


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