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Cunard Line has released details of the planned refit of the company’s flagship Queen Mary 2, in preparation for her eighth birthday in January 2012. The major refurbishment and redesign taking place in Germany includes new carpets, curtains, bedcovers and linens.

Southampton-based marine outfitter Trimline won a design and build upgrade on Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf and has been asked to conduct design work for planned refits to Wind Star and Wind Spirit in 2012.

Splendour of the Seas entered the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain to begin a five-week long, $35m drydock that will add 124 balconies and amenities as part of Royal Caribbean International’s Royal Advantage program.

Viking River to refurbish, rename Russia fleet, enhance programs

Viking River Cruises, which established itself nearly 15 years ago with four Russian river vessels, outlined major enhancements to its Russia offering and a new microsite aimed at inspiring travelers to experience ‘the real Russia.’

Fincantieri secured the multimillion-euro refit and refurbishment of Bleu de France, acquired by Saga Shipping last year and to be renamed Saga Sapphire.

Seven Seas Voyager drydock polishes suites, public areas

Seven Seas Voyager emerged from drydock Monday with renovated suites and public areas, completing the third phase of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ multi-phase, fleetwide ‘Seven Seas Signature’ initiative.

Windstar Cruises outlined an $18m investment to refurbish its three-ship fleet, to be completed in phases beginning this fall.

The company said the work is one of several major projects within its ‘Full Sail Ahead’ strategic initiative that also encompasses branding, technology investments and product upgrades over the next 18 months.

Paul Gauguin Cruises described Paul Gauguin’s $7m renovation, to be completed in January, as the largest in the ship’s 14-year history. Interior and exterior enhancements are planned.

American Queen departed its long-time home in Beaumont, Texas, early Monday and arrived at Bollinger Shipyards’ Bayou Calcasieu facility in Louisiana last night. A technical overhaul and cosmetic upgrades are planned.

The Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime’s passenger-freighter Aranui 3, which makes scheduled 14-day round trips from Papeete to the spectacular and remote Marquesas Islands, will undergo technical maintenance and a refurbishment before the start of the 2012 season.

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