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Princess journal follows Tahitian to Ocean conversion

Capping a year of taking viewers behind the scenes as ships go through drydock, Princess Cruises is again offering an opportunity to follow a vessel through the renovation process as Tahitian Princess transforms into Ocean Princess.

Discovery gets a makeover

Voyages of Discovery’s Discovery is undergoing a makeover at dry dock in Barcelona. The job, entailing statutory checks and a major refurbishment programme of public areas and cabins, will be completed on November 28.

ALMACO to refurbish Rotterdam's crew bathrooms

ALMACO’s durable concepts for shipboard bathroom floor and wall corrosion repair will be featured on Holland America Line’s Rotterdam once her multimillion-dollar renovation is completed in December.

 

Ocean Village Two enters drydock in Singapore

P&O Cruises Australia announced that Ocean Village Two entered the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore today for a much-publicized multimillion dollar makeover before joining its fleet as Pacific Jewel.

Granite Transformations' versatile surfacing

Granite Transformations’ agglomerate surfacing is a versatile material that is widely used for domestic and commercial applications. The UK company is keen to expand its products' architectural use in the cruise sector.

 

Louis Majesty's transfer to Louis livery

Louis Majesty, the former Norwegian Majesty, is on her way to Europe and will undergo routine maintenance and a makeover before sailing in Louis Cruises livery, starting on December 4, 2009.  Louis acquired the ship from Star Cruises in July 2008 and the ship continued to sail with NCL until last month.

Galápagos Explorer II gains balconies

Galápagos Explorer II resumed service on Baltra Island Saturday following its annual maintenance period and upgrades that included the addition of balconies to eight accommodations. .

Crystal details Symphony’s $25m makeover
Crystal Symphony’s $25m makeover added Swarovski crystal chandeliers, cashmere throws, sunken Philippe Starck Duravit Jacuzzi bathtubs, new pool deck furniture, works by Venetian artists, service islands with new pizza ovens and woks, and dozens more upscale and behind-the-scenes embellishments. The changes were implemented during the 1995-built ship’s October drydock at Atlantic Marine Boston. Crystal Cruises said the vessel now offers completely transformed Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café and pool areas, redesigned Penthouses and Prego Italian restaurant, among numerous other improvements. The 982sq ft Crystal Penthouses were remodeled top to bottom, with expanded living space, new audiovisual systems and floor-to-ceiling dining room windows. Ocean-view bathrooms offer large Philippe Starck bathtubs, glass mosaic tiles and recessed televisions.Penthouses were redesigned in two new color schemes, with new custom cabinetry, plush bedding, flat-screen televisions and lavish bathroom accoutrements.The Lido Café gained a refined motif with abundant natural light and colors and details inspired by the Hampton seashore. New food and drink service islands improve flow.The Seahorse and Neptune Pool Decks now sport white deck furniture with citrus-hued cushions and throw pillows for added al fresco dining and conversational seating. With its retractable roof and new teak decking, the mid-ship Neptune Pool was replaced with additional plush seating and a large Jacuzzi hot tub.Prego, the Italian restaurant showcasing cuisine by Piero Selvaggio, gained chocolate suede walls and red wine-colored upholstery, as well as new lighting.All staterooms were refreshed with leather sofas replacing armchairs.
Swansea Dry Dock wins Saga refit

Saga Shipping has selected Swansea Dry Dock to undertake a major refit of its newly purchased ship, the former Astoria, into Saga Pearl II.

Windstar unveils product enhancement plans

Windstar Cruises outlined a new phase of its ‘Degrees of Difference’ initiative to add amenities and enhancements that will be completed in stages, finishing in the summer. Windstar president Diane Moore said the program will raise the bar in dining, accommodations and service.

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