It will be the 24,318gt ship’s first visit to a German shipyard since she was built at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg in 2001. On the docket is not only routine classification work for DNV GL but also steel repairs to superstructures and tanks, engine plant repairs as well as rudder and propeller work and a number of improvements above and below deck.
The fresh water system will be repaired by Lloyd Werft specialists. Finally, heeling tests will be carried out at the yard’s fitting-out quay.
The conventional cruising career of the ex Greek-flag Olympia Explorer lasted about four years. In 2004, the cruise ship was taken over by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) at the University of Chicago in Charlottesville, with the support and partnership of the universities of Pittsburgh and Colorado as well as the Chapman University. The purpose was to use her for student cruises as part of the Semester at Sea programme which has run since 1963.
Since 2004, Explorer has sailed throughout the world carrying students who are predominantly engaged in their studies while on board.
There is room on the ship for 836 passengers and 360 crew members. New tiles will be laid and carpets in the public areas need replacing while the ship’s Bolidt floor coverings are also due for renewal.
After the work has been completed and classification has been renewed the next destination on the ship’s programme is the university city of Rostock.