The six-week programme was completed with the ship operational on seven-day cruises in the Red Sea, with a Trimline crew de-commissioning and refurbishing some 20 cabins a week.
The cabins were completely gutted, redecorated with new wall coverings and fitted with new carpets, furniture, beds, televisions and soft furnishings. New furniture, which was manufactured at Trimline’s in-house joinery factory in Southampton, comprised bedside units, tall boys, vanity units and storage cupboards, while curtains, cushions and bed throws were also made in-house at Trimline’s dedicated soft furnishings facility.
Completed in two three-week periods, the operation required a seamless logistics operation as containers of new furniture and other materials met the ship every week in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, where a container of old materials was also off-loaded.
Maurice Kennedy, general manager, operations of Thomson Cruises said ‘This project has further consolidated an already rock-solid relationship with Trimline, who we have been working with for the last ten years. The logistics in this case were highly complex; work was carried out whilst the ship was operational, and it was important to us that our passengers cruise experience was not marred by the work being carried out by Trimline. A successful and well-managed refit was completed quietly, cleanly and with minimum impact on our passengers.’
The refurbishment is the latest in a series of projects carried out by Trimline on Thomson Celebration. Trimline has also been engaged to carry out a major refit of her sister ship Thompson Dream, which will include all public areas as well as 479 cabins, and 20 suites. This project is expected to commence in November 2012, and will take place primarily while the ship is in dry dock in Lisbon.
Trimline sales and marketing director Mike Oliver commented: ‘Completing projects on the run instead of a ship being in dry dock is always a more challenging task but we were able to carry out this latest phase of upgrades to Thomson Celebration with passengers unaware that major work was taking place on the ship.’