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Articles from 2009 In October

Rotterdam set for Signature of Excellence upgrade

Rotterdam set for Signature of Excellence upgrade

‘These and the ship’s verandah suites increase guests’ opportunities for viewing Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage as they cruise,’ said HAL’s Rick Meadows, evp marketing, sales, and guest programs.

Under HAL’s $525m Signature of Excellence program, the Rotterdam gains 39 lanai staterooms, created by replacing existing stateroom windows on Lower Promenade Deck 6 with lanai doors that open directly onto the walk-around promenade.

The ship also adds 23 new spa staterooms, offering a variety of spa amenities, on its Verandah Deck.

All Rotterdam staterooms and bathrooms will receive new décor and furnishings.

Public areas will add The Retreat, a resort pool feature; the Showroom at Sea, a new nightclub concept; and Mix, a venue comprised of three bars: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales. Canaletto, a casual Italian restaurant, will also be installed on the ship.

The work will be carried out at Grand Bahama Shipyard.

Online journal follows Coral Princess drydock

Online journal follows Coral Princess drydock

The Coral Princess Drydock Journal at shows the daily progress as the ship receives a full exterior and interior makeover, including the addition of signature features The Sanctuary and Movies Under the Stars.

The fourth in this series, this drydock follows those that chronicled work on Golden Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess. The journal can be found on the Coral Princess page in the website’s ‘Ships’ section, and it is being regularly updated throughout the two-week drydock. The photos will also be posted to Princess’ Twitter feed, Facebook page and Flickr photostream.

When Coral Princess emerges from the dock, it will be equipped with The Sanctuary, an adults-only deck retreat with plush lounge chairs, and a Movies Under the Stars poolside screen. Other changes include the installation of new carpet and upholstery and new silicone paint applied to the bottom of the hull.

After the drydock Coral Princess will begin a series of Panama Canal sailings.

Major refurb planned for Black Watch

Major refurb planned for Black Watch

The work will include a major refurbishment of the ship’s public areas, including a new casual dining area, which will be created in the space where the Braemar Lounge and Garden Café are currently situated – midships on Deck 6, Lounge Deck.

The transformed area will become the Braemar Garden, a casual dining area with seating for over 120 persons, and replaces the Garden Café which currently seats only 80. One section of this newly created dining area will be screened off, creating a 40-seat room that can be used for private dining. This new area will be completely refitted with new soft furnishings, a new bar, and buffet.

Other areas of the ship will also have new soft furnishings as part of this programme, including the Neptune Lounge, Piper’s Bar, Glentanar Restaurant (one of the main formal dining areas), and the Observatory Lounge. In addition, many bathrooms will also be refitted.

The design of the new areas will be carried out by Space, which has previously worked on all the ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Nigel Lingard, marketing director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: ‘This is a major refurbishment for the very elegant Black Watch, and will improve and enhance the facilities on board. The new casual dining area will be fresher and more contemporary, and will offer a more spacious option for those choosing this dining option.’

On the technical side, Black Watch will also have her last three open lifeboats replaced by two covered boats, which will be supplied by Fassmer Davit International.

Hanseatic emerges from Bredo makeover

Hanseatic emerges from Bredo makeover

Tasks undertaken included replacing the cabin windows as well as gutting and rebuilding the suite bathrooms. Separate bath tubs and showers were installed and marbled walls and granite floors added. Two suites were completely redesigned whilst the former hair saloon was modernized into a styling and beauty studio.

Newly added artworks include premium-quality black and white photographs portraying nature and animal scenes, emphasising the spirit of expedition.

A new ITV system offers direct access to the Internet from all cabins. The additional installation of wireless LAN makes it possible to use the Internet in many public spaces on board.

The 184-passenger Hanseatic’s 2010 cruise programme, operated bilingual in English and German, includes a 21-day Antarctica sailing from Ushuaia to Puerto Montt with stops in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula; a 25-day Northwest Passage cruise from Kangerlussuaq to Nome in August/September with stops in Greenland, cruising in Disko Bay, Baffin Island, Devon Island, Barrow Strait, Northwest Passage and Alaska; and a 20-day voyage to Russia’s Far East from Nome to Yokohama in September with stops in Alaska, Chukchi Peninsula, Chukotka, Kamtchatka, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin and Japan.