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Articles from 2010 In November

Lloyd Werft to convert Mercury into Mein Schiff 2

Lloyd Werft to convert Mercury into Mein Schiff 2

Currently sailing as Celebrity's Mercury, the vessel will depart Baltimore in February and sail across the Atlantic arriving in Bremerhaven to go straight into the drydock on March 14.

The €50m conversion will involve up to 2,000 workers including yard employees and subcontractors. Lloyd Werft won the contract to transform Galaxy into Mein Schiff 1 so knows TUI well.

'Given the very positive experience with Lloyd Werft in transforming Mein Schiff 1 in 2009, we are convinced that we have the right partner to implement and redesign  our second ship,' remarked Richard Vogel, ceo of TUI Cruises.

'We are delighted that TUI Cruises has chosen us to renovate its second ship,' said Rudiger Pallentin, spokesman for Lloyd Werft.

As with the previous renovation, extra balcony cabins will be added resulting in 422 of the 646 outside cabins having a balcony. In the public spaces the fitness and spa areas will be increased and dining facilities expanded.

Following the makeover Mein Schiff 2 will be named in Hamburg on May 14 before departing one day later for her maiden voyage to the UK, France, Belgium and Sweden.


Celebrity Infinity to gain restaurants, staterooms, iLounge

Celebrity Infinity to gain restaurants, staterooms, iLounge

During approximately three weeks at Grand Bahama Shipyard in November 2011, the ship will add Solstice-class features like a Tuscan Grille steakhouse, the creperie Bistro on Five, an ice-topped Martini Bar, the Cellarmasters wine bar with an Enomatic  serving system and the Café al Bacio and Gelateria.

Moreover, the ship will get 37 new AquaClass accommodations and six inside staterooms on Deck 11, a Mediterranean-themed Blu restaurant for AquaClass passengers and 17 ocean-view staterooms on Deck 3, said Celebrity’s Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, svp hotel operations. Verandas will be added to eight suites.

Lutoff-Perlo announced the Infinity upgrades on board Celebrity Eclipse during stateside inaugural activities today. She said the Solsticizing of Celebrity Constellation in April had earned ‘rave reviews’ during the ship’s just-ended Europe season.

As with that project, Celebrity Infinity’s public spaces will gain new carpets, upholstery and color schemes reflecting the Solstice ships. Staterooms will get new soft goods, flat-screen televisions and bedding. On top of those changes, suites add new electronics and furniture.

Celebrity Infinity will become the first non-Solstice ship to get the popular iLounge, with its Apple classes and products, on Deck 8, just beneath the library, and Blu, which will be installed in part of the main dining room on Deck 5. The Martini Bar and Crush, an adjacent space with an ice-filled table of vodkas, are joining Deck 4. Lutoff-Perlo called these concepts ‘amazingly popular’ and said they ‘bring the center of the ships alive.’

Café al Bacio and Gelateria will replace the Cova Café. The existing martini/champagne bar will convert into the Bistro on Five on one side and Cellarmasters on the other, while the Tuscan Grille will go into what is now the conservatory. The ship is getting fresh artwork, too.

With the Deck 11 kids’ club transforming into staterooms, youngsters will get a new space in part of the observation lounge. The cinema on Deck 3 will be remodeled into a meeting space similar to Celebrity Central on the Solstice ships.

The 60 extra accommodations will bring double-occupancy capacity to 2,154. Celebrity president and ceo Dan Hanrahan said there’s plenty of space on Infinity for more accommodations and described the Millennium-class ships as ‘under-stateroomed.’ The additional restaurant choices, he noted, will be popular with today’s passengers.

The ship is due to emerge from its refurbishment on Dec. 3 next year. Bookings for the Solsticized Infinity will open later this month, on Nov. 22.

Five Royal Caribbean ships now set for 2011 updates

Five Royal Caribbean ships now set for 2011 updates

The others are Oasis of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas, in a program the company is calling its ‘Royal Advantage.’ Betsy O’Rourke, svp marketing, explained the initiative as ‘our commitment to continuously contemporize and innovate.’

The planned enhancements of the five ships will add Oasis-class features.

In mid-2011, prior to its Australasia deployment, Radiance of the Seas will begin its revitalization with the addition of new specialty restaurants, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members, a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery and other features. (See separate story.)

Splendour of the Seas will receive two new specialty restaurants, and the Park Café, the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond and Concierge Lounge, flat-panel televisions, and WiFi shipwide.

Additionally, there will be new balcony staterooms, select stateroom enhancements and upgrades to public areas including a refreshed Windjammer Marketplace.

Oasis of the Seas will gain new on-board programs starting in the first quarter with the DreamWorks Experience, 3-D movies in the Opal Theater and a Starbucks coffee shop to eventually replace Mondo Café on the Royal Promenade. These features bring it in line with the new Allure of the Seas.

And, in early 2011, as earlier reported, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will emerge from drydocks at Grand Bahama Shipyard with new dining, entertainment, children’s programming and other enhancements including the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, The Cupcake Cupboard, the Wayfinding navigation system and an oversized poolside video screen.

In addition, the DreamWorks experience, 3-D movies and free guest service kiosks will be implemented on Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, and Liberty will stage a new Broadway show, ‘Saturday Night Fever: The Musical.’

Radiance of the Seas to be revitalised for Australasian debut

Radiance of the Seas to be revitalised for Australasian debut

It includes the creation of four new specialty restaurants—the Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, the Mexican-themed Rita’s Cantina, the Italian Giovanni’s Table and the Park Cafe deli-style eatery.

There will also be an exclusive Chef’s Table where 14 diners get a private cocktail party and a specially-prepared wine-paired menu chosen by the evening’s featured chef who will personally present each course.

A new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty programme members is part of the revitalisation, plus enhanced kids club facilities, WiFi throughout the ship and interactive flat- screen televisions in all staterooms which will allow passengers to reserve shore excursions, order room service and check SeaPass account balances.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia md, Gavin Smith, said the move demonstrates the company’s deep commitment to the Australasian market.

Radiance of the Seas will make her Australasian debut in October 2011 with a series of two- to 18-night cruises around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.


Fred Olsen's Boudicca to get makeover

Fred Olsen's Boudicca to get makeover

A key element of the refurbishment will be the relocation of the Fitness Centre, currently situated on Deck 4, Atlantic Deck, up to the top of the ship – Deck 10, Sun Deck. This will be the same location as the Fitness Centre on sister ship, Black Watch.

The removal of the existing Fitness Centre will create space for 17 new interior cabins. The refit will also see the replacement of the last of the cruise line's open lifeboats.

Mike Rodwell, managing director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: 'This refurbishment of Boudicca will provide enhanced fitness facilities for guests, with a new Fitness Centre which will be light and airy, and offer panoramic sea views.

'In addition to the new Fitness Centre and extra cabins, we will also be making a significant investment in four new, enclosed Fassmer lifeboats and two rescue boats from Davit International, which will represent an important upgrade in this area.'

Following her refit, Boudicca will resume service on January 16, 2011, with a 14-night cruise to the Canaries from Southampton.

Desso has Queen Elizabeth covered

Desso has Queen Elizabeth covered

Approximately 13,200sq mtr of tailor-made Axminster woven carpets were designed and manufactured by DESSO for the corridors, the state rooms and various public areas such as grand lobbies, shops, conference rooms, card rooms, etc. 

Broadloom carpets can create a luxurious yet practical interior notes the Dutch manufacturer. Of equal importance is the quality and safety of these carpets, it notes.

DESSO has been providing custom made and stock floor coverings to the cruise and ferry sector for more than two decades, and all carpets are tested in the company’s in-house laboratory as well as in external test facilities. All its marine products meet requirements for international markets and marine regulations such as the MSC 61 (67) part two and five resolutions. Also, DESSO is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EN9100 certified.

Roland Jonkhoff, sales director for DESSO’s Marine, Hospitality and Aviation division said: 'It’s fantastic to be a part of such a project, where luxury and tradition combine with state-of-the-art quality and design.'

By 2020, DESSO’s aim is for all products to be made from pure components that are easy to disassemble, in order to create new products (called up cycling) in both the biological and technical cycles. They will also be produced using manufacturing processes which rely on renewable energy, seek to conserve water and embrace social responsibility.