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Articles from 2009 In December

Seven Seas Navigator emerges from 50-day docking

Seven Seas Navigator emerges from 50-day docking

The 1999-built Navigator also received a ducktail to improve stability and buoyancy.

The former health club and an observation lounge were transformed into the Canyon Ranch SpaClub with thalassotherapy treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite. An aerobics studio and new gymnasium with cardio and strength-training machines were added, both with forward-facing ocean views. Locker rooms, including his and hers sauna and steam rooms, were updated along with the beauty salon. A juice bar and relaxation lounge were installed.

Other highlights of the refurbishment include a new restaurant, Prime 7, for prime-aged steaks and chops, poultry and fresh seafood, in a room with a palette of green and gold with leather seating, granite and burnished woods.

The main dining room, Compass Rose, underwent a dramatic update, gaining new window treatments, carpets and plush cranberry and camel armchairs. New signature china, silver and glassware completed the redesign.

La Veranda, with indoor and al fresco seating, replaced the Portofino restaurant. New furniture, carpeting and draperies were used to create an elegant ambiance. Food stations were redesigned and enhanced. The dinner menu now features regionally themed specialties.

A new Pool Grill offers a hot and cold buffet, panini station and coffee and dessert area in addition to a new barbecue grill. The Pool Bar, at the other end of the pool deck, was expanded and added a new ice cream station including machines for milkshakes and frappes.

Stars Lounge was made over with a ruby-red carpet running the length of the entryway setting the stage for a glamorous club-like venue with furnishings that exude a classic Hollywood elegance. Galileo’s gained new interiors, window coverings and a sleek new bar area. An outdoor lounge with sofas and chaises was added.

The Navigator Lounge now sports hues of cappuccino, camel and navy accented by apple green. The card room and library were redecorated and all public spaces throughout the ship were refreshed.

Seven Seas Navigator will operate seven- to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America this winter, followed seven-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage. After the Alaska season, the ship embarks on a 96-night ‘Grand Asia Pacific’ cruise.

€66m in Costa refurbs includes Iberocruceros conversion

€66m in Costa refurbs includes Iberocruceros conversion

That approximately €55m project is being carried out in Genoa’s S. Giorgio shipyards from December to April. The operations entail a radical restyling of Carnival Cruise Lines’ former Holiday. Renamed Grand Holiday, the vessel will begin sailing for Iberocruceros in May.

In addition to completely restyling the cabins and public areas, the work entails adding new balcony suites and a wellness center and giving the hull a new silicone-based coating.

Grand Holiday will become Iberocruceros’ fourth ship. The first cruise is scheduled for May 18 from Barcelona, with destinations including Villefranche, Livorno, Civitavecchia and Porto Torres. For the summer season the vessel will sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona to Villefranche, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples and La Goulette.

Three other Costa ships recently completed drydocks: Costa Magica (Nov. 4 to 18) and Costa Mediterranea (Nov. 21 to Dec. 5), both in Palermo, and Costa Marina (Nov. 4 to 18) in Genoa.

Works included routine maintenance such as replacing carpeting, curtains, fabrics and other materials in the public areas and cabins. The hulls were cleaned and painted. Inverters were installed in Costa Magica’s engine room to optimise system operations, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions.

Grand Bahama Shipyard completes Rotterdam upgrade

Grand Bahama Shipyard completes Rotterdam upgrade

The work entailed lifting a 375-ton block onto the ship.

The project also configured accommodations on the walk-around promenade into 39 Lanai staterooms with doors opening onto the deck, and transformed 23 staterooms into spa accommodations with special amenities. Every room received newly designed bathrooms.

Other changes included a new Mix lounge consisting of three bars, the addition of an aft pool area called The Retreat with a number of chaise lounges resting in a shallow pool, a giant outdoor LED movie screen and a pizzeria. The Canaletto Italian dinner restaurant was incorporated into the Lido Buffet dining space, and the main lounge was transformed.

The casino and piano bars were reconfigured into the new Mix lounge with its three bars, Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales. The casino next door was redesigned and refreshed. The main lounge was transformed into the Showroom at Sea with a nightclub ambiance, including a new front-of-the-room table seating area near the stage.

Carpets throughout the ship were refreshed.

Maasdam, Ryndam and Statendam are scheduled for similar work, beginning early in 2010. Veendam was the first ship to undergo the changes, also at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in April.

‘Rotterdam looks spectacular,’ said HAL’s Rick Meadows, evp marketing, sales and guest programs.

For his part, Carl-Gustaf ‘Calle’ Rotkirch, chairman and ceo of Grand Bahama Shipyard, was also pleased with the outcome. ‘The Veendam was our first project and we clearly had things to learn,’ he told Seatrade Insider. For Rotterdam, logistics were improved and the work was completed in a shorter period. Also, the yard’s ability to complete the 375-ton block lift for Rotterdam in one move improved on the several lifts required during the Veendam undertaking.

The future HAL ship enhancements will be completed in two phases. First, in a series of drydocks in 2010 and 2011, the three additional vessels will receive the addition of Mix, Showroom at Sea, Canaletto and other public area enhancements, and stateroom upgrades. The second series of drydocks in 2012 and 2013 will add The Retreat and new staterooms on the aft portion of the ships, as well as forward verandah and spa staterooms.

US approval near for BarrierTech products

US approval near for BarrierTech products

Biosphere Innovation’s BarrierTech products for hand sanitizing and for surface cleaning and disinfection are close to obtaining approval from US authorities for use on ships, said Morten Mathiesen, president and md of Loipart’s Fort Lauderdale office.

The products are already approved in Europe, where they are used aboard the Hurtigruten fleet and on two vessels managed by V.Ships, according to Mathiesen, who is also part owner and co-founder of Lysaker, Norway-based Biosphere Innovation.

The BarrierTech products kill pathogenic bacteria and viruses in both an active and preventive manner but are environmentally safe, according to Biosphere Innovation. The hand sanitizer is alcohol free and the cleaner is chlorine free so it doesn’t damage surfaces like wood veneers, Mathiesen noted.

The BarrierTech cleaner comes in 100 milliliter packets for compact shipping and storage. For use, the product is diluted to 20 liters (five gallons). Mathiesen said it is non-toxic when diluted, emits no volatile organic compounds and may be stored safely and used without protective gear. US approval for use on food-contact surfaces is expected.

The Fort Lauderdale Loipart office holds the exclusive worldwide marine distributorship for Biosphere Innovation products.

ALMACO to refurbish Island Sky

ALMACO to refurbish Island Sky

ALMACO Group has been awarded a contract by Salen Ship Management to refurbish Island Sky. The work includes the makeover of 27 suites, 32 cabins and the corresponding 59 bathrooms, as well as public areas such as the club, library, lounge, restaurant, purser’s desk and lobby, corridors, outdoor areas and public toilets. The refit will take place during May.

ALMACO’s Accommodation Systems turnkey scope includes design, engineering, supply and installation of material, through final commissioning. Additionally, ALMACO provided architectural services. The purpose of the refit is to upgrade all areas though keeping the overall character of the vessel. Soft furnishings and carpets will be replaced, and each deck of passenger cabins will have a different colour scheme; however, classic deluxe features such as the wood paneling and brass fixtures will remain.

The most significant upgrade will take place in the cabin bathrooms, which will be completely replaced. The modernization of public areas such as the lounge and restaurant will incorporate new furniture, lighting and colour scheme upgrades. The outdoors section will be refurbished with new decking and a general upgrading of furniture.

Island Sky, built in Italy in 1992, has the passenger accommodation arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views. Under charter to Noble Caledonia, the ship sails a variety of itineraries including around the British Isles, Mediterranean and Baltic, as well as India, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Makeover for Lloyd Werft’s website

Makeover for Lloyd Werft’s website

The site describes the work Lloyd Werft undertakes: repair, conversion and refits of all types of ships, plus stainless steel and aluminium fabrication and repair. It has agents in 11 countries around the globe. An 'organogram' provides names of heads of department, equipment, location and employment opportunities.

Listed under current and future projects are three cruise ships: the installation of a ducktail to improve stability and buoyancy of Seven Seas Navigator plus several conversions throughout the ship, just completed; a range of refit work on P&O Cruises’ Aurora, scheduled to be finished on December 18, and booked for April, a makeover of Astor.

Queen Mary 2 celebrates 5th birthday

Queen Mary 2 celebrates 5th birthday

So far the Cunard flagship has carried half a million guests, sailed almost 750,000 nautical miles, completed 104 Atlantic crossings and made calls to 115 ports in 45 countries. She will spend her fifth birthday in the Caribbean.

In 2009 Queen Mary 2 will undertake a 'lap-of-honour' around the UK departing from Southampton on October 10. This will be her first voyage around Britain and will feature maiden calls for Queen Mary 2 at Greenock and Liverpool - ports which have close historic ties with Cunard.


HAL to extend Microsoft Surface to Mix on 5 ships

HAL to extend Microsoft Surface to Mix on 5 ships

Mix is a lounge for meeting and mingling day and night. The space is anchored by a pianist. Passengers can use the Microsoft Surface touch-screen technology to listen to music and play checkers and chess, air hockey, Tetris, cards and the Touch Sports games of football, basketball and skee-ball.

HAL became the first cruise line to offer Microsoft Surface when it furnished Veendam’s Mix in March. The concept is part of Rotterdam’s ongoing drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard and will also be extended to Ryndam in February, Statendam in April and Maasdam in April 2011.

Microsoft Surface is a computing platform that responds to touch, natural hand gestures and real-world objects placed on the display, providing interaction with information and digital content in an intuitive way. With a large, horizontal user interface, the technology enables multiple users to collaborate and interact.

RTKL oversees updates of Seabourn’s original trio

RTKL oversees updates of Seabourn’s original trio

RTKL Associates of Miami is overseeing the changes, which include more open and airy interiors, modern embellishments and richly colored contemporary on-deck furnishings.  

Seabourn president and ceo Pamela Conover said the response to Seabourn Spirit, which emerged from drydock a couple weeks ago, has been extremely positive.

The work is being done during regularly scheduled periodic maintenance. With Spirit finished, Pride and Legend will head to drydock in January and next fall, respectively.

On each ship, the Reception Lobby is gaining honey-toned wood paneling, two-toned marble flooring and furnishings reupholstered in burgundy. The main show lounge is transforming with cut-velvet banquettes in muted blues and taupe chairs beneath glittering stars. In The Club, floral-motif carpeting plays off reds and burnt oranges while matte stone panels invoke spaciousness throughout.

In the Observation Lounge, wrap-around windows illuminate new pale-green accents on creams and beiges. New club chairs and sofas of creamy leather are accented with leaf-patterned throw pillows that echo the foliage theme in the carpeting.

In The Restaurant, celebrity chef Charlie Palmer’s cuisine is presented in toffee-toned woods, creamy caramel accents, sheer curtains striped horizontally in violet and gold interspersing muted purple drapes, and flooring finished in golden stone with sage infusions.

The open decks are going modern with new furniture of coffee-hued, powder-coated metal and chocolate-toned fabric.