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Articles from 2010 In April

Multimillion-dollar makeover for Sun Princess

Multimillion-dollar makeover for Sun Princess

The refit will include an upgraded spa, a Sanctuary and new carpet and upholstery.

Sun Princess, which became the first Princess Cruises ship to be permanently based in Australia when she arrived in Sydney in October 2007, sails from Brisbane to Fremantle on April 29.

The 77,000gt liner will move to Brisbane late 2011 for an inaugural cruise season from the Queensland capital.

In a statement issued today, Princess Cruises president Alan Buckelew said the company has had ‘great feedback’ since introducing Movies Under the Stars and the child-free Sanctuary to its other resident ship, Dawn Princess, last year.

‘Australia’s warmer climate means passengers enjoy a lot of time on deck so Movies Under the Stars and the Sanctuary are ideal additions to our ships Down Under,’ Buckelew said.

Trimline outfits Azura and Saga Pearl II

Trimline outfits Azura and Saga Pearl II

Saga Cruises’ Saga Pearl II underwent a two month spell in dry dock at Swansea during which time Trimline carried out a series of projects including upgrades to the spa, beauty salon, shop, cinema and hospital.

The project involved creating a new gym and associated areas including a treatment, spa room and store room. New flooring, including hessian and vinyl was installed, bespoke joinery was fitted and the areas were stripped out and decorated.

On a higher deck, the previous duty free shop was converted to a general retail area with Trimline fitting a new slat wall and carpeting, following redecorating. The small cinema was also refurbished, including new seating. Another area upgraded was the ship’s hospital where Trimline experts laid new poly and amtico flooring.

In addition, Trimline provided soft furnishings for P&O Cruises’ Azura currently on her maiden cruise. This involved the UK company manufacturing and fitting over 20,000 items of soft furnishings for more than 2,000 passenger and crew cabins. The task involved more than 4,000 bed throws, some 3,000 valances, more than 4,000 scatter cushions and over 5,000 pairs of curtains. Some 21,000 metres of fabric was used.

Hempel introduces new tie-coat for fouling release coatings

Hempel introduces new tie-coat for fouling release coatings

Marie Bakholdt Andersen, group product manager at Hempel, comments: ‘Traditionally, vessels with silicone coatings underwent a multi-phase maintenance procedure on touch-up and repair areas, which was a time-consuming process. With Nexus X-Tend, touching-up and repairing damaged areas can be carried out in fewer stages, saving shipping companies a significant amount in drydock expenses.’

According to a straw poll of over 200 shipowners conducted by Lindberg International for Hempel more shipping companies are using a mix of both fouling release and anti-fouling products for their fleets.

Nexus X-Tend is designed to give shipowners using Hempasil X3, for example, five more years of fuel savings in one procedure. ‘At the end of the coating’s service time, the vessel can get a fresh layer of Hempasil X3 in one fast procedure, giving five extra years of fuel savings and CO2 reductions,’ says Bakholdt Andersen. ‘This will benefit both the shipowners and the environment.’

Constellation first up for ‘Solsticizing’

Constellation first up for ‘Solsticizing’

In work lasting to May 9 at Blohm+Voss, Celebrity Constellation will be retrofit with Solstice-class elements.

Today the line released renderings of creperie Bistro on Five and the Tuscan Grille specialty restaurant that will be going into the 2002-built ship.

In addition, Celebrity Constellation will re-enter service with a new ice-topped Martini Bar, the Café al Bacio and Gelateria, and Cellarmasters wine bar including an Enomatic system that provides glasses of wine with the touch of a button.

Further work will include making the suites more sumptuous with all-new furniture, flat-screen televisions, upholstery, bedding and carpeting, and restyling staterooms with new carpeting, flat-screen TVs and soft goods.

New color schemes, carpeting and upholstery will reflect the Solstice look in every public room.

Celebrity president and ceo Dan Hanrahan announced the plans to ‘Solsticize’ the Millennium ships when he rolled out the company’s new ‘Designed for you’ branding in January.

New accommodation technology for cruise ships

New accommodation technology for cruise ships

The idea is based on their already proven land-based modular Neapo house design. The modules are to be produced in series in a separate factory, using steel sandwich panels.

At the yard, they are stacked together and form the entire cabin area of the ship, up to some 10 decks high. Only the staircase towers with elevators, air conditioning and other vertical trunks are fabricated at the yard.

The system, called Fixcel, is now being developed in more detail.

The structure is to be self-supporting and does not participate in the ship's global strength.

In an ongoing project with STX Finland, Shippax aims to create a common prototype and develop a ship design that suits this way of building, according to Jukka Laiterä, Shippax sales director.

Shippax has the approvals for land-based applications and has just started to talk with the classification societies and marine authorities, Laiterä said.

HAL’s Statendam completes upgrades at Grand Bahama

HAL’s Statendam completes upgrades at Grand Bahama

The 1993-built ship received new stateroom furnishings and bathroom upgrades, a new alternative Italian dinner venue, a restyling of its main lounge and a new three-bars-in-one concept.

Four HAL ships have undergone the changes, with Statendam following Veendam, Rotterdam and Ryndam. Maasdam is scheduled for similar work in April 2011.

Statendam gained Canaletto, a complimentary, casual Italian dining spot in a section of the Lido Restaurant. The casino and piano bars were reconfigured into Mix, offering a trio of venues called Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales, each serving their namesakes.

The main lounge was converted into the Showroom at Sea with a nightclub ambiance and several new shows. The casino was redesigned, and the upscale jewelry outlet Merabella was added to the fully renovated main shopping area with its jewelry and watch boutiques.

Other public areas were refurbished and received new carpeting.

Statendam’s staterooms were re-carpeted, too, and gained new soft goods and completely renovated bathrooms with new vanities and cabinetry. Sixteen rooms near the Greenhouse Spa were transformed into spa staterooms with extra amenities.

MTN provides VSAT services for Fred. Olsen

MTN provides VSAT services for Fred. Olsen

Ian Watson, cruise systems manager for Fred. Olsen, said MTN was selected for its ability to provide ‘superior services with faster connectivity, excellent quality of communications and unmatched service support throughout the globe.’

Under the agreement, MTN will provide services such as OceanPhone calling; StreamXcel, a bandwidth optimization service; toll-free inbound line dialing for passengers and crew, and credit card processing.

Installations on Black Watch have been completed with scheduled roll outs for the rest of the fleet over the next few months.

Allin introduces in-room gaming application

Allin introduces in-room gaming application

‘We believe that providing easily-accessible in-room gaming will drive additional revenue for our clients,’ said Brian Blair, md of Allin Interactive.

The DigiCasino application includes an ‘interactive cashier’ that enables passengers to buy and redeem gaming credits that can then be used for interactive play. The application includes multi-denomination nine-payline Slots and Video Poker, and additional games are currently under development for release later in 2010.

Another aspect of the application is that it allows new players to become comfortable with these games, making them more likely to visit the live casino, according to Allin’s Eric Immerman, director of development.

Oceania improves on trendsetting Tranquility Beds

Oceania improves on trendsetting Tranquility Beds

Oceania said it’s upping the ante with new ‘Prestige Tranquility Beds’ composed of 400 encapsulated springs in seven zones covered by two inches of memory foam. A two-inch thick, pillow-top cushion filled with gel and wrapped in chamomile-infused fiber tops the bed.

The new beds will be dressed with 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and a down comforter.

Passengers in higher-category accommodations get a choice of four Prestige Tranquility Pillows, wrapped in chamomile-infused fiber and stuffed with goose down, memory foam and gel, memory foam or hypo-allergenic fiber fill.

Prestige Tranquility Beds will make their debut on the Nautica in the autumn, followed by Regatta, Insignia and the new Marina in 2011.

Allin’s DigiHD for Allure of the Seas

Allin’s DigiHD for Allure of the Seas

‘DigiHD has proven to be a valuable tool on board Oasis of the Seas, and we are confident that guests on Allure of the Seas will enjoy the same benefits,’ said Allin ceo Richard Talarico.

RCI’s Lisa Bauer, svp hotel operations, confirmed the Allin ITV system on Oasis has been well-received.

‘Modules such as event reservations and shore excursions are facilitating the on-board ticketing process. Guests are impressed by the ease-of-use and breadth of functionality provided by the system,’ she said.