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Articles from 2011 In April

Lloyd Werft to add 96 balconies to Artemis in Artania transformation

Lloyd Werft to add 96 balconies to Artemis in Artania transformation

Lloyd Werft has experience with the ship. More than five years ago it refitted Royal Princess to become Artemis for P&O and only finished updating the technology of the 1984-built vessel last May.

V.Ships bought Artemis for a long-term charter to Bonn-based Phoenix Reisen.

The 96 balconies will be added to Decks 5 and 6, and the windows of the new balcony cabins will be replaced with sliding doors. The casino will be converted into an additional bar while other public rooms, restaurants and cabins are being renovated.

An extra restaurant will allow all passengers to dine in one sitting.

The spa is being enlarged and a new wellness area and outdoor bars are being constructed.

The ship’s exterior will gain the Phoenix look, and the propellers, shafts, steering systems, stabilizers and bow thrusters will be overhauled.

The 44,588gt, 1,200-passenger Artania is Lloyd Werft’s second major refitting order for 2011, and won in strong competition. According to Phoenix md Benjamin Krumpen, factors in choosing the Bremerhaven facility included its intimate knowledge of the ship.

‘We fought for many years to get Phoenix/V.Ships back,’ said Lloyd Werft md Rüdiger Pallentin, who expressed his delight at resuming the collaboration.

Dramatic video shows removal of Skywalkers Nightclub


The floating crane Chesapeake, owned by Donjon Marine Co., is shown lifting the iconic nightclub, estimated to weigh more than 160 tons, from the superstructure of the ship following 10 hours of cutting.

‘A new era has dawned,’ said cruise director Martyn Moss as Skywalkers Nightclub was parted from Grand Princess on Day 12 of the 24-day docking at Grand Bahama Shipyard.

The video and photos are available at and on YouTube and Flickr.


The CASE is open for new UK outfitting and refurb specialist

The CASE is open for new UK outfitting and refurb specialist

The pair have managed projects for companies such as P&O Cruises, ISP, Irish Ferries, V Ships and Crystal Cruises.

Spencer is a qualified engineer with over 20 years management experience of high profile projects for companies such as: CLC Marine Services, Oceanclean Ltd, Blohm & Voss, and Harris Pye UK Group. Adams, a former chief engineer and ship's superintendent, project managed the refurbishment of Boudicca in 2006 and Balmoral in 2008 for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, amongst others.

CASE Project Management provides a broad range of marine outfitting and bespoke refurbishment services in the UK and abroad, from cruise ship and luxury yacht interiors to leisure outlet interiors such as restaurants and gyms.

Saga Cruises and RPW Design craft a new look for latest ship


Currently sailing as Croisieres de France's Bleu de France, the ship continues to be operated by Royal Carribean's French brand chartered until November of this year. It was originally launched in 1981 as Europa for Hapag-Lloyd.

Following hand over to her new owners Saga, specialising in travel for the over 50s, the vessel is slated for a multi-million pound refurbishment in what is described by the UK line, 'as contemporary and eclectic, with a British twist.'

Highlights will include the addition of a new balcony deck, and a re-design of all public spaces including The Drawing Room and The Pier, which will have a British seaside feel, with fish and chips and ice cream parlour.

Additionally, an open air cinema and hot tubs will be added into the mix. In a first for the company, i-pads and onboard wi-fi connection will also be available.

Saga has been working in close collaboration with London-based designers RPW Design, specialising in the luxury hospitality industry and boasts The Langham Hotel and Gleneagles as recent refurbishment projects. The company previously completed the redesign of Spirit of Adventure, also owned by Saga group.

The main dining room will be themed around the seven continents and called Pole to Pole. The Grill will focus on lighter meals offering passengers the opportunity to select their meat or fish cooked to order in a new kitchen.
East to West will be an Asian speciality restaurant.

There will be a variety of bars and meeting places. The Clubhouse will be a relaxing social venue for passengers to meet, while Coopers will be a bar themed around classic British comedians featuring live comedy shows.

Saga Cruising ceo, Robin Shaw said, 'Saga Sapphire will be transformed during the refurbishment works and deliver some truly unique designs - whether this be The Drawing Room, which combines innovation, comfort with exceptional panoramic views, or The Pier with its British seaside theme - all delivered in a stylish and contemporary way.'

Saga Sapphire’s inaugural cruise on March 26, 2012 is a 23-night itinerary departing Southampton to the Mediterranean with stops in El Ferrol, Palma Majorca, Valletta, Dubrovnik, Venice, Corfu, Civitavecchia, Gibraltar and Lisbon, before returning to the UK.

Other itineraries include a 5-night mini-cruise to Ireland and Guernsey, a 7 night voyage to Norway from Dover in May and a 31-night cruise departing in November 2012 to the Caribbean.

STX France, Sobrena team on lifecycle services

STX France, Sobrena team on lifecycle services

The groups will pool their know-how in engineering, project management and technical maintenance.

Revitalizations, conversions, regulatory upgrades, energy diagnostics, innovations through the ‘Ecorizon’ research program (energy savings, hydrodynamics, stability, noise and vibration) and spare parts are among the services offered.

STX France and Sobrena have worked together on such complex undertakings as the 2006 pilot project that added an auxiliary diesel engine to the gas turbine ship Celebrity Millennium. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. went on to similarly convert seven other gas turbine vessels at various locations.

Princess launches video journal of Grand transformation


Hosted by Grand Princess cruise director Martyn Moss, the videos, as well as photos, are available at and on YouTube and Flickr.

In the first installment, viewers get a look at the 1998-built vessel as it arrives at Grand Bahama Shipyard. The journal will include daily updates through May 4.

One of the most significant aspects of the docking is likely to be the removal of Skywalkers Nightclub, the iconic public room that rises high above the aft superstructure of the ship. The nightclub is being taken off to improve fuel efficiency.

During the docking, approximately 1,400 workers will be busy around the clock adding many of Princess’ trademark features, including a Piazza atrium and a Crown Grill steak house and seafood restaurant. Several new spaces will also be created including a tea lounge and library called Leaves, a full-service pizzeria, Alfredo’s, and a new nightclub, The One5, on Deck 15.

Also part of the renovation will be the addition of seven new suites, a remodeled casino, boutiques and art gallery, enhancements to the Horizon Court, Lotus Spa and wedding chapel, and the addition of Crooner’s Martini Lounge.

Princess decided to offer the daily video journal in light of the great interest in its photo journals of previous drydocks, according to evp Jan Swartz.

The newly renovated Grand Princess will debut on May 5 in Fort Lauderdale to begin a trans-Atlantic voyage to Southampton, the ship’s summer and fall homeport.

Four Solstice & two ‘Solsticized’ ships for 2012/13 Caribbean

Four Solstice & two ‘Solsticized’ ships for 2012/13 Caribbean

Earlier this week, Celebrity told its Captain’s Club loyalty program members that the first full season for its fifth Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Reflection, currently under construction, will be in the Caribbean.

Three other Solstice-class ships will also offer regional itineraries, along with Celebrity Constellation, retrofitted with Solstice features in 2010, and Celebrity Summit, to be ‘Solsticized’ in early 2012.

Captain’s Club members get the first crack at Celebrity Reflection’s inaugural Caribbean voyages, as well as at a nine-night Northern Europe debut cruise, a pair of Mediterranean sailings and one trans-Atlantic voyage that will precede the ship’s naming plus an additional three-night Caribbean inaugural debut cruise.

The booking window for Captain’s Club members opened yesterday and will be available through April 19. Bookings will open to the general public on April 20, along with the full line-up of Caribbean bookings.

That same winter, Celebrity also will offer a full season of cruises in Hawaii and the Panama Canal, along with a 13th season of South America cruises (see separate story in Headlines). These will open for booking on April 21.

Celebrity Reflection will sail round-trip from Miami on alternating seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries, departing Saturdays.

Celebrity Silhouette, which debuts in Europe later this year, will offer alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale on Sundays. New to this itinerary in 2012/13 will be a fresh Western Caribbean lineup, as calls at Roatán and Costa Maya will be replaced by Labadee and the newly opened Falmouth in Jamaica.

From Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Eclipse will sail round-trip 14-night Southern Caribbean voyages while Celebrity Equinox will present 10- and 11-night ‘Ultimate Caribbean’ itineraries.

From San Juan, Celebrity Summit will operate seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises with two alternating itineraries, departing Saturdays.

Celebrity Constellation’s four- and five-night cruises will sail round-trip from Miami.