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Costa and Starboard renew on-board retail partnership

Costa and Starboard renew on-board retail partnership

Under this new, five-year agreement, Starboard will provide an enhanced assortment of merchandise in Costa’s shops, including a wider offering of European luxury brands as well as a more updated, fashionable collection of Costa Cruises-branded apparel and accessories.

The merchandise assortment in each Costa Cruises Galleria Shop will be tailored to reflect the itinerary and passenger nationality mix. Among the range of luxury brands to be carried in the Galleria Shops will be Dior, Chanel, Bvlgari, Versace, Ferragamo, Calvin Klein, Moschino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Armani, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Valentino and Swarovski.

Starboard and Costa have also worked together to innovate the product range offered, with special regard to the cruise line’s in-house collection: fashion items and accessories with the company logo and reflecting the latest trends.

Costa president Gianni Onorato said, ‘Having an exceptional retail offering is an important part of the holiday experience. We look forward to working closely with Starboard to make our on-board shops even more appealing and exciting for our guests.’

Starboard president Rob Norris said, ‘We are delighted to continue our relationship with Costa and deliver our assortments to reflect a greater European fashion sensibility as well as providing a more targeted offering that reflects passengers’ nationalities and the destinations they will visit.’

Pacific Dawn’s new gourmet restaurant

Pacific Dawn’s new gourmet restaurant

French-trained Mangan, who owns and operates a number of award-winning restaurants including the glass brasserie at Hilton Sydney and Salt Tokyo, opened his first sea-going restaurant -- Salt Grill by Luke Mangan -- aboard Pacific Jewel last December.

Carnival Australia vp hotel operations, Sture Myrmell, said the success of  this alternate fine-dining venue in Pacific Jewel, which has a nominal surcharge of A$30, has been ‘phenomenal.’

‘The restaurant consistently books out for the entire cruise, so we turn tables twice for dinner and also open for lunch on sea days,’ Myrmell said.

The 70,000gt Pacific Dawn’s main restaurant, The Palm Court, has been renovated with new furniture, the spa has been revamped and there is new carpet and upholstery throughout the ship.

When Pacific Dawn went into dry-dock on May 15 P&O Cruises Australia donated furniture that was to be replaced to Lifeline, a mental health support organisation. This included around 1,000 chairs, as well as sofas, tables and duvets. Lifeline also received boxes of crew clothing.

Sparkling new beauty treatments at MSC’s Aurea Spa

Sparkling new beauty treatments at MSC’s Aurea Spa

Unlike traditional false eyelashes that are applied on a strip, synthetic eyelash extensions are glued to eyelash hairs one by one with tweezers and can last two to three months. There are also natural materials on offer that range from cotton to mink, notes the cruise line.

Guests can choose between the natural look, or apply highlights to the lashes to give them a more intense and intriguing gaze including coloured lashes or with Swarovski crystals.

Silver Whisper gets refreshed in Genoa drydock

Silver Whisper gets refreshed in Genoa drydock

Many of the changes echo the design themes and warm color palettes of the new Silver Spirit.

The suites gained new carpets, headboards and curtains, while sofas and chairs were reupholstered. New mattresses custom-made for Silversea Cruises feature an individual spring system with a soft and firm side that can be reversed to suit personal preference. A memory foam pillow top covers the mattress when configured as a queen-sized bed.

In the larger suites (Owner’s, Grand, Royal and Silver), the veranda furniture was replaced and a new audio system added. The Owner’s, Grand and Royal Suites are outfitted with Bang & Olufsens’ BeoSound 3200 radio and CD player, and the Silver Suites have BeoSound 1, with a CD and radio integrated into a speaker.

By mid-June, all suites will gain new alarm clocks with iPod docks, as will all ships in the Silversea fleet.

In other work, La Terrazza, the Panorama Lounge, reception area, spa, card room and conference room received new upholstery, carpeting, curtains and wall treatments. New carpet was laid in the Observation Lounge and new wood flooring in the spa.

The Restaurant’s hardwood floor was reconditioned and polished and the chairs dressed in new upholstery. An upgraded sound system was added to the Show Lounge, Panorama Lounge and La Terrazza. New carpet was installed in all corridors, landings and staircases.

The jogging track was covered in new artificial turf, and the pool area was outfitted with new deck furniture, plus a new sound and light system for evening entertainment and outdoor shows. The pool itself has been upgraded inside and out with new tiles.

A large awning was installed over the outdoor dining section of La Terrazza. And the Pool Grill, sporting a new awning as well, transforms into The Grill for evening dining featuring the Black Rock cooking concept that debuted aboard Silver Spirit.

Silver Whisper’s teak decks and woodwork were reconditioned, and mechanical and propulsion systems underwent maintenance.

 

Clear view ahead for Mein Schiff

Clear view ahead for Mein Schiff

In service since 1996, the former Galaxy has been exposed to harsh sea salt and exhaust fumes as well as general dirt for 14 years resulting in stained and corroded glass, reducing visibility, safety and passenger satisfaction.

To carry out the glass renovation TUI called in Ritec Marine Services, specialists in glass renovation, protection and maintenance for cruise ships and super-yachts, to renovate around 1,800sq mtr of interior and exterior glass with ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ Glass, including cabin windows, balcony doors and on the bridge.

Ritec completed the work in stages during scheduled stops on one of the ship’s recent cruises in the West Med.

Mein Schiff staff captain Jan Rautawaara said: ‘Ritec Marine Services removed all the existing contamination from the glass so it looked as good as new and then protected it with ClearShield, converting it to Non-Stick Glass. Proper maintenance is equally essential to keep the windows in a good shape. The glass is now easier to clean, saving us precious water, manpower and time. The glass is also easier to see out of, benefiting both passengers and crew.’

BAE Systems to buy Atlantic Marine in $352m deal

BAE Systems to buy Atlantic Marine in $352m deal

Atlantic Marine is a privately held vessel maintenance, repair, overhaul and conversion, marine fabrication and ship construction services provider with operations at Mayport and Jacksonville, Fla.; Moss Point, Miss. and Mobile, Alabama.

The Mobile facility has carried out a number of cruise ship refurbishments, and the Jacksonville yard built sisters Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light.

The acquisition does not include Atlantic Marine’s Boston and Philadelphia operations, which will be retained by JFL-AMH Partners.

The acquisition will be funded from BAE Systems’ existing cash resources.

Acquiring Atlantic Marine will enhance BAE Systems’ ability to serve customers in the naval modernization and upgrade area, said Linda Hudson, president and ceo of BAE Systems.

Atlantic Marine employs approximately 1,000 people and will become part of BAE Systems’ Ship Repair business.

The deal is conditional on receiving certain US regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010.

Seabourn shares more Sojourn spa details

Seabourn shares more Sojourn spa details

Today the company gave more details about the 11,400sq ft spa on the newbuild that is close to being handed over at T. Mariotti.

The Kneipp walk provides a circular basin separated into areas of cold and warm water that are intended to stimulate capillary circulation and metabolism, and to soothe pain.

Also new to the Sojourn spa are cocooning recliners, an herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation.

The new Spa Cabana is furnished with lounge chairs and sofas where spa-goers can catch sea breezes. The décor includes colorful coral-themed artwork.

The spa will house six treatment rooms and the single Spa Villa. Available for rental, the villa provides a treatment area large enough for two with a shower, a bathtub for two, a private balcony for sunbathing, a full living room area, a dining space and a double daybed.

Also available on Seabourn Sojourn are a full-service salon and a thermal suite with eight heated loungers, the cocooning recliners, the aroma steam bath with salt inhalation and a unisex herbal bath. The women’s changing area sports a Bio sauna, while the men’s area offers a traditional Finnish sauna.

The fitness center includes a a motion studio with the latest version of the Kinesis System and an area featuring a Thai mat for Thai massages.

Steiner Leisure will operate the Sojourn spa, which uses Elemis products and employs staff trained and authorized to administer the SkinCeuticals skin care line.

Celebrity Constellation has been ‘Solsticized’

Celebrity Constellation has been ‘Solsticized’

During a 15-day drydock and revitalization project at Blohm+Voss, the 2002-built ship gained new public rooms, enhanced suites and updated stateroom features.

Added were a Tuscan Grille steak house, the creperie Bistro on Five, an ice-topped Martini Bar, Café al Bacio and Gelateria, and Cellarmasters wine bar with Enomatic wine serving systems allowing passengers to select wines by the glass at the touch of a button.

Celebrity Constellation also gained more sumptuous suites, with all new furniture, flat-screen televisions, upholstery, bedding and carpeting. Staterooms were restyled with new carpeting, flat-screen TVs, upholstery and bedding. All public areas now sport color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflecting the Solstice class.

Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit will be similarly refurbished in 2011, followed by Celebrity Millennium in 2012.

Following a seven-night cruise through the Norwegian Fjords, Celebrity Constellation will present a series of 12-night Scandinavia and Russia cruises, followed by an eight-night Northern Europe and Mediterranean cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona.

The ship will sail weekly Mediterranean cruises from the Spanish port before a 14-night trans-Atlantic voyage departing Barcelona Nov. 6, to Port Everglades. There, Celebrity Constellation will operate a pair of 14-night ‘Exotic Caribbean’ cruises prior to embarking on a 15-night Panama Canal voyage to San Diego on Dec. 18.

Brintons again rolls out the carpet for AIDA

Brintons again rolls out the carpet for AIDA

The UK company has already fitted out AIDAdiva, AIDAbella and AIDAluna and has now started working on AIDAsol that is due to be launched in 2011 – the penultimate newbuild to join the current fleet.

Partner Ship Design, the interior designer for AIDA Cruises and builder Meyer Werft commissioned Brintons to create unique designs for each vessel.

’To deliver a successful interior to a cruise ship, the understanding between the supplier, the owner and the shipyard is vital,’ Kai Bunge, one of the senior partners at Partner Ship Design, explained.

Bunge’s senior partner Siegfried Schindler added: ‘Brintons is a partner we like to work with because we know the company well and are confident in the people fulfilling their promises.’

Brintons’ marine manager, James Brighton, says having a proficient team in place at every stage in the supply chain is vital when you’re working on a marine project.’