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Articles from 2011 In May

Extensive Maasdam work in month of 4 HAL ship drydocks


Also undergoing work were Eurodam, Volendam and Veendam.

Maasdam’s added facilities and features included new stateroom furnishings and bathroom upgrades; Canaletto, an Italian dinner spot; the remake of the main lounge into a Showroom at Sea; and Mix, combining three distinct bars in one area.

Twenty-nine new Lanai staterooms were added, and 16 staterooms across verandah suite, outside and inside categories were converted into spa staterooms.

Maasdam was the fifth ship to receive these changes, following Veendam, Statendam, Rotterdam and Ryndam.

The 1999-built Volendam’s drydock at Sembawang in Singapore included new carpet in most of the public areas and restaurants. Audio and lighting enhancements were completed in the show lounge. Staterooms received new carpeting and soft goods, and all furniture was reupholstered and refinished.

Crew cabins and recreation areas were also updated. Volendam’s hull was repainted and a number of technical maintenance repairs were performed.

The 2008-built Eurodam’s docking at Grand Bahama Shipyard involved new carpets, privacy curtains along the atrium side of the Pinnacle Grill, hull coating and some routine technical upgrades.

The 1996-built Veendam’s drydock, also at Freeport, included routine technical updates. The aft Lido Deck retreat area was modified with a new design with more open deck space, two pools and two hot tubs.

SeaDream I wraps 20-day docking in Bremerhaven


The work included laying new carpeting in all public areas, suites and staterooms, adding fresh wall coverings in the accommodations and sanding and revarnishing the woodwork.

Chairs in the outside dining area received new cushions, and the Balinese beds on Deck 6 and the seating areas around the Top of the Yacht Bar were reupholstered.

A new Jacuzzi was installed, and the golf simulator was upgraded.

Technical projects included changing out air conditioning units, steel and pipe work and upgrades to galley equipment. The hull was pressure-washed and repainted and the tenders were upgraded.

An 11-night cruise to Bergen opens SeaDream I’s summer season in the Baltic, Northern Europe and Mediterranean.

Radiance enters Victoria drydock for 22 days of work


The ship will receive a variety of enhancements including restaurants such as Samba Grill, Giovanni’s Table, Park Café and Izumi, as well as Boardwalk Dog House.

Fifteen new staterooms are also planned for the 2001-built ship.

Crystal Serenity emerges from comprehensive $25m upgrade

Crystal Serenity emerges from comprehensive $25m upgrade

Crystal president Gregg Michel said the line has invested more than $50m in its two ships in the last year and a half.

Interior designer Keith Rushbrook, principal at the Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates, described the vision for Crystal Serenity as ‘modern classic elegance. We wanted Fifth Avenue, crème de la crème New York-inspired living and retail spaces that people love and look forward to spending time in.’

All accommodations received new appointments. Crystal penthouses were refreshed with new soft goods, while deluxe staterooms, penthouses and penthouse suites were completely transformed with new, floor-to-ceiling tufted headboards, bedside cabinets, sofas, curtains, pillows and custom carpets in contemporary lines and classic stone, silk, velvet, leather and crisp linen textures.

The new sofas also add third berths, a feature for Crystal’s growing family clientele.

Blu-ray players and flat-screen televisions were installed, along with modern lighting features plus an electronic ‘do not disturb’ and doorbell system.

The Apropos boutique was redesigned into three shopping spaces against a backdrop of Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, black-plum-magenta carpeting and tufted leather seating. Massive sculptural aluminum screens pop against gray smoked glass walls. A new area is dedicated to Christian Dior cosmetics. The Dior shop is exclusive to Crystal.

The Facets fine jewelry store also received a new, private sales area and a fresh look mirroring a jewelry box, with mother-of-pearl feature wall and beveled chrome vitrines.

Passengers can now lounge poolside on bright lime green, azure and mango sofas, lounge chairs and circular pod beds, similar to those recently added to Crystal Symphony’s pool area.

Crystal said lighting played a major role in the redesign, with mood lighting enhancing spaces, showcasing the headboards and warming the corridors, which also received new, custom carpeting and artwork on newly textured walls.

‘We were looking to balance the luxurious interiors of Crystal Serenity with saving energy,’ noted Nick Hogget of DPA Lighting Consultants.

Crystal said that, like all remodeling projects, not all materials arrived on schedule.

By the end of June, the penthouse and penthouse suite verandahs will sport new furnishings and the stateroom design will be augmented with decorative coverlets. Silk Road will also unveil new carpets and fabrics.

Furnishings, electronics and accessories removed from Crystal Serenity were donated to needy communities around the world. Donations began during the ship’s final, pre-drydock voyage up the western coast of Africa when bedspreads were donated to Senegal during the call there.

An extensive donation plan was instituted in Hamburg, with hundreds of sofas and televisions loaded onto eight 40-foot containers and shipped to the Salvation Army in New Jersey.

Crystal Serenity emerged from drydock to begin a series of Baltic, British Isles and North Cape cruises. In August, the ship sails to the Mediterranean.

Extensive Norwegian Dawn drydock nears completion

Extensive Norwegian Dawn drydock nears completion

The work has included the addition of 28 suites and 30 other accommodations, a Brazilian steak house emulating Moderno Churrascaria on Norwegian Epic, the relocation of the Spinnaker Lounge and the addition of flat-screen televisions in all accommodations.

The refurbishment resembles that of Norwegian Star last year, which NCL president and ceo Kevin Sheehan said had been very well received.

The 58 new accommodations will be available beginning on the Sept. 16 sailing. Among them are four deluxe owner’s suites, 14 family suites, 10 family suites with balcony and 18 inside rooms. Most of the family accommodations sleep six people each.

Moderno Churrascaria replaces Salsa, the Tex Mex restaurant.

The gift shop, art gallery, photo gallery, conference center, Spinnaker Lounge and Blue Lagoon Restaurant were relocated and are fully renovated. Enhancements to the Dawn Club Casino included a new layout, fixed furniture and carpet.

The Kid’s Crew and Teen Club were fully renovated to provide a more versatile layout and cater to the range of ages and interests.

Updates include new game systems, activities and sound and light.

There will also be a room dedicated for the Under 2 Zoo where parents can accompany their children under 2 years old for age-appropriate activities.

Aesthetic improvements were made in the fitness area and Garden Café, while the atrium lobby was refreshed with new furniture in the Java Café and new plants.

Crew dining and recreation areas were completely refurbished, and flat-screen TVs were installed in crew cabins.

Technical modifications of the 2007-built ship include the replacement of one engine, new bearings for the port and starboard Azipods, new hull coating and the addition of a temperature-regulation system to reduce energy consumption.

Following its Boston season, Norwegian Dawn will reposition to Miami for 10- and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries through April 8, 2012.

This is the second of three NCL ship refurbishments planned this year. Norwegian Spirit is scheduled to enter drydock on Sept. 26. Work on Norwegian Sun was completed in March.

Carnival gives a peek at new Breeze stateroom design


Carnival Cruise Lines today released images of several staterooms, including the premium vista balcony category (pictured).

The new ship will combine bright colors and soothing pastels, the company said, with iconic images of palm trees and other tropical elements adorning hallway corridors. Contemporary furnishings and light fixtures are also planned.

Carnival Breeze will offer some of the new elements on the recently introduced Carnival Magic, including a RedFrog Pub, SportSquare recreation complex, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and WaterWorks park.

The renderings of staterooms and other facilities are posted at

Grand Princess completes drydock transformation

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The revitalized Grand Princess

All the work was captured in daily video updates that Princess said attracted more than a half million views.

The Grand Princess Drydock Journal captured the process with 26 video updates plus more than 300 photos of the daily progress in a series hosted by cruise director Martyn Moss.

Key players interviewed included Capt. Tony Herriott and chief technical officer Gilberto Vinci, svp technical services John Gunner and project manager Steve Storey, who explained what it takes to coordinate 1,400 contractors working around the clock.

The videos also shared such tidbits as the time it took to cut Skywalkers from the ship (10 hours) and the amount of new carpeting installed (about 50 square miles).

In addition to the new Piazza, there are several new eateries including Alfredo’s Pizzeria and the Crown Grill steak house, and the line’s first specialty tea lounge, Leaves.

The ship gained seven new window 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.

The new Deck 15 nightclub, The One5, that replaced Skywalkers, will open May 21.

Grand Princess sailed Friday on a 16-day voyage to its summer homeport of Southampton.