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Articles from 2009 In June

MSC outlines Splendida dining outlets (**updated**)

MSC outlines Splendida dining outlets (**updated**)

Provincial food and fine wines are served in L’Enoteca wine bar, while spicy Mexican specialties are on tap in the Santa Fe restaurant. The Bora Bora buffet sports a pizzeria.

Villa Verde offers Italian dishes in a room with a panoramic view. Italian fare is also featured in La Reggia, with seating on two floors.

MSC Splendida’s L’Olivo restaurant is named after the olive tree which has contributed to Mediterranean’s rich and diverse cultures. The menu includes dishes from 15 Mediterranean lands: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

MSC Splendida is the sister to 2008’s MSC Fantasia.

KONE wins second order from Celebrity Cruises

KONE wins second order from Celebrity Cruises

KONE will supply the 2,850 passenger capacity ships with a total of 46 customised elevators serving the vertical transportation needs of both passengers and crew. The elevators will be hoisted by KONE EcoDis machinery and are based on either the KONE MiniSpaceTM or the machine-room-less KONE MonoSpace platform.

This order follows a previous one announced in 2006 when KONE secured the contract to supply the first three Solstice ships being built by Meyer Werft, the third of which, Celebrity Equinox, enters service next month.

Ari Lehtoranta, evp, major projects, KONE said, ‘these two new orders play an important role in strengthening KONE's leading position in the cruise ship segment.’

KONE's cooperation with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Meyer Werft goes back to the early 1990s.

HAL reports lanai rooms are a hit

HAL reports lanai rooms are a hit

Lanai staterooms will be added to Rotterdam this year and three other ships by 2013.

‘We are very pleased with the lanai staterooms and the enthusiastic response from our guests,’ said HAL’s Rick Meadows, evp marketing, sales and guest programs. ‘They have a nice layout and direct deck access and enhanced views are a major benefit.’

HAL’s Statendam-class ships have fewer verandah accommodations than on the newer Vista and Signature vessels so the lanai rooms give a great value with outside deck access, Meadows added.

Each lanai stateroom also features reserved deck chairs outside the sliding glass doors that have a one-way mirrored coating for privacy.

The addition of the 38 lanai rooms on Veendam was a key feature of the latest round of Signature of Excellence enhancements at HAL. Thirty-two new verandah staterooms also were built on the aft portion of the ship, along with eight new inside rooms.

Another enhancement was the creation of 15 spa staterooms - 12 outside converted to verandah in drydock and three other inside - with special décor and extra spa amenities.

Refurb takes Club Med 2 up a notch

Refurb takes Club Med 2 up a notch

Sailing to Nice, Portofino, Saint-Tropez and Cannes, the five-masted, 372-passenger Club Med 2 welcomed some 300 guests from 14 countries, representing Club Med’s global span.

‘Redesigned stem to stern in October 2008 in Italy by French interior designer Sophie Jacqmin, this is a unique ship in size and atmosphere,’ asserted Club Med ceo Henri Giscard d’Estaing. (A sister vessel now operates as Wind Surf for Windstar Cruises.)

Inspired by accounts of explorers’ adventures, the new chic and trendy decor boasts 186 redesigned cabins including 10 new suites, all with new bedding, a 110sq mtr spa and a hair dresser linked with top brand Carita. A new fitness center is under the Club Med Gym label, and the two restaurants and the main lounge were upgraded.

‘With its premium, all-inclusive formula and its new “Five Tridents” classification - our luxury range - this ship also embodies our philosophy, which is the luxury of enjoying more without spending more,’ d’Estaing said.

Launched during the trip, Club Med 2’s December to mid-April Caribbean season will chart 20 cruises of seven to 13 nights visiting 45 ports, including maiden calls at Curaçao and Grenada. Scheduled for March, a new itinerary, ‘Turquoise Dream,’ includes La Guaira, Los Roques, Grenada, Bequia, Tobago Cays, Mayreau and Fort-de-France.

Club Med 2 carried 11,515 passengers in 2008. The recent winter season’s occupancy rate was 60%. Summer occupancies are currently running 60% to 65%.

Harris Pye and Sobrena collaborate for cruise refurb work

Harris Pye and Sobrena collaborate for cruise refurb work

The two companies have worked together for over five years and under the terms of the recently signed MOU, plan to form an integrated project team from both parties to offer design, engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and docking and yard facilities.

‘We have each identified our particular strengths, and will be working to those,’ says Mark Prendergast, md Harris Pye. ‘We are looking forward to working even more closely now with Sobrena, but, of course both companies retain their independence in their core business,’ he noted.

The Harris Pye Group is a rapidly expanding global player with over 750 employees in the UK and main stations
in Dubai and Singapore plus offices and repair facilities in Scandinavia, Portugal, Brazil, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.

Specialists in repair of marine and industrial boilers,
Harris Pye has expertise in automation, control engineering and ship repair; industrial services; the manufacture of food-grade stainless steel galley/land-based kitchen equipment; and ship outfitting.

Sobrena was established in 1987 and is owned by Group Meunier, an industrial maintenance company. With three dry-docks of up to 80mtr in width and 420mtr in length, Sobrena is able to accommodate almost all ships.

Located in Brest, Sobrena is situated at the entrance of the
English Channel, with no entrance restriction and sheltered mooring area.

Michel Faou, general manager of Sobrena said, ‘Sobrena is happy to be able to present additional alternatives to customers in the Atlantic Basin.’

Oceania tells more about Marina’s pan-Asian venue

Oceania tells more about Marina’s pan-Asian venue

The five-course tasting menu includes soup, salad, appetizer, choice of main courses accompanied by a selection of side dishes, followed by dessert.

A typical menu might begin with spicy Thai lemongrass-flavored coconut soup with prawns, followed by a salad of duck and watermelon with cashews, mint and Thai basil. The starter course may showcase selections from the daily sushi platter or tuna tartar with black and white sesame seeds and wasabi cream.

Entrée choices include roasted Chilean sea bass marinated in plum-miso sauce, cooked in a Hoba leaf, or Asian-spiced rack of lamb with kohl robi, cream spinach and truffle oil. Sole tempura, braised beef with Malay curry, and lobster pad thai are also main courses.

Desserts range from chocolate-lemongrass or litchi-raspberry crème brulée to green tea banana cake with toffee-hazelnut sauce.

Red Ginger’s wine list includes European and New World vintages. The restaurant offers a wide selection of sake, beers from Thailand and Japan, and a full cocktail menu. The signature libation, Ginger Blossom, blends Charbay blood orange vodka, passion fruit and orange juices with grenadine, and is served shaken and poured over ice.

Red Ginger’s layout is based on feng shui principles, and its contemporary décor incorporates ebony woods, bronze and glass light fixtures with eclectic, modern Asian artwork.

Debuting in winter 2010, Marina will offer 10 dining venues including six open-seating, gourmet restaurants.

Dawn Princess gets thumbs up from agents

Dawn Princess gets thumbs up from agents

Speaking to Seatrade Insider when Princess Cruises’ freshly-painted 77,000gt resident ship arrived in Sydney today after a two-night repositioning from the Forgacs shipyard in Brisbane, Jardine said he was ‘absolutely amazed at what has been done in two short weeks.’

Jardine, who presented introductory training modules to the consultants he took on the coastal voyage, said everyone had ‘inspected the ship from stem to stern’ and had given it the thumbs up.

‘We knew we were going to preview the Movies Under the Stars screen, but we were also knocked out by the new upholstery and carpet, the resurfaced decks and mosaic tiling around the pool area and the remodelled boutiques and photo gallery,’ he said. ‘It is a top product for the Australian market.’

Carnival Australia will host a preview brunch on July 5 for industry and media representatives aboard Dawn Princess, which sails this evening on a 13-night Fijian Jewels cruise.

On July 5 the ship will depart Sydney again on the first world cruise from Australia. This historic 104-night voyage will call at 42 ports, returning to Sydney on October 16.

Polyflor has Oasis of the Seas covered

Polyflor has Oasis of the Seas covered

Colours and styles of wood and stone effects are the hallmark of the Voyager Collection featuring 16 contemporary plank and tile designs specially developed for front of house marine environments including retail, leisure and public areas.

The Voyager range also includes sheet vinyl and 60 different colours and styles of hardwearing tiles specially designed for ‘back of house’ such as crew quarters, corridors and storage areas. Over 13,000sq mtr of low maintenance Voyager PUR sheet vinyl has been installed in general areas, corridors and stairs, 3,000 sq mtr of timber effect Forest FX are fitted in the crew cabins and vinyl tiles feature in the crew restaurant.

Voyager PUR features a polyurethane reinforcement for protection as well as enabling polish-free maintenance to give life cycle maintenance cost savings of up to 48% as well as saving energy and reducing the use of chemicals, claims Ployflor.

The Voyager range of floor coverings all comply with IMO regulations.

Norwegian Sky refurb adds staterooms

Norwegian Sky refurb adds staterooms

The refurbishments included major updates to 14 suites which received new wallpaper, new marble tiles in the showers and tub and refinishing of woodwork and balcony teak.

All 1,000 seats in the Stardust Theater were reupholstered. The work in Dazzles Bar and Nightclub included refinishing the dance floor, reuphostering the chairs and bar stools, and removing the banquette seating to create more room on the dance floor.

Atrium seating was reupholstered, and new food stations were installed in the Garden Café. The Italian restaurant, I’l Adagio, was refurbished.

The ship has re-entered service on three- and four-day Bahamas itineraries from Miami.

QM2 introduces new Canyon Ranch treatments

QM2 introduces new Canyon Ranch treatments

They include organic Voya seaweed treatments and Japanese-based detoxifying and revitalizing rituals using Red Flower products. A performance orthotics service measures gait and foot force to fit passengers with customized orthotic shoe inserts.