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Articles from 2009 In August

Carnival opens sales for Fascination’s new balcony rooms

Carnival opens sales for Fascination’s new balcony rooms

Sixty-two of the new 230sq ft rooms will be located aft, with several of these featuring extended balconies, while 24 others will be located mid-ship and 12 near the stern. Several of Carnival Fascination’s existing suites will be retrofitted with larger, extended balconies.

Other enhancements will include a new Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, Serenity adults-only retreat and resort-style main pool area. In addition, the ship’s Sensation dining room will be reconfigured for ‘Your Time Dining,’ providing the option of open seating between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The refurbishments, part of a 28-day drydock, continue the make-overs to Carnival’s eight Fantasy-class vessels. Carnival Fascination will be the third ship retrofitted with additional balconies, joining Carnival Ecstasy, which will receive new balconies during its September drydock, and Carnival Sensation, which had similar work completed earlier this year.

Carnival Fascination operates a four- and five-day schedule from Jacksonville, Fla.

RSSC Navigator docking date, venue changed

RSSC Navigator docking date, venue changed

As a result, five sailings have been canceled -- Nov. 8, 23 and 30 and Dec. 8 and 18 -- with the ship due to resume its schedule on Dec. 28. Two new voyages have been added, on Feb. 2 and 9.

Travel agents and customers on the canceled cruises are being notified, with incentives to rebook on other sailings. Those who do not rebook will get a full refund, and agent commissions are protected.

Agents will also be compensated for rebooking clients on another sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator or Seven Seas Voyager.

Blog follows Ocean Village Two-Pacific Jewel transformation

Blog follows Ocean Village Two-Pacific Jewel transformation

Scottish cruise industry veteran Ken Flavell, based at Carnival Australia’s head office in Sydney in the lead up to joining Pacific Jewel as hotel director, has given a preview of the reburbishment programme on the site.

Ocean Village Two will make her final voyage from Crete to Singapore via the Suez Canal and India on October 22. She enters drydock on November 14 and sails for Sydney on December 1.

A grand inauguration ceremony is planned for December 12 in her new home port, before she sails the following day on her maiden cruise as Pacific Jewel.

Trimline to supply soft furnishings for Azura

Trimline to supply soft furnishings for Azura

The 116,000gt Azura vessel is being built at Fincantierri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste and will enter service next spring with over 20,000 items of soft furnishings manufactured by Trimline for her passenger and crew cabins.

Trimline will swing into action next month manufacturing the furnishings, which represent the latest in a major series of contracts the company has won to supply furnishings for new ships introduced by Carnival Corp.

Trimline was initially contracted to fit out state rooms on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, and this was followed by a further major project to provide similar fittings for P&O Cruises’ Ventura, which entered service last year.

Trimline sales and marketing director Mike Oliver said, ‘we have until early next year to complete the manufacture and we will then have a team in the yard completing installation. We are also hopeful of securing further work on the ship as she completes her fit out.’

The soft furnishing task will see Trimline make 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 will be used.

The furnishings will be placed in 1,557 passenger state rooms and over 600 crew cabins. Once on site in Monfalcone, Trimline personnel will also fit curtain tracks in each of the rooms.

VoD plans Discovery upgrades

VoD plans Discovery upgrades

The program includes refurbishment and improvements to the Yacht Club, as well as what the company called a ‘major roll out’ of cabin refurbishment.

The work follows $3.5m spent over the past two years to refurbish public areas including the Seven Continents restaurant and some of the cabins.

Furnishings influence repeat bookings, survey finds

Furnishings influence repeat bookings, survey finds

The Internet survey of 1,500 adults was conducted in July by WSL Strategic Retail for Telescope Casual Furniture.

‘In times when people are severely cutting back on vacations it’s important to keep a competitive edge by providing not only good customer service and clean facilities, but also comfortable and attractive seating and fashionable surroundings as well. Cruise ships should not lose sight of their furniture as, clearly, cruise-goers admit that it matters,’ said Kathy Juckett, ceo of Telescope Casual.

The survey found that 66% of passengers notice if furniture is comfortable, and more than a quarter notice if furnishings are outdated. Juckett advised operators to update the ship’s look with ‘trendy pieces, even if it’s just a few.’

She further advised that if operators can’t afford a redesign, adding a few pieces to make the look appear new and fresh is important. According to the survey, 58% of passengers notice new furniture.

Granville, N.Y.-based Telescope Casual has been producing outdoor furniture for more than a century. Product lines include wicker, aluminum, cast aluminum and resin chairs, tables, umbrellas, bar stools, chaises, sofas and rockers.

Crystal Symphony set for $25m upgrade

Crystal Symphony set for $25m upgrade

Crystal Cruises said the pair of 982sq ft Crystal Penthouses will be stripped and transformed with luxurious fabrics, details and finishes. The living areas and bedroom will be enlarged, and both the master and guest bathrooms will gain rare marbles and designer fittings. The master baths will add a sunken Philippe Stark Duravit Jacuzzi tub with 90-degree ocean views, glass mosaics and recessed televisions.

The 61 butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites will be redesigned in taupe and sand tones, accented by citrus or icy blue. New custom cabinetry will sport stone countertops and flat-screen televisions, while new bedding, stone-topped end tables and bedside reading lights will be framed by new headboards, carpeting and window treatments. Bathrooms will get new tile with mosaic accents, glass showers, contemporary hardware and lighting, and a white and neutral color palette.

All the staterooms, redecorated in late 2007, will receive new sofas to provide more seating and add third berths. This year, all accommodations on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity received new Simmons’ mattresses with sanitary protectors.

The Lido Café will be transformed into an upscale dining spot designed to showcase freshly cooked fare while adding intimate seating and improving flow. New food and drink service islands, each with different choices, will be added, along with a new bread oven, grill, woks and other culinary equipment.

The room will be infused with light via a new glazed indoor/outdoor extension and floor-to-ceiling windows. Natural tones of seashell, sand and weathered timber provide a backdrop for polished metal accents and sea grass screens.

The pool areas will be redefined with new spaces, water features and furniture providing more indoor and al fresco dining, conversational seating and varied sunbathing options. Limestone tile will offset the pool and the new, larger whirlpool, and new deck furniture will combine antique white and taupe accented with warm, tropical colors.

In the Lido Deck’s retractable roof-covered, midship area, the Neptune Pool will be removed and replaced with teak decking and al fresco dining and lounging options around the Trident Bar.

Italian specialty restaurant Prego will get a new design Crystal describes as ‘moody and dramatic,’ while retaining elements of traditional Venetian architecture and portraiture. Padded, dark chocolate fabric walls will set off the chandeliers, art and richly upholstered seating.

During the September drydock, Crystal is also investing in upgraded elevators, a new crew restaurant, new lighting systems and other behind-the-scenes projects. Medical center improvements include digital x-ray equipment, and a major upgrade of the broadcast production studio will enhance television programming.

Adfecto will design the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, Seahorse Pool and Neptune Deck areas, guest elevators and crew mess. Kurt Nix will design Prego and II X IV will design the Penthouses and Penthouse Suites.