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Articles from 2009 In September

Victoria Cruises pair to get Executive Suite Decks

Victoria Cruises pair to get Executive Suite Decks

Featuring concierge service, suite accommodations, an exclusive lounge area and private, à la carte restaurant, the Executive Suite Decks provide personalized, white-glove service.

‘All travelers enjoy preferential treatment, but for upscale guests it is an absolute necessity,’ noted Larry Greenman, manager of customer service for Victoria Cruises.

Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina will undergo renovations during the winter season. The sister vessels will also be fitted with additional upgrades to enhance the look and feel of the vessels ship-wide.

Victoria Jenna, Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina sail Victoria Cruises' Three Gorges Highlights program, both upstream and downstream between Chongqing and Yichang, as well the round-trip Three Gorges Explorer itinerary sailing Chongqing-Yichang-Chongqing (features different excursions along the return voyage).

Passengers in Executive Suite Decks accommodation are entitled to exclusive shore excursions.

RSSC Navigator update includes new dining, Canyon Ranch spa

RSSC Navigator update includes new dining, Canyon Ranch spa

The 490-passenger Navigator will sport a ‘stunning new look and feel, two new dining venues and a spa operated by the renowned Canyon Ranch,’ said RSSC president Mark Conroy.

The new Prime 7 steak house will have a palette of green and gold with materials including leather, granite and burnished woods. The menu will feature prime-aged steaks, chops, fresh seafood and poultry.

The main dining room, Compass Rose, is set for dramatic changes with new armchairs in cranberry and opal atop plush carpets of russet and cocoa. New draperies, china, silver and glassware complete the redesign.

La Veranda, offering indoor and outdoor seating, will replace the Portofino restaurant. New furniture, carpeting and window treatments will be complemented by signature table settings. The new restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch in a casually elegant atmosphere and, in the evening, will feature regionally themed specialty dinners.

High atop the ship on Deck 11, a new Pool Grill featuring a barbecue grill, hot and cold buffet, panini station and coffee and dessert area will provide a casual, al fresco dining option that is open throughout the day.

The ship's bars and lounges will also receive transformations. A mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings with complementary upholstery, carpeting and curtains will give Stars Lounge an eclectic ambiance that RSSC described as ‘reminiscent of a chic designer estate home.’

Galileo’s will sport new colors of burgundy and gold offset with accents of lavender, sky and moss, while a new bar area is accented in tufted textiles and polished stone flooring. A new al fresco lounge will be created on the terrace with plump sofas and chaises.

New décor for the Navigator Lounge includes cappuccino, camel and navy hues accented with apple-green and lemon. The ship’s card room and library will be redecorated as well and all public spaces throughout the ship are being refreshed.

The new Canyon Ranch SpaClub will encompass a spa, wellness and fitness facility, and a full-service beauty salon. Facilities will include treatment rooms, a gym and weight room with cardio and weight-training equipment, a juice bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms, thalassotherapy, sauna and steam rooms.

Seven Seas Navigator will operate seven- to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America this winter, followed by a summer series of seven-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage. After Alaska, the ship undertakes its lengthiest and most exotic voyage to date: a 96-night ‘Grand Asia Pacific’ cruise from Anchorage to San Francisco.

Sea Princess BAE San Francisco drydock is online

Sea Princess BAE San Francisco drydock is online

The Sea Princess Drydock Journal features regular updates of the work in progress at BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair at Pier 70 in San Francisco. The journal can be found on the Sea Princess page in the website’s ‘Ships’ section, and it will be regularly updated throughout the two-week drydock. The photos will also be posted to Princess’ Twitter feed, Facebook page and Flickr photostream.

‘We’ve received great feedback from passengers who have enjoyed following along with these drydock journals, and have gained a new appreciation for the work that goes into maintaining our vessels,’ said Princess evp Jan Swartz. ‘Viewers love watching how quickly ships are transformed when in drydock.’

When Sea Princess emerges, the ship will offer The Sanctuary, an adults-only retreat with padded lounge chairs and the services of dedicated Serenity Stewards.

Other changes include a remodeled photo gallery area, the installation of new carpet and upholstery, plus a view of the bottom of the ship’s hull as it receives several new coats of silicone paint.

Once out of drydock, Sea Princess will transit the Panama Canal en route to the Caribbean to begin a series of 14-day cruises from Barbados.

Astor to get major makeover

Astor to get major makeover

Following refurbishment, Astor will re-enter service in June 2010 and operate the already published Transocean Tours 2010 Astor brochure.

Bremen-based Transocean Tours, is planning a restructuring of its business after voluntarily filing for insolvency protection in the German courts. The restructuring plans are being supported by Munich-based Premicon.

Mivan to convert OV Two to Pacific Jewel

Mivan to convert OV Two to Pacific Jewel

This project rounds off a busy year for Mivan’s cruise ship refit business, representing around £5.5m during 2009. This is Mivan’s first contract for P&O Australia since the Pacific Sun contract in 2005. The project is being managed by Carnival UK’s technical team in Southampton.

Mivan will be the main contractor onboard working on the majority of public areas throughout the ship. The two biggest areas will be the Waterfront Restaurant and the Oasis Bar, both totally new spaces. Other areas include the Sunweaver Café, Casbah, Connections and Casino Bars, Turtle Cove and Shark Shack Children’s Area, Teen Centre, La Luna Speciality Restaurant, East Wing Internet Room & Library and the conversion of the existing Kids Club back to the Attic Bar. A total of 38 passenger and 25 crew cabins will also be upgraded as part of the re-fit.

Pre-fabricated manufacturing has been taking place in Mivan’s Antrim factory during August and September in preparation for shipping to the Far East in early October. Mivan project managers James Gilmore and David Bartholomew will be based on the ship supervising around 110 staff. Mivan worked aboard the Ocean Village Two’s previous refit in March 2007 in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Stephen Mills, business development director at Mivan said, ‘This will be one of Mivan’s largest cruise ship re-fits in recent years.’

David Varty, lead projects superintendent for Carnival UK added, ‘being able to provide a project team at the early stages of the design phase to liaise at all levels with owners appointed SMC Designers, was critical to the final product changes being made for the Australian marketplace.’