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Articles from 2011 In September


Seven Seas Voyager drydock polishes suites, public areas

Seven Seas Voyager drydock polishes suites, public areas

The ship is currently on a 10-night cruise from Piraeus to Venice.

As part of the work, new plush carpeting was installed throughout, and 26 top suites were refreshed with new wallpaper, fabrics, curtains, décor and art. In addition, penthouse and higher-category suites were equipped with iPads and selected suites received upgraded balcony furniture.

The pre-dinner cocktail spot, Voyager Lounge, gained new drapery and furniture including sofas, armchairs, stools and tables, while new Turkish carpets were added to the Conoisseur Club.

On Deck 11, refurbishments to the pool area include an updated Pool Bar and expanded Pool Grill, and marble-edged corridors leading to new wood flooring in the Observation Lounge. La Veranda restaurant has new chairs and wallpaper and the coffee bar on Deck 5 was expanded.

Other third phase ‘Seven Seas Signature’ elements included expanding the Compass Rose menu with select items from the Signatures and Prime 7 specialty restaurants, and adding more dishes from the regions visited.

Regent Seven Seas president Mark Conroy said further brand updates will be announced in 2012-13.

Windstar embarks on $18m fleet refurbishment

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Wind Surf stateroom rendering

‘Our new owners, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, are committed to Windstar’s growth for the long term,’ said Windstar president and ceo Hans Birkholz. ‘Previously, there have been enhancements and refurbishment projects throughout the years to keep our yachts beautiful; however this is the most extensive fleetwide refurbishment project in Windstar’s history.’

Work begins in November on the first phase of Wind Surf’s refurbishment, with the ship to emerge Dec. 10 for the start of the Caribbean season with renovated and luxurious staterooms, suites, bridge suites, corridors and a ‘timber boardwalk’ throughout the main deck in keeping with the yacht style.

The second phase of Wind Surf’s refurbishment is set for fall 2012 and focuses on public spaces including the Lounge, The Restaurant, Degrees, Veranda, Compass Rose, WindSpa, Yacht Club and Pool Bar.

Wind Star and Wind Spirit will undergo complete refurbishments of staterooms, owner’s suite and corridors along with public spaces including The Restaurant, Veranda, Lounge, WindSpa, Library, Reception and Pool Bar following their respective Costa Rica and Caribbean seasons.

After the completion of work, both vessels begin their Mediterranean seasons with Wind Spirit’s starting April 15 and Wind Star’s on April 29.

Windstar described its vision for the refurbishments as classic, stylish yacht luxury that underscores the ‘180 Degrees from Ordinary’ branding.

The yachts will receive new furniture, upholstery, art, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments and floor coverings. The design palette combines sand and marine colors contrasting with warm wood finishes.

Windstar’s design and build partner for the project is UK-based Trimline Interiors incorporating MCVITTY Interior Consultants.

Trimline specializes in cruise ship and super-yacht ‘turn-key’ interiors and has completed projects all over the world. The company has its own in-house services including joinery, soft furnishings, upholstery, decoration and flooring.

Alan McVitty, lead designer and director of MCVITTY Interior Consultants, brings 24 years of expertise in interiors, including leisure and residential assignments along with projects for luxury cruise lines and private yachts.

Staterooms on all three yachts will be transformed with new leather headboards, stately arm chairs, linen wall coverings, new lighting features, elegant window coverings, plush wool carpeting, artwork, stylish bed cushions and luxurious bed throws.

Suites will additionally be outfitted with new furniture that is easily convertible to lounging, dining or accommodating a third occupant.

Wind Surf’s The Restaurant will be completed with a new seating layout, all new soft goods and contemporary wine display and storage. Degrees Restaurant will be transformed into a Mediterranean bistro, anchored by a central wine bar for counter dining and relaxing before and after dinner. Wine tastings and cooking demonstrations will also be conducted here.

The Compass Rose will be reconfigured to open expansively to the adjoining outdoor deck, and its interior completely renovated to reflect the sophisticated elegance of a private club. The Veranda’s outdoor seating will be significantly expanded, creating a midship area for breakfast and lunch al fresco. The interior will include a new buffet, new lighting and epicurean-style display counters.

In the Lounge, wall-to-wall carpeting will be replaced with hard flooring accented with inset rugs, a contemporary mix of furniture, lighter color palette and improved sound insulation around the casino.

Corridors will be completely renovated with new wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, lighting and artwork. The Pool Bar will sport new awnings for additional shade, new deck furniture and an improved outdoor dining layout for Candles Grill.

Wind Spirit and Wind Star’s The Restaurant will receive a complete make-over to create an exclusive destination restaurant with neutral tones and curved design elements. The Veranda will be renewed with new lighting, fresh ‘market-style’ buffet arrangements and reconfigured indoor/outdoor seating.

The Lounge will be contemporized with new furniture, soft goods, seating arrangements, window treatments and audio-visual system, creating a more welcoming space for evening entertainment.

The Pool Bar will be redesigned to offer a more engaging and upscale social experience and to create additional al fresco seating for sunset dining at Candles Grill. The renovations to the Library will create an intimate, luxurious cocoon for more contemplative pursuits, while WindSpa will receive an interior soft goods update.

Refurbishment updates and behind-the-scenes coverage will be provided at http://blog.windstarcruises.com/.

Paul Gauguin tells more about $7m refurb plans

Paul Gauguin Cruises
A mood board shows color samples

The renovations will take place in January during the ship’s 10-night crossing from Tahiti to Brisbane and 11-night drydock in Brisbane. Passengers who join the ‘South Pacific Discovery’ on Jan. 26 will get the first look at the updated and redecorated ship.

Suites and staterooms will feature new carpeting, refinished furniture with new fabrics, new teak railings on the balconies, decorative side panels around the windows and new bathroom flooring.

Renovations throughout the ship will include new flooring and replaced carpeting, elegant new furniture, new window treatments and decorative wall panels, and new signage. The company said the goal is a lighter, brighter feel.

La Veranda will have a redesigned entrance, refinished indoor and outdoor furniture and solar shades throughout. Le Grill will gain new decorative partitions and divider walls, as well as a new buffet area and new lighting. L’Etoile will also have a redesigned entrance in addition to video equipment for conferences.

Promenade Deck 5 add a built-in banquette and expanded casino in Le Casino, and Deck 6 will receive a new integrated display case for books and art. La Palette is gaining a decorative stone band along the front of the bar and an updated lighting system, as well as new outdoor furniture. Le Grand Salon’s dance floor will be refurbished.

Seatrade Insider understands extensive technical upgrades are planned, too.

Paul Gauguin’s previous renovation, totaling $6m, was completed in January 2009.