MAKEOVERS TO THE MAX
Every ship needs a new look now and then
In real estate it’s called a renovation, in the beauty industry it’s called a refresh or a makeover and in the cruising world it’s called dry dock. It’s necessary for ships to go to dry dock to get the hull, propellers and thruster serviced but cruise lines often take this opportunity for an interior refurbishment.
In the competitive cruise industry it’s not surprising that ships are spruced up so regularly. Cruisers are discerning, wear and tear does not go unnoticed. Besides, ships need to keep up with ever-changing interior design trends. Here are some of the latest makeovers.
NAUTICAL BUT NICE
It’s official, the classic blue and white nautical theme is back. P&O Cruises Australia’s 1500-guest Pacific Aria has recently completed a 12-day dry dock in Singapore with new features including a new-look Dome on the top deck. It’s a classic but contemporary look with clean stripes and soft lighting providing a relaxed vibe.
As far as dry docks go, this is a small nip and tuck since the ship’s interior design was already ahead of the curve, thanks to the discerning eye of Carnival Australia’s head of design, Petra Ryberg.
Other changes include a new barber shop in The Elemis Spa, an on-trend classic design with leather swivel chair so hirsute modern gentlemen can be tended to in comfort. And the ship’s 28 suites, 120 balcony cabins and penthouse have been fitted with new carpets and outdoor furniture; fresh for the tootsies and the tush. POCRUISES.COM.AU
GET INTO THE SPIRIT
Silversea Cruises has recently lengthened its Silver Spirit adding a pre-built 14.9m midsection to enlarge the pool space on deck nine. There’s now a large beach area and more space for guests to stretch out and relax on the sun deck.
The dining areas have been reformatted to an eight-restaurant layout, and there’s the new Zagara Spa, Tor’s Observation Library and the Dolce Vita Lounge.
Art exhibitions are held in the Arts Cafe, which is also the perfect perch to sit back with a book from the shelf and have a coffee. Guest accommodation options have also been upgraded. SILVERSEA.COM/SHIPS/SILVER-SPIRIT.HTML
HERE COMES THE SUN
Continuing the line’s “Come Back New Promise”, Princess Cruises’ 2000-guest Sun Princess has emerged from a 14-day, multimillion-dollar dry dock in Singapore, just in time for the Australian cruise season.
New to the ship is a reimagined Camp Discovery Youth and Teen Centre created in partnership with Discovery. There are enhanced boutiques including a branded Effy jewellery boutique as well as Burberry, Coach, Longchamp, and Guess. And, new premium stateroom category The Club Class Mini-Suites are being introduced featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining.
A ROCK AND ROLL BAR
Norwegian Cruise Line has just completed refurbs of three of its ships including Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star. Following a twoweek dry dock in Brest, France, Norwegian Breakaway now features upgraded accommodation, public spaces plus a new American rock ’n’ roll bar and lounge called Syd Norman’s Pour House.
The bar was modelled on famous rock houses such as CBGB’s in New York and the Fillmore in San Francisco. Sip on Witchy Woman cocktail (Seinfeld fans know the Eagles song as “Witch-ay Woman”) while a live band plays the oldies hits. Other upgrades include enhancements to Bliss Ultra Lounge and new carpet in all 2014 staterooms and suites. NCL.COM
Timeless clean stripes spruce up Pacific Aria’s top deck; and the Dolce Vita is a sophisticated new lounge on Silver Spirit. PACIFIC ARIA