MAKEOVERS TO THE MAX

Ev­ery ship needs a new look now and then

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - LINER NOTES - AN­DREA BLACK

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.

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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

PIC­TURES: P&O CRUISES, SIL­VERSEA

Time­less clean stripes spruce up Pa­cific Aria’s top deck; and the Dolce Vita is a so­phis­ti­cated new lounge on Sil­ver Spirit. PA­CIFIC ARIA

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