1 1 6 REFIT REPORT A smooth re-entry As many cruise lines resume sailing, shipyards around the world are seeing increasing numbers of refit and refurbishment projects. Elly Yates-Roberts highlights some of the work that has been carried out on cruise ships and ferries over the past six months Den Breejen Shipyard, Netherlands Den Breejen Shipyard in the Netherlands has seen a busy start to 2022, carrying out refit and winter work on several river cruise ships. With many operators preparing their vessels for their first season in two years, many ships have been in need of thorough checks before they resume sailing. Those that have visited the shipyard for these works include Avalon Waterways’ Avalon View, Nicko Cruises’ Rhein Melody and Plantours Kreuzfahrten’s Elegant Lady. In addition to the yard’s local work in HardinxveldGiessendam, Netherlands, Den Breejen also carried out on-site refit work on Scenic Sapphire from European river cruise operator Scenic. Over a threeweek period in France, the vessel received a fourth bow thruster channel to ensure its compliance with the latest regulations. Grand Bahama Shipyard, The Bahamas Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s flagship, Grand Classica, entered the dry dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in November 2021 to prepare for the upcoming 2022 cruise season. Having undergone routine technical maintenance and general refurbishments across a three-week period, the ship resumed her normal cruising schedule on 21 December 2021.