Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2022

1 0 4 Maintaining momentum REFIT REPORT Although the cruise industry has almost returned to full operations worldwide, the cruise ship refurbishment and repair industry was quieter than many had hoped in 2022. Some revitalisations were delayed, while other projects were slimmed down due to a lack of readily available cash to fund them. European yards rallied to prepare ships for the season. For example, shipbuilder Fincantieri’s yard in Trieste, Italy, has been coordinating multiple ongoing refurbishment projects at the same time. Recent renovations completed by the company took place onboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride, as well as P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure, with both requiring updates to their technical systems and interiors. Earlier this year, German shipyard Bredo Dry Docks was the location for the multimillion-dollar refit onboard expedition ship Fram, which sails for Norway-based adventure cruise operator Hurtigruten. Ship-outfitting company Aros Marine modernised public spaces such as the science centre, Explorer Lounge and gym facilities, and also updated 85 cabins and 20 suites. Aros Marine was responsible for the concept design, engineering drawings, onboard works and the manufacturing of the furniture. Work began in April 2021 and was completed in May 2022. Alice Chambers reports on some of the work that has been carried out onboard cruise ships over the past few months, drawing on recent projects by cruise lines, shipyards and outfitters Aros Marine completed refurbishment work onboard Hurtigruten’s expedition ship, Fram, in May 2022 Photo: Evaldas Lasys