Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

Marella Voyager Navantia Cadiz shipyard has completed a multimillion-pound refurbishment on Marella Cruises’ Marella Voyager. During a 36-day dry dock, work was carried out on the existing cabins, which were all repainted with a muted blue and taupe colour palette. In addition, two new staterooms were designed by Copenhagen-based GUBI inspired by the ports in St Lucia in the West Indies and Santorini, Greece. During the dry dock, which took 11,460 hours, multiple contractors updated the onboard dining and entertainment spaces. SMC Design created the adult-only Exchange, a speakeasy-style bar which guests enter through a telephone box, while Greenspan Projects created its first adventure golf at sea on the top deck. The biggest refurbishment took place in the newly created The Kitchens, a food hall with eight stations, designed by long-term Marella Cruises partner London studio 20.20, which also developed the 1980s-themed Electric Rooms club and the Arts House, a gallery-inspired bar displaying artwork inspired by ports the ship visits. “Voyager’s new experiences had to fit with those on Marella Discovery and Explorer but also push the boundaries of the Marella experience,” said Vaughan Ward, 20.20’s creative director for the project. “At their heart, the spaces we designed are inspired by TUI’s iconic master brand – creating unique experiences through narratives, touches, moments and vibrancy that help bring that famous TUI smile to Marella customers.” Shipyards worldwide are working with cruise and ferry operators to upgrade ships and reduce fleet-wide emissions, cut onboard waste and implement energy-saving technologies. Laura Hyde takes a look at some of the projects carried out so far in 2023 REFIT REPORT Greener seas 114 Photo: Marella Cruises/TUI UK Photo: 20.20 Ltd