Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 880-passenger Boudicca is due to undergo an extensive refit from 17 March 2018, at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. The ship will then return to the UK for a five-night Mystery Cruise departing Dover on 29 March 2018.
The Blohm+Voss schedule for Boudicca comprises of engineering works, general refurbishments and painting of the interiors and exterior of the ship.
In addition, one of the main focusses will be the stripping out and rejuvenation of the 462 cabins and suites across the ship. All passenger accommodation will have new carpets installed, along with new soft furnishings and lamps. As with the rest of the fleet, brand new balcony furniture will be installed, and all rooms will be equipped with mini-fridges, safes and interactive smart TVs.
There will be extensive upgrading and remodelling of Boudicca’s public rooms and dining facilities. The Morning Light Pub will be moved from to the portside of the Secret Garden Café. The Heligan Room will be converted into the Indian Ocean Restaurant, with an Indian Ocean theme.
The space vacated by the Morning Light Pub on Lounge Deck 6 will be converted into the Oriental Tea Room, serving exotic teas and other Oriental specialities, with a Far Eastern influence and exotic décor.
The Guest Services area, the focal point and hub of the ship – on Main Deck 5 – will also be renewed, making it more inviting and user-friendly for guests.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are very proud of our smaller, classic cruise ships, and we recognise the importance of investment in upgrades and improvements to ensure that guest are always able to enjoy their holidays to the full. The upgrades and improvements to Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral have all been very well-received by both new and existing guests, and we continue to focus on developing and enhancing the onboard experience. The significant investment that we are making to guest rooms and public areas throughout our fleet will ensure that we continue to provide facilities that meet – and exceed – guest expectations.”
Oliver Grün, Media Relations Manager, Blohm+Voss, said: "We are delighted to welcome Boudicca to our Blohm+Voss shipyard in the coming days, already the third cruise vessel from the Norwegian shipping company, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, to visit us in recent months. Our work on the more than 200-metre-long passenger ship is expected to be completed before Easter."
From Spring 2018, Fred. Olsen guests will be able to sail aboard a fully-renewed ocean fleet. Black Watch benefitted from extensive improvement work at the end 2016 and has been achieving record revenues since. Braemar and Balmoral were refurbished before Christmas 2017.
Azamara Club Cruises has officially taken ownership of its third ship, the former P&O Cruises’ ship Adonia, soon to be known as Azamara Pursuit.
Adonia arrived at the dry-dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahama on 14 March 2018, where Carnival Corporation, the owners and partner company of P&O Cruises, finalised paperwork and officially transferred the vessel to Azamara Club Cruises.
Royal Caribbean International has announced further details about some of the new features that will be added to Independence of the Seas during the ship’s upcoming refurbishment.
Independence of the Seas will return to Southampton in May 2018 following her refurbishment. The ship will be the first in the fleet to feature virtual reality trampolines.
Azamara Club Cruises has announced that is new ship, Azamara Pursuit is to be refurbished at the iconic Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The cruise line has also announced a new maiden voyage, which is now on sale, departing Southampton on 01 August 2018. The new 12-night cruise will visit Norway.
Royal Caribbean International has announced some of the new features that will be installed on the Independence of the Seas during its refurbishment in April 2018.
The 3,634-passenger cruise ship is popular amongst cruisers in the United Kingdom and will cruises from Southampton throughout summer 2018.
The Majestic Line’s two oldest small boutique cruise ships, Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan were originally converted from wooden fishing vessels. The first vessel, Glen Massan is now 13 years old and our second vessel Glen Tarsan is now 11 years old.
During the winter months, The Majestic Line gave both of the two mini cruise vessels, a complete overhaul. Many of the improvements are unseen, such as maintaining the wooden superstructure, replacing major mechanical parts, putting in new equipment and a new galley for the Glen Massan.
British-based cruise line, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has taken delivery of its new flagship Columbus, which was most recently known as Pacific Pearl and operated cruises with P&O Cruises Australia.
The ship was originally launched in 1989 and has been operated by a number of cruise lines. Pacific Pearl has now completed her farewell voyage from Australia to Singapore, where the ship will undergo a refurbishment.
Cunard Line’s 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria is to undergo an extensive month long refurbishment, which will see new balcony staterooms added to the stern and upgrades to the current venues on board.
The planned refurbishment follows on from the success of the ‘remastering’ of Cunard Line’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, which took place in 2016. The ‘remastering’ of Queen Victoria will see a total of £34 million spent upgrading the refurbishing the ship.
The 1,546-passenger Pacific Dawn, which is operated by P&O Cruises Australia, has entered dry dock in Singapore, where it will undergo an extensive refurbishment before setting sail again in March 2017.
New features will be added to the Australian based cruise ship, including the cruise line’s first ever state-of-the-art waterpark, two waterslides, an improved buffet area and a modernised nightclub.
The 1948-built cruise ship Astoria has entered dry dock in Lisbon ahead of her farewell cruise season with Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
During the dry dock Astoria will undergo routine maintenance. The 550-passenger cruise ship is chartered by the British cruise operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and is scheduled to resume cruises from London, Tilbury on 09 March 2017.