MIAMI -- Cruise lines can always be counted on for ongoing
refurbishment projects, and keeping track of which ship was spruced
up when is a daunting task. The following rundown, however, should
help bring retailers up to speed -- at least for the moment:
CostaRiviera underwent a $2 million refurbishment and upgrade. The
most dramatic change is in the ship's lobby, with the area opened
up vertically to create a two-deck atrium boasting new furnishings.
The refurbishment also included all the CostaRiviera's public
areas, including the beauty salon and duty free shops as well as
the bathrooms in the cabins on the Amalfi, Portofino and Capri
Monarch of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas returned to service March
14 after spending more than two months in a shipyard for repairs.
The ship sustained major damage when it collided with a reef off
St. Maarten in December. Royal Caribbean took advantage of the
vessel's time in drydock to fix areas damaged in the incident and
to do an upgrade. All of the vessel's indoor areas and staterooms
received new carpet, upholstery, wall coverings and window
treatments, and outside areas were recarpeted, as well. A new
facility for toddlers, called Aquanauts, was created on Deck 8. The
ship's teen lounge received an upgraded audio and lighting system
and an updated coffee house motif. The indoor and outdoor dining
areas of the Windjammer Cafe were remodeled with mosaic tile and
Classical Cruises completed a refurbishment of its 44-passenger
Panorama. All 22 cabins on the yacht-like vessel received new bed
linens, curtains, carpeting and artwork. An additional chest of
drawers and storage cabinet was also added to each cabin, and all
the vessel's cabins now feature 14-inch televisions and minibars.
Refurbishments also were completed in the ship's public areas.
Furniture, carpeting and artwork were upgraded to create a more
comfortable and stylish environment.
Crystal's Crystal Symphony is scheduled for dry-dock this month,
with upgrades including a redesign of the Avenue Saloon. The
intimate piano bar, a favorite meeting place, was already
redesigned on sister ship Crystal Harmony. The room's new decor
will include the use of mahogany and other warm woods. It will be
appointed with chestnut leather couches, upholstery in rich reds
and golds, custom-designed rugs and antique brass, bronze and gold
accents. A new lounge, to be called Connoisseurs Club, will be an
annex to the existing Avenue Saloon and will offer a smaller room
with a private club atmosphere. The Connoisseurs Club will feature
a sophisticated mix of large leather sofas; rich textures and
regal-colored fabrics; mahogany bookcases, and a cigar humidor to
reflect the connoisseur theme. Decorative touches are also being
added to the casual Lido Cafe and Gardens, with new areas being
created for private cocktail parties and small dinner gatherings.
New cooking stations and buffet counters will augment the
self-service dining section of the room.