Boudicca Headed for Technical Drydock at Lloyd Werft

Boudicca Headed for Technical Drydock at Lloyd Werft

ON 29 OCTOBER 2013.

On November 5, Boudicca will become the fourth Fred. Olsen ship to drydock at Lloyd Werft.

The British line has scheduled a quick six-day drydock in the German yard for the 28,000-ton ship for various technical work.

According to Managing Director of Lloyd Werft Rüdiger Pallentin successful drydocks of other Fred. Olsen vessels led to the ship owner’s decision to use Lloyd Werft again.

In 1982, when she was still called the Royal Viking Sky, she was lengthened by 28 meters at Lloyd Werft in co-operation with Seebeck Werft.

Since then, the 40 year old classic ship has changed names ten times before joining Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in 2005.

Extensive work is set to be carried out on all the ship’s seacocks along with below-surface hull coating, modification of and repairs to the piping system and stabiliser repairs.

The main item for the drydock, however, is the replacement of the ship’s bow thruster plant
and extensive repairs to the ship’s rudder.

“We will only be in a position to determine how extensive and complex that work is when the ship has been drydocked,” said Carl Ratjen, project manager.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s profit up 33% in Q3

Norwegian Cruise Line’s profit up 33% in Q3

By Tom Stieghorst
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said it earned $170.9 million in the third quarter, up from $128.4 million a year earlier.

Revenue grew 18% to $797.8 million, up from $674.4 million.

“Improved ticket pricing and onboard spend, along with better-than-expected results from business-improvement initiatives drove incremental earnings in the quarter,” CEO Kevin Sheehan said in a prepared statement.

Norwegian forecast that it will earn between $276 million and $286 million for the year.

The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the results at 10 a.m. Oct. 29.

Disney Cruise Line completes improvements to Magic

Disney Cruise Line completes improvements to Magic

By Tom Stieghorst
AquaDunkDisney Cruise Line has returned the Disney Magic to service after a two-week drydock to overhaul the 15-year-old ship. Pools, restaurants, night spots and children’s play areas were updated.

Disney wouldn’t reveal the cost of the improvements, but said it was a substantial amount.

Probably the biggest change was in the pool deck, where a more intimidating water slide called Aqua Dunk was added. The slide requires a climb through a funnel to get to a chamber that connects to a tube looping out over the ship’s side. The floor of the chamber drops away, plunging the rider into a near vertical fall for the first few seconds.

Along with the new slide, Disney shrank the space for Micky’s Pool, giving it over to the Aqua Lab splash area found on the Dream and Fantasy, and the Twist n’ Spout water slide.

The children’s play areas in the Oceaneering Club were also redesigned, with a big two-story slide being the new highlight of Andy’s Room from the “Toy Story” film.

Another change was the elimination of Parrot’s Cay, one of three rotational restaurants unique to Disney ships. Its space has been remade into Carioca, a Brazilian-themed room with colorful contemporary chandeliers and a pan-Latin menu.

The iconic Animator’s Palette restaurant was outfitted with new light, sound and video technology and is playing a new show, “Drawn to Magic,” that is a personal favorite of Disney Cruise Line president Karl Holz.

“It’s a very touching, heartfelt experience that surprised us,” Holz said.

Elsewhere, the adults-only nightclub section of the ship has been renamed After Hours (formerly Beat Street) and given a more contemporary silver-and-black design.

Topsiders Buffet has been renamed Cabanas, and has expanded by 725 square feet so it doesn’t feel so crowded.

In the salon, a two-chair barber shop has been carved out for men’s haircuts and shaves.

Disney Magic, the line’s original ship, will be doing three-, four- and five-day cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean through the end of the year, before shifting in January to Port Canaveral for three- and four-day Bahamas cruises, and later moving to the Mediterranean for cruises between Barcelona and Venice.