It’s not often that wheels get mentioned in a cruising capacity, but they’re well and truly in motion when it comes to Thomson Cruise’s Platinum makeover.
The grand plan was to refurbish 2 ships from the existing 4-fold fleet and give them some extra benefits – we’re talking furnishings with designer touches, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities in cabins, and iPod docking stations in suites. To make the Platinum grade, the chosen ships already had to score ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ with 90 per cent or more of our customers.
Last week, work began on the Thomson Celebration. The ship docked in Limassol, Cyprus, and a team of 200 contractors, from firms all over the UK, were given the tight turnaround time of 10 days to makeover the ship.
Shortly after the workforce arrived, 30 containers joined the Celebration at dockside, filled with more carpet, furniture, wallpaper, tiles and worktops than a Homebase catalogue.
Since the renovation project started, passers-by in Limassol have seen some memorable scenes. Four cranes have been working over the ship with the synchronisation of Team GB’s swimmers. Plus, at one point, 1,000 unwanted chairs were lined up in single file along the port prom deck, ready to be recycled ashore.
Thomson Celebration will make her maiden voyage sporting this new look in the public areas, on Wednesday the 7th of November. She’ll be heading to Sharm El Sheikh to start her winter Red Sea programme. On this selection of cruises customers can see the pyramids, Petra, and the Valley of the Kings in just 7 days. Soon after, the Thomson Dream will be pulling into Hamburg port, to begin its own transformation.
Renovations by numbers…
5 – the number of sittings needed in the restaurant to feed the workforce
3 – the number of times a day the workforce need to refuel
34 – the reading on the thermometer in the Broadway show lounge, when the temperature was turned up to speed the drying process of the new floor
20,000 – the number of plastic cups required for workforce water stations
300 – the number of plastic cups Staff Captain Nathan Mills was able to source, when he was sent out to buy 20,000 cups
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17 – the number of minutes the 300 cups lasted