DSV Cruise Takes on Overhaul of Navigator of the Seas Ahead of First Sail to Perfect Day at CocoCay

How nice does a Caribbean resort-style pool and deck overlooking the ocean sound? How about a two-level bar for sunset cocktails, live music, and delicious food? All these amenities and plenty more are part of the $115 million modernization of Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.

DSV Cruise Takes on Overhaul of Navigator of the Seas Ahead of  First Sail to Perfect Day at CocoCay

DSV’s Cruise Line and Marine Solutions vertical is currently doing the prep work for the Navigator of the Seas ship refurbishment project. Navigator will be docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas from January 4th to February 21st, 2019.

Refurbishment projects have an incredibly tight timeline with no room for error. Crews work around the clock to deliver the ship on-time, with people taking on any roles needed to move the work along. By the end of the project, DSV expects to have moved between 800 and 1,000 TEUs to Freeport, Bahamas for the entirety of the project, with over 400 TEUs coming from Miami, Florida. 

Refurbishments are currently the largest areas of growth in the cruise industry. Building new ships takes 3 to 5 years and can cost anywhere from $250 million to $1 billion. Dry docking, which allows ships to have maintenance or repairs, are mandatory by law every 4 to 5 years, and many companies take advantage of that time to revitalize their vessels.

By the time the Navigator is ready, every inch will be different—the venues, restaurants, pools, rooms, everything down to the sheets, pillows, and even forks. A DSV Project Manager will be onsite for the entirety of the project, living on the ship and ensuring that everything stays on schedule and any snags are immediately addressed. Our project managers get involved in the process about six months before launch and become an integral part of the project until it’s completion.

Our Cruise team is also working hard on Royal Caribbean’s newest island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, a destination for ships such as the Navigator of the Seas, complete with a waterpark, cabanas that sit on the ocean, and activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and glass bottom boat tours. Currently, DSV is moving around 100 containers of steel and fiberglass from Europe, North America, and Asia to build brand new water slides. 

Stay tuned for pictures and details on the completed project in early 2019! 

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