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11th December, 2011

Preparing for Christmas

Hello I’m back again.

View to the old Verandah

This week more cutting and welding has been taking place, including the cutting of the new atrium, which will be a real special feature within the aft stair tower. This atrium will be opened over two decks - Deck 5 and 6, so when you are embarking on Deck 5 you will be able to see up to the reception desk. They also started to dismantle the old shore excursion desk, which will become a state of the art future cruise sales center and travel shop.

The Kone lift engineers have arrived and are starting to work on the lifts as we need to redesign the landings and the openings. On Decks 9,10, and 11 we are opening the ship’s superstructure to move the staircase outwards. This will make space for a landing to enable the elevators to open near the Grill Restaurant which leads to the Verandah Deck aft and East to West on Deck 9.

On Deck 10 the same applies for the new build cabins, and again on Deck 11 for the jacuzzi and sun bathing area.
I have attached a few pictures showing the work. When we do our next video blog I hope to get Chief Len to explain more on this subject.

New walkway view from Funnel Deck

Here are some figures you may find interesting; the waste we have offloaded to date is 385970 kg. This consists of all sorts of materials, including steel, scrap metal and furniture - we are on lorry run number 139. Each time the waste is offloaded, Markus or I have to go to the weigh bridge each trip, witness the weighing onto the sorting area and come back to the ship. Very good for my waste, you got it waste ha ha. Sorry, that was a bad joke, almost as bad as Granddad’s.

Talking about Granddad, if you read this blog, where is my Christmas money???

Next time I hope to show you a few of the ‘back of house’ areas you might not usually get the chance to see. They include our newly painted and refurbished crew bar which Markus and some of the team have been working on in their very limited spare time in the evenings. The guys are also decorating the crew mess in preparation for Christmas. The suckling pigs and turkeys have been ordered for those of us spending the festive season onboard. Our surroundings may be a little unusual, but we will make the best of it.

In the meantime, abbi pazienza - one for you to figure out.

Ciao e bona notte.

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