S/S Rotterdam To Undergo $10-Million Refurbishment At Northwest Marine

Northwest Marine Iron Works and Holland America Lines have jointly announced plans for a $10- million major refurbishing and renovation this fall of the S/S Rotterdam, the cruise line's flagship.

Holland-America's J. Lievisse Anriaanse, vice president-Technical Department, and William Zavin, president of Northwest Marine, said "We have 28 calendar days to complete the project, and we will be working around the clock to achieve that objective." Work will begin September 9 and must be completed by October 7 so the ship will be ready for the Caribbean cruise season.

Mr. Zavin said "this upgrade will mark the largest project Northwest Marine has ever done on a cruise ship. We've been doing this kind of work since 1979—and on more than 20 ships—but never on a scale as large as this and in such a short time frame." Renovations on the 38,645-grosston Rotterdam will run the full gamut from reupholstering furniture to replacing bedspreads and curtains to changing carpets to expanding the casino.

Technical improvements will include replacement and upgrading of the ship's telephone system; upgrading of the public address system; installation of a bow thruster; overhaul of the stabilizers; replacement of the film projectors in the ship's theatre; and the repair of teak decking on the Upper Promenade, Sun and Bridge Decks.

Also scheduled is the installation of a new air conditioning system, the addition of new washing machines, and the conversion of the Number 3 Hold Trunk to six additional cabins. All this is in addition to normal drydocking and an underwater survey and repairs.

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