09 Jan 2022 // 2 minute read
Text by Cruise & Harbour News | Photos by Rui Minas
First Cruise Ships of 2022 Arrive to Navantia Shipyards, a Dozen Expected
The first cruise ships of 2022 have arrived to the Navantia shipyards in Cadiz, as Coral Princess and Marella Discovery II have entered the Puerto Real shipyard for their scheduled refits. These are the first two of 12 scheduled for 2022, a number that falls just short of the 18 cruise ships that were touched up in the same place in 2021, although the total number of ships, of any type. In 2019, 13 cruise ships were in the shipyards, and in 2020, as little as 5, due to the ongoing global health situation. Speaking of the 12 cruise ships scheduled for 2022, the Coral Princess is set to leave the shipyard on the 25th, and Marella Discovery II is beeing prepared for reentring service in March, leaving the dock on the 4th of February. Next is the Island Princess, scheduled for the 16th of January, followed by the Rhapsody of the Seas, on the 28th, which is set to stay for a month. The Mein Schiff II will be in Cadiz from the 7th to the 15th of March and the Brilliance of the Seas between the 8th and 27th of April. Thus, it is clear that the Royal Caribbean Group sees in Navantia a strategic partner for the close future.
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One of the biggest highlights of 2022 for Navantia is the dry-docking of The World, the world's biggest and most exclusive residential ship. The perfect combination of a private yacht, luxury residences and a cruise ship, will cruise alongside Mid and South America and will get to know the Tuamotu Archipelago in 2022, but not before technical maintenance in Cadiz, from the 29th of April and until the 28th of May. Dry-Dock Number 4, where most of the cruise ships are refitted, will be closed for the Summer, due to renovacion works. The first cruise ships to enter it post-renovation will be the current Costa Magica, for it's transformation into the Carnival Sunshine class and Carnival's very own Carnival Conquest. Holland America Line's Zaandam and Volendam will both arrive in the Puerto Real shipyards in the beggining of february and stay until late March, in preparations for a return to service under the american-based company. Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sunrise are also expected, between the 31st of March and 18th of April, and the 2nd of May until the 16th, respectively. In 2021, Navantia celebrated a decade of beeing in the business of cruise ship repair and wants to grow it's position in the market, aswell as expand itself in the sector.
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