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Maasdam Arrives at Dry Dock in Freeport, Bahamas
Cees | April 19th, 2011
On April 8, the Maasdam arrived in Fort Lauderdale, the guests disembarked and the ship later made its way to Freeport to begin the Signature of Excellence refit and dry-dock. Unfortunately a lot had to be broken down before the rebuilding could begin. We left Ft. Lauderdale just after noon with 750 contract workers on board who started to demolish the various areas. We also had many containers and garbage skips loaded on the various decks. We arrived in Freeport at 7 p.m. Luckily our sister ship, the Eurodam, was in dry-dock as well and they accommodated many of the crew who had to vacate their cabins. It is sometimes frightening to see how certain areas get demolished in record time. Hereâ€™s a list of some of the major repairs that Maasdam will undergo:
*Shops/ casino and Mix â€“ where we have now the piano and casino bar and shops.
*All staterooms will get new bathrooms and new carpets and soft goods
*29 Lanai staterooms to be built on Lower promenade deck
*Club HAL area will be redesigned
*Rembrandt Lounge will be rebuilt to show room at sea
*Removal of the escalators to nowhere and the addition of 2 staterooms in this area.
*Refurbishments of all crew cabins