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Maasdam in dry dock

Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by Krazy Kruizers, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

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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. Here’s a list of some of the major repairs that Maasdam will undergo:
    *Shops/ casino and Mix – 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
    [​IMG] Maasdam at Freeport, Bahamas.


    [​IMG] Preparation for containers.
     
  2. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    [​IMG] The center atrium was protected for demolition.

    [​IMG] Containers on deck.

    April 9: In the morning almost 1,000 contractors and yard personnel boarded and because of excellent preparation by our security, front office staff and the Seattle dry dock team, we were able to board them without any major challenges. Even in dry-dock we must adhere to all security standards. In the evening we entered our dry-dock. We did encounter some delays, but when we woke up the next morning we were safely sitting on the blocks and the water was being drained. It was a very hard night for the Captain as he was up all night with his officers making sure that the entering of the dock was conducted safely and without mishaps. Inside of the ship there is not much left of the casino and piano bar. Also the shops are almost gone and there is a big hole left where it all was.
    [​IMG] Check-in.
     
  3. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    [​IMG] The casino bar being demolished.

    [​IMG] This was the shops and casino and it's not a pile of rubble.

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    April 10: When we woke up the last of the water was drained from the dock. On the lower promenade deck the steel is being cut so we can fit the sliding doors for the Lanai staterooms and the preparation for new floors, wall painting and further refurbishment continues. In the show lounge they worked 24 hours a day to remove all of the old stage rigging.
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  4. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    [​IMG] The new Lanai staterooms in progress.

    [​IMG] New floors being prepared in the crew areas.

    [​IMG] The show lounge.

    Cees Tesselaar is Maasdam’s hotel manager.
     
  5. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    thanks for the share -- interesting photos
     
  6. Judi

    Judi Well-Known Member

    KK, any word on whether Veendam is in drydock as well???
     
  7. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    maasdam really needs this update -- she was starting to look old when we were on here in 2007
     
  8. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    judi

    veendam is now in freeport for her dry dock -- all i have so far are the "nose" pictures of her
     

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