“Even if the industry is a bit stuck, 2021 has been a very busy year for us,” said Giacomo Poggi – who is in charge of the business side of refit projects at De Wave Group – according to the 2022 Drydocking and Refurbishment Report through Cruise Industry News.
“We have completed the Carnival Victory conversion to Carnival Radiance, where we have transformed staterooms, suites and public areas,” he added.
At press time, De Wave Group – a global cruise ship contractor – was also carrying out refurbishments to cabins and suites on Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl.
The group has also carried out the renovation of all public and catering areas of the two former Princess Cruises ships – Pacific Adventure and Encounter – in preparation for the start of their service for P&O Australia.
“Now we are working on the public and catering areas of the Costa Luminosa, which is in dry dock in Trieste. It will be finished by the end of the year,” Poggi said at the end of November.
According to Poggi, some of the projects suspended during the pandemic have restarted in 2021.
“Others were new redevelopment projects, which involved revisiting public areas and cabins due to new health and safety procedures,” he said.
For future projects, De Wave receives many requests for quotes and offers.
“2022 is a mix of everything,” Poggi explained, “cabins, public spaces, catering – everything in terms of interiors. The trend is quite similar to what we faced in 2021…I have to say that in the first quarter we are already fully occupied and at full capacity.