NYK Cruises ‘Asuka II’ will undergo a 45-day refurbishment programme at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore from the middle of January, 2020.
‘Asuka II’ is the largest cruise ship currently flying the Japanese flag at 50,142 gt; capacity: 872 pax.
Features to be added during the drydock include a large open-air bath, western-style rooms featuring traditional Japanese-style tatami-mat sleeping areas, and a reading lounge.
Some restaurants will also be refurbished, and a large high-resolution LED display will be placed in the entrance hall. Wi-Fi will be accessible in all staterooms and the ship’s public areas (with the exception of a few quiet zones), and video-on-demand will be made available in each stateroom.
In addition, an SOx scrubber will be installed to address tightening global environmental regulations.
NYK said it will continue to further improve the Asuka Cruise brand and sustain growth by offering its customers high-quality, environment-friendly cruise experiences emphasising traditional Japanese hospitality, known as‘omotenashi’ in Japan.