Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) announced that its subsidiary, Mitsui OSK Passenger Line, Ltd (MOPAS) is to carry out a major renovation project on the ‘Nippon Maru’.
The refurbishment will take about 50 days from mid-February through early April, 2020.
‘Nippon Maru’ was last renovated in 2010 when the ship was 20 years old. Additional cabins were constructed on Deck 6, while the new Horizon Lounge and Spa & Salon were added. The hull was also repainted in royal blue and round windows were installed.
Next year, the ship will undergo further renovation as it celebrates its 30th anniversary:
• New cabins will be constructed on Decks 4 and 5 in the bow area fitted with large windows allowing passengers to have sea-suite-class cabins for up to three passengers, and others with six passengers, allowing groups or even three generations of the same family to travel together.
• The Neptune Bar will be relocated to the Horizon Lounge on Deck 7 in the bow. It will a space where passengers can relax both day and night.
• Wi-Fi will be adopted throughout the ship. Some parts of the interior and cabin carpeting will also be renewed.
• Main equipment will be replaced with the aim of making the ‘Nippon Maru’ an eco-friendly cruise ship. The vessel will also run on fuel oil that has a lower sulfur content than conventional heavy oil, starting at the end of 2019. This move will serve two purposes—complying with stricter global environmental regulations on vessel fuel effective in 2020, and creating a more pleasant and comfortable cruise atmosphere, MOPAS said.