Harland & Wolff boost

2024-03-27T19:07:24+00:00 March 27th, 2024|Refurbishment|

Margaritaville at Sea’s latest acquisition, ‘Costa Atlantica’, arrived in Belfast last January for a major refurbishment project.

The upgrade is expected to last for five months, before the cruise ship returns to service as the ‘Margaritaville at Sea Islander’.

At a cost believed to be between £60 and £70 mill, the 2000-built, 85,861 gt cruise ship is undergoing an extensive interior refurbishment with the upgrade of all 1,100 passenger cabins, major changes to the atrium, and repainting of the hull.

‘Margaritaville at Sea Islander’ is scheduled to commence her maiden cruise in June from Tampa, Florida.

She had been laid up in Cyprus and Sardinia for around three years.

Graham Couser, Harland & Wolff’s Director of Cruise and Ferry, said: “We are pleased to be kicking off the year by welcoming the ‘Margaritaville at Sea Islander’ to our Belfast yard.

“Over the course of her stay, we will be offering constant operational support and we look forward to assisting our colleagues at Margaritaville in any way we can.

“The arrival of a ship of this size always creates a buzz around the yard, and we hope that the presence of such a vessel will enable us to continue growing the cruise and ferry side of our business and attract more partners from the cruise supply chain to Belfast,” he said.

Meanwhile, the former Fred.Olsen cruise ship ‘Braemar’ has been moved out of Rosyth’s inner basin to the old ferry terminal.

It is believed that she is also due to go to Belfast for a refit before joining Villa Via Residences as the ‘Villa Via Odyssey’.