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Friday, October 19, 2018 

A specialist team from the Lloyd Werft has boarded the 68,870gt Crystal Serenity in Lisbon, Portugal, to begin preparatory work for its upcoming major conversion at the Bremerhaven shipyard.

The work is the second direct contract between the Lloyd Werft and Crystal Cruises, both of whom are part of the Genting Hong Kong Group. Last year the yard carried out the extensive refurbishment of the 51,040gt Crystal Symphony.

The Crystal Serenity, built in France in 2003, is expected to arrive at Lloyd Werft’s Kaiserdock II where the ship will remain until November 6th undergoing the multi-million-euro conversion. Lloyd Werft will be responsible for the necessary shipbuilding work and for all the logistical requirements of the entire project. As a result, there will be several hundred crew members and sub-contractors active on the shipyard site over the next few weeks in addition to most of Lloyd Werft’s personnel.

Alongside routine ship operational maintenance work, the cruise liner, which can currently accommodate 1,080 passengers, will also get new cabins. Some of the smaller cabins on Deck 10 will be converted into luxury Seabreeze penthouse suites with verandahs and butler service. A total of 38 new suites are being created ranging in area from 37m2 to 50m2. After the conversion work has been completed, the ship will head back to Lisbon where it will start its next cruise –  to the Caribbean – on November 10th.

In addition to the Crystal Serenity conversion, further projects are scheduled at Lloyd Werft over the coming weeks. They include the overhaul of the German research ship Polarstern and the construction of a new yacht.

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