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Old Dec 10, 19, 5:56 pm
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Cruise ship lengthening

Picture story of the Windstar Breeze (ex-Seabourn Breeze) band also the Silversea Spirit being lengthened.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...for-stretching
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
Picture story of the Windstar Breeze (ex-Seabourn Breeze) band also the Silversea Spirit being lengthened.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...basel-art-fair
Hmmm.....all I get from the link is a banana taped to a wall. ??????
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Old Dec 11, 19, 11:35 am
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Fixed the link, I hope.

Not does the lengthening bring about some improved economies of scale, but it is a quick and cheap ($/cabin) fix for the added incremental capacity. Also gives a chance to replace older, less efficient and higher polluting engines at the same time.
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I think one of the MSC ships and Royal Caribbean ships have been through the similar process by adding length to its haul.
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Old Dec 18, 19, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
Fixed the link, I hope.

Not does the lengthening bring about some improved economies of scale, but it is a quick and cheap ($/cabin) fix for the added incremental capacity. Also gives a chance to replace older, less efficient and higher polluting engines at the same time.
It certainly was a massive change and upgrade to the older Windstar Breeze. The ship had been one of Seabourn’s first builds back in 1989 and was one of three ships that Seabourn regulars called the “three little sisters” after Seabourn started building and bringing larger ships on line. Certainly a very unique way to re-engine the ship.

The Silversea Spirit is a little different and not quite as dramatic but Silversea is committed to having three or more ships based on the Silver Muse which is now its flagship. The Spirit wasn’t quite big enough to provide the same kind and number of dining venues. The expansion also added a number of new cabins that in fact actually gave the Spirit a slightly larger capacity than the new Muse. Slowly but surely Silversea is converting its smaller ships like the Cloud and late next year the Wind to ice-class expedition ships. That conversion is an interesting process in itself as it involves pretty much totally replacing the bow, strengthening the hull, and “caging” the propellers plus whatever else is needed to meet ice-class standards.
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Old Dec 27, 19, 5:14 pm
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The Breeze has hit a bump in the road and is behind schedule. Our Alaska cruise in June was one of the victims.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 12:46 am
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The Breeze has hit a bump in the road and is behind schedule. Our Alaska cruise in June was one of the victims.
Has the schedule been pushbacked or cruise cancelled?

Looks like the ship was cut in half over 2 months ago and is (or was) due to sail again commercially in just under 2 months.

Link has a photo of the Breeze cut in half with new section inserted but not yet attached.
https://windstarcruises-media.s3.ama...al_Release.pdf
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
Has the schedule been pushbacked or cruise cancelled?

Looks like the ship was cut in half over 2 months ago and is (or was) due to sail again commercially in just under 2 months.

Link has a photo of the Breeze cut in half with new section inserted but not yet attached.
https://windstarcruises-media.s3.ama...al_Release.pdf
Official word is that they found Asbestos in some deep dark corner of the engine rooms - not in any place where anyone would have been exposed, but now it must be removed. Probably a good idea!

The Breeze was the first of the triplets to go in for beautification. The original back online date was sometime in February and is now late May. Everything between those dates was cancelled, and since she was supposed to be doing cruises in Alaska in June, those first few are cancelled and replaced by itins that will get the Breeze up to Alaska and at some point the preplanned schedule resumes. We were one of the Alaska Victims.

The Legend is next and her work was pushed back until the work of the Breeze is completed, and so her "down time" moved somewhat and itins were changed around to fit within the new lenghening schedule.

I'm not sure how much the Pride, which is last, was affected.

In the end, we turned out OK.

Windstar refunded all we'd paid them and also gave us some future cruise credit that we were able to apply to an already planned future cruise.
All land arrangements we made were cancelled with no penalties applied.
Our TA found us a replacement cruise on Silversea that fit within the dates of our existing airline tickets.
The Silversea cruise is shorter, but we were able to fit in a 5 day Vancouver/Banff excursion as well.
We lost one day at Denali, but that will be compensated for by the Banff trip.

We're in a good place. Many others are not so lucky.
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Old Jan 3, 20, 8:17 pm
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I thought the ship would be worked on by the yard which built it but evidently not (mods done by the Italians, ships originally built by the Germans).
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