Smyril Line’s €13 million funding in a serious retrofit of the NORRÖNA is sort of full.
Having arrived at Fayard Ship Restore Yard in Munkebo simply earlier than Christmas, the ship has obtained new and extra luxurious amenities.
An artists impression of NORRÖNA after her intensive refit in Denmark. Picture: Smyril Line.
The funding is claimed to be a results of passengers demanding increased ranges of consolation on the Smyril Line service from the Faroe Islands to Iceland and Denmark.
Extra Luxurious Cabins
The 2003-built NORRÖNA has had 50 new luxurious cabins added. This was achieved by transferring crew cabins to a unique location and eradicating “shared cabins”.
Hauschildt Marine, long-standing companions and naval architects of Smyril Line, joined the mission on the concept section in 2019. Hauschildt facilitated the event of concepts and had been accountable for the design course of, which was primarily based on an correct 3D mannequin of the ship. Cita Marine, which has additionally been engaged on the STENA SCANDICA mission, has equipped new furnishings for NORRÖNA.
Jóhan av Reyni, Maritime Director at Smyril Line mentioned;
“There have been a number of totally different parameters that might have developed into obstacles, together with whether or not the ship might carry extra weight, but it surely turned out to be an especially fascinating retrofit.”
Regardless of the Covid-19 Pandemic Smyril pressed forward with the mission;
“It appeared hopeless at first, however we mentioned it and selected to maneuver ahead as a result of the Covid disaster goes to go in some unspecified time in the future,” says Jóhan av Reyni.
The designer, Hauschildt Marine, was concerned all through the mission – together with within the time-compressed section, the place the NORRÖNA ferry was docked at shipyard associate Fayard in Denmark.
Amongst different issues, this meant weekly co-ordination conferences from 1 September 2020. Jóhan av Reyni factors to a profitable course of which has meant that the mission didn’t endure any delays
“Once you begin, it’s essential to trust within the collaborator. That’s why we dared to start out the method, which has required an incredible quantity of planning,”
The High Deck of the ship has been solely re-dimensioned. A brand new outside Skybar and a brand new lounge space across the funnel with giant panoramic views has been added.
Modified Buyer Behaviour
Smyril Line says that the retrofit is a consequence of client behaviour altering over time.
In accordance with Smyril Line, passengers at the moment are reluctant to purchase a berth in a shared cabin, and gross sales have virtually disappeared. In distinction, NORRÖNA’S 12 luxurious cabins are sometimes bought out. Jóhan av Reyni says:
“We’ve got step by step obtained extra snug cabins, and there’s no doubt that the brand new 50 cabins shall be extremely sought-after.”
The brand new-look NORRÖNA will set sail for Hirtshals on 1 March, the place the ship will resume its North Atlantic route from 6 March. She sails on a route taking in Hirtshals (Denmark). Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) and Seyðisfjørður (Iceland). Till 2008, she additionally referred to as at Scrabster (Shetland) throughout summer season months.
NORRÖNA was initially delivered in 2003 by Flender Werft to a design by Knud E Hansen, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.