Trimline opens up about converting Golden Era into Marella Explorer 2 – a huge project which needed meticulous planning
The recent transformation of Golden Era into Marella Explorer 2 was the latest in a line of successful interior rebrands carried out by global cruise interior outfitter Trimline for Marella Cruises, including Marella Explorer last year and Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 prior to that.
As the main interior outfitter on board, Trimline was responsible for most of the public spaces including Indigo, The Marketplace, Coffee Ports, Squid & Anchor, Broadway & Broadway Bar and Latitude/Vista.
Trimline says it had a structured management team onsite in Cadiz for the project, as well as being supported by the team back in the UK to ensure the refit was a success.
To carry out the ambitious project, an extensive team of contractors, Trimline’s team of onboard and quayside logistics managers, and 300 tradespeople were involved.
Trimline chief operating officer Ross Welham says “The sheer scale of this project meant meticulous planning was crucial. Each team was responsible for their key area of the refit and worked closely with their trades to ensure the refit was completed on time. I am so proud of what our team has achieved, the end result speaks for itself.”
Marella Cruises head of technical operations Nick Hughes said “We are delighted with the results of this project. Trimline has a proven track record in delivering high-spec interiors for us and have met the brief again with this mammoth refit. The transformation of the public spaces is remarkable, and we are looking forward to welcoming passengers on board to enjoy the results. We are sure they will respond positively and cannot wait to see what they think when they take to the seas for the new season of sailing”.
Marella Explorer 2 is the second of the Explorer ships to be welcomed into the Marella Cruises fleet. The 1,814-guest capacity ship has 907 cabins across 14 decks.
Other 2019 refits for Trimline include: RCCL’s Navigator of the Seas, Celebrity Millennium, Coral Princess, TUI Mein Schiff 2, Celebrity as well as ferry refits for DFDS Seaways and Condor Ferries. Indeed, Trimline is carrying out the refit of DFDS’ D-class ferries. The company previously refitted the interiors on the DFDS C-class ships. DFDS commented that during phase one of the programme, which took place in Dunkirk, it worked closely with designer SMC Design to give the ships a “fresh and modern look”.