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Statendam Dry-Dock: Day 1

Teresa Papp, Statendam’s event manager, is chronicling Statendam’s dry-dock process.

On March 26, Statendam pulled into Fort Lauderdale, Fla., finishing an 18-day Panama Canal cruise. By 10 a.m. we had disembarked all guests and shortly after the ship was in demolition mode. This is my first dry-dock after six years with the company. It is really a surreal experience watching the ship start its transformation into SOE2. Below are pictures of Day 1 on our way to Freeport, Bahamas, where the dry-dock will take place.

Each area on the ship, even if it is not going under renovation, is being used in some sort of way. The Greenhouse Spa Gym area is being used as a sewing site.

Sailing into Freeport, Bahamas, we caught a glimpse of Zuiderdam in dry-dock.

Left: Two deck officers lay plywood on Lido Deck floor. This is where many containers will be lifted on by a crane. Right: Housekeeping staff are laying plastic all over the ship to protect the carpet through all the construction.


In a few short hours the Van Gogh Lounge was well on its way to its new look.


The escalators that run from deck five to deck six in the Atrium area are being removed.

The crew area is receiving a face lift during the dry dock. Left: The Officers Bar. Right: The Crew Mess under construction.

Left: The Shops before. Right: Shop staff packing up all the shop merchandise.

Left: Before pictures of the Piano Bar. Right: Construction begins on the Piano Bar.

5 Comments
  • harm brink

    Does the conversion as far as the Veendam with a new stern and removing the swimming pool at aft deck.
    Thanks for your information

  • SourdoughSteve

    I never could figure out what those escalators were for! Even though I’ve ridden ’em enough over the years…

  • Martin

    No that is planned for 2013

  • Patricia

    Teresa
    Thank you so much for these photos which are a very welcome reminder that we will be on the Statendam in May. We are looking forward to the cabin renovations and Mix, as we were on the Veendam shortly after its SOE drydock last year, and can say it was a fabulous upgrading of the ship!

  • Rob Lahuis

    What will happen with the area, where the escalators are being removed?? Deck 5/6.

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