Southampton-based marine outfitters Trimline have scooped a prestigious design and build upgrade on Windstar Cruises’ luxury sailing yacht Wind Surf.
The initial programme will entail an extensive revamp of 150 cabins during Wind Surf’s two-week refit in Lisbon in November. Up to 100 Trimline personnel will be working on board before the vessel sets sail for a winter itinerary in the Caribbean. A second refit in a year’s time will include a major refurbishment of the public rooms.
In addition, Trimline is carrying out initial design process work for the two smaller yachts in the Windstar fleet, Wind Star and Wind Spirit, prior to refits next year. The projects require a total refurbishment of the public rooms and cabins, with the work to be undertaken as the vessels sail to Europe from the Caribbean next spring. Trimline has engaged McVitty Interior Consultants as its design partner for the multi-million pound task.
A significant part of the preparation work for the Wind Surf project is already underway at Trimline’s joinery and soft furnishing factories in Southampton, where part of the cabin furniture and furnishing requirements are being manufactured .Once complete, the fittings will be despatched to Lisbon ready for the refit. The 660ft long Wind Surf, the biggest of three yachts in the Seattle-based Windstar Cruises fleet, is one of the most unique cruise ships afloat with her motor/sail combination.
Trimline will refit 156 state rooms and suites, fitting new curtains, valances, cushions, sofa beds chairs and tables. Each cabin will also benefit from new carpets and wall coverings, with electrical upgrades a further part of the refurbishment.
In addition, Trimline will be working on the ship’s alleyways, laying new carpets and Amtico flooring, as well as replacing deckheads and installing new lighting. On the main deck, a new boardwalk, comprising carpet and Amtico flooring, will be created. In total, Trimline will be laying some 5,000 square metres of carpet in cabins and public spaces.
Sales and Marketing Director Mike Oliver explained: “This work was won against intense international competition from the States and Europe. Phase one of the Wind Surf project will be the first part of a five star revamp of the vessel and represents major investment by Windstar and their new owners Xanterra Parks and Resorts.”