De Realtà Mapei n.° 28 - 4/24/2020
After a hurricane, MAPEI marine products get a cruise ship’s refurbishment back on track
Elation. Webster’s dictionary defines “elation” as “a feeling or state of great joy or pride.” Without doubt, that word is an apt description for the travelers on and the owners of Carnival Cruise Line’s cruise ship, Carnival Elation. Sailing primarily from Jacksonville, Florida, and measuring 855 feet (261 m) long, the 2,130-passenger Elation sails multi-night cruises to the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean islands.
One of the line’s most popular cruise ships, Carnival Elation is a floating city, with foot traffic patterns replacing automobile congestion. The thousands of partying, dancing and sunbathing tourists take a toll on her decks. Additionally, spilled drinks and food, as well as constant exposure to salt water and sea air, create a corrosive environment that cannot go unaddressed for long periods of time. So, every three to five years, the Elation – just like every cruise ship – undergoes complete refurbishment.
At the end of August 2017, Carnival Elation sailed into dry dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, for her scheduled complete refurbishment. Specified for a large part of the restoration project was MAPEI’s Products for the Marine Industry line, which debuted in the United States in June 2017 under the stewardship of Guido Sardi, Business Development Manager for MAPEI’s Marine Division.
As expected, a shipboard jobsite is slightly different from one on land. During a cruise ship’s restoration process, “every main contractor is usually awarded one or more projects onboard,” Sardi explained. “They realize the project through, from the demolition of the existing area to the final delivery of the new area as agreed upon with the ship owner’s architect.”
Precetti Inc. was the general contractor awarded the job of refitting the mid-ship pool area of Deck 10, a project that included sanding the real teak flooring; refurbishing all bars and restaurants in this area; demolishing the existing pool down to bare steel; and applying a new coating on the pool trunk, pool beach and pool coamings. MAPEI’s marine products were specified for the work.
Nova Marine Service LLC won the bid to completely refurbish Tiffany’s Lido Restaurant on Deck 10 aft, as well as the SPA Carnival lobby and the corridors on Deck 12 forward. As with the Precetti crew’s jobsite, MAPEI products were specified for Nova Marine’s work. Sardi was on hand, dividing his time between both crews to ensure that installations followed MAPEI’s high standards.
With jobsite scheduling complete, and crews and products in place, Elation was ready for a total tear-down and restoration. She was scheduled to leave dry dock on September 27 and reenter the Carnival fleet revamped as a “Fun Ship 2.0,” with new cabins, new restaurants and even a reconfigured deck. But Mother Nature had other plans.