Navantia has entered into an agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises to provide ship-repair, revitalization, upgrading and related marine services for its fleet, including an upcoming drydock for the Allure of the Seas.
The relationship between the two companies dates back to 2011, when Navantia won the bid to refurb the Splendour of the Seas. Since then, the yard has worked on ships across Royal’s brands.
The agreement was signed in Cadiz by Kevin Douglas, Vice President of Technical Projects and Newbuildings for Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez ; Industrial Vice President, Navantia.
“We are very excited to be entering this relationship with Navantia. Our work with them the past few years gone extremely well and we are looking forward to working with them for many years to come,” said Douglas.
“We are honored to be the chosen partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a world-class cruise ship owner and operator,” noted Vilasanchez. “ Navantia S.A. has over the recent few years, focused strongly on the development of our fast-growing niche markets, one of which is the cruise ship repairs/upgrades and conversion market. Since 2010, Navantia has successfully repaired and upgraded more than 25 passenger ships.”
The agreement runs through 2016 and includes the current drydocking the Explorer and the Allure this May, as well as other ships.