Colleagues from the Intercruises Mediterranean and Global Platform teams were recently in Malaga dressed as FC Barcelona players to attend the christening of the TUI Discovery 2, a Thomson Cruises ship. The team was asked to dress as a global brand and chose one of the biggest sports brands in the world, which just so happens to be the city of where Intercruises as started and the location of the Intercruises Headquarters. In addition to attending the event, the local Intercruises Cadiz and Malaga teams worked in conjunction with the Med team to coordinate the ship’s drydock, christening and first sailing.
“The team has done an AMAZING job with the dry dock, preparing the ceremony and having everything ready for the first sailing and they have done it in front of the some of the most senior people from Thomson Cruises, which helps make an already very strong partnership even stronger – a big thanks and well done to them!” Said Serafin Blazquez, Global Port Agency Manager
Converting RCI to TUI
The team oversaw a 43 day dry-dock to transform Royal Caribbean International Legend of the Seas to TUI Discovery 2. Work was already under-way before the ship arrived, with the Intercruises team organizing all vessel, crew and contractor documentation with the Port Authorities, Harbor Master, Shipyard (Navantia), Immigration and Customs. The team also organized transfers, accommodation, bunkering, medical and legal assistance, entertainment, various miscellaneous services and logistics support, in which they worked closely at the shipyard warehouse to manage the receipt of large shipments of ship parts and goods.
“I don’t think people realise the huge amount of work involved in a drydock – we are on call 24/7 for the entire duration and get a huge amount of last minute requests and unexpected issues – somebody gets injured, shipments arrive late, flights are delayed – a million and one things can happen that completely divert the operation from the plan. Even once the dry-dock is done you could be repatriating an injured crew member. All that said, seeing the new ship sail away after a job well done is a very astisfying feeling.” Said Adolfo Luque, Port Agency Manager Cádiz & Málaga