Almaco Group has been awarded by Kristina Cruises the contract to modernize passenger cabins and public areas on the owner's new flagship M/S Kristina Katarina. The work will be done in Kotka, Finland, and will be completed by the end of July 2010. Almaco's Accommodation Systems division will refurbish all 195 passenger cabins and the corresponding bathrooms. The scope of work also includes the modernization of cabin corridors and passenger staircases, the renovation of the conference room and children's play area as well as modernization and modifications done in the buffet and a la carte restaurants.
The new flagship of Kristina Cruises, M/S Kristina Katarina, will start sailing under the Finnish flag in August 2010. She was built in Poland in 1982 and her length is 452.7 ft and breadth is 72.2 ft. The ship has operated in the 1990's under the name Konstantin Simonov between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. For the last nine years she has been operated as M/S Iris under the flag of Malta, mostly for international cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean. The ship's ice class enables to continue cruises to the arctic waters while the sun and pool decks are expected to appeal especially on cruises to warmer destinations. During spring and summer 2010 the ship will be docked, classified and refitted.