When the pandemic struck back in early 2020, the cruise sector was one of the hardest hit industries, seeing passenger numbers plummet and international fleet cruise liners grounded for over 12 months.

But Autumn 2021 has seen an improvement in the fortunes of the cruise sector, with passenger numbers starting to rise and cruise liners returning to ‘normal’ itineraries. As people become more confident to travel again, we hope to welcome back the sector to its full strength in the coming months.

Solarglide’s experience of the comeback

As cruise liners were affected by the pandemic, so too were cruise supply chains with huge delays in major projects throughout the industry. Here at Solarglide, we usually travel the globe surveying and installing our products. Obviously, this aspect of our business wasn’t possible during Covid.

However, we’ve used the time to improve our internal processes and develop new and exciting products for the industry.

And we’re celebrating the return of normality to our beloved industry, with cruise ship interior exhibitions in Miami and London popping up again on our calendars – we can’t wait! There are also some major outfitting projects back on the business horizon and friends and family are all talking about booking a cruise for next year. All excellent news.

Positivity in the cruise sector

We know. The pandemic is far from over. But with positivity and strength throughout the cruise sector and very encouraging stirrings in the Solarglide communications, we’re confident that the long winter predicted by media reports shouldn’t be too onerous for many of us.

Solarglide’s plans for 2022

Oh, we have plans aplenty. We’ll be exhibiting at CSI Miami and CSI Europe; we’re so excited about our new exhibition stand which is currently in production – it looks incredible!

And we’re working on our service to customers too, with a new CRM (Dynamics) system to ensure our response and service is even more streamlined. And as if that’s not enough, we’ll also be expanding our workforce and network of agencies in spring 2022, while introducing new machinery and new products too. Keep your eyes peeled for new products for the commercial, cruise and yacht markets.

New projects

The Solarglide team is over the moon to be working on the following projects in autumn 2021 – a sure sign that we’re on the up after a tough 18-24 months for everyone:

Large Passenger Yacht: Ritz Charlton Evrima

Evrima is somewhere between a private superyacht and a small cruise ship. Immaculately designed to accommodate up to 298 guests, each cabin with its own private terrace.

Solarglide’s contribution:

We manufactured and supplied 13 x bespoke motorised solar screens (with manual override) for Evrima’s bridge. These will protect the crew from glare and heat during voyages.

We carried out a survey, developed the right products, manufactured each screen then installed them onboard.

Cruise liner: Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International Freedom-class cruise ship.

Solarglide’s contribution:

We manufactured 25 manually operated cassetted solar screens for the bridge area, replacing old screens that were no longer fit for purpose.

We offered measuring guidance to the crew of Liberty, we then manufactured the screens and helped the crew fit the screens on board.

Cruise liner: Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn is a cruise ship that entered service in 2002 and is in operation with Norwegian Cruise Line.

Solarglide’s contribution:

We worked with a local US cruise outfitter to manufacture and supply 35 x manually operated cassetted solar screens for the bridge area. The screens will improve the visibility on the bridge for easier navigation, heat and glare protection.

Cruise liner: Grand Princess

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises.

Solarglide’s contribution:

The Grand Princess is currently undergoing some refit work and we manufactured 57 x cassetted solar screens for the ship’s bridge.

We provided guidance for measuring then manufactured the screens before working with a local outfitting company to carry out the installation.

Ferry: MV Normandie

MV Normandie is a ferry operated by Brittany Ferries and has been in operation for nearly 30 years.

Solarglide’s contribution:

As part of improvements to the Normandie’s bridge, we manufactured 32 x cassetted solar screens.

We provided Agency support before manufacturing the screens. We then assisted the crew to carry out the refit onboard the ferry.

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