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Chandris Celebrity Cruises' luxu- ry liner SS Meridian recently ar- rived in New York following a major $55-million reconstruction at West

German builder Lloyd Werft-Bre- merhaven's shipyard. "The vessel was totally redesign- ed to support the new Celebrity product level," commented Harry

A. Haralambopoulos, executive director of Celebrity Cruises. "Everything that passengers experi- ence bears the stamp of the new Cel- ebrity Cruises. All the luxury of classic cruising has been incorpo- rated in the creation of the Merid- ian."

Among the structural changes were an entirely new sun deck with three whirlpools; the Marine Cafe which accommodates 450 with its indoor and outdoor seating and bar- beque; and a new 585-seat Celebrity

Showroom. An entire deck of cabins was razed and rebuilt to create 47 new deluxe cabins with seating ar- eas on the Atlantic Deck. "The cabins were stripped to the bulkheads to accommodate com- pletely new furnishings and decor in each and every cabin aboard the ship," said Albert C. Wallack, senior vice president, marketing and passenger services, Celebrity


Outside passenger cabins on the

Horizon Deck, one of eight passen-

Rasmussen Joins

COMSAT Maritime

COMSAT Maritime Services an- nounced recently that John A.

Rasmussen joined the company as manager, government sales. He will be responsible for sales of maritime satellite communications services to the U.S. Government.

Mr. Rasmussen, a 1982 U.S.

Naval Academy graduate, served as operations officer aboard the USS

Barbour County, and later with the

Military Sealift Command. In that position, he managed shipboard and

August, 1990 ger decks, provide great views through floor to ceiling picture win- dows. Two cabins were specially adapted to accommodate passen- gers in wheelchairs.

Among the ship's new public rooms are the Rendez-Vous Lounge, the Interlude Lounge, Zodiac Club, a gym with juice bar, and a chil- dren's playroom with a splash pool located outside. "The Meridian's major recon- struction signifies the investment we have made in passenger accom- modations and amenities, reflecting the standards of the new Celebrity product," noted Mr. Haralambo- poulos.

The SS Meridian, formerly the

SS Galileo, has a gross registered tonnage of 30,440, length of 700 feet, beam of 94 feet, draft of 29 feet, and speed of 24.5 knots. Her passenger capacity is 1,106 and she will be served by a crew of 580. The Ba- hamian-flagged Meridian has a total of 553 cabins, 295 of which are out- side.

During the summer, the Meridian will operate from New York to Ber- muda, while in all other seasons, she will depart from Port Everglades in

Caribbean service.

For free literature detailing the facilities of Lloyd Werft-Bremer- haven,

Circle 126 on Reader Service Card shore communications enhance- ments including the procurement of transportable satellite terminals.

After leaving the Navy in 1989,

Mr. Rasmussen joined the Mari- time Administration where he was responsible for the management of electronic installations on the 92 ships of the U.S. Ready Reserve

Force, and for the provision of tech- nical and operational guidance of all aspects of naval and maritime com- munications.

For more information on COM-

SAT services,

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Stearns Mfg. Opens

New Plant In Minnesota

Stearns Manufacturing Compa- ny, one of the leading makers of per- sonal flotation devices for recrea- tional and commercial use, opened a new plant earlier this year.

The 18,000-square-foot facility in

Grey Eagle, Minn., is 45 miles northwest of the Sauk Rapids head- quarters. "This expansion represents the growth we continue to experience in our water safety products," said

David G. Cook, president,

Stearns-Shakespeare Outdoor

Products Group.

For more information on Stearns


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The rebuilt SS Meridian docking at Pier 88 in Manhattan, following her $55-million recon- struction at Lloyd Werft-Bremerhaven shipyard in West Germany. 'Reborn' Meridian Emerges

From $55-Million Reconstruction

At Lloyd Werft-Bremerhaven











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