Another week goes by.

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The Club takes shape

Most of the actual construction aspects of the ship are now finished and work continues on the fitting out. Most carpets are down and the white coverings you see everywhere protect the panels behind from scratches and dents as people move about.

The retreat structure was craned into place. It looked like a huge spider in the air. Unfortunately my camera battery fizzled out just as I was to take a photo of it. So instead, here it is in situ. It is a very impressive looking structure.

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The Retreat takes form.

The gym has been completed with the resilient decking put down ready to receive the flooring panels.The equipment is all in the warehouse ready to be installed.

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The gym ready for the final floor covering. The wires are for light fittings and those on the deck are for the power to the treadmills and other instruments of torture.

Talking of our warehouse, we receive on a daily basis shipments that contain all the items needed to stock a ship ready for her to sail. In this photo, one of our assistant Computer Systems officers, Mike Manalo is unpacking a container full of computers for all the various offices and internet stations onboard.

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A bit like Christmas!

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Pallets of computers and TVs ready to be loaded onboard the ship.

The Main Dining Room is coming along very nicely. It is going to be a stunning place to dine. I have picked my table out!

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Main Dining Room. The structure above is also picked out in the carpet under the boarding. You will just have to wait and see that for yourselves when you come.

Finally, yesterday we celebrated a milestone birthday for Jan Velthuis, our project manager here in the yard. A Dutchman by birth, now living in Seattle he has become an avid Seattle Seahawks fan. His 2nd floor office is quite obvious to spot from the street.

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R to L, Jan, Henk, our IT manager and Pekka our Chief Engineer.

Here is his birthday cake and the yard team who assembled in his office to help him eat it!

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The rooms are really taking shape now. As the soft furnishings go in it is really possible to see the ship coming together.

Mark Dexter 2015