A beautiful sunset as seen from a cruise ship.
A beautiful sunset as seen from a cruise ship.

MAKINEN success stories


We are proud to say that many of the world´s leading cruise lines and shipyards are MAKINEN customers. MAKINEN has successfully executed more than 600 projects in the past thirty years. Projects of all scopes and sizes, new builds, and refurbishments – for customers all over the world. Did you know that over 50,000 MAKINEN sofas are sailing the world’s seas today? Our extensive experience and broad network enable us to carry out even the most demanding projects on-time, at-budget, and beyond expectations.

Transformation from HAL Maasdam to CFC Renaissance

In the beginning of 2023, the MAKINEN team completed an extensive upgrade for CFC Renaissance, a vessel acquired by the new French cruise line Compagnie Française de Croisières.

We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals – they make the magic happen in all cabins, suites, and public spaces, and this project was no exception!

Photo Credit: Compagnie Française de Croisières

CFC – Renaissance

  • When: January, 2023
  • Place: Brest, France
  • Passenger Cabin Refurbishment; Select public spaces
  • Project size: 135 workers

MAKINEN contributes to multi-ship new build project

Sunstone ships began a large new build project in 2018 and will complete six new expedition cruise vessel builds by 2023. MAKINEN was commissioned to build all interior spaces for the Sunstone Infinity series. These new cruise ships are the first being built in China for an overseas owner, and MAKINEN is proud to be part of this project.

The Greg Mortimer was the first in the series to be completed in 2019. The first cruise vessel built in China, it was the only cruise vessel in the world delivered on schedule during 2019. MAKINEN supported this new build with turnkey production of all interiors, and MAKINEN has and will support the Sunstone Infinity series with complete turnkey interior production for all six ships.

A cruise ship at port surrounded by snow-covered mountains

Sunstone – Infinity series

  • Ships: Greg Mortimer, Ocean Victory, Ocean Explorer, Sylvia Earle, Ocean Odyssey & Ocean Albatros
  • When: 2018–2023
  • Place: Nantong Haimen, China
  • Full interior visual turnkey of vessels
  • Project size: 150 workers, 180 team members in total

Norwegian Jewel makeover successfully completed

In their quest to enhance their guest experience Norwegian Cruise Line has exquisitely refurbished one of the stars of its fleet – the Jewel. As part of the vessel´s makeover nearly 700 cabins were refurbished by the dedicated MAKINEN team. From furniture to wet area surfaces, each of the 683 staterooms and 14 ADA cabins were renewed by the experts at MAKINEN.

The project took place during the global pandemic in three phases, with 168 quarantine days during phase one alone! But the MAKINEN spirit and dedication to deliver quality interiors on-time, on-budget, and beyond expectations helped the team complete the project successfully.

The Norwegian Jewel will soon set sail and its passengers can enjoy their stylish cabins thanks to MAKINEN. A job well done!

The Norwegian Jewel at sea on a sunny day

Norwegian Jewel

  • When: November, 2021
  • Place: Marseille, France
  • Cabin and Stateroom Refurbishment
  • Project size: More than 340 workers

A team effort – Freedom of the Seas

Royal Caribbean invested 116 million dollars in a new feature and amenities upgrade of the Freedom of the Seas. Based upon conditions, MAKINEN renovated nearly 1900 cabins and suites. From furniture and headboard reupholstery to carpet and shower replacement, no stone was left unturned in the quest to renew this beautiful vessel.

Each day saw 90 cabins completed by the dedicated MAKINEN team. And the project was even finished a day early. With perfect timing and the highest quality standards, MAKINEN helped make the Freedom of the Seas new again. Open and honest communication within the team and with the client helped make this project a rousing success.

A cruise ship in port with the sun setting.

RCCL – Freedom of the Seas

  • When: January 21 – February 19, 2020
  • Place: Cadiz, Spain
  • Cabin and Suite Refurbishment
  • Project size: 300 workers

Highest daily cabin production rate in MAKINEN history

Renovated as part of The Norwegian Cruise Line Edge program, the Norwegian Getaway was given a brand-new look thanks to extensive bow-to-stern renovations, both inside and out. MAKINEN was enlisted to refresh carpeting, skirting, and reupholster sofas and poofs, we even installed drapery and other soft goods such as bed skirts, pillows, and bed throws.

MAKINEN had successfully completed several other NCL refurbishment projects earlier so Norwegian was aware of the MAKINEN way and quality work, which was why we were chosen. With a daily production rate of 225 cabins, this project achieved the highest daily volume in MAKINEN history. Finished as planned, customer satisfaction was very high, a job well done by all!

The NCL Getaway cruise ship at sea on a cloudy day.

NCL Getaway

  • When: May 2019
  • Place: Brest, France
  • Reupholstery, Refurbishment of Staterooms
  • Project size: 360 workers

MAKINEN works night and day to get the job done

As part of a fleetwide refurbishment program, Celebrity Cruises enlisted MAKINEN in 2019 with the all-important task of ship-wide sleeping quarter renewal of the Celebrity Summit. More than one thousand staterooms and thirty-two suites were redone.

Precise planning and full transparency were the main reasons why MAKINEN was chosen. And the MAKINEN way helped make this project a rousing success. Even when presented with the challenge of a 4-kilometer distance between the ship and warehouse, MAKINEN´s precise train schedule ensured material delivery from warehouse to ship was never an issue, though material delivery took much longer than normal. In the end, the project was finished on-time, at-budget and Celebrity Cruises was very happy with the results.

A cruise ship, Cruise Liners at sea with clouds and mountains in the background.

Celebrity Summit

  • When: February, 2019
  • Place: Freeport, Bahama
  • Refurbishment of Staterooms and Suites
  • Project size: 711 workers