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Trimline’s TAPP aids success of Marella Explorer refit

The extensive 4-week refit of Marella Explorer took place in Puerto Real, Spain during Oct-Nov 2021.

Trimline was the main outfitter onboard and with the 80-strong team of floor layers, decorators, joiners, upholsterers, tilers, electricians, french polishers, welders and hard surface repair specialists completed the complex refurbishment.




Refurbishment of the Main Restaurant (Latitude & Vista) which included the installation of an ultra-high efficiency lighting system which is 15% more efficient than standard LED drivers. Changing the existing lighting over to this system saves 130 Tonnes of Co2 per year.

Other areas the Trimline team refurbished were Indigo which included the installation of a fully interactive LED dancefloor; The Mediterranean Bar which included the recovering of all loose seats & sofas, Squid & Anchor, The Hideout, Pool Deck, The Attic, Umi Sushi, Cinema, Broadway Show Lounge, Coffee Port, Lounge, Bar 53, The Shack, Destination Services, Cruise Holiday Store, and the carpeting of 60 cabins.


One of the key success factors of the refit was the use of Trimline’s exciting new app (TAPP) which runs the entire business. The first of its kind, it provides a way for Trimline, its customers, suppliers and contractors, to work collaboratively towards the end-goal of a superbly executed project, on time & on budget. TAPP helped in many ways during this extensive refit, including:

  • Progress monitoring – having visibility of live progress at all times gave Trimline and Marella a more realistic view of project stage and progress.
  • Planned vs actual resource – as tasks were broken down, it was possible to quickly see where they were with planned vs real-time resource hours.
  • Purchase status – having one easy-to-access locations for all purchases enabled the Project Management team to see where everything was in the ordering process and where all materials were.
  • People movement – the fully automated checking in & out system gave the team an efficient way to monitor people movement onboard.
  • Contractor portal – as all contractors had access to the portal, they were able to read and sign all documentation, including risks assessments, before joining the ship. This saved considerable time when everyone joined the ship and it also made it quick and easy to see where any forms were missing. During their time onboard, contractors were able to quickly access all their required travel & working documentation from the TAPP hub.
Customer Testimonial
  • “Trimline’s team did a great job during the latest update onboard Marella Explorer with fantastic project management skills. By using TAPP, I had constant access to live data, allowing me to see exactly where Trimline were against their plan and when an area was ready for sign off. We had total transparency throughout the project which gave us confidence that we would complete on-schedule.””
    Matthew Easton, Hotel Refurbishment Manager, Marella Cruises

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