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|Port of registry:||Ecuador|
|Builder:||La Spezia (Italy)|
|Length:||289 ft (88 m)|
|Speed:||15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)|
The EasyCruise One (styled as easyCruise One) was owned and operated by EasyCruise. It was originally built for Renaissance Cruises as the Renaissance II in 1990. In 1998 it was renamed as the gambling ship Neptune II for operations in Singapore. When EasyCruise was formed, it purchased the ship, gave it an extensive refit, and launched it as EasyCruise One in 2005.
The ship's hull was originally painted orange with a white "Easycruise.com" website message on both sides. It was later repainted black with an orange stripe and an "EasyCruise.com" logo on both sides of the ship. EasyCruise One was retired from the fleet in October 2008. She was sold soon after and was renamed Cruise One. The ship is currently laid up at Port Rashid in Dubai.
Itinerary (as EasyCruise One)
EasyCruise One operated along the north shore of the Mediterranean and the Greek islands. In the winters of 2005 through 2007, she sailed to various islands in the Caribbean.
Services on board
The amenities and services on board EasyCruise One were "no frills" and most were not included in the fare and provided for at additional cost. Things like food, cabin cleaning and maid service were charged for when used.
Facilities (as EasyCruise One)
All cabins included a very simple bed and bathroom, with bare amenities. The bathroom for most cabins consisted of a glass walled area containing both toilet and shower. Most beds consisted of a mattress placed on the floor with a simple fitted bed sheet and duvet. Most of the cabins in size were around 110 square feet (10 m2). Two- and four-passenger cabins were available, as were a limited number of "luxury" suites.
For the original fitting of easyCruise One, the cabins were pre-constructed ashore, and time precluded measuring the position of portholes and cutting matching window spaces. This resulted in none of the interior cabins being fitted with windows - although four "balcony suites" had glass doors leading onto outside balconies. Problems were encountered with the integral shower and toilet cubicle design, with the shower water failing to drain correctly and spilling into the rest of the cabin. Passengers also found it difficult to deal with the unremitting orange colour scheme and lack of cabin windows. The shower cubicles were fitted with small barriers, partitioning the shower floor from the rest of the shower/toilet cubicle, providing a cheap but adequate fix to the flooding problem.
Facilities consisted of a small general store and gift shop, a coffee shop on deck 2, an "English"-themed bar on deck 4 with an evening DJ, and a cocktail bar and hot tub on the upper deck.
After the concept was considered proven the ship was refitted, the ubiquitous orange interior was toned down to mere orange accents with charcoal and grey tones, and window spaces were cut for the interior cabins. The hull of the ship was repainted from orange to black with orange accents. The coffee shop was replaced with new cabins, and the sports bar was remodelled into a restaurant, 'Fusion on Four. An internet cafe and gym were added. The gym, initially on the second deck, was later moved to the top deck in the 'Wellness Zone'.
- Sherwood, Seth (28 August 2005). "EasyCruiseOne on the Riviera". New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
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