(11:00 a.m. EDT) -- River cruise line Haimark will venture into small-ship cruising with the launch of its first ocean vessel, MS Saint Laurent, in May 2015.
Following a $3.5 million refurbishment, the vessel -- which was previously known as Sea Voyager -- will join the line for North Atlantic Coast and South and Central American itineraries as a four-star plus coastal cruising ship.
Changes onboard include new decorations, carpeting, furniture, bedding, flat screen TVs, lighting and artwork, as well as outdoor furniture.
Haimark will offer nine- or 12-night cruises, and deck plans, itineraries and pricing will be released later this week.
--By Nina Bertok, Cruise Critic Contributor