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Carolyn Spencer Brown
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Editor's Note: This story is from the Cruise Critic Archives. Content was up to date at time of publication.

In the tiny town of Piikkio, nestled in farm country some 20 kilometers from the shipbuilding city of Turku, Aker Yards Cabins has been building pre-designed cruise cabins for 20 years. Here, panels are assembled to make walls and ceilings. Toilets are installed and shower floors, made of hard plastic and designed to resemble colorful mosaic combinations, have been pre-made and are ready to be laid in bathrooms. Entire technical systems -- each cabin has its own -- are put in place. Telephones, mini-bars and even electric sockets (providing access to European and American currents), along with data ports, are all snugly outfitted into a vanity desk/wall unit that's arrived from a furniture factory elsewhere in Finland.

"Without that certification," Risto Vuorinen, Aker Cabin's manager of sales and products says, "we can't build."
The assembly plant, designed like a car factory in which lines, 13 in all, focus on specific types of cabins at any given time, depending on the schedule, is the heart of this place: It's busy, loud and colorful.

Updated October 10, 2019

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