03/07/2014 09:12 EST | Updated 05/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Kitimat Floating Hotel Nearly Ready To Leave Vancouver

A $4-million retrofit at a Vancouver shipyard has turned a Baltic cruise ship, the Silja Festival, into a floating hotel for about 600 construction workers working on a $3-billion upgrade of Alcan's aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C.

Bridgemans Services, which recently leased the cruise ferry in partnership with the Haisla First Nation, says it will help relieve stress on the local economy caused by a shortage of rental accommodation in Kitimat.

About $1 million in food supplies will will be loaded on board prior to the trip.

Click on the image above to take a visual tour inside the ship, now named the Delta Spirit Lodge.

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