DE­SIGN AT SEA

In­te­rior de­sign­ers from ho­tel and res­i­den­tial back­grounds are changing the face of lux­ury cruise ships

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In­te­rior de­sign­ers from ho­tel and res­i­den­tial back­grounds are bring­ing their ex­per­tise to the finest lux­ury cruise ships. Natalie Mourad and Amelia Hunger­ford dis­cover how these vi­sion­ar­ies are cre­at­ing a ho­tel-at-sea at­mos­phere that ap­peals to first-time cruis­ers and devo­tees.

Uni­world Bou­tique River Cruise Col­lec­tion

There’s noth­ing on the rivers that looks quite like a Uni­world river ship. The dis­tinc­tive de­sign takes a gen­er­ous dose of in­spi­ra­tion from the his­tory of the re­gion that each ship cruises, am­pli­fied with an­tiques, art, op­u­lent flour­ishes and fab­u­lous flo­ral prints. The unique aes­thetic has its roots in the de­sign team, which is truly a fam­ily af­fair. Beatrice Toll­man – ma­tri­arch of the Toll­man fam­ily that owns The Travel Cor­po­ra­tion, and founder and pres­i­dent of Red Car­na­tion Ho­tels – works with her daugh­ter, Toni Toll­man – di­rec­tor of de­sign and projects for both Uni­world and Red Car­na­tion– to en­sure each ship is im­bued with Uni­world flair.

SS Joie de Vivre is the lat­est of Uni­world’s new-build river ships, bring­ing 20th-cen­tury Paris back to the Seine. Toni en­vi­sioned the 128-pas­sen­ger ves­sel as a meet­ing of yacht style and stately châteaux, with glossy wood fin­ishes, brass ac­cents, chan­de­liers, rich Pierre Frey fab­rics and silk wall cov­er­ings. The wrought-iron stair­case in the lobby is said to be a nod to grand Parisian ho­tels. One of the more in­ter­est­ing fea­tures of the de­sign is Club L’Esprit, the on­board spa and well­ness cen­tre that trans­forms into Claude’s sup­per club by night with a hy­draulic floor over the heated pool.

Beatrice Toll­man’s in­flu­ence isn’t re­stricted to the de­sign; she also con­trib­utes many of her favourite, com­fort­ing dishes to the ship’s menu for that home-style touch. uni­world.com

Vik­ing Ocean Cruises

Since the launch of Vik­ing Star in 2015, the new­comer to the oceans has been sin­gled out for its chic, sleek Scan­di­na­vian aes­thetic. All six 930-pas­sen­ger ships in the Vik­ing Ocean Cruises fleet were de­signed by Rot­tet Stu­dio’s Richard Riveire in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Lon­don-based SMC De­sign. Riveire is best known for projects in cor­po­rate in­te­rior de­sign and hos­pi­tal­ity (in­clud­ing two bun­ga­lows at The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel) rather than for ocean-go­ing ves­sels, and he brings a fresh eye to ship de­sign. Mod­ern, sharp and sim­ple themes, com­ple­mented by plenty of glass to al­low nat­u­ral light in, re­flect the de­sign tenets of Vik­ing’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions: Scan­di­navia and North­ern Europe. A pal­ette of pale blues, clean whites and light woods, with oc­ca­sional rust-or­ange ac­cents, set the tone across the whole fleet, with Vik­ing Orion the lat­est to take to the seas. vik­ing.com.au

Se­abourn

Hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign icon Adam D. Ti­hany was called in to ap­ply his skills to Se­abourn’s lat­est sis­ter ships, En­core and Ova­tion. Launched in Jan­uary 2017, Se­abourn En­core boasts 300 suites with pri­vate ter­races, rang­ing from 28 square me­tres to the 120-square-me­tre Grand Win­ter­gar­den Suites, com­plete with glassed-in so­lar­ium. Ti­hany’s clas­sic pal­ette of navy and red on dark mahogany – de­lib­er­ately aiming to avoid light Nordic woods – can be seen in the state­rooms, which fea­ture lav­ish bed­rooms with sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces. Renowned for his restau­rant and lux­ury ho­tel projects – in­clud­ing The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel – the de­sign of En­core and Ova­tion evokes the un­der­stated el­e­gance of a pri­vate yacht. Ti­hany as­pires to over­see the de­sign de­vel­op­ment of the re­brand­ing ef­forts of the ul­tra-lux­ury cruise line, as well as work­ing on the next gen­er­a­tion of Se­abourn ships. se­abourn.com

Vir­gin Voy­ages

More than three years since the an­nounce­ment of Vir­gin Voy­ages, we fi­nally get a sneak-peek at the non-cruis­ers’ cruise ship. Ital­ian ship­yard Fin­cantieri will de­liver three ships be­tween 2020 and 2022, each one a col­lab­o­ra­tion of hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign wun­derkinds over­seen by Dee Cooper, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of De­sign. Ro­man and Williams, Tom Dixon and Con­crete Am­s­ter­dam were all cho­sen for their fresh­think­ing, fab­u­lous on-land life­style spa­ces and for the fact that they’ve never worked on ships be­fore, which is sure to yield some in­ge­nious re­sults. Take the Ath­letic Club by Con­crete Am­s­ter­dam; it will be a gym-meets-sports bar in­spired by 1930s New York, marked by a raised, red jog­ging track and a gi­ant cata­ma­ran net where brave ‘sailors’ (as the pas­sen­gers will be known) can lounge while look­ing down at the lower decks. As well as the out­door lounge space, Ro­man and Williams

will bring its ‘glam­orous grunge’ aes­thetic to the on­board night­club, while English ec­cen­tric Tom Dixon, known for Shored­itch House and Mon­drian Lon­don, will reimag­ine an up­scale Mex­i­can restau­rant and the VIP Deck as fun, in­dul­gent spa­ces. vir­gin­voy­ages.com

Celebrity Cruises

Set to sail in De­cem­ber 2018, Celebrity Edge is the first in a new class of ships for Celebrity Cruises. A who’s-who of architecture and in­te­rior de­sign has been as­sem­bled to bring the am­bi­tious project to life, which is set to fea­ture the world’s first ‘Magic Car­pet’, a can­tilevered plat­form that scales four of the ship’s decks through­out the day and of­fers ‘Din­ner on the Edge’ on Deck Six by night. Pa­tri­cia Urquiola of Stu­dio Urquiola and Scott Butler of Wil­son Butler Ar­chi­tects will be re­spon­si­ble for Eden, a whim­si­cal gar­den venue in­clud­ing a restau­rant, a bar (where mixol­o­gists pluck in­gre­di­ents from the Li­brary of Plants) and the un­con­ven­tional Eve at Eden the­atre, a din­ing and nightlife ex­pe­ri­ence. Kelly Hop­pen MBE of Kelly Hop­pen In­te­ri­ors has brought ac­com­mo­da­tion to life, in­clud­ing The Re­treat con­cept, with its pri­vate pool, sun­deck and Lu­mi­nae @ The Re­treat Suite-Class restau­rant, as well as two two-bed­room Pent­house Suites with soak­ing tubs on the ve­ran­dah. She is also ful­fill­ing a child­hood dream of de­sign­ing a spa, with her calm­ing vi­sion for the 2,000-square-me­tre on­board well­ness oa­sis. A neu­tral pal­ette and com­ple­men­tary light­ing will make The Spa a na­ture-in­spired haven for guests, com­plete with a dra­matic crys­tal in­stal­la­tion and a Zen sculp­ture that dou­bles as a re­cep­tion desk. celebri­ty­cruises.com

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0301 Suite on board SS Maria Theresa ex­em­pli­fies Uni­world’s de­sign flair 02 Uni­world’s SS Joie de Vivre wel­comes guests with a grand lobby stair­case 03 Win­ter­gar­den aboard Vik­ing Star brings Scan­di­na­vian chic to the sea 04 Un­der­stated spa de­sign on Vik­ing Seac 05 Ro­man and Williams’ con­cept for Vir­gin Voy­ages’ Dock Bar © Vir­gin Voy­ages 06 Se­abourn En­core Pent­house Spa Suite fea­tures Adam D. Ti­hany’s so­phis­ti­cated yacht-in­spired de­sign © Se­abourn. Images 01–02 © Uni­world. Images 03–04 © Vik­ing Ocean Cruises

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