Britons' appetite for a holiday at sea has seen continued growth in recent years and 2017 welcomed yet another record number of travellers taking a cruise from the UK and Ireland. As the number of passengers rises, there is an increasing demand for larger and more advanced ships. With the world's largest cruise ship - Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas - setting sail earlier this year, we spoke to Tom Wright, a UK-based architect who has designed ships for Royal Caribbean's ever-expanding fleet for nearly 15 years, including features on Oasis of the Seas (one of the world's biggest cruise ships), Quantum of the Seas (one of the world's first high-tech cruise ships) and most recently Celebrity Edge, a new state-of-the-art cruise ship whose interiors were designed by British interior designer Kelly Hoppen. Here, we pick his brain about how these mammoth vessels are constructed. 1. It’s a complicated web “A cruise ship’s structural grid … [Read more...] about 13 things you didn’t know about cruise ship design
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The world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, set sail from Barcelona on her maiden voyage this weekend, ahead of a summer in the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean International’s record-breaking vessel is 362 meters long (imagine the length of four football pitches) and has a volume of 228,081 gross tons – 1,088 more than its nearest rival, her sister ship, Harmony of the Seas. She also has 12 more staterooms than Harmony, taking her total to 2,759, meaning she can accommodate 5,518 guests at double capacity - that’s three and a half times more than the QE2. Symphony is the 25th Royal Caribbean ship, and the first to have an ‘Ultimate Family Suite’, which is already booked for £65,000 this Christmas. It boasts its own slide, from the second floor kids’ bedroom to the living room below, an air hockey table and a private cinema with a popcorn machine. The wow factor extends outside, with a table tennis court and a whirlpool. The … [Read more...] about What’s it really like on the world’s largest cruise ship?
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, cuts an impressive figure even out in the vast expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. Weighing 228,000 tonnes and measuring 362m in length, the NZ$1.8 billion dollar ship is the newest and largest in the competitive cruising market. At capacity, the Symphony of the Seas can take over 6600 passengers and 2200 crew. It has over 2500 cabins - some of them have designed for families with a slide from the kids bunk room, two 85 inch TV screens and an outdoor climbing deck. For now, the Symphony of the Seas will be based in the northern hemisphere, but Royal Caribbean Vice President Gavin Smith isn't ruling out that it may make New Zealand a port of call one day. That would be something cruise ship-loving New Zealanders would no doubt be excited to see. There will be more from on-board the Symphony of the Seas this week on Newshub Travel. Newshub. … [Read more...] about Onboard Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship
The port is capable of accommodating three berth cruise ships and this year is anticipating an increase in business. The Port of Hafnarfjordur is expecting 13 calls this year of which five will be turnarounds. This is a massive increase in comparison to previous years and in addition to this, the port will receive its largest ever visitor, 93,000gt MSC Poesia with a length of 300m and draught of 7.6m. Furthermore, Compagnie du Ponant’s new cruise ship, Le Boreal is expected to make a visit.For passengers of the visiting cruise ships there are numerous activities, including three tours in the surrounding area. The most popular of three is the Golden Circle, which includes a visit to Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. The geothermal area of Krysuvik is located just 20 mins away, as well as the world renowned Blue Lagoon Spa. In addition to this, every summer, hordes of Norsemen invade the town for the annual Viking Festival. The colourful Viking festival involves Viking enthusiasts … [Read more...] about Hafnarfjordur Iceland prepares for busy cruise ship travel schedule
GOING on a family holiday can usually be a tight squeeze - with everyone in the same small room, roll-away beds and little privacy. But Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate Family Suite on Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, knocks these problems on the head with a cabin large enough to have a party in - and comes with all the toys and gadgets you’d need to make it a great one. The two-floor loft suite is bigger than most homes at 1,346 square feet, sleeping up to eight people with a master bedroom for mum and dad and another room with bunk beds for the kids. If the little ones don’t want to take the stairs, there’s a slide. We tested it and can confirm it is large enough for big kids to use too... although if you’re over 6ft you might struggle. There’s lots in the suite to keep everyone entertained. Kids were consulted during the design stage, so there's a floor-to-ceiling Lego wall, a dining table that converts into an … [Read more...] about Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony Of The Seas launches this weekend – we try out the £30k-a-WEEK family suite on the world’s new biggest cruise ship