Oliver Design transformed a ferry into a luxury cruise ship for Scotland (source: Oliver Design)
August 19, 2021by Rebecca Moore
Passenger ferry transformed into luxury cruise ship Lord of the Highlands
Spanish naval design and architecture firm Oliver Design remodeled the ship, battling the challenges of the pandemic to bring the project to fruition.
A statement said: ‘After more than a year of hard work to transform what had been a modest passenger ship operating between Turkey and Greece into a luxury floating hotel specially adapted for tours of the Scottish Highlands, the pandemic of coronavirus almost ended the whole project.
“As a direct consequence of the crisis, Oliver Design found himself having to take possession of the ship, forcing him to start talks to find a buyer among tour operators around the world, at a time when all cruises had been suspended due to from Fear of health. “
The new ship owner is UK-based Hebridean Island Cruises specializing in luxury cruises. To date, the operator’s main asset has been the Princess of the Hebrides, another medium-sized vessel used to explore the Western Isles of Scotland.
Oliver Design led the complete remodel of the ship. The work included resizing the hull, adding an additional deck and making “radical changes” to the interior layout, as well as providing “the magnificent interior finish including a high-end pleasure craft. what type needs ”.
Originally designed for short trips with a capacity of 700 passengers, the ship is now transformed into a luxury cruise ship, with all possible amenities for up to 50 guests on weeklong cruises.
The cruise ship is now set to leave Vigo – where transformation work has been carried out – for its final destination.
Oliver Design said the turnkey project required “exceptional architectural work”, particularly in the passenger quarters. A statement added: “This also presented a double challenge, partly because of the technical complexity of the work (which included the resizing of the hull), and partly because of the meticulous interior finishing required of a ship’s vessel. first class cruise. “
The ship had to be enlarged, added 3m to its length and 1m to the width, as well as inserting additional ballast into the keel to provide greater stability and compensate for the additional deck.
The propulsion systems have been completely redesigned, with two new 250 kW main generators, automated switchboards and new navigation and rescue equipment. The vessel was also fitted with a sewage treatment plant and an oil / water separator to prevent marine oil discharges. Automatic sliding doors have been installed in the watertight compartments of the hull.
The vessel previously flew the Turkish flag and therefore had to be adapted to meet more demanding European maritime regulations. The interiors have been completely redistributed. The original ship had two large saloons, fully occupied with seating for the 700 passengers. This area has now been converted to 22 cabins, a spacious lounge bar and restaurant. Other additions include the ship’s crew quarters, galley, and store. The deck has also been adapted to suit the new mission of the ship.