The Class of 2022: Exceptional New Onboard Spaces


AquaTheater – Wonder of the seas

Royal Caribbean International has spared no expense in developing entertainment offerings on board new member of the Wonder of the Seas fleet, which is currently the largest cruise ship in the world with accommodation for 6,988 passengers.

The open-air amphitheater, AquaTheater, is located at the stern of the ship with the deepest sea pool at its center. The area hosts Olympic-level diving performances and aerobatics as part of the ship’s “inTENse” production, as well as ice skating, superhero fight and musical theater productions.

Guests can watch the water-themed show from the bleachers or from the balconies, which span six decks. Lights and music will be used to further enhance the unique performances on offer.

Wonder of the Seas began its first season on May 8, 2022, offering seven-night cruises from Barcelona, ​​Spain and Rome, Italy.

Family picnic area – MyStar

Tallink Grupp’s MyStar has 14 public areas, each designed around the theme of “the beauty of the Baltic Sea” by Finnish agency dSign Vertti Kivi & Co. Each space on board has been given color, lighting and unique surface materials to provide different moods.

The family picnic area uses natural materials and is brightly colored, with a large Lottemaa (Lotte Land) play area next to the seats, as well as large panoramic windows to allow passengers easy access to the sea ​​view. Passengers can relax, eat and play in this area while traveling between Talinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland from the first half of 2022.

“In all public areas on board, we have played with colors and the idea is that each area of ​​the ship is meant to create a different emotional charge,” says Vertti Kivi, Head of Design at dSign Vertti Kivi & Co, in a Tallink blog. “We used many reflective surfaces that come to life by reacting with various lighting solutions.”

Hyperspace Lounge – Disney Wish

Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, was designed to provide fun and relaxation for family members of all ages. The Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge will be an adult-only space designed to reflect the popular Star Wars film franchise, with golden robotic-style furniture, themed lighting and projected images of space reproducing an out-of-this-world feel.

Interstellar floor patterns and free tableware are one of the most striking aspects of this venue, which will offer interactive tasting experiences and iconic drinks inspired by Star Wars destinations such as Batuu, Tattoine and Mustafar.

Disney Wish will embark on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida on July 14, 2022.

SkyDome – Arvia

P&O Cruises’ Arvia will include a two-level entertainment facility called SkyDome. Featuring a retractable sunroof to let in the sun and protect against the weather, the space has been designed to allow passengers to make the most of the swimming pool and leisure facilities on board.

The SeaScreen at the center of the space will show hit movies and classic films for entertainment. P&O Cruises will also host family shows, game shows, interviews, cooking demonstrations, live music, guest tribute acts and dance and DJ sets in the SkyDome.

Arvia will start operating in the Caribbean from December 2022.

Carnival Central – Carnival Celebration

Located at the front of Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Celebration, the three-story Carnival Central Atrium will feature expansive floor-to-ceiling windows to provide guests with ocean and destination views. The area will be packed with onboard entertainment facilities including 14ft LED screens, a ceiling of 1,400 color changing lights, a stage, bars, cafes and restaurants.

The atrium is a multifunctional space that provides a relaxing, laid back and calm atmosphere during the day and transforms into an entertainment venue at night.

Carnival Central is divided into smaller areas, each with its own colors, furniture, and lighting. All these spaces will be brought together to create an open and welcoming space.

Carnival Celebration is set to begin in November 2022.

Commercial Area – Aura and Luna Seaways

DFDS Seaways’ new ferries, Aura Seaways and Luna Seaways, are now operating routes in Sweden, having been launched in January and April 2022 respectively. The ro-pax ferries were built by the COMEC Guangzhou shipyard in China.

Both sister ships feature well-lit shopping areas, where contemporary design has created spacious spaces that allow passengers to browse freely and shop conveniently.

In stores, DFDS sells a variety of cosmetics, including perfumes, makeup, and other travel items. According to Iveta Žutautiene, travel retail category manager at DFDS, local and international products such as spirits will also be available.

Grand Suite – American Symphony

American Cruise Lines has embarked on a project to build a fleet of modern riverboats, which offer luxury comfort and are designed for the convenience of river cruising. American Symphony will join American Melody, American Jazz, American Heritage and American Splendor in August 2022, operating on the Mississippi River in the United States.

The ship’s large suite offers panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows and includes a separate bedroom and living room. Created by Studio DADO, the space will offer an elegant and refined aesthetic, with a color palette and architectural design that pays homage to the line’s American origins. This, combined with Scandinavian-style furniture, will create an overall atmosphere of relaxation.

Boardwalk – MSC World Europa

MSC Cruises’ MSC World Europa, which will launch in December 2022, features a promenade that will be the highest point on the ship at 104 meters long, six decks high and with a ceiling half open to the sky and half covered with an LED screen that will display different images throughout the day.

At the heart of the boardwalk is The Venom Drop @ Spiral, a dry slide that spans 11 bridges and is integrated into the architectural design of the area.

The lighting, windows and variety of venues along the boardwalk will help create an energetic atmosphere where restaurants and bars are only steps away from each other.

Torget – Glory of the Vikings

The Market Square on board Viking Line’s Viking Glory was designed by Swedish architectural firm Koncept Stockholm. Known as Torget, the space was created with an emphasis on Scandinavian simplicity and playfulness to cater to all types of passengers.

Views of the sea and the archipelagos have been favored to make the most of the landscapes of the Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm line of the Viking Line.

“We placed here and there on the ship different elements borrowed from the nature of the archipelago: waves, beacons, flags, skerries and lighthouses”, explains Niclas Makowsky, architect at Koncept. “These are seen both as moving images on giant LED screens and as abstract figures, for example, in carpets and light fixtures. The ship’s color palette was inspired by the sea, cliffs, forests and the nuances of different wood species.

Viking Glory began service on March 1, 2022.

Plaza Mayor – Salamanca

The Plaza Mayor, the main bar on board Brittany Ferries Salamanca, is designed to reflect the Spanish town that bears its name, in particular its baroque style square which is a popular area with several bars and restaurants. Ironwork details and interlocking woodwork contribute to this feel. The bar is flooded with natural light, like the entire atrium, and has a big screen for sporting events and music.

The vessel, which was chartered by Stena RoRo, began operating on March 27, 2022.

Observation lounge – SH Vega

SH Vega, Swan Hellenic’s next vessel was completed on May 5, 2022 and will offer similar features and onboard amenities to her sister ship
SH Minerva, launched in January 2022.

Designed to reflect the landscapes it passes through, SH Vega’s Observation Lounge is one of the key spaces at the heart of the ship and features floor-to-ceiling windows that will allow passengers to connect with the outside world.

The living room was one of several public spaces created by Tillberg Design of Sweden, all of which offer open, unobstructed views of the ocean. Some of the other highlights in the living room include soft furnishings and a palette of natural color tones, as well as a see-through grand piano, which contribute to an overall soothing environment.

Sea Thermal Suite – Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity Beyond was delivered to Celebrity Cruises in 2022. The cruise line worked with Kelly Hoppen CBE to design the Sea Thermal Suite.

Wellness has been prioritized onboard Celebrity Beyond and eight distinct facilities are offered to passengers, all located in the Sea Spa Suite. This area was inspired by the cruise line’s already popular Persian Garden, which is an aquatherapy area on board nine other ships in its fleet.

Each space in the Sea Thermal Suite offers a different type of spa experience, including crystal healing, water therapy, and Turkish bath to relax muscles.

This article first appeared in the 2022 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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