It is a demanding task to ensure the elements of a cruise ship’s interior match the overall aesthetics from aft to bow.
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For passengers, a cruise ship is an escape: an indulgent diversion from daily stress and routine. For those creating the experience, it is a demanding task to ensure the elements of the ship's interior match the ship's overall aesthetics from aft to bow.
The Celebrity Eclipse is the third in a series of Solstice class ships in Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Cruise fleet.
Cruise ship lifts are in demand 24/7. They have peak usage with thousands of guests and their luggage embarking and disembarking in short period bursts. They must operate smoothly at high speeds in turbulent seas. And their materials and structure must be easy to maintain – as the ships are essentially always at sea.
Unlike most other scenic lifts, the Eclipse’s lift car shapes were designed to resemble a cut gem, to sparkle from the reflected light as they travel up and down the sunlit atrium. We were able to recreate the architect’s vision of these jewel-like lifts through full-scale prototypes created at a factory.
With eight lifts on each landing, it is essential for guests to identify correctly which lift arrives first. KONE and the architect jointly developed a unique signalisation solution for the landing call stations that directs the passenger to the correct lift. Rather than relying on standard signal arrows, an illuminated overhang of glass light projects blue above each lift landing door so when the lift arrives at the deck, the lights change to red and remain red until departure – easily catching the passenger’s attention.
As evidenced by the positive reviews, the Celebrity Eclipse surpasses all expectations for design.
"The most rewarding measure of teamwork is when a manufacturer understands a designer's comments and goes the extra distance", notes Scott Butler of Wilson Butler Architects, the architect who designed the eight panoramic lifts.