Costa Cruises has selected four design firms to create the interior spaces of the two new 184,000gt ships, for delivery in 2019 and 2021.
The shipyard is by Meyer Turku, in Finland. The design firms are: Jeffrey Beers International, Dordoni Architetti, Partner Ship Design and Rockwell Group.
As creative director, renowned designer Adam D. Tihany will oversee the development of the design and branding of the new ships.
The layout for the ships will reflect comments and suggestions from Costa customer feedback and will include a more efficient use of the ships’ spaces, creating an enhanced onboard experience. ‘The theme ‘Italy’s Finest’ is an authentic celebration of Italian design, culture and spirit,’ said Tihany.
AWK, a sister company of Partner Ship Design, will serve as coordinating architect, working closely with the Meyer Turku Shipyard and the design teams. Partner Ship Design will head the design of two restaurants and several bars including the new “I Bacari” bar as well as passenger sun decks and pool areas.
Jeffrey Beers International will bring experience, vision, and architectural precision to the creation of The Casino and to multiple restaurants, bars, and lounges. Each venue will uniquely celebrate Italian art, culture, and craftsmanship.
The new layout and interiors of all the ships’ cabins, as well as the corridors and the staircases, will be developed by Dordoni Architetti, which will give each of these elements a unique touch of novel, innovative, and sophisticated Italian design. The firm will also lead the design of the gym and the Japanese restaurant.
With its vast experience in the field of hospitality design, Rockwell Group will create innovative, distinctive designs for several areas on the ship. The firm’s unique contribution to the project include a three-story atrium that will feature a café, bars and a performance space; several restaurants and bars; a theatre and nightclub; beach club and pool; a shorex office and gallery; and kids and teens areas.
This new class of ship will be the first in the cruise industry to be powered at sea by LNG.
Malcolm says: Remember that other Carnival brands will also be taking delivery of some these ship: P&O (1), AIDA (2) and Carnival (2). Each new cruise ship will exceed 180,000 gross tons, offering more than 2,600 passenger cabins and 5,200 (total capacity, all berths, 6,600 guests).
So now we know that there will be “a three-story atrium that will feature a café, bars and a performance space”. A ten deck atrium, for example, would be too much of a luxury on this fairly ‘passenger-dense’ ships.
I’m expecting a central internal space like AIDA’s ‘Theatrium’ – a combined Atrium and performance space, with seating, rather than a conventional theatre at the bow (or in addition to one). There is a central skylight on the renderings that might suggest this.
A theatre is also mentioned above, although I would expect such a big ships to have multiple entertainment venues.
The phrase “an enhanced onboard experience” continues to intrigue me.