Designing the ultimate social experience: Cruise & Ferry Interiors

Designing the ultimate social experience: Cruise & Ferry Interiors

In this article, Rod Morton reveals to Alice Chambers of Cruise & Ferry Interiors what factors Greenspan Projects must consider to make shipboard entertainment venues both fun and safe

Competitive socialising is becoming increasingly popular, especially among millennials and Generation X travellers. “Cruise ships
often carry large numbers of people wanting to be occupied whilst on holiday and this creates the perfect environment for competitive socialising spaces,” says Rod Morton, CEO of Greenspan Projects.

While the definition of a fun entertainment venue largely depends on the preferences of the individual, whatever the activity is, it all boils
down to it providing an enjoyable social interaction, according to Morton. “The common thread is that a fun space encourages group interaction,” he says. “We’ve found that designs that allow people to congregate comfortably around key areas like bars and golf holes help to create an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.”

Greenspan Projects designs and builds a variety of entertainment venues offering everything from axe throwing to high-ropes courses, all of which can be combined with food and drink offerings. While designing fun is the key priority, the brand must also closely follow health
and safety protocols, especially when developing projects for cruise ships.

“Safety is a huge element within what we do,” says Morton. “We follow the International Maritime Organization’s regulations across all products that we install onboard vessels. From wallpaper and fabrics to artificial grass, we ensure all products are certified with the ship’s wheelmark to confirm authenticity.”

Following the launch of the high ropes course onboard P&O Cruises’ Arvia in December 2022, Morton predicts that more cruise operators
will look to incorporate this type of entertainment offering into their designs. Unique entertainment venues like these require detailed planning to ensure the safety of guests.

“We normally look at the surface and opportunity to install a fixing that can be engineered correctly before considering
the wind loadings and how exposed the location will be to the elements,” says Morton. “We also consider the amount of space that there is for storage for safety equipment and to brief guests. “It’s the same with designing any entertainment area; we pre-plan in detail, taking into consideration all health and safety precautions so that customers can enjoy the exciting spaces that we create. As a general design principal, fire safety is always a chief concern and this determines the materials and layout that we use in our designs, be it for an indoor
mini-golf course or an outdoor high ropes course.”

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Latest Project

Volcano Falls, Milton Keynes

Choose your adventure…

What happens when you create three different worlds under one roof? The answer? MAGIC!

At Volcano Falls Adventure Golf & Bar there’s plenty of fun to be had – where visitors can choose between each of the innovative courses… or book on to all three!

Volcano Falls is a registered trademark of Funstation – Family Entertainment Centres jam packed with Carnival Games, Laser Tag, Adventure Golf and Bowling. This particular venue in Milton Keynes was looking for a complete revamp and fun ways to encourage competitive socialising alongside a delicious food and beverage offering – so they engaged with Greenspan Projects in order to get the golf “ball” rolling…

The venue is blessed with a fantastic amount of space, so initially the ideas began flowing to see how this could be best utilised.

The answer came in the form of three 12-hole adventure golf courses – all with totally unique themes including:

Coney Island Carnival

It’s all about skill in the world of the carnival… and visitors can “step right up” and test theirs in a whirlwind of colour and excitement! This course includes iconic games  fused with adventure golf including duck shoot, Skeeball, Plinko and a play-through helter-skelter. Think high energy, high excitement… and plenty of colour!

Tropicana Beach Club

Life’s a beach… or it can certainly feel like one when you’ve been transported to the hottest beach party in the UK! Visitors can putt their way through Surfer’s Paradise as they traverse surfboards, flamingos and tropical trees before enjoying a pit stop at the Tiki Bar.

Volcano Valley

When was the last time you had to look out for molten lava rivers and prehistoric predators? Within Volcano Valley, visitors can experience just this as they putt past volcanoes, waterfalls, jungle foliage and bridges in this immersive and historic wonderland!

Rave Reviews

New #vlog 🤩 I recently visited the brand new @Volcano Falls Adventure Golf in Xscape Milton Keynes and it was so much fun! Can’t wait to go back and try out the other courses and all the other stuff they offer! 💖- Elica Bezchi, via TikTok

“Had a brilliant time today with my daughter! Would recommend to everyone!! Coney Island was our favourite!

Plus, bonus points for the staff, all so friendly and welcoming! ♥️” – via Facebook

Check out the details… and book your adventure today!
Find out more about Volcano Falls by clicking here. 
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