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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One Under has launched its newest venue in LiverpoolEmbrace the spirit of Dia de Los Muertos by playing the exciting, new 9-hole golf game. Each hole is inspired by the iconic Mexican holiday, featuring modern-day twists throughout. Interactive theming, flickering candles, larger-than-life skulls, neon artwork and thrilling challenges transport players directly into the vibrant festivities!

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The course was designed with a Day of the Dead theme, which offers so much visual richness. The darker venue lent itself to creating a luminescent environment and allowed each hole to sing. The patterns, colours and material finishes were inspired by the vivid imagery of the Mexican festival day, aiming to celebrate some of its rituals and traditional décor through high quality props and lighting. – Hannah Day, Senior Creative.

I enjoyed being a apart of turning this iconic space into the amazing venue that it now is! – Ryan Palmer, Project Manager.

The excitement doesn’t end there! This One Under venue also features a 9-hole ‘Ocean Themed’ mini-golf course, shuffleboard, Pool, Arcade Games, DJs and a 360° bar, making it a one-of-a-kind environment for the ultimate night out.

Whether you’re a student wanting a fun night out with friends, a family looking for something to keep everyone entertained or a corporate group tired of boring team-building days, One Under has specialised offers for everyone!

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