Two days before Harmony Of The Seas, the world’s largest ever cruise ship, left the STX shipyard in St.Nazaire where she was built, the Chelsom team were part of the two thousand contractors still on board putting the finishing touches to the magnificent interiors which would be enjoyed by the six thousand passengers she would carry.
At 227,000 tonnes this magnificent vessel boasts 21 restaurants and 23 swimming pools with a vast central open public space- Central Park. With the world’s longest slides for the children and a twelve hundred seat theatre to entertain passengers in the evening, the ship is full of superlatives and has pushed out all the boundaries in cruising, hospitality and entertainment.
Having worked with STX previously on the build of EUROPA2, Chelsom were delighted to be involved in the design and manufacture of the majority of the public area lighting, supplying some 600 fittings covering 74 different designs. Chelsom’s marine experience ensured effective ‘marinisation’ of luminaires to cope with the continual movements on board caused by the sea state or vibration. All component parts were modified to be securely fixed and rattle free with sound engineering whilst still retaining the striking visual impact required by the 12 different designers involved.
The areas within which Chelsom worked included the Theatre where they supplied three 3m diameter statement pendants incorporating burlesque style stretch style spandex fabric and lace ribbons to give a Moulin Rouge style; Wonderland where an entire ceiling lighting structure was created featuring hundreds of delicate suspended porcelain flowers lit with fibre optics; Central Park where magnificent street lamps housed sound systems inside them, where Jamie’s restaurant featured chandeliers dressed with mouth blown glass balls and Vintages where ceiling fittings and wall lights were gold gilded and dressed with crystal; the Windjammer restaurant where Chelsom created food whisks with tiny LED lights concealed within to illuminate the servery; Sorrento’s with its huge central fitting incorporating illuminated acrylic rods; the Casino with its opulent elliptical crystal chandeliers, each faceted drop being securely fixed and illuminated with LED light sources. Beyond that Chelsom also manufactured lighting for the Diamond Club, the Jazz Club, the Comedy Club, Pub and Teen Lounge.
There is no doubt Harmony of the Seas will provide the ultimate cruising experience and any company involved in the creation of the stunning interiors will be proud to have been part of the supply team. Chelsom Head of Marine Sales John Hadley said “It’s always amazing to follow a project from its inception two years previously right up to seeing the finished article. It has been an amazing challenge blending the aesthetic and stringent functional requirements of all the parties involved and I am so proud that Chelsom brought so many components of the project together to make it work successfully.”