Chelsom creations light up Harmony of the Seas

Chelsom creations light up Harmony of the Seas
Jamie’s has chandeliers with mouth-blown glass balls

UK company Chelsom supplied 600 light fittings in 74 different designs for the majority of the public areas onboard Royal Caribbean International’s 227,000gt newbuild, Harmony of the Seas.

Chelsom boarded the world’s largest cruise ship two days before she left the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, joining around 2,000 other contractors to put the finishing touches on the interiors. All component parts for the lighting were modified to be securely fixed and rattle-free.

The Theatre was outfitted with three 3m diameter statement pendants incorporating burlesque-style spandex fabric and lace ribbons, while street lamps with internal sound systems were added to Central Park. The Casino has elliptical crystal chandeliers, while the Diamond Club, Jazz Club, Comedy Club, Pub and Teen Lounge are all decorated with Chelsom lighting.

Harmony of the Seas’ restaurants and bars also feature Chelsom lighting. Jamie’s has chandeliers with mouth-blown glass balls, Vintages has ceiling and wall lights gilded in gold and crystal, Sorrento’s has an expansive central fitting incorporating illuminated acrylic rods, and the servery in Windjammer Marketplace is illuminated by food whisks with miniature LED lights. Plus, Chelsom used hundreds of suspended porcelain flowers lit with fibre optics to create a statement lighting structure on the ceiling of Wonderland.

“It’s always amazing to follow a project from its inception two years previously right up to seeing the finished article,” said John Hadley, head of marine sales at Chelsom. “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.”

Harmony of the Seas spans 16 guest decks and carries 5,497 guests and was christened in her new Port Everglades homeport in Florida, US on 10 November.

The vessel offers Royal Caribbean’s exclusive seven neighbourhood concept and innovative onboard features, such as VOOM internet, robot bartenders, interior staterooms with virtual balconies, an AquaTheater, a theatre, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, Splashaway Bay waterpark, the first two-storey Wonderland restaurant, and The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea. The ship also has the Central Park, which features 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, November 17, 2016