This article was first published in the 2019 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.
Anna Jenei set up Global Marine & Hotel Interiors in 2000 following a career in cruise ship operations and design. Based on her knowledge and experience in the cruise industry, she forecasts a lot more updates to ships in the years ahead.
Jenei’s company arranges the fitting and installation of carpets and flooring on cruise ships, procuring the installation supplies, managing projects and offering value-added services such as quantifying materials to ensure there are no issues of oversupply.
While the company has worked on newbuilds, it mainly carries out refurbishments, including on many ships for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Princess Cruises, TUI Cruises and Holland America Line. Recent projects include Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy, where the company installed 68,000 square metres of carpet.
“We are a global company carrying out jobs all over the world, and we are always looking for ways to control cost – that is everyone’s issue,” says Jenei. “We can add value here by sourcing goods and installation supplies in many places.”
As dry docks become increasingly short, the scheduling and planning of refurbishment jobs is ever more important. “We coordinate project teams and take care of where materials should be loaded, thereby keeping the job moving,” explains Jenei.
“There has been a big innovation in the patterns and designs of cruise ship carpets. In the past they were more traditional, but now cruise lines are adopting modern carpets and using a lot of designs like stripes, with bolder colours and detailed patterns.”
The company finds itself busier than ever. “I see a big upgrade in existing fleets,” says Jenei. “The reason is that with all the new vessels being delivered with new designs and technology, a lot of companies that have ships that are relatively new in the past 10 years, need to spend money to upgrade them.”
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